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Revelation 13:15-17:

“He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.  He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

from The Medium:

As we bear witness to the Digital Transformation of our world and cross the threshold into the Web 3.0 era, we face some extraordinary choices with serious and wide-ranging implications. Our technologies, from the first use of fire to the future of facial recognition, appear to be neutral by their very nature. Their appearance obscures their innate potential to magnify both the best and worst of human desires. Like the tale of Prometheus who stole fire from the gods to give to humankind to warm our homes and illuminate our civilizations, we must always remember that the gift of fire used to cook our food can just as easily become a curse that burns down our home.

The 21st-century technologies introduced in this book also contain the power to burn both ways, albeit at a previously unimaginable level of power and scale. And it is precisely for this reason that we as a species must carefully consider their use because the choices we make will fundamentally impact the lives of billions and set the stage for decades, perhaps centuries, to come. Our choices will not only determine the territorial lines of the web and the world, but also our very definition of the words humanity, civilization, and even reality itself. We must choose wisely.

The emergence of smart cities and factories, autonomous cars and homes, smart appliances and virtual reality worlds, automated shopping, and digitized personal medicine are transforming the way we live, play, work, travel, and shop. All across the planet, our technologies are breaking out from behind the screen and into the physical world around us. Simultaneously, the people, places, and things in our world are being digitized and brought into the virtual world, becoming part of the digital domain. We are digitizing the physical and “physicalizing” the digital. Clear boundaries between the real and the virtual are dissolving. Our near-term future has all of the indicators that the technologies that we’ve seen in our science fiction stories over the last century will be realized. Looking back a century from today, will we consider our sci-fi stories prophetic tragedies that we ignored or cautionary tales that we heeded?

Across the many “Top Technologies for 2020” lists compiled by the leading research firms around the world, a recurring pattern emerges. The investments and acquisitions that the largest tech companies have made over the last decade in Artificial Intelligence, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Internet of Things including smart cars, drones, robotics, and biometric wearables as well as Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, 5G Networks, 3D printing, Synthetic Biology, Edge, Mesh, Fog Computing, are being woven into the fabric of our global civilization, under our feet, above our heads, and all around us.

These technologies, all coming of age in the 21st century are often referred to as “exponential” — true to Moore’s Law, about every 18 months their capabilities and performance powers double for the same cost. This is a common effect of computing technologies, known as “Moore’s Law” for the co-founder of Intel, Gordon Moore.

Moore’s Law is about compute power. And it is an often-quoted law of computing.

Robert Metcalfe was the founder of 3Com and one of the inventors of Ethernet. Metcalfe’s Law states that the total value of a network is determined by the number of other users connected to the network. The more users that an individual user can reach through a network, the more valuable the network becomes, even when the features and price of a service remain the same. Metcalfe’s Law is about network scale.

Although not every user or node is actually of equal value in any network, according to a recent study by the NfX Group titled “70 Percent of Value in Tech is Driven by Network Effects,” over the last 25 years, approximately 70% of the value created in the Technology sector has been the result of companies that use these “network effects” to grow.

Arguably, the key reason we have seen Web 2.0 tech companies and start-ups become the largest companies in the world in terms of market cap, profit margins, and number of users is because they are the best examples of Moore’s Law supply-side cost reductions in computing power complemented by the demand-side economies of network scale and value, as defined by Metcalfe’s Law.

As an example, an upgraded smartphone on a faster network enables more engagement, content consumption, and sharing, which drives other users to participate. This has been the winning formula in the Web 2.0 era, which has driven adoption from 1 billion Internet users in 2005 to nearly 4 billion in 2019. 3.9 billion people use mobile phones to access the Web, and 2.5 billion of those use smartphones. 3.4 billion are on social networks, 3.2 billion of whom use their mobile phones to access social networks. See the trend? Better hardware, faster networks, more users. Exponential compute power + Exponential network connections = Exponential Value

Just as computing power has increased even as the cost and size have shrunk from room-scale to desktop to laptop to handheld, our computer networks have grown from room-size, to company-wide, to country-wide, to worldwide networks.

