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PROPHECY CHAT – March 18, 2019
PROPHECY CHAT ADDENDUM – CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW IN AN AGE OF CHAOS
WITH SESSION V – THE BABYLONIAN MYSTERY RELIGION – March 18, 2019
ELEMENTS OF BABYLON:
With the exposition of Revelation 17 I published in the last Prophecy Chat, which describes the evil of the one-world religion in symbolic form, some dots need to be connected. In our last session, I defined this religious system as the combining of world religions into something the lost could all agree upon. This method is called SYNCRETISM. It is like a Chinese menu—choose something from column one, two from column two, and one from column three. In order to understand how the Babylonian Mystery Religion will operate, it is necessary to identify the operators behind the curtain and the role they play. In order to counterfeit the holy Trinity of God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—Satan creates the UNHOLY TRINITY of the Tribulation: Satan, The Antichrist and The False Prophet.
“So they worshiped the dragon [Satan] who gave authority to the beast [Antichrist]; and they worshiped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?’” [Revelation 13:4]
“And he [the False Prophet] exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed [false resurrection].” [Revelation 13:12]
“He [the False Prophet] causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name .” [Revelation 13:16, 17]
- Satan empowers both the Antichrist and the False Prophet. He indwells Antichrist after the false resurrection. His demons also play a central role in the Tribulation. They invade like locusts out of the “bottomless pit” of hell. [Revelation 9:1-12, 14; 12:12. This demonic invasion and massive possession during the seven years is part of the judgments. [“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood…” Ephesians 6:10-18]
- The Antichrist is the political leader of the one-world government and also the focus of worship of the one-world religion
- The False Prophet is the religious leader of the one-world government but he deceives the masses and manipulates their worship for the Antichrist.
- The Satanic Trinity is an evil tag team that operates together to promote rebellion against God. They need each other to further their own goals.
- It is Satanic worship: The world worships Antichrist and Satan vicariously through him. They are deceived through the ancient enticements of the Babylonian Mystery Religions which promises ultimately that man can be god.
- Antichrist’s personal worship: In Daniel 11:37-39, we are told that Antichrist believes he worships no god but himself; but the worship of “self” is worship of Satan. Antichrist also worships force and armaments and expends much wealth to equip his army. But no army can stand against the one true God in the final showdown—Armageddon.
- The False Prophet also worships power—occult power he receives through supporting Antichrist. The False Prophet is truly a wolf in sheep’s clothing because he, possibly more than Antichrist, presents himself as a shepherd of the people while knowing Satan is the one in control. I believe the False Prophet is a Satanist but that he packages the one-world religion in a more seductive form in order to market it to the masses.
- Socialism/fascism is the government system on which the religion will operate; the government needs the religion at the beginning. Because no one will be able to buy, sell or work without showing allegiance/worship to Antichrist, the government and the religion become one, just as it did in the Holy Roman Empire when Caesar became the Pontiff or Pope. When religion and government become one, both are corrupted. But at the mid-point of the Tribulation, when the harlot is no longer useful, Antichrist will destroy the religious system and proclaim himself god [Revelation 17:16].
“Fascism is a form of government which is a type of one-party dictatorship. Fascists are against democracy. They work for a totalitarian one-party state. This aim is to prepare the nation for armed conflict, and to respond to economic difficulties. …It stands for a centralized government headed by a dictator.”
A recent example of a fascist dictator is Adolph Hitler. Hitler had armies and fascist power, but he realized he also needed religion and a common enemy in order to capture the hearts of the German people. He presented himself as an evangelical when campaigning. But he studied the occult in France and worshipped Satan through the occult SS Bureau, the black shirts. He cleverly created a mythology that evil was a result of the “bad seed” of the Jewish people because Jews were descended from inferior species. As the Jews were a clever and often well-educated ethnic group, there was natural resentment based on anti-Semitism. Hitler pointed to Jews who were corrupt bankers and money lenders, making them responsible for all of Germany’s economic problems. Hitler created programs in order to indoctrinate children through camps for the Hitler youth. He used racial hatred and patriotism to stir up the populace for the fatherland, the brown shirts. [Reference The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer and The Fourth Reich of the Rich by Des Griffin.]
Antichrist will use very similar methods because they work. Hitler would have been able to realize his goals of a “new world order” on the Rhine River valley and Hitler could have been “the” Antichrist instead of just a “type” of Antichrist if God had determined that it was time. However, Israel was not yet a sovereign nation. Our Lord used WWI to provide the promise of a land for the Jewish people and He used WWII to provide a people for the land according to Dr. J. Vernon McGee. Great Britain sponsored The Balfour Declaration giving the Jews the right to a homeland in the British territory of Palestine. The Holocaust of WWII gave the Jewish people the realization that they needed to stop wandering in the world and return to that homeland. On May 14, 1948, the nation of Israel was reborn. From that time, Bible prophecy was ready to be fulfilled [Israel – A History, by Martin Gilbert. William Morrow and Company, Inc., New York, 1998].
In the Tribulation, the Antichrist will again turn the world against the Jews and against the Tribulation believers because they will not take the Mark of the Beast. Many Gentile believers will be martyred [Revelation 7:9-11; 8:9-10]. There will be another Holocaust of the Jews [Matthew 24: 21]. “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.” In the Tribulation, two-thirds of the Jews shall die. The Lord allows this to test them as gold is tested and purified in the fire, Zechariah 13:-9]. Those who survive will confess “The LORD is my God” and will go into the Millennial Kingdom to serve their Messiah.
GRACE IS PRESENT IN WRATH:
Even in the Tribulation, which is called the wrath of God sixteen times in the Revelation, there is an awesome out-pouring of God’s grace and mercy. Note that some are misled into thinking that because Christians have been persecuted throughout history that we must experience the persecution of the Tribulation. They believe, therefore, that the Church will go through the Tribulation. The persecution of believers has been a constant. Christ said they would hate us as they hated Him, but this persecution was of the world and Satan. The persecution of the Tribulation is defined as “the wrath of the Lamb” [Revelation 6:16]. The Bride of Christ is not appointed to the wrath of the Lamb; we are His bride and are redeemed from sin and judgment. There is no more condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, Romans 8:1. Therefore, because of what He suffered for us, we are not appointed to the wrath of God as Christ took all of God’s wrath upon Himself at the cross. “…Jesus [who] delivers us from the wrath to come.” [1 Thessalonians 1:10] The Church does NOT go through the Tribulation—any part of it. The 70th Week of Daniel is determined time for Israel [Daniel 9], not the Church.
- The two witnesses are types or actually resurrected old-testament-style prophets [Revelation 11:3-14]. One is certainly Elijah [Malachi 4:5] and the other I believe to be Moses [Matthew 17:3]. These two would illustrate the power of God as manifested in the LAW [Moses] and the PROPHETS [Elijah]—a summary of the Old Testament dispensation. This was previewed on the Mt. of Transfiguration.
- The two witnesses preach a fire and brimstone message, similar to Jonah, and they use fire and miracles such as Moses used with pharaoh to deliver their message and protect them from Antichrist. Jonah told the Assyrians of Nineveh that they had forty days to repent—or die. [Jonah 3:4]. The gospel of the two witnesses will be similar—The clock is ticking! You have seven years to repent before the return of Christ—or you die. This uncomfortable truth has phenomenal results. The Tribulation is perhaps the greatest revival the world has ever seen.
- The 144,000 of the Tribes of Israel are specially sealed and called Jewish evangelists. This is a special mercy to Israel as the Tribulation is the 70thWeek of Daniel in order to finish Israel’s transgressions against the Lord [Daniel 9] and bring Israel into the Father’s Kingdom [Zechariah 12:10ff]. It also enables Israel to be the truth-teller to the world as they should have been at Christ’s first coming.
