Gods Over Nations – Then & Now

Have you ever considered the cultures described in the Old Testament and wondered why today we don’t see similar practices?  How could there be such depravity in those times and not in our current era?  What happened to the gods, the idols, the sexual perversions, the abominations with children, even the cannibalism?  Did all this wickedness disappear?

Or, could there be such degeneracy happening today, and we’re simply not aware of it?

The way most Christians read the Bible misses the mark as to truly understanding the nature of the world and the evil that pervades it.  Everyone knows about Satan.  He’s the poster boy for every evil deed.  But does he act alone?  We say Satan does this or that, and we give him credit for all concurrent reprobate behavior worldwide as though he’s omnipresent in the same manner as God.  Is he?  Of course not.  We know better.  He’s a creation of God and, although a spiritual being, doesn’t have God’s characteristics of omnipresence, omniscience, and omnipotence.  How then does Satan get around and do all these terrible things that we attribute to him?

Sadly, he’s got a rather efficient team.

The question then becomes: How does this team work that Satan’s influence can be so comprehensive?  Going back to the first questions in this essay, have Satan and his team abandoned all the iniquity that they encouraged in mankind in the Old Testament period?

I maintain the answer is no; that all of these same perversions continue to this very moment.  They’re simply hidden beneath our civilized veneer.  In fact, we’re prevented from seeing most of them.

Let’s set the stage for the present by understanding the past.  In prior articles I’ve written about the Deuteronomy 32 Worldview.  Briefly, God created a spiritual family.  He puts them to useful work just as he does with us, His human family.  His spiritual sons carry out God’s decrees from heaven and make them manifest on earth.  Unfortunately, because the heavenly host has free will like mankind does, its members can choose to rebel against God and act disobediently in their own interests.

We see this in Genesis 6:1-7.  The sons of God, the bene elohim, left their heavenly estate (see Jude 6) and had sexual relations with human women.  They produced hybrid beings called Nephilim and spread such corruption and abominations throughout the earth that God determined to wipe out everyone and everything that He had made.

After the flood, contrary to God’s command, men gathered at Babel and built its tower with the intent of bringing God down under their control.  God directed his then-loyal spiritual sons (“Come, let us go down…”) to scatter mankind throughout the earth and to confuse their language (Genesis 11:7-9).  In Deuteronomy 32:8, we see that God placed these heavenly beings over the nations.  At this point they were still faithful to Him:

When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance,
when he divided mankind,
he fixed the borders of the peoples
according to the number of the sons of God.

Be sure you’re reading this in a translation like the ESV that provides the proper Hebrew language wording.  The incorrect translation says “the sons of Israel” which is non-sensical.  God never placed Israel in a position of authority over other nations.  In fact, Israel wasn’t even a nation at this point in time.  It was only in Genesis 12, after the Babel incident, that God even began raising up Israel as His own chosen people.

But something happened to every single one of these spiritual entities that God put in place.  Their job was to direct the rest of mankind to Yahweh while He raised up Israel (i.e. Jacob) as His special and chosen nation (Deuteronomy 32:9).  Instead, the power God imbued in them went to their heads.  Just as Satan believed that he was above God, so did every single one of these spiritual sons.  All rebelled, perhaps at Satan’s instigation.  Regardless how it happened, all became gods of the nations over which God had placed them.

In Psalm 82 we see how angry God was at their disobedience; so much so that He condemned them all to die like mere men.

But that hasn’t happened yet.  Unlike the fallen sons in Genesis 6 that have already been relegated to the depths of Tartarus (2 Peter 2:4), the sons, i.e. the gods, over the nations of the world remain in place to this day.  In the Old Testament we see their undue influence on man, whether pagan or Israelite.  The worship of these deities caused men to commit abominations in the sight of God, including child sacrifice, divination, extreme sexual deviancy, and even cannibalism.  All these practices were committed by the entire spectrum of man in every strata of society, from kings to priests to peasants.  We get a sense of this from Paul’s letters to the Corinthians.  They were still engaging temple cult prostitutes despite their profession of Christianity (e.g. 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:1-20).

Obviously, some aspect of the Old Testament practices bled through into New Testament times.  Actually, all of it.  Why should today be any different if these same gods remain in place over the nations?  Jesus has already won the war, but the world continues in rebellion until He returns at the end of the Tribulation and cleans up this mess.

If the gods required blood sacrifices then; if their out-sized influence caused mankind to engage in odious practices then, wouldn’t they continue to do so today with their subjects?  Who are their subjects?  ANYONE who doesn’t follow Jesus Christ; anyone who has sinned and opened the door to the demonic.  Then where are these abominations occurring?  Why don’t we see them?  I believe because they’re hidden in plain sight.

Their visibility has shifted.  Yet if we had eyes to see, we would.

Let’s do a thought experiment.  How does someone rise to the greatest heights of prominence in his or her sphere, whether government, entertainment, sports, high tech, and even in the church?  There are three primary ways:

  1. A person works hard and through his own efforts claws his way to the top.
  2. Someone is a follower of Jesus Christ and God blesses him.
  3. The hunger and lust for success drive a person to make an unholy alliance that guarantees prominence in this life in exchange for his soul in the next.

True faith in Christ is rare in the world.  Jesus told us the road of destruction is very broad, while the path through the straight gate of God’s kingdom is extremely narrow (Matthew 7:13).  That being the case, #2 above is probably a rare occurrence.  What about #1?  How often do you think people overcome all the obstacles in life on their own that prevent extraordinary success?  I bet the odds are greatly against this as well.

Trying to calculate percentages is a stab in the dark.  One of the major questions is: How many people don’t know God through His Son and also sin?

Under the assumption that very few highly placed individuals in their chosen fields are true Christians, and few of these have likely risen to the top through their own human efforts, I believe that many—MANY—of these leaders in all of these cultural and societal spheres have demonic help.  More than that, because the great “unwashed” populace of the world are not Christians, I also believe that a great many of them likewise have submitted to the influence of demons.  But let’s just discuss the elites.

If you have your ear to the ground, you’ve probably heard about the extraordinary amount of human trafficking in the world.  If you’re paying more attention, you may have also noted that many elite pedophile rings have been discovered in recent years with some taken down.  If you’ve followed the scent, you’ve likely heard that these pedophiles are highly placed in government, industry, and even the church.  They’re disgusting, yet few participants actually get caught and punished.  Why?  Because at the nosebleed levels that these elites operate, they take care of their own.  Consider why Jeffrey Epstein “committed suicide.”

Perhaps you’ve heard of Pizzagate or Spirit Cooking.  If not, do the research.  You’ll see that VERY well-known names in our government, from Hollywood, throughout Silicon Valley, and among other areas of wealth and influence in this nation, have deep ties to these abominable practices.  In America and throughout the world, wealthy families, royal families, are either deeply involved themselves or give money to those who practice these things.  Saudi Arabia was a major contributor until the royal family was significantly changed.  Because of their public persona, they will also do ANYTHING necessary to prevent disclosure.  Could this be the reason so many people in the sphere of Bill and Hillary Clinton have mysteriously been killed or committed suicide?  Have you ever heard of anyone else with ties to so many deaths of people they know?  Could potential exposure of elite pedophile rings be one of the big reasons why Donald Trump has been targeted like he has?

Back to one of the original questions.  Does Satan operate alone?  Is there any way he possibly could?  Logically, no.

Think about what Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:12:

 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

This tells us how God’s spiritual enemies work.  They’re hierarchical.  But more than that, they are territorial.  Once more, recall Deuteronomy 32:8.  Demonic beings, i.e. fallen sons of God, rule geographically over nations.  In addition, they have cultural and societal spheres of influence; you name something or someplace where power and control are present and you’ll encounter these rebellious spiritual beings pulling strings over their human counterparts.  Anyone who rejects Jesus as Savior and Lord is subject to these entities.  If these humans have sold their souls—which I maintain that a great many of them have—then what kind of practices do you think they’ll do?

We need only refer to the Old Testament for a flavor.  They do today exactly what they did then.  And they’re all under the power, control, or influence of—yes, Satan—but more importantly for our understanding: the fallen sons of God and their minions.

Is it any wonder that we have such lawlessness all around us?  Worse, we cannot even begin to imagine the complete descent into iniquity once we are Raptured and the Holy Spirit departs with His church, thus removing all restraint from chaos and the works of Satan and his henchmen.

Jesus came to this world to destroy all this anti-God activity and more.

Thank you, Lord, for Your mercy upon those who love and abide in You.

The New “Community” Policing?

The latest news in the George Floyd martyrdom epic is that the Minneapolis City Council is seriously considering disbanding their police force.  Los Angeles also wants to move in that direction.  No doubt other cities will follow suit.  Additionally, the Minneapolis Public Schools have voted to end their contract with the Minneapolis Police Department.  That idea has spread, and other school districts around the country are similarly planning to cut ties with their local police departments.

