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Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Luke 19:10 – June 20,2018

Luke 19:1-48

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And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.

And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

11 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.

12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.

17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.

19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.

20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:

21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.

22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:

23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?

24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.

25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)

26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.

27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

28 And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.

29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,

30 Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.

31 And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.

32 And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.

33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?

34 And they said, The Lord hath need of him.

35 And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.

36 And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.

37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;

38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.

40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,

42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,

44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

45 And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;

46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.

47 And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him,

48 And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.  (Luke 19:1-48King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

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The Called Out Ones

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There are so many religions, let alone Christian denominations, how can anyone know what to believe?  And even if Jesus is the truth, which denomination can honestly claim to be the “closest” to the truth?  Who are the real Christians?

Everything is Counterfeit Christianity

For starters, it is important to understand that Judeo-Christianity predates all modern religions, beginning in the 20th century BC when Abram heeded God’s call to migrate to Canaan.  His monotheistic faith not only set the stage for the Bible to be written, but also for the coming of the Messiah (the Redeemer of mankind).  Judaism proper—adherence to the Law of Moses—came about in the 15th century BC when the Israelites escaped Egypt and their earthly leader Moses received God’s instructions (the first five books of the Bible, called the Torah or Pentateuch).

All other modern religions came later: Hinduism circa 1000–500 BC, Zoroastrianism circa 600 BC, Buddhism in the 5th century BC, Taoism in the 4th century BC, and Islam in the 6th or 7th century AD.  Judeo-Christianity preceded all of these by at least 500 years.

But Christianity didn’t become a “thing” until 32 or 33 AD, right?  Actually, not really and that’s why I’m using the term Judeo-Christianity.  The central theme of all the ancient Hebrew texts is the belief in a coming Messiahwho would redeem God’s people.  This Anointed One/Christ/Messiah would fulfill the Law, Psalms, and Prophets, save the lost, and establish an everlasting Kingdom.  The very first prophecy given in the Bible is about Him (Gen. 3:15) and the Old Testament (called the Tanakh in Judaism) is replete with descriptions about Him and what He would do and accomplish (e.g. Deut. 18:14–22Job 19:25Ps. 2Ps. 22Is. 9:1–753Zech. 12:10–1414:3–4).  The Old Testament is about Christ and His people the Israelites.  It’s proto-Christianity in the truest sense.

The source of monotheism and religion itself is Judeo-Christianity.  Common religious concepts like Godworshipritualfaithforgivenessgrace, and redemption all stem from the Bible and the revelations contained therein.  All other religions are sad and twisted imitations.

 

The Bible is Uniquely True

In secular circles it is common to speak collectively of books like the Bible, Koran, and Bhagavad Gita as “holy texts” or “holy books,” but the term is comparing apples and oranges.  It muddies the waters.  By very definition the terms equate all truth claims and neglect objectivity.  Each of these books contain numerous mutually exclusive tenets and statements presented as facts.  Not all are true and not all are holy.  For example, the Bible repeatedly claims that Yahweh is the only God (Deut. 4:35396:432:392 Sam. 7:221 Kgs. 8:602 Kgs. 5:1519:151 Chr. 17:20Neh. 9:6Ps. 18:3186:10Is. 43:1044:6845:2146:9Mk. 12:29–34Jn. 17:31 Cor. 8:4–6Eph. 4:61 Tim. 2:5Jas. 2:19) and that Jesus is the only source of salvation (e.g. Ps. 2:1–12Jn. 3:18368:2414:6Acts 4:122 Thess. 1:81 Tim. 2:51 Jn. 5:11–13).  Allah, Brahma, Zeus, and Ba’al can’t be gods and neither can Islam, Hinduism, or the Buddha be sources of salvation if the Bible, is, in fact, true.

A foundational belief of the Judeo-Christian faith presented in the Bible is that reality itself is rooted in the self-existent God (Yahweh/Yehovah, whose Name means “I Am that I Am” or “The One who is, who was, and who is to come”) and only God’s revelations to men can be regarded as objective truth.  From the very beginning of the Bible we discover that the book presents the Deity as self-existent, existing before time, transcendent, and personally involved in His creation—both before and after His creative activity.  Therefore the Bible and the Noahic-Abrahamic traditions that preceded it proclaim monotheism to be objective truth.  This necessarily rules out pantheism, panentheism, polytheism, animism, and deism—the bulk of all other religions.

Is the Bible’s claim about the Deity correct?  Yes, and demonstrably so as this collection of articles and discourses clearly shows.  The cosmological, teleological, and ontological arguments, in addition to numerous other arguments, are indisputable rationale for the existence of a transcendent, self-existent Being.  This scholarly and philosophical foundation is unique to monotheism among all other religions and belief systems.  God is the simplest, most logical, and most rational explanation for all that we see around us and even Stephen Hawking admits as much as I explained several years ago.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

 

You were shown these things so that you would know that the LORD is God; there is no other besides Him.

