Satanic Temple surge in membership!

An extremely important read …

The Satanic Temple Has Experienced A Huge Surge In Membership Following The Election Of Donald Trump

The election of Donald Trump has been the best thing that has ever happened to the Satanic Temple.  Founded in 2013, this relatively new organization now boasts chapters all over the country, and over the past couple of months they have experienced a huge surge in membership.  Recently the Los Angeles chapter held a full-blown Satanic mass that included “a live bloodletting ritual“, but mostly it is the Satanic Temple’s ultra-liberal politics and anti-Trump message that is fueling interest in the group.

Of course the Satanic Temple is not officially aligned with the Democratic Party, but without a doubt the organization is extremely opposed to everything that Donald Trump says that he stands for.  The following comes from L.A. Weekly

While the Satanic Temple doesn’t align itself with any political parties, campaigns or candidates, the organization’s goals are in staunch opposition to the Trump administration’s crackdowns on reproductive health, freedom of the press and transgender rights. “We want First amendment [rights], we want women to have control of their bodies, and we want the LGBT community to have equal rights,” Morrison says. “Obviously with Trump and Pence being in office and with the administration that’s being put in place right now, we’re probably looking at a more aggressive stance” than in previous years. He says membership in the organization surged after Trump was elected, with thousands of members now spread among dozens of chapters around the world.

Another article that I found had some more specific details.  Prior to the election, the Satanic Temple had about 50,000 members, but once Trump won in November registrations and donations started to come in at a staggering pace

The Satanic Temple attracted “thousands” of new members in just the first 36 hours after the election of Donald Trump, according to co-founder Lucien Greaves. The 4-year-old temple, which had a pre-Trump membership of around 50,000, has never before seen a spike in registration nearly this big.

“It’s crazy,” Greaves said after a speech in front of some adoring fans at CU-Boulder. The emails, registrations, donations and social media posts are pouring in faster than the temple can respond. “People have a desperate need for something to rally to right now.”

At this point, membership in the group is somewhere around 100,000, but it continues to grow every day as their anti-Trump message resonates with young adults.

It surprises many people when they learn that the Satanic Temple does not actually promote belief in a literal being named Satan.  Instead, they portray themselves as “justice-oriented atheists” that are promoting LGBT causes, climate change awareness, evolution in public schools and especially abortion rights

Recently, the Satanic Temple, a non-theistic religious organization known for protesting Christian influence in the government, turned its attention to this attack on women’s reproductive health, staging Satanic counter-protests at anti-abortion rallies and filing a lawsuit against the state of Missouri on behalf of one of their members who was forced to wait 72 hours to get an abortion due to the state’s waiting period law.

Needless to say, their “values” line up perfectly with the millions upon millions of Americans out there that absolutely hate Donald Trump.

So if they don’t actually believe in Satan, why call their organization the Satanic Temple?

Read the entire article @ http://themostimportantnews.com/archives/the-satanic-temple-has-experienced-a-huge-surge-in-membership-following-the-election-of-donald-trump


The Apostle Paul wrote this to the church in Rome:

“I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.  For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. 19 Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” (Romans 16:17-20)

Those who are on this end of human history know that the term “will soon” is relative. We also know that the same God and the same Satan are at work in our world today, just as they were in New Testament times.

Let’s head the wise words of Paul and work especially hard to “be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.”

Still watching …

 

 

Spiritual warfare against President Trump!

WND EXCLUSIVE

Witches target Trump with mass occult ritual

Christian leaders urge prayer to protect president against ‘demonic realm’

February 23, 2017

It’s not just a political battle anymore. It’s spiritual warfare now.

Exorcists, witches and occultists “in a number of magical groups” are announcing plans for a ritual designed to “bind Donald Trump and all who abet him.”

It’s to happen Friday at midnight at a variety of locations across the nation, and again every month until Donald Trump is no longer in office.

The rite, requiring a stub of a candle, a pin, salt, matches, a tarot card, a feather and other odds and ends, calls on spirits to ensure President Trump will “fail utterly.” It also includes burning a picture of the commander-in-chief, visualizing him “blowing apart into dust or ash.”

Participants apparently have the option of using a baby carrot instead of an orange candle.