Lawlessness has been on my mind recently with the violent Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and other Marxist, anarchist groups hijacking what may have begun as peaceful protests in this matter.  However, as Candace Owens brilliantly said, George Floyd was no saint and for the black community to make him one does an injustice to their cause: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/06/candace-owens-video-i-do-not-support-george-floyd-frontpagemagcom/

Where all this has led is people like Jeremiah Ellison, a council member in the Minneapolis 5th Ward calling for the dismantling of their police force.  Ilhan Omar, Muslim Democrat Congresswoman from Minnesota has likewise called for disbanding the police department; she wants to “reimagine public safety.”  Oh, by the way, Jeremiah is the son of Keith Ellison, the Minnesota Attorney General and an outspoken Muslim.  I don’t have any verification that young Ellison is a follower of Mohammad, but the odds are pretty good, since one is automatically a Muslim if the father is one.

Surely, being good Muslims, this father-son duo and Ms. Omar wouldn’t want complete anarchy in the community if public policing is dispatched.  Islam, after all, is a religion of laws.  Mohammad made sure of that.

And, lo and behold, Islam has the answer!  It’s called Sharia Law.

For a number of years there have been efforts within various cities to enable Sharia Law to work alongside secular, municipal or state laws—essentially to operate shadow Sharia courts.  Some states have gone so far as to ban Sharia Law from being enacted in any way; other states have been more tolerant.

Since the Muslim heritage is the combining of government and religion with everything legislated under Sharia Law, what might the odds be for the Ellisons and others to have Sharia in mind as the substitute for secular policing?  After all, as we’re often told, all police are racist.  As a result, community policing efforts have concentrated on eliminating racism.  What could be a better means than to establish Sharia Law as the new community policing standard?  Muslims can’t be racist because…well…they’re Muslims.  That would solve the problem, wouldn’t it?

We also know that Sharia Law will assure justice, fairness, and equity for all.  Well…if you’re a Muslim anyway.  If you’re not, that’s okay, Islam is quite welcoming to converts.  All you have to do is say the shahada, as so many schoolchildren have been forced to do in their studies around the country in recent years, and you, too, can live favorably under Sharia.  (If you don’t, you’re a dhimmi, i.e. a third-class person, with few privileges.  But we won’t speak of such things under this new regime.)

The bottom line is that community relations with a new policing regimen can easily be accomplished under Sharia Law.  Is this a conspiracy theory on my part?  Absolutely!  We know the Muslim Brotherhood, in the Holy Land Foundation trial that was short-circuited by Barack Obama when he became president, had much to say regarding their intentions.

The following is a brief excerpt from the Explanatory Memorandum, which was written by the Muslim Brotherhood in 1991.  It strategically outlines the MB’s plan to infiltrate and destroy the United States (my emphasis):

Understanding the role of the Muslim Brother in North America:

The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The lkhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack. But, would the slackers and the be [sic] equal.

Is this part of the grand scheme the Ellisons have embraced now that the crisis, with its opportunity that must not be wasted, is at hand?  It wouldn’t surprise me a bit.

UPDATE: I haven’t even published this essay yet and here is confirmation for my theory:

“Australia: Muslim leader says riots an “opportunity” for Muslims to seize global leadership and impose Sharia”

https://gellerreport.com/2020/06/criisis-jihad-we-will-take-over.html/

Prophecy Update: Chaos – Connect the Dots

Lately we’ve seen an incredible outbreak of violence around America.  At one point I Googled “list of cities with violent protest.”  From Wikipedia I ended up with a forty-five-page document showing every state with cities large and small plus a description of the protest activity.  How should we as Christians view all this?

This essay is as much a teaching as it is a Prophecy Update.  We’ll briefly discuss a number of dots that will bring the title of this piece into understanding.

The God of the Bible as creator brings order out of chaos.  We see that from the very first sentences in Scripture:

Genesis 1:1

1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Chaos is a place without God.  The earth without form was a void of darkness in a watery expanse.  Bible writers use the sea and wilderness as metaphors for chaos.  In the beginning, before God began to create, there was chaos in the nothingness.

The Garden of Eden was God’s holy mountain.  It was where He dwelt in peace and order.  Now, you may ask, “Where does a mountain fit into the concept of the Garden?”  Ezekiel and other Scriptures make it clear:

Ezekiel 28:14

You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked.

Where God dwelt when He created the earth wasn’t only a garden, it was a mountain garden.  Mountains are the abode of gods—both Yahweh and pagan gods, i.e. fallen sons of God who raised themselves up in pride to become gods.  Where did God give the Law?  Mount Sinai.  Where is His holy city?  Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, a.k.a. Mount Zion.  When God’s rebellious sons came as gods to the earth in Genesis 6:1-4, they more than likely descended on Mount Hermon.  Mountains are remote, often inhospitable, places for humanity.  They’re hard to ascend.  They are the place where God and gods dwell.  (Caveat: When I speak of gods, I’m not referring to a pantheon whereby God is one of many.  He is God Most High who created all.  He is unique.  He created the spiritual entities who became His spiritual sons, who then rebelled, fell, and appropriated positions as gods.)

When Adam and Eve fell, what did God do?  He cast them out of the mountainous garden abode.  Since the Garden was sacred space as the dwelling place of God, their casting out was to a place of non-God.  Symbolically and literally, God cast them out from order to chaos, from sinless perfection to the place where sin dwells.

Leviticus brings this into focus:

Leviticus 16:6-10

6 “Aaron shall offer the bull as a sin offering for himself and shall make atonement for himself and for his house. 7 Then he shall take the two goats and set them before the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 8 And Aaron shall cast lots over the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other lot for Azazel. 9 And Aaron shall present the goat on which the lot fell for the Lord and use it as a sin offering, 10 but the goat on which the lot fell for Azazel shall be presented alive before the Lord to make atonement over it, that it may be sent away into the wilderness to Azazel.”

Many Bible translations say “the scapegoat” rather than Azazel.  However, Hebrew grammar makes it plain that this is a proper name, not a description.  We don’t say “the Yahweh,” because the grammar demands the word Yahweh be treated as a proper name.  It’s the same with Azazel.

Who or what is Azazel?  He was a goat demon, perhaps even Satan himself.  From their time in Egypt, the Hebrew people learned to worship the goat demon, and God would have none of that from His people:

Leviticus 17:7

So they shall no more sacrifice their sacrifices to goat demons, after whom they whore. This shall be a statute forever for them throughout their generations.

In the Leviticus 16 passage the scapegoat, i.e. the goat for Azazel was sent into the wilderness.  The wilderness is Azazel’s domain.  It is anti-Eden, anti-God, outside of God’s sacred space.

The wilderness or the desert represents:

  • Death, desolation, destruction
  • Lack of food & water with frightening creatures that live off death & threaten life
  • Used as symbol for divine judgment & apocalypse
  • Dwelling place of evil spirits

When Jesus began His ministry.  Where did He go for forty days?  What happened there?  The wilderness was a place of temptation where Satan, the poster boy for demonic spirits, desired Jesus to sin.

Leviticus 16 deals with the yearly Day of Atonement.  It’s when the temple, the priests, and the people are cleansed of sin for another year.  A little further in the chapter, and we learn how this atoning occurs:

Leviticus 16:20-22

20 “And when he has made an end of atoning for the Holy Place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall present the live goat. 21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins. And he shall put them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who is in readiness. 22 The goat shall bear all their iniquities on itself to a remote area, and he shall let the goat go free in the wilderness.

One goat is sacrificed for the blood to cover the sin.  The priest lays his hands on the other goat and sends it outside the camp into the wilderness.  The first goat is for the Lord.  Sin is placed on the second goat and sent to Azazel, to the wilderness, where sin belongs.  You might ask, “Is this a sacrifice to the demon Azazel?”  No.  Sin is banished to non-sacred space, outside of God’s presence.  It is sent to the realm of the dead.

Another dot:

Revelation 13:1,11

1 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea

This is Antichrist.

11 Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth

This is the False Prophet.

During the Tribulation, these beasts rise out of chaos, from the land, i.e. the wilderness, and the sea, which are both places outside of God’s protection.  As a reminder of the sea and its chaos, think Jesus and the disciples as they crossed the Sea of Galilee.  When He calmed the waters, the disciples were amazed.  Why?  Only God could bring order, calm, and peace out of the chaos of the raging seas.

The Greek for beast is “therion.”  It means wild beast, wild animal, having a brutal nature, and dangerous.  Antichrist and the False prophet are both described this way, i.e. as agents of chaos.

One more dot:

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.

