Category: The Church

TIME-FRAME OF MESSIAH’S ARRIVAL REVEALED IN BOOK OF DANIEL

BY RIVKAH LAMBERT ADLER | NOV 11, 2020 | BIBLICAL NEWS

“From the time the regular offering is abolished, and an appalling abomination is set up—it will be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Happy the one who waits and reaches one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.” Daniel 12:11 (The Israel BibleTM)

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CONNECTING THE ELECTION TO REDEMPTION

Rabbi Isser Weisberg of Machon Mishne Torah in Lakewood, New Jersey has been making waves recently with a series of YouTube videos connecting the recent US presidential election to geula (redemption). 

Weisberg was recently interviewed by radio host Tamar Yonah from Israel News Talk Radio. In that 43-minute interview, Weisberg revealed the timeframe in which Moshiach (Messiah) will come, according to the Book of Daniel. “I don’t claim I’m a prophet. I don’t speak to God. But I did do an enormous amount of research. I’ve been studying Biblical prophecies for over 30 years,” Weisberg explained to Yonah.

One of the difficulties in understanding Biblical prophecy correctly, according to Weisberg, is that “prophets speak in metaphors,” so the literal meaning of a Biblical prophecy isn’t necessarily the truth. He further elaborated that some prophecies are ambiguous because they could unfold in various ways.

As Israel365 News reported on November 8, Weisberg has openly predicted that the election is far from over and Trump will remain in power. “It seems clear, from all the prophecies, that Donald Trump will be in the White House for another four years,” he stated. “I worked hard and I put together the puzzle. In the past, my predictions were correct. I predicted the last three elections. I’m pretty confident I got this one right too.”

Toward the end of the interview, he shared another astonishing insight, based on a rather obscure teaching from the Book of Daniel.

THE CALCULATION OF WHEN MESSIAH WILL ARRIVE

“I calculated exactly [by] when Moshiach has to come. The Time of the End was given to the prophet Daniel in the Book of Daniel several times.

“God told Daniel, ‘I’m giving you numbers, but you don’t understand what they are, and I’m not giving you the keys to decipher the code’, but He told him that, at the End of Days, before the Moshiach comes, the keys will be out there and people will be able to decipher it.

“I BELIEVE I CRACKED THE CODE,” HE SAID WITH CONFIDENCE.

From the time the regular offering is abolished, and an appalling abomination is set up—it will be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Happy the one who waits and reaches one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days. Daniel 12:11-12

Weisberg explained that the “appalling abomination” spoken about in the Book of Daniel is the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which was completed in the year 692. Counting 1290 (a thousand two hundred and ninety) years from the completion of the Dome of the Rock “you get 1982 and the 1335 (one thousand three hundred and thirty-five) ends in 2027. So that’s the window (1982-2027) when the Moshiach has to come.”

Finally, Weisberg connected these two predictions – that President Trump will stay in office to finish the job he started four years ago, and Moshiach will arrive before 2027.

“Whatever has to be accomplished before Moshiach comes has to be done through President Trump. There’s no time for someone else. The deadline of 2027 is set in stone, based again on my understanding, which of course I could be wrong but it seems like I’m not. There’s no other interpretation of those prophecies,” he asserted.

The YouTube video series is called Trump and the Messiah. At press time, one 11-minute video from the series, created after the media began referring to Joe Biden as the President-Elect, called A bump in Trump’s road to victory has been viewed over 17K times.

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VATICAN FORMING NEW CHRISLAM GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP WITH ‘DEVOUT CATHOLIC’ AND PASSIONATE PRO-ABORTION AND CHILD TRANSGENDER ADVOCATE JOE BIDEN

L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s communication office’s publication, hailed Mr Biden’s victory with great emphasis by placing it on its front page. The piece also mentioned Mr Trump’s decision to go to “war” by disputing the results. In short, the president-elect sees eye to eye with the Vatican far more than the Trump administration ever did, as argued by Pasquale Annichino, Senior Research Associate at the Cambridge Institute on Religion & International Studies of Cambridge University.

by Geoffrey Grider November 10, 2020

L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s communication office’s publication, hailed Mr Biden’s victory with great emphasis by placing it on its front page. The piece also mentioned Mr Trump’s decision to go to “war” by disputing the results.

 

The globalists that Donald Trump nearly put out of business are licking their lips in anticipation of a Joe Biden and Kamala Harris joint presidency, and rightly so. Joe Biden will lay down and spread wide open to accommodate them, already promising to rejoin the phony Paris Climate Accords and the Iran Nuclear Treaty. Now the Vatican wants a slice or two of the pie, gushing over how ‘devout catholic’ Joe Biden is going to make everything better again. And he will. Things will get much better for the New World Order globalists.

