The Christ revealingly said: “As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man” (Gospel of Matthew, chapter 24, verse 37). He was referring there, of course, to His own cataclysmic return at the end of this age, at which time the same level of evil will be found on earth as existed in Noah’s days, when it was said that “the wickedness of humanity was great upon the earth, and every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was altogether evil all the time” (Book of Genesis, chapter 6, verse 5). In Noah’s days, the evil which prevailed was primitive, impulsive, chaotic and wild. In our day, evil wears a suit and tie, a white lab coat and a fake smile with impeccable dental implants. The forces of darkness always use whatever human resources are available at the time. Primitive or sophisticated, it doesn’t matter to Satan. The big difference between Noah’s day and ours is that because of technological capabilities Satan can control the whole world at once — the goal he has aimed at for countless millennia. This is why now, finally, uniquely in history, his one-world government (currently being organised) becomes possible and then his human mouthpiece and front man on earth, the Antichrist, can surely be revealed. Satan thinks he is playing his endgame, his checkmate move. But it is merely the trigger for his downfall and consignment to a fiery oblivion.
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One of the greatest catastrophes in the history of the interpretation of the Book of Revelation has been to render what is clearly symbolic as if it was literal and to depict what is obviously literal as if it was symbolic. The result of this has been a kitsch and almost cultlike raft of absurd beliefs which, quite frankly, make those who assert them seem untrustworthy witnesses of truth which is far too precious to treat in this cavalier manner.
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We live in a world in which most reject getting back in humble relation with the Creator of it in the way that He has commended, and scoff at the Christ as an anachronistic piece of fiction, but yet will gladly sign up in hordes to a “weekend workshop” which claims to teach them how to use what they imagine to be the “inherent power in their brains” to attract wealth, lovers, nice cars, self-esteem, luck, youth, beauty and fame, imagining that to be a sign of super-spirituality and the pinnacle of human achievement. Unless they realise the folly of such delusions, they will not only have sold their souls in this life but also in the life to come. As the Christ put it:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rot destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rot do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.Gospel of Matthew, chapter 6, verses 19-21
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Some caveats to diligent disciples are in order at this point in our journey together. It is most important to preserve your spiritual integrity at this time and in the coming years as humanity descends into its inevitable exhibition of corruption and godless apostasy. Governments will use all their forces to subdue you with their promised security and social credit benefits. As a counterculture dissident, you have no place in that soul-sucking enterprise. There will be enormous pressure on you to conform to societal norms, even from friends and family. Steadfastly maintain your independence from all external influences. Religious bandwagons and pseudo-spiritual sects will try to railroad you into their madcap conceits. False prophets will abound, as they do even now. Your role is to expose all works of darkness, at no matter what cost to your personal safety. Emotional and spiritual ‘vampires’ will try to deflect you from your mission with their instability and insatiable appetite for draining the lifeblood of those who they think have a richer spiritual or emotional ‘haemoglobin’. Regarding all these elements, rise above them all. Steadfastly maintain your independence from all external influences. They are sent to test you. Remember that this final period of earth history is one in which the true colours of everyone’s hearts, including your own (and mine too), are being revealed. Many hearts will be hardened, the love of most will grow cold, and many will betray others, about which the Christ warned us in advance (Gospel of Matthew, chapter 24, verses 9-12). Do not allow yourself to be hindered by any of this. It is merely their true colours being shown. Ensure that your colours shine more brightly so that you will be a light for those who will be confused and searching for truth in a world swirling with charlatans, charades, and chicanery. It is for this reason above all others that you must maintain your integrity and independence from all external influences.
Have no fear of the reprisals which will inescapably come your way. The facade of tolerance will be long past as the true soul of humanity will be stripped bare like a friendly mask falling from the face of a monster. Some weaker souls will flatter you and may even try to make you into the leader of their sect. Remember the words of the Christ when he was surrounded by such, how he did not entrust himself to them because He knew what is in the human heart (Gospel of John, chapter 2, verses 24-25). By all means teach and guide but do not be tempted to provide an idol for others to worship. In these times and in the maelstrom to come, you will need to be the epitome of wise simplicity and uncontrived humility. You will be pilloried for your words and your way of life, and you may well have your physical life taken from you. Remember your Master’s words concerning the sufferings of disciples in the Endtimes: “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it” (Gospel of Luke, chapter 17, verse 33). Also remember that regarding your detractors and those they emulate, for the brief time of their madness being revealed, “this is [temporarily] their hour and the power of darkness”. If you have read well what I wrote in the chapters above, you will know how all this ends and you will see the world’s descent into darkness as a positive development, for it is a vindication of prophecy and is a comparatively brief but necessary antecedent to what this creation was always meant to be in a wholly transformed cosmos where violence, deception, corruption, and death will not even be a memory.
[Extracted from various parts of my upcoming book, “The Meaning of Apocalypse – A Primer on the Book of Revelation”, which will be available on my blog free of charge to anyone everywhere]
© Copyright, Alan Morrison, 2021
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