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This is David Bay, Director of Old Paths Ministries.
And this is the Cutting Edge, a radio program dedicated to warning and informing God's people. We are committed to the study and exposition of the inerrant, inspired and authoritative Word of God. The views expressed belong to us, and are not necessarily shared by this station.
Our society is deteriorating, and Bible-believing Christians are ill-prepared to face that deterioration. This radio program is dedicated to preparing God's people to meet the challenges of the Day, and to encourage obedience to the Word of God in being separated from worldliness and false doctrine.
The moral bankruptcy of our society is well-documented.
Few people understand why we have become morally bankrupt. However, when we look at society through the eyes of God, through the Bible, we can easily see why we are facing the unprecedented troubles today. This study of America through the eyes of God is what we will always do try to here; stay with us for some eye-opening truths.
BIBLICAL LAST DAYS' PROPHECY: Luke 17:28-30, "So also as it was in the days of Lot: [People] ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; But on the [very] day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. That is the way it will be on the day that the Son of Man is revealed."
This incredible Scripture has many things to say to us today. As we discuss this verse, remember that Jesus was talking about the end of the age, the end of the Great Tribulation, when He returns to execute judgment and set up His Millennial reign. Let us now examine this Scripture:
First, we see that people were engaged in normal business and normal activities in living up to and including the day of destruction. People were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, and building. Everything seemed absolutely normal until the second that God's fiery judgment began to fall, and no one escaped.
Second, the Bible clearly states that Sodom was destroyed because of the rampant practice of homosexuality in that city. As we have stated before, all agencies of authority in Sodom had to have been totally supportive of homosexuality as a valid lifestyle. Courts, legislative bodies, schools, youth organizations, and churches all had to teach the acceptability of homosexuality. This teaching and official support produced the very clear practice of homosexuality among the people. We are seeing exactly this type of official governmental teaching today in America, producing yet one more example of a sign that we are living in the very end of time.
Third, Bible scholars have interpreted this verse to mean that homosexuality will again become very open and accepted in the Last Days. If this interpretation is correct, then the trend in American society to force acceptance of homosexuality is just one more clear sign of the approaching time of Anti-Christ. Clearly, we see governments, both Federal and State, attempting to force acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle. Schools and youth organizations are being informed that they must teach the acceptability of homosexuality. Time does not permit us to quote the many examples of this activity, but we quote these Governmental sources during our seminar. Finally, courts are re-interpreting the law to force societal acceptance of homosexuality. Today, under the guise of preventing "hate" and "discrimination", courts are forcing landlords and businesses to hire homosexuals, even though this action would violate their religious beliefs. In many other areas, this type of activity is occurring, moving America quickly to the point of becoming another Sodom. Now, we would like to share a News Brief which will dramatically demonstrate this abominable activity.
NEWS BRIEF: The Federal Government agency, The Endowment For The Arts, has now funded its latest abomination. They have paid for an artist to depict Jesus Christ as a practicing homosexual. This depiction was accompanied by an article purportedly written by Jesus' homosexual lover, Lazarus, in which he recounted their many wonderful liaisons together. The sexual abominations in this article cannot be shared with you on the air, but I would like to share the despicable violence done to Jesus' nature by this article. Not only was Jesus depicted as a homosexual, He was also depicted as:
1. Being a magician. Jesus' many miracles were attributed to His occultic powers. Jesus' healing powers were described as emanating from his finger, a classic Satanic method of creating power flow.
This assertion is the classic definition of the Unpardonable Sin, as Jesus defined in Matthew 12:22-32. In this passage, the Pharisees had attributed one of Jesus' healing miracles to Satanic power. Jesus attacked this assertion, and then stated, "Whoever speaks against the Spirit, the Holy One, will not be forgiven, either in this world, or in the world to come." Clearly, this article crosses this line, when it attributes Jesus' powers to occultic sources.
2. Being a murderer. Jesus is pictured as being a moody, unpredictable person, who killed as often as He healed, and always without warning. Lazarus' death is pictured as murder. Jesus murdered Lazarus because He was angry with him for having other homosexual lovers, and then Jesus brought him back to life.
3. Being a Joker, coining phrases that delighted and puzzled His audiences. Jesus was described as continuously engaging in self-parody. In other words, Jesus was acting in such a way as to draw derisive laughter from His audience as though He were in a burlesque show.
As Christian author, Bullinger, states in his book, "Number In Scripture", p. 283, published in 1991, "Apostasy is before us. The religion of Christ has, in the past, been opposed and corrupted, but when it once comes, as it has come in our day, to be burlesqued, there is nothing left but judgment." This article, and the accompanying picture, is a burlesque or a caricature, or a making fun of Jesus Christ. Further, because it was paid by Federal Government funds and authorized by an official Government Agency, God will lay this sin to the account of the American Federal Government.
4. Being merciless and sadistic. Jesus is depicted as not only healing, but also causing healthy, normal people to suddenly be afflicted with leprosy.
This author also causes Jesus as saying that, in the end, "everyone is saved". Thus, people are further deceived and led astray.
