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I want to make it exceedingly clear that I consider myself neither a prophet nor a son of a prophet in the Old Testament sense. However, I believe that in these times as we see the Tribulation closing in like a tightening vice, all who earnestly “watch” developments –including yours truly– can qualify in some sense, under God’s definition of what constitutes a prophet. Since we are all commanded to “watch”, according to Jesus Himself, we who are believers have the command to be prophets in the sense of forth telling. That is forth telling, not foretelling. We are to observe the times –the issues and events of our times, and then to compare to Bible prophecy to see if there is prophetic relevance as we see the time of fulfillment of Christ’s return approaching. We are then to tell others –to warn others that time of fulfillment is nearing.
Jesus said the following: “And what I say unto one, I say unto all. Watch.” (Mark 13: 37)
In regard to the above lead into this commentary, I say without apology that I believe the following Old Testament Truth applies in some sense to each believer who today sincerely tries to discern these strange times.
“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealed his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3: 7)
The Lord –because He has Given us His complete Word, the Bible– no longer gives the power to foretell (predict the precise occurrence of an event or something other yet in the future). However, He expects us to be discerning enough through Bible study, prayer and observation of the times to forth tell matters involved in order to forewarn. I’m of the belief that we are being given prophetic indicators as in no other times in modern history.
For example, as we have forth told many times, all of Israel’s Gog-Magog enemies listed in Ezekiel 38 and 39 are now gathered north of God’s chosen nation. The coalition of Russia, Iran, Turkey, and others have coalesced. At some point those nations will, as God has Foretold, rush in storm-like fashion toward Israel.
We have forth told this reality in order to forewarn of where this generation stands on God’s Prophetic Timeline.
In the same sense we have forth told our prayerful, studied, observations that the minions, both human and demonic of Ephesians 6: 12 are at work in these closing moments of the age. Those powers and principalities are so obviously in process of trying to bring Satan’s one-world regime into being that it cannot be missed by the believer who is doing what Christ has commanded –to watch these developments in these troubling times.
Again, I’m neither a prophet nor a son of a prophet (although my Daddy was a pretty wise fellow). But I must be true to the commission I believe the Lord has given us as believers. –To watch with prayerful study and observation developments I discern to be on the prophetic horizon.
This brings us to the title of the commentary: In Antichrist’s Shadow.
The stage-setting is in every direction one looks for the son of perdition to leap onto the end times platform. Many control mechanisms have been carefully and methodically formed and put into position for the rise of the wicked one of 2 Thessalonians chapter 2. Of course, he cannot appear as long as we, believers, are still on the planet. But like in all things of prophetic import, the long shadows of coming evil darkens these times so near the consummation of human history. Antichrist’s long shadow precedes his coming to power once the Church, indwelt by the Holy Spirit are Called into the air in that glorious instant promised through the Apostle Paul.
One of those long shadows we see each and every day as times get ever darker is the so-called pandemic. The lockdowns, the mandates, the insane rants and raves of those who want imprisonment and even death to come to those who refuse the vaccination demands are red lights of warning. The forth telling prophets –believers who want to alert –to forewarn of the coming man of sin—are duty bound to flash those red lights before a world going down the broad road to destruction scheduled for the Tribulation.
It is with this matter of desiring to forewarn further that I, like many, point to an interesting development on the geopolitical scene.
Emanuel Macron, president of France is a most fascinating character, as we consider these times so near the dénouement of this Age of Grace.
His name means God with us, as many know. It was one of the names Bible prophets said Jesus, Himself, would be called centuries before He came to earth as a baby. This fact alone is sufficiently interesting to make a forth telling believer focus in laser-like fashion. –Or at least it should be so.
This man who will soon assume the presidency of the European Union, as its France’s turn, is thought by some in his orbit to be a genius. –a genius who always manages to get his way. His charm, they claim can and does disarm his enemies with relative ease.
His history, as given by some who apparently have made an in-depth study into his background indicates a more esoteric pathway as he began his rise to power.
One report gives the view that is less than flattering to the young, mercurial, French leader.
Psychiatrist Adriano Sagatori, who says he has studied the biography of the French President, described Mr. Macron as a psychopath who he said would not fight for the French people.
“Like all psychopaths, he believes in his higher purpose. Macron does not love France and will not fight for the French people,” Sagatori said. (Emmanuel Macron labeled ‘psychopath who hates France’ in Russian media | The Independent | The Independent)
My friend Matt Ward, who wrote an in-depth article on the French president, reported that information he gathered presented the following conclusion by the psychiatrist.
Sagatori concludes, ominously, by summing up who he believes Macron really is clinically, in view of his psycho-social profile: “So we are confronted with three paradigms that define a certain type of personality; 1) the idea that there exist no limits; 2) a feeling of omnipotence from childhood, but even more so in adulthood; 3) a narcissism that can accurately be defined as malevolent.” (Emmanuel Macron by Matt Ward, raptureready.com)
All this to say that the coming Antichrist’s shadow is already forecasting truly evil times just ahead.
Will Emmanuel Macron be that beast of Revelation 13? I don’t know. That wicked prince that shall come won’t be revealed this side of the Rapture. But looking at this man gives the believer who is a prayerful, studied, observer reasonable latitude to conclude that while we don’t know, we can’t say that we haven’t a clue.
When looking upon the cultural and societal horizon, it’s hard to avoid the questions: How did things get this way so quickly? Where is it all taking us? When will we reach that destination?
