Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Dream of Captivity


"After this, I will pour out my Spirit on all humanity. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions; and also on male and female slaves in those days I will pour out my Spirit." - Joel 2:28-29

The following dream is from my 10-year old daughter, who is the dreamer in our household. It was on the night of September 10, 2017.

DREAM


"I saw a huge pit. It looked as if a meteor had struck to make the hole. There was a huge chain fence and brick wall all around the pit. Inside were people who seemed like prisoners. I could tell they were Christians because one of them muttered that the music one of the guards was playing wasn’t Christian. They were doing work - carrying boxes and setting them on shelves. They seemed brainwashed or like they didn’t really understand the situation they were in.

All of a sudden, four helicopters appeared bringing more people to this facility. The people were like the others – Christians who didn’t understand the situation at all.

Then Donald Trump came out of the lead helicopter and pushed the rest of the people inside and locked the door. He was dancing around and laughing and smiling at what had happened, like it was the best thing ever. He seemed like he was drunk. It was weird. I think he was possessed by a demon. He danced back to his helicopter.

Then the helicopters took off. As he was leaving, Donald Trump looked over the site and had an evil smirk on his face.

Guards stood around the whole prison."

INTERPRETATION

I think the dream speaks for itself. The main point is: Donald Trump is leading Christians in America into captivity.




Sunday, September 10, 2017

What Is Blaspheming the Holy Spirit?

In Mark 3 and Matthew 12 are passages where Jesus talked about blaspheming the Spirit as an unforgivable sin. I never really understood these verses because they seemed to contradict the Bible in other places where it talks about the sufficiency of Christ's sacrifice for our sins:

"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit." - 1 Peter 3:18, NIV 

"For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified." - Hebrews 10:14, Holman

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." - John 3:16-17 

These are beautiful verses: Jesus Christ's death on the cross covers and forgives our sins - once for all time - for those who receive it by faith. That's what the Bible teaches. So what is this unforgivable sin, and why is it not clear what it is? Honestly I have been ignoring those verses because they just didn't make sense to me.

Well, I started watching a new video from Jonathan Kleck this week. He began by warning the audience about attributing insights in his videos to the work of Satan. Apparently someone had left a comment on a video saying Kleck's interpretation was from Satan. By Kleck's reasoning, since his interpretations were really from the Holy Spirit, attributing them to Satan was blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Therefore this commenter was irredeemably consigned to hell. Kleck's statement so appalled me that I shut off the video and, after praying about it, left this comment:

"Jonathan, why don't you let God condemn people to hell for not believing in his Son Jesus Christ, rather than you condemn people to hell for not believing you and attributing it to Satan." 

Kleck replied, "I'm trying to stop others from making his mistake."

Okay, I think he genuinely believes that. Kleck believes that if he says, for instance, the Vatican looks like the head of a snake, and someone comes along and replies, "Oh, what you said is satanic," then that person committed the unforgivable sin and will go to hell no matter what - based on the verses about blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

The next morning, blaspheming the Holy Spirit again appeared in a post on my friend James' blog. I took it as a confirmation that the Lord wanted me to look closely at it. So my wife and I read and discussed it and both came to the same conclusion. I will try to explain it here, though please bear with all the detail. This is not something I can explain in a cursory way.

When I encounter difficult verses like these, I tend to set them aside until God gives me more insight into how they fit in. God's truth, while it may be multi-faceted, does not contradict itself. His word in the Scriptures never changes. All of it will be fulfilled. This is why we should study the Bible as a whole, using Scripture to interpret Scripture under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to arrive at the truth. Otherwise we risk taking a verse out of context, assigning a meaning that contradicts the rest of Scripture and getting into error.

The Bible is like a complex tapestry with many thousands of colored threads woven together to form a magnificent picture of the truth of God. Each thread conveys part of the picture. But it must be woven perfectly with the other threads, otherwise it becomes a snag that that hangs out and distracts. If pulled too hard, it can unravel the picture.

Here is the full passage in Matthew 12:

"Then some people brought him a man controlled by demons who was blind and mute; and Yeshua [Jesus] healed him, so that he could both speak and see. The crowds were astounded and asked, 'This couldn't be the Son of David, could it?' But when the Pharisees heard of it, they said, 'It is only by Ba`al-Zibbul' -- the ruler of the demons -- 'that this man drives out demons.' However, knowing what they were thinking, Yeshua said to them, 'Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not survive. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself; so how can his kingdom survive? Besides, if I drive out demons by Ba`al-Zibbul, by whom do your people drive them out? So, they will be your judges! But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you! Or again, how can someone break into a strong man's house and make off with his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? After that he can ransack his house. Those who are not with me are against me, and those who do not gather with me are scattering. Because of this, I tell you that people will be forgiven any sin and blasphemy, but blaspheming the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. One can say something against the Son of Man and be forgiven; but whoever keeps on speaking against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, neither in the present age nor in the age to come. If you make a tree good, its fruit will be good; and if you make a tree bad, its fruit will be bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. You snakes! How can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what overflows from the heart. The good person brings forth good things from his store of good, and the evil person brings forth evil things from his store of evil. Moreover, I tell you this: on the Day of Judgment people will have to give account for every careless word they have spoken; for by your own words you will be acquitted, and by your own words you will be condemned.'" - Matthew 12:22-37, Complete Jewish Bible

First, let me ask a question: What if this verse and the parallel account in Mark 3 were not in the Bible? What would be the unforgivable sin? Would God forgive hatred, murder, war, adultery, abuse, theft, idolatry, deceit? Yes, He will forgive all those things - if we believe in the sacrifice of his Son Jesus Christ. When we stand before God on Judgment Day, the only unforgivable sin is never accepting Jesus as our Savior. If we are with Jesus, then everything is covered by his blood sacrifice. If we are not with Jesus, then nothing is covered and God's wrath remains.

