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Peres proposes "United Nations of Religions" to pope, more evidence that the last days church is forming before our eyes

Peres pitches pope ‘UN of religions’ to battle terrorism

Retired Israeli President Shimon Peres has proposed a new global peace initiative to Pope Francis: A “United Nations of Religions,” given that most wars today have religious, not nationalistic, undercurrents. …

The UN has had its time,” Peres said, according to Famiglia Cristiana. “What we need is an organization of United Religions, the UN of religions. It would be the best way to combat these terrorists who kill in the name of their faith because most people are not like them, they practice their religions without killing anyone, without even thinking about it.”

The Vatican news service said the pope “listened attentively and with interest” to Peres’ proposal.

Pope Francis and Shimon Peres in June, Credit: GPO

Peres’ proposal comes at an interesting time. This week I wrote about the last days, Tribulation church forming before our eyes. I’d written that the evangelical church is collapsing. That the Roman Catholic church is gaining speed with its program of “new evangelism”. That the RCC’s long-centuries tradition of successful syncretism (“interpretatio christiana”) has put them in a good position to fill the vacuum left by the collapse of the evangelical church.

I’d written that this is all amply demonstrated by the infiltration of Catholic practices and doctrines into Protestant faith denominations, even the once-conservative and discerning Southern Baptist Convention. It’s demonstrated by the acceptance and declaration of Catholics as “brothers” by once trusted leaders of the evangelical segments of Protestantism. It’s seen by the movement of Rome toward absorbing all other religions into one, global religion.

The Catholic News Service (CNS) reported from their side, too.

In an exclusive interview with Famiglia Cristiana, the 91-year-old former two-term prime minister of Israel said he wanted to establish an international body representing the world’s major religions, as a moral force able to intervene in conflicts. Peres said Pope Francis would be the best person to head such a world body because “perhaps for the first time in history, the Holy Father is a leader who’s respected, not just by a lot of people, but also by different religions and their representatives.”
“In fact, perhaps he is the only leader who is truly respected” in the world, said Peres, who was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1994 with Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Premier Yitzak Rabin.

 “What we need is an unquestionable moral authority who says out loud, ‘No. God doesn’t want this and doesn’t allow it,’ ” he said.

So now this news, that the Israeli former President wants to unite with Rome and create a global, United Nations of Religions. Anyone who is familiar with Revelation 13:11-18 will readily see that this correlates to direct, satanic Tribulation church. At that time, after the rapture, a global church will form in order to worship the antichrist. The False Prophet will perform signs and wonders to cause all to worship the antichrist, or die. Read Luke 4:5-8 to see that this is what satan has always wanted, all the kingdoms, with its peoples to worship him and him alone. That is exactly what satan tempted Jesus with.

And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’”

See also Isaiah 14:13 to confirm that satan’s goal is global worship- supplanting God from His holy throne.

In that incredible chapter 13 of Revelation, the antichrist is described, and then “The Second Beast” commonly known as the “False Prophet” is introduced:

Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. 12It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence,c and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. 13It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, 14and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

15And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. 16Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave,e to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, 17so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. 18This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.

The Jewish News Service (JNS) reported this of the meeting between Peres and the Pope:

In his meeting, Peres told the pontiff that the Arab world recognizes the growing threat of terrorism that is being carried out by groups like the Islamic State. He said the Arab world “can join forces with Israel, the United States, and the European Union in the united front against terror in which religious leaders play a pivotal role, led by Your Holiness.”

If the impetus to form a united organization of religions with the pope as head (to combat extremism and terrorism) is so strong now, how strong will it be after the Psalm 83 war? After Gog Magog battle? (Ezekiel 38). Without going too far out on a limb it seems to me that the prophetic forces bringing this age to a conclusion are becoming so strong that it is dizzying.

In his book “A Verse-By-Verse Commentary on the Book of Revelation”, John R. Rice calls the false prophet, “Priest of Antichrist”. As I said in my opinion piece commenting on the trends of the day, it seems to me the last days church is nearly ready.

Oliver B. Green said in his commentary on Chapter 13 of Revelation,

Sometimes is seems as if the believers are fighting a losing battle but we are not. We are in the minority, but we are on the winning side. From the standpoint of numbers, we are outnumbered, but “if God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). We are definitely on the winning side. We cannot lose with God. … The devil, the Beast, the false prophet, and all the wicked have a date at the judgment bar of God Almighty. At the Great White Throne, God will judge in righteousness, and all wickedness will be put down forever. The devil is the prince of the power of the air, today, he is the god of this age; but the day is coming when he will be stripped of all his power and thrown in the lake of fire. He has been leading poor souls into captivity for six thousand long years, but soon God will put a stop to his activities.

What a day that will be!


