Deception occurs over time. It happens in baby steps and it usually begins when we disagree with something we read and then we begin to play games with God's Word in order to satisfy our intellect.

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By: Watchman
11/16/2009 11:20:44 PM

“ Apostasy & Deception “
   “ Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron!”(I Timothy 4: 1 & 2)

  High in the heavens is where I expect to be when our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ returns to gather His own. What a magnificent vision to behold, as millions return from the dust and millions more greet our Redeemer in the air.

  As our world draws closer to that eventful day, many are encouraged to hold fast those things which are dear, those things we count as precious and those things which are hoped for.
  Remarkably as that day approaches, I find a large number of Christians too busy congratulating themselves for making an escape from tribulation. Understandably, the world in the days of tribulation will be the last place anyone will want to be, but most Christians are focused on nothing else other than getting out. Unfortunately, I have visions of those whom are lost, and hidden beneath the clouds of Christian celebration.
  Thirty years ago, I met with a Christian Bible study group for an hour each day between college classes. Although I was not a member of the group, they welcomed my participation in their studies of the Bible. Our discussions invariably centered upon events of the Last Days, and for the first time, I listened to the details of the pre-tribulation rapture. I had never heard of this doctrine before and was very interested in the subject.
  However, when I asked for the scripture that would verify this teaching of a of a pre-tribulation rapture, I received verse that did not satisfactorily explain their belief. While I could accept the idea that John’s ascent into heaven as described in Revelations 4 was a symbolic representation of the rapture, some things just didn’t add up. Logically, all of the scriptural evidence given appeared to be taken out of context.
  Therefore, I simply remind my brethren that millions of people haven’t yet given their lives to Jesus Christ, and need our testimony. While these blessed children agreed, when I suggested that many unrepentant sinners may have questions about prophecy, they replied that there is no need to understand prophecy, because having Jesus in our hearts will be enough. I could not argue with that, but I was determined, one way or another, to decipher the riddle of the pre-tribulation rapture.
  I mentioned to the group that prophecy could be a useful tool for witnessing and asked what scriptures should I learn? Without hesitation, the whole body referred to the Book of Revelations. However, I was told that the Book of Revelations is a very hard book to understand, and that I should read some Christian books on the subject.
  In my mind, I thought how funny it was that I almost passed over a very key ingredient for understanding prophecy, the Holy Spirit. Without the direction of Jesus Christ, I knew that I could not understand anything. While reading the books of men could have been helpful, I decided to stand on scripture alone.

  Surprisingly, I found that this doctrinal teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture contradicted a lot of scripture, and I became concerned for those whom depended upon this false hope. And because  many of my loved ones could also number among those whom may perish, I felt obligated to at least warn as many as possible about what was coming in the future.
  When I explained my decision to the group, I also told them that I didn’t believe their pre-tribulation rapture doctrine was sound, and explained that Revelations 20 says that the first resurrection takes place at the end of tribulation. And that because I Thessalonians 4 says that the dead in Christ shall rise first, then we cannot be raptured until after the dead have risen, at the beginning of the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ.

  Unfortunately, the Bible study group simply responded to this teaching with a rather vague, almost blank look, as if I had spoken in a foreign tongue. A few of those whom did comprehend what the Bible indicates became angry and refused to discuss the matter. When I offered to compare their teaching with Bible verse, they declined to review the material and decided that I was no longer welcome to participate in their studies.

  Looking back after thirty years, I still remember how excited and hopeful those kids were about their beliefs and did appreciate their love for Jesus Christ. But I also thought it odd that they were willing to debate any biblical doctrine except for the pre-tribulation rapture. The subject was taboo, and any objection brought an abrupt change in their expression of love towards those whom dared question this tradition.
  After years of researching countless articles on the subject of the last days, I found that most of the teachings in the church insist that Jesus will return for His flock before the dark days of the so called 7 year tribulation. Unfortunately, I found many of the concepts within these books to be scripturally incorrect, and down right contradictory to Biblical truth.

  As I reviewed other sources, I found many cases where scripture was bent, twisted, ignored or changed to fit the doctrines of the writers. But alarmingly, most of the leaders of the Christian church also supported this pre-tribulation rapture teaching, despite what I considered biblical evidence to the contrary.

  Since so many highly placed and respected pastors continue to preach this gospel, I decided to review their opinions, and consider their thoughts with an open mind. But, in all love, I was distracted away from my search, and was shocked by the teachings and actions of many of these theologians in whom I had hoped would be a good resource for truth.
  As a boy, I long admired the works of a certain world renown evangelist, who had spent many years bringing the message of salvation to a lost and sinful world. Regrettably, I read an article in Newsweek Magazine that featured an interview with this evangelist, one in whom I have had the pleasure of hearing on many occasions. However, during the course of his interview; this highly respected man proclaimed that salvation can be obtained by those whom worship another god, besides Jesus Christ.

  He stated, that if a person is a good person, then the worship of any god would be enough to receive eternal life. He also urged all religions to unite, and insisted that all problems would be resolved if we would agree to become tolerant of others and their choice of worship.
  I did not seek out this interview to use as a tool to build a case for any personal conclusion. I had  admired the man and his work, and had hoped to benefit from his wisdom. However, his comments serve as an example of an ugly, growing and festering disease that is invading our Christian body, and could become deadly to the brethren. 
  Awhile back, another esteemed evangelist suggested that America should nuke the enemies of Israel to bring about Christ’s kingdom here on earth. Another argued that the President of Venezuela should be assassinated and further supports an American involvement in a regional mid-east war.
  Another noted television evangelist also declared that the United States must attack Iran to fulfill Biblical prophecy. He insisted that unless we attack Iran, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ cannot return for His Second Coming. 
  Further, a national television audience watched a show called, ‘Larry King Live,’ whose guest was a popular tel-evangelist. When asked if Jesus was the only way to salvation, this man refused to state this truth and instead shared his desire to not offend others whom may have a different point of view. Three times this gentleman refused to acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Savior.

  Sadly, another author has become quite famous and wealthy by writing a whole series of fictional stories, called “Left Behind” that depict a rather curious preview of future world events.
The author of these books reveals some rather disturbing points of view that contradict scripture.

  As an example, He suggests that the text of Revelations 14: 9-10 is incorrect, when characters in his books are allowed to go to heaven after taking the Mark of the Beast. (The books claim that acceptance of the mark is offered as excusable, if one is forced, or if the person taking the mark, does so, to save the life of another).

  In another of his stories, suicide is forgivable so long as the saints kill themselves to avoid taking the Mark of the Beast, and yet the Catholic Pope goes to heaven. But of course the main focus of these stories is the pre-tribulation rapture teaching. And because this doctrine is popular, the readers are incorrectly led to believe that the entire 7 year tribulation period is a horror filled era of satanic oppression and God’s wrath.

  Just recently, the head of an evangelical organization, that boasts a 30 million membership; resigned, due to allegations that he participated in a homosexual love affair. Although he denied the affair at first, he now admits that he also has purchased methamphetamine from his lover. As a result, the homosexual community cries, that if Jesus isn’t enough to change our lifestyle, then it must be true that we are born this way, and therefore, blameless.
  No one here on earth, has the right to condemn another. We all have sinned and do not deserve the right to feel that we are any better than anyone else. Unfortunately, even pastors, evangelists and religious teachers error. It is not proper to pass judgment upon the person, but we are obligated to stand firm for the truth.

  When one of our brethren makes a mistake or behaves in a poor manner, we should with all humbleness and love reprove that person’s actions and forgive their behavior. But, if we stand by and say nothing when teaching is in error, then we not only allow a lie to grow; we in effect, let our brethren fall. God forbid.
  I have introduced a few of these misguided and unbiblical comments from men whom enjoy a great following to show that we as Christians must very careful and diligent about the things we receive from others. No matter how righteous or famous they may be. Remember, Satan has lost. Hence, his only desire is to destroy God’s children. Nothing else matters. The devil doesn’t waste a lot of time going after the lost, when he already has them. 
  I admire the works of those who seek to serve God by informing others of the gospel, and who strive to teach the truth as written in the Bible. However, all too often we may take the easy route, sit back, and allow other more esteemed teachers to guide our learning. We take for granted that these men of God would not be mistaken, or worse, would not purposely mislead us.
  Most teachers and pastors realize that there are millions of church members whom depend
upon their ‘anointing’ to lead their way to salvation, and depend upon their understanding of Biblical truth. Unfortunately, as I watch the growing ‘Purpose Driven Church’ movement and Charismatic revivals, I note that almost all of these Christian Leaders are moving toward a
watered down version of Biblical truth.

