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The mark of the beast

  • Revelation 14:9-11, 14. In the closing era of earth’s history just before Christ appears on the cloud at the last day to reward every man, God will send a special message warning every person not to receive the mark of the beast. The terrible punishment of which God warns should make us purpose never to receive the mark of this beast, even if our faithfulness to God should cost us our lives.
  • Revelation 13:18. This beast power, whose mark we are warned to avoid, is the Catholic power. The pope’s leading title, VICARIUS FILII DEI, when counted according to the Roman numerical value of the letters, equals exactly 666. Since the beast is symbolic of the Catholic power, the mark of the beast must be some intuition of Catholicism, which will distinguish those who adopt it as obeying her authority in preference to obeying God on that point.
  • Romans 6:16. Whatever power we obey in religion, his servants we are. Two questions will show plainly what is involved in this matter of the mark of the beast:

1. When a person keeps the seventh day, Saturday, as the Sabbath, whom does he obey? There can be only one answer: that person is obeying God, for that is what God has commanded in the fourth Commandment of the ten. Exodus 20:8-11.

2. When a person keeps the first day of the week, Sunday, as a so called sabbath, whom is he obeying? He is not obeying God by keeping the first day, because God has never told anybody to keep the first day of each week. Whom then is he obeying? He is obeying the command of the Catholic power, which has attempted to substitute the first day as a holy day in place of the seventh day, which the Lord Christ sanctified or set apart for man in the beginning of time. Genesis 2:1-3. Thus it is made plain in the light of God’s message that, when we choose to keep the seventh day, we are marked as worshipers of the Creator, the only true God (Ezekiel 20:12); while if we choose the Catholic Sunday in the place of God’s seventh day Sabbath we are marked as followers of the beast power.

  • Matthew 15:9 When we substitute a human ordinance in place of what God has ordained, our worship of Him is vain.
  • Revelation 13:16, 17. An attempt will be made to enforce the mark of the beast on all people. So each one will have to decide whether he will obey God and keep the seventh day, or obey the beast power and keep the first day, which this power has sought to put in the place of God’s day.
  • Revelation 13:8. All the world will obey the beast power, except a few, who will be loyal to God, as the three Hebrews were in the vast throng of Babylon. The book of Revelation shows that in the testing time every person will have to choose whether he will receive the seal of God on his forehead, or whether he will receive the mark of the beast on the forehead on in the hand, for Christ or antichrist, will seal our eternal destiny. God holds out the Sabbath as the sign of His power. Exodus 31:16, 17. The beast power holds out Sunday as the sign of its power. Which one do you choose?
  • Acts 5:29. We should decide now to obey God rather than man.
  • Revelation 14:12. The only way we can avoid the mark of the beast is to keep the Commandments of God and faith of Jesus. If you have made that decision, then stick to it. If you have not so decided, then put yourself on God’s side this moment by deciding to obey Him and keep His day.

In the Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, we read:

Q. Which is the Sabbath day?
A. Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Q. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea, (AD 336) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday….
Q. Why did the Catholic Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
A. The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday, because Christ rose from the dead on a Sunday, and the Holy Ghost descended upon the Apostles on a Sunday.
Q. By what authority did the Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
A. The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday by the plenitude of that divine power which Jesus Christ bestowed upon her!
—Rev. Peter Geiermann, C.SS.R., (1946), p. 50.


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Tuesday October 25th, 2016 in Briefings, Prophetic Intelligence Briefings

The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Fund Dinner is a white tie fundraiser for Roman Catholic Charities. It is held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and hosted by the Alfred E. Smith family and the Roman Catholic Cardinal of New York. This year’s list of invitees to the 71st annual dinner included Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The only thing between the two presidential rivals was Cardinal Dolan with whom they shared the meal and the dais. Normally, the dinner speeches are something of a roast with the speakers light-heartedly ridiculing themselves and teasing each other.

But Donald Trump skewered Hillary Clinton with harsh criticism and was booed by the audience. Though the media skewered Trump in return, the Catholic Church took advantage of the opportunity to hobnob with the very wealthy attendees. The Al Smith Dinner dates back to 1945, honoring the legacy of the nation’s first Roman Catholic presidential candidate.

