Even after the devastating September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., by Middle Eastern terrorists, people today continue to be lulled to sleep, especially in America. For the most part, Americans are well-fed and have plenty of material things, like houses, cars and clothes. Everyday life goes on, and we are fairly comfortable with it.
When we look at the world situation today through Bible prophecy, however, it becomes clear that this Earth Age is quickly approaching its end. Even non-religious experts who watch world conditions see that the end might be near for mankind.
One of the most highly respected of these earth-watcher organizations is made up of the world’s top atomic scientists. They have a unique way of pointing out where they think we are on history’s timeline.
Some of the world’s top scientists have, since 1947, been setting the imaginary “Doomsday Clock” to warn the world how near man might be to atomic destruction. These scientists put out a publication known as “The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.” The first issue in June 1947 had on its cover a large clock. The small hand (hour hand) was set on 12 and the big hand (minute hand) was set on 7 minutes to 12. In other words, the clock was set at seven minutes until the midnight hour. The atomic scientists believe that when the hour and minute hand both reach 12 midnight, man will have completely destroyed himself through atomic warfare.
Scientists still watch world conditions carefully. They particularly keep an eye on nuclear arms developments and treaties that promise to eliminate such weapons. Whenever things look favorable for eliminating nuclear weaponry, the scientist move the minute hand farther from the 12 on the Doomsday Clock. Whenever things heat up in the arms race, they move it forward toward the 12.
Since the Doomsday Clock was first created, its hands have seldom been out of the fourth quadrant (the last 15 minutes on the clock’s face.) The minute hand has come very near the midnight hour. For example, the hand moved to 3 minutes until midnight in 1949, when the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb. The minute hand of the Doomsday Clock was moved to 2 minutes until midnight in 1953 following America’s late 1952 explosion of the first hydrogen bomb, with the Soviets quickly matching the feat.
The clock’s minute hand has been moved back somewhat on occasion. For example, when the US and the Soviet Union signed a partial test ban treaty in 1963, the scientists of the Atomic Bulletin moved the hand back to 12 minutes until midnight.
The Doomsday Clock has continued to be manipulated farther or closer to midnight throughout the decades since the atomic age was born with the first bomb’s explosion in 1945. It is very apparent that those who should know believe this world sits upon a nuclear powder keg. All-out war could be right around the next corner.
Jesus, as recorded in Matthew 24:21 forewarns, “ For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.” The Doomsday Clock’s minute hand has been warning of nuclear threats to the world for some time. But that imaginary clock’s second hand, if it had one, would indeed be smoking from the heat of the many prophetic signals today. Movement of that symbolic indicator of the last time grows more frightening with each tick.
We who carefully watch for prophetic issues and events have covered these end-time tribulation-type matters many times over the past months and years. But, it is good to remind ourselves here of these things of major prophetic importance. Again, these are:
- Many wars and rumors of wars around the world
- Israel at center stage and in a peace process, yet threatened with annihilation by its Islamic neighbors, and viewed as a “cup of trembling” by the international community of nations
- Rome reviving in the form of the EC and the international community
- Movement toward one-world order
- Development of technology that can make it possible to control the masses
- The coming together of all religions, and Christ being blasphemed
- Existence of a global economic structure
- Occurrences of strange weather patterns and weird sightings, such as UFOs, apparitions, and stigmata of various sorts
- People having the last days characteristics outlined by the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy, chapter 3
Daniel the prophet said many end-time issues and events will come upon the world like a flood until all things prophesied are fulfilled. Jesus indicated that all of these things will be happening at the same time in the days just before His return to earth.
People have for centuries been witness to a few, scattered, similar issues or events during their time on earth. But ours is the only generation to see all of these major prophetic signals happening at the same time.
And, the chief signal is: Israel, God’s timepiece, is again a nation in the land of promise.
War is on the way –unprecedented war, during which Israel will be at its center. God’s Word says of that time: “That day [is] a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick Darkness…” (Zep. 1:15).
This describes the tribulation era, leading toward the final battle of Armageddon. The greatest of all wars must come to Planet Earth before there can be true peace. Make peace with the Prince of Peace now. Ask Him to save you from sin and make you worthy to escape the terrors that await. Jesus Christ is the only Savior, who can secure you for all eternity.
God’s warning through Paul the apostle is clear about the matter. The endtime generation will experience a great increase in false doctrines that seduce the people of that era.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth” (1 Tim. 4:1-3).
