New Age beliefs are modern deceptions
We live in a confusing age. There are about 45 000 different types of Christian denomination today. Some of these go under the heading of "New Age". Some New Age beliefs encourage a person to elevate himself or herself to the level of a god. Then they worship themselves for being their own creator. They focus on an exaggerated sense of self-importance to justify their self admiration. They feel that there is a god-self within themselves. This kind of thinking easily catches on in our modern world of "selfies".
'Selfies' are photos of one self, taken by one self, in order to advertise one self on the internet. 'Selfies' define our modern age where jaded self-obsession seeks new temporary thrills.
New Age beliefs come in many varieties that endlessly mutate as newer clever ideas spread, and find a fertile soil in the impressionable minds of spiritually empty people. Their inspiration comes from the spirit world, often called channels, which pass ideas to them.
Drink, drugs, and a life that is "free" from moral restraints and responsibility attracts many people.
The subtle error of New Age is their very clever, but superficial, references to the Bible, that trivialize the Bible to be little more than a fable.
There are numerous New Age philosophies expounded by different leaders such as Alex Jones, David Icke and Jordan Maxwell. David Icke sees the Godhead as an Infinite Mind with himself as the "son of the Godhead".
Jordan Maxwell, a prominent New Age lecturer, says, “I don’t know what God is”.
Because he does not know God, Jordan’s talk can only express his ignorance of God. He then dismisses God as the impersonal “ divine force of the Universe”. (The Star Wars movie series also refer to "the force" which no-one can define or describe)
So New Agers are doomed to learn about God from those who do not know God.
Icke and Maxwell no longer talk to each other so they obviously have big differences.
But what they have in common is an attempt to expose secret power groups which fascinate many people and is a great source of income as people pay for their books, DVDs, and lectures. These men may or may not actually believe what they say, but they certainly make a lot of money by saying it.
One study cannot cover all the ideas expressed by New Agers so this study will just focus on ideas expressed by Jordan Maxwell.
Jordan at times expresses great respect for the Bible, but then happily contradicts it whenever he wants to.
He says that Jericho never had any walls. This blatantly contradicts Scripture . He also claims that “Hebrew people were never worshippers of one true God.”
Wrong. In a sea of idolatry of the surrounding nations the Hebrew people (or Jews) worshiped one God.
DEUTERONOMY 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:Jordan's comments can also be self-contradicting.
He says, “Almost nothing of the background of the Jews is true” and then goes on to say, “I have the highest respect for the Bible”.
But why respect the Bible if it got almost all the Jewish history wrong?
Pagans had many ideas that were started in Genesis.
The Seed of the woman. A woman has no seed. The seed in her comes from her husband. So the seed of the woman means it comes from no man and must be created in her womb by God. This is the idea of the virgin birth. Many pagan religions had their myths and legends about a virgin birth but none could turn it into a physical reality.
Here was the big difference between Israel and the pagans.
Pagans could speak of the woman’s Seed, but they could not produce it.
Israel did produce the Seed of the woman, when one woman Mary believed the Word of God, not as a fable but as absolute truth.
Death, burial and resurrection was implied by Cain killing Abel and then Seth appearing to take Abel’s place. Not a proper resurrection of the dead person but the best that could be done.
GENESIS 4:25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.So pagans wanted a more obvious symbol of the resurrection. Pagans used a tree which is cut down and then later produced a new shoot. Tammuz (or Nimrod) was a person who died and was resurrected in myth. Pagans could imitate the idea but not produce someone who could actually do it. But then Jesus both died and rose again as the Son of Abraham. So Abraham’s line produced the reality of the resurrection.
New Agers, like the pagans, cannot produce this reality so they seek to trivialize the Bible as if it is a myth that they can freely contradict when it suits them.
Then they make claims that are impossible to prove.
Jordan Maxwell says, “All wars and violence can be traced back to the planet Saturn”. David Icke spent most of his life saying that mind control on earth came from the moon.
How can these statements be proven? This is an extreme example of a modern day fable that follows on from the pagan Roman days when it was Mars who was thought to be the god of war.
The weakness of astrology is that there is no link between a dead planet and living human beings. The gravitational pull of Saturn on earth is very slight, much less than the moon’s because Saturn is so far away from us. In addition, to be a New Ager, you must regard the fable that a planet can control our lives as being a fact. There is no proof that planets control us. That is simply speculation.
Maxwell thus makes two extreme statements. He regards the historic facts of the Bible as being fables and then believes that the fable which claims that planets control us, is a fact.
This is a logical case of role reversal. If fact is a myth then myth must be a fact.
Jordan then links Saturn to a square and to the colour black.
He wants Saturn to be linked to a square and to the colour black so that he can claim that a black square is symbolic of the control of our world by evil people.
Evil people do control our world but that is not because of a planet but because Satan is running rampant and God is bringing the world to its climax, called Armageddon. God would not destroy the world systems at Armageddon if mankind was running a good world. Thus evil must predominate at the end to justify the destruction of our world order. So New Age turns us away from Satan’s schemes that have already been mapped out in Bible prophecy and then leaves us running around in circles like headless chickens in our attempts to try to explain an increasingly complex and baffling world around us. Escape into drink and drugs follows easily because in today’s gifted but dark age it does not take long before we realize that we cannot save ourselves.
He also links Saturn to a circle because it has a ring. So Saturn is linked to a square and a circle.
Buddhists also use a square and a circle. So do Hindus. But they are very different religions. There are only a few simple geometrical shapes and many religions are looking for a simple logo. So obviously some shapes are going to be shared. (Consider car makers. Mercedes is one of the very few that has a simple logo on its bonnet. Try to think up a different simple logo. It is not easy).
Maxwell says “The ancient Phonecians in Palestine always knew that Saturn had rings.” Easy to say, but not true.
How were they able to know about Saturn’s ring without modern telescopes which only started appearing in the 1600s?
What Maxwell does not tell us is that much of the Phoenician sacred writings known to the ancients have been lost.
So we know very little of the beliefs of the ancient Phoenicians.
But the good Jews stayed away from the beliefs of these surrounding nations.
Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun and satellites have recently discovered in 1981 and again in 2006 that its complex weather patterns have formed a lovely huge hexagon in the cloud layers at its north pole. Each of the six equal sides is longer than the diameter of the earth. So far, this is unique in the solar system. But neither pagans nor their modern devotees, the New Agers, realized that Saturn’s symbol is a hexagon and its number, if it has one, is thus six. But there is no square on Saturn, so that is fake news.
Why does he consider Saturn to be black?
The mistake here is that Saturn was the most distant planet that is visible to the naked eye. Thus it is coldest planet being so far from the sun. In theory it should be dimmest, being so far away but it is not. Saturn reflects light better than all the other planets except Jupiter and Venus.
Black means an object absorbs all the light and reflects none.
Our moon looks very bright but only reflects 12% of the light that falls on it. Saturn reflects 47% of the light that falls on it. But remember that Saturn is 1200 million kilometers from earth. The moon is much closer at 384 000 kilometers from us and that is why the moon seems brighter.
Saturn is a good reflector of light. This is how white behaves, not black. Mercury is the “blackest” planet as it only reflects 12% of the sunlight. Pagans and New Agers got this wrong. Mercury deserves the colour black.
To say that Saturn influences our wars is also guessing.
Mars, the red planet because it has reddish iron oxide on it, was regarded as the god of war. So who controls war, Saturn or Mars? Neither planet can carefully control human violence.