To refuse Jesus Christ as God's exclusive way of redemption is, I believe, exactly what it means to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. To see why, read this passage in context very closely. I would suggest at least five times. Pay close attention to each phrase and how they build upon each other. Note who Jesus is talking to and what are the arguments He is making.

First of all, Jesus was talking to the Pharisees, the religious leaders who consistently opposed Jesus during his ministry. The Pharisees were learned men who felt threatened by Jesus' teaching, miracles and appeal to the masses. They were self-righteous and thought they knew it all. Therefore, the Pharisees tried to entrap Jesus in order to accuse him of blasphemy or discredit him. For instance, they cleverly asked Jesus if it was lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not? This was a no-win question. If Jesus said yes, they could accuse him of being disloyal to the nation of Israel, because Rome was a foreign occupier. If He said no, they could accuse him of being a rebel and agitator against the state. Jesus asked to see a denarius, a coin used to pay taxes, and asked whose image and inscription was on it. "Caesar's," they replied. So Jesus told them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's." Wow! They were amazed at his response. He answered the question but avoided their trap.

So Jesus often dealt with the Pharisees in clever and indirect ways. He spoke in parables and used double meanings and surprising turns of logic. This passage in Matthew 12 is no exception.

In the passage, Jesus healed a demon-possessed man, which prompted crowds to ask if He might be the Messiah (Son of David is a reference to the hoped-for Messiah). The Pharisees, true to form, said no, Jesus was driving out demons by Baal-Zibbul, the prince of demons. They hoped to discredit the notion that Jesus was the Messiah or Savior. That's what this whole passage is about - whether Jesus is the Messiah and whether a person is for or against him.

Jesus refuted their argument by pointing that Satan would not tear down his own work. If he did, Satan's kingdom would fall. Next, Jesus said if He is driving out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon them. According to prophecy, who were the Jews expecting to usher in the Kingdom of God? The Messiah, the prophetic "son of David." Jesus was saying that since He drove out demons by the Spirit of God, the Kingdom of God had come and, by implication, He was the Messiah.

In verse 30 Jesus made a definitive, black-and-white statement: "Those who are not with me are against me." This is a claim He also made elsewhere in the gospels, such as in John 14:6 when He said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Jesus offers the exclusive way of reconciliation with God. The logic and rhythm of that statement continues for the rest of this passage.

"and those who do not gather with me are scattering." Again, people are either with Jesus (gathering) or against him (scattering).

"Because of this, I tell you that people will be forgiven any sin and blasphemy [with Jesus], but blaspheming the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven [against Jesus]." Those who are with Jesus will be forgiven any sin and blasphemy. Those against Jesus are guilty of blaspheming the Holy Spirit, because they deny Jesus operated by the Spirit of God, deny  the Kingdom of God had come, and therefore deny Jesus is the Messiah. Do you see, this is all one thought, one interconnected statement that Jesus was making.

"One can say something against the Son of Man and be forgiven [with Jesus]; but whoever keeps on speaking against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, neither in the present age nor in the age to come [against Jesus]." The logic of "with Jesus or against Jesus" continues. A person can have spoken against the Son of Man and be forgiven, like the Apostle Paul who persecuted Christians prior to his conversion. Or the Apostle Peter who denied knowing Jesus three times on the night before his crucifixion. They are "with Jesus" and therefore forgiven. Those who speak against the Holy Spirit and by extension deny Jesus is the Messiah will never be forgiven... unless they repent and believe and become "with Jesus."

"If you make a tree good, its fruit will be good [with Jesus]; and if you make a tree bad, its fruit will be bad [against Jesus]; for a tree is known by its fruit." People who are with Jesus bear good fruit. People against Jesus bear bad fruit.

"You snakes! How can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what overflows from the heart. The good person brings forth good things from his store of good [with Jesus], and the evil person brings forth evil things from his store of evil [against Jesus]." Blasphemy is a sin of speech, but Jesus pointed out that words flow from the heart. The real problem with the Pharisees was their evil, unbelieving hearts, which is why they were against Jesus.

"Moreover, I tell you this: on the Day of Judgment people will have to give account for every careless word they have spoken; for by your own words you will be acquitted, and by your own words you will be condemned." On Judgment Day, our fates will be decided by whether we spoke with our mouths and believed with our hearts that we are "with Jesus."

I apologize for such a tedious explanation, but I hope this clarifies what "blaspheming the Holy Spirit" is. Some Christians have wondered whether they might have committed an unforgivable sin by something they said and perhaps lost their salvation. I'm here to tell you that if you are "with Jesus," you will be forgiven "any sin and blasphemy." Jesus said so. Just repent and let the blood of Christ cleanse you from all unrighteousness.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Is a Judgment from the Lord, and More Is Coming


In the previous post A Basket of Summer Fruit for the Season of the End, I showed from the Scriptures (Amos chapter 8) that the solar eclipse would be a sign from the Lord God that America's sins will no longer be overlooked, but instead punished. In short, we have come under judgment. 

"Then ADONAI said to me, 'The end has come for my people, I will never again overlook their offenses.' 

