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70 Ancient Metal Books Found in Jordan — Greatest Discovery of All Time or Greatest Hoax?

In Christian News, End -Time Deception on April 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Greatest discovery of all time? Or just a stack of metal cards?

While we often note that many issues in Christianity get very little news coverage, there are some things in Christianity that do get lots of media coverage and the discovery of a potential earth-shattering, ancient relic, ranks right up there. Much has been said and documented about the 70 metal books or codices that were found in a cave in Jordan five years ago. These booklets made of metal with pages the size of credit cards are being speculated as being the earliest recorded Christian documents ever discovered. News outlets are stating that this could be a more important discovery than the Dead Sea Scrolls. They are now finally being turned over to experts for the first time and there is speculation that these books could contain details of the last days of Jesus on Earth. And some “Biblical experts” speculated this could even be the sealed book that was mentioned in the Bible as being given to the Messiah only. There is so much excitement surrounding these relics that comparisons So are these metal books authentic nor is this all an elaborate hoax? And if real, what is the implication for Christianity?

Are they real?

The first and most important question is are these codices actually from the first century AD? And do they contain writings that pertain to Christianity at all? The jury is still out on the first question. When it comes to these “earth-shattering discoveries” we must always be patient as there have been many similar hoaxes in the past. One only needs to remember all the excitement last year over the “discovery” of Noah’s ark by an expedition team in Turkey who claimed they had done the appropriate carbon dating and analysis of all the wood of the ship and it dated back some 4,000 years to the time of the flood. And the entire thing was a complete fraud. In fact, it was such a fraud that the con-men even hauled the wood themselves up the mountain to place it in the position of the ark. So again, always view these discoveries with caution until independent analysis is done.

The 70 booklets were discovered five years ago in a cave in a remote part of Jordan to which Christian refugees are known to have fled after the fall of Jerusalem in 70AD. Important documents from the same period have previously been found there.
According to David Elkington, who is now in possession of the booklets, initial metallurgical tests indicate that some of the books could date from the first century AD.

This estimate is based on the form of corrosion which has taken place, which experts believe would be impossible to achieve artificially. And if the dating proves to be accurate, these codices would be the oldest Christian document ever discovered.

The initial reaction has been pure excitement. Jordan’s Department of Antiquities, Ziad al-Saad, was quoted by the BBC as saying that the find may be more significant than the Dead Sea Scrolls (the oldest copy of the Biblical Old Testament which helped confirm the amazing manuscript accuracy of the Bible throughout centuries).

The owners of the cofice are claiming this is possibly the face of Jesus

Al-Saad said: “Maybe it will lead to further interpretation and authenticity checks of the material, but the initial information is very encouraging, and it seems that we are looking at a very important and significant discovery, maybe the most important discovery in the history of archaeology.” Elkington has called them ‘the major discovery of Christian history” adding, “‘It is a breathtaking thought that we have held these objects that might have been held by the early saints of the Church.”

However, not everyone is as excited. Peter Thoneman of Oxford University, a lecturer in ancient Greek and Roman history, not only doubts the authenticity of the codices, but according to his own claims, was approached by Elkington himself last year and asked to review three of the metal pages.

Elkington contacted Thoneman through a mutual acquaintance. The Oxford scholar replied that he would be glad to inspect the metal pages to determine their authenticity. Elkington then emailed photos of 3 pages for Thoneman to inspect:

Thoneman responded the same day and stated that the metal pages were fakes (for the full email exchange and images of the photos which were sent to Mr. Thonemann, see here). His email response was the following:

After having a close look at the photos, I replied later that same day:
“Dear David,
A surprisingly easy task, as it turns out!
The Greek text at the top of your photo no. 0556 reads: ΛΛΥΠΕΧΛΙΡΕΛΒΓΛΡΟΚΛΙΕΙΣΙΩΝ, followed by ΛΛΥΠΕ in mirror-writing.
This text corresponds to ΛΛΥΠΕ ΧΛΙΡΕ ΛΒΓΛΡ Ο ΚΛΙ ΕΙΣΙΩΝ, i.e. ἄλυπε χαῖρε, Ἀβγαρ ὁ καὶ Εἰσίων, followed by the word ἄλυπε again, in mirror writing. The text at the bottom of your photo no. 0532 is the first part of the same text again: ΛΥΠΕΧΛΙΡΕΛΒΓ, i.e. [ἄ]λυπε χαῖρε, Ἀβγ…
The text was incised by someone who did not know the Greek language, since he does not distinguish between the letters lambda and alpha: both are simply represented, in each of the texts, by the shape Λ.
The text literally means ‘without grief, farewell! Agbar also known as Eision’. This text, in isolation, is meaningless.
However, this text corresponds precisely to line 2 of the Greek text of a bilingual Aramaic/Greek inscription published by J.T. Milik, Syria 35 (1958) 243-6 no.6 (SEG 20, 494), and republished in P.-L. Gatier, Inscriptions grecques et latines de Syrie XXI: Inscriptions de la Jordanie, 2: Region centrale (Paris 1986), no.118. That inscription reads, in its entirety, as follows,
1 Σελαμαν χρηστὲ καὶ
2 ἄλυπε χαῖρε, Ἀβγαρ ὁ καὶ Εἰσίων
3 Μονοαθου υἱὸς υἱῷ τειμίῳ τὸ μνῆμα
4 ἐποίησεν ἔτους τρίτου ἐπαρχείας

[Translation] ’For Selaman, excellent and harmless man, farewell! Agbar, also known as Eision, son of Monoathos, constructed this tomb for his excellent son (i.e. Selaman), in the third year of the province’.

This is a stone tombstone from Madaba in Jordan, precisely dated to AD 108/9, on display in the Archaeological Museum in Amman.
The text on your bronze tablet, therefore, makes no sense in its own right, but has been extracted unintelligently from another longer text (as if it were inscribed with the words: ‘t to be that is the question wheth’). The longer text from which it derives is a perfectly ordinary tombstone from Madaba in Jordan which happens to have been on display in the Amman museum for the past fifty years or so. The text on your bronze tablet is repeated, in part, in three different places, meaningless in each case.
The only possible explanation is that the text on the bronze tablet was copied directly from the inscription in the museum at Amman by someone who did not understand the meaning of the text of the inscription, but was simply looking for a plausible-looking sequence of Greek letters to copy. He copied that sequence three times, in each case mixing up the letters alpha and lambda.
This particular bronze tablet is, therefore, a modern forgery, produced in Jordan within the last fifty years. I would stake my career on it.
All good wishes,
Peter Thonemann”

This alone should raise some serious red flags. The first academic who reviewed these supposed “secret books” was able to debunk it and identify it as a forgery in a matter of hours! Thonemann has gone on to say he would stake his entire career on the metal booklets being forgeries.

Additionally, the translations of the inscription on the three pages sent to Thonemann do not seem to even be coherent, much less relation to the life of Jesus Christ.

“Shedding New Light on Christianity”

Among all of the frenzy surrounding the codices is this idea that somehow these ancient writings will give a new perspective or new information on Christianity. But why would this be the case? If anything, these suggestions are misleading because it assumes there are not already large amounts of ancient evidence supporting the life of Jesus and the Bible. There are over 24,000 ancient manuscripts still in existence today and the writings of Plato, Socrates and other ancient legends combined do not come close to the New Testament in terms of the amount of manuscript evidence. And in a cross-comparison of the various manuscripts, there was 99.5% accuracy across the board. What this means is that the New Testament we have today (at least the King James version), is a faithful interpretation to the ones printed in the first century.

