Light for the Last Days

Signs of the Times – February 2021

Persecution rising around the world.

Christians are being slaughtered all across Africa, they are being taken to concentration camps in North Korea, thousands of churches have been brutally shut down under a new wave of persecution in China, and millions of believers throughout the Middle East must live knowing that each new day may be their last.  

Open Doors says levels of Christian persecution are at a record high around the world, revealing that the number of Christians murdered for their faith rose 60 percent in 2020.  Open Doors World Watch List names the top 50 nations that are persecuting Christians the most.  The top ten are 

  1. North Korea
  2. Afghanistan 
  3. Somalia
  4. Libya
  5. Pakistan
  6. Eritrea
  7. Yemen
  8. Iran
  9. Nigeria
  10. India

North Korea is definitely deserving of the number one spot on the list.

Right now, hundreds of thousands of prisoners are enslaved in concentration camps, and most of those that get sent to one of them are never heard from again. Afghanistan also deserves their spot in the top 10.  Many of those that convert to Christianity face death, and the government that was installed following the U.S. invasion is extremely hostile to the Christian faith and is one of the most oppressive countries on the entire planet.

According to Open Doors, other nations such as India have been using COVID as an excuse to ramp up persecution of believers.  “Extremists and governments are using COVID-19 as a justification to increase persecution against Christians and we see this in several places,” said Open Doors CEO David Curry.  “In India, local governments are using pressure on Christians to withhold food and medical care – over 115,000 incidents of this that we can document,” explained Curry. “Extremists like Boko Haram in northern Nigeria are attacking Christian villages, knowing that there is nowhere for them to go and they’re taking food and medical supplies. This is happening more and more and that’s on top of the other incidents of persecution. So, there’s this level of intensity that’s been added to because of COVID.”

In Africa, mass slaughters of Christians are happening on a regular basis, but the mainstream media in the western world hardly ever mentions them. On Tuesday, 15th of December, Ethiopian federal troops killed as many as 750 people sheltering in the Mariam of Zion cathedral (where it is claimed the ark of the covenant is held) in the Tigrayan city of Aksum.

Over in China, thousands of churches have been permanently shut down, Bibles are being regularly burned in public, and countless numbers of church leaders have been “disappeared”.  For those churches that are permitted to remain open, technology is used to carefully watch every move.  Curry explained, “There’s 100 million Christians right now in China, and they (the regime) are using their technology for surveillance of the church. They’re watching their every move. They’re seeing when they go into church. They’re using facial recognition. They’re looking at their searches online. They have a massive surveillance system which is monitoring religious practice in China and it is absolutely chilling, and I think it poses the greatest threat to human rights.”

Animosity toward Christians is rapidly rising all over the western world as well, and what we have witnessed so far is just the beginning. The Christian faith is being demonized on television, in the movies, in our education system and by many prominent voices in our society.

Sadly, it is just a matter of time before we see active persecution of Christians here too.

Conservative Christians fear a purge coming in America.

The invasion of the US Capitol building on January 6th was used to ban Donald Trump from Twitter and Facebook.  It also led to the temporary suspension of the ‘Parler’ social media platform.   American conservatives see this as the beginning of a campaign to silence them and remove their voices from alternative media in the USA, leaving only the mainstream media, which is compliant to the leftist progressive agenda as the only source of information.  

Some have compared the Capitol building incident to the Reichstag fire in 1933 which the Nazis used to put the blame on the Communists and bring about the suppression of their movement.  In the US this will be a domestic ‘war on terror’ in which the ‘terrorists’ will be ‘right wing extremists’, potentially including the 70 million people who voted for Donald Trump. Christian conservative supporters of Donald Trump fear they too will be labelled as ‘right wing extremists’ and a danger to public order and find themselves suppressed and their media outlets banned.

A group, calling themselves the Secular Democrats of America, sent a letter to Biden’s team under the title ‘Restoring Constitutional Secularism and Patriotic Pluralism in the White House.’