- Multitudes are converted by both the testimony of the two witnesses and the 144,000. Many of these new converts are martyred by The New World Order of Antichrist as terrorists and traitors. [Revelation 6:9-11; 7:13-17; Revelation 17:6]
Our God is awesome and terrible in His wrath and merciful and long-suffering in His grace. We are reminded in these days not to put off coming into His kingdom. Now is the time.
In Him We Wait, Work and Wait,
Sharon L. Clemens
PROPHECY CHAT – March 10, 2019
[Until He Returns – CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW IN AN AGE OF CHAOS – Session V – By Sharon Clemens]
The Mystery Babylonian Religion – Religion of the One-World Government
FACT: The One-World False Religious System is the return of The Babylonian Mystery Religion. Babel and Babylon are the root of an evil religious system that has been breeding down through time—the seed of evil that God has allowed to flourish in the end times IN ORDER TO RETROACTIVELY DESTROY IT with the empires that harbored it [Daniel 2:11]. Our LORD’S judgment is elegant and perfectly timed.
Babylon is the key. If we have eyes to see that the final world systems—government, economy, and religion—ALL have their roots in Babylon, we see the evil of the end times. The Revelation 17 describes what this false religious system looks like in the Tribulation.
Rev. 17–MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT—THE ONE-WORLD RELIGIOUS SYSTEM OF ANTICHRIST:
- 17:1—SEVEN ANGELS: The reference to these angels links chapters 17 and 18 w/the Bowl Judgments, ch. 16, which extend to the Second Coming of Christ. The focus is the judgment of Babylon (16:19).
- The Bowl Judgments already targeted Antichrist’s system. In chapter 17, Antichrist’s religious system is singled out for special judgment—“the great prostitute (harlot).” She is a prostitute because it symbolizes idolatry or religious apostasy (Jer. 3:6-9; Ez. 16:30ff; 20:30; Hos. 4:15; 5:3; 6:10; 9:1) that breeds more evil.
- “sits on many waters,” symbolizes the nations of the world. This is a GLOBAL system of religion—a one-world, syncretistic, religious system. Syncretism is the blending and perversion of all religions. Only true Christianity will be too dogmatic and “narrow” to come into the one-world religion. (Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6) Christianity is being marginalized because it holds to “one” truth rather than many truths. This will eventually lead to persecution of believers as “unloving” and “hating” those of other religions. We will be labeled as divisive and preventing world unity.
- 17:2—KINGS…COMMITTED ADULTERY: The “great harlot” will ally herself with the world’s political leaders. Adultery refers to idolatry. All the world rulers will be absorbed and all the world’s people will be swept up into the intoxication (wine) and sin of the false religious system because it will condone pagan immorality.
- 17:3—IN THE SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit transports John into the wilderness, a deserted, lonely wasteland, perhaps to present the harlot on stark wasteland.
- a woman—false religion that had its roots in Babel/Babylon (Genesis 11)
- scarlet beast covered w/blasphemous names—This is Antichrist and his global political system (13:14), who will for a time support the religious system to affect world unity. The woman is seen riding the Beast until Antichrist has no more need of her. Scarlet represents luxury, splendor, royalty, and blood. He is covered with blasphemous names because of his self-deification (ref. 13:1; Daniel 7:25; 11:36; 2 Thess. 2:4) (Ref. MacArthur, Ibid., p. 2016)
- 7 heads/7 hills/7 kings—(also vs. 7 and 9-11): The 7 heads of the Beast are also the 7 hills on which the woman sits while on the Beast. They are also “7 kings,” which are representatives of the 7 great world empires which practiced the Babylonian Religion:
(Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medio-Persia, Greece, Rome, and the Revived Roman Empire of Antichrist.) Vs. 10 says “five have fallen”—Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medio-Persia, and Greece were “fallen” in John’s day. “One is,” would be the Roman Empire of the 1st century. “the other has not yet come” refers to the Revived Roman Empire of the Tribulation that will rise with Antichrist. (Ref. MacArthur, Ibid.)
There is much difference of opinion regarding the “7 hills” concerning whether or not it is a reference to a particular city or to a system only. Note vs. 18 which also calls “the woman” “the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.” Here are some views:
Regarding the “7 hills,” (MacArthur, MacArthur Study Bible, p. 2016) “It is true that the final world-wide system of false religion includes, but is not necessarily limited to, Rome; but specifically, the 7 mountains in context likely symbolize the 7 kingdoms and their kings of v. 10.” –MacArthur, therefore, sees this as a system not limited to the city of Rome or to the religion of the Catholic church. However, most scholars believe Rome will be a center for the Tribulation religion as Catholicism is even now heavily influenced by the Babylonian cult.
- 10 horns (also vs. 12)—also ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. “They have one purpose (one mind)…” = globalism. This is the political power base of the Antichrist we saw in Rev. 13—Arno Froese cautions us not to limit it to 10 individual nations but to see it as 10 “powers” or regions.
- Mystery Babylon the Great, the Mother of Prostitutes and of the Abominations of the Earth: dressed in purple and scarlet (Represents great wealth as these dyes were extremely expensive. … gold, precious stones and pearls. Holds a golden (rich) cup filled with abominations representing her sin and corruption. She is “drunk” with the blood of the saints (see also Zech. 12:2)—probably specifically the martyrs of the Tribulation who die because of Antichrist’s system. She “celebrates” her corruption.
Here, the religious system apart from a specific city is identified. The key is the title, MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
LaHaye, Ibid. pp. 43-44: LaHaye traces the origins of organized false religion to Genesis. It began at the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11) under the leadership of Nimrod. Rather than scatter and populate the earth, Nimrod’s people built a great city and a tower to reach into heaven—trying to make themselves “god.” (Genesis 11:4) [Some believe Nimrod was attempting to make a dimensional portal into the astral plane to war with God. The ancient world recognized that there are more than 3 dimensions—we did not recognize that TIME is the 4th dimension until Albert Einstein. The literal meaning of Bab-El is “portal of god.” After God divided the people by language, it became the Tower of Babel which means “confusion.”] “This was a spiritual rebellion. These early settlers probably designed the ziggurat (similar to a pyramid) as a temple for their worship of the stars (Hitchcock, p. 41) which they attached to their gods and goddesses. Babel is also the place of the origin of the infamous mother-child cult. According to extra biblical tradition, Nimrod’s wife, Semiramis, had a son named Tammuz through an alleged miraculous conception. According to tradition, Tammuz was killed by a wild animal and miraculously restored to life (Walvoord, p. 970). The legend of Semiramis and Tammuz eventually spread from Babel throughout the world, but their names were changed in different cultures. In Assyria, the mother was Ishtar and the son was Tammuz. In Phoenicia, it was Astarte and Baal. In Egypt, it was Isis and Osiris or Horus. In Greece, it was Aphrodite and Eros. In Rome, it was Venus and Cupid (Hitchcock, p. 42). Babylon became the ‘mother of harlotries’ as the central influence in all following cultures (Garland).” In order to subvert Satan’s attempts at a unifying one-world false religion, the Lord scattered the people by language to create separate nations. However, it is Satan’s purpose unify so that it will be easier to control it through one man (Hitchcock, p. 43). [Recently, Rabbis in Israel are calling for unity in order to enable their Messiah to come, even unity with the Palestinians.]
NOTE THE PROGRESSION OF THE BABYLONIAN CULT to specific capital cities called “The Seat of Satan”:
BABEL – until it was absorbed into the Babylonian Empire [Genesis 11]
TYRE – in ancient Phoenicia. Ezekiel 28; Is. 14:3-23. The Lamentation for the King of Tyre parallels Lucifer’s fall [Ezekiel 28:11-19] because Satan chose Tyre as his Seat/Throne. Dated shortly before the siege of Tyre by Nebuchadnezzar (585-573 B.C.).
