Monday, October 16, 2017

IS THE USA IN BIBLE PROPHECY

  - Pete Garcia 

There has been much discussion as of late on whether or not the United States is found in Bible prophecy. How does the world's most powerful, Christian, and Israel-friendly nation not warrant a mention as a key player in the last days? If the US is in Bible prophecy, what role does she play? If she is not, then why not? What happens to her vast natural resources, advanced technology, military arsenal, and able-bodied citizens? Considering these questions, there are biblically sound and astute teachers on both sides of the issue who either believe that the US is Mystery Babylon, or that we are not in the picture at all.
 
Those in the camp of us being Babylon (mystery or otherwise), seem to make good points for that case (see here). Probably the strongest reason why we could be is that the Jews are told to come out of her. As of 2017, the largest concentration of Jewish people outside of Israel is in the United States. While at the same time, there are practically no Jews in what was traditional Babylon (Iraq) thanks to the likes of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and other militant Islamic groups. So how could they come out of her (Babylon), if they are not in there, to begin with?
 
Those in the camp who believe we are not in the prophetic picture at all (see here) believe so for a variety of reasons. The most obvious reason for saying the US is not in Bible prophecy is that there is no explicit mention of any nation (in the geopolitical sense) that matches our description in the prophetic texts concerning the last days. While a number of doomsday scenarios could pose an existential threat to the United States, none (in my opinion) threaten to so suddenly upend the traditional global order as the Rapture of the Church. The threat has been gravely underestimated in books like the "Left Behind" series and other popular eschatological material.
 
Underestimated not because of the percentage of how many Americans are raptured up, but by what immediately follows.
 
Assessment
 
Speculation abounds as to what the percentage will be for those believers who will be caught up. Some think as low as one percent while others think as high as twenty-five percent. The percentage then has become sort of a measuring stick by which we could determine whether or not the US survives the Rapture event and go on to play a major role in the 70th Week of Daniel. I tend to think around ten percent of the US population will be raptured, but even then that means around thirty million Americans (by current population standards) would instantaneously disappear. But regardless, the how is less important than the why in regards to our potential role in the Tribulation.
 
What is of utmost importance is realizing that once the Rapture does occur, the restraining ministry of the Holy Spirit is also removed (2 Thess. 2:6-8).
 
This does not mean that the Holy Spirit disappears from the earth altogether. The Holy Spirit is omnipresent and cannot, not be everywhere. The Holy Spirit was on the earth prior to the day of Pentecost and He will be here after the Rapture event. What it means is that the mystery of iniquity (or lawlessness) that is active in the world today, is at the same time actively being hindered by God's power through His people. We are salt and light to a world that will quickly be engulfed in darkness once the Rapture occurs. But after the Rapture, lawlessness will no longer be hindered. Lawlessness will go unchecked and the world will quickly move in one accord under the direction of Satan who will rapidly form that final world system.
 
Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, "All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours." Luke 4:5-7
 
The idea that the world first experiences the Rapture then sees the unleashing of the four horsemen matches perfectly with what Paul is shown concerning the order of events. The man of sin cannot be revealed until we (the body of Christ) is removed. This is why we see John record the Revelation in the manner which he does (Rev. 1:19):
 
  • the vision-the things John has seen
  • the seven letters to the seven churches-the things which are in John's day until now
  • the heavenly throne room and subsequent events-the things after this (after the churches)
 
Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, "Come and see." And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. Revelation 6:1-2
 
The first horse out of the gate is the man of sin riding the white horse. He seemingly takes advantage of a crisis already in progress. How long the crisis lasts between the Rapture and his arrival is unknown. We know that the actual 70th Week does not start at the Rapture, but with a covenant that is signed between Israel and the nations (Dan. 9:27) which he will ultimately violate halfway through. The man of sin will then become the son of perdition once Satan physically possesses him at the midway point. At present time, it is impossible for us to know who this man will be. We only know what the Bible says about him. However, his arrival likely comes at a point of great turmoil. So if the world's agenda is currently being hindered by God the Holy Spirit through the body of Christ on the earth, what does our removal then signify?
 
