Wise Faith VS Blind Faith: How Do We Really Know ?

It’s commonly thought that science and religion work against each other because science is built upon proven fact while religion is built upon blind faith. While this may be true in many cases, a further examination and better understanding of both science and the Bible will reveal a much different scenario.

The word “science” is from the Latin “scientia” which simply means, “knowledge.” Scientific research is the quest for knowledge. From discovery and observation, attempts are then made to determine origins, purposes and destinies. But the theories we build must first be founded upon what we know. And what we know must first be founded upon what is proven and observable fact.

While the foundation of science is built upon provable facts, scientists of every field of study would have to admit that they don’t have all of the facts. This is why they call themselves “researchers” because they’re constantly learning. Therefore, when scientists draw conclusions from the facts that they have observed, they are exercising a certain amount of faith based upon the inventory of facts that they have. The more facts that they have, the more trustworthy their faith is in the conclusions they’ve drawn. The less facts they have, the more their faith is blind.

Faith is not a religious word. It’s an attitude of trust toward something that’s not yet seen or proven, but believed to be so, based upon the reliable certainty of other facts that have been seen and proven. The more facts we have to work with, the more sure the attitude of trust. The less facts we have, the more blind. So exercising faith is not a religious act; it’s an act of logical thinking unless it’s blind faith.

With the facts that are available, whether that information is complete or incomplete, most people of our modern scientific age have managed to draw one of four conclusions in their own minds concerning the origins of the universe and life on earth: Darwinian Evolution, Guided Evolution (a.k.a. Intelligent Design), Panspermia or Biblical Creation.

Darwinian Evolution & The Big Bang

This first theory concludes that billions of years ago, there was an unexplainable big bang in the universe that resulted in the formation of complex systems of galaxies and solar systems. The debris field of our star eventually developed several planets, one of which developed inside an orbital zone that made it possible for simple proteins to spontaneously develop and then evolve into complex life. Millions of years of biological evolution caused these complex life forms to slowly evolve into even more complex life forms which eventually evolved into all of the various forms of life that we see on the earth today.

The guiding force behind the Theory of Evolution is the belief that life itself is a force of it’s own with an internal, unstoppable yearning to survive and conquer; always finding a way to adapt to it’s circumstances no matter what they are, whether adaptation involves the mutual cooperation of other life forms or their destruction, in what scientists have come to call, “survival of the fittest” or “natural selection”. This struggle would seem to be observable throughout the entire spectrum of life from modern man to the animal kingdom and from plant life to microscopic organisms. No matter what the obstacle, no matter how absurd the odds, life always finds a way. Millions upon millions of years of this struggle is believed to be what’s responsible for simple proteins becoming single-celled organisms, which eventually developed into all of the varieties of life we see on the earth today.

Guided Evolution & The Big Bang (Intelligent Design)

There is another theory, which marries itself to the Theory of Evolution, but replaces the force of “natural selection” with the intermittent intervention from an outside influence of advanced intelligence and unknown origin. This theory concludes that billions of years ago, a “Supreme Being” caused a big bang in the universe that resulted in the formation of complex systems of galaxies and solar systems. Using gravity, advanced physics and forces of unknown mechanics, the debris of our star was guided by this advanced intelligence into eventually developing several planets, one of which that was purposefully developed inside an orbital zone that made it possible for simple proteins to develop and then evolve into complex life. Millions upon millions of years of guided evolution by this Supreme Being is believed to be what’s responsible for simple proteins becoming single-celled organisms, which eventually were guided into developing into all of the varieties of life we see on the earth today.

Proponents of “Guided Evolution” branch off into many different categories of various conclusions. While a good number of Christians have come to believe that the “Creation Week” recorded in Genesis Chapter 1 of the Bible is symbolic of Guided Evolution (with each day symbolizing ages of time), so many others from various religious beliefs have objected and concluded that the Theory of Guided Evolution is compatible with all of Earth’s religious and cultural creation myths, which each may be individually grasping at different aspects of a greater truth for which they cannot individually comprehend.

This theory of Intelligent Design through guided evolution primarily exists because of Entropy: The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics which contradicts the Darwinian version of the Theory of Evolution. The scientific law of Entropy (an actual law, not a theory) has proven that all things in the universe are winding down, going from order to disorder. Whether we speak of the cosmos or life on the Earth, all things go from an order which supports life to a disorder which results in death. Chaos and randomness left to it’s own devices has never resulted in any complex system of perfect order. Never! Therefore, the driving force of life itself could not be responsible for the order that presently exists on the Earth without the infusion of additional information from an outside intelligence.

The Theory of Intelligent Design or Guided Evolution does not support the identity of any individual deity among Earth’s religions. It simply states that the present order of the Universe, the present order of the Earth and the present order of all life upon the Earth shows evidence of intelligent design. Period. Despite it’s basis in logic and scientific law, it is a theory that is met with much skepticism and ridicule among colleagues within academia.


An offspring from the Theory of Guided Evolution is another theory called, “Panspermia” in which life presumed to be throughout the universe has been spread from planet to planet in much the same way bees pollinate flowers. Proponents of this theory may or may not support an intelligent designer for the universe, but do suggest that there may exist advanced life-forms of various dimensional capabilities which could account for all scientific possibilities, both known and unknown, who have guided all evolution on our planet.

Proponents in this growing field of study have concluded that all of Earth’s cultures and religions can be traced back to the primitive but documented accounts of ancient visitations from advanced alien astronauts who seeded the earth in it’s infancy with the necessary DNA to guide evolution into all of the forms of life as we know them today.

This particular theory is among the most controversial because of it’s implications. While proponents of this theory point to archeological records of ancient visitations as evidence of alien intervention in human affairs and the enhancement (or possible creation) of the human genome, opponents to this theory fear that these recorded events are actually the documented accounts of what the Bible identified as angelic invasions from Satanic forces who interfered and tampered with human and animal DNA to corrupt the genetic line of everything God had created. (More on this here.)

Biblical Creation

While many Christians believe the Biblical record is symbolic of Guided Evolution, there are many other Christians who believe that there is more than enough scientific evidence to support the literal interpretation of the Bible’s “creation week” recorded in Genesis. Since time itself has been discovered to be a physical property that dilates with the movement of mass and energy, Biblical literalists have had no problem accepting that God did in 6 days what would have taken Evolution billions of years to accomplish. All provable laws of science do not contradict the creation account, but only confirm it in surprising detail. The more exposed you are to modern scientific research in the domain of particle physics and quantum mechanics, the more comfortable you will become reading Genesis Chapter 1.

It’s also been brought to light that in recent decades, any scientist with documented research which refutes the Theory of Darwinian Evolution, is met with intellectual fascism within academia and the powers that be. Rather than using the scientific method to prove or disprove the research, it is ridiculed, obfuscated and swept under the rug. This obfuscation includes the destruction or alteration of known historical records from ancient historians to the removal and disappearance of archeological artifacts which support Biblical narratives and disrupts the Darwinian paradigm. Many testimonies have been brought forward, volumes of books and documentaries have already been published examining this conspiracy, I won’t get into it here.

Wise Faith VS Blind Faith

Conspiracies not withstanding, if we’ve evolved from nothing, or if we’ve been guided through evolution, or if we’ve been created by a higher intelligence far beyond anything we’re capable of understanding, whatever the truth, the facts are the facts and that’s just the way it is. It’s not religion, it’s science.

Until we have solid and complete evidence to support any one of those views, those views must be accepted by some amount of faith simply because we do not have all of the facts. Some people might think we have enough, but enough isn’t all. Is it? The universe is a very big place. Until you know everything, you are going to be forced to apply a certain amount of faith to come to whatever conclusions you hold. There is no such thing as a faithless view.

Everyone’s view of reality is held together by a certain amount of faith. No one has all of the answers: not the atheist, not the agnostic, not the religious or anyone. But everyone does have some of the answers. And those answers are built around observations and the reception of facts and then from those facts and observations, we fill in the blanks. Filling in those blanks is a form of faith and everyone does it. No one knows everything. Of course, the more facts you have, the higher your chances are of filling in those blanks accurately. The less facts you have, the lower your chances are. But until you have all of the facts, there will always be blanks to fill. And filling in those blanks is a form of faith and everyone does it.

