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from Light For The Last Days:

We live in strange times, with changes that took place to our way of life in 2020  which we would not have thought possible at the beginning of the year. Now we  are wondering what 2021 will bring. We are being told that the arrival of the new  COVID-19 vaccine signals the light at the end of a dark tunnel. In November Boris  Johnson said ‘Together we can get through this winter, suppress the virus until  vaccines come to our aid and then reclaim our lives and all the things that we love.’  He implied that this would happen by Spring 2021.  

Generally we find there are two main opinions about  what happened so far:  

1. The majority opinion: The lockdowns are a necessary way of the  government defending the  health and safety of the  people from a dangerous  virus which threatens us all. The vaccines are the only way out. 

2. The skeptical opinion: The lock-downs and the vaccines are an  intrusion on personal freedom, a  burden on society put in place to  protect us from a disease which  99.7% people recover from. 

Whichever view you hold, almost  everyone agrees that 2020 turned out to be a most horrible year. Apart  from the fear of catching the virus and  being ill or dying, people suffered  from the lock-downs. Businesses  shut down, meetings of friends and  family restricted, people stuck at  home, isolated, bored and lonely. In  many countries people faced extreme poverty and starvation. In developed  countries most of life, work, school,  shopping, meeting people and so on, was done from home by computer and  the Internet. We become dependent  on machines and lose human contact, causing many to be depressed, suicidal  or alcoholic.  

Getting back to normal by early in  2021 does not look so hopeful now.  As I write this Boris Johnson has just  cancelled Christmas for millions and  a new mutant strain of the virus has  arisen. Many people are sceptical or  resistant to the vaccine and we are told  that it won’t be available to everyone  before the end of 2021. We face what  seems like a never ending cycle of  closing down, opening up for a while,  then closing down again as the virus  continues to spread. Newspaper  headlines read ‘Will this nightmare ever  end?’ 

The lock-downs have not eradicated  the virus. They reduce infections and  associated deaths while they are in  force, but only to shift them down the road for a later period. We are told we  must follow the science, and science  has become the great god we must all  bow down to. But not all scientists  and doctors agree with the strategy.  44,000 scientists and doctors signed  the Great Barrington Declaration, claiming that the measures taken were  harmful to ‘short and long term public  health.’ Dr Mike Yeadon, a former head of research at Pfizer, says the advisers to  the government in the Sage committee justify the repeated lockdowns by  using inflated figures of potential and actual deaths from the disease. He  suggests only a small percentage of  PCR tests, on which the daily figures of  Covid infections are based, are reliable.  The book ‘Corona, False Alarm’ by  doctors Karina Reiss and Sucharit  Bhakdi (available on Amazon) gives  more facts and figures on the crisis. It  claims that the number of deaths is  not much more than normal flu deaths  and concludes that this is a false alarm  inflicted on the world with disastrous  results. These doctors also question  the mass vaccination of the population,  saying that subjecting healthy people  to a hastily prepared vaccine which  may have some unknown results in the future is a big mistake. Any alternatives  to the government line are suppressed  on mainstream media, especially BBC  news, and increasingly on social media  too.  

We are told to follow the science, but  we are not told to seek for God. God  has been left out of the subject by our  leaders, including most church leaders.  Church of England Archbishops and  Bishops say nothing about seeking God  or asking for a national day of prayer to ask for God’s help in the crisis.  When they do have anything to say it  is usually to make some fashionable left wing comment on racism, LGBT  rights or condemnation of Brexit.  With the possibility of death around  the corner, people should be told to prepare to meet their God by repenting of their sins and believing the Gospel,  but the bishops of the Church of  England will not say anything like that, perhaps because they do not believe it themselves. But that is what God is  saying to us today. Jesus’ first message  recorded in the Gospel is

‘The time is  fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at  hand. Repent and believe the Gospel.’

Mark 1.14.  

The Bible has a number of passages relating to plagues and pestilences.  Almost always they come as a  judgement from God on a people or ruler who is defying God. Think of  Pharaoh and the plagues that came  upon Egypt because of his refusal to let the people of Israel go (Exodus  7-12). Or the plague that came upon the  Israelite’s who worshiped the golden  calf: So the Lord plagued the people  because of what they did with the  calf that Aaron made.’ Exodus 32.35 People may say it sounds harsh to say  that the corona virus is a judgement  of God, but the world today is under judgement for its sin and rebellion  against God. Jesus said it would be ‘as  in the days of Noah’ in the last days of this age before His return. In the days  of Noah we read that God was sorry  that He had made the world, because  of human wickedness. For the earth  was filled with violence’, and every  imagination of the heart of man was  only evil continually.’ Genesis 6.5 and  11. 

Today we see the nation of China  where the virus began, promoting  atheism, defying God and putting  up its images to its Communist Party leaders. Millions of Christians who  want to worship the true God face  persecution. We see the western  nations promoting all kinds of God  defying laws that go against the Bible’s  moral teaching and confuse children  about sex and sexuality. We see a  mockery of God and the Bible in so  much of our culture, and a suppression  of God’s word in the media, in our  education system and even in much of  the official church. We see persecution  of Christians in much of the Muslim  world and a hatred of Israel and the  Jewish people in countries like Iran and  Turkey. All of these nations have seen  their countries ravaged by the virus.  If they want God’s help they need to  repent and turn back to God. 

