Excellent Sabbath study lessons on the Mark of the Beast and the Seal of God, and Babylon and Armageddon.
Excellent Sabbath study lessons on the Mark of the Beast and the Seal of God, and Babylon and Armageddon.
Centre-right leader Mauricio Macri gave 16,666,000 pesos to educational foundation backed by pope, reports say
The frosty relationship between two of the world’s most prominent Argentinians appears to have taken a turn for the worse after it emerged that Pope Francis rejected a charitable donation from the government of President Mauricio Macri – at least partly – because the sum included the figure 666.
Earlier this month, the centre-right president made a donation that totaled 16,666,000 pesos (slightly under $1.2m) from the Argentinian government to the Scholas Occurentes educational foundation, which is backed by the pope and is based on a similar organization founded by Francis when he was cardinal of Buenos Aires.
Two weeks ago, the pope presided over an event in Rome at which medals were awarded to Hollywood celebrities George Clooney, Salma Hayek and Richard Gere, who have agreed to be ambassadors for the charity. Shortly afterwards, Macri made the donation.
But according to the Vatican Insider – a publication specializing in papal affairs published by the Italian newspaper La Stampa – Francis wrote to the Argentinian branch of the foundation, asking them to return the money. In a postcript, he wrote: “I don’t like the 666…”
Those who study the Bible, especially the books of Daniel and Revelation, know full well what system the first beast (kingdom or power) of Revelation represents (and the lamb-like beast as well), and the beast system knows full well that it is the described beast, no matter how much it might try to dodge and weave and create false doctrines to lead astray the uninitiated who follow the teachings of men rather than study the Bible for themselves. Methinks Pope Francis protests the number 666 too much.
“Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666” (Revelation 13:18 NKJV). Vicarius Filii Dei, translated “Vicar of the Son of God” = 666.
Our Sunday Visitor, a Jesuit publication, published two admissions that Vicarius Filii Dei is in fact a title for the pope—on November 15, 1914, and April 18, 1915.
“The title of the Pope of Rome is Vicarius Filii Dei. This is inscribed on his mitre.” If you take the letters of his title, convert them to Roman numerals and add them together, the total will be 666.
While this is an interesting scripture that many people focus great attention on; it is merely one of many scriptures that identify the Roman Catholic Church/Vatican State and Pope who rules over it as the beast system. A beast in the Bible represents a kingdom or power. The important thing is who you will worship: the beast, and receive his mark and “drink of the wine of the wrath of God poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation…and be tormented with fire and brimstone”; or God, by keeping His commandments and having the faith of Jesus. Revelation 14.
There are two choices—one leads to eternal life—the other leads to destruction in the lake of fire. Choose life, which is what God wants for all of his children. He loves us and does not want to see any perish, which is why He sent His son to die in our places, if we will only repent and turn to Him for our salvation, then obey and follow Him. He made it so simple for us. Just don’t follow the beast and her false teachings, or you will be lost. Revelation 18:4 “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” This is a call out of the apostate mother Church of confusion (Babylon) and her harlot daughters (apostate Protestantism which has joined with her). Revelation 17:5
An excellent Grace Gem on the Holy Spirit by James Smith, 1802—1862.
The Holy Spirit
(James Smith, “The Way of Salvation Set Forth”)
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:6
The Holy Spirit is the author of the great work of regeneration. He takes up His abode in the renewed heart, as His temple. He dwells in us, and shall be with us. Jesus does all for us, in our justification; and the Holy Spirit does all in us, for our sanctification.
The Holy Spirit is the source of all holy desires, consistent purposes and good works. There is no good thing in us, but what He produces. He dwells within us as the Teacher, the Comforter and the Advocate of the soul. He leads us . . .
and to labor for God.
He . . .
warns us of evil,
directs us to Jesus, and
applies the blessings of salvation to our souls.
He is in us as a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Without the Holy Spirit there is not, there cannot be, genuine religion; for He is its author, guardian, and guide.
To Him we are indebted . . .
for every good desire,
for every holy thought,
for every good word, and
for every fruitful work.
