SELF INDUCED BLINDNESS: THE VEILED CHRISTIAN (Feb 2005)
Matthew 13:14-15 “And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them”
Matthew 15:8-9 “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men”.
I use to think that there must have been some pretty blind and faithless people back in Jesus’ time. How could they not see what was going on around them? How could they not see the prophecy unfolding right in front of their eyes? It’s almost as if they didn’t want to know the truth, even though it was staring them right in the face. How could these people be so ignorant as to miss the fact that the Messiah, the Son of God, was in their midst? How could they miss all the signs, all the hints, all the Scripture that verified what was happening right in front of them? I now see that the people of Jesus’ time were no different than the people of today.
The amount of prophetic Scripture that is unfolding here in the 21st century is astounding. The “wars and rumors of wars” and the hegemonic nation going out conquering and to conquer are not just happenstance. These things become even more alarming considering the fact that the nation of Israel is once again settled in the holy land and once again at the center stage of world affairs. Most Christians, however, don’t see what’s going on with this super power nation as fulfilling any prophetic scripture because according to them, “America isn’t mentioned in Bible prophecy.” This kind of thinking, the thinking that the most powerful and wealthy nation the world has ever known, which claims to be Christian, is not mentioned in the Bible can only be explained by one thing: A strong delusion.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
The fact that America is spreading its empire securing the natural resources, and “gaining the whole world” while killing countless people in its wake, and all the while claiming it is ridding the world of evil and spreading liberty is some of the exact unrighteousness that Paul is speaking about in 2nd Thessalonians. Anybody who supports this madness, a madness clearly not of God, is taking pleasure in this unrighteousness and will suffer the fate spoken of by Paul who states “that they might all be dammed who believe not the truth.” Many Americans and most Christians today are living in some Orwellian novel and have turned the truth upside down. To think that wars of aggression and world hegemony were what Jesus, the Prince of Peace, had in mind is ridiculous.
This same Jesus who said:
John 18:36 “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence”.
Matthew 16:26 “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”.
How can any person who claims the name of Jesus not see the madness of this unless he is truly veiled and blinded and still under the influence of this present evil world.
To think that the Bible would mention such nations as Ethiopia and Libya and not mention the United States of America should be absolutely absurd in any clear thinking Christian’s mind. These countries, Ethiopia and Libya, have a small place in Biblical history and though they are still in existence today, play a very minor role in the world’s affairs. The USA was not around in Biblical times, but to think that its presence on the world stage today is not significant enough for the Almighty God, the Alpha and the Omega, the one who knows the beginning from the end, to not even mention is absolutely ludicrous.
People in other countries have no problem seeing America for what it is. The reason Americans can’t or won’t see it is because we are to close to it and then we would have to admit that it’s possible that our “holy nation” could actually be doing evil. That’s the only way we could be mentioned in the Bible is if we were not a Godly nation. Nowhere in the Bible does it mention a great and powerful nation that is wealthier than all others and is the consumer nation of the world and is Christian by nature that will spread freedom and liberty and rid the world of evil while doing God’s will. There is, however, a nation described in the Bible that does fit these above characteristics. Most Christians don’t deny the scriptures exist that describe this great end time’s nation; they just refuse to believe that it pertains to their beloved country.
Daniel 7:19 “Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet”.
Revelation 18:11-18 “And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buys their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, And cinnamon, and odors, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to naught. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!”.
To remove any doubt as to the identity of this nation, God has silenced all the naysayers who were sure that Prophetic Babylon was the very same ancient Babylon, Iraq , which would be brought back to its former glory and splendor by Saddam Hussein. Now that Hussein and his government have been demolished and the United States occupies ancient Babylon with no intention of ever fully leaving, it should be crystal clear to anyone who truly desires to know the truth and has a zeal for understanding the prophetic Scriptures, who Prophetic Babylon really is.
THE LAW, GOVERNMENTS, AND THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
I wondered how Christians could justify this militant form of Christianity that the U.S. government is now polluting the world with. Most of the people I talk to use the reasoning that the Old Testament is for governments and the New Testament is for individuals. This is how they can justify supporting a government that is using pre-emptive violence, which is completely contrary to the Scriptures, to bring about God’s will. While God did deal directly with Israel in the Old Testament and did lead them into victorious wars, this has nothing to do with Christians who have been grafted in by grace. Regardless of what today’s worldly Christians are willing to admit, Christ did change the rules upon his arrival. Christ’s arrival and eventual death and resurrection did in fact fulfill the law:
Matthew 5:17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill”.
