We’ve often discussed the Book of Jude as having so many important components packed into such a tiny book of the Bible. One of the many verses that are profound points to the fact that we are not in the same league as the adversary on just about any level. For this reason, so many will be deceived.
He is clever beyond our comprehension and his power over this planet is extreme. In these times, which many believe are the end times, there are plenty of you out there trying to decipher the texts, read the signs, and gain an understanding of what’s to come so we can be prepared. This is, we believe, a righteous effort, but it must come with an important warning: there are layers of deception that are intended to make even the most careful students of the Bible head in the wrong direction.
Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. – Jude 9 (KJV)
The verse that should worry every believer is Jude 9. We learn that one of the most powerful beings spoken of in the Bible, the Archangel Michael, chose not to face the devil in a head-to-head battle but instead called upon the Lord to rebuke him. In this one little verse, we learn just how powerful this creature of deception truly is. How can we hope to see through his deceptions and come to understand what is about to happen on this planet?
Just as Michael called on the Father to rebuke the devil, so too must we follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit to discern the times and find a direction for our lives. Whether in our lifetimes or for a future generation, the craziness foretold in the Bible will likely be sudden and potent. There is a line of thought that the events and disasters are gradual from our human perspective, but this is only worth mentioning for the sake of argument. It would seem that the most likely scenario is one of quick and clear tribulation brought upon the inhabitants of the earth.
Let’s examine some of the layers of deception that the devil uses against us so we may be diligent students and faithful disciples.
A false rapture
This is one that was so compelling that we are working on a video to discuss the subject. It can be confusing to put it all into perspective in a short blog post, but let’s examine it the best we can.
The basic idea is this: the world seems to be preparing for a false rapture event that is designed to confuse and mislead. As a commenter (coincidentally named Michael) pointed out on another story, there are videos, articles, and discussions happening that surround the concept of a coming false rapture event surrounding aliens. It would seem based upon the activities in this world and the understandings that are coming from people on multiple fronts that we’re being prepared for a deception that would mask a true Rapture with a false one.
If a large number of believers are taken in the Rapture before the tribulation, then there’s a good chance that many will turn to the Bible for answers. The preparations and pre-conditioning that seems to be occurring points to contact by demons, fallen angels, and/or nephilim that claim to be aliens who are here to save us. In most of the scenarios discussed, they point to one of two reasons: war or climate change. Rather than allowing us to completely destroy ourselves, they “rapture” a large number of people who they consider to be either antagonists hurting the cause or a sampling of humanity taken to another world/dimension where they’ll be prepared for… whatever.
Many Bible believers point to this as a sign of a cover up to keep the world in the dark when the real Rapture happens. This could make a lot of sense. Then again, the deception could be a layer of a deeper deception, namely a pre-tribulation rapture. Our minds have a very difficult time imagining efforts that are so complex and that take decades, even centuries to come to play. It’s hard for us to conceive of a plan that was put in place long ago that was only intended to mislead people later, but we must remember that the adversary has had thousands of years to plan and set up his deceptions.
Some would point to fake rapture preparation as evidence of pre-tribulation rapture. Another theory, the one I hold to, is that many of these deceptions are specifically designed to mislead those who are looking into such things. In other words, the deception of a false rapture is not intended to happen but rather the preparations for the deception are intended to deceive those looking for deception. It could be a red herring.
This is probably the most difficult article I’ve ever written. Trying to put the layers of deception into words is challenging to understand let alone write about in a way that others can understand.
Tracing the Little Horn
Daniel 7 speaks of a little horn that emerges amongst the ten horns of the fourth beast. This little horn uproots three of the other horns and is a representation of the antichrist. There is no shortage of documentation that points to the Vatican, the Pope, or the Roman Catholic Church as the little horn. This may very well be true, but we’re starting to lean towards another theory.
I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. – Daniel 7:8 (KJV).
Of all of the layers of deception, this one might be the most difficult to challenge because the evidence is extremely compelling. The idea is that the fourth beast is the Roman empire, that there were ten kingdoms that rose from it, that three of those kingdoms were uprooted by the Roman Catholic Church and therefore this false church is the little horn. Those who believe it are extremely passionate about their theory and it would be nearly impossible to convince them otherwise. That’s how powerful the evidence really is.
