The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme religious leader of Iran has ordered a ban on all future talks and negotiations with the U.S., according to Reuters. What does this mean?
Now that Russia has taken over the military operations in Syria and Iraq (Iraq officially invited them in) and is showing its military might, Iran realizes it doesn't need the United States for anything including the so-called nuclear arms deal recently agreed to by Obama and Kerry. They have hitched their Persian star to the world's new superpower, Mother Russia!
The Middle East powers both our allies and enemies now see the United States as a weak crumbling nation no longer to be feared as the world's only superpower. Russia has gladly stepped in to fill the void where American military power once was both envied and feared by the nations of the world. Thanks to Barack Obama that is no longer the case. Personally I am doubtful we could win a heads-up war with Russia and certainly not if China gets involved as Russia's ally.
Putin is playing Obama like a fiddle and proving Obama is no match for his shrewdness and handling of geo-political issues in the Middle East. Is Putin and Russia the vanguard of the coalition of nations that will invade the Middle East according to Ezekiel 38 and 39?:
Ezekiel 38:7 NKJV
7 Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard (vanguard) for them.
May I point out that the original Hebrew does not use the term, "the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal" in Ezekiel 38:2 as do the modern translations. The Old King James Bible translates it correctly as the "chief prince of Meshech and Tubal." The Hebrew word for chief prince is Rosh and means just that. The modern translations have transliterated the word "Rosh" to make it sound like the Russians (Roshians). That is incorrect and violates the principles of hermeneutics.
Is Russia Gog and the land of Russia Magog in Ezekiel 38 and 39? Many prophecy buffs think so; others believe Gog is the Antichrist and Magog is his kingdom. Since Gog is defeated by the Lord God and buried in the valley of Hamon-gog, (Ezekiel 39:11) he cannot be the Antichrist for the Antichrist is alive when Jesus returns and is cast into the Lake of Fire:
Revelation 19:20 NKJV
20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.
In Ezekiel 38:17 the Lord speaking through Ezekiel asks the rhetorical question if Gog is the one the Old Testament prophets spoke about that would come against the land of Israel in the latter days. The answer is obviously yes:
"Thus saith the Lord God; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?
So was the prophets of old speaking about the Antichrist or the Russians? The context seems to imply that it may be Russia for Ezekiel 38:15 says Gog will come from the north parts (actually the Hebrew says the northern most parts). Looking at a world map, Russia is the land farthest to the north from the land of Israel as well as the largest geographical nation in the world. Russia is a huge nation even though much of it is covered in ice. Why would Russia and its coalition of nations care about invading tiny little Israel? Because Satan knows Jerusalem is the epicenter of the three major world religions as well as the focal point of Christ's kingdom on earth when He returns (Satan reads the Bible and knows the prophecies concerning Jerusalem and the land of Israel in the last days; he just doesn't believe the ones predicting his demise).
What we are witnessing in the Middle East with the key players actively involved - Russia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Turkey may be the beginning of the scenario of Ezekiel 38 and 39 coming to fruition. However, some other things have to be put in place before it can occur such as Israel living in safety without walls or bars.
Many prophecy teachers have wondered why the United States is not mentioned in the Ezekiel prophecy. Well, I think we are seeing why? Under Barack Obama and due to our moral declension, God is allowing and even guiding the insignificance of the United States in the last days. Two new superpowers are looming on the horizon - Russia and China.
10 Commandments Moved From Oklahoma Capitol Under Cover of Darkness
This is just another "marker" to show America's new love affair with godless atheism and left-wing liberal ideology. Were we a nation that honored with our lifestyle the 10 Commandments, we would not be where we are today morally and spiritually. Each event like this is just another nail in our coffin of unbelief and disdain for the things of God - something the people of this nation used to respect and honor.
If the Lord God cares about this nation, He is not going to allow us to continue to ignore Him and His Word without judgment. Maybe I am wrong and misunderstand what I think the Bible teaches about sin and judgment. I honestly get tired of writing about judgment and have been tempted to stop talking about it. As I say, maybe I am wrong about this nation and God will not judge it until the Day of the Lord. I don't know. He is sovereign and can do what He wishes. I would be delighted if He did not judge us, but if He doesn't I need to find something else to do than have a website that warns of judgment.
"The world’s first lesbian bishop of a mainstream Christian denomination has put forth a call for one of the country’s seaport churches to remove its crosses, so as to avoid offending Muslims".
"Bishop Eva Brunne of the Lutheran Church of Sweden has proposed to remove the Christian symbols of the Seamen’s Church in Freeport to make it more inviting for visiting sailors from other religions, according to a report by SVT.se, a Stockholm-based news outlet".
"Her plan calls for removing crosses and other Christian symbols while setting up a prayer room inside the church that marks the direction of Mecca. The idea is to have rooms within the church that cater to people of other religions, thereby accommodating Muslim visitors. It would also make the church less offensive to the tens of thousands of Muslims entering Sweden from the Middle East and North Africa as refugees".
Our pastor, Dr. Robert Jeffress, FBC Dallas, TX began a new series of messages last Sunday, entitled, "All Roads Do Not Lead To Heaven". He began by giving some statistics of how the United States has declined from a Christian majority in 1885 to a more secular humanistic society today. In 1885, the Supreme Court defined marriage as between one man and one woman - the biblical position. In 2015 the Supreme Court overturned over a century of supporting traditional marriage by making same-sex marriage the law of the land and we are already seeing the negative consequences of that unconstitutional unbiblical decision toward Christians.
The crux of Dr. Jeffress message was how and why the Christian Church is losing the battle over the exclusivity of Christ - that Jesus is the ONLY way to genuine salvation and access to heaven. He gave three reasons why the Church is losing this battle: (1) We are being out thought - 2 Cor. 11:14-15 (2) We are being out argued by the world, particularly the media - 2 Cor. 5:20. (3) We are being out marketed - Eph. 4:12.
He said we are in a ground war against Satan and his demons that requires spiritual weapons, but also practical methods to counteract Satan's lies and distortions of truth. Even within our own body of believers we have ministers watering down the Scriptures so as to be appeasing and tolerate of the world. He gave several examples of modern ministers that regularly go on TV and compromise the gospel so as not to be offensive. He cited one example of Joel Osteen's appearances on Larry King, Oprah Winfrey and Ellen Degeneres when he stumbled all over his tongue trying to answer their questions about if there is more than one way to heaven and if homosexuals are going to hell. His answers were, "Well, I don't know, I mean I am not a judge, I just don't know for God judges the heart", etc.
