Will the World End Tomorrow?

Newsflash

NASA just put out a statement reassuring humanity that the world will not end on 12/21/2012.

The Vatican’s top scientists also released a statement saying that the world will not end despite Mayan predictions.

Federal and local governments have also reassured citizens that the doomsday scenario that is supposed to unfold tomorrow is myth.

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But breathing easy is not what many people across the globe are doing.

There are an entire host of websites catering to ¬†superstition, fanatic, credulous, -and whatever else you want to call them- people out there drumming up tomorrow’s winter solstice as the end of the world. ¬†A variety of faith(less)ful groups from Tibetan monks, to pagans, to worshipers of the ancient Latin American gods and religions are taking tomorrow’s so-called planetary alignment as a sign of disaster.

The only problem is that the planets will not align on 12/21/12 as debunked by EarthSky. ¬†As for the alignment of the Earth, Sun and the Center of the Milky Way galaxy… let’s be serious. ¬†The earth is less than a speck of dust compared to the enormity of our galaxy, ¬†how are we even going to try to “align” it?

Doomsday preppers have been going wild, and many of the these poor folks have been taken advantage of by savvy business predators who are looking to make money off the back of the superstitions and the unsecure.

Let’s ground ourselves in the Word of God for our security. ¬†Let’s focus on what He tells us about the end of the world because everything will pass away, but His words will remain…

Matthew 24

3¬†As he sat on¬†the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him¬†privately, saying, ‚ÄúTell us,¬†when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your¬†coming and of¬†the end of the age?‚Ä̬†4¬†And Jesus answered them,¬†‚ÄúSee that no one leads you astray.¬†5¬†For¬†many will come in my name, saying, ‚ÄėI am¬†the Christ,‚Äô and they will lead many astray.¬†6¬†And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you¬†are not alarmed, for this¬†must take place, but the end is not yet.¬†7¬†For nation will rise against nation, and¬†kingdom against kingdom, and there will be¬†famines and earthquakes in various places.

 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son,  but the Father only.

44¬†Therefore you also must be¬†ready, for¬†the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

And 2 Thessalonians 2:

“1 Now concerning¬†the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our¬†being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers,¬†2¬†not to be quickly shaken in mind or¬†alarmed, either¬†by a spirit or a¬†spoken word, or¬†a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that¬†the day of the Lord has come.¬†3¬†Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come,¬†unless the rebellion comes first, and¬†the man of lawlessness¬†is revealed,¬†the son of destruction,¬†4¬†who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God,¬†proclaiming himself to be God.”

Tomorrow will be a normal day. ¬†The world cannot end to tomorrow because such an event will negate the Word of God when He says that no one knows the “day and hour.” ¬†Tomorrow will be a day when we will worship God and wait for His time to come to fruition.

War on Christmas (part 2)

We pick up on this theme from here, and we turn our attention to an organization named American Atheists which has declared an intellectual war on religion, especially Christianity.

They were founded by Madalyn Murray O’Hare, the litigant in the Supreme Court case responsible for removing prayer from schools in the early 1960’s, and their current membership numbers in the thousands.

If you have seen offensive billboards toward Jesus while driving around, it is highly likely they are sponsored by this group. They have made the news recently due to a coordinated campaign against the message of Christmas, calling Jesus a “myth.”

Said their president: “We know that a large population of ‘Christians’ are actually atheists who feel trapped in their family’s religion. If you know god is a myth, you do not have to lie and call yourself ‘Christian’ in order to have a festive holiday season. You can be merry without the myth, and indeed, you should”

As a result they have launched a billboard campaign called “keep the merry, dump the myth.”

It is sad to realize that these people have to fight a belief system in order to place themselves on the map. They don’t realize that they have their own religion, a set of beliefs and principles called “atheism,” and they have their own gatherings (churches), and their own organizations professing their beliefs. Sounds like a full-fledged religion to me. Moreover, they are ironically using our celebration of the birth of Jesus as an occasion for their own merry celebration!

As you see these billboards at busy intersections and public squares, keep in mind that we are not engaged in a fight against an atheist organization. We are clenched in a spiritual war against the forces of darkness:

“12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm”(Ephesians 6:12-13).

Intellectual persecution against Christians is here disguised under “separation of church and state” and it will continue to progress to more significant levels. We therefore need to “stand firm” and proclaim the Gospel with love and without shame.

Judeo-Christian-Islamic Tri-Faith Project Becomes Reality in Omaha

Those who practice counterfeit Christianity are once again drawing our attention by their deeds… This time it is a grandiose structure being built in Omaha, Nebraska which will house a Jewish Temple, an Episcopalian Church, and a Mosque. ¬†This is billed as an unprecedented project of collaboration between the three “Abrahamic” religions.

The local news¬†is enthusiastically reporting that “a¬†unique vision for religious unity in Omaha is quickly becoming reality.” ¬†This is just another example how syncretism (the combination of various religious beliefs) and ecumenism (the push for unification of all Christian branches) are becoming more popular today in a world where the Word of God is being diluted by apostasy.

How quickly do our Jewish friends forget the message found in the Mosaic books, Isaiah and other prophets with regard to separating their faith from the idolatrous religions of ancient Canaan. ¬†What do they hope to accomplish by coming together under the same roof with those practicing Islam or Chrislam? ¬†To prove that religious tolerance is possible by diluting their own theology? ¬†Or to form a new “Abrahamic” religion?

