November 10, 2009:
Allow me to address a couple of key questions as to why have I written my online book, Wolves In Sheep's Clothing. What is the central purpose? Read below:
GRAVE DANGERS AHEAD: THE "APOSTASY PLOT" DESCRIBED IN MATTHEW 24
According to Jesus' direct words in the Olivet Discourse, there is a specific, satanic deception plot headed the way of conservative, Bible-believing, church-going folks.
It is headed towards us like an oncoming train....and 99% of (especially) the American church world has not one clue.
My key purpose has been to warn Bible-believers of this specific plot.
How do we know of this deception plot? Again, Jesus has prophesied in the Olivet Discourse (a kind of "end times survivor manual" for His followers) regarding this deception scenario.
Surprisingly and tragically, He predicts this satanic scheme is going to meet with extreme success in luring millions away from the faith...permanently.
A huge number of erstwhile followers of Jesus...the vast majority in fact (from my understanding of Matthew 24)...are going to "fall away from the faith" and go to their doom.
It is admittedly astonishing and heartbreaking to think that most of the folks we would run into in the Bible-believing world...are to become future apostates. But that IS an absolute and inescapable fact: Jesus states that most "believers" in the 'end times' are going to fall away to a Christ-less eternity.
According to Jesus, most church-goers in Bible-believing fellowships will turn out, sadly and tragically, to have been only nominal believers.
Here are Jesus' very words:
"At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but only he who stands firm to the end will be saved." (Matthew 24:10-13)
So there it is--the "many" will fall from the faith...and only he who "stands firm to the end" will be saved.
Therefore, Jesus had specific purpose in mind in delivering His Olivet Discourse...and this is where I have sought to play some small part:
A TWO-PART OBJECTIVE
My hope and prayer is firstly to minimize however possible, this massive and unspeakably tragic apostasy. Personally, I am concentrating my efforts locally, right where I live in getting the word out. Also on the Internet. I am trying to pass along this divinely-ordained "heads up" to any church-going folks who would give this subject matter the time of day.
Secondly, for those few who are already bracing themselves and preparing to sidestep the seduction efforts of these false prophets...there is then the matter of surviving the aftermath of refusing the "mark of the beast":
Jesus' advice in the Olivet Discourse (Luke 21:36)--"Watch therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass"
I am certainly aiming to achieve that kind of "worthiness" in my own life...but also to get together with other earnest Bible students and with any other Christian leaders who are keeping a Gideon-like watch on these developing end time events...and put our heads together as to how we can indeed "escape all that is about to happen".
In that regard, I think many folks are incorrectly resigning themselves...as though imprisonment and martyrdom during the Great Tribulation are a foregone conclusion. That is not true. Obviously, significant numbers of believers survive all the way to the
"gathering of the elect" rapture...otherwise there would be no need for such an event!
Jesus has instructed us to attempt escape. And to "pray" that we may be able to achieve such.
Obviously, "prayer" should be followed by earnest efforts and investigation into this possibility. If we "pray" for escape"...God, if He chooses to fulfill our prayer requests (some of us are apparently destined for captivity), will then add His providence to our efforts:
Our prayers may result in ideas which come to mind...discoveries might be made...strategies could be developed, and finally...God can supernaturally direct our paths...just as He does each and every day. Proverbs 16:9--"A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps."
My point though, is that Jesus' stipulated "prayer" would seemingly need to be part of some kind of a plan of action. The old saying: God doesn't steer a vehicle that isn't moving.
If America is, as I suspect, the Great Babylon of Revelation 17 and 18...the admonition from those passages is to "come out of her [Great Babylon] so that you will not share in her [punishments]" (Rev.18:4).
Does that mean we should leave America at some point? Are there other safer places in remote parts of the world? There is an interesting and almost cryptic comment from Jesus as He is describing the climactic end times events:
Matthew 24:14--"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come."
Is this perhaps an indication that "1st World" Christians are compelled to undergo a kind of Diaspora in the last days?
I honestly don't know WHAT we should or shouldn't attempt. I haven't had opportunity to brainstorm with various people who may have far more wisdom and insight than I. But Christian people should be discussing and thinking through these kinds of issues.
My desire is the same as Jesus'--to escape all these things and survive to the gathering of the elect, the sound of the trumpet, and the glorious appearance of the Lord in the clouds.