“And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” Revelation 17:15-18 (KJB)

Multiple high-ranking Roman Catholic thought leaders have been effusive with praise for Joe Biden, touting him as a ‘devout Catholic’, when in reality just the opposite is true. Joe Biden is 100% pro-abortion, Joe Biden is 100% for helping children as young as 8-years old to become transgender, are these Roman Catholic values? Well, they are in the “new” Catholic Church that Pope Francis has been busy building, the One World Religion we call Chrislam.

The Roman Catholic Church, shown to us in Revelation 17, and the Vatican that we see in Revelation 18, are two wings of the same Beast, and is right now rising in ascendency to fulfill the prophetical role it must play. Pope Francis is looking for all the world like the False Prophet, and now like the wolf he is, makes his move to snap up the United States. Chomp, chomp…tick, tock…time is almost up. Are you ready for what comes next?

Joe Biden and the Vatican: allies in the making?

FROM FORMICHE: Joe Biden is set to become the next president of the US. His entourage is gearing up to restore the nation’s international ties, seeking to repair the damage dealt by President Donald Trump. The past four years have seen a decrease in Washington’s moral leadership and international influence, as Mr Trump’s “America First” policies and his disengagement from multilateral forums botched the US’ historic global outreach.

The president-elect has promised to reverse the course and reach out to allies, in a bid to reinstate Washington’s power to impact global issues. And as the matter of religious freedom is seeping back into the public limelight, Mr Biden is likely to look towards a soft power behemoth: the Vatican.

The US relationship with the Vatican has been frayed by US partisan issues, catalysed by Mr Trump’s administration. The Christian right, who generally sides with him, is opposed to what it perceives to be the pope’s “liberal” agenda (which is explicated in his latest encyclical).

Mr Biden, a devout Catholic and a Democrat, has recently declared that his political views coincide with the Catholic social doctrine. He pledged to reunite his divided nation and heal the festering wounds that are polarising it, asking his supporters – in a convincingly Christian fashion – to “reach out to a Republican” during his victory speech.

In turn, the pope’s attention to climate change, the plight of refugees and favour towards multilateralist approaches resonates well with Mr Biden’s campaign promises (and Democratic platform). Francis’ recent approval of gay civil unions, too, parallels the Democrats’ attention towards the LGBTQ community.

L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s communication office’s publication, hailed Mr Biden’s victory with great emphasis by placing it on its front page. The piece also mentioned Mr Trump’s decision to go to “war” by disputing the results.

In short, the president-elect sees eye to eye with the Vatican far more than the Trump administration ever did, as argued by Pasquale Annichino, Senior Research Associate at the Cambridge Institute on Religion & International Studies of Cambridge University. 

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Pastors call Christians to return to God: America is ‘perishing unnecessarily’

By Jackson Elliott, Contributor FOLLOW| Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Amid division and hatred in the nation, one Illinois pastor believes America is “perishing today unnecessarily.”

Addressing fellow church leaders and the public on Monday during America’s Pre-Election Online Prayer and Communion Service, held at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., Pastor James Ward of INSIGHT Church said the future of America “is not guaranteed” and that God is warning His people to return to Him.

“It is most unfortunate and it really breaks my heart that in America, we are perishing today unnecessarily,” he said. “I believe with all my heart that God is calling America to not only turn but to return to Him to live and not die.

“You don’t have to die. You don’t have to perish unnecessarily.”

His comments came during a contentious election season and a day before the general election. A Rasmussen poll conducted in June found that 34% of likely U.S. voters think the United States will experience a second civil war in the next five years. 

Ward said many cities across the country are experiencing “Hell on earth” and largely because Christians have stopped praying.

“Whenever God’s people stop praying, stop proclaiming and stop promoting ‘thy Kingdom come and thy will be done here on earth as it is in Heaven,’ Satan’s kingdom will come and his will will be done on earth as it is in Hell in contrast to as it is in Heaven,” he said.

“We don’t have to live the way that we’re living under Hell’s dominion. Christ has made it possible so that the blessing of Abraham can come upon gentiles, any person … because God so loved the world.”

Ward’s call for Christians to get on their knees and return to God was echoed by other church leaders on Monday.

Pastor Mark Daniel of Focal Point Church in Orlando acknowledged that 2020 was not a normal year but that God allows disruptions so that His people can stop drifting from Him and turn back.

“A heavenly alarm has sounded and it is continuing to sound,” Daniel said. “I think the Church has abdicated our hope to a politician or to someone else and we’re needing to return and say our hope is Jesus Christ.”

Christians have “departed from His Word, from His ways” in the family, society and the Church and God is calling them to humility and prayer.

“We say, ‘God come heal our land,’ but He’s saying, ‘I’m looking for you to respond, my people,’” Daniel said. “We should not be trying to get back to normal. We should be looking for an urgency, a humbling to come upon us.”

Pastor Carlton Arthurs, founder of Wheaton Christian Center in Illinois, also warned on Monday that these are the “last days.”

“We’ve entered definitely what the Word of God refers to as the last days. The end of the age is rushing upon us. God’s people must know.”