A total lack of restraint. Unchecked restraint will result in turmoil and conflict and crisis.
 
It should mean that the floodgates of hell are opened and there will be a short period of chaos immediately following the removal of the body of Christ (the Church) from the earth. This will force the power structures of the former world-order (pre-rapture) to realign themselves post-rapture. The old saying is that nature abhors a vacuum, and will fill itself with anything to avoid a vacuum. If the church's removal provides this vacuum, you can guarantee that something will fill this void. This is where I believe the spirit of antichrist becomes the strong delusion that sweeps over the world.
 
Logically what comes with turmoil and change, is conflict. If we look back at World War 1 or World War 2, we see that the geopolitical realities changed significantly before and after each of these events. After the Rapture will be no different. The world will be forced to realign itself. IF the US is not impacted at all by the Rapture, then the current power structure (or the world order) will not need to change. But we do see great change coming because the next horse unleashed is the rider on the red horse.
 
When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, "Come and see." Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.   Rev. 6:3-4
 
As I've stated in a previous briefs, that any belief system outside of true, orthodox Christianity, is from Satan. While the varying religions and worldviews may have different angles, forms of worship, terminology, etc., they are all varying corruptions of the truth. The reality then is that there is only one God, who is expressed in three Persons, who are all of the same divine essence and being, co-equal in power, and willingly submitting to each other to eternally be in one accord, according to Scripture. Anything that deviates from that is from Satan.
 
In other words, it could have just as easily been Hinduism or Shintoism that was violently rampaging across the Middle East and Europe as it is Islam. Any view that is not true biblical Christianity, is fiercely (when confronted) opposed to the truth because of what it reveals about its corrupted nature. Without the Holy Spirit to keep the world at bay, the world will tear itself apart trying to establish a new dominant religious position.
 
When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come and see." So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine. Rev. 6:5-6
 
When peace is taken from the earth, what naturally follows is economic disparity and starvation. The rich and powerful have the means to keep their wealth and sustenance, while the rest do not. With starvation comes death and pestilence.
 
When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, "Come and see." So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth. Rev. 6:7-8
 
The world population is currently at 7.5 billion people. While we can't know the percentage of those taken up at the Rapture of the Church, we can know (roughly) how many perish during the first four Seal judgments. A fourth of that is around 1.875B people. This is an unprecedented number and aside from the Noahic flood, we don't have anything else that can really compare to a number that large perishing in such a short period of time. That number alone will force major geopolitical alignments that will bring about the final world system headed by the Antichrist.
 
Conclusion
 
I think that the biblically reasonable answer to the question of whether the United States is in Bible prophecy is that we are, but not in the way we hoped or expected. Although we are not Mystery Babylon, we will be essential to its creation. Every gentile power that has come about ultimately befriends and then betrays either the nation of Israel (and Judah) or the Jewish people. The nations will have to answer for this as well (Matt. 25:31-46). After the Rapture, the US will cease to look or be anything of like what it is today. I expect the US to become exceedingly anti-Semitic much the same way Europe rapidly became anti-Semitic in the early 20th century.
 
The Jews will have to flee the United States back to Israel just as they did Europe between WWI and WWII. This is because the antichrist spirit will feed that supernatural hatred to a people who have been given over to a strong delusion. Satan's intent then is to gather the Jews into one place so to set a snare for destruction (Matt. 24:15-21, 2 Thess. 2:3-4). If Satan can destroy Israel, Jerusalem, the temple, and kill the Jews, then God's prophetic word will fail thus nullifying God's plan for Satan. At least, that is his plan it seems.
 
