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The Many Intense Plagues, Famines And Earthquakes Now Hitting Our Planet Are Causing Some To Ask If We Are Seeing The Fulfillment Of Revelation Prophecy

The news outlets today are wondering if we are experiencing the Revelation judgments right now, and of course, the answer to that question is an emphatic “no”. Where are we right now, as of the writing of the this article, on the end times timeline in Revelation? We are smack dab at the end of Revelation 3, at the end of the Laodicean church age. The next event on the timeline will be the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church, as we see John experience in type in Revelation 4:1,2 (KJB). All of the major judgments in Revelation do not begin until the opening of the Seals in Revelation 6. The church will not be here for any of that. 

by Geoffrey Grider February 18, 2020

The earth is experience birth pangs, the warm-up act if you will, for what’s coming. Jesus tells us that these things come before the Revelation judgments, and that is what we are seeing right now.

Social media is blowing up at the moment, and perhaps rightly so, with people coming to the realization that our planet Earth is being absolutely bombarded by multiple plagues, famines, pestilence and earthquakes, along with really extreme weather. So much so that various articles are coming across the NTEB end times desk asking if we are witnessing the judgments mentioned in Revelation. I will say that I cannot recall another year in recent memory that had so much happening all at the same time as we see now in 2020.

“But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.” Luke 21:9-11 (KJB)

The UK Express news go so far as to state “Book of Revelation Apocalypse Seal ‘Broken’ After Locust Swarm Reaches China” whilst other end times news outlets are running stories with titles like “10 Plagues That Are Hitting Our Planet Simultaneously” and all trying to make a prophecy connection. Well, that’s why we are here, to be the calm voice of reason in chaotic times, compare rightly divided scripture with rightly divided scripture and help you, our wonderful readers, to make sense of it all. That’s exactly what this article will do for you.

Jesus Tells Us That All These Things Must Happen Before Revelation Judgment

The news outlets today are wondering if we are experiencing the Revelation judgments right now, and of course, the answer to that question is an emphatic “no”. Where are we right now, as of the writing of the this article, on the end times timeline in Revelation? We are smack dab at the end of Revelation 3, at the end of the Laodicean church age. The next event on the timeline will be the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church, as we see John experience in type in Revelation 4:1,2 (KJB). All of the major judgments in Revelation do not begin until the opening of the Seals in Revelation 6. The church will not be here for any of that.

“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” Romans 8:22,23 (KJB)

So what are we to make of the current spate of earthquakes, plagues, pestilence and famine? The earth is experience birth pangs, the warm-up act if you will, for what’s coming. Jesus tells us that these things come before the Revelation judgments, and that is what we are seeing right now. Take a look at some of what’s going on if you don’t already know:

As you can see, there is a whole lot of crazy stuff happening, but then, we told you back in 2019 that this would be a crazy year, remember? But there is a huge difference between birth pangs and the very specific prophetical judgments mentioned in Revelation, those things are not, I repeat, are not taking place right now. If they were happening right now, you would be running for cover as the world proceeded to fall apart around you, the water would be blood, green grass burnt up and water becoming wormwood. That is not happening now.

Catastrophic Sign of the Times: Pastor Charles Lawson

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But just because we are not experiencing the Revelation judgments does not mean that time is not short for the born again Church, because time is crazy short right now. In my estimation, the birth pangs began right around the start of WWI, a war that was so shocking that many said it was the end of the world, but it only got a lot worse from there. WWII was many times more intense and deadly, and not only that, you had a perfect type of AntichristAdolf Hitler – calling for a thousand year Nazi reign. Not only that, but Israel became a nation again after 2,000 years. Man, that was news just leaping off the pages of the Bible with the ink still wet! And yet, here we are in 2020, over a hundred years later, and still not quite there yet.

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Franklin Graham fires back at ‘truthophobic’ LGBT radicals

‘The Gospel is what is really being ‘banned’ from these venues’

By WND Staff
Published February 17, 2020 at 8:28pm

We know now why LGBT activists in the United Kingdom have been campaigning for venues there to censor the speech of Franklin Graham, chief of the worldwide Christian ministry Samaritan’s Purse.

At least a possible reason.

They’re “truthophobic.”

Graham had planned a series of events across the U.K. later this year, but in just recent weeks many of those venues have simply breached their contracts and canceled his plans.

He’s announced that he’ll be doing the series of meetings anyway, sometimes at nearby, larger venues.

But in a social-media statement over the weekend, he explained what he thinks might be going on, with the LGBT opposition to his biblical stance on homosexuality and marriage.

