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Solar Eclipse – Warning of Civil War? | Prophecy Update – Pastor Ben Heath

Pertinent to current events.

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Acts 2:17-21

 
 

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What really happened on July 4th, 1776

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History.com

The Continental Congress did not vote for independence on July 4th, neither was the declaration of independence signed on that date.

As our pastor pointed out, what did happen on July 4th was a ‘meeting of the minds’ and an agreement/adoption of the language of the Declaration of Independence.

So, July 4th has to do with a formal declaration (of the language and basis) of independence, as the written contract or declaration was agreed to and voted on.

July 4th has less to do with actions of separation or signing, but the forward-looking affirmation and agreement of words.

Excerpt from History.com
“On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted to approve a Virginia motion calling for separation from Britain. The dramatic words of this resolution were added to the closing of the Declaration of Independence. Two days later, on July 4, the declaration was formally adopted by 12 colonies after minor revision. New York approved it on July 19. On August 2, the declaration was signed.”

See entire article at History.com:

THIS DAY IN HISTORY – 1776 – US Declares Independence

 
 

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Security: Complacency vs. Courage

How many individuals have changed the course of history and made themselves a wall against tyranny? How many others have blindly followed the crowd? Sparta and Athens held back the Persian empire from Europe via the courage and leadership of individual men.

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https://livingbyathread.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/a-young-jewish-woman-300-spartan-fighting-men-and-gods-preservation-of-his-people/

 
 

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It Is Well ~ The Tragic Story Behind the Amazing Hymn ~ Horatio Spafford

 

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A Rebuke to Political and Protestant Leaders

And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats.

Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet?

And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.

–Ezekiel 34:17-19

 
 

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Interesting Theory on World Religions

How the Catholics Created Islam – by Walter Veith

Youtube description:
How the Vatican Created Islam!

The astonishing story from an ex-Jesuit priest, Alberto Rivera, which was told to him by Cardinal Bea while he was at the Vatican. This information was made public by Alberto Rivera after his conversion to Protestant Christianity. Following its publication, and after several unsuccessful attempts on his life, he died suddenly from food poisoning. His testimony should not be silenced. Dr. Rivera speaks to us still…

by Alberto Rivera (as told to him by Cardinal Bea)

“What I’m going to tell you is what I learned in secret briefings in the Vatican when I was a Jesuit priest, under oath and induction. A Jesuit cardinal named Augustine Bea showed us how desperately the Roman Catholics wanted Jerusalem at the end of the third century. Because of its religious history and its strategic location, the Holy City was considered a priceless treasure. A scheme had to be developed to make Jerusalem a Roman Catholic city.” The great untapped source of manpower that could do this job was the children of Ishmael. The poor Arabs fell victim to one of the most clever plans ever devised by the powers of darkness.

Early Christians went everywhere with the gospel setting up small churches, but they met heavy opposition. Both the Jews and the Roman government persecuted the believers in the Messiah to stop their spread. But the Jews rebelled against Rome, and in 70 AD, Roman armies under General Titus smashed Jerusalem and destroyed the great Jewish temple which was the heart of Jewish worship — in fulfillment of the Messiah’s prophecy in Matthew 24:2.

“On this holy place today where the temple once stood, the Dome of the Rock Mosque stands as Islam’s second most holy place. (This is incorrect — the Temple was not located on the so-called Temple Mount but south of it — Editor). Sweeping changes were in the wind. Corruption, apathy, greed, cruelty, perversion and rebellion were eating at the Roman Empire, and it was ready to collapse. The persecution against Christians was useless as they continued to lay down their lives for the gospel of Christ.

“The only way Satan could stop this thrust was to create a counterfeit ‘Christian’ religion to destroy the work of God. The solution was in Rome. Their religion had come from ancient Babylon and all it needed was a face-lift. This didn’t happen overnight, but began in the writings of the ‘early church fathers’.

Cardinal Augustin Bea — leading Biblical scholar and Catholic Church historian
“It was through their writings that a new religion would take shape. The statue of Jupiter in Rome was eventually called St. Peter, and the statue of Venus was changed to the Virgin Mary. The site chosen for its headquarters was on one of the seven hills called ‘Vaticanus’, the place of the divine serpent where the Satanic temple of Janus stood.

“The great counterfeit religion was Roman Catholicism, called ‘Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth’ — Revelation 17:5. She was raised up to block the gospel, slaughter the believers in Christ, establish religions, create wars and make the nations drunk with the wine of her fornication, as we will see.

“Three major religions have one thing in common — each has a holy place where they look for guidance. Roman Catholicism looks to the Vatican as the Holy City. The Jews look to the wailing wall in Jerusalem, and the Muslims look to Mecca as their Holy City. Each group believes that they receive certain types of blessings for the rest of their lives for visiting their holy place. In the beginning, Arab visitors would bring gifts to the ‘House of God’, and the keepers of the Kaaba were gracious to all who came. Some brought their idols and, not wanting to offend these people, their idols were placed inside the sanctuary. It is said that the Jews looked upon the Kaaba as an outlying tabernacle of the Lord with veneration until it became polluted with idols.

