“The Nefarious Shadow Government”

   “Shadow Governments.” Most people have never heard of them. They are called the “invisible government” that has the real power over people’s lives. They control the “visible heads” of the governments of this world. Perhaps they don’t like the light because their deeds are evil (John 3:19, 20). But they themselves are also controlled, knowingly or unknowingly, by even more sinister creatures who are really invisible to us humans.

  The Hated Jews. Since their selection by God as His chosen people, the Jews have had to endure persecution at the hands of other nations. Their closest relatives, the Arabs, who descended from Ishmael through Abraham and Hagar, rather than Sarah, have been some of their worst enemies. The descendants of Jacob’s older twin brother, Esau, have also persecuted the Jews because Jacob stole his birthright.

  Chosen. Let’s back up a little in history. After scattering the people who were building the “Tower of Babel” (Genesis 11), God focused His attention on a man named Abram. He told him that if he would leave Ur (Kuwait) and go to a land selected by God for him that He would be make him a great nation and make his name great (Genesis 12:2). God also promised to give him and his descendants the land that extended from the river in Egypt to the Euphrates river (Genesis 15:18). Be patient Jewish people. God hasn’t negated His promise to the believing Jews (Matthew 5:5).

  Another Tower. After World War II the nations of the world got together to form the United Nations. Their hope was to eliminate another world war that could wipe off mankind from the face of the earth. Perhaps with good intentions they even adopted a phrase from the Bible which said, “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks” (Isaiah 2:4). This is amazing. The U.N. seems to do everything contrary to God’s Word, the Bible and is hostile to the Jews from whom the Bible came.

  The Twin Towers. Since the fall of the Twin Towers in New York City there has been an accelerated attempt to establish a “New World Order” that we hear so much about today. It will be another attempt to join the peoples of the earth together under a one world government, with one religion, and one economy.

  It’s Needed. We concur with the idea of man’s need to live in a “New World Order.” However, we do not agree when it comes to who will be the head of this “New World Order.” The rebels against God certainly don’t want Jesus Christ to rule over them. They shake their fists at Him and defy Him as they did when He was crucified (Luke 19:14; John 19:15). World rulers, you better submit to Him before it’s too late (Psalm 2).

  Lawlessness. Man, by nature and by choice, is a rebel against God and defies any restrictions that God tries to impose on him (Romans 3:10-23). Such lawless people will eventually be governed by the “Man of Lawlessness” or the “Antichrist.” He will deceive many people by duplicating the miracles of Jesus (2 Thessalonians 2:7-10).

  Lucifer. Unless Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 are referring to Lucifer (Day Star), there is no other way to prove that Satan is a real person, or that sin didn’t originate with God. Since his rebellion against God he has been known as the prince of this [diabolical] world system and the god of this age (John 16:11; Ephesians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4).

  Deceiver. It is Satan and his fallen angels (demons) who deceive the nations and lull most of them into a spiritual sleep (1 John 5:19). Multitudes of men and women are unaware of the impending danger on the other side of death (Luke 16:19-31). What do you know about life after death?

  Israel’s Future. Today there is a “new” movement known as “Replacement Theology.” It also has other names. It’s not new at all. It’s proponents teach that the Jews are “the Christ killers” and that there is no future for the Jews as a nation and that they have no claim on the land of Israel. The church, they say, can now claim all the promises that were given to Israel. But these same people don’t want the curses for their disobedience (Deuteronomy 28).

  Holocaust. This is the same mentality that led up to the Holocaust in World War II under Adolph Hitler. He apparently justified his attempt to annihilate the Jews by citing Martin Luther’s words in “Mein Kampf.” He referred to Luther as one of the great heroes of the German people and who had contempt for the Jews.

  Summary. In his book entitled “The Road To Holcaust” Hal Lindsey summarizes the progression of thought this way. “Since the fourth century after Christ, there have been three anti-Jewish policies: conversion, expulsion, and annihilation. The second [expulsion] appeared as an alternative to the first, and the third [annihilation] as an alternative to the second.”

  Three Goals. First, “You have no right to live among us as Jews.” Then, “You have no right to live among us.” Finally, “You have no right to live.”

  A Rerun. Some “churches” are becoming more and more anti-Semitic today and are bent on opposing anything that Israel does. Not all Jews agree among themselves as to how they should deal with their neighbors who want to annihilate them. They have sin natures like we do and are sinners like us Gentiles. How would you act if someone were trying to kill you?

  Beware! God’s promise to Abraham and his descendants still stands today. “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you” (Genesis 12:3).

  The Messiah. It’s true. Most Jews today don’t believe that Jesus was/is their Messiah. He didn’t meet their expectations. They turned Him over to the Romans to be crucified. But God holds all men accountable for the death of Christ, including you and me (Acts 4:26-28). It was your sins and mine that put Him on that cross. Some Muslims, we’re told, also believe that their Mahdi is coming to help establish a reign of peace on earth under Allah. Not all “Christians” believe that Jesus Christ will return literally to this earth to rule for 1,000 years as the King of kings, and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). They allegorize the words in Revelation 20:1-7 that mention the one thousand years.

  One Savior. There is only one Man who died for our sins and rose again bodily from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). That Man is the Lord Jesus Christ who is the God-man (John 1:1-18). He promised to return someday (John 14:1-3). Since one day with God is like a thousand years to us, it’s only been a couple days that Christ has been gone. He is long suffering and not willing that men and women perish and go to hell (2 Peter 3:9).

  God’s Offer. God’s offer of salvation will not be extended forever. Now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). If you’ve never done so before, trust Christ alone to save you. He claimed to be the only way to God (John 14:6). The Apostle Peter said the same thing about Jesus (Acts 4:12).

  Not Of Works.  You can’t be saved by your good works or by your faith plus your good works. “For by grace (unmerited favor) are we saved through faith (believing), and that not of ourselves, it (salvation) is a gift from God, not of works lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

  Help. If you have questions or need additional help, we invite you to contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at http://www.kelseypeach.com. We add web logs (blogs) to our site weekly to help you know Jesus and/or grow in Christ so you can serve Him effectively.

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