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Carol Brooks

OVERVIEW AND INDEX

The Signs… Knowledge Does Not Equate With Wisdom

So many of the prophecies have already been fulfilled.. For example the Re-gathering of Israel happened a few years ago,

but the Re-birth of the Roman Empire may be well underway.

Perhaps one of the most telling, yet overlooked signs of the end times is the unprecedented number of modern preachers calling themselves “Anointed”.  

People in this day and age are increasingly … Without Natural Affection and  Lovers of Selves

Does anyone remember the verses in scripture that talk of the “Falling Away” when some will give “heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons”? Ding! Ding! Ding! Is anyone is still awake in those pews? The last days apostasy isn’t coming at some vague point in time in the future … THAT DAY IS ALREADY HERE.  Christianity is at an all time low and pretty much scraping the bottom of the barrel... most having already turned away from the faith, which was once for all delivered to the saints. THE MAN OF SIN ISN’T FAR BEHIND ..

The Fulfillment of the Prophecy of “Some Following Deceiving Spirits” is taking place both within the church and without…

 An Evil and Adulterous Generation Within The Church: The church that should have been a bulwark against evil has, with apostate leaders and a Biblically illiterate population, latched on to the coat tails of the world and come up with ‘Christianized’ versions of venturing into areas strictly forbidden in Scripture.

An Evil Generation Outside the Church: For the first time in the history of the world, on the explicit instructions and guidance of a few ectoplasmic minions of hell, thousands of people and organizations doing what it takes to create conditions suitable for the appearance of what they believe to be a world leader who will usher in a reign of peace, The Antichrist... whose appearance will, I am sure, be closely followed by what Jesus called…

The Abomination That Causes Desolation

Also expect future conditions to parallel those that existed In The Time Of Noah. Scripture mentions two aspects to life on the planet in those days, one of which (violence filling the earth) has already become a factor in the present age, while the other is yet to come.. and God help us all when it does.

Also See

Prophecies That Could Not Have Been Fulfilled a Few Years Ago
The Army of 200 Million
The Two Witnesses
Nuclear War

 

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The Signs… Knowledge Does Not Equate With Wisdom
"The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven to prove that He was the Messiah.. a miracle. He replied,

    "When evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times." (Matthew 16:1-3)

Jesus rebuked them because they could not interpret the signs of their times, asking why they could read the weather but could not "interpret the signs of the times".

Paul also made the point that we can recognize the season of the Lord's return. In 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 he stated that even though the day of the Lord will come like "a thief in the night," that day should not overtake believers, unforeseen or unexpected, because we are "children of light,"  and we should “watch and be sober”. Similarly the author of Hebrews states that we are to "encourage one another" as we see the Day of Judgment drawing near (Hebrews 10:25).

Today it is no longer necessary to search for signs. They are not only in abundance, but as plain as day. However the prophet Daniel warned centuries ago that only the ‘wise’ would be able to understand the prophecies. To the spiritually un-discerning the signs mean nothing.


Seal the Book Until the Time of the End

    But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. [Daniel 12:4]

    And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my lord, what shall be the issue of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel; for the words are shut up and sealed till the time of the end. [Daniel 12:8-9]

When the angel told Daniel to ‘seal the book’ and that ‘the words are shut up and sealed till the time of the end’, it could not mean that the actual book was to be sealed, since the book of Daniel has been a part of Jewish Scripture for thousands of years. Therefore the angel’s words can only signify that it was the understanding of the prophecies that was to be sealed until the end of time.

While it is true that there are many end time prophecies that could not have been understood until now,  because their understanding depended on historical events or technological developments. We can understand certain factors in ways that people living just a few generations ago and would have considered completely impossible. For example Revelation 11:9, says that "men from every people, tribe, language and nation" will be able to look upon the dead bodies of the Two Witnesses. Only since the advent of television has this been possible.

However the angel then went on to tell Daniel …

    Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but they that are wise shall understand. [Daniel 12:10]

In other words, not only were the understanding of the prophecies sealed until the end of time, but even at that time, understanding would be limited to those who are wise. We read of a similar situation in Isaiah..