Everything about the world changed dramatically with the first World War and its aftermath.
Things were never the same after that as a spirit of demonic dictatorship was unleashed during the war. This spirit was picked up by natural dictators like Mussolini, Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler. These natural dictators swept the world into the second world war where the demonic forces were unleashed on natural Israel in the holocaust that killed 6 million Jews.
No secret power group was able to start World War 1. Two bullets set in motion a series of events that shaped the world we live in today. The Archduke of Austro-Hungary, suddenly wanting to visit the hospital in Sarajevo to see an officer who was wounded by a bomb thrown at the Archduke's car which bounced off the car before exploding, had a driver who had not been told of this change in plans. The driver turned right instead of left, by mistake. When he stopped in order to reverse, he just happened to stop a couple of metres from the assassin Princip who then shot the Archduke and his wife. From there on events escalated into war. This action was random as Princip was not in control of events, although he succeeded in his aim.
Scientists have discovered that the basic atom behaves in mysterious ways. We have no clear picture of what atoms are but we understand how atoms affect each other. Unfortunately this interaction of atoms is best described by the random laws of chance.
Consider human beings instead of atoms. In today’s confused world so many unpredictable events seem to occur at random. Boris Johnson led the British Brexit vote to leave the European Union. When he won, he did not want the job. Hillary Clinton was firm favourite to win the 2016 American presidential election, but lost.
Consider the assassination that started the first World War. A driver taking the wrong turn and then stopping right next to an assassin. These are completely random events. It sounds more like fiction than fact.
In the first World War corporal Hitler and some friends were sitting in a little hut. Officers came in and ordered them out. They had to move far enough away so that they could not hear anything. About twenty minutes later a British shell (by sheer chance because the cannon was out of sight) landed exactly on the hut, exploded, and killed everyone inside. Hitler was spared and went on to cause World War 2.
Thus one shell could have saved the world from World War 2 and the 60 million people who died in it. Such are the vagaries of chance that no human being, no secret society can control.
Hitler survived at least twenty assassination attempts on his life. No secret society could have either planned all these different attacks or defended him from them. One was a bomb in a light aircraft which simply failed to explode. Another bomb exploded on time but Hitler, uncharacteristically, had left that meeting 20 minutes before his scheduled time of departure. So when the bomb exploded, he was not there.
Randomness infects our human history making it impossible for a man or a group of men to control the uncertain paths of force.
When the allies landed for the invasion of Normandy on D-Day on 6 June 1944, Hitler was asleep and his aides were scared to wake him. General Rommel, who was in charge of the shore defences, was away in Germany to celebrate his wife's birthday which just happened to be on 6 June as well. These random events which gave the Allies a breathing space to get established on the shore could not be organized by any secret society, however powerful they might be.
The randomness of the behavior of the atom defies our ability to understand how it behaves. We thus use the laws of chance to describe the behavior of groups of atoms. And we have exactly the same problem when trying to analyze human events.
Events become so intertwined and random and complex that no thread of logic can simply explain them. Truman was losing badly against Dewey in all the polls of the 1948 American presidential election. Truman’s Democratic party had split into three rival groups, so he had no chance. Then, on voting day, it rained heavily in many Republican farming areas like the lower Mississippi Valley and Illinois with heavy downpours in the south. A Pacific storm hit northern California where Dewey had his Republican farmer followers. Because of the thick mud on the farmers’ dirt roads they never turned up to vote. So Truman won.
No human, no planet could produce heavy rains in the Republican farmer areas on election day.
But Jesus Christ can. Why would He do so? Because Truman had been the first president to grant recognition to the state of Israel when it was declared in 1948.
So a deeper plan that is running through human history is God gathering the Jews together in their promised land so that He can return to them as He promised to do. Truman, knowingly or unknowingly, tuned in to help God’s purpose with the Jews. God rewarded him with another four years in office.
Occult means hidden. The occult or New Age people are correct when they say there are powerful secret societies that are hidden from our everyday view. Yes, the Illuminati, the international capitalists and bankers, and the Free Masons etc. do exist and strive hard for dominion over people to increase their power and wealth. But there are only about 6 million Free Masons on earth. Here is their problem. The world is simply too big for them to gain dominance over it all. They will achieve a measure of localized control and power, but they are rather like a collection of lakes, because their water or influence only spreads so far.
To dominate the world will require universal political control. The Russians, the Chinese, the Moslems etc. all constitute powerful regional blocs that no secret society will be able to control.
A one world ruler also has to use religion to glue the world together. Thus we should rather be watching the growing popularity of the Pope as he has religious and political power on a world wide scale.
This is the mistake of New Agers like Jordan Maxwell. They profess to believe the Bible, but then deny so much of what is written in It. Thus they offer no real alternative other than their human guesses.
What is their point of studying the Bible if it is just to find out the so-called mistakes in the Bible?
That is a pointless exercise. Maxwell criticizes the churches for being wrong but he makes the same mistake that the churches make. The churches also study the Bible to point out all the mistakes in the Bible because they have insufficient insight to put it all together just the way it is written.
In addition, no-one has sufficient military clout to conquer the world.
America is the strongest nation but blunted her military teeth in the wilds of Afghanistan and the sands of Iraq. Under Obama America just vacillated in Syria, which has been the world’s biggest humanitarian disaster since World War 2, without any really effective policy. Now Trump wants to build up fortress America, which takes some attention away from trying to police the world.
REVELATION 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.“Power as kings” means dictators who have no crown but have a king’s authority. Think of Putin the strong man of Russia. He does what he likes and stays in power for as long as he likes. A big rival of his, Boris Nemtsov, was shot dead near the Kremlin in 2015. Yes, Putin was elected democratically but his election is just a formality. In reality he is a dictator. Ten such leaders will give their military “power and strength” to the beast. That will enable the final antichrist to rule the world.
So the major problem with the New Agers is that they do not focus on the main enemy.
They track down the modern politicians in America and the secret societies and hidden power brokers. These all have a role to play in world affairs but they are not the main enemy of mankind. Events are too complex and too entangled. A storm is gathering in the hidden dimensions of spiritual church power and the New Agers will miss the main culprits because they have the incorrect interpretation of the Bible.
This is typical New Age reasoning :
“ Before the Great Flood, Saturn was regarded by all mankind as the supreme god and ruler of the kings. Occult researchers affirm that Saturn ruled the kingdom of Atlantis”.
What written evidence do we have of what is was like before the Flood? There is none. So this is just guesswork. Atlantis was a continent, possibly somewhere in the Atlantic, that sank at the time of the Flood. This is probably correct. Some evidence that seems to confirm this idea are the American eels that migrate out to the middle of the Atlantic, as if there used to be a breeding site there, and then don’t really find any purpose for being there. It is as though this migrating instinct was hard wired into their brains long ago when there was a continent in the Atlantic. But what evidence do we have that Saturn was the god of Atlantis? None. This is just speculation in the absence of hard evidence.
GENESIS 4:26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.Early man worshipped God. Only later did the worship of nature in the form of the sun, moon, and planets arise.
Enoch lived so holy that he never died. God just translated him up into Heaven. No planet, no supposed god Saturn could do this.
GENESIS 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.After the Flood, God was very strict with the Jews that they should not get involved with worship of heavenly bodies.
DEUTERONOMY 17:2 If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant,
:3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded;
II KINGS 17:15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them.