The toxic remarks created a lot of tension at the dinner, but Cardinal Dolan eased the tension and reminded those wealthy Wall Street executives and other influential people why they had gathered together – to support the Catholic Charities, particularly the children they help.

And though the latest release of hacked emails from the Clinton campaign has led to allegations of a deep-seated anti-Catholic bias in the Democratic Party, Cardinal Dolan was able to raise a record-breaking six million dollars for needy children. Trump’s questionable stance on abortion has Catholic voters in a knot as well.

“If there’s one thing that both this election cycle has revealed, it’s that something is seriously wrong with the way we do politics…” wrote Crux. “Yet despite the grim circumstances, the refreshing reminder from last night was that even in the midst of such contentiousness, the Catholic Church still has the ability to bring people together and offer hope and a better way of engaging the world around us.”

Dolan used the acrimony between the candidates to suggest that it won’t necessarily be a political campaign that will be there to meet the needs of the poor—it will be the Church.

“And all the world wondered…” Revelation 13:3

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1. Won’t the second coming of Christ be a secret rapture?

Answer: The secret rapture theory is relatively new to Christianity. However many sincere Christians today believe this popular (but non-Biblical) concept of the second-coming. The eight points of the secret rapture theory are as follows (Keep in mind that this is a theory, not based on Bible facts):

1. The rapture is silent.

2. The rapture is invisible.

3. The rapture leaves the wicked alive.

4. God removes the righteous to protect them from the tribulation.

5. Christ’s second coming will be in two stages: (1) the secret rapture, and (2) the actual coming, which will be glorious.

6. These two stages of the second coming will be seven years apart.

7. The rapture will take place before the revelation of the Antichrist, who then will bring about the tribulation.

8.The wicked will at this point have a second chance to be converted and to serve Christ.

These eight premises have been so widely embraced that most people accept them as fact without pausing to investigate. But our only safety is to search the Scriptures daily to determine whether those things are so (Acts 17:11). Prepare for some surprises.

1.The rapture is not silent, but rather, is extremely noisy (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Psalms 50:3; Jeremiah 25:30, 31).

2.The rapture is not invisible, but will be seen by all (Revelation 1:7; Matthew 24:27).

3.The rapture does not leave the wicked alive. They are slain by the brightness of the Lord’s coming (2 Thessalonians 2:8)

4.God does not remove the righteous from the tribulation, but rather protects them from it (Psalm 91:5-12; Rev. 3:10).

5.Christ’ second coming will not be in two stages–one secret and the other seen by all. There is only one second coming, and it will be seen by every living person on earth. There is no Scripture to support a two-phase second coming.

6.The secret rapture teachers claim there is a seven-year period between the two second comings of Christ. This claim is unscriptural.

7. Antichrist does not appear three and one-half years after the second-coming of Jesus. He has been active for centuries (1 John 4:3) and is even now at work!

8. The wicked will not have a second opportunity to be saved after the second coming. All sinners are destroyed at the second coming. There is no second opportunity for anyone to be saved after Christ’s return. (Revelation 22:11,12; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).

The secret rapture theory has been based on a system of theology known as dispensationalism, taught in many of the Bible schools that prepare ministers for the pulpits of the world. The order of events taught by this system is:

(1)The rapture (resurrection of the righteous, saints being caught up to heaven).

(2) The great tribulation

(3)The second coming of Christ (really the third) in power in glory.

(4)The 1,000 reign of Christ

This order of events is contrary to the order given in the Scriptures. Here are the records of the Biblical order of events:

Matthew 24

(1) The tribulation (verse 29)

(2) The darkening of the sun and moon, falling of stars. (verse 29).

(3) Glorious coming of Christ in power and majesty (verse 30)

(4) Saints caught up to heaven. (verse 31)

Mark 13

(1) Tribulation. (verse 24)

(2) Darkening of sun and moon, falling of stars. (verses 24, 25)

(3) Second coming in power and glory. (verse 26)

(4) Saints caught up to heaven. (verse 27)

Luke 21

(1) Tribulation events. (verses 25, 26)

(2) Signs in sun, moon, and stars. (verse 25)

(3) Second coming in power and glory. (verse 27)

1 Thessalonians 4

(1) Second coming in power and glory. (verse 16)

(2) Resurrection of righteous. (verse 16)

(3) Saints caught up to heaven. (verse 17)

Revelation 6

(1) Earthquake, darkening of sun, moon turned to blood, falling of stars. (verse 12, 13)

(2) Second coming of Jesus in power and glory. (verses 14-17)

Joel 2

(1) Darkening of sun and moon. (verse 31)

(2) Second coming in power and glory. (verse 32)

Isn’t it amazing that there is not one Bible reference that gives the dispensationalist order of events?

