One True Religion—One True Church!

One True Religion—One True Church!

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Is religion relevant to life in the 21st century? Is there one pure religion, one true church?

Despite centuries of secularist efforts to denigrate religion, it has returned with a vengeance to increasingly become the most divisive force in society today. Whether it be marriage, family, human relations, or discourses on morals and ethics in an increasingly confused and confusing society, religion is woven through the entire debate on the future of society.

Jew, Muslim, Christian or pagan—whatever form the religion takes, it has created a foundation for cultures that have underpinned whole societies for generations. But it is the two great evangelizing religions—Christianity and Islam—that have wrought so much destruction over the centuries in their clashes against each other and, in most recent times, caused so much suffering for the Jew in particular. These three religions—Judaism, Islam and Christianity—have had the most powerful influence on society over the past 2,000 years.

Sooner or later, any thinking person who believes in what Sir Winston Churchill termed “divine Providence” has to ask and seek to answer the question, “What is the true religion?”

So let’s consider that question. A good place to start would be to define the term religion.

As religion is a complex subject, we will base this brief article on the simplest of definitions. The Britannica Dictionary defines it: “Any system of faith and worship.” Though such a definition includes all three religions that accept one or both testaments of the book known as the Holy Bible, it also includes those that don’t. It is thus too broad for our purpose. We shall narrow that definition to embrace “A system of faith and worship that claims to believe in the one true Creator and Sustainer of the universe.”

As our audience is formed of those who do believe in one omnipotent God, it is to these three predominant religions that we look to prove the answer to the question, “What is true religion?”

Judaism, Islam and Christianity in its three major forms—Roman Catholicism, Orthodox and Protestant—all purport to believe in one true God. To the Jew that is yhvh, as revealed in the Torah. To the Islamic believer it is Allah, as revealed in the Koran and the writings of Mohammed. To the Roman Catholic, the Godhead is triune—consisting of the God of the Torah, or Old Testament, Jesus Christ of the New Testament and a personified Holy Spirit—plus Mary, queen of heaven. To the Protestant, the Godhead is the trinity, without the attachment to Mary.

Why is it that these three religions, all claiming to believe in the God of the Torah (the Old Testament), two of them claiming Abraham as their ancestor, so thoroughly disagree on a singular definition of the God that Abraham worshiped?

The Old Testament definitions of God are clear, precise and impossible for the open mind to misunderstand. He is the beginning of all things (Genesis 1:1). There are no other gods apart from the one true God (Deuteronomy 4:35, 39; 1 Kings 8:60; Isaiah 45:5; Joel 2:27). He is the first and the last (Isaiah 44:7-8). He prophesies the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:9-10; 48:3-5). He never changes (Malachi 3:6). He prophesied the coming of the Messiah, the city of His birth, the exact duration of His earthly ministry and His return to set up God’s government over all (Daniel 9:25-27; Micah 5:2; Isaiah 9:6-7).

In respect of the true historical figure of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, those familiar at the time with the prophecies of His coming to the Earth to fulfill His short 3½-year ministry would have known the prophesied timing and location of His birth in Bethlehem. That is clearly why scholars of those ancient prophecies came to Bethlehem to search Him out in the early autumn of 4 b.c. They had computed the time of the event from the prophetic accounts in the Old Testament (Matthew 2:1-6).

The only provable historic accounts of the Messiah’s prophesied birth are recorded in the New Testament of the Bible. The subsequent eyewitness accounts of His ministry, and the history of the early Church plus that of the first apostles ordained by Jesus Christ, are recorded in the New Testament of the Bible.

Thus, to the mind opened to the revelation of truth, there can only be one true religion. That is the one that encapsulates all of the teachings referred to above, and which is also fulfilling Christ’s commission to His disciples to go into all the world and preach His original, unembellished message to everyone (Mark 16:15).

That being the case, we have to recognize that Christ established a church founded upon His direct leadership under the administration of one of His disciples, the Apostle Peter, to fulfill the commission He gave it, prophesying that it would never die out! (Matthew 16:18).

Where is that church today?

Christ established only one church under and by His divine authority, based on one divinely inspired body of doctrine (Ephesians 4:5). He is the personification of the Word of God (John 1:1). That means, by definition, that the one true Church that He established will be not only extant today, but it will possess the same, unchangeable doctrine He gave it at the beginning. It will be founded not upon only one testament of the Bible, but two, for as one of the foundational apostles of the Church, the Apostle Paul, declared, the true Church is founded upon the apostles and the prophets! (Ephesians 2:20).

