PROPHECY AND PARANOIA

PROPHECY AND PARANOIA

Hello all, 

There is such an overabundance of web sites, you-tube video sites, and DVD’s being put on the Internet that are filled with some new Bible Prophecy, or some old ones with a modern twist.  Our churches, are selling prophecy books and movies, and raking in a ton of money selling the latest end-times information.  It is almost overwhelming, and there are not enough hours in the day to read, listen, or watch even a fraction of them.  

Our attention is pulled in so many different directions it is difficult to focus on serious Bible study without tuning them all out.  As much as I hate to say it, all this instant communication of potential fulfillment of Bible prophecy seems to have become Big Business!!  And churches as well as individuals are climbing on the bandwagon!!  And they are touting that they are doing this in the name of God, and the Gospel.  I thought the Gospel is supposed to be Good News!! 

Talk about “Chicken Little”, the sky seems to be falling every day in some new and horrible way!  We have become the culture of Doom!

Granted, we are in the end of days, and there is much evil in the world and it seems to be increasing daily, and there is much truth about wars, famine, disease and poverty overtaking the news, and much to consider.  But we need to stop and take a breath and remember who is running this show, and what He tells us about fear, and worry and being so distracted by the world. 

In fact, this idea of how being fearful can be extremely dangerous for a follower of Christ is plainly shown in Scripture as the number one offense for those who will take part in the lake of fire and the second death!

Rev 21:8

But the FEARFUL, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.  

Anything that creates fear in us is a tool of Satan.  Fear is the opposite of Love as doubt is the opposite of faith.  It is good to be informed and to be watchmen on the wall, but when taken too far and when used to promote web sites and churches, and for monetary gain, it crosses over into the dark side.  The following article is a good one about this issue.  We must continually be overcomers, especially of fear and doubt. 

This author also exposes so much false doctrine being sold as truth, and how the Holy Word of God is misinterpreted to increase fear and sell more self-promoting books, videos etc.  He also exposes the mysterious number 666 for what it really is.

 In all honesty, the only thing we should fear is God (meaning respecting His almighty power) and otherwise, fear itself!!

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Prophecy and Paranoia 

http://www.scionofzion.com 

by Dr. Ken Matto 

(2 Pet 1:19-21 KJV) We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: {20} Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. {21} For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 

The word for “prophecy” in the New Testament is the Greek word “profhteia” (propheteia) which carries with it the meaning of “a speaking forth, exhortations, warnings, (which refer to the past, present, or future). These prophecies in Scripture were uttered forth by Prophets under the revelation or influence of God. 

As we look at the Scriptures and the prophecies uttered in them, we see the majority of them have to do with judgment or impending doom, such as: 

(Zep 1:1-3 KJV) The word of the LORD which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah. {2} I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD. {3} I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD. 

In the above Scriptural warning we see that God is prophesying through Zephaniah that He is going to consume or judge Judah, and their judgment will be a removal from their present location to Babylon. Their time in Babylon would be 70 years as prophesied in other areas of Scripture. We are seeing that prophecy fits into a certain course in Scripture and mainly deals with “something impending,” whether it be judgment or good. One of the most beautiful prophecies of Scripture for the believer is found in 2 Corinthians 5:8 

(2 Cor 5:8 KJV) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

This verse is a great comfort at a funeral for a TRUE believer. No one wants to die, but for the true Christian, once we do, we will be glad we did. (He who has ears to hear) 

However, the subject of this study is not the real biblical prophecy which is contained in Scripture, it is what has been done to the end time biblical prophecies by the self-appointed prophecy pundits. These prophecy moguls have butchered the meanings of Scriptures and have caused many Christians to walk around in a state of paranoia. When I was a young Christian in 1980-81 I began my Christian walk listening to Jack Van Impe and his prophecy ministry. I sent for materials and I heard all about: 

• The 10 Nation Common Market• The physical Antichrist• The Mark of the Beast• 666• The invasion of Israel by Russia• The physical persecution of the Christians• The restoration of the Jews• 2/3 of all Jews being killed• Armageddon in the Plains of Megiddo• The 1,000 year Reign of Christ• 7 year Tribulation Period• The judgment of the Believers• Pre-Trib Rapture• Dispensationalism• The Rebuilding of the Temple• Animal Sacrifices reinstated. 