Among the various spirits invoked are the “demons of the infernal realms.”…

Read the entire article @ http://www.wnd.com/2017/02/witches-target-trump-with-mass-occult-ritual/

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PROPHECY CONNECTION …

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  (Ephesians 6:12)Jesus foretold: “You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.” (Luke 21:16-19)

PRAY, STAND FIRM, and keep watching …

Tracking the Lucifer Link (Part 1)

(NOTE: All Scripture verses are taken from the New International Version, unless otherwise stated.)

FOCUS: Tracking Satan’s plans and purpose

KEY SCRIPTURES: Luke22:3-4; John 13:21-27a

“Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus” (Luke 22:3-4).

“… Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, ‘I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me … It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.’ Then dipping the piece of bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him” (John 13:21-27a).

PROPHECY CONNECTIONS IN GENESIS:

Satan’s subtle lies influenced the unfortunate choice made by Eve and Adam “in the beginning” …

Genesis 3 — “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the other animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God REALLY say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden?”‘

“The woman said to the serpent [Satan in disguise], ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, “You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, OR YOU WILL DIE.” ‘

” ‘You will not surely die,’ the serpent said to the woman. ‘For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’

“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then they eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ [The man] said, ‘I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.’

“And He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree that I commanded you NOT to eat from?’

“The man said, ‘The woman you put here with me — she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.’

“Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’

“The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’

“So the Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this,

” ‘Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers [Jesus Christ, son of Mary, descendant of Eve]; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.’

“To the woman He said, ‘I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.’

“To Adam He said, ‘Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, “You must NOT eat of it,”

” ‘Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since it was from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.’

“Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

“The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.’

“So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After He drove the man out, He placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cheribim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.”

PROPHECY CONNECTIONS IN LUKE:

Satan tried to influence Jesus with subtle lies …

Luke 4:1-13 — “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days He was tempted by the devil [a.k.a. ‘the serpent’ and ‘Satan’]. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them He was hungry.

“The devil said to Him, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.’

Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Man does not live on bread alone.” ‘

“The devil led Him up to a high place and showed Him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to Him, ‘I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will be yours.’

Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.”

“The devil led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the highest point of the temple. ‘If you are the Son of God,’ he said, ‘throw yourself down from here. For it is written: “He will command His angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you us in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” ‘

Jesus answered, ‘It says: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’

When the devil had finished all his tempting, he left Him until a more opportune time.

PROPHECY CONNECTIONS IN REVELATION:

In the future, Satan will tempt a man — like Adam — who is destined for destruction — like Judas — by offering him power and great authority, as he did with Jesus.

Revelation 12:7-12 — “And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon [a.k.a. Satan], and the dragon and his angels fought back. But [the dragon] was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down, that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. HE WAS HURLED DOWN TO EARTH, and his angels with him.

“Then I [John] heard a loud voice in heaven say: ‘Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before God day and night, has been hurled down.

” ‘They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb [another name for Jesus] and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them!

” ‘But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows his time is short.’

Revelation 13:1-3 — “And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea.

“And I [John] saw a beast coming out of the sea…. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority…. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast.”

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BACK TO THE FUTURE: Around 536 B.C., the prophet Daniel was given divine information concerning a future ruler. Daniel 9:27 says: “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven’ [seven years]. In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” Scholars believe this is the same man referred to by John as “the beast coming out of the sea.”

Tracking the Lucifer Link (Part 2)

(NOTE: All Scripture verses are taken from the New International Version, unless otherwise stated.)

FOCUS: Tracking Satan’s plans and purpose

KEY SCRIPTURES: Isaiah 14:12-15; Revelation 2:26-28; 22:16

“How you have fallen from heaven,
O morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!

“You said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain [also translated ‘the north’].

“I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.

“But you are brought down to the grave,
to the depths of the pit.”

(Isaiah 14:12-15)

“To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery’ [Psalm 2:9] — just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give him the morning star [not capitalized, another name for Satan].

(Revelation 2:26-28)

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star [capitalized; different from the morning star spoken of by Isaiah].