Simply put, Moore’s Law makes computing faster and cheaper while Metcalfe’s Law grows the size and value of a network.

It will soon become technologically and economically worthwhile to computerize complex things like cars, cities, and humans, but ultimately, we will computerize increasingly smaller things like jewelry, clothing, buttons, and even our very cells.

And because value is best accumulated by combining many networks into a single network as the existing Internet has done, this new network of people, places, and things, rules, and value creates the Internet of Everything in the Web 3.0 era because it grants the ability to computerize and connect everything.

This is the great “Convergence” of all computing technologies and all networks. The implications of this Convergence are unprecedented in power, scope, and scale. Fundamentally one must ask: What happens when we integrate the physical, digital, and biological domains together?

Will this Convergence lead us into the futuristic dystopia of our nightmares — the one where we are jacked into a simulated reality, a siloed and centralized network where we are constantly under surveillance by dark forces operating in the shadows, all the while being mined for our data like a natural resource? In Web 3.0, will we move from the Social Web to the Shadow Web?

If the past is an indicator of the future, then this is a real possibility. However, it is one that we should avoid at all costs. And we can, because the Convergence does, thankfully, grant us the opportunity to use these same technologies for amazing good: to address and even resolve some of civilization’s biggest challenges; to turn us from a dark and increasingly bleak forecast towards a brighter and better future. Such a future could positively transform every aspect of our lives — how we work, learn, play, celebrate, and enjoy life. It could grant us the means for generating a prosperous global economy, thriving planetary ecology, and a healthy, advanced civilization. Facilitated by new network protocols, the Convergence could lead to the creation of a new web that connects physical places together with virtual places. It could enable an open and interoperable new generation of the web — a Web 3.0 era that secures the privacy and property rights of individuals while ensuring secure and trustworthy interactions and transactions between the human, machine, and virtual economies. This future literally adds a new dimension to the web. It enables — The Spatial Web.

The Spatial Web weaves together all of the digital and physical strands of our future world into the fabric of a new universe where next-gen computing technologies generate a unified reality; where our digital and physical lives become one. This is a new kind of network, not merely one of interconnected computers like the original Internet or a network of interlinked pages, text, and media like the World Wide Web but rather a “living network” made up of the interconnections between people, places, and things, their virtual counterparts, and the interactions, transactions and transportation between them. Like the World Wide Web before it, this new Spatial Web requires new code to bring it to life. Not merely software code, but critically, ethical, and social codes as well.

Today, we can’t share knowledge all that effectively because we cannot share our mental models and maps of the world directly between brains. We can’t copy/paste ideas and concepts between ourselves, much less create, edit, or share them with AI, or IoT devices.

But what if we had the technology to collaborate with machines and artificial intelligence to share collective 3D models and maps of our experience and knowledge directly? Instead of being locked in our Private VR we could share in a kind of multi-dimensional Public AR — a digitally-mediated consensus reality — an idea as exciting as it is concerning. However, using Distributed Ledger technologies like Blockchain could enable us to reliably verify factual data about the world while enabling the freedom to collaboratively explore, edit, mashup, and remix reality. These technologies could help us confirm the difference between the real and the “projected,” between the empirically valid and the creatively expressed, providing us an Augmented Intelligent Reality.

The power of the Spatial Web initially comes from its ability to describe the world in the language that the world speaks to us in — geometry. The Spatial Web lets us use a digitally-mediated universal language in which all information can become spatial. It enables the current information on the web to be placed spatially and contextually on objects and at locations, where we can interact with information in the most natural and intuitive ways, by merely looking, speaking, gesturing, or even thinking. But it also enables the digital to be more physical as sensors and robotics become embedded into our environments and onto the objects around us. It makes our world smarter as it adds intelligence and context to any place, any object, and every person that we encounter, and it allows our relationships with each other and this new network to be more trustworthy, more secure, and faster by decentralizing and distributing the computing and storage of the data. It will enable us to accelerate and improve, augment and enhance every facet of our existence — our education, our creativity, our health, our businesses, our legal system, our politics, and our ecologies. The Spatial Web has the potential to move us from predominantly egocentric and ethnocentric concerns to more worldcentric ones that are more holistic, equitable, and inclusive.

