My Objections To A Brother Whose View On The Rapture Is Pretribulational ( 2 )
The Fifth Seal: Martyrs Under The Altar
“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” ( Rev.6:9-11 ).
Biblical scholars have long recognized the parallelism between the Olivet Discourse in Matt.24, and Rev.6. But when we examine the Olivet Prophecy in Matt.24, we observe that there is no segment of it parallel to the Fifth Seal ( Rev.6:9-11 ). The reason is simply because the Fifth Seal is in its entirety a heavenly scene. Christ is the author of both the Olivet Discourse and the Scroll Of Revelation. In the Olivet Discourse, Christ tells us what is going on here on Earth during the 70th Week of Daniel. In the Scroll Of Revelation, He gives more light by showing what is going on Earth as well as in heaven. He wants us to know that He is in sovereign control of the events both on Earth as well as in heaven. This does not mean however, that He is responsible for the activities of wicked men. God permits evil, but does not approve of it, neither does He perpetrate it.
The first four seals of Rev.6 are sequential, consecutive and progressive. But the Fifth Seal is concurrent, coincident, and simultaneous with the fourth seal. The Fifth Seal does not advance the chronology of events here on Earth in the 70th week of Daniel. It occurs in heaven during the fourth seal. In consonance with the parallelism of the Olivet Discourse and Rev.6, the fourth seal is the Great Tribulation. During the Great Tribulaion, believers are being hounded, ferreted out and killed, and some taken captive. Our Lord Jesus told us in the Olivet Discourse believers shall be led captive into all nations ( Luk.21:24 ). The Scroll Of Revelation tells us that those who will be taken captive were so destined. “He that is destined to go into captivity, into captivity he goes; and the he that is destined to be killed with the sword, with the sword the one shall be killed.” ( Rev.13:10 ). The Great Tribulation shall be worldwide but the epicenter shall be the Land of Israel and its capital city, Jerusalem.
During the Great Tribulation, the fourth seal, believers are being killed, and their disembodied spirits and souls are arriving in heaven. There is no distance in the realm of the spirit. As soon as these believers are killed, their disembodied spirits and souls arrive in heaven and are quartered under the golden altar of incense in the Holy Place in the Temple Of God in Heaven. Remember that the Tabernacle in the wilderness was patterned after the Temple of God in Heaven. God reminded Moses: “ see that thou do everything according to the pattern shown thee on the Holy Mount.” ( Exod.29:9,40; Heb.8:5b ). No Israelite who is not of the High priestly family of Aaron has access into the Holy Place, not even the Levites. In like manner, no Israelite who is not the High Priest, and of the family of Aaron has access into the Holy Of Holies, and that once a year, only on the Day Of Atonement, and after he has offered sacrifices for himself and the errors of the people of Israel ( Heb.9:6,7 ). Any violations of these ordinances attracted the death penalty.
That the Fifth Seal martyrs merited to be quartered under the Golden Altar Of Incense in the Holy Place Of The Temple in Heaven indicates that they were priests. And Christ has made us kings and priests. “John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” ( Rev.1:4-6 ).
The Fifth Seal martyrs asked God how long it would be before He avenges their death on their murderers. If the wrath of God has already begun in the Day Of The Lord from the commencement of the 70th week as pretribs teach, would it not have been proper for God to tell them:
“ Can’t you see, I have already begun to punish those wicked murderers: the antiChrist has emerged on the World Stage, he has formed a coalition of ten nations. He has also tried to win the rest of the nations of the world to his side through subtle peace diplomacy. That has failed, and he has now resorted to war. There are wars and commotions, rumors and threats of wars. Nations have risen up against nations and kingdom against kingdom, and as a result, there are famines, pestilences and earthquakes in diverse places. My servant Michael has cast down my enemy Satan to the Earth. He is now angry with the inhabitants of the Earth, knowing that he has but a short time. He has possessed the antiChrist who has moved his headquarters to Jerusalem. He has desecrated my Temple, and is demanding that men worship him in place of Me. He is killing my saints who refuse to worship him, and that is how your souls come to be under the altar in my temple in heaven?” ( Rev.6,12,13 ).
Ridiculous you would say, and you are right. How can the antiChrist come to power in the Day Of The Lord and complish all these things including the martyrdom of the Fifth Seal martyrs at a time when God alone is to be exalted, in the day no man shall be exalted and the haughtiness of men brought low, in the Day when the idols shall be abolished, and the gods that had not made the heavens and the Earth perish from under the Earth and under these heavens? ( Isa.2:18-22; Jere.10:11 ).
If the wrath of God had already begun, they did not need to wait: in fact, there would have been no need for their question how long. God admonished them to wait until their fellow saints to be martyred had been accomplished. There is a certain number of saints to be martyred. It is a secret number known only to God. The secret things belong to God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and our children ( Deut.29:29 ). Those to be martyred were so destined, and those to be taken captive were also so destined. This is the patience and faith of the saints ( Rev.13:10 ). It is a display of ignorance to denigrate and cast aspersions on the Fifth Seal martyrs, and to make them the butt of a joke of being made the “bottom” of the altar. The Scripture did not say they were made the “bottom” of the altar, but that they were kept under the altar pending the completion of the number of the saints to be martyred during the Great Tribulation that was going on at that time.
If the Great Tribulation were allowed to run throughout the whole length of the three and one-half years allotted to the antiChrist, no believer will be left alive to be raptured. But because some believers must be raptured alive, God will cut short the Great Tribulation ( Matt.24:22 ). Also no Jew or Gentile who did not take the Mark of the Beast will survive the second half of the 70th week. But some Jews will survive and be reconciled to God on the 3rd day of the 30-day Reclamation Period when the Mystery Of God is finished and His spiritual kingdom complete ( Rev.10:7 ). And some Gentiles will survive the second half of the 70th week to appear at the Sheep And Goat Judgment ( Matt.25:31-46 ). The Sheep will be justified to enter the Millennium in their mortal bodies to repopulate the Earth alongside their Jewish counterpart.
God will cut short the Great Tribulation with cosmic and celestial disturbances ( Matt.24:29-31 ). This is the sixth seal which will send all the wicked scurrying for non-existent cover and protection under the rocks and mountains in lieu of the wrath of the Lamb before which no man shall be able to stand, abruptly bringing the Great Tribulation to a halt ( Rev.6:12-17 ). The Fifth Seal martyrs were executed for the word of God and the testimony which they held. They should be admired and congratulated not denigrated and disparaged.
We must distinguish the wrath of God from the wrath of Satan ( Rev.6:16; 12:12 ). The wrath of Satan comes first and is directed against the saints of the Most High. “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” ( Rev.13:7-10 ).
The wrath of God comes last and is directed against the wicked Earth-dwellers who worship the antiChrist and the Great Dragon and have murdered the saints of the Most High during the Great Tribulation. This is the theology of the second. Carnal things first before spiritual things. “Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” ( 1 Cor.15:46-49 ). The saints must be tested first to purify them before the sinners shall be subjected to the wrath of God.