The incredible blasphemies of this article stagger me, as I am sure it does you; however, the very power of the blasphemies is a sign that we are living in the days of Anti-Christ. In Daniel 11:36, speaking of the Anti-Christ, God foretells, "The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed..." (NIV) Clearly, the contents of this Government-sponsored article are unheard-of blasphemies against the Lord of lords and God of gods.
Now, let us turn to a powerful economic sign that we are living in the days of Anti-Christ.
NEWS BRIEF: Several small towns in France, near the German border, began an experiment early this year whereby all paper money and coins were removed from circulation. Officials replaced the physical currency with a debit card, thus introducing cashless transactions for every purchase in these towns. Remember, Biblical prophecy clearly indicates that the economy of Anti-Christ will be cashless.
This week, I further heard of another economic development. New American $100 bills were being printed with a readable bar code. (Dr. James Dobson, Weekend In Review, 4-21-92).
This development paves the way for all the currencies of the world to have the same bar code reading. Certain other Western currencies have bills now with a readable bar code. This would be an interim step toward a single currency throughout the entire world.
Furthermore, this development is shocking in yet another way: UPC bar codes operate according to the numerical sequence, 666. In the seminar, we show UPC markings with the accompanying Master Codes, demonstrating this incredible fact. We are definitely living in the Age of the Mark, the Age of Anti-Christ.
Let us now turn to Scripture to see the importance of this marking which we see in today's society. Revelation 13:16-18, "He (False Prophet) also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast, or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast. His number is 666."
There are several key aspects of this Scripture on which we need to focus:
Therefore, when people take this mark, they will be doing far more than just accepting a new method of conducting financial business; they will be acknowledging the Anti-Christ as being the true God, and will be worshipping him. This is why God foretells eternal torment in Hell for those who allowed this mark to be placed upon them. In Revelation 14:9-11, God speaks of this horrible punishment. Notice that God seemingly does not provide for forgiveness for anyone who takes this mark. God does not say people will be allowed to repent after taking this mark. This may be THE personal watershed event of the Great Tribulation. We must, therefore, pay special attention to this business of taking a mark.
Most people have traditionally had an aversion to marking their bodies. Not only did God forbid tattoos in the Old Testament, but most cultures place a premium on the looks of the body. Especially in Judeo-Christian America, we have had the additional aversion to marking our bodies with any mark, because of these Biblical prophecies of the last mark, the mark of Anti-Christ. We will come back to this aversion in a few moments, but let us examine a few more aspects of this Prophecy.
* This mark is synonymous with the name of the Beast, the Anti-Christ. Further, the name of the Beast is identified with a 3-digit number, 666. In Judiasm, words and names have a numerical equivalent. For example, Jesus' name contained the numerical equivalent of 888. Here, the Anti-Christ's name will equate to 666. In God's reckoning, the number 7 is His perfect number. Man is one step short of God's perfection, and God has assigned him the number 6. Hence, the triple number, 666, is an intensification of man's number. The number 8 is one step above God's perfect number of 7, and can only refer to that Lamb Who died for the sins of the world -- Jesus Christ. It is truly significant that, in Revelation 5:9, only Jesus Christ, the Lamb of the World, was worthy to open God's scroll containing His final judgments. Why was Jesus, and only Jesus, deemed so worthy? Because "You were slain and with Your blood You purchased men unto God from every tribe and people and nation." And God ensured that the name of Jesus Christ would equal the triple number 888, to so signify this worthiness and His preeminence over the Anti-Christ during the Great Tribulation. Now let us return to Revelation 13, as we study God's prophecy concerning the Anti-Christ's number.
This Scripture is saying several things regarding the number 666 of the Beast, the Anti-Christ.
Did you get that last part? God is foretelling that the number 666, which comprises the mark, will be some sort of design which is hidden from the naked eye!! Further, God tells us in verse 18, that we are to calculate this number.
Now, remember our earlier discussion about the natural human aversion to marking our bodies? Doesn't it seem logical and natural for a conditioning process to occur which will persuade people to take a mark in or on their right hands or their foreheads? We have talked about conditioning in previous discussions on this subject. Remember New World Order Planners stated that "The Christ cannot appear until a substantial proportion of the world's population has been conditioned to accept him." We have been conditioned by TV, magazines, movies, rock and country music, and pornography to accept the values of the Anti-Christ. But, consider a type of conditioning relating to the taking of the mark of Anti-Christ.
I believe the critical interim step to condition people to accept a mark in their body is to mark as many things around them as possible. Consider the tremendous amount of marking, mostly with UPC-type codes in our society today:
Most of you can think of many other things that are now similarly marked. All around us, you can see that UPC-type codes are being utilized to keep track of things or to conduct economic transactions. Now, you ask, what does the UPC Code system in use today have to do with the number 666? We are going to show you at the seminar how the UPC Codes utilize a hidden number 666 which must be figured out, or calculated. For our purposes on this radio program, we only need to emphasize that readable bar codes do use a hidden number 666 to enable the computer to properly read the information.
The key point about the $100 bill being marked with a readable bar code is that, for the first time in history, money has been marked with a system which will enable economic transactions to be carried out utilizing the prophetic number 666. This sign powerfully demonstrates how very close we are to the beginning of the Great Tribulation.
The time is truly growing short, as the Holy Spirit continues to allow the forces of Satan to move the world into his brief kingdom, now known to the world as the New World Order.
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