    And all vision is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee; and he saith, I cannot, for it is sealed: [Isaiah 29:11]

Please note the word as. The book was not physically sealed, yet the learned could not understand the communications which God had made to them… a situation that persists to this day.  As prophesied in Daniel 12:4, our knowledge, that is that not limited to science and technology alone, has greatly increased. For example if someone had asked a minister in 1947 to prove that the original Hebrew Scriptures from the Old Testament were reliably copied without error throughout the last two thousand years, he might have had some difficulty in providing an answer. Today, with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls etc. we are in a far better position to answer questions like this.

Yet knowledge does not equate with wisdom… Few seem to be able to interpret the signs of the times.

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The Dispersion and Re-gathering of Israel

    For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: (Hosea 3:4)

Hosea predicted that Israel for "many days" would lack a king, even though God had promised that Israel would never lack a descendant to sit on the throne if the nation was obedient to God. In fact, the prediction states that Israel will lack even a prince. Since in Hebrew, "prince" means a government official, not the son of the king, Israel would lack both government and king. Hosea also predicts that sacrifice, pillar, ephod, household idols will be lacking.

However Hosea 3:5 also prophesies the return of the Jews to their own land in the Last Days, which people scoffed at. It seemed impossible that the Jews would ever be able to carve out a homeland for themselves in the midst of hostile and belligerent nations. They said that it would never happen. People laughed at Biblical scholars and wrote them off as "dreamers" who were out of touch with reality.

    Afterward the sons of Israel will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king . . . in the last days (Hosea 3:5).

God worked through the two world wars to begin the implementation of His end time program to re-gather the Jewish people and re-establish them in their land. Against all odds the state of Israel was formed on May 14, 1948. The return of Jews to Palestine and the formation of a state of their own is amazing in itself, given that just a century ago the territory was controlled by the Muslim Turks who hated the Jews. Yet a world Zionist movement was formed; the land came under the control of Britain at the end of World War I; Britain allowed the Jews to have a homeland; the Nazi holocaust drove Jews to Palestine who otherwise would have stayed in Europe; the United Nations agreed to partition Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish state; and the Jews were able to defeat a coalition of Arab states bent on their destruction.


Jerusalem
The Old Testament prophets teach that the Messiah will come in triumph to reign over all the world only when the Jews were re-established in their land and in their city of Jerusalem. (Ezekiel 37 and Zechariah 12). 

In 1967, in an unbelievable six days, Israel managed to not only defend herself from the armies of Egypt, Syria and Jordan, but reclaim Jewish territory in three directions. The Sinai desert, the Golan Heights and most importantly… Jerusalem. The 28th of Iyyar is Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) that commemorates the re-unification of Jerusalem on the 7th of June, 1967, when Israeli soldiers recaptured the Old City of Jerusalem from Jordanian control. Jerusalem ceased to be under Gentile control for the first time since Nebuchadnezzar.

Although Jesus stressed the importance of the reoccupation of Jerusalem in His Olivet discourse (Luke 21:24) and stated point blank that “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled”, The Church as a whole did not seem to understand the significance of this event, but some Orthodox Jews certainly did.

In 1966 Lt. Gen. Mordechai Gur was commander of the 55th (Reserve) Paratroopers Brigade, which were part of the assault force which wrested Jerusalem from the Jordanians, and which were the first to visit the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. The pictures of paratroopers crying at the Wall and Gur's audio recording in the communication networks, "The Temple Mount is in our hands!" (Hebrew: Har HaBayit BeYadeinu!), became, to the Israeli public, one of the most touching symbols of the war, and still reverberates in the ears of all those Israelis who heard it at the time.

However it was Rabbi Shlomo Goren, chaplain of the army, holding the rank of general, who created one of the most memorable moments in the war. Blowing the Shofar at the Kotel, the Western Wall in Jerusalem, while holding a Torah scroll in his left arm, he proclaimed “the beginning of the Messianic Age!” [1]

Ezekiel also prophesied that Israel would never again be a divided nation…

    "Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on and say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms.'" (Ezekiel 37:20-22)

(Also See Israel’s History Written in Advance

While the re-gathering of Israel happened a few years ago, The re-birth of the Roman Empire is even now well underway.
 