So the idea that these codices hold some special Biblical “key” or “code” or some special Scriptural point is not very sound. The descriptions and details of Jesus’ life and ministry in the Gospels already has an abundance of consistent evidence. So even if this codice presented different details, why would one metal booklet outweigh 24,000 documents? And this is not taking into account that we do not know who wrote the codices. Were they Biblical authors? It has not been stated or even mentioend. Again, from a scholarly standpoint, this does not add up. And why would David Elkington, who by his own statements has not even translated all of the booklets yet, claim that this is going to change our whole perception of Christianity? We will answer that below.



The Book Only Shown to The Messiah

Also fueling all the intense crazy about the ancient relics is the speculation that one of some of the codices, which have been sealed shut are possibly one of the sealed books mentioned in the Book of Revelation:

Dr Margaret Barker, a former president of the Society for Old Testament Study, said: ‘The Book of Revelation tells of a sealed book that was opened only by the Messiah: ‘Other texts from the period tell of sealed books of wisdom and of a secret tradition passed on by Jesus to his closest disciples. That is the context for this discovery.’

There is indeed a book in the Bible which was opened only by the Messiah. But a brief study of Scripture will show that the metal codices are not the book:

Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. 6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

As can be seen from the actual text, the book that is opened by the Lamb, Jesus is opened in Heaven. It is not a book that was lost. It is a book that is in the hands of God the Father. So to think that these metal codices could be that book is just incompatible with what the Bible states. Not to mention, that many scrolls and texts were sealed in ancient times. It was a very common way of securing that only certain parties could read a document. So this part of the story is really more wild speculation than anything.

Furthermore, what “other texts from the period” was Dr. Barker referring to? She does not say. But this is again an example of the unscholarly approach being taken to this entire find. Jesus had no secret tradition that was passed on. This again sounds like what the people behind this “find” are doing is trying to sensationalize a story and cast more doubt on actual Biblical Christianity.

Who is David Elkington?

David Elkington and his wife. The holders of the "great discovery"

David Elkington is an author, researcher and adventurer who definitely a proponent of the New Age Movement. In the publisher’s note on his book “In the Name of The Gods” it is noted that divine beings are basically comprised of sounds vibrations and that the “title” Jesus was just a function of a certain type of sound. To no surprise, the official book description states: “This book will forever change your view of religion and spirituality.” So he is not a Christian or a Christian theologian. In preparing his announcement regarding the relics, instead of first presenting his findings to archeological experts, he hired an advertising firm to do a media blitz promoting his find before it received any critical, scholarly review. Additionally, Mr. Elkington and his wife are already working on a book deal and documentary regarding his quest for the metal booklets. All this seems to point in one direction: money.

Conclusion

From the early signs, it seems that the 70 metal booklets are in fact forgeries. And like the DaVinci Code, “Tomb of Jesus” project done by director James Cameron that was debunked, the numerous books and series on the Gnostic Gospels (which were never part of the Bible) and other heresies, this falls in a long line of efforts to try and cast doubt on the Bible. For Christians, the call here is to use discernment and consider a matter carefully before speaking on it, as we are instructed in Proverbs.We have the full sum of wisdom in the Bible (and more specifically the King James Bible, which is by far my preferred and favorite Bible version to read and study). Yes, archeological evidence related to Jesus and the Bible is exciting. But we must make sure we are careful in evaluating it as being authentic and that it falls in line with what the Bible states.

And for those who doubt the Bible or question Christianity, the real issue is: how much scrutiny did you place on this amazing discovery? Did you ask the same amount of questions about this find, or the Da Vinci Code book or other anti-Christian works to make sure they were verified, substantive and true? I hope so. And if you did, you would see that the Bible still stands as these fraudulent efforts get exposed. And in that hopefully you will see that God, Jesus and eternal life are real as well. And they are all waiting for you in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And that is by far the greatest discovery in the history of this world.

ABC’s “V” Season 2: Alien Deception Continues

In End -Time Deception, Entertainment, Nephilim/Aliens on February 20, 2011 at 2:08 am

The Alien Agenda: Mingle themselves with the seed of men

In our first article about the ABC series “V” we went through many details to explain how the show promotes the idea of alien beings coming to Earth as the “saviors” of the planet and how this idea, which is also promoted by many figures in the New Age Movement, is one of that is very spiritually dangerous and can lead to much confusion in the church. As stated before, I do not believe in extra-terrestrial beings but the Bible is clear that fallen angelic and demonic beings do exist, have interacted with humanity in the past and will do so again in the future. Now in its second season, some of this blog’s initial predictions about the show have come to pass.

The Sons of God and the Daughters of Men

In our intial article we referenced the Nephilim, the hybrid offspring of the fallen angels of Genesis 6, who came to Earth, took human women as wives and had children with them:

Genesis 6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. 5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

This illicit union by rebellious angels led to the global flood in which Noah and his family were spared on the ark. And as predicted, not only was this an important plot point on the V series, it has now been revealed in season 2 that this is the ultimate agenda of the alien Visitors on the show. Their leader, Anna, has offered a “gift” to humanity in the form of new cities which the aliens and humans can build together for peaceful coexistence. But the this gift is merely a ruse to sneak in alien “breeding vessels” into the Earth’s atmosphere and over these cities. Once the ships have landed, human will be taken aboard for breeding with male aliens. Again, we see the sins of Genesis chapter 6 being played out in pop culture. It is at this point we must remember the Biblical prophecy regarding this happening in the end-times:

The End Time Kingdom – Mingled With the Seed of Men?

The Book of Daniel tells us that rulers in the end-time Kingdom will 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. The phrase “seed of men” is a direct reference to reproduction and DNA. The idea that something other than man will try to join itself to man.

In ancient times, angels, false gods and titans were worshiped and venerated. They attempted to replace the true God of the Bible and “be like the most High” (Isaiah 14). This is covered more in detail in the Nephilim article. And Jesus warned: Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. If there is an “alien phenomenon” today it is certainly spiritual beings deceiving mankind, not extra-terrestrial life.

The Bible also informs us in the book of Revelation, of two instances when fallen angelic beings return to Earth:

Revelation 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.. 7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 8And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

As was explained in the Nephilim article, the bottomless pit is where the Bible instructs us that the angels who sinned with human women were imprisoned:

Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; 5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

Both passages reference angels who were imprisoned for fornication-related sins in the time of Noah. The angels who participated in the “marriage” with women were sentenced by God to be imprisoned in the bottomless pit until the time “judgment of the great day.” It is this author’s belief this time period is the “Day of The Lord”, the end times outpouring of God’s wrath on the unbelieving world which commences at the opening of the 6th seal of Revelation Chapter 6. Also interesting to note is that in the supernatural appearance of these beings, their faces are like those of human men (also of note is that the King of the bottomless pit is Appolyon, which is just another name for the ancient god Apollo).

The second instance of fallen angelic beings returning to Earth occurs in Revelation Chapter 12:

7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. …12… Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

During the midst of the final years of Earth or the Great Tribulation, fallen angelic beings will be banished from Heaven and sent to Earth. And this event is so distressing that a voice in Heaven cries “woe” for all the people living on the Earth at that time. Just as in the days of Noah when the floods of God’s judgment came from rain from the skies and water bursting from the ground, we see that the end times judgment in the form of evil angelic beings will come from both the sky and the bottomless pit. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be

The Vatican Joins with The Visitors

Another point made in our first “V” article regarded their reference to the Vatican’s real life statements regarding alien life. Lo and behold, in Season 2, not only do the aliens visit the Vatican, they make a pact to have the Vatican support the aliens in their statements and sermons. This allegiance (done in an episode called “Unholy Alliance”) is made after Anna demonstrates a “blue energy” alien power that she threatens will cause the people of the world to view her technology as “miracles.” The show continually makes subtle references to Anna being a “god” in the eyes of the people (and some not so subtle, as they had people actually worshiping her in the first season).

