The Pontiff has not yet announced any plans to step down, but a journalist
working with the Vatican has claimed that it could happen as early as next
A centuries-old apocryphal prophecy foretells the end of times after the
last pope. The same text says Pope Francis could be that last one.
The Prophecy of the Popes is a list of 112 popes and antipopes in
succession. It was first published in 1595 by monk Arnold Wion in Lignum
Vitæ, a book on the history of the Benedictine order.
Wion attributed it to Saint Malachy, the 12th-century Irish saint and
Archbishop of Amragh. According to a later account, the manuscript with Malachy
prophecy was stored in the Vatican archives but was forgotten until its
rediscovery in 1590.
The text contains (often metaphoric) mottos/descriptions of pontiffs; the
first description on the list is widely believed to be attached to Pope
Celestine II (1143-1144). If those descriptions are matched one by one with the
list of his successors, Pope Francis would be the last, 112th pope. According
to the prophecy, the last pope is identified as ‘Peter the Roman’.
This is what it says of his papacy: “Peter the Roman, who
will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are
finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge
will judge his people. The End.”
The penultimate pope on the list is described as ‘glory of the olive’.
Proponents of the prophecy view it as a reference to Benedict XVI, Francis’s
predecessor, who chose his papal name after Saint Benedict of Nursia. The
latter was the founder of the Benedictine order, which comprises the Olivetans.
As for Francis himself, there is a far-fetched theory that ‘Peter the Roman’
has a connection with Saint Francis of Assisi, whose father was named Pietro
Is this prophecy to be believed?
There is no historical consensus on the veracity of the text, but several
researchers have pointed to the fact that the verses referring to popes who
reigned up until around 1590 are very accurate (they often refer to papal
heraldry), but the descriptions for the popes that follow are rather vague.
This means the prophecy was likely forged around the time it was published,
which could explain the rapid decline in accuracy.
Malachy’s biographer and contemporary, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, has left
no mention of the prophecy. An Irish priest named O’Brien, who wrote an 1880
monograph on the text, believed that it was based on a 1557 list of popes that
included their heraldry.
O’Brien said: “It is impossible to attribute such absurd
triflings … to any holy source. Those who have written in defence of the
prophecy … have brought forward scarcely an argument in their favour. Their attempts
at explaining the prophecies after 1590 are, I say with all respect, the
Why would Pope Francis want to resign?
Pope Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio) took the Catholic Church in 2013,
following the resignation of Benedict XVI, then 86 years of age, due to
declining health. Roman popes typically reign from election until death, with
Benedict becoming the first pontiff to relinquish the office in around 600
Francis, now 83, has not given any word so far on whether he would ever
resign. However, Catholic journalist Austen Ivereigh, who authored Pope Francis’
biography, claimed in 2015 that Pope could step down as early as next year.
He said in a TV interview: “I don’t think there’s ever been
any doubt that that’s what he’s gonna do (resign in 2020).”
“He made clear from the beginning that he regarded Pope Benedict’s act as a
prophetic act of great humility and he would have absolutely no problem in
doing the same.”
“What was interesting was that he said to Mexican television [in 2014] that
he believed that he would have a short papacy he thought of about five years.
“But what I’m hearing now from people close to him is that he’s going to
need seven years to achieve his five-year plan and that, of course, would mean
staying on until 2020.”
Pope Francis also faced calls to resign last year in the wake of massive sex
scandals that have rocked the Church. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano wrote an open letter claiming that he had informed Pope
Francis about sexual assault allegations against Theodore McCarrick, the former
archbishop of Washington, but the Pope turned a blind eye to them.
“In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal
Church,” Vigano wrote, “[Pope Francis] must acknowledge his mistakes and,
in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, Pope Francis must
be the first to set a good example to Cardinals and Bishops who covered up
McCarrick’s abuses and resign along with all of them.”
Several senior figures in the Catholic Church criticised Vigano’s
accusations as unsubstantiated, while Pope Francis maintained that he “knew
nothing” about McCarrick’s crimes. “I don’t remember if [Vigano] told me about
this,” he said. “If it’s true or not. No idea! But you know that about McCarrick,
I knew nothing. If not, I wouldn’t have remained quiet, right?”
A new military incursion into Libya is part of a long-awaited dream by
Turkish President Erdogan to return the Ottoman Caliphate, a global Islamic
rule that subjugated Jews and Christians for six centuries.
Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Monday that Turkish-backed
Syrian mercenaries have begun arriving in Libya. Approximately 2,400 troops are
already in Tripoli while another 1,700 are currently undergoing training in
Turkey. Activists informed the SOHR that Turkey intends to send a total of
6,000 troops to Libya.
Turkey is backing the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) in
its fight against the eastern-based Libyan National Army led by General Khalifa
Haftar and backed by Russia. The GNA is supported by Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
The GNA also receives air support from the United Arab Emirates.
Until now, the role of the Turkish military has been limited to 35 military
personnel involved solely in training and advisory roles. The new Syrian troops
are mercenaries, hired from rebel groups opposing Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad. The Turkish government will pay each soldier a monthly stipend of
$2,000, far more than the $50 they earned to fight back home in Syria. The Syrian
troops are also fighting against the Kurds in Libya.
Turkish intervention is a manifestation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan’s aspiration to establish himself as the leader of a global Islamic
nation. The SOHR reported that a commander of the Turkish-backed Syrian troops
en route to Libya announced as their battle cry, “We will present our souls for
the Ottoman Caliphate.”
