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Resist the Devil, and He Will Flee from You

Posted by James Porter on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

 

Does anyone get the analogy?

“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

It really doesn’t take that much.  At the very least, stand up, speak truth to power, and express your righteous indignation.

So why are we not resisting when the enemy has our nation in a death grip, like this snake had this young deer in?

Fear, perhaps?

Well, what happened to “Have courage, fear not, for I am with thee”?  But you really don’t believe His Word, do you?  For if you actually believed it, you’d act on it.

Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

I keep getting these private messages from simpering cowardly christians (small “c” used on purpose) who tell me, “Steve, God does all of my fighting for me.”

No.  He doesn’t.  He doesn’t fight for cowards at all.  In fact, cowards piss Him off, because they partake of His daily benefits, but when it comes time to act on His behalf, they won’t do it.  Instead, they misconstrue Scripture, scrambling it all out of proportion, in order to justify their inaction and personal cowardice.  They’d rather lose their entire country — including the right to freedom of worship — than risk even a scintilla for the Lord.

Read the story of Gideon. God sent the sniveling cowards home before the battle against the oppressive Midianites. Their cowardice had made them unfit.

Judges 7:2-3 Then the LORD said to Gideon, “You have too many people for Me to deliver Midian into their hands, lest Israel glorify themselves over Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ Now, therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people: ‘Whoever is fearful and trembling may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’ So twenty-two thousand of them turned back, but ten thousand remained.

On the other hand, read the story of Deborah and Barak.   They courageously went into battle on behalf of the Lord. And the Lord and his angels responded from heaven by fighting alongside them. And they made short work of the enemy.  But those who refused to fight were cursed by the Lord Himself.  As it’s written:

Judges 5:18 Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field.

 

Judges 5: 19 The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain of money.

 

Judges 5: 20 They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.

 

Judges 5:21 The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.

 

Judges 5: 22 Then were the horsehoofs broken by the means of the pransings, the pransings of their mighty ones.

 

Judges 5:23 Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.

God aided His people in the battle by sending His angels (“the stars in their courses”) into the fight alongside the brave ones of Israel. And God used nature itself (“the river of Kishon swept them away”) to help His people defeat the enemy.

We’re here on this earth to help put His enemies under His feet.  We’re here to take ground, not to lose it.  And if we’ll have the courage to act in defense of Him and His great Christian nation, then He’ll bless it.  If we don’t, He simply won’t.  It’s that simple.  And it’s all up to us.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

Steve Barwick


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Occult Ritual Transformation and Coronavirus: How Mask Wearing, Hand Washing, “Social Separation” and Lockdowns Are Age-Old Occult Rituals Being Used to Initiate People Into a New Global Order

In previous Bible studies and commentaries, I’ve documented many times now that our global leaders today are largely occultists. (See here, here, here and here.)

So are the owners of many of our country’s largest businesses and sports franchises.  (See here and here.)

Even celebrities push occultism constantly. (See here.)

And quite frankly, many Christian churches have been infiltrated by practitioners of Kabbalah, which is a book of Jewish mysticism, magick spells, enchantments, man-made numerology and other esoteric and occult practices that the orthodox rabbis use in the course of their daily lives, and now teach Christian leaders to use, as well. (See here.)

So, with so many of the world’s “top tier” leaders pushing occultism – including those enemies of Christ who run the four hidden dynasties of politics, education, economics and religion — it should come as no surprise to you that the entire global coronavirus crisis is replete with occult symbology and ritual occult initiation themes.

Indeed, as you’ll see throughout the rest of this commentary, the entire manufactured coronavirus crisis is one giant, occult ritual from start to finish, divided up into four mini-rituals, each with the distinct occult purpose of initiation and transformation of the world and its people into a new global order.

So, let’s start by examining the four distinct, but interrelated, occult rituals that make up this massive global occult ritual initiation ceremony:

  1. Ritual Mask-Wearing
  2. Ritual Hand-Washing
  3. Ritual “Social Distancing”
  4. Ritual Lockdowns

In the course of examining these four occult rituals, I’ll do my best to explain to you how each one is part of an elaborate stage play designed to symbolically initiate the people of this world into their new positions in a new global order – a new order that rejects Jesus Christ and Christianity, and puts the people of this world under the ultimate control of a global elite whose god is the devil himself.

The Ritual Wearing of the Mask

Have you ever wondered why, in Revelation 17:5, Babylon is called “Mystery, Babylon”?

You already know that the word “Babylon” means “confusion.”  But what does the word “mystery” mean?  Here’s what the Strong’s Concordance tells us:

G3466 Musterion — From a derivative of muo (to shut the mouth); a secret or “mystery” (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites) — mystery.

Don’t overlook that.  The word “mystery” in the Bible has to do with shutting the mouth as one undergoes a secret religious initiation.  Again, it’s: “the idea of silence, imposed by initiation into religious rites.”

Isn’t that interesting?

After all, at this point in time, 30 countries, including the United States, are now forcing their citizens to wear face masks over their mouths on a mandatory basis, ostensibly to help stop coronavirus infections.

This, even though numerous medical experts, including the Surgeon General of the United States, have openly stated that wearing masks has no beneficial effect whatsoever against coronavirus.

What’s more, numerous medical experts have attested to the fact that face masks can even be dangerous to one’s health in that they curtail clear thinking (and even consciousness) by trapping carbon dioxide in the chamber of the mask, forcing you to re-breathe it over and over, thus depleting your blood of fresh air and the life-giving oxygen component it contains.

So why are the powers-that-be, globally, forcing their citizens to wear these face masks, if the masks simply don’t work against coronavirus, and might very well be dangerous to your health?  The answer might surprise you:

Masking has traditionally played a very important role in occult rituals.

Among other things, the wearing of the mask over one’s mouth is a token of submission…a gesture of your willingness to be subject to others who are not your usual Sovereign.  

But there’s more.  According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, mask-wearing is:

 “A form of disguise or concealment usually worn over or in front of the face to hide the identity of a person and by its own features to establish another being.”

In other words, the wearing of a mask represents an occult transformation — a human alchemy, if you will — from one role to another.  From one manner of being, to another.  Indeed, in this case, from individual sovereign under God to collective subject under the children of the devil.

You see, the masking ritual is specifically designed to reverse the order of hierarchy set in place by God Himself.  In the hierarchy of your heavenly Father, you are a sovereign representative of His Word on this earth.  And your job is to speak His Word, on His Sovereign behalf to others.

In other words, He’s the King, you’re a Prince of His kingdom, and your job is to carry His Word to others, so they too can get on board with it and return to the Father eternally, through Jesus Christ.  As it’s written regarding our primary duty as Christians:

II Timothy 4:2Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

In short, your job is to teach your Father’s Word.  And you must be ready and willing to do so at all times (i.e., “be instant, in season and out of season”).

As such, you must always remain unmasked, because your job — in your earthly role as one of His faithful representatives — is to speak and explain His Word to others.  And to do so, you must open your mouth.  You cannot be muzzled.  You cannot be masked.

Wearing the mask is a powerful occult symbol indicating your submission to another power other than the Creator God who gave you the direct commission to preach His Word to the world:

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

 

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

 

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

So, in God’s hierarchy, you’re a sovereign representative of His Word on this earth.  And your job is to spread that Word to as many others as possible in the course of your adult lifetime.  But in the hierarchy of the ritualists, it’s quite the reverse:

The entire point of occult ritual mask-wearing is to hammer home to your subconsciousness — until it becomes completely true in your daily life — the idea that things are no longer the same, and will never be the same again.

Masks hasten the suppression of ego to help facilitate the death of the old identity before the identification with, and the manifestation of, a new identity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s an initiation into a new order.  But it’s also a transformation of the self into a new position in that new order.

Under the sway of the occult ritualist, you, being mouth-masked, are no longer the person you used to be.  You’re no longer a designated mouthpiece of God on this earth.  You’re suddenly demoted and re-assigned to the position of obedient subject. 

Symbolically, you become a serf in the new order.  That’s your new role…your new identity… as represented by the wearing of mask.

The wearing of the mask is simply part of the initiation ritual used to visually and psychologically signal your consent to this new arrangement.  Yes, by wearing the mask, you’re signaling your consent to accept a new and very different position in a new global order. 

Instead of being a sovereign representative of the Most High God and His Word on this earth, in essence, you agree to become a willing subject — a slave — to the very enemies of God and His Christ.  Masked, you’re now willingly serving the enemy’s purposes, and no longer God’s.

When you obediently put the mask over your mouth, you’re symbolically saying to the ritualists, “I admit my words no longer have any purpose or relevance in this life.  My sole purpose now is obedience to your words and commands.”

And in raising themselves to the position of your new sovereign, and muzzling you like a dog in the process, they alchemically create a new you in a new role under new rulers.  That’s the alchemical transformational change involved in the ritual.

They’re quite literally attempting to take the place of God in your life, and make you their willing subject.  They’re becoming your instead-of-Christ.  Your antichrist.

And by placing the mask on your face, you’re becoming their unwitting faithful servant.  You’re being ritually initiated into the new order.  You may not realize it.  But in occult magic, the victim doesn’t have to be knowledgeable of the meaning behind what he or she is being told to do.  The performance of the ritual itself – on demand — is all that matters.

So, who, exactly, is doing this to us?

1 John 2:18 — Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

You didn’t think these “many antichrists” would sit around on their hands all day, doing nothing, in the final days of this flesh earth age while they’re waiting on the return of their father the devil in his role as the false messiah, did you?

Naturally, they’re softening things up for their god – Satan — before he gets here.  They’re using ceremonial occult ritual magic, on a global scale, to capture the entire world in their dragnet.

By wearing the mask, you’re being symbolically and alchemically transformed — “reborn” — into their new global system, through occult ritual programming.

More from the Encyclopedia Britannica on ritual mask-wearing:

“The person who wears the mask is also considered to be in direct association with the mask’s spirit force and is consequently exposed to like personal danger of being affected by it.

 

Upon donning the mask, the wearer sometimes undergoes a psychic change, and, as in a trance, assumes the spirit character depicted by the mask.”

Well, folks, the antichrist – the instead-of-Christ — is the “spirit force” of the mask we’re talking about.  You get that, don’t you?  He’s the spirit behind the powers-that-be who are working to pull off this global coup.

And it’s the powers-that-be who have masked, muzzled and demoted you to your new status of slave, on the behalf of their god, the devil himself.

The mask-wearing ritual is designed to posses you with the spirit of subservience to your new overlords, who are the “many antichrists” of 1 John 2:18.

And it sets you up to do the same when the antichrist arrives and offers his actual “mark,” which we’ll examine at the end of this commentary.

If you don’t think wearing the mask quite literally changes people, as the Encyclopedia Britannica states in the quote above, think about all of the masked “Karens” you’ve seen online videos of, wildly chasing people who aren’t wearing masks down the road, publicly berating them for not wearing masks, and screaming at them that there’s “blood on their hands” for not masking up like good little boys and girls always should.

Here’s one, for example, in which the “Karens” are all big, burly, mask-wearing males, quite literally shoving an elderly gentleman out of a store for not wearing a mask:

Through the wearing of the mask, the occult ritualists have created an army of “Karens” – programmed automatons who take the ritual so seriously that they feel personally and physically threatened when you don’t.  And they don’t mind telling you so. Often vigorously.

The Encyclopedia Britannica goes on to say about the masking ritual:

“Usually, however, the wearer skillfully becomes a ‘partner’ of the character he is impersonating, giving to the mask not only an important spark of vitality by the light flashing from his own eyes but also bringing it alive by his movements and poses.”

In other words, in the end, the mask becomes part of the very identity of those who wear it.  The occult transition becomes complete.  The “new you” is born from the ritual.

The Encyclopedia Britannica further states:

“But often the wearer [of the mask] seems to become psychologically one with the character he is helping to create. He seems to become an automaton, without his own will, which has become subservient to that of the personage of the mask.”

You might want to think about those dozens of online videos showing fully-masked hospital nurses and hospital workers participating in elaborately choreographed Tik-Tok dance videos, while simultaneously thousands of hapless coronavirus victims are supposedly dying cruel deaths and being stacked up like cord wood in those very same hospitals.

Yes, a veritable masked dance of death, just like you see in the movies.  And we all know who Mr. Death is, don’t we?

Revelation 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

What’s more, by adding dance to the mask-wearing, the new slaves show their willingness to entertain their captors – to become little more than flesh play-sports to them — just as the Babylonian soldiers of old tried to force the Israelite captives to entertain them with music.  As it’s written:

Psalm 137:1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.

 

Psalm 137:2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

 

Psalm 137:3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

 

Psalm 137:4 How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?

As you can see, the Israelites of old refused to entertain their captors…refused to provide the requested mirth…asking amongst themselves, “How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?”

But unlike the time of the Babylon captivity, today’s coup against God’s People, and today’s ongoing overthrow thereof, is, so far, being accomplished without conventional warfare.

So, the people, by-and-large, don’t even realize the depth and severity of the attempted coup against them, because it’s being accomplished almost solely through occult ritual deception.  Which is why God’s Word warns us that there will be times we can’t even trust our own neighbors.  As it’s written:

Jeremiah 9:4 Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders.

 

Jeremiah 9:5 And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.

 

Jeremiah 9:6 Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the Lord.

First, the powers-that-be deceive your neighbors into putting on the mask.  Then your neighbors, thinking they’re doing right, work to push you into doing the same, using peer pressure and “virtue signaling.”

And if you refuse to be deceived, as they are, they’ll slander you, turn against you, and work to supplant you.

Does this sound at all familiar to you?

Tell me again, how many cities and states now have highly-publicized “snitch lines” in which your neighbors can call up and report you for not wearing a mask?  One U.S. city alone is said to have registered an astonishing 200,000 “tip-off” calls on their snitch line in a single week.

Yes, it’s just an updated version of what the book of Jeremiah tells us has happened before.  Neighbor being turned against neighbor.  In this case, over their failure to perform a prescribed ritual.

Like the old movie, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, your own neighbors end up as mind-controlled “pod people” who want nothing more than to drag you into the interconnected pod hive with themselves and all of the other victims of mind-control, happily betraying you (and your God-given freedom and position) in the process.

But the mask-wearing has another occult meaning, as well, which we’ve only lightly touched on.  As the Coronacircus.com website states about the wearing of the masks:

To better understand the symbolism of wearing the mask, try typing the word ‘censorship’ into Google Images and see what kind of illustration predominantly comes up. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find:

That’s also why our figurehead leaders are ostensibly refusing to “mask up”:  We are the one’s being gagged, not them.

These unconscious associations are extremely strong. Gags are a symbol of subservience and domination; they are deeply humiliating (and indeed they are popular in BDSM sexual bondage practices).

That is why people resist them so much; that is also why they are currently being made mandatory the world over. There is little doubt the unproductive barbarians behind this circus are enjoying themselves; they believe they are being subtle.”

Ah, yes.  Subtle like the serpent. Coronacircus.com continues by pointing out:

This also involves imposing their symbols on us. The esoteric interpretation of the mandatory gagging ties directly into the symbology of silence that is as old as occultism itself.”

The symbology of silence is as old as occultism itself.

The symbology of silence is as old as occultism itself.

And here’s one little thing in particular they’d love you to keep silent about:

Caption on box of standard face masks: “This product…will not provide any protection against COVID-19 (Coronavirus) or other viruses or contaminants” …

Yes, they even admit right on the box holding the face masks that they don’t work for coronavirus.

So why would they force you to wear them under penalty of law?  Because, in the grand scheme of things, wearing the mask has nothing to do with coronavirus. It has to do with initiating you into the new global order, and your new place within it.

Finally, as the occult website, Occult-World.com, states about the wearing of masks:

Ancient peoples understood well the power of the mask. Evidence of mask-wearing in prehistoric societies shows that masks may have been intended to transform the wearer magically.

 

“… The mask has been revered as a sacred object of power, a living thing that either has its own persona or represents the persona of another being. It enables the wearer magically to bring to life, and even become, the persona or spirit being represented by the mask.

 

“…The mask is a mediator between the ego and archetype, the mundane [i.e., worldly] and the supernatural, the sacred and the comic. It connects the present to the past, the individual to the entire collective of race, culture, country—and humanity.”

In other words, mask-wearing is symbolic of the silent acceptance of humanistic one-worldism under Satan.  What might that eventually look like?  How about this:

The precursor to Revelation 13:15? “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”

As you can now see, there’s much, much more to the wearing of masks than what we’ve been led to believe.  Mask-wearing is a very occultic phenomena, and always has been.  Literally for thousands of years.

Indeed, it’s a striking example of musterion – a secret religious initiation having to do with silence being imposed by shutting the mouth.  Again, according to the Strong’s Concordance, the word “Mystery” from the title “Mystery, Babylon,” consists of “the idea of silence, imposed by initiation into religious rites.”

Surely, by now, you understand that the mask-wearing has nothing to do with coronavirus, but instead, with the filthy pagan and occult beliefs of our present overlords who are seeking to make us their willing slaves through psychological programming, aka occult ritual programming.

Hey, don’t be surprised. This is what occultists do. Like the story of the lady who rescues the hapless snake, only to have it bite her later.  But when she asks the snake “Why did you bite me?” the snake simply replies, “Because I’m a snake, lady.  That’s what we do.”

In making you wear the mask, the powers-that-be are initiating you into their new order.  They’re demoting you from your position as a sovereign representative on earth to the Most High God, to your new position as a dependent slave to their system, aka, their “Mystery, Babylon,” which could very simply be translated: silent confusion.

Can the power of this occult ritual be stopped?  Yes, it can.  And quite easily, for any Christian.  As a Christian, you can simply opt-out of the ritual.  Stop participating.  Withdraw your consent!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Ritual Daily Hand Washings

We’ve now discovered that the global mask-wearing phenomena is part of an occult initiation ritual designed to usher the initiate into a new paradigm – a new position in a new global order.  The mask itself signals one’s consent to the change, and symbolizes loss of one’s previous sovereign position as a faithful Christian carrying forth God’s Word.

So, what about the other rituals they’ve imposed upon us, such as the daily ritual washing of hands?

Perhaps you’ve dutifully washed your hands eight or 10 times a day now, for months on end, thinking it’s a way to keep “the virus” from infecting you.  And yes, there’s indeed some truth to the idea of washing one’s hands to help prevent the spread of an infectious microorganism.

But… in reality, for the purposes of occult ritual initiation, the powers-that-be have you symbolically washing your hands of your duties to Christ Himself.

To the occultists, this forced occult ritual washing of the hands reverses Pilate’s public handwashing ritual, which, for the last 2,000 years, has put the onus for Christ’s death on the hands of the ritualists themselves, and absolved Christ (and the Romans) of all guilt:

Matthew 27:24 — When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

Pilate performed a ritual washing of his hands in front of all of the people of Israel as a means of placing the responsibility for the Lord’s death directly on the heads of those who made sure He would be crucified.

Now, the powers-that-be in this day-and-age – who are descendants of those very same earthly powers who slew Christ on that cross at Calvary — have you working each day, in occult symbolic ritual, to reverse the impact of Pilate’s original ritual hand-washing, as well as his pronouncement of Christ’s innocence.

Wash your hands,” the powers-that-be tell you every single day on the nightly news.  “Spend at least 30 seconds on each finger of your hands, and on your palms and the back of your hands.  Do this repeatedly throughout the day if you want to live.”

So, your acceptance of the ritual mask-wearing alchemically begins creating the “new you” – the initiated servant moving from his old position into the new.  And your ritual washing of hands has you symbolically (albeit unconsciously) washing away your old position – your old Master and his prescribed ways — in anticipation of your new master and his.

It’s that simple.  Hand washing is the occult ritualistic symbol of rejection.

When you fall for the hand-washing ritual, you’re symbolically washing away your old life, under Christ, in willing acceptance of your new life under the new order of the enemy and his “many antichrists” who have been pulling off this coup from the start.

The “Social Distancing” Ritual

So if the masking ritual signal one’s consent to change, and symbolizes loss of one’s previous sovereign position as a faithful Christian carrying forth God’s Word, and the hand-washing ritual symbolizes the washing away of the old Christian order so the new order can be ushered in, what does the “social distancing” ritual signify?

This one’s almost too easy to spot:  Right off the bat, the use of the magical number six – as in six feet apart — should set your Spidey senses on edge, meaning, of course, your God-given discernment.

After all, there’s no more widely used occult number in the world than the number “six.”  As you know, the antichrist’s very number is “six hundred, three score and six,” or 6-6-6.

“Social distancing” as state-mandated humiliation…If restaurants carrying out the governors’ edicts can get you do participate in this “new normal,” it’s a clear message that the government can do anything to you without repercussion…

The powers-that-be assure us that if we’ll all walk six feet apart, we won’t catch coronavirus.  Do you really need me to explain why that’s a bunch of hogwash?

Are you not aware that there are already MILLIONS of viruses in every breath of air you take?  No matter where you walk, those viruses are there – somewhere between 1.6 million to 40 million viruses in every cubic meter of air we pass through as we walk.

So, no matter how far apart from others you walk, those viruses are there.  You can’t escape them, except perhaps in a full-blown Hazmat suit with an air tank that you’d need to leave running 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

So, much like mask-wearing, social distancing is a lie.  It cannot possibly work.  Yet we’re being forced to participate in it.  But why would they do so?  And if it can’t really help against viruses, what’s it’s occult purpose?  Well, try this on for size:

Each of us are individual, but integral, parts of the many-membered body of Christ.  We don’t just walk with Christ.  True Christians walk in Christ.

Colossians 2:6-7 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

But symbolically speaking, the ritual of “social distancing” — at the magical “six feet” apart – is the part of the initiation ritual that SEPARATES YOU from Christ.

Rather than walking in Him, as His personal representative on this earth, you’re now symbolically and ritualistically separated from Him. Like Kevin Bacon and his Six Degrees of Separation.

Six feet from the Father.  Six feet from the Son.  Six feet from the Holy Spirit.  Yes, that’s 6-6-6.

The occult ramifications are undeniable.

But that’s not all:  Each individual Christian must remain six feet away from all other Christians.  Do you understand what the powers-that-be are doing, ritualistically and symbolically?

Let me explain it:  As a member of the Body of Christ, you’re supposed to be an integral part of the “whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth…”  As it’s written:

Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

The term “fitly joined together” in the above verse means “joined, joint-to-joint” or “close-jointed.”  The word “compacted” in the above verse means “united.”

In other words, Christians are supposed to come together, sinew-to-sinew and joint-to-joint, tightly united in the Body of Christ.  And through preaching His Word, we’re to help bring others into the tightly-knit body to help the body grow.

But the occult ritual initiation rule of six feet of separation symbolically neutralizes this command.  (Remember, this is a form of occult magic.  Symbols are everything in occult magic.)

It puts arbitrary man-made distance between those who are supposed to have no distance at all between them.  It rips the metaphorical body of Christ apart at the seams, symbolically speaking.  It separates the “joints and sinews” that are supposed to be so tightly knit together.

But as a well-studied and faithful Christian, you know there’s absolutely nothing on this earth that can separate you from the love of Christ (Romans 8:35-39).  And that especially includes some stupid occult ritual.

Nevertheless, ritual occult magic is what the powers-that-be do.  They glory in it.  Their Kabbalah is full of it.  It’s what they’ve done for thousands of years.  In other words, it’s what they sincerely believe in.  And… it’s what they want us to buy into without critical thought.

Centuries ago, they brought their occult ritual Kabalistic magic all of the way back from Babylon.  Now they’ve opened the ancient books.  And they’re unleashing the rituals in the final days of this flesh earth age.

And the worst part is this:  It’s actually working.  People are falling for it because of the sheer depth and breadth of the deception.  And all of this over a virus with a 98.5% survival rate!  Talk about putting people into a global trance!

In the end, the ritual of forced “social distancing” is designed to symbolically negate or neutralize God’s Word in a multitude of ways:

  • By eliminating fellowship between believers…
  • By stopping church services worldwide…
  • By causing faithful church pastors to be cited or even arrested for holding church services…
  • By causing faithful congregants to be cited or even arrested for attending church services…
  • By symbolically tearing apart the mystical and metaphorical Body of Christ, which is supposed to be “fitly joined together and compacted.”

In Amos 3:3, the prophet asks a very simple question:

Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Well, two Christians can’t “walk together” if the powers-that-be can force them to walk six feet apart.  We’re building a many-membered body, folks.  A living temple of Christ, with each brick pressed up against the next like the sinews running through your physical body.  As it’s written:

1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

But you can’t put together a many-membered body – a living temple of God on earth — if you can’t press the bricks up close to each other in the building process.  You know what happens when there are gaps in the seams between the bricks:  It gives the “rats” an easy way to get into the temple.

The bottom line is that the “social distancing” ritual is symbolically designed to physically  and spiritually limit the impact of Christianity on this earth, and put a halt to the growth of the many-membered Body of Christ in the final days of this flesh earth age.  It’s a very clever ritual.

But here’s one thing the powers-that-be have overlooked: “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:6).

God has been putting together His many-membered body in Christ for some 2,000 years now.  And we’ve all worked hard to help build it further.

So that’s our command for these times: “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

And we follow that command by exposing the occult rituals of the powers-that-be.  We stop participating in the global rituals and their components. And we resume our work for the Lord.  We walk together, in Christ, tightly knit.  Never six feet apart, physically or spiritually.

And whatever you do, don’t let the “Karens” of this world get your goat on “social distancing,” either.

It’s not their business where, or how, you walk your walk in the Lord.  But always know that these thoroughly addled, out-of-work hall monitors are out there, and they despise you for your choice of not consenting to the new order:

The Ritual of Lockdowns and “Social Isolation”

Stay home.  Stay safe.  Save lives.”

That’s what we’re being told, anyway.  Yet a recent study of NY area hospitals demonstrates that a whopping 66% of all coronavirus hospitalizations have been among people who wore masks, washed their hands, practiced six feet of separation, and stayed home.

In other words, the vast majority of the hospitalizations were among people who followed the rules, prompting the Daily Mail to ask in a headline news article, “Does lockdown even work?”

Draconian “lockdowns” for pandemic flus were rejected as ineffective and destructive, in a seminal 2006 paper, on infectious disease & socioeconomic grounds, by serious, experienced epidemiologists, led by D.A. Henderson, former Dean of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health — the man who eradicated smallpox. (See https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/05/study-led-d-henderson-man-eradicated-smallpox-finds-draconian-lockdowns-flu-pandemics-rejected-ineffective-even-destructive/)

And if lockdowns don’t work, then why on God’s green earth are our global overlords making us “stay at home”?  From an occult point-of-view, there’s an answer:

Lockdowns are little more than social isolation rituals, performed for the purpose of “purifying” the initiate so he can enter the new order unimpeded by things of the past no longer considered, by the powers-that-be, to be beneficial to the initiate.

There are basically four stages to an isolation ritual:

Stage 1:  Isolation for purification (you’re cut off from the normal, and thrust into a “new normal” that’s completely different than your past life)

Stage 2:  Surrender to the “new normal.”  This often involves being given a token gift (think “stimulus check”) leading the initiate believe he’s being well-taken care of by his new overlords, so there’s no need to rebel against the new order one is being initiated into.

Stage 3:  Sacrifice.  No gift can be given without something being taken. In this case, your dignity…your sovereign independence…your voice…your individual power on this earth as a representative of the Word of the Most High God – all of these things, and more, are being taken from you in exchange for the cold “comfort” of a new way in a new world.

Stage 4:  Submission.  Think:  Mandatory vaccines.  Social tracing.  The willing acceptance of new rules for a new order.

Once again, the idea is that the “new person” being initiated into the “new order” needs to be psychologically, if not physically, purged of the old way, before gradually being initiated into the new way.

At the website AvoidtheMark.com, an article on initiation rituals states:

“The isolation stage of the ritual is for purification. In this stage, the initiate is separated from the mundane. Did you know that mundane literally means “of the world?”

 

The initiate is largely removed from the otherwise familiar persons, places and things that they’re used to, in order to be “cleared” of them.

 

An initiate is forced to become detached and insulated, purged and “purified.”

 

An essential element of this separation from one’s typical environment is the suspension of the normal rules of living that one is used to; the normal way is no more.

 

Most of the initiate’s senses will become commanded and regulated at this time. In other words, the majority of what the initiate sees, hears, smells, touches and tastes, is deliberately controlled.

 

With nowhere else to go except the places that we’re “allowed,” the insulated, isolated, initiated may be forced to confront his or her own reflection and inner shadows that have been ignored or buried somewhere deep beneath the average day-to-day.

 

…Just as they involve surrender, initiation rituals also involve sacrifice; both the tangible that can be held in the hand, and the intangible, such as behaviors, must be given up by requirement.

 

After all, for something to be “given,” something must also be taken; a token of submission, an ounce of blood; a pound of clay to be remolded.

 

Whether dramatically overt or deceitfully subtle, the ritual reinterprets reality; a new definition of reality is given. Training in the form of new behaviors and knowledge, including myths and codes are introduced.

 

Things necessary for new members to function properly in the new version of society they’re being inducted into are all imbued during this timeRepetition is typical, as it’s use helps hammer home the spell on the initiates.”

 

Just think about it:  What they’re describing is the implementation of the “new normal.”

But you have to lose the “old normal” first, in order to be initiated into the “new normal.”  Hence the lockdowns…loss of work…travel restrictions…business restrictions…food shortages…and much, much more.

In the end, the “new normal” becomes the norm, and the old ways are gradually forgotten.  New mythologies are created for the new world, by our new masters.

And the “new you” – the transformed you – is birthed from the isolation.

In Summary

So, there you have it.  The world today is undergoing a four-part occult ritual initiation and transformation ceremony – largely conducted through symbology, as virtually all occult rituals are – and designed to bring everyone, willingly and subserviently, into the new global order.

The global occult ritual of mask-wearing signals your consent to your new, subservient position, under your new masters, and the loss of your position as a vocal representative of, or mouthpiece for, the Word of God on this earth.

The global occult ritual of handwashing represents the washing away of the old order (i.e., the Christian Order you once belonged to), so a new order can be ushered in and firmly established.

The global occult ritual of six feet of “social distancing” symbolizes the breaking apart of the Body of Christ on earth, so it no longer functions as a stable and cohesive unit.

The global occult ritual of lockdowns symbolize isolation from everything normal so you can be “purified” from your old ways…surrender your former status to the new order…sacrifice your very self to the new order…and finally, willingly submit to the new order through obedience to it. And this will go on until the “new you” evolves like a Phoenix from the drama and trauma, straight into the waiting arms of Satan himself, ultimately.  (Do you see now why our heavenly Father reduced the tribulation from seven years to five months, “for the elect’s sake”?)

All told, it’s an astonishing sight to behold.

The whole thing is being accomplished through a massive, global, theater-like stage play replete with occult rituals that virtually everyone, with the exception of God’s elect, are willingly participating in, ignorant of their true meaning and ultimate purpose.

The Mark of the Beast

All told, these ongoing occult initiation rituals – the wearing of masks…the washing of hands…the six feet of separation…the lockdowns — are the direct precursor, if you will, to accepting the Mark of the Beast.

Now, the Bible tells us that the Mark of the Beast is placed in the forehead and on the right hand (Revelation 13:16-17) of those who willingly take it.

I’ve often asked myself how so many people – the entire world, actually, with the exception of God’s elect — could possibly take the Mark of the Beast, willingly, since it’s quite literally the most well-known occultic “mark” the world has ever known.

After all, far more people know about the Mark of the Beast, than, say, other “marks” such as the Scarlet Letter (a letter “A” branded in red on the flesh of an adulteress), or the Yellow Star the Jews were forced to wear on their clothing in Nazi Germany.

But what if the infamous Mark of the Beast is not a visible mark, at all?  Not a vaccine.  Not a tattoo.  Not a “quantum dot.”  Not a scarred brand on seared human flesh.  But instead, an invisible, spiritual mark?

Indeed, what if the Mark of the Beast is so seemingly innocuous in nature, one can quite easily be deceived into taking it, through occult ritual magick initiation and transformation, like we’re seeing take place today on a global basis?

The “mark” in the forehead simply means one mentally buys into the new system they’re being initiated into.  And the “mark” in the right hand simply means one begins working for the new system…becoming a full and willing participant in it. 

In other words, what if the Mark of the Beast on the right hand and in the forehead simply means the people buy into the new system, hand-and-mind?

Symbolically speaking, first the initiate willingly believes the deceptive story being promulgated by the powers-that-be (i.e., keep in mind that belief is a function of the mind/forehead), and then the initiate willingly and earnestly participates in the occult initiation and programming (i.e., begins wearing masks…washing hands…social distancing…locking down).

Voila!  You now belong to the powers-that-be, hand-and-mind.  They’ve captured you with a lie, and you don’t even realize it.  In this case, it’s the coronavirus lie.

They’ve got you dancing to their tune.  And that’s precisely what the Mark of the Beast accomplishes, when Satan gets here:  Mental and emotional acceptance of the Satanic “Mystery, Babylon” system by the people of the world.  And willingness – even eagerness – to work within that Satanic system, to its benefit.  That’s your “mark.”  As it’s written:

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

The only difference at this point is that Satan is not yet physically here to deceive people with his miracles into joining his global beast system and installing him as its god.

But his henchmen are here, and they’re softening up the world with these global occult ritual initiations, in preparation for the time when their father the devil finally arrives in his splendorous role as the false messiah, and offers the “mark” in much the same way its precursor is being offered to us today.

That’s why I say this occult global ritual initiation/transformation is nothing less than a sneak peak at the Mark of the Beast — a global dress rehearsal for it, if you will.

The beast commanded the ritual initiation of the people of this earth, and literally billions of people worldwide fell into stride and unwittingly (yet quite willingly) participated, hand-and-mind, in their ritual.

Think about it.  Virtually the entire world – with the exception of God’s elect — rallied around a singular global banner that was emblazoned everywhere.  And that banner read:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Folks, when Satan finally arrives in his role as the false messiah, that’s exactly what the Mark of the Beast is going to be like:  The whole world coming together as one, and then going to work for the system, under its new leader.

The story you’ll be asked to believe – the lie they’ll be promulgating — is this: “Jesus is here.”  But as the Scripture warns:

Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:

 

Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

 

Mark 13:23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

If, at that time, you believe the blatant lie that Christ is here, when the Scripture tells you the exact opposite, you’ve taken (rather, you’ve been taken-in by) the first part of the Mark of the Beast, i.e., the mark in your forehead, which represents your belief.

You’ve believed the lie with your mind, just as people today have been completely taken in by the coronavirus lie – the lie that a virus with a 98.5% survival rate constitutes a “global pandemic” through which we must give up all of our liberties and freedoms.

As it’s written of that soon-coming time when Satan is on this earth in his role as the false messiah:

2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

 

2 Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Then, when you begin working fervently for the new system, implementing the changes in your life that will be required by its global leader in his role as the god of this earth, you’ve taken the second part of the Mark, i.e., the mark in your right hand, which, Biblically-speaking, is your hand of power and the hand through which you strike an agreement with others.

You’ve embraced the new system with a hand-clasp, just as literally billions of folks around the globe, today, are enthusiastically (yet unwittingly) embracing the ritual occult mask-wearing, hand-washing, six feet of separation, and lockdowns imposed on them by their new global masters.

In short, it’s my belief that what we’re seeing today is a global dry run for when Satan finally gets here, and deceives the world into accepting the true Mark of the Beast.

In Conclusion

The short, 12-minute video below, titled “The Characteristics of an Initiation Ritual,” synopsizes some of the most pertinent points I’ve tried to explain in this commentary.  It’s well worth the listen:

The bottom line is this:  You can choose to become another brick in the wall of this fledgling global order they’re trying so desperately to usher in (and which, I believe, will ultimately fail, based on Daniel 11:14).

Or, you can choose to remain a living stone in the Temple of the Most High God (I Peter 2:5), and stand firm in your purpose as a vessel through which His Word is transmitted to others.  That is your eternal destiny, IF you’re not talked out of it through deception.

Choose very wisely.

Related topics:

God and Plagues (Then and Now)

The News Media, Mind Control and the Myth of the “Free Press”

When Is It Okay for Christians to Disobey the Government?

The Christian Response to Coronavirus:  Faith v/s Fear

How Christians CAN Fight Back and Make a Difference

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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How Christians CAN Fight Back and Make a Difference

Patriotic Americans on the steps of the Michigan capitol building, telling the Governor to “End the Lockdown!”

Just one day after the massive populist protests in Michigan, in which thousands of the state’s residents shut down traffic leading to the state capitol and descended peacefully on foot onto the capitol grounds, many of them openly carrying sidearms and AR-15s strapped over their shoulders…

…and just one day after the governor of Kentucky was shouted down by hundreds of his own constituents who were boisterously protesting his egregious “coronavirus” shutdown policies…

…and just one day after church leaders started filing lawsuits in federal court against the restrictions on church function…

…President Trump stepped forward to hastily announce on national television that as soon as the infection rate slows down, he’s going to begin reopening the country using a graduated, three-step plan.

This proves the old political adage, “When elected officials begin to feel the heat, they suddenly begin to see the light,” meaning that growing public pressure on elected officials really works.  You just need to have the courage (and faith in God) to take a stand, and hold that stand.  Even a solitary stand, if need be.

What They Fear

The one thing our governmental overlords are still afraid of is this:  Open civil disobedience.

That’s exactly what they were facing the day before yesterday when angry but nevertheless peaceful citizens – many of the openly armed — began descending upon the Michigan state capital.

And quite frankly, it’s exactly what they’re still facing, today, as more and more people come to realize our government has just given away $6 TRILLION in taxpayer money to some of the richest mega-corporations in the world, while average Americans were offered only a single paltry $1,200 payment to make up for the completely unnecessary loss of their jobs and their family’s livelihoods.

It’s the ultimate insult.

What’s more, American small businesses were offered only a total of $329 million in “coronavirus aid,” which ran out after only three short weeks, leaving most small businesses twisting in the wind, wondering if they’ll ever recover or find the financial resources needed to re-open and start again from scratch.

Folks, these 30.2 million small businesses are the actual financial backbone of the nation.  They employ more Americans than all of the mega-corporations put together.  And they’re the ones taking the brunt of this crisis.  But they’re not the ones who got the needed help in time of crisis.  And that should tell you exactly how our supposedly benevolent overlords feel about us.

Worse yet, the multi-trillion dollar bailout of the major multi-national corporations is open-ended, meaning they’ll get trillions more taxpayer dollars as the need arises over the weeks and months directly ahead.

But what more help might America’s 30.2 million small businesses get?  None.  And what more aid might the average financially destitute American get for all of their troubles?  None.  You’re on your own.

Protesters block the streets around the Michigan state capitol, telling their Governor, “End the Lockdowns!”

The giveaway of trillions of dollars’ worth of taxpayer money to huge, multi-national corporations that should have simply been allowed to fail, is at least 10 times more extravagant than the last taxpayer bailout of the same damned corporations.  Yes, ten times!

In 2008 Bush bailed out these very same mega-corporations to the tune of $700 billion dollars.  Today, it’s $6 trillion, and counting.

A single trillion dollars is one thousand billion dollars.  So, $6 trillion is six thousand billion dollars.  THINK ABOUT THAT.  We’ve now gone from handing over $700 billion in taxpayer money to the richest men in the world, to handing out six thousand billion dollars to them.

It’s your money they’re using.  At least, you’re on the hook for it, as a taxpayer, because it’s now become part of the U.S. debt.  You’ll be paying on it, and your children will be paying on it, and your grandchildren will be paying on it, and your great-grandchildren will be paying on it, for as far into the future as the eye can see.

So, this is not over, by far.  It will affect every aspect of your life, for decades into the future, and even far beyond that.

Truth be told, no one with any common sense believes Trump is going to open the country – at least to the same extent it was open before the crisis — any time soon.  And even if he finally does, his so-called “three-stage plan” is not without flaws.

For example, stage one of his plan is to send people back to work, “sometime after the virus dies down.”   When that will be, they don’t know.  It could be months.  It could be years.  No dates were given.  But someday.  You can count on it, because Trump promised it, just like he promised us we’d be through this by Easter.

But it’s not until stage two of his plan that schools will be allowed to reopen, prompting many parents to ask, “How the hell are we supposed to go back to work during stage one, when our kids will be home alone every day the entire time?” After all, in 85% of American families, both parents must work just to pay the bills.

So, Trump’s plan is perhaps poorly-thought-out.  But more importantly, it’s a mollifying tactic.  It’s designed to soothe raised hackles.  It’s designed to short-circuit the growing civil disobedience.

His three-step plan might actually be put into action one day.  Or, it might never be put into action.  But their hope is that by simply announcing there’s “a plan to reopen the country” it will help stave off the growing grassroots rebellion that’s been fomenting for the past month throughout numerous states.

But the point is this:   The pressure from beleaguered citizens is already working, and will continue to work, if we’ll just keep it up.  They’re definitely taking note of America’s mood, and factoring it into their decisions.  You’ve just witnessed what one lousy day of protesting can do.  The Orange Man hastily trots himself out in front of the cameras and announces on national TV, “Hey, don’t worry…I’m going to reopen the country someday soon.”

Yes, the politicians began to cave-in as soon as some of the hardier elements among the American population began to wake up and start making noise.  LEARN THE LESSON FROM THAT.  It’s important.  Understanding the lesson can make your future.  Failing to understand the lesson can break your future.

What You Can Do

So Steve,” one concerned gentleman wrote me today, “I understand what you’re saying about the loss of freedoms we’re experiencing over a virus no more deadly than the seasonal flu.  I understand the blood of our forefathers was shed for those very same freedoms.  And I can clearly see those freedoms are being taken away from us under flimsy excuse.  But what exactly are Christians supposed to do to fight back?  Are you actually telling us to take up arms against our own government?

My answer:

No, I’m not asking you to take up arms.

Instead, I’m asking you to be up-in-arms.  Angry.  Righteously indignant at the growing loss of freedoms and liberties that’s been foisted upon us so the government can rob the treasury of trillions upon trillions of taxpayer dollars and give it away to the richest corporations in the world, and we can’t even publicly protest the theft.  We’re expected to cower in our homes, with masks on.

Hell, we can’t even go to work and gripe about the situation over the coffee hutch at break time.  And that’s largely because they don’t want us getting together, comparing notes, and figuring out it’s not about the virus at all, and it never has been.  It’s all about the money.

The Treasury has been raided by the globalist robber barons.  The wealth of our nation has been stolen.  Our own leaders are complicit.  And We the People, who are actually on the hook for the money, collectively, weren’t even consulted.  Instead, we were robbed of our own jobs and sent home to stew about it…with homemade facemasks on.  Geesh.

So, have you at least tried thinking about different things you can do, rather than just instantly dismissing the whole idea of taking action with “Well, what good would it do, anyway?”

What if the Founding Father’s had taken the lackadaisical attitude when the full military might of Britain came against them?  We wouldn’t even have a country to defend today if the Founders had held those faithless do-nothing attitudes.  Instead, in writing, they publicly pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to secure and defend America’s freedoms.

Today, as I think back about the incredible amount of courage it must have taken to publicly sign their names to that document – the Declaration of Independence — I cannot help but think that the best way to honor their courage is for each of us to consider making a similar personal pledge to our fellow Americans.

If more Christians don’t get their dander up a bit, and start speaking out, right now, while the momentum is turning to our side, we simply WON’T have a “free country” left to defend.

So that brings us back to the question:  What can you do?

Have you even considered some of these extremely simple tasks, now that you have so much free time on your hands?

  • Writing, emailing or calling your local mayor, your city council members, and your local police chief or Sheriff to express your views about what’s happening.

  • Writing, emailing or calling the editor of your local newspaper to express your views about what’s happening.

  • Writing, emailing or calling the Governor of your state to express your views about what’s happening.

  • Writing, emailing or calling the President of the United States to express your views about what’s happening.

  • Writing, emailing or calling the Vice-President of the United States to express your views about what’s happening.

  • Writing, emailing or calling the Attorney General of the United States to express your views about what’s happening.

Can you imagine what would happen if every patriotic Christian in America flooded the inboxes, mail boxes and phones of our leaders with the simple message “End the Lockdowns now, or you’ll regret it at the ballot box.”?

Can you see the looks on your leader’s faces as the guy from the mailroom comes into their office and says, “I have about 4,000 letters from your constituents saying ‘End the lockdown now, or you’ll regret it at the ballot box.’  What would you like me to do with them?”

Never forget: “When they begin to feel the heat, they begin to see the light.”

Or, if you’ve already done all of the above…

  • Have you also written up a List of Grievances and Petition for Redress, like our Founding Father’s did, and sent it to the appropriate federal, state and local authorities?

  • Have you searched online for local peaceful protest events you can attend, such as the protest recently held at the state capitol in Michigan in which thousands of citizens sick and tired of being locked out of their businesses and churches, and closed up in their houses, blocked traffic all around the capitol building and then marched to the capitol steps to express their grievances over the lockdowns? Or like the peaceful protest at the Kentucky state capitol in which the collective voices of the protestors drowned out the gloom-and-doom “pro-lockdown” speech being given by the Kentucky governor Andy Beshear?

  • Did you realize Christian pastors are suing the state of California for their lockdown of churches? Have you considered joining the California lawsuit, or at least helping fund it? How about starting a lawsuit in your own state where churches have been shut down?

Or if none of that is your cup of tea, have you considered doing what this intrepid family did, and peacefully protest (and educate others) by putting a sign on your car saying, “Seasonal Flu kills more than COVID”?

That’s actually Brandon Ward’s family car in the photo above.  As he explained in an article posted to the World Events and the Bible website, for a total investment of just $4.50 he was able to buy several brightly colored window markers and make his point to the world around him.

Do you understand the power of that message?

What if EVERY Christian wrote that message on their cars in big, neon-colored window markers  And what if, on your opposite car window you wrote End the Lockdowns!?  If enough Christians were seen standing up and speaking truth to power like that, in every state, it would begin stirring debate among the people, and the politicians would begin to get the message.

There are many, many ways to protest before we ever reach the stage of armed revolt.  And many ways to educate.

Look, your protest doesn’t have to be anything elaborate.  Just do something.  Overcome the fear and act in faith on what you know to be true.  After all, exactly what do you have to be afraid of?  “If God be for you, who can be against you?

As I’ve stated 1,000 times now over the past few weeks, it’s the combined ongoing efforts of thousands of determined individual Christians, each one speaking truth to power in his or her own way, that can turn this tide and help save the country.

And when we put that collective pressure on our representatives – locally, statewide and federally — they suddenly start to remember just who it is they’re actually supposed to be serving.  From time to time, they need that reminder.

Fat, Lazy Christians

But Christians have become complacent – i.e., spiritually fat and lazy, just like Deuteronomy 32 states of “Jeshuran.”  No faith left.

They mouth the words “Lord, lord” a lot, but His Word is actually far from their hearts.  And you can actually see this when it comes time for action, because they simply won’t take any.  Instead, they make excuses.  At their worst, they manipulate and use God’s Word to justify their excuses.

When it comes to acting in faith, they honestly don’t even know what that means.  They think faith is a feeling.  It’s not a feeling, folks.  It’s the willingness to take action, in God’s name, when everyone else is too afraid to take action.  That’s what true faith is.

The Muslims still have it.  The Jews still have it.  But Christians lost it a long time ago.  Even those sporting themselves to be “God’s elect” have retreated into the shadows of fear, claiming “God fights my battles for me.”

No, He fights them with you, meaning you have to take the initial action and, if you put it into His hands first after asking for guidance and direction, He’ll bless those efforts.

But the only battles He fights for you are the battles of Armageddon and Hamon-Gog at His Second Coming.  And folks, this isn’t His Second Coming.  So quit putting the cart before the horse.  God doesn’t like it.

I promise you this:

If you continue to use His Word to justify your fear and faithless inaction, He’ll never lift a finger for you again.  Why?  Because when your time to act on your faith came along, you wilted.

You actually thought your silence was a demonstration of your faith.  Unbelievable.  Speaking out publicly would have demonstrated your faith.  But being silent only demonstrates your cowardice and complacency.  You’ve embraced your chains, and that means He can’t use you.  You’re unfit.

The “Delivered Up Before My Time” Excuse

Well, Steve, you simply don’t understand.  I’m not going to do anything that might get me delivered up before my time,” many fellow Christians have written to tell me.

But it’s they who don’t understand, and are using that little jingoism — “delivered up before my time” (a phrase which occurs nowhere in the Bible) — like a security blanket in order to justify their personal inaction and fear.

The fact of the matter is this:

You’ll never be delivered up if you’ve been tested and have failed the test through inaction and fear.  Never.  God just doesn’t work that way.  He doesn’t give the job to fearful people who cower in the shadows at the first sign of trouble, and then blithely use Scripture to justify their inaction and low faith.

Being delivered up to the Synagogue of Satan is not some automatic destiny.  It’s earned.  It’s earned by people with courage and faith.  People who won’t wilt at the first sign of trouble.  People who will look to their Bibles for courage to act, rather than for reasons to fail to act.

God isn’t going to use anyone who hasn’t already proven their ability to stand firmly in their faith and take action in the face of persecution.  God tries and tests people’s mettle.  That means, He puts them through persecutions to see how they’ll react.

For example, we have the example of little David, who, as a young man tending his father’s sheep, first had to face a lion attacking one of the lambs he was responsible for.  Then, he had to face a raging bear attacking the lamb (the lamb represents Christianity, if you haven’t figured that out yet; and you’re supposed to be little David).  Let’s see what happened:

1 Samuel 17:34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:

 

1 Samuel 17:35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.

 

1 Samuel 17:36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

 

1 Samuel 17:37 David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.

So David strode forth in the face of a potential horrific death to himself, and slew both the lion and the bear, with his own bare hands.  He saved the little lamb taken by the lion and the bear.  He took the action, first, and the Lord blessed that action.

And his faithful action on behalf of the little lamb qualified him to take the stand against Goliath, who was threatening the “sheep” of Israel. Little David proved himself worthy, through his faithful actions.  He could have walked away from those bleating little sheep saying to himself, “Heck, I’m not going to risk my very life over a stupid sheep.”

But if he had wilted in the face of fear, God could have never used him against Goliath.

Instead, without a second thought, David jumped straight into the fray and boldly faced down the lion, and afterward, the bear.  His honor and his duty as the keeper of the sheep – i.e., a type of Christ – was at stake. And he wasn’t going to allow fear to besmirch that honor.  He was an overcomer.

Are you?

An overcomer isn’t something you can claim to be, and suddenly you are.  You have to actually overcome something, to be an overcomer.  You have to take action against what might appear – like little David’s lion and bear – to be an insurmountable obstacle.

So, if you say you’re an overcomer, then what have you actually overcome?

How about your fear of a manufactured virus crisis being used to rob your country blind?  How about your fear of standing up for yourself and your family when you’ve been stripped of just about everything – job, income, food supply, right to travel, right to associate with friends and neighbors in church, and more?

You see, God uses troubles like this to weed out the weak and fearful, just as He did with Gideon’s 32,000 troops that were ultimately whittled down to just 300 men after the 22,000 fearful were sent home (Judges 7:3), and another 9,700 who simply weren’t paying attention to the seriousness of the situation at hand were also sent home (Judges 7:4-8).

He sends home the fearful. And He further separates out those who aren’t paying close enough attention to the situation.

Back in Old Testament times, little David boldly showed us the way to get things done.  The heavily armed and highly trained military troops of Israel quaked in their boots at Goliath’s daily taunts.

But not little David.  His righteous indignation was spurred the very moment he heard the arrogant rantings of that giant warrior.  And he evoked God’s Word, stepped forward in pure and sincere faith, with nothing more than a slingshot in his hands, and quickly brought the massive beast down.

That’s faith-in-action. But never forget, David would have never been granted that privilege of slaying Goliath if he’d have chickened out back when the lion and the bear attacked the lamb.

I’ve got news for you, folks.  The lion and the bear are attacking the lamb again.  And if, when the antichrist finally arrives, you want the privilege of being delivered up to the synagogues of Satan so God can testify through you, then you’d better show yourself worthy and faithful, now, while you still have a chance.

But Christians don’t really believe in that kind of Davidic faith-in-action any longer.  That’s too bad, because by the time this manufactured crisis – err, robbery of our nation’s Treasury and jailing of our people in their own homes — is over, it could cost them everything, including their relationship with God.

A form of dreary servitude to the will of federal government and their globalist overlords will ultimately be their future.  And frankly, it’s what they deserve for their complacency and lack of faith and courage.

Why Do We Cheer Civil Disobedience as Long as It’s Not Our Own?

What’s funny to me is that we, here in the west, tend to cheer civil disobedience when it’s someone else doing the fighting.

For example, only a few short months ago we cheered when the young Hong Kong students boldly protested in the streets against the oppressive Chinese communist regime, and stood toe-to-toe against armed Chinese troops.

And only a few short months earlier, we cheered when the French “Yellow Vests” fought in the streets with French authorities against the excessively high “carbon taxes” the French government leveled upon them.

And we cheered when an entire country, like Briton, rebelled against its government overlords and exited the oppressive European Union.

We cheer and cheer them.

But here in America?  “Oh, Steve, don’t you know this is YHVH’s battle?  We’re not supposed to do any fighting.  We’re not supposed to stand up for our rights.  This is the Egyptian captivity of the end days.  We’re supposed to sit back, take our lumps and let the Lord do our fighting for us.”

Really?  Where in God’s Word did you ever get that idea?  Honestly, I have nothing but contempt mixed with profound sorrow for such a simpering coward who twists God’s Word out-of-proportion in order to justify his cowardice.

The bottom line is this:  Do as much as you can do.  But at least do something.   Faithfully.

For example, make a simple list of seven things you feel comfortable doing to help put more pressure on our overlords to stop the lockdowns of Christian churches and people’s homes and businesses.  Then, take action on each of those seven things.  Then, re-examine your list, and re-think additional possibilities of action, to see if there’s anything else you can do.

“But,” you might say, “that’s an awful lot of work, Steve.”  Well, bless your pointed little head, you lazy ass. Quit calling yourself a faithful Christian and go curl up in your bed while everyone else does the heavy lifting for you.  But we’ll remember.  We’ll remember your cowardice and laziness and lack of faith.  And so will God.

But if, by some outside chance, you still have a little bit of Christian courage left – which, by the way, requires at least a mustard’s seed worth of Christian faith — you can start by signing the petition at the link below.  This is a simple but powerful message asking your local mayor and governor to do the right thing and reopen your specific town, city and state in the face of growing new evidence pointing to the fact that coronavirus is no more virulent or deadly than the seasonal flu.

PETITION TO ASK YOUR LOCAL MAYOR AND GOVERNOR TO REOPEN TOWN CITY STATE

As you’ll see, the petition (under the heading “Our Stand”) contains a short list of grievances, very similar to the way our Founders wrote out their grievances first, in what was called a “Petition for the Redress of Grievances,” and sent the petition to the rulers in Britain to give them the opportunity to do the right thing.

That’s the first step in peaceful protest.

Here’s what the rest of your petition to your local and state government says:

As a constituent and concerned citizen, I am writing to urge you to reopen our schools, businesses and public spaces before May 1.

I’m sure that you’re aware that your constituents are suffering immensely:

– Many are without employment and have no way to provide for themselves and their families. They live each day in constant worry.

 – Some have had to close businesses that they poured their hearts and souls into building and sustaining. Their hopes and dreams have been shattered.  

– Some have relatives who are elderly or fatally ill whom they can’t visit and who will ultimately end up dying alone. This can lead to overwhelming grief and trauma.

– Some are not getting needed medical care, and others are being refused life-saving medical treatments by hospitals that are reserving medical supplies for COVID patients.

– Many are crippled with fear and anxiety over constant news reports about coronavirus, the possibility of death, and a shortage of hospital beds, supplies and treatments for those who fall ill.

– Despair, depression and devastation are widespread — be it from job losses, isolation, a lack of support systems, the erosion of fundamental freedoms of healthy, law-abiding citizens, and uncertainty over what the future holds.

– Staggering unemployment statistics and the loss in GDP alone cannot measure the degree of mass human suffering and the devastating impact stay-at-home orders have had on the human spirit.

– Projections by the Imperial College London — which were later retracted because they were vastly exaggerated — were used to justify the shutdown of our country, affecting the lives of hundreds of millions of healthy Americans.

– The model’s authors went on to acknowledge that two-thirds of the people projected to die from COVID-19 would have died with or without the infection due to the vast prevalence of chronic disease and related co-morbidities.

– Citizens now know that the real numbers and risks from COVID-19 are dramatically different. As such, the proportionate government response must also be dramatically different.

It’s extremely troubling that data upon which life-and-death decisions are being made is inaccurate and methodologically flawed.

Both the US health statistics agency and the World Health Organization have announced that the certification of “deaths by COVID-19” requires zero proof that the virus is the cause of death. As a result, the official death statistics attributed to COVID-19 do not require cases to be positively confirmed through virus testing. Merely “suspected” cases of COVID-19 are being included in the official numbers.

I understand that your office holds very broad police powers during times of emergency. It is your responsibility to implement safety measures to protect all citizens during a declared emergency.

In the best interest of our families and your voters, those powers must be used wisely. Public health policies are not intended to, nor will they ever be able to, provide individual or collective health. Public health policies have a proper role in society to shape a landscape conducive to achieving health: clean air; clean water; properly functioning sanitation systems; solid infrastructure; and education and resources on hygiene, nutrition and food preservation standards.

It’s not the government’s role to guarantee health or to privilege certain lives over others. It is the government’s role to protect voters’ fundamental freedoms, including the freedom to worship and to provide for their families, without state interference. 

Closing all schools and public spaces; closing all “non-essential” businesses; mandating that healthy, law-abiding citizens stay at home; and imposing other extreme measures has created widespread devastation.

The more than 17 million people who have filed for unemployment over the past few weeks far surpasses anything we saw during the Great Recession of 2008 when 6.6 million people lost their jobs. The shutdown must end by May 1, when more than 26 million individuals are projected to be unemployed.

The constant perpetuation of the fear of grave sickness and death must be lifted to return communities back to a state of functioning.

I urge you to re-open our state’s schools and businesses by May 1.

Please implement commonsense policies to protect the vulnerable while restoring people’s livelihoods and mitigating the real costs associated with shutting down schools and businesses.

I implore you to allow healthy individuals to return to work so that our jobs, our economy and the well-being of our citizens are not destroyed.

Thank you in advance for taking these bold steps and putting measures in place that serve the best interests of your constituents.”

Here’s the link, once again:

PETITION TO ASK YOUR LOCAL MAYOR AND GOVERNOR TO REOPEN TOWN CITY STATE

So, there’s at least one thing you can do, right this minute.  It’s not complicated.  And if the Governor of you state, and the local authorities, were to start getting hundreds or even thousands of these from angry citizens, what do you think might happen?  “When they feel the heat, they suddenly start seeing the light.

You can also:

Contact the President of the United States

Contact Your State Governor

Contract Your Congressional Representative

Contact Your Mayor

Keep the pressure up, folks.  It’s actually working.  But we can make it work a lot better.  Unless, of course, you’re actually enjoying your chains.

The “5 P’s” for Christian Action

I’ll leave you with one last bit of food for thought:

Here are my “5 P’s” for Christian action, in the consecutive order they should be implemented, one at a time, giving each one the time needed before moving on to the next:

  1. Pray daily for help from God Almighty; ask Him to move on people’s hearts and minds to help them understand what’s really going on, and ask Him to bless your efforts in standing up for your country and give you guidance and direction in doing so. Then…

  2. Petition your local, state and federal governments for redress of grievances. Then…

  3. Peacefully protest, in person, at local, state and federal governments for redress of grievances. Then…

  4. Pursue lawsuits (or join in existing lawsuits) against local, state and federal governments for redress of grievances. Then…

  5. Prepare to take physical action should it ever become necessary

Now, does your list have to be the same as my list?  Of course not.  Your list is your list.  And I’m not your boss.  Jesus is.

I’m just a guy with a goad, trying to spur the sheep to rally around their Shepherd, in faith, and stop embracing their newfound shackles.  It’s embarrassing to your Lord to see you like that. It’s actually quite shameful.

Still too scared to act?  Why?  After all, if you truly have God, in Christ, what in the world do you have to be fearful about?  In closing, let’s take a quick look at the last eight verses of Romans chapter 8, for some reassurance from on high:

Rom 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

 

Rom 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

 

Rom 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

 

Rom 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

 

Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

 

Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

 

Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

 

Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 

Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Let those words comfort and invigorate and encourage you.  Let them inspire you to be a true and faithful man or woman of God in this time of crisis and deception.

Then, please do something.  Take a stand.  If it’s the first time you’ve ever had to do so, let me tell you a little secret:  It’s quite invigorating, once you get past the initial fear.  And you’ll actually feel good about yourself for a long time afterwards.

Better still, you’re heavenly Father will see that you’re still a viable Christian.  And that’s what really matters.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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The News Media, Mind Control and the Myth of the “Free Press”

“Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.”

— Jim Morrison

“The media is the government. We the People don’t know that yet. The media controls more than just our thoughts. The media steers our tongues like kayaks down a river…All of us are slaves to media. Even the ones who think they’re not. Our relationship with media is the same as slavery. We live in symbiosis.”

— James True, author, The Technology of Belief

Many years ago, in the early 90’s, I was watching the Johnny Carson “Late Night” show.  His main guest was the famous female newscaster Connie Chung.

Johnny asked Connie something to the effect of, “How much of the national news that you report to the public each night consists of information you’ve actually gone out and investigated…dug up on your own?”

And Connie Chung answered:

“Johnny, the first thing you need to understand is that we don’t actually investigate the news.  We only read it.  And we only read what we’re told to read. In all honesty, Johnny, we are often at the mercy of the White House for the news we report. Frequently, we simply repeat verbatim what the White House tells us.”

Well, I just about fell out of my chair when I heard her say that.  Being a journalist, I knew even back then that the news media was controlled by powerful forces from behind-the-scenes, and was not “independent” at all.

After all, as far back as the 1970’s the Church Commission, headed by Senator Frank Church, revealed in testimony to Congress that the CIA had literally hundreds of paid operatives working in, and with, the major television news broadcasting and print newspaper organizations as a means of influencing and controlling public opinion.

The Church Commission also revealed that many of the owners of the major news media were, in reality, paid CIA operatives who willingly carried out the CIA’s policies for controlling the American public.

But to hear a famous newscaster openly admit on national television to the shocking fact that America’s news is completely controlled by governmental powers operating from behind-the-scenes, was quite astonishing, to say the least.

So if the U.S. news media was not “free and independent” in the 1990’s when Connie Chung made that shocking public statement, and it wasn’t “free and independent” back in the 1970’s when the Church Commission investigated them, when was it ever free and independent?

Let’s jump back in time a bit, all of the way to 1883, and see what America’s “free and independent press” was like…

John Swinton Quote on Independent Press

In April, 1883, journalist and newspaper publisher John Swinton attended a meeting of top newspaper journalists and executives in New York City, and was asked to give a toast to America’s “independent press.”

Mr. Swinton strode quickly to the stage, turned to the audience, and boldly asserted:

“There is no such a thing in America as an independent press, unless it is out in country towns. 

 

You are all slaves. You know it, and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to express an honest opinion. If you expressed it, you would know beforehand that it would never appear in print. 

 

I am paid $150 for keeping honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for doing similar things. If I should allow honest opinions to be printed in one issue of my paper, I would be like Othello before twenty-four hours: my occupation would be gone. 

 

The man who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the street hunting for another job. The business of a New York journalist is to distort the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to villify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread, or for what is about the same — his salary. 

 

You know this, and I know it; and what foolery to be toasting an “Independent Press”! 

 

We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are jumping-jacks. They pull the string and we dance. Our time, our talents, our lives, our possibilities, are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”

Now if you didn’t get your breath taken away by that quote, you should have.  After all, what you’ve learned is that even back in 1883, there was no true “free press” or “independent press” in America.  It was all rigged.

But what about in the early days of our nation’s history?

Surely the news media in the earliest days of our nation’s history were fearless and shining beacons of truth and fact.  After all, the freedom and independence of the press had even been enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.  Right?

Thomas Jefferson and the Press

But then, we find this gem, from founding father Thomas Jefferson:

“Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. 

 

I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live and die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time… 

 

…I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.”

— Thomas Jefferson, June 11, 1807 (in correspondence to newspaper editor John Norvell; letter is in the Library of Congress)

O-o-o-kay then.  How about them beans?  It’s been lies and misinformation from the very start of this nation.  Why?  Because that’s their job.

Yes, we have a Constitution with a First Amendment that guarantees us a “free and independent press.”

But in reality, that very same First Amendment has always been considered, by those who actually run society from behind-the-scenes, to be a childish fantasy with no semblance to reality.

Truth be told, the corporate news media in America has never been “free and independent.”

Instead, they are owned or controlled — lock, stock and two smoking barrels — by powerful individuals, operating from behind-the-scenes, who see the news media as a vehicle of change through which the public can be moved to act against its own self-interests, and its own will, without even realizing they are. 

In other words, the news media has been a tool of deception and manipulation from the very beginning.  And it still is to this very day.

That’s why Thomas Jefferson was so disgusted with the press that he wrote such a critical letter to newspaper editor John Norvell back in 1807.

What About Today?

So, what about today?  Can you trust the corporate news media?  Or is it still controlled?  Are they still trying to manipulate the public?  Surely, in this modern day-and-age of information overload, we’d know if we were being deceived, wouldn’t we?

And surely, there are voices in the national news that are truly fearless, independent, and free from corporate control…good men and women who would never deliver scripted news to you.

Well…maybe not.

If from that video you can’t tell that ALL our news is completely scripted through a central source and then given to the news media to repeat, verbatim, at news channel after news channel, then I don’t know what it would take to convince you.

But you can clearly see that every single major news media outlet in the country — whether Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, you-name-it — gets their “news” from the same source, and simply repeats it verbatim, exactly as former news anchor Connie Chung revealed back in the early 90’s.

They’re a tight nit little group, folks, these men and women who run the world from behind-the-scenes in lockstep with their governments. And they don’t need us mucking things up for them with our ideas on freedom and liberty and peace, and goodwill toward our fellow man, when all they care about is controlling the masses. 

Head-‘Em-Up, Move ‘Em Out!

Noam Chomsky, author of the book, Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda, explains what this extraordinary control of our news media – and mass media in general – is used for:

“It’s the primary function of the mass media in the United States to mobilize public support for the special interests that dominate the government and the private sector.

 

 What are those interests?

 

 The major decisions over what happens in the society — decisions over investment and production and distribution and so on — are in the hands of a relatively concentrated network of major corporations and conglomerates and investment firms.

 

 They are also the ones who staff the major executive positions in the government. They’re the ones who own the media and they’re the ones who have to be in a position to make the decisions.”

Let’s look at that first sentence one more time: “It’s the primary function of the mass media in the United States to mobilize public support for the special interests that dominate the government and the private sector.

You see, to our overlords, we’re just cattle in need of being herded and manipulated to move in the direction they want us to move in, for their benefit, not our own.  And the mass media is their tool to achieve this manipulation.

Yes, it’s “Head ‘em up, move ‘em out, Rawhide!