:16 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.
ISAIAH 47:13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.The downfall of astrology. Even if you guess right about the future, you cannot save yourself from it. God told Noah about the future Flood and He saved Noah from it.
In Babylon, the four Jews who had God’s Word knew far more than all the star gazers. Astrology is thus rather useless.
DANIEL 1:19 And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king.
:20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.So the Jews had beliefs that were very different to the pagans.
Maxwell Jordan keeps referring to “ancient Hebrews”.
There was no such thing. Abraham, when he was in the promised land and believing in one God, was the first man to be called a “Hebrew”. The word means “crossed over” because he crossed over the wide Euphrates river to go to the promised land. He had to cross this huge barrier before he could achieve his goal and purpose in life. He had to cross over and separate himself from pagan Babylon’s side of the Euphrates in order to find God.
The Hebrews had many names for God who was a Spirit. Each name represented certain qualities of God. “El” was a word for “God” which meant “Strength”. Elah meaning Awesome One was another name for God.
God is an invisible Spirit. His Old Testament names reflected His attributes when He dealt with people. One God has many different ways of manifesting Himself. He provides. He heals. He is our Shepherd. He is our peace. Our righteousness. He had different names to describe these qualities.
It is not different Gods. It is one God showing Himself in different ways.
This is like invisible energy. We name energy from the effects it has on matter. Moving energy. Height energy. Light energy. Heat energy. These are all the same energy. This energy, under different conditions, just has different effects like making things move faster or higher or making things brighter or hotter.
But all these names of the Spirit of God (which astrologers mistake for being different Gods) seem to fade away in the New Testament when God hides Himself in the Body of the Man Jesus Christ. God manifests Himself as a Man and takes on the human Name of Jesus Christ.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily
COLOSSIANS 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,Jesus is now the only Name that we need for God.
MATTHEW 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.All of God’s powers are manifest in the Man Jesus. God became a Man. We cannot get a clearer picture of God than that.
Jordan Maxwell says, “The different names for God in the Bible reflect the process of going through the many ages in which one planet superseded another and was again superseded by the next one in the celestial war.”
This is just plain wrong. Planets cannot fight each other. Each one is just stuck in its orbit. The different names of God represent the different ways He dealt with the Jews. Now all this has fallen away because God became a Man, died for us and now dwells in our hearts if we have repented and accepted Him as our personal Saviour.
In the Old Testament He dwelt above the Jews with His many names, then He dwelt with the Jews as Emmanuel and now He dwells in us as the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
No other Name of God is necessary today, just the Name of Jesus.
Maxwell calls God a Divine Presence. Thus Maxwell is 2 000 years out of date. God put His Spirit into a Man and now we can call on God as a fellow Human Being. A kinsman Redeemer. God is no longer a mysterious supernatural Presence out there somewhere. He now dwells in the hearts of men and women who are born again.
Maxwell says, “The advent of the monotheistic religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam confined the worship of Saturn to occult circles. As we saw here, the Lord of the Rings is still omnipresent in popular culture but only recognized by those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.”
But the ancients knew nothing about Saturn’s ring which was only discovered between 1610 and 1650 when powerful enough telescopes were invented that could magnify up to 50 times.
In 1979 we discovered that Jupiter also had a ring. Uranus so far has been found to have 13 rings with the first rings being discovered in 1977. In 1989 it was confirmed that Neptune had five rings. So Saturn has lost its privileged position as the only planet with a ring. Any theory based on Saturn because it alone has a ring is false. Three other planets have rings too.
But the New Agers did not know that when they focused on Saturn’s ring.
Maxwell says , “College graduates wear a square black head dress (a mortar board). This symbolizes the corrupt control of the education system.”
He has a good point about the education system being corrupt but a black, square head dress does not link education to Saturn in any way.
The ancient pagans may have claimed this but there was nothing to back up their claim. They claim that a woman born under the star sign virgo should be a virgin but that is not always the case.
Aires was the Babylonian spring sign almost 4 000 years ago. But every 2 000 years the spring star sign shifts and now it is Aquarius the water carrier that is the spring sign. So these interpretations are very dubious as they change with time.
Maxwell points out many towns and cities that have squares.
So any use of a town square to him has a sinister significance of corrupt political control. He has a good point that political control is corrupt but a town square does not thus link politics to Saturn. He mentions three of the most famous squares, all associated with world-dominating bad politics.
St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Red Square in Moscow. Times Square in New York.
The irony is that none of these squares are actually geometric squares.
“Vatican Square” is also called St Peters square. It is an ellipse (a squashed circle) intersected by two sloping arms that form a trapezium.
The Red Square in Moscow is a long rectangle that bends as it approaches a bridge.
New York Square: Times Square is not a square in the geometric sense, but is more of a bowtie shape made by two triangles spreading out roughly north and south from 45th Street. But it is easier to say "Times Square" rather than "Times Bowtie".
So in these three major political centres the squares are not square, nor is Moscow's "red" square called "black"square which would fit Maxwell's theory.
So all of Maxwell’s future emphasis on Saturn can be ignored as his basic assumptions of it being related to a black square are simply wrong.
The Maxwell claims that wedding rings show Saturn’s control over people, because Saturn has a round ring around it. But this ring around Saturn was only discovered between 1610 and 1650 when powerful enough telescopes were invented. Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all had wedding rings, long before the astrologers discovered that Saturn had a ring. Actually all the gas giant planets have rings, Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune as well as Saturn. So why does Saturn get the credit?
A typical futile New Age analysis is the statement, ““Isn’t it interesting that angels have haloes or rings around their heads and Saturn is the only planet with a halo or ring around it?”
Sorry Maxwell -- Jupiter, Neptune, and Uranus also have rings
The ancient pagans may have claimed that black is Saturn’s colour this but there was nothing to back up their claim. Consequently people who wear black are not necessarily Saturn worshippers. There are not too many obvious colours but there are many human groups who want to identify with a colour. So any group wanting to dress in a certain colour does not have too many colours to choose from. Consequently many different groups who have no affiliation with each other will share the same colour. Muslim extremists ISIS and the North Vietnamese Vietcong both wore black but are not related in any way. The southern Vietnamese peasants wore black because it shows dirt less than white clothes and the northern Vietcong soldiers wanted to look like southerners so that they could mingle with the people of South Vietnam.
Many, if not most desert Arabs wear black because they find it cooler than white. This has no religious connotations. Black absorbs their body heat and radiates it away if there is the slightest breeze, such as riding on a moving camel. White reflects back the body heat onto the body and cooks the person. Strange but true, in the desert the colour black is cooler than white when riding on a moving camel.
For some, black indicates authority, seriousness and intimidation. For others, black represents a neutral colour and in modern China black is used in daily clothing. No one group can claim black as their colour.
Pagans claiming that black belongs to Saturn is just a meaningless statement. There is no black colour in Saturn. In China they claim that black belongs to the planet Mercury and yellow belongs to Saturn. This is all just human guesswork.
If followers of Saturn claimed black as their colour, then that does not mean everyone who wears black is a Saturn worshipper. Some people wear black because they want to look like they are in authority. Others wear black because they feel it makes them look amazing.
Comments made by people about black clothes: Black clothes are practical. They can go without washing or ironing longer than other colours. You can spill coffee on them and no-one notices.
Thus no group can claim black as their colour as people wear black for different reasons.