“Opposition to the Gospel shouldn’t really surprise us. Jesus warned that it would come,” he said. “As you may know, my eight-city evangelistic tour across the U.K. has been met with resistance by LGBTQ activists who inaccurately claim that I am homophobic, Islamophobic, and say that I speak hate.

“Anyone who knows me or has heard me speak knows that this really isn’t true – but, I DO preach the TRUTH of the Gospel. Could it be, rather, that these folks are truthophobic or free-speech-ophobic?”

He quoted Australia commentator Martyn Iles who wrote about whether society has become so “‘tolerant’ that it is now “intolerant of mainstream Christianity.”

“Those in opposition are okay if their opinion divides, but they don’t want to hear anyone who disagrees with them,” Graham said. “This is really a fight for truth, and the Gospel is what is really being ‘banned’ from these venues. It really boils down to the fact that they disagree with the message.

“One person commented, ‘How is Christianity a hatred speech, when you’re trying to save people from HELL? I call it a love speech.’ He’s right,” Graham said.

In a recent interview with Premier Christian, he said that not only will his tour go on, he likely will end up in venues bigger than the ones originally planned.

And it’s not impossible that there might be legal action over the contracts he had with the various venues that they then breached.

WND had reported that all of the venues in the United Kingdom scheduled to host Graham, son of the late Billy Graham, canceled their agreements to hold his events because of the evangelist’s Bible-based views on human sexuality and marriage.

“Pastor Graham peddles controversial, repulsive views about LGBT people which are in direct conflict with the values we hold dear in Newcastle,” Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes told the local Chronicle Live after the city’s Utilita Arena became the latest venue to cancel.

Previously, Graham events were canceled in Birmingham, Newport, Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Sheffield and Liverpool, according to a Pink News report cited by Breitbart News.

Franklin Graham told Premier that his views are like most Christians.

“I believe the Bible teaches that marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said. “That’s the Church of England’s position. I think Her Majesty the Queen, that’s her position and it’s the position of the church, pretty much worldwide. This is what the Bible teaches and that’s what I believe.”

See the interview:

“This is a religious freedom issue and it’s also a free speech issue. It doesn’t just affect me. There are churches that meet in public arenas for Sunday services; schools and so forth. If a small group of people can force a cancellation of an event where thousands of Christians are participating, I think there is no question about the danger in the future to others,” Graham said then.

“We did have a contract signed with these venues and they have breached that contract. I haven’t broken any laws and I’m not guilty of anything. We just have to look at what our options are but even though we can assign other venues, which we will do, I’m thinking of the church in the future,” he said.

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Brazil’s President Declares Faith in Jesus at Huge Christian Missions Event: ‘Brazil Belongs to God’

02-11-2020

Andrea Morris, Benjamin Gill

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has confirmed his faith in Jesus while attending The Send, a huge Christian worship event held in Brazil last weekend.

Bolsonaro was not formally invited to the event but still decided to attend. He addressed the crowd in one of the huge stadiums full of Christians declaring that he “believes in Jesus as his savior and that Brazil belongs to God,” ChurchLeaders.com reports.

The Send is a campaign to activate every believer into a lifestyle of Christ-like action. Major ministries have come together for the celebration, praying and believing that the world will turn to Jesus Christ. 

The event in Brazil took place at the Brasilia National Stadium on February 8 where more than 140,000 people responded to the powerful presence of God.

One pastor tweeted, “I keep receiving news about the last Saturday: 4,877 decisions, 7,890 youth enrolled and committed to bring revival to their schools, 6,457 enrolled to care for orphans, healings, people receiving the Holy Spirit while watching on YouTube.”

Nearly 200 evangelical leaders spoke at the event, including Daniel Kolenda, Christine Caine, Francis Chan and Michael Koulianos.

Koulianos wrote on Instagram, “Jesus loves Brasil! Yesterday, thousands gave their lives to Jesus, received healing, and made the choice to be SENT to the Nations. He is worthy of our YES!”

The energetic audience welcomed Bolsonaro with applause after he came out on stage to speak to the crowd.

Often referred to as the Trump of the Tropics, Bolsonaro has called himself a God-fearing man.

An assassination attempt by a knife-wielding attacker a month before Brazil’s election almost cost Bolsonaro his life. He says it is nothing short of a miracle that he’s alive today.

“Doctors who attended to me said that for every 100 stabbings of the kind I endured, only one person survives. So, I am a survivor and owe my life to God. It was His will for me to live.”

