Be Very Alert! – By Val Hollard (NZ)
On Watch at the Door. No 180, September 23, 2014
JUST AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH (Luke 17:26)
The Christian Radio Station Southern Star has been offering copies of the DVD of Hollywood’s blockbuster movie Noah starring Russell Crowe as prizes. Why would a Christian organisation want to give out copies of this movie which grossly distorts the biblical account of the Flood? Some Christian leaders have recommended it but leading apologist Ken Ham says it is an unbiblical, pagan film from its start. The Noah of the film is more concerned about saving animals and the environment than he is of mankind.
My niece’s young teenage son has been given a religious assignment at his Catholic school. The students are to create a storybook for 8 year olds which explains the key message in the story of Noah and the Ark. They are told that the proper way to understand the narrative of Noah is as a metaphor of the original Creation. At Creation there was a mass of water, and in Noah’s story, they say, the return to normalcy begins with the reappearance of dry land.
The students are given a link to an article by someone called Fred Blumenthal who rubbishes everything in the biblical Noah account, from the impossibility of Noah building the ark, to the feeding of the animals, and even saying there is no evidence of a flood of that dimension occurring at that time!
All the accounts in the book of Genesis are to be taken literally, not as metaphors or poetry. There is a massive amount of evidence for a worldwide flood and most cultures throughout the world have a legend of a great flood.
Satan is doing his best to distort the Noah account because Jesus says that the last days will be just like the days of Noah. The most significant thing about the Noah account is that fallen angels came down and procreated with women producing Nephilim offspring. The hybrid offspring were giants. There is also evidence that they spread around the world after the Flood too. Genuine giant skulls and skeletons have been found as well as awe-inspiring stonework that could not have been done by humans. But it is not these hybrids that I want to focus on.
From the extra-biblical Book of Enoch, quoted by Jude, and other sources, we learn that 200 fallen angels, or watchers, came down at Mt Hermon bent on evil. Jude writes, “And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home – these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment of the great Day.” (Jude 6) Peter likewise speaks of them: “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell (Tartarus), putting them into dungeons to be held for judgement…” (2 Pet 2:4) So we know what happened to those angels who left the place God assigned to them.
Though the hybrid offspring were giants, there is no evidence that the fallen angels were giants. They lusted after human women, and there is also no evidence that the women objected to their advances. Procreating with humans was an attempt by Satan to pollute the human genome. We are made in the image of God and Satan would like to transform us into another image.
In Revelation 12:7-9 we learn that Satan and ALL his angels will be hurled down to earth during the Great Tribulation. Imagine ALL the fallen angels coming to earth and what that would be like! This is not just 200, it is a vast number! “But woe to the earth and the sea because the devil has gone down to you.” (Rev 12:12) But it is also a time for rejoicing, for then heaven will be cleansed of this evil. “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” But what a disaster for the earth because the devil and his angels will be furious! (12:12)
What can the inhabitants of the earth expect then? We don’t know if the angels will be visible or not. If visible, they may be seen as the saviours of this crippled world from another planet and be welcomed with open arms and adoration. The main thing that Jesus warns about at the end of the age in Matthew 24 is deception, especially by false Christs who will deceive even the elect.
Satan is doing his best to rubbish the Genesis account because he doesn’t want you to know that fallen angels will come to earth again and deceive people one way or another. He would like you to think that Revelation 12 is just a metaphor too.
The important message for everyone who calls themselves a Christian now is to make absolutely sure that you really are saved and by the blood of Christ alone.
FURTHER STEPS TOWARDS ROME
Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, led and organised a gathering in Pennsylvania in August called “Three Rivers Festival of Hope.” He brought in Catholic Bishop David Zubik to give the opening prayer on stage with the large audience. In his prayer, the bishop acknowledged his belief that Protestants and Catholics are all part of the same church. A Lighthouse Trails report says that Graham’s giving thumbs up to Roman Catholicism is moving the church closer and closer to complete apostasy. Billy Graham allowed Catholic counsellors at his own crusade meetings, but it’s a big jump to give a Catholic priest the platform at an evangelical event to lead in an ecumenical prayer that puts Catholicism on a par with Protestant Christianity.
A newspaper article reports that Bishop David Zubik said the festival dovetails with calls by recent popes to a “new evangelization,” bringing back cradle Catholics who drifted or became estranged from the faith. Roger Oakland has warned about the papacy’s “new evangelization” program in his book Another Jesus.
