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One-World Religion

PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE: The Bible clearly teaches that there will be some kind of universal religion that will use its influence to enable the Beast, a world military and economic dictator, to rise to power.

There are already religious movements working toward the goal of a "United Religions," modeled after the United Nations. Once born-again Christians have been taken up to meet Christ in the Rapture, what is left of Christianity will be willing to cooperate with other religions in the name of peace.

According to the prophecy in Revelation about the "Mark of the Beast," all people will be required to worship the Beast in order to receive permission to buy or sell. His world religious movement will be symbolized by the spiritualy adulterous woman who rides the Beast in Revelation 17.

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Vatican Calls for the Establishment of World Government and a New World Order

Dec. 06, 2012 - At the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pope Benedict XVI called for the establishment of World Government and a New World Order, ”to serve the 'common good of the human family'." The organization would not be a superpower that dominates others, but a “moral force” or moral authority that has the “power to influence in accordance with reason."
Source: The Globalist Report
How the World Feared the Establishment of World Government in 1946 - The Globalist Report

Prophetic Significance of a One-World Religion

Church leaders urge members of Congress to reconsider US aid to Israel

Oct. 12, 2012 - Leaders of several major US Christian denominations have sent a letter to members of Congress asking them to reconsider US aid to Israel in light of “widespread Israeli human rights violations.” As a result the Anti-Defamation League has withdrawn its participation in an upcoming Jewish-Christian national interfaith dialogue and urged other Jewish groups to do likewise.
ADL director Abraham Foxman wrote that “it is outrageous that mere days after the Iranian president repeated his call for Israel’s elimination, these American Protestant leaders would launch a biased attack against the Jewish state."
The letter references supposed violations of human rights against Palestinians without acknowledging that Israel's actions were self-defensive responses to Palestinian attacks.
Source: Times of Israel
Text of the letter sent to members of Congress
When Social Justice Means No Justice -Movement of "millennial" evangelicals toward Palestian support - WND

Is Apple Promoting Original Sin? Orthodox Russian Activists Say Yes

Oct. 12, 2012 - Orthodox activists in Russia are calling Apple's logo, the bitten apple, an anti-Christian symbol of original sin.
[The] Russian parliament prepares to weigh a law protecting religious expression. If approved, the ban on insults to religion potentially could allow Orthodox Christians to charge Apple with anti-Christian blasphemy.
Source: Christianity Today

Exclusive: Ahmadinejad's End Times Speech to the U.N... Mahdi will “soon” reign over world

Sept. 26, 2012 - In his last speech to the UN General Assembly, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said it was time “to voice the divine and humanitarian message…to you and to the whole world,” that soon God will send Imam A1-Mahdi [the Twelfth Imam] to earth to “bring about an eternally bright future for mankind." He said this great change would come about without waging wars.
Shia eschatology experts say the opposite is true... Islamic theologians say Muslim political leaders today are supposed to set into motion... chaos and carnage to hasten the arrival of the Twelfth Imam.
Source: Joel Rosenberg
Transcript of Ahmadinejad's speech - Policy Mic
Ahmadinejad hails imminent arrival of ‘Ultimate Savior, Jesus Christ’ - Al Araybia News

Joel Osteen's Gospel of Affirmation Without Salvation

Sept. 25, 2012 - Promoting his new book, I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life, Joel Osteen appeared on CNN's “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien.” Theologian Albert Mohler complains that his message is one of affirmation of all people without taking the opportunity to share the message of salvation. Depak Chopra was on the same program, agreeing with Osteen. Mohler wrote,
The appearance of Osteen and Chopra together was a priceless demonstration of the fact that the New Thought positive thinking philosophy that drives them both can be grafted onto either Christianity or Eastern religion.
He says that Chopra’s New Age spirituality and Osteen’s updated version of the word-faith movement are really the same message.
Source: Albert Mohler - Religion Today

Pope urges religions to root out fundamentalism

Sept. 14, 2012 - Visiting Lebanon, Pope Benedict XVI identified religious fundamentalism as the cause of violence, and called on Christians, Muslims and Jews to oppose it.
"All religious leaders in the Middle East [should] endeavour, by their example and their teaching, to do everything possible to uproot this threat, which indiscriminately and fatally affects believers."

Christian prof says Jesus was Muslim

July 12, 2012 - Even though Islam did not come into existence until more than 600 years after the time of Christ, Robert F. Shedinger, a professor at an Iowa college, believes that Islam is really a social justice system instead of a religion, and that Jesus' teachings show that he would approve of their concepts. He wrote a book titled “Was Jesus a Muslim?” to show how Jesus was aligned in thought with the later ideals of Islam.
Source: WND

Review of Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope is Here

July 1, 2012 - By Ron Graff

Thomas Horn and Cris Putnam have written a big book of evidence that when Pope Benedict XVI, who is 85, dies or steps down, his successor will be the last in a very long string of Popes predicted more than 800 years ago. They mix this sobering thought with conspiracy theories, and ancient occult beliefs, which they say all point to a possible End-times transition very soon.

The primary stream of thought is that the “Prophecy of the Popes,” supposedly written by Saint Malachy in 1139, has had about an 80% fulfillment – enough to make scholars think that it might be accurate about the final Pope. There is serious doubt about whether or not Malachy wrote the prophecies, but even if it was forged, it was published in 1595 and could not have been changed since then. The Roman Catholic Church has had over four hundred fifty years to reject the prophecies, but it never has. An English translation of the Latin text about the final Pope is:

“In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit Peter the Roman, who will nourish the sheep in many tribulations; when they are all finished, the City of Seven Hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.”