But how do we know the Bible itself is true?  The correct answer is because the Bible is God-breathed.  In its original manuscripts it is inerrant and infallible.  The true God spoke true words audibly, and sometimes into the minds, of fallible human beings.  See 2 Timothy 3:16–17 and 2 Peter 1:20–21.  But that answer will [understandably] not satisfy the skeptic.  The question that should instead be asked is, “is there evidence for the Bible’s authenticity?”  The answer is an emphatic “YES!”  Here are four key points that vouch for the Bible’s authenticity (unique among all religious texts):

1. Every claim in the Bible that can be demonstrably tested has been verified.  In other words, if we presently possess some scientific know-how, archaeological discovery, or corroborating text that can directly test a specific claim from the Bible, the claim has been verified.  As a matter of fact, this truth has been a great source of humiliation for secular historians over the past several decades as discovery after discovery has proven the Bible true even after historians had said “it just couldn’t be.”  Whether it be the fallen walls of Jericho, the reign of King Hezekiah, or even the existence of a Jewish temple, every bit of physical evidence that has turned up to answer the Bible’s claims has proven the Bible true.  You can read about the reliability of Scripture here and the age of the earth here (by the way: I’ll be addressing the age of the earth in the near future).  Also, here is just a small sampling of recent archaeological discoveries that have verified the Bible.

2. We have more ancient manuscripts of the Bible than any other ancient text.  See herehere, and here.  Furthermore, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1946/47 blew a huge hole through the theory of that generation’s biblical textual critics.  They had taught that the Old Testament was composed much later than Jews and Christians believed and had undergone a significant evolution in content.  Not only did the Dead Sea Scrolls disprove that claim, showing that the Old Testament we have today is equivalent to the one used by Christ and His disciples, but they also provided rock-solid evidence that certain prophecies about Jesus Christ were written before He was born.

3. The Bible contains some sort of self-verifying mathematical and thematic codes underlying the text.  This is a more recent discovery and is absolutely mind-boggling.  You can read about this herehere, and here.

4. Prophecy is unique to the Bible and is its watermark of authenticity.  That is not to say that other religious texts don’t contain “prophecy,” but that unique to the Bible are very specific prophecies that can be demonstrably proven to have been written before the events occurred.  Isaiah 53 is a prime example.  Other examples can be found here and here.

 

The Original Message was Evangelical

Contrary to the postmodern claim that all religious beliefs are based on blind faith, it can be demonstrably proven that 1. God exists and 2. Biblical Christianity is the only legitimate religious truth, as shown from a few examples in the previous section.  It can also be shown, based on the strong preponderance of evidence, that Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead (see here and here).  That leaves us with the question of what “flavor” of Christianity is the right one.  After all, there are hundreds of denominations, so how can anyone really know which one follows the Bible?  Who are the real Christians?

To answer these final questions we must lay a proper foundation.

First, if we can agree that God is real and the Bible is true, we then need to decide how one should interpret the Bible.  If the Bible is divinely inspired truth and men are fallible, there is only one proper way to understand it and that is by using exegesis—”drawing out” the meaning of the text—as opposed to eisegesis, which is “reading into” the text.  In other words, we want to understand and believe what the Bible is saying and not add our own interpretations to it.  For this reason, allegorical systems of interpretation must be dismissed out of hand.  We must speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where it is silent.  This necessarily leads us to a prima facie or historical-grammatical method of Scripture reading.  We must accept what was plainly written for its literal meaning, bearing in mind context and idioms.  Symbols and allegory are defined by the text itself.  You can read more about how to read Scripture here under the section “When to Unite: A Theology of Everything.”

Based on this foundation alone, we can conclude that 1. God created the universe in six days (Gen. 1:1–2:3Ex. 20:11), 2. Mankind was present from the beginning of creation (Mk. 10:6), 3. Jesus died as a substitutionary sacrifice for sins (Is. 53:4–6111 Cor. 15:3Col. 2:141 Pet. 2:24), 4. Jesus rose bodily from the dead (Mt. 28:6Mk. 16:6Jn. 20:26–29; 1 Cor: 15:12–22), 5. There will be a future bodily resurrection of believers (Jn. 11:21–271 Cor. 15:12–581 Thess. 4:16–17Rev. 20:4), 6. Believers alive at that time will be transfigured and raptured into the sky (1 Thess. 4:171 Cor. 15:51–52), 7. Jesus will return physically to the earth (Zech. 14:3–4Acts 1:10–11), and 8. There will be a future 1,000-year period in which Christ reigns over the nations of the earth from Jerusalem (Is. 2:1–4Mic. 4:1–8Rev. 20:1–7).  Through simple deduction we can then conclude that key pieces of the soteriological and eschatological doctrines of the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and liberal Protestant churches are false.