The Re-birth of The Roman Empire

    "He [an angel] gave me [Daniel] this explanation: 'The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time." (Daniel 7:23-25)

Daniel chapter 7 closely parallels chapter 2. The animal imagery of Chapter 7 corresponds to the sections of the statue in Chapter 2 and both showed a succession of Gentile empires, beginning with the Babylonian Empire, followed by Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. In chapter 7 the angel told Daniel that a kingdom will one day arise that will be different from all other kingdoms because it will devour the whole earth. Space does not permit us going into detail here but this fourth kingdom that springs from an apparently dormant, not dead, Roman Empire, will be the dominant force in the world when our Lord returns... ‘devouring the whole earth’. [See A Dragon and Two Beasts]

For a long time now, students of have been convinced that these prophecies are today being fulfilled in Europe, and that the rebirth of the Roman Empire has taken place in the form of The European Union (the super state) with its own flag and parliament, comprised of 27 nations and growing.  Also the fact that the formation of the European Union has major spiritual implications is reflected in the religious symbols that it has adopted in the form of its flag, its anthem, its architecture, and its basic logo.

See The European Union Peaceful political entity or the fifth and final gentile kingdom spoken of by the prophet Daniel?

The EU Superstate- Future Base of Antichrist Twenty five hundred years ago Daniel saw the Roman Empire revived from the dead in the end times. Then, in September, came quite a shock: The EU, at an astonishing art exhibition sketching the future of the organisation, described itself under the heading : "Roman Empire Returns."

(And One World Religion)


Many Are Already Here Saying “I am the Christ” … The Anointing
t would be difficult to find a charismatic/evangelical service/program/tract/book that is not liberally sprinkled with the word Anointed, which has become arguably the most overused, overworked, misunderstood, misinterpreted term in the Pentecostal and Charismatic arenas.  At various times they either claim to be 'under' the Anointing, can 'feel' the anointing come over them, 'feel' the anointing in the room, and often issues stern warnings to their critics to “touch not the Lord’s anointed.” Many Charismatics describe this 'Anointing' as closely akin to feeling heat or electricity. Virtually all the references to the anointing place it in the category of a commodity... Something that not all Christians possess and that the ministers can bestow on others (Usually after money has changed hands).

But consider this.. In Matthew 24, on the Mount Of Olives, the disciples came to the Lord privately saying “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”  Jesus’ first words in answer to them were “Take heed that no man lead you astray” (v.4) and then He went on to say “ For many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ; and shall lead many astray”. (Emphasis added)

While virtually no one (no sane person anyway) announces that they are the Christ, bear in mind that the word ‘Christ’ means Anointed.. it is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word rendered “Messiah”

In other words Jesus answered a direct question about what signs would signify the end of the world with a warning that ‘Many would come in His name claiming they were ‘anointed’. [See The Anointing]
 

Without Natural Affection

    But know this, that in the last days grievous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, railers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, implacable, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good, traitors, headstrong, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; [2 Timothy 3:1-4]

When the apostle Paul said that in the last days there would be people " without natural affection" he used the word astorgos, which Strong’s Greek dictionary defines as “hard hearted towards kindred”. Astorgos is a derivative of Storge, the Greek word for family love. The prefix "a" means not or against.

There is little argument with the fact that the family unit is far from what it used to be even 50 years ago. Today it is hardly uncommon to hear of parents that murder their children in cold blood, teenagers who gun down their parents (and others), and unwanted babies being thrown into dumpsters, which is so prevalent that there is even a name for these poor infants... ‘trash babies’. There are centers specifically established for unwanted newborn babies. Cemeteries specifically for abandoned babies left to die anonymous deaths. Endless programs to rescue babies. Laws enacted to decriminalize baby abandonment, etc etc. While it is true that there were plenty of cultures that sacrificed their children to the gods, they felt they were under pressure to appease the gods or fall into disfavor and suffer terrible consequences. In our culture, people simply discard their newborns like another piece of trash, because that natural family bond of love and affection has broken down.  All of which is a tragic commentary on our society. {TABLE OF CONTENTS}
 

Lovers of Selves

    "But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God" (2 Timothy 3:1-4)

Most people born in the early part of the 20th century, or earlier, never put themselves before God, country and family. Tragically this is more the exception than the rule in today’s ‘Me’ society. People are now often so focused on themselves and so inconsiderate of others that we have terms in our vocabulary such as "the Me generation," "road rage," etc.