The attack became a turning point in his campaign as the populist candidate went on to win, promising to tackle Brazil’s rampant corruption and violence after taking office in 2019.

On his first official day as the country’s 38th president, Bolsonaro promised to make Judeo-Christian principles a top priority in his administration.

Bolsonaro’s motto is: “Brazil above everything, God above all.” He believes it is a powerful statement about the importance of truth in politics.

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In China, Deluded Communist Leader Xi Jinping Is Tearing Down All Churches And Mosques And Commanding The People To Worship Him As A God

The “Control Measures for Religious Groups,” as the 41 new rules are called, deal with everything from the holding of rites and rituals, to the selection of leaders and annual meetings, to the hiring of staff and the handling of funds. All of these must be reported — in advance, no less — to the comrades at the “Religious Affairs” office for their approval. In other words, without the permission of the authorities, you can’t organize a Bible study. And if you do get permission, you’d better hold it in a Party-approved religious venue, at a Party-approved time, with a Party-approved leader and using the new Party-approved Bible, which contains quotations from Confucius and, of course, Xi Jinping.

by Geoffrey Grider February 3, 2020

In China, Buddhist temples are being turned into shrines celebrating Xi Jinping, China’s President For Life. His picture adorns the walls, his recorded voice booms out of the loudspeakers, and it is his “Thought” — not Buddha’s — that the monks are now required to meditate upon.

If it’s because of the preaching of the gospel of the grace of God, then the destruction of religion is a good thing. After all, religion is man’s attempt to understand God, and it is doomed to failure. Preaching of the cross destroys religion, but in the best possible way. But to destroy religion – Catholic, Muslim, Buddhist – and replace it with another religion of man, then that is a bad thing. This is exactly what is happening in China right now, as their deluded leader has decided he is a god.

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” 1 Corinthians 1:18,19 (KJB)

All dictators suffer from little god syndrome, come to think of it, so do a lot of Charismatic preachers, but I digress. Adolf Hitler demanded the German people worship him as a god, and they did, right up to the moment when he nearly destroyed the entire country. China is in deep, deep trouble, so deep in fact that it’s starting to look like God’s hand of end times judgment is upon them. We will keep following this story for you and see how bad it’s going to get.

How Deluded China Leader Xi Jinping Destroyed Religion Making Himself A God To The People

FROM THE NY POST: Catholic churches torn down or denuded of their crosses and statues. Images of the Madonna and Child replaced with pictures of “People’s Leader” Xi Jinping. Signs posted outside evangelical churches forbidding anyone under the age of 18 from entering. The Ten Commandments painted over with quotes from Xi.

These are just some of the ways that the Chinese Communist Party is persecuting Christians in China.

But it’s not just Catholics. In China’s Far West, over a million Muslims languish in concentration camps — Beijing cutely calls them “vocational training centers” — while mosques are being torn down, religious signs removed and ancient cemeteries leveled.

Elsewhere in China, Buddhist temples are being turned into shrines celebrating Xi Jinping, China’s President For Life. His picture adorns the walls, his recorded voice booms out of the loudspeakers, and it is his “Thought” — not Buddha’s — that the monks are now required to meditate upon.

Not even the Taoists, China’s ancient folk religion, have escaped this new Cultural Revolution. Temples that have stood for over 1,000 years have been closed and ancient statues smashed, all on the orders of “Religious Affairs” officials.

Perhaps some of those who are concerned about protecting cultural sites in Iran could spare a thought for the daily demolition derby now going on in China. A demolition derby that is about to get worse, a lot worse.

On Feb. 1, 2020, new restrictions on all forms of religious activity came into force.

The “Control Measures for Religious Groups,” as the 41 new rules are called, deal with everything from the holding of rites and rituals, to the selection of leaders and annual meetings, to the hiring of staff and the handling of funds. All of these must be reported — in advance, no less — to the comrades at the “Religious Affairs” office for their approval.

DELUDED DICTATORS WANTED TO BE CALLED A GOD IS NOTHING NEW

In other words, without the permission of the authorities, you can’t organize a Bible study. And if you do get permission, you’d better hold it in a Party-approved religious venue, at a Party-approved time, with a Party-approved leader and using the new Party-approved Bible, which contains quotations from Confucius and, of course, Xi Jinping.

No Communist directive would be complete without a Catch-22 and the “Control Measures” contain a doozy: “Religious groups must also report to the appropriate government authorities any and all other matters that should be reported.”

Translation: We can shut you down at any time for any reason.

