The Sign of the End of the Age
By Sherry Shriner
When the disciples asked Jesus what would be the sign of His Second Coming to earth and the end of the age He said:
Jesus, real name Yahushua, gave us signs of apostasy, false Christs, wars, famines, pestilences and earthquakes, and persecution. Throughout the Scriptures He and His apostles warned of the coming false christs and false prophets to rise in the last days and the coming apostasy in the churches. In fact, out of all the signs mentioned in regards to the end of the age through various passages in the Bible, these particular ones of apostasy, false christs and false prophets were the most dominant.
The Apostles warned that at the end of the church age there would be a phenomenal increase in apostasy among the churches. They warned that the church in the last days would become so corrupted that it would actually begin to oppose what Christ taught while at the same time insist that it is faithful to Him.
This wide-scale unprecedented perversion of God's truth will take place from within the church itself in the last days, even before the Antichrist makes his historical appearance on earth.
When the disciples asked Jesus what would characterize the last days just prior to His return, He explained that it would be a time of the greatest religious deception the world had ever seen. He said sound doctrine would be despised and wondered if there would be any faith left whatsoever when He returned. He gave His disciples a solemn warning: "Take heed that no man deceive you" (Matt. 24:4,5,11,24).
It is already dominant in these days that these who are trafficking with evil spirits and preaching doctrines of devils leading the sheep astray are calling themselves Christians and leading our churches.
The Apostle Peter was also worried about the last days church and gave us a comprehensive picture in one of the major sections on apostasy in 2 Peter chapters 2 and 3. He said, ".....there shall be false teachers among you, who priviliy shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them (on the cross), and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. "
Peter warned of false teachers who would arise in our churches teaching damnable and destructive heresies, even denying the Lord that had bought them, in other words, they would deny the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
The apostle was not warning us of minor variations within the Christian faith that often characterizes the differences of opinion between our church denominations, but he prophesied a departure from true church doctrine of such great magnitude and character that it would deny the very foundation of the faith to the extent that it would make God's salvation impossible to those who follow their doctrinal heresies and believe these teachings. He described these heresies as "denying the Lord that bought them." In other words, denying His death on the cross bringing upon themselves swift destruction because their name is taken out of the Book of Life. Jesus says those who deny Him before men, HE will deny before His Father.
In Revelation chapters two and three Yahushua characterizes the different churches throughout the church age and the end of the age. In chapter three Yahushua tells the church of Sardis to hold tight to their faith and watch for His Second Coming and rewards them for being overcomers, not being overcome by the deceptions. Their names are not blotted out of the book of Life and He confesses their names before His Father and His angels. This indicates that those who do not overcome, their names ARE blotted out of the Book of Life.
In Matthew 24 alone Yahushua warns His people three times of the deceptions and false christs and false prophets coming in the last days. It was the dominant theme of the chapter, to watch and NOT be deceived. And what is the church today? Most of them are deceived.
The sad truth is, many Christians today can't even recognize the heresies within the church and the widespread departure from Biblical faith. They allow themselves to be led astray into doctrines of devils. Instead of reading the Scriptures for themselves and putting their faith in the Words of Jesus they are putting their trust and faith in man. They are letting themselves become spiritually blinded by the apostates whose doctrines expose them for what they are - tools of Satan and the enemies of Christ. And they can't see these are the ones the Lord warned us of because they become blinded by the charming and feel good theologies they preach.
Apostasy is basically an attitude of unbelief. A defection from the truth. It characterizes a deliberate abandonment of a formerly professed position or view. It is a rejection or turning away from a former allegiance. Or when an individual no longer or refuses to believe in a doctrinal truth of the Bible. Or when a pastor no longer accepts the fundamental truths of Yahushua and leads his congregation away from Biblical teachings. The fundamental truths of Yahushua to deny His ministry, birth, life, death, resurrection and teachings.
Many are redefining Biblical truths such as the Second Coming of Christ as a crises in a Christian's experience or the death of a believer. The word "Christ" becomes an office or God that is everything and everybody. Miracles and parables are touted as fairytales or teachings of great wisdom (the same wisdom one can receive from an ascended master) and the Book of Revelation is merely fictional, therefore meaningless. They ignore the Sabbath on the seventh day and celebrate Christmas trees and Easter bunnies rather than honor the Sabbath and His feasts. Even yet, Churchianity today is divided. Half worships a Jewess, Mary, the other half worships an Edomite Jew self-appointed apostle named Paul.