And the entire population plaintively moos like the good cattle they are…looks to see which direction the herd has been directed to turn by their cow-herding Commissars in the news media…and then mindlessly follows the crowd because they’ve been told by the media that this is the “right thing to do.”

Spiritual and Intellectual Castration

One of author Noam Chomsky’s major themes in his writings on the media and its manipulative effects on society was that the media has made people “spectators of action” rather than people who actually examine situations for themselves, think them through, determine for themselves what’s actually going on and take action on their own to correct the situation.

Control of thought is more important for governments that are free and popular than for despotic and military states.

 

…a despotic state can control its domestic enemies by brute force, but in a ‘free’ country other devices are required to prevent the ignorant masses from interfering with public affairs, which are considered to be none of their business.

 

the public are to be observers, not participants.  Ideally, they are to be consumers of ideology as well as products, and nothing more.”

In other words, according to Chomsky, the news media exists simply to tell us what to believe and what not to believe.  And the point of this thought control is to “prevent the ignorant masses from interfering with public affairs.”  In short, their goal is to keep us from knowing what they’re doing to us.  And to keep us from working to change it.

Yes, right here in the land of the free and the home of the brave — the country in which we elect representatives from among us to represent our views to the government — the news media is designed to prevent us from “interfering” in governmental affairs.  We get to vote.  But that’s the extent of it.

And it’s true.  Just meditate on it a moment.  What’s your very first thought when someone presents you with incontrovertible evidence that the entire population is being conned by their own government, or even by outside forces controlling their government from behind-the-scenes?

What can I do about it?”  Right?

That’s because you’ve been reduced by the mass media — mentally, physically and emotionally — to the status of mere helpless spectator.  You’ve been intellectually and spiritually neutered.  And ultimately, you consented to the castration.

They’ve done their job well when they can pull off entire coups over the people, and everyone just sits there helpless, excusing themselves from doing anything with that same shopworn line, “Well, what can I do about it?”

That’s the language of the slave, the one who has altogether had their very spirit and intellect gelded, and is now just a harmless spectator.  Which, of course, is exactly what the powers-that-be want.

The Fear Factor

And how does the mass media accomplish this kind of profound emotional control that allows them to sway the multitudes to act against their own best interests, or to support policies which go against their own best interests?

One word largely explains it:  Fear.

As Chomsky states regarding the arrogant mindset of the powers-that-be toward the multitudes of the general public:

You’ve got to keep them pretty scared, because unless they’re properly scared and frightened of all kinds of devils that are going destroy them from outside or inside or somewhere, they may actually start to think, which is very dangerous, because they’re not competent to think.”

Yes, the powers-that-be believe we’re simply not competent to think things out for ourselves.  We’re too dumb to decide which policies we want to live under.

Their greatest fear is that “We the People,” collectively, might start seeing things differently from them, and might start taking action on our own behalves — actions that don’t benefit the powers-that-be, but instead, the “cattle.”

As Machiavelli once stated, “Men obey better when they fear you, than when they love you.”  Sadly he was right.  And the government knows this.  So, they utilize their so-called “fourth rail of government” — the news media — to instill that fear into the population whenever it’s needed.

So our overlords utilize the news media to put us all into a state of fear and panic, over and over and over again, whenever they have goals they want to accomplish and policies they want to institute, and they need the public to be uncritical about them, or better still, wildly supportive of them — even though those goals and policies are against the best interests of the public at large.

In short, when the populace is fearful, all reason, all critical thinking, goes out the window.  Fear stops independent critical thought in its tracks.  So the fear-filled public then looks to their benevolent masters for help.  “Save us!” they cry out, plaintively.

And the government then steps forward with the solution to the public’s fear, which always entails loss of more freedoms and liberties, and the further accomplishment of whatever the powers-that-be wanted accomplished.

This is the so-called Hegelian Dialectic in action:

1.) Relentlessly promote a problem (usually through the news media)

2.) Wait for the inevitable public reaction to the problem (i.e., fear)

3.) Step forward with a solution through which the public will willingly trade their freedom for their safety

As Chomsky points out:

“The issue is whether we want to live in a free society or whether we want to live under what amounts to a form of self-imposed totalitarianism, with the bewildered herd marginalized, directed elsewhere, terrified, screaming patriotic slogans, fearing for their lives, and admiring with awe the leader who ‘saved’ them from destruction, while the educated masses — the elite — goose-step on command and repeat the slogans they’re supposed to repeat and the society deteriorates at home.”

Yes, the news media – and virtually all media, for that matter – keep is living in a state of fear as “a form of self-imposed totalitarianism.”

In other words, they create the fear.  We buy into it without any critical thought, because “experts” on the media told us to.  And since our buying into it is a voluntary act, the resulting totalitarianism is self-imposed totalitarianism.  It’s totalitarianism by consent.  No one forced us into it.  We willingly embrace it, because the news media solemnly assures us that’s what the rest of the herd is doing.

The news media merely presents us with the fear.  But We the People choose to buy into it.  We could choose to think for ourselves, instead.  We could choose to dig…investigate… look deeper into the situation to make sure the “facts” being presented are true.

But no.  That would require intellectual effort.  It’s so much easier just to go along with the moving herd.  After all, everyone is moving in lockstep with each other.  It all looks so very lovely.  And no one wants to risk being left behind.

Weaponized Confusion

But there’s more to it, than just fear.

Once fear has been instilled throughout the populace, they then trot out their second favorite tool, confusion, as a means of magnifying the intensity of the fear and thereby instilling it even more deeply into the collective psyche of the American.

After all, confused people do what?

They instinctively turn on their TVs and look to “the experts” for further guidance and direction.  And of course, the experts are the ones being used by the news media to instill the fear in them, in the first place.

But with confusion added to the mix of fear, counter-intuitively the experts actually gain more credibility…more followers… more converts…more sheep waiting and pleading for these lying “shepherds” to show them the way.

We’ve witnessed numerous examples of this technique of sowing confusion among the populace during the so-called “coronavirus crisis.”  For example:

  • One major news channel warns ominously the coronavirus is a biological weapon that somehow sneaked out of a Chinese lab. But another news channel assures us it’s a normal wild virus that’s merely “mutated” to be able to infect humans.  BOTH broadcasts give “proof” their claims are right.
  • One major channel claims that wearing face masks “simply doesn’t work” to stop coronavirus. Yet another news channel assures us that masks do indeed work, and that “frontline healthcare workers” are now at risk because there are “not enough masks to go around.”  BOTH broadcasts offer “proof” their claims are right.
  • One major news channel says a new coronavirus vaccine is “just months away.” But another news channel assures us it’s going to be years  BOTH broadcasts offer “proof” their claims are right.
  • One major news channel says the virus has a 2% death rate. But another news channel assures us it’s a 10-15% death rate, instead.  And yet another says the coronavirus death rate is about the same as the seasonal flu.  ALL three broadcasts offer “proof” their claims are right.
  • One major news channel says the virus causes serious harm only to people over 60 years of age with pre-existing conditions such as heart disease. Another news channel assures us that relatively healthy little babies and teenagers are dropping like flies and being stacked like cordwood in hospital hallways.  BOTH broadcasts offer “proof” their claims are right.
  • One major news channel says the malaria drug Chloroquine has a “100% success rate” in curing coronavirus. Another assures us it’s of “dubious value” and has numerous side effects. BOTH broadcasts offer “proof” that their claims are right.
  • One major news channel says the virus can lay dormant on paper money for 14 days, and thus infect everyone handling that money. Another news source assures us it can only live on money for 3 hours.  BOTH broadcasts offer “proof” their claims are right.
  • One major news channel says a single infected person could infect two to three other people; another news channel assures us a single infected person could infect an astonishing 59,000 others, and provides a visual chart to drive home their point. BOTH broadcasts offer further “proof” their claims are right.
  • One major news channel says there aren’t enough respirators in the entire country to fill the demand for them. Another news channel assures us there are so many respirators now, the government is asking companies not to make any more.  BOTH broadcasts offer “proof” their claims are right.
  • One major news broadcast says millions will die of coronavirus infection worldwide. We’ll all end up with no food, and crime will reign in the streets.  Another assures us the virus is no worse than the average flu virus and most people will easily survive it. BOTH broadcasts offer “proof” their claims are right.
  • One major news outlet reports that the computer models for coronavirus deaths demonstrate there will be 100,000 to 200,000 deaths in this country alone. Another news outlet assures us that the computer models are “fatally flawed” and are giving bad results “by orders of magnitude.”
  • One major news outlet says defeat of the coronavirus will require keeping the country closed off for 6 months. Another news outlet assures us the quarantine of our country “might never end.”  BOTH broadcasts offer “proof” their claims are right.
  • One major news broadcast says the coronavirus can travel in the air for 27 feet. Another news broadcast assures us the coronavirus can only travel about three to four feet, at best when airborne.  BOTH broadcasts offer “proof” that their claims are right.
  • One major news channel says the new coronavirus test has a 50% rate of false positive results. Another news source assures us the test has a 30% rate of false negative results.  BOTH broadcasts offer “proof” that their claims are right.
  • One major news source says Sweden’s “no quarantine” system is working, and that Sweden isn’t experiencing anywhere near the infection rate of other surrounding countries. Another news source assures us Sweden now has far more coronavirus infections than the three main countries around them, combined.   BOTH broadcasts offer “proof” their claims are right.
  • One major news source breathlessly tells us the 1,000-bed USNS Comfort Hospital Ship had to be sent with breakneck speed to New York so beleaguered NY hospitals could transfer one thousand non-coronavirus patients to the ship, thus freeing up the brick-and-mortar hospitals to handle the massive overflow of coronavirus patients coming in. But another news broadcast assures us the hospital ship has sat there in that NY harbor the entire time, treating a total of only twenty people. BOTH broadcasts offer “proof” their claims are right.
  • One major news source says, without any equivocation whatsoever, that 200 thousand Americans have now been infected by the virus. Another news source assures us, with equal certainty, that it’s “impossible to know” how many people have been infected with the virus, and that we may never know the truth.  BOTH broadcasts offer “proof” their claims are right.
  • One major broadcast says “Good news! The number of people recovered from coronavirus has now passed one-quarter million!”  But another news source assures us, “Actual coronavirus recovery numbers are unknown because too many states aren’t keeping proper track of recovery numbers.  BOTH broadcasts offer “proof” their claims are right.
  • One major news broadcast says wearing gloves can help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Another broadcast assures us wearing gloves has no effect on the spread of the coronavirus, but instead, actually puts you at greater risk because the virus can live on gloves for hours.  BOTH broadcasts offer “proof” their claims are right.

The bottom line is this:  On any given day, in the news media, you can hear two, three, four, five or even a dozen different broadcasts offering completely contradictory stories.

You see, the broadcasts are designed to sow confusion.  The confusion brings about a sense of bewilderment.  Bewilderment brings about a sense of helplessness.  Helplessness brings about a state of seeking salvation.

And of course, there’s the government and its “experts” standing in the corridors… waiting…and offering to be your savior.  “Just do what we say and we’ll rescue you from this awful curse.  Turn your power over to us, willingly.  You can trust us with it.  We’re here to help.”

And like the spiritually and intellectually castrated geldings we’ve all become, thanks largely to the news media, we do so willingly

 But as James True, author of The Technology of Belief reminds us:

“This is our country. It does not belong to the government. Government is the child of the people. Our child is out of control and it’s time to intervene.”

The question is this:  Will we listen?  Will we act?  Or have we grown too willingly comfortable in our media-induced hypnotic bonds to do anything but mindlessly obey as they blithely destroy our country…our Constitution…and our livelihoods…over a virus?

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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God and Plagues (Then and Now)

Brandon Ward of World Events and the Bible posted a nifty little synopsis of the 10 plagues of Egypt this morning. If you missed it, click the link and take a look.

Since part of the world is already engulfed in a plague of locusts, and the rest of the world is possibly (and I emphasize “possibly”) on the verge of an unusual new plague (i.e., coronavirus), it might be a good time to take a quick and calming breath, and review a few basic Biblical facts about plagues:

  • Bible Fact #1: God’s in charge of everything. He’s even in charge of plagues, as the Old Testament Egyptians are well aware.

That doesn’t mean He causes every plague.  Sometimes we cause our own plagues and problems by our tampering with nature, or by failing to obey the Bible health laws the way we should.

But the Lord is never-the-less in charge.  A plague, regardless of its origin, isn’t going anywhere He doesn’t want it to go.  That should comfort you, unless you’re one of God’s enemies (see Bible Fact #3, below).

  • Bible Fact #2: During times of trouble (and yes, plagues are definitely trouble), God provides both comfort and protection for His People who draw near to Him (Exodus 8:22; Exodus 9:26; Exodus 11:6-7; Exodus 12:13; Exodus 12:23).

Yes, God takes good care of His own.

And He’s repeatedly told us not to worry, because He’s in charge. So, in light of the potential plagues to come, let’s agree to relax, remain rationale and not let anyone stampede us into fear and sensationalism when we have God Himself to lean on.

Regarding the plagues of Egypt, in Exodus 9:26 the Bible tells us that “Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.”

In other words, the plague of hail, and each of the other ten plagues, skipped over the land of Goshen where the people of Israel lived, and only afflicted the Egyptians who lived throughout the greater portion of Egypt.

Yes, the Israelites of old received miracle protection from God above.  Are you any less one of His servants, than they?

According to the Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon, the name “Goshen” means “drawing near.” So you see, it’s those who draw near to the Lord who are protected during plagues.  As it’s written:

Psa 73:27  For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.

 

Psa 73:28  But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

As you can see, “drawing near” to the Lord does not mean to merely believe in Him.  It means doing things His way, in your life.  It means actually living for the Lord.  It means serving Him, and taking His Word seriously, and declaring His works to others.

Draw near to Father like that, and Father will draw near to you, as well.  And when Father’s near, you know things are going to be alright, regardless of what’s happening in the world.

As it’s written in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

So put everything into His hands, and, if necessary, make sober and prudent preparations, such as food and water storage, extra medications if needed, etc. in case there are ever mandatory quarantines and lockdowns in this country, as we now see taking place in other countries.

My own personal motto is “Panic now, and avoid the rush.”  In other words, make prudent preparations before the fact, and you’ll sleep well at night while everyone else is in turmoil.  All Christians should be prepared in advance.

And then relax.  Let the heathen indulge in their orgy of the worry and fear.  And if the opportunity arises always be prepared to witness to the unbelievers about the reason for your supreme calmness and confidence, in the face of potential plagues to come.

  • Bible Fact #3: God uses plagues against our enemies in order to make Himself known to them, so they too can believe in Him and ultimately be cleansed of their sins. (Exodus 9:29; Exodus 10:3; Exodus 10:16-17; Exodus 14:4)

Throughout the Bible, plagues are usually directed towards God’s enemies, and away from His precious servants.

That’s done to let God’s enemies know three things:  a.) the plague is from Him; b.) their own gods were impotent against it, and c.) if they truly want to live they need to repent of their idolatry and draw near to Him and to His People, instead of fighting against them.

You saw this in the ten plagues on Egypt, which Brandon covered so well yesterday.  None of the children of Israel were stricken by these plagues.  Only the idolatrous Egyptians, whose attention God was trying to get, were stricken by the plagues.

I find it quite interesting that the coronavirus plague, which is now unfolding, struck first in China — the land of the people who utilize the dragon as their national symbol.  And the vast majority of the deaths from that plague, without exception, have been Chinese.

I’m not saying anything here against the Chinese people.  Many of them are Christian, in a land where it’s very tough to be a Christian.  So please pray for them daily.

I’m just pointing out that, if we don’t allow ourselves to be distracted by the mainstream media sensationalism and scare-mongering, we can easily see where the plague was directed, and where the vast majority of the devastation from it is striking, even now.  It’s not here.  It’s in China.

(See the official updated figures for confirmed cases, total numbers of deaths, total number of recovered patients, and where the vast majority of the deaths are taking place, at the Johns-Hopkins Medical University website, here.)

God Sends Some Plagues on His Own People

I believe it’s important to grasp the fact that there are a few plagues discussed in the Bible that were directed towards God’s People when they were operating in blatant opposition to Him.

For example, the Lord was not too pleased at all with those who delivered the “evil report” about the land of Canaan, when Moses had sent the spies into the land to search it out.  As it’s written, God didn’t like their lies one bit:

Num 14:35  I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die. 

 

Num 14:36  And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land,

 

Num 14:37  Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD

 

Num 14:38  But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of the men that went to search the land, lived still.

Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh both lived, because they didn’t lie about the land when they returned with the spies.  They didn’t rebel against the Lord’s Plan to give them the Holy Land.

The remainder of the spies, each of which had lied, were stricken with the plague and died, right then and there.

You might think about that.  If you’re not operating in blatant opposition to the Lord, you’re most likely going to be alright in the face of any plague.

But if you’re operating in blatant opposition to the Word of God…well…it might be time to do an abrupt (and sincere) about-face in your life, and learn to cling to the Lord. Otherwise, plague-time.

God also sent “a very great plague” upon those Israelites who lusted to return to Egypt rather than following the Lord and His servants Moses and Aaron into the Promised Land.  As it’s written

Num 11:33  And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.

The same thing happened during the time of Korah’s rebellion in the wilderness against Moses and the Lord:

Num 16:44  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 

Num 16:45  Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.

 

Num 16:46  And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun. 

 

Num 16:47  And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people.

 

Num 16:48  And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed. 

 

Num 16:49  Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah.

 

Num 16:50  And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the plague was stayed.

You can see the type of Christ played out in this incident.

Christ is the One that stands between the dead and the living, making atonement for those who love the Lord, that the plague not spread unto them.

That, too, should comfort you immensely, if you have Christ in your corner.  Just don’t be a rebel against the Lord, His plan, and His faithful servants.  The rebels got FUBAR (Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition).  The Lord made sure of it.

One More Quick Example

In the wilderness, when the people of Israel dwelt at Shittim, many of them began to “commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab,” attending their sacrifices and bowing down to their gods.

This means they were having sex with the Moabite temple prostitutes, which, according to Moabite religious practices, brought you closer to their gods, resulting in rapturous delight.

How did our heavenly Father feel about that?  Let’s take a quick look:

Num 25:1  And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.

 

Num 25:2  And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.

 

Num 25:3  And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel

 

Num 25:4  And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel.

 

Num 25:5  And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baalpeor. 

Now, up to this point, the punishment has been strictly corporal.  The Israelite men who had joined themselves to the false god Baalpeor were beheaded at Moses’ command, and their heads were stuck on posts in the sun, in sight of the rest of Israel.

But even that harsh punishment of the leaders of the idolatrous people didn’t stop the Israelites from continuing to engage in their spiritual whoredoms.  As it’s further written:

Num 25:6  And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

This motley character — “one of the children of Israel” — brought a Midianitish temple prostitute right into the camp of Israel, right in front of Moses, and “in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel” who were crying out to the Lord in front of the tabernacle.

It was a direct slap in the face to God, and to Moses, and an arrogant challenge to their authority.  So what happened next?  Let’s see:

Num 25:7  And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand;

 

Num 25:8  And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. 

 

Num 25:9  And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand. 

Yes, God took out the Israelite idolators with a massive plague.  Twenty-four thousand of them.

He doesn’t appreciate in the least those who try to rebel against His authority, or rebel against the authority of His designated servants.

The Israelites who died in this plague had lust in their hearts that distracted them from obeying the Lord.  They weren’t worthy of the Promised Land, nor of the Lord’s blessings and protection.

The question is, are you being distracted by the lusts of this world, away from the Lord?  If so, you know the drill:  REPENT and RETURN, while there’s still time.  After all, the plagues are coming, either now, or later.  But they are coming.

What I hope and pray you’ve gleaned from this Bible commentary is the fact that the plagues are directed at the enemies of God, not His friends and servants.  And if one of us makes ourselves into an enemy of the Lord, then we should expect the same treatment as the heathen. 

So don’t get too caught up with those who despise His Word.  Keep your distance, except when trying to plant a seed or two.

And never allow yourself to get distracted from why you’re here, in the first place.  Just as Moses was leading the children of Israel into the Promised Land, you’re supposed to be helping lead the servants of Christ into the Promised Land of the Millennium rest.

Not too very long from now, after we’ve seen the Biblical attack on Iran take place, the four winds start to blow, and the four stages of one-worldism begin to unfold on the world stage, with Satan rising out of the fourth stage (read Daniel chapters 7 and 8), God will once more send the plagues.

Not on you.   Not on me.  Not on any of His faithful servants.  But instead, on those stubborn multitudes of this globe who disdained the Word of the Lord and have spent their time worshiping the antichrist, instead.  It is they whose attention He seeks to get, at that time. And get it, He most certainly will.

As it’s written of these final plagues which come directly from the Lord:

Rev 16:1  And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

 

Rev 16:2  And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

 

Rev 16:3  And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.

 

Rev 16:4  And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.

 

Rev 16:5  And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.

 

Rev 16:6  For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

 

Rev 16:7  And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

 

Rev 16:8  And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.

 

Rev 16:9  And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. 

 

Rev 16:10  And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

 

Rev 16:11  And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

 

Rev 16:12  And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

All six of these plagues take place just before Satan’s troops are gathered together for that great battles of Armageddon and Hamon-gog, which kicks off at the Lord’s Second Advent.

And now for the seventh and final plague — a plague of hailstones — which constitutes our heavenly Father’s warfare against those gathered together against Him and His servants (this plague of hailstones is the same as the hailstones in Ezekiel 38):

Rev 16:17  And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. 

 

Rev 16:18  And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

 

Rev 16:19  And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

 

Rev 16:20  And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

 

Rev 16:21  And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great. 

 

That particular plague brings about an ignoble end to Satan’s attempt to seat himself as “God” on this earth, and cause all of the people of this earth to worship him.

You’d better believe these plagues will get the undivided attention of those folks who God is trying to reach, just as all of His other plagues have.

So relax.

The plagues are not directed at you, if you truly love and serve the Lord.  They’re directed at the enemy and those who follow him.

They’re directed at Satan’s entire “Mystery Babylon” religio-political world order.  It’s all going down. And ultimately, it will all be replaced by Father’s truly peaceable and eternal kingdom.

The plagues are the Lord’s work.  Even those plagues caused by our own idiocy are in the Lord’s hands, in the end.

So let’s never allow the sensationalistic news media to stampede us into forgetting that.  Stick with God, and He’ll stick with you through thick and thin.  Turn against him, and yes, it’s plague-time.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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More Occult and Satanic Symbolism in Superbowl Half-Time Show

 

As per usual, the 2020 Superbowl half-time show was rife with occult and Satanic symbolism.  Here’s an insightful video from the Hacking the Headlines channel on YouTube, breaking it all down for you.

The one thing I’d add, that the video fails to point out, is that the “circle” featured so prominently in the half-time show symbolizes the Ouroboros, which is the serpent with it’s tail in its mouth, forming a perfect circle.

This symbol is also known as “the serpent who swallowed the world.”  It blasphemously represents Satan as the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, and the “god of this world” (II Corinthians 4:4).

Other than that one small omission, the lady from the Hacking the Headlines channel on YouTube does a pretty good job of explaining the occult and Satanic symbolism, making the point that these half-time shows are, in reality, Satanic rituals being played out before the whole nation.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Arab League Rejects Trump Middle East Peace Plan; Abbas Vows to Cut U.S. and Israeli Ties

According to a February 1, 2019 Associated Press news article:

“The Arab League rejected as ‘unfair’ a Middle East plan unveiled by U.S. President Donald Trump.

 

They called for noncooperation with the U.S. administration, as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to cut all ties with the Israelis and the United States.

 

“In a final statement on Saturday following an emergency meeting in Cairo, the Arab League Council said the U.S.-Israeli plan ‘does not meet the minimum rights and expectations of the Palestinian people.’”

Should this rejection of the Kushner/Trump “peace treaty” be of any surprise to us?

In June of 2019, after Jared Kushner had revealed the first segment of his Middle East “peace” plan, I posted the following statement, in an article titled “Peacefully and Prosperously:  Middle East Peace and the Bible”:

“My best guess, at the moment, is that the peace process will ultimately fail…there will be more frustration and pain in the Middle East…and the war on Iran will finally begin (because if we can’t buy peace, we might as well brutalize those who are holding up the process).

And then, after the war with Iran is over, the countdown to antichrist’s arrival and to his version of “Peace to Prosperity” will begin.”

Of course, there will certainly be more back-and-forth political jibber-jabber over the Kushner/Trump Middle East peace plan, which they’ve been touting as the “Deal of the Century.”

But in the end, the “peace plan” will most likely fizzle out, just like all of the other Middle East “peace plans” we’ve witnessed over the past 20 years.

Does anyone still remember the Middle East Quartet peace plan?  How about the “Roadmap to Peace” peace plan?  The Oslo Peace Accords?

Or how about when George Bush Sr. claimed he’d bring “peace to the Middle East” within six months of being elected?

Or, when George Bush Jr. outlined his own Middle East peace plan in 2008, only to see it fail spectacularly?

Or when Obama’s peace plan quietly went down in flames?

Kushner Badmouths the Palestinians

Now that the Kushner/Trump plan is beginning to circle the drain like all of the others, Kushner is limping around the globe with his tail between his legs, denigrating the Palestinian leaders for rejecting his plan.

Publicly referring to the Palestinians as “quite foolish,” calling them “hysterical” and “stupid,” and telling them to “take a cold shower” and reconsider his proposal, is probably not the best way to get a “Deal of the Century” peace plan off the ground with a people who have been under the oppressive Israeli thumb for the past 70 years.

But, that’s precisely what Kushner is doing.

Meanwhile, both U.S. and Israeli analysts are rejecting the “peace plan,” as well:

For example, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Ct., met with Kushner on Tuesday, and afterwards called his plan a “total abandonment of decades of U.S. Middle East policy.”  He later tweeted:

This plan was negotiated with no one but the Israelis, and thus it’s not a peace plan at all. Any claim that this plan envisions a Palestinian state is just false. The plan allows Israel to control all security matters inside the Palestinian ‘state’, and thus it’s not a state at all.”

Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Israel under George W. Bush, stated, “The authors of the plan clearly understand nothing.”

And Michael Koplow, policy director of the Israel Policy Forum, wrote:

“As low as my expectations were for this peace initiative, it’s clear that I hadn’t ratcheted them down nearly far enough. Leaving aside that this reads like an investment prospectus for a project that an intern conceived of a week ago, literally none of it is actionable…it is the Monty Python sketch of Israeli-Palestinian peace initiatives.”

So, peace in the Middle East?  Short of a true miracle, not anytime soon, folks.

War With Iran, Next?

Thanks to the glaring political egos involved in this most recent “peace plan,” I believe its abject failure will ultimately trigger the coming war with Iran, which is described in Daniel chapter 8.

After all, Trump and Kushner will need something through which they can save face after such an ignoble defeat for their “Deal of the Century” peace plan.  And what could quickly wipe that staggering failure out of the public consciousness?  Umm.  Bombs.  Lots and lots of bombs.  Works every time.

Hey, I’m not “predicting.”  I’m just chewing the cud and thinking out loud.  Here’s the way I see it, presently:

  • It’s the coming war with Iran that triggers the release of the four winds of change (Daniel 8:8).
  • The four winds, in turn, trigger the four stages (i.e., “beasts”) of one-worldism (Daniel 7:2-8), with the “little horn” antichrist rising up out of the fourth stage (Daniel 7:7-8).
  • Since the antichrist (“little horn”) arises out of that fourth stage of one-worldism, that means the deadly wound of Revelation 13:3-4 must happen between the time the war with Iran ends, and the time the first three stages of one-worldism rise up.
  • I believe the first three stages (“beasts”) of one-worldism described in Daniel 7:3-6 will ultimately be amalgamated into a single “beast” (as described in Revelation 13:2).
  • And I believe the deadly wound will happen to that amalgamated “beast” (Revelation 13:3) spurring the rise of the fourth stage of one-worldism (Daniel 8:7-8) from which the antichrist (“little horn”) himself will arise, proclaiming himself to be “God” (Daniel 7:8; Revelation 13:5-6; II Thessalonians 2:1-4).

Of course, it’s all going to go down exactly how God wants it to go down, and not how we might want to imagine it.  Nevertheless, it’s our job to man the watchtower, keep an eye on current events with Scripture in mind, and to watch and warn others about what’s coming down the pike.  And this is what’s ultimately coming:

1Th 5:3  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

 

1Th 5:4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

 

1Th 5:5  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

 

1Th 5:6  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

 

1Th 5:7  For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

 

1Th 5:8  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

 

1Th 5:9  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

1Th 5:10  Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

 

1Th 5:11  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

So let’s stay on the alert, and keep our eyes on Jerusalem, the barometer of the end times.  We’ll continue to document it all for you, as it comes to pass.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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The First National Day of Thanksgiving to God Almighty

We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving, which was celebrated by the Pilgrims in New England, in October of 1621.

But did you know that the first national proclamation of Thanksgiving was given by the Continental Congress in 1777 from its temporary location in York, Pennsylvania, while the British occupied the national capital at Philadelphia?

Delegate Samuel Adams created the first draft of the proclamation, and Congress then adapted the final version.  Take a moment, and read it. Note carefully how Godly these men were:

“For as much as it is the indispensable Duty of all Men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with Gratitude their Obligation to him for Benefits received, and to implore such farther Blessings as they stand in Need of: 

 

And it having pleased him in his abundant Mercy, not only to continue to us the innumerable Bounties of his common Providence; but also to smile upon us in the Prosecution of a just and necessary War, for the Defense and Establishment of our unalienable Rights and Liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased, in so great a Measure, to prosper the Means used for the Support of our Troops, and to crown our Arms with most signal success: 

 

It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive Powers of these United States to set apart Thursday, the eighteenth Day of December next, for Solemn Thanksgiving and Praise: 

 

That at one Time and with one Voice, the good People may express the grateful Feelings of their Hearts, and consecrate themselves to the Service of their Divine Benefactor; and that, together with their sincere Acknowledgments and Offerings, they may join the penitent Confession of their manifold Sins, whereby they had forfeited every Favor; and their humble and earnest Supplication that it may please God through the Merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of Remembrance; That it may please him graciously to afford his Blessing on the Governments of these States respectively, and prosper the public Council of the whole: 

 

To inspire our Commanders, both by Land and Sea, and all under them, with that Wisdom and Fortitude which may render them fit Instruments, under the Providence of Almighty God, to secure for these United States, the greatest of all human Blessings, Independence and Peace: 

 

That it may please him, to prosper the Trade and Manufactures of the People, and the Labor of the Husbandman, that our Land may yield its Increase:

 

 To take Schools and Seminaries of Education, so necessary for cultivating the Principles of true Liberty, Virtue and Piety, under his nurturing Hand; and to prosper the Means of Religion, for the promotion and enlargement of that Kingdom, which consisteth “in Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost.

 

 And it is further recommended, That servile Labor, and such Recreation, as, though at other Times innocent, may be unbecoming the Purpose of this Appointment, be omitted on so solemn an Occasion.”

Happy Thanksgiving, folks!  Let’s never forget Who we’re being thankful to.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Peacefully and Prosperously: Middle East Peace and the Bible

Peacefully and Prosperously: Middle East Peace and the Bible

by Steve Barwick

As anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock should know, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been tasked with bringing about “peace in the Middle East.”

And after many months of planning and fine-tuning, he’s finally beginning to unveil his peace plan, in what are being called “Peace to Prosperity” workshops.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Kushner’s basic pitch is that “economic prosperity is the pathway to Mideast peace.”

And according to an article on the WhiteHouse.gov website:

Peace to Prosperity is a vision to empower the Palestinian people to build a prosperous and vibrant Palestinian society.

 

It consists of three initiatives that will support distinct pillars of the Palestinian society: the economy, the people, and the government.

 

With the potential to facilitate more than $50 billion in new investment over ten years, Peace to Prosperity represents the most ambitious and comprehensive international effort for the Palestinian people to date.

 

It has the ability to fundamentally transform the West Bank and Gaza and to open a new chapter in Palestinian history—one defined, not by adversity and loss, but by freedom and dignity.

 

If implemented, Peace to Prosperity will empower the Palestinian people to build the society that they have aspired to establish for generations.

 

With the support of the international community, this vision is within reach. Ultimately, however, the power to unlock it lies in the hands of the Palestinian people. Only through peace can the Palestinians achieve prosperity.”

That web page goes on to say, “Peace to Prosperity will unlock the vast potential of the Palestinian people by empowering them to pursue their goals and ambitions. This part of the vision will support the Palestinian people through education, workforce development, and an improved quality of life.”

So basically, Kushner’s pitch to the Palestinians is: “Come make peace with Israel, and in turn we’ll make you prosperous for doing so.”  Yes, it’s a bribe.

How the Antichrist Comes to Power

Anyone who’s studied the Bible with me for any length of time knows that the Scripture tells us the antichrist comes into power “peacefully and prosperously.”

Therefore, seeing moves in that direction, particularly in the Middle East, gives us a “heads-up” that the events of the very end are getting ready to play out.  After all, the Scripture tells us that the antichrist comes into power peacefully and prosperously.

As it’s written in the great book of Daniel:

Dan 11:21  And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.

The word “peaceably” in the above verse is translated from the Hebrew word shalvâh (H-7962), and it means “security, abundance, peace and prosperity.”

And the word “flatteries in this verse should be translated “blandishments,” which simply means “smooth talk” or pleasing statements designed to persuade.  You might think of these as the promises of abundance being made in exchange for peace.

Jumping down to verse 24, we see more about the peace and prosperity that are ushered in by the antichrist:

Dan 11:24  He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers’ fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.

Again, the word “peaceably” in the above verse is translated from the Hebrew word shalvâh (H-7962), and it means “security, abundance, peace and prosperity.”

In other words, when antichrist arrives he’ll use peace and prosperity to cement his control of the Middle East, and ultimately, the world.

He’ll “scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches,” meaning he’ll usher in a socialistic system promising to provide prosperity for all, or, as the old saying goes, a chicken in every pot and two cars in every garage.

But of course, just as the “prosperity” being offered to the Palestinians is offered solely in return for their fealty to the Israelis, so the “prosperity” that will be offered by the antichrist is offered solely in return for worshipping him as “God” (II Thessalonians 2:1-4).

What’s the Sign of Christ’s Second Coming?

This, of course, is exactly what we’re told in the New Testament, as well.  As it’s written in 1 Thessalonians chapter 5:

1Th 5:2  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

 

1Th 5:3  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

The subject matter of these verses is the “day of the Lord,” meaning Christ’s Second Advent.

His second advent will come unexpectedly (i.e., “as a thief in the night”), because the antichrist will be on earth at that time, working his miracles (Rev. 13:XX)…proclaiming himself to be “God” (II Thess. 2:4)…. and re-distributing wealth among all of the people (Daniel 11:24).

And as the antichrist institutes this “Peace to Prosperity” plan, globally, everyone with the exception of God’s elect will believe him to be the Messiah of God, instituting the kingdom of heaven on earth.

It’s important to note that the word “peace” in the above verse is translated from the Greek word eirēnē (G-1515).  It’s very similar to the Hebrew word shalvâh which we looked at earlier, as it too means both “peace” and “prosperity.”

The word “safety” as used in the above verse is translated from the Greek word asphaleia (G-803), meaning “security.”

So we see from all of this the fact that a false peace, prosperity and security are the major signs of the time just before the arrival of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Just a Proposed Plan

Of course, we’re not to that point, yet.  Not even close.

Right now, with the Kushner “Peace to Prosperity” deal, we’re only hearing initial talk of peace and prosperity — talk we’ve been hearing for the last 40 years or so, which has never panned out.

But that talk must be institutionalized politically and transformed into action before we can expect our Lord and Savior’s arrival.  And that won’t happen until after the antichrist arrives onto the scene, and makes his own peace deal (covenant) with the people. As it’s written:

Dan 9:27  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

In other words, there will be a seven year peace treaty (likely reduced to the five months of Revelation 9:5, as per Mark 13:20).  And halfway through that peace treaty the antichrist will seat himself in the holy place and proclaim himself to be God (II Thessalonians 2:4), thus eliminating the need for “the sacrifice and the oblation,” which is the equivalent of communion.

So yes, while the Kushner “Peace to Prosperity” deal is a very distinct sign of the direction things are moving toward in the Middle East, and can even be considered a precursor to it, there’s still quite a ways to go.

Satan Comes First, Then Christ Afterwards

Always keep in mind the benchmarks St. Paul gave us, when he discussed Christ’s Second Advent in II Thessalonians chapter 2.  As it’s written:

2Th 2:1  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

 

2Th 2:2  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

The subject matter is Christ’s Second Advent.  Paul is saying we should not expect it to happen until certain events come to pass, first.  Let’s see what events need to happen first, before Christ can return:

2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Christ’s day cannot come until first you see a “falling away” (i.e., apostasy) and that “man of sin…the son of perdition” being revealed.

2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

The chief characteristic of the antichrist is that he opposes God (Rev. 13:6) and exalts himself above “all that is called God, or that is worshipped.”  He wants you to worship him, more than anything else.  And he’ll give you a nice big bag of groceries and a wad of cash, if you will.

He also seats himself in the temple of God, exhibiting himself as God.  That’s precisely what Christ meant when He said:

Mar 13:14  But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

But instead of fleeing to the mountains, most folks will be racing to the Middle East to honor the man as their “God” and to scramble for “the prey, and spoil, and riches” that he’ll be scattering among them (Dan. 11:24) as a bribe for their loyalty.

As it’s written of that time, the entire globe goes ga-ga over him:

Zec 8:23  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.

Of course, the “ten men…out of all languages of the nations” will be the ten kings who submit themselves to the reign of the antichrist and agree to rule under him (Daniel 7:24; Revelation 17:12).

We haven’t seen those ten kings come onto the scene, yet.  Nor have we seen the antichrist show up.

What’s more, there are a number of other prophetic issues that need to transpire before the antichrist can arrive, and his global “Peace to Prosperity” plan can be unleashed.

For example, the war against Iran, which is prophesied of in Daniel chapter 8, and which precedes the antichrist’s arrival (Dan. 8:9-11), has not yet taken place (though it may have come close earlier this month when President Trump ordered a military attack on Iran, and then called it off within minutes before it was to be launched).

My Point

My point being this:

Kushner’s “Peace to Prosperity” plan is merely a sign that we’re heading in the direction the Scripture tells us to watch for.

But…it’s not time for the end, yet.  It’s the antichrist himself who will usher in “peace in the Middle East,” and, quite frankly, peace and prosperity around the world.

But, of course, the children of the antichrist love to imitate their father the devil and carry out his policies (John 8:44).

So let it be no big surprise to you that Kushner is calling for “Peace to Prosperity” in the Middle East.  After all, as we’ve seen, the Scripture quite clearly tells us that “Peace to Prosperity” is the calling card of the antichrist.  So it should be no surprise that it’s the calling card of his children, as well.

So this isn’t quite yet the end.  But it’s certainly a signal to you that everything is playing out just the way the Holy Scripture says it will.

Post Script:  Kushner’s so-called “peace to prosperity” plan is not off to a particularly great start.  Indeed, in his first dog-and-pony show selling the “Peace to Prosperity” plan, not one Israeli leader showed up.  And not one Palestinian leader showed up.

As far as I can tell, the only people who showed up were from the wealthier Arab nations concerned about how much money “peace in the Middle East” is going to cost them.

So it’s truly not been an auspicious start to what’s being billed as the “Deal of the Century.”

My best guess at the moment is that the peace process will ultimately fail…there will be more frustration and pain in the Middle East…and the war on Iran will finally begin (because if we can’t buy peace, we might as well brutalize those who are holding up the process).

And then, after the war with Iran is over, the countdown to antichrist’s arrival and to his version of “Peace to Prosperity” will begin.

And unfortunately, that particular “Peace to Prosperity” plan will work — on a global scale.  Father allows it to, in order to see which of His children know His Word enough to refrain from falling for Satan’s deception, and which don’t.

And then, our Lord and Savior will arrive to destroy the entire global economic system that will have been set in place by Satan in his role as the false Messiah.  And the howls of the merchants of the earth will be heard for miles (Revelation 18), for their “peace and prosperity” under Satan will be over.

As the Scripture plainly tells us, it’s “When they shall say, ‘Peace and safety’; then sudden destruction cometh upon them.”

In other words, when they’re bragging about having finally achieved “peace and safety,” Christ arrives to turn that empty brag on its ear.  And their economic system ends with breathtaking destruction in a single day (Revelation 18:8)…even a single hour (Revelation 18:10).

So keep your eyes open.  Watch the events unfold.  But always analyze them in light of Scripture.

Don’t let men pull you off track based on emotionalism.  Man’s “peace plan” is not the “Peace to Prosperity” we’ll actually end up with just before Christ’s arrival.  Satan’s is.

In the meanwhile, stay firmly on the watch.  Things are moving faster than you might think.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Should Christians Support “Gays” and “Gay Marriage”?

Should Christians Support “Gays” and “Gay Marriage”?

A lot of Christians these days seem to be “going gay” by supporting so-called “gay marriage” or even the concept that it’s okay for a Christian to be “gay.”

As examples, here are titles of some recent books on the subject:

  • God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships
  • Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate
  • UnClobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality
  • Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships
  • Unashamed: A Coming Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians
  • Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity
  • Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians

As you can see, it’s very trendy now to be Christian and supportive of “gays.”  It’s all the rage. And it puts you on the cutting edge of the “new society” in which basically anything goes as long as the claim can be made that “love” is involved.

And it’s working.

Indeed, in recent months I’ve had a number of Christians chide me for my support of Biblical marriage.  One stated, “I have several gay friends.  And they’re some of the kindest and most generous people I’ve ever met.  Why should I care if they get married?  After all, they love each other.

Yep.  Love, love, love.  As long as love is involved, who needs God and His Word?  Right?

(Wrong.)

Jesus Never Taught About Homosexualtiy

Homosexual activists who try to deceive Christians into accepting “gays” or advocating “gay marriage” as being acceptable to God often start with the idiotic claim that “Jesus never taught against homosexuality or ‘gay marriage’, therefore it cannot be essential to His teachings.”

Aside from taking your Bible instruction from homosexuals, there are some obvious problems with this idea, least of which is this:

Christ didn’t have to teach against ‘gay marriage,’ because He taught what God-ordained marriage is — man and woman.  He taught it clearly and unequivocally, in Matthew 19:1-6.   As it’s written:

Mat 19:4  And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

Mat 19:5  And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

Mat 19:6  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

So God joined man and woman together.  Not man and man.  Not woman and woman.  And we’re not to allow God’s ordained natural order to be put asunder.  Period.

Homosexuals would love to influence Christians to divorce that God-ordained natural order and substitute “gay marriage” in its place.

Wise up, Christians.  You’re being had.  The goal of our old adversary has always been to get you on the wrong side of God, by teaching you to disobey His Word, as a way of life.  That way, God has to destroy you in the lake of fire at the final judgment.

Our old adversary, Satan, was defeated when Christ Jesus rose from the dead.  And he was sentenced to the lake of fire.  But he doesn’t want to take that sad trip alone.  He wants company, and plenty of it.

Indeed, that’s how Satan takes his revenge against God.  By turning Christians against God’s very clear Word, He’s working to drag as many of God’s children into his camp as possible, in an attempt to force our heavenly Father to have to condemn them to the lake of fire come the final judgment.

Satan can’t harm God.  But he can break God’s heart by putting Him in the position of having to destroy so many of His own children.  That’s Satan’s revenge on God, for condemning him to death.

And Christians are falling for it, right and left, particularly when they use their “feelings” to determine what they believe about “gay marriage,” rather than simply following God’s Word on the subject.

10 Top Pro-Gay Arguments, Destroyed

The pro-homosexual camp have about 10 basic arguments which they use against Christians in their campaign to get homosexual perversion normalized.

These arguments use clever semantics, tortured logic, false reason and a heaping helping of good, old-fashioned guilt in an attempt to dissuade Christians from opposing the homosexual agenda.

Here’s an abbreviated example of those 10 basic arguments, from a pro-homosexual group attempting to convince Christians they’re wrong to oppose homosexuality on Biblical grounds.  Below, I’ll address each and every one of them, briefly, with my own thoughts, followed by the appropriate Scripture:

1.) “If Jesus did not mention a subject, it cannot be essential to his teachings.”

Answer:  We discussed this one earlier.  But let’s have another quick jab at it.

Jesus didn’t specifically mention cannibalism, either. Yet we know that’s wrong, and is in no way acceptable in the Christian faith.

He didn’t specifically mention pedophilia, either, yet we know that’s wrong and unacceptable.

I don’t recall Him mentioning suicide, either.  Or rape.  Or kidnapping.  Yet we know those actions are also wrong.

So the claim that “If Jesus didn’t mention something, it cannot be essential to His teachings” is just tortured logic and semantics. Jesus clearly said God’s law was still intact, and that He had not come to change “one jot or one tittle” of it (Mt. 5:18), meaning not even the least little part.

That, of course, includes the part about it being an abomination to have sexual intercourse with members of the same sex — which very law, by the way, was stated by our heavenly Father in Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13 and other Scriptures, as well.

Isn’t it interesting that Christ said in John 14:9, “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father”?  So in reality, Jesus DID indeed “mention the subject.” He mentioned it in the Old Testament, when He spoke to Moses as the Lawgiver.  Here’s what He said at that time:

Lev 18:22  Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Lev 20:13  If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Deu 22:5  The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

That’s pretty plain, if you ask me.  Easy to understand.  No matter what anyone else says, God considers homosexuality to be an abomination.

The third example, above, pertains to people who cross-dress for purposes of sexual gratification, i.e., playing the role of the opposite sex in a sexual act.  The recent fad of transgenderism comes to mind, which is rooted in the ancient occult sexual practice of androgyny.

And why are these things abominations to the Lord?  Because they go against His natural order, and thus undermine family, community, church and ultimately, nation.

And what’s the penalty for such abominations?  If we check the very end of the New Testament, we find the penalty is steep:  It’s refusal of entry into the kingdom of God, and loss of eternal life.

Rev 21:27  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

I’d say that’s pretty darned “essential” to the Lord’s teachings, considering the consequences.

2.) “You are not being persecuted when being prevented from persecuting others.”

Here the homosexuals confuse “persecution” with self-defense.

The homosexual agenda is not about preventing the persecution of homosexuals.  It’s about persecuting Christians for their beliefs and forcing the homosexual lifestyle into the body of Christ, as well as into the family, community and the nation, with the intent of corrupting and ultimately destroying them.

The California and Colorado cake decorators who lost everything when they refused to decorate a “gay wedding cake” for a homosexual couple certainly found this out.

No.  It’s not about stopping the persecution of homosexuals.  It’s about robbing Christians and others of their God-given right to  follow the precepts of God rather than the precepts on man.

Indeed, as Christians, we have every obligation to refuse to associate with those who work to corrupt the Christian family, the church, the community, and the nation. And we have every obligation to protect our churches, families and communities from the purveyors of perversion, as well.

In some cases, all we can do is set the right example. In other cases, we can work through various means including civil, religious, political and educational to stop the homosexual agenda when it encroaches upon the family, church, community and the nation.

It is not “persecution” to work to stop an agenda that is designed to overthrow 2,000 years of Christian history, morality and culture.  It is justified self-defense.

3.) “Truth isn’t like wine that gets better with age. It’s more like manna you must recognize wherever you are, and whoever you are with.”

Sorry, but wrong again.  Truth is not subjective. Instead, it’s what’s written in God’s Word. It doesn’t change based on who you are, or who you’re with, or what time of day it is.

“A rose, by any other name, is still a rose.” The truth, is the truth, is the truth.

Take it.  Or leave it.  But don’t try to change it, because that bird simply won’t fly.

4.) “You cannot call it ‘special rights’ when someone asks for the same rights you have.”

The claim here is that the only rights the homosexuals want are the same rights everyone else has.  But of course, that’s a joke.

For example, as Christians, we don’t have the right to force our Christian lifestyle on anyone. Nor do we want to.

But the homosexuals want the right to force their perverted lifestyle onto everyone.

They want it taught in the schools. In the children’s libraries.  And inculcated into children’s TV programming so the kids can’t escape it.  The idea, of course, is to bring the kids up thinking perversion is “the norm.”

They want it integrated into the workplace.  They want it forced into the churches and into groups that seek to live by moral codes, such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Yes, they want it forced into families, or we wouldn’t be seeing parents having their children taken from them for refusing to cater to their child’s gender-confusion.

They want it forced into communities.  They want it displayed on the TV and movie screens, in full, living color. And they want us to revel in it.

Indeed, they want to integrate it, by raw force of law, into every nook and cranny of our lives. And at this point in time, they’re more dedicated to forcing it into the Christian arena than anywhere else.  That’s what the so-called “Equality Act” is designed to accomplish.

If Christians tried to force their Christian lifestyle or beliefs on kids in public schools, or on co-workers in the workplace, or on non-Christian religious institutions, or on non-Christian families in the community, they’d be ran out of town on a rail.

But when the homosexuals do the same thing it’s somehow their “civil right” to do so.  It’s to “correct inequalities.”  And if you stand up against their agenda to overturn and destroy 2,000 years worth of Christian history, morality and culture, they claim you’re not defending yourself, but instead, trying to deprive them of their “civil rights.”

The tortured logic they employ is unbelievable.  But claiming we’re the persecutors is how they justify their pernicious ongoing bid to undermine and overthrow the Christian culture and moral order and all it stands for.

Homosexuals even get “hate crime” laws passed which make can make any publicly stated negative opinion of them a prosecutable criminal offense.

Yet, Christians can’t have homosexuals prosecuted for publicly hurling hateful invectives against Christ, Christians or Christianity, no matter how vile and no matter how much hate, vituperation and animosity is behind those opinions.

Worse yet, they simultaneously work to deprive Christians of their right to freedom of association, and to live their own beliefs their own way without being brought up on “civil rights” charges for refusing to embrace perverted behavior in their schools, churches, families or communities.

Equality?  Not hardly.  The bottom line is that what the homosexuals do is the very definition of demanding (and getting) “special rights.”  And to do so they must portray themselves as the victims, when, in reality, Christians are the main victims of their agenda.

5.) “It is no longer your ‘personal religious views’ if you’re bothering someone else.”

The homosexuals ought to read that one for themselves, and really think about it.

I could just as easily say to the homosexuals:

“Homosexuality is no longer your ‘personal choice’ if you’re trying to force it on other people, institutions or organizations, while depriving them of their right to choose how to live and who to associate with.”

6.) “Marriage is a ‘civil ceremony’ which means it’s a “civil right.”

Not in God’s eyes. Marriage is a sacrament.  And it’s specifically between a man and a woman.

Indeed, Christ may not have specifically mentioned homosexuality in the New Testament, but as I pointed out earlier, He did mention marriage. And just to reiterate what He said, let’s take another look:

Mat 19:4  And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

Mat 19:5  And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

Mat 19:6  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

So we see here that marriage is between man and woman, and was set up that way from the very beginning by God, the Creator Himself.  And God said we’re not to let any man put that asunder.

7.) “If how someone stimulates the public nerve has become the needle to your moral compass, you are the one who is lost.”

Once again, the homosexuals should read this one for themselves, and really think about it.

They’ve worked for decades now to quash, with force, all public opinion that doesn’t fit their own agenda.

If you say “Homosexuality is a gross perversion that is considered by God to be an abomination,” they instantly scream “hate crime” and bring in the big guns to shut you up.

Similarly, as we’ve seen in very recent times, if the Boy Scouts refuse to hire a homosexual Scoutmaster, the Scouting organization is immediately brought up on charges of violation of civil rights, no matter how apparent it is that the complainants only real intent is to undermine over one hundred years of Boy Scout virtue, discipline and moral and civil order, including the pledge to remain “morally straight” and “clean.”

This, of course, is exactly why the homosexuals have worked so hard to undermine and ultimately destroy the churches, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts and other moral-leaning organizations and institutions from the inside out.

They know they have to undermine organizations that promote moral qualities, in order to spread their perversion into families, churches, communities and the nation as a whole.

So Christian “stimulation of the public nerve” by standing firmly against perversion is considered to be a “hate crime.”

Yet homosexual “stimulation of the public nerve” by working to legitimize perversion and institutionalize lewd conduct as “normal” behavior is considered to be the practice of their “free speech” and “civil rights.”

Yeah, right.  Sorry, but either it works both ways, or it doesn’t work at all.

8.) “To condemn homosexuality, you must use parts of the Bible you don’t obey yourself.  Anyone who obeyed every part of Leviticus would rightly be put into prison.”

Actually, setting the book of Leviticus aside for a moment, Paul’s writings in the New Testament bring forth God’s contempt for homosexuality as an unnatural act that goes against His nature, just as emphatically as the Old Testament book of Leviticus, which condemns homosexuality as being worthy of death.

In Romans chapter 1, St. Paul wrote that the wrath of God will be revealed to those “who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (Rom. 1:18), including those who engage in acts of homosexuality.  As it’s written:

Romans 1:26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

Romans 1:27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

Rom 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Rom 1:29  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Rom 1:30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

Rom 1:31  Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

Rom 1:32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

As you can see, there’s no difference between the Old Testament and the New, on this issue.  Homosexuality is an abomination “worthy of death.”  Only now, it’s eternal death, meaning death of the soul and spirit in hell.

In first Corinthians, St. Paul also explains that we’re to avoid companionship with sexually immoral people (i.e., referred to as “fornicators” in the Scriptures), and not allow them into our family, churches, organizations, etc., unless of course they are repentant.

1Co 5:9  I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:

1Co 5:10  Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

1Co 5:11  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

1Co 5:12  For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

1Co 5:13  But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

Here St. Paul clearly states that while Christians can’t completely cut themselves off from this sinful world, we nevertheless should not keep company with blatant, habitual, un-repentant sexual sinners, idolators, drunkards, extortionists, or others of that ilk, even if they call themselves a “brother”, i.e., meaning a Christian brother.

In other words, if an individual calling himself a Christian practices perversions and vices as a way of life, and is un-repentant, then he or she is not really a Christian at all.  Instead, they are “Christian” in name only, but not in deed.  And we’re to avoid close companionship with them, lest we fall into the same ungodly trap they’ve fallen into and end up being given over to a “reprobate mind.”

As St. Paul stated in chapter 6 of the great book of I Corinthians:

I Co 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?  Be not deceived:  neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

So the idea that “to condemn homosexuality you must use parts of the Bible that you yourself don’t obey” (referring to the Old Testament law in Leviticus) is incorrect. It’s clearly written in the New Testament that Christians are not to participate in, or support homosexuality, or even to be companions to such people, even if they’re portraying themselves as a Christian “brother.”

Most Christians do their best to obey the New Testament, and most Christians accept the Old Testament law as the “schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ,” as St. Paul so aptly put it in Galatians 3:24.

No one obeys God’s Word perfectly, of course. That’s why God tabernacled in the flesh as “Jesus Christ” and gave His life as the ransom for our sins.

But on what condition are our sins paid for?  Repentance…something the homosexuals are sadly lacking in.  Yet these unrepentant perverts try to beat us over the head with the Bible, as if they have a clue as to what it actually says.

The bottom line is this:

While we vehemently and with righteous indignation oppose sexual perversion, and particularly the civil and religious institutionalization of such perversion, we still have hope for the sinner. We want the sinner saved, not killed.  After all, our Lord would like all men to come to repentance.  As it is written:

2 Peter 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Yes, he wants all people to come to repentance.  And He’s willing to wait.  But don’t take too much advantage of God’s good nature.  After all, Leviticus 18 is still on the books.  And the penalty for homosexuality is still death — as verified by St. Paul in the Scriptures above — only now, it’s eternal death at the hands of our heavenly Father in the great lake of fire at the final judgment.

9.) “If we do not do the right thing in our day, our grandchildren will look at us with the same embarrassment we look at racist grandparents.”

I could just as easily say the same thing about the vital necessity of stopping the homosexual agenda, i.e., “If we do not do the right thing in our day, our grandchildren will look at us with the same embarrassment as we now look at supporters of global warming, European socialism, and Barak Obama.”

10.) “When Jesus forbade judging, that included you.”

For far too long now, the homosexuals have been beating Christians over the head with the “You’re judging!” charge.  And it’s high time Christians start standing up to it.

There’s a big difference between “judging” and discerning right from wrong. Those are two decidedly different things.

Christians are allowed to discern right from wrong, based on God’s Word.  And they’re allowed to have righteous indignation when that which is clearly wrong (based on God’s Word) starts becoming legitimized and institutionalized in society, particularly in the churches, the communities and the homes.

Not only that, but the Scriptures clearly say:

I Corinthians 6:2-3  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

You see, we are indeed allowed to judge.  And that includes both spiritual things as well as the “things that pertain to this life.” Otherwise, we wouldn’t have judges and juries, either, would we?

And without the power of judgment, we wouldn’t be able to exercise the New Testament admonition we read about earlier, in which we’re to avoid close company with fornicators, drunkards, extortioners and other non-repentant habitual sinners.

We just can’t judge anyone to hell. That’s strictly God’s prerogative.  He’s the decision-maker as to whether to deprive one of His own children of eternal life, or preserve it.  He sits on the seat of judgment.

But as Christians, we most certainly can and must judge right from wrong, lest we fall into the same cultural relativist snare the homosexuals and other sinners of that ilk have fallen into, and face the prospect of the same fiery judgment from our heavenly Father.

As St. Peter stated in the great book of II Peter, chapter 3:

2Pe 3:17  Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

And as St. Paul wrote in the great book of Colossians regarding those who would use “philosophy and vain deceit” to try to drag Christians into the same muck they’re wallowing in:

Col 2:8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Finally, as St. Paul so clearly stated in chapter two of the book of Titus, we don’t back down in the face of ungodliness and lust, but instead set the right example as best we can in our own lives and never fear to “rebuke with all authority” those who would work to institutionalize ungodly behavior:

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Tit 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Tit 2:14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Tit 2:15  These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

We’re to “speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority,” particularly when they try to reverse 2,000 years worth of western Christian moral order.

And if they don’t like it, tough nuts.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Leading Rabbi Claims Fire at Notre Dame was Divine Retribution (Against Christians)

Leading Rabbi Claims Fire at Notre Dame was Divine Retribution

by Steve Barwick

So, a “leading Rabbi,” Schlomo Aviner, is claiming that the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral was “divine retribution” from God, for medieval French Catholics having burned the Babylonian Talmud in front of the Cathedral some 800 years ago.

Yes, that’s the same Babylonian Talmud that claims Jesus Christ is burning in hell in hot excrement for eternity, and that Mother Mary was a “Jewish whore” who was cheating on Joseph with a Roman soldier named Pantera.

In other words, if books deserved to be burned (and I’m not a proponent of book-burning), THAT’S one book that would be at the top of my list.  I sincerely doubt God EVER took retribution against the French for having so boldly stood up for His only begotten Son back then, or any time since, for that matter.

What the Rabbi’s religious ravings reveal is the fanatical hatred these false Jews (Revelation 2:9 and 3:9) hold against Christ, Christians and Christianity.

Said the Rabbi:

The great Christian Church in Paris is on fire. Should we feel sorry for that, or should we rejoice, as it [the cathedral] is idolatry, which is a mitzvah to burn?

A “mitzvah” means a religious duty. In other words, this prominent Rabbi says it’s a religious duty for “Jews” to burn Christian churches. Hey, no hate there, right?

The Rabbi went on to say that Christianity, “is our number one enemy throughout history.”

As historical scholar and expert on Jewish religious beliefs, Michael Hoffman, points out in an article I’ve linked to, below:

The Babylonian Talmud itself is the ‘holiest’ book of Orthodox Judaism, replete with nullifications of the Bible, admonitions to lie, commit evil anonymously and destroy non-Jews. The Babylonian Talmud teaches that Jesus was a sorcerer, His Mother Mary a whore and that Jesus is in hell burning forever in hot excrement.”

Lovely people, these who masquerade as “God’s chosen.” If a Muslim religious leader had been caught saying those very same things, the ire of every Christian leader in the world would have been upon Muslims.

But let a “prominent Rabbi” promulgate such verbal garbage, and all you hear is crickets from the Christian religious leaders and the Christian community as a whole — so afraid they are to say a thing against anyone claiming to be a “Jew.”

It’s very, very sad that our Christian leaders are scared out of their wits to stand up for Christ and Christianity, against the Christ-haters, out of the mistaken notion they’re “God’s chosen.”

You can read Michael Hoffman’s enlightening article about this Rabbi’s anti-Christian rant, here:

And consider getting a copy of Mr. Hoffman’s book, Judaism’s Strange Gods, if you want to truly understand the often hidden hatred against Christianity that pervades the mindset of leading Judaics such as Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, as well as the overt self-aggrandizement that’s often part and parcel of their religious character.

And if you really like detailed documentation, consider getting a copy of Hoffman’s tour-de-force book, Judaism Discovered: A Study of the Anti-Biblical Religion of Racism, Self-Worship, Superstition and Deceit.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Western Christian Moral Order Disintegrating Around Us

Western Christian Moral Order Disintegrating Around Us

Not too long back I wrote a commentary titled The Slow Motion Overthrow of the Western Christian Moral Order.

In that commentary, I gave recent example after example of how Christianity — which has been the western world’s foundational moral order for the past 2,000 years — is now being overthrown before our very eyes, largely by secular forces.

In a later commentary, titled A Christian “State of the Union” Address, I gave myriad more examples of how the western Christian moral order is being overthrown, and replaced by a secular order based largely upon death and perversion.

Now, two more pieces of bad news bear all of that out.  Let’s take a look:

According to the news article at the above link, the number of Americans who identify as having no religion has risen a whopping 266% since 1991.

Indeed, people with no religion now account for 23.1% of the U.S. population, statistically tied with Catholics who make up 23% of the population, and with Evangelical Christians who make up 22.5% of the population.

In a sense, statistically speaking, you have one-third Catholic, one-third Evangelical and one-third who no longer profess any religion.

I find that very interesting, considering the fact that the book of Revelation tells us:

Rev 8:10  And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

 

Rev 8:11  And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

 

Rev 8:12  And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

Of course, we know from Revelation 17:15 that in the Bible, waters are symbolic of “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.”

In other words, in the very end days, as the trumps of God begin to sound, a full one-third of the people of this world abandon belief in God and His Word (verse 10), becoming bitter toward anything truly Godly (verse 11), resulting in one-third of the earth’s spiritual light being diminished (verse 12).

Of course, we also know that in the first age, in heaven, one-third of all of God’s angels got swept up in Satan’s rebellion against the throne of God, ultimately causing the establishment of this flesh earth age we now dwell in. As it’s written:

Rev 12:3  And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

 

Rev 12:4  And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

And finally, we know that the one-third of God’s children who fell to Satan’s deception in the first age are on this earth now, in the final days of this flesh age, most of whom will be spiritually slain (i.e., deceived) by Satan once again, when he arrives in his role as the false Christ.  As it’s written:

Rev 9:15  And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.

 

Rev 9:16  And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

 

Rev 9:17  And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.

 

Rev 9:18  By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

In other words, having abandoned God, this “third part” of God’s children have made themselves susceptible to Satan’s lies, through which they’re slain, spiritually.

Don’t get me wrong.  These things have not yet happened.  But from the news, you can see how close we’re getting.

Happening in Britain, Too

And it’s not just happening here in America.

Our British cousins are in sad shape, as well, with less than half of all self-professed Christians living there no longer believing that Jesus died on the cross and rose again for our sins.

Here’s a news article confirming this story:

Yes, according to the above news article, a BBC poll has found that fewer than half of people who identify as Christians in the U.K. — a mere 46% — believe Jesus actually died and rose again for the forgiveness of sins.

The good news is that 82% of U.K. Christians who attend church regularly still believe in Christ’s death and subsequent resurrection.

It’s only when you add in the non-church attendees among those who identify as “Christians” that the numbers become much more dismal.

Nevertheless, we can see clearly why culture-watchers now refer to the “post-Christian west” when they speak of western civilization.  Christianity is no longer the powerhouse it used to be.  It’s no longer the foundational moral order of the west.

Indeed, our western leaders have become morally corrupt and perverted.  And many of them have actually become promoters of the occult.  Meanwhile, our largest commercial enterprises now deal in Satanism and pedophilia.

And of course, the Scripture told us it would be this way, in advance.  As it’s written:

2Ti 3:1  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

 

2Ti 3:2  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

 

2Ti 3:3  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

 

2Ti 3:4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

 

2Ti 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

 

2Ti 3:6  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

 

2Ti 3:7  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Western culture has certainly been moving into the above-described arena for a long time now.  Which, of course, tells us we’re growing closer and closer to the time of Jacob’s trouble, which is to say, the great tribulation of the antichrist.

The moral boundaries are being removed, faster and faster now.  The people are becoming self-centered instead of God-centered.  And the world is ripe for the arrival of that false one.

And its all the more reason to keep your Gospel Armor on, and in place, at all times, that you might be able to “quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” As it’s further written:

Eph 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

 

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

 

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 

Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

 

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

 

Eph 6:15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

 

Eph 6:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

 

Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

 

Eph 6:18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Yes, it’s the “wiles of the devil” (verse 11) that are causing today’s apostasy from the Christian faith to accelerate.

And of course, we know from II Thessalonians 2:1-4 that once Satan arrives to this earth in his role as the false Christ, that apostasy becomes stratospheric, for the vast majority of people will indeed accept and embrace the false Christ and his lies.  As it’s written:

2Th 2:1  Now we beseech you, brethren, by [i.e., regarding] the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by [i.e., regarding] our gathering together unto him,

 

2Th 2:2  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

 

2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

 

2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

As you can see from verse 3 above, the “falling away” (i.e., apostasy, in the Greek, which means “a defection from the truth”) directly precedes the arrival of that “man of sin, the son of perdition,” meaning Satan in his role as the false Christ.

And what happens when that man of sin arrives to this earth, and heals the deadly wound on the Temple Mount at Jerusalem?  Let’s see what’s written:

Rev 13:3  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.

 

Rev 13:4  And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

We’re getting closer and closer, folks.  So keep your eyes and ears open.  Watch for the events in the Middle East that you already know usher in the end.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Walmart Caught Selling Satanism; Amazon Caught Selling Pedophilia

Walmart Caught Selling Satanism; Amazon Caught Selling Pedophilia

Only a few short weeks ago Amazon began eliminating from its online bookstore listings for books considered to be “politically incorrect.”

This included books questioning the extent of the so-called holocaust…books exploring white nationalism and white American culture…books explaining the necessity of resistance to the status quo…plus videos and books exposing the side effects of vaccines…and even books on the perils of unrestrained immigration by conservative journalists like Britain’s Tommy Robinson.

In other words, if the books didn’t fit with the current “politically correct” narrative, they were banned from sales by Amazon, the world’s largest book seller.

Selling Child Sex Dolls to Pedophiles

At the same time, however, Amazon has apparently been openly allowing the sale of child sex dolls for pedophiles, two of which are shown in the (warning) very graphic screen shot images below:

Of course, virtually the minute Amazon was caught in the act of selling these dolls to degenerates, and the news of it hit the internet, they yanked the ads from their site.  The only reason we know about it is because of the expose’ from PJMedia.com, an online journalism organization which caught them in the act.

