Posted 12:45 P.M. MDT 9/29/01

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Religious Leaders Align With Beast

New Spirit Spread by False Prophet

    On the Day of Remembrance following the tragic events of September 11, evangelist Billy Graham made the following statement at Washington's National Cathedral: "There's hope for the present because I believe the stage has already been set for a new spirit in our nation." Graham also said that the "twisted, diabolical schemes" of the hijackers would be avenged.

    Yes, the stage has certainly been set for a "new spirit" for sure. Well said, Mr. Graham. Religious leaders in general and Christian ministers in particular, perhaps some unwittingly, are playing an instrumental role in fanning that "new spirit" into life in their congregations and communities; rallying the nations behind a common cause "to rid the world of evil." And this new war will reveal the fault line between true men of God and the servants of mammon.

    Billy Graham personifies the political preacher. You have to have those credentials to speak at National Cathedral and to hobnob with presidents. And you have to cultivate the patronage of the elite with sermons crafted with delicate precision -- sermons that soothe and stir emotion while supporting the goals of the party. Graham is from the major league of religious-political spin.

The False Prophet

"And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty." Rev. 16:13

    The "false prophet" in this scripture represents the religious leaders of this country who are doing their part to gather the nations to war. Their message is really the same as the beast's and the dragon's, but they are uniquely qualified to influence the nations through religious sentiment, and thus give moral legitimacy to the aims of the beast.

    Another high-profile political preacher is Dr. Robert Schuller of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. On September 14 the Orange County Register printed his editorial where he said, "The President of the United States is correct when his strong words promise appropriate punitive retaliation against the perpetrators of this terrorism and also on their protectors. This is not a time to sin on the side of mercy."

    Dr. Schuller is famous for his eternal optimism and lofty sermons about love in his big glass church. He said nary a word about "terrorism" when his good friend Bill Clinton launched a bombing attack on Iraq that was obviously timed to deflect heat from "Monica-gate." No, the rebukes of political preachers are reserved for the state's enemies du jour. "The devil comes as the angel of light," Schuller warned in his editorial, referring to religious extremists. That scripture applies perfectly to Schuller and other preachers like him.

    The Seventh-day Adventist church, that bastion of "religious liberty" and end-time prophecy, has done more than most denominations in supporting the beast in its call to war. On September 11 SDA Radio evangelist Lonnie Melashanko made the following statement on the Voice of Prophecy radio program:

We want those who were responsible for these horrific attacks to be caught, punished, and stopped from perpetrating any more crimes against humanity ... We support our president in his determination to stop such senseless attacks. Those who perpetrate such acts of violence against the innocent should not be allowed to continue.

I'm sure that the CIA, the FBI, the NSC, the FAA, and a whole lot of other "initials" are bending every possible effort to find and punish those responsible for the destruction.

    Where was all this outrage when hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children were dying because of U.S. sanctions? Or when U.S. made missiles and helicopters kill defenseless civilians in Palestine? Political preachers get outraged only when it is expedient to do so.

    The federal agencies Melashanko mentioned will not find those who are responsible for these crimes against humanity because they are not looking in the officialdom of Washington, D.C. It would seem that a radio program called "Voice of Prophecy" would have seen some of these things coming, and perhaps warned the U.S. when it was bombing other countries with impunity and exporting terror abroad. Instead they react with great surprise and horror when the consequences hit home, and invoke the initials of the federal agencies for protection.

    "Tempting as it is to speculate concerning the role of God in those events, we must simply acknowledge that they were the result of the presence of evil in this world," wrote Angel Rodriguez, a prominent SDA theologian. "God can bring good out of an unspeakable evil, without either being its cause or part of the process of justifying it." (Sept. 18, Adventist News Network)

    Translation: We wouldn't want to associate God with any of this. That would be making a moral judgment which will surely offend a lot of people, especially in this political climate.

    As though God didn't know what the terrorists were up to before hand, or wasn't big enough to stop them if He wanted to. "The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil," these deceivers say. God is responsible for what happened on September 11, just as He said in the prophecy of September 10.

    The Seventh-day Adventist church typifies the Christian denominations that have embraced the spirituality of the New Age one world movement. On their web site you may find articles with the following titles:

Harlot representing a church

    The SDA world church public affairs officer, Dr. John Graz, is a voice of tolerance and extreme moderation -- a key qualification for a spokesman in today's political-religious movement. "We must find more ways to build bridges between all people of goodwill, in every religion, and present a united front against evil of this kind," said Dr. Graz in an Adventist News interview. To understand the singular nature of the Adventist church in its beginnings is to understand how radically they have shifted toward a pluralistic, one world religion. This typifies the spiritual collapse that has occurred in all religious institutions -- some more than others -- that are now fulfilling the biblical prophecy of the False Prophet in uniting the nations behind the beast.

    The Seventh-day Adventist church experienced a great out-pouring of spiritual blessing at its founding in the mid-nineteenth century, and because later on they disregarded the instructions of their founder, they have become one of the most active churches in promoting the antichrist agenda. Other churches have had less light to compromise themselves over, and because of this serve the beast in a more passive capacity.