That church will exhibit faith not in a triune god but in a Godhead comprised of Father and Son (John 14:6-14). It will not worship at the throne of the queen of heaven. It will have no history of slaughter through crusading to extend its empire (Matthew 10:14). It will be a small flock, comprised of the weak and the base of society (1 Corinthians 1:26-29). It will be an embattled church (John 15:20), persecuted but vibrantly energetic in fulfilling its mission by the power of the Holy Spirit, the very power of Almighty God! (Acts 1:8). It will be a church given to fulfilling a mission of prophecy! (Revelation 10:11).

Where is that one true Church today? It must be in existence, for Jesus Christ its Head declared of it that the gates of the grave would never shut it down—it would never die! (Matthew 16:18).

Like it or not, religion, the church and Jesus Christ are vital topics of discussion once again. Yet again religion dominates international relations, particularly in the hottest spot of international tension, the Middle East. It is at the very core of the pope’s cry for a great evangelizing of Europe. Religion is at the very heart of the war in Afghanistan. Religion is the spur for Islamist terror. It is at the very foundation of the Jewish state.

Your Bible prophesies the coming clash between two powers, a great northern power and a southern power, each driven by religious zealotry to seek universal domination. Religion is about to affect your life profoundly, regardless of whether or not you are a believer. Believe it or not, your Bible prophesies of a global power that will soon dictate whether or not, and how often, you will eat! (Revelation 13:11-18).

There is only one true Church that can explain to you the relevance of today’s tumultuous world events to your life, where this is all leading, what you can do to cope with the impact, and the guaranteed outcome.

You need to read two basic booklets, which are entirely politically incorrect, mincing no words and pulling no punches in revealing the plain truth about the one true God, the reality of God’s Word, and where to find the one true Church. Believe it or not, the church Jesus Christ founded so long ago does exist in its original purity of doctrine amid and despite all the religious and anti-religious confusion that floods society today.

Read our booklets Does God Exist? and The Proof of the Bible and begin to experience the power of the Word of God working in your life!

Egyptian Parliament: Israel Is Our Number One Enemy

Egyptian Parliament: Israel Is Our Number One Enemy

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Egypt votes to kick out the Israeli ambassador and end gas sales to Israel.

“Revolutionary Egypt will never be a friend, partner or ally of the Zionist entity, which we consider to be the number one enemy of Egypt and the Arab nation,” says a text approved by Egypt’s lower house of parliament on March 12. The text also calls for Israel’s ambassador to be expelled, gas exports to be stopped and for Egypt to establish its own nuclear program.

Parliament doesn’t have the power, yet, to enforce this declaration, so it is mostly symbolic. But it shows where Egypt’s new leaders want to take the country.

Egypt “will deal with that entity as an enemy, and the Egyptian government is hereby called upon to review all its relations and accords with that enemy,” says the motion.

The declaration was quickly supported by Iran. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said: “When people in independent countries take over the helm of affairs, they do not tolerate the crimes of the Zionist regime, and the move by the Egyptian parliament was a natural response,” according to the Tehran Times.

Radical Islamists are in the majority in both of Egypt’s houses of parliament. They control Egypt’s future. The army may retain a lot of power, but it knows which way the wind is blowing and knows it must ally with the Islamists or else be overthrown.

It won’t be long before official government policy states that Israel is Egypt’s number one enemy.

Why Prophecy Matters

Why Prophecy Matters

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It proves that God rules in the kingdoms of men!

Think about what the Bible would be like if it didn’t contain prophecy. What if it was a book of laws only and there were no prophetic warnings about what would come as a result of disobedience to those laws? Or promises of blessings for obedience? What if it was a book of history alone—with no prophetic connection to our time today? Imagine if we didn’t have the return of Jesus Christ to look forward to!

Without prophecy, there would be no way of knowing why God put man on Earth!

Thankfully, God doesn’t want us stumbling along in darkness, without any awareness of where we are headed—and what it all means. Where there is no prophetic vision, the people perish, He says in Proverbs 29:18. God doesn’t want us to perish! And so He has given us the gift of prophecy.

And yet, did you know that most people today, even in the religious world, don’t believe prophecy is relevant to the present time? They may accept the existence of God and proclaim that the Bible was divinely inspired. But they take God’s Word for granted. They reject its authority over their lives. And they totally misunderstand its prophetic passages.