Second, we can compare the doctrines and practices of modern churches to the truths and customs espoused by the Bible’s apostolic witness and New Testament authors.  We can also compare to Early Church history (1st and 2nd century AD).  Here is what we learn about the Early Church:

  • They valued and prioritized holy living
  • There is scant evidence for any sort of ritualism or formal liturgy aside from partaking communion
  • The trimmings and trappings of modern high church liturgy was almost completely absent
  • They proclaimed the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ and His physical resurrection from the dead
  • There was a significant debate over whether or not salvation came through faith alone or if keeping the Law was also necessary, but faith alone won out (e.g. Acts 15:1–35Gal. 2:11–3:14) and the Early Church Fathers attest to this (although the doctrine of Sola Fide was not systematized until later)
  • They were not separated into classes of clergy and laity, holding instead to the “priesthood of all believers,” although church leadership was strong in many areas; and it should be emphatically pointed out that in the New Testament the term “priest” (hiereus) was used of 1. Christ and 2. all members of the Church, not just specific individuals
  • They met together physically and frequently for interpersonal edification—encouragement, Bible study, communion, and worship—not impersonal ritual
  • They immersed/bathed new converts in water as a testimony to the Gospel (note that baptism is a transliteration, not a translation; see here), but by the time the Didache was written, some Christians poured water in lieu of immersion if there was not enough water to immerse
  • The Christian community lived sacrificially, under heavy societal and religious persecution
  • In the earliest years Christians largely avoided political issues, focusing instead on their own religious message (evangelism), but also stood firm against societal sins
  • Their religious outlook was entirely evangelical in the sense that sharing the Gospel message of reconciliation with God through faith in Christ was seen as the primary message of the Church (as attested to by the Book of Acts and the Epistles)

In summary, the Early Church looked almost nothing like modern liturgical/high church Christianity.  It looked a lot more like evangelical house church movements in Africa and Asia, albeit with a stronger leadership style and a bit more iconography.

 

God’s Enemies Infiltrated the Ranks

You have to understand that satan was very quickly overwhelmed by the several thousand Christ followers let loose after Pentecost.  This was like no other challenge he had ever faced.  Because they were Holy Spirit-indwelt the Christian sect literally had omnipotence living inside them.  They were casting out demons right and left, healing the sick, and breaking out of thick iron bars to preach the Gospel without exerting any effort.  In the past, satan only had to deal with one or two stalwart warriors at a time—Moses, David, Elijah, John the Baptist, Christ.  Now he was dealing with thousands of “mini-Christs” who were running spiritual offense against the entire spiritual power structure he had carefully erected in the world’s only superpower—Rome.

So he did what he does best—fight from within his enemy’s own ranks.  His minions infiltrated the many local churches that were scattered throughout Italia, Greece, Asia Minor, and Judea.  Many churches were flooded with faux-followers who had different levels of religiosity, but no genuine faith in Christ as the Son of God and God in the flesh.  Gnosticism, Arianism, and self-righteous legalism spread like a cancer in susceptible churches, but there were still faithful churches that stood strong, holding onto the Gospel and the truth of God’s Word.

The faithful churches were able to hold overall sway for several hundred years and kept these errant doctrines at bay—or at least prevented them from overtaking the whole movement.  It was during these first few hundred years that the Church fleshed out some of the biblical truths we now take for granted like the Trinity, Incarnation, and the canon of Scripture.

Yet by the 4th century Christianity had moved from spiritual domination to political domination and now had the reins of power in Rome.  It had been several hundred years since the disciples were first set loose on the world with their message of good news and the soon [re]appearing of Christ and it looked like Christians wouldn’t need Jesus to come back after all.  Theologians thought they were doing pretty well down on earth without Him and they began to question the literal truth of prophecy.

In the midst of this doubt and reinvention, Augustine wrote The City of God, which promoted the idea that prophecies of Christ’s second coming and “end things” were somehow different than the rest of Scripture.  They weren’t literal truths to be read and accepted as-is, but allegorical, symbolical truths that were open to private interpretation.  Biblical eisegesis, Christian allegorism, and Roman Catholic eschatology were born out of this 5th century shift.

For perhaps the first time, major doctrinal errors were accepted by Christendom at large, rather than just the schismatic churches that satan had already infiltrated.

 

The Universal Church was Still Doing it’s Job

But despite the false teachings that were now beginning to take hold of Christendom, there were still a great number of faithful churches and the evangelical message was still spreading.  The Gospel reached far and wide—Ireland, northern Europe, Russia, and further east into Asia.  The Church was still preaching the Gospel and, as a matter of fact, the 5th century Council of Orange codified evangelical teachings like Sola Fide and Sola Gratia (though these were not systematically fleshed out until later).  In essence, the Catholic Church, which was the universal form of Christianity at the time, was still the institution in which true believers dwelt, but like several of the churches to which Jesus sent messages in the Book of Revelation, there were “good” Christians (believed in the Gospel, faithful to Christ) and “bad” Christians (didn’t understand or rejected the Gospel, unfaithful to Christ).  This mixed and murky church stage persisted from the 5th to the 10th centuries.

