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“NEWSLETTER Feb 2020”
by Art Sadlier   
February 1st, 2020

Antichrist’s Peace Treaty

The scriptures tell us that in the coming tribulation period there will be two great forces in the world, a world government and a world church. These two organizations will join together in the first half of the tribulation to bring all mankind under the power of Satan’s man, the Antichrist. “…and power was given him over all kindred’s, and tongues, and nations” (Revelation 13:7). The ultimate goal of this union is to bring the whole world to worship Satan through the worship of Antichrist… “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8).

There will be a great apostate Christian church in a union of all the religions of the world. It will include all the people of the world, with the exception of those who refuse to take the mark of the beast. This world-wide scope is also revealed in Rev. 17:1, “…the great whore that sitteth on many waters.” this refers to the peoples of the world. Verse 15 confirms this interpretation, “The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” The coming world church will go far beyond what we now think of in terms Christianity.

In his book entitled, “The Night Jesus Christ Returned to Earth”, Tom A. Hudgens promotes new age apostasy. He writes, “Allow me to introduce to you the new Jesus. This isn't the Jesus Christ known to us from the pages of the Holy Bible, rather, this Jesus is a new version cast into the arena of international politics and global social change”

He went on to say, “And, among other things, Jesus brings religion into the picture by declaring, I believe we can show that Christianity is compatible with all other religions.” Jesus is quoted as saying, “My coming will help to solidify the religions.” What Hudgens wrote is important because his views are widely held by many powerful and influential world leaders. It represents the coming world-wide religion of Antichrist.

All of the world’s people and religions will come together to form a new religion.                                                                                                                              Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote, “Placing the capstone on all of this is the ongoing and incomplete work of the New Age Christ”.

Muller, Chardin, Bailey...each of these visionaries, and multitudes more, call out for a restructured international political system, global economic change, and a social transformation of the globe, all brought about by a New Age Messiah. We recognize from scripture that this will be the false Messiah, Antichrist.

CBS News correspondent Andy Rooney closed his program on Memorial Day with the following comment:  “Remembering doesn’t do the remembered any good, of course. It's for us, the living. I wish we could dedicate Memorial Day, not to the memory of those who have died at war, but to the idea of saving the lives of the young people who are going to die in the future if we don’t find some new way, some new religion maybe, that takes war out of our lives.” That is the dream that motivates global governance.

The question that arises is, how will the religions of the world, including apostate evangelicalism, come together to accept a new global religion that exalts the new age cosmic Christ?

Today the world is hopelessly divided and at war with itself. Today the world is divided by sectarianism, by religions, by political divisions and social prejudice, by cultural differences, national interests, by racism and the threat of terrorism and wars. Conflict and strife fills our world making it absolutely impossible to have any kind of unity in the world. It seems that Islam is determined to dominate the world. The Sunnis and Shiites are killing each other as they have been doing for a thousand years.

The scriptures reveal that a miracle-working leader will suddenly appear on the scene and unite the world in a way never even imagined in all of history. The book of Revelation says that the world will worship him. They are going to love him. Everyone will submit to him. They are going to say, “Who is like unto the beast,” there has never been anyone like him. No one will be able to oppose him. This superman, a one world religion and a one world government will unite the world.

What a contrast, from a divided world, to a world united overnight. How will that change come about? What will bring the Evangelical church into harmony with liberal mainline churches and with Catholics, Muslims and Jews?

The Bible has the answer. After the rapture, Antichrist will appear on the scene to sign a great peace treaty. I believe that an understanding of this coming event will give us the answer to this question.  As we have said, It will be a world motivated by the promise of peace, unity, prosperity and a new religion. It will be the excitement of the false prospect of a utopian socialist dream.

First - The Bible tells that the convicting and evil restraining power of the Holy Spirit will be withdrawn from men. Unrestrained, men will be self-deluded into believing a lie.

Second - Satan will be loosed to bring great delusion on the world to deceive men. When the church is raptured, the hindering ministry of the Holy Spirit will be terminated. Satan will be loosed to spread blindness and deception over the world.

Third - The Lord will also send great delusion on men. “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie” (2 Thessalonians 2:11). It will be a world where men who have hardened their hearts against God will be given over by God to deception. Jesus said in Matthew 24 that the last days would be marked by great deception.

A deceived and blinded world will be united by a universal religion, and united by another Jesus. It will be a world excited and committed to the Devil’s dream of a socialist utopia. It will be a world that will fall at the feet of Antichrist and follow him and worship him. When the bride of Christ is removed this harlot religion will quickly fill the earth. Antichrist will be received as Jesus Christ.