The Ottoman Caliphate, known in the West as the Ottoman or Turkish Empire,
was founded in the 13th Century and eventually controlled much of Southeast
Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa. This control lasted for several hundred
years and only truly ended after WWI when the empire was partitioned by the
Allied Powers and the 101st and final Caliph, Sultan Abdulmecid II, was deposed
The Ottoman Empire was a Sunni Caliphate which exerted a hegemonic power of
Muslim control over the non-Muslim populations, most notably a
Christian/Catholic majority. In accordance with the Muslim dhimmi
system, Christians were guaranteed limited freedoms, such as the right to
worship. They were forbidden to carry weapons or ride on horseback, their
houses could not overlook those of Muslims, in addition to various other legal
limitations. Many Christians and Jews converted in order to secure full status
Before his election, Turkish political analysts feared that candidate
Erdogan’s rise to power was fueled by his aspirations and those of his
supporters to return Turkey to its former glory at the head of the Muslim
world. His term in office confirmed these fears. In the wake of a failed
attempt at a coup by a faction in the army in 2016, Erdogan mobilized the
military against the populace and jailed hundreds of dissidents.
But Erdogan’s Caliphate aspirations extend beyond the borders of Turkey and
target Israel and, most specifically, Jerusalem. At a summit of the
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul last year, Erdogan called
on all of the 57 Muslim member nations to join together against Israel to
avenge the deaths of Palestinians killed while charging the southern border
In 2015, Erdogan gave a speech commemorating 562 years since the Turks
captured Constantinople (now known as Istanbul) from European Christians in
which he called for the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem.
“Conquest is Mecca, conquest is Saladin, it’s to hoist the Islamic flag over
Jerusalem again; conquest is the heritage of Mehmed II and conquest means
forcing Turkey back on its feet,” Erdogan said in the speech in Istanbul.
Erdogan’s support of the Palestinians was returned in kind. In a Muslim
gathering on the Temple Mount earlier this month commemorating the conquest of
Constantinople in 1453 CE, Nidhal “Abu Ibrahim” Siam, a Palestinian
preacher, addressed a crowd of approximately 7,000.
As reported by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Siam told
the crowd that three prophecies would soon be fulfilled: a rightly-guided
caliphate will be established, that Jerusalem will be liberated and established
as its capital and that Islam “will throw its neighbors to the ground” thereby
achieving world domination.
The gathering was organized by Hizb ut-Tahrir, an international,
pan-Islamist political organization dedicated to establishing a global
caliphate. Founded in Jerusalem in 1953, the organization is banned in many
Erdogan has also been suspected of aiding Hamas, allowing the terrorist
organization to operate out of Turkey. The terrorist group is also reportedly
in contact with the Turkish intelligence agency.
The key to the Turkish incursion into Libya and the hidden motivation is
actually quite straightforward. Two months ago, Turkey signed a maritime
borders deal that gave Turkey a claim to parts of the eastern Mediterranean. In
addition to its strategic military importance, the eastern Mediterranean has
huge natural gas deposits. Turkey’s entrance into the eastern Mediterranean
puts it into close proximity with Israel and its offshore natural gas
“The whole thing is about natural gas,” Dr. Kedar said. “The agreement
between Turkey and Libya bypassed Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Egypt. They
related to the entire Mediterranean and the enormous natural gas deposits as if
they belonged only to Libya and Turkey.”
“This could bring Israel into direct conflict with Turkey but since Israel
is supplying vital gas to Europe, this also brings Turkey into conflict with
“In order to make sure that the Libyan government stays and Turkey’s gas
interests in the Mediterranean stay secure, Turkey is ramping up the
hostilities in Libya in favor of the GNA.”
Dr. Kedar emphasized that Turkey’s interest in Libyan hostilities is, in
essence, but not exclusively, financially motivated.
“But religion is big business,” he added. “Establishing a caliphate is
certainly a big part of Erdogan’s agenda but to do that, he needs money and
power. Taking over the gas in the Mediterranean will give him that.”
This aspect of the Libyan conflict concerning natural gas in the
Mediterranean is of grave concern to international leaders, including U.S.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish
President Erdogan, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Premier Giuseppe
Conte, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, all of whom gathered in Berlin
on Sunday to discuss the issue. Also in attendance were UN Secretary-General
Antonio Guterres along with senior representatives of the European Union, the
African Union, and the Arab League.
“The beloved Dr. Jack Van Impe was
welcomed into Heaven by His blessed Savior and Lord who he had so faithfully
served in ministry for over 70 years,” the statement read.
“Please pray for his beloved wife
and lifelong ministry partner Rexella and their families as they grieve this
immense loss and for wisdom as she and the Board lead the ministry in the days
Van Impe – often referred to as the
“walking Bible” for his expansive memorization of Bible verses – first gained
popularity through his television show Jack Van
Impe Presents in the late 80s and 90s. The show – which starred
both him and his wife Rexella – featured a controversial segment of the couple
analyzing current news headlines through the lens of the second coming and end
According to Christianity Today, Van Impe
was no stranger to controversy. Reportedly, after the terrorist attacks on
September 11, 2001, the television pastor became increasingly worried about
Islam. During Barack Obama’s presidency, Van Impe even claimed that Obama was
part of a Muslim plot to infiltrate the United States.
Then in 2011, Van Impe had a falling
out with Christian TV network, Trinity Broadcasting Network. Van Impe
reportedly split from TBN after the network refused to air an episode of his
show where he claims megachurch pastors Rick Warren and Robert Schuller were
secretly promoting Chrislam – a new religion mixing Christianity and
Nonetheless, the show continued
independently with its last episode airing on January 10, 2020.
Amid his passing, popular
conservative evangelical leader Franklin Graham offered his condolences to the
Graham wrote on Twitter, “Our condolences
go out to Rexella Van Impe as news comes about the death of her husband,
evangelist Jack Van Impe.
