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Prophecy under the New Covenant: The ‘two houses’ theme

By Scott Lively
Published May 25, 2020 at 7:08pm

There are innumerable theories on biblical prophecy and numerous well-established camps totally convinced of their respective conclusions. I have charted my own course based on the premise that the Bible is intended to be one harmonious document in which all the diverse components interconnect naturally. That requires balancing the Old and New Testaments, and I believe the key to that balance is found in Jeremiah’s prophecy about the New Covenant. It is cited in Hebrews 8 by way of explaining to the Hebrew people why the New Covenant was superior to the Old Covenant, but it also highlights two critical facts important to the study of prophecy generally.

“Jesus has received a much more excellent ministry, just as the covenant He mediates is better and is founded on better promises. For if that first covenant had been without fault, no place would have been sought for a second. … ‘Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers. … I will put My laws in their minds, and inscribe them on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they will be My people. No longer will each one teach his neighbor or his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest.'”

Jeremiah is clearly describing Christianity, wherein God indwells those who accept Christ as Savior, Who specifically promised “when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak what He hears, and He will declare to you what is to come” (John 16:13). That was a spiritual quantum leap of incalculable magnitude. The passage also makes clear that understanding prophecy is about listening to the Holy Spirit for yourself.

The purpose of prophecy under the New Covenant is to prepare the church for the Second Coming of Christ. We should therefore pay very close attention to how the New Covenant is defined by Jeremiah, and to the instructions of the mediator of the covenant, Jesus Christ, on the subject of prophecy. That means first, to recognize the centrality of the Two House theme in understanding the phenomenon of Christianity in prophecy – which almost no one with a large prophecy-themed following does – and second, to give far greater weight to Jesus on the timing and landmarks of prophecy than any other prophet.

To the first point, I refer you again to Hebrews 8:8: “I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.”

Was the New Covenant primarily for the Gentiles? NO. In fact, Gentiles have to be “grafted in” before it will even apply to them (Romans 11). Was it for “the Jews” (the biblical nickname for “Judeans” as distinct from “Israelites” – 2 Kings 16:5-6 )? NO. It was expressly promised to the two separate houses of the Hebrew sons of Jacob: the House of Leah and the House of Rachel, named (per patriarchal custom) for their sons Judah and Joseph (“Israel” per Jeremiah 31:9), respectively. Hebrews 8:8 is thus proof both that the two houses are still separate at the issuing of the New Covenant, and that the story of the New Covenant is intimately related to the past and future story of the two houses.

To the second point, I argue that the Olivet Discourse as presented in Matthew 24-25 is the ultimate foundation and guide to all prophecy study, because it was the instruction given by Jesus to His disciples in response to their direct question in Matthew 24:3, “When will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” I contend His answer was a point by point chronological summary of end-time events, which is repeated with only slight variation in the Gospels of Mark (Chapter 13) and Luke (Chapter 21) and reiterated by Jesus in an expanded and annotated fashion in the book of Revelation, recorded by the Apostle John.

In my analysis of Matthew 24-25, I track 12 events in Matthew 24, starting with the “birth pains” and ending with the glorification of the Bride of Christ at the resurrection and rapture (“birth”). I then continue into Chapter 25 to track the three sequential post-rapture events (in three parables): the Wedding Feast of the Lamb, the Testing of the Works, and the Return of the King. Those 15 events establish a timeline template to which all other prophecies can be naturally correlated and aligned.

I next aligned Revelation to the Matthew 24-25 timeline, then brought in God’s time-keeping systems: the seven feasts of Leviticus 23, and the broader cycles-of-sevens teaching in Leviticus 25 to further assist on aligning the Old Testament prophecies to the timeline. Some of this will be familiar to those who have heard teachings on the Biblical Feasts which have been gaining popularity over the past decade.

Importantly, in my analysis, the three events of Matthew 25 fall within the Ten Days of Awe that begin with Yom Teruah (the Feast of Trumpets) on which I believe the resurrection and rapture will occur, and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), in which Christ will return with the Host of Heaven to take physical possession of the earth. While the Ten Days of Awe are a time of exceeding great joy for the Bride-become-Wife of God, they are simultaneously Ten Days of Wrath for those left behind on earth to suffer the bowl judgments, and finally, the Winepress of the Wrath of God.

I have designed a Scripture-citing graph that explains this last paragraph very simply and it will be included in the release this week in print and video, of my second installment of “The Prodigal Son Prophecy: God’s Amazing Plan for the Restoration of the Two Hebrew Houses and the Salvation of the Gentiles.” (Email to receive it without charge).

