By Pastor Mike Taylor
I have many people write me concerning the coming tribulation and one of their family members involved in the New Age movement. A lot of the time, it involves a young person who has been influenced by this world and thinking that they can be a “soldier” to battle the coming One World Government that is shaping up and headed by some force called the “Illuminati” or an elite group of manipulators of this present age. First we need to define what this New Age Movement is grounded upon. If you look up the definition of New Age via even Wikipedia, you find this about the movement:
The New Age movement is a Western spiritual movement that developed in the second half of the 20th century. Its central precepts have been described as "drawing on both Eastern and Western spiritual and metaphysical traditions and then infusing them with influences from self-help and motivational psychology, holistic health, parapsychology, consciousness research and quantum physics". It aims to create "a spirituality without borders or confining dogmas" that is inclusive and pluralistic. Another of its primary traits is holding to "a holistic world view," thereby emphasizing that the Mind, Body and Spirit are interrelated and that there is a form of Monism and unity throughout the universe. It further attempts to create "a world view that includes both science and spirituality" and thereby embraces a number of forms of science and pseudoscience.
People who believe this apostasy worship the earth, and call it Mother Earth or some other pagan belief that denies the Son of God. Romans:
1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Satan is a master of deceiving mankind to look unto themselves as being in control of their own destiny in regards to events on this earth. They look for a utopian society based on pagan beliefs of the created and worshiping the earth and the stars that they can see, instead of the Creator who made all things on earth and placed them under man’s control. God made the heavens and those things in them to govern the processes of seasons, day and of night for the betterment of the creation made on earth, including His supreme creation, man.
THE PAGAN INFLUENCE ON OUR CHILDREN
Young people are the most easily influenced by dark forces that are rampant and abounding now, as Satan knows he has but a short time, as even he knows what the Word of God says, so his demon horde is working overtime to twist men’s minds into believing a lie, to the damnation of their souls.
Sadly, young people that are highly impressionable by older pagans who wish to warp the mind of the coming youth into what Satan wishes them to believe. They look to creating a heaven on earth, to fight against a coming “revolution” involving a One World Government, and a false One World Religion. They could not be more mistaken.
These pagans, young and old, believe that they can use the powers that be of mysticism and their misguided beliefs to change what is coming upon the earth. I counsel people that adhere to this apostasy that there will be no heaven on earth, this side of the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
There are many forms of this utopian society, or heaven on earth, that are joined to this movement known as “New Age”. If you look online and Google “new age movement” you will find many examples of kinship between New Age, “Dominionism and Kingdom Now,” theology. How are these related?
DOMINIONISM, KINGDOM NOW, AND THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT
"There has been a significant rise of cross-pollination between evangelical dominionists and New Age Theosophists.41 Since the late 1970s there has been a closeted fraternization between dominionists and Theosophists for the purpose of finding common ground for the future. Both groups seek to bring in a "Christ" (Can you say Anti-Christ?) figure to solve the world's problems. Both groups have grand utopian plans to create "peace" on earth. During the past decade, the two groups began borrowing doctrinal terminologies from one another and working on common theologies. The events of 9/11 gave a new impetus to this effort. Jay Gary, who has been a leader within all three sects of dominionism has had close ties with the Theosophists and is adopting new theologies, including a hybrid of preterism called "transmillenialism." Bob Buford of Leadership Network ... has been working since the mid-1990s to create a youth culture based on "emergent" theologies called the Emergent Church - a mixture of New Age paganism, eastern mysticism and evangelical dominionism. And Patriotic Dominionist leaders have long-standing, close ties with the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who has his own messianic kingdom ambitions. (Lighthouse Trails Research Project)
That should give you warning bells right away when you hear the names of Sun Myung Moon, or Bob Buford working in the Emergent Church heresy that even denies the divinity of Jesus Christ. Dominionism teaches:
The Gospel of Salvation is achieved by setting up the "Kingdom of God" as a literal and physical kingdom to be "advanced" on Earth in the present age. Some dominionists liken the New Testament Kingdom to the Old Testament Israel in ways that justify taking up the sword, or other methods of punitive judgment, to war against enemies of their kingdom.
