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Layers upon layers of deception are intended to confuse believers



Layers upon layers of deception are intended to confuse believers

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.

Final Note

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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First they came for the gun owners….




First they came for the gun owners

…but I didn’t say anything because I didn’t own a gun.

One of the more infuriating aspects of the Left’s game of denying reality with their little ‘That wasn’t really socialism’ is that there are distinct parallels between their agenda and that of other socialist nations, past and present. They all have a similar process of imposing socialistic slavery with a specific national agenda. A key part being the deprivation of the means of self-defense to their citizens and those who posses these means.

Denying the right of self-defense is a fundamental aspect of socialism

It is a fact of history that gun confiscation is an integral part of implementing of a socialist national agenda. The USSR required the people to turn in their guns, as did the German national socialist worker’s party. As was Fidel Castro’s response in the question of whether the people should have guns as or the United Socialist Party of Venezuela confiscating guns from the people for their own safety, of course.

These have all taken place at the onset of socialistic slavery, but somehow the new version isn’t the same because reasons. Leftists aren’t really trying to set up a governmental monopoly on the use of force, they are just trying to protect the children* [ *unborn and under 9 months old excluded ]. Even though it has been proven time and again that their repression of Liberty does not work as advertised.

The liberty grabber left is now celebrating the destruction of basic civil liberties

Where this subject not so deadly serious, it would be comical to still witness leftists parroting the ‘No one is talking about gun confiscation’ or a variant thereof. Meanwhile they can scarcely contain themselves in the glee over New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern seizing on their ‘serious crisis’ to confiscate guns with tweets looking to replicate the destruction of a basic human right in the states.

It is more than a coincidence that the tempo of the drum beat for liberty control has increased while the ideological fraud of socialism is being forced on the people. After a long winded piece gloating about leftist victories over liberty, an opinion piece in Bloomberg has even suggested that Chief Justice John Roberts seize on the serious crisis in New Zealand, using it to destroy this basic civil liberty.

Citizens turned into subjects with a change in the relationship between the people and the government

The genius of the founding fathers is that they recognized that down through history, people have had varying relationships with government. In most cases it was one of the government having a monopoly on the use of force. On occasion the people would challenge this monopoly and change the government, but only after an ensuing orgy of carnage and death.

The founders set forth a new paradigm, that of government by the consent of the people with a semblance of parity via a distributed ability to use force. The nation’s Socialist-Left would like to change or ‘reform’ that paradigm back to the old-fashioned version of the government being the sole purveyor of force. Please note that we are dispensing with the tired old line of the left that this is not what they want. They have made this quite clear over the past few years to the point that anyone that is informed of the issue recognizes that this is just another lie on their part.

“He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression.” – Thomas Paine

Relegating gun owners to 2nd class citizenship

Those of us who haven’t traded, sold or lost all of our guns in a boating accident are a persecuted class these days. The situation is much akin to a baseball pitching machine throwing fastballs over and over again without let-up. With all kinds of new laws being proposed at state and federal levels that range from invasive Intergalactic Background Checks, liability insurance requirements, gun registration and of course, gun confiscation SWATing legislation.

The destruction of basic civil liberties will only begin with gun owners

Every citizen of the nation is protected with basic Constitutional principles and civil rights including due process, the presumption of innocence and the right to face one’s accuser.

The gun owner has been excluded from these basic civil liberties in some states, and if the liberty grabbers had their way, such would be the case nationwide. With just the flimsiest insinuation of being ‘dangerous’ a gun owner [or those who are merely accused of being a gun owner] will be subjected to gun confiscation raid from the authorities.

This will be just the beginning of the ordeal – if they survive the SWAT team coming at 5:00 AM without warning. Our 2nd class citizen will have to prove they aren’t ‘dangerous’ after they have effectively found guilty in a star chamber. It will only be after spending thousands of dollars in legal fees that they may get their property back in less than stellar condition. The trend is to set gun owners below the legal status of accused criminals in the eyes of the justice system.

We’re just starting on the slippery slope

Fresh from their moves against the basic human right of self-preservation, the chief censor of the government of New Zealand has arbitrarily decided that certain ideas are beyond the pale, sparking a debate over free speech as reported by the Associated Press. This of course is another ongoing controversy in the states over the issue of political correctness and ‘Hate speech’. This shows that isn’t just about ‘military style assault weapons’ or whatever is the phrase at the moment, this is a question of liberty, something the people who use a similar sounding label used to pretend to support.

Make no mistake, the legislative mechanisms and regulations used to deprive gun owners of their commonsense human and civil rights will be used on others if they are allowed to stand. A civil liberties group in California made the point that one doesn’t have to be a gun owner to be subjected to gun confiscation SWATing. If they can go after the property of a gun owner in one instance, because they don’t like their attitude, what’s to stop them from going after a journalist or other type of activist? These orders only have to allege someone is dangerous with little evidence, much less proof that they own a gun. What’s to stop them from deciding free-speech is dangerous or ‘offensive’ necessitating that their computers or cell phones should be seized – at gunpoint no less?

The Takeaway

The whole point of the ‘first they came for’ series is that authoritarians rarely go after everyone at once. They are very careful in picking their targets for their oppression with the tactic of divide and conquer. Today it’s the people who own guns, tomorrow it will be those who don’t conform to the precepts of ‘political correctness’.