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9 Signs Of The End Times That Are Unfolding Right In Front Of Our Eyes

May 20, 2020 by Michael Snyder

Global events are beginning to spiral out of control, and this has created a resurgence in interest in what the Bible has to say about “the last days”.  Throughout the Scriptures, we are warned about apocalyptic events that will precede the second coming of Jesus Christ, and a lot of people are wondering if that period of time is now upon us.  All over the Internet, people are engaging in all sorts of speculation and lots of really bizarre theories are being thrown around, and this is causing a great deal of confusion.  But all of this confusion is not necessary, because the Bible is actually very clear about what is coming.

Jesus had quite a bit to say about the time just before His return, and He specifically instructed His followers to watch for certain signs.  He wanted us to understand that He knew about all of these things in advance, that He has a plan, and that He is in control.

So there is no need to fear.  In fact, Jesus told us these things so that we would not be afraid.

Three of the key chapters where Jesus discusses the events of the last days are Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21.  To set the stage for the rest of this article, let me share just three quick verses from Luke 21

9 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.

10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

Could it be possible that we have entered a time when these things are starting to be fulfilled?

To answer that question, let’s examine some of the global events that are currently unfolding…

#1 Wars And Rumors Of Wars

War is coming to the Middle East, and it might be coming a lot sooner than most people think.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is very eager to annex portions of Judea and Samaria before the U.S. election in November, and the coalition agreement that he reached with Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz allows him to do that as early as July.

I believe that it will happen at some point in the coming months, and the Palestinians are openly warning that such a move will mean war.  In fact, Mahmoud Abbas is so upset about this pending annexation that he just publicly backed out of all previous agreements with the United States and Israel…

In an emergency meeting in Ramallah Tuesday, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas announced that due to Israeli plans to annex parts of Judea and Samaria, all agreements with Israel and the U.S. are null and void.

This would include the Oslo Accords, which was the basis for the establishment of the Palestinian Authority.

And Jordan’s King Abdullah just told a German newspaper that annexation “would lead to a massive conflict with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan”

In an interview with the German newspaper Der Spiegel, the Jordanian monarch reiterated that a two-state solution was the “only way forward” as a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

“What would happen if the Palestinian National Authority collapsed? There would be more chaos and extremism in the region. If Israel really annexed the West Bank in July, it would lead to a massive conflict with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,” said Abdullah.

This is something to keep a very close eye on, and we also need to keep in mind that a major war between Israel and Iran could erupt at literally any moment as well.

#2 Earthquakes

Our planet continues to become increasing unstable, and my regular readers know that I am particularly concerned about the west coast of the United States.  It is just a matter of time before “the Big One” hits California, and this week we did see two very alarming quakes strike just off the California coast

The first measured at a 4.7 magnitude. It hit at 11:56 p.m. Sunday about 163 miles west of Eureka.

The second earthquake was stronger, measuring a 5.5 magnitude hitting in the same area about 160 miles west of Eureka at 12:02 a.m. Monday.

The second quake was at the same depth as the first earthquake at about 6 miles down.

Overall, there have been 2,668 earthquakes in California and Nevada over the last 7 days, and that is definitely unusual.

Meanwhile, large earthquakes continue to strike other areas of the globe with frightening regularity.  For example, a magnitude 6.2 quake just rocked the Mediterranean Sea, and that made headlines all over the globe.

In the days ahead, the shaking is only going to get worse, but most people don’t understand what is happening.

#3 Volcanoes

I have written about Mt. Popocatepetl near Mexico City many times, and it has roared to life once again.

In fact, it is being reported that it was shooting hot ash 20,000 feet into the air on Wednesday.

Keep a very close eye on this volcano, because someday a catastrophic eruption of Mt. Popocatepetl will result in the worst disaster in the history of Mexico.

Of course Mt. Popocatepetl is far from alone.  According to Volcano Discovery, 24 volcanoes around the globe are erupting right now, and dozens more are showing signs of unrest.

#4 Crazy Weather Patterns

You may have noticed that global weather patterns have gone absolutely nuts.

We are seeing record setting droughts in some parts of the world, in other areas we are witnessing unprecedented flooding, and global food production has been greatly disrupted by one unforeseen event after another.

For instance, this week India and Bangladesh are preparing for Super Cyclone Amphan to make landfall.  On Monday night, that storm “officially became the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal”

Millions of people in India and Bangladesh are bracing for what is now being called the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal. Super Cyclone Amphan is anticipated to make landfall in less than 36 hours, bringing destructive winds and heavy rain to a region already struggling with the coronavirus pandemic.

According to CNN, Super Cyclone Amphan officially became the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal on Monday night, after intensifying with sustained wind speeds of up to 165 miles per hour. Even though Amphan has weakened slightly the storm is still the equivalent of a Category 3 Atlantic hurricane, with winds speeds up to 115 mph.