Despite the promise of a new Spatial Web, today we are still using web technologies invented decades ago that have significant limitations with regard to their use in the physical world. Today’s web protocols were designed for interconnecting pages on computers, not people, places, and things in the real world. These protocols were designed for sharing information, not for managing and coordinating the activities of humans, machines and AI or engaging in real-time global trade and commerce.

Web 1.0 consisted of static documents and read-only data on PCs. Web 2.0 introduced user-generated multimedia content, interactive web applications, and social media on multi-touch smartphones. Web 3.0 marks the rise of AR and VR headsets, smart glasses, wearables, and sensors. These will enable the Spatial Web to project our information, ideas, and imaginations into the world around us, weave them into every conversation, displaying them in our cities, in the places we work, learn and live. With intuitively placed information, AI-assisted interaction, cryptographically secure information, and digital payments, a new kind of network is emerging. One where the Web becomes the World.

In Web 3.0, we will not only create a “Digital Twin” or soft copy of our world and everything in it, but a Smart Twin of everything, with its own unique ID, interaction rules, and verifiable history capable of being linked and synced to its physical counterpart, spatially. Like a Wikipedia for anything, making all the world searchable, allowing for any object, person, process, and system to be updated, quantified, optimized and shared — if you have the right permissions to do so. The applications are endless and the implications, both positive and negative — practically indescribable. However, it is important that we begin to describe them; and accurately, at that, if we are to benefit from its promise and avoid its pitfalls, we must first name the thing correctly.

Plenty of Augmented Reality or AR-centric names for a Digital Twin of the physical world have been put forth by various industry leaders. Augmented World Expo’s founder Ori Inbar has suggested the term AR Cloud, a digital point cloud or mesh-like scaffolding of environments that allow us to project holograms into the world in ways that can be persistent and therefore experienced by multiple parties. Magic Leap has put forth the term Magicverse, a more playful version of a global digital twin that inspires visions of the fantastical. And in early 2019, acclaimed futurist Kevin Kelly of Wired magazine fame wrote an entire feature entitled Mirrorworld which attempted to consider a broader description that mentions IoT and other technologies in the Convergence but lacked a description of how these technologies would work together. Regardless of your preferred term, they are each meaningful attempts at the near impossible — describing an inevitable future world where the digital and the physical blend together, where the “world will be painted with data” as notable Forbes writer and industry XR veteran Charlie Fink is fond of saying.

What each of these terms lack is a clear vision for AR in the glaring light of the Convergence. How will this Digital Twin of the world combine with IoT, AI, and Blockchain to become a Smart Twin? How will AR work across various devices, operating systems, and locations? How will it work with other realities like Virtual Reality, the slower (projected adoption curve) but arguably larger cousin of AR? VR will play out its own exponential role — a 3D Virtual Reality internet of all connected VR spaces, games, and worlds classically referred to as the “Metaverse” in Neil Stephenson’s seminal sci-fi novel Snow Crash and more recently described in Ernest Cline’s book Ready Player One as “The Oasis.” Whether we use these terms, the “Internet of Non-Things” or simply call it the “VR Cloud,” we cannot casually omit it from the Convergence, banish it to its own corner of the Spatial Computing universe apart from AR. This is why a more comprehensive term is required, one that encapsulates all of the technologies of the Web 3.0 era and even provides the ability for users and digital objects to move seamlessly between AR and VR spaces.

Given the historical importance and exponential power ascribed to Convergence technologies, a comprehensive vision is required that describes how these technologies will be best aligned with our core human values and what the implications will be if they are not. Piecemeal descriptions and industry-centric narratives do not provide the holistic vantage point from which we must consider how best to make the critically important decisions regarding matters of privacy, security, interoperability, and trust in an age where powerful computing will literally surround us.

