Cedric Fisher – February 26, 2019
I have no doubt that the temporal realm is in its final years before the Second Coming of Christ. There are indications that the world system is prepared for the Antichrist’s revealing. Concurrently, much is occurring and changing in the religious sector that indicates the emergence of the False Prophet. In order to clearly portray what is getting ready to occur it is helpful to present the general state of Christianity.
The State of Christianity
Christianity, the religion, has substantially come under the spells of diabolical and clever users and abusers. Subsequently, the lack of biblical character disqualifies it as a universal body of people devoted to following Christ. Reduced to a mere title symbolizing what’s left of the 2000-year-old religion, it is in imminent danger of collapsing from the weight of its apostasy. As a grass-covered layer of topsoil over a massive sinkhole, shallow roots are all that hold its facade together. Why are professing Christians so unaware of the impending catastrophe? Why are the ones who are aware so disinterested? Their minds are closed by apathy, and their ears and eyes are dull with denial.
It appears most professing Christians love religion more than a relationship with God, and they love doctrines more than truth. Furthermore, the flames of their love became dying embers before the heretics and hirelings arrived. Their present complacency, apathy, and lethargy sustain heretics and hirelings in their positions. Consequently, numerous branches of heresy flow like dirty water from a broken pipe. The sum of it all has produced an unbridled spirit in professing Christians that has spread like a virus.
A Broken Moral Compass
Consequently, the spiritual atmosphere is turning loathsome. Discarding moral restraints unleashed scores of ministers to commit sexual sins, including sex crimes against children, and other great wickedness. For every vile incident revealed, it is likely many more episodes of that same unrestrained evil remain hidden. Mark my words—the revelations about the profusion of sexual abuse, pedophilia, adultery, pornography, and other wickedness in churches and by ministers, will increase.
According to a recent Barna report, “Most pastors (57%) and youth pastors (64%) admit they have struggled with porn, either currently or in the past.” Approximately 2/3 of professing Christian men view porn. Furthermore, Barna reported. “Overall, 21 percent of youth pastors and 14 percent of pastors admit they currently struggle with using porn.”
It is indicative that the moral compass guiding Christians for eons is broken. However, very few high profile leaders are risking their reputations and positions to stand against the apostasy. They are very busy trying to remain relevant. Relevancy in a time of apostasy is becoming a facilitator of it. Woe to the sinfully deaf and dumb condition of the body of Christianity! Who can unstop its ears, heal its scaly eyes, and restore its dead compassion?
The failure to stem the invasion of wickedness in Christianity is symptomatic of a great, spiritual, anemia. How can Christianity not implode? I must add that putting great effort behind a political leader to ensure security from secular danger will not prevent Christianity from imploding. Political security is no better than the thick cloud of apathy covering a great valley of prayerless, non-committed, professing Christians. The piercing and alarming truth is that Christianity is being prepared to collapse in confusion and fear-driven acquiescence to the False Prophet. It will produce little or no opposition on the day that the Man of Sin arrives.
The Coalescing of Culture and Religion and the Global Church
Obviously, the secular and religious sectors are quickly nearing readiness for each to be dominated by an unprecedented evil leader. When Antichrist manifests, he will gain economic and political control of 7.53 billion people. However, he would be unable to capture such power without an alliance with the False Prophet. I remember reading that a Communist leader remarked after Gorbachev’s Perestroika something to the effect, “Communism did not fail—it merely failed to include religion.” Someone might argue that Communism is a religion. Perhaps, but it has no viable god. When mankind makes a god there is a thin line between it and a devil. It will be no different when Antichrist comes into power, but people will not realize that fact.
Antichrist will not make the mistake of rejecting religion. He will curry support from the False Prophet, leader of the global church. A “woman” will ride the Beast (Revelation 17:3-6). The Global Church will provide the semblance of having a viable god. Billions of people will willingly bow and worship the god of the New World Order.
The Roman Catholic Church already calls itself the Universal Church. Thus, a Global church has been in the process of formation for some time. It simply has the onerous problem of Protestantism and competition from Islam. Without a hint of discretion, Pope Francis is pandering and offering concessions to Islamic leaders. The Pope recently signed an agreement with a popular Imam described as a “declaration of fraternity, calling for peace between nations, religions, and races.” The Vatican released a new logo, which is a cross and a crescent, for the Pope’s visit to Morocco. According to the Vatican they “are symbols of Christianity and Islam which highlight the interreligious relations between Christians and Muslims.” The symbol certainly seems to be the symbol of Chrislam; an ominous sign that the association the Roman Catholic hierarchy seeks with Islam is gliding smoothly to culmination.
