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The conceptual material is biblically sound and makes use of the perspectives of contemporary psychology, especially transpersonal. Those who do not accept it will lose the privilege of buying or selling. I would not have had her miss eating the forbidden fruit for anything. The human body is supposed to be the temple of God. The attempt to realize this godhood has involved the human race in numerous forms of occultism throughout its history. This is the lie expressed as a search for the "true Self"an attempt to "realize" one's inherent godhood or infinite potential.
The Sorcerers' Goal: Masters of Our Fate If we can make God or some cosmic Force do our bidding by the thoughts we think or words we speak, then we have achieved the sorcerer's goal: We have become masters of our own fate and can make anything happen that we want to happen simply by believing that it will happen. The power is in our belief, and God Himself must do what we believe He will do, because whatever we believe must come to pass!
Rampant among Christians today, this seductive idea is exactly what these "Masters" taught Hill and exactly what he came to believe and teachthat he could become a "Master" too: Know your own mindlive your own life. You can. Selfconfident faith in yourself is an indispensable ingredient for good living.
A healthy ego makes you more receptive to the influences which guide you from a region beyond the power of our five senses to k n o w. Unseen, silent forces influence us constantly. I can find faith which vastly enlarges my powers. He rejected the God of the Bible and the Christian faith that his father crudely tried to force into him when he was a boy, 12 and instead opted for an impersonal Force or Universal Mind,13 which he called "God.
How the Seduction Enters the Church How then could Christian leaders read, apparently enjoy, and recommend to others Napoleon Hill's heretical and deeply occult books? Part of it is due to the fact that psychology or business success techniques are considered to be "neutral" and therefore not threatening to Christianity. The concepts of unlimited human potential and miraculous mind-powers that presumably reside in that 90 percent of the brain we allegedly don't use are growing in popularity in the world and creating confusion in the church.
Douglass and Roddy state: God placed an incredible principle in the human mind, and. This is a mixture of truth and error that sincere Christian leaders are bringing into the church. Douglass and Roddy make it very clear that they are not "endorsing the idea that a person ought to substitute positiveness for trusting in God. Substitution is not the big problem, since almost everyone would easily recognize and reject such obvious error.
Confusion is the problem. There is not a word of caution to indicate that the major experts they quote for support are occultists. Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone, for example, talk about "God" in the books that Douglass and Roddy recommend, but their "God" is a metaphysical "Divine Power"19 that can be tapped into through mind-power techniques.
Hill and Stone don't substitute PMA for faith, but promote an even more dangerous idea: An Ideal Vehicle for the Seduction It would be impossible to understand our modern world without taking into consideration the way it has been shaped and molded by psychology.
Nothing else even comes close to matching its influence upon the beliefs and lifestyles of contemporary society. Almost all of this has taken place since World War II, which according to Life magazine created the "greatest upsurge" of interest in psychology in history. Congress passed the National Mental Health Act, establishing a national program with federal funds.
As a result, psychology courses exploded in universities across the country and spread rapidly from there to the seminaries. Prior to the war, "few theological schools had even bothered to teach counseling courses" involving psychology, but "by the s, almost all of them did [and] over 80 percent were offering additional courses in psychology Paul Vitz,. Psychology as religion exists. But for the first time, the destructive logic of this secular religion is beginning to be understood In this way, as well as through its introduction of sorcery as science, psychology is the major change agent in transforming society.
As investigative journalist Martin L. Gross has so well said: Psychology sits at the very center of contemporary society as an international colossus whose ranks number in the hundreds of thousands. Its experimental animals are an obliging, even grateful human race. We live in a civilization in which, as never before, man is preoccupied with self As the Protestant ethic has weakened in Western society, the confused citizen has turned to the only alternative he knows: Mouthing the holy name of science, the psychological expert claims to know all.
This new truth is fed to us continuously from birth to the grave. The official daily schedule included. Trance States and Healing. Shamanic witchcraft Ecstasy and Transformation. Being the Wizard We Are. The ancients of all cultures filled their folkloric epics with tales of visions, dreams, intuitive insights, and internal dialogs with higher beings whom they saw as the sources of ultimate wisdom and knowledge.
By accepting as true the narratives of spiritual seekers from all cultures, we now have evidence of various levels of consciousness possible to human beings. Human potential is inexhaustible and is realized through new modes of exploration i. Most Christians have failed to recognize the fact that Christianity and psychotherapy are actually two rival and irreconcilable religious systems.
Their union as "Christian psychology" creates an unequal yoke that brings into the church the seductive influence of secular psychology. And now with the leading psychologists and psychiatrists so heavily involved in selfism and sorcery, Christian psychology inevitably succumbs to some of the same delusions and brings them into the church. The brochure reads in part: The experiential focus utilizes relaxation, guided fantasy.. The conceptual material is biblically sound and makes use of the perspectives of contemporary psychology, especially transpersonal.
The dominant schools of psychology included are analytical Jung and Psychosynthesis Assigioli. Significant use is made of psychoanalytic Horney, Erikson, Berne etc. By the year we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God Jean Houston, for example, co-founder of the Foundation for Mind Research where LSD was first licensed by the government to be used in researching hidden depths of the mind,30 uses many techniques from ancient sorcery,31 among them the visualization and even materialization of what she calls "the Group Spirit" that manifests in seemingly real form.
