Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The Harlot Church

The Harlot Church
(Understanding Prophetic Events-2000 PLUS! - Series - Part 5)

In this Truth for the Journey today, we will further discuss the role that the Church and religion as a whole, the role it will play and the influence it will have, on the world stage, during the culmination of this age. Not everyone is clear on how things will play out. Scripture is vague in some areas and specific in others. Nevertheless there is a great “unfolding” occurring and only the spiritually discerning (not elite nor exclusive) will have any true perception about what’s really going on. (Eph 1:17-19)

For instance some have thought that the Roman Catholic Church is the harlot church where the Antichrist will rule, and the city of Babylon being Rome, Italy. However the Harlot is not any single denominational structure. She is an amalgamation of all the world’s ecclesiastical, man-made religions, including the present day denominations choosing to have only a form of godliness (2 Tim 3:5).

Today the ancient harlot is about to receive a new vehicle through which she can function. Quite possibly it is the World Council of Churches, which works for the unity of all religions. While man-made religions are working to bring all Christians under their control, the Holy Spirit is working to bring them (Christians) together as the Glorious Church!

It is also possible that the city destroyed during mid-Tribulation will be the headquarters of the harlot religious system, or as some have identified it, the World Church. But its exact identity is unknown. Presently Geneva, Switzerland, is the headquarters of the World Council of Churches, World Bank centre, and is the city of treaties between nations.

As I mentioned in my previous article, Grant R. Jeffrey, also mentions in his book (page 228) *‘Prince of Darkness’ that; “In a fascinating revelation, Archbishop Runcie of the Church of England told Time Magazine (October 16, 1989) that he had given a special ring to the Roman Pontiff. He explained that this ring was ‘an engagement ring’ between him and Pope John Paul II as a promise of the coming union between the Church of England and the Church of Rome.”

Grant goes on to expand this theme further by adding, “These ecumenical groups have often complained that the only real obstacle to their religious union was the resistance of the evangelical conservative Christians. Once these Christians are removed supernaturally by the Rapture, there most probably will be little resistance from any other group to its proposed union.

Ultimately this false world religion will involve an alliance of the Roman Catholic Church, the Russian and Greek Orthodox Churches, various Protestant groups, and New Age cult groups. Virtually all religiously minded people will enthusiastically join this false church in a tremendous alliance with the new political leader of the New World Order, the Antichrist.” (It’s clear then, that the Evangelical Alliance must also avoid falling into this trap!)

The prophet John saw this future, satanically inspired, alliance of religion and politics as symbolised by the Babylon, “Mother of Harlots.” As John prophetically looked down the centres he saw this world wide religious system supporting the Antichrist and the ten nations of his kingdom in their rise to power:

I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet beast, which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (Revelation 17:3-5 NKJV)

Note that John saw the end-time false religious system “sitting upon a scarlet beast.” This indicates that the religious system will initially be lifted up and honoured by the Antichrist’s political allies. However, John reveals that this last day religious system will be characterised by apostasy and blasphemy. She will be known for her vast riches, yet her true secret nature is indicated by the prophet’s words, “abominations and filthiness of her fornication.”

The Bible often uses the imagery of sexual unfaithfulness to signify spiritual apostasy. This false church will wallow in sensuality and will express the materialistic spirit of these last days. It will be known as “Mystery, Babylon the Great” because it will secretly embody the Babylonian religious mysteries that have characterised every man-made religion and cult since man’s rebellion at the Tower of Babel.



(Outside the European Parliament Strasburg France)

PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Glorious Father, I keep praying that You may give to me the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that I may know You and Your ways better. I pray that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened in order that I may know the hope to which You have called me, and the riches of the glorious inheritance in Your holy people, including Your incomparably great power for us who believe. Amen

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
I have the victory in Jesus name. My adversary is under my feet. I am not moved by adverse circumstances. I have been made the righteousness of God in Christ. I dwell in God’s Kingdom and have peace and joy in His Holy Spirit.

[TAKEN FROM: ISRAEL, THE CHURCH AND THE ENDTIMES, pages 84-85. Published by APMI Publications, Available as PDF version. Other formats available soon.]