Note in this promo video, the V agenda being played out:

The religious and spiritual overtones here are quite obvious. Note at the :18 second mark that the alien leader Anna, is positioned in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary. Like in the image at the top of this article, where she in the “Virgin with child” pose, she is being presented as a juxtaposition. Discerning Christians will note that while Mary was the birth mother of Jesus and a believer, she is not to be worshiped or venerated in any special position.

Some other interesting plot points from Season 2:

The aliens caused a “Red rain” to fall from the sky all over the Earth in the season premier. While this liquid was to truly help with human female fertility for “breeding” the aliens explained that it would solve the problems of global warming and human pollution. This was exactly what New Age guru and promoter of Maitreya, Benjamin Creme said about alien life forms as quoted in our initial article.

In addition to the Catholic Church, the alien leader Anna is seeking to bring all religions of the world into alliance with the Visitors. Revelation 13 informs us that all people will worship the end-times antichrist. Could it be that the end time religion will start heading towards an ecumenical, “all paths lead to Heaven” religion? Events of today certainly seem to indicate that.

Humans are easily seduced and deceived by the Visitors

Tyler, the son of the lead character and alien Resistance leader Erica, is discovered to have DNA that is missing certain components. To no surprise, the aliens on “V” are obsessed with human genetics and have secretly been experimenting on human women for reproductive purposes for decades. Tyler was once such subject and his DNA was altered for something else to be added to it, as the show explains. He is now a central figure as the alien Queen plans to have Tyler “mate” with her own daughter, who will soon be queen. In the original pilot episode of the series, Tyler is even offered an apple by the his future alien breeding partner, a clear allusion to the “forbidden fruit” of the Garden of Eden and the temptation of the serpent, Satan.

Why is this being done?

I have received some very good feedback to this article and to my radio show on the same subject and I wanted to address several issues:

1) How can TV affect what people think — The website Vigilant Citizen (an excellent site that I visit frequently) has a thorough, well-researched article on the effects of the Mass Media on the human psyche. By citing many experts in the fields of brain study, psychology as well as public relations, it details how motion pictures and television can influence the human subconscious and guide future thinking and decisions by the individual recipients. I would definitely recommend reading this piece.

We must also remember that the Bible speaks of the spiritual influences that can affect us unwittingly. Ephesians 2 states:

Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

This passage is drawing a contrast between born again believers who have been “quickened” or given eternal life through Jesus Christ, with unsaved people who are still spiritually “dead” in their sins. In verse 2 identifies that the “course of the world” is guided by the “prince of the power of the air.” This is another name for Satan. And the verses states that his spirit is working in the hearts of unsaved people. There are spirits of evil at work against us all the time. This is why Paul also states in the same book:

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

The enemies of Christians and the non-believer alike are spiritual powers and we cannot underestimate their ability to influence us. And the mass media provides a platform to expose the human mind to sin, occult imagery and all manner of ungodly behavior. This is why the Bible repeatedly warns us to be in control of our minds (Galatians 5:22) and to control whatever is influencing us (Romans 6:12-13, 1 Corinthians 6:9-12; James 4:6-7).

2. Do TV and movie directors know all about these ancient Biblical concepts like Nephilim and fallen angels?

— While it may seem unlikely that hollywood writers are taking these ideas into account when drafting their scripts, the similarities and parallels to Bible prophecy are difficult to ignore. I do not believe writers are all sitting together and making deals about these ideas, but there is no accounting for where one gets their inspiration from. To see another example, here is an ad for the Axe men’s body spray:

I believe the ideas and imagery in the ad speaks for itself.

Conclusion

While we do not know when the Great Tribulation will begin or what role “alien life” will play in the future, we do know for certain from the Bible that fallen angelic beings are going to return to the Earth. And Jesus’ main warning to His disciples was “do not be deceived.” The end times will be marked by it, both in society and in the church itself. Will Christian be ready for the appearance of supernatural beings or beings presenting themselves as “extra-terrestrials”? Are pastors preaching about Bible prophecy on these topics so that believers can be confident that the Bible does indeed have answers for this and so that they can share this knowledge with others? It is definitely time that we start doing so.

New iPhone App Can Read Your Mind

In End -Time Deception, New World Order on January 21, 2011 at 7:06 am

Yes, this device is real.


It is my belief that technology is directly related to the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Prophecies such as the Mark of the beast, a mark in the skin through which all goods on the planet are bought and sold could not even be conceivable until the innovations of computer technology of the past few decades. We also see prophecies such as that of the killing of the two witnesses of Revelation Chapter 11. The Bible tells us that the whole world are able to see their dead bodies in the street for three and a half days. Again, this can only be possible via satellite television.

Well now we see technology going even farther as there is an app and headset for the iPhone that can actually read your brainwaves. It allows the user to control the phone just by using their mind as well help you control your attention span and adjust “relaxation levels.”

The manufacturer of the device, Xwave assures on its website: “Yes. XWave is perfectly safe and ONLY LISTENS to your brainwaves. It DOES NOT transmit or send any signals.” Just the fact that they have to give this disclaimer is a little disturbing since the potential to send signals to the mind seems to be indicated.

Where is this all going? We will have to wait and see but the more we allow technology to enter our minds and bodies, the more realistic Bible prophecy becomes.

Christian Leaders Wrongly Yolk Themselves with Glenn Beck

In Apostate Church, End -Time Deception, Political Issues on September 3, 2010 at 7:04 am

Beck is Preaching a Different Gospel and a Different Jesus

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

Fox News has provided News Host Glenn Beck with an almost unprecedented platform to discuss his religious beliefs on their network. As Beck has promoted his “spiritual awakening” he has rallied his viewers and others to join him in his crusade to “turn America back to God.” The event surrounding this was his August 28th rally on Washington D.C., that drew hundreds of thousands of attendees. Many Christian Evangelical leaders attended and yolked themselves with Beck as he exhorted the crowd to pray and believe in “the one God”.

So what is wrong with this picture? It’s simple. Glenn Beck’s Mormon doctrine is not in line with the Bible. The Bible is the basis of Christian doctrine. If your church, pastor, teacher or loved ones tell you or teach you otherwise, I pray you listen to God over all of them. The Lord reveals Himself through His Word. Any belief system that has ideas that are contrary to The Bible or change the Bible, cannot be considered Christianity. And Mormonism is not Biblical Christianity.