As I said earlier, faith is an attitude of trust toward something that’s not yet seen or proven, but believed to be so, based upon the reliable certainty of other facts that have been seen and proven. The more facts we have to work with, the more wise our faith.

Foolish faith or blind faith is dangerous. Blind faith is filling in those blanks without any facts at all or disregarding the proven and observable facts that are available. It’s like forcing the piece of a puzzle into a spot that doesn’t belong. It’s like giving an answer before hearing the question and spending the rest of your life ignoring all questions that your answer cannot address. It’s putting into those blanks what you want to be there instead of what should be there. Blind faith is plunging in without any proven or observable facts and molding your own view of reality to fit what you want it to be rather than what it actually is.

Blind faith in any area of life is extremely foolish and dangerous. It’s especially dangerous when it comes to deciding what you believe about a higher intelligence who created us. Even though that view has a legitimate scientific foundation, a lot of folks who build upon that foundation have been programmed to feel that they have to leave their brain at the door and swallow everything they’ve heard about God on blind faith. That is when a legitimate scientific belief becomes a religion.

The Bible says a lot about faith and it’s essential in many areas of the Christian life. It’s especially important in the area of our future in Heaven. But the kind of faith the Bible talks about and supports is a wise and reliable faith, not a blind and foolish faith which disregards all of the facts. This is why I hold the view that the Bible itself does not contain a religious message. What people have done with it may be religion. How people have reacted to it may be religion. What people have tried to shove down your throat because of it may be religion. The many rituals for which most Christians have bound themselves for thousands of years may be religion. But the Bible, in and of itself, does not promote religion.

Whatever view people choose to hold about reality, if they believe in a creator of higher intelligence, deciding for themselves who he is and what he thinks and reacting to that is extremely foolish and dangerous if it’s done on blind faith. Depending on what they’ve determined, it could even be deadly. This is one area of thinking where people should never simply take another person’s word. That kind of blind faith is what led to the tragic delusion of the followers of David Koresh in 1993, the mass suicides of the Heaven’s Gate cult in 1997 and it’s also what has led and continues to lead to the Islamic terror attacks of the 21st Century.

The massacre at Waco took place when I was a senior in high school. One of the things that kept running through my mind back then was that those poor kids died believing that their dad knew what he was talking about. I think about other kids who are brought up to believe things that may or may not be true. It would be nice if all of us could sit back and just rest confident that all of our parents loved us enough to tell us the truth. But that hope could easily be shared by the children of Christians as well as the children of atheists, Muslims, Buddhists, Wiccans, Cabbalists, Scientologists or the children of anyone from any number of various beliefs.

For those of us who believe in a creator of higher intelligence, how do we really know that there is one? How do we really know? For those of us who have no problem believing in God, how do we know that our view of who God is, is even close to being accurate? How do we really know? No matter what we believe, we’d have to admit that a lot of it has to do with what we were raised to believe by our families, our mentors, or taught to believe by our college professors. But with all the various opinions, demanding voices, multiple religions, endless denominations, countless supposed scholars, controversies and conspiracies which surround this topic, HOW DO WE KNOW?

With this article being the first in a series, it's my goal to share with you HOW WE CAN KNOW with all certainty. Stay Tuned.


The Bottom Line Of Christianity Is The Resurrection

It was only just 9 days ago that I received the news that my Aunt Tina wasn't doing so well. She was dehydrated and experiencing pain that she couldn't explain. After seeing the doctor, it was immediately discovered that she had cancer in her pancreas, liver and lungs. Soon after becoming hospitalized, her kidneys began to fail. This was insane!! All of this came from out of nowhere and blind-sided every member of the family. She was only 55 years old, still full of life, still full of wit and character, still full of her trademarked classic Tina attitude.

This was unacceptable so I launched into double-time prayer. I sent out private messages to as many close friends as I could who trusted to seriously take this matter to the Lord in prayer and stand in faith for His immediate reversal of what was happening. I also asked friends that I've made in the past few years who work at grocery stores and who wait tables at my favorite restaurants to take my Aunt Tina to the Lord in prayer. When I mentioned this to the woman who cuts my hair, I learned she was a prayer warrior and she was added to the long list of prayer warriors from all over the country praying for my Aunt.

I believe in the power of prayer. I've seen what it can do. I'm well aware of the fact that some Christians with cancer are bathed in prayer for years and nothing every happens. But I'm also aware of the fact that other times, Christians with cancer are bathed in prayer and their very next screening shows no traces of cancer whatsoever! So what this all comes down to is the sovereignty of God. Trying to figure out what God intends to do shouldn't get in the way of praying for God to do the impossible. If we only prayed for things we thought would happen anyway, where's the faith in that?

But then last Sunday morning, I heard the phrase, "...Tina passed away this morning." It was my sister's voice. She, my mother and I were together and she immediately said, "Josh, we need to pray." We bowed our hearts with tears and what came out of my mouth was, "Dear God, the first thing I wanna say to you is 'thank you so much that we know where she is right now and that YOU made that possible'." I don't remember what I said after that. But that's truly the bottom of line of Christianity, isn't it? That as soon as someone dies, if they're in Christ, we know where they are, who they're with and most importantly... WE WILL BE WITH THEM AGAIN. And when that day comes, nothing and no one will ever again separate us from our loved ones and we will enjoy everything life has to offer without the burden of death and depravity.

This future was made possible by the personal sacrifice of Jesus Himself, who gave up His former life as a non-human, transcendent member of the Trinity and became a physical human being with flesh, blood and bone. He came to personally take upon Himself the judgment and penalty for all of mankind's transgressions against God so that those who wish to be forgiven of their part in humanities transgressions could accept Jesus' death as a "balance transfer" so that their own personal sins would be punished at the cross, and Jesus' personal righteousness would be imputed to them. That's what it means to be "in Christ". He exchanged our sins for His righteousness and then He bought our freedom from death and decay with His own blood. Jesus paid that debt in full and then after suffering the most brutal death in recorded earth history, He got up and walked out of His grave three days later as if nothing had happened. This is the bottom line of Christianity. It's how we became members of God's family and it's the ultimate destiny of every one of us who've been adopted into it.

Here's what I posted at Facebook on Sunday...

"My beautiful Aunt Tina passed away this morning. This is a huge loss for our family. I wish I had spent more time on the phone with her just listening to her talk. There was a life and light to her character and presence that I can't describe in words. But you always felt better after talking with her, usually with sore belly muscles from all the laughing. I'm gonna miss her so much!!!!! God would not respond to my prayers for her recovery because He had bigger and better plans for my Aunt that my puny little finite mind cannot possibly conceive. But I know where she is. And I know how she's feeling now. She's in upgraded hardware, looking closer like her old self from her mid to late twenties (She was a smokin' knock-out, by the way, in her hay-day) and she's having the time of her life with her mom and other family and friends who've gone home before her. As for the rest us down here, well, something tells me we don't have long before we're outta here. This isn't goodbye, it's "see ya later!" But please pray for the family because this is going to be so hard."

One of my Facebook friends asked, "We know we get to see our loved ones again for those in Christ. But why doesn't it feel that way now? Is it a lack of faith? Or maybe it's supposed to feel like this by design? I struggle with this nearly daily Joshua. I trust God knows exactly how and why I feel and think the way I do and perhaps even laughs for what he has waiting for us. I would love to hear someday your perspective Josh!"

I know exactly what he's talking about. Despite what we know from Scripture, despite everything we've been promised, when death comes to someone we know and love, we're just not prepared. All we can feel is the fact that, "They're gone!"

Here's what I wrote in response to my friend...
"I was thinking I need to do a video about this basic "Christianity 101" subject which is what everything hangs upon. But the answer to your question, I don't think it's a lack of faith. Scripture says somewhere (Ecclesiastes 3:11) that God has implanted "eternity" in the hearts of man. So even though we live in temporary dwellings, we still think of everything in life from an eternal perspective. Even though we know everyone dies, we can't imagine our lives without the people we love. Even when we think we've prepared ourselves, when it finally happens, we realize we just aren't prepared.

