"I saw another angel coming down from heaven...
and the earth was illuminated with his glory."
Revelation 18:1

Aliens and the Perilous Paranormal


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Recently there is increasing confusion about whether aliens could be visiting planet Earth. But there's no need for confusion about this topic.  Scripture is our guide to what's going on in the unseen universe and can give us important clues to the meaning of paranormal phenomenon that some people have been witnessing. 

If we study all verses on any given topic we can get a better picture.  On this topic, the first thing we need to understand is that planet Earth is the only place in the universe where evil has entered. It originated in Heaven with Lucifer, (Ezekiel 28) after which he was cast to the Earth, together with the angels who rebelled with him (Revelation 12). Then Adam and Eve joined in his rebellion against God, bringing sin into this world which resulted in death (Genesis 3).

Because Earth is the only fallen world, any life or worlds beyond Earth would have to be unfallen, perfect worlds with beings that are in complete obedience and cooperation with God, similar to the angels. Thus, they would not have any ugly or weird looking creatures that look like sci-fi depictions of aliens.  

Neither would they be sending scouts to planet Earth to fly around in space ships.  But what is the phenomenon that people are seeing, then, when they seem to have seen or encountered "aliens," then?

2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 makes the methods of an evil being clear, so that we don't need to be deceived; "the working of Satan (is) with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness...). 

In the beginning Satan took the form of a snake to deceive Eve, and he is said to be transformed into an angel of light at times as well (2 Corinthians 11:14). He and his demons disguise themselves in many forms and "lying wonders" to deceive people, including taking the form of ghosts, deceased loved ones, aliens, UFOs, etc.

The reason they do this is to get people fascinated with spooky, supernatural things so that they can gain access to unguarded souls. Demons are controlling and manipulative forces, just like abusive people, only much worse.

The spooky, skin-tingling feeling that people often get when thinking about ghosts or aliens is because it actually involves a demonic force that is trying to access your soul through fear. 

Just think about it. Living people don't seem spooky or make you feel afraid, do they? So why would these same people seem spooky or make you feel afraid after they died, but the likeness of their spirit was still somehow hanging around? 

The reason is because it's not really a person's spirit at all - it's actually a demon. 

The spiritual fear you feel in thinking about those things is because there is a very real danger involved. That danger is that demons want to gain access to your mind and attempt to take over the control centers. 

This is known as demon possession, which is a very well-documented phenomenon known to have been happening throughout millennia. Jesus cleansed many people of demonic possession during his ministry and set them free from the demons that were controlling them.

But all of this is why human beings should not have any part with celebrating fearful things like Halloween, watching horror movies or TV shows about ghosts or aliens. Those things put people on Satan's ground and invite him to become bolder in seeking to approach you.

People who watch those things sometimes see evidence of demonic harassment in their lives through hearing strange noises, footsteps, seeing things, lights flashing, having nightmares, night paralysis, seeing "angels" or "aliens," etc.

As far as angels, true angels of God may occasionally be visible to people but more often it is demons posing as angels to try to fool people into thinking they are “good” spirits.

“…Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”  2 Corinthians 11:14

If someone you know or love is watching these things or involved with Halloween or occult things, or experiencing demonic harassment, you may consider sharing with them about the spiritual dangers that could be involved. But do not be too forceful or harsh about it because that often drives people to rebellion and they may be less likely to listen to what you have to say.

We should also be aware of any type of meditation that seeks to empty the mind or suggest you bypass the judgment centers, because that also opens the paths for demonic entrance into the mind. Many people have ended up with serious mental and emotional issues and even going insane after doing things like transcendentalism meditation for this reason.

There's no reason to fear demons, but we must not entertain, encourage or allow them to approach us. Ask God to give you courage and help you firmly resist and refuse the demons influence, in the strength of God. 

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7.

Do not allow them to make you feel afraid. Even if they do not gain access to your mind, they try to do their work of imbalancing the human mind and degrading people through fear. They try to suggest ideas of self-doubt, discouragement, depression, hatred, frustration, suicide. 

Satan truly hates us, he is not a friend and he is playing for keeps. He wants to destroy us, and he will do it if he gets a chance. It is not just harmless entertainment to be interested in spooky things, it's truly dangerous.

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7

Demons tremble and flee at rebuke in God's name. Put yourself on the winning side by asking Jesus to come into your heart instead of Satan. Jesus will suggest loving, uplifting things to your mind and help you overcome anxiety, depression, sadness and unhappy thoughts.  He is gentle and kind, instead of coercive and controlling.

By filling your mind with things that are good in what we read and watch, reading the Bible and by choosing to accept the positive suggestions that come to your mind from God instead of the negative, demoralizing suggestions that come from Satan. You will be cooperating with Jesus as he works to uplift you and make you happy and fill your heart with blessings.

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Philippians 4:8.


For information about how we can know that God is real you may want to read Thin Blue Line, for how we can know the Bible is true Got Wisdom?, for some great Bible study tips Of Elephants and Bible Study. For more teachings as well as understanding the end times we live in, please see LEM home page, and may God bless you,


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Ever wonder why there are so many different viewpoints, even among people who are reading from the same Bible?  Well, obviously there is naturally room for some differences of opinion based on people’s different perspective, experiences and background.  However, you begin to wonder when people are coming up with completely opposite viewpoints.


But the real reason there are so many varying interpretations of scripture could probably best be explained by the proverbial story of 3 blind men trying to describe an elephant.  One man stands with his hand on the trunk and describes the elephant.  The next man stands with its hand on its side/body and says “no, you’re wrong, brother- this is what the elephant is like,” and the thirds blind man stands at it’s tail and said “you’re  both wrong- let me tell you what it’s really like” and he describes the tail. 


In regard to unseen eternal things, we are like the blind men.  Because we can’t see God directly right now and ask him to answer every question, we have to study things out from the evidences he has given us in the Bible and nature.  Truth is like the elephant we are trying to figure out.  And in order to understand it we must consider the entire body of evidence.  We must interpret things according to everything that is said on that subject throughout the whole Bible, rather than just picking and choosing the verses that support a cherished interpretation.


It does violence to the body of truth to cut off a little here and there.  Just as it would if you cut the elephant’s trunk off, the poor animal could probably bleed or starve to death.  In the same way, if we separate out a few chosen quotes or scriptures to support a certain theory it makes chopped meat out of the words of inspiration.  If we leave the message whole we will let it be the living, breathing animal it was meant to be.


