Fellow bloggers, I would like to analyse what is taking place in Fiji with respect to what Bible prophecy says about the IMAGE of the BEAST.
All the early reformers which include Martin Luther of Germany, John Calvin of France, John Wycliffe of England, Huss and Jerome of Bohemia, Ulric Zwingli of Switzerland, John and Charles Wesley of England identified the Roman Catholic Church as the Beast of Revelation. This can be proved from the Bible too and history also records this.
History also records that during the Papal reign from 538 BC to 1798 AD was the darkest period for Christianity when persecution was legalized in order to wipe out any trace of true Christianity. Bibles were burnt and saints were burnt at the stake. Please note that during this period the Roman Church had both the religious power and political power. True Christians left Europe due to persecution and settled in the new world, America. Their experience made them ensure that the constitution of America gives them both CIVIL freedom and RELIGIOUS freedom. They also ensured to keep POLITICS and RELIGION apart so that the experience in Europe will never again be repeated.
Sad to say that these freedoms have slowly eroded today in America. With the rise of religious power of the Evangelicals who have wide following and politicians are always out to woo their leaders and consequently their followers into politics. The threat of terrorism and increase in crime, civil and religious rights have been sacrificed for security reasons.
During the dark ages, the coming together of political and religious power resulted in persecution of the true church or those who stood up to enlighten the world with Biblical truths no matter the consequences.
So the question is what is the IMAGE of the BEAST. Well, since it is the image, it will show similar characteristics that the Beast showed and the two main ones are i) It will be a marriage of political power with the religious power and ii) persecution of those who stand up against the system.
This is happening in America where politicians are very interested in the influence of the religious leaders. (Bush was elected to office in 2000 and 2004 through this block of votes) The democratic party has realized this and today Obama has been working hard to win the confidence of most church or religious leaders.
In Fiji, to those who know the prophecies of these last days, the actions of the Catholic leadership and now the restlessness of the Methodist, Muslims and the Hindu leadership is fulfillment of the Bible prophecies. I am expecting that one way or the other some deal will be brokered between the political and religious leaders and unity will be achieved.
I am just wondering now as I write how many of the NCBBF members are there because of their religious position (no matter what religion). Are you willing to stand up to your religious leaders when you see them siding with the devil? If you are, then know that you will be in the minority group. Expect to be ostracized from your religious group, expect to lose your job, expect to see your loved ones being mistreated, expect death threat, expect PERSECUTION and even DEATH.
History has painted a clear picture of what has happened and we should learn from it.
What should I do then? It seems we are on the losing side. Of course we are on the losing side in the eyes of the world. However, in the eyes of GOD, we are the VICTORS. With all that the devil has put in our way to quieten us down, we are still standing up straight and fighting on. Let the love of God envelope our anger and frustration and pity our brothers and sister who are on the other side.
Prepare ourselves physically (lose weight and be fit, eat nutritious food, work hard to be afloat economically, do not commit yourself financially long term), mentally (begin thinking about job loss, rationing food, losing friends, family, properties etc) and most importantly, spiritually (fill your minds with spiritual food which is the Word of God, begin living out what you find enlightening in the Bible and let the Holy Spirit have its way in your life).
During the dark ages all Bibles were confiscated and burnt publicly. This was an attempt to rid this world of the Word of God but the Waldenses and other European tribes who knew the truth ran into the mountains and preserved the Word for our benefit in this last days. This will happen again so while you still have the Bible in your possession, make use of it.
Finally folks, I did not bring all this to remove our hope or to stop you from continuing the fight. Instead my intention is to throw us some Biblical light that will help us continue when things are looking dim. It is our task to stand up in this dark days of Fiji and be counted. The Holy Spirit will remove all fears and we will anticipated hardship even unto death for the benefit of our fellow brothers and sisters. Stevens death was instrumental in Paul’s conversion. He realized that Stephen’s death enabled him to attain LIFE everlasting. Your suffering or even death will be a stepping stone for someone to gain life.
From Blogger Vakatakilai