The Illuminati is believed to be a group or secret society of the most influential and powerful elite in the world. It is believed that the Illuminati has been existing for many centuries and they maintain the same bloodlines.
It’s also believed that the Illuminati also consists of branches of other secret societies such as freemasonry and these secret societies consist of international bankers, top government officials, leaders in the media, entertainment, sports and energy sectors.
It is believed that the Illuminati controls all major sectors of the world from the entertainment industry to the world financial markets and also the political world.
The name Illuminati comes from the Latin word illuminatur which means the “enlightened”.
This group believes that they are more “enlightened” than the rest of the world. They believe that they possess secret knowledge about many issues including knowledge of the future and world events. They believe that they are meant to dominate and control the masses and the world systems.
Therefore most people theorize that this group will be responsible for ushering the New World Order where there will be a one world government, one world currency and a one world religion.
It is believed that the group prefers to operate covertly but uses various symbols as a spiritual method of communication and worship. Some of the symbols most associated with the Illuminati include occult symbols, triangles, pentagrams, the all-seeing eye – pyramids – the number 666 and symbolism associated with Egyptian mythology. It is also believed that the group is heavily linked to many occult practices and that the Illuminati ultimately serves at the pleasure of the devil.
Is the Illuminati mentioned in the Bible?
The Illuminati is not specifically mentioned in the Bible. However the Bible does speak of a type of globalism or new world order scenario that will exist in the future or in the end times.
The presence of the Antichrist will usher in a one world government, a one world currency and a one world religion where the Antichrist will ultimately demand to be worshiped (Revelation 17:1-18; Revelation 13:1-14).
The devil is the master of all evil in the world and he is the creator of the demonic world systems that operate in the world.
The Illuminati and many other groups and individuals who perform wicked acts to dominate, manipulate and control the world are merely puppets of the devil who is their puppet master.
How should Christians respond to secret societies?
Christians need to always remember that it is God who is ultimately in control of all things and all situations. There is nothing that will happen in this world that will ever surprise God. There is nothing that is hidden from God.
Therefore God is the alpha and omega. Everything begins and ends with God.
This means that whatever the devil and his puppets may try in their attempt to control and dominate the world will ultimately end in failure.
God will remain God and the devil and all his followers will be cast in the lake of fire.
The role of every Christian believer is to continue to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and the need for people to repent and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour (Matthew 28:19-20).
Christians are also to expose evil in all its forms and warn people from being deceived by the devil and his followers (Ephesians 5:11-12).
The New World Order is defined as the period in time where there will be a one-world religion, one-world money system and a one-world government. It is also known as the age or era of Globalization.
There is the theory that an elite group of influential people, especially those people associated with secret societies such as freemasonry and the Illuminati are linked towards systematically and gradually introducing and implementing the New World Order system.
The ideology or philosophy of the New World Order or Globalization is that of bringing supposed unity, oneness of belief systems and an end to human suffering for all mankind.
Therefore to achieve such a goal, all nations must socially, economically and politically adopt the same value systems.
Socially, different religions or cultural beliefs must be gradually eliminated and a one-world religion system must eventually be embraced. For example, a culture of tolerance and acceptance should be embraced in relation to such issues as homosexuality or transgenderism even if these lifestyles contradict Christian beliefs and Biblical values.
Therefore the ideology of the New World Order system will attempt to remove any systems or beliefs that oppose its own so that the New World Order becomes the dominant value system.
Economically, many nations will be forced to adopt a one-currency system under the New World Order. Therefore a borderless society will exist. The world will literally become a global village and the one-currency system will be the strongest evidence that the era of Globalization has arrived. Therefore, under a New World Order, attempting to economically operate outside a one-currency system would be difficult for any business or nation.
Politically, many nations around the world will be under a one-world government. Therefore control of the entire world will be officially centralized to an elite and powerful body of people who will make political, social and economic decisions for the entire human race. Individual nations will no longer have autonomy but will be accountable to a centralized one-world government.
The idea & philosophy behind the New World Order is also reminiscent of the ideology behind the Tower of Babel where mankind believed that anything was possible as long as they were united with a common cause (Genesis 11:1-9).
However, unity without God is dangerous. Unity that is based on a false philosophical system eventually leads to utter rebellion against God.
Therefore Globalization or the New World Order system may outwardly appear to be beneficial and noble for mankind, but the root inspiration behind this ideology must be closely scrutinized, not only from a worldly viewpoint but also from a spiritual perspective.