Walmart Selling Satanism

Meanwhile, according to a news article in the National Catholic Register, Walmart has been caught selling Satanic-oriented products, with 22 online pages consisting of 440 different products directly related to Satanism, such as this one:

 

According to the news article:

“The products include demonic sculptures and figures; satanic pornography that blasphemes Christ’s crucifixion; numerous products and jewelry with pentagrams and other demonic images, and books that include the Satanic bible and books on spells. Especially featured is Baphomet, the horned, goat-headed figure trademarked as the Church of Satan symbol.”

Walmart has also recently come under fire from the American Family Council for its series of ads titled “Love Is in the Aisle.”

In these ads, the chain store is cast as a place where you can find true love among the shopping aisles, including homosexual love.  Indeed, one of these ads features a pro-homosexual, same-sex couple — replete with heavy “gay” affectations — having a “blind date” in the aisles.

All I can say is this: When you shop at Walmart, folks, consider leaving your children at home.

A Satanic World

I watched a TV show last night in which one of the characters stated, “When someone shows you their true self, believe it.”

In other words, most people — and companies, for that matter — live behind a facade in which they portray themselves as being “normal” or even beneficial to others.  Full of goodwill toward man.

But there are times when the facade is dropped, and the true inner character of the person — or company — is revealed.

And when you see that revelation with your own eyes, it’s high time to believe it and cast aside any beliefs to the contrary you might have had.

I’ve written about this before.

Now, we’re seeing not just governments, but some of the largest and most well-known companies in the world revealing their true selves through their actions.

Amazon’s stated public vision is this:  “Our vision is to be earth’s most customer-centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online.”

Apparently, that includes sex dolls for pedophiles.  Well, don’t say they didn’t warn you.  After all, their vision does state they want to be the place “where people can come and discover anything they might want to buy online.”  Maybe next they’ll be selling heroin.

Walmart’s advertising slogan is a bit less…well…visionary.  They simply state, “Save Money, Live Better.”  Apparently, they want Satanists to save money and live better as well.

I’m not telling anyone what to believe.  Or even whether or not to shop at these venues. That’s up to you.  No guilt trips from me.

I’m just saying I believe what I see with my own eyes.  I rarely believe what people — or companies…or governments, for that matter — tell me.  It’s what they show that matters.

As my old Irish mom has always said, “Don’t believe what they tell you.  Believe what they do.”

I believe we now live in a very Satanic and degenerate world.  Only a few short decades ago, the corporate offices of either of these companies would have been stormed by angry Christians demanding the companies put a screeching halt to these practices…or else.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Christians Who Don’t Keep Easter (More Than You Might Think)

Christians Who Don’t Keep Easter (More Than You Might Think)

It’s shocking to contemporary denominational Christians to hear that many of their fellow Christians don’t keep Easter.  While there are no official figures, the estimated numbers of Christians who do not keep Easter range from the low millions throughout North America, to tens of millions worldwide.

Why would so many faithful Christians refuse to keep the Easter holiday?  Perhaps the better question is this:  Why do so many Christians still keep Easter, when It was never commanded by God in the Old Testament, nor celebrated by Jesus Christ and the disciples (before or after His death and resurrection) in the New Testament?

Indeed, the high holy day commanded by God, and kept by Jesus Christ and the disciples, was the Passover.

Easter was a strictly pagan holiday celebrated in the spring as a sexual rite worshiping Ishtar, the goddess of sexual fertility and proclivity.  And this pagan sexual holiday — whose symbols were the rabbit and the egg — got grafted into the church not too long after the apostles and early church fathers passed on, and late-comers decided that the easiest way to “grow the church” would be to incorporate a popular pagan spring holiday and adopt its trappings and ornamentation such as the bunnies, eggs, and yes, even the ham for “Ishtar” dinner.

Above you can watch a short video explaining how the whole, sordid mess got started.  If you’ve ever wanted to know why so many Christians simply won’t have anything to do with the Easter holiday, and learn why, how and when they keep the Christian Passover instead, here’s a short video in which two Christian pastors explain it all.

(Note:  I’m not endorsing the church that originally published this video.  I’m only using the video to demonstrate that many, many Christians worldwide are waking up to the fact — finally! — that celebrating Easter is actually an abomination to God, as it occludes and replaces the high holy day of Christianity ordained by God, and celebrated by Jesus Christ and the disciples, which was the Passover.  For additional information on the pagan origins of Easter, see Easter or Passover: Which Should Christians Celebrate? after you’ve had a chance to view the short video above.)

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Ancient Jewish Synagogue Carving Mentions Jesus

Ancient Jewish Synagogue Carving Mentions Jesus

I’m not endorsing the above video, which purports to show an ancient Jewish synagogue with inscriptions on the floor that reads:

“Remembered for good, the Comforter, Y’shua, martyr/witness.”

Nevertheless, the information in the video certainly is fascinating. As you know, secularists claim there’s no historical or archaeological evidence whatsoever that Y’shua — Jesus — ever lived.

Yet here we apparently have an unearthed Messianic synagogue from circa 300-350 A.D., with the above-mentioned inscription, plus carved pictures of two Menorahs and two Olive Trees — a likely reference to Revelation 11:4, “These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands, standing before the Lord of the earth.”

If it’s true, and has not been faked as a means of drawing Christian tourists, this is one of the most interesting and important archaeological finds in recent memory.

Here’s a photo of the mosaic carving itself, from the synagogue floor, with Jesus’ name in Aramaic highlighted very lightly in yellow:

 

 

 

 


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Video: Why is the Trump Administration Launching an Effort to Legalize Homosexuality Worldwide?

In the video above, Rick Wiles and company discuss Trump’s new global agenda to have homosexuality legalized worldwide, and who’s really behind it.

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Trump Admin Launches Effort to Legalize Homosexuality Worldwide

When President Trump appointed his first homosexual ambassador, Richard Grenell, I wrote about it, briefly, on Facebook, warning that it was indicative of the Trump administration’s hidden support for the homosexual agenda.

I also warned that it would inevitably lead to more and more federally-backed pro-homosexual efforts.

But my pro-Trump Christian friends lambasted me, claiming Mr. Grenell was a “nobody,” and nothing would ever come of his appointment.

They further proclaimed that Mr. Grenell’s appointment as Ambassador to Germany was in no way a signal from the Trump administration that they were going to push pro-homosexual policies.

U.S.-Led Global Campaign to Force Homosexuality on 70 Nations

But now, it turns out that Trump’s appointee, Mr. Grenell, is indeed leading a GLOBAL effort — on behalf of the Trump administration — to have homosexuality “decriminalized” (i.e., legalized) in every nation where it’s still a crime.

Here’s a quote from a recent NBC news article on the subject:

The Trump administration is launching a global campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality in dozens of nations where it’s still illegal to be gay

 

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the highest-profile openly gay person in the Trump administration, is leading the effort, which kicks off Tuesday evening in Berlin.

 

The U.S. embassy is flying in LGBT activists from across Europe for a strategy dinner to plan to push for decriminalization in places that still outlaw homosexuality…

 

Although the decriminalization strategy is still being hashed out, officials say it’s likely to include working with global organizations like the United Nations, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as well as other countries whose laws already allow for gay rights.

 

Other U.S. embassies and diplomatic posts throughout Europe, including the U.S. Mission to the E.U., are involved, as is the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.”

So the U.S. will be “flying in LGBT activists from across Europe” for a strategy dinner to make plans to force the decriminalization of sodomy in nations that still outlaw the sordid, ungodly and abominable practice.

70 Countries

Here’s a quote from a U.S. official involved in the campaign to eliminate laws against homosexuality worldwide:

It is concerning that, in the 21st century, some 70 countries continue to have laws that criminalize LGBTI status or conduct.”

In other words, Trump and Co. are working to push the leaders of 70 sovereign nations into embracing homosexuality, and abandoning their stand that homosexuality is an abomination to the Lord and thus should remain outlawed.

Yes, folks, Trump just made America — your country, and God’s last remaining bastion of Christianity — the undisputed LEADER of the worldwide revolution to normalize homosexuality, and to codify it’s supposed “normalcy” into law worldwide.

I predict next we’ll begin to see economic and political sanctions being used by the Trump administration against religious nations that outlaw homosexuality.

Global Gay Disco

Listen, America is already a gay disco.

All federal laws against sodomy were basically done away with during the heydays of the 1960’s and 70’s.  Before then, it was a federal crime to commit a homosexual act.

What’s more, states that had their own separate laws against sodomy have mostly been forced to rescind those laws if they wanted to continue receiving federal assistance.  The vast majority have done so. And in states that still have anti-homosexual laws on the books, those laws are never enforced, and haven’t been for decades.

Now our fearless leader apparently wants the rest of the world to come to the disco and join the crowd.  So get your metallic-coated spandex disco pants out.  And put on some Bee-Gees records.   You’re going to need them, just to seem “normal”.

God’s Curses

As you’ll see — sooner than you might think — Trump is bringing God’s curses down upon our heads.

He’s already funded the worst of abominations — i.e., baby-killing by Planned Parenthood — to the tune of some $500 million (i.e., one-half BILLION) dollars, resulting in the deaths of some 313,000 babies in the womb last year alone, in this country, at taxpayer expense.

Yes, your taxes and mine paid for the murders of those 300,000+ innocent babies.  And this was less than one year after Trump had solemnly promised Christians during the presidential elections that he’d eliminate all funding for Planned Parenthood if we stood behind him and elected him.  And we did.

But instead, he fully funded Planned Parenthood, claiming at the time that he didn’t want to shut down the federal government over a single issue — which, of course, is a stunning bit of irony considering he did exactly that, this year, when trying to force lame-brained Democrats to fund a small section of his long-promised wall.

What kind of “Christian” mindset is that?

And now he’s working to force the globe — not just the decadent west, but the entire world — into embracing homosexuality, and making it legal in the nations that are still wise enough to outlaw it as the abomination it is.

Sorry, but dems da facts, jack.

I wouldn’t have expected any less out of Hillary Clinton herself, had she been elected.

But Trump promised us he was different.  “I’ll never let you down,” he told evangelical leaders at a prayer breakfast just before the presidential election, when he was soliciting their support.  And Christians believed it.  I did.  You probably did.  The question now is this:  Do you still?

Man-King Giveth Man-King Taketh Away

So…worship your new man-king while you still can, if that’s what you’ve got to do. But I don’t see how any God-fearing Christian can do so without puking, at this point.

But…but…but…Steve,” some of my Christian friends have written me, in apoplexy, “I got my tax cut!  And Trump is working to take down the deep state.  And everyone’s against him.  It’s terrible.  We have to support our president.  Hannity says so.”

Blecch.

How long will you justify these filthy abominations?  How long will you help flaunt them in God’s face?  How long will you sell out your heavenly Father and His Word for a paltry tax cut and a handful of phony promises to “take down the deep state”?

Surely you know that’s never going to happen.  It’s nothing more than political theater designed to distract you from the abominations being accomplished under a supposedly “Christian” president.

Surely you watched Trump fire ALL of his America-first cabinet members during his very first year in office — every single one of them.

And surely you watched him replace those America-first cabinet members with some of the most vile, deep state swamp critters the world has ever known, bringing more Goldman Sachs bankers directly into his administration than both Obama and Bush before him.

So don’t tell me Trump is “working to bring down the deep state.”  He’s not.  He actually ridiculed the “Drain the swamp” mantra after he was elected, claiming he “never really liked it,” but kept saying it “because it drew such great applause.”

The Blind and Deaf

There’s an old saying:  “There is none so blind as he (or she) who will not see.”

In other words, if you refuse to examine what’s right in front of your face, and understand it, your blindness is worse than that of a person who was actually born blind.

Or as God puts it in Jeremiah 5:20-23:

Jeremiah 5:21 — Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:

 

Jeremiah 5:22Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?

 

Jeremiah 5:23 — But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.

Yes, you have your baby-killing, queer-loving man-king, who we all sold out to for a tax cut and a paper bag full of false promises.

The question now is this:

Will you remain sold out, as he rolls out his global agenda to force the practice of homosexuality on nations that have wisely outlawed it, and as he continues to fund abortion with taxpayer money?

Are you really that willingly blind?

“Make America great again” is apparently getting old.  It’s now been replaced by an homage to Sodom and Gomorrah:  “Make the world gay again.”

Bon apetit, my friends!

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.


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A Christian “State of the Union” Address

A Christian “State of the Union” Address

President Trump is going to be giving his State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 5th.  And the Democrats will give their reply to it afterwards.

While these addresses are an American tradition, the problem with them is that they’re inevitably self-serving.  The president will brag about his perceived accomplishments.  And the Democrats will tell us how much better the nation would be without the president’s policies.

And in the process, none of us will get an honest view of the true state of the union.  Most certainly, we won’t get a Christian perspective on the state of the union.

So I thought I’d summarize some of the news headlines from just the past few months, which, in my view, sum up the true state-of-the-union, but from a decidedly Christian perspective rather than a partisan political perspective.

Professor E. Michael Jones, editor of Culture Wars magazine recently stated:

America has become gay disco…people are now forming identity groups based on their sins.”

If I had to sum up the state of the American nation today, I don’t think I could come up with a better way than that to put it.

Except for one thing:  I’d add that America has now also become a walk-in abortion clinic, as well.

And I think you’ll have to agree with me on these two points, after you glance through some of the recent news articles featured below.

With that said, let’s take a look at some of the news from the past few months alone, which I believe to be indicative of the current sad state of our Christian nation.

The State of Our Nation: Part I — The Abortion Culture is Winning

We’ll start with news about abortion, demonstrating the “covenant with death” (Isaiah 28:15-18) our nation’s political — and yes, even some religious — leaders have now clearly embraced:

There’s no other way to describe this but Satanic.  In my view, the legislators who passed and wildly applauded this “late-term abortion bill” allowing babies to be killed in the womb up to the ninth month are proof positive that our leaders are now Satanic in nature.  Yes, Satan is the “god of this world” (II Corinthians 4:4) and many of our political leaders are quite obviously doing his will, and not God Almighty’s.  As James Dobson, former director of Focus on the Family, stated, “We wouldn’t do this to a dog.  Yet we’re doing it to human beings right in the womb.”

As further evidence of the Satanic nature of New York’s new law allowing abortion up to the ninth month of pregnancy, the Governor of the state ordered the One World Trade Center building to be lit up with pink lights in celebration of the law!  As NY Governor Cuomo stated, “I am directing that New York’s landmarks be lit in pink to celebrate this achievement and shine a bright light forward for the rest of the nation to follow.”  Ah, yes.  A light for the rest of the nation to follow.  Straight into the lake of fire.  But will they?  Let’s see…

In Virginia, state legislator Kathy Tran has introduced legislation that would make abortion legal at term (i.e., ninth month) and even in the middle of the actual birth.  While the legislation was “tabled” (probably temporarily) after it sparked nationwide outrage, expect it to be reintroduced later.  But don’t miss the point:  This is how far gone our nation is, at this point in time.  Our leaders are truly doubling down on their “covenant with death.”

In the new Virginia abortion legislation, which has been temporarily tabled, there are circumstances described in which the baby could be delivered, and then the doctor and mother could get together in order to decide whether or not it lives.  Truly an abomination.

This is another bill that would legalize abortions up to birth. Our demonic political leaders are increasingly explicit in their support for killing unborn children at any stage of pregnancy — and sometimes even of denying normal medical care to just-born children.

Republican President Donald Trump campaigned widely to Christians on a promise that if elected, he’d refuse to fund Planned Parenthood with taxpayer money.  But he ended up funding the organization, anyway, to the tune of $500 BILLION in taxpayer money.  Like it or not, he now has the blood of 332,757 dead babies on his head — the highest number of annual abortions by Planned Parenthood since 2011 when Democrat Barack Obama was president.  As former Alabama Governor George Wallace used to say, regarding the Democrat and Republican parties, “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between them.”  In the case of baby-killing through abortion, at least, it appears former Governor Wallace was quite correct.  Abortion is now the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer.

Over the last year we’ve seen all kinds of news reports and videos about Planned Parenthood harvesting the body parts (i.e., arms, legs, hearts, lungs, livers, brains, and more) of late-term aborted babies and selling them to various “research” companies.  It turns out this Satanic activity is a huge money-maker for the organization.  Grotesque.  Gruesome.  Barbaric.  And of course, an utter abomination to the Lord.  But they don’t care.  And unfortunately, neither do most Americans.

It turns out that taxpayer-funded, government-sponsored laboratories are also using aborted baby body parts in experimentation, including using aborted baby organs and tissues for implantation into so-called “humanized mice.”  As one article states, “Through its National Institutes of Health division, HHS spends $100 million in taxpayer money annually on projects using fetal organs and tissues from abortions. Last year, $20 million of that was spent on “intramural” research projects — fetal experimentation being conducted in government facilities owned and operated by HHS.”  And guess what, Mr. and Mrs. American Taxpayer?  You’re paying for this abomination.

While taxpayers fund the vast majority of Planned Parenthood’s unsavory activities, 38 companies — including well-known names like Pfizer, Pepsi, Starbucks, Adobe, American Cancer Society, American Express, Avon, Bank of America, Bath & Body Works, and many others — contribute nearly one-quarter of the Planned Parenthood’s  annual $1.3 billion in revenues.   You can find the list of these 38 companies that help fund baby murder, in the news article at the above link.

If selling the body parts of aborted babies is not bad enough, now it turns out that fetal cells from aborted babies have also been harvested and sold to researchers who test and perfect artificial flavor enhancers in foods.  The article at the above link contains the names of companies, and the products they sell, that have either used fetal cells from aborted babies in their research into artificial flavors, or have actually included components of aborted fetal cells (i.e., proteins, DNA, etc.) in their commercial products.

Vermont Bill Proclaims ‘Fundamental Right’ to Abortion, But No ‘Independent Rights’ for Unborn

Lawmakers in Vermont have proposed a bill that would codify abortion in state law as being a “fundamental right,” while also stating that “[a] fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus shall not have independent rights under Vermont law.” In other words, all of the way up to birth a baby has no rights.  Republican governor Phil Scott says he’s supportive on the concept of enshrining Roe v. Wade (the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion) in state law.

As a means of countering the growing opposition to abortion and the stigma of shame associated with it, the founder of a new movement referred to as “Shout Your Abortion” has released a book of essays from women who are not sorry for ending the lives of their children before birth.  The publication “focuses on the stories of women who have obtained an abortion in an effort to illustrate the profound political power of defying shame.”  Earlier this year, the books editor, Amelia Bonow, who also founded the “Shout Your Abortion” organization, embarked with others on a “Bible Belt Abortion Storytelling Hour” tour to trumpet the message that “abortion is normal” and to urge mothers who ended their children’s lives to tell their abortion story. The tour included stops throughout the Bible belt, demonstrating that Christian opposition to abortion is being targeted by this “Shout Your Abortion” organization.

In tandem with the “Shout Your Abortion” movement, Planned Parenthood has now launched a billboard campaign featuring a variety of women who have had abortions and aren’t sorry for it.  One such billboard features a picture of a woman and reads, “I had an abortion, and I am not apologizing.”  According to Jill Meadows, the medical director for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, “Planned Parenthood envisions a culture where abortion access is understood as a basic human right, an essential part of healthcare and a normal part of life.”  The idea behind the ads is to remove the social stigma from having an abortion by making it seem like any other medical procedure.  “I want people to be able to talk about their abortions like they talk about their colonoscopies” said campaign participant Rachel Goss.  Yes, this is the state of the American nation, today. Killing babies in the womb is no more sinful than having a colonoscopy.  Do I need to ask what our heavenly Father might think of that?

In a social media video titled “Kids Meet Someone Who’s Had an Abortion,” the founder of the “Shout Your Abortion” campaign is caught telling children that abortion is “all part of God’s plan.”  In the video, she tells the children, “You go to the doctor, and they put this little straw inside of your cervix, and then inside of your uterus, and then they just suck the pregnancy out.  And it was like a crappy dentist appointment or something. It was just like, ‘This is a body thing that’s kind of uncomfortable,’ but then it was over, and I felt really just grateful that I wasn’t pregnant anymore.”  Lovely. I’ll bet you had no idea that having doctors kill a baby in the womb was akin to a “crappy dentist appointment.”

Now we get down to where the rubber meets the road.  According to a news article on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, faith leaders are now blessing abortion clinics.  These “faith leaders” claim “Anti-abortion advocates do not have the monopoly on faith or God,”  and go on to state that “Many faith leaders and people of faith hold that accessing and providing abortions are good and Godly decisions.”  A printed notice from Planned Parenthood announcing the first abortion clinic blessing states, “During this clinic blessing, participants will gather with local faith leaders and guests to ask for God’s blessing upon Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio’s East Columbus Surgical facility, the abortion providers and staff, and all those who pass through the center.”  The event also will feature interfaith blessings, prayers, and testimonies about receiving and providing abortion care, emphasizing that the “clinic blessing will create space for progressive voices of faith to speak boldly in support of comprehensive reproductive health care, especially abortion.”  Yes, folks, religious leaders are now “speaking boldly” in support of killing babies in the womb.

In another new low for the pro-abortion crowd, a video featuring a beautiful, blue-eyed newborn baby is being circulated with the caption “She deserves to be a choice.”  The horrific video actually starts out saying of the baby, “She deserves to be … loved.”  The video continues and the caption changes to “She deserves to be … wanted.”  Then, rather abruptly and shockingly, the caption changes to “She deserves to be … a choice.”  As Matt Walsh, a writer for the Daily Wire, stated of the ad, “It presents human life — wondrous, miraculous life — and then says, ‘Yes, it is good to kill this person.’”  Obviously, featuring a beautiful newborn baby in such a grotesque manner demonstrates the depth of demonic possession these folks are under.  But the truly sad part is, this despicable activity is now perfectly acceptable in America.  Few Americans so much as even yawn over it.  Baby-killing is entrenched national policy.

We already know the Democrats are the political party of abortion.  But until recently the GOP held both houses of Congress, and we had a Republican president, and still no steps were taken to eliminate or even reduce the rate of abortions by defunding Planned Parenthood.  “They had two years to defund Planned Parenthood, and they failed,” Kristan Hawkins, whose organization Students for Life has campaigned for and helped fund pro-life GOP candidates, said…It’s a huge frustration. We worked so hard to elect supposedly these pro-life Republican officials, and we expected results.”  What does that tell you about our nation’s leaders, Republicans and Democrats alike?  It speaks volumes, to me.

Christians and conservatives were thrilled when Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court by President Trump was finally approved by Congress.  After all, they argued, under Trump our nation is now moving toward a conservative majority on the highest court in the land, and that won’t bode well for the pro-abortion camp.  But Christians and conservatives were quickly stunned and disheartened when Kavanaugh and fellow “conservative” justice John Roberts joined with the high court’s liberal justices to turn down appeals from two states (Louisiana and Kansas) seeking to defund Planned Parenthood’s participation in their state Medicaid programs.  13 states had joined Louisiana and Kansas in amicus briefs, urging the Supreme Court to hear the appeals.  But the high court turned them down.  I can’t wait to see these folks before God’s court, at the time of the Great White Throne Judgment of Revelation 20:11-15.

Whenever the baby killers obtain a victory, they’re never satisfied.  They always keep moving forward in their “covenant with death,” because their ultimate goal is the total overthrow of the foundational Christian underpinnings of our nation.  After signing a bill legalizing abortion up to the point of birth, New York is now looking to legalize assisted suicide.  As Isaiah 28:18 clearly tells us, our leaders have indeed made “a covenant with death.”  But in that same chapter our heavenly Father promises to annul that covenant with death at Christ’s Second Advent.  In other words, at that time, He’s going to destroy it, forever.  And at the Great White Throne Judgment of Revelation 20, He’ll destroy the people pushing this covenant of death on us, as well.  But until then, this is the state of our nation:  Walking hand-in-hand with death itself.

Again, with every victory, the demoniacs in our government push for even more sinfulness, leading to death.  In this case, after enshrining the “right” for mothers to have their unborn children murdered right up to the point of birth, the Governor of New York signed into law a bill making it illegal to “discriminate” against anyone based on their sexual “identity and expression.”  In other words, if a man identifies as a woman, and runs around dressed like a woman, and insisting you refer to him as a “woman,” you cannot discriminate against that person.  This, even though Ephesians 5:1 and other Bible passages admonish Christians to “…have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”  Under the new law in New York, obeying God’s Word in such a case would legally be considered “discriminatory” and “hate,” and you can face huge fines.  If you’re a business owner, you could ultimately face loss of your business.

The State of Our Nation: Part II — America is Now a Vast “Gay Disco”

Even though I’ve barely scratched the surface on the abortion issue, let’s turn for a moment to the so-called LGBTQ “rights” movement, and see what state our nation is in:

Pure blasphemy.  The name “Annie” means “grace” or “favored.”  So this “drag queen,” who goes by the name of “Annie Christ,” and who also paints an upside down cross on his forehead, is actually referring to himself, blasphemously, as the “grace of Christ,” or “favored of Christ.”  As admitted in the above-linked news article, his “drag queen” name is also a play on the term “anti-Christ,” which means “instead of Christ.”  And in the Lansdale, Pennsylvania library system, “Annie Christ” is being promoted as a “role model” for small children.  On YouTube, you can see this miscreant performing to the song “You Can Touch My Breasts,” while men in attendance reach out to do so.  Yes, this is what our library system is calling a “role model” for children in regards to promoting “cultural diversity,” “acceptance” and “equality.”  According to the library director, the amount of support the library is receiving for holding the event with “Annie Christ” is “overwhelming.” The state of our “Christian” nation?  Unfortunately, it’s in an abysmal spiritual state.

Yes, a 10-year old boy “drag queen” going by the name “Lactatia” has been photographed posing next to an adult “drag queen” who’s “completely naked, except for a pair of high heels and a small covering over his reproductive organs.”  Of course, only ten short years ago this would have been considered child abuse.  But now, in the America of the 21st century, it’s considered quite normal, even “progressive.”  According to the boy’s mother, who allows the child to participate in “drag” events, “We would never try to overtly sexualise our child. But if he wears something that makes him feel beautiful, what right do I have to stop him wearing that dress because it might cause people to think things they shouldn’t be thinking?”  Uh, huh.  Allowing the child to pose in “drag” next to a naked man is not “overtly sexualizing” the child.  In what universe?  “Common sense and morality has gone into the toilet,” one commenter wrote, in what’s got to be the understatement of the year.

A website called “TransKids” claims on its home page that it’s “dedicated to providing young folks with gender expression gear and resources.”  Books on gender transition for kids who want to “change their genders,” are sold on the site.  And the site also sells prosthetic penises for young girls who identify as boys, that are said to be “discreet enough that they can be worn all day under clothes.”  Again, only ten short years ago this would have been considered to be child abuse.  Today, it’s called “standing up for diversity.”

 Dylan Pontiff, a “drag queen” who helps organize “story time” events for children at public libraries, has admitted he’s helping “groom” the young children to accept LGBT ideology when he reads pro-LGBT material to them at the events.  “This is going to be the grooming of the next generation. We are trying to groom the next generation,” said Pontiff.  In other words, the so-called “Drag Queen Story Hour” programs are turning our public libraries into platforms to advance the transgender revolution, and are becoming places where pro-homosexual activists are given access to children as young as three.  Says John Ritchie, director of TFP Student Action, “Instead of protecting the precious innocence of our children with wholesome stories, libraries are misusing our tax-dollars to harm their innocence…To attempt to dismantle and destroy the distinction between male and female is not only biologically ridiculous, but also a direct attack against God’s plan for us and for the family.  Everyone who loves the family should wake up, pray and push back.”  Indeed they should.  But they aren’t.  That’s the state of our nation, today.

Celine Dion, the highly-acclaimed pop singer, has launched a new gender-neutral clothing line for children as part of an ongoing attempt to eradicate God-given “gender norms.”  According to the website for the new clothing line, it’s designed to “liberate children from the traditional roles of boy/girl, and enable younger people to grow on values of equality with the freedom to strengthen their own power of personality based on mutual respect.” Catholic exorcist John Esseff has rightly labeled the action a “demonic” sign of the times.  Esseff noted his belief that the enemy is “going after children by confusing gender.”  He added, “This is definitely satanic. There is a mind behind it — an organized mindset. The devil is a liar and there are huge lies being told. This is being done for money, and there is divisiveness that comes from this — marks of the devil.”  I guess I couldn’t say it any better, except to add, this is indeed the state of the American nation, today.

According to the above news article, an 11-year old boy who was dressed in “drag” to imitate singer Gwen Stefani, recently pranced around the stage at Brooklyn’s 3 Dollar Bill bar, while grown men cheered and threw money.  The bar is described as ‘queer owned & operated,’ and ‘Brooklyn’s Premiere Queer Bar & Performance Venue.’  According to LifeSite News, “ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ recently devoted a segment to the boy during which his cross-dressing was celebrated as an example of individuality, and his parents were praised for their support of his drag hobby.”  While news media reports and the boy’s parents claim the child is “just doing what he loves but in a healthy way that is not overly sexual or provocative,” you can decide for yourself by watching one of his video “drag performances” here…if you can stomach it.

When officials at the LaFayette Public Library in Louisiana decided to ban “Drag Queen Story Time” events as the library, the ACLU filed suit against them, claiming it was a violation of the First Amendment.  According to a statement from the ACLU, “Kids who are different have to know it’s okay, and kids who aren’t different have to know it’s okay for other kids to be different. That’s what Drag Queen Story Time is all about.”  The library, which had been sued previously by two Christian groups for allowing the “Drag Queen Story Time” events to take place, is now waiting for the lawsuits to play out.

According to the above news article, “There’s a new line of underwear on the market, and it’s helping ‘transgender’ boys as young as five hide their penises. “Tuck Buddies” were created to be a “comfortable underwear option for transgender kids.” The product is designed with an extra layer at the front to “provide a bit of padding and coverage for young trans kids.” Said one customer five and a half year old male child considers himself to be a female, “My five and a half year old trans daughter has pretty much always presented as a female.  As an infant everyone assumed she was a baby girl…Around five, after transitioning, she really started noticing her penis more, and complaining about it ‘bothering her in all kinds of different ways.”  But when she purchased a pair of “Tuck Buddies” her child exclaimed, “Mama! These fix all my problems!”  A separate company called Transkids is not only selling a similar line of tuck-style underwear for young boys, but miniature silicone penises for girls as young as five.

Pedophiles are now rebranding themselves as “MAPs” or “Minor Attracted Persons” in an effort to gain acceptance and be included into the LGBT community, according to several reports from LGBT news sites.  According to Urban Dictionary, the blanket term MAP includes infantophiles (lovers of infants), pedophiles (lovers of pre-pubescent children), hebephiles (lovers of pubescent children), and ephebophiles (lovers of post-pubescent children).  These pedophiles seek to be a part of the LGBT+ community, even going so far as to make a “Pride” flag for Gay Pride Month.  This is what’s coming next in the LGBT saga, folks.  It’s just a matter of time.  You’ve seen how fast the LGBT movement has spread since the Supreme Court ruling made “gay marriage” legal only a few short years ago. First it was “gay marriage.”  Then it was adult transgenders.  Then it was child transgenders. And now they’re seeking “civil rights” for pedophiles.  If you’re waiting for the next iteration in the LGBT saga, this is it.  Mark my words.

In a new children’s book titled Santa’s Husband being published by Harper Collins, Santa is being re-cast as a black man in an interracial, same-sex relationship.  The children’s book follows Santa’s life in the North Pole, except in this version, he’ll have a white husband who fills in for him at shopping malls around the world.  The author of the book hopes the book will ultimately become a yuletide favorite “for couples and new families who are looking to begin their own kinds of holiday traditions.”

With her latest role as Batwoman, self-described “gender-fluid” actor Ruby Rose will play the first openly gay superhero in a TV series. Rose’s Batwoman was introduced to US television audiences on the CW network in December, and will move to a standalone series about Batwoman for the 2019–20 US TV season. The TV character is described as a highly trained street fighter with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind. “This is a childhood dream,” the actor said. “This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on TV and felt alone and different. Thank you everyone. Thank you God,” she recently wrote.

A restaurant in the nation’s capital has agreed to a settlement that includes the payment of $7,000 in penalties and legal costs after the Attorney General of Washington, D.C. found the eatery guilty of discrimination against a man who identifies as a woman.  This, after one of the restaurants employees told the male customer he could not use the women’s bathroom.  After an internal investigation, the restaurant employee was fired, and the restaurant made a donation to a local transgender advocacy organization.  Nevertheless, the D.C. attorney general concluded the restaurant had “violated the district’s Human Rights Act,” resulting in the $7k in fines, penalties and legal costs.  Yes, this is Washington, DC, the capital of our nation, demonstrating the sick and depraved state of our nation.

A high school teacher in Virginia was fired for declining to use masculine pronouns for a female student who identifies as a boy, due to his Christian convictions. The termination came about despite the launch of a petition in support of the teacher and a large turnout in support of him at a public hearing.  The teacher had “inadvertently referred to the student with a feminine pronoun twice this school year, resulting in a complaint being lodged with the principal.”  The teacher was then fired for “insubordination” in light of the school board’s policies on discrimination.

An Episcopalian minister who prohibited pastors in his local diocese from officiating at same-sex wedding ceremonies has been restricted, by the presiding Bishop of the church, from invoking disciplinary procedures against clergy who choose to participate in homosexual ceremonies.  The Bishop, Michael Curry, stated, “I am called upon to take steps to ensure that same-sex marriage in The Episcopal Church is available to all persons to the same extent and under the same conditions in all Dioceses of the Church where same-sex marriage is civilly legal.”  In other words, even though Christ Jesus clearly stated in Mark 10:6-9, “But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh,” the Episcopal Church has apparently decided Jesus wasn’t “progressive” enough for them.  And yes, this is the same church that ordains LGBT people to the priesthood.  Come soon, Lord Jesus, come soon.

The Presbyterian Church pastor in California who faced community protests after posting a sign that reads “Bruce Jenner is still a man. Homosexuality is still sin. The culture may change, the Bible does not” is now out of a job after being told by his co-elder that he can no longer follow his leadership and that all but one couple would leave the church if he continues as pastor.  The church had been the subject of two separate protests from homosexual-supporting. After the protests, the pastor found himself “lacking backing from the church.”

Even though Masterpiece Cake Shop owner Jack Phillips won a Supreme Court case after he had refused to decorate a cake for a couple celebrating their “gay wedding,” the state of Colorado has now taken him to court once again, this time for refusing to design a cake celebrating transgenderism.  As the above news article states, “Keep in mind that this is not just about destroying one man, it is about intimidating and terrorizing all Christians. It is also about destroying the social fabric of America — the joyous freedom we all enjoy in a live and let live world.”

Twitter says they will now start banning users who “misgender” or “deadname” transgender people.  The term “misgender” refers to pointing out someone’s true biological sex rather than the sex they “identify” with.  And the term “deadname” means to call a transgender person by the name they were given at birth, rather than the new name they’ve chosen to suit their gender preferences.  In other words, if you post to Twitter and refuse to call a transgender person “she” when in reality it’s a he, or if you post to Twitter and refer to a transgender person by their real birth name rather than their new transgender name, then Twitter can interpret that as “abuse” and “hate,” and ban the user.  Free speech?  Not anymore.  Not in America.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, a lesbian, was forced to apologize for comments she made on social media saying that natural born men who ‘proclaim themselves female’ should not be allowed to compete against women.  Navratilova’s remarks came in response to a question from a Twitter follower who asked her about transgender women in sport.  The nine-time Wimbledon champion wrote, “You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women.  There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.”  In a flood of angry comments posted to her Twitter account, Navratilova’s comments were branded “bullying” and “discriminatory,” and she was forced to delete her initial post, and later promised to “educate herself on this issue.”

According to the above article, many women’s colleges, including some of the most prominent ones, are now admitting transgender students.  In other words, even though these are women’s colleges, they’re admitting men who “identify” as women.  On the other hand, women who identify as males are now being refused entrance to these colleges.  As the Kinks wrote back in the 60’s, “It’s a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world.”  Indeed it is, now more so than ever.

One of the nation’s most prestigious liberal arts colleges is pushing a “queer theology” agenda with hopes of destabilizing traditional beliefs about what the Bible says about gender and sexuality. Swarthmore College, originally founded by Quakers, is offering courses in “queering the Bible” and “queering God.”  The courses provide “queer and transgender readings of biblical texts,” meaning they reinterpret Bible texts to be supportive of homosexual and transsexual practices.  The goal of the courses is to “destabilize long held assumptions about what the Bible – and religion – says about gender and sexuality.”  The school’s religion department is also teaching a class that questions the sexuality of the Almighty called, “Queering God: Feminist and Queer Theology.”

Mattel, the producers of the Barbie and Ken dolls, has reportedly scheduled a meeting to enter into talks with two homosexual men who want the company to create same-sex “wedding” dolls in order to be inclusive of children who have homosexual family members. Matt Jacobi tagged Mattel in a recent Instagram post outlining that he plans to “wed” a man in May, and wanted to buy a gift for his niece to mark the occasion. He said that because Mattel doesn’t make a Barbie wedding set with two grooms, he “had to get creative” and buy another Ken to replace the Barbie in the box.  According to Jacobi, Mattel reached out to him after he posted on Instagram, and has now set up a meeting in Los Angeles next month to discuss with the design team the makings of a same-sex “wedding” set.

A man in Texas who is in the midst of divorce and custody proceedings has been accused by his wife of being “emotionally abusive” for not affirming their son as a girl. The man says that his son chooses to present himself as a boy when away from his mother, who has been dressing him as a female for the past three years and calling him “Luna” instead of “James.”  Neighbors agree with the father, claiming the boy “prefers to dress and act like a boy when he is away from his mother.”  But the mother claims her husband is “emotionally abusive” because he “treats him as a boy, including taking him to get his hair cut.”  This is what the nation has come to, folks.

A blasphemous video released on Tuesday by the founder of “Queer Theology” claims that Jesus is in a “pansexual, polyamorous” relationship with the Church, and that Christians can therefore have multiple romantic relationships as well. “If you’re one of those people who believes in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, well, Jesus is having personal relationships with billions of other people, too,” asserts Brian Murphy, who called Jesus a “relationship sl*t” and said that he is one, too. Murphy, who founded Queer Theology with Catholic priest Shannon Kearns, presents the argument that polyamory is biblical because Jesus has a “relationship” or “marriage” with the Church, which is comprised of many people. He points to Ephesians 5:32, which says that human marriage is to be a mirror of Christ and the Church. “In this marriage, Jesus isn’t married to one person; He’s married to an entire body of believers,” Murphy says. “Jesus is in a pansexual, polyamorous relationship with us.

Newly-elected Virginia congresswoman Jennifer Wexton is showing solidarity with the LGBTQ community by hanging a transgender pride flag alongside the official Virginia flag outside her D.C. office.  The congresswoman, who is also an aunt to a transgender child, told the Washingtonian that she raised the flag in front of her office as a show of support for the transgender community.  “The trans community has been under attack,” she said. “I wanted to show my solidarity because we are talking about my friends and family.”  Well, I beg to differ:  It’s the Christian community that’s been under attack in America.  And I don’t see any legislators flying the Christian flag outside of their D.C. offices.

Apple has officially removed an app from its store that was created to help people with same-sex attraction because of critics calling it “homophobic” in nature. The app, created by Living Hope Ministries, a Christian non-profit from Texas, works to proclaim a traditional Biblical view of marriage, that is, one between man and women.  The banning of the app came after Truth Wins Out, a national gay rights organization, created a petition to have the app removed from the App Store.  They deemed the app “bigoted,” “hateful,” and “dangerous, homophobic garbage.” They also said that the app was created by “hateful bigots and bullies” to aid in “tormenting LGBT youth.”

Three “ministers,” including one who identifies as homosexual and another as polyamorous, recently told the Huffington Post that they believe that sex before marriage is “not sinful,” and that it is rather “unreasonable,” “outdated and silly” to expect people to stay chaste until marriage. One said that he doesn’t “judge” those who choose to engage in random hookups, even if he doesn’t do so himself. The outlet interviewed Brandan Robertson, an open homosexual who leads Missiongathering Christian Church in San Diego; Chalice Overy, who is an associate pastor at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina; and a man that was only identified as Michael, who says he is currently dating three women and a man, and serves as a clergyman in San Antonio, Texas.

Conclusion

I was watching an old vampire movie recently, in which a sultry female vampire dragged a female college student into an alley and bit her.  Later, when the college student confronted the female vampire and complained about the terrible changes taking place in her body, including her own lust for blood, the vampire retorted, “Don’t blame me.  You didn’t even resist.”

I immediately thought of that as an analogy for what’s happening to both Christianity and to this nation, today.  It’s as if the Borg from Star Trek were in charge of our lives, and suddenly we’ve come to embrace the idea that “Resistance Is Futile.”

But the Scripture tells us something quite different.  First of all, it tells us it’s our JOB, as Christians, to resist encroaching evil.  As St. James wrote in James chapter 4:

Jas 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 As you can see, the first order of business when confronted with encroaching evil is to “resist the devil.”

If we do this, in Jesus’ name, of course, the devil will flee from us.  BUT WE DON’T DO IT.  We passively sit back and wait for a man-king or someone else…anyone else…to save us from the situation.  We’re quite satisfied with a small bump in our paycheck and the illusion something is being done about the state of the nation, when in reality, it’s clearly growing worse and worse by the day.

Why isn’t Franklin Graham doing something about this?” I continually hear Christians say.  To which I reply, “Why aren’t you doing something about this?”

If Christians, for example, had boycotted Target department store en masse several years back when they first announced they were going to allow transsexual men to use the women’s bathrooms, and transsexual women to use the men’s bathrooms, Target would now be out of business.

And all other businesses thinking to cram transgenderism down our throats would be having second thoughts about participating in this blatant social engineering that’s specifically designed to overthrow the fundamental values of Christianity.

But instead of boycotting Target, Christians…yawned…and kept shopping.   And Target’s profits rose from $16.2 billion the year before to $16.8 billion the following year.  Their parking lots are full of shoppers — many of them dragging little children into the store, perhaps wanting them to gain their sex education in the bathroom stalls.

Listen:  God will not reward inactivity on the part of Christians.  God will not reward passivity.  God rewards action taken in accord with His Word.  Period.

As St. Jude also admonished Christians:

Jud 1:3  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

 

Jud 1:4  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

God has a plan to get us through this mess, but that plan requires us, first and foremost, to “earnestly contend for the faith.”

I’ve taught many times that the phrase “earnestly contend” (Strong’s G-1864) in that verse means to fight with an adversary.  And when you further examine the etymology of the word, breaking it back to its original meaning, it means to fight like a champion boxer contending against someone out to take his title.

As St. Paul would later write to St. Timothy:

1Ti 6:12  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

That word “fight” once again means “to fervently struggle with an adversary” as a boxer contending for a title, or prize.  But the very thought of such a struggle makes most Christians cringe.  Let someone else do it.  “Hey, I’ve got an idea, let’s elect a new man-king and let him do it for us.”

The problem is, folks, electing a man-king instead of standing up like real men and women of God against the encroaching evil simply isn’t going to work.  Politicians work through compromise.  But with Christianity, there’s NO compromise with the world.  As St. Peter stated in Acts 5:29, “We must obey God rather than men.”

And as St. John stated in his first epistle, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world — the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions — is not from the Father but is from the world.” (1 John 2:15-16).

St. James agreed, stating, “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

As St. Paul stated in First Timothy, “Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.” (I Timonthy 5:20).

And as St. Paul noted in Galations 5:9, “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.”

I don’t hear much rebuking from Christians lately.  In fact, not in a long time.  Most have compromised with the world, and let the leaven in.  And the proof is in the pudding. If Christians were refusing to compromise with the world, our nation wouldn’t be in the state of moral and spiritual decline it’s in today.

Finally, as we learn in the Psalms:

Psa 1:1  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

 

Psa 1:2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

 

Psa 1:3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

 

Psa 1:4  The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

 

Psa 1:5  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

 

Psa 1:6  For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

For those of you who aren’t mourning for the state of this once-great nation, you certainly ought to be.

Great again?  Sigh.  We’re now pretty much full throttle in Babylon, which is to say, the end-days captivity of confusion in which all things Godly are considered obsolete, and all things ungodly are considered to be the progressive Nouvelle Vague (i.e., New Wave).

God help us all, and heal our once-great nation.  But I can assure you, until we turn back to Him as a nation, and as a people, in humble repentance, it’s only going to get worse.  As it’s written:

2Ti 3:13  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

And so it is.  And sadly, it’s very clearly reflected in the spiritual and moral state of our nation.

If President Trump were truly “God’s man in the White House,” as all too many Christians have claimed, this is the State of the Union message he’d have given.

Elijah certainly would have.  Same with John the Baptist.  Same with Jesus.  Oh, that they were here today, and this mess was over with.


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Can You Live Forever Without God?

Can You Live Forever Without God?

There’s an old Jewish folk saying that goes something like this:  “If you really want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.”

I couldn’t help but think of that old saying when I read the following two news articles.

The first article above explains how rich folks over 60 are now “seeking immortality” by getting infusions of blood from teenagers in order to stave off the ravages of old age.

The second one speculates that scientists will eventually be able to download the human soul to a microchip and then implant it into a new body whenever needed, leading ultimately to “immortality.”

Can Infusing Young Blood Into Your Veins Keep You Young?

According to the authors of the first news article above:

“It’s the start of a new year and most of the talk is about new beginnings. However, a small group of people is instead discussing ways to have no ending. In other words … immortality.

 

Most people are familiar with expensive plastic surgery and may have heard rumors of billionaires drinking the blood of younger people for life-extending and other as-of-yet-unproven health benefits, but these two practices have suddenly gotten mainstream media’s attention and 2019 may be the year they become acceptable. 

 

But will they become reliable paths to immortality?”

As Brandon Ward of World Events & the Bible commented on a similar article earlier this week, in ancient times the heathen (and in more recent times, folks who are into the occult) would drink the blood of the youth in an attempt to help them live longer.

Of course, they’re all dead now, so it obviously didn’t work.   Yes, God always gets the last laugh.

Brandon also mentioned that just because this modern-day version of “blood drinking” as an “anti-aging therapy” is being done by transfusion instead of oral ingestion doesn’t make it any less an abominable practice than it was centuries ago when people did it orally.

“Hundreds of years ago it was ‘just a beverage,’” he commented wryly, explaining that the heathen and occultists justified the practice centuries ago, just as they’re justifying it again today.

In short, regardless of the fact that the modern-day purveyors of “blood drinking” wear white smocks and have stethoscopes around their necks doesn’t make them any less at odds with our heavenly Father than the heathen and occultists of old who attempted the same vain shortcut to “immortality.”

The Bible, both Old and New Testament alike, clearly tells us we’re to abstain from ingesting blood:

Lev 17:10-12 — And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.

 

Act 15:20  But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

In short, ingesting human blood as a means of absorbing the life of that blood into oneself is an affront to God.  It’s an attempt to circumvent God’s plan for our lives in this flesh and beyond.  And He won’t put up with it.  Not in Old Testament times.  And most certainly not now.

Of course, a life-saving blood transfusion is quite a different thing.  Countless lives have been saved by blood transfusions, for example, during wartime or during surgeries.

But in the case of a life-saving blood transfusion, no one is trying to infuse “immortality” into themselves.  They’re just trying to live out the normal lifespan God has granted them.

Both the ancient and modern-day “blood drinkers,” however, think they can beat God at His own game.  It’s quite blasphemous, when you think about it.  They’re basically saying “Who needs Jesus in order to live forever, when I can just infuse teen blood into my veins?”

For the life of me, I can’t understand why anyone would want to live forever in these decrepit flesh bodies, anyway, particularly with all of the sicknesses, which only increase in frequency and severity as one grows older.  I certainly don’t want to “live forever” in the flesh.  I quite look forward to my eternal spiritual body, once my job is done on this earth.  And I hope you do, too.

But if this blasphemous nonsense continues, I can see not too far off in the future some politician claiming we now have “full teenage employment” thanks to the new trend of infusing teen blood into the bodies of elderly rich folks.  Teens donating blood to help keep old rich folks alive could become the growth industry of the future.

And if they socialize (i.e. communize) this abominable practice in the same way they’re now socializing all other forms of medicines, I can foresee a time in the future when teens might be told they’re obligated to donate blood in order to help keep elderly rich folks alive, if they want infusions of teen blood when they’re older.

Our dystopian future?  I hope Father doesn’t let the blasphemy go that far.

Live Forever By Downloading Your Soul to a Microchip?

Likewise, the second news story above contains an equally blasphemous contention.

Apparently, scientists think they’ll eventually be able to “download” the human soul — or at least, human consciousness — onto a microchip, and then implant that microchip into a new body any time you need to, in order to “live forever.”

As “digital anthropologist” Richard Skellett put it:

“…you are a product of everything you have experienced; your likes and dislikes and that’s arguably your soul.

 

“Your soul is you, it’s your beliefs, it’s your values.

 

So imagine now that you’ve got a chip, and that chip has been collecting all of your personal details, all of your learning, that effectively becomes our soul.

 

“It may sound ridiculous, but you may be able to take that chip out and put it in another body and live forever – it’s not actually that ridiculous, is it?”

Well, actually, it is that ridiculous.  After all, anybody who knows their Bible knows that human consciousness is not the eternal “soul.”  Likewise, the eternal soul is not the acquired content of the human brain.

Instead, the spirit is the intellect of the soul.  And you can’t rob the soul of its spirit (intellect) and download it onto a chip, leaving the soul wondering around aimlessly in the ether like a zombie.

In reality, the spirit and the soul are eternally inseparable, unless God chooses at the Judgment to destroy them.

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

Mat 10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

In other words, these “digital anthropologists” are barking up the wrong tree.  In claiming they can “download the soul” into a microchip they’re basically proclaiming themselves to be God, who is in charge of all souls, and of what happens to each and every one of them.

Man has been trying to figure out how to obtain eternal life without God for thousands of years.  But it’s never worked, and it never will.  Even Satan, ostensibly God’s most brilliant creation, can’t keep himself alive forever.  He’s completely dependent upon God for His life, as we all are.  Only God is self-existent.  The rest of us depend upon Him for eternal life.

Now Satan might think he can go dancing into the fire at the great white throne judgment of Revelation 20:11-15, and afterwards rise from the ashes like the mythical Phoenix.

But he can’t.  He’s deluded by his own grandeur and prideful ego, just like the scientists who think they can keep people alive by infusing them with teenage blood, or by downloading their consciousness into a microchip and implanting it into a new body.

Our heavenly Father’s name is YHVH, which means “the self-existent one.”  He always has been.  And He always will be.  The rest of us — human beings and angels alike — depend upon Him for life, which is to say, both this present life, and life eternal through Christ Jesus, if we deserve it.  And at all points in time, our lives are completely dependent upon His good graces.

Let’s be grateful to Him for that, and not allow ourselves to get caught up in mankind’s ancient (and now modern) quest to live eternally on our own terms.  It just won’t work.

You can follow God’s Plan, and live forever in your spiritual body (I Corinthians 15:50-57).  Or you can tell Him your plans for eternal life, and give Him a good laugh.  The choice is up to you.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Russia Captures Three Ukrainian Ships; Signpost of Daniel 7:5?

Russia Captures Three Ukrainian Ships; Signpost of Daniel 7:5?

According to the news article at this link, “Russia has opened fire on Ukrainian ships and captured three vessels in a major escalation of tensions off the coast of Crimea.”

The article went on to say:

“Three sailors have been wounded after the Ukrainian navy said two artillery boats were hit by the strikes in the Black Sea.

 

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko called an emergency session of his war cabinet and said he will propose that parliament declare martial law.”

What does this have to do with the Bible?  Well, let’s take a quick look:

Dan 7:5  And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

Of course, we’ve long known that the “bear nation,” is Russia, which today is composed largely of the Edomites of Old Testament times, who were the descendants of Esau, renegade brother of Jacob.

So the Russians have militarily captured three vessels off the coast of the Crimea, similar to the way the second beast “like to a bear” in Daniel 7:5 above rises up and grabs “three ribs” into its mouth.

Isn’t it interesting that the news article uses, as its main photo (see left), an image of a bridge that looks very much like a rib? (If you don’t understand, re-read Daniel 7:5 above.)

Regardless of the imagery, and the fact that three vessels were captured by the Russians, this is not — I repeat, NOT — the fulfillment of Daniel 7:5.

But I’d certainly warrant to say that it could be a flashing red signpost telling us to pay more careful attention, from a Biblical point-of-view, to what’s been going on in Russia, the Ukraine and the Crimea.  So let’s take a moment to do exactly that:

Russia and Its Borders

The Edomites, which is to say the “Red Ones,” who are Russia of today, have always been particularly jealous of their borders, not wanting any potential enemies to get too close to them.

And that’s what this is all about:  borders.  Indeed, the Russians tend to go ballistic whenever they believe their borders are being violated, or are about to be violated. We know that from Numbers 20:14-21, which details the plight of the Israelites when they wanted to cross the border of Edom in order to get to the Promised Land. As it’s written:

Num 20:14  And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh unto the king of Edom, Thus saith thy brother Israel, Thou knowest all the travail that hath befallen us:

 

Num 20:15  How our fathers went down into Egypt, and we have dwelt in Egypt a long time; and the Egyptians vexed us, and our fathers:

 

Num 20:16  And when we cried unto the LORD, he heard our voice, and sent an angel, and hath brought us forth out of Egypt: and, behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in the uttermost of thy border:

 

Num 20:17  Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy country: we will not pass through the fields, or through the vineyards, neither will we drink of the water of the wells: we will go by the king’s high way, we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed thy borders.

 

Num 20:18  And Edom said unto him, Thou shalt not pass by me, lest I come out against thee with the sword.

 

Num 20:19  And the children of Israel said unto him, We will go by the high way: and if I and my cattle drink of thy water, then I will pay for it: I will only, without doing any thing else, go through on my feet.

 

Num 20:20  And he said, Thou shalt not go through. And Edom came out against him with much people, and with a strong hand.

 

Num 20:21  Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border: wherefore Israel turned away from him.

Even though the children of Israel promised not to touch anything of Edom’s on their way through the border, Edom vehemently (and militarily) resisted them. The point being this:

For many years now, the U.S. and NATO have been cozying up to the countries bordering Russia, giving them military aid and advice, which of course makes the Russian government about a nervous as a hive of bees that’s been poked hard with a big stick.

Like their Edomite forefathers of old, the Russians simply don’t like their borders encroached upon.  They want plenty of elbow room between themselves and those they perceive to be “the enemy.”  And Ukraine and Crimea, which border Russia, help provide that elbow room.

Russia considers those nations, which were once part of the old Soviet Union, to be part and parcel of their sphere of influence.

In other words, in the minds of Russian leaders, these nations are their “back yard.”  And just like Edom of old, they don’t want any western influence whatsoever in their back yard.  Indeed, they view any drift toward the west by these former satellite nations as a grave threat to their territorial integrity.

So whenever Russia’s enemies — in this case, the U.S. and NATO countries — start moving in to the border states around Russia, the Russian government has no reservations whatsoever about expressing their displeasure, militarily.

Russia’s Previous Invasion of Georgia

Another state bordering Russia is the nation of Georgia. You might remember back in August of 2008 that Russia came out in massive military force against the nation of Georgia.

But why?  You see, poor old Georgia had been purchasing western military equipment, and was in the process of having its military trained by western military advisors.  This sent Russia into a tizzy.

Here were U.S. and NATO military advisors, and U.S. and NATO military goods, being brought into a nation that borders Russia and that was once part of the old Soviet Union.

So what did Russia do?  First, they began sending pro-Russian agitators into the Georgian province of Ossetia, stirring up trouble by trying to get Ossetia to break away from Georgia and come under Russian influence.

When Georgia fell for the trap and sent troops into their own province (Ossetia) to stop the agitators, Russia invaded the nation of Georgia under the guise of “protecting its interests” in Ossetia.

The whole thing was a setup by Russia from start to finish.  They were looking for an excuse to invade Georgia, and they created the excuse by seeding the Georgian province of Ossetia with the pro-Russian agitators.

[By the way, don’t ever forget that Russia attacked Georgia during the Summer Olympics, which had been hosted by Red China.  In other words, Russia attacked Georgia while the eyes of the world were focused on the dragon, which is the national symbol of China.

For those unfamiliar with the prophetic time-frame involved in Russia’s prophesied attack on the western Christian nations described in Ezekiel 38 and 39, it will take place while the eyes of the world are focused on that old Dragon himself, Satan, who will be on this earth at that time in his role as the false Christ.]

The bottom line is that we see in chapter 20 of the great book of Numbers an incredible example of how the children of Israel were turned away, militarily, by the Edomites — the Red Ones — from even so much as approaching their border.

And today we can see once more the descendants of Esau — the Edomites (Red Ones) of Russia — acting to protect their perceived borders by flexing their military might against close-by nations that are reaching out to the western military powers.

Russia is simply protecting what they perceive to be their territorial integrity.  And this results in a grand chess game being played out on the international stage between the western Christians nations and their own brother, Esau.

II Esdras 6:7-10

So keep your eyes wide open. These are certainly interesting times we’re living in. And things appear to be heating up on all fronts, including in Russia, in Jerusalem and in regards to Iran, as well.

Never forget what’s written in the Apocrypha, in II Esdras chapter 6:

II Esdas 6:7-10 (Apocrypha) — And I answered and said, “What will mark the parting of the times?  Or when will the end of the first or the beginning of the second be?” And he said to me, “From Abraham to Abraham, for from him sprang Jacob and Esau, but Jacob’s hand held Esau’s heel from the beginning.  For Esau is the end of this age, and Jacob is the beginning of the one that follows.  For the beginning of a man is his hand, and the end of a man is his heel.  Between the heel and the hand look for nothing else, Ezra!”

In short, Esau (which is Edomite Russia of today) represents, prophetically, the end of this flesh earth age and all of its ungodliness.  And Jacob (true Israel) represents the beginning of the next age, the millennium age, which is the age of the reign of Christ.

Just as Esau and Jacob were born at the same time, with Jacob holding Esau’s heal “from the beginning” (i.e., holding Esau back from world conquest, symbolically), so it still is in the final days of this flesh earth age.

In other words, renewed strife between Esau (Russia) and Jacob (true Israel/western Christianity) is a major sign of the “parting of the times,” which is to say, the point at which we move from the end times into the millennium reign of Christ.

The angel even states, “Between the heel (Russia) and the hand (Jacob/western Christianity) look for nothing else.”

That of course is in reference to the fact that one of the final acts of this flesh earth age which takes place just before the beginning of the millennium is when Esau/Edom attacks the western Christian nations (Ezekiel 38 and 39) and our heavenly Father returns to fight that battle for us, destroying the Russian power structure at the same time He destroys Satan’s power structure in the middle east land of Israel at Armageddon.

What more can be said, but Watch, watchmen, watch.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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A Beautiful Thanksgiving Day Proclamation from One of the Founding Fathers — Knocks Those Claims that the Founders “Weren’t Christian” Out of the Ballpark

A Beautiful Thanksgiving Day Proclamation from One of the Founding Fathers  — Knocks Those Claims that the Founders “Weren’t Christian” Out of the Ballpark

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

By His EXCELLENCY, John Hancock, Esq.
GOVERNOR of the COMMONWEALTH
of Massachusetts.
A PROCLAMATION,
For a Day of Public Thanksgiving.

In consideration of the many undeserved Blessings conferred upon us by GOD, the Father of all Mercies; it becomes us not only in our private and usual devotion, to express our obligations to Him, as well as our dependence upon Him; but also specially to set a part a Day to be employed for this great and important Purpose:

I HAVE therefore thought fit to appoint, and by the advice and consent of the Council, do hereby accordingly appoint, THURSDAY, the seventeenth of November next, to be observed as a Day of Public THANKSGIVING and PRAISE, throughout this Commonwealth:—Hereby calling upon Ministers and People of every denomination, to assemble on the said Day—and in the name of the Great Mediator, devoutly and sincerely offer to Almighty God, the gratitude of our Hearts, for all his goodness towards us; more especially in that HE has been pleased to continue to us so a great a measure of Health—to cause the Earth plentifully to yield her increase, so that we are supplied with the Necessaries, and the Comforts of Life—to prosper our Merchandise and Fishery—And above all, not only to continue to us the enjoyment of our civil Rights and Liberties; but the great and most important Blessing, the Gospel of Jesus Christ: And together with our cordial acknowledgments, I do earnestly recommend, that we may join the penitent confession of our Sins, and implore the further continuance of the Divine Protection, and Blessings of Heaven upon this People; especially that He would be graciously pleased to direct, and prosper the Administration of the Federal Government, and of this, and the other States in the Union—to afford Him further Smiles on our Agriculture and Fisheries, Commerce and Manufactures—To prosper our University and all Seminaries of Learning—To bless the virtuously struggling for the Rights of Men—so that universal Happiness may be Allies of the United States, and to afford his Almighty Aid to all People, who are established in the World; that all may bow to the Scepter of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, and the whole Earth be filled with his Glory.

And I do also earnestly recommend to the good People of this Commonwealth, to abstain from all servile Labor and Recreation, inconsistent with the solemnity of the said day.

Given at the Council-Chamber, in Boston, the fifth Day of October, in the Year of our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety-One, and in the sixteenth Year of the Independence of the United States of America.

JOHN HANCOCK.

By his Excellency’s Command,

JOHN AVERY, jun. Sec’y

GOD save the Commonwealth of MASSACHUSETTS!!


Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Happy  Birthday, Jesus!

I noticed a lot of questions today on the various Shepherd’s Chapel-oriented Bible study groups asking how to figure the dates for the fall feast days, including Christ’s birthday, which, by the way, takes place today, September 29th, and which is also the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles.

Last week I posted a short study on how to do the calculations correctly.  But apparently a lot of people missed it.

If you missed the short study on how to calculate the various feast days for the fall fellowship, here’s where you can find the study:

(Link:  https://haveyenotread.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/How-to-Calculate-the-Dates-of-the-Fall-Feast-Days.pdf)

So, if you’ve examined the short study, you now know that today is Christ’s birthday.

I hope you’ve all told Him “Thank you, Lord!” for tabernacling with us in the flesh, and for giving His body and blood for our healing and our salvation, including forgiveness of all of our sins.

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to take Holy Communion (i.e., “this do in remembrance of Me” — I Corinthians 11:24-25).

And while you’re taking Holy Communion, in your thoughts and prayers, include your family members and friends who might be in need of healing and forgiveness.  And always be sure to mention your fellow Bible students, members of the Body of Christ, who might be in need.  There are many calling out to Him for help with various needs, some quite serious.  Be sure to lift them up in prayer.

This is a great day for contemplation of the Lord’s Word, for repentance of our sins, and for thanksgiving.  He did it all for us, and yet asks so very little of us in return, except for our love and loyalty.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Yes, Your Government Leaders Are Occultists Who Thumb Their Collective Noses at God

As a Bible student, you know that the Biblical holy days for the fall season — the Feast of the Trumpets, the Feast of the Tabernacles and the Day of Atonement — run, basically, from mid-September through the end of September, and a little bit into October.

Dates and times are important to occultists, as well.  Indeed, occultists often schedule occult-related events on God’s Holy Days in order to thumb their collective noses at God.

For example, this year, during those same fall feast days commanded by our heavenly Father, a replica of the so-called “Arch of Palmyra,” which is also known more commonly as the “Arch of Baal,” will be displayed in Washington, D.C. from September 26 through September 30 — the same basic time-frame the Biblical holy days will be transpiring.

Baal, of course, is the “god” of the Old Testament that frequently led Israel and its prophets away from our heavenly Father YHVH, causing our Father to turn Israel over to its enemies on numerous occasions.

Sadly, the Washington, D.C. unveiling ceremony for this replica of the Arch of Baal will be attended by members of the United States Congressional Committee on Foreign Affairs, at 2:30 pm on September 26th.   In other words, the unveiling of this Arch of Baal is basically endorsed by our own Congress.

For those who understand the Biblical course of Abijah, it’s also important to note that the four-day time-period for this display in our nation’s capital is during the time of Christ’s true birthday (approximately September 29).  He was conceived at Christmas and born nine months later.  So displaying the Arch of Baal in out nation’s capital city during Christ’s birthday is at least a little bit like telling our heavenly Father, “You can keep your Messiah.  Baal is the one we want.”

Last year, the replica of the Arch of Baal was displayed at the G7 Global Cultural Summit, March 30-31, 2017, which summit many powerful government leaders from around the world attended (see “Arch of Baal Replica Still Being Displayed Worldwide by World Leaders”).

At that time, the arch was being displayed with cultural artifacts dating back to the Babylonian era, including Babylonian chimeras and other artifacts from ancient Babylonia representing the misogynist works of the fallen angels, plus statues of naked women with fig leaves positioned over their most private part.  (See video coverage here.)   

A Tiny Bit of History

Historically, the original arch once stood in Palmyria, Syria, linking the main street of the Colonnade and the Temple of Baal.

In other words, you basically had to pass through the arch in order stroll down the colonnade to enter the temple of Baal to worship.  This is why it was so frequently referred to as the Arch of Baal, though its official name is the Arch of Palmyra.

When a worshiper left the temple of Baal, they had to pass through that arch once more on their way out.  In that sense, some have euphemistically called the Arch of Baal the “portal” of the gods.

Of course, in the days of old, Baal (sometimes spelled Bel), was the chief religious rival to our heavenly Father YHVH.  In other words, Baal in his various iterations is ultimately none other than Satan.

What’s more, the Temple of Baal in Palmyria, Syria, where the arch would later be built, was dedicated to Baal in A.D. 32 — approximately the time of the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Both the historical ruins of the original Arch of Baal and the Temple of Baal were destroyed by ISIS in the summer of 2015 when they encroached into Syrian territory and took the city by military force.

What I find interesting is that, according to Wikipedia, the destroyed temple of Baal will eventually also be replicated.  They write:

Following the recapture of Palmyra by the Syrian Army in March 2015, director of antiquities Maamoun Abdelkarim stated that the Temple of Bel, along with the Temple of Baalshamin and the Monumental Arch, will be rebuilt using the surviving remains.”

So ultimately, not just the arch, but the temples to various iterations of the “god” Baal will also be reconstructed.

Satanic Holidays, Too

As one observer pointed out, other showings of the replica of the Arch of Baal have centered around occult holidays and major world government events:

“The arch was created to make a world tour and the timing and locations have turned out to be very interesting. 

 

The Arch…made its debut in London’s Trafalgar Square, on April 19-21, 2016, which coincided with the start of Beltane, an important pagan holiday on the Satanic calendar. 

 

Next, it appeared in New York at City Hall Park, on Sept 18-24, 2016, which coincided with the UN General Assembly (plus the fall equinox, which is also considered a Satanic holiday). 

 

Finally, it was set up in Dubai, UAE, on Feb 12-14, 2017, which happened to coincide with the World Governments Summit.   

 

The latest stop is Florence, Italy, from March 27 – April 27, 2017, coinciding with the first ever G7 Cultural Summit (formally the G8 but Russia was dropped).  The culture ministers from US, Germany, Japan, France, UK, Italy, and Canada were in attendance.   