    This class is represented by television evangelists Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, who said, on the air, that "God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve." Falwell blamed homosexuals and abortionists, among others, saying, "You helped this happen." Both men backed away from their comments after a public outcry.

    While these statements approached the realm of truth, they were not politically expedient, causing these preachers to modify their stance to protect their religious kingdoms. This event characterizes the more traditional, Christian institutions in the United States. They are consumed with protecting their long-term interests, and by crafting their message for mass-appeal, they naturally fall into line with the political winds.

    History condemns the failure of the German churches of the 1930's to put a stop to the killing of innocent people by the Nazi government.

Perhaps at the heart of those failures was the fact that the Churches, especially in Nazi Germany, sought to act, as institutions tend to do, in their own best interests -- narrowly defined, short-sighted interests. There was little desire on the part of the Churches for self-sacrifice or heroism, and much emphasis on "pragmatic" and "strategic" measures that would supposedly protect these institutions' autonomy in the Third Reich. Public institutional circumspection [was] carried to the point of near numbness; an acute lack of insight: these are the aspects of the Churches' behavior during the Nazi era that are so damning in retrospect. The minutes of German Protestant synodal meetings in 1942 reveal how oblivious the participants were to what was happening in the world around them. While innocent victims throughout Europe were being brutally murdered, Christian leaders were debating what points of doctrine and policy were tenable." (The Role of the Churches: Compliance and Confrontation By Victoria J. Barnett)

    There is no moral differentiation between the killing of Jews and gypsies and the killing of Iraqis and Serbs, even though the methods may be different. The U.S. government has killed over one million people in Iraq in the last eleven years, by conservative estimates, and yet the reality of these numbers today seem to be little more than a statistic to the average mind. It wasn't until Germany was reduced to rubble that the true nature of their regime began to occur to the churches, who have been issuing apologies ever since. The basic principle of the Christian faith is the giving up of one's life. Any person, or institution, that becomes absorbed with perpetuating its existence always corrupts itself and becomes a tool of evil. Now history is repeating itself once more because the nations have failed to draw from the lessons of the past.

The Battle of Armageddon

"And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty." Rev. 16:13

    This chapter speaks of the battle of Armageddon, the climactic battle between light and darkness, between good and evil. President Bush has declared the universal nature of this war, and is gathering the nations together for battle. Bush has defined it as a war of "good versus evil" to "rid the world of evil." And no one may remain neutral. "You are either 100 percent with us, or 100 percent against us," said a State Department official. Never in history has such a definitive test been brought to all the nations of the world. The smoke is clearing to reveal, not hundreds of religions and denominations, but only two.

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    The False Prophet is revealed by the marvelous miracles he works -- pious sermons that don't offend anyone and make the people feel good. He is revealed in the churches that actively promote the political agenda of the beast, or who condemns the people the beast is condemning. Most of all, the False Prophet is revealed in the ministers and institutions that give thought to their long term survival -- who craft their message in some way to make it more acceptable. These are deceivers sent to gather all nations and people into the battle of their destruction.

    The book of Revelation tells us that during this great battle a voice is heard out of heaven saying, "It is done." It is as though God says, "I'm finished." On September 19 Michael wrote the following that sheds light on what this statement out of heaven means:

This afternoon the Father took me into His chamber and I was shown the nature of the world. With a sweet sadness I felt His Spirit in regards to man. It was the Spirit of, "I wish you well." I felt the sad departure of the Father from the nation's affairs. His, "I wish you well," was not a blessing on bombs and revenge, but a sincere, "I would have gathered you together under my wings, and you would not." The Father would have rejoiced in saving the nations from the plagues that now fall upon them. He is not rejoicing in the death of them that die.

    This 16th chapter of Revelation also speaks of a great earthquake at this time. A 19th century prophet tells us of the nature of this earthquake that suddenly overturns the affairs of men:

The people see that they have been deluded. They accuse one another of having led them to destruction; but all unite in heaping their bitterest condemnation upon the ministers. Unfaithful pastors have prophesied smooth things; they have led their hearers to make void the law of God and to persecute those who would keep it holy. Now, in their despair, these teachers confess before the world their work of deception. The multitudes are filled with fury. "We are lost!" they cry, "and you are the cause of our ruin;" and they turn upon the false shepherds. The very ones that once admired them most will pronounce the most dreadful curses upon them. The very hands that once crowned them with laurels, will be raised for their destruction. The swords which were to slay God's people are now employed to destroy their enemies. Everywhere there is strife and bloodshed. (E.G. White, GC 655-656)

    Because they have built their kingdoms on the souls of men, the political ministers will reap a bitter harvest in the days ahead. In spite of their best efforts to preserve their existence and perpetuate their reign, they will lose it all including the souls they used. The false prophet and the beast will share a similar fate.

"And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." Rev. 19:20

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