End-Time Scenarios of the New Alchemists

In 2010, Tom Horn co-authored a treatise on their interpretation of Transhumanism called Forbidden Gates: How Genetics, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Synthetic Biology, Nanotechnology, and Human Enhancement Herald the Dawn of Techno-Dimensional Spiritual Warfare.

What exactly is Transhumanism?  CARM explains:

Transhumanism is the idea that human beings, as a whole, can be drastically improved in physical and mental areas with technologies such as cloning, genetic modification, bionics, nano-technology, drugs, etc. The great majority of transhumanists believe that the “human species” has evolved and that science can provide a kind of artificial, directed evolution.

Transhumanists look to the future and believe the human condition will see improvement in physical ability, lifespan, and mental acuity, and health. In addition, the world condition can also be improved by reducing starvation and poverty. Such technological advancements, some have said, would even redefine what it means to be human. (Source)

Why should we care about this subject? For the reason that a growing number of high-profile Christians believe it and are promoting it, big time.

Who are some of the voices peddling Transhumanism?  Christian luminaries Chuck Missler and Tom Horn are the most prominent.  The article also mentions Gary Stearman, Terry James, Jim Fletcher, Doug Woodward, L.A. Marzulli, Rob Skiba, Hal Lindsey, Doug Hamp, Bill Salus, Cris Putnam, Chris Pinto, Russ Dizdar, and Peter Goodgame. Apparently some of these men “gathered at a Pike’s Peak Prophecy Summit in Colorado Springs and at an Orlando Prophecy Summit—alongside Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Joseph Farah, Paul McGuire, and others.”

Pastor Larry DeBruyn wrote a piece for Herescope entitled “Babylon Rising” and Canon in Crisis: Apocrypha Pseudopigrapha Fresh Revelations, and an “Open” Canon.  In it he stated the following:

Lewis Sperry Chafer (1871-1952), the first president of Dallas Theological Seminary, once reportedly said that all heresy is either the Bible plus, or the Bible minus. The work of radical higher criticism, as it has affected, even determined, the liberal view of the Christian faith since the late 1800s, has seen to it that there’s a lot of Bible-minus ideology amongst professing Christians now-a-days, even among so-called evangelicals. Now however, voices are emerging which advocate a Bible-plus view of Holy Scripture. One such voice has stated:

“While I do believe that the Holy Bible is Divinely inspired and written by men, I do not necessarily hold to the idea that only the 66 books we now have in our (Protestant) bibles are the sole Divinely inspired books of antiquity.” — Rob Skiba (Emphasis added) (Source)

In this piece, Herescope re-caps some of the most outrageous Transhumanism heresies. What you’re about to learn will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.

Transhumanism

By Gaylene Goodroad, Dr. Martin Erdmann and Sarah H. Leslie

THE RESURRECTION OF ANCIENT ALCHEMY 

Since Satan’s great fall, man too has attempted to become like God Most High. Down through the centuries rebellious men have stiffened their necks in defiance to the Creator and have devised various methods and religious pathways in vain attempts to morph themselves into immortal or divine beings—apart from the Gospel of Salvation. All of them—from the ancient alchemists to the modern-day Mormons, Masons, and Transhumanists—have failed (and will fail) miserably because the God of the Bible has chosen only one way for sinful mankind to achieve true immortality: through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.

In contradiction to the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ, the “Postmodern Prophecy Paradigm” (PPP)-leaders (our term) have given hearty heed to these rebellious ideologues. By giving credence to these machinations to undo the curse of sin, these PPP-teachers peddle new eschatology scenarios to unsuspecting Christians under the guise of a postmodern scientific alchemical concoction: Transhumanism (or Posthumanism).

The PPP-proponents have capitalized on the foreboding and sensational elements of the Posthuman movement by stirring up fear and dread with unbiblical teachings that say the Transhumanists will not only succeed in their God-defying schemes, but in doing so will threaten the extinction of the human race. This faulty idea is found nowhere in Scripture.