I repeat, the major vehicle to unite that world will be the peace treaty that Antichrist will sign with Israel and the nations of the world. Daniel foretells of the coming Antichrist and the peace treaty he will sign. Daniel 9:26 refers to him as “...the prince that shall come…” In Daniel 9:27 we read about the coming peace treaty. “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week…”  

For over fifty years the nations have been trying establish a peace treaty with Israel, to bring peace to the Mid-east and to the world. Those efforts have always ended in failure. But one day a peace treaty will be instituted. It will trigger the start of the seven year tribulation period.

The Deal of the Century

It seems that after all these years we now have a prototype of the peace treaty the world has been looking for. It will not be signed until after the church is raptured and Antichrist appears on the world stage. Remember, believers will not see this event take place, nor will we see Antichrist revealed. He will not be revealed until after the church is removed from the earth. We do not look for Antichrist or his peace treaty, we look for Jesus Christ.

This prototype is Trump’s “Deal of the Century,” his new proposed peace process for Israel and the Palestinians. Although it will not be implemented at this time, it seems that Antichrist may well use it in slightly different circumstances with some changes. This new peace proposal has elements in it not found in any previous peace proposal. It has a proposal to unite all religions, to unify the religions of the world, which is the basic program Antichrist will use to unify the world under him. Peace, prosperity and unity and religion will capture the hearts of all men.

Just recently we have seen the stage being set for the introduction of the “Deal of the Century.” In late January the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich, held a meeting at her office at the Vatican and declared to Pope Francis,  “America is fully committed to working with you to advance our shared goals of mutual respect, religious freedom, and peaceful coexistence in regards to the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative, otherwise known as Chrislam.”

Later, Mike Pence arrived at the Vatican for what was billed as a ‘meet and greet.’ Stunningly it turned into a high level, closed door meeting on something so sensitive that that neither party was willing to discuss it.

Within hours of that bombshell, President Trump announced he was finally ready to reveal his ‘Deal of the Century’ Mideast Peace Plan. He then asked Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to come to Washington for a meeting on that very subject. Understand that Trump has developed a very special relationship with Israel. Pope Francis has developed a very special relationship with Islam. Put the two together and you have a Mideast peace plan.

For the last seven years Pope Francis has been weaving and scheming to build the one world religion of Chrislam. In 2019 things came to a head as Chrislam, otherwise known as the ‘Abrahamic Faith Initiative,’ was finally formalized. The peace covenant document known as ‘Human Fraternity For World Peace’ was signed by Pope Francis and Sheik Ahmed al-Tayeb, and sealed by a kissing each other on the mouth.

Chrislam is traced back to Rick Warren and his speech at the Islamic Society of North America in 2009. Warren carried Chrislam until Pope Francis was elected in 2013, at which time he handed it over to him.

The Abrahamic Faiths Initiative group united 25 religious leaders representing millions of Christians, Muslim and Jewish faithful to discuss practical ways of promoting peace and fraternity at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, January 14-16.

Many peacemaking efforts have failed because they didn’t consider the religious implications of their initiatives, according to Sam Brownback, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for religious freedom. He stated that the world is crying for this movement. He underlined that Christian, Muslim and Jewish faithful all source back to Abraham.

This peace treaty will fully embrace the universal religion of the kingdom of Antichrist. Chrislam is now the name given to the one world religion that is rolling over the world.

Trump has been Israel’s benefactor. He has sought to ‘make Israel great again.’ However: in his deal of the century he is dividing the Promised Land and designating a portion to Israel’s enemy. The Lord has stated that He will judge those who do that. Trump’s peace proposal includes both the dividing of the land and the promotion of the world church. Trump has placed himself in opposition to God

The world is now ready for Antichrist, along with the false prophet, to come on the scene and introduce the great peace treaty to the world. The prophetic stage is now set and we are ready for the trumpet to sound and to leave this evil world and go home to be with Christ.

Understand that the two branches of the new world order will each have dynamic, miracle-working deceivers. The Antichrist, called the beast, will rule over the political aspect of the kingdom. The false prophet, also called a beast, that is how God views them, will rule over the religious aspect of the kingdom.

We read about this religious leader in Revelation 13:11, ““…and he had two horns like a lamb…” he will present himself as the representative of Christ, as the present pope does, but he will do the work of Satan. He will deceive the people of the world. The present Pope is doing exactly what the false prophet will do.

What do the scriptures indicate about that which lies ahead for the world? Though of course we do not know all the details, we do have an outline given to us.

God will continue to work with His people Israel. God has been raising Israel up since she became a nation again in 1948. She has risen from a small group of farmers and patriots to one of the most powerful and richest nations in world today, with her mighty army and her oil and gas reserves.

At the same time God has been seeking to draw Israel back to Himself. Though He is raising Israel up, He is also chastening her, at times very severely.

That process will continue until Israel finally recognizes Christ as her messiah. The greatest time of chastening for Israel is yet ahead. Jesus calls it the time of Jacob’s Trouble which will occur in the coming tribulation period. Zechariah tells that two thirds of all living Jews will die in those dark days.