The reason for this, I believe, is because no matter how much we know about death both physically and Biblically, we still live with a perspective of "eternity" which is why interruptions in our linear time-line always catch us off guard whether it's the loss of a job, the sudden betrayal of a close friend, an unexpected automobile accident, news of terminal cancer, or the death of a loved one. We all know these things exist in our world, but it always catches us off guard as if "it could never happen to us". But I don't think that's a lack of faith. That's because death and loss, while part of life, deep inside we know they weren't meant to be part of life. We also know they won't always be part of life, but they still are now, which gets in the way of eternity.

That's what Romans 8:20-23 is talking about when it speaks of us groaning inwardly for eternity through every moment of pain because we're wanting the curse of death and sin to get out of the way, finally, once and for all. We want what's promised to start now with all of us together, no sin, no death, no disease, no negativity, no pain, no striving, nothing but the good for ever and together. That day is coming. But until it gets here, we hurt when someone we love dies. We don't hurt for them, we hurt for ourselves because now we have to pick up the pieces of our life without them as we push onward with our temporal lives on this decaying planet, which even now we continue to get glimpses of God's glory and eternity, but with the interference of death and decay.

The only hope... Our only way of pushing onward... is to force ourselves to remember the truth... Jesus promised us and the Apostle Paul reverberated that promise that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. That presence with the Lord isn't an abstract, formless void of spiritual vapor. It is a physical existence of spiritual hardware in a spiritual domain just as solid and real as our domain here, only separated from us because of sin. That separation isn't permanent. It is temporary. Jesus is not forever leaving this planet to Satan to do with as he pleases. Jesus is coming back. To not believe this is to call Jesus a liar. That's what Jesus promised when he said, "Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house (Heaven) are many mansions (estates, places to dwell): if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And since I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you will be also." John 14:1-3

I think it's important to note that when Jesus said He was going away to prepare a place for us, He was speaking to a group of people who knew that Jesus was already here. He was standing there in the flesh, right in front of them. So they didn't think Jesus was talking about preparing a place for the souls of the dead. Jesus hadn't died and no one Jesus was speaking with had died. So they interpreted His promise as a literal promise to go up into Heaven, prepare a place for them, and then come right back down to pick them up and take them there.

Before Jesus had this conversation, His followers were expecting Him to fulfill all of the Old Testaments prophesies as well. It was foretold that He would tread down the wicked, establish an earthly Kingdom bringing in universal peace, not only between peoples and nations but even among all the animals. This coming kingdom was promised by God to King David to be a Jewish Kingdom.

God is always good on His promises and those to whom Jesus was speaking were expecting Jesus to keep these promises during His first coming. But in the famous passage from John 14:1-3 that I just quoted above, He's introduced to them something new... that before He fulfills those long awaited prophesies, He's got an errand to run. The 1st part of the errand was going to the Cross. The 2nd part of the errand was rising from the dead. The 3rd part of the errand was doing exactly what He said He would do, to go to Heaven and prepare a place for them and then He would come back and pick them up. These folks got to see Jesus go to the cross, rise from the grave and then ascend up to Heaven to go do exactly what He said He went to do.

So then, some time went by. As the years progressed, they continued expecting Jesus to return and pick them up, just as He promised. While they were waiting and anticipating the Lord's return during the years that progressed, some of them died. So the Thessalonian Christians became upset that their departed loved ones would miss out on this exciting event.

That's when Paul reassured them in 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1st Corinthians 15:51-52 which explained to them how God would fulfill His promise to both those who have died and those who remained on the earth.

1st Generation Hardware: The Physical Body
All of us are born wearing 1st generation hardware. We live with it all our lives. When we become reborn in the Holy Spirit, our software is fused with the software of the Holy Spirit, making us a new creation. But we remain in our 1st generation hardware until it wears out and dies.

2nd Generation Hardware: The Spiritual Body
When our 1st Generation hardware dies, our software is immediately uploaded into 2nd generation hardware in Heaven. Our place in Heaven is the place that Jesus spoke of in John 14:1-3. Our 2nd Generation hardware is a spiritual body. How it moves and works is not something I fully understand, except to say that whenever it was seen by human eyes as recorded in Scripture, these spiritual bodies looked just like normal human bodies except they could only exist in the domain of Heaven. These Spiritual bodies do not function on the earth, they can only function in Heaven.

3rd Generation Hardware: The New Physical Body (a.k.a.) The Resurrection Body
1st Generation hardware can only exist on the Earth. 2nd Generation hardware can only exist in Heaven. 3rd Generation hardware will be able to exist and maneuver in both Heaven and Earth simultaneously! This final upgrade will be necessary for every Christian when Jesus returns and joins Heaven and Earth, fulfilling all of the prophecies from both the Old and New Testaments. Paul explains how this will happen in 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1st Corinthians 15:51-52

1st Thessalonians 4:13-18 (JPA Paraphrase)
"I wouldn't want you to be ignorant, brothers, about those who have died in Christ, that you do not grieve for them in the same way that others do who have no hope beyond the grave. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, we know also that those who have died in Christ will God bring with Him. For this we say to you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will not precede those who have died. For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout (calling everyone by name), with the voice of the archangel (calling every guardian angel by name), and with the sound of the trump of God (declaring victory): and the dead in Christ (coming with Jesus in 2nd Generation hardware) will rise first (being given their resurrection body) and then we which are alive and remain on the earth, still wearing our old 1st Generation hardware, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Therefore, comfort each other with these words."

1st Corinthians 15:51-52 (JPA Paraphrase)
"For behold, I show you a mystery which was hidden before. Not every Christian will have to die first to get their final upgrade. But every Christian both in Heaven and on Earth will be upgraded. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet of victory shall sound and those who have previously died will be raised into their new physical bodies while we who haven't died will be changed into our new physical bodies.

This is the bottom line for Christians, the blessed hope of the believer! Death is no longer death!! Thanks to what Jesus did for us 2000 years ago, we can know with assurance that when our loved ones die, they are merely being upgraded into superior hardware for a new environment. But as awesome as that is, what's really awesome is the fact that we will receive that same upgrade when we die, or possibly........ WE MIGHT NOT HAVE TO WAIT THAT LONG.

It is the blessed hope of the Christian that we shall not all sleep, but in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, we will hear the Lord Jesus shout our name out loud accompanied with the music blast of God's trumpet and we will instantly find ourselves in 3rd Generation hardware with abilities and powers transcending both physical and spiritual dimensions for which immediately after this moment, we will join in progress the family reunion to end all family reunions!!!

My Aunt Tina, my Nannie, my Papaw, my Great-Grandparents, several teachers and neighbors from my childhood, countless pets and animals are presently in Heaven today, right now as I type this post. One day, we will all be with them. "And so shall we ever be with the Lord." AMEN AND AMEN!!!


7 Letters To 7 Churches

How Jesus Summarized 2000 Years Of Church History In Just 51 Verses

After John penned and published the book of Revelation toward the end of the first century, the biggest mystery to early readers wasn't the 7 scenes in Heaven, the 7 seals, the 7 trumpets, the 7 signs, the 7 plagues or the 7 final visions. The biggest mystery to early readers was probably the easiest portion of the book to understand, which were 7 short little messages that Jesus sent to 7 churches: the church of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.

In those 7 short little messages, Jesus gave those contemporary assemblies a Spiritual progress report and pep-talk. It was the easiest and least cryptic portion of the entire book of Revelation. But why those 7 churches? There were so many other churches around besides those 7, why didn't Jesus say anything to them? Why didn't Jesus send a message to the church in Jerusalem or the church in Rome? What's the real point behind Jesus sending those 7 little text-messages to those 7 churches?

Upon further investigation, the early readers of Revelation discovered that with those 7 short messages, Jesus had managed to address every individual Christian of every individual church of every church age from the 1st century to the time of the Great Tribulation. If any individual Christian will read those 7 messages, they will discover that one of those messages is specifically for them no matter what time of history they're reading. A Christian living in the 21st century, for example, can read those 7 messages and find that one of them is Jesus specifically speaking to them, addressing their problems, offering constructive criticism and encouragement. The same applies corporately for Christian assemblies. If any Church or Christian assembly will read those 7 messages, they will also discover that one of those messages is specifically written for their group.