“He was among a large number of
young men who served in the early days with Youth for Christ. Dr. Van Impe
became known as “The Walking Bible” because he memorized large portions of
Scripture, inspiring young people to do the same.”
Graham concluded noting that he
hopes more people can be inspired by Van Impe’s dedication to the word.
“His life demonstrated the
importance of “laying up these words of Mine in your heart and in your soul”
(Deuteronomy. 11:18). May we all be inspired to do the same,” he wrote.
Further details are yet to be
released regarding Van Impe’s celebration of life.
The mysterious new virus that is starting to spread very rapidly in China has
global health officials extremely concerned. On Wednesday, the World
Health Organization will convene an emergency meeting to discuss whether this
outbreak should be “declared a global
health crisis”, and screeners are being put in place at airports all over
the world. But to a certain extent it may already be too late, because we
know that this virus has already spread via airplane to at least three other
countries. And since the early symptoms of this disease are so similar to
what one would expect after coming down with a common cold, there could potentially
be countless numbers of victims that have not even gone to the hospital because
they don’t think that anything is seriously wrong.
Health officials in China are telling us that this is a “new strain of
coronavirus”, and they believe that it probably originated at a seafood market
When the outbreak first started, they told us that it was not likely that
there would be widespread human-to-human transmission.
But then later they were forced to admit that it was likely that
human-to-human transmission was happening on a limited basis, and now they have
finally been forced to admit that this virus can pass from person to person quite
On January 17th, it was being reported that there were only 48 people that
had caught this virus, but over the weekend the number of official cases suddenly tripled…
The number of people infected with a new virus in China tripled over the
weekend, with the outbreak spreading from Wuhan to other major cities.
There are now more than 200 cases, mostly in Wuhan, though the respiratory
illness has also been detected in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
As I write this article, the latest official count I can find is 222 victims, and that means that the
number of cases has actually more than quadrupled since
But by the time many of you read this article, that number is likely to be
An 89-year-old man has become the fourth victim to die from
this virus, but many more are currently in critical condition, and it has
become quite clear that this bug can be very deadly for humans.
Originally, Chinese officials were hoping to keep this virus mostly confined
to Wuhan and the surrounding areas, but now cases have been popping up in other major Chinese
Five people in Beijing and 14 in Guangdong have been diagnosed with the
coronavirus, CCTV reported Monday evening. A total of seven suspected cases
have been found in other parts of the country, including in Sichuan and Yunnan
provinces in the southwest and in Shanghai.
Now that this disease has spread so widely, it is going to be much more
difficult to get it under control.
If this virus did not spread easily between people, that would not have
There is also a tremendous amount of concern about how easily this virus can
be transported via airplane.
Prior to Monday, we already knew about incidents where infected people flew
from China to Japan and Thailand, and now South Korea has reported their first
South Korea on Monday reported its first confirmed case of the China
coronavirus, fuelling concerns that the pneumonia-like illness could be
spreading across Asia.
A 35-year-old woman trying to enter the country from Wuhan, China, where the
virus is thought to have originated, tested positive after being screened for
symptoms at Incheon International Airport on Sunday.
We still don’t know if this is going to develop into a very serious global
crisis or not, but things are definitely looking more ominous than they did just a few days ago.
Early symptoms of the disease include congestion, fever, coughing, shortness
of breath and breathing difficulties. But like I said before, many
victims could simply assume that they have a common cold. And before they
realize that something really serious is happening to them, they could
potentially expose the virus to countless others.
In other words, the number of people that will be traveling for this holiday
is greater than the entire population of the United States.
And in that sort of an environment, diseases can be spread like wildfire.
Here in the United States, it has been announced that airport officials will
passengers” as they arrive from the city of Wuhan…
Federal health officials said on Friday that they would begin screening
passengers arriving at three US airports from Wuhan, China, for signs of
infection from a mysterious and potentially deadly new virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it would deploy
about 100 staff members to San Francisco International Airport, Los Angeles
International Airport, and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York
City to help screen incoming passengers.
That is a good first step, but could it be possible that infected passengers
have already arrived?
And since this virus has already spread to other Chinese cities, shouldn’t
all passengers arriving from China be screened?
I understand that would be a dramatic step to take, but it has become clear
that this virus is quite deadly, and it has also become clear that it can
spread from person to person very easily.
Over in Asia, dramatic steps are already being taken. If you want to
get an idea of what is already being done, just watch this very creepy video.
Hopefully this crisis will fade soon, but scientists have warned us that it
is just a matter of time before the next great pandemic breaks out, and without
a doubt we are highly vulnerable.
In particular, the very young, the very old and those with compromised
immune systems would be at the highest risk if this virus started spreading
rapidly here in North America.
Let’s hope that it doesn’t come to that. Global health authorities are
going to be doing all that they can to get this virus under control, and other
health scares in the past have turned out to be mostly hype.
But if cases of this new virus continue to grow at an exponential rate, the
death toll will quickly become quite alarming, and there will be a tremendous
amount of panic all over the globe.
It is almost as if someone flipped some sort of a switch as 2020 began,
because we have been seeing really weird things happen all over the globe so
far this year. Later in this article I want to talk about the large
earthquakes and strange weather events that we have seen over the past few
days, but first I want to discuss the massive armies of locusts that are
voraciously eating crops in Asia and in Africa. Right now, a “deadly
invasion by millions and millions of locusts” in India is absolutely
devastating farm after farm, and the media in India is calling this locust
invasion “the worst in over six
Parts of Gujarat and Rajasthan are in the midst of a deadly invasion
by millions and millions of locusts, leaving the farmers there in
distress. The invasion which began in October is said to be the worst
in over six decades.
According to reports, crops of some 3.6 lakh hectares in 10 districts as
western Rajasthan have been damaged by the locusts so far. The Locust Warning
Organization (LWO) said that the current wave of attack was by Pink locusts
which are flying in from Pakistan.