My thoughts include the query: How very confusing and troubling—even terrifying—must it be to those who don’t have Bible prophecy as a basis for pondering all of these things? But then comes the reality of the human condition. It is obvious that the great majority of humanity moves through life without paying much attention to matters engulfing them, except and until their lives collide with calamitous circumstances. I’m referring to such circumstances as the so-called pandemic and its many variations. Humanity, at such time, accepts wholeheartedly, even clamors for, such things as unproven, experimental vaccines.
Christians join the majority of humanity who doesn’t give a thought to what all this demand by the powers that be means—demands that everyone on the planet take the jab.
This is not to rail against the vaccines themselves. And I write other than to criticize Christians and non-Christians for jumping on the globalist vaccination train, although I believe there are biblical reasons for addressing the egregious error wrapped up in the matters involved. But we will reserve such reasoning for subsequent commentaries.
What I do wish to address is the ease with which most all of humanity—including those who claim Christianity as their belief system—move along in herd-like lockstep toward a destination of which all are oblivious. They are pushed and prodded along by the elite and evil powers and principalities of Ephesians 6:12, as I’ve pointed out many times.
Some finally come out of their trance-like states to suddenly realize things have changed desperately. Their world—their circumstance—has seemingly suddenly altered, and they no longer recognize it. And now the wickedness that surrounds them engulfs them, and seems to have no remedy. The only result of their movement, unrealized while they were in transit, is lockdown by draconian would-be masters.
It is at such times that God’s cup of wrath is full nearly to the brim. This is a horrifying place for any generation to occupy.
We remember the people of Noah’s day in antediluvian times when God regretted that He had made mankind. We recall Sodom and Gomorrah, when every sort of wickedness had come into play. We were given the story of Nineveh, and its people the Lord spared from His certain wrath to come if repentance wasn’t forthcoming.
We look at the terrible, sexually depraved city of Pompeii, and suppose with good reasons that the Lord’s cup of wrath had overflowed as surely as did Vesuvius on that fateful day.
In each of these judgments, the people had, through full-bore compliance or through acquiescence, become willing participants in the rebellion against the Creator God of Heaven. The results were catastrophic—even for Nineveh at a time when that city’s evil once more filled God’s cup of wrath and brought about His wrath.
Again, looking upon the cultural and societal horizon of our times, we might wonder how quickly things got this messed up. They got this way the same way all other societies and cultures reached their tipping points—their world steeped in such evil that it filled God’s cup of wrath, bringing catastrophic judgment.
A recent news item gives but one insult to the Creator. The insult, of course, is compounded exponentially by too many instances to list.
A new law, put in place on Saturday in Canada, is causing concern that it may criminalize the dissemination of the Bible.
The concern is that Bill C-4, the Act to amend the Criminal Code-conversion therapy, defines conversion therapy in overly broad terms. The definition set out in the bill read as follows:
“A practice, treatment or service designed to change a person’s sexual orientation to heterosexual, to change a person’s gender identity or gender expression to cisgender or to repress or reduce non-heterosexual attraction or sexual behaviour or non-cisgender gender expression.”
The new law expressly forbids practices, treatments, or services designed to change or repress a person’s gender expression to align with their biological sex…
Rev. Dr. Aaron Rock, pastor of Harvest Bible Church in Windsor, Ontario, notes: “In Canada, the teachings of both basic biology and the Bible are now ‘myths’, according to the preamble to Bill C-4 (conversion therapy bill)… This isn’t about protecting people from harm, it’s about the state playing the role of God. And, not a single MP objected to it, including several that claim to be Christian.” (“Canadian Christians Fear New Law Will Criminalize Bible,” Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, Biblical News, 1/9/22)
As I say, the anti-God actions by government and humanity as a whole would fill volumes. Meantime, those who believe there is a God, but who don’t know Him, say He is a “God of love” and would never bring judgment and wrath.
If those who say this could talk to the people of Samuel’s day, well, let the scriptural account speak for itself.
Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. (1 Samuel 5:1–3)
How horrendous it will be when God must pour His righteous judgment from that full-to-the-brim cup of wrath. And this generation of lost individuals who occupy planet earth are facing the Lord’s fury. Jesus said it will be a time worse than has ever been or will ever again be (Matthew 24:21).
Thankfully, God’s wrath is still filling into that terrible cup. We must alert our fellow Christians who don’t have a clue, but who are mixed within that herd being pushed and prodded along by the minions of Ephesians 6:12.
Those believers will be spared, but those who surround them who don’t know Jesus Christ for salvation will feel the full force of God’s holy wrath. Everyone who reads these posts should be personal evangelists. Forewarn those around you of the wrath to come if repentance and acceptance of God’s way of escape aren’t forthcoming.
Again, here is that way of escape:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9–10)
Any observer of these strange times from the preTrib view of Bible prophecy can do no other than conclude that the wicked powers and principalities in high places of Ephesians 6: 12 are at work.
Concerning one major section of this work being done by the minions in that stratosphere of evil, I find the following conclusion by a writer quite on the mark.
(1) COVID-1984 Bringing the Great Reset’s Conquest
The Chinese Flu may be a minor pestilence, but after two years of scientific dictatorship taking hold around the world, it is clear that the lockdowns, small business devastation, church closures, and punishments for disobeying arbitrary and capricious mandates devised by petty tyrants have all been about conditioning national populations to accept total government control over their lives. Plain and simple: Governments love the virus they have taught the world to fear. It is their weapon of choice for initiating, in their own words, a “Great Reset” that allows them to conquer free nations and remake them into slave states mastered by a small coterie of the fantastically wealthy and politically powerful. (Source: The Four Horsemen of the Left’s Artificial Apocalypse, J.B. Shurk, American Thinker.com, January 7, 2022)
The minions in high places determined to bring about the new global order have, of course, been setting the stage –or attempting to do so— for decades. They concentrated on first global warming, then climate change, when Manhattan and other places failed to succumb to the ocean waters rising from melting Artic ice as predicted. It seems that they concocted the idea of adding global pandemic to their one-world design and implemented the blueprint in 2020 to begin the process of controlling us and channeling us into planetary lockdown.
