I'm not by any means an "end-times fanatic". As a Christian, I believe that there will be a Second Coming, but it'll happen as and when God wants, not as we predict. I'm baffled by those who claim they can predict the time of Christ's return, when Christ himself stated very clearly that "of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only". In other words, anyone making such a prediction is calling Christ a liar - not something I'd advise . . . Throughout history, there have been "signs and portents" that some have interpreted to foretell the Second Coming. So far, they've all been wrong - but that hasn't deterred others from following their example.
"... that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God."
Whenever the Second Coming may occur, it's hard to read headlines like these from around the world, and not be reminded of Paul's warning.
- UK woman arrested for silently praying across from abortion clinic
- NC County That Arrested Pro-Lifers for Praying Outside Abortion Clinic Agrees to Pay $15,000
- Spain Bans Rosary Protests in Front of Socialist HQ
And the latest:
- Cosmopolitan Magazine Promotes Satanic Abortion Ritual To Its Readers
- Cosmopolitan magazine shares steps for how to have a 'Satanic Abortion Ceremony'
From the second article above:
The post shared a series of slides elaborating on the steps of how to have a ritualized abortion ceremony as prescribed by The Satanic Temple. This included steps such as staring at one’s reflection before taking an abortion pill and saying, "One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone" ... The ritual is later concluded by declaring, "By my body, my blood; by my will, it is done."
The slides also attest one can "include as many loved ones as they’d like" in the ceremony and "light candles or even dress up — whatever makes them feel empowered."
There's more at the link - not that I recommend reading it, you understand.
To those who don't believe in God, or in the Christian perspective on God, the above probably seems unexceptional; just another human ritual designed to give - or try to give - added meaning to an ordinary, everyday event. However, to those of us who do believe, it seems nothing less than a calculated attempt to devise a Satanic liturgy in deliberate parody of Christian liturgy, defying and denying God and removing the Divine spark from human life. After all, if we are not created beings in the Divine sense, where's the problem in snuffing out a human life? Only if we give added value and meaning to humanity, namely that it was and is created by God and possesses a "divine spark" that sets it apart from animal or plant life, does destroying it take on a wholly new, sinister, evil meaning.
This is also a microcosm of what so many are trying to accomplish on a macro scale - the complete secularization of human life, devoid of any meaning or individual importance. How many of the fawning articles about "fifteen minute cities" spare even a thought for the exercise of faith, the existence of churches, or allocating space and time for them in the midst of the otherwise utterly secular planning for this nominally utopian future? The concept isn't important for them, so they ignore it.
This is also, ultimately, where globalism leads. It ignores individuals, it ignores tribes or clans, it ignores nations, and subsumes all of humanity into a vision of a managed, ordered society where everyone is subject to order and discipline and there's no room for freedom, religious or otherwise. Brandon Smith pointed out recently:
These people HATE any notion of free markets. Adam Smith’s system was drafted in direct response to the trespasses of mercantilist control. The two constructs are mutually exclusive. You cannot have free markets (or freedom) within a centralized mercantilist empire. You cannot have free markets and socialism within the same economy.
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They get to decide which companies thrive or die. They get to decide the social values of the next century. They get to dictate how the worlds resources are utilized and who is allowed access to them. And, governments will ensure that they are protected from the rage of the people should the public become wise to their hostile takeover.
The most insulting part? Anyone who criticizes or attacks this ideological invasion of our economic life will be accused of being a monster ... If you want to stop them, you must be some kind of selfish villain that values individual freedom over the common good.
The bigger question that the globalists don’t want us to ask, though, is what makes them qualified to determine the common good? Why is is assumed that they should be the arbiters of everything? Even the stagflation crisis we are facing today is a direct result of governments and central banks stepping in with trillions in fiat money to save the “too big to fail” corporations from their own disastrous practices. Why should we trust them with our social welfare, or anything else for that matter?
The globalists will respond to this argument with AI. They will say that AI is the ultimate “objective” mediator because it has no emotional or political loyalties. They will assert that AI must become the de facto decision making apparatus for human civilization. And now you see why Rothschild is so anxious to spearhead the creation of a global regulatory framework for AI – Whoever controls the functions of AI, whoever programs the software, eventually controls the world, all while using AI as a proxy. If anything goes wrong, they can simply say that it was AI that made the decision, not them.
It is the perfect shadow government; a technocratic Wizard of OZ using the smoke and mirrors of an AI puppet to rule the planet, removing all accountability and displacing all rebellion. For how can the populace argue with or revolt against a faceless algorithm floating in the digital ether?
There's more at the link. Go read the whole thing. It's worth your time.
That's ultimately why religious faith in general, and the Christian faith in particular, is under attack at the moment. Such faith insists on the freedom of worship - and freedom is antithetical to the New World Order. Hence, they want to write God out of human history, deny his very existence, and punish those who honor the divine in any way, shape or form. That includes warping and twisting the sacredness of human life into an evil, Satanic parody of the truth. After all, if they can render the very concepts of divinity and faith utterly risible, why bother with freedom of worship at all? There's nothing to worship! - and that means that freedom can be restricted out of existence . . . and where one freedom can be denied, others can and will follow.
Makes you think, doesn't it?