Category: Harbinger

Mar 13

Newly Found Megalithic Ruins In Russia Contain The Largest Blocks Of Stone Ever Discovered

Michael Snyder
The Truth
March 11, 2014

An incredible discovery that was recently made in Russia threatens to shatter conventional theories about the history of the planet.  On Mount Shoria in southern Siberia, researchers have found an absolutely massive wall of granite stones. 

Some of these gigantic granite stones are estimated to weigh more than 3,000 tons, and as you will see below, many of them were cut “with flat surfaces, right angles, and sharp corners”.  Nothing of this magnitude has ever been discovered before.  The largest stone found at the megalithic ruins at Baalbek, Lebanon is less than 1,500 tons.  So how in the world did someone cut 3,000 ton granite stones with extreme precision, transport them up the side of a mountain and stack them 40 meters high?  According to the commonly accepted version of history, it would be impossible for ancient humans with very limited technology to accomplish such a thing.  Could it be possible that there is much more to the history of this planet than we are being taught?

For years, historians and archaeologists have absolutely marveled at the incredibly huge stones found at Baalbek.  But some of these stones in Russia are reportedly more than twice the size.  Needless to say, a lot of people are getting very excited about this discovery.  The following comes from a Mysterious Universe article

Alternate history buffs are about to be whipped into a frenzy!  OK, maybe not, but they will find this interesting.

An ancient “super-megalithic” site has been found in the Siberian Mountains.  Found recently in Gornaya Shoria (Mount Shoria) in southern Siberia, this site consists of huge blocks of stone, which appear to be granite, with flat surfaces, right angles, and sharp corners.  The blocks appear to be stacked, almost in the manner of cyclopean masonry, and well…they’re enormous!

Russia is no stranger to ancient megalithic sites, like Arkaim or Russia’s Stonehenge, and the Manpupuner formation, just to name two, but the site at Shoria is unique in that, if it’s man-made, the blocks used are undoubtedly the largest ever worked by human hands.

When I say that this is a new discovery, I am not kidding.  In fact, the very first expedition to study these stones happened just a few months ago.  Prior to this expedition, there were no known photographs of these megalithic stones.  Archaeologist John Jensen is mystified by these ancient ruins, and the following is an excerpt from a post on his personal blog

The super megaliths were found and photographed for the first time by Georgy Sidorov on a recent expedition to the Southern Siberian mountains. The following images are from Valery Uvarov’s Russian website.

There are no measurements given, but from the scale depicted by the human figures, these megaliths are much larger (as much as 2 to 3 times larger) than the largest known megaliths in the world. (Example: The Pregnant Woman Stone of Baalbek, Lebanon weighs in at approximately 1,260 ton). Some of these megaliths could easily weigh upwards of 3,000 to 4,000 tons.

Below, I have posted some of the images that he was referring to.  As you can see, they are absolutely stunning…

 

 

 

 

 

Another very unusual thing about these stones is that they caused the compasses of the researchers to start behaving very strangely.

The following is an excerpt from a story on a Russian news source

Some events that were happening during the autumn expedition could probably be called mystical. The compasses of the geologists behaved very strangely, for some unknown reason their arrows were deviating from the megaliths. What could this mean? All that was clear was that they came across an inexplicable phenomenon of the negative geomagnetic field. Could this be a remnant of ancient antigravity technologies?

Of course much more research needs to be done on this site.

Nobody knows who cut these stones or how old they are.

Jensen believes that they come from a time “well back into the mists of pre-history”

These megaliths reach well back into the mists of pre-history, so far in fact, that conjecture about their ‘builders’, methods, purpose and meaning is pure speculation, and as such, I would hesitate to offer any observation at all, other than to say our pre-historical past is richer than we ever dreamed.

These stones are likely to remain an unsolved mystery for a very long time.

But what is abundantly clear is that according to the commonly accepted version of history they should not be there.

And of course this is far from the only site around the world that contains massive megalithic ruins.  Perhaps the most famous are the megalithic ruins at Baalbek, Lebanon…

 

The following is some information about Baalbek from one of my previous articles…

The ancient city of Baalbek is one of the greatest archaeological mysteries of all time. Located east of the Litani River in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, Baalbek is world famous for its exquisitely detailed yet monumentally scaled Roman temple ruins. In Roman times, Baalbek was known as Heliopolis (after the sun god) and it contained some of the largest and most notable Roman temples ever built. In fact, the Romans had constructed an extraordinary temple complex in Baalbek consisting of three separate temples – one for Jupiter, one for Bacchus and one for Venus. But what these Roman temples were built on top of is much more important. These Roman temples were actually built on top of an ancient 5 million square foot platform that was made from some of the largest stones ever used in any construction project in the history of the earth.  In fact, the largest stone found near the Baalbek ruins weighs approximately 1200 tons and is about 64 feet long.  To put that in perspective, that is the equivalent of approximately 156 full size African elephants.

How people in ancient times were able to move such massive stones is a complete mystery.  In fact, these giant construction stones were stacked so closely together that you can’t even fit a piece of paper between many of them.  Many of the architectural feats found at Baalbek cannot even be duplicated with 21st century technology.

So how did they do it?

How did they move such massive stones to create a structure of such intricate precision?

Keep in mind that the base of the Baalbek ruins alone weighs approximately 5 billion tons.

Evidence continues to mount that very sophisticated technology was used in the ancient world.

These megalithic ruins are undeniable reminders of highly advanced ancient civilizations.

So who were they and what happened to them?

Could it be possible that they were wiped out by a massive global cataclysm such as a global flood.

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Mar 13

Temple Mount Connected To Coming Blood Moon Tetrads

Authors claim tension over Temple Mount, coming tetrads on Jewish Feast days connected to end-times prophecy

As I have spoken with the world’s most respected prophecy scholars over the past 12 months, I have learned that, to a person, there is a heightened sense of belief that global events not only seem torn from the pages of apocalyptic literature but truly are those foreseen by Scripture (the signs of the end times) and that they are now coming together with such precision and speed that it has several well-known Christian leaders beside themselves.