No groups of Christians are going to agree on every Biblical question. However, there are certain fundamental beliefs on which there can be no variance. How to go to Heaven, who God is, Jesus being the Son of God and God, are some of the critical areas of belief that determine if you even are a Christian at all. There are many of these serious differences between Mormon belief and the Bible, (mostly stemming from the fact that Mormons rely on their own books and the US Constitution for their doctrine). The chief different being that Jesus and Satan are brothers in Mormon theology, whereas in the Bible Jesus is the Creator of all things (John 1). Eric Barger’s website has a very well-put together list explaining these difference. Here are just a few:

“IN MORMONISM THERE ARE MANY GODS

“In the beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods; and they came together and concocted a plan to create the world and people it….In all congregations when I have preached on the subject of the Deity, it has been the plurality of Gods.” Joseph Smith, (Founder and First Prophet), History of the Church, Vol 6, pp. 308,474.
THE BIBLE: There was and is and always will be only ONE GOD (Isaiah 43:10-11, 44:6-8, 45:5-6,18-22; Deuteronomy 6:4, 32:39; James 2:19)

MORMONISM’S GOD WAS ONCE A MAN

“God himself was one as we are now, and is an exalted man…I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form…like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man…He was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth.” Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 305.
THE BIBLE: God was never a man. He created man! God has been God from all eternity to all eternity. (Psalm 41:13, 90:2, 102:25-27; Romans 1:22-23)”

What Beck is attempting to do is equate Mormonism with Biblical Christianity and thus gain acceptance into the evangelical church. And sadly, he is succeeding. He stressed at the rally the need to “set aside differences.” This should be a red flag to any Christian. We are to never set aside the truths of the Bible for any reason whatsoever. Even if our own home church we have gone to for years is doing something that makes make a little “set aside” of The Word, then we should run from that place too.

Brannon Howse at Worldview Network has done an excellent job covering Beck, his rally and the leaders who have compromised their faith. The Bible makes it clear: we are to love all people and share the Gospel with all people of all backgrounds. A Christian should be ready to engage and share themselves with anyone, whether they are rich, poor, Buddhist or Satanist. But when it comes to actually working on spiritual issues, we are not to be linked or in fellowship with non-believers. As the verse above states, do we seek to persuade men or are we trying to persuade God to our beliefs? Are we seeking to please people at the cost of Biblical doctrine? By attending and standing with Beck at his rally, pastors are tacitly endorsing his beliefs and not following clear Biblical instruction. It’s this type of “let’s all drop our differences”, pluralistic attitude that is leading the ecumenical movement and drawing more and more Christians into what will be the One World Religion. A faith that abandons the Bible for the sake of unity and false “peace.”

And just to drive this point home, in the opening 5 minutes of Beck’s speech at the rally he brought a rabbi, two Native American people and a pastor for what he described as a tribute to a time when “people came together of different faiths, in the spirit of God and the first thing they did, was pray together..” before gesturing to the pastor to lead an interfaith prayer. If they are all praying to the “one true God” who acknowledges every religion as a way to reach Him, this is not the God of the Bible.

Today, tomorrow and in the future, everyone will have to take a stand. Whether it’s a stand against committing a sin, a stand for your faith or a stand of love to help another, these decisions are inevitable. But who we stand with and work with has serious spiritual implications. And a Bible-believing Christian should not be linked with those who do not recognize the Jesus of The Bible, the God of the Bible or truth of the Bible.

For a video on this, here is Todd Friel of Wretched TV explaining more on Beck’s theology:

Germany Implements Mandatory Micro-Chipped ID Card

In End -Time Deception, New World Order, Political Issues on September 3, 2010 at 5:45 am

Your Whole Life on One Card

Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Germany has become the latest country to use RFID micro-chipping technology in order to keep track of its citizens. These mandatory national ID cards are being promoted as a way to ease identification of citizens and make transactions and activities much more efficient:

“The new ID card will contain all personal data on the security chip that can be accessed over a wireless connection.
The new card allows German authorities to identify people with speed and accuracy, the government said. These authorities include the police, customs and tax authorities and of course the local registration and passport granting authorities”.

So in essence, a card is carrying every citizen’s personal information while also serving as a homing beacon to locate them (unless of course you decide to leave your passport/ID/credit card-all-in-one card at home).

Now as I have stated before, I am not being dogmatic and stating that RFID chips are the Mark of The Beast. But this type of technology serves as proof that indeed such a system as the one described in Revelation 13, where all purchases and sales made by every individual person on the planet, are controlled by a single mark in the person’s right hand or forehead. It’s also a grave sign that privacy in the wireless internet age is becoming less and less of a reality.

UPDATE

And I have also located this clip which is prepping America for this coming micro-chip implementation.

What Does The Bible say about The New World Order?

In End -Time Deception, End-Times/Eschatology on August 11, 2010 at 7:16 pm

In the Christian and secular world (and definitely on the internet), there is much discussion about a One World Order or “New World Order.” There are no doubt thousands of sites, sermons and youtube videos that discuss a One World government, New World Order or some variation on that theme. This blog will take a completely Biblical look to show what the Bible has to say on the topic. In fact it will seek to show that the Bible has predicted a Coming One World Order from almost 2,000 years ago and that this future order will be the second such attempt by man (and will fail once again).

One World Government
There are many details of this coming  One World Order throughout the Bible but the most detailed description can be found in the book of the Revelation Chapter 13. Revelation, the final book of the Bible, was written between 65-86 A.D. and is a description of the last years of the Earth leading up to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Revelation 13 is the primary chapter where see a description of society under the rule of The Beast, also known as The Antichrist. Here we read:

Revelation 13: 1And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

The vivid description of the antichrist is symbolic of his power structure. The animal parts and horns are all indicative of the government in which he will rule. We can know this because we get a description of what the vision John the Revelator has means in Revelation Chapter 17:
7And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. 8The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. 9And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 10And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 11And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 12And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

For the purposes of this article we are going to focus on verse 12. The ten horns on the beast are “ten kings.” This is a term for rulers, those who are in executive political office. This is an aspect of Revelation that is not discussed enough. The Bible prophesies that in the end times, the world is going to be ruled in ten kingdoms or regions. They are represented in this image as 10 horns on the beast. In the end times, these ten leaders are going to be the final global rulers (in a presumably regional government). They will rule with the antichrist for “one hour.” This is metaphorical language as the “hour” could be days, months or years. But after this hour, the ten world rulers will then conspire and be in agreement to turn over all their power to the Antichrist. We know this is the case because in verse 13 the Bible informs us that these ten kings have “one mind” and that they “give” their power to the Beast. At this point the Antichrist has global control.

As the angel continues to interpret the vision for John, we learn that the power the Antichrist wields is “given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations” (emphasis added). This is describing all the races, languages and countries of the entire Earth. All under the leadership of one ruler. This is global government.

Going back to Chapter 13 of Revelation, we see further confirmation of the absolute control and dominance of the Antichrist:
Revelation 13:4And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

The people’s exclamations show that the Beast is a unique figure on the planet. No one is like him. In addition, no one is able to fight him in war. This is significant because it again shows that his military power and dominance are unparalleled. After a time of ruling with the final 10 leaders, the Antichrist will have absolute rule over all people on the planet. And the world will be in awe of him.