Here is a man who claims to be a minister of Jesus Christ yet he is afraid to give the only truthful answer - there is no other way to heaven than repentance of sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Osteen is a false prophet and I have several articles on this website to that effect. He is hurting the Christian Church and message by his wimpy syrupy speeches that offends no one and makes the Church "inclusive" of everyone regardless of lifestyle and lack of repentance.
By the way in a interview Oprah did recently for AARP Magazine (article entitled, "Spirituality According To Oprah"), she was asked whether she could be a Christian and also embrace New Age philosophy. Her response was that while "she loves the church and what it offers the Black culture", she has a problem "living in a world that is not inclusive of other people who are not Christian" and doesn't believe that is what Christianity is about - in fact she said, "it is opposite of Christianity". She went on to say what she believes is working for her in giving her peace and contentment.
Is this the truth according to the Bible - the Word of God or according to Oprah Winfrey? She just confirmed Pastor Jeffress's message about those inside the Church or presumably so that ignore the teachings of Jesus and the New Covenant about the exclusiveness of the one-way doctrine of Christianity. We do not look at the world and make biblical doctrine conform to the worldview, which is what Oprah is doing rather we look at the world through the biblical worldview (what my website stands for). Because Oprah has been very successful in life with a 3 billion dollar net worth, many of her followers will take what she says as the gospel truth when New Age dogma is as far from Scriptural truth as night is from day. There are going to be a lot of surprised and shocked people at the Great White Throne Judgment to learn their sincerity and contentment was rejected by the Lord as "workers of iniquity" and consigned to the Lake of Fire! (See Matthew 7:21-23).
In his concluding remarks, pastor Jeffress gave an illustration about two chaplains in WWII who were close friends - one was Catholic and one Protestant. The Protestant Chaplain ended up giving his life for his country so the Catholic chaplain asked the local diocese if his friend could be buried on the Catholic Church's property. The diocese said no, so his friend buried him outside the fence. Years later a friend of the Protestant Chaplain visited the Catholic Diocese where his friend was buried and asked to see his grave. The Catholic chaplain now old, took him to the grave site. He was surprised to see the Protestant chaplain buried inside the fence. He remarked how pleased he was to see his friend had been allowed to be buried on the Diocese property. The old Catholic chaplain and close friend of the deceased Protestant chaplain said, "Oh he wasn't buried inside the diocese, I just moved the fence."
This is what many Christian ministers and Christian laymen are doing today - moving the fence so the Church can be more inclusive of salvation. Is that what the Bible teaches? Is that what Jesus taught?
Matthew 7:13-14 NASB
13 Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life and few are those who find it.
Jesus also said this which applies to the Lesbian so-called minister in the above article:
Matthew 7:15-20 NKJV
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
There is no such thing as a practicing lesbian homosexual Christian in the Kingdom of God on this earth or in the world to come. The Word of God, Sola Scriptura, does not allow a woman to hold the office of bishop or pastor (I Tim. 3:1-2) and certainly not an unrepentant sinner such as are all practicing homosexuals. They either must repent and leave that ungodly lifestyle or die in their sins lost for eternity.
Ms. Eva Brunne of the Lutheran Church of Sweden is a lost cleric unwilling to submit to the clear teaching of the Scriptures regarding salvation and the ministry.
Pastor Jeffress shared another passage of Scripture that speaks to false clerics:
2 Corinthians 11:14-15 NKJV
14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
Finally, pastor Jeffress challenged the Church to stand up and be salt and light which means not being passive, but engaged on the front lines in the battle for the spiritual health of our nation.
I say when people like old Joe Biden calls all Republicans and all Christians that oppose same-sex marriage homophobes, we need to fire back and call him and all like him - Christian-phobes.
The Pope's Visit To The U.S.
There is so much to write about on a number of things that I hardly know where to begin and unfortunately not enough time to write all that I would like to.
Concerning the Pope's visit to the United States and the worldview of the Papacy, it is appalling of how very uninformed and ignorant the populace is about the falsehood of Catholicism and I include many evangelical Christians in that group.
There was much hypocrisy on the Pope's initial visit and Obama's welcoming ceremony to make note of. First, Obama kept referring to the Pope as the "holy father" yet the Lord Jesus told us in Matthew 23:9 "not to call anyone on earth your father for there is only one who is the Father - the Father in Heaven". Why do the Pope's allow themselves to be called "holy father"? They believe they are the Vicar of Christ on earth and actually have taken his place. The following is a sampling of the comments from previous Pope that give proof of their erroneous unbiblical beliefs and their religious views of the Papacy:
[Begin quotes: “It is not to be thought that matters proposed in [Papal] Encyclical Letters do not in themselves command assent because (in Encyclicals) the pontiffs do not exercise their supreme power of their magisterium. For these things are taught by the magisterium, to which also the words apply, ‘He who hears you, hears Me’.”
Pope Pius XII, Humani generis, 1950
“What monstrous idea is this, my dear brother? So little does the Roman Church stand alone, as you think, that in the whole world any nation that in its pride dissents from her is in no way a Church, but a council of heretics, a conventicle of schismatics, and a synogogue of Satan.”
Pope ‘St.’ Leo IX, the author of the Schism, Epistle to the Patriarch of Constantinople, Michael Keroularios, 1050 A.D.; cf. Eberhardt, Catholic History, Vol. I, pp. 494-495.]
“By passing a preceding judgment on the great See, concerning which it is not permitted any man to pass judgment, you have received anathema from all the Fathers of all the venerable Councils...As the hinge while remaining immovable opens and closes the door, so Peter and his successors have free judgment over all the Church, since no one should remove their status because “the highest See is judged by no one.”
“The Catholic Church, mother and immaculate virgin, although destined to fill the whole world with her members, has nevertheless but one head, which must be venerated by all. Whoever dishonours that head claims in vain to be one of her members. That head is the Church of Rome, whose power the great Constantine recognizes in his Donation. Now, as Bishop of Rome, the Pope is the Vicar of God charged with the care of the churches.”
Pope ‘St.’ Leo IX, ibid.