As bad as things are in India, the truth is that they are even worse in
According to the UN, the desert locusts that have been
ravaging fields in Ethiopia and Somalia are now pouring into Kenya…
The UN has warned of a “significant and extremely dangerous”
escalation in the number of desert locusts descending on Kenya, as the
government strives to contain the threat before it reaches the country’s
The tropical grasshoppers have been wreaking havoc on Kenya’s neighbours to
the north and east, devouring tens of thousands of hectares of crops in
Ethiopia and Somalia since last June.
Here in the United States, we tend to think of a “swarm” as a few hundred
But over in Africa, these “swarms” can literally take over an entire section
of a country. For example, the FAO says that one of the locust swarms in
Kenya “measured 2,400 sq km”…
Each square kilometre of locusts in a swarm can eat as much in a day as
35,000 people, according to the FAO. One locust swarm seen in Kenya
measured 2,400 sq km.
“There is an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods”
across the Horn of Africa, the FAO said.
I can’t even imagine what a 2,400 square kilometer locust army would look
like, but I think that it is fair to say that it qualifies as a “plague of
Meanwhile, earthquakes continue to pop up in unusual places.
The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck about 2
miles (3 kilometers) southwest of Hutchinson shortly after 1 p.m. The service
had initially reported that it was a magnitude 4.4 earthquake, but later
The earthquake struck as the Kansas Corporation Commission investigates the
cause of a swarm of 17 earthquakes in five days in August the same area of
central Kansas. The regulatory agency’s investigation is focused on the
underground disposal of oilfield waste that’s been blamed for quakes elsewhere
in southern Kansas.
A strong inland earthquake has struck Indonesia’s easternmost Papua
province, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or casualties.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 6.0 quake was centered 141
kilometers west of Abepura, a city at a depth of 33.6 kilometers.
But these days large earthquakes are happening so frequently that they
barely make a blip in the news. A similarly large earthquake just hit China, but hardly anyone in
the U.S. even knows that it happened…
According to reports, A powerful magnitude 6.4 earthquake has struck in
Jiashi County of northwest China’s autonomous Xinjiang. The earthquake was
reported to have a depth of 165m and took place at 9:21 pm local time.
Witnesses say the shaking was felt in the cities of Kashgar and Artux. At
this time there are no reports of fatalities or damage. This is the third
earthquake that has struck in Southern Xinjiang, China in the past 47 hours.
That quake in China was later downgraded to a magnitude 6.0 event, but that
is still very significant.
In some parts of the planet, the shaking simply does not stop. Over in
the Philippines, there have been more than 400 earthquakes associated with the
eruption of Taal volcano since last Sunday…
Since Sunday, a staggering 466 earthquakes have been recorded, and experts
warn more eruptions may still come.
Of those quakes, 156 were recorded as being intensity one to four.
Phivolcs Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division chief Mariton
Bornas said: “For volcanic earthquakes, that is strong.”
And as I have written about previously, more than 1,000 earthquakes have shaken
Puerto Rico in recent weeks. Many residents continue to sleep outside
because they are deathly afraid that their homes will collapse on top of them
while they are sleeping if another big quake suddenly strikes.
On top of everything else, global weather patterns continue to go haywire.
The highest temperature recorded on the red planet Wednesday morning was -17
C, according to NASA, which was still a few degrees above Alberta, where the
warmest temperature recorded was –21.2 C, at Nakiska Ridge in Kananaskis
In Calgary, it reached a low of –31.2 C early Wednesday, according to
Environment Canada, while in Edmonton the mercury dipped to –34 C.
And along with Mars, Alberta was colder than a number of other well-known
spots, like Siberia, which sat at –11 C Wednesday morning, and Nuuk, Greenland,
where it was –12 C.
Premier Dwight Ball said he had asked for the federal government’s
assistance, including mobilizing the armed forces, after the blizzard battered
Rob Carroll, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said St. John’s had
experienced a one-day snowfall of 76.2 centimeters (30 inches), breaking the
previous record of 68.4 centimeters (27 inches) on April 5, 1999.
On an almost daily basis, we are seeing natural disasters happen that are
unlike anything we have ever seen before, and what we have witnessed so far is just the beginning.
Despite all of our advanced technology, we remain exceedingly dependent on
the natural environment that surrounds us, and that natural environment is
becoming increasingly unstable.
We are truly entering uncharted territory, and most people cannot even
imagine the great challenges that lie ahead for all of us.
If you don’t know what an Enneagram is, don’t feel dumb or alone. A lot of
people are still unfamiliar with the Enneagram.
In fact, I had never heard of it until a few months ago when I saw someone
post about it on social media.
Shortly after that, I saw several articles pop up about how it can help your
marriage, how it can help your walk with God and even a pastor who took several
weeks to preach a series of Sunday sermons on the Enneagram to his
That’s when I realized I needed to know more about this really funny word.
The Enneagram isn’t something new; it’s just in the past couple of years
that it’s gained traction among Christians. It teaches that there are nine
different personality types.
What makes the Enneagram concerning from the start are its origins in the
occult, divination and New Age. This
article from The Gospel Coalition delves into the occultic background, and
I encourage you to read it for yourself.
3 Biblical Reasons Christians Should Say No to the Enneagram
Beyond the sketchy origins of the Enneagram (something Christians should
absolutely take into consideration), there are other reasons why we
should reject the urge to join this new fad in the church.
Over the past few months, my dad (Dr. Hackett and author of the blog “Foundational“)and I have been writing about our concern about the direction the
evangelical church is heading.
