As we move into our second study this evening, we are going to focus on the State of the World or how world events are prophetic in nature. Now, how close are we? Let me share with you this short Bible prophecy equation to show you how close we really are:
= The Generation of the 'Apocalypse'... Armageddon . . . and Messiah's Return.
For the first time in history this prophetic 'equation' is nearly complete . . .
And all in THIS generation!!!
We will be looking at several different areas related to Bible prophecy in this study and look at how things are coming together right before our eyes. We have already looked at the apostasy and the coming together of the one-world religion headed by the false prophet during the Tribulation Period. We saw how quickly the Christian church is joining forces with the religions of the world and that can only happen as they worship another Jesus, which is happening! So we will not be going over that again, we covered it in great detail. Thus, with that said, lets see what else is happening in the world of Bible prophecy!
1. ONE-WORLD GOVERNMENT
Now we have talked about this one-world government in our previous prophecy studies, but I do need to lay the groundwork so everyone will understand where we are going. First of all the Bible tells us that there is coming a day when the governments of the world will come together and they will be headed by the Antichrist. But how is this going to be done? Here is that background information I was talking about.
Way back in 1968 the Club of Rome had its beginnings with leaders from ten different countries gathering together for solutions to the worlds problems and their claim was that they had the answers for peace and prosperity for the world. Then, on September 17, 1973 the Club of Rome released this report: Regionalized and Adaptive Model of the Global World System. This document divides the world into ten political/economic regions that they call kingdoms.
This seems to follow the free trade agreements that are being made. In fact, on July 18, 1993 Henry Kissinger, a CFR member and Trilateralist said the following in the Los Angeles Times concerning NAFTA: What Congress will have before it is not a conventional trade agreement but the architecture of a new international system . . . a first step toward a new world order. The phrase new world order is speaking of this one world government. Thus, these ten toes of the multi-metallic image of Daniel chapter 2 are the ten political/economic regions that will represent a one-world government in which we are moving quickly towards!
As hard as this is to believe, our leaders are buying into this idea of a one-world government and even though we are a sovereign nation right now, that is being eroded away and one day we will awake to find out we are part of the global community and we are not making our own decisions any longer!
David Rockefeller said, We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis . . . Former President George H. W. Bush said, I see a world of open borders, open trade and, most importantly, open minds; a world that celebrates the common heritage that belongs to all the worlds people. . . . I see a world building on the emerging new model of European unity. . . . [T]he United Nations is the place to build international support and consensus for meeting the other challenges we face. . . . the threats to the environment, terrorism . . . international drug trafficking . . . refugees . . . [W]e must join together in a new compact all of us to bring the United Nations into the 21st century.
All we need is the right major crisis, said David Rockefeller one of the most powerful change agents behind the scenes, and the nations will accept the New World Order. Former President George H. W. Bush echoed that assurance. Out of these troubled times . . . a new world order can emerge, he told Congress in a 1990 message aptly titled Toward a New World Order. Back then, then opportune crisis was the Gulf War. It helped build public acceptance for the global management system, which had already begun to replace American rights with global rules.
We already see the European super-state and there is China and Japan, and there is Africa and the nations of the world are joining forces, forming their kingdoms, but it will be under one government, a world government! But what about the United States, what are we going to do? We are told:
The global elite, through the direct operations of President George Bush and his Administration, are creating a North American Union that will combine Canada, Mexico and the U.S. into a superstate called the North American Union (NAU). The NAU is roughly patterned after the European Union (EU). There is no political or economic mandate for creating the NAU, and unofficial polls of a cross-section of Americans indicate that they are overwhelmingly against this end-run around national sovereignty.
- Patrick Wood, Toward a North American Union, The August Review, 2007
But how can this happen when we are a sovereign nation? Our Constitution wont allow us to become a North American Union, will it? Again, listen carefully. We are told:
After its founding in 1973, Trilateral Commission members wasted no time in launching their globalist strategy. But, what was that strategy?
