Be Very Alert! No 200

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Be Very Alert!- By Val Hollard (NZ)

On Watch at the Door.                                                                                   No 200, August 4, 2015

FURTHER THOUGHTS ON THE LAST SEVEN YEARS

In Matthew 24 Jesus says not to be deceived 4 times. I now think that the deception is going to be far greater than most Christians realise and we need to be very alert, awake and prepared. Most of you are probably like me with no background in Hebrew or Greek, and not a great biblical scholar either. Therefore we are led to rely on others for much interpretation of Scripture. At the same time we are expected to be good Bereans and check everything out for ourselves.

Chris White of Bible Prophecy Talk has written a book False Christ: Will the Antichrist claim to be the Jewish Messiah? After an initial reading, I admit to not being able to follow all his reasoning, but he does have some things to say which are making me do a lot of rethinking. Here is a summary of a few of his teachings.

The seven year covenant. “Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.” (Dan 9:27 NKJ) Chris White believes, and I tend to agree with him, that the confirmation of the covenant relates to a confirmation of the Old Covenant which will enable the Temple to be built and sacrifices to begin. Most people tend to think that the covenant will simply be a peace treaty of some kind. However, White points out that “peace” is not mentioned in any Bible versions. It must also be a covenant that was already in place. The Temple Institute in Jerusalem has virtually everything ready for a new Temple. The Jews may well look to this Antichrist as their Jewish Messiah coming to fulfil prophecy.

The two Messiahs and the False Prophet. From the Hebrew Scriptures, the religious Jews have been led to believe that there are two Messiahs, Messiah Ben Joseph who must come first, and the other Messiah Ben David. At the first coming of Jesus, the Jews were looking for Messiah Ben David, and so missed His first coming. They are still awaiting Him. It is likely that they will take the Antichrist to be Him if the Old Covenant is confirmed. Messiah Ben David would then follow later. Christians also believe that Jesus will return at His second coming in the role of Messiah Ben David and establish His reign on earth. (Luke 1:32-33)

The Jews also believe that Elijah will return at the end and will point to the one who is the Messiah (in this case the Antichrist) and will validate him. This is the role that John the Baptist played at the first coming. (Mal 4:5) The False Prophet may even claim to be Elijah. To this day, Jews set an extra place at the Passover meal in case Elijah turns up. The False Prophet will call down fire just as the real Elijah did which would surely confirm their belief that he is the real Elijah returned. (Rev 13:13) The real Elijah may, of course, be one of the two witnesses in Revelation 11.

Mystery Babylon. There are quite a few ideas about the Mystery Babylon of Revelation 17 and 18. These include Rome or the Vatican City, a rebuilt Babylon in Iraq, Jerusalem, Mecca in Saudi Arabia and also symbolic of something else. Walid Shoebat has provided an overview of how Mecca fits the description exceedingly well at the present time. However, Chris White maintains that Jerusalem will be Mystery Babylon, but not Jerusalem as we know it now, but what it will be like under the Antichrist’s reign when the Temple has been rebuilt. Briefly, here are some of his arguments.

In Revelation 18:24 we are told that in her was found the blood of the prophets and of all the saints slain on earth. This can only apply to Jerusalem because Jesus actually said that it is impossible for a prophet to be killed anywhere except in Jerusalem. (Luke 13:33-34) Jesus also said that Jerusalem would be blamed for all the righteous blood shed on earth. (Matt 23:34-35)

Jerusalem is specifically called a harlot dozens of times in Scripture, but we will move on to the items sold to Mystery Babylon in Revelation 18. White says that the list of items is odd and not what you’d normally expect in a modern city.

“Gold, silver and precious stones:” The exact same phrase is used in Daniel 11:38 to describe the specific offerings needed to worship the Antichrist’s god. These are the items needed to be brought by the people of the world when they come to worship the image of the beast. White comments that if you thought the money changers and the people selling birds for sacrifice in the Temple were bad in Jesus’ time, wait until they sell gold, silver and precious stones to the pilgrims. The merchants will get really rich!

Another group of items includes cinnamon, incense, fragrant oil and frankincense. These are the items that God said to use to make the holy anointing oil to consecrate the Temple and all the items in it, and to anoint the priests.

Also mentioned are wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep. These items are needed for the sacrifices which will be resumed in the new Temple.

The clothing mentioned is all in the specific colours that were to be worn by the high priest. And instead of the high priest having “Holiness to the Lord” on his forehead, Mystery Babylon has “Mother of Harlots” written on hers.

White also has answers to objections such as the seven hills and that the great city of Babylon will be found no more. The new Temple described by Ezekiel won’t be where Jerusalem is now, and indeed, the Ezekiel Temple area wouldn’t fit on the Temple Mount as it is now.