BABYLON – until the fall of the Babylonian Empire to Media/Persia
PERGAMOS in Asia Minor in John the Apostle’s day, Rev. 2:12, 13. When Attalus, the Pontiff and King of Pergamos died in B.C. 133, he bequeathed the Headship of the “Babylonian Priesthood” to Rome.
ROME – When the Etruscans came to Italy from Lydia, the region of Pergamos, they brought with them the Babylonian religion and rites. They set up a Pontiff who was head of the Priesthood. Later the Romans accepted this Pontiff as their civil ruler. [Pope]
BABYLON – I believe the Seat of Satan will return to Babylon in Iraq from where it came in order to receive ultimate destruction for its spreading evil [Revelation 18]. Ecclesiastes 1:9 – NIV – “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”
(Larkin, The Book of Revelation, p. 151-152) Larkin notes that it was in the early days of the church that Rome came together with the Babylonian Mystery Religion to blend government with religion. Out of this came the Holy Roman Empire, through the initial efforts of Constantine. But the evil root began in Babel: “Julius Caesar was made Pontiff of the Etruscan Order in BC 74. In BC 63 he was made ‘Supreme Pontiff’ of the ‘Babylonian Order,’ …Thus the first Roman Emperor became the Head of the ‘Babylonian Priesthood,’ and Rome the successor of Babylon.” The Supreme Pontiff became the Pope.
When Rome and Babylon became united, the Christian religion was infiltrated with pagan rites and symbols in order to appease pagans for the institution of Christianity as the state religion. Worship of the Virgin Mary was begun as a type of Semiramis, the Queen of Heaven. Such pagan worship was forbidden in Jeremiah 44:17 where Israel made cakes to the Queen of Heaven to pray for fertility in the spring. These cakes became Hot Cross Buns. The Catholic [universal] Church also venerates the mother/child symbolism and set Christian feasts to correspond to Pagan festivals.
FACT: If it is not of God, it is of Satan. The Babylonian Cult Mystery Religion is Satanic. Like the pagan religions it spawned, emphasis is on immorality in the form of religious prostitution, blood sacrifice and child sacrifice. Satan cannot offer mankind redemption, so he counterfeits it.
OTHER SIMILARITIES TO “MODERN” PAGANISM: Larkin: Genesis 10:8-10. The “Babylonian Cult” was a system claiming to possess the highest wisdom and to reveal the divinest secrets. Before a member could be initiated he had to confess to the Priest. The Priest then had him in his power. Once admitted into this order men were no longer Babylonians, Assyrians, or Egyptians, but members of a Mystical Brotherhood, over whom was placed a Pontiff or High Priest whose word was law.
As MacArthur stated, we cannot limit the one-world religion to the Holy Roman Catholic Church. All religions after the Rapture will be apostate existing structures—devoid of true believers. However, the colors and wealth of the woman of ch. 17 do have parallels to the vestments of Catholic ritual, and the city of Rome, the seat of the Roman church, does sit on 7 hills. The Catholic church is the largest church in the world; its wealth and infrastructure will exist after the Rapture (as will most other major denominations of Christendom), and will contribute greatly to the one-world church.
We also cannot fail to include all secret societies such as The Masons and The Skull and Bones that initiate young elites from chosen families into mystery rites that are pagan in origin. These elites are then groomed [and compromised for political blackmail] to take over positions of power and public office to advance the agenda of the system. Out of these secret societies emerged global agencies such as the Tri-Lateral Commission and the Conference on Foreign Relations to bring forth the New World Order. Each political figure is given assignments: After Jimmy Carter took office, he filled the government agencies with members of the Tri-Lateral Commission, a global construct. President Nixon took America off the gold standard.
FACT: SECRETS AND MYSTERIES ARE NOT OF GOD. Luke 8:17 – ESV – “For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” Christ came to reveal the truth, not to hide it. If an organization asks you to swear allegiance to secrets and hidden agendas, we must ask ourselves, “Is it of God?”
Pope John Paul exerted much effort during his papacy to unite Europe under the banner of peace, and the Holy Roman Church. He saw the church as the most logical means to bind diverse peoples of Europe together—just as was accomplished by Constantine. (History would repeat itself. As it was for the Roman Empire, so will it be for the Revived Roman Empire.) The melding of religion and politics through the papacy has caused the church of Rome to rise to great power in these days. An example is the funeral of Pope John Paul:
(Olive Tree Views, email@example.com, April 15, 2005—“Deception, Delusion, and Discernment in 2005,” by Jan Markell) Jan Markell is a syndicated Christian radio host and a born-again Jew concerned with prophetic issues. She writes this: “[His funeral] brought together almost everyone in the world. Iranian mullahs greeted their most bitter enemies at the funeral. Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, “New Agers,” Evangelicals, atheists, and more came together to honor this supposed ‘man of peace.’ It was a type and shadow of Revelation 13 and 17—the coming ‘one world religion’ which will do the same… So grieved was the world that a British newspaper called the pope’s death ‘global Calvary. His message was universal. No one can compare to him.’ A great ‘man of peace’ waits in the wings.” That man will be Antichrist. Daniel 8:25 states, “When they feel secure” (NIV), or “By peace (KJV) he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes…”
Markell goes on to give examples of the deception and delusion entering the church today.
- Watered down, “anything goes” gospel—we don’t offend and we don’t divide, and we don’t warn the sheep who the wolves are.
- False theologies like Replacement Theology that teaches that the Church is the new Israel. She states that 90% of the churches in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area embrace Replacement Theology.
- The newest “pop theology” of Preterism which teaches that all Bible prophecy is history, fulfilled in 70 AD with the destruction of Jerusalem.
- The World and National Council of Churches doing everything in their power to crush Israel and to praise terror groups like Hezbollah that wish to destroy both Israel and America. Good is evil and evil, good (Is. 5:20).
- Mysticism in the church; divination welcomed in pulpits—where false signs and wonders and experience are the focus of worship rather than the Word of God.
- Protestants getting pulled into the Catholic celebration of Mary (the Queen of Heaven) according to the March 21 issue of TIME magazine.
- I would add to her list an article in Midnight Call, “Idol Worship Becomes Popular,” which speaks of Protestant churches incorporating their own form of rosary beads called “prayer beads” or Ecumenical Miracle Rosary into worship. The magazine condemned such practices based on Matt. 6:7; 2 Cor. 4:18 and Rev. 9:20. Such beads are considered talismans or idols, such as are used in magic and pagan worship. Other religions that use such beads are: the Anglican, Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, and Islam religions. (June, 2005)
Many other examples that show the trend toward a religion that exalts ALL TRUTHS (SYNCRETISM) rather than the ONE TRUTH of Jesus Christ could be listed here.
- 17:8– “The beast, which you saw:
- ONCE WAS
- NOW IS NOT
- AND YET WILL COME UP OUT OF THE ABYSS AND GO TO HIS DESTRUCTION.”
(MacArthur, p. 2016) John MacArthur has a fairly straightforward interpretation of this cryptic verse— He sees it as “A reference to the Antichrist’s false resurrection (13:3, 4, 12-14). After his ‘resurrection,’ the Antichrist will become possessed by a great demon from the abyss.”
Because the BEAST refers both to Antichrist and his system, see also 17:11—“The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth (king), and is of the seven (kings), and is going to perdition.” MacArthur: “The Antichrist’s kingdom is said to be both the seventh and eighth kingdoms because of his supposed demise and resurrection. He is the seventh king before and the eighth king after his resurrection when he destroys the harlot’s religious empire and demands exclusive worship of himself.”
