WHO ARE WE UNITED WITH: THE WORLD OR GOD?
We are galloping toward a one-world religion. Denominational Christians, and all other religions of man, united together under the umbrella of the Catholic Church. It is happening. Right now. Just as predicted.
The pope’s words to Charismatic Christians in January 2014,
“I am speaking to you as a brother. I speak to you in a simple way. With joy and nostalgia. Let us allow our nostalgia to grow, because this will propel us to find each other, and to embrace one another. And together to worship Jesus Christ the Lord of History.”
Obama’s words to “God Girl” in a now famous 2004 interview,
GG: Who’s Jesus to you? (He laughs nervously).
Obama: Right. Jesus is an historical figure for me...he serves as that means of us reaching something higher.
Look closely now, and you’ll see what God showed me months after I recorded these words on paper.
Pope Francis:“Jesus Christ as the only Lord of History...”
Obama:“Jesus is an historical figure for me...”
Both confessions are subtle. Crafty. Carefully chosen words. And both are-Pope Francis and Obama- saying the exact same thing. Their words are almost a perfect match. This is the part God had to point out to me, because honestly, I’d never noticed. But I’d asked the Lord Jesus, “Please show me how to present this teaching to the body of Christ and all others who will read it. In your words, and by your power, not mine.” And He has done just that.
So I ask you? Are the Pope’s words a confession of faith?
Without the slightest hesitation some will say,“Yes. God bless him, We pray for him.”
But, I want you to see the difference, so before giving me your answer, listen to Peter’s confession of faith to Jesus.
“You are the Christ (the Sent One, The Holy One of God. The Messiah), Son of the Living God.”
Now hear Thomas’s confession of faith to Jesus.
“My Lord and My God.”
Spot the difference between these confessions and what the Pope and Obama said. Look closely and read between the lines with your heart,and not your head.
Now spot the difference between Peter and Thomas’s confessions and what Obama said in September 2011 when he was confronted by a man named David Serrano, who shouted,
“Jesus Christ is the one true and living God, the Creator of the heavens and the Universe. Jesus Christ is God. Jesus Christ is God. Jesus Christ is God. You are Antichrist.”
Obama laughed nervously (again), then he spoke these words to the crowd,
“First of all, I agree that Jesus Christ is the Lord. I believe in that.”
Obama’s answer was carefully worded but strange. He was not in agreement with David Serrano’s words. Not in the least.
David Serrano said,“Jesus Christ is the one true and living God, the Creator of the heavens and the Universe. Jesus Christ is God...”
David voiced the same confession as Thomas did 2,000 years ago,”My Lord and My God.”
Obama said, “Jesus Christ is the Lord. I believe in that.”
Were they speaking the same thing?
I may be busting many bubbles but I’m here to say there’s no agreement there. An atheist would never in a million years confess what David confesses, but he could easily speak Obama’s words, “Jesus Christ is the Lord. I believe in that.”
Spot the difference.
David’s words are personal. Obama’s are impersonal.
Or how about this from another part of the Pope’s January message,
“And it’s my pleasure to greet you. A greeting both joyful and nostalgic because it gives me joy that you have come together to worship Jesus Christ the only Lord.”
What was the reaction of the listeners?
Tears of joy. Gushing praise. Flowing talk of unity.
What was mine?
Tears of sorrow. Deep, deep sorrow to see this prophecy coming about, though I knew in my heart that it would, and soon, because Jesus is coming. And His coming is just around the corner. The very next corner.
The Bible said there would be a one world religion, but I so much hate to see it happening. The Bible predicts that the entire world will unite against God and His Holy One, and against us, the true believers in an outright war, downright dirty and evil. It’s truth, but this part of the truth really hurts me. And it has created a deep reservoir filled with sadness of the worst kind within my heart. And as always, satan attempts to wrap this sadness around me like a heavy weight and drown me in it.