Richard Gardner was an original member of the Trilateral Commission, and one of the prominent architects of the New International Economic Order. In 1974, his article "The Hard Road to World Order" appeared in Foreign Affairs magazine, published by the Council on Foreign Relations. With obvious disdain for anyone holding nationalistic political views, Gardner proclaimed,
"In short, the 'house of world order' would have to be built from the bottom up rather than from the top down. It will look like a great 'booming, buzzing confusion,' to use William James' famous description of reality, but an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault." [emphasis added]
In Gardner's view, using treaties and trade agreements (such as General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs) would bind and supercede constitutional law piece by piece, which is exactly what has happened. In addition, Gardner highly esteemed the role of the United Nations as a third-party legal body that could be used to erode the national sovereignty of individual nations.
Gardner concluded that "the case-by-case approach can produce some remarkable concessions of 'sovereignty' that could not be achieved on an across-the-board basis"
Thus, the end result of such a process is that the U.S. would eventually capitulate its sovereignty to the newly proposed world order. It is not specifically mentioned who would control this new order, but it is quite obvious that the only 'players' around are Gardner and his Trilateral cronies.
The report goes on to say:
Lastly, prominent Trilateral Commission members themselves took to the press to promote NAFTA. For instance, on May 13, 1993, Commissioners Henry Kissinger and Cyrus Vance wrote a joint op-ed that stated:
"[NAFTA] would be the most constructive measure the United States would have undertaken in our hemisphere in this century."
Two months later, Kissinger went further,
"It will represent the most creative step toward a new world order taken by any group of countries since the end of the Cold War, and the first step toward an even larger vision of a free-trade zone for the entire Western Hemisphere." [NAFTA] is not a conventional trade agreement, but the architecture of a new international system." [emphasis added]
And to give you a time frame for all of this we are told:
The stated target for full implementation of the North American Union is 2010.
"The Task Force proposes the creation by 2010 of a North American community to enhance security, prosperity, and opportunity. We propose a community based on the principle affirmed in the March 2005 Joint Statement of the three leaders that 'our security and prosperity are mutually dependent and complementary.' Its boundaries will be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter within which the movement of people, products, and capital will be legal, orderly, and safe. Its goal will be to guarantee a free, secure, just, and prosperous North America."
Don't underestimate the global elite's ability to meet their own deadlines!
- Patrick Wood, Toward a North American Union, The August Review, 2007
We are also told:
Rep. Ron Paul, a maverick Republican from Texas, today denounced plans for the proposed "NAFTA superhighway" in his state as part of a larger plot for merger of the U.S., Canada and Mexico into a North American Union.
"By now many Texans have heard about the proposed 'NAFTA Superhighway,' which is also referred to as the trans-Texas corridor," he said in a statement. "What you may not know is the extent to which plans for such a superhighway are moving forward without congressional oversight or media attention."
The ultimate goal, he says, is not simply a superhighway "but an integrated North American Union complete with a currency, a cross-national bureaucracy and virtually borderless travel within the union. Like the European Union, a North American Union would represent another step toward the abolition of national sovereignty altogether."
- WorldNetDaily, Congressman: Superhighway about North American Union Paul says goal is common currency, borderless travel, bigger bureaucracy, 10/30/06
For those out there that are offended by In God We Trust on our money, hang in there, the AMERO is coming! Listen carefully to the change that is coming in our currency. We are told:
BankIntroductions.com, a Canadian company that specializes in global banking strategies and currency consulting, is advising clients that the amero may be the currency of North America within the next 10 years.
"The amero would compete against other regional currency blocks," BankIntroductions.com says. "At present, with the Canadian dollar approaching par, more talk for an amero currency unit will become popular in Canada."
The company says that with the successful implementation of NAFTA, "the one dragging component for the amero will be Mexico, but in time this will change."
"Implementation of the amero currency may actually give Mexico an economic boost, thus helping to alleviate Mexican immigration pressures into the United States for those Mexicans seeking financial gain," BankIntroductions.com advises.
"The amero one day may well be circulating throughout North America."