The final application for these 7 messages is probably the most astounding. As the centuries progressed after John published the book of Revelation, it became apparent that the history of the church with all of it's highs and lows had been prophetically anticipated and revealed by the order in which Jesus gave those 7 messages.

The letter to Ephesus anticipated the age of apostolic planting (1st Century) which started off with a serious devotion to doctrinal purity due to the overwhelming presence of demonic doctrines that were constantly in competition with the 1st Century Church. Unfortunately, the demand for doctrinal purity became a legalistic obsession that overtook the Christian's original walk of love for the One Who bought them. This can happen to any Christian if they aren't careful. But it happened to the whole assembly in Ephesus and many other 1st century churches during this time in history.

The letter to Smyrna anticipated the age of persecution (1st - 3rd Century) in which Christians were hunted down and killed by the leading governments and religious factions of the world. Being persecuted is part of the job description of being a Christian. Christians have been persecuted in all manner of ways throughout the past 2000 years. No Christian at any point in history is immune to persecution. But it was during the first three centuries that it would seem that Satan went out of his way to wipe Christians off the face of the earth.

The letter to Pergamum anticipated the age of the Imperial church (4th - 6th Century) when world governments and religious factions stopped persecuting Christians and decided to work with them instead. Church and State became one and the same. The result was a massive growth of Christianity that became so large that individual assemblies had to resort to imposing hierarchies and dignitaries within each group, which had to report back to local government officials. Because world governments did not always agree with Biblical doctrine, Christianity began to compromise with governments by allowing the doctrine of other religions into their practices and teachings to keep the peace.

The letter to Thyatira anticipated the age of the Papacy (6th Century - Present Day) which began when the massive, powerful, world empire of Rome became one with the Imperial Church. Christian devotion, Christian teaching, Christian education, Christian charities and Christian outreach programs exploded all over the world. To this day, no church group can outmatch the level of giving, love, charity and outreach efforts of the Roman Catholic Church. Unfortunately, since the Roman Empire was the pagan capital of the world, almost all of it's idolatry and paganism had been re-packaged as Christian practices under the Catholic Church to keep the followers of all religions satisfied. Rituals and formalities that once honored Zeus, Apollo, Athena & Venus became rituals and formalities to honor Jesus Christ. Demonic rituals became Christian rituals. The Holy Scriptures, which had been the ultimate authority of Christian doctrine, was usurped and replaced by the authority of the Pope and the Priestly order of the Roman Catholic Church.

In recent centuries, all manner of outrageous occultic spiritualism and idolatry has been embraced by the Roman Catholic Church under various Christian aliases. In the 21st Century, many Christian groups (both Catholic & Protestant) began to embrace "a larger view of Christianity" which marries itself into Islam, Hinduism, the New Age and every religion on the planet. This hybrid spirituality is accepted, promoted and will be lead by the Roman Catholic Church. Islam's Queen of Heaven and the Catholic's interpretation of the Virgin Mary are one and the same. This is also where the "co-exist" movement is going, for those of you who may have seen these bumper stickers on people's cars.

Not all Catholics hold to these occultic and idolatrous strongholds of Roman Catholicism, which is why Jesus made a point to clarify in his letter who and what the targets are of his commendations and his threats. To those who do not hold to these demonic doctrines, Jesus has nothing but good things to say. To those who DO hold these demonic doctrines, Jesus made the most violent threat found in any of the 7 letters. He promised that He would personally kill the idolatrous promoters and their followers during the time of the Great Tribulation.

In other words, faithful Christians within the Roman Catholic Church will be raptured outta here before the Great Tribulation. Those left behind in the Roman Catholic Church after the rapture (who aren't true Christians) will be joined by the false Christians who were left behind within protestant and non-denominational groups. Together, they will broaden their idolatry by aligning themselves with the Antichrist and endorse the Beast of Revelation. This super-satanic religion under the banner of Christianity is prophetically called, "The Woman Who Rides The Beast" in Revelation 17.

The letter to Sardis anticipated the age of the Protestant Reformation (16th Century - Present Day) in which individual Christians rediscovered their roots in Biblical authority. The Bible was translated into English and many other languages for the first time under great protest and persecution from the Roman Catholic Church. The re-awakening of Biblical Christianity started a movement within Europe that migrated over into the United States, a land free from Catholic persecution. In the United States, a Christian could rely on the Bible to define their faith instead of the Roman Catholic Church.

As Christian groups studied the Scripture, they each segregated into different denominational groupings that complimented their interpretations. All denominations agreed to the vitals of the Christian faith while agreeing to disagree over everything else. While this age of church history was rich and vibrant in it's founding, reestablishing the Word of God as it's ultimate authority, it wasn't long before most of it's churches became dead in their formalities. Today, most denominational churches are merely churning through the motions, Sunday after Sunday after Sunday after Sunday after Sunday.

Before Jesus had anything nice to say to Sardis, he accused them of being spiritually dead and admonishes them to wake up before what little there is left among them dies also. He also warns them that if they don't wake up from their spiritual coma, they will be caught off guard by HIS RETURN when He comes! I've noticed this among most of today's denominational churches. They have no idea where we are in prophetic history because they choose not to teach Bible prophecy. Much like the Pharisees of Jesus' day, they can't interpret the signs of the times; neither are they interested.

Then after painting a broad brush, Jesus clarifies that there are a few exceptions among the members of denominational churches that are still awake and haven't soiled themselves in their coma. It is from out of the snoring of the sleeping church that two Christian groups escape and make up the following two church ages: Philadelphia and Laodicea.

The letter to Philadelphia anticipated the age of individual missionaries and Bible-based assemblies of small numbers (18th Century - Present Day) outside the traditional confines of either Catholic or Protestant Denominationalism. Personally, I would call this the "Reformation 2.0" with the same motives and objectives of the first reformation, only this time getting it right and going all the way; getting the focus away from church buildings and religious ritualism and returning the Christian assembly back to it's roots: Home-Prayer, Home-Bible-Study, living out the Christian life daily and faithfully in the power of the Holy Spirit, gaining support and giving support to other Christians along the way who are engaging in the same walk, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

No focus is made on church buildings or on which days to worship because the small Philadelphian assembly can meet in people's living rooms as often as they wish. Since the Christian walk is a constant way of life for Philadelphians and not just a religious ritual that's performed once a week, they may desire to meet as often as 7 nights a week. No one has to force a Philadelphian Christian to assemble with other Philadelphian Christians. There are no rules or regulations about where to meet or how often. They aren't necessary.

Philadelphian Christians might visit or attend a local church, but their attendance is merely an additive or a supplement to their walk, not the walk itself. Their loyalties are to Christ and His Word and to their fellow brothers and sisters in the Family of God, not to any local church group or pastor.

Jesus had nothing but good things to say to the Philadelphian assembly and encouraged them with a promise that they would be raptured outta here before the Great Tribulation. I've noticed this among most of today's Philadelphian Christians. They have a healthy anticipation for the imminent rapture. They have a healthy and progressive grasp on where we are in prophetic history because they choose to learn all of the Bible, including Bible prophecy which makes up more than a third of the entire Bible.

The letter to Laodicea anticipated the age of lukewarm Christianity (20th Century - Present Day) which Jesus found disgusting enough to induce vomiting. Much like the Philadelphian Christians, the Laodicean Christians felt an urgent and desperate need to wake up and escape the sleeping church of Sardis. But unlike Philadelphia who accomplished this by returning to the Bible, Laodicea simply took Sardis and made it contemporary.

Choirs were abolished. The same old hymns of the past 400 years were replaced with contemporary pop/Christian music. Organs and pianos were replaced with guitars and drums. Church hymnals were replaced with overhead projectors. Suits and ties were replaced with blue-jeans and t-shirts. And last but not least, the slow-moving, white-headed preacher was replaced with a young, outgoing and charismatic fellow who could double for a stand-up comedian.

While there isn't anything wrong with newer music, guitars and drums, overhead projectors, casual attire and upbeat speakers, the Laodicean reasoning behind it is what's sickening. It's as if the dead church of Sardis were a man going through his mid-life crisis grasping for relevancy in a modern culture. Instead of turning to the timeless wisdom of Scripture for relevancy, they turn to the culture.

