Joseph Herrin (1-13-09)
II Corinthians 11:13-15
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds.
Satan is aware of the timetable of God, as are his servants, and he is ever seeking to interject confusion and deception into the world. Satan knows there is an appointed time for him to be cast down to the earth and for the manchild to ascend, and it is not surprising that at this very hour he is working to set forth a counterfeit before the eyes of the world.
The Scriptures reveal that those in Satan’s kingdom are aware of God’s appointed times.
And behold, they cried out, saying, "What do we have to do with You, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?"
This quotation comes from the Son of God’s encounter with the Gadarene demoniac. This man was inhabited by a great number of demons who referred to themselves as Legion, for they were many. I have written elsewhere of the parable to be discerned in this miracle of Christ, pointing out that it particularly deals with timing. You can find the explanation of this event here:
There are many evidences of Satan having some understanding of what Yahweh is doing, and seeking to interrupt His plan, albeit vainly. We see Satan stirring up Pharaoh to kill all the male boys in the time of Moses’ birth, seeking to prevent a deliverer from coming forth. He did the same in the time of Christ’s birth by inciting Herod to kill all the male children under the age of three. In this hour he is employing the government and the medical profession to murder millions of babies in order to thwart the appearing of the manchild.
In other places we read of Satan’s awareness of God’s timetable.
"For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time."
It grabbed my attention this past year that during the presidential campaign in America that Barack Obama was presented as a messiah figure. Throughout his campaign religious words and symbols were used. I posted a blog on this topic some time back.
Many images of Barack Obama which have clearly religious overtones have been featured prominently in the media. The following picture evokes an image of one having descended to the people as their savior.
Not coincidentally, the term manchild was even used in connection with Barack Obama, causing some little furor.
At a time when the Spirit of Christ is revealing that a greater manifestation of Christ IN HIS SAINTS is at hand, Satan is also setting forth his candidates to be the saviors of mankind. Consider all the talk about how Barack Obama is going to fix all the problems in the economy, in society, in government, and even in religion. He is being promoted as the hoped for deliverer of mankind.
If you read the quote, you will see that he is suggesting that he is doing “the Lord’s work.” He has championed himself as God’s appointed deliverer for the hour, and multitudes have set their faith and hope in the change they believe he will bring.
Recently in the news there was a story of conjoined twins being born in England. The mother was 18 years old (6+6+6) and she named her offpsring Faith and Hope. Conjoined twins are a manifestation of a great abnormality. It is two lives joined together into one in a way that is unnatural. Will this not be the case with the one who is chosen to manifest the spirit of Satan to the world? And would not Satan be so clever to parade this person as an agent of Faith and Hope?
Surgery was performed to separate these conjoined twins, resulting in the death of both of them.
Man was created to bear the image of his Creator. It has been Yahweh’s plan from the beginning to have men in His image and likeness.
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness...”
It is an aberration for man to bear the image and likeness of Satan. Such men are beastly, no matter how much the great deceiver seeks to present them as “servants of righteousness.” Those who join themselves with Satan will only experience spiritual death. As much as they may desire to promote themselves as agents of faith and hope, it is no more true than Satan being an angel of light.
In an hour when God is about to bring forth something that is the most natural event this creation could ever witness, offspring coming forth bearing His image and likeness, Satan will set forth his counterfeit.
I noted in the aforementioned article on Barack Obama that the day the election results came out (November 5th, 2008) the Pick Three lottery for Obama’s home state of Illinois was revealed to be 666. This is not coincidental. Neither is the following bit of news.
President-elect Barack Obama's new ride has arrived -- and it's a beast.
As first reported by FOXNews.com last November -- and Tuesday by The Detroit News -- a new model of a presidential limousine made by General Motors Corp. has been delivered to the Secret Service and will make its debut on Inauguration Day.
The vehicle, referred to by the Secret Service as "the beast," will reportedly feature heavy armor that is at least 5 inches thick and comes complete with run-flat tires, bulletproof glass and a completely sealed interior to ward off a chemical attack, among many other high-tech security features.
I have mentioned before, that vehicles represent ministries. Barack Obama’s vehicle is being referred to by the Secret Service as “the beast.” It is the ministry of The Beast that he will fulfill, even as God will have an elect who will perform the ministry of the manchild. Satan’s counterfeit, his rival to the work of God will not appear beastly, for Satan’s ministers are presented as “servants of righteousness.” It has been evident from the beginning of his campaign that great care was taken to present Obama with an overtly religious persona.
What is the fruit of this beast ministry? It will be just the opposite of the ministry of Christ. Those who bear the image of Christ will magnify Christ in the earth. They will show forth the glory of Christ. They will proclaim a message of righteousness, holiness, of the crucifixion of the flesh man. These will speak of embracing the cross, and living a life separated from sin and all defilement.
The beast ministry seeks to protect the flesh. The beast ministry calls that which is good evil, and that which is evil good. From the very inauguration of this new ministry of the beast it will be apparent that this is the order of the day. I have previously commented on Barack Obama’s selection of Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inaugural ceremony on January 20th.