He works in us to will and to do of His own good pleasure.
Every tear of penitence,
every contrite sigh,
every fervent prayer,
every ray of spiritual light,
every holy emotion toward God
–is from the Holy Spirit.
If He left us–our graces would soon wither, fade and die.
When we grieve Him . . .
our comforts decline,
our evidences are beclouded,
and our hands wax feeble.
But . . .
if we sow to the Spirit,
if we walk in the Spirit,
if we aim in all things to please Him–then . . .
our souls are vigorous,
our graces are lively, and
we are enabled to find our joy in God.
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As I know from firsthand experience, they exist, and we are all affected by them, whether we acknowledge them or not. Best to see them for what they are, how they impact our lives, and know how the Bible teaches us to deal with them. Saying Satan and his evil fallen angels don’t exist is the most dangerous course to take, because that gives them free reign over our lives. I made that mistake a one point in my life, and God allowed them to work a full measure of wickedness and grand deception on me, such that I would never again dare to even think that they are not all around us, looking for any opportunity to take us down. This is true for all humankind, but especially true for Christians. Those who don’t believe, Satan already possesses—it is the believers they desire to lead astray. They are most dangerous when they appear as angels of light, which they once were and are very capable of disguising themselves as now. It requires discernment, which only comes from knowledge of God’s word by the working of His Spirit in us, to distinguish the true from the false.
Greg is a gifted student and teacher of Bible prophecy, and great at pointing out false teachings, deceptions and errors being bandied about on the internet. This is a good, brief summary on the US in end time prophecy, the beasts, etc. He has excellent videos on many subjects relating to prophecy and salvation at Bible Flock Box https://www.youtube.com/user/BibleFlockBox2.
“The Hegelian dialectic is being employed to secure and sustain absolute world power and authority to an elite. We have fallen into a Hegelian trap and don’t know it.”
People who believe they are free are being manipulated and controlled, and do not see it. If you read this and can comprehend the Hegelian dialectic and how it is being and has been used for hundred of years to control the masses and the events of history, you may stop wasting energy directing anger at one politician/political party or another, understand where the conflict truly comes from, stop buying into it, and become free.
An Introduction to The Order of Skull & Bones (Liberty House Press, 1986) By Antony C. Sutton
“Probably the most difficult task in this work will be to get across to the reader what is really an elementary observation: that the objective of The Order is neither ‘left’ nor ‘right’. ‘Left’ and ‘right’ are artificial devices to bring about change, and the extremes of political left and political right are vital elements in a process of controlled change.”
The ultimate objective and force behind the Hegelian dialectic is control of the masses, not by the elite themselves, as it would appear, but by Satan himself who gives his power and authority to them, to deceive and lead as many as possible into destruction. It is the playing out of the great controversy between Christ and Satan—truth and deception, good and evil—that has gone on since before the foundation of the world, and will soon come to a close.
The Bible tells us that the deceived, “the number of whom is as the sand of the sea” will be destroyed in the lake of fire. Jesus told us: “Take heed that no man deceive you.” And for those who scoff and say “where is the sign of His appearing?”, we are told: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” The only reason we are still here is that He is giving more people an opportunity to repent and turn to Him before this all comes to an end and it is too late.
If we could stop demonizing/worshipping Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton, Putin, Kim Jong-un, Assad, Pope Francis, etc., and recognize that they are pawns (knowingly or unknowingly) being used to further Satan’s goals, we might see more clearly who we actually should be demonizing, and which side we need to be on in the great controversy, which is the only decision that matters. This controlled conflict is ultimately for the purpose of drawing our attention away from our Creator, God and our need to be in right relationship with Him by Grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone, and instead getting us to follow Satan. When we respond from a place of confusion, conflict, anxiety, fear, anger, hatred, rage, intolerance, impatience, intemperance, pride, greed, selfishness, and the like, we are on Satan’s turf, not God’s.
