My goal in writing this article is to make you aware of how close we are to the end of the age. The signs of our Lord's return are right in front of our eyes. I believe, in fact, that the Antichrist is alive today but has not yet been revealed to us. The occult world is abuzz with his expected appearance. Indeed, they have written about his appearance at end of the 20th century.
What we are witnessing today is the beginning of the paradigm shift spoken of and predicted by the occult for many years and spoken of in the bible as a "strong delusion" (great deception) which will take place near the time of our Lord's return.
The Apostle Paul warned us in 2nd Thessalonians of "counterfeit power and signs and miracles" bringing on a "great deception" in the last days:
"Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will consume with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. This evil man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles (all power and signs and lying wonders, KJV). He will use every kind of wicked deception to fool those who are on their way to destruction because they refuse to believe the truth that would save them. So God will send great deception (strong delusion KJV) upon them, and they will be condemned for not believing the truth and for enjoying the evil they do." 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 NLT.
The occult, New Age plan calls for an
"evolutionary leap in consciousness" to bring in their heralded New World Order. There is a whole vocabulary for this transition--planetary convergence, omega point, paradigm shift, transformation, the coming of the Cosmic Christ, New Age.
Teilhard de Chardin(1881-1955), a French Jesuit priest, is almost without question the leading candidate in the west for spiritual father of the rising spiritual and political globalism now taking the world by storm.
Global unity was the quantum evolutionary leap of civilization that Teilhard de Chardin foresaw and wrote about with expectation even by the end of this century(20th century).
He formulated the dominant conceptual framework in the West for a planetary religion and social order. In the early part of this century, Teilhard outlined and predicted a coming "convergence of religions" (his own term) to rise in tandem with political globalism. Each force would accelerate the other. It is a vision that has fired the imaginations of a wide swath of people now in leadership positions (including even those who have misunderstood or modified Teilhard's views).(1)(Emphasis mine).
I am reminded of our Lord's words in Matthew chapter seven:
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." Matthew 7:13-15 NIV (Emphasis mine).
"Teilhard described himself as a mystic and evolutionary scientist. He often said, "The age of nations has passed..."(2)
Ursula King in her book, Towards a New Mysticism Teilhard de Chardin and Eastern Religions found among Teilhard's cryptic diary notes and letters that God had to be altered: It was especially the image of God which Teilhard saw in need of urgent redefinition. Modern man has not yet found the God he can adore, a God commensurate to the newly discovered dimensions of the universe. In 1950, he noted in his diary: "God is not dead---, but HE CHANGES." In a letter to a friend, he referred to "the transformation"... of the 'God of the Gospel' into the 'God of Evolution'...(3) (Enter one root of the great deception.)
And so we get to the center of Teilhard de Chardin's greatest act of theological defacement--his redefinition of the very nature and being of God to suit his cosmic summa theologica. He is also paving the way for the undiscerning or indifferent masses in a post-Christian world. He exchanges the true Christ for a "Universal Christ," and all but a minority of people these days would even know the difference. It is a perfect set-up for the globalistic spirit of the age and it's planetary transformation... Barbara Marx Hubbard has termed it "Planetary Pentacost."(4)(Emphasis mine).
Theosophist Alice Bailey who founded Lucis Trust originally under the name Lucifer Publishing Company in 1922 which was located at the United Nations Plaza for many years until the 1980's (when it moved to Wall Street)(5)"expected the New Religion, which she called the "Church Universal" to emerge by the close of the twentieth century--in other words, now."(6)(Emphasis mine).
"Alice Bailey(1880-1949) was probably the most instrumental in developing the infrastructure and presenting the strategies of today's New Age movement."(7)
Bailey believed that the New Religion would work closely with the UN: "Thus the expressed aims and efforts of the United Nations will be eventually brought to fruition and a new church of God, gathered out of all religions and spiritual groups, will unitedly bring to an end the great heresy of separateness."(8) Bailey said that in the New Religion, there will be two levels of religious practice-one for the masses and one for the adepts of the new age, those who "know the potency of formula's, mantrams and invocations, and who work consciously."(9)(Emphasis mine).