“Only the Roman Pontiff is rightly called universal; the Pope can be judged by no one; no one can be regarded as a catholic who does not agree with the Roman church; the Roman Church has never erred and never will err till the end of time; the Roman Church was founded by Christ alone; the Pope alone can depose and restore bishops; he alone can make new laws, set up new bishoprics, and divide old ones; he alone can translate bishops to another see; he alone can call general councils and authorize canon law; he alone can revise his own judgements; his sentence cannot be repealed by anyone and he alone can review the judgements of all; he alone can use the imperial insignia; he can depose emperors; he can absolve subjects from their allegiance to impious rulers; the Pope is the only man to whom all princes bend the knee; all princes should kiss his feet; his legates, even those in inferior orders, have precedence over all bishops; an appeal to the papal court inhibits judgement by all inferior courts; a duly ordained pope is undoubtedly made a saint by the merits of St. Peter.”
Pope Gregory VII (Hildebrand), the intimate disciple of Pope Leo IX, Dictatus Papae (decreed in 1074 and reiterated at the 1st Latern Council (one of twenty R.C. ‘Ecumenical Councils’); Latin text in Karl Hofmann, Der Dictatus Papae Gregors VII (Paderborn [Germany]: Ferdinand Schöningh, 1933), p. 11.
“The Pope is of so great dignity and so exalted that he is not mere man, but as it were God, and the vicar of God...Hence the Pope is crowned with a triple crown, as king of heaven and of earth and of the lower regions...As to papal authority, the Pope is as it were God on earth, Sole sovereign of all the faithful of Christ, chief king of kings, having a plentitude of unbroken power, entrusted by the omnipotent God to govern the earthly and heavenly kingdoms...The Pope is of so great authority and power, that he is able to modify, declare, or interpret even divine laws.” (Note: this is pure hogwash of the nth degree and is total blasphemy of the Sacred Scriptures for the Word of God places no man in this position except the Lord God Himself - insert mine).
From a Papally-endorsed encyclopedia: Lucius Ferraris, Prompta Bibliotheca Canonica, Juridica, Moralis, Theologica, Ascetica, Polemica, Rubristica, Historica (“Handy Canonical, Juridical, Moral, Theological, Ascetical, Polemical, Rubrical, Historical Library”), vol. 5, “Papa (Pope)” article 2 [see also J. P. Migne, 1858 edition, column 1823, Latin] (#1, 13, 18, & 30).
“Therefore, of the one and only Church there is one Body and one Head, not two Heads like a monster; that is, Christ and the Vicar [Substitute] of Christ.... Therefore, if the Greeks or others should say that they are not confided to Peter and to his successors, they must confess not being the sheep of Christ, since Our Lord says in John “there is one sheepfold and one shepherd”... [The Pope proceeds to also say that he cannot be judged by anyone and that he has God’s authority over mankind in both civil and ecclesiastical spheres, the civil being utterly subordinate to the ecclesiastical.]...Thus is accomplished the prophecy of Jeremias...: “Behold today I have placed you over nations, and over kingdoms and the rest”...This authority, however,...is not human but rather Divine, granted to Peter by a Divine word..., the Lord saying to Peter himself, “Whatsoever you shall bind on earth, shall be bound also in Heaven” etc., (Mt 16:19). Therefore whoever resists this power thus ordained by God, resists the ordinance of God (Rom 13:2)....Furthermore, we declare, we proclaim, we define that it is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff.”
Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam, November 18, 1302
“The pope, as the Vicar of Christ on earth, possesses the same full power of jurisdicton that Christ Himself possessed during His human life.”
Pope Clement VI., Acta Clementis, c. 1350; cited in the Roman Catholic publication: Granfield, Patrick, The Limits of the Papacy, NY: Crossroad, 1987; p.36.
“The pope can do all things God can do.”
Nicolaus de Tudeschis [1386-1445],
famous Benedictine canonist and abbot,
in “Commentaria” (lvi, 34)
“Though unworthy, We take the place of God on earth”
Pope Benedict XIV, Ubi Primum, Dec. 3, 1740.
“It was said to me in the prophet: “I have set you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy, and to overthrow, to build and to plant”(Jer. 1:10)...Others were called to the role of caring, but only St. Peter was invested with the fullness of power [plenitudo potestatis]. See then what manner of servant this is, appointed over the household; he is indeed the vicar of Jesus Christ, the successor of St. Peter, the Christ of the Lord, the God of Pharaoh...the midpoint between God and man... who can judge all things and is judged by no one.” “Every cleric must obey the pope, even if he commands what is evil; for no one may judge the pope.”
Innocent III, Consecration Sermon, c. 1200, see Rome Has Spoken; Granfield, Patrick, The Limits of the Papacy:Authority and Autonomy in the Church, NY:Crossroad, 1987; p. 32.
“The Pope is Christ in office, Christ in jurisdiction and power...We bow down before thy voice, O Holy Father, as we would before Christ Himself.”
Vatican I, the Pope’s recent ‘Ecumenical Council’,
“Official Proclamation” [Jan. 9, 1870]
“We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty.” “...it came to pass in the secret design of God’s providence that We were chosen to fill this Chair of St. Peter and to take the place of the Person of Christ Himself in the Church...”
Pope Leo XIII, “Reunion of Chrisendom”, June 20, 1894; Great Encyclical Letters of Pope Leo XIII: Benziger Brothers, p. 304); On the Rosary [September 8, 1892].]
“He who will be disobedient to Christ on earth, who stands in the stead of Christ in heaven, will not share in the fruit of the blood of the Son of God.’ ‘Even if he [the Pope] were an incarnate devil we ought not to raise up our heads against him, but calmly lie down to rest on his bosom.’”
Catherine of Siena, Roman Catholic ‘Saint’ and ‘Doctor’ of the Faith [Note: a Doctor of the Faith’s teachings are considered only a step below Papal definitions]; quoted in Catholic Insight, April 2001, St. Catherine of Siena, by Mary Hansen, 3rd Order of the Carmelites, Barne, ON.
“If the Pope errs by commanding vices or forbidding virtues, then the Church must believe that vices are good and virtues bad, unless one wants to sin against conscience”
Cardinal ‘St.’ Robert Bellarmine (a saint to Roman Catholics, and one of the Counter-Reformation leaders), De Summo Pontifice, bk. 4, ch. 5.
