Sunday, January 1, 2012

Apocalypse and the Days to come

"An Apocalypse (Greek: “lifting of the veil” or “revelation”) is a disclosure of something hidden from the majority of mankind in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception, i.e. the veil to be lifted." — Wikipedia

"Both the Hopis and Mayans recognize that we are approaching the end of a World Age... In both cases, however, the Hopi and Mayan elders do not prophesy that everything will come to an end. Rather, this is a time of transition from one World Age into another. The message they give concerns our making a choice of how we enter the future ahead. Our moving through with either resistance or acceptance will determine whether the transition will happen with cataclysmic changes or gradual peace and tranquility. The same theme can be found reflected in the prophecies of many other Native American visionaries from Black Elk to Sun Bear."
— Joseph Robert Jochmans

Many are concerned about the coming age of man kind. For some reason we have put our trust in a group of people who sacrificed their children to false gods and who had to smoke weed in order to get to a " SPIRITUAL PLAIN" . Everything I have read on this subject points to a NEW AGE belief system that many are following. The New Age cult is growing in our world today and has even entered into our churches. The New Agers believe that the December 21, 2012 ( The Start of the winter Solstice) will bring a new consciousness to mankind if we choose correctly. Much of today's Environmental debates are based in New Age belief not scientific fact. This Mayan Prophecy is no different. They believe if mankind does not make the right choices in regards to how they care for " MOTHER EARTH" then "MOTHER EARTH" will strike back. 

Now don't get me wrong I believe every person should be environmentally responsible. I believe Christians should be at the forefront of this topic; however, we can not get caught up in the New Age view. It goes against everything that is Holy in the Lord. As believers we must be careful in this hour. We must ensure the gift of discernment is working properly within us for many more false teachings and views will spread rapidly in the coming years. 

The bible warns us to not get caught up in world philosophies which are contrary to His word.

Colossians 2:7-8  Sink your roots in him and build on him. Be strengthened by the faith that you were taught, and overflow with thanksgiving.  (8)  Be careful not to let anyone rob you of this faith through a shallow and misleading philosophy. Such a person follows human traditions and the world's way of doing things rather than following Christ.

Unfortunately, many believers are too immature to know the difference from God's truth verses Man's truth. The  weeds are growing up side by side with the wheat. Only Christ will be able to separate the weeds from the wheat. This day is coming. It is the day of the Lord and all will be amazed!

Matthew 13:24-30  Jesus used another illustration. He said, "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who planted good seed in his field.  (25)  But while people were asleep, his enemy planted weeds in the wheat field and went away.  (26)  When the wheat came up and formed kernels, weeds appeared.  (27)  "The owner's workers came to him and asked, 'Sir, didn't you plant good seed in your field? Where did the weeds come from?'  (28)  "He told them, 'An enemy did this.' "His workers asked him, 'Do you want us to pull out the weeds?'  (29)  "He replied, 'No. If you pull out the weeds, you may pull out the wheat with them.  (30)  Let both grow together until the harvest. When the grain is cut, I will tell the workers to gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to be burned. But I'll have them bring the wheat into my barn.'"

What do New Agers actually believe anyway? Below are some basic beliefs. Notice that some of these have entered in our churches. They are just named a little different.

1. They believe that all religions are connected. They pull bits and pieces from other faiths. Especially from the Buddhist and Hindu faiths. ( Hello look at the Church of Oprah for more information.)
2. They don't believe that Jesus is the only Christ. They believe that there were many Christ through out History and some are waiting for the great Christ { Lord Maitreya}. ( Hello we know him as the Anti-Christ)
3.God is not a being but each individual is god.He is an energy force within each person on the planet.The planet is a goddess and other environmental things as well. 
4. Mankind gets their instruction from the spiritual realm. They have spirit guides which can lead them through life.( There are Christian Inner Healing circles preaching similar things for many to find partial healing from the Lord. Many Christians use this inner healing concept to stay or make excuses to why they act a certain way. It has become a deceptive teaching in our churches.)
5. All teachings do not come from the Bible but from " Ancient Wisdom" like the writings from Egyptian, Grecian, and  Babylonian teachers.( You would be surprise how much of these teachings are actually taught from our pulpits each Sunday.)
6. Sin and evil do not exist but only love and peace are ultimate realities.  ( Some Christians have adopted the " Father's Love" teaching and have become borderline occultic.  God's love is true and powerful but it never should be used to condone or excuse our wrong behavior. Paul the apostle stated that just because we have grace and God's love does that mean we should sin even more? The answer was and still is no.

Christians should not be fearful of what New Agers suggest is coming at the end of this year. However, we should be cautious and strong in the Lord. I believe Christians in Modern countries( like ours) will see an increase of persecution and societal blame. During the fires of Rome, it was Nero who blamed the believers in Christ and issued the slaughter of many Christians. I believe we will see this mindset more and more in the coming years. People like Richard Dawkins are already rising up and leading hate speech against Christians. Ladies and Gentlemen this is happening and no I am not a conspiracy theorists.

What about the coming of the Lord? Is He coming soon? What should we do as believers?

The Lord is coming but how soon I don't know. Yes, we are in the Last Days but the Last Days started on the Day of Pentecost when Peter preached from the book of Joel. One thing is clear the Lord will come when very few are looking for His arrival.

Matthew 24:38-44  In the days before the flood, people were eating, drinking, and getting married until the day that Noah went into the ship.  (39)  They were not aware of what was happening until the flood came and swept all of them away. That is how it will be when the Son of Man comes again.  (40)  "At that time two men will be working in the field. One will be taken, and the other one will be left.  (41)  Two women will be working at a mill. One will be taken, and the other one will be left.  (42)  "Therefore, be alert, because you don't know on what day your Lord will return.  (43)  You realize that if a homeowner had known at what time of the night a thief was coming, he would have stayed awake. He would not have let the thief break into his house.  (44)  Therefore, you, too, must be ready because the Son of Man will return when you least expect him.

Many ministers have taught for decades that Jesus is around the corner and have left a generation no longer looking for a Savior. Many have taught escapism leaving many believers just waiting on borrowed time and not serving the Lord fully. One thing is true. We must be about our Father's business regardless of what is happening around us. We must stay true to His word and not have it watered down so we don't offend anyone. His word is offensive to the heart full of sin and to the one who is living opposite of God's truth. 

So what should believers do?

1. Keep our eyes on Christ and know that one day He is returning.
2. Teach the unadulterated word of God to the very end.
3. Live the Life that Jesus lived.
4. Be holy as he is holy.
5. Tell others about the Lord.
6. Walk in our God given destinies.
7. Prepare the world for His return.
8. Prepare for the future purpose in the Lord. Training for reigning.
9. Walk in his power.
10. Give your life to Christ and for the world. ( Give of yourself to help others)

Believers, we have the true answer for mankind. It is not found in the Mayan prophecies but in the True Word of God. We are the people who can give hope to a dying world. The Apocalypse will one day occur but not like many may think. We must surrender to our Lord and continue on this path which has been laid before us. Never give up. Never surrender to the world's view. Keep pressing forward towards the mark of the Lord.

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