Their existence would not be admitted by most psychologists and many clergymen no matter how hard they tried to prove. Whatever happens is considered to be the product of one's allegedly unlimited imagination. Napoleon Hill was convinced that his nine "Counselors," though so real that they frightened him at first, were only imaginary.
Hill wrote: Every night. I held an imaginary council meeting with this group whom I called my "Invisible Counselors. After some months of this nightly procedure, I was astounded by the discovery that these imaginary figures became apparently real.
Each of these nine men developed individual characteristics, which surprised me These meetings became so realistic that I became fearful of their consequences, and discontinued them for several months.
The experiences were so uncanny, I was afraid if I continued them I would lose sight of the fact that the meetings were purely experiences of my imagination. This is the first time that I have had the courage to mention this.
I still regard my cabinet meetings as being purely imaginary, but. I now go to my imaginary counselors with every difficult problem which confronts me and my clients.
The results are often astonishing. So it is with today's psychologists who use the same basic sorcerer's technique: The often-remarkable results these. In seminars called "The Power of The Imagination" sponsored by Marquette University, psychologists have trained thousands of persons across America to visualize "inner guides" similar to Hill's and with equally astonishing results.
Though it can easily be proved that the imagination is not unlimited who can visualize a new prime color, for example? The power of the imagination is becoming confused with inspiration and power of the Holy Spirit. Korean pastor Paul Yonggi Cho declares that it was through the power of the "imagination" that God created the world, and that because man is a "fourth-dimension" spirit-being like God, he too, whether occultist or Christian, can create his own world through the power of his imagination.
Norman Vincent Peale calls this Positive imaging, which he says is a word "derived from imagination"35 and is "positive thinking carried one step further. There is a powerful and mysterious force in human nature. The concept is a form of mental activity called imaging It consists of vividly picturing, in your conscious mind, a desired goal or objective, and holding that image until it sinks into your unconscious mind, where it releases great untapped energies.
When the imaging concept is applied steadily and systematically, it solves problems, strengthens personalities, improves health, and greatly enhances the chances for success in any kind of endeavor. The idea of imaging has been around for a long time, and it has been implicit in all the speaking and writing I have done in the past. If it strutted or danced down church aisles in its authentic paint and feathers as the antibiblical religion it is, paganism would be promptly rejected by Christians.
But when dressed in a business suit, clerical collar, or robe and introduced to the congregation as the latest innovation in theology, psychology, medicine, business success, and self-improvement techniques for developing human potential, seductive sorcery is warmly embraced as a true friend and supporter of Christianity. What we will be documenting in subsequent chapters is far more than isolated pockets of error. Not only is its extent staggering, but sorcery within the church follows a pattern that fits precisely the biblical warnings from Jesus and His disciples concerning a great deception that would sweep the world in the last days.
Therefore it is necessary first of all to understand the prophetic context in which the seduction is taking place. When you see a south wind blowing, you say, "It will be a hot day," and it turns out that way. You hypocrites!
You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time? Numerous prophecies, including those from Jesus Himself, warn that the worldwide spiritual deception just prior to His return will be so seductive that it will "mislead, if possible, even the elect" Matthew It is only reasonable to assume that those warnings have been given to help us to recognize this deception when it comes.
The Bible contains many accounts that would lead us to believe that those living upon earth at the time prophecy is fulfilled are expected to recognize events transpiring in their day as the fulfillment of what the prophets have foretold. For example, referring in his Pentecost sermon to what was happening on that historic day, Peter declared: The view Jesus had of prophecy was equally practical.
He called the two disciples on the road to Emmaus "fools" for not correlating Old Testament prophecies with events that had happened to Him Luke And in the verses quoted at the beginning of this chapter, He called the Jews of His day "hypocrites" for not. Would Jesus also call us fools and hypocrites for not recognizing that we are living in the "last days" on the basis of the signs we have been given?
Could we be deceived if we don't take heed to these warnings? And how can we take heed unless at some point in time we relate what we have been warned about with what is happening in the world?
We cannot escape the fact that the Bible repeatedly and purposefully addresses the subject of the "last days" and gives numerous signs by which those living at the time are to recognize them. Jesus specified a number of definite signs as though He intended that those living in the last days, though unable to tell the exact "day or hour" of His coming Matthew Apparently it will be extremely important to be able to do so.
Referring to the future events He had prophetically described, Jesus said: Now learn a parable from the fig tree: There can be no reasonable doubt that the Bible describes the "last days" with the obvious intent that some generation at some time will be able to "recognize that He is near, right at the door. We must make this determination not on the basis of "new revelation," personal bias, or a desire to be always "positive," but by taking Bible prophecies at face value and then examining the evidence.
Jesus and His apostles placed great emphasis upon certain signs and warned us not to be asleep and thus fail to recognize them and be caught by surprise.
Paul wrote that Christians are "not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief" 1 Thessalonians 5: Some Persuasive Evidence Critics argue that some of the signs Jesus gavewars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines, pestilencehave been happening in cycles down through history.