Mike Oppenheimer had it about right when he wrote:
“There has been a change of focus and ministry over the years in our preparing for His coming. The Bible teaches that the church is to be taken to a place that He told us about almost 2,000 years ago (Jn.14 that we will be with Him where He is in heaven; He is coming to take us to the heavenly Jerusalem). Instead the strategy has changed to other desires replacing the church’s hope of heaven. Now many are saying - we must make it change, we are now in charge to bring the kingdom to earth. When Peter writes of their saying the fathers fell asleep, it has to do with those of faith who have died, we can safely assume this is connected to the awaiting resurrection. The day when the saints (bodies) who died in Christ will arise from the grave.
If we are at the end of the age and threshold of the rapture of the church and the resurrection of the saints and the tribulation taking place (though there various views of which takes place first), then those who have accepted this new paradigm of kingdom now dominionism are actually fulfilling Biblical prophecy! At certain times in the past individual groups sat around waiting for the rapture to occur to solve all their problems. Today many have ridiculed the hope of being taken to heaven replacing it with a new hope of the Church being called to take over the world and establish the kingdom of God on earth. Both are wrong views. Jesus never told us to wait for the rapture but to be busy working doing what he told us, so we are found doing His Fathers will when He comes again. On the other hand the focus has changed from our winning souls to be citizens in heaven, to an immediate earthly concern. This involves social agendas of cleaning up society, christianizing the world and even delivering cities and nations of demons by spiritual warfare; called spiritual mapping, done by binding territorial spirits, by now I’m sure you have heard of these terms. (The end times 'paradigm shift )
I see a larger danger in all this blending of the New Age movement, Kingdom Now, and Dominionism. They are relying on themselves, instead of God. They look to the earth, as New Agers do, and worship the creation, or believe that they can be spiritual enough that they can usher in the Kingdom of God. They are wrong on both accounts. What I see in these heresies is the opening up of the acceptance of the coming One World Government and the ruling king, known as the Anti-Christ. Why do I say that? One reason only and that is they deny the power of the Holy Spirit, the salvation of Jesus Christ that is obtained by no other entity created by sinful men to replace what God has planned for men through His Son, Jesus the Christ/Messiah.
I counseled those who are concerned about their family being involved in these movements that they are opening themselves up to being denied being a part of the removal of the church in the near future. They looked to the year of 2012 of being a paradigm shift in things on this earth in either economics, environmentalism, spiritual warfare, or the coming Apocalypse called the end of the age. They relied on a pagan belief known as the Mayan Calendar that 2012 would bring catastrophe to the inhabitants of the earth, and they must fight the “Illuminati” and the elite of this world to usher in a New Age of utopian existence. What they will do is ghastly to ponder. They will throw themselves headlong into the coming Tribulation, as they have NOT believed in the One God has sent: John,
3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
6:28 They said therefore unto him, What must we do, that we may work the works of God?
6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
How many have Jesus Christ in their heart that believe in these heresies? God knows, but it is direct conflict with the Word of God so I fear for their beliefs in wrong ideologies. If they believe in creation of this earth manifested as their god, as environmentalist clearly do, then God is not in them as they may not have the Son, which in Him is all life. I see a greater danger in the near future. If they miss the calling of Jesus Christ and do not believe in the Creator as proclaimed by John:
1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
1:3 All things were made through him; and without him was not anything made that hath been made.
1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
If they refuse to believe on the only begotten Son of God who came into this world to save a world that could NOT save itself, then they are condemned to endure the most horrifying time on this earth, know as the Great Tribulation. These misguided individuals will have, what I perceive as only two choices should they miss the only opportunity to be removed from the coming Wrath of God. Remember 1st Thessalonians chapter 5 and hold onto it with both spiritual hands:
5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
5:10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
Speaking to the two choices that I just mentioned before these verses, which describes the coming tribulation, and the coming wrath that envelopes every man, woman and child that is so foolish to believe not in the Only Begotten Son of God, let us examine those two choices.