Just as living creatures are powerful and can move and do work on their own, truth has the power to work in our hearts.  But a dead message doesn’t have the same kind of power.  Bits and pieces of scripture cut off, taken out of context and patched together does not have the same kind of beauty and inspiration as natural, whole truth.   We have to understand the whole message of truth in order for it to come alive and make sense in our minds. 


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Jesus’s comparison of the message to grains is also fitting, and it matches the same kind of idea because many people refine out the part they want and discard the rest. This usually results in a kind of “one extreme or another” phenomenon.  Some people will filter out an “all bran” interpretation of the Bible and teach works-based religion filled with heavy burdens of obligations and spiritual “tests” that leave people secretly wondering about whether they can ever be “good enough.” Such religion is without the power of the Holy Spirit and lacks the power of a living love relationship with Jesus.  It also results in very little natural joy or humor, except for a kind of pasted on, forced smile that is yet another “duty” of goodness instead of something that blooms from a heart that is full of joy.


On the other hand there are so many “white bread” Christians on the liberal extreme, who believe in “grace only” and just want a feel-good message that they can swallow without chewing.  This message is based on the idea that you are saved IN your sins instead of FROM your sins.  They too have very little true joy because they are still slaves and captives to the power of mental and physical addiction.  They serve a powerless God who can’t rescue them from themselves and therefore do not understand the incredible phenomenon of being truly free in mind, heart and spirit. 


They may talk of joy and happiness while the lights and colors flash and music pounds in their ears, but what they’re really getting sensory thrills that stimulate brain chemical release that is a cheep substitute for a living experience with God.  Just saying God’s name over and over is not enough to prove we are really connecting with him, especially when we are still enamored with sin and deceived by it.  This kind of religion leaves you with a let down emptiness when the party’s over, instead of an infusion of renewed strength.


And both of these groups are using the same Bible to prove their opposite viewpoints. What a pity.


What we really need is the whole kernel of truth in order for the Word of God to properly nourish our spirits.  We need the grace and mercy of God as well as his justice and admonishment against sin.   The mercy and justice of God together lead us to repentance, to turning away from evil.  


Now, I’m not trying to say you should never eat anything that is made from white flower or never eat all bran either.  But as a general spiritual principle, it teaches us how to find the balance in seeking to understand the truths of the Bible and avoid some of the pitfalls that so many people get caught in.  It helps us understand that we need to consider the whole message and everything that is being said on any particular topic in order to come to a proper understanding.  Not just of justice and mercy, but in regard to every other doctrinal question as well.


You may be able to quote verses here and there that you’ve chosen to support a certain theory, but if it doesn’t match everything else that the Bible says on the same topic it, or requires discarding large portions of scripture in order to believe the idea, then it cannot be the whole truth.  You’ve cut off the elephant’s trunk and separated it from the great body of evidence.  You've refined out the part of your choosing…


…otherwise known as cherry picking.


The basis for all doctrines and the only way to accurately understand the Bible is to compare scripture with scripture to let the Bible explain itself.  And you must find a burden of evidence through multiple texts in order to confirm and establish any doctrine. A doctrine must never be founded on just a verse or two which seems to say something different than what other verses on the same subject are saying. 


The Bible must be approached with the same kind of logic and thorough methodical study that is required for scientific research in order to come to accurate conclusions.  But God has said “blessed is he who reads,” and he made his Word available to any ordinary person.  You don’t need special degrees or a PhD in theology to understand his word.  And many times, those who don’t have any particular special training or degrees are far more likely to come to accurate conclusions when studying the Bible because they don’t have a reputation to protect, and their livelihood doesn’t come from institutions that require them to agree with a previously established viewpoint.


Humble individuals who honestly and prayerfully seek to understand the truth are more likely to understand it than those who have any selfish motivation of wanting to impress others with their higher learning.  The example of what happened in Jesus’ time should serve as a warning to those in every generation. The people said in John 7:48 “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?” Many in Jesus’ day looked to the highly educated leaders and teachers instead of looking to the Bible itself for guidance about what to believe.  So, the suggestion was made that Jesus must not really be the Messiah since the leaders, teachers and “experts” had not accepted him. 


Our world has not changed. Many people today are not willing to study the Bible for themselves or believe anything other than what their pastors and professors teach as the “official” interpretation.  Thus, people trust their souls to erring mortal man instead of to God himself, and they honor man above God. They are just as in danger of missing the messiah as those who missed him the first time. And this is how false doctrines have continually been perpetuated throughout the dark ages of human history.


I’m not suggesting that education is to be discouraged, by any means, or that those with higher education are not able to also humble themselves to learn new truths from the Bible.  Education can be a great blessing if truly committed to God and his service. Many of the Pharisees in Jesus’ time eventually did believe in him.  And Paul the Apostle, one of the most active Christians who ever lived, was originally a Christian-hating Pharisee who was very well-educated.


But spiritual things are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14). You must have a heart softened and humbled by the grace of God through prayer in order to be able to put aside strong biases and tradition-based thinking while studying the Bible.  And it takes a strong measure of courage to be willing to take a position that people may not agree or that you could suffer reproach for.  But God promises to protect and provide for those who are willing to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading.


Many of the traditional interpretations are solid and should not be thrown out.  It’s just that at the same time we hold firmly to those waymarks, we should not become so rigid that we are not willing to accept any new revelations of truth. The Bible itself must provide clear interpretations through comparing multiple scriptures which match to confirm any interpretation.  And we must also have a prayerful, humble spirit, rather than seeking to hold onto only those understandings which are in agreement with what we think other people would approve of.


If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. John 7:17, KJV

In addition to looking at the whole message, any new doctrine must be in harmony with the other doctrines the Bible teaches and not conflict with light which has been previously established. We don’t have to be bound by previous understandings, but new understandings should make sense in the context of God’s leading in the past.


Studying the Bible is almost like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, in many ways.  You have to find the matching patterns, colors and shapes to help you see the real picture emerging. Following are several helpful principles of scriptural interpretation.  I have given the principles names to make them easier to remember;


Self-interpretation principle: 

Always assume the Bible will interpret itself.  Look for other verses to help explain the meaning of any passage or verse you don’t understand.


Multiple verse principle:

Never build a doctrine on just a few verses.  Study everything written on that subject throughout the whole Bible in order to get a clear view of what it’s really teaching.  The easiest way to do this is with concordances or online Bible searches that allow you to find the same word or term used multiple times.  Also, using the margin or center column references in some printed Bibles can be very helpful in connecting verses together.