One World Religion

In addition to having political and military control of the world, the Antichrist will also establish a unified, global religious system. At this point it is good to remember that Satan is the source of the antichrist’s power (2 Thessalonians 2:9). And Satan’s ultimate goal is to be God. His desire since his initial rebellion has been to imitate and replace The Lord our God . In the book of Isaiah, chapter 14, the 5-point plan of the Devil is described in detail:
13For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north*: 14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

So the devil wants to literally be on a throne exalted above all beings and to be worshiped. Even the location of where he wants this worship is listed as “the sides of the north.” This is a real location on Earth, which the Bible identifies. Psalm chapter 48 states: 1Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. 2Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

“Mount Zion” is a biblical term for Jerusalem, Israel. This is literally where Satan wants to operate from. And in his efforts to mimic The Lord, he will empower the Antichrist to be a false imitation of The True Messiah, Jesus Christ Our Lord.  The antichrist will be Satan’s way of making a false copy of his own “son” and messiah. Jesus came to Earth as a means to reconcile man to God. The antichrist will try to deceive the world into a false religious system centered on him and Satan. The antichrist’s actions once in power make this clear. The Bible describes his goal:

4Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (2 Thessalonians Chapter 2)

Going back to Revelation 13, we are introduced to the cohort of the Antichrist, The False Prophet. He is the “second beast” John sees a vision of in this chapter. The False prophet is responsible for setting up the religious system of the Antichrist. We read:

11And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

The False Prophet (he is given this title in Chapter 19 of Revelation) is pictured as having “horns like a lamb.” His appearance will be that of a peaceful religious leader. But his words will be directed by Satan. He will also be able to win the world over to his views by miracles and wonders. This is particularly fitting as we enter an age when the attacks on Christianity are at an all-time high. The world is growing more skeptical of the faith while finding the lure of the occult and the New Age very inviting. This makes society ripe for miracles. And when genuine supernatural acts are being performed, millions and millions will be clamoring for “The One”, the false “Messiah” who can solve all of our ills in the world. And the False Prophet will be directing everyone to worship the antichrist.

The Satanic agenda behind it is revealed when we see that the False Prophet’s real tool is just deception. He deceives the world, save for those who know the Bible truth and believe in Jesus Christ. And again, we see that miracles and signs are the means by which the world will be seduced to this satanic plan. Then the antichrist will initiate this with a bold move of blasphemy:

3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. — 2 Thessalonians 2

After a time of winning the people over with his charm and wonders, the antichrist will proclaim himself to be God and every citizen of the world will be required to worship him. His true agenda will be revealed. It is the author’s belief that this will occur 3 ½ years into the political career of the antichrist. To facilitate this worship, we read that the False Prophet will also set up an image of the Antichrist. Whether this is a statue or a hologram of some sort, it’s impossible to discern from the text. But some image of the antichrist will actually be given “life.” It will be artificial intelligence. So much so that it will be able to speak and demand worship. And this is where the focus of the world’s worship will be directed. And those who do not comply, will be killed. This again, is a global religious system. There are no exceptions. The entire world will be subject to this religion.

One World Economy

This is perhaps one of the most-well known aspects of Bible Prophecy. Many people are familiar with the Mark of The Beast. But not as many know that its purpose is purely economical. Revelation 13 informs us:

16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

A mark will be instituted for every single person in society. The passage is clear that everyone in every social class will be receiving it. And it’s for commerce. Nothing can be bought or sold without this mark in either one’s right hand or forehead. The amazing thing to consider is that this prophecy was written almost 2,000 years ago. At a time when almost any item one possessed could be used to buy something else. Barter was a very common system and the Roman empire had already instituted a coin currency. Gold and silver could also be used for purchases. There were many ways to buy and sell in the First century. Yet the Apostle John wrote about a system that all came down to a mark that controlled all commerce. Now this Mark would have to clearly be sophisticated enough to determine how much wealth an individual had or else there would be no way to distinguish over whether you could buy something expensive or cheap. Clearly a system like this could never be implemented until the last 20 years with the invention of computer technology and specifically wireless communications. With electronic debit, wifi shopping and microchip technology, today, it is very conceivable that we can move to a cashless society, in which all purchases and sales could be tracked. An IBM commercial from several years ago illustrates the exact point.

Where it All Started

So why is this all happening? Why would Satan want to set up a Global One World Order? What is the point? We know from Isaiah 14 discussed above that Satan ultimately wants to be God and thus mimic The Lord in every way possible. And there is something in the world being unified that can lead us down a path to follow Satan even quicker than people do today. The first time such a thing was attempted was at the Tower of Babel.

Genesis 11: 1And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 3And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 4And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 5And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. 8So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 9Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

Under the leadership of the emperor and occultist, Nimrod, the Tower of Babel was the first attempt at a one-world order. Everyone spoke the same language, lived in the same area and were attempting to make one society and build a tower that could “reach unto heaven.” Now the meaning of this phrase is debated among Bible scholars but there is no debate that this is something that God was strongly against. It was an act of rebellion born out of pride and the desire to “make a name” for oneself and God thwarted this effort by confusing the languages and scattering the people all over the world. Since then Satan has been biding his time to once again create a society where “the people is one.” And we can see that the world is moving right along with his plans.

Here we have on the left, an early painting of the Tower of Babel and on the right, a poster for the European Union. There can be no mistake here. The message is that the EU is a step towards rebuilding the Tower of Babel. The motto: “Many tongues, one voice” also speaks of a globalized society. And for good measure we can see that the 11 stars above the EU tower, are all turned upside down, which is common in the occult.

For another illustration we have the actual EU headquarters:

So even the actual building itself is attempting to be a modern-day Babel. And of course the European Union is one of the major steps towards ushering global government. With an African Union already formed, a South American trade Union in development and rumblings of a North American Union, could the ten regional governments that precede the final government of the Antichrist be far away?

Conclusion

The Bible can be relied upon for many reasons, but one of the chief ones is its prophecy. The prophecies surround Jesus Christ, the Messiah, were all fulfilled in His Birth, life, death and resurrection. The many prophecies concerning the nation of Israel, its diaspora and the eventual permanent return to their land have also come to pass. And these are just some of the prophetic events covered in Scripture. But the exciting part is that there are certain prophecies which have yet to be fulfilled. A one-world society is clearly one of them. And in this age we are living in, the signs of that exact society developing around us are everywhere. So as we see a “New World Order” approaching, what do we do? If we are concerned, instead of fighting it or grabbing or planning a resistance movement, we need to first understand that this is spiritual. Satan wants a One World Order and to deceive the world into making that happen. The antichrist is not going to come into power by force. He is going to be wanted, marveled at and beloved. This is the great deception. And the one counter to it is having Jesus Christ as your Savior. Because although there will be an Antichrist and a False Prophet and a One World Order, they are all defeated by Jesus Christ. In the end everyone takes a stand for Jesus or Satan. Do not be deceived. Having knowledge is not enough. Resisting is not enough. If the time comes that a Mark or implant of some sort is being required under penalty of death, just having foreknowledge will not save you. But having Jesus Christ as your Savior will. The Bible is dead on with this prediction. No other faith even attempts such a detailed description of a One world political, religious and economic system. God gave us these prophecies to know He is real and His word is true. But most importantly so that we can be forgiven for our sins through Jesus Christ and not suffer the fate of those who are deceived by Satan and his false Messiah. The time for repentance is now.

Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth” — Same Old Spiritual Deception

In End -Time Deception, New Age on April 18, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Only God Can Create a New Earth

USA Today ran a story last week about Spiritual Teacher Eckhart Tolle author of the book “A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose.” The book, which was heavily promoted by Oprah Winfrey (one of the key leaders in the New Age movement) has sold 6 million copies. Oprah also hosted Tolle on her website for internet “webinars” which over 35 million people have watched. The man’s influence is staggering. What is even more staggering is the book’s message: we can have salvation without God. And since this book and the accompanying web series has become so popular it’s important that believers understand that the message of this book is extremely contrary to Biblical Christianity. Oprah who claims to be a Christian and other Christians have recommended this book or at least suggested that its compatible with Christianity when it clearly is not. Thus we need to warn those around us about these teachings.

