The devil is rightly called the “accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10) and his tactics are to bring believers into fear and condemnation. His works are increasing in these last days, so maybe there is something to be learned from what happened to me last night.Continue reading
No, this is not going to be a post about who, at this stage of history, is the coming false messiah. I’ve seen enough guessing games to last me a lifetime!
In fact, it’s the opposite.
I have witnessed a growing trend on social media, where people – even non christians and agnostics – tend to label every sinister or evil person as the “antichrist”. These people have little to no biblical understanding of who he will be, in reality. Continue reading
Jesus referred to two events to illustrate the condition of the world just before his return: Noah’s flood and the destruction of Sodom in Lot’s day. What are the similarities, and what can we learn for ourselves about these events?
As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. [Matthew 24:37-39] Continue reading
I know the world is changing radically when none other than the prestigious Oxford Dictionary committee add a word to their volumes – and that word is POST-TRUTH.
See for yourself here, where there are also graphs of the astounding rise in the concept in 2016.
Quote “After much discussion, debate, and research, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 is post-truth – an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’…The term has moved from being relatively new to being widely understood in the course of a year – demonstrating its impact on the national and international consciousness.”
I have a growing concern that we will soon be put to the test, that we will be asked to live through the most challenging and dangerous spiritual trial ever known.
Are we shortly going to be presented with a deception so subtle and so engaging that it will seem irresistible? Continue reading
We all know we have a mortal enemy, the devil. We experience his attacks, temptations, accusations and lies all the time – and we also know that his activity will increase exponentially towards the End of the Age.
The bible doesn’t mince words in describing just how widespread, powerful and persuasive the latter-day deceptions will become, such that “even the very elect” could be deceived by them. Are we not already seeing deception spreading in almost every large church and ministry? As well as deception, the devil aims accusations and lies at us all the time.
But we have not yet reached the endgame of the devil’s plan, so we have to know HOW to stand firm. Continue reading
I am reluctantly joining the current pre-trib debate. I have hesitated very much in writing about this, as I know that most have already hardened into one side or the other, and I refuse to engage in pointless debate.
But after prayer, I read this [about a different topic] on a post to my Facebook “It is love to warn someone of deception and falsehood. It is a believer’s obligation if you know the truth to warn a brother or sister of deception and of wolves in sheep’s clothing. To say nothing at all is to not care about that person’s soul.”
So I am going to post this, because I believe the time is right.
I’ve been noticing an escalation in the age-old rapture debate with people taking sides on what at first glance seems a trivial and even minor doctrine of scripture, compared to everything else in the gospel.
And the endless debate isn’t even about the FACT of the rapture, but its TIMING.
Now it’s getting even more unworthy of the Body of Christ, with some calling others heretics, and breaking fellowship, and even saying that anyone who doesn’t believe the classic pre-seven-year theory is ignorant, stupid, apathetic, backslidden or “will be left behind to suffer God’s wrath”. Where does such thinking and talking come from? It’s not from God!
I haven’t made the rapture timing a focus of my writings, because there are more important and less divisive things that need to be said. I hate confrontation and I am grieved by pointless sniping at the jots and tittles of doctrine. Didn’t God warn us against debating over words for no particular reason?
The Church started arguing over the rapture almost from day one! And how are we to respond? Let’s see what the bible commands….
October 5, 2008 at 10:16
On a fascinating and disturbing website: “Forcing Change”: http://www.forcingchange.org we can read about globalisation and the New World Order now forming, as much a result of heresy in the churches as economic recession and environmentalism in my opinion. Indeed the Observer newspaper today (Sunday 5th October) has a leading article about the New Order that “the Crash of 2008” will bring about.
However, Christians believe that New Order will require a New Leader, a Messiah figure who will promote and introduce the startling ideas of globalisation to mankind. This article on the above-mentioned website explores some thinking around the concept that should make us sit back and wonder how long it will be before he arrives to head us all in the “right direction”.
The Millennium Messiah and World Change By Carl Teichrib
Allow me to introduce to you the new Jesus. This isn’t the Jesus Christ known to us from the pages of the Holy Bible, rather, this Jesus is a new version cast into the arena of international politics and global social change. Wondering what I’m talking about?
In the fall of 1999, I received a little book titled The Night Jesus Christ Returned To Earth, authored by Captain Tom A. Hudgens. In the late 1990’s, while attending various conferences on international affairs, I had the opportunity of listening to Mr. Hudgens present his views on “world order” and global citizenship. At that time, Mr. Hudgens was President and CEO of the Association to Unite the Democracies – an organization dedicated to the advancement of global government by specifically working towards the unification of leading democratic countries – so his views carried a decidedly internationalist flavor. Not surprisingly, so too does the Jesus character of Hudgens’ book.
