Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Prepare the Way of the Lord






End-Times-Prophecy

Published on Jan 18, 2015


A beautiful song set to pictures. We need to prepare the way for the Lord's second coming. The time is at hand and we need to reach the world with God's truth, and be a shining light for Jesus Christ.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2015 Pope Francis I Visit Philippines 666 Mark of the Beast






Published on Jan 14, 2015


2015 Pope Francis I Visit Philippines His Holiness Pope Francis will bring his message of “mercy and compassion” to at least 11 different venues in the province of Leyte and Metro Manila during his Apostolic Visit to the Philippines on January 15-19, 2015.

Pope Francis is expected to arrive in Manila from Sri Lanka, the first leg of his Asian trip, by plane past 5 p.m. on January 15, and will go on a motorcade to his official residence in the Philippines. The following morning, January 16, Pope Francis will be officially welcomed by President Benigno S. Aquino III at Malacañan Palace on J. P. Laurel Street in Manila. The Pope will also meet Philippine authorities and members of the diplomatic corps.

After the Palace reception, Pope Francis will go on a motorcade to the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral) in Intramuros for a Mass with bishops, priests, and women and men religious. Later, he will have an encounter with families at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

In Leyte Province in Eastern Visayas, Pope Francis will visit the Archdiocese of Palo. He will offer Mass near Tacloban Airport in the morning of January 17 and will have lunch with the poor and survivors of natural calamities at the residence of the Archbishop of Palo. Afterwards he will bless the Pope Francis Center for the Poor in Palo, and visit the Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration (Palo Cathedral) to meet with priests and women and men religious.

On January 18, the Pope will meet religious leaders and young people at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila. In the afternoon, he will go on a motorcade for the Concluding Mass at Quirino Grandstand in Rizal (Luneta) Park.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

They will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power


Through the two great errors, the immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions. While the former lays the foundation of spiritualism, the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome. The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience.

As spiritualism more closely imitates the nominal Christianity of the day, it has greater power to deceive and ensnare. Satan himself is converted, after the modern order of things. He will appear in the character of an angel of light. Through the agency of spiritualism, miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and many undeniable wonders will be performed. And as the spirits will profess faith in the Bible, and manifest respect for the institutions of the church, their work will be accepted as a manifestation of divine power.

The line of distinction between professed Christians and the ungodly is now hardly distinguishable. Church members love what the world loves and are ready to join with them, and Satan determines to unite them in one body and thus strengthen his cause by sweeping all into the ranks of spiritualism. Papists, who boast of miracles as a certain sign of the true church, will be readily deceived by this wonder-working power; and Protestants, having cast away the shield of truth, will also be deluded. Papists, Protestants, and worldlings will alike accept the form of godliness without the power, and they will see in this union a grand movement for the conversion of the world and the ushering in of the long-expected millennium.


The Great Controversy, pp.588,589.
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Satan Personates Christ



The enemy is preparing to deceive the whole world by his miracle-working power. He will assume to personate the angels of light, to personate Jesus Christ.--2SM 96 (1894).

If men are so easily misled now, how will they stand when Satan shall personate Christ, and work miracles? Who will be unmoved by his misrepresentations then--professing to be Christ when it is only Satan assuming the person of Christ, and apparently working the works of Christ?--2SM 394 (1897).

Satan will take the field and personate Christ. He will misrepresent, misapply, and pervert everything he possibly can.--TM 411 (1898).

A power from beneath is working to bring about the last great scenes in the drama--Satan coming as Christ, and working with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in those who are binding themselves together in secret societies.--8T 28 (1904).
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

White House to Host Home-Grown Terrorist Summit (Feb. 18, 2015)


On February 18, 2015, the White House will host a summit on Countering Violent Extremism...

Read more@
http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2015/01/11/white-house-host-homegrown-terrorist-summit/
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P.S. The CVE (Countering Violent Expremism) Summit falls on Ash Wednesday and a Super Moon.

Seems as if Superstitions at the WH linger...
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Pope Baptizes 33 Babies in Sistine Chapel



Pope Baptizes 33 Babies in Sistine Chapel


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Ron Paul: Reality is now setting in for America...


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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-10/ron-paul-reality-now-setting-america-it-was-all-based-lies-ignorance
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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Church Partners With Other Faith Communities in “Faith Counts” Initiative


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Religion is an important part of our social fabric and civil society. It calls on us toserve our fellow man, to focus more on family and to contribute to the common good of the community. What’s more, it provides the structure for the inner longing for meaning that many seek in life.