If we fail to make the right societal decisions now, as we are laying the digital infrastructure for the 21st century, a dystopic “Black Mirror” version of our future could become our everyday reality. A technological “lock-in” could occur, where dysfunctional and/or proprietary technologies become permanently embedded into the infrastructure of our global systems leaving us powerless to alter the course of their direction or ferocity of their speed. A Web 3.0 that continues its march toward centralized power and siloed platforms would not only have crippling effects on innovation, it would have chilling effects on our freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and basic human rights. This should be enough to compel us to take thoughtful but aggressive action to prevent such a lock-in from occurring at all costs.

Thankfully, there is also a “white mirror” version of Web 3.0, a positive future not well described in our sci-fi stories. It’s the one where we intentionally and consciously harness the power of the Convergence and align it with our collective goals, values, and greatest ambitions as a species. In the “white mirror” version, we have the opportunity to use these technologies to assist us in working together more effectively to improve our ecologies, economies, and governance models, and leave the world better than the one we entered.

In the first quarter of 2019, an historically unprecedented but little-noticed event took place. The screens of over 1 billion new smartphones became windows into the physical world because both Apple and Android added AR software to their operating systems. This gave smartphones the capability to display 3D contextual information and 3D interactive objects in space. Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Facebook, Magic Leap, Baidu, Tencent, and others have also invested billions of dollars into a new generation of smart glasses and headsets for Augmented and Virtual Reality designed to initially supplement and ultimately replace our smartphones. In addition, billions of cameras and 3D depth sensors soon to be added to our existing smartphones and to the billions of drones, robots, cars, and street corners, will make them all spatially aware, capable of mapping their environments in 3D and acting as windows to the Spatial Web. These digital devices will enable us to make a complete copy or Digital Twin of the world we live in. Over the next decade, as we complete this transition, spatial technologies will become the leading interface, not only for our various digital activities but for our physical ones as well.

The Spatial Web book lays out the need for a Spatial Web and describe how the technologies of the Convergence will be connected by new software protocols will bring it into existence. They further outline the applications and implications for us as individuals and as a society. Our intention, as authors, is for this book to serve as a primer to acquaint you with each of these powerful technologies, and to lay out a vision for a path forward that inspires and invites you, the reader, to participate in the development of a more open and free new web… a new web that stands on the shoulders of those who built the earliest Internet and web infrastructure, but looks to our future, to lay down a new universal digital infrastructure that is designed to better align the power of our technologies with our human values.

The Spatial Web Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to free and open standards across emerging technologies. Our organization, with input from an extraordinary group of pioneering thinkers, has architected a theoretical and technological framework for a universal digital infrastructure for the 21st century. To bring this vision of Web 3.0 to life will take us all to advocate, develop, iterate, and realize it.

Welcome to The Spatial Web.

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I want to caution that this article is not from a Christian website, in fact it is from a website that has some pretty far out ideas on some things, however on some topics such as this, the author of the website is spot on.

What I find troubling these days is that fewer and fewer churches or so called Christian Leaders see “the writing on the wall” so to speak. God is giving so many obvious signs that we are nearing the end of the age but unfortunately most of what is considered the “church” has fallen asleep or gone headlong into apostasy and are therefore blind to what is happening!

From The Giza Death Star:

Today’s blog is a departure from normal in that it’s about two articles shared by two different people.  That’s a departure in and of itself from my normal routine here, but there’s more of a reason that I’m doing so. The two people who shared the respective articles – N.S. and K.M. – I know do not know each other nor even live in the same area. While the articles seem, on the surface, to be about different things entirely, they are about the same thing, as we shall see. Moreover, oddly, they arrived in my inbox within minutes of each other.  “Something was in the aether,” and that’s why I decided to blog about these two articles, because they’re symbolic of an effort to make betrayal seem O.K., and the articles, arriving how and when they did, seem to be screaming out “we belong together.”   Here’s the first story, shared by N.S.:

Pope’s Visit to Iraqi Ziggurat to Bring Together Several Faiths – and Hopefully Lure More Visitors