However, as the new millennium began, Christendom split into western (Roman Catholic) and eastern (Orthodox Catholic) halves over mutual excommunications.  In the subsequent 500 year period, Papal power became much more political and centralized and Roman Catholic doctrine as we know it today began to develop more rapidly.  True believers, the called out ones, became sidelined and persecuted within the institutional church itself.  Many, such as the Waldensians, were even martyred.  As the halfway point of the second millennium AD approached, it became clear that the Roman Catholic Church was no longer Christianity in the biblical and apostolic sense.  Instead, it was a deviant religion that broke the commandments, changed dates and times, persecuted evangelicals, and rejected the simplicity of the Gospel.

 

Reformation, Not Protestation

It’s an important fact of history that the Protestant Reformers did not set out to cause a schism with Rome (as their writings clearly attest), but instead to restore the institutional church to biblical Christianity—the faith of the Apostles.  They originally wanted to restore, not protest, and Luther’s 95 Theses was less a statement of condemnation of Rome and more a call for public debate regarding how the Catholic Church had shifted away from God’s Word.

But Rome’s condemnation was swift and the real spiritual schism was caused by the sixth session of the Council of Trent in the mid-1500s when Rome formally declared the Reformers to be heretics.  The Pope and his allies made the conscious decision to reject biblical Christianity once and for all.  Sola Fide and Sola Gratia, doctrines explicitly supported by the New Testament, the early Church Fathers, and even Augustine and the Council of Orange, were now anathema.  The Roman Church essentially turned on itself.

Following the Council of Trent, the Catholic Church became increasingly anti-evangelical.  Despite Rome’s charge that the evangelical faith was invented in the 16th century, it was actually Rome that changed.  Only in the last 500 years, as a response to the Reformation, did the Roman Catholic Church actually codify all of these patently unbiblical doctrines:

  • Declarations of anathema against Sola Fide and Sola Gratia, and, to some extent, Solus Christus, and Sola Scriptura (mid-1500s)
  • The Immaculate Conception of Mary (1854)
  • Assumption of Mary (1950)
  • Mary, Queen of Heaven (1891/1954)
  • Mary, Mediatrix of all Graces / Mediatrix of Peace (1854/1883/1921/1954)
  • The “deposit of faith” held by the Church leadership alone (1950)
  • Macro-evolutionary theory (Darwinism) not inherently incompatible with Scripture (1950/1996)

No doubt the seeds of many of these false teachings were planted early on, with some, particularly a couple of the Marian dogmas, tracing back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries, but they were matters of individual belief, not official Church doctrine, until just the last several hundred years.  And when reading Scripture prima facie, several other ancient dogmas held by the Roman Catholic Church are false on their face such as the perpetual virginity of Mary (c.f. Mt. 1:2512:46–4713:5527:56Mk. 6:316:1Gal. 1:19).

In short, the Reformation was a movement of imperfect men within the Catholic Church who [often] had a genuine faith in Christ and the Gospel and wanted the Church to return to its roots.  It was a call to remove the trash and leave the treasure.  And it was preceded by a continuous, unbroken line of faithful believers, evangelicals, if you will, that stretched all the way back to the Apostles themselves.  The evangelical faith was weakened in the Middle Ages, but even during that dark time there were still communities scattered around, today known as proto-Protestants.

That group of Holy Spirit-indwelt persons, new creations in Christ Jesus, freed from the chains of death, who have held fast to the Gospel of our LORD Jesus Christ, are called out of the world, now spiritually, soon physically, to be a mystical body, a spiritual temple, holy and pleasing to the LORD.  They trust in Christ alone for salvation, casting any hindrance to that belief aside, and can be found in almost every denomination on earth (some more than others).  With the exception of the Laodicean church, all of the churches Jesus sent letters to in Asia Minor had true believers, but some had fewer than others.  I take it on faith that today is little different than then.

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After pushing gun control and open borders, the Pope now goes all-in for LGBT… will the Catholic Church endorse pedophilia next?

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If the pope speaks for God, he can simply declare that “God loves pedophiles” and “love is love.” It’s what’s already being taught to schoolchildren at some schools where teachers are indoctrinating them to believe that “love knows no age.”

This would align perfectly with the current trajectory of the Roman Catholic Church, which for all intents and purposes has unveiled itself as the religion of satanism. What Pope Francis and his minions are teaching the world is that anything goes – which is the exact opposite of true Christianity.

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(Natural News) It was announced on May 21, 2018, that the current head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has officially given his blessing to the practice of homosexuality.

[Editor’s note: This website is not opposed to personal liberty when it comes to sexual orientation. However, the Pope is supposed to represent the Roman Catholic Church, which is, of course, openly opposed to homosexual lifestyles. We report on this from the point of view of questioning the veracity of this bizarre Pope, not condemning people for being gay. As far as we are concerned, what you do in your own private life is your own business.]

Claiming to speak on behalf of God here on earth, as all Popes are said to do, Pope Francis reportedly told a male victim of sexual abuse – and one who was abused at the hands of the Roman Catholic Church in Chile, no less – during a private conversation that homosexuality isn’t a sin, contradicting centuries of church doctrine.