Ladies, you know how you feel when you see a man over 50 wearing the latest teen fashions, driving a brand-new red convertible with a young 20-something leaning on his shoulder as they zoom down the main drag listening to Meghan Trainor and Selena Gomez? That's how Jesus feels when he looks at a Laodicean church.

What's worse, is that in order to remain relevant with the latest cultural trends, the Laodicean church is willing to water down, skip-over, delete and/or compromise immovable doctrines of Scripture, without even admitting it. At least Thyatira has the guts enough to be blasphemous and deny Biblical authority while standing behind demonic doctrine. Laodicea deceptively stands behind demonic doctrine while claiming they believe the Bible from cover to cover!

"There is only one God and I believe all the world prays to the same God."

"Abortion is a sin because it's murder, but I believe in a woman's right to choose."

"Gay marriage is a sin because marriage is between a man and a woman, but I'm glad the Supreme Court overturned state bans on gay marriage."

"Christians should never judge anyone for anything, unless we're judging other Christians who have a problem with abortion or gay marriage."

"Jesus said, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me' and that's why I'm saved because I believe in Jesus. But I believe everyone is God's child, I don't believe in a literal Hell and I believe everyone has their own Jesus so who are we to judge?"

Sardis VS. Philadelphia VS. Laodicea
I think it's interesting how easily one can define to whom which of the last three church letters applies just by observing open reactions to various topics:

At first, willing to die for the preservation of this doctrine. Today, desensitized to this awesome gift and presumptuous about their own sin.

Ephesians 2:8-9 balanced with James 2:17 in which faith alone permanently saves, but faith that permanently saves is never alone without works.

Because the cross forgives everyone of everything... "No one can judge us, the Grace of God is a license to sin, leave me alone, I can do whatever I want."

At first, willing to die for the preservation of this doctrine. Today, desensitized to this awesome gift and no one will read the Bible. The only passion you'll get from Sardis about the Word of God is when someone dares to challenge the divine authority of the "King James Only" crowd.

Loves the Word of God and will read any part of it at any time at any place in any English translation they can get their hands on. They're devoted only to a few modern English translations for study and clarification. The original Hebrew, Greek & Aramaic is constantly in view. To them, the Bible is like water. You can't ever get enough of it. Talking about it and sharing things with others about it is a passion that never burns out.

Officially, they claim to believe 100% of the Bible. But when any Biblical doctrine is brought up, or a position of sin is addressed, they will say that only parts of the Bible are true because the Bible was written by man, our copy is a copy of a copy of a copy full of mistakes, you can't interpret everything because of it's cultural and mistaken context. It's no better or worse than the writings of any other religion. Unlike the mentality of the "KJV Only Crowd", they go too far in the opposite direction, blindly accepting any and all modern English translations. In recent years, there have cropped up many new English translations and paraphrases that are so butchered and watered down from what was originally written, that it's no wonder the Laodiceans believe as they do about the Word of God.

"Come to church and be quite!!"

"Let's get together someplace where we can pray together, talk about the Word and what the Lord's been up to in our lives."

"Come to church and make noise!!"

They have no idea where we are in prophetic history because they choose not to teach Bible prophecy. They can't interpret the signs of the times; neither are they interested because it would require being awake and alert.

Almost all of these Christians can quote 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18 by heart. The emotional characteristics of the Philadelphia Christian concerning Bible Prophecy & The Rapture is in verse 18: "we comfort and encourage each other with these words" of Bible prophecy and our coming King. While it's interpreted as doom and gloom for the Laodicean, it's the blessed hope and exciting adventure for the Philadelphian.

These open-minded, non-judgmental Christians are the most hostile and closed-minded when it comes to discussing Bible prophecy or the Rapture of the Church. They react with fear, anger and arrogant ignorance. It's the most uncomfortable topic you can bring up to a Laodicean Christian, the fact that Jesus promised to return and even gave us signs and evidences to be watchful for to determine how close we are. What's more uncomfortable is when those signs and evidences are all over the front page news and they still don't want to talk about it.

Sardis & Laodicean Offshoots:
There are exiles from Sardis and Laodicea who have been aroused by the signs of the times and are now embracing their fears by preparing for the arrival of the Antichrist. Because Sardis & Laodicea had previously placed little importance on knowing the whole counsel of Scripture, their fear has led them to believe we're destined to go through the Great Tribulation. Instead of watching for the return of Christ to pick up His Bride, they're preparing for Christ to beat-up and abuse His Bride during the wrath to come. Their fear keeps them blinded to the Biblical truth that will relieve their fears and they will slander any Christian who believes in a Pre-Tribulational Rapture.

"God is in control so let me sleep."

"God is in control so let me live for Christ. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. For me to live is Christ and to die is gain."

"God is not in control, I'm in control. Sometimes, God helps. God is good!."

When the Supreme Court overturned state's bans on gay marriage, legalizing it all 50 states, I noticed three main reactions from the Christian community that are parallel to the last three church ages prophetically described in Jesus' messages to 7 churches.

The official reaction from Sardis:
"zzzz... zzzz... zzzz... zzzz... zzzz... zzzz..."

The official reaction from Philadelphia:
"This is a sad day for America. Unless the church unites against this, then we are salt that has lost it's flavor and our light has truly gone out. Remember II Chronicles 7:14. Otherwise, this nation should prepare for God's judgment. Hosea 4:6 & Jeremiah 7:16."

The official reaction from Laodicea was everything from
"Love Wins!!! Yay!!!" to "I apologize to the gay community for Christian hate and bigotry because our judgment of you is destroying any potential relationship. Who are we to judge? We're all sinners! God even told us not to eat shrimp in Leviticus!"

What are Jesus' own words to the 21st Century Christians of the United States of America?

To The Sleeping Christian of Sardis: Wake Up!!!
"I know your works, that you have a name and reputation for being alive, but in reality you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain that are about to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard from the beginning; hold fast and repent. If you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels." (JPA Paraphrase)

To The Weak and Insignificant Christian of Philadelphia: Hang In There!!!
"I know your works and what you are doing. I have set before you an open door which no one is able to shut. I know that you are weak and have very little power, and yet you have kept My Word, guarded My message and have not denied My name. Take note! I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they follow Me but lie, I will make them come and bow down to Me before your feet and so learn and acknowledge that I have loved you. Because you have guarded and kept My word of patient endurance and have held fast the lesson of My patience with the expectant endurance that I give you, I also will keep you from the hour of trial and testing which is coming upon the whole world to try those who dwell upon the earth. I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one may rob you and deprive you of your crown." (JPA Paraphrase)

To The Lukewarm Christian of Laodicea: Repent!!!
"I know your works, that you are neither cold or hot. I wish you were one or the other. But because you are lukewarm and neither cold or hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, I've become wealthy and have need of nothing’ while not knowing that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed. Anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me." (JPA Paraphrase)

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How To Put On The Belt Of Truth

As Christians, we've all heard about having to put on the Armor of God as listed in Ephesians 6:10-18. Each piece listed is an individual layer of Spiritual protection which creates a foundation for the next piece listed. When we are protected under all 7 layers of the Armor of God, then nothing can stop us.

The 1st layer is the Belt of Truth which Paul tells you to gird around your loins because it is your loins that Satan will attack with lies and deceit. On a physical level, if the loins are exposed, then one kick to the groin will take you down regardless of your physical skills. On a spiritual level, if Satan can keep you from the truth and convince you to believe his lies, then he doesn't need to do anything else. He's already won.

The Power of Prayer is always the outer layer whether you're fully suited or missing a few pieces because Paul said in verse 18 that we should be praying always. So when you're completely naked and need to put on the Belt of Truth, you start with prayer first to bind the forces of darkness as you begin putting it on. 2nd Corinthians 4:4 says that Satan is the one who keeps the eyes and the mind blinded from seeing the truth. So you need Spiritual forces to get that deception out of the way.

Then, begin force-feeding yourself the Word of God on a daily basis because it's vital to putting on the Belt of Truth. Jesus said in John 8:31-32 that if you abide in God's Word, then you will know the truth and the truth will make you free. I say "force-feed" because reading the Bible is an acquired taste that consumes you once you get into the habit. But if you've fallen out of the habit, it requires a commitment to get it going again. But you've got to do it. You can't put on the Belt of Truth or the rest of the armor without it.