We read about the consummation of God’s working with His people in Zechariah 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.” And in Zechariah 13:9, “And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say The LORD is my God.” This will occur at the second coming of Christ.

The scripture indicates that which will precede Israel’s final redemption, that which lies straight ahead. Prior to the signing of the peace treaty, the war of Psalm 83 must take place. The outcome of this war will have a profound effect on the peace treaty because the Palestinians will be destroyed in this war. (See Psalm 83:15-17). (We will deal with this war once again in our next newsletter)

As we have stated, after the war of Psalm 83 the signing of the peace treaty will take place. Some time prior to that event the rapture of the church will occur. The peace treaty will signal the beginning of the tribulation period. The church will be raptured prior to the tribulation period. “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” (Revelation 3:10).

At that time Israel will be deceived into believing that Antichrist is her Messiah. “I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive” (John 5:43). Incredibly, the whole world will be deceived into believing that Antichrist is Jesus Christ, the great lie.

Antichrist will become Israel’s deceptive benefactor during the first half of tribulation period, allowing her to rebuild the Temple and re-establish the Temple Worship. It will not be true worship nor a sanctified Temple. That will not happen until Christ returns at the close of the tribulation period.

At the Mid-tribulation point the Lord will begin the final phase of Israel’s chastening and her return to Himself.

I apologize that I do not have the space to lay out the scriptural evidence in detail for all of these assertions. We have sought to do this in our many previous articles.

Warning

The rapture of the church is a sign-less event. There are no signs that precede the rapture. However, we know that the rapture is prior to the tribulation period. Today the signs of the coming tribulation are flashing all around us and we are overwhelmed with it all. The trumpet is about to sound, are you ready?

If you are yet unsaved fall on your knees in repentance and faith and God will save you. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

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A Morally Corrupt Society

The descent of men and nations into immorality and perversion always brings the judgment of God down upon their heads. God hates iniquity, “How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?” (Job 15:16). The Bible is filled with examples of judgment for moral degradation.

Never has there been an hour in all of history when immorality has been more widespread. Pornography has filled the minds and hearts of men and corrupted them. The internet, the T.V screen, billboards, magazines and newspapers are awash in pornography. More recently, women have taken to a fashion that is leading them to expose more and more of their bodies. It is perhaps one of the most difficult days in which to live a pure life that pleases God.

During Noah’s day the whole world descended into sexual immorality and wickedness which brought about the destruction of all mankind in the universal flood. There was the exception of one righteous man and his family but the rest of mankind perished. “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). That seems to be applicable to the present hour.

Sodom is an example of God’s judgment on wickedness and rebellion against his commands. Sodom had sunk down into the sin of Sodomy and as a consequence, we read. “Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven” (Genesis 19:24). Immorality brought the total destruction of Sodom. That also seems to be applicable to this hour.

We believe that the moral and spiritual collapse of America and Canada has brought them to the point of no return. America has declared war on God. Every moral law of God has been trampled underfoot in America. The sexual revolution in the 60’s has largely brought the collapse of the family. Sensuality and sexual licence has led Americans into sexual perversion. It was followed by one attack on God after another, attacks on God’s moral requirements.  Abortion, the murder of babies made in the likeness and image of God was another atrocious attack on God. It is estimated that since 1970 there have been 60 million babies killed by abortion in America.

Dr. Pat Fagan says, “Pornography is a quiet family killer.” She adds, "Habitual consumption of pornography can break down the relational foundations of human life and interaction of family, friends and society.” Note that statement.

The LGBT agenda legalized sodomy. It was followed by denial of God-given sexual identity. The moral collapse continues with a plunge into pedophilia. Now there is a move to legalize pedophilia.

A recent news headline states the following. “LGBT+P for Pedophilia Advocacy Group ‘Garden State Equality’ Begins Forced Re-education Of New Jersey School Teachers in Gay Curriculum”

The article went on to say, “The advance of the end times agenda of the LGBTQ+P for Pedophilia Movement is not only swift but stunning to the degree in which they have been able to effect radical change in states all across America.”

We are now seeing the final act of sexual perversion, pedophilia. Sexual perversion is a downward spiral climaxing in pedophilia. Moral collapse is a point of no return for a nation as the account of Sodom and Gomorrah reveals.

Pedophilia

Pedophilia is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. The youngest child rescued from pedophilia was 2 years old. The record shows that 36 men raped that child over a period of 31 days. Think on that. It took 31 surgeries to restore her to a woman and just enable her to urinate properly; she will never be a mother. Only 2% of such victims can recover to just exist in society in a functional way. It costs $300 - $1500 a month for clinical therapy and it takes 12- 24 months for any hope of limited recovery.

