PROPHECY UPDATE 2004

THE BEGINNING OF THE END?

PART 2

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            As we begin part 2 of our prophecy study this evening we are going to be looking at: THE COMING ONE-WORLD RELIGION, THE COMING WAR, THE CASHLESS SOCIETY, and ISRAEL.  So let’s jump in as we have a lot of ground to cover this evening.

 

3.  THE COMING ONE-WORLD RELIGION

            Interestingly enough, as you read the book of Revelation, it is the one-world church that moves the one-world government and vice-a-versa, they work hand in hand and we see the church trying to get involved with political affairs worldwide today.  Now it is hard to imagine how Christianity can unite with the religions of the world because they are diametrically opposed to each other and yet, that is the case.  It is as Jude warned us, Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.  For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.  Jude 3-4.

            The apostasy that the church is embracing today is that God has revealed Himself in many different ways, to different cultures, and thus, all religions worship the same god, but just use different names.  Jesus is only one way, one of the many different paths to god, even though Jesus said in John 14:6, “ . . . ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ This view is growing and leading the way is the National Council of Churches in the United States and the World Council of Churches and these organizations condemn missionary activity as “arrogant” and “anti-cultural.”  Now, let me give you a little history on this movement of the one-world religion.  This is from Carl Teichrib, Re-Creating Eden: A Look at the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions.  We are told:

            From July 7th to the 13th, 2004 Barcelona Spain was the focal point for this year’s largest interfaith event, the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions. And while this conference received practically no media coverage in North America, it was a major milestone in a lineage of interfaith events.

            The history of the Parliament of the World’s Religions goes back over 100 years to 1893. That year, the first World’s Parliament of Religions took place as part of the World Columbia Exposition in Chicago.  Thousands attended, and the gathering became a seminal event in American religious life, “marking the change from the dominance of Anglo-Saxon Protestantism to the start of a multi-religious society.”

            Richard Seager, in his Harvard University Doctrinal Thesis on the 1893 Parliament, further elaborated on this national religious turnaround:

As far as religious pluralism in America is concerned a strict construction of the issue would seem to suggest that after the Parliament, there were many ways to be religious.  One could be saved or self-realized or grow in God consciousness or be self-emptied. And as America itself continued to pursue its messianic mission, it was a nation under a changed God. Krishna, Vishnu, the Buddha (technically a not-God) the Divine Mother, and other deities had been tucked up in the nation’s sacred canopy, where they joined the Christian Father and Son, Jehovah, Nature’s God, and Apollo and his

Muses . . .

            One hundred years later, in 1993, the second Parliament of the World’s Religions took place – once again in Chicago. And like the first Parliament, this event drew thousands of participants from practically every major and minor stream of thought, philosophy, and spiritual persuasion.

            Erwin Lutzer, author and well-known Christian apologist, attended this event with a critical eye. Writing on what he witnessed, Lutzer commented, “The gods are on a roll, and woe to those who stand in the way of their agenda!  With lofty ideals and utopian plans to unify the religions of the world for the common good, this parliament met to break down the barriers that exist in the accelerate march toward unity.”

            Setting the stage for deeper interfaith collaboration, the 1993 Parliament spurned a landmark directive; the creation of a Global Ethic.

            Blending various aspects of many religious traditions, the basic idea behind the Global Ethic was and is to unite all religions around a common core set of moral and ethical values. To this end, the 1993 Parliament was especially significant, as the drive towards a Global Ethic elevated inter-religious cooperation to new heights.

            In 1999, on the eve of the new millennium, the third Parliament of the World’s Religions took place in Cape Town, South Africa. Again, thousands attended. However, when the Parliament concluded it was evident that a new direction for interfaith cooperation had been formulated. Unlike the past two events, which had a heavy emphasis on religious unity, the South African conference produced a remarkably political agenda.

            Titled, A Call to Our Guiding Institutions, the final report from Cape Town stressed that Earth-centric changes needed to take place within governments, religious institutions, labor and industry, education, science, the international political community, and in other areas such as commerce and media. It was a call for “global interdependence” and “robust cooperation within the human family.”  All of this was to take place within a framework of interfaith understanding where Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and other spiritual paths could unite around a “better world” concept.

            And then came this year’s Parliament of the World’s Religions.

            Peak attendance at Barcelona topped 8,600, with participants coming from all corners of the world and representing an enormous range of religious beliefs and practices . . .

            Dirk Ficca, the Executive Director of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, explained what political interconnections would be sought in order to implement the commitments made during the week.

            The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions has also developed a process to monitor and support the implementation of the Barcelona Parliament commitments, including best-practice manuals and a web-based communications network in order to support and assess the impact on the world’s pressing problems. We are also exploring partnerships with other sectors of society such as organizations within the UN system, the World Bank and organizations that promote corporate social responsibility.

            Here is were the rubber meets the road – a commitment to impacting global political decision making via the unified lobbying influence of the international religious community. Ultimately, it is man’s plan to remake the work in man’s image . . .

            We are seeing the walls of our Christian faith come tumbling down around us under the idea of tolerance and acceptance as this story tells us from the December LA Times:

            One of the nations’ leading evangelical Christian Seminaries has launched a federally funded project for making peace with Muslims, featuring a proposed code of ethics that rejects offensive statements about each other’s faiths, affirms a mutual belief in one God and pledges not to proselytize.

            The $1-million project, initiated by Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, is being hailed by both sides as a pioneering attempt to ease continuing conflict. But, in an illustration of sharp theological divides, some conservative evangelicals are challenging the ethics code and asserting that they do not believe in the same God as Muslims.