 

Therefore, the recreated Arch of Baal has so far been set up during a major Satanic holiday and three world summits. 

 

I don’t know if Satan has accomplished anything with this clever sleight-of-hand but it seems like he’s at least trying.” 

Uh, yes.  Satan is certainly trying.  And our world leaders seem to be all too happy to oblige his efforts to blaspheme our heavenly Father.

God’s Warning to Government Leaders in Psalms 2

By displaying this Arch of Baal in important world capitals and at various world summits, the leaders of the governments of this world essentially demonstrate their fealty to the gods of old and the religious traditions of old, rather than to our heavenly Father and His anointed Savior.

And bringing that massive arch to America and displaying it in our capital city, over the holy feast days of YHVH, and over the earthly birthday of His son, Jesus Christ, is about as blasphemous as you can get.

This is just one more reason why the Lord said, in the end-days prophetic second Psalm:

Psa 2:1  Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

 

Psa 2:2  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,

 

Psa 2:3  Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

Yes, to this very day the “kings of the earth” take their stand against our heavenly Father and His Christ, and try to cut all cords to them.  But in the end, the Lord will not be mocked.  As the Psalm continues:

Psa 2:4  He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

 

Psa 2:5  Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

 

Psa 2:6  Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

 

Psa 2:7  I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

 

Psa 2:8  Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

 

Psa 2:9  Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

 

Psa 2:10  Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

 

Psa 2:11  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

 

Psa 2:12  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

You see, the kings of this earth and the heathen who follow them are going to be broken to shivers at Christ’s Second Advent.  As verse 9 above states of Christ Jesus at His Second Advent, “Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

And since Revelation 2:27 tells us that event will actually take place at His second advent, we know for a fact that now, in the final days of this flesh earth age, is the time in which the kings of this earth are turning their backs on our heavenly Father and His Christ.

Perhaps that’s why you’ve seen such a dramatic acceleration of the slow motion overthrow of the western Christian moral order over these past few years.

Just Fans of Ancient Culture?

Now you might say, “Well, Steve, these government leaders are just fans of ancient culture, and this has nothing whatsoever to do with occult ritual, or paying honor to the gods of old. It’s just coincidence that this arch is being displayed at various major world government summits.”

And to that I’d reply by asking you to read the following two articles documenting several more recent cases of occult rituals and occult symbolism being publicly promoted by our government leaders as nonchalantly as you or I might drink a 7-Up:

Our heavenly Father didn’t have that second Psalm written because the governments of this world respect and worship Him.

Quite the contrary.  He had that Psalm written because the leaders of the governments of this world don’t have any respect for Him, nor do they worship Him in spite of occasional lip service you might hear, usually during election time.

If you just open your eyes a bit, you’ll see this to be true.  And of course, having read the Book of Revelation with understanding, you know it’s only going to get worse all of the way up to Satan’s arrival.

But it will all be done with at Christ’s Second Advent.  And for that I praise our heavenly Father and His Christ.

As the writer of the great book of Revelation ended the book:

Rev 22:20  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

 

Rev 22:21  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

And so I say the same:  Come, Lord Jesus.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Does a Red Heifer Being Born in Israel Signal the End of Days?

Does a Red Heifer Being Born in Israel Signal the End of Days?

The UK Daily Star published a lengthy article this week about a red heifer being born in Israel, claiming it signaled the “end of days” and the coming of the Messiah.

Indeed, their headline was:

Bible Prophecy FULFILLED As First ‘Red Heifer Born In 2,000 YEARS’ Signaling END OF DAYS

Wow.  “Bible Prophesy FULFILLED.”  How about them beans?

The article went on to say, “A BIBLICAL prophecy has been fulfilled as a ‘red heifer’ was born signalling the end of days and the coming of the Messiah in both Christianity and Judaism.”

But let me ask you a question.  If a red heifer being born signals the fulfillment of Bible prophesy “in both Christianity and Judaism,” exactly which prophesy are they talking about, and where is it written in the Bible so we can all go take a look at it?

Answer:  There’s none.  Not a single prophesy involving a red heifer.  Anywhere in the entire Bible.  Yet look at the blaring headline as it appeared in the UK Daily Star: 

Indeed, the only mention of a red heifer in the entire Old Testament of the Bible, in Numbers chapter 19, which is about the laws of ritual purification.

Open your Bible and read Numbers chapter 19.  I challenge you to find me a single verse in that entire chapter stating that a red heifer being born in the end days in Israel signals the fulfillment of Bible prophesy regarding the end days and the coming of the Messiah.

You can’t.  Because it’s not there.  It’s purely Jewish religious tradition, and not from the Bible at all.  Not from the Old Testament.  And not from the New Testament.

It’s from the Fabricated Testament, i.e., the testament of sensationalistic Jewish religious tradition.

Indeed, in the only chapter in the Bible that discusses a red heifer (Numbers 19), the heifer was a sacrifice needed to ritually purify anybody who’d touched a dead body.

That’s it.  Nothing about a Messiah. Nothing about the fulfillment of “end days” prophesy.

“Restoring Purity to the World”

But the UK Daily Star article breathlessly goes on to state:

“The Temple Institute announced the birth of an entirely red female calf that ‘brings the promise of reinstating Biblical purity to the world’.”

Oh, boy.  I thought that was the job of Jesus Christ.  Silly me. The news article further states:

“Red heifers feature in end times tales in both Christianity and Judaism.”

Now they slip the weasel word into the story:  “tales.”

Yep.  It’s all based on “end time tales,” and not on the Bible, at all.

But what happened to prophesy being “FULFILLED,” as the news headline promised in great, big self-important capital letters?

Well, that was apparently designed to grab the attention of gullible and Biblically illiterate Christians who get their daily news from the headlines of online articles, while never reading the rest of the article.

“Messiah Has Been Born”

Nevertheless, let’s keep traipsing through this article so we can see just how Biblically reckless it truly is.  The article goes on to state:

“The cow’s birth and sacrifice is said to proceed the construction of the Third Temple in Jerusalem.

 

And the Third Temple’s construction – following the destruction of the previous two – heralds the arrival of the Jewish Messiah.

 

While some Evangelical Christian theologians have linked the building of the Third Temple to Judgment Day.”

In the section of the article I’ve quoted above, the words “Third Temple in Jerusalem” are hyperlinked. And when you click on that hyperlink it takes you to another sensationalistic article with the headline:

“’Messiah Has Been BORN; Rabbi Claims Saviour is ALREADY Here…and End Times are IMMINENT.”

Again, cool beans, right?  That article claims the “Messiah” was born in July 2018.  And the claim was made by “a Rabbi,” so it must be true.  Right?  After all, no self-respecting Jewish Rabbi would ever lie to the goyim, would they?

But now you’ll notice that the birth of the so-called red heifer is being heralded as a signal for the construction of the “Third Temple,” as well as the “arrival of the Jewish messiah.”

At least they got the “Jewish” part right.  Think about that.  The Christian Messiah came some 2,000 years ago.  So now they’re tacitly admitting the Jews have a different messiah altogether.  One, apparently, that was born in July 2018, and must be — what? — some two months old now?

“Suggestions”?

The news article goes on to state:

“Rabbi Chain Richman, director of the Temple Institute, hailed the red heifer’s birth as suggestions the time could be right for the Third Temple.”

Ah…now we’ve gone from Bible prophesy being “FULFILLED” to the whole story being some Rabbi’s mere “suggestions.”

But the sensationalistic article is not done.  It goes on to state:

The Temple Institute announced the birth of the red heifer on their YouTube page with the video “Red heifer candidate born in Israel”.

 

It includes a video of the red calf and its mother – revealing “a perfectly red heifer was born in the land of Israel”. 

 

The cow went under “extensive examination by rabbinical experts” who confirmed she is a “viable candidate for the Biblical red heifer”.

Well, thank God the Rabbis have got it all on video, and have “extensively examined” this baby cow, and have confirmed she’s a “viable candidate for the Biblical red heifer.”

Maybe now they can start killing cows again.  Hey, who needs Jesus when you can kill a cow and be purified?

Again, silly me.  I thought the Rabbis preferred swinging chickens over their heads to get rid of their sins, in a ceremony known as Kapparot?  But they don’t like the goyim to know about things like that, do they?

 

Okay, wait just a minute.  Maybe the news story is just too good to be true, anyway.  As the article goes on to state:

“They admitted however the cow could be disqualified through natural causes.”

So now we’ve gone from “Bible prophesy FULFILLED”…to “Rabbis suggest”…to “could be disqualified.”  Hardly the stuff of legitimate Bible prophesies, much less a legitimate news story.

Actual Reporting

The news article finally gets into some actual reporting:

“Temple Institute bosses founded their Raise a Red Heifer in Israel program three years ago and have trying to breed a perfectly red cow. 

 

Frozen embryos of red angus cows have been imported and implanted into traditional Israeli domestic cows, reports Breaking Israel News.

 

The newborn red heifer was verified by a board of rabbis from the Temple Institute as fulfilling the prophesied requirements.”

So the Rabbis quite literally fabricated a prophesy saying a red heifer has to be born before the end days can come…the “messiah” can arrive…the “third Temple” can be built…Judgment Day can arrive…and the world can be “purified.”

And now they’re trying to fabricate a red baby cow, in a red cow factory, in order to fulfill that fabricated prophesy.  God must be very pleased with his “chosen people.”

Look.  Kill that blasted cow now, and send me a steak. Yum.  That’s just about all it’s good for.

Lucky Number 10

The news article continues thusly:

“Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible states the cow must be red ‘without blemish’, and must not have worked.

 

It is claimed there have only been nine true red heifers – and the 10th will herald the construction of the Third Temple.

 

The Temple Institute believes a red heifer will be needed to be scarified to complete the ritual of purification for the temple – heralding the coming of the Jewish Messiah.”

Ah, lucky number 10.  Apparently, the number of the “end days”…the building of the so-called “Third Temple”… and the coming of the “Jewish Messiah.”  Whodathunkit.  We’ll probably see Lady Gaga wearing the number 10 now on her forehead, in her next music video. Or maybe Madonna.

This must really be ticking off the Chabad Lubavitchers sect of the Jews, by the way, who claim their long-dead leader, the Rabbi Mendel Menachem Schneerson, was the expected “Jewish Messiah.”  All of those annual pilgrimages by “pious Jews” to his grave, waiting for his resurrection, for nothing.

But now we have (drum roll, please) The Baby Red Cow, Harbinger of the End Days.  Sounds a lot like a very bad SciFi movie, doesn’t it.  Something right up there with Sharknado 5:  the Global Swarming.

Missed It By That Much

The news article goes on to state:

“Red heifers have previously been found by the organisation – who have then disqualified them for not meeting prophetic standards. 

 

One was found in 1999, but was disqualified for being male – and a second was born in 2002, which was found to have a patch of white hair.”

As Maxwell Smart used to say, “Missed it by that much.”

The news article continues to contradict itself by stating:

Writing on the Temple Institute’s website, Rabbi Caimen said:

 

‘Does this perhaps mean that the appearance of a red heifer in these waning end times is an indication, a forerunner of the appearance of the Messiah himself, who will officiate at its preparation?

 

‘If there has been no red heifer for the past 2,000 years, perhaps it is because the time was not right; Israel was far from being ready.

 

‘But now, what could it mean for the times we live in, to have the means for purification so close at hand?’

 

He added: ‘We cannot help but wonder and pray: If there are now red heifers… is ours the era that will need them?’”

Finally, the article ends by stating:

Evangelical Christians believe the construction of the Third Temple all herald their own end times prophecy.

 

The prophecy has even been linked to the US President Donald Trump moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

 

Rabbi Hillel Weiss said he believes Trump’s decision over the embassy is the first stage of bringing about the end of days.

 

And then a third Rabbi, Pinchas Winston, claimed ongoing tensions between Iran and Israel is building to the Messiah.

Finally, one sentence of at least partial truth in the entire news article.  Yes, indeed, the “ongoing tensions between Iran and Israel” are indeed building up to the “Messiah.”

But it’s the arrival of the false messiah — the “Jewish Messiah” — and not the true Messiah that it’s building up to.  The false Christ comes first, as 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 clearly tells us.

And that’s what we really need to be watching for, i.e., the attack on Iran spelled out in true Biblical prophecy in Daniel chapter 8, which ushers in the arrival of the “little horn” or false Christ (Daniel 8:9-12).  Not some poor little red cow produced by a fanatical (and fantastical) Jewish cow breeding program.

If you’d like to learn more about the ridiculous and blasphemous nature of the idea of reinstituting animal sacrifice in order to “fulfill end times prophesy”, consider reading the following short study:

And if you’d like to learn what Christians truly need to be looking toward, in terms of Bible prophesy that actually ushers in the end, consider reading:

News stories like the one above are designed to deceive gullible and Biblically illiterate Christians.  Learn what your Father’s Word actually says, by studying the Bible rather than getting your teachings from fantastical sources like the Jewish Rabbis.

You’ll please your heavenly Father immensely.  And just as importantly, if you’re diligent in your studies, no one will be able to deceive you into believing nonsense like that being reported in the news article above.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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The Slow Motion Overthrow of the Western Christian Moral Order

The Slow Motion Overthrow of the Western Christian Moral Order

I’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating:  I was recently watching a television series about the famous Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, who was an avowed communist.

In one episode of the show, one of Picasso’s best friends leans over to Picasso and says, “Remember, Pablo, your duty as an artist is to work for the overthrow of the existing moral order.”  Of course, that was in reference to the Christian moral order.

And that’s what we’re seeing today, folks, in living color:  The slow motion overthrow of the western Christian moral order so that a new order — a hyrbrid Satanic (dis)order — can take its place.

A quick look at the news from the last 30 days bears this out in spades.  For example:

According to the news article at the link above, “The commander at F.E. Warren Air Force Base is defending her decision to remove a Bible from a POW-MIA table and replace it with a generic ‘book of faith’… 

…Col. Stacy Jo Huser, the 90th Missile Wing commander, tells the Todd Starnes Radio Show that the Bible was removed to insure “the religious and non-religious feel included and cared for.”

The article goes on to say that the Bible was removed after the Air Force Base received a complaint from the so-called Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which is apparently run by a gentleman out of Albuquerque, New Mexico by the name of Mikey Weinstein.

Weinstein claims he’s dedicated to fighting “virulent religious oppression” carried out by “incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces.”

Air Force base spokesperson Co. Stacy Jo Huser claims that in response, she’s decided to substitute a “book of faith” in place of the Bible, which will contain spiritual writings from a variety of “faith groups,” plus “blank pages to represent people who find solace by other means.”

This is the world we now live in, folks — a world in which western Christianity is no longer welcome, and the only way to survive is to cast aside the Christian Bible and replace it with “spiritual writings from a variety of faith groups,” including blank pages for the atheists.

Unfortunately, all too many people today are of the “blank page” variety, i.e., they have zero works of Christian faith written next to their names in the Book of Life. And thus, short of repentance, they’ll end up in the lake of fire at the time of the great white throne judgment of Revelation 20:11-15.

In a related story, the very same “Military Religious Freedom Foundation” (MRFF) mentioned above has sent a formal complaint this week to Defense Secretary James Mattis calling for an investigation of Brig. Gen. E. John Teichert, a Christian and the newly installed commander of the 412 Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.”

And exactly why does the good general need to be investigated?  “The group is furious at Teichert for posting links to articles, a Christmas video, and scriptures on his personal website called Prayer at Lunchtime for the United States. The website also has a list of prayer requests.”

Teichert’s website says this about him:

“John is an active duty Brigadier General who has served in the United States Air Force since 1994, and who was saved by grace through faith in Christ in 2004.  He has commanded at the wing, group and squadron levels, and is currently serving as Air Force commander.

 

The Lord has blessed his career while burdening his heart with the need for our nation to return to its Christian foundation.  He serves alongside his amazing wife of 20 years and their three incredible children.  It is their desire to fully invest their lives to maximize their impact on people and on our nation for the Lord.”

But the anti-Christian MRFF stated that General Teichert “should be doing time behind prison bars, not commanding a wing wearing general’s stars.”

Again, Christianity is being overthrown from within.  And Christians now face astonishing levels of persecution for clinging to their faith and their Bible-based beliefs.   Don’t believe it?  Then check out this article:

According to the news article at the above link, “A U.S. Army chaplain is now facing a dereliction of duty charge and potentially six months in a military prison after not accepting a same-sex couple in a marriage retreat” he was leading.

The article goes on to state that “Even though he ensured the two women could take part in the next scheduled retreat with a different chaplain,” the Army is still pushing to prosecute him for “dereliction of duty.”

In other words, in the Army, if you actually live up to your Christian beliefs you can be persecuted and prosecuted for it.

The Army could easily conduct “marriage retreats” that are run by non-Christian counselors for just such occasions, which is to say, explicitly for the purpose of not putting Army chaplains at risk of violating their faith.  But instead, they seek to force a Christian chaplain to engage in non-Christian behavior that violates his conscience.

Again, this is part and parcel of the overthrow of western Christian morals and ideals that’s taking place at all levels of society.  Let’s look at a few more:

According to the news article at the above link, “Scott and Terri Fetterolf have owned their 32-acre farm for about fifteen years. They also have a yarn and wool shop, sell fresh produce, flowers and other goods, provide classes to teach people to use the products they sell on the farm, and host private events like bridal showers and prayer groups. But their freedom to worship on their own property has now been called into question.”

The article goes on to state:

“They were served a cease-and-desist order late last year by the borough of Sewickley Heights, requiring them to cease and desist Bible studies and characterizing them as a ‘special or studio school’, which requires the homeowner to go through a lengthy conditional use approval process to receive permission before bible studies could resume. 

 

The order further ordered them to cease and desist a worship night, a religious retreat, and a religious fundraiser for kids in Africa via the Kenya Christian Education Partnership, claiming those events were only permissible in zones where ‘places of worship or assembly’ are permitted. 

 

If the Fetterolfs continue Bible studies without obtaining permission or conduct any worship nights, religious retreats, or religious fundraisers, the borough will fine the Fetterolfs $500 per day.”

In other words, the burgeoning “home church” movement is now under attack here in the United States, just like it is in communist Red China.  Only churches in government “approved” areas are allowed.

This means the estimated 30,000 home churches in the U.S., which are attended by an estimated six to 12 million Americans, are at risk of gradually being persecuted and shut down if a legal precedent is set in Pennsylvania.

As you know, in Christ’s time, most of the apostles participated in home churches, as did Jesus Himself (Mark 2:1-12).  And disciples for centuries afterwards also participated in home churches.  But of course, government regulations must come first.  And the rights of Christians to actually live their faith in their own homes must come a distant second.

Incredibly, as the perverts gain more and more special “rights,” Christians are being deprived of rights they’ve held for centuries.  And again, this is part and parcel of the growing war on western Christian morals.

According to the above news article, this Canadian college has been denied accreditation three times because it asks it students to sign a “lifestyle covenant” agreeing to abstain from sins such as lying, cheating, stealing, drunkenness, viewing pornography, using vulgar or obscene language, and engaging in sexual intimacy outside of the marriage bond between a man and woman.”

Now, however, after the justices of the Canadian Supreme Court ruled in June that the Christian-identified school can’t “impose” its religious beliefs on students, the university has ruled that “students will no longer be required to agree to the covenant…”

In other words, a school can still call itself “Christian.” But it can’t ask its students to live by Christian values, or it won’t achieve accreditation.

This again is part of the overthrow of western Christian values, in which any mention of such values is met with contempt, ridicule and institutionalized persecution. And of course it leaves the door open for the perverts to join such colleges, openly flout their wicked lifestyles, and then agitate for additional court restrictions against the school’s Christian policies and teachings.

According to the above news article, an individual named M. Barclay, a transgender person who identifies as neither male nor female and thus uses the pronoun “they,” was commissioned on Sunday as the first non-binary member of the clergy in the United Methodist Church.

The article goes on to state:

“The United Methodist Church is one of the largest denominations in America, falling behind only the Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention. The mainline Protestant denomination has been bitterly divided over sexuality and gender identity:

 

Its official rules say clergy must either be celibate or in heterosexual marriages, and can perform only such marriages, but American bishops have ordained gay and transgender clergy before, and clergy have conducted same-sex marriages.”

I’ve only got two pieces of advice for members of this church, and for any other church that has openly embraced abominations to the Lord as official church policy:

Advice #1:  “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;” (Acts 3:19).

And if the Methodist church refuses that advice, then for the millions of members of that church there’s only one thing left to do:

Advice #2:  “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4).

And that’s the bottom line.  They can conform to the new Satanic order and be blotted out in the judgment to come.  Or they can love God Almighty and His Word more than their church, and come out of the growing apostasy in order to be saved.

According to the news article at the above link, A Scottish “Christian” pastor named Scott Burton, who runs St. Matthew’s Church in Perth, Scotland, has recently been “invited to open the celebration of homosexual pride, which featured music, dancing and drag queens.”

Burton began his address to the homosexual pride festival by stating that LGBT people are “the people that God has created them to be.”  Burton also told local television station STV that his message to the people on Saturday was that “God’s undeserved favor is for you, not matter what.”

Of course, if that’s true then murderers, bank robbers, con artists, thieves and other who practice unrepentant wickedness as a way of life are also fully covered by God’s grace.  We no longer need to follow Bible precepts and commands.  We just “live under grace” and continue on in our sinful behavior.  After all, they say, “God made me this way.”

Uh, hum.  Again, we’ll see how this “new morality” works out for the perversion lovers at the time of the great white throne judgment of Revelation 20:11-15.  But meanwhile, this is the sad state of the western Christian moral order.  It’s crumbling before our very eyes.

According to the news article at the above link, “A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while visiting her in the hospital after she had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the youngster’s mouth with holy water. One boy was forced to say confession to the priest who sexually abused him.”

The article goes on to say that, “An estimated 300 Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — since the 1940s, according to a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report released Tuesday that accused senior church officials, including the man who is now archbishop of Washington, D.C., of systematically covering up complaints.”

This is the world you live in, folks.  A very sick world in which the globe’s largest Christian denomination routinely covers up some of the most heinous examples of sexual abuse and pedophilia you could ever imagine.

I’ll repeat what I said earlier:

If your church won’t repent, and set forth in a new direction in line with the Bible, then it’s your responsibility to “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4).

If you stick with such a church, you’re as spiritually and emotionally sick as the church is.  And our heavenly Father will judge you thusly.  It’s that simple.

But once again, what we’re witnessing is the fall of western Christian morals, which are being replaced by what can only be described as the Satanic spirit of iniquity.

The film, Desire, is being billed as “an erotic thriller,” and apparently displays scenes of a child masturbating and experiencing an orgasm.

The film’s director, Diego Kaplan (yes, Kaplan is “Jewish”) defended the film by claiming that the child’s mother was on the set during the filming of the scene, and that the child had no idea the scene was a masturbation scene.

“Of course this scene was filmed using a trick, which was that the girls were copying a cowboy scene from a film by John Ford. The girls never understood what they were doing, they were just copying what they were seeing on the screen.

 

No adult interacted with the girls, other than the child acting coach. Everything was done under the careful surveillance of the girls’ mothers.

 

…Everything works inside the spectators’ heads, and how you think this scene was filmed will depend on your level of depravity.”

Ah, yes.  What a trick.  The film’s director is essentially saying if you watch a scene in a TV movie of a child masturbating and having an orgasm, and you don’t like what you see, then it’s because you’re depraved, not the film or the film director.

Of course, Kaplan cleverly fails to address the real issue, which is that film directors like him are using cinema to normalize child sex.  “Hey, look,” he’s basically saying, “children have orgasms too!”

The ultimate goal, of course, is the normalization of pedophilia.  And it’s all being done through a process of gradualism, utilizing film, plus government schools teaching “sex education” and “gender diversity” to children from the kindergarten level onward.

Thank God some Christians are standing up against it.  But again, this is quite representative of the world we now live in.  Christians are labeled as “depraved” for fighting against such perversion.  And the people who are instituting such perversion are essentially portrayed as “heroes” fighting against unjust censorship. And thus the existing moral order is being overthrown.

According to the above news article, a “national initiative with more than 20 chapters across the country” is now putting on what’s being called “Drag Queen Story Hours” in libraries nationwide.  You’ve probably seen examples of this in the news in recent months, as it’s now happening across the nation.

The “Drag Queen Story Hour” is advertised as an event that “captures the imagination and play of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive and diverse role models.” As an example, “Last summer the Boston Public Library allowed drag queens dressed as Catholic nuns, called the ‘Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,’ to read to kids.”

Princeton professor Robert P. George believes the story hours are dangerous, stating:

The group in question, the so-called Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, is sending a message that they have the power to enter into the public domain, a publicly funded institution, I believe, not a private one, and to essentially hold a catechism class for this new religion that they’ve created, a religion of hedonism, of self-indulgence, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, say a religion of licentiousness.”

Of course, the good professor is absolutely right.  What’s happening, as I’ve repeatedly stated, is that the western Christian moral order is gradually but decidedly being overthrown right before your eyes, and is being replaced by a new Satanic order.  And your kids are a primary target.

Last week it was announced that the United States Supreme Court overruled the state of Colorado, claiming that the state went too far in persecuting the Christian baker, Jack Phillips, who, citing his religious convictions, had refused to bake and decorate a wedding cake celebrating a “gay marriage.”

The state of Colorado, however, has now thumbed its nose at the U.S. Supreme Court, and has begun persecuting Jack Phillips once again — this time for refusing to bake a cake to celebrate a “gender transition.”

As Phillips recently explained:

The Bible teaches that God made male and female, and I believe that we don’t get to choose that, and we don’t get to change that, and the government shouldn’t be able to compel me to celebrate somebody who is trying to do that – celebrate that by creating a cake for this occasion.

Interestingly, the order for the “gender transition” cake came on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up Phillips’ original case.  In other words, this is a purposeful ongoing campaign of harassment and persecution to make an example out of Phillips to the rest of the world, i.e., “If you don’t cast aside your religious beliefs and comply, we’ll continue to persecute you to the end of your days.”

Yes, even if the Supreme Court rules in your favor, the harassment and persecution continues unabated. Such is the state of the world we now live in.

Eugene Lang College, located in lower Manhattan, will now be teaching a course called “Queer Ecologies,” for students who wish to “disrupt prevailing heterosexist discursive and institutional articulations of sexuality and nature.”

In other words, the course disputes the idea that heterosexual sex is the societal norm, and proclaims that all forms of sex are “normal.”

According to the course description, students will be taught to “reimagine evolutionary processes, ecological interactions, and environmental politics in light of queer theory” by drawing from research in fields such as feminist science studies and environmental justice.

During an interview with Campus Reform, course leader Davis explained that queer ecologies is an “interdisciplinary field that examines the relationship between sexuality and nature, thinking beyond the boundaries of assuming that heterosexuality is the norm or standard.”

I hate to sound repetitive, but as you can see from the news articles we’ve examined so far, churches, colleges, libraries, films and legal institutions are now all being utilized to overthrow the existing western Christian moral order, and substitute the Satanic order in its place.

In the old Soviet Union, if you disagreed with the communist system, you were sent to “re-education camps,” in which communist principles were drilled into you head until you either accepted them or were sent to the Gulags to work as a slave and die.

Today, Minnesota State University student leaders are being forced to attend 90-minute workshops on “Social justice and diversity,” after which they’ll “be able to define core diversity and social justice concepts, including privilege, oppression, and microaggression,” as well as “recognize areas where they have privilege and how this shapes their experiences and interactions.”

The first training, “Social Justice 101,” will focus on “core concepts of critical social justice, including identity, privilege and oppression, intersectionality, and microaggressions, while the second training will tackle “racism, sexism, and LGBTQ issues.”

The article goes on to say that the “Social Justice 101” courses are designed to be so emotional that college counselors will be on hand to help affected students through the ordeal.

In other words, the colleges of this nation are now becoming the “re-education camps” of old, inculcating students with “social justice” principles designed to take the place of the traditional western Christian moral values and principles which made this nation great in the first place.

What the Soviet Union experienced during the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, the United States of America is now starting to experience today.

According to the news article at the above link, Germany’s Cabinet on Wednesday approved a third gender option for official records that will allow people to be registered as “diverse,” complying with a ruling from the country’s highest court.’

In November, the Federal Constitutional Court decided that people must be allowed to be entered in records as neither male nor female, ordering authorities either to create a third identity or scrap gender entries altogether.

Don’t miss that:  This is a German Federal Constitutional Court ruling which states, essentially, that there are no genders and that German political and social institutions must now comply with that “reality.”

Likewise, in neighboring Austria, the Constitutional Court ruled in June that authorities there must allow people to be entered in official records as something other than male or female if they so wish.

Yep, folks, the world is going absolutely stark, raving mad.  Bonkers.  And cuckoo for the coco-poofs.  The existing western Christian moral order is being overthrown.  And the new Satanic order is gradually being ushered in, worldwide.

According to the news article at the link above, the World Health Organization will no longer classify people who identify as transgender as having a mental disorder.

The announcement comes ahead of the release of the organization’s International Classification of Diseases in its 11th edition. Previously, “gender incongruence” was placed in the mental health chapter of the WHO’s classification document.

But the United Nations health agency now claims there’s “clear” evidence that being transgender “is not a mental disorder, and indeed classifying it in this can cause enormous stigma for people who are transgender.”

Yep. Telling the people the truth might stigmatize them.  So we now must tell them lies, instead.  “Don’t worry, dear, you’re just fine.  You’re the very picture of mental and emotional health and well-being.  We’ll just cut your weenie off and give you some hormones, and you can be a girl!”

Meanwhile, as noted by The Daily Wire, “the World Health Organization decided to classify excessive video game playing as a mental health disorder.” In other words, mental disorders such as transgenderism are now being re-classified as “normal,” while playing video games is being classified as a potential mental health threat.

As the Scripture states in Isaiah 29:16, “Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?

Our heavenly Father is not happy with this “turning of things upside down.”  But the existing western Christian moral order is indeed being turned upside down.  And it’s gradually being replaced by the new Satanic order, so that it will be ready for Satan when he and his fallen angels get kicked out of heaven to this earth, and he arrives to Jerusalem in his role as the global false messiah who “loves” everyone.

And what does our Father’s Word say about this, to Christians?  It says:

Rev 2:25  But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

 

Rev 2:26  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

 

Rev 2:27  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

 

Rev 2:28  And I will give him the morning star.

 

Rev 2:29  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

We’re to “hold fast” to the very clear principles of God’s Word, and keep [i.e., preserve] the works of Jesus until the end.

If we do so, He’ll grant us “power over the nations” during the Millennium teaching period, so we can teach the multitudes of God’s wayward children the difference between the holy and the profane, and the clean from the unclean.  As it’s written:

Eze 44:23  And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

And if they won’t accept the teaching, they’ll ultimately be “broken to shivers” by Christ Jesus, meaning they’ll be judged and done away with in the lake of fire.

To learn more about why transgenderism is suddenly becoming so all-pervasive, see my extensively documented study, Lucifer: the Divine Androgyne, Ancient God of the Modern Transgender Movement.

ESPN magazine has announced it will be featuring a photo of two stark-naked lesbian athletes on the cover of their 10th anniversary issue.  ESPN refers to the naked women as a “Lesbian ‘Power Couple.'”

I don’t recall ESPN magazine ever featuring Christian athletes on their covers, and showing them going to church or praying together, and referring to them as “Christian Power Players.”  There have been no photos of Tim Tebow on his knees, praising the Lord for his God-given skills after a good play. But hey, maybe that’s not as eye-grabbing as a couple of naked lesbians.

If you’re wondering why all of this gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and other strange nonsense is being given such a predominate focus in all forms of media over the past few years, it’s because, as I’ve repeatedly stated, the Christian moral order is being overthrown right before your eyes, and it’s being replaced by the Satanic “moral” order.

Of course, the lesbian gals being featured on the cover of ESPN magazine might be a “Lesbian Power Couple” in this flesh age. But after the time of the great white throne judgment of Revelation 20:11-15, short of repentance, they’ll be cinders and ashes.  So they’d better enjoy their notoriety now, because after the judgment no one will even remember their names.

I’ve reported on this in the past.  But now the Episcopal Church is actively debating on whether or not to take the gender terminology out of their “Book of Common Prayer” in order to make the point that “God is not male, and doesn’t have gender.”

Though Christ Jesus Himself taught His disciples to pray “Our Father, who art in heaven,” the new breed of church leaders dare to overrule Christ and claim you can’t assign a gender to God.

As long as ‘men’ and ‘God’ are in the same category, our work toward equality will just be incomplete,” the Rev. Wil Gafney, a professor of the Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Texas told the paper.

The above-linked article goes on to say, “Besides adding gender-neutral language concerning God, some Episcopal church advocates also want other revisions including adding same-sex marriage ceremonies to the liturgy, (since the church has been performing homosexual weddings for years) and even adding a ceremony to celebrate a transgender person’s adoption of a new name.”

Again, folks, you’re witnessing with your own eyes the ongoing overthrow of the western Christian moral order, and its replacement with a decidedly Satanic order under the umbrella of “big tent” Christianity.

Delegates from a conference of Anglicans from around the world, known as the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), have released an open letter condemning western churches for failing to obey the Bible.  The group also commits itself to “defend the gospel against threats from without and within,” and calls upon western churches to do so as well.  They wrote:

Secularism seeks to exclude God from all public discourse and to dismantle the Christian heritage of many nations. This has been most obvious in the redefinition of what it means to be human, especially in the areas of gender, sexuality and marriage.

The above news article begins by stating what should be obvious to any faithful Christian today, “The face of the church around the world is changing… literally.”  And this ongoing change is the direct result of “an ongoing battle between today’s culture and traditional Christianity.”

What’s fascinating is that Christian churches operating outside of the western nations — especially those throughout the Middle East to Africa — are decidedly aghast at these wicked changes taking place within western churches, and are calling for the churches of the western Christian nations to repent, reject the changes and “come back to the traditional teachings of Jesus and the Bible.”

We must return to being faithful to Jesus despite what the culture is telling us,” says Archbishop Nicholas Okoh from Nigeria, who has called on the Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the Anglican Church, to repent of the same-sex weddings being conducted in the western churches.

My thoughts:  What a very sad commentary it is that the western Christian churches are in such need of being admonished to repent by relatively newer Christian churches in the Middle East and Africa which seek to maintain the Bible’s traditional and fundamental moral teachings.

The western Christian churches once brought the Gospel message to the whole world.  Now, cultures we originally brought the Gospel message to have to remind us to how live as faithful and moral Christians.

Again, the western Christian moral order is being overthrown, in order to usher in a new and decidedly Satanic order.  Thankfully, as the article above points out, some churches worldwide are fighting back.

Netflix has apparently decided to pick up for a fourth season the TV show “Lucifer,” in which the idea that Satan can be redeemed by God for performing good acts on earth is routinely touted.

According to the above article, some Christian fans of the show claim that [The show is] about redemption. If the devil can be redeemed, then there’s hope for the rest of us sad sacks of human flesh.”

The article goes on to point out, “While some would like us to believe that the show is just harmless fiction, and will not affect how anyone sees the devil, such quotations prove that the show is influencing a number of professing Christians, who are in fact repeating the ridiculous lies taught through narratives in the show, i.e., that Satan has been or can be redeemed!”

Of course, for Christians to believe that Satan can be redeemed by good works demonstrates a decided lack of Biblical understanding.  To answer the question “can Lucifer be redeemed?” here are the Scriptures these so-called “Christians’ are apparently missing out on:

Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

 

Rev 20:8  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

 

Rev 20:9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

 

Rev 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

There will be no mercy for Satan.  He had his chance to repent in the first age, but instead chose to turn against God and lead one-third of God’s children against God’s throne (Revelation 12:4).

The actual point of the Lucifer TV show is not about the so-called “power of redemption.” That’s a red herring designed to justify the content of the show.  Instead, the show is about the mixing of good and evil, which is one of Satan’s primary tactics of bringing about fundamental societal change.

To understand how Satan and his children the Kenites pull it off through TV shows like “Lucifer,” see my Bible study, Knowing Good and Evil: Satan’s Occult, Alchemical “Great Work”.

And for idiot Christians who watch this show, know that your support of such an abomination to God is noted, and will be duly dealt with, at Christ’s second advent.

According to the news article at the above link, “The country’s ruling Communist party sees Christianity as a ‘Western threat’ and wants to eradicate all traces of the faith from China,” now going so far as to ban children from visiting churches.

The article goes on to say that for the Chinese communist government, China’s Christian community has long been a source of embarrassment, resulting in bans on the Bible and on public displays of the cross.

Church leadership is also required to request approval from the Communist party and even church teachings must now be in line with party ideals.

Chinese President Xi insists that “Chinese characteristics” must be incorporated into all activities, beliefs and traditions; chief among them being unwavering loyalty to the Communist party.

In April, China’s religious affairs department published an article saying that churches must endorse the party’s leadership as part of “Sinicization” (i.e., the substitution of Chinese secular morals for Bible-based principles). The article stated: “Only Sinicized churches can obtain God’s love.

In other words, Chinese Christians are being told, “Conform your churches to Chinese communism, or risk losing God’s love.”

Amazing.  But it’s no less amazing than what’s happening here in the U.S. and other western Christian nations, in which individual Christians as well as various churches are being pressured to open their arms to perversion and other forms of wicked behavior, or be persecuted by society and government for failing to do so.

Yes, while thousands of Arab Christians are being slaughtered for their faith throughout the Middle East, none of them are being allowed into the western Christian nations as “refugees.”  Only Muslim “refugees” are being allowed to come into the “Christian” west.

And that’s because “helping the oppressed” is not, and never has been the goal of foreign immigration in the final days of this flesh earth age.

Instead, the goal has been to replace the existing western Christian order with a new, hybrid (dis)order in which western Christianity is mixed with foreign cultures and religions to the point it’s debased beyond all recognition.

Is it any wonder that St. John, when given a vision of the end days, wrote, in Revelation 17:4-6:

Rev 17:4  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

 

Rev 17:5  And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

 

Rev 17:6  And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration [i.e., astonishment].

The “woman” in verse 4 above refers to Christianity.  St. John was astonished to see in his vision of the end days what had happened to Christianity .  It had been transformed into the scarlet red whore of Revelation 17:4, which the occultists refer to (and hold in high esteem as) the “woman in red.”

And what is this “woman in red”?  It’s representative of the whorish Judas church that apostatizes from the Lord and His Word in the final days of this flesh earth age order to become accepted by the world itself, i.e., “big tent Christianity” with no borders, no boundaries and no underlying Christian moral foundation left.

What’s truly sad is that when Satan arrives, his little kingdom will be virtually set up, running full speed, and ready for him to rule over.  I take no pleasure in pointing out that you’re watching it happen, even today, right before your eyes.

Small Sampling

Again, the above news articles are just a small sampling of the news that we’ve seen over the past 30 days alone demonstrating that the overthrow of the western Christian moral order is in full swing.  As it’s written, so it’s coming to pass:

2Ti 3:1  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

 

2Ti 3:2  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

 

2Ti 3:3  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

 

2Ti 3:4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

 

2Ti 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

And so it now is.  But will Christians have the faith to do as the Scripture admonishes, and stand firm in the Gospel message against such apostacy?

The Good News

Here’s the good news, in the face of all of this bad news:

Christ stated in Matthew 16:18, “…upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” 

In other words, the powers-that-be can try all they want to overthrow Christianity and replace it with the new “moral order.”  But Jesus Christ empowers God’s faithful elect to understand the truth, and to stick with it through thick and thin, meaning through every form of deceptive treachery and persecution that can be thrown at them.

The question is, are you willing to take the firm and faithful stand necessary? As it’s further written to God’s faithful elect:

Rev 3:10  Because thou hast kept [i.e., preserved] the word of my patience, I also will keep [i.e., preserve] thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

 

Rev 3:11  Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

 

Rev 3:12  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

 

Rev 3:13  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

If you can hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches, then buckle up and get ready to take your stand.  “Hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”

The time of Jacob’s troubles, also known as the great tribulation, is fast approaching. What you’ve read above are merely precursors to it — the “warm up act” so to speak.  And there are thousands of these anti-Christian events happening at once, all around the world, but particularly in the western Christian nations.

And it’s only going to get worse.  The key is to know your heavenly Father’s Word, and to stick with it no matter what the cost.

As I pointed out in my study, Taking and Holding Ground:  a Gospel Message, God expects His faithful servants to understand that He has already conquered these encroachments against Christianity when He rose from the dead and returned to the heavens in victory, making an “open shew” of the enemy powers of the heavens.  As it’s written:

Col 2:15  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

He also wants us to understand that our job on this earth in the final days of this flesh earth age is to “hold fast” to that which we have (i.e., the true Gospel message) and continue to carry it forth boldly and without fear until His second advent, at which point He’ll bring His victory over the powers of the heavens to this earth (Rev. 19:11-21), and ultimately institute His eternal kingdom on earth.

And that’s what it’s all about, folks.  Our old enemy, Satan, “knoweth he hath but a short time” and is using his little workers on this earth to bring forth his wrath against Christ and Christianity.  You’re watching it happen now.

Soon, that old enemy of ours, and his fallen angels, will be here on this earth, to pull off their final deception.  And then it will be over.  Until then, as it’s written:

Php 1:27  Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

 

Php 1:28  And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

 

Php 1:29  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; 

 

Php 1:30  Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

Yes, it’s going to be a rough ride for those who stand fast in the Gospel of Christ and refuse to cave in to the emerging Satanic order.  But afterwards, it’s going to be an even rougher ride for those who have come against you.  They’ll be shivering in their boots.  As it’s written:

Isa 2:19  And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

So take heart and understand that this is what we came to this earth for in the first place.  All four parts of God’s Plan to save His children must be finished before the end can come.  And we as faithful Christians have a role in all four parts.  So let us be about our Father’s business, “redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16).

It’s not enough to merely believe.  As James 2:19 tells us, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

Yes, even the devils believe in Christ.  It’s the works of faith on your part that separate you from the devils (James 2:20-26). So stand up for your faith in the midst of this growing apostasy, and make it known.   Let them see what a Christ-man truly is.  Make a difference.  It’s precisely what you’re here for.

Regards in Christ,
Steve Barwick

 

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Kabbalah Wizards and Christian Zionists Trying to Build a Third Temple

Kabbalah Wizards and Christian Zionists Trying to Build a Third Temple
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUc9GefmjTY&feature=youtu.be

It’s important to note that Rick Wiles, pictured above from the video teaching we’ll be discussing in this commentary, formerly worked for Christian Broadcasting Network as well as Trinity Broadcasting Network, the two top evangelical Christian broadcasting networks.

But he says he no longer has anything to do with the major Christian broadcasters due to their all-too-close associations with what he correctly calls the “Kabbalah Wizards” of Jerusalem.

In other words, he’s found that many of the big-name Christian leaders are so wrapped up with Zionist Jews who take their teachings from the mystical book of the Kabbalah (which teaches Jewish ritual magick and mysticism), and the Talmud (which teaches that Jesus is boiling in hell in hot excrement), that these “Christian” evangelical leaders are virtually more “Jew” than they are Christian.

As he puts it, “What we’re talking about today is a Satanic marriage between Kabbalah wizards and American evangelical pastors, Bible prophesy teachers, and ministry leaders.”

Rick goes on to comment that this “Satanic marriage” between Christian leaders and Kabbalists constitutes “fellowship with the devil.”

Blaspheming the Lord

In the 49-minute video at the link above, Rick discusses the very serious heresy (and blasphemy) involved in supporting the efforts of Zionist Jews to have a “Third Temple” built in Jerusalem.

He and his guests rightly point out that Christian support for a so-called “Third Temple” is one of the ultimate blasphemies, because it negates Jesus Christ as THE Living Temple of God, and it negates Christians as the “living stones” that make up that temple, which is also known as the many-membered body of Christ.

In other words, for evangelical Christian leaders to believe in the need for a “Third Temple,” they have to reject the New Testament which teaches us that faithful Christians already are that temple, in Christ.

(You might recall that several years ago I pointed out this very same thing in my short study Animal Sacrifice on the Temple Mount, and documented all of the Bible verses to demonstrate it.)

Kabbalah Wizardry:  “Voodoo that Jews Do”

As an aside, Rick, when asked what “Kabbalah” is, explains that “Simply put, Kabbalah is the voodoo that Jews do.”

In other words, the Kabbalah is basically a book of Jewish mysticism, magick spells, enchantments, man-made numerology and other esoteric and occult practices that the orthodox rabbis use in the course of their daily lives.

I’m talking about things like swinging chickens over their heads for the forgiveness of their sins (yes, they really do such a thing; see here, here, and here).

And he explains further that those who follow and practice the Kabbalah are in essence practicing the very wizardry, divination and witchcraft that the Bible tells us to avoid at all costs. (See Leviticus 20:27; Deuteronomy 18:10-12; Leviticus 19:31; Leviticus 20:6; I Sam. 28:3; II Chronicles 33:6; Isaiah 8:19.)

The Trump Connection:  Scheming With Christian Leaders to Build the “Third Temple”

Rick goes on to reveal how these “Kabbalah wizards” in Israel are scheming with American evangelical church leaders to use President Donald Trump to pave the way for the building of a so-called “Third Temple.”

In the video he shows example after example of the sensationalistic claims and “prophesies” being made by the “Kabbalah wizards” in Jerusalem, in regards to Trump being some kind of “man sent from God to help Israel rebuild the Third Temple.”

He also names many of the modern Christian evangelic leaders that have tied themselves to these “Kabbalah wizards,” and who, like them, seek the building of a “Third Temple” in Jerusalem in order to “hasten the arrival of the Messiah.”

And he explains why this is such a serious blasphemy that he can no longer have anything to do with such “Christian” leaders.  Indeed, he says he’ll no longer allow these Christian leaders on his broadcasts, neither will have any kind of fellowship with them.

As It’s Written

Of course, Rick is absolutely right.  As the Scripture tells us:

Eph 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

And as St. Paul would later state, specifically regarding the propensity of early Christians to continue in fellowship with the Jewish religious leaders who had rejected Christ:

2Co 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

 

2Co 6:15  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

 

2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

 

2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

 

2Co 6:18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

God won’t receive you into His eternal family household if you’re acting in concert with, and supporting, the Christ-hating Jews.

The Sin of Achan

In God’s eyes, it’s the equivalent of touching “the unclean thing,” which refers to the sin of Achan in Joshua chapter 7, and is a Hebraism for committing gross idolatry.

As you might remember, Achan, a Judahite, hid a Baal priest’s robe and other forbidden idolatrous items in his tent.

And because of it, God wouldn’t allow Israel to prevail in battle against the Amorites until the “accursed thing” was removed from the camp, and Achan was put to death for harboring it.

That’s how seriously God takes our religious affiliation and participation with those who hate Christ.  He despises it as much as He despises the idolatry of Achan, because such ties always lead to idolatry.

Perhaps that’s why we see so many news articles now about Christianity being in decline, with commentators routinely speaking of “post-Christian America.”

In other words, God won’t bless Christianity, because, like Achan of old, Christianity has strayed so far from God and His Word — even straying directly into the camp of the Christ-hating Kabbalist Jews and embracing their blasphemous “Third Temple” mania.

You Can’t Have Two Temples and Still Be “Christian”

Again, it’s we, as Christians, who make up the temple of God.  Not some brick and mortar building in Jerusalem, or anywhere else for that matter.

The temple of God is composed of living people who love the Lord and who serve Him faithfully.  And if we don’t believe that..if we believe instead that a mere building is the temple of these end days…then we can’t really call ourselves Christian, can we?

As Christ stated in John 2:19, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

And He did exactly that.  He rose from the dead three days after His death, and the building of the temple known as the many-membered body of Christ began at that point and has been carried on from that point forward.

It’s a temple composed of “lively stones” (I Peter 2:5) which means “living stones,” which in turn means it’s composed of you and me and all other faithful Christians.  We’re the bricks that make up the temple walls — the temple of God in Jesus Christ.

And that means Christian support for the building a so-called “Third Temple” in Jerusalem is a blatant rejection of Jesus Christ as our temple head and of faithful Christians as the temple body.

In short, it’s a rejection of God’s Word.  And therefore, it’s no wonder Christianity in America is now in such a steep decline.

Bizarre Religious Alliance

Rick Wiles goes on to state that the alliance between Israeli Kabbalah wizards and American church leaders is a “bizarre religious alliance” that ultimately results in “a weird marriage with Satanic Kabbalah mystics.”  He says:

“I don’t know how anybody can ignore the bizarre religious alliance between Israeli Kabbalah wizards and American evangelical church leaders. 

 

Apostate American evangelicals are in a weird marriage with Satanic Kabbalah mystics in Israel. 

 

On top of it, both are claiming that President Trump’s name is identified in Bible prophesy through numerology.

 

It’s one of the most bizarre things I’ve witnessed in my over 40 years of walking with Jesus Christ.” 

Third Temple Mania

Rick goes on to state:

“President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy [to Jerusalem] set off a new wave of Third Temple mania among American Christian Zionists.

 

In their quest to make John Nelson Darby’s flawed prophesy predictions come true, the building of a Third Temple is now their next big goal to accomplish. 

 

We have plenty of evidence today to back our claims that Kabbalah wizards are working with American Christian Zionists to use President Trump to build a Third Temple in Jerusalem.

 

Even more shocking, the Kabbalah wizards, and American Christian Zionists, are saying that President Trump’s name is associated with the coming of the Messiah.”

He then goes on to show news article after news article demonstrating that Jewish Kabbalah practitioners are proclaiming that President Trump has been “divinely sent to being the Messianic process.”

But “divinely sent” by who?  After all, the god of the Kabbalah wizards is not Jesus Christ.  They openly reject Jesus.  Instead, their god is Satan himself.

Eating at the Antichrist’s Table

I’ve said it before.  And I’ll say it again:  If you want to take your teachings from Christ-hating Jews, then fine.  Go right ahead.

But don’t expect God to bless you for it, because He considers it one of the worst forms of blasphemy.

You’re eating, symbolically, at the table of the antichrist when you do such a thing.  And in so doing you’re rejecting — however unwittingly — the communion table of Christ, which is the communion of a single body, not some hybrid so-called “Judeo-Christian” body.

After all, you can’t be both “Judeo” (i.e., a rejecter of Christ) and “Christian” (i.e., a faithful embracer of Christ) at the same time.  It just won’t fly.  It’s double-minded.

In supporting the building of a so-called “Third Temple,” Christians are essentially allowing the Kabbalists to cast their sensationalistic and deceptive spell over them by falling for their fake “prophesies” and predictions that emanate not from the Word of God, but from their esoteric interpretations of the Kabbalah and the Talmud.

Heartening to See

To be very frank with you, until yesterday I’d never heard of Rick Wiles.

But I can tell you that, for me, it’s very heartening to see an American Christian leader who has worked for decades with the big evangelical broadcasters come out from the deception and begin to teach so boldly and decisively against it.

That’s why I urge you to listen to the video at the link above.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised, as well, to see mainstream evangelical Christians coming out of the deception and boldly urging their fellow Christian evangelical leaders to do the same.

Frankly, it’s long overdue.

This commentary, by the way, is not an endorsement of Rick Wiles.  I simply haven’t had time to listen to his other teachings in order to draw any kind of conclusion as to the veracity of his teachings.

Even in the 49-minute video I’ve linked to at the top of this page, he has stated a few minor things I disagree with.

But as the old saying goes, we can disagree without being disagreeable.  And we must always remember that everyone comes to the truth in fits and starts, meaning, it takes time to grasp, in its fullness, the wickedness going on in this world today, because you’re having to “see” through so much deeply entrenched deception.

Rick Wiles appears to be seeing through the deception that most Christians today have fallen for.  And for that I applaud his bravery in reporting on what he’s seeing.

For further information on this topic, see my previous commentaries below:

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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The War Against Alex Jones

I’m not a big fan of Alex Jones. But I’ll defend his right to free speech any day.

So when in the short space of two days the man is banned from YouTube, Pinterest, Facebook, Apple, Google and even from sending emails to his audience of millions through MailChimp, then you know there’s a concerted and coordinated effort going on to deny him his right to free speech.

The Original Premise of Social Media

The original premise of social media was to vastly enlarge the marketplace of ideas, and give voice to those who had no traditional media platforms like newspapers, magazines or TV through which to express their views.

But it was a trap. A massive trap.

Now that everyone is absolutely addicted to social media, its true purpose comes looming through: Censorship of conservative, Christian, pro-liberty and America-first ideals, under the guise of “stopping hate.”

Of course, “hate” is basically defined as anything the politically correct “social justice warrior” crowd dislikes. If they have “feelings” against it, they want it banned.

So just about any words that come forth from you through social media can be interpreted as “hate” if they’re in opposition to the new morality.  And that so-called “hate” can now get you cut off from the rest of the world.

High Profile Example

Folks, as Jon Rappoport points out in the articles below, Alex Jones is just being used as an high-profile example.

He’s being crucified as a “hater” to demonstrate to the rest of us that we’d better get in line with the new politically correct morality, or be marginalized, demonized and destroyed.

If you’d like to read what Jon Rappoport has to say, here are the links to his three-part series on Alex Jones:

The War Against Alex Jones, Part 1
The War Against Alex Jones, Part 2
The War Against Alex Jones, Part 3

You might not like some of what an individual like Alex Jones says. You might find him too bombastic. Too alarmist.  Maybe too theatrical.

But you’d better defend his right to say what he believes, because next YOUR right (and MINE) to say what we believe will be under fire.

The Real Reason for the Censorship

Several years ago someone filmed former National Security Adviser and globalist Zbigniew Brzezinski complaining before an audience of globalist elite that just as the powers-that-be had reached the point where they felt they could implement one-world global control, they’d run into a roadblock called “social engagement” (i.e., social media-driven education of the masses) resulting in a massive and unprecedented “global awakening.”

He warned his audience of global elitists that worldwide people were becoming more and more aware of what’s really going on in the world, behind-the-scenes, and that the resistance against one-world control by the globalist elite was building to the point he felt their plans world control were being severely threatened.

That should give you the background you need in order to understand why someone like Alex Jones, and many others now, are now suddenly being denied public platforms from which to reach the awakening public.

And that should also give you the background you need n order to understand why social media has suddenly reversed course and shifted from being a platform to increase public discourse, boost free speech and enlarge the marketplace of ideas, to one in which “free speech” is being restricted to the point that only the views of the “progressive” politically correct crowd are being allowed.

The powers-that-be simply want complete control. And they’re determined not to allow the general public to become so educated to what’s going on behind-the-scenes that they stand up and revolt en masse against it.

Today it’s Alex Jones whose views are being censored.  Tomorrow it could be you, me, or your favorite preacher who refuses to cave in to political correctness and instead teaches boldly and without fear or favor to anyone.

Think about that.  Let it really sink in, because the censorship of conservative, Christian and patriotic voices is in full-swing, and it’s only going to grow worse.  And much faster than you might think.

The Prophet Jeremiah

In Old Testament times, when God sent the prophet Jeremiah to prophesy before His people in Jerusalem, telling them to repent or face the wrath of God through the Babylonian army, the powers-that-be in both the political and religious spheres ridiculed him, marginalized him and demonized him as a traitor to both God and country.

And when the powers-that-be saw they couldn’t stop Jeremiah from preaching the truth, they threw him into a deep, muddy well, and let him sink up to his armpits in the mire in order to cut off his voice from the outside world.  (See Jeremiah chapter 38.)

If it weren’t for Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, who bravely went to the king of Judah in private and begged for Jeremiah’s life, and subsequently rescued Jeremiah from that well, the prophet Jeremiah may well have starved to death.

Today, the powers-that-be don’t need to throw you into a well to shut you up.  They can simply flip a switch and cut you off from all contact with the outside world.  No Facebook.  No YouTube.  No social media channels at all.  No websites.  No email.

Just like they’ve done to Alex Jones and countless other conservative voices.  Just like they’re doing to gun manufacturers.  Just like they’re doing to sellers of “forbidden” nutritional supplements.  Just like they’re doing to certain Christian ministries that speak the truth rather than teach empty church tradition.

After all, the progressives and “social justice warriors” want only their voices to be heard, just as the wicked Judahites of Jerusalem wanted only the voices of their false prophets heard.

What can we do?  We can be more like Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, and raise our voices against this travesty while it’s still not too late to put a stop to it.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Why Are Russia and Eastern Europe Now More Christian than the West?

It’s extremely sad that the last bastions of traditional Christianity and Biblical morality are found in Russia and Eastern Europe, and no longer in the western Christian nations.

Indeed, as this news article about Elton John blasting Russia for refusing to cave in to the global homosexual agenda typifies, the west is quite literally working to push its fascination with perversion and its embrace of wicked sexual behavior onto Russia and Eastern Europe where abominations such as homosexuality and transgenderism are still deeply frowned upon and are considered to be wicked and ungodly.

Basically, the “Christian” west is trying to force the “evil” Russians and East Europeans to “go gay.”

The “Christian” west was once the spiritual “breadbasket of the world.” We sent more missionaries to more countries carrying the Bread of Life (i.e., the Word of God) than any others.  As the Christian west, we quite literally, and collectively, considered our job to be fulfilling the Great Commission:

Mark 16:15:  Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Now, instead of working to fulfill the Great Commission, the west sends homosexual emissaries with high media profiles to world capitals in order to berate the only countries left that refuse to cave in to the homosexualization and perversion of the planet, and the overthrow of God’s natural order.

In the west, we consecrate homosexual priests in our churches, and conduct homosexual “marriage” ceremonies and congratulate ourselves for being so “open minded” — something no self-respecting and God-respecting eastern Orthodox church (such as those in Russia) would even contemplate participating in.

What’s more, Christian colleges in the west are being denied accreditation, out of fear they might teach something “harmful” to homosexuals.

Even within the British royalty, homosexual marriages are now being allowed to take place (see here).

Local libraries throughout the west are hosting programs featuring drag queens and drag kings “strutting their stuff” to young children in order to sexualize and pervert them at an early age.

Throughout the west, transgenders are being encouraged to become priests, in an effort to further debauch the bride of Christ, which is supposed to be the Christian church.

God is even being taught as a “he-she” in churches throughout the west.

The United Nations is demanding the western Christian nations push “LGBT” education on children starting in kindergarten, and western schools are complying.

Teen magazines in the west are teaching children “how to do anal sex the right way,” with glossy, full-color illustrations.

In short, the once-Christian west now normalizes and institutionalizes perversion, and then tells everyone else they’re at fault for not doing the same.

We tell the rest of the world they’re marching out of tune with the new morality.  We tell them they’re still clinging to the “old order” and refusing to embrace the new “humanitarian global order.”

Quite honestly, I never thought I’d see this take place in my day.  I thought I’d be long gone.

But the Scriptural prophesies must and will be fulfilled, and on God’s time-frame.  And the Biblical prophesies tell us that in the end, just before the Lord’s Second Advent, it will be once again like it was in Sodom and Gomorrah.  As it’s written:

Luk 17:28  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

 

Luk 17:29  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

 

Luk 17:30  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

In the days of Lot, homosexuality and other forms of wickedness and perversion had been made as normal as eating and drinking, buying and selling, building and planting.

Perversion was considered to be ordinary and customary behavior — so much so that the people of Sodom even wanted to have homosexual sex with the angels who visited Lot and his family (Genesis 19:4-7).

And now, in the final days of this flesh age, the new “humanitarian order” is indeed enveloping the globe, just as it had enveloped Sodom and Gomorrah of old as examples to us of the disastrous end result.

Intense pressure is being brought upon Russia and other eastern Orthodox Christian nations to cave in and start “going along in order to get along.”

Communism?

We’re constantly told “communism” is what makes Russia our enemy.  Well, I’m not taking up for the Russians.  I don’t know that much about their political ideologies since the fall of the Berlin wall and the dismantling of the communist Soviet Union.

But I do know Russia and other eastern Orthodox Christian nations are being demonized and portrayed as our enemy today, not because they retain some kind of latent communist ideology, but instead, because they won’t play ball with the emerging New World Order and “go gay.”

In other words, they’re being demonized because, unlike the west, they’re still clinging to God’s natural order while we in the west are dismantling it and substituting a new humanistic order.  As it’s written of the first stage of one-worldism in Daniel chapter 7:

Dan 7:4  The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.

Yes, the first stage of one-worldism is western Christianity being overthrown by Babylonianism, so global humanism can rule the day in what was once the western Christian nations.

We should be deeply ashamed of ourselves.  As a people, we should be repenting and turning back to the godliness that once helped make the Christian west great.

We can still do so individually.  We can refuse to allow such perversion into our personal lives.  And we can refuse to participate in or even remotely embrace or accept the collective normalization of perversion that’s taking place all around us.

We can stand our ground, as Christians, and work to maintain our Father’s Word in all things in our own lives.

Nevertheless, the Scriptures will be fulfilled.  And you can see it happening even now, because men’s hearts have been darkened by Satanic deception.

If you’d like to learn more about why God’s natural order is being overthrown and replaced with a new global order centered around perversion, see the Bible study Lucifer: the Divine Androgyne, Ancient God of the Modern Transgender Movement.

But if you haven’t done so already, I recommend first reading the Bible study, Knowing Good and Evil: Satan’s Occult, Alchemical “Great Work” in order to get the full background.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Freedom and Patriotism: What Is It, Really?


Earlier today, Brandon Ward of World Events and the Bible posted this excellent article from The Federalist on the real meaning of the Fourth of July and “patriotism.”  The article is quite excellent, especially the conclusion.

I’d disagree with the author’s implication that we still have the personal freedoms we used to. But the gist of the article is correct:

We have the many blessings we enjoy today largely because our Founding Fathers envisioned this country to be one of individual self-governance combined with strictly LIMITED federal government.

In other words, the “freedom” represented by the Fourth of July is not freedom from outside enemies, but instead, freedom from the tyranny of our own government.  It’s personal freedom from excessive government intervention into our lives.  It’s what I like to call rugged individualism dependent upon God, and not government, for His mercy, grace, guidance and blessings.

Do We Still Have Freedom?

To the extent we still have individual self-governance and very limited federal government interference in our lives, we still have the freedom our Founding Fathers fought and died for.  And we still have a country worth fighting and dying for if the necessity arose.

But to the extent that we’ve allowed the federal government to expand its reach beyond its strictly limited Constitutional mandate, we’ve lost a proportionate amount of our freedoms and liberties, and should be adamantly fighting to get them back.

Our Founding Father’s actually defined excessively over-arching federal government intervention into our lives as “tyranny.”  And yes, tyranny is precisely what we have today, compared to the government our Founding Fathers envisioned and gave us.

Don’t believe me?

Just go through any airline boarding process and tell me whether you feel “free” or not as the federal agents in uniform wand rape you, pick through all of your belongings with a fine-toothed comb, x-ray you, and even feel you up in your private parts.

Or, if you’re still not convinced our government has become a tyranny, try not paying your federal, state, county and local taxes, which eat up nearly 50% of all of your earnings.  Then you’ll see that we no longer have freedom (there wasn’t even an income tax until 1913) but instead, actual governmental tyranny in action.

Even our own homes are not truly ours, except we pay the government the annual “property taxes” (i.e., squatters rent) they’ve mandated.  Don’t pay the taxes, and they come take your home from you and cast you and your entire family out into the streets.  But don’t worry, you’ll probably then qualify for welfare “benefits.”

That’s the very definition of “tyranny,” beloved.

Growing Accustomed to Tyranny

Unfortunately, as a people, we’ve grown quite accustomed to over-arching government intervention into virtually all aspects of our lives.

The bottom line is that, as a people, we now actually confuse the tyranny of an all-powerful federal government (which doles out favors and entitlements to some while destroying the livelihoods of others) with the concept of “freedom.”

America is simply not the country it used to be, compared to the days of old. Not even close.

For example, I’ve documented over and over again in these pages, the tyrannical interference in our lives by today’s ever-growing federal, state and local governments, such as not even being able to let your kids set up a lemonade stand on the street corner without government “permits,” “license fees” and taxes.

Don’t get me wrong.  The country is still worth fighting and dying for, if the necessity arises.

Most of us just can’t even imagine having to do so, even as we celebrate the holiday representing the original principles of personal freedom and liberty our Founding Fathers fought and died for so we could have it as good as we do.

The Process Involved in the Loss of Freedom

And that’s our own fault.  We’ve had freedom.  But we’ve allowed the so-called “creature comforts” of life brought about by our long run of freedom from government tyranny to ruin us as a people. The Bible explains the process, basically, like this:

  • We go from abject slavery (caused by over-arching government tyranny) to immense personal freedom, all with God’s help and intervention.
  • The personal freedom, once achieved, opens up avenues of personal wealth creation.
  • Personal wealth creation gradually brings about creature comforts that, over the long course of time, make us lazy and easy-to-manipulate, and cause us to forget about God’s intervention in our lives and the many tribulations our forefathers had to go through in order to bring us the freedom from government tyranny in the first place.
  • Self-satisfaction, complacency and failure to fully understand and appreciate our past lead us gradually back into slavery as we forget about God and allow government to get stronger and stronger again, and demand it do more and more for us, not realizing that everything comes at a price, and the price of over-arching government is always a return to slavery.
  • All of which leads to us crying out to the very God we so cavalierly abandoned for the freedom from the government tyranny we ourselves lost.

You can read about this process in Deuteronomy 32.  It’s quite explicit, and well worth the read.

Meanwhile, have a wonderful Fourth of July holiday.

Just remember what it truly stands for, i.e., the freedom our forefathers fought and died for was personal freedom from government tyranny, which is to say, from excessive governmental intervention into our personal lives.

And a “patriot,” correctly defined, is one who loves and believes in personal freedom from the tyranny of our own government…enough to die for it if necessary.  Do you?

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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News and Current Events Week in Review 6-23-18

Fashion Icon Says Men Must Be “Liberated” from Masculinity with Satin and Corsets

So-called “fashion icon” John Galliano has set out to “redefine 21st century masculinity with corsets, sensual satins, and vinyl trousers” as a means of “liberating men” from the shackles of their masculine clothing.

He says his goal is to help “blur the lines between genders” and “release men from the straitjackets of suits and street wear.”

He further says men’s fashion rules are about to be “overturned like social taboos.”  As a means to this end he’s created a clothing line that “mixed gender-bending David Bowie looks from the 1970s with a more futuristic Japanese vibe.”

I’ve repeatedly written about the reason why this “blurring of the lines between genders” is happening on a global scale…what it has to do with Satan’s occult “magnum opus”…and why there will be no end to it until Christ comes.

To learn more about this topic, see the Bible study Lucifer: the Divine Androgyne, Ancient God of the Modern Transgender Movement

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Canadian Judge Recognizes Two Men in Polyamorous Relationship With Woman as Parents of Child

A Canadian judge has stated that two men who are in a sexual relationship with the same woman (who gave birth to a child last year) can both be on the child’s birth certificate as “parents.”

Check this out carefully:  The judge ruled that, “Society is continuously changing and family structures are changing along with it.  This must be recognized as a reality and not as a detriment to the best interests of the child.”

Yes, they are quite literally destroying the existing social and religious order, and replacing it with an “anything goes” global order.

To learn more, you might want to read the Bible study Knowing Good and Evil: Satan’s Occult, Alchemical “Great Work”.