[*Prince of Darkness, by Grant R. Jeffrey, Frontier Research Publications, USA]

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The Unity of Church and State

The Unity of Church and State
(Understanding Prophetic Events-2000 PLUS! - Series - Part 4)

Welcome to yet another Truth for the Journey article! It’s my pleasure to have so many of you on board, loving and reading these articles. I enjoy them too and the feed that comes in from various quarters is always encouraging! So lets continue, looking at this new thrust of ecumenicalism (unity-at-any-cost) that is now being propagated by so many, irrespective of the fundamental compromises that will ensue. In this context we are going to look at what is known as The New Age World Religion, that will very much come into play over the next period of time and will effect us all.

Quoting Vera Alder and Texe Marrs, let’s begin with a quote from Vera Alder’s book, “When Humanity Comes of Age,” who discuses the New Age Word Religion that “will be used as a test against governmental activities.” In the sense, that doctrine will be used and enforced by a “New Divine Plan.” Such doctrines that will:

Be given to mankind in the form of a Spiritual World Teaching or Religion. It will enable all men gradually to vision the nature of God’s Plan for this earth and the part they will play there in. It will imbue them with a sense of purpose, of responsibility, and of spiritual security and maturity [When Humanity Comes of Age by Vera Alder (Published by Red Wheel Weiser, Newburyport, MA, USA, 1940)].

Then “The World Mind,” (a twelve- person council of world rulers), will impose on the world’s population a “New Gospel,” that Paul warned the early Church about, the Gospel of Satan. Where acceptance will not be optional and the government will force people to obey. As “The Plan” so aptly and politely puts it, “Progressive simplification and unification will... have taken place in the religious field.”

The New Age gospel will soften up the world for the appearance on earth of the fake “Christ” and his disciples, the Master of Wisdom. The World Government, also known as “The World Mind,” will give way to the Antichrist and his chosen hierarchy of demon-possessed men. Vera Alder went on to say:

“There will thus be the Spiritual Cabinet of twelve whose rightful head would be none other that Christ himself... He whom the Christians know as Christ, the Jews know as Messiah, and the Orient knows as Maitreya may be recognised as one and the same Being. In this way could ‘World Religion’ develop quite naturally, and in harmony with a World Government.”

Alders book even describes in great detail the work of the New Age “Christ” and his twelve-persons (mimicking Jesus’ twelve-disciples) Spiritual Cabinet, who will see that The Plan is translated into reality on earth. They will not actually administer world government - subordinates will handle the mundane. Instead, the “Christ” and the “Masters of Wisdom” will supervise new developments in science and psychology, insuring their “spiritual purity.” All of society will be homogenised into one Master Mind as provided for in the Divine Plan [Dark Secrets of the New Age by Texe Marrs (Published by Rivercrest Publishing, Austin TX, USA, 2000)].

Vera Alder’s book also stated:
Religion would no longer be an “aspect” of human living but the almost unconscious foundation of every activity. Men would have become aware of the purpose and presence of God in every part of creation and themselves to such an extent that they would be incapable of separating “religion” from science, education, or government. The integration would have become complete.

With her book in focus, Texe Marrs commented: “The new society that results from this ‘integration’ Alder ecstatically describes as heaven on earth. But any God-fearing Christian who has read the Biblical prophecies can see that this New Age Kingdom is really a hell on earth... Alder informs us that in carrying out ‘The Plan,’ the New Age ‘Christ’ and his ‘Spiritual Cabinet’ will represent a World Religion in which every denomination [this includes Catholics!], creed and type of belief would find its place fully appreciated and without fear or favour.”

A pledge that rings hollow once we discover what doctrines will be acceptable in this New Age System. Under The Plan, every belief is acceptable only as it agrees with the Mystery Teachings. In addition every iota of religious teaching must conform to the New Age Bible that will be published by the New Age “Christ.”