Maxwell attacks judges for wearing black robes, claiming this comes from the ancient Saturnalian priesthood. He could be right, but there are other factors involved too.
The barbarians who destroyed the Roman empire wore trousers. The Romans wore a gown-like toga. The Romans continued with their toga to show that they were not barbarians. The Roman scholars, including judges, later modified the toga into an academic gown. Priests trained at universities and thus also wore this gown. Black is a very practical colour as it does not show up dirt easily. In the Dark Ages or Middle Ages people did not bath very often, if at all, and thus black robes could be worn for a long time before they had to be washed. The Dark Ages were cold, dark, and dirty. Be glad you were not born then.
So priests, varsity scholars and judges would be well acquainted with black robes.
But there is always the possibility of secret societies with agendas wearing black, especially in the Roman Catholic church as they were killing opponents at an alarming rate in the Dark Ages.
Most historians say that the black robe tradition in England started with the multiple-year mourning of the death of Queen Mary II in 1694.
It is difficult to know how the tradition of black robes took over for the judges in the last 200 years.
There is no law stipulating this.
The tradition may well have been started by Free Mason judges. But where is the evidence that the Free Masons control justice just because they probably got judges to wear black robes. The judges in England and America appear to be independent and simply judge, as best they can, according to the laws of the land
There are no rules that dictate what judges or justices must wear on the bench, nor is there even a common source for Supreme Court robes.
Maxwell claims that the six pointed star of David is a Canaanite religious symbol for their oldest god, Saturn.
This seems to be very speculative.
Six pointed stars were associated with the Egyptians, Hindus, Buddhists and Jains.
The six pointed Kagome crest of Japan can be found in many of the oldest Shinto shrines dating back to at least the 5th century BC, and is present on almost all the stone lanterns approaching the Ise-jingu.
There is no obvious link between Israel and the Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Shinto Japan. The high Hindu Kush mountains, that are the western end of the Himalayan range, were a very effective barrier between Israel and India.
If the Jews claim the 6-sided star for their symbol it does not mean that they are Shinto, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, or Egyptian worshippers.
No-one could combine all of those religions into one coherent structure anyway.
After all, the Buddhists have no god. They seek to become one with the universe, whatever that means.
Hindus have millions of gods and their sacred writings, the Vedas.
Shinto focuses on ritual practices to be carried out diligently, to establish a connection between present-day Japan and its ancient past. They have no sacred Scriptures.
For Jains, the only 'gods' that exist are the pure souls of previous people who became perfect and who are omniscient, perfectly happy and eternal.
These religions obviously have no link to Saturn worship despite using a six pointed star.
No-one has exclusive right to a symbol. Different beliefs can use the same symbol even although they are not related.
Symbols, words, and colors, are not up for private use just by claiming them.
A big part of New Age policy is for leaders like Jordan Maxwell to expose many secret power groups. These power groups exist but are not responsible for all the complex changes that occur.
No secret power group controls the weather.
When Hitler got too powerful and almost conquered Russia he was stopped by intense cold and then strong rain that turned the soil to mud. His decision, taken in 1936, to put tyres on his military vehicles instead of tank tracks, won him the war on Europe’s tar roads but lost him the war in Russia’s mud. No hidden power elite could arrange that. Only God could.
Major Sweeney flew to the Japanese city of Kokura to drop the second atomic bomb in 1945. But the city was covered in cloud so he flew on and dropped the bomb on Nagasaki. No humans could have organized that result.
New Agers who try to develop a simplistic picture of hidden power brokers who are pulling the strings behind the scenes are simply missing the main enemy. Their focus on hidden political and financial power groups can only reveal a fraction of what is actually going on. It is not the bankers and the hidden political power cliques who will take over the world, although they will play a secondary role at the end time. A world wide domination requires a religious control as well as money and politics. So the hidden secret is the religious control of our churches using false doctrines and political involvement.
Jordan Maxwell and certain New Agers try hard to prove that Saturn worship controls the world.
He is aware that paganism has undermined religion.
But his big mistake is to propose a pagan source that is outside the churches. Judas was the antichrist of his day and he was one of the disciples. He handled the money.
So the main error of today is lurking in the denominational church systems. The churches are rich, especially the Roman Catholic church.
The claim that a dead planet Saturn controls our wars and our lives is not very convincing. At the first Coming of Jesus, it was the disciple Judas who was the Devil incarnate. So if we want to find where paganism is going to undermine Christianity, we must look for the pagan ideas that are adopted by Christians and are a standard belief of the churches. According to Revelation chapter 17 it is the Roman Catholic church and the Protestant daughter churches who are at the centre of the end time corruption. If we disagree with this Bible prophecy, then we will get it wrong.
All of us are overtaken by today’s chaotic events. Why? We look through a glass darkly and see a distorted viewpoint and, anyway, God’s ways are much higher than what we can comprehend. Events are too complex for simplistic human analysis.
Maxwell can undoubtedly give us a lot of knowledge of secret societies and so-called Saturn worship, but how does that knowledge save us from the oncoming storms of judgement? He is right that these secret societies are enemies but they are not the main enemy of mankind. Maxwell has no way in which his followers, or us if we listen to him, can escape the oncoming great Tribulation.
The Bible has a way of escape called the catching away of the church when Jesus will transform the bodies of His true believers into eternal bodies and take them up to Heaven with Him, while the rest of the world goes into the hell of the great Tribulation.
But Maxwell does not understand Bible prophecy well enough to tell us what the real error of the churches is and how it is steadily enveloping us.
The final antichrist will largely depend on pagan beliefs that have been adopted by Christians. Roman Catholicism has some critically wrong beliefs, derived from paganism, and has spread and is spreading these beliefs to the Protestants. One day these different Protestant denominations will combine under the leadership of the Pope. This final Pope will make a financial pact with the Wall Street Jews and with world Jewry as they have a big say in the stock exchange money. Then the international banking cartels will have a role to play but they will not be the leaders and controllers. They will have to fall in line under the final Pope and obey his instructions. Money power has a lot of influence but will never rule the world. Too many people have strong religious feelings so the antichrist will have to be religious in order to win over the world.
So first the Devil must capture the world’s religions.
This is his main aim. The antichrist will usurp the position of the papacy and somehow unite with Protestants and other religions. They will accept his leadership.
Then Jewish stock exchange money will give the final Pope a huge say in world affairs and the banking cartels and financiers will fall in under his program. The papacy has huge political clout so it will merge with and control the secret political power groups. The churches, with the Pope at their head, will dominate because the churches, united with other religions, will be the only group that has world wide sway.
All religious groups, Christian and otherwise, keep teaching their people to obey and follow their leaders with blind faith. So all we need now is the coming of the great religious leader who will be the final Pope to control the religious leaders. This will be easy once the Pope controls world finance. Church leaders are keen to be rich.
Then ten dictators will give their military power to Pope.
From then on he will be virtually unstoppable as this military clout will pulverize any opposition. Ten dictators spread around the world will easily keep the world under control as one of them will be near any trouble spot. It will not be like today where the Americans take six months to transfer and set up their army in another part of the world. By the time they have set up two armies in different parts of the world, their creaking military system is about at its limits.
What is the paganism that undermined Christianity?
According to Revelation Chapter 17 it is the mysteries of Babylon, not the pagan god Saturn from Egypt. Saturn is small change as Revelation does not even refer to him.
What beliefs do Christians have from Babylon?