He said that God spoke to him and told him to now make the emphasis of his life and ministry “preparing people for the soon return of the Lord.”

Also featured at the prayer event was the mother of Jacob Blake, who was hospitalized after being shot by police on Aug. 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Police were responding to a 911 call in which a woman reported that her boyfriend was present and was not supposed to be at the residence. The shooting, which sparked protests, is still under investigation.

Julia Jackson said that Blake had recommitted his life to Jesus and that his “faith in Christ has grown.”

“He’s reading his Bible daily. God is keeping us and blessing us,” she said.

Although her family’s pain has been immense, it’s a blessing that he lived, she said.

“I hear the LORD telling me, ‘I feel the same pain every time one of my created beings is destroyed or maimed in any area,’” she said. “His pain from the hatred and the violence among humans is great.

“So I pray to the Lord to continue to hold back His wrath as He touches the hearts of men and women to bring us to a place of repentance and love and honor and respect for each other.”

She added, “Until He comes there will be no peace. Until we open our hearts and let Him in, there will be no reconciliation. There will be no true justice because He’s the God of justice, and He’s the God of healing, He’s the God of love. So I’m asking the Lord every day, even before this, ‘Lord, create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me.’”

As the pastor to Blake’s mother and as someone who had been in talks with President Donald Trump, Ward said that during his prayers in the wake of the shooting, “Jesus began to tell me that He loves President Trump. And Jesus begins to tell me that He loves Jacob Blake.”

These were two persons whom “the culture has put on opposite ends of the playing field,” Ward noted.

“I began to think about the heart of God toward all people and how we fail to see each other the way that God sees us.”

Reminding America of the “unchangeable” message of God’s love and salvation to those who believe, Ward said, “[W]e desperately need to hear good news about a good God who sent a good King who only desires more than anything else to do good and not harm to the people of the United States of America.”

God’s offer of love and repentance extends to all people, he said.

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NEWLY REVEALED TESTIMONY IN CONGRESS: PLANNED PARENTHOOD LIED, THEY DO SELL FETAL PARTS

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | NOV 2, 2020 | BIBLICAL NEWS

Speak up, judge righteously, Champion the poor and the needy. Proverbs 31:9 (The Israel BibleTM)

In 2015, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released undercover videos in which members of the CMP posed as representatives of a biotechnology company in order to gain access to meetings with abortion providers and abortion facilities. The videos showed how abortion providers made fetal tissue available to researchers. Planned Parenthood claimed the use of the fetal tissues was legal, claiming that the federal law against fetal trafficking didn’t apply to its facilities. When questioned by authorities, Planned Parenthood officials from the Gulf Coast in Texas claimed they did not have a fetal tissue program, and that the only tissue transfer it participated in was donating placenta to a University of Texas medical branch.

But another story emerged when CMP released another video on Sunday, showing Melissa Farrell, the vice president of research at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, testifying to Congress under oath in 2015. Farrell admitted her branch sold the “products of conception in its entirety,” which means everything removed from a woman during an abortion, including the fetus, the placenta, the umbilical cord, and the amniotic sac.

The video also showed the testimony of Dr. Mary Gatter, former medical director of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, testifying that she was responsible for “research projects.” When asked if this involved fetal tissue, she said she could not remember. 

“When the undercover videos were first released, Planned Parenthood delivered a carefully-constructed script to the public and to the press minimizing their involvement in fetal experimentation — but under oath, their story changes,” CMP founder David Daleiden said in a statement last Thursday. “Now we know that Planned Parenthood flagrantly lied to the United States Congress about the extent of its abortion clinics’ criminal trafficking in fetal body parts for experimentation.”


Though Planned Parenthood claimed that they did not profit from the sale of fetal tissue and were only reimbursed for “transport fees”, later investigations showed that this was also inaccurate. Recently unsealed documents showed that  Planned Parenthood Mar Monte charged the tissue procurement company StemExpress $55 per “usable” organ and $10 per maternal blood sample. Over the course of three months, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte billed StemEpress a total of $24,940. 

CMP also uncovered contracts showing that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast charged $150 per specimen to the University of Texas. The new video also shows testimony by Dr. Mary Gatter, a former medical director of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. Gatter was shown on earlier CMP videos haggling about the cost of aborted baby body parts and saying, “I want a Lamborghini.” This may violate the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 is a federal law that prohibits the acquisition, reception, or transfer of fetal tissue for monetary considerations.

Another CMP video showed a Planned Parenthood partner admitting that body parts were harvested from aborted babies who still had beating hearts. In the video, Advanced Bioscience Resources’ procurement manager Perrin Larton describes how fetuses “just fall out” of some women in the operating room “once every couple months.” She says she receives these intact fetuses straight from the abortion doctor and dissects them in the clinic lab for body parts. Larton is asked if those fetuses have a heartbeat. “It depends,” she says. “I can see hearts that are not in an intact P.O.C. [product of conception] that are beating independently.”

