Be Very Alert! No 298 and 299

Be Very Alert! – By Val Hollard (NZ)

On Watch at the Door                                      No 298, 3 February 2020

The list of exceptional occurrences in recent months seems endless. Everything is going into overdrive, converging towards the end of this age. The Bible tells us to be alert and aware of these things, and not to neglect prophecy. In 1 Thessalonians 5, the apostle Paul tells us that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night, but believers are not in darkness but children of the light so this day should not surprise us. We are expected to be awake and aware of what is happening.

Christmas came and went, along with its usual pagan traditions. Of note is the emphasis on social justice which has become the new gospel message. A group of nearly 30 church leaders in Auckland, NZ, representing Anglicans, Catholics, the Salvation Army, Congregational Union, Church of the Nazarene, Calvary Chapel, Methodists, Destiny, Elim, Presbyterians, Seventh-day Adventists and a host of others, released a Christmas message focusing on the homeless, refugees, those experiencing dysfunctional relationships and those who are lonely. Jesus is described as homeless refugee who came to bring hope and peace to those experiencing suffering. Sadly there was not a word in the message that talked about the real reason God sent His son Jesus to this earth: He came to die on a cross for the sins of the whole world, and for those who would repent of their sins and believe in Him, there would be eternal life. It is only then that people will be freed from all suffering. There was nothing about this! It was all about helping and loving the helpless in a physical way now. Christians are to help the helpless, but above all else these people need to know the real reason why Jesus came to this earth.

It is not just in Auckland that this is happening. The current leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the US, J. D. Greer, not long ago said, “Unless we include social justice, we are not preaching the gospel.” What Jesus Christ did for us on the cross is what makes Christianity distinct from all other religions. Doing good deeds does not get a person saved. Doing the tasks that God has assigned to us is a sign that we are saved. (Eph 2:8-10)

Christianity and the Bible are being squeezed out in many ways. In NZ, the Education and Training Bill passed its first reading. The bill has a provision that requires explicit written permission from parents before Religious Instruction (RI), once known as Bible in Schools, can be taught to children in a state school. This will more than likely decrease the number of children who hear about what the Bible teaches. Parents are far less likely to opt in than to opt out.

As RI fades out in schools, a climate change syllabus is being introduced for children aged 11-14 (Years 7-10). The curriculum claims to be based on solid science. Opinion writer Karl du Fresne says, “It is quite explicit about its goal, which is to groom a generation of climate change activists. Apparently drawing inspiration from Greta Thunberg, the teaching resource is threaded with statements such as: “Climate change poses a severe threat to children’s most basic rights.” It’s a piece of work the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels would have been proud to call his own – one that targets malleable young minds in much the same way as the Hitler Youth did in the 1930s.”

There are also calls for NZers to move to a more plant-based diet in order to slash emissions and save billions of healthcare dollars. The new syllabus urges this too. Some dietitians have expressed concern that children who give up eating meat may end up with a protein deficiency. Meat lovers in NZ are unlikely to surrender to this new call without a fight. What, no meat on the BBQ?

It is heart-breaking to consider the needless panic that will be aroused in children from all this indoctrination. The proposed increase in mental health services will not be able to cope with the increase in depression and suicidal thoughts among young people. What these young people need to hear about is the love of Jesus and why He came to earth.

Also in NZ, swastikas and the word “Heil” have appeared on the Jewish Temple Sinai and at several other locations in Wellington. This has happened at the same time as the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Leaders from 46 countries attended. NZ was invited but did not send anyone. The NZ Jewish Council said it was disappointing and the Opposition called it disgraceful. Anti-Semitism is increasing world-wide. In New York City, anti-Semitic attacks sky-rocketed in 2019.

So what else has been happening in the world?

The UN Human Rights Committee has decided it is unlawful for countries to send climate change refugees back to their countries of origin if they would be exposed to life-threatening risks or cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment there. With the rapid increase in climate disasters, floods, fires, water shortages, etc., we are likely to see an unprecedented number of climate refugees in the future. 

Be alert and watchful! The enemy will do all he can to make Christianity unacceptable and blame it and the Jews for all the troubles in the world. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel was questioned by a member of the AfD (Alternative for Germany) about an event that took place in Augsburg when a fireman was murdered in front of his wife at a Christmas market. Merkel, who can only see good in allowing 1000s of mainly male migrants in to the country in 2015 and following, promised to combat migrant crime by fighting “right-wing-extremists” rather than doing anything about the escalating crime by followers of Islam. Alas, Christians are now being classified as right-wing extremist too. In Canada, pro-life activists have now been classified as “right-wing extremists” by Canadian Forces.