“Something is in the wind,” they say, pointing to such developments as the recent call by Jewish leaders (even in the Knesset, the legislative branch of the Israeli government) to build the Third Temple in Jerusalem; a simultaneous effort by the United States to push Israel into a peace agreement this year; political and religious leaders advocating for a single global, financial, and political authority; and even what now appears to be intentional movement by global powers that could initiate the battle of Armageddon. Please understand that within the degrading relationship and saber rattling between the United States, Russia, the European Union, and China exist the very components necessary for the final global conflict, called in Ezekiel 38 “the battle of Gog and Magog.” Ezekiel foresaw this supernatural contest occurring in the latter times after Israel would be “gathered out of many people and nations” and recognized as a nation once again. During that generation in which Israel is so reunified—which was accomplished in 1948—the Battle of Gog and Magog occurs. But if a biblical generation is approximately seventy years (see Psalms 90:10, Daniel 9) and if seven years is also needed for a coming “Peace” plan (called a “covenant” in the book of Daniel) to be enforced upon Israel, counting forward from 1948 seems to indicate these decisive events leading to the Great Tribulation and “battle of Armageddon” have already started their countdown. Ezekiel even tells us who the instigators of the battle will be—Iran (Persia), which becomes the number-one confederate with Russia (Gog) in this invasion of Israel:

And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog [the Russian Federation]…and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will…bring thee forth, and all thine army…. Persia [ancient kingdom of Iran], Ethiopia, and Libya with them.” (Ezekiel 38:1–5)

            This is but one example of what has prophecy scholars so alert now; that not only some BUT ALL these prophecies that were proclaimed so far in advance appear to be abruptly cascading around the world. Something frightening yet marvelous is unfolding, these experts believe, and yet there is another set of related events even more fascinating to tell you about involving “signs” in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars

         First, let me discuss the Blood Moons and their potential importance. These “signs” cannot be manufactured by men and were clearly stated as important by the apostles and prophets. For example:

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity… And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:25-28).

Then in the book of Revelation it says:

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood (Rev. 6:12).

And in Joel we read:

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come (Joel 2:31).

While many assume when God created the Sun and the Moon that He did so for light, heat, gravity, and other natural mechanisms, when looking at Genesis 1:14, we learn of four other purposes behind why the lights in the heavens were created and placed where they are. The Bible says these are for “signs,” “seasons,” “days,” and “years.”

The Hebrew word for signs in this context is owth, a word meaning a “miraculous sign,” “omen,” or “warning.” It signifies, among other things, that God created the heavenly bodies to communicate important matters at particular times to His covenant people.

The next reason God created the sun and the moon is for “seasons.” Again, in our Western mindset, we figure God is talking about winter, spring, summer, and fall. This is the farthest from the truth. In Hebrew, the word here is mow’ed and is accurately translated as “an appointed time” or “divine appointment” especially related to “sacred seasons” or Feast days. This same Hebrew word is translated into English in Leviticus 23 as “feast” where it talks about the Feasts of the Lord. At first, these two words—appointments and feasts—seem about as far apart as you can get. This is why one needs to keep the Hebrew language in perspective so as not to miss the deeper conveyances of this text. The word mow’ed implies that God has a day timer or calendar on which He keeps predetermined “appointments” with human history and that are connected with His Feasts or Holy Days. For example, in the Book of Revelation it says that the Messiah was slain “from the foundations of the world.” This means God the Father knew the year, the month, the day, and the exact time His Son would die and how this event would be played out in fulfillment of the Levitical feasts of Israel.

Finally, God declares that the sun and the moon were created to determine “days and years.” Obviously, this has nothing to do with our modern calendar, which was created by a pagan Roman ruler and is based on the sun. The Muslim calendar is based on the moon. But the biblical calendar—the one that God uses according to Genesis—is based on the sun and the moon. So when the Scripture refers to “days and years” in Genesis 1:14, it is pointing to biblical days and years or “holy days” as well as Shemittah years and Jubilee years (every seventh year the land in Israel was to rest. This is why the Jewish people went into captivity because they did not observe the seventh year. Every fiftieth year was to be a year of Jubilee when captives were set free and received their land back). When this is understood, a whole new discovery is made concerning how God created the sun and the moon and the stars as harbingers or “signal-senders” of His appointed times. This is confirmed throughout the Bible in places like the books of Joel, Isaiah, Revelation, as well as Jesus, Himself, in the Gospels confirming there would be signs in the sun and the moon and the stars that would herald the last days.

While solar and lunar eclipses are common occurrences and for the most part have no great prophetic significance, when they fall on the biblical Feast days, we should pay close attention. In Revelation 6:12, the Bible declares that the sun will become black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon as red as blood. Most scholars believe this important end-times sign is speaking of solar and lunar eclipses. The significance of a total solar eclipse or total lunar eclipse, if it happened on one of God’s Feast days would be a powerful message. Knowing this, be advised there are four total blood moons coming, back to back, right in a row, all falling on Feast days. Equally incredible is how within the very same timeframe, two solar eclipses are scheduled to arrive. Read that again and let the significance of these comments sink in. Prophetically speaking, we are talking about the equivalent of six grand-slam homeruns in a row—a mathematical improbability that stands out against the randomness of natural cycles and strongly suggests a miraculous sign or “omen” of intelligent design is coming

When examining NASA’s website, we find these specific types or strings of total eclipses are called a “tetrad” and are very rare. According to their own calculations, a similar string of four total lunar eclipses did not happen at all in the 1800s, 1700s, or even the 1600s. Amazingly, in the 1500s it happened around seven times but not once did all four eclipses fall on the Jewish Feast days. When was the last time four blood moons not only occurred back to back but fell on the Feasts? The shocking dates were 1967 and 1968 when Israel recaptured Jerusalem! What about the time before that? Right on the heels of Israel becoming a nation in May of 1948. The following two years in 1949 and 1950 again saw four blood moons on Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles and then again on Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles! In other words, not only were there four blood moons in a row, but all four of them fell on the Feast days that were accompanied by historically prophetic implications of divine proportions.

What does all this have to do with the future and the timespan 2012–2018? From the Books of Revelation and Joel (2:31), we understand that the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord. In Exodus (chapter 12), God told Moses that Passover (roughly March-April in the Gregorian calendar—the very time frame I am writing this letter) would be the point at which the religious year would begin. It just so happens that after the two blood moons on Passover and Tabernacles in 2014, this Jewish New Year in 2015 will be met with a total solar eclipse. Two weeks later on Passover we have the next total lunar eclipse. Then on the Feast of Trumpets, also known as Rosh HaShana, there is a partial solar eclipse followed two weeks later by the next total lunar eclipse on the Feast of Tabernacles. There will not be another such tetrad of four blood moons landing on biblical holidays this century. Keep your eyes on global events as these blood moons may well mark God’s prophetic calendar with apocalyptic scenarios falling like dominoes across the world scene in anticipation of the second coming of Jesus Christ.

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Feb 11

Stargates of God Kings and Breaking through the Neurological Firewall – By Paul McGuire –

 

There are two kinds of history: the history you have been taught and the secret history that has been hidden from you. In Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World there was a scientific Utopia ruled by an elite who genetically bred both superior and inferior races. The superior races and those above them were given access to higher levels of education and knowledge…the idea being that there exists a genetically superior race or bloodline with advanced intelligence that has the right to rule and control the masses.