            Tensions between Muslims and evangelical Christians have been aggravated by a series of negative remarks about Islam by national evangelical leaders since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.  Those included the characterization of Islam by evangelist Franklin Graham as an evil religion, and assertions by the Rev. Jerry Falwell that the Prophet Muhammad was a terrorist and by the former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, that Muhammad was a “demon-possessed pedophile.”

            And then there is this article from desertnews.com, November 15, 2004:

            Taking the pulpit [in the Salt Lake Tabernacle for an “Evening of Friendship,”] to speak of the event’s historic nature, Fuller Theological Seminary President Richard Mouw addressed a capacity crowd of several thousand, offering a stunningly candid apology to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and noting that “friendship has not come easily between our communities.”  He dubbed the evening “historic” and apologized that Evangelicals “Have often misrepresented the faith and beliefs of the Latter-day Saints.”

            “Let me state it clearly.  We evangelicals have sinned against you,” he said, adding both camps have tended to marginalize and simplify the others’ beliefs.  Historical animosity dating back to the founding of the LSD Church by Joseph Smith in 1830 has heightened in recent years between the two groups, particularly in the 1990s, when several high-profile evangelical leaders asserted that “Mormons are not Christians.”

            Mouw noted the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith’s birthday next December and several scholarly events planned to celebrate during the coming year.  “I hope many in the evangelical community will take part in those events,” he said.

            Not only are we forced to accept all religions, all faiths, but now we are being forced not to be a Christian or to be a watered-down Christian as this story by Jim Brown tells us from AgapePress, November 29, 2004:

            A Christian group at Arizona State University says it should be allowed to bar non-Christians and practicing homosexuals from membership and officer positions.

            The ASU chapter of the Christian Legal Society has filed suit, seeking recognition as an official campus organization without having to comply with the school’s non-discrimination policy. The CLS objects to a portion of that policy that would require the group to admit non-Christians and homosexuals as members and leaders.

            Attorney Joshua Carden is with the Alliance Defense Fund, which joined CLS in filing the case. He says anti-Christian discrimination has become a trend on college campuses.

            “Universities around the country, including Arizona State University, are starting to reject and remove from the marketplace of ideas the notion that Christian groups should be allowed to stay Christian,” Carden says.  In this case, he notes, ASU is requiring the Christian Legal Society chapter to “open its membership and its leadership to everyone, regardless of their religious preference or their sexual orientation.”

            According to Carden, the school is forcing an autonomous religious group to dilute its identity.

            “You don’t tell a vegetarian club that they have to allow meat-eaters or hunters as part of their group.  You don’t tell the communist club that they have to allow capitalists to be leaders and officers of their group,” he points out. “So here in the university setting, only the Christian group is being told they can’t require their members and officers to adhere to a set of beliefs.”

            The lawsuit is one of several filed against universities across the country by the Christian Legal Society and the Alliance Defense Fund.  In a similar case, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill recently withdrew recognition from a male Christian fraternity over its requirement that members and officers be Christians.

            Listen to this report from WorldNetDaily, December 21, 2004, Bush supports cross-hating movement:

            Both President Bush and his father have expressed their support for a group of mostly black church leaders that endorses the practice of throwing the cross into the trash – literally.  According to an online column by John Gorenfeld, the American Clergy Leadership Conference sponsored a nationwide “Tear Down The Cross” day for Easter 2003 during which pastors led ceremonies where traditional sanctuary crosses were tossed into dumpsters. Over 100 crosses reportedly were trashed.  Writes Gorenfeld, “This [cross removal], movement leaders said, cleared the way for a new age and second messiah.” . . .

. . . Though ACLC’s website says part of its purpose is to “promote through fellowship the unity of the body of Christ,” it also aims to “foster cooperation and understanding among all religions.”  That cooperation is evidenced by the involvement of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Unification Church who was dubbed the king of peace at a coronation ceremony in the Dirksen Senate Office Building earlier this year.  The organization also works closely with both Muslim and Jewish clergy . . . “One series of photos found on Moon’s website, but purged after receiving unfavorable attention earlier this year from evangelicals, shows Massachusetts preacher John Kingara taking down the cross from his church, hauling it behind the old brick building and hoisting it into a dumpster,” writes Gorenfeld . . . “Kingara, embracing the ACLC’s new gospel, declared in remarks found in the Unification News, ‘The fact that the cross is a symbol of division, shame, suffering and bloodshed prove that it is not of God but Satan.’  He continued, ‘On this 18th day of April 2003, we are beginning a new history.  Pastors, please, help me to bring the cross down, because it is not of God but the devil.’”  Moon was the keynote speaker at the Washington breakfast last week.  Writes Gorenfeld: “In Moon’s teachings, God himself is shedding tears over mankind’s obsession with the cross, which prevents us from recognizing the real ‘returning lord’:  Moon himself.  It’s no secret.  This is something he’s patiently explained to many audiences of congressmen and former Republican presidents over the years, in Washington pageants that hardly ever make the news.”  The columnist says Bush sent a “warm letter” of support presented at the breakfast by a state senator, in which the president and the first lady sent best wishes to the sponsors – and thanked them for rallying his “armies of compassion.”

            Let me try to summarize all this with this from Hope for the World by Gary Kah in his story Papal Pursuits, Summer 2004 issue:

            The old saying “all roads lead to Rome” has held validity for many centuries.  However, with over one billion Roman Catholics currently worldwide and with a renewed emphasis by Vatican leaders on pursuing spiritual alliances, this statement holds true more today than ever.  While Rome has been the hub of global Catholicism for centuries, more recently, particularly since Pope John Paul II’s Assisi multi-faith conference in 1986, the office of the papacy has increasingly become more the inter-religious focal point of the world.