(Revelation 22:16)

PROPHECY CONNECTIONS IN MATTHEW:

Jesus warned His followers to be alert for deceivers — morning stars — who claim to be the Christ — “the bright Morning Star.”

Matthew 24:4-5, 15-27 — “Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, “I am the Christ,” and will deceive many people.

” ‘So when you see standing in the holy place [“on a wing of the temple” (Daniel 9:27)] the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniel — let the reader understand — then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains…. At that time if anyone says to you, “Look, here is the Christ!” or “There He is!” DO NOT BELIEVE IT. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect — if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time.

“… For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”

PROPHECY CONNECTION IN DANIEL:

According to prophecy, A DECEIVER will set up an “abomination” that will desecrate “the holy place” — God’s holy temple.

Daniel 9:27 — “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven’ [one seven year period of time]. In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering [commanded by God to be made in the temple]. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”

PROPHECY CONNECTION IN REVELATION:

In cryptic visions that revealed the future, the prophet John saw A DECEIVER whom he called ‘a beast coming out of the sea,” who was given authority to blaspheme God and make war on His saints. He also saw a second beast “coming out of the earth” who acted as the first beast’s false prophet.

Revelation 13:1-18 — “The dragon [Satan] stood on the shore of the sea.

“And I saw a beast coming out of the sea.… The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority…. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast….

“The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.

“He who has an ear, let him hear.
If anyone is to go into captivity,
into captivity he will go.
If anyone is to be killed with the sword,
with the sword he will be killed.
This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.

“Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast … And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth.

“He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. He 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, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.”

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HOW THE STORY ENDS: Revelation 19:19-20 gives a description of the showdown between Satan — who gives his authority and power to the beast — and the Most High God, whose authority and power are given to “the rider on the white horse” — Jesus Christ!

“Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the white horse and His army. But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet, who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With those signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

The Man of Lawlessness!

(NOTE: All Scripture verses are taken from the New International Version, unless otherwise stated.)

FOCUS: Watching for “the man of lawlessness” — a.k.a. the little horn, the beast coming out of the sea; the man who will set up on a wing of the temple an abomination that causes desolation (Daniel 9:27)

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

“Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.

“He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, , so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

“Don’t you remember that when I [Paul] was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, SO THAT HE MAY BE REVEALED AT THE PROPER TIME. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so til he is taken out of the way. AND THEN THE LAWLESS ONE WILL BE REVEALED, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of His mouth and destroy by the splendor of His coming.

The coming of THE LAWLESS ONE will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refuse to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason, God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”

PROPHECY CONNECTIONS IN DANIEL:

The prophet Daniel had a dream, and visions of four great beasts passed through his mind …

Daniel 7:2-27 — “Daniel said: ‘In my vision at night I looked and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. FOUR GREAT BEASTS, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.

” ‘The first was like a lion [the national symbol of Great Britain] . . . And there before me was a second beast that looked like a bear [the national symbol of Russia] . . . and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard [or panther; Germany used tanks in WW2 which they nicknamed “panzers”]. . . .

” ‘After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was A FOURTH BEAST — terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and IT HAD TEN HORNS.

” ‘While I was thinking about the ten horns, there before me was ANOTHER HORN, A LITTLE ONE, which came up among them, and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. THIS HORN HAD EYES LIKE THE EYES OF A MAN AND A MOUTH THAT SPOKE BOASTFULLY.

” ‘As I looked,
“thrones were set in place,
and the Ancient of Days took His seat.
His clothing was as white as snow;
the hair of His head was white like wool.
His throne was flaming with fire,
and its wheels were all ablaze.
A river of fire was flowing,
coming out from before Him.
Thousands upon thousands attended Him;
ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him.
And the books were opened.”

” ‘I continued to watch because of the boastful words THE LITTLE HORN was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire.1 (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.)

” ‘In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming on the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into His presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all people, nations and men of every language worshiped Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

” ‘I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that had passed through my mind disturbed me. I approached one of those standing there and asked him THE TRUE MEANING of all of this.

” ‘So he told me and gave me THE INTERPRETATION of these things:

” ‘ “THE FOUR BEASTS ARE FOUR KINGDOMS THAT WILL RISE FROM THE EARTH. But the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever — yes for ever and ever.