“We ought ever to hold as a fixed principle that what is white that I see I will believe to be black if the superior authorities in Rome define it so”
Ignatius Loyola (R.C. ‘doctor’ and ‘saint’,
and founder of ‘Society of Jesus’ (Jesuits) which
staffs the Vatican), “Spiritual Exercises”, Rule 13).
The Pope is “God on earth”“Jesus has placed the pope higher than the prophets, than John the Baptist, and than all the angels”“Jesus has put the Pope on the same level as God Himself!”
John Bosco [1815-1888], considered a great
modern saint and doctor by the Papacy,
Meditazioni, Vol. 1: 2nd ed., pp. 89-90.
“Witnesses of Tradition? There is only one; that’s me. *I* am Tradition.”
Response of Pope Pius IX to a RC bishop’s assertion that his pronouncements could not be deemed infallible without the consent of the bishops as “witnesses of Tradition”, recorded in the bishop’s diary; (cf. [RC] Fr. August Bernhard Hasler, How the Pope Became Infallible:Pius IX and the Politics of Persuasion, p.9; Dr. Derek Holmes, The Triumph of the Holy See, p. 157; Butler, The Vatican Council, Vol. II, page 355]
‘The pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ Himself, hidden under the veil of the flesh. Does the pope speak? It is Jesus Christ who speaks. Does the pope accord a favour or pronounce an anathema? It is Jesus Christ who accords the favour or pronounces that anathema. So that when the pope speaks we have no business to examine.’
Pope ‘St.’ Pius X, when he was ‘Patriarch’ of Venice; quoted in the July 13, 1895 issue of “The Catholic National (Catholique Nationale)”, Paris, France, Benziger Brothers Publishing.
[T]he overruling hand of God placed and fixed the See of His Vicar on earth...in Rome, which had been the capital of that marvelous, yet limited empire, thus making it capital of the entire world. For thus it became the seat of a sovereignty that extends over all national and political boundaries, that embraces all men and all peoples, like the sovereignty of Christ Himself, whom it represents and whose office it fills.
Pope Pius XII, Dec. 23, 1929, On His Sacerdotal Jubilee Pope Pius XII
“But we must not think that He [Christ] rules only in a hidden or extraordinary manner. On the contrary, our Divine Redeemer also governs His Mystical Body in a visible and normal way through His Vicar on earth...He rules it visibly, through him who is His representative on earth. After His glorious Ascension into heaven this Church rested not on Him alone, but on Peter too, its visible foundation stone. That Christ and His Vicar constitute one only Head is the solemn teaching of Our predecessor of immortal memory Boniface VIII in the Apostolic Letter Unam Sanctam;(61) and his successors have never ceased to repeat the same. They, therefore, walk in the path of dangerous error who believe that they can accept Christ as the Head of the Church, while not adhering loyally to His Vicar on earth. They have taken away the visible head, broken the visible bonds of unity and left the Mystical Body of the Redeemer so obscured and so maimed, that those who are seeking the haven of eternal salvation can neither see it nor find it...the person of Jesus Christ is represented by the Supreme Pontiff...Above all, it is absolutely necessary that the Supreme Head, that is, the Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth, be visible to the eyes of all, since it is He who gives effective direction to the work which all do in common in a mutually helpful way towards the attainment of the proposed end. As the Divine Redeemer sent the Paraclete, the Spirit of Truth, who in His name should govern the Church in an invisible way, so, in the same manner, He commissioned Peter and his successors to be His personal representatives on earth and to assume the visible government of the Christian community...There can, then, be no real opposition or conflict between the invisible mission of the Holy Spirit and the juridical commission of Ruler and Teacher received from Christ, since they mutually complement and perfect each other-as do the body and soul in man-and proceed from our one Redeemer who not only said as He breathed on the Apostles “Receive ye the Holy Spirit,”(127) but also clearly commanded: “As the Father hath sent me, I also send you”;(128) and again: “He that heareth you heareth me.”(129) “...We must earnestly desire that this united prayer may embrace in the same ardent charity both those who, not yet enlightened by the truth of the Gospel, are still without the fold of the Church, and those who, on account of regrettable schism, are separated from Us, who though unworthy, represent the person of Jesus Christ on earth. Let us then reecho that divine prayer of our Savior to the heavenly Father: “That they all may be one, as thou Father in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”
Pope Pius XII, MYSTICI CORPORIS CHRISTI
(On the Mystical Body of Christ), June 29, 1943
“[T]he Pope is...the man on earth who represents the Son of God, who ‘takes the place’ of the Second Person of the omnipotent God of the Trinity.”
Pope John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, p. 3
In a recent general audience, Pope John Paul II addressed the faithful to reaffirm his own infallibilty “by virtue of his office as pastor and master of all Christians.”
“He continued: ‘In virtue of the “supreme apostolic authority,” the papal magisterium [judicial-legislative authority] is exercised when a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals, explicitly or implicitly revealed, is defined...[T]he Councils expound the conditions for the exercise of papal infallible magisterium... whose manifestations are irreformable... that is to say, for them to be valid [i.e., binding dogma] they do not need the bishops’ consensus nor are they submitted to another judgment.’”
[cited in Supreme Pastor, 3/31/93 Denver Catholic Register
(This was printed in preparation for his visit to Denver for World Youth Day.) ]
In more blunt language, the Pope, as “pastor and master of all Christians”, is infallible and omnipotent in his decrees, which no human being or assembly of men, other bishops or whoever they may be, can judge or attempt to overturn. The phrasing is more polite, but the message is the same as that of a Boniface VIII or Innocent III.
THE DOCUMENTS OF VATICAN II, Abbott, p. 49. “[R]eligious submission of will and of mind must be shown in a special way to the authentic teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff, even when he is not speaking ex cathedra.” End Quotes]
All of the above hellish thinking of these pass Pope's is the same thinking of the present Pope for as evidenced by the comments of the previous Pope's, the line of their succession continues unabated from Saint Peter. For Pope Francis to think otherwise of himself would deny the very Papacy he received by the Council of Cardinals when he was chosen to succeed Pope Benedict. I assure you he believes this heretical garbage for if he doesn't then he is even more a hypocrite and a deceiver!