            Writing on the Assisi event, Christian author Dave Hunt explained:

            One of John Paul II’s most amazing feats was the gathering at Assisi, Italy, in 1986 of 130 leaders of the world’s 12 major religions to pray for peace.  Praying together were snake worshipers, fire worshipers, spiritists, animists, North American witch doctors, Buddhists, Muslims, and Hindus, as well as “Christians” and Catholics.  The pope declared that all were “praying to the same God.” On that occasion the pope allowed his good friend the Dalai Lama to replace the cross with Buddha on the alter of St. Peter’s Church in Assisi and for him and his monks to perform their Buddhist worship there.

            . . . Several conferences were held in New York City between August 28 and September 9, 2000 that seem to have moved this agenda forward. These events were thoroughly covered in our newsletter issues and videotape presentation that year.  But, here’s a quick review.

            A meeting of nearly one thousand religious leaders occurred August 28-31, 2000 to promote the unification of the worlds’ religions.  Officially referred to as the UN Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, this was the first meeting of its type held at the United Nations.  Most of the world’s religions were represented at this groundbreaking conference. Delegates included representatives from the Vatican and several Protestant churches.

            Then, from September 5-9 a meeting of global economic leaders took place in New York City. It was called the State of the World Forum and was Mikhail Gorbachev’s brainchild.  Colin Powell, our current Secretary of State, was noted speaker at this event. Also in attendance were top media and education leaders along with a number of Heads of State who had been singled out to address the gathering. This important conference was used by Gorbachev to pave the way for the formal introduction of his Earth Charter in 2001.

            Finally, on September 6-8 an unprecedented political gathering of nearly 160 Heads of State took place at the United Nations to contemplate the future of the world. The meeting was dubbed the UN Millennium Summit.  Its main purpose was to apply pressure on leaders of nations to grant the UN more power and authority.  Numerous international treaties were signed which have served to elevate the UN’s status and influence.

Folks, in the days we are living in we must earnestly contend for the faith because all roads don’t lead to God.  Peter said in Acts 4:11-12, This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’  Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.  There is no other way, no other name by which we are saved except for Jesus.  People may disagree with that but it doesn’t change the fact that He is the only way; all roads don’t lead to God.  In fact, the broad way, the liberal road leads to Hell through heaven, religious ways that end up in Hell.  Only Jesus saves, only Jesus brings us to the Father, case closed!

 

4.  THE COMING WAR

            In Ezekiel chapter 37 you read of the re-birth of the nation of Israel from dry, lifeless bones and that occurred in 1948 as Israel became a nation once again, the Jews had a homeland and then in 1967 they re-captured the city of Jerusalem – the Jews were in the land that God had promised them once again!  That is not the end of the story though, for in Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39 we read of a multinational force coming to destroy the Jews with Russia being drawn into this battle!

            I realize that many don’t think Russia is one of the nations that come against Israel but look at the facts and see for yourself.  Magog was one of the sons of Japheth listed in Genesis chapter 10 and the historians refer to these ancient people as the Scythians and they lived in the area of Southern Russia.  Also involved in this war is Turkey, Persia or Iran, Cush or Ethiopia, Put or Libya, Germany, and the five Republics that broke off from the former Soviet Union. What do they all have in common?  Islam!  All except for Russia who has made alliances with some of these Muslim nations!  Now how close are we to this war breaking out, a war that God will give victory to Israel wiping out 5/6 of the enemy?  Let me show you!

            The construction of Iran’s nuclear power plant at Bushehr was finished by mid-October. It was a collaboration between Russia’s Atomic Energy Agency and the government of Iran. According to Reuter’s news agency, the plant is complete, except for assembling some security and control equipment. A spokesman for RosAtom (Russia’s Atomic Energy Agency) said, “We’re done. All we need to do now is work out an agreement on sending spent fuel back to Russia.”

            The 1,000-megawatt, $800 million facility is due to be launched sometime next year, and reach full capacity by 2006. Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of Iran’s Foreign Affairs and National Security Commission, said, “The (nuclear fuel) agreement is practically ready. If experts agree on a few remaining commercial matters, it could be signed in November.”

               Russia is making the agreement with Iran to retrieve spent nuclear fuel in order to allay U. S. fears that Iran could make nuclear bombs. According to Ali Akbar Soltani, deputy director-general of International Affairs in Iran’s Foreign Ministry, said that only a few financing details remained, and that they would be settled by the end of the year.

            While the United Nations is trying to get Iran to halt the project, and Israel is threatening to bomb the nuclear plants if they go into operation, Britain, France and Germany are trying to compete with Russia and sell nuclear fuel to Iran!  Some high-level Russians are worried that these European nations might take their customer away.  The European Union’s “Big Three” offered to help Iran with atomic technology.

            With Russia in the middle of Iran’s nuclear project, and Israel threatening to blow up the plants if they go into operation, it seems the stage is set for the biblical Battle of Gog and Magog.

            -J. R. Church

 

The stage is being set as children are being trained up to hate the Jews, to kill them.  Listen carefully to this, it is not a joke!  This is from WorldNetDaily from October 26, 2004:

A talking animal on a Palestinian children’s television show has advocated starting a massacre with AK-47 firearms.

The violent suggestion came in response to a question from a child moderator on the program, which runs on official Palestinian TV, reported Palestinian Media Watch.

The recently aired episode was dedicated to the importance of trees. The moderator asked “Tarabisho,” a talking chick, what he would do if someone, specifically a “little boy,” were to chop down his tree.  In his squeaky little voice, Tarabisho answered that he would shoot the little boy with an AK-47 automatic rifle, create a massacre and make a riot.