The Bible contains many passages  dealing with the conditions on the  earth in a period known as the last  days. They speak of a time of unique trouble on the earth. Jesus told of the  signs of His return. Nation will rise  against nation, and kingdom against  kingdom. And there will be great  earthquakes in various places, and  famines and pestilences.’ Luke 21.10- 11. In the parallel passage in Matthew  24, He said these things happening  would be ‘the beginning of sorrows’,  the first stage in the last days’ scenario  which will lead to the time of great  tribulation just before His return to  the earth. In the time of the great  tribulation these things will reach their  climax as the four horsemen of the  apocalypse ride out (Revelation 6.1-8).  In the NIV translation we read of the  fourth horseman: I looked, and there  before me was a pale horse! Its rider  was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were  given power over a fourth of the earth  to kill by sword, famine and plague,  and by the wild beasts of the earth.’  Revelation 6.8. So it appears that  plague is one of the signs of the last  days’ judgement which comes on the  earth in the great tribulation and causes  mass death. 

The Coronavirus is not that final  plague, but it may be seen as a  forerunner of it, especially in the way  it is being used now to bring about  radical changes in life on earth and  increase the power of the government  to control the people.  

At the beginning of the crisis Bill Gates said that ‘normalcy will only return  when everyone on the planet has  been vaccinated.’ The UK government has said that the vaccination will  not be compulsory. However there  is the possibility that it will be used  for some kind of Freedom Pass,  needed for travel, access to shops,  work, entertainment venues and all  public spaces. Government Minister  James Cleverley has said, ‘Millions of  people will have their lives ‘unlocked’  by getting the COVID jab and a card  showing they have had it. The  vaccination programme will also allow  Britain’s economy to be ‘unlocked’.  A newspaper headline read ‘No Jab?  You’re barred’ after a government  minister said that some venues might  insist on proof of vaccination for  granting entry. Mike Cernovich in the  USA wrote: ‘Government won’t force  you to take vaccine. Amazon will.  Airlines will. Banks will. You won’t be able to buy, sell, or trade without the  vaccine.’ A health committee in Israel  has been told that the government won’t force people to take the vaccine, but  taking it will give you ‘Green Status’ to  go freely in all the green zones: ‘They’ll  open for you cultural events, they’ll open  to you the shopping malls, hotels, and  restaurants.’ Whoever is vaccinated may  enter those green areas, that ‘safe zone’,  whoever is not will not enter.’  

Chinese President Xi Jinping told world  leaders at the G20 conference that they  need a ‘global mechanism’ using QR  codes (bar codes on mobile phones)  to open up international travel. The  International Air Transport Association  has already said that it is developing  a mobile ‘digital passport’ that would  tell airlines if a traveller has been  vaccinated against Covid. This could  be rolled out to cover everyday life in  society, creating something like the  ‘health certificates’ being used in China  now. These are apps on mobile phones  giving a traffic-light style health code.  A green code allows someone to travel  freely, enter shops and work places  and an orange or red code keeps them  out. If you get a red code you must  isolate at home until you get a green  one. The codes are based on data and  information submitted to the operators  of the system. In a police state like  China, this gives the people in charge  the ability to control your movement,  work, finances, buying and selling,  what you say on social media and who  you mix with. If something like that  comes in on a global scale, it would  be another step towards a dictatorial  world government…..

Read the full article here.

IN TIMES LIKE THESE

“The understanding that the Holy Spirit gives us through God’s written word guards us against error in more than just doctrinal matters. People who know and understand Scripture, particularly its message regarding the end times, are less susceptible to the deception of the media or the lies they read or hear on social media.”

from Jonathon Brentner:

When the disciples asked Jesus about the signs of the end of the age, Jesus began His answer with these words, “See that no one leads you astray” (Matt. 24:4). Jesus’ first warning about the last days concerned those who would seek to deceive His followers and lead them away from the truth.

We cannot trust the vast majority of news sources in America, not at all. They purposely deceive people in order to promote their socialist agenda. We live in an age where deception is king and sadly some of those who deceive us also lead churches.

In Colossians 2:4, Paul cautioned the new believers in Colossae about those who would lead them into error, “I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.” Paul, fully aware of the devil’s tactics (2 Cor. 2:10-11), warned his readers that false teachers would come along with persuasive but erroneous reasoning in order to deceive them. Does this not depict the day in which we live?

In 2 Timothy 4:2-4, apostle Paul also wrote about the departure from truth during the last days. In verse 4, he warned that many would “turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” or false narratives that would appear valid, but contradict Scripture.

How do we deal with the myriad of opinions and doctrines that daily confront us in today’s world?

WE NEED THE BIBLE

During the past week, I have often had the song In Times Like These in my head. Ruth Caye Jones, a mother of five, wrote the words and music for it during World War II. The second stanza begins with these words, “In times like these you need the Bible.” Because of the rampant deception and misinformation of our day, we need Scripture just as much now, if not more than in 1944 when Jones penned these words.

In Proverbs 2:6 we read, “For the LORD gives wisdom; / from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” It was the phrase “from his mouth” that catches my attention every time I read this verse. 2 Timothy 3:16 similarly begins with these words, “All Scripture is breathed out by God. . . .” Scripture is our ultimate source of “knowledge and understanding” because its words come directly from God’s mouth to us (see also 2 Peter 1:21).

I believe we can trace much of the widespread apostasy we see in today’s church to either a rejection of the words of Scripture or a lack of knowledge of what it says.

The understanding that the Holy Spirit gives us through God’s written word guards us against error in more than just doctrinal matters. People who know and understand Scripture, particularly its message regarding the end times, are less susceptible to the deception of the media or the lies they read or hear on social media.

There are many exceptions to this, of course. However, from what I have observed, those who know Scripture, understand the Gospel message, and believe what the Bible says about the end times are less likely to fall for the lies and deception so rampant in the news and on social media.