As you read the Bible, your understanding of it and how it applies to your daily life will be given to you as you daily talk to God while reading the Bible. God promises us in James 1:5 that if any of us is lacking in wisdom, just ask for it and we'll get it. God wants us praying and asking questions while we read His Word. That's how it gets absorbed.

Then, the way we actually strap on the Belt of Truth is found in 2nd Corinthians 10:5 where Paul tells you not to believe everything you think but instead, "lead every thought captive into the obedience of Christ." Christians these days spend way too much time trying to force the Word of God to conform to the wisdom of the world when we should be doing just the opposite. God would have us force the wisdom of the world to conform to the Word of God.

When 2nd Corinthians 10:5 says to "take every thought captive" it really means it. Our brain is like a computer that's been infected with malicious software. It's still a good brain, but you can't trust and rely upon everything that's going on up in there. It's been infected with software from the world culture, which is opposed to God. It's been infected with the software of our sin nature and harmful appetites. It's been infected with malware straight from Satan himself known as "arrows from the wicked one" according to Ephesians 6:10-18. So with all that going on up in there, no wonder Paul warns us to take every thought captive.

Proverbs 16:25 "There is a way which seems right, but at the end of it are the ways of death."

Proverbs 3:5-7 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. Don't be wise in your own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil."

Psalm 32:8 "I the Lord will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and guide you with My eye upon you." That's great news because God's eye is connected to God's brain. My eye is connected to my brain which has proven insufficient over and over again. God's brain is bigger than our brain, so God's eyes can see more than our eyes. Therefore, trust in the Lord with all your heart, not your brain. He will direct your path and teach you personally.

Our search and discovery of the truth, guided by God's personal direction via daily prayer and Bible study is the foundation for which the rest of the Armor of God is built. Without the Belt of Truth, we're in bondage to all of Satan's deception. Too many professed Christians today are victims of Satan's lies because they've built most of their education and personal viewpoints from the wisdom of this world without filtering it first through God's Belt of Truth.

Whenever Christians research anything, it doesn't matter whether we're talking about political issues, religious issues, cultural issues, marital issues, sexual issues, financial issues, supernatural issues, historical issues, whether we're reading books, magazines, watching television, absorbing documentaries, researching the occult, researching anything...

There are 4 pivotal truths that YOU MUST HAVE ESTABLISHED IN YOUR HEART if you're to wear the Belt of Truth:

1. The wisdom of the world is foolishness to God. I Corinthians 3:19

2. Respectful fear of the Lord is the beginning of true wisdom and understanding. Proverbs 9:10

3. A true follower of Jesus Christ abides in God's Word... John 8:31-32

4. ...and brings all theories and arguments in opposition to God's Word into alignment with God's Word. II Corinthians 10:4-5

That is the Belt of Truth. If those 4 truths are permanently engraved on your heart, then you can watch any documentary, read any book or magazine, research any topic without fear of deception because God is with you in your research, instructing you and teaching you in the way you should go; counseling you and guiding you with His eye upon you. This is how I managed to survive watching countless hours of paranormal documentaries during the 1990s without being deceived.

Here are 4 signs you can watch for if you're not wearing the Belt of Truth:

1. You respect the wisdom of the world more than the wisdom of God.

2. You fear the world and what it thinks more than you fear the Lord and what HE thinks.

3. You abide in the words of the world's wisest rather than abiding in God's Word...

4. ...and you are probably in the habit of forcing Biblical doctrine into a box that is more palatable and acceptable with the world's wisdom. Instead of leading every thought captive into the obedience of Christ, you lead every truth captive into the obedience of the world.

If you find yourself leaning towards any of these 4 points, then Satan has managed to chip away at your Belt of Truth. That also means that the other 6 pieces of defense in the Armor of God are most likely absent as well since the Belt of Truth is the bottom layer.

- Without our reliance upon Biblical authority (The Sword of the Spirit)...
- We begin to lose our identity in Christ (The Helmet of Salvation)...
- Without which our focus shifts toward self-reliance which destroys our faith (The Shield of Faith)...
- Which takes away our peace (The Shoes of Peace)...
- Which leads us into feeling guilty (The Breastplate of Righteousness)...
- So that truth is the final casualty (The Belt of Truth).

Truth is the number one enemy of unrighteousness; therefore it is easy for Satan to chip away at the 1st and final layer of armor once the Breastplate of Righteousness has been removed. Hardly any Biblical doctrine can make it's way into the heart anymore because every part of the Bible is either deemed offensive, inapplicable or too archaic. Since there is no healthy prayer-life, no Biblical authority, no authority in Christ, no faith in God's faithfulness, no peace standing upon the whole counsel of God, no God-given righteousness, then the usurpation of societal authority, secular church authority, faith in yourself, faith in other people, faith in money, faith in your own definition of what's right has overthrown and overruled God's Word, which is the 1st and final layer: The Belt of Truth. You are now completely naked, defenseless, a serious danger to yourself and other Christians.

To naked Christians everywhere who are running around all over the place, usurping your worldly wisdom upon the rest of us without realizing what you're doing... PLEASE!!! Please get somewhere alone with God, and pray for discernment. Pray for the truth. Don't be wise in your own eyes as Proverbs 3:5-7 warns. Get back into prayer. Get back into God's Word. Respect the truth of God's Word over the wisdom of this world. Respectfully fear the Lord and what HE thinks over what the world thinks. Move out of the trailer park of worldly wisdom and move into the mansion of Godly wisdom. Abide in God's Word. Stop trying to force Biblical truth into a box that's acceptable to the world. Let it be the light it was intended to be. Lead every thought captive into the obedience of Christ.

Do all these things and you've put on the Belt of Truth and you're on your way to putting on the Armor of God.


Former Canadian Minister Of Defense: There Are 2 Living E.T.s Working With The United States Government

The forces of darkness are no longer hiding and playing little tricks on the irrelevant or the uninformed. They are now (and have been for decades) laying foundational groundwork for a coming mass deception in front of police, military, astronauts and the world's religious and political leaders. While the world is rapidly accepting the phenomena, most Christians are still in the dark about what's really going on.

Christians need to wake up because, "when the deception comes, it will be too late then to make up your mind about whether they're benevolent or malevolent because you'll be so overwhelmed by the phenomenon, you'll believe whatever they tell you to believe, literally. So you're either going to know the truth beforehand or you'll be deceived. You either deal with this stuff ahead of time, or you'll be deceived. It's as simple as that." ~ L.A. Marzulli

The following testimony is from former Canadian Minister of Defense, Paul Hellyer as part of the "UFO Citizen Hearings on Disclosures" that took place in Washington D.C. between April 29th and May 3rd of 2013. This was mentioned nowhere in our news media as it happened.

In this 25 minute video, you will hear the former Canadian Minister of Defense testify that an investigation was launched and a document was prepared which concluded that at least 4 different species have been visiting the earth for thousands of years, that there are living ETs on earth at this present time and at least 2 of them are working with the United States government, and that a species identified as "the tall whites" are living on U.S. Air Force property in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force and sharing technology.

Hellyer said, "Just as children survive the idea of the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus when they become adult, I think that tax-paying citizens are quite capable of accepting the new and broader reality that we live in a cosmos teaming with life of various sorts. The fact that some other civilizations are more advanced than we are may be humbling. But that could be a necessary step in our survival." I find that particular viewpoint fascinating since the most advanced life form in this multi-dimensional universe is the God of Creation, and humbling ourselves before HIM has always been a necessary step for our survival, yet has been historically rejected time and time again by the masses. So now, it would seem we are being encouraged to humble ourselves before ANOTHER advanced life form, a DIFFERENT advanced life form, as a necessary step for our survival.

Hellyer then proceeded to warn against the evil plots of global conglomerates and shadow governments attempting to build a one world government. At first, I didn't understand why he was opposed to global governance since the disclosure of ET reality (and being humbled by them) would certainly bring the world together under a new world order. But then as I continued listening, I realized that he wasn't completely opposed to the concept of a New World Order, it was just the New World Order under control of shadow governments that he was specifically opposed.