” ‘Then I wanted to know THE TRUE MEANING OF THE FOURTH BEAST, which was different from all the others and most terrifying … I also wanted to know about THE TEN HORNS on its head and about THE OTHER HORN that came up, before which three of them fell — the horn that looked more imposing than the others and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully. As I watched, this horn was waging war against the saints and defeating them 2, until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom. 3

” ‘He gave me this explanation: “THE FOURTH BEAST is a FOURTH KINGDOM that will appear on the earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth [a.k.a. global government], trampling it down and crushing it. THE TEN HORNS are TEN KINGS who will come from this kingdom. AFTER THEM, ANOTHER KING WILL ARISE, different from the earlier ones. He will speak against the Most High and oppress His saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time [3 1/2 years or 42 months].

” ‘ “But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever. 1 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey Him.” ‘ ”

PROPHECY CONNECTIONS IN REVELATION:

John saw a similar BEAST which resembled a combination of the lion, bear and leopard. It also had ten horns and was given AUTHORITY OVER THE SAINTS, WHICH HE EXERCISED FOR 3 1/2 YEARS

Revelation 13:1-8 — “And I saw A BEAST COMING OUT OF THE SEA. He had TEN HORNS and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. THE BEAST I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon [Satan] gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority…. THE BEAST [a.k.a. global ruler] was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies AND TO EXERCISE HIS AUTHORITY FOR 42 MONTHS [3 1/2 years].

“HE opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander His Name and His dwelling place and those who live in heaven. HE was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them 2. And HE was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast — all whose name HAVE NOT been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb …”

PROPHECY CONNECTIONS IN DANIEL AND REVELATION:

An interesting time sequence can be found using prophecy connections in Daniel and Revelation, concerning THE GLOBAL RULER and THE ABOMINATION THAT CAUSES DESOLATION

Daniel 9:27 — “HE will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven’ [seven years]. In the middle of the ‘seven’ [approximately 3 1/2 years], HE will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And ON A WING OF THE TEMPLE, HE WILL SET UP AN ABOMINATION THAT CAUSES DESOLATION, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him 1.”

Daniel 12:6-12 — ” ‘How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?’ . . .

“The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by Him who lives forever, saying, ‘It will be for a time, times and half a time [3 1/2 years; or 42 months]. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.’

“I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, ‘My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?’

“He replied, ‘Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end. Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.

” ‘From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up [see Daniel 9:27] 4, there will be 1,290 days. [Not clear if the abomination will be set up immediately after the daily sacrifice is abolished OR there will be 1,290 days in between abolishing the sacrifice and offering ceremony and setting up the abomination on a wing of the temple.] Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days.’ ”

Revelation 11:1-3 — “I [John] was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, ‘Go MEASURE THE TEMPLE of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there. But exclude THE OUTER COURT; do not measure it, because IT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE GENTILES. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months [3 1/2 years]. And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days [3 1/2 years + 1 month, according to the Jewish calendar], clothed in sackcloth.’ ”

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1. Revelation 19:19-20 “Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.”

2. Revelation 13:8-10 “All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names HAVE NOT BEEN WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. He who has an ear, let him hear. If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.”

3. Daniel 2:42-44 “As the toes [TEN of them] were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay. In the time of those [TEN] kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.”

4. Matthew 24:15-21 “[Jesus speaking] ‘So when you see standing in the holy place “the abomination that causes desolation,”spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand [Daniel 9:27]— then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains…. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened….

” ‘IMMEDIATELY AFTER the distress of those days “the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.” [See Isaiah 13:10; 34:4; Joel 2:31; Revelation 6:12-14]

” ‘AT THAT TIME, THE SIGN OF THE SON OF MAN WILL APPEAR IN THE SKY, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And HE WILL SEND HIS ANGELS TO GATHER HIS ELECT, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.’ ”

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STAND FIRM: Paul rarely proclaimed a warning without offering a follow-up note of encouragement. In his letter to the Thessalonian church concerning “the day of the Lord” and “the man of lawlessness,” he also wrote: “So, then, brothers STAND FIRM and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word” (2 Thessalonians 2:15-17).

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