Therefore the mere fact that they are occurring today, even though with greater frequency and intensity, does not in itself prove that we are in the "last days. There are other very significant signs of the "last days" for which that argument is meaningless. These generally overlooked signs not only indicate that Christ's return is very near but carry grave consequences for every person on planet Earth.
We ignore them at our peril. There can be no doubt that our generation has seen unique historic developments that are necessary preliminary events leading up to Armageddon. Yet impressive as these indications are, there is much more. For the first time in global history, humanity now has in its hands the terrifying weapons that make it possible to destroy all life on planet Earth.
Without such weapons the biblical prophecies about Christ intervening to save the human race from extinction would be meaningless.
We also have, for the first time in history, the mass-communication and data-processing systems necessary for controlling the entire world economically, politically, and militarily. Thus for the first time there exists the means for the practical fulfillment of the prophecies in Revelation 13 concerning the Antichrist's control of the world. Moreover, this comes at the precise time that all the other necessary ingredients for Armageddon are in place.
The First Sign Jesus Gave: A Warning Clearly, the worn-out objection of skeptics that every generation has thought it was living in the last days on the basis of prophesied signs is absurd. Previous generations may have thought so, but none prior to ours has had the evidence to support that view.
No generation from the 70 A. Ours is the first generation in history that has seen all of the necessary. Yet there are other prophesied signs that are even more significant.
Though extremely important, all of the impressive evidence we could give or that has been mentioned so far would not tell us how near we may be to the second coming of Jesus Christ without certain further essential confirmation. There are several other signs of a nature different from any we have yet listed that are usually overlooked altogether or given only passing reference by experts in biblical prophecy.
Yet these are the most significant signs of all, and they give us good cause for believing that "He is near, right at the door. He went on to warn them that the last days immediately prior to His return would be characterized by the greatest deception the world has ever seen. He indicated that this would be religious deception and that it would involve three specifics: Religious deception is the first major sign that Jesus gave to indicate that His second coming is near.
It is also the most important. Christ and His apostles emphasized it the most, and with good reason. The consequences of being deceived by false prophets and false messiahs are far worse than being victimized by famine, disease, or war.
Here is how Jesus summarized His solemn warning: For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
Behold, I have told you in advance Matthew False Prophets Down through history there have always been a few false prophets.
Jesus warned that in the last days there would be many and that they would deceive many people. For that to come true, there would have to be a worldwide interest and belief in predicting the future. Even 20 years ago that would have seemed. Ridiculed as superstition by science not many years ago, prophecy is today being experimented with and verified in laboratory research, where it is now called "precognition.
On the one hand, that approach denies biblical prophecy, which comes as a revelation from God. The door is thus opened wide for demonic entities to deceive modern man. Since their very existence is denied nothing they do would be attributed to them. Moreover, there would be no such thing as false prophecy if precognition is a natural process. Nature is neither false nor true. As a result, the false prophets that Jesus warned about are more free to deceive in the space age than ever before in human history.
And the growing eagerness among some Christians to accept "new revelation" in spite of its conflict with the Bible makes the church increasingly vulnerable to false prophets as well. Louisa Rhine, wife of Duke University's J.
Rhine the father of American parapsychology , has documented numerous convincing cases of "precognition. What sort of scientists are daring to pursue these once "taboo" subject areas? Herbert Benson, Harvard University; Dr.
Elmer Green, Menninger Clinic; Dr. Charles Tart, University of California; Dr. Hal Puthoff, Stanford Research Institute, to name just a few. Not long ago Edgar Cayce and Jeane Dixon were regarded skeptically by most people. Today there are hundreds of professional psychic prophets with large followings. Dozens of varieties of courses for developing psychic "mind-powers," from Alpha Level Training to Mind Dynamics, turn out thousands of amateurs who can do everything Cayce did and more.
Graduates of Silva Mind Control, for example, are given their money back if they cannot accurately diagnose persons whose names they have been given but whom they have never heard of, much less seen or met. Some of the world's top business and political leaders wouldn't make a move without consulting their astrologer or psychic.
The ingredients for fulfilling Christ's prophecy that many false prophets would deceive many followers are now present as never before in modern history. It is interesting to observe that many of the predictions made by today's modern seers speak of coming disasters similar to those found in Bible prophecies, with an added "positive" note of hope that sounds suspiciously like certain kinds of "positive thinking" being taught in the church today.
Andrija Puharich is one of today's most brilliant medical scientists, with about 60 patents to his credit. The following excerpts from a talk to. I'm a scribe, the information.
That name is the title of the leader of a civilization. I put on record. It's going to be difficult [to survive] but I want you to know that those who want to will survive.
While there have always been some pretenders, today's world is flooded with those who claim to be Christ. Jim Jones and Charles Manson were two among many. Most of the Eastern gurus who have invaded the West in the last 20 years make the same claim. That a full-page ad could appear in major newspapers around the world announcing "The Christ Is Now Here," as happened in April , is just one more indication that this is an idea whose time may have come.
Those behind it have clearly stated what the ad implied: The biblical test of the spirit of Antichrist is: He is antichrist Within the past 20 years, tens of millions of people in the West have been converted to a basic tenet of Eastern mysticism that we believe will play a key role in the acceptance of the Antichrist.