MANY FALSE PROPHETS
As I said though, the fundamental and much more important purpose for my online thesis is to simply inform folks and draw their attention to the dangers of this Apostasy Plot. Allow me then to explain this a bit more:
Just how is this apostasy deception/seduction accomplished exactly? Jesus provides many details and clues in the Olivet discourse. One of the many startling aspects to His descriptions (if you take a closer look, there are a lot of these surprises in the Olivet Discourse)...is the harsh reality of widespread satanism in conservative Christian leadership.
There are people on the scene who, though widely recognized as Christian leaders...are in reality devotees of Lucifer and his Antichrist, behind the scenes.
I have encountered large numbers of fellow church-goers who DO NOT want to accept the reality of high level satanic infiltration of Bible-believing church culture...but that IS the reality. Jesus' description of a large number of "false prophets"...i.e. satanic wolves-in-sheep's-clothing)...IS correct. (After all, Jesus is always correct--is He not?)
These "false prophets" (as Jesus describes them) are enormously deceptive. I can tell you from my personal experience and research into this matter (which I delve into deeply in my book)--their facades are virtually seamless. You could stand six inches away from one of these people and never receive the slightest indication.
At the present time, the vast majority of church-goers have no clue as to the satanic essence of these "false prophets". Obviously not--otherwise how else could they successfully fool church-goers into their pre-arranged traps?
From my observations of the contemporary scene, 99.9% of Bible-believers have not Clue One as to the shocking reality of hidden Luciferians in their midst...in high leadership positions, on the book covers of Christian best-sellers, on the stages of many popular Christian music concerts, in the some of the pulpits of America's most popular churches, on and on.
I have stumbled across evidence and specific information regarding any number of these "false prophets"...and go into great detail about all of this in my online "book".
A TRAGIC STATE OF AFFAIRS: BIBLE PROPHECY HAS BECOME A "NO-MAN'S-LAND"
Isn't it astonishing that a third of Scripture is today virtually 'off-limits' in the Bible-believing world? I have talked to many of my friends (both pastors and laymen) and have heard a strange assortment of 'excuses': The alleged "lack of immediate practicality"...or the complaint that most discussions of Bible prophecy degenerate into arguments and hurt feelings.
Something has gone very, very, very wrong in the 20th and 21st century church regarding this subject matter. One wonders half seriously whether some of these folks are thinking the Lord of Glory sits in the heavens, saying to Himself: "What was I thinking...in making a third of Scripture prophetic? I really goofed. My people have no use for this stuff."
Consequently, the reason most folks don't know about the words of Jesus in the Olivet Discourse is that they are not being warned of these things...by anyone.
Few Christian leaders want to touch the Olivet Discourse with so much as a ten foot pole...because it presents too many awkward contradictions for PreTrib and Dominionist doctrines.
There are so many pastor friends of mine (I am a Bible college grad and have many such friends) who feel an obligation and an allegiance towards PreTrib doctrine...even though they have a multitude of reservations and, in all honesty, cannot fathom nor clearly explain this doctrine. Isn't that the strangest thing?
In fairness, most of these folks I've encountered are very forthright in admitting there are just too many "loose ends" and issues they cannot resolve in their mind. Thus, they are reluctant to teach on a matter that isn't clear to them.
As a result, Bible prophecy (again, an astonishing one third of the Bible) has been virtually eliminated from Evangelical church-dom. Sermon series on Bible prophecy preached from America's pulpits are almost as rare as the proverbial Dodo bird.
Thus...the absolutely critical Olivet Discourse information and instruction sits there in obscurity, with Jesus' warnings remaining unheralded, unheeded, and unknown--the greatest tragedy in the history of the church, in my view.
I have previously mentioned "pre-arranged traps" being indicated in Christ's Discourse. What are these exactly? Again--look closely at Jesus' words in the passage--
"For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time. So if anyone tells you, 'There he is, out in the desert,' do not go out; or, 'Here he is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it." (Matthew 24:24-26)
Notice in the above passage, by the way, the infinite difference between those who turn out to have been the actual "elect"...and those who follow Christ for a time but then fall away during the moments in which this specific satanic deception is being perpetrated...and subsequently go to their eternal doom.