The “Control Measures” are part of Xi Jinping’s New Cultural Revolution, one goal of which is to stamp out all religious groups that the Communist Party cannot co-opt and control. “A religious group cannot carry out any activities,” warns the new rules, “without registration with the Civil Affairs office and the approval of the Religious Affairs office of the people’s government.”

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Conservative leader says UMC is ‘irretrievably broken’ over homosexuality debate

By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter | Monday, January 27, 2020

A conservative United Methodist Church leader has stated his support for a proposal that allows UMC churches to leave the denomination over LGBT issues.

The Rev. Joseph F. DiPaolo, member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association Council, said that while he used to support staying with the UMC to “contend for the faith once delivered to the saints,” he stated that “I no longer believe that is possible.”

Recently, UMC leaders representing diverse views on the LGBT debate announced their support for a proposal called the “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation.

If approved, the protocol would allocate $25 million for conservative Methodists to vote to leave the UMC and create their own Church, tentatively labeled “traditionalist Methodist.”

DiPaolo argued in a column Friday that the UMC is “irretrievably broken” due to the debate over homosexuality.

“Progressive clergy, churches and conferences stepped up their campaign of resistance, through defiance of our disciplinary covenant,” he wrote.

“Many bishops have been complicit, either through overt support, or by failing to exercise any meaningful accountability toward those who break their covenantal vows.”

He called the proposal for separation “the doorway” to “a vibrant, renewed and global Wesleyan movement.”

The UMC Book of Discipline currently states that homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching” and prohibits clergy from blessing or being involved in same-sex marriages.

Nevertheless, many conservatives within the denomination have talked of leaving the denomination due to the endless debate and refusal on the part of liberals to enforce the rules.

While the protocol remains a proposal, the measure has garnered great attention since many prominent church leaders across the theological spectrum have expressed support for it.

In addition to the WCA, the theologically liberal UMC advocacy group Reconciling Ministries Network is also backing the protocol.

“RMN supports efforts for broad reform in The United Methodist Church so that the Church can begin to repent of its anti-LGBTQ past and present and so that it can begin a new way of being the Church unpredicated on its U.S.-centric origins,” stated RMN earlier this month.

“In addition, the Church’s inflexible governance processes and structures may have proved adequate in an earlier era, but they are insufficient for the ministry needs of the world today.”

The UMC will hold its next General Conference, where legislative proposals regarding a possible schism will be entertained, in Minneapolis on May 5-15.

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Pope Francis Resignation Would Precede the Apocalypse, Ancient Prophecy Predicts

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by Egor Efimchik

The Pontiff has not yet announced any plans to step down, but a journalist working with the Vatican has claimed that it could happen as early as next year.

A centuries-old apocryphal prophecy foretells the end of times after the last pope. The same text says Pope Francis could be that last one.

The Prophecy of the Popes is a list of 112 popes and antipopes in succession. It was first published in 1595 by monk Arnold Wion in Lignum Vitæ, a book on the history of the Benedictine order.

Wion attributed it to Saint Malachy, the 12th-century Irish saint and Archbishop of Amragh. According to a later account, the manuscript with Malachy prophecy was stored in the Vatican archives but was forgotten until its rediscovery in 1590.

The text contains (often metaphoric) mottos/descriptions of pontiffs; the first description on the list is widely believed to be attached to Pope Celestine II (1143-1144). If those descriptions are matched one by one with the list of his successors, Pope Francis would be the last, 112th pope. According to the prophecy, the last pope is identified as ‘Peter the Roman’.

This is what it says of his papacy: “Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.”

The penultimate pope on the list is described as ‘glory of the olive’. Proponents of the prophecy view it as a reference to Benedict XVI, Francis’s predecessor, who chose his papal name after Saint Benedict of Nursia. The latter was the founder of the Benedictine order, which comprises the Olivetans.

As for Francis himself, there is a far-fetched theory that ‘Peter the Roman’ has a connection with Saint Francis of Assisi, whose father was named Pietro (Peter).

Is this prophecy to be believed?

There is no historical consensus on the veracity of the text, but several researchers have pointed to the fact that the verses referring to popes who reigned up until around 1590 are very accurate (they often refer to papal heraldry), but the descriptions for the popes that follow are rather vague. This means the prophecy was likely forged around the time it was published, which could explain the rapid decline in accuracy.

Malachy’s biographer and contemporary, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, has left no mention of the prophecy. An Irish priest named O’Brien, who wrote an 1880 monograph on the text, believed that it was based on a 1557 list of popes that included their heraldry.