“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:” ( Eph.5:3-8 ).
Apart from the sins listed in the above quoted segment of the Scriptures, the other reason anyone would be subjected to God’s wrath is to take the mark of allegiance to the antiChrist. “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” ( Rev.14:9-12 ).
God will recompense tribulation ( the wrath of God ) to those who have troubled us the saints during the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist ( 2 Thess.1:6 ). It takes time for sin to pile up to heaven. God cannot punish the wicked until their cup of iniquity is full. Until they have killed the saints in a rage that reaches up to heaven, God cannot begin to punish them for their evils. The wrath of God does not begin until after the breaking of the sixth seal.
The first four seals have nothing to do with the wrath of God, but have everything to do with the wrath of Satan; in fact, the Great Tribulation is the Great wrath of Satan which does not begin until Satan is cast down to the Earth at the midpoint of the 70th week and possesses the antiChrist ceding his power and authority unto him to act on his behalf, and the Restrainer is removed. As Christ is God’s representative on Earth to administer His wrath against the wicked Earth-dwellers and worshippers and adorers of the Dragon-Beast, so also is the antiChrist Satan’s representative on Earth to administer his wrath against the saints of the Most High, the Jews and Gentiles, who reject his Mark of allegiance.
The Fifth Seal martyrs were not feeble saints who missed the first round up, for the Rapture has not yet occurred. The Scriptures make it clear in both the Olivet Discourse and the Scroll Of Revelation that the Rapture occurs after the Tribulation of those days, after the breaking of the sixth seal with the attendant cosmic and celestial disturbances, shortly before the breaking of the seventh seal. The same day the Shekinah ( the appearance of the Son Of Man ) appears in the heavens, the 144,000 from the twelve tribes of Israel are sealed for protection, and the saints raptured to take them away from the scene of the Great Tribulation and the wrath of God which is about to begin at the breaking of the seventh seal ( Matt.24:29-31; Mk.13:24-27; Rev.7:1-17 ).
My Objections To A Brother Whose View On The Rapture Is Pretribulational ( 1 )
There is not a single verse in both 1 & 2 Thessalonians that teaches either explicitly or implicitly that some Christians shall be raptured and receive glorified eternal immortal resurrection bodies pretribulationally before the antiChrist is revealed. Rather it teaches that that day in which the rapture will take place will not occur until two events take place ( 2 Thess.2:3 ). First, the Man Of Sin, the Son Of Perdition, the antiChrist must be revealed ( unveiled ). Second, there shall be an apostasia ( Hellenistic, Classical Greek: apostasis ), a falling away from the Faith. The massive abandonment of the Christian Faith will be precipitated by the unveiling of the antiChrist as a dead man who ruled over one of the seven previous Beast Empires of Satan, was killed with a military weapon in battle, descended into the abyss, and ascends from there to rule over the Eighth And Final Beast Empire of Satan ( Rev.13:3, 17:8 ). He will demand to be worshipped by all mortals. He will use food and commerce as bargaining chips ( Rev.13:17 ). His unveiling will take place in the yet to be rebuilt Third Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. This is the abomination of desolation which will occur at the midpoint of the 70th week ( Dan.9:27; Matt.24:15; Mk.13:14 ). It is concurrent and coincident with the invasion of Jerusalem by the armies of the antiChrist ( Luk.21: 20-24 ). For clarity, consult this article: https://mtzionheritage.com/?s=Two+critical+events.
The Holy Spirit as the restrainer is another pretrib mantra. It is not revealed any where in the Scriptures that the Holy Spirit is the restrainer. The Holy Spirit cannot hitchhike with the Church at the Rapture. The Holy Spirit as the Third Person Of The Godhead, the Trinity, has always been here. He was here at the Creation. He glided over the waters ( Gen.1:1-2 ). He anointed Moses and the prophets of Israel. Jesus was anointed of the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the Devil Act.10:38 ). That was before Pentecost. At Pentecost, a new relationship between man and God was created within the framework of a new order, the New Covenant. After the Rapture, the Holy Spirit will still be here. As God He is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. The two witnesses will be uniquely and extraordinarily anointed of the Holy Spirit ( Rev.11 ).
The restrainer is not an NT doctrine. It is Christian scholars who debate about his identity. The restrainer is an OT doctrine. His identity has been known in Judaism for hundreds of years before Christianity. His identity has been revealed by jewish scholars like Rashi. He is archangel Michael who stands for the people of God ( Dan.12:1 ). His identity is known to Paul’s immediate audience in 2 Thess.2:6-8. That is why Paul did not bother to name him in that passage. After he casts Satan down to the Earth at the midpoint of the 70th week, he shall “amad,” that is stop doing what he normally does which is restraining the Devil. Then there shall be Great Tribulation ( Rev.12:7-9 ). When Satan is cast down to the Earth, he shall possess the antiChrist who shall declare himself God ( Rev.13:2 ). Satan has Great wrath when cast down to the Earth because he knows he has a short time. He will go to make war with the remnant of the seed of the woman who keep the commandment of God ( observant Jews who repudiate his authority by refusal to bear his Mark of allegiance, the Mark of the Beast ), and those who have the testimony of Jesus ( the believers who refuse to take the Mark of the Beast ). Who are those who have the testimony of Jesus? Are they not believers in Jesus The Christ? They are some of the greats of the saints at this momentous hour of history. How can they be feeble saints left behind to bear the brunt of the antiChrist’s reign of terror?
There are no Scriptures that teach that there are two phases of the Christ’s Second Advent. The Greek word Parousia translated coming is a compound word consisting of para and ousia which mean coming and subsequent presence with. Like the First Advent, there is a series of events like the annunciation, the birth of Christ, the presentation in the Temple, His temptation, His three year Ministry, arrest, trial and condemnation, crucifixion, burial, resurrection, appearances to His disciples, ascension and session and intercessary ministry at the right hand of the Throne Of The Father at the Throne Room in the Temple in Heaven ( Heb.7:25 ). The Second Advent begins with the breaking of the 6th seal which begins with a massive earthquake, followed by cosmic disturbances that darkens the heavens and freezes the Earth ( Rev.6:12,13 ). This shall be followed by the appearance of the Shekinah in the heavens, which is the sign of the coming of the Son of Man in the heavens ( Matt.24:29,30 ). When the Shekinah appears in the heavens, the saints are advised to look up, for their redemption draweth nigh ( Luk.21:28 ). If the rapture had already taken place, what is their redemption at this time? The Shekinah is the visible manifestation of the Yahweh of Israel. Every eye shall see Him when He appears in the darkened heavens with an entourage of angels who will blow the trumpet and gather His elect from one end of the heavens to the other to meet the Lord in the air ( 1 Thess.4:14-17 ). So the Rapture annot be silent, quiet or secret as pretribs teach. Quite the opposite, the heavens shall blaze it forth.