Their main thrust in implementing their plan to reset Planet Earth in their own image remains forcing everyone into a Mother Earth worship. This is an unending movement despite the fact that most of earth’s population isn’t concerned to any great extent. The masking and vaccines are much greater fear producers than the climate horrors predicted, it seems. So, the minions are full bore in demanding that the vaccinated turn against those who don’t want to take the jab.
People across the world, for the most part, ignore the dire warnings, despite the likes of the Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg being used as the megaphone alarmist proclaiming earth is doomed. The distance between the rational mind and the fear-mongering mind of the globalist provocateurs is stark. The American Thinker presents an excellent contrast in this regard.
Most journalists, the U.N., Kerry, Greta, Biden, educators, entertainers, environmentalists, and other Democrats say the science is settled. They say it is proven that humans, CO2, fossil fuels, and automobiles cause warming. They say the warming is causing the ice to melt, and coastal cities will soon be gone. They say we need to stop using fossil fuels because there are only a few years left to stop the warming. Somehow, they also pretend more people die from a little warmth than the cold. Evidence hasn’t mattered for a long time when they are pushing their agenda to destroy the economy.
On the other hand, people with the ability to use logic and reason will say that there is no correlation between populations, fossil fuel use, CO2 content, and temperature. They will say truthfully that the climate has always changed cyclically and naturally. Sometimes it is cold; sometimes it is warm. Sometimes we have droughts, and sometimes we have rain and floods. Sometimes we have less snow, and sometimes we have more snow. Some years are stormier than others. They understand that fossil fuels have greatly improved the quality and length of life for those who use them.
In other words, people who can use logic and reason follow the facts. People who are pushing the leftist agenda to remake and destroy America don’t care about the facts.
Regardless of ideological differences in the matter of earth’s ecology, weather, etc., God’s Word indicates man can neither save nor destroy the planet.
“The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.” (Psalm 24: 1-2)
I recommend that one read the complete article above, which includes facts and fallacies about COVID and what’s going on as well as facts about the climate change delusion, to understand clearly truth vs lie in the Luciferian plans to bring on the Antichrist regime.
It seems to me that dynamics taking place in Europe, with regard to the dictatorial demands of the likes of French President Emmanuel Macron of France in effect controlling all activity with mandates, shows how near the world might be to the man of sin being revealed. Before the Antichrist steps into the spotlight, we can be assured believers in Jesus Christ will be with their Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. What a Glorious prospect if you are in God’s Eternal Family!
Today, as the new year begins, the cry for peace and safety rings more loudly than ever. I’ve written about the fears and calls for remedy of those fears in numerous posts. The prophecy below is one of the clearest in indicating when judgment will fall.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. (1 Thessalonians 5:3)
Following the Rapture of the Church, that cry will become much more urgent. As a matter-of-fact, the cry will be demanded from most everyone on earth at that time. The Antichrist will step forward and presumably have the answers to the deluded masses’ life-threatening dilemmas.
We can hear the cries even now beginning to build—not so much by the masses of peoples under the increasingly despotic governing authorities, but by the governing authorities themselves.
These fear mounting threats to world peace. Their fears, I think the evidence shows, is because they don’t wish their safe havens of ever-increasing wealth-building they’ve carved for themselves to be disrupted.
China wants to be number one in all matters of world domination. The CCP wants to retake Formosa (Taiwan). The Communist Party’s dictatorship has lost its fear of the US vanguard against their aggression with the current American presidential administration. The Chinese have, with patience and clever, even brilliant, strategies, tied up the US and much of the Western world with economic/monetary chains.
Vladimir Putin and the Russian military threaten the Ukraine and other neighbors. They have, by taking advantage of the Biden administration’s foolhardy green environmental/anti-petroleum policies, rearranged things in Europe and elsewhere that in a way that places increasing hardships upon the average citizenries.
Israel, in the view of the globalists elite, presents a great threat to their drive toward one world by demanding that Iran get of its nuclear weapons ambition. Israel is seen as the hold-up to peace in the Middle East to a large extent, despite that it is the Jewish State’s surrounding enemies that declare almost daily that they will wipe Israel off the map.
The very wealthy and privileged among us are picking up the mantra of peace and safety in the entertainment world as well. The very purveyors of ideology that has been at the forefront of the “woke” cancel culture and the rest of that insanity now seek safety from their constituent masses. It would be humorous if it wasn’t a sin infection that will ultimately enlarge the chambers of Hell.
The following report tells more.
After years of rising crime in Los Angeles, elites in wealthy neighborhoods are finally panicking about the recent string of high-profile retail robberies and home burglaries. Experts say wealthy individuals are purchasing bulletproof cars, safe rooms, employing armed guards, and even constructing walls with barbed wire around their properties.
The issue of violent crime is nothing new to Los Angeles, but a spillover to upscale neighborhoods has put elites on edge. The Hollywood Reporter reports agencies that provide private security are seeing increasing demand for private patrols…
Estate manager Bryan Peele, president and founder of the L.A.-based Estate Managers Coalition, said his clients have “fully equipped safe rooms that they can live in for a few days, if necessary, that are completely hard-wired with phone cables, Internet, everything.”
One of Peele’s clients has three bulletproof cars and wears fake Rolexes. “This guy will take a $200,000 Rolex and copy it, using stainless steel and other metals, so it looks like the original but costs maybe $2,000-$3,000 per watch. So, in the event that it’s stolen, the client is out a lot less money,” he said.