Kjos Minitstry’s Crossroad Website has an excellent article on what this book teaches and embodies. Among some of the principles Tolle teaches:

On Heaven: “…heaven is not a location but refers to the inner realm of consciousness…. Earth, on the other hand, is the outer manifestation in form, which is always a reflection of the inner…. ‘A new heaven’ is the emergence of a transformed state of human consciousness, and ‘a new earth’ is its reflection in the physical realm.”[1,p.23]

Of course the Bible teaches us that Heaven is indeed a real location. God created it (Genesis 1:1), John The Revelator went there (Revelation 1 and 2) and the Apostle Stephen saw it from Earth:

Acts 7:56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

On Sin: “Recognize the ego for what it is: a collective dysfunction, the insanity of the human mind…. Nobody is wrong. It is the ego in someone, that’s all.”[1,p.76]

The Bible repeatedly tells us that our problem is sin. We are sinners by nature and have violated God’s laws. But there is good news. God in His love, made a plan for all of us:
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

On Jesus: Tolle states that Jesus was one of the fortunate few who was able to awaken His consciousness and become enlightened. But He was not God. He was just a in a line of enlightened people such as Buddah. This belief of course rejects the central tenant of Christianity, in that faith in Jesus Christ’s death on the cross and Resurrection saves us from eternal damnation

The Promise of Godhood: “Was Jesus the son of God?” he asks rhetorically. “Yes. But so are you. You just haven’t realized it yet.” (from the USA Today Article).

Once again, the message is that we have “Godhood” in us, but we just need to awaken from our unconscious state and release the deity within us. For Tolle this is the key to a consciousness shift and elevation. This is just the same repackaged lie the serpent used to deceive Eve.
Genesis 3:5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods,

Hopefully it is becoming clear as to how this type of belief system and book is nothing a Christian can adhere to. Even if other Christians are recommending it. Tolle compliments Jesus and quotes the Bible throughout his book, but that does not make it Christianity. There is a God, there is sin and Jesus is The Son of God. And it’s in Him we need to place our trust for true eternal life. God is not an impersonal force. He is a very personal Creator who is so involved with us that He sent His only Son to die for us. And one day, when the sin of this world is fully removed, after the return of Jesus Christ, we will get the true New Earth.

Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

The “V” Series – End Time Alien Deception?

In End -Time Deception, Entertainment, Nephilim/Aliens on April 8, 2010 at 11:07 pm

The Alien Preparation Continues

2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

On March 30th, ABC brought back its series “V” a remake of a 1980’s television series of the name about the arrival of aliens (who are reptilians but have disguised themselves to look human) to Earth. If you checked the Nephilim article on this site, then you’re  aware of a time in history where the Bible states that angelic beings directly interacted with human beings, even taking human woman as wives and producing giant, hybrid offspring.  These beings were revered and even worshiped.  And there are indications of this time of interaction returning once again in the end times. Is the alien phenomena a part of this? It’s very possible. If you’re a Christian you may be wondering, what is the relevance of discussing aliens? As more and more people reject God and seek to “disprove” the Bible, aliens provide a material explanation for our creation as opposed to the true spiritual origins as a creation of God Almighty. And more and more of those who oppose Christianity seem to be promoting extra-terrestrial life.

This is certainly true in the New Age Movement, led by men like Benjamin Creme, David Icke (who claims that “V”-like reptilians already live among us) and Michael Tsarion, among others. They state that they are looking to aliens as a part of the “New Age” the Earth is entering into that will usher in the false peace of the Age of Aquarius, when all our differences will drop and we will supposedly be united in religion, government and life.
Here is an excerpt from the Share International website on aliens:

Yes, without exception the people who man the spacecraft we see are harmless. In fact they are carrying out arduous work on our behalf, neutralizing, as far as the Karmic Law allows, much of the pollution which we spew into our atmosphere, oceans, rivers and land. We owe them an enormous debt. For over 60 years the world’s governments have kept from the people the reality of these space visitors and know that they are entirely harmless. Nevertheless, when they can no longer control belief in their existence these same paranoid governments present them as abductors, brutal and seeking control over humanity. None of that slanderous propaganda is true and soon the people of the world will know that for certain. They work with our own Spiritual Hierarchy of which Maitreya is head.1

So to some, not only will aliens help us clean up the planet, they are also going to be future leaders. While the claims of New Agers may be easily dismissed, remember the Bible informs us in Revelation 13 that the end time government will be a one-world system under the antichrist and that there will be only one system of worship on the planet. This is precisely what New Age leaders are predicting. And it becomes even more connected when they claim that the New Age Leader is actually traveling in a spaceship. My point here is not to say that we should follow everything that the New Age/Occult religious leaders say. It’s to show that those who are channeling spirits and using occult means are predicting things that line up with Bible prophecy and are eagerly awaiting these events. And at the same time they are promoting these ideas to the public as something we should be looking forward to. This makes it even more important to look to the Bible for our answers and for truth and not fall for those who  are teaching otherwise.

Demons As Aliens?

“[The occultist] is brought into intelligent communication with the spirits of the air, and can receive any knowledge which they possess, or any false impression they choose to impart…the demons seem permitted to do various wonders at their request.” – G.H. Pember, “Earth’s Earliest Ages and Their Connection with Modern Spiritualism and Theosophy” (1876)

This 19th century book discussed what the Bible describes. Satan is called “the prince of the power of the air.” (Ephesians 2). The foremost leaders of Theosophy (a spiritual system based on acquiring increased knowledge taken from all different faiths and reveres Lucifer), such as Alice Bailey and Helena Blavatsky, claimed to have written their books via channeling of “spirit guides.” The Bible informs us that evil angelic and spiritual beings roam this world and can speak to and through people.

Matthew 8: 28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

Not only could demons speak through people, they know Jesus is The Son of God. And they also know that there is a set time in the future for their judgment.

Here are some quotes on the UFO phenomenon being spiritual and not extra terrestrial:

“UFO behaviour is more akin to magic than to physics as we know it… the modern UFO -nauts and the demons of past days are probably identical.” -Dr. Pierre Guerin, FSR Vol. 25, No. 1

“The UFO manifestations seem to be, by and large, merely minor variations of the age-old demonological phenomenon…” – John A. Keel, “UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse”

“We believe that the cultural preparations (or deliberate conditioning) of the world to view our alien visitors as powerful and highly evolved saviors makes the UFO phenomena the perfect motif for the Antichrist to exploit when he ascends to power. His ability to perform supernatural signs and wonders, his comprehensive plan for the peaceful unification of mankind and his connection to or origin from god-like alien entities will engender the masses to follow him into the biggest deception in history.” – published Missler & Eastman, Alien Encounters pp. 295-296

Enter Hollywood

Aliens speaking at the United Nations.

Hollywood has definitely done its part in keeping the idea of aliens in the minds of the public and “V” is the latest effort. To be clear, I do not believe in extra-terrestrial beings. There is no biblical basis for life on other planets. I do however, believe in spirit beings, fallen angels and demons. These are real entities and the Bible is very clear about this as it describes them in Ephesians 6:12:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

This the true enemy of a Christian. Evil spirit beings who currently are being permitted to have limited authority by God (see Job 2 for a clear illustration of God giving Satan permission to act).

The End Time Kingdom – Mingled With the Seed of Men?

The Book of Daniel tells us that rulers in the end-time Kingdom will 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. The phrase “seed of men” is a direct reference to reproduction and DNA. The idea that something other than man will try to join itself to man.