The trumpet will be blown. Christ will dispatch His angels to gather His elect from the fours corners of the Earth. But before then, the 144,000 must be reconciled to God and sealed for protection with the name of God ( Rev.7:1-8, 14:1 ). God will not leave Himself without a witness. It is like the handing over of a baton in a relay race. The Church will be taken away in the Rapture, and the 144,000 from the twelve tribes of Israel will become God’s witness on Earth. Then the 7th seal shall be broken and the wrath of God begins. After the wrath of God which ends at Armageddon at the end of the 30-day Reclamation Period, the whole Earth will be renovated during the 45-day Restoration Period, and Christ coronated by the Father in Heaven to reign over the Earth in the Millenium. These series of events constitute the Second Coming Of The Lord. There is no silent or secret rapture anywhere in the Scriptures. That is a pretrib concoction and fabrication. The people of the Earth who see His appearance like lightning in the heavens shall mourn ( Matt.24:29-31; Rev.1:7 ). See article on The Tribulation The Great: https://mtzionheritage.com/?s=The+Great+Tribulation.
The Sheep and the Goats are not Christians as you have rightly pointed out. They are Gentiles unbelievers who did not take the Mark of the Beast who survived the Great Tribulation and the wrath of God. The basis of their judgment is how they treated the Lord’s brethren ( Jews and believers ) during the Great Tribulation ( Matt.25:31-46 ). The Sheep shall be justified to enter and repopulate the Earth in the Millennium alongside their Jewish counterpart who survive the Great Tribulation and the wrath of God, specifically the first six trumpet judgments.
Your view of and comment on the 5th seal matters is both fallacious and egregious at the same time ( Rev.6:9-11 ). The pretribs have always denigrated these wonderful saints as spiritual weaklings who could not make the first round up. This is totally false. These were martyred for “the word of God and the testimony which they held.” They were quartered under the the golden altar of incense in the Holy Place in the Temple in heaven from where they make their plea of vengeance to God. They are referred to as souls because they have not received their glorified eternal immortal resurrection bodies because the Rapture has not yet taken place. They were instructed by God to wait until their fellow believers who were to killed is complete. There is certain number of believers to be martyred before God can interrupt the Great Tribulation with cosmic and celestial disturbances. This number is not revealed to us. The secret things belong to God ( Deut.29:29 ).
The patience of the saints during the Great Tribulation is that if anyone is destined to killed with the sword, with the sword, the one shall be killed; and if anyone is destined to go into captivity, the one shall be taken into captivity ( Rev.13:10 ). The KJV translation of this verse is faulty, and does not reflect the original meaning of the Greek. At the time these saints made their plea to God, the killing was still going on here on Earth under the 4th seal which is the Great Tribulation. The 5th seal is entirely a heavenly scene, a reflection of the killings going here on Earth. It is therefore concurrent, coincident, and simultaneous with the 4th seal. The other seals are progressive and consecutive. There is no distance in the real of the spirit. The souls and spirits of the 5th seal martyrs arrive in heaven as soon as they killed here on Earth. Whatever happens to the saints who are taken captive if the rapture has already taken place? The 5th seal martyrs are raptured with the others in Rev.7:9-17. They are not inferior to the other saints at all. If anything, they are highly honored. If the wrath of God has begun at the commencement of the 70th week as pretribs teach, then God should be held accountable for the death of the 5th seal martyrs. This is utter nonsense. Please read my refutation, a critique and rebuttal of Dr. Dave Williams 20 pieces of counsel or advice to those left behind after the Rapture: https://mtzionheritage.com/?s=Critique+and+rebuttal.
Christ will come as a thief for those who do not known the times and the seasons. Those who are in darkness. We the saints are not in darkness. We are of the day being children of light, not of night nor of darkness. That day cannot come upon us unawares ( 1 Thess.5:1-13 ). We cannot know the day and the hour of His coming but we can know the general time period. The Fig tree is a sign of approximation not the symbol of Israel as you taught in your book ( Matt.24:32-35 ). In the Lukan account ( Luk.2129-33 ), it says “and all the trees.” All the trees cannot be the symbol of Israel. When those in the temperate region see the Fig tree and all the trees begin to sprout after the Fall and the Winter and the rain in the Spring, they know that Summer is near. Likewise when we see the events of the 70th week of Daniel begin to unfold, we know that the coming of the Lord draws near. This generation shall not pass till these things be fulfilled ( Matt.24:34 ). The generation of believers that shall enter the 70th week, experience the horrors of the Great Tribulation perpetrated by the antiChrist and his acolytes shall be the generation of believers that shall be raptured alive. That generation shall witness the end of the Ages at which point in the eschatological timeline that the rapture occurs. The end of the Ages is the point of transition from this age to the age to come which is the Millennial reign of Christ. For details, see my article on the Fig Tree: https://mtzionheritage.com/123-2/. See also the article on the parable Of The Wheat And The Tares: https://mtzionheritage.com/the-parable-of-the-wheat-and-the-tares/.
I am writing this missive as something of value I can bequeath to you since I will not be around for long anymore. ’Daddy’ as you know is not religious so quite interesting I am doing this. I am led to this because the pulpit of today do not teach it and your generation or your children m ight not get the message and wrong doctrine abounds especially about the TIME LINE of the rapture. What I am doing is what my paternal grandmother, Mama Ibidun did. She introduced me to eschatology though I knew not then. One of the m emories is her telling us about Satan being cast out of heaven like a stone. She actually said I think, that God’s intention was to throw him like a stone into the bottomless pit but in his anger, overfllung him and he found himself lobbed on earth. She seemed to be conversant with the book of Revelations.
Since I believed and started to know Jesus thereabout 1987/88, I have been kept by God in events leading to the End of Time or End of the Church age. When we read the book of Revelations, from Chapter 17, we found three convergence of happenings on:
.Financial commerce and Economic Convergence to One World Financial System
.Political Convergence One World Government
The very first two, financial and political convergence have come a long way since Jesus revealed this to us over 2000 years ago. Politically we have the United Nations and other Continental blocks especially the European Union. The book tells of alliances of between 7-10 kings coming together, what do we have today? G7, G8, G20; UN Security Council of 5 seeking expansion to 8 or 10. Yes, alliances were formed between kings in the past but they were local or r e gional not continental or global. Also, they were usually amongst 5 or less kings but 10 kings? Don’t believe anyone who says this formation of alliances have always been the way of politics. This is different. It is global and between numerous Kings- 10 Head of States, Presidents.
Financial Convergence: This I have discussed with you more often. I have also shared some writings with you. Remember? I wrote about the evolution and history of Money ( Money was never part of God’s creation) and the future of Money leading to the ”marking” of those who want to pledge allegiance to the Anti-Christ. Meaning “Who is YOUR Master”- see the article, “Master Master.” https://mtzionheritage.com/702-2/
Recent development of the National Identity Number (NIN) that reduces all Nigerians to numbers making names even photographs for ID redundant (see article Satan’s Number is Up): https://mtzionheritage.com/Satan’s-number-is-up/. With this ,the infrastructure to capture all humans and hold them captive is in place. The rest is easy- just open account number for them with this number and just credit the ”poor” or ”needy” account with fiat money every week. This is the norm in developed countries. India is at it. Nigeria has started with APC Social Intervention Scheme.