This cryptic statement could have more than one meaning: “once was, now is not and yet will come up out of the abyss and go to his destruction,” –
Just as Babylon will rise again as the capital of Antichrist’s Global Commercial System, Antichrist may also have the evil DNA of other types of Antichrist, possibly even Nimrod. There are several “types” of Antichrist in the Bible: Antiochus Epiphanes during the Greek Empire, Hamon during the Persian Empire, Judas and Herod at the time of Christ, Hitler, and The Antichrist of the Tribulation. Only two men are named “the son of Perdition” or the son of Hell—Judas [John 17:12] and The Antichrist [2 Thessalonians 2:3]. Judas Iscariot means “man of Keriot or Syria.” Micah 5 calls the Antichrist of the end times “the Assyrian.” This establishes that the final Antichrist and Judas share more than the title “son of Hell.” They may both be Assyrian, or of Syria. Could “son of Hell” also pertain to a demon blood-line passed down through the types of Antichrist? Nimrod, whose name means “rebel,” was the first type of Antichrist. He was thought to have Nephilim blood which is why he was called a mighty warrior.
The Nephilim [Genesis 6:4] were thought to be a race of the offspring of fallen angels and earthly women. In 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 6 scriptures support that fallen angels before the Flood left their proper abode, that is heaven, and came to earth and had children by human women. For this reason, these particular angels have now been bound in a compartment of Hell. These children became the Nephilim, a cross between the angelic world and the human species. They were the mighty tyrants of the world. Early Christian leaders also taught that the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2 were fallen angels. By the time of the flood, Satan had managed to corrupt human creation to the extent that only Noah, Genesis 6:9, was found to be, in the words of the KJV, “perfect in his generations,” that is in physical purity in blood line with no mixing of angelic/human DNA. [Ref: “Angels Marry Women?” Nephilim, sons of God, and Genesis 6:1-5, by Robert E. Gentet, 2010]
Although the sons of Noah were pure of blood, their wives may have carried tainted blood. Genesis 6 reveals that giants were in the land before the flood and “after;” we know this to be true because they were in Canaan when the Israelites arrived. [Numbers 13:33] Goliath was also a Philistine giant of Canaan who was slain by David. How can angels procreate with earthly women? When asked about this possibility in heaven, the Lord said His angels do not marry but not that they could not procreate. In heaven procreation is no longer necessary to maintain the population. [Matthew 22:30]
Nephilim DNA may still exist—a blood line sanctioned by Satan himself through his fallen demons. Antichrist could have demon blood even before he is indwelt by Satan himself [Revelation 13; 2 Thess. 2:9]. Look at Matthew 24:4-5 – “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” Satan attempted to destroy the line of Christ before He was born, and he attempted to corrupt the human line through fallen angels. These fallen angels will be released during the Tribulation to be used by God for His wrath in an elegant “dead man’s switch” [Revelation 9:1-12]. Note that the four [fallen] angels of the Euphrates “who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year,” were bound until they were released to kill a third of mankind at the Sixth Trumpet Judgment. These angels may be those “reserved for judgment” “of the great day” in 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 6.
FACT: SATAN IS A DESTROYER, NOT A CREATOR. He attempts to destroy that which he cannot create.
Another example of Satan’s conspiracies: The myth of The Holy Grail gave rise to a tradition that said Mary Magdalene married Jesus of Nazareth, had a child by him after she fled to France, and that the seed of Christ is spread throughout the aristocracy of Europe. The satanic mystery was that the Holy Grail was not the cup of Christ at the last supper, but the womb of Mary Magdalene. Note that evil men also value lineage and trusted family blood lines. They believe it enhances their power, and it does so through nepotism. The royal families of Europe and Great Britain inter-married in order to protect the blood lines and keep power in the hands of royal elites.
It may well be that this myth, which has regained interest after the popularity of The Davinci Code book and movie, could take root again and someone could arise that claims to be of the blood line of Christ—only to be the Antichrist. The myth of The Holy Grail was also the basis of the Arthurian legends of ancient Britain.
THE CITIES OF REVELATION 17 AND 18: It may be that a particular city will be the headquarters of the RELIGIOUS SYSTEM of Antichrist (17:18), and another city will be the headquarters of the COMMERCIAL (economic) SYSTEM of Antichrist (18:10, 18, 21). As LaHaye, Froese, and Dyer point out, Babylon is the likely candidate for the capital of Antichrist’s commercial system as a specific city is described in chapter 18 and Old Testament passages of the final destruction of Babylon, the city, must still be fulfilled (Is. 21:9; Jer. 51:64). Note that Saddam Hussein began the rebuilding of ancient Babylon on the foundations of the original city during his reign. Reference: 1. Saddam’s Mystery Babylon, Arno Froese, 1998, The Olive Press, ISBN: 0-937422-40-1. 2. The Rise of Babylon, Charles H. Dyer, 1991, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., ISBN: 0-8423-5618-5.
WHY TWO CITIES? The city/woman of chapter 17, is destroyed by “the beast,” but the city in chapter 18 is destroyed as a direct result of the judgment of God (18:5-7), previewed from Old Testament passages. “The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.” Rev. 17:16. After using the religious system for the first 3 ½ years, LaHaye and MacArthur believe Antichrist—after being indwelt by Satan or his demon—will then pillage and destroy the system and demand worship only of himself as god.
BABYLON—THE GLOBAL COMMERCIAL SYSTEM OF ANTICHRIST –GLOBAL ECONOMY OF 666
REVELATION CHAPTER 18: If Babylon is Antichrist’s commercial center, he would not destroy his own economic base. God is holding judgment in reserve for the Babylon of chapter 18: In 18:5, NOTICE THE RETROACTIVE JUDGMENT HERE: “…God has remembered her (Babylon’s) crimes…Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself.” (18:5-7) All the ages of rebellion against God as demonstrated at Babel are visited on Babylon of the End Times.
- Larkin: The Babylon in chapter 17 is “Mystery Babylon,” whereas the city in chapter 18 is just “Babylon.” (18:10, “Babylon, city of power”—18, 21) He notes also that “if ‘Mystical Babylon’ was destroyed in the previous chapter then she cannot appear in this chapter (18)…They are also announced by different angels.
- The rebuilt city of Babylon in Iraq: Note in 18:17 the passage reads: “In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’ Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’” As the commercial center of the world, if this is Babylon, much trading of her goods will be by ship from ports on the Persian Gulf. The sea captains could, therefore, watch her burning from the Gulf and will “stand far off.”
- They say, “Was there ever a city like this great city?” The fame of ancient Babylon was known throughout the ancient world. It was a capital city of two great empires, Babylon and Persia. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Because the city symbolized power, both Alexander the Great and Napoleon I wanted to rebuild it (Larkin, p. 161), but this was not accomplished until Saddam Hussein. He rebuilt it in order to exalt himself in the image of Babylon’s greatest king, Nebuchadnezzar.
Because Babylon was the first empire to destroy Jerusalem and was also the origin of the first rebellion against God (Eden) and the first “organized” or “global” rebellion against God (Babel), the Lord has kept it for future and ULTIMATE destruction. It is the symbol of man’s evil thirst for power in The Times of the Gentiles, Luke 21:24; Daniel 2:44ff.
[Ref: The Rise of Babylon, Sign of the End Times, Charles H. Dyer, and Saddam’s Mystery Babylon, Arno Froese. Also ref: Armageddon, Oil and the Middle East Crisis, John F. Walvoord, Zondervan Publishing House, 1990, ISBN 0-310-53921-8.]
- 18:1–The time of destruction of the two cities is also not the same. “After this” indicates that the destruction of Babylon occurs “after” the destruction of the city of the religious system. Time-wise, the other references to the destruction of “Babylon,” place it at the end of the Tribulation, whereas the destruction of the Harlot religion is at the mid-point, when Antichrist proclaims himself god. (See 16:19) The False Prophet then turns all religion toward Antichrist and enforces the Mark of the Beast, 666 (Rev. 13).
- “the kings of the earth committed adultery” with both the religious system and the city of Babylon (17:2; 18:9). Those who follow the Beast will sell-out to the whole system: the one-world religion, the one-world government, and the one-world economy.