In a deposition, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, former medical director for Planned Parenthood Los Angles and current medical director at Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, admitted that she has had “non-viable” fetuses delivered in her facilities. When asked how she determines whether a fetus born alive is considered viable, Nucatola answered that it “depends on where you work” and that one way she determines a baby’s viability is “the availability of interventions” at the facility.

Jon Dunn, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Orange County testified that on at least one occasion, he was made aware of a fetus born alive at his facility. The staff did not call 9-1-1 and “kept it warm and comfortable,” Dunn said.

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If true, Planned Parenthood and its business partner, Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR), violated the federal law that mandates a fetus born with a beating heart is a human being equally entitled to protection under the law.

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Prophecy, heresy and Pope Francis

Exclusive: Scott Lively sees pontiff’s civil-union remark as part of Apostle Peter’s warning

By Scott Lively
Published October 26, 2020 at 7:05pm

Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina became Pope Francis in March of 2013. I published my first article about Pope Francis and the LGBT agenda on Aug. 1, 2013, when he was in the news for appearing to legitimize the concept of a “gay” identity as innate and unchangeable. That concept is the false, anti-biblical premise of so-called “Queer Theory” (their term, not mine), a pseudo-scientific invention of “gay” political strategists, which underlies the entire LGBT political agenda. Francis infamously said in a media interview, “If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge that person?”

I actually defended him against the charge that this statement represented an endorsement of homosexual conduct, and gave him the benefit of the doubt that he had merely been duped into adopting politically correct terminology and reasoning because it was even then so ubiquitous in the societies of the world through the aggressive global promotion of all things LGBT by the Obama administration. Obama had tasked all U.S. government agencies with pushing the “gay” agenda as a global priority in 2011.

As time went on, it became obvious that Francis had not been duped into contradicting the Bible, but was intentionally using his authority to slowly and incrementally advance the LGBT agenda in Roman Catholicism, which has arguably been the most doctrinally faithful denomination on the sanctity of marriage in all Christendom, despite a very powerful network of homosexual men who had infiltrated the Catholic clergy since the 1960s and reportedly gained control over many of its seminaries. The misleadingly labeled “pedophile priest” scandal was evidence of this phenomenon; it should have been called the “pederast priest” scandal to highlight the homosexual orientation of the abusers, who overwhelmingly targeted young teen boys in puberty, not prepubescent children of both sexes. (That false labeling by the leftist media was not accidental!) Importantly, this adult/teen pederast phenomenon is the same one seen in the secular world in such notorious cases as the Terry Bean scandal, the Ed Murray scandal and the Sam Adams scandal, and many others. These are not outliers in “gay” culture. Indeed, Terry Bean was the founder of the world’s largest and most powerful homosexual organization, the Human Rights Campaign – and he was one of Barack Obama’s top “money bundlers.”

In February 2017, a group of Catholic lay leaders sent a letter to President Trump detailing evidence that Obama, Soros and the Clintons had “used the United States’ diplomatic machinery, political muscle and financial power to coerce, bribe and blackmail ‘regime change’ in the Roman Catholic Church in order to replace the conservative Benedict with the current Pope Francis – who has since become an unlikely mouthpiece for the international left, stunning Catholics around the world.” They cited then-recently released Wikileaks emails by top Obama adviser and Clinton agent John Podesta from 2011 outlining plans for a “Catholic spring” comparable to the “Arab spring” regime change coups then being orchestrated by the U.S. in the Middle East.

In their letter to President Trump, the group of Catholics leaders write: “Approximately a year after this email discussion, which was never intended to be made public, we find that Pope Benedict XVI abdicated under highly unusual circumstances and was replaced by a pope whose apparent mission is to provide a spiritual component to the radical ideological agenda of the international left. The Pontificate of Pope Francis has subsequently called into question its own legitimacy on a multitude of occasions.” I would add that Benedict “resigned” shortly after a report he commissioned confirmed the existence of a powerful “gay mafia” in the Vatican.

I personally have no doubt that Obama did in fact orchestrate the Vatican coup and that this fact retroactively explains other world events I have written about. In early 2016, months before I became a Trump supporter, and a year before the Catholics’ coup allegation, I wrote a piece called “Pope Francis and Global Government” in which I detailed the Obama/Francis partnership behind the United Nation’s “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” – the 17-point blueprint for creating the infrastructure for a global government that was kicked off at the U.N. assembly with a speech by Francis shortly after his face-to-face meeting with Obama in Washington.

I want to switch now from the political to the theological perspective. I take no firm position on the Catholic prophecy of 12th Century Saint Malachy that predicted a specific number of men would become pope and the last one would essentially be a false prophet and preside during the reign of the Antichrist. By all accounts Pope Francis is this “last pope,” at least by numerical count, and seems to fit the bill, at least in part, as to conduct and character.