With respect to the Christian Episcopalians who are involved in this enterprise, I have to remind them that religious unification is an anti-christic prelude to the ultimate reign of the Anti-Christ, the son of perdition who will eventually unify global economical and spiritual domains under his reign. ¬†They need to understand that they are practicing a brand of counterfeit Christianity if they accept that Allah is the same God revealed in the Bible, because Jesus said¬†¬†“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

The religion of Islam does not recognize Jesus as God and it teaches salvation by works, two fundamental elements against biblical truth.  Moreover, many factions within Islam use their scriptures to incite violence against Christians and Jews.

Apostle Paul has a clear message in 2 Corinthians 6 for those Christians seeking to unite with other faiths:

“14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15¬†What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16¬†What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?”

We are commanded to love our neighbors and evangelize them, NOT to unite with them in apostasy!

War on Christmas (part 1)

One of the nativity scenes at Palisades Park on display last Christmas. City Council’s unanimous voted June 12 put an end to the nearly 60-year tradition.

After 60 years of nativity scenes being displayed on public ground in the¬†beach city of Santa Monica, CA, it appears that the tradition of erecting a booth about Jesus’s birth in a city park is coming to a close. ¬†After a prolonged battle in the courts, the lawyer for the group of churches who are fighting atheist plaintiffs to keep the tradition alive has said that the battle has been lost.

One of the nativity organizers said:

“It’s a very sad day when a small number of people with an axe to grind, people who do not like Christianity, and who do not like God, are able to prevail by manipulating rules to censor our message from the public place where it has been displayed for the enjoyment of millions of people for nearly 60 years”

“It’s even sadder that a city government would allow itself to go along with this effort to try to snuff out a message that a small group of people did not agree with”

I will post more examples of this war on Christianity before the upcoming holiday season in the hope that it will sound off an alarm for the Church that this is the beginning of legal persecution of against Christians.  Once again, the Church needs to wake up and realize this is happening and pursue all avenues to fight it.  It starts with prayer and showing love to our neighbor, but it can move into the political and legal arena where we must vote for Christian principles, and possibly fight atheist groups in the courts.

The biggest irony here is that a country that upholds freedom of speech, and religion and who preaches religious tolerance is now beginning to turn against the religion of most of its founding fathers. ¬†George Washington himself said in a speech to Delaware Indians in 1779: ‚ÄúYou do well to wish to learn our arts and our ways of life and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will do everything they can to assist you in this wise intention.‚Ä̬†

If the president of the United States would say this today to any group of people there might be riots and looting in San Francisco and Berkley in response, and there would be calls to impeach him.  But he would never say it, because in a TV interview he said he does not believe that [the religion of] Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation.  Despite this statement, he claims to be a Christian.

As believers in biblical truth, we must understand the reasons for these attacks against Christianity. ¬†The proclamation of gospel truth makes unrepentant sinners very uncomfortable. ¬†The Church’s stand against depraved lifestyles and sin makes it seem accusatory in the eyes of unbelievers, and this is a natural progression of what Jesus stated in Matt 10:34 ‚ÄúDo not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” ¬†

The Word of God is a sword that cuts deep into the soul of the sinner.  There are only two possible outcomes: 1. the sinner is convicted by the Holy Spirit and will repent, or 2. he will be hardened and become an enemy of the Gospel and those who proclaim the Gospel.  The ones who remain ignorant, when pushed hard they will probably also hate Christians for teaching the truth about their depravity.  We are now seeing more and more the enemies of the Gospel fighting back against truth.

It is time for the Church to proclaim the Gospel boldly and continue to fight for its right to do so!

Jerusalem, the Intoxicating Drink

A cold and continuous war with occasional hot and deadly eruptions has been going on in the Middle East since 1948. Since the re-institution of its state, Israel has been in continuous conflict with its neighbors.

In a Christian world view, Jerusalem is the epicenter of the World as described in the Bible, and this is evident as religious and secular forces are battling for its control.  All three major religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, claim a stake in this historic city.  Secular forces including the secular state of Israel and terrorist organizations are also fighting over it.

In the last week, close to one thousand Hamas rockets have been fired indiscriminately over civilians in Israel and Jerusalem. Israel responded by targeting the source of the rockets and military targets in Gaza while trying their best to avoid civilians.

Why is Jerusalem so important that everyone wants a piece of it?  Why is Israel isolated like this?  Even its last ally, the United States is showing cracks in its long support for Israel.

The answer is found in Scripture and it has to do with Israel’s hardening and their rejection of the Messiah.

Jesus lamented in Matt 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! ¬†How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!”

As a result of their hardening of heart God proclaims in Zechariah 12:2 “I will make Jerusalem like an intoxicating drink…” ¬†And God continues: ¬†“On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the people. ¬†All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. ¬†And all the nations of the earth will gather against it.”

Jerusalem will become a trap for all those who want to take it from Israel because God promised the father of the Jewish nation, Abraham that “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse” (Gen 12:3).

But divine punishment against Israel for his disobedience will not last forever. ¬†In God’s redemptive plan, the Jewish nation will one day come back to the One Messiah whom they have rejected, Jesus Christ, as explained by Paul in Romans 11:

“25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.

26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:

“The deliverer will come from Zion;
he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.

27 And this is my covenant with them
when I take away their sins.‚ÄĚ

28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs,

29 for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.

30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience,

31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God‚Äôs mercy to you.”

Until the redemption of Israel is here our duty is to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.