Just look at the world of traditional Christianity today. When it comes to Bible prophecy, you see nothing but sharp disagreement and utter confusion. Many people profess Christ, but they deny His prophetic message.

In the secular world, on the other hand, many people are actually afraid of Bible prophecy. They fear that if they ever honestly examined the prophecies of God that have already been fulfilled, they would find irrefutable proof of the divine inspiration of Scripture.

Fulfilled Bible prophecy is actually the one sure proof that God exists—and that He rules over His creation!

The book of Daniel is just one of many examples in the Bible where God dares to foretell future events. In Daniel 2, God foretold the future kingdoms of men that would rise and fall after Nebuchadnezzar. God then brought those events to pass over a period of millennia. He set up kings, raised empires and destroyed kingdoms—all according to the pattern outlined in a chapter written more than 2,500 years ago.

In Daniel Unlocks Revelation, my father writes, “The Daniel 2 image didn’t just evolve! How did these great world-ruling kingdoms from the time of Nebuchadnezzar down to the time we now live in take shape like that image? The only way that is possible is if God shaped and molded it—to prove that He rules in the kingdom of men. That image teaches the greatest lesson mankind could possibly learn.”

When we see prophecy being fulfilled, it reminds us that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men (see also Daniel 4:16-17). What a lesson! It shows how involved God is with His creation. It says a lot about God that He would work so hard to demonstrate His supremacy over human affairs.

When God sets His will to do something, He always does it! He’s God. His Word never fails. You can count on it.

Nebuchadnezzar was possibly the greatest king this world has ever seen. And yet God stripped everything from him and made him suffer in order to teach him a fundamental lesson He is trying to teach all of mankind—that God reigns supreme in the affairs of men. This is the very lesson God will soon teach all the kings and leaders of this world.

Isaiah 45:5-7 say, “I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil [bring calamity]: I the Lord do all these things.” God will bring His will about—blessings and cursings, to teach mankind the same lesson He taught Nebuchadnezzar.

We have to learn that we are nothing but clay (verses 8-9). And we can’t tell the Potter how to fashion us. Notice what verse 11 says in the Moffatt translation: “And would you question me about the future? Would you dictate to me about my work? says the Eternal, Israel’s maker, Israel’s Majestic One.”

God does everything with purpose! He has the will and power to carry out that purpose—seeing it through to the end (Isaiah 14:24). His word is so reliable that God even swears by Himself (verses 22-23).

I said it—therefore it will happen, God says. His word is reliable. We can count on Him to follow through.

Isaiah 46:9 says, “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me.” An honest study of secular history alongside Bible prophecy shows God’s repeated intervention in world affairs in order to fulfill His purpose. “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure,” God says (verse 10).

This is the God we faithfully worship and trust—the God who declares the end from the beginning (see also Isaiah 42:9). We can have absolute confidence in this God—the God of prophecy. Like Abraham, we can be “fully persuaded that, what [God] had promised, he was able also to perform” (Romans 4:21).

Abraham staked his life on the authority of God’s prophetic promises! And so must we.

Today we are seeing dozens of prophecies unfold right before our eyes! If that doesn’t draw us closer to our Maker and strengthen our faith, then something is dangerously wrong with our faith. Jesus said God told us these things in advance so that when they come to pass, we might reallybelieve (John 14:29).

Are you a true believer? Does your faith rest on the sure word of what God has prophesied? Do you submit to the authority of the God of prophecy in your day-to-day life?

Remember the lesson God taught Nebuchadnezzar—and that He will soon teach to all of mankind. It is God who rules in the kingdoms of men.

Over Half a Million Sudanese Christians Forced to Leave

Over Half a Million Sudanese Christians Forced to Leave

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A massive persecution of Christians by an Islamic government is under way in Sudan.

An estimated 700,000 Sudanese, most of them Christian, must leave the country for South Sudan by April under a law passed by the north after South Sudan voted to secede.

The law states that any deemed ethnically South Sundanese must leave the north or apply for “alien residency.” This is despite the fact that many—some studies even say most—of these people have lived their whole lives in north Sudan. Human Rights Watch warns: “Statements and actions of Sudanese government officials indicate that they are reading these laws to mean that anyone living in Sudan with even one great-grandparent born in South Sudan will lose their Sudanese citizenship, irrespective of whether they have acquired—or want to acquire—South Sudanese citizenship.”

