Examiner (Link) - Nicole Horrelt (September 21, 2010)
During the last days prior to the return of Jesus Christ, one of the many signs heralding His return will be a global apostasy (2 Thessalonians 2:3) coinciding with a global cry for peace.(1 Thessalonians 5:3) Globalized communications of our day facilitate the rise and speed of this falling away from the faith, and have also been prophesied since the Bible foretells the world will see certain events come to pass. (Revelation 11:9-10; 17:8)
With nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons technology, terrorist threats, combined with several nations increasingly more hungry for power and domination than for true peace, the capability of mankind destroying all life on earth today, is real. Over 2000 years ago, Jesus predicted this capability for world destruction at a time when only spears and swords were the weapons used. (Matthew 24:21-22)
All these factors and more, play into the role of fulfilling the prophecy found in Revelation chapter 13, the time coming when the Antichrist , or �false messiah� forms his one world religion (Revelation 13:12)
To get to the point of global worship of the Antichrist who will rule the world temporarily during the tribulation prior to the return of Jesus Christ, the true Messiah, there must (logically) be a global �conditioning� or preparation, and this begins with apostasy, or the �falling away� from the true faith in Jesus Christ in much of the Christian world. This is happening right now and increasingly so, with the global cry for peace. Jesus Christ is denied as being the �only way, truth, and life� (John 14:6) and in many churches, this truth is excluded (subtly in many cases with a weak gospel) in the name of �peace and tolerance.� How can this happen? What is the motive or inspiration? This is an examination of only a few factors working together to bring about this change.
In an August 30, 2010 article entitled, �Religions should unite against radicalism,� Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, who is leading the project to build a mosque and Muslim/interfaith centre near the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks, provides a clue: �we are all in this together ... there is a common threat: Radicalism, which exists in all religions.� He further states, �the real battlefront is not between Muslims and non-Muslims - the real battlefront is between moderates and extremists.� In a Daily Times article entitled, �Interfaith harmony for world peace,� the author Mohammed Jamil concludes that the �fundamental reason for the turmoil and tension in the world is the absence of a just economic order.� In his reasoning, interfaith harmony is a means to solve this problem. In 2008, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia called for interfaith dialogue between Islam, Christianity and Judaism and said at that time, �If God wills it, we will then meet with our brothers from other religions, including those of the Torah and the Gospel to come up with ways to safeguard humanity.� The king, who is the guardian of the holy sites of Mecca and Medina reasoned that the major faiths �shared a desire to combat the disintegration of the family and the rise of atheism in the world.�
The unifying theme in all interfaith dialogue is �tolerance.� While this sounds virtuous and good, it is deceptive for that very reason. There is no question that peace-making is a noble effort. However, in the name of �tolerance� and for the cause of eradicating �radicalism,� it is highly likely that the Christian faith, specifically those who teach and maintain that Jesus Christ is the only way to God as truth - will be viewed as intolerant and bigoted, and even extreme. The increase in religious tensions all over the world in all forms; terrorist attacks, burning of books, arguments against the banning of books from schools, public offices, etc., will likely lead to global restrictive religious laws, in attempt to reduce these tensions, and promote �tolerance� as a means to bring about global peace. The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations program is one such body set up for this. An article entitled, �Saudi U.N. Interfaith Movement would �Crush Religious Freedom� provides more insight on this topic.
The blending of faiths, and unifying of world religions in the name of peace, but to the exclusion of truth, is leading the world and those who follow this path into a deceptive trap.
The Narrow and Wide Gates
�Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is
wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who
enter through it.