The New Age “Christ” and his spirituals aides are to develop “the New Bible of World Religion, which will be the basis of future education.” People will theoretically be free to practice the particular religion to which they previously gave allegiance. But in practice, the “Bible of the New Age World Religion” “will become the framework for them all, assisting in their interpretation, stimulating them to move with the times and co-operation amongst themselves.”

Finally, it is important to understand that the Antichrist will initially appear to respect many parts of the Christian and Jewish traditions, as well as those of other religions. But eventually he will require all religions to conform to the New Age World Religion, even decreeing that all churches temples and synagogues are to become centres of the One World Religion!

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3 NIV). 

In closing this article, and with all that has been discussed in mind, we must be determined more now than ever, to keep our eyes firmly fixed on Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. That we keep Him in sharp focus and remain spiritually sober towards current events, whether political or religious, as they unfold.

The gospel of Jesus Christ does offend. It always has! Never, will it be politically acceptable or correct in this world’s system. It remains a stumbling stone and therefore will never bring unity, but division! A sharper contrast will evolve between the true followers of Christ and those who are merely cosmetic in their approach to their faith. It is by the Spirit alone that we are united together in Christ. Everything else out side of that, no matter how intellectually appealing, will always be counterfeit.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father Thank You that Jesus has given to us the glory and honour, which You gave Him, that we may be one even as You and Jesus are one. That we may become one and perfectly united and that the world may recognise that You sent Him. Let Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
The Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating into joints and marrow. Penetrating my very life. I confidently trust in Him and am empowered through my union with Almighty God. The God of peace, untroubled, undisturbed well-being – is with me, now and forever.

(TAKEN FROM: ISRAEL, THE CHURCH AND THE ENDTIMES, pages 160-162. Published by APMI Publications, Available as PDF version. Other formats available soon.)

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Rome and the Ecumenical Movement

Rome and the Ecumenical Movement
(Understanding Prophetic Events-2000 PLUS! - Series - Part 3)

A number of years ago now, Archbishop Runcie who was, the head of the Church of England, told “Time Magazine” that he had given a ring to Pope John Paul II as “an engagement ring” in view of the coming marriage between the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England. Nonetheless, it is true to say that the Church of Rome has still not renounced any of the fundamental doctrinal errors that provoked the Protestant Reformation in AD1520. Therefore non-Catholic members of the union were and still are making Ecumenical union on the basis of theological compromise.

If we are going to be swept up in the more recent events that have helped encourage a new wind of ecumenical-fever, we must first remember that unity comes via the Spirit and not man-made-structures. Let it also be said, that if it is the Spirit Who unites us; already we are one! But if we depend on man-made-structures to unit us, then there can never be unity, (as Babylonian structure will never sync with God’s Spirit).

In addition to this, Jesus never promised “religious-unity.” Quite the opposite in fact! His choice of words in Matthew 10:34 were quite emphatic: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword” (NIV).

Concerning theological compromise, as mentioned above, this can be adequately highlighted by the fact that Catholic theologians still positively admit that John Paul II was the most traditional Pope of this last century and the strongest advocate of the worship of Mary, Queen of Heaven, and Mother of God, as the “Co-Redemptrix” along with Jesus Christ. Intense ecumenical dialogue continues therefore.

Recent church history reveals that leaders were indeed very close to healing the schism between the Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches and the Church of Rome. Pope John Paul II even met with Buddhist, Muslim, and Jewish religious leaders from around the world. And for the first time in history, the Vatican had sought to establish what it considered significant ties. In fact engaging in such ecumenical religious rituals and services with other religions, would have been unimaginable for any previous Pope!

The danger then today, is that in opting for a man-made unity based on compromise; and abandoning the Protestant Reformation and the truths of the Scriptures that were sealed in the blood of Martyrs, we are heading back to whence we came.

Michael de Semlyen was quite aptly quoted as saying, “Today in Britain, there is a ‘love Gospel’ about, which confines its self exclusively to what is called ‘the positive.’ It is claimed that as long as Jesus Christ is proclaimed as Saviour and Lord, we are all as one in Him. Differences over doctrine must not be allowed to get in the way of this. We can affirm truth, but not confront error.”