While on the one hand the PPP-collaborators have loudly and publicly denounced Transhumanism as wicked and unbiblical, on the other they’ve piggybacked their own preposterous speculations, imaginations, suppositions, and conjectures onto the Transhumanist movement to arrive at bizarre doctrines that are foreign to the Scriptures. In so doing they give unintentional validity and credibility to the Posthumanist’s ill-fated plots. They have mingled the immortal visions of the Transhumanists with their own contorted false Nephilim doctrines and apocalyptic end-time scenarios—which perilously do an end-run around the Book of Revelation (not that they could ever succeed in undoing the truths of the divine revelations in this book). These endtime teachers seem to be attempting to re-write the future (eschatology), and in the process they are abandoning, ignoring and contorting God’s Word.

This article will first examine Trans/Posthuman teachings and then analyze how they are altering evangelical beliefs and eschatology.

TRANSHUMANISM AS RELIGION
Dr. Martin Erdmann, who was a Senior Scientist at the University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland, researching the ethical implications of Nanotechnology and Transhumanism, explains this movement:

Transhumanist philosophy promotes the idea of human enhancement by technological means. In its extremes, futuristic concepts like intelligence enhancement (up to “superintelligence”) using techniques like genetic engineering, psychopharmacology, anti-aging therapies, neural interfaces, wearable/implantable computers, long-lasting internal organ replacement, mental uploading and so forth are propagated from prominent positions like the US Nanotechnology Initiative and the Oxford University philosophy department. Today, the Oxonian don Nick Bostrom, the co-founder of the World Transhumanist Association, advocates the “possibility” and even “desirability” of developing technology for the purpose of seeking immortality and improving current mortal existence by enhancing “intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities”. In order to make these revolutionary alterations, essentially mechanizing the human species, transhumanists urge the human race to seize control of its destiny, casting off the restrictive and pernicious dogmas of bygone eras, as they see it. It is “a way of thinking about the future that is based on the premise that the human species in its current form does not represent the end of our development but rather a comparatively early phase.”[2][bold added]

This generation has seen the burgeoning advances in technological medical treatment—designed to save human life—or to allow individuals with catastrophic injuries to see, hear, or become mobile again. Heart patients can live longer with implanted devices and remote technologies that monitor both patient and device from a medical center, electrodes can be implanted in the human brain to treat epilepsy, and even the human face can now be transplanted on gunshot victims. Scientists have created robotic limbs, synthetic knee and hip joints, and have done experimentation with human DNA (genetics) to treat disease. But none of these medical treatments will create a soulless human or even a posthuman species. Leaping from the purely medical, scientific, and technological enhancements mentioned above to the belief that mankind will no longer be human or even immortal is to move into the realm of science fiction and false religion.

Before proceeding, a key distinction must be made. Behind the term “enhancement” stands the Transhumanist assumption and aspiration, that humans are generally defective and thus it is imperative for them to be improved by technological gadgetry in order to advance in their evolutionary development, ultimately to the point of giving up their humanness altogether. Providing a person who has lost a limb to get a prosthetic arm or leg is not “enhancing” but merely allowing him to live a more normal life. This is entirely different from what is being done to healthy soldiers by altering their human constitution in such a way that they will be able to hear and see much better than they could without technological devices which have been implanted in their bodies. Thus, in order to be able to differentiate between “enhancement” and “healing” a basic question needs to be asked: Is the technological improvement done for “enhancing” a perfectly healthy human being with a purpose which goes beyond leading a normal human existence? Or is it being done to “heal” a disease or to help an amputee to walk again?

In his insightful essay, “The Emerging Galactic Religion,” Dr. Erdmann briefly sums up the intentions of those actively involved in this movement: “Transhumanism takes human enhancement further, in morphing the vision of perfect man into a human-machine complexproperly called ‘posthuman’.”[3][bold added]

In the quest for perfection and immortality, devised on human terms, Dr. Erdmann also pinpoints the ancient false religious resurgence cloaked in modern-day Posthumanism:

In accord with age-long mystical quests, Transhumanists would argue that human beings can loosen the chains of a mortal existence. Their religion is a new incarnation of Hermeticism. The organic constitution of the human body is viewed as something to get rid of by merging it with a machine. Katherine Haynes, a professor at the University of California in Los Angeles, states, “Humans can either go gently into that good night, joining the dinosaurs as a species that once ruled the earth but now is obsolete, or hang on for a while longer by becoming machines themselves. In either case … the age of the humans is drawing to a close.” Stripped of its pessimistic tone, Hayes’ statement expresses the identical aspiration of Chinese alchemists in their search for the “divine cinnabar,” or drinkable gold, which would produce eternal life. The “Philosopher’s Stone” was always seen as the elixir of immortal youth.[4][bold added]

This “human enhancement” into a “human-machine complex” is designed to transform mortal man into a supposedly immortal being. It is the scheming of man in defiance of the Lord God. For some it includes the establishment of an earthly utopia. As Dr. Erdmann documents the frenetic efforts of those who are orchestrating the Posthumanism movement, he firmly concludes that their evil plotting is hopelessly futile in light of God’s Word:

Considering all the odds, it is rather doubtful, if transhumanism will finally succeed in its stated objectives to overcome human frailty and achieve paradise on earth. As a matter of fact, viewed from a premillennial perspective, Christians know that the very opposite will happen. The Bible calls the seven year period preceding Christ’s Second Coming “the Great Tribulation”.[5][bold added]

In light of God’s sovereignty and human history, Dr. Erdmann offers this admonishment:

In conclusion, we have shown that the concept of human enhancement by technological means is not primarily a technological issue, but rather the newest incarnation of the ancient, deeply religious endeavor “to become like God” – infinitely wise, omnipotent, autonomous, and immortal.

In view of the failure of mysticism (in the ancient and modern variations of Hermeticism, Gnosticism, Neoplatonism, and Alchemy) to reach its goal of transcending human nature, we should carefully examine the philosophical underpinnings of the transhumanist religion. We should ask ourselves if we really agree with its understanding of human nature, before we subscribe to its technical promises and accept the fundamental paradigm shift implied by the concept of human enhancement technologies.[6][bold added]

In other words, Christians ought to shun the “paradigm shift implied” by “transhumanist religion” because its “goal of transcending human nature” is a flagrant rebellion against God that conflicts with His eternal plan of salvation. The pro-Posthuman alchemists will NOT succeed with their evil plans because God will not allow it. Thus neither will the PPP-proponents succeed if they follow in the footsteps of these Transhumanists, whether intentionally or not. The Christian response to these errors is not to entertain, embrace, or heed their wicked schemes—but soundly rebuke them in light of the Gospel:

Transhumanism calls for vigorous response from the church, though that response is currently lacking. The critical realization is that while transhumanism aims at posthuman perfection through technology, it misses the true nature of moral “perfection” (progressive sanctification) in its rebellion against God. The transformation Christians should be seeking is not the physical or psychological enhancement found in science, reason, or technology, but rather the transforming work found only in God’s supernatural work through His Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18). Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”This is the ultimate kind of transformation; and the only kind that can be truly attained with God’s help in this world. The goal is the ultimate (post-judgment) attainment of perfect humanity in heaven, not the attainment of full technological perfection on earth, as a quasi divine being (Phil. 3:20-21).[7][bold and italic added]

“A MORPHOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATION/METAPHYSICAL SHIFT” 
The main evangelical leader promoting the assumption that the Transhumanists are right in their prognostications regarding the future, and even able to pull them off, is best-selling Christian author and publisher Tom Horn. Horn assumes Transhumanists will succeed in bringing to reality their futuristic scenarios if not opposed. He takes the Transhumanists at their word, as if they tell the truth about the future (this is the same frame of mind he exhibits in dealing with the pronouncements of the esoterists). Horn opposes their objectives, but gives credence to them as if they are true, by believing they are achievable if not opposed. And thus he thinks the danger is real.