What is left is the Religious Convergence and when you see it , know that Jesus return is near. The Anti-Christ is out there and I think he has been born . Jesus said no one knows the hour or day but the signs and events of his coming you can decipher. So I decipher he has been born. What remains is his being UNVEILED! The spirit of the Anti Christ has been in the world since the f all in the garden of Eden. He could be around in flesh and then his being REVEALED to the world. Where would this happen ? In a temple of course ( Daniel 9:27, 2 Thessalonians 2:4, Matthew 24:15 ). For someone who craves worship as the god this current world he needs a Temple. Enter the third Temple in Jerusalem, Enter Jerusalem in scheme of things, enter Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel Capital. How will this temple be built with so much animosity in the Middle East ? So much hatred between Arab and Jews, Muslims and Christians. The Anti Christ is wise as regards things of the undelivered man. He knows money meets the lust of the eyes, of the flesh and the PRIDE OF LIFE.
Most religionist love money and need it. So a case of prosperity will be made to Arabs, Jews and others that the new temple will bring prosperity to the Palestine. That Christians in their millions will make pilgrimages to the t emple es pecially at the times of Jewish Festival, especially the Passover. Another ”Mecca” to mirror the eminently profitable Hajj to Mecca. This will buy over the Arabs, Palestinians and they will come round and sign peace with Israel. So the Jews will think they are getting their te mple not knowing they are building t he temple for the enemy of God, the Anti-Christ (god this world). That is why Eastern Religion of many gods is not relevant. Satan has to do his stunts in the only ”One God” place to assuage his pride. Oh yes, Satan wanted to be a God, he wants worship by living creatures and he needs a temple. In fact, all humans would be mandated to make a pilgrimage there in their lifetime.
When you see these things, flee from the world system, flee into the forest, away from civilisation. As Jesus Instructed believers to flee from Jerusalem also flee to nature. Before this, please don’t take anything on your body to operate in the world. This is The Sin that leads to death! Eternal damnation.
And what to do with this message? As Jesus said when you see these things, know the end is nigh. So when you see happenings in the Middle Eat like the signing of Peace between Israel and Palestinians , sponsored by a person leading a Coalition of Nations (Iran Peace Deal is a precurs or) know that the Rapture is nigh. It becomes more evident when a t hird Jewish Temple is to be built likely in the peace deal. This Religious convergence is the culmination of the Political and the Financial one. Technology is trapping and bonding us to the world. Please, start learning to live without technology. Do not go completely cashless until cash seizes t o be legal tender. Before then, st art learning how t o live off nature. The Great tribulation is or for just a maximum of two years. Jesus said the great tribulation will be short because of the elect. So let us start preparations first in mind on how to live out of the world system and live off nature.
Artificial Intelligence And The Hybridization Of The Human Race
Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk who wants to send man to Mars has warned that a future where AI is smarter than us will be dangerous. We must all become cyborgs if we are to survive the inevitable robot crisis. http://www.wired.co.uk/article/elon-musk-humans-must-become-cyborgs.
Please read this article. Understand what a cyborg is. That is where the world is headed. Can a cyborg be a good Christian? How will a cyborg fair as a Christian? Christians belonging to Generation X and beyond are faced with this choice even before the antiChrist hangs out his shingles. ‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…’ should be our prayers in this end time as ungodliness fills the earth.
We must pray, but also we must understand the times and the seasons, and the machinations of the evil one, and the variegated, subtle, and seemingly innocuous ways by which Satan wants to force us into his mold, and enslave us for ever. Man merging with machines may appear exciting and innocuous, but indeed, it is flagrant idolatry; it is antiGod. It is an alteration of the divine image in man. A time will come when those of us who reject merging with machines will look primitive and outmoded. It will be extremely difficult to function in society at that time outside of these machines. This will certainly put pressure on the younger generation to conform to become cyborgs. If it is not us, it will be them, our children, grandchildren, and great grandchilren. What shall we tell them when they come to tell us they want a microchip implanted in their brains to enhance academic excellence, crack computer codes, or enhance athletic performance? Believe me, this will certainly happen before the antiChrist emerges on the world stage. What shall we tell them? Is the Church prepared for this crisis of identity?
Do our church leaders, Pastors, and ministers know? Are believers open to learning about these issues? Or shall we pretend that it does not matter, like the self-styled preachers of righteousness who tell us: ” all we have to do is live right, and we shall be raptured whenever the Rapture occurs. What does it mean to live right? Does sin consist only in lying, cheating, murder, amorous relations, breaking out into open idolatry, etc? These sins consist of individual choices. What about gene alteration? A generation hybridized is a generation lost. What brought about escalation of evil in the antedeluvian world? Was it not alteration of the human genome by cohabitation of fallen evil angels and human females ( Gen.6 )? The goal of Satan has always been the same, it has not changed: to destroy or disqualify man. But he has added new methods in his arsenal. The antiChrist cannot take over the world without cyborgs. Jesus chided with Pharisees for tithing mint, anise, and cummin, but neglecting the weightier matters of the law, justice, mercy, and faith ( Matt.23:23 ). If we preach and teach success, the good life, promotion, prosperity, how to be happy all the time, etc; and leave out these weightier issues of the End Times, we would have acted like the hypocritical Pharisees. Shall we be commended before God?
A Pastor is an undershepherd under Jesus the good Shepherd. He is under “heaven’s oat” to teach the congregants by word of mouth and by example the whole counsel of God. This is enormous responsibility. He cannot only teach faith, prosperity, promotion, success, etc, and neglect the weightier issues of the End Times. It is not a matter of that is not my message. That is not what am called to preach. That is not my forte. Or am called to preach faith or healing, promotion, success, prosperity, divine protection, etc. If one had elected to be a Pastor, one has elected to preach and teach the whole counsel of God, more so the weightier matters of the end times. Evangelists must win souls and send them to the Church. Ministers who run parachurch ministries must teach whatever they called to teach. But pastors have enormous responsibility to teach the whole counsel of God.
Some believers do not know what a cyborg means. A dear saint defined it as follows: “Cybernetic organisms cannot have the spirit in them. They could only be programmed to behave like christian . But there’s no human yet whose whole body is made to function completely by electromechanical devices. I think a cyborg is still a medical fiction.” Is this the correct definition of a cyborg? She conflates a robot with a cyborg. A cyborg is a real human being who is merged with machines. He is a person who interfaces with machines and controls everything around him with microchips implanted in various parts of his body, and is in turn controlled by a giant computer somewhere run by a big brother, the government, some institution or organisation. His performance is tremendously enhanced by microchips. Sometimes he acts like a robot in areas where he is already programmed, but he is still capable of autonomous and independent actions in other areas where he is not programmed.