When I first saw the headline of this article, with a picture of the ziggurat at Ur in Iraq, I was not amused. I must confess, the idea of any bishop, much less the bishop of Rome, standing at, or atop, an ancient ziggurat leading one of those awful “something for everyone” ecumenical “prayerfests” is disconcerting to say the least. It’s one of those cases of “scrambling the symbols” that is so much a hallmark of the age, as every institution seems to be in some sort of mad rush to abandon its traditions. One wonders if the “prayerfest” will include prayers to or invocations of Merodach (Marduk)? One wonders what self-respecting rabbi or imam will make the climb up the ziggurat? I suspect that if any do, they “won’t be from the area,” but from the West where “Supreme Being-ism” and “God-in-General-ism” has become such a cacophony of metaphysical mishmash devoid of any connection to any tradition. And… it’s not the first time that a post-Vatican II pope has participated in these “interfaith prayerfests”; John-Paul II did, Benedict XVI did. The only one who didn’t (as far as I’m aware) was John-Paul I, who was too busy during his short pontificate trying to “clean out the swamp” that he didn’t have the time… and we know what happened to him.

Ahhh… but one needn’t be so exercised. According to the article – which let it be noted is from The US News and World Report – the real explanation is a typically shallow American one; the Pope is simply there to promote tourism:

Pope Francis is due to hold an inter-religious prayer service at the ancient Mesopotamian site of Ur when he visits Iraq next week – an event local archeologists hope will draw renewed attention to the place revered as the birthplace of Abraham.

Popular with Western visitors in the 1970s and 1980s, Ur is scarcely visited today after decades of war and political instability shattered Iraq’s international tourism industry. The coronavirus crisis now also keeps local tourists away.

The father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Abraham is described in the biblical book of Genesis as living in the city before God called upon him to create a new nation in a land he later learned was Canaan.

All of which brings me to the second article, shared by K.M.:

Vatican Papal Academy Sells Out the Virgin Mary for Muhammad

Here the explanation for the “scrambling of symbols” represented by the Pope’s pending visit is about much more than promoting tourism; it’s about scrambling the fundamental tenets of the “Abrahamic religions”:

The same folks to bring you “Abrahamism”—the idea that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are intricately connected—have narrowed their sights on promoting Mary, the mother of Christ, as “a Jewish, Christian and Muslim woman,” in the words of Catholic priest Fr. Gian Matteo of the Pontifical International Marian Academy.  In a ten-week webinar series titled “Mary, a model for faith and life for Christianity and Islam,” the academy will seek to present Mary as a bridge between the two religions.

This is easier said than done — at least for those still interested in facts.  For starters, the claim that Mary was a “Jewish, Christian and Muslim woman” is only two-thirds true: yes, she was a Jew by race and background, and yes, she was a Christian in that she literally birthed Christ(ianity), but she was most certainly not a Muslim — a term and religion that came into being 600 years after Mary died.

Worse, far from being the Eternal Virgin, as she is for 1.5 billion Christians of the Catholic and Orthodox variety, Islam presents Mary, the Mother of Christ, as “married” to and “copulating” with Muhammad in paradise — a depiction that would seem to sever rather than build “bridges.”

For Christians “of the Catholic and Orthodox variety,” Mary is “the Eternal Virgin” precisely as a consequence of their faith that she bore God the Son in his human nature, and thus, was the literal “Ark of God” whom not even her betrothed, St. Joseph, would touch in any carnal way, having before him all those Old Testament examples of what happened to people who touched the Old Testament ark. Islam, as the article goes on to point out, does not. That said, one wonders what any of them have in common with the religion of Ur, other than Abraham.

It’s that, I suspect, that is the root of the problem that’s coming home to roost. There is a movement afoot – a quiet one almost entirely off the radar – to create an amalgamation of those religions, a movement documented by Jeff Sharlet in two books titled C Street and The Family, where an effort to create “Chrislam” – a strange amalgam of American fundamentalist Christianity and Islam – is surveyed. What the second article suggests is that this movement is not just a strange one-off conjured in the Lying Circus in Swampington D.C., but that similar thinking and agendas are underway in Rome. And for those in the know, that effort is but an extension of the technique outlined in the 1960s and 197os ecumenical movement document called The Consultation on Church Union, where the technique was simply to expropriate the ecclesiastical traditions of each other: make the Anglicans look more Roman Catholic, the Roman Catholics look more Zwinglian and Lutheran, make the Lutherans use Eastern Orthodox litanies, and so on, the goal  being to make everyone look the same so that the subliminal suggestion is that they are the same, reducing doctrinal – which is to say, conceptual – disputes to mere words.  It’s the ecclesiastical version of what we see in the current politically correct “woke” culture when it talks about “cultural appropriation”, which is “bad” in culture, but “ok” when it comes to religions. It’s a way of putting everyone “on the square,” and pretending that all that matters is “Supreme Being-ism” and that those differences and symbols and traditions are neither important nor real. It’s the false brotherhood of process itself, not shared cosmologies and philosophies.