A centralized church with a man in control.
Then there is the elevation of a human leader, called Nicolaitanism. The leader then conquers the laity as each congregation learns subjection to their head, the pastor. The final head of all the church heads will be the Pope. And he is a dictator.
Notice what the Roman Catholic church claims. The Pope has already got Saint Peter elevated to be the door keeper of Heaven as he has the keys to Heaven and you can only get into Heaven by agreeing with and being in subjection to the Pope who is Peter’s representative. This has always given the Pope huge clout amongst the pagans. Only the Pope can claim to have a say in your entrance into Heaven.
When the bishop of Rome Damasus, around 378 AD took over the pagan high priest title of Pontiff, this gave him huge prestige amongst Christians and pagans. Brilliant men then began to intertwine Christian words with pagan beliefs. Ishtar eggs became Easter eggs. 25 December, the birthday of the sun god, became the birth day of the Son of God. The concept of the Godhead that really fooled Christians was not the pagan god Saturn (which hardly any Christians believe in), but the idea of the pagan trinity which spread from Babylon to Egypt and then to Greece and to Rome. In 325 AD at the Nicene council it was officially adopted as the Christian Godhead of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. In the process God lost His Name and is now represented by three Titles. This is a serious error that is now, like Judas, inside the Christian church. Ask a Christian what the Name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is and you will find that they do not know. Thanks to paganism, the Christian God has lost His Name.
If you want to see the real danger to the church, look at the pagan beliefs that are now its standard doctrines.
A subtle but dangerous New Age belief is their readiness to downgrade Bible miracles to be nothing more than everyday natural processes.
New Agers downplay the miracles of Jesus by claiming that they happen in nature.
New Age comment, “The reflection of the sun walks upon the waters and ascends into heaven”.
They claim that this is the real meaning of the “story” of Jesus walking on the water. Jesus is the Son of God and He is the Light of the world. Jesus, they claim, is thus just a myth based on the natural sun whose light reflects off water.
In this way New Agers dismiss a great miracle as a story or myth and claim that it is nothing more than the reflection of sunlight off water.
But Jesus walked on the water in a storm. Storm-tossed waves do not reflect sunlight, you need a smooth water surface for reflection.
So Jesus outperformed the sun. He walked on a stormy sea that could not effectively carry a reflection. Try looking at the reflection of your face in a stormy sea. You will see nothing.
He also got Peter to walk on the water. The sun can’t compete with that. Then He spoke and the huge winds stopped. Can the sun do that? Once again, the sun is totally outperformed by its Creator.
“The reflection of the sun …. ascends into heaven”. This is how New Agers dismiss the Ascension of Jesus, the Son of God, Who is the Light of the world.
But only 15% of sunshine, from the land, is reflected back into the sky (or “ascends to heaven”) when there are no clouds present. Sea water only reflects about 6% of the light falling on it. But Jesus walked on the fresh water lake of Galilee. Lake Ontario, a fresh water lake, reflects 7% to 11% of the sunlight. There is slightly less than 2% backscatter of the light from water layers just below the surface of the water. So the total light “ascending back to heaven” from the waters of the lake is not more than 13% (about one seventh of the light). But that is only true on a clear day when there are no clouds. If there are clouds, most of the sunlight reflects off the top of the clouds. That is why clouds produce shade. The earth’s surface then reflects very little sunlight back and most of that is absorbed by the cloud which is above the land. So only a tiny fragment of the original sunlight “ascends back to heaven” above the cloud, from the earth.
But Jesus ascended to Heaven on a cloud. All of Him (100%) ascended to Heaven, even though there was a cloud present. Once again, natural sunlight could not even begin to compare with what the Light of the world could do.
The creation is a very pale shadow of the Creator. The creation is just not worthy of being worshipped.
Maxwell says 98% of Judaism (the Old Testament) is based on the worship of Saturn.
But what about all the prophecies in the Old Testament? Pagan gods cannot prophecy.
What about the tabernacle and Temple worship that had nothing to do with Saturn.
The Romans named Saturday “dies Saturni” (“Saturn’s Day”) no later than the 2nd century (between 100 AD and 200 AD) for the planet Saturn. The Jews worshipped on a Saturday long before, about 1700 years before it was called Saturn’s day.
Maxwell says worship on a Saturday makes us worshippers of Saturn.
But Christians worship on Sunday. So he then says we worship the sun.
By that logic, Monday or Moonday makes us moon worshippers. Tuesday belongs to the Norse god of single combat, Tiw. Thursday belongs to the Norse god of thunder, Thor. Wednesday belongs to the Germanic god Wodan. Friday belongs to the Anglo-Saxon goddess Frige.
So according to Maxwell, if you worship on any day you are pagan-influenced.
But no religion can claim a day as exclusively belonging to them. There are thousands of religions and only seven days in the week. Obviously, some different religions will end up worshipping on the same day.
The Roman pagan religion and the Persian Mithraism reserved Sunday as their day of religious observance. So did the Christians. That did not mean that Christians were pagans or devotees of Mithra.
Maxwell says, “The 6 million Jews prayed to God for help in Hitler’s holocaust but no help came”.
However, their sacrifice so sickened the world that the nations briefly felt sorry for the Jews and voted them a portion of Palestine, by about 2 votes above the two thirds mark in the United Nations in 1947, as a Jewish homeland.
Under the fifth Seal in Revelation Chapter 6 we discovered that the Jews who die for their faith go to Heaven as they are given white robes. So they were rewarded by Heaven and the rest of the Jews got their promised land. So God did hear and answer, but in a very different way to what we would have expected.
Maxwell says “The prayers of Christians in America are not answered because evil continues to grow and we have all been misled and been deceived. So we need to know the truth.”
But it was promised that things would get worse.
II TIMOTHY 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.Faith is not about having an easy life. Faith is about enduring and overcoming when things go wrong.
And the Bible is where we can get the knowledge that will save us.
II TIMOTHY 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.Maxwell says that Canaanite religion spread to the Druids. This is not true. The Druids started in England, which was far away, and spread from there to central France.
The Canaanites were incredibly corrupt and God’s orders were to wipe them out. Child sacrifice, canabilism, sodomy etc was their way of life.
Joshua eliminated them all except for some who lived in Gezer. These Canaanites had to stay in the territory of Ephraim.
NUMBERS 21:3 And the LORD hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and he called the name of the place Hormah.
DEUTERONOMY 20:18 (Canaanites) That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God.
JOSHUA 16:10 And they drave not out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer: but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites unto this day, and serve under tribute.Next to nothing is known for certain about the Druid religious practices, except for the ritual of oak and mistletoe as described by Pliny the Elder.
Pliny only associates Druids with oak and mistletoe. But other pagans used holly and ivy which have crept into Christmas celebrations, but the holly did not come from the Druids.
Druids were first described by Julius Caesar and then they were suppressed by the Romans. They had virtually disappeared by the year 200 AD.
There is no real link between the far-away Druids in England and any possible survivors of the Canaanite remnant that had to live in Ephraim’s territory in Israel.
A weak link in New Age theories is their habit of making definite statements in the absence of definite evidence.
These “definite” statements are pure guesswork as they seek to prove their pre-conceived opinion.