The Pope presently controls 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. If Islam conflates with Roman Catholicism and comes under the Pope’s control. That would be another 1.5 billion for a total of 2.7 billion under his command—approximately 36% of the world’s population. Furthermore, there is a major effort by influential individuals to reunite Protestantism with the RCC. Both religious sectors have been flirting with New Age paganism for some time, which could be the factor to unify them. If the world’s religions merged with Roman Catholicism, and my calculations are correct, it would give the Pope religious control of 77% of the world’s population, or 5.79 billion people.
It is proper to question if such a thing as an amalgamation of Islam and Roman Catholicism is even remotely possible. I believe that it depends on who the pope is when the possibility arrives. Please indulge my speculation. Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi is of Lebanese descent and speaks fluent Arabic. He is considered a dark horse candidate for the next pope. However, there are other Lebanese Cardinals, Cardinals in Iraq, Pakistani, Syria, et cetera. There are also Arab priests from which Pope Francis could create an Arab Cardinal who could become a candidate for pope. Additionally, a situation is unfolding in the Mideast that could be a factor in a merger.
Currently in process is a significant religious shift involving Muslims that on the surface appears to be stunning good news. By some estimates as many as 16.5 million Muslims converted to Christianity. Various reports, including information by Open Doors USA, explain that Muslims are converting to Christianity after a visitation by a man claiming to be Christ. I contacted Open Doors USA and asked them, “What did Christ look like?” They did not respond to that question or any follow-up correspondence concerning why they are promoting the testimonies of the visitation.
The fact is, no one knows what Christ looks like. So how do we know if it is actually Christ appearing to Muslims? First, it does not agree with God’s word. When Christ left, He sent another Comforter, the Holy Spirit, who convicts sinners and draws them to repentance. It does appear likely that He would take over the Holy Spirit’s work.
Second, there is the fact that millions of Muslims converted to Christianity are joining the Roman Catholic Church. Considering the “declaration of fraternity” between the world’s two largest religions, if that trend continues what is left to prevent a merger between them? If the fruit of those encounters leads Muslims into Roman Catholicism, it is extremely improbable that Christ (or God) had anything to do with it.
Third, Christ warned that a powerful deception such as the Muslim visitation would occur. He warned that it would be clever enough that if possible the very elect would be deceived. It is the reason I questioned Open Doors about promoting the Muslim’s claim to have been personally visited by Christ
“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it.” (Matthew 24:24-26)
Then He described how His Coming would manifest. Christ first makes it clear that He is not going to return in a number of visitations, Instead, His return will be once, ubiquitous, and instantaneous, as lightning flashes across the sky.
“For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Matthew 24:27)
Therefore, we have to consider that Christ was/is not the man appearing to Muslims.
Where Eagles Gather
After that passage, Christ made a puzzling statement as an explaination that His Coming will occur at the end of the age. It is further proof that He is not appearing to Muslims to convert them to Roman Catholicism.
“For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.” (Matthew 24:28)
Scholars and theologians disagree about the meaning of this verse. Some say that the “eagles” are the believers and the “carcass” is Christ. I do not believe that Christ would refer to Himself during His glorious appearing as a “carcass.” Certainly, the Believers will instantly be with the Lord at the Parousia. However, they will have “joy unspeakable and full of glory,” which is not suggested by “eagles gathered around a carcass.’ Obviously, Christ is referring to something other than Himself and the saints in His statement.
We should consider the context and geographical backdrop at the time of His statement. He referred to His Second Coming immediately before He made the “eagles” statement. Additionally, He was sitting on the Mount of Olives overlooking the venue where He will open a large valley for Israel to flee through, and defeat the armies that pursue them (Zachariah 14:3-5). Finally, the Scriptures are clear that He is coming with vengeance and flaming fire.
“… since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.” – 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon indicates (as does Strong’s Concordance) that the Greek word for “eagles” should be translated as “vultures.” Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words also indicates that “eagles” should be interpreted as “vultures.”
“In Mat 24:28; Luke 17:37 the vultures are probably intended. The meaning seems to be that, as these birds of prey gather where the carcass is, so the judgments of God will descend upon the corrupt state of humanity.” (Vine’s)
The “eagles” statement is obviously intended to make it clear that when He appears it will be with vengeance to wreak havoc on the enemies of God.
“Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. Thus the Lord my God will come, and all the saints with You.” Zachariah 14:3-5
“Wail, for the day of the Lord is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty.”
“Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it.”
“Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts and in the day of His fierce anger.” – Isaiah 13:6, 9, 13
Undoubtedly knowing the words of Christ, Apostle Paul also denounced deceivers who insisted that Christ had already come.
“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2
The Great Deception
It should be concluded that the central focus of eschatology, the Parousia, will also be the focus in the great, end-times battle, between truth and deception. Whoever controls the perception of the Parousia will control the minds of billions of professing Christians. Therefore, if we place everything in order, a great deception begins to emerge.