In his Foreword, Hudgens writes, “In this book I have intentionally put words into Jesus’ mouth. Whether the words came directly to me from Him or that the words are my own invention is debatable” . Furthermore, Hudgens draws out a challenge, “If what I have Jesus say in this book does not agree with what you think He would say, I challenge you to write down what you think He would endorse today” .
As a work of fiction, the author portrays Jesus Christ as returning to Earth during the Millennium Celebrations at Times Square in New York City. The year, 1999, is only seconds away from closing.
“At the very moment that the white ball should start its descent, a loud explosion scatters the ball into a million pieces of confetti. In its place is Jesus Christ, descending and arriving at the bottom for his triumphal return to Earth, not as described in the Book of Revelation, but as He Himself had decided to make His entrance” .
At this point in the book, Jesus explains why he appeared first in the United States, and New York City more specifically:
1. America has the most Christians,
2. The United Nations is headquartered in New York, and…
3. The US is the “freest of all nations and the guarantor of freedom and human rights” .
Jesus then asks “all citizens of the world to elect ten disciples for me…” . All of this is rather novel, especially given the fact that the Jesus of the Bible always invited His disciples to follow Him – it was not a matter of democracy, but of invitation and personal calling.
Hudgens then goes on to describe what his version of Jesus “would endorse today.”
1. A stabilization of the United Nations and a call to global democracy .
2. A uniting of all democratic countries into a limited federal republic; ie, a world government. In fact, this “Millennium Messiah” [my phrase] makes numerous direct references to the Association to Unite the Democracies – Hudgens’ world government lobbying organization – it’s agendas and ideas, and it’s importance in striving for a political, economic, and military unification of like-minded nations .
3. That the European Union should become the core group used to unite the democracies, and that other existing international arrangements (such as NATO) be brought into the fold .
4. That “total gun control” is necessary. In this regard, the National Rifle Association is mentioned as a negative factor in America’s political system .
5. A calling to “sap the strength of the multinational corporations which are ruling the world.” Hudgens’ Jesus explained that these multinational corporations are “ruling the world” to the detriment of the poor . [Author’s note: multinational corporations do exercise a considerable degree of power within national economies, but an enhanced United Nations or some other centralist type world government – which Hudgens suggests – would be akin to opening a Pandora’s Box of political and economic control over all peoples, be they rich, poor, or middle class via another layer of power and political/economic influence.]
6. A calling for population control and the necessity of abortion in order to ensure the safety of the Earth’s environment. Hudgens’ Jesus even tells us when life begins; “when the umbilical cord is severed.” Moreover, Jesus even goes so far as to tell his New York audience that, “I plan to speak with the Pope about this matter” .
7. And, among other things, Jesus brings religion into the picture by declaring, “Over time I believe we can show that Christianity is compatible with all other religions. My coming will help to solidify the religions” .
I understand that Mr. Hudgens’ name and organization are not recognized house-hold words. Few people outside of World Federalist circles and global citizenship lobby groups will have ever heard of either the individual or his association. And it’s not that his book The Night Jesus Christ Returned To Earth has been an influential top-seller. Odds are, those who have the book are few and far-between.
So why bring all of this up? Simply because these concepts represent a line of thinking found within certain elements of the international community. Of this we need to be aware.
Former United Nations high-official, Robert Muller [not the FBI Robert Muller], readily preached and still advocates a new global order which incorporates a politically internationalist New Age Jesus. In his 1982 book, New Genesis: Shaping a Global Spirituality, Muller writes, “If Christ came back to earth, his first visit would be to the United Nations to see if his dream of human oneness and brotherhood had come true” .
In a section of New Genesis titled “The Reappearance of Christ” [this chapter is a transcript of a speech he gave at the Arcane School Conference, a New Age body directly connected to Lucis Trust and the occult philosophies of Alice Bailey], Muller spells out a lengthy yet revealing vision of “Christ” within a new world paradigm.
“So everywhere I look – and I am not a theologian or a philosopher, I am just a United Nations official trying to make a little sense out of all this – everywhere I see the Christ’s luminous messages. They are all still among us, they are coming again to the fore ever more potently. In the present global world they have to express themselves in the ecumenism of religions. The world’s major religions in the end all want the same thing, even though they were born in different places and circumstances on this planet. What the world needs today is a convergence of the different religions in the search for and definition of the cosmic or divine laws which out to regulate our behavior on this planet. World-wide spiritual ecumenism, expressed in new forms of religious cooperation and institutions, would probably be closest to the heart of the resurrected Christ. I would wholeheartedly support the creation of an institutional arrangement in the UN or in UNESCO for a dialogue and cooperation between religions. There is a famous painting and poster which shows Christ knocking at the tall United Nations building, wanting to enter it. I often visualize in my mind another even more accurate painting: that of a United Nations which would be the body of Christ” .
