Our Response Matters

Refugees….all over the news…all over your Facebook Page…all over all social media.

We can’t seem to escape the topic.

So, why add it to it?

We all have a voice……and we need to use it.

This is yet another issue dividing our country, and worse yet, dividing Christians.  Sometimes it seems Satan doesn’t have to work that hard when we are so willing to do his work for him.

It is okay to disagree, just so long as we don’t allow our differences come between us and the purpose God has for us.

Below is a link to an excellent, and I mean excellent, article written about the current refugee crisis and the response of Christians.  Please read as this heavily relates to the rest of this post.

Building His Church in a Refugee Crisis

Let me be clear: I am not a big supporter of bringing over refugees without a better security system in place.  However, my beliefs in no way takes away from the  powerful message of this article.

You see, whatever is going on, it is God’s plan.  It may be the beginnings of Revelation being played out or it may, in deed, be answered prayer for reaching the Muslim community for Christ.  But no matter where you stand on the “whys”, our job, as Christians, remains the same.  WE ARE TO BE THE HANDS AND FEET OF JESUS AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS.

It doesn’t matter if we want the refugees here or we disagree with the politics behind it; we have a job to do: LOVE and spread the gospel.  They are coming no matter how we feel and, once again, no matter what we believe is the reason why they are here, IT IS GOD’S PLAN.

I personally believe the former over the latter.  For arguments sake, let’s say I am right, it is the beginning of Revelation.  Our job is still to lead as many people to Jesus Christ as we possibly can before Christ returns.  Do you see how our job remains the same either way?

Does that mean we have to stay silent?  No.  Does that mean we can’t express our unhappiness with Obama and his total disregard of the dangers behind Islam?  No.  President Obama’s obvious biases totally drives me insane, but should I allow his behavior dictate mine?  Nor should we allow the name calling and bigotry shown towards us to stop us from speaking up and standing for Christ.  But we do need to be careful how we treat the Muslim community.  Yes, I know that the world cries “hate” too easily.  The good news is that we don’t answer to the world, we answer to God.  Here is the test I use to determine if I should say what I want to say.  It is something Pastor Cathy said to me a few months ago.

Would I do or say this if Jesus was present?

Oversimplified?  Maybe, but it works for me.

My friends who walk a little to the left, please here me now.  I do believe Islam is highly connected to ISIS.  I have spent countless hours researching the Islamic religion.  I know the dangers.  Yes, I believe our country’s leaders are purposefully ignoring the dangers.  I am not saying this out of fear.  I do not fear because I know God is in control.  Our country has spent a lot of money studying natural disasters because we understand their dangers and we want to save lives, homes, and money.  This is no different.  To ignore the dangers of bringing in numerous Muslims, without sufficient security measures is just ignorant.  I am tired of being called stupid and uneducated because I disagree with the politics behind this refugee crisis.  I am educated on the Islamic religion…are you?

However, my stance on the politics behind the refugee crisis doesn’t change the fact that I am to care, give aid, and support those same refugees.  I can do that through the power of Holy Spirit.  I can do that by looking at everyone through the eyes of Jesus Christ.  Could that bring danger?  Yes, but following Jesus usually does.

As always, be blessed and be a blessing,


When Christians Attack….Eachother

This whole “Red Cup” debate has me hiding my face, but not for the obvious reasons.  I am not ashamed of being a Christian.  I will never be ashamed of following Christ, but I am greatly disappointed in some actions and words of my fellow brothers and sisters.

I do not care what side of the line you are on.  I, personally, do not agree that the “red cup” symbolizes a war of Christianity.   I do, however, believe that no Christian should be verbally or otherwise attacking another Christian.  Furthermore, I think it is a sad day for Christianity when pastors are not only attacking another pastor but encouraging hate and backlash.

You may not agree with Joshua Feuerstein or support his style or beliefs, but as a Christian you are to act accordingly to the Word of God.