In fact, in the past 20 years our churches have been busy establishing councils to determine not the correct interpretations of the Bible but what should be left in or taken out despite Peter's warning that it would be better for these false teachers if they hadn't been born than to turn from Yahweh (2 Peter 2:21).
Scripture indicates that a gradual progression of apostasy will infiltrate the church as the church age comes to a close but that it's final form will not reach its peak until the first fruits rapture of the true believers takes place. In other words, apostasy will characterize the entire church age, but as the church age progresses we will be able to notice an alarming increase of it indicating that the rapture is near.
Just as from the beginning when the churches built started being dedicated to saints instead of God and abandoned the seventh day Sabbath day. Not all those who profess Christ's Name are necessarily true believers. This was made clear in the messages to the seven churches of Asia in the book of Revelation chapters two and three.
Yahushua said not all those who call Him Lord will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. In fact the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25 indicates half of those who profess to follow Him won't make it.
The term Christian today is being applied to pagan and true Christians alike. Modern liberals in the pulpits have desensitized the true meaning of Christian and the New Agers claim that we can all become a "Christ" therefore we are all Christians. The Moslems claim they believe in Christ but deny everything about who He is and what He did by rejecting His death on the cross. And this is the lie we are to watch for as the dominant sign for the end of the Age. When believers themselves would turn away from the truth and accept the lie and reject the cross.
Since the Antichrist will pretend to be Christ, his followers one can assume will be called Christians and his world religion some kind of perverted form of Christianity.
When a true believer becomes involved with a church, group, or organization that is beginning or already has departed from the truths of Yahushua then it is time for that individual to wisely depart from them. They won't miss a nonconformist.
In fact the Bible describes last days believers as blasphemers, unthankful, unholy, sexually perverted, false accusers, despisers of those that do good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness (such as teachers and preachers), but denying the power thereof (the sovereignty and authority of the one true God). We are instructed to turn away from these believers.
We were warned there would be "fierce despisers of those that do good" in other words, hatred toward those who do good and believe in the literal interpretation of the Bible not compromising their beliefs for blasphemous doctrines. We have been told to turn away from those who characterize these last days believers, to leave, and depart from them. The Apostle John in I John 2:18 warned that in the last days the problems of false teachers within the church itself, not just outside of it.
Ten years ago we recognized the New Age movement for what it is, demonically led by demons and spirits not of Yahweh, with spiritism and channelling outright rebuked and rejected by those in the church as being from hell, and rightly so.
But today this same practice of channelling has made its subtle attack and entrance into our churches to where most people can't tell the difference or even know there is a difference between receiving a message from the Lord or channelling one from Satan or from one of his minions. False manipulated dreams and visions, false prophecies and false teachings are dominating religions today across the board as Satan's last assault has begun in earnest.
This rapid growth of evil and hypocrisy, selfishness and unbelief amongst believers and spearheaded by those who lead them is, according to the Bible, the sign of the approaching end of the age. It is almost impossible to express the magnitude of the fundamental denial of the Christian faith which characterizes our day.
The apostasy crowds teach that Jesus as a lad was an unusual person who had an unusual consciousness of God and devotion to the Will of God. Accordingly they point to Him as the 'great example' and claim that just as Yahushua became the Son of God by yielding to the will of God, by thinking God's thoughts and worshipping Him, so others can follow in His example and become Sons of God themselves. It is shocking to see how rapidly the New Age Movement has infiltrated our churches and influenced our leaders
Most New Agers refer to our day as the Aquarian Era, a time when a mass visitation of angels and ascended masters is occuring. To New Agers, both beings are one and the same. These angels are fallen angels, not the angels of the Most High God. The angels of the Most High God do not channel messages to man. They serve different roles. Some are messengers from God, some minister to God continually praising His Name, while others assist people in their walk with the Lord. Angels praise God, fallen angels and the demonic curse Him. Angels seek to do the work of the Lord, the fallen seek to destroy it. Angels seek to assist God's people, to build and edify, the fallen seek to weaken their faith, to throw obstacles in their way to keep them spiritually fallen and in error from God. There is no such thing as a good fallen angel. They are in a fallen state and those who come in contact with man work in illusions and deceptions to lead mankind astray and away from the truth of Yahweh.
The Ascended Masters who lead the New Age preach world tolerance of religious beliefs, but are not as tolerant themselves as they want you to believe. They have no tolerance for Christian beliefs but seek to destroy them, increasingly evangelicals and modern liberals alike in the churches are embracing the same intolerance for those who don't accept their teachings which are evermore in the same alignment with the New Agers.
