Occult Symbolism – Mark of The Beast

Have you ever wondered why there are so many designs, statues, monuments, and structures in the U.S. Capitol that are of clear occult origin? Why is that? Why do we need an Egyptian obelisk (phallic sun worship – Isis/Osiris cult), and a huge reflection pool near the nation’s House of Congress (womb).  The same building that has an elaborate mural depicting the “Apotheosis” (becoming a god) of George Washington, surrounded by Greek gods! UNBELIEVABLE, but true!

The famous Statue of Liberty is also replete with occult significance. That torch (like the one Prometheus snatched from the gods) is supposed to enlighten us? We worship Liberty? None of that makes any sense to ANY of the world’s major faiths. And Christianity?

Right now, there’s a huge economic war over the use of the “petro-dollar”! Some say that it signaled the start of WWIII. What I mean is that the US banking cartel (the so called Federal Reserve) is struggling to continue their stranglehold of the global trade of oil transacted in U.S. dollars. Much intrigue there.

Let’s take a brief look at that “dollar”- why all the occult symbols and references? The more you look, the more you find. Could it be that the God of this world wants his stamp and seal on everything?

Pastors often preach about spiritual things, at the expense of practical things like money! The OT warns us not to be slaves through debt. For example, every 7th year was a Jubilee year where, among other things, ALL debts were erased! Why? Because the borrower is slave to the lender: therefore, freedom, economic freedom is that important! We shall know the truth, and the truth shall set us free – free from economic slavery too, if we know how to apply the Word to our lives.

The Watchmen have been largely asleep while all this has been constructed. America has been largely unfaithful to the Word of God. Our slavery will worsen until we line up with the central truths within Holy Scripture and repent of it! “…Forgive us our debts as WE forgive our debtors…” Repentance and forgiveness go hand in hand😀!

Many exciting movies like National Treasure, The DaVinci Code etc. include all the satanic symbolism, yet they offer no real solution. Very pedestrian. Unfortunately, when walking out into traffic, we have to look both ways, or we seriously risk being run over!

Test the spirits. Be informed. Watch over your heart as you renew your mind with the Scriptures! Do not put your head in the sand. Remember, you too are also marked with a sign and seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit! OCCUPY until He returns. That’s an order!

Peace & Maranatha

 

Christophobia?

Why are Christians and the Christian Church seen as some kind of threat? Because of institutionalism! Once we take the teachings of Jesus Christ and manufacture a religion, we have just created a social/political entity with rules, regulations, AND enforcement with consequences!
When governments demand control over us, Christianity is often mistaken for an adversary. Under that scenario, when people discover the Gospel message AND its power, they become unwitting rebels. Rebels who make their neighbors VERY nervous about their comfort zones!
Ultimately, belief in God is tolerated. However, a visible “relationship” with the Lord Jesus Christ is to some, strangely attractive, yet to others, very threatening. Hence, the conflict.

If there were no “good” and no “evil” in the world, things might be fine. We would all just sort out our existence against natural forces and each other. Yet, the very existence of a real Creator with an action plan who has a very active “antagonist” results in the grand chessboard, or as they used to say in Roman times, the “arena” upon which those forces work with us for good or bad.
What I’m trying to say is that there is more to Christophobia than literally meets the eye. The unseen forces. principalities, and powers are waging spiritual warfare against humanity! Reason alone is not sufficient to describe the levels of vicious hatred and persecution that are being waged by so-called Christians, and their adversaries.
That’s just another great reason to pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44; Romans 12:14; 1 Corinthians 4:12)!

Should we be surprised when we pray for our enemies and they are healed? Should we be surprised when we are hated for bearing spiritual fruit as proof of our Almighty God? These things can either serve to attract disciples, or their effect can be as heaping coals upon the head – the resulting outrage of realizing how wrong a person is!

Has anyone ever asked you if you “believe” you have a dad or mom? So, why do they ask if we “believe” in Jesus? We KNOW Him! He KNOWS us! We SPEAK to Him! He ANSWERS us through His Scripture, dreams, visions, prophecies, words of knowledge, and so much more!

Perhaps men can choose to dispute this with the power of reason. The devil very clearly opposes this with deception, temptation, half-truths, hatred, fury, violence, and every form of evil. Stay vigilant. Be the salt and light while the time remains.

Peace & Maranatha

When They Call Wrong, Right. . .