He spent a great amount of time addressing the failures of the Bush administration to accurately address the real reason for the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center. He also addressed the loss of Constitutional freedoms and the abuse of power created as a result of those attacks. I agree with some of the things Hellyer said in regards to those matters, however, just as national security has been a rhetorical tool to abuse power and remove Constitutional freedoms, the rhetoric about global warming has also been consistently used as a political tool to abuse power and remove Constitutional freedoms. Apparently, Hellyer is all on board for doing whatever it takes to stop global warming.

As Hellyer continued to go on and on about the political failures to secure peace, the illegal wars for oil, the failure to maintain Constitutional freedoms and adhere to international law, the desperate need for new and clean energy, you almost begin to forget that this is a public hearing on the subject of UFOs and ET Disclosure when finally towards the end, we begin to realize where Hellyer is taking all of this. The answer to all of these problems (according to Hellyer) is open acknowledgment and submission to advanced alien intelligence.

The quote from John Mack's book that he chose to make at the end of his testimony says it all. John Mack was an American Secular Jewish Psychiatrist who interviewed countless abductees. The quote Hellyer chose to use to punctuate the point of his testimony was the following...

"Although the aliens are not themselves gods – their behavior is sometimes anything but godlike. Abductees consistently report that the beings seem closer to the Godhead than we are, acting as messengers, guardian spirits, or angels, intermediaries between us and the divine source."

So according to Paul Hellyer, the closer we get to these aliens, the closer we'll get to God. In response to that, I would simply cite the following quotations from another Paul...

"Even if we, or an angel from Heaven, should preach a different gospel to you than the one that's already been preached to you, let him be accursed."
Galatians 1:8

"For Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. So it's not surprising that his servants masquerade as ministers of righteousness."
II Corinthians 11:14-15

"The coming of the wicked one is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceitfulness of the unrighteousness in them that perish because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved."
II Thessalonians 2:9-10

So if you've just watched the above video and are now ready to be immunized from the disease that's coming, then click on all of the following links to get caught up to date:

10/11/2008 - The UFO Mystery & The Alien Abduction Phenomenon ~ Joshua P. Allem
11/11/2009 - The Coming Universal Delusion ~ Joshua P. Allem
08/10/2010 - Return Of The Nephilim ~ Chuck Missler
07/20/2011 - Casualties Of A Cosmic War ~ Joseph Jordan
06/24/2013 - The Gospel According To E.T. ~ Mark Eastman
07/25/2014 - Aliens & The Antichrist ~ Joshua P. Allem


Taking Off The Armor Of God

As Christians, we've all heard about having to put on the Armor of God as listed in Ephesians 6:10-18. Recently, I've discovered that each piece listed is an individual layer which creates a foundation for the next piece listed. But one of the questions that I've often pondered about is why do we have to keep putting on the Armor of God over and over again? Once we've put it on, why doesn't it stay on? Who's taking it off? And how?

In Paul's explanation in his letter to the Ephesians, he says that it is WE who have to PUT IT ON. Therefore, if we've put on the Armor of God and later find ourselves without it, then it must somehow be WE who are TAKING IT OFF. But how?

When we are protected under all 7 layers of the Armor of God, then nothing can stop us. However, Satan constantly chips away at the armor, working toward the dismantling of all 7 layers of the force field, starting with the outer layer first. The process can happen slowly over a period of several years, but it can also happen frequently and quickly, depending upon our experience with the Armor.

The 7th layer is the outer layer: The Power of Prayer. So that's where Satan starts first. He chips away at our prayer-life. When all of the busyness of life crowds out our personal alone-time spent with the Lord in prayer, then the power-source of every other layer of God's armor becomes vulnerable to being deactivated. The busyness of life can include anything and everything from our job, our family, our hobbies and entertainment to even our work in ministry. There's an old proverb that says, "Don't become so preoccupied with God's kingdom that you no longer have time for the King." With the busyness of life and even church activities, Satan can easily remove the 7th layer: Prayer.

Once prayer has been removed, then Satan begins to chip away at the 6th layer: The Sword of the Spirit, which is our reliance upon Biblical authority to stand on the issues of whatever problems we're facing. The reason why this happens is because it is prayer that keeps God's Word sharp in our mind for every decision. Prayer is also what gives us the conviction needed to stand on God's Word whenever necessary. So without God's Word being brought to mind and without the needed conviction to stand on God's Word, we will begin to make unwise and costly decisions based upon our own limited wisdom, instead of the secure and timeless wisdom of God's Word. Then as God's Word becomes more and more absent from the forefront of our mind, the authority of the world's wisdom will become more revered than the authority of God's Word. Without even knowing it, we will voluntarily lower our sword, which removes the 6th layer: The Sword of the Spirit.

Now that Satan has managed to get us to make decisions based upon our own wisdom and the wisdom of the world, then Satan can begin to chip away at the 5th layer: The Helmet of Salvation, which is our authority in Christ. With the authority of what society thinks, what our neighbors think, what our family thinks or what I personally think taking precedence over what God thinks: we no longer have authority in Christ. As we begin to feel the pain of this loss, Satan deceives us into trying to compensate by overemphasizing the value of charity, good works and improving our moral conduct. This begins a viscous circle of futility because it adds even more activity and stress to the busyness of life which keeps us even further away from finding time to pray, disconnecting ourselves from the power-source of God's Armor, draining even more quickly what Scriptural remembrance we have in our hearts, causing us to strive even harder to compensate through more charity, more good works and more improved moral conduct, etc... Instead of wearing the granted authority bought by the blood of Jesus, we begin to usurp our own authority bought by our own striving and reputation. This removes the 5th layer: The Helmet of Salvation.

Then, as our focus begins to wander away from God and shift toward self-reliance, it's very easy for Satan to chip away at the 4th layer: The Shield of Faith, as the attention toward immediate needs and future needs become more difficult to ignore. No matter how smart we are, no matter how strong or wealthy we are, our personal needs always tend to mount up higher than what is required to meet them when we aren't praying, we aren't standing on the authority of God's Word and we no longer have our authority in Christ, because we've forgotten the following...

Thus says the LORD: "Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD." Jeremiah 9:23-24 ESV

"It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man." Psalm 118:8 KJV

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19 KJV

Notice Paul didn't say that God supplied their needs according to their riches and abilities, but according to God's riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Forgetting this truth eventually removes the 4th layer: The Shield of Faith because our original trust in God's faithfulness has been usurped by a trust in self-reliance.

Without trust in God's faithfulness, Satan can easily chip away at the 3rd layer: The Shoes of Peace, because as the needy demands tend to rise higher than the supply to meet them, the desire for more money, better resources, bigger housing, better opportunities, better relationships, etc, become the main focus in a never-ending pursuit striving toward peace. "If only I had this" or "If only I had that" becomes the new inner monologue of a constantly aggravated and unsatisfied Christian. So now, the 3rd layer: The Shoes of Peace have been completely removed.

Since our peace becomes defined by the acceptance of society, we begin making compromises with society in order to keep that peace. Whatever society wants, society gets. Eventually, the demand to appease society even invades the content of what little Biblical teaching we have left in our hearts. This is where Satan goes to work on the 2nd layer: The Breastplate of Righteousness. Society begins putting pressure on us to remove all offensiveness from our theology to keep people approving of our Christianity. Once we begin to head down this path, eventually all Biblical doctrine will either be ignored or watered down because every verse in the Bible could be interpreted as offensive to somebody depending upon whom you ask.

Without the healing of Biblical doctrine, we become too comfortable in our sin. This removes the 2nd layer: The Breastplate of Righteousness which leaves us feeling an inner guilt that we attempt to hide through works and acts of self-righteousness either by a legalistic/judgmental method or an open-minded/judge-free method. Both methods are self attempts at righteousness which God called "filthy rags" in Isaiah 64:6.

The legalistic/judgmental method is an attempt at righteousness which results in attitudes that are arrogant, cold, cruel, judgmental and condescending. Without putting on the Breastplate of Righteousness, which God provides, our inner guilt and shame only screams louder and must be covered up by sackcloth and ashes and constant religious fear. Outwardly, these Christians may appear to be confident in their own imputed righteousness but inside, they are never free from the feeling of religious guilt. Inwardly, they feel that God's disapproval and judgment is constantly upon them and must be avoided by the strictest, most righteous godly behavior at all times. The legalistic/judgmental type Christian has short-circuited God's Armor from being able to activate the next piece that would give them the ability to stand in peace. Without God's peace, they cannot respond to life's circumstances or Satan's attacks with the Shield of Faith.