'When that time comes,' says Adonai ELOHIM, 'I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.'" – Amos 8:2,9 Complete Jewish Bible

I also said, with much trepidation, that timing elements expressed in Amos 8 suggested an imminent catastrophic event. Last week, when Hurricane Harvey was still gathering speed in the Gulf of Mexico, I knew it would be the first judgment after the eclipse because of the following verse in Amos, which comes immediately before the verse about the solar eclipse:

"Won't the land tremble for this, and everyone mourn, who lives in the land? It will all rise, just like the Nile, be in turmoil and subside, like the Nile in Egypt." - Amos 8:8, Complete Jewish Bible

Since ancient times, the Nile River in Egypt has flooded every year due to enormous seasonal rains in the Ethiopian highlands. This verse in Amos literally describes a massive flood, like the annual cycle of the Nile River, that causes devastation. It will all rise, be in turmoil and then subside.

Well, Hurricane Harvey has already broken all US records for tropical cyclone rainfall and flooding and caused an estimated $70 to $90 billion in damage. And it's not over yet. I pray for the people in south Texas who are suffering. I also pray that people in America receive the intended message from the Lord: Repent, turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness and grieve for the sins and abominations committed in our land, because the time to do so is short.

More is coming. God is a God of order. He is fulfilling the prophecy in Amos 8 and following its pattern. The next event, I believe, will be this one:

"'When that time comes, the songs in the temple will be wailings,' says Adonai ELOHIM. 'There will be many dead bodies; everywhere silence will reign.'" - Amos 8:3

This event will cause many to die, and people will mourn and look on in stunned silence. I don't know exactly what the event will be, but that's not the point. The point is everyone needs to internalize God's message of judgment and repent and humble themselves before Him. Because, again according to Amos 8, the time is coming when it will only get harder to hear and respond to the true words of the Lord: 

"'The time is coming,' says Adonai ELOHIM, 'when I will send famine over the land, not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of ADONAI. People will stagger from sea to sea and from north to east, running back and forth, seeking the word of ADONAI; but they will not find it.'" – Amos 8:11-12

Most Americans, even those who claim to be Christians, do not want to hear the message of judgment expressed in this article. They don't believe what's written in the word of God, the Bible, about how God judges nations, individuals and the whole earth. The don't believe Leviticus or Deuteronomy or the Psalms or Isaiah or Jeremiah or Ezekiel or Hosea or Micah or Amos or the gospels or Revelation or other books in the Bible that describe His judgment. They think they are entitled to get what they want out of this life, instead of humbly serving their Creator to build his kingdom which lasts for eternity. They also don't believe God's judgment is a mercy, because without it wickedness and evil would rapidly consume the earth. The pressure of judgment is the last call for people to believe in his Son Jesus Christ and be forgiven before entering eternity apart from him.

Please open your hearts and receive God's message in this time of judgment.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Basket of Summer Fruit for the Season of the End


While reading the book of Amos last weekend, my wife and I saw some connections to the judgment that has come upon America. Some of these involve timing elements that would suggest a catastrophic event is imminent. Prophetic timing is a place where angels fear to tread, so I will simply report what we saw and leave the interpretation to you. If the Lord confirms a meaning or interpretation for you, please let me know.

Amos is a book about the judgment of Israel, except for the first chapter or so where surrounding nations are addressed. There are many prophetic parallels between ancient Israel and the current situation in America. God is orderly and follows certain patterns and protocols, including for the judgment of nations. 

By the way, judgment is God's response to the rebellion and injustice of mankind. He is exceedingly patient in urging people to repent, though many mistake his decades-long patience for permissiveness or apathy. If rebellion grows and continues, there will come a point when God resorts to the final option - calamity and destruction - which serves several purposes:

  • To punish the wicked,
  • To stop the sin and injustice,
  • To pressure people to repent and be saved, and
  • To wipe the slate clean in order to start anew.
The last five verses of Amos are about how God promises to restore and renew Israel on the far side of judgment.

America has already reached the point of no return with regard to judgment. 

Amos 8:1-3 - DEATH


"Here is what Adonai ELOHIM showed me: there in front of me was a basket of summer fruit. He asked, 'Amos, what do you see?' I answered, 'A basket of summer [Hebrew: kayitz] fruit.'

Then ADONAI said to me, 'The end [Hebrew: ketz] has come for my people, I will never again overlook their offenses. When that time comes, the songs in the temple will be wailings," says Adonai ELOHIM. "There will be many dead bodies; everywhere silence will reign."" - Amos 8:1-3, Complete Jewish Bible

A basket of summer fruit seems like an odd metaphor for judgment. But the Jewish Bible notes that the Hebrew word for summer (kayitz) rhymes with the Hebrew word for end (ketz), so the phrase "a basket of summer fruit" is linked poetically with "the end has come for my people." The summer-end. As fruit is ripe and ready to be picked and eaten in the summer, so a nation ripe with rebellion is ready for judgment.



When does a basket of summer fruit appear? In the summer season, of course. In what season is America right now? Summer - and approaching the final month of summer. Keep this in mind.

The verse says the end has come. This is the end of God's patience and delaying the consequences of sin. The nation has crossed the line and reached the time of punishment.

In this case, the punishment will be death, songs of wailing in the place of worship and a stunned silence across the nation. To me this speaks of a major, deadly catastrophe striking the nation.