The following is the full text of the translated dialogue between the child moderator and Tarabisho:

Girl: If a boy comes in front of your house where a tree is planted, and cuts it down, what would you do?

Talking Chick: I have two trees in front of my house.

Girl: If a little boy cuts them down, what will you do to him?

Talking Chick: What I’ll do to him?  I’ll fight him and make a big riot. I’ll call the whole world and make a riot. I’ll bring AK-47’s and the whole world. I’ll commit a massacre in front of the house.

As WorldNet Daily reported, Palestinian Authority television produced a “Sesame Street” – like children’s program called the “Children’s Club” – complete with puppet shows, songs, Mickey Mouse and other characters – focused on inculcating [teaching] intense hatred of Jews and a passion for engaging in and celebrating violence against them in a perpetual “jihad” until the day the Israeli flags come down from above “Palestinian land” and the Palestinian flag is raised.

In one song on the “Children’s Club,” very young children are shown signing songs about wanting to become “suicide warriors” and to take up “a machine gun” to direct “violence, anger, anger, anger” against Israelis.

During the show, which featured children aged 4-10, one young boy sings, “When I wander into Jerusalem, I will become a suicide bomber.” Afterward, other children stand to call for “Jihad!  Holy war to the end against the Zionist enemy.”

In another segment, the boy who appears to be no more than 8 or 9 years old chants: “My patience has run out.  All Arab existence cries for revenge” against the Jews in Israel.

Last week WND reported a music video urging children to become suicide bombers and which was removed from circulation last year returned to the official Palestinian television.

The words in the music video are sung by a woman vocalist wearing an army uniform, and the visuals include children in frenzied war dances, interspersed between scenes of children participating in violence in combat zones, explained PMW.

Not only that, but again from WorldNetDaily, June 26, 2004, there is a website dedicated to Islamic law and it features a video presentation of four children acting out a beheading in a similar manner to recent slayings in Iraq and Saudi Arabia.   The video footage culminates with a mock beheading of the child hostage!  And you wonder why they are so violent; it is what they are taught!

Let me put this into perspective for you to show you that this war is going to happen, the Bible tells us so and the evidence is growing that this war is going to be soon!  In fact, I believe it is this war against Israel that will usher the rise of the Antichrist, as he comes on the scene to solve the world’s problems, on the heels of this nuclear holocaust!  And keep in mind that Israel is surrounded by those that want to destroy them on three sides and the fourth side is the Mediterranean Sea, so there is no where for them to go!  They are fighting for their lives even before this battle begins!   Professor Moshe Sharon tells us:

Christians will not exist, because according to many Islamic traditions, the Moslems who are in hell will have to be replaced by somebody and they’ll be replaced by the Christians.

The Jews will no longer exist, because before the coming of the end of days, there is going to be a war against the Jews where all Jews should be killed.  I’m quoting now from the heart of Islamic tradition, from the books that are read by every child in school.  The Jews will all be killed. They’ll be running away and they’ll be hiding behind trees and rocks and, on that day Allah will give mouths to the rocks and trees and they will say, “Oh Moslem come here, there is a Jew behind me, kill him.” Without this, the end of days cannot come.  This is a fundamental of Islam.

. . . The question which we in Israel are asking ourselves is what will happen to our country? Is there a possibility to end this dance of war?

The answer is, “No.  Not in the foreseeable future.” What we can do is reach a situation where for a few years we may have relative quiet.

But for Islam, the establishment of the state of Israel was a reverse of Islamic history. First, Islamic territory was taken away from Islam by the Jews. You know by now that this can never be accepted, not even one meter.  So everyone who thinks Tel Aviv is safe is making a grave mistake. Territory, which at one time was dominated by Islamic rule, now has become non-Moslem. Non-Moslems are independent of Islamic rule; Jews have created their own independent state. It is anathema.

And (this is the worse) Israel, a non-Moslem state, is ruling over Moslems. It is unthinkable that non-Moslems should rule over Moslems.

            This war spoken of in Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39 is moving closer and closer to becoming a reality; you can hear the battle cry!

 

5.  THE CASHLESS SOCIETY

In Revelation 13:16-17 we are told, He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  Now, almost 2,000 years later, what John wrote about can come to pass, people will be able to buy and sell without currency but with a chip implanted under the skin. It may sound like science fiction but it is not, the technology is here!  What will be voluntary now, will one day be mandatory, every man, woman and child will be required to have this mark. Today we see a prototype of what will be and the company marketing them might not be the ones who put forth the Mark of the Beast during the tribulation period, but we truly have the technology to make this thing work and it is going global as you will see!

From an AP report from July 14, 2004, by Will Weissert, Chip Implanted in Mexico Judicial Workers, we are told:

Security has reached the subcutaneous level for Mexico’s attorney general and at least 160 people in his office – they have been implanted with microchips that get them access to secure areas of their headquarters . . . Attorney General Rafael Macedo de la Concha and 160 of his employees were implanted at a cost to taxpayers of $150 for each rice grain-sized chip . . . More are scheduled to get “tagged” in coming months, and key members of the Mexican military, the police and the office of President Vicente Fox might follow suit, Aceves said. Fox’s office did not immediately return a call seeking comment . . . Aceves said his company eventually hopes to provide Mexican officials with implantable devices that can track their physical location at any given time, but that technology is still under development . . . The chips that have been implanted are manufactured by VeriChip Corp., a subsidiary of Applied Digital Solutions Inc. of Palm Beach, Fla. . . . “The technology is out there to duplicate (a chip),” he said.  “What can’t be stolen is the unique identification number and the information that is tied to that number.” . . . In addition to the chips sold to the Mexican government, more than 1,000 Mexicans have implanted them for medical reasons, Aceves said.  Hospital officials use a scanning device to download a chip’s serial number, which they then use to access a patient’s blood type, name and other information on a computer . . . The Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve microchips as medical devices in the United States . . . Still, Silverman said that his company has sold 7,000 chips to distributors across the United States and that more than 1,000 of those had likely been inserted into U. S. customers, mostly for security or identification reasons . . .