The document states that an incoming Biden administration must “educate the American public,” particularly those identified as the “religious right,” on the need to keep their “religious dogma” to themselves. The document calls for a purge of social conservatives from all levels of government, labelling them as “white nationalist” and “conspiracy theorists.”

They are making enemy lists and have their sights set on the traditional Catholic community as well as the conservative evangelical Protestant community – two groups that voted for Donald Trump in droves.  

On a programme on ‘Worldview Weekend TV’ Trevor Loudon, an author and filmmaker specializing in communist revolutionary movements throughout history, described the document “an advisory to President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris basically to clamp down on religious liberty in this country.”

The document demonises conservative Christians as enemies of the state, equating them with “white nationalists” and “white supremacy,” which to the left is code for fascism, deserving of extreme retribution and ostracizing them from society.

The paper states: ‘We urge you not to underestimate the institutional strength of what we refer to (interchangeably) in this document as the ‘Christian nationalist movement’ or the ‘religious right.’  Its extreme and sectarian agenda is on constant display under the Trump Pence administration.  Its political ideology is anti-democratic and anti-scientific.  It provides constant cover for white supremacy.’

Loudon told Worldview TV that this could be interpreted as a recommendation to send conservative Christians to re-education camps to deprogramme them and brainwash you in their way of thinking.  “This is a document that the communists would be proud of. It is couched in the same sort of manner that I read in the communist press,” Loudon said. “They use certain weasel words that you can figure out what it means, and it is very, very scary stuff.”

The document calls on Biden to make the following changes:

  • Eliminate government support for all crisis pregnancy centres and all abstinence-only education programs in schools.
  • Deny free speech and religious liberty to select Americans based on their religious beliefs.
  • Remove “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency.
  • Rescind and replace the Trump DOJ’s federal protections for religious liberty.
  • Appoint an attorney general who will support governors whose emergency COVID-19 executive orders restrict gatherings at houses of worship.
  • Reverse the Trump administration policies that have allowed faith-based government-funded contractors to provide adoption and foster care services and work with Congress to pass the Every Child Deserves a Family Act.
  • Fully and robustly fund “comprehensive” sex education, which to the leftist means encouraging elementary and middle school-age children to declare themselves one of dozens of made-up non-biological gender identities and learn how to engage in various deviant forms of sex.
  • Work with governors to educate and combat Project Blitz and encourage the introduction of the Do No Harm Act at the state level. [Project Blitz is a pro-family lobbying group described by the Secular Democrats as “a coordinated effort by Christian Nationalists to inject religion into public education, attack reproductive healthcare, and undermine LGBTQ equality using a distorted definition of ‘religious freedom.’”
  • The document tells Biden: “We urge you to avoid invoking the phrase ‘Judeo-Christian values,’ as it has been weaponized by the religious right to advance an agenda that has the veneer of inclusivity but actually undermines religious freedom and tolerance and does not represent tens of millions of Americans implicitly excluded from its formulation. 

The fall of Christian America?

Global cooling.

The website Electroverse writes:  ‘Temperatures on planet Earth have plummeted in line with events happening outside our control, the ever-intensifying Grand Solar Minimum and the ongoing weakening of the earth’s magnetosphere. Since February 2020 the temperature of the Global Lower Atmosphere has plunged by almost half a degree Celsius to just 0.27C above baseline in December 2020.  Looking at the Sun, the cycles, the past, and the graphs, it is reasonable to assume that there is only one way from here, and that’s down.  Sunspots (a good barometer for solar activity) were missing through most of 2020, and despite a violent uptick around the beginning of the third quarter, the magnetic signature of this cycle always appeared weak. Now there are zero sunspots.  Absence of sunspots has been linked to past periods of cooling on earth.’