Also at the time, Clive Calver (UK Director, Evangelical Alliance) even had this to say:

“More barriers need to come down if a true alliance of evangelicals in the UK is to emerge. There are thousands more with whom we wish to stand shoulder to shoulder.”

So is this part of the New World Order? Or is such a blunt question simply too conspiracy theorist for us? Yet to the naked eye, it’s easy to recognise that the same crowd who accuse those standing for truth today (as being sect minded), actually help make up the unity-at-any-cost crowd; the Babylonian church!

A.W. Tozer once said that, “Every century needs its prophetic voices. Those men who have been gifted by God with an incisive cutting edge to expose hypocrisy, denounce compromise, and call for holiness.”

He was also quoted as saying: “If THE CHURCH in the second half of this century is to recover from the injuries which she suffered in the first half, there must appear a new type of preacher. The proper ruler of the synagogue type will never do. Neither will the priestly type of man who carries out his duties, takes his pay and asks no questions, nor the smooth talking pastoral type who knows how to make the Christian religion acceptable to everyone. All these have been tried and found wanting. Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and has heard a voice from the throne.”

Finally, let’s not be irreverent or indifferent to what he had to say next: “The Protestant martyrs, godly and loving men, could have taken this same position of, peace at any cost, within the wider Church of their day. They could have confined themselves to avoiding all controversy and to agreeing with their persecutors about many of the ‘positives.’ But, the Scripture commanded them to ‘exhort and convince by sound doctrine’ and to ‘flee from idolatry.’ They obeyed; they saw the error and the idolatry, and as responsible leaders, as pastors trusted to guide their flocks into green pastures, they exposed and opposed it all roundly. They could so easily have chosen to look the other way and concentrate on the many truths of the Christian faith, which was common ground. They could have elected to please men, rather than please God.”

PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father, You said if anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask of You, Who gives to all men liberally without fault finding. Therefore I ask to be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding and keep me from deception. I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. Help me live in obedience and courage for these last days.

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
With my soul I will bless the Lord. My mind will not wander out of His presence. I look carefully to how I walk, not as unwise but as wise. I keep my eyes looking straight ahead and allow God’s Word to dwell richly in me, concerning all things.

(TAKEN FROM: ISRAEL, THE CHURCH AND THE ENDTIMES, pages 167-169. Published by APMI Publications, Available as PDF version. Other formats available soon.)

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Closer Relations with Rome!

Closer Relations with Rome!
(Understanding Prophetic Events-2000 PLUS! - Series - Part 2)

Some Protestants favour closer relations with Rome; many others do not!

Last week we began to examine the call to Protestants, for unity by Bishop Tony Palmer and Pope Francis at the Kenneth Copeland Ministries Ministerial Conference.

The question is this, is Tony Palmer calling all denominations to be reconciled to God, or is he calling all Protestants to be reconciled to the Catholic Church? He goes on to say, “If you are Born Again you are Catholic because,” he says, “the word Catholic does not mean Roman, it means universal.” He then says to take back what belongs to us, that is to be Catholic! But in the book of Acts chapter 11:26, we are told that the church in Antioch were first called Christians (not Catholic), even the church at Rome.

The name “Christian” bound the believers together, though they were in many self-autonomous churches. The name “Catholic” came about through centralization of the churches (not all), into a denomination. It is clear to me that denominations do not inherit the Kingdom of God. In fact it’s true to say, that it’s only in the last 15 years since “The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification” - JDDJ (1999), that the Catholic church has excepted and made a declaration along with the Lutherans, that salvation is by Grace and not works. I dare say that if that is true, then the Catholic Church has been preaching a false gospel for hundreds of years!

Those who favour the ecumenical encounter say... that the Holy Spirit is moving in an unusual way in the Roman Catholic Church, and that the Evangelicals should be very careful in their anti-ecumenism, or they may be opposing the Work of God. The other group asks if it is possible that the Spirit should approve an ecclesiastical relation that can compromise certain truths that He Himself has inspired. Besides, they say, if the Spirit has begun an extraordinary work among the Catholics, is it not certain that an anti-Biblical ecumenism would hinder it rather than help it?