WE NEED A SAVIOR

I have never in my life been more disappointed with human leadership than I have been in the past two years. Even pastors I once looked up to for guidance have let me down in various ways. Politicians that I once regarded as trustworthy and in one case godly have sorely betrayed any confidence I ever had in them.

The words of Psalm 118:8-9 have never been truer for me than they are in this present day, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. / It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.”

This again brings me back to the song In Times Like These, which begins with these words, “In times like these you need a Savior. In times like these you need an anchor; be very sure, be very sure your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.” That Rock, of course is Jesus.

As we face perilous times in the remaining time before the rapture, we need our Savior as never before. We need the anchor of our soul firmly secured in our Rock.

I believe the year ahead for us will be more turbulent than 2020, especially for Bible-believing followers of Jesus. We will see increased opposition and persecution here in America, which will grow steadily worse and likely turn violent if Jesus does not come first to take us to our home in heaven.

WE NEED OUR ANCHOR SECURED IN THE ROCK

If you have never put your faith in Jesus alone for the salvation of your soul, now is the time to do so. Just hours before His death on the cross in our place, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Jesus is the only way of salvation; He is the only path the leads to eternal life rather than the seven-year tribulation and eternal death in hell. The familiar verse, John 3:16, contains this same message, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

I love the simplicity of the Apostle John’s words in 1 John 5:11-12: “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” Knowing Jesus as your Savior equals eternal life. Please do not delay; call upon Him now before it is too late to avoid experiencing the Lord’s wrath upon the Christ-rejecting world.

This is why I say now is the time to put your faith in Jesus.

For those of us securely in the arms of the Savior, now is the time to recognize we may soon be with Jesus in paradise via the rapture. Now is the time to hold our future dreams and earthly aspirations loosely in our hands.

I am not saying it’s wrong to plan or look to the future, but we must do so with hearts and minds open to Bible prophecy and our eyes aware of the growing storms clouds in our world that grow darker and more ominous each and every week.

I do not know the timing of the rapture or the start of the seven-year tribulation, but I recognize the multitude of signs throughout the world pointing to the soon arrival of the seven-year tribulation and thus to the rapture that happens before its start.

For example, the statements I hear coming from members of the incoming Biden administration tell me that his presidency will hasten the arrival of The Great Reset in America, which will in turn accelerate the arrival of the antichrist on the world scene.

Biden’s own words foreshadow a time of forceful opposition toward those of us who hold to a biblical worldview and accept all of Scripture as the Word of God. Biden once said that that Christians who oppose the LBGTQ agenda are the “dregs of society.” He still holds firmly to this opinion.

If one anchors his or her life to anything else but Jesus in times like these or in those that lie on the horizon for us, that anchor will not hold. Jesus alone is our secure Rock.

Hebrews 6:18-19 says this about our need for such an anchor, “So that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain” (Heb. 6:18-19). Jesus alone is Our Refuge, our rock, and the Anchor of our soul for times like these and those that lie ahead for us.

I encourage you to listen to the hymn, In Times Like These, and reread hopeful and encouraging passages such as 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians 15:51-57, and Revelation 20-22. These texts unveil the many promises regarding our future that the Lord has placed there for our comfort and encouragement.

I have also found it helpful to read through the book of Proverbs each month but reading once chapter a day that corresponds to the day of the month. The “wisdom” of the book points us to Jesus.

SPEAK NOW

from Herescope:

Part 1 of a series: “For we cannot but SPEAK” 

“And many of the brethren in the Lord,
waxing confident by my bonds,
are much more BOLD
to SPEAK the WORD
without fear.”

(Philippians 1:14) 

The “dark winter” that has been predicted is not just political speech. It is also a spiritual indication of the rampant moral depravity both within and without the church. Never was there such a time as this when people desperately need to hear us SPEAK the TRUTH that Jesus died for their sins, so that they can confess and repent, and experience the cleansing joy of His shed blood on the cross for their sins, bringing them to His salvation and the LIGHT of a new life. 

“But if we walk in the LIGHT,
as He is in the LIGHT,
we have fellowship one with another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin.”

(1 John 1:7) 

This post begins a new series for the new year to encourage, edify and admonish believers that NOW – during a crackdown and suppression of free speech, and concurrent increase in hate speech – is the time for US to SPEAK the TRUTH in LOVE of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But the devil is devious and he will work to oppose and corrupt this message. Our series will also examine his methods and warn of his tactics. 

Marching Orders for the Endtime Battle 

In 1969 Corrie ten Boom wrote a book Marching Orders for the Endtime Battle in which she sought to prepare the last days church for the coming of the Lord. In her chapter titled “Signs of the Times” she asserts that 

The end-time has started already…. I believe everything that is written in the Bible about the coming again of Jesus. Everything that was written about the first coming of Jesus happened exactly as foretold, so that which is written about His coming again will happen likewise. 

From Corrie’s unique perspective, having miraculously survived the Holocaust during the Third Reich, she rejoiced to see the rise of the nation Israel. Like many who follow biblical prophecy, she believed that in 1967 there was a pivotal victory in that land. But this was also a sign of the endtimes. Immediately after America’s “summer of love” in 1967 there was a year filled with riots and hate in 1968. This is eerily similar to what we’ve just experienced in 2020 – reminiscent of labor pains that come back harder the closer it is to the end (1 Thess. 5:3). Corrie reminded her readers what this signified: 

We do not know the day, neither the hour, in which Jesus will come again. But neither do we know a day nor an hour in which He could not come. The whole world lives now in this expectation; something must happen by which the great problems will be solved. When we look at world history in the light of the Bible, we can find many clear signs: “Men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world” Luke 21:26 (RSV)…. There will be earthquakesepidemics and famines“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matt. 24:12). 