While we’ll hold it as a possibility, another theory that has some of the same characteristics diverges from the theory in that the little horn is Islam. In that scenario, it is the rise of Islam uprooting three of the kingdoms and establishing itself as the leader in the world. One could then see Catholicism, the Vatican, or the Pope playing the role of the false prophet who promotes Islam as the way.
We are given Daniel, Revelation, and other books of the Bible to give us the ability to recognize things as they happen. However, the adversary can use this against us, particularly when we attempt to prepare. We can be pointed very clearly in one direction only to find that we were misled the whole time. The deceptions can be compelling to the point that we may feel certain we are right.
This is where we will get emails telling us that we’re the ones misleading people to not look at the Catholic Church as the antichrist. We will also get emails telling us that we’re wrongfully placing Islam into a light where it doesn’t belong. Many will point to the possibility of a Jewish false messiah. Others will say all three possibilities are way off. Because the plans of the adversary run so deep and have been for so long, it is impossible for us to break through the shields that many have put up. I will be the first to acknowledge that I really have no level of certainty about any of this despite hundreds, perhaps thousands of hours of study on the subject. All we can do is hope that those who receive this message will understand the same – until it happens, nobody can be certain regardless of the evidence. Don’t be deceived into believing that you know for sure what role the Catholic Church, Islam, or any of the other end times components play.
Just be watchful.
The universal God concept
There is one God. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
For a while now, there are those who are trying to distil the concept of a god into a singular overarching entity, theory, or belief system. They try to bring unity to the religions so that everything works together. They say that concepts of Allah, Buddha, and other religious entities are all the same seen from different perspectives.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, – Romans 1:22
There are two really big problems with this (other than the fact that it’s clearly false). The first is that it allows for influences to creep into the minds and lifestyles of true believers. It would have been utterly disgraceful not too long ago for a Christian to practice yoga or to read books like The Secret. Today, it’s not only commonplace but has been inserted into a spiritual mindset that establishes connections between the secular worldview and the Biblical worldview.
The second problem is that it misleads people to believe that there are many paths or inclusive ways to reach our Heavenly conclusion. It can be challenging to believe that our Father would allow so many billions of people to suffer eternal damnation. However, as Yeshua said in Matthew, strait is the gate and narrow is the way. The wide gate mentality is spreading and confusing people to the point that they are looking hopefully towards an inclusive end result.
There is only one way. There is only one true God. There is only one Messiah. While our human sensibilities demand for us to believe that a loving Father would never be so condemning, we must understand that it’s His Love for us that allows for salvation. Seeing the truth is easy when we are rooted in true faith through reading the Bible, constant prayer, fasting, and following the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the deceptions of the adversary that confuse us.
It makes me so sad to think of those who must go through eternity feeling like they were deceived without possibility of understanding. I envision the gnashing of teeth during eternity happening because people feel like they were not given a fair chance to understand, that they were allowed to suffer because God did not make it clear enough to them. It’s an overwhelming thought, but we must understand that it has never been hard. The truth has been placed on our heart and the instructions are right there for us in the Bible.
Be diligent with your studies but be even more diligent with your prayers. The faith will be shaken as events unfold. Do not let the deceptions that are so prevalent in the world today take you down a wrong path.
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The Bible Project: The new humanity
Nothing can replace reading the Bible, praying, and living our lives by the lessons we learn from both. There are resources available that should not act as replacements but that can often help us to understand what we learn in the Bible through simplification and analysis. One such resource is The Bible Project, a series of videos that discusses complex aspects of the Bible in layman’s terms.
Their latest video is almost too simple, but in a world that is growing increasingly antagonistic towards Christian teachings, it is a benefit that can help those new to the Bible or possibly confused by its lessons to understand arguably the most important: Why Jesus walked the earth in the first place. This is straightforward to many Christians, but others have a hard time comprehending the purpose of His life, death, and resurrection outside of the basic and repeated concept that we needed Him to die for our sins.
The resurrection represented a new beginning, one in which a man who was broken and killed because of the sins of others would be redeemed and thereby redeem us in the process. It also gives us the hope of our own new beginning, our rebirth into the faith and the transformation believers are promised. It’s a beautiful story that is too-often framed by non-believers as unfair. To the anti-Biblical mind, fairness is the only thing that matters, and the whole story seems to unfair to be believed. Only the Holy Spirit can change the hearts and minds of those who refuse to see the truth.