Because we have a form of godliness, but deny its power, we have to find
that power in other places:
So we create adrenaline-charged atmospheres in our churches. We become
fascinated by New Age doctrines.
We practice energy healing. We preach self-help, self-care
and how to live your best life now.
We obsess over preachers and evangelists of the past, visit their graves,
take pilgrimages to their churches, engage in necromancy and pray for their
We “Christianize” yoga,
meditation, centering and other Eastern religious activities.
All because our godliness being void of power has created a vacuum that
demands something … something for which we
have determined that God, the Bible and the Holy Spirit are not enough.
It is worse than blasphemous, because we expect unbelievers to deny God and
His power, because by their very definition, they do not believe in Him.
But the light that is in us has become darkened, because by our very
definition we should believe, and we don’t.
We lie. We blaspheme. We declare God’s power and deny it at the very same
time. But then we go a step further and march right into the devil’s territory
and borrow His sulfur-saturated, evil, twisted, distorted, and demonic ideas
and try to worship God with them.
I would like to add that researching Enneagrams has caused me to consider
why Christians are so preoccupied with personality tests at all.
We spend a lot of time filling out questionnaires that tell us about
ourselves, doing those silly Facebook quizzes and pondering whether we’re
introvert, extrovert or somewhere in between.
I know. I have done this very thing.
But preparing for this article has given me a whole new perspective on this
and it is central to the danger I find not only in Enneagrams, but in this
entire quest to know who we are.
1. Christians should say no to Enneagrams because their identity is
The very first danger I see with Enneagrams is the quest to know who we are.
This is a natural question every human, at one point or another, asks
themselves: “Who am I?” God created us with this deep need to find
our identity. And He simultaneously created the answer: Himself.
When we discover our
true identity in Jesus Christ, we have no need for personality tests,
quizzes, Enneagrams, Myers-Briggs—all of which have, at one point or another,
been proven as scientifically inaccurate.
Of course they are! Human psychological study will never be so advanced as
to answer the plaguing question: “Who am I?”
The temptation to identify ourselves as introvert or extrovert; melancholy
or sanguine; judging or perceiving; or any of these personality types is great.
We get a false sense of knowing ourselves and understanding others. But we will
only ever truly know ourselves when we seek to know God. The more we know who
God is, the better we see ourselves for who we really are.
More importantly, the more we glorify God in our lives, the less our
significance and self-awareness matters to us.
2. Christians should say no to Enneagrams because self-awareness is
I am deeply concerned with how much the church has begun to shift its focus
off God, His sovereignty, and His supreme glory and on to self:
In other words, self-glorification.
The idea of “self” in general flies in the face of God’s Word that
commands us, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but
in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself” (Phil.
Self-awareness has its roots in ancient philosophy that denies God and His
supremacy in our lives.
As Christians, we are not called to be self-aware; we’re called to be
When we become God-aware, our identity comes into proper alignment, and we
understand that we are: Lost, Helpless, Corrupt, Not good (Rom. 3:10), Chosen, Adopted,
Redeemed and Made new.
What more do we need to know? In other words, our self-awareness cannot help
us. Apart from God, we are nothing and nobody; we cannot redeem or cleanse
ourselves. When we are aware of this, if our natural inclination isn’t to turn
to God, but to try to help ourselves, we will spend the rest of our lives in
Once we come to a proper view of ourselves, our only hope is to become
God-aware and find a new identity and awareness in Him!
3. Christians should say no to the Enneagram because it is rooted in
the counsel of the ungodly.
Psalm 1 tells us that we are blessed when we do not walk in the counsel of
the ungodly. Why?
Because the mind of the unbeliever is unregenerate; it is filled with
knowledge rooted in philosophies that deny God, His power and His very
existence. While I know that this may seem extreme to some (perhaps many), if
we calls ourselves Christians, we must allow God’s Word to dictate every
decision and action of our lives. And His Word clearly says that we are blessed
when we do not walk in the counsel, in the philosophy and in the
advisement of the ungodly.
So using a personality test rooted in occult and New Age origins,
attributing our identity and awareness of who are to it, and then allowing this
newfound identity to determine our direction is dangerous. There is no blessing
The Christian should, instead, turn to God’s Word, allowing it to reveal who
we truly are apart from God—in all of its raw, rough, ugly detail, and then
discover Christ’s solution to that problem. Through that, we will uncover our
When we become aware of who He really is, our own desire for affirmation and
significance loses importance.
Once we come to this place, our direction is clear; the question of
“Who am I?” is answered, and we have peace and security—the quest is
over. And that vacuum we were born with is filled.
There has never been a time in
modern human history when our planet has been changing as rapidly as it is
changing right now. The sun is behaving very strangely, freakishly cold
weather is breaking out all over the world, ocean temperatures continue to
rise, volcanoes all over the globe are shooting ash miles into the air,
Australia is experiencing the worst wildfires that they have ever seen, and the
north magnetic pole has been moving at a pace that is deeply alarming
scientists. Could it be possible that all of this bizarre activity is
leading up to some sort of a crescendo?
Sadly, most people don’t even
realize what is happening, and that is because the mainstream media only
emphasizes stories that fit with the particular narratives that they are
But it has gotten to the point where
nobody can deny that really weird things are happening. The following are
7 major earth changes that are happening right now that everyone needs to know
According to NASA, solar activity has dropped to the lowest level in 200
years. The following comes from the official NASA website…
The forecast for the next solar
cycle says it will be the weakest of the last 200 years. The maximum of this
next cycle – measured in terms of sunspot number, a standard measure of solar
activity level – could be 30 to 50% lower than the most recent one. The results
show that the next cycle will start in 2020 and reach its maximum in 2025.