According to Juan Carlos Cruz, the male victim in question, Pope Francis told him reassuringly: “God made you like this and loves you like this” – in direct contradiction to the Holy Scriptures. “The pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with you who are,” Pope Francis added.

Cruz had apparently been discussing his perceived sexual orientation with Pope Francis in light of having been abused by notorious pedophile priest Fernando Karadima while still a child. And it was perhaps this very abuse that damaged Cruz and altered his sexual preferences as he grew into adulthood.

But rather than address any of this in that context, Pope Francis told Cruz that it doesn’t really matter why he’s gay because God doesn’t really care. Just go with it, was essentially Pope Francis’s advice to the man that has sent shockwaves throughout the Roman Catholic community.

After having already taken a left-wing stance on almost every major social issue, ranging from global warming to gun control to LGBT rights, Pope Francis’s most recent endorsement of homosexuality isn’t really all that surprising to anybody who’s been paying attention. According to the Pope’s new logic, even pedophiles should be excused by the Church because they, too, could claim, “God made me this way.”

Roman Catholicism: Now the religion of the devil?

Truth be told, there’s almost nothing that Pope Francis has said or done since acquiring his position that in any way aligns with the God he claims to represent. You might even say that this religious figure is certifiably antichrist, both in principle and practice.

It’s not unlike the rest of the Roman Catholic Church, in fact, which has been covering up egregious sex crimes like pedophilia for many decades. This was the premise of Pope Francis’s recent meeting with Cruz, after all, which was supposed to be an “apology” for the horrific abuse he endured at the hands of Chilean priests.

Some 34 of them have actually announced their resignation now that the cat’s out of the bag, which The Sun describes as “an unprecedented move in the history of the Catholic Church. This all comes roughly seven years after Fernando Karadima, now 87 years old, was convicted by the Vatican of committing horrific sex crimes against innocent minors during his tenure as a Roman Catholic priest.

With every other unorthodox move that’s been made by Pope Francis, it’s almost a bit shocking that he hasn’t come out to endorse pedophilia as well. This would be a convenient “reinterpretation” for the Roman Catholic Church and its pope to take as cover for its filthy legacy of gross sexual abuse.

If the pope speaks for God, he can simply declare that “God loves pedophiles” and “love is love.” It’s what’s already being taught to schoolchildren at some schools where teachers are indoctrinating them to believe that “love knows no age.”

This would align perfectly with the current trajectory of the Roman Catholic Church, which for all intents and purposes has unveiled itself as the religion of satanism. What Pope Francis and his minions are teaching the world is that anything goes – which is the exact opposite of true Christianity.

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What to expect from the new GMO labels we’re getting in 2020

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced their plan for rolling out mandatory labels for all food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). So far they’ve only released potential prototypes for the labels and a proposed set of rules, both of which are subject to future changes, but they offer a preview of what we might all be seeing on cans and boxes come 2020, when the new regulations would go into effect.

Here’s a quick guide:

Remind me what a GMO is?

A GMO is, at base, any organism (plant or animal) that has been genetically modified in some way. Crop plants may have genes inserted that give them resistance to common herbicides or insects, for example, or even to ward off viruses. These fixes would be impossible or very challenging to achieve with conventional breeding, where you would need to wait for a genetic mutant to arise that happened to have herbicide resistance.

Under this new provision, though, an organism is technically only a GMO if the gene that’s been added is from a different organism. So tweaking a mushroom’s DNA by turning off a gene wouldn’t mean you had to label it as a GMO. Adding a gene from a virus to give a papaya viral resistance would. Here’s the technical definition straight from the USDA:

A bioengineered food is one that “(A) that contains genetic material that has been modified through in vitro recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) techniques; and (B) for which the modification could not otherwise be obtained through conventional breeding or found in nature.”

What will the labels say?

Somewhat confusingly, they won’t say “GMO.” The proposed labels use the terms “BE” and “bioengineered” instead to avoid the contentious connotations that GMO carries. They labels look quite friendly, which people in the pro-labeling camp have already criticized, and would only appear as a small icon on the final food product. You can check them out here—they’re mostly the letters B-E inside a happy green and yellow circle. But using those labels is just one of three options. The second is to write out the disclosure (for example: “contains a bioengineered food ingredient”). Companies could also opt to use a QR code that would link to the proper disclosure.

If the current proposal passes, that could mean companies who want to hide their GMO affiliations could easily obscure the information, at least from consumers who aren’t going to take the time to scour the small print or scan a QR code (or can’t). It’s open to comment from the public until July 3, and a final ruling will come out later this year (the USDA hasn’t said exactly when yet). Not much is likely to change at this point, though. Congress has already enacted the standard—this is just figuring out the nitty gritty of enforcement.

Which foods will get the labels?

