Daily Archives: June 3, 2014

Questions about the End Times: What Is the Prophecy of St. Malachy?

 

St. Malachy, whose Gaelic name was Máel Máedóc, was born in Ireland in AD 1094. He became a Catholic priest and later the Archbishop of Armagh. Several miracles have been attributed to him, according to evidence investigated by the Roman Catholic Church. He was the first Irishman to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.

Malachy was an influential reformer within Irish Catholicism, bringing its liturgical practices into closer agreement with those of Rome. For his efforts, he was appointed legate for Ireland, but during his second trip to Rome, in 1148, he became ill and died on November 2.

Malachy is known today for a set of prophecies, purportedly written by him in 1139, concerning the future line of Popes. His list started with his contemporary, Pope Celestine III and continued through the next 112 Popes. The last Pope would be called Petrus Romanus (“Peter the Roman”), whose reign would end with Judgment Day. Malachy’s vision of the future included a brief, cryptic description of each Pope.

According to Catholic tradition, Malachy’s prophecy remained hidden until AD 1590, when it was first published. It has been a source of conjecture and controversy ever since. The prophecy has recently come into focus again because of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. According to Malachy’s reckoning, Pope Francis I will be the last.

Here are the final five Popes, according to Malachy:

Flos Florum (“Flower of Flowers”)—Pope Paul VI De medietate Lunae (“Of the Half Moon”)—Pope Juan Pablo I De Labore Solis (“From the Toil of the Sun”)—Pope John Paul II Gloria Olivae (“The Glory of the Olive”)—Pope Benedict XVI Petrus Romanus (“Peter the Roman”)—Pope Francis I

Some people have found “evidence” that Malachy’s prophecy is true. For example, Paul VI’s coat of arms contained fleur-de-lys, thereby associating him with flowers. Other connections between the prophecy and the Popes are more strained and hardly plausible.

The prophecy of Malachy concerning the final Pope is as follows: “In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End.” According to Malachy, the final Pope will take the title “Pope Peter the Roman” or a derivative thereof. According to Catholic teaching, the apostle Peter was the first Pope, and, according to Malachy, another Peter will be the final one.

The mention of “persecution” and the destruction of Rome in Malachy’s prophecy have led some to believe that the final Pope will be the Antichrist or the False Prophet of Revelation 19:20. There are others who find a prediction of a “black Pope” in Malachy’s writings.

Because Malachy was immersed in the teachings and dogmas of the Catholic Church, his prophetic utterances and dreams are questionable at best. His prophecy is extra-biblical; for that matter, the whole concept of a “Pope” is extra-biblical. Rather than interpret the end times according to the dreams of a Catholic mystic, we should trust what God’s Word says in the books of Daniel, Revelation, and Zechariah.

The Bible warns about listening to false prophets who speak as though their oracles were given to them by God. Jeremiah 23:32 says, “ ‘Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,’ declares the Lord. ‘They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least.’ ”[1]

 

 

[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Questions about Cults and Religions: What Does the Bible Say about Black Magic?

 

God despises witchcraft and black magic. Many commands, beginning in the Old Testament, forbid any association with witchcraft or sorcery. Deuteronomy 18:10 says, “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft.” Exodus 22:18 says, “You shall not permit a sorceress to live.” When God removed Saul from his position as king of Israel, He compared Saul’s behavior to the evil of sorcery. Through the prophet Samuel, the Lord said, “Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols” (1 Samuel 15:23). Many other Old Testament passages condemn witchcraft in its many forms (Micah 3:7; 5:12; 2 Kings 21:6; Leviticus 19:26, 31; Deuteronomy 18:14).

In the New Testament, the word sorcery comes from the Greek word pharmakeia, from which we derive our English word pharmacy. Pharmakeia (or the masculine form pharmakos) is defined as “the use of medicine, drugs, or spells.” The words are translated either “sorcery” or “witchcraft” in our English Bibles, because witchcraft and drug use were closely intertwined. Magicians created mind-altering combinations of herbs and other concoctions to use with their incantations. Subjects under the influence of such drugs could be easily controlled by the sorcerer and would behave in ungodly ways. In this way, the magician could make money from the sin of someone else.

God clearly condemns such an evil practice. Galatians 5:19–21 says, “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.… Those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” When people in Ephesus came to know Christ, they brought their magic books and potions and publicly burned them as a sign that they were trading the dark power of sorcery for the holy power of the Spirit (Acts 19:19).