Symbolisms principle: 

Things like numbers, animals and objects have symbolic meaning in the Bible.  You can find deeper meaning to many passages if you learn what those symbols mean through looking at other verses that help to explain them.  For example, Revelation 17:15 explains that waters in the Bible symbolize “peoples, and multitudes, and nations.”  But also remember that if verses seem symbolic, or are in a symbolic passage, they should not be taken literally.  By the same token, if the passage is not symbolic it should be assumed to be literal. For example, stories such as creation and the flood are not merely allegories, but were actual events. For more on this topic, see my blog Thin Blue Line.


Original language principle:

It can sometimes help to look at the original Hebrew or Greek words in a Concordance such as Strong’s, which is readily available online. But that’s as far as I would take it – I’m not in agreement with those who seem to think there’s something magical about reading and speaking in Hebrew.  What’s important to me is for people to be able to understand things in their native language.


Dual meaning principle: 

Many prophecies have 2 or more interpretations, or applications to different time periods.  Don’t be so narrow in focus as to refuse to consider that something might mean more than one thing, or that it may apply to more than one circumstance.  God had to pack a lot of things into one small book in order to address his messages to all the people from all different ages.


Positive/negative principle:

Based on the idea of old photographic positive or negative images, like film strips developed by hand in a dark room. Many Bible stories and prophecies seem to symbolize both something good and something bad, depending on how you look at it.  For example, how the marriage of King Solomon to multiple women is polygamy in the negative/bad, but also represents Jesus’ spiritual marriage to many believers in the positive/good.  Even though Solomon was disobeying God’s will by doing that (see Deuteronomy 17:17-19) and thus bringing sorrow into his life, in God’s mercy on humanity he still finds a way to bring symbolisms out of that which can show us another beautiful view of Jesus.


In many Bible stories we will find that there is both a positive and a negative view from the very same image, depending on the light shining through it, just like with old photographic film.  And strangely, our eyes seem to work exactly the same way (nature did it first).  Reading Bible passages in this way is kind of like one of those memes where you stare at a negative image for a few seconds, and then when you look down at the white space below a beautiful positive color picture suddenly pops out at you.  Some Bible stories seem to be describing something negative or bad, but if you look at it from a positive perspective you will see a clear picture of the face of Jesus. 


The Jesus Principle:

Perhaps the most important principle of all is the understanding that in most of the Bible, in a myriad of different ways, glimpses and pictures of Jesus are hidden all throughout.  Just as Jesus himself explained in John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for … they are they which testify of me.” And how he showed his disciples in Luke 24:27, “beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”


Reading the Bible can be an amazing journey that leads us into a closer relationship with God.  It’s the only book that by reading it, you get to meet the author.  And as the beautiful picture of Jesus becomes more clear, you might even find that he walks off the pages and into your life…


So if you haven’t already, I hope you'll take the chance to embark on the amazing adventure of studying the Bible for yourself.

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UN, NWO: Lucifer is Coming Out of the Closet

For decades, it has been taught based on Bible prophecy that a one-world government will be formed in the end of time, inspired by Lucifer which empowers the papacy as the leading world power, after which a false day of worship will be enforced and Lucifer will come as the antichrist.

We know these things are true based on many Bible passages. For example, that satan will try to impersonate Christ’s coming is clear by the warnings that Christ gave in Matthew 24, including the fact that he clarified the manner of His coming which cannot be impersonated, saying that when He comes it will be like the lightning flashing across the entire sky (He will not be walking on the ground, but in the sky);

23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.

And 2 Corinthans 11:13 says; “... for Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”

It’s one thing to believe in truths like this theoretically. But it’s an amazing thing when you actually begin to see things taking shape that show how Satan is really bringing about these sinister plans in our time! These things are coming to pass before our very eyes in this generation. The things I will share with you below are all easily verifiable, publicly available facts. Please also note, that by examining these things I am not attempting to set dates as to when they will ultimately be fulfilled, but just discussing verifiable facts as to when some of the related events are to occur according to publicized information, etc.;

These things are coming to pass before our very eyes in this generation. The things I will share with you below are all easily verifiable, publicly available facts;

The following video shows footage of George Bush senior talking about plans for the “New World Order.” Notice how he repeatedly refers to the "rule of law" that is to “govern the conduct of nations,” even though he refers to the “peacekeeping role” of the United Nations. This makes it clear that there will be enforcement of international law on a global scale. Whether or not all national boundaries are dissolved or not, international law that governs all nations would essentially be one world government (in the same way that the US currently has different states which are all under one government);


George Bush senior also used the terminology “to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind... (for) peace (etc.).” 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 warns us of what will come of these international “peace” goals just before Christ’s coming;

“But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.”

In case you might be tempted to think that it’s only George Bush senior who was interested in the idea of a “New World Order,” you might take a closer look at a US $1 bill;


It’s written clearly on there that building a “New World Order” is a major agenda through the unfinished “tower of Babel” symbolism, which connects to the tower of Babel of old which was also built by a people who were seeking to establish a one world government.

Genesis 11:4 describes this “And they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.’”

It’s no coincidence that increased urbanization and the building of huge sky scrapers has been a common phenomenon among the builders of modern kingdoms. People in our day are just as anxious to build the tower of Babel as were men of old. But Freemasonry and the Illuminati, the groups working behind the scenes in world governments today, have especially followed those same goals, as well as having a secret religion like Babylon of old, which is directly connected with Lucifer and the occult. This is why they aren’t ashamed to put “tower of Babel” imagery right on the $1 bill, in a daring expression of rebellion against the God of Heaven. Babylon of old was also the originator of Sun worship, as the followers of Nimrod worshiped him as the sun god.

As you study into the United Nations (UN) agenda, in combination with the Pope, you can see all of these very same themes with clearly well-laid plans to establish a one-world government system of international law, one-world religion that enforcing sun-worship (which will be guised as the “Christian” sun-day), and which is associated with the occult – ultimately leading to the acceptance of the coming of Lucifer, disguised as Christ.

In the following video unmistakable evidence is presented showing that a one-world religion was clearly the goal of Robert Muller, who was the Assistant Secretary-General of the UN for 40 years. Wikipedia says this of him; ...“his ideas about world government, world peace and spirituality, led to the increased representation of religions in the UN, especially of New Age Movement. He was known by some as "the philosopher of the United Nations." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Muller


It’s interesting that the above video makes reference to connections between the UN and St. Francis. Since Francis is also the name of the current Pope that may further indicate the importance of connections between the Vatican under Pope Francis and the UN agenda for world-government. The Vatican also clearly follows the Babylonian system of sun worship, and is identified as “Babylon” in revelation.

The video above also makes it clear that in his own words many of Muller’s ideas and philosophy were based on the works of Alice Bailey.