The prophecy moguls are just sensationalists and this is why they get to preach 250 times a year and are in demand because the prophetic illiterate love to hear their “doomsday prophecies” for the express reason that these same “experts” claim that good ole’ American Christians are going to escape it because of the “secret rapture” which will zoom them to Heaven while everybody else will be suffering on earth. 

Convenient isn’t it? If you think about it, if their prophecies are true (which they aren’t) then millions of deceived Christians are actually rejoicing in the pain and suffering and death of others while they bask on the shore lines of Heaven. Here are some other embellishments which have been added to biblical prophecy by the prophecy pundits to make sure their books sell. These things have absolutely nothing to do with true biblical prophecy. 

• Black Helicopters over America 

• Noise barriers on major highways so UN troops can shoot at the motorists 

• (From Prophecy, Eschatology, and Discoveries Web Site) The United Nations security council unanimously endorsed an agreement with Iraq that would allow U.N. weapons inspectors access to presidential palaces early on the morning of March 3, 1998, (Mideast time). This date is 29304 days into the New Age. 29304 is 44 times 666.  

These prophetic intervals are particularly interesting since the 1991 Gulf War was fought during Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s 666th (Hebrew/Jewish) month of life. However, before rushing to the conclusion that this means Hussein is the “beast” of Revelation, remember that 666 has also been found in association with Mikhail Gorbachev and with efforts to secure a homeland for the Palestinians within the borders of Israel. It does, however, strengthen the argument that this date and this event hold significance in prophetic fulfillment.****** 

• Jack Van Impe Web site – THE MARK OF THE BEAST TECHNOLOGY DATA WAREHOUSING AND DATA MINING BRINGS VISIONS OF BIG BROTHER The Washington Post reported recently on the growing information service market where companies legally gather and sort electronic data 24 hours a day about 196 million Americans.  

These data warehousing or datamining businesses assemble an array of facts from scattered sources from credit card transactions and magazine subscriptions to telephone numbers and real estate records to car registrations and fishing licenses to consumer surveys and demographic details. In a moment of time, such services can provide electronic dossiers that give marketers information into an American’s needs, lifestyle, and spending habits. Meanwhile, individuals have almost no control over facts that are assembled and disseminated about them. The report went on to say that “traditional American notions of personal privacy have become obsolete, outstripped by technology’s ability to peer into personal lives.” Jim Settle, formerly with the FBI said, “The whole thing is scary. It’s not the government you need to worry about. It’s private industry.” (Rev. 13:16-18) 

• (From Texe Marrs Web Site) PROJECT L.U.C.I.D. BOOK OFFER – It’s frightening, and it’s real. In this stunning book, noted author Texe Marrs unravels the secrets of Project L.U.C.I.D., the covert government operation destined to devour the whole world. Soon, every person on Earth — even newborn babies — will be issued the universal biometrics I.D. card. Resisters will have a mind control biochip surgically implanted in their brains. The ISO 9000 program requires that all manufactured goods be controlled with the number of the beast, 666. Project L.U.C.I.D. empowers America’s hidden SS establishment to use its massively powerful, computer databases to control your bank accounts and purchases, and to monitor intimate details of your life. Spy satellites; hidden, miniature video cameras; and interactive TV sets will be watching your every move. Your telephone calls will be wire tapped and recorded by remote computers.  All data on you is linked, networked, and processed by a Central Gestapo, where faceless bureaucrats give orders to police, military, and intelligence agencies. This is the new, global police state, made up of the FBI, KGB, CIA, DEA, DIA, NSA, IRS, EPA, NCIC, USDA, FDA, NRO, BATF, FINCEN, INS, DOJ, WTO, Europol, Interpol, Mossad, and the MAB.  