“This proposal is intolerable, and flies in the face of international law,” said Refugees International’s (RI’s) Statelessness Program manager, Sarnata Reynolds. “First, the individuals targeted by this plan have a legitimate claim to Sudanese citizenship—since most have lived in Sudan their entire lives—and there is currently no way for them to apply for South Sudanese citizenship. Second, forcing men, women and children into deportation camps and shipping them off to a country that many have never seen would be a legal and moral disaster.”

“It has taken more than two years to move more than 350,000 people who volunteered to return to South Sudan from Sudan—and they had to overcome incredible logistical challenges,” warned Peter Orr, RI’s head advocate for Sudan. “Now, with fighting on the border between the two countries, and thousands of voluntary returnees clogging up roads and waterways, how long would it take for 700,000 to make the journey? Deporting such a huge number of individuals to the South at this time would be a logistical nightmare and a humanitarian catastrophe.”

This is just one example of persecution of Christians by Sudan’s Islamic government. In 2010, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir warned: “If South Sudan secedes, we will change the constitution and at that time there will be no time to speak of diversity of culture and ethnicity.”

“Sharia and Islam will be the main source for the constitution, Islam the official religion and Arabic the official language,” he said. He is now following through on that threat.

Eric Reeves writes in the Sudan Tribune, a Paris-based news website: “In Khartoum there has been a marked increase in threats and attacks against churches, priests, and Christians of all denominations. Those perceived as Christians (‘southerners’) are often forcibly conscripted by press gangs working for renegade militias that operate, with Khartoum’s support, in South Sudan.”

Like the deportation of South Sudanese, much of this Christian persecution is indirect—targeted at ethnic groups that have a large number of Christians. For example, the Sudanese are attacking the inhabitants of the Nuba Mountains with rockets—the home of one of Sudan’s largest Christian communities. While there are armed rebels in the area, the rocket attacks occur at random, often killing civilians. One woman said that soldiers were targeting people with darker skin and also said “we don’t want anyone who says they are a Christian in this village.”

This conflict is part of a growing confrontation between Islam and Christianity. Across the Middle East and North Africa, Christians are under attack. Slowly, the Vatican is being roused. Expect this kind of persecution to lead to a violent clash between the Muslim and Christian world.

Iran Pumping Aid Into Syria

Forty tons of Iranian aid supplies arrived in Damascus, Syria, the morning of March 15. The shipment is the first of four planeloads that Iran plans to send to its most important regional ally.

Iran’s ambassador to Syria, Raouf Sheibani, said the supplies included medicine, medical equipment, tents, blankets, food and ambulances. He said the aid shows Iran’s support for Syria’s current government.

“Iran is standing fully behind the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad as it battles armed rebel groups it describes as terrorists,” Sheibani said.

The Iranian aid package arrived in Syria on the first anniversary of anti-government uprisings there. The ensuing conflict has claimed an estimated 9,000 lives so far.

Iran maintains that Thursday’s aid package was free of any weaponry. However, the Washington Post quoted an unnamed U.S. intelligence authority who said that the increasing aid from Iran is “increasingly focused on lethal assistance.”

The last thing Iran wants is to see a regime change in one of its staunchest regional allies. Although the Trumpet has emphasized that Iran is becoming king of the region, Syria is one battle that the Iranians will lose. Bible prophecy describes two distinct camps emerging in the Middle East. One is prophesied to be led by Iran. The other includes Syria, and will join with a very different alliance.

Although many other things are playing into Tehran’s favor, the Iran-Syria alliance will soon fracture—regardless of the amount of aid Iran invests.

‘Iran Wouldn’t Use the Bomb’

‘Iran Wouldn’t Use the Bomb’

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What Israel has to fear, even if it doesn’t get nuked.

Iran wouldn’t be crazy enough to nuke Israel, so Israel doesn’t need to worry about attacking Iran. That’s the gist of the argument against war with Iran, being penned by columnists around the world.

That’s a big assumption, considering the aggressive language coming from Iran’s leaders.

But even if Iran doesn’t attack it, Israel still has plenty to worry about.

Would ‘Probably’ Be Good Enough for You?

That’s an important question. Would you feel safe knowing you probably wouldn’t be nuked? nasa scientists have spotted an asteroid that has a 1 in 625 chance of hitting the Earth in 2040. Some scientists are saying we need to start working right now on concrete plans to stop it hitting us.

For threats like these—destruction by an asteroid or nuclear weapon—being 624/625 sure isn’t enough.

It’s easy for people thousands of miles away to write about Israel probably being safe. It’s a much bigger worry for someone living in Tel Aviv.