Corrie’s admonition to the last days church was written to those of us who remain alive now, who still stand on God’s Word, and cherish Jesus in our hearts as our first love (Rev. 2:4): 

The only thing we have to do is what the Holy Scriptures teach us. 

• We need to raise our voices like the voice of a trumpet so that as many people as possible will awake—first of all those who belong to the Church of Christ. 

• We have to proclaim loudly that the end is near, so that people will be startled out of their everyday rest and security by this godly message, as through the roaring of the lion (Amos 3:8); that they will fear and get ready to meet their God. 

• We urgently need such a “blowing of the trumpet,” since the day of the Lord draws near, as the prophet Joel says: “Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly (Joel 2:15). 

• For we need to prepare ourselves for all that will soon come to pass. 

After encouraging believers to gird up with the armor of God for the spiritual battle, and reminding us of 2 Kings 6:16 that “They that be with us are more than they that be with them,” she then recounts her own testimony: 

In the concentration camp, where I was so often confronted with death, the Lord often gave me grace to see the whole situation more or less in the light of eternity, and then everything was so simple, so uncomplicated. It was as if I saw myself: I stood there, and there stood the devil. The devil was much, much stronger than I, but Jesus stood at my side, and He is far stronger than the devil. And because I stood at Jesus’ side, I was more than conqueror. That is reality. 

It is essential that we realize in these days that Jesus is Conqueror! To stand at His side, to follow Him, to be hidden with Him in God; that is the safe position for every soldier of Jesus in this time and in the coming final battle. 

Luke 18:8: “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

The events over the last two months have been historic in this country (The U.S.) culminating in the “storming of the U.S. Capital building on January 6th, which I believe will go down in the history books (if it is allowed to be written and if anyone in the future has the clarity and honesty to write it) as the visible turning point in this country away from what it was founded to be into something entirely different that many of us have dreaded!

And throughout the last two months there has been a sort of “panic” grow to a fever pitch among conservatives and conservative Christians as they see the political power of traditional conservatism fade away, almost wholesale. Now it is believed that the radicalized Democrat party will have no restraints to their very disturbing political agenda. A whole host of rights that we have now will most likely slowly fade away. And we have already witnessed many of our rights preempted by the COVID debacle, which add’s to people’s sense of panic.

But here is what I want people to remember: we have been trending in this direction for quite a while, not just in the political and ideological sense, but also in the technological foundations that support our society. The internet and the convergence of the exchange of virtually all information in not only our society but the world has been one of the primary drivers of globalism, and Globalist Socialism. Global access to the internet has driven the fundamental idea that everyone around the world are “one people”

I do not believe in “conspiracy theories” that may sound odd, with all that I post, I post what I do as “Sign Posts” for people to read and understand were we are headed as a society and a world! And that direction is irreversible! Does that mean I believe it is right and I will fully go along with it? No but I watch the “sign posts” just as you do as it informs me of what I should be doing and how I should be living.

Now for my Christian friends who understand and believe in Biblical prophecy, what we are seeing happening was already foretold in ages past. Many Christians hold onto the idea that Biblical Prophecy will come about via small powerful groups who know that they are subverting the people and carrying out conspiracies, and the signs will be very obvious! I hate to disappoint you, but that is not how it happens.

For all intents and purposes the people who are globalists for the most part believe they are doing what is “needful” or “good” they honestly believe this because this is the ideology that they have been brought up and educated in. This ideology is as normal to them as our faith is to us! And THEIR ideology has been infiltrating our lives for decades, without many of us even realizing it.

The 20th Century Theologian Francis Schaeffer said the following:

“Wherever you look today, the new concept holds the field. The consensus about us is almost monolithic, whether you review the arts, literature or simply read the newspapers and magazines such as Time, Life, Newsweek, The Listener or The Observer. On every side you can feel the stranglehold of this new methodology-and by “methodology” we mean the way we approach truth and knowing. It is like suffocating in a particularly bad London fog. And just as fog cannot be kept out by walls or doors, so this consensus comes in around us, until the room we live in is no longer unpolluted, and yet we hardly realize what has happened. . . .

”The tragedy of our situation today is that men and women are being fundamentally affected by the new way of looking at truth, and yet they have never even analyzed the drift which has taken place. Young people from Christian homes are brought up in the old framework of truth. Then they are subjected to the modern framework. In time they become confused because they do not understand the alternatives with which they are being presented.

Confusion becomes bewilderment, and before long they are overwhelmed. This is unhappily true not only of young people, but of many pastors, Christian educators, evangelists and missionaries as well. “

And Francis Schaeffer said this before the internet was even conceived!

And C.S. Lewis describes liberal thinking very clearly:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”― C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology (Making of Modern Theology)

C.S. Lewis can say this because he knew Biblical Prophecy!

Because it says the following: John 16:2: “They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God.”

Does this mean their ideology is not wrong or worse yet not evil? No it does not. It just points out how the change in someones thinking can be so subtle that it can escape notice until it is almost too late by even the best of us!

So what point am I trying to get across with all of the above?

What I am saying is we are all living in a timeline and process that was already known to happen, even in ages past!

So what that means for Christians is we should not be in panic mode! As Christians in the U.S. we have grown to EXPECT that we would not face any kind of personal persecution for our beliefs. But if we know God’s word, we know that persecution was to always be expected, and far beyond what any of us have experienced so far.

And for all Christians now, it is a decision point, will I hold onto my beliefs and live according to how it informs me to live or will I run in panic away from that now because of the fear of REAL persecution!