Matt Bell, president of BankIntroductions.com, told WND in an e-mail to "feel free to quote our currency research on Canada. Our general opinion on the amero stands as stated."
As WND reported, coin designer Daniel Carr has issued for sale a series of private-issue fantasy pattern amero coins that have drawn attention on the Internet.
WND also reported the African Union is moving down the path of regional economic integration, with the African Central Bank planning to create the "Gold Mandela" as a single African continental currency by 2010.
The Council on Foreign Relations also has supported regional and global currencies designed to replace nationally issued currencies.
In an article in the May/June issue of Foreign Affairs, entitled "The End of National Currency," CFR economist Benn Steil asserted the dollar is a temporary currency.
Steil concluded "countries should abandon monetary nationalism," moving to adopt regional currencies, on the road to a global "one world currency."
WND previously reported Steve Previs, a vice president at Jeffries International Ltd. in London, said the amero "is the proposed new currency for the North American Community which is being developed right now between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico."
WND also has reported a continued slide in the value of the dollar on world currency markets could set up conditions in which the adoption of the amero as a North American currency gains momentum.
- Jerome R. Corsi, WND, 'Amero coming within decade', 10/15/07
You see; wars, famines, global warming, economic problems, terrorism, health care issues and-so-on, are all part of the agenda to form a one-world government and folks, it is happening right before our eyes! Keep watching and look at the alliances that are being made and what nations are saying, what they are doing to form this government!
2. THE REBUILT TEMPLE
In Revelation 11:1-2 we are told, Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months. Folks, during the Tribulation Period the temple will be rebuilt, this is not symbolic, not at all!
Here in Revelation John is given a measuring rod or a reed and told to measure the temple and he uses the Greek word NAOS for temple, which speaks of the inner temple or the holy place and the holy of holies. Outside of the inner sanctuary is the brazen altar where the sacrifices were made. That inner sanctuary was the place in which the priests could go and no one else. Now, if John used the Greek word HIERON, then he would be speaking of the whole structure of the temple, but he didnt, and that is important for us to understand.
One of the problems for the orthodox Jew today is they have no atonement for their sin because, as Paul said in Hebrews 9:22, And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. Since there is no temple, there is no sacrifice and since there is no sacrifice, there is no shedding of blood, and thus, because they reject the Lamb of God who came to take away their sins, Jesus Christ, they are guilty before God. But make no mistake about it, there are a zealous group of Jews in Israel today who want to rebuild the temple on the original site and establish the sacrificial system once again!
It is this rebuilt temple that has been set-up in the first half of the seven year Tribulation Period that the Antichrist will enter and demand to be worshiped as God. In Daniel 9:27 we are told, 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.
The word for sacrifice or ZEBAH in Hebrew speaks of a blood sacrifice, while the word for offering or MINHAH in Hebrew speaks of a non-bloody sacrifice or grain offering. Thus, the Antichrist will come into the temple of God and put a stop to the daily sacrifices that have been taking place. That means that the temple must be completed and in operation before the 3½-year mark of the 7 year Tribulation Period, for it is then that the Antichrist will put an end to the sacrifices that will be started up once again!
Not only does the Old Testament speak of the temple being rebuilt, but we also see this in the New Testament. Paul tells us in II Thessalonians 2:3-4, Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
Satans desire is to be worshiped, and thus, his right hand man, the Antichrist, wants nothing less. He sets himself against the true God by going into the temple of God and demanding to be worshiped as God. Jesus said this regarding this horrific time period that takes place at the 3½-year period of the 7 year Tribulation Period.
In Matthew chapter 24, beginning in verse 15 we read, Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened. Matthew 24:15-22.
When this event takes place, when the Antichrist goes into the temple of God and demands to be worshiped as God, the Jews are told to flee from Jerusalem and head to the mountains for safety. The reason is that the Antichrist will turn from a man of peace into a demon from Hell! His true colors will come forth and his fury will be unleashed upon all those who refuse to worship him. In fact, his persecution will be so intense and war so horrible that unless Jesus steps in, all flesh would be destroyed!