If you notice I took 3 articles off the Internet from various Prophecy Ministries which all focus in on the number 666. They all claim the number of the beast or Antichrist is 666. Let us look at what the Bible teaches to see if they are correct. In Revelation 13:18 we read: 

(Rev 13:18 KJV) Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. 

All the Prophecy pundits have built their 666 theology and sensations around these 2 words “a man.” First of all, in the Koine Greek Language of the New Testament there is no such thing as an “indefinite article” as there is in English. There is only a “definite article” which is identified by “O” with a hard breathing sound over it making it sound like “ho.” In Revelation 13:18, ” a man” is the Greek word “anqrwpou” (anthropou) which is a Genitive Case which specifically defines. Anthropou is used throughout the New Testament and the same case is used to describe Jesus as the Son of Man. For example in Matthew 26:24: 

(Mat 26:24 KJV) The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. 

Do you see the specific nature of the writing? He is the Son of Man, now what would that make Him if we added the indefinite article “a” to the sentence. “The Son of a Man.” Wouldn’t that make the Lord Jesus the son of a man on earth? Quite a difference isn’t it?  

The Virgin Birth doctrine would be annulled. Maybe this is why God picked the Greek language with its “specifying attributes.” The term “anthropos” may be used to describe the entire human race. The same principle applies to Revelation 13:18. Since there is no indefinite article in the Greek, we cannot add one in English because instead of clarifying the passage, it clouds the true meaning.

It should not be translated “number of a man” rather the correct way is “number of man.” 666 is the number that God has applied to the unsaved people in all the world and “anthropos” is describing man in general as the entire human race. So the idea that Revelation 13:18 is speaking of a single man is erroneous and to be rejected. As I quoted from 3 ministries concerning 666 and how, on false teaching, they have built ministries which lead people astray. 

Let’s look at it from a different perspective and see if everyone is going to get an identifying mark. When you became a Christian, did you receive a physical mark on your forehead? The following verses say that God has set a seal in the foreheads of His children. 

(Rev 7:3 KJV) Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 

(Rev 9:4 KJV) And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 

(Rev 14:1 KJV) And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. 

(Rev 22:4 KJV) And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 

(Ezek 9:4-6 KJV) And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. {5} And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: {6} Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. 

Here is a very interesting passage which talks about a mark given to those who have cried and wept over the sins of Jerusalem. Who cries and weeps over sins, the unregenerate or the regenerate? Of course, the only ones concerned with sin are those who are saved, the world continues on in sinful perpetuity until the last day. 

Isn’t it interesting that God used the very same language approximately 600 BC when giving the command to Ezekiel to set a mark on the heads of the saved. Did Ezekiel walk around with a quill and put a mark on all the repentant? Here is a picture of the last day. Those who have the mark of God in their foreheads will not be touched by the final judgment but those who have the mark of the beast (666) a.k.a. the unsaved, shall be judged and cast into eternal hell, which here is symbolized by the physical slaughter of the disobedient in Jerusalem. 

It is also interesting to note that a separation is in view which harmonizes with Revelation 9:4 above and Matthew 25:31-34 and John 5:25-29. God here is separating the believers from the unbelievers as He will on Judgment day after the resurrection of all mankind. If you also notice one thing in the Ezekiel passage, God begins judgment at His Sanctuary which harmonizes with 1 Peter 4:17 where God states that Judgments begins at the house of God. God will purge every unholy element from His true church as we see being done today. The rise of the Charismatic movement in almost every church shows the unholy and rebellious attitudes toward God right in plain sight but only the true Christian with open spiritual eyes will see this movement for what it truly is. 