Sadly if there is one thing the world and many in the church have in common these days, it's the psychology of self-esteem,  promoted by well known Christian leaders…

Rather than resisting this glorification of man, a vast number of Christians have jumped on the bandwagon of humanistic psychology and set up their own cheering section, stressing the value and goodness of human beings. Countless best-selling books, numbering in the tens of millions, are now being promoted by "conservative" Christian leaders, seminaries, and counselors. So called Christian leaders like Robert Schuller, have spearheaded the movement to set man up on his own private pedestal and has had a considerable amount of influence on other Christian leaders. And so the movement has crept, nay galloped, through the flock. In fact, prominent Christian personalities can be heard to claim that society's greatest problem is that of "low self-esteem", and that everything from abortion, school drop-outs, teen pregnancy to rape, robbery, and poverty can be solved if only we help people to esteem themselves more highly; to love themselves more and more; and to realize their great self-worth! The central focus in many of Jim Dobson's writings is the belief that low self-esteem is the cause of the world's problems. He says

    "You see, damage to the ego (loss of self-worth) actually equals or exceeds the pain of physical discomfort in intensity.... So painful is its effect that our entire emotional apparatus is designed to protect us from its oppression. In other words, a sizable proportion of all human activity is devoted to the task of shielding us from the inner pain of inferiority. I believe this to the most dominant force in life, even exceeding the power of sex and its influence." [Emphasis his] (Hide and Seek. p. 152)

    “the greatest need of women of the world is a healthy dose of self-esteem and personal worth.” (Hide and Seek. p. 35).

Robert Schuller’s Hour of Power weekly televised church service reaches an audience approaching 20 million people on all continents. Yet he is a dangerous man.. A very dangerous man, especially considering the size of his audience and the scope of his influence …

To Schuller, sin is merely the lack of self-esteem. Schuller once wrote:

    "I believe in positive thinking. It is almost as important as the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (2).

In Self-Esteem: The New Reformation (Word Books, 1982), Schuller teaches that: (1) the church's problem is that it has had a God-centered theology for centuries, when it needs a man-centered one; (2) we're not bad, merely badly informed about how good we are; (3) it would be an insult to the integrity of any human being to call him a sinner; and (4) "Jesus knew His worth; His success fed His self-esteem. He suffered the cross to sanctify His self-esteem and He bore the cross to sanctify your self-esteem. The cross will sanctify the ego trip" (p. 115).

    [Sadly this is not all.  Not for nothing is Schuller called an extraordinary minister by New Age leader Neale Donald Walsch. He calls Napoleon Hill’s book Success through a Positive Mental Attitude one of the ten books that has most impacted his faith and his philosophy.and has  hosted workshops for A Course In Miracles at his Crystal Cathedral church. As recently as 2003 Schuller touted psychiatrist Jerry Jampolsky as a "Peace Maker". In introducing Jampolsky to his congregation, Schuller claimed that Jampolsky had "found God." What he neglected to tell the people is that Jampolsky found "God" through A Course In Miracles, and that Jampolsky's book, Love is Letting Go of Fear, is completely based on the teachings of A Course In Miracles. The huge problem here is that the two books mentioned are channeled works.. that is they came directly from spirit guides.. otherwise known as demons. [For more information See Robert Schuller]

Josh McDowell has followed in the same footsteps. His teaching on self-appreciation seems to epitomize what Paul was warning against in 2 Timothy 3:2..  "I can go back to the motel room, look in the mirror and say, 'McDowell, you're cool! I like you. ...' When one has a healthy self-image, you can do that" [3].  

Also See article on Self Esteem


The Falling Away

    Let no one deceive you by any means; for that day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is unveiled, the son of perdition [2 Thessalonians 2:3]

Does anyone remember the verses in scripture that talk of the “falling away” when some will give “heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons”? Ding! Ding! Ding! Is anyone still awake in those pews? The last days apostasy isn’t coming at some vague point in time in the future THAT DAY IS ALREADY HERE.

The reason the Great Falling Away has been so ill recognized is simply because it has not adhered to most people perception of what a ‘Falling Away’ should look like. Most people probably expected humanity to become less religious and more materialistic... less spiritual and more worldly. While it is true that a large percentage of humanity has indeed become more carnal, a staggering number of people have actually become more spiritual, seeking out the divine in every possible nook and cranny, including within themselves. Christians today are trying to find God or enhance their experience of Jesus by highly questionable means, rushing into areas strictly forbidden in Scripture like contemplative prayer, meditation, labyrinths, yoga etc. While their  counterparts outside the church are focused on raising their level of consciousness and attaining enlightenment and self-actualization through an assortments of spiritual practices. There is absolutely no difference.