Satan is trying to force the believers into his mold especially through technology, and the cares of this life. The cares of this life are not in and of themselves sinful, but could lead one into compromising position of one’s faith. Our notion of holiness should not be repentance and righteous living alone. By righteous living I mean, no lies, cheating, no stealing, no sexual immoralities, etc. We know that a believer can do all these things and yet wind up not being raptured if he or she is surreptitiously lead into receiving the mark of the Beast. We must not be like the Pharisees, hypocrites who pay tithe of mint, anise, and cummin, but neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faith. Jesus chided them: these you ought to have done without neglecting the others. We must teach holiness and righteous living. That is one side of the coin, the obverse. We must not neglect the other side, the reverse: the subtle ways by which we could be lured into compromises with the things of this world. Which believer does not know that lying, cheating, stealing, embezzlement of funds whether that of the Church or government or NGO etc, sexual immoralities, pornographies, and murders are sinful? These are givens.
But how many believers know that becoming a cyborg or being hybridised in any form will lead one to eternal damnation? Do they even know the difference between a robot and a cyborg? Do they know the meaning of transhuman, nephelim, hybrid human, or humanoid? Can any one imagine the pressure under which a young believer who is a graduate and highly skilled will be to become a cyborg less he lose his job to robots in the near future. The Church will be required to economically boycott the world before the Great Tribulation before the world economically boycott the Church during the Great Tribulation. How do we do that? By establishing businesses that cater to the needs of the Church especially in difficult times like the Great Tribulation. Yuval Noah Harari , a lecture in history at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, has written a book tiltled Homo Deus, in which he painted a picture of uncertainty as what man will be and what he needs to survive in the next two centuries. Do the Churches have such foresight and prepare the younger generation for this kind of eventualities and exigencies?
Elon Musk has seen the difficulty from economic perspective and is warning the world: ” become cyborgs less you lose your jobs to robots.” He has also seen the spiritual aspect, and warns that “by artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon.” He also said, without oversight, AI could pose an existential threat to humanity. The Church should see both the economic and spiritual perspectives and warn the believers: ” Don’t become cyborgs less you lose your precious and eternal souls to Satan.” Leaders are visionaries and dreamers. They dream dreams. They see things ahead of time. They are watchmen. They see and warn others of what is coming ahead whether good or bad. Someone in England was imprisoned for suggesting that some day men in different parts of the world will be speaking to one another directly. He died in jail. But what he saw then in his mind’s eye is a reality in our day. Before the antiChrist shows up on the world stage, believers will be under economic pressure to become cyborgs.
(1) Men + Angels = Nephelim.
“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” ( Gen.6:4-8 ).
The Hebrew word nephelim is the plural of naphal which means fallen one. They were the offspring of the unnatural union between fallen angels who sided with Satan in the rebellion, and were cast out of the Heaven of heavens which is the abode of the Almighty, and human females. Jewish tradition holds that some of them survived the deluge and gave rise to the giants that were of old like the Anakim. The sight of these men frightened the spies of Israel into making a false confession of their invincibility. “And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” Num.13:33 ). Noah found grace in the eyes of God because he was not hybridised with fallen evil angels. The statement that “Noah was righteous or perfect in His generation” is better rendered, “Noah was pure in his descendants.” “These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” ( Gen.6:9 ).
The only reason Noah and his household were preserved was because they were not hybridised. It was the mercy of God that kept them from being hybridised, in order to preserve humanity. We must refuse to be hybridized in our generation. The younger generation, generation X are in danger of accepting these things unquestioningly as part of development, not knowing it is to the detriment of their souls. They will be under enormous social and economic pressures to comply and become cyborgs less they lose their jobs to robots and become economically obsolescent and irrelevant. The highly skilled prophessionsls are more in danger. Therefore, it is obligatory for us to warn them. Jewish rabbis know these things and warn the world but Church leaders, our General Overseers, Bishops, Pastors, and Evangelists do not.
( 2 ) Man + Animal = Humanoid.
( 3 ) Man + Machine = Cyborg.
( 4 ) Men + Angels + Animals + Machines = Nephelim
( 5 ) Men + Angels + Animals = Nephelim
( 6 ) Men + Angels + Machines = Nephelim
All these are also called transhumans or hybrid humans. The aim of Satan is to destroy or disqualify man so that he cannot be saved. These things are not new. Satan had experimented with these notions in antiquity. In antiquity it was man and angels as recorded in Gen.6 quoted above. But Jewish rabbis believe animals were also involved. Am inclined to believe that. If not why did God destroy the animals also? “And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” ( Gen.6:7 ). We know that the sperm of a dog, under certain conditions can fertilize the ovum of a woman. Under the law God decreed that those who engage in bestiality should be cut off from the living. This is not only because of demonization but also because of danger of hybridization.
What is new today is the inclusion of machines. The 20th century German philosopher, Martin Heidegger warned that technology was going to destroy humanity. A cyborg can never be saved. And humanity is about to metamorphose into cyborgs. Believers must be warned never to become cyborgs. Before we were Homo Sapiens, and then we became Homo Sapiens Sapiens or simply Sapiens. But very soon man shall be Homo Deus, man independent of God. Man doing his thing in defiance to God. But is he really man. He has lost himself to Satan as he merges with machines, biometrics, and AI ( artificial intelligence). Scientists, philosophers, technologists, historians, and Jewish rabbis are talking about these things, but the leaders of the Church are oblivious of it. C’est bien triste. It is very dismal.
The Tesla and SpaceX founder warned that a future where AI is smarter than us will be ‘dangerous.’ We must all become cyborgs if we are to survive the inevitable robot crisis. The rampant popularity of tattoos is desensitizing the world in a way that may cause the Mark of the Beast to seem as innocuous as ‘just another tattoo’. The prophetic words of the Bible have never rung more true and relevant than they do today with the transition to digital currency taking place in many countries and the reliance on identity now possible with a “mark” such as implanted RFID chips. NewFusion may be the first Belgian company to chip their employees, but with rumours circulating that other are considering similar policies, they likely won’t be the last. ABC News reported that Three Square Market wants to implant a rice-sized RFID microchip into its employees. Some may opine that there is nothing dangerous about these technological innovations. They are here to enhance our economic status. In some ways, they make life more easier and more wonderful. They will certainly enhance economic status, but is life all about economy? I wonder!
You see my brethren, the issue is not that simple. Let’s take the hypothetical case of a believer who is highly skilled, employed by a technological company. Now the company comes up with a policy to have all employees chipped for the purpose of identification, security, and ease of access to company facilities. Will this highly skilled brother or sister accept to be branded in order to retain his or her job, or refuse and lose his or means of livelihood. Bear in mind that he or she is highly skilled and will not easily and readily land another job in another company. What if he or she does not know the implications of branding for a Christian since most pastors do not talk about it. Remember totoos have been popularised by sports celebrities who act as role models for the youths of our genetation. There are Christian football stars who wear totoos, and are quick to tell you they are innocuous. What we are saying is that the Church is not sensitising its members to the dangers of these things. If Christians do not know that they are of evil origin and may compromise their faith, how can they reject them? Today, it is one company in Belgium, tomorrow it will all companies all over the World. Do you see the reason why I say the Church must economically boycott the the world before the Great Tribulation before the the world would economically boycott the Church during the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist. Totoos, microchip, and biometric implants are here to stay. Believers need to be sensitised to their dangers.
