Sunday, October 25, 2015

Point 5. America and Biblical Prophecy and the Role of the Pivot in the Last Days.

We are looking at the Identification Marks of The Harlot or the Whore of Babylon found in Rev 17 and 18.

IDENTITY 1 - is found in REV 17:1 which says "Come here, I shall show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters,

IDENTITY 2 - REV 17:2....says  "The kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality."

The kings of the earth who have "committed acts of immorality with her" refer to nations, including Germany under Hitler who was convinced by the RCC and the papacy that the Jews were responsible for all the evil in the world.

IDENTITY 3 - REV 17:3 "I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns."
a. The woman who is sitting; b. The scarlet beast; c. The seven heads; d. the ten horns;

REV 12:3  And another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems.

REV 12:9  And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan,

1. Egyptian Empire - Mostly Egypt today
2. Assyrian Empire - Northern Iraq today
3. Babylonian Empire - Mostly Iraq today
4. Medo- Persian Empire -  Mostly Iran, Pakistan and     Afghanistan  today
5. Grecian Empire - which are mostly Syria and Egypt     today.
6. Eastern Roman Empire - Mostly Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and Jordan today. 7. Ottoman Empire - Turkey and the rest of the Middle east today.

MAT 16:3b, Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?

LUK 12:56  "You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time?

MAT 24:14,  the Lord said that the Gospel would be preached to all the nations.

In MAT 24:4-5 we read that cults will be everywhere.

In MAT 24:6-8 we read that there will be an increase in wars. No period in all human history has witnessed so many wars as we have in the past century.

The International Red Cross estimates that over 100 million people have been killed in wars in the last 100 years alone.

In verse 7, the Lord spoke of increases in famines.

Over 50 million people throughout the word are living with HIV-AIDS, and famines effect one out of six people on earth today.

In Matthew 24:7 we also read that there will be an increase in earthquakes.

DAN 12:4 where we are told that in the last days there will be an enormous increase in travel, and education shall be vastly increased.

DAN 12:4  "But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase."

2TH 2:3-5 talks about an increase in apostasy or living for self and pleasure rather than having morals and following God.
In MAT 24:37-39 we read of unrestrained violence in the last days.

When Noah and Lot warned their respective people of God's coming judgment and destruction, the people would not listen.  End Time

Sign - INCREASE OF KNOWLEDGE DAN 12:4 ...'even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.'

End Time Sign - ABILITY TO ENFORCE THE MARK REV 13:17 ...'And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.'

End Time Sign - MAN OF SIN REVEALED 2TH 2:3 ...'Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.'

This falling away is the apostasy that took place with the Roman Catholic Church, merging Christianity with Paganism, and that man of sin who was "revealed" to the world during the Protestant reformation is none other than "the" pope(s) of the Roman Catholic Church.

End Time Sign - VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL IMMORALITY Luke 17:28-30 ...'Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built.

The same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.'

GEN 6:13 tells us that in Noah's day the "earth was filled with violence."

Jude 1:7 it says that in Lot's day, Sodom and Gomorrah had given itself over to "fornication and strange flesh".

"2014 was a catastrophic year for millions caught up in violence while 2015 the murder rate increased sharply.
Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, New Zealand, France, with some parts of Mexico and America doing the same.

End Time Sign - RISE IN SPIRITUALISM 1 Timothy 4:1 ...'Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.'

NATURAL DISASTERS = LUK 21:25-26 ...'and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.'

IDENTITY 3 - REV 17:3 "I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns.
King #1 Egypt King #2 Sudan or Libya King # 3 Lebanon King # 4 Syria King # 5 Turkey
King # 6 Jordan King # 7 Iraq King # 8 Iran King # 9 Afghanistan King # 10 Pakistan

Concerning the place and the role of the RCC and the papacy, no other church,  religion,  kingdom or institution matches her like the papal Church of Rome does.

There is a great ecumenical movement happening today that is trying to unite all churches and faiths together who are called by many "Babylon's daughters."

The big question we need to deal with is Has America lost its way and sold its soul.

The common definition of a mega-church is a church that has at least 2,000 or more in attendance each week.

The majority of church-going Americans attend a church with 200 or fewer members.

The mega-church mentality involves a certain leadership, a kind of personality, a plan for growth and expansion, and a set of goals and priorities, dreams and aspirations.

Mega-church pastors hold the most TV airtime, write the most popular Christian books, and affect more church leaders than any other single group of people.

The mega-church promotes counterfeits, like all suffering is from the devil, all sickness is from the devil, all poverty is from the devil and even all death is from the devil.

Anything that is not positive,  they teach is satanic which type of thinking is really a form of witchcraft.

PHI 1:29  For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,

EXO 4:11  "Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes him dumb or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?   The mega-church SAYS all poverty is from the devil.

REV 2:9, the Lord is speaking and says  'I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich),

3JO 1:2 is  Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
It is about soul and spiritual prosperity not an increase of materialistic prosperity.

MAT 6:19   "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
MAT 6:20 "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;

These Mega-churches also teach that all death is from the devil which is totally ridiculous because that would mean that Satan defeats every member of the human race because everyone dies physically.

God created all the wealth on this earth, HAG 2:8 'The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,' declares the Lord of hosts.

In PSA 24:1  The earth is the Lord's, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.

PSA 50:10 "For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills."

PHI 1:29  For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,

How much clearer can you get than ACT 5:41 So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been
considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.

How much clearer can you get than ROM 5:3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;

How much clearer can you get than JAM 1:2-3,   Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

Mega-churches also often place an improper emphasis on size and numbers to the neglect of spiritual development.

“The building up of the body of Christ” is true church ‘growth,’ which results in attaining…to mature manhood,”  (EPH 4:11-16).

The growth of the church should first of all be personal and spiritual, not numerical.

In an effort to avoid this numbers-game pitfall, true spiritual leaders must prioritize spiritual growth above numbers growth.

In addition, they should be hesitant to expand the church’s numerical size without accompanying growth on the spiritual level.
Mega-churches also allow individual members to get lost or become anonymous in the crowd, thus neglecting the specific needs of specific people.

According to the biblical model of church interaction, members should be active serving one another, loving each other, and ministering to one another’s spiritual needs; GAL 6:1-10.

In a mega-church, it is possible for someone to slip in for the service and leave, without forming relationships, exercising his or her gifts, or experiencing the ministry of other members.

The larger the church, the easier it is to forsake one of the most important aspects of church life which is fellowship with members of the body of Christ and submission to the legitimate spiritual authorities which exist.

Mega-churches tend to foster an entertainment model for church, rather than properly emphasizing involvement and interaction.

They’ve got top-notch musicians, expensive Audio Visual equipment, plush seating, amazing architecture, talented speakers, engaging drama, advanced technological accoutrements, and even good coffee served fresh in the lobby.

Some would say, “yes.” Others would question that claim, since it is easy for a member to be drawn into the entertainment of the experience rather than the spiritual impact of the service.

Mega-churches are often built and organized based on the interests and desires of the congregation, rather than growing up into Him in all aspects.

Though there doesn't seem to be anything inherently sinful or wrong about mega-churches, we should occasionally stop to think about whether the mega-church mentality is really the way of doing church.

We know that the early church grew by thousands, and those thousands were added to the church (Acts 2:41- Acts 4:4).

However, there is more evidence to suggest that the “church” was a loosely organized collection of smaller house churches, not a massive single mega-church.

Whatever our stance on the mega-church model, let us be sure that we make the teaching of the word of God our touchstone for church growth.
"Beware of the dog and pony show!"

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