That concept is reincarnation, which is gradually. It is almost inevitable that anyone dabbling in occultism will eventually, like Napoleon Hill and many of his readers, embrace reincarnation. Shirley MacLaine is a good example, and her recent best-selling autobiography has convinced many readers. Jesus was resurrected, not reincarnated, and the difference between the two is both obvious and important. Reincarnation is based upon a belief in the "law of karma," which allegedly requires that subsequent lives be lived in order to pay in kind for the deeds done in prior lives.
A husband who beats his wife in this life, for example, must return in a subsequent life as a wife who is beaten by her husband. Thus karma cannot solve the problem of evil, but can only perpetuate it, for the person who commits a crime must become the victim of the same crime. This in turn requires that someone else commit the crime, who must then become a future victim, ad infinitum.
Going back in the other direction, the experiences of this life are the result of karma from a past life, which resulted from a yet prior life, and so on endlessly into the past. Where did it all begin? The Hindu speaks of the time when the three gunas qualities of the godhead were in perfect balance and there was only the void.
Something caused an imbalance in the godhead, which began the prakriti manifestation and has been going on ever since. Thus everyone is reaping the bad karma that began in the godhead and is built into the very fabric of the universe. In spite of the fact that this philosophy is absolutely hopeless, senseless, and immoral, many leading psychiatrists have become believers in reincarnation.
This is because some of their patients, while being "regressed" into the past under hypnosis, have recited details from alleged prior lives, including all kinds of verifiable factual data that they could not have fabricated on their own. The importance of reincarnation in preparing the world to accept the Antichrist is clear.
No would-be "Christ" could claim to be the biblical Messiah without the physical proof of the nailprints in his hands and feet and a spear wound in his side. However, if the world is not looking for the resurrected Jesus but for the latest reincarnation of the "Christ spirit," then no nailprints or spear wound would be necessary. Antichrist can claim to be the Christ and be believed if he has sufficient psychic powers to seemingly work the "miracles" that are expected of Christ when He returns.
That could well be how he "proves" who he is. Paul warned that Antichrist's "coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness This puts in a very vulnerable position those Christians who accept anything that seems to be miraculous as coming from God.
Although miracles are important, we must beware of placing greater emphasis upon them than Scripture supports. Jesus Himself said of John the Baptist that there was no greater prophet born of women Luke 7: And of Jesus it is said, though He did so many miracles, yet the Jews still did not believe on Him John The Bible does not teach that the great need today is for a miracle ministry, as is so heavily emphasized on much Christian television.
Rather, it warns us that we need discernment to know the difference between what is of God and what is of Satan. False Miracles Having rejected biblical miracles, today's science is accepting the false miracles of Satannot for what they are, but as alleged natural powers of the mind, which we call "psychic phenomena.
Science fiction has made superhuman powers believable, because so much presented by this genre has already become reality.
Almost anything is believable nownot as a. Although there are still many skeptics, psychic research has come into its own in the past few years. A high percentage of not only ordinary people but top scientists as well are now convinced that human potential includes incredible powers of the mind such as precognition, telepathy, clairvoyance, and telekinesis. These powers are allegedly available to anyone who knows how to tap into the Force through reaching the right state of consciousness.
Though materialists, the Soviets are as deeply involved in psychic research as are the Americans. Of course they try their best to maintain strictly materialistic explanations, such as designating telepathy "biological radio" in spite of the fact that no brain waves can be detected emanating more than a few inches from the skull, whereas telepathy experiments have been successfully conducted over vast distances and even between earth and orbiting cosmonauts.
Numerous books have appeared documenting psi research, such as Frames of Meaning: As Marilyn Ferguson has said: Historically, many great scientists have been drawn to psi. Among the first officers of the Society for Psychical Research in Britain were three Nobel laureates: Thompson; the discoverer of argon, Lord Rayleigh; and Charles Richet.
William James, usually described as the father of American psychology, co-founded the American Society for Psychical Research. Carl Jung and Wolfgang Pauli, a Nobel physicist, coauthored a theory about synchronicity. Pierre Janet, a great French scientist of the nineteenth century, actively.
Luther Burbank and Thomas Edison had a strong interest in the field. In view of the many other signs converging in our day, it seems at least probable that the world is being set up for Antichrist as never before in its history. There is, however, yet more evidence that is even more intriguing and convincing.
An Official World Religion? Revelation Many people think of prophecy as an intriguing subject that involves the latest rumors concerning an alleged Trilateralist plot, the newest developments in the Middle East, or recent maneuvers by the Soviets and Arabs in their continuing campaign against Israel.
Interesting as that may be, there is something far more important. Whether one has a year's supply of food in case of famine or a suitable shelter for surviving a nuclear attack may be important, but it affects one's temporal condition only. However, to be deluded into believing "the lie" that we are warned will seduce the entire world into accepting the Antichrist will affect one's eternal destiny 2 Thessalonians 2: The counterculture that began as a largely political movement protesting the Vietnam war and evils of a materialistic society became a spiritual movement through the influence of drugs and Eastern mysticism.