With a recent poll suggesting that religion is losing influence in America, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints knows that it’s more important than ever to strengthen faith’s role and prominence in society. The Church recognizes that this can’t happen without locking arms (as it has done for many, many years) with other faiths. Sure, differences in belief and opinion have and will continue to exist in our pluralistic society, but love for one’s neighbor surpasses these differences.

In that spirit, the Church has partnered with Faith Counts, an organization comprised of faith communities representing over 100 million Americans. Launched this week, its website (FaithCounts.net) includes videos and social media memes aimed at telling powerful stories about how faith inspires, empowers, motivates and comforts billions of people. You can find these stories on the website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTubePinterest and Google+. You can also share your own experiences about how faith has influenced your life.



Faith Counts spokeswoman Kerry Troup says she hopes “people who see our work, regardless of what religion they are, will have a better appreciation for the value of faith, feel inspired to share these stories and ultimately feel good about expressing how faith makes them who they are.”

Current Faith Counts partners include:
Hillel International
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee For Religious Liberty
The Seventh-day Adventist Church 
Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Franciscan University of Steubenville
1st Amendment Partnership


Speaking on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop William Lori says, “Religious faith is an integral part of our society and needs to be lifted up and celebrated. Faith prompts acts of kindness every day, in every community of our nation. It also connects us to God and to each other as members of the human family. We are so pleased to be a part of Faith Counts, which can make a real difference in the lives of so many.”

Elder Daniel R. Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, notes that “millions of Americans of every religion are motivated by their faith to go and serve the most vulnerable among us. Their gracious acts can be seen in soup kitchens, hospitals, schools, homeless shelters and many other humanitarian causes. Faith Counts will serve as a gentle reminder about these and other positive and meaningful attributes of faith in society.”

The Church’s commitment to look past differences and contribute to the common good is a divinely required, longstanding reality. One of the Church’s Articles of Faith says, “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.”

Visit FaithCounts.net for more details.


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114th Congress Heavily Religious According to Pew Survey; Close to 92 Percent Christian



By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter
January 6, 2015|8:06 am


(Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington January 24, 2012.

The 114th Congress, which is to be sworn in on Tuesday, is heavily religious in its makeup, a Pew Research Center study has revealed. Close to 92 percent of representatives identify as Christians, which is almost 20 percent more than the general population, while only a single member is religiously unaffiliated.

Pew published the results of its survey on Monday, and included a table offering a side-by-side comparison of the religion makeup of members of Congress as opposed to the general population of America.



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The survey queried all 491 members in Congress, and found that 57.2 percent identify as Protestants – more than the 49 percent of the American public. Another 164 members or 30.7 percent of Congress members identified as Roman Catholic, compared to 22 percent of the population. Furthermore, 5.2 percent of Congress is Jewish, while only 2 percent of Americans answered the same.

While nine representatives refused to answer the survey, only a single one – Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, or 0.2 percent of Congress, selected the unaffiliated option. Pew Surveys have found that as much as 20 percent of Americans, on the other hand, are religiously unaffiliated.

Other national surveys, such as statistics published by Gallup, put the number of Americans without a religion slightly lower for 2014, at 16 percent.

Some atheist observers, such as "The Friendly Atheist" blogger Hemant Mehta, suggested that there are more religiously unaffiliated members of Congress, but "they dare not say so because it would be political suicide where they come from."

Pew's findings for the religious makeup of the 114th Congress are similar to the 113th Congress, when 90 percent of representatives said that they are Christians.

There were also notable differences in religion among party members – while 81.6 percent of Democrats said that they are Christians, a full 99.7 percent of Republicans said the same – with only a single Republican identifying as Jewish. Pew noted that seven members of Congress, all in the House of Representatives, are ordained ministers – four Republicans, and three Democrats.

"Although Congress remains predominantly Christian and majority Protestant, it is more religiously diverse than it was in the 1960s and '70s," Pew said.

"Comparing the 114th Congress with the 87th (1961-1962), for example, the share of Protestants is down by 18 percentage points, while the share of Catholics is up by 12 points. The percentage of Jewish members in Congress is up 3 points."

Back in November, Republicans took control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, winning majority in both chambers of Congress.


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Note:
How do you justify 6 Supreme Court Justices are Roman Catholics, when less than 33 per cent of the citizens are Catholics?
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Happy Sabbath


US attorney general to attend terror talks in Paris Sunday





January 8, 2015 12:59 PM



US Attorney General Eric Holder in Washington, DC, on November 29, 2014 (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)



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Washington (AFP) - US Attorney General Eric Holder will attend international terror talks convened by France in Paris on Sunday after a deadly attack on a satirical newspaper, a Justice Department official said Thursday.