  The focus appears to be aimed at making church an event, rather than a change in lifestyle and study in truth. The Holy Word of God has become secondary to Church doctrine, and worship has grown to accommodate modern preference, without consideration to their false ritual or pagan practice.
  Further, Biblical issues that make Christian living difficult, uncomfortable or controversial are either ignored or denied. Worst of all, the Church body has been identified by some as the body of Jesus Christ. However, there is not an organized religious institution that encompasses the entire Body of Jesus Christ, no matter what many may claim or suggest.
  A popular myth running wild through the sanctuaries proclaims that if you are at odds with the doctrines of the church, then you are no longer a part of the Body of Christ. Never mind the false teaching or direct Biblical contradiction most of these churches stress. They are right, and you are wrong.
  II Timothy 3:16 clearly states that: “all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness!”   But instead of evaluating possible misconceptions, exposing false doctrine or correcting unbiblical truth; most of what is heard from the pulpits today places the church and its anointing above everything else.
  Most of us sitting in the pews are constantly being reminded that our leaders would not be where they are without God’s blessing. But this may not always be the case, as II Corinthians 11: 13-15 states: “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ, And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works!”
  Since few of us are chosen by God to teach, nor do we have the benefit of man’s seminary education, we are led to believe that we lack the proper understanding of scripture. We are therefore enticed and awed by the mastery of those whom are believed to have discerned the correct translations of Hebrew and Greek language.
  Bible scholars suggest that a word in Greek may mean one thing, but it could also have another more correct translation. In fact, just reading the Bible with all of its diverse and modern translations should make understanding God’s Word much easier. But it appears that the multiple translations has created more diversion than common understanding. Unfortunately for
some, whatever version pleases their heart, becomes their Bible of choice.
  I am sometimes confused by doctrines that teach global religious unity, when Revelations chapters 13 and 17 clearly state; that the world’s religion will someday fall under the rule of the anti-Christ. This is rather peculiar in that most scholars suggest that since Israel became a nation once again in 1948, that these may be the Last Days. If this is so, why would a church or
its leader recommend religious unity? Wouldn’t that concept lead directly to the worship of the coming Man of Sin? That is what I love about lies, the need to have it both ways over rules the
obvious contradiction.
  But despite the claims of the pre-tribulation rapture crowd, the Book of Revelations states in  chapter 7 “a great multitude, which no man could number of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb!”
  If you continue reading in verse 13: “And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb!”
  Further, when one reads from chapters 7 and 8 of Daniel and Revelations chapter 6: we find those suffering persecution and death during tribulation are called ‘the saints’. They were not
called Jews, nor were they referred to as ‘born again Jews’, House of Israel, House of Judah or nation of Israel. Therefore, there apparently are contradictions within the teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture and more investigation is needed, before a right decision is made.
  Which begs the question, if II Timothy 3:16 is correct, and the Bible was inspired by God, why is there such a difficulty with language and understanding of simple words? After all, was it not God whom created the languages in response to the building of the Tower of Babel?

  Since it was God whom created language, then it is reasonable to believe that He knows what words He wants written. If God meant to say, the “Jews”; why didn’t He? Why did He consistently refer to the saints? Was there a problem with the translators? And if that is true, what parts of the Bible are true and which are not? And who decides?
  As a result, a door was flung wide open to allow tampering and false teaching within church theology. The mystical pagan practice of the Cabala has made good use of the language issue, and after many years, incorrect meanings for words has been taught for so long that they have become accepted as truth. Therefore, whom do you trust to mentor your growth?
  The nurturing of language by man creates many problems and suggests that the One whom created us, Whom died for us, and gave us eternal life by His loving grace, is simply too weak to firmly establish His word. An arrogant mankind suggests that our God needs man’s help to correct the Bible and to make His words more comfortable and easier to understand. God forbid.
  Whether I find the King James version difficult to understand or not, I still depend upon the Bible as it is written. I trust my God to reveal His Word in the proper scope of understanding that He wants me to have. Some say that attitude is being fanatically fundamental, but I don’t pick and choose which scriptures I believe and which I don’t.

  I can be mistaken, misled or not allowed to understand certain things as God directs, but I do not seek to change scripture or to make it fit my personal preference. That practice is becoming more and more popular and is as faulty as anyone‘s insistence that we attack Iran to make Jesus come back. (I Samuel chapter 4 gives a graphic picture of what happens when man tries to force God to act, without His calling).
  As a result, I am filled with mixed emotions about the good news of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, prior to tribulation. The ever popular pre-tribulation rapture event is most certainly welcome, but I must ignore far too many prophetic writings to be that convinced with this teaching. I can’t help but be a little suspicious when I recognize the following this rapture doctrine enjoys and its effect upon the walk of many Christians.
  A recent poll of so called evangelical and fundamentalist Christian leaders show that 78% believe and endorse the concept of a pre-tribulation rapture of the Church. Yet, in Luke chapter 18 verse 8, Jesus said: “when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” This is a question Jesus Himself asked. Why would our Lord ask such a question?
  When Jesus Christ does return to gather His elect there should be millions waiting. But He asks, ‘shall He find faith on the earth?’ Such a contradiction in terms. The question itself appears to suggest that few will have faith when Jesus comes back, contrary to the common opinion of many. Is this lack of faith an illogical response by millions waiting for their Lord’s return prior to tribulation? Or does this lack of faith come from those who find themselves in tribulation, still waiting?   
  Will there be a rapture? Of course, I Thessalonians 4 and I Corinthians 15 both describe this wonderful event. But neither description specifically states a pre, mid or post tribulation time frame. The only real possible time frame mentioned in the Bible, comes from II Thessalonians chapter 2, but many versions have been taught, preventing a clear understanding of the scripture’s meaning. Biblical twisting and language abuse have made this scripture one of the most misused, misunderstood and least appreciated chapters in the Bible.
  When Paul wrote in the Bible, he said in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God!” Or in Romans 6:23, “for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!” God used plain, simple and easy to understand language. You really have to go out of your way to put a different spin on Paul’s words.
  The same application is applied by God when he wrote in 1 John 1:9, “ if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness!” Both writers were inspired by God and made to communicate so that all could understand the basic message of the gospel. There is no hidden mystery within their words, no sleight of hand magic or symbolic tales to get the point across. Its simple: we’re sinners, and unless we confess and ask forgiveness through Jesus Christ, we’re done, period.
  A common expression throughout Christianity is the old ‘scripture verifies scripture’ adage that
is certainly true. The Bible was written by God with His full knowledge and understanding of what He wrote. All of His Word. When Daniel spoke of the anti-Christ; neither Jesus, nor Paul or
John suggested that this man of sin would be anything else but the ruler of the world during the great tribulation period. While there have been scholars that have tried to prove that the anti-Christ lived and ruled a long time ago, their arguments are fully contradictory to what the rest of the Bible says.
  One such example is that of the old Roman Emperor Nero. While Nero certainly persecuted the
Jews and Christians alike, he never instituted the “Mark of the Beast” universal system. He never
worshiped in the temple of Jerusalem, calling himself god, nor did he demand that the sacrifices and oblations cease. Nero destroyed Jews, he never claimed to be their Redeemer, nor have the Jews ever claimed that Nero was their Messiah.
  Another false candidate for this dubious title has been passed along to a man named Antiochus Epiphanes. True, as a descendent of one of Alexander the Great’s generals, he did indeed visit the Holy Temple in Jerusalem where it is believed he slaughtered a pig upon the sacrificial alter.

  However, again this man did not rule the earth, did not establish a Mark of the Beast, a world wide religion, nor did he ever claim to be the Messiah of the Jews. He never fostered any idea
that he was a descendant of King David, nor will the Jews accept anyone who isn’t.
  Both John, in the Book of Revelations and Daniel in his book ;describe the actions of the anti-Christ, his image and his conquests; in precisely the same manner. Old Testament verification by the New Testament.
  What does that have to do with the precept of a pre-tribulation rapture? Simply this, if God indeed sends His Son to gather His children prior to the 70th week of Daniel, then all scripture concerning God’s children should be consistent with respect to this event. Any scripture that does not support this claim makes the premise suspect, and possibly in error.

  Therefore, when dealing with God’s saints, prophecy should develop a common theme and demonstrate logical actions that lead to no other possible conclusion. Likewise, any discussion concerning the anti-Christ should be consistent throughout the Bible, with no exception.