2. Since the Lord is coming “as a thief in the night,” how can anyone know anything about it?

Answer: The answer is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-4: “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.” Notice, the day of the Lord comes as a thief TO THE UNPREPARED, but not to those who are called “brethren.”

The ‘Rapture’—Rooted in Rome!

The foundation of the ‘rapture’ theory was laid over 400 years ago, upon the specific orders of the Catholic Church. Every Christian needs to understand how this fabrication of error was designed to neutralize the great Protestant Reformation. If the facts of history were known by Protestants today who defend with such great emotion the rapture theory and the futurist antichrist doctrine, they would be horrified.

Luther and his fellow reformers boldly identified the pope as the “man of sin,” and labeled the Catholic Church as the antichrist of prophecy. In response to those charges the Roman hierarchy assigned two Jesuit priests to develop counter-interpretations which would turn the focus away from the Catholic Church. These two Spanish priests flooded the 16th century with their counter-Reformation propaganda. Alcazar of Seville applied all the ‘beast’ prophecies to Antiochus Epiphanes, who lived long before the popes began to rule in Rome. His system of interpretation came to be known as the Preterist School of prophecy.

On the other hand, Jesuit Francisco Ribera invented a system know as the Futurist School of interpretation. He taught that the antichrist was to be some future superman who would appear near the end of time and continue in power for 3 ½ years. It is his clever, unscriptural theory, which has been resurrected by modern evangelical Protestants Christians. And today, millions of Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals, etc., hold this anti-Protestant concoction of the Jesuits as some kind of infallible doctrine. Yet these same denominations claim to be faithful supporters of Protestant theology. Luther and other stalwart protesters against Catholic errors would be astonished if they were suddenly resurrected, to hear what is being taught in the name of Protestantism.

In the early 1800s, the futurist view of Jesuit Ribera passed through certain refinements and additions, including the seven-year tribulation and the snatching away of the saints. For the first time it was espoused by Protestant teachers who were seeking ways of reconciliation with Rome. Through the influence and writings of John Nelson Darby of the Plymouth Brethren Church in England, the new doctrine spread to the United States. During the middle and latter part of the nineteenth century, it received its biggest boost from Cyrus Schofield, who incorporated it into the notes of his Schofield Reference Bible, published in 1909.


When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result. The Great Controversy pg. 445
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G Craige Lewis EX Ministries September 19, 2016 Error of Man

This is becoming more and more common. Many that are proclaiming Christ nowadays are denying him in public for the sake of fame and notoriety from the world. How can a person claim to be a follower of Christ but promote gender confusion and defend those that promote agendas against the bible? Steph Curry has a lot to learn and I pray that one day a pastor would be bold enough to truly share truth with him and show him how you cannot claim Christ and love the world at the same time. We cannot have it our way. Either we will follow Christ or we will follow the enemy. There is no in between. This bathroom equality agenda will corrupt his very daughter in the future and cause confusion in the lives of many that follow him. The fact that he is promoting this and standing up for the LGBT is sad. But the day of the carnal believer is here and many are falling away from the truth.

This one is simple. All Steph had to say was ” I believe in the equal treatment of all people, however, I define people as male and female. Therefore, I cannot side with the LGBT on this bathroom issue. Our bodies define our identity. I believe the bible and it clearly states that God made us male and female.” But instead, Steph Curry sided with the LGBT by saying the law should be changed to protect the financial interests of the organizations he is apart of?

2Tim. 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 

2Tim. 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

bf9fcc89-5104-4eb2-82cf-8645fc548a57-large16x9_1280x960_60615p00fmlsh1The Huffington Post Reports: Stephen Curry is now a different kind of MVP ― most valuable protester.