Persecution watchdog Open Doors has revealed that 260 million Christians now face unprecedented high levels of persecution. Over 9,000 churches and Christians buildings have been attacked in the past year. In 2019, anti-Christian attacks in Europe reached an all-time high. Christian churches and symbols were deliberately attacked day after day. In China, the government has announced that it will soon implement harsh new measures requiring all religious personnel to support and implement total submission to the Chinese Communist Party. Christians there fear their religious freedoms will be squeezed out. Are you prepared for persecution?

There is an article in Natural News on ten insane and completely irrational things millions of Americans believe. Here are some of them: Men can become women by wishing it so, the earth will be destroyed in 10 years if we don’t stop using fossil fuels, a human baby that’s born alive isn’t really “alive” until the mother decides she wants to keep it, the earth is flat, and all vaccines are safe because somebody on the news said so.

What can we expect in the coming year? Unfortunately, more of the same, more of it and more lunacy as earthlings turn further away from God’s word. Many thousands more are likely to become homeless. Water and food shortages will most likely increase. One piece of research suggests that almost 40% of the world’s countries will witness civil unrest in 2020.

Here and coming: Increased euthanasia (and without consent), abortions, rise of LGBTQ+ especially in the church along with other apostasy, approval of paedophilia, the coming separation of Bible-believers from other church-goers, break-up of the family unit, increased drug use and stronger drugs, climate oddities (floods, fires, extreme temperatures) and the world’s insistence that humans are to blame, the sun behaving strangely, epic disasters leaving many homeless, violent volcanoes, famines, paganism and witchcraft (especially how children are being influenced), increased persecution of Christians, increased anti-Semitism, convergence towards a one world system, horrendous debt levels, the rise of Islam and interfaith (especially with the help of Pope Francis), the increased wandering of the earth’s magnetic pole, increase of dangerous military weapons including the use of weaponised drones, the volatile situation in the Middle East and all that is happening there, further moves towards building a Temple in Jerusalem, the US navy deciding that UFOs have an increasing presence and represent a ‘grave threat’ to national security, increase in technology enabling tracking of individuals, moves towards a cashless society, the many ways in which humans are trying to extend their God-given lifespan, and if the pope is not the false prophet he is doing an amazing job of imitating him! I am sure you can add some more!

We are rapidly heading towards the opening of the 7 Seals and the appearance of the Antichrist. Jesus says, “You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.” (Matt 24:6-8) We are seeing the start of these things now, but they won’t be in their final form until the Antichrist appears. Then Jesus warns us about the coming persecution and that many will turn away from the faith. We see churches now trying to fit in with the culture rather than abiding in God’s word.

Signs in the sun, moon and stars and huge earthquakes will create great panic. Jesus will return in the midst of this and collect His bride. (Luke 21:25-28) Then God will pour out His wrath on an unbelieving world with the Trumpet and Bowl judgements. The world will truly know then what climate change is like!

The new coronavirus from China has hit the headlines. When the 4th Seal in Revelation 6 is opened, possibly over a billion people will be killed by the sword, famine and plague. Whether the plague will be some sort of coronavirus we do not know. There is a lot of conflicting information about this virus but it does appear to be quite serious and will probably have a big impact on travel, trade and economies. We need not panic over it. God is still in charge!

I looked at an Alert! of ten years ago. The Telegraph had decided that the most important adjective in 2009 was the word ‘global.’ That is still a high flyer, but the one that has really caught my attention in the last 6 months is ‘unprecedented.’ China’s bid to contain the new virus by placing cities totalling over 40 million people under quarantine is described as an ‘unprecedented’ undertaking, and it doesn’t appear to be stopping the spread of the virus either.

There are many things to watch for this year including the outcome of Trump’s peace deal involving Israel and the Palestinians which has now been revealed, the American and Israeli elections and the NZ one too, life after Brexit which is now proceeding and the progress of all the things I mentioned earlier.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is moving the Doomsday Clock up to 100 seconds to midnight – a metaphor for the end of the world – in recognition of growing threats from nuclear war, climate change and disinformation. There is increasing panic and fear in the world at what is coming on the earth. But if you are in Christ, there is good news. God has warned us that there will be terrible times in the last days, but we need not fear. Keep looking up! Our citizenship is not in this decaying world but in heaven. (Phil 3:20-21)




Be Very Alert! – By Val Hollard (NZ)

On Watch at the Door                                     No 299, 17 February 2020

“When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by the sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.” (Rev 6:7-8)

These verses are a picture of disturbing events that we are seeing right now, and one day, possibly very soon, they will reach fulfilment after the Antichrist appears.