Fortunately, God is able to keep me afloat. Like a drowning man, I go under once, I go under twice, then gasping for fresh air, suddenly I bob to the surface like a cork. Saved. I can’t drown because I float. Not by my own power but by God’s. Some times I may be gasping for air, but without fail, each time I’m dragged under, I bob back up.
God keeps me afloat.
He is able to keep me from falling and to present me without blemish before Him on the day of the Lord Jesus.
The sorrow? It is necessary. It is this sorrow that compels me to stand the gap for the many who are as called by God as I am, those ones who are paying attention to the wrong voice. Praying over them, often weeping, because of their choice, in the hope that many of them will hear Jesus’ voice as He cries out to them, “Come back. You’re going the wrong way! Follow me. Follow me home.”
The lure of the delusion is so strong. It beacons to us like the bright lights of Broadway. And there in the midst of these beckoning earthly lights stands one who shines brighter still. It’s an Angel of light.
Paul warns, “For satan himself is transformed into an Angel of light, and his messengers into ministers of light.”
There he stands. But, no. He’s not an angel at all, just a false prophet. The one Jesus warns us about, “I come in the Father’s name and you do not receive me. Another one will come in his own name; him you will receive."
This one who comes to the world in his own name is the very one John speaks of in Revelation 13. Looking like a lamb. Sounding like a lamb. Beautiful words of peace and safety and earthly wisdom. Like a lamb. When in fact he is a ravenous wolf who desires to tear you to pieces with his teeth. He is the prophet the world has been waiting for. For man has always longed for an earthly king. We have always wanted to follow man, and to worship the creature instead of the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
The lure is strong, but God is stronger.
“Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”(Jude 24-25)
The confessions of both Pope Francis and Obama are fooling many. Billions will follow. Billions are following. Are you, my friend? Are you?
For centuries now, satan has been slowly grooming us to receive his two beasts and it’s false prophet. The delusion, the lie, has been coming on so gradually we haven’t even noticed. No, not even the church. We’ve all been lulled to sleep by the devil’s lullaby, walking with our eyes wide-shut. So I will continue to show the difference between the world’s confessions and the Bible’s because one is false and other is real. God wants us awake. He’s shaking us awake, so we can watch and be prepared, and not get caught in the lie that will end up sweeping away billions into eternal death with one sweep of that great red tail.
We’ve got some funny ideas about what a genuine confession of faith is these days. So funny that most anyone would qualify as a believer.
While in Nuneaton one Saturday, I lost something. It sunk way down to the bottom of my purse, and I needed to find it, so I sat down on a low wall so I could rest my purse on my lap, and search more easily. Chris sat down beside me. There I was with half of my belongings in one hand when two girls came up. One of them held out a small tract.
“Here. Take this,” she said.
It was a tract that told how to be born again in simple words.
Handing it back,I answered, “I don’t need this.”
She took it back, and handed me a different one.
“Here. This one has pretty pictures,” she said encouragingly.
Again, I answered, “Yes, but I don’t need this.”
“Are you a Christian?” she asked.
Before I answered, I chose my words carefully, then I confirmed,“Jesus is my Lord. He is Lord of my life.” Then I gave a 30- second testimony.
“ He has transformed my life, He healed me, He freed me and He raised me up.”
I was so thrilled to see believers out spreading basic salvation in a lost world,like they are, and I told them so. Then I handed them a card so that they could go to the website and read more about all that our great and merciful God has done for me personally.
Have you noticed, my friends, what I was asked?
“Are you a Christian?”
Sadly,that’s become a loaded question. Much of the world would answer “Yes.”Obama wouldn’t hesitate one tiny bit. He has often labeled himself
a Christian. The Pope would quickly agree. Just like on the surveys when people are asked, “What is your religion? Pick one:
Christian, Muslim, Buddist, Hindu, or other.”
See there. This may seem insignificant but it is one way that we have been groomed to not recognise the truth, but to receive the lie.
“Christian”used to mean “Little Christ.”But,it has reached the point that the word, is such a generic catch-all that most would mark Christian on those frequent surveys. It’s a word that means one thing to us, and another to the world. In these perilous times I try to avoid both: filling out surveys, and using the label “Christian”.