The Canaanites chief god was El. “El” is a word that simply means “God” or “god”. It is a word that portrays strength. The Greek historian Philo portrays the Canaanite El as a blood shedding tyrant, whose acts terrified all the other gods, and who dethroned his own father, murdered his favourite son, and decapitated his own daughter. The Ugaritic poems add the crime of uncontrolled lust to his morbid character and the description of his seduction of two unnamed women is simply sex-obsessed literature (much of Canaanite religious literature is just pornography).
The New Agers have focused on Canaanite religious pornography so that they have an excuse for their own sex-obsessed viewpoints. They have thus fallen into the trap of original sin which was bringing forth life by sex. They glorify sex as the great life-bringer, forgetting that this type of life is doomed to die. Eternal life cannot come this way. Joshua cleaned out this Canaanite filth and Israel prospered. But in their prosperity, under Solomon, the Jews went back to flirting with paganism which finally led to their destruction by Babylon.
Maxwell says that the scribes just scribbled the religious texts in Jesus day.
Actually, the job of the scribes was to copy out versions of the Old Testament. They did this very accurately.
He then condemns the King James Version of the Bible because King James authorized it. This is a very shallow argument. He implies that the translators just scribbled out statements.
At least 60 scholars tackled the seven year project. They were all gifted in Latin, Greek and Hebrew.
They translated the words from Hebrew and Greek without paraphrasing what they thought it meant.
That is why the King James Version Bible is our Absolute. You must believe what it says.
Modern versions do not go for word by word accuracy. They rather tell you what the translators think it means. That is why there are so many modern versions. Different translators think it means different things.
This is a serious fault with New Agers. Maxwell claims to highly respect the Bible, yet he knocks it down as mere scribbling. This is a complete contradiction.
The obvious conclusion to draw from this contradiction is that he does not believe the Bible is really valid.
Maxwell says, “Some women liberals say it could be God the Mother. I don’t know.”.
What a statement. As far as Maxwell is concerned, God may be a woman. Maxwell thus expresses profound ignorance about his knowledge of God.
Maxwell says “Why do we say God the Father? Because the Hindus called god ‘ the rain that impregnated mother earth to bring forth’ ”.
Firstly the Jews knew nothing about the Hindus. Nor did they want to. The Romans hated the Jews because they were so exclusive. The Jews stayed away from all other religions.
Secondly, rain impregnates nothing.
Impregnation is to plant a seed in the womb. For plant life, each plant has its own seed. If this seed has not been planted in the mother earth before the rain falls, then all the rain will not make it grow.
He claims that once a year there was a celebration in Phonecia-Cana when the spring rains would come to bring forth life. Maxwell now says that the ancient Canaan spring rains were called the marriage feast at Cana. (It is difficult to take this statement seriously).
Remember, the Canaanites had been wiped out with few exceptions by Joshua. The land was still called Cana but it was the tribe of Ephraim who now lived here. Any surviving Canaanites were very much a minority group. Jesus was regarded as a Jew and Jews were not interested in pagan weddings. This was a Jewish wedding that He was invited to.
Maxwell then sees a “deep” or profound insight into the Bible story of the wedding at Cana. Mary, the mother of Jesus, symbolizes mother nature asking Jesus who symbolizes the risen sun to draw evaporated water up to the clouds where it would condense and fall down as rain to make grapes grow. Men would then turn grapes into wine. So he claims that the risen sun thus turned water into wine. Jesus, the risen Saviour, symbolizes the risen sun who saves us. If the sun did not rise every day we would be dead.
But this theory is very flawed. Jesus only became the risen Son after His resurrection. At that stage, He was not the risen Saviour. He had to die and be resurrected before He could claim to be the risen Savior.
The sun does not turn water into wine.
The water on its own is useless as there has to be soil and a grape vine present. Then the sun adds light. But this process takes months before the vine, which has to be pruned and fertilized, can produce a grape. The grape itself is partly due to the rain water and sunlight and partly due to the nutrients that the vine extracts from the soil.
Then man has to pick the grapes at the right time throwing out the ones that are under-ripe or over-ripe. He must crush the grapes and filter the juice. Then yeast is added and the juice is allowed to ferment for at least a month in an oak barrel. Removal of small particles, proteins, and dead yeast cells then has to happen. The fermented juice is then put into another oak barrel and is allowed to age for a long time. Only after this long and laborious process is the wine made. (Thus Maxwell’s clever theory of a risen sun in the sky making wine is just totally false.).
Jesus, the Son of God, had none of these extras. He got others to draw water and fill six pots.
The Son did not draw up any water.
Then He instantly turned water into wine. No vine and no soil. No crushing. No filtering and adding yeast. No fermentation in a special oak barrel. No clarifying to purify the fermented juice. No other oak barrel needed for ageing so that the fermented juice can become wine.
What was Jesus actually doing? Jesus was here indicating a much deeper mystery.
He is the First and the Last. His last miracle will be to transform the living saints into new bodies to take them up to Heaven for the wedding feast of the Lamb. So His first miracle was at a wedding feast to transform something. Why water to wine? Water speaks of God’s life giving Word. Man was made on the sixth day, symbolized by six pots. We have a duty that requires us to fill up with Scripture. Then at the end, He will transform the words of the Bible that are in our minds into a deeper revelation (wine symbolizes the stimulation of revelation) which will prepare us for the Coming of the Lord. Those who have not studied and believed the Word will stay behind as there is not enough water to transform. The pots had to be full.
Maxwell claims there is “the divine protection that the universe offers you when you are doing it right”. But how do we do it right when we criticize what is in the Bible, refer its miracles to some shallow teaching of the Saturn god, and claim that the Bible has faults?
The New Age Philosophy
David Icke's books deal with New Age. He was formerly a friend of Jordan Maxwell. This is no longer the case. Thus there are different opinions regarding New Age beliefs. They disagree amongst themselves.
Maxwell’s presentation style is a relentless siege of facts and figures, enough to wear down any opposition that is not well informed. He has a vast knowledge and jumps easily from one topic to another and thus he attacks from all sorts of different directions. One’s brain can easily reel under this shifting barrage.
But there are weaknesses in his formidable mental assault.
First, not all of his facts are true. His delivery is a slick entangling of truth and error.
Secondly, he ruthlessly and correctly exposes the errors of churchianity (human opinions and traditions) and then mistakenly uses those facts to discredit Christianity, which is only believing what is written in the Bible.
Thirdly, he misses the main thrust of the Bible. Religious error is the main enemy of mankind. Religious dictatorship is being built up. Political dictatorship is also on the rise but this is a secondary and thus lesser enemy. Maxwell makes too much focus on political corruption and fails to see the main religious errors of the churches.
Maxwell's statements are in inverted commas :
"I do not know Who God is". (So he is ignorant of the main topic that he discusses. This is the weakest link in his religious opinions because he knows about God but does not know God personally. Thus he fails to tell the difference between churchianity, when we serve God our way, and Christianity when we serve God the Bible way.)
"God requires justice". (True. But what about the grace of God as He deals with a lost and guilty world. Maxwell tells us nothing of how sin is forgiven by being washed away with the Blood of Jesus when we repent, which is the only way to avoid God’s justice)
"The early Gnostics were mystics, people who knew that you could experience God for yourself instead of going into a church and being told what to believe". (by preachers)
(What is written in the Bible tells us what to believe. Believing that the Bible is true and having a personal experience with Jesus Christ is Christianity. Anything different to the Bible, even if you know Jesus as Saviour, is churchianity.
Too often Maxwell points out the faults of churchianity, church traditions and human opinions, and thinks he is attacking Christianity.