The open-minded/judge-free method is an attempt at righteousness which results in attitudes that are just as blind and deceiving as those using the legalistic/judgmental method. Instead of covering up their guilt with religious hellfire and brimstone like their counterparts, these Christians completely ignore the feeling of guilt altogether. They adopted a philosophy which believes, "If society says it's OK, then it's OK. And even if society is wrong, who are we to judge? God is a God of love so everything is permissible, so long as you admit you're not perfect and Jesus died for your sins. As long as you admit that, everything is OK because nobody is perfect; don't worry about what's right and wrong, do what's right in your own eyes and if you're mistaken, oh well, God will forgive you." These Christians have shed their judgmental ways and are now open to all forms of sin without condemnation. Christians who have taken off the Breastplate of Righteousness in the name of being a "judge-free-Christian" have also unfortunately short-circuited God's Armor from being able to activate the next piece that would give them the ability to stand in peace. Without God's peace, we cannot respond to life's circumstances or Satan's attacks with the Shield of Faith.

Truth is the number one enemy of unrighteousness; therefore it is easy for Satan to chip away at the 1st and final layer of armor once the Breastplate of Righteousness has been removed. In time, hardly any Biblical doctrine can make it's way into the heart anymore because every part of the Bible is either offensive, inapplicable or too archaic. The legalistic/judgmental Christian ignores Biblical doctrine of freedom and grace, constantly screaming about context or English Bible translations while the open-minded/judge-free Christian ignores all Biblical doctrine of conviction of sin, constantly quoting Matthew 7:1 as if it were the whole Bible. Since there is no healthy prayer-life, no Biblical authority, no authority in Christ, no faith in God's faithfulness, no peace standing upon the whole counsel of God, no God-given righteousness, then the usurpation of societal authority, church authority, faith in yourself, faith in other people, faith in money, faith in your own definition of what's right has overthrown and overruled God's Word, which is the 1st and final layer: The Belt of Truth. You are now completely naked, defenseless, a serious danger to yourself and other Christians.

The Power of Prayer is the 7th and outer layer of your armor when all pieces are in place. But when you're completely naked, you start with prayer first to bind the forces of darkness. 2nd Corinthians 4:4 says that Satan is the one keeping your mind from seeing the truth. So you need Spiritual forces to get that deception out of the way.

Then, begin force-feeding yourself the Word of God on a daily basis because it's vital to putting on the Belt of Truth. Jesus said in John 8:31-32 that if you abide in God's Word, then you will know the truth and the truth will make you free. I say "force-feed" because reading the Bible is an acquired taste that consumes you once you get into the habit. But if you've fallen out of the habit, it requires a commitment to get it going again. But you've got to do it. You can't put on the rest of the armor without it.

As you read the Bible, your understanding of it and how it applies to your daily life will be given to you as you daily talk to God while reading the Bible. God promises us in James 1:5 that if any of us is lacking in wisdom, just ask for it and we'll get it. God wants us praying and asking questions while we read His Word. That's how it gets absorbed.

Then, the way we actually strap on the Belt of Truth is found in 2nd Corinthians 10:5 where Paul tells you not to believe everything you think but instead, "lead every thought captive into the obedience of Christ." Christians these days spend way too much time trying to force the Word of God to conform to the wisdom of the world when we should be doing just the opposite. God would have us force the wisdom of the world to conform to the Word of God. Things actually make so much more sense when you do it that way. For example, it's so much easier to believe that Genesis Chapter 1 is scientifically accurate while Darwinian Evolution is scientifically flawed instead of trying to force Genesis Chapter 1 to somehow symbolically represent Darwinian Evolution. The same principle applies to "all arguments and theories that sets itself against the knowledge of God".

Our search and discovery of truth is the foundation. Without truth, we're in bondage to deception, Satan wins, game over. With the truth, we can then move on to the next piece of armor.

This is about how we respond to the truth we've been given. If we reject the truth, we cannot put on righteousness, we're in bondage to guilt, Satan wins, game over. If we accept and apply the truth we've been given, then it leads first to imputed righteousness via the cross, and then realized righteousness through voluntary obedience and/or confession when necessary.

If we're believing the Word of God over the wisdom of society, we're going to notice a conflict between what we've accepted into our lives and what God would find acceptable. Putting on the Breastplate of Righteousness begins at the Cross. All our sins are forgiven at the cross. 1st John 1:7-10 is known as the Christian's Bar of Soap. It promises Jesus' gift of cleansing and forgiveness and a restoration of personal fellowship when we acknowledge our shortcomings before Him. "If we say we have not sinned, we contradict His Word and make Him out to be a liar, and His Word (The Belt of Truth) is not in us. But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Instead of hiding our sins with self-imputed self-righteousness, we should just admit who we are when spending time in God's presence because Hebrews 4:13-16 says "all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do." And even more than that, "He's able to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses, infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, because He was tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning."

Putting on the Breastplate of Righteousness is agreeing with God's Word about your sin, and asking for His forgiveness and cleansing. This leads us to...

Now that you have the truth (1st layer) and you are presently in right-standing with God (2nd layer) you can stand and move forward in God's peace according to Philippians 4:6-7 where Paul tells you not to worry about anything but with prayer and thanksgiving, continue to relay everything to God (not to keep God informed, but to keep you and God connected) so that "the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, shall guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

We can now begin walking in this life with new goals, new attitudes, new directions, no longer responding to fears, doubts or anxieties. As long as we continue to walk in harmony with God's Will, wearing the Breastplate of Righteousness, we can continue walking in peace. But Satan will attack our footsteps with thoughts of fears, anxieties, all questions that begin with the words "but, what if..." so that you will take off your shoes of peace and begin walking a walk shod with fears and doubts. If that happens, Satan wins, Game Over. But if you continue to walk in shoes shod with the Gospel of Peace, then you can take up the next layer...

If we know we have the truth, if we have no guilt, if we're at peace with God and in harmony with His Will, then NOTHING CAN STOP US. Any thoughts of doom or fears sent by Satanic forces can easily be deflected by our faith in God's faithfulness. Nothing can separate us from His love, not even our own stubborn will or the will of demonic forces according to Romans 8:31-39. We're even given the confidence of knowing that He Who lives in us is greater and mightier than the agents of the antichrist, i.e. fallen angels and demonic forces according to 1st John 4:4.

Faith is the confident assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen according to Hebrews 11:1. In other words, our protective shield is a shield of confident assurance in God's faithfulness toward us in things He's done, things He's doing, and things He's yet to do.

Any thoughts of doom or fears sent by Satanic forces can easily be deflected by our faith in God's faithfulness. Without faith in God's faithfulness, then those attacks will begin to wear away at our Shoes of Peace, Satan wins, Game Over. But if we continue to walk forward or stand firm in our faith in God's faithfulness, then we can attack the enemy who's sending those thoughts of doom by putting on the next layer...

We wear the authority that comes from our adoption as sons and daughters of the living God (Helmet of Salvation). With this adoption, we're given the mind of Christ according to 1st Corinthians 2:14-16. Our mind is now capable of grasping Spiritual truths and realities that normal human beings are incapable of comprehending. With our authority in Christ, we are now capable of utilizing the power of Scripture in a way that before was unthinkable, which is the next layer of armor...

The Sword of the Spirit which is The Word Of God is to be used to defend the Christian against lies, and oppose demons. Whenever Satan attacked Jesus, even the Lord Himself responded by quoting a passage of Scripture that contradicted Satan's deceptive lies and reaffirmed God's Truth. Hebrews 4:12 says that the Word of God is quick, powerful, and sharper than any two-edged physical sword because this Spiritual Sword can actually cut between the soul and the spirit and discern the thoughts and purposes of the heart. God Himself holds His Word even higher than His own Name according to Psalm 138:2.

NOW!!! NOW!!! We can pray effectively without interference, and with perfect clarity, interceding on behalf of whoever needs it.