#5 Armies Of Locusts

Billions of locusts have been traveling in giant swarms the size of major cities across large portions of Africa, the Middle East and Asia.  These mammoth swarms can travel up to 90 miles a day, and when they descend on a farm they can eat all of the vegetation in as little as 30 seconds.

I have written about these enormous locust armies numerous times, and they keep making headlines all over the world.  This week, video of these locusts “blocking out the sun in Iran” was being widely shared on social media…

Terrifying footage of an apocalyptic swarm of locusts blocking out the sun in Iran has emerged after it was revealed the military could be called to fight a plague that may destroy at least $7billion (£5.7bn) worth of crops.

The chilling video shows a haze formed of millions of the bugs covering the horizon on a motorway in the south of the country.

#6 African Swine Fever

Before COVID-19 came along, African Swine Fever was the most serious pestilence affecting the planet.

There is no vaccine, there is no cure, and it is killing pigs all over the globe at a staggering rate.

In fact, approximately half the pigs in China and approximately one-fourth of all the pigs in the entire world have already been wiped out by this disease.

Needless to say, this is having a tremendous impact on the global food supply, because much of the world relies on pig meat as a primary source of protein.

#7 Famines And Food Riots

You know that things are bad when even the United Nations is using the word “biblical” to describe the famines that are beginning to emerge around the globe.

The head of the UN World Food Program, David Beasley, is publicly warning that we are heading into “the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two”, and he is telling us that we could soon see approximately 300,000 people literally starve to death every single day…

“If we can’t reach these people with the life-saving assistance they need, our analysis shows that 300,000 people could starve to death every single day over a three-month period”, he upheld. “This does not include the increase of starvation due to COVID-19”.

We have already witnessed very large food riots in Africa, and now they are starting to happen in South America.

For example, check out what just happened in the capital of Chile

The coronavirus hit Chile at a particularly delicate time. Back in October, the Chilean military deployed tanks and troops onto the streets of Santiago – the Chilean capital – and President Sebastian Pinera declaring a state of emergency to quell a violent uprising triggered by – of all things – a hike in metro fares (can you imagine that happening in NYC?).

Now, some of the nation’s poorest are rising up against the government again in a violent protest movement over the lack of government assistance. Specifically, food shortages have left thousands of Chileans with nothing to eat, and the mandatory closures have made it impossible for them to work or buy food.

Global food supplies have gotten very tight, and they are only going to get tighter in the months ahead.

#8 Economic Collapse

Countries all over the world have locked down their economies in 2020 due to fear of COVID-19, and that has plunged the entire global economy into a deep depression.

Here in the United States, more than 36 million Americans have already lost their jobs, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago says that the real rate of unemployment in the United States is now 30.7 percent, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is projecting that U.S. GDP will fall by 42.8 percent during the second quarter of this year.

Now that our economic bubble has burst, the dominoes are just going to continue to tumble, and the days ahead are looking quite bleak.

#9 The Coronavirus Plague

This is the greatest public health crisis in a hundred years, and it looks like this pandemic is going to be with us for many months to come.

Already, there have been more than 5 million confirmed cases around the world and more than 300,000 people have died.  Many had been hoping that the worst was behind us, but the head of the WHO just told us that Tuesday was the worst day for new cases “since the outbreak began”

“We still have a long way to go in this pandemic,” Tedros said at a briefing in Geneva. “In the last 24 hours, there have been 106,000 cases reported to WHO – the most in a single day since the outbreak began. Almost two-thirds of these cases were reported in just four countries.”

Jesus specifically warned us that there would be “pestilences” during the time before His return, and I believe in the future we will see even worse pandemics than this one.

In fact, many of the signs that I discussed above will get worse in the days ahead.  Just as birth pains increase in frequency and severity as the time for birth gets closer, we should expect many of the signs that Jesus warned about to increase in frequency and severity as well.

But even in the midst of all the chaos that is coming, God will be moving, and I believe that the greatest revival in all of human history is still ahead of us.

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Christian champion Ravi Zacharias dead

Franklin Graham: ‘Will be greatly missed’

By WND Staff
Published May 19, 2020 at 11:38am

Renowned evangelical Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias has died at age 74 after a battle with cancer

He was praised by evangelist Franklin Graham, who described Zacharias as “one of the great Christian apologists of our time, has stepped into the streets of glory and into the presence of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”

“Don’t feel sorry for Ravi – his fight with cancer is over, and he has placed his crowns at the feet of the One who deserves all glory and honor,” said Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham and the CEO of both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the relief and development group Samaritan’s Purse.

He noted that Zacharias’ defense of the Christian faith reached “millions worldwide.”

“Ravi will be greatly missed – join me in praying for his family and loved ones in their loss,” Graham said.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recalled Zacharias had been invited by Billy Graham to preach at the first International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists in Amsterdam in 1983 and the next year founded Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, or RZIM.