Did you also notice that as John is told to measure this temple he is told to leave out the outer court, why? Because it has been given over to the gentiles. That is very interesting to me. The Temple Mount is a 35 acre piece of property in which Solomons temple was built, then after the Babylonians destroyed it, as the Jews were in captivity for 70 years, when they returned home under the leadership of Zerubbabel the temple was rebuilt, but it did not compare to the glory of Solomons temple!
Then, in about 20 BC, Herod the Great tried to get in good with the Jews, and he enlarged this second temple and this huge building project lasted till 63 AD, only 7 years before the Romans destroyed it. But Herods temple was beautiful! Thus, since 70 AD the Jews have not had a temple.
Today this Temple Mount area is a hot bed of contentions. You see, in around 630 AD Omar built this Dome of the Rock supposedly on the spot where Mohammad was to have ascended up into heaven. In fact, it is the third most holy site for Muslims, Mecca being the first, which is the birthplace of Mohammad and then Medina.
Back in 1967, during the Six Day War, the Jews recaptured the old city of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. And General Moshe Dayan, in a gesture of peace, gave control to Jordan to oversee the Temple Mount and now the Palestinians are in charge. So what is the problem?
The problem with the Jews building their temple on this Muslim site is given to us in a Time magazine article dated October 16, 1989 and titled, Time for a New Temple? they said, The merest hint of rebuilding the temple is considered an outrage by the prophets followers, who, in the words of an official at Al Aqsa, Will defend the Islamic holy places to the last drop of their blood. You see, if the Jews attempted to rebuild on this site, you would see a holy war break out! I believe the key to the site of this third temple is found in this verse as John is told to leave out the outer court because it has been given to the gentiles!
There are many theories out there as to where this temple should be built and they focus on where the previous temple and holy of holies was located. I tend to lean more towards the one given to us by Dr. Asher Kaufman, who is a Plasma Physicist at the Rachan Institute in Jerusalem. He feels that king Solomons temple stood to the north of the Dome of the Rock and feels that the holy of holies was located in a place called the Dome of the Spirits or the Dome of the Tablets. The Muslims called it this in around 600 AD, and could it be speaking of the place where the stone tablets, the 10 commandments were kept in the Ark of the Covenant in the holy of holies?
Also, according to the Mishna, a highly esteemed book of Jewish oral traditions, when the high priest stood at the entrance of the holy of holies on the Day of Atonement, as he looked out he could look right through the eastern gate. And back in 1970 they excavated and have confirmed that the original eastern gate is directly below the present day eastern gate that has been sealed up by the Turks to prevent the Messiah from coming through it! Like that is going to stop Him!
If this is the place, the Dome of the Spirits or the Dome of the Tablets, the same place, the Jews could rebuild their temple and the Dome of the Rock would not have to be destroyed or taken down. Why? Because it will be in the outer court, a place that John was told not to measure for it has been given to the gentiles!
Folks, you can go to Israel today and visit the Temple Institute, and you will see that they have most of the implements that are needed for temple worship. They have the three pronged fork used to turn the offerings on the altar, a copper washbasin, a loom for making the priestly garments and they have the garments made, the incense spices, a shofar or rams horn, the musical instruments used in the temple, a sliver Mizrak that was used to catch the blood from the sacrifice and carry it to the altar, the seven branched oil burning lamp, a 4½ ton marble foundation stone to be laid once they have permission and they have even tried without permission but that did not work! The priests are being trained to begin their service in the temple and all they are waiting for is the word to rebuild! And I believe it will be the Antichrist who makes a covenant with the Jews to rebuild this temple and he has the power to make the Muslims go along with this plan. Also, the Sanhedrin has been reformed and now, the High Priests crown has been completed, or should I say redone! We are told:
(IsraelNN.com) The Temple Institute in Jerusalem announces the completion of the Tzitz, the High Priest's headplate - now ready for use in the Holy Temple.
The tzitz is made of pure gold, was fashioned over the course of a more than a year by the craftsmen of the Temple Institute, and is ready to be worn by the High Priest in the rebuilt Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
The words "Holy for G-d" are engraved on the headplate, in accordance with Exodus 28:36.