Many people repeat Matthew 5:17 saying that Christ didn’t come to destroy the law but to fulfill it. I couldn’t agree more. When one fulfills a particular or current situation, he then moves on to the next. When one, for instance, fulfills his requirements for his bachelor’s degree in college, he then moves on to a higher degree or into the workforce. Christ fulfilled all that was written about the first coming of the Messiah. He was the perfect and final sacrifice. There need not be any more ritualistic slaying of the unspotted lamb, since Christ is the unspotted Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. “Old things have passed away, behold, all things are made new.”
Hebrews 8:6-7 “But now he hath obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second”.
Hebrews 8:13 “In that he saith, a new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away”.
Hebrews 9:1 “Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary”.
Hebrews 9:11-14 “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”.
The fact is quite obvious that Christ fulfilled the law and brought us a new covenant, and with it he changed how we are to look at and treat our enemies as well as our friends. Christ didn’t destroy the law, He fulfilled it and then he changed the rules as He clearly showed in His wonderful sermon on the mount.
Luke 6:27-37 “But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smites thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asks of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? For sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? For sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? For sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven”.
This sermon completely destroys the logic of the Old Testament relating to current governments. Gentile governments are still run by people who make decisions on an individual basis. It is impossible to make the decisions that are currently being made by this administration and supported by today’s Christian leadership, while adhering to the teachings of Christ and His disciples. This is just further proof of the level to which this veil and blindness has risen and to the fact that it is a self-induced blindness to allow today’s Christians to have the best of both worlds.
Christians today have put on their Republican mantle and taken on the label of “Hammer of God” to bring about peace and prosperity in the world. They have done this because their leader claims he’s a Christian and that this is his call from God. To heck with the fact that there aren’t any Scriptures to back up what they are doing! Somewhere in church history people decided that Christ wasn’t and isn’t able to bring His kingdom to the world unless the Church subdues it for him first. This is preposterous at best and down right dangerous at the worst. Christians have decided to play God. They have decided that they know who is good and who is evil and if you have to kill some of the good to get rid of the evil then so be it. Forget about what Christ said when referring to our enemies:
Matthew 5:38-48 “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asks thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said; Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”.
I think that it’s interesting that Jesus said “And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so?” Saluting your brethren only sure sounds a lot like patriotism to me. Please see the article Patriotism In Light Of The Scriptures on this site for more clarification on this matter.
Today if you so much as question what America’s leaders are doing you’re looked upon with utter contempt by the republican party, (which now consists of the vast majority of what makes up the Christian community), which has long had a plan in mind for what’s going on around the world today. Please don’t think that these wars of liberation or the war on terrorism is something that has just cropped up out of necessity because of 911. F. E. Reilly of the 11th hour has written an outstanding article on the Project For A New American Century and how this administration has put the people in place and the pieces together to fulfill their agenda perfectly.
America is now also engaged in the most egregious from of corporatism and war profiteering that the planet has ever encountered. Corporatism is one of the main ingredients of fascism. In addition to belligerent nationalism, corporatism is a clear sign that the fascist state has started its quest for empire. What is corporatism? It is the seamless joining of the corporate world with the government. This was prevalent in Germany in 1930’s and has run amok in the United States since 2001. The absolute and undeniable king at the game of corporatism and war profiteering is none other than vice president Dick Cheney. He has mastered this and refined it to such an art that it is almost unbelievable. The brashness and out and out gall which he has used is amazing and the only way one cannot see it is to have a self induced blindness to what is being done in the name of spreading “democracy.”
Dick Cheney was the Secretary of Defense under George Herbert Walker Bush. Under Cheney’s command the Pentagon started what now has become common practice in today’s military affairs. Cheney is the one who spearheaded the plan to privatize many of the military’s non-combat functions. The idea was that a private company could do it more efficiently and that this would also free up our soldiers to concentrate on what they were really trained for…..waging war. The defense department would contract companies to handle all these operations during both times of peace and while at war. The demand for these functions, however, was obviously much higher during times of war. After privatizing these functions and hand picking the major corporate players in this grand scheme, Mr. Cheney conveniently left public service and found his way into one of the main companies who would be receiving these very lucrative contracts. I’m sure most of you are familiar with the name of Halliburton by now.
In the mid 1990s Dick Cheney became the CEO of Halliburton and started to cash in on these military and reconstruction contracts. Things were not going as well as planned while under the leadership of Cheney because Halliburton merged with Dresser Industries, and eventually became saddled with $4 billion dollars in legal claims by people who were injured by asbestos under Dresser Industries old claims. Seeing the companies value dropping because of the lawsuits, as well as waning military business, Mr. Cheney got back into the public arena, along with many other individuals from the elder Bush’s administration, and started pounding the war drums incessantly with bogus intelligence and hyped warnings to whip the people into a frenzy.