Of course NASA insists that
everything will be just fine, but others are wondering if this lack of solar
activity could potentially spawn another “Little Ice Age”…
When solar activity gets really low,
it can have the effect of a “mini ice age.” The period
between 1645 and 1715 was marked by a prolonged sunspot
minimum, and this corresponded to a downturn in temperatures in Europe and
North America. Named after astronomers Edward Maunder and his
wife Annie Russell Maunder, this period became known as the Maunder Minimum. It is also known as “The Little Ice Age.”
When solar activity gets very low, it has traditionally meant very cold and
very snowy winters, and right now we are seeing snow in places that are extremely unusual…
The Egyptian capital, Cairo, was
also turned white at the start of the month, despite the city not having snow
in 112 years, and experiencing less than an inch of rain each year.
Many parts of Greece were covered in
snow in early January, with low temperatures and strong frost.
The cold front named ‘Hephaestion’,
after an Ancient Greek army general, thrashed the Greek landscape, bringing
rain, sleet and ice in the east.
Meanwhile, the oceans of the world just keep getting hotter and hotter.
In fact, ocean temperatures off the California coast have been setting new all-time record highs.
It is odd that this is taking place at a time of such low solar activity, but
NBC News this is definitely happening…
The world’s oceans hit their warmest
level in recorded history in 2019, according to a study published Monday that
provides more evidence that Earth is warming at an accelerated pace.
The analysis, which also found that
ocean temperatures in the last decade have been the warmest on record, shows
the impact of human-caused warming on the planet’s oceans and suggests that
sea-level rise, ocean acidification and extreme weather events could worsen as
the oceans continue to absorb so much heat.
There have always been wildfires, but we have never seen anything like
this. During the summer, countless catastrophic fires burned millions
upon millions of acres in the Amazon rainforest, and this winter Australia’s
fires have actually been a total of 46
percent larger than the fires that we
witnessed in the Amazon. Australia has never seen anything like this
before, and according to NASA the smoke from these fires will completely circle the Earth…
Once was bad enough, but smoke from
Australia’s devastating bushfires is set to return to the country to complete a
round-the-world trip that has seen it impact on air quality as far away as
By Jan. 8, the smoke had made its
way halfway around the world and will make at least one full circuit, according
to scientists at NASA, citing satellite tracking data. New Zealand experienced
severe air quality issues, while hazy skies and colorful sunsets and sunrises
were seen in parts of Chile and Argentina.
During the first half of 2020, volcanoes all over the world have been roaring
to life and have been shooting giant clouds of hot ash miles into the sky.
For example, in the Philippines the Taal volcano shot ash nine miles into the air
on Sunday, it has also been shooting scorching hot lava half a mile into the
air, and the ground around the volcano is starting to crack wide open.
The gray ash is knee-deep. It covers
the homes, the bloated cadavers of cows and horses, their limbs protruding at
unnatural angles in the shadow of a sulking volcano that could re-explode at
“My home is now gone,” said Melvin
Mendoza, 39, a boatman who returned on Tuesday to Taal, the volcanic island in
the middle of a freshwater lake just 40 miles south of Manila, which erupted on
Sunday like an atomic bomb mushroom cloud.
Let us hope that this volcanic
activity does not spread throughout that general area, because the largest
super volcano caldera in the entire world has been discovered not too far from the Philippines…
A team including members from GNS
Science have identified an ancient mega-volcano that could have the largest
known caldera on Earth.
The 150km (93.2 miles) wide feature
is on the crest of Benham Rise, an oceanic plateau off the Philippines coast.
In comparison, the caldera at Taupō is about 35km (21.8 miles) wide, and that
at Yellowstone about 60km (37.3 miles).
All of this is taking place while the north magnetic pole is moving toward
Russia at a very rapid pace. The following comes from CNN…
The north magnetic pole has been
slowly moving across the Canadian Arctic toward Russia since 1831, but its
swift pace toward Siberia in recent years at a rate of around 34 miles per year
has forced scientists to update the World Magnetic Model — used by civilian
navigation systems, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and US and British
militaries — a year ahead of schedule.
On top of everything else, the Earth’s magnetic field has been steadily
weakening over time, and this has some experts extremely concerned…
In a forum on Quora, science fiction
writer and journalist C Stuart Hardwick revealed that satellite data, such as
those collected by the European Space Agency’s SWARM mission, revealed that the
magnetic field has been weakening for about 5 percent each century. He noted
that currently, the strength of the magnetic field is at 29.5 microteslas,
which is 14 percent weaker than its previous state three centuries ago.
According to Hardwick, the SWARM satellites detected increased deterioration
within regions of the magnetic field over North America. He said these regions
weakened by about 3.5 percent over the span of just three years.
Without our magnetic field, life on
Earth could not exist for long.
And it doesn’t have to disappear
completely to be a massive problem. If it simply gets weak enough,
dwelling on the surface is going to become exceedingly difficult.
As I keep warning, our planet is becoming
increasing unstable, and what we have experienced so far is just the beginning.
The demands of life can often cause
us to focus on things that don’t really matter. Hopefully we can get more
people to wake up while there is still time, because the clock is ticking for
humanity and for our planet as a whole.
IDF intelligence reported that Iran
will have enough uranium for a nuclear warhead by the end of year but President
Trump is leading a multinational effort to prevent this from happening.
An article published in Haaretz
on Tuesday reported that Israeli military intelligence estimated that by the
end of the calendar year, Iran will have 40 kilograms of 90% enriched
uranium; enough needed to produce a single nuclear bomb. But the same IDF
report notes that Iran is still two years away from developing a missile
capable of delivering a nuclear payload.
Last week, President Trump
challenged this timeline when, in the midst of confrontations with Iran, he
stated simply, “As long as I am President of the United States, Iran will never
be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.” The president criticized the Iran deal
set in place by his predecessor as enabling, rather than curtailing, Iran’s
nuclear aspirations and its “destructive and destabilizing behavior in the
Middle East and beyond.”