- 18:1 also stated that “the earth was illuminated by (the) splendor” of the angel who announces the fall of Babylon the Great. The fifth bowl (16:10) plunges the “throne of the beast” into darkness. Against that backdrop, the sudden, blazing appearance of another angel will certainly rivet the world’s attention on his message of judgment, “shedding light” on its justness.
- The world will mourn Babylon’s fall. With its fall, Wilfred Hahn (ref. Midnight Call magazine) sees the complete economic collapse of the earth during the Tribulation.
- 18:4—the remnant is called out of Babylon before her destruction. See also Isaiah 48:20 and Zech. 2:6ff.
- 18:5-8—God will remember and render to her in the same measure she has rendered to His people, but in a DOUBLE portion. She believes she is a “queen,” and will never be brought low, but God will utterly burn her with fire. The reference to “queen” may be a vague allusion to the Queen of Heaven of the Babylonian Mystery Religion. But, she a “home for demons,” 18:2.
- 18:9-20—The economic collapse of the world causes extreme despair; but in verse 20, believers in heaven and earth rejoice. The destruction of Antichrist’s final system is part of God’s vengeance on their behalf.
- 18:21-24—The complete destruction of the city, previewed in the Old Testament, is now described. In order to illustrate, a mighty angel takes a heavy millstone and throws it into the sea. She will sink like a stone. How? The prophet Jeremiah spoke of the destruction of Babylon in Jeremiah 51:61-64 using the same illustration of it sinking. “…it shall be desolate forever…Thus Babylon shall sink and not rise from the catastrophe that I will bring upon her.” Dr. McGee speculates that since the passage reveals God will burn her with fire (vs. 8, 9, and 18); the city may quickly go up in flames because it is built on an asphalt plain. In the story of Babel [the ancient site of Babylon], they used pitch, which is oil-based, to build the Tower of Babel. The oil that made Babylon rich may also lead to its destruction, causing it to burn so greatly that the city will sink out of sight.
- LaHaye speculates that the city may be attacked and destroyed by the Kings of the East as they advance to Armageddon (16:12) by perhaps a limited nuclear attack, which could cause the city to burn quickly, “in one hour,” 18:10. As Armageddon climaxes, the armies of the earth will begin by coming against Israel but will end up fighting God and each other in their supernatural “intoxication.”
In Daniel 11:36-45, details of the Battle of Armageddon are presented from Antichrist’s point of view. He is forced to defend his control against the king of the South (40), possibly Egypt, and then turns to defend from the king of the North. He is fairly successful at first, but in vs. 44 it states: “But reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. He will pitch his royal tents between the seas (Mediterranean and Dead Seas) at the beautiful holy mountain (Jerusalem). Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.” Reports from the east, possibly of the fall of Babylon and the advance of the armies of the East, will cause him to move his headquarters to Jerusalem, where God planned the final battle would take place. Whoever takes Jerusalem takes the world.
NEW WORLD ORDER ECONOMICS:
Many speculate that President Trump is orchestrating a reset of the American government which will include a drastic economic reset. For a discussion of this, you may wish to view some of the U-Tube videos by the X22 Report such as https://youtu.be/VnNkWNJP5gY
You Tube takes down conservative videos. If you cannot find it, search for the X22 Report on line. If there is an economic reset which could include the abolishment of the Federal Reserve and a return to the gold standard, it will be a temporary mercy. The U.S. will ultimately fall or be absorbed into the New World Order.
The 666 system of the Antichrist will be a socialistic/communistic form of government control as no one will be able to buy or sell unless they have the Mark of the Beast—a global identification number [Revelation 13]. The number “666” is the number of a man John tells us—just the number of a man. “6” is the number of man in the Bible whereas number 1 is the number of God and number 7 is the number of completion/perfection. Antichrist falls short of 7 and can never be #1. In this case the triple 6 is a particular man, Antichrist—but still just a man trying to make himself God by tripling his humanistic number 6, like the Satanic trinity.
With the increasing natural disasters and growing instability of the Tribulation, we may rightly question how Antichrist can amass any unity or infrastructure. We learn much from history. When the Jews were killed during World War II, all their possessions were confiscated and used to finance the Nazi war effort. Even the gold was removed from the Jews mouths after their bodies were drug from the gas chambers.
Those who reject the religion of Antichrist and are martyred will also have all of their possessions confiscated to fund the system of Antichrist. All unclaimed funds from those who disappeared in the Rapture may also find their way into his “united” fund. They will be confiscated for the common good or for the good of all, but Daniel 11 reveals that Antichrist worships power. He will be more concerned with armaments than social programs. In Revelation 13:6, we are told that Antichrist will blaspheme God, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. We can speculate that Antichrist will justify confiscating the worldly wealth of those raptured by labeling us as traitors and terrorists of The New World Order—removed in order for peace and world unity to take place.
“That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun.” [Ecclesiastes 1:9] History repeats itself because God repeats history.
In Him We Wait, Work and Watch,
Sharon L. Clemens
PROPHECY CHAT – March 7, 2019
[Until He Returns – CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW IN AN AGE OF CHAOS – Session IV By Sharon Clemens]
The One-World False Religion – The Return of the Babylonian Mystery Religion
In this series, we discussed Truth, Why We Can Know the Bible is True, and Nationalism vs. Globalism—Government Worldview. Perhaps the most troubling information of this Christian Worldview series as we come to Session IV is the rise of The One-World False Religion. The False Religion is not coming—it is here.
FACT: The False One-World Religion is a blend of ALL False Religion – SYNCRETISM IS THE AMALGAMATION OF DIFFERENT RELIGIONS AS A RESULT OF INTERFAITH DIALOGUE. Religions decide to focus on what they agree on and ignore what they do not. They value unity, tolerance and love over orthodox truth. [2 Timothy 4:3-4 – “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”]
As a result of this syncretism:
- The False Religion is worse than Islam. Although the cult religion of Islam is dangerous, it will not be the DOMINANT element of the false end times religion.
This may be surprising as we are watching Islamic Jihadists steadily infiltrating our government and society. According to Dr. Irwin Lutzer in his excellent book The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent, Islam is more of a political and social ideology than a religion; but it is often excused for its radicalism because it claims religious freedom. Their goal is the subjugation of all people into Islam, by conversion or by force, and to restore the Caliphate. According to Dr. Lutzer, the Islamic agenda is to infiltrate American government politically from the lowest levels to the highest, often beginning with local school boards. They are skillful at using American rights and freedoms to promote and demand Shariah law. Ilhan Omar is a freshman house representative from Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib, a freshman house representative from Michigan. Both Michigan and MN have large enclaves of Islamic population which have been declared “no go” zones by the municipal police force. Because the population refuses to follow American law and custom, they are allowed to self-govern through the central Mosques. Dearborn, Michigan is said to look like a Middle Eastern country.
Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American, has openly stated that she has no intention of assimilating into American ideology. Omar’s goal is to assimilate American ideology into Sharia Law. There are as of 2016 around 80,000 Somali Muslims in Minnesota and as of June, 2017, there are 50 mosques. In a New York Times article, March 1, 2019, it was reported Omar has made anti-Semitic comments about Israel; however she was tapped for a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Omar has compared Israel to Iran, claiming it is not a democracy, although Arabs are treated more fairly in Israel than in any other nation and given full equal rights and religious freedom. The only requirement is to obey the Nation State Law, which is vowing allegiance to Israel. This is why Omar condemns Israel as undemocratic.
Rashida Tlaib has been tapped to serve on the powerful U.S. House Committee on Financial Services. She is called the first Palestinian woman elected to Congress. One of her first acts was to tape-over the word “Israel” on the map in her congressional office, replacing it with “Palestine.” In an interview after her swearing in on her personal Quran, she vowed to impeach President Trump calling him a highly offensive name [Middle East Monitor, Jan. 7, 2019].