Machine + AI = Robot
Elon Musk has warned that man has to become cyborgs in order not to lose jobs to robots. How is the Church preparing its members to survive the foreseen robots crisis without compromising their faith or losing their souls to the Devil? Are we going to fold our hands, and say, “it does not matter” , or “it is for those in Europe and America” ? If cell phones and computers are not for those in Europe and America only, so also will be robots. Unlike the industrial revolution, the robots crisis may lead some in the Church, especially the younger generation to compromise of their faith.
Man wants to attain Godhood. By that they mean to conquer death and live for ever in this sinful body of ours. By that they hope to become Homo Dei. That is the next stage of humanistic evolution. Man does not want to conquer sin. Sin is not a problem to them. They have accepted it: they love it. To them there is nothing like sin. It is matter of like or dislike. The holiness of God is not enticing to them. What is enticing to them is immortality. They do not believe in God. They believe man evolved. Those of them who believe in God, do not believe He is interested in the affairs of men anymore. Some of them believe God created the world, set it like a clock to run according natural laws in creation and retired into heaven. They want man to live for ever in this wretched body of ours , in a sinful state independent of God, in defiance to His commandments.
Therefore man wants to merge with machines and become cyborgs. Would you like your sons and daughters in the military to be super soldiers? These bio-engineered soldiers who interface with machines, are they still Homo sapiens? Some like Peter Thiel, the founder of PayPal believe in parabiosis. They believe by transfusing themselves with the blood of young people they can attain longevity and with time immortality. This is not entirely new. What is new is the scientific approach. In antiquity among all peoples, warriors and priests of deities drank the blood of their captives and victims. By that they hoped to attain longevity and immortality. Witches and wizards transfigure into vampires bats to suck the blood of others to increase their longevity. But God forbids man to eat blood, even those of animals: ” For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls ( Lev.17:11-14 ).
Raymond Kurzweil, Google’s director of technology has predicted the nearness of singularity. Singularity is a point in astrophysics when every exponent is zero. With the exponential increase in computer technology and artificial intelligence man would have to merge with machines or become utterly irrelevant and obsolete. This will be the death of human civilization as we know it as cyborgs take over the world. Raymond Kursweil also wants to upload his soul into a computer and live as a software for ever. He wants to bring his late father or his replicant back to life. This would have been laughable were it not that these men are so serious, dedicated and committed to their goals. Aubrey De Gray, the British biologist with a formidable bears has a seven point plan to conquer death. Formidable questions they are, but are they unanswerable? Certainly not. When men attempted to build a tower that would reach up to heaven, did God relax, fold His hands and say, ” it is unattainable.” He came down from the heavens to confound their language. With time man will achieve his aim of messing up humanity. But God in His omnipotence and infinite wisdom will not allow that to happen. Before man archives his goal, God will swoop in from the heavens and reclaim His rule over and retake physical possession of the Earth.
The driving force behind Elon Musk’s interplanetary colonisation is the need of a bolt – hole in the event of a robot uprising. Some of these robots are demon-possessed and driven. Yes! One of them, after a meeting, joked about missing an opportunity to shoot Demis Hassabis on the spot because of his obsession with developing superintelligent robots. Some of them are aware of the dangers of superintelligent robots though they are not believers like you and I. Some of them are aware super AI is demonic incantation? Think about the video game, Evil Geneius, which featured a scientist who created a doomsday device to achieve world domination. Is it not paving way for the antiMessiah? My concern is the younger generation who are fascinated by these demonic inventions. Do you see why I say it is another Tower Of Babel? Because through it man intends to achieve immortality and independence from God. In other words become God, a Homo Deus.
One of Hassabis partner in DeepMind said, ” I think human extinction will probably occur, and technology will play a part in it.” Is this not the same as the satanic plan to destroy or disqualify humanity, thereby defeating God. But this cannot happen simply because, like in the Tower of Babel, before demented humans and demons achieve their goal, God will intervene to save humanity from extinction on this planet, because Christ shall reign over human subjects in the Millennium. In order to escape human obsolescence in the face of robot superintelligence, Elon Musk is advocating a merger between biological, that is human intelligence, and machine intelligence. This is where it gets a bit scary for believers because this will lead to hybridisation. Transhumanism is antiGod. Human mind-machine meld is antiGod.
Dr. Bukunola Jeminusi asked the question, Can a cyborg be saved? I mean his genetic constitution is 100% human but has bits of some electronic device. My answer is that the demons know what they are doing. It alters human constitution and leads to demonisation. To the extent the individual is demonized, to that extent, it is harder to save the individual. It is safer not to become a cyborg at all. The alteration is in the mind primarily, but they are also altering human genome. Dr. Bukunola Jeminusi asked, If, for example, it’s some medical necessity or prothesis for a hand, arm, foot or leg lost from accident. My answer to that question is that a biological prosthesis does not lead to mind alteration and demonisation. Many have worn prostheses for decades and remain good Christians, for instance, cardiac pacemakers or artificial kidneys. But a man whose brain is hardwired with neural lace through injectable neural mesh that enables his brain and mind to communicate directly with computers is demonised. The computer programmes that run super AI are demonic incantations. The AI programmers are aware they summon demons. It involves a process which they call summoning. When they want to start work, they say let us begin summoning. It sounds like a joke, but there is a lot of truth in it.
Elon Musk said, ” with artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon.” He did not say demons, but the demon. I think he has in mind a particular principality in the kingdom of darkness. Raymond Kurzweil talks about human beings merging with super AI to create the godlike human beings of the future. What a grotesque idea. And how grotesque would that man look? We must not confuse what is humane and innocuous with with what is satanic and damaging to man and infringes on the sovereignty of God. The difference needs to be clarified. Dr. Bukunola Jeminusi recalls that actually all these have played out in cartoons, animations and sci-fi films.
Let us hear what the experts say about artificial intelligence.
” I think the development of full Artificial Intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”
Bill Gates told Charlie Rose that AI was potentially more dangerous than a nuclear catastrophe.
Nick Bostrom, Oxford professor of philosophy warned in his 2014 book, “Superintelligence” that ” once an unfriendly superintelligence exists, it will prevent us from replacing it or changing its preferences. Our fate would be sealed.”
Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of state of the US held a meeting at the Brook in Manhattan with AI experts to address his concern over how smart robots could cause a rupture in history and unravel how civilisation works.
Max Tegmark, a physics professor at MIT who runs the Future Of Life Institute said we should be proactive and not reactive, and that with nuclear weapons and AI we don’t want to learn from our mistakes. We want to plan ahead.
Elon Must said it was possible to construct scenarios where “recovery of human civilization does not occur.”
Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Demis Hassabis, Steve Wozniak, Stuart Russell alongside 1000 others have signed a letters to world leaders calling for a ban on offensive autonomous weapons.