Amos 8:9-10 - MOURNING


"'When that time comes,' says Adonai ELOHIM, 'I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight. I will turn your festivals into mourning and all your songs into wailing; I will make you all put sackcloth around your waists and shave your heads bald in grief. I will make it like mourning for an only son and its end like a bitter day.'" - Amos 8:9-10

Here again is the phrase "when that time comes," which refers to the time of judgment. It says the sun will go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight. Many know that in five days, on August 21, there will be a total solar eclipse. The path of the eclipse starts in the Pacific Ocean, ends in the Atlantic Ocean and slashes across one country and one country only - the United States:


In Idaho where I live, the time of maximum eclipse is about 11:30 am. Depending on where you are in the country, the time of the eclipse will be a little before or a little after noon. THE SUN WILL GO DOWN AT NOON. THIS IS A NOON ECLIPSE IN THE SUMMER SEASON.

The scripture says festivals will be turned to mourning. There will be grief and wailing, like a bitter day.

Amos 8:9-10 - FAMINE


"'The time is coming,' says Adonai ELOHIM, 'when I will send famine over the land, not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of ADONAI. People will stagger from sea to sea and from north to east, running back and forth, seeking the word of ADONAI; but they will not find it.'" - Amos 8:11-12

Famine is coming to the land. Not a lack of food and water (though this is coming too), but a lack of hearing the words of the Lord. I see this lack in both supply and demand: A lack of hearing because people's hearts are stopped up with rebellion, and a lack of preaching because most of the church in America is not delivering the Lord's message for the hour. Is your church preaching repentance and national judgment from the pulpit? If not, they are contributing to the famine.

This reminds of me of how God described the people of Israel during Isaiah's prophetic commission:

"He [ADONAI] said, 'Go and tell this people: "Yes, you hear, but you don't understand. You certainly see, but you don't get the point!" 'Make the heart of this people [sluggish with] fat, stop up their ears, and shut their eyes. Otherwise, seeing with their eyes, and hearing with their ears, then understanding with their hearts, they might repent and be healed!'" - Isaiah 6:9-10

Revelation 18:8 - DEATH, SORROW and FAMINE

Two years ago in the summer of 2015, the Lord opened my eyes to a coming day of great calamity in America, which I wrote about in the article It Will Come in One Day. While there may be multiple prophetic identities of "Babylon" in the Scriptures, I believe the primary end-times identity of "mystery" Babylon is the United States. (For the reasons why, see America Is Mystery Babylon.)

"Therefore, her plagues will come in a single day - DEATH, SORROW and FAMINE; and she will be burned with fire, because ADONAI, God, her Judge, is mighty." - Revelation 18:8


At the time I felt this day of calamity would come very soon. Now, after hearing the message of Amos 8 and seeing its connection to this moment in time and the prophetic alignment with the DEATH, SORROW and FAMINE of Revelation 18:8, what else can I say?

 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

What Is the Abomination of Desolation? Something Like a Zombie Apocalypse


The "abomination of desolation" is a mysterious and frightful event in end-times Bible prophecy. It first appears in the book of Daniel. Jesus Christ referenced it in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 when He spoke about the signs of his coming and the end of the age.

Many believe the abomination of desolation refers to the Antichrist desecrating a rebuilt temple building Jerusalem. This article will show from the Scriptures that this view is not correct. The abomination will occur in human bodies. The event refers to a large-scale takeover and control of human bodies by satanic forces.

We are now living in the end times - and I would say very near the end. Many don't understand how late the hour is, in part because they believe a third temple must be constructed in Jerusalem before the action really starts. This is a red herring. It doesn't matter whether a temple is rebuilt because all Bible prophecy about the end of the age can be fulfilled without it. 

So stay vigilant and maintain your walk with God. Jesus is coming soon!

Jesus Said When You See the Abomination, RUN!

Here is what Jesus said about the abomination:

"'So when you see the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place' (let the reader understand),' then those in Judea must flee to the mountains! A man on the housetop must not come down to get things out of his house. And a man in the field must not go back to get his clothes. Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days! Pray that your escape may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For at that time there will be great tribulation, the kind that hasn’t taken place from the beginning of the world until now and never will again! Unless those days were limited, no one would survive. But those days will be limited because of the elect.'" - Matthew 24:15-22, Holman

Jesus said to flee immediately when you see the abomination. If you are on the roof, don't go inside the house to get your things. Run for the mountains! (Houses in the Middle East commonly had flat roofs and external stairs to access them.) If you're working in the field, don't go back to get a coat. Run! Pray the abomination does not occur at an inopportune time like winter or the Sabbath (in Israel, public transportation does not run on the Sabbath). This statement is intriguing, because it implies we have some influence through prayer over when the abomination occurs, though not if it occurs. The abomination of desolation marks the beginning of the great tribulation, a time Jesus said will be more terrible than any in history.

Jesus' statement about the abomination reminds me of the scene in The Lord of the Rings when they encountered the Balrog, a demon of the ancient world, in the underground cavern. "This foe is beyond any of you. Run!" shouted Gandolf.




Though Jesus spoke about the abomination in the context of where He was, in Judah and Jerusalem, I believe the abomination will be a global event. 

The Abomination Will Not Happen in a Building in Jerusalem 

Traditional interpretation says that the abomination of desolation will happen when the Antichrist King or beast ruler goes into a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem and exalts himself above God. This interpretation is mistaken, though understandable. This prophecy has a dual fulfillment. Desecrating the temple building was how the prophecy was fulfilled in the time before Christ. The end-times fulfillment will be different than the first, more far-reaching and sinister.