The failure of. This is preparing humanity for the coming world religion of Antichrist, and the prophetic warnings in the Bible concerning it deserve to be taken seriously. The Cashless Controlled Society Biblical prophecies also have a good deal to say about political, military, and economic developments in the last days.
As "negative" as it sounds, Antichrist will rule the earth. The Bible declares in unequivocal language: And he causes all, the small and the great, the rich and the poor. In our modern world, years after these words were written by John under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they at last make sense.
Today's credit card system has brought the fulfillment of this ancient prophecy closer than almost anyone would have guessed 50 years ago. Nor is it any secret that we are heading for a completely cashless society, which will be one more step toward this prophecy's fulfillment.
There are about million credit cards now in use in the United States alone. In the reported fraudulent credit card transactions were about million dollars. The possibility of counterfeiting cards is being eliminated by new devices such as those developed by Light Signatures, Inc.
The only real solution is to do away entirely with cards as well as with cash. The logical manner for accomplishing this is exactly what the Bible prophesied years ago: There will eventually be an irremovable identification number on the hand or forehead of every person on the planet. We now have the technology not just to impregnate a number but to implant a micro chip with. This is the next logical step for banking and commerce, but it could also allow surveillance from satellite of the movements of every person on earth.
This may be why "the mark of the beast" will only be put into operation by Antichrist himself. Speculation about what that mark will be and the meaning of "" has filled volumes. The most important thing is to realize that receiving it will be an act of submission to Antichrist, causing all who take this mark to forfeit the possibility of salvation. Those who do not accept it will lose the privilege of buying or selling.
The choice will be between time and eternity. The Coming World Government It is no longer a question of whether but when humanity will be united both economically and politically under a one-world government. Lists of the many top leaders and organizations working openly toward this goal can be obtained by anyone who is interested.
Books on the subject are legion, from James P. Warburg's The West In Crisis "We are living in a perilous period of transition from the era of the fully sovereign nationstate to the era of world government" 2 to Between Two Ages, by Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Zbigniew Brezinski, in which he openly advocates a one world government as a necessity.
The United States has officially made statements favorable of a new world order, such as the following addressed to the Secretary-General of the United Nations: If you like conspiracy theories about secret plots to take over the world, you are going to love the administration of President-elect Jimmy Carter. At last count 13 Trilateralists had gone into top positions Yet the most important part of what the Bible tells us about the Antichrist is seldom mentioned. It would be fruitless to speculate further about global conspiracy theories involving the Trilateralists, Masons, Illuminati, or New Age networks.
These organizations are only pawns in the real game. No one is going to take over the world by conspiring to do so. Far more important than knowing the individuals and groups involved is understanding the common he that deceives them all.
The mastermind behind the scenes is Satan himself, and the world takeover is his move. Even so, that can only come when God allows it, and it will be made possible through some startling developments. A very probable scenario is presented in Peace, Prosperity, and the Coming Holocaust, so we won't take further time to discuss that here. Regardless of how it is going to come about, however, the Bible declares that it will happen: And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast [Antichrist]..
He will also be the revered and worshiped head of an unprecedented official world religion. The world's loyalty to him will be of a religious nature. His takeover of the world is above all a spiritual event toward which Satan has plotted since the Garden of Eden. Those who overlook that fact miss the real significance of Antichrist and are more likely to fall prey to the.
When we finally see prophecy in its religious context, it takes on new meaning and urgency. What Secret to His Power? In language that cannot be misinterpreted, the Bible foretells that Antichrist will declare himself to be God and that the whole worldMarxists, Maoists, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, professing Christians, everyonewill believe this astonishing claim and worship him.
This seems so fantastic that many sincere Christians have tried to interpret this prophecy to mean only that Western Europe the revived Roman Empire and possibly also the remainder of the Western world will be under the Antichrist. However, the words used in Revelation 13 to describe Antichrist's dominion, whether political or religious, are unequivocal: Earth's inhabitants at that time will not recognize this claim as the outrageous lie of a diabolical counterfeit.
It will seem to be the sincere revelation of truth from the very Savior the world desperately needs. Here is what the Bible says: And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe the lie And the whole earth. And all who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written. Even assuming that he had conquered or blackmailed the world through some secret superweapon, it would certainly be necessary for him to disarm the Soviets, Chinese, and all those he had conquered in order to keep them in subjection.
Yet the Bible indicates that at Armageddon the armies of all nations will gather against Jerusalem, which means they will still have their weapons.
The logical secret to Antichrist's mysterious power over humanity lies in the astonishing fact that the entire world will worship him as God. Worship brings reverence and obedience. Military power is hardly necessary to force the members of a religion to obey the "God" they worship.
His bold claim that he is God, however, is not made by Antichrist as a ploy to gain control. There is something much deeper behind it. The new world religion of Antichrist will be thought of as scientific. This new religious science will promise to lead humanity into the experience of its own divinity, that each of us is "God. It will be a religion of self-love and self-worship, centered in man himself and oriented to man's personal success rather than to the glory of the true God.
It is already clear that we are heading rapidly in this very direction. The evidence is there for all to see in the New Age movement, which is a blend of science and Eastern religions. The New "Spiritual" Science. Another name for the New Age movement is the Holistic movement, about which we will have much more to say later.