Let’s wrap this study up with a quick look at some of the other elements which are taught by these prophecy moguls and some of the Scriptures which refute their Fantasy Island theology: 

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Rebuilding of the Temple – Ezekiel 40-48 is used to justify this but a physical temple is not what is in view: 

(1 Cor 3:16-17 KJV) Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? {17} If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 

The Believers are the Temple 

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Animal Sacrifices Reinstated – OT Sacrifices used to justify this: 

(Heb 10:12 KJV) But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 

I think it is reprehensible that Christians think that reinstatement of Animal Sacrifices is wonderful. That is an affront to the cross of Christ and a denial that He came and finished the sacrifice once and for all. Too many Christians have been so indoctrinated into Judaism by their clergy that they begin to think in terms of that Christ rejecting false religion. Judaism is not Old Testament rather it is a maintained rejection of Christ. If it was Old Testament based, they would recognize Christ immediately. 

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10 Nation Common Market – Daniel 7:7, 20, 24 used to justify this. 

I remember when the European Common Market went to 11, then 12, then 13 and some prophecy expert made a statement (I forgot who but not what) that God was just setting everything up for the final number of 10. Well, of course God had to redo everything; He made a mistake because it didn’t fit into paranoia prophecy. 

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Armageddon in the Plains of Megiddo – Revelation 16:16 used to justify this.

(Rev 16:13-16 KJV) And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. {14} For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. {15} Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. {16} And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. 

Notice the sequence of events concerning Armageddon:

1. Unclean Spirits go out over the whole world

2. They gather them to battle (Armageddon not mentioned yet)

3. The Return of Christ

4. Gathers them to Armageddon 

What is the event that happens right after Christ’s return? It is judgment day. Armageddon is a synonym for judgment day. Satan’s kingdom has always been at war with God’s kingdom, and they will be at war until the last battle, where Satan and his host of demons will be cast eternally into hell. 

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Pre-Tribulational Rapture – 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18 & Revelation 4:1 used. 

(John 6:39 KJV) And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 

This is one of six verses which show the rapture is on the last day.  

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Thousand year reign of Christ – Revelation 20:1-8 used to justify 

(Rev 20:4 KJV) 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. 

Notice the wording here, it talks about seeing the “SOULS” not the physical bodies on physical thrones in Jerusalem. The thousand year reign is supposed to be a physical reign, right?  

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The Physical Invasion of Israel by Russia – Ezekiel 38:2 is used to justify. 

(Ezek 38:2 KJV) Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 

This is an absolute butchering of Scripture. The words “chief prince” in this verse is the Hebrew word “Rosh” and guess how the prophecy moguls interpret it? You got it, Russia! The word “rosh” means “head or chief, whether in place, rank or time, or an individual head.” What, tell me what does that have to do with Russia and how do you get Russia out of a word that simply means “Chief?” The word is used 97 times in the Old Testament. All translated with a meaning of “chief or head.” So why does Ezekiel 38:2 mean Russia and the other 96 something different? 

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Well I think you are getting my point that prophecy has gone out of control and the underlying factors for it are greed and fame. Let me give you my assessment of false prophecy teachers: 

1. Liars – They consistently misinterpret the Bible to make their case. If someone disseminates false information on a consistent basis, I deem this an act of lying. 

2. Cheaters – When you buy one of their books, you could have used that money for something necessary or worthwhile. 

3. Sensationalists – Always inventing new ways to captivate their ignorant disciples. 

4. Sinful approach to Scripture – The Bible says we are to compare Scripture with Scripture not newspapers and other worldly publications. 

5. Prideful – When their prophecies do not come to pass, they never retract their statements instead they write another million best seller like the false prophet Hal Lindsey et al. 

6. Deceivers – They cause people to look outside the Scriptures for understanding of Scriptures. This is deceptive hermeneutics and causes people to misinterpret the Word of God and are left with the wrong understanding which eventually they will defend. 

FINAL THOUGHTS 

Prophecy preachers are one of the most dangerous elements in Christianity because they are consistently wrong yet are the most admired and sought after. These specialists go from church to church peddling their political assumptions and call it biblical prophecy. I am not saying that groups like the Trilateral Commission or Council on Foreign Relations do not exist nor do I deny the existence of Black Helicopters over the USA. I have seen them fly over my area but as for the sake of the gospel, they have nothing whatsoever to do with it. If we are to understand prophecy, it must be understood by means of interpreting Scripture with Scripture. That is God’s method! When I tossed all my prophecy books and stopped reading that trash, my understanding of Scripture began to elevate and the Holy Spirit now had a clear mind to teach. That is what you need to do. 