In 2002, a Florida couple and their teenage son had Applied Digital Solutions chips implanted in their arms. The family hoped to someday be able to automatically relay their medical information to emergency room staffers . . . The chip originally was developed to track livestock and wildlife and to let pet owners identify runaway animals.  The technology was created by Digital Angel Corp., which was acquired by Applied Digital Solutions in 1999.

            This is from News Alert, July 12, 2004; Japanese authorities decide tracking is best way to protect kids:

            The rights and wrongs of RFID-chipping human beings have been debated since the tracking tags reached the technological mainstream. Now, school authorities in the Japanese city of Osaka have decided the benefits outweigh the disadvantages and will now be chipping children in one primary school.

            The tags will be read by readers installed in school gates and other key locations to track the kid’s movements.

            The chips will be put onto kids’ schoolbags, name tags or clothing in one Wakayama prefecture school. Denmark’s Legoland introduced a similar scheme last month to stop young children going astray.

            From the Boston Globe, September 21, 2004; Global positioning to track sex offenders:

            Global positioning systems and electronic bracelets will be used to track more than 200 of the state’s most serious sex offenders on probation or parole starting early next year, Governor Mitt Romney and state lawmakers announced yesterday.

            Under a $1 million pilot program Romney signed into law on Friday, the tracking system would alert probation offices when offenders violate conditions of their release by entering an “exclusion zone,” such as a school, a playground, or the home of a prior victim.  Using cellular technology, the system records and sends a record of the exact date, time, and location of the violation via text message or e-mail to the officer handling the case . . . The sex offender tracking program will be the first statewide GPS initiative in Massachusetts.  Currently, GPS tracking of people convicted of various crimes is in place in more than 30 other states.  Romney said that the results of this pilot program would dictate whether to expand it to other offenses.  The $1 million appropriated will finance the program for approximately four months, and Romney will ask the Legislature to fund the program for a full year in the 2006 budget . . . the active GPS system will allow the officer to locate the offender to within 10 yards of his location . . .

            With terrorism on the rise throughout the world listen to what this nation is doing in regards to National ID cards and State Drivers licenses.  This is from infowars.com, December 10, 2004:

            In a chilling act more reminiscent of the now defunct Soviet Union or the Nazi regime of Adolph Hitler, the United States Congress passed legislation yesterday that requires that States to surrender their regulatory rights over driver’s licenses and birth certificates to The Department of Homeland Security . . . Beginning in 2005, the Department of Homeland Security will issue new uniformity regulations to the States requiring that all Drivers Licenses and Birth Certificates meet minimal Federal Standards with regard to US citizen information, including biometric security provisions.

            Added to currently existing Federal Laws and Supreme Court rulings American citizens when born will be issued a Social Security Number that will be included on their Birth Certificates, along with DNA biometric markers.  All birth certificates will also be registered in a Federal Government database maintained by the Department of Homeland Security.  No child will be allowed enrollment to schools or be entitled to either State or Federal Government benefits programs without first presenting a certified Homeland Security registered Birth Certificate.

            Drivers Licenses will also contain DNA biometric markers and include the holders Social Security Number and be required for receiving and applying for all State and Federal benefits programs . . . Major Banks and credit card companies have applauded the adoption of a National ID system as being important to counter fraud and increasing instances of identity theft.  National ID cards with biometric markers will eliminate them from having to issue Credit and Debit cards, which for the first time in US history have surpassed the usage of checks and cash . . .Never before in our history have the words of Benjamin Franklin been so correct when he stated: “people willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.

            Heading the market for this chip, as I have said, is Applied Digital Solutions. Listen to this report from CBN.com from March 26, 2004:

            Microchip technology is no longer just for Palm Pilots and cell phones, now people can store important information about themselves right beneath their skin.  A chip about the size of a Tic Tac can carry up to six lines of text, readable with a scanner.

            Science fiction has become reality. A Florida company plans to bring their new VeriChip to the market this year.  It’s product that excites a lot of people, but worries many others.

            “The VeriChip is an advanced, digital identification technology,” explained Doctor Keith Bolton, the vice president and chief technology officer at Applied Digital Systems in Palm Beach, Florida. It will be the first company in the world to offer the microchip for insertion into humans . . . “Yes, it’s in my right forearm and there is no bump or anything that you can really see, and if you just gently pass your finger over it it’s right in this area right here,” Seelig demonstrated.  “The technique just involves a little bit of local anesthetic into the skin, and just a slight amount of pressure . . . it takes about seven seconds to do, and that was that – wear a band-aid, that was the end of it.”

. . . “We would like to know for sure as best we can that the people in that cockpit of that airplane belong there and they are the right people, that people who work at nuclear power plants are the right people and they should be there,” Seelig said . . . Right now Applied Digital Solutions sells a separate system for tracking and monitoring called Digital Angel, which consists of a device similar to a wrist-watch and a module worn on the belt. It is marketed to the families of Alzheimer’s patients because, as Bolton demonstrates, it can locate loved ones anywhere in the world, from any P. C. in the world . . . “Pete is outside and he has the Digital Angel monitor on, and we’re going to monitor his position from this Internet access P.C.,” Bolton illustrated.  “What we’re showing here is he is on the corner of Coconut Grove and Royal Palm Way.”  And that is exactly where Pete was.