Alice Bailey’s occult viewpoints and philosophy in connection with the UN can also be seen clearly through the “Lucis Trust” organization which was originally formed as the “Lucifer Trust.” Wikipedia acknowledges the use of the name “Lucifer” in its background (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucis_Trust).

The Lucis Trust has been involved in the development of the post 2015 “Sustainable Development Goals for Humanity” agenda which is scheduled to be presented at the UN conference on Sept 25, 2015, the same day Pope Francis will speak at the UN. Lucis Trust’s own website makes clear its direct connection to the United Nations;

“In order to place a closer focus on the work of the United Nations, and in particular the post-2015 process which is aiming to replace the Millennium Development Goals, we have set up a new blog, World Goodwill at the UN, which will provide up-to-date reports on relevant UN meetings and processes. Regular updates feature news on what is happening at the UN, focusing especially on the process of defining new Sustainable Development Goals for humanity after 2015 when the Millennium Development Goals expire.” http://www.lucistrust.org/en/service_activities/world_goodwill

The stated goals of the organization include to "help mobilize the energy of goodwill" (a New Age concept of energy worship) and "To cooperate in the work of preparation for the reappearance of the Christ." Third option down under the “service activities” tab offers this spooky prayer called “The Great Invocation.” It explains that the prayer supposedly fits any religion in the world (one-world religion, ecumenism), saying;

“Many religions believe in a World Teacher or Saviour, knowing him under such names as the Christ, the Lord Maitreya, the Imam Mahdi, the Bodhisattva, and the Messiah, and these terms are used in some of the Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and Jewish versions of the Great Invocation.”

But since the organization is named after and dedicated to Lucifer, we know that this is not the true Christ or God of Heaven being talked about here. Rather, it is – Lucifer – and his appearance that they are heralding, looking forward to and invoking through their prayer. Here is an excerpt from the prayer to Lucifer which exposes his future plans to appear in the likeness of Christ, impersonating Him;

A Mantram for the New Age and for all Humanity

From the point of Light within the Mind of God

Let light stream forth into the minds of men.

Let Light descend on Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God

Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.

May Christ return to Earth.


The Bible fittingly warns that Satan transforms himself into an angel of “light” – as you can see even from this “prayer” that repeatedly makes reference to “light,” though it is a false light and false hope which will not succeed because Lucifer is not a divine being but merely a fallen angel, and his desire is not to help and bless the world but rather to get everyone to worship him and join his rebellion against Heaven, against all that is truly good.

Revelation 12 tells us the story of the fall of Lucifer from heaven, as well as Ezekiel 28. He was a beautiful angel, the leading angel in heaven, but his heart was lifted up because of his beauty and he began to worship himself and desire to have the absolute power of God to use for self-uplifting and destructive purposes. He is still a power-monger, seeking to uplift himself through trying to pass himself off as God and pretending to benefit humanity, while at the same time he is working destruction in all the land. The Bible calls him “the dragon” or “the serpent,” the one who has deceived the nations throughout the history of the world. The forked tongue of snakes fittingly represents the work and words of Satan (Lucifer), because he speaks out of two sides of his mouth, deceptively. At the same time that he tries to represent his purposes as "good" and for the "benefit" of mankind, he has a sinister purpose and works for our degradation.

Here is a section from the book “The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan” (otherwise known as the “Great Controversy,”) which speaks in detail of the appearance of Satan impersonating Christ, as revealed prophetically to Ellen White ( Who was Ellen White? ; Ellen White named by Smithsonian among the 100 most significant Americans of all time , EGW Link 2 );

“As the crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will personate Christ. The church has long professed to look to the Saviour’s advent as the consummation of her hopes. Now the great deceiver will make it appear that Christ has come. In different parts of the earth, Satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness, resembling the description of the Son of God given by John in the Revelation. Revelation 1:13-15. The glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet beheld. The shout of triumph rings out upon the air: “Christ has come! Christ has come!” The people prostrate themselves in adoration before him, while he lifts up his hands and pronounces a blessing upon them, as Christ blessed His disciples when He was upon the earth. His voice is soft and subdued, yet full of melody. In gentle, compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious, heavenly truths which the Saviour uttered; he heals the diseases of the people, and then, in his assumed character of Christ, he claims to have changed the Sabbath to Sunday, and commands all to hallow the day which he has blessed. He declares that those who persist in keeping holy the seventh day are blaspheming his name by refusing to listen to his angels sent to them with light and truth. This is the strong, almost overmastering delusion. Like the Samaritans who were deceived by Simon Magus, the multitudes, from the least to the greatest, give heed to these sorceries, saying: This is “the great power of God.” Acts 8:10.

“But the people of God will not be misled. The teachings of this false Christ are not in accordance with the Scriptures. His blessing is pronounced upon the worshipers of the beast and his image, the very class upon whom the Bible declares that God’s unmingled wrath shall be poured out.

“And, furthermore, Satan is not permitted to counterfeit the manner of Christ’s advent. The Saviour has warned His people against deception upon this point, and has clearly foretold the manner of His second coming. “There shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.... Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, He is in the desert; go not forth; behold, He is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:24-27, 31; 25:31; Revelation 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17. This coming there is no possibility of counterfeiting. It will be universally known—witnessed by the whole world.

“Only those who have been diligent students of the Scriptures and who have received the love of the truth will be shielded from the powerful delusion that takes the world captive. By the Bible testimony these will detect the deceiver in his disguise. To all the testing time will come. By the sifting of temptation the genuine Christian will be revealed. Are the people of God now so firmly established upon His word that they would not yield to the evidence of their senses? Would they, in such a crisis, cling to the Bible and the Bible only? Satan will, if possible, prevent them from obtaining a preparation to stand in that day. He will so arrange affairs as to hedge up their way, entangle them with earthly treasures, cause them to carry a heavy, wearisome burden, that their hearts may be overcharged with the cares of this life and the day of trial may come upon them as a thief.” {Great Controversy, by Ellen White, p. 624.2 - 625.3}

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Ezekiel 28:18-19 declares Lucifer’s final end;

“...I turned you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all who saw you...you have become a horror, and shall be no more forever.”

Lucifer and all of his followers will be destroyed “both body and soul” in the fires of hell and “shall be no more forever.” God will not keep burning the wicked throughout eternity. (Multiple verses about hell all throughout the Bible match this same viewpoint, and the few that could seemingly be interpreted as eternally burning hellfire are symbolic rather than literal. This demonstrates how it’s an important principle of Bible study to consider all verses on any given topic to come up with an accurate doctrine).