In 2010, Horn posted an “An Open Letter to Christian Leaders on Biotechnology and the Future of Man” on his website. Note the“prophecy mongering” prevalent in his introduction:

In recent years, astonishing technological developments have pushed the frontiers of humanity toward far-reaching morphological transformation that promises in the very near future to redefine what it means to be human. An international, intellectual, and fast-growing cultural movement known as transhumanism, whose vision is supported by a growing list of U.S. military advisors, bioethicists, law professors, and academics, intends the use of biotechnology, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, cybernetics, and artificial intelligence as tools that will radically redesign our minds, our memories, our physiology, our offspring, and even perhaps— as Joel Garreau, in his bestselling book Radical Evolution, claims—our very souls. The technological, cultural, and metaphysical shift now underway unapologetically forecasts a future dominated by this new species of unrecognizably superior humans, and applications under study now to make this dream a reality are being funded by thousands of government and private research facilities around the world. The issues raised by human-transforming science must be addressed by Christian leaders in a serious national conversation. To fail in this responsibility may lead to the question “what does it mean to be human” being abdicated to a frightening transhuman vision.[8][bold, red added]

There are dangers lurking behind Transhumanism for sure, but they are of a different kind. If Horn were to take the Bible seriously, he would know that some—perhaps even many—of the imaginary projections of the Transhumanists will never be realized, no matter how much technology advances. The threat of Transhumanism is only real to Horn because he buys into the lies of its proponents. The whole dynamic of Horn’s fear-mongering hinges on his assumption and emphatic portrayal of the truthfulness of what Transhumanists say. What if they are wrong? His whole argument would fall to pieces. There would be no push behind his assertion that the forecasts of the Transhumanists will come to pass; that it will be “a future dominated by this new species of unrecognizably superior humans.”

Take another look at what Horn is saying in the quotation above:

  • astonishing technological developments have pushed the frontiers of humanity
  • far-reaching morphological transformation will redefine what it means to be human.
  • Transhumanism will radically redesign our minds, our memories, our physiology, our offspring—our very souls.
  • a metaphysical shift now underway forecasts a future dominated by this new species of unrecognizable humans
  • human-transforming science must be addressed by Christian leaders in a serious national conversation
  • failing this responsibility may abdicate to a frightening transhuman vision.

If this “metaphysical shift” that Horn claims is now underway—the “paradigm shift” that the quantum mystics and New Agers also predict—then the unbiblical idea will be realized, that at some magic moment a radical change in reality will take place on planet earth that will “shift the paradigm” and usher in an upward evolution of man as well as theen masse acceptance of an entirely new belief system divorced from biblical Christianity.[9] Look at point 3 above. Horn seems quite certain of it. He doesn’t use the word “might” but says “will.” And he certainly doesn’t hint that this idea is so far out there that it is highly unlikely to become reality. Nor does he point to the Scriptures to state unequivocally that it WON’T happen, at least not in its ultimate intent.

This end-time whopper that “forecasts a future dominated by this new species of unrecognizably superior humans” (who may not even possesshuman souls)—propagated by this influential Christian author (who is also his own publisher)—is not to be found anywhere in the Word of God. These teachings serve only to put a scare in those who listen to these false notions, turning them away from the truth. Seriously, considering the offensive subhuman tenets taught by the PPP-leaders—subhuman “offspring” (i.e., children!) of space aliens who mate with human women exist on earth today—do you want them representing Christianity in a global debate about what it means to be human?!

In 2010, Horn and his wife, Nita, authored and published a treatise on their interpretation of Transhumanism called Forbidden Gates: How Genetics, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Synthetic Biology, Nanotechnology, and Human Enhancement Herald the Dawn of Techno-Dimensional Spiritual Warfare.[10] On page 266, using futurist and New Age language, the Horns said:

The need to parse information is changing so rapidly that we expect to hit the knee of the techno-info curve sometime around the year 2012, followed by Singularity and critical mass. As a result, the authors of this book have teamed with a group of ministries and intellectuals and are currently organizing a new national conference, the World Congress on Emerging Threats and Challenges (tentative conference title), the first of which is to be held on the third week of July 2011 in Branson, Missouri.[bold added]

According to the Horns, the Transhumanist threats are so great as to produce a technological “Singularity”[11]—something big and terrible was supposed to occur suddenly “around the year 2012”—something so massive that it would reach “critical mass” and shift the paradigm into their predicted dark and foreboding posthuman future. The New Agers have taught these same things.