            A GPS tracking device is currently too large to fit into the tiny VeriChip, but miniaturization is probably only a mater of time.  Some believe a tracking device inside the body could deter kidnapping.  “We’ve had six Latin American countries in here in just the last two weeks, and they are begging us to create an embedded integrated technology,” Bolton said . . . But the thought of being tracked and carrying vital information in the body makes a lot of people’s skin crawl.  And it reminds some of a frightening prophecy in the Bible about the mark of the Beast.

            Revelation 13 says the Beast will force everyone “to receive a mark on his right hand or forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the Beast or the number of his name . . . His number is 666.”

            Applied Digital has been attacked by some Christians for making what some fear is a prototype mark of the Beast. So does this chip, as it is now, have any relationship to the prophecy in the book of Revelation? CBN News asked Regent University professor Doctor Joseph Kickasola.

            “My judgment is, no they do not,” Kickasola said.  “I think it’s both illogical and unfair to make that assertion, and let me tell you why. I think the Bible clearly says the mark of the Beast is for buying and selling and that is also coerced, it’s government enforced.  On the face of it, these microchips are for good purposes, like for medical records, like for lost children.  They’re not for buying or selling, as is described in the book of Revelation.”

            And Bolton stresses the VeriChip is voluntary.  “We live in a free society,” he said.  “You can either elect to smoke [or not].  You can elect to have the VeriChip. So it’s a freedom of choice.

            Listen again to how far we have come from this report from The Seattle Times, October 18, 2004.  We are told:

            Implanting a microchip in a pet has become a common practice, but until last week, it may have seemed quite a stretch to implant one in a person.

            On Wednesday, a Florida company announced that the Food and Drug Administration had approved its microchip for embedding into humans to convey information about their medical conditions.

            Unlike a bar code, which identifies only the type of product, each RFID tag has a unique serial number. The tags themselves can pack greater amounts of data and transmit the information faster from farther away.  In today’s closed RFID systems, such as those used by libraries, data cannot be shared because only one reader – the library’s – can get information from the tags.  Tomorrow’s open standards are designed so that the tags can be read by virtually any reader . . . In the United States, many large retailers are planning to use RFID tags on boxes and warehouse pallets and have started some trials of tags on individual items.  Privacy questions arise at the point the tags move from back-end supply chains to goods consumers buy and take home, Rotenberg said.

            These RFID tags will be placed on all items you buy and here is the interesting thing, you will not have to go through the check-out line because all the groceries or items in your cart will be automatically identified and they won’t have to pass over a scanner individually, saving time, saving money and think of the possibilities, the items you bought can be deducted from your debt card or whatever you are carrying!

            As I close out this section, we have come a long way in regards to technology and please understand that the chip is not evil. What is evil is man and when evil men are in control of these chips, monitoring people, that is when the problem comes, Big Brother is watching you!

            Listen to this report from Raiders News Update, August 27, 2003, Test Marketing the Mark of the Beast:

            . . . Makers of implantable microchips claim the procedure will be voluntary at first. But a report written by Elaine M. Ramish for the Franklin Pierce Law Center says: “A [mandatory] national identification system via microchip implants could be achieved in two stages: Upon introduction as a voluntary system, the microchip implantation will appear to be palatable. After there is a familiarity with the procedure and a knowledge of its benefits, implantation would be mandatory.”  George Gets, the communications director for the Libertarian Party agrees, saying: “After all, the government has never forced anyone to have a driver license, [but] try getting along without one, when everyone from your local banker to the car rental man to the hotel operator to the grocery store re    quires one in order for you to take advantage of their services, that amounts to a de facto mandate. If the government can force you to surrender your fingerprints to get a drivers license, why can’t it force you to get a computer chip implant?”

            Folks, what John wrote about in Revelation in regards to the Mark of the Beast was impossible in his day but it is very possible today!

 

6.  ISRAEL

If you want to know what time it is on God’s prophetic time clock, you need to look at the nation of Israel.  In Daniel 9:24-27 we are told, Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy.  Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times.  And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined.  Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate.

As we saw in our study in Daniel, this prophecy is for the Jews and the city of Jerusalem.  First of all it speaks of 70 seven year periods are determined on the nation of Israel and they are broken down into two groups. First of all the 69 seven year periods or 173,880 days and at the culmination of those days the Messiah was to come as king and we saw that when Jesus rode through Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, 173,880 days from the going forth to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, which was given to us in Nehemiah chapter 2, until this day!  Then He was to be executed for a capitol crime, which happened to Jesus and now there is that last 7 year period of time to be fulfilled, we call it the Tribulation Period.  It is during this time the Jews receive the Antichrist as their Messiah (John 5:43) and rebuild the temple (Revelation 11) and at the 3½ year mark the Antichrist goes into the rebuilt temple and demands to be worshiped as god (Matthew 24), and it is at that point the Jews realize their mistake and flee for their lives to Petra where God will protect them for 3½ years as I believe they are the ones that call upon Jesus and He returns!

What I want to focus on in this section is the rise of Anti-Semitism worldwide!  According to WorldNetDaily, from April 24, 2004, we are told:

Egypt’s government newspaper has accused Jews of carrying out all terrorism throughout the world, including the Madrid bombings.

“If you want to know the real perpetrator of every disaster or every act of terrorism, look for the Zionist Jews,” wrote Abd Al-Wahhab ‘Adas, deputy editor of Al-Gumhouriyya in a recent article titled “The Secret Israeli Weapon.”

The Jews do this to harm and distort the image of Arabs “and represent them to the world as terrorists who endanger innocents,” the editor said.