But so many believe that if they confess, “I am a Christian,” their salvation is assured. Do they not?
Come with me now to I John 4. John gives us several ways to spot the difference between the fake and the real confession of faith. I won’t cover all of them in detail today, but I urge you to study his words further on your own time, so that you will be able to spot the difference whenever the need arises. And believe me, in this world of false christs and messiahs, it will. Again and again.
I John 4,
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try(test, prove) the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world [from the body of Christ].
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
And every spirit which does not confess that Jesus is come in the flesh is not of God:
And this is the spirit of Antichrist.”
Specific and personal.
John explains further,
“They [these antichrist spirits] are of the world:
Therefore of the world they speak,
And the world hears them.”
Again, in yet another way, John reveals how to spot the difference.
“We are of God: the [one] knowing God hears us,
From this we know [the difference of] the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”
Are we believers of the world? Jesus says no, we’re not.
“If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you...”
Who’s the world? Satan and his kids. The prince of darkness himself and all the ones who follow him. This is why David tells us in Psalm 23 that we walk through the valley of the shadow of death.
Jesus tells us that He took us out of the world. He took us out of the kingdom of darkness. He took us out of death and into life, the life only He can give.
So satan, the world, hated Jesus before it hated us. Does it still hate Jesus? Of course it does. And does it still hate us? With a passion. Therefore we must stop listening to the world’s words with our natural mind, get into our spirit,and filter the lie from the truth. This is the only way.
We’ve heard the lie much more frequently than the truth. It’s everywhere. It’s all around us. We are confronted with it each and every day from the moment we open our eyes, to the moment we close them. On television. In the words of those songs we like to sing. In movies. On the news. On the net.
Death, death, death. Our eyes see death. Broken crosses (known as peace symbols). Skulls. Dragons. Pentagrams. The world-dwellers think they’re cool. And so many Christians do too. Have you? These are symbols of death. The message is one of death, not life. A world who does not possess life cannot speak life. It is doing what comes natural:Speaking words of death, not life.
Jesus chose us out of the world, therefore the world-the devil and his kids-hate us. They hate Jesus, and they hate us.
Yet,John tells us the world knows their own, and them they hear.
“They [these antichrist spirits] are of the world:
Therefore of the world they speak,
And the world hears them.”
But what about Pope Francis? What’s the world’s reaction to him?
I will tell you what you’ve been seeing, but perhaps never really seen.
What’s the world hearing? John tells us that the world only hears it’s own. So, tell me, is the world hearing the Pope? Does he qualify as “it’s own”?
Spot the difference:
From day one he has been celebrated by the media. They hang on every word he speaks.
Everything he does is praised. Every word he speaks is quoted.
In 2013, his face graced the cover of every magazine. He was GQ’s “Man of the Year”. He was Time’s, “Man of the year”. He was the first pope to make the cover of Rolling Stone. He was even the first pope to be captured in graffiti art as “The Super Pope.” Resplendent in a flowing cape, just like the world’s superman, because he is the world’s superman.
Gays love him. And even Atheists are listening. Francis has told them lies.
He assured atheists that they will make it to heaven just the way they are, without changing a thing, although Jesus tells us emphatically, “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man comes unto the Father except through Me.”
When will we understand that we cannot get to heaven by walking in death. We can only get there by receiving the Life that is through Jesus. He is the only Way. He is the only Truth. He is the only Life.
They are of the world therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them.
Yet, the world hears Francis. They have received him as their own.
Now, here are a couple of other confessions of faith from the Bible. First, let me give the floor back to John just one more time.
I John 4:
“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.”
Satan will not speak this confession. He knows Jesus is the Son of God, but He won’t say it. Hear his words from Luke 4.
“If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
say it? Did he? Did he call Jesus the Son of God?
Spot the difference. I know,I know--This is an easy one, isn’t it?