My emphasis, however, is upon the prophecy of the Apostle Peter, whom the Roman Catholic Church claims as its first pope. Any first-year Bible student in any denomination knows of the “petros” debate between Catholics and Protestants over whether “petros” (the rock on which the church rests, per Matthew 16:18) meant Peter the man, or Peter’s confession of faith about Jesus Christ. What is not in dispute is that Peter the Apostle in 2 Peter 2 prophesied a last-days heresy that would define the generation in which the Antichrist would briefly rule.

It is this prophecy that should concern ALL Christians everywhere, because, as I have explained in detail in my book “The Petros Prophecy,” the heresy Peter warned against so vehemently is what we call today “gay theology.” And just this week, Pope Francis has openly endorsed “gay civil unions” – an overt legitimization of the very conduct the Bible unequivocally condemns as an “abomination” and which I prove (by cataloging and comparing every significant mention of homosexuality in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation) is identified by God Himself as THE harbinger of His wrath – specifically triggered whenever homosexual rebellion against His created order becomes culturally legitimized.

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Senate confirms Barrett for U.S. Supreme Court

Trump’s 3rd appointee will secure conservative majority

By WND Staff
Published October 26, 2020 at 6:41pm

When the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg heard arguments in the landmark 2015 same-sex marriage case, the Supreme Court justice signaled her intent to legally redefine the institution.

“Marriage today is not what it was under the common law tradition, under the civil law tradition,” she proclaimed.

After millennia of recognizing marriage as the union of one man and one woman, her vote was one of five that established a “right” to same-sex marriage that Chief Justice John Roberts opined was unconnected to the Constitution.

As an orthodox Catholic, the judge who is filling her seat, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is a strong defender of traditional marriage. But the majority Republican senators who confirmed her by a vote of 52 to 48 as Ginsburg’s successor Monday night say their support rests on her philosphy of interpreting the Constution as written, according to its original intent, not her personal beliefs.

That’s clearly of concern to Senate Democrats, who will vote unanimously against her, complaining she will rule against their political stances issues such as abortion and health care.

With Roberts siding with the court’s left in some major cases, such as the Obamacare mandate, Barrett’s confirmation secures a majority of justices who reliably rule as originalists.

Justice Clarence Thomas is administering the oath to Barrett, meaning she could begin serving on the high court this week.

Vice President Mike Pence held a campaign event in Hibbing, Minnesota, early Monday, then returned to Washington in case the Senate needed his vote to break a tie on Barrett. The tie never happened.

Barrett’s confirmation marks the third appointment to the high court by President Trump after Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

“This is something to be really proud of and feel good about,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Sunday.

He ridiculed “apocalyptic” claims that the judiciary was being caught up in politics.

The Senate voted 51-48 on Sunday to move the nomination to a final vote, one of the last hurdles for the 48-year-old 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge.

Norm Coleman, who represented Minnesota in the U.S. Senate, wrote a commentary condemning the “cudgel of religious bigotry”  against Barrett.

“An accomplished woman whose judicial credentials are beyond reproach is not being challenged by Democrats because of her temperament, her intellect or her character – but because of her religious beliefs and how she chooses to practice them in her life,” the former Republican lawmaker wrote.

He said opposition to Barrett’s confirmation has “rapidly devolved into an exercise in defamation.”

Coleman pointed out that during Barrett’s confirmation for the 7th Circuit seat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., claimed the judge’s faith was a “dogma” that “lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.”

Further, Sen. Dick Durbin “doubled down with his outrageous willingness to extend Feinstein’s bigotry by asking, ‘Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?'” Coleman said.

The Senate Judiciary Committee recommended her confirmation on a unanimous vote after Democrats refused to attend the meeting.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer complained that the nomination was a “sham” because the GOP-majority Senate in 2016 did not confirm Barack Obama’s last nominee. But Republicans have argued the president is elected for four years and has a duty until he leaves office to send a nomination to the Senate when a Supreme Court vacancy arises.

Feinstein was criticized for imposing an unconstitutional religious test on Barrett when she was nominated for the 7th Circuit, but she did it again during the hearings for the Supreme Court.

The Democrat was caught on an open mic discussing the fact that the judge’s opposition to abortion is based on her Roman Catholic faith.

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Pope Francis endorses same-sex civil unions

‘Homosexual people have the right to be in a family’

By Art Moore
Published October 21, 2020 at 2:16pm


Pope Francis advocated civil unions for same-sex couples for the first time as pope during an interview in a documentary that premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival.

“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God,” Francis said in the biopic “Francesco.”

“What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.”

Francis endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples as an alternative to same-sex marriage while he was an archbishop in his home country of Argentina. But it’s the first time in his papacy he has publicly made the endorsement, the Associated Press reported.

The Rev. James Martin, known for his outreach to gay Catholics, praised the pope’s comments as “a major step forward in the church’s support for LGBT people,” the AP reported.

“The Pope’s speaking positively about civil unions also sends a strong message to places where the church has opposed such laws,” said Martin, the editor of the Jesuit magazine America, in a statement.