 

This concept of a scientific elite or elite who rule the masses goes all the way back to Atlantis. According to the philosopher Plato, whose works like the Republic are widely read by the ruling elite of our day, Atlantis was a highly advanced scientific and technological civilization that was ruled by ten god-kings. There are a number of scholars who believe that these god-kings were genetically superior because they were the product of interspecies breeding between an alien race and human women or the product of breeding between fallen angels and human women. One theory suggests that Atlantis was a Pre-Flood civilization visited by ETs who not only mated with human women, but passed on to Mankind highly advanced technology and science. The other theory suggests that “sons of God,” which literally means “fallen angels” when translated from the Hebrew in Genesis Chapter Six, mated with human women and also passed on advanced technology and science to Mankind before the Flood. Both theories are similar and the basic difference is the identity and origin of these beings.

 

One could dismiss these accounts as mere legends except for the fact that we have no explanation for the development of the advanced science and technologies that existed before the Flood, yet there is real evidence that such technologies existed. Even today we cannot build anything comparable to the ancient monolithic structures like the pyramids and temples scattered throughout the world, some of them located underwater on the continental shelves…areas that were dry land during the last ice age, when sea levels were lower. We don’t know how the ancients quarried, lifted, and transported these enormous stones and put them together with extreme mathematical precision. In addition, scientists are just beginning to discover that these ancient monuments are more than just physical structures; they are technological instruments that not only line up with the stars, but are actual receivers and transmitters of a power whose very existence is denied by our more conventional scientists.

 

In the Book of Genesis we read the account of the Tower of Babel in ancient Babylon, which was headquarters for the world’s first one world government, one world economic system and one world religion. The name Babel refers to the ancient city of Babylon which is translated from Akkadian and means “Gate of the god.” The Tower of Babel was built by Nimrod, who some scholars believe was a Nephilim, a being resulting from the mating of fallen angels with human women. The Tower of Babel was both an architectural structure to “worship the host of Heaven” and a technological stargate which could open a portal for the passage of interdimensional beings.

 

I realize that this concept has the potential of being instantly rejected as nonsense by individuals who have done zero research on the subject, for the idea is completely out of their frame of reference, and therefore it would be the subject of ridicule. If we go back to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and the scientific elite proposed by H.G. Wells and others who have taken this idea from Plato, who apparently was inspired by the legend of the ten god-kings of Atlantis, it becomes obvious that knowledge in our society and world is given to people based on a hierarchal structure such as indicated by the Illuminati symbol of a pyramid on the back of the U.S. dollar. The pyramid is an occult hierarchal organization flow chart. Towards the top of the pyramid we have the Illumined ones who have been given this “secret knowledge of Mystery Babylon” and are the scientific elite. At the bottom of the pyramid you have the” inferior” masses born to serve as slaves to these god-kings. This same organizational system was implemented in ancient Egypt, where Pharaoh was considered a god-king with a right to rule the peasants who served him by building the pyramids.

 

The source of knowledge from all occult secret societies throughout the ages such as the priesthoods and mystery cults of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and the Rosicrucians, Illuminati, and many other groups, flows directly from the “mystery religions” of ancient Babylon. From the standpoint of Bible prophecy in the last days, “Mystery Babylon the great, the mother of harlots” will rise again in the form of a global religious system and global economic system.

 

Since ancient Babylon and the Tower of Babel, built by a genetic Nephilim or god-king, Nimrod, the world has been secretly and increasingly controlled by secret societies that have access to this secret occult knowledge, technology, and science. For example, a collection of secret occult societies such as Thule, Vril, the Golden Dawn, and O.T.O. put Adolph Hitler into power. The occult societies trained Adolph Hitler in the science of mind control and taught him how to put the masses in a hypnotic state when he gave speeches. These secret elites also taught him about the science of eugenics and how to breed a master race. The Third Reich was years ahead of the United States when it came to rocket technology and mind control technology; some believe that German rocket scientists like Wernher von Braun were given engineering blue prints for UFOs and other technologies which were telepathically received by the Vril-ya maidens, who were clairvoyants, as far back as 1926.

 

The scientific elite who rule our world are in possession of highly advanced scientific technologies and knowledge and they fully understand the supernatural nature of this information and know of its origin in ancient Babylon. However, in order to maintain their power and control over the masses they deliberately hide the existence of their advanced technology in plain sight by using scientific mind control, education, indoctrination, social engineering, genetics, food, and drugs to construct an impenetrable wall in human consciousness that prevents the masses and even some Presidents, Prime Ministers, business tycoons, scientists, educators, government officials, celebrities, artists, media personalities, and psychologists from even beginning to suspect its existence.

 

This higher level knowledge is distributed selectively and in a highly compartmentalized manner so that even so-called upper-level people such as Presidents, Senators, scientists, educators, heads of multi-national corporations, cultural leaders, and psychologists only have a tiny compartment of information. Basically all of the so-called elite in our society, which is different than the secret elite, have been programmed through the educational process, media and other means into accepting a strictly humanist and existentialist belief system. In this programmed belief system all of the leaders of our society do not and cannot believe in the existence of either a God or the supernatural. A neurological firewall has been erected in their consciousness that blocks them from understanding the reality of a supernatural universe.

 

Through modern education, media, scientific mind control, food additives, drugs, and scientific suppression of the right brain which begins in grade school, people have been dumbed down and neurologically wired not to think outside of the box, to be compliant, and to deny the existence of God and the supernatural. Modern education and society are designed to produce left brain dominant thinking. This is why teachers now “teach to the test” and the emphasis has always been on rewarding the people who unquestionably repeat back whatever the official dogma is. Right brain thinkers are punished because right brain thinkers question the system, think independently, see the big picture, and can access creativity, inspiration, and spirituality. They are not easily programmed.

 

Think of the average person’s brain about the size of a small home office with a ten foot high ceiling. Then think of the interior of this office as their consciousness and their ability to think or imagine. Thoughts come from neurological pathways in both the left and right brain, and whenever you think about something, are exposed to something, or study something your brain creates a neurological pathway. If since childhood all of your neurological pathways have been strategically engineered in the left brain and only in selective subjects of thought, your brain has literally been wired not to think about certain ideas, and because of the limited number of neurological pathways that have been built in your right brain, it now becomes impossible for you to think outside of the box, the office that the scientific elite have created. Compounding this is Orwellian group think… if you were to dare and bring up an out of the box subject you would be ridiculed by your peers and co-workers.

 

Now think about the smaller percentage of individuals who for whatever reason began to learn how to use their right brain at a young age and think about all kinds of subjects that others were programmed not to. If we think of that right brain person’s mind as an office, it would be an enormous office with no walls or ceiling. That person’s brain and their consciousness are simply unlimited and they are capable of accessing and discovering both the existence of God and a supernatural universe. The very existence of such people represents a significant challenge to the scientific dictatorship.