Alien and New Age buzzwords such as peace, unity, conscious evolvement their rallying cries for world religious unity are being picked up by our churches perhaps unknowingly that while they are helping to spread New Age Satanic philosophy they themselves are the underlying targets for ultimate destruction under the same philosophy.
The New Age Movement is a movement Against Christianity. There is no middle ground. And while many of our churches may be embracing concepts that sound very Christian, they are being deceived. They have no grasp of what the underlying messages are of the techniques and doctrine they are adopting. Many Christians wouldn't know how to recognize the sorcery involved just by thinking positive and adopting "Positive Mental Attitudes" visualizing success, health, and spiritual power, and learning how to become stress free through what may seem as harmless meditation techniques.
The latest root from the occult realm is staking a claim in many of our churches through the more charismatic branches as "divine healings." Many of these church leaders are nothing more than modern day sorcerers who can't distinquish magical healings from sorcery. Satan can produce counterfeit miracles and healings in the same fashion Jesus did during His ministry although I am not condemning all healings as occultic much what takes place today does not establish itself after Biblical patterns.
Many claim that when they were 'healed' of a physical infirmity they felt what has been described as an electric shock running through their bodies causing them to fall backwards or momentarily lose conscious. This is the result of most healings taking place and seems to be compatible with instant healings themselves. However, if one reads the Scripture of the ministries of Jesus and His apostles not one description of one of their healings describes this effect. When the blind were made to see, when the lame walked, when the mute regained their hearing, not one instance is it declared they fell to the ground. In contrast, they proclaimed Jesus' power and became faithful witnesses of His sovereignty.
If there were any such affects of a divine healing don't you think the apostles would have mentioned it? Why would they have been strangely silent about such a detail as this? Because it didn't exist. There were no after effects of being healed. Satan may be able to counterfeit miracles, but he isn't perfect. His deceptions are noticeable if you open your eyes to see it. He's been in the malpractice of healing for ages. In fact, temple healing goes back to the Aesculopian occult of the Hippocratic period of ancient Greece, an age when the worship of the devil and his demons was common. Over the past decade we have been seeing an unprecedented revitalization of this temple worship in the guise of Charismatic churches.
Many of those in these churches don't even question or consider the source of the power that operates through their leaders such as Benny Hinn, Robert Schuller, Kenneth Copeland, Paul and Jan Crouch of The Beast Network (TBN), Mark Joyner, Jack Van Impe and the rest of the apostasy gang. Self proclaimed ministers of God who are avowed Masons, Jesuits, or Knights of Malta and having taken oaths to Lucifer, leading many if not most of the larger and largest congregations across the world and especially America today.
Many of today's counterfeit healings and feel good theologies may seem harmless but they aren't and what may seem Christian on the front in this day and age usually has a Satanic backside. Today's believers must be critical. Don't be so willing to go along with the crowd or the majority. Don't be so accepting of new doctrines being taught because Yahweh isn't coming out with new doctrines, however Satan is. Yahweh is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Everything HE does lines up with Scripture and His Word. Not a pseudo alignment of an interpretation to make it fit a new practice or doctrine being introduced into the church. Christian's don't need self-help psychology they need to keep themselves in God's Word and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
New Age doctrines are parasites eating away at our churches. Yahushua warned us of deception in religion so great prior to His return, that even the elect would be deceived by it. And He warned that this great apostasy, a falling away of the faith would happen before the first fruits rapture of the church. How can we know this? Simply because during the tribulation period the only worship allowed is the veneration and adoration of the Antichrist. Our podiums and altars will be replaced with his image.
During the first part of the tribulation before he even assumes worldwide control Jesus said Christians would be severely persecuted. In Matthew 24. He was describing an outward assault on the true believers, "Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you, and ye shall be hated of all nations for My Names sake" (Matt. 24:9).
In other words, the persecution of Christians that has marked the entire church age would increase and intensify as we came toward the last days. The New Age movement through it's many organizations, channelers and groups are very vocal of its need to defeat Christianity if it is to succeed to their desire levels. The same is being said from those involved with one world religion who can no longer tolerate "intolerant" people. They have no need of steadfast believers who refuse to compromise their faith for harmony and peace among religions and the world and are becoming increasingly hostile to their presence. When they speak of the earth cleansing itself, this is what they are referring to. The earth "getting rid" of those people who will not conform to the ideologies and Satanic religions being promoted today by the peace and unity evangelical movement and the New Age.