“In a tribal contention over a well (Zamzam) the treasure of the Kaaba and the offerings that pilgrims had given were dumped down the well and it was filled with sand — it disappeared. Many years later Adb Al-Muttalib was given visions telling him where to find the well and its treasure. He became the hero of Mecca, and he was destined to become the grandfather of Muhammad. Before this time, Augustine became the bishop of North Africa and was effective in winning Arabs to Roman Catholicism, including whole tribes. It was among these Arab converts to Catholicism that the concept of looking for an Arab prophet developed.

“Muhammad’s father died from illness and sons born to great Arab families in places like Mecca were sent into the desert to be suckled and weaned and spend some of their childhood with Bedouin tribes for training and to avoid the plagues in the cities.

“After his mother and grandfather also died, Muhammad was with his uncle when a Roman Catholic monk learned of his identity and

How the Vatican Created Isalm – Scott Johnson (1/10/16)

 

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Questioning the Protestant “Statement of Faith”

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God warns against spiritual harlotry in the Bible.

This was the warning to the church of Thyatira. Thyatira would have no legacy because they seduced people away from the truth.

I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

–Revelation 1:19-23

The Bible introduced the concept of the “Great whore”, who had a history of sending saints or people who did not forceably convert to their beliefs to martyrdom. You can make your own assessments on who that great whore would be, by looking at nominally “Christian” groups that have murdered other Christians. One church organization is reckoned to have produced upwards of 50 million deaths, to say nothing of preceding torture and inhumane manner of death in many cases.

This is what the Bible says about the “great whore”:

And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

Revelation 17:1-6

This theme of the Great Harlot is repeated in Revelation 18, with the admonition to “come out of her”.

And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

–Revelation 18:1-4

In this next passage, the persecuted saints emerge victorious.

Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

–Revelation 19:20-24

Psalms 137 speaks of the destruction of Babylon. Babylon the city was physically destroying in the 600s BC.

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.

We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land?

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.

O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.

Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

–Psalm 137

Jeremiah 50 speaks further on the destruction of Babylon.

The Bible specifically tells his people to escape from the clutches of the daughter of Babylon.

Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.

For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.

For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me.

Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.

And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee.

And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.

–Zechariah 2:7-12

So, what about the Protestants? Are they in the same boat with the Catholics? The Catholics both added and subtracted from God’s word. The Catholics put themselves as the intermediary between Christ and his people. Christ said clearly that we all have the opportunity to know Jesus and the Father directly in the new covenant, and that Jesus is the only way to come to the Father.

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

–Hebrews 8:10-11

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

–John 14:6

So when Christian protestant organizations have a statement of faith, are they both adding and subtracting from God’s word? Are they adding the doctrine of the Trinity and subtracting the moral law of the 10 Commandments, and basically the entire Old Testament and sections of the New Testament as well?

Recently I had an opportunity to apply for a job at a Christian organization near and dear to me. However, after a phone and in-person interview, they emphasized that I would have to accept their “Statement of Faith”. I could not in good conscience say that I agreed with the whole of it.

Here was my addendum to my response about whether I accepted their statement of faith.

Allowing for Personal Discernment

My personally held belief about the Godhead is that the Father and Jesus Christ comprise the Godhead and that the Holy Spirit is like unto the power of both Jesus and the Father. It was the same power that enabled Mary to become pregnant, as in Matthew 1:18, although the Heavenly Father is still the father of Christ!

This is one of those issues where there seems to be support for one belief, as in Matthew 28:19, but there also seems to be abundant support of a two person Godhead. These are examples where people are baptized/saved/praying solely in the name of Jesus. Prayer is made to the Father, but through the name of Jesus. (Acts 4:12, Acts 10:43, Acts 13:39, Acts 22:16, Romans 10:13, Ephesians 5:20, I Thess 5:4, Luke 24:46-47). Here are examples in the greetings to the readers of epistles, where Paul and others cite the Father and Son exclusively as in: Philippians 1:2, I Thess. 1:1, 2 Thess. 1:1, James 1:1, Hebrews 1:1-5, I Peter 1:1-5, Philemon 1:3.

Lastly, the Berean believers were commended by Paul because they questioned and checked out the veracity of what Paul said by comparing it with established Old Testament scripture to verify if there was harmony.

Well, I heard nothing back since that response over a month ago. I do not know that they have even hired anyone for the position.

But I have thought more about this. If you look at ANY protestant organization Statement of Faith, you will most likely find the doctrine/dogma of the trinity. What won’t you find? The 10 Commandments. That’s right, you won’t find a reference the commandments that God wrote in stone with his own finger.

Why? Firstly, Protestants have followed the Mother of Harlots in accepting Sunday as a worship day that they don’t even keep as a sabbath. Sunday observance both adds and subtracts from God’s worth. With that one corruption of God’s holy word, the “universal” church has done away with the 10 Commandments. Slick, is it not?

So, an applicant for a job at a Christian organization – whether it is as a secretary, accountant, computer analyst, or a pastor or spiritual leader – must agree to the prescriptive Statement of Faith. Think of it – the applicant could be committing adultery – but agree to the Statement of Faith – and be qualified for the job.

I object to that. Christ is my redeemer and Lord – that is my statement of faith.

I will not accept artificial constructs that are designed to undermine and minimize God’s word.

Let’s conclude with scripture.

And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

–Acts 16:30-34

Did Jesus in any way weaken the moral law and the commandments?

And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
 –Matthew 19:17

Related:

The Trinity Dogma and the Worship of Angels

What is the New Testament and what is its Significance?

Why Sincere Christianity returns to Lifting up the Moral Law

 
 

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