Or to put that last point country simple, expect more of it, because the process has no end because it’s the process itself that empowers them.  They are trying to unmake all histories and traditions, and with it, all history.

See you on the flip side…

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from Got Questions:

Which church—that is, which denomination of Christianity—is the “true church”? Which church is the one that God loves and cherishes and died for? Which church is His bride? The answer is that no visible church or denomination is the true church, because the bride of Christ is not an institution, but is instead a spiritual entity made up of those who have by grace through faith been brought into a close, intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8–9). Those people, no matter which building, denomination, or country they happen to be in, constitute the true church.

In the Bible, we see that the local (or visible) church is nothing more than a gathering of professing believers. In Paul’s letters, the word church is used in two different ways. There are many examples of the word church being used to simply refer to a group of professing believers who meet together on a regular basis (1 Corinthians 16:9; 2 Corinthians 8:1; 11:28). We see Paul’s concern, in his letters, for the individual churches in various cities along his missionary journey. But he also refers to a church that is invisible—a spiritual entity that has close fellowship with Christ, as close as a bride to her husband (Ephesians 5:25, 32), and of which He is the spiritual head (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 3:21). This church is made up of an unnamed, unspecified group of individuals (Philippians 3:6; 1 Timothy 3:5) that have Christ in common.

The word church is a translation of the Greek word ekklesia, meaning “a called–out assembly.” The word describes a group of people who have been called out of the world and set apart for the Lord, and it is always used, in its singular form, to describe a universal group of people who know Christ. The word ekklesia, when pluralized, is used to describe groups of believers who meet together. Interestingly enough, the word church is never used in the Bible to describe a building or organization.

It is easy to get ensnared by the idea that a particular denomination within Christianity is “the true church,” but this view is a misunderstanding of Scripture. When choosing a church to attend, it is important to remember that a gathering of believers should be a place where those who belong to the true church (the spiritual entity) feel at home. That is to say, a good local church will uphold the Word of God, honoring it and preaching faithfully, proclaim the gospel steadfastly, and feed and tend the sheep. A church that teaches heresy or engages in sin will eventually be very low on (or entirely bereft of) those people that belong to the true church—the sheep who hear the voice of the Shepherd and follow Him (John 10:27).

Members of the true church always enjoy agreement in and fellowship around Jesus Christ, as He is plainly revealed in His Word. This is what is referred to as Christian unity. Another common mistake is to believe that Christian unity is just a matter of agreeing with one another. Simple agreement for the sake of agreement does not speak the truth in love or spur one another on to unity in Christ; rather, it encourages believers to refrain from speaking difficult truths. It sacrifices true understanding of God in favor of a false unity based on disingenuous love that is nothing more than selfish tolerance of sin in oneself and others.

The true church is the bride of Christ (Revelation 21:2, 9; 22:17) and the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12; 1 Corinthians 12:27). It cannot be contained, walled in, or defined by anything other than its love for Christ and its dedication to Him. The true church is, as C. S. Lewis put it, “spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners.”

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From Off Guardian:

Even the Robert Koch Institute and other health authorities cannot present decisive proof that a new virus named SARS-CoV-2 is haunting us. This alone turns the talk of dangerous viral mutations into irresponsible fearmongering and the so-called SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests definitely into a worthless venture.

In a request for a study which shows complete isolation and purification of the particles claimed to be SARS-CoV-2, Michael Laue from one of the world’s most important representatives of the COVID-19 “panicdemic,” the German Robert Koch Institute (RKI), answered that[1]:

I am not aware of a paper which purified isolated SARS-CoV-2.