As I said this time was already spoken of in God’s Word. and God’s word calls times like these: “The Winnowing” or a time that trims down the number of those who are really Christians from those who are not! And the ones who are not, WILL criticize you, insult you, and try to get you to either relent, or take the side of a group who wants to violently confront what is happening!

It is not a time for panic, it is a time for FAITH! So will YOU say in these times, no matter what comes:

Joshua 24:15: “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Not to suggest that the vaccine is the “mark of the beast” However people are being conditioned and prepped for it. Many people think that when it comes time for the “mark of the beast” that it will be very obvious and that you will be able to make plans to avoid it! It will not be that way, it will seem normal to the vast majority of humanity, and the masses will consider you “unhinged” for not wanting to get it! Think about that!

Revelation 13:16-17:”And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

from cnbc:

Millions of Americans are still hoping for a second round of stimulus checks to help them cope with the financial fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the U.S. government is preparing to distribute vaccinations to the American public in order to put an end to the public health crisis.

Now, one proposal aims to help both efforts by giving people $1,500 stimulus checks in exchange for getting immunized.

The idea comes from entrepreneur John Delaney, a former Democratic congressman for Maryland who also ran for president in 2020.

“The faster we get 75 percent of this country vaccinated, the faster we end Covid and the sooner everything returns to normal,” Delaney said in an interview with CNBC.com.

Admittedly, the plan could face some hurdles.

Congress has worked for months to come to an agreement on the next coronavirus stimulus package. Republicans and Democrats are still at odds, even as 12 million people could lose unemployment benefits in a few weeks if nothing is done. More stimulus checks, once an area of bipartisan agreement, now seem to be off the table.

At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control met this week to decide who should be first in line to get vaccinated. Once the vaccines are approved, they will roll out to Americans free of charge. But some individuals may be afraid to take the newly developed treatments. One Gallup poll found that 58% of Americans said they would get a Covid-19 vaccine.

Public polling has found that whether or not to take the vaccine has become a political issue, which is discouraging, Delaney said.

“We have to create, in my judgment, an incentive for people to really accelerate their thinking about taking the vaccine,” Delaney said.

To be sure, those who are not comfortable receiving the vaccine would not be forced to do so.

“If you’re still afraid of the vaccine and don’t want to take it, that’s your right,” Delaney said. “You won’t participate in this program.

“But guess what?” he added. “You’re going to benefit anyhow, because we’ll get the country to herd immunity faster, which benefits you. So I think everyone wins.”

THE STAR SPANGLED CROSS

A timely article especially with what is going on with the Presidential elections.

from Anton Bosch:

but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,” (1Corinthians 1:23).

Paul is emphatic that the church only has one message – the cross. Not wisdom, not miracles, not Israel, not even the church, but the cross and the cross alone. Everything flows from, and must be subject to, the message of the cross. “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2).

His definition of the Gospel is centered, not on man, but on the cross: “…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). The centrality of the cross is confirmed in Hebrews (Hebrews 10:11-12), Peter (1Peter 2:243:18), and John (1John 2:2). It is central to the revelation of who Christ is: “…To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,” (Revelation 1:5).

The cross was the whole purpose of Jesus’ coming as a man. Everything He did and taught led to, and was focused on, and flowed from, the cross. At every major intersection of His earthly ministry He spoke of the cross. Hebrews in speaking of His sacrifice quotes Psalm 40: “…a body You have prepared for Me… Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come– In the volume of the book it is written of Me– To do Your will, O God.” (Hebrews 10:5-7).

Without the cross we have no redemption, no church and no hope. At the same time the cross is a stumbling block to the Jew and an offense to the Greek and it is this aspect of the message that makes the gospel unattractive and even repulsive to most people. For this reason, from the beginning, men have tried to remove the offense of the cross by minimizing its importance, moving it to the background and trying to dress it up so the ugliness and shame of that tree may be made more attractive. For example the Galatian heretics tried to dress the cross in Judaism in an attempt to remove its offense (Galatians 5:11). Paul refers to this as another gospel (Galatians 1:7) and pronounces them accursed (v8).

Let me be clear, there is only one thing that can save and that is the naked cross, unadorned and unaltered. Any attempt to modify the cross and its message by adding to it or subtracting from it, or changing it, is heresy and is to be accursed (anathema). Not only does a gentrified cross not save, but it condemns those who create it and who follow it. It is the cross in all its cruelty, shame and gore, unadorned, but naked for the lost soul to see the cost of redemption, that alone can save. A gold or silver cross is an abomination and an idol. There is no beauty in the gory altar of the Tabernacle, but it was the only cure for sin. It could not be bejeweled, screened off or moved to a less prominent place. In coming to God, the first thing to confront the sinner was the horror of the price for his sin. He could not by-pass it and he could not replace the blood of the lamb with some beautiful fruit or flowers. (I encourage you to revisit the classic sermon “The Naked Splendor of the Cross” available here: https://youtu.be/igAHGfQJlts).

I suspect that thus far the majority of American (and other) Evangelicals will agree. But here’s the problem: Over time, American Evangelicalism has merged the cross with patriotism and draped the American flag over the cross so that the two things have become indistinguishable. A quick search of the internet will produce dozens of websites that sell the symbol of the cross and the flag. The graphic is not the real problem, but the reality it represents is. The naked cross just does not attract enough people and there is a desperate attempt to expunge the simplicity and shame of the naked cross and to replace it with something far more attractive. These charlatans have found the answer in American patriotism. Thus the cross is hidden behind Old Glory and thousands, from Charismatic extremists to Calvinist traditionalists have united around a common cause – the star spangled cross.