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread512710/pg1 Excellent summary of Hegelian Dialectic.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od7HJfLiIQU Excellent but long lecture on Hegelian Dialectic by Professor Walter Veith.
This is an excellent study of the two witnesses. A must watch for any student of end time prophecy.
The root upon which our blessings grow
“Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried” Daniel 12:10
All Christians desire to be purified and made white–but when it comes to being tried, that is a very different thing. They shrink from the very word. Their trials are to them as a nightmare from which they would gladly escape. But trials are a necessary part of God’s process of preparing us for Heaven.
The storms and obstacles in our lives, all work out for out good if we meet them as we should. Through them, our lives are enriched and ennobled and developed. They are blessings to us, though they may seem to be blessings very much disguised.
Life has both its bitter and its sweet. We should not always expect to have the sweet alone. Sometimes circumstances are in our favor, and work for our happiness, peace and contentment. Sometimes we have smooth sailing, and everything goes pleasantly. We are courageous and confident and rejoicing. The sun shines brightly out of a cloudless sky, and every prospect seems fair.
But this smooth sailing does not last forever. Sooner or later, the clouds must come and the storm-winds beat upon us. We must have the rough weather–as well as the pleasant weather; the storm–as well as the calm.
The sunshine and the calm are very needful in life–and they work out a definite purpose.
But the storms and the rain and the wind are likewise needed–and they also fulfill their purpose.
Trials will come–we cannot evade them. We may plan and build up hopes–only to have our air-castles come crashing down around our heads! If we have set our hearts upon these things, we are likely to be very disappointed upon their wreck, and to feel very gloomy over the result.
How greatly we are affected by our trials, depends on whether or not we sweetly submit to them. We should never fret on account of disappointments. If we do, they will only grow more rapidly, both in size and in intensity.
Losses may come to us–our property may be swept away or burned up. If we have our hearts set upon our possessions–then this may touch a tender spot, and it will darken our lives and make us morose and dissatisfied.
Poverty may come and the many difficulties incident thereto.
Sickness may lay its heavy hand upon us or our loved ones, and try every fiber of our being. Sickness may play upon the chords of pain, a lamentation that incites with exquisite torture! Or it may fire our blood with fever until the sparkle has gone from the eye and the glow of health from the cheek. Or it may bind us helplessly captive in chains.
Death may come and take those dear by the ties of nature or friendship–and leave sorrow and grief to be our companions.
These things try the soul, but they must be borne. We cannot escape such things, for they are the common heritage of those who dwell in tabernacles of clay. They belong to mortality and to the mutable things of time. How greatly such things may affect us, will depend upon how much we rebel against the circumstances–or how easily we submit to and adapt ourselves to God’s will. God may chasten you sorely, but He will do it for your profit, not for your destruction.
Our trials are the root upon which our blessings grow. These roots may be bitter–but the fruit is sure to be sweet, if we patiently wait for its maturing. Many choice fruits grow on thorny trees, and he who will gather the fruit, may expect to be pricked now and then by the thorns.
We cannot escape trials. The only thing some Christians do by rebelling, is to increase their suffering in the trials and prevent themselves from getting the blessedness out of them.
We ought to be willing to suffer when it is God’s will for us to suffer, and when He sees it is necessary for us to suffer. Our Master drank the cup of suffering, even though it was bitter. Are we better than He? Shall we refuse to go by the path which led Him to glory?
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If you believe not, does that mean that you believe God changed the Ten Commandments?
I am curious to know if Christians who do not believe we are required to obverse the 4th commandment, also believe that we are at liberty to worship other gods, make and bow down to idols, take God’s name in vain, dishonor our parents, murder, commit adultery, steal, bear false witness and covet our neighbor’s spouse, house and belongings? I am also curious to know if they understand where Sunday came from.
I personally was a Sunday keeper most of my church going life until a year and a half ago when the Holy Spirit convicted me on the Sabbath and led me to the truth, contained in God’s word, that it is as binding upon us now as it ever was – if we have chosen to follow and obey Jesus, that is. He says: “If you love me, keep my commandments” and more critical to the times we are now in: “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 14:12.