The Lucus Trust post 2015 “Sustainable Development Goals for Humanity” agenda involves 17 specific goals which could only really be accomplished through the implementation of one world government. The goals are listed on the "World Goodwill at the UN" page as follows;

Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Ending poverty “in all its forms everywhere” sound suspiciously like the communist or socialist ideas which have resulted in extremely oppressive regimes throughout modern history.

It’s clear that climate change is also big on the agenda here. It’s of note that this is one of the pet issues which Pope Francis keeps reiterating the importance of- in connection with the idea of enforced Sunday keeping as a partial solution to climate problems!


The UN’s own page on this topic, called “transforming our world” lists many more details of the “Sustainable Development Goals for Humanity” to be presented at the UN meeting in September of 2015; https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld

Strangely, the report introduction takes a historical perspective in reporting something that hasn’t happened yet, saying; “We, the Heads of State and Government and High Representatives, meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 25-27 September 2015 as the Organization celebrates its seventieth anniversary, have decided today on new global Sustainable Development Goals.”

At the writing of this blog article it is currently 9/13/15, so one would wonder how they could write in regards to September 25-27 “we... have decided today” before the dated has arrived or they’ve even had the meeting yet!

They give a sugar-coated view of Luciferian ambition under “Our Vision,”saying;

In these Goals and targets, we are setting out a supremely ambitious and transformational vision. We envisage a world free of poverty, hunger, disease and want, where all life can thrive. We envisage a world free of fear and violence (etc., etc., etc.).

But then make it clear under “Our shared principles and commitments” that the agenda will involve “full respect for international law”and state under “the New Agenda,” “we reaffirm our commitment to international law and emphasize that the Agenda is to be implemented in a manner that is consistent with the rights and obligations of states under international law.”

Remember George Bush Senior’s comments about the UN goal to establish a world under the “rule of law" that is to “govern the conduct of nations.”

It seems significant that they are emphasizing the idea of“states”rather than “countries,”as if a centralized government rules the world and countries are merely like states under its unified rule.

Under point number 39 they discuss more of the “global solidarity”sought by this agenda; “The scale and ambition of the new Agenda requires a revitalized Global Partnership to ensure its implementation. We fully commit to this. This Partnership will work in a spirit of global solidarity, in particular solidarity with the poorest and with people in vulnerable situations. It will facilitate an intensive global engagement in support of implementation of all the Goals and targets, bringing together Governments, the private sector, civil society, the United Nations system and other actors and mobilizing all available resources." All of these could be catch phrases for the concept of one-world government/ New World Order.

All these things make it clear that in our time we are seeing the fulfillment of prophecy on a large scale. The Bible has given us warning so that we do not need to be deceived by the plans Lucifer has to take over the world and enforce one world religion that glorifies himself through honoring the day of the sun, or by his attempts to visibly impersonate the second coming of Christ.

Right now Sunday worship is not the mark of the beast yet- there are so many people who are true worshipers of God who keep Sunday in stead of the 7th day Sabbath. It is only at the end of time when all the wheat and the tares are fully ripe, and after God gives everyone a chance to understand what the true Sabbath is - that Sunday worship will be a representative mark of those who have chosen the things of this world instead of the Kingdom of Christ.

Revelation 13 makes it very clear that the great struggle in the end of time is about a question of worship. It’s obvious that only this is the type of thing that God would judge mankind for - He is not going to punish people because they received a microchip under their skin.

The 7th day Sabbath is God’s Seal because it is representatively right at the center of the 10 Commandments and names his territory, title and domain, just as a king’s official seal does. It functions as a signature, in the same way that no document is valid or enforceable without a signature. This is why Satan is so anxious to remove God’s seal from the 10 Commandments and replace it with his own mark of usurped authority, because He admires and covets God’s authority.

Those who ultimately reject God in their mind and heart (forehead) or through their actions that deny Him (hand) by showing allegiance to Satan through accepting the Sunday laws in the end of time even after God has made every final effort to teach the whole world about His true Sabbath will be alienating themselves from God, receiving the Mark of the Beast and preparing to receive Lucifer as he impersonates Christ’s second coming.

May we prepare ourselves through humbly seeking to understand the truths of God’s Word while time remains, so that we might not be deceived!

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Photo Essay of the San Andreas Fault

Revelation 6:12 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. The book of Revelation mentions several earthquakes as part of the end time events. With scientific predictions for geology in places like California, it's not hard to imagine how a very catastrophic earthquake could happen. Especially when people are building right on top of the danger zone. I will describe one such example for you here... In Highland, California, a beautiful community of the San Bernardino foothills, there lies a sleeping giant...

 Unbeknownst to many residents, the San Andreas Fault runs right through their community.

 When many people think of the San Andreas Fault they expect to see something like this...

 By USGS (http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/earthq1/how.html) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons (color edited) But in places where the fault has been dormant for many years there are no obvious surface indicators at all.

That is the case in Highland, CA where the San Andreas Fault actually crosses under Highland Avenue five times in just a few short miles before it heads south through barren land to the Salton Sea.

 I know because I live here (for now)... Yes, strangely, I hadn’t thought about looking up where specific fault lines lie until recently when I was doing some research about earthquake potential. Then, when I looked at the following website which tracks the exact path of the San Andreas Fault I noticed that it goes straight through the community I live in; http://www.thulescientific.com/san-andreas-fault-map.html The map helped answer some questions I’ve had about the funny design of our neighborhood. Like how this strange no-man’s land appears to cut right off of Highland Street at a diagonal angle;

This is looking at it from the street below. You can see the man walking past the diagonal no-man’s land, in which the San Andreas Fault lies. From the angle it comes (from looking at the map) the fault should continue straight toward the camera where I was standing on the street below it to take the picture. Here’s a closer look at the area the man was walking past in the picture above;

 The area is made into a walking path with a white fence similar to the walking paths that run all through the community. But the difference is, as I said, that it’s accompanied by an empty lot that together with the walking path strangely cuts at a diagonal angle right through a prime real estate community. But when you understand what lies below it, things start to make sense. Looking at a close-up of the Google satellite map with the path of the San Andreas Fault answered the question for me. Unfortunately, there is no sign posted – it seems that you have to do your own research in order to find this out. Here’s another picture of the same walking path and empty lot after I walked into it a little ways (they have put boulders above the walking path, they aren’t naturally occurring, and the fence is no longer visible because the walking path is lower than the open ground beside it)...