This is the Antichrist.  What is lawlessness?  The Greek word “anomia” describes it as iniquity, disobedience, wickedness, sin, and having an utter disregard for God’s law.

Where does lawless, i.e. sin, belong?  In the realm of the dead: outside of God’s protection in the wilderness.

We’re getting closer.  Here’s a critical dot:

Leviticus 18:24-29

24 “Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, for by all these the nations I am driving out before you have become unclean, 25 and the land became unclean, so that I punished its iniquity, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. 26 But you shall keep my statutes and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you 27 (for the people of the land, who were before you, did all of these abominations, so that the land became unclean), 28 lest the land vomit you out when you make it unclean, as it vomited out the nation that was before you. 29 For everyone who does any of these abominations, the persons who do them shall be cut off from among their people.

What happens to nations or individuals who commit abominations in God’s sight and become unclean in His eyes?  Does it matter whether they are people of God or not?  God has declared that anyone and any nation committing abominations make the land unclean.  When the land is unclean, what will it do?  It vomits out its inhabitants.  We see that the land vomited out pagan nations.  We also know that it vomited out Israel: Northern Kingdom in 722 BC; Southern Kingdom in 586 BC; Jews with the destruction of the temple in 70 AD; a final vomiting in 135 AD after the Bar Kokhba Rebellion.  It was this last instance where the Jews were vomited out that resulted in the Romans renaming the land to Palestine.

The final dots:

1 John 3:4

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.

1 John 3:1-3

1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

Here’s a Biblical equation I think you can take to the bank:

Lawlessness = antichrist spirit = abominations to God = vomit out of land

Back to our original question.  How should Christians view all this violence?

I’ll put this in the form of an equation as well:

U.S. riots = lawlessness = antichrist spirit = chaos = anti-Eden, anti-God = wilderness with wild beasts = death, destruction = divine judgment

Thus, we must ask ourselves: Will God allow the land to vomit us out of America?

One of the interesting dilemmas we face is that other than a possible oblique reference in Ezekiel 38-39 in the context of the upcoming Ezekiel’s War (i.e. in some Bible translations Ezekiel 38:13 as being among the young lions—descendants of England and/or Spain), America is wholly absent when this conflict occurs.  We’re Israel’s best and most important ally today, so what happens?  Why aren’t we there for her at the advent of this terrible war?  Obviously, something happens to preclude our involvement.

What we’re seeing now is the literal tip of the iceberg for the lawlessness that is coming.  This is all the leadup to the Rapture of the Church and the subsequent Tribulation.  According to the Bible, conditions will only get worse as that time approaches.  (Sorry New Apostolic Reformation—NAR—adherents, you are not going to Christianize the planet through a great revival and hand this wonderful work over to Jesus when He returns.)

So, if there isn’t going to be a worldwide revival, and the earth is going to plunge further into sin, lawlessness, and an antichrist spirit, what are we as the people of God to do as the land vomits us out?  How do we respond to all this?  Should it be in despair and hopelessness?

NO!  We are to rejoice in the Lord always:

Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.

We are to look to Jesus and Him alone for our redemption and for our joy.  Only Jesus brings an answer—THE answer—to the mess of this world with its chaotic violence.  All the Social Justice reforms, all the government initiatives, all the secular martyrdom, all the community policing reforms: they are doomed to fail.

The church should not get caught up in them.  Believers are called to a different standard.  We are called to be Watchmen on the Wall (Ezekiel 33).  We are to warn others of God’s soon-coming judgment and His escape plan: salvation through Christ alone.

We are to occupy while there is still light.  God has made each one of us with a purpose.  Let’s fulfill that purpose and be about the Lord’s business.  Let’s pray, witness, and serve, all with purposeful believing loyalty in Him that demonstrates there is no other god but God come in the flesh as Jesus Christ.

What Is a Prophetic Voice?

Are there prophets today?  Who are they?  What message do they bring from God?  Why don’t we hear from them or recognize their prophetic mantle?

I was speaking to a retired pastor recently who told me that back in the days of Hal Lindsay and The Late Great Planet Earth, he was all in.  He preached the end times with the return of Jesus, and the signs of His coming.  Lately, he’s filled a pulpit on an interim basis during a pastoral search, but despite his belief that Jesus is coming soon, he isn’t keen on preaching that message.  He stated that since the Bible says God sends His prophets to warn of coming judgment, and there haven’t been such warnings, he prefers to wait to hear that message.  The question is: Have there been no prophets or warning that the Rapture and the subsequent 7-year Tribulation are near?

I would argue that they’re here.  It’s just that we haven’t recognized them.

First, why does God send prophets?  Let’s look at several Old Testament verses.

Yet he sent prophets among them to bring them back to the Lord. These testified against them, but they would not pay attention. (2 Chronicles 24:19)

Draw near to me, hear this: from the beginning I have not spoken in secret, from the time it came to be I have been there.”  And now the Lord God has sent me, and his Spirit. (Isaiah 48:16)

And he said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day.” (Ezekiel 2:3)

God sends His prophets to testify against people who turn from Him in rebellion, while calling those same people to draw near to Him.  He is extremely clear in His message:

You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you— for the Lord your God in your midst is a jealous God—lest the anger of the Lord your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth. (Deuteronomy 6:14-15)

What about in New Testament times?  Has God changed the format of the messaging?

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. (John 14:6)

And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.” (Revelation 22:6)

From these verses we could certainly say that God has given us a different means of conveying His message.  We hear it through the Holy Spirit, and we see it by means of His angel.  Who is His angel?  Revelation tells us this angel of the Lord is Jesus.  Jesus is also the Word (John 1:1).

How does the Holy Spirit operate?  Differently among each of us, but He gives us truth.  He counsels us and gives us direction.

If Jesus is the Word, and through Jesus—the angel of the Lord—we learn what must soon take place, then Scripture gives us prophetic knowledge.

Putting these two concepts together, faithful believers may hear from the Holy Spirit speaking through Scripture, giving them counsel and direction to carry out God’s will.  Might that include speaking forthrightly about what God intends for this world?  Might it include the message of warning and judgment?  How about the encouragement and hope that those who love the Lord and follow Him won’t face the wrath to come?

This isn’t to say that God would entirely forsake the major prophetic voice as in the prophets of old.  However, in one sense, that could be a challenge.  We have so much static today, so many different voices that pull us in different directions, so many distractions from the internet, TV, government overreach, and much more.  That one person whom everyone hears and knows he is speaking God’s Word is likely a rarity.  In addition, with so few people believing in God these days, how many would actually listen?

What we do have because of the internet and other mediums is the ability for multiple people speaking God’s Word, some to the same audiences, others to different listeners, to bring warning  Although they don’t call themselves prophets and would probably cringe at the implication, who is to say that God hasn’t called the likes of Jan Markell, Amir Tsarfati, Bill Salus, David Reagan, Dave Hunt, Gary Stearman, and others to bring His Word through different media in place of the single prophet of renown from times past?

As I said earlier, there’s a lot of static out there.  One of the biggest sources comes from the so-called prophets and apostles who inhabit the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement.  They aren’t shy about proclaiming their creds.  And they use their presumed offices to amplify their voices.

What’s distressing to me is the message they bring.  Among other misleading teachings, the general belief I’ve seen among NAR leaders is that worldwide revival is coming.  A great new awakening of faith will sweep the earth, the seven cultural mountains throughout society will fall from secular control into the hands of God’s prophetic elites (and money will flow from these mountains into NAR coffers), and the NAR crusade will Christianize the world, making it ready to hand to Jesus when He returns.

This belief is completely inconsistent with Scripture.  It minimizes or abandons the concept of the Rapture and seems to forget the Bible speaks of a 7-year Tribulation before Jesus returns.  Yet, NAR prophets are revered and followed by many.

NAR encompasses thousands of churches worldwide, accounting for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of believers.  It has turned aside the majority of these from the literal Word of God.  One tenet of NAR is that their apostles and prophets bring new revelation.  They are the voices of this generation and are the ones who speak authoritatively about God with His (revised) plans and purposes.

Who to believe?  The voices with little strength, but which have kept God’s Word, à la the church of Philadelphia?  Or the booming voices that reach many and proclaim their intimate connection with God, yet veer drastically from Scripture but rationalize doing so?

Personally, I’m not looking for a major prophetic revelation to tell me that what the Bible says are the signs of the times are actually here.  God’s Word already states the truth, and that which is happening in the world witnesses to that.  Jesus said we’d see all these things as the birth pains came and intensified.  So we do.

Start practicing your Rapture leap.  Soon we’ll be spring-boarding off this earth into the clouds to meet our Lord.