Rabbi Chaim Richman, International Director of the Temple Institute, explained to Arutz-7 that until it can actually be used, the tzitz will be on view in the Institute's permanent exhibition display, together with other vessels and priestly garments fashioned for use in the Holy Temple by the Institute.
Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, Director of the Institute, explained some of the Halakhic [Jewish legal] aspects of the fashioning of the vessels for the Temple. "For one thing," he said, "they are made in impurity - for now we are impure, and will remain impure until we are able to have a Red Heifer whose ashes can be used in the Torah-prescribed purification ceremony. If no Red Heifer is available, then the High Priest must even serve in the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur in a state of impurity."
Rabbi Richman noted that in less than two weeks from now, on Rosh Chodesh Tevet, the famous Menorah (candelabrum) - suitable for use in the Holy Temple, familiar to visitors to the Cardo section of the Old City of Jerusalem - will be relocated to the landing of the wide staircase that leads down from the Jewish Quarter to the Western Wall. It will be protected inside the same type of glass structure that now houses it.
The new tzitz is an improvement on one made several years ago, in that it has a backpiece, in accordance with some commentators and the account of Josephus. In addition, it has a locking mechansim so that it will not slip off the Priest's head, and can be adjusted to fit heads of different sizes. The old one will be preserved, of course as a "spare," in keeping with the Mishnaic account that several models of various vessels were kept in the Temple, in case the need arose to replace one.
Asked what project they're working on at present, Rabbi Richman said, "We have begun work on 120 sets of garments for 'regular' priests, not the High Priest. This involves special thread from India, etc. In addition, we have begun work on architectural blueprints for the Third Temple, including cost projection, modern supplies, electricity, plumbing, computers, etc."
Hillel Fendel, Temple Institute Announces: High Priest's Crown is Ready!, www.IsraelNationalNews.com
My wife and I have been to Israel twice now and we have been to The Temple Institute and have seen these temple implements, we have seen the seven-branched oil-burning lamp. We have stood on the Temple Mount, behind the dome of the Spirits and looked out where the east gate use to be and could see the Mount of Olives, and thus, I believe the area I was standing on was where the holy of holies was located in the Temple! And as I listen to what is happening, I know the Temple will be rebuilt, but only after the Antichrist makes a covenant with Israel and the Palestinians, in the beginning of the Tribulation Period, so that the Temple can be rebuilt and the Dome of the Rock will still stand, it will be in the outer court because, as John was told, it was given over to the gentiles! Exciting times we are living in!
3. IMMORALITY GROWS
Now I am not going to spend a lot of time on this because you already can see how people are calling good evil and evil good, that immorality is growing. The reason for this is simple. People have rejected the true and living God and thus, God has given them over to the desires of their heart, which is deceitful, horribly wicked. (See Romans 1:18-32).
Paul tells us of these last days and what they will be like in II Timothy 3:1-5 and you compare what he says to what we see happening today. He tells us, But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
The Amplified Bible drives the point home even more as we are told, BUT UNDERSTAND this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane. They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good. [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God. For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].
I am going to just give you two examples of how depraved, how confused people are today. The first story deals with the destruction of the family, the family unit that God had established back in the Garden of Eden and man is rebelling against. We are told:
"Mom and Dad" as well as "husband and wife" effectively have been banned from California schools under a bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who with his signature also ordered public schools to allow boys to use girls restrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa, if they choose.
Analysts have warned that schools across the nation will be impacted by the decision, since textbook publishers must cater to their largest purchaser, which often is California, and they will be unlikely to go to the expense of having a separate edition for other states.
The bills signed by Schwarzenegger include SB777, which bans anything in public schools that could be interpreted as negative toward homosexuality, bisexuality and other alternative lifestyle choices.
There are no similar protections for students with traditional or conservative lifestyles and beliefs, however.
"Parents want the assurance that when their children go to school they will learn the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic not social indoctrination regarding alternative sexual lifestyles. Now that SB777 is law, schools will in fact become indoctrination centers for sexual experimentation," she said.