Under this influence, science, medicine, psychology, sociology, and education have all taken a sharp turn to the "spiritual," but not in a biblical sense. Instead, they have turned to the occult, and Christians need to be aware of the seduction that they face in every area of today's society.
Parents especially need to awaken to the fact that their children are being seduced by. The turn to a new "religious science" has been apparent for some years in the field of psychology, but is now accelerating. Both humanistic and transpersonal psychologies are heavily involved in what they call "spiritual" therapies and concerns, which are simply a revival of occultism under psychological labels, as we will document later.
Past president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, Jean Houston, is called the "Prophet of the Possible"6 upon whom Margaret Mead's mantle has presumably fallen. Known as "a dazzling visionary, scholar, and teacher in the human potential movement"7 and a leading spokesperson for the coming "transformation into the New Age," Houston declared in an interview: I predict that in our lifetime we will see the rise of essentially a New World Religion.
I believe a new spiritual system will emerge. Five months before his death in Los Angeles, Buckminster Fuller, designer of the geodesic dome and the world's most honored architect, declared that man's future on "Spaceship Earth depends entirely" upon his cooperation with the "Divine Mind always present in each individual. In his keynote speech to the delegates, Muller said: The time has come to obtain peace on this planet I think that what is wrong.. There is an obvious secondary application.
The human body is supposed to be the temple of God. Paul wrote to the Christians at Corinth: The teaching of Eastern religions, however, is that the self is God, but we just don't realize it.
The spirit of Antichrist causes humans to look within themselves in that temple of the heart where the spirit of God ought to dwell, and to declare their own deity. The goal of Yoga is "self-realization"to look deeply within what ought to be the temple of the one true God and there to discover the alleged "true Self" or "higher Self" and declare self to be God.
This is the religion of Antichrist; and for the first time in history it is being widely practiced throughout the Western world as Transcendental Meditation and other forms of Yoga that are now taught in nearly every YWCA or YMCA, in public and private schools from kindergarten to graduate level, and in many churches. Humanity is being conditioned to accept a coming world ruler who will have the psychic powers from Satan to "prove" that he has indeed "realized" his own "godhood.
Each claiming to be God himself, the gurus. It will not seem strange, therefore, when Antichrist claims to be God; and the millions who have been worshiping gurus such as Rajneesh and Muk-tananda will easily worship Antichrist. The hundreds of Eastern gurus are preparing us for the ultimate Guru; the many false Christs are paving the way for the Antichrist. San Diego psychiatrist Samuel H. Sandweiss is one example of the millions of Westerners who have been converted by one guru or another.
The following are excerpts from a letter he wrote to his wife in May from India, where he had gone to investigate a miracle-working guru known as Sai Baba, who has about 20 million devoted followers: There is no doubt in my mind that Sai Baba is divine. I astound myself.. I believe Baba to be an incarnation of God. How strange, when just a few days ago I was such a skeptic.
Yesterday I experienced more miracles.. Baba is allowing me to see this wonderful power close-up. I am witnessing in live color and in the flesh an experience a million times more astonishing than the fairy-tale stories I have been telling my four sweet children.. I saw this man lie face-down at Baba's f e e t. However, the goal of "cosmic evolution" and the "destiny" of humanity to realize its inherent godhood referred to by U.
For example, Joseph. Armstrong's Worldwide Church of God all teach it. Raised a fundamentalist and now one of the most influential New Age leaders, David Spangler lays it all out, including cosmic evolution of the self to godhood and the key role played by Lucifer Satan: When man entered upon the pathway of self, he entered into a great creative adventure. There he can say, "I have fully and absolutely accepted the responsibility of who and what I a m ". The being that helps man to reach this point is Lucifer.
My plan and My Duty is to reveal to you a new way. Man is incarnate God.
He will not only understand the true purpose of life, but also he will have at his command the power to fulfill that purpose without having to experience another incarnation on this earthly plane [emphasis in original]. And the Masters of the Great School, on this earthly plane and all other planes, will rejoice at his triumph and will bid him godspeed toward his own Mastership.
That this message of self-deification is gaining credibility and acceptability at an accelerating rate around the world is another convincing sign that the coming of Christ must be drawing near.
There can be no doubt that this belief will play a major role in causing the world to accept the Antichrist and his world religion, as the Bible foretells. That the world would follow such teachings comes as no surprise. But there is cause for alarm when we realize how closely related the deification of self is to the entire Human Potential movement, and how this movement has penetrated the evangelical church and is subtly seducing overwhelming numbers of Christians.
Self is the predominant theme of a large percentage of Christian books and sermons. Former Episcopal priest Alan Watts turned Zen Buddhist Master is a good example of where this seduction leads "Christians" who succumb to it.
Watts declared: The appeal of Zen, as of other forms of Eastern philosophy, is that it unveils. Satan will give him supernatural powers to back up his claim that he is the first human to have achieved the full potential of our alleged inherent godhood. That this amazing world ruler is a self-realized Master in the fullest sense of Eastern tradition will be "proved" through the demonstration of supernatural powers that seemingly rival the miracles of Jesus Christ described in the Bible.