All who study history know that it was the beast system identified in Daniel 7 and further revealed in Revelation 13, 17 and 18, that attempted to change laws and times (Daniel 7:25) when in 321 AD Emperor Constantine decreed the venerable Day of the Sun. Following this initial legislation, both emperors and Popes in succeeding centuries added other laws to strengthen Sunday observance. What began as a pagan ordinance became a Christian regulation—not by God’s command, but by man’s decree and tradition.
On the heels of the Edict of Constantine followed the Catholic Church Council of Laodicea (364 AD): “Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday (Sabbath), but shall work on that Day: but the Lord’s Day, they shall especially honour; and as being Christians, shall, if possible, do no work on that day. If however, they are found Judaizing, they shall be shut out from Christ.” This was their attempt to create a distinct separation between Christians and Jews, and to be more appealing to pagans who liked worshipping the sun god on Sunday. Note: “Lord’s Day” only appears once in the Bible, in Revelation 1:10, where John says “I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,” however, he is referring to the Sabbath, which the apostles and early Christians kept until the decrees, teachings and traditions of men were forced on them (eventually under penalty of death, which will happen again in days to come).
The Church of Rome can attempt to change God’s laws and times, but that is all she can do – attempt. No one can change God’s law but God Himself, and since He never changes (Malachi 3:6), even He cannot change His law which He spoke from His lips (Psalm 89:34) and wrote with His finger in stone and placed in the mercy seat of the ark of the covenant. The laws and ordinances of Moses, which were shadows of Christ whose purpose were fulfilled in Him (except the final three feasts not yet fulfilled), were placed in the side pouch of the ark.
The Feast of Atonement/Cleansing of the Sanctuary is taking place now in the heavenly sanctuary (Hebrews 9:11-28); Feast of Trumpets will be completed soon (1 Corinthians 15:-51-53); and Feast of Booths or Tabernacles will be accomplished after the thousand years and completion of the great white throne judgment when “whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”, and after the new Jerusalem comes down to earth from heaven “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God,” (Revelation 21:3).
If you want to be really enlightened as to who is behind the Sunday (Satan of course, but human agency I am referring to), read “Rome’s Challenge: Why Do Protestants Keep Sunday?” or just google the Catholic Mirror letters published in September 1893 calling Protestant’s to give evidence from the Bible for why they keep Sunday because there is no scripture in the Bible to support it, as the RCC well knows, since it is the alleged “Mark of her ecclesiastical authority and power in all things” by which they and they alone claim authority for the change (“speaking great words against the Most HIgh”). Once I was convicted of the fact that I was not only not keeping God’s commandment, but in fact keeping the day legislated by the beast system, I “repented in ashes and sackcloth” and turned immediately, only to discover the most amazing blessing that God provides for us in the keeping of His Holy Day, the Lord’s Day vs. the traditions of man. It has not yet, but this will eventually be legislated (Sunday worship – read Francis’ Laudato Si and listen to his rhetoric being spewed around the world for the “common good”, unity and setting aside doctrine for the purpose of destroying Protestantism and pulling everyone back into the Catholic Church, and just watch what is happening globally as it relates to enactment of Sunday laws), and will become the basis of the “seal of God” (given those living in obedience to God) vs the “mark of the beast” (given those living in obedience to the Beast/Satan). I thank and praise God with all my heart and being that He led me to the incredible blessing of keeping His Holy day now, and I look forward to keeping it through eternity. I pray that same blessing for all my Christian brothers and sisters. Keeping the 4th commandment now may cause some challenges for us, but it is nothing compared to what it will be later when Sunday is enforced. Read Revelation 14:6-12 and pray the Holy Spirit to lead you in all understanding of the message we are being given now. Jesus told us: “Be not deceived”. Satan is doing everything in his power to deceive every Christian he can.
This is one of the best, most loving and bible based teachings I have heard on this issue, which everyone who has questions about should take the time to listen to. It is short (6-1/2 minutes), to the point and pretty hard to refute or get angry about.