Tim Ballard, who leads a rescue operation, estimates that one 12 year old girl has been raped thousands of times. There are eight million children who are enslaved and being sold for sex. There has been a 5000% increase in child sex videos on the internet. Every day 37 porn videos are created in the U.S. Every day 40 million Americans visit porn sites. 624,000+ child porn traders have been discovered online in the U.S. Porn is global, with an estimated $97 billion industry, with about $12 billion coming from the U.S. In 2018 alone, more than 5 ½ billion hours of porn were consumed on the world’s largest porn site.

47 % in the U.S. report that porn is a serious problem in their home. 30 % of internet content is porn related. 88 % of porn contains violence against women. Porn sites attract more visitors each month than Amazon, Net-flex and Twitter combined. Every second 28,259 are watching porn on the internet. The world’s largest free porn site also received over 33 ½ billion site visits during 2018.

Evil in America is real. Pedophilia is wide spread, reaching everywhere. It is in corporate America and in every section of society and we turn a blind eye to it. For example, a police chief, a Senator and a school principal have been charged. The corruption is far reaching.

It is reported that many men who claim to be Christians watch porn regularly. It is also reported that 50 % of pastors watch porn every week. Thank the Lord for godly pastors whose lives are pure. Pastors, who walk in the Spirit, teach the whole council of God and lead the church in the right way.

And as we have said, there is a campaign to legalize pedophilia. It is already being taught in one university in California. They are looking for a sponsor to present a motion in Congress to legalize pedophilia.

One child in the hands of a pimp can bring him $250,000 a year. That translates into one million dollars a year tax free, for four children. Tim Ballard tells us that Children are stolen in Mexico and brought to New York to be sold for sex.

The life expectancy for a child who is trafficked is seven years. Today in the US a child is sold for sex 10-20 times a day, to men who pay for sex with minors. Gross evil is real in our lands and it is very widespread.

America is the number one country in the world for commercial sex for children. It is a 30 billion dollar a year business. It is aided and abetted by an extensive system of legitimate corporations. It is aided and abetted by some prominent people in society.

The ‘End National Defense Network Abuse’ was introduced in the wake of an investigation which revealed 5,000 individuals, including many affiliated with the Department of Defense, were involved with child porn websites. Some were using government devises to view and share the images.

It is estimated that 76,000 children are trafficked every day in Texas, over half a million daily in the US. We are talking about slavery. A child sold for sex is a slave whose moral compass has been destroyed. It is in every race and in every zip code in America. A child who has been violated has been stripped his or her sense of basic being. Changing what they think of life, trust, self-respect and love.

Jesus Christ has commanded us that sex to be in marriage exclusively, only between husband and wife. Every time you violate God’s design a piece of you dies.

According to law a prostitute is one who acts according to his or her free will. Less than 2% of the world’s prostitution is by free will. They have been corrupted and forced and their moral sense has been destroyed, they are slaves.

America (Canada) has allowed our children to become goods for sale. It is pernicious in every part of society. The average child trafficked in the US is twelve years old. Children are very vulnerable to seduction. You can break a human being just like you can break a horse. They tell us that it not hard to do. If you know their vulnerability and their desires and if they feel unattached, for example no father or a father who is uninterested in them, they are very susceptible to seduction. Pimps carefully groom them in preparation for prostitution.

Grooming is the process by which someone befriends and gains trust of a child in order to take advantage of the child for sexual purposes.

There are usually six stages to grooming by a sexual predator. 1 – Friendship (targeting to gain trust). 2 – Relationship (filling the child’s needs). 3 – Gauging the level of protection surrounding the child. 4 – Exclusivity (Isolating the child from others). 5 – Sexualization.  (Desensitizing the child to sex talk and activities). 6 – Abuse.

Sexual predators have found an easy access point into the lives of young people: They are meeting them on line through multiplayer video games and chat-apps, making a virtual connection right in their victims’ homes. Many of the interactions lead to crimes of ‘sextortion,’ in which children are coerced into sending explicit imagery of them-selves.

Video games such as Minecraft and Fortnight, social media apps such as TikTok and Instagram, and online chat forums have become hunting grounds for sexual predators.

From The New York Times: “Criminals strike up conversations and gradually build trust. Often they pose as children, confiding in their victims with false stories of hardship or self-loathing. Their goal is to dupe children into sharing sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves, which they use for blackmail for more imagery, much of it increasingly graphic and violent. Reports of abuse are emerging with unprecedented frequency around the country, with some perpetrators grooming hundreds and even thousands of victims.”

Our society has descended into the same depths of sexual immorality as recorded in the days of Noah. “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them” (Genesis 6:5-7).

The source of man’s problem is within. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). The Bible tells us that the whole world of unregenerate men lies in the wicked one. “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness” (1 John 5:19). The word ‘wicked’ is the same word found in the previous verse where it is translated wicked one. Mark it down; the whole world lieth in the wicked one.