 And here’s looking back from the opposite end after walking down the lot;

 From close to where I was standing to take the above picture, if you turn around to see where the fault continues north-west, this is what you will see;

 Yep...another strangely empty lot in the midst of a prime real estate area (you can see the house to the right, in most other areas of Highland those kind of houses are packed tightly together in subdivisions with few open fields of any kind). Those two posts with that little sign? They are directly in line with the diagonal path of the fault line from the picture above. But what does the sign say? Is it labeled “San Andreas Fault?”

 No... it’s just an old piece of rotting wood. Who knows if it ever had something written on it. I suppose it would be too expensive for community developers to raise people’s alarms by actually labeling the San Andreas Fault – because then real estate prices would go down quickly! That’s just a guess really – I only rent a room here so at this point I don’t know if home buyers are given any kind of warning or disclosure about that at all... Here’s looking deeper into the same lot from the picture above;

It’s filled with gorgeous meadows and trees (all green right now with the last few months of occasional rain), but eerily empty. Here’s another picture of the left side of the same lot;

You do find some strangely abandoned structures in the lot. Just behind the trees in the above picture I found this rusting staircase attached to nothing;

 Same staircase from above;

It seems to be from a house which may have been torn down when someone learned the truth about the zone they were in. The stair case goes down into this meadow (shown partially a couple of pictures up);

 And here’s part of an old stone wall just down from the stair case, which also seems to be attached to nothing, surrounded by overgrown olive trees;

 Pretty close to the wall I found this huge wild bee hive (showing this is definitely a place people don’t come to often)...

Red tailed hawks that frequent the area around highland were above as I walked...

 Walking back across fault line path to Highland street (where I showed the original picture above), I continued walking south to take some pictures of the other areas that the Google map showed the fault line going through. One prime area that it runs through is this little park;

From what the map showed, the San Andreas Fault goes directly through the green part of this park, right above the pond- probably pretty much right under these people who are picnicking and enjoying the lovely day. Here’s a picture from the street, showing the park to the bottom right and a line of houses to the left. The park runs all behind that row of houses and the green part (with the fault line in it) runs just above the lake and below these houses for several blocks...

 At least I only rent a room here- it will be easy for me to relocate as soon as I get a chance. But, unfortunately, it’s not so easy for people who own houses here (if they even know about it or would want to move if they did). Perhaps the worst of all is the houses another mile or two down the street where the fault line crosses directly under the middle of about 20 or so houses! Don’t ask me how this could be- but if you look at the map on satellite mode you can see it for yourself; http://www.thulescientific.com/san-andreas-fault-map.html


 They’ve got no parking signs on Highland Street, but it seems like somebody forgot to post the “No Building” signs...


 Build Your House on the Rock 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” We live in perilous times. No matter where we are in this world, there is the likelihood of disasters and problems striking, especially as we enter into the end times. Now more than ever, we need to heed the words of the Bible in preparing our souls for eternity, and follow the wisdom of Christ’s instruction to build on the solid rock (He is that Rock – 1 Corinthians 10:4 says)... Matthew 6:19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

For very excellent topical Bible study resources, including end-time events and prophecy, see the following resources (Amazing Facts- btw, I am in no way connected with them in business)
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Is Jesus Coming Back to Old Jerusalem?

Is Jesus Coming Back to Reign in Jerusalem?

Many groups of people, including Christians, Messianic Jews, Torah-emphasizing groups, etc. teach that Christ will return to earth and reign in Jerusalem. Many teach that we will briefly meet the Lord in the air only to return back down to live in this old world again.

But this theology is actually not biblical and holds some hidden dangers which could lead to the ultimate deception and final disappointment of our hopes to be a part of Christ’s kingdom in the end.

Let’s discuss a few aspects of what the Bible teaches in order to discover what the danger is in focusing our hopes on old Jerusalem;

First, it's extremely important to remember in regard to biblical interpretation about the subject of prophecies about Israel and Jerusalem that in the time since the Gospel went to the gentiles the physical land of Israel is no longer of central importance to God's Kingdom because the New Testament teaches us that God's Church is "Israel," so that those who are "of faith" are seen the children of Abraham in God's eyes;

Romans 9:6 "It is not as though God's word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. 7 Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham's children. On the contrary, 'It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.' 8 In other words, it is not the natural children who are God's children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham's offspring."

Galatians 3 says;
6 "Consider Abraham: 'He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.' 7 Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham."

Jesus also talked about how this time was coming when the Samaritan Woman asked Him whether it was important to worship on a certain mountain or in Jerusalem, etc. and He replied;

John 4:23 "a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

Jesus also taught in keeping with other New Testament writers on this subject when He said in Matthew 3:9;

“And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.”

Most evangelicals do not acknowledge this clear New Testament teaching, and thus they mistakenly apply passages having to do with "Israel" or "Jerusalem" for the end times as meaning the literal country of Israel and old Jerusalem.

So, in regard to some passages in both the Old and New Testaments I believe we can understand that there may be dual application both to something about the literal nation of Israel that was fulfilled historically, but there may also be some symbolic meanings for our times in regard to God's church/ His people throughout the world today.

For example, the church organization and it's mission, medical mission work, etc. may be seen as "Jerusalem" of today, in God's eyes.

Now, in regard to Christ's returning to reign in old Jerusalem here are a few considerations;

For one, what purpose would it serve for us to leave Earth and meet the Lord in the air only to return to Earth?

Things Jesus Himself said can help answer the question about where we will go after He returns to earth; what did Jesus say He was coming back to Earth to do? It was to take us back to His Father's house.

John 14:1 "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know." 5 Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?" 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 7 "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 also follows that theme;

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

Along with the above verse, 1 Corinthians 15 also teaches that we will be given immortality at the coming of Christ (which is contrary to the teachings about an earthly millennium in which Christ reigns from Jerusalem for 1,000 years), and also shows clearly that in our corrupt, mortal flesh we cannot be a part of the Kingdom of God (in other words- when Jesus comes to take us home to be a part of the kingdom of God we will be given immortal flesh);

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed-- 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." 55 "O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?"
Revelation 20 and 21, which we will discuss below, go into detail about what will happen at the end of the 1,000 years and show us that the New Jerusalem comes down from God at that time and the wicked are resurrected, then surround the city after which fire comes down from God to destroy them. Finally, the earth is created anew after the wicked are completely burned up.

This conclusion closely matches the descriptions given of hell in 2 Peter 3 and Malachi 4:1-3, as well as many other verses throughout the Bible (eg. Psalm 37 says repeatedly not to fret about evildoers because “into smoke they will vanish away”);

2 Peter 3;
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Malachi 4;
1 "For behold, the day is coming, Burning like an oven, And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up," Says the Lord of hosts, "That will leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves. 3 You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this," Says the Lord of hosts.

