I, a man, can be a woman simply by deciding that I am a woman. I, a man, can marry another man without recrimination, because it is legal for me to do so. This oblivion is destroying the foundations not only of society, but civilization itself. Yet, if I want to throw a plastic bottle into the sea, I cannot say that plastic bottle is not a plastic bottle. It is in fact a living, healthy fish that will thrive if it is placed in its natural habitation. A fish doesn’t destroy the environment. A plastic bottle does…therefore a plastic bottle has to remain a plastic bottle. Are you confused? The plastic bottle is more useful as a plastic bottle in the minds of those that seek to usurp God and take control of the planet. Having practically convinced the whole world that plastic is a great enemy along with other human causes of “Climate Change”, citizens of the world are being shepherded into a united force to “save the planet.” Gender fluidity, along with same-sex marriage, breaks down the building blocks of society. The human conscience is being eroded to the extent that good is evil and evil is good. The world is displaying God-phobia while celebrating its lostness.
Satan’s subversive attack against all that is of God includes the weapon of deception. Jesus warned of a time when even the elect would be deceived if that were possible (Matthew 24:23-24). Although sin and rebellion began with him, Satan is not an original thinker when he devises his destructive manoeuvres against man. He copies Scripture. For instance, he has his own “fishers of men”; he has his prophets preparing the way for the Antichrist; and he has his apostles that live close to him and do his bidding. These men are often referred to as the “elite”. They are rich and powerful personalities with a vision of utopia for the world. They are deceived into believing that they can create the perfect world, where there will be no more war as in Isaiah 2:4. They take their gospel of “save the world” out to the masses. Sadly, many ordinary men and women, including some in the Church, are caught up in the offshoot deceptions. They are fully convinced by the climate change scam and pollution of all kinds. They set out on their own senseless versions of ‘save the world’; a world that is condemned and will end, a world that “lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19). To deceive and convince the lost, Satan uses power, signs, and lying wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9). His pseudo messiah will be resurrected from the dead (Revelation 13:3). He will have a false trinity with Satan counterfeiting the father, Antichrist will be the counterfeit son, and the False Prophet will be the false holy spirit. The False Prophet will seal the people, “both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave” (Revelation 13:16-17). All this in an attempt to be God. He is so puffed up that he says in his heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:13-14). But his end is nigh. This “present evil age” (Galatians 1:4) is coming to an end (Matthew 24:3). Jesus will make all things new (Revelation 21:5); a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1).
Confusion reigns in the war on language and free speech. Common sense and conscience have been eroded and binned. They are replaced by the collective consciousness of Political Correctness. You can have free speech as long as you don’t speak out against the modern trends. This is where we need to pray and intercede for pastors and preachers, and for those in the Christian media. Pray for editors and writers of Christian books and magazines, and for those producing Christian DVDs. Pressure is building to persuade, if not force Christians to renounce the Spirit and the Word, and to conform to the spirit and letter of the world. Only one opinion on a range of subjects is allowed to air in mainstream media. We might laugh at the thought of Britain becoming like North Korea where crowds cheer their leader, and wave their flags maniacally, all saying the same things…out of fear, not devotion. That is the spirit that prevailed in Babylon and the Tower of Babel. Britain is dabbling in this same spirit, creating a conformity of thought, speech, and action.
Anti-Semitism is prevalent in British universities as well as in the Labour Party. Jews and Israel are unmentionables in this PC world. Even Israel is suffering the tentacles of anti-Semitism in some of its universities. Last year the Hebrew University deleted Israel’s national anthem (Hatikvah) from its graduation ceremony to “avoid offending Arab students.” In another university 85 percent of the curriculum in the Department of Politics and Government includes anti-Israel sentiments. The establishment in question is the Ben Gurion University in Beersheba. Only 15 percent of the curriculum reflects a pro-Israel agenda. The light to the nations is very dim.
Integrity is a victim of PC. There is no integrity in the business world or in politics. A man’s word is no longer his bond, and that is a reason we can go back on what Britain voted for in the Referendum. There are calls for a “People’s vote”. It began with a People’s vote” on the terms of leaving the EU, but it is morphing into a vote on remaining in the EU. That is really what the People’s vote was about, but now they are growing in boldness and are beginning to say what they really mean. We had a people’s vote already. On 23rd June 2016, 51.9% of the people voted in favour of leaving the EU. But for some in and behind the political scene, that was the wrong result. So a battle has raged and is raging to keep Britain in the EU. The people are being used as they always have been. The people were used when it was put to the crowd who should be released, Jesus or Barabbas? The people are pawns in the environmental wars; the language war; and the gender war etc. In Matthew 27:1 we are confronted with the chief priests and the elders of the people. Together they came to the decision to put Jesus to death. Religion always leads to death, because religion is dead already. It simply has the appearance of life (2 Timothy 3:5). Religion handed Jesus over to the government, to Pontius Pilate. Pilate knew they handed Jesus over because of envy. Religion, and politics in the form of the governor, entrusted the decision to the people, consisting of a crowd that the chief priests and elders had worked on and persuaded to do their bidding and to make the right choice, for them. Satan is behind religion, and the politics of this world. The decisions being made today are to reject and rid the world of Jesus, and to release and make way for the Antichrist. I said that the crowd are pawns in the hands of the leaders. This is true, but at the same time, each individual is responsible for the decisions they make. In Acts 2:23 the apostle Peter said, “This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to a cross.” Jew and Gentile were involved in the death of Jesus. Jew and Gentile can be redeemed by the Blood of the Cross – “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21).