Likewise, if the US ceases to be the world superpower, some other nation(s) will rise up to fill that void such as the revived Roman Empire. What's left of the US will be incorporated into that final world system. Without the constraints of the Judeo-Christian constitution, the US will dissolve relatively quickly. It would seem that either some catastrophic event occurs before Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39), or after the Rapture, the US sees no intrinsic need to come to the aid of Israel. Either way, we are not willing to come to her aid.
 
The antichrist and the false prophet simply do not have enough time left to build the world forces it needs to dominate the planet in only seven years. They will have to rely on taking from what's left of the major world powers through some advanced digital system (AI perhaps) to impose its iron-fisted will over the entire planet. Granted, even that time will be very brief as the forces from the east will eventually rise up to challenge his (antichrist's) authority (Rev. 16:12).
 
Unfortunately, the US will be amongst the nations who finally assemble at the Valley of Megiddo and try to challenge the physical return of Jesus to the earth (Zech. 12:3). They nations armies are quickly and effortlessly destroyed as Jesus brings His armies from heaven to watch Him single-handedly destroy the world's system (Dan. 2:44-45). Unlike earthly empires and kingdoms, Jesus does not have any weaknesses. He is the infinite source of all wealth, all power, and does not rely on consensus to conduct His will, because He and the Father, and the Spirit are One in purpose. To this, Revelation 19:15-16 states-
 
Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
 
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
 
Even so, Maranatha!

GLOBALISM AND THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION

 By Joseph Chambers 


Genesis 1:26-28
 
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."
 
The whole idea of a "One World Order" is an evil design that Satan has dreamed from the beginning. He wants a system under his control that no one can resist. The liberals in America have no idea of the foolishness this scheme really represents. Man was not made to be ruled by dictators and big government. You put most people in a position to control the lives of others, and they become controlling freaks.
 
Every man or woman is responsible for their own life and choices. You were created by God Himself to be godlike and to walk a responsible path. Study the Bible to learn of this satanic design. The Antichrist is Satan's last effort to rule the world. This design wants to put you in his control, and he will give you liberties until he rules. Then he will destroy you. That's his ultimate goal.
 
Jesus spoke, as recorded in Matthew 24, of this hour so dark that he called it "The Abomination of Desolation." We already know what an abomination is, but to call it an "abomination of desolation" is a giant step further into despair and darkness. I do not believe there is one voice today declaring how horrible this hour will be. In fact, I'm not sure it is possible to truly explain this coming desolation.
 
It will begin when the Antichrist has so wooed the world that he produces a living statue of himself and then displays that statue in the Holy of Holies of the newly-built Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Not only will he display his image, but he will command the world to worship this image. The image will be given an identification (number or name) and all the kingdom of the Beast will gladly bow before this mighty person identified in the image. The Antichrist will not be satisfied to be worshiped by those that promote his kingdom, but will now require the whole world to surrender.
 
Daniel had called the new god that this abomination of desolation represents, "The God of Forces." Remember the film series, Star Wars, and its emphasis on "the force." All of the world is being prepared to worship this false image and the "force" that will quickly be displayed. It is still a mystery to us. We see a new religious world, and it is evidence that something is strangely different. It is biblically called, "god of forces."
 
The Deep Sorrows of the Abomination of Desolation
 
  1. There will be no mercy for anyone.
  2. This new religion is far more vile that Muslim terrorism.
  3. Children will be molested and viciously slaughtered in front of parents.
  4. This Antichrist image will be a dark creature.
  5. Anyone that is a Jew or a professing Christian will be hated and hunted for destruction.
  6. There will be at least millions slaughtered every day.
  7. Burial will be by bulldozers.
  8. Sodomy will rule the world.
  9. Children of unsaved parents will be the source of great sorrows.
  10. Anyone rejecting the mark of the beast will be subject to horrible assault until they submit or else die.
  11. Those who take the mark will be immediately possessed by demon spirits and a dark moral plunge into sodomy.
  12. It will be like the bottomless pit has become the worldwide lifestyle.
 
THE GOD OF FORCES AND HIS ANTICHRIST ARE QUICKLY REPLACING JEHOVAH GOD IN SO-CALLED "CHRISTIAN" CIRCLES.
 