Further Reading

The Final False Prophet, Part 1

Who is the false prophet of the end times?

Posted in end time, revelation, the beast, the gods are angry

Gods are angry, the beast, and Brimstone Pit

Thunder, lightning stop Obama Memorial Day speech
President Barack Obama’s Memorial Day observance was stopped in its tracks on Monday by a torrential downpour accompanied by bolts of lightning and booming thunder.

I laughed when I read Drudge’s headline this morning. It was the first thing I thought of when the torrential rain and thunder stopped Obama’s speech. But on a larger scale, I find it interesting that the secular world adopts so much biblical language with impunity. Is it the Spirit speaking to them? Do they know what they are doing when they say these things? Do they understand how close to the truth they are? (Left, mythical god Poseidon)

I’d written before that the end time language the European Union was using was too blatant to ignore and that its chosen symbolism either knowingly or unknowingly was straight from the bible. In the here and now, during the past week I’ve noticed at least three allusions to the bible and unwitting adoption of language straight from prophecy.

Of course, Drudge’s “Gods are angry” line is funny and in many Christians’ opinion, accurate (if we remove the ‘s’ from God, that is). In the bible, particularly Revelation, when lightning is accompanied by thunder and hail it is a symbol of God’s judgments and plagues. (Rev 4:5; 8:5; 16:9)

This week also I learned that in 2004 the deepest underwater volcano was discovered. Scientists named it “Brimstone Pit.” We’re all familiar with brimstone from the bible. Any preacher who preaches sin and judgment is called a ‘fire and brimstone preacher.” But the fire and brimstone are very real in God’s vocabulary. He used it in the past to smite Sodom for its homosexuality. Peter explicitly says that Sodom and Gomorrah were examples of what will happen again to the ungodly. (2 Peter 2:6), We see this will be so in Revelation, where brimstone is a symbol for eternal torment (Rev 9:10 and 19:20), and judgments of God (Rev 9:17-18; 14:10; Luke 17:29-30). Brimstone is not just an old-fashioned word. It the very real word for sulfur. In the biblical punishments of the past and of the promises of punishments future, God rains down brimstone from the sky. Volcanic eruptions also contain sulfur in its solid and its gaseous state, which, when erupting, rain down fire and brimstone from the sky. And there have been a lot of volcanic eruptions lately. One of the reasons Brimstone Pit was so named is because it emits yellow sulfur almost constantly.

This week also, a news article about BP revealed that BP calls the runaway oil leak under the Gulf of Mexico ‘The Beast.’ And here, “The BP executive admitted his company had “failed to wrestle the beast to the ground yesterday.” Of course, the Beast from under the sea appears in Revelation 13:1, “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” and this is the Antichrist.

Why is it that man is able to accept the connection between earth’s events and divine intervention when it prevents their disfavored politician from speaking, yet fail to realize that He is very real and always using His signature vocabulary to get our attention? Is it THAT hard to accept our sin and its consequences from a holy God? Apparently. That divine interventions occur and always have? I guess so. But that blindness will come to an end soon. In the coming Gog-Magog battle, God veritably pokes His head out from the veil between this world and makes Himself known.

You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, O Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes.” (Ezek. 38:14-16)

It is but a small graduation from Mythopoeic thought- that nature’s acts were the result of many divine beings’ interventions on the world (Egyptians), to nonmythopeic thought, that the ancient Hebrews’ One True God as not a will within nature, but was a force or law behind nature. But there still exists the gap between man’s personal sin and the Way out. It takes a submission, though, and that pride is almost too hard to break in this latter day. In the very end that pride will not be broken. (Revelation 16:1) You notice if you read the verse that man knows it is God punishing them, yet they refuse to submit.

Though the Jews will recognize God in the Gog-Magog battle, they still fail to see Jesus as their Redeemer and His work on the cross as the connection between personal sin and His grace. They identify the Antichrist as the redeemer because of his political savvy, intelligence and seeming generosity in allowing them to sacrifice once again in a rebuilt Temple. All external qualities.

Theirs will be a mistake almost leading to their extinction yet is rectified halfway through the Tribulation when they finally accept Jesus as the Savior. Hallelujah!

Yet there is something in the language of God that speaks to the spirit and the soul since the beginning of time.  That language speaks today when secular man ‘picks up’ on the symbols, adopts them, and understands a glimmer of truth behind them. Revelation contains so many symbols because although languages change, even die out,  pictures don’t change. Whether it is 510 BC or 2010 AD, we all know what a beast is. Everyone knows what thunder and lightning are. Everyone knows what brimstone is and does. It is my hope that these glimmers of understanding at the soul level transform into a conscious recognition of His presence in the world, and that man will submit to Him, escaping the bondage that sin holds on so many.