In the past month there have been unusual cold events happening around the world.  Snow has fallen in the Sahara Desert and in the south of Saudi Arabia.  Temperatures plunged to – 73F in Siberia, the longest and harshest cold spell on record.  Following the most powerful snowstorm in five decades and the coldest temperatures ever recorded, parts of Spain have come to a standstill, with abnormally cold weather recorded in Portugal and the south of France.  Beijing recorded its coldest temperature since 1966 as extreme low temperature and heavy snow swept across much of China.  Japan too has had record busting cold weather with at least 13 dead and hundreds hospitalised.  Unprecedented heavy snowstorms swept the country, with up to 7 foot of snow in some places.  Kashmir has been cut off from the rest of India by heavy snow and abnormally cold temperatures which have affected much of the country.  Canada and the United States have been hit with repeated blasts of cold polar air sweeping across the continent. It’s happening in the southern hemisphere also.  Rare summer snow has fallen over South Island in New Zealand.  Antarctica has had its coldest January since 1978 as global sea ice is growing exponentially. 

This information collected from the website Electroverse contrasts with the global warming narrative pushed by the mainstream media.   If Electroverse and others (including NASA) are correct, the absence of sunspots could lead to a period of significant cooling in the climate in the coming decade.  This could prove embarrassing to the UN, BBC, and other agencies that have invested heavily in convincing us that we face extinction from global warming unless we stop burning fossil fuels.

CIA declassifies hundreds of UFO documents. 

On January 4th the Central Intelligence Agency declassified thousands of documents on unidentified flying objects (UFOs) it has collected between the 1940s and the early 1990s, and posted them online in a report called ‘UFO’s Fact or Fiction’.  The CIA said the trove of documents mostly contain documents “reporting UFO sightings in the foreign press and intra-Agency memos about how the Agency handled public inquiries about UFO sightings.”

The new CIA UFO trove includes 243 different downloadable files.  It provides compelling evidence of how, even as Washington was publicly dismissing the possible existence of flying saucers and little green men, the CIA was quietly following lead after lead.  This has been seized upon by UFO buffs who are now seeing evidence of ‘close encounters’ with aliens by people in all walks of life from American pilots in the sky to travellers in a Russian train.

There are now regular programmes on TV Channels like the History Channel claiming that aliens were behind constructions like the Pyramids and Stonehenge and have been with us throughout time – and some say were even responsible for our creation.   Also they highlight numerous alleged present day encounters with aliens.

While the Bible does not have any specific information on the subject of UFOs, we do read in Isaiah 45.18 ‘For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.’  This verse teaches clearly that the Lord is our Creator.  It implies that the earth is unique in the universe in being ‘inhabited,’ in other words there are no other inhabited planets and no aliens trying to visit us.  

On the other hand the Bible does point to the existence of angels and demons who are able on occasions to interact with humans.  From the biblical point of view, contact and report of sightings of aliens and UFOs is most likely explained by the appearance of demons and deceiving spirits.  It is significant that such sightings are often connected with occult or demonic activity. The Bible indicates that such activity will increase in the last days.  ‘Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.’  1 Timothy 4.1.

Chuck Missler in his book ‘Alien Encounters’ speculates that the pre tribulation rapture of the church may be explained away as UFOs removing people from the earth.  He quotes occultists who have made predictions of such things happening.  Some of these say that people removed will be those who are hindering the progress towards the New Age.  

The Chapter on ‘The Great Evacuation’ (Page 189) has these quotes:  “Our rescue ships will be able to come in close enough in the twinkling of an eye to set the lifting beams in operation in a moment. And all over the globe where events warrant it, this will be the method of evacuation. Mankind will be lifted, levitated shall we say, by the beams from our smaller ships. These smaller craft will in turn taxi the persons to the larger ships overhead, higher in the atmosphere, where there is ample space and quarters and supplies for millions of people.” A MESSAGE FROM EXTRATERRESTRIALS OF THE ASHTAR COMMAND, PROJECT WORLD EVACUATION, 1993.

Other words speak of those whose ‘thought patterns are out of sync with the universal consciousness or force, who do not go along with the plan. They will be removed to bring about the higher frequency that the Earth Mother desires.’  In Bringers of the Dawn, Barbara Marciniak stated: “If human beings do not change—if they do not make the shift in values and realize that without Earth they could not be here—then Earth, in its love for its own initiation, is reaching for a higher frequency, will bring about a cleansing that will balance it once again. There is a potential for many people to leave the planet in an afternoon.  