"The meetings will include discussions on addressing terrorist threats, foreign fighters and countering violent extremism," the official told AFP.

The ministerial-level meeting was convened by French Justice Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

Twelve people were killed in the attack Wednesday by heavily armed gunmen who stormed Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly in Paris that had lampooned Islam.

A massive manhunt for two brothers identified as suspects in the attack was focused Thursday on a town in northeastern France where a getaway car was abandoned.

The massacre, which claimed the lives of the weekly's editor and some of France's most celebrated cartoonists, drew international condemnation as an attack on the free speech central to western culture.It also heightened fears of a growing threat from homegrown jihadists radicalized by years of turmoil in the Middle East, including a devastating civil war in Syria and the rise of Islamic State militants there and in neighboring Iraq.


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European leaders to attend Paris anti-terror march Sunday



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By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
01/10/2015 16:03


‘Sooner or later, liberal Europe must fight back’


4 dead at Paris kosher market after raid; one hostage...


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Arab League representatives, some Muslim African leaders as well as Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu also set to participate in rally, following spree of deadly attacks in France.




A vigil to pay tribute to the victims of a shooting at Charlie Hebdo in Paris. (photo credit:REUTERS)


Various European leaders were set to attend an anti-terror rally in Paris on Sunday, following the deadly attacks in France this week on a satirical newspaper and Jewish deli.

On Saturday morning, there was still a visible police presence around the French capital, with patrols at sensitive sites including media offices. There was a false bomb alert at the Eurodisney fairground to the east of the capital.

Participation of European leaders - including Germany's Angela Merkel, Britain's David Cameron, Italy's Matteo Renzi, Mariano Rajoy of Spain, and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker - in a silent unity march through Paris with President Francois Hollande will pose heightened demands for security forces on Sunday.

Arab League representatives and some Muslim African leaders as well as Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will also attend.

The deadly three-day terror streak that began on Wednesday has prompted French official to examine lapses in security.

French President Francois Hollande convened an emergency security meeting on Saturday in light the worst assault on France's homeland security for decades.

Seventeen victims lost their lives in three days of violence that began with an attack on the Charlie Hebdo weekly on Wednesday and ended with Friday's dual hostage-taking at a print works outside Paris and kosher supermarket in the city.


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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

12 dead after gun attack at French satirical weekly

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[LIVE] 12 dead after gun attack at French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo

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A huge manhunt is underway in Paris after at least 12 people were killed and seven others injured in a shooting at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Police said two of those killed were police officers and that four of the wounded are in a critical condition.

Witness Benoit Bringer said the attack started at 11.30 am local time: “Two black-hooded men entered the building with Kalashnikovs (automatic assault rifles). A few minutes later we heard lots of shots.” He added the men were then seen fleeing the building.

Other witnesses described a gun fight with police before three black-clad attackers escaped in a car which may have been hijacked. Video posted on social media shows one of the gunmen firing a shot into the head of a police officer who was lying wounded on the pavement. They have not been caught but the car – a black Citroen C3 – was later seen being examined by police forensic experts on the eastern outskirts of Paris.

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Be Singular—for Christ’s Sake




Be Singular—for Christ’s Sake, October 28

Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment. Exodus 23:2.

To be singular for singularity’s sake is positively detestable, below the dignity of a Christian, but to be singular because it is necessary to be so as the result of worshipping God and Him only, places Heaven’s dignity upon man. We must not be afraid of being singular when duty requires us to be thus to exalt and honor God....

Do not court singularity for the sake of being odd, but for the sake of avoiding sin and dishonor to God. And in this case we are not to mind even the multitude who are against us. “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil.” 

Because the law of God is made void in our world, does it make it a virtue to transgress that law? It may appear to the world a very small matter for the Christian to be in harmony with the world by just the act of keeping Sunday for the Sabbath in the place of the seventh day, but God’s Word says the seventh day is My holy day. The man of sin says, “I make a Sabbath for you and you must keep the first day of the week.” ... 

God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominations; it is the people who love God and keep His commandments. “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). Where Christ is even among the humble few, this is Christ’s church, for the presence of the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity can alone constitute a church. 

Where two or three are present who love and obey the commandments of God, Jesus there presides, let it be in the desolate place of the earth, in the wilderness, in the city enclosed in prison walls. The glory of God has penetrated the prison walls, flooding with glorious beams of heavenly light the darkest dungeon. His saints may suffer, but their sufferings will, like the apostles of old, spread their faith and win souls to Christ and glorify His holy name. The bitterest opposition expressed by those who hate God’s great moral standard of righteousness should not and will not shake the steadfast soul who trusts fully in God.... 