Many upscale homes are installing more cameras, constructing fences with barbed wire, and employing 24-7 security details that will protect them from once their private jet touches down to their mansions. (“Hollywood Elites Panic-Buy Armored-Cars and Safe-Rooms Amid Rising Violent Crime,” Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, December 28, 2021)
Crime in the most elite sections of LA and the surrounding area has risen dramatically since so-called reforms to law and justice have taken place. The madness has caused cries for peace and safety from the most vocal “wokes” in the nation.
Criminals can steal as much as $950 worth of goods and receive only slaps on the wrist. What comes to mind is the scriptural reminder, “Be sure, your sins will find you out.”
Woke culture is reprobate thinking manifest for the entire world to see. Turning one’s back to God, as we are reminded in Romans chapter 1, brings about upside-down thinking.
Sadly, many–most—will never experience true peace and safety, either in this fallen world or, even more tragically, in the world to come—in eternity.
True peace and safety are found only in Jesus Christ. Only He can provide the shelter from the Tribulation storm to come and offer us safety throughout all of eternity during life after death.
Read again the words of the Lord of all lords—the Savior who came to take away the sins of the world. Hear through your spiritual senses the compassion and love in His prayer to the Heavenly Father.
When the Lord Jesus prays, the heavenly Father ALWAYS grants His Son’s prayer. Jesus prayed for the children of God—all children past, present, and future, saved through Christ’s precious shed blood:
I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them…
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them (John 17: 9–10, 20–26).
We’ve just paused to examine, to marvel over, the coming of the Christ child—the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. Christmas is, therefore, perhaps an even better time than ever to think on Christ coming again to wrap up all involved in that majestic purpose the Lord declared “finished” from the cross at Calvary.
God’s Word–Jesus, Himself—gave many signals of the wrap-up of matters involving the reclamation of this fallen planet. All of those signals were, most end-times seminary scholars seem to believe, issued to point to the Second Coming. The signs Jesus gave, we are told by many in this category, don’t include the mystery later revealed to and by the apostle Paul. I refer to the first phase of the Second Coming. Paul divulged that “mystery in the following, of course.
Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51–5)
I disagree with my friends who believe Jesus never alluded to the Rapture while He was on earth in the flesh, preparing to sacrifice Himself for the sins of fallen mankind. I believe that He did so while speaking to His closest disciples who asked Him questions after He said He would be going away (speaking of His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.). The Lord said:
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:1–3)
Jesus was talking here about His return to receive believers into His presence–above the earth (in the clouds); he wasn’t speaking of meeting them on the earth’s surface. Christ’s words here involve the “mystery” the Paul referenced in 1 Corinthians 15. Jesus will call all believers to Himself in the air (Revelation 4:1).
Like in the case of His words to His disciples and to us down through the centuries, Jesus’ prophecy concerning the wrap-up of this earth age was meant for all believers, not just for the Jews, I’m convinced. The seminarians mostly believe that Matthew, chapters 24 and 25 (the Olivet Discourse), were given only for Israel. The signs given in the Olivet Discourse, they proclaim, therefore don’t include mention of the Rapture of the church of this present age.
We have looked many times in these commentaries how and why I (and may I add significant Bible prophecy teachers) find Christ’s reference to that stunning event in the Olivet Discourse—for example, in Matthew 24:36–42 and again in Luke 17:26–30. We believe these words of our Lord speak explicitly about a time like the “days of Lot” and how He will intervene catastrophically just as He did in that evil time.
Jesus said people will be buying selling, marrying, planting, and building just as usual. He will intervene into that wicked, evil time, and judgment will fall that very day. But first, just as Lot was taken out of Sodom, so believers must, in that future day of evil and wickedness, be removed is the clear implication.
How near the Rapture? How soon might we hear this call to all believers?
We’ve explored weekly all of the things going on in this world of corruption. We’ve especially dealt with the great deception and deceivers the Lord Jesus warned of. We’ve examined in detail every signal, from deception and deceivers to the precise characteristics of end-times man given by Paul in 2 Timothy chapter 3. They are all front and center in every news cycle as we live our daily lives. We are, as was Lot in Sodom, sorely vexed!
We face such wickedness not just monthly and yearly, but during every minute of every hour during the news cycles that bring ubiquitous evil-doings before us. Therefore, our questions about the nearness of the Rapture is a good one.
The days of Lot seem to surround us. When such ungodly, unholy, vileness reaches a level that God no longer can abide it, He acts. His next action in dealing with the corruption defiling mankind is scheduled as the last seven years of human history before the Second Advent—the Tribulation.
First, remember, His people—all born again of this Age of Grace (Church Age)—must be removed.
Has the present earth system corrupted itself to the point that the Lord must once again—and finally—begin deconstructing through the most horrendous judgment in history, this incorrigible world of rebellion? In reading the following, I believe we can get a sense of the Lord’s holy mind through words He gave David millennia ago. I see them as comfort in these times.
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.
The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.
The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off. (Psalms 37:7–22)
According to a report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put out the warning December 16. As many as 60,000 victims of the pandemic per month could die in the U.S. Apparently the dire prediction is supposed to have its genesis beginning this December.
I have no idea of the reliability of the report, but according to extensive reporting from Europe, a rapidly spreading disease related to COVID has governments in a panic. The United Kingdom, in particular, is in chaos over what to do about the new variant (or whatever one might term it).
Omicron, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci and others, is raging across the globe and is swiftly making its way to America. Whether the health forecasters link this particular disease to the predicted 60,000 deaths per month, I guess it’s too early to know. They just make the prediction without detail at this point. But, to my sense of the story’s trending, they want us to think this new strain will somehow combine with Delta and other new strains to kill Americans in ever-increasing numbers.