The connection between sorcery and present-day drug abuse is clear. One reason God so hates sorcery, black magic, drunkenness, and drug abuse is that it gives control of our spirits to a power besides Him. When we relinquish control of ourselves to a power that is not the Holy Spirit, we are corrupting our minds and bodies and welcoming demonic influence. We who are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) willingly become vessels of evil. We were designed to be the Holy Spirit’s temple (1 Corinthians 6:19), but we cannot be filled with the Spirit and with mind-altering substances at the same time (Ephesians 5:18). To choose sorcery or drugs is to reject the control of God and invite judgment (John 12:48).

In Revelation 18:23, Jesus warns that He will destroy Babylon, in part because “all nations were deceived by your sorcery.” God certainly condemns sorcery, black magic, witchcraft, and anything associated with it, and He will severely punish those who persist in it.[1]

 

 

[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Bible Summary / Survey: Book of Nehemiah

 

Author: The Book of Nehemiah does not specifically name its author, but both Jewish and Christian traditions recognize Ezra as the author. This is based on the fact that the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah were originally one.

Date of Writing: The Book of Nehemiah was likely written between 445 and 420 B.C.

Purpose of Writing: The Book of Nehemiah, one of the history books of the Bible, continues the story of Israel’s return from the Babylonian captivity and the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem.

Key Verses: Nehemiah 1:3, “They said to me, ‘Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.’ ”

Nehemiah 1:11, “O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”

Nehemiah 6:15–16, “So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.”

Brief Summary: Nehemiah was a Hebrew in Persia when the word reached him that the Temple in Jerusalem was being reconstructed. He grew anxious knowing there was no wall to protect the city. Nehemiah invited God to use him to save the city. God answered his prayer by softening the heart of the Persian king, Artaxerxes, who gave not only his blessing, but also supplies to be used in the project. Nehemiah is given permission by the king to return to Jerusalem, where he is made governor.

In spite of opposition and accusations the wall was built and the enemies silenced. The people, inspired by Nehemiah, give tithes of much money, supplies and manpower to complete the wall in a remarkable 52 days, despite much opposition. This united effort is short-lived, however, because Jerusalem falls back into apostasy when Nehemiah leaves for a while. After 12 years he returned to find the walls strong but the people weak. He set about the task of teaching the people morality and he didn’t mince words. “I argued with those people, put curses on them, hit some of them and pulled out their hair” (13:25). He reestablishes true worship through prayer and by encouraging the people to revival by reading and adhering to the Word of God.

Foreshadowings: Nehemiah was a man of prayer and he prayed passionately for his people (Nehemiah 1). His zealous intercession for God’s people foreshadows our great Intercessor, Jesus Christ, who prayed fervently for His people in His high-priestly prayer in John 17. Both Nehemiah and Jesus had a burning love for God’s people which they poured out in prayer to God, interceding for them before the throne.

Practical Application: Nehemiah led the Israelites into a respect and love for the text of Scripture. Nehemiah, because of his love for God and his desire to see God honored and glorified, led the Israelites towards the faith and obedience God had desired for them for so long. In the same way, Christians are to love and revere the truths of Scripture, commit them to memory, meditate on them day and night, and turn to them for the fulfillment of every spiritual need. Second Timothy 3:16 tells us, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” If we expect to experience the spiritual revival of the Israelites (Nehemiah 8:1–8), we must begin with God’s Word.

Each of us ought to have genuine compassion for others who have spiritual or physical hurts. To feel compassion, yet do nothing to help, is unfounded biblically. At times we may have to give up our own comfort in order to minister properly to others. We must totally believe in a cause before we will give our time or money to it with the right heart. When we allow God to minister through us, even unbelievers will know it is God’s work.[1]

 

 

[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Palestinians create unity government with Hamas terror group. Why is this a problem?

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meets with his new unity government in the West Bank city of Ramallah, June 2, 2014 (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90/Times of Israel) Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meets with his new unity government in the West Bank city of Ramallah, June 2, 2014 (photo: Issam Rimawi/Flash90/Times of Israel)

(Washington, D.C.) — U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace talks ended in April. Unfortunately, the Israelis and Palestinians did not make peace with each other. But in a development that surprised many, the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank did make peace with the Hamas leadership in Gaza.

On Monday, the Palestinians announced a “unity” government comprised of the somewhat moderate Fatah movement and Hamas.

Why is this a problem?