He was born in India and spent nearly 50 years responding to questions about faith.

He died in Atlanta, where RZIM is based.

Zacharias “saw the objections and questions of others not as something to be rebuffed, but as a cry of the heart that had to be answered,” Michael Ramsden, president of RZIM said in a statement.

“People weren’t logical problems waiting to be solved; they were people who needed the person of Christ. Those who knew him well will remember him first for his kindness, gentleness, and generosity of spirit. The love and kindness he had come to know in and through Jesus Christ was the same love he wanted to share with all he met.”

He’s survived by his wife of 48 years, Margie; daughters, Sarah and Naomi; son, Nathan; and five grandchildren.

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Millennials, Gen Zers showing greater interest in Gospel amid COVID-19 pandemic, Greg Laurie says

By Brandon Showalter, CP Reporter  | Friday, April 17, 2020

A megachurch pastor whose Palm Sunday service was watched online by President Trump says that amid the COVID-19 pandemic an increasing numbers of young people are starting to embrace the Gospel.

Due to the public health crisis that’s besetting the United States and other nations around the world, many churches have been livestreaming their services online as large physical gatherings are temporarily halted due to government-issued social distancing orders.

But the move to digital means of worship might portend a Great Awakening, according to Greg Laurie, the longtime pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, who wrote in an op-ed published in Newsweek on Tuesday that he and his team were pleasantly surprised to see that their first week of shifting services to online-only drew over 250,000 viewers and has been growing ever since.

“Last week, we had over a million people tune in for church. These are people literally from all around the world, from every age and background, who are missing church. So, to the best of our ability, we are bringing church to them. What’s more, hundreds of thousands of them are people whom marketers would refer to as the ‘target demographic’ between the ages of 18 and 34.”

Ever since the shutdown began, viewership among millennials has increased 235%, he said. 

Churches have been attempting to reach younger generations with the Gospel for decades, seemingly in vain, Laurie elaborated, highlighting the plethora of news stories and surveys in recent years about declining church attendance and the rise of the “nones” — those who never have or no longer affiliate with any particular religious tradition.

But the worldwide coronavirus outbreak has fundamentally changed the environment.

“Could it be that simply by responding as best and as quickly as we could to something no one saw coming, we’ve unwittingly stumbled into part of God’s answer to a generational riddle?” he asked.

“We touch our phones a shocking 2,617 times a day, and 84 percent say they can’t go a single day without their phone. Most people under 30 can’t even remember a world before cell phones. Perhaps this is why some psychologists refer to millennials as ‘Generation Panic.’ They have been so inundated by a world of unrealistic comparisons and ‘excessive expectations’ online that they are afflicted by ‘a harsh inner critic and an obsessive need to achieve.'”

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A millennial friend reportedly told Laurie that he believes it only makes sense that God would bring revival through laptops and phones now and that he had an encounter with God while watching a broadcast in the privacy of his home with no one watching and no pressure to behave or perform.

“But here is the most surprising thing to me about this new, burgeoning online congregation. At the end of my message, I extended an opportunity for people to pray and ask Jesus Christ to come into their lives. At last count, over 31,000 have responded. That’s in four weeks,” Laurie said.

“You’ve heard of ‘life imitating art.’ Well, this is virtual reality becoming actual reality.”

Laurie went on to note that while his congregation is looking forward to gathering physically again they are presently seeing something which looks like a great awakening as they continue to shelter-in-place.

“Let’s hope and pray that it continues. America is long overdue,” Laurie concluded.

The president announced at the end of the April 4 White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing that he would be watching Laurie’s Palm Sunday service. 

Later that day, Trump also tweeted that he would be watching the livestream. In an April 6 tweet, Laurie thanked the president for joining and noted that approximately 1.3 million tuned in to the service and that 11,207 people indicated a desire to know Christ.

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The Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope Is Named ‘Lucifer’ And Is Housed In Their Own Observatory Located On Mount Graham In Arizona

The Vatican Observatory Research Group (VORG) operates the 1.8m Alice P. Lennon Telescope with its Thomas J. Bannan Astrophysics Facility, known together as the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT), at the Mount Graham International Observatory (MGIO) in southeastern Arizona. The telescope is dubbed LUCIFER 1, and provides a powerful tool to gain spectacular insights into the universe — from the Milky Way to extremely distant galaxies.

by Geoffrey Grider April 11, 2020

The Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT), located at the Mount Graham International Observatory in Arizona is named Lucifer.

This story is not new, goes all the way back to 2010, but seeing as we have been spending some time talking about Judas, the betrayer of Jesus, I thought we should take a look at the counterfeit church that is also powered by Satan, the Roman Catholic Church. All through the Catholic church’s 1,695 year history they have maintained an unbreakable connection to Lucifer. Did you know that at Easter, the Catholic Church celebrates by singing a song dedicated to Lucifer? It’s called the Exsultet, more on that in a moment.