South Africa reported recently that the fast-growing outbreak of the omicron coronavirus variant, first identified in the country, has so far proved much milder than those before it. So how they can say it will kill so many is a legitimate question. Of course, to my observation, there have been many legitimate questions offered that haven’t been answered by the medical elite who put out the warnings and statistics.
For example, why do they insist on mask wearing when it has been proven in numerous studies that the masks fail miserably to stop the spread. Yet the masking of, particularly small children, has been proven to be harmful in a number of ways to the little ones’ health. Another question: Why is it now being shown, beyond any doubt, that those vaccinated are more prone to be infected than those not vaccinated?
The new omicron virus is creating havoc in many European states. Yet despite the panic –as I understand at present— not a single death has been attributed officially to this disease. Some experts I’ve read or heard say Omicron reacts more like the common flu, and most recover quickly after having relatively non-crucial symptoms affecting breathing, etc.
Yet the panic has set in, and the lock downs have begun. Boris Johnson, prime minister of Britain, has locked the country down, and it has cost a political upheaval that hasn’t been seen in the UK for 200 years, I’m told.
Raheem Kassam, a spokesman that appears on Stephen K. Bannon’s War Room, said that because of the lock down, Johnson’s conservative Torrie Party –hard core conservative—was defeated December 16 in a special election. The party has remained undefeated, Kassam said, through world wars, depressions, and industrial revolution for 200 years. Now the people –made up primarily of factory and blue-collar workers have rejected that party’s embrace of global manipulation.
And the UK is just the tip of the rebellion that has much of Europe in chaos, politically speaking.
While Boris Johnson says he doesn’t intend to lock down anything, he locks everything down with the suggestion that if people will just take the vaccines and boosters without pushing back, they can go back to the pubs, and all other of the activities that makes for normal life.
The common man is apparently fed up and the seas and waves of humanity are beginning to roar, yet the governmental controllers continue to wield draconian power that is driving the chaos. –as the following article excerpt reports.
Globally, more than 75 countries have reported confirmed cases of the new variant. In Britain, where omicron cases are doubling every two to three days, omicron was expected to soon replace delta as the dominant strain in the country. The government has accelerated its booster program in response. Authorities in the 27-nation European Union say omicron will be the dominant variant in the bloc by mid-January…
People in the Netherlands, meanwhile, have been in a partial lockdown since November to curb a delta-driven surge. While infection numbers are now declining, the government this week ordered elementary schools to close for Christmas a week early amid fears of a new rise. Authorities also sped up a booster campaign as caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte cited Britain as an example of how swiftly the variant can spread…
“Let’s try to maintain the European solution,” Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said. “If every country goes it alone again, we’ll be even further from home.”
But ahead of the meeting, European nations already were acting to rein in the spread. Greece and Italy tightened entry requirements for travelers earlier this week, and Portugal decided to keep stricter border controls in place beyond their planned Jan. 9 end.
France said Thursday that it will slap restrictions on travelers arriving from the U.K. — which is no longer part of the EU — putting limits on reasons for traveling and requiring 48 hours of isolation upon arrival. The new measures will take effect early Saturday.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex said the measures were being imposed “in the face of the extremely rapid spread of the omicron variant in the U.K.” (Source: Soaring infections in Britain driven in part by the omicron variant of the coronavirus rattled Europe on Thursday, prompting new restrictions on the Continent and fueling a familiar dread on both sides of the Atlantic about entering a new phase of the pandemic just in time for the holidays, London AP, December 17, 2021).
Our title for this article “the disease spreads” has a much more sinister meaning than that merely biological. Preparation for the coming Antichrist regime is an infinitely more virulent disease of spiritual nature. Its chief damage to all upon the planet is the fear and chaos it wreaks. Its ultimate result will bring about soul-destroying enslavement by a pseudo savior who will foist upon the world greater deception than even that which the current world health tyrants have brought humanity to at this late hour in history.
But there is about to appear a True Savior. His name is above every other name. Jesus Christ will, with a Shout and Trumpet sound, call all believers to Himself. It will be an instantaneous cure for all disease and sin that ravages this fallen planet.
If you want to be part of that Call, here again, is how to receive God’s Saving Grace.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10: 9–10)
It is orchestrated, conducted by a malevolent maestro whose baton continues to direct the downfall of man. The baton has at its supernatural tip the arrangement he has chosen to hold his mesmerized, global audience.
His concert might be headlined “The End-times Pandemic.” Never before has such a disease held the entire world under its control. I can say this with certainty because never before has there been such a worldwide media outreach. Every nation on earth is within the maestro’s evil, deluding influence. Leaderships of the nations, for the most part, fall obediently in line as the maestro points and manipulate the baton of orchestration.
The COVID-19 virus has now mutated, we are told, into a number of strains that will be with humankind forever. The maestro has directed many–perhaps most—leaders around the world that the answer to the problem is vaccination –many vaccinations.
This orchestration is setting the end-times world stage for his finale–the moment he brings his son of perdition onto the scene.
Since it is the opinion of most who hold to the pre-Trib view that Antichrist will come out of Europe, we look to that region to watch for the maestro’s movement in that area of the world. In that regard, there are significant developments. Satan’s apparent chosen mechanism for controlling the masses seems on track for setting the stage for his desired end-times finale.
As the following report makes clear, troubling implementations are being conducted in places where people have experienced such evil control activity in the past.
Germany has announced that those who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 will be put on lockdown, with leaders in the European nation indicating that they will support making the COVID jabs mandatory in the future.