In ancient times, angels, false gods and titans were worshipped and venerated. They attempted to replace the true God of the Bible and “be like the most High” (Isaiah 14). This is covered more in detail in the Nephilim article. The first time fallen angelic beings reproduced with human women, God wiped out the entire world (save for eight people) with the flood of Genesis 6. The pre-flood world was filled with evil, violence and human-angelic hybrids or giants. After the flood the giants appeared again (Numbers 13). And Jesus warned: Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. If there is an “alien phenomenon” today it is certainly spiritual beings deceiving mankind, not extra-terrestrial life.

Let’s look at some of the same attempts V makes to bring this idea back for the modern world:

  • The arrival of the alien ships trigger worldwide earthquakes (an event that happens to signal the start of The Day of The Lord in Revelation Chapter 6).
  • In a Catholic Church, a giant crucifix with a statue of Jesus on it, falls to the ground and shatters.
  • When the alien “mother ship” appears in the skies of New York, the main characters son utters “my God…” and the screen fades to black.
  • We also see an image of an alien ship hovering over the Cristo Ridentor in Brazil (the largest statue of Jesus in the world).
  • People are shown sitting outside of the V’s New York City embassy worshiping them on their knees.
  • The embassy itself is pyramid shaped and has a pyramid-shaped entrance.
  • The Visitors appear to look just like humans. The Bible confirms that angels can appear to be human. In Genesis 19, the two angels who visit Lot at his home are referred to as “men” and even eat with him. Additionally, Hebrews 13:2 advises that strangers we encounter today could be angels and we do not even realize it.
  • To no surprise, the Visitors can cure 65 diseases that plague humanity and set up “Healing centers.” The public, who already adored them now marvel at the miracles of the aliens and some are seen in the street worshiping them.
  • And there is already a human woman who has been impregnated by one of the aliens.

The Church is Confused

Father Jack never quotes the Bible

Father Jack, a Priest on the show, is one of the main characters. When the aliens show up he immediately tells a more senior priest, “there’s not a lot of Scripture on this”, while referencing the real-life decision by the Vatican to accept the possibilities of extra-terrestrial life. Father Jack continues by saying: “I’m at a loss to explain how God and aliens can exist in the same world.” In short, the church on the show has no answer to explain the alien phenomena. Unfortunately, this could be the case with many churches across America! By getting in The Word, we can be equipped to explain that end-time satanic deception not just to other Christians, but non-believers as well. The Bible is clear that the end-time deception is going to be based on “signs” and “wonders.” Miracles are going to be performed. Contrary to the belief of many, the antichrist will not just be a charismatic politician. He is going to be supernaturally endowed with powers by Satan. The antichrist and false prophet will be performing literal, supernatural acts for people to see (Revelation 13:12-14), so much so that people are going to be in complete awe of them and moved to worship. They are not normal people.  Is your church ready to explain alien, demons or supernatural phenomena? Are pastors preaching on the end-times and providing warnings to their congregations?  They should be.

Much to the surprise of Father Jack, his once empty church is now packed with people seeking answers in light of the alien appearance. The attitude of his senior priest is then that the Visitors are a “godsend” and that since they are packing the pews, they are a good thing! It does not matter if Father Jack is not really answering anyone’s questions. Just get the numbers up and it’s all good. Again, the modern-day church should see a strong lesson here.

Hidden Agenda

The show portrays the V’s as having a sinister agenda and deceiving humanity. They manipulate the media, use false flag attacks, cause wars, distribute dangerous vaccines, and even start tracking human beings. Much of their agenda coincides with the New World Order. However, even if they are portrayed as evil, the show in itself continues the placement of the idea of alien life being real and far superior to human life in the minds of the viewing public. TV and movies continue to promote the potential for alien saviors to arrive one day in the future.  Jesus warned of unparalleled deception in the end-times and the advocates for one world New Age religion are in full support of whatever can move the public consciousness to accept their “leader” and his mystical alien counterparts. We must not be deceived by masquerading spirits and know that there is only Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 http://www.share-international.org/magazine/old_issues/2009/2009-06.htm

Avatar – Ushering in the New Age

In End -Time Deception, Entertainment on February 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Hollywood's Messiah

Hollywood’s Messiah?

James Cameron’s “Avatar” is set to shatter every box office record and is one of the biggest PR pieces for Earth Worship to come in some time. Fight The Good Fight Ministries (one of my personal favorites) has an excellent, excellent article on Avatar and the Coming One World religion. I highly recommend reading it. It is time for Christians to take a serious look at this movie which has become a global phenomenon and is a serious spiritual danger.

In the movie, the Na’Vi (very lean, blue-skinned giants who almost bring Genesis 6 to mind), who live on the planet Pandora, and worship in a fully pantheistic religion. They believe their god is in every living creature on the planet in addition to being in the planet itself and that all beings share this divine connection. This is precisely what much of the New Age and pantheism teaches today. Rather than God being the All-Powerful Creator of the universe who above all of His creation, he is more of a “force” (yes, like Star Wars) that inhabits all things and can be tapped into when needed. Because naturally, if god is everything, then everything (including you and I)  is potentially god. This is the original lie of Satan in the Garden of Eden – the promise of godhood.

And that is just where Avatar leads its viewers, but before we can get to that, we must define some terms.

Pandora
– In Greek mythology, Pandora was “the first woman.” She was created as a punishment after Prometheus (who is often linked with Satan) stole fire and gave it to mortals. Many have heard of the term Pandora’s Box, which is a reference to the mythical box that Pandora opened which released all of the misery, ills and evils into the mortal world. So we can see as Cameron has made his movie’s Pandora planet an equivalent of the “Mother Earth”/earth goddess, the possible meanings behind the name choice become apparent.

Avatar — The term avatar itself has its roots in Hinduism and means the incarnation of a deity and is literally translated as “cross over.” The Theosophical Dictionary defines avatar as: one who has a combination of three elements in his being: an inspiring divinity; a highly evolved intermediate nature or soul, which is loaned to him and is the channel of that inspiring divinity; and a pure, clean, physical body. Basically the gods coming down to the level and form of mortal beings.

And there can be no mistaking that in the movie Jake Sully, the marine who becomes the main Avatar leader, is a messianic figure. He is a divinely appointed Savior who the Na’Vi actually proclaim to be the reincarnated form of a Na’Vi warrior of time’s past. When his love interest intially spots Sully and wants to shoot him with an arrow, mystical butterfly-like creatures hover around Jake Sully, indicating that he has been chosen by the god/planet for a special purpose. He then goes on his quest to save the Na’Vi from the evil, greedy Americans and liberate the planet. And in his last great act, Jake’s dead human body is taken to the main spiritual tree of the Na’Vi where he is resurrected inside of his Avatar body for good. The movie is basically screaming for Jake Sully to be seen as a godlike messianic figure. The last shot of the movie is the resurrected Jake Scully opening his eyes in his new permanent Na’Vi body. He has fully crossed over in a manner that seems straight out of the book of Genesis. As alluded to earlier, when Satan deceived Eve into eating from the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil, one of the things he promised would happen if she just ate would be “then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods” (Genesis 3:5).

What is not as well known about the term avatar is that it’s also used in the New Age for the coming “World Teacher” or Messianic figure who they are expecting.  Benjamin Creme of Share International, has long promoted this coming world teacher who will be the expected messiah of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and every other major religion rolled into one. He will of course promote a New World Religion that seeks to show the commonality among all current religions, thus allowing them to blend into one (just as the book of Revelation predicts one religion for the world at the end time).