The United Religions Initiative (URI) which intends to become "a permanent assembly, with the stature and visibility of the United Nations"(10)encompassing all "religions, spiritual expressions, and indigenous traditions."(11) is exactly what Alice Bailey predicted would occur as the "Church Universal".(Emphasis mine).
In June of 2000, the URI charter was signed in San Francisco under the tutelage of Episcopal Bishop William Swing who worked "with the Vatican, the Gorbachev Foundation, and the United Nations in sheparding this initiative into finalization."(12)
Oh what strange bedfellows indeed! The former Communist arm of the world financial cartel(Gorbachev) in bed with the false church of holy Romanism(Vatican) and the UN to produce the "Universal Christ."
The recent church growth movements led by Rick Warren's Purpose Driven..... philospophy, and C. Peter Wagner's New Apostolic Reformation play right into the grand plan of the occult to unite the world's religions just as Alice Bailey and Teilhard de Chardin predicted for the end of the twentieth century. To get a very brief explanation of the errors and origin of this religious movement click on the errors link.
In an article titled: Megashift?: Dangerous Christian Happy-Talk Bill Proctor stated:
The materialistic mega-church fad has successfully seduced, sidetracked and sucked the membership, faith and resources out of almost all of the nation's small and God-fearing fellowships and taken the postmodern party from debt-ridden spiritual supercenters for the scripturally challenged and moved it into our own neighborhoods and homes for further dialectical processing and programming; thereby creating more sustainable communities of groupthink for the New World Order. That's been the occult's grand plan from the beginning.(13)(Emphasis mine).
Enter a new player to the grand deception, Jim Rutz who has written a book titled Megashift with it's own website of course, appropriately named Megashift.com.
Here you will find according to Bill Proctor
"Eight Offers," "Six Gottas," "Four Oughttas" and "Ten More Good Steps" complete with carefully selected photos designed to exalt personal strength, ambition, achievement and experience; encourage self-discovery, group-dynamics, spiritual "upgrading" and a contrived and controlled unity through small group interaction and teamwork; a kind of ecclesiastical Total Quality Management that humanists, socialists and even transformational Marxists would applaud.
The bottom line is this: Megashift.com is just more horizontally-focused, earth-centered, group-guided, psychology-based, therapeutically-managed, globalist gobbledygook, covered with a thick white sugary Christian glaze, forwarding the same old anti-traditional, amillennial, dominionist worldview that says WE are going to change this world and make it a better place for a largely unnamed "Christ" to return to and reign over someday.(14)(Emphasis mine).
The only unnamed Christ the world is being prepared for is the antichrist. Our Lord Jesus Christ does not need us to prepare the world in advance for his arrival. He is perfectly capable of doing that himself. After all he is God.
This represents the beginning of the great paradigm shift, spoken of by Teilhard de Chardin and Alice Bailey and the strong delusion spoken of in 2nd Thessalonians chapter 2.
Oh, America, will you wake up from the spiritural blindness now beginning?
Let us look to the Nation of Israel for a description of what is currently happening in our culture.
"What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain, but the elect did. The others were hardened, as it is written: "God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes so that they could not see and ears so that they could not hear, to this very day." Romans 11:7-8 NIV.(Emphasis mine).
God doesn't want people to have a spirit of stupor, but he allows them to reap the consequences of their own choices. The more they follow God's way, the more God will show them his way. But those who continually resist the things of God will become confused-- spiritually deaf and blind as the URI illustrates substituting faith in the true Christ for faith in a false "Universal Christ."
In this way God prevented the religious leaders in Israel in Isaiah's day from understanding the word of God. They were spiritually deaf and blind. For so long and in such callous ways they had rejected Him, that this might have been God's way of saying "Okay, have it your way."
He said, "Go and tell this people:
"'Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
be ever seeing, but never perceiving.'
Make the heart of this people calloused;
make their ears dull and close their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their with their eyes,
hear with their hearts, and turn and be healed." Isaiah 6:9-10 NIV.