Remember what Jesus said: No matter where you are or what you're doing, run for the mountains! Don't go back! Flee now! If the Antichrist went into a building in Jerusalem and made a blasphemous statement, that wouldn't prompt this kind of immediate urgency and alarm. Jesus seems to be talking about rapidly spreading and pervasive danger - something like a zombie apocalypse. 

Notice also the parenthetical phrase "let the reader understand" after mentioning the abomination "standing in the holy place." Here in Matthew 24 and the parallel account in Mark 13 are the only places in the Bible where such a statement appears. It's as if the Holy Spirit is dropping us a hint: Really think about this because the meaning isn't the obvious one.

For context, let's look at the first fulfillment of the abomination of desolation:

"His forces will rise up and desecrate the temple fortress. They will abolish the daily sacrifice and set up the abomination of desolation." - Daniel 11:31, Holman

This prophecy was fulfilled in 169 B.C. when Antiochus Epiphanes conquered Jerusalem, massacred many Jews and plundered the temple. The following year he set up an altar to the pagan god Zeus in the temple. Zeus represents the chief god of the pagan pantheon, the sun-god. In other words, Zeus represents the chief fallen angel leading mankind astray, i.e. the devil or Satan. So this was an altar to Satan in the temple of the Lord, desecrating the sanctuary and installing the "abomination of desolation."

Antiochus Epiphanes is the King of the North in Daniel’s prophecy. He is also a figure or type of the Antichrist King that will appear at the end of this age (see the books of Daniel, Revelation and 2 Thessalonians). Antiochus represents and foreshadows the Antichrist, just as the altar to Zeus in the Lord's temple in Jerusalem represents and foreshadows the end-times abomination of desolation.

But a figure or representation is not the thing itself.

In the End Times (Our Time), the Temple Is the Human Body

In the time before Jesus the Messiah came, the Presence of the Lord, which Jewish rabbinic literature called the Shekhinah Glory, dwelt in the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. After the Messiah came and the Holy Spirit was poured out on Pentecost, the Presence of the Lord dwelt in the bodies of believers through His Spirit.

Under the old covenant, the law of Moses, the temple was a place of worship containing the glory of the Lord. 

"When the priests came out of the holy place, the cloud filled the Lord’s temple, and because of the cloud, the priests were not able to continue ministering, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple." - 1 Kings 8:10-11, Holman

The Hebrew word in the Old Testament that is sometimes translated temple or sanctuary is “qodesh.” It literally means holy thing or holy place, and the meaning is not limited to a building.

Early in his ministry, Jesus set the precedent for what the temple/sanctuary will be under the new covenant in His blood. In John 2, Jesus drove the money changers out of the temple in indignation, overturned tables and poured out their coins. The following dialog then took place:

"The Jews then said to Him, ‘What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews then said, ‘It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?’ But He was speaking of the temple of His body." – John 2:18-21, Holman

There it is: The temple as a body, the body of a Man. When Jesus talked about rebuilding the temple, He was talking about his body coming back to life!

Later, when Jesus gave up his spirit on the cross, the curtain of the temple building was torn from top to bottom and the earth shook. I believe this signified God's Presence would no longer dwell in a building in Jerusalem. Instead, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to dwell in us - comforting, teaching and empowering us:

"If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you." - John 14:15-17, King James 2000

This promise was fulfilled dramatically several weeks later on Pentecost:

"When the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like that of a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were staying. And tongues, like flames of fire that were divided, appeared to them and rested on each one of them. Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech." - Acts 2:1-4, Holman


Therefore, this is the new paradigm: When a person believes in Jesus Christ, he is born of the Spirit and his body becomes a temple indwelt by the Holy Spirit. 

The Apostle Paul put it this way:

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?" - 1 Corinthians 6:19, NASB

This symbolism extends to sacrifices as well. Under the old covenant, animals were sacrificed at the temple to worship and honor God. Under the new covenant, sacrifices are righteous acts of obedience to God that we carry out in our bodies, which are temples of the Holy Spirit. In that sense, we are "living sacrifices":

"Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship." - Romans 12:1, Holman

"You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." - 1 Peter 2:5, NASB

The Abomination of Desolation Is a Mass Hijacking of Human Bodies by Satan

So now let's put it all together, translating Old Testament concepts to new-covenant realities, and decipher the meaning of the prophecy about the abomination of desolation:

"His forces will rise up and desecrate the temple fortress. They will abolish the daily sacrifice and set up the abomination of desolation."

"Forces from him will arise" refers to actions by the king of the north in the Daniel prophecy, which represents the end-times Antichrist or beast kingdom ruler. The Antichrist will be possessed and animated by Satan, so really we can attribute the actions of the Antichrist directly to the work of Satan:

"They worshiped the dragon because he gave authority to the beast. And they worshiped the beast, saying, 'Who is like the beast? Who is able to wage war against him?'" - Revelation 13:4, Holman

"Desecrate the temple fortress" refers to violating or profaning a holy place, specifically, human bodies. Not just any bodies, though. A body that is temple of the Lord belongs to a person who is born of the Spirit, who is a true Christian. Non-Christians do not have temples because the Holy Spirit does not dwell in them. They are yet dead to God. I know this is disturbing, but I have to call it like the Scriptures say it: This is a desecration of Christian bodies.

"They will abolish the daily sacrifice" refers to ending the righteous acts of obedience to God in a Christian's body. These bodies will no offer "sacrifices" of good works for God, but will instead be controlled by Satan to carry out his will. 

Setting up the abomination of desolation means placing a satanic altar in human bodies - establishing a point of control and hijacking the bodies to carry out acts of wickedness.

We can also look at what the Apostle Paul said 2 Thessalonians for further confirmation:

"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come the falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." - 2 Thessalonians 2:4, King James 2000

First there will be a falling away, an apostasy of people abandoning their faith in Christ. The Antichrist, the son of perdition, will be revealed. He will exalt himself above God and sit in the temple of God. In other words, the Antichrist, animated by Satan, will instigate this mass takeover of human bodies and demonstrate that he is like God by controlling them!

What Will It Look Like? A Zombie Apocalypse

If you want to understand what this mass hijacking will be like, go back to what Jesus said and read between the lines. You will not even have time to back in your house to get a coat. You will have to run NOW! Have you noticed the proliferation of zombie movies, books, comics, TV shows? This is predictive programming. It's the powers-that-be and Satan himself tipping their hands to show what they're planning.

Did you know the Pentagon has an official battle plan for dealing with a zombie apocalypse? They make it sound like a joke, but are preparing for such an event: 

Pentagon document lays out battle plan against zombies (CNN)
Exclusive: The Pentagon Has a Plan to Stop the Zombie Apocalypse. Seriously. (Foreign Policy) 

Did you know the US Department of Homeland Security issued a public guide for preparing for a zombie apocalypse? That's tongue-in-cheek, right? Or is it? 

From CDC - Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse 

Did you know that our and other governments are conducting training exercises to prepare for a zombie attack? 

Drills of the Dead: Maine Prepared for Zombie Attack

This is not a joke, folks. The abomination of desolation will be something like a zombie apocalypse. Think killing, chaos and mayhem on a mass scale. There are people in power who know it's coming. This is why they're preparing as well as programming the masses to receive their solution for it - global martial law. Christians with a deep understanding of end-times prophecy should also know this is coming.

How Is This Even Possible?

Pop culture usually portrays the cause of zombies as a contagious virus. Though it's possible the US and other governments have developed bio-weapons that could turn people into rabid creatures, like a super-charged form of rabies, I think the cause of the abomination of desolation will be something more structured and scientific.

I don't have perfect clarity on this question, though I have been studying and praying about this for a long time and I believe the following answer is generally correct - in the ballpark, so to speak.

The main question is: How will Satan establish a point of control in human bodies? Satan has had thousands of years to figure this out and he surely has it down to a science. I believe the primary technique will be mind control, possibly in conjunction with the mark of the beast. These two are related because the mark of the beast will include mind control as well as identity tracking and DNA manipulation.

The information below paints a disturbing picture. But it is a reality that we should understand. How can we effectively deal with or oppose something if we don't know what it is?

"Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them." - Ephesians 5:11, ESV

Mind Control

Mind control is the ability to control what a person thinks, feels and does. Think of it on a sliding scale. On the mild end, the disinformation we continuously receive from government, media and corporations is a form of mind control, as is the pressure to "groupthink" and not question the official narrative. Fluoride added to water is another form because it reduces intelligence and creates apathy. Aluminum particles sprayed in the atmosphere for climate engineering and aluminum injected in our body from vaccines contribute to Alzheimer's and cognitive decline. The powers-that-be know a population that is less able to think clearly for itself and is fed bad information is easier to control.

Trauma-based mind control related to the abomination of desolation is on the other, extreme end of the scale. This is a technique of inflicting traumas so horrific that it causes a person's mind and personality to fragment. This splitting is actually a psychological coping mechanism. Trauma-based mind control is focused on children because their minds are more supple and able to split. The traumatic memories are stored in separate compartments or "alters" within the mind. The alters are in fact distinct personalities that the core personality often do not know exist. Psychology calls this dissociative identity disorder or DID (formerly multiple personality disorder). These alters can be programmed to carry out certain tasks or agendas. Handlers of mind control victims use triggers, such as certain words or sounds, to call up specific alters and use the person as a human slave. 

For a primer on this topic, I recommend listening to Cathy O'Brien's testimony. This testimony more than anything else helped me understand how wicked the United States has become:

The Cathy O'Brien Story - Ex Mind Control Victim

Trauma-based mind control is used in satanic ritual abuse and government-sponsored mind control projects. The United States government is probably the worst offender. It has engaged in mind control projects since the end of World War II when it brought back Nazi scientists under Operation Paperclip. The CIA and military continued developing these technologies under programs like MKUltra, Bluebird, Monarch and Project Montauk. The technologies have become so sophisticated that electromagnetic waves, implants and nanotechnology are used to program and control people. These mind control victims are used as couriers, sex slaves, assassins, shooters for false flag attacks and so forth.

I believe the abomination of desolation will be a mass triggering of mind controlled individuals who have alters programmed to go on a rampage. The sad thing is that these people are victims as much as the people they will kill and harm. In many cases the victims themselves do not know they are controlled. They have been traumatized beyond what most people can imagine and controlled by very evil people. That's why the Lord calls this an abomination. 

Russ Dizdar has many years of experience counseling victims of mind control and satanic ritual abuse. You can watch one of his speeches on this topic here: 

Russ Dizdar - "The Black Awakening" 

Dizdar has seen a huge increase in the number of mind controlled individuals at large in society. He estimated the number in the United States alone to be 10 million or more. The majority are victims of satanic ritual abuse (SRA). Others are products of black operations in intelligence agencies and military. High-ranking families in the Illuminati and freemasonry also program their own children to ensure loyalty to their satanic agenda. The scourge of pedophilia and child sex trafficking being reported in the alternative media is also related to this issue. Satanism, ritual abuse, mind control and pedophilia all go together.

From his work Dizdar came to understand that a mass triggering of mind controlled individuals is planned, detailed in his book The Black Awakening. It's part of the overwhelming chaos and mayhem that will be used to usher in the New World Order, i.e. the beast kingdom of Revelation. Imagine hundreds of thousands or millions of people triggered to carry out homicidal rampages at the same time. This is probably the same event as abomination of desolation, which Dizdar discovered by hearing directly the plans of the enemy.

The extent of mind control in society is one of the best kept secrets of the New World Order elite. They absolutely suppress information about it because this is probably their biggest key to ushering in the New World Order. Mainstream media won't cover it and the alternative media only touches the issue lightly. I once listened to Alex Jones interview a guest who brought up mind control. Jones shut down the topic immediately. He wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole.

But this issue is real. Even my wife, who is a therapist specializing in trauma, has witnessed victims of childhood satanic ritual abuse with significant DID.

To learn more about mind control and DID / SRA from a Christian counseling perspective, the following videos are excellent. These videos also continue beyond the sessions listed here – you can find the links on Youtube: 

SRA / DID Advanced Training Sessions 1 – 3
SRA / DID Advanced Training Sessions 7 – 9 

Here are a couple other good web pages on this topic:


Healing is a long-term journey for victims, but God is faithful and present in powerful ways to heal.

"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." - Psalm 34:18, NIV
 
Still, the question arises, how is this a desecration of a holy temple? In the SRA / DID videos above, the speaker talks about how in sophisticated mind control programming the victims are intentionally led to Christ as young as possible, and then layers of bondage are applied to their souls and mind. I don't fully understand the reasons, but there is some powerful transformation of spirit and soul that the programmers (and Satan himself) want to harness. After all, Satan WANTS stand in the holy place and claim to be God. This is how mind control becomes a desecration of a holy place.

Such a thing happened when the holy temple in Jerusalem was desecrated. It also happened in Israel during in the time of the judges when the Philistines captured the ark of the covenant:

"He allowed the Ark of his might to be captured; he surrendered his glory into enemy hands." - Psalm 78:61, New Living Translation

And it is happening now as temples of the Holy Spirit are being mind controlled by the enemy. This world in this age is a very evil place. But Jesus Christ defeated the kingdom of darkness at the cross and will soon return to take his rightful place on earth as King of kings. Finally this awful scourge will end. Come soon, Lord Jesus!

The Mark of the Beast

WARNING: DO NOT EVER ACCEPT THE MARK OF THE BEAST. ANYONE WHO DOES WILL SPEND ETERNITY IN THE LAKE FIRE.

The mark of the beast may also play a role in the abomination of desolation since it will include a form of mind control. Bible prophecy seems to suggest the global roll-out of the mark will happen after the abomination, though I could be wrong. An early or limited roll-out of the mark prior to the abomination is also a possibility. In any case, another possible source of mind controlled individuals for the abomination are recipients of the mark of the beast.

"He was permitted to give a spirit to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast could both speak and cause whoever would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. And he requires everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark: the beast’s name or the number of his name." - Revelation 13:15-17, Holman

The mark of the beast is something like an RFID chip implanted in a person's right hand or forehead:

 

In the Scripture , the Greek word for mark, charagma, means a scratch or etching, which implies breaking the skin. The related Greek word charasso means to sharpen to a point, which would describe the tool used to insert the mark. So the mark is an implant or, less likely, a high-tech tattoo.

[Side note: The pervasive and growing vaccine programs pushed by governments, pharmaceutical companies and the medical industry are paving the way for the mark of the beast. Vaccines are conditioning the public to trust the government and corporate establishment when they say, "You must let us inject this into your body - for your own good, of course."]

The time will come when everyone must accept the mark of the beast in order to buy and sell, to participate in the economy. Without it, a person will not be able to have a job, buy food, healthcare, transportation or anything. People will be forced to make decisions such as: Should I take the mark or let my family and children starve to death? There will be enormous pressure.

We can imply a few things from this situation. There will be no cash. It will be a fully digital currency, like Bitcoin, except controlled by the beast government. There is already talk in elite circles about transitioning to a cashless society. These are whispers of the New World Order.

The mark will uniquely identify each person. It must in order to tie in to their bank accounts for processing transactions. So it will also be a tracking device. The mark's association with the name of the beast implies the recipient is a citizen of, or rather a slave of, the beast kingdom. The phrase "or the number of his name" is curious because it implies representing a name with numbers, which is how computers operate. Everything is represented by digital numbers, a combination of zeros and ones. This suggests the mark will be part of a computer network.

Finally, the preceding sentence about the image of the beast killing anyone who would not worship it, followed by the conjunction "And," tell me that taking the mark and worshiping the beast go hand-in-hand. They will be requirements for living in the beast kingdom. 

"And a third angel followed them and spoke with a loud voice: 'If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, which is mixed full strength in the cup of His anger. He will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the sight of the holy angels and in the sight of the Lamb, and the smoke of their torment will go up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or anyone who receives the mark of his name. This demands the perseverance of the saints, who keep God’s commands and their faith in Jesus.'" - Revelation 14:9-12

WARNING: DO NOT EVER ACCEPT THE MARK OF THE BEAST. ANYONE WHO DOES WILL SPEND ETERNITY IN THE LAKE FIRE.