Both Omar and Tlaib support strict sanctions against Israel. Although support for these representatives is concerning, I personally believe that Islam will come under the banner of a much more insidious false religion at the time of the end. I also believe scripture points to the fact that the radical element of Islam will be largely negated in the Ezekiel 38/39 war. What remains of Islam will assimilate into the false religious system because they will see the Antichrist as the Islamic Madhi—the Muslim Messiah.
- The False Religion is worse than Atheism—Socialism and Communism both promote humanistic man-centered views rather than God-centered ideology. Socialism is on the rise in America and openly promoted by candidates Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. If not checked, their godless ideology will turn the hearts and minds of the young away from the Judeo/Christian culture on which our nation was founded.
But god-less atheism is not the DOMINANT form the final One-World False Religion of Antichrist will take, although humanism will be used by Antichrist to manipulate the masses through self-gratification.
- The False Religion is worse than the apostate Christian church–Humanism has created more professing Christians than confessing Christians. Timothy was told that in the latter days men would be lovers of themselves [2 Timothy 3:1-2] and apostasy would come to the church before Antichrist is revealed [2 Thess. 2:3]. The Christian system will be lukewarm and compromising at the time of the Rapture of the Church [Revelation 3:14ff]. In its final form, the Christian system is described in the Laodicean church age, which is so ineffective and liberalized it makes our Lord sick to His stomach…
Evidence of Apostasy:
- The Occult, which is the supernatural of Satan, is becoming mainstream in the Christian church, often through subtle influences and symbols. In particular, meditation in anti-Christian forms is becoming common. Labyrinths promote self-hypnosis and eastern meditation rather than Christian meditation. Christian yoga promotes Hinduism and demon possession through the Kundilini spirit. Christian meditation is filling oneself with Christ and His word, but Eastern pagan meditation is emptying oneself through repetitious chants, mystical elements and hypnotic influences. When the conscience is lowered, evil spirits have been given permission to possess or oppress the weakened spirit house. [Matthew 12:43-45]
The Enneagram, which is a program presented through women’s ministries in mainline churches, is occult spiritual psychology based on an ancient Sufi typology [Mystic Islam] of nine personality types with the recognition of one’s type likened to a spiritual awakening. Although promoted as a method of determining personality types in order to understand your fellow “sisters,” those types are based on Freudian psychology and the New-Age cult, Arica. The Enneagram, which is a 5-pointed occult star within a circle, is recommended as a way of engaging in “kything prayer,” which is praying to the living or the dead who have your same personality type. The key is to “let your center find itself within the person with whom you are kything” and to “Picture yourself within the [other] person.” An alternative form of Enneagramic kything is to “invite the other person’s spirit into themselves.”
These visualization and self-hypnosis technics promote demon possession as the person willingly lowers the level of their consciousness so that masquerading demonic spirits may enter—in fact, they are invited in. Demons are especially gifted in masquerading as dead people. The Bible expressly warns not to pray to or summon the dead [Is. 8:19; Ecc. 9:5-6; Deut. 18:11].
When a believer approached her women’s ministry leader about her concerns for a local Enneagram Conference, she was told by the program presenter that she should not be sensitive about getting to know other women and letting them get to know her. This is just one occult method that has crept into the church. False theology has also come into the church through books such as God Calling in which the author claims to have conversations with God, and The Shack, which promotes heretical views of the Trinity and supports universalism.
What is Magic: Magic is an attempt to gain control over nature by supernatural means. It consists of spells, charms, and other techniques intended to give man what he cannot achieve with his normal human powers. [Arthur S. Gregor, Witchcraft and Magic, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1972, p. 1]
Occult magic snares even believers into experimenting with magic, deceived into thinking it is a harmless toy or pastime. Ouija’ Boards are sold in toy stores. Their deception leads them to believe that if palm reading, astrology, magic spells, or psychic reading DO work or seem to reveal the future, the power must come from God. WRONG! Satan also is allowed by God to exhibit a certain amount of supernatural power. And he uses it to deceive and lure man into worshipping him, instead of God. [2 Thess. 2:9-10] “The coming of the lawless one [Antichrist] will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing…” Note that Satan can perform signs and wonders but some of his miracles are counterfeit in an attempt to copy the works of Christ. We cannot deny Satan’s power; but we must have nothing to do with it.
According to Gregor, magic is anything that manipulates events or objects through supernatural methods, gimmicks, or methods that are outside human ability. One who is informed about the occult knows it can work. It is not as simple as merely refusing to believe there is anything really happening in occult manifestations. Remember Jannes and Jambres, the magicians of Pharaoh’s court. They could duplicate God’s power up to a point—but greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world! [1 John 4:4] In graphic demonstration, when both the magicians and Moses turned their staffs into serpents, Moses’ serpent ate the other snakes. The representation is obvious. [Exodus 7:8ff] Just as Moses and Aaron took victory over the snakes of Pharaoh, so will the Lord defeat that great serpent, Satan [Genesis 3:15; Revelation 12:7-9].
FACT: JUST BECAUSE IT WORKS DOES NOT MEAN IT IS OF GOD.
In white magic the magician or Wiccan often invokes the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and believes he is using magic for the good of mankind. However, he is appropriating supernatural power for his own private use. This is NOT how God works, but this is the method of several HEALTH, WEALTH AND PROSPERITY ministers. We are not to presume upon God’s power. All supernatural power must be subject to God’s will and purpose, even when bestowed on prophets or apostles.
Greta Alexander was a local psychic from Delevan, Illinois. She was known for carrying a white Bible, but she had a familiar spirit—an indwelling demon—that enabled her to read fortunes. Many were deceived thinking she had a power from God, but her god was Satan. She was called in to help local police departments find missing people or bodies and often supplied correct information. How did she know such mysteries? This is the evil irony. The same demons that caused the crime often fed her the information. Therefore Satan was worshipped in the murders as well as in gullible astonishment over Greta Alexander’s occult “gift.”
WICCA: Witches do not recognize a Christian God; they believe power comes from the forces of nature. They say there is no devil in the “craft,” but if it is not of God—it is of Satan, whether they know it or not. The power of nature can be traced back to pantheistic false religion. In pantheism, all things in creation are thought to have power and supernatural life—a force, if you will. Spells and incantations often involve using natural ingredients in order to tap this power. Middle Eastern religions are similar in that they believe “god” is in all things, both human and natural. To them, all is “god.” It is no coincidence that the Star Wars movies employed a power known as “the force” that could be cultivated and weaponized.
[Ref: Understanding the Occult, Josh McDowell and Don Stewart, Here’s Life Publishers, Inc., San Bernardino, California 92414, 1982.]
FACT: GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE HAS BECOME PART OF THE END TIMES RELIGION
Can we discern where this pantheism is leading? Paganism has taken on the popular form of anything “green” and our children are being indoctrinated in “sustainable development,” which is another word for socialism in order to save the world. It is known as “dark green spirituality,” which is based on what Bron Taylor says is a central conviction that “nature is sacred, has intrinsic value, and is therefor due reverent care.” We call those who are radically into the green movement tree huggers, but this belief system is ancient. It was especially popular in Great Britain in the form of Druidism.
Paul prophesied that the evil of humanism would lead to paganism and the worship of Creation: Romans 1:22-25– “Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”
YOU MAY ASK—HOW CAN MAN-CENTERED THOUGHT LEAD TO OCCULT DECEPTION when the Humanist Manifesto gave credence only to scientifically-proven facts? No longer able to deny or ignore supernatural manifestations, humanists changed the rules and created a scientific home for the occult. So it is that Satan wormed his way in by making the occult a science they named metaphysics. Universities offer studies on WICCA [witchcraft], UFO-logy, mysticism, spiritism and the para-normal as science outside of the natural realm. Because they do not recognize that the occult is of Satan, they are easily deceived. The Ouija’ Board, Tarot Cards and psychic readings are common tools of indoctrination into the Occult.