Contrary to popular notions floating around the contemporary church world with its flippant, blasé notions about 'easy-salvation-ism'....it is not enough to "make a decision for Christ"--you need also to cross the finish line for Christ. Stand firm to the end.
Though I do believe in the technical definitions of "eternal security"..nevertheless, from the human perspective, from an earthly perpsective, we need to think in terms of making a million "decisions" for Christ...over a lifetime:
Hebrews 3:14-- "We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first."
But back the question of "traps"--notice these satanic "Christian" leaders are beckoning church-goers to follow them to the "desert places" and into the "inner rooms". Since this article is a kind of synopsis of my book...I will give you the short version:
My belief is that millions of church-goers who are de facto or committed "PreTribbers" are going to panic when the Antichrist explodes onto the world scene (as the Bible describes it) and they find their PreTrib rapture has come up missing.
(Dominionists will also become confused and panicked to find themselves in an unexpected confrontation with the Antichrist...as they mistakenly believe Christians are "destined" to usher the world into a triumphant
'golden Christian age' at which time Christ will return to earth.)
The Antichrist will immediately introduce his "new world order" and begin to require capitulation and worship...and the acceptance of "the mark of the beast". The conservative church community will be in a state of mass confusion and probably in imminent danger from the surrounding world community which (as the Bible clearly indicates) has instantly accepted this Antichrist en masse.
At this point, the Devil steps forward with his "coup de grace"--a huge array of satanic "Evangelical" leaders who beckon seductively: "Follow us to safety..to desert places and inner rooms...".
After being lured to these remote locations, these folks will then be cornered: "Capitulate to the Antichrist...or else." Millions of conservative church-goers will then "fall away from the faith": In a state of panic, they will capitulate, take the mark of the beast, and fall into apostasy and doom.
I would love for church leaders (at least in my local area, if nowhere else) to take ownership of this crisis...and strive to stem the tide of apostasy to the extent that is within their ability.
THE STRANGE AND TRAGIC CULT OF "AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM" SO PREVALENT AMONG EVANGELICALS
If you've been paying attention to the emerging 'police state' here in America, you know about these "desert places" and "inner rooms":
Again, making a long story short (I discuss this in much greater detail in Chapter Nine)...there are about six hundred FEMA "relocation" camps set up all over the land...almost all of them located at extremely remote sites...literally, in desert places. Also in the interiors of various military bases and other secret facilities ("the inner rooms").
I would argue that folks who want to think of themselves as Gideon-like solid students of the Bible (with its repeated admonitions to become prayerful, careful 'world-watchers') have increasingly little excuse at this late stage, for missing the fact of an emerging police state in America...with these FEMA prison camps, the effective removal of habeas corpus, the removal of "probable cause" anywhere within 50 miles of any US border, pornographic X-ray machines now being installed at airports, the emerging Orwellian role of RFID chips (already being inserted into our driver licenses and passports)...on and on.
Many American church-goers have developed this mind-set...a virtual fairy-tale world-view that says--"America can never fall...America is blessed of God because of her great goodness"...and so on and so forth. The plain and biblical fact of the matter is that all the nations of the world, including the US of A, are going to be (and ARE being) eclipsed by an emerging Antichrist globalism.
Great evil, explicit satanic evil...lurks within the ranks of our governmental leadership...something I try to document early on in my "book" (read chapters 3 through 7).
At some point (and I believe we've long since reached that point) Christ-following Americans are going to need to wrench themselves away from this borderline 'cultic' mindset of Americanism (also known as "American Exceptionalism)--"My country, right or wrong."
Our citizenship is in heaven and our allegiance is to the King. Unfortunately, America went "wrong" long ago. Or maybe more accurately--there has been a diabolical 'hijacking' of American government, in the progression of our nation's history.
How have so many Bible students with their theoretically "superior" discernment, fallen into this strange, cultic mind set...that America is some sort of magical, morally-superior land of milk and honey...and that it is immune from an advancing Antichrist agenda?
How can American church-goers continue to cling to this counter-biblical notion that...no calamity will befall America, the "anointed" land?
Thankfully, at this point increasing numbers of American citizens are starting to see the handwriting on the wall...and are finally becoming concerned over the increasing world of war ("wars and rumors of wars") being proposed by American government leadership
...and are becoming aware and greatly concerned over these huge numbers of prison camps.