  The Jews in Israel will someday accept the anti-Christ as their Messiah. If they are to believe that this man is their long awaited Redeemer, then that man must demonstrate that he is a direct descendant of King David. Yet, there are those whom insist that the anti-Christ will be from Russia, or be an Arab, or at least be half Jew and half something else, why? To hide the identity of the anti-Christ?
  Jesus Christ offers a very good explanation to resolve a correct time frame of when the rapture will actually take place. He describes the signs of His return in Matthew chapter 24 beginning with verse 4: “ Take heed that no man deceive you, For many shall come in my name saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many!” 
  The first thing our Lord points out is that many will be deceived by false teaching. Deception and false teaching will precede our Lord’s Second Coming, as the world’s religions move ever
closer to unity and apostasy.

  Modern teachers and scholars in today’s churches all point to Jesus’s prophecy from verse 2; that the nation of Israel will be destroyed and brought back in the last days. When Israel became a nation again in 1948, they see this prophecy as a sign of the Second Coming, and encourage their brethren to be ready for the rapture.

  I find it odd that few recognize that Jesus also warned against false teaching and apostasy as another sign of His eminent return, and wonder why many refuse to acknowledge that it is religion, that will pave the way.
  Is it logical to believe that good honest teachers of the Bible will suddenly ‘fall away’ from the truth, when the time comes? Or is the coming apostasy the result of a long drawn out, deliberate, yet slow nurturing of false doctrine which will blind eyes and close hears?

  How do you go from being a true believer and anointed man of God one day, and then suddenly become seduced and lost the next? Is this why Jesus asked in Luke 18:8, ‘shall he find faith in the earth’?
  Jesus continues in verse 6: “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows!”
  Lord knows we’ve seen plenty of the above within the last two thousand years. In fact, over the centuries, some religions have seized each individual conflict to proclaim that because of these things, the end is near. But Jesus said that those things are only the beginnings of sorrows.

  Therefore, in verse 9, Jesus points to another sign of His Coming when he says:” Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake!”
  Again, some theologians like to point at the Jews as the subject of this prophecy. However, isn’t Jesus directing his warning to His followers? In whose name do we pray? In whose name do we ask forgiveness, in who’s name were Christians martyred, in who’s name do we witness, prophesy and love one another? Was the message of the Gospel for the Jews only?
  Clearly, Jesus is our Lord. We as Christians should be identified by our love for others and by our devotion to Him. However, there is already a move going around the world that places the blame for global turmoil upon the backs of those who will not comprise their religious beliefs. We may point at the fanatical Muslim, but many are now including the blame upon those who strictly obey the doctrine of Jesus Christ, Savior.
  When preachers make the incorrect and unfortunate statements they make, such as promoting war in the middle-east, they really fuel the fire of hatred, and after all is said and done, whom will take the brunt of the blame when things go bad? Christians. Our church leaders speak of brotherly love, but posture for the killing of children. Didn’t Jesus instruct us to love our enemies?
  We even have political leaders that clamor for war, while reaping great personal profits, claiming to be Christians. Therefore, as we get closer to the end, many Christians will allow religious compromises in doctrines, and accept unbiblical practice to avoid uncomfortable problems. But for those who keep the testimony of Jesus Christ; we’ve no need to look further than our own professing brethren, to find the knife in our backs.  
  That is why in verses 10 and 11 Jesus explains the result of such evil: “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many!” 

  Unfortunately, Christianity will begin to point fingers, accuse and deny the truth, which will again open the door to false teaching. This is the second time Jesus warns against false teaching. No one will want to be considered evangelical, fundamental or admit a part in their performance of Christian doctrine.

  A false wave of declared true New Age Christianity will overwhelm the old doctrines of Biblical truth, as new Charismatic movements and unity based, tolerance based and self focused churches, overcome truth for a lie.
  “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved!”  Most of us wish to obey the commandments of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by loving our enemies, as well as our brothers. When Christians show this love that comes from above, many people benefit from this testimony. However, Jesus states that at this time, the love of many shall wax cold.
  In our world today, we see many examples of cold hearted behavior: murder without thought or reason, rising molestation, theft from the poor and elderly, and sexual perversion in many ways.
As each generation passes, it appears that evil has found more and more, new and popular ways to perform its ugliness, without comment or regret. How sad.
  However, since Jesus mentions in the preceding verse that many false prophets shall arise, I believe that He is also pointing to a form of personal worship that is rooted in self appeasement. Do the lies and deceptions of a new religious doctrine start our brethren down the path to a self centered, self focused and self gratifying relationship in the name of God?
  Charismatic practice underlines the emphasis upon receiving personal gifts from God, upon request. Despite what Paul writes in I Corinthians chapters 12, 13 and 14, many specify which gift they want. Some even go so far as to suggest that unless you speak ‘in tongues,’ then your not saved. In fact, some promise to empower others with these blessings and gifts, if one is willing to submit to their anointing, and by allowing them to act in God’s behalf.

  Many Evangelists even claim to have this supernatural power of God working in them, and are constantly encouraging their crowds to seek the spiritual elevation they can offer. However, this creates a drive towards self importance and self involvement with God’s will, and is almost always, demonstrated purely by physical and emotional sensations.

  Few understand or appreciate the concept of faith. Unfortunately, this practice becomes an addictive elixir that can only be satisfied, when the recipient enjoys the signs and wonders given.
When the magic of their practice fails to deliver, our brethren begin to fall into a ritual of proof based passion to believe. They are told that it isn’t God Whom failed to give a miracle, but that the reason God did not respond, is because of the individual’s lack of faith.
  Oddly enough, as far back as Nimrod’s temple, the very same practices, promises and spiritual activity kept Nimrod’s worshipers coming back for more. Even the Jews in ancient Jerusalem were willing to sacrifice their very own children to experience the spiritual fulfillment the false priests offered.

  In the works of both Virgil and Plato, there are sickening descriptions of pagan worship where many are speaking in unknown tongues, getting slain in the spirit and willing to deal with conjured spirits. Unfortunately, none of these worshipers described by Virgil and Plato sought the God of Abraham, Isaac or of Jacob. Our Creator and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.     

  Sadly, when the will of man does not run with God, demons seize the opportunity to counterfeit spiritual activity. The Bible says that without faith, it is impossible to please God. But unfortunately, some of our brethren only want to please themselves. Therefore, when the hearts of Christians wax cold, it could be because they have left their first love and gone after their own lusts. Is it also possible that some will want out of tribulation so bad; it’s damn the rest?
  Jesus said in verse 13, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved!” In
other words, to endure means to have the ability to withstand hardship or stress. To persist, to suffer firmly or patiently. Our Lord implores that the times will be hard, and that we will have to endure unto the end. For those who can’t endure, their hearts may be tempted and lost. They will fall to apostasy and the growing world religious doctrine of anti-Christ that will be based upon the physical and emotional needs of the individual.
  Thus far in Matthew 24, Jesus has not promise an escape, nor did He claim that this would be the time of His return. He has yet to even mention tribulation. To remain a child of God and a servant unto our Lord Jesus, will require an abundance of faith and a lot of trust in He who died, and rose again for us.
  A new and exciting’ Purpose Driven’ doctrine has emerged into Christian theology that claims that studying the scripture to understand prophecy, is a waste of time. Teaching instead, that it is not necessary to know the things that shall come, since we as Christians, won’t be here. What a loving sentiment to leave behind for our loved ones whom are lost.
  However, through verse 13, Jesus has not He declared that you don’t need to know prophecy. Already He has warned us two times within the space of six verses, to be aware of false teaching. Nearly 40% of the New Testament deals with prophecy. If we don’t need to understand the things to come, why did God inspire His servants to write it?

  Besides, who is prophecy for? If sinners won’t read the Bible now, what makes us think they will read it then, when they will need it the most? But even then, without the Spirit of God in them, they won’t understand it.
  Paul wrote in I Corinthians chapter 14 verse 22: “Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe!”  We need to know and understand prophesy not only to witness to others, but to keep ourselves from falling to the powerful deceptions and lies at the end of the age.
  In verses 15 through 21, Jesus begins to illustrate a time frame that will mark the beginning of tribulation and directs our focus upon His Second Coming. “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whosoever readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes, And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be!”
  Many theologians have again stated that this prophecy deals strictly with the Jews, since Jesus mentions ‘let them that be in Judaea’ flee. This declaration is vital to the teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture, since if only the Jews are told to take action, then it is assumed that the rest of us will have already been raptured.