Man is at the center of this new theology. It is a synchronizing of New Age thought, psychology and theology. It is also a subtle change from the Western mindset of God acting in all His transcending sovereignty to an Eastern mindset where God is subject to human whims and man-centeredness. It's God with a little "g" and man with a capital "M."
 
Robert Schuller's book, Self-Esteem: A New Reformation, was partially introduced by Dr. David Burns, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, with these words: "I have been reviewing with great interest your new book, Self-Esteem: The New Reformation.... It is surprising how our minds have come to a similar position-you have pursued a religious route, and I have pursued a scientific path, and we have both arrived at the same bottom line: Unconditional self-esteem, self-love that doesn't have to be earned, because it is given. I believe that the vision that forms the core of most religious thinking has to do with joy. From a psychiatric point of view, I would say man's deepest flaw is to mistrust himself and to withhold love and self-acceptance..."
 
Psalm 23
 
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever."
 
David Spangler, a name recognized in educational circles, has become a champion in the world of the psychologists and New Age thinkers. In his book, Revelation: The Birth Of A New Age, he presents this new deity and describes his action in the evolutionary process:
 
"The Christ is eternally the agent of rebirth throughout creation. He is the universal power and life that prevents stagnation, that invokes and nourishes growth and continuous unfoldment. He unites with the consciousness of what is and what has been, and through that union gives birth to the consciousness of what can be and shall be. The life of the new is the life of the old that has been transformed, through some degree of union with the Christ, into a greater fulfillment and expansion. In the presence of Christ, the past and the future become fused lovingly, creatively into the reality of manifestation in the living Now. Thus, the Cosmic Christ united with the consciousness of the Earth Logos, in which were sunk the foundations of Earth and its past development and future potentials" (Spangler, 1979, p. 130).
 
The teaching of the New Age personalities differs very slightly from the new leaders in charismatic and religious circles. They say the same things but use different terminology. In both camps God is treated with a little "g." The center of thinking is man, and the "god" or "christ" in them is the basis of their theology or psychology. Please notice several words in Spangler's statements. Both New Agers and the new religious leaders use the term, "freedom of expression." Choreographed dancing is called "freedom of expression." The terms, "greater fulfillment" and "expression," are used equally by both groups. Instead of losing ourselves in surrender, which is the New Testament basis for discipleship, it's now finding fulfillment in being "me." As one well-known person wrote, "I've gotta be me!"
 
"New consciousness" is the key statement of New Agers and the new religious leaders. At a PTL conference just before the fateful fall, Rev. Tommy Reid, a leading Charismatic, said, "We have discovered a new world view, and we are not returning to the old views" (Paraphrased from a conference to discuss Dave Hunt's book, Seduction of Christianity, PTL Conference Center, Charlotte, NC).
 
There are several other expressions in the short quote of Mr. Spangler that are parallel to the new theologies of our modern preachers. If your church is a new free-style congregation, check the next few sermons for similar words tucked throughout the message.
 
Faith teachers have raped one of the Bible's most powerful words. "Faith" no longer means "the Faith" (sum total of all biblical truth) or "trust" in God's promise, but man's creative ability to produce miracles just like God performs them. Since man is a "little god," they say, he is a creator also, and his faith can cause miraculous things to happen. Paul Yonggi Cho said, "You can incubate a miracle in your mind." This is raw Hinduism and turns God into a puppet manipulated by man. This is the new "beast of a god" being readied for the Antichrist's "One World Order."
 
Worship Styles: New Age Seduction!
 
The new styles of worship filling our churches are straight from the New Age subculture. They have written the script. I visited a New Age setting in a Methodist church approximately 30 years ago and watched the choreographed dancers seduce the worshipers to this "new consciousness." The human mind is a powerful part of our person and capable of transforming our entire system of thought by ingesting impulses, which unite ideas and emotions. It appears to me that this should be labeled soulical, and is the opposite of true spirituality. One is clearly limited to man and his environment, while true spirituality opens up our heart to communion with Jesus Christ, our Savior, and Jehovah God. The first is used by Satan to gain control of men's lives, while the second is the center of man's God-given spirit and can be the door to an indescribable relationship with Him.
 