“Why do we want to set up ourselves as the enemy when they might overpower us someday? It should be a joint partnership. All we can do is seed them with a strong culture where they can see us humans as their friends.”
“Full AI is in the order of magnitude of extraterrestrial landing. There are some very deeply tricky questions around this…. If you really push on how do we make AI safe, I don’t think people have any clue. We don’t know what AI is. It is very hard to know how it would be controllable. There’s some sense in which the AI questions encapsulates all people’s hopes and fears about the computer age. I think people’s intuitions do just really break down when they are pushed to these limits, because we’ve never dealt with entities smarter than humans on this planet.”
When you hear of immortality and extention of our Mind Files, it means merging with machines.
We, the ministers of the gospel, pastors, church leaders, and anyone else who knows should warn the younger generation of the dangers these things pose to their eternal soul. We should de-emphasize prosperity, the good life and happiness, and prepare the saints for survival in a world taken over by atheists, humanistic evolutionists, and transhumanists. Anyone who thinks that the Church is here to rescue the world is mistaken. The Church need to be rescued from the world which has extended its dangerous tentacles into the Church. Any believer who is preoccupied with wealth, riches, and the good life would be ensnared by these things. The only way we can escape them is to economically boycott the world.
There are Christians who believe that through evangelism, and social work like building hospitals, prison visits, programmes for the poor and needy, Christians will take over the world. It is a false notion. These things are good in themselves but they cannot solve the problem of sin which is at the heart of man’s calamity. The world instead will be run over by evil men, the transhumanists. “But evil men shall wax worse and worse deceiving, and being deceived.” ( 2 Tim.3:13 ). They are everywhere in all forms and shades. It was very popular in the 90s that God would anoint leaders in Zion who shall take over the Earth. What we see is a worsening of the situation in spite of our prayers and Megachurches. Hard drugs, LGTB, gay marriages etc are being legalised. Am not painting a sad picture. This is biblical realism. I am a biblical realist. Things are not going to get better in the world. Things are going to get worse and worse until the antiChrist takes over, and then Hell will be late lose.
Believers must be taught to travel light as ambassadors of heaven and pilgrims. We must not lay our treasures on Earth, where rut and moss consume, and thieves break in and steal. Where a man’s treasure is , there will his heart be also ( Luk.12:34 ). Having food and raiment we should be therewith content. “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” ( 1 Tim.6:8-12 ). We must reorder our message in order to rescue our wards. This is not against anyone in particular. Our message has to change to reorientate our wards heavenwards.
Any believer who aims to be the best in any field will come face to face with evil. He either bows or breaks. Believers must be taught that the last days scenario is different from any so far in history. It will so bad that the Church will have to be rescued from heaven or no believer would survive. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” ( Matt.24:22 ).
There are some of us who want to accumulated the wealth of this world. What they want to do with am at a lost. There are human problems that are unsolvable till Jesus comes. Take for instance the issue of hunger and poverty. It is not because there is not enough. Indeed, there is more than enough. But it doesn’t not go round. Why? Because of human greed. David Cameron said if the amount of money stolen from Nigeria in the last 30 years, has been stolen from UK, there would be no more UK. Think about that. The people who stole this money who are they, and what do they look like today? Please parents, pastors etc, teach your children and grandchildren these things. And you are setting them on the path to heaven.
Author: Avraham Shallom.
SATAN’S NUMBER IS UP.
Gradually prophecies in the book of Revelation are being fulfilled. I received a post informing me that the Nigerian National Identification is shifting from card based identification to “an Advanced NUMBER Based Identity System.” Reading on you discover that everyone is to be reduced to a number and your name is no more what identifies you. Is this development innocuous? No. This development is from the stable of Satan. Period. How? Looking through the Bible one discovers a distinction between the kingdom of light and kingdom of darkness. The kingdom of light gave us names not numbers. God so abhors numbers that David numbering the nation of Israel (census) drew the wrath of God ( 2 Sam.24:1-25 ).
The Lambs book of life has names in it not numbers. Scriptures describes raptured saints – “which no one can NUMBER.” ( Rev.7:9 & ff). What do we know about Satan? He numbers his own. His Beast has a number ( Rev.13:18 ), and he is ready to number those who are his own. Is receiving this number optional? Can one reject it? Can one refuse it and insist that your driver’s license or passport is good enough? With passage of time and as indicated in the post NIN ( National Identification Number ), and BVN ( Bank Verification Number ) are to be linked with the banks with active support of CBN ( Central Bank of Nigeria ). So sooner or later banks will be demanding all their customers bring their NIN or close account. Will this request for NIN be just for new accounts? I guess not. Prophecy will be fulfilled.
In the past an ID card though has a number links your picture with your name. now your image is linked not with your name but with a number. Yes the bible says the antichrist will require people to have the number on their body ( Rev.13:16-18 ). The technology is available and is known as Radio Frequency Identification. Google ( RFID ). However do we have to wait for this requirement before we believers begin a survival plan? Note how these things are foisted on us. You register your phone numbers, you register your bank accounts, you are given a bank verification number ( BVN ), and now this new one, NIN.
However, the church in Nigeria have not thought it fit to sensitize its members. Do we need to wait for the last straw before survival plans are made to survive the one to two years of the great tribulation?
Countries like India, Nigeria and indeed Africa are coming late to numbers replacing names to define and identify peoples. In the rich OECD countries, numbers, be it welfare numbers, social security numbers or driver’s license have long been used to plug in peoples into the financial system or initiate any transaction with government bureaucracy. ( Note: I might not be on solid grounds here as I do not reside in these advanced countries ). However, I gather that Christian believers raised issues with identification with numbers when such social welfare numbers were introduced in the US. The authorities then promised this would not be, alas these were empty promises because these numbers now identify US citizens and maybe so all across OECD countries. Now it is Radio Frequency Identification ( RFID ) for US citizens in Obamacare . Just as the whimper went out of the protest against the use of social welfare numbers for financial identification so would RFID become mandatory rather than voluntary.
Another historical antecedent is the numbering of holocaust victims by an earlier figure of the antichrist – aka Hitler. Then it was Jews being branded, but now it will be citizens of the world. [ So Jesus said love not the world ( 1 Jon.2:15-20 ) ]. When the antiMessiah arrives on the world scene we can see him getting real angry when believers say no to numbering.
A global conflict is coming. On one side will be the globalists with good intentions of wiping out poverty and on the other side Christians who believe and take Jesus at his words. These Christians would find it hard to explain how a scheme to provide everyone with $2 a day or food stamps is devilish. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions. God bless the person who coined this adage because I find it hard to explain my opposition to numbering, save that my Master Jesus abhors it and warns me against it.
Author: Adedamola Olugbenga Jaiyesimi.