The only hope for mankind is the salvation Christ died to freely give to those who would come to Him in repentance and faith. “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son” (Colossians 1:13). The only escape from the kingdom of Satan is through salvation.

Our society has rejected God and His Word and Judgment lies straight ahead.

Child pornography is defined as an instrument used as a stimulation device. It is also a method of intimidation and of luring children into sexual activity, and as a link to sexual exploitation of children.

Those involved in rescue programs tell us the softest target is the girl who lives at home with both Mother and Father. Her radar is way down and she has no social awareness. Her father must be active in her life in a healthy way, affirming her womanhood, bringing God into her life and helping her with her vision for the future. She must have a deep assurance in her heart that her father really loves her. Without that she is a sitting duck for seduction. She is going to cry out for attention.   Dads your love for your children will not help unless they are totally aware of it and can rest in it.

 Warning - There are evil men who would steal your daughter and groom them for prostitution.

The fastest rise in child trafficking is parents who traffic their own children. The financial gain is massive. The wickedness of the human heart is beyond comprehension. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9). Such cases usually begin with the father violating his own daughter.

It all started in the sexual revolution in the 1960’s. Barriers to immorality were torn down. The American population was desensitized to immorality and they agreed to change. Remove prayer from the schools, marriage is not one man and one woman. Life is not sanctified, abortion is convenient, homosexuality is okay, gender identity is optional and now Pedophilia.

Pornography is the tool to bring men and children into immorality. The average age boys are introduced to pornography is eight years old. If you take an eight year old and destroy his view of women you will destroy him.

Porn is the most addictive drug on the planet, more dangerous than heroin. It does not stop, the desire grows exponentially. Progression is very rapid and by the time a boy is ten he can be hooked by hate sex.

There is a physical logistical and chemical reaction in the brain unique to pornography. This is not found in any other drug. It literally shuts off areas of the brain to think rationally, it is like tunnel vision. Lust is never satisfied, more, more, and new expressions are craved. It is a downward plunge that destroys all before it and ends in hell.

Every social media platform is being used to exploit children. Evil knows no bounds. We are told that 68% of married men who are porn users divorce. There is no such thing as functional porn users. There is not a single mass shooter, mass murderer that was not addicted to porn.

It is down, down, down and the end drug is puberty sex, pedophilia. Every society that arrives at this point eventually ceases to exist. The sexual revolution started in the sixty’s. We are told that it takes three generations to destroy a society. We are now three generations from that point and we are facing the judgment of God on America and Canada.

Our society has known in large part, the truth of God’s Word and has deliberately turned away from God. The basic sin of men is to put God out of their lives.

If it were possible to describe our society in a few words, those words would be, they have "forgotten God.” That is not something that God takes lightly! In Psalm 9:17 we read "The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God". The Lord equates wickedness with just plain old forgetting God! Hell is for those who forget God. Moral destruction is for those who forget God.

Today the Word of God is both forgotten and rejected. Everything the Bible teaches is today largely rejected by our society, from marriage to immorality to acceptance homosexuality and pedophilia and to confusion about gender identity. What the Bible teaches about creation is laughed at and what the Bible teaches about sin and salvation is scorned. Led by Satan the world is today at war with God.

The scripture pronounces judgment on sensuality and perversion. Today we live in a society totally given over to sensuality. It jumps out at you on the TV set; the internet and in the streets. We are drowning in pornography and sensuality.

We as a society have not only forgotten God, we have made our own gods to take the place of the true God. Our society is busy worshipping the gods of gold and silver, the gods of pleasure, entertainment and lust and most predominately of all; the gods of materialism. Things - things - things - the lives of those who have forgotten God are bound up and wrapped around things. Sometimes good things, but things that replace our time for God, that replace our dependency upon God, things replace our affection for God.

Danger

 “And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon” (2 Samuel 11:2). First - David saw, we cannot be blamed for what we see. It sometimes just happens beyond our control.

Second -  David looked upon the woman after he saw her. He should have looked away, he knew that, but he didn’t do it.

Jesus said, “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). Looking upon a women who sensually clad or unclad will result in lustful thoughts and it will lead to committing adultery in the heart.

Looking always leads to thinking, always. Job said, “I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?” (Job 31:1). He said in effect, I will guard my eyes, I may see but I will not look upon, if I look upon, I will think upon. He concluded that he would not allow himself to think upon a woman because he knew it would result in adulterous thoughts.

Peter tells us what the end result will be if continued, “Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin…” (2 Peter 2:14). That is exactly how pornography works. That is the fruit of pornography. Pornography will radically change a man. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7). (So he will become). Pornography will drastically change a man or a boy. Danger! Danger!  Stay Away!!!!