Fortunately, it is precisely due to the fact that we live in a supernatural universe created by an Infinite Personal God that, despite all the occult brain engineering, if any person begins to think about right brain subjects, no matter how difficult at first, their brain will actually construct brand new neurological pathways in the right brain and the more they think about these things the more pathways they develop. It is actually possible to transcend your programming if you choose.

 

Aldous Huxley coined the term “concentration camps of the mind.” The time is coming quickly when due to computer brain interfaces, genetics, and the implantation of a microchip or nano-chip implant it will be impossible to escape the “concentration camp of the mind.” But you live in that brief window of time before that happens and the moment you choose to transcend your programming is the moment you will start to become free.

 Think about that.

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Jan 29

REAL OMEN? A ‘SUPER BLOOD MOON ECLIPSE’

Strange things have been happening amid this winter’s especially cold weather, and this week an Arctic snowy owl was spotted sitting on a green awning in downtown Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post reported the birds, which mostly live in the treeless tundra of the Arctic, recently been seen in Revere Beach, Mass., near Jacksonville, Fla., in the Great Lakes region, in Arkansas and in the Dakotas.

The paper said some are wondering whether the unusual occurrence in the nation’s capital was some kind of omen.

Regardless, a pastor told WND that if people are seeking an omen, or sign, they should just check out the timing of the highly unusual four blood moons over the next two years, including a “super blood moon eclipse.”

The last time the same sequence happened was in 1967 and 1968, when Israel recaptured Jerusalem in the Six-Day War. Before that, it was in the 1940s, when Israel was born.

It didn’t happen the 1800s, not in the 1700s. Not even in the 1600s.

It did take place in the 1400s, in 1493 and 1494, when the Jews were expelled from Spain.

“Four total lunar eclipses happening the next two years herald possible war in the Middle East as well as global economic collapse,” Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries told WND in an email.

He that historically, these types of solar eclipses have been signs, foretelling important events such as the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem.

“Two happened right in a row at the time of destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. and on feast days,” he said.

“Around eight months before the Temple was destroyed we find on 10/18/69 there was a partial lunar eclipse on the Feast of Sukkot. A total solar eclipse followed this on Nisan 1-3/30/70, the beginning of the religious year. Two weeks later there was a penumbral lunar eclipse on Passover on 4/14/70. An annular solar eclipse followed this on Rosh Hashanah on 9/23/70. Then another penumbral lunar eclipse on Sukkot on 10/8/70,” he explained.

Biltz said that what makes the coming events startling is the fact they will happen on the Feast of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles in consecutive years.

“This has happened only eight times over the last 2,000 years!” Biltz said. “And the last two times these occurred on the Jewish holidays there was a war in the Middle East regarding the nation of Israel. These are patterns and historical facts that cannot be disregarded. The Jewish Talmud records that total lunar eclipses are indicators or omens for the nation of Israel.”

Pastor John Hagee agrees that something is looming.

He was invited by Fox News to discuss the significance of four eclipses on the Jewish Passovers, on April 4 and April 15, and the Feasts of Tabernacles, on Oct. 8 and on Sept. 28, 2015.

In his new book, “Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change,” he confirms how significant events relating to the Jewish nation have happened each time the events line up.

“This is something that just is beyond coincidental,” Hagee told Fox News.

He explained that the prophecies in the Bible say that when the sun refuses to shine – a solar eclipse is expected in the 2014-2015 time frame – and the moon turns to blood, man’s redemption is near.

In the Old Testament, the prophet Joel states: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.” (Joel 2:31)

In the New Testament, Jesus is quoted as saying: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light. … And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (Matthew 24:29-30)

Acts 2 states: “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.”

The pastor of El-Shaddai Ministries went into great detail about the significant events that have occurred on these dates in history and in Scripture.

“According to Judaism this is the day Adam was created and crowned God as King. This is also begins a shemittah year 7th for the land to rest. The last two shemittah years on Rosh Hashanah, there was global economic catastrophe. In 2001, the Dow fell 7 percent. In 2008, the Dow fell 7 percent. In 2015, could this be our third strike and a major collapse of the global economy?” Biltz asked.

The story began in 2008 when Biltz made an astounding discovery – a story broken first by WND.

Biltz had been studying prophecies that focus on the sun and moon, even going back to the book of Genesis, which states the lights in the sky would be “be for signs, and for seasons.”

“It means a signal, kind of like ‘one if by land, two if by sea.’ It’s like God wants to signal us,” he said. “The Hebrew word implies … not only is it a signal, but it’s a signal for coming or His appearing.”

Biltz counts 6,000 years since the creation of Adam.

“So we are at of the end of the six days ready to enter the seventh day, or the beginning of the 1,000 year millennium rest spoken of in Hebrews and Revelation.”

He affirmed that future events cannot be predicted exactly, but he believes there is a clear link between important historical events and the lunar eclipses.

The message, Biltz believes, is that the messianic prophecies that Jesus fulfilled 2,000 years ago, when He came the first time, happened to the very day.

Biltz explains he believes the events surrounding the Second Coming also will happen to the very day of the Fall Feasts.

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Jan 11

ISRAEL’S ‘LION OF GOD’ DEAD AT 85

Ariel Sharon, the 11th prime minister of Israel who served in that capacity from 2001 to 2006, suffered a serious stroke on Jan. 4, 2006, and had been incapacitated since.

But Sharon, whose name, Ariel, means “Lion of God” and was sometimes called “The King of Israel” – or “The Butcher of Beirut,” depending on who was doing the nicknaming – still had loomed large over the nation he was so instrumental in establishing.

Sharon will go down in history as one of Israel’s fiercest military warriors and a longtime hawk on security matters, but he will also be remembered for his controversial evacuation of Jewish communities from the Gaza Strip. To this day Israel continues to feel the devastating security consequences of the Gaza disengagement, which left the Islamist terror group Hamas in control of the border territory.

Aside from the Gaza withdrawal, Sharon was widely considered one of the greatest field commanders and military strategists in Israel’s history – and reviled as one of the worst of villains by Israel’s enemies. Sharon fought in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, the 1956 Suez War, the Six-Day War of 1967, the 1969 War of Attrition, the Yom-Kippur War of 1973, and served as Israel’s minister of defense during the 1982 Lebanon War.

Sharon’s policies both on and off the field of battle lent muscle to the fledgling Israeli state, which was surrounded by enemies on every side, yet survived its formative years no doubt in part because of Sharon.

For example, after Yasser Arafat rejected an Israeli offer of a Palestinian state at U.S.-brokered talks at Camp David in 2000, the PLO leader returned to the West Bank to launch his intifada targeting Jews.

Sharon, working with George Bush, reversed decades of Israeli and U.S. policy that treated Arafat as a moderate. Sharon used the Israel Defense Forces to isolate Arafat to a small wing of his compound in Ramallah, where the Palestinian leader lived under de facto house arrest until his death in 2004.