Scriptures such as Revelations 13:1-18, Revelations 14:9-12 and Revelations 20:4-6 refer to the Antichrist beast system that will dominate the world in the future. The beast system is very much likened to the New World Order because of the gradual and systematic attempt to introduce a one-world religion, one-world money system and a one-world government.
Biblically, the chief architect of the New World Order system is the devil himself. Therefore the New World Order is a prelude to the ushering of the Antichrist.
The Bible describes Satan as being the “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4) or the “ruler of this world”(John 12:31).
Satan once tempted Jesus by offering Christ “the kingdoms of the world and their glory” if Jesus would agree to worship him (Matthew 4:8-10).
The devil therefore has massive influence and control on the systems of this world. Satan is responsible for creating many philosophies, ideologies, false religions and economic systems that manage this world that we live in. The devil is therefore able to influence people, cultures, religions and governments. Globalization or the New World Order will not bring freedom, unity or an end to human suffering. Instead it will introduce the Great Tribulation through an Antichrist dictatorship.
One thing history should teach us is that since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, there is no earthly government that can bring peace, unity or an end to any kind of human suffering.
Therefore, if mankind looks towards human controlled governments with the hope of ending human suffering and becoming united, then such a hope will be in total vain.
Therefore the New World Order offers a false hope and false promises.
True unity, oneness and the end of human suffering will occur when mankind embraces God and the Kingdom of God through accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
A life with God and a life in the kingdom of Heaven is the ideal lifestyle for mankind.
According to the Book of Revelations, the mark of the beast is a seal or mark that is literally placed in the hand or forehead of a person.
Now there have been several speculations concerning the description of the mark of the beast. Some people speculate that the mark of the beast could be some sort of tattoo; others speculate that it might be a technological implant like a microchip; while others say that the mark of the beast is metaphorical for the state of the mind and the heart of mankind
However, there are 7 Biblical facts about the mark of the beast. They are as follows:
Fact # 1
The mark of the beast will be given to those people who support and worship the Antichrist. Therefore the mark of the beast will act as a seal for those who believe in the antichrist / beast system and those people who make a decision to worship the Antichrist. Revelation 13:16 – Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead
Fact # 2
The mark of the beast will be used to conduct economic and business transactions such as buying and selling. Therefore the mark of the beast will identify between those who can transact and trade in the antichrist / beast system and those who cannot trade. Revelations 13:17 – So 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.
Fact # 3
The false prophet / the 2nd beast is the one who causes and convinces people to embrace the mark of the beast. The false prophet will convince people of every social and economic status to receive the mark of the beast from the rich to the poor and from the young to the old. Revelations 13:16 – Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead
Fact # 4
The mark is literally and physically placed in the hand or in the forehead of a person. The Bible text indicates that the mark is not a metaphor or a symbol and neither is its placing on the hand or forehead metaphorical.
The fact that the Bible says that a person cannot buy or sell without the having the mark itself, indicates that the mark is something literal and physical because the mark would have to be detected whether electronically or visually for someone to be able to buy or sell.
Fact # 5
The mark of the beast will exist or be given during the 7 year Great Tribulation period. Therefore the 7 year Tribulation will occur after the rapture but before the return of Jesus Christ.
Read Matthew 24:21-22 and Matthew 24:29-31
Fact # 6
The people who refuse the mark of the beast will be persecuted and most likely killed for not only refusing the mark of the beast but also for refusing to worship the Antichrist.
Therefore whoever worships God and follows Jesus Christ during the Great Tribulation will be under immense persecution. However those who have been persecuted will eventually reap the benefits of being faithful to God according to Revelation 24:4
Fact # 7
It’s not possible to get the mark of the beast right now. Certain conditions need to be in place in order to receive the mark of the beast.
a) The rapture has to occur
b) The false prophet and the Antichrist himself have to appear
c) The time period has to be the Great Tribulation
Hopefully this information is useful to you in helping to understand the mark of the beast.
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Are we living in the last days? Is the end of the world sooner than we think and what are the signs of the end times?
There is no doubt that there are many events that are happening in the world today that point to the fact that we are possibly living closer to the end times.
There are basically five important signs or categories that can help us to discern whether or not we are living in the end times.
1. The Natural Signs
Jesus spoke about great earthquakes and that there would be famines in various places and deadly diseases around the world.