  Regardless of what Revelations chapters 7 & 20 indicate, the aforementioned scholars ignore that scripture and insist we’ll be gone. However, Jesus does not categorically state He will return at that time, neither does He mention a rapture. Rather, He indicates the sign spoken of by Daniel the prophet, as the beginning of tribulation.
  In verse 22 our Lord does however state: “ And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened!” From verse 22 we know that the time will be shortened, but Jesus is referring to the length of tribulation and its
devastating effects on upon all flesh, as well as upon the elect..
  In the days of Noah, we are told that God destroyed all of man because of their evil ways. What is significant, is the fact, that it took only 1656 years for man to completely fall beyond redemption. Within that 1656 years, most scholars believe that man could have procreated some 2 to 5 billion children.

  Out of a possible 2 billion, only 8 got on the boat. This horribly small number of righteous people demonstrates that if evil is allowed to go unchecked, that given enough time, man will spread his filth until it has inflicted every living soul. It isn’t just the horrors of tribulation and God’s wrath that threatens man’s extinction, it is man himself and his willingness to believe a lie that is most deadly.
  Jesus knew how deceptive and evil the days of tribulation will be, and that unless those days  are shortened, all flesh will fall to the deceptions and horrors of the last days. But because of His grace, He will deliver His saints before they are seduced beyond recovery. He does not however say, that the elect’s days will be shortened prior to tribulation, He says their days of tribulation will be shortened.
  Further, Jesus continues that:(verses 23 & 24)”Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or, there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect!” 
  Notice again, for the third time Jesus instructs that we remain alert to false teaching and false
signs and wonders. These false signs and wonders must be magnificently effective if our Lord takes the time to remind us over and over and over. If there had been a rapture prior to this prophecy, who then are the elect?

  If non-Christian Jews are the elect, how are they deceived by false doctrine? After all, if a Jew or anyone else has not given their life to Jesus, how can they robbed of something they don’t have? But if we as Christians are not the elect of God, then why do we presume to think that our faith is worthy enough to allow our escape from tribulation?
  Logically, doesn’t this sound like an oxymoron? On the one hand, the Jews are said to be God’s chosen. But since they sinned, they cannot escape tribulation. On the other hand, we gentiles are not considered to be chosen of God, and yet although we too have sinned; we are excused from tribulation?

  We are raptured because of His Grace, but we are not His elect? Galations chapter 3, particularly verses 26 through 29, should settle the argument, but it won’t fit the pre-tribulation scenario, and therefore the concept that we are all heirs of Abraham is not considered. 
  Getting back to verse 15, Jesus makes it clear that tribulation begins when we shall see the abomination of desolation stand in the holy place. This is important. If the tribulation begins with the arrival of the anti-Christ, then we should ignore ‘Purpose Driven Death’ doctrine and really study the scriptures; particularly Daniel, and learn the identity of the anti-Christ?

  Even if we are raptured prior to this point, wouldn’t it be nice if we could tell our loved one’s, the one’s whom are not saved of the coming exploits of this man of sin? Don’t we love them enough to at least try and make them wise?  
  When Jesus tells those that live in Judaea to flee, He knows that the anti-Christ will have arrived in the holy place. It will become vitally clear why the timing of this event is important to understand, when we study the prophecy of Daniel that Jesus referred to.
  Jesus also knows that the Third temple will have been built and that apostasy will have climbed to an unprecedented level. By the time the man of sin gets to Jerusalem to establish his rule,
Israel will have conquered its enemies, and gained back the land God promised to Abraham (See the Book of Obadiah). The chosen nation will stretch from the Euphrates River to the Nile, and many people will be coming to live and worship in the promised Land.
  As tempting as it will be for many to stay and bask in the glory of a New World government and its headquarters in Jerusalem, the true believers of Jesus Christ must leave before they are trapped by a massive force, that is dedicated to placing the anti-Christ upon the throne of Israel.
  Further, Jesus sees that this will be the time when a great false spiritual awakening will engulf Israel to the point that any voice against the new god will be violently crushed, before it is even heard. Many priests and teachers in the new temple will be claiming that their long wait for their Messiah is over, and that their King David has finally returned to the throne of Israel.
  If the timing of true Christian flight is delayed any at all, then their testimony may become lost within the dark presence of overwhelming evil. Again, Jesus continues to warn (verses 25 & 26) “Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore, if they shall say unto you, behold he is in the desert; go not forth: behold he is in the secret chambers; believe it not!”
  We already know that Jesus told us that the anti-Christ would be standing in the holy place when tribulation begins, and adds further that the anti-Christ will be in the secret chambers. The abomination that maketh desolate will be set in place.
  As most theologians believe, the gospel of Jesus Christ will have been preached unto all nations in the world, before the end comes.  “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other!”

  If the ‘elect’ are gathered from one end of heaven to other when Jesus returns, then the aforementioned elect are the many nations, people and tongues, whom came out of great tribulation; as recorded in Revelations 7, and not a result of Jesus having made two trips to gather His own. There is no correct Biblical support for multiple raptures, nor has Jesus mentioned coming twice.
  Hence, when you look at the words of Jesus in Matthew 24, we learn that there will be wars, famines and pestilences. There will be false teaching and many Christians will go through a period of persecution. Those that remain in the churches will be swallowed up in apostasy, while those who leave will be forced to assemble together as they once did, in the 1st century.

  While these true believers are removed from the sanctuaries of mainstream religion, they will begin the work to complete the teaching of the gospel of the kingdom. Like the apostles before them, they will be spreading a last testimony of Jesus Christ world wide. 
  When tribulation begins, we shall see the anti-Christ standing within the temple walls in the holy place of Jerusalem, and we will witness a remnant of people leaving Israel. The anti-Christ and his false prophet will continue to demonstrate great signs and wonders that will amaze the world, even to the point that many true believers will troubled by it. This mighty demonstration by the anti-Christ and his ‘false witness’ the Pope will attract many converts, including the world’s mainstream religious leadership.
  Although shaken by the false signs and wonders, those whom love the truth and love their God will stand firm and will witness until they die, or meet our Blessed Savior when He returns. Amen.
  As mentioned earlier, scripture will support scripture. After having read Matthew 24, when we take a look at II Thessalonians chapter 2, Paul’s prophecy will make a little more sense. In verse 3 he says: “let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition!”     

  This is the point where most teachers change the meaning of God’s scriptures by offering a
different translation of the word for ‘falling away’. Some scholars have claimed that the word used above for ‘falling away’ is incorrectly applied. In the Greek translation, the word used is ‘apostasia’, but while these scholars agree that the word means ‘apostasy’; they offer that the word could also mean ‘to be gathered away’.

  Hence, they conclude that the verse should have been written: ‘let no man deceive you by any means, for that day shall not come except there be a gathering away (of the saints) first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.
  If the scholars version is true, then I submit that the writer Paul could not have been as educated as he claimed, since this would have to be the poorest example of literary script I’ve ever read. How can we have a rapture before we’ve had a rapture? The subject of Paul’s writing is the rapture, and the sign of how near it will be. The sign cannot come after the event.
  Further, some scholars will argue that Paul meant to say that the rapture occurs prior to the anti-Christ being revealed. But again, if you read the text; it says the day shall not come until there is a falling away first, AND that man of sin is revealed. In other words, both events will happen first, the falling away or apostasy and that the anti-Christ will be revealed.
  Clearly from the Book of Revelations, we know that there will be a world wide religion under the control of the anti-Christ and his false prophet, so it is reasonable to believe that the Greek
word of apostasia should be translated as apostasy. Apostasy, particularly Christian apostasy would indeed shake or trouble the brethren. Which explains why Paul warned his brethren to not let anything: scholarly letters from false churches, or a written word nor false spiritual teaching affect them.
  Next, since scholars could not effectively argue their translation of apostasy, they had to move on and choose to ignore scripture, particularly verse 4, that would not support their argument of a
pre-tribulation rapture. Verse 4, of II Thessalonians chapter 2 states: “ Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God!”
  Obviously, verse 4 is a continuation of Paul’s description of the anti-Christ from verse 3. Verse 3 did not end with a period or exclamation point. Paul has NOT demonstrated in verse 4 that there has been a change in focus or direction of his teaching.  Therefore, why do the supporters of a pre-tribulation rapture skip verse 4?  Because verse 4 is the most vital key in understanding the
message God gave to Paul for our understanding. 
  In the chapter 11 of Daniel’s book we find in verses 36 & 37, nearly the same description Paul uses in II Thessalonians chapter 2 verse 4. Daniel writes: “ and the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak
marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall magnify himself above all!”  