Maxwell tells us that God is a “divine Presence”. This is impersonal and is copied from Buddhism. So Maxwell is also telling us what to believe. The same thing he criticizes the churches for doing. But he does not know who God is. So he is a guide who does not know where he is going. He is a prophet who does not know his god.)
Having disagreed with Maxwell on many points, let us first look at a number of his wise statements where he gets it exactly right. We can learn a lot from these statements of his.
"In Hebrew, to “know” means to experience—so, according to the Hebrews, knowing God means to experience Him. This is what most all early Hebrews and Christians were striving to do. Unfortunately, the Church got in the way of personal experience, by creating 'organized religion'.”
This is true. The only thing we can trust is what the early church believed in during the New Testament days. That was Christianity.
Then came human leadership with their opinions and traditions and the church slid into the darkness and dirt of the Dark Ages. Anything that is not written in the Bible is churchianity. Churchianity never saved anyone.
Please remember. Only what is written in the Bible is Christianity.
Whatever the churches teach that is not in the Bile is simply wrong. Maxwell is thus quite right. “Organized religion” is simply the mark of the beast in our foreheads. That is where we think. The churches have brain washed us with unscriptural ideas.
“Your mind is like a parachute, it doesn't work unless it's open.”
True. Christians huddle in their church groups and refuse to believe anything from outside their group. They only follow their church leaders. But church leaders have developed more than 45 000 different types of denominational and church religions, based on human opinions. So the church leaders are marching in more than 45 000 different directions. And each of those 45 000+ different denominations and churches is each claiming that they are right.
So whichever denomination or church that you choose, you have a 1 in 45 000 chance of being right.
Thus it is safe to assume that all the denominations and churches are wrong. Why?
“People have no idea in the world what is going on.”
True. The church world has seriously splintered. So where is truth? Jesus stands outside the church as the church leaders blunder onwards in their many different directions. Pastors claim to be the head of the church. But Christ is the Head of the church. A body cannot have two heads. So if the pastor, as the head, is inside the church then Christ, the real Head, cannot also be in the church and as such has to stand outside the church.
REVELATION 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
REVELATION 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:Maxwell is right. The church world has no clue what is going on.
“We need to wake up, this is serious stuff.”
100% true. Ten virgins were invited to the wedding. But they were all fast asleep. That describes the church world today. What cry will wake them up? The cry did not come from them, it came from elsewhere. But church leaders get their people to only listen to them, so they will never hear the wake up call as it did not come from their own church, it came from outside.
And church groups are trained to ignore and reject outside advice.
“Ignorance and its denial will, sad to say, lead us down the same road as it did in all past history.”
Quite true. The church world is heading for the great Tribulation. Every church simply denies that they could be wrong. The members simply deny that the leaders could be leading them down the wrong path. Thus the churches cannot be corrected.
LUKE 18:8 … Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?We have a lot of churchianity. But this is not what Jesus is looking for. He is looking for faith which only comes by believing what is written in the Bible. He says that He will not find much Bible faith. Why? We follow opinions and traditions, not the written Bible.
“They run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both political parties.” What I have said, however, is that they do control both parties, among many other things in the world.”
True. There are hidden political power groups who control the United States and tell the President what to do. This is true of politics. But politics is not the main enemy.
Maxwell and Icke point out many of the secret power grabs in the political arena. But they are missing the point. No single military power can conquer the world.
The cost of invasion and conquering is getting too much for one country. The lines of communication and supply get too long and require too many men to protect them. Eventually things grind to a halt.
It is the power grabbing amongst the churches that is the main enemy. Church leaders are using traditions and opinions that are not written in the Bible to bind people into their denominations. This churchianity will somehow pull people together when a strong Roman pope emerges as leader.
People want to belong to a church system. It gives them a sense of security.
Call the final Pope "Pope Peter II". Then ten dictators will give their military power to the church world. That will be the basis for a one world government.
Blind obedience to the leaders, political or religious, is preparing the world to accept the ultimate leader who will be the head of politics and religion. But that is not enough. One needs brute force as well. The iron of Rome in Daniel’s Gentile image.
"All sincerely decent, good people have as their greatest enemy this government and the people behind this government who are manipulating it, and the churches, period!"
Almost true. He makes the government the main enemy with the churches as a secondary menace. But it will be the other way around. Religion and politics have to combine under one head. The most powerful religious leader is the Pope. So it will be him. The combined churches will fall in line under the final Pope who will control the world's governments.
"People who follow the views of their leaders ….. without asking questions".
"Churchianity" does not ask questions. In 1963 the churches opposed the introduction of the miniskirt and women wearing pants. But no longer.
In the first world war women entered the factories and cut their hair short, like men. Many churches tried to oppose this. But no longer.
Same sex marriages are now accepted by church leaders.
Political involvement is now accepted by church leaders.
Couples living in sin is now accepted as well as pregnancy outside of marriage, women preachers, and abortion etc.
Rockefeller was divorced and remarried so he could never stand for election as American president.
A few years later Reagan, divorced and remarried, was elected as president.
So standards keep dropping. Whatever the leaders allow, people accept it.
Trump was divorced twice and elected president. The churches condone this divorce and re-marriage.
People just follow whatever their leaders do.
MATTHEW 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.Our ditch is the great Tribulation that is coming.
"Brainwashing is distraction from rebellion when dictatorship removes our liberties".
Very true. The church world tells us what to believe and we are scared to argue or else we will be kicked out. Political leaders use television to spread their propaganda. Children cannot pray in schools and we accept it. We accept that our children must be taught evolution which claims that they come from animals. Then we all complain that they behave like animals. Whatever the state or the church decrees, we just toe the line. Do not argue.
"Free will and abundance tends to selfishness and complacency, apathy, dependence, and bondage".
This is true. We are too lazy to think for ourselves and we want someone to think for us and to tell us what to believe. Then we totally depend on the leaders. We do not question where we are going.
Luxury murders spiritual zeal and walks grinning in the funeral.
The prosperity Gospel focuses on material blessings. This brings a leanness to the soul.
"To be launched, an arrow must first be dragged backwards".
True. Desperate to succeed as we succumb to competitive Christianity and the prosperity Gospel. We forsake and leave any path that requires suffering, sacrifice, and loss. Hence our characters are soft and easily manipulated. Character is only hardened when it is hammered on the anvil of difficulty and defeat.
"Glued to a cellphone, we become zombies".
True. Endless trivia fills our shallow minds and makes us scared of silence and solitude. But it is in silence and solitude that God can speak to us. Thus God hardly ever does get through to us. The torrent of verbal noise from other people drowns out the message of His still small voice. Cell phones really boost our sense of self-centeredness.
"Escape routes become addictions".
True. The cell phone is an escape from reality into a fantasy world of our own making. We cannot do without it, nor the meaningless computer games that so absorb us.
"You can’t start the next chapter of your life by re-reading the last chapter".
True. We are unsure of the future and look for someone to follow. We followed these leaders in the past so let’s keep following them. That is what we are used to doing and it is much easier than thinking for ourselves.
"You cannot change what you refuse to confront".
True. We reject listening to anyone who is outside our chosen group. Thus we can never be corrected and remain in bondage to the ignorance and errors of our group and our leaders. We can never see through our own faults and prefer to bluff ourselves that we have no faults.
Our most basic fault is our refusal to believe that we could be wrong or at fault.