The New York Times reported that the new rules will ban the unvaccinated from bars, restaurants, and all stores except for those that carry basic necessities. To get into any of these establishments, German residents must present either proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from a recent COVID-19 infection…
This comes as Europe in general is considering moving to make the COVID-19 shots mandatory. European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke out to say that it’s time to “potentially think about mandatory vaccination” to combat the omicron variant.
“Two or three years ago, I would never have thought to witness what we see right now, that we have this horrible pandemic, we have the vaccines, the life-saving vaccines, but they are not being used adequately everywhere,” von der Leyen said on Wednesday. “How we can encourage and potentially think about mandatory vaccination within the European Union, this needs discussion. This needs a common approach but it is a discussion that I think has to be led.” (“Germany Effectively Puts the Unvaccinated on Lockdown, Bans Them from Nearly Every Aspect of Public Life,” James Samson, Telegram, December 3, 2021)
There are those in authority in the former land of Nazism who want to go even further in the lockdown measures. Ralf Reintjes, a professor of epidemiology at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, because Germany is the least vaccinated in Europe with a 68.4 percent of the total population vaccinated, declared to CNBC that Germany’s latest restrictions aren’t enough to combat a COVID-19 surge.
“I’m very glad that the first steps in the right direction have been taken. It’s more than urgent that new measures come and contact is reduced and people get vaccinated,” he said. “But on the other hand, I’m not so sure—like many of my colleagues, we’re wondering whether these measures in this critical phase are effective enough to lower this wave. It would have been better to have these measures earlier.”
The vaccine mandate mechanism for control of the masses is being utilized in all parts of the world. The following are a few headlines from Rapture Ready News that make the point.
- Proof of coronavirus vaccination required to board any plane or train in Canada as of today. Unvaccinated travelers over the age of 12 won’t be able to board a plane or train in Canada beginning today, and a negative COVID-19 test will no longer serve as a substitute for most people.
- WHO scientist is saying the vaxxed should all be quarantined to protect the purebloods. The numbers out of Israel are conclusive proof that not only does the Frankenshot not work to protect from COVID, but the jabbed are now walking bioweapons.
- People are getting vaccine passport microchips embedded in their hands as COVID advances the “Internet of Bodies.” The number of Swedish residents who have opted to implant microchips with their vaccine passport into their hands has risen since the country announced new COVID restrictions, according to local media.
- The great escape from Australia’s COVID concentration death camps. If you live in the Northern Territory of Australia and you so much as walk near someone who is suspected of having COVID, you are immediately thrown into a concentration camp by the Australian SS police. It doesn’t matter if you test positive or negative for COVID, and it doesn’t matter if you’ve been vaccinated or not, because there is no proof that the PCR tests or the vaccines even work, nor is there actual scientific proof of COVID itself.
- EU countries set to begin fining and jailing citizens who refuse COVID-19 vaccine. For almost a year now, those who warned that EU countries would soon be enforcing vaccine mandates with fines or jail time were branded as “conspiracy theorists.” However, in what is becoming a noticeable trend, it seems they were correct as Austria and Greece move towards fines and custodial sentences for “vaccine hesitancy.”
So, to me, at least, Satan’s mechanism for establishing control over the world’s populations is in place. It is but one element of his blueprint for constructing Antichrist’s platform that will end with billions of deaths during the last seven years leading up to Christ’s Second Advent.
And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 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…And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (Revelation 6–8, 15)
To escape the disastrous outcome of what we see developing now with regard to Satan’s mechanism for establishing Antichrist’s control, heed the following from God’s Word:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9–10)
When certain developments take place, many who study Bible prophecy comment that prophecy is being fulfilled today. We who watch from the pre-Trib view—that is most of us, I think—believe that, rather than seeing actual fulfillment, we are watching the stage being set for prophetic fulfillment. That is, there is no major prophecy for this pre-Trib era (Church Age) completely fulfilled. But in every direction we look, we see issues and events of our time arranging for fulfillment.
Matters involving the nation Israel always pique our interest, especially when leaders of Israel’s hostile neighbors say things like recently reported.
“We will not back off from annihilation of Israel, even one millimeter.”
Brig.-Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s armed forces recently made that threat, during an interview with an Iranian regime-controlled media outlet. He urged the total elimination of the Jewish state.
The entire diplomatic world is more than a little concerned about developments with regard to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. However, the main concern seems to be with Israel’s forewarnings about the actions they might take in response to Iranian blustering.
The following report frames the problem from Israel’s perspective.
Israeli officials believe Iran is weeks away from enriching uranium to a level sufficient for building a nuclear weapon.
The amount of uranium Iran has enriched to 20-percent purity is critical, because reaching a certain threshold – known as the significant quantity (SQ)—means the stockpile can rapidly be enriched to the 90-percent purity needed for a nuclear weapon. (“Israeli officials fear Iran could have enough uranium for nuclear bomb within weeks,” World News Platform)
Israeli defense operations made clear the Jewish state’s intentions in light of the existential threat.
The head of the Mussed spy agency said Thursday that a bad nuclear deal between world powers and Iran would be “intolerable” for Israel, vowing that the Islamic Republic will never acquire nuclear weapons.