Please take a moment to enjoy the following article. Here in the U.S., one of the latest controversies is over the government sanction of  the redefinition of marriage by the courts. Although no actual laws have been created to force the recognition of these “marriages”, Christians like Kim Davis of Tennessee (an elected court official, sworn to uphold local laws) have paid a huge price for remaining faithful to local laws that specifically prohibit such things. So, we can see a glimpse of what lays in store for us who take a stand for righteousness!
SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 by John Cosmides

SOME 2,000 YEARS AGO, God the Father gave all authority in Heaven and on Earth to His Son, Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:18-20). That act empowered Christ to invite humanity back into a Covenant relationship with God (II Cor. 5:18), a relationship that is offered freely to all who believe in Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection as full payment for their sins (Gen. 15:6; John 3:16; Eph. 2:8-9).

Though Covenant membership is bought and paid for by Jesus Christ, Christians are called to wholeheartedly surrender their lives to God’s authority (Luke 9:23-24; Mark 8:36-37, Mark 12:30, Romans 12:1-2). Christ echoed the words of Moses when He defined the life of surrender as living “by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Deut. 8:3; Matt. 4:4; Matt. 5:17-19).

The change in one’s worldview that accompanies their conversion is so complete that Christ defines it as being “born again” (John 3:3). St. Paul describes Christians as a “new creation” (II Cor. 5:17) and reminds us that our bodies are no longer our own to do with as we please (I Cor. 6-19-20). Christ is so transparent about the demands of the New Covenant life that He warns us not to accept His offer until we’ve carefully considered its cost to our life (Luke 14:26-33).

So, though God loves sinners (Romans 5:8) He nevertheless commands us to leave our lives of sin (John 8:9-11, Acts 3:19-20; I John 1:9). Obedience to the Bible is so inseparably linked to the Covenant life that the Apostle Paul describes Christ as washing the Church “with water through the Word, to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” (Eph. 5:25-27). In fact, I John 1:10 warns us that when we deny that we’re sinning we’re actually calling God a liar.

The eradication of willful sin within the Church is so imperative that Christ and the apostles commanded the Church to confront, to judge, and if necessary to expel members who are living in serious, unrepentant sin (Matt. 18:15-17; I Cor. 5:12-13).

This, of course, is not the Jesus Christ most people want to follow. So, despite these mandates, many of today’s congregations have abandoned the holy prescription of church discipline.

One of the most pervasive examples of this breakdown in church discipline may be the practice of allowing Christian couples to divorce and marry others when neither spouse has been the victim of unfaithfulness (Matt. 5:32; Matt. 19:9; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18; I Cor. 7:15). It’s a sin the LGBT community has been calling us out on for years, and rightly so.

However, a more sinister rebellion against Christ comes from the many false prophets and false teachers who have infiltrated the Church over the millennia. Christ describes them as ferocious wolves disguised as sheep (Matt. 7:15-23). They don’t merely disobey God’s word; they try to bend its meaning to justify their worldview.

For example, the Judaizers told early Christians that covenant membership required circumcision. A prophet in Thyatira led her congregation into sexual sin. Arians claimed that God created Jesus Christ. Pelagians taught that people could achieve moral perfection through their own efforts. And the Gnostics denied that Jesus Christ was fully God and fully man. The Church eradicated those teachings through apostolic letters and ecumenical creeds.

In the 1970s, a San Francisco preacher led his congregation into mass suicide. More recently, one of America’s most respected Christian broadcasters falsely predicted the return of Christ — twice (Matt. 24:36).

Today a fresh pack of sheep has appeared, gentle in nature and affirming in speech. They’re approaching God-fearing Christians who struggle with same-sex attraction, and they’re telling them that God actually permits same-sex relations. They dismiss Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, I Corinthians 6:9-11 and I Timothy 1:8-11 the way so many churches dismiss Christ’s commands against divorce and remarriage. They claim that Leviticus only applies to Jews or male prostitutes, and that the New Testament passages are either mistranslated or only apply to heterosexuals who engage in same-sex acts.

These pastors, evangelists and authors assert that God has always accepted same-sex marriage, yet they cannot point to a single example performed anywhere in the Bible, or legalized by Moses, or anointed by the Levitical priests, arranged by the Old Testament kings, foretold by the Prophets, consecrated by Jesus Christ, loosed by the Apostles, exegeted by the early church Fathers, written into a Creed, exposited by the great Talmud scholars, or practiced historically in the Orthodox, Catholic or Protestant traditions. Some interpret David and Jonathan’s love as sexual, which if true would be forbidden, as was David and Bathsheba’s love.