Being a new nation, Israel is populated by Jews who have made Aliyah—immigrated back to their homeland. The mass immigration of skilled professionals has built a strong modern economy. But if Iran is there constantly rattling a nuclear sabre, this immigration could quickly dry up. Iran’s rhetoric about wiping out Israel wouldn’t stop if it got the bomb. Who would want to move their families to an area under the threat of nuclear war?

A Nuclear Umbrella

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointed out in his March 5 speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (aipac): “A nuclear-armed Iran would dramatically increase terrorism by giving terrorists a nuclear umbrella.”

“Let me try to explain what that means, a nuclear umbrella,” he said. “It means that Iran’s terror proxies like Hezbollah, Hamas will be emboldened to attack the United States, Israel, and other countries because they will be backed by a power that has atomic weapons. So the terrorism could grow tenfold.”

Iran could bring Gaza, the Sinai and Lebanon under its nuclear umbrella, saying that if Israel attacks these areas, Iran will respond with a nuclear attack. Even if Israeli leaders believe Iran probably wouldn’t follow through, it would still take a lot of guts to call Iran’s bluff.

Around 200 rockets have landed in Israel just since Friday. Israel has responded with air strikes, but that won’t get to the cause of the problem. If Israel won’t deal with this now, how will it have the will to solve the problem once Iran has nukes?

The range of the terrorists’ rockets is increasing, inching toward being able to reach Tel Aviv. A senior police official recently told the Hebrew newspaper Ma’ariv that “We know that terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip have long-range missiles with a range of 60 to 70 kilometers that are ready to be launched towards Israel,” according to Israeli business paper Globes.

As Mr. Netanyahu pointed out, how much bolder will these groups be once they know that a nuclear Iran has got their backs?

Crippling the Nation

Israel is about to become a very scary place to live. Even if nothing happens—and again, that is a big if—just being a scary place could cripple the nation.

Israel’s immigration could dry up. In fact, it could start moving the other way. Because many Israelis are recent immigrants, they still hold passports or citizenship elsewhere, and could leave.

Immigration has been key to Israel’s economic growth. Reverse it, and the growth reverses too.

Israel’s high-tech industry could go. This industry accounts for 45 percent of the country’s exports.

Israeli journalist Gershom Gorenberg wrote in his new book The Unmaking of Israel that “the engine of the Israeli economy is high-tech, an entirely portable industry.” Arguing against a one-state solution, Gorenberg warns that the resulting high taxes would mean that “Both individuals and companies will leave.”

Surely the threat of a nuclear bomb would do the same thing.

Coupled with this, Israel is facing some major demographic problems already. Firstly, Arab birthrates are much higher than Jewish ones, meaning that in the years ahead, Jewish Israelis could become a minority in their own country.

Israel’s economy is also threatened by a huge segment of the population that refuses to work and instead lives off government handouts. The ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi, Jews believe they must spend their time in prayer and study, so few go out to work. Sixty-five precent of Haredi men ages 35 to 54 don’t work. The Haredim make up roughly 10 percent of Israel’s population—so roughly 6 percent of Israel’s population is composed of Haredi not in employment. This is a drag on the whole economy.

This drag will only get bigger. Twenty years ago, only 3 percent of Israel’s population was Haredi. By 2028, it is forecast that 25 percent of children under 14 will be Haredi.

With growing numbers of Haredim and Arabs in Israel, neither of which have to serve in the army, generals are worried they could run out of troops.

In 2010, a senior Israeli government economist warned: “The gaps in military service create a sense of injustice, but the problem of employment is really existential. We have about 15 years to resolve this. If we fail, Israel will not be able to sustain itself: For every worker, we will have four people not working.”

A nuclear Iran makes this problem even worse. If Israel’s richer immigrants and entrepreneurs leave and new immigration dries up, followed by “the engine of the Israeli economy”—the high-tech industry—disappearing, Israel risks declining into a Second World nation.

So even if Iran doesn’t use the bomb, Israel faces being regularly threatened with nuclear annihilation and attack by emboldened terrorists. Couple this with an increasingly radical Egypt on its southern border and it is obvious that Israel is facing an existential threat—again, even if a nuclear bomb is not used.

That’s not to say that attacking Iran would be a solution that would make all of these problems go away. It wouldn’t. In the short term it would make it worse, as former head of Mossad Meir Dagan recently pointed out.

In fact, Israel’s problems are so great that there is no solution—at least none that man has. Its only solution is to look to God for help. As these trends play out in the months and years ahead, this will become increasingly obvious.