I hope this has aroused your interest in Chris White’s teachings. He has especially interesting comments to make on Gog and Magog and Armageddon and the coming deception. He also speculates on a number of things. About these we will have to wait and see. One thing is certain; we do need to be extra alert!

GUARD YOUR HEART!

“Above all else, guard your heart. For it is the wellspring of life.” (Prov 4:20-27)

We need to guard our hearts because it is deceitful and desperately wicked. (Jer 17:9) Today, many believers and non-believers are trusting in their own deceitful hearts and with disastrous consequences. How one feels about something is taking precedence over what God says about something. In fact, in some cases how you feel about something is even achieving more importance than reality itself.

As a result we see people who are obviously male saying they are really female. They dress up in women’s clothes but their voices betray them. A new gender classification has been developed for such people. When New Zealand collects statistics on gender the options will now be male, female and ‘gender diverse.’

In response to an increasing number of ‘born in the wrong body’ stories involving children in the media, and ‘gender identity’ guidelines and policies being pushed at schools by government groups and advocacy organisations, Family First NZ commissioned a report entitled BOYS GIRLS OTHER – Making Sense of the Confusing New World of Gender Identity.

The report warns parents and school leaders to be wary of what is being pushed in schools and communities. Our children are being indoctrinated with abnormal and misleading messages about how you can identify as male, female, in between, both, or neither. The PPTA has told secondary schools that ‘Gender identity refers to what a person thinks of as their own gender, whether they think of themselves as a man or as a woman, irrespective of their biological sex.’

Schools are also being bullied by government and advocacy groups in to adopting policies around uniforms, toilets, changing rooms and sports teams. Schools are asked to think about offering gender-neutral clothing choices to better provide sexual diversity among students. Recently I heard of the case of a mother in a NZ city removing her daughter from a girls’ secondary school because there were too many lesbians there. The girl is now in a co-ed school.

Some who have been spending overly much time on social media are now even convinced that they have been born the wrong species! There are now ‘furries’ who have created a sort of animal character which they relate too. There are also ‘otherkin.’ These are people who reject their real identity entirely. Some even see themselves as dragons, demons, angels, cartoon characters and so forth.

It is particularly tragic when Christians follow their own hearts and feelings rather than God’s Word. They feel something is right, so it must be good. Or they have an overpowering spiritual experience and are convinced it must be from God even if it doesn’t line up with Scripture. Sin always looks alluring and attractive. If we refuse to obey God’s Word, we become deafened to it, and in the end God hardens our hearts. Parents and Christian teachers need to take a strong stand against what is happening in our schools and guard the hearts of the children in their charge too.

NEWS BRIEFS

A US Federal District Court has fined Mississippi’s third largest public school district $7,500 after a minister opened up a districtwide honours assembly with a prayer invocation, an act that violated a 2013 court settlement that ordered the district to stop ‘proselytizing Christianity.’

Retired US Army General and the former Supreme Allied Commander of Europe for NATO, Wesley Clark, advocates rounding up “radicalized” and “disloyal” Americans and putting them in internment camps for the “duration” of the war on terror. Clark is in essence advocating a life sentence for people who have not committed a crime but merely engaged in speech the government considers radical and in opposition to its foreign policy. Mass internment of official enemies on a par with Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union is now “on the table.”

In the US, Christian universities must embrace and facilitate homosexual sin, or lose, at once, both tax-exempt status and access to all students who choose to fund their education via federal loans and grants (which is most of them). This presents quite a conundrum. It’s also a test. Christian universities must either obey God, disobey man and suffer unsavoury temporal consequences, or obey man, sell their souls for mammon and suffer a-little-more-than-unsavoury eternal consequence.

In the US, Christians students now face their applications being rejected because they let it slip out that they are a person of faith, receiving failing grades for daring to allow their religious beliefs to outweigh the omniscience of the educational elites, or being outright expelled for having the audacity to live in accordance with their faith. The rise of anti-Christian discrimination on public university campuses is astounding in its breadth and shocking in its shamelessness, says the report.

Klaus Rohrich: “Here’s some bad news: the ‘fundamental transformation of America’ is in full swing and as they used to say in show biz, “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” That’s because the last 18 months of this corrupt narcissist’s rule (Obama’s) will make the first six-and-a-half years look like a high school civics lesson in good governance. I have always found it ironic that the son of a Kenyan Muslim Marxist and disaffected white liberal woman should grow up to become President of the United States. What’s more, the way in which he arrived at the presidency is shall we say, unusual.”

The debt to GDP ratio for the entire planet is up to an all-time record high of 286 percent, and globally there is approximately 200 TRILLION dollars of debt. That is about $28,000 of debt for every man, woman and child on the entire planet. There is no way that all of this debt can ever be repaid. The only “solution” under our current system is to kick the can down the road for as long as we can until this colossal debt pyramid finally collapses in upon itself.

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