The NBA superstar urged lawmakers from his home state of North Carolina to rethink the so-called “bathroom bill” that discriminates against the LGBT community.

The state has paid dearly for the HB2 legislation, losing the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, first- and second-round games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and other NCAA championship events.

The Atlantic Coast Conference also announced it was relocating its football championship from Charlotte, where Curry grew up.

I think it’s unfortunate for our city and our state to be under the microscope with HB2 and how it’s unfolded,” Curry said in an interview with The Associated Press, published Thursday. “I’m all for equal and fair rights and treatment for everybody. Until it gets addressed, until some changes are made, this could be a recurring theme in North Carolina. I don’t want that to happen.” Read More

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By  October 29, 2015

Candy Crush, Farmville, Plants vs Zombies, Clash of Clans and Farm Heroes Saga. I think we probably all played at least one video game in our lives, and more likely a free game. I was addicted to the free Facebook game Farmville, playing it during classes at college. What is it that makes us love these simple free games, that usually seem to make no sense at all, but yet get us totally hooked?

It is probably safe to say that the most popular free mobile game is Candy Crush. Your goal: combining the same candy to get them crushed and reach the next level. Though Farmville on Facebook was extremely popular and had millions of faithful ‘farmers’ who would water their plants and feed their cows daily, Candy Crush soon became favorite. Apparently harvesting pixel fruit trees and feeding cartoon styled chickens wasn’t as exciting as crushing candy as quickly as possible.

Drugs and games

According to Swrve 0.15 percent of mobile gamers provide for 50 percent of the total income! We’re talking about free games here, but with in-game items for sale. For example, in Candy Crush you’ll often find yourself staring at your iPhone screen waiting for a new level to unlock. Game designers know this exactly what gets a gamer to take his credit card out. You were in the middle of the game, doing so well – as the game will often suggest you are, boosting your self confidence – but then you have to wait for the next level. A craving fills your heart, and you can bear it no longer: you end up paying for it.

Doesn’t this sound like a drug addict who cannot wait anymore and has to get his drugs? I don’t think it’s just coincidence that the damage done to the brain of a game addict and drug addict is very similar. Let’s think about it: would God ever want us to be slaves of drugs and theirfor slaves of sin and Satan?

Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. Isaiah 55:2 NKJV For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness. Psalms 107:9 NKJV

“You did awesome!”

Then there is the dopamine hit. Did you ever notice how often in the game you are told you are doing absolutely awesome, wonderful, excellent and amazing? It is not that game designers are such good people and felt like complementing each gamer to make them feel good about themselves. They purposefully put this in there because they know that the brain reacts to such encouraging words.

When the game tells us we are doing well, when we level up or defeat another player, the brain’s reward system is flooded with dopamine: we feel happy. But over time our brain can’t produce as much domapine anymore. We don’t feel as satisfied, and, longing for that happiness, we reach for our phones again, hoping Candy Crush can fill our hearts with that satisfaction. We get addicted, plus we buy in-game items to level up hoping we will be satisfied again. Because of the low dopamine levels when not playing, depression, restlessness, difficulty focussing, mood swings and nausea can be the result.

Self-control gone missing

Next there’s ego depletion with which your willpower is reduced. You are more likely to fail at self-regulation, make indulgent choices, do what the majority does or not make any decision at all. Ron Faber, who co-authored a study on impulse purchases by Univesity of Minnesota, says in Getting Gamers: The Psychology of Video Games and Their Impact on the People (Jamie Madigan, PhD): “If playing a game requires concentration, you are using up attentional and cognitive resources. If it is exciting or scary, you may be using up emotional resources. In each case, this will make subsequent self-control more difficult.”

Self-control, isn’t that what God wants for us?

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. II Peter 1:5-9 NKJV

And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. Romans 6:18-19 NKJV

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. Galatians 5:13 KJV

Not able to choose to worship God

Besides the addiction and the loss of self control, gaming in itself is also very damaging for the brain. Victoria Dunckley, M.D. writes in Psychology Today that multiple studies show that gaming addiction causes shrinkage or loss of tissue volume in gray matter areas (where ‘processing’ occurs). Areas affected include the frontal lobe, the part of our brain we use, among other things, to choose to worship God.