Although I suppose that it possible that the apostasy can get worse, I fail to see how it can get much worse. Christianity is at an all time low … scraping the bottom of the barrel as it were. And THE MAN OF SIN ISN’T FAR BEHIND .. Countless millions doing what it takes to create conditions suitable for him to make his appearance. See The Next section for more detail.

The time is here when ‘Christians are not putting up with sound doctrine but are according to their own lusts, heaping up for themselves teachers, tickling their ears’. (2 Timothy 4:3). Most have turned away from the faith, which was once for all delivered to the saints.

    It wasn’t bad enough many people were taught that whether we were saved or not was decided in the dim beginning of time and that we have little choice in the matter.  That popular preachers preach that no matter what we do and how we live we will stay saved, a doctrine that led (and presently leads) many to their destruction.

    It wasn’t bad enough that egomaniacs like Joseph Smith (Mormonism) and deluded people like Charles T. Russell (founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses), Mary Baker Eddy (founder of Christian Science), Charles Fillmore (Unity) each came up with their own brand of religion (thinly disguised as Christianity) and led countless sheep to their doom.

    It wasn’t bad enough that men like Franklin Hall and William Branham gave birth to the Latter Rain/Kingdom Now movement. That men like men such as Rick Joyner, Paul Cain, Bob Jones John Paul Jackson, Marc Dupont, Francis Frangipane and countless others who have now followed their lead … ran with the ridiculous belief that before Jesus can return, the Church must establish the Kingdom of God on earth by taking control over every aspect of life through the establishment of a theocratic government.

    It wasn’t bad enough that the leading ‘Christian’ television station (TBN) harbors heretics and false prophets by the score while commanding a huge following around the world.

    It wasn’t bad enough that the charismatic movement eventually led to excesses like the Toronto Blessing where people imagine that the more bizarre the behavior, the more ‘filled with the Holy Spirit’ one is. Calling Pentecostal fervor blended with supernatural manifestations and occult activity… Christianity.

     It wasn’t bad enough that the likes of Nicky Gumbel picked up on this monstrosity, started the Alpha Course and spread it around the world.

No all this was not bad enough.. So Satan took a look around and realized that there were still too many doctrinally solid Christians around, many of them in mainline denomination.  It didn’t take him long to figure out that many of these Christians would easily fall prey to one ‘of their own’.

    Enter Rick Warren, with his dubious doctrine, shocking associations and extra Biblical ideas he has deftly dealt a few more dents to an already very battered building.

    In a stroke of genius Satan decided he would teach Christians how to Grow their Churches” which gave rise to organizations like Willow Creek Association (WCA). Unsuspecting churches that frequently use Willow Creek resources, seminars and attend their conferences have not bothered to investigate why Willow Creek directly or indirectly validates people who openly promote Eastern mysticism, humanistic psychology, and radical ecumenism..

    Then in a sickening return to the rock from which we came, too many have been convinced that the Roman Catholic church is simply another branch of Christianity and has put out the Olive branch, with many evangelicals, like Robert Schuller, openly proclaiming that it is time to go to the pope and ask what we have to do to “come home”.

    And in what is a masterstroke of deception, the Emerging church has adopted numerous mystical practices which are either a direct legacy of Roman Catholic mysticism or are a deceptive derivative of it, and in doing so has introduced countless numbers of people to the world of the occult. [More about this below]

    If we take all of the above and couple it with the New Age and Rock Music infiltration of the church you are forced to the appalling conclusion that we don’t have much left. We are more dumb, more dead and more damned than we were when we started out. {TABLE OF CONTENTS}


Some Will Follow Deceiving Spirits

    "The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons." (1 Timothy 4:1)

The doctrine of demons has infiltrated both the Christian and non Christian world in a big way.