  Hence, Paul is telling us in verse 4 of II Thessalonians chapter 2, that the anti-Christ will be revealed when he has placed himself in a position to exalt himself in the manner both he and Daniel describe. Verse 4 is a continuing explanation of verse 3 that demonstrates how the anti-Christ will be revealed. He will be revealed when he sitting in the temple of Jerusalem declaring himself to be God. But going back to Matthew 24, Jesus told us that the false Christ will be in the sanctuary when tribulation begins. Is this correct?
  This is very important, since this will establish a time frame for when the beginning of the great tribulation shall occur of which Daniel explains in chapter 9 verse 27 that: “and he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate!”.
  Daniel clearly explains that the anti-Christ will rise to power and confirm a covenant with many for one week (7 years) and that in the midst of that week (3 ½ years) he shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease. When the nation of Israel practiced their worship of God, they knew that they needed atonement for their sins. They were taught to sacrifice and offer oblation to receive forgiveness for their sins. However, when the true Messiah; Jesus of Nazareth offered Himself as a sacrifice and atonement for sin; the practice of sacrificial atonement was no longer necessary. 
  Hence, when the third temple is built in Jerusalem, at the beginning of 70th week of Daniel, the practice of sacrifice and oblations will have been renewed by the priests. And they will continue to offer sacrifices until the appearance of their Messiah. Remember, the Jews did not accept, nor do they believe that Jesus was their Christ. They are still waiting for the promise. Therefore, when the anti-Christ rises claiming himself to be god , the nation of Israel and the world will be enticed to believe that he is the true Messiah.
  As a result, the practice of sacrifice and oblation will then be stopped since it will be taught that the promised ‘Messiah’ is finally here, in Jerusalem. The people of the world will believe the lie that God is here and that his reign on earth has begun. This is what Daniel and Jesus calls the abomination of desolation, the worship of the anti-Christ, as Christ, in the name of God.
  Since the proponents of the pre-tribulation rapture ignore verse 4, no one makes the connection with Daniel chapter 9, verse 27. Jesus told us in Matthew 24 that tribulation will not begin until we see the anti-Christ standing in the temple. Daniel says that the anti-Christ won’t be in the temple until the middle of the 70th week. Therefore, neither the great tribulation, or the Second Coming will occur until after the middle of the 70th and last week of Daniel.
  Reading from verse 5 through 7: “ Remember ye not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way!” 
  In other words, Paul is telling us that the spirit of anti-Christ is already at work in the world, But
he clarifies that even though the spirit of anti-Christ is working; the actual rise of the anti-Christ is being withheld, until the time appointed.

  Further, Paul declares that it is the Hand of God whom has kept the evil one from coming until he is taken out of the way. Once God has removed His hold from the path of the anti-Christ’s rise, then tribulation has begun. Since the anti-Christ cannot rise until the middle of the week, tribulation will not begin until the second period of 3 ½ years. Therefore, the 70th week of Daniel should correctly be divided into two separate periods of time. 
  However, some theologians would rather focus on the belief that because God has removed His Spirit, then God’s children will be removed as well. Their contention is that the Spirit of God dwells in us, and therefore, the Spirit cannot leave without us. Unfortunately, most scholars place the time of the Spirit’s withdrawal prior to the start of the 70th week. While it appears that this belief supports the pre-tribulation theory, it cannot since Jesus says that when we see the anti-Christ stand in the holy place; tribulation has just started (Matthew 24:21).
  Again, the key reference in Jesus statement is ‘standing in the holy place’ , which many believe is standing in Jerusalem. However, Jesus specifically calls the anti-Christ the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel. Hence, by Daniel’s explanation in verse 27 of chapter 9; the anti-Christ will be standing in the temple declaring himself to be God, which we know occurs in the midst of the week.

  That is why Jesus said, ‘whoso readth let him understand’. He’s telling us to search the scriptures for understanding. The problem for most Christians begins when the popular explanations of both tribulation and the abomination of desolation are incorrectly taught or ignored.

  Sometimes the best lie, is the one that is never told. Satan is the father of lies and his ministers of light are succeeding by presenting the great tribulation, as 7 years of God’s wrath and by focusing attention upon the arrival of Christ, while ignoring the rise of the anti-Christ.
  First, no where in the Bible is it stated that the great tribulation lasts for 7 years. Nor is it
declared that God’s wrath will be poured out on the earth for seven years. Sadly, those two misconceptions are deadly when taught as they are, and I will demonstrate that later. But, for
now, where did the idea of a 7 year tribulation come from?
  In the Book of Daniel, in chapter 9 verse 24: “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy!”
  As most scholars agree, the prophet Daniel is describing a number of years in weeks, to finish the vision he has been given. Since a week is 7 days, each week is presented as 7 years. Daniel tells us that there will be 70 weeks or 490 years to finish the anointing of the Most Holy.
  However, when you read verses 25 and 26 of Daniel chapter 9, the prophet describes only 483 years or 69 weeks of the vision” Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times!”
  Exactly 483 years (69 weeks) to the day, after the Persian King issued his proclamation to allow the rebuilding of Jerusalem; Jesus Christ rode into the Holy City for last time, before His crucifixion. Daniel then confirms his prophecy in verse 26 by adding: “ And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined!”
  Daniel again beats the odds when he says that after the wall and street are completed, exactly 434 years (62 weeks) later to the exact day, Jesus Christ was crucified. In addition, the prophet sees the origin of the anti-Christ by predicting the Roman destruction of Jerusalem. He also adds that after the Roman conquest, the spirit of anti-Christ and it’s plan of abomination was placed, and has practiced unto this day.
  If the children of Israel had been reading their scriptures like we all should they would have recognized Jesus as their Messiah. But just like in today’s world, their pastors were asleep and in some cases they were evil. Therefore, they were not taught the prophecy of Daniel correctly and did not recognize their God when He came. If this generation does not correctly teach prophecy, then many will fall victim to false teaching and at the feet of the anti-Christ.
  Thus far 69 weeks of years have been fulfilled, but the 70th has yet to come. As a result, most theologians believe that the final week of years (7) will be what is known as the tribulation period. However, in Daniel’s description of the 70 weeks he does not mention a week of tribulation. The only other reference he makes to the final week is in verse 27 when the anti-Christ shall cause the sacrifice and oblations to cease in the midst of that final week.
  Therefore, if we go back to Daniel’s vision beginning in chapter 7 we find a clue that will help understand the final week in verse 25: “And he (the anti-Christ) shall speak great words
against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of times (3 ½ years)!”
  Further, in the book of Revelations chapter 13,beginning with verse 1: “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like into a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: any they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months!”
  Our writer is describing the rise of the anti-Christ, his image and the world’s worship of Him. In verse 5, we are told that power was given unto him to continue forty and two months (3 ½ years). In other words, the anti-Christ will rise to power and then continue as the god of this world for another 3 ½ years after he rises to power.