Lo and behold Kellogg Brown and Root, a division of Halliburton, got no bid, cost plus projects in Iraq worth billions and billions of dollars just in time to save Halliburton from financial disaster. To make matters even worse, Cheney was still collecting deferred compensation and still holding nearly half a million shares of Halliburton stock while sitting in the office of vice president. If this isn’t a conflict of interest and war profiteering of the grandest scale, then I don’t know what is. As usual, many Americans and most Christians just turn a blind eye to all this and say this is nothing but partisan politics. This is self-induced blindness of the greatest magnitude and Christians will be held accountable for these actions soon enough. These actions clearly verify the words Jesus spoke to the Scribes and Pharisees of his day when he said:
Mark 4:12 “That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them”.
Most people today however, and especially most Christians, just don’t want to hear anything about it. To even bring it up for discussion what America has become, under George W. Bush, and what is happening now, without being in full agreement with it, is considered treasonous. Remember the words of our “compassionate conservative” President in his speech following 911: “You’re either with us, or you’re with the terrorists.”
This is something one would expect to read out of Mein Kampf. What he is saying here is that disagreeing with him is unacceptable…. period. This is not open for discussion. His wars of aggression are so absolutely morally justified by today’s Christian community that to even question them is not only unpatriotic but even blasphemous! If you don’t agree with your current Commander in Chief, then by his definition, you are a terrorist. A more fascist statement has never been uttered in my mind and the way today’s Christian leaders have gotten on board, you would think Jesus Himself spoke it.
THE VEILED CHURCH
The complete blindness that has befallen today’s church would be astounding if it had not been so clearly spoken about in the Bible. The Bible clearly speaks of a great deception and a strong delusion in the last days.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholds that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now lets will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness”.
Most Christians today however, feel that this delusion is going to be some other form of religion. Like a Christian could really be fooled by Islam or Buddhism. Let’s be perfectly clear here, this deception is going to look and smell and feel like Christianity or it wouldn’t fool anyone. For the longest time I couldn’t figure how Christians would be deceived. Those in the spirit, who truly loved Christ could never be deceived….right? How could this be possible? Well how about if someone was to blend or marry Christianity to loyalty to our country. A “godly country,” mind you, one that was doing God’s will. A country, who like the leaders of old, was carrying out God’s divine plan in the here and now. At first glance one would think that this could never work because as the Bible clearly states, this world is not our home. We would never believe that Christ was married to a worldly kingdom. How could we believe Christ, who said:
John 18:36 “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence”.
Who also said:
John 14:30 “Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me”.
Would He ever condone us getting political and showing allegiance and love for a worldly kingdom? This would be in complete contrast to the Scripture that says:
1 John 2:15 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him”.
Why would someone who clearly states his separation from the world and calls his disciples to do the same suddenly condone joining together with such evil forces? Is this world our home? I think not. WE ARE ONLY STRANGERS AND PILGRIMS HERE.
Hebrews 11:13 “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth”.
Somehow over time, however, Christians have forgotten this fact. This use to be so universally accepted by the church of old, that we were not of this world and that the whole world lies in the evil one. In today’s Laodicean church, however, the world has obtained a much higher place than it ever was meant to. Today, most Christians see prosperity and world dominance as signs and “Blessings Of God” (i.e., “receiving the promises”). They see them as proof that we are doing His will and are being led by His Spirit. “We have to live here on this earth so we may as well make the best of it and rule the world while we’re at it.” There are countless Scriptures, however, that speak to worldliness and to what a Christian’s place in the world is:
1 John 5:19
“And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth
Christians who try to have the best of both worlds are blinded by the world and can’t see the light and the truth of the Scriptures.
2 Corinthians 4:4 “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them”.
It’s impossible to be a member of Christ’s heavenly kingdom while getting all tangled up in the affairs of the world. Most people think they can do both and not get caught in the trap, but they can’t. Jesus warned his disciples many times about the world and the things of the world. Although we think we can keep the two separate and not fall prey to the deception, we can’t. Many a brave soul and a devout man of God has been deceived and lost their way while trying to serve two masters. One of the wisest men to ever walk the face of the earth fell prey to the wiles of the world.
1 Kings 11:1-4 “But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father”.
Even Solomon, when he was older turned to other gods and his heart was not right with God. There are many things which can be our “other gods.” They can be women, or gold and silver, or strong drink or even our country. People pledge allegiance to their flag without even thinking about it. Our only allegiance should be to Christ. When we start putting anything else up in a place of honor or reverence it pulls us away from God and has a way of blinding us from the truth. We start to make decisions to protect our life and our homeland even though they are contrary to the teachings of Christ.
THE VEILED CHRISTIAN
Today, most American Christians are totally and completely blinded and veiled by their love for their country. People feel lucky that they are living in a “Christian nation” and have “Christian leaders” which are guiding them. The fact is that there is no such thing as a Christian nation, for all the kingdoms of this world are under Satan’s power until the return of Christ.