For what legitimate purpose would the US government need to imprison 15 to 17 million people?? Read your Bible for the answer--so I argue in my book.
EVIDENCE OF "FALSE PROPHETS"
At various places in my book, I go into detail about all the things mentioned above--the camps..emerging and late-breaking specific information about the mark of the beast...specifics about the individuals (including these "false prophets") who are part of a satanic, "New World Order" Antichrist cabal, etc.
I believe you are going to realize that most of this is not anything you have ever heard from the likes of Jack VanImpe, Hal Lindsey, Tim LaHaye and that whole crowd. As I say in my Introduction--"hang on to your hat". For example--right away, in the Intro and first chapter, I begin presenting evidence of occultism in connection with specific high-profile Evangelical
AN IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER
I do not believe it is required of anyone to form
'dogmatic' conclusions regarding some of these Evangelical church leaders whose book covers, websites, television programs, and various published materials give strong indication of veiled occult allegiances. As I say repeatedly in my book--there is always some possibility of error. Satanists do not carry around
"Antichrist I.D. badges".
But my hope is that folks will at least keep a look-out for these various "persons of interest"...so that when and if they do show up with invitations to join them out in the desert...you will be ready to make a good judgment call...contrary to millions of others who will exclaim--
"Isn't this wonderful. Benny Hinn and Pat Robertson [or many other 'suspects' covered in my book] are helping to lead us to safety".
In my Introduction, Chapters One and Two, I cover some opening evidence regarding specific high profile individuals in the conservative church world whose published materials, statements, and actions give evidence of possible occult allegiances.
THE OLIVET DISCOURSE: THE MOST MALIGNED PASSAGE IN ALL THE BIBLE?
As I had stated earlier...because of PreTrib and Dominionist doctrines, the Discourse has become a kind of weird 'no-man's-land' in recent decades. Very few view the Discourse as an applicable message directed at the saints. It is one of the least popular passages for most preachers to preach through...again, primarily because it is so extremely awkward for PreTrib and Dominionism.
Allow me to make a few arguments at this point (I dedicate an entire chapter to these issues, in my book--Chapter Ten):
Let's state this very simply--Jesus taught a 'Post-Trib' rapture to Peter, James, John, along with the other disciples who listened in on Jesus' Olivet Discourse. Jesus described a "gathering of the elect" which occurs AFTER the "the great tribulation". (Read through Matthew 24 and see it with your own eyes.)
Inexplicably, PreTribbers claim that Peter, James and John adopted a PreTrib view...regardless of the plain fact that Jesus taught them PostTrib! It is an astounding and direct contradiction of Jesus' words.
There has been a large assortment of teachers and preachers from the PreTrib world who, in essence, are rebutting Jesus:
"No, your message is NOT for Your followers. Your Discourse is not aimed at "disciples" despite what is directly indicated in Matthew 24. Your Discourse is aimed at others. It is aimed at...uh...Jewish people".
Jesus' audience was all Jewish?? OK, but they were also all male. The Olivet Discourse only applies to males? The "Jewish" argument is nonsense in any case:
It doesn't matter if they were Jewish or not. Peter, James, John and the rest of them...were all believers. Why would Jesus incorrectly tell them they were to expect to go through the "great tribulation"...if all believers are allegedly raptured pre-tribulationally??
Therefore I would wonder on what authority have PreTrib teachers "corrected" the Lord of Glory in the selection of His chosen audience?? The text itself says that Christ's "disciples" came to Him, asking (in so many words)..."what words of advice do you have for us as Your followers, concerning the last days before Your return?"
PreTrib teachers step in front of the text, claiming: "Nooo, Jesus' audience was "Jewish people"...not "disciples". (?)
To claim that Jesus words didn't apply to His followers when the very text says His words DO apply to those who are His "disciples"...it's a very, very, very serious and tragic error, in my view
(I dedicate an entire chapter to a closer look at the rapture issue.)
In conclusion, let me repeat: If church-goers are not warned of these "false prophets"....not warned regarding this attempt on the part of spectacularly deceptive "Christian" leaders to lure them out to "desert places" and "inner rooms"...millions of us are going to be completely blindsided.
If you're in any position to pass along to others the warnings from Jesus' Olivet Discourse..please do so. For starters, you could email them this very article, as an example!
I can be emailed at email@example.com.
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