Today we will be showing you their massive, high-powered Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope, affectionately known as ‘Lucifer’. For those of you who don’t know, any reference to Lucifer is a reference to Satan.

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” Isaiah 13:12-16 (KJB)

Lucifer fell and became Satan, and as you can see from the verses bearing his name in Isaiah, Lucifer is obsessed with outer space, the star, the planets, and just about everything that is connected to where Heaven is located, on the ‘sides of the North’ and straight up over your head. Let’s take a trip to the  Vatican Observatory located inside the Steward Observatory of the University of Arizona in Tucson.

After considerable outrage and expose from Christian groups, the name of the telescope was changed from Lucifer to Luci, just as the Lucifer Publishing Company at the United Nations changed the name to The Lucis Trust. Now they’ve completely covered their tracks, like Superman putting on a pair of glasses and no one can figure out he’s Clark Kent.


In a related topic, check this out. On April 27th, 2014, Pope Francis held a ceremony in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican to induct two former popes into sainthood. Catholic sainthood ceremonies are fairly standard procedures, and happen quite often. But on this particular occasion, Pope Francis wanted it broadcast around the world in 3D, HF and 3K. What was so special about this sainthood ceremony to go to all that expense and trouble? What was it that the pope needed the entire world to watch? As it turns out, Pope Francis was about to declare that Lucifer is the Morning Star, a title that the Bible gives to Jesus Christ alone. The pope was telling all the world that Lucifer is God of the Catholic Church.

“Oramus ergo te, Domine, ut cereus iste in honorem tui nominis consecratus, ad noctis huius caliginem destruendam, indeficiens perseveret. Et in odorem suavitatis acceptus, supernis luminaribus misceatur. Flammas eius lucifer matutinus inveniat: Ille, inquam, lucifer, qui nescit occasum: Ille qui regressus ab inferis, humano generi serenus illuxit.” From the Exsultet

The highlight of the ceremony was the singing of a Catholic prayer known as ‘The Exsultet, or ‘Easter Proclamation’. The problem starts in the wording of the prayer itself. As you can see below, twice the name of Lucifer is mentioned as you can clearly see in both the Latin and English versions. The name of Jesus is not mentioned at all. You can read all about the Roman Catholic prayer to Lucifer by clicking here. Now let’s take a look at the Lucifer telescope operated by the Vatican. If you’re reading this through email, please visit this article online to watch the mind-blowing videos we;ve attached for your consideration.

Vatican-Tied Mount Graham Observatory Launched LUCIFER Telescope In 2010

FROM TRANSMISSIONS MEDIA: The Vatican Observatory Research Group (VORG) operates the 1.8m Alice P. Lennon Telescope with its Thomas J. Bannan Astrophysics Facility, known together as the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT), at the Mount Graham International Observatory (MGIO) in southeastern Arizona where sky conditions are among the best in the world and certainly the Continental United States.

The new instrument on the Large Binocular Telescope is a powerful tool that will gain spectacular insights into the universe — from the Milky Way to extremely distant galaxies. A new instrument for the world´s largest optical telescope, the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) on Mount Graham, allows astronomers to observe the faintest and most distant objects in the universe.

After more than a decade of design, manufacturing, and testing, the new instrument, dubbed LUCIFER 1, provides a powerful tool to gain spectacular insights into the universe — from the Milky Way to extremely distant galaxies. An identical twin instrument will be delivered to the telescope in early 2011.

“With the large light-gathering power of the LBT, astronomers are now able to collect the spectral fingerprints of the faintest and most distant objects in the universe,” said LBT director Richard Green, a professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona´s Steward Observatory.

LUCIFER 1 and its twin are mounted at the focus points of the LBT´s two giant 27.6-foot-diameter (8.4 meters) telescope mirrors. Each instrument is cooled to -351° Fahrenheit (-213° Celsius) in order to observe in the near-infrared wavelength range. Near-infrared observations are essential for understanding the formation of stars and planets in our galaxy as well as revealing the secrets of the most distant and young galaxies.

LUCIFER´s innovative design allows astronomers to observe star-forming regions in unprecedented detail, which are commonly hidden by dust clouds. The instrument is remarkably flexible, combining a large field of view with a high resolution. It provides three exchangeable cameras for imaging and spectroscopy in different resolutions, according to observational requirements.

Astronomers use spectroscopy to analyze incoming light and answer questions such as how stars and galaxies formed and what composes them

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8 in 10 Pastors Say Current Events Are a Sign of Jesus’ Return

Michael Foust | Contributor | Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The overwhelming majority of pastors say specific current events are a sign of the End Times and Jesus’ return, according to a new LifeWay Research survey.