Not all food products are subject to these regulations, but perhaps the most important exemption is for highly refined products like corn syrup or cane sugar. More than 90 percent of the corn and sugar beets grown in the U.S. to make those products are genetically modified. The USDA doesn’t require labeling because there’s no genetic material detectable in the final product. Though that logic makes sense for consumers who are only worried about the safety of eating GMOs, it doesn’t if consumers want to avoid supporting companies who use GMOs, or who have environmental concerns about GMO crops.

Foods with non-GMO primary ingredients won’t need a label, either. Meat and eggs, for instance, are subject to the Federal Meat Inspection Act labeling requirements, so any product where those are the predominant ingredients won’t need a BE label, regardless of whether any GMO items make it in. Seafood isn’t treated the same way (except for catfish, for some reason), because it’s not subject to the FMIA rules.

Why is all of this happening?

Food companies on both sides—organic and otherwise—have long lobbied the federal government to either include these labels or not include them, depending on what they stood to gain or lose. Organic food producers are generally in favor, in part because of their values but also because it will likely make their products more visibly distinct to consumers seeking “natural” options. Companies who use GMO ingredients have generally opposed the labels, in part because they argue GMOs are safe—which scientific evidence backs up, by the way—but also because they worry consumers will avoid the labels out of unfounded fear.

If GMOs are safe, why should we label them?

A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2016 found, after reviewing over 1,000 studies on the matter, that GMO crops don’t pose a health risk to humans. That’s the same conclusion reached by the World Health Organization, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the European Commission.

But consumers may not be avoiding GMOs for safety reasons. Some people may have concerns about companies like Monsanto controlling so much of our agricultural sector, others may simply gravitate towards eating as naturally as possible. Monsanto controls roughly a quarter of the global seed market and it licenses its genetic modification technologies to DuPont, its largest competitor (which controls 18 percent of the market). Their seeds grow into 80 percent of the corn and 90 percent of the soybeans in the U.S. That level of monopolization makes a lot of people understandably uncomfortable. Plus, there can be unforeseen consequences of genetic meddling, even though human health doesn’t seem to be a concern. The invention of crops resistant to glyphosate, an herbicide, has made glyphosate itself more popular—they’re a perfect pair (and both sold by Monsanto). But it’s also made some glyphosate-resistant weeds emerge and thrive, even though Monsanto claimed that was a remote possibility.

Whether or not you feel the need to avoid GMOs, labeling efforts are at least a step forward for transparency. (Click to Source)

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DAYS OF LOT: America’s LGBT Population Rises to 4.5 Percent, Mostly Among Millennials

By Anugrah Kumar , Christian Post Contributor | 

(PHOTO: REUTERS/ELIJAH NOUVELAGE)A man dressed as the Statue of Liberty carries a rainbow American flag while marching in a gay pride parade in San Francisco in this undated photo.

In the United States, the percentage of adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender has increased to 4.5 percent, according to a year-long survey, which also shows that the biggest increase has been among millennials.

Gallup’s daily tracking in 2017 has found that more than 11 million adults now identify as LGBT in the country, which is 4.5 percent of the population — up from 4.1 percent in 2016 and 3.5 percent in 2012.

The increase is driven primarily by the millennials, meaning those born between 1980 and 1999, as those from this group who identify as LGBT rose from 7.3 percent in 2016 to 8.1 percent in 2017. It stood at 5.8 percent in 2012.

In Generation X, meaning those born from 1965 to 1979, the LGBT percentage was up 0.2 percent from 2016 to 2017, the survey report notes, adding that no change was observed last year in LGBT percentage among baby boomers (those born 1946 through 1964), and among traditionalists (those born prior to 1946).

“A variety of factors can affect the willingness of adults to identify as LGBT,” LGBT demographic expert Dr. Gary Gates notes in the report. “These can include how comfortable and confident survey respondents feel about the confidentiality and privacy of data collected.”

The survey found that, just as in the past, women are more likely to identify as LGBT than men, but this gender gap has now expanded.

In 2017, overall 5.1 percent of women identified as LGBT, compared with 3.9 percent of men. “The change among men over time has been minimal, with the LGBT percentage edging up from 3.4% in 2012 to 3.7% both last year and this year. On the other hand, the percentage of women identifying as LGBT has risen from 3.5% in 2012 to 5.1% today, with the largest jump occurring between 2016 and 2017,” the report says.

The study also discovered that LGBT identification is more common among those with lower incomes, just as in the past. “The income gap is larger this year than it has been, with 6.2% of those making less than $36,000 a year in household income identifying as LGBT, compared with 3.9% of those making $90,000 or more.”

The results are based on telephone interviews with a sample of more than 340,000 American adults living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, collected from Jan. 2 to Dec. 30 last year. The margin of error is ±0.1 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.

Last year, a survey by LifeWay Research showed that when there’s a conflict between faith and sexuality, about half of Americans, 48 percent, said religious freedom is more important.

A quarter, 24 percent, said sexual freedom is more important, and 28 percent weren’t sure, LifeWay said.

Researchers also asked the respondents if the freedom they selected is always more important or usually more important.

