Saturday, June 8, 2013

The coming one world religion

In the Tribulation, the final 7-year period when the church is removed and Jesus rains down His wrath upon an unbelieving world, there will be one final religion. Revelation 18 describes the demise of it. Prior to its prophesied destruction, it had been an ongoing one-world-religion system.

Kev Walker
The antichrist co-opted religion in Revelation 13:15-17 by announcing himself as the head of it and causing all to take a mark of worship in allegiance to him. But before that happens at the midpoint of the Tribulation, it seems that religion without antichrist as the head of it will flourish as well.

Paul wrote to Timothy that in the last days people will have an appearance of Godliness but denying its power. (2 Timothy 3:5). It is going to be an apostate time but not one devoid of religions, the appearance of the final false religion in Revelation 18 shows us that.

As a matter of fact, in the verses preceding 2 Timothy 3:5 we read, "For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God," and those people could be described as adherents to any religion today that doesn't have Jesus as its head.

Matthew 24:23-24 also shows that there will be a thriving religion business during the first part of the Tribulation. Jesus told the disciples, "Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect."

Even though all of the above verses apply to the entire time of the last days- which are the ascension of Christ after Pentecost (Acts 1:9) and the descent of Christ at the battle of Armageddon (Zechariah 14:3-4, Revelation 19:15), they can be applied in force during the Tribulation because that is the culmination of all the foregoing years.

Think of the apostasy & false religions during the Tribulation as a tsunami wave. Out on the sea it is
Photo: NOAA
inches tall and hard to spot because the action is mostly under the surface. As it progresses along the ocean it nears the shore, and as it does, it becomes more ferocious, dangerous, and destructive. It deepens, rears up, and crashes down upon the land. That is the picture of apostasy in the last days, piling up as the Tribulation nears and reaches its destructive crescendo during the final 7 years.

After the rapture, the antichrist fools everyone at first by coming across as a man of peace-politically and spiritually. The prophecy in Daniel 9:27 says he confirms a covenant with many people, and the political and religious are bound in one sentence.

If true Christians are raptured, leaving Mormons, Catholics, Muslims, Hindi, etc, that still leaves a lot of people practicing some sort of faith (false faith.)


Though the table above lumps all Christians together, remember that "Christian" for statistical purposes is comprised of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics (false religion) the 300 million Eastern Orthodox Church, (false) and Protestant, (and many of Protestants will be left behind, having been shown to be false. Matthew 7:21-23 Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, etc.) The actual size of the true church is really very small.

So all those billions will be left behind. A great many people practicing some sort of faith will be seeking answers to questions as to where the Born Again people went and why the world seems to be crumbling. Billions of people aren't going to suddenly abandon their faith, but they will be seeking answers. After all, their gods will have been unable to cope with the devastating events happening. Initially, the antichrist will play on those fears and nerves by seeming to have the answers, and likely will use his verbal skills and intelligence to promote a faith that has elements of all religions in them, in order to salve the people's fears and calm their seeking hearts. They'll buy it.

This happened before. When Nero watched while Rome burned, people at first thought Nero had set the fire that destroyed their city, homes, and temples. They began to rise up. What Nero did was cleverly play on their fears by deliberately misdirecting them: he said the Christians did it.

Robert Hubert, Great Fire of Rome, 1795
After the fire, "The Romans were totally devastated. Their culture, in a sense, went down with the city. All the religious elements of their life were destroyed—their great temples, shrines, and even their household idols were burned up. This had great religious implications because it made them believe that their deities had been unable to deal with this conflagration and were also victims of it. The people were homeless and hopeless. Many had been killed. Their bitter resentment was severe, so Nero realized that he had to redirect the hostility." (source)

The old adage goes, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. When events occur in the Tribulation similar to the ones that happened in Rome in 64AD (but on a global scale instead of a city-wide scale) religious divisions will be smoothed over. The antichrist will be blaming the Christians and/or Jews for the world's faults, likely saying that is why they were taken away.

The antichrist will be a flatterer, will destroy by craft, will be a smooth talker, (Daniel 8:25, Daniel 11:32). It not too hard to see how he will be able to bamboozle the people into accepting that all their religions are really pretty close in doctrine, and they all need to pull together during this difficult time... he will be all things to all people and when the time comes at the mid-point of the Tribulation and the antichrist says, 'worship me', they will. On a smaller scale, think of how Obama appeared to be a messiah or a savior to large swathes of extremely different people who seemed to have nothing in common. In his second campaign, he turned from building large coalitions among disparate groups, to having a pointillist approach, micro-targeting individual demographics and playing them against each other. Either way, he won both times.