The Jewish Virtual Library says Sharon joined Haganah at age 14 in 1942 and during the 1948 war commanded an infantry company. He was named commander of a Paratroop Corps in 1956. He commanded an armored division in the 1967 conflict and again during the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

Even his opponents hailed him as “Ariel son of Shmuel … a biblical military hero no less than Jeroboam son of Yehoash or Joshua son of Nun.”

An online biography notes Sharon was nominated by Knesset Member Yoel Hasson for the Israel Prize in 2006. Hasson called Sharon “an outstanding soldier throughout the chain of command, the hero of the Yom Kippur War, an admired general, a Knesset member and minister for many years and one of the most popular prime ministers in the history of the State of Israel.”

Sharon was elected to the Knesset in 1973 but left shortly later to advise Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on security. He was elected to the legislative body again in 1977 and then was appointed minister of agriculture, followed by his move to the office of defense minister.

But in 1982, after a slaughter of hundreds or even thousands of mostly Palestinian refugees by Lebanese militia in Israeli-controlled Beirut, an Israeli commission found Sharon responsible for ignoring the threat of revenge killings, which indeed led to the massacre. Sharon was pressured into resigning as Israel’s minister of defense.

Following the disintegration of the Soviet Union in the early ’90s, Sharon carried out a program to build 144,000 apartments to absorb the flood of immigrants arriving from Russia.

While holding the office of foreign minister in the late ’90s, he met with U.S., European, Palestinian and Arab leaders to advance peace, including major work on a solution to the region’s need for water.

Following his visit to the Temple Mount in 2000, Palestinians led by Arafat released a wave of terrorism against Israelis even though a committee led by Sen. George Mitchell determined Sharon was not the cause of the violence.

He was installed as prime minister in 2001.

In that office, Sharon initiated a disengagement plan, during which thousands of Jews were deported from Gaza and northern Samaria – turning the once-fertile region over to Hamas-control.

He also played a key role when, in 1981, Israel sent fighter jets to destroy a nuclear plant in Iraq.

Sharon later wrote about the events, his concerns for a nuclear Arab state and ultimately, his thoughts on the success of the mission: “As a member of the Security Affairs Ministers Committee, now known as the Small Cabinet, I was of the opinion that we face a grave danger, and therefore was among those who pushed to strike the nuclear plant in Iraq. … From time to time I used to remind Menachem Begin of this issue, stressing how severe it was that an Arab state had a nuclear weapon. I did not concur with the opinion, which was expressed then by Shimon Peres, I think, that if both parties would have nuclear weapon, there would be a reciprocal deterrence. I said that I couldn’t rely on the discretion of Arab states if they had nuclear weapons. Soviet Union or the Unites States have a different set of considerations, and they are more responsible, even though the balance of terror always seemed dangerous to me. But I don’t trust Arab states, I have no idea how they would assess a given situation or what would bring them to use these weapons. I also explained that there was a danger that an Arab nuclear ‘umbrella’ would lead to an escalation of smaller scale actions against Israel, because Israel would refrain from responding to such actions in fear of the nuclear threat.”

He recalled the success of the mission: “We were in Prime Minister Begin’s house in Jerusalem when we received the news that the fighters returned safely and that they have bombed and destroyed the nuclear reactor. It was in Shavuot eve, June 1981. Joy and elation overwhelmed the ministers who were there with the prime minister. We left; Begin approached me, embraced me and said something in the lines of, ‘I want to thank you. The position you took had a great influence on my decision.’ In my opinion this is one of the most daring decisions any government ever took. It is something in the scale of the decisions Ben Gurion used to take.”

Those who follow the prophecies of Israel noted that Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, a much-venerated spiritual leader, had said the long-awaited Messiah would not come until after the death of Sharon. He made the prediction two months before Sharon, still acting as prime minister, had a major stroke in 2006 that left him in a coma.

Sharon’s collapse six weeks before his 78th birthday was so sudden and complete that doctors at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem advised his family that he should be allowed to die. Yet advanced medical care allowed him to live another eight years and receive daily visits from his two sons, Gilad and Omri.

While his injury was considered permanent, Gilad, wrote that, “He lies in bed, looking like the lord of the manor, sleeping tranquilly. Large, strong, self assured. His cheeks are a healthy shade of red. When he’s awake, he looks out with a penetrating stare.”

The two brothers were steadfast in their insistence their father must be kept alive, saying, “I would never be able to forgive myself if we did not fight to the end.”

 

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Nov 05

PROPHECY SCHOLAR: AMERICA AT CROSSROADS

Repent and experience awakening or reject God and face destruction

Published: 15 hours ago

By Troy Anderson

America faces two futures, says internationally-recognized prophecy expert and Fox News, CNN and History Channel commentator Paul McGuire in his new book, “A Prophecy of the Future of America.”

In one scenario, the church and the nation turns back to God and experiences what world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham calls an end-times “great spiritual awakening.”

In the other, America doesn’t repent of its immorality and experiences a “crisis of unprecedented proportions” – a complete economic collapse, a surprise nuclear or terrorist attack or a wave of devastating earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, solar flares and other cataclysmic disasters.

“Billy Graham is the closest thing we have in America to a genuine prophet of God, and I believe God is using him to issue a prophetic warning and a prophetic message of hope to America,” said McGuire, who hosted the nationally syndicated “Paul McGuire Show” for a decade.

On his show, he interviewed numerous world leaders and New York Times bestselling authors, including President Jimmy Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Sen. John McCain, Rev. Rick Warren, author Joel Rosenberg and author Tim LaHaye.

 “It is one every one of us should heed, and I totally agree with him, I support what he’s doing, and I urge everyone to get involved in the kind of repentance he’s calling for,” McGuire said. “I personally urge everyone to get involved because this is the only hope for America.”

The release of McGuire’s book comes as more than 25,000 churches and hundreds of thousands of people are preparing for the My Hope America with Billy Graham evangelistic outreach in early November.

End of the age

In an exclusive email interview with WND, Graham said the signs of the “end of the age” are “converging now for the first time since Jesus made those predictions.” In his new book, “The Reason for My Hope: Salvation,” the famed preacher wrote he believes the Second Coming is “near” and that America “can’t go on much longer in the sea of immorality without judgment coming.”

“The United States is going to have to turn from its evil ways as God said to the children of Israel,” Graham told WND. “First, we need to repent of our sin and turn back to God; that’s the biblical admonition through the Old and New Testament. Second, we need faith to believe. And then obedience. God gave us the Ten Commandments, which we need to take seriously.”

Graham will give what could be his last message to the world the week of Nov. 7, his 95th birthday. The “My Hope” programs will be available for viewing online, including on YouTube. “The Cross,” the primary program in the “My Hope” series, will be broadcast on the Fox News Channel, TBN, Christian networks and local television stations in a number of cities.