Revelation 11:15 “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever”.
Then and only then, after Christ returns, do the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ. Try speaking to American Christians about this and you will see just how far the deception has gone and how far the veil has been pulled over their eyes. They are so comfortable with their relationship to this world that they will condone and agree with almost anything that their government does so long as it will ensure they can keep their current situation protected. Even if you back what you’re saying with countless Scriptures and what they are clinging to has no scriptural backing at all, it won’t matter. Truly Jesus’ words ring clear:
Matthew 6:23 “But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!”.
There is nothing more dangerous to the Christian community than an apostate form of Christianity. It is far worse and far more deceptive than all other false teachings. Truly, when someone believes they know the truth and their mind is closed to facts that are all around them, only God can lift the veil from them at that point. God will only do this, however, to those who fervently seek the truth. One cannot find the truth if he starts his search with a preconceived notion for what he is looking. When our minds have been so programmed, which has happened since we were children and has only gotten far worse in these past several years, that we won’t even contemplate the possibility that what we believe to be true could be wrong; we are so far down the road that it is very difficult to turn back. The only real truth and light that is in the world is found in God’s word and if what we believe cannot be justified or proven by his word, then we better seriously question the source and basis for our beliefs.
I have spoken to Christians who are totally on board with what this great end time nation is doing in its quest for imperial supremacy because they believe what they’re told by their leaders without questioning and without verifying it with the Scriptures. Most of these people have no need of the knowledge of prophetic Scripture because after all, they will be raptured and won’t be here for anything that will transpire during the final times before Christ’s return. This is a very dangerous belief and is a major part of the veil and blindness that has engulfed today’s Christian community.
The pre-tribulation rapture theory is one of the greatest deceptions to ever befall the church. Most people, even pastors with whom I speak, say that the rapture question is not clarified in the Scriptures. This article is not intended to be a complete dissertation on the rapture question. For more information on the rapture please see The Rapture And The Coming Of The Lord . There are, however, several Scriptures that say the rapture will be after the tribulation. There are many that don’t give a clear time as to when it will happen. There are NO Scriptures, however, that say the rapture will happen before the tribulation. Christians cling to this false teaching, once again, because of their relationship with this present evil world. Below are a couple of Scriptures that, if considered carefully and with an open mind, clearly prove that the rapture cannot happen before the tribulation.
According the Paul:
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: (the seventh trumpet) and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord”.
This clearly states that the resurrection will happen before the rapture. It is very clear. All we need to do is determine when the first resurrection happens and we can easily determine if the rapture is “pre” or “post” tribulation.
According to the book or Revelation:
Revelation 20:4-5 “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection”.
This verse clearly states that the first resurrection is of those who “had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hand.” This is clearly describing those who have gone through the tribulation. If the dead in Christ rise first, (clearly a reference to the resurrection), and the first resurrection is of those who have gone through the tribulation, how could the rapture precede the tribulation? It is scripturally impossible for the rapture to be pre-tribulation. This is just one of the many deceptions perpetrated on the church; and most Christians are not even willing to discuss it. They say it makes them too uncomfortable to even think about the great tribulation and that God would never make His people suffer in such a way. What a slap in the face that is to all the saints throughout church history who have suffered and died for Christ’s sake. Please see "Foxe’s Book of Martyrs" at Pergamos Ministries.
In conclusion let’s remember that Jesus forgave the murderers, and the thieves, and the adulterers, and all manner of sinners. The hypocritical leaders of the church whose minds were made up and eyes were blinded by their own self righteousness were the ones whom He condemned and of whom He said:
Matthew 23:13 “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in”.
The church leaders of today, as in Christ’s time, have married themselves to the world and have taken leading roles in the advancement of a corrupt worldly political agenda. They are teaching a false and militant form of Christianity which is the antithesis of everything Christ is and taught. It is our duty, even at our own peril, to speak out against this false preaching and these blatant lies in these end times. And let no one kid you, these are the end times and this great deception was written about thousands of years ago so it should be no surprise.
This veil is surely thick and this blindness is surely deep seated and it will take much to remove it. We must understand that God will only remove it from those who truly desire His will to be done in their lives, regardless of the cost to them in this life. Our job is not to headlock individuals and drill them until they agree. Our job is to be witnesses so there will be no excuse before the Lord for their blindness. My prayer is that as these end time prophecies continue to unfold and God’s Spirit continues to move, that these manifestations will be made clear. May those who will accept the truth—those who have truly chosen to forsake this world, and all that it holds—do so for the riches of eternal life that are in Christ Jesus our Lord.
In Christ, W. C. Kisiel
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