President Trump has been a maverick,
breaking from the pack of world leaders in rejecting the Iran deal. Former
President Barack Obama implemented the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
(JCPOA), known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal, in 2015. The agreement lifted
long-standing economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for a shift in Iran’s
nuclear program, delaying its production of a nuclear weapon for ten
Known as the P5+1, it included the
participation of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security
Council—China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States—plus Germany
together with the European Union. The agreement was criticized for containing
inadequate measures for verifying Iranian compliance. The JCPOA required Iran
to cease its program for intercontinental ballistic missiles which Iran refused
to do, claiming its ICBMs were for defensive purposes.
In May 2018, President Trump
announced the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA. 13 months later, Iran announced
its uranium had exceeded limits set by the agreement.
Ten days ago, in the aftermath of
the Baghdad Airport Airstrike that targeted and killed Iranian general Qassem
Soleimani, Iran declared that it would no longer abide by the limitations of
The bond between the U.S. and Israel
was highlighted on Tuesday when Prime Minister Netanyahu echoed Trump’s vow.
“We know exactly what is happening
with the Iranian nuclear program. Iran thinks it can achieve nuclear weapons. I
reiterate: Israel will not allow Iran to achieve nuclear weapons. I also call
on all Western countries to impose snapback sanctions at the UN now.”
Trump had another supporter in newly
elected British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“From the American perspective, it’s
a flawed deal… plus it was negotiated by President Obama,” the Johnson said to
the press on Tuesday. “Let’s replace it with the Trump deal. That’s what we
need to see. President Trump is a great dealmaker by his own account, and by
many others. Let’s work together to replace the JCPOA and get the Trump deal
In fact, the JCPOA does seem to be
crumbling. The foreign ministers of the U.K., France, and Germany announced
Tuesday that they are lodging a formal complaint that Iran is not meeting its
“Our three countries are not joining
a campaign to implement maximum pressure against Iran,” the diplomats explained
in a joint statement released Tuesday, explaining that their hope was to retain the agreement.
“Our hope is to bring Iran back into full compliance with its commitments under
At the end of the General Audience, the “Aqua Circus” performers put on a show for the pope and pilgrims. Pope Francis participated in the spectacle by tossing a hoop at one of the acrobats. This circus presents itself as “the European response to ‘Cirque du Soleil.’” Its show proposes defending the environment. The artists tell the story of a mermaid and a man under the sea who fight against contamination of the ocean.
At the end of the General Audience, the “Aqua Circus”
performers put on a show for the pope and pilgrims.
The Roman Catholic Church has always had a penchant for things that are odd, creepy,
dark, weird and offbeat. Did you know that every Roman Catholic Church has a ‘relic‘
of a Catholic ‘saint’ built into the altar? Do you know what a relic is? It is a body part.
How’s that for weird, creepy and sinister? The Bible calls this type of
behavior necrophilia, or necromancy, and it is forbidden in both Testaments.
The Vatican loves dead things, and creepy things, and perverted things. Things
like the circus that Pope Francis invited to the reptilian Audience Hall on
January 8, 2020.
As you will see in the video below, this circus is the stuff of nightmares
complete with creepy performers doing creepy things. But this is the Vatican,
so you might expect it to be sexually charged as well, and it certainly was
that. You can’t make this stuff up, people, and the truth about the Roman
Catholic Church is always wilder than fiction. Speaking of wild, after the
video, take a moment to read about the reptile room in the Vatican where all
this creepiness and perversion takes place.
Francis participates in circus act during General Audience
FROM ROME REPORTS: At the end of the General Audience, the “Aqua Circus”
performers put on a show for the pope and pilgrims. Pope Francis participated
in the spectacle by tossing a hoop at one of the acrobats.
This circus presents itself as “the
European response to ‘Cirque du Soleil.’” Its show proposes defending the
environment. The artists tell the story of a mermaid and a man under the sea who
fight against contamination of the ocean. READ MORE
Was The Papal Audience Hall Building At The Vatican Constructed In The Shape Of
A Giant Reptile?
This is the building where Pope Francis watched the creepy circus perform in.
It’s called the Papal Audience Hall building, and as you can see, the building
inside and out is in the shape of a giant snake. Have a look at the image below
and compare its shape to the image of a snake beside it. Note the overall shape
— wide back, narrow, rounded front, eyes in the middle, nostril at the front,
and curved top. So even from the outside and viewed from the sky, the entire
building is a dead-ringer for a snake’s head.
The Papal Audience Hall in Vatican
City as viewed from the sky and compared with a reptile.
When the building is viewed from the
inside, the unmistakable resemblance to a
reptile hits you like a ton of bricks. A ton of dark, evil and very sinister
The Papal Audience Hall in Vatican
City as viewed from the inside and compared to a reptile.
Just when you thought it couldn’t possible get much worse, it does. Way worse.
Right behind the pope’s throne, they installed a statue created by Pericle Fazzini in 1977 that purports to show Jesus Christ rising up
from an ‘atomic apocalypse’, and looking for all the world like a scene from
‘Night Of The Living Dead’ zombie movie. And if you look closely at the top of
the “Jesus” head, you will see something quite interesting indeed.
The demonic and massive statue of
Jesus turning into a reptile by Pericle Fazzini
You will notice that the “head of
Jesus” has his hair blowing in the
breeze or some such thing, but if you look closer it is more than that. The
head of Jesus is turning into…(anyone care to hazard a guess here?)…a reptile.
What is the importance of that? Well, you read this verse and then you tell me
what it means.