The centuries past have all had their share of Oracles, Seers and Shamans. The few that others usually feared, respected or burned at the stake. Sadly the situation today is not confined to the gypsy at the local fair, with everyone and his brother jumping on the bandwagon.. Fools that rush in where angels fear to tread.  With our newly found ‘Spirituality’ and all manner of meditation, visualization, channeling, spirit guides, goddess worship and Gaia, all we have succeeded in doing is throwing the doors open to God only knows what..  We have openly invited evil to cross the threshold and one of these days the doors will be wide enough for them to make their move. You can take it to the bank that they are coming back.

The “Evil And Adulterous Generation” In The Church

    Note: This section is merely an expanded form of SOME of the apostasy taking place in the modern so called church… the mystical side. See section above (The Falling Away) for other areas.

The church that should have been a bulwark against evil has, with apostate leaders and a Biblically illiterate population, latched on to the coat tails of the world and come up with ‘Christianized’ versions of venturing into areas strictly forbidden in Scripture. With our contemplative prayer, meditation, labyrinths, yoga etc., we have endorsed the invitations and are along for the ride… And what a ride it’s going to be.  As Einstein once said “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

We have signed our own Death Warrants.

Contemplative Prayer. The twentieth century, which has seen so many revolutions, is now witnessing the rise of a new mysticism within Christianity. Although familiar to many Catholics, classical mysticism was virtually unknown in Evangelical circles until 1978 when Quaker minister Richard J. Foster published Celebration of Discipline, the Path to Spiritual Growth, which rapidly became the most popular guide to spiritual life, listed on the top twenty most influential books of the 20th century

Contemplative or Centering Prayer is a practice derived from Eastern mysticism. Precious Biblical concepts like God's grace and love are actually replaced by vague notions of wholeness through an eastern religious meditation technique. Studying the Bible verse by verse is no longer a prerequisite for mature spiritual growth according to many emergent church leaders. Instead, innovative methods are being promoted to get in tune with “God” or get closer to “God” by re-introducing techniques practiced by the pagans. These are methods that bring instant gratification and sensation. Contact with the spirit world is guaranteed for spiritual seekers who want to have an encounter with “Jesus” by experimenting with the mystical and the metaphysical.

The  new mysticism has learned much from the great religions of Asia, and Catholicism… there being not one, not two, but seven common themes of mysticism between Roman Catholic, Protestant, Hindu and American agnostic mystical experiences. 

Much has been learned from men who are called “Great Spiritual Leaders”.. Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen Thomas Keating etc were all Catholic. Spiritual leaders? From an organization that officially rejects the very heart of our faith… the doctrine of justification by the grace of God alone through faith alone in Christ alone. So, not only did they not have the Gospel straight, these men could not see through Rome’s foundational heresies such as the papacy, the Mass, baptismal regeneration, prayers to the saints, the veneration of Mary and salvation through works. The very Catechism of the Catholic Church says in paragraph 841, that Muslims together with the Catholics, "adore the one, merciful God."  How then can we possibly trust them to point us in the direction of God?

[See Roots of Evil.. History and Origins of Contemplative Prayer   and Section on  Catholicism]


Counterfeit Revivals …
that rear their ugly heads up with amazing regularity is yet another form of the demonic encroaching on the deluded beliefs of the Christian.

Kundalini, conceptualized as a coiled up serpent,  is a concentrated form of prana or life force, lying dormant in our bodies. The ‘awakening’ of the Kundalini brings about an expanded states of consciousness and can be achieved through three main practices, the most effective of which are meditation and yogic postures such as those taught in Hatha Yoga or a guru or spiritual teacher conferring the spiritual "power" or awakening, often by means of a touch to the forehead. If that isn’t disturbing enough, it is worse to compare the experiences and behaviour of the people at Toronto, Brownsville and Lakeland with disciples of Hindu gurus who have had this spiritual "power" or Kundalini awakening conferred on them. The requirements for receiving are the same, The methods of transmissions are the same and the physical manifestations are the same. How then can these ’revivals’ be Christians? [See Slain In The Spirt]


Non-Christian
New Age Is not new ... it is a modern revival of ancient religious traditions, along with a potpourri of influences: Eastern mysticism, modern philosophy and psychology, science and science fiction, and the counterculture of the 50s and 60s. However, over the last few decades a movement has gradually been gathering momentum over the face of this earth.. a movement fueled by the unholy forces that oppose both God and man... shepherded by humans outside the church who have no comprehension of the dark forces they deal with, and  by an “evil and adulterous generation” inside the church who so blithely ignore the warnings from the God they profess to serve. From the United Nations down, hundreds of thousands on New Agers, under the direct guidance of apparitions from hell (supposedly the ‘ascended masters’ Kuthumi, Djwhal Khul and Morya) are actively working towards creating the conditions necessary for the ‘Reappearance of the Christ’, except that this Christ has nothing to do with Jesus Christ of the Bible. [See Section The New Age and  The Antichrist].