The poll of 1,000 evangelical and historically black church pastors found that 97 percent believe that Jesus will “literally and personally return to Earth again,” and 56 percent believe Jesus will return in their lifetime.

Pastors also were asked if they “consider any of the following types of current events to be the ‘birth pains’ that Jesus was referring to when he was asked by his disciples when he would return” The question referenced Jesus’ words in Matthew 24.

On each option, most pastors said they viewed it as sign of Jesus’ return:

– 83 percent, the “rise of false prophets and false teachings.”

– 81 percent, the “love of many believers growing cold.”

– 79 percent, “traditional morals becoming less accepted.”

– 78 percent, “wars and national conflicts.”

– 76 percent, “earthquakes and other natural disasters.”

– 75 percent, the “number of people abandoning their Christian faith.”

– 70 percent, famines.

– 63 percent, “anti-Semitism toward Jewish people worldwide.”

“While Christians prepare to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, many pastors believe they see signs his return may be close,” Scott McConnell, executive director LifeWay Research, said in an online analysis of the survey. “These sentiments were expressed in January before the prospect of a global pandemic became known.”

Meanwhile, most pastors also believe the modern nation of Israel has a role in the End Times. A total of 70 percent agreed that the “modern rebirth of the State of Israel and the re-gathering of millions of Jewish people were fulfillments of Bible prophecy.”

A full 40 percent of pastors believe the “Christian church has fulfilled or replaced the nation of Israel in God’s plan.”

The survey also asked pastors their views on amillennialism, postmillennialism and premillennialism.

Most pastors considered themselves premillennial:

– 60 percent believe the millennium “will be a future literal 1,000-year period during which Jesus reigns on earth following Christ’s second coming (often called premillennialism).”

– 21 percent believe the millennium “is a symbolic way of describing the period between Christ’s ascension and second coming where Christ is reigning spiritually (often called amillennialism).”

– 9 percent believe the millennium “is not a literal 1,000 years, but an era in which the world will gradually grow more Christian and just ending with Christ’s second coming (often called postmillennialism).”

“The current global pandemic will create interest among churchgoers and nonreligious people about what the Bible says about plagues, disasters, and the end times,” McConnell said. “The urgency pastors feel is less about stockpiling toilet paper and more about helping people be ready for Christ’s return.”

The survey was conducted Jan. 24-Feb. 11 and sponsored by Chosen People Ministries, Alliance for the Peace of Jerusalem, Rich and Judy Hastings, and the Hendricks Center at Dallas Theological Seminary.

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44 Percent Say Coronavirus Is ‘Wake-Up Call’ from God, Sign of His Judgment

Michael Foust | Contributor | Wednesday, April 1, 2020

More than four in 10 likely voters in the United States believe the coronavirus pandemic is a wake-up call from God or a sign of “coming judgment,” according to a new poll.

The survey asked likely voters a series of questions about the pandemic and faith, including: “Do you see the global coronavirus pandemic and economic meltdown” as “signs of coming judgment” or “a wake-up call for us to turn back to faith in God?”

A total of 44 percent of likely voters picked one or the other or chose both. Twenty-two percent said “both,” 17 percent said it was a wake-up call, and 5 percent said it was a sign of coming judgment. The poll was conducted among 1,000 likely voters between March 23-26 by McLaughlin & Associates for The Joshua Fund, a Christian ministry that supports Israel. McLaughlin & Associates also conducts political polls.

Meanwhile, 29 percent of likely voters agreed that “the coronavirus pandemic and global economic meltdown are evidence that we are living in what the Bible calls the ‘last days.” Fifty-six disagreed.

Joel C. Rosenberg, the founder and president of The Joshua Fund, called the results “stunning.”

“This survey provides a fascinating window into how Americans see the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is dramatically increasing their interest in spiritual matters,” he said.

The survey asked non-Christians if the global pandemic has caused them to “have more interest in God and spiritual matters.” Although 63 percent said it had not, others said it had.

For example:

  • 7 percent of non-Christians said they “have started reading the Bible, even though I usually don’t.”
  • 8 percent of non-Christians said they are “having more spiritual conversations with family and friends.”
  • 5 percent of non-Christians said they have searched online to learn more about Bible prophecy.
  • 2 percent of non-Christians said they “have started listening to Bible teaching and/or Christian sermons online, even though I usually don’t.”

Many Christians also have seen their interest in matters of faith increase.

For example:

  • 14 percent of Christians said they’re “reading the Bible more than ever before.”
  • 16 percent of Christians said they’re “listening/watching Bible teaching and Christian sermons online since I cannot go to church.”
  • 10 percent said they’re “searching online to learn more about Bible prophecy and God’s plan for the future of mankind.”