Probably the worst thing that it does is it turns Christians into paranoid androids in that everything that happens in life is now linked to some prophecy book. How do I know this? In 1981 I received a credit card statement from a bank and the statement number had 666 on it. I showed it to everybody and even sent a copy to the Southwest Radio Church. The next statement didn’t have it on there so I guess they got off the Antichrist system. That was nothing more than paranoia on my part. As Christians we need to be people of the Book not people of the prophecy books. Lord, save us from prophecy preachers. 

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Amen to that!! 

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!! 

Patti C.

 

 

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Author: kinz2all

Hello all! What a long strange trip it has been! I am amazed that through 40 years of Bible studies, Bible College, and attending a multitude of churches, of varying denominations, I have come full circle back to the day when I was “born again”. On that day (Sept 24th 1978) I found the Truth when Jesus found me. I knew in an instant that I could live in eternity by living in the moment with Christ. God is love and loves everyone and wants everyone to be set free in Christ. That the spiritual world trumps the material world and by focusing on Christ one can live spiritually every moment, and death to self brings abundant new life. This was massively life changing! I went from being broken to being whole! I could not contain the love and joy within me. I was a different person and all my relationships changed. And shortly after that earthshaking day, I did sell everything I owned and went on the road proclaiming the JOY of the Good News!! Yet, after three years, I settled down and starting going to church, realizing I had not truly studied the Word of God. I had attended church as a child and as a teen I sang in the choir and taught vacation Bible school, so I knew the major highlights of the Gospel, and pretty much believed what preachers were preaching about God’s Word. Still, I did not find the fire of the Spirit in many of the churches I attended. To me, all the different denominations were creating division not unity in the body of Christ, by chopping up the Word to suit the traditions of men. In 1997 I decided to start reading and studying the Bible for myself. I read books about the “rapture” and the Left Behind series of books and started to see how churches were so divided on these issues and nothing they were teaching really rang true in my heart. I attended Bible College in 2004 and got my Masters in Theology and really got into understanding the End Times as taught by the pre-trib and pre-wrath rapture groups and authors. I was completely sold on this interpretation of the Bible, so much so, that I started writing about it on a pre-trib web site called Five Doves. I got really into waiting for the rapture and trying to figure out the timing and all that, and wrote many many articles about how and when this would happen. It was exciting, I felt that I was learning so much. The more I studied on my own the more I started to see that I did not see in His Word the same things that others were seeing and started to write about what I was finding. As soon as I did this, and started to stray away from the herd of pre-tribbers, I was thrown off the web site. As soon as that happened, the Lord started giving me new revelations and I started asking questions and rely on Him to show me in His Word the answers I was looking for. The major turning point was when I started writing for another web site (Rapture Prophecy Bible Forum) and found out who Israel truly is. That is the foundation for all Bible study…once one knows whom Israel is, one can never go back to dispensational beliefs. That opened the flood gates of revelations from the Lord. He made sure that I would have the time to truly focus on what the Holy Spirit was showing me. I fell down some stairs and broke both of my feet and was not able to do anything but study the Bible. And Study I did!! I was consumed with it, day and night and felt on fire for the Truth. Things that I had believed in for so long just fell away, and everyday I was finding out more and more. Although I started to see that there is no end time rapture, I still believed in a future Second Coming and that we were in the Last Days and how the world was becoming a dark place full of evil. I wrote much about this…even on this blog. Yet, at the same time finding out about the Kingdom of God and how it has already come, and how the Jewish feasts have all been fulfilled in Christ. We are not waiting for the last three to be fulfilled as so many preach and teach. The plan of Salvation was FINISHED AT THE CROSS, and all that was left to be fulfilled was the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost…the 7th and last feast not the 4th…and Christ’s Second Coming in Judgment and the resurrection of the saints. That brings me up to recent time, and my most recent revelations from the Lord and I am shocked at what I have found out! I never even conceived that the Bible was a finished work and that there was no longer anything left to be fulfilled. Yet, that is what I have found out and it is AMAZING how I feel totally set free!! The Truth truly does set one free from the searching and the divisions of the traditions of man!! It all makes so much sense and every verse has taken on a new and heartfelt meaning!! It is GOOD NEWS!! Jesus is our King we can live in His Kingdom RIGHT NOW!! He did ALL He said he would do, when He said He would do it, all we need to do is KNOW HIM. The only event left to happen will happen to each of His children when they pass from this world and into eternity. I was so overwhelmed by my discoveries that I did not know how to approach beginning to write about it. Also, it labels me (and I hate labels in reference to divisions in Christ) I find that I have become a full Preterist. I would never ever have thought this is where my studies would lead, but cannot deny it is where the Lord has brought me. I am now ready to start proving it and that is what I will be doing from here on out. Perhaps the most wonderful aspect of all this is that it has brought me full circle. When I was born again and shown the power of Jesus and relying on Him, I knew it was finished in Him…He was the answer to all. Love is the strongest power in the universe and God is love. Nothing else really mattered. It was not until I got caught up in the “traditions of men” that the path got crooked and the way confusing. Yet, it is so wonderful to find out that His Word tells us the Truth, and that Jesus is the Way, the TRUTH, and the life. That being said, I will be posting studies that helped me understand, and hope that anyone out there that is reading this may find what they may be looking for, as they take this journey OF FINDING OUT FOR YOURSELF. God bless all, and may you be in His love and Light today and always!! JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!! Patti C.