The appearance of the Antichrist on the world scene will, I am sure, be closely followed by what Jesus called…
 

The Abomination That Causes Desolation

    "Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. "Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. "Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. "But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! "But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. "For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. [Matthew 24: 15-21]

What I find particularly tragic is that when asked about the signs of the end times, too many members of the so called church, mutter something about wars and rumors of wars and believe that they actually have a handle on the signs.

So what exactly did Jesus say about wars? In Matthew 24:6 He said.. " You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end”.  Which sounds more like He was assuring His disciples that they were not to be unnecessarily troubled by every small and large scale skirmish that broke out since they were not signs of the Apocalypse. As a matter of fact, "Wars and rumors of wars," sums up the entire history of mankind who, if they not actively engaged in a war, are making plans for the next one. Wars, famines and earthquakes beingpretty much fall into the usual scheme of things and no matter how terrible the situation, no one should be drawn into an "end of the world" panic.

In the words of David Haggith…

    “He also told them (in a few verses not quoted here) that they would soon face persecution for their beliefs.

    "Having said all of that, he makes this statement about the "Abomination that causes Desolation" and speaks of a time when events would be more horrifying than anything the world had ever seen or ever would see again. Suddenly, it appears his words have moved into a different time than the days when the temple would be destroyed. While those were horrifying days for people living in Israel, they were no worse than many a siege that had been laid against many a city for days immemorial, and they were not as bad as the holocaust of the twenty-first century. Terrible, yes, but not the worst days the "world" would ever see.

    He goes on to give several other signs, but the one to really focus on is this one that he calls "the Abomination that causes Desolation." He offers no indication of what the abomination may be, and one might wonder why he wasn't more clear, especially if this was the key sign of his return.

    What exactly is this “abomination of desolation”. Could this sign be completely different from what we have long believed? [For Details See The Abomination That Causes Desolation]

Also expect future conditions to parallel those that existed in the time Of Noah. From a Biblical point of view, there were two aspects to life on the planet in those days, one of which exists again while the other is yet to come.. and God help us all when it does. {TABLE OF CONTENTS}
 

As It Was In The Time Of Noah.

    But as the days of Noe (Noah) were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (Matthew 24:37).

Since our Lord linked these two epochs together and said that one would be a mirror of the other it serves us well to look into what the Bible says about the days immediately preceding the flood. There are two parts to the conditions in Noah’s day…

The Bible tells us that in those days the earth was filled with violence and “corrupt before God”.

    And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. (Genesis 6:13)

The 20th century saw both an unprecedented deterioration of society and unparalleled carnage. Dr. David Reagan sums up the degradation on both fronts…

    “I have witnessed the decaying of society with my own eyes. I was born in 1938. When I was born, abortionists were sent to prison. Pregnancy out of wedlock was thought of as scandalous. Homosexuals were considered queer. Pornography was despised as a sickness. Marriage was sacred. Living together was taboo. Divorce was a disgrace. Homemaking was honored, and day care was provided by mothers in their homes. Child abuse was unheard of. Ladies did not curse or smoke. "Damn" was considered flagrant language in a movie. (A recent film featuring Jack Lemon had the "f-word" in it 170 times in 120 minutes!)

     “It is estimated by experts that the number of people killed in all the wars fought from the time of Christ until 1939 totals 50 million. In the next six years (1939 through 1945), 57 million people died in World War II. Since that time, almost 60 million have died in armed conflicts, either in wars between nations or civil wars within nations. This has been a century of unparalleled carnage.” [4]

The violence is everywhere In our schools and on our streets … According to February 1, 1988 issue of Time Magazine,

    violent crime had increased 500% since 1960, but the country's population increased only 41% during the same period. Additionally the top public school discipline problems in the Mid-'40s were talking, chewing gum, making noise, running in the halls, getting out of turn in line, wearing improper clothing and not putting paper in wastebaskets. Whereas in the Mid-'80s the top discipline problems were drug and alcohol abuse, pregnancy, suicide, rape, robbery and assault.