  Therefore, since Jesus indicates that tribulation will not begin until the anti-Christ rises to declare himself to be god, and Daniel says that this won’t happen until the middle of the week, then obviously we know that the 70th week of Daniel is comprised of a 3 ½ year period before tribulation and a 3 ½ year period of anti-Christ rule, during tribulation.
  Hence, the first 3 ½ years of Daniels 70th week will see the anti-Christ rise to power until the middle of the week, and then the final period will see him in the temple of God as tribulation begins, and 3 ½ years later, ends with the return of Jesus Christ.
  Therefore, not only is tribulation a 3 ½ year ordeal; it is biblically certain by scripture that the elect, saints or even Jews will be here until at least the middle of Daniel’s 70th week. Further, by virtue of Daniel 12: 11, it is reasonably possible that many of God’s children will still be here to face the forces of anti-Christ until Jesus returns, at the end of tribulation.
  In Daniel chapter 8 verse 24, the prophet says: “And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people!” 
  Since some will say that the mighty and holy people are the remaining Jews; Daniel says in chapter 7 verse 21: “I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom!”
  John, in the Book of Revelations confirms Daniel in chapter 20 verse 4 that some may suffer
death by the hand of the anti-Christ until Jesus returns for His 1000 year reign: “ And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years!”
  Notice that John identified the witnesses of Jesus by the term ‘souls’. He did not call them Jews, Greeks, Gentiles, nation of Israel or born again Jews during the tribulation. If God wanted to be more specific about those who receive the gift of salvation during tribulation He has had many scriptural opportunities to do so, and many prophets to declare it.
  In the Book of Revelations chapter 6, beginning with verse 9, John writes: “ And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the alter the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest, yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled!”   
  Again, in Revelations chapter 14 verses 12 & 13, John identifies the martyrs of tribulation as the ‘saints’: “ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus And I heard the voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them!”
  Over and over again, God’s prophets call those who die for their testimony of Jesus Christ during tribulation the saints or souls. Paul called them saints. John called them saints and Daniel called them saints. Jude declares that when Jesus returns He will bring 10 thousands of saints. How difficult is it for our God to declare the Jews, if He indeed meant the Jews?
  When Jesus said in the Book of John chapter 6 verse 44: “ No man can come to me, except the
Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day!” Jesus clarifies an interesting point from II Thessalonians chapter 2. For those who claim that verse 7 is proof positive that when the Spirit of God leaves, and allows the anti-Christ to rise, then his elect shall go with him, let me ask you: is it logical that if the spirit leaves prior to the 70th week of Daniel, who is going to draw the tribulation Jews or saints to God? Where are all these martyrs and witnesses going to come from, if the Spirit of God returns to heaven with His saints? Isn’t this another example of Biblical contradiction of truth?
  In spite of logic, many insist upon having things both ways. Since it is God’s Spirit that draws us to Jesus for repentance, how can He draw another soul to Jesus if He is taken completely out of the way to make room for the anti-Christ’s rise to power?

  If the Spirit’s not here, then NO ONE, WILL be convicted to seek repentance, NOR will they ACCEPT JESUS AS THEIR SAVIOR, DURING TRIBULATION.  Is this doctrine consistent with Biblical teaching? On the one hand, there are multitudes getting saved during tribulation, but on the other there’s no Spirit to draw them.

  After all, if there is no Spirit; how can anyone prophesy, teach, pastor, heal, evangelize, discern spirits, speak in diverse tongues or profess interpretation of tongues? Where will come the wisdom, the knowledge or the faith? If I, as a sinner, find myself in Daniel’s 70th week; where do I go for instruction; to the new world church? The Bible? Why would I, as a sinner, search the scriptures for understanding when it is clear that I’ve done nothing wrong? Besides, I will have a whole army of witnesses proclaiming that the man in Jerusalem is the true Messiah.
  Hence, the real question is this: why does the world’s religious leadership insist that the church of Jesus Christ will be raptured prior to tribulation? And why do they claim that the time of trouble will be 7 years long when scripturally, God does not say that those things are true?
  There are three very significant reasons why Satan encourages the teaching of the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine: One, since many believe that they won’t be here for the terrible last days, most don’t bother to really concentrate in a sound study of Bible prophecy. Why should they? Tribulation won’t have anything to do with them, and their pastors have assured them that others like the sealed 144,000 will witness during tribulation.
  Second, since they don’t learn scripture, they can’t be a very effective witnesses during or before tribulation. The last thing the devil wants to deal with are servants of Jesus Christ whom are willing to die for their testimony, and whom actually know their scriptures.  
  And third, and perhaps most important, some will be unprepared for the great deception of the abomination of desolation. Generally, there are some Christians who fall for enticing words and pleasing experience to validate their beliefs. They possess a paid up ‘Fire Insurance’ policy, and their walk with God is focused upon what God can do for them. To know that you are forgiven and have a place in heaven satisfies their relationship with God. But, in their hearts; once they’ve secured their salvation, they’ve no interest in service to our King. Sadly, many of these fall from one pleasing doctrine to another, and if the teaching troubles them, they either ignore the truth or flee to another more comfortable theology.  
  Therefore, what exactly is the ‘Abomination that maketh Desolate’? In simple terms, the abomination of desolation is the acceptance and worship of a man who is NOT God, replacing
Jesus, Who IS God as the redeemer of sin. For the Jews, he will become their long awaited
Messiah. Muslims will believe that he is their God returned. New Age adepts will call him their
Lord Maitreya, and Christians will be taught that this man is the returning Savior Jesus Christ, or that Jesus was NOT the Messiah, but that this man, truly is.
  Daniel says in chapter 8 verse 12; “ And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered!”
The prophet says that this man will steal the truth and become the atonement for sin. Priests everywhere will proclaim that only he can supercede the need for sacrifice and oblation. By deception and lies, HE WILL PROSPER.
  Paul adds in II Thessalonians chapter 2 beginning in verse 7: “ For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness!”
  Paul says that this false practice of worship had already been placed 2 thousand years ago.
Throughout the generations the ground work has been laid, the deceptions placed and the lies have been set. The snare to entrap your soul by setting up this abomination to replace Jesus with the anti-Christ has been set by the world’s religious leaders for centuries.
  Most Christians will stand up and say that they will not be tempted, deceived or become a victim of the anti-Christ’s lies. But in reality, since most Christians have not come to grips with the idea that they will still be here during Daniel’s 70th week; they are spiritually unprepared, and vulnerable to falling from their faith. After all, haven’t they already believed a lie, when they accepted the pre-tribulation doctrine without verifying this theology by scripture? 
  A pastor on television told his congregation, “that you shouldn’t get all worked up over Bible prophecy. You shouldn’t worry yourself about things that don’t pertain to you!” He asks, “why should you learn prophecy, when the end result is that you’ll have a negative attitude!” He said in fact, “that this negative attitude will bother others, and will make their lives negative as well!” “Remember”, he told his church; “you won’t be here, so just concentrate on the good things God is going to do for you!” The applause was deafening.
  However, just because the doctrine of pre-tribulation rapture is satanically inspired, does not mean that all those that teach this theology, are evil. Unfortunately, most pastors and teachers in the Christian church are good men of God whom have accepted a most popular tool of evangelism, without really investigating the matter.

  Sadly, the rapture tool is a double-edge sword. Because if taught correctly, most of the congregation would revolt. Sometimes, it is preferable to leave a troublesome thing alone in order to keep a functioning body going in an accepted positive direction.
  A hundred, fifty or even five years ago that could have been considered sound judgment. But even a thousand years ago our churches should have been sounding the alarm of the coming days; to pass the truth down through the generations so that fewer would be deceived.
  Paul says that God will send a strong delusion, and they will believe a lie. One may argue that this warning is for the sinners, particularly those left behind. But we’ve already heard Jesus warn his flock four times in Matthew 24 to be aware of false christs and false teachers. Every book written in the New Testament reminds God’s children to be alert for deceit and lies within the Body of Christ. Paul’s warning is not for the Jews, or the sinners alone. It is for the elect of God.
  Further, Jesus rather emphatically emphasizes this point in the Book of Revelations. If you read His words from the end of chapter 1, through to the end of chapter 3; He is teaching His church. The Savior is not addressing the many pagan religions that have existed since the days of Nimrod. Our Lord and Savior is taking each of His own seven churches by the hand and leading them down the righteous path by telling each church body where they are at fault, and what will happen if they continue in their ways.
  Notice, that with the exception of the Church of Philadelphia, the other Six churches were admonished for their behavior and given a warning to repent of their practices. The noteworthy Church of Philadelphia held the vital key of righteousness, because they KEPT HIS WORD and HAS NOT DENIED HIS NAME (Verse 8 of chapter 3). You cannot keep God’s Word unless you know it. You cannot know it unless you are willing to study it, and you must be willing to accept its message, regardless of its impact upon you.
  Few realize the how difficult it will be for Christians when the ‘abomination that maketh desolate’ is set up. The first thing you must remember is that there will have been a war in the
middle east as prophesied by Obadiah, and as a result of that war, there will be a third world war as prophesied by Ezekiel.                                                                                             

  At first, things will look bad for the Israeli war effort. But remember, this is God’s war and He will save the tents of Judah. Unfortunately, the anti-Christ will posture for being credited with the victory by Israel. Hence, many will attribute the magical power behind Israel’s victorious battle against her enemies to the man of sin.