There is much that is diabolical in this selection. Many Christians are being enticed into great deception by the influence of Rick Warren who has repeatedly demonstrated an unwillingness to separate between the holy and the vile. Thirty million copies of his book The Purpose Driven Life have been sold through Rupert Murdoch’s publishing house, and Warren has received millions of dollars in donations from Murdoch for his PEACE initiative. Warren has not surprisingly been unwilling to confront Murdoch over his promotion of pornography. Selfish ambition has led Warren to numerous ungodly alliances, and now he will even be giving the invocation for Satan’s representative for the beast ministry of this last hour. What shame will be his when he stands before God to give an account?
The impurity any Christian association with Barack Obama is observed in the other selections he is making for his inaugural events.
Gay NH bishop to offer prayer at inaugural eventJan 12 10:43 AM US/Eastern
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The first openly gay Episcopal bishop will offer a prayer at the Lincoln Memorial at an inaugural event for President-elect Barack Obama...
"It's important for any minority to see themselves represented in some way," Robinson told the newspaper for a story in Monday's editions. "Whether it be a racial minority, an ethnic minority, or in our case, a sexual minority. Just seeing someone like you up front matters..."
Robinson, 61, said both Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden will attend the event, and Obama is expected to speak. As for himself, Robinson said he doesn't yet know what he'll say, but he knows he won't use a Bible.
"While that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans," Robinson said. "I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer. This is a prayer for the whole nation."
Robinson said his prayer will be reflective of the times...
Following is another Obama selection:
Obama Names Minister to Lead Prayer Service
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
President-elect Barack Obama has selected the Rev. Sharon E. Watkins to deliver the sermon at the national prayer service that is held the day after the inauguration.
Ms. Watkins, the first woman ever selected to lead the service, is the president and general minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a small, liberal-leaning Protestant denomination with 3,754 congregations and about 690,000 members in the United States and Canada. Ms. Watkins was elected to the post in 2005, the first woman ever chosen to lead a mainline Protestant denomination...
The prayer service will be held on Jan. 21 at the Washington National Cathedral...
“She was chosen before the inaugural program was even announced,” Ms. Douglass said of Ms. Watkins. “Her appeal is that she delivers a message of unity and inclusivity and tolerance and hope — and those are all central themes we’ve heard from the president-elect.”
Ms. Watkins has spoken out against torture and the war in Iraq, but as church president she has not taken a position on same-sex marriage. Like many mainline Protestant churches, the Disciples is not unified on the issue. As a congregational church, each church in the denomination is free to set its own policies.
Ms. Watkins said in a telephone interview that the church in Bartlesville, Okla., where she served as minister before becoming president, could not reach a consensus on whether to allow gay union ceremonies and decided to hold off on a decision.
“We really emphasize the responsibility as well as the freedom of individuals within the church to study Scripture to prayerfully pursue their own spiritual journey,” Ms. Watkins said. “That means we end up being incredibly diverse politically, theologically and socially.
“Coming out of that context, the kind of message I want to reflect on is the deeper unity we have as a human family,” she said of the sermon she planned to deliver at the National Cathedral...
People of God, at this hour in America it is still legal to quote the Scriptures, and to state publicly that God declares homosexuality to be an abomination. But the direction of things clearly indicates that this will not be the state of things much longer. Those who embrace the deceptions of Satan become the enemies of God. They call that which God declares to be an abomination to be a respectable alternate lifestyle. They declare that which God declares to be righteous, agreeing with Him, to be intolerance, bigotry, and hate speech.
It is not loving to see a man or woman in bondage to sin, suffering alienation from the life of God and the ill consequences in their body that are attendant with such behavior, and to wish them well. We are called to speak the truth in love.
I Corinthians 6:9-11
Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you; but you were washed , but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.
Christ came to set men free from their slavery to sin. It is not loving to see men under a yoke of bondage and say to them that they are favored and blessed. Forgiveness, cleansing and deliverance has been provided for all who are bound up in sin, and it is the Christian’s duty to teach the truth to all men.
These ministers appointed by Barack Obama have failed in their responsibilities before God. They not only do what is evil in God’s sight, but they are teaching others to do the same.
We live in a very dark hour, and things are about to get much darker. Yet at the same hour God will appear in glory in a remnant of His people.
“When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of Yahweh will lift up a standard against him. The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob," says Yahweh.
Yes, the Redeemer will come to Zion. He is about to appear IN His people, to those who turn from transgression. Yet at the same time Satan will raise up ministers who will encourage men to remain in their transgressions and sins.
Satan does not have any love for man. He wants to see all men fall short of their calling. He desires to see men remain in bondage to sin, and to fail to manifest the life of Christ in their members. He will use all deception and subtlety to carry forth his plans. He has ministers appointed for this very hour who will masquerade as apostles of Christ and servants of righteousness, but their end will be judgment.
Come quickly Lord Yahshua. Appear in Your temple. Raise up a people in the earth who will be to the praise of Your glory. May You see and be satisfied with that which You have done.
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