Only one in 10 Americans said sexual freedom always matters most, and 14 percent said sexual freedom usually matters most. But 31 percent said religious freedom always matters most, and 17 percent said religious freedom usually matters most.

A national study by the Centers for Disease Control in September 2016 suggested that gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers face more bullying and are also more likely to engage in violence-related risky behaviors, use of drugs and alcohol and consider attempting suicide.

More specifically, that study found that students who had engaged in bisexual or same-sex sexual relationships were far more likely to drink alcohol, use drugs, smoke cigarettes, and use hard drugs. (Click to Source)

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REPORT: ISRAEL ATTACKED A HEZBOLLAH BASE IN SYRIA

According to the Syrian Al-Marsad organization for human rights, Thursday’s attack on the Dabaa military airport in central Syria was aimed at Hezbollah members and militias.

BY REUTERS, TAMAR BEN-OZER, YASSER OKBI/MAARIV – MAY 25, 2018 13:25
Report: Israel attacked a Hezbollah base in Syria

HEZBOLLAH MEMBERS wave Hezbollah and Lebanese flags during a 2015 rally in southern Lebanon marking the anniversary of the end of the terrorist organization’s 2006 war with Israel. . (photo credit: AZIZ TAHER/REUTERS)

 

The Syrian Al-Marsad organization for human rights reported on Friday that Thursday’s attack on the Dabaa military airport in central Syria was aimed at Hezbollah members and militias supporting the regime. According to the report, six strong explosions, allegedly related to missile strikes, were heard in the region of Homs, near the Lebanese border.  Syrian air defense systems reportedly attempted to intercept the missiles. So far, no fatalities have been reported. Al-Marsad did not state whether the attempt was successful.

The report further claimed that the missile attack was carried out by Israel.

Earlier on Friday, the Lebanese army announced that on Thursday, May 24, five Israeli Air Force planes circled above Lebanese territory for some 15 hours altogether. According to the report, most of the flights took place in the southern and northern regions of Lebanon, but one of them was mentioned to have circled above “all regions of the country.” No offensive action or operation was said to have been carried out by the aircraft.

On Thursday, Syrian state media said a military airport near Homs had come under missile attack which was repelled by its air defense systems.

“One of our military airports in the central region was exposed to hostile missile aggression, and our air defense systems confronted the attack and prevented it from achieving its aim,” state news agency SANA said.

SANA earlier reported sounds of explosions heard near the Dabaa airport, about 12 miles southwest of the central Syrian city of Homs and 6 miles from the Lebanese border.

Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Kone Faulkner, when asked about reports of the attack, said the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria did not carry it out and the coalition does not target Syrian government positions.

British-based war monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said troops belonging to Hezbollah and other militias allied to Syrian President Bashar Assad are stationed in the Dabaa military airport. It had no information on casualties.

Earlier reports on Thursday from the Syrian opposition pointed to an Israeli attack on a Syrian Revolutionary Guard air missile base at the Dabaa airport west of Homs, by the Lebanese border.

An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment.

In recent months Israel has carried out several airstrikes in Syria, targeting Iranian and Iranian-linked targets.  Israeli leaders have repeatedly asserted that Jerusalem would not allow Iran to gain a foothold in southern Syria. (Click to Source)

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Seven Major Prophecies Have Suddenly Converged

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Seven more biblical prophecies have suddenly come into much clearer focus all at the same time.  These are happening just eight months after the literal fulfillment of the astronomical aspect of the Revelation 12:1–2 prophecy on September 23rd and 24th last year.

1. A ten nation military confederation is set to be launched by Emmanuel Macron next month in Paris (Rev. 13:1Dan. 7:7–8).

2. Turkey’s dictator Erdogan has just held a historic conference of Muslim nations in Istanbul to take back Jerusalem from Israel, finally bringing together the missing members of the Ezekiel 38 alliance (Sudan and Libya).  Interestingly, certain Gulf states’ leaders were not in attendance, including from Saudi Arabia (see Eze. 38:13).

3. The Trump Administration is set to unveil its Middle East peace plan next month that might divide Jerusalem, but possibly give Israel sovereignty over the Old City and thus the potential go-ahead to build the Third Temple.

4. “They were marrying and being given in marriage.” (Mt. 24:38–39Lk. 17:27–30).  Jesus’ prophecy about the condition of normalcy before the Day of the LORD couldn’t have come more clearly into focus than after the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle—perhaps the most widely witnessed and televised wedding in history—just a week before Pentecost and roughly four months before the Feast of Trumpets.

I’m reminded that God is sovereign over the details of our lives (Acts 17:25–26) including the details of this wedding.  Prince Harry was 33 years old when he married Meghan Markle.  Likewise, Christ, by most accounts, was 33 years old when He pledged Himself to His bride on the night before His crucifixion.  Christ is also a prince, though the Prince of all princes.  He is taking a mixed Gentile bride like Mrs. Markle.  And most pointedly, Meghan was not given to Prince Harry by her own biological father, but by the groom’s father—the future king.  Likewise, the bride of Christ is also given in marriage by the Groom’s Father, the King of the universe (Jn. 6:37).  Last week’s royal wedding pales in comparison to the cosmic royal wedding to come.