What is being described in Malachi 4:3 is the righteous coming out of the “beloved city, (Rev 20)” the New Jerusalem to walk on the scorched earth briefly "on the day" that it happens, just before God re-creates everything (thus it says the wicked shall be ashes under the souls of your feet). The only way for this verse to come to true would be for the “beloved city” to already be on the earth at the time that the wicked are consumed by fire. And, that’s just what we find in Revelation 20 and 21.

The scenes described in Revelation 20 talk about the righteous being in the New Jerusalem which is surrounded by the wicked before they are destroyed and then the earth is made new. It also says that the wicked are not raised until the end of the 1,000 years after Christ's second coming, so the fact that the wicked are present places these scenes at the end of the 1,000 years when the city has come down from God.

Some confusion seems to arise from the description at the beginning of Revelation chapter 21 where it seems to describe the New Jerusalem coming down after the earth is made new. But many things in Revelation are out of sequence and are repetitions of things mentioned earlier in order to provide more detail.

That the New Jerusalem already descended before the destruction of the wicked as the "beloved city" the "camp of the saints" at the end of the 1,000 years is the only logical explanation for how the "great white throne" appeared on earth with the wicked surrounding it being judged (Rev 20).

The description of Revelation chapter 20 gives us the picture that Satan and all the resurrected wicked are all over the earth with Satan deceiving them and marshaling them together for battle, but the saints are only in the “beloved city.” If the Lord had already established peace on earth there would be no need for the saints to be confined to the city. And since these wicked are not resurrected until after the 1,000 years, it is clear that these events occur at that time.

Revelation 22:14-15 repeats this scene with even more clarity, showing that the Tree of Life is in the New Jerusalem which has already descended from God at the time that the wicked surround it "outside";

14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

The wicked are not alive until 1,000 years after Christ’s coming, so this is clearly a description of something that happens after that time, before fire comes down to destroy them.

The events of the tribulation bring the earth into a state of desolation which is not corrected until fire comes down from God upon the wicked for their final destruction, after which the earth is created anew (2 Peter 3). It’s most likely filled with toxic waste and radiation fallout from nuclear war after the tribulation. It wouldn’t make any sense at all for the saints to inhabit the broken, desolate earth for those 1,000 years after Christ’s second coming.

The Bible describes what happens to earth at the time when Christ returns to gather all His people and take them home with Him to Heaven for 1,000 years;

Micah 7:13 13 The earth will become desolate because of its inhabitants, as the result of their deeds.

Isaiah 24: 1 See, the LORD is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it; he will ruin its face and scatter its inhabitants-- 2 it will be the same for priest as for people, for master as for servant, for mistress as for maid, for seller as for buyer, for borrower as for lender, for debtor as for creditor. 3 The earth will be completely laid waste and totally plundered. The LORD has spoken this word. 4 The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth languish. 5 The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant.

Jeremiah 4: 23 I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty; and at the heavens, and their light was gone. 24 I looked at the mountains, and they were quaking; all the hills were swaying. 25 I looked, and there were no people; every bird in the sky had flown away. 26 I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert; all its towns lay in ruins before the LORD, before his fierce anger. 27 This is what the LORD says: "The whole land will be ruined, though I will not destroy it completely. 28 Therefore the earth will mourn and the heavens above grow dark, because I have spoken and will not relent, I have decided and will not turn back."

The problem with believing that Jesus will come to earth to reign for 1,000 years is that you are preparing to receive the false Jesus! Satan will impersonate Christ in the form of the Antichrist. This is specifically why Jesus warned us not to look for any Jesus on earth because He will not be found on earth- He will come as the lightning in the sky and not be anywhere on earth;

Matthew 24:23 Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'There!' do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand. 26 Therefore if they say to you, 'Look, He is in the desert!' do not go out; or 'Look, He is in the inner rooms!' do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together. 29 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Jesus said in John 18: 36 "My kingdom is not of this world.” It only makes sense that He is coming to take us back to Heaven for a 1,000 year Sabbath (the 7th millennium since creation)– His kingdom,- before returning to the desolated earth to deal one last time with the devil and all His followers.

In the days of Christ’s first coming all people were constantly hoping that Christ was going to set up His kingdom and reign on earth- and they were disappointed. Even when He had finished His life work on earth and was getting ready to ascend to Heaven they still wouldn’t leave the subject alone, but brought it up asking “Lord at this time are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6)

It is the delight of Satan that he has convinced so many religious people to focus on old Jerusalem instead of the New Jerusalem in Heaven (where Christ is) as the center of their hopes. He will very likely utilize this for the ultimate deception.

Can you picture the scene? All religions and nations have united in a covenant of “peace” under the Pope (identified as the human aspect of the antichrist in Revelation 13). Satan will come as “Christ” to old Jerusalem- enthusiastic cries will ring out in the air “Christ has come! Christ has come!” Satan, perfectly impersonating Christ in a mesmerizing way, will speak soothing things to a world full of people with carnal hearts who desire an earthly kingdom of “peace,” but who are not prepared for the return of the true Messiah from Heaven.

I believe there is evidence that the Vatican headquarters might actually be moved to old Jerusalem. Then other things might happen too to fulfill the “New World Order’s” agenda for a one world government and Satan’s plans to implement a false day of worship in substitute of the 7th day which God proclaimed holy from creation. Oppression of anyone who will not keep the false day will occur – and those faithful to His true Sabbath will be persecuted.

Speculatively, I could imagine that the golden top of the pyramid of Giza may be “found,” (or made) around that time and they will have a great capping ceremony – which has all kinds of New Age and spiritualistic implications and would be Satan's counterfeit for God's final temple of Living Stones described in many places in the Bible and NT (the 144,000).

I don’t have any Bible verses on which to base that about the pyramid- as I said, it’s just speculation. But when you look at the US $1 bill, it seems to suggest that such a plan is the very agenda of the New World Order. (This also matches the story of the tower of Babel of old).

Today, the same spirit inspires the majority of Christians to believe Christ is coming back to earth to set up His kingdom and reign from old Jerusalem for 1,000 years. Those who believe this are preparing themselves to accept Lucifer as the counterfeit “Messiah,” and will ultimately be just as disappointed as those who hoped for Christ to set up His kingdom on earth the first time.