In the documentary, Juan Carlos Cruz, a Chilean survivor of clergy sexual abuse, recalled that when Francis first met him in 2018, the pope assured him that God made him gay.

‘Small-minded rules’

In the early months of his papacy in 2013, Francis struck a new tone on issues such as homosexuality, abortion and the role of women.

In an interview in which he declared, “I have never been a right-winger,” he mades it clear that the Roman Catholic Church needed to change the way it communicates with the world.

“The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules,” Francis said in an interview for 16 Jesuit publications around the world, including America magazine. “Ministers of the church must be ministers of mercy above all.”

The National Catholic Reporter’s John Allen weighed in at the time as establishment media seized on the pope’s comments on social issues with headlines such as CNN’s “Pope Francis: Church can’t ‘interfere’ with gays.”

Allen insisted “the pope was not breaking with traditional doctrine but trying to shift the church’s emphasis from condemnation to mercy.”

Some U.S. bishops, however, publicly lamented that Francis, the first Jesuit to become pope, had not made strong pronouncements about abortion and homosexuality.

In the 2013 interview, Francis said that when someone once asked him if he “approves” of homosexuality, he answered with another question: “Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?”

Allen contended at the time that when Francis says this, “he’s doing no more than rephrasing the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which denounces homosexual acts but says homosexual persons are to be treated with “respect, compassion and sensitivity.”

In July 2013 during a return flight from Brazil, Francis told reporters that if “someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

USA Today declared in a headline: “Pope Francis says he won’t ‘judge’ gay priests”

But, as WND reported at the time, many Catholic commentators insisted Francis remarks were misunderstood or misreported.

“As usual,” wrote National Catholic Register blogger Jimmy Akin, “the press is painting a false picture by contrasting the ‘good’ Francis and the ‘bad’ Benedict.”

Akin insisted that taking his statements together, “what emerges is a portrait of individuals who have same-sex attraction but who nevertheless accept the Lord and have goodwill, as opposed to working to advance a pro-homosexual ideology.”

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The Winepress of God’s Wrath and baptism

Exclusive: Scott Lively declares, ‘The imminent Antichrist Kingdom is unstoppable’

By Scott Lively
Published October 12, 2020 at 7:17pm

Christianity has been waning in America for a long time. Christendom is fragmented into a thousand diverse splinters, much of the top leadership of its largest denominations, from Roman Catholicism to the Southern Baptists, has been corrupted with Marxist ideology, and its most liberal denominations have completely abandoned biblical truth in favor of what I call Christian-flavored Secular Humanism. Many signal their subjugation to a false Christ by flying the rainbow flag; others pretend to remain faithful but reject the “meat of the word” for politically correct pablum they spoon-feed to attendees who don’t know the difference because that don’t actually read the Bible, and because their sense of reality has been shaped by leftist public education and the even further leftist corporate media.

By leftist, I mean atheist, because that is the first principle of Marxism: We can be our own gods, just as Satan promised Adam and Eve as their reward for rebellion. Marxism’s religion is humanism, its moral code is political correctness, and its Scriptures are the false narratives it relentlessly preaches. I believe humanism is the final perfection of Satanism, refined over millennia to its most deceptive and seductive form.

It is no surprise that humanism would be the dominant religious theme of this last generation on the threshold of the Antichrist kingdom, especially since its adherents deny it is a religion, thus unifying all the deceived pew-sitters in all the world’s religions and the supposedly “non-religious” together under one banner. Under that banner, the pursuit of “science based” human self-perfection replaces belief that our Creator God actively controls all things according to His own plan. The true definition of atheism is not that one says “there is no God” but that one acts as if whatever God he holds (if any) has no real power or plan. The “Christian” version of this is described in 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

But, as the true God advised Elijah in 1 Kings 19:18, “Nevertheless, I have reserved seven thousand in Israel who have not bowed to Baal.” God always preserves for Himself a remnant. Elijah, fleeing through the wilderness to escape the fierce wrath of Queen Jezebel, had lost hope. Although he had performed great miracles, his world under Ahab and Jezebel grew worse not better.

Every season of wickedness must have its harvest time. As God said to Abraham about the Holy Land that He promised him: “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not their own. … You, however, will go to your fathers in peace and … In the fourth generation your descendants will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.” Their sin had not fully ripened.

Soon, as is warned/promised in Romans 11, the “fullness of the Gentiles will be complete”: the culmination of a season lasting 2,000 years. Then, as Jesus explained in Matthew 13:24-29, there will be a harvest of wheat (the righteous) and tares (the wicked posing as righteous). In my theology, that occurs on Yom Teruah at the start of the 10 Days of Awe/Wrath, when the Bride of Christ begins the event called the Wedding Feast of the Lamb in the spiritual realm. Back on earth during that 10 days, the bowl judgments are poured out as a final effort by God in His mercy to persuade the wicked to repent, but they refuse (Revelation 16:10-11) and instead besiege God’s city, Jerusalem, to destroy it (Zechariah 12). That triggers the great Battle of Armageddon, the salvation of the Torah-faithful Hebrews who were sealed against death by God (Revelation 7:3-8, Zechariah 12:10, and Isaiah 59:18-20 as cited in Romans 11:26) and, finally, the penultimate event of the 10 days, called the Winepress of the Wrath of God (Zechariah 14:1-15). (This is the topic of my seventh installment of “The Prodigal Son Prophecy,” free by email request to scottlivelyministries@gmail.com).