O’Brien said: “It is impossible to attribute such absurd triflings … to any holy source. Those who have written in defence of the prophecy … have brought forward scarcely an argument in their favour. Their attempts at explaining the prophecies after 1590 are, I say with all respect, the sorriest trifling.”

Why would Pope Francis want to resign?

Pope Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio) took the Catholic Church in 2013, following the resignation of Benedict XVI, then 86 years of age, due to declining health. Roman popes typically reign from election until death, with Benedict becoming the first pontiff to relinquish the office in around 600 years.

Francis, now 83, has not given any word so far on whether he would ever resign. However, Catholic journalist Austen Ivereigh, who authored Pope Francis’ biography, claimed in 2015 that Pope could step down as early as next year.

He said in a TV interview: “I don’t think there’s ever been any doubt that that’s what he’s gonna do (resign in 2020).”

“He made clear from the beginning that he regarded Pope Benedict’s act as a prophetic act of great humility and he would have absolutely no problem in doing the same.”

“What was interesting was that he said to Mexican television [in 2014] that he believed that he would have a short papacy he thought of about five years.

“But what I’m hearing now from people close to him is that he’s going to need seven years to achieve his five-year plan and that, of course, would mean staying on until 2020.”

Pope Francis also faced calls to resign last year in the wake of massive sex scandals that have rocked the Church. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano wrote an open letter claiming that he had informed Pope Francis about sexual assault allegations against Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, but the Pope turned a blind eye to them.

“In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church,” Vigano wrote, “[Pope Francis] must acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, Pope Francis must be the first to set a good example to Cardinals and Bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses and resign along with all of them.”

Several senior figures in the Catholic Church criticised Vigano’s accusations as unsubstantiated, while Pope Francis maintained that he “knew nothing” about McCarrick’s crimes. “I don’t remember if [Vigano] told me about this,” he said. “If it’s true or not. No idea! But you know that about McCarrick, I knew nothing. If not, I wouldn’t have remained quiet, right?”

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Popular End Times Televangelist Jack Van Impe Dies at 88-Years-Old

Kayla Koslosky | ChristianHeadlines.com Editor | Monday, January 20, 2020

Controversial yet wildly popular end times televangelist Jack Van Impe has died at the age of 88.

Jack Van Impe Ministries International confirmed the passing of the eschatological pastor in a statement on Saturday calling him a “good and faithful servant.” 

“The beloved Dr. Jack Van Impe was welcomed into Heaven by His blessed Savior and Lord who he had so faithfully served in ministry for over 70 years,” the statement read.

“Please pray for his beloved wife and lifelong ministry partner Rexella and their families as they grieve this immense loss and for wisdom as she and the Board lead the ministry in the days ahead.”

Van Impe – often referred to as the “walking Bible” for his expansive memorization of Bible verses – first gained popularity through his television show Jack Van Impe Presents in the late 80s and 90s. The show – which starred both him and his wife Rexella – featured a controversial segment of the couple analyzing current news headlines through the lens of the second coming and end times prophecies. 

According to Christianity Today, Van Impe was no stranger to controversy. Reportedly, after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the television pastor became increasingly worried about Islam. During Barack Obama’s presidency, Van Impe even claimed that Obama was part of a Muslim plot to infiltrate the United States. 

Then in 2011, Van Impe had a falling out with Christian TV network, Trinity Broadcasting Network. Van Impe reportedly split from TBN after the network refused to air an episode of his show where he claims megachurch pastors Rick Warren and Robert Schuller were secretly promoting Chrislam – a new religion mixing Christianity and Islam. 

Nonetheless, the show continued independently with its last episode airing on January 10, 2020.

Amid his passing, popular conservative evangelical leader Franklin Graham offered his condolences to the family. 

Graham wrote on Twitter, “Our condolences go out to Rexella Van Impe as news comes about the death of her husband, evangelist Jack Van Impe.

“He was among a large number of young men who served in the early days with Youth for Christ. Dr. Van Impe became known as “The Walking Bible” because he memorized large portions of Scripture, inspiring young people to do the same.”

Graham concluded noting that he hopes more people can be inspired by Van Impe’s dedication to the word. 

“His life demonstrated the importance of “laying up these words of Mine in your heart and in your soul” (Deuteronomy. 11:18). May we all be inspired to do the same,” he wrote.

Further details are yet to be released regarding Van Impe’s celebration of life.