There are numerous efforts to create all kinds of new experiences called worship, but the most prominent at this time is choreographed dancing, drama, and mime. Satan has always used human celebration connected with dance, art, drama, and music to break open the human psyche and then invade the personality with his influence and control. This was how the Babylonians made paganism a world religion and controlled the masses.
 
A recent article in Charisma Magazine (propaganda voice for radical Charismatics, Kingdom Dominion theorists, and other aversions from Classical Pentecostals) gave great coverage to Earl Paulk, Jr. (Harvester Church, Atlanta, GA. and presently fully discredited) and his effort to restore the arts of the church. This man, who lost his minister's license in the Church of God for fornication, represents the most radical form of heresy in Charismatic circles. I guess it's fitting that he is the voice for choreographed activity in our modern churches. These strange activities are introducing people to a new god unknown to the sheep, who are following these new mindless shepherds.
 
Proverbs 21:1-3
 
"The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts. To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice."
 
Daniel described this new god 2,500 hundred years ago and warned that he would be the choice of this brutal beast:
 
"And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous 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. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain" (Daniel 11:36-39).
 
This new religion is not new at all but simply disguised in modern garb.
 
The new idol in charismatic circles is Benny Hinn of Texas. In a recent television program, I watched as he performed for his audience. One unsuspecting gentleman approached and asked for the power of God. As Mr. Hinn trembled with his right hand in distortion, he asked:
 
"Are you sure you want the power of God?"
 
"Yes," came the reply.
 
"But are you sure?" he asked again.
 
"Yes!"
 
Mr. Hinn, with great emotion, flung his hand toward the man. There was no apparent contact. The gentleman appeared to be miraculously jerked up and flung to the floor with a great power. The atmosphere was charged with powers from the god of forces, fleshly titillation.
 
Discerning Between Fleshly Titillation and God's Power!
 
Is this the power of God, or is it the "god of forces?" Only the Bible can really answer this question.
 
Paul stated, "And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power" (1 Corinthians 2:1-4).
 
What was the demonstration of the power in biblical days? There was great conviction of sin, of judgment, and an awesome turning from the world to godliness and a Christ-centered, cross-bearing lifestyle. There were also tremendous miracles, where sickness and evil spirits were broken from human lives. Great change was wrought in the people. However, none of the demonstrations we see in today's mass televangelism was evident. Biblical precedence does not allow for the extreme emotionalism we are now witnessing. The difficulty, however, is that the line between great demonstrations of life-changing Holy Ghost power and cheap manipulation is not easy to discern.
 
It's important that we don't rule out genuine excitement and spiritual worship while we identify the extremes. As a pastor, I would never touch, nor desire to touch, anything in human expression that isn't honorable, sincere, and truly praises the Lord. But, anything that focuses attention on an actor performing for the people or on a type of mass hysteria, where emotions are inflamed by cheap psychology, must be rejected and stamped out.
 
There is unquestionably a fine line between the work of the Holy Spirit and the work of deceiving spirits. The gift of discernment was given to the church to forever maintain the difference. We must use the wisdom and discernment imparted by that gift without fear or embarrassment. I'm sick of hearing these impostors in Pentecostal and Evangelical circles being protected in the name of Christian unity. It is not Christian unity to protect "false prophets;" it is "biblical irresponsibility."
 
Revelation 2:14-15
 
"But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate."
 
Religious Leaders Corrupted By Flattery!
 
Prophets of God have always been men who have obeyed God without compromise. What the world states about them may hurt their heart, because they care about souls; but it doesn't intimidate them. They won't bend, bow, or burn. Daniel warned that this season of Antichrist influence would be evident by covenant breakers, who would sell their souls for a mess of pottage. He said, "And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits" (Daniel 11:32).
 