This will give credence to the hope that everyone else in the world can also reach the goal of "self-realization. It is important to understand that Antichrist will not claim to be God in the classical biblical sense, but a man who has achieved godhood. In fact Antichrist will deny the existence of God as a personal Being who has created out of nothing all that exists.
The respectability and broad popularity that this belief has achieved is exemplified in John Denver. Like Marsha Mason. Muktananda's advice to his disciples was: Honor and worship your own being. God dwells within you as You. I'll be a god. Increasing numbers of celebrities, such as Shirley MacLaine, are testifying to the transforming power of mystical experiences. In her best-seller Out On a Limb, MacLaine explains that she now accepts what she once considered "science fiction o r.
He touched me with peacock feathers. I began to have the impression that our minds were joined. He touched me again on the head with his hand.
After this, beautiful colors and it seemed as though I had and was looking down on it. I and brilliance were beyond imagined. I began to talk in tongues. A beautiful beam of light came into the room and I decided at that moment to stop evaluating what was happening and simply be one with the experience, to join it completely For the next three months, my energy level was heightened and I required very little sleep. I was filled with an awareness of love unlike anything I had known before.
Within this context the otherwise-incredible Antichrist prophecies become believable. It is no longer difficult to imagine that everyone will worship him. If initiation by gurus such as Muktananda has such a transforming power, what will it be like to be initiated into Antichrist's New Age kingdom? Moreover, Antichrist will symbolize the Godhood they all hope to achieve. It is important to remember that everyone will know that they are not worshiping the God of the Bible.
They would not worship the true God, because to acknowledge His existence would be to admit their own inferiority and total dependence upon Him. To acknowledge Antichrist as God, however, is to reaffirm their own claim to godhood. He has simply "realized" ahead of others what all hope to achieve; and the fact that he has reached this goal is proof that all can reach it.
Everyone will want to sit at his feet and submit to his power in order to learn the secret he has acquired. Not only will it give the possessor the right to buy and sell, but it will identify those who are in Antichrist's kingdomhis loyal followers who worship him as God. Thus the implantation of this mark will be an initiation into the official world religion.
This will involve the entire world in Satan worship: This seems impossible to believe, because most people think of Satan-worshipers as weird fanatics performing bizarre rituals under a full moon at midnight in a cemetery. On the contrary, this will all be very scientific and respectable. Few if any will be aware that they are worshiping Satan. And those who are, like David Spangler, will call him Lucifer, who is allegedly "an agent of God's love acting through evolution.
This is especially true of children and teenagers. Christians had better awaken to what is happening to their children. Take the recently popular movie , for example. In the. What the film did not explain, Arthur C. Clarke did in his book: Spangler further explains the relationship of Antichrist to Lucifer and why Lucifer will be worshiped: Christ is the same force as Lucifer. Lucifer works within each of us to bring us to wholeness, and as we move into a new age.
This would have seemed impossible even 50 years ago, but today it is right in line with growing trends. Already we can see the beginning stages of what the Bible prophesies. An incredible worldwide delusion is gathering momentum. Every person on earth during these last days prior to Christ's return must face it and choose God's truth or Satan's lie. So compelling will be the seduction that Jesus warned that "even the elect" would be deceived "if it were possible.
What is most important for us to understand is that the glue that will hold Antichrist's empire together is the universal acceptance of what the Bible calls "the lie" that man is God. The consequences ought to be obvious: If we claim that we are God, we have demeaned the very concept of God.
We haven't lifted ourselves up to God's level, but have dragged God down to our level. If everything is God, as Hinduism teaches, then nothing is God, because the very word "God" has lost its meaning. Thus the declaration that man is God is religious atheism.
That kind of. That it will indeed happen, however, is clearly stated. This is not pessimism but realism. It should not cause us to become fatalistic, but to work even more diligently to rescue as many as we possibly can before it is too late. The Bible plainly declares that Christ died for the entire world John 3: Therefore, in spite of prophecies about coming delusion and the Antichrist's takeover, we must attempt to convert all people for Christ. That is a worthy goal, and the love of Christ would compel us, for God is not willing that any should perish.
However, there must be genuine repentance and conversion. The Bible repeatedly makes it clear that the issue is truth, and Paul warns that all those who "did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved" would be given from God Himself "a deluding influence so that they might believe the lie" 2 Thessalonians 2: Clearly we must take great care that the message we preach to the world is indeed the truth.
Unfortunately, as we will see in the following pages, the lie has come into the church, and those who claim to be Christians are joining the world in the worship of self with its alleged unlimited powers of the mind. Though it may seem "negative," we dare not ignore the solemn fact that the Bible warns of a coming apostasynot as a possibility, but as a certainty. In fact we are told quite clearly that many in the church will be seduced before the second coming of Christ takes place.
With regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to Him. A day of judgment is coming suddenly that will be "like a trap" snapping shut on everyone "on the face of all the earth. What Will Happen to the Christians? The large numbers of Christians in the world perhaps several hundred million would certainly be an obstacle in the way of Antichrist.