God was in control, working out His purposes. He is in control today even though Satan is ‘god of this world’. The rejection of Jesus and the coming of Antichrist are according to God’s set purpose and foreknowledge. Now, in this 21st Century, take Peter’s advice – “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation” (Acts 2:40).
The elders along with the chief priests were against Jesus all the while. They were not satisfied with the death of Jesus; they wanted the blood of His followers too. In the Book of Acts they went on to conspire with more than forty other Jews to have the apostle Paul murdered (Acts 23:12-15). They even made the long trip from Jerusalem to Caesarea to stand before the Romans and testify against the apostle Paul and what he taught (Acts 24:1). We are told that the death of Jesus was according to God’s set purpose and foreknowledge. We can see God’s hand in the outworking of the circumstances surrounding the accusation and ‘trial’ of Jesus. In Matthew 27:25 what is described is a mob. It does not refer to all the Jewish people. The Sanhedrin, because they did not have the authority to put Jesus to death, had to hand Him over to the occupying power and ruling authority of Rome. The Sanhedrin was the Jewish high court and police system, overseen by seventy-one judges from among leading Sadducees (priests), Pharisees and scribes[i]. They changed the charge against Jesus from “blasphemy” to “sedition”, a crime that would deserve the death penalty – He claimed to be King. Only Caesar was king. Had God not taken the authority away from the Jews, and left them with the power to put Jesus to death, the Sanhedrin would have done so on the blasphemy charge, and the accusation that continues on the lips of some, even to this day, that the Jews killed Jesus, would not have been unreasonable. The Sanhedrin/Jewish punishment for blasphemy was death by stoning according to Mosaic law. Jesus was crucified – a Roman procedure carried out by Romans. God, in His mercy, saved, prevented the Jews from stoning Jesus. Given the facts, as we are in Scripture, those that accuse the Jews of killing Jesus have the same prejudicial spirit as those that accused Jesus. “He was despised and rejected by mankind” (Isaiah 53:3). Both Jew and Gentile were involved in the death of Jesus. None is without sin. The truth concerning Jesus was irrelevant. Only the end result was important to the chief priests and elders and to the gentile authorities involved at that time. Pilate was incompetent and grossly irresponsible rendering Jesus guilty. Pilate failed to investigate the charges; he failed to try the accused and to render a verdict. He failed to see that justice was done. We have the same today. Truth is irrelevant. Peter said: “Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen” (Acts 4:27-28).
In the rejection of Jesus, the world will again turn against His followers. This has been happening at various times and in various places for two thousand years. It will become full-blown persecution on a world-wide scale. Innocent men and women will be dragged before the courts on trumped-up charges. There will be false witnesses readily available with false testimony.
Turf wars continue to take place. The Russian bear stretches its dominating paws out to Ukraine and Eastern Europe; and an alleged attack by Russian agents using a nerve agent in Salisbury, England, causing the death of one citizen. Cyber war is another way of attack or retaliation. Russian forces are set up in Syria and have powerful influence in Iran and shares a table with Turkey. Russia’s ideology – Communism is a deception that has caught the hearts and imaginations of people around the world, causing distress in some nations such as Venezuela and Cuba, where communism reigns supreme. The world is being prepared for the god of ‘isms’, the Man of Sin (Lawlessness) to be revealed (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12), when we will have a Replacement Theology of the ultimate kind.
There will be a falling away in the Church as deception takes hold and the love of most will grow cold (Matthew 24:12-14). Satan will appear to be unconquerable as he rules the world taking all for himself. The beast is given authority over “every tribe, tongue, and nation” (Revelation 13:7); “And all who dwell on the earth will worship the beast…” But he is doomed to failure and eternal destruction. The Beast, the False Prophet and Satan/Serpent are thrown into the Lake of Fire, where they are “tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:10). And, anyone whose name is not written in the Book of Life will be thrown into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:15). This is the second death.
“God is working his purpose out as year succeeds to year: God is working his purpose out, and the time is drawing near; nearer and nearer draws the time, the time that shall surely be, when the earth shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea” (Arthur Campbell Ainger - 1894).
Blessings and shalom
[i] There is much dispute over the composition of the Sanhedrin; the controversy involving the participation of the two major parties of the day, the Sadducees and the Pharisees. Some say the Sanhedrin was made up of Sadducees; some, of Pharisees; others, of an alternation or mixture of the two groups. In the trials of Jesus, the Gospels of Mark and Luke speak of the assembly of the chief priests, elders, and scribes under the high priest, referring to “the whole council [synedrion]” or “their council,” and the Gospel According to John speaks of the chief priests and Pharisees convening the council.