A September 25, 2007 report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal stated that [All Emphasis Added]

    “Nationally, murders in 2006 increased by 1.8 percent over the previous year. In cities of more than 1 million people, however, murder jumped by 6.8 percent. violent crime last year jumped more than 32 percent in Las Vegas and unincorporated Clark County, according to FBI statistics released Monday….The Metropolitan Police Department, which is responsible for enforcing the law in Las Vegas and unincorporated Clark County, saw the armed robbery rate skyrocket 50 percent and the aggravated assault rate climb more than 23 percent. The rape rate rose nearly 14 percent, and the homicide rate ticked up about 2 percent” [5]

Other cities do not fare much better. An April 2009 Forbes.com report entitled America's Most Dangerous Cities, defining violent crime as being composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault, stated that [Emphasis Added]

    “Though nationwide crime was down 3.5% year over year in the first six months of 2008, Detroit is the worst offender on our list of America's most dangerous cities, thanks to a staggering rate of 1,220 violent crimes committed per 100,000 people. Detroit was followed closely on the list by the greater Memphis, Tenn., and Miami, Fla., metropolitan areas. Those three were the only large cities in America with more than 950 violent crimes committed per 100,000 people [6]

However it is the other part of the prophecy that should chill the bone of anyone with an iota of sense.

    “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all that they chose. And Jehovah said, My spirit shall not strive with man for ever, for that he also is flesh: yet shall his days be a hundred and twenty years. The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them: the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown. Genesis 6:1-4.

To know what to expect one must focus on the questions.. Who were these sons of God? What kind of beings did these strange things? [See Section The Days Of Noah]

 

Prophecies That Could Not Have Been Fulfilled a Few Years Ago

The Army of 200 Million
 Revelation 9 states that an army of 200 million soldiers will march "from the east" toward Israel. It is debatable as to whether this is a real army or symbolic, but it is interesting that at the time the Apostle John wrote Revelation the total population of the world was only about 200 million (Demographer’s estimate).  At the beginning of the 20th century the total world population was only 1.6 billion, still too small for an army of 200 million to march from the east.  Today just one country to the east of Israel (China) could field an army of 200 million.


The Two Witnesses
The Bible tells us that in the end times, God will send two witnesses with supernatural powers to prophesy to the world. A summary of the account of these two people in Revelation 11, is…

    The witnesses can devour their enemies with fire from their mouths (5) they have the power to shut the heaven stopping the rain during the days of their prophecy, and the power to turn waters them into blood, and to smite the earth with every plague as often as they want (6) After their work is completed they will be killed (7), they will lie in the street for 3½ days (9), and then they will be brought to life and will be called up to heaven (11-12). In that hour there will be an earthquake with thousands of people killed (13).

However what is interesting in the context of the topic on this page is the fact that Scripture also tells us that the Two Witnesses are eventually killed by the beast that comes up out of the bottomless pit and that their bodies will lie in the streets of Jerusalem, for three and a half days, all peoples, tribes, languages, and nations will come to stare at their bodies. No one will be allowed to bury them.
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End Notes
[1] A Region Reshaped 6-Day War: The Legacy of Conflict Series: THE SIX-DAY WAR: 20 Years AFTER" May 31, 1987. The Los Angeles Times. As quoted in http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=266177. The entire quote reads

    “DAY THREE: The Western Wall ... For the pitted, 35-foot-high limestone wall to be back in the hands of a unified Israeli nation after nearly 2,000 years was considered by religious and secular Jews alike as one of the great moments in their people's history. His gray beard quivering with emotion, Goren declared: "We have taken the City of God. We are entering the Messianic era for the Jewish people."

[2] Michael Nason and Donna Nason, Robert Schuller: The Inside Story, 1983, p. 152.

[3] McDowell book, The Secret of Loving p. 31

[4] The Acceleration of Life…Is it a Signal that Jesus is Returning Soon? by Dr. David R. Reagan.
http://www.lamblion.com/articles/articles_signs4.php

[5] http://www.lvrj.com/news/9975431.html

[6] http://www.forbes.com/2009/04/23/most-dangerous-cities-lifestyle-real-estate-dangerous-american-cities.html

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