One thought on “PROPHECY AND PARANOIA”

  1. You speak such truth! One cannot go onto a “Christian” website without having to get caught up in “Armageddon-Speak” and all that goes with it!

    It is truly the “Chicken Little”-like phenomena that caught us up as kids when we didn’t know any better than believe every little “new thing” that came along. How excited, and fearful as well, we were when we just KNEW that “something wicked this way comes”!!!

    We should all be learning about the Spirit and Power of God within us all as we search the pages of the Bible (if we do that at all, today). But, it’s much more “Christian” now to have our eyes and hearts set on things that are happening in the world. This CAUSES us to be a collection of APOSTATES.

    These kinds of Christians are all looking for “some new thing” which has been an extra-Biblical prophecy told only to some “special” person who has been given insight (apparently) from God, which nobody else has been given.

    Acts 17:21…”(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)

    THIS WAS A CRITICISM MADE BY PAUL FOR A CITY THAT WAS STEEPED IN IDOLATRY (verse 16).

    Yet, so many “Christians” literally “drool” after every “new” prophet who has something “new” to tell them. (For a price, of course).

    WHAT?? I thought that the Bible says, in no uncertain terms, that “God is no respecter of persons. And that is told to us in: Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 3:25

    And in James 2:9 it tells us…”But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.”

    Yet, ignorant Christians buy every “new” book on the market written by someone who claims that God has revealed something “new” to them, and they will be happy to give this information to anyone who has the money to buy it!!

    “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.” I Timothy 6:10

    And these “prophecies” can be about anything, like “the mark of the beast” being a computer chip; an asteroid coming will be destroying the earth; the earth will have a pole shift; an eclipse is coming; some peace treaty with the Nation of Israel is being signed; or some new political figure has “got to be the Antichrist”…at least this time.

    And there are some “prophets” today who are trying their best to make Christians become “Jews” again. When, in reality, we should be calling “Jews” OUT OF Judaism, and INTO Christianity. “Woe to them who call evil, good; and good, evil”…Isaiah 5:20.

    God tells us that nothing “new” is going to happen in this world:

    Ecclesiastes 1:9…”The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is NO NEW THING UNDER THE SUN.”