Alcoholics have the same problem. They cannot admit that they have a problem.
"Sometimes good things must fall apart for better things to fall together".
True. We moan about hard times but something must go wrong in order to shake us out of our complacency and apathy to make us analyse what we believe, so that we can start to see our mistakes.
We are human. It is very unlikely that any one of us is perfectly right.
"Life is not what happens to you but how you react. If you cannot change something, change how you think about it".
We need a rethink of our values. Check everything we believe. Is it actually written in the Bible?
And when other people refuse to change their ideas, what are you going to do?
Start with Christmas day, 25 December. Is this date Scriptural?
You did not like the answer that it is not in the Bible. So what are you going to do about it? Nothing?
GALATIANS 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.25th day. Month of December. Christmas time. It comes around every year.
What does Paul think of you?
"To change things don’t fight the existing reality, build a new model that makes the existing reality obsolete".
True. A new reality is just to stay with what is written in the Bible. There is no need to clutter up our minds with all the extras that the church leaders or political leaders throw at us. Unscriptural beliefs are obsolete, they will be of no use in Heaven. But they may stop us getting there.
"Go along with it because it is comfortable. Then it gets uncomfortable".
True. We go with the flow. But then we can only move down hill. God has to shake us up to get us to change direction.
"The powers that be are keeping us docile with endless diversions -movies, television, entertainments like mindless Nintendo and computer games, drugs, alcohol, and they hand out condoms in some schools. And when you get kids while they're young, they develop bad learning habits and short attention spans. A ton of information has also surfaced connecting certain intelligence agencies with the drug trade into America. And who does drugs? Mostly young people. There's no doubt about an intentional dumbing down, you can't possibly get around that. And when these people grow up, as a generation, nobody will be smart enough to know what to stand up for. Just think about the "Little House on the Prairie" days, back in the 1800's and early 1900's, when the schoolrooms were one little schoolroom out in the middle of the prairie with all the different grades sitting together. And out of these meager beginnings, out of these schoolhouses, came the great captains and kings of industry, the great poets, the great mathematicians, the greatest minds that built America and made it the strongest and most profoundly important country in the world. And today, we have the greatest schools, with air conditioning and all the computers and, collectively, they can't find their way home. They are the most ignorant and ill-informed generation this country has ever produced. It's been said that 50 per cent of high school graduates can't find America on an unlabeled world map. Now that's frightening".
This is very true.
Education relies on cramming and repetition. This develops no thinking skills.
"When we came out of the Dark Ages into the Age of Enlightenment, the leaders of The Enlightenment were eventually put to death by the church".
This was 'churchianity' at its worst. The Bible does not tell us to kill scientists or thinkers.
"And the church always put to death anyone who would go against church or government. I believe the two greatest enemies of all free people in the world are government and religion, both. They are both equal partners in tyranny and have sold us out. The government fleeces us, the church fleeces us. That's why Christians are called sheep. Because with sheep, you fleece them. And then you eat them. And sheep, of course, are the dumbest animals in the world, and any farmer will tell you that. It's true. Anyone who knows anything about animals and animal husbandry will tell you that the most incredibly stupidest animal the world has ever known is a sheep. They cannot find their way out of a paper bag, and they will follow anybody".
This is very true. Maxwell is getting closer to the mark by showing how politics and the churches are taking us down the wrong path. We thus live in a dangerous age. Sheep are stupid. But we have a Shepherd. Jesus Christ the Word of God. So sheep need a personal salvation experience with Jesus. Then they must only believe what is written in His Bible and not trust any other ideas, their own or anyone else's.
Christians are only safe when following Jesus.
PSALM 23:1 Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd;
JOHN 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
Maxwell criticizes church buildings for imitating the ancient Egyptian places of worship.
This is a valid criticism.
"That is why churches and courtrooms look the same today, because when you go into churches you sit out here with the poor folks in the chairs out here in the pews, but you cannot go up onto the lifted higher elevation, you can't go inside the gate, you can't go inside the little doors, only the priest can go inside there and officiate for you. You stay on the outside with the poor folks. The altar is always raised at least three tiers, because in Egypt that was the way it was always done. The altar was always raised so the people could see the representative of God dressed in black. The priest comes out on the altar dressed in black, and he is officiating for you, he is the mediator between you and God".
Again notice the fallacy of finding fault with churchianity (human opinions and traditions) and using that to hammer Christianity which only believes what is written in the Bible.
Nowhere in the New Testament (true Christianity) were we ever told to build a church building as a place of worship. The only communal place of worship was the Temple and Jesus said that it would be destroyed, as it was in 70 AD.
Priests died out with the Old Testament. Nicolaitanism is the elevation of a holy man that is lifted up between the people and God. No one was told to dress in black in the New Testament.
If we just followed the Bible, none of these criticisms would apply to us.
ROMANS 16:5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house.The original church met in houses. The church was the people not the building. From the emperor Nero in 64 AD to Diocletian just after 300 AD, ten vicious persecutions were unleashed on Christians. They did not dare meet in public buildings as that would have been the obvious place to arrest them. Recently the Chinese church survived intense communistic persecution by meeting in houses as an underground church.
Maxwell is correct by linking “church” altars and their elevated priesthood to the Egyptian pattern. None of this comes from the New Testament.
The New Testament says that all Christians are part of the priesthood.
The word "pastor" is only mentioned once in the New Testament and thus no pastor has the Bible authority to run a church.
Elevated human leadership in the Bible is called "nicolaitanism" and God hates this.
In 312 AD emperor Constantine stopped the persecution of Christians and turned pagan temples into “churches”. So when new “churches” were built they imitated the pagan temples that were already there. Churchianity took off with a vengeance. But please do not call all these errors Christianity.
Steeples come from the tower of Babel, pointing up to Heaven where God dwells. But God is supposed to dwell in our hearts.
Maxwell says that there is no future Judgement day. Here he is very wrong. Perhaps he is just trying to escape from the still, small voice of his own conscience.
"And that is that the day that you are living right now is your judgment day. You are being judged right now, and if you understand that, then you can go on and not worry yourself sick over what is going to happen to you when you die".
No. In the supreme court you stand on the left hand side as the accused. Then you answer questions and defend yourself. This is the day of trial. Then the judge retires to consider his verdict. On another day everyone returns for the day of judgement. Then you cross over and stand on the right hand side of the court, facing the judge. That day you say nothing in your defense. The judge sums up the evidence and announces his sentence.
Today is the day of your trial when you can speak and argue and do whatever you want to do. All the evidence for and against you is accumulating. Then you die and you cross over to the other side. Then comes Judgement day. On that day you are silent. A three dimensional film of your life will be shown in front of everyone where even your thoughts and motives will be made manifest. Then the Judge, Jesus, will pronounce sentence. Only those who have repented and had their sins washed in the Blood of the Lamb will have the bad parts of their life story washed away. They will be declared not guilty. So Judgement day is certain. Only now, while we are still alive can we clean up our life’s record by repenting.
REVELATION 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
ACTS 2: 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.Peter’s advice is thus the only path open to us to get rid of our sins.
This is a major weakness of Maxwell’s beliefs. He speaks of judgement but gives us no clue as to how we can avoid that judgement.
DANIEL 7:10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.The books were a record of everyone’s life.
REVELATION 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.What we do wrong now, we pay for later.
It is essential that we repent of our sins and accept Jesus as our personal Saviour.