And, when confronted with the bankruptcy of their own teaching, some of these leaders react by accusing Christ’s church of hate, intolerance and bigotry, all because God requires gays and lesbians to turn from their sins, just like everyone else.

These false teachers complain that singleness and sexual abstinence are unfair burdens placed on Christians who have homosexual orientation, when in fact Christ requires the same of unmarried (I Cor. 7:1-8) and divorced heterosexual Christians, who far outnumber gays. They argue that God doesn’t want anyone to be alone (Gen. 2:18), but they leave out God’s promised 100-fold blessings to all who give up marriage for Him (Mark 10:28-30). They defy God’s prohibition against asking, “Why did you make me like this?” (Romans 9:20), and they ignore the fact that the Apostle Paul (I Cor. 7:7-8) — and Jesus Christ, himself — were single and abstinent (I Peter 2:22).

The Bible says this about them:

“For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve” (II Cor. 11:13-15).

So, what then shall we say? That God’s all-inclusive kingdom is growing, despite the feeble attempts of Christ’s enemies! Today nearly one-third of humanity identifies as Christian, far more than any other religion. And God’s kingdom is rapidly expanding into Asia and Africa. History is advancing toward the day when, willing or not, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11).

And all who sacrificed personal relationships for Christ will receive back many times what they lost, in this life and in the one to come (Mark 10:28-30).

So, whether LGBT or straight, let’s embrace God’s love, grace and forgiveness by allowing the Holy Spirit to conform us into the Image of Christ (II Cor. 3:18) as we boldly admit and turn from our sins, and join in the very real expansion of God’s very real kingdom.

John Cosmides has been living in Benicia for 25 years.

1 Peter 3:15 For Teenagers Too?

I’ve often wondered how the Holy Spirit selects BOTH the person with the testimony/witness, and the one who has the potential to hear the Word and respond. Until very recently, I was mostly concerned with adults. It struck me as a little odd that teens would perhaps be witnessed to by other teens. I do know that peer pressure goes both ways.

However, the other day, I experienced a very unusual phenomenon. Unless my spiritual radar was up, I know I would have incorrectly interpreted the events. I was in a high school class room. A conversation came up about various global threats. Students began to argue about how they interpreted those events. Some students began to recite certain passages of Scripture pertaining to the end times. Other students started to proclaim who was going to heaven or hell! And still others were making all sorts of wild statements, to the amusement or annoyance of others!

What an experience! I’m sure that the parents of those Christians (various denominations were represented) would be happy with their responses. They were, after all, mostly, doctrinally correct. Here’s the problem, or perhaps better said, here’s the opportunity: even though the students felt most justified in making their remarks, those same remarks were made in a way that really helped no one come any closer to the Truth!

So, I wonder: what’s the value of a teenager’s testimony if it alienates other teens? Do repentance, conviction, and contrition automatically show up because dogmatic confessions have been uttered? Of what possible benefit is it to “have faith” when it is painfully obvious (in this case) that there was little or no authority and power being manifested? Stereotypical behavior kicks in, and predictable rejection follows that!

Here’s another example to help clarify my point: a Christian student complains that another student rejects Christianity. The other student wants to follow New Age type enticements. The Christian student is VERY frustrated because his classmate finds no interest in learning about Jesus. He is, on the other hand, rather interested in crystals, numerology, and Egyption lore. I asked the Christian student what he thought he had to offer the other student in the way of grace, power, and authority via Jesus. He was puzzled by the question!

I asked if his classmate was interested in going to religious services and conforming to all sorts of personal rules, even renouncing various pleasures and pastimes. The Christian responded, “Probably not.” I asked if he was offering religion or relationship/revelation of the living God. He hadn’t the slightest clue!

There’s such a strong pull to conform or rebel as a teenager. Teens have enough just to struggle with their own relationship with the Lord. Witnessing to others is a real stretch for most. However, if you could see the impact of their actions as I did, you would immediately see the need for a more meaningful defense and answer for the faith than mere recitations of doctrines/beliefs!

If you have teens, work with teens, or know teen neighbors, think about wether they see spiritual power in your words/life. Think about wether they see the fruit of the Spirit in your life. Think about wether they see spiritual authority and discipline in your life. Think about how they experience the way you manifest your love of Jesus. Lastly, please consider how they perceive your relationship with Jesus, rather than religion.

Peace & Maranatha!