Satan's henchmen are ever ready to confirm the individual who starts apostatizing in his new freedom. They will flatter you with every imaginable compliment. Anytime worldly Christians or unconverted people start bragging on you, something is wrong. If you don't reject it immediately, you will be hooked by its influence.
 
Very few ministers or laypersons appear to be willing to stand up against this religious crowd. They are intimidating, to say the least. While they spout openness, you will notice that this openness does not include us uncompromising Fundamentalists. Bible-believers are a threat to their control and their "new consciousness." The very spirit of this mindset is satanic, and any person who opposes them will be marked. First, they will seek to change you by "flatteries." The pressure that will be directed toward an outspoken fundamentalist is indescribable. If flattery doesn't work, then efforts will be made to destroy his or her character. Lies and distortion are acceptable tools if these can accomplish their goal. I know because I have been through both stages.
 
Paul the Apostle described this scenario for our warning, "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; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 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 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 believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (2 Thessalonians 2:3-12).
 
Please notice several key things in Paul's warning. He admonishes us to not be "deceived by any means." He then states that the Antichrist will oppose and exalt himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." He does it by deception. He replaces God with himself without the people realizing what's happening.
 
How does he do it?
 
He replaces the God of biblical reality with the "god of human forces." Paul states, "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"(2 Thessalonians 2:9-10).
 
The words "power, signs, and lying wonders" are expressive of this new god. But, notice these "forces" are set in contrast to the words, "because they received not the love of the truth." Simply, they love fleshly titillation, an exciting display of signs and wonders, more than they love truth. A minister with a big display of so-called miracles will draw thousands, while godly ministers of truth will be preaching to a remnant of the faithful. You may want to notice that the miracles in these mega centers are always the kind that cannot be confirmed. The real supernatural miracles are still happening quietly in inconspicuous places.
 
"And for this cause, God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie" (2 Thessalonians 2:11).
 
When you enter a New Age-style church, you take your spiritual life into your own hands. These churches are entertaining and present enough fun things to do to completely inoculate you. They will first "deliver" you from all past "restrictions." One of the first steps in freeing people from convictions of godliness and holiness is to label them as legalistic and regressive. "You have been in bondage," they will say, but "Jesus (the new Jesus) wants you free." Remember the words of David Spangler, "freedom of expression" and "new consciousness." Everything that feels good and okay to you is permissible in this new environment.
 
According to these new prophets, standards of the Bible were cultural and, therefore, not relevant to today-God/god wants you to be everything you can be by freeing you from all past fetters. It's amazing to see the real results: adultery filling churches, effeminate men and masculine women on the organ bench and in the choir and singing groups, cigarette smokers servings as ushers, and every expression of the world in the church.
 
There is one thing, however, that this new god cannot produce: holiness and righteousness are beyond his capacity. He will create a contrived substitute high on smiles and the Dale Carnegie personality, but woefully lacking in the selfless lifestyle of the "cross of Christ." Missing also will be the unspeakable joy that is evident when someone walks in unhindered discourse with the Lord Jesus Christ. I have found the "pearl of great price" and desire no other.

Sunday, October 15, 2017


STATEMENT OF MINISTRY BELIEFS:

by Pastor Mike Taylor

1. We believe in ONE SUPREME BEING, who some call Yahweh, but is addressed by Jesus Christ as Father. God is spirit, supreme in authority over all the universe, and the supreme creator of all living things, visible and invisible. God is the only source of life, and without Him, there is no life.


2. We believe in Jesus Christ, born of a virgin according to scripture, and being the only begotten Son of God. That Jesus lived a sinless life on this earth and became our example of living according to the Father's will.


3. We believe in the Holy Spirit, which is the power of Almighty God and through His Spirit all things were created, by Him and for Him. He is omnipresent, omniscient, and embodies all the attributes of love, joy, peace, justice, and righteousness of the God head.