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Frontrunner in Mexican Prez Campaign Calls For Mass Exodus To U.S.

The leading candidate in Mexico’s upcoming presidential elections has called on Mexican citizens to “flood the United States,” calling it a “human right.”

Candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) said the people should flee Mexico to find a life in the United States,” and that “soon, very soon — after the victory of our movement — we will defend all the migrants in the American continent and all the migrants in the world.”

He further stated that his presidency will signal the start of Mexico’s “fourth revolution” — apparently a revolution against the United States of America.

This, beloved, is what’s known as an “invasion.”

Yes, it’s disguised as a “human rights” campaign.  But no one has the “rights” to another’s country, or to the fruits of another’s labor.  Nevertheless, that’s certainly what they’re after.  And the frontrunner in the Mexican presidential campaign has as much as openly admitted it.

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Poland Supreme Court Rules Against Print Shop Owner Who Declined to Create Homosexual Event Banner

The battle against Christians by homosexuals is now going world-wide. The powers-that-be are doing everything they can to make it just short of impossible for loyal Christians to practice their faith and follow their Father’s Word.

Indeed, we’re now in an era that will separate out those who truly believe in the Word of God from those who don’t…those who will actually stand up for Father’s Word versus those who simply don’t have the spine for it and will cave in, preferring to go-along in order to get-along.

The persecution against Christians is going to get worse and worse from this point forward, which is why Christ stated that to be considered one of His faithful servants, one must “Take up your cross and follow me.”

Christians fail to understand that while the churches have largely abandoned the conquest theology of Jesus Christ, as expressed in the Gospel message, the homosexuals are following a conquest theology of their own, and are winning the fight.

Until Christians pick that torch back up and seriously return to their “first love” (Rev. 2:4) — the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ — the losses are not only going to continue, but accelerate and accumulate.

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‘Coming War Between the Cross and the Crescent’

The Austrian government recently shut down seven mosques and deported 60 Imams “because they were being funded illegally by the Turkish government,” and because “photos from inside the mosques surfaced on the internet showing Turkish children being trained to be martyrs.”

Austria’s move against the mosques infuriated Turkey’s government, and President Erdogan warned of a “coming war between the cross and the crescent,” pointing out that millions of Turkish Muslims have taken up residence throughout Europe, including five million in Germany alone.

In other words, Turkey’s Erdogan is saying if we don’t allow the mosques located in Christian nations to be used to train up soldiers of Allah against our own Christian people and Christian faith, he’ll unleash the Muslims living among us.

But I’ve got news for you:  There’s already a war “between the cross and the crescent.”  It’s been going on for over a thousand years.  And the cross, at this point, is losing.  Not because Christ is lacking.  But because Christians are lacking.  And Christians are lacking in one very specific area, i.e., they’ve given up on the Great Commission, which is the taking and holding of ground in the name of Jesus Christ.

Learn more in the Bible study, Taking and Holding Ground:  a Gospel Message.

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Delegates of Anglican Conference: ‘We Must Defend the Gospel Against Threats From Without and Within’

This is one of the most heartening news articles I’ve read in a long while.

Apparently, delegates from a gathering of Anglicans from around the world, known as the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), have released an open letter committing to “defend the gospel against threats from without and within,” and calling upon others to do so as well.

This is something I’ve been praying for, and writing about, for a long time now.  The failure of modern Christians to carry out the Great Commission — the spread of the Gospel message to “every living creature” — has directly led to the

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick


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Was It Right for Trump to Wish Muslims ‘The Blessings of Ramadan’ at White House Iftar Dinner?

According to an article in Christian News, president Trump held an Iftar dinner at the White House for Muslim leaders, and wished them “Ramadan Mubarak,” which, roughly translated, means “the blessings of Ramadan” or “the happiness of Ramadan.”

Sounds innocuous, right?  But what sayeth our heavenly Father about these so-called “inter-faith” gatherings?  As it’s written:

Exodus 34:14-15  For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is jealous, is a jealous God; lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice.

You don’t see the leaders of Muslim countries holding special dinners of honor in their houses of leadership for CHRISTIAN leaders on our Christian holy days, do you?

If we’re truly becoming a “pluralistic” and “inter-faith” global society with respect and tolerance for all religions and religious views, why aren’t the other religions reciprocating?

A One Way Street…to Hell

You see, it’s a one-way street, beloved. Exactly as God warned it would be. And I’d add that it’s a one-way street straight to hell.

The bottom line is that we, as faithful Christians, are being expected to cast aside our Lord’s Word and bow down to the heathen religions, i.e., respect and honor the heathen for their alleged spiritual “achievements” and wish them blessings and happiness on their so-called “holy days.”

This, even though, to them, we’re the untouchable infidels whose beliefs are simply intolerable.  That’s why Christians are being beheaded for their faith throughout the Middle East, even as our president feasts with and wishes blessings and happiness upon their beheaders.

Don’t Even Invite Them Into Your House

Finally, and most importantly, our Lord’s Word says we’re not to so much as invite the non-believers into our house, nor wish them Godspeed in the works of their religion, lest we be considered by God to be a “partaker of their evil deeds.”  As it’s written:

2Jn 1:9  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

The Muslims do not abide (i.e., dwell) in the doctrine of Christ.  Therefore they do not have God.

Indeed, they have quite another doctrine that says our Lord and Savior was never hung on a cross, and that His death on the cross and subsequent resurrection were all faked.

Therefore, say the Muslims, the salvation supplied by Christ’s shed blood is not real.  Salvation, they claim, can only come through following the teachings of Allah through his prophet Muhammad.

In other words, they have a substitute Christ and a substitute salvation.

2Jn 1:10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

If anyone who refuses to abide in the doctrine of Christ comes to you seeking religious reception into your house (including the White House, beloved), the Scripture warns you are to “receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed.”

In the Greek manuscripts, the term “God speed” is translated from the Greek word chairō (i.e., Strong’s G-5463), which means cheer, happiness or well wishes.

You’re not to wish the heathen well in their religious works.  And why are we not to wish wellness and blessings upon the heathen believers in false religions?  Because it’s the same as wishing blessings upon them for blaspheming God.

2Jn 1:11  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

When you wish the enemies of Christ well, you become a sharer of their evil deeds, which is to say, you share in their guilt of rejecting Christ and placing a substitute vehicle of salvation in place of Christ’s shed blood.

What’s more, the word “partaker” in the verse above is translated from the Greek word koinoneo (i.e., Strong’s G-2841).  This is an extension of the root word koinōnia (i.e., Strong’s G-2842) which is translated “communion” in I Corinthians 10:16, in direct relation to Holy Communion.

In other words, in your heavenly Father’s eyes, even so much as inviting the heathen into your home for religious reasons, feasting with them and wishing them well, is like having holy communion with their god instead of with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Wake up, Christians. You don’t realize it. But you’re being had by your own leaders, who have not only sold out to the “inter-faith” religion nonsense, but have sold you out to your Lord’s enemies, as well.

If you truly understand that something is evil, and alien to your culture, as Trump proclaimed to understand about Islam while running for office, then you don’t host holy day feasts for them in your White House, and wish religious blessings upon them.

It’s a very simple rule:  If they don’t believe in Jesus, but offer a substitute salvation, don’t invite them in…don’t feast with them…don’t even wish them well.  Period.

And those are not my words, but instead, straight from the Holy Scriptures.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Christian Law School Denied Accreditation Over Potential “Harm” to Homosexuals

According to this news article, a private Christian law school in Canada has been denied accreditation because of its requirement that students agree to reserve sexual intimacy for marriage and keep marriage between a man and a woman.

While lower courts affirmed the right of the school to set their own policies in line with their religious beliefs, the case was continuously appealed and eventually went all of the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, which ruled the school’s “lifestyle covenant” to be “exclusionary,” and therefore could cause “harm” to homosexuals.

The Canadian Supreme Court justices wrote:

“‘The reality is that most LGBTQ individuals will be deterred from attending TWU’s proposed law school, and those who do attend will be at the risk of significant harm.’

 

Limits on religious freedom are often an unavoidable reality of a decision-maker’s pursuit of its statutory mandate in a multicultural and democratic society.

 

Religious freedom can be limited where an individual’s beliefs or practices harm or interfere with the rights of others,” they wrote.’”

And what was this great “interference” with the “rights” of homosexuals that the Canadian Supreme Court found in the school’s “lifestyle covenant” and ruled against?  The Christian law school’s allegedly controversial “lifestyle covenant” reads as follows:

According to the Bible, sexual intimacy is reserved for marriage between one man and one woman, and within that marriage bond it is God’s intention that it be enjoyed as a means for marital intimacy and procreation.

 

Honoring and upholding these principles, members of the TWU community strive for purity of thought and relationship, respectful modesty, personal responsibility for actions taken, and avoidance of contexts where temptation to compromise would be particularly strong.”

So now the Supreme Court of Canada has essentially ruled against religious freedom, chastity and Biblical marriage, in one fell swoop, and in preference to the “feelings” of homosexuals who might be “hurt” if they’re asked to live a moral life while attending a Christian school.

This is not a “one off” situation, beloved.  This is the trend of our times.  Churches will be next.  And there’s only one reason for it:

It’s designed to force Christian organizations to renounce their Bible-based policies and accept wickedness and immoral behavior as part of their very structure.

And the homosexuals and their ilk are not going to stop until they achieve exactly that.

What must Christians do?  It’s simple.  You have to make a decision.  You have to decide whether to cave in to the world and its debauchery, or stand in solidarity with God and His Word.

As the days go on, and the sand in the hour glass of time continues to run out, this is going to become a defining decision of your life.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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First Homosexual Royal Marriage Coming Up

In late May I wrote about 92-year old Queen Elizabeth naming Prince Charles as her official successor to the throne.

In that same article, I also wrote about the royal marriage between Prince Harry and American bi-racial actress Meghan Markle.

In that article I pointed out why both stories represented radical and even revolutionary changes in the character, operation and makeup of the Royal family.

Prince Charles, because he’s publicly claimed that upon taking the throne and becoming the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, he will not consider himself to be the “Defender of the Faith” as all British monarchs have pledged to be in the past, but instead, defender of the faiths (plural), meaning an advocate for all religions.

And Meghan Markle because, as a bi-racial woman who has married into the royal family, her marriage to Prince Harry is the first to openly break with the strictly Davidic nature of the royal lineage, introducing a gentile bloodline into the lineage for the first time since…well…since the time of David Himself.

Of those stories, I wrote:

“The bottom line is that the changes being made in regards to the character, makeup and operation of the Royal throne and the Royal family are signature benchmarks, in my view, that we’re getting closer than ever to the end…such changes would have been inconceivable even 20 years ago.”

Just When You Thought You’d Heard It All: A Royal “Gay Marriage”

Now, in another major break with thousands of years worth of royal family tradition, it’s been announced that the British Royals are about to celebrate a “gay marriage” in the family, as well.

Indeed, according to an article in the Daily News, “Lord Ivar Mountbatten, Queen Elizabeth’s third cousin once removed, is set to marry his [male] partner this summer in the private chapel on his country estate, marking the first gay marriage in the extended royal family’s history.

The news article goes on to say:

Ivar, 55, came out as gay in 2016, five years after finalizing his divorce from wife Penny.

 

He took his relationship with James Coyle public that same year after meeting at the Swiss ski resort village of Verbier.

 

‘All my good friends have accepted James. I basically told everyone, ‘I’ve found somebody – it’s a bloke,’ Ivan told the Daily Mail.

 

‘They just started laughing. Then they met James and one particular mate said, ‘If I was gay, I’d certainly go for him.’”

Another “First” in Royal History

People magazine also celebrated the announcement, exclaiming:

“It’s a first in royal history!  Lord Ivar Mountbatten, cousin to Queen Elizabeth, will wed James Coyle at a private chapel on his country estate in Devon this summer, marking the royal family’s first-ever gay marriage.”

To add to the royal lunacy, People magazine goes on to say that Lord Mountbatten’s ex-wife, Penny, will be the one to give him away during the wedding — “an idea she says their three daughters — Ella, 22, Alix, 20, and Luli, 15 — came up with.”

Lord Mountbatten continued by saying, “When I mentioned it to our eldest daughter, Ella, she said, ‘Oh Pap, it’s not a big deal. It’s so normal nowadays’.”

Okay, then.  The abnormal is now the normal.  Even among the Davidic Royal Family.  I knew it, of course, many years ago when Queen Elizabeth began handing out knighthoods to homosexuals and bisexuals like Elton John and Mick Jagger.  But now it appears to be “all styles served here” even within the royal family itself.

In essence, you’re witnessing the ongoing spiritual overthrow of the fleshly Royal Davidic line by “the god of this world,” which is Satan (2: Corinthians 4:4).

And thus we stand on the brink of change so radical and revolutionary it can only signal, in my opinion, the winding down of old order…the gradual ushering in of the new Satanic order…and finally, when it’s all complete, our Lord and Savior’s Second Advent, at which time He will fulfill the interrelated prophesies of Isaiah 29:17 and Revelation 2:27:

Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay… And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they shall be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.”

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Yes, They’re After Your Children: Cartoon ‘Drag Tots’ to Feature ‘Baby Drag Queens’

No sooner than I’d written about the new Netflix cartoon series for kids featuring drag queen “super heroes,” the following news article appeared detailing yet another abomination — this time, a cartoon series being promoted for very small children featuring “baby drag queens.”

The cartoon originates from an organization called WOW PresentsPlus, which bills itself as “A new streaming network from the creators of RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Their website states, “Check out original series from Valentina, Detox, and Bob the Drag Queen, as well as an award-winning lineup of films, docs, drag, and LGBT shows.”

In other words, it appears to be an online streaming drag queen TV network featuring things like homosexual “love stories,” documentaries about transgender “transformations,” onscreen performances by “drag queens,” as well as the new “Drag Tots” cartoon and (unfortunately) much more.

What Your Kids Will See

According to the news article:

“’Drag Tots’ tells the story of four pint-sized drag queens who attend grammar school, and navigate through adventures with the aid of a talking unicorn head, played by homosexual drag entertainer RuPaul himself.

 

‘Baby drag queens attend grammar school in this new animated series for kids and grown-ups of all ages!’ a description of the show outlines.

 

‘Meet Dina Saur, a colorful drag tot whose aesthetic is inspired by dinosaurs; Roxy Moron, innocent, lovable and totally gullible;

 

Arugala, a Puerto Rican provocateur with a taste for trouble; and Lady Liber ‘T,’ an African American queen with a talent for putting haters in their place!

What’s more, the article reveals, “Children sing the jingle for the show at the end of the teaser, ‘Drag, drag, drag, drag, drag tots! Yeah!’”

The cartoon series is otherwise voiced by “drag queens” Adore Delano, Bianca Del Rio, Detox, Latrice Royale and Valentina.

2 Very Profound Questions for Modern Christians

The above-linked article also quotes a sermon in which a preacher compared the early church of St. Paul’s time with the modern church, and asked the following two very profound questions:

“How is it that these … fishermen and louts who had no advantage of the kind that we have enjoyed were able to turn cities upside down and shake the earth?

 

Why is it we have not had a corresponding effect in our own generation?”

In other words, the preacher asked how is it that the early Christians of St. Paul’s time — men and women who had no formal training, no particular community organizing skills, no seminary training, etc. — were able to transform the world simply by carrying forth the Gospel message with boldness and singular determination.

I’ll tell you why Christians of today, though exceedingly more numerous than Christians of old, have not had a “corresponding effect” on this world in this final generation, and why that failure to have such a profound effect has led to today’s morass of iniquity being foisted largely upon our children.

It’s because the early Christians of Paul’s time carried forth the Gospel message as if their lives depended upon it… as if it was the single-most important thing in their lives.

If television had existed at that time, and a TV show like “Drag Tots” was being broadcast to children, the disciples would have been at the front doors of that broadcasting studio boldly stating:

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea!”  (Matthew 18:6)

But today, Christians are no longer activist by nature.  Confrontation is not in their wheel house, so to speak.

Instead, they’re lazy and complacent…most of them wouldn’t know the true Gospel message if it bit them on the nose…and they’ve all been taught that simply attending church once a week, or going to the occasional church bake sale, and avoiding the use of curse words is all that’s required of them if they want obtain salvation.

Comfortable with the World the Way It Is 

Other than church attendance, choir practice, and the occasional bake sale and Christmas program, they’ve simply gotten so comfortable with the world and its grand smorgasbord of entertaining offerings they’re afraid to “offend” anyone with that pesky old Gospel of God that separates the wheat from the chaff.

They’ve completely cast aside Christ’s admonition in Matthew 16:24-26 to “Take up your cross and follow Me” — a direct order from the Lord that His People are to engage the world with the Gospel message as a means of subduing the world to the Lord’s Word.

Let’s take a look:

Mat 16:24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

This is essentially a statement of martyrdom, beloved.

It means that just as Jesus refused to back down, but instead carried forth God’s Word to the multitudes, boldly and without fear or favor to anyone, so must every faithful Christian who professes to follow after Him do the same.

It doesn’t mean to run out and get yourself killed by doing something stupid, like marching into a Muslim enclave and yelling “Allah sucks.”  Nor does it mean losing your credibility by standing on a street corner with a Bible in your hand, hollering at people that “the end is near.”

But it does mean that we’re to prudently and yet relentlessly engage this wicked world with the Word of God — the Gospel message — and let the chips fall where they may.

That’s because the Gospel, beloved, is a message of conquest through confrontation, followed by surrender and reconciliation.  But if you’re fearful of the confrontation, you’ll never help achieve the conquest and reconciliation on His behalf.

Mat 16:25  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Christians who believe going to church on Sunday, singing in the choir and maybe attending a few church bake sales is what Christ meant by “take up your cross and follow Me” are simply deceiving themselves.

Which choir did Christ sing in?  Which bake sale did He attend?

When He went to synagogue, did He sit meekly in the back row and nod His head at everything being said by the rabbis?

Or did He get up and boldly teach the truth, confronting and contradicting the rabbis, shaking entire congregations to their core (Mark 1:27), casting our unclean spirits when they mouthed off to Him, and even taking a cat-of-nine-tails to the wicked moneychangers and overthrowing their tables?

When He said “Take up your cross and follow Me” He was talking about dedicating one’s life to the singular goal of carrying forth the Gospel message to the multitudes, and thereby subjecting them to the truth of God’s Word and spiritually subduing them with it.

Today, I barely know of any Christians who would actually put their necks on the line for Christ and His Gospel message.

If it’s outside the purview of weekly church attendance, Sunday school for the kids, and the occasional church function such as a play or bake sale, it’s simply not up their alley.

Christians today actually think you conduct spiritual warfare by going to church functions.

But like any form of warfare, there first has to be an enemy and a confrontation with that enemy.  And that’s precisely what Christians can no longer handle.  In fact, they avoid it like the plague.

Christians today rail smugly against the “snowflake” generation of Millennials, and yet they’ve become fragile little snowflakes themselves when it comes to doing as Christ commanded and carrying forth that precious Gospel message to a very inhospitable world.

Salvation: the Gift that Must Be Earned by Passing It Along

Christians today think they’re “saved” by virtue of having said “I do” when asked if they believe in Jesus and were then dunked under the water.

Yet salvation, as Christ taught it, must be earned through the action of the spreading of the Gospel…yes, sometimes even by putting one’s very neck on the line for the Word of God, if necessary, as St. Paul did…St. Peter…St. Matthew…St. John…St. James…St. Luke, and many more, all of whom died for the sake of the carrying forth of the Gospel.

They were our examples of how to conduct spiritual warfare and conquest on behalf of Jesus Christ, through the carrying forth of the Gospel.  And frankly, dear Christian, Christ Jesus Himself was our example, first and foremost, hence His famous command, “Take up your cross and follow Me.”

It’s called bearing fruit, beloved, i.e., doing your part to help bring the blind to sight, the wayward sheep back to the Shepherd.

As it’s written in John 15:2, straight from the mouth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”

In other words, if you’re not carrying forth that Gospel message to others, you’re going to be clipped off the vine (i.e., Christ is the vine), which means you’re going to lose that which you wouldn’t take the time to pass along to others.

The whole point of Christianity is to bring others to Christ.  That’s the work of the faithful Christian.  It’s done by carrying forth that Gospel message of conquest, surrender and reconciliation.

Yet our Lord warned that at His Second Coming, many would run up to Him demanding entrance into the kingdom of God, and shouting excitedly “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” (Mt. 7:22)

But what was His answer to these claims of great religious works?  “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Mt. 7:23).

You see, the works they laid claim to were iniquitous because they were substitute works set in place by church tradition so the people could “play religion” and not rock the boat with that contentious Gospel message of “Follow Christ and accept His very generous terms of surrender or be snuffed out in the lake of fire after the great white throne judgment.”

That message actually chokes most Christians today.  “Too militant,” they say, as a means of masking their own spiritual impotence.

Christians of today have simply, and, largely without realizing it, “left thy first love” (Revelation 2:4).  That is to say, they’ve ignored the carrying forth of the Gospel message because there’s potential pain and sometimes even suffering involved in presenting that contentious message.

You see, the Gospel, taught correctly, is a very controversial message.  It’s a hammer that bangs up against the global Satanic order and shakes it to the core because it robs Satan’s global synagogue of its membership — and by that I’m speaking of all false religion.

The Gospel message makes friends for you of those who embrace it.  But it makes enemies for you of those who resist it.  Sometimes very vehement enemies.  Absolutely ruthless, in some cases.

But for modern Christians, it’s all about pursuing love, love, love.  It’s not about risking your neck or potentially making enemies on behalf of the truth of God’s Word and of Christ’s redeeming blood.

Mat 16:26  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

When you get so comfy and cozy with the world that you become too good to get into the mud and wrestle with the enemy over the the true Gospel message, you risk losing your own soul.

And over what?

Over the worldly goods you might lose if you use your hammer called the Word of God?  Over the prestige you might lose in your community or social clique if you rock the boat? Over the way your neighbors might look at you if you make your faith and your beliefs clearly known?

In Luke 17:32, Christ Himself gave His disciples the command to “Remember Lot’s wife.”  It’s one of the shortest yet most powerful verses in the Bible.  Yet not one in a thousand Christians can tell you today what it actually means, though the Lord commanded we make this remembrance.

And why won’t Christians do what Christ said and take the time to “Remember Lot’s wife”?  It’s because the point of the Lord’s command was to understand why Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt by God Himself.

She was turned into a pillar of salt (i.e., she was completely cremated by fire from above) because she valued the things of the world her husband and family were leaving behind, more than she valued doing the laborious (but life-saving) work of God.

For more information, see the Bible study Remember Lot’s Wife.

Mat 16:27  For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

From the time Christ died on that cross at Calvary, the work of every true Christian has been to carry forth the Gospel Message to the world — that great message of spiritual conquest, surrender and reconciliation.

Yet Christians today simply won’t take up the task.  Too messy.  Too laborious.  Too risky.  Too controversial.  Too “politically incorrect.”  Too much trouble.

And that, beloved, is why today we live in a world in which, instead of shaking and ultimately conquering entire kingdoms as our Christian forefathers did through the carrying forth of the Gospel message, the kingdoms of this world are instead shaking and conquering us by shoving their perversions down the throats of our little children on a daily basis.

And we sit there with no response at all.  Barely a whimper from our side.  That’s why you now see:

  • And much more.

All of these, beloved, are huge blaring billboard-sized signs demonstrating that Christianity has lost the battle because Christians quit engaging with the world by relentlessly carrying forth to them the true Gospel message of conquest, surrender and reconciliation.

The Church “Militant and Triumphant” No More

The church used to be called “the church militant and triumphant” — this, in reference to our Gospel work on this earth leading to our triumphant entrance into heaven afterwards.

Today, that righteous and once-accurate label is deemed to be too confrontational…too “politically incorrect”…too “offensive”…too risky…too, well, militant.  Yet Christianity, by definition, is an adversarial faith and culture.  Christ Himself said it best:

Luk 12:51  Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

 

Luk 12:52  For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.

 

Luk 12:53  The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

Yes, that’s what happens when the Gospel message is carried forth and taught the way it was meant to be.  It indeed separates the wheat from the chaff by pitting the truth and the righteousness of Christ against the falsehoods and the wickedness of this world.

But Christians have quit carrying forth the Gospel message — that great message of Christ’s conquest of all of the powers of the heavens and the earth when He rose from the dead.  As it’s written:

Colossians 2:15  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

When He rose from that tomb and ascended into heaven, He defeated Satan and his fallen ones in the heavens.  And he made an open show of His victory for all of heaven to see.  In the original Greek, it basically says that He lined them up and paraded them as captives in front of everyone so His victory would be witnessed by all.

Are we ashamed of that heavenly victory He won for us with His shed blood?  Are we ashamed to carry forth the message of His heavenly triumph over the evil ones who run this earth under the leadership of their god, Satan?

Should we not stand today and boldly tell the wicked perverts of this earth, when they try to seduce our children away from Christ’s doctrine with their filth and abominable works, “Your god and his little ground troops have already been defeated, and you’re going to hell if you don’t stop following them and instead repent and start following Christ Jesus.”

Simply put, the Gospel of Christ states, “Accept My generous terms of surrender or suffer the consequences at judgment time.”  But Christians today are far too comfortable and too timid to deliver those terms to a world spiraling straight into hell.

Yes, Christians have become too good for the Gospel fight.  They believe the bold carrying forth of the Gospel by the church militant — which is the body of Christ on this earth — no longer matters.

So we now have what’s supposed to be Christ’s own many-membered body sitting on their hands and acting in open rebellion to His command to carry forth the Gospel message!

And that’s why the body of the elect — Christ’s faithful “little flock” of Luke 12:32 — is the only part of the church that’s going to participate in the first resurrection at Christ’s Second Advent (Revelation 20:4-6).  They will be the only part of Christ’s many-membered body who earned entry into the kingdom thanks to their works, which make them Christian overcomers.

And why only the elect?  Because the rest of the church has become too good for God.   They’re too meek, mild and milquetoast to preach the Gospel.  Instead, they’ve made a mockery of it by reducing it to mere church attendance and “belief.”

“All you have to do is believe,” they claim.  Yet St. James, Jesus’ own half-brother, retorted to such a simplistic comment, “Even so faith [i.e., belief], if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:17).

It’s the laborious but life-affirming works of carrying forth the Gospel message that makes your personal faith a living faith and not a dead faith.   That’s why the preacher I quoted earlier asked those two questions:

How is it that these … fishermen and louts who had no advantage of the kind that we have enjoyed were able to turn cities upside down and shake the earth?

 

Why is it we have not had a corresponding effect in our own generation?”

And that’s why I write these commentaries, i.e., to get you to think about it while there’s still time to “turn cities upside down and shake the earth” with the Gospel message of conquest through confrontation, followed by surrender and reconciliation.

Otherwise, prepare yourself for more transgenders, drag queens and LGBTQ perverts coming after your children in order to debauch them — mentally and spiritually — to the point they’re unfit for the kingdom of God when Christ arrives…a fault which will be (drum roll, please) your own.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Netflix Cartoon Series Features Drag Queen “Super Heroes” for Kids

If you’re anything like me, you’re sick and tired of hearing about all of this homosexual, transgender and drag queen nonsense now sweeping the globe.

It seems like every day there’s a new low being sunk to, particularly with the targeting of children from kindergarten age and up so that they’re constantly bombarded with the supposed joys of psycho-sexual confusion along with blatant demonstrations of outright sexual perversion.

But in spite of how distasteful the news is, it’s important for Christians to stay on top of what’s now unfolding before your very eyes.  Turn your back to it at your own peril.

As I mentioned in my previous news commentary, there’s a method to all of the madness you’re witnessing, and a hidden purpose behind it that’s…well…thoroughly Biblical in nature, meaning the Bible prophesies of it.

We may not have expected Satan’s world system to begin unfolding in precisely this manner in the final days of this flesh earth age.  But it nevertheless is.  So we might as well learn from it.

Mystery, Babylon the Great:  Sex Sells

You see, you’re witnessing the initial “birth pangs,” if you will, of what the book of Revelation refers to as “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.”

Which is to say, you’re witnessing the transformation of global society to a state of abject mental, sexual and spiritual confusion, under Satan’s hidden command.

Naturally, this fledgling global system of confusion, which ultimately sells out the Lord Jesus Christ and embraces Satan in His place, won’t reach its zenith until the “four winds” of Revelation chapter 7 begin to blow and Satan arrives to pull off his great deception, portraying himself to the world as mankind’s savior.

And naturally, the promotion of perversion and gross sexuality to young children worldwide (and to everyone else, too, for that matter) is only one small part of the abject confusion this global system is ushering in, largely under the guise of “political correctness.”

But as the marketing experts like to say, “Sex sells.”

And so, when you’re trying to transform the entire globe into a mentally, physically and spiritually sickened and unbalanced state, you start with that which sells best.

  • First, the perverted sex and the accompanying sensationalistic flamboyance and glamour being ascribed to it through the media is designed to grab the attention of the masses, titillate them, and make them question the existing societal norms and morals.
  • Then, the institutionalized normalization of this perverted but glamorized sex is designed to infect the soul and begin the gradual process of internal spiritual destruction.
  • And never forget that the ultimate goal of all of this psycho-sexual confusion is the overthrow of the existing moral order, which is to be replaced by that great global system of spiritual whoredom the Bible calls “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.”

Thus, stated plainly and simply, sexual perversion is being used to transform and ultimately overthrow the existing social and moral order so it can be replaced by Satan’s global fun house.

Drag Queens and Transgenders as Global Cultural Icons

And no, it’s not at all a coincidence that in the process of transforming and destroying the existing moral order, drag queens and transgenders are rapidly being raised to the status of global cultural icons — even to the point of being portrayed as “superheroes.”

After all, Lucifer has long been portrayed by Kabalistic occultists and Satan worshippers as “the divine androgyne,” which is to say, the “he-she” or half-male, half-female god.

As I’ve pointed out in my in-depth Bible study, Lucifer, the Divine Androgyne, Ancient God of the Modern Transgender Movement, not only is Lucifer worshipped by occultists as a “he-she,” or androgynous being, but so were many of the ancient gods of Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome, including Ishtar, the Babylonian goddess of androgyny from whence we get Easter.

Another ancient “he-she” god — and there were many of them — was named Hermaphroditus, from whence we derive the modern-day term hermaphrodite, meaning someone who’s part man and part woman.

Hermaphroditus was one of the many Greek gods known as the Erotes, i.e., winged gods always associated with love and sexual intercourse.

Indeed, in both ancient and modern occult circles, the androgyne, or “he-she” is considered to be “divine.” And the more glamorous and flamboyant the transgenderism and perversion becomes, the more “divine” and “godly” it’s considered to be.

Thus, you now see Netflix portraying cartoon drag queens as “super heroes” to young children.

The Fallen Angels of Old are the Superheroes of Today

As you may know, the modern-day comic book, TV and movie super heroes — starting with Superman, Batman, and the rest of them — are all based on the exploits of the ancient “gods” and their earthly progeny known as “demi-gods,” which were part human and part supernatural beings.

In other words, today’s comic book, TV and movie superheroes are based on the exploits of the fallen angels and their progeny the “giants,” which are described briefly in Genesis chapter six (Genesis 6:4), and are more thoroughly documented in ancient non-Biblical, religious, occult and historical literature, such as the Epic of Gilgamesh, which was written in the Sumerian language in 2100 B.C.

You can bet your bottom dollar the creators of the comic book, television and movie super heroes of today are abundantly familiar with those ancient accounts of the exploits of the “gods” and “demi-gods” of old.

So it’s no wonder you now see Netflix portraying drag queens as modern-day “super heroes” with supernatural powers, fighting against the perceived “evils” of the existing social and moral order.

After all, today’s “superheroes” are indeed based on the “gods” of old.  And many of the gods of old — such as Ishtar, Hermaphroditus and numerous others — were androgynous “he-she’s.”

In other words, they were not just part human and part “god,” but part male and part female, as well.

Thus, our modern-day drag queens, transgenders and more are being portrayed throughout society as “gods” (super-heroes and cultural icons), which is part of Satan’s great transformative plan for the globe.

Simply put, the raising of drag queens and transgenders to “super hero” status — making them out to be respected cultural icons — is little more than a revival of the occult, religio-sexual worship of the “gods” of ancient times, and the re-institution into society of their little sexual peccadilloes.

Netflix’s New Drag Queen Cartoon “Super Heroes”

Netflix’s new drag queen cartoon superheroes represent just a small taste of what this old globe is now in for.

According to this news article, Netflix has already released a commercial teaser for their new cartoon series called ‘Super Drags,’ which centers on the fictional tales of drag queen superheroes.

Here’s part of the spoken dialogue from commercial teaser:

“They’re here, they’re queer, and they’re going to save the world.

 

Super Drags, a new animated series coming soon,” Netflix announced on social media on Thursday.

 

“During the day, they work in a department store and deal with their uptight [expletive] boss.

 

By night, they tighten up their corsets and transform into the baddest SUPER DRAGS in town, ready to combat shade and rescue the world’s glitter from the evil villains.

 

…Get ready, because the SUPER DRAGS are going deeper than you think.”

And indeed they are “going deeper than you think.”  One of the producers of the cartoon series has openly bragged:

“Thanks to Netflix, we can take the LGBTQ representation to the 190 countries that have access to the service, and dream of a world where gays can bust the bad guys, not the other way around. Thank you, Netflix, for making us believe.”

And that’s the goal, beloved, i.e., to take this perversion to the world, and kick off the great transformation that will ultimately lead up to Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.

Is it any wonder, as I point out in Lucifer, the Divine Androgyne, Ancient God of the Modern Transgender Movement, that the modern-day symbol of planet earth is identical to the ancient symbol of transgenderism and androgyny?

That is, quite unfortunately, the direction the globe is heading.  So, if you haven’t done so already, consider reading the Bible study at the above link to learn more.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Library Hosts Drag Queens and Drag Kings “Strutting their Stuff” to Kids

According to this news article, a library system in Minnesota will be hosting three “over-the-top” drag story hours in June and July.

They claim the event is geared toward families (“all ages welcome”) and is suitable for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and teens.

According to a press release from the Saint Paul Public Library system:

Drag performers will regale families with glitz, glamor, and stories about acceptance and inclusion at three Saint Paul libraries.

 

…Each event will feature two performers who will read stories, sing songs, and strut their stuff for an over-the-top story hour. All ages are welcome.

 

…”Drag pushes people to break boundaries and explore creativity,” said Chad Kampe, founder and director of Flip Phone.

 

“At a very young age, we are taught to embrace our differences. Drag not only provides an opportunity to embrace who we are, it allows for us to broadcast and share who we are with the world.”

Coinciding With Pervert “Pride Month”

According to ChristianNews.net: “The events coincide with homosexual and transgender pride month, and is being held in conjunction with the organization Flip Phone, which features a number of risque photos on its social media pages.”

What’s more, “The story hours are slated to feature two drag performers each, which include women dressed as men, also known as ‘drag kings,’ at some events.”

Apparently, one of the three scheduled “story hours” has already taken place, in which “drag performers Utica and Sasha Cassadine read stories, sang songs, and danced with the children in attendance.”

One of the stories read was ‘Julian Is a Mermaid,’ a book about a boy who wants to dress up like a mermaid after seeing three women do so.”

What’s more, according to the news article:

“The Saint Paul library system has further created a page on its website that includes recommended books, movies and online resources as a ‘primer to drag culture,’ such as the movie ‘Kinky Boots,’ ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and the book ‘Does This Book Make My Butt Look Big?’”

 

“The event also features recommended homosexual and transgender themed books that the library finds suitable for children ages 0-6, such as ‘Daddy, Papa and Me,’ ‘I Am Jazz,’ ‘My Two Moms,’ and ‘Worm Loves Worm.’”

So the St. Paul Library System has gone full tilt boogie for perversion.  But I tell you, if St. Paul were still in his grave he’d certainly be turning over in it right about now, and in righteous indignation.  After all, it was he who wrote:

1Co 6:9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

 

1Co 6:10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

There’s no place for blatant sinfulness in the kingdom of God.  If you allow sin to overcome you, to the point it becomes your lifestyle, then this is going to be your last shot at life.  And you have God’s Word on that.

God has promised His faithful servants a peaceful and stable eternity in which disruptive sinfulness simply will not be tolerated.  And that’s what we’re going to get.  The unrepentant perverts will be burned in the lake of fire.  Period.  No way around it.

They Want the Children

But there you have it, beloved.  It’s the world we live in, in a nutshell.  Wickedness and prideful sin being played out right before your eyes, and unfortunately, before the eyes of your children, as well.

And that’s the goal.  The children.

The powers-that-be have concluded they have to take their battle to transform the world into a pervert’s paradise to the children, propagandizing them into homosexuality and transgenderism from cradle-to-grave so that it seems “normal” to the next generation.

They’re overthrowing 4,000 years worth of societal norms and morals in order to institute what the occultists call Satan’s “magnum opus,” or “great work” of transforming the world into Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.

And how does this transformation take place?

It takes place through institutionalized confusion, which is being accomplished by targeting innocent children and forcing them to look at societal norms and moral absolutes as being out-of-date and unnecessary for the proper function of society.

In other words, they’re sowing the seeds of hell in the minds of our children.

Knowing Good and Evil

In two different Bible studies I discuss and dissect this global transformation which you now see unfolding before your very eyes.  In those studies I show you how it’s being accomplished and explain what the end goal is.

Those two Bible studies are:

As I mentioned in a previous post, my wife and I were watching a TV show called “Genius” recently.  The show is somewhat of a docudrama, re-hashing the lives of famous people who were said to be geniuses.

In a recent episode in which the famous painter Pablo Picasso was featured, one of Picasso’s friends turns to him and says, “Never forget your end goal, Picasso.  Your end goal is the overthrow of the moral order.

That’s what you’re seeing today, beloved, i.e., the overthrow of the moral order on a global scale.

But there’s a reason for it.  And there’s a method to all of the madness.  And as a watchman of God you need to know what that reason is, and how it’s being carried out.

To that end, you might want to read the above two Bible studies back-to-back.  They will pretty much blow your mind, I promise.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Twitter Comments Against “Gay Pride” Cost Business Executive His Job

According to this news article, a former executive for CrossFit, Russel Berger, was fired from his long-time job simply because, on his Twitter page, he stated that he believed celebrating gay pride, or any form of pride, is a sin.

Militant homosexual organizations then “Twitter mobbed” him, harassed his place of business, his family and more, until he was fired from his job.

The Sting of the Scorpion

I’ve stated it many times before, but it bears repeating:

We may not yet be in the fifth trump, when the sting of the scorpion of Revelation 9:10 takes place, which turns men’s backbones into mush to the point they become too fearful of the consequences to speak out in truth on behalf of God’s Word.  But you’re nevertheless witnessing what that “sting” looks like and how it works.

Indeed, you can consider what you’re witnessing today to be a strategic preview of what to expect during that fifth trumpet.

After all, for several years now since the so-called “gay pride” movement really took off, you’ve seen entire Christian businesses destroyed by harassment and persecution from homosexuals…you’ve seen Christians who speak their views (such as Mr. Berger, above) being publicly vilified and fired from their jobs…and in general, you’ve seen Christians being made to believe it’s safer to keep your mouth shut about your Christian beliefs than it is to express those beliefs.

Of course, that’s exactly what the wicked ones want.

They want to put all Christians into the position in which we have to choose between carrying forth the Word of God as we’re obligated to do, or keeping our mouths shut in order to avoid harassment and persecution from the wicked.

Far Worse, Coming

Naturally, when Satan arrives to this earth that scorpion “sting” is going to be far worse than what we’re seeing now.

But the tactic of the wicked at this point is to get us used to the idea that we need to keep our mouths shut about what God’s Word says about the sin of homosexuality and other forms of perversion.

In other words, the wicked ones are trying to soften us up for that time at which they hope, under pressure, we’ll either deny God’s Word altogether and join arm-in-arm with them in pride for their wickedness, or at least be too fearful to take a firm and faithful stand on behalf of what His Word says about such wickedness.

You really need to think about that, my Christian friend. Because it’s not going to be too much longer before any kind of public discourse regarding the sin of homosexuality is going to be met with such institutionalized vitriol against you…your workplace…your family…and more…that it’s going to take nerves of steel and the faith of Job to effectively deal with it.

Time to Get Your Mind Right

The time to get your mind right on this issue is NOW. You’ve got to decide whether or not you have what it takes to make a firm stand on behalf of the Word of God, with all of the risks and consequences involved.

In Jeremiah chapter 12, before the arrival to Jerusalem of the Babylonian army, when the prophet Jeremiah complained to God that things were getting pretty tough on the ground for him, and the wicked seemed to pay no mind to his words of warning, but instead continued to prosper in their wickedness, God replied:

Jer 12:5  If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?

In other words, God told Jeremiah that if the prelude to the arrival of the king of Babylon and his troops was too much for Jeremiah, how was he going to handle things when the Babylonian horsemen and troops actually came galloping onto the scene in full-scale warfare?

Put another way, if you can’t handle the stress leading up to the battle between God’s faithful servants and the Devil, how are you going to be able to handle the battle against Satan himself once it actually becomes full-blown?

Likewise, our heavenly Father could say to us today that if we can’t stand firmly and faithfully for His Word now, when things aren’t nearly as bad as they’re going to be when Satan gets here, then how can He trust us to handle things for Him then, when the flood of deception is pouring out of Satan’s mouth and that great “time of Jacob’s trouble” is crashing against us from all directions.

Earnestly Contend for the Faith

As it’s written in Jude 1:3, even now we’re supposed to “earnestly contend for the faith”:

Jud 1:3  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

We’re talking about faith in the Word of God, beloved, which by extension means faith in Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God.

In that verse, when you carry the phrase “earnestly contend” back to its prime, you’ll find that it means to struggle for one’s crown as a competitor in a sporting contest.

In other words, just as prize fighters in a boxing match keep swinging to the final bell no matter how battered and bloody they might be, so we as Christians are to stand firm and fight for the truth of God’s Word, no matter what the consequences.

We do so with prudence, of course.  And with due discretion.  We’re not to make zealots of ourselves, or become fanatics.  We’re to carry forth His Word with love.

But we’re not to let any who contend against His Word make us stop.  We keep up the struggle to get the Word out, to sinners and saints alike, even when the pressure is on against us.  I’d dare say, especially when the pressure is on against us.

Indeed, the Word says we’re to shout from the rooftops what He teaches us, and to do so without fear or favor to anyone. As it’s further written:

Mat 10:26  Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

 

Mat 10:27  What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

 

Mat 10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

We’re not to fear the naysayers, the prideful sinners and the Christ-haters, even under threat of death.  Quite the contrary:  The wicked need to fear God Himself, for He can indeed “destroy both soul and body in hell” if they fail to repent of their prideful wickedness.

So our job is to let the wicked ones know exactly what the Scripture says.  Not in anger or in self-righteousness, for we’re all sinners and we all fall short of the glory of God.

Instead, we teach the truth, with love, hoping to help bring the sinners to the grace of God through repentance, rather than drive them farther away.

Two-Edged Sword

Yes, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a two-edged sword:  It’s about grace and subsequent blessings for the repentant who become faithful believers.  But it’s also about cursings for the wicked who adamantly refuse that grace and those blessings of faith.

When you present the Gospel message to non-believers, you have to present all of the Gospel:  first and foremost the grace for the repentant and the blessings for the faithful,  but also the cursings for the wicked.

And we must do so firmly, with love.  We’re trying to help save the misguided and wayward sheep, not fry them.  But they need to know the full story, including the consequences of their actions should they choose to continue in their prideful wickedness.

To conclude, let’s turn back to the great book of Jude for just a moment:

Jud 1:17  But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

 

Jud 1:18  How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

 

Jud 1:19  These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

 

Jud 1:20  But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

 

Jud 1:21  Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

 

Jud 1:22  And of some have compassion, making a difference:

 

Jud 1:23  And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

And that’s the bottom line, beloved.  God is looking for faithful fruit-bearers who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty when the going gets a bit rough.

Get the Job Done

He wants to see Christians who know how to get the job done, carrying forth His Word to a wicked and thoroughly oppositional world, letting them know their options:

Grace and blessings through Jesus Christ for the repentant and the subsequently faithful, or the cursings of God Almighty upon the intransigent for their unrepentant and prideful wickedness.

There’s no middle ground in that.  It’s one way or the other.

Some have recently made a mockery of God’s grace by bringing the prideful homosexuals right into the house of God, and even making priests of them and allowing them to influence church doctrine to the detriment of the church.

They will reap their due rewards.  And short of repentance on their part, it won’t be pretty.  They need to know that.  And it’s our job as Christians to let them know it, just as it’s our job to let them know about the grace and blessings upon the repentant and faithful, as well.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Demonic Possession: Psychiatrists Coming Around to Believing In It

Some prominent psychiatrists are finally coming around to the understanding that “demonic possession” (i.e., possession by evil spirits) is quite real.

But in many cases, these psychiatrists end up succumbing to a belief in man-made religious rituals such as “exorcism” as the means of dealing with such a situation.

Below, we’ll take a look at why one prominent psychiatrist has come to believe that possession by evil spirits is real. Afterwards, we’ll briefly examine the unsavory man-made origin of the rituals of exorcism and why they’re completely unbiblical.

Meet Dr. Gallagher   

In a recent news article titled “Demonic Possession Is Real and Victims Seeking Exorcism Should Not Be Ignored,” a prominent mainstream psychiatrist, Dr. Richard Gallagher says he believes demonic possession is indeed very real.

Gallagher, who trained in psychiatry at both Princeton and Yale, works as a consultant (in a mental health capacity) with the Catholic church and other religions organizations, essentially as a discerner of whether or not a person is genuinely possessed by evil spirits, or might instead have serious mental problems.

His medical assessment, according to the article, helps the Catholic Church as well as other religious organizations, determine whether an exorcism is needed, or psychiatric treatment is needed, instead.

According to the news article:

“He is not the only American psychiatrist who evaluates for possession – there are many others who consult on discernment. But Dr Gallagher is one of the few who is willing to talk about it.

 

…Speaking to the Telegraph at his office in Westchester County New York, Dr Gallagher said that while possession is very rare, in his medical opinion, it is real.

 

“There are cases of spirit possession in pretty much every culture,” he said. He has evaluated cases referred to him by priests, rabbis, Christian ministers and representatives of other spiritual traditions.”

The Telegraph goes on to describe one of Dr. Gallagher’s cases, a possessed woman named Julia:

“In his multiple consultations with Julia, Dr Gallagher heard a demonic voice taking over.

 

The voice would say things from Julia’s body such as “leave her alone you ‘—-ing’ priest! You monkey priest – she’s ours!’

 

The voice would continue for about five minutes and then she would come out of the trance. Julia would then say to him: “What just went on?” 

Some “Possessed” People Are Just Mentally Ill

However, Dr. Gallagher points out that not all people who seem to be possessed actually are.  He told the Telegraph that:

Such people could be suffering from seizure disorders or other neurological disorders such as temporal lobe epilepsy.

 

People hearing the devil’s voice might be psychotic and having auditory hallucinations.

 

Others suffering from delusions that they are possessed might be bipolar, schizophrenic, or have drug-related conditions.”

Gallagher went on to say that:

“…borderline or anti-social people can have an internal battle of evil warring with a sense of decency.

 

People who are suggestible and the histrionic may have the misconception that there is a demonic presence around them and/or that they are being manipulated by other people into believing that.

 

Those with multiple personality disorders might have an evil alter ego that can be misinterpreted as demonic by ‘overly credulous or fundamentalist people.’”

Furthermore, Dr. Gallagher stated that one of the major differences between mental illness and actual demonic possession is that the possessed person will often demonstrate “true esoteric knowledge.”

He went on to explain that, for example, a possessed person might know things he or she otherwise could not possibly know, such as what someone was doing at a specific time and place when the victim of possession was thousands of miles away.

A victim of true demonic possession might also display the sudden ability to speak clearly in a foreign or obscure language they’d never known, according to Gallagher.

What’s more, according to the article, “Dr Gallagher believes that demons have been observing human beings since the beginning of time.”

‘They’re very, very smart. The intelligence level of a fallen angel, which is what I call them, is far superior to human beings. Which is why they denigrate human beings. They sometimes call us ‘monkeys’, he said.”

Not the First Prominent Psychiatrist to Agree

Dr. Gallagher may be today’s most well-known psychiatrist who agrees that demonic possession is real.  But he’s certainly not the first.

For example, noted author and psychiatrist M. Scott Peck, author of the best-selling self-help book The Road Less Travelled, discussed demonic possession and the supposed need for ritualistic exorcisms in great detail in 2005, in his book, Glimpses of the Devil:  a Psychiatrist’s Personal Accounts of Possession, Exorcism and Redemption.

The point being, some prominent psychiatrists are slowly — very slowly — coming around to the fact that while there’s certainly not an evil spirit behind every bush, there is nevertheless such a thing as possession by evil spirits.  And it’s quite distinct from mental illness.

Man’s Opinions v/s Biblical Doctrine

I found the above news article to be fascinating.

But as always, when it comes to the news, you have to beware of misinformation.  And that news article is no exception.  So let’s take a quick look at three areas of misconception and see what we can learn from them, Biblically. The areas we’ll examine next are:

  • Are demons “fallen angels”?
  • Are rituals of exorcism Biblical?
  • Are practitioners of the occult arts the only people being possessed today?

In the news article, Dr. Gallagher claims to believe that “demons” — which the Bible actually refers to as evil spirits — are in reality fallen angels.

But as Christians we have to go to the Word of God itself to obtain our understanding on important spiritual topics like this.  And when we do, we find that Dr. Gallagher is wrong on that count. 

The fallen angels are real. Very real.  But they’re not “demons,” or more accurately put, evil spirits.  The fallen angels are simply angels who reside in heaven and who serve Satan rather than God. This is why we’re told in Revelation chapter 12:

Rev 12:7  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

 

Rev 12:8  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

 

Rev 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

This event (i.e., war in heaven) clearly takes place in heaven, right?  That’s where the passage tells us the angels are.

And this particular event does not and cannot happen until the final days of this flesh earth age, when that old dragon, Satan, is cast out of heaven to come to this earth in his role as the false Christ — the antichrist — in order to work his great deception.

But when that event finally takes place, Satan will indeed be accompanied to this earth by his fallen angels, as the verses from Revelation 12 above reveal.

In other words, the fallen angels are cast out of heaven to this earth with Satan. He doesn’t come to this earth to meet up with them.  They’re with him in heaven right now…they’ll be with him in heaven when that “war in heaven” starts…and they’ll be cast out of heaven and to this earth with him at the very end of that war.

So until that “war in heaven” takes place, Satan’s fallen angels are being held in heaven, by God.  They’re not roaming this earth possessing people.

Therefore we must take great heed to distinguish between evil spirits and fallen angels.  To claim an evil spirit is a “fallen angel” is, simply put, unbiblical.  You can’t make it work and stay true to the Word of God.

Does it Really Take Rituals of Exorcism to Cast Out Demons?

The news article about Dr. Gallagher also discusses religious rituals known as “exorcisms” which are supposedly designed to expel evil spirits from possessed people.

Gallagher mentions that he only works on cases in which people who are specially trained in the rituals of exorcism are involved.  In other words, he only works with the religious muckedy-ducks who have extensive training in conducting exorcisms. These people are called “exorcists.”

But Biblically speaking, the casting out of evil spirits is not accomplished through some complex ritual, or with any particular special ritualistic training.

Instead, it’s accomplished through a firm command spoken in unwavering faith in the name of Jesus Christ (i.e., Luke 10:17-20, Mark 5:8, Mark 9:25).

In very special cases, an evil spirit can be cast out through some other simple act of faith in Christ (Acts 19:11-12).  We’ll discuss that a little bit more in just a moment when we go to Acts chapter 19 to see the New Testament’s one and only mention of exorcism by name.

We’re also told in the Scriptures, by Jesus Christ Himself, that on rare occasions “prayer and fasting” is needed to cast out an evil spirit, depending upon the type of evil spirit being cast out (Mark 9:29).  But that’s a very special situation.

Rituals of exorcism, on the other hand, are never mentioned in the Bible as a Christian methodology for casting out evil spirits.

In other words, man-made religious rituals such as “exorcisms” are not Biblical examples of casting out evil spirits.  Simply put, they’re religious traditions.  And in a moment we’ll take a look at where these religious traditions originate.

Why Is Exorcism Only Mentioned Once in the New Testament?

Indeed, the one and only time the ritual of exorcism is mentioned in the New Testament is in a passage in Acts chapter 19.

And it turns out that the “exorcists” being spoken of in that chapter were not Christians at all, but instead, “certain of the vagabond Jews” who were quite apparently failing at their jobs as exorcists of evil spirits, big-time.

You know from your previous studies that “vagabond Jews” are not members of the Biblical tribe of Judah, but instead, are largely composed of the wicked sons of Cain (Genesis 4:12; John 8:44).

That’s why, in Acts chapter 19, St. Paul takes great pains to specifically identify the exorcists as “certain of the vagabond Jews.” He wants you to know that their attempts at “exorcism” of evil spirits were not of God.

We’ll go to Acts chapter 19 and take a look at that passage describing the “exorcists” in just a moment, because there’s something very important there I want you to see.

But first, what does the word “exorcist” actually mean, as used in the one and only passage in the New Testament that discusses the subject of exorcism by name?

After all, the Word of God, rather than the traditions and rituals of mere men, should be our chief source of knowledge for all things spiritual, right?

And when it comes to something as serious as casting out an evil spirit, I think you’ll agree it’s important to get our facts from the Word of God, and not from some news article.

So here’s the definition of the word “exorcists” from Acts 19:13, as shown in the Strong’s Concordance:

G1845

 

ἐξορκιστής

exorkistēs

ex-or-kis-tace’

 

From G1844; one that binds by an oath (or spell), that is, (by implication) an “exorcist” (conjurer): – exorcist.

Clearly, ritualistic exorcism has to do with using spells and conjuring tricks that are supposedly designed to bind an evil spirit so it can be cast out.

It’s not a Biblically proscribed method of casting out evil spirits.  You won’t find any “spells” or conjuring tricks in the Bible.  No ritualistic ceremonies.  No special ritualistic or repetitive prayers.

Indeed, in the only Biblical passage that actually uses the word “exorcists,” the individuals conducting the ritual of exorcism — those “certain of the vagabond Jews” — had utterly failed in their attempts to cast out evil spirits.

They were essentially looking for a new way to accomplish the task of casting out an evil spirit.  So they settled on using the name of Jesus Christ, whom they had heard St. Paul preach.

Let’s take a look at what happened in that particular passage of Acts chapter 19, because, as you’ll see, I believe it reveals the origin of conducting ritualistic exorcisms — and that origin is not too respectable.  It’s certainly not Biblical.

Sceva and His Seven Sons:  The Exorcists

So how did the ritual of exorcism get started within Christianity, when conducting such rituals is not a Biblical topic?

Here’s the relevant verses:

Act 19:11  And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:

The term “special miracles” means they were quite unusual miracles.  They were, to put it simply, unusual and extraordinary miracles.

Act 19:12  So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

In other words, faithful Christians would take from St. Paul items of clothing such as handkerchiefs or aprons, and bring them to the sick.  The sick, in turn, would then be healed of their diseases. And if they had evil spirits, those evil spirits would depart.

Why?  Simply put, because of the faithful act done in the name of Christ Jesus.  Indeed, the above passage tells us that God Himself wrought these “special miracles” through St. Paul.

So this was not the usual way of casting out evil spirits, which is generally done by voice command, in Jesus’ name, from a faithful Christian. Instead, it was a quite unusual way that was allowed by God to draw attention to Paul’s teaching of the Gospel.  And as you’ll see in the remaining verses, it accomplished its purpose many times over.

While the miracles were quite unusual, they were nevertheless based on an act of faith in Jesus Christ that would cause the evil spirits to depart.  Not some chant, spell or other parlor trick.  No ritual was needed.  No special ceremony was performed. So it was not in any sense of the word an “exorcism.”

Act 19:13  Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.

There’s that word “exorcists,” and as I mentioned previously, it’s the only time it’s used in the Bible.

The “vagabond Jews” must have seen Paul or his disciples cast out evil spirits in Jesus’ name.  So they decided to give that a whirl, since they apparently weren’t getting anywhere with their rituals and ceremonies of exorcism.

Of course, there’s not a lot of faith in that, is there?  These vagabond Jews were not believers in Jesus Christ, by any stretch of the imagination.  They were practicing exorcisms (spells and conjuring tricks) and it just wasn’t working for them.  So they decided to try ordering the evil spirits out “by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.”

I hope you can see these were not faithful Christian men, but instead, religionists looking for a new way to gain fame for themselves as “exorcists.”

Act 19:14  And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.

The exorcists in this passage turn out to be a local chief of priests named Sceva, and his seven sons.  In other words, it was a family affair.  They were the local town “ghost busters,” if you will.  If you had an evil spirit, you called on Sceva and his seven sons.

The name Sceva, according to Strong’s Concordance, means “left handed.”  But according to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, it means “mind reader.”

Either way, the name is quite telling.  In olden days, the term “left handed” was a euphemism meaning the person was crooked or evil in some way.  Today, we still call some people “leftists,” and many of these leftists are “vagabond Jews” or are under their influence.

And of course a “mind reader” is nothing more than a charlatan who professes higher powers in order to rip people off for their hard-earned money.

I hope you can see where all of this is going.  Clearly, the priesthood in Ephesus where St. Paul was staying had been infiltrated by the “vagabond Jew” Kenites (i.e., sons of Cain), who practiced ritualistic arts such as exorcism.

In this case, one of these “vagabond Jews” had even wormed his way all of the way to the top of the heap, becoming the local “chief of the priests” in Ephesus.  And he trained up his seven sons in the rituals of exorcism.

Think about that.  Their highest mucked-duck in the local synagogue, and his seven sons, couldn’t cast out an evil spirit.  So they tried using Paul’s name in relation to (but not faith in) Jesus Christ.  Let’s see how their efforts turned out:

Act 19:15  And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?

That would be pretty unsettling, I think you’ll agree.  The evil spirit is basically saying to the chief priest and his sons, “Jesus has what it takes.  And Paul has what it takes.  But you don’t have what it takes to get rid of me, baby.”

Act 19:16  And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

The evil spirit gave the possessed man what amounts to supernatural strength.  And to put it bluntly, the possessed man beat the living snot of out Sceva and his seven exorcist sons, and sent them packing.

Act 19:17  And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.

Both the Jews and the Gentiles dwelling at Ephesus heard about this great brouhaha in which the high priest and his sons got their heads handed to them on a platter by a possessed man.

In other words, the people of Ephesus heard that while taking simple trinkets such as a handkerchief from St. Paul and giving it to a possessed person would cause the evil spirit to leave (because of Paul’s great faith in Christ, and Father’s miracle power operating through him), the local chief of priests and his seven sons couldn’t do anything to get rid of the evil spirit, but instead got their butts royally kicked by it.

Act 19:18  And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.

This dramatic event apparently resulted in many conversions to Christ, because the people could see that even so much as a trinket from St. Paul would cause evil spirits to leave, but the high priest and his sons couldn’t do the same thing, even with all of their rituals, or by using Jesus’ name, which they used in name only, but not in true faith.

Now, here’s the verse I brought you here to see:

Act 19:19  Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.

Where do you think that “chief of priests” named Sceva and his seven sons who got their butts kicked by that evil spirit learned their craft of exorcism?  I believe this verse tells you.

The immediate reaction of the people to the high priest’s failure to cast out the evil spirit was to publicly bring out their books on “curious arts” — a term meaning overwrought works, or thorough toil (see G-4021; G-4012; G-2041) — and burn them in front of everybody.

In other words, these books described the comprehensive rituals used to do such things as “cast out demons.”

But of course, those books of “curious arts” (i.e., spells, rituals, magic chants, etc.) were written by men.  They were written by conjurers and spell casters of the Kabalistic sort, i.e., those involved in Jewish ritual magic.

In other words, the incident described in these passages triggered the people to bring out their “exorcist handbooks” and publicly burn them, having seen with their own eyes their utter worthlessness, particularly in comparison to the power of faith from a faithful Christian like St. Paul.

Act 19:20  So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

Through this incident, God’s Word that Christians would be able to exercise power over evil spirits (i.e., Luke 10:17-20) was demonstrated to be true, but the “curious arts” of the vagabond Jew “exorcists” were demonstrated to be worthless.

The “exorcists” were impotent against the evil spirit.  And the multitudes of people throughout Ephesus could now see this plainly.  And the people turned away from such dark arts, and turned instead to the Gospel message.

My main point in all of this was to demonstrate to you that “exorcisms” are not in the least bit Biblical, but instead, are simply modern-day extensions of occult arts that were practiced thousands of years ago.

You won’t find anywhere in the Bible directions for conducting rituals of exorcism.  No special ceremonies.  No special prayers or imprecations.  Nothing.  Because all that’s really needed is simple faith in Christ, and the willingness to give the command to an evil spirit to leave the premises.

I’m not trying to denigrate Dr. Gallagher, who works with Catholic exorcists.  Nor am I trying to denigrate the Catholic exorcists he works with.  I’m sure they’re trying to do good works.  I’m just pointing out that rituals of exorcism — like most religious rituals — are unbiblical.

If you’d like to learn about what Christians are supposed to do when they suspect evil spirits are present, see the Bible study, Demonic Activity.

Do Evil Spirits Only Possess People Involved in the Dark Arts?

If you read further into the news article about Dr. Gallagher, you’ll see it indicates he believes people end up possessed only after they’ve become involved in Satanism or other dark arts, which is to say, occult practices.

This, too, is not completely accurate from a Biblical standpoint.

While it’s indeed a fact that becoming involved in Satanism or occult practices can put one in danger of demonic possession, there are very religious church-going people who also experience demonic possession — especially when the doctrine they’re being taught in the churches is based on man’s religious traditions rather than God’s Word.

In other words, evil spirits can be found right in the church.  And in many cases, church goers are just as susceptible to their influence, and even to being possessed by them, as are delvers into the occult arts.

This is completely Biblical.  And if you’d like to read the Biblical evidence, see my recent Bible study Demonic Activity.

That study will help you understand one of the chief causes of demonic activity in the final days of this flesh earth age, which often takes place right in the church.

You’ll also learn more about how faithful Christians are supposed to deal with the presence of an evil spirit.

The bottom line is that demonic activity — which is to say, the activity of evil spirits on this earth — is very real.  And even some mainstream psychiatrists are slowly coming around to understand this, because there’s such a profound difference between mental illness and possession by evil spirits.

But if you truly want to understand the subject, the Word of God is the place to go, not some news article in the daily press.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Bilderberg 2018: Prelude to War with Iran, Or Not?

The 66th annual formal meeting of the globalist Bilderberg group, which has been taking place in Turin, Italy in the 6th month of this year (i.e., June 7-10, 2018), is now winding down to a close.

In the video at this link, you’ll see a 27-minute analysis of the meeting’s attendees as well as the topics being discussed this year.

The “citizen journalist” analysts in the video portray the meeting as an unprecedentedly large gathering of world movers, shakers, strategist and opinion-makers, including, for the first time ever, apparently, a high-ranking representative of the Vatican who reports back to the Pope.

All told, 130 of the world’s top power-brokers and influencers have been in attendance at this year’s meeting.

The analysts in the video claim, based on the sheer volume of attendees and their positions of power and influence, that the meeting is a sure sign that war with Iran is impending, and that the world’s leaders are preparing for it.

Bolton Predicts Iran War “Before 2019”

The video makers interject into their video commentary several news clips from recent years that seem to make the case for impending war with Iran.

This includes a news clip of president Trump’s new National Security Advisor, John Bolton, claiming to Iranian dissidents at the July 1, 2017 Iran Freedom Convention that “the declared policy of the United States of America should be the overthrow of the Mullah’s regime in Tehran.”

But here’s the clincher:  Bolton followed that statement by saying: 

“That’s why, before 2019, we here [at this meeting] will celebrate in Tehran.” (Watch the video from 13:40 to 14:01.)

In other words, one year ago in 2017, our now-current National Security Advisor, John Bolton, predicted to a prominent group of Iranian dissidents that the leadership of Iran will be overthrown by 2019, and that he’d personally be there in Tehran with the Iranian dissidents to help the celebrate the overthrow of the current Iranian regime.

Have We Heard All of This Before?

I’ve got to emphasize at this point that we’ve been hearing about “war with Iran” for over a decade now, almost to the point that you probably want to tune it out because you’ve heard it so many times.  It’s become like the little boy crying “Wolf!” one time too many.

But Biblically speaking, sooner or later that long-awaited war has to happen.  The prophetic events described in Daniel chapter 8 will indeed come to pass exactly as they’re written.

And if you’ve studied your Father’s Word, you know that when that particular war finally happens, the events it triggers include the unleashing of the Biblical “four winds,” which in turn bring about the rise of the four stages of one-worldism, the deadly wound, and ultimately the arrival of the antichrist himself.

So it’s critical for Bible students, especially students of Bible prophesy, to understand those events and how they’re triggered — basically in a domino effect — by the coming war on Iran.

If you’re not thoroughly familiar with this topic, see my previous Bible study, The Four Winds and the Deadly Wound.

Finally, keep in mind that there are now less than six months left of the year 2018.  So if Bolton was not just spouting hot air in his speech to the 2017 Iran Freedom Convention, it’s quite possible that this year’s Bilderberg meeting is indeed a harbinger of soon-coming war.

But frankly, in my humble opinion, the video analysts failed to solidly connect this year’s Bilderberg meeting with preparations for such a war.  Their analysis, while extremely interesting, was perhaps more sensationalistic than realistic.

So, will the prophetic war against Iran of Daniel chapter 8 take place this year, as Mr. Bolton, Trump’s National Security Advisor, has predicted?

Well, the only way to know for sure is to keep your eyes open, and watch.  Events leading to war are always planned well in advance, so they very often can (and do) take place quickly once the go-ahead has been given.

Other Topics

It’s important to note, however, that other than Iran, the Bilderberg group meeting covered many individual, yet interrelated, topics.  Here’s their complete topic list, straight from the Bildeberg website:

  1. Populism in Europe
  2. The inequality challenge
  3. The future of work
  4. Artificial intelligence
  5. The US before midterms
  6. Free trade
  7. US world leadership
  8. Russia
  9. Quantum computing
  10. Saudi Arabia and Iran
  11. The “post-truth” world
  12. Current events

I’ll give my own translation of those 12 topics for you, directly below, so you can better understand in more detail what these 12 areas of discussion among the globalist Bildeberg movers-and-shakers were likely about:

Populism in Europe — this most certainly was about dealing with the growing challenges to the New World Order now taking place throughout the EU in which nationalist and populist political movements have gained strength (i.e., Brexit, for example, as well as Italy’s recent leap toward nationalistic populism).  If the EU splinters and fractures due to nationalist and populist elections, it will be a major setback for the forces of globalism represented by the Bilderberg group.  How to stem the growing tide toward nationalism and populism was likely the topic under discussion.  This, by the way, is more evidence that our heavenly Father is at work fulfilling His Word in Zechariah 1:20, where He says He will send “four carpenters” (i.e., craftsmen) to “fray” (i.e., make afraid) the “horns of the gentiles” (i.e., the global power structure of the nations).  If the globalist Bilderbergers weren’t afraid of today’s resurgence of western nationalism and populism, it wouldn’t be their number one topic at this 666 (i.e., 66th year, 6th month) meeting.