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3 Biblical Reasons Christians Should Say No to the Enneagram

2:00PM EST 1/1/2020 Rosilind Jukic

If you don’t know what an Enneagram is, don’t feel dumb or alone. A lot of people are still unfamiliar with the Enneagram.

In fact, I had never heard of it until a few months ago when I saw someone post about it on social media.

Shortly after that, I saw several articles pop up about how it can help your marriage, how it can help your walk with God and even a pastor who took several weeks to preach a series of Sunday sermons on the Enneagram to his congregation.

That’s when I realized I needed to know more about this really funny word.

The Enneagram isn’t something new; it’s just in the past couple of years that it’s gained traction among Christians. It teaches that there are nine different personality types.

What makes the Enneagram concerning from the start are its origins in the occult, divination and New Age. This article from The Gospel Coalition delves into the occultic background, and I encourage you to read it for yourself.

3 Biblical Reasons Christians Should Say No to the Enneagram

Beyond the sketchy origins of the Enneagram (something Christians should absolutely take into consideration), there are other reasons why we should reject the urge to join this new fad in the church.

Over the past few months, my dad (Dr. Hackett and author of the blog “Foundational“)and I have been writing about our concern about the direction the evangelical church is heading.

There is a growing love affair with New Age ideas, hedonism, Gnosticism, spiritism and extra-biblical revelation.

Because we have a form of godliness, but deny its power, we have to find that power in other places:

So we create adrenaline-charged atmospheres in our churches. We become fascinated by New Age doctrines.

We practice energy healing. We preach self-help, self-care and how to live your best life now.

We obsess over preachers and evangelists of the past, visit their graves, take pilgrimages to their churches, engage in necromancy and pray for their mantles.

We “Christianize” yoga, meditation, centering and other Eastern religious activities.

All because our godliness being void of power has created a vacuum that demands something something for which we have determined that God, the Bible and the Holy Spirit are not enough. Blasphemous.

It is worse than blasphemous, because we expect unbelievers to deny God and His power, because by their very definition, they do not believe in Him.

But the light that is in us has become darkened, because by our very definition we should believe, and we don’t.

We lie. We blaspheme. We declare God’s power and deny it at the very same time. But then we go a step further and march right into the devil’s territory and borrow His sulfur-saturated, evil, twisted, distorted, and demonic ideas and try to worship God with them.

I would like to add that researching Enneagrams has caused me to consider why Christians are so preoccupied with personality tests at all.

We spend a lot of time filling out questionnaires that tell us about ourselves, doing those silly Facebook quizzes and pondering whether we’re introvert, extrovert or somewhere in between.

I know. I have done this very thing.

But preparing for this article has given me a whole new perspective on this and it is central to the danger I find not only in Enneagrams, but in this entire quest to know who we are.

1. Christians should say no to Enneagrams because their identity is in Christ.

The very first danger I see with Enneagrams is the quest to know who we are.

This is a natural question every human, at one point or another, asks themselves: “Who am I?” God created us with this deep need to find our identity. And He simultaneously created the answer: Himself.

When we discover our true identity in Jesus Christ, we have no need for personality tests, quizzes, Enneagrams, Myers-Briggs—all of which have, at one point or another, been proven as scientifically inaccurate.

Of course they are! Human psychological study will never be so advanced as to answer the plaguing question: “Who am I?”

The temptation to identify ourselves as introvert or extrovert; melancholy or sanguine; judging or perceiving; or any of these personality types is great. We get a false sense of knowing ourselves and understanding others. But we will only ever truly know ourselves when we seek to know God. The more we know who God is, the better we see ourselves for who we really are.

More importantly, the more we glorify God in our lives, the less our significance and self-awareness matters to us.

2. Christians should say no to Enneagrams because self-awareness is a trap.

I am deeply concerned with how much the church has begun to shift its focus off God, His sovereignty, and His supreme glory and on to self:

—Self-care.

—Self-help.

—Self-actualization.

—Self-awareness.

In other words, self-glorification.

The idea of “self” in general flies in the face of God’s Word that commands us, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself” (Phil. 2:3, NKJV).

Self-awareness has its roots in ancient philosophy that denies God and His supremacy in our lives.

As Christians, we are not called to be self-aware; we’re called to be God-aware!

When we become God-aware, our identity comes into proper alignment, and we understand that we are: Lost, Helpless, Corrupt, Not good (Rom. 3:10), Chosen, Adopted, Redeemed and Made new.

What more do we need to know? In other words, our self-awareness cannot help us. Apart from God, we are nothing and nobody; we cannot redeem or cleanse ourselves. When we are aware of this, if our natural inclination isn’t to turn to God, but to try to help ourselves, we will spend the rest of our lives in futility.