Why do the Popes wear White and the heads of state who have a meeting with him at the Vatican always wear dark or Black clothes? It comes from the mysticism of Zoroastrianism founded by Zarathustra in which the ecumenical powers are represented by White while the secular world powers are seen as inferior and must wear Black. Women are also required to wear a veil over their face. When President Bush (43) and Laura Bush met the Pope at the Vatican, President Bush wore a dark suit and Laura wore a black dress and a black veil over her face. It is the Pope's way of saying he is superior to them. It is the Scarlet Whore of the Book of Revelation riding the Beast.
Revelation 17:1-5 NKJV
1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me,“ Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication
5 And on her forehead a name was written:
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH.
How do the nations of the earth commit fornication with this Harlot and how do the people's of the earth become drunk with the wine of her fornication? Spiritual fornication is idolatry or worshiping a false god or false religion. The nations of the earth commit spiritual fornication when they bow down to and worship the leader of a false religion. That is precisely what happens when leaders of nations refer to the Pope as 'holy father" and bow down to him or kiss his ring. If you watched carefully, Barack Obama bowed toward the Pope several times, but then again he is known to bow to foreign dignitaries such as the Saudi kings.
Secondly, how do the people of the earth become drunk with the wine of the Harlot fornication. Wine is intoxicating if one drinks too much. The wine of the Harlot represents false doctrine. Therefore, the people of the earth become intoxicated by the adhering to false doctrine. Catholicism is leaven or false doctrine. False doctrine is like one who is drunk on intoxicating beverages - it controls them. Think of the billions of Muslims drunk on the false doctrine of Islam and the billions of Catholics drunk on the false doctrine of Papal and Catholic teachings. They are being controlled by false doctrine, but don't realize it. However, the consequences of their decisions carry the same judgment - death in hell and the Lake of Fire.
When the Pope spoke before the United States Congress, he mentioned several things he considered social ills such as the redistribution of wealth, the plight of the poor, the death penalty, immigration and the refugees. If he is so concerned about the redistribution of wealth then why doesn't the Vatican redistribute the billions of dollars it has in its financial depositories. It is estimated the net worth of the Vatican is $10-15 billion, but I think it is much more than that. Look at this link to have some idea of how wealthy the Vatican is and the investments they are making in large successful corporations. Therefore, it is hypocritical for this Pontiff to tell the United States and the nations of the world to redistribute their wealth to help the poor when the Vatican is sitting on billions of wealth as well as having palatial palaces overlaid with gold.
The Pope chided the U.S. for its position on illegal immigration and the refugee problem. Then why does the Vatican have a security wall around it protected by the Vatican security forces? Why not just tear it down and allow whomever to ascend upon the buildings and grounds? Well, it is obvious they don't want anyone invading their premises except by permission. On certain religious days, the Vatican opens its gates and allows the people to enter the so-called holy city. However, when the festivities are over the people are ushered out by the security forces.
As far as the refugee problem, have you heard the Vatican say they are willing to either take in refuges or to finance their entry into other nations? It is easy to tell the nations what to do when the Vatican has no plans to do likewise, just more hypocrisy.
What about the death penalty. The Word of God in the law books - Genesis - Deuteronomy, teach that if someone commits murder, they must be put to death. The Bible teaches the necessity of the death penalty. The Pope's opinion about the death penalty doesn't matter. Sola Scriptura is the final authority on all matters both spiritual and secular not the Pope.
Genesis 9:6 NKJV
6 "Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.
The Lord's disciples were all common uneducated men whom he chose to be his followers and later the founders and apostles of His Church. Peter was certainly not a Pope and he died upside down on a cross. All of the disciples were killed by Rome and those who opposed Christianity. Peter never sat on a throne in Jerusalem nor did he wear ecclesiastical robes to set himself apart from the people. He was just a man saved by the power of God and filled with the Holy Spirit as were all the other 10 disciples. The Papacy is a position and a religious order the New Testament and the Lord Jesus does not recognize. It enslaves its adherents in a false system of religious rituals and piety and blinds them to the truth.
The leaders of all religions are going to be judged severely by the Judge of all the earth and for those who led astray the people with their false doctrine, their hell will be the hottest:
Mark 9:42 NKJV
“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea".
That verse could also be written as whoever causes one of these little ones who would believe in me to stumble.....
The Papacy is keeping billions of people blinded to the simple gospel message by teaching they are the Vicars of Christ and the final authority on earth in all spiritual matters including salvation, for they teach salvation is in the Catholic Church not solely and completely in the Lord Jesus. This is why Pope Francis said in a speech at St. Peter's Church in NYC that the death of Christ upon the cross was a failure meaning it did not fully accomplish salvation. Full salvation to the Papacy and the Catholic Church is achieved ONLY in the so-called holy Roman Catholic Church. That is heresy by the Word of God.
My message to Catholics is what the Lord Jesus told the Churches in Revelation 18:4:
COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE LEST YOU SHARE OF HER SINS AND LEST YOU RECEIVE OF HER PLAGUES
Before closing this article, I must comment on the hypocrisy of Barack Obama. In his welcoming speech he referred numerous times to how he admired the work of the Pope and the Catholic Church when the facts are he has shown a lot of ill-will toward Catholics. His Justice Department is suing the "LIttle Sisters" for not adhering to Obamacare rules about contraceptives. Furthermore, Obama has tried to make Catholic institutions support abortion with tax dollars. He has not been a friend of the Catholic Church. I'm quite sure the Pope saw through Obama's hypocrisy.
In the Pope's visit to the U.S., what we were subjected to was a lot of false religion, hypocrisy and little truth. I was glad when he left so the news media would stop reporting the Pope's minute by minute activities.
The Shemitah That Was And The Shaking To Come
"I have given warning concerning judgment. I have said that I believe America is rapidly advancing toward calamity – that we have crossed the line in our apostasy and defiance of God. I’ve warned that if America continues in its present course, if there’s no return to God, its crown as head of nations will be removed and that I believe a great shaking is coming to this nation and the world.
As for when these things are to take place, I have from the beginning always issued a strong caution, in spoken word and in writing, from “The Mystery of the Shemitah” itself onward – specifically that we cannot be dogmatic about timing, and that nothing has to take place on a particular date or season, or according to any set calendar, or even as God has done before.