The inequality challenge — likely more yakking about the supposed need for socialistic re-distribution of wealth from the “have” countries to the “have not” countries so everyone will be sure to get a “fair share” when the New World Order is finally launched. In reality, this long-proposed re-distribution of wealth is simply bringing everyone down to the same level of mediocre existence, with the exception of the elite, of course, who will continue to live like kings and queens at our expense.

The future of work — I’d wager this talk was about the disruptions to the economies of various countries being caused by technology and automation; they likely discussed the challenges as business and industry move more rapidly toward robotics which will ultimately put tens of millions of people out of work worldwide as machines do more and more of the work humans would normally do.  How do you balance the need for increased production (through technology and automation) with the need for continued maximum employment?  I’m sure they had a humdinger of a talk on this one.  You can bet worldwide socialism was their pat solution.

Artificial intelligence (AI) — this discussion likely centered around the benefits and drawbacks of artificial intelligence, i.e., machines that can think.  I have little doubt the discussion included malicious use of AI v/s ethical use of AI; how political manipulation and propaganda can be controlled by AI; and finally, they most likely discussed the fact that global power and mastery will be heavily concentrated into the hands those who control AI.

The US before midterms — If the U.S. mid-term elections result in a sweeping Democrat control of the House and Senate, as is being predicted, will this further hamstringing president Donald Trump from implementing his supposed “America first” policies? Or will Republicans maintain control of Congress and allow Trump’s policies to prevail?  If so, how will the nascent New World Order be affected, and how can the globalists effectively deal with either scenario?  Those were likely the angles of conversation under this particular topic heading.

Free trade — Tariffs on imported goods have been falling for years thanks to free trade agreements.  This has made certain key goods and products from foreign nations cheaper, keeping a damper on prices which would otherwise rise much faster.  The attendees likely discussed President Trump’s recent spate of protectionist tariffs against certain Canadian, EU, Mexican and Chinese products, as well as the potential for this kind of protectionism to lead to massive trade wars between nations, i.e., how this kind of protectionism might impact globalist plans for world-wide free trade.  After the G7 meeting, which Trump attended while the Bilderberg meeting was in full swing, Trump stated he’d prefer a global economic system in which there were no tariffs whatsoever.  I agree.  No tariffs on imported good would mean cheaper prices across the board.  Everyone benefits.  Of course, it won’t be the first time I’ve agreed with Donald Trump, only to have him reverse course later.

US world leadership — this was likely a discussion of what Germany’s Angela Merkel has been bringing up repeatedly in recent months, i.e., is the U.S. still a “reliable partner” for Europe?  This seems to be Europe’s only counterpoint to Trump’s repeated calls for the EU to take more economic and military responsibility for themselves, and not to rely so much on the American military and American money.  How will it pan out?  Well, perhaps a better question would be, how has it always panned out?  America will continue to foot the bulk of the bill, particularly for Europe’s defense.

Russia — there are obviously many topics likely to be discussed under the heading of “Russia,” but I suppose at the top of the list would be Russia’s completely understandable insistence on maintaining its territorial integrity in the face of NATO’s ongoing expansion attempts into eastern Europe.  Nobody likes their adversaries crowding up to their back door.  We didn’t like it when the Soviets moved into South and Central America in the 1980’s, and they don’t like it when we do the same thing to them, now.  I’m betting another aspect of this discussion centered around Russia’s insistence on developing a multi-polar global order (i.e., political influence being distributed evenly between multiple centers of power) v/s today’s uni-polar global order which is dominated largely by the West.  The long-running argument between Russia and the West on having a multi-polar global order versus today’s uni-polar global order is actually what’s holding up the formation and launch of the New World Order.  That’s why, as soon as possible, I’ll do a new Bible study on this very topic.  It’s becoming increasingly clear that Russia’s insistence on having a multi-polar global order is the monkey wrench that’s been thrown into the gears of today’s largely uni-polar New World Order.

Quantum computing — still in its infancy, many national governments and military agencies are working to develop quantum computers, which, theoretically, would run faster and be able to solve complex problems more quickly and efficiently that today’s classical computers.  Quantum computers could especially be used to solve problems that are not feasible to solve, from a practical standpoint, with classical computers.  The bottom line here is that the nations or entities which develop and control quantum computing will have a decided advantage over other nations and entities, in terms of political, social and economic power and control.  Expect to hear a lot more about this topic in the near future.

Saudi Arabia and Iran — this one was a bit of a surprise to me; not that the members of the Bilderberg group would be talking about Saudi Arabia and Iran, but that the two nations would be lumped together under the same discussion topic.  The Saudis, like Israel, supposedly despise the Iranian regime and want it replaced.  While the common wisdom is that eventually Israel will attack and defeat Iran, likely with strategic help from the United States, I’ve always wondered whether or not Israel and the U.S. would use the Saudis as a military proxy in this upcoming war.  That would make the Saudis the “rough he goat” of Daniel chapter 8.  In recent months I’ve found it quite interesting that we continue to sell the Saudis more and more high-powered military equipment and advanced weaponry — seemingly far beyond that which they need for their own self-defense.  I’ve also found it interesting that certain Saudi leaders who were basically pro-Iran have recently been purged from their leadership positions in that kingdom.  This is just further food for thought in relation to the coming war with Iran, as discussed earlier in this commentary.  Somebody has to fulfill the role of the “rough he goat” that attacks Iran in Daniel chapter 8.  And the most likely candidates are either Israel, the U.S., or another “global coalition” such as we had in Iraq.  But it’s quite interesting that the Bilderberg group has lumped Saudi Arabia into the Iran discussion topic.  Another reason to be very watchful.  Don’t let yourself be surprised by anything.  This is part and parcel of a very complex global chess match.

The “post-truth” world — they should have re-titled this one “Regaining Control of the Narrative,” because that’s essentially what it’s most likely about.  As former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski stated a few years before his death, the internet has given the common people access to far more information than they’ve ever had, making them more “politically awake” than “at any time in world history.”  This has led to populist uprisings that threaten global governance. Of course, as a counter-measure the powers-that-be have cleverly labeled that growing base of online information “fake news.”  But the real fake news, as you know, comes from your mainstream television media.  My suspicion is that the Bilderberg group discussed how to regain control of the narrative and get the people back into line with their globalist agenda.  Perhaps this discussion topic should have been titled, “Putting a waking population back to sleep.”

Current events — well, what more can you say about this very generalized topic other than they certainly weren’t discussing Justifiable’s big Triple Crown win at the Belmont Stakes horse race.  Or were they?

Globalism is the Key

Listen, it all centers around globalism.  But we’re going to have globalism not because man wishes it, but because our heavenly Father’s Word mandates it.

All of His children will be taken into captivity to a one-world system under Satan, so they can experience the heights of Satanic deception for themselves.

And then that system will be destroyed by our heavenly Father at Christ’s Second Advent.  It’s the Lord’s great “determination” to bring all of this about (see Zephaniah 3:8, and be sure to read the Bible study “The Four Parts of God’s Plan” available free when you opt-in on the home page at the HaveYeNotRead.com website).

All the Bilderberger group and other inter-related globalist organizations are doing is trying to work out the kinks to implementing the system they think they’re in charge of bringing into being.  You can call it the start of the “birth pangs” of Matthew 24:8 (i.e., “beginning of sorrows”) if you like, because that’s exactly what it is.

So now that you know, more or less, what the powers-that-be have been discussing at the 2018 Bilderberg meeting, keep your eyes on these things.  You’ll find these specific topics will be discussed more and more frequently in the news, now, as we move forward from this point.

What About Israel?

And by the way, you’ll notice one thing was suspiciously left off the discussion table at the Bildeberg meeting:  Israel.

That’s kind of odd, isn’t it, especially considering the fact that up to the time of the meeting Israel has been in the headlines virtually every day.

But it’s not because Israel isn’t an important topic.  It’s a critically important.  But the powers-that-be obviously don’t want to forecast some of their punches in advance.

Don’t let that seeming omission take your eyes off of Israel.  As you know, Israel is the barometer of the Middle East.  And maybe throwing Saudi Arabia into the discussion along with Iran was just a feign to distract our attention from something Israel is getting ready to do.

The Bilderberg group and others like them are playing global chess, beloved.  And sometimes you have to read between the lines to grasp their strategies.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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When Israel Got Away With Attacking America

God bless the veterans of the USS Liberty, which, on this day in 1967, were attacked by “our closest ally in the Middle East” — the nation of Israel.

Israel jammed the communications on the ship so they could not call for help, then proceeded to strafe them by air for hours, hoping to sink the ship and blame it on Egypt as a means of drawing the United States military into the so-called “6-day war” against the Arab states of Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt.

Numerous eye-witness accounts from the crewmen — including books, articles, white papers and more — have been written since 1967, debunking Israel’s flimsy excuse that they thought the USS Liberty was an “Egyptian trawler.”

Indeed, the crewmen said the Israeli warplanes flew so close to the ship, multiple times before attacking, that they could wave at the Israeli pilots and virtually read the insignia on their uniforms. So that there was no way the Israelis could have mistaken the American flag on that ship for an Egyptian flag, nor was there any way they could have mistaken the U.S. sailors for Egyptian sailors, or the ship itself — which was clearly marked — for an Egyptian “trawler.”

Liberty survivors even submitted a war crimes report to the Department of Defense, which has never acknowledged the report to this day, and has adamantly refused to investigate the incident for the past 51 years, in spite of the overwhelming evidence against Israel for this horrific war crime.

Congress, likewise, has never investigated even though USS Liberty survivors have called for a Congressional investigations many times.

Of a crew of 294 officers and men (including three civilians), the ship suffered 34 men killed in action and 173 wounded in action.

Many of those U.S. sailors killed were in life rafts they’d jumped into when they thought the ship was going to sink — the Israelis repeatedly strafed the life rafts killing every escaping sailor in hopes of getting away with the crime by leaving no witnesses.

Eyewitnesses on the USS Liberty have written many books about the incident, but the mainstream media refuses to this day to tell their side of the story, repeating only that it was a case of “mistaken identity.”

Yet many know the truth. For example:

Senator Bourke B. Hickenlooper (R-IA), has stated:

“From what I have read I can’t tolerate for one minute that this attack was an accident.”

Dean Rusk, U.S. Secretary of State at the time of the incident:

“I was never satisfied with the Israeli explanation. Their sustained attack to disable and sink Liberty precluded an assault by accident or some trigger-happy local commander. Through diplomatic channels we refused to accept their explanations. I didn’t believe them then, and I don’t believe them to this day. The attack was outrageous.”

Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Ronald Reagan, offers another possible motive:

“I have never believed that the attack on the USS Liberty was a case of mistaken identity. That is ridiculous. I have flown over the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, thousands of hours, searching for ships and identifying all types of ships at sea. The Liberty was the ugliest, strangest looking ship in the U.S. Navy. As a communications intelligence ship, it was sprouting every kind of antenna. It looked like a lobster with all those projections moving every which way. Israel knew perfectly well that the ship was American. After all, the Liberty’s American flag and markings were in full view in perfect visibility for the Israeli aircraft that overflew the ship eight times over a period of nearly eight hours prior to the attack.

 

“I am confident that Israel knew the Liberty could intercept radio messages from all parties and potential parties to the ongoing war, then in its fourth day, and that Israel was preparing to seize the Golan Heights from Syria despite President Johnson’s known opposition to such a move. I think they realized that if we learned in advance of their plan, there would be a tremendous amount of negotiating between Tel Aviv and Washington. And I believe Moshe Dayan concluded that he could prevent Washington from becoming aware of what Israel was up to by destroying the primary source of acquiring that information the USS Liberty.

 

“The result was a wanton sneak attack that left 34 American sailors dead and 171 seriously injured. What is so chilling and cold-blooded, of course, is that they could kill as many Americans as they did in confidence that Washington would cooperate in quelling any public outcry.”

That’s your wonderful United States government, folks. Remember when Trump promised if he was elected he’d immediately release the secret 28 pages of the so-called “9-11 Report,” and we’d learn through that who really attacked our nation on September 11, 2001?

Well, it never happened, any more than our brave leaders (sarcasm) would tell the truth about Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty.

Read into that whatever you will. I know who did both. And I despise them for it. “God’s chosen people”? Gimmee a break. Christians are God’s chosen people, not Christ-haters.  Learn more by reading the Bible study, People of the Curse.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Brave Teacher Refuses to Call School Kids by their “Transgender Names”; Now Fighting For His Job

According to a USA Today news article, a teacher named John Kluge is being forced by his school district to resign because he refuses to “call transgender students by their preferred names…reflecting the gender with which they identify.”

In other words, if little Timmy Jones claims he identifies as a girl and wants to be referred to as “Shirley Titwillow,” the teachers have to go along with the nonsense, or face the loss of their jobs.

Kluge claims it goes against his religious beliefs to do anything to promote transgenderism or other forms of gender confusion, and that forcing him to use language that goes against his beliefs is a violation of his First Amendment rights to free speech.

“I’m fine to teach students with other beliefs,” Kluge states, “but the fact that teachers are being compelled to speak a certain way is the scary thing.”

Not Unusual

Please don’t think forcing school teachers to kow-tow to transgenderism is an unusual event.  It’s not.  It’s now happening in schools all over the country, and all over the world.

Indeed, a good Bible student recently wrote me to say the same thing was happening in the school attended by her children. Everyone is being forced to call children by whatever name and gender the children claim to “identify with” rather than their actual name and gender. She wrote to say:

“From personal experience, the schools have allowed my kids to have full control of what happens. In their endeavor to make school a safe haven from bullies, they have also made it safe for kids to declare their sexual preferences and orientations.

 

I had to attend a meeting at the school last week where they explained to me their need to follow the human rights commission and allow my 13 yr old child to dictate what her transgender name is, and to refer to her with male pronouns.

 

I tried to explain what her legal name is, and that is the name I want them to use when they communicate with me or my child, but I sure didn’t get anywhere. They are more concerned about my child’s so-called rights.

 

This world is so upside down, because people are letting the devil have the control we ourselves have through the blood of Jesus. We need to take it back by Faith.”

Well, I couldn’t agree more.  Christians are the only people in this country — and this world — suited to putting a stop to this. At the very least, Christians can simply refuse to go along with it altogether.

And if Christians would just study a little bit to see WHY this “transgender” nonsense is being foisted upon their children so vehemently in schools, they’d be stunned to learn that it’s been part of Satan’s plan all along.

Satan’s “Great Work”

Indeed, Satan’s goal — referred to for centuries by occultists and Kabbalists as his “magnum opus” or “great work” — is to use transgenderism to increase confusion to such a degree that the entire world is transformed under his rule, and God’s children from the very youngest to the oldest are so debauched and soiled by the resulting sinfulness that God has no choice but to condemn them.

All I can say is thank God for the Millennium teaching period, in which God’s children will finally have a chance to hear the truth taught correctly…repent of their sins…and overcome the confusion that’s been foisted upon them as this final generation comes to a close.

Meanwhile, however, YOU can learn more about Satan’s use of transgenderism to further his goal of instituting worldwide Babylonianism.

For example, why do you think Satan’s system is called “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth” in the great book of Revelation? It’s because Satan’s system is designed to force God’s children to embrace the abominations of the earth, through institutionalized confusion.

And that’s exactly what you’re seeing take place today:  The powers-that-be are actually passing regulations and laws to make it mandatory for teachers (and ultimately, parents) to go along with transgenderism.

And they’re starting in the schools by foisting on them the policies of the UN’s “International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education,” which is a global mandate for indoctrinating children in pro-abortion, pro-homosexuality, pro-transgenderism, and pro-fornication propaganda starting in kindergarten.”

Learn more in the in-depth study “Lucifer, the Divine Androgyne: Ancient God of the Modern Transgender Movement.”

You’ll discover how and why this abomination is being foisted upon our society –worldwide — with such astonishing speed and impact in the final days of this flesh earth age.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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What Went Wrong With Western Christianity?

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me!It’s my belief that one of the main reasons Western Europe is being overrun by an alien culture and religion known as Islam, at the direction of the false Jews, is that Christians no longer take seriously Christ’s command to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

According to new research conducted throughout 15 different Western European countries, most people who call themselves “Christians” on that continent no longer bother to practice their profession of faith.

Those 15 countries are the very countries that used to be referred to as the “western Christian nations,” beloved.  And in times past, they boldly carried out what was known as The Great Commission, which is to say, the taking of the Gospel message to the world.

But they’ve now been conquered by the false religions of science, humanism, atheism, agnosticism, Islam, Judaism and other religions.   And that’s because they gradually gave up on being Christian conquerors themselves.  They fell to the politically correct notion that preaching the Gospel is not only no longer necessary, but is an embarrassment.

And of course, if you’re embarrassed over Christ and His Gospel, then Luke 9:26 automatically kicks in, “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.”

Conquest Theology Ignored

Even among Christians in Western Europe who do profess a belief in God’s Word and say they try to practice it, it’s abundantly evident they don’t understand the simple fact that Gospel message is part of the spiritual conquest theology of Jesus Christ, with the point of that conquest theology being to boldly and decisively take the Gospel message to the world and use it to convert them.

In other words, Christians are not supposed to be passive nor dispassionate in their evangelism, but instead, are supposed to be “more than conquerors” through Jesus Christ by unceasingly bringing the Gospel message to the rest of the world.

Christ’s final command to His disciples was to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” That command is part and parcel of His second major Gospel command to His disciples, “Take up your cross and follow Me.”

In other words, just as He boldly and decisively took the Gospel message all of the way to the cross, in like manner Christians must carry forth the Gospel message with the same vigor, determination and intensity, and with the same end-goal in mind:  spiritual conquest.

But instead of being conquerors carrying forth the cross of Christ to the rest of the world with unstoppable courage and determination, Christians throughout Western Europe, and now throughout Canada and America as well, have become little more than pew potatoes.

To them, fulfilling the “Great Commission” revolves around going to church on Sunday, and rushing home afterwards to catch the big game on TV.

What’s more, as the western Europeans have demonstrated, sitting in a pew every Sunday for decades at a time inevitably becomes boring.  So there are many Christians today who don’t bother to attend church at all, or if they do, it’s mainly as a social function and not an opportunity to learn how to spiritually conquer the world through Christ by carrying forth His Gospel message.

In other words, in terms of the carrying forth of the Gospel message — i.e., fulfilling The Great Commission — Christians have thrown up the white flag of defeat, completely forgetting that Christ also stated, “And whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:38).

So what’s the point, under such circumstances, of calling oneself “Christian”?  Frankly, there’s no point.  No point at all.

Christian KnightTaking and Holding Ground

That’s one of the reasons I wrote the Bible study Taking and Holding Ground: a Gospel Message, which explains in simple terms what the conquest theology of the Bible is, and how to implement it.

But why should you, as a faithful practicing Christian, learn about the conquest theology of the Bible and how to implement it?

Simple.  It’s because every other major religion has a conquest theology of its own.

And if you’re not practicing the conquest theology of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, then you’re fair game for theirs, because the other major religions are relentless about conquering Christianity and turning it into a vassal religion.

I’ve said it over and over and over again:  In this flesh earth age we now live in, we’re operating behind enemy lines.  And we have a job to do here.  That job is to take the Gospel message seriously enough to boldly carry it forth to others.

What’s more, our God is a “You asked for it, you got it” kind of guy.  If you don’t want to practice your own religion by carrying forth the Gospel message to the unbelievers, He’ll give you someone else’s religion to practice.

It might be the religion of “science,” or the religion of humanism, or some altogether foreign religion.  But conquered you will be, for the simple reason you gave up being a conqueror.  You turned your back on His command to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” and to “Take up your cross and follow Me.”

By that I mean, when He sees you’re no longer carrying out the Gospel mission — the Great Commission — but have become a mere pew potato, or worse, He’ll allow the enemy to conquer you.

This, just as He allowed the Assyrian enemy to conquer and carry away the bulk of the 10 tribes who were no longer the “light to the world” they had been ordained to be…followed by allowing the Babylonian enemy to conquer and carry away the tribe of Judah for the same reason…and the Roman army to conquer and eventually scatter the remnant of Judah and Israel for the same reason.

Covert and Overt Conquerors

Today, our two main enemies practicing their own form of conquest theology are a covert one, and an overt one.

The covert enemy is composed of the false Jews of Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 and their supporters who cleverly hide their acts of conquest through their control of the four hidden dynasties of politics, education, economics and religion.

They conquer through implementation of humanism and the institution of politically correct policies in society, which gradually negate God’s Word.

The overt enemy is composed of the radical Islamics, who, rather than working clandestinely, work openly and with raw, brute force to conquer Christianity.

There are other enemies, as well.  But those are the two main ones, both of which operate under the direction of Satan himself.

Unfortunately, what’s happened in Western Europe in the final generation of this flesh earth age is, today, gradually, but inexorably, happening throughout Canada and America as well.

Christianity is indeed being conquered through the means I’ve described above.  Indeed, in many ways Christianity is being slowly ground under the heels of its enemies.

Sadly, most Christians today don’t even realize that Christ has enemies.  And that’s because the vast majority of Christians neither understand the conquest theology inherent in the Gospel, not its purpose, nor choose to learn it and practice it.

They no longer realize this is spiritual warfare.  And they no longer take up their cross.  And thus they are no longer of any value to the Father and His Christ.

They simply don’t realize we’re engaged in a long-term spiritual warfare, and we’re expected to man the front lines and “fight the good fight of faith” the entire time we’re here on this earth, having “professed a good profession before many witnesses” (I Timothy 6:12).

Presenting the Terms of Conquest

So what about you?

If you haven’t done so already, consider reading the Bible study, Taking and Holding Ground: a Gospel Message.  You might be surprised at what you learn about the Gospel mandate and the true meaning of The Great Commission.

After all, Christ has already accomplished the conquest.  All we as faithful Christians must do is present the terms of that conquest to the world.  The Gospel message is Christ’s terms of conquest, beloved.  But you have to know and understand those terms of conquest in order to effectively present them to the world.

And you have to present that message boldly, decisively and without fear or favor to anyone.  And if you think “Jesus saves” is all there is to the terms of the Gospel message, you’re sadly mistaken.  You’ve been in the pew way too long, when you should have been in your Father’s Word, instead.

“Jesus saves” is a beautiful message.  But He saves through spiritual conquest, and if you’re not familiar with that spiritual conquest, you simply don’t know the true meaning of the Gospel.

So are you up to the task of learning the New Testament message of spiritual conquest through the carrying out of the Great Commission?  I’ll ask you the same question I ask of the western Europeans:  If not, why even bother to call yourself “Christian”?

Western Europe is now commonly referred to as “post-Christian Europe.”  Soon, America and Canada will be referred to as “post-Christian” as well.

And that’s because, in large part, we so-called “New World” Christians are gradually becoming as jaded and lazy and unbelieving as the Christians of Western Europe have become.

We’re helplessly succumbing to the conquest of outside forces, rather than holding the Gospel message up high and conquering those same outside forces with it.

We’ve forgotten our first love (Revelation 2:4), which is the Gospel message.  And we no longer understand that the Gospel is a message of unrelenting spiritual conquest.

It’s a kind-hearted conquest, yes.  And the terms are very, very generous.

But it’s conquest nonetheless.  And Christians need to learn the terms of that conquest so they can present those terms with the same boldness as the disciples of Christ who quite literally put their lives on the line over it.

Either learn to be a conqueror, or be conquered, beloved.  The choice is up to you.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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The Trump-Cyrus “Temple Coin”

You’ve probably seen news articles about the new coin being minted in Israel featuring president Trump’s image superimposed over the image of King Cyrus of Persia.

And you’ve likely seen the enthusiastic, and I dare say raving comments from Christians about what a significant event the minting of this coin is.

According to an article in the Daily Mail, the makers of the coin “liken Trump to the savior from the Bible.” This, of course, is not in reference to Jesus Christ, but instead, in reference to King Cyrus, who, some 2,500 years ago conquered the Babylonian empire and allowed a small contingent of Israelites who were largely of the tribe of Judah to return to Jerusalem from their exile in Babylon to rebuild the Holy Temple.

The coin was said to have been minted to honor president Trump for his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Middle East nation of Israel.

Of course, some rabbis have been calling on Trump — who is a building constructor by trade — to come to Jerusalem and supervise the rebuilding of the so-called “Third Temple” himself, claiming that he’s “destined” to do so “before the coming of Messiah.”

Fundraising Gimmick

We’ll come back to that mistaken notion in just a moment. But first, let’s look at this “Trump-Cyrus” coin for what it actually is.

It’s important to note that the coin was not sanctioned or minted by the government of Israel.  It’s therefore not a “legal tender” coin.  Instead, it was minted by a small, private Israeli “non-profit educational and religious organization” called the Mikdash Educational Center.  In other words, it’s a medallion, and not an actual “coin.”

Only 1,000 of the “coins” were actually minted by this organization, according to most news sources.  They’re approximately two inches in diameter, and are made of pewter (i.e., cheap tin mixed with a few other inexpensive metals), with some of the “coins” being silver-plated and some being gold-plated, according to news reports.

The “coins,” which cost only a few dollars apiece to mint, are being sold, largely to U.S. Christians, for $50 to $70 per coin.

In short, the so-called Trump-Cyrus “Temple coin” (i.e., medallion) is simply the centerpiece of a fundraising gimmick.  It was minted by a small, private Israeli company that “holds educational activities in the U.S.” regarding the building of the so-called “Third Temple” in Jerusalem, and which has apparently learned how easy it is to use cheap trinkets to shake down Biblically illiterate Christians for their hard-earned money.

Dubbed the “Temple Coin”

While news sources have dubbed the coin the “Trump-Cyrus” coin, the Mikdash Education Center has dubbed the coin “The Temple Coin.”

And they’ve placed an image of the so-called “Third Temple” on the back of the coin, because, according to an article in the Times of Israel, “…Trump, like Cyrus, made a ‘big declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of the holy people.’”

In reality, Cyrus simply released a very small group of Israelites under Ezra and Nehemiah to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the true temple of God.

When he did so, he was acting in accord with the prompting of the Holy Spirit of God (Ezra 1:2), and in direct relation to the Holy Scriptures in which God told the children of Israel, through the prophet Jeremiah, that they’d be going into captivity for 70 years, and afterwards would be allowed to return to Jerusalem (Jeremiah 29:10; Daniel 9:2).

King Cyrus the Persian did not free the Israelites from Babylon to move a governmental embassy to Jerusalem.  So comparisons between Cyrus and Trump are essentially ludicrous.  Yet I continue to hear these comparisons being made, even among supposedly learned Christians.

Cyrus ruthlessly and with great vigor conquered the entire empire of Babylon, and afterwards released that small contingent of Israelites to return to Jerusalem.

Trump, on the other hand, has done nothing to conquer the growing worldwide Babylon of today, breaking all of his promises to “dismantle NATO”…get America “out of the New World Order”… “drain the swamp”…and “rebuild America’s infrastructure.”

Instead, he’s re-affirmed and strengthened NATO…double-mindedly proclaimed himself “both a nationalist and a globalist” while leaving the bulk of the nation’s globalist treaties in place…eliminated all “America first” members from his cabinet and replaced them with globalist antichrist Jewsfilled “the swamp” with even more vile swamp critters than ever…and has not lifted a finger to rebuild America’s infrastructure.

So again, Biblical comparisons between Trump and Cyrus are based largely on gross misapplications of the Scriptures, to say the least.  If anything, Trump is the anti-Cyrus (i.e., the instead-of-Cyrus) of these end days, not a type of the Biblical Cyrus.

Again, in Old Testament times, after 70 years of Babylonian captivity, Cyrus conquered Babylon and was charged by God to release a small contingent of God’s People true Israel to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the true temple.

Today, however, on the 70th anniversary of false Israel’s planting in the Middle East land of Israel in 1948, president Trump merely moved an embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  Anyone who can’t see the profound differences between those two feats shouldn’t be calling themselves “elect” and claiming to have “eyes to see and ears to hear.”

What’s more, most of the misapplications of Scripture being bandied about online — such as the Trump/Cyrus comparison — are being fed to Biblically illiterate Christians by the Christ-hating rabbis of false Israel, who want Trump to throw the weight of his prestigious office behind the building of a so-called “Third Temple” in Jerusalem, now that he’s moved the American embassy there.

In other words, they want Trump to do the work of the antichrist by building a temple designed to replace Christianity with a false religion and a false messiah.

That Cyrus most certainly did not do.

Cyrus did the work of God Almighty by conquering Babylon and freeing that small contingent of Israelites to return to Jerusalem to rebuild God’s holy temple — a job which,  as we’ll see momentarily, Christians can continue today simply by teaching the Gospel message, as we’re ordered to do by Jesus Christ Himself (Mark 16:15).

We’ll discuss that critical fact in more depth, in just a minute, as it seems today some Christians don’t understand the difference between the true “Third Temple” of God, and the false, nor how Christians are to help build the true “Third Temple.”

But first, it’s important to understand that the Mikdash organization claims they intend to use the money paid to them for these silly coins in order to “help spread the light of Jerusalem and the spirit of the Holy Temple throughout the world.”

That’s the spirit of the antichrist they’re spreading, beloved.  Not the spirit of Jesus Christ.

In other words, this Mikdash Education Center is using the funds made from the Trump-Cyrus “Temple” coins to promote the building of the so-called Third Temple in Jerusalem.  And Christians who are buying these coins, or even cheering in their hearts over the appearance of these coins, are in essence supporting the work of the antichrist himself, who will seat himself in that very temple.  As it’s written:

2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [i.e.,, Christ’s Second Advent] shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

 

2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

The so-called Third Temple in Jerusalem will indeed be called “the temple of God.”  But in reality, it’s the habitation of the antichrist himself, i.e., Satan in his role as the false messiah, seeking to replace Jesus Christ and His many-membered body with a lie.  And Christians who fall for it will, quite unwittingly, become the spiritual “bricks” in that false temple.

Nevertheless, the Mikdash Education Center cleverly claims:

“’President Trump is starting a prophetic process by moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem,’ Mikdash representative Rabbi Mordechai Persoff told KOBI.

 

“’Just like King Cyrus 2,500 years ago said, “he charged me to build a house in Jerusalem”, here again, President Trump is building a house in Jerusalem.’”

Uh, yeah.  “A prophetic process.”  Please remind me again exactly where that’s written in the Bible.  Of course, you can’t, because it’s not.

You’ll never find God living in that “house.”  A governmental embassy in Jerusalem is not the Temple of God, by any stretch of the imagination — especially one that’s in cahoots with those who hate, loathe and despise the Son of God, Jesus Christ, and teach through their own so-called “Holy books” that his mother, Mary, was a whore and that He’s boiling in hot excrement in hell, eternally.

It’s Kenite chicanery, pure and simple, to conflate the moving of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem with the work of Cyrus in conquering the entire empire of Babylon and freeing a small contingent of God’s people to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple of God.

And Christians are not only falling for this false doctrine, but carrying the water of the synagogue Jews of Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 for them by embracing, promoting and cheering it on.

The True “Third Temple” v/s the False “Third Temple”

Let’s take this lesson just a little bit further:

The word “Mikdash,” — as used in the name of the organization that minted the coins, i.e., Mikdash Education Center — is a combination of two Hebrew words, makom and kodesh.   The Hebrew word makom essentially means “place.”   And kodesh means “holy.”

So the word “Mikdash” simply means the holy place, which of course is in reference to the Temple of God, the dwelling place of God.

In other words, the Mikdash Education Center seeks to educate people worldwide about the supposed necessity of building a “Third Temple” or “holy place” in Jerusalem, which they claim is necessary for the arrival of the “Messiah.”  Their website explains this clearly and explicitly.

Of course, the true Messiah of God, Jesus Christ, already has a temple.  He needs not have one built for Him in Jerusalem out of brick-and-mortar.

In other words, the true dwelling place of God is not and never again will be a physical building located in the physical city of Jerusalem, but instead, is the worldwide many-membered Body of Christ.  He indwells within faithful Christians through the Holy Spirit.

The true “temple of God,” therefore, is a living temple, not the brick-and-mortar building the members of the Judaic religion are looking forward to constructing in Jerusalem for their false messiah, who is the devil himself.

As Christians, we make up the true temple of God, of which we are the temple body and Christ is the temple head after the order of Melchizedek (Psalm 110:4).  As St. Peter put it:

1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

 

1Pe 2:6  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

That “chief corner stone” of the true temple of God was laid in Zion some 2,000 years ago, beloved, when Christ gave His life on that cross on the hill known as Golgotha.  It’s the spiritual cornerstone (named Jesus Christ) to a spiritual temple known as the Body of Christ.  Get it?

Ever since Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, the building of the true temple — the faithful many-membered body of Christ — has been in process, and has spread worldwide as the Scriptures prophesied (Genesis 28:14).  As it’s further written:

1Pe 2:7  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner

 

1Pe 2:8  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

 

1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

It’s all about Jesus Christ, beloved, and building the body of Christ by preaching the Gospel of Christ.  We’re not talking about some physical temple in the Middle East land of Israel, but instead, a living body of faithful believers, worldwide.  As St. Paul so aptly put it:

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 

 

1Co 3:17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

 

1Co 3:18  Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

 

1Co 3:19  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

The “wisdom of this world” tells us we need to support the building of a “Third Temple” in Jerusalem.  But falling for that “wisdom” is a form of spiritual defilement.

In this flesh earth age, I believe the only “Third Temple” in Jerusalem is going to be the many-membered body of the antichrist.  And all too many Christians have joined it already, in their hearts, without even realizing it.

God’s word tells us we’re to support the building of the true temple of God — which is the family household of God under the rule of Jesus Christ.  Period.  Leave all of the hoopla over the building of physical temples in Jerusalem to the false Jews.  It’s a defilement of your very soul to support or cheer for such a thing.

So be very careful of that which you cheer about.  I see lots of cheering among Christians for the building of a physical so-called “Third Temple” in the city of Jerusalem.  Again, Christians who support the false Jews of Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 are unwittingly going to be the very “bricks” in that “Third Temple,” beloved.  Are you really cheering for that?

Oddly, I don’t see much cheering among Christians any longer for the spread of the Gospel message.  Not much at all.  Isn’t that odd to you?

It’s as if Christians today have completely forgotten about spreading the Gospel to those who don’t have it, and have instead turned toward the moronic religious traditions of the false Jews.

It’s certainly a sad commentary on what passes for the Christian church today.  They so badly want these end days to be “over with” that they cheer a stupid, cheap tin “temple coin,” and support in their hearts (and oft-times with their wallets) the building a “Third Temple” in Jerusalem.

But they no longer want to accomplish the true work that needs to be finished in order to get this flesh age over with, which is to say, the uncompromising setting forth of the Gospel message to the rest of the world.  This flesh earth age cannot end until the Gospel message has been preached in every corner.

That’s why God will ultimately have to intervene and do it Himself when He speaks through His elect after they’re betrayed by their own kind and delivered up to the Sanhedrin councils and religious synagogues of Satan, as explained in Mark 13.

And Christians wonder why the Scriptures says Jesus will summarily reject some of them when He arrives (Matthew 7:23).  Well, they left all of the work up to Him, while they buddy-buddied around with the false Jews and cheered and supported their deceptive work.

As St. Paul put it in the great book of Ephesians, our job is to build the true temple, which is the habitation of God:

Eph 2:18  For through him [i.e., Jesus Christ] we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

 

Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

 

Eph 2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

 

Eph 2:21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

 

Eph 2:22  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

God dwells within His faithful elect, beloved.  He does not, and never again will, dwell in a physical building in earthly Jerusalem, which is the city of the desolate (Luke 13:35) as well as the city of the coming desolation (Mark 13:14).

He dwells instead in a worldwide body of people who have received the Gospel message with joy and who faithfully carry it forth on His behalf (Mark 16:15).  That’s His dwelling place forevermore.  It’s sad Christians don’t understand that simple, Bible truth.

Faithful Christians, in spreading the Gospel message of Christ, are helping build the true (and only) temple of God.  That, beloved, is the true “Third Temple” of God, i.e., the faithful many-membered body of Christ.  It’s 2,000 years old, and it’s still being built.

You’re part and parcel of that temple, if you’re faithfully sticking to God’s Word and not being carried away with “every wind of doctrine by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lay in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4:14).

And you’re also a builder of that temple, if you’re helping to bring forth the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  As it’s written:

1Co 3:10  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

 

1Co 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ

In short, when Christians get caught up in the euphoria of supporting the building of a so-called “Third Temple” in Jerusalem, so that “Jesus can come,” they’re in reality (albeit unwittingly) rejecting the Biblical truism that faithful Christians are, and always will be, the true temple of God.

They’re ignoring the building of the eternal spiritual temple — the many-membered body of Christ — and are ignorantly focused on the building of an earthly physical temple which is of the antichrist himself, and which has no redemptive power whatsoever, but can only destroy one’s soul.

“Touch not the unclean thing,” beloved (II Corinthians 6:17).  Don’t cheer for the work of the antichrist and his little antichrists in Jerusalem.

The Habitation of Peace

Jerusalem simply means the “habitation of peace.”  And it’s only those who have the Holy Spirit of the Prince of Peace dwelling and operating within them who make up that habitation of peace and its true temple.

The children of Satan love to deceive Christians into thinking that in supporting their activities in regards to the physical city of Jerusalem, they’re participating in fulfillment of Bible prophesy.

But all they’re actually doing is spiritually defiling themselves, looking to “hurry up” the end days without having to do the work of the end days, which is the spread of the Gospel of Christ to the rest of the world.

So sit back and watch what the antichrist Jews are doing, yes.  Carefully note everything they do in relation to Bible prophesy, yes.

But participate in it…cheer it on…have your spirits lifted up for seeing it…no.  For what you’re cheering for is an abomination to the Lord.  He even calls it “the abomination which maketh desolate” (Daniel 12:11; Mark 13:14).

Why Do the False Jews Want Christian Support?

I’ll say it again:

I sincerely doubt there will ever be a physical brick-and-mortar “Third Temple” in Jerusalem.  There might be.  But I doubt it.  The false Jews continue to push for one.  And they continue to push for Christian support of one.

Isn’t that amazing, considering their hatred of both Christ and Christianity?

Why would they need and want the backing and support of Christians?  Why can’t they just build their so-called “Third temple” without our support?  They’ve built entire metropolises in that country.

It’s because the building of that “Third Temple” in Jerusalem is already taking place. But it, too, is a spiritual building with global reach.  You see, it’s the many-membered body of the antichrist.  And sadly, it’s composed largely of fallen Christians, which is to say, Christians who have unwittingly thrown their support behind the false Jews and their various antichrist projects, thinking they’re helping fulfill Bible prophesy and bring this flesh age to a faster close.

And that’s nothing to cheer on, beloved.  You should be working to build up Christians in the Word of God, not unwittingly cheering their fall into the arms of the antichrist through all of this “Third Temple” nonsense.

If you want to participate in the building of the true “Third Temple,” and work to bring about the end of this flesh earth age, then beloved…teach the Gospel.  That’s the only way.  Have you forgotten?

The true temple of God has been in the process of being built ever since Jesus Christ died on that cross at Calvary.  And it’s still being built today — through the preaching and teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ which draws more and more of God’s children into His many-membered body, which is His Temple.

The true “Third temple” is called Christianity.  Again, it’s not some brick-and-mortar building in Jerusalem.  It’s a global living body of supporters of Jesus Christ.  And there will never be another.  It’s eternal.

So instead of cheering on the work of the antichrist, Christians should be embracing and cheering on the work of Jesus Christ.

Tricked Into Abandoning the Gospel Work

Unfortunately, all too many Christians in the final days of this flesh age have been tricked into abandoning that Gospel work, thinking themselves to be “wise” in taking part in, or supporting in their hearts, the work of the false Jews, which is an abomination and a desolation to one’s very soul.

Instead of buying stupid pewter coins to help fund the works of the antichrist, Christians should be doing what the Scripture says, and “buy of Me gold tried in the fire…that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear” (Revelation 3:18).

“Gold tried in the fire” means all of the impure elements (i.e., the religious, political and social traditions of man) have been removed, and only God’s eternal truth remains.

As Christians, we’re to work to remove all of the impure traditions that are being foisted upon us in place of the truth of God’s Word.  The plain, unadulterated truth, beloved, is far more valuable than gold (and far more so that cheap, silver or gold-plated “temple” coins).

Leave the building of the so-called “Third Temple” to the Christ-haters in Jerusalem, beloved. And work to keep as many Christians as possible from becoming spiritual “bricks” in that temple, by waking them up to the truth.

In short, be very careful of what you cheer for.  And as an aside, be careful of who you label a “King Cyrus.”  You might just be showing your ignorance of God’s Word.  To date, there is no Biblical correlation between Cyrus and Trump whatsoever.

It’s easy to get caught up in the euphoria of the masses and get pulled off-target. Again, don’t allow yourself to get carried away with “every wind of doctrine by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lay in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4:14).

As it’s written, we’re supposed to stay on a very narrow path, and “Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil” (Proverbs 4:27).

And as it’s further written, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (I Corinthians 10:12).

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Debauching the Bride of Christ; Transgenders Encouraged To Become Priests in Church Diversity Drive

In this news article from the British newspaper, Telegraph, it’s being reported that the Church of England is now actively recruiting transgender individuals to become vicars (i.e., clergy members, priests) as part of an ongoing “diversity drive.”

We’ll discuss more about this in regards to the debauching of the Bride of Christ in just a moment, and learn exactly why it’s taking place now, in these final days of this flesh earth age.  But first, here’s what a newly issued “guidance” from Bishops in the Church of England says:

Nobody should be told that their sexual or gender identity in itself makes them an unsuitable candidate for leadership in the Church.

According to the Telegraph, this new “guidance” from Church of England Bishops adds:

“…the perception that the Church is homophobic and transphobic is harming our mission, especially to young people. 

 

We need to challenge this perception by reaching out to LGBT+ people with the good news of God’s love, modelling God’s welcome and care for all people.”

In other words, within the Church of England just about any form of perversion now goes, apparently, including homosexual and transgender priests.

And why?  Because, the church Bishops say, failure to include the LGBT crowd “harms their mission” to young people.

But God’s Word says quite the opposite.  Such sexual appetites are referred to in the Scriptures as “vile affections” that are “against nature” and are soundly condemned.  As it’s written:

Rom 1:26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

 

Rom 1:27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

Such behavior (and the Satanic pride behind it, which they now call “gay pride”) is also soundly condemned in God’s Word as being a form of “unrighteous” behavior so egregious that, short of repentance, it eliminates ones inheritance in the eternal kingdom of God.  As it’s further written:

1Co 6:9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

 

1Co 6:10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

 

1Co 6:11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

God’s Word says if you’re involved in it, repent and come out of it because you’re never going to make it into the eternity if you don’t.  But what do the leaders within the Church of England say?  One LGBT church leader is quoted as saying:

“It’s my hope that the work being undertakenwill send a very strong signal to LGBT+ people that they’re welcomed and valued on equal terms with our brothers and sisters.  

 

“And to those who seek to treat us as a problem, to harm and dismiss us and deny our gifts and callings – that their behaviour will no longer be tolerated.”  

In other words, telling the perverts that they’re going to hell if they don’t repent and change their evil ways is no longer within the purview of the church.  We must have “big tent” religion now, which means everyone’s welcome no matter what.  It’s “all styles served here” religion.

The church leaders even whine about being identified as “homophobic,” stating “We need to challenge this perception by reaching out to LGBT+ people with the good news of God’s love, modelling God’s welcome and care for all people.”

Except for one little problem:  God doesn’t “welcome and care for all people.”  He welcomes and cares for those who are sincerely repentant of their sins and faithful to His Word.

Yes, He loves all of His children. But those who refuse to repent of their unrighteous behavior are ultimately cast out.  He seeks to save them through the Gospel message, but makes it clear that if they fail to repent and turn away from their ungodly behavior, they’re going to die in their sins.

In short, the Bible clearly teaches that such perversions are abominations to the Lord that rob the individual of His chance for eternal life in God’s family household.  You simply can’t get into God’s eternal family household if you’re perverting God’s nature.

What You’re Witnessing Today: the Debauching of the Bride of Christ

I’ve repeatedly explained that what you’re witnessing today is the culmination of Satan’s occult so-called “magnum opus,” or “great work,” in which polar opposites are purposely being blended together in order to transform the globe into a “new way” that essentially estranges God’s children from God’s eternal family household.

In this particular case, people who practice and promote “vile affections” (i.e., homosexuals and transgenders) are being blended with what’s supposed to be God’s righteous many-membered body on this earth — which is to say, Christ’s very bride, the Christian church

The goal of bringing homosexuals and transgenders into the priesthood of the modern church is to corrupt and debauch the bride of Christ to the point our Lord and Savior cannot accept her in spiritual marriage, but instead must condemn her for the egregious nature of her sins.

This is one reason why only the faithful elect remnant will be considered by Christ to be His Bride upon His return.

As I’ve taught many times, Satan’s goal is to debase God’s children to the point that they’re simply unfit to enter the kingdom of heaven.  He knows he can’t defeat or otherwise harm God.  Therefore, the only thing he has left is to put God into the position of having to destroy more and more of His children in the lake of fire.

And of course, the church is his main target.  He pretty much has everyone else in his pocket already. This is why you now see so-called “gay priests” (i.e., homosexual clergy) in just about every major Christian denomination including:

American Churches that Accept Homosexual Clergy:

  • The Catholic Church
  • The Protestant United Church of Christ
  • The Lutheran Church
  • The Presbyterian Church
  • The Episcopal Church
  • Segments of the United Methodist Church
  • The Christian Church (i.e., Disciples of Christ)

Churches Around the World that Accept Homosexual Clergy:

  • The Church of Scotland
  • The Church of England
  • The Church of Sweden
  • The Church of Norway
  • The Church of Denmark
  • The Church of Iceland
  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
  • The Evangelical Church of Germany
  • The Methodist Church of Britain
  • The Protestant Church in the Netherlands
  • The United Protestant Church in Belgium
  • The Swiss Reformed Church
  • The United Protestant Church of France
  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
  • The Anglican Church in Canada
  • The Old Catholic Church
  • The United Church of Christ in Japan
  • The Southern Province Synod of the Moravian Church (Protestant)

Trend Toward Transgender Clergy Also Growing

What’s more, according to TheChristianPost.com, transgender clergy are also becoming more accepted in the U.S.

They write:  “Transgender clergy now serve openly in several mainline and progressive Christian denominations.”

These churches included several diocese of the Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church.

The Anglican Church in Australia has also ordained transgender priests.

So the phenomenon of bringing transgender individuals right into the church clergy is not limited to the Church of England. It’s a growing trend.

Not Limited to Sexuality

What’s more, it’s important to understand that this blending of polar opposites I’ve been talking about in recent studies and commentaries — including the blending of ordained homosexual and transgender priests into the clergy of major churches — is not limited to sexuality or gender.

For example:

  • Polar opposite cultures are being blended through forced immigration.
  • Fruits and vegetables are being mixed and merged through genetic manipulation.
  • Insect and animal genes are being inserted into plant genes.
  • Polar opposite religions are being blended through the growing “interfaith” movement and the Masonic syncretism of religions that states “all religions equally lead to God.”
  • And there’s much more, if you’ve got your eyes open.

All of these blendings, mixings and mergings are against God’s Word, because they violate the principle of leaving God’s creation as He made it.

We’re supposed to be faithful caretakers of God’s creation.  As such, we’re to dress and keep (i.e., tend and preserve) God’s creation, just as Adam was commanded to dress and keep (i.e., tend and preserve) the Garden.

We’re not to change and debauch it.  We’re charged with preserving it.

The end goal of this societal blending of opposites into one big mishmash of confusion is the achievement of what the occultists refer to as the “Universal Synthesis” resulting in the establishment of what they claim to be “a perfect social order.”

In other words, this merging of opposites is designed specifically to transform society globally, and ultimately to bring about the one-world religio-political system known in the book of Revelation as Mystery, Babylon the Great, Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.

To better understand this, there are two important Bible studies you might want to read, if you haven’t already:

Those Bible studies will help you understand, through Scripture, what you’re witnessing today as this great global transformation continues to pick up steam.

Don’t let anyone tell you this is a passing phrase or a fad.  It’s not.  What you’re witnessing today is part of the final “lap around the track,” so to speak, in terms of the powers-that-be preparing this earth for Satan’s arrival.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Queen Elizabeth Names Prince Charles Next Ruler; Mamzer Marries Into Royal Line

Over the past month or so we’ve had two very interesting pieces of Royal Family news that bear a bit of scrutiny for those who understand the Key of David.

I would even venture to call the events behind these two news stories benchmarks of these end days.

First, Queen Elizabeth II finally named Prince Charles as her successor to the throne of Britain.  According to this news article:

“It’s almost impossible to believe that in her 91 years of living Queen Elizabeth II has never actually endorsed a successor.

 

Today, though, that changed when the U.K. royal family matriarch gave her support to her oldest child, Prince Charles.

 

Ahead of her 92nd birthday, Queen Elizabeth issued a request to the Commonwealth Heads of Government to name Charles as her successor.”

I’ll explain the significance of that in just a moment, and why I believe it to be a benchmark, or sign, of how close we’re truly growing to the end.

Secondly, as the whole world now knows, biracial American actress Meghan Markle joined the royal family, becoming the Duchess of Sussex upon marrying Prince Harry, the younger son of Prince Charles and sixth in line of succession to the British throne.

According to the write up about Meghan Markle on Wikipedia:

“Describing her heritage, Markle has said, “My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African American. I’m half black and half white. 

 

… I have come to embrace this and say who I am, to share where I’m from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident, mixed-race woman.” 

So now we have a biracial individual married into the Royal family.

Let’s first take a look at the relevance of the Queen’s announcement about Prince Charles, and afterwards we’ll take a look at the latest royal wedding and its ramifications.

I think you’ll see that they represent interesting and quite radical benchmarks for the final days of this flesh earth age in which we live…

Prince Charles as “Defender of the Faiths”

Whenever a new British monarch is crowned, that person becomes Supreme Governor of the Church of England.  And as part of the coronation, the new king or queen has to swear to be the “Defender of the Faith” and upholder of the “true profession of the Gospel.”

In other words, the new monarch is sworn to uphold and defend the Christian faith and the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Not any other faith or creed.

But Prince Charles, now the official heir to the British throne thanks to Queen Elizabeth’s recent proclamation, stated publicly in 2006 that when he finally takes the throne, he intends to be “defender of faiths” (plural) rather than “defender of the faith.”

According to an article in the October 9, 2012 Washington Post:

At her coronation in 1953, Elizabeth swore to “uphold the laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel, maintain the Protestant reformed religion established by law and reserve the settlement of the Church of England.”

 

Her son and heir apparent, Prince Charles, has said he’s planning a symbolic change if and when he becomes king by taking the title “Defender of Faith” or “Defender of the Faiths” to reflect Britain’s multicultural and multifaith society.

 

That change would mean Charles would be the first monarch to not be the standard-bearer for Protestantism for the first time since Henry VIII famously broke from Rome to start his own church.

In other words, Prince Charles wants to be considered the defender of ALL religious faiths, not just the Christian faith.  He’s practicing Masonic syncretism, which essentially is the lumping of all faiths together as one — i.e., so-called “interfaith religion” — under the erroneous theory that “all religions lead to God.”

But the royal throne of Britain is a decidedly Christian throne.

After all, every person who has ever sat on that throne has been a descendant of King David (see my Bible study, The Key of David).  And our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the “son of David” (i.e., Matthew 22:15, Matthew 22:42, Mark 10:47-48, Luke 1:32; Romans 1:3).

In other words, Jesus Christ is the direct descendant of David, and thus He’s the heir of God’s promises to David, which includes an eternal earthly throne (Jeremiah 33:17) over God’s People True Israel.  As it’s written:

Jer 33:17  For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want [i.e., lack] a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;

David’s throne would be eternal.  There will always be a direct bloodline descendant of David sitting on a throne over God’s People Israel.

In reality, then, that Davidic throne over Britain belongs to Jesus Christ, Son of David and heir of God’s manifold promises to David.  And those Davidic kings and queens who have sat upon that Royal throne throughout history have done so in His stead, as members of the royal family line of David.

It’s therefore a strictly Christian throne.  It’s not a pagan throne, which is to say, a throne of any other religion, much less all religions.

In 2015, some nine years after Prince Charles first made his infamous statement about wanting to be known as “Defender of the Faiths” (plural), he only slightly reneged on his original statement.

According to this UK news source, he claimed that when he becomes King, he would indeed take on the role of ‘Defender of the Faith,’” which he nevertheless “envisages as being the protector of all faiths.”

The point being, even with Prince Charles’ very minor revision to his original claim, his being seated on the Royal throne would signal a radical (and some would say quite revolutionary) shift in the role of the British monarchy from defender of the Christian faith and its Gospel, to defender of all religious faiths and their creeds.

Could you imagine King David doing the same thing?  No.  Not if you know your Bible.

King David was true to God’s Word, and always looked forward to the Messiah of God, who of course is Jesus Christ.  David always stood firm in God’s Word, and wrote many Psalms railing against apostasy, idol worship and false religion.

As King over God’s People Israel He never considered his role to be defender of Baal, Moloch, Asherah, Chemosh, Dagon, Tammuz or any other false god or false religion of that time.   Indeed, he went to war with most of them, and conquered them.

So frankly — and I’ll admit candidly this is my own opinion — Prince Charles’ decision to be known as the “defender of the faiths” (plural) is a decidedly ungodly shift in the character, makeup and operation of the British monarchy and the Davidic throne upon which that monarch sits.

That’s particularly true if you keep in mind that Christianity is a reality (better stated, it’s the eternal reality) and that all other religions are simply man’s empty pagan attempts at forging their own pathway without Jesus Christ.

The throne of David is not the protectorate of all religions.  It’s the symbol of the Christian religion and the truthfulness of God’s Word to His People True Israel.  It’s the earthly type of the very throne Christ Jesus sits on in heaven.

What’s more, the throne of David is the Key of David.  Let no man tell you otherwise.  Indeed, your understanding of that Royal throne is your key to overcoming Satan’s deception in the final days of this flesh earth age.

Why?  Because David was promised, by God Himself, no less, that wherever you find God’s People Israel on this earth, they’ll have David’s eternal throne ruling over them (Jeremiah 33:17).   In other words, a never-ending throne can always be found ruling over God’s People.  As it’s written:

Jer 33:19  And the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, saying,

 

Jer 33:20  Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season;

 

Jer 33:21  Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers.

Put another way, if you look outside and there’s still day and night taking place, then God’s covenant with David regarding that Royal throne is still in full effect.  Period.  The throne is never-ending, and it will always be over God’s People Israel wherever you see it planted.

Therefore, in this final generation of this flesh earth age, when you see a people in the Middle East land of Israel proclaiming themselves to be “God’s Chosen People Israel,” and you don’t see a Royal Davidic throne ruling over them, then you know those people are not who they claim to be.  They’re fakes.

God’s people Israel Christianized centuries ago, ultimately fulfilling God’s promises to Abraham that his seed would become “as many as the stars of the sky and the sands of the sea,” and that Abraham would be “a father of many nations…and kings and queens shall come out of thee.”

Abraham would not become a father of a single nation, meaning that Middle East land of Israel.  Instead, he was to become a father of many nations. His seed – exceedingly fruitful – would “spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south” (Genesis 28:13-15) and would go on to found multiple nations around the globe.  And kings and queens would come forth from those nations.

In other words, we’re talking about the British Empire, the Commonwealth, the many-membered nations which make up God’s People True Israel, including its offshoots of Canada, America, Australia, New Zealand, etc.

The Royal Throne of Britain is the key to understanding who, and where, God’s People True Israel are located in the final days of this flesh earth age.  They’re the western Christian nations.  That throne is Christ’s earthly throne over His People Israel.

What’s more, David was also promised by God Himself that God’s church on this earth (meaning the Christian church, since Christ is God) will be directly connected to that throne (Jeremiah 33:17-18).  As it’s written, for those who have “eyes to see and ears to hear”:

Jer 33:17  For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want [i.e., lack] a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;

 

Jer 33:18  Neither shall the priests the Levites want [i.e., lack] a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually.

The throne and the Levitical priesthood of the end days — now a Christian priesthood, since Christ is the Son of David and the ultimate heir of David — are directly connected.

That’s why, upon coronation, each new British monarch automatically becomes Supreme Governor of the Church, and must swear to defend the Christian faith and it’s true Gospel. The monarchy and the Christian faith are inextricably connected with each other.

If you don’t understand that, then I urge you to open your spiritual eyes and ears, and read the Bible study, The Key of David.  It’s lengthy. But the Biblical and historical documentation is irrefutable.

That study will document for you that the Royal throne itself is the Key of David, and that Key of David is your key to overcoming the deception of the antichrist when he arrives to Jerusalem to embrace his children the Kenites (i.e., the false Jews of Revelation 2:9 and 3:9) and then spread their rule over the rest of the world as they usher in Satan’s one-world system known as Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.

Queen Elizabeth is now 92 years old.  It’s my contention that we’re drawing very near the end when you start to see signs that she’s getting ready to pass the monarchy on to her son Charles, either upon her death, or by abdicating the throne due to old age.

So when you see someone seated as the new Monarch upon that throne claiming to be the representative of ALL religions (keeping in mind that all other religions are fake) then to my mind you have a clear signal that Christ is getting ready to return to this earth to reclaim His rightful throne and to set things right again in this world (after the antichrist arrives, of course, in fulfillment of the Scriptures in II Thessalonians 2:1-4).

In other words, when Prince Charles finally takes the throne, it will be a benchmark that we’re very near the end. This may sound foreign to some readers.  But check out the Bible study The Key of David, and I think you’ll understand what I’m talking about by the time you finish it.

Meghan Markle:  First Royal Mamzer

Now for the second benchmark of these end days, in relation to the Davidic throne:

As I pointed out at the beginning of this article, Meghan Markle, now a Royal Family member by marriage, openly admits she’s part white and part black, by racial makeup.  And there’s nothing wrong with that.  The Bible tells us that God made the various races on the sixth day, and pronounced His creation to be “very good” (Genesis 1:31).

God does indeed expect His children to remain true to their bloodline heritage, and each child passing through this flesh age is to marry into one’s own bloodline.  Why?  Because He made each race exactly how He wants them.  He’s happy with His creation exactly how He made it (i.e., “very good”).  He’s proud of every race.   And He wants them to remain undiluted, so to speak.

Nevertheless, a mixed-race child is not a fault for its parent’s doings.  It’s something no child has any control over.  And God doesn’t hold it against them.  As an example, in Old Testament times God always made provision for the mixed race multitudes among His People.  Though they sometimes caused great consternation (Numbers 11:4), they were accepted if they did right by God, although there were certain exclusions back then (Deuteronomy 23:2).

What’s more, I shouldn’t have to state that I love all of God’s children, regardless of their racial makeup.  And I don’t consider any race to be superior to another.  So please don’t start calling me “racist” over this.

I’m just pointing out benchmarks of the end days in relation to the British throne and the Bible.  I don’t have anything at all against Meghan Markle.  I wish her and the good Prince Harry the very best of times.

Yet with all of that said, I’ll probably be excoriated for making the following statement.  But I don’t care, because it’s true:  The royal lineage is supposed to stay pure of bloodline.  By that I mean the bloodline leading to that Royal throne is supposed to remain strictly Davidic.

The Davidic royals are not supposed to mix with other races. That’s why royal marriages have been so carefully chosen for thousands of years, up to now.

Indeed, most of the Royal Family of Britain has been Germanic in heritage.  That’s because, as Pastor Arnold Murray once put it, “Germany is Judah.”  Which is to say, many German Christians are of the genetic lineage of the true Biblical tribe of Judah (see the study By Their Own Sword for additional details), which was King David’s tribe.

And thus it should be no surprise that many royal British marriages have, for over 1,500 years, been arranged through people of Germanic bloodline.  Yes, even Germany has a Royal line which is directly related to the British Royals.  (See the British news article How German is the Queen?).

But now that Prince Harry has married Meghan Markle, we have a biracial individual in the Royal family household of Britain — a stunning break from thousands of year’s worth of Royal Davidic heritage.

And since we can pretty safely assume they’ll eventually have children (the newspapers have stated that they’re “eager to start a family”), that means there will sooner or later likely be a biracial heir to the Davidic throne.

Biblically, in Old Testament terminology, that would be what’s referred to as a mamzer, which is to say, a bastard, or illegitimate child — with the word “illegitimate” in this sense meaning not of pure bloodline.  It’s not a reflection on the child or its parents.  Just on the legitimacy of the child to ever inherit the Royal throne.

Since Prince Harry is sixth in line to the throne, that would make the son or daughter of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seventh in line, but only if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have no more children (see here and here for more information on how the line to the British throne is chosen.)

Frankly, that fact makes it very unlikely that one of the children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would ever be seated on that Royal throne, at least not in the foreseeable future.  There are just too many heirs at the front of the line.  So a child of theirs would not even be considered part of the “core” Royal family at this point in time.

My point in elucidating all of this is not to deride Meghan Markle or the future children of Prince Harry and Meghan, or to warn against a “bastard” being seated on the Royal throne.  Not at all.

But when you view the two news stories above with “eyes to see and ears to hear” — and here I’m speaking of Prince Charles’ desire to be considered “Defender of the Faiths” (plural), and a biracial individual marrying into the royal family bloodline — you can clearly see that radical, yes, even revolutionary changes in the character, operation and makeup of the Royal family are now taking place.

It’s only my opinion.  But I believe these radical shifts signal how close we’re growing to the time of the end.

As it’s written in the great book of Isaiah, our Lord and Savior is returning to make right that which has been turned upside down in the final days of this flesh earth age.

And that would certainly include radical and unbiblical changes in the character, makeup and operation of the Royal Davidic line.  Christ’s Second Advent will set all things right again.  As it’s written:

Isa 29:13  Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

God is saying through the prophet Isaiah that His People always claim to love and honor Him, but then they ignore His Word and follow empty man-made traditions.  And the closer we get to the end, the more pronounced this ungodly trait becomes, yes, even among Christians and their leadership.

Isa 29:14  Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

God’s way is being pushed aside by the so-called “wise men” of this world in favor of man-made traditions.

Prince Charles’ determination to be the Defender of all faiths and creeds rather than the Christian faith and its Gospel creed is just one of these man-made traditions.  Bringing biracial individuals into the Royal bloodline is another.  It might be politically correct.  But it’s incorrect by Biblical standards.

Yet the people and their leaders largely cheer these moves.  God has hid true wisdom from them, but not from you, beloved.  You know the truth.

Isa 29:15  Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?

The workers of iniquity think God isn’t watching their actions. They’ve gotten away with their manifold changes for a long time now.  But not for too much longer.  The events of these end days, as spelled out in Bible prophesy, will continue to unfold, and when all things are fulfilled the Lord will return to set it right again.

Isa 29:16  Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?

God is the potter (Isaiah 64:8; Jeremiah 18:6), which is to say, He’s the one who creates and shapes all things.

But man always thinks he can do it better than God.  So man abandons God’s way in favor of his own way, violating God’s command in Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”  Most people today go by their “feelings” rather than by God’s Word.

But you do it God’s way, beloved, because when He comes to make right that which man has turned upside down, He comes with a rod of iron, which is to say, a rod of correction.

As it’s written in Revelation 2:27, “And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.”

That old pottery that’s acting in rebellion to God’s Word and turning to man-made traditions in its place is going to be broken to shivers at Christ’s Second Advent.  And then God will work to teach and ultimately reclaim His wayward children throughout the Millennium teaching period — at least, as many of them as will listen.

Isa 29:17  Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?

 

Isa 29:18  And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.

 

Isa 29:19  The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

His coming will be a joyous time indeed, but only for those who are found staying the course, which is to say, doing things His way and not man’s way.

Then the Millennium teaching period will be ushered in and His Word will be made fully manifest to the rest of His children, as well.  They’ll have no choice.  He’ll have them back in “Sunday school,” so to speak, for one thousand years (Revelation 20:2-4).

Isa 29:20  For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off:

Satan is the “terrible one” and the “scorner.”  And at Christ’s arrival that old scorner is going down.  That’s God’s Purpose, i.e., to destroy the wicked one and his unrepentant children for good, so they can no longer influence God’s children with their wickedness.

Isa 29:21  That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.

You see it happening even now, beloved.  If you so much as say the wrong word you’re called a “hater” or a “bigot” by the politically correct “social justice warrior” crowd and the snowflake liberals.

They do everything they can to deride, unfairly attack and even overturn those who stand firm in God’s Word and refuse to compromise with the world.

Isa 29:22  Therefore thus saith the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale.

Jacob is the house of True Israel, beloved.  You know that.  And you won’t be ashamed for standing firm in your knowledge, when Christ arrives.  The Lord is going to take that which has been turned upside down — i.e., the truth — and set it right again.  And it will be set right for the eternity.

Yes, the truth will ultimately prevail.  So stick with it.  Don’t turn away and start running with the blind multitudes and their man-made traditions as the final days of this flesh earth age wind down to a close.

Isa 29:23  But when he seeth his children, the work of mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel.

 

Isa 29:24  They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.

God is coming to save His wayward children, beloved. He loves them.  But He’s not going to put up with their nonsense.  There will indeed be correction.  Intense correction.  But there will also be salvation.  That’s the point of the Millennium teaching period.

If you’re wise, you’ll seek to be one of the teachers, and not one of the students.

The bottom line is that the changes being made in regards to the character, makeup and operation of the Royal throne and the Royal family are signature benchmarks, in my view, that we’re getting closer than ever to the end.

We know there are more prophesies to be fulfilled, such as the attack on Iran of Daniel chapter 8 which ushers in the four winds of Daniel 7 and Revelation 7, and which in turn usher in the four stages of one-worldism and the deadly wound leading to the antichrist’s arrival to this earth.

But the radical changes we’re now witnessing in terms of the Davidic Royal House would have been inconceivable even 20 years ago.  So stay on the watch.  Keep your powder dry.  Don’t allow events to get you too excited.  But do the work of a watchman of the Lord, and help others understand what’s happening and what’s coming.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Boy Scouts and the New Global Cultural Androgyny

The Witherspoon Institute certainly “gets it” when it comes to the tragedy unfolding in the former “Boy Scouts of America,” now simply referred to as “Scouts BSA.”

They point out that the Boy Scouts are essentially becoming an androgynous organization by surrendering to the so-called “gender revolution,” which I prefer to call gender confusion revolution since it’s another big step toward global Babylonianism under the “god of this world,” Lucifer (II Corinthians 4:4).

More on that in just a moment, but first a quick time-line of the recent astonishing and mind-boggling changes we’ve witnessed in the Boy Scouts, as a reminder of the gradual process that has brought about this gender confusion:

  • First, in 2013, homosexual boys were allowed to join the Boy Scouts, negating the Boy Scout pledge to remain “morally straight.”
  • Then, gradually, by 2015, openly homosexual scout masters were allowed to lead Boy Scout troops.
  • Afterwards, in 2017, “transgender” boys were allowed to join the Boy Scouts.
  • And this year the word “Boy” will be dropped from “Boy Scout” and scouting will be made available to all sexes.