Once we come to a proper view of ourselves, our only hope is to become God-aware and find a new identity and awareness in Him!

3. Christians should say no to the Enneagram because it is rooted in the counsel of the ungodly.

Psalm 1 tells us that we are blessed when we do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly. Why?

Because the mind of the unbeliever is unregenerate; it is filled with knowledge rooted in philosophies that deny God, His power and His very existence. While I know that this may seem extreme to some (perhaps many), if we calls ourselves Christians, we must allow God’s Word to dictate every decision and action of our lives. And His Word clearly says that we are blessed when we do not walk in the counsel, in the philosophy and in the advisement of the ungodly.

So using a personality test rooted in occult and New Age origins, attributing our identity and awareness of who are to it, and then allowing this newfound identity to determine our direction is dangerous. There is no blessing in that!

The Christian should, instead, turn to God’s Word, allowing it to reveal who we truly are apart from God—in all of its raw, rough, ugly detail, and then discover Christ’s solution to that problem. Through that, we will uncover our real identity.

When we become aware of who He really is, our own desire for affirmation and significance loses importance.

Once we come to this place, our direction is clear; the question of “Who am I?” is answered, and we have peace and security—the quest is over. And that vacuum we were born with is filled.

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Pope Francis Invites Freakish Circus With Scantily-Clad Women Doing Sexually Charged Dances To Perform In Reptile Shaped Vatican Hall

At the end of the General Audience, the “Aqua Circus” performers put on a show for the pope and pilgrims. Pope Francis participated in the spectacle by tossing a hoop at one of the acrobats. This circus presents itself as “the European response to ‘Cirque du Soleil.’” Its show proposes defending the environment. The artists tell the story of a mermaid and a man under the sea who fight against contamination of the ocean.

by Geoffrey Grider January 14, 2020

At the end of the General Audience, the “Aqua Circus” performers put on a show for the pope and pilgrims.

The Roman Catholic Church has always had a penchant for things that are odd, creepy, dark, weird and offbeat. Did you know that every Roman Catholic Church has a ‘relic‘ of a Catholic ‘saint’ built into the altar? Do you know what a relic is? It is a body part. How’s that for weird, creepy and sinister? The Bible calls this type of behavior necrophilia, or necromancy, and it is forbidden in both Testaments. The Vatican loves dead things, and creepy things, and perverted things. Things like the circus that Pope Francis invited to the reptilian Audience Hall on January 8, 2020.

“Abstain from all appearance of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22 (KJV)

As you will see in the video below, this circus is the stuff of nightmares complete with creepy performers doing creepy things. But this is the Vatican, so you might expect it to be sexually charged as well, and it certainly was that. You can’t make this stuff up, people, and the truth about the Roman Catholic Church is always wilder than fiction. Speaking of wild, after the video, take a moment to read about the reptile room in the Vatican where all this creepiness and perversion takes place.

Pope Francis participates in circus act during General Audience

FROM ROME REPORTS: At the end of the General Audience, the “Aqua Circus” performers put on a show for the pope and pilgrims. Pope Francis participated in the spectacle by tossing a hoop at one of the acrobats.

This circus presents itself as “the European response to ‘Cirque du Soleil.’” Its show proposes defending the environment. The artists tell the story of a mermaid and a man under the sea who fight against contamination of the ocean. READ MORE

Why Was The Papal Audience Hall Building At The Vatican Constructed In The Shape Of A Giant Reptile?

This is the building where Pope Francis watched the creepy circus perform in. It’s called the Papal Audience Hall building, and as you can see, the building inside and out is in the shape of a giant snake. Have a look at the image below and compare its shape to the image of a snake beside it. Note the overall shape — wide back, narrow, rounded front, eyes in the middle, nostril at the front, and curved top. So even from the outside and viewed from the sky, the entire building is a dead-ringer for a snake’s head.

The Papal Audience Hall in Vatican City as viewed from the sky and compared with a reptile.

When the building is viewed from the inside, the unmistakable resemblance to a reptile hits you like a ton of bricks. A ton of dark, evil and very sinister bricks.

The Papal Audience Hall in Vatican City as viewed from the inside and compared to a reptile.

Just when you thought it couldn’t possible get much worse, it does. Way worse. Right behind the pope’s throne, they installed a statue created by Pericle Fazzini in 1977 that purports to show Jesus Christ rising up from an ‘atomic apocalypse’, and looking for all the world like a scene from ‘Night Of The Living Dead’ zombie movie. And if you look closely at the top of the “Jesus” head, you will see something quite interesting indeed.