I John 4:20-21:  If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?  21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

John 13:3-35: A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

The command for us to love does not just apply to non believers, it applies to everyone, including our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Remember, we are one body, the body of Christ.  Does it make sense for the foot to attack the leg?

Now, I am not saying we all have to agree or there are not times for us to speak our differences.  However, there is never, ever, a time for us to personally attack a fellow brother.  We can disagree, speak our minds and hearts, but remain kind and courteous to one another.

I am appalled at the war now being waged on Joshua Feuerstein.  I have read numerous blogs and watched countless videos of leaders and pastors in the Christian community saying quite ungodly things about this man.  You may not like what he has to say, you may not like his style, you may not like that he seems to “profit” from the internet and from God, but you may absolutely NOT call him names, intentionally humiliate, and otherwise damage him.  This my friends is called bullying, and as Christians we are to rise above such things.  [By the way, if you are a paid pastor, speaker, author, or blogger, you may too profit off the Lord…I’m just saying.]

On a side note, I find it very humorous that those who are appalled of his “ratings” and the fact that he makes money doing what he does are trying to boost their own ratings and popularity (and maybe even financially gain) off attacking Joshua Feuerstein.

Some believe he deserves this backlash because he is a bigot and attacks homosexuals.  This is not only an unfair assumption, it is a flat-out lie.  Joshua Feuerstein does not hate homosexuals.  He does speak against it because he believes the Bible speaks against it.  He does not bully or humiliate them.

As we like to remind non-believers all the time, just because you speak against something does not mean you “hate” them.  So, please understand that I am not speaking about those who are coming out against Joshua’s “War on Christmas”, but rather the hateful and personal attacks coming from his own brothers and sisters.

Christians attacking other Christians is not something new.  There are numerous authors and speakers that are under attack daily.  It saddens me greatly.  Yes, there are differences in theology and denominations, but does that constitute a need for personal attacks?  Just because you don’t agree with someone’s beliefs does that automatically make them a heretic?  Pray about this.

Now, a few weeks ago, I wrote a short series on the Antichrist and the False Prophet.  At times I used Obama and the Pope as examples.  Some have brought to my attention that I personally attacked these people.  I do not believe I attacked Obama or the Pope personally.  I may have spoken about things they have done and said, but I don’t believe I named called or degraded them.  I realize now, I must be more careful with my words because attacks on a person’s character is not Christ-like.  I will continue to speak against Obama if he continues to go against the Bible, but I will be conscience about personal attacks and hateful language.

I do not agree with everything Joshua Feuerstein has said or done, but he is my brother who is speaking out on important issues.  He is willing to take a stand for what he believes despite the hate he receives back.  Not too many of us would be willing to do the same.  Just look at the comments on his blogs; the hate is obvious.  My heart goes out to him.

I will add a link to a blog that captures what I really want to say far better than I ever could: In Defense of Joshua Feuerstein .

With Love,



The Importance of Matthew 25:31-36

I am sure my blog and readers are feeling pretty neglected lately.  I thought this year would be the year I would really focus on my blog and it seems the exact opposite has happened.

That being said, I am currently working on a new ministry that will start-up in January called Sister Christians.  The ministry will include a blog, written by several women with writings on various Christian topics.

I am also in the middle of building up my photography ministry.  In August of this year I began Missy Baroff Photography, where I do photography sessions without set prices.  I ask for donations, whenever financially feasible, but it is not required.  I then apply the donations (after deducting supply fees) to my daughter’s mission trips fund or other worthy causes.

I continue to work as a substitute teacher (although that has been a lot less lately as my schedule has been so hectic) as well.  Working with the children has been more of a blessing than I ever imagined.  It is a great opportunity to get to know the children of my community and show and receive much love.

So, I may be a little more quieter on her than normal, but I am spiritually fine…just busy with ministry and life.

What is my point in all this?