These far-flung ideas birthed the Future Congress events. The first one was held in 2011 (as Horn noted); the second in Dallas in January of 2013. The “ministries and intellectuals” seemingly on board with these “emerging threats and challenges” included Tom Horn, Chuck Missler, Gary Stearman, Terry James, Jim Fletcher, Doug Woodward, L.A. Marzulli, Rob Skiba, Hal Lindsey, Doug Hamp, Bill Salus, Cris Putnam, Chris Pinto, Russ Dizdar, Peter Goodgame, et al.[13] Many of these same speakers gathered at a Pike’s Peak Prophecy Summit in Colorado Springs and at an Orlando Prophecy Summit—alongside Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Joseph Farah, Paul McGuire, and others.[14]

It should be obvious that none of the predicted doomsday disasters anticipated by the Horns occurred in 2012. To obscure this end-time dating failure, Horn published Zenith 2016 last year which extends the 2012 end date by four years.[15] Other PPP-connected leaders are joining him in this 2016 hype.  Continue reading

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6 Responses to End-Time Scenarios of the New Alchemists

  1. Believer December 28, 2015 at 9:03 pm #

    Please don’t use the masonic term “luminaries” to describe these people. Unless you are one of them, we should not use their terms. Thanks!

  2. Darrel December 29, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    Another interesting fact about these “Christian luminaries” (a classic oxymoron term) is that in 2008 & 2009 they, along with others (Steve Quayle and sidekick “Hawk”) taught that the Great Tribulation was to begin on or about July 24, 2009 making the appearance of the anti-Christ some time around Dec. 25, 2012. Horn’s new (at the time) book “Apollyon Rising” was scheduled for release just prior to their predicted ‘unveiling’ on the ‘man of sin.’ Finding no reference to this book in the current article is of no surprise, since none of the “prophesies” Horn and the others alluded to ever came true. That fact alone makes Horn a false prophet, a deceiver, a fraud and puts everything else he has to say concerning future events (transhumanism, etc.) in the trash can where it belongs. The “quick fix” for Horn’s wallet was this new fear he thrust upon the masses. His ‘prophesy’ failed and no one heard another word on the GT or “Apollyon” from Horn, et al. Since there is no prescribed timetable given by Horn, he can milk (and bilk) the masses ’til he dies.

    It is a common practice among Christians of today to try to figure out the sequence of events that will take place just prior to the return of the Lord Jesus. Admittedly, it is very intriguing, shrouded in mysteries, and the desire to “know” can sometimes become an overbearing lust to know something that we are not meant to know. The Lord Jesus gave us very generalized signs and seasons to be aware of so that “that day should not overtake us as a thief”, but no where are we given specifics on any of this. Not the genetic origin of the anti-Christ, no hard and fast ‘sequence of events’ (‘A’ must happen before ‘B’ can take place; if ‘A’ does not occur, then ‘B’ will never occur, and blah blah blah). The quest for this “knowledge” of the specific events surrounding the Lord’s return has been the source of great disputes for centuries and has fostered disunity throughout the Body of Christ. Matt. 24 gives us many of the general signs and conditions we are to be aware of concerning His return, but the only specific verse is Matt. 24:36. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” Acts 1:7 says: “…It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.” That should be simple enough, but nearly all of the believers of our day still seek the knowledge of names, dates, events, etc. to satisfy their lust for forbidden knowledge—-just like Adam and Eve did. Isn’t it enough for us to “watch and pray” because we DO NOT KNOW the day and hour of our Lord’s return? Matt.25:13. For too many the answer is “No”. No where are we bidden to look for anything except the return of the Lord Jesus. Heb. 9:28; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 1:7 and many more. We are never commanded to look for, to know, to be responsible for knowing the names, dates, events etc. leading to the Lord’s return. We are commanded over and over again to “watch and pray”. Anything beyond this is a quest and lust for forbidden knowledge. Isn’t the prospect and HOPE of meeting the Lord in the air enough? 1 Thess. 4:17. If it’s not it should be.