“It’s clear that there’s no need for uranium enriched to 60 percent for civilian purposes,” David Barnea said during a ceremony at the President’s Residence to honor exceptional Mossad agents. “There’s no need for three enrichment sites. There’s no need for thousands of active centrifuges—unless, that is, there is an intention to develop nuclear weapons.” …
“Iran will not have nuclear weapons—not in the coming years, not ever. That is my promise, that is Mossad’s promise.”…
Asked about plans for a potential strike on Iranian nuclear sites during a rare television interview aired Thursday, [Israeli] Air Force head Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin said the IDF was prioritizing preparations for such a possibility…
Norkin compared Israel to an “insurance policy” against Iran obtaining a nuclear bomb. Asked if that insurance policy would need to be exercised, he said: “We’ll do whatever is required.” (“Mossad head vows no Iran nukes ‘ever,’ as credibility of military option scrutinized,” Times of Israel)
It has long been almost certain that Israel has, through hacking into Iran’s computer capabilities, thus far been able to halt or slow considerably the regime’s drive to achieve nuclear weapons status. However, progress in that weapons program has apparently reached the point that a literal military strike will be necessary. Israel’s very existence, in terms of human understanding, is at stake.
We who believe God’s Word is true—that His chosen nation will never be destroyed—know Iran will never be able to achieve Shekarchi’s desire for the nation’s destruction. But we look at the threat and at developments in Iran’s nuclear program and sense that a major prophecy given by Jeremiah the prophet looks to be shaping for fulfillment.
The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against Elam, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying, “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, The foremost of their might. Against Elam I will bring the four winds From the four quarters of heaven, And scatter them toward all those winds; There shall be no nations where the outcasts of Elam will not go. (Jeremiah 49:34–36)
The area that includes the bulk of Iran’s nuclear facilities is the Busherh mountains of the geographical region of Elam, as given in biblical terms.
Our good friend, Bill Salus, has done tremendous research and authored a number of books on the end times and the Middle East.
In his book, Nuclear Showdown in Iran, The Ancient Prophecy of Elam, Bill summarizes with the following:
Jeremiah 49:34–36 predicts a coming disaster to the western central portion of Iran where the ancient territory of Elam existed. The magnitude of this tragedy will create a massive worldwide dispersion of the affected population. It may turn out to be a humanitarian crisis of epic proportion. Among those being scattered will be Christians looking for the opportunity to depart from Iran in order to preach the gospel worldwide.
The IRGC will be struck hard at the heart of its military might. This attack appears to minimize the IRGC’s ability to respond effectively. The strategic targets might include Iran’s nuclear program, which could result in an unprecedented nuclear catastrophe.
In a late-breaking development, Amir Tsarfati reports from Tel Aviv that Iran, on Friday or Saturday of the past week, experienced a massive explosion at one of its nuclear development facilities. The area is apparently being cleared of those who live there because of possibly dangerous emissions from the destruction.
Amir indicated that speculation is that a drone strike might have been responsible.
Personally, I believe that such a catastrophic fulfillment as predicted by Jeremiah the prophet won’t take place until after the Rapture of the Church. But with things shaping up as they are in such dramatic fashion, I think it’s wise to take Jesus’ words to heart as never before.
And when you see all these things begin to come to pass, then look up and lift up your head, for your redemption is drawing near. (Luke 21:28)
Another stage-setting indicator for what is coming has suddenly burst onto the scene world-wide. The signal represents the metastasizing effects of a satanically spawned end times assault on humanity. It is a sign of the coming Tribulation that should alert pastors of Bible believing churches to just how near must be Christ’s call to His body in the Rapture.
Jesus gave the forewarning for what, I believe, is what we see happening around the globe at this very end of the age moment.
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.” (Luke 21: 25)
The sea in this instance symbolically represents the vast numbers of peoples of the world.
Again, it is the so-called pandemic, the COVID-19 matter that seems at the black heart of the devil’s blueprint for the assault. While media in the U.S. and of the global sort insist that most of the world’s populations are compliant with receiving mandated “jabs” of the vaccines, evidence is mounting that resistance is growing in spectacular ways.
Governmental leaders have turned into would be masters of the populations they no longer serve –rather intend to rule over. The yearning in the human heart to be free from such demands as taking vaccines that are no more than experimental injections in most cases are igniting rebellion that is not likely to be doused with flame-quelling retardant until a certain prophesied entity appears on the scene.
The same rebelliousness that makes most on earth reject the governance of the God of Heaven is manifesting in growing rejection of demands made by the minions of the god of this age. –That is demands by the reprobate minds of governmental tyrants guided by Lucifer the fallen. They want no one to rule over them is at the heart of the fallen minds of mankind.
It will be Antichrist –Satan’s son of perdition— who will douse the flames of global insurrection against Satan’s blueprint. He will do so with the cruelest, wicked, and evil methodologies ever employed in earth’s history.
The point to be made is that we are witnessing now the stage-setting beginning of a primary prophecy given by the Lord Jesus that presages the coming to power of that man of sin –the Antichrist.
The following news excerpts put parentheses around this prophetic progression, in my view.
New restrictions on access for the unvaccinated and increasing mandates to be inoculated are sending protesters to the streets in Europe, Australia and other countries.
Authorities in Rotterdam opened fire Friday on protesters during a demonstration against new restrictions on unvaccinated access to public facilities.
At least seven people were injured and more than 20 people were arrested on Friday night. Protesters set fires and threw rocks over new measures that will curb access to restaurants and shops for the unvaccinated.
Many European countries have stepped up restrictions on unvaccinated people. In Vienna, a crowd estimated in the thousands hit the streets after the Austrian government announced a full lockdown and a vaccine mandate.
Meanwhile, Australia saw thousands gathered at rallies across the country as part of an international day of protest against COVID-19 lockdowns and vaccine mandates. Demonstrators were out in force in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. (Protests Erupt Across Several European And Australian Cities Over Vaccination Mandates, By Bruce Haring, Deadline, November 20, 2021)
The metastasizing spread of the COVID mandate rebelliousness is ratcheting up from the very center out of which the prince that shall come (Antichrist) will emerge.