4. We believe that the scriptures include the Old and the New Testament and are God's revelation of His will concerning man. We accept only the Bible or "Sola Scriptura" as the only authority in this life and the next. Any other document that takes away or adds to the whole of the Bible or contradicts it, is false and must be discarded.

5. We believe that there is an evil spirit being, called Satan, who once was an arch angel until pride entered into his heart and God cast Him out and stripped him of his position, and now is the Prince and power of the air and has dominion over this world, until Jesus Christ returns to take possession of this world, by paying the price for it's redemption on Calvary. We believe that God has allowed him for a definite "week" of seven thousand-year days -- the first six of which are his six working days for his labor of deception, leading the children of Adam into rejection of God's law and therefore rebellion against God -- the seventh thousand-year day of which will be the DAY OF THE LORD (the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God), during which Satan will be forced to rest from his work of deception while Christ rules the nations of the earth. Satan's power is merely to influence and lead, not to force men arbitrarily against their will. He has ruled by deception with the aid of a host of demons, which are rebellious angels, spirit beings, who have followed Satan in his rebellion.

6. WE believe that man was created in the image of God and was made mortal from the dust of the earth. Man is subject to corruption and decay and will return to dust at the end of this life. He has no eternal life alone by himself, but through the gift of God's Son paying for his sins on an old rugged cross, he has been given a free gift of eternal life through God the Son's payment of shedding His own blood for remission of those sins. We believe the bible when it's says "that all have sinned and have come short of the glory of  God." We were born into a sinful world and by nature take on it's sinful ways. We believe the Law of God defines that sin and that man is unable to keep the law by himself, independent of God and must pay the penalty for transgressing that law, which is eternal death.

7. We fully believe God's Word  when in John 3:16-17, "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting (eternal)  life. God sent not His Son into the world, to condemn the world, but the world through Him might be saved." We believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and no man comes to God the Father, but through Him, and Him alone. There is no alternative way, and no amount of being a good person will allow you to stand in a Holy God's presence

8. We believe that Jesus Christ lived on this earth, a sinless life, was falsely accused by His brethren, beaten, abused, and nailed to a horrible instrument of Roman torture, known as the cross. We believe that He died, was buried in a rich mans' tomb, and was raised to life, exactly 72 hours, or three days and three nights from His death. He nows sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven, waiting to redeem what was bought and paid for, His creation, by His sacrifice. Jesus is now our High Priest and our Advocate to the Father.

9. We believe that all "who call on the name of the Lord" in true repentence and make confession with their mouth and believes in their heart that Jesus Christ lived, died, and rose again and ask God's Holy Spirit, in the person of Jesus Christ, to enter into their heart and lives, are changed by GRACE and not of works, "lest any man should boast. It is the gift of God" We believe that all who are truly called and receive Jesus Christ enter into a covenant with Him and begin the journey of taking on the image of Christ through the guidance and teaching of the Holy Spirit and His infallible Word, your Bible. At the moment a person ask Jesus to come into the heart and life, a deposit of the Holy Spirit, actually lives and resides with your spirit, untill the return of Jesus Christ and the redemption of your soul, changing you into a spirit being.  We believe that a forgiven sinner, must follow Jesus Christ example in water baptism, which is complete submersion depicting the death and resurrection of our Lord, just as He did when John the Baptist baptized Him. We become a new creature in Christ dedicated to good works, by the power of the Holy Spirit who resides in the heart.

10 We believe that from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset, the seventh day of the week is the Sabbath of the Lord our God. On this day we must rest from our labors following the commands and example of the apostle Paul, the New Testament Church, and Jesus.