Also signed was AB394, which targets parents and teachers for such indoctrination through "anti-harassment" training, CCF said.
"Because no textbook or instruction in California public schools currently disparages transsexuality, bisexuality, or homosexuality, the practical effect of SB777 will be to require positive portrayals of these sexual lifestyles at every government-operated school," CCF noted.
Offenders will face the wrath of the state Department of Education, up to and including lawsuits.
CCF noted that now on a banned list will be any text, reference or teaching aid that portrays marriage as only between a man and woman, materials that say people are born male or female (and not in between), sources that fail to include a variety of transsexual, bisexual and homosexual historical figures, and sex education materials that fail to offer the option of sex changes.
She also cited an informational document published by the Gay-Straight Alliance Network and the Transgender Law Center that already is lobbying for special treatment in the school system.
"If you want to use a restroom that matches your gender identity . . . you should be allowed to do so," it advises. "Whenever students are divided up into boys and girls, you should be allowed to join the group or participate in the program that matches your gender identity as much as possible."
- WND, Mom and Dad Banished by California, 10/13/07
How sad it is that they are messing with our children, confusing them, but God will hold the accountable for their actions! And folks, this is nothing compared to the next story I was outraged and angry when I read this, but it just shows the depravity of man and how they want to train up our children thinking good is bad and bad is good. We are told:
Norwegians woke up Tuesday morning to news that a respected Oslo pre-school teacher, backed by child psychologists, thinks children should be allowed to openly express their own sexuality, not least through sex play and games in the local day care centers known as barnehager, or kindergartens.
The vast majority of Norwegians send their children from the age of one to the kindergartens, where they spend their days until they begin school at age six.
Pia Friis, leader of the popular Bjerkealleen Barnehage in Oslo and a well-known pre-school educator, told newspaper Dagbladet on Tuesday that children should be allowed to express their own sexuality at day care centers. She doesn't want to stifle what comes naturally.
Children, she said, should be able "to look at each other and examine each other's bodies. They can play doctor, play mother and father, dance naked and masturbate.
"But their sexuality must also be socialized, so they are not, for example, allowed to masturbate while sitting and eating. Nor can they be allowed to pressure other children into doing things they don't want to."
Friis said there's a lot of uncertainty around how day care center employees should handle children's sexuality.
"The only thing that is absolutely certain is that children, sooner or later, will play sexual games and examine each other at the kindergarten," she told Dagbladet. "When the personnel are uncertain, that passes on to the children, and it can be negative."
The issue is the topic of an article in the latest edition of the magazine published by Norway's industry association for privately owned kindergartens, PBL-nytt, and Friis thinks it's important. So do child psychologist Thore Langfeldt and family therapist Jesper Juul.
"Children must learn about sexuality, otherwise things can go very wrong," said Langfeldt. "Children can't object to something they don't know about, and children can more easily and readily report assaults if they already are aware of their own sexuality."
Juul conceded that "many are disturbed by children's sexuality, but I think it's important to put it on the agenda. That, in fact, is what we're doing."
- Debate flies over 'sex play' in kindergartens
Have we completely lost our minds? You see, apart from Christ, you really have because anything goes and they do try to justify their sin, but in light of Gods Word, in light of a relationship with God, it does not fly! Folks, immorality, wickedness will continue to grow and can you imagine when the Church is removed in the Rapture, prior to the start of the Tribulation Period, that influencing force of morality will be gone and there will be nothing to restrain it!
4. A CASHLESS SOCIETY
In Revelation 13:16-17 we are told that during the Tribulation Period there will be a cashless society and without the mark of the beast, you will not be able to buy or sell anything. That is not what I say, it is what the Word of God says. Listen carefully, 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.