They preach about American greatness, sing the profane patriotic songs in their congregations (that glorify fratricide and the kingdoms of the world), rely on the Constitution rather than the Scriptures and pray to a god of their own design. Anathema! Anathema! This is another gospel, it cannot save and it condemns those who preach it and those who worship at its red white and blue altar to eternal damnation. Yet, thousands are flocking to these churches, not to fall broken at the foot of the Cross but to revel in the Constitution and defend its amendments.

I have absolutely no doubt that had Jesus lived today, he would drive the money changers (yes, at the end of the day, it is all about money), with their flags, Constitution and golden calf president from His house. But it is too late for that. They have already banished Him and His cruel cross from their presence (Revelation 2:20) and He stands outside the “church” calling to the few “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4).

Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.”(Hebrews 4:7). Jesus is coming soon and he is preparing his bride. Are you going to make America great again or are you going to prepare your heart and life for His soon return?

In case I have not been clear. Fanatical patriotism (no matter which nation) is worshiping the world and the things of the world. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24).

Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD! “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:14-15)

This post may seem like it has nothing to do with Christianity, however it highlights what is going on in our society and eventually how what is going on in regards to liberal censorship WILL extend into Christianity, and what will be acceptable and not acceptable to say and write in regards to what God’s word says.

Currently what was created as a Democratic Republic by the founders of the United States is being subverted by powerful liberal interests who want to rewrite history, and direct what people think and say. And Christians need to be aware and prepared for what is coming!

from: Lawrence Person’s BattleSwarm Blog

Tolerant Liberals Ban To Kill A Mockingbird

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
— George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four

The ideology that never tires of proclaiming its tolerance and how it rejects racism just banned two of the greatest anti-racist novels of 19th and 20th Century because the new religion of anti-racism demands they do so.

During a virtual meeting on Sept. 9, middle and high school English teachers in the Burbank Unified School District received a bit of surprising news: Until further notice, they would not be allowed to teach some of the books on their curriculum.

Five novels had been challenged in Burbank: Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men,” Theodore Taylor’s “The Cay” and Mildred D. Taylor’s Newbery Medal-winning young-adult classic “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.”

The challenges came from four parents (three of them Black) for alleged potential harm to the public-school district’s roughly 400 Black students [2.6% of the total enrollment]. All but “Huckleberry Finn” have been required reading in the BUSD….

And at its root, it stems from a painful personal story. Destiny Helligar, now 15 and in high school, recently told her mom about an incident that took place when she was a student at David Starr Jordan Middle School. According to Destiny’s mother, Carmenita Helligar, a white student approached Destiny in math class using a racial taunt including the N-word, which he’d learned from reading “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.”

Another time, a different boy went up to Destiny and other students and said: “My family used to own your family and now I want a dollar from each of you for the week.” When the principal was notified, the boy’s excuse was that he had read it in class—also in “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.” …

[T]he parents’ objections are not merely over language. They also worry about the way these books portray Black history and the lessons they might impart to modern readers.

“The Cay” and “Huckleberry Finn” feature white children learning from the suffering and wisdom of older Black men. “To Kill a Mockingbird” famously stars Atticus Finch, a white lawyer who defends a Black man accused of raping a white woman. Its white-savior story line reads much differently nearly 60 years after its publication.

“Reads differently” is the new codeword for “offends the sensibilities of the victimhood identity politics left.” To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are two of the greatest antiracist novels in American literature, but that’s not enough for The Wokecult of Antiracism. And the excuse that somebody, somewhere might get their precious feelings hurt is a blank check excuse to ban anything, anywhere, at any time.

Back during the Kavanaugh hearings, many joked that Atticus Finch would be considered the villain of the novel today, because he disbelieved the story of a woman who claimed she had been raped. Little did we know that the left would start banning the novel for even stupider reasons.

If they can ban To Kill A Mockingbird for being racist, they can ban anything for being anything, because words have lost all descriptive power except for what serves the will of the Party at any given moment…

The Rise of False Prophetesses

from Herescope:

Recent events in the world have jump-started some of the old intentions of the Latter Rain movement to create a false revival. In southern California at Huntington Beach a new uprising is identified as “Saturate 2020” and it is attempting to invoke a “great awakening” or a second Jesus movement. It is getting quite a bit of press attention. Characteristic of these types of stage-managed productions, there is a great deal of hoopla and frenzied commotion, conscious altering music, and a hefty dose of Latter Rain/New Apostolic Reformation doctrine, including about building the 7 mountains of Dominionism. It also significantly highlights false prophetess Heidi Baker and several new ones on the scene, Jen Miskov and Jessi Green.

Rather than reinvent the wheel to write about this, we encourage you to read Sandy Simpson’s latest comprehensive post “Saturate 2020” detailing the problems with this event and providing key links to documentation. See also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utbvEcLxuHs. Sandy writes:

The fact that some formerly Biblical churches have joined this circus is a testament to their lack of teaching discernment. Some of these denominations were warned repeatedly about the Latter Rain, Word of Faith and the New Apostolic Reformation yet they apparently wanted to remain “willfully ignorant”. The people advertised as being involved with this latest “revival” are almost all associated with Bethel in some way and promoters of what they teach. This is not a true Biblical revival but rather a revival of the occult and New Age among Christians. This meeting is actually hurting the cause of Christ…

Apologist Jackie Alnor produced an important video documentary on Saturate 2020 a few weeks ago. Watch her report because in it she names the names of men who seem to falling for this new revival:

Saturate 2020 and several other evidences of a striking increase in false prophetesses has given rise to deep concerns that godly evangelical men may be lured into their lair. The other day we received an email from a discerning friend who was very grieved, asking us how it is that seemingly godly men, respected and mature in the Lord, could possibly fall for these delusions. Below is our reply, which we post for our readers’ edification.