Following a call for people to commit or recommit their lives to Jesus, around 1700 came forward. Those who identified as Catholic were given the opportunity to go to a Catholic church for the sacrament or reconciliation, or confession.
Lighthouse Trails Research says, “Many evangelicals do not understand what the Catholic Church teaches about the “sacraments” and the “Eucharist.” They do not realize that the Catholic belief is that Jesus Christ is actually in the wafer and his blood in the wine, and this “transubstantiation” takes place only when a Catholic priest prays over the bread and the wine. This continual re-crucifying of Christ is the benchmark of Catholic Church doctrine to the point of martyring those who would not accept that Jesus Christ was in a wafer.” (See Foxe’s Book of Martyrs)
“Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest (Jesus) had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God… by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” (Heb 10:11-14)
What can evangelicals expect if they take the road back to Rome? Here are some of Rome’s latest heretical teachings:
Pope Francis has tweeted, “The Christian who does not feel that the Virgin Mary is his or her mother is an orphan.” Nowhere in Scripture is Mary described as our mother. Jesus said, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18) Jesus never said anything about Mary coming to us. Paul also said, “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” (Rom 8:14) We have received the Spirit of sonship. Are these evangelicals prepared to call Mary their mother too?
Pope Francis has listed his “Top 10 secrets for Happiness.” In them he disagrees with Jesus’ teaching in saying that we should not proselytize. Francis says we should respect others’ beliefs. When did Jesus or Paul ever say we should not witness to Buddhists, Muslims and Mormons or any other non-believers? Rather, we are instructed to take the gospel message to the ends of the earth. Francis says that the church grows by attraction, not proselytizing. This is certainly true of the Catholic Church. The rituals, candles, priests in robes, idol worship of Mary, saints and angels and incense all appeal to those who like experiences and grandeur. This awaits those who would take the road to Rome.
On top of that the Vatican Representative in Israel, Fouad Twal, has declared that Jews are no longer the chosen people. He says that Israel’s existence as such has nothing to do with the Bible. If God can break His everlasting covenant with Israel, then He can break all His promises to the church too. One need only look at all that is happening in the Middle East right now to see that Satan is doing everything he can to destroy the Jewish race so that he can set up his Antichrist on the throne in Jerusalem and claim to be God. (2 Thess 2:4) Do evangelicals realise that Rome teaches that the church has replaced Israel? This is a treacherous path to follow.
“CHRISTIAN” CHAIN LETTERS/EMAILS: I recently received another one from an evangelical woman. It was a prayer to be passed on to at least four others and a copy to the sender. You are promised rewards for doing so. Sending such chain letters is sinful. They can create anxiety and guilt in the people who receive them, making them fearful that they won’t get the rewards or blessings if they disobey the message. Blessings come from God, not from forwarding emails. (James 4:17)
At the bottom was a picture of Mary and the baby Jesus with the caption, “Jesus through Mary our Mother.” There is only one mediator between God and men and that is Christ Jesus. (2 Tim 2:5) Praying to Mary, saints or angels will not get you anywhere except perhaps in touch with the demonic.
A PORN EPIDEMIC: Recent US statistics show that an almost identical proportion of self-identified Christian men (15%) report watching smut each month as their non-Christian counterparts (14%). Additionally, 3 percent of non-Christian men say that they look at smut several times a day compared to 7 percent of Christian men.
EBOLA: One of the most disturbing reports is from a German virologist who says the world has lost Sierra Leone and Liberia to Ebola and should focus on containing the disease. He anticipates a regional pandemic in West Africa, killing many. The US is more optimistic and is sending 3,000 military forces to help fight Ebola. Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has ordered ministers and top government officials who have left the country to return and help, or face dismissal or pay cuts.
Experts on respiratory protection and infectious disease transmission now believe there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that the Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles. This means that healthcare workers should be wearing respirators, not face masks.
HOW WORLD LEADERS VIEW THE ISLAMIC STATE:
- Obama in a speech to the nation: “ISIS are not Muslims, they are monsters.”
- British Prime Minister David Cameron on the Islamic State’s claim to be Islamic: “Nonsense, Islam is a religion of peace.”
- French Foreign Minister: Islamic State not “a state or representative of Islam” — nor are its “throat-cutters.”
Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch says, “Western leaders are so anxious to dissociate the Islamic State from Islam because they want to reassure their non-Muslim citizens that the Muslims they have brought to their countries in ever-increasing numbers will never act the way the Islamic State is acting.”
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: “The main difference between ISIS and Hamas is that these guys cut off heads, while the other guys shoot at heads.”
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