Because Hamas is a radical terrorist organization. Its 1988 charter makes clear that it is an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood; forbids all peace talks; calls for the annihilation of Israel by armed, violent jihad; seeks to impose Sharia law on every man, woman and child in the Holy Land; and would force all Jews and Christians to convert to Islam or be branded an infidel and…

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10 Things Young Church Leaders Need to Hear from Us

By Chuck Lawless

Two weeks ago, I posted my thoughts on “10 Things We Need to Hear from Young Church Leaders.” I’m grateful that post gained traction, as I strongly believe my generation needs to listen to younger church leaders. At the same time, I also think we older leaders have something to say to younger leaders. So, here is the other side of that conversation.

Of course, nothing I say here can be applied to every older leader. We older folks are as diverse as the young generation to whom I direct this post. With that understanding in mind, here are some thoughts I hope young leaders will hear from older leaders.

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End Times Prophecy Headlines: June 3, 2014

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End Times Prophecy Report Headlines: Bible prophecy in Today's headlines. Bible prophecy in Today’s headlines.

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June 3, 2014

CommentaryAnd OPINION

INTERNATIONAL

SUDAN: US ‘fully engaged’ in case of Sudanese woman sentenced to die – There are a number of odd little nagging facts about this story which make one question what is really going on here.  As of yet, those little nagging facts have not coalesced.

UKRAINE: Things Are Getting Even Weirder In The ‘People’s Republic Of Donetsk’

UKRAINE: Chernobyl: Off the beaten track – Very good collection of photos

NATIONAL

Report: EPA Climate Rule Will Cripple Coal Industry, Cost 224,000 Jobs

EPA’s new Regulations to cut carbon is ObamaCare for the air – It doesn’t matter how destructive government’s proposals might be, there will be a reliable amount of the Corporate Media which will support them.

The Obama Administration Announces Huge Cuts To Power Plant Carbon Emissions

48 percent favor keeping some troops in…

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A Quick Refutation of Pluralism (the view that all religions are equally true and valid)

1. If all religions are true, then Christianity is true and valid, yet an essential claim of Christianity is that all other religions are false, taken as a whole.

2. Either Christianity is true and others are false, or others are true and Christianity is false.

3. Either way, all religions can’t be true.

Contradiction: All religions are true.  All religions are not true.

So, the next time someone claims that all religions are equally true and/or valid, you’ll be ready to demonstrate how this view defeats itself!

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Calvary Chapel Bookstores – Beyond Accountability?

By Chris Lawson (Excerpt, May 2014 SRN Newsletter)

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  • “That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat [as if it were good grade]?” (Amos 8:6)
  • “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” (2 Peter 2:3)
  • “Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.” (Jude 1:11)
  • “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Luke 16:13)
  • Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest [allow/tolerate] that woman Jezebel…”. (Revelation 2:20a, KJV)

The following question is a very unpopular one, but it must be asked – publicly!  Why? Because almost nothing is being done about the growing compromises in a number of Calvary Chapel walk-in and online church bookstores. Bad products are mixed with the good, in order to reap a profit. God’s perspective on compromises like this are revealed to us in Scripture, but first, let us look at the issues.

Is anyone from the Calvary Chapel Association Leadership Council going to publicly denounce the Calvary Chapel bookstores that are making merchandise of God’s people, through the provision and/or sale of materials containing aberrant and false doctrines?

This is a very serious question, is it not? Unless Christian leaders – in this case Calvary Chapel leaders – express biblical concerns and rebuke fellow leaders for allowing this to happen, things within Calvary Chapel will continue to proceed from bad to worse.

Tolerating evil for the sake of gain

Any pastor that allows heresy to be sold through their church bookstore is sure to incite the displeasure of our Lord Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, somewhere down the line it appears that some Calvary Chapel leaders have forgotten about Jesus Christ’s hatred towards the open “toleration” of false doctrine and evil in the midst of His Church. Jesus rebuked the toleration of evil when it was seducing His Church:

Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest [allow/tolerate] that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. (Revelation 2:20, KJV)

Is tolerating heretical materials in a Christian church bookstore just as bad as tolerating a false prophetess? Indeed, it is! The doctrines of demons that false prophetesses and false prophets pen today and call “Christian” is still aberrant and heretical, even when it is touted as being “Christian.” Do you want to see just what church leaders are leading their congregations into? All you have to do is take a thorough look at what is being sold through a church’s own bookstore. Church bookstore inventory speaks volumes about what the church leaders allow to go over for grain in the famine.