A second stream of thought is that the world-wide religious coalition that gives its approval of the Antichrist during the Apocalypse will be led by the False Prophet, and he would very likely be the Pope, as head of the largest sect of the largest religion on Earth. This, completely apart from “The Prophecy of the Popes,” is a popular belief of prophecy students, including some from the Roman Catholic Church.

Next, the book considers the writings of Malachi Martin, an eminent Catholic theologian and former Jesuit, who described a rite referred to as the “enthronement of the fallen Archangel Lucifer in the Roman Catholic Citadel on June 29, 1963.” This presumably would result in the inception of the satanic spirit in the future Petrus Romanus.

The reader must persevere to capture the next concept, concerning the ancient false religions, starting with Nimrod, and progressing into Egyptian mythology as Isis and Osiris, The authors introduce Luciferian rites, Freemasonry, and even the architecture of the Vatican and Washington D.C. as examples of an open conspiracy to produce an evil New World Order. Aztec and Mayan prophecies are also brought into the discussion.

A recap is given of the evils that have periodically plagued the Roman Catholic Church and especially the Papacy, including the unbelievable “Dark Ages,” the Crusades, the Inquisition, and the Reformation. These major moral problems have persisted right up to the current pedophilia scandal that has never been adequately handled by the present Pope. All of this is substantiated with copious footnotes (722 of them).

The authors also see a connection with the recent history of The United States, and of Barack Obama’s election to the presidency in this march toward the Apocalypse. Apostasy of the Evangelical segment of our culture, and the rise of Dominionist theology (combining religious faith with politics) are also discussed as part of the environment that will lead to an unholy religious union in the future.

Toward the end of the book four possible candidates for the final Pope’s office are identified, and a list of other possible contenders is given.

In summary, the book is helpful to sincere students of Bible prophecy. Like all such books, there are speculations that may or may not materialize in the future. The book uses numerous Scripture references, and is faithful to employ literal interpretation and good hermeneutics.

Dreams, Visions, and personal prophecies (1 Corinthians chapters 12 to 14) are valid, but must be approved by others with the gift of prophecy, and never carry the same weight as inspired books of the Bible. Many prophetic messages may be the result of demonic deception. The writers of this book agree, saying that demons may make educated guesses and manipulate events to give the illusion of prophecy.

The authors do seem to think this transition will begin in 2012, around Dec. 21, when the New Age believers say the Sun will align with the galactic center of the Milky Way, ushering in the Age of Aquarius. However, they stress that they “do not claim to know,” and that they are ”not prophets or apocalyptic date-setters, just researchers and commentators.”

Source: Ron's Blog

Global Charter of Conscience Urges Renewed Religious Freedom

June 29, ,2012 -
The Global Charter of Conscience is a reaffirmation and expansion of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that reads, "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and belief."
A group of 50 international academics, politicians, and NGO leaders drafted the new non-political charter.
Source: Christian Post

Why Catholics and Evangelicals Can Be United Against Nihilism

June 29, 2012 - As a new Christian, Charles Colson was influenced by the writings of Abraham Kuyper who had carefully articulated the doctrinal and philosophical differences between Rome and Protestants. He taught that Protestant Christianity could be effective against modernism only if it partnered with Roman Catholics on that issue. Like Kuyper, Colson was concerned about the effects of modernism and later postmodernism on contemporary culture. And like Kuyper, he taught that Christians need a unique worldview, and need to work together to redeem culture. He and Richard John Neuhaus formed Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) to encourage cooperation "against all that opposes Christ and his cause." That opposition included...
"widespread secularization" that had descended "into a moral, intellectual, and spiritual nihilism that denies not only the One who is the Truth but the very idea of truth itself."
Source: Christianity Today

The Final Battles of Pope Benedict XVI

June 18, ,2012 - Information leaks and scandals plague the Vatican as insiders jockey for power and speculate on who will be the next pope. Meanwhile, Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) has withdrawn to focus on his legacy.
The mood at the Vatican is apocalyptic. Pope Benedict XVI seems tired, and both unable and unwilling to seize the reins amid fierce infighting and scandal.
Source: Der Spiegel

Will the next pope be the last?

April 13, 2012 - A new book, “Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope is Here,” will be released this week. It has been riding high on the Amazon charts for weeks before its release this week. It is based on St. Malachy’s “Prophecy of the Popes,” from a vision he supposedly had hundreds of years ago about the succession of Popes leading to the last one, "Peter the Roman," who will preside over “great apostasy” followed by “great tribulation.”
Source: WND

Rick Warren Builds Bridge to Muslims

Feb.23, 2012 -Rick Warren, one of America's most influential Christian leaders, and pastor of Saddleback Church, is part of an effort named King's Way that's attempting bring evangelical Christians and Muslims together.
Tom Holladay, associate senior pastor at Saddleback, said the outreach to Muslims is part of Saddleback's PEACE Plan, a wide-ranging effort to solve major world problems by mobilizing governments, businesses and faith communities.

At an interfaith dinner in December Abraham Meulenberg, a Saddleback pastor in charge of interfaith outreach, and Jihad Turk, director of religious affairs at a mosque in Los Angeles, introduced King's Way as "a path to end the 1,400 years of misunderstanding between Muslims and Christians." A document they co-authored stresses points of agreement between the two faiths, including belief in "one God." It also calls for sharing their faith with one another, but not for the purpose of conversion.

Warren has denied supporting the concept called "Chrislam," a merging of Islam and Christianity. Writing in his website for pastors, he said the rumor is "100 percent false," and that his ministry is "built on the truth that Jesus is the only way, and our inerrant Bible is our only true authority."

Source: Orange county Register
The Peace Plan - Saddleback Church
The Emerging Global 'Church' - Berit Kjos
Rick Warren, Islam, and the Real Issue - Take A Stand Ministries
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