We are promised a gift of a transformed, eternal life as long as we believe. This is easier than some think, as the faith required to appreciate our Lord’s sacrifice is within all of our grasps.
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The far-left hates liberty. Isn’t it time to stop praising them as being liberal? Part II
If we want to defeat socialism and Conserve Liberty, we have to stop using the reality defying language of the Left.
Bernie Sanders recently gave a speech inverting reality to redefine socialism. It was replete with some modernized versions of the tired old tropes of the Communist Manifesto. But the key part included some absurd assertions on Liberty that would have made a younger version of George Orwell proud.
Apparently no one can be ‘free’ unless they have a claim on the time, labor and property of others in society. In the Orwellian mindset of Bernie Sanders and others of the national socialist Left, Liberty means that you should be ‘free’.. to enslave others. No word on whether the people forced to provide their time, labor and property to Bernie voters that are ‘free’.
It is a fact that every living being from bacteria to Brontosauri has had to exert effort in order to survive. However, the Leftist mindset sees an opportunity to control every aspect of everyone’s life in trying to alter this essential fact of life. For if they can assert that every individual has a collective obligation to society at large, they get to enforce that obligation, since they consider themselves to the moral superiors of everyone else. They know this because they are the moral superiors of everyone else.
In this inversion of Liberty from the Left, freedom means that you should be provided with free healthcare, free housing, free college, free food, free childcare and just about any free benefit they can conjure up. Never mind that there isn’t enough money to provide all of these ‘freedoms’ or that the people forced to provide them could hardly be considered to be ‘free’. We’re also to forget about the fact that these ancient ideas run contrary to human nature and that they have never worked in the 400 years that this ‘social’ experiment has been run.
Part I of this series proved that the Far-Left has become the enemy of Liberty while they use labels that falsely imply the polar opposite. Even though Leftists have become increasingly hostile to freedom and basic reality, they still falsely claim to be ‘Liberal’. Part II will present the case for a two-step approach in rhetorically cutting them off at the kneecaps in depriving them of this deception.
The Orwellian language of the enemies of Liberty on the Left.
Ideas are conveyed and considered through the shorthand of language. A positive word connotes a positive thought or feeling on a particular issue, while a negative word has the opposite effect. If Leftists are good at anything, it’s in word selection and exploitation. It’s the reason they put so much effort in trying to control free speech and dictating the terms of debate.
This is why it is imperative that we of the Pro-Liberty Right avoid being trapped into using the language of the Socialist-Left, debating the issues on their terms. This unnecessarily places us in an immediate disadvantage when it’s just a question of choosing the proper words and having the discipline to use them properly.
Eleutheros to Libertas.
There is a reason the Left loves to exploit the derivatives certain ancient words. The first has its origins in Greek: free (liberated), unbound (unshackled); (figuratively) free to realize one’s destiny in Christ.
The second is a derivative of the first, howbeit the etymology is somewhat murky. The second is the Roman personification of Liberty and freedom. The ancient term Libertas has a number of positive and similar sounding derivatives with the two-syllable ‘liber’ common to the words Liberation, Liberty and Liberal.
Each of these three derivatives convey the positive idea of being unbound and free from restraint. When used by the Far-Left this runs contrary to their true meaning because their socialist ideology has the opposite effect, the assertions of Bernie ‘we must be free to enslave others’ Sanders notwithstanding.
Leftists love thinking of themselves a ‘Liberators’ or the vaunted protectors of Liberty, but it is their incessant use of the term Liberal that needs to be corrected. Far too many people wrongly associate socialistic slavery with this contrary term. While many falsely apply some sort of post-modernism ideas to the term, it cannot be denied that Liberal connotes the same positive ideas of freedom as the words Liberty and Liberator. Many associate the real enslavement of society with being Liberal and by extension Liberty and Liberation to the point that the media contradictorily uses the term to refer to socialism.
Defeating the Socialist-Left by depriving them of their false labeling.
Defeating the Leftists on this subject is just a two-step process of taking back the word and having the discipline to use Leftist instead of Liberal. Then it’s just a question of rhetorically pounding Leftists as being hypocrites in trying to sell socialistic slavery as ‘Liberation’ or ‘Liberty’.