“These are no ordinary times,” Rosenberg said. “Americans in near full lockdown are anxious, and understandably so. Yet millions are turning to God, the Bible and Christian sermons for answers, some of them for the first time. That may be the most important silver lining in this crisis so far.”

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The charity Samaritan’s Purse sets up a field hospital to care for COVID-19 patients in Central Park, New York

New York (AFP) – In New York’s Central Park on Sunday, a field hospital was going up.

Dozens of people worked in a drizzle to erect the facility for an expected influx of COVID-19 patients at the epicentre of the US coronavirus pandemic.

Samaritan’s Purse, a US-based Christian global relief agency, is setting up the hospital on the park’s East Meadow lawn, where workers in face masks unloaded a white tarp and other equipment on the grass. The site is right across from one of the facilities in the Mount Sinai hospital group.

“There’s lots of cases here in New York and a lot of people that need help,” said Elliott Tenpenny, a doctor and team leader for Samaritan’s Purse COVID-19 Response Team.

“The hospitals all over the city are filling up and they need as much help as they can get. That’s why we’re here.”

He said the charity was working with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Mount Sinai, with the aim of receiving patients within two days.

Unlike other temporary facilities going up in the New York region, this site will have the equipment and personnel necessary to handle COVID-19 patients. Tenpenny called it a “respiratory focused field hospital” which will have a capacity of 68 patients, and the doctors and nurses to treat them.

Samaritan’s Purse has set up a similar temporary hospital in Cremona, Italy, the country with the highest COVID-19 death toll.

On Sunday Cuomo announced that New York state has more than 59,500 cases and 965 deaths, making it by far the hardest-hit area of the United States. Those figures give it more than 40 percent of the country’s cases and deaths, data from Johns Hopkins University show.

New York medical staff are struggling with long hours and a dire need for hospital-grade masks and other protective gear.

Tenpenny said that although his organization is faith-based, “we provide care to anybody at anytime without regard to who they are, just if they have need.”

The charity has been helping the world’s victims of war, poverty, natural disasters and other crises since 1970.

“These are usually international after disasters but the US is in massive need right now and so here we are setting up to help our own country,” Tenpenny said

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Pope Francis, Alone In St. Peter’s Basilica, Lifts Up Monstrance Of The Sun God And Calls On ‘Intercession Of Mary’ To Save World From COVID-19

The rituals performed by the Roman Catholic church are not found in the New Testament, they are found partially in the Old Testament, as well as in the mystery religions from ancient Babylon and Egypt. Look at the photo at the top, and you will see Pope Francis holding up a golden sunburst device called a ‘monstrance’ which holds the ‘blessed sacrament’ of the Eucharist that they pray to. They call it the ‘adoration of the Blessed Sacrament’, and it is idol worship. You will note that not only is the device in the shape of a golden sun, Pope Francis is also wearing a garment with a golden sun on the back.

by Geoffrey Grider March 28, 2020

Pope Francis held the special Urbi et Orbi on Friday from the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, lifting up the monstrance of the sun god, and appealing to the Virgin Mary to save us all.

Like a scene from out of the Chick tract, “Why Is Mary Crying?‘, Pope Francis stood alone in a rain-swept Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, lifted up the golden Catholic idol of the Sun God called the ‘blessed sacrament’, and called on the Virgin Mary to ‘save the world’ from the COVID-19 coronavirus. You will note that none of what Pope Francis did during the ceremonial ritual so important to Catholics is found anywhere in the Bible, except in places forbidding such practices.

“The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?” Jeremiah 7:18,19 (KJB)

No one in the New Testament every asked Mary’s advice on anything, in the Upper Room on the day of Pentecost, she was a silent observer, Peter was the one in charge. Mary’s help or assistance is never recorded. Yet amazingly, the Roman Catholic church would like us to believe that not only is she the channel through which “all graces flow”, that even salvation through Jesus Christ is not possible unless she intercedes for you.

Wow, talk about a promotion for Mary, and also true, talk about fantasy. Everything about the Roman Catholic Church comes from paganism, talk a look at the following.