The Seven Churches Of Asia
Chapters 2 & 3 are descriptions of the condition and state in each of the seven local churches. In each letter, Christ is introduced and certain aspects of His person germane to the local assembly is revealed. The condition of the local assembly is stated. The church is commended or condemned. A recommendation is made and an invitation is extended to the local assembly to overcome with respect to the soon coming of the Lord. “He that has ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.” In relation to the coming of the Lord, any local assembly will fall into one of these seven categories. It also refers to individual Christians. Local assemblies as well as individual Christians could fall into one of these seven categories. The seven churches could be further broken down into three categories: faithful and uncompromising as exemplified by the church of Philadelphia and perhaps the church Of Smyrna, the dead church or Christian as exemplified by the church of Sardis, and the unfaithful and compromising church or Christian exemplified by the church of Thyatira. Five of the churches are unfaithful and compromising. The majority of believers are unfaithful and compromising. Few are spiritually dead though they exhibit all the paraphernalia of religion. Few are faithful and uncompromising. The Church of Philadelphia and perhaps the Churchof Smyrna depending on one’s view, are the only one or two local assemblies which received unqualified commendations. Such will be the conditions in the churches and the state of individual Christians prior to and into the 70th week of Daniel. In the light of these, it behoves us to examine ourselves whether we are in the faith, and to upgrade accordingly.
Revelation is a book of sevens. There are seven churches, seven benedictions, seven heads, seven mountains, seven horns and seven eyes, seven thunders, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven bowls, seven kings, etc. Seven is the number of perfection and completeness. God is about to bring history to a consummate end. There are some that interpret the seven churches to represent seven church ages. This cannot be biblically substantiated. Who determines when one age ends and the other begins? What are the criteria? There are others that teach that each of the seven church correspond to the seven years of the 70th week. This view too, like the first cannot be biblically substantiated. It will turn the chronology of the End Times on its head, as it would mean that the last church, the church of Laodecia shall be here till the last year of the 70th week which perhaps would be the sixth trumpet judgment. Why the lukewarm Church instead of the dead Church, the Church of Sardis. This kind of interpretation does violence to the Scriptures. It is biblically unjustified.
The fact that five of the seven churches are unfaithful and compromising, one is spiritually dead, means that the churches must be purified in order to make them raptureable. The faithful and uncompromising Church, the Church of philadelphia and perhaps the Church of Smirna are offered protection within the sphere of the Great Tribulation. The unfaithful and compromising churches will suffer the full brunt of the reign of terror by the antiChrist in order to be purged, purified, and cleansed for Rapture. Protection is not automatic, but rather based on one’s understanding of the times and obedience to God’s instructions concerning perseverance. God promised the faithful Church, the Church of Philadelphia, “Because you have kept the word of my patience ( my instructions concerning perseverance ), I ( God ) shall keep ( protect not exempt ) you from the hour of peirasmos ( trial, test, temptation ) which will come upon all the world ( Rev.3:10 ). The hour of temptation, test or trial is the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist. It is egregious for any minister of the gospel to teach the believers that they will not have to face the antiChrist. That will be setting up for destruction by the robotic images ( beasts of the Earth ) of the antiChrist.
The Faithful And Uncompromising Believers
The faithful and uncompromising believers are exemplified by the Church of Philadelphia. The Church Of Philadelphia is the only one that received unqualified commendations and no condemnations. They have obeyed God’s instructions concerning perseverance. They know the times and epochs. They have an eye on the word as well as what is going in the world. They travel light. They are not burdened with the cares and pleasures of this world. They know they are pilgrims in this world on their passage to heaven. They know when to drop out of society. They have built safe havens. They have procured food, medicine, and other supplies. This is how God will protect them from the hour of temptation, the Great Tribulation which shall come upon the whole world.
A segment of them, after they have put their families in safe havens would elect to go out to preach to others not to take the mark of the Beast. It is not only that they have refused the mark of the Beast, they persuade others not to accept to be branded with the mark of the Beast. The antiChrist shall be very angry and offended with them. He shall give them a special kind of punishment, death by beheading. The Greek word is cephalizo. “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” ( Revelation 20:4 ). They shall be raised from the dead on the first day of the Millennium. The Greek scholar Robert Gundry tells us the the tense of the verbs living and reigning occur at the same time.
The rest of the faithful and uncompromising believers shall be delivered out of the hour of temptation ( test, trial ) by being taken out of it in the Rapture. The Greek is tereo ek which connotes being taken out of the midst of trial or tribulation. “And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” ( Revelation 7:13-17 ).
The Unfaithful And Compromising Belivers
The unfaithful and compromising believers are those believers who have not been careful to obey and follow God’s instruction concerning perseverance. The majority of the seven churches, 5-6, if one views the Church Of Smyrna as unfaithful and compromising. Their only error was that they allowed into the local assembly those who claim to be Jews but in actual fact were of the synagogue of Satan. If one views these Jews as members of Jewish Synagogue in the city of Smyrna who opposed the Church in Smyrna, then this Church like the Church Of Philadelphia have unqualified commendation. The areas of compromises in the churches are: the lost of first love ( 2:4 ), fear of suffering and persecution ( 2:19), doctrinal defection ( 2:14,15 ), moral compromise and departure ( 2:20), spiritual deadness ( 3:1,2 ), inability to persevere ( 3:11 ), and lukewarmness ( 3:15,16 ). These believers do not know the times and epochs. They comprise in one area or the other. They are not prepared. They are not faithful, and they are not watchful ( Matt.24:42-52 ). They are fruitful but to a limited extent ( Matt.13:8 ).
These believers have no protection from the persecution by the antiChrist because they have not observed God’s instructions concerning perseverance. However, most ofthem will not take the mark of the Beast. The majority of the believers that shall be killed, the fifth seal martyrs ( Rev.6:9-11 ) will come from this group. Some of these believers will turn out to be giants of the faith. They will stand for the word of God and their testimony in Jesus and die for it. We must not forget that there is a complement of believers to be killed. It is a secret number known only to the Lord. The secret things belong to God (Deut.29:29 ). When that number is complete, God will cut short the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist with cosmic and celestial disturbances in order to save some saints allow for rapture. If those days were not cut short, no flesh shall be saved, but for the elects sake, they shall be cut short ( Matt.24:22 ).
Interestingly, those to be killed have been chosen in eternity past, so also those to be taken into captivity. “ If anyone is destined to be killed with the sword, with the sword, the one shall be killed: if anyone is destined into captivity, intocaptivity the one goes. Here is the patience and faith of the saints.” ( Rev.13:10 ). This however does not preclude human responsibility. We are in partnership with God. Divine sovereignty does not invalidate human responsibility, but rather coöperates with it in order to accomplish divine goals.
The Dead Christians
The dead Christiansas exemplified by the Church Of Sardis are those who outwardly profess Christ but are spiritually dead. They have all the paraphernalia of Christianity but not the life of the Son Of God. They call Jesus Lord, Lord, but they do not obey. They know nothing about God’s will for their lives and are not careful to walk in the light of his word. Majority of them will take the mark of the Beast without bathing an eye. They are so much into the world and the world into them. However there is a segment of them that will repent and accept Jesus as their Lord and die for their faith in Him. This will be an uphill task. We must begin to examine ourselves now, make necessary adjustments, so that we may not be caught off guard.