When we look at the world today, we hear of record breaking floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and fierce weather patterns happening all over the world. We also hear of incurable diseases that are killing millions of people and Jesus says that such weather patterns “are but the beginning of the birth pains” (Matthew 24:7-8).
2. The Political Signs
Jesus said that nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom (Luke 21:10). Jesus also said that there would be wars and rumours of wars.
Therefore when we watch the news or when we read about all the political conflict that is happening in so many countries, you will discover that in almost every nation there is no political rest.
There is not only enmity among nations, but there is strife between groups, tribes, political parties and even ethnic races.
If you observe these political signs, you will discover that the strife is actually getting worse instead of improving.
3. The Apostasy Signs
Jesus said that one of the signs of the end times would be that there would be a rise in false prophets or teachers. The Bible also speaks of a rise in false doctrines or the doctrines of demons and we are warned that multitudes of people will be led astray by false prophets and false teachings (Matthew 24:5,11,24). 1 Timothy 4:1-2 says that “in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared”.
4. The Technological Signs
We live in the Information Age. Therefore there’s no doubt that technology plays a huge part in our day to day life. There are benefits of using technology but also there are fears that are associated with using technology such as privacy and abuse. Another fear concerning technology that is linked to the end times is the idea of microchip implants which is speculated to be linked to the mark of the beast. Daniel 12:4 says there will be an increase in knowledge in the last days. Therefore when you observe the world today, you can see that the advancement and development of technology as well as information has been growing at a much faster rate in the 21st Century than the previous centuries.
5. The Morality Signs
In the last days the morality of mankind will grow from bad to worse. Jesus spoke of lawlessness increasing and that the love of many will grow cold (Matthew 24:10,12). 2 Timothy 3:1-5 also gives us a list of some of the evil characteristics that mankind will have during the last days.
Jesus also warns that Christians will be persecuted for believing and standing for Christian and Biblical values. Today, we see persecution happening towards Christians and the persecution is growing all over the world.
Nobody Knows The Day or Hour
It’s important to realize that nobody knows the date or the hour in which Jesus will return (Matthew 24:36). Therefore we should never attempt to speculate the day or time in which the end of the world will happen or in which Jesus will return.
Our job is to always be ready and prepared for the return of Jesus. Our job is also to always warn others to be prepared for the coming of Christ.
Jesus Christ can return anytime and any day.
ARE YOU READY FOR THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST?
If you are not a born again Christian, then it means that you are NOT ready for the return of Jesus Christ. Without Christ you cannot enter into Heaven and you cannot have a relationship with God.
Jesus died for sinners on the cross so that we may have eternal life (John 3:16) and He rose on the third day. We can become born again by believing and receiving Christ into our life through faith in Him.
DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???
1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.
2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.
3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.
4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God
Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?
We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.
PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.
“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You. I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future. I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus. Thank You for forgiving my sins. From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be. I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”
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What is truth? In life you can have people who have different perceptions about many issues and you find that people can create their own versions of what they believe is truth.
For example – you might have a camp of people who believe that there is nothing wrong with abortion and they firmly believe that it’s okay to have an abortion.
Then you will have another camp that opposes abortion and this camp believes that abortion is wrong.
Who is right and who is telling the truth in this case?
Another example is this: You have people who believe that there is only ONE God. However, another group believes that there are MANY gods. But yet still, a third group will tell you that there are NO gods that exist.
Who is right and who is telling the truth in this case?
Are people creating their own “truths” or is there a REAL TRUTH that exists for every situation and circumstance?
What TRUTH is NOT
First let’s look at what truth is NOT.
1. Truth is NOT what you want it to be
2. Truth is NOT what the majority says is “true”.
3. Truth is NOT what you feel it should be
4. Truth is NOT what you believe it should be
A lie will always remain a lie. The truth will always remain the truth irrespective of our feelings or perceptions.
What is TRUTH?
Truth is telling it like it is. Truth is what corresponds to reality. Truth is whatever is based on the word of God. Most importantly – truth is a Person. Truth is Jesus Christ.
Jesus said that He is THE TRUTH (John 14:6).
Therefore to know the truth – we must have a personal relationship with the Truth Himself – Jesus Christ.
Our understanding of the truth in relation to various life issues and circumstances comes from our relationship with Christ and also with our understanding and application of the word of God.
As we apply the Scriptures in our life we not only have a knowledge of truth but we are also living according to the truth through Jesus Christ.
John 14:6 NKJV Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
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