‘Something big is about to happen’

In his new book, McGuire wrote that people sense something big is about to happen – “something that will change life as we know it forever.”

He said the world is on the “very edge of World War III, through Syria or some other kind of conflict.”

A recent poll by the Ventura, Calif.-based Barna Group backs up McGuire’s contention, finding 4 in 10 Americans – and 77 percent of evangelical Christians – believe the “world is now living in the biblical end times.”

“There is an event coming to America, a crisis of unprecedented proportions that will happen suddenly and without apparent warning,” wrote McGuire, an adjunct professor of eschatology at Jack Hayford’s The King’s University in Van Nuys, Calif., and the author of 22 prophecy books, including “The Day the Dollar Died.”

“This event will strike fear in the hearts of Americans, and they will say over and over again, ‘I cannot believe this is happening. … I cannot believe this is happening in America!’”

McGuire said the statement is not “some kind of prophetic announcement” but rather a “wake-up call before the final wake-up call.”

“America has received numerous wake-up calls over the last two decades, and each time it has gone back to sleep. 9/11 was the biggest wake-up call in our nation’s history, and Americans stayed awake for about three months and then they went back to sleep. None of our real problems have been fixed.

“Our economy is apparently (and temporarily) doing well because it is being pumped up by the Federal Reserve who is printing dollars backed by nothing. America is like a bunch of addicts living on crack cocaine, and when we are hit by the inevitable hyperinflation our standard of living is going to go way down.”

What most people don’t understand, McGuire wrote, is that the U.S. is just one crisis away from an economic meltdown, a transformation into an entirely new governmental and economic system or worse.

Where is America in the forecast?

In the book, McGuire outlines several scenarios that scientists, economists, political leaders and geopolitical analysts are concerned about. These include an economic collapse; a major terrorist attack; a nuclear, biological or electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack; massive earthquakes, tsunamis; hurricanes, solar flares and other natural catastrophes; a lethal pandemic; or a major cyber-warfare attack.

“Many historians, scholars, political scientists, economists and theologians believe that it is highly possible that America may not exist in the near future,” McGuire wrote. “For example, there are political scientists that believe that America as an independent sovereign nation will cease to exist and that it will merge with some kind of global government.”

McGuire, host of an upcoming international prophecy show on GOD TV, wrote the book is the product of 35 years of “intensive and documented research.”

“I have had the opportunity to meet privately with some of the world’s most influential leaders – presidents, prime ministers, scientists and celebrities who have shared with me all kinds of information,” McGuire wrote. “In addition, the highest-ranking military generals and heads of the largest intelligence agencies in the U.S. have contacted me about my research into the future.”

In an interview with WND, McGuire said wealthy globalists and their network of secret societies, think tanks and quasi-government organizations such as the Bilderberg Group, Council on Foreign Relations and United Nations, are working to create a global government and economic system as predicted by the biblical prophets thousands of years ago.

“You’ll have a very tiny upper class, or as they like to say the 1 percent, and you’ll have a massive underclass, which will be unemployed or the working class,” said McGuire, who appeared on two highly-rated History Channel specials – “7 Signs of the Apocalypse” and “Countdown to Armageddon: Four Horsemen.”

Whenever people look to government as their savior, totalitarianism always rears its head and people lose their freedoms, McGuire said.

“There is, historically, a seduction that occurs,” McGuire said. “Hitler used it. The communist revolutionaries used it. Basically, the seduction goes like this: We’ll completely take care of you, we’ll protect you and provide for all your needs, but you’ll have to give up your freedoms.”

McGuire said it happens with “mathematical precision,” noting the nation is quickly transitioning into a socialistic system. Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows nearly half of all Americans now receive benefits from one or more government programs.

“If you give up your rights and freedoms to a government the outcome will be concentration camps, mass deaths and a level of brutality and cruelty we’ve never seen before in America,” McGuire said. “It happened in Nazi Germany and in communist Russia and China. People who haven’t studied history always react to that by saying, ‘Well, that sounds extreme,’ but it’s not extreme. That’s the historical precedent.”

McGuire said a “secretive elite” – a group of super-wealthy globalists and multi-national corporations – are “really in control of our nation.”

“With few exceptions, both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are essentially controlled by the same people, and they create the illusion of democracy, but it’s an illusion,” McGuire said. “These elite want to consolidate their power and control the world for economic and other reasons. They have no allegiance to any one nation. And they are currently moving the world forward at high speed into what H. G. Wells (author of “The New World Order”) and Bertrand Russell, the famous Fabian socialists, called a world socialist government.”

To back up this claims, McGuire cited numerous sources in his book, including Georgetown University Professor Carroll Quigley, who claimed secret societies played a significant role in world history. Former President Bill Clinton cited Quigley as an important influence.

“The powers of financial capitalism had a far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences,” Quigley wrote in his book “Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time.”

Behind the scenes

Charlie Daniels, the country music legend and host of the recent documentary “Behold a Pale Horse: America’s Last Chance,” told WND that people need to know what is really going on behind the scenes.

The film about a “looming world government” features interviews with retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin; trends forecaster Gerald Celente; Stan Monteith, author of Brotherhood of Darkness; and former Fort Worth Star-Telegram investigative reporter and New York Times bestselling author Jim Marrs, author of “The Rise of the Fourth Reich: The Secret Societies That Threaten to Take Over America” and “Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History That Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids.”

“It’s like the Bible says, ‘People perish for the lack of knowledge,’” said Daniels, who is best known for his No. 1 country hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” “People don’t know what is really going on. People are so brainwashed. A lot of this stuff is by design. There are devious forces out there that are interested in controlling the world. That’s what got the devil in trouble; that’s why he lost his place in heaven.

“That’s the age-old thing; that people want control and they want power. It’s happening faster and faster now. I don’t know how it’s going to manifest itself, but I do know it’s going to happen. I don’t think we are going to sit here and take it, though. I think above all else that people need to be informed and need to know what is going on.”

This “secret shadow government” also wants to control Eurasia and the Middle East, and specifically the oil fields of the Middle East, McGuire said.

“The conflict in Syria is really over massive oil deposits, the fact that Russia and Syria are partnering together through a pipeline and that Russia is selling oil all over Europe and China,” McGuire wrote. “So, if the U.S. goes in there, there is a very high likelihood of a regional, thermonuclear war involving Iran and possibly Israel, which could escalate into World War III. It could ignite the fuse, and that’s why it’s very, very dangerous.”

Cradle of civilization

In his book, McGuire wrote that the biblical book of Revelation predicts the emergence of an end-times “one-world government ruled by 10 kings under the Antichrist in the New World Order.”