Why Men Fall for Jezebel 

To answer your earlier questions about how and why seemingly godly men would follow after false prophetesses, here are our observations after our many decades in the trenches with the Lord.

We have always considered the term “Jezebel” and the term “false prophetess” to be synonyms. The Scripture is clear that there are attributes of Jezebel in both the Old and New Testament that identify a false prophetess quite specifically.

Over the years Lynn and I have counseled many Christians trying to repent of all of their previous occult involvements. We have observed that there is a fallible “soft spot” in the hearts of certain vulnerable Christian men who lean sympathetically towards a false prophetess, epitomized by the women called Jezebel in Scripture. Worse, there is a “fear of man” (or, should we say, “fear of woman”) that is also a fatal loophole in men who fall into abject submission when confronted by the nasty side of false prophetesses. Every man of God needs to be exhorted to stand firm against such women. They persecute (threaten, intimidate, bully, verbally or physically abuse, etc.) the true prophets of God, meaning those men who are teaching the Word and standing for Truth. Jezebel literally killed godly men in the Old Testament!

There is also the seductive side to a false prophetess. She preys upon the sensory and/or emotional weaknesses in men — hooking them in where they have a “soft spot” for her. She massages their lusts — sexual, money, power, fame, etc. Or she makes them somehow dependent upon her, they feel that then “need” her or her machinations, or that they are somehow indebted unto her. She may even blackmail them. Or she may position them to “choose” between her and some godly woman (including possibly his wife!). She supplants the place of Christ in their hearts and minds with these clever methods. So if there is any weak spot in a man that has not been repented of? — This is precisely where she seizes control to wield and manipulate them. This is psychic, it is occult, it is satanic, it is idolatry. She stabs into the heart and it is deadly. It is a tragedy when we see her operate in a marriage. And this is how she destroys a church and/or a ministry.

We have observed that there is a darkness of vision that accompanies a false prophetess deception. Many men do not even realize they are under the spell of a false prophetess. We’ve known pastors who permitted an out-of-order heresy-prone woman to wreak havoc upon his congregation — either terrified to confront her, or wooed by her many elaborate ruses, or in a few cases, physically seduced by her.

At its most basic level there is a psychological weakness we humans all have for those whom we love and respect. Sometimes we have great tolerance for the sinful errors of others close to us, hoping we can lead them back to Truth. Indeed, the Lord Himself says He gave the Jezebel in Thyatira (Rev. 2) “space to repent” — therefore so must we. The Lord also gave those who committed adultery with her time and space to “repent of their deeds.” But, if there is no repentance, and when we find that we are actually having to justify our convivial relationship to the point of excusing flagrant transgressions or participating in her sins, heresies, errors and deceptions, then we are headed into deep trouble. And it behooves us to be continually on guard against any “desperately wicked” (Jer. 17:9) “soft spots” we may harbor in our hearts towards her that leave us vulnerable to her deceptions.

There is a notable sign of our times regarding this “prophetess” danger which we should be aware of. It may apply to men prophets, too. Our longtime friend Jack Morlan, who repented radically and came out of the homosexual movement 40 years ago (he got married, had children, and is now a grandfather) claims that certain men may wield this same Jezebel-ish psychic/occult power over other men, particularly if they are prone to homosexual sins (either known or in the closet). He has warned us of men who acted like Jezebel both within and without the church. Godly men need to guard against this sort of man as well.

As for women and their weaknesses — the many who desire to emulate Jezebel — this is another tragic story. Women prophetess-wannabes exhibit both a seductive and a nasty side. Many of them are trying to fill a void in their hearts — but not with Jesus Christ. They have left their first love, if they even ever held to Jesus Christ in the first place. These are women who crave power, fame, accolades, money, beauty, lust and sensuality on the path to emulating Jezebel. Often they come from broken homes or abusive background. There is an aspect of control as they look to build an empire, their own spiritual kingdom. Our heart grieves for them while they are lost in the depths of their depravity because only Jesus Christ can save them from their sins.

We once attended a church where the chief elder’s wife visited the New Age bookstore once a month to learn about the latest “spirituality.” She was a prophetess-wannabe, hoping for TV type stardom. This undiscerning lady became deeply involved in Kundalini — she even attempted to lay hands on ladies’ chakra points at a church women’s retreat. Discerning women attempted to warn the pastor. But because her husband donated large monies to the church the minister was reluctant to confront her. The church quickly fell apart in a series of disasters.

Some false prophetesses come to Christ out of the occult. But if they never fully repented of their occult “spiritual gifts” they are tempted to use them in Christianity. They can then wield great power over others with these false gospel gifts. It is far worse when a woman claims to be the voice of prophecy, or even the voice of God. At this point she’s become a full-blown dangerous false prophetess and people need to be warned of her dangers. The extent to which these women become public figures, acclaimed and renowned, sitting on platforms with or standing in the place of men, exhibiting their false gifts, poses a danger to the entire church at large. Can such a woman be saved? God gave space and time for the apparently high profile Jezebel and her followers to repent in Thyatira. But if no such repentance becomes evident — which should include not only a public repentance but an open renouncing of specific sins, errors, heresies, misleadings and false teachings — she should then be warned against publicly.

We will warn that there is a backlash to any Gospel dealings with Jezebel/false prophetesses. Just ask Elijah. Some of the most vicious persecution we have experienced in our Christian life has come from them or their minions.

from Alliance Defending Freedom:

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing two churches, three schools, and a pregnancy center network filed suit in state court Monday to challenge a new Virginia law that forces the nonprofit ministries to abandon their core convictions in hiring and other polices or face fines up to $100,000 for each violation. ADF attorneys also filed suit in federal court on behalf of a Virginia wedding and special-event photographer challenging the same law for forcing him to use his artistic talents to photograph same-sex weddings if he photographs weddings between one man and one woman.