Muller’s vision didn’t emerge from his own sense of spiritual understanding, it is the result of other peoples work – including the mystic Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (Muller devotes a chapter to Chardin in New Genesis) , and Alice Bailey, whose writings have heavily influenced the Robert Muller School program .
Chardin, a highly controversial Catholic theologian, advocated the complete unification of mankind, including,
1. The development of a common humanity-wide consciousness .
3. A complete economic, political, and social planetary structure based on group thinking,
“…everything suggests that at the present time we are entering a peculiarly critical phase of super-humanisation. This is what I hope to persuade you of by drawing your atention to an altogether extraordinary and highly suggestive condition of the world round us, one which we all see and are subject to, but without paying attention to it, or at lease without understanding it: I mean the increasingly rapid growth in the human world of the forces of collectivisation.
The phenomenon calls for no detailed description. It takes the form of the all- encompassing ascent of the masses; the constant tightening of economic bonds; the spread of financial and intellectual associations; the totalisation of political regimes; the closer physical contact of individuals as well as nations; the increasing impossibility of being or acting or thinking alone – ”  [italics in original].
4. Global unification through supernatural powers; “Whether we wish it or not, Mankind is becoming collectivised, totalised under the influence of psychic and spiritual forces on a planetary scale” .
5. And an endorsement and longing for the United Nations to flourish, even though it is still imperfect and will remain so until complete social totalization is achieved .
Placing the capstone on all of this is the ongoing and incomplete work of the New Age Christ,
“And since Christ was born, and ceased to grow, and died, everything has continued in motion because he has not yet attained the fullness of his form. He has not gathered about Him the last folds of the garment of flesh and love woven for him by his faithful. The mystical Christ has not reached the peak of his growth…and it is the continuation of this engendering that there lies the ultimate driving force behind all created activity…Christ is the term of even the natural evolution of living beings.” 
Similar to Chardin, Alice Bailey – a leader in the early Theosophical movement and founder of Lucifer Publishing Company, which later morphed into Lucis Trust and has since spurred on a whole series of New Age subsidiaries – taught that a transformed world was close at hand. And like Chardin’s “new spirit for a new order,” Bailey writes in The Rays and The Initiations, “Some day the minds of men – illuminated by the light of the soul – will formulate the one universal religion, recognizable by all” .
Expanding this spiritual collective philosophy further, Bailey reveals that the new world Christ will manifest himself physically, directing his will into the arena of world politics, economics, and religion . Even now, Bailey explains, the apparent contradiction of national and international conflict is geared towards this singular purpose – a “climax,” a “point of tension” that “will eventually prove to be the agent that will bring about a point of emergence” .
Muller, Chardin, Bailey…each of these visionaries, and scores more, call out for a restrucutred international political system, global economic change, and a social transformation of the globe – all brought about by a New Age Messiah. Which brings us full circle, coming face-to-face with Hudgens’ Millennium Jesus and Hudgens’ challenge: what would Jesus endorse today?
Actually, this isn’t too hard to figure out. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Knowing this, it’s fairly easy to discern what Jesus Christ would endorse today; it’s the same thing He endorsed 2000 years ago – an exclusive way to the Father (John 14:6) and that man is in need of a Savior because man is a sinful creature (John 3:16-21).
But none of this bodes well in today’s climate of global tolerance and planetary correctness. Instead, a New Age Messiah is desired and anticipated, one that is willing to embrace all religions and unite all nations.
1. Captain Tom A. Hudgens, The Night Jesus Christ Returned To Earth (Denver, CO: BILR Corporation, 1999, ISBN 0-937177-01-6), Forward.
2. Ibid., Forward.
3. Ibid., p.35.
4. Ibid., p.36.
5. Ibid., p.37.
6. Ibid., p.40.
7. Ibid., pp.41-43.
8. Ibid., p.44.
9. Ibid., p.47.
10. Ibid., p.51.
11. Ibid., pp.52, 87.
12. Ibid., p.85.
13. Robert Muller, New Genesis: Shaping A Global Spirituality (Anacortes, WA: World Happiness and Cooperation, 1993/1982, ISBN 1-880455-04-8), p.19.
14. Ibid., pp.126-127.
15. Ibid., pp.159-168.
16. See Gary Kah’s book, The New World Religion (Noblesville, IN: Hope International Publishing, 1999, ISBN 0-9670098-0-4), pp.162-184.
17. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Future of Man (New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1959/1964), p.56.
18. Ibid., p.62.
19. Ibid., p.79.
20. Ibid., pp.117-118.
21. Ibid., p.201.
22. Ibid., pp.267-268.
23. Ibid., 320.
24. Alice Bailey, The Rays and The Initiations (New York, NY: Lucis Publishing Company, 1960), p.594.
25. Ibid., see Section Two, pp.556-661.
26. Ibid., p.623.