Where will they go? According to New Age author Timothy Green Beckley, the extra terrestrials state: “Those who refuse to be enlightened and infused with the light of God will be taken to other planets that are uninhabited, but habitable, and there they will make a new start.”   How many will go? According to Johanna Michaelson, a spirit guide predicted that two billion people will be removed simultaneously during the coming cleansing.’  Alien Encounters page 191.

Will this be Satan’s explanation for the sudden disappearance of people all over the world in the rapture of the church?

US Congress Has Officially Gone Gender Crazy

 – Prayer Ends With ‘Amen & A-Woman’

In Jeremiah 25.15-16 we read: ‘For thus says the Lord God of Israel to me: “Take this wine cup of fury from My hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send you, to drink it. And they will drink and stagger and go mad because of the sword that I will send among them.”

Today we see a kind of insanity taking hold of the western nations as the ‘woke’ politically correct agenda is imposed on all areas of society.  This agenda is specifically hostile to God’s created order of male and female and God’s revelation of His unique nature as our Creator, Redeemer and Judge found in the pages of the Bible.  As God’s truth is scorned and rejected by those in power, a spirit of insanity is being poured out on them as they lead the people on the path to destruction.

Michael Brown writes of the latest example of this in the US Senate and Congress. ‘House Democrats want to remove all gendered language from their legislation, while the prayer to open the 117th Congress ended with, “Amen and A-woman.” Who would make up something so insane?

Let’s start with the PC prayer, which has to be seen to be believed. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, who is an ordained United Methodist minister ironically, opened the session by praying in the name of a Hindu god and twisting the word “amen” into a promotion of gender equality.  Though his prayer was full of explicitly Christian themes, terminology, and references, Cleaver closed it by appealing to the deities of “many different faiths,” implying they are all the same.  “We ask it in the name of the monotheistic God, Brahma, and ‘god’ known by many names by many different faiths,” said Cleaver.  In fact Brahma is the chief god of the polytheistic Hindu religious system.  And it concludes with, “Amen and A-woman,” as if the “men” of “Amen” was somehow a gendered term. How patriarchal and bigoted to use the “men” word in prayer!

Of course, “Amen” comes from the common Semitic root word meaning, “So be it.” And it is used in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic liturgy, being found in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and Arabic (along with English and many other languages).  It has no linguistic connection whatsoever to the English words for men or women. 

But who said being PC had anything to do with truth or reality? To the contrary, it is quite often based on the denial of reality, or, in this case, complete ignorance of a common word.

Not to be outdone, though, House Democrats have revealed their new, “future-focused” rules, which include the following: “In clause 8(c)(3) of rule XXIII, gendered terms, such as ‘father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother, half-sister, grandson, or granddaughter’ will be removed.

“In their place, terms such as ‘parent, child, sibling, parent’s sibling, first cousin, sibling’s child, spouse, parent-in-law, child-in-law, sibling-in-law, stepparent, stepchild, stepsibling, half-sibling, or grandchild’ will be used, instead.”

So, this is what the future looks like? This is what it means to be inclusive?  The best response was that of the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy who tweeted, “This is stupid. “Signed, “A father, son, and brother.”  Well said. Stupid it is.

But as easy as it is to poke fun at this ridiculous proposal, it is highly significant when one of our major government institutions wants to remove all gendered language. As the saying goes, this does not end well.  It may end as in Canada with a bill charging hate speech for failure to comply with transgender preferences. 

In 2019 a Canadian man was involved in a legal dispute over his daughter’s desire to transition to male. Not only did the court rule that he could not interfere with her getting hormone treatments, but he was forbidden to call his own daughter by her given, female name or to use female pronouns with reference to her, even in private, under penalty of immediate arrest.

So, as laughable as the “A-woman” prayer might be, and as absurd as the House’s “gender-inclusive” rules might be, we should take both with complete seriousness and say, “Not on my watch.”’

Michael Brown, Originally published at AskDrBrown.org

Tony Pearce