But, he insists, “It is the Jews, with their hidden filthy hands, who play their part with expertise in order to harm the Arabs and Muslims and to intensify hatred towards them.  They have experience in this area.  All precedents attest to this.  Their black history is the best possible proof that hatred toward the Arabs and the Muslims fills their hearts and blinds their eyes.  They are behind all troubles, disaster and catastrophes in the world.”

This is from the Jerusalem Post, October 23, 2004:

The Foreign Ministry Thursday canceled a scheduled meeting with a delegation from the American Presbyterian Church because the group met Hizbullah officials in Beirut and even had words of praise for the organization.

Gadi Golan, the head of the ministry’s religious affairs bureau, said the decision was made after the ministry was informed of the delegation’s meeting with Sheikh Nabil Qauq, a Hizbullah leader in south Lebanon.

Golan said that one of the members of the church’s Mideast fact-finding delegation, Rev. Ronald Stone, a retired social ethics professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, was quoted on Hizbullah’s Al-Manar satellite network as saying, “Relations and conversations with Islamic leaders are a lot easier than dealings and dialogue with Jewish leaders.’

He also said, “We treasure the precious words of Hizbullah and your expression of goodwill toward the American people.”

And the United Nations is also involved in this campaign of Anti-Semitism as this article shows us:

Alan Dershowitz, possibly our country’s most prominent attorney, has written an excellent book, “The Case for Israel,” which is essentially a lawyer’s brief in defense of that country. It is worth your while to read it.

In May of this year, Dershowitz gave an address at the University of California at Berkeley, from which the following is excerpted. You may recall perhaps that up to the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel was perceived by the world as little David, the righteous victim of the Holocaust and the Arabs as Goliath, a single-mindedly focused on Israel’s destruction.  Unable to defeat Israel on the battlefield, the Arabs, added by the most expensive PR organization in the world, were able to sway world public opinion (and also play to latent anti-Semitism), especially in Europe.  Here is what Dershowitz has to say on the topic:

What changed is the perception of the world.  The United Nations tragically has become a mega bomb for bigotry against Israel. If a space alien from another planet were to come down to earth and land at the General Assembly of the United Nations, or at some American college campuses, or many an urban capital, and have to report back to the distant galaxy from which he came, he’d have to report this is a wonderful planet with great countries that love peace.  Like Syria, which is on the Security Council.  Or Libya, that chairs the Human Rights Commission.  But there’s this one country, this evil nation that’s been condemned by the UN more than any other country or all other countries combined. If the spaceship landed on the Berkeley campus, all the canards and untruths about Israel – genocide, apartheid, all the claims you hear so often, would be heard. And that is the tragedy.

            It is so bad that Israel is being blamed for Yasser Arafat’s death, saying that they poisoned him!  Give me a break!  But Israel is the bad guy, the Palestinians are the good guy, they only want peace, or is that really what they want?  Listen to this story from ARUTZ SHEVEA from December 2, 2004:

            A top PA official has reiterated the end-goal of the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel: a Palestinian state instead of Israel.

            In a seeming re-affirmation of the PLO’s 1974 “destroy Israel” program, commonly known as the Phased Plan, Fatah co-founder Farouk Kadumi termed the struggle for a two-state solution just a “stage” on the road to “only one [state].”

            Kadumi spoke on Nov. 29th with Iran’s Al-Aram television station. When the interviewer asked Kadumi, “What is the future of Palestine?” the PLO leader answered: “At this stage there will be two states.  Many years from now there will be only one.”

            Asked why he has not softened his stance against Israel’s existence, Kadumi replied, “Our enemy always says, ‘This is Judea and Samaria’ . . . They haven’t changed their discourse. If they change theirs, we will change ours, and if not, we will keep saying that armed resistance is the way to Palestine.”

            He expressed confidence in the Arab’s ultimate victory, saying, “[There are] 300 million Arabs, while Israel has only the sea behind it.” . . . The basic principle of the 1974 Phased Plan is that the PLO would struggle to initially establish an “independent combatant national authority” over any territory “liberated from Israeli rule.  That “national authority” would then be used as a base for continued terror attacks. The final phase of the plan is all-out war against Israel by all her Arab neighbors with the hope of destroying the Jewish State entirely.

The struggle continues but not because Israel doesn’t want peace.  Let’s look at the following statements that may shed some light on things. This is from Dennis Prager and he tells us:

            · Number of times Jerusalem is mentioned in the Old Testament: over 700

            · Number of times Jerusalem is mentioned in the Koran: 0

            · Number of Arab leaders who visited Jerusalem when it was under Arab rule (1948-1967): 1

            · Number of Arab refugees who fled the land that became Israel: approximately 600,000

            · Number of Jewish refugees who fled Arab countries: approximately 600,000

            · Number of U.N. agencies that deal only with Palestinian refugees: 1

            · Number of U.N. agencies that deal with all other refugees in the world: 1

            · Number of Jewish states that have existed on the land called Palestine: 3

            · Number of Arab or Muslim states that have existed on the land called Palestine: 0

            · Number of terrorist attacks by Israelis or Jews since 1967: 1

            · Number of terrorist attacks by Arabs or Muslims since 1967: thousands

            · Percentage of Jews who have praised the Jewish terrorist: approximately 1

            · Percentage of Palestinians who have praised Islamic terrorists: approximately 90

            · Number of Jewish countries: 1

            · Number of Jewish democracies: 1

            · Number of Arab countries: 19

            · Number of Arab democracies: 0

            · Number of Arab women killed annually by fathers and brothers in “honor killings’: thousands

            · Number of Jewish women killed annually by fathers and brothers in “honor killings”: 0

            · Number of Christian or Jewish prayer services allowed in Saudi Arabia: 0

            · Number of Muslim prayer services allowed in Israel: unlimited

            · Number of Arabs Israel allows to live in Arab settlements in Israel: 1,250,000

            · Number of Jews Palestinian Authority allows to live in Jewish settlements in Palestinian Authority: 0