The context is the end times and the false christs that will arrive to deceive many. Antichrist and the False Prophet will ascend to power while working spectacular signs and wonders and deceive many. Adherents of false religions will join many professing Christians under that deception. The intent of the deception is that to convince them that Christ has come. If professing Christians, and even many individuals mired in false religions, believe that Christ has come, it would make the true Coming of Christ completely unexpected (Luke 12:40).
I can see a scenario where the tandem masters of deception, one in control of the secular realm and the other in control of religion, proclaim that the Antichrist is a deity. The fact is, individuals who have rejected love for truth will already be convinced of the Antichrist’s deity when he manifests “all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10)
However, here is the point I am attempting to make. The Antichrist will seat himself in the temple and declare that he is God. Because of the great lying signs and wonders, billions of people will accept the Antichrist’s claims. However, there is a stunning twist in that narrative. God is invisible. Therefore, how can they believe that the Antichrist is God when God is not seen? The answer is that God in the flesh is Christ. The Antichrist will claim to be God in the flesh, i.e., Christ.
The False Prophet will support that lie and convince his followers to believe that Antichrist is Christ. Thus, worshipping billions may believe that the Parousia has occurred and Christ is on His throne. Numerous Jews may also believe that he is the Messiah.
Millions of apostates will believe the lie without question. Weak and unprepared professing Christians that remained in denial and apathy throughout the precursory period will cave to the pressure to agree. Faced with the prospect of brutal suffering, confused as to why they are even in such a predicament, and bamboozled by the lying signs and wonders, they will abandon their belief in the Parousia.
The consequence is they will no longer believe in and watch for the Second Coming of Christ. Instead, billions of deceived individuals will be led to worship a false Christ.
We should decide if we are in the period when this scenario could occur. There is no doubt that apostate Christianity and false religions are converging. Deceived and deluded professing Christian leaders are giddily courting ecumenism with the RCC. The New Age Movement has infiltrated into high levels of leadership in Christianity. Millions of professing Christians are buying New Age literature disguised as Christianity. Millions more are entering the Christ consciousness via Contemplative Spirituality. The Charismatics and Pentecostals are lured and being deceived by the New Apostolic Reformation’s demonic lying signs and wonders. New Christianity, apostate from the onset, is in the process of formation by major professing Christian leaders. They all are set on a course of amalgamation with the RCC and quite possibly Islam.
Concurrently, deceived and deluded masses in the world system are converging around extremely wicked individuals. In the United States, influential entertainment figures, large corporations, diabolical politicians, et cetera, have thrown off moral restraints. It seems that every week a new outrageous wickedness is foisted on the nation. Conversely, politicians have not ended the epidemic of pedophilia, sex trafficking, and other satanic blights on civilization. Instead, it appears that they have joined an all-out war on godliness. In States that they control they have passed or are attempting to pass legislation to murder babies after they are born.
The abortion industry is responsible for the most cold-blooded brutality of human death in the history of the world. Their infant murder count exceeds all the wars that have ever been fought. There have been 1,524,594,894 surgical abortions in the world (with one abortion each second, that number changed immediately as I typed it). It is abundantly clear when the coalition of world leaders erects the thrones for government and religion, it will install two architects of the most brutal tyranny since Hitler, Lenin, Mao, and PolPot combined. Is not the world nearing judgment?
What is exceptionally ominous is that numerous influential Christians, Churches, and Denominations, have loosely united to join with unrestrained eagerness the secular stampede to normalize and legalize wickedness. They are agreed on homosexuality and in some cases transgenderism. How long will before widespread support for pedophilia and abortion becomes the new normal in Christianity? I cannot help but believe that Christianity is in a free-fall into apostasy.
The great majority of professing Christians want to fit in with the world system. They want to have “Egypt” and the “Promised Land” but they do not wish to cross the river into full commitment. Furthermore, they refuse to be accountable and to fight the great fight of faith. Instead, they crave easy believism and compromise that puts them diametrically at odds with Christ and His Righteousness. And all indications are that they consider truth to be the embarrassing and awkward conservative at their liberal party.
As billions are unwittingly being prepared for the False Prophet and Beast with delirious anticipation, nothing remains in their way. Ignored or erased are the historical barriers to unbridled wickedness based on Judeo-Christian values. They cannot recognize the checks by the Holy Spirit, and cannot feel conviction. They are deaf to warnings by the watchmen, truth speakers, and prophets. Embedded with deception, under a great delusion, apostate and damned because they rejected love for truth, and drunken on liberty from all righteous restraints, they will run until they reach the place and time “where eagles gather.”
I encourage the Believers to be the Remnant. Let no one steal your identity and lure you to conform to avoid stress and hardships. Christ will appear when He said that He would. He is not coming to sit on a throne created by Satan, but will sit at the right hand of God. Christ exhorted that in our patience we will possess our souls (Luke 21:19). The Apostle James declared:
“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” – James 5:7-8