1 Thessalonians 5:1 Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.

For further explanation, here I will post a couple of letters that I wrote on forums in responding to questions about this topic; Hello (name omitted), Thanks for your thoughts. It is good to examine what we believe and prepare to be able to give an answer for our faith. We should be cautious to avoid cherishing doubts, however, as it can lead us to turn away from truth. You mentioned that one of the questions you had was why Christ would come to earth for the redeemed, then go directly back to heaven when the new earth is to be our home. The Bible shows us in Rev 20, 21 that the earth is not made new until after the wicked are destroyed. Since it also says they were not resurrected until 1,000 years after Christ's coming, no one would have been able to inhabit the new earth when Christ returned- they would have had to inhabit the old, broken earth. About the chronology of Revelation (and Daniel), it's clear in many places that the same subject is brought up more than once with greater detail being given on particular aspects. One thing that especially shows not all things are in chronological order is the description of the fall of Lucifer in Revelation 12 - which occurred before the world was even created. The description may also have prophetic implications to things that occur later and/or in the end times- but it is a clear explanation of the origin of evil; Revelation 12:7 "And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him." Interestingly, something that is said earlier in the same passage is a description of the same event, referring to the fact that Lucifer/Satan took 1/3 of the angels with him when he rebelled and was cast out of heaven; Revelation 12:3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. 4 His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. This is a good example of how things are not always in chronological order in Revelation and the same event may be referred to repeatedly with different details highlighted. I pray the Lord will guide you in your studies. Take care, Vicki Hi (name omited), Notice that you see more than one description of the same event in Revelation chapter 20, with more detail being given. Just as in Revelation 12's description of the origin of sin and fall of Lucifer includes two subsequent descriptions of the same event with added detail. In Revelation 19 it described a mass killing at the coming of Jesus to earth. Then in chapter 20 verses 5 and 6 it tells details of the resurrection of the righteous (also referred to in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 as being at the moment when Christ descends). It says clearly in vs. 5,6 that only the righteous are resurrected, then it goes right into a description of the devil going out to deceive all at the end of the 1,000 years after which he is thrown into the lake of fire - but it gave no description of a resurrection of the wicked in that verse. Then, after the wicked and the devil himself are already destroyed in the lake of fire it talks about the dead standing before the great white throne being judged. And after it talks about the dead being judged before the great white throne it talks about them being resurrected and then judged and then thrown into the lake of fire. This is not 2 or 3 different judgments and 2 or 3 different lakes of fire. Rather, these are repeated descriptions of the same event with added detail of the events involved - showing clearly that this is the method of description in the book of Revelation and that things are not always written in sequential order. The final conclusion which brings it all together and shows that it's talking about the same event is this phrase (Rev. 20:14-15); "This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire." This is a reference a tie-in to the mention of "the second death" mentioned earlier in the same chapter in verse 6, and it binds that whole passage together showing clearly that it's all talking about the events surrounding the second death (which is the judgment on the wicked after they are resurrected at the end of the 1,000 years). To more directly answer your questions; You asked; (The saint's are in heaven, the earth is empty of all living creatures and completely devastated. An Angel comes down from heaven and binds Satan for 1000 years to keep him from deceiving the nations until the 1000 years are over. Question: Who would he be deceiving ?) He will not be able to deceive those nations which keep the truth- because they are with God in Heaven while Satan is bound to the broken earth and he cannot bother and pester them like he always has in the past when they were on earth. Job 1:6-7 also describes a time when Satan was able to gain access to Heaven and make accusations, but he will not be able to do that during the time when Christ's people are living with Him in heaven for 1,000 years; Job 1:6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. 7 The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it." You asked; (Satan is set free, and goes out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth. Question: Where do these nations come from? Where they rebuilt when the wicked dead were raised?) See my comments above for how the chapter of Revelation 20 clearly describes This as the resurrected of the wicked who will die the second death. It says nothing about cities being rebuilt - nations are people groups, and they can exist for a short time without rebuilding cities. You asked; (Satan forms an army. They surround the "camp of God's people, the city he loves." The New Jerusalem Is mentioned in detail in subsequent chapters, why if this is the New Jerusalem, is it spoken of as the "camp of God's people.") Think about it- do you believe that God must be limited so that he can only call the city one thing? In other places it is called "the bride," "the Lambs wife," "the great city," "the holy Jerusalem." If the circumstances show us that it is the New Jerusalem, we shouldn't refuse to believe it is simply because it isn't called by exactly the same terminology in every instance that the subject comes up. Further, in the same passage with "the camp of God's people" it also calls it "the beloved city." Since in other places it is called "the Bride" and "the lambs wife" - "beloved" seems an obvious reference to a wife-like term of endearment. Jesus Himself is called by multiple different names all throughout the Bible. If we refuse to believe it's talking about Jesus unless it actually says the word "Jesus" we could become very confused when trying to understand what the Bible is saying. Unfortunately, sometimes this kind of confusion is not always genuine misunderstanding, but rather unwillingness to accept the truths. I'm not suggesting this is the case with you, but I do believe it is the reason for much misunderstanding of the scriptures in this world. Many people on earth want a temporal millennium and want greatness on earth, not in heaven, just as the Jews of old wanted national greatness. That's why they cherish certain literal interpretations of prophecy applying to the words "Jerusalem" and "Israel," etc. This is the reason that they misunderstood the nature of Christ's first coming and this is the very same thing that is happening with many people in their misunderstanding of the prophecies and applying a very simplistic, literal approach to the scriptures - such as only believing the word "Jerusalem" could mean the city currently on earth in Israel, and only believing it could be "the New Jerusalem" if it actually uses those specific words to describe it. This does not allow for God to use any symbolism or word connections to bring things together through context. I feel the following passage of Ellen White's description of how the Jews responded to Jesus' teaching is a fitting description of those who have the spirit of refusing to apply anything but the most literal interpretation to prophecies; "The unbelieving Jews refused to see any except the most literal meaning in the Saviour’s words. By the ritual law they were forbidden to taste blood, and they now construed Christ’s language into a sacrilegious speech, and disputed over it among themselves. Many even of the disciples said, 'This is an hard saying; who can hear it?'{DA 390.1} "The Saviour answered them: 'Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where He was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."'{DA 390.2} Many people are genuinely confused because of interpreting the prophecies more literally - they are not hard-hearted. But here Jesus shows us that some people refuse to believe a deeper meaning when they don't want to accept the truth. That's the greatest danger for anyone- when our Bible study turns from honest searching for truth into refusing to accept the deeper truths. May the Lord bless and guide all who study. In Christ, Vicki

For very excellent topical Bible study resources, including end-time events and prophecy, see the following resources (Amazing Facts- btw, I am in no way connected with them in business)
:http://www.amazingfacts.org/Bible-study/Bible-study-guides.aspx See also;

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