Three Timing Views of the Tribulation

The timing of the 7-year Tribulation and the unfolding of the plagues have come under scrutiny in recent years with differing views from that proposed in the past.  It used to be among the pre-Tribulation crowd (of which I am one) that a Traditional understanding prevailed.  Subsequently, a Modified version of that came on the scene.  Recently, what I call the Salus Alternative has made its way into consideration.  The attached diagram illustrates these approaches at a very high level.

The intent of this essay is to briefly comment on these three views and to point toward the Salus Alternative as the one that has begun making the most sense to me.

The Traditional way of considering Tribulation timing has been around for many years.  Its basic premise is that the beginning of the Tribulation starts not only when Israel signs the Antichrist covenant, but also immediately at the Rapture, i.e. these two events occur relatively simultaneously.  The three sets of judgments and their timing as to when they are unleashed are not at issue in this discussion.

“And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.” (Daniel 9:27)

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. (1 Corinthians 15:51-53)

It became apparent to Biblical scholars that one of the issues in regard to the Traditional view is that events take time to develop in the world.  One of the questions that began percolating in my own non-scholarly brain was how so many things could happen immediately at the start of the Trib period?  How was it that at the Rapture, with the departure of the Holy Spirit causing lawlessness to arise, the Antichrist could immediately burst onto the world stage to bring about the covenant?  Where does Ezekiel’s War fit into this timing?  (I’m not specifically dealing with that here, but it is relevant.). Would all the Trib events work given the Rapture in such close proximity to its beginning?

As I began studying this, I noticed a new theory come about.  What I call the Modified view took some of these (and probably more) ideas into account and postulated that there needed to be a Gap Period between the Rapture and the start of the Tribulation.  Such a scheme helped account for the way the world works.  Typically, political figures don’t arise overnight whereby they can negotiate a significant peace treaty.  The Gap provides the time for Antichrist to become known in some way and to somehow gain a position of trust so that he can be the key figure bringing the covenant parties together.  Whatever other events that logically work better by having a time period separating the Rapture and the beginning of the Trib can also take place in this scenario.  Again, think Ezekiel’s War and the prophetic items that must be properly dealt with, i.e.  seven years of cleanup and burning of war implements, assuming you don’t place the war inside the Trib period as some do.  This war, occurring before the Tribulation with its significant clean-up efforts, makes most logical sense, in my estimation, if it happens at least 3.5 years prior to the Trib’s beginning.

Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and make fires of the weapons and burn them, shields and bucklers, bow and arrows, clubs and spears; and they will make fires of them for seven years, (Ezekiel 39:9)

Why is it logical?  Because once the Antichrist desecrates the temple at the midpoint and the Jews are persecuted by him, no clean-up efforts will continue in Israel.  It has to be finished by that 3.5 year mark.  Thus, this war easily precedes the Trib by that same amount of time.

Personally, I gravitated to the Gap period understanding pretty quickly.  It simply made more sense and answered some of the questions I had.

All was good until Bill Salus came along and upset my apple cart.  I first ran across him with his book Psalm 83: The Missing Prophecy Revealed.  It intrigued me and simply made a lot of sense by answering some questions that were previously unanswerable.  With that, I became a believer in the Psalm 83 war.

As I read subsequent books by Salus, what I appreciated most was his out-of-the-box thinking.  Just because something was thought of as the way, because that’s how it had always been, didn’t make it right.  Salus was willing to tackle tough subjects, where minds had been frozen into one way of thinking, and shake up the paradigm.  In reading the most recent of Salus’ series of books on the remaining Biblical prophecies still to be fulfilled, The Last Prophecies, it seemed like it might be useful to provide this summary article outlining the paradigm change.

That is certainly what Bill Salus has done in what I’m calling the Salus Alternative to Tribulation thinking.  As you can see from the above diagram, what Salus proposes is REALLY out-of-the-box.  He suggests that after the Rapture, in the Gap Period before the Tribulation begins, the first five Seals are unleashed.  Thus, in that Gap the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, i.e. the Conqueror, the Conflict, the Scarcity, and the Death would reign, plus a group of martyrs would come before the throne of God and cry out, “How long!”  This would take us through Revelation 6:1-11.  So as not to rewrite his book, I’ll let you read it yourself to glean the rationale.

Adding my two cents into the equation, if the covenant is initiated following these initial Seals, then interestingly, at its signing, there is great cosmic disturbance with the perhaps-simultaneous Sixth Seal.  Does the timing coincide with the promise of Genesis 12:3, where those who bless Israel are blessed and those who curse her are cursed?  This appears on the surface as a blessing for Israel, but God knows it’s actually a curse.  Is there an Eye to Eye consequence, as Bill Koenig argues in his book that examines the history of this phenomenon?

Within the first half of the Trib period, Salus suggests that Seals six and seven plus Trumpets one through six are unleashed.  This covers Revelation 6:12-17 and Revelation 8:1-13 – 9:1-21.

In this timing view, the seventh Trumpet is sounded at or very soon after the midpoint with Antichrist’s temple desecration.  Significant activity occurs in heaven following this, then the first Bowl is poured out with the loathsome sores.  Again, I add my personal speculative questions.  Does Antichrist get these boils?  Is there a possible symbolic connection with the Sixth Plague on Egypt with these sores?

The Egyptian plagues were supernatural events in which God demonstrated His superiority over the pagan gods and disrupted their concept of cosmic order that Pharaoh was supposed to control.  Those Egyptian gods had territorial jurisdiction over Egypt.  The Egyptian priests were severely afflicted with the sores—incapacitated—which meant they were unclean and couldn’t perform their priestly duties.  Thus, God with this particular plague stifled their ability to worship their gods in their temples.  He showed that these gods were feckless.  Yahweh ruled the earth and could do what He wished.

With the Antichrist having proclaimed himself as god above all and worthy of worship, does Yahweh immediately prove that Antichrist is no such thing?  Is he incapacitated with boils and unable to further demonstrate how wonderful he is as this deity he claims to be?  Antichrist is effectively claiming to be god of the world.  Is this Yahweh’s way of sticking it to Satan who rules behind Antichrist that his ambitions are in God’s hands?  There is no territory in heaven or on earth that God does not reign supreme.

The Salus Alternative view continues with the concluding Bowls all being associated with the Great Tribulation, and effectively, the only judgments in the second half.

When I first encountered Salus’ arguments, the problem I had was in my thinking that all of the judgments must be restricted to the 7-year Tribulation.  In other words, the first five Seals had to occur after the covenant was signed along with all the others.  But the issue that convinced me this could be a legitimate alternative was that nowhere in the text of the Old or New Testament does it say that.  We only know that the Tribulation lasts seven years and begins with the covenant.  Everyone has just assumed all judgments must be contained within the defined Tribulation period.  It’s entirely possible that the first five Seals could be part of the incredible increase in lawlessness that we know will happen once the Rapture occurs, yet prior to the actual Tribulation.  Maybe these Seals are the specific reason for the lawlessness as it develops.

There could also be the potential intriguing connections that I’ve outlined, in which God makes some other very specific points to those who are paying attention.

I hope this essay has gotten you thinking.  That’s a value I see in writing and publishing for a wider audience.  You may end up agreeing or disagreeing with Bill Salus and his thesis and/or me with my minor additional points.  Ultimately, what all of us should be doing is taking the basics and warning the unbelieving world of God’s wrath and judgment to come.  We can use prophecy as an evangelistic tool.  For those of us who have a grasp of it, that should be why we think on these topics and communicate them.  Let’s use our knowledge and point others to the One who saves and delivers us, for He is our Blessed Hope.

Idols: Then & Now

In our westernized, Christian worldview, the idols of old made of stone and wood make little sense.  We wonder how the peoples of the Ancient Near East (ANE) could be so foolish as to think that a statue of some sort was worthy of worship.  How stupid could they have been back in those days?  Obviously, if nothing else, they lacked the sophistication and knowledge that we have since we’d never bow down to some inert object.

Not so fast.  It turns out there’s more to the picture than what we typically see.  Modern Christianity doesn’t like to think of the concept of other gods.  That makes us think of a pantheon of gods where God is just one of many, which surely isn’t the case.  Well, yes and no.

When we read Bible translations that are faithful to the Hebrew text, we may see the word elohim used twice in the same sentence.  Psalm 82:1 (ESV except where noted) is an example of that:

God [Elohim[ has taken his place in the divine council;
in the midst of the gods [elohim] he holds judgment:

Check it out: https://biblehub.com/text/psalms/82-1.htm

The distinction between God (Elohim) with a capital “E” and gods (elohim) with a lower case “e” is based on Hebrew context and noun-verb grammar rules.  God (singular) “stands” whereas He can only administer judgment in the “midst” of something plural, i.e. multiple gods.