Thus, is there an ID chip in your future? There's a growing movement to forcibly tag or chip your animals with radio frequency identification devices. Many privacy advocates believe this could lead to a scarier level: implanting you and me. Now, there is an effort to stem the tide. Greg Niewendorp raises cattle in northern Michigan. Time in the saddle is one of the best parts of the day for this fifth generation farmer. But these days, he's spending lots of time holed up in his home office. Why? Niewendorp and other small farmers are fighting the government's plans to identify and track every single farm animal in the country. It's called NAIS or National Animal Identification System. "Our primary interest is protecting the food supply by having a rapid system that can reach out and address the needs for the primary food animals," said USDA Undersecretary Bruce Knight. On October 8, Michigan AG officials arrived on Niewendorp's farm with a search warrant. But Niewendorp refused to allow them to put RFID tags on his cattle and the state chipped his entire herd. Pressure forced Niewendorp to give in that day, but his story spread rapidly in farming circles -making him "the face" of a grass-roots opposition movement. "The tag goes in the ear. They give me a premises I.D. number. Now they've got a national number on my cattle, a national number on my land. I might still technically own the animal but they're controlling what I can and can't do with it," he said. Like It or Not, NAIS is Fast Becoming Reality More than 1.5 million RFID tags are spread across some 400,000 farms today.The USDA is now accepting bids for an additional million and a half tags.
The latest development:? The USDA has approved implantable RFID devices for livestock. Pets aren't supposed to be part of this program, but activist Barb Haywood is not so sure. She and others in the dog world say mandatory pet chipping is already happening in many communities. "A microchip is not a benign device. A microchip is a data collection device - a data collection device that's designed not just to collect data on your dog - but you," Haywood said. Right now, pet chipping is the law in places like unincorporated Los Angeles country, Stockton, California and El Paso, Texas. Pet chip companies emphasize the joy of chips helping to reunite lost pets with their families. But privacy expert Katherine Albrecht wonders how many pet owners know about the cancer studies she recently uncovered. The studies show chip implants that caused malignant tumors in lab rats and mice. Another concern is that animal implants may speed up the growth of the human implant market. That's because Digital Angel, a major manufacturer of animal chips, is owned by the same company that makes the human implant, Verichip. Since the FDA approved Verichip in 2004, it has set up shop in more than 900 hospitals. Verichip assures patients that in a medical emergency, a simple wave of a scanner could correctly identify them and their medical information. Opponents of the Verichip also worry that human implants will one day be mandatory. "There is actually a growing concern that an HMO or an employer could actually require a person to be micro-chipped to get insurance or to keep a job," Albrecht said. So far, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and California have all passed laws forbidding the mandatory chipping of people. But for many animals, it may be too late.
Also, there is a brain sensor that claims to read peoples minds while they view ads, and if this is true, how far will they push it and will this be a way the Antichrist can control people? It is possible. Market researchers have long sought people's assessments of not-yet-released advertisements and products. But when people recall how they felt during a commercial, for instance, they often can't accurately describe what their reactions were at each moment in the 30-second spot. Now a San Francisco startup called Emsense claims that it has the tools needed to monitor a person's true reactions during an entire commercial or video game. The company has developed a sensor-laden headset that tracks brain activity using a single electroencephalography sensor (EEG) at the forehead, and other sensors that monitor breathing rate, head motion, heart rate, blink rate, and skin temperature--all of which can be indicators of whether a person is engaged or excited. In addition, says Hans Lee, chief technology officer at Emsense, his team has built proprietary algorithms that find meaning from the data collected by the sensors. Founded in 2004, the company was originally developed to build an EEG-based video-game controller. Recently, though, the team found that using its technology for market research is more lucrative. And, as the political season ramps up, the company is testing its system internally on campaign ads. "Our technology allows us to collect moment-by-moment metrics while avoiding the cognitive bias that can interfere with self-reporting and focus groups," says Lee. He explains that Emsense spent about four years collecting data on how viewers reacted to specific events in commercials and games, such as an intense battle scene, or a joke or a sales pitch in an ad.