            · Percentage of U.N. Commission on Human Rights resolutions condemning an Arab country for human-rights violations: 0

            · Percentage of U.N. Commission on Human Rights resolutions condemning Israel for human rights violations: 26

            · Number of U.N. Security Council resolutions on Middle East between 1948 and 1991: 175

            · Number of these resolutions against Israel: 97

            · Number of these resolutions against an Arab state: 4

            · Number of Arab countries that have been members of the U.N. Security Council: 16

            · Number of times Israel has been a member of the U.N. Security Council: 0

            · Number of U.N. General Assembly resolutions condemning Israel: 322

            · Number of U.N. General Assembly resolutions condemning an Arab country: 0

            · Percentage of U.N. votes in which Arab countries voted with the United States in 2002: 16.6

            · Percentage of U.N. votes in which Israel voted with the United States in 2002: 92.6

            · Percentage of Middle East Studies professors who defend Zionism and Israel: approximately 1

            · Percentage of Middle East Studies professors who believe in diversity on college campuses: 100

            · Percentage of people who argue that the Jewish state has no right to exist who also believe some other country has no right to exist: 0

            · Percentage of people who argue that of all the countries in the world, only the Jewish state has no right to exist: 100

            · Number of Muslims in the world: more than 1 billion

            · Number of Muslim demonstrations against Islamic terror: approximately 2

Folks, Israel exists because God has sustained them and He has brought them back into the land of Israel.  The Jews are the apple of God’s eye and He is not done dealing with them and one day, all Israel shall be saved, they shall receive Jesus as their Messiah!

            As you can see the signs of the Lord’s return are everywhere and they are growing each and every day.  But don’t let that stop you from bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to a world that is in darkness and to support His people, the Jews!

            I want to close tonight with this story from Rabbi Shmuley Boteach from WorldNetDaily and posted November 2, 2004.  My love affair with evangelical Christians:

            I am a Jew who is deeply in love with evangelical Christians.  Although I am at odds with them on various issues, they today constitute the most potent force for good in all America, and the most influential constituency who consistently demands that America be a nation of justice, standing up for the persecuted and living up to its founding ideals of serving as a global beacon of freedom.

To be sure, I am devoted to my Judaism.  Wild horses and iron combs could never pry me away from my Jewish identity and I have devoted my life to the dissemination of Jewish ideas in the mainstream culture and to bringing wayward Jews back to their heritage. But I must give credit where credit is due.  And evangelical Christians, more than any other group today, are responsible for America being a Godly country.

Whenever I am in the company of evangelical Christians, I feel completely at home, among true brothers and sisters of faith. More so, I feel inspired, like I am in the company of an authentic Godly host. Evangelical Christians are at the forefront of asserting that religious conviction demands moral action.  You cannot call yourself religious unless you act with justice. Period.  So many religious people around the world have utterly embarrassed themselves over the past few years by condemning the United States for the war in Iraq, a war that removed the world’s foremost mass murderer from power.  But the evangelicals have been stalwart in defending the Iraq war as a conflict in which America served as God’s long arm of justice . . .

When evangelical Christians talk to me about God, they speak with an immediacy and intimacy which is both inspiring and impressive.  To the Evangelicals, God is a loving father rather than a distant relative. And unlike secularists who love making up their own morality, evangelical Christians humbly submit to the Divine will.  The potency of evangelical faith is manifest in them being at the forefront of feeding the hungry, curing the sick, and giving clothes to the poor – deeds which are practiced by an army of missionaries around the world.

Unlike so many Americans, evangelical Christians utterly reject materialism.  They raise Godly children who are open-hearted and uncorrupted.  Evangelical Christian parents protect their children from a corrosive culture that is so harming America’s youth.  The evangelicals have remarkably created their own music, TV and film industries which promote values-based entertainment as opposed to crude sexual exploitation.  Their women are taught to value themselves and would never contemplate surrendering their bodies to a man who has not committed to them in marriage.  And their men are taught to value women and to work to be worthy of them . . . I will strongly object to his insistence that those who do not believe in Jesus will not go to Heaven and accuse him of spiritual bigotry and religious racism. He will stand ground.  And yet, I know that he would lay down his life for me, and for all Israel, in a moment.

It is on the subject of Jesus, especially, and other related theological questions, that I am, of course, most distant from my evangelical brothers and sisters.  I have had many televised debates against leading evangelicals forcefully rejecting Jesus as the Jewish Messiah. But for all that, I have never felt any emotional distance from the evangelicals. All I have felt is love.

Many of my Jewish brethren reject evangelical Christians as dogmatic and intolerant. In doing so they are guilty of themselves of rejecting one of Judaism’s most seminal teachings: to judge a man by his actions rather than his beliefs.  Just try and find kinder more compassionate people who are more willing to assist their fellow man in a time of crisis, than the evangelicals. And this is especially true of the evangelical love for Israel.

As an American Jew, I have two great loves: the United States and Israel. The Talmud says that what makes Israel unique is that God’s presence is a tangible reality in the Holy Land. In Israel, one can sense and feel God’s holy presence.  Thanks largely to evangelical Christians, the same is true today of the United States. God is alive and well in America. And it is primarily for that reason that this great country is so blessed.

May we keep loving people with the love of Christ, for it makes a difference and people are watching, they are taking notice.  May we also keep looking up for our redemption is drawing near, the return of our Lord.  May we be able to say as John did, Even so, come, Lord Jesus!  Revelation 22:20.  MARANATHA!  May the Lord richly bless you in this coming year!