And that is because all the false religions ARE close in doctrine. Ice cream is ice cream, no matter if
you eat chocolate or strawberry. It's still ice cream. Same with false religion. It is all headed up by satan, and all works-based, so it's all the same, really. After all, don't the three biggies even worship the same God? That is how they will see it, in my opinion.

Cut to today. I think the final religion already has begun. The seeming wide gaps between Islam and Judaism and Catholicism are shrinking. I see this shrinking enacted in the push for the "three main monotheistic religions" to get together, tolerate each other, find commonalities, and do works together. I think the second-to-final religion will be a combination of all of them. Other religions will suddenly find commonalities, and usefulness in doing works together. (Mormonism, Buddhism, etc).

At first this seems counterintuitive, as in, how can such two different religions such as RCC and Islam, combine to form one? But we keep hearing 'we share one God', Islam mentions Abraham and Jesus, Islam venerates Mary, the Pope has recently said that all people go to heaven and so the anathema thing for the last 1500 years of anyone but a Catholic going there (CCC 816) seems to be suddenly over ... It's happening now and it's happening fast. Look at the following news-

Muslim envoy asks Pope Francis to take 'step forward'
An envoy from Sunni Islam's highest seat of learning, Al-Azhar in Cairo, raised the prospect of restoring
ties with the Vatican on Friday but called on Pope Francis to take "a step forward" by declaring that Islam is a peaceful religion. "The problems that we had were not with the Vatican but with the former pope. Now the doors of Al-Azhar are open," Mahmoud Abdel Gawad, diplomatic envoy to the grand imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayyeb, told Italian daily Il Messaggero in Cairo. "Francis is a new pope. We are expecting a step forward from him. If in one of his addresses he were to declare that Islam is a peaceful religion, that Muslims are not looking for war or violence, that would be progress in itself," he said. A ceremony in March in which Pope Francis washed the feet of young inmates in Rome, including a Muslim girl, was "a gesture that was very, very much appreciated" by Al-Azhar, Gawad said."

Mohamed Ahmed el-Tayeb
The Vatican and Islam
"As the world focused on a pope’s election and the enthusiasm that immediately followed, another significant religious event escaped detection. Since Pope John Paul II’s tenure, the Catholic Church has refused to hold Muslim theologians and clergy accountable for the hatred and violence many of them preach. Instead, the Vatican promotes dialogue and mutual understanding at all costs – even at the cost of moral credibility."

Pope Francis Plans On Visiting Israel
"Three months after succeeding Benedict XVI , Pope Francis has intimated he is planning a visit to Israel. ... At the end of the meeting, the deputy foreign minister presented the Pope with a silver embossment of Jerusalem and invited him to visit Israel, to which he replied that he has every intention of doing so.

Large pushes such as the seminal 1994 document Evangelicals and Catholics Together, the 2009 Manhattan Declaration, 2012's Rick Warren's interfaith "King's Way-Building Bridges to Muslims" project, and this month's MEPI Interfaith Efforts Lauded by Religious, Civic Leaders in Jerusalem, are all examples of how hard satan is pushing to unite the religions.

Eventually he will be successful. And once that happens, it is but a small step for the satan-ruled antichrist to walk into the temple and declare himself God, (2 Thessalonians 2:4) something he has wanted since almost the beginning. (Isaiah 14:13-14).

Our lord Jesus Christ will not allow that to continue for one second longer than He has ordained. (Daniel 7:25, Revelation 12:6, Revelation 13:5). The following event is going to happen:

"Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords." (Revelation 19:11-16).

My favorite part, "he is called is The Word of God".

The first time Jesus came He shed His blood for us (Revelation 1:5). The second time He comes, He'll shed your blood for Him. (Revelation 14:20). Make sure your name is in His Lamb's Book of Life and you will be raptured with the rest of the saints to glory when these things happen. You will come down with Him from above instead of being below and watching Him come for you.
Patrick Lawrence
Here is the Gospel. You need to know it!

Amen!!!