“The end game is to destroy America as an independent sovereign nation and merge it into a globalist state ruled by a United Nations Constitution,” McGuire wrote. “Currently, the world is being divided into 10 separate unions or regions like the European Union, African Union, Asian Union, North American Union, and so on. In the future, all the nations of the world may join into one big global government that the prophet Daniel called the ‘Fourth Beast.’ ”

The Bible contains a code – beginning at the Tower of Babel in ancient Babylon in the book of Genesis and concluding with “Mystery, Babylon” in the book of Revelation – that predicts the “coming commercial Babylon and religious Babylon,” McGuire said.

“Archaeologists tell us that Babylon is the cradle of all human civilization,” McGuire wrote. “Located on the shores of the Euphrates River, this city was the world’s first attempt at a one-world government, a one-world economic system and a one-world religion, which God prevented by confusing their language. It is not an accident that the Book of Genesis contains this important account of the first New World Order. Babylon gives us powerful clues on what to expect in the future and that is why in the Book of Revelation Babylon reappears.”

While many Bible scholars point to the fact that America is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, McGuire said some experts believe “American can be found in the Bible, just under another name, such as Babylon.”

“Is America Babylon?” McGuire asked. “Is America named in Bible prophecy and is it possible to know what is going to happen to America and the world in the near future?”

Peering into the nation’s future, McGuire told WND the biggest problem America faces is the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program – “a fancy word for printing money from nothing.”

“It’s printing money to create an artificial economic bubble and every nation in the past that has done that has always gone into a hyperinflationary mode like Germany,” McGuire said. “So this is a highly dangerous situation for America because right now, whether we’re talking about Republicans or Democrats, they’re all part of this masquerade ball and are wearing masks for the American public.

“Most of them are basically playing the game and not telling the American people that our economy has absolutely no chance of recovery unless we begin radical steps to stimulate business growth and create high-paying jobs.”

But instead of doing this, McGuire said just about every official action in Washington, D.C., seems designed to stifle economic growth.

“The prognostication now is that we’re going over the cliff,” McGuire said. “There is no way we can’t. We haven’t addressed anything. We have done absolutely nothing but print money. And what compounds all this is that America has now become an Orwellian state where we have a media that is primarily owned by six corporations that control all the information. The American people basically just hear propaganda. They are not being told the truth.”

Concerns about growing government surveillance have captured the public’s attention in recent months. Last week, Hollywood director Oliver Stone, who has praised McGuire’s work, appeared with actor John Cusack in a public service announcement decrying the National Security Agency’s surveillance tactics on Americans and world leaders.

In the book, McGuire wrote the Bible predicts a charismatic global dictator, the Antichrist, will force the “mark of the beast on all those who have not acknowledged that Jesus Christ is Lord.”

“This microchip, Nano-chip, and biochip implant will allow the individual receiving it to participate in the economic system through buying and selling,” McGuire wrote. “The ‘chip’ will be the ultimate Big Brother surveillance device that can monitor your physical location and transmit your ideas, thoughts, beliefs and perceptions to some kind of ‘cloud system.’”

McGuire wrote the current devaluation of the dollar and the recent global economic crisis are “planned events.”

“The threat of World War III involving North Korea, China, Japan, America, Iran and Russia is a reflection of the fact that many of these nations are rejecting the U.S. dollar as a world currency and using the Chinese Yuan and other currencies to trade with each other,” McGuire wrote. “The goal is to create a one-world currency called the Phoenix by 2018.”

In his book, McGuire, who speaks to thousands of people at prophecy conferences and other events nationwide, said the most common question he’s asked is “Where is America in prophecy?”

“I believe America has a future in prophecy and that we are literally at the crossroads of either death or destruction or a legitimate end-times revival,” McGuire wrote.

McGuire said he believes the world is now experiencing the early “birth pangs” the Bible predicts will precede the seven-year Great Tribulation.

“We are now living in a time period when there is an unprecedented acceleration of prophetic events and a convergence of scientific, economic and social events that has never happened in all of human history,” McGuire wrote. “Biblical scholars disagree as to the exact timing of the most cataclysmic time period in the history of the world, known as the Tribulation Period. I believe that we are close … very close.”

Throughout the Bible, though, McGuire wrote biblical authors gave account after account of how God would respond if people prayed and asked for forgiveness.

“America like many other nations throughout history is literally hanging in the balance at this very moment,” McGuire wrote. “If God’s people will truly seek his face and repent of their sins, it may be that God will protect our nation, restore it in a temporal sense and grant us one more time to fulfill his purpose for our nation.”

As evidence, McGuire cited 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
“So, if the American church will fast and pray and cry out to God for revival – in the manner that Billy Graham and these other men of God and notable Christian leaders have said – then I believe there can still be tremendous hope for America,” McGuire told WND.

“Even though it appears to be the final hour, God has a brief window of opportunity that is still open for our nation, and I believe God is using Billy Graham as a prophet to our nation to call us to repentance so revival can occur.”

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Jul 06

THE PERILS OF WATERED-DOWN CHRISTIANITY

Exclusive: Greg Laurie notes, ‘you can’t have your own Bible. You can’t edit God’

Published: 15 hours ago

 

Greg Laurie

Today there are a lot of people living a watered-down version of Christianity. What concerns me is that many of these people who are running around and saying they are Christians do not have lifestyles that back it up.

Here is what Jesus says: “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” (Revelation 3:15–16 NLT) A more literal translation of the word “spit” would be vomit.

I remember a time when my wife and I and our son went to a fast food restaurant and ordered some fries. When we got them, they were wilted and lukewarm.

My wife said, “These fries are not hot.”

We were running late, and I told her, “Cathe, we don’t have enough time to wait for more fries.”

“But they are not hot. Ask them to make us some hot fries.”

I didn’t want to ask, but I did. And so they brought out hot fries. Sure enough, they were a whole lot better. Who wants a lukewarm French fry? It is wilted from grease, dead to the world.

In the same way, God doesn’t want our lukewarm, half-baked, wannabe Christianity. He wants the real thing from us.

It would make more sense if Jesus had said, “I would rather you be hot or lukewarm. At least lukewarm is closer to hot.” But that is not what he said. Lukewarm is a worse condition than hot or cold. In other words, it is better to be on fire, fully passionate and serving Christ or totally cold and spiritually dead, not even believing in God, than to be lukewarm.

At least someone who is cold and spiritually dead may one day come to his senses, recognize his need for God, and come to Christ. The lukewarm person, on the other hand, has enough religion to satisfy himself. He may say, “I believe in Jesus. I read the Bible occasionally. I am OK with the man upstairs.” But what he is settling for is a watered-down version of what real Christianity is.

We can come to church and say, “I love the Lord,” and “Isn’t God good?” And then we can go outside the church and blatantly contradict what the Bible says by the way that we live. We need to get back to what real worship is and how God wants it to be done.

God created us to worship Him. He made us to glorify him. But there is a right and a wrong way to worship.