The number of persecuted Christians continues to grow each year with nearly 260 million experiencing high levels of persecution. Open Doors International has released the 2020 World Watch List, which is led once again by North Korea, Afghanistan and Somalia. The annual survey lists the fifty countries in the world where it is most difficult to live as a Christian.

Traditionally, it is Muslims who use the sword to kill. When the fifth seal is opened (verse 9), the souls of those who have been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained are seen under the altar.

“When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?) (Luke 18:8) In Psalm 12:1 David says. “Help Lord, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men” and in Psalm 53:2-3, “God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. Everyone has turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.” It is becoming increasingly more difficult for Christians who love the truth of God’s Word to feel comfortable in the popular liberal Laodicean churches. A big separation is coming and only a small faithful remnant will be left when our Lord returns. Many will be slain for their faith in Jesus. Who will take a stand?

There is a locust plague of ‘Biblical proportions’ sweeping across Kenya and eastern Africa which is expected to grow by five hundred times by June if it is not contained. An estimated 360 billion locusts are eating everything in sight threatening a famine. The famines at the time of the Antichrist are certain to be caused by a number of factors, including plagues and war.

The part of verse 8 that I find very interesting is that people will be killed by ‘wild beasts of the earth.’ I think secular journalists understand this better than many prophecy buffs! They report on the acceleration of new zoonotic infections. Zoonotic infections are ones that jump from an animal host into humans. The mechanism for this is not clearly understood.

In recent times we have seen a number of such viruses – HIV and AIDS (from apes), Ebola (from bats), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS – from camels), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS – from civets to cave-dwelling horseshoe bats), bird flu and swine flu outbreaks, and the new coronavirus COVID-19 from bats or possibly pangolins – or engineered as some believe. It is related to SARS.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 continues to spread around the world and in China officials are now testing people on the street and hauling them away if they think they have the virus.

The information given out by China on the number of deaths is considered to be unreliable. Undercover journalists in China have documented appalling conditions in Hubei Province funeral homes that are processing the dead produced by the Wuhan COVID-19 pandemic. According to reports published in Taiwan, bodies in China are piling up for a week as the cremation ovens are running 24/7, driving funeral home workers to near-collapse as they burn hundreds of bodies per day with no end in sight. It may be a while before the full truth about the virus is revealed. At the moment, researchers seem to have few clues as to what they are dealing with.

Someone has pointed out that most of the victims are older men, half of all men in China have a smoking habit and that like SARS the disease attaches onto the “ACE-2” receptor cells in the lungs. Asians have up to 5 times the number of these cells in their lungs. Deaths from SARS were 96% Asian.

In NZ the economy is already being affected. Chinese tourists, important to the tourist industry, are not coming and bookings over the summer are way down. The 1000s of Chinese who come here to study are also absent. To make matters worse heavy rain and flooding has washed out roads in the south. Popular hiking tracks are also closed because of avalanches and damage to huts. Jobs are being lost as the export of logs to China slows down or stops. 

AS IN THE DAYS OF LOT (Luke 17:28)

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.” (Isa 5:20)

Twenty years ago, or even less, it would have been hard to see how much the LGBTQ+ movement would change the landscape. Jesus predicted this would happen. A rapidly increasing number of people and in the church too, no longer desire good over evil. It is a sure sign that we are in the last days.

In the UK, male criminals are gaming the system and using gender ideology to claim that they are female and get locked up in women’s prisons. A recent survey found that the number of inmates in England who self-identify as transgender has surged to ten times previous estimates, such that one in 50 prisoners now say they are transgender.

In the US, a man convicted of a myriad of sex crimes as a man has now been freed after identifying as a female. He is now considered to be no longer a threat. He was a former Midwest Christian services student.

“There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves.” (2 Tim 3:1-2) In a marriage ceremony of a different kind six women made their vows at a “love ceremony” at Tahunanui Beach in NZ. Some of the women participating said the ceremony was about self-loving and self-acceptance. Sologamy, the act of marrying yourself, is on the rise across the globe.

The Church of England has apologised for reaffirming basic, biblical morality. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop of York John Sentamu have apologised for a decree issued by the Church of England which said that only heterosexual married couples should have sex and that sex in gay or straight civil partnerships falls short of God’s purpose for human beings.

In the US, educators in 12 public school districts  in New Jersey are now testing a pilot curriculum to include instruction about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law last year requiring New Jersey public schools to include LGBTQ-related instruction in lesson plans for middle and high schoolers state-wide.