To believe that the coming Anti-Christ is the leader of the New Age/Kingdom Now/Dominionism of a Utopian society that will usher in a era of peace. These folks look for a leader, a “savior” of mankind. It will be a short lived false peace brought on by a false messiah. They will be ripe to believe the lie, as all truth has been extinguished from the earth, as the Church has made an exit, stage right. (or should I say “stage up”?). They will have no strength, no faith, or foundation to believe otherwise. All who are cast into the coming tribulation will most likely take a mark of loyalty to the government that rules this earth, and its leader, the Anti-Christ. Revelation chapter 13:
13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
This choice is to damn your soul to the lake of fire, designed for the devil and his fallen angels. Revelation:
14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
This is the only real choice a person has to make it into the realms of glory, or the coming Kingdom of God after the Tribulation starts. Unfortunately, this will apply in the majority to the nation of Israel. Few Gentiles will find the truth, or believe what the 144,000 Jewish evangelist preach and what is prophesied by the Two Witnesses from the Temple Mount and the newly built Jewish Temple. I believe that the coming Tribulation is designed for two things only, right along with the two choices I’ve listed and that is:
To remove all rebellion from this planet through the pouring out of the wrath of God onto a unbelieving world full of the sins likened to Sodom and Gomorrah through environmental disasters and divine judgment that will destroy 2/3 of all living life on this earth, including men, women, and children. Not to mention the zeal that the Anti-Christ and the False Prophet will pursue to track down any and everyone who does not take their mark.
To refine Israel, as gold and silver is refined in the fire. Israel will be purged of her unbelief. She will become close and personal with the God of Heaven, until she cries out aloud, as Jesus proclaimed to them in Luke 13:
13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!
13:35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
And Malachi proclaimed the coming trial by fire of the nation of Israel:
3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:
3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
3:4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.
3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.
3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Zechariah spoke of what Jesus proclaimed and all Israelites left alive will recognize their Messiah, instead of this false messiah who has deceived the world and the preceding and following verses will trigger His coming to set up His Kingdom on earth:
12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
That’s it folks. Those two choices are what will transpire in the Tribulation. Extinguishing all rebellion of Christ rejectors, and the refining of Israel by fire, is what those 7 ghastly years will produce and emerge before Jesus sets up His Kingdom upon His final return to earth.
WHAT IS IN STORE FOR YOU?
The choices are clear in the above passages. You will be left without God in your life, and most likely will accept the mark of loyalty to the Beast power and live, for a short while until Jesus comes to destroy all rebellion, including you. OR:
You will believe the message of the Jewish evangelist and by grace and mercy, believe in the Son of God that takes away the sin of the world. To believe then, will put a mark on your person. Instead of a mark of loyalty, you will be marked for death. Many will die of the nation of Israel, but a remnant will be saved, but of a gentile it is your immediate death sentence by the authorities to demand complete allegiance to their idolatry. Chances are great that you will believe the first choice and be lost FOREVER.
Man has been given a clear cut choice. The choice is not hard and the yoke is easy this side of the Tribulation. John 3:
3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Men look unto themselves to find salvation in their own deceitful hearts. There is none and there will be no pardon when standing before the Great White Throne judgment of God in the cusp of eternity: Revelation,
20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
If you stand before God the Father, clothed in anything but the righteous of His Son Jesus Christ, then you will have no defense of good intentions, no excuse, and nothing but eternal death awaits you. No manner of heresy that proclaims anything but Jesus Christ and Him crucified, raised from the dead, and coming again to rule and reign for a 1000 years in it’s lead up to eternity, will be found in these books opened.
What are these books? They are the books of your bible that speak of the coming Messiah who did come and was slain. Did you find Him? Did you seek His face? Did you accept His free gift of grace and mercy? If not, I call upon you now to make that decision for Jesus Christ. Accept Him today as your Lord and Savior. Believe in your heart that Jesus is God. Romans:
10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
When you, by grace and understanding that through His Word, believe that there is no other way to come to God the Father except through His Son accepting Him by faith, then leave the herecies of this world to the ash heap of history and turn away from such sorcery. God will honor you and accept you as a son, just a soon as you profess His Son in your life and live the life He wishes for you.
This is pastor Mike Taylor, praying God’s salvation comes into your life by faith. If there is anything I can help you with, pray with you about, counsel you, or just listen to your concerns for a biblical direction, then drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit me online at www.churchofgod-usa.org for more biblical teachings from God’s Word. God bless you, till we meet at Jesus feet.