This is a more than remarkable statement, it is admitting a complete failure. This concession is in line with the statements we presented in our article “COVID-19 PCR Tests Are Scientifically Meaningless” which OffGuardian published on June 27th, 2020 — a piece that was the first one worldwide outlining in detail why SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests are worthless for the diagnosis of a viral infection.

One of the crucial points in this analysis was that the studies contending to have shown that SARS-CoV-2 is a new and potentially deadly virus have no right to claim this, particularly because the studies claiming “isolation” of so-called SARS-CoV-2 in fact failed to isolate (purify) the particles said to be the new virus.

This is confirmed by the answers of the respective studies’ scientists to our inquiry, which are shown in a table in our piece — among them the world’s most important paper when it comes to the claim of having detected SARS-CoV-2 (by Zhu et al.), published in the New England Journal of Medicine on February 20, 2020, and now even the RKI.

Incidentally, we are in possession of a further confirmatory answer from authors [2] of an Australian study.

WANTED, IN VAIN: SARS-COV-2 VIRUS

Additionally, Christine Massey, a Canadian former biostatistician in the field of cancer research, and a colleague of hers in New Zealand, Michael Speth, as well as several individuals around the world (most of whom prefer to remain anonymous) have submitted Freedom of Information requests to dozens of health and science institutions and a handful of political offices around the world.

They are seeking any records that describe the isolation of a SARS-COV-2 virus from any unadulterated sample taken from a diseased patient.

But all 46 responding institutions/offices utterly failed to provide or cite any record describing “SARS-COV-2” isolation; and Germany’s Ministry of Health ignored their FOI request altogether.

The German entrepreneur Samuel Eckert asked health authorities from various cities such as München (Munich), Dusseldorf and Zurich for a study proving complete isolation and purification of so-called SARS-CoV-2. He has not obtained it yet.

REWARDS FOR PROOF OF ISOLATION AND CAUSALITY

Samuel Eckert even offered €230,000 to Christian Drosten if he can present any text passages from publications that scientifically prove the process of isolation of SARS-CoV-2 and its genetic substance. The deadline (December 31, 2020) has passed without Drosten responding to Eckert.

And another deadline passed on December 31 without submission of the desired documentation. In this case the German journalist Hans Tolzin offered a reward of €100,000 for a scientific publication outlining a successful infection attempt with the specific SARS-CoV-2 reliably resulting in respiratory illness in the test subjects.

PARTICLE SIZE VARIATION ALSO REDUCES VIRUS HYPOTHESIS TO ABSURDITY

Recently we are being scared by alleged new strains of “SARS-CoV-2”, but that claim is not based on solid science.

First of all, you cannot determine a variant of a virus if you haven’t completely isolated the original one.

Secondly, there are already tens of thousands of supposed new strains, “found” since last winter all over the world. In fact, the GISAID virus data bank has now more than 452,000 different genetic sequences that claim to represent a variant of SARS-Cov2.

So, to claim that now suddenly there are “new strains” is hogwash even from an orthodox perspective, because from that perspective viruses mutate constantly. Thus, they can constantly proclaim to have found new strains, perpetuating the fear.

Such fearmongering is all the more absurd when one casts a glance at the electron micrographs printed in the relevant studies, which show particles that are supposed to represent SARS-CoV-2. These images reveal that these particles vary extremely in size. In fact, the bandwidth ranges from 60 to 140 nanometers (nm). A virus that has such extreme size variation cannot actually exist.

For example, it can be said of human beings that they vary from about 1.50 meters to 2.10 meters, as there are several individuals of different heights. Now, saying that viruses as a whole range from 60 to 140 nm — as did Zhu et al.— may eventually make sense; but to say that the individual SARS-Cov2 virions vary so much would be like saying that John varies his height from 1.60 to 2 meters depending on the circumstances!

One could reply that viruses are not human individuals, but it is also true that, according to virology, each virus has a fairly stable structure. So, with SARS-Cov2 they are taking liberties of definition which further confirm that everything on this specific virus is even more random than usual. And that license of unlimited definition led to the fact that the Wikipedia entry on coronavirus was changed, and now reports that “Each SARS-CoV-2 virion has a diameter of about 50 to 200 nm”.