The idea that Christians will prevent. Antichrist from gaining control by converting the world is becoming increasingly popular, though it hardly seems to fit Scripture. From the many prophecies which state that "the whole world" will worship Antichrist, it seems clear that Christians will either change their convictions or be removed. One possible interpretation of 2 Thessalonians 2: In my Father's house are many dwelling places; I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you [in my Father's house], I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. John Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them. The coming apostasy departure from the faith would then be in full bloom. The lie of infinite human potential demonstrated in godlike mind powers will seem to be the wonderful truth giving promise of a New Age.
That lie is already at work in the world. According to 2 Thessalonians 2: Much evidence indicates that it has already begun.
Among those who call themselves Christians, there have always been many apostates who deny the virgin birth, the divinity and uniqueness of Jesus Christ, the authority of. Scripture, the necessity of redemption through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, and other essentials of the faith. Babylon already exists as apostasy within the church, and it did in Paul's day.
Clearly he was not talking about that, however, but about an apostasy that was yet to come, which would be so much worse than anything previously experienced that it would be known as the apostasy. It would influence the entire church then upon earth; and it would also be called the apostasy because at its heart would be the lie that humans can become gods.
Transformation of the Church Why must the apostasy come first? Apparently it will be an integral part of the great deception and delusion that will sweep the entire world in preparation for the Antichrist's take-over.
Thereafter those who "did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved" 2 Thessalonians 2: Therefore, those who will receive Christ during the Great Tribulation and be martyred as a result will not have previously heard and rejected the gospel. This could include many within mainline Protestant denominations and the Catholic and orthodox churches, who think of themselves as Christians but have never heard from their pastor or priest the real message of salvation.
Departure from the Faith or from the Earth? Paul's prophecy of apostasy seems to fly in the face of the prevailing optimism and predictions of great revival that dominate Christian media.
Such pronouncements by many Christian leaders concerning success, prosperity, and Christians taking over the world for Christ, however, are based more upon the popular idea that one must always be positive than upon solid Bible teaching. It is not easy to overcome the temptation to join the excited crowds who eagerly embrace whatever this or that dynamic Christian leader says without checking it carefully against the Bible.
Those who accept at face value the many prophecies concerning apostasy, destruction, and judgment are labeled as "negative" or "gloom and doomers. It is all too common for Christians either to become depressed by those who predict gloom and doom; or to be swept up in the enthusiasm of those who declare that the church is in the midst of a great revival. The Bible seems to indicate that apostasy and revival will go on side by side in the last days. For example, the parable Jesus told of the man who "was giving a big dinner, and he invited many" Luke Those he invited apparently accepted the initial invitation.
It was later "at the dinner hour when he sent his slave to say to those who had been bidden, 'Come, for everything is ready now,' " that they made their pitiful excuses of having "bought a piece of land.. That was when, in anger, the master sent his slave out to bring in "the poor, the crippled and blind and lame.. Apparently they are too intent upon making a success out of life here upon earth to take time off for what they consider to be a "pie-in-the-sky" event up in heaven.
At the same time, however, multitudes of drug addicts, drop-outs, New Agers, criminals in prisons, and other unlikely candidates are repenting of their sins, receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and will be caught up in the rapture.
Regardless of the precise scenario, the Bible makes it very clear that the major sign of the last days prior to Christ's return will be religious deception. That this apostasy must come and that it will mirror within the church the very pattern of delusion that is preparing the secular world for Antichrist not only makes sense but agrees with the weight of Bible prophecy.
It also seems to agree with many developments both in the secular world and the church today that we will be dealing with as we proceed. He will be the false Christ for whom the many pretenders to Christhood have prepared the world: Satan's man posing as God's man, the Antichrist posing as the Christ. It would not be surprising, therefore, if the official world religion will be antichristianity posing as the true Christianity.
The examples of precisely this are growing in number and strength. Mormonism is one of the boldest and most successful examples; and it has even managed to deceive many Christians, who think the Mormon Church is just another Christian denomination. Mormonism is literally founded upon the words of Satan to Eve in the Garden of Eden, and top Mormon leaders have frankly admitted this.
For example: I do not blame Mother Eve. I would not have had her miss eating the forbidden fruit for anything. Mormonism proudly boasts that obedience to its prophets and precepts and participation in its secret temple rituals is the only way to reach the godhood that Satan promised. The ambition of every active Mormon male is to become a god, manufacture his own world, and through eternal sex with his many goddess wives people that world with another Adam and Eve, have another Lucifer tempt them in their Garden of Eden, another Jesus Lucifer's brother redeem them,.
Hinduism has million gods, but Mormonism has literally trillions, each of whom was a sinful man living on some other earth, where he was redeemed by the Jesus of that earth, which made it possible for him over eons of time to prove his worthiness through good deeds and occult rituals and finally become a god himself. Seed of Apostasy If all this sounds bizarre and unbiblical, Christianity seems just as devilish to Mormons.
John Taylor, the third Mormon President, said that Christianity was "hatched in hell" 3 and "a perfect pack of nonsense. The Devil could not invent a better engine to spread his work The end-time apostasy will involve an even stronger delusion and will encompass the entire world. This apostasy will not suddenly spring up in full bloom. It will take time to develop, and the evidence indicates that we are in that development stage right now. Examples are evident throughout the Christian community of acceptance of Mormons as just another denomination.
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