They that will be doers of the word are building securely, and the tempest and storm of persecution will not shake their foundation, because their souls are rooted to the eternal Rock.—Letter 108, October 28, 1886, to her older sister and her husband who had not accepted the Sabbath truth.


The Upward Look, p. 315
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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Ignatian Spiritual Exercises





His name was Iñigo de Loyola. He was a Spanish knight of the lower Basque nobility. In the early 1520s, after a momentous battle against the French in Pamplona, he severely injured his leg during the combat. While bedridden and under severe pain, he almost died from profuse bleeding. He managed to recover, and later began to read books on the heroic lives of the Saints.

How did the Saints manage to go so many days without eating and yet keep their composure, and how did they maintain their dignity and peace of mind even under physical punishments or the duress of prison? Loyola ultimately got out of bed, but walked with a limp for the rest of his life. He could no longer live as a knight, so he imitated the heroic walks of the Saints.

He gave up his weapons and fine clothes at a shrine across his route in northern Spain, and then wandered barefoot, limping with a staff, and wore a coarse cloak with relic pieces and crosses, only carrying a dirty leather bag to help him along the way. Through this hard journey, during the 1520’s, he began to keep a rough journal.

This journal would later become his famous Spiritual Exercises during the 1530s when he began his university studies to become a priest. By the 1540s, he already had a group of devotees educated in the method of the Exercises. What was inside those exercises that made them so powerful?

The Spiritual Exercises were the first, modern psychotherapy self-help manuals in disciplining the mind. Through his complete change and turnaround, from killing off his old Spanish Knight self, and remaking himself into a Catholic Saint, he attained something that only a human could create: the death of the old self into a resurrected new, transformed other – all through simple mind exercises.

A priest who has already inducted himself into the Exercises leads the adept through the four to five-week process. First, the acolyte has to examine his or her life to find the faults, weaknesses or sins that, which have kept the person from attaining true spiritual power, or mental freedom and peace.
After confessing and acknowledging one’s sins, and next, actively changing his or her habits in transforming the vices into virtues, the devotee later experiences the life of Christ, and especially his Passion on the Cross through understanding the hard process of transformation.
The spiritual adviser or priest leads the adherent through controlled breath work, visualizations, vocal, repetitive prayers, and then participation in the Mass. After each session, he or she feels energized and more transformed, while the follower truly feels the power in belonging to the militant body of Christ. The most important part comes at the end of the session, where the votary learns the discernment of spirits.
The discernment of spirits implies understanding the thoughts, ideas, feelings, experiences, images and beliefs that come into his or her mind. Thoughts of doubt, laziness, sensual pleasure, guilt or nervousness represent demonic attacks, and they are let go, while thoughts or images that bring peace, spiritual bliss and joy come from the Holy Spirit. Once the adept successfully finishes the Exercises, he or she transforms into the disciplined believer-warrior. The worshipper has assumed control over his or her own ‘spiritual mind.’

The Order of Loyola, or the Company of Jesus, was also an authoritarian, military like Company under the direction of the Jesuit General. This mental practice was for the ‘greater glory of God,’ or really, the glory of the Catholic Church. Loyola wanted fanatical believers to defend the Church against the dangers of Protestant heresy, or against any non-Catholic belief systems across the globe.

Less than fifty years after the founding of the Company of Jesus, or the Jesuits, they had controlled most of the Catholic Universities in Europe, they became the confessors to Catholic monarchs, they built Catholic Schools across Europe and the American Continent, they had sent missionaries across the Earth in order to convert the heathens, and the Religious Wars had taken off across Europe. This religious order even became one of the wealthiest religious corporations in human history.


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Rules from Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals



  • RULE 1: Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do.
  • RULE 2: Never go outside the experience of your people… the result is confusion, fear, and retreat… [and] the collapse of communication.
  • RULE 3: Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
  • RULE 4: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity
  • RULE 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counter attack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.
  • RULE 6: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy. If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.
  • RULE 7: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues
  • RULE 8: Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose*.
  • RULE 9: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
  • RULE 10: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.
  • RULE 11: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside. This is based on the principle that every positive has its negative*.
  • RULE 12: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Avoid being trapped by an opponent or an interviewer who says, “Okay, what would you do?”
  • RULE 13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame. The real action is in the enemy’s reaction. The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.



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