Rome — Central Rome was gripped with violence this weekend as thousands of protesters marched against the toughest new vaccine mandates in the world. All Italians will soon be required to show a coronavirus “Green Pass,” proving either vaccination, recovery in the past six months, or a negative COVID-19 test from the past 48 hours to enter their workplaces.
What started off as a restless but peaceful demonstration against the looming measure in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo ended up sparking a tinderbox when an offshoot of protesters stormed the headquarters of CGIL, Italy’s oldest and biggest labor union.
When they marched toward the prime minister’s office, police responded with water cannon and tear gas. Dozens of police officers were hurt in the melee.
In a bizarre twist, the unrest created a security incident for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was in Rome for a meeting with foreign leaders, including Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Pope Francis. She was attending Mass at St. Patrick’s Church and scheduled to give a reading when the chaos outside moved Italian government officials to remove the speaker and her husband from the premises.
Vaccine protesters in Rome clash with police
Loud chants of “liberta'” (freedom) echoed throughout the Eternal City. Freedom, the protesters demanded, from the national vaccine mandate scheduled to go into effect on October 15. (Italy’s toughest-in-the-world COVID-19 vaccine mandate sparks violent protests, By Chris Livesay – CBS News, October 12, 2021)
The rebellion, with the sea and waves roaring, grows exponentially. The U.S., the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, Austria, Asian areas such as Singapore, and a number of Island nations and most every region across the world are seeing protests, some turning into rioting and destructiveness.
Nations are indeed in perplexity as to how to exert the control the minions –both human and demonic demand in order to set up the platform for Antichrist to launch his evil, Revelation chapter 13 regime.
Before that part of the devil’s blueprint comes to fruition, if you know Jesus Christ as your Savior, you will hear His Voice as it Trumpets: “Come up here” Revelation 4: 1.
If you don’t know how to be part of that Blessed Evacuation called the Rapture, here is how.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10: 9-10)
“It’s about health care for our children, clean air, clean water, it’s about jobs, jobs, jobs; good paying union jobs, to keep us preeminent in green technologies throughout the world.”
With that statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi summed up her assessment of what the globalist religion will do to make American’s life Heaven on earth.
She declared, in lauding the Biden Build Back Better Act bill passed by the house:
“For me, it’s a religious thing. I believe this is God’s creation and we have moral obligation to be good stewards. But if you don’t share that view, you must share the view that we have an obligation to future generations.”
Pelosi, who was raised a Catholic and claims the moral high ground in the American political sphere, as do most of her Democrat colleagues, says she believes that God created this earth. Thus, she and all of us must sacrifice what is necessary and spend what is necessary to be good stewards.
The following somewhat encompasses the matters involved.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the Democrats’ effort to dedicate over $550 billion of taxpayer funding toward climate change initiatives in President Biden’s Build Back Better Act has a religious meaning…
“So we’re very excited about what is in there and it is paid for.”
Biden’s nearly $2 trillion bill also continues the Democrats’ expansion of the Child Tax Credit that passed in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, a coronavirus stimulus bill. For the first time, parents not earning income can claim the Child Tax Credit on their tax returns up to $3,600 per child, depending on their age.
“It’s about health care for our children, clean air, clean water, it’s about jobs, jobs, jobs; good paying union jobs, to keep us preeminent in green technologies throughout the world,” Pelosi said.
The California Democrat also touted the universal pre-K provisions of the bill.
“This legislation is so historic. It is so transformative,” she said. “Free, universal pre-K. Childcare, we’re lowering the costs.”…
Biden’s Build Back Better Act is estimated to cost $4.79 trillion if its policies are made permanent, according to the Committee for a Responsible Budget. (“Pelosi on $550 billion climate spending: ‘For me, it’s a religious thing,’” Just The News)
So we are expected to believe that Speaker Pelosi hereby expresses her religious principles, and they speak for many of her political party’s thinking, whether with religious imperative or just as a matter of ideology. As we’ve heard since the years of the Clintons’ time in presidential power, “It’s for the children.” Everything must be done on the children’s behalf to assure that future generations can enjoy the American experience in the best way possible.
We should understand, I suppose, that this all means Ms. Pelosi and her party of generous spenders—who tax us to achieve their noblesse oblige for the children’s sake—hold to biblical principles. Well…not in every case, perhaps.
There is the matter of what they wholeheartedly support with regard to human sexuality. There seems to be a disconnect between the Democrat Party and the Bible in this regard.
The party champions every form of alternate sexuality, from homosexuality to transsexuality and beyond. The Bible says these things are abomination, and that anyone who is involved in such will not enter Heaven.
The party line is that abortion is the woman’s “right to choose.” They refuse to see the fetus as a viable human being in most instances. God’s Word, the Bible, says that children are precious to God and a horrific punishment is made on anyone or any system that sheds the blood of the innocent.
It seems that Ms. Pelosi’s great concern for the children goes only so far into the political ether. It dissipates somewhere shortly after such declarations are made that everything they do must protect the children now and for the future.
More than seventy million children have been murdered—most for the sake of sexual convenience. OOPS!—A major disconnect of what Ms. Pelosi and her party’s rulership claim from what God’s Word demands.
But we remember that her party is the party that, verbally and in action, has determined to keep the God of Heaven out of their platform.
They, then, must embrace another god and that god’s imprimatur in the matter of the children. Their god must whisper to them that it’s a good thing to use the children to promote his religion of Mother Earth worship, but to view children as unnecessary and unwanted if they might interfere with doing what is right in their own eyes—and their sexual proclivities.
Here’s what God’s Word has to say about those who embrace such prevarication and their god.
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)