10 comments:

  1. Amen indeed Elizabeth! Defintely do not want the Lord coming for me; would much rather be with Him.

    Marrell :-)

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  2. Amen! I love reading stuff like this...so encouraging!

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  3. Hey Elizabeth, great article!! What do you think about New Ageism being the end time religion? I have read some of the books by Ray Yungen and it seems logical.
    Thanks for your timely messages.
    Pam

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    1. Hi Pam,

      Thanks for reading! I think the New Age religion will be a major factor in the Tribulation, even as it is a force for evil now. I believe that Roman Catholicism will be that New Age religion and New Age religion will become RCC.

      Initially it seems that RCC and New Age are far apart. Traditionally one thinks of RCC as patriarchal, legalistic, rules-bound, and formed in hardened tradition. When one thinks of New Age they think Matriarchal, Gaia-driven, licentious, free, and no rules.

      However the RCC was formed in New Age and just re-packaged. (because all false religions emanated from the Plains of Shinar near Babylon at the Tower of Babel, Gen 11). For example, the Catholics' "patron saints" for every life situation were really just re-packaged Roman Gods. Just as the old Roman Gods (and the gods before them) were for every life situation, so became the patron saints. St Barbara the patron saint of fireworks? Zeus who hurled thunderbolts. Patron St. Amand of wine makers? Bacchus.

      And are we supposed to pray to saints, in the first place? No, pray to the Father (Mt 6:9) and to no one else (Rev 22:8-9). Praying to Catholic Saints is praying to another god.

      In addition, the Catholic Mystics were extremely influential back in the Middle Ages, many of them claiming to have visions and dreams on a regular basis. The most famous is Hildegarde of Bingen who received visions all her life since age of three, she said. At age 42, Hildegard received a vision she believed to be an instruction from God, to "write down that which you see and hear." (and is that so different from today's false vision that Beth Moore says she had, instructed by God to "write down and speak the things" 'god' is telling her to say? No. more here http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2012/01/beth-moore-had-no-idea-she-would-be.html

      One last example of how RCC is really repackaged New Age whose roots go back to the tower of Babel, though there are many examples to choose from, are the purported Marian Apparitions. These are alleged Mary sightings, who at different times comes down from heaven to speak a word or offer comfort. In reality, she would be a ghost, right? And is there such a thing as ghosts? No. The bible tells us that dead people do not come back to earth, they die and at once the judgment,(Heb 9:27) and absent from the body, present with the Lord. The only spirits who come down to earth are holy angels (who would not appear as Mary) and fallen angels (demons) who WOULD appear as Mary. And are they any different from New Age “spirit guides” No.

      In the end, I think that the RCC will grow more mystic, reclaim its mystical roots. We see this already in Henry Blackaby's work in the curriculum "Experiencing God" he revival of labyrinths and Lectio Divina, the acceptance of visions and dreams on an ever widespread basis, and contemplative prayer, as well as renewed interest in the mystical teachings by evangelicals of the ancient mystics. All this appeals to the New Ager.

      The third largest religion, Hinduism, has many different sects, but though it claims millions of different gods (like RCC's patron saints) all believe the top god is Brahma. That religion, found in India and Nepal, believes Monistic, Pantheistic, Panentheistic, and Theistic, depending on which flavor of Hindi you are. See how easy it would be to co-opt Hindis into RCC and New Age? Truly, all false religions are the same because they all have the same source. Baskin Robbins' 31 flavors of ice cream has nothing on the flavors of false religion but uncover them a bit and it's easy to see how they're all the same, and in the end, will become one again as it was from the Tower of Babel. It will all meld back into the one w-*** we see in Rev 17:1-2.
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      Read more on Hinduism here: http://www.gotquestions.org/hinduism.html#ixzz2Vp0LvcY8

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  4. Elizabeth!! If you were any more thorough, I think I would be speechless.
    And to pen the modern day..... you go girl!
    My sister in Christ, proud to say.
    Thanks,
    Pam

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  5. I just came across your blog this morning and I praise God for the Holy Spirit in you; leading and guiding you into all TRUTH. True Christians are very rare and we are not appreciated in these churches, because truth is compromised. Love you sister and I pray your strength in our Lord.

    Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer,

      Thank you for stopping by! I pray that things here edify you and encourage you. We need each other in these days, to help us stay focused on Jesus, our King. Thank you deeply for your prayers.
      Elizabeth

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  6. Thorough and spot on.

    -carolyn

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