We have already made the point that true Liberals belong on the right side of the political spectrum here, here, and here. The fact is, the Conservative-Right side is represented in the Liberal party in Australia. Consider the through the looking-glass mindset of the Left characterizing a win of the Australian Liberal party entitled as ‘How Liberalism Loses’ taking note that they scrupulously avoid using the actual name of the Liberal party in Australia.
Why it is extremely important to use the term Leftist instead of Liberal.
It should be an easy fix to the situation, given that both words start with the same letter and have the same length. It’s just a matter of understanding the vast difference in the meaning of the two words and why we all need to have the discipline to just use Leftist in referring to those people.
Those using the term Liberal when referring to the Left are complicit in perpetrating their deception on who they are. Leftists don’t consider Liberal to be a pejorative. They smile when we use the odd phrases such as ‘Owning the Libs’ because that reinforces their supposed ‘Liberal’ street cred. The same holds true for any variation of terms that have a ‘Lib’ portion.
The Word Salad approach to labeling the Left.
While many understood the logic in this effort, there are still some on the Conservative-Right that still use a ‘Word Salad’ approach when referring to the Left. They will begin using Leftist and switch to Liberal at some point, followed by the term Progressive in another instance, then perhaps switching back to Leftist in another.
No one is really impressed by the undisciplined use of these terms, there really is no point in continuing the practice. One word is sufficient, the Far-Left has no qualms about using the term ‘Far-right’ in referring to the Pro-Liberty side of the aisle. This refers back to one of the Left’s biggest lies: that the Nazis weren’t socialists. But that doesn’t stop them from trying to reinforce that lie at every opportunity where up is down and Left is Right – meaning a socialist workers’ party of the Left is somehow of the ‘Far-Right’.
It is time to fight back on this front instead of conceding the language of the Left, it is how they lie about who they are and what we are. It is how they deceive people who are unaware of their true nature.
The Socialist-Left revels in being ‘Liberators’, the defenders of Liberty and of course as being Liberal.
Those positive sounding attributes belong to the Conservative-Right, that why it is important to use the correct word.
Using Leftist instead of Liberal takes away one of the Left’s biggest deceptions, why wouldn’t anyone follow that advice?
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There are still 10 Commandments even if most Christians only believe in 9
If you ask an average evangelical Christian if they believe in the 10 Commandments, most say yes. In fact, a majority of Americans believe nine of the ten Commandments are still important today. Only one commandment in a poll last year was accepted by less than half of Americans. Only 49% believe keeping the sabbath day holy still applies.
But the Bible is very explicit about the Commandments. From Genesis to Exodus, the sabbath is mentioned as being kept, including by post-resurrection Christian leaders like Peter and Paul. Nothing in the Bible indicates it has changed. In fact, it was the actions of men attempting to claim the Christian faith as their own and merging it with the pagan religions of their day that prompted a change to Sunday as the day of worship. It wasn’t by decree from a prophet of God. It was men trying to make things easier to rule their people who decided to change times and laws.
The Bible is unambiguous. In Exodus 20:
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Now is not the time to debate misinterpretations of Paul’s teachings, the ones most often pointed to when pastors and Christian scholars try to justify their acceptance of the anti-Biblical change in both scope and details surrounding the permanent law of God laid forth for all men and for all time in the 10 Commandments. I’ll leave a video below from 119 Ministries that goes into the details and offers a scriptural basis for keeping the sabbath. I do not believe in all of their conclusions, but it’s a great reference nonetheless.
For now, I’d prefer to appeal to logic. Before Jesus Christ died, after His resurrection, and any time He has appeared in the Bible, neither He nor anyone else talks about moving the sabbath. I’ve heard Bible scholars infer that it was changed to somehow represent His rising and the changes that happened in the world as a result, but that does not explain why the sabbath was kept by Christians throughout the early days of the church even after His death. Historians and the Bible all agree that those who were closest to Jesus continued to keep the sabbath.
It takes a tremendous amount of eisegesis to work that change into the Bible somehow. Moreover, it completely ignores historical records that show why the leaders in the 3rd century changed the day of worship to match with the pagan day of worship, Sunday, and to separate themselves from any attachment to the non-believing Hebrews.
The Bible tells us to keep the sabbath. At no point does it tell us to stop keeping the sabbath. Instead of listening to the traditions of men who were appeasing pagans, why don’t more Christians trust the Word of God?
Here’s the video:
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