11 We believe the seven Annual Holy days as given to ancient Israel by God through Moses, kept by Christ, the Apostle Paul, and the New Testament Church, as evidenced by the books of Acts and Corinthians, are to be kept today. The sacrifices, which were added, are not to be kept on those days nor any other day of the year. During the spring festival of seven days, leavening in any form is not to be eaten, as Paul instructed the Corinthians.
12. We believe the Church is merely that body of believers who have, and are being led by the Holy Spirit; that the true Church of God is not a denomination; that the inspired name for this spiritual organism is "THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD;" that the Bible name for each local assembly is "THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD," and, considered collectively, "The Churches of  Almighty God;" that the mission of the Church in this time is to preach the Gospel (Good News) of the coming KINGDOM OF GOD, into all nations as a witness, reaching the vast multitudes with power and conviction; to reconcile to God, and to save, through Christ, such people as are now called; and to minister to the Churches of the Living God, strengthening and edifying the brethren in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, wherever they may be found.

13. WE believe that unrepentant mankind will be judged and condemned apart from the saving grace of Jesus Christ our Lord, and that the final penalty will be separation from God and eternal death. We believe the Bible is plain when it's speaks of Lake of Fire and that all who do not confess Jesus Christ as their savior will receive the only payment for their rebellion, being cast into that Lake to be separated from God and tormented with a lack of hope, escape, no light with totally darness, no love, no joy, nothing that comes from the Father in Heaven will be experienced by these rebellious souls. That in itself is torment, being in darkness forever and having lost all hope of escape for eternity. We do NOT believe that men in this judgment passed upon them to be cast into the Lake of Fire, and be destroyed, or annihilated as the Jehovah Witness believe or the World Wide Church of God, or it's affiliates, but believe the bible is plain that God is a God of judgment and a consuming fire. All who go to this place that was reserved for Satan and his angels do so by choice and reject the only payment for sin found in all of history, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. No other payment will allow mankind into God's Holy presence, so God gives them what they choose, removal for eternity from His presence.

14. We believe in the personal, visible, imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ to rule the nations of earth as King of Kings, and to continue His priestly office as Lord of Lords; that at that time He will sit upon the throne of David restoring all things during a thousand year reign upon earth and establish the KINGDOM OF GOD upon earth forever.  We believe that God will remove His chosen people, the Church, out of the way when His wrath is released on this earth during what is called the tribulation, and the Great Tribulation. We believe our bible when it says, that "we are not appointed to wrath, but to salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord." We believe that God gave us the examples of  Lot being removed from Sodom and Gomorrah, Noah being saved from wrath of God's judgment on this earth via the flood, the Israelites being spared God's wrath by the striking of lamb's blood on the post and lintels of the doors to keep the death angel from killing their first born, and many other examples that shows that God plans to unleash His wrath on this earth, but God's church is not part of that wrath. There is not one example where God's people have been the focus of His wrath found in the bible. It is His character to remove His people out of the way. See Isaiah 26:19-22, compare that with II Thessalonians 4:14-18. Then look at John 14:2 "in my Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself: that where I AM, there YOU may be also." Jesus said that He was coming to take us to where He is, not coming to be where we are. Jesus is not here on earth, but is with the Father, as we will be when He returns to remove His church, prior to the outpouring of His wrath on this earth...so come Lord Jesus.

15. We believe that Israel is the key to end time events, and to watch Israel will give you a good sense of where we are on the prophecy calendar. We believe that Israel is the door, and Jerusalem is the key, to end time events. We will be adding news clips to show how Israel is God's time clock for His imminent return.

16. ADDENDOM: Since having a denominational name gives Satan something to attack and many Christians have the tendency to judge truth by denomination rather than the Word of God, we have chosen not to reveal denomination. This decision was made with much prayer and ultimately so this ministry could be more effective in spreading truth to the world. The following scriptures inform us of what truth is and how it should be established and it is not by one’s denomination. John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way and the TRUTH…” John 17:17 “Sanctify them through your Truth: your WORD is TRUTH.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13 “…when you received the Word of God which you heard of us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in TRUTH, the Word of God, which effectually worketh also i
n you that believe.”