Point – 1 - Everyone who looks with lust knows that they are violating God’s law and God’s requirement. Without labouring the point, we have confirmation of this in Romans 2:15, “Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.” Those who get involved in porn know instinctively that they are violating God’s law. Lust is a strong desire for that which is forbidden. Perversion is to change or to move to that which is abnormal and wrong. Those involved in pornography are changing God’s purpose and intention for them.

Point – 2- If an individual continues in his sin, he will still be open to the mercy and grace of God if there is repentance. My dear brothers in Christ, God is waiting to bless you. He is waiting to bless your home, your family, your church and those around you. God wants to bring blessing through your life. But understand; there is no blessing of God upon a heart that is filled with lust. God will only bless a pure life. “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth” (1 John 1:6). Paul said to the Corinthians who were walking in darkness, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates“ (2 Corinthians 13:5).

Point – 3.  If the disobedience continues, ultimately God will give the sinner over to reprobation. To continue in immorality is to be in danger of being given over to immorality and to be abandoned by God.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient (proper)” (Romans 1:26-28).

We see this abandonment by God prior to the flood. “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth (grieves) me that I have made them” (Genesis 6:5-7). There is a principle established here. Men can reach a level of moral corruption that will move the hand of God to destroy men and nations from the earth.

Are we currently living in a future that people of the past feared, where really vivid porn is available online for free from anywhere?

Pornography negatively impacts men in serious ways. It seems apparent that men have been seriously distracted, robbed of initiative, right thinking, moral discernment and concentration by pornography. Pornography corrupts the mind, body and soul. The Spirit of God is grieved and quenched by the moral corruption caused by pornography.

It is now obvious that the secret sin of pornography is very wide spread among men today. I believe it would shock us if we knew how widespread it really is.

I am old enough to remember days long gone by, days when churches were filled with godly men who understood the Word of God and held tenaciously to it. They were men who were willing to contend for the truth. Churches were filled with godly men willing and able to give leadership, both in the church and in the home. Their numbers are greatly diminished today. Something has changed all of that. The secret sin has robbed many of our men of the blessing of God. It has destroyed lives, families, churches and I believe our nation.

Victory over this Evil

The Word of God clearly reveals how to have the victory over this evil.                                                      1 – Through the Word of God     “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11).   The Word of God will give you victory over sin. But notice how that victory comes, it comes by hiding God’s Word it in your heart. How do you do that? The Word of God tells us in Joshua 1:8, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”  Applying that verse and obeying it will guarantee you victory over any and all sin. You are to memorize it and store it up in your heart to meditate upon it and obey it. That is an unbreakable promise of God. If you want victory, get serious about God’s Word. That promise will never fail.

2 -  You have to walk in the Spirit  “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Galatians5:16). That’s a promise of God and it will produce victory over the lusts of the flesh. You will never get the victory over the flesh in the strength and energy of the flesh. Victory is yours if you die to your self-nature and allow God’s Spirit to control you day by day and moment by moment. You must get serious about submitting to the will and the Word of God.

3 – Be a lover of Christ   “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23).  This is a principle that releases power in your life. It is called the expulsive power of a new affection. As a young single man I was going merrily along my way, doing pretty much as I pleased. Then one day I laid my eyes on a beautiful young lady. My life was radically changed. For the next 64 years my life was focused on her. That is the expulsive power of a new affection. If you fall in love with Jesus Christ your life will be forever changed.

4 – Keep busy serving your Lord.   Let your heart be totally consumed in serving Christ. Keep busy at it, don’t be idle. In 2 Samuel 11:1 we read, “And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.” David, as the King was obligated to go off to the battle to lead the army. Instead he remained behind in the palace and slept in bed all day. Verse 2, “And it came to pass in an evening tide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.” The story goes on to tell us that he committed adultery. David was idle and he fell into a great sin that caused him grief for the rest of his life. God intends us to be busy doing what He wants us to do. Idleness is dangerous.  Keep on serving the Lord.

The first requirement that allows the above biblical principles to work in your life is your personal salvation. You must trust Christ as your savior and be born again. “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” (John 3:16). Salvation is by faith and repentance on our part. That moves the hand of God to save us by His grace and Mercy.

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14).

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree; that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name

My unsaved friend, fall on your knees right now, confess your sinfulness, and your sins and ask God to save you and according to His promise He will save you.

When you become a new creature in Christ the Spirit of God can work in your life and empower you to have victory over sin, if you follow the pathway of victory outlined in His Word.

Art Sadlier - I acknowledge Jaco Booyens and Tim Ballard as the resource for some of the material in this article.

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The Atonement, the Scapegoat

Leviticus 16

All sin is first and foremost against God. All sin must be atoned for before God. All of the blaspheming and rebellion and disobedience against God must be atoned for. All of the breaking of God’s law, all of the murder of men and women and babies created by God in His image, must be atoned for. All of the violence and immorality and perversion and drunkenness and hatred must be atoned for before a holy God. All sin robs God of His glory. The entire universe has been dishonouring God and denying His glory.