God has a Divine Council made up of other gods or holy ones.  Here is Psalm 89:6-7 (LEB) which shows also this:

For who in the sky is equal to Yahweh?
Who is like Yahweh among the sons of God [Elim],
a God [El] feared greatly in the council of the holy ones [qodesh]
[Strongs 6918],
and awesome above all surrounding him?

You can see the Hebrew here at these two links:

https://biblehub.com/text/psalms/89-6.htm

https://biblehub.com/text/psalms/89-7.htm

This group, these sons of God, are in the skies.  God—Yahweh—is amongst His council of holy ones, i.e. His Divine Council.

The point is that there are other spiritual entities besides God, even besides the Trinity.  Scripture is filled with such references, and they aren’t all angels!  These other divine beings are God’s spiritual family, the sons of God.

Actually, the Bible uses elohim for any spiritual being.  A more complete lists includes:

  • God of Israel – Psalm 82:1
  • Divine Council members – Psalm 82:1,6
  • Pagan gods of other nations – 1 Kings 11:33
  • Demons (shedim) – Deuteronomy 32:17
  • Disembodied human dead – 1 Samuel 28:13

Unfortunately, in years past some number of the spiritual sons of God rebelled multiple times.  From these rebellions we’ve ended up with what we typically term fallen angels, as well as demons.  These are real spiritual entities.

Pagan nations, i.e. originally those in the ANE that chose not to follow Yahweh, the God of Israel, worshiped these other gods, the fallen sons of God.  That came about through God’s response to the Tower of Babel incident in Genesis 11 where He scattered the people, created nations for them to inhabit, and confused their language.  Over these nations, i.e. territorially, He placed His divine sons—loyal at the time—in order to superintend these nations and to point the people back to Yahweh as the One true God.  The initial action of this concept is captured in Deuteronomy 32:8:

When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance,
when he divided mankind,
he fixed the borders of the peoples
according to the number of the sons of God.

But, because God’s sons have free will, just as we in His human family have free will, these spiritual beings all rebelled and became corrupt.  Probably because they wanted to differentiate themselves from Yahweh who was not seen, they encouraged their subjects to create idols that could be seen.  But the idols weren’t simply inert objects.  Ancient ceremonies these gods instigated among their subjects in the nations they ruled caused these wood and stone statues to become inhabited with the actual spiritual being.  The ceremony involved calling down the god and him entering through the mouth of the idol.  According to most ANE beliefs, e.g. in Mesopotamia, a particular god could simultaneously inhabit any number of idols.

As a result, the idol had power and was revered.  Idols were placed in temples and high places.  They were intimately used as part of the worship of the deities they represented.  The important thing to note is that the deities attached to the idols by way of the mouth.

Modern idolatry seems a long way from this ancient practice.  What do we idolize?  Money.  Power.  Sex.  Celebrities.  Sports stars.  How do these relate to wooden statues?  Should we even call the adulation of these people and things idolatry based on how Scripture describes it of old?

First, in one sense, I think we can corelate every area of idolatry with the primary cultural influences in society.  These seven areas are:

  • Media
  • Technology
  • Banking / Finance
  • Family
  • Arts / Entertainment
  • Religion
  • Government / Military

If you’re paying attention, these may look familiar.  I purposely link them to the Seven Mountain Mandate of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR).  If these cover all aspects of our culture to which NAR wishes to ascend, it makes sense that these are the keys to every idolatrous inclination in society.  Why?  Because at the top of every so-called mountain will be a demonic entity of sorts.  These fallen spiritual beings are the ones that pull the strings of the human puppets who aspire in each of these areas.

As an aside, I don’t believe for a minute that NAR will climb to the heights of these cultural mountains in the way its adherents may now think.  If Kingdom Now theology did come to pass, it wouldn’t be a true Christian victory in any way, shape, or form because it involves winning the world, i.e. being in the world, rather than saving souls, i.e. not being of the world.  The other mitigating obstacle is the Word of God.  Nothing in Scripture confirms any Christian belief and successful activity in these seven spheres, particularly in these latter days.  The false vision regarding this worldly conquest completely ignores that the earth will not come under Christian Dominionism through the activities of these deceived people.  Lawlessness is increasing; the world is not getting better.  Tribulation is coming; not a bright and shiny Christianized world that NAR will create so as to hand to Jesus when He returns.

Back to our main thesis.  If this make any sense to you that rulers, powers, and authorities in high places reign over every area of the world for the time being, let’s take it a step further.  Every secular, i.e. unsaved, person in these spheres inevitably wants more.  If these people don’t know God, they literally have that God-shaped hole in their hearts.  Thus, in each of these areas, there are people aspiring, scheming, and acting to gain the world rather than to know the One who created them and came to save them.

Just like Christians realize how helpless we are in our own flesh and can do nothing worthwhile without God, how much different do you think it is with these people?  Life is tough.  There are always roadblocks.  Breaks are few and far between.  But if, in one way or another, a person with dreams of conquest is introduced to a spiritual entity that promises results—true success in their chosen field—with just a minor condition, why wouldn’t many Godless people choose this path?  After all, the conditional payoff is a long way off.  The debt is only paid at death.  Besides, most of these people are very smart.  Inevitably they’ll figure out a way to welch on the deal.  So they think.

I believe we would be shocked at the number of highly placed people in each of these mountains of influence who have literally sold their souls to the devil.

Coming back to the idols of the ANE, how does this relate?  Let’s first look at Christianity.  What is it that we must do to be born again?  Romans 10:9-10 makes it simple:

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

We confess with our mouth and believe in our heart.  God’s requirement is for us to declare our believing loyalty to Him.  True salvation is all about our allegiance to God.  We’re told in the Old Testament that King David was a man after God’s own heart.  What does that really mean?  The one thing David NEVER did was to follow after any other god.  Yes, he had sin issues, but he always repented.  However, throughout his life David showed steadfast devotion to God and never wavered.  That’s what we’re supposed to do as obedient followers of Jesus Christ who walk in righteousness and holiness.  We should have no desire to ever follow any other gods, whatever their form.  That’s the criteria for believing loyalty to God.

We know that Satan and other fallen spiritual entities are marvelous copycats.  Thus, the mouth becomes important.  In the ANE, the ritual that caused the spiritual being to inhabit the idol focused on the mouth.  That’s typically where the spirit entered.

I maintain that the mouth is the critical component for people who seek the favor of the spiritual realm, even today.  They declare their desire for fame, money, whatever.  When presented with the opportunity, they embrace it by opening their mouth and speaking their loyalty to the being that will fulfill their desires.  In some (many?) cases, there may be actual possession as the demon enters through their mouth.  No doubt many of you have read of exorcisms that involve the spewing out of all types of horrible creatures from the pit of hell through the possessed person’s mouth.

Are idols any different today than from the past?  Then, they took the form of a statue that man created and the demonic entity possessed.  Now, people themselves are the living statues that swallow the lie to gain the world.

An idol, whether made of inorganic material, or human substance where one becomes one’s own idol, is still something that focuses on—and causes believing loyalty to—anything but the One true God.  It leads to destruction.  Believing that it will bring fulfillment is a delusion, whatever its form.

Only Jesus Christ can satisfy the human yearning of the heart.  He alone fills that void.

A Coronavirus “Plandemic”? A 26-minute video

I’m sharing this post from Heather at MyCrazyFaith.blogspot.com:

 

https://mycrazyfaith.blogspot.com/2020/05/a-coronavirus-plandemic-26-minute-video.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MyCrazyFaith+%28My+Crazy+Faith%29

 

As Heather says, it’s very possible that when you go to watch the video that it’s been removed by the social media guardians of our sensibilities.

UPDATE-1 (5/7/20): This video is being censored.  To see it you may need to try different links to find one that hasn’t been removed.

UPDATE-2 (5/8/20): Media outlets along with even email servers are censoring this video to discredit it.  There are a lot of people who don’t want this information out to the public.

UPDATE – 3 (5/9/20): As of this morning, here is another link for the video that still works: https://www.bitchute.com/video/NPYdyZpSZCEA/?fbclid=IwAR1lk2LdZvLKyju34HevfU-Idw8BBww_DijWDSx2B0jpT3fQufzFHPgNpBc

 

Here’s a copy of what Heather wrote at the above link on her blog post dated May 7, 2020:

 

Everyone should watch this 26-minute video: Plandemic Part 1 by Dr. Mikovits.  (FYI: I watched this video yesterday on a different YouTube link.  It had something like a million views.  And it’s already been removed today.  Big surprise!  This is why I watched it right away and wrote up a short summary of my thoughts on it.  Because I figured it would be silenced!  So watch it soon, before this is removed too.  FYI: If the link I gave is removed, click here and see if one of these works.)