In John’s gospel, we find an overview given by Jesus on the purpose and objective of worship as he converses with a woman at a well in Samaria. This woman had been married and divorced five times and was living with a man at the time. Here was someone who obviously was looking for her Prince Charming to fill the void in her life, but she hadn’t found him. And as Jesus began to share the truth with her about how she could know the living God, she became a little bit uncomfortable. So she tried to change the subject:

“Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?”

Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming – indeed it’s here now – when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.” (John 4:19–23)

With these words, Jesus indicated the fundamental elements of true worship: in spirit and in truth. Notice also that Jesus said, “The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.”

Right now, God Almighty is searching for someone who will fulfill their purpose for existence and glorify and praise His name. He wants to pour out His blessing into their lives.

True worship is not about having a great voice or talent; it is about having your heart in the right place. That is what God is interested in more than anything else. God looks on the heart when we worship. And he wants us to worship in spirit and in truth.

Let’s change the order of those words for a moment. If you are going to worship God, you have to first worship him in truth. The God we worship must be the true God and not a god of our creation. Jesus was saying this to point out that the Samaritan woman’s view of God was wrong: You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews.

In the same way people today will pick and choose things from the Bible they like and reject what they don’t like. But you can’t have your own Bible. You can’t edit God. You can try to remake God in your image, but when it is all said and done, you are not worshiping God; you are worshiping you.

There is only one way to know God, and there is only one way to worship God. That one way is through Jesus Christ – and Jesus Christ alone.

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Jun 25

Nearing Midnight: The End Times Are Sneaking Up On Us

Todd Strandberg – http://www.raptureready.com/rap16.html

The Bible warns that someday a period of unparalleled calamity will sweep over this planet. During the time commonly known as the Tribulation, the loss of life will be so great that nearly all the inhabitants of the earth will perish. With the Word of God making such a dire prediction, you would think that Christians would be extremely sensitive to any events that seem to match prophecy.

According to Barna Research, 70 percent of the U.S. population believes that someday Jesus is coming back to earth. The same number of people are familiar with terms like: Tribulation, Antichrist, 666, or Armageddon and they realize their negative connotations. The understanding of prophecy may be very broad, but it is also extremely shallow. Everyone knows that 666, is a demonic number linked to the devil, but few people could tell you why it has a sinister association with evil.

Despite the fact that we are drowning in a sea of end-time signs, awareness has been dropping off sharply in recent years. This is actually yet another indicator of the end because Jesus talked more about the lack of awareness than any other sign. The Lord was so insistent about getting this point across that He repeated himself four times in the book of Matthew:

“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Mathew 24:36).

“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come” (Matthew 24:42).

“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 24:44).

“Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 25:13).

The one thing that helps me the most in being a last days watchman is keeping a record of how people’s reactions to world events has changed over the years. Back the 1980s, there was a continuous buzz over who might be the Antichrist. At any given time, there might be a dozen books in print that would point to a certain political leaders as being the Beast, of Revelation.

Today, this type of speculation has almost completely evaporated. I have to laugh when I think of how the writers of three decades ago would react to the deeds of President Barack Obama. If you could transport him back to the 80s, it would be like feeding time for a pack of hungry lions.

I’m equally amazed that Russian leader Vladimir Putin has largely escaped being assessed for how he would fit the roll of Gog. Putin has worked tirelessly to build alliances with Arab states that will make possible the Ezekiel 38 and 39 invasion of Northern Israel.

When I lived in Bellevue, Nebraska, there was a Christian bookstore I visited at least once a month to see the latest books on prophecy. Every time there was a major world event, it was guaranteed that a book on the subject would reach the market in a few months. You fast-forward two decades to today, and the field of prophecy books is a desert. The pace of new prophecy books is now measured in how many are published in a year.

One of the problems with prophetic awareness is that we have become too familiar with events that are related to the end-times. Back in the 1970s there was a huge amount of interest in all things related to the European Union. Back then, it was called the European Economic Community (EEC), and every time a new member was added there was great deal of excitement in prophecy. In 2013, the activity of this organization is oblivious to Bible scholars.

Another end-time sign is that people have become dangerously cozy with the surveillance technology. When in the 90s, the city of London installed cameras on every major corner to help prevent crime, we in America were shocked by this Orwellian move. After the 911, terrorist attack, opposition to big Brother cameras faded, and they have become all pervasive.

The massive disparity between the frequency of birth pangs and the general sense of apathy is what I have long-called the granddaddy of end-time indicators. I can trace consistent prophetic interest all the way back to the 1840s Miller movement. It doesn’t make sense for prophecy watchers to lose their focus, at the most critical moment in history.

If we are drawing very near to the Rapture, it’s vital for us to keep doing that which will be the most productive for the kingdom of God. We stay productive at Rapture Ready because we don’t want to be the foolish servant that Jesus warned us about.

“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 24:45-51).

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May 22

The Harbinger: America’s Destiny Unless We Repent!

I have just started to again read through the book called The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn. It is a pattern in Bible prophecy that is based on Isaiah 9:10. It is specific to the nation of Israel but holds significance for America in the pattern of judgment that came to Israel. Since we in America have been founded on Judeo-Christian principles and we have been blessed by the Lord abundantly and also have been used by Him to spread the Word around the world we fit this pattern. Israel was given the same blessings and the same charge to spread the Word.

The Harbinger is not a book about doom and gloom. While that will most certainly be the case for America if we do not turn back to the Lord and repent, it is actually a call to repentance or an alarm being raised about our kingdom or the condition of our nation spiritually.

The two key verses besides Isaiah 9:10 is Jeremiah 33:3 which talks about God wanting us to call on Him and that He will answer us if we do. The second passage is in Isaiah 55:6-11 in which God tells us to seek Him while He can still be found. He wants us to return to Him! He will have compassion and mercy on us!

America needs to heed these words closely given our lack of faith and trust in Him. While God is indeed love , He is also holy and His holiness requires that sin be dealt with.

The reason this is important is backed up Scripturally in Luke 13 where Jesus says of those who much have been given, much will be required. America fits this to the letter!

The Lord has been slow to totally remove His hedge of protection from America, as there are alot of pure at heart, Bible loving, die for your faith Christians still here!

We are headed quickly towards the decline and disappearance of the American kingdom and towards the Tribulation quickly unless we repent!

Our hope is blessed! Titus tells us that event is the Rapture! But before our hope comes we need to be about reaching the lost while there is still time!

A harbinger is the revealing of a mystery. An alarm for a nation. It is so precise and clear that we can not hope to miss the message the Lord is trying to tell us!

The message of all watchmen, like the Old Testament prophets will not be meant to make you feel good, it is meant to warn you and turn you back to the one who loves you! As a watchman I am required by the book of Ezekiel to speak truth so I have.

In the coming weeks as I continue on this journey in The Harbinger I will be posting new and exciting things that I have learned and feel burdened by the Lord to share.

Keep looking up!

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