God is a holy God and His throne and His kingdom must be in a holy environment. “Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne” (Psalm 97:2). Those clouds of sin and darkness that are within God’s universe and His kingdom must be removed forever. Every sin in the universe must be atoned for and removed from before the One they have been committed against.

The atonement was made at Calvary, but it is typified in the goat that was the “Lord’s lot.” In the atonement we see two goats involved. The first goat was the “Lord’s Lot.” We discovered that the atonement was first and foremost for the Father. Until the wrath of God was appeased, there could be no forgiveness and cleansing from sin. In the first goat the atonement for sin was made, in the second goat the atonement for sin was applied to man’s need.

In the second goat we see the atonement applied to man’s sin and man’s need.

“And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness”(Leviticus 16:20-22). Here we have the other side of the issue of the death of Christ; we have the other aspect of the atonement. The final and full cleansing and forgiveness of the people is typified in this act.

The death of Christ forms the ground for the glory of God. It is the ground upon which the slander of sin upon God’s character is removed. It is the ground upon which the glory of God is restored in the eyes of men. It is also the ground for the perfect forgiveness of sins for all who put their trust in it. Remember, the glory of God is the first and most important thing. Our salvation is secondary to that and springs out of it. To maintain the glory of God was the primary object of Christ in the atonement. We see that revealed in John 13:31-32, “Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.” The glory of God was the primary factor in the atonement.

In a messianic passage we read about Christ, “And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified” (Isaiah 49:3). The glory of God was the primary object of our Lord Jesus Christ in His life and in His death. He lived and died to glorify His Father. (See the application to our lives in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Do we gentiles lose anything in all of this? No! In no other way could our salvation be so provided for than when it is made subsidiary to the glory of God. It is wonderful to know God is glorified in the putting away of our sins. It is wonderful to know our sins have been put away by the death of Christ on the cross, through which He has been eternally glorified. As we have said, the two goats on the atonement day reveal the two-fold aspect of the one act of atonement. In the one we see God glorified. In the other we see our sins put away. We are as perfectly forgiven by the atonement of Christ as God is perfectly glorified by it.

The goat which was the “Lord’s lot” was brought to the door of the Tabernacle. There was only one place the atonement could take place. There was only one place where the blood could be shed. That place was Calvary and that place was typified by the door of the tabernacle. You will look in vain for reconciliation with God until you come to Calvary. In that place the priest took the knife and cut the throat of the goat. In that place the blood was shed and the goat died in that place, a perfect type of the cross of Calvary. That scene was repeated at the door of the Tabernacle times without number over the years but it was only a type of the true atonement. The true atonement was only made once. Hebrews 10:12, 14 “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God;..... For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.”

After the blood was presented the goat was carried without the camp. “And the bullock for the sin offering, and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall one carry forth without the camp; and they shall burn in the fire their skins, and their flesh, and their dung” (Leviticus 16:27). We see the sacrificial burning. It took place without the camp as Christ the true sacrifice suffered without the camp. Hebrews 13:12, “Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.” Other sacrifices were offered and burned within the Tabernacle, but they were not representative of the atonement of Christ.

The goat was flayed or skinned; it was cut in pieces, a picture of the suffering of Christ in the laying down of His life for us. There was to be no question of the fact that the goat was dead, Christ died for our sins. The wood was placed on the altar and set on fire. The pieces of the goat were all placed on the fire. There on that altar the goat burned and burned until all that was left were a few ashes. Christ was totally consumed in the atonement that He made for us.

We see that atonement revealed in Isaiah 53:4-6, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” We catch here something of the judgment of God poured out on Christ for our sin. In verse 11, we see, the Father observing the sacrifice and being fully satisfied that the price of sin was paid in full. “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.”

In the scapegoat we see the atonement being applied to meet the need of sinful men. “And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness” (Leviticus 16:21). We have here simple and wonderful truth that is the foundation of our joy and peace and assurance. If ever we can grasp and believe the truth taught here we will enter into the blessedness that is ours in Christ. We see Aaron laying his hands upon the head of the live goat. He is identifying with one who will bear away his sins. Notice he lays both hands on the head of the goat, we see his total identification with his substitute. Christ is my substitute, I totally identify with Him. He is the only substitute that is able and willing to bear away my sins. I can rest in such a wonderful and sufficient Saviour, the holy God and the perfect man.

The truth that all of my sins have been transferred to Christ gives me great peace of heart and soul. I identify with Him in His death and in His resurrection life. “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4).