A friend found it yesterday and shared it with me. While it’s scary stuff, it didn’t shock me because it coincides with what I’ve already thought about this whole virus situation, among other things:

… That there’s something fishy about it and it’s not natural …

… That there are unhealthy and dangerous connections between Bill Gates and Dr. Fauci and government health agencies (CDC, FDA, WHO, etc.), among others …

… That there are shady coronavirus reporting practices in the hospitals, such as financial incentives for doctors who include “COVID” in their reports, even if the patient wasn’t tested for it …

… That vaccines themselves cause unforeseen problems that the medical community then has to “solve”.  [Talk about job security! Remember that at the end of the day, vaccines are “big business”.] …

… That there’s a connection between getting the flu vaccine and then being more susceptible to COVID.  [I didn’t know this one, but I was already wondering if getting previous vaccines might make one more susceptible to this virus. Such as, just speculating here, what if vaccines actually interfere with our bodies’ natural immune functions, causing our systems to fight the foreign stuff they inject in us and to passively fight off germs instead of naturally and actively, which then weakens our systems and makes us more susceptible to other viruses later?  Or, for a more far-fetched speculation, what if companies/medical experts have been unethically engineering previous vaccines, if not the viruses themselves, to cause people to be more susceptible to other illnesses, ensuring that we are more “needy” for more vaccines in the future? Once again, job security! Someone stands to make a lot of money when others are sick, when everyone gets their vaccines.  Which means they stand to lose a lot of money when people aren’t sick or when they let their bodies naturally fight off illnesses.  I’m not saying anything about what vaccines really have or haven’t done in history, and I’m not saying that this virus isn’t real or that it doesn’t need to be taken seriously, but … do we really know what’s in all these vaccines we’ve been willingly lining up to get injected with? Do we really know the long-term effects of putting these foreign and sometimes dangerous substances directly into our bloodstreams, when the natural mode of encountering viruses is through our mouth and nose where it goes through a series of “filters” first, which is the way it’s supposed to work?  Are we just trading in one problem for another by trying to circumvent the natural order of things when we treat people for illnesses they don’t have?] …

… That there’s a major conflict-of-interest when those who head up virus research and tasks forces and who issue medical guidelines also have the most to gain financially/professionally from these pandemics and from pushing vaccines.  [Such as I’ve read long ago about how people will work with a company to produce the vaccines and then they’ll get a job with the government agencies to get the vaccines approved, and about how those who govern the medical boards that publish the guidelines of which vaccines everyone should get will also have stock in the vaccine companies, etc..  (Read this article: “CDC is a vaccine company, owns 56 vaccines – a grave conflict of interest.”  If this is true – that the government agency which determines the vaccines everyone should get, which essentially forces parents to vaccinate their kids so they can go to school, which basically polices themselves to determine the safety of vaccines – if this is true that they themselves have patents to 56 vaccines, do you really think they are ever going to determine vaccines to be unsafe or unnecessary?  Besides, I believe they have bullied people into trusting them and into getting vaccines for so long that they could never go back on what they said, not even if masses of people got hurt by them.  Could you image the fallout of a government agency that forced people for years to get vaccines finally admitting, “Umm, yeah, I guess we were wrong.  Vaccines are harmful or not as effective as we always said”?  They could never backtrack now, even if it was the right thing to do!  They’re in too deep, financially and reputationally.)  How we can trust these people when their financial/professional lives are dependent on the advice they give? It’s like having someone tell you that the only way to stay alive is to buy Brand A specially-formulated vitamins, only to find out that they themselves have the patent rights to and produce those Brand A specially-formulated vitamins, making major profits from selling them. Can they be trusted to give honest advice and guidance when their financial lives are based on selling those vitamins? Those who give official medical advice/guidelines to the country should not be allowed to get kickbacks or financial incentive/gains from the recommendations they make and from the sales that result from their recommendations.  Also worth reading:  “Updated: Dr. Fauci Likely Broke US Regulations and US Law When He Funded Wuhan Lab To Continue Coronavirus Projects That Were Banned in US in 2014.”] …

… That doctors themselves, even if they have the best intentions, are being misled.  [I would say “manipulated and trained by the pharmaceutical companies and by those who earn a lot of money from what they teach the doctors to believe and to do in their practices”.] …

… That those who disagree with the mainstream “official” narrative about this virus and vaccine and the ways it’s being handled are being silenced, and the right to free speech and to having different opinions is being taken away.  [Not just in the mainstream media – who I’ve never trusted because of how biased they are and the people they are “in bed with” – but also on social media platforms. Something’s wrong when a social media platform will remove your content if you disagree with WHO! I mean, who are they to decide what information we have the right to see and what opinions we have the right to hear and have!?!  And who is Youtube to decide that we don’t have the right to see “Plandemic” in the video they removed (unless if was for copyright infringement, which would be understandable), to hear this information, to decide for ourselves if we want to believe it or not?  Orwell’s 1984, here we come!!!] …

… That we are being turned against each other out of fear.  [How sad that we have to be afraid that we are losing our basic freedom rights, that we are losing our jobs and might not be able to feed our families, that we might face severe penalties if we reopen our businesses when we’re simply doing it out of the desperate need to feed our families and keep our homes. How sad that we have to be afraid that we might be arrested for playing in the park with our children or that we might be turned in to authorities by our nosy and fearful neighbors. Or maybe you’re on the other side, afraid that your name and address will be published for turning in your neighbors, when you were simply doing it out of fear for your health. I can see both sides. And I don’t know how it should all be handled. But the way it’s going is not working.  (However, for the record and contrary to what Dr. Mikovits says, I do not think wearing masks is a problem or that it will cause us to get re-infected with our own coronavirus germs.  Do we get re-infected by our own cold/flu germs when we use the same toothbrush after being sick?  Besides we are all breathing our own air all day long anyway, surrounded by our own germs in everything we touch and wear and sleep on.  How much worse could it be to wear a mask for an hour a day while shopping?  I personally think wearing a mask is a good way to take reasonable, non-invasive precautions, for ourselves and out of concern for others.  It’s something simple we can all do.  I think we all have to give and take a little here.  So let’s comply with the simply things, and save the fights for the more invasive things that truly threaten our freedoms.  Basically, let’s pick our battles wisely!) Anyway, something’s broken when we’re all turning on each other, when every step we take leads to fear. And I don’t know if any of us really know how to fix it. God help us all! And I really mean that … God is our only real help here. Find Him … find Jesusbefore it’s too late!]

[And how interesting is it that Dr. Fauci, in 2017, confidently predicted a “surprise” pandemic within a couple years, that he was so “confident” it was coming! That’s some amazing crystal ball he had! And now he is the one heading up the nation’s response to this “surprise” pandemic. Coincidence!?!]

Everyone has 26 minutes to spare. I know you do. So watch this and be discerning from now on:

Plandemic Part 1 with Dr. Mikovitz:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHfYkwmtBnI

 

Gary’s note:

All the pieces are falling into place for the 7-year Tribulation with its One World Government following the Rapture of the true church of Jesus Christ.  Be sure you know where you stand with the Lord.  He is coming soon for His people.

If you do not know Jesus as your personal Savior, right now it’s not too late.  But time is running out.

It’s very simple and very profound as to how you can become a believer and have the assurance of eternal life with God.  It’s ABC simple:

Acknowledge that you are a sinner and can do nothing about cleaning up your sins.

Believe that Jesus Christ is God who came in the flesh to this world to die for our sins – to take all of our sins–YOUR sins–upon Himself.

Confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved.  Know also, that he is coming back – SOON!

 

If you have taken these steps and truly believed, you are now washed by the blood of Jesus and have become a true child of God, AND the Holy Spirit has come to live inside you!  You must move forward in your new faith through believing loyalty to God alone.  Read your Bible daily.  Start in the New Testament with the Gospel of John.

If you need more guidance, contact me.  I’m happy to help.  God bless.

Herd Mentality Prevents Herd Immunity

Herd mentality.  This could also be called mob mentality.  In the Bible, mobs are referred to as rabble or riff-raff.  They’re always stirring up trouble and inciting violence or discontent.  We see them in various places.

Numbers 11:4

The riff-raff that were in their midst had a strong desire; and the Israelites turned back and also wept, and they said, “Who will feed us meat?”

Acts 17:5

But the Jews were filled with jealousy and, taking along some worthless men from the rabble in the marketplace and forming a mob, threw the city into an uproar. And attacking Jason’s house, they were looking for them to bring them out to the popular assembly.

Acts 17:6

And when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brothers before the city officials, shouting, “These people who have stirred up trouble throughout the world have come here also,”

Jeremiah 43:3

“But Baruch the son of Neriah is inciting you against us in order to give us into the hand of the Chaldeans, to kill us and to deport us to Babylon.”

Mark 15:11

But the chief priests incited the crowd so that he would release for them Barabbas instead.