That would be like saying that John varies his height from 1 to 4 meters according to circumstances!

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From Christian Research Network:

Todd Bentley is a liar and a con-man. He is no more a Christian than Joe Biden is a Roman Catholic. He does not hear from angels — probably demons, though. Does he have a direct pipeline to God as he claims he does? Hardly. The NAR, of which he is a kingpin, is a dangerous movement teaming with false prophets who, like Bentley, also claim God speaks to them. If these men and women hear a voice in their mind, the voice they’re hearing is that of a deceiving spirit. The Lord is not appearing to these lying prophets nor do their so-called visions and dreams come from Him. The modern day apostles and prophets of the NAR are wolves in sheep’s clothing — flee from them!

Now that I’ve let off steam, here’s Protestia’s piece:

Charismatic “prophet” Todd Bentley, the only huckster in the whole of Christianity that Dr. Michael Brown has ever bothered to condemn (and that only slightly), is up to no good, revealing that he’s had a string of angelic encounters and personal visions from Jesus who told him that the time of waiting is done, and that he’s about to embark on a new 25-year ministry mandate.

We have written extensively about Todd, chronicling his malfeasance from lauded anointed revivalist and miracle worker, to drunkard, adulterer, liar, and sheep-fleecer extraordinaire, all the while being lifted up by a cadre of ne’er-do-well’s as a great, supernaturally gifted man of God.

Bentley, you will recall, went relatively radio silent last year after being newly accused of drug use, adultery, and sexting, some of which he admitted. A “New Apostolic Reformation” (NAR) tribunal report was launched and they found that Bentley was guilty – a pointless summation, as Bentley had already checked out and declared the whole thing a scam and witch hunt anyway.  View article →

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Wait, What?!?!

from Reformation Charlotte:

For the last two years, the ideology of Critical Race Theory has dominated the debate in Evangelical circles. But that wasn’t the beginning of the movement. The movement, under the guise of “racial reconciliation,” began gaining steam when Democrat, Russell Moore took over one of the top offices in the Southern Baptist Convention in 2014 and immediately began causing division.

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a heretical worldview that is incompatible with biblical Christianity. It emerged as an offshoot of Critical Theory, a neo-Marxist philosophy that has its roots in the Frankfurt School, and its methods are drawn from Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud. CRT teaches that institutional racism exists within every structure of society and that these structures are intrinsically designed in such a manner as to protect and preserve “white supremacy” in our culture. Further, CRT does not rely on factual statistics or objective evidence to support the theory, rather it relies on anecdotal evidence and personal experience.

While Reformation Charlotte and other discernment outlets have been covering the movement since it began, only in the last two years has it actually become a hotly contested topic as conservatives began becoming aware of the unbiblical and anti-Christian implications of the movement.

Critical Race Theory opposes the theological doctrines of Scripture — notably, it muddies the doctrine of sin and places irreconcilable guilt upon groups of people by the very virtue of their physical attributes. In short, it implicates white people in the sin of racism simply because of the color of their skin while, on the other hand, victimizing non-whites for the very same reason.

Thankfully, many Southern Baptist leaders have begun to speak out against this as we’ve done for years. Yet, others, on the other hand — who are given over to their sociological impulses — instead complain that people who oppose their movement are the ones “ravaging churches” and causing division.

The Scriptures are clear; it is the Marxists who cause division as their ideological movement is in opposition to the sound, biblical theology.

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. –Romans 16:17

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There is no argument that Critical Race Theory is an obstacle contrary to the doctrine the Scriptures teach. It is an obstacle to true repentance and faith; it teaches that the “oppressor” — white people — can never truly be relieved of their guilt and, instead, must engage in perpetual acts of penance, i.e. slave reparations and “restorative justice.”

Thabiti Anyabwile, a Southern Baptist pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington D.C. and member of Mark Dever’s 9Marks ministry, complains that “anti-CRT” people “ravage churches” and “slander” pastors causing “re-segregation.”

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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…..

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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.

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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. 

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