The Virginia Values Act, enacted July 1, compels churches, religious schools, and Christian ministries to hire employees who do not share their stated beliefs on marriage, sexuality, and gender identity. A companion law requires the ministries and others like them to include in employee health care plans coverage for sex reassignment and “gender affirming” surgeries that run contrary to their beliefs. It also prohibits the ministries from offering sex-specific classes for parenting, Christian discipleship, and sports.

“The faith of many Americans inspires them to act for the good of their neighbors and also requires them to abide by its teachings,” said ADF Senior Counsel Denise Harle. “Our clients offer spiritual guidance, education, pregnancy support, and athletic opportunities to their communities because of the religious beliefs that motivate them. But Virginia’s new law forces these ministries to abandon and adjust their convictions or pay crippling fines—in direct violation of the Virginia Constitution and other state laws. Such government hostility toward people of faith has no place in a free society.”

The law also forbids photographer Bob Updegrove from publicly explaining on his studio’s own website the religious reasons why he only celebrates wedding ceremonies between one man and one woman. Virginia considers such communications “discriminatory” on the basis of sexual orientation. The new law threatens initial fines of up to $50,000 and then $100,000 per additional violation, along with court orders that could force Updegrove to photograph events against his conscience if he wants to stay in business.

“Every American, including artists, should be free to peacefully live and work according to their faith without fear of unjust punishment,” said ADF Senior Counsel Jonathan Scruggs, director of the ADF Center for Conscience Initiatives. “Because of Virginia’s new law, photographers like Bob face an impossible choice: violate the law and risk bankruptcy, promote views against their faith, or close down. The government cannot demand that artists create content that violates their deepest convictions.”

ADF attorneys filed Calvary Road Baptist Church v. Herring in the Virginia Circuit Court for the County of Loudon. The complaint explains how the state’s law violates the Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act and various provisions of the Virginia Constitution, including Free Exercise, Free Speech, Freedom of Association, Establishment Clause, and Due Process rights.

The complaint in Updegrove v. Herring, which ADF attorneys filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, explains how the state law violates various provisions of the U.S. Constitution, including the First Amendment’s Free Speech and Free Exercise clauses. Specifically, the lawsuit challenges Va. Code § 2.2-3904(B), which forces Updegrove to participate in and to create photographs promoting same-sex wedding ceremonies—all because he does the same to celebrate weddings between a man and a woman.

from The New York Times:

In 2012, the Harvard scholar Karen King announced what she believed to be an extraordinary discovery: a second-century papyrus fragment with a text hinting that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” as it became known, tapped into a plot point from “The Da Vinci Code” that had already helped King’s academic treatise on Mary Magdalene become a best seller with a mass audience.

This “gospel” was worldwide news — before skeptical papyrologists and grammarians, in one case drawing on the research of an amateur Coptic obsessive working in his Macomb, Mich., basement, showed it to be a complete fake. King was mum on who the stranger from Florida was who had given her the fragment, but the writer Ariel Sabar, using sophisticated tools like Google, uncovered that it was one Walter Fritz, a former director of the Stasi Museum in East Germany with a fake Egyptology degree whose businesses included charging for online videos of his wife having sex with other men, and who, more than three weeks before King’s bombshell announcement about the papyrus, had registered the web domain gospelofjesuswife.com.

“Veritas,” Sabar’s exhausting, madcap, unforgettable book about this fiasco, is for enthusiasts of ancient Christianity, as well as anyone who likes watching snooty academics brought low and readers of idea-driven capers, whether by Daniel Silva or Janet Malcolm. It’s a barely believable tale, crazier than a tweed-sniffer in the faculty lounge.

The book’s flaws are those of a journalist who Goes Big. It is 34 percent too long. Sabar often overreaches, as when he dips a toe, then plunges, into the psychoanalysis of his subjects: His treatment of the erotic life of Fritz, a pathological liar who may or may not have been raped by a priest, is as suspect as the cliché that King’s “trailblazing instincts traced in part to her childhood amid the soaring mountains of southwest Montana.” There’s lot of this breathy melodrama, useful for the screenplay I hope is coming.

Sabar offers too much detail, but his point is that King offered suspiciously little. He digs up facts that she considered irrelevant. Her strong reputation was built working the borderland of history and literary interpretation, and in this case one line (“Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’”), on a fragment the size of a business card, was so ripe for juicy interpretation that it shut down her historian’s instincts. Here was a major new document that, like her earlier work, undermined orthodox notions about Christian celibacy and sexuality.

King’s postmodern ideology, Sabar argues, primed her for corner-cutting. If, as she wrote, history “is not about truth but about power relations,” and historians should abandon “the association between truth and chronology,” what did it matter if this second-century text was shown to be written on eighth-century papyrus, with 21st-century ink? She evinced no interest in the real Fritz, the source of her humiliation: “I don’t see the point of a conversation,” King told Sabar, when he offered to tell her what he’d learned.

There was a lot King didn’t see. To test the papyrus, she engaged a friend who had been an usher at her first wedding, with whom she regularly spent New Year’s Eve. She was blind to the conflict of interest. Another tester, who gave the second of two favorable early reports, was the brother-in-law of King’s close academic ally, who solicited him for the job. Complicit were the editors of The Harvard Theological Review, which published these results, and Harvard’s press office, which flogged them to the world with the avidity of Hollywood publicists. King was abetted by a world of academics and higher-ed bureaucrats who forgot that, if we are wise, we should be most gratified to learn when we are wrong.

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