“Swing your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the vine of the earth, because its grapes are ripe. So the angel … gathered the grapes of the earth, and he threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath. And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and the blood that flowed from it rose as high as the bridles of the horses for a distance of [180 miles]” (Revelation 14:18-20). Then Revelation 19:11-21 and Zechariah 14 show how the Winepress event transitions into the grand finale as the King of Kings leads the Host of Heaven through that conquest to claim the earth for His Millennial Kingdom, parting the Mount of Olives for the freshly redeemed Hebrews and Mixed Multitude to escape through, just before He creates a literal Red Sea of blood in thematic parallel to Moses in Exodus 14.

The imminent Antichrist Kingdom is unstoppable. No revivals can prevent it. Truth cannot thwart it once it begins. It must unfold according to prophecy because there must be a harvest of the wicked, and God’s justice must be vindicated by their incorrigible defiance of Him.

What must we of the remnant do as we see that day approaching? The model was set by John the Baptist, whom Jesus identified as an Elijah: he conducted public immersion baptisms, which Jesus insisted on submitting to and later unequivocally commanded in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19). Baptism is not essential for salvation – which I believe is by faith alone in Christ alone. But it is far more important than the modern church treats it. It is the giant first step of sanctification after one is justified by confession of faith in Christ (itself typically the first step of the baptism ritual).

Infant “baptisms” (a common substitute for the Hebrew ritual of eighth-day infant circumcision) clearly don’t substitute for the immersion baptisms done by John the Baptist and the Apostles, since all or most of their earliest “baptisees” were presumably already circumcised. Instead, Christian baptism is something closer to the Hebrew Mikvah (“cleansing bath”) as a purification ritual, reflecting the deliberate intention to be cleansed from sin. As Paul teaches in Colossians 2:11–12, self-sought baptism accomplishes the spiritual goal of circumcision, but only through the volitional act of “putting off your sinful nature,” which only adults and intellectually mature children are capable of.

I have baptized many people: in the Jordan River, the English Channel, mountain streams, swimming pools and about 30 people one day in the splash pool of an inflatable water slide. In the spirit of Elijah John, I will begin doing more baptisms as open-invitation public events, and I urge other remnant believers to do the same as a way to promote obedience to Christ, revive the church and to signal the urgency of the times.

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UNITED NATIONS COMBINING THE WORLD’S LARGEST ABORTION PROVIDERS TO CREATE A UNIFIED GLOBAL NETWORK TO SLAUGHTER CHILDREN AS A ‘HUMAN RIGHT’

The U.N. made the announcement on September 29 to commemorate so-called International Safe Abortion Day, with the stated goal of addressing “unsafe abortion” in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership, headed by the WHO Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research, will bring together U.N. entities with the world’s largest abortion providers, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Ipas, and Marie Stopes International, to promote “comprehensive abortion care,” including access to self-administered telemedicine abortion, as an essential service and a “human right.”

by Geoffrey Gride rOctober 12, 2020

Various elements of the United Nations system, including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNFPA, and the World Bank, will partner with abortion groups to advance a “human right” to abortion.

 

Like a scene from the bible, the United Nations is creating a global consortium of abortion providers, demanding that the killing of one’s own baby be elevated to the status of a human right. Even Adolf Hitler, in his wildest fantasies creating factories dedicated to the destruction of human souls, didn’t think this big. Why is this happening now? Because this lost world is preparing themselves to receive Antichrist, that’s why. I mean that literally, by the way, no metaphors here.

“Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.” Matthew 2:16-18 (KJB)

The Liberal position on abortion used be that they wanted it to be “rare, safe and legal”, but my how that wheel has turned. Now it is literally an ocean of blood that consumes 3,200 babies every 24 hours in America, 36% of which are black babies, and that’s not all. Both New York and Virginia have already passed laws allowing the babies to be killed on their due date, and even a little after that. This is the true spirit of Antichrist, that murderous, unpitying spirit, that is never satisfied no matter how much blood it receives. But just remember, the bible says that God is the “avenger” of those who trust in Him and cannot defend themselves, and that pay day is not only coming someday, but it’s coming someday very soon.

FUN FACT: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support due date abortion, and it will become the law of the land under their administration. Not only that, it will be celebrated as “progress and advancement” when in fact it will be a partnership with the Devil himself.