These inciters take advantage of people who are easily led, or those who enjoy being part of something more than themselves, regardless whether it’s good or not.  Unfortunately, another name for those who fit this category is sheep.  Such animals need a shepherd, and without one are easily lost or led astray.

1 Kings 22:17

So he said, “I saw all of Israel scattering to the mountains, like the sheep without a shepherd.”

The thing about sheep is that they often have a specific destiny.

Psalm 44:22

Rather, on account of you we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for slaughter.

Psalm 49:14

Like sheep they are destined to Sheol; death will shepherd them.

We can conclude from this smattering of verses that a mob impulse leads to negative consequences, and those who go along fall into a pit of trouble.

Which brings us to the point of this essay.

In our current circumstances, known variously as the time of COVID-19, the coronavirus, the Chinese Wuhan virus, or perhaps the CoronaCrisis, many “experts” have told us what’s going on and what to do.  As we’ve gotten deeper into our collective pandemic, those of us who prefer truth over narrative have seen that there’s much mis- or false information coming from these so-called authorities.

As usual in a piece like this, I have to make the disclaimer and observation that the virus is real and its effects can be devastating.  Yes, it’s incredibly contagious and because of it many people have died.  Many loved ones have been lost.  I don’t want to minimize that fact.

But…

Much of what we’ve been told to do during this CoronaCrisis is contrary to what should have been done.  Through their willing accomplices in the press, Leftists have moved quickly to capitalize.  Most in this camp have a Globalist agenda, never letting a crisis go to waste, and they haven’t.  In fact, we could refer to their actions as a Pangenda.  They’ve used the pandemic to further their agenda.

We’ve been told that we must isolate and quarantine, that social distancing is an absolute requirement.  Thus, we must shut down the economy in order to prevent further spread of the disease.  And so we have.  We’ve cowered in our homes.  Businesses are going under at an unprecedented rate.  Unemployment is skyrocketing.  And from the Leftist-Globalist perspective, we’ve been conditioned.

No one wants to get sick.  The authorities decree that we’ll all die unless we do as we’re told.  A vaccine is coming along that we all must take, because that’ll solve all our ills.  While we’re at it, the vaccine will have a few minor additions, but they’re for our own good: universal ID, microchip tracking, medical information; who knows—maybe even a time bomb to reactivate the virus after a certain time?

What has been lost in this rush to isolate is herd immunity.  Many on the Right have begun talking about that lately, and it’s a real thing.  It’s come out that many people were apparently exposed to the virus and never got sick or had minor symptoms.  They’ve got the antibodies along with the tee shirt to prove it.

What’s that tell us?  It says exactly what the title of this piece says: Herd mentality prevents herd immunity.  We’ve been set up for a second wave.

Why would that be?  I think two reasons.  If the Left gets lucky and the second wave comes sooner rather than later, and the economy can either be shut down again or remain there from what’s happening today, the odds for President Trump to be re-elected go down significantly.  The more that he can be shown to be a recession or depression president and “responsible” for the economy’s failure, the better the chances for the election of a Democrat president.

If that doesn’t work, then at the very least we have been conditioned to follow orders.  There are enough “authorities” that must be listened to and believed so that in the next wave, the Global agenda, the Pangenda will be advanced that much farther along.

Aside #1 – Regarding a vaccine.  As I understand it, we’ve had coronaviruses around for many years now in the form of SARS and MERS.  These are extremely deadly, but have we come up with any vaccines?  The common flu has plagued us forever.  We do have vaccines, i.e. flu shots that are available every year.  But what are we told?  They’re effective for last year’s flu and maybe only 70-80% effective for the current year.  If we haven’t found a vaccine for SARS and MERS, will we actually come up with one that works for COVID-19?  Who’s to say that even if we do develop an effective vaccine that it’ll continue to work as the virus mutates?  Is the vaccine a red herring for something more devious as alluded to earlier?

Aside #2 – The Deep State is desperate to sidetrack President Trump.  Indictments are coming—serious and highly placed indictments—against those who have committed treason in their efforts to take down Trump.  If Trump can be removed from the presidency, at the very least in November, then those who are the object of the investigations which prove their treasonous activities will no doubt be let off the hook by a Democrat president.  Dislodging President Trump—soon—is an absolute requirement for Deep State continuity.

The CoronaCrisis Pangenda is an opportunity that Globalists have been salivating over for many years.  Climate change hasn’t enlisted the support of the world populace to the extent that the Left desired.  But the coronavirus changed everything.  I’ve heard it said that the UN Agenda 2030 to transform the world for “sustainable development” has been advanced by ten years.  This has been a dream come true.

What this tells me and many others who watch Bible prophecy, and how world events are conforming to what God decreed would happen in these latter days, is that we’re getting mighty close.  The rubber band is stretching and reaching its breaking point.

Those who aren’t right with God need to repent—NOW!  Time is running out for those who have chosen up to this point to ignore or dishonor God.

Soon, very soon, the Lord Jesus Christ will return for His faithful church.

Gathered & Scattered

The idea of people being scattered and gathered is prominent in the Bible for better and for worse, although God has seemingly preferred scattering because of man’s rebellious spirit.  This isn’t intended to be an exhaustive study, but the contrasts provide a different view of the story of mankind and the church.

The first two instances of scattering occur in Genesis.  Initially God commanded Adam and Eve to go throughout the earth and replicate Eden.  That was necessary because God had purposely made Eden perfect as His abode, but He only made the earth very good.  To put mankind to the purposeful work He intended, Adam and Eve had to:

“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)

Because of their sinful disobedience in listening to the serpent, God banished them out of Eden, however, He did so with the same mandate:

Therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.  He drove out the man…” (Genesis 3:23-24)

In this curse, man was scattered and began falling further away from God.

Following the flood, which came about because of the complete depravity that had overtaken the earth through the fallen sons of God sleeping with human women and producing their Nephilim offspring (Genesis 6:1-5), God told Noah (and effectively his descendants) to get on with God’s Plan A to:

“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” (Genesis 9:1)

In other words, man was to fulfill God’s decree to scatter throughout the earth and work it for his benefit.

Mankind was—to borrow the Israelite description—rather stiff-necked.  After the flood the ideas and concepts brought down by God’s fallen spiritual sons remained.  Man remembered these beings and came up with the idea that Yahweh, the One true God, could be manipulated like the original fallen entities could presumably be controlled through sex and sacrificial offerings.  Instead of scattering throughout the earth, because men had a single language and could communicate among themselves, they decided to build the Tower of Babel in the interest of bringing God down to them for their pleasure.  God would have none of that.  He came down, but not to do what men expected:

So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.  Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11:8-9)

Scattering and gathering.  God wanted man scattered; instead he wanted to gather.

One of the last things that Jesus told His disciples before He left them was that they should:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Jesus specifically commissioned the disciples to scatter and spread the Gospel.  This ended up happening two ways.

At Pentecost, faithful Jews from around the entire known world came to worship in Jerusalem.  Through the fire of the Holy Spirit coming upon them, 3,000 believed that day.  Then they went home.  Where was home?  It was effectively the 70 nations listed in Genesis 10, known as the Table of Nations.  How do we know this?  Paul in his missionary journeys traveled from east to west and went through all of those lands.  Why do you think he was so interested in reaching Spain?  It was Tarshish, the last of all these nations that he saw as his mandate to reach with the Gospel.

After Pentecost, the disciples were to get on with their task.  Did they?  No.  In fact, they were generally quite content to remain in Jerusalem.  Thus, God had to light a fire under them.  Stephen was stoned to death and persecution started.  It began in this way:

Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. (Acts 11:19)

Up until now, God scattered because the gathering that man did in his secular ways and even within the church wasn’t according to His purposes.  However, as the church began, what was it composed of?  It was a gathering of believers who came together to worship God in one place.  This has always been good.

Once more, however, there will soon be a scattering of this group.  The Rapture will remove those in Christ from this earth, gathering them in the clouds for the wedding of the Lamb of God.  Once the Tribulation begins, many people will become believers, but they won’t be able to congregate to worship because of persecution.  They will have to remain largely scattered in order to avoid the scrutiny of the state which will consider them outlaws, malcontents, and a threat to civil order.

There will be a couple more gatherings of mankind that will be against the will of God.  Ever since the Tower of Babel, man has had the utopian idea of a one world government that he controls.  God saw the danger of this at that time and said:

“Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.” (Genesis 11:6)

The coming together of secular people with one language has always been a demonic threat.

