A Voice in the
February 26, 1997
This morning an offering arrived in my mail box from a mailing list I'm on with writings about "The Lady Of Guadalupe" along with various information about the RCC and prophecies, plans and expectations for the year 2000. My purpose here will not be to speak about RCC nor about the organization that sends this information out, but a couple of comments in this piece gave me a good "JOLT" as I saw similarities between some current trends.
First of all..some of the comments, here (greatly condensed):
Part of a Prayer of Consecration to Mary: "Immaculate Heart of Mary, humbly I ask that you take my heart into the Flame of Holy Love, that is the spiritual refuge of all mankind. Do not look upon faults and failings, but allow these iniquities to be burned away by this purifying Flame.
New religious icons are created: and he writes, "When I enlarged the picture in the graphics program on my computer, I could see that his white robe is splashed with red, in what appear to be flames of fire." As I understand it, on what is being depicted as a "child" representing the "dawning of a new church age."
Then, further, mention was made of "fire in Toronto."
What REALLY GRABBED me was the cleverness of the deception. For the most part, people no longer believe in a literal "Hell" as a "place of fire," because a loving God "wouldn't really" send anybody to such a place. And so, in his cleverness, Satan is preparing the minds/hearts of people to go into Hell !!!..WILLINGLY..!!! They will think they are going into a place of "love" and "purity." ...until, like the moth enticed by the candle or light, all of a sudden ...GOTCHA!! ..it's TOO LATE!!
For non-charismatics he's got them believing in fires of "purification." For the charismatics, it's the fire of the "spirit." For catholics, it's Marian apparitions speaking of fires of "love" ...with the invitations and prayers to be accepted...
But, let us remember what Hell is....
"These two were cast [ALIVE] into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. (~Rev 19:20)
"And they shall go forth and look Upon the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, And their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh." (Isa 66:24)
"...There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' (~Mat 25:30)
Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. (Rev 20:14-15)
"And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night..." (~Rev 14:11)
The words of one, could he have sent a message back from hell, along with a description of why he couldn't:
"'And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us. Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment. Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent. But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead." (Luke 16:26-31)
Yes, Satan is even being clever with a proliferation of "near death" and "out-of-body" experiences. They all come back with messages of "love." But I have yet to hear of one that proclaimed what God's Word does, "Repent!" And these experiences are in the "church" now, too, as people are being "slain" and seeing visions. Again, with "positive" messages. But nothing that correlates with Scripture, "Repent...and...bear fruits worthy of repentance," (Mat 3:2,8) Remember, Paul wrote, Even if "an angel from heaven" brings a different message (Gal1:8) ...let them be "accursed."
The working of Satan is "with all power, signs, and lying wonders"(2Ths2:9) "For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect." (Mat 24:24)
Do not be deceived!!
Jesus said, "See, I have told you beforehand." (Mt24:25)