What next?  Glad you asked:

Free Condoms for Scouts

Now the Boy Scouts…err…Scouts BSA…are being told they must make condoms “readily and easily accessible for all participants” at their upcoming global gathering known as the World Scout Jamboree, which will be held from Sunday, July 21, 2019 to Thursday, August 1, 2019, in West Virginia.

Did anyone not see that coming?  The destruction of youthful innocence and sexualization of children has clearly been the goal all along.

The World Scout Jamboree is being billed as a “celebration of cultural exchange, mutual understanding, peace, and friendship” that will open “a new world of life-changing experiences that will help you develop your physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual life.”

Yeah.  Sure it will.  They forget to mention a potential grooming ground for pedophiles and perverts, as well.

According to page 11 of the Jamboree guidelines distributed by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), “Host Organization must ensure that condoms are readily and easily accessible for all participants and [International Service Team] at a number of locations on the site.”

John Steinberger, chairman for the Christian scouting alternative known as Trail Life USA, correctly notes that the new policy makes the event “sound more like a 1960s Woodstock festival rather than a campout that parents would want to send their children to.”

He further states:

“These policies present a clear youth protection problem that the BSA absolutely refuses to recognize. The fact that they are requiring that condoms be ‘readily accessible’ and are communicating this to everyone – including youth participants – shows that the BSA is both anticipating and facilitating sexual conduct between minors at this event.”

“Succumbing to the Gender Revolution”

The Witherspoon Institute, which I mentioned earlier, has come pretty close to hitting the nail on the head in their analysis of the situation, stating:

“The incremental surrender of the Boy Scouts to the gender revolution has undermined the very reason for their existence.

 

For the past several years, the Boy Scouts have been in the process of reinventing themselves in the image of progressivism by pursuing a more “inclusive” approach to scouting.

 

The Boy Scouts are arguably the premier boyhood organization in American history, known for valuing integrity, teaching patriotism, and promoting character and leadership development in young men.

 

Their decision to no longer maintain sex distinction in their membership is a discrediting action.

 

…tragically, the Boy Scouts have, for some time, been catering to progressive values, leading them to forsake their tradition and focus instead on pacifying the demands of activists.

 

What began with allowing gay male Scout leaders has led to endorsing transgenderism in its membership. The Boy Scouts have thus become the most respected youth institution in America to kowtow to progressive ideas on sexuality, gender, and gender distinctions.

 

In these actions that reflect departures from natural law and the broader Judeo-Christian moral tradition, the Boy Scouts of America are now a progressive organization, whether they would admit it or not.”

The Witherspoon Institute goes on to point out:

“The actions of the Boy Scouts are a part of the broader cultural movement to declare sex distinction taboo.

 

Doing something as innocent as calling a boy a “boy” and a girl a “girl” is now considered dangerously retrograde. Intentionally or not, the Boy Scouts’ actions are contributing to our culture’s assault on reason and the body.

 

Sex difference and gender distinction are naturally occurring social realities that follow from being embodied, sexed creatures. We cannot simply wish — or legislate — these realities away.”

Androgynous Scouts

The Witherspoon Institute concludes that the ultimate goal of these astonishing changes in scouting is to “esteem Androgyny as the predominant gender ethic in society.”  They write:

“It is no surprise that the Boy Scouts have opened their membership to both sexes. Once the organization accepted homosexuality and transgenderism, it was inevitable that basing membership on sex would fall.

 

“The move to no longer base membership on sex is yet another plank in the broader movement to esteem Androgyny as the predominant gender ethic in society.

 

The ethic of Androgyny is one that blurs, nullifies, or twists sex difference and gender distinction by making them indeterminate.

 

It prohibits making gender distinctions on the basis that sex and gender distinctions are a cunning attempt at claiming the mantle of power, dominance, or privilege for one group over another.

 

So to prevent natural differences from occurring that follow from sex and gender differentiation, the abiding ethic of sameness reverberates through society.

 

Androgyny demonstrates the fundamental hypocrisy of a culture that esteems fairness and equality but undermines accurate forms of both to serve the cause of political correctness.

 

Because of this, the Boy Scouts organization is a shell of its former self, proclaiming to the broader society that Androgyny Scouts are the only appropriate pathway for human expression in a genderless and gender fluid age.”

Lucifer’s “Magnum Opus”

While the Witherspoon Institute’s analysis of the situation is spot on from a cultural point-of-view, it falls just a little bit short in understanding and explaining the situation from a moral and spiritual point-of-view.

As I pointed out earlier this year in my Bible study, Lucifer: the Divine Androgyne, Ancient God of the Modern Transgender Movement, transgenderism is not a mere fad or passing phase.

In reality, it’s part of a broader cultural revolution designed to overthrow the moral underpinnings of western Christianity, and usher in a global transformation that will ultimately result in the rise of what the New Testament calls Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.

The Boy Scouts are merely a cultural microcosm (but a very important one) of what’s now happening on a global scale.

The New Testament tells us that the “god of this world” is Lucifer, and that his goal is to “blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (II Corinthians 4:4).

Gender confusion leading to an androgynous earth — a people so confused they, as the David Bowie song Rebel Rebel put it, “don’t know if you’re a boy or a girl” — is part of what the occultists and Kabbalists call Satan’s “magnum opus” or “great work” of global transformation.

In that so-called “great work,” the blending of opposites — in this case, male and female — is being used to institute a worldwide transformation designed to overthrow and replace the established order and its traditional morals, and ultimately reverse the global trend toward unity of God’s children under Christ Jesus that’s taken place over the past 2,000 years.

And it’s moving ahead at full steam.  Learn more here.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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The Rise of the Religious Left — Liberation Theology in Disguise

(Opinion) A recent news article in the Guardian detailed what they referred to as the “rise of the religious left” in America.

The article largely focused on the work of the “Reverend” William Barber whose organization, known as the “Poor People’s Campaign,” is “mounting a multi-faith grassroots challenge to the dominance of the Christian right, in an attempt to recapture the moral agenda.”

In other words, the guy is running a quasi-religious organization dedicated to convincing poor people that they’re getting the short end of the stick … that conservative Christians are at fault … and that uniting against them is the only way to achieve “social justice” and “equality.”

His “Poor People’s Campaign” is said by the Guardian to be “in ascendency,” gaining more and more converts among the left, including members of the Women’s March, the labor movement and other liberal and socialistic organizations, along with members of other religious faiths that are at odds with conservative Christians.

His appeal seems largely to be based on his ability to spout short, pithy, Obama-like statements that sound as if they’re designed to unite, when in reality they’re designed to divide and conquer.  For example, he piously intones:

“There is no religious left and religious right.  There is only a moral center. And the scripture is very clear about where you have to be to be in the moral center – you have to be on the side of the poor, the working, the sick, the immigrant.”

And…

“Jesus set up free healthcare clinics everywhere he went. He healed everybody and never charged a leper a co-pay.”

Barber claims conservative faith leaders have “cynically” interpreted the Bible’s teachings “to demonize homosexuality, abortion, scientific facts and other religions.” As a result, he claims, conservative Christians are guilty of “theological malpractice” and “modern-day heresy.”

In other words, the “Reverend” is a pro-homosexual, pro-abortion, pro-evolution pseudo-Christian who seeks to syncretize (i.e., blend) political Marxism and a plethora of humanistic-oriented religions with Christianity, under the banner of “social justice.”

To that end he’s recently called for “40 days of civil disobedience and protest against inequality, racism, ecological devastation and militarism,” resulting, so far, in hundreds of arrests of his followers in Washington, DC as he led chanting marchers towards the White House.

Barber states that his campaign’s short-term goals are repeal of the Republican tax cuts, increased federal and state minimum wages, a ban on fracking, and implementation of universal single-payer healthcare (i.e., socialized medicine).

His campaign’s long-term goal, he says, is to turn the national conversation back to what he calls the “core teachings” of the Bible, i.e., “Care for the poor, heal the sick, welcome the stranger.”

In other words, he’s pushing for increased welfare, socialized medicine and expanded immigration — all under the banner of doing the work of Christ.

Where have we heard all of this before?

Liberation Theology:  Jesus Christ the Communist

While Barber says he’s patterning his campaign on Martin Luther King’s original “Poor People’s Campaign” of the 1960’s, in reality it’s cleverly patterned after Liberation Theology, a movement which first started in Latin America in the 1980’s.

Under Liberation Theology, Jesus Christ is portrayed as a communist liberator of the poor standing up against their rich “free market” oppressors. Poor and largely uneducated Christians are targeted by communists and roped into the movement after being told that their poverty is a direct result of being taken advantage of by the rich, who, they claim, are protected by the modern church.

Liberation Theology was designed by hard-core communists as a means of infiltrating Christianity and turning the Gospel of Jesus Christ into a call for civil disobedience and eventually armed revolution against the so-called “oppressors of the poor.”

Of course, no mention is ever made by the leaders of Liberation Theology that communism’s founders actually disdained the poor, and only used them to help achieve their true goals of global communist enslavement.

In reality, the purveyors of Liberation Theology haughtily and derisively refer to their impoverished followers as the Lumpen proletariat, a term which means the unskilled working people of dubious benefit to society, i.e., what Russian communist revolutionary called “useful idiots.

No mention is made by Liberation Theologists that well over 100 million of the world’s poor have been led to the slaughter under the banner of communism since its inception in 1917.

Liberation Theology, from its inception, was designed to corrupt and utilize Christianity by blending it with cultural Marxism in order to make the rise of communism easier to achieve throughout the world.

As a blend between Christianity and socialistic humanism, Liberation Theology is in direct violation of God’s Word, which tells Christians not to become entangled with unbelievers (such as communists and their humanist followers) but to instead remain separate from them, or risk separation from God as a result (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).

Liberation theology is essentially envy-based communism being ushered in under the banner of liberal Christianity, ultimately resulting in global socialism with a quasi-religious flavor.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that Liberation Theology is rearing its ugly head once again, this time right here in America.

It’s nothing particularly new, of course, as liberal Christian churches — so-called “social justice” churches that perform homosexual marriages, ordain transgender pastors, etc. — have quietly embraced it since its inception in the 1980’s.

What’s more, luminaries like Jane Fonda and other ultra-liberals who now claim to be “Christian” have embraced it, as well, albeit under other names (one writer called it “Christianity with an asterisk”).

And now Liberation Theology is becoming a national movement in this country, under the so-called “Reverend” Barber and his “Poor People’s Campaign.”

The frustrations and anxieties of the poor are being taken advantage of in hopes of turning the countries “poor and huddled masses” into a juggernaut against the free market, conservative politics and true, Bible-based Christianity.

Watch for this trend to grow over the months ahead.  As I explained in my Bible study, Knowing Good and Evil: Satan’s Occult, Alchemical “Great Work”, the blending of opposites is being implemented with great rapidity on this earth.

The goal of this “blending of opposites” is to transform the globe into Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth, in anticipation of Satan’s soon-coming arrival in his role as the false Christ.

The rise of Liberation Theology — the blending of Christianity with cultural Marxism (now known as “social justice”) — is just one more facet of this transformation that will ultimately end in the rise of the great scarlet whore (symbolic of socialistic religion) of Revelation 17:3-6.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Time to Pray for the Christians in China

Many of my readers already know that China has one of the fastest-growing Christian populations in the world, at a time when Christianity appears to be in retreat throughout western Europe, Canada and the U.S.

But the communist Chinese government is apparently quite unhappy about it, casting the rise in Christianity as “harmful foreign infiltration.”

Based on news reports like this one and this one, it appears the growing government persecution of Christians in China today is at least somewhat akin to the persecution suffered by Christians in Israel and Rome back in the early days of Christianity, with Christians being harassed and jailed, and pressured to renounce Christ, and churches being shut down.

The news article at the first link above calls it a “purge against Christians” — particularly those in the relatively heavily Christianized provinces of Zhejiang, Wenzhou and Shaoxing — and points out that abuses against Christians and Christian churches are “escalating to unprecedented levels.”

This, in spite of news media assurances from the Chinese government that “religious freedom” is a priority in the country.

According to the article, local governments are stepping up and taking charge of the persecution of Christianity.

“The government has banned all kinds of religious meetings, meaning no church services, no Bible studies, and no prayer meetings. Not only are they banning religious events but they are calling for people to renounce their faith, particularly in Jesus Christ.”

 

Wenzhou and Shaoxing, two governments in the eastern province have banned religious gatherings, stating that they are a fire hazard, and routinely work to shut down each gathering.

 

“The police often show up and say that they want to conduct a fire safety inspection. They wander around in the church and arbitrarily point out that some facilities do not meet the standards,” Li, a Hangzhou Christian stated.

 

“Then, they require you to reform in two weeks. Even if you do exactly as they said, they would still deem you ‘unqualified’ in the next inspection. You are helpless,” Li continued.

 

“The government will ban you no matter what. We no longer organize large-scale gatherings. Only a few people meet up in their own houses, changing location once in a while,” Zhu, another Christian stated. He pointed out that the government will go looking for any small excuse to shut down churches.

 

Not only are government officials shutting down all religious gatherings, but they are also being pressured at school on their religious beliefs by teachers. In Wenzhou, it’s reported that there is an intense role each teacher plays.

ChinaAID.org, a watchdog group, says, “The government also forces the Christians to renounce their religious beliefs by pressuring their superiors at their workplaces.” Another Christian added, “They cancel your bonus and wage subsidies and threaten you. They use all kinds of methods in order to prevent you from going to the church.”

Furthermore, according to ChinaAID.org, governments in some Chinese provinces are deeming Christianity to be a “harmful foreign infiltration” and are using the power of local bureaucracies to harass Christians organizations and venues through inspections and enforcement of legal minutiae.  They write:

“Likewise, last month, the government of Huludao, Liaoning province initiated an operation to suppress churches, titled, ‘Purging the Cultural and Religious Environment in the City, Fighting Against the Harmful Foreign Infiltration.’

 

According to the official website of Huludao’s religious affairs bureau, the government inspected four major Christian venues on March 18 in order to ensure the stability of the local cultural market and prevent “harmful foreign infiltration.”

 

The government also inspected the bookstores and printing businesses that sell religious materials, investigating the supply channels of the books.  According to government reports, the officials inspected 64 printing stores, 15 printing factories, 14 bookstores, three newsstands, and four churches.

 

Some of the aforementioned venues sold the Bible and other religious materials with set prices, but they did not have government permission. The law enforcement officers asked the owners to get permission at the department of licensing or immediately stop selling the religious materials.”

Pastor Jailed for Spreading Gospel

In related news, a Chinese Pastor has been arrested for obeying Christ’s orders to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).

The pastor, John Sanqiang Cao, has for years “journeyed across a small river using nothing more than a bamboo raft” in order to cross from southern China into neighboring Myanmar, “with the sole aim of spreading the gospel of Christ.”

Arrested last March on charges of “organizing others to illegally cross the border,” he’s being sentenced to seven years in prison.

According to the Pastor’s 23-year old son, an American citizen living in Charlotte, NC, “Nothing my father organized was ever political. It was always just religious or charitable.”

The article ends saying, “The Chinese authorities continue to tighten restrictions on Christian evangelism and church work.”

According to the watchdog group OpenDoorsUSA.org, “While the distinction between government-registered and unregistered churches used to be a major factor in whether or not they were persecuted, this is no longer the case. All Christians are slandered, which seems to support the widely held belief that the Communist Party is banking on a unified Chinese cultural identity to maintain its power.”

Faithwire.com quotes Texas-based Christian rights activist Bob Fu as saying this growing persecution of Christians in China “reflects the tightening environment under President Xi (Jinping) against any kind of religious independence.”

Rep. Chris Smith, a New Jersey congressman who chairs a House subcommittee on human rights says “Pastor Cao’s name should be on President Trump’s lips whenever he talks to [Chinese President] Xi Jinping.”

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Fallen Churches Tell Clergy to Stop Referring to God as “He”

Churches in Europe as well as America are now beginning to refer to God solely in “gender neutral” terms.

For example, in Sweden, the Lutheran denomination is the largest denomination.  So large, in fact, that it’s generally referred to as “the Church of Sweden.”

According to this news article, In November of last year the Church of Sweden ruled that its ministers must replace “He” with the generic term “God,” and must not use the word “Lord” because it “implies masculine.”

What’s more, church leaders were told that they could no longer open services with the traditional phrase, “In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,” because those phrases are not “gender neutral.”

Instead, the ministers were instructed to use the phrase “In the name of God and the Holy Trinity” because it doesn’t imply gender.

When Swedish Christians pointed out that throughout the Gospels Christ prayed exclusively to “Abba,” which is to say, to the “Father,” they were told this was done “rhetorically” and is not a reality.

In other words, during the so-called “Lord’s Prayer,” which begins “Our Father, who art in heaven,” Christ was not being descriptive of God’s gender.  He was being “rhetorical,” or even “metaphorical.”

Apparently, the other 165 times the word “Father” is specifically used by Jesus Christ to describe God in the four Gospels were also just flowery phraseologies and not meant to be taken seriously.

Likewise, in the letters of St. Paul, which make up the bulk of the New Testament, God is described as the “Father” over 40 times.  Christians are even told, in Romans 8:15, that we’re to call God “Abba, Father.”  And in Galations 4:6, we’re told that it’s the Holy Spirit that cries out from our hearts, “Abba, Father.”

So even the Holy Spirit refers to God as the Father.

And what about the Old Testament?  Well, try this one on for size and let the churches explain why they now believe God is genderless:

Isaiah 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

What the leaders of the Church of Sweden are now doing, in essence, is taking it upon themselves to correct Jesus Christ as well as the Holy Spirit and all of the New Testament writers, as well as the prophets such as Isaiah who were all inspired by the Holy Spirit.

In other words, in dictating to their clergy that they must refer to God solely in genderless terms, the church is placing itself above God, and above His Son, and above His Holy Spirit, and above His Word.

They think they know how to refer to God better than the Word of God itself does!

My question would be, if God has no gender, then why didn’t Christ and all of the New Testament writers just refer to God as “Our Genderless Being, Who art in heaven” rather than as “Our Father, Who art in heaven”?

Or why didn’t Christ state “I and the Genderless Being” are one, instead of “I and the Father are one”?  Or why didn’t St. Paul say “Yet for us, there is one God, the Genderless Being” instead of “Yet for us there is one God, the Father”?

U.S. Episcopal Church Falling Into Same Trap

You might say, then, “Well, Steve, those Swedish Christians have always been a bit weird.  It’s just an anomaly and not the big deal you’re making of it.”

But that’s not true.  Already, here in the U.S., for example, in February of 2018, the Episcopal church Diocese of Washington, D.C., passed a resolution “to stop using masculine pronouns for God in future updates to its Book of Common Prayer.”

The resolution stated:

“If revision of the Book of Common Prayer is authorized, to utilize expansive language for God from the rich sources of feminine, masculine, and non-binary imagery for God found in Scripture and tradition and, when possible, to avoid the use of gendered pronouns for God.”

In other words, you can call God anything but “He.”

The drafters said that referring to God using masculine pronouns is to “limit our understanding of God.”  They went on to say “By expanding our language for God, we will expand our image of God and the nature of God.”

But I beg to differ with them.  Indeed, the end result will be quite the opposite of what they claim.

By eliminating the masculine pronouns that the Word of God itself uses, they’re making God less understandable and less accessible to His children.  Sure, they’re “expanding our image of God.”  But they’re now “expanding” it into the realm of imagination, and not the reality given to us in the Word itself, as well as by the Holy Spirit which cries out “Abba, Father.”

In other words, in the new church, anything goes.  Whatever you can imagine God to be, He is.  Who needs God’s Word to define God, when we can just dream up our God and His characteristics.  Our God is so much richer than His Word states, so let your imaginations roam!

The drafters of the Episcopal Church resolution later stated, “Over the centuries our language and our understanding of God has continued to change and adapt.”

But that statement is just a foil, an effort to snooker Christians.  The Word of God is forever.  It is not changing.  And it repeatedly refers to God as a man.  Our language might change.  Our understanding might change.   But the Word of God does not change.  And the Word of God is what counts.

If you think it can’t get any worse in the churches, wait until you hear this:

“Clergy delegate The Rev. Linda R. Calkins from St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Laytonsville, Maryland, challenged the delegates to go further. 

 

Calkins read from Genesis Chapter 17, in which God tells Abraham “I am El Shaddai.” She said that if Episcopalians “are going to be true to what El Shaddai means, it means God with breasts.”

Beloved, that’s straight out of Luciferian theology, as I explained and documented in my recent news commentary Is God a He-She?

The title El Shaddai simply means God is our ultimate provider.  While the Hebrew word shad does indeed mean “a breast,” the title “El Shaddai” simply means “the all-sufficient God.”

Yes, He is like a mother, but not in the sense of physical attributes or gender.  He’s like a mother in the sense of providing us with all of the sustenance we need for eternal life.  And that sustenance is His Word.  And His Word says He’s a male.  Period.

In my Bible study Lucifer: the Divine Androgyne, Ancient God of the Modern Transgender Movement, I go much further into detail on how Lucifer is described in occult and Kabbalistic literature dating back to the ancient mystery religions as being both male and female simultaneously.  He is referred to as the “divine androgyne.”

So what the Episcopalian “Reverend” quoted above actually wants is for us to worship Lucifer, the perverted “he-she” god, in place of God the Father, the Creator of heaven and earth.

Gradually Spreading

The “gender neutral” movement is gradually spreading throughout the churches.  As the website churchleaders.com pointed out last year:

The use of gender-neutral words to identify God is not unique to the Church of Sweden.  There is a similar movement in the US, especially in mainstream seminaries.

The divinity schools at Duke and Vanderbilt Universities have instructed their professors to use more inclusive language as a way to “mitigate sexism” because of the belief that masculine pronouns “have served as a cornerstone of the patriarchy.”

And it’s not just university professors that the schools are hoping to influence.  Duke’s guidelines for students, faculty, administrators, and staff offers several suggestions for replacing “God” including “Godself” as in “God knew Godself to be great.”

Even the southern Baptists have jumped into the fray, coming out last June with the so-called “Holman Christian Standard Bible,” which critics say contain “many gender-neutral phrases the Southern Baptist Convention had previously condemned.”

The Southern Baptist Convention fired back by saying the critics were “confusing ‘gender-neutral’ with ‘gender-inclusive.’”

My comment:  Why try to change the Bible at all?

The Unfolding Apostasy in the Church

I’ve written many times that the “falling away” from the truth (i.e., apostasy) described in II Thessalonians 2:3, is well under way, and that we’re only waiting for the arrival of that “man of sin, the son of perdition” to complete it.

In other words, Satan’s arrival to this earth in his role as the false Messiah doesn’t start the apostasy, but instead, completes it.

As I mentioned in my Bible study The Christian Church in Apostasy, the Greek word translated “falling away” in most New Testament Bibles is apostasia, and it means much more than merely a falling away.  It means a “defection from the truth.”

In other words, only Christians can commit apostasy.  The rest of the world cannot, for they never believed the truth of the Gospel message in the first place.

What’s more, the Greek word from which apostasia is derived is apostasion.  And that Greek word specifically means “to divorce.”

So it follows that the Greek word apostasia, taken in proper context with the Greek word it’s derived from, essentially means to divorce the truth. By implication, it means to divorce the truth in order to marry a lie.

In other words, apostasy, or “falling away” as St. Paul puts it in II Thessalonians 2:3, means to turn away from one thing (which is true) and to cling to another (which is untrue) in its place. It means to abandon the truth in order to cling to a lie.

Today, we see the bulk of the Christian church worldwide doing exactly that.  Yes, it’s being done to varying degrees, and in varying ways, depending upon the denomination.

But virtually all Christian denominations are — and have been for decades now — participating in a slow motion defection from the truth in order to marry the humanist lies and religious traditions being set in place of the truth.

The churches are no longer keepers of God’s Word, but instead, re-makers of God’s Word. And they’re remaking it in the perverted image of the world.

Is God Really Genderless

In Genesis 1:26 we’re told that man was made in the image of God and His angels.  As it’s written:

Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

The word “image” in Genesis 1:26 is translated from the Hebrew word tselem (i.e., Strong’s G-6754) meaning “a phantom” a “resemblance” or even a “representative figure.”

In other words, if you want to know what God looks like, look in the mirror, because you and He look quite alike.  You resemble each other.  And if you have gender, then He has gender.

And what gender is God?

Well, Hebrews 1:3 states that Jesus Christ is the “express image” of the Father.  That term, “express image,” is translated from the Greek word charakter (i.e., Strong’s G-5481), meaning “an engraving,” a “stamped figure,” or even “an exact copy.”

In other words, Biblically-speaking, God is clearly a male, because Jesus, Who is God (John 1:1; John 14:9), was a male.

What’s more, because the men He created in Genesis chapter one were created in His image and after His likeness — meaning they look just like Him — then in the material form He has gender as well, because they had gender.

It’s true there’s no gender in the spiritual dimension.  After all, in that dimension we’re in our “air” or “wind” (i.e., ruach or pneuma) bodies, so there’s no need for gender or even for specific form.  Yet it’s nevertheless true that in the material form God and all of His angels are males.  They have gender.

Indeed, there’s not a single example in the entire Bible of God and His angels being genderless.  For example, the Archangel Gabriel’s very name means “great man of God.”  And every angel mentioned in the Bible is described as male.

For some reason that simple fact is becoming harder and harder for the Christian churches to understand — so hard that the church is now gradually beginning to fall into the occultic and Kabbalastic trap of rendering God completely genderless, as if He’s some amorphous and completely unclassifiable blob floating around in the sky.

In other words, they’re apostatizing from God’s Word, which is very clear on the matter that God is a male.

Beloved, as one of God’s elect you’re supposed to be a keeper of God’s Word (i.e., to “keep” God’s Word means to preserve it exactly as it’s written).  Don’t allow the fallen churches to prevent you from doing your job.

When they come up with this “gender neutral” nonsense, be kind to them, but let them know what you think about it.  Preserve God’s Word as it’s written.  That’s a major part of your job in the final days of this flesh earth age.

It’s unfortunately that the churches will inevitably fall.  But we’re not to allow God’s Word to fall. We’re to teach it exactly as it’s written, without fear or favor to anyone.  And that brings manifold blessings, indeed.  Your Father loves you for holding up His Word in this great time of apostasy.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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75 of Trump’s Top Antichrist Jews

In St. John’s first epistle, he wrote that there are many antichrists in the world, and that sheer number of antichrists demonstrates we’re living in the end times:

1Jn 2:18  Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

A few verses later he clarified his statement, explaining that these “antichrists” are those who deny the Son of God, Jesus Christ.  As it’s written:

1Jn 2:23  Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

In other words, if you deny the Lordship of Jesus Christ, then you do not have the Father, no matter how “godly” you might claim to be.  After all, Christ and the Father are one (John 10:30; John 14:8-9).  You can’t deny the Son and claim to have the Father at the same time. It just won’t fly.

In chapter 4 of the same epistle, John would further warn as follows:

1Jn 4:3  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Of course, St. John was speaking specifically of the false Jews who hate, loathe and despise our Lord and Savior, and who deny His Lordship while simultaneously claiming to be “God’s chosen people.”

Jesus Christ Himself would later speak of the false Jews to St. John, in his vision for the book of Revelation.  As it’s written:

Rev 3:9  Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Part of the inheritance of the saints, beloved, is that the antichrist Jews will ultimately be under our command, and not above us.

But in the meantime, they remain the children of the devil.  And this earth remains under their charge and the charge of their father the devil, who St. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:4 is “the god of this world.”

Of course, we know the false Jews — who are actually descendants of Satan’s son Cain (I John 3:12; John 8:44) — love “the highest seats” (Luke 20:46) and always work to gravitate into positions of power.

Many Christians thought Donald Trump was going to work to put an end to this antichrist rule over our Christian people.  He promised to be the “best friend Christians have ever had in the Oval Office.”

But you can’t be “best friends” with someone who brings the enemies of Christ Jesus right into our national chariot, and plants them into high positions of power.  As St. John would later sum up, we’re supposed to keep the Christ-haters out of our homes, and I dare say that includes our national house, the White House.  As it’s written:

2Jn 1:9  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

 

2Jn 1:10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

 

2Jn 1:11  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Think about that last verse, beloved.  Here’s just a small list of the antichrist Jews our President has embraced, and in many cases entrenched into high positions of power within his administration:

  • Jared Kushner — Trump’s son-in-law, senior adviser to the president tasked with bringing “peace” to the Middle East; orthodox Jew and good friend of Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu.
  • Yael Kushner — aka Ivanka Trump, Executive Vice-President of The Trump Organization, senior advisor to the Donald J. Trump for President Executive Committee, senior member of the Trump Presidential Transition Team. Converted to Judaism in 2009 so she could marry Jared Kushner, upon which she took the Hebrew name Yael (apparently after the Biblical wife of “Heber the Kenite”).  The name Yael means “mountain goat,” whereas the surname Kushner means “fur skinner.”  Hold on to your fur beloved, it only gets worse from here.
  • Charles Kushner — New York Real Estate Developer, father of Jared Kushner, convicted of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering; served 14 months in prison; endorser of Donald J. Trump for President; donor to the Make America Great Again PAC; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Vanessa Trump — endorser of Donald Trump for President; previously married to Donald Trump, Jr.; her father was a Russian Jew.
  • Wilbur Ross Jr., — former senior managing director of Rothschilds Incorporated for 25 years, donor to the Trump Victory Fund, member of the Trump Economic Advisory Council, now Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Steven Wynn — Billionaire real estate tycoon, and Financial Vice-Chairman of the Trump Presidential Inaugural Committee; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • David Friedman — long-time Trump attorney, co-chairman Israel Advisory Committee for Donald Trump, now U.S. Ambassador to Israel; son of a conservative rabbi.
  • Steven Mnuchin — former Goldman Sachs Chief Information Officer, donor to Trump Victory Fund, worked as Trump’s national finance chairman during the campaign; now U.S. Treasury Secretary; grandson of Russian-born diamond dealer Aaron Mnuchin; Skull and Bones member since 1985; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Stephen Miller — Trump speech writer, now Senior Advisor for Policy, self-described “practicing Jew.”
  • Carl Icahn — Special Adviser on Regulatory Reform to Donald Trump, 26th wealthiest person on Forbes 400, well-known billionaire; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Gail Icahn — Finance Vice-Chairman, Trump Inaugural Committee; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Gary Cohn — former Chief Operating Officer Goldman Sachs, now head of the White House National Economic Council, founder of the Cohn Jewish Student Center at Kent State University; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Boris Epshteyn — New York-based investment banker and finance attorney; senior advisor Donald J. Trump for President, now Special Assistant to the President; Russian Jew.
  • David Shulkin — former president Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, now the Undersecretary for Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Reed Cordish — real estate mogul and friend of Jared Kushner, now Assistant to the President for Intragovernmental and Technology Initiatives; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Avrahm Berkowitz — first cousin to former AIPAC president Howard Friedman, now serving as Special Assistant to President Trump and assistant to Jared Kushner; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Lewis Eisenberg — chairman, Trump Victory Committee; former Goldman Sachs employee and Private Equity Chief for Granite Capital International Group; major contributor to groups backing Trump’s election; now U.S. Ambassador to Italy under the Trump administration; holds an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from the Rabbinical College of America; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Michael Glassner — Deputy Campaign Manager and National Political Director for Trump campaign, known for his experience in Jewish voter relations; outspoken supporter of Israel; former political director AIPAC; Ashkenazi Jew. 
  • Michael Abboud — Communications Coordinator, Donald J. Trump for President; Sephardic Jew
  • Paul Achleitner, Chairman, Supervisory Board, Deutche Bank, Donald Trump’s largest lender; Ashkenazi Jew
  • Miriam Adelson — endorsed Donald J. Trump for President; appointed Finance Chairman for the Trump Inaugural Committee; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Sheldon Adelson — Billionaire Las Vegas casino mogul, endorsed Donald J. Trump for President, largest financial donor to the Trump campaign; appointed as Finance Vice-Chairman for the Trump Inaugural Committee; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Paul Atkins — former SEC commissioner during the time leading up to the 2008 financial crisis in which housing loans were packaged as securities (i.e., stocks) and sold to investors for exorbitant sums, ultimately resulting in the market crash; now a member of President Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Brian Ballard — Dubbed “the most powerful lobbyist in Trump’s Washington” by Politico magazine; Finance Vice-Chairman of the Trump Presidential Inaugural Committee; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Mel Sembler — Vice-Chairman of the Trump Victory Committee, Finance Vice-Chairman of Trump Presidential Inaugural Committee, former U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and “one of the more prominent Jewish donors to the Republican Party” (Wikipedia), served on the board of the Florida Holocaust Museum. (See also here for child abuse accusations.)
  • Elliot Broidy — Vice-Chairman Trump Victory Committee; Finance Vice-Chairman Trump Presidential Inaugural Committee; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Safra Catz — Israeli-born American business executive; head of Oracle Corporation; sixth wealthiest woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company; Executive Committee member, Trump Presidential Transition Team; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Michael Cohen — Executive Vice-President and Special Counsel (i.e., lawyer) to the Trump Organization; political “fixer” now caught up in a massive payment scandal, not to mention the alleged “Stormy Daniels” affair payoff; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Delos Cosgrove — Former Cleveland Clinic CEO, member of President Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Gil Dezer — Israeli-American real estate developer; president of Trump-Dezer Development; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Michael Dezer — founder of Trump-Dezer Development; “known for his investments in New York and Florida real estate in association with Donald Trump” (Wikipedia); Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Stephen Feinberg — Billionaire financier, donor to Trump Victory Fund; member Trump Economic Advisory Council, head of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Larry Fink — CEO Blackrock; member of President Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Alan Fishman, chairman Ladder Capital; Trump’s second largest lender; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Samuel Fox, vice-chairman Trump Victory Committee; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Alan Garten, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at The Trump Organization; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Bruce Geld, endorser of Donald J. Trump for President; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Lawrence Glick, Executive Vice-President of Strategic Development for The Trump Organization; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Jason Greenblatt, Executive Vice-President and Chief Legal Officer to Donald Trump and The Trump Organization, co-chairman Israel Advisory Committee for Donald J. Trump, now Special Representative for International Negotiations to President Trump; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Vincent Harris — former Digital Strategy Manager, Donald J. Trump for President; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Thomas Hicks, Sr., — billionaire private equity investor, Finance Vice-Chairman Trump Inaugural Committee; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Robert Eager, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, member of President Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Travis Kalanick — co-founder of Uber; member of President Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Peter Kalikow — President of H. J. Kalikow & Company, LLC, one of New York City’s leading real estate firms; donor to the Trump Victory Fund; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Daniel Kowalski — Deputy Policy Director of the Donald J. Trump for President Committee; member of the Trump Economic Advisory Council; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Bennett LeBow — Chairman of the Board of Vector Group; former owner of the Liggett Group, the fifth largest cigarette company in the U.S.; testified under oath that “since cigarettes are a legal product and people choose to use them, whether or not they cause cancer is irrelevant” (Wikipedia); friend of Ukrainian mob boss Vadim Rabinovich (Wikipedia); donor to the Trump Victory Fund; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Richard Lesser — member of President Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Ronald Lieberman — Executive Vice-President of Management and Development for The Trump Organization; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Howard Lorber — President and CEO of Vector Group, donor to the Trump Victory Fund, member of Trump Economic Advisory Council; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • David Malpass — member of the Trump Economic Advisory Council, serves as Under-Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs under President Donald J. Trump; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Douglas Manchester — donor to the Make America Great Again PAC; Trump’s nominee for Ambassador to the Bahamas; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Bernard “Bernie” Marcus — Home Depot co-founder; co-founder of the Israel Democracy Institute; endorser of Donald J. Trump for President; donor Rebuild America Now PAC; donor Make America #1 PAC; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Rebecca Mercer — Mercer family heiress; dubbed by Politico magazine as “the most powerful woman in GOP politics” and as a political “kingmaker” by Town and Country magazine, and said to have been “quietly pulling strings for the Trump campaign”; donor to Make America #1 PAC; Trump Executive Committee member; member of the Trump Presidential Transition Team; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Robert Mercer — Father of Rebecca Mercer (see above); co-CEO of Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund, donor to the Make America #1 PAC; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Amanda Miller — Vice-President of Marketing for The Trump Organization; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Eli Miller — Chief Operating Officer, Donald J. Trump for President; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Jason Miller — Senior Communications Director of the Trump Presidential Transition team; Communications Director and Assistant to the President at the White House; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Stephen Miller — National Policy Director, Donald J. Trump for President; National Policy Director Trump Presidential Transition Team, Senior Advisor to the President for Policy at the White House; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Samuel Nunberg — Political advisor to Donald J. Trump for President; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • David Orwitz — Senior Vice-President of Acquisitions and Development, The Trump Organization; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • John Paulson — Known as “one of the most prominent names in high finance”; donor to the Trump Victory Fund, member of the Trump Economic Advisory Council; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Laura Perlmutter — Wife of Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter, an Israeli-American businessman and financier, CEO of Marvel Entertainment. Laura donated $449,000 to a PAC supporting Donald Trump and was Finance Vice-Chairman of the Trump Inaugural Committee; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Richard Roberts — Vice-chairman, Israel Advisory Committee for Donald Trump; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • George Ross — Executive Vice-President and Senior Counsel for The Trump Organization; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Steven Roth — Donor to the Trump Victory Fund; member of the Trump Economic Advisory Council; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Keith Schiller — former Deputy Assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump who concurrently served as Director of Oval Office Operations; Schiller also served as the Director of Security for The Trump Organization (personal bodyguard to Trump). He has been described as “one of Trump’s most loyal and trusted aides” and “a constant presence at Trump’s side for nearly two decades”; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Stephen Schwarzman — CEO of the Blackstone Group; chairman of President Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Peter Thiel — Billionaire venture capitalist, co-founder of PayPal, endorsed Donald J. Trump for President, donor to the Trump Victory Fund, donor to the Rebuilding America Now PAC, Executive Committee Member of the Trump Presidential Transition Team; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Kevin Warsh — Former governor of the Federal Reserve System during and in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis; acted as the central bank’s primary liaison to Wall Street; now a member of President Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Mark Weinberger — Global Chairman and CEO of EY, formerly known as Ernst & Young; member of President Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Andrew Weiss — Executive Vice-President of The Trump Organization; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Allen Weisselberg — Executive Vice-President of Development and Acquisitions at The Trump Organization, and Chief Financial Officer for The Trump Organization; known as “Donald Trump’s Loyal Numbers Man”; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Larry Weitzner — CEO of Jamestown Associates, one of the nation’s premier political consulting firms; advisor to Donald J. Trump for President; Ashkenazi Jew.
  • Daniel Yergin — A director on the Council on Foreign Relations; member of President Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum; “In December 2016 Yergin joined a business forum composed primarily of CEOs assembled to provide strategic and policy advice on economic issues to President Donald Trump; Ashkenazi Jew.

Yes, as St. John wrote in 1 John 2:18, “…even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.”  And so it is, beloved.   And so it is.

Think carefully about who and what you throw your support behind.  There are no “good” antichrists, so don’t give me that “good fig/bad fig” stuff.  If they hate the Lord, they hate the Father.  If they hate the Father, and you support them, then…well…I’ll let you think that through for yourself.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Blessed by Rabbi Who Calls Black People “Monkeys”

Israel’s Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzchok Yosef — who earlier this year compared black people to “monkeys” — is said to have blessed Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump before they attended the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

Two years earlier, this same rabbi stated that all non-Jews — Africans, Arabs, or otherwise — could only live in Israel if they agreed to serve the country’s Jewish population.  In other words, non-Jews must be slaves to Jews if they want to live in the nation of Israel.

Can you imagine if Kushner and his wife had visited with a prominent southern racist preacher, or with a Ku Klux Klan leader, seeking fellowship and blessing from them?  The outcry from the media would have been horrific and never-ending.

But when Judaics are the racists, it apparently doesn’t count.  You’ll barely hear a peep on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS or Fox News about Kushner and Ivanka’s meeting with the racist, anti-black rabbi.  And if you do hear anything, you can bet it will be quickly swept under the table.

Such, for example, was the case in 2013 when Israel’s other chief rabbi, David Lau, castigated Israeli youth for watching sports broadcasts, stating that the sports players are “niggers.”  When this was reported, the news media in Israel was condemned by Israel’s Minister of Industry Trade and Labor and of Religious Affairs Naftali Bennett for “hounding” Lau.  And the kibosh was quickly put on the story.

The fact of the matter is this:  the Judaic religion indeed teaches that blacks and other races are inferior.  As Dr. Tony Martin, a professor emeritus of Africana Studies at Wellesley College for 34 years, and an expert on Jewish involvement in the American slave trade, has stated, “There is an anti-black invective which runs through the sacred rabbinic literature of Judaism.”

In other words, Jewish rabbinic literature such as the Talmud is highly insulting of black people.  That’s a bit of an understatement, perhaps.  After all, 12th century Jewish scholar Moses Maimonides, a man who for centuries has been considered to be Judaism’s most esteemed halachic authority (i.e., Jewish legal authority), taught in his book, Guide for the Perplexed, that blacks are actually sub-human in nature.

Indeed, Talmudic references claim that Ham’s son Canaan was turned into a black man by God as part of a curse for exposing his father Noah’s nakedness.  For example, in Tanhuma Noah 13,15 (a Judaic collection of legal explanations and commentaries on Bible topics) it states that Canaan and his progeny would always be black-skinned, have kinky hair, thick lips and “shamefully elongated” male members:

“Moreover, because you twisted your head around to see my nakedness, your grandchildren’s hair shall be twisted into kinds, and their eyes red: again, because your lips jested at my misfortune, theirs shall swell; and because you neglected my nakedness, they shall go naked, and their male members shall be shamefully elongated.  Men of this race are called Negroes.” 

This kind of racist religious screed is precisely why the Bible tells us we’re not to “give heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.”  (Titus 1:14)

In reality, there’s not a single anti-black statement in the Word of God.  And being black is certainly no curse from God.  In fact, as the book of Genesis tells us, when God finished His initial creation of the races of mankind on the sixth day, He pronounced it “very good.”

Genesis 1:31  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

But religious tradition handed down over the centuries by members of the Judaic religious community does indeed preposterously state that blacks are a cursed race.  And over the long course of time, many Christians bought into that lie, and used it to justify black slavery.

Michael Hoffman, author of the book Judaism’s Strange Gods, had this to say about the Judaic racism against blacks, and the way it was gradually adopted by western intelligentsia:

The dogma that the black is a slave by nature is rabbinic in origin.  Canaan is identified as a black man, and blacks as an inferior people, only in the Gemarra (the latter part of the Talmud), the Midrash and later writings of the rabbis. 

 

This invective…this racism… is not anywhere in the Bible concerning the black race.  The rabbinic account of the malediction against Ham stipulates that Ham’s son Canaan, and all Canaan’s issue, are forever fated to suffer perpetual slavery and black skin, without the possibility of their condition ever being ameliorated. 

 

It is this anti-Old Testament rabbinic gloss that influenced those 15th century Renaissance humanists who had crossed over into the forbidden territory of the Talmud, Midrash and Kaballah as part of a supposedly enlightened act. 

 

It is an irony of history that as a result of this supposedly progressive development, the abominable view of black people as a congenitally-determined race of perpetual slaves became entrenched among the western liberal intelligentsia for at least the next 300 years.

 

…The classic rabbinic texts hold that the punishment visited upon Ham was the transformation of his son Canaan and all of Canaan’s progeny into blacks.  Rabbi Hiyya said, ‘Ham and the dog copulated on the ark, therefore Canaan came forth dark-skinned.’  That is the canonical rabbinic teaching of orthodox Judaism.”

 

— Michael Hoffman, YouTube video, Historical Jewish Racism Towards Blacks

In other words, according to Jewish fables blacks are irredeemably cursed to be both black skinned, and slaves, because Canaan’s father Ham copulated with a dog while on the ark.

Interestingly, according to an article by journalist David Sheen, the government of Israel has over the past few years “coerced more than a third of the African refugee community in Israel, over 20,000 souls, to return to Africa.”

He went on to state that the Israeli government did so by telling the black refugees they’d have legal status secured for them in Rwanda or Uganda.  But that turned out to be “only a ruse, devised to deport them back into a stateless existence.”

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu then declared that the Israeli government would expel some 40,000 more African refugees from Israel, most of whom were Christians and Muslims.

While the plan has been “temporarily suspended” by an Israeli court, Netanyahu has gone on to state that the African refugees are worse than terrorists — this, even though not a single African asylum-seeker in Israel has ever been charged with any terrorism offenses.

So I suppose it should come as no surprise that Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump (who converted to Judaism when she married him) would seek out the fellowship and blessing of the decidedly racist rabbi Yitzchok Yosef in their recent visit to Israel.

Here in the U.S. Jews may be at the forefront of the civil rights movement.  But in Israel…not so much, it would appear.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Jerusalem as the Coming Religious Capital of the World?

No sooner than the U.S. Embassy was officially moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, political luminaries began declaring Jerusalem to be the home of all religious faiths.

Stated Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner:

“Jerusalem must remain a city that brings people of all faiths together:  To visit, to worship, to respect each other, and to appreciate the majesty of history and the glory of God’s creation.”

And Israeli President Reuven Rivlin stated:

“We will continue to safeguard Jerusalem as a city of peace, as a home to all those of faith, a city of all its residents and citizens, of all religions and communities, who share together one city, which is so greatly loved by everyone.”

And how’s that working out so far?  Well, let’s see:

On Embassy opening day alone we have 55 dead Palestinian protestors, killed by Israel military snipers for protesting the Embassy opening at the Gaza border.  And 2,400 more Palestinians wounded by additional Israeli sniper fire.  As the Daily Mail put it:

“…a 14-year-old was among 55 shot dead along the Gaza border on what is already the deadliest single day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2014 war between the Jewish state and Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas. 

 

At least 2,400 more have been injured with hundreds of them by live bullets, according to Gaza officials as the Palestinian government accused Israel of committing a ‘terrible massacre’ and Amnesty International called the bloodshed an ‘abhorrent violation’ of human rights”. 

Where I come from they call that a “turkey shoot.” In the Middle East, apparently, nothing says “Welcome, friend, feel free to come here to visit and worship!” like a steel-tipped bullet.

Jerusalem:  World Capital?

Jerusalem, which means “habitation of peace” in the Hebrew language, has become the antithesis of its own name.  Instead of becoming the Great City of Peace it’s touted to be, it has instead become a city of lies and bloodshed.

Nevertheless, the idea that Jerusalem should be the “city to all faiths” has been touted for a long time now.  Nearly 20 years ago, for example, in October 1999, the Rabbi Menachem Froman, former chief rabbi of the Israeli Knesset, wrote in The Jerusalem Report about what he called “A Modest Proposal.”

The rabbi stated that Israel must “aggressively frame the future” and work to “achieve a vision of Jerusalem at the End of Days.”  This would entail, he said, making Jerusalem the “Capital of the World.” He wrote:

“Isn’t it only fitting that Jerusalem be the seat of the United Nations’ cultural bodies, human rights organizations, scholarly forums… Isn’t it only proper that Jerusalem be the place where members of all faiths convene to renounce their breeding of prejudice, hostility, and war?”

 

The rabbi then stated that “Meetings and discussions are already taking place among (high-level) Jews, Muslims, and Christians with the aim of making Jerusalem into the capital of peace.”

Nearly four decades earlier, Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, had also stated he believed that Jerusalem would become the centerpiece of the world.  He stated, in an interview with Look magazine, that when the time comes:

“In Jerusalem, the United Nations (a truly United Nations) will build a Shrine of the Prophets to serve the federated union of all continents; this will be the seat of the Supreme Court of Mankind, to settle all controversies among the federated continents.”

 

Thirteen years earlier Ben Gurion had written:  “Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel and world Jewry; it aspires to become the spiritual center of the world.”

Yep, a center of world peace and spirituality, but without the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.  That’s what the one-worlders ultimately have in mind for Jerusalem.

Even Chaim Weizmann, former President of the World Zionist Organization, wrote that

“…Zionism is part of a much larger game…” and that the ultimate goal of that game would be “the organization of the world in a great federation…”

And over 100 years before that, in February 1883, it was written in the Jewish World magazine:

“The great ideal of Judaism is that the whole world shall be imbued with Jewish teaching and that in a Universal Brotherhood — a greater Judaism in fact — all the separate races and religions shall disappear.”

The Lord’s Word on the Subject

But what saith the Lord Jesus on this subject?  As it’s written:

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem thou that killest the prophets and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings and ye would not! BEHOLD YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT UNTO YOU DESOLATE:  and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

Well, the Jews still won’t say of Christ, “Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.”  They simply won’t acknowledge that He’s God’s chosen Messiah.  So their house remains desolate.  It produces no fruit for the Lord, because it rejects the Lord’s chosen Messiah and governs based on man’s empty religious traditions.

Nevertheless, as it’s also written, a time will come in the final generation of this flesh earth age that the world political leaders will indeed turn to Jerusalem and try to make it the religious and political centerpiece of the world.  As it’s written:

Zec 8:20  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities:


Zec 8:21
  And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also.

 

Zec 8:22  Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.

 

Zec 8:23  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.

Of course, this happens when Satan arrives to this earth and proclaims himself to be its “God.”  As it’s written of this event in II Thessalonians 2:4, “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

At that time, the entire world, thinking Satan is “God,” will make Jerusalem the world’s spiritual and political capital, and seat him as ruler in that city.

Interestingly, with the multiple nations now saying they too will now follow America’s lead and move their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, we may well be seeing the very beginning of this process.  To learn more, see Israel to Build New Embassy Living Quarters in Jerusalem for the Nations.

Meanwhile, the angry protests from the Palestinians, and the deadly sniper fire from the Israeli military, continues.  The blood flows freely in the streets.  And as it’s written in the Word of God, so it shall come to pass in the final days of this flesh earth age:

Eze 24:9  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city! I will even make the pile for fire great.

 

Eze 24:10  Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned.

 

Eze 24:11  Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn, and that the filthiness of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed.

 

Eze 24:12  She hath wearied herself with lies, and her great scum went not forth out of her: her scum shall be in the fire.

 

Eze 24:13  In thy filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee.

 

Eze 24:14  I the LORD have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith the Lord GOD.

Jerusalem will ultimately be destroyed by the Lord, after having become the center of world religion and politics under Satan.  Our old adversary’s stench will be cleansed by God from the city, in preparation for New Jerusalem “which cometh down out of heaven from my God” (Revelation 3:12).

As it’s written, so it will come to pass.  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem?  Well, you’d better know which Jerusalem you’re praying for, before you do so.  If that confuses you, see my previous study, Jerusalem, or New Jerusalem?

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Is God a He-She?

In my in-depth Bible study, Lucifer, the Divine Androgyne, Ancient God of the Modern Transgender Movement, I document the fact that the Kabbalists and occultists want us to believe that God “transcends gender” by simultaneously being both male and female.

The Kaballists and occultists further claim that Adam was also originally both male and female, and thus the modern transgender movement is merely a way of returning to our original “pristine” state of being.

You see, according to the Kaballists and occultists, the more “transgender” one is, the more like God one is, since God made Adam in His image, and God transcends gender by being both genders at once.

The Kaballists and occultists even go so far as to claim that the Scripture in Genesis 1:27 — i.e., “God created mankind; male and female God created them” — verifies that in God’s original creation of man on this earth, everyone had physical male and female characteristics like God.

Of course, that passage simply means God made males and God made females, and He made them for the specific purpose of procreation, i.e., “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth…” (Genesis 1:28).

But the Kaballists and occultists can’t see that.  Some of them go so far as to say that because one of God’s titles is El Shaddai, which is translated from the Hebrew root word Shad, meaning a “breast,” God has both male procreative organs and female breasts.

In reality, of course, the title El Shaddai simply means God is our ultimate provider.  The title actually means “the all-sufficient God.”

Yes, He is like a mother, but not in the sense of physical attributes or sexuality.  He is like a mother in the sense of providing us with all of the sustenance we need for eternal life.

And by the way, His Word is our life-sustenance.  And His Word clearly states that both the “effeminate” and “abusers of themselves with mankind” will not inherit the kingdom of God.  As it’s written:

1Corinthians 6:9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

So if God were both male and female — i.e., if He were indeed an androgynous being — then by His own Word He’d not be able to “inherit the kingdom of God.”

Transgenderism in the Christian Church

Yet in spite of the incongruity of these pagan claims, the doctrine of a transgender “God” is gradually being inculcated into the Christian church today.  For example, in the following article, a so-called “Pastor” claims that we should “embrace God as Mother.”

The “Pastor” then twists certain Scriptures which compare Father’s compassion for His children to that of a mother’s compassion for her child, claiming instead that those passages secretly mean God is both male and female.

Listen to this convoluted reasoning from the so-called Pastor:  “In Isaiah 63, we see the prophet writing of God’s motherly womb-like love and in the next breath describes God as our Father. Later in chapter 66, Isaiah writes of God saying to God’s people that ‘As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.’”

In other words, the so-called Pastor is claiming we can’t box God into the “male” or “female” category.  He’s both genders at the same time, and yet neither.

The so-called Pastor goes on to say, “God has both masculine and feminine attributes, yet is neither male or female. Our language and understanding is insufficient to describe God.

Put differently, some Christian pastors are now claiming the inscrutable nature of God makes Him both a he and a she, and yet at the same time, neither he nor she, but instead something so all-encompassing we can’t grasp it with our little pea brains.

You see, they claim God is simply too mysterious and too all-encompassing for us to understand, so He must be a little bit of everything thrown together into the same mix.  He’s the great “I am,” and that “I am,” according to the “Pastor” in the article I linked to above, makes Him a little bit of everything.

The underlying but not openly stated presumption is that we, too, should be a little bit of everything thrown into the same mix, since that would make us more like God.

And yes, this stuff is creeping right into the Christian churches of today, where you’ll even see, in some denominations, homosexuals and transgenders being ordained as priests and pastors.

Prepare to be revulsed:  If you Google the phrases “transgender priest” and “transgender pastor” you’ll see 1,600,000 hits for the first phrase, and 1,860,000 hits for the second one.  See here, here, here, here, here and here for examples.

Mystery, Babylon the Great

In reality, what’s you’re seeing take place today is Satan’s so-called occult “magnum opus” or “great work” in which polar opposites are purposely being mixed together in order to transform the world into “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.”

The goal of this “great work,” ultimately, is to so thoroughly confuse and corrupt God’s children, they’ll no longer be fit for God’s eternal family household.

If you’d like to learn more about this great Satanic transformation, see Lucifer, the Divine Androgyne, Ancient God of the Modern Transgender Movement.

I that study, I document the ancient pagan roots of the modern transgender movement, going all of the way back to the goddess Ishtar who was portrayed in the mystery religions as being both male and female, and of helping mankind convert to having both male and female sexual characteristics.

What modern so-called “Pastors” are now doing is hanging those pagan attributes on our heavenly Father, and then claiming we need to be more like Him if we want to please Him.  Of course, that’s a blasphemy they’ll have to deal with later, at the great white throne judgment.

Meanwhile, our job as Christians is to hold up the plumb-line of truth to the world, in the face of its mass apostasy, and tell God’s children there are consequences to their actions.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Things Are “About To Get Biblical” in Israel and Iran Says Rabbi

According to a news article in the UK Daily Star, “Rabbi Pinchas Winston, a prolific end-times theorist who has penned 50 books, has predicted a conflict is on the brink.”

The Rabbi is predicting a major war between Israel and Iran, over the so-called “Syria crisis.”

“Things are about to get Biblical,” said Winston.  “Some people thought the Bible was dead. They thought they could sit back and relax.  That is clearly not the case in Syria and soon, that will be clear to everyone.”

He said confrontation between Israel and Iran is not a “normal political crisis” but rather “this is a Biblically based, prophetic crisis”.

According to the Daily Star:

“Rabbi Winston citied a prophecy from the Yalkut Shimoni, a commentary of the Bible penned in the 1200s, which mentions a major war between Israel and Iran.

 

It reads: “All the nations of the world will be provoking each other. The king of Persia  will provoke the king of Arabia.”

 

And it says the war will “threaten to destroy the entire world” as the nations “fall on their faces and will experience pains like birth pangs”.

Sounds a lot like a war leading up to the deadly wound of Revelation 13, doesn’t it?

Of course, there’s a lot of difference between citing the Bible, and citing a 12th century Jewish commentary on the Bible.  One is the source of truth.  The latter is just men’s opinion.

If the Rabbi wants to cite actual Biblical evidence for a great war against Iran in the final days of this flesh earth age, all he had to do is take a good long look at Daniel chapter 8, where the “ram” in Daniel’s vision represents Iran, and the “he goat” represents Iran’s attacker.

You’ll notice that I didn’t say the “he goat” represents Israel.  And that’s because we still don’t know yet who will attack Iran.  We only know from the Scripture in Daniel 8 that there will be a great military attack on Iran which will devastate the country, and lead ultimately to:

  • The deadly wound of Revelation 13
  • The unleashing of the four winds of Revelation 7 and Daniel 7
  • The advent of the four stages of one-worldism as described in Daniel 7:1-8
  • Followed by the arrival of the “little horn,” i.e., the antichrist himself.

The available evidence indicates the “he goat” attacker will indeed be Israel.  But because the Scripture doesn’t specifically say so, we simply won’t know until we see the war itself break out.

It could just as easily be a coalition of western military forces, led, for example, by the United States, in an attempt to keep Israel out of the fray.  It could even be Saudi Arabia — we haven’t been selling them billions of dollars worth of missiles for no good reason since Trump took office.

But the great war against Iran will indeed take place in the final days of this flesh earth age, and it will indeed usher in all of the remaining Biblical prophesies of these end days.  And that’s what we need to keep our eyeballs peeled for.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Biblical events of the final days of this flesh earth age, see the study The 4 Winds and the Deadly Wound.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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“Big Tent” Religion Leads Catholic Church to Embrace LGBT Event

The Met Gala is an annual fundraising gala put on each year to raise money for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.

A theme is picked for the gala, and the rich and famous then dress up in “immodest and sexually provocative costumes” befitting the theme.

This year, the theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” In other words, the point of this year’s Met Gala was to ridicule and sexualize Catholicism.

Madonna, for example, showed up wearing a goth costume with a golden crown and a big cross between her breasts. And Pop star Rihanna “dressed in a sexually-provocative outfit made to look like papal vestments.”

According to the news article below, “The exhibit included a sadomasochistic bondage mask covered in rosaries.”

And how did the Catholic church take this blatant insult to their religion? Well, they sent their pro-LGBT priest, James Martin, to the Gala, who tweeted throughout the event about what a great time he was having there, and how people were coming up to him and telling him how “sexy” he looks in his priest’s garb.

According to the news article below:

“Rather than condemning the event, the Vatican supplied vestments for an accompanying clothing exhibit, and sent the boy’s choir of the Sistine Chapel to sing for partygoers.”

The article goes on to state that “Cardinal Timothy Dolan called it a ‘great evening’ and ‘the social event of the year.’ He later denied that the event was blasphemous” or in poor taste.

One Catholic, Joseph Sciambra, described in the news article as “an ex-gay and former porn star who returned to the Catholic faith of his youth,” was not shy about stating his disdain for the sordid event and the way the Catholic church appears to have gone along with it. He stated:

“Anyone shocked that James Martin was mixed-up in the whole Met Gala? That’s part of the plan, and has been for a long time — get a few gullible and greedy Bishops to mix with wealthy/well-connected members of the LGBT community at $30,000 a pop cocktail parties – meet the same-sex partner, listen to how uncharitable the Roman Catholic Church is to gay couples, approve the dissident ministry, go back to the chancery feeling good about yourself.”

Sciambra went on to say, “When the Roman Catholic Church lost a sense of the sacred, the secular world, in a desperate need to experience transcendence – made the sacred into something profane.”

And so it is. The modern Christian church — not just the Catholic church alone, mind you, but many other denominations as well — are practicing “Big Tent” religion by gradually caving in to pressure to normalize deviancy and perversion, and even bestow upon it a “sense of the sacred.”

I warned about that in my detailed study, “Lucifer, the Divine Androgyne and Ancient God of the Modern Trangender Movement.”

In that study, I document the fact that homosexuality and transgenderism are ancient pagan religious practices that occultists have claimed for centuries “puts one into direct contact with the divine.”

If you’re interested in learning more, you can read that Bible study here: https://haveyenotread.com/lucifer-the-divine-androgyne-ancient-god-of-the-modern-transgender-movement/

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Israel versus Iran: the Coming War

This week, much to the consternation of the rest of the western world, President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the six-nation nuclear deal with Iran, and affirmed that he was going to institute some of the toughest economic sanctions yet against the Iranian nation.

He also threatened Iranian leaders with “severe consequences” should they restart their nuclear weapons program.

Almost simultaneously, as if on cue, Israel began an aerial bombing campaign against Iranian military targets in the Quneitra province south of Damascus, Syria.

This aerial bombing attack triggered a counter-attack consisting of a barrage of some 20 rockets and artillery from Iranian positions near Syria’s southern border, directly into Israel-held land in the Golan Heights.

Israeli government spokesman now says they consider the barrage a “direct attack” on their nation by Iran, rather than a defensive attack.  As the UK Sun put it:

“Iran has directly attacked Israel for the first time as it launched missiles in the annexed Golan Heights region, Israel’s army has claimed.

 

An Israeli air defence (IDF) spokesman said “about 20 rockets” were fired by Iranian Quds Force at the Jewish state’s defensive line in the area – which has been occupied by Israel since 1967.

 

Tuesday’s attacks represent an immediate escalation in tensions in the region after US President Donald Trump walked away from the 2015 nuclear agreement Barack Obama struck with Iran.”

 

Israeli Defense Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus later stated, “The IDF sees this Iranian attack on Israel with severity. This event is not over.”

Simultaneously to all of this, the weekly British magazine, New Statesman, featured a provocative cover article for their May 11-17 issue, which you can see in the image above.  The glaring headline reads:

Israel vs Iran:  the Coming War

While this week’s issue of the New Statesman has not yet been released, its editors released the cover photo in advance, I assume so they can say they “predicted” the expected war in advance, should it indeed happen now.

So Is Daniel Chapter 8 About to Be Fulfilled?

So does this mean the long-awaited fulfillment of Daniel chapter 8 is about to take place, in which Iran, symbolized by a ram, is attacked and completely defeated by a military power symbolized as a “he goat” in the final days of this flesh earth age?

Well, as the old saying goes, “Keep your powder dry.”  We’ve been here too many times in the past to make a conclusive statement like that.  War with Iran has been predicted for the past decade, at the very least.

But…we’re supposed to be watchmen of God (Ezekiel 33).  Therefore it’s our job to stay on the watch and report what’s happening.  And dramatic events precisely like this are the stuff war is made of.

As you’ve seen in the past few weeks, Israel is definitely pressing for war with Iran.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked the Israeli Knesset for greater war powers, and was given virtual carte blanche to attack Iran without waiting for Knesset approval, in any situation deemed to be “extreme.”

Would today’s counter-attack on Israel by Iran qualify as “extreme”?  Well, we’ll have to watch and see how Israel interprets it.  After all, it’s Israel that gets to define what they mean by the word “extreme.”

It’s also interesting to note that shortly before the approval for greater war powers was granted to Netanyahu, Pentagon Chief James Mattis had told reporters in the U.S. that direct conflict between Israeli and Iranian forces is now “very likely.”

And in one report out of Israel, from Haaretz.com, the Israeli Energy Minister stated that Israel would even assassinate Syria’s president Assad if he continued to allow Iran to operate out of Syria.

So we have all of the makings of a war in motion.  The question is:  Now, or later?

And the answer is:  It doesn’t matter.  It’s going to happen — today, tomorrow or a year from now — because it’s written.  So you should be ready for it, and for all of the remaining prophetic events of the end days, to begin playing out.

And you should be ready right now, just in case.   Don’t wait until after the attack on Iran to get your affairs in order and start preparing for the antichrist.  After all, once Iran’s defeat is complete, the Scripture in Daniel chapter 8 describes the following events as taking place directly afterwards:

1.)  The he goat — which we can only assume at this point is going to be Israel — “waxed very great” and became “strong” (translated from the Hebrew word atsam meaning a bone cruncher).  [Daniel 8:8]

2.)  Once becoming strong, the great horn on the he goat’s head, representing its power structure, gets broken (i.e., burst, destroyed, broken into pieces).  This is most likely to take place through the delivery of the deadly wound of Revelation chapter 13, which we know from previous studies happens at Jerusalem.  [Daniel 8:8]

3.)  Once the power structure (i.e., “horn”) of the he goat is broken into pieces, the Scripture tells us that “four notable ones” come up in place of that former power structure.  These are the “four beasts” described in Daniel 7:3-7, which represent the four stages of one-worldism taking place very quickly.  [Daniel 8:8]

4.)  These “four notable ones” arise “towards the four winds of heaven,” meaning this is the point at which the four winds that usher in the final events of this flesh earth age begin to blow.  This is confirmed again in Daniel 7:2.  So at this point the sealing of God’s elect described in Revelation chapter 7 is over with, and the four winds that were held back until the elect are sealed in their foreheads with the truth of God’s Word are now no longer being held back.  [Daniel 8:8]

5.)  Out of the “four notable ones” of Daniel 8:8 comes forth “a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.”  We know from Daniel 7:8 and 7:25 that this “little horn” is Satan himself, in his role as the false savior of the world, having been cast down to this earth with his fallen angels in Revelation 12:7-9.  [Daniel 8:9]

In short, the defeat of Iran by the “he goat” of Daniel chapter 8 directly presages the deadly wound at Jerusalem…the beginning of the four winds of Revelation chapter 7 and Daniel chapter 7…the ushering in of Satan’s one-world system…and finally the arrival onto the scene of the antichrist himself.

To learn more about the events of the end of this age, including the war on Iran and the deadly wound of the great book of Revelation, see the Bible study, The 4 Winds and the Deadly Wound.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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3 Interesting News Reports Out of Israel

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There were three interesting reports in the news today regarding events in Israel.

One report is about Israel getting ready to adopt the Talmud into law as the foundation of their official state legal system.

Another one is about renewed fears of violence over the coming May 14, 2018 controversial move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

And another report quotes a high-ranking Israeli government official as saying that Syria’s president Assad will have to be “eliminated” by Israel if he continues to allow Iran to operate military bases on Syrian soil.

Let’s take a quick look at each story, and think about them in terms of other developments we’ve been watching taking place in Jerusalem in recent weeks and months, particularly in relation to what the Scriptures say about end-times events we’re to be on the watch for:

News Report #1:  Netanyahu Wants Talmud to be Official Law of Israel

First, in an IsraelNationNews.com article, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamain Netanyahu has allegedly told Yaakov Vider, the head of the Likud party’s hareidi division (i.e., ultra-orthodox Jews), that he intends to make the Talmud the basis of Israel’s legal system.