Bible Passages Denouncing Occult Practices: Deuteronomy 18:9-14; Gal. 5:20; Acts 19:19; 13:6-12; 1 Tim. 4:1; Mark 13:22; Rev. 13:13-14; Acts 8:18-21.
- LIBERAL CHRISTIANITY: [http://prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news-id=2798] “Liberal Churches: Compromised and Infiltrated,” by Jonathon Van Maren, Bridgehead, CA, Dec., 10, 2018.
Just as liberalism is destroying government, so liberalism is responsible for the deterioration of orthodox Christianity. Liberal churches began to permit same-sex relationships, take steps for the ordination of gay clergy, promote gay marriage, and support gay activists who were awaiting a Christian response from those who endorsed love in all its forms. They found the response they wanted in fringe orthodox denominations that feared the labels of “haters” and “homophobes.” Not judging was deemed more important than truth, except when judging those they find judgmental. [Recall that TRUTH has been replaced with EMOTION.]
A more recent development in the evangelical church is the New Apostolic Reformation which promotes supernatural sign gifts and emotional elements over the teaching of the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many formerly well-respected Christian teachers have fallen under the influence of NAR seduced by emotional gratification rather than truth. The NAR has managed to convert churches through the back door of “experiential worship.”
[Understanding the Times, Jan Markell. “What Happened to My Church?”]
Jan Markell notes that the saving of souls was being set aside for the entertainment factor and social justice causes. Evangelical organizations like the NAE embraced global warming and called for America to destroy all her nukes. What does this have to do with the gospel? Relevant issues have vanished. Bible prophecy is no longer taught. Millions, Markell says, are going to be left behind at the Rapture of the Church, but there are few warnings.
Bill Hybels, who originated the term “seekers” was the pastor of Willow Creek Church near Chicago, a mega-church that encouraged performance-style worship with repetitive choruses. Hybels who no longer pastors Willow Creek confessed that modern methods to attract “seekers” did not work well. However, this did not dissuade other churches from tossing out traditional styles in order to find a better way to “do church.” This movement gave rise to terms such as “purpose-driven,” [Rick Warren], seeker-sensitive,” “church-growth movement,” “postmodernism,” Emergent,” and more. All of these methods are based on meeting the needs or desires of the masses so that they will come in. It is an outside-in method WITH THE EMPHASIS ON THE UNBELIEVER RATHER THAN ON THE GLORY OF THE LORD.
In the book of Acts, the Apostles in the early days of the Church used an inside-out method of doing church. They began their fellowships with those who were already born-again. Their worship was obedient to Christ and even demanding [Acts 2:40-47]. As a result, those who were seeking only a lukewarm relationship with God did not come; only those who truly wanted Christ were irresistibly drawn. [THIS IS FOR CORPORATE CHURCH WORSHIP, NOT OUTSIDE EVANGELIZATION.] To clarify this point, this is not to say we cannot invite unbelievers to our Bible-based church; however, the Word of God must not be compromised in order to keep the unbeliever comfortably-unconverted in the pew.
On an encouraging note, recently the Methodist Church in their annual convention voted to push forward the traditional plan forbidding homosexual marriage and homosexual pastors. The American congregations were largely against the traditional view but the more conservative African Methodist congregations insisted on holding to tradition. Only in the last few decades has the Methodist Church denomination been growing—and largely this has been in Africa, which is more conservative than the U.S. in this instance.
After the Rapture, which will remove the remnant of true confessing believers, the remaining false Christians will easily assimilate into the one-world false religion. But apostate Christianity will not be the DOMINANT element in the one-world false religious system.
FACT: RELIGIOUS INDOCTRINATION CLOUDS TRUTH. A prime example is the Catholic Church which represents one-fourth of the population of the world according to Mike Gendron/Prophecy Today, February 2019.
- THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: Although the church will not dominate the false religion, I cannot classify The Catholic Church as “the church”; it is actually a cult or a Christian cult. But to the world it is “Christian.” It will unfortunately retain much of its hierarchy after the Rapture and I believe it will play an important role in the one-world false religion. We will discuss the similarities between the Babylonian Harlot and the Catholic Church in more detail in Session V.
Although presently shaken up, the Catholic Church is redefining itself and will survive, especially after believers are Raptured. Even with the growing scandal of homosexuality and pedophilia in the Catholic system, the power of RELIGIOUS INDOCTRINATION from childhood is hard to break. Cardinals at the highest levels are now being accused: Cardinal Pell, the third most powerful in the Catholic Church, was convicted of molesting two choir boys. Cardinal Vacarick of Washington, D.C. has been expelled from the Church. Is this evidence that the Catholic Church is a part of the false church, Gendron asks? Yes, but it began long before. At the Council of Trent, the Holy Roman Church officially departed from the apostolic faith; their apostasy now fits the profile of a major player in the formation of the false church.
Gendron asks: What is worse—immorality at the level of the priesthood or allowing immorality to continue at the highest levels of authority? It has been the policy of the Church to move accused priests to other parishes where they continue their abuse of altar boys. A book, In the Closet of the Vatican, states that 80% of priests are homosexual. How can Roman Catholic parents allow their children to be altar servers? The answer is religious indoctrination. Gendron spoke to a mother who was protesting a Catholic meeting because her thirteen-year-old son had been molested and then committed suicide. Gendron asked her why she did not leave the church for a church that followed the Bible. She stated that she had been born a Catholic and would die a Catholic. [If you have friends who are Catholic, consider Mike Gendron’s book Hard Questions for Good Catholics.]
FACT: The Catholic Church is also a FACILITATOR of the One-World Religion because of their historical roots:
“Push for One World Religion as Pope & Muslim Imam Sign Interfaith Covenant”, February 8, 2019.
“A historic interfaith covenant was signed in the Middle East on Monday, and the mainstream media in the United States has been almost entirely silent about it. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb is considered to be the most important imam in Sunni Islam, and he arrived at the signing ceremony in Abu Dhabi with Pope Francis ‘hand-in-hand’ in a symbol of interfaith brotherhood.” This wasn’t just a ceremony for Catholics and Muslims. The signing of this covenant was done “in front of a global audience of religious leaders from Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other faiths”… Pope Francis has gone so far as to claim that “Muslim terrorism does not exist.” He is blinded by political correctness and cannot admit that radical Islamic terror is being fueled by radical Islamic beliefs. Within the last 30 days of a February 21, 2017 article, there were 127 Islamic terror attacks in a total of 25 countries. But for the sake of “Chrislam,” [Christianity + Islam] which is agreeing on what they do believe and ignoring what they do not agree on, the syncretism of Chrislam has been birthed. Deceived Christian churches are embracing Muslims based on “we worship the same God.” The God of Islam, Allah, is the pagan moon god. He has no son and no means of redemption. This alone should tell Christians our God is not Allah.
Francis is being called the Chrislam pope. He is using politics and unity to restore the Religion of Rome to the Empire of Rome and bring global power back to The Holy Roman Empire:
- Francis wants all Protestant Christians to “come home” to the Catholic Church. [Catholic means universal – global and universal church] [Many Evangelical leaders signed an interfaith document called Catholics and Evangelicals Together.]
- Francis is SOCIALIST.
- Francis sides with the Palestinians.
- Francis is now on his mission to Muslim countries. He has become the first pope to visit the Arabian peninsula to sign the interfaith covenant.
According to Geri Ungurean, Francis replaced Pope Benedict because Benedict was conservative, harder on homosexual priests, and anti-radical Islam. He had to go. Others claim that Benedict was even too evil for the Catholic Church. No Pope has resigned in 1400 years prior to Benedict. [www.raptureready.com/2019/02/20/chrislam-pope-bringing-one-world-religion-geri-ungurean/]
FACT: WHAT HAS BEEN WILL BE AGAIN. [Ecclesiastes 1:9]. JUST AS THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE ROMAN EMPIRE WERE ONE, THEY WILL BE ONE AGAIN IN THE REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE. But at that time the Catholic Church will be exposed in its true form under Antichrist.