The last age was warned to be one of many false prophets storming the stages of our churches in deception and deceit. A false prophet claims to have a revelation from God, but doesn't. He appears to be someone sent from God, but isn't. He doesn't simply step out on the center stage of humanity and say, "Behold, I am a false prophet, so don't listen to anything I have to say." He comes in sheep's clothing, but inside he's a ravening wolf. He makes proclamations and predictions mixed with just enough truth to make them plausible. The Scriptures clearly tell us that false teachers and prophets have the ability to mix truth with deception.
As the days draw nearer for the return of Yahushua the popular beast prophets in our churches today are receiving their power from the Archenemy of Yahweh, Satan himself. They are working great signs, so that even those who know Jesus Christ are being deceived. Many people do not realize that Satan has this power. He has the power to come as an angel of light and he has his own ministers in our churches today. He works through many who appear to be righteous and soon enoujgh he will be performing feats of the supernatural which will appear to be direct acts of God but they are not from HIM.
It is Satan's goal by working through his ministers of unrighteousness to annihilate the followers of the Lord by seducing them away from Him. Followers of Yahweh are in a daily struggle against the principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness, the hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. This suggest a massive group of beings working with Lucifer to deceive mankind. And there is. There are over 100 different alien races that have been identified. Different groups of fallen angels that inhabit their own planets and stars, all connected to Lucifer himself because of their fallen states. Many of them are working behind the scenes to prepare the way for the arrival of the Antichrist and to conquer and control the earth.
In combat it is vital to know the enemy and the enemy is Satan. A good fighter knows how to attack an enemy's strengths and exploit their weaknesses, and how to protect his own. We are the targets of their last days deceptions and it is up to us to stand our ground on the truths of the Scriptures and not be deceived by the charlatans in our churches today or New Age doctrines. It is these "aliens" acting as Ascended Masters that will arrive as false christs, false prophets, and are working already through our own church leaders today.
If we don't heed Yahushua's warnings we will fall as prey to the deception that is deceiving millions already. Most people have been fooled by the rat poison of self-appointed apostle Paul who declared the elect couldn't be deceived. That was a false statement or completely mistranslated because many ARE being deceived and Jesus would not have warned us of being on guard against deception if we couldn't be deceived! We CAN BE deceived. His people can fall into errors and deceptions and have been for 2000 years all along under the false pretense they aren't deceived because Paul said they wouldn't be. Blah!
Believers are continually under psychological assault. There are many who won't compromise their faith and who hold the view "Jesus said it, I believe it, that settles it" or, "If He didn't teach it, I don't believe it," and they are going to increasingly find themselves in defiance against those who are compromising the Word for unity, paganism and a false peace among the religions worldwide. They did much worse things to Jesus than mock Him and defame His Name. They beat Him, put a crown of thorns on His head, and nailed Him to a cross to die. Today's believer must be prepared to make the same sacrifice of death rather than renounce their faith to get along with Satan's crowd in and outside of the churches.
Our mainstream society which has declared itself tolerant of all religious beliefs is apparently intolerant of true Christian beliefs. Today's churches and Christianity is in the stages of being set up and prepared to pave the way for its own persecution and the Antichrist's war on the Saints. Many can already feel the noose tightening as the Scriptures are being redefined as hate speech and ministers being thrown in jail for preaching against sin, in particular homosexuality, a favorite sin of the elite and one they will protect at all cost no matter what line it crosses between the separation of church and state. Whole denominations are now letting homosexual ministers lead congregations and those who condemn the sexual perversion being ostracized by the government owned media and press.
Satan doesn't seek to destroy churches literally, but to undermine the faith of everyone sitting in them.
We haven't even seen the encore of apostasy yet. Wait till they roll out claims and manipulated "proof" that the Bible is mythological and written by the aliens themselves. When the first fruits rapture occurs many of our churches will be left untouched, going about their business as usual.
The biggest gimmick of the hour is the new doctrines entering the churches from Ascended Master theology and the New Age. And in these there is no room for beliefs of the death and resurrection of the one True Son of God. The Lord has told me that Satan is introducing ancient secrets through his ascended masters and that although some of it is true, most of it is manipulated to coincide with his own agenda to deceive the people. A lot of old knowledge being reintroduced in the last days, repackaged for a new selling of the contemporay mind. Don't buy it.
To reject the cross is to reject and deny the Most High God who sent His Son to die for us. To redeem us from sin.
Yahushua warned.."whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."
The signs of the end of the age were wars, famines, pestilences and earthquakes, yet the most dominant was apostasy, when believers would start rejecting the cross.
Don't be deceived.