This “Ascended Master”, called Maitreya, is in Creme’s words, an avatar, who has existed throughout time in different people. Whether it was Buddha, Confucius or even Jesus (according to Creme) the avatar basically is a body that receives the “Christ Consciousness.” Just as Jake Sully was able to put his spirit into the synthetic, lab-made Na’Vi body, so does the Christ Consciousness inhabit great spiritual leaders throughout history. And of course, New Age leaders and Theosophists say their Messiah, the Maitreya will save the world from war, poverty and all our problems. This is where the deception comes to fruition. Not to say that Maitreya (if he ever appears) is the antichrist, but he certainly is an example of how people can be deceived into following him.

If this seems out there, just know that Share International’s website is sponsored by the United Nations. So they are not a fringe organization with no recognition. They even ran a commercial on CNN which you can view below:

So what sayeth the Scriptures on these issues? We get a very clear answer:

Romans1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

We are not to worship God’s creation. We are to worship God! But Satan has repeatedly provided a system in the world to lure people into worsiping the sun, moon, water, trees, animals and everything but God. We should not abuse the Earth, but the Earth is not God. Or a goddess. We are to seek a relationship with God The Creator through his Son Jesus Christ, not with the Earth. But look at what people in the Avatar Forums are saying. Here is one fan’s comment on the feeling after seeing the film:

“So I watched Avatar and really can’t bring myself to watch it again. In fact talking about it has become a bit painful as well. I’ve never really reacted to a movie this way and really didn’t expect to react at all. I didn’t even want to see Avatar at first because I thought it would be more pretty Hollywood drivel. To be honest the parts of the movie, like story line and such weren’t spectacular in and of themselves but have some how become more than the sum of their parts. I felt so unsettled afterwards, I couldn’t speak. I came home and just cried, and I didn’t even know what was wrong. I don’t get emotional much, so this was very strange for me. After some introspection I realized I am mourning the fact that there is no connection existant in this world as strong as the one experienced by the Na’vi. There is no close bond of experience for us and the closest we ever came to really experiencing the natural world has already gone the way of the Dodo, before I was even born. It’s not as if I have a chance to live that way even if I wanted to. You always give up something for every gain, for our creature comforts we lose the dependance on our “tribe” and the necessity to make a place for ourselves. Now, so many just wander through life, lost and apathetic because we have no reason to be more than that. It makes my heart ache, but it is somewhat comforting to know I’m not just insane and there are other people that had a similar reaction.”

What a sad commentary. I feel for this person. They are truly hurting. And there are many, many Avatar fans expressing the same grief. Thinking that a character in a movie has more purpose in life than you do. So much of what is there reminds me of King Solomon in Ecclesiastes:
1:1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. 3What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? 4One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. 5The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.

Solomon’s point was that life, absent God, is utterly pointless. The Avatar fan who wrote that heartfelt plea wants to feel a deep spiritual connection to something. That person is searching for a personal God, but looking to James Cameron’s movie instead of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus said “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Jesus wants us to have a fulfilling life and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Romans 8: 9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness… 13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

What greater connection can we have to God than to be His children and receive His Holy Spirit! This is what salvation brings. Once we stop living for our sinful flesh and follow our reborn Spirit, we can have a real connection with God. A God who wants to know all our thoughts, hopes, pains and heartaches. A God who wants us to lean on Him for every issue. A God who is our Father and will guide us and refine us in righteousness.

For all of the harmony of the Na’Vi there was very little moral accountability. Jake Sully was immediately discriminated against and hated by many because he was an outsider. The Na’Vi also have certain animals and creatures they’re willing to kill without any mention of the moral wrong of that. Jake Sully has no regrets about turning his back on the company who hired him and blasting his fellow humans with an assault rifle at point blank range. Why did he not try to negotiate with the humans? Why didn’t he ever show any remorse for anything? Because the false religion of Avatar does not address the sinful heart. Jesus Christ does. There is a deeper existence. There is spiritual connection. There is real meaning to life. But until we become aware of our sin problem and know that we cannot fix outside of salvation in Jesus Christ, we walk in darkness and can fall prey to even the allure of a Hollywood movie’s fabricated religion.

The Pink Ouija Board – The Occult for Kids

In End -Time Deception, Family, occult on February 10, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Witchcraft now comes in pink.

    BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES

Deuteronomy 18:9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

Recently there have been news stories regarding the new Pink Ouija board (and fortunately there is already a boycott taking place as well). As the Bible instructs, we are not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). Thanks to the likes of “children’s entertainment” like Harry Potter, World of Warcraft, TV shows like Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Charmed and of course, music stars, the occult has become fashionable, cool and “in” for kids and teenagers alike. While this may seem like harmless entertainment, they are embedded with real satanic themes and witchcraft. All of this is designed to make what God has called an abomination much more enticing. Kids are being raised to believe they can get what they want through occult powers and to look to other sources for spiritual fulfillment rather than Jesus Christ. For those who have any doubt about the popularity of witchcraft and wicca (which was invented by Satanist and Aleister Crowley-devotee, Richard Gardner), I strongly suggest you check out the excerpts from the book “Generation Hex”, which chronicled the widespread explosion of the occult amount America’s youth.

And now we have the old Ouija board getting a 2010 upgrade for little girls, by making a pink version that can glow in the dark. Ouija is a tool that people think can contact the dead, but is actually a device to contact demonic forces and evil spirits. All the while providing “answers” to whatever pressing questions the users may have. It provides a way for people to put their spiritual trust and desire in “the world of the dead.”

Since the Garden of Eden, that has been Satan’s mission: to distract our attention, focus and worship from the God of the Bible. Distraction is all that’s necessary to keep an unsaved person in the dark. Many satanists like Marilyn Manson will say that they don’t worship the devil. Well in many instances, this is true. Much of satanism is focused on the self. It instructs the reader to get what they want out of life, do whatever they feel and have no conscience about it. In doing this, they must disregard the Bible and God’s plan for humanity. And ultimately it is turning America and the rest of the world into an occult society, perfectly prepped for the Great Tribulation. The book of Daniel tells us the antichrist will understand “dark sentences” and that “craft will prosper in his hand” (Daniel 8:23-25). Could all of this occult emphasis in the media and pop culture be getting people ready for that kind of leader?

If you are a Christian, the above passage from Deuteronomy is clear. Any dabbling in the occult is an abomination to The Lord. Behind all of these different occult practices are demonic forces who are feeding people what they want to hear. Contacting the dead, or necromancy, is forbidden in the Bible.

By parents bringing these “toys” into their homes, they are giving license to the demonic and evil spirits that come with them. If the Gospels are clear about anything regarding demons, it’s that demons ultimately want to possess and take over their victims completely. The most popular example would probably be the demons who called themselves “Legion” to Jesus because there were so many inside of them inside the body of one man. That is their mission.
Jesus explains this on several occasions. In Luke 11 we read:

24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. 25And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. 26Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.

Unclean spirits think of people as their homes! This is coming straight from Jesus Christ. But notice that when the home is “swept and garnished” the demon cannot get back on its own. He must go and get more. So you have to make sure as a Christian that you are as far removed from the occult as possible. Keep your hearts and mind clear of these demonic influences. And certainly those of your children.

Do you believe Jesus Christ who warns us to avoid these things? Or do you put your trust in marketing executives who call of this harmless fun while making millions off the sale of their merchandise? It may seem difficult to make a break from such popular activities but that is why the Bible calls on us to be a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2). We must give up those things in our love for Jesus. So to parents, use good discernment and protect your home. And to young people, do not be deceived!

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour