I am a Christian teacher, author, and lecturer. Most importantly, I am a truth-seeker. My research has led me to both believe in and defend the veracity of the Bible, evaluating my own personal views in light of its teachings along the way. In addition to my blogs, I have written several books: "The Death Myth," "God Made the Aliens," "Spiritual Things," and most recently, "Missing Verses: 15 Beliefs the Bible Doesn't Teach." My hope in these endeavors is to give skeptics reasons to believe, to strengthen the faith of those who already do, and to challenge each of us to truly evaluate our own worldviews.
Becoming famous and acquiring power in this corrupt world almost always requires two things: the right connections and, more importantly, a pact with Satan. Usually, the two go hand in hand.
In Part One of Making the Pact, I provided three perfect examples of how this works by evaluating Yungblud, Bob Dylan, and Pete Davidson. In Part Two, I show three women who have made it to stardom in quite the same way.
I want to take a pause from some of the things I have been writing and speaking about recently to revisit a very crucial topic: the end times.
In myriad blogs over the last couple of years, I have discussed many aspects of how our world is heading towards its conclusion and a head-on collision with Jesus Christ. For those interested in a particular topic, below is a list of the different articles I have written.
(You can click any of the links to access the piece.)
Each of these articles elaborates on the specified subject in a way that I will not here. Instead, this article is about putting it all together.
I want to tell you exactly why I think we are close to the very end: why we are living in the “last days,” so to speak.
It’s certainly true that almost every generation of believers has felt as though the end was imminent, and that they were going to be around when the curtain finally closed on our current age.
Curiously, I have found that this generation—that is, 21st century “believers”—tends to reject the idea that we are close to the end. Yes, some of us see the writing on the wall and can read the tea leaves. However, most people that I either speak with or observe just can’t allow themselves to believe it.
Some are afraid of such a prospect, while others simply love this world a little too much to let it go.
With this said, I firmly believe that we truly are close to seeing Christ return and everything that will accompany it. There are two distinct reasons for this. The first cannot be expanded upon in much detail, and it’s the simple fact that the world is now completely interconnected. Contrary to every other time in history—and I do mean every other time—both communication and major events span countries and involve the entire globe.
For starters, let’s consider the “advancements” that technology has brought us. Big Tech—that is, companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and the like—effects citizens all over the world through its various platforms. For all intents and purposes, people can buy, sell, and communicate with others across continents thanks to Big Tech’s wonderous powers. More to the point, the internet in general connects the four corners of the world in almost every meaningful way. Information can pass from Japan to America, then to Australia, and then to Germany in a matter of seconds. Insert whatever countries you’d like into the chain, and the same can be said.
Everything is digitally connected, including our personal profiles and even much of our banking information. It’s no wonder that every other commercial on television is about protecting your identity, your home mortgage, or some other personal asset. It’s all available online for the world to discover. All of it.
For example, how much time did people spend worrying about identity theft before the 1990’s or early 2000’s? You know the answer: virtually none. Now, it’s exponentially accelerating every year, just like the 68% increase we saw between 2020 and 2021.
Another piece of the puzzle was displayed in spades through the COVID-19 scamdemic. The introduction of the virus into the world saw a uniform set of guidelines, orders, and mandates almost universally across the globe. From mask mandates, to the completely arbitrary social distancing rules, and right up to the mass injection campaign—which is still being waged at the tip of a needle—the global elites have been in perfect alignment.
World health crises are now overseen through the World Health Organization (WHO), and all its dictatorial henchmen, in nearly every country. In fact, the WHO is working on a “pandemic treaty” at this very moment. If (when?) passed, it could grant the WHO absolute control over how the many countries of the world respond to global outbreaks.
There will be one corrupt ring of pharmaceutical gangsters to rule them all. The WHO—and the COVID-19 lie, at large—displayed that the entire world is now on the same page regarding global health crises. Such a thing would have been unthinkable to every other generation of people on earth.
Moreover, none of this—I repeat, none of this—was possible even 2-3 decades ago; the technology and communications capabilities just weren’t in place yet. There is no way that such a uniform response to the generated crisis would have been possible until now. Just take a look at how the media responds to events. I know: absolutely incredible! Yes, the world is simply nothing like it was at any other point in human history. It is now completely interconnected and, hence, primed for global governance. Put more succinctly, we now have a one-world government.
This can be neither ignored nor refuted and, though it has not manifest itself in all ways (yet), it certainly has in many.
This leads to the second reason why I believe we are living in the very last days: every end time expectation is being realized and, as I said, on a global scale. Let me explain exactly what I mean.
Calling back to the COVID-19 agenda, we saw firsthand what a global lie looks like. In fact, I have been consistent in saying that the “novel coronavirus” pandemic is the Great Lie of our time . . . if not all time. Put another way, it either is the scenario that Paul described in 2 Thessalonians 2 oritlooks very much like it. Paul said the following, concerning the last days:
“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness” (2 The. 2:9-12).
I emphasized the repeating words “the lie” for good reason. In what Paul describes as a sea of lies—“all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing”—there is one that emerges as a Great Lie. Some massive falsehood enters the world, and God sends a “strong delusion”—literally a “working of delusion”—to ensure that those who are spiritually blind are taken in by the Lie. This all sounds almost exactly like what happened over the last 2+ years, concerning COVID-19.
A man-made virus was unleashed on the world that was nowhere near as deadly as alleged, and the world powers used this to scare the population and race toward their “Great Reset/New World Order/Build Back Better/New Normal/etc.” reality.
With me so far?
So, it’s completely possible that the Great Lie and the associated Delusion have been in process since 2020. For those interested in more on why I feel this way, please see this blog.
Of course, it must also be noted that Jesus said there will be an increase in pestilence (Lk. 21:11). Well, COVID-19 certainly ushered in a new era in that regard, too. Though they are now ramping up monkeypox and whatever else they can create in their many biolabs, COVID was the catalyst; it set the worldwide precedent.
All they need to do now—and they will/are—is rinse and repeat. Unleash a virus. Scare the world. Jab the world. Unleash. Scare. Jab. You get the picture.
Another major prophecy is being fulfilled (I believe), and it’s the Great Apostasy. Paul said in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 that the end “will not come unless the apostasy comes first . . .”. This “apostasy,” or the mass falling away of Christians from the faith, was also discussed in other passages (see Mt. 24:10-13 and 2 Tim. 4:3-4, for two examples). It is undoubtedly something that Christians should be looking to see in the last days.
Well, guess what: we are seeing it, right here and now.
On a global scale, the church—epitomized by its leaders—has become feckless, spiritually complacent, and generally corrupt over the last several years and decades. Many have followed Caesar’s culture and embraced homosexuality, transgenderism, and of course the COVID agenda. A lot of churches fell head-first into the business of lockdowns, masking, and deadly injections. In fact, many became vaccination centers to bolster Caesar’s cause. These are only a few of the more powerful pieces of evidence that the apostate church has emerged.
In essence, the church has become indistinguishable from the rest of the world that Satan runs. Most of the time, you literally can’t tell the two apart. Most churches are always busy, but never doing anything. They ignore the most pressing issues of our time—like everything I am discussing here—choosing instead to focus on trivial matters while peddling the feel-good doctrines of men. When they do talk about a pressing matter, they usually come down on the wrong side. Whether it’s the BLM riots of 2020, the entrance of COVID-19 into the world, or the absurdity of our “elections”—which are now simply selections—they typically take the side of the world.
Those on the pulpit end up sounding like the bought-and-paid-for news anchors that have forever tarred our media outlets.
Moving on, Jesus gave us this description about the state of the world at the very end:
“Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains” (Mt. 24:4-8).
That’s right: the world will see “wars and rumors of wars.” Now, it is true that such things have existed in all generations. But again, we are now dealing with a whole new beast. Numerous countries on earth possess nuclear weapons, and some of the variety we can hardly fathom. There are electromagnetic weapons that are designed to explode above power grids, which would destroy every aspect of life for the country being attacked. Russia now claims to possess Sarmat missiles—known as the “Satan 2” in the West—that could destroy the entire eastern coast of the United States.
Forget the fact that, even back in the 1940s, the US brought unspeakable devastation upon Japan with two atomic bombs. I am not weighing in on the use of those bombs here, but am simply saying that such monstrosities have existed for more than eighty years.
More than this, malevolent bioweapons of all sorts have been concocted in labs around the world. I would argue that WWIII has already commenced, and it did so when China—with the help of the US government and other players—developed and released a bioweapon on the planet in late Fall of 2019. Yes, I am once again referring to the virus that causes the COVID-19 infection: SARS-CoV-2.
If you doubt that this is true, I urge you to watch at least the first couple sections of my video, System of the Beast. There, I show in plain detail—and using their own words—that our NIH worked hand in hand with the Chinese government to create the virus. Moreover, I prove that it was no accident; it was thoroughly and demonstrably intentional. Lastly, the global elites have promised us that the next pandemic is right around the corner. This, as they have begun to raise the alarms about monkeypox.
Nightmarish weapons—the likes of which were incomprehensible before the 20th century—exist all over the globe and are controlled by sadistic madmen. As most of us know, Russia and Ukraine are presently embroiled in war, and I will only say that things there are not what they seem, either. Check out what Lara Loganhad to say, because she nailed it.
Further, China has long been looking to invade Taiwan and even recently released a video showing just that. Meanwhile, the US sends billions of dollars it doesn’t have to aid Ukraine, while largely ignoring China and blaming everything but the last ice-age on Vladimir Putin.
Not only is the world a mess, but every narrative is a convoluted hotbed of lies and deceptions. Whatever the truth really is—because neither our government officials nor the media will ever tell us—we know that war is ramping up, and it could get really ugly at any moment. In fact, it will in the near future.
To show just one more example of why I believe the end is near, consider that we are also seeing unprecedented famines. Back in the summer of 2020, even representatives from the WHO—the very organization that urged all the COVID shenanigans—admitted that the world’s response to the virus would result in unfathomable devastation:
“Look what’s happened to smallholder farmers all over the world. Look what’s happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. We may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition.”
(As an aside, did you notice how virtually every global crisis is connected to COVID-19? As I said, it very well may be the Great Lie. In any event, it has certainly served as the catalyst for about every evil thing under the sun since early 2020.)
Add to the famine crises unprecedented inflation and transportation prices, radical decreases in available fertilizer, and the assurance of more pandemics, and the conclusion is simple: we are steaming toward destruction.
So, there you have it. A completely connected world? Thanks to the internet, check. Pestilence? Check. A Lie and a Delusion? To me, check. The rise of the apostate church? Check. Wars and rumors of wars? Check. The overall emergence of a global force that is dead-set on world domination? Check mate.
As I mentioned—and I cannot emphasize this enough—all these realities now exist at a level the world has never seen. In fact, they exist at a level that has only recently become possible. You see, it’s not about one or two of these prophecies being fulfilled. It’s also not about things happening in particular regions or countries within the world.
No, this is about every major biblical expectation being realized simultaneously and across the entire globe. That is the difference. That is what makes me feel like we are close to the end.
I wait now only for the revealing of the “man of sin” (2 The. 2:3-4), or the so-called Antichrist. That could happen literally at any time and, personally, I suspect that he already walks among us.
These are perilous times, friends. Draw close to Christ and hide yourselves in him, for the hour seems near.
For a lot more on these issues, check out both the book and video for System of the Beast.
(Check out my recent video, System of the Beast, exposing the Final World Order and its nefarious origins.)
Given both the importance and the timeliness of the subject, I felt compelled to cover this topic immediately. While it may seem like a small matter to some, I believe this is another example that speaks directly to how we perceive the world around us.
Like so many things these days—be it the COVID-19 agenda, the sudden “virtuous” nature of Ukraine, and others—Elon Musk has become the “cause du jour” that most everyone has jumped on board to support.
The same people who typically buy into lies have accepted this one, yes, but so have others that you might not expect. Even some on my list of “trusted news sources” have dipped their feet into the Musk pond, seemingly embracing his meteoric rise as a savior of the little people: a restorer of free speech, a friend of the common man (and woman), and a globalist elite “gone rogue.”
That’s what we are told, at least.
In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, the common “narrative” on most every issue these days should be taken—on its face—as a complete lie. At the least, it’s virtually never all that it’s supposed to be.
The same is true regarding Mr. Musk, the “anti-woke freedom fighter.”
I hate to break this to you, but Elon Musk is an evil man. He is one within a vast network of human beings who have gained global power and sold their souls to get there. As I detailed in my expansive video on the Final World Order and others (like Altiyan Childs) have shown through their efforts, people rarely become rich, famous, powerful, and in the spotlight without being corrupt: really corrupt.
Your favorite artists, actors and actresses, politicians, and what have you, did not get to where they are on talent and hard work alone. Don’t get me wrong, many of our so-called “icons” are tremendously talented, intelligent, beautiful, and even hard-working. But there are countless other human beings on Planet Earth that are just as talented, intelligent, beautiful, and hard-working.
But those in the spotlight have two things that the rest of us haven’t got: a pact with Satan and the right connections. Not surprisingly, the two typically go hand in hand.
Trust me: Elon Musk is no different. Let’s look at the reasons why we can be sure of this.
Let’s start with those around Elon, say, in his very own family. How about his dear old mom? It takes no time flat to see that Elon’s mother, Maye Musk, is not only a model—no doubt based on her figure alone (not)—but is also an active Satanist. She has made this known most evidently in the signs and symbols she incessantly flashes. The following examples remove all doubt, as I explain beneath each image.
What about Elon’s beloved father: is he any different? It is much more difficult to find information on Errol Musk, which is at least partially because he and Elon are alleged to be estranged. As such, there is very little out there—that I could find, at least—directly linking him to Freemasonry or the global Satanic cult. There are no “smoking gun” images at least, as there are with everyone else presented here.
However, we can determine his dark nature via other means. According to Elon, himself, his father is one evil man:
“He was such a terrible human being. […] My dad will have a carefully thought-out plan of evil. He will plan evil.”
Elsewhere, he said:
“You have no idea about how bad. Almost every crime you can possibly think of, he has done. Almost every evil thing you could possibly think of, he has done.”
One of those “evil things” was undoubtedly fathering a child with his former stepdaughter. Yes, I said stepdaughter. At the time this occurred (2018), Errol was seventy-two years old and she was only thirty.
It is fair to say that Elon Musk did not fall from a tree of virtue.
Some will retort that one cannot pick their parents. Fair enough. So, what about those people Elon has willingly surrounded himself with? I don’t know, like his chosen romantic companions. If you are not familiar with the musician, Grimes, then you are in for a big surprise. Musk apparently had something of an open (and very strange) relationship with Grimes for several years, even having two children with her.
She leaves absolutely no doubt about the Dark Lord she serves.
Finally, let’s look at Elon Musk himself. What is he really about? First, it’s important to note that Elon displays—though less ferociously—many of the same signs that tend to accompany Freemasons, the Illuminati, and the Satanic cult at large. Observe the following examples, where I again explain the meaning beneath the picture.
Since the previous sign is probably one you haven’t come across often, let me point you to this video on the subject and show one more glaring example. Below, “Jesus-loving patriot,” Clay Clark, shows the “Uttarabodhi Mudra” as clearly as possible. This is but one of Clark’s many signs and symbols that expose him as a fraud, but I will deal with him in another blog or video soon enough.
If you are not convinced by Musk’s previous photos, then perhaps this will help. While Musk is typically stealthier than most in his usage of key signs and symbols, occasionally he gives us the goods in obvious fashion.
Case and point.
If you are still skeptical about these signs I am showing you and whether they actually indicate one’s involvement in the Satanic cult, I can only suggest that you start the long and very deep dive down this endless hole. Start here and observe the links throughout the blog.
Besides these tell-tale signs, Musk’s outward agenda is nothing short of a transhumanistic nightmare. Just watch this short clip about Neuralink, Musk’s artificial intelligence (AI) brainchild. Really, watch it.
As noted in the video, Musk has an undying obsession with merging human beings with AI and creating a world bereft of the image of God. Musk wants nothing less than a complete “symbiosis” of human beings with robotics. In fact, Musk has even referred to the AI enterprise as “summoning the demon.” Yes, the demon. Effectively, this is a quest to create a new Tower of Babel.
One might even view Musk as the new Nimrod: the very one in charge of this novel “tower” that is being built into the heavens.
Musk’s obsession with fusing humanity with artificial intelligence is clearly echoed within Grimes’ 2018 macabre tune, “We Appreciate Power.” Watching the video will of course provide a better look into the darkness, but here are a few of the key takeaways:
“People like to say that we’re insane But AI will reward us when it reigns Pledge allegiance to the world’s most powerful computer Simulation: it’s the future”
. . .
“And if you long to never die Baby, plug in, upload your mind Come on, you’re not even alive If you’re not backed up on a drive And if you long to never die Baby, plug in, upload your mind Come on, you’re not even alive If you’re not backed up, backed up on a drive”
Along the way, Grimes repeats catchphrases like “What will it take to make you capitulate?” and “We appreciate Power,” which is of course the name of the song.
If you are not familiar with those currently pushing the “Great Reset” and their sick transhumanist ideals, you can see them on the final section of my video, System of the Beast. What you’ll find is that people like Klaus Schwab and his sadistic advisor, Yuval Noah Harrari, are of one mind with Grimes in her worship of AI and her obsession with a transhumanistic future.
Obviously, so is Elon Musk.
It seems that human beings are always looking for a human savior to pull them out of the darkness and trample underfoot the evil forces that oppose us. Nowhere is this more evident in recent history than with Donald Trump, but this goes back into all parts of history. I recall the Israelites crying out to God for a human king (1 Sam. 8), even though their human judges had failed them for so long.
Yes, humanity always seeks a human savior but ignores the heavenly Savior.
As with all others before him, Elon Musk is being pushed into a role that he simply doesn’t fit: not by a landslide. I wish I could tell you that Elon Musk is the human “savior” that we need right now. I wish I could tell you that he is a wonderful man who is out to protect the “peasantry” from the terrors of Twitter and Big Tech. I wish I could tell you that Musk is a “globalist gone rogue,” and that he is now battling the very monster that spawned him.
I wish . . .
Alas, I cannot in good conscience make any such claims. In fact, Musk is pushing the very agenda that he is allegedly “opposing.”
Have you figured out yet that projection is “their” favorite strategy? It’s worked rather well for Satan (2 Cor. 11:14), so it’s no surprise that his human servants have adopted the practice.
The fact is, Elon Musk is a globalist of globalists. As such, his god is his appetite and his glory is in his shame. He did not become one of the wealthiest and most powerful men on earth because of his great affinity for charity or his unwavering commitment to the good of humanity. Musk didn’t even achieve his status solely through hard work and a superior intellect; virtually no one does. Instead, Musk got there the same way they (almost) all have: through corruption and a willingness to literally sell his soul for success.
Musk is at the forefront of the globalist agenda to dehumanize humanity by “transhumanizing” it. Of that, there can be no doubt. But what about his heroics in battling Big Tech?
Even if Musk does buy Twitter . . . and even if Twitter were to become “freer” and more open to alternative voices, how long will that last? And how do we know that this isn’t being done to further implicate 2020 election “truthers” or January 6th supporters, or to catalog those who reject the entire COVID-19 agenda—along with its death shots—or to bomb Twitter users with fake accounts that spread constant propaganda, or any number of other possibilities?
All we really need to do is look at the man who is supposed to make this all possible. When we examine Elon Musk (and his cronies), we hardly see the beautiful image of freedom and liberty.
Musk has willingly enslaved himself to the one-eyed god. Why would we expect that he wants something different for the rest of us?
Through much time and research, I have completed a highly detailed video unveiling the Satanic plan to control the world. Without exaggeration, this may change the way you understand every part of the world around you.
Satan’s dark system is nearing its climax and his human pawns are crawling out from the deep recesses of the earth. This video traces the entire plan from ancient times up to its present manifestations, even showing what they have planned next, who “they” are, and how the Satanic system will be torn down in front of us.
This is available only on Rumble (and you might imagine why).
(To see the truth about the virus agenda of 2020, as well as where we are now heading, see my new book System of the Beast.)
Where do you go for news?
Do you watch Fox? Maybe ABC? Lord forbid, you might even watch CNN or MSNBC. Or, perhaps you simply rely upon the local news stations to enlighten you.
Chances are, whoever you are trusting to inform you about world events is unreliable. In most cases, you are receiving outright lies and propaganda. There was once a time when you could turn on any of the news outlets listed above and receive at least some modicum of truth.
That seems like ages ago.
The mass media sources waved goodbye to facts, truth, and honesty long ago. Now, they simply regurgitate a unified—and typically fallacious—narrative that trickles down to them through the many tiers of corruption that shape public perception: the “reality” that so many errantly accept as genuine. In virtually all cases, there can be only “one narrative to rule them all.” Just watch this video clip to see an example of what occurs nearly every day, concerning nearly every important issue.
Despite having a few individuals—like a Tucker Carlson or a Laura Ingraham—who at least sometimes report things honestly, even “conservative” outlets like Fox can no longer be trusted. At least, not as a general rule. Even when they are telling you the truth, they aren’t telling you about what really matters.
Accept it or not, the so-called “mainstream/legacy news” is largely poison to the ears.
If you are interested in the real truth about world events—and as a Christian, you certainly should be—then there is really only one place to turn these days: alternative or independent news sources.
Here, I want to share with my readers several places where you can obtain reliable news. I am not simply talking about assessing world events, either. While that is vitally important, what’s equally important is how these events are described. In other words, the lens through which one interprets the daily happenings of our world will determine what is reported. In all the cases below, these individuals or outlets not only accurately describe reality but are able to properly interpret it.
That, my friends, is the magic recipe that truth-seekers should be looking for in their news sources.
The first source I want to share is one that many of you have probably never heard of. If you have, then you are already aware that you have stumbled upon a real gem. James Corbett, of The Corbett Report, is an independent investigator who has been at it for more than a decade and a half.
Corbett’s attention to detail and refined investigative instincts are world class, as are his research abilities. He has a weekly video called “New World Next Week,” where he and his equally astute co-host, James Evan Pilato (of Media Monarchy) share the most important events of the recent days. I guarantee that you will not see the things discussed on this program virtually anywhere else—save for maybe the other sources below—and they are often vitally important.
Corbett’s wheelhouse, however, is the hundreds of videos he has made. If it truly matters, Corbett has examined it. Whether it’s the truth behind World War I, the creation of the Federal Reserve, the Covid-19 “scamdemic” (as he calls it), or myriad other things, James is on it. Personally, I think his four-part documentary on Bill Gates—called “Meet Bill Gates”—is stunning. It’s a must-watch documentary for all people, especially believers.
Trust me, you cannot go wrong with Corbett; he simply gets it, and I have no reservations whatsoever in pointing my fellow Christians toward his capable hands. Check out the many archived videos on his website and regularly take in New World Next Week. Better yet, subscribe to his mailing list so you never miss a thing.
Next up is TruNews. Admittedly, this is the most debatable source on this list. The reason why is simply how many hit pieces you can find about Rick Wiles, the founder and CEO of TruNews. The left-wing media—and even some on the political right—has lambasted Rick for the better part of twenty years. Of course, that only verifies that he is doing something right. While Rick can occasionally wander into the weeds, he is almost always on the right trail.
TruNews covers the events of our time with great accuracy, describing things that you will never see on other news outlets. I appreciate two things about them the most. The first is that they see the entire global picture. That is, they share news stories from Russia, Israel, China, and every other place on earth. It’s not simply about the United States every day. Moreover, they are able to decipher which stories matter, so you aren’t getting irrelevant material.
The second thing is how unashamedly Christian they are. Rick Wiles and his co-host, Doc Burkhart, incorporate powerful spiritual messages and teachings into virtually every show. They sincerely care about pointing others to Christ, and that task clearly takes priority for them. Without question, they are gifted in diagnosing world events as they pertain to the Christian faith. For the Christian, this should be the most vital aspect of keeping up with world events.
The best compliment I can give to TruNews is that it’s the one program worth watching every day. This is partially because they do five shows a week (Monday-Friday), whereas Corbett Report is not a daily news source. But it’s also because it’s simply a great place to get your news. If the folks at TruNews aren’t covering it, then it probably doesn’t truly matter. One more thing should be mentioned. Their upcoming documentary, called “The Greatest Reset,” looks extremely promising. It will document the Covid-19 agenda and include rare interviews with some of the most powerful voices out there.
Watch TruNews on a regular basis and you will be far better informed than 99% of the people walking the planet. You might even want to consider helping to fund them, as part of your yearly charitable contributions.
The next outlet I would like to share is really comprised of several that, when viewed together, function as something of a family of resources. LifeSite News, Vaccine Impact, and Health Impact News are all outstanding sources for truth that incorporate many issues of faith into their reporting.
LifeSite News comes from a distinctively traditional Catholic background and covers much of the truly relevant news of our time. While it does emphasize the current affairs surrounding the Catholic Church and the Papacy, they have also been onto the Covid-19 agenda and the associated corruption from very early on.
Both Vaccine Impact and Health ImpactNews cover the most up to date matters regarding global health and the various schemes that are constantly being run by our government institutions (like the FDA and CDC). They have covered the Covid-19 scamdemic from very early on, drawing particular attention to how deadly the so-called “vaccines” have truly been. In addition to health-related news, both outlets also cover matters of serious spiritual significance and are a great source for pressing news in general.
Next up is TheStew Peters Show. I will point out my one caveat with affirming this show, and it’s that it has historically been more political than I would like. That may sound odd coming from me—a man who used to (I explain here) strongly support Trump and still completely despises the political left—but I now believe we are “post-political” in 2022; that is, no party or persona can fix our woes (I plan to fully explain my position in another article, don’t worry).
However, Stew Peters has (of late) become increasingly skeptical of U.S. politics. He sees the same corruption at work in both political parties that I (and many others) do, particularly as it pertains to the crises generated by the global deep state. This includes things related to Covid-19, the mass injection campaign, the propaganda (exposed here) surrounding the war between Russia and Ukraine, and the Central Banking cabal, to name a few. Stew constantly has whistleblowers and expert guest on his show that you will seldom hear on other platforms, such as Karen Kingston and Dr. Jane Ruby.
More than anything, I appreciate Peters’ righteous anger about the mass global genocide that is currently being held under the guise of “vaccination.” He has helped to uncover the mile-long list of crimes against humanity that have transpired, and he is absolutely incensed by it. Good for Stew, and good for all of us who listen to him.
The last source for news on this list may be the most unlikely. In fact, I know he is. JP Searswas once something of a liberal comedian who made his living cracking jokes about breakups, social situations, and self-help gurus. He took all comers, and never particularly took any of it seriously; he was purely a comedian, after all.
But this is no longer the case. Sears—whose YouTube page is ironically called “Awaken with JP”—was himself awakened by the COVID-19 scamdemic: what I believe is the great Lie of our time (if not all time). It is clear that God has spoken to JP in the last several years, and he has now become a powerful source of insight for millions around the world. His information is always on point, and his humor certainly adds to the truth bombs he drops on a weekly basis. You will laugh and be highly informed at the same time.
There are others that could be mentioned who are certainly worthy of our attention. Steve Kirsch (on Substack), Whitney Webb of Unlimited Hangout, and News Coup (affiliated with TruNews) are three such examples. All these sources will provide genuine news that you will rarely (if ever) hear on legacy news stations or even on your local media outlets.
As Christians, we have a duty to be informed about world events. Not only is this necessary if we are to make proper decisions about our own lives, but also if we are going to take the truth to others. The latter, I believe, is every bit as imperative as the former.
Turn off the mainstream news poison and turn to these sources of truth.
In this article, I am stepping outside of my typical wheelhouse of biblical and theological issues. Some may feel that I am simply stepping outside of my lines, for that matter. However, I feel compelled to address something that God has laid on my heart for some time now.
Having closely followed the Trump phenomenon from the beginning—since he threw his hat into the political ring, that is—I have carefully evaluated both his character and his job as president. Now that we have been without his leadership for a little over a year, I have spent much time evaluating his tenure, as well as his actions since the 2020 election.
More than simply contemplating these matters, I have consulted my most trusted Christian brothers and sisters about them. Through much time, discussion, and reflection, I feel that I am ready to offer my overall assessment of Donald J. Trump.
For those who are interested in this matter, I hope my thoughts can help to inform your own perspective on this rather enigmatic figure.
I want to offer a few disclaimers before getting into this. The first is that I supported Trump for most of his presidency, and I voted on him in both 2016 and 2020. The second is that, if you came to this blog expecting to find only a hardcore defense of the man, then you will be sorely disappointed. At the same time, if you came to read only a savage attack, then you may also be disappointed.
Unlike most people with greater clout, I am not beholden to anyone accept Christ himself; I simply try to tell it as it is. At least, I make every effort to describe the facts as I understand them. I will do the same here and, again, some readers may not like it. Oh yes, I supported Donald Trump’s presidency. Now, I have utter disdain for the man.
Stick around and I will tell you why. But first, let’s be fair and start with the good. And there was good to be found in Trump’s presidency.
As I mentioned earlier, I voted on Trump in both elections (2016 and 2020). I was not in love with him during the primaries, but I became an ardent supporter when he won the Republican primary and emerged as Hellary Clinton’s chief opponent.
While I no longer consider myself to be a Republican—because most of them are feckless, dishonest, or outright corrupt—I have, do, and will always oppose the political Left. Their agenda is anti-God, anti-Christian, anti-human, and despicable beyond all belief. That’s all I will say here about this matter.
Like many conservatives, I was captivated by Trump for one primary reason: he opposed the Left and, more to the point, what I perceived to be the globalist agenda. His “Make America Great Again” slogan spoke directly to this mission, which was chiefly about making sure things are going well in our country before meddling in other countries’ affairs. In a lot of respects (not all), Trump fulfilled this promise. Even many of his detractors would begrudgingly admit that, up until the scamdemic came along, the economy was booming, unemployment was extremely low, the lives of average people did largely improve, and we managed to avoid entering into new wars overseas. With war hawks like John Bolton (discussed momentarily) advising him, the last of these accomplishments was rather astonishing.
Throughout all of this, the political establishment (the “swamp,” as he called it) threw a never-ending temper tantrum and did everything it could to eliminate the man that George Soros called “a danger to the world.” In one unified voice, the political Left, the media, a fair number of Republicans, and globalist elites throughout the world screamed about the need for Trump’s political elimination and prayed to the one-eyed god for his ruination.
For nearly four years, these individuals literally spent every second of every day spewing hatred toward Trump and concocting fraudulent schemes to sabotage him. It began immediately after the 2016 election with “Russian Collusion,” where an insanely expensive and drawn-out investigation resulted in what was apparent from the beginning: there was no collusion, only the possible “obstruction” of an investigation that never should have existed to begin with. Still, that didn’t stop the “Russia, Russia, Russia” banter, and many remain convinced that collusion occurred.
After this debacle—which clearly did “obstruct” Trump from leading the country in many respects—they moved their merry way onto a different “crisis” with a different country: Ukraine. This time, Trump had supposedly attempted to extort the Ukrainian government into digging up dirt on Hunter Biden, the son of his political competitor, Joe Biden. Based on the transcript of a single phone call that was “leaked” by a mysterious “whistleblower”—and was almost immediately released to the people to read for themselves—Trump ended up being impeached by the House of Representatives. He was not convicted by the Senate, however. It didn’t matter that there was no discussion of money or applied pressure, and that the Ukrainian government said as much.
Nevertheless, those who hated Trump will forever be jubilant that he was “impeached.”
That’s not all, of course. Trump was impeached again on his way out of office for “inciting an insurrection” on January 6th, 2021. Questioning the election results and rallying a legion of dismayed supporters to march to the Capitol building to “peacefully and patriotically make (their) voices heard” constituted inciting an insurrection. The truth is that Trump was right on the former point: the election was a complete carnival act that smelled in every way imaginable. I discussed the problems with the election at length in this video. Also, never mind the fact that the “insurrection” involved a largely unarmed group of citizens, that the only lethal shot fired was by an officer on an unarmed Trump supporter (Ashli Babbitt), and that the entire event wreaked of a set up.
Along with these unprecedented impeachments were a slew of lesser charges. Trump was physicallyunfit to be president. Trump was so mentallyunfit to be president that we might need to invoke the 25th amendment to get rid of him. Trump destroyed the electoral process. Trump destroyed people’s faith in the media. Trump was even responsible for hurricanes. I’m not kidding. Let’s not forget the most repetitive charges of all; Trump was a homophobic, misogynistic, masochistic, racist, bigoted bully.
And he was really mean, too!
Yet, at almost every step, he defied them and continued to erect one of the greatest economies the world has ever seen. When the Democrats remained ambitious about allowing all people to enter the country through our shattered southern border, Trump was steadfast in saying that “without borders, we don’t have a country.” Accordingly, he did increase border security and built a portion of the southern border wall (though not nearly to completion). While the globalists decreed it necessary to ratchet up our efforts against the lie known as man-made climate change, Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accords. He even halted sending U.S. funds to the World Health Organization (WHO) mainly because, well, they’re completely dishonest half the time and are actively creating corruption the other half. At that point, the U.S. was the organization’s top benefactor, followed by none other than Bill Gates. It was a big deal, and an even bigger statement.
I was recently discussing Trump with a good Christian friend from Australia—who largely shares my view of this issue—and it was difficult to adequately describe just how brutal Trump’s opposition really was. While he knows much of it, I feel that it took living in the U.S. to fully see the carnage that took place for four years. This wasn’t your typical partisan, presidential bashing. This was nothing short of a personal and political lynching. Day in and day out, Trump was vilified and demonized. If you listened to the media and many government officials, Trump was ruling hell and using Satan as his lava pool boy.
Throughout what was easily the harshest and most vitriolic political onslaught ever seen in the United States, Trump managed to keep a lot of his promises and steer the country in an overall positive direction, particularly economically. That is truly remarkable.
I will not delve far into Donald Trump’s past. That is, into his life before politics. Any honest person should be able to admit that he was a rich playboy with a rather dubious record of behavior. If you are looking for proof of this, just take a look at Jeremiah Cohen’s video on Trump.
Here, I am only concerned with his presidency and what has transpired ever since.
Not only did I vote for Trump twice, but I spent the better part of his tenure defending him. I regularly spoke to his detractors, armed with facts to extinguish the mainstream narratives about him. I was probably annoyingly supportive of Trump to those around me. I believed in his mission and supported him. As I mentioned in the last section, there were reasons for this.
I do not regret voting on Trump, nor do I regret having defended him.
But obviously there’s a “bad” section for a reason, too. I truly lament saying this, but there is an incredible evil associated with Trump. I will get to that after I describe some of his lesser, but still important, problems.
One complaint I had with the former president was that many of his hirings were dreadful, and this was obvious from the very start. Trump nominated former Alabama Senator, Jeff Sessions—a man who was supposed to be one of his most ardent supporters—to be his Attorney General. This proved to be perhaps the most disastrous decision of his presidency. Goaded into believing that he had been compromised by his former dealings with the Trump Campaign, Sessions decided it was necessary to recuse himself from the entire Russian collusion matter, which occurred immediately after the 2016 election results were clear.
In doing so, he opened the door for the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein (another Trump nominee), to appoint a special counsel and begin a two-year witch hunt for something that had literally no basis to begin with: something that was founded on a contrived “dossier” that was bought and paid for by Hellary Clinton and her esteemed associates. Make no mistake about it: the Russia collusion investigation effectively mired Trump’s first two years in office. It was a constant distraction that also destroyed his reputation among the gullible masses.
The short of it is, hiring Sessions cost Trump in unspeakable ways. However, even Trump’s next pick for AG, William Barr—who effectively did nothing positive in his time as AG and was another fixture of the Washington machine—lambasted Trump after the events of January 6th. Considering that other AGs of the past have spoken of themselves as the president’s “wingmen,” Trump’s selections were clearly top notch.
Then there was Anthony Scaramucci. Trump hired him to be the White House Director of Communications, a gig that lasted a whopping ten days. In no time flat, Scaramucci needed to be relieved of his duties because he’s simply unhinged, but specifically because he attacked the administration that had just hired him. After being fired, Scaramucci continued his tireless crusade to defame Trump, appearing on any media outlet that would host him, calling Trump a traitor to the country and suggesting that he had severe mental problems.
John Bolton was perhaps the worst hire of all, simply because Trump knew exactly who he is and still chose to empower him as the United States Security Advisor. Bolton is known by both sides of the political aisle as one of the biggest war hawks in D.C. politics. As such, he literally epitomizes the “swamp creatures” that Trump promised to get rid of. Bolton tirelessly pushed for conflicts overseas, and Trump finally gave him the axe in September 2019. Like Scaramucci, Bolton proceeded to go on a crusade against his former boss and the nation’s Commander in Chief. His tell-all book, The Room Where it Happened, received praise only from those who shared his hatred for Trump, of course.
I would even argue that hiring his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to be a Senior Advisor was a terrible decision for several reasons. First, a president hiring his son-in-law to a high position in government is in poor taste, and it set Trump up for much unnecessary political scrutiny. More problematic is that Kushner is completely beholden to the Israeli government and pushed Trump toward backing every single agenda that Israel could come up with, whether good or evil. If you don’t see this as a problem, please see my blog titled “Is Israel God’s Chosen Nation?” Things in Israel aren’t what many of us have been told, but I digress.
The point is, many of Trump’s selections were not only terrible but were detrimental to his presidency.
Getting back to Bolton and the “swamp” issue, this brings up my second biggest problem with Trump’s presidency. The man who campaigned on “draining the swamp”—oathing, pledging and promising to do so—did absolutely nothing to drain the D.C. swamp of its corrupt bureaucrats. Far from it. Instead, Trump helped to fillD.C. with swamp creatures. Besides the people previously mentioned as bad hires, someone needs to explain to me why Trump allowed Anthony Fauci to call the shots on the scamdemic (the COVID-19 “crisis”). Not only is Fauci another prime example of a swamp creature—he has served as the head of the NIAID since the 1980s—but he is one of the most corrupt monsters on the planet. It is true that Fauci was already there upon Trump’s arrival, but Trump willingly permitted him to help lead the Coronavirus Task Force. I have written about Fauci and his connection to the origins of COVID-19 (and the greater narrative) in my recent book, System of the Beast.
(But don’t take my word for it; RFK Jr. just wrote a tome—The Real Anthony Fauci—exposing this political and pharmaceutical gangster for the demon that he is.)
Trump knew about most (if not all) of Fauci’s dark accolades. Did that urge him to get someone from outside the swamp—like Dr. Peter McCullough, as one example—to lead the Coronavirus Task Force in its initial construction? No sir. Instead, he stuck with Washington’s highest paid and arguably most satanic figure: a man who is attached to Bill Gates’ hip and is totally beholden to the global pharmaceutical enterprise.
Unacceptable, to say the very least.
The simple reality is that Trump did not drain the swamp. He in fact made no effort to do so. Worse, he helped to fill the swamp with more despicable creatures.
The Heinously Evil
Fauci takes me to my last complaint with Trump, which by no means suggests that I do not have others that could be mentioned. This, however, is by far my biggest grievance. This is something that—and I cannot emphasize this enough—is the very definition of evil. Trump is in on this evil, from its foundations to its many machinations.
Those who are familiar with my recent works probably know exactly what I’m getting at. For those who aren’t, I am talking about his vaccine obsession. From the very moment it was suggested that we could magically whip up so-called “vaccines” to crush the COVID-19 scamdemic, Trump was in. All in.
Trump has been calling the creation of the vaccines a “medical miracle” since day one. In fact, he said it’s “one of the greatest miracles of the ages.” He has called himself the “father of the vaccine.” He has suggested that people should call these injections “Trumpcines,” in honor of the only man on earth who could have made it all possible. He has tirelessly peddled the vaccine gospel—along with the blind guides of today’s so-called “evangelical” church—every time a microphone is shoved into his face. Since the election of 2020, he has even berated his own supporters if they express even an inkling of concern about his miracle cure.
All this, when these injections have already proven to be by far the deadliest “vaccines” ever to be administered to the public. The CDC and FDA’S own Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) has presently recorded well over 20,000 deaths associated with the jabs. For comparison, this is more deaths than were caused by all FDA approved vaccines over the last 30 years, combined!
Just look at this chart of the VAERS data, which has only continued to extend upward since it was made.
EudraVigilance—the EU’s vaccine adverse event reporting system—has recorded nearly 40,000 deaths (and countless injuries) due to the vaccines. Even life insurance CEOs are speaking up, saying that we are now seeing a 40% increase in deaths among working age people (18-64), which is beyond unprecedented. Worse, this number could be as high as a 65% increase among 18-49 year olds.
As if these numbers were not damning enough, we actually know that the real figures are much higher. Several independent studies have been done (here’s one), evaluating the accuracy of VAERS. The results are consistent: VAERS only captures between 1-10% of the actual vaccine-related adverse events. The same is almost certainly true for EudraVigilance and similar systems.
This means that the actual number of deaths in the U.S. from the “miracle” shots are at least in the hundreds of thousands, and they would globally be in the millions.
Yes, the “Trumpcines” have been exactly what Dr. Peter McCullough said they would be: “It’s going to go down in history as the most dangerous biological, medicinal product rollout in human history.”
It would be literally impossible for Trump to not know most (if not all) of this, yet he continues with his vaccine crusade. In this, Trump is without question an integral part of the globalist death machine that desires complete governance over the earth. He has boastfully called these shots “miracles,” and he is right; they are false miracles.
The Bottom Line
In truth, I have had more trouble trying to “peg” Trump than I have with anyone else I can think of. In some respects, he remains a mystery to me.
However, I am not sitting on the fence on this one. I can definitively tell you where I stand on the 45th president of the United States and can answer the question posed in the title of this article: Is Donald Trump a savior or a charlatan?
Let me definitively affirm that, from my perspective and based on the previous points, he is certainly no savior. This is true politically, ideologically, spiritually, and in all other meaningful ways. Though I mentioned his many positives, the fact is that Trump did not drain the swamp, clean up D.C., restore justice within the country, fix the electoral process (clearly), or anything of the sort.
(Granted, with the incredible state of decay we find our government in, perhaps most of this is simply impossible for any mortal being to accomplish. But again, he didn’t try to fix a lot of it)
Further, Trump did not lead the country into any type of spiritual renaissance, despite his vague handwaving about God and his love for the Bible. If you think he meant these things, I again urge you to watch Jeremiah Cohen’s video here.
The more difficult question is, was he a complete charlatan? Put another way, was he simply one of “them”—that is, one of the globalist elites—from day one and only pretended to oppose their interests on specific points?
The truth is, I simply don’t know. As I have pointed out multiple times, Trump remains something of an enigma to me, despite my best efforts at understanding him. However, let me offer my personal theory—my spiritual “hunch,” as it were—before closing this out.
The two primary options with Trump—as I see things—are as follows:
1) He was, as previously mentioned, always one of the globalists who was masquerading as the leader of a counter movement.
2) He was not initially a part of the globalist establishment but became part of it at some point late in his presidency.
Though I would not bet so much as a bag of animal crackers on this take, I believe the latter is the most likely scenario.
My primary reason for rejecting the idea that he was always “one of them” was laid out in the first part of this article. The absolutely insane and unprecedented spewing of hatred and the unbridled commitment to ousting him that was demonstrated by the political Left and the globalist elite just doesn’t align with the view that Trump was secretly on their side. Now, I fully believe these people are capable of massive conspiracies and political misdirection: creating “order from chaos,” so to speak. I detail in System of the Beastthat this very thing has occurred with COVID-19 and the world’s reaction to it.
However, even I cannot fathom that the four years of endless political and character assassinations were all simply a smokescreen. I could be wrong but it’s difficult to imagine that type of overall planning and acting occurring so bilaterally, with such a tremendous number of players involved.
Obviously, this means that I think Trump likely started out on the “right side” of the globalists vs. the world power struggle but was taken in by their malevolent agenda.
But how could that happen? In a word, COVID. The virus scamdemic was the Great Lie of our time (perhaps of all time). It fooled the ungodly—which Trump always was—into giving their weight and power over to the globalist’s Beastly System, which is chiefly about depopulation and total world control. In fact, I think there is a clear “spirit of stupor”—a mass Delusion—that was sent upon those who bought into the Lie.
“For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie . . .” (2 The. 2:11).
This is a spiritual matter far more than a health, technology, or economic matter.
Playing on Trump’s incredible ego—which even his most ardent supporters must recognize that he possesses—Fauci, Gates, Collins, the NIH, the CDC, the WHO, and other powerful voices, completely snookered him into the entire agenda. To this very day, Trump believes that his actions in promoting the experimental injections saved millions of lives and prevented a complete world collapse. He endlessly preaches the vaccine gospel, berating his own supporters if they show even the slightest concern about its safety or efficacy. Remember, Trump dubbed himself “the father of the vaccine.”
He could provide a miracle cure. He could save the world from the virus. In short, he ultimately saw the COVID-19 “crisis” as an opportunity to “Make Trump Great Again.”
The worst part is that Trump knows—he must know—about the incredible number of adverse events and deaths that have already come out of these little “miracle” injections. But he hasn’t let those details get in his way, even when it comes to having children desecrated with these experimental gene therapy injections.
There can be no more scathing an indictment than this. This alone should urge all followers of Christ to get off the Trump train and seek to expose his corruption. In my estimation, if you understand the data I presented earlier and are still for these death shots, then you are also of the spirit of antichrist.
Trump is not a savior and it’s difficult to tell how long he has been a charlatan. What I can say is that, now, he has become an enemy of life, truth, and the very people that he claimed to defend.
This was not an easy conclusion for me to reach, but it was the inevitable one.
Thank you for reading this lengthy article. I am especially curious to hear your thoughts on this assessment and on Trump in general. Please leave a reply in the comment section below.
 For example, the guards at the capitol building simply removed the barriers and allowed the protestors to stroll through the door. They covered up the identity of Ashli Babbitt’s murderer for more than a year. Many of the “protestors” were seen at Antifa and BLM rallies in other locations, meaning they were there simply as posers to fan the flames. The whole thing smelled to high heaven.
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In part one of this two-part series, I discussed two beliefs (with a bonus view) about the end times that I feel are false: the belief in a secret Rapture, wherein believers are stolen away from the earth prior to the period of Tribulation, and the view that there will be a literal thousand-year reign—called the “Millennial Reign”—upon Christ’s return. When closely examined, the Bible does not support either of these notions.
Instead, Scripture consistently reveals that the Second Coming will completely and emphatically mark the end of our current age. The dead will be judged, the forces of evil will be destroyed, believers will be given their new “spiritual bodies,” and God will establish the new heavens and a new earth. As C.S. Lewis famously said: “When the author walks on to the stage the play is over.”
Here in part two, I want to discuss three views that are closely related but are inconsistent with the teachings of Scripture. Nevertheless, these beliefs are still held by many Christians who are interested in eschatological matters (those things pertaining to the “last things” that will occur in our world). The three views are as follows:
The belief that the re-establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 was a critical part of the end time prophecies
The belief that a third temple must be built in Jerusalem before Christ can return
The belief that there will be a mass conversion of Jews to Christianity in the last days
Since all three views are related to how the current nation of Israel is connected to the end times, they are obviously closely connected to one another.
Before going on, I strongly encourage you to read my earlier article called “Is Israel God’s Chosen Nation?” It specifically addresses how we can view the overall place that the modern-day nation of Israel (again, modern-day) holds in God’s Kingdom. The information presented may be difficult for many to cope with, but it is equally difficult to refute.
With that said, let’s get to evaluating the three beliefs at hand.
Unlike part one, I am going to first describe the three beliefs of this article and then corporately evaluate them. Again, the reason why I am taking this approach is that the views are so closely related—even though they are technically distinct—that rebuking them individually will inevitably lead to much redundancy. It simply makes better sense to evaluate them simultaneously.
The first belief is extremely prominent among Christian Zionists from all denominations and backgrounds. For many, the establishment of a new State of Israel in 1948 was a tell-tale sign that the last days are at hand.
John Hagee is well-known for putting forth this view. Over the last 20 years or so, one can scarcely count the number of times that Hagee has championed Israel as being the linchpin of God’s final plans for the world. For a clear example, he said this concerning the city of Jerusalem:
“God has made that (Jerusalem) His habitation. And He is going to set up his throne there. And He is going to rule the world from there, with a rod of iron for a thousand years . . . Jerusalem is the place that God calls home.”
Notice that Hagee also incorporated the view that Christ will reign in Jerusalem for a literal thousand years. I covered this in part one and, yes, this belief is also in serious doubt (putting it mildly). It is worth mentioning that Hagee—in the same sermon referenced above—went so far as to say that he had instructed Donald Trump that, if he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, he would “step into political immortality.” Well, we all know how that prophecy turned out . . .
Moving on, perhaps another contributing factor is that Revelation 20 describes the forces of evil encircling the “camp of God.” The biggest problem here is that much of this chapter seems most logically to be a metaphorical description of things. I described in part one that the “thousand years” certainly fits this mold, as does the very language of “beast,” “dragon,” and “false prophet”; all three symbolically stand for something else (a global empire, Satan, and a corrupt religious system). With that said, taking the description about enemies surrounding the “camp of God” to literally pertain to the current State of Israel is several steps too far.
But I will withhold further comments until I later assess the three beliefs.
The second belief is that, after Israel is “restored,” a third temple must be built for Jesus to return. The foundations of this view are almost exclusively derived from the Old Testament, in texts like Amos 9:11, Isaiah 2:2-3 and, as I mention momentarily, the Book of Daniel. The pastoral team at Endtime Ministries have said: “The Bible prophesies, in many places, that a Third Temple will be built in the near future.” They say “the near future” because they feel that the Lord’s return will be soon, a point I agree on (though for different reasons).
Like the “secret Rapture” theology, third temple theology is largely the product of the dispensationalist movement. As an example, consider Simon Downing’s words in his book, World Empire and the Return of Jesus Christ:
“Dispensationalism also accommodates into its teaching the belief that the Jews must rebuild their Temple” . . . “The building of the ‘Third Temple’ is therefore at the heart of Dispensationalism; even though it recognizes that the Beast will desecrate it before the coming of Christ and the Millennium.”
(Those interested in the origins of dispensationalism can see Witherington’s discussion here on the Rapture, and I discuss the Rapture at length in this article.)
Some have even gone so far as to suggest that the third temple will be built for the Antichrist, and that a fourth temple will need to be built before Christ’s return. This is based on certain interpretations of the OT texts, specifically the suggestion that the Antichrist will “put and end to sacrifice” (Dan. 9:27). As those who believe this interpretation posit, that could only happen if there was a (third) temple where sacrifices were being made.
Overall, this belief is part-and-parcel with the notion that the reestablishment of Israel is a predicted (and necessary) end time event. If there is an Israeli nation, there needs to be a temple also. Such is the thinking, anyway.
The third belief is that there will be a mass conversion of Jews to Christ before his return.
A major area of the Bible that is used to support this view comes from Paul’s epistle to the Romans. There, he discusses the identity of Israel as seen through the lens of the new covenant. Concerning the Gentiles being “grafted in” to the tree that is Israel, Paul says:
“I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved” (Rom. 11:25-26).
To some, this suggests that the Jewish people will—at some point in time—come to Christ and no longer experience the “partial hardening” that Paul spoke of.
Without question, the premise of having a restored Israeli nation and a temple to match feeds into this view. If one believes that Israel being a sovereign nation that possesses its own temple is an end time expectation, then it would make sense that it would be inhabited by many Jews who “come around” and profess Jesus as Lord. Again, that’s if the first two beliefs are true.
There are many more examples that could be used to illustrate these three beliefs, but this provides the necessary foundation to assess them. As you can see, all three of these views are connected. I would almost say that they are, for all intents and purposes, interdependent.
But are they true? Does the Bible really teach any of these beliefs?
In my estimation, the strongest impetus for accepting all these beliefs comes from the fact that Israel was God’s chosen nation throughout the OT. This is an irrefutable and important fact, to be sure. As Jesus said, “Salvation is from the Jews.” However, it is something else altogether to believe that the nation of Israel—that is, a particular group of people who happen to live at a particular location on Earth—continues to hold this status.
In all sincerity, affirming this is a genuine case of living in the past. There are many reasons why we should reject this interpretation of Scripture.
For starters, let’s consider what this means historically. Do the Jewish people of the last two thousand years get to immediately “pass go” and collect eternal life? Have they been ushered into God’s Kingdom simply by virtue of their being born in the right place or to just the right set of parents? Put succinctly, does geography and/or ethnicity determine salvation?
According to the apostle to the Gentiles—and a man who professed that he was a “Hebrew of Hebrews”—the answer is no. In fact, Paul made this very plain:
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28).
Clearly, this is the New Testament view of things. However, I would go a significant step farther and state that the Old Testament reveals the same message: being born a Jew—in and of itself— has never merited an individual salvation. Scripture is replete with examples where Jewish believers were cut off from God and the community for their lack of faith and their disobedience. As a startling example, God did not spare an entire generation of believers from dying off in the wilderness: “The LORD’s anger burned against Israel and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until the whole generation of those who had done evil in his sight was gone” (Num. 32:13).
We could also look at 14,700 who died on account of the plague God sent (Num. 16:49), those who died in “Korah’s Rebellion,” and the many times the Jews were given over to destruction by groups like the Babylonians, Persians, Philistines, and the like.
For that matter, God did not even spare the rebellious angels from a destructive fate (2 Pet. 2:4).
On a final note concerning this issue, Paul even went so far as to say that he simply hoped to “arouse some of (his) own people to jealousy and save some of them” (Rom. 11:14). If his hope were to save some of them, it logically follows that not all of them were saved simply by virtue of being Jewish. Being Jewish, in and of itself, does not merit salvation. It never has.
Another major problem with these three views—and specifically the view that a third temple must be erected—is that the formation of such a structure is wholly unnecessary in every possible way. Nowhere does the Bible state that there must be a third temple before the Messiah can return. Concerning the previously noted idea that a temple must exist so the Antichrist can “put and end to sacrifice,” nothing could make less sense. Here is a newsflash: Jesus’ death on the cross did eliminate the need for sacrifice! Among other things, the Book of Hebrews spells this out clearly. All of chapter 10 speaks to this, but specifically note verses 11-13:
“And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.”
Christ’s sacrifice rendered the entire sacrificial system obsolete. There is no need for a temple to perform sacrifices ever again, nor does there need to be one so the Antichrist can “put an end to sacrifice.”
Paul did say in 2 Thessalonians 2:4 that the “man of sin” will “set himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” This also indicates to some that a third temple will be necessary. However, given the fact that the temple of Paul’s day was the same one that was later demolished in AD 70 by the Romans, there is a much more rational interpretation of what he meant here. Elliot’s Commentary explains the likely meaning well:
“(The phrase) ‘taking his seat in the temple of God,’ is a poetical or prophetical description of usurping divine prerogatives generally: not the prerogatives of the true God alone, but whatever prerogatives have been offered to anything ‘called God’.”
Paul’s expression was not about the “man of sin” sitting in a literal temple structure within Jerusalem. Rather, it was an expression showing that he will attempt to usurp everything connected to God, in all ways. To those living at the time, this could not be stated more strongly than to say that this dark figure will seek worship in the very structure that housed God’s presence within the OT.
The temple’s central purpose was to house the presence of God. It was perpetual evidence that Yahweh reigned amongst His people. When Jesus died, the temple veil was torn (Mt. 27:51), representing an end to the old system of things. Jesus was the Son of God incarnate in human form. With Jesus “tabernacling” on earth, God was no longer reigning from a house of stone but was walking among us! Further, God’s Spirit now resides with each of us who believe in Christ; WE are the temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16).
No matter how you look at it, there is no need for a third temple. Not now and not ever. Even if one were to be constructed, it will not be “God’s temple” but man’s. Further, it will have nothing to do with fulfilling prophecy.
While these points are certainly important, let’s get to the heart of the issue (as I see it). Perhaps the primary reason why all three of these beliefs are wrong is that Jesus and the apostles—particularly Paul, who spoke directly to this issue—were clear that God’s salvation narrative had moved beyond the land of Israel and past one ethnic group of people.
Jesus certainly understood that he was fulfilling the OT prophecies about the Messiah, one of which being that he would be a “light to the Gentiles.” The Gentiles—that is, those who were not ethnically or religiously Jewish—were to be the beneficiaries of Christ’s coming, since the Jews were already in a covenant relationship with God. Since those who are ethnically (or even religiously) Jewish make up a miniscule part of the Earth’s population, Jesus chiefly came to open up salvation to the entire world. This is clearly depicted within many passages of Scripture.
Of course, the very nature of Paul’s apostleship was also built around this mission. Paul was sent specifically to preach to the Gentiles.
Concerning the idea that there will be a mass conversion of Jews to Christ, as supposedly explained in Romans 11:25-26 (and misapplied OT texts), this does not take into account the greater context of Paul’s words. He says that Israel has “experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.” However, he adds that “in this way, all Israel will be saved.” What “way” is that, though? He describes that in the previous section. The Gentiles are being “grafted in” to the “tree” that is Israel. In other words, the Gentiles who follow Christ are being accepted into the fold of salvation, right along with the Jews who had been saved.
All people who are saved are now “Israel.”
Paul says this plainly earlier in Romans. “It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel” (9:6). Paul’s words say nothing about a mass conversion of Jews to Christ in the end times, nor does anything else in Scripture.
All this proves an important point: The contemporary Zionist movement is misguided because its adherents have missed (or dismissed) the central purpose of why God called Israel to begin with. Simply put, Israel’s purpose was to bring about the fulfilment of the “descendants” promise that God made toAbraham (Gen. 17:1-5). With all-due respect—yet with the brutal honesty I am always compelled to operate with—this is also what the Jewish people have failed to (or chosen not to) understand since the time of Christ.
God did not call Israel to alone comprise His Kingdom of saints and those whom were purchased back from Satan.
I would go so far as to say that it was never about that particular group of people, but about God’s plan to reach all people. When God called Abram—who was later renamed “Abraham”—He did so with a universal purpose. That is, Abraham would begin God’s process of restoring all of humanity. Don’t take my word for it, but listen to how Paul put it:
“For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all” (Rom. 4:16).
It’s also worth noting that numerous parts of the OT declared that God was open to accepting non-Jews into the fold. Isaiah 56:6-7 describes God’s invitation to “foreigners” (Gentiles) to serve Him and participate in salvation. Exodus notes that “a mixed multitude” left Egypt with the Israelites (Ex. 12:38). Gentiles who were willing to be circumcised and follow God’s covenant were often permitted to join in Israel’s blessings (Ex. 12:48-49).
If you had only the Old Testament to go on, it would still be obvious that Israel was not God’s only interest. Affirming this does not make one anti-Semitic, or anything of the sort. Rather, it simply means that they understand what the Bible describes as the overall purpose of the nation of Israel. To be sure, God made His covenant with the ancient Hebrews (Ex. 20) .
But to what end? That is the key question.
As the previous passages illustrate, the Bible reveals Israel’s purpose very clearly. God called Israel to be His vessel: the instrument by which He would bring salvation to the world and restore what was lost through the Fall.
Tying the end time expectations to a physical nation of Israel, the construction of a third temple, and the conversion of modern-day Jews to Jesus—as though they are more valuable to God than any other group—not only misses the point of Christ’s coming but destroys the core teachings of the biblical narrative. The same can be said of any view positing that the physical plot of land called “Israel” still possess some type of mystical or divine power: that the soil itself is intrinsically holy.
Both the Old and New Testament teach that God was, is, and always will be interested in the salvation of all people (who will believe). This is true regardless of ethnicity, gender, social status, geographical location, or any of the like; “For there is no partiality with God” (Rom. 2:11). In fact: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28).
The bottom line is that, in the work of Jesus, God’s plans for humanity extended beyond the land of Israel and the Jewish people. These matters are not the focal points of the end time discussion, as much as some would insist that they are.
If you are interested in looking at things that the Bible does teach about the end times, start here and then click on the embedded links.
 In essence, Zionism is the worldview that the nation of Israel held—and more importantly, continues to hold—the unique status of being God’s “chosen nation.” As such, the Jewish people have a divine right to the land and must be supported regardless of how they go about occupying and maintaining it. Typically, there can be no deviation from this belief on virtually any point.
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In previous articles, I have discussed certain expectations that the Bible describes as accompanying the end of our age. I have written about the identity of the “beasts” of Revelation 13, and how we might understand the “mark of the Beast.” I also described Paul’s discussion in 2 Thessalonians 2, concerning both the Lie and the “strong delusion” that will precede Christ’s return. I divulged the nature of the apostate church and identified some of its key figures and characteristics. Further, I covered a variety of important beliefs in the article “End Time Essentials.”
As important as it is to grasp the key biblical teachings about the last days, it may be equally critical to understand the false beliefs that are commonly associated with them. In this two-part series, I want to describe five views that, despite being widely taught and accepted, simply cannot be derived from Scripture. If that is indeed the case, then these beliefs have no place in the life of a genuine believer.
Here in part one, I am going to cover the following topics:
The view that Christians will be taken away in a secret, pre-Tribulation “Rapture”
The belief in a literal, 1,000-year “Millennial Reign”
In addition to these, I am going to throw one more in as sort of a bonus. Though the “bonus” belief is far less consequential than the other two, it is still worth exploring.
Let’s take these in turn, starting with the so-called “Rapture.”
Though I spoke extensively about this matter in another article, I will highlight several important things. The first is that the word “rapture” is never mentioned in the Bible. This, however, does not mean that we can immediately dismiss its existence. Plenty of words are not specifically used in the Bible that nevertheless speak spiritual truths. Among these are words like Trinity, Eucharist, and even Easter (except, oddly, in the KJV!). The Trinity is synonymous in thought with “Godhead,” just as the Eucharist and Easter are synonymous with the Lord’s Supper and Resurrection Day, respectively.
The problem with the Rapture is not its name, but in how it is taught. Chiefly, the problem lay in the teaching that believers will someday be taken away to live in heaven, and that this will take place prior to the great “Tribulation” (the time of suffering and chaos at the end of the world). The belief is that these “raptured” believers will then return again with Christ some period of years later (3-1/2 or 7 years, typically), after the Tribulation period has been raging.
This entire notion is primarily derived from 1 Thessalonians 4:17. Following his description of how Jesus will return from heaven, Paul says this: “After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever” (my emphasis).
The word translated as “caught up” is a form of the Greek harpazō, and this is the term that would later be translated into Latin as rapturo. As you might have imagined, from rapturo came the English term “rapture.”
This generally describes how the term came to be, and it most essentially means to “catch,” “steal,” or “carry off.” However, the form of harpazō used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 literally reads, “we will be carried off.” Specifically, Paul intended it to mean that believers—at the Second Coming, or the Parousia—would be lifted into the sky to meet the King of kings as he once again enters our world.
In fact, this meeting will serve as something of a welcome home party. The term Paul used in 4:17 for “to meet” is apantēsin. It is used only three times in the NT, and each time it refers to meeting someone and then returning with them. Again, the purpose was to return with them.This is like going out to meet a newly arrived official so you can travel back together. Believers will be what Ben Witherington III calls “the royal entourage,” or the divine escort party.
If we are properly understanding the context and the language Paul used, it becomes clear that this passage has nothing whatsoever to do with being swept away from the earth to live in heaven. Rather, it is about welcoming the One from heaven back to earth. In fact, the grand goal of the Christian faith and the climax of human history is about God making a new heaven and earth (2 Pet. 3:13, Rev. 21:1).
Being zapped away to heaven—either at death or at Jesus’ coming—is not part of the plan, and the Bible is emphatic about this.
[In order to avoid redundancy, I provide more proof for this in the second false belief (below)]
While 1 Thessalonians 4:17 has clearly been key in propagating this false teaching, a contributing factor is Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:40-41. There, he discusses the events surrounding the end and uses examples from everyday life to make his point:
“Two men will be in a field; one will be taken and the other left.”
“Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.”
To some, this suggests that people are taken away to heaven before the Tribulation while the rest of the world is left to endure it. Here again, this is a flawed interpretation. In this text, Jesus is referring to both the unexpected nature of his return and the speed with which these events will occur. His return—and the subsequent separation of the righteous and the wicked—will come as a surprise to many and will occur and in a flash. We know this because Jesus’ basis for comparison was the Great Flood:
“ . . . they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”
In an instant, one person is taken and the other is left. Just as Noah and his family were lifted off the earth—later returning to a “new earth,” of sorts—so shall believers be caught up to meet the Lord at his return and then return to a new earth.
As Jesus explained through his Flood analogy and Paul clearly states in 1 Thessalonians 5:4, this day should not take believers by surprise but will certainly do so for nonbelievers.
Like the events described within 1 Thessalonians 4:17, those in Matthew 24:40-41 have nothing to do with the righteous being expedited off to heaven before the time of Tribulation. That will already have occurred; as Jesus said, “the one who endures to the end is the one who will be saved” (Mt. 24:13), and “if those days had not been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short” (24:22).
Elsewhere, Jesus further clarifies exactly what will be occurring when he comes back. In the parables of the Sheep and the Goats and the Wheat and the Tares, he explained that the righteous and the wicked are separated at his return, when the Judgment is at hand.
This means that Jesus is not coming to snatch believers away only to return again (some years later) to judge the world. There is one return, and it marks the very end of our age. At that time, the living and the dead are judged, the forces of evil are destroyed, and the new earth is forged.
There is simply the Second Coming (the “Parousia”), and there will be no need for a third or fourth.
The unfortunate truth is that many within the church have been sold a false bill of goods on all this. They have errantly been told that dying and going to heaven is the end-goal of the faith and that a butchered view of the Rapture is the endgame of our world. Escaping before the earth descends into chaos has become the focal point, even though all the saints of the past—including the apostles themselves—were not spared from suffering, persecution, and even death.
A pre-Tribulation Rapture is a belief that is propagated and embraced because it is emotionally appealing but not because the Bible supports it. When this motivation is exposed, it becomes evident that modern-day Rapture theology is nothing more than theological comfort food.
For those interested in how this false view of the Rapture came to permeate so many churches—despite being devoid of biblical evidence—see my article here.
The next false belief I will cover in part one involves what is often called the “Millennial Reign,” which is the period spoken of in Revelation 20:1-10. Specifically, I want to explain why I believe a future 1,000-year reign of Christ is both unscriptural and illogical.
In general, there are three primary views that can be held regarding how the millennium is viewed: 1) premillennialism, 2) postmillennialism, and 3) amillennialism. The premillennial view holds that Christ returns to earth prior to the millennium—“pre” meaning before—where he will gather the faithful for a literal 1,000-year period. At that time, he will proceed to rule over believers while Satan is “bound” in the Abyss and, well, something happens to the unsaved masses (discussed later).
The postmillennial view—“post” meaning after the millennium—typically holds that the thousand years is a symbolic period that marks something of a golden age of Christianity. Whether it is viewed to begin with the resurrection of Jesus or at another point later on, the world gradually improves as time unfolds and the gospel is preached. In this sense, Christ ultimately returns to a world that has gradually become heaven on earth.
Not only is this view rather unpopular, but it’s counter to all the biblical descriptions that the state of the world actually worsens prior to Christ’s return (Mt. 24, Eph. 5:16). Further, Hebrews 2:8 states that “at present we do not see all things subject to him (Christ).” It’s also clearly not how our present world is operating, as we don’t observe things getting better and better. Far from it.
For these reasons, I will not discuss more about the postmillennial view. I believe it to be the most unlikely of the major views, and probably by a landslide.
I will discuss the amillennial view more at the end, but it suggests that the millennium is also a symbolic period. However, amillennialists hold that the world declines prior to Christ’s return and that the millennial reign began with his resurrection and ascension.
This is a general explanation of the three, and there are various points of divergence within them. For example, there are premillennialists who don’t believe in a literal thousand-year reign, even though most tend to. There is grey area, to be sure. In fact, this issue has been debated since the early days of church history among thinkers like Irenaeus, Justin Martyr, Papias, and others. For more on this point, I refer you to Dr. Thomas Schreiner’s video here.
Of the three, it is the premillennial view—just like the “pre-Trib” Rapture view—that has arguably become the most prominent among mainline Protestants (and a fair number of Catholics). As stated at the beginning of this section, this is the view I am specifically targeting here.
If this is such a debatable matter, how can I view premillennialism and its future 1,000-year reign of Christ to be false? The reason is simple: if you interpret Revelation 20 in this way, then the text will be at odds with everything else in Scripture.
If we were to set Revelation 20 on the shelf for a moment—not dismissing it, but merely pausing our evaluation of it—then I would suggest that one could not find virtually any evidence for the premillennial view elsewhere in the Bible.
Jesus and the apostles were rather clear about what will occur at the end of our age: Jesus will return, the living and the dead will be judged, the powers of evil will be thrown into Gehenna (hell), and the new heavens and new earth will be established. This is all seen as one corporate event and not as a piece-meal that Jesus puts together over the course of several return visits.
I cannot show every piece of evidence here and now, for the sake of time, but just consider these examples:
2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 clearly states that the wicked will be punished with everlasting destruction—not with years of earthly tribulation—when Jesus returns. As Paul said, this will happen “on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people” (1:10a).
Jude likewise placed these events at the return of Christ (1:14-15).
Even consider other parts of Revelation itself. In 22:12, Jesus said this: “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to reward each one as his work deserves.” This strongly suggests just what the passages above do: that the Judgment and separation of the righteous and the wicked occur at Jesus’ arrival, and not over the course of several visits.
All these examples reveal that there cannot be multiple returns and a series of judgments. Jesus returnsjust once; ONCE! As the Nicene Creed states: “He (Jesus) will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.” Those who constructed our great creeds picked up what the biblical authors were laying down; there is one return and one Judgment.
With this said, the key question is this: should we evaluate Revelation 20 in light of the entire canon of Scripture, or should we evaluate all of Scripture in light of Revelation 20?
The answer should be obvious. One of the few incontrovertible rules of biblical interpretation and hermeneutics is that we cannot take a verse or passage in isolation but must view it alongside the rest of the biblical teachings. We cannot “cherry-pick,” so to speak. As I try to point out as often as possible, so much disagreement—and even heresy—could be avoided if we all dedicated ourselves to this principle.
Allowing one particular interpretation of Revelation’s “thousand years” to determine our entire eschatological perspective—usurping all other texts in the process—is a complete abuse of Scripture and any sincere attempt at interpreting it. Sadly, I feel this is exactly what many have done. A literal 1,000-year reign, which begins at the Second Coming, just doesn’t mesh with anything else in the Bible. In fact, it turns most of what Jesus and the apostles said on its head.
More than that, there are also serious logical problems to contend with in the premillennial view. To me, the most glaring issue is that there is no way to make sense of what occurs during that time. For the saved, the explanation boils down to something like this: “They will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years” (Rev. 20:6b). In the existential words of Porky Pig, “that’s all folks.” Absolutely nothing else is known.
However, the issue of what happens to the unsaved during the thousand years is far more perplexing.
Satan is supposedly bound in the Abyss—that is, the infinite and unfathomable depths—and believers are reigning with Jesus, but what is everyone else doing? What of the aforementioned “unsaved masses,” which will unfortunately exist at the end? Are they going to work, raising kids, grocery shopping, hosting or attending parties, and posting videos on TikTok? If so, being unsaved doesn’t seem to be all that bad. Were they left out of the Kingdom, just to continue living in a world much like the one that has always existed?
Or, are they living (and dying) as hell breaks loose for 1,000 years? If so, what is the purpose of that? How are people continuing to populate the earth for the duration of the millennium, when the world would supposedly be in unparalleled turmoil? Why are those children being born destined for damnation, when those living before that time were not?
And there’s more . . .
If Satan is not out deceiving the nations (20:3), then would the nations be living righteously? If so, why are they not saved and living with Christ? If they are still corrupt, then what is the purpose of binding Satan, and what does that say about his role in our world? In my way of thinking, he wouldn’t seem to have any real influence at all.
Are people able to come to faith during that time? If so, why not allow the world to go on as it was before the thousand-year reign began? Why not continue to allow the “weeds and the wheat to grow together”? If people can indeed be saved, then what was the point of the Second Coming? Clearly, it wouldn’t represent some type of “cutoff” for salvation.
The questions are seemingly endless. “Illogical” is far too tame of a word, in this case.
When you get into the details of a literal millennial reign that commences upon Christ’s return, none of it makes sense. This may be why so few premillennialists offer any type of thorough explanation of what occurs during the thousand years or why it exists. Not only is there virtually no biblical information to go on, but there seems to be endless logical problems to contend with.
As for me, I fall closer to the amillennial view. Despite it being poorly named—as the term literally means “no millennium”—this view is the only one that aligns with the rest of Scripture. It affirms that the thousand years is a symbolic period, and that it occurs prior to Christ’s return rather than after. On this view, the thousand years—which is simply code for “an extended era of time”—began when Christ conquered sin and death through the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
In this event, Christ’s once-and-for-all sacrifice on the cross destroyed the damning power of sin (for those who follow him), thus also hampering—or “binding”—Satan’s power. After being raised from the dead and ascending into heaven, Jesus has since reigned over the church from the heavenly throne (Heb. 8:1; 9:11, 24). In other words, the church age had begun and the power of the Spirit—working in God’s people—functioned as a restraint on Satan and the forces of evil; Satan was “bound to the abyss” for a time (20:3).
To be clear, this simply restrained Satan’s power but did not eliminate it. As Elliot’s Commentary accurately describes (20:7): “The binding of Satan implied restraint put upon his power and freedom of action; the loosing means the removing of these restraints.”
Satan remained the “god of this world” and continued to have a very real (and often devastating) effect on the earth. This means that, had Jesus not conquered sin and death and then sent the Spirit into the world, things would have been much worse.
In my estimation, we are now seeing what “much worse” looks like, and this fits the view. Toward the end of the “Millennial Reign,” Satan is released from his prison to deceive the nations and unite corrupt humanity against God.
Friends, I believe this is exactly what we have seen over the last several years.
Yes, it seems to me that Satan has been released from the Abyss.
If this view of the millennium sounds farfetched, consider just one more thing: there are other parts of Scripture that describe a “thousand” somethings in a symbolic way. Psalm 50:10 says “the cattle on a thousand hills” belong to God. 91:7 says “A thousand may fall at your side,” referring to the protection God provides the righteous. 90:4 says “A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.” More familiar to most readers is 2 Peter 3:8’s allusion to the previous verse, which reads almost verbatim.
Along the same lines, Joshua 23:10 seems to use this number as a reference to a mass number of men: “One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the LORD your God is He who fights for you, just as He promised you.” This is similarly seen in 1 Samuel 18:13, 2 Chronicles 1:6, and is especially obvious in Job 9:3 and 33:23.
Clearly, there is a sufficient precedent to interpret Revelation 20’s “thousand years” as a symbolic period. Given the choice between a view that contradicts most other parts of Scripture (premillennialism) and a view that fits rather naturally with it (amillennialism), the decision should be easy.
Revelation 20’s “Millennial Reign” is best understood as a symbolic period that began with Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension and ends when Satan is unleashed from the Abyss.
As I described, I fear that the latter has recently happened.
As previously mentioned, the final false teaching is not as pervasive or damaging as the previous ones but is certainly worth addressing. Unlike the Rapture, this matter precedes the return of Christ and will signal that it is near.
Scripture reveals plainly that, in the end times, a magnificently devious figure will appear to deceive the world and persecute believers. It calls him the “man of sin,” the “son of perdition,” the “little horn,” and even describes him simply as the “mouth” of the Beast from the Sea (Rev. 13:5). While the Bible does not call him the Antichrist, this has become the most popular term associated with him (and that’s OK, I think). We know that he will be the opponent of God and His people, and will be controlled by Satan (2 The. 2:9). Further, John revealed that the “spirit of antichrist” was already in the world in the first century and that many lesser antichrists existed (and still do).
The major flaw I see with how many understand this figure concerns how he will be perceived. Put succinctly, it is often taught that the Antichrist will be a wildly popular and much adored figure. As the well-known pastor, Skip Heitzig—of Calvary Church (NM)—told his large congregation, the Antichrist will be the “most interesting man in the world.” This, of course, was a play on the Dos Equis commercials that were popular several years back. Skip even had a cardboard cutout of the man from the commercials, which he referenced throughout the sermon.
Heitzig is far from alone in this belief about the Antichrist. The prolific Christian author, John Phillips, made these comments about this evil figure:
“The Antichrist will be an attractive and charismatic figure, a genius, a demon-controlled, devil-taught charmer of men. He will have answers to the horrendous problems of mankind. He will be all things to all men: a political statesman, a social lion, a financial wizard, an intellectual giant, a religious deceiver, a masterful orator, a gifted organizer.”
Certainly, some of this will necessarily be true of such a figure. But I wonder: can all these descriptions really be gleaned from the Bible? Will he be attractive, a “charmer of men,” a “social lion,” and so forth? Such statements lend themselves to the view that the Antichrist will be adored by the world.
Unfortunately, no verse or passage of Scripture tells us that the Antichrist will be adored by most people, much less by all people. In the instances where he is discussed, we can only glean the following things:
There is nothing to suggest he will be remarkably good looking, charming, an unparalleled problem-solver, or anything of the sort.
Now, it is true the Revelation 13 says that many will follow (and even worship) both the dragon (Satan) and the Beast from the sea (13:4). That is, if they are not believers. However, it does not say that the world will adore (or worship) the “mouth” that comes from it. This parallel is as close as one can get to finding a biblical basis for the belief that the Antichrist will be loved by all the unsaved world, and even it doesn’t get us there.
It’s also true that a great many people will buy into the Antichrist’s schemes and deceptive appearance, just as they do now with demons like Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates (who very well might be the Antichrist). But both logic and history tell us that no person—regardless of their social, political, or religious stature—can be adored by almost the entire world. It simply doesn’t work that way, particularly in our time. Name one president that was loved by both sides of the aisle. Name a prominent figure of any type that was, for that matter.
If you think you have come up with one, research the person and you will find that public perception was/is pretty well split.
To that point, I would argue that Nero Caesar served as the initial manifestation of this figure in Revelation 13, and he most definitely was not loved by everyone in the Roman Empire. He may have been feared and forcibly revered by most, but he was certainly not loved and adored.
The world is comprised of good and evil people—the righteous and the wicked—and the two groups always see the world and its “great figures” differently. No person can, in principle, be celebrated by all or even by most. After all, the world’s most powerful and influential figure (Jesus) is easily its most polarizing. If this is true of Christ, then it’s probably safe to say that the Antichrist will be rather polarizing, too.
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Harpagēsometha is the future, passive, 1st person plural form of harpazō. It is used only once in the NT. See this link for more information. ἁρπάζω | billmounce.com
 The other two uses are in Acts 28:15 and Matthew 25:6. In both instances, people were travelling out to meet others so they could escort them back with them.
I am releasing a new book that succinctly details the incredible events of the last two years, as well as how they relate to several vital prophecies of Scripture. This is not only a time capsule of the insane procedures that have characterized the world’s response to the “pandemic,” but the book explains the much broader (and darker) agenda that spawned it.
System of the Beast should be eye-opening for any reader who is open to receiving the truth. Below is the book description, for those who would like some additional explanation. Grab this book now by clicking here or on the title above; you’ll be glad you did.
The System is here. Are you ready for it?
What if a globally coordinated effort to control humanity has been in the works for years, if not decades? What if the “system” produced by this joint effort was taking shape before our very eyes, right here and now?
The hard truth is that it is taking shape right now, and in the plain view of the public.
In System of the Beast, Brian M. Rossiter navigates through the sea of lies and deceptions involved within the virus agenda of 2020 and reveals the startling truth behind it all. Far from being a seemingly endless series of errors and coincidences, there is clear intentionality in nearly every detail of the world’s first (and only) truly global crisis.
More than a mere transitory phenomenon, the events of the last two years are proving to have everlasting significance. God revealed long ago that there would someday be an end to our current age. The Bible explains that the last days will involve a great apostasy, a grand Lie, and the arrival of a Delusion that will seal the fates of many. Likewise, it warns about an emerging system that will “mark” the people of the world as members of Satan’s counter-church. As Rossiter carefully details from both Scripture and the unique events of our time, all these prophecies are becoming realities.