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Marsha West: “Glenn Beck goes off on ‘religious people'”

“The Doctrine and Covenants leaves no doubt about the Mormon teaching of exclusivity when it says the LDS Church is, ‘the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased….'”

Glenn Beck recently threw a hissy fit on his daily radio program over “religious people [who] claim to be followers of Christ” getting upset that he was the featured convocation speaker at Liberty University (LU). Beck accused those who were concerned over a cultist preaching a sermon of “absolutely smearing” LU . . . [Click for more]

The wisdom of Rick Warren: Purpose Driven Catholics

For years now Warren has been actively working to assist Roman Catholic parishes in luring people away from the historic orthodox Christian faith and into apostate Roman Catholicism.

Apprising Ministries documents for you some of this ongoing apostasy of a man whom the Southern Baptist Convention has just rewarded with a prime position from which to teach its pastors at the upcoming SBC pastors convention.

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Common Core: Devious Indoctrination

The average parent has no idea of the devious indoctrination going on in classrooms in many public schools. What follows are some of the lessons of the conference.

In one of the workshops, “Examining White Privilege and Building Foundations for Social Justice Thinking in the Elementary Classroom,” educators Rosemary Colt and Diana Reeves told how teachers can “insert social justice, anti-racist information” into their lessons that “even little kids” can understand.

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Dobson calls Obama ‘the anti-religious freedom president’

Obama is “the anti-religious freedom president,” Dobson writes in a newsletter to constituents.

He begins by citing atheist activist Mikey Weinstein’s condemnations of Christianity and his court challenges. But Dobson says Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, isn’t the biggest danger to religious believers in America.

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Prophecy Fulfilled

This type of cooperation—called “interfaith dialogue”—is spreading in the American church. Recently, Ed Stetzer of LifeWay once again whitewashed Rick Warren’s involvement in this area. Texas pastor Bob Roberts Jr. continues to chortle about his linking arms with imams and mullahs, even hosting them in his church.

Then, just this week, I heard for the first time (after several attempts) from Sami Awad, director of The Holy Land Trust. Awad of course spearheads efforts to pry support for Israel away from evangelicals.

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Stock market flashing red at an overvaluation of 68 percent: Looking at Crestmont, Cyclical, Q Ratio, and S&P Regression all suggest market is in for an upcoming correction.

The stock market continues to make record highs even though profits do not warrant current valuations. Looking at four standard valuation models we find that the stock market is highly overvalued relative to earnings. For most Americans with little stock ownership, this is merely a sideshow as to what is unfolding in the real economy. Based on an average of four popular valuation models we find that the S&P 500 is overvalued by 68 percent. Typically you want to see earnings justify current valuations but something else is going on here. Either stocks are being priced at very optimistic future levels or hot money from the Fed is flowing into the stock market to avoid the slow erosion brought on by inflation. It is interesting to see some people falling for the myth that inflation is muted when housing values are up, college costs are soaring, energy costs are high, and healthcare costs continue to go up. Of course the CPI measure tends to understate inflation so it might be the case that market participants are diving into the game even with high valuations because they realize underlying inflation is much higher than what indicators are noting. One thing is certain and that is the current stock market is highly overvalued.

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New state religion of West replaces God with nature which humanity should now worship, not control

Nothing comes close to environmentalism in generating left-wing enthusiasm. It is the religion of our time. For the left, the earth has supplanted patriotism. This was largely inevitable in Europe, given its contempt for nationalism since the end of World War I and even more so since World War II. But it is now true for the elites (almost all of whose members are on the left) in America as well.

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America’s Insatiable Demand For More Expensive Cars, Larger Homes And Bigger Debts

One of the things that this era of American history will be known for is conspicuous consumption. Even though many of us won’t admit it, the truth is that almost all of us want a nice vehicle and a large home. They say that “everything is bigger in Texas”, but the same could be said for the entire nation as a whole. As you will see below, the size of the average new home has just hit a brand new record high and so has the size of the average auto loan. In the endless quest to achieve “the American Dream”, Americans are racking up bigger debts than ever before. Unfortunately, our paychecks are not keeping up and the middle class in the United States is steadily shrinking. The disparity between the lifestyle that society tells us that we ought to have and the size of our actual financial resources continues to grow. This is leading to a tremendous amount of frustration among those that can’t afford to buy expensive cars and large homes. (Read More….)

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