The next thing we notice is confession of sins. It is through confession that sin is forgiven. Sin breaks our heart when we become aware of its offensiveness to God. Yet it is not our sorrow over our sin that brings forgiveness, it is our simple confession. 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”It is simple confession that brings forgiveness; nevertheless that confession must be thorough and leave no sin unconfessed. The text says, “all iniquities,” “all sins.” A willingness to recognize sin and to forsake sin is necessary to enter into salvation. Confession involves both of these elements. In verse 22 we see our substitute bearing away our sins where they can never be found again. “And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.” Our sins have been born away to a place where no one lives to discover them again. Praise God! My sins are gone! “My sins are blotted out I know, my sins are blotted out I know, they are buried in the depths of the deepest sea, my sins are blotted out I know!”

How many sins of Israel did the scapegoat carry away? “All”-Not one was left behind. Our wonderful Saviour has carried away all of our sins to a place where they can never be found. That floods my soul with infinite peace. “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth” (Romans 8:31). That is my position now and forever. New sins are forgiven sins, but they also must be confessed, because they grieve my conscience and break my fellowship with God, even though they do not affect my standing before God. A deep understanding of this wonderful truth will change your life. It will give you joy and peace. It will increase your love for the saviour. It will accelerate your desire to live a life that is pleasing to God and it will create a new hatred of sin a new sensitivity to sin.

Men and women have some very deep needs. We have a need to escape the wrath of God upon our lives because of our sin. We have a need to be freed from the guilt of sin. We have a need to live in victory over sin. We have a need to be in fellowship with God, the purpose for which God has created us. We have a need to be in fellowship with our fellow men. All of these needs are fully met in the atonement provided for in the shed blood of Christ. They are dealt with according to the perfection of Christ’s sacrifice. Let me remind you again of two things. First, that Christ died as our substitute that we might escape eternity in the lake of fire. Second, that Christ lived a perfect consecrated life to God. He did that to please God and He did that in order that His perfect consecrated life might be our experience.

Israel could find no permanent rest in the sacrifice of bulls and goats. The atonement had to be repeated every year on the Day of Atonement. Today Israel has no sacrifice, no priesthood and no atonement. Israel has no salvation and no rest. Someday Israel will enter into rest. Someday Israel will enter into the atonement which Christ has provided for them. They will look upon Him whom they have pierced and enter into the new covenant that we have already entered into. Israel’s long night of sorrow will come to an end and they will take down their harps from the willows and sing the sweet, sweet songs of Zion. They also will rest forever in the once for all true sacrifice for sin. For us who are in the body of Christ, our long night will soon be over. Our place for the present is outside the camp. The same cross that brought us inside the veil has cast us outside the camp of this world. We are now where this world has cast our Lord, outside the camp. It is a privilege to be outside the camp and to be rejected as our Lord was. The more we come to know this present world the happier we are to be outside with Him. Someday this world will be the kingdom of our Lord and we will rule and reign with Him and we will be within the camp.

The New Evangelical desires to be accepted by the world and to be within the camp of the world. This is a tragic mistake and brings the destruction of the church.

Let me close with an invitation to those who have never entered into the benefits of the atonement of Christ. Christ has died for your sin and has paid the price of your sin in full. You need to have the blood of Christ applied to your heart through repentance and faith, otherwise the atonement will be in vain for you.

I am reminded of the story of a man who had committed a murder and was sentenced to death for his crime. His brother was a friend of the president and prevailed upon him to offer a pardon to him. The man went to prison to visit his brother with pardon in his pocket. He asked his brother what he would do if he were pardoned. He answered that he would kill the judge who had convicted him and the man who had witnessed against him. There was no recognition of his sin and no repentance for it. The brother left the prison with the pardon still in his pocket. My friend Christ has atoned for all of your sins and is offering you a free pardon. You must recognize your sin and need of a pardon and need of a saviour. You must come to Christ in repentance and faith to have the pardon applied to your soul. Without that the atonement of Christ will have been in vain for you.

Jesus said, “Except you repent ye shall all likewise perish.”

John 3:36 says, “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.”

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Reverent Worship

Many of our popular songs and choruses in praise of Christ are hollow and unconvincing. Some are even shocking in their amorous endearments, and strike a reverent soul as being a kind of flattery offered to One with whom neither composer nor singer is acquainted. The whole thing is in the mood of the love ditty, the only difference being the substitution of the name of Christ for that of the earthly lover. How different and how utterly wonderful are the emotions aroused by a true and Spirit-incited love for Christ. Such a love may rise to a degree of adoration almost beyond the power of the heart to endure, yet at the same time it will be serious, elevated, chaste and reverent. Christ can never be known without a sense of awe and fear accompanying the knowledge. He is the fairest among ten thousand, but He is also the Lord high and mighty. He is meek and lowly in heart, but He is also Lord and Christ who will surely come to be the judge of all men. No one who knows Him intimately can ever be flippant in His presence.

A.W. Tozer

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