  3. BERRY FARMER December 30, 2015 at 7:35 am #

    To start, one needs realize that if deception is being put forth by the above authors and ‘prophecy experts’, it is being done for a reason. That is to DECEIVE! Sometimes the goal of deception is to turn people away from an important topic. It is good that the following verses are being used: Matthew 24:36 and Acts 1:7 in the above post. Matthew 24:36 corresponds with Mark 13:32. First off the hour was a marginally specific unit of time when this was spoken. The minute did not show up for another 15 centuries or so. What if He said “no one knows the hour and the minute”? Would we look at it differently? Or maybe “no one knows the minute and the second”? In order to understand Acts 1:7, we need to look at Acts 1:6 where they ask Him, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?”. If we were asking Him this face to face, what would His answer be? They asked Him a very specific question and used the term “at this time”. They also asked Him if He was restoring the kingdom to Israel. Note that He did not dispute this. He did tell them that it was not for ‘them’ to know. We must then ask ourselves if ‘this time’ spoken of by the eleven, is the same time as ours? We must ask ourselves if we are exempt from prophecy? What will be the outcome if we think we are? Does the Lord require of us to watch for the season? When He says “Now learn this parable from the fig tree”, was He speaking to us also? This all ties in with one’s eschatological view. If the theology is played out, it all comes down to whether the Church has taken the place of Israel or not. When His Father says “sit at my right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool”, is His Son not aware of the acts being done to do so? Some good verses to look at in commentaries by expositors would be Psalm 110:3 , Daniel 9:24 , Revelation 7:4 (note that John heard this number), Revelation 11:3 (could John distinguish between 2 and a small number?), Revelation 14:3 (remember Revelation 7:4). Another place would be to look at commentaries on Psalm 110:1 , Matthew 22:44 , Mark 12:36 , Luke 20:42, Acts 2:34 , Hebrews 1:13 . You may see the Father left out and the Church being Christ’s instrument to accomplish this. Many will take the Jehovah witness position for the 144,000 in Revelation 14:3 and also deny the Father in the preceding verses on making His enemies His footstool. This all ends up with many churches having in their statement of faith, statements such as they believe “In the Second Coming of Christ to a victorious, effective church; and their belief that It is the commission of the Church to go into the whole world to preach the Gospel and establish the Kingdom of God, knowing that this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached to the whole world for a witness to all nations, and then shall the end come.” It all comes down to if one thinks that Christ is ruling right now through His church and this is the day of His power or it is a future time.

    • Darrel December 30, 2015 at 10:43 am #

      Whatever, BF.
      Confusion is also a trait of deception and false prophets as is agreeing out of one side of the mouth and finding fault with the other, sometimes in the same breath. Your hour-minute-second nonsense is meant only to question and confuse (the mere fact that you bring up such a thing is clear evidence that you wish to confuse rather than explain this verse) and offers no answers, except to yourself as you later bring in your dominionist-lite fantasy “theology”. Should we expect to see in your rebuttal a denial of being a fan of the heretical “replacement theology” or not? You further question the validity of the Word of God for the believer of today by asking misleading questions that offer no help to the believer, rather it is seen to foster unbelief by the very questions themselves. To say that Christ “did not dispute” something (your Acts 1:7 conclusion) is not the same as affirming it, but that was the clear intent of the ambiguity you used. Then you make a most inane assertion in your question: “We must ask ourselves if we are exempt from prophecy?” The point is asking such a question is known only to you, but the tenor of it is exactly the same tenor used by the serpent in the Garden of Eden—-arrogance and rebellion. All of the questions you pose do precisely the same thing, you are questioning the authority of the Word and the character of God (hinting that He lied or changed His mind or that the Word of God is not applicable to us today). Which ever it is with you, it is born from evil.

      Has the Church replaced Israel? In the promises, the prophesies yet to be fulfilled?
      Must the Church subdue the world before Christ can return?
      Does Christ reign over the earth through the Church at the present time?

      A simple “yes” or “no” will suffice, if you are able.