Lent Is Actually The Pagan ‘Weeping For Tammuz’ Ritual


The rituals performed by the Roman Catholic church are not found in the New Testament, they are found partially in the Old Testament, as well as in the mystery religions from ancient Babylon and Egypt. Look at the photo at the top, and you will see Pope Francis holding up a golden sunburst device called a ‘monstrance’ which holds the ‘blessed sacrament’ of the Eucharist that they pray to. They call it the ‘adoration of the Blessed Sacrament’, and it is idol worship. You will note that not only is the device in the shape of a golden sun, Pope Francis is also wearing a garment with a golden sun on the back. Please note the following:

The Vatican And The Sun God

  • In the middle of St. Peter’s Square is an ancient Egyptian obelisk, which represents the Sun god Ra of Egypt.
  • The pagans believe that their Sun god is conceived on 3/21, the Spring Equinox.  You can see this played out annually at the Vatican, when the rising Sun causes the shadow of the Egyptian obelisk (which is a phallic symbol representing Nimrod, the ‘mighty hunter’) to fall towards the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica (symbolizing the womb of the moon goddess Semiramis), representing their annual sexual union.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica has a huge sun symbol behind the stage where the Pope sits.
  • The Eucharist host wafer is round, representing the sun god, Tammuz. This is why it has a “+” stamped on the front. They hold it up to worship it.
  • Then they place it on a crescent moon (representing the female womb of the moon goddess), which represents their symbolic sexual union. This symbolically makes the wafer the flesh of their Sun god Tammuz. This is carried out every day, thousands of times a day throughout the world.
  • Lent ends with Easter when it is tradition to eat ham. This symbolizes the remembrance of Tammuz, who was killed by a wild boar.

If the apostle Peter, whom the Catholic church says is their ‘first pope’ could somehow come back and watch Pope Francis performing these rituals, Peter would know instantly what he was looking at. He’d be looking at idol worship in pagan Rome, where he was executed by the Romans 2,000 years ago. Neither Peter or any of the apostles ‘adored the Eucharist’, asked Mary to ‘intercede to Jesus’ on their behalf, observed Lent, or celebrated Christmas or Easter. These practices would not be created until the start of the Roman Catholic Church that began in 325 AD.

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” Revelation 18:4,5 (KJB)

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Archbishop Jan Lenga: Pope Francis is ‘Usurper and Heretic,’ ‘Leading the World Astray’

By Michael W. Chapman | February 28, 2020 | 11:35am EST

Catholic Archbishop Jan Lenga,  the former head of the Diocese of Karaganda, Khazakhstan and now retired in Poland, was ordered to stop delivering sermons and speaking with the media because of his frequent statements that Pope Francis is a “heretic” spreading “untruths and sins” and “leading the world astray.” 

Archbishop Lenga has rejected the order to be silent, issued this month by Polish Bishop Wieslaw Mering, because no one in the Polish church apparently has the authority to silence him, reported  

Lenga belongs to a religious order, the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception, and is living as a guest of the order in Lichen, Poland. He reportedly is only subject to an order from the Pope.

“Christ gave me authority through the church to proclaim the truth, and I’ll do so as long as I live,” said Lenga, 69, as reported by  “I won’t yield to degradation by those whose own statements and actions are entangled with heresy and sectarianism.”

“What right do they have to recall what pertains to the church when they themselves have never upheld it?” he said. 

In a Feb. 25 interview with Gloria TV, Archbishop Lenga said his critics should “form their own church, rather than usurping power in the Catholic Church.”

Archbishop Lenga has “co-signed several letters urging Pope Francis to clarify marriage and family teachings after the pope’s 2016 encyclical ‘Amoris Laetitia,'” reported  “He also signed a May 2019 ‘Declaration of Truths‘ alongside U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke.”

Cardinal Burke is a member of the highest court at the Vatican and the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Other church leaders who signed the declaration were Cardinal Janis Pujats, archbishop emeritus of Riga, Tomash Peta, archbishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana, and Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana, Khazakhstan.

In a book-length interview on YouTube, Archbishop Lenga said he still recognizes Benedict XVI as the Pope; Benedict resigned in February 2013, the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years. Lenga also stated he does not include the name of the “usurper and heretic” Francis in his Mass prayer intentions. 

“Bergoglio [Pope Francis] has not confirmed himself in the faith and is not passing that faith to others, he is leading the world astray,” said Archbishop Lenga, as reported in The Tablet. “He proclaims untruths and sins, not the tradition which has endured for 2000 years.”

“He proclaims the truth of this world, which is precisely the truth the Devil,” said the archbishop. 

In a Jan. 20 interview on Polish television, according to, Archbishop Lenga “said ‘many bishops and cardinals’ lacked a ‘deep faith’ and had adopted ‘an attitude of betrayal and destruction’ by seeking to ‘correct Christ’s teaching,’ adding that current confusion in the church indicated ‘the Antichrist is here.'”

Bishop Mering, who has ordered Archbishop Lenga to stop talking to the media, said he would leave the “final decision” on this controversy with the Pope. 

“I’m acting in the name of the church, which has a hierarchical structure — we cannot tolerate a situation in which this archbishop omits the Holy Father’s name from the canon of the Holy Mass,” said Bishop Mering, as reported by

“My request that he stop speaking to the media is to prevent an evil sensation,” he added. “Some will praise the archbishop, while others will be scandalized by the divisions he’s initiated.”

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