The company used this data to build mathematical models describing how physiological signals change in response to specific events. The technology, he claims, can let a game maker know the point at which people get sucked into a game and the point at which they lose interest. An advertiser can learn if its sales pitch comes at a time when commercial watchers have a positive or a negative feeling about the ad, Lee says. For instance, in a commercial for a detergent, an advertiser shows a pregnant woman, who is wearing a pink shirt, eating ice cream. A few seconds into the ad, she drops ice cream on her shirt, scoops it up with her spoon, and continues to eat. Toward the end of the commercial, the product is introduced, and the stain removed. According to Emsense's data, women tend to respond negatively to the first part of the ad, apparently growing distressed as the woman drops the ice cream and scoops it up. When the product name is introduced and the stain removed, women's responses turn more positive. Men, however, respond positively when the woman drops ice cream, but they remain neutral throughout the rest of the commercial. This is evidence, says Lee, that the commercial works well with its intended audience--namely, women.
Folks, the technology is here and it is growing fast. I do not know what this final mark will be like but I do know this. By taking it the person will know they are rejecting Jesus and surrendering to the Antichrist and they will then be damned to Hell! Also, I know this mark will not be put forth until the Tribulation Period, after the church is removed in the Rapture, so all this technology is just a prelude to what the Antichrist will use!
There is so much more we can talk about this evening and I will be happy to answer any of your questions, I will stay with you, if needed until next year! But watch for news about a war in the Middle East as Russia and her Muslim allies gather together just as the Bible tells us. You see, first God needed to re-gather the Jews back into the land of Israel, which He has done. On May 14, 1948 Israel became a nation and then they were attacked by their enemies, trying to destroy them and God gave them victory and this was all on the heels of Hitler murdering 6 million Jews! But God brought them back, just as Ezekiel 37 tells us.
It is after the Jews are back in the land that this multinational force, Russia and her Muslim allies come against her as Ezekiel 38 and 39 tell us. And God steps in and destroys this enemy and gives the nation of Israel the victory! And I believe it is on the heels of this war that the world is looking for a leader who will stop these wars, stop global warming, stop hunger, stop diseases, stop economic problems and-so-on, that this man, the Antichrist will be brought into power! This is the start of the 7-year Tribulation Period!
And for the first 3½ years he will bring about a pseudo-peace and then his true colors will be seen. And those last 3½ years will be Hell on earth and at the end, the nations of the world will gather together to fight against our Lord in the battle of Armageddon. But it is not a battle for the Lord destroys them by the power of His words and the Antichrist and False Prophet will be cast into the Lake of Fire and Satan will be bound for 1,000 years in the bottomless pit! It is then that Jesus will establish His kingdom on this earth, after the Tribulation Period and He will rule and reign for 1,000 years!
As I bring this study to a close, I believe the next major event on Gods prophetic time clock is the Rapture of the Church. Thus, Paul tells us in Titus 2:13-15, our hope, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.
You see, the believers hope is an:
1. Encouraging hope. John 14:3 Spoken to discouraged disciples. Discouraged by Christ's departure, encouraged by His return.
2. Comforting hope. 1 Thess 4:13-18
3. Motivating hope. 1 Cor 15:50-58 Knowing that resurrection body will be obtained through death or translation, that labor isn't fruitless, be steadfast in commitment to Christ and diligent in service for Christ. (v. 58)
4. Purifying hope. 1 John 3:2-3
- K. Laney, Marching Orders, p. 57
I hope I have stimulated you into seeing how these things are coming together and that the Lords return is close. May you look up for your redemption is drawing near! As I close, let me leave you with these words:
At the height of WWII, Protestant theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was imprisoned for taking a stand against Hitler. Yet he continued to urge fellow believers to resist Nazi tyranny. A group of Christians, believing that Hitler was the Antichrist, asked Bonhoeffer, "Why do you expose yourself to all this danger? Jesus will return any day, and all your work and suffering will be for nothing." Bonhoeffer replied,
"If Jesus returns tomorrow, then tomorrow I'll rest from my labor. But today I have work to do. I must continue the struggle until it's finished."
- Daily Bread, November 10, 1991
May the Lord richly bless you in this coming year as we wait for His return by continuing in the work of God!