  4. BERRY FARMER January 1, 2016 at 7:23 am #

    Darrel, I apologize. my response was not meant personally attack you by any means. I apologize if it came out that way. I was trying to get people to look closer at Matthew 24:36 and Acts 1:7 as not an end all to studying the prophetic word. I by no means want to deceive anyone whatsoever. The Lord went on His journey and gave gifts to men. If you think mine is of Satan, you are entitled to your opinion and I take your opinion seriously. I could have written more about the things discussed and about the authors listed in the original “alchemist” article, but chose to give a more “101” approach to start with. It is quite difficult to understand their books, and for that matter, commentary on them. The other verses I listed were meant to show that there is deception elsewhere, not just in prophecy circles.

    There is critical deception hidden in vast and strong truths in our day. This is how false teachers inject their spin. I personally do not take watching for Him and a detailed study of this in His word as part of my overall continuing in His word, as a foolish or ignorant controversy. Most professing Christians would be against me on this matter and I struggle greatly with this on a daily basis. Many Christians I have met who have been so for decades have never conducted a detailed study of prophecy. I will give one example of Christians who are trying to study prophecy however. Imagine being in a small bible study with people who have been Christians for 30 to 60 years and have dedicated their lives to God, and you have been one for only a few. Some of these people you have become very close with in your short Christian walk. The study is not by one of the authors listed, but by one who associates with them. Much truth is presented for many hours in the series. Then you notice something and then something else, your alert goes up. Now you are researching every word from this man’s mouth. You find that most of the spin put forth by most the main line prophecy gurus including this man is false. This however, does not detract from the critical importance of it. You are standing up for God’s word, often one against 5, one against eight and so on against long term Christians. This goes on for many months. Finally, you find where this prophecy teacher is falsifying documents and media to prove points and you have proof of this. The Christians will not listen to you and choose to keep following this teacher. It literally starts to make you ill, listening to this man, and you leave the group telling them they are being deceived. They offer no reproof other than the man is a good teacher. After this incident, we(my wife and I) threw out all teaching and only kept our Bibles. Darryl and anyone reading this, I apologize for rambling here. Please do not discount or despise prophecy. Strike down any comments I have made if you wish. But, beg God for understanding in His Word. Do not not trust man for this whatsoever in this day. One is much better off spending hours in His Word than spending hours listening to and then researching man’s words to see if they are true.

    • Darrel January 1, 2016 at 10:54 am #

      Your comment was seen as an attack on the Word of God and the Character of God because of the ambiguity that filled every line, leaving conclusions to be drawn from every end of the spectrum without any certainty. If you have something to say, then just say it in no uncertain terms. Leaving the door open for anyone to draw conclusions that oppose each other is not edifying, it is not a teaching tool, rather it is something easily manipulated by the wicked one to cause doubt and confusion. I hope that was not your intent and after reading your last comment, I do not believe that it was.

      The confrontation you described is becoming more and more commonplace and has been a great learning experience for all who go through it. It makes one dig into the Word to know the truth, it produces boldness to speak, rely on, and stand for the Word of God. It is a show of the Faithfulness of God to deliver His people from the hands of unreasonable and wicked men. It makes one cry out to God for help, instruction, wisdom, boldness, and strength. [Perhaps this is one reason why David was said to be “A man after God’s own heart” as he constantly cried out to his God]. It is a builder of our faith in, our reliance upon, and assurance of the power and validity of the Word of God.

      BF, you know the benefits (and the trauma) of taking a stand for the Word. I would encourage all who are in the throws of this type of trial to stand your ground, don’t run from the fight but rather embrace it. When it’s over you will know the mercy, faithfulness, gentleness, and love of your Savior in a deeper way as you watch His hand throughout the days of the trial. The temptation to capitulate to the demands of those who oppose the Word may become exceedingly intense, but remember that with every temptation, our Lord makes a way of escape. Avail yourself of that way and cry out to Him to show it to you. In this lovey-dovey church world of our day it has become more important to not hurt someone else’s feelings rather than be faithful to Our Lord and His Word. Perhaps we should concern ourselves with not hurting our Lord’s “feelings” instead of the feelings of wicked false prophets and heretical men.

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