I have ministered that it is wise to be aware of the signs and seasons of the times, and that though such things can take place on biblically relevant times or dates, but again, that nothing has to happen on any particular date, whether within the parameters of the Shemitah or in its wake, and that our focus must be not dates but God and getting right with Him.
At the same time, we remain in a dangerous period – and one of the reasons I’ve always cautioned regarding dates is that I never wanted such focus to obscure or minimize the larger picture: that regardless of what does or does not happen a particular date, America is racing toward judgment."BWV Comment
I read Jonathan Cahn's books, Isaiah 9:10 - The Harbingers and The Shemitah and I must say he appeared to be rather dogmatic about a financial collapse in the United States on Elul 29 - the very last day of the seven-year Shemitah cycle that would impact the world (September 13, 2015). He did leave room for the sovereignty of God in that nothing may take place. Because Elul 29 has come and gone as well as the final and 4th Blood Red Moon on September 28, 2015 and things appear to remain unaltered does not mean the judgment of God will not fall upon The United States of Sodom and Gomorrah (America) at some future time. I agree with Jonathan Cahn, the United States is racing toward judgment so it really is not a matter of "if" but "when".
Obama wasted no time after the Pope's visit than to threaten Christian's First Amendment right of freedom of religion. When addressing a LGBT forum he declared freedom of religion is not a constitutional right to deny others the same equal right of which you may disagree. Actually what he said was LGBT people have superior rights to Christians. His administration has also changed the wording of the First Amendment to "freedom of worship"! That is hogwash, the Constitution gives all Americans the freedom of religion not freedom of worship. We have freedom of worship because the Constitution guarantees us freedom of religion away from government control. My religion if you want to put it that way is Christianity, but I may choose to worship in a Baptist Church or a non-denominational venue. In changing the wording, Obama and company are saying that no one has the Constitutional right to deny or reject a lifestyle that contradicts and rejects Christian principles such as traditional marriage. Oh yes we do!
Obama and his democratic cronies are on the wrong side of God and Christianity and will one day stand before the judge of all creation and give an account of their iniquities (a self-imposed lifestyle lived outside the will of God).
Matthew 7:21-23 KJV
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
The Pope's Visit To America And Addressing Congress
I am going to address the Pope's (false cleric that he is) visit to America and speaking to a joint session of Congress - something never done before. The Papacy and for the most part Catholicism is based more on Old Testament theology than the New Covenant. The original disciples and apostles of the Lord Jesus knew nothing of a Papacy or a Catholic form of religion regardless of the Papacy's claim to a line of succession dating back to the Apostle Peter.
You would be hard-pressed to find any legitimacy in the New Covenant for the role of Pope's, priests and Catholic rituals to include the Mass, confession of sin to a priest and the deification of the virgin Mary (Mary never remained a virgin for she and Joseph had many children after she gave birth to the Lord Jesus).
Catholicism is an amalgamation of mysticism, Old Testament Pharisaic priesthood (they substituted the Papacy for the office of high priest), and a corruption of the Scriptures to form their traditions and dogma's. The Pope's, Cardinals, and Bishop's are like the Pharisee's - they wear religious garb to appear pious on the outside when as we know their priesthood has been tainted with much pedophilia.
When Jesus was on earth in His first advent, he wore clothing that resembled that of his disciples except that His robe was specially made probably by His mother Mary in that it had no seams. He did not dress like the Pharisee's. In fact he rebuked their outward appearance as an effort to hide their inward sinfulness.
I will post the article in the next couple of days.
Dr. Ben Carson, I Will Not Support A Muslim For President!
You know how I am certain this nation has seen its best days and is heading for unprecedented calamity and judgment by Almighty God? The liberal news media that doesn't have a clue to the dangers of creeping Islamism in America, purposely tried to trap Dr. Carson with questions about a Muslim president. The last time I looked no Muslim is running for president.
Chuck Todd of NBC news who obviously was instructed by the executive staff at NBC to try to make Dr. Carson look like a Muslim hater, popped the question about a Muslim president. Dr. Carson's answer was what any American Constitution Christian loving person would give - "No, I would not support a Muslim for president of the United States". The liberal media totally ignorant of the Qur'an and Islamic principles, had a field day with Dr. Carson's response. They are the stupid of the stupid's!
If you can believe polls, 60% of American's would be okay with a Muslim president. That is both absurd and alarming, particularly for the women of this nation. Do they even understand under Islamic Sharia law they would be "second class" citizens and required to wear the Hi-jab in public as well as lose a lot of personal freedoms?
If I had been Dr. Carson, I would have redirected the question back to stool-pigeon Todd and asked him if he was okay living under Sharia law rather than our Constitution.
We have a generation of very ignorant people in this nation that have lost sight of what our founding fathers gave us in the Constitution! Islam wants to enslave the Western nations and subjugate it to a barbaric system of rigid male-dominated laws.
The United States made a major blunder in allowing a massive number of Muslims to immigrate to our country and build their mosques in opposition to Christianity. When Israel and Judah sinned against God, He strengthened their enemies and eventually allowed them to invade and destroy both kingdoms. In my opinion, this is what is happening to the United States. Russia and China are watching what is taking place in our nation and are banking on our capitalization to Islam. They both hate Islam and when the time is right will launch an attack upon our nation to conquer and occupy it.
We are a dumb people!
Strange Apocalyptic-Like Weather In Israel
"An Israeli National Parks worker says a number of strange and frightening weather events, including one that came just as the nation was celebrating the Jewish New Year, have caused alarm".
"Extreme heat, sandstorms and floods all have been reported".
"It felt like the apocalypse, the rain has been torrential, there were about 10 lighting strikes in seconds, and even with your windshield wipers on high, it was impossible to see anything.”
"That report in the Times of Israel from Mark Katz described just one of the recent developments: flash flooding and hail that hit earlier this week just as the nation was celebrating the new year".
"Breaking News Israel cited Job 38:22-23 in its report on the weather: 'Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, which I have reserved for the time of distress, for the day of war and battle?'”
"The report said several “extreme” weather conditions have appeared since the beginning of September. The weekend events arrived just as the Shemitah year was drawing to a conclusion".