"The god of this age" (Satan) "has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." 2 Corinthians 4:4 NIV.(Emphasis mine.)
When people follow the God of this age through worshiping the "Universal Christ" through the "Church Universal" instead of the true God of eternity, God makes their minds dull to the truth. Without God's help, it becomes impossible for them to see the path to salvation brought by Christ. In the sense that God allows people to make their own choices, giving them over in the sinful desires of their hearts, he allows their minds to be made dull to the truth and instead accept a lie.
But for the elect our Lord has given hope to those living under the new covenant who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ; for they hear and understand and see and perceive and are not blind to what is happening as we hurtle headlong into the time of Satan's great deception to produce the "Universal Christ" (antichrist). My goal as a fellow Christian is to open your eyes just a little to the grand deception now taking the world by storm and to give you the tools (information) that you need to see the deception as it begins to unfold with increasing fury for the elect.
The rise of globalism also means the end of Christianity as a major influence in American culture and society. Our Christian history and heritage will be expunged. Beyond that, true Christian people will find that they have no friends within this new global order. We will come to share the purges and persecutions that our brothers and sisters who lived under Stalin's Russia and Mao's China endured.(15)
Chuck Balwin who wrote the preceding paragraph is well aware of the merging of globalism with the new "Church Universal" that has been planned by occultists for over a century. As true Christianity is expunged from our culture and society, a new "Church Universal" will takes it's place; a false religion that seeks unity of all at a cost of personal salvation and eternal life. That is the Plan.
We must test this coming "Church Universal" to see if it meets our Lord's criteria for personal salvation.
Does this church movement exhibit the spirit of the true God, Jesus Christ? Scriptures tells us how to recognize this. "Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God." This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world." 1 John 4:2, 3. NIV (Italics mine).
Does this "Church Universal" acknowledge Jesus Christ as the only way to know God (the Father)? "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." John 14:6 NLT.(Emphasis mine).
Does the "Church Universal" love Jesus Christ or will they persecute Christians? "If God were your father you would love me, for I came from God and now I am here." John 8:42 NIV.
Do you know Jesus Christ?
"Therefore since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 2 Corinthians 3:12-16 NIV.(Emphasis mine).
Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If not then I urge you to read the following passages of Scripture: Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 10: 8-10 and verse 13, Romans 12:1, 2. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, then find a local church that preaches the word honestly in truth and hold yourself accountable to a fellow believer so that you can have victory in Christ in this life and the life to come. He will be your rock and anchor in life's storms.
"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." II Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV.
May He richly bless you, Steve
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(1)Tal Brooke, One World, (Berkeley: End Run Publishing, 2000) pp. 186-188.
(3)Ursula King, Towards a New Mysticism, Teilhard de Chardin and Eastern Religions, (London: Collins, 1980) p. 98. in Brooke p. 189.
(4)Ibid. Brooke, p. 189.
(5)Gary Kah, The New World Religion, (Noblesville: Hope International Publishing, 1998), p. 30.
(6)Alice Bailey, The Externalization of the Hierarchy, (New York: Lucis Publishing Company, 1957), p. 510, in Brooke p. 189.
(7)Kah p. 29.
(8)Alice Bailey, The Destiny of Nations, (New York: Lucis Publishing Company, 1949) p. 152, in Brooke, p. 190.
(9)Alice Bailey, Problems of Humanity, (New York: Lucis Publishing Company, 1st ed. 1947, Revised 1964) p. 159 in Brooke, p. 190.
(10)United Religions Initiative, "Questions, What is the URI, (http://www.united-religions.org/ questions/question 1.shtm) in Brooke p. 190.
(11)United Religions Initiative, "72 Hours," (http://www.united-religions.org/ newsite/index.htm, p. 1) in Brooke p. 190
(12)Kah p. 216.
(13)Paul Proctor, Megashift?: Dangerous Christian Happy-Talk, May 29, 2005,
(15)Chuck Baldwin, Conservative Vs. Liberal No Longer An Issue, June 3, 2005 excerpted from Chuck Baldwin's June 3 Food for Thought from the Chuck Wagon