This passage is clear. Yet I have heard a Christian leader say it might be possible to receive the mark, go buy some groceries and then remove it. Not possible! I heard another influential pastor say if someone takes the mark and repents, God will forgive and everything will be okay. Not possible! Anyone who takes the mark will be unable to repent because they will no longer even be human.

In Daniel chapter 2, Daniel interpreted King Nebudchanezzar's dream of the statue. The statue's sections represented a series of earthly kingdoms that culminate with the final kingdom of this age, represented by the feet of iron mixed with clay. This is the beast kingdom, the New World Order. Read what Daniel said about the iron mixed with clay:

"
And in that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men." - Daniel 2:43, NASB


What is the seed of men? When a seed is planted in the ground, how does it know whether to grow a sunflower or a cabbage? The pattern is in the genetic code, the DNA. Seed in this prophecy represents DNA. In the Garden of Eden, God originally formed Adam from the dust of ground, i.e. from clay. The clay represents the pure DNA of mankind. The iron is foreign, non-human DNA, whether from animals, angelic beings or novel sequences. The mixing of iron with clay represents the genetic corruption of human beings. 

If this sounds familiar, genetic corruption also occurred in the days of Noah prior to the flood, though in a different way:

"And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown." - Genesis 6:1-4, King James 2000

Sons of God, which is a Hebrew phase for angelic beings, who left their proper abode in the heavenly realms and came to earth to bear children with human women. This was genetic corruption through procreation. Their offspring were hybrids, giants or "Nephilim", mighty men. They were exceedingly wicked and violent, which led to a corruption of mankind so severe that God was grieved and He decided to flood the earth. 

Jesus hinted that the genetic corruption and accompanying extreme wickedness would return in the end times:

"But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." - Matthew 24:37, KJV


With the mark of the beast, Satan is taking a different approach to DNA corruption. It will employ advanced technology. Techniques for modifying human DNA have existed in secret laboratories for decades, but now are being revealed openly. For instance, CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing. Scientists can modify the DNA of sperm, eggs, embryos and even ADULT HUMANS. Of course, what they reveal publicly is light-years behind the technology they actually have. The mark of the beast will alter the DNA so its recipients are no longer human, fulfilling the Daniel 2 prophecy of mixing iron with clay in the seed of men. They will become something like the Nephilim, offspring of fallen angels, irredeemable abominations.

Kerry-Ann Gidden is a woman in the UK who receives dreams and visions from the Lord about the end times. Watch this 4-minute video about the mark of the beast:



Like prophecies in the Bible, dreams and visions are metaphorical. I believe the nightclub with all the partying and drinking represented the world and the kingdom of darkness. People turning into grasshoppers represented behaving like beasts and becoming beasts. The call to come out of the nightclub was God's to come out of the world and find salvation in his Son. And some responded. The flipping of the number 999 to 666 was the moment the mark of the beast was introduced. Sealing of the doors and windows meant those who received the mark could not escape. Salvation was no longer possible. The policeman said, "These people have lost their humanity." This meant they were literally no longer human - because their DNA was significantly altered.

Here is another video from Gidden in which she read and commented on a prophetic word from another Christian woman about the mark of the beast:

 
She said the mark of the beast will be far more than a microchip. It will be a bio-chip that integrates itself into the human body and nervous system. There is no way to remove it. It will disable the part of the brain that is stimulated by faith and spirituality. She said people will "become like zombies in allegiance to the government, the Antichrist, with no thoughts of their own." Did you catch that? Zombies. No thoughts of their own. That speaks to mind control, though a different kind than the trauma-based mind control mentioned above. This is an ultra-high tech mind control that operates at the level of brain and nervous system. "Once you have taken the mark, the hour of repentance is over," she said. I can't stress this enough: DO NOT TAKE THE MARK. NOT FOR ANY REASON. BETTER THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY BE TORTURED AND DIE THAN TO TAKE THE MARK.


In one of the comments below this video on Youtube, a man claimed to have received a dream from the Lord in which he experienced what it will be like to receive the mark of the beast. He said he lost the attributes and characteristics that defined him as a human being, and was more like an animal. He was able to jump up or down a 12 to 15 foot wall with ease, which suggests DNA modifications that impart superhuman abilities. He said people who received the mark were in a zombie-like state until they received a command. Some were sent to track people, presumably unmarked individuals. 

The bottom line is that the mark of the beast will turn people into humanoid biological robots under control of the beast system. This is how Satan will control the world by controlling the entities in it. With this understanding, I think it is easy to see how recipients of the mark may participate in the abomination of desolation and go on a rampage. Any Christian who receives the mark will become a desecrated temple. 

Conclusion

The hour is late. Many Christians a believe a third temple must be built in Jerusalem before the end-times action starts in earnest, but this is not true. The abomination of desolation will occur in human bodies, not a building. It will be a mass rampage of mind controlled individuals. These could be victims of trauma-based mind control or recipients of the mark of the beast. 

The most important thing you can do right now is maintain a close relationship with Jesus Christ. If you don't know him, repent and believe. If you do know him, press in closer. Be a wise virgin who keeps oil in her lamp, not a foolish one who lets her light go out before the Bridegroom arrives (see Matthew 25:1-13). Going to church or listening to a pastor in a pulpit does not make a person a Christian. Jesus said his sheep hear his voice and they follow him. Read the Scriptures and learn to hear and act on the voice of the Holy Spirit within you. Nothing else will save you during the times ahead.

"Watch therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." - Luke 21:36, King James 2000