Supporters of the ecumenical dialogue affirm that opposition to it demonstrates a serious lack of love toward Catholics. Opponents say that out of love for Catholics they desire to preserve the integrity of the Gospel - and who has demonstrated more love (for in the Scripture love is not divorced from the truth) than those who have given their lives as pioneers or martyrs?

Another argument in favour of Catholic-Protestant ecumenism is the affirmation that the Perfect Church doesn’t exit on the face of the earth. The reply to this argument is that although it is conceded that there is no perfect ecclesiastical community, this doesn’t oblige anyone to unite with a Church whose errors are evident in the light of the Bible.

Evangelical uncertainties about the future of Catholicism should not pressure them into rejecting it, some say, for it is not known what is going on inside. Others disagree with the principle of “waiting,” because there are norms in God’s Word “that guide the Church along paths of right doctrine and morals, or must she depend only on the march of human events to determine her way?” The path of evangelical relativism, Núñez fears, and “the parenthesis of waiting may send many souls into an eternity without God, without Christ, and without hope...”

Aggiornamento (that means, "a bringing up to date," which was used to mean a “spirit of change and open-mindedness” during the Second Vatican Council - otherwise known as “Vatican II” - in 1959), should not lead to an unfounded optimism that minimises the post-conciliar differences and maximises the similarities, for aggioraments has not ushered in any fundamental changes in questions of: tradition, authority of Scriptures, papal infallibility, synergism, sacramentalism, mariologg, purgatory, and prayers for the dead. This also includes praying to Saints for miracles, then stigmata, such as in the case of the late Padre Pio, of Pietrelcina, who is famous amongst the Catholics here in Italy.

Our confessions are considered incomplete, and Roman Catholicism in “the Church par excellence” for “the ecclesia semper reformanda is also the ecclesia semper eadem.” Núñez agreed with Francis Schaeffer’s belief that Roman Catholicism was moving more and more toward a humanism that would make a relationship with ecumenical Protestantism more compatible.

The latter affirms that it is “not necessary or even correct to evangelise Catholics” because “they are already incorporated into the redeemed community as a result of their baptism in the Catholic Church....”

The Evangelical must be positive in his teaching and practice but “relevant proclamation of the Christian Message includes also the clear and conclusive denunciation of error, where ever this threatens the life of the Church that Christ bought with His blood.”


Individual friendships with Roman Catholics are to be Encouraged

But Ecumenical dialogue was discouraged.

In reality, to maintain burning in our hearts the flame of evangelistic zeal is one of the best antidotes against any theological or ecclesiastical movement that threatens the Church with paralysis in her missionary function.

The official translation of the final “Evangelical Declaration of Bogota” (1969) decided by a vote of the Congress that:

In a continent where the majority is nominal Catholics, we cannot shut our eyes to the ferment of renewal within the Church of Rome. The “aggiornamento” faces us up both with risk and opportunity: change in liturgy, ecclesiology, politics and strategy still have untouched the dogmas, which separate evangelicals from Rome.

Nevertheless, out trust in the Word of God, the distribution and reading of which continue to accelerate within Catholicism, value use to hope for fruit of renewal, and they present us with an opportunity for dialogue on a personal level. This needs to be an intelligent dialogue, and it demands from our churches a deeper and more consistent teaching of our own evangelical heritage, so as to avoid the risks of a false and misunderstood ecumenism.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Heavenly Father, I thank You that You lead me into all truth, by Your Word and Spirit. Thank You for the gift of wisdom, love and grace, Amen.

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Jesus is Lord over my spirit, my soul, and my body. He has been made unto me wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. I am a member of the Body of Christ here on earth. I honour Him and live to bring glory to His name. To which every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord! Scripture declares I have the mind of Christ; therefore I can have His mind on every issue, especially His thoughts, feelings and purposes towards His own Body.

(TAKEN FROM: ISRAEL, THE CHURCH AND THE ENDTIMES, by Dr. Alan Pateman - pages 165-167. Published by APMI Publications, Available as PDF version. Other formats available soon.)