Is this weather phenomenon a warning for Israel to get right with Yeshua-Jesus - accept Him as their Messiah and Lord before the days of the Great Tribulation break out upon the land and nation as predicted by the Old Testament sages - Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and others or is it a harbinger for the world at large? Is this phenomenon to be seen in conjunction with the final Blood Red Moon occurring on September 28, 2015 - something that will not occur again in this century (Four Blood Red Moons)?
Note: September 28, 2015 is also the beginning of Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles which runs for 8 days.
The Shemitah year has come and gone and a new cycle of 7 years is in progress. As I have written, it is my studied opinion the tribulation will commence in the month Elul (the 6th month of the Sacred Calendar (the last day of that month, Elul 29) for the very next day is Tishri 1 and the start of the 10 days of the Feast of Trumpets - the 10th day is the Day of Atonement (Today is Tishri 5).
Israel is currently celebrating their Civil New Year in disobedience to God's command in Exodus 12 to make Abib (March-April on the Julian Calendar) the first month of the New Year so why doesn't the so-called orthodox pious Rabbi's protest the violation of the Torah - the 5 books of the Law since they are zealous of the law?
In Matthew's gospel Jesus cursed a barren fig tree because it bore no eatable fruit. We know He was not just cursing a "tree" but he was metaphorically drawing attention to the nation of Israel that they had no spiritual fruit. He said, "Let no fruit grow on you from now and forever and the fig tree withered away." (Matt. 21:19). What did he mean by that? Later in Chapter 24 He gives the disciples a Parable of the Fig Tree as a sign of the end-time, that is, when that same barren fig tree appears again (has a national birth), the last generation has arrived on earth to which He would return after the days of tribulation. (Note: we have to understand which Fig Tree is a good one and which one is a bad one - see Jeremiah 24). The good fig tree is the one that obeys the Laws of exile (the Iron Yoke), that is, they remain in exile until Messiah returns to gather the obedient remnant - Amos 9:14-15 - the question is, Did God plant Israel in the land of Israel in 1948 or did they plant themselves there in defiance of the Torah, which forbids a return to nationhood without repentance. The leaders of Israel that established the state of Israel in 1948 are quoted as saying they had waited long enough for Messiah to come and bring the Jews into their own land so were taking matters into their own hands AND THEY DID!
The chief Israeli Rabbi at that time (1948) warned the rebellious leaders not to establish the nation for it was a violation of the Torah and would only bring bloodshed and much trouble to the Jews - his prophecy has come true.
New Thoughts and Revelations About End-Time Prophecy
I have about an hour this morning to write this article and not sure where it is going and if it may take more than one article, but here goes and trust the Holy Spirit to lead where He wants it to go.
Many prophecy buffs (you know those that have everything figured out down to the day, hour and minute) find my website and send me their opinions of where we are on God's timetable. One man has a 40 page article of the most detailed research of both secular and biblical history and Scripture revelation that I have read to date. I will give him credit for his obvious diligent study, but I highly doubt anyone can know the precise dates of everything dealing with end-time prophecy. As I told him, if his date for the beginning of the tribulation is incorrect, then all of his other predictions will also be in error. He has the tribulation beginning in September 2017 and the Second Coming 7 years later. He also believes the Day of the Lord is a 12-month period in contrast to my belief that is is one day but a "time warp" that is not a normal 24-hour earth date (this is based on Zechariah 14:5-7). Another prophecy scholar, Tim Warner, believes it is a literal 24-hour day and is a posttrib event.
Those of you that have followed the writings of Messianic Rabbi, Jonathan Cahn, concerning the Isaiah 9:10 prophecy, know he predicts several harbingers as warnings signs to America that we are following ancient Israel and Judah's pathway to ultimate judgment and destruction as well as his book on the Shemitah Year (a seven-year cycle in which the last day, Elul 29, marks the date when judgment ensues if there is no repentance, such judgments are usually economic or they can be natural disasters). According to Cahn, September 13, 2015 was the last day of the current Shemitah Cycle in which he predicted a economic crisis could occur (the previous years 2001 and 2008 were both Shemitah Years and there were major economic adjustment in each year) or a natural disaster worse than 9-11-2001. That period has obviously come and gone and no economic disaster or otherwise has occurred.
Now, he does say in his book on the Shemitah Year that nothing has to occur in the sovereignty of God. Remember that God operates on the Sacred Calendar which I believe is keyed to Middle Eastern (Israeli) time. (See Exodus 12 where God changed the calendar for ancient Israel where the first month of the new year was the month of Abib - March- April based on the lunar cycle; previously Israel was observing the Civil Year with the month of September - October [Tishri] as the first month. When Israel came out of the Babylonian captivity, they went back to observing the Civil Year and they do the same today in direct disobedience to the command of God in the Torah - the books of the Law. They are not operating on God's calendar and is one reason the Hebrew year 5776 in my opinion is incorrect dating back to the time of Adam's creation. I think their calendar is short of about 200 years or so.
Biblical scholars that study the calendars both secular and biblical believe the present world was created sometime around 4004 - 4014 B.C. If that is correct, then we are in the year 6019 or 6029. Who knows for sure if the date for creation is correct. We do know that Adam had a son, Seth, when he was 130 years old. Therefore, going by dates given in the Bible for historical events such as the reign of Solomon and the completion of the first temple compared to corresponding secular history and tracing the several genealogies given in the Bible, it is not too difficult to arrive at the time of Adam. However, was Adam's age tied to his fall into sin or when God created him? Was he 130 years old from the time God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life or when he and Eve fell into sin? Personally, I think he was 130 years old from the time of his creation. Adam's first birthday was when God placed his spirit into his lifeless body and Adam became a living soul (Genesis 2:7).