The United Nations Continues Its Abortion Advocacy

FROM YAHOO NEWS: The U.N. made the announcement on September 29 to commemorate so-called International Safe Abortion Day, with the stated goal of addressing “unsafe abortion” in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The partnership, headed by the WHO Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research, will bring together U.N. entities with the world’s largest abortion providers, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Ipas, and Marie Stopes International, to promote “comprehensive abortion care,” including access to self-administered telemedicine abortion, as an essential service and a “human right.”

By collaborating on “mitigation strategies” to reduce disruption in abortion access, in addition to “procurement and funding” for abortion services, the goal of the partnership is for Big Abortion and the U.N. to make abortion available and accessible on demand everywhere. The announcement goes so far as to highlight not only young girls but also “those with varying gender identities” as people who should be able to receive “abortion care.”

COOPERATION BETWEEN THE U.N. AND THE ABORTION INDUSTRY IS NOTHING NEW, BUT THE CORONAVIRUS CLIMATE HAS PAVED THE WAY FOR INCREASINGLY BRAZEN AND BIZARRE ALLIANCES. THIS IS A NEW DIRECTION FOR UNICEF AND THE WORLD BANK, FOR EXAMPLE, BOTH OF WHICH TRADITIONALLY HAVE STEERED CLEAR OF OVERT ABORTION ACTIVISM. ALTHOUGH IT’S COMMONPLACE, IT IS ESSENTIAL TO UNDERSCORE THAT U.N. ABORTION PROMOTION IS FUNDAMENTALLY AT ODDS WITH ITS INSTITUTIONAL MANDATE. NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS, NOT THE INTERNATIONAL BUREAUCRACY, SHOULD CHART THE COURSE FOR THE U.N. SYSTEM.

As long as pro-life governments exist — and there are many stalwart pro-life governments — it is inappropriate and illegitimate for the U.N. to unilaterally advance abortion on demand. In fact, the powerful pro-life voice of the United States alone renders the U.N.’s continual promotion of abortion promotion and this new partnership illicit.

As the U.S. recently articulated in a statement to the U.N.: “There is no international right to abortion, nor is there any duty on the part of States to finance or facilitate abortion.” This has been a consistent and frequent stance of the U.S. government, one that has garnered widespread support from countries across the globe.

Even so, the U.N. Secretary General recently identified abortion as central to the U.N.’s COVID-19 response, and the organization’s high commissioner for human rights expressed her support for “safe abortion day.” Similarly, in the partnership announcement, Ian Askew, director of the WHO Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research, states that “eliminating unsafe abortion is one of the key components of the WHO Global reproductive health strategy.”

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Alarming’: 52 Percent of Evangelical Churchgoers Reject Absolute Moral Truth

Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Wednesday, October 7, 2020

‘ALARMING’: 52 PERCENT OF EVANGELICAL CHURCHGOERS REJECT ABSOLUTE MORAL TRUTH

A slight majority of evangelical churchgoers believe there is no moral absolute truth, while three-quarters think people are “basically good,” according to a new report that its authors call “alarming.”

The poll by the Cultural Research Center (CRC) at Arizona Christian University examined the views of attendees of evangelical, Pentecostal/charismatic, mainline Protestant and Catholic churches on 51 beliefs and behaviors.

Among the findings, the survey discovered that a majority of evangelicals (52 percent), Pentecostals/charismatics (69 percent), mainline Protestants (58) and Catholics (69 percent) say there is no absolute moral truth that applies to everyone, all the time.

On the question of sin, a large majority of evangelicals (75 percent), Pentecostals/charismatics (76 percent), mainline Protestants (81 percent) and Catholics (84 percent) disagree with the statement, “People are not basically good; we are sinners.”

“American Christianity is rapidly conforming to the values of the post-Christian secular culture,” the report’s authors wrote.

Significantly, the survey only examined the beliefs of church attendees, not limiting it to those who have professed certain beliefs or who say they have embraced Christ’s teachings. Still, its findings likely will disturb many within the Christian community.

The survey also found that among evangelical churchgoers:

  • 43 percent believe Jesus sinned.
  • 43 percent do not believe that there is a common, God-given purpose to humanity.
  • 42 percent seek moral guidance primarily from sources other than the Bible.

A news release from the Cultural Research Center (CRC) at Arizona Christian University called the results “alarming for evangelicalism.”

“What makes that trend so significant is that evangelical churches, by definition, teach that the Bible is the authoritative word of God that teaches not only salvation by grace alone but also an array of life principles that are meant to drive one’s thoughts and actions,” CRC said in the release.

George Barna, director of research at the Cultural Research Center, said the data “represents a post-Christian Reformation driven by people seeking to retain a Christian identity.”

“Unfortunately, the theology of this reformation is being driven by American culture rather than biblical truth,” Barna said. “The worldviews embraced by the adherents of these distinct religious communities reflect contemporary, worldly influence, rather than biblical influence.”

The findings are based on a January survey of 2,000 U.S. adults.

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