This is why President John F. Kennedy stated that: “The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”

This is why everyone should be concerned at the headlong rush to denigrate the right of self-defense. And why everyone should be horrified that the government could even consider jettisoning the basic civil liberty of due process and the presumption of innocence. The loss of basic civil rights for some will mean the loss for everyone.

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Speculation about ancient human skull in Israel points to unscientific method of modern science



Speculation about ancient human skull in Israel points to unscientific method of modern science

What does an ancient human skull found in a cave in Israel tell us about the past? It all depends on which perspective you take and whether you want to follow sound scientific practices or manipulated conclusions from circular reasoning.

Modern science can give us a tremendous view of the past. With nearly every discovery, we can see God’s work at play in molding the planets and the stars, the oceans and the lands, the people and the other wonderful creatures. Unfortunately, scientists often distort the findings to fit in with their secular worldview. A clear case of this comes to us from a study published four years ago in the scientific journal, Nature, titled Levantine cranium from Manot Cave (Israel) foreshadows the first European modern humans, that is still being erroneously taught today.

First, watch the way that it is being reported. Then, let’s discuss the conclusions.

This is an important discovery, one that clearly points to a Biblical worldview of the roots of man from the garden of Eden working its way from what is now Africa into what is now the Middle East. It jibes with the story of the great flood, stories from the life of Adam through Joshua, and a centralized end point of ancient man in the region along the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa up through modern day Turkey.

Of course, that’s not what the scientists doing the research concluded.

“The is the first evidence that shows that, indeed, there was a large wave of African migrants coming out of East Africa and inhabiting the Eastern Mediterranean region,” said Israel Hershkovitz of Tel Aviv University.

One of the biggest problems with modern science is that our society blindly accepts their conclusions. They know, right?

Proper scientific method that we all learn in high school tells us the conclusions of the research are completely unscientific. We know a few things that are truly observable:

  • Humans very likely started in Africa and Neanderthals were in the Middle East.
  • Humans and Neanderthals interbred to form the basis for Europeans. Today, everyone other than purely African people have at least a little Neanderthal DNA.
  • A human skull fragment was found in Israel.

Given this information, it is obtuse to draw the conclusion that this represents a large wave of African migrants inhabiting the Eastern Mediterranean region. One skull fragment does not tell us that there was a large migration. One skull fragment does not tell us that it was a migration at all. Modern science must establish hypotheses based upon observable facts, but it almost always extrapolates too much.

This wouldn’t be a bad thing if it extrapolated based upon the Bible. We are told the general story of everything that happened from creation through the rise of the Greeks within the Old Testament. Every scientific and archaeological discovery in the region supports this general story, but a culture that utilizes far more distant time frames to explain the discoveries has generated the faulty conclusions that scientists present to us today.

The evidence tells two different stories depending on the observer’s worldview. It’s unfortunate that most have pushed aside the obvious and verifiable conclusions in order to perpetuate the paradigm of secularism.

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Seriously, ‘eat mor chikin’ at Chick-fil-A



Seriously eat mor chikin at Chick-fil-A

A month doesn’t pass without some organization protesting Chick-fil-A to exclude them from participating in some program or even open restaurants in certain locations. This month’s version of Chick-fil-A hate was the last straw for Senator Ted Cruz (and me) as San Antonio’s city council has voted to prevent the fast food chain from operating at the airport.

Let’s call this what it is. Any individual, organization, or company that supports a Biblical worldview or donates to Judeo-Christian causes are considered to be anti-LGBTQ. The only ones who are not labeled as such are those who go out of their way to embrace the LGBTQ community and who promote such things as gay marriage. Faith-based institutions that prioritize modern day’s version of “tolerance” over the Bible’s teachings are often considered to be A-OK to the leaders of the LGBTQ community (as compared to the actual members of the community, most of whom are not involved in pushing the leadership’s agenda beyond believing marriage is not only between a man and a woman).

Chick-fil-A has done nothing to attack the LGBTQ community. They’ve always been stalwart defenders of equal rights and do not deserve the type of treatment they get from people like the six who voted against them in San Antonio’s city council. Yes, they donate to Christian causes. Yes, they let their employees off on Sunday except in those rare circumstances when they’re presence on Sunday is a blessing. Yes, ownership expresses a Biblical worldview. But such things shouldn’t earn them a place on the blacklist.

Nevertheless, they are, and it’s time for patriotic Americans to commit to a sustained campaign in support of this company which has become a symbol as a primary victim of the left’s contempt and discrimination.

Starting tomorrow (can’t start today since it’s Sunday), it’s time to eat out at Chick-fil-A whenever it makes sense. But don’t just do it once. Make it a regular thing. Thinking of other fast food joints for lunch? Whenever possible, don’t. We need to let them and everyone else know that if the left is going to continue to denigrate and block Chick-fil-A, that we’re going to counter their maneuvers by supporting them with our business.

It can’t stop there. We also need to let those who act against Chick-fil-A know, such as those discriminating against religious freedom at the San Antonio city council, that it’s unacceptable. Notice that I’m referring specifically to those who act against Chick-fil-A and not average citizens who protest Chick-fil-A. Protests are protected by the 1st Amendment, so anything beyond respectful discourse should be avoided with the people who have a conscientious difference of opinion. But those who act against Chick-fil-A, especially if they’re part of the government, must be dealt with at the ballot box. A strongly worded letter wouldn’t hurt, either.

Chick-fil-A doesn’t need our help. They’re doing just fine. But that doesn’t mean we can’t expand our support for them anyway. The best way to show or deny support is with our business. Give it to them. Withhold it from those who oppose American freedom.

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