During my recovery period from my surgery, I read with interest such articles as:
Have Cash On Hand Warns Blood Red Moon Discoverer, Mark Blitz of El Shaddai Ministries;
Blood Red Moons Is Tetrad Is World's Third Warning;
Russian Media: U.S. Economic Collapse In September;
War, Pestilence, Turmoil! What In The World Is Going On;
Is The 7-Year Tribulation About To Start;
It Is Awful late To Get Prepared Warns Jim Bakker;
Strange Signs On Shemitah's Final Days
Mark Blitz believes the prophetic calendar is following the Lord's Feast Days as I do and he predicts that if the tribulation does not begin this fall then it will be at least another 7 years before it can occur. Well, we are in the month Tishri in which the last three feasts take place - trumpets (the first 10 days; the Day of Atonement the tenth day; and Tabernacles beginning on the 15th day and extending for 7 days). On the 8th day is to be a holy convocation or Sabbath - the first day - the 15th and the 8th day the 22nd are both Sabbath days. Some believe as I do that the 8th day of Tabernacles is the Great Day of God Almighty in which the Lord shall return to reward the righteous and judge the wicked. It occurs after the 7th and final Bowl of Wrath has been poured out on the earth for it is at that time the Lord shall establish His throne upon the earth. It is my studied opinion that the Bowls of Wrath are poured out upon the earth during the posttrib Day of the Lord. The surviving saints are protected from this wrath by the First Resurrection and Rapture. The Seals and Trumpet judgments cover the 7-Year tribulation.
I need to close this article as I have returned to my secular job - professional recruiting and staffing and have a candidate I need to place. I shared the above to draw attention to the many articles, teachings, etc. that the time of the end is here with the tribulation about to take place maybe precipitated by war in the Middle East and an economic disaster in the United States. Perhaps they are correct as we still have another two weeks left in September with the final Blood Red Moon occurring on September 28. My personal belief is the tribulation will began in the Sacred month Elul probably Elul 29 which has just passed.
As I have been recovering from my heart surgery, I have had much time to contemplate on several biblical passages particularly prophecy and I must tell you that what I seem to be hearing from the Holy Spirit is not to get caught-up in opinionated predictions of end-time Scriptures, but to obey what Jesus told us in His Olivet Discourse. Now some are going to criticize me for my articles on the 120-Year Generation and Chart and perhaps other articles I have written. I never deal with precise dates, but do believe the Lord wants us to know the end-time generation. Matthew 24 is about the last generation before the Lord returns, which I do believe is 120 Years. The question is, when did it start? I thought by looking for the buds on the Fig Tree I could find that date that appeared to be August 29, 1897 - the First Zionist Congress. Obviously, I was wrong for there is not enough time for the tribulation to begin and end in 2017-18 to complete 120 years from 1897.
Here is what Jesus told us to be watching for as the world approaches the end (the end means when Christ returns on His day - the Day of the Lord). (1) the last generation would be characterized by many false Messiah's and false prophets; (2) There would continual war involving the nation states (the nation states officially came into existence as far as prophecy is concerned by the formation of the United Nations in 1945. Shortly after that Israel declared its statehood in defiance of the Torah). (3) an increase of earthquakes, famines and pestilences - over a billion people are starving for lack of food and water; who can deny earthquakes are occurring with more frequency and intensity; (4) Christ said these are the beginning of sorrows as things will get much worse - you have to read the Book of Revelation along with several Old Testament passages to know how bad; (5) The saints shall be delivered up to tribulation meaning intense persecution including prison and death; (6) There will come a falling away from the truth - see 2 Thessalonians 2 about the final apostasy and the appearing of the man of sin - the Antichrist. It is my opinion we have entered the final apostasy; (7) As a result, many false prophets will appear and mislead many particularly those that do not know the Word of God - Islam is one such false religion that has its hooks in America; (8) The gospel must be preached into all the world before the end can come; (9) The abomination of desolation will take place with the Antichrist sitting in the Jewish Kabbalist - Masonic temple proclaiming he is God - we know that occurs at the mid-point of the tribulation. This will start the period known as the Great Tribulation - the last 3 1/2 years before Christ returns to earth. (10). The False Prophet will produce great signs and wonders so as to mislead even the elect (that would not be possible if the Church in toto was raptured to heaven before the tribulation begins); (11) Christ's appearing will come soon after the tribulation is over with the sign of celestial darkness covering the earth - the real Blood Red Moon and the Black Sun with the stars falling from the heavens. In the midst of that erie darkness, the Shekinah glory of God will light up the world as Jesus makes his way down to earth.
The Lord told us in Matthew 24:25 that we do not have to speculate about His imminent arrival for He has told us in advance what will take place before He returns. There is no need to produce detailed end-time dates and charts if we observe what He said would be happening as outlined above.
The prophet Daniel told us in Chapter 9 of his book that the last seven years before the end comes would begin with the Antichrist signing a treaty with Israel and many nations that would herald a time of false peace, then he would break the treaty by proclaiming himself to to God. Jesus quotes Daniel in Matthew 24. Therefore, there are really only three things we need to know about God's prophetic timeline - (1) the false peace treaty of 7 years (2) the Abomination of Desolation (3) the First Resurrection. From the time of the Abomination of Desolation, the tribulation ends in 42 months. Therefore, the saints living at that time will know the nearness of the Lord's return at the First Resurrection and Rapture, that is, His coming for the saints, for that takes place at the beginning of the Day of the Lord while the angels of God carry out the Bowls of wrath for the remainder of that day. When the final and 7th Bowl is poured out the full wrath of God is completed (Revelation 15:1) and Christ returns to earth with the overcoming saints to setup His Kingdom.
My advice to the saints of the Church Age is to stop running here and there attending prophecy conferences about a pretrib or posttrib rapture and date settings and just watch for the things Jesus told us to in Matthew 24 combined with other Scripture passages that support what He said. I know what some are thinking - what about the wars of Isaiah 17, Psalms 83 and Ezekiel 38-39? Well, we don't know when they will occur. My opinion is they will take palace sometime during the tribulation, but that won't matter as far as knowing the end times as we will already be in the final days.
When the false peace treaty of Daniel 9:27 takes place, we will know the tribulation has officially arrived (by this time the NWO will be recognized as the international government of the world). Then 42 months later the world will face the Mark of the Beast and it is at that time the greatest persecution of Christians will occur - millions will be put to death. Then another 42 months and Jesus comes for His saints.
This is all we need to know about where we are on God's prophetic timetable and this in no way discourages the study and teaching of prophecy. When the final seven years begin, the most taught book of the bible will be the Book of Revelation and the Prophets both Old and New.
This is what the Holy Spirit seemed to be telling me in the past two months that I have been recovering from my heart surgery. I am not saying you have to believe what I shared and if you want to continue chasing date setters and prophecy charts, be my guests, go ahead and follow them. But I must warn you that several times in the Book of Revelation, Jesus tells the saints to have patience as they wait upon Him to return. See if you can find them.