5. “While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.” (1 Thess. 5:3).  North Korea is on the verge of denuclearization and making peace with its southern neighbor, ISIS has been kicked out of Iraq and the Syrian government is reporting that Damascus is now “completely safe,” the Iran Deal has been undone and Iranian infrastructure destroyed in Syria, and talk is building about a possible resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  It seemsas though the world has suddenly become much safer and that’s exactly what we would expect shortly before the rapture.

6. The possible dual fulfillment of Daniel 9:25.  This ancient prophecy tells us that a period of 69 weeks of years would begin when a decree is given to “restore and rebuild Jerusalem.”  The period would end with the arrival of the Messiah (Jesus Christ).  It is already well understood that Daniel’s prophecy pinpointed the exact day of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry (Jesus’ first arrival) in either 32 or 33 AD (with the decree being given by Artaxerxes in 445 or 444 BC for Nehemiah to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls).

Consider the fact that the Bible predicts two arrivals by Jesus and Daniel’s prophecy does not specify whogives the decree initiating the 69 weeks of years.  For that reason, it is at least plausible to entertain the possibility that this prophecy could be pointing to both of Messiah’s arrivals.

So here’s the kicker: There was a second decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem in 1535 AD when Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, emperor of the Ottoman Empire, ordered that the walls of Jerusalem be rebuilt.  His walls still stand today—the Old City’s current walls were built because of this command.  69 weeks of years is a period of 483 years (69 x 7).  1535 AD + 483 years = 2018.

There’s more.  For some unknown reason, the Angel Gabriel expressed this period of 69 weeks of years as two parts: “62 weeks” and “7 weeks.”  7 weeks of years is 49 years.  If this division was at least partially given to explain the Messiah’s second arrival (or appearance) there is an interesting fit: during the Six-Day War in June 1967 the Old City had sustained significant damage, so in 1969 a third decree was given to restore and rebuild Jerusalem.  Not much is known about this decree aside from what can be found in a few newspaper clippings, but 1969 + 49 = 2018.

7. Kilauea and Isaiah 26:19–21.  If you’re a longtime reader of Unsealed, you’ll recall that we have discussed at great length the Bible’s many “woman in labor” passages (Revelation 12 chief among them).  The Bible contains a great many of these passages and most are clearly connected to the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, also known as Daniel’s 70th Week or the Tribulation.  In Isaiah 66 and Revelation 12 we learn that the prophetic woman gives birth to a corporate male child before the Day of the LORD begins.  This male child is the Church, which escapes to Heaven before the woman Israel begins having birth pangs (Deut. 32:19–21Is. 26:19–21Is. 66:7–9Zeph. 1:14–2:3Mic. 5:3Lk. 21:361 Thess. 5:1–92 Thess. 2:37Rev. 3:104:1–2).

After the child’s escape the woman goes into labor, which is described in great detail in Matthew 24 (known as Jesus’ Olivet Discourse).  The resurrection and rapture of the Church are prophetically described in Isaiah 26(vv. 19 and 20, respectively).  Notice that in verse 19 the resurrection is likened to the earth giving birth to the dead.  When a birth is about to occur a woman’s water breaks and her cervix dilates.  When contractions begin there is pain that often feels like a burning sensation.  This is commonly called the ring of fire and if you’ve been to a childbirth class you may have heard the term.

The earth also has what’s called the “Ring of Fire”—the most seismically active area on earth, a ring of extreme volcanism surrounding the Pacific Ocean.

Guess what’s smack-dab in the middle of the Ring of Fire?  The Island of Hawaii and Mt. Kilauea, which has been erupting for several weeks now.  The volcano has expanded past the caldera and 22 fissures have opened up in the area.  Some of these fissures are beginning to connect and expand as liquid lava is spilling out.  Compare this to how a woman’s amniotic sac breaks shortly before labor and her cervix dilates to make way for the baby.  Fluid rushes out.  Could what we see happening in Hawaii be pointing to the prophecy in Isaiah 26?

Some of the photos are truly apocalyptic:

This photo which was taken as a river of lava made its way into the Pacific Ocean, causing an explosion when it hit seawater, is reminiscent of fire and brimstone raining down on Sodom and Gomorrah:

An onlooker on May 21st marvels at the massive ash plume billowing out of the caldera:

You can watch “the water break” live here:

Remember that we are approaching the end of the Fig Tree Generation10 conditions demonstrate that we are very near the end of the age, and 20 other clear signs have been fulfilled in just the last few years.  Only seconds ’til midnight remain.  Be ready. (Click to Source)

~ Maranatha ~
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Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Luke 17:33 – May 25, 2018

Luke 17:1-37

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Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!

It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.

And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?

And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?

Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.

10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.

23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.

24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.

26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.

32 Remember Lot’s wife.

33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.

35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

(Luke 13:1-37King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

 

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