As leftists are free to torch US flags across the nation, an Iowa man is paying a heavy price for burning a rainbow LGBT pride flag. In addition to spending a decade and a half in prison for burning the LGBT flag, the 30-year-old will also be serving an additional year for his use of fire and 30 days for harassment.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association says the 2020 Franklin Graham tour of the United Kingdom will go on, despite seven of the eight venues cancelling agreements due to pressure from LGBT groups and activists. Graham has been labelled “anti-gay” and a “hate preacher.” Graham, though, says he only wants to preach the gospel and to tell others about God’s love. The Rev Bryan Kerr, a Church of Scotland minister, launched a petition to pressure the Scottish Event Campus to cancel Graham’s appearance at Glasgow Hydro arena and it was scrapped. Kerr supports same-sex marriage. Kerr says that Graham’s views “do not sit comfortably with many Christians in Scotland.” Graham has also come under fire for his views on Islam. According to the organisers there has however been “torrents of support” for Franklin Graham’s tour, despite venue cancellations.

ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Forming the One World Religion: On the 29th of February, Catholics will celebrate Mass, along with Protestants, in St Peter’s Cathedral, Geneva. This will be the first time since the Reformation as the Cathedral has been Protestant since 1535. Lutherans and Catholics in Switzerland already have close ties. In Belgium, two Catholic universities are to offer programmes to train Muslim imams.

In December, the Pontifical Biblical Commission in the Vatican published a new book saying that the sin of Sodom was a ‘lack of hospitality’ and not homosexuality.

Jesuit Father Pietro Bovati, secretary for the Pontifical Biblical Commission, said the work was carried out at the express wish of (Jesuit) Pope Francis.

A Roman Catholic priest in Rhode Island says that “Paedophilia never killed anyone” and that people should focus instead on stopping abortion. The RC Church will never stop the ongoing priest paedophilia scandals until they recognise that paedophilia is wrong.

A US archbishop says that in January Pope Francis told a group of American bishops in Rome that civil unions for homosexual couples that give them access to public benefits are “acceptable,” as long as it’s clear such arrangements can never be considered marriage.

IN BRIEF

In China, the deluded communist leader Xi Jinping is tearing down churches and mosques and commanding the people to worship him as a god. There are 41 new rules called “Control Measures for Religious Groups” which deal with everything from the holding of rites and rituals, to the selection of leaders and annual meetings, to the hiring of staff and the handling of funds. The “Religious Affairs” office must approve of everything. You can’t even organise a Bible study without their permission, and of course you must use the Party-approved Bible which contains quotations from Confucius and Xi Jinping.

For years, women in Iran have been arrested and imprisoned for refusing to wear the mandatory headscarf and even for protesting its use. In Sweden, however, Elle magazine just awarded it their “look of the year.”

A Nigerian professor-turned-politician claimed last week that Boko Haram, an Islamic terrorist group, has created nearly 120,000 orphans and widows since it began its onslaught against Christians in the West African nation.

The number of anti-Semitic incidents documented in Britain increased for the fourth consecutive year in 2019, reaching a record tally of 1,805 cases.

The mainstream media is becoming acutely more aware that humanity is facing something new. People are talking about the same things that Bible prophecy talks about. Global weather gone crazy, floods, fires, earthquakes, various plagues, food and water shortage, a possible economic downturn, one crisis after another and now COVID-19. Fear and panic is on the rise. In the midst of this there will be opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the hope that it gives us even though the world seems to be collapsing around us. This is exactly what Christians in Wuhan are bravely doing right now.

EXTRA ITEMS

Alan Kurschner has recommended a song you should sing for the Antichrist. “I have decided to follow Jesus.” Watch how it came to be written.
https://www.alankurschner.com/2020/01/24/learn-to-sing-this-song-for-the-antichrists-great-tribulation-video/

God Needs Permission – Dominion Theology
The New Apostolic Reformation has penetrated the congregations in Israel. Watch this to learn more about NAR and Dominion Theology, and pray for the brethren in Israel.

The abortion bill in NZ is coming up later this year
Abortion legalisation bill made more restrictive but is largely unchanged after select committee
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/119540094/abortion-legalisation-bill-made-more-restrictive-but-is-largely-unchanged

Jacqui’s story – “I was conceived in rape. I value life.” 
The politicians on the Select Committee denied her the opportunity to make an oral submission

Prophecy updates and more
John Haller: https://www.youtube.com/user/KoinoniaABF
Marco Quintana: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGocBbxpz2ue7yR6bMthnXw/videos
Jacob Prasch: https://www.youtube.com/user/57GotDrums/videos

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