- The False Religion is NOT Judaism.
Although Antichrist will seemingly support Israel thru a peace covenant and will allow the re-building of the Temple, his religion is not Judaism. In Daniel 11:37-39, Antichrist’s personal religion is based on power and ultimately the power of Satan. He will manipulate all false religion for his own Satanic ends and even direct his empire to destroy the One-World Religion at the mid-point of the Tribulation [Rev. 17:16] when its usefulness is over. Then he shall direct all worship to himself and Satan who indwells him [Revelation 13]. Ultimately, Antichrist’s worship—self-worship—will be the epitome of evil humanism.
Why will the Jews follow after the Antichrist? Because they rejected the truth of their Messiah, “blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved…” [Romans 11:25-26] ISRAEL IS CURRENTLY BLIND FOR THE MOST PART, ALTHOUGH THERE IS ALWAYS A REMNANT SAVED BY GRACE, Romans 11:5. In 2 Thessalonians 2, Paul also warns that those who reject the truth WILL believe the lie.
When Christ returns at the end of the Tribulation, then the Holy Spirit will be poured out on Israel and they will receive their true Messiah in a Jewish Pentecost [Zechariah 12:10ff]—however only one-third will survive thru the fire [Zechariah 13]. For a time during the Tribulation, they will be deceived into believing that the Antichrist IS their Messiah. John 5:43—“I have come in My Father’s name, and you have not received Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.” Jesus was speaking about Antichrist.
SATAN IS PREPARING A DECEPTION FOR THE JEWS:
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, one of the most prominent rabbis of this generation, claimed that the Messiah of Israel will arrive before the upcoming Israeli elections on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. We know whoever may present themselves as Messiah before April will be a false Christ as our Lord will not return until after the Rapture and seven-year Tribulation according to prophecy in the scripture. The Jews are ripe for deception. [“Rabbi: Messiah Began on Sunday [IAF Airstrike in Syria], will appear on Purim [Wednesday, March 20-Thursday, March 21], and will Finish with Israeli Elections,” by Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, January 22, 2019]
Ironically, the Muslim faith is also awaiting their Islamic Messiah, the Madhi. John MacArthur believes that the Jewish False Messiah and the Islamic Messiah are both Antichrist. In a twist of fate, it may be the Antichrist who will bring unification to Jews and Arabs.
ALTHOUGH ALL FALSE RELIGION WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE FINAL FORM OF APOSTASY, ESPECIALLY CATHOLICISM, THE FALSE RELIGION WILL EXHIBIT SATANIC WORSHIP, DEMONOLOGY, OCCULTISM, RITUAL CHILD SACRIFICE, AND IMMORAL PAGANISM. This form of worship after the ancient paganism of Ba’al which originated in Babel is taking place underground NOW and will come out in the open after the Rapture. We are witnessing the return of Ba’al. [Ref: Jer. 32:35; 7:8-11; 44:16, 17] The rampant increase in pedophilia, Satanism, ritual child sacrifice, and the harvesting of fetal organs is evidence of Satanic worship.
THE RETURN OF BAAL:
Symbols have power in the Occult. It is no coincidence that the Arch of Ba’al, a 50 foot replica of the triumphal arch from the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, has been visiting major sites. The original was destroyed by the Islamic State. The New York Times [Sept. 29, 2016] reported that it was set up in Times Square in September of 2016. [Note that this was just in time to inject a Satanic power symbol into the 2016 presidential elections. President Trump was from New York.] Baal was a Canaanite god in O.T. times, revered by Jezebel and often worshipped by Israel. His worship grieved God by their creating idols of the Satanic hierarchy of Babylonian gods, participating in sexual IMMORALITY AND SACRIFICING THEIR CHILDREN TO THE PAGAN DEITY.
Jonathan Cahn, author of The Harbinger, explained that, just as in ancient Israel, “harbingers,” or signs, are appearing in America, perhaps warning the nation of impending judgment. Michael Snyder, [DC Dirty Laundry] stated on September 29, 2018, that it was no coincidence that the Arch of Ba’al was erected directly across from the U.S. Capitol the same week that Christine Blasey Ford began testifying before Congress in the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. With the future of the Supreme Court literally hanging in the balance, the Deep State placed a symbol of ancient pagan power directly in line with where the hearings were taking place. In order to enter the ancient Temple of Ba’al, it was necessary to pass through the Arch of Ba’al. The original arch was destroyed by ISIS in 2015, but its reproduction has been periodically displayed at important locations around the globe. It is considered to be an occultic “gateway.”
Snyder: “No other ancient deity is mentioned more often than Baal in the Bible. And ultimately, the worship of Baal can be traced back all the way to ancient Babylon, which was the center of the very first ‘New World Order’ in ancient times. Child sacrifice was absolutely central to the worship of Baal. When it was time for another ceremony, unwanted babies would be gathered and burned alive…men and women alike would engage in bisexual orgies. The ritual of convenience was intended to produce economic prosperity by prompting Baal to bring rain for the fertility of ‘mother earth.’” Abortion can be likened to the sacrifice of children for the sake of convenience. The Bible calls Baal a demon [Deut. 32:17]. The spirit of that demon is active.
FACT: THE WORD OF GOD HAS GREATER POWER – What should be our natural response? Pray consistently and persistently! [1 Thess. 5:16; Hebrews 10:25] The Word is a weapon; use it. Memorize scripture verses and sling them like nuclear rocks against any Goliath. No giant is too big for God; nothing is too small for God. Put on the armor of God and STAND against the devil. Resist the devil and he will flee! [Ephesians 6:11; James 4:7] The sword of the Lord is the WORD OF GOD. Use it like the weapon it was intended to be, as our Lord Jesus used it against the Devil in the wilderness. Do you have enough weapons in your arsenal to stand against all Satanic attacks? If not, start praying and memorizing. How is the Word of God used as a weapon unlike magic chants and spells? The Christian does not appropriate God’s power apart from God’s will and purpose. The Word IS God. [John 1]
Recently, the Lord brought to mind Hebrews 10:25 as a verse to affirm my attempts to get a group together to attend the Understanding the Times Prophecy Conference in Minneapolis, MN. “”…not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting [encouraging] one another, and so much the more as you see the Day [of the Lord] approaching.” I am using that verse as a WEAPON to enable those who need to attend.
BIBLE VERSES ON GOVERNMENT MONUMENTS: Why do you think liberals are trying to remove prayer and Bible verses from public buildings and schools? Because they KNOW THEY HAVE POWER—not power apart from God [which is magic], but power because of God.
When friends and I went to Washington D.C. last fall to tour the Museum of the Bible, we took a virtual reality ride through all the monuments in D.C. to see where the “hidden” Scriptures were:
- U.S. Capitol – “In God We Trust”
- House Chamber – Images of 23 lawgivers; Moses is the only one with full face looking down on the proceedings.
- Capitol Rotunda – prayer service of Christopher Columbus, baptism of Pocahontas, prayer and Bible study of the Pilgrims
- Ten Commandments found in many federal buildings including in bronze in the floor of the National Archives and U.S. Supreme Court
- Washington Monument: Ex. 28:26; 30:30; Is. 23:18; Zech. 14:20; Jn. 5:39; Prov. 10:7.
- Lincoln Memorial: Matt. 18:7; Ps. 19:9; Is. 40:4-5.
- Library of Congress: Jn. 1:5; Prov. 4:7; Micah 6:8; Ps. 19:1.
[“Spiritual Heritage and Government Monuments,” www.allabouthistory.org/spiritual-heritage-and-government-monuments-faq.htm]
NEXT SESSION V: THE MYSTERY BABYLONIAN RELIGION – RELIGION OF THE ONE-WORLD GOVERNMENT
In Him We Wait, Work and Watch,
Sharon L. Clemens