Yes, that’s the same Talmud that says Jesus Christ is was bastard born of adultery (Yebamoth 49b) and now residing in hell, boiling in hot excrement eternally for His “sins” against Israel (Gittin 57a), and that His mother Mary was a Jewish whore who was having sex on the side while engaged to be married to Joseph.  (Sanhedrin 106a; shabbath 104b footnote 2).

Netanyahu had earlier told IsraelNationNews.com, “One of my main missions as Prime Minister of Israel is to bolster the status of the State of Israel as the national state of our people. To this end, it is my intention to submit a Basic Law to the Knesset that would provide a constitutional anchor for Israel’s status as the national state of the Jewish people.”

Later, Netanyahu is said to have told Likud party head Yaakov Vider that the new law also “would establish the Talmud, the core work of Jewish law, as an official basis for Israeli state law.”

I want to anchor in this law, that it will be a Basic Law that the state of Israel arose and exists on the basis of the Torah and the Jewish tradition,” Netanyahu explained, promising to define the Hebrew calendar as the official state calendar.

Netanyahu also promised that “we will define in the law the Gemara as a basis for the Israeli legal system,” referencing the Jewish legal text analyzing the Mishnah, a legal work of the Jewish sages, which together form the Talmud.

My comment:  I find it quite interesting this is happening now, at precisely the time when the U.S. embassy is being moved to Jerusalem in mid-May, and at least four embassies of other nations have also indicated a willingness to move to Jerusalem.

Ultimately, the Scripture tells us that under the antichrist, Jerusalem will become the center of world political and religious power.  As it’s written in Zechariah chapter 8:

Zec 8:22  Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.

 

Zechariah 8:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.

As I mentioned in a previous post, it’s been since December 1949 that Israel moved their capital from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But that controversial move has not been recognized by the nations of this world until now, because the Palestinians consider East Jerusalem to be their “universal capital.”

Now, we’re seeing both political power (in the form of the embassies moving to Jerusalem) and religious power (in the form of the new Basic Law being touted by Netanyahu) being slowly consolidated in Jerusalem.

Now let me be clear about this:  I’m not saying the end is near.  These news reports are just indications as to which way things are going.  It’s not the event itself that’s so important, but the cumulative set of events that are taking place on a gradual basis.  We need to keep our eyes and ears open to it.  Slowly, but surely, the Scripture is being fulfilled.  Which leads me to our next news report:

News Report #2:  Israel Fears “Explosion of Violence After U.S. Moves Embassy to Jerusalem

According to a news article in The Guardian, Israel is preparing to deal with an “explosion of violence” as the U.S. prepares to open its new embassy in Jerusalem on May 14th during the same week as Israel’s 70th anniversary as a nation.

In other words, the U.S. embassy is being moved to Jerusalem on the same day the Palestinian population calls “Al Nakba,” meaning “the catastrophe,” referring to Israel’s May 1948 takeover of most of the Holy Land, and the thrusting out into the wilderness to die some 600,000 Palestinians.  The timing of the U.S. Embassy move is just a little bit too much like rubbing the faces of the Palestinians in the matter.  So of course the Israelis have become worried about more violence breaking out in Palestine, which of course is a distinct possibility.

According to The Guardian report:

“This year, tensions are far higher than usual. Six weeks of protests along the Gaza border, during which Israeli soldiers have shot dead nearly 40 people and wounded hundreds, will culminate that week.

 

There are fears that those attending the rallies may attempt to breach the perimeter, a move that could lead to mass casualties as Israeli snipers are operating under rules of engagement that permit live fire.”

 

“The situation between Israelis and Palestinians could not be more delicate,” wrote Ilan Goldenberg, who served as part of the US team during the 2013-14 Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, in an opinion piece for the Israeli paper Haaretz.

 

The embassy move, he said, may pass without significant violence, pointing to the lack of anticipated instability following Donald Trump’s December announcement to relocate the embassy.

 

“Or it could explode – and we could find ourselves in the middle of a new war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

 

Nobody knows, but it is irresponsible for the US to be dumping gasoline on this potential fire,” he said.

 

…Goldenberg said the “flood of huge events” could be overwhelming: “A toxic witches’ brew of political instability and further potential violence is stewing in the Middle East.”

As you can see, the situation in Jerusalem is indeed “delicate,” as the news report put it.  All we can do is watch and see if the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem triggers even more violence as we approach the mid-May.

Keep in mind that the deadly wound of Revelation will sooner or later be delivered at Jerusalem (see the study, The 4 Winds and the Deadly Wound).  No one knows the exact nature of the wound.  But it’s Biblical “type” was David’s delivery of the wound to the head of Goliath the Phillistine (i.e., read:  Palestinian).

Some say the deadly wound won’t be delivered at Jerusalem until after God’s two faithful witnesses of Revelation 11 appear on this earth at Jerusalem, and that the two witnesses will be the ones who deliver the wound.  Others claim it will be delivered by Israel itself, after Israel attacks Iran in fulfillment of Daniel chapter 8, and shortly after that attack finds itself surrounded by Arab armies (Luke 21:20).

Regardless, God gave us eyes to see and ears to hear, and told us to be His watchmen.  So let’s watch the situation patiently, comparing it to the prophetic events described in the Scriptures, to see how it turns out.

News Report #3: Israel Will ‘Eliminate’ Assad if He Continues to Let Iran Operate From Syria

According to an article from Haaretz.com, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said Monday that “Assad needs to know it will be his end if he allows Iran to turn Syria into a military base in order to attack Israel.”

The article went on to say:

“Steinitz told Israeli news site ynet that Assad needs to know it will be his end if he allows Iran to turn Syria into military base in order to attack Israel.

 

“It’s unacceptable that Assad sits quietly in his palace and rebuild his regime while allowing Syria to be turned into a base for attacks on Israel,” he said. Steinitz later clarified his comments reflect his personal opinions.

 

Israeli defense officials are bracing for the possibility of an Iranian revenge attack from Syria in the near future, in the form of rocket and missile launches at northern Israel.”

Of course, you’ve seen in recent weeks Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s globally-televised speech and demonstration, in which he claims to have “irrefutable proof” that Iran is operating in violation of its nuclear agreement.

And you’ve likely seen the news reports of Israel doing bombing runs inside of Syrian air space, dropping bombs on what they call “clandestine Iranian military bases” in Syria.

Iran and Syria are considered to be the two main obstacles left in terms of achieving so-called “peace in the middle east.”

So it’s apparently been determined that the leadership of these two nations will ultimately have to be eliminated.  Of course, we know the Scriptures state that when they start claiming “peace and safety” the end is very near.  As it’s written:

1Th 5:3  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

 

1Th 5:4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

 

1Th 5:5  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

 

1Th 5:6  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

 

1Th 5:7  For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

 

1Th 5:8  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

So let’s do exactly as the Scripture forewarns, and keep our Gospel Armor on and in place.

We have no reasons to worry.  But we must needs be watchmen.  That’s why we follow the news coming out of Jerusalem, and the Middle East as well, And compare what’s going on to what the Scripture tells us to expect.

It’s through that activity of watching with understanding that we see the prophesies being fulfilled, one news story after another.

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Steve Barwick

 

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Netanyahu Given More Power to Declare War

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According to this news article, just days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conducted a globally televised news conference documenting evidence that Iran has not been compliant with their nuclear deal, the Israeli Knesset has given Netanyahu sweeping new powers to declare war in extreme situations with only the Defense Minister’s approval.

In other words, as long as the Israeli Defense Minister approves, and the situation is deemed to be “extreme,” Netanyahu can now declare war against Iran (or any other country labeled a threat).

This is a significant move toward war by Israel and the Netanyahu administration.  Naturally, Israel considers Iran’s potential to build nuclear weapons as an “extreme situation.”

As the news article states: “The controversial law has been approved in light of unfolding tensions between Iran and Israel, as the Israeli Prime Minister has stated that Iran is continually increasing the range of its nuclear-capable missiles, saying that Israel has thousands of documents showing how Tehran allegedly lied to the world after signing the nuclear agreement, proving that Iran’s nuclear program had a military dimension…”

Point being, Israel is indeed getting ready to go to war.  We don’t know if it’s sooner, or later.  But it’s certainly coming.

As we reported last week, Pentagon Chief James Mattis recently told reporters that direct conflict between Israeli and Iranian forces is now “very likely.”

Why is this war important?  Because it has the potential to fulfill the ancient prophesy written of in Daniel chapter 8, in which Iran (represented in the Scripture as a “ram”) is attacked and completely conquered by a “he goat” (described in Scripture as being “moved with choler against the ram”).

Once this attack takes place, the Scripture in Daniel chapter 8 describes the following events as taking place afterwards:

1.)  The he goat “waxed very great” and became “strong” (translated from the Hebrew word atsam meaning a bone cruncher).  [Daniel 8:8]

 

2.)  Once becoming strong, the great horn on the he goat’s head, representing its power structure, gets broken (i.e., burst, destroyed, broken into pieces).  This is most likely the deadly wound of Revelation chapter 13, which we know from previous studies happens at Jerusalem.  [Daniel 8:8]

 

3.)  Once the power structure (i.e., “horn”) of the he goat is broken into pieces, the Scripture tells us that “four notable ones” come up in place of that former power structure.  These are the “four beasts,” which are the four stages of one-worldism described in Daniel 7:3-7.  [Daniel 8:8]

 

4.)  These “four notable ones” arise “towards the four winds of heaven,” meaning this is the point at which the four winds that usher in the final events of this flesh earth age begin to blow.  This is confirmed again in Daniel 7:2.  So at this point the sealing of God’s elect described in Revelation chapter 7 is over with, and the four winds that were held back until the elect are sealed in their foreheads with the truth of God’s Word are now no longer being held back.  [Daniel 8:8]

 

5.)  Out of the “four notable ones” of Daniel 8:8 comes forth “a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.”  We know from Daniel 7:8 and 7:25 that this “little horn” is Satan himself, in his role as the false savior of the world, having been cast down to this earth with his fallen angels in Revelation 12:7-9.  [Daniel 8:9]

There’s much more in those verses in Daniel chapter 8.  Those are just the pertinent highlights.  So if you haven’t done so already, you can learn more about them in my study, The 4 Winds and the Deadly Wound.

Until then, keep your eyes on Jerusalem.  That’s where all of the action will be from this point forward.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Would You Like to Attend a “Beyonce Mass”?

In this news article, it’s revealed that the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco recently held a so-called “Beyonce Mass,” in which the provocative, scantily clad and sexually-suggestive singer’s music was played along with “Scripture readings and communion.”

The article says the mass was attended by some 750-900 people and that the line to get in “wrapped around the building Wednesday night.”

Beyonce, who likes to be called “Queen Bey,” has been criticized in the past for the occult themes of some of her concert performances and music videos, including one in which she “struts around with a girl brandishing 666, the number of the antichrist, on her shirt.”

In another performance, Beyonce is said to have made a “Mudra hand gesture symbolizing occultic energy,” in honor of the Hindu goddess Holika, while singing “Ah-oh-ah-oh-ah/Got me feeling drunk and high.” In the same performance her hands are seen “covered with intricate henna designs customary to Hindu religious celebrations.”

In the past, Beyonce has also “posted a risqué picture of herself in front of a depiction of the Last Supper, in which she blocked Jesus out of the photograph with her body. The image was soon deleted after controversy ensued over the matter.”

And of course, her well-known husband, rapper Jay-Z, forthrightly praises Satan in his song “Lucifer,” in which he claims Lucifer’s rebellion against God was a “righteous cause.”

Church leader Jude Harmon told the Huffington Post that he doesn’t see a problem with the Wednesday night offering because “conservative Christians see a high wall separating the Church from the world; progressive Christians do not.”

Progressive Christians, huh?  So that’s what they’re calling outright blasphemy now.

I’d counter that with the following words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 7:13-14:  “Enter ye in at the strait [i.e., narrow] gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

Satan’s “Great Work” of Mixing Good and Evil

Of course, this kind of mixing of worldly music with Christian worship and communion service is nothing new.  It was over ten years ago that the Church of England as well as the U.S. Episcopal Church announced they would allow the so-called “U2charist,” which is the taking of the holy communion accompanied by U2 songs instead of traditional Christians hymns of praise to the Lord.

Churches pushing the “U2charist” claimed they were trying to “reach out to people in lager communities, especially younger people,” with messages of “global reconciliation and justice for the poor and oppressed.”

In one of their most famous albums, Joshua Tree, in a song titled “In God’s Country,” the band unabashedly sings “She stands with a naked flame.  I stand with the sons of Cain.”  In other words, U2 stands with the many-membered body of antichrist, which is largely made up of the sons of Cain and their followers.

Of course, that’s not surprising, since the vast majority of the Christians churches today unwittingly stand with the sons of Cain, as well, erroneously believing them to be “God’s chosen people” (i.e., Revelation 2:9 and 3:9).

I’ve recently commented that Satan’s program for bringing about one-world unity among all people – which is known in occult circles as his “great work” or “magnum opus” — is being accomplished through the blending of polar opposites combined with the mixing of good and evil until a “synthesis” is achieved resulting in a “global transformation” in which everyone is finally “equal” because they’re indistinguishable from one another.

These so-called “church services” in which the worldly evil (i.e., decidedly unchristian music) is mixed with good (i.e., the taking of Holy Communion) is a perfect example of Satan’s so-called “great work,”  which ultimately leads to the global transformation called in the Bible, “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.”

Of course, Satan’s “great work” only corrupts and debauches God’s children, making them unfit for the Father’s eternal family household.  And that’s exactly Satan’s plan, i.e., the corruption and debauchery of God’s children so they’re so deeply steeped in sin and spiritual confusion when Christ arrives, they can’t be part of the first resurrection.

That way, Satan gets a second chance at them at the end of the millennium teaching period (Revelation 20:7-9).  His ultimate goal is to take as many of God’s children as possible to hell with him at the time of the great white throne judgment (Revelation 20:10-15).

In contrast, God’s program for redeeming and unifying His children is through humble submission to Jesus Christ and His redeeming grace.

If you’d like to learn more about how Satan accomplishes his “magnum opus” of mixing good and evil, and blending polar opposites in order to transform the globe into Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth, I recommend the following two in-depth Bible studies, if you haven’t read them already:

Knowing the modus operandi of the enemy allows us to more effectively teach against, and take a firm stand against, the “wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Is Israel Going to War With Iran?

No sooner than Pentagon chief James Mattis told reporters last Friday that direct conflict between Israeli and Iranian forces is “very likely” (see my short commentary here), all hell has broken loose in the news.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went on national television today to say he has “irrefutable proof” that Iran is operating in violation of their nuclear deal and has been “lying to the world about its nuclear program for years.”

According to a Haaretz news article, “Presenting 55,000 pages of documents and 183 CDs, Netanyahu said Iran hid an ‘atomic archive’ of documents on its nuclear program.”

The article goes on to say:

“At the press conference, Netanyahu exposed a secret Iranian nuclear project, codenamed “Amad,” which he said had been shelved in 2003, though he said work in the field had continued.

 

‘After signing the nuclear deal in 2015, Iran intensified its efforts to hide its secret files,’ Netanyahu said. ‘In 2017 Iran moved its nuclear weapons files to a highly secret location in Tehran.’” 

 

…’We can now prove that project Amad was a comprehensive program to design, build and test nuclear weapons,’ he said.

 

‘We can also prove that Iran is secretly storing project Amad material to use at a time of its choice to develop nuclear weapons.’” 

Netanyahu concluded by saying “Iran lied about never having a secret nuclear program. Secondly, even after the deal, it continued to expand its nuclear program for future use. Thirdly, Iran lied by not coming clean to the IAEA,” he said, adding that, “the nuclear deal is based on lies based on Iranian deception.”

After Netanyahu’s televised address in which he painstakingly laid out his case against Iran, Iran’s “Supreme Leader” Ali Khamenei announced that Tehran “will respond to the strikes against its facilities in Syria,” which the Israeli Air Force had conducted this past Sunday evening.

After the Iranian threat, Israeli defense and political sources stated that if Iran attacks Israel from Syria, either itself or through its proxy, Hezbollah, Israel will respond forcefully and target Iranian soil.

Crying Wolf, Or Going to War?

So is Israel simply crying wolf again, as it’s done so many times over the Iran nuclear deal?  Or is there really irrefutable proof that Iran has been working toward building a nuclear arms program all of this time?

The answer is unclear.

But even the newspaper Haaretz, an Israeli publication, had doubts, stating, “Intelligence experts and diplomats said he did not seem to have presented a ‘smoking gun’ showing that Iran had violated the terms of the agreement, although he may have helped make a case on behalf of skeptics in the U.S. who want to scrap it.

And the Guardian of Britain pointed out that much of the “new intelligence” touted by Netanyahu today is actually nothing new at all, but has been known about “as early as 2005 and made public (by the International Atomic Energy Agency) in 2011.”

So was Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech little more than political theater designed to give President Trump the ammunition he needs in order to scrap the Iranian nuclear deal signed by former President Barack Obama?  Or are Israel and Iran actually getting ready to go to war?

The online pundits have been claiming all day long that Israel is going to war with Iran immediately. But as of this writing, nary a new bomb has been dropped.  Thomas Friedman, political analyst for the New York Times, stated, “These are momentous days for both countries. One thing I know for sure. The status quo is not sustainable,” meaning he doesn’t believe Israel will continue to turn a blind eye toward Iran.

Interestingly, the newspaper Business Insider actually ran a story today with the headline “Israel is Stomping on Iran” – a direct reference to the prophetic events of Daniel chapter 8.  The publication further stated, “Israel appears to have been punishing Iran and walking all over Syria as the US expresses support for Jerusalem.”

As it’s written in Daniel chapter 8, speaking first of the ram which is symbolic of Iran, and secondly of the he goat which is prophetically symbolic of Israel:

Dan 8:4  I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.

Iran has pushed politically and militarily into Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Lebanon, and looks to push further into Yemen, Sudan and other strategic Middle East countries.

Dan 8:5  And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.

“Touched not the ground” is an old Hebrew euphemism for approaching with great speed.  But in these end days, in which military jets are a reality, it appears this “he goat” with the “notable horn between his eyes” will use an airstrike when it attacks the ram, Iran.

Dan 8:6  And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.

The he goat attacks the ram with exceeding ferocity.  Maybe even nuclear ferocity.

Dan 8:7  And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.

None of Iran’s allies will be able to deliver the nation out of the hands of the “he goat” once the attacks commence.

Nevertheless, in spite of all of the war rhetoric you’re hearing, keep your powder dry, and watch, and see.  Don’t let the news media get you all excited.  When it finally happens – and at some point it will – you’ll know it for a fact, immediately.

Our heavenly Father has told us to be watchmen (Ezekiel 33), which means we’re to learn His Word, and then watch for the end times events described therein to begin to unfold, sounding the trumpet of warning along the way.

Consider Reading this Bible Study

But you can’t be an effective watchman of the Lord if you don’t know what you’re supposed to be watching for.

So my suggestion is read the Bible study, The 4 Winds and the Deadly Wound” for the order of events leading up to the Biblical deadly wound, including what has to happen in Iran, first, in order for that wound to ultimately come about.

In that study, you’ll also learn where the deadly wound of the great book of Revelation is going to be delivered…when it’s going to be delivered…and to whom it will be delivered.

And you’ll learn how it’s all tied to the “four winds” of the great book of Revelation, and why the long-prophesied defeat of Iran (Daniel chapter 8) in the final days of this flesh earth age ultimately triggers those “four wind” to blow, ushering in the final stages of one-worldism, the deadly wound, and the arrival of the antichrist onto the world stage.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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The Gender Blur Accelerates: People Now Having “Theybies” Instead of Babies

I’ve commented a number of times on the growing global trend toward transgenderism, as well as toward so-called “non-binary” or “genderqueer” gender identities, in which the gender-confused individual identifies as neither male nor female.

Now, as the gender blur accelerates globally, parents of newborns are beginning to foist this gender confusion on their newborn, referring to their babies as “theybies,” meaning children with no gender identity until they grow up and choose one (or both) for themselves.

According to this news article, “The term is called ‘TheyBy’ and refers to a baby born and raised free of the ‘constraints of gender designation’.”

The article goes on to point out:

“Companies are also jumping on the “blur the genders bandwagon” by creating gender neutral clothes, toys and products. Some examples are Banana Republic that has introduced a line of gender-less baby clothes. And then there is Target, that has removed gender-based signage and references from its toy aisles.

…Will hearing “it’s a boy” or “it’s a girl” in the hospital birthing room become a thing of the past? God forbid. More than ever, we need men and women who raise their sons and daughters to reflect God’s masterful design for the sexes. 

God’s design is the best design and His way of life is the best way of life. When we deviate from His plan, the results are only negative. Call me old school, but I believe boys should be boys and girls should be girls. They should be called that. Raised like that. And be taught to act like that.

The differences between the two genders are what make both so special and equal in their uniqueness.”

Satan’s Occult “Great Work”

In past commentaries on this subject, I’ve noted that Satan’s program for bringing about one-world unity among all people – which is known in occult circles as his “great work” or “magnum opus” — is being accomplished through the blending of polar opposites combined with the mixing of good and evil until a “synthesis” is achieved resulting in a “global transformation” in which everyone is finally “equal” because they’re indistinguishable from one another.

Of course, Satan’s “great work” only corrupts and debauches God’s children, making them unfit for the Father’s eternal family household.  And that’s exactly Satan’s plan, i.e., the corruption and debauchery of God’s children so they’re so deeply steeped in sin when Christ arrives, they can’t be part of the first resurrection.

That way, Satan gets a second chance at them at the end of the millennium teaching period (Revelation 20:7-9).  His ultimate goal is to take as many of God’s children as possible to hell with him at the time of the great white throne judgment (Revelation 20:10-15).

In contrast, God’s program for redeeming and unifying His children is through humble submission to Jesus Christ and His redeeming grace.  That’s why you see so much public sneering at God and His Word, while simultaneously you’re witnessing mass public acceptance of transgenderism, non-binary/genderqueer, “theybies” and other abominations.

Learn More…

If you’d like to learn more about how Satan accomplishes his great transformative “magnum opus” or mixing good and evil, and blending polar opposites in order to transform the globe into Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth, I recommend the following two in-depth Bible studies, if you haven’t read them already:

Knowing the modus operandi of the enemy allows us to more effectively teach against, and take a firm stand against, the “wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Mattis: Direct Israel-Iran Conflict “Very Likely”

Pentagon chief James Mattis told reporters Friday that direct conflict between Israeli and Iranian forces is “very likely,” according to this news article.

This was just days after French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed that he believes US President Donald Trump will scrap the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Serious Bible students know there will indeed be a coming war with Iran. And we know so, because it’s written of in great detail, in Daniel chapter 8, in which the “ram” represents Persia (modern-day Iran) and the “rough he goat” represents Iran’s attacker.

Whether or not the nation of Israel actually leads that war – fulfilling the role of the “he goat” — remains to be seen. But the war is coming, never-the-less.

Most importantly, the end-days attack on Iran ushers in the Biblical “four winds” of Revelation chapter 7 and Daniel chapter 7 – which in turn usher in the deadly wound at Jerusalem and the arrival of the false Christ.

If you’re unfamiliar with the subject, you can learn more in the Bible study, The 4 Winds and the Deadly Wound.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Israel to Build New Embassy Living Quarters In Jerusalem for the Nations, Could Be Called “Trump Town”

According to the this Jerusalem Post article, thanks to the growing trend of countries wanting to move their embassies in Israel out of Tel Aviv and into Jerusalem, the building of an entire new quarter is being planned within Jerusalem to house the employees of those embassies.

So far, the U.S. embassy in Israel is planning to move to Jerusalem in May.  And afterwards, so is the Czech, Romanian and Honduran embassy. That’s a total of four, embassies, so far, with more expected to follow suit soon.

According to Israeli Construction Minister Yoav Gallant, “There is an apparent pattern of embassies moving to Jerusalem, and we have to start getting ready now. We might have to build dozens of embassies, and we would need new land ready for that purpose. I asked my ministry to vigorously take action as fast as possible.”

Dozens of Embassies, or Only Ten?

I suppose the move of dozens of embassies to Jerusalem would indeed be possible.  After all, there are some 86 foreign embassies in Israel, most of them located in Israel’s former political capital, Tel Aviv.  But my suspicion is that there will ultimately be only ten of them moving to Jerusalem, in fulfillment of the Scripture in the great book of Zechariah:

Zec 8:22  Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.

 

Zechariah 8:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.

Regardless of whether or not the above verse refers to the current trend of foreign embassies moving from Israel’s capital city, Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem, it does refer to global political power becoming centralized in Israel, specifically at Jerusalem.

This specific prophesy is not something we’ve yet to see come to pass.  But it might be beginning to come to pass in the new trend of foreign embassies in Israel moving from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  Only time will tell.

The 10 Kings of Revelation?

Many Bible students believe Zechariah 8:23 above refers solely to the “ten kings” of Revelation 17:12, of which the Scripture tells us “have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.”

In other words, it’s the ten kings ruling over the one-world “beast” system under Satan’s command when he arrives as the false Messiah, which Christians today know as the antichrist.

Those ten kings are supernatural beings – fallen angels of the highest order – whom Satan will bring with him when he arrives.  They ruled with him in the first age (i.e., for documentation compare Rev. 12:3, Rev. 13:1 and Rev. 17:2).  And they’ll rule with him again when he arrives to this earth to pull off his great deception as the “Messiah of God.”

But carefully note the difference between Zechariah 8:23 above and Revelation 17:2.  In Zechariah 8:23 above, the ten men “take hold…of the skirt of him that is a Jew” out of “all languages of the nations.”

In other words, these particular ten men are not necessarily supernatural, but instead appear to be human political leaders.  Each one of the ten men speaks the language of their own nation.

So it’s quite exciting indeed to think we might be watching more Bible prophesy being fulfilled right before our eyes in this growing move of multiple national embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Named After Donald Trump?

According to the Jerusalem Post article, “Gallant suggested a couple possible names for the area where the embassies would be located. He initially called it ‘Embassy Town,’ but then said he may decide to instead call it ‘Trump Town,’ after US President Donald Trump, who initiated next month’s move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem.”

While that makes me wonder if Mr. Gallant was having a little bit of fun with the journalist interviewing him, the Israeli love affair with Donald Trump is nevertheless clearly growing.  As an example, in December Israeli Transportation Minister Israel Katz announced that he would name the train station that will be built in the future near the Western Wall after US President Trump.

These news stories come on the heels of another recent news story in which a famous Israeli rabbi claimed that President Trump, being a builder by trade (i.e., Trump Tower, etc.), is “destined to rebuild the Jerusalem Temple before the coming of Messiah.”

While I don’t believe that particular building project will ever take place (see my commentary at the above link if you’d like to know why), it’s nevertheless exciting to see so much global focus on Jerusalem.

Regarding the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem scheduled for later in May, Jerusalem City Council member Fleur Hassan-Nahoum had this to say:

“I am thrilled that the US Embassy move has been the catalyst to other countries to finally recognize the reality that Jerusalem is and always will be the capital of Israel.”

I’ll bet he’s thrilled indeed.  After all, it’s been since December 1949 that Israel moved their capital from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But that controversial move has not been recognized by the nations of this world until now, because the Palestinians consider East Jerusalem to be their “universal capital.”

President Trump has clearly been the prime force behind this growing global recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

As serious Bible students know, Jerusalem is the barometer of the end times.  That’s where we’re to watch for prophesy to unfold in the final days of this flesh earth age.  That’s where the deadly wound of the book of Revelation will take place when the surrounding Islamic nations attack.  And that’s where the antichrist himself will arrive and form his seat of government.

So keep your eyes open and your powder dry, as the old saying goes.  Things are getting very interesting, indeed.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Gentlemen’s Quarterly Rates Bible as “Irrelevant”


According to a recent news article, Gentlemen’s Quarterly (GQ) magazine has rated the Bible as one of the 20 historically well-known books that are now “irrelevant.”

Sandwiched into the list between ‘The Ambassadors’ by Henry James and ‘Franny and Zooey’ by J. D. Salinger, the Bible was listed as the 12th most irrelevant book.

Of course, the Bible is God’s Word.  So rating the Bible as “irrelevant” is the same as rating God and His Word as “irrelevant.”  That carries some penalties, beloved.

Christians immediately took to Twitter to let GQ know how they feel about the rating.  One Twitter user wrote:

“Actually the Bible is: the most translated book, ever; written by 40 authors over 1600 + yet 1 continuous theme; Billions sold/more than any other book; many have tried to outlaw or destroy it + yet it remains. Overrated, not likely.”

Another wrote:

I note GQ editors didn’t put Koran or Hindu books etc in their list — but the Bible is (#12). That’s because God’s Word convicts, & GQ editors don’t want to acknowledge they’re sinners in need of salvation & need to submit to God’s Word in all areas of life.”

And yet another Christian wrote:

“The Bible wasn’t written … to impress GQ Magazine… It was written to breath into our lives and has accomplished just that for centuries. GQ will come and go. But God’s Word will last for eternity.”

In the comments section under the article, other Christians chimed in, with one saying, “This attitude by GQ is why America is rotting from within. And it’s why those of us who are Christians don’t listen to a word the MSM says.”

Another wrote, “Well, yet another sign that the US keeps walking away from God Who blessed this country, once. I guess no more ‘In God we trust’ and getting closer to more like Sodom and Gomorrah.”

And finally, another commentator wrote:

People still read GQ? That’s so 90s. I thought it died together with the other lads mags.”

And that’s the truth of the matter, folks.  In reality, GQ is the publication that’s irrelevant.  I don’t think I’ve ever picked up a copy in my entire life, though I’ve seen their pretentious covers in magazine racks many times.

But the Bible?  It’s like reading today’s headlines, without the distorted propaganda.

The Bible is what allows us to understand with clarity why the things happening in the world today are actually happening…who’s actually behind the events that rock and then re-shape entire nations…what their ultimate goals are…who they really work for…and what the ultimate outcome will be by the time this flesh age is over with.

What’s more, we’re told in the Bible that those who keep God’s Word, rather than dismiss it as “irrelevant,” are those who will in turn be kept (i.e., preserved) by God from the “hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”

In other words, when the big test comes, GQ fails because they’ve already dismissed God’s Word as irrelevant to their lives.

But those who keep God’s Word win.  It’s that simple.  Of course, you have to learn God’s Word in order to keep it.

But irrelevant?

Not hardly.  I can’t think of anything more relevant than the Bible.  Read just one of the Bible studies at this link and come back and tell me the Bible has become “irrelevant.”

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

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Kids Now Becoming Do-It-Yourself Transgenders; Who’s At Fault?

According to an article in the Daily Mail, “DIY transgender pills” are being sold to children who want to change their sexual identities from male to female, or vice-versa.

The article states that “school children who want to change sex are risking their lives by buying illegal hormone drugs online” in order to change their gender.”

The article also points out there are online chat rooms that offer teenagers tips on transitioning from one sex to the other.  Apparently, “hundreds” of gender-confused teens have turned to these online forums so they can begin “transitioning” without their parents’ knowledge or permission.

Lucifer: the Divine Androgyne

In a Bible study titled Lucifer: the Divine Androgyne, Ancient God of the Modern Transgender Movement, I’ve documented the reason we’re seeing such an explosive global popularity in transgenderism.

In that study, I noted that while God’s program for redeeming and unifying His children is through humble submission to Jesus Christ and His redeeming grace, Satan’s program for bringing about one-world unity is through the blending of opposites until a “synthesis” is achieved resulting in a “new way” on this earth in which everyone is finally “equal” because they’re indistinguishable from one another.

In another recent Bible study, Knowing Good and Evil: Satan’s Occult, Alchemical “Great Work”, I take the documentation all of the way back to the Garden of Eden, demonstrating that Satan’s plan since the very beginning of this flesh age is based upon the mixing of polar opposites until a global “synthesis” is achieved.

In that way, Satan seeks to corrupt and estrange God’s children from their heavenly Father and His eternal family household.

Who’s to Blame?

I noticed recently that another Biblically-oriented online news and current events commentator more or less sarcastically pooh-poohed the idea of “blaming Satan” for the sudden, modern-day burst of interest in transgenderism. He claimed that placing the blame on our old adversary for this abomination is “easier to do than looking in the mirror” and taking the “fair share of the blame” for ourselves.

I think somebody is missing the point.  I happen to agree that modern-day Christians face the brunt of the blame for not putting a stop to the wicked and incessant public popularization of transgenderism.

I’ll go even further and state that our Christian leaders – pastors, preachers, Bible study teachers and more — could easily stand up in unison and collectively use the power of their pulpits to speak out in righteous indignation against the abomination of transgenderism. They could expose it for what it is, i.e., a Satanic ploy to corrupt and transform society so God’s children are not fit to live in His eternal family household.  And finally, they could lead Christian congregations worldwide into wholesale public opposition to this burgeoning abomination.

Indeed, my two above-mentioned Bible studies were written specifically to give pastors, Bible teachers and other Christian faith leaders (as well as regular, everyday Christians) the Biblical and historical documentation they need to do just that.  You can’t lead the Christian multitudes into opposing something they don’t understand from its foundational level.  Education must come first.  Then opposition, afterwards.  Otherwise, the opposition is baseless and easily defeated.

Christian Parents Are Indeed Standing Up

The fact of the matter is this:  Christian parents across this nation are indeed standing up against the gender confusion being purposely inculcated into the minds of public school children.

But when they bring their complaints forward they’re being met with brick walls of opposition from public school authorities and public officials.  For example, as I mentioned in the first Bible study above, one like-minded Christian parent wrote me to say this:

“From personal experience, the schools have allowed my kids to have full control of what happens. In their endeavor to make school a safe haven from bullies, they have also made it safe for kids to declare their sexual preferences and orientations. 

 

I had to attend a meeting at the school last week where they explained to me their need to follow the human rights commission and allow my 13 yr old child to dictate what her transgender name is, and to refer to her with male pronouns.

 

I tried to explain what her legal name is, and that is the name I want them to use when they communicate with me or my child, but I sure didn’t get anywhere. They are more concerned about my child’s so-called rights. 

 

This world is so upside down, because people are letting the devil have the control we ourselves have through the blood of Jesus. We need to take it back by Faith.”

Now I couldn’t sum it up any better than that.  Christian parents need to grow some backbone and stand up in Christ’s name against this corrosive and wicked nonsense. And they need to do it sooner rather than later.  Our children’s eternity is at stake, after all.

And Christian pastors and faith leaders need to grow some backbone as well.  They need to stop the incessant and fruitless worrying about whether or not they’ll offend some liberal snowflake, and start teaching openly against this wicked abomination of transgenderism with boldness of heart and mind.

But again, to do so you have to know what transgenderism is all about, at the foundational level.  It’s not about little kiddies or grown adults wanting to be the opposite sex.  It’s about a purposeful, planned, long-term blending of opposites designed to transform the globe and corrupt God’s children.

So What Can You Do?

If I had children in public schools today, and their schools started teaching this wickedness and refused to relent as in the parental example mentioned above, I’d pull my kids out of that public school and put them into a private Christian school, or home teach them.  If I had to hire a lawyer to protect myself and my family on this issue, I’d do so.

Now I know for many families, that kind of decisive action is not always possible.  It’s very easy for an onlooker who maybe has it better than the rest of us to simply say “It’s your own fault…look in the mirror…do something about it.”

Nevertheless, in spite of the difficulty it might entail, you’ve got to do something to protect your children.  You can’t just throw up your hands and say, “Well, I have no choice.  I’m poor.  I can’t move.  I can’t afford private school.  I have to work and can’t home teach.  So I’ll have to allow my kids to be exposed to this inexcusable wickedness.”

At the very least, read the two above-mentioned Bible studies.  With that knowledge, sit down and teach your kids what this so-called “transgender movement” is all about.  It’s about right and wrong, knowing the difference between the two, and choosing God’s way over Satan’s way.

What’s more, pass the above-mentioned Bible studies along to your pastors, Bible teachers and other local faith leaders.  If they don’t know what’s going on and why it’s happening, from a Biblical and historical point-of-view, they’re simply not equipped to take a firm public stand against it.

Without the proper knowledge, they’re not equipped to blow the trumpet and lead the charge (Ezekiel 33), which is their God-given Christian duty.  But you can help them get there, beloved.  At the very least you can put the information in front of their faces.

In my view, placing the blame solely on parents isn’t the answer.  Neither is getting self-righteous and pooh-poohing or marginalizing the efforts of other Christian teachers and faith leaders to educate Christians on this critically important topic.

While parents who are solidly Bible-based are indeed better equipped to stand up in righteous indignation against this growing abomination, there needs to be a concerted effort among all Godly Christians to take a stand against transgenderism.

This is all the more necessary now that the teaching of transgenderism is being mandated in public schools, and now that public schools are being pushed into following pro-transgender guidelines from the U.N. Human Rights Commission.

Yes, this is actually happening, beloved, as the parent I quoted above has documented, and as I’ve further documented in the short article, The UN’s Radical Agenda to Push Sex, LGBT Education in Kindergarten.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that for a bold, rational and educated stand to be taken by parents, pastors, Bible teachers, and Christian faith leaders of all stripes, they first need to be educated on the topic. They can’t take a stand against something they don’t fully understand.  We study God’s Word daily in order to learn how to successfully take our “stand against the fiery darts of Satan.”  And transgenderism is one of those fiery darts.

So do what it takes to learn the truth. And then, when you’ve learned the truth, boldly and decisively take your stand. And please don’t pillory the efforts of others seeking to do the same.  My way of taking a stand might be different than yours.  But at least I’m doing something about it in trying to educate others about why this is happening and what the ultimate goal is.

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

Steve Barwick


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Singer Morrissey: “London is DEBASED” Due to Non-Stop Radical Muslim Acid Attacks

Singer Morrissey:  “London is DEBASED” Due to Non-Stop Radical Muslim Acid Attacks

I haven’t been a big music fan of Morrissey, but in the news article above he sure hits the nail on the head regarding what’s going on in Britain today with the huge increases in violence against native Brits from imported radical Muslims, and with London’s Muslim mayor who, not too long back, told Londoners they’re just going to have to get used to it.

Why would Londoners elect a man who would do absolutely nothing to protect them from violence from radicals?

It’s because the powers-that-be imported so many radical Muslims into London and gave them the vote, that the British population is now outvoted by the imported population who want to turn Britain into an Islamic hellhole like the ones they came from.

Speaking to interviewer John Riggers via his new website Morrissey Central, the singer said: “London is second only to Bangladesh for acid attacks…All of the attacks are non-white, and so they cannot be truthfully addressed by the British government or the Met Police or the BBC because of political correctness.”

Morrissey also declared the term racist is now meaningless, stating:

“But of course, we are all called racist now, and the word is actually meaningless. It’s just a way of changing the subject. When someone calls you racist, what they are saying is ‘Hmm, you actually have a point, and I don’t know how to answer it, so perhaps if I distract you by calling you a bigot we’ll both forget how enlightened your comment was’.”

Bravo, Morrissey! That’s hitting the proverbial nail on the head.

If you’d like to learn why the Muslim immigration crisis and resulting plethora of terror attacks, knife attacks, acid attacks, rapes and robberies in western cities just won’t go away, consider reading the Bible study, The Hidden Jewish Hand Behind the Muslim Invasion of the Western Christian Nations.


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Is Christianity Under Attack in the U.S.?

I read a news article just the other day claiming that a majority of Christians erroneously believe Christianity is under attack from a variety of secular forces.

The article essentially ridiculed the idea, claiming that Christians have just become too sensitive to any form of criticism whatsoever, and have grown way too used to being the predominant religious fixture in today’s “shifting demographic landscape.”

That’s double talk, of course.

It’s the people from the so-called “shifting demographic landscape” that have become too sensitive to any kind of criticism. And it’s abundantly clear that this same non-Christian demographic is becoming decidedly anti-Christian in character.

And by “anti-Christian” I don’t mean they’re merely against Christianity in their own personal life.  No.  They take it much further than that.  They seek to replace Christianity entirely, with their own secular humanist version of heaven on earth – the one where Christians are ground into the dirt under the soles of non-Christian feet.

The term “snowflakes” has been used to describe one portion of this non-Christian demographic, because the minute they come into contact with a little “heat” – meaning  anyone or any idea they find disagreeable to their lifestyle choices – they have a mental and emotional meltdown over it.

Yep.  When faced with arguments they know they can’t win, they shift immediately into screaming fits, yelling “Bigotry!” or “Racism!” or “Homophobia” or “Anti-Semitism!” or “Intolerant!” or whatever label they choose to use as a means of short-circuiting the argument so they don’t have to reasonably justify their nonsense.

In reality, they’re the ones not practicing the “tolerance,” but instead, expecting people to rigidly and without hesitation bend to their wishes (which they now call “rights”) and personal foibles and sins (which they now call their “identity”).

A quick look at the news tells a different tale about the discrimination and persecution being faced by Christians these days.  Here are just a few examples of the way Christians are being treated in this country:

  • Twin Cities School Bus Driver Removed after Leading Prayer

A Twin Cities-area school bus driver, George Nathaniel, says his rights to free speech and to practice his religion were violated when he was taken off his route for leading students in prayer.  Nathaniel says he wants to turn people to Christianity, but he never forced students to pray.

Of course, critics of Mr. Nathaniel say he has no right to pray or preach in a public venue, because religion should be separate from the public enterprises.  But Christ said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”   He didn’t say, “Conform to the ways of the world.”

So Christians today are faced with the choices of disloyalty to their Lord and Savior, or disloyalty to anti-Christian secular tradition disguised as “law.”

  • Could a California Bill Ultimately Lead to the Banning of Bibles?

According to this news article, “A pro-LGBTQ bill is quickly making its way through the California state assembly after it was approved on the floor Thursday… If passed, Assembly Bill 2943 could ultimately threaten free speech and freedom of religion for Christians.”

The proposed new law would apparently “use the state’s consumer fraud statute to restrict religious freedom and free speech when it comes to issues of homosexuality and gender identity.” In essence, the law would make it “illegal to distribute resources, sell books, offer counseling services, or direct someone to a biblically based model for getting help with gender confusion and homosexuality.”

I can remember several years back when a Canadian preacher was arrested and convicted of “hate crime” laws, simply for handing out Bible tracts that listed each verse in the Bible in which homosexuality was referred to as being sinful.  American Christians were aghast that this could happen to Christians in Canada.  But we were all assured that in America this could “never happen” because we have “free speech” and “religious freedom.”

As Sponge Bob would say, “Good luck with that, folks.”  The days of unfettered free speech that made this country such a marketplace of ideas are over.  And the proposed California bill that would label it “consumer fraud” if you “direct someone to a biblically based model for getting help with gender confusion and homosexuality” is just another example of how bad things are becoming.

  • S. Supreme Court Declines Appeal of Ruling Against Pastor Who Preaches Outside Planned Parenthood

According to this news article, a Maine minister named Andrew March, who has asserted that he was being unlawfully targeted by police outside of a Planned Parenthood facility for his pro-life preaching, has had his appeal turned down by the U.S. Supreme court.

March and members of his congregation had been targeted by local police for preaching “too loudly” near the Planned Parenthood facility.  March then sued Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, a pro-abortion Democrat, because she had filed a civil rights lawsuit against a member of March’s church in order to force him to stand at least 50 feet away from any Planned Parenthood facility in the state.

Surprisingly, March won his suit.  But his win was later overturned by the First Circuit Court of Appeals.  So he appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, but that court has now “declined to take up the appeal…and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England cheered the decision.”

Again, Christians are ordered by Christ to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

But more and more often that act of preaching publicly is being criminalized, and the raw force of law is being unleashed upon Christians who practice it.

  • Army Chaplain Facing Possible Discipline for Declining to Conduct Marriage Retreat After Lesbian Signs Up

According to this news article, “A Southern Baptist Army chaplain is pushing back after a military investigator concluded that he discriminated against a lesbian woman by declining to conduct a marriage retreat after learning that she had signed up to attend the event with her [lesbian] partner.”

In reality, the Chaplain, Scott Squires, simply moved the date of the retreat to another time so a different chaplain could lead it, instead of himself.

In other words, rather than violate his personal Christian beliefs against condoning the sin of homosexuality, the chaplain simply re-scheduled the marriage retreat and asked someone else to lead it.  But one of the lesbians filed an equal opportunity complaint against Chaplain Squires, and an “Army equal opportunity investigator” concluded his action of re-scheduling the retreat amounted to “discrimination” against the lesbian couple.

So now, in essence, Christians are being forced to condone and affirm homosexual relationships, or face disciplinary action if they don’t.

While God’s Word says “Neither be partaker of other men’s sins; keep thyself pure” (1 Timothy 5:22), the law of man now says Christians have no choice but to participate in and validate the sins of others, or face discrimination charges.

  • Oklahoma House Panel Advances Bill Protecting Religious Convictions of Adoption Agencies

According to this news article, homosexual advocacy groups are decrying a proposed new bill in Oklahoma that would prohibit private, faith-based adoption agencies from being required to place children with homosexual couples.  The bill, SB 1140, reads very simply as follows:

“To the extent allowed by federal law, no private child-placing agency receiving neither federal nor state funds shall be required to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer, or participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement would violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies.”

The proposed bill is said to have become necessary after private, faith-based adoption agencies in other states have been forced to place babies with homosexual couples, thus violating their Christian beliefs.

The article above quotes the great British Christian preacher Charles Spurgeon as saying, ““I cannot suppose that at the last great day, our Lord Jesus Christ will say to everyone, ‘You were not worldly enough….You did not sufficiently conform to the world.’”

Yet so it is that we’ve reached the time when Christians are actually have to push for protective legislation allowing them to practice their Christian beliefs without being forced into worldliness and sinful behavior.

  • New CBS Sitcom ‘Living Biblically’ Decried as ‘Hollywood Mockery of Christians’

A new CBS situation comedy apparently ridicules Christian beliefs by making the Christian characters in the show look like self-righteous, mentally unbalanced buffoons while the non-Christians are portrayed as the normal, hard-working people.

According to this news article, one prominent Christian pastor who has seen the show states:

If CBS were honest, the series would more accurately be titled ‘Living Blasphemously,’ as it is simply more Hollywood mockery of Christians, God’s word and the Lord Jesus Christ….The script for Living Biblically reads like it has been written by your typical, cynical, atheistic, internet trolls, as the story lines feed into almost every stereotypical caricature of Christianity that we find on the World Wide Web.”

In other words, in Hollywood it’s open season on Christians.  But then, it has been for a long, long time now, hasn’t it?

  • Atheist Activist Group Wants to Stop Pastor From Offering Lunchtime Bible Study at School

In the news article at this link, we learn that “One of the nation’s most conspicuous atheist activist groups is seeking to stop an Ohio pastor from holding a voluntary lunchtime Bible study for students at a local middle school.”

The atheist group, known as the Freedom From Religion Foundation, further calls the pastor’s Gospel presentations, “predatory conduct.”

The fact that the Bible study sessions are completely voluntary, and are only attended by students who are interested, apparently doesn’t faze the atheist group in the least.  According to a spokesperson for the group:

“It makes no difference that students are not required to attend these preaching sessions. Voluntariness does not excuse a constitutional violation. The district must immediately discontinue allowing Mr. Bauman, or any other preachers, access to students during the school day.”

According to Pastor Bauman, who leads the voluntary Bible study group, up to 165 students at a time have willingly attended.  Regarding one of the meetings, he states:

“I shared the gospel with them using Romans 6:23 as the touchstone verse. None of the kids in any of the four Bible study groups even knew what the word ‘gospel’ meant, so I was able to share with them the significance of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

 The kids were very responsive to the message and we had 30 of them request Bibles because they didn’t own one, so next week, we will be bringing them Bibles.”

As you can see, what the atheist group was actually responding to was the success of Pastor Bauman in reaching the students with a Christian message, more so than the message itself.  Stopping the spread of Christianity among young people by casting the actions of preachers as “predatory” and “unconstitutional” is the ultimate goal.

So What Do You Think?

These are just a tiny handful of the recent news headlines I could write about.  But I think you get the picture.

What a world we now live in, folks.  So is Christianity under attack in America?  Or are Christians simply too thin-skinned and imagining it all?  I’ll leave that up to you to decide for yourself.

But as it’s written of what Christians are to expect from people in the final days of this flesh earth age:

2Ti 3:1  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

 

2Ti 3:2  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  

 

2Ti 3:3  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

 

2Ti 3:4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  

 

2Ti 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

 

2Ti 3:6  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

 

2Ti 3:7  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

2Ti 3:8  Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

 

2Ti 3:9  But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

And that’s pretty much what we see going on in the world today, including right here in the world’s last bastion of Christianity, the United States of America.

But what’s the solution?  It’s to keep doing God’s work in the face of the ever-growing dangers, and claiming His promises.  Which ones?  Well, here’s a couple that might fit the bill, I think you’ll agree, for Christians who continue to act in faith on God’s Word as the times of the end grow darker:

Isa 54:14  In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.

 

Isa 54:15  Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.

 

Isa 54:16  Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

 

Isa 54:17  No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.


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4 in 10 Millennials Don’t Know 6 Million Jews Were Killed In Holocaust

4 in 10 Millennials Don’t Know 6 Million Jews Were Killed In Holocaust

According to the news article at the above link, “More than one-fifth of millennials in the U.S. — 22 percent — haven’t heard of, or aren’t sure if they’ve heard of, the Holocaust.”

This, according to a study published Thursday, on Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.

According to Greg Schneider, who works for the organization that did the new study on millennials and the Holocaust:

“This study underscores the importance of Holocaust education in our schools…There remain troubling gaps in Holocaust awareness while survivors are still with us; imagine when there are no longer survivors here to tell their stories.”

Yes, but what if the stories being told by these “Holocaust survivors” have been demonstrated time-after-time to be sensationalistically exaggerated?

Indeed, many of the Jewish accounts of Holocaust events – including those claiming the Germans skinned captured Jews alive and used their skin to make lamp shades – have been proven to have been made up out of whole cloth.  In short, they never happened.

And many of the gas chamber and concentration camp stories told by Jewish “Holocaust survivors” have been demonstrated to be patently false, as well.

Entire books about the Holocaust have been recalled by their publishers after the supposed “Jewish Holocaust survivors” who wrote the books were found to have never been anywhere near Germany or German-occupied Poland during the time of the Holocaust.

In fact, even the “six million” number itself is widely criticized, particularly with old Red Cross records in Germany showing that only two million Jews, total, lived in the area during the time the Holocaust.  Those two million Jews would have had to have been wiped out three times over for the “official” Holocaust numbers to be true.

But the Holocaust propaganda continues unabated.  And now, after 70 years of beating the Holocaust into the brains of western Christians, the Jews apparently want to double-down on that propaganda.

So they’ve come up with a new “study” showing that not nearly enough millennials know about the Holocaust – this, even though every public school in America is forced to observe “Holocaust Day,” with trips to local “Holocaust Museums” practically becoming compulsory in many big cities in the U.S.

Even many Christian churches celebrate Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The United Nations officially celebrates Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The European Union celebrates “International Holocaust Remembrance Day.”  And the U.S. Congress actually gave the Holocaust a week long period each year known as “Days of Remembrance.”

Why all of this emphasis on the Holocaust?

I explain it fully in my Bible study, By Their Own Sword.  The Jews seek to make the Holocaust the central ontological event of world history, even surpassing Christ’s crucifixion on the cross as the world’s greatest crime.

You’d think murdering God in the flesh could never have been relegated to second place.  But thanks to the past 70 years worth of Jewish Holocaust propaganda, it has.  Yes, the Jews have pushed the so-called “Holocaust” story to the point that the events of the Holocaust have now become widely thought of as the greatest religious crime in world history.

And the worst part is, when you fully understand the Holocaust story and the reason for it, you come to realize that the Jews who push it actually believe they, collectively, are the so-called “suffering servant” of Isaiah 53 – the Messiah of God.

Further, they believe that while the Holocaust of WWII represents the persecution and death of this collective “Messiah,” the Jew’s return to the Middle East land of Israel in 1948 represents the “resurrection” of the “Messiah.”

And thus they want to edge Jesus Christ out of the picture, and replace Him with…drum roll, please…themselves in the role as resurrected saviors.

If you’d like to learn more about the story behind the real reason for all of the Holocaust celebrations, check out my Bible study By Their Own Sword.  It’s a real eye-opener, I promise you.  You’ve probably never heard it told like this before.


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Israel Marks 70 Year Anniversary as A Nation

Israel Marks 70 Years as A Nation

This week Israel celebrated its 70th year anniversary of the country’s May, 1948 founding — an important milestone in Bible prophesy.

Serious Bible students know this as the “planting of the fig tree,” of Matthew chapter 24.  As it’s written:

Mat 24:32  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

In the above verse Christians are commanded by our Lord and Savior to “learn” the parable of the fig tree.   It’s a parable that goes all of the way back to the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve stood before the Lord with fig leaves covering their private parts because of the seduction that had just taken place.

If this subject matter is new to you, consider reading the comprehensive Bible study, A Strange Thing:  Mystery in the Garden. It’s a long read, but well worth your while, I promise.  It will open up the Bible to you like no other study.

Mat 24:33  So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

In other words, when you see the planting of the fig tree take place in the Middle East land of Israel, know that the end of this flesh earth age is near, “even at the doors.”  That planting took place 70 years ago, in May 1948.

Mat 24:34  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Christ says the generation that witnesses the planting of the fig tree will be the final generation in which all Bible prophesy related to the flesh will be fulfilled.

Mat 24:35  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

By the time it’s all over, we’ll have a rejuvenated heaven and a rejuvenated earth, which will be eternal.  It is written. Therefore it will indeed come to pass in the final generation of this flesh earth age — a generation that’s getting awfully long in the tooth, so to speak.  Meaning it’s quickly nearing it’s end.

Another Prophetic Anniversary Milestone Coming Up

Interestingly, in September of this year Israel and their Arab neighbors celebrate a second anniversary milestone, which is the 40th anniversary of the Camp David Peace Accords.

To see how these two anniversaries – the 70th anniversary of the planting of the fig tree, and the 40th anniversary of the Camp David Peace Accords – fit together in end days prophesy, and what they portend for Trump’s Middle East peace accords, see the short study, Two Prophetic Anniversaries for Israel in 2018.


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Fed-Up Parents Protest ‘Gender-Bending Propaganda’ Taught in Schools

Fed-Up Parents Protest ‘Gender-Bending Propaganda’ Taught in Schools

As the news article at the above link confirms, parents are becoming fed up with the way public schools are attempting to expose young children to explicit sexual content under the guise of “sexual education.”

As the above news article explains, some parents are even rallying support for a “Sex Ed Sit Out,” similar to the way students recently walked out of school to protest guns.

The article states:  “With the rise of demonstrations surrounding the gun control and abortion debates, one group of parents have decided to make their frustrations surrounding the issue of sex-ed known through a ‘Sex Ed Sit Out.’”

The “Sex Ed Sit Out” protest will take place Monday, April 23, with events scheduled in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Learn more in the news article at the above link.

In other words, parents are teaming with other parents from across the country to help combat an orchestrated effort to sexualize school children from a very young age.”

Recent Examples of How Public Schools are Sexualizing Children

Here, from the above article, are four recent examples of how public schools are actively working to sexualize young children:

  • In 2012, parents in the small town of Onalaska, Washington, discovered that their children were being taught how to perform oral and anal sex as part of a state-approved sex-ed course developed by Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other progressive agencies.
  • Last August, a kindergarten teacher in Rocklin, California, held a gender “transition ceremony” in class for a 5-year-old boy without notifying parents.
  • In 2015, the Fairfax County, Virginia, public school board voted 10-2 to approve a gender identity curriculum, which included lessons about homosexuality and gender identity for students as early as 4th grade.
  • In November 2017, a public school teacher in Cambridge, New York, was suspended for using the “Genderbread Person” infographic to teach 7th and 10th grade students about “sex, gender, and transgenderism, including hormone treatments, trans surgeries and how to stuff a sock in your underpants,” the Daily Wire reported.

The above news article also points out that Planned Parenthood (now the world’s largest provider of so-called “transgender” services) and LGBT activists from the Human Rights Campaign are “working in concert to push graphic sex education and promotion of abortion in public schools across our nation, and parents don’t even know about it.”

To learn more about gender-bending sexual propaganda being pushed globally today and how it fits into Satan’s agenda to create a “new way” on earth that the Bible refers to as “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth,” see the Bible study at the following link:


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End of the World “Rapture” April 23?

End of the World “Rapture” April 23?

According to the “Bible expert” quoted in the news article at the above link, the rapture is going to take place on April 23 of this year (2018), followed by the end of the world.

To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, “Well, here they go again.”

It seems like every year or so now a new “Bible expert” rises out of obscurity to predict this will be the year of the rapture.

I’m old enough to remember when folks thought it was going to be in May 1988, and Christians were pictured in national magazines quite literally standing on the hoods of their cars with their arms in the air, waiting to be whooshed up into the sky and flown away by Jesus the great helicopter pilot.

Since that time, the date of the rapture has been announced over and over again, by other “experts.”  But each time, no rapture.

Folks, there’s a reason for that.  It’s because there isn’t a rapture written of anywhere in the Bible.  Never has been.  Never will be.  The Christian church is nearly 2,000 years old.  But the so-called “rapture” doctrine is only about 187 years old.

In other words, for the first 1,800 years of Christianity, the rapture teaching didn’t even exist.  No apostle taught it.  Not a single church father taught it.

The idea of a “rapture” simply didn’t inhabit the minds of Christians until the 1800’s when a Scottish gal named Margaret McDonald began having strange religious visions and told some local preachers about them.

The preachers, in turn, began preaching the woman’s visions from their pulpits in order to draw church attendees.  And the rapture was born.

Today, all-too-many churches offer the rapture theory as a sort of mass “security blanket” to their congregations.  “Stick with our church,” they intone, “and you’ll be caught up to heaven in the rapture, with the rest of us, when Jesus comes.”

It keeps the congregation returning, so the plate can be passed.  But that’s about all it accomplishes.

Problem is, the Scripture clearly states that Jesus is returning to this earth to establish His eternal kingdom.  He’s not rapturing anyone out.  He’s coming here, shortly after Satan arrives in his role as the false messiah.

And He’s coming to cleanse this old earth of Satan’s stench, and throw Satan into the pit so God’s children can be taught correctly and without interference during the Millennium teaching period.

If you’d like to read the Biblical documentation that there’s no rapture, here are two comprehensive Bible studies you might want to take a look at:

The bottom line is that the so-called rapture has become an empty substitute for what God’s Word actually says about Christ’s Second Advent.

Indeed, not just an empty substitute, but something far worse:  It’s a doctrine that leads Christians directly into the arms of the first miracle-working supernatural being who sets foot on this earth claiming to be God.

Unfortunately, because Christians have been taught that “Jesus can come at any moment now” to rapture them away, most Christians will believe that the first supernatural entity standing before them working miracles is the Lord.  But it won’t be.  Instead, it will be the antichrist himself, exactly as St. Paul explains in II Thessalonians 2:1-4.

Check out the Biblical documentation for yourself in the two studies linked to above.  And if you have Christian friends who are on-the-fence regarding the rapture, maybe consider sending them the links to the above two studies.  You just might help save one or two of them from the embarrassment of unwittingly ending up worshiping the antichrist.  And they just might thank you for it.


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Anchorage Voters Defeat “Bathroom Bill” Requiring People to Use the Correct Public Bathroom for their Gender

Anchorage Voters Defeat “Bathroom Bill” Requiring People to Use the Correct Public Bathroom for their Gender

Voters in Anchorage, Alaska just voted to defeat a bill that would have required men to use the men’s restroom, and women to use the women’s restroom, in public places.

According to the news article at the above link:

“Transgender activists hailed the victory, which they said could provide momentum ahead of similar upcoming votes, including one in Massachusetts in November.”

Folks, what you’re witnessing is the unfolding of Satan’s “magnum opus, or great work of synergy, which is to say, the mixing of opposites in order to transform society and create a “new way” designed to replace God’s way, and ultimately designed to estrange Father’s children from his eternal family household.

In the following two in-depth Bible studies you can learn more about Satan’s occult, alchemical “great work” of transformation through mixing of opposites, which you’re seeing take place right in front of your eyes in the final days of this flesh earth age:

Knowing how Satan is accomplishing his so-called “great transformative work” in the final days of this flesh earth age is critical, because it leads directly to the formation of Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth, which is to say, Satan’s twisted version of “heaven on earth.”

Yes, the occultists, alchemists and Satanists believe that in mixing opposites – good and evil…capitalism and communism…conservatism and liberalism…humanism and spirituality…religious tradition and Bible doctrine…Christianity and other religions…God’s way and Satan’s way — a brand new “way” can be brought into play that will make all things “one” – this, in blasphemous replacement of God’s Plan for brotherhood among all of His children through Jesus Christ and His great atoning work on the cross at Calvary.

Learn what this “mixing of opposites” (aka “knowledge of good and evil”) is all about, and how it relates to our Father’s plan to save His wayward children in the final days of this flesh earth age.


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Censorship on Social Media

Censorship on Social Media

In the above opinion article, author Jon Rappaport discusses the new round of social media censorship and its purpose, pointing out that the censorship is hypocritically being carried out under the banner of “protecting robust debate in a democracy” by making sure only “reasonable” content is allowed.

In other words, the powers-that-be feel they must censure your access to information they feel threatened by.  And it’s all for your own good.   Or so they’d have you believe.

Global Information Awakening

It was only a few years back that former U.S. National Security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski went on public record as saying that a “global information awakening” was taking place due to the internet giving people access to unprecedented amounts of information they’ve never had access to in the past.

He basically admitted that as a result of this awakening, the powers behind the New World Order were becoming fearful that their plans for global dominance could be derailed.

I wondered at the time Brzezinski made his statement exactly how the powers-that-be would act in order to put a stop to this “global information awakening.” Now I know how they’re going to do it.

The Fake News Angle

Yep.  They came up with the “fake news” angle.

In other words, they now claim that so much of the information on the internet is fake, social media needs to be carefully monitored, controlled and censored — by a knowledgeable elite, of course — so as to make sure that only the “responsible voices” are heard and the “irresponsible” voices are weeded out.

It’s for your own protection, you see.  Of course, any voice that disagrees with the policies that govern the New World Order will be considered “irresponsible voices” promoting “fake news.”  So…

  • If you’re a Bible-believing Christian, and you discuss Biblical views online that some snowflake atheist or homosexual in New York City finds “offensive,” you’re sure to be branded as an “irresponsible voice” promoting “fake news.”
  • If you’re against the promotion of transgenderism and other forms of gender confusion to children, and you discuss your reasons for it on social media sites, you’re sure to be branded as an “irresponsible voice” promoting “fake news.”
  • If you think men should use the men’s restrooms and women should use the women’s restrooms in public places, and you discuss your reasons for it on social media sites, you’re sure to be branded as an “irresponsible voice” promoting “fake news.”
  • If you’re against political correctness and all of the restrictions it places on free speech, and you discuss your reasons for it on social media sites, you’re sure to be branded as an “irresponsible voice” promoting “fake news.”
  • If you’re against the concept of perpetual war being used to keep billions of dollars of taxpayer money flowing into the coffers of the military industrial complex, and you discuss your reasons for it on social media sites, you’re sure to be branded as an “irresponsible voice” promoting “fake news.”
  • If you don’t believe in “global warming,” but think the “we must fight climate change” issue is nothing more than a charade designed to increase taxes and export American businesses to Third World countries, and you discuss those views on social media sites, you’re sure to be branded as an “irresponsible voice” promoting “fake news.”
  • If you don’t believe that the Confederate flag should be removed and the statues of famous Americans should be torn down for “politically correct” reasons (i.e., butt-hurt liberals feeling “offended” at having to look at them), and you discuss those views on social media sites, you’re sure to be branded as an “irresponsible voice” promoting “fake news.”
  • If you don’t believe we’d be silly to allow politicians to overturn the Second Amendment and confiscate our weapons, and you voice your views on social media sites, you’re sure to be branded as an “irresponsible voice” promoting “fake news.”
  • etc. ad nauseum.

I could go on and on.  But you get the picture.  The whole “fake news” brouhaha was designed so the government would have reason to step in and staunch the flow of information to the public so the global elite need no longer be afraid of the “global information awakening” that Zbigniew Brzezinski spoke of with such concern only a few short years ago.

Orwell’s 1984 Unfolding

Orwell’s prophetic book, 1984, has been unfolding around us for a long time. In the book, the governmental “Ministry of Truth” manufactured lies for public consumption and censored anything the government didn’t want the people to know.

Unfortunately, Orwell’s “Ministry of Truth” is alive and kicking today in the form of the new censorship we’re witnessing via social media like Facebook, YouTube and many others.

For example, Mike Adams of Natural News – a staunch supporter of our rights to use natural products without government interference — was recently booted off of YouTube, after being branded in the conventional media, repeatedly and without merit, as a “snake oil salesman” and a “scam artist.”

I’ve personally been thrown into “Facebook jail” on multiple occasions for my posts, with my account shut down temporarily as punishment.

Likewise, Alex Jones has been censured on YouTube.  People who have had Wikipedia pages for years have seen their pages disappear into thin air, with no other excuse from Wikipedia than “Individual did not meet our standard for notoriety.”  Video bloggers Diamond and Silk (who are black Americans, and happen to support Donald Trump) have also been widely censored on Facebook for their views.  The list goes on and on.

As one observer wrote about the Ministry of Truth in Orwell’s book:

“The Ministry of Truth had 3,000 rooms above ground level and 3,000 below, a testament to the resources the government puts into manufacturing its own version of reality, from rewriting history to producing propaganda to trying to remove as many words as possible from the English language to reduce people’s ability to think.  Its main role was to help control the population through misinformation, outright lies and lack of information so that the state can maintain total power over the people.”

And here we are, today.

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the New World Order, where YouTube videos disappear overnight (unless they’re from CNN, MSNBC, CBS or ABC)…Facebook posts are censored and members thrown into “Facebook jail” for “violating terms and policies”…Twitter posts simply vanish into thin air after they’ve been posted…

…and if you’re selling something online, you can even find your ability to take credit card orders eliminated just because somebody didn’t like what you’re selling or what you said about it in your advertising.

The Biblical Solution to Censorship

What does the Bible have to say about all of this politically correct censorship?  Ahh.  Surely you remember?

Rev 13:16  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:

 

Rev 13:17  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.

Bringing this up to modern times, you’ve got to toe the government-mandated line, folks, and take the beastly “mark” of political correctness or you’ll be ostracized, demonized and…well … disappeared from the internet.  Overnight.

You probably remember the account in Acts chapter four, in which Peter and John and some of the other Disciples of Christ had performed a miracle through God, and afterwards the chief priests had them arrested because it had drawn so much attention to their preaching from the multitudes.

When the chief priests finally let the disciples out of jail, they threatened them by forbidding them to preach any longer in Jesus’ name.  As it’s written:

Act 4:18  And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.

 

Act 4:19  But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.

 

Act 4:20  For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

The apostles paid the religious leaders no mind.  They basically said, “If our choice is obeying you or exercising our God-given right to testify to our experiences publicly, we’re going to keep on testifying.”

Go thou forth and do likewise, beloved.  Don’t let the online censors get you down.

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