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To truly understand the times, we need to know who the movers and shakers are and how they schemed to have things play out as they have in the last 100+ years.
I've got good news and bad news and good news. First, the good news: GOD IS IN CONTROL A link to this beautifully encouraging and challenging song was emailed to Jan recently. And we all need this encouragement after being so demoralized in the last week -- not to mention the last couple of years. Our Heavenly Father absolutely knows what is happening to us, and He has it well in hand.
Now I've got some bad news -- although I have to say I don't really see it as totally bad news because of my perspective on it: I am convinced we are watching the set-up for what's known as the Tribulation.
Let me ask you a question: If one were to go about preparing for a world system that would be taken over by someone empowered by Satan, a system that would give this someone complete control of and loyalty from the people of the world, how would he do it? Well, we're not going to go through all the maneuverings today, but let me give you a little taste and see if anything sounds familiar.
LAY THE FOUNDATION: The most necessary thing would be to lay a satanically inspired foundation for this structure: A broad base upon which this system would be built. Now it just so happens that a woman named Alice Bailey (1880-1949) who founded a publishing company named The Lucifer Publishing Company, communed with a demon known as "The Tibetan." Through Alice Bailey, "The Tibetan" explained that the world must change. Specifically, he said, "The old established rhythms, inherent in the old forms of religion, of politics, and of the social order, must give place to newer ideals . . . and to the new order."
In his new, critical book Grave Influence, Brannon Howse gives the background of 21 radicals who have each contributed to society's transformation process. Of Bailey he says, "Bailey's worldview and goals have shaped the thinking of many individuals we examine in this book. To fully grasp the worldview war raging among us, we must understand the philosophies of Alice Bailey." Bailey and her Tibetan friend laid the foundation for this New World Order.
INVADE THE CHURCH:.'" Two men that Brannon introduces in his book -- Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) and Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) -- "believed a person could not know truth, that we should embrace the mysticism of the world and reject absolutes." This idea has been labeled "Existentialism". Existentialism gave birth to post-modernism (which argues that truth and reality are created by man and not by God and that truth is situational and subjective) and post-modernism gave birth to neo-orthodoxy and, eventually, the Emergent Church. Brannon says, "The rise of the Emergent Church brings to mind the words of the late Vance Havner regarding Satan's shrewdest strategy for getting his way in the world: 'The devil is not fighting religion; he is too smart for that. He is producing a counterfeit Christianity so much like the real one that good Christians are afraid to speak out against it
OVERRUN THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM: Get 'em while they're young. Heard that before? John Dewey (1859-1952) is known as "the father of education." He is less famous for the pedigree he worked so hard to establish. He was "a Fabian Socialist, signer of the Humanist Manifesto 1, founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and the president of the League for Industrial Democracy . . . John Dewey admitted that the purpose of school is not to create educated students but to change their values and prepare them for their place in life. Benjamin Bloom [1913-1999 - Brannon covers him too] admitted that the goal of his educational philosophy is to change a student's 'fixed beliefs.
Enter: Outcome-Based Education (aka Mastery Learning, aka Goals 2000, aka No Child Left Behind). Brannon says, "There is reason to believe that thought control is exactly what the educrats in Washington have in mind." Whoa -- heavy charge. But check this out: In the 1970s, a controversial social studies program called Man: A Course of Study, was introduced into many American schools. The course was designed by B. F. Skinner (1904-1990, yes, he's covered too) with the expressed goal "to mold children's social attitudes and beliefs along lines that set them apart and alienate them from the beliefs and moral values of their parents and local community." I'll just say it: The picture I got reading these sections of Brannon's book brought pictures of Hitler Youth to mind. A New World Order requires citizens -- and specifically an army -- predisposed to do the bidding of the State.
DESTROY THE FINAL OBSTACLE: In last week's e-alert Jan made this amazing deduction -- among many -- "We do know the biggest factor holding up the one-world order has been America."
On March 16, Jack Kinsella wrote a brilliant article on the history of the Left's desire to pass health care and intimated that the passing of health care legislation would equal the acquiring of control over the people of America when he said, "Until now, government control has been limited to those the government has managed to make dependent on them . . . but that only covers a small segment of the population on any given issue. Everybody gets sick. Everybody needs health care. That's why 'True Believers' in Congress are evidently ready to fall on their swords in order to seize it." And earlier this week in a local Michigan radio interview, Democratic House Congressman John Dingell seemed to confirm Jack's theory.
Finally, on March 24, Rush Limbaugh played clips from a CNBC interview with hedge fund co-founder and author David Mullins who told his interviewers that the 900-year-old "Western Christian Empire," of which America is the largest part, is in decline and that something will quickly move in to fill the vacuum created by its end.
I've said it before, and I'll doubtless say it again: It's all coming together. If you read Brannon's book -- and I really, strongly encourage you to read it -- you will see how we're being set up. All of the building blocks needed to construct this world system have been molded for hundreds of years to bring us to this place and this time. As you see him put each of these bricks in place, a structure will form that looks amazingly like the one-world system needed to usher in the Antichrist. And folks, it looks to me like they're ready to dedicate the building and cut the ribbon.
Now, back to the good news: Jesus is coming to get us first! I say this unabashedly. The reason the construct of the one-world system doesn't terrify me is because I'm not planning to be around when the man of sin steps onto the scene. Actually, as I see prophecy unfolding like this, I get excited! Jesus promised He'd come and get us. And He said that we would be kept from the hour of trial that is coming on the earth. And Paul told the Thessalonians that Jesus will deliver us from the wrath to come. We're goin' Home!! This is our "blessed hope"!
(We at Olive Tree Ministries know that not all of you share a pre-Tribulation Rapture theology, but as Dr. Gary Frazier said on Jan's radio program last Saturday, March 27, "Let's not have great divides over this." This isn't "escapist theology." The fact is that there may be plenty of tough times that American and other Western Christians have to go through in the coming weeks, months, and years. There is a war against Christianity in America right now. But this war is coming from man's wrath. What happens in the Tribulation Heidi is referring to is God's wrath. Heidi refers to the "blessed hope" and many need this in these tumultuous times. We have heard from thousands who express great comfort in this.)
While we're here, God wants us to understand what is happening around us and respond biblically. We mustn't disengage from life. We must keep fighting for the salvation of souls up until the very last minute. As Brannon says, "The spiritual war rages, and the stakes are much higher because the battle is no longer for our culture but for the souls, hearts, and minds of our children and grandchildren" (and, I would add, of those friends, co-workers and neighbors all around us).
So, know what is happening in our world and why it is happening; fight for the lost souls all around you, keep looking for Jesus to come; and -- in the midst of all of this chaos -- remember: God is in Control!
God is in control
We believe that His children will not be forsaken
God is in control
We will choose to remember and never be shaken
There is no power above or beside Him, we know
God is in control