“And the LORD God said
unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed
above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou
go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put
enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall
bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:14,15 (KJV)
In the Bible, Satan is pictured as a reptile who will have a coming war with King Jesus at the Battle of Armageddon at the Second Coming. Revelation shows us that the
Genesis serpent had an ‘upgrade’ along the way and now is a giant, red-headed
multi-headed dragon, though still a reptile.
A new Disney animated television series released by Disney
Television Animation on Friday has many parents concerned that the House
that Mickey Mouse Built has transitioned into giving children a bizarre
pro-demon and witchcraft message.
THE OWL HOUSE: MAKING WITCHCRAFT ATTRACTIVE TO CHILDREN
The Owl House, created by Dana Terrace, is described in the
words of Disney: “The series follows self-assured teenage girl Luz, who
discovers a portal to another realm where humans are not well-liked, and she
must disguise herself in order to fit in at witch school.”
Luz, the main character is a 14-year-old Dominican-American teenager. Her
mentor, Eda the Owl Lady, is the most powerful witch on the isles and a wanted
criminal for selling magical items to humans. King is a demon warrior and Eda’s
The evil nemesis in the story is a character named Warden Wrath who wears a
plague doctor mask. Wrath keeps his enemies in a prison called the
Conformatorium for the crime of being different from everyone else. The setting
for the demon realm is on the Boiling Isles which is the decaying corpse of a
If the elements sound a bit too creepy for a Disney production, even Newsweek
noted that the dark-side is familiar turf for them.
“From Pinnochio’s nightmarish equine transformations on Pleasure Island to
the clown with the tearaway face from the Nightmare Before Christmas, Disney
animation has never been afraid to express a spooky side. The latest Disney
channel original series, The Owl House, continues that trend for a modern
audience with a demonic twist.”
Nonetheless, Terrace did have to convince the Disney people to venture into
decidedly un-Disney territory.
“I am always trying to push them to go a little bit darker and weirder
because I find that stuff fun,” Terrace told Newsweek. “There is
sometimes a concern with family networks for what is considered
family-friendly…because Disney is such a big company that in certain corners,
they say that maybe they don’t want to take those risks,” Hirsch said. “Walt
Disney took those risks, and that’s why we are sitting in this building. You
have to remind yourself that Disney is the full spectrum of emotions, creatures
and scary things.”
The Newsweek article noted that the writers’ room for the show was
“full of books on witchcraft, witches and spells to take inspiration from.”
An article about the production in LA
Times noted that Terrace took inspiration from Hieronymus Bosch and
other artists she encountered while learning in Catholic school.
Hieronymus Bosch was a Dutch/Netherlandish painter in the 15th-century whose
work contains fantastic illustrations of religious concepts and narratives.
Critics argue that Bosch’s art was inspired by his heretical beliefs. His
paintings, most notably his most famous Garden of Earthly Delights,
depict nudity, people in the act of sinning, and demons.
It is important to note that even though Judaism does not have a dualistic
concept of Satan as separate from God, witchcraft in all forms, even witchcraft
which is not based on Satan, is explicitly prohibited by the Bible.
Let no one be found among you who consigns his son or daughter to the fire,
or who is an augur, a soothsayer, a diviner, a sorcerer, one who casts
spells, or one who consults ghosts or familiar spirits, or one who inquires of
the dead. Deuteronomy
Now, should people say to you, “Inquire of the ghosts and familiar spirits
that chirp and moan; for a people may inquire of its divine beings—of the dead
on behalf of the living—for instruction and message,” surely, for one who
speaks thus there shall be no dawn. Isaiah
Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)
published an article criticizing the Disney series for trying “to portray
witchcraft as a positive tool to fight evil.”
“Folks, if you think this latest ‘Owl House’ show is just ‘fantasy and fun,’
think again,” CBN wrote. “Over the years, Disney has gone farther and farther
into the darkness of the spiritual world that opposes the living God, coming up
with programming and characters that lead the vulnerable into that dark world
The article in Patheos goes on to slam CBN’s critique of Disney with a
strangely pro-witchcraft primer on how to become a real practitioner of the
“Can you imagine how great it would be if you could learn witchcraft from
watching a cartoon? Unfortunately, as most witches know, that’s not how it
works. Witchcraft takes a ton of work and study and practice. You can no more
learn to be a witch from watching The Owl House as you can from watching Harry
Potter, though positive portrayals of witchcraft as a marginalized practice are
important and can
change public perception of what witches are—which is magick in itself. The
same is true for positive portrayals in media of people of color, queer folks,
and people who are differently-abled. This includes fantasy. Children need
fantasy in their lives, or they’re likely to believe fantasies such as Trump
somehow being remotely Christian when they grow up.”
“These are foolish people who are running after things that have no
connection with the power that created the world,” Rabbi Levy said, bringing an
axion from the Talmud (Shabbat 104b).
“You cannot bring a proof from idiots,” the rabbi quoted.
“These are foolish people who are creating a movie that reflects precisely
their baseless fantasies. They make witchcraft sound attractive and important
but the people who create this are displaying in front of the world their own
mental illnesses and the only people who will continue to believe this are
idiots who are mentally ill in a similar fashion.”
“These fantasies cannot stand before the light of the Torah. Religious
parents know that children love the stories in the Bible and retain them for
their whole lives, not like a silly film that makes no sense and they will
forget next week.”
“After every plague, Pharaoh, his warlocks, and all of the idol-worshippers
consulted with their false gods and asked them to remove the plague. This did
not help them at all until they turned and cried out to Moses and he stopped
the plague in one moment. Then they understood that there was one power above
which is God, and it is Him that rules the world and not the power of impurity:
serving false gods, idol worship, and fortune-telling.”
Revelation 1:3 "Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near".
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