Those of us who follow Bible prophecy and its amazing fulfillment in these last days know that Satan and his minions have been working ever since the Tower to bring man back together as one in opposition to God.  There have been many globalists over the years following their satanic master to accomplish this.  Of late, this push to unite the world has intensified, and many of the pieces necessary to accomplish this task are already in place.  The China-made coronavirus, at the very least, is being used to solidify many here-to-for almost impossible undertakings by the one-worlder elites.  These include the rise of dictatorial government bureaucrats, the destruction of the economy, the submission of the people to the authoritative state, and the potential for a “vaccine” that may contain tracking and other information.  We are on the cusp of globalist success, which also means that the Rapture and the Tribulation are certainly just around the corner.

During the Tribulation, Satan will gather deceived mankind for their perceived attempt to overthrow God on the plains of Armageddon.  When that fails and Satan is bound for 1,000 years, that won’t stop him.  In his release at the end of the Millennium, he’ll gather mankind for the very final push to destroy God, with all those during this blessed time who never professed faith and trust in Christ.

Satan’s gatherings will have ended along with the scatterings that were necessary because of his machinations and tampering with God’s creation.  There is a long history of this ebb and flow in mankind’s existence.

Thankfully, we can look forward to the day it will end, and we simply follow God and do all that He commands without the interference of the satanic host.  Whether He has us scatter or gather will make no difference; it will all be for Him.

The CULT-ivation of our Youth

In conjunction with a book project I’m working on, I was given the suggestion to read Tom Horn’s latest exposé called Shadowland: From Jeffrey Epstein to the Clintons, from Obama and Biden to the Occult Elite, Exposing the Deep-State Actors at War with Christianity, Donald Trump, and America’s Destiny.  (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083JLYM3D)  That’s a mouthful, but it certainly delivers on its premise.  I haven’t read any of Dr. Horn’s previous books, to my detriment.  Too many books, too little time.  This one is fascinating and well-worth spending several hours being astounded at the depth of depravity that’s fueled by pagan rites and influenced by demonic practices, which infiltrates too many areas of our culture.

(As a late addition to this essay, I want to bring a related documentary video called Out of Shadows to your attention, that as you’ll see, has an astounding number of views and comments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY8Nfzcn1qQ&list=PLwImvnQwYouQAJn1j771I5zvK0PnhPxcI&index=2&t=0s.  Note: the video does have a couple of spots where there is vulgar language, specifically when it shows a clip of George Carlin speaking to his audience.  Be advised, there are also some disturbing images.)

There are many fascinating accounts in the Shadowland book.  The one that brought me to writing this article dealt with the details surrounding a little town called Antelope, Oregon back in 1981.  I vaguely remember a little of the goings-on at the time.  Bahgwan Shree Rajneesh came from India to Antelope to start a commune where a new type of society could begin.  What he brought was chaos, demonic destruction that surely impacted lives for years to come, and death.  The townspeople of Antelope never knew what hit them until it was too late.  If the Rajneeshees, as they were called, hadn’t imploded from within, not only that little town, but the entire county, and maybe even the state of Oregon could have been subsumed by this devilish cult.

What struck me were the tactics that Horn outlines which the cult used to gain the control that it did.  They’re literally out of the Left’s playbook, which is another name for Satan’s strategies and tactics.

Before going any further and as a baseline, let’s see Webster’s definition of cult: “a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious, i.e. outwardly similar or corresponding to something without having its genuine qualities.”

Bottom line: a cult is basically a false religion.

Specifically, the approach of the Rajneeshees reminded me of the culture on college campuses and how our young people have been deceived and led astray in ways that certainly fringe on religious indoctrination.

Per Tom Horn, here are several schemes this cult used in Antelope that, in my estimation, have been commonly employed among those partaking of higher education:

  1. Avoidance of the truth
  2. Incite to common enemy
  3. Utilize the media
  4. Upheave personal identity

 

  1. Avoidance of the truth. Those who go to college are immediately immersed in a culture that seeks to disenfranchise them from what they’ve been taught growing up.  College professors are infamously liberal, many even radical in their beliefs.  The majority are rabidly anti-Christian.  Since Christianity is a minority position, most students in educational establishments are secular.  There is much peer pressure to conform to non-Biblical beliefs, unfortunately whether in a non-Christian setting or a Christian one.

This isn’t even about causing young people with Christian backgrounds to veer from the faith; this is about a wholesale turning of minds still full of mush into dedicated Leftist ideologues.  The avoidance of truth in this situation deals with the indoctrination from the very first that Christianity is bogus and Darwinian evolution is settled science.  Likewise, there is little if no controversy on campuses as to whether climate change is manmade or something other.  Of course, it’s manmade and there’s no disputing that fact.  This is faith, i.e. religion, in action.

Going full throttle pedal-to-the-metal is the direct, frontal attack on capitalism.  It was created by old, rich, white, European racists and homophobes who wanted to bring all people of color under their dominion.  Is there a question as to how unfair it is?  No!  Only Marxism, socialism, communism can bring about equality and fairness for all.

Is it any wonder that so many Millennials have fallen for the lies of Bernie Sanders and his ilk?  Why not give Medicare for All or $1,000 monthly (or more) to every citizen for life?  Our government has plenty of money.  All we have to do is print it.

As Pontius Pilate said to Jesus: “What is truth?”

 

  1. Incite to common enemy. Ginning up the masses against a mutual foe; what could be a better way to elicit emotional response to encourage young folks to think and lead with their hearts?

Who would be a common enemy of those Leftist professors and their eager sycophants in the classroom who hang onto their every word?  How about the evil rich, white, and privileged?  Anyone who isn’t a “person of color” must be bad because they’re prejudiced.  Certainly, Christians who oppose the LGBT agenda are intolerant and not worthy of having any of their ideas heard.  Such evil persons must be shamed to the extent that if they belong to that class, they must be made to feel guilt.  White guilt is a great favorite.  Any minority designated as “good” can belong to the class condemning the targeted groups.

Naturally the out-of-favor groups are the enemy.  All the energy of those who love tolerance must be directed toward them, even to the point of violence.  Us versus them is a powerful means of alienation.

 

  1. Utilize the media. Most of us today are very aware how Leftist the media is.  It has literally become the most visible arm of the Democrat party.    Its purpose is to no longer inform; it is to persuade.  There’s no longer any objective journalism; everything in the media must be used as a hammer or a lever.

The media works through many channels: mainstream news outlets, the internet and social media, music personalities, and Hollywood.  Everyone on board with the Left pushes its agenda.  One huge way it does this is through emotional fervor.  Young people tend to think with their hearts—all feeling and emotion.  The media is very good at manipulating this.  As a result, they are experts in bringing Isaiah 5:20 into view:

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Examples include: abortion saves lives; homosexual love is God’s plan; gender is fluid; God—if He exists at all—is a moral monster.  Anyone disagreeing with these tenets is a hater and divider.  This is what young people are indoctrinated with today on college campuses and through all the media they consume.

 

  1. Upheave personal identity. A specialty of cults is to separate a person from the past—all that someone has grown up knowing and believing—including self-identify and family.  An authoritative figure steps into the person’s life and begins breaking down all past norms.  The person’s self-worth is stripped away and a new identity is incorporated.  Through this process, there must be the introduction of a common enemy.  Moreover, all this is being done for the person’s greater good.

Who better on college campuses to do this than the favored professor?  He or she steps into the breach of separation from the young person’s family and begins questioning all that the youth ever knew.  Facts are presented that totally contradict what parents may have instilled, even who or what this young person thinks about birth gender.  Everything from the past becomes an ugly reminder that what was known was wrong.  Only that which is given through this new instruction and revisionist learning can bring fulfilment.  The past and all its transgressions are cast into the garbage.

 

The sad fact is that our youth, and far too many in general society, are deceived.  This was the pattern the Rajneeshees in Antelope, Oregon used.  Many youth were attracted to the idea of the utopian theories and lifestyle.  All the concepts noted above were employed and many were brainwashed.  The community that had been invaded wasn’t prepared for such a cancer in their midst.

Our youth aren’t prepared to enter our brave new world as presented on college campuses.  Is it any wonder they embrace socialism with its happy idealism, along with all these other false doctrines?

The Bible specifically tells us that in the last days such things would happen, but most of us never really comprehended what that would look like.  And amazingly, what we’re encountering today is only a minute taste of what will occur following the Rapture.  When that blessed pre-Tribulation event happens, the Holy Spirit, in the form of the church, will leave this earth.  Without the Spirit’s restraint, lawlessness will overwhelm society.

We look around and see how out-of-control things are now with corrupt politicians, the constant Leftist barrage against all things good, and how so many in society have turned from God; well, it’s nothing like it will be.  This is only a taste.  But, be of good cheer!  God wins!  And, we who follow Him join in that victory.

While we wait for the Lord to make all things right in His timing, let’s remember to truly be the remnant of God.  Let’s be about the Father’s business, and we’ll have no regrets.