Besides damaging the frontal lobe, each time you play a video game, the frontal lobe is suppressed, not making you capable to willfully choose God in that moment. Your seat of reasoning is not functioning properly. Now that should shock every sincere follower of Christ.

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Saith the Lord (…)
Isaiah 1:18 KJV

Free games might be free to download, but there is a high price we have to pay: our precious relationship with God and eternal life with Him. Christ wants to change and mold us and make us ready, but if we spend all our time playing video games, He cannot make us ready for His coming. Even though we play it only for a minute, what if that one minute had to be spent on Christ and was neccessary to hear Him say: well done good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of my lord (Matthew 25:23). Aren’t those words worth more than every dollar spent on a game in which you crush candy while you can’t reason? It only leaves us feel so dissatisfied and empty. Let us drink from the fountain of life, Christ Himself, Who will never leave us thirsty.

Like the woman at the well I was seeking, for things that did not satisfy. But then I heard my Savior speaking, draw from My well, that never shall run dry. Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up Lord. Come and quench this thirsting of my soul. Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more. Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole. Hymn 493 Fill My Cup Lord

A more in-depth article on the effects of games on the brain is coming soon in a blog series called Media on the Brain. Be looking out for it, this will surely be mindblowing.


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While same-sex marriage and other gay rights issues are getting themselves entrenched in American law and jurisprudence, transgenders are now the focus of the politically-correct left in the USA, as anyone willing to be honest would admit.

Now a second U.S. state has decided that churches, too, are bound by the agenda. The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) released a “Gender Identity Guidance” that imposes its demands on society, including churches.

“The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination enforces [state law on discrimination]. The MCAD developed this guidance to educate the public about discrimination based on gender identity, to describe what evidence may be submitted to support a claim of gender identity discrimination, to inform individuals of their rights, and to assist employers, providers of housing, mortgage services, and owners, managers and agents of places of public accommodation in understanding their obligations.”

The conflict with churches arises under the instructions for “places of public accommodation.” “Under [the law] places of public accommodation may not discriminate against, or restrict a person from services because of that person’s gender identity. For example, a hotel or motel may not refuse to book a room for a person because of the person’s gender identity,” the guidance says. “Even a church could be seen as a place of public accommodation if it holds a secular event, such as a spaghetti supper, that is open to the general public.”

But churches often have public events to attract new members. The Massachusetts law seems to take aim at these events by following the Obama unofficial designation that religious freedom only applies to worship.

Even the use of pronouns referring to a transgender’s biological sex is prohibited by the guidance. One conservative blogger said, “Tolerating such remarks is generally seen as allowing a ‘hostile environment,’ and therefore ‘harassment.’ Indeed, the statement… specifically encourages people to ‘prohibit derogatory comments or jokes about transgender persons from employees, clients, vendors and any others, and promptly investigate and discipline persons who engage in discriminatory conduct’.”

Churches, it seems, could be held liable to punishment if they do not suppress their own congregant’s or worker’s expression that might be offensive to transgenders. Any ‘public accommodation’ can be “ordered not to say anything that might make a homosexual or a transgender feel ‘unwelcome,’ such as even reading from the Bible a condemnation of such behavior.”

“Churches should be free to communicate their religious beliefs and operate their houses of worship according to their faith without fearing government punishment,” said Christiana Holcomb, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom. “It’s not good enough for government officials to say we should simply trust them to tell us what is religious and what isn’t. The law must be clear, and at present, the only thing that’s clear is that the law gives too much power to government bureaucrats who don’t even seem to understand the most basic constitutional principles.”

When the state identifies a church or some or all of its activities as a “public” accommodation, narrows the definition of a “bona fide religious purpose,” and tells a church what it can say and what it cannot say, it has crossed the constitutional line described in the first amendment.

In Iowa state, a similar commission also claims that state law demands that people be given access to church restrooms and locker rooms according to “gender identity.”

Religious freedom is more clearly than ever under attack by those pushing transgender rights. It is chipping away at the U.S. Constitution’s first amendment in its bill of rights. Gradually, but rapidly, every principle is being eroded until it will be completely repudiated. See Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5, page 451.

“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot.” Luke 17:28.

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