We remember the book, The Da Vinci Code. Of course, the blasphemous blockbuster novel was purported to be no more than fiction. Fiction, however, can provide venues for the devil to get across to the totally gullible generations alive today the not-so-subtle proposal that Jesus was a charlatan. And people today definitely have “itching ears” wanting to be scratched by the deceivers and lust for fables rather than for God’s truth (read 2 Thes. 4:1-3). The Da Vinci Code certainly filled the bill, according to sales and public clamor wrought by the attention it received.
Satan didn’t confine his assault to one frontal attack, in the case of The Da Vinci Code, but to two. The first attack was presented as fiction, with the underlying Luciferian question: “Yea, hath God said?” The second was also fiction, but presented as fact: an alternative history of things involving Jesus Christ. The second of the two-pronged assault brings to mind the old Indian saying, “you speak with forked tongue,” does it not? That is the satanic attack we will look into a bit further.
As example of the Luciferian method of assault, “The Gospel of Judas,” was an attack on the veracity of the Bible and upon the Lord Jesus Christ that I want us to look at in this limited space. The seducing spirits have used this false gospel to have a field day inflicting hellish havoc upon non-Christians and Christians alike. Tragically, the weakness and apathy within Christian seminaries, pulpits, and pews make the Christians mentioned susceptible to the lies wrapped up in “The Gospel of Judas.”
Rather than going into the historical archaeological find surrounding this artifact, let’s look at its spiritual roots. The false belief comes from the Gnostic religious form that sprang up shortly after Christ’s ascension. Gnosticism is the belief that salvation comes through gnosis, the Greek word meaning “knowledge.” Gnosticism puts forth that one must be an insider of the secrets of the universe in order to be saved. The Jesus of the Bible is very different from the Jesus of the Gnostic’s. In the Gnostic view, Jesus did not come in the flesh to die on the cross in order to make atonement for the sins of the world. He, according to this false gospel, came to reveal the secrets concerning higher knowledge about the existence of the unknown God. Gnosticism puts forth that each and every person has a divine spark of this God in them.
Herein lies the power of seducing spirits –the minions of Satan, who once whispered to Eve, “…ye shall be as god…” The fallen human being finds this to be quite soothing to “itching ears.” This means people can each–as their own god– “do what is right in their own eyes.” Lucifer told Adam and Eve that they would be like God, or know as much as God knows. This is to the fallen human being what Dr. Henry Kissinger said great political power is to those who wield it: “the ultimate aphrodisiac.” Gnosticism is a philosophical religion emphasizing redemption through knowledge.
As my good friend Dr. Larry Spargimino said: “In ‘The Gospel of Judas,’ Jesus sounds more like a New Age guru than a Galilean fisherman.” The Gnostic version of Jesus says the same thing Lucifer told Adam and Eve –that the power of knowledge is salvation, because it establishes the human being as worthy of salvation and godhood.
Judas, in this blasphemous gospel, is identified as the thirteenth spirit, who was appointed by God to be the agent of releasing Jesus from His physical body, in which He was trapped since the incarnation.
Dr. Spargimino says about this Hell-sent gospel: “Gnosticism has some very aberrant beliefs about God. In Gnostic thought there is a dualism. There is a good God and a bad God. And they are in a continual struggle against each other. In some forms of Gnosticism, the bad God is equated with the God of the Old Testament. One of the allegedly evil things that He did was to create the world” (Dr. Larry Spargimino, Southwest Radio Church Ministries).
This equating God’s creating the world to evil is based upon the Gnostic proposition that the world and all material things are evil, i.e., God is blamed for the sinfulness of man. From whom should we suspect such upside-down thinking comes?
Again, as well outlined in the Scripture given above (1 Tim. 4:1-3), this is a departure from the faith, and is giving heed to seducing spirits!
“The Gospel of Judas” glorifies Judas, not Jesus. One professor of religion–who is in no way a proponent of fundamentalist-evangelical thought—pointed to the devil in the details of “The Gospel of Judas.” “The idea of this gospel is that Jesus, like all of us, is a trapped spirit, who is trapped in a material body. Salvation comes when we escape the materiality of our existence. And, Judas is the one who makes it possible for Jesus to escape, by allowing for his body to be killed” (Bart Ehrman, religion professor, University of North Carolina, quoted by Larry Spargimino, Southwest Radio Ministries).
Again, I ask the question, from whom should we suspect such upside-down thinking to come? We are living at a time when people will not endure sound doctrine, but give heed to all sorts of feel-good, do-good doctrines that do not have the true Gospel at their core– another sure signal of where this generation stands upon God’s prophetic timeline.