Almost but not quite. He just can’t bring himself to say it. His pride and love of the lie won’t let him. No,Satan places a great big, fat IF in front of his words. “If you are the Son of God.”That’s the difference: a big fat IF.
Subtle. Crafty. Almost. But not quite. One is the truth. The other is the lie.
Now let’s go to Paul’s words. He speaks of Jesus as Lord. And he tells us to do the same. Here is the first part of Romans 10:9-10 from the Greek Interlinear version.
“Because if thou shalt confess with the mouth of thee LORD JESUS, and believe in the heart of thee that God raised Him from the dead, thou wilt be saved.”
Spot the difference.
Pope Francis: “Let us worship Jesus Christ as the only Lord of History...”
Obama: “Jesus Christ is the Lord. I believe in that.”
Paul’s words from Romans 10: “...if thou shalt confess with the mouth of thee LORD JESUS...”
Impersonal. Impersonal. Personal. Did you spot the difference? If you did you’re catching on. You’re seeing with the right eyes: the eyes of your heart.
If we truly follow Jesus, like Paul, we make our confession personal.
Now check out I Corinthians 12: 1-3.
“Now about the spiritual matters, brothers, I do not wish you to be ignorant. Ye know that when you were in the nations (the world) you were drawn to voiceless idols, however, you were being led (by satan, god of this world). Fore known to you (understand) that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says: A CURSE [IS] JESUS, and no one can say; LORD JESUS, except by the the Holy Spirit.”
If anything, Paul is consistent. “No one can say; LORD JESUS, except by the Holy Spirit.”
Not “Jesus Christ the only Lord of History.” Not “Jesus is to me an historical figure”. LORD JESUS. LORD JESUS. LORD JESUS.
Personal. Make it personal. Not impersonal. Personal is specific. Impersonal is general.
And here is the other important thing our only wise God pointed out to me from His Word. Some real food for thought,
and yet another way to spot the difference, because we are dealing with a clever and subtle word-twisting enemy.
The thing about subtle is that it’s hard to spot. If it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be subtle, would it? It’d be obvious.
So, God pointed me to Revelations 19:16. There we read,
“And He (Jesus) has on the garment and on the thigh of him a name having been written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
The Bible is saying here that Jesus is not the only king, and Jesus is not the only Lord. There are many kings, and many lords. So anyone who calls him “the only Lord” is not speaking the truth but the lie. Jesus is the King OF kings, and the Lord OF lords. This is the truth. He is MY only Lord and He may be YOUR only Lord, but He is not THE only Lord of the world or of history. This is a powerful truth.
So don’t be lured into a web of clever subtle lies. Walk away from them quickly, but walk away. Let the world follow the false prophet they’ve been waiting for and preparing for, while we follow the true Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. And be no longer conformed to the world, but transformed by the renewing of our minds.
The world will tell you what your natural mind, your body of sin, wants to hear: the lie. And God will give you what your spirit needs to hear: the truth.
The world speaks what sounds good to us. God speaks what is good for us.
The world speaks in order to destroy us; God speaks in order to save us.
The world is hearing the false one because he’s speaking their language. He is not speaking ours, so stop listening. Tune him out. Tune the world out. And tune Jesus in. Jesus says, “My sheep will hear my voice and another one they will not follow.”
If we retrain our minds to listen to Jesus by getting into His Word and staying there, we will hear his voice. And today, more than ever, it is imperative that we hear Him.
It’s always been important that we hear Jesus, but now it is a matter of life and death.
Follow after Jesus, follow after life. And pray for those loved ones who still have their ears tuned to the world and have been hanging on every word the pope says, and every word the world says. Pray they will hear Jesus when He cries out to them,”Come back. You’re going the wrong way. You’re following the wrong one. Follow me. Follow me home.”
Pray they will spot the difference, then patiently show them how, and keep on showing them, in love and patience. Allow Jesus to speak through you, so that they too can spot the difference. Show them. Make the subtle obvious by giving them the Word. Speak the Word. Make it personal, not impersonal.