  As bad as this battle will start for Israel, when the tide is turned, a very thankful Israeli leadership will court the attention of the anti-Christ. Unfortunately, the courtship of Israel will end in a proposal for world peace. A guarantee treaty that places the future safety of the world squarely on the back of the anti-Christ. Step One will then be completed, and the 70th week of Daniel will begin at that point.
  The fallout of Obadiah’s war will reshape the nations. Many countries will seek unification with other nations to form an alliance designed to prevent future wars of this kind. And, some nations will opt out of former alliances in favor of those whom can offer a better position of safety.
  In the Far East, China will have already begun to assert its dominance within the region. North Korean nuclear activity will be the excuse China needs to justify its consolidation of Far Eastern nations. Even Japan will drop out of western ties and jump into China’s growing sphere of influence.
  In the Middle East, what is left of Syria, Iraq and Lebanon will seek recovery from a new Muslim alliance that will include Iran, Turkey, Libya and Ethiopia. The European Union will see many of its members court Russian protection over European failure to keep a lid on the Mid-east crisis. At the end of the day, the European Common Market will again be a ten nation committee, with one notable exception; they will elect one man as their leader. 
  In addition, two very important activities will begin at the start of the 70th week of Daniel: one, of course will involve the rebuilding of the Tribulation or Third Temple in Jerusalem. In the
book of Daniel chapter 8 verses 13 & 14: “ Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed!”
  2300 days is roughly 6 1/3 years. If you consider that Daniel’s 70th week is 7 years long, then it shall be considered a rather remarkable achievement to construct the great Holy Temple in Jerusalem within such a short period of time. Some scholars may argue that the 2300 time frame in Daniel’s vision should be calculated in years since the prophets weeks are made up in periods of years.

  However, when you read Daniel chapter 12, the Lord speaks of events taking place in terms of days within the 70th week. John, in the book of Revelations confirms this when he said that the anti-Christ will continue for 42 months, again a time frame describing events within the last week of Daniel’s vision.

  Therefore, since the building of the temple takes place within the last week of Daniel’s vision, then ‘days’ would have to be the proper time frame. In addition, there hasn’t been a temple since 70 AD, and second, and sadly for most; the rebuilding of the temple will begin after the fires of World War III will have burned out.

  As a result of the great war, a great religious public relations machine will begin to crank up its post war rhetoric, heralding a new age, in a new world. Of paramount focus, the religious shills will be shouting for a new religious reformation that will emphasize religious toleration and unity.

  In the secular world where men deny a God and depend upon human endeavor the result of the war will push their efforts toward building a world governing body. But the humanists will also begin to understand that there is a need to seek a spiritual marriage with the church when they realize man cannot evolve fast enough to keep peace. Therefore, most will fall victim to a religious philosophy, that emphasizes a spiritual evolution based upon ‘new age’ doctrine.
  Many Christian churches will see the events taking place in Israel as a sign that God’s return is eminent. For some, the rapture shall become a daily expectation. For others, a Dominionist theology will gain converts as their pastors proclaim that the rule of God here on earth,will begin soon. Many of the dominionists will contend that Christ’s rule will evolve through their churches and its leadership.

  Therefore, when they will seek a unified church order, many of the flock will be invited to join in the religious harmony being built. However, those whom may question or have a problem with church doctrine will be asked to leave. One either fully accepts the Nicolaitane doctrine of Christ’s rule through man, or one is no longer welcome in church worship, period. No exceptions. Do we glorify God when we discard true believers and reduce truth to entice sinners?
  Another Christian religious order will demand church unity under the control and influence of a world religious authority. Where the National Churches Council, World Council and many other pseudo-political religious groups leave off, a growing movement by the Vatican will pull the pieces together so that all religious worship can be combined under a single “umbrella”.
  While the possibility of Catholic dominance may surprise many, a simple fact of life is that the Vatican has been pulling the strings of protestant worship for hundreds of years. Very quietly, very subtly and very steadily the agents of the Mother Church have found their way into positions of Protestant hegemony.

  Highly talented, well schooled and devoted young people spent their lives as Protestant scholars, pastors and benefactors, and all the while retained their secret positions as Jesuits or of other fraternal organizations under Jesuit control. If you have studied church history at all, you know that when Constantine legalized Christianity he simply took pagan gods and evil ritual, and gave them Christian names and Christian practice. 
  But for the Jews in Israel, the end of their war, and capture of all the land God promised Jacob, will incite a furor of Orthodoxy throughout the land. Many converts to Judaism will be waiting for the completion of the new temple in Jerusalem while millions from around the world are invited to bask in the glory of a new Israel.

  But even this will not compare to the excitement and expectation of their Messiah’s eventual appearance. Like many Christians expecting the rapture and return of Jesus Christ, the nation of Israel will be anticipating the arrival of their Messiah, at any moment.
  Unfortunately for others, many churches will declare World War III as the Battle of Armageddon as the False Prophet and his anti-Christ demonstrate mighty signs and wonders. But, it says in the Book of Revelations chapter 16 beginning with verse 12: “ And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon!”
  Clearly, the Battle of Armageddon is a war between Jesus Christ and the anti-Christ and his enemies. The battle described in Ezekiel 38 & 39 is a totally different war. This is a very important thing to pray about, because after the flames of World War III have died out, the false religious machine will claim that World War III was the Battle of Armageddon, and that the man in Jerusalem is the world’s Messiah.
  Nothing like a world war to effect a change in thinking. World War III was planned by man, to raise up their chosen Messiah. While God certainly forced the nations of the north into attacking Israel, the forces of evil see this event as proof of their own power. If you read in chapter 6 of the Book of Revelations, you’ll see that the 4 Horses of the Apocalypse were directed by God.

  At this point in the future, two of the horses have made their ride. The White and the Red Horses have set up the anti-Christ, while the Black and Pale horses will make their journey during his reign.
  Once again, the ‘Abomination that maketh desolate’ is the world wide belief the anti-Christ is the Redeemer of the world, and that his millennial reign of 1000 years has begun. His appeal to the world will be overwhelmingly magical as the signs and powers of this man are displayed world wide. And the world will buy it, lock, stock and barrel. Step number 2, is finished.
  Unfortunately, because most are content to believe that they will escape this world at the return of Jesus Christ, they have not searched the scriptures well enough to understand the time they are living. World War III was not the Battle of Armageddon nor is the man in Jerusalem the Messiah of the world. But everywhere a Christian goes, he or she will see the proclamations, the mighty signs and wonders, the world’s infatuation and adoration given to the anti-Christ. Most important, is the simple realization, that they are still HERE. 
  If you are willing to take the time and consider, place yourself in the near future during Daniel’s 70th week, when you are living in a world that has seen a mighty, devastating and life changing war finally come to an end. By God’s will, you have survived. Many will not. The very first thought to occur for many is what happened to the rapture?
  Here you are: no job, possibly no home, your assets and money are worthless and there is a severe shortage of life sustaining provisions to be found. Further, while dealing with illness, disease and need for shelter, there will be a period when government and social order is suspended.
  After what seems like an eternity, the world will begin to rebuild. Emergency services will have resumed and a new form of global government begins to reestablish a normal community lifestyle. Many will be eternally grateful.
  In Jerusalem, the man of sin is openly taking credit for the victory of Israel over its enemies. Jewish religious leaders will begin to provide the ‘evidence’ that this man is the Messiah. Many former Christian leaders will also offer their support to the new world religion and will confess that religious unity is the only way to keep man from destroying himself.

  Further, while the False Prophet and the anti-Christ perform numerous magical feats to entice support, your sitting there and wondering why you were not chosen to meet the Messiah in the air when he came back.
  As a result, rather than teaching the truth to others, a truth you never bothered to learn, you begin to reevaluate all former faucets of Christian doctrine. Of course, former Christian leaders world wide, will be singing a new and different tune, which will only complicate your efforts.
  In due time, after you have settled into a new routine of living; a living under the control and direction of the anti-Christs’s world government, you will be asked to accept the new ’Seal of God’. A mark, that not only declares your allegiance to the Christ in Jerusalem, but will be required to keep living, period.
  Now comes the question: do you go ahead and follow the teachings of the new world church, a church that has gained the following of all those former teachers who now enjoy their holy standing and accept this Seal of God? Or do you realize that this is simply the Mark of the Beast and that if you accept this mark, you will send your very own soul to hell?
  But what of the “Left Behind” series of books? Do they not describe an opportunity to take this mark and still receive salvation? After all, if you refuse the mark you will be put to death. Then what happens to your family, your children? How will they survive without you? Is it not reasonable to rationalize and say that your only taking the mark to save your family? Are you not then, being forced to take this mark? Now you know why the writers of those books placed that lie in there: to give you justification for taking the Mark of the Beast. How clever.
  Since all your former religious leaders promised that you would be raptured prior to tribulation, and you find yourself still here; were they right then and are they right now?  But now, you must decide. You must choose. Not prepared? Not spiritually ready? Confused? Precisely as Satan intended.
  Lucifer’s whole purpose, and total focus upon the doctrine of a pre-tribulation rapture is to keep you from learning the truth. To make it difficult to know and understand whether or not the man in Jerusalem is God, as he claims, or is the devil, as the Bible says. And lastly, but not least; so that your testimony and witness in the last days will be of no effect.
  Unfortunately, the coming world church will be a reality and you can see the ecumenical movement growing stronger and stronger everyday. Our problem is that all of us need the support and love of our Christian fellowship. We are taught in the Bible to gather together and we should make every effort to continue congregating with our brethren. However, you need to be wise and seriously consider the direction your church is going.
  In an emergency, there is nothing more welcome than the sound of an approaching siren. Paramedic’s are somewhat of an unsung hero in our society. But when there are traffic accidents, or injuries in the home, we appreciate the paramedic when he arrives just in time to offer aide.