The demonic and massive statue of Jesus turning into a reptile by Pericle Fazzini

You will notice that the “head of Jesus” has his hair blowing in the breeze or some such thing, but if you look closer it is more than that. The head of Jesus is turning into…(anyone care to hazard a guess here?)…a reptile. What is the importance of that? Well, you read this verse and then you tell me what it means.

“And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:14,15 (KJV)

In the Bible, Satan is pictured as a reptile who will have a coming war with King Jesus at the Battle of Armageddon at the Second Coming. Revelation shows us that the Genesis serpent had an ‘upgrade’ along the way and now is a giant, red-headed multi-headed dragon, though still a reptile.

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How The Followers Of The Roman Catholic Church Are Blinded To The Fact That Their Religion Is Really Old Testament Idol Worship

With this novena, the faithful implore the Holy Infant of Prague for His intercession in temporal and spiritual needs. When former Pope Benedict XVI visited the Prague church where the Infant Jesus is kept, he said he thought the image demonstrated God’s closeness and love through His child-like tenderness. He specifically prayed for children who are victims of violence and different forms of abuse, and he also prayed for broken and unfaithful families.

by Geoffrey Grider December 12, 2019

The Catholic News Herald invites you to pray the nine-day Holy Infant of Prague novena with us this Advent as we prepare for Christmas.

When I was a lost Roman Catholic, it seemed like the most natural thing in the world to say a prayer to St. Jude when something seemed hopeless, or to St. Anthony when I lost something and couldn’t find it. Of course, as a good Catholic, the bulk of my prayers were to be directed to the ‘Virgin Mother‘ Mary who could seemingly solve any problem. It wasn’t until after I got saved in 1991 that I realized that all of that, with the beads, statues and candles, was nothing more than idol worship condemned in both Testaments as an abomination before God.

“And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger: For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.” 2 Kings 17:11,12 (KJV)

God can absolutely save a Roman Catholic, just as He saved me all those years ago, but here is the point I need to make. The Roman Catholic Church instructs, invites and even commands their followers to pray to idols like the Holy Infant of Prague you see in today’s story. Look closely at the photo and see the “2-finger salute” that little baby idol Holy Infant of Prague is making. That is the same 2-finger sign made by all popes and by the soldiers in Nazi Germany. It is a sign of war, of attack and of conquest. Who is the target? You.

“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:10-12 (KJV)

We invite you to not pray to the Holy Infant of Prague and instead pray to Someone who can not only actually hear you but who can also answer you as well. His name is Jesus Christ, and He is the one and only person you should be praying to. Anything else is idol worship. The Holy Infant of Prague can’t hear a word you’re saying.

Pray the Holy Infant of Prague nine-day novena, Dec. 16-24

FROM THE CATHOLIC NEWS HERALD: This novena is rich in Church history and is prayed for nine consecutive days starting on Dec. 16 and ending on the vigil of the Feast of the Nativity, Dec. 24.

With this novena, the faithful implore the Holy Infant of Prague for His intercession in temporal and spiritual needs. When former Pope Benedict XVI visited the Prague church where the Infant Jesus is kept, he said he thought the image demonstrated God’s closeness and love through His child-like tenderness. He specifically prayed for children who are victims of violence and different forms of abuse, and he also prayed for broken and unfaithful families.

The two finger salute is a sign that is satanic in origin, and wherever and whenever it is used it is always a “bad sign”. The connection between both the Nazis and the Vatican using this sign gets especially more evil when you consider how the Vatican not only signed a pact with Hitler, they also helped thousands of Nazis to escape through Switzerland after WWII.

WHY DO BOTH ROMAN CATHOLIC POPES AND NAZI SOLDIERS MAKE THE TWO-FINGER ‘PEACE SIGN’ SALUTE?

Devotion to the Holy Infant of Prague began in the 16th century. In April 1639, the Swedish army began a siege of the city of Prague. The frightened citizens hurried to the shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague as services were held day and night at the Church of Our Lady of Victories. When the army decided instead to retreat, the Discalced Carmelite monks who took care of the statue and the grateful residents ascribed their rescue to the miraculous Holy Infant.

The statue has also merited papal recognition through Pope Leo XIII, who instituted the “Sodality to the Infant Prague of Jesus” in 1896. On March 30, 1913, Pope St. Pius X further organized the “Confraternity of the Infant Jesus of Prague.”

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