    “Under the sun” MEANS “on this earth. There is nothing that will happen that has not happened before, and it will probably happen again…and again.

    And, as Patti’s article (and references to an article by Dr. Ken Matto) says, we seem to have an “epidemic” of Chrisitian PARANOIA. But, even this kind of thing is not “new” as it’s been happening all through our history.

    Just before I read this posting, I was actually reading an article on “Paranoia of Mis-Prophecy”. And when I read Patti’s posting, I thought this would be an appropriate addition to it.

    Piece of the link article below:

    The apocalyptic mindset that has arguably been with us since the fears of Y2K and December 21st, 2012 are all based on time fears as we once again pass a giant revolution around the sun.

    Just before the eve of the New Year of 2014, our sun reversed its polarity. This is what the Mayans spoke of when they saw the solar “collapse.” Mathematicians were recalculating the possibility and set the date for Friday December 13th, 2013 with a window ending on December 16th, 2013.

    Needless to say, the so-called misprophecy was corrected when the sun’s magnetic poles shifted on December 30th, 2013.

    http://www.paranoiamagazine.com/2014/01/gz-2014-fulfilling-misprophecy/

    Another piece of the link article:

    On Free Republic: “For example, when it happened in 1493 and 1494 Jews were expelled from Spain. The blood moons in 1949 and 1950 came right after the nation of Israel was assembled, giving the Jews a homeland for the first time in thousands of years. In 1967 and 1968 it was linked to the Six-Day War.”

    There will be a lot of concern in February about the United States budget as another hidden hand; “the bankers” puts us closer to another banking crisis. Asymmetric warfare will be used by the new terror threat everywhere around the world where simple things are used to kill innocent people for political reasons.

    Genetically modified foods and other food sources will be the focus of another contamination scare as the sophistication of delivering contaminants will become another tool to open the dialogue for identification, chipping procedures and biometrics in the food and farm industry.

    We must also look at the possibility of resource wars that will have countries like China and Russia fighting with the United States by proxy. Therefore, the new theaters for war may be Africa and Central America.

    Rural Japan will suffer another nuclear blow with not only Fukushima but with North Korea attempting to demonstrate its military might. Low yield nuclear bombs and attacks will be a concern in 2014.

    More talk of the power grid and its vulnerabilities will become academic with attacks on substations in 2014. This has been hinted in 2013 as being a major concern and there has been nothing done to prevent such attacks and it was revealed that there was an attempt on a substation just before the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

    Once again, you can view events that come in the new year as a reason to give up hope or a reason to be vigilant and prepared for anything that may be coming at us. If you wish to be afraid then you are already a lost soul who needs to have faith that all things are possible and that change is not just the responsibility of others and that adapting to your new world is an imperative or you will die.

    Politicians, scientists, and preachers know what deep fears are clouding people’s minds. Rather than giving us hope in what appears to be a hopeless situation, they exploit our deepest fears and the uncertainty that comes with our preparation for an end-of-the-world scenario that has been programmed into us for millennia.

    With this preparation and anxiety comes a wave of thought that continues to feed upon itself, eventually creating a negatively charged beast that devours any glint of hope that exists for our future.

    If you are paying attention to what is going on now in our world, stop and consider that the end-of-the-world mindset is putting a critical mass of people into a semiconscious state of despair.

    This state of mind that can be compared to a prison with barbed wire and concrete blocks, keeping us tied to a ball and chain reminding us that whatever choice we make can lead us into catastrophe.

    The hidden hand that has us under the gun will always be there. It has revealed itself in many ways and still we secretly want to reject the notion that people are known to conspire when things in the world seem dire.

    2014 is the year of revolution and apostasy. It will be the year of rejecting the lies for the truth, a real tangible truth that most certainly isn’t subjective or a matter of opinion.

    It is the truth that wins out against spiritual Armageddon.

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    It’s time to stop the paranoia and get on with learning more of God’s plans for us. He is the source of all TRUTH which we get from studying our Bible; but man’s prophecies are not.

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