  Sometimes their efforts make a difference between whether someone lives or dies. John was a very dedicated paramedic who seriously believed that he made a difference. He worked hard to stay physically in shape, perfected his skills and studied his craft endlessly. John was fearless when confronted with a dangerous situation and never gave his personal safety a second thought when someone needed his help.
  Sadly, one morning a call came into John’s Fire station that got everyone’s attention. A young woman was frantically crying: “help, help, my babies at the bottom of our pool and not moving!”
Quickly, the dispatcher was able to get the hysterical woman to tell her where she lived and assured the caller that help was on the way.
  Normally, a rescue team will balance their urgency with a calm sorting of known facts to facilitate a plan of action. But when a child in is involved in a life threatening situation, the paramedic’s level of urgency builds.
  During the trip to the caller’s house, John and his team were each quietly preparing themselves for quick action in the hope that they would get there on time before the baby drowns. While their chances of resuscitation were good, they knew that as each minute passed, the lack of  oxygen to the baby’s brain could be devastating.
  Therefore, when the rescue truck arrived, John quickly jumped out of the vehicle and ran to the caller’s door. When the woman opened the door, John quickly rushed past her to the back door leading to the pool. While running to the pool, John stripped his protective gear off and dove into the pool.
  Thankfully, the baby lived without suffering any ill effect from his fall. He had a few bruises and a broken arm. But John died. No one asked if there was any water in the pool, and John didn’t check. He failed to ask if the pool was full and sadly, he did not ask at which end of the pool was the baby laying. When John dove into the pool, the pool was empty. Before he could protect himself, he slammed face first into the shallow end, breaking his neck.
  As Christians, we need to first ask ourselves why do we go to church? What is our purpose and what do we expect to receive from our church service? Depending upon whether or not you are honest with yourself, going to church should be a tremendous blessing to our lives.
  For many, church can lift our hearts closer to God and encourage us to maintain a strong relationship with Jesus. In fact, church service should be the igniter that keeps us walking with the Lord daily, all day and everyday. However, this takes a real commitment and a genuine love for living in God’s will.
  Far too often, some pastors pay lip service to Jesus as a means of justification when directing our attention to things that are not of God. Any religion that replaces Jesus from our lives with self interest or self glorification is not of God. Charismatic teaching begins with Jesus, moves to the spirit and then retains focus upon, ‘what God will do for you’. The Word of God becomes secondary to spiritual manifestations unless a verse here, or a teaching there can be manipulated to support doctrine. In the end, the Master eventually becomes the slave of the servant.
  Others provide a harmony of worship that will not offend nor will church attendance obligate the worshiper into serving God, at all costs. One is encouraged to serve the interests of the church body as a form of service to the Lord. A new user friendly type of Christianity that is a popular, enjoyable and has attracted many followers by the doctrines of social harmony. Dominionists believe that the Lord Jesus cannot return to rule unless and until, the church has engineered a world wide church body that is acceptable, by their standards.

  Unfortunately, our worship of God has been tied to those whom claim a special standing within God’s Will. We have been taught to recognize their authority and to depend upon their personal example in their relationship with God as a model of faith. The higher up the ladder of success one goes, the more popular and correct is their teaching. Sadly, we place our trust in an individual to lead us to heaven without checking to see if there is water in the pool. How can we rightfully know if there is water in the pool? Read the Bible. Earnestly.
  Jesus said in Matthew chapter 10 verse 16: “ Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves!”  You cannot be wise unless you are willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to know the Word of God. We are sometimes victimized by a lack of time for study, and feel a lack of faith in our ability to understand.

  Why is it, that we can watch reruns on television, one after another until the day is gone, but have no time for a half hour of scripture? We have total confidence in our Lord to save us from our sin, yet we do not trust our Lord to teach us?  Didn’t Jesus tell us in John chapter 14 verse 26: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you!”

  Further, Jesus also said in John chapter 16 verse 13: “ Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come!”
  In our world, there are many true believing Christians that attend church, religiously. What a pleasure and blessing they are when worshiping God together with them. But they like you, must never dive into the pool without first checking to see if there is water in it. Whenever a teacher presents a doctrine, the true believer should meditate upon those things in prayer and by scripture. Never accept or assume that there is water. Check it out. Take notes and then go home and compare by scripture the Word that is given, with prayer and thanksgiving.
  You must put on the coat of the paramedic and accept the truth that you are living in a daily world of crisis, and that as a Christian, you are the one whom God can use to rescue a dying soul. Even your own. But you cannot help anyone unless you know God’s Word. While you can benefit from the thoughts, teachings and examples of others whom God has placed in your path,  it is up to you to determine which end of the pool you should go.

  Had John known that the baby was in the shallow end of the pool, he would have jumped feet first, and would not have died. Therefore, you should always be ready by scripture and by prayer, to go in the right direction. One should ask themselves, is the teaching that I’m receiving going to take me in the correct direction, or will this doctrine take me down the wrong road? Will this doctrine lead to anti-Christ, or does the doctrine keep the commandments of Jesus?
  Do not leave the path you should take up to the will of others, but by your devotion to Jesus alone.  In Matthew chapter 7 verse 15, Jesus says: “ Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves!” 

  What does a wolf do? He devours sheep. Sheep do not eat other sheep. Wolves generally run in packs and live under a social order that appeases the desires of their elders. Once a leader of the pack is crowned, he neither hunts, nor fights, but leaves the dirty work to his followers.
  Sheep however, follow their Shepard’s lead and trust that wherever they are led, they will find their needs provided for. Sheep understand that they are incapable of caring for themselves and never for a moment think that their Shepard will abandon them. Jesus said, “Feed my sheep!”

  I encourage you therefore, to make an honest assessment of your church, its teachings and the direction its doctrines will take you. If Jesus and His Word are the focal points of your worship, then you should by all means support that ministry.

  However, if you have questions and are not sure of your direction; go to your pastor and ask the hard questions that should be answered. Do this with a loving heart, in patience and prayer. Sometimes, discoveries are made by a simple question that is earnestly considered and may benefit all
  Sadly, if you find that you are congregating in a church that teaches false doctrine and you are unable to get your church leaders to examine sound doctrine, leave. Leaving of course, is a very difficult and emotional experience. There are many in church whom are warm, loving and supportive of their membership; but, don’t risk your eternal soul because you will miss those your love. Pray for them and remain in contact with your brethren. Encourage their walk, but remain firm for Jesus.
  In II Corinthians chapter 6, verses 14 through 18; we are told: “ Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty!”
  God’s Spirit is not telling us to stay away from sinners, but to get out of false worship. Belial is symbolic of idolatry and false worship. In fact, since time is getting closer and closer to the end, we should be reaching out to the lost and bring the message of salvation to all that God leads us to. More than anything else, examine your own heart.
  Jesus told Peter at the Last Supper that he would deny Him three times before morning. Peter of course, did not believe it. He told our Lord that he was willing to die for Him. I’m sure that Peter really believed in his heart that he was willing to die for his Lord. But as we know, when it came right down to it, Peter denied our Lord three times, only hours later.

  When you say that you would never accept the anti-Christ or his mark, then you better know the scriptures in your heart as well, because when it really comes down to it, you’ll need to believe in the words your reading. Sadly, if there are no churches where you live that teach Biblical truth, seek out an opportunity to share God’s Word with others. Start a Bible study and pray. God will always direct our paths. Amen.

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