Doing ministry is important.  Yes, I love writing, and writing is one of my ministries.  I love sharing what God has taught me.  I love sharing what I have read in this book or that book.  But we also need to make the time to put into action what we are learning.  We are the hands and feet of Jesus and we need to be doing.

I am not slamming anyone here.  We are all different parts of the body and we all have a job to do.  I am a teacher.  I write and study a lot so that I can write this blog and lead an adult Bible study.  It takes time and preparation.  However, if that is all I am doing, how am I helping the poor, widows, orphans?  Am I taking my teachings to the prisons or hospitals?

Matthew 25:31-36

31 “But when the Son of Man[d] comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations[e] will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

I know I have preached on this time and time again, but it is so important to our walk with Christ.  The “Church” should be outside the four walls of their building more than they are inside.   We have to stop relying on governmental agencies to take care of the people and start being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in our communities.  It is not just about giving money, we need to give ourselves.

Christians like to complain about how easy the liberals are offended, but really are we that much better?  Take the RED STARBUCKS CUP debate/debacle.  Are we seriously offended that a non-Christian business chooses not to use a “Christmas” cup?  I think Starbucks has made their stance pretty clear a long time ago that they are about inclusiveness.  And, while, I don’t always agree on what this means, on this issue I do.

I was one of those who was offended when businesses went to using Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.  I could get very heated in a debate on this topic, well that is until I went to work in a law firm for a Jewish family.  Before this, I had never given much thought to Hanukkah and did not really know what the holiday entailed.  Once, I was able to see that they too supported retailers during the same time as Christmas (and boy did the family I work for support retailers….and UPS) I could better see why the change was made.

While, Christians feel passionately about God, we must remember that there are others who don’t hold the same beliefs.  God gave us free will for a reason.  We will do nothing but alienate non-believers if we continue to be offended over every little slight.  Furthermore, are we making up things to feel slighted about?  After all, THE CUP IS RED and GREEN,which I believe are the traditional colors of Christmas.  So, if I choose to go to Starbucks, which is unlikely, I will look at my red  and green cup and think Christmas…which will make me think Jesus.  It is all in our state of mind.

Yes, I do understand that our religious liberties are being taken away.  As you read my blog, I think I have made it clear where I stand on that issue.  There are times to fight and times to take a stand.  I just don’t think the RED CUP is one of those times.  Sometimes I wonder if Liberals start this stuff just to make us look like angry troublemakers (not seriously….I would prefer that over the alternative….some are angry troublemakers).  Furthermore, I wonder if they plant people like Donald Trump and Sarah Palin just so Republicans look incompetent (no, I do seriously wonder about this one).

Non-believers are more likely to listen to what we have to say when the see us doing what we say.

Some one put something like this on Facebook the other day and while he did it to slam Christianity, there is some truth in there and imagine the possibilities if we took the initiative to take care of the orphaned children:

red cup

Once again, I know this is being used in a derogatory way towards Christians, but it sort of stings because there is some truth behind it.   And, yes, the people posting this are just as guilty of doing nothing for the orphans, but remember we are called to live differently than the world.  What would Jesus do?  Well, we were all once orphans too….

For the record, I have not adopted children and I am not a foster parent.  Honestly, I have never felt “called” to do so; however, I now realize we are all called to help the poor, widows, orphans, prisoners, and the sick.  Does that mean we are all called to adopt?  Honestly, I do not know, but I will be seeking the Lord on this issue.

But please, please, do not underestimate the importance of Matthew 25:31-36.

Some might be wondering what the ministries I mentioned above have to do with Matthew 25.  Well, I believe God gave me the ability and resources for the photography ministry to bless people.  There are many who could not afford a professional photographer, so they have no family photos.  In two weeks I will be doing Christmas Mini Sessions which will involve back to back photo sessions with all the proceeds going to a memorial fund for a good friend who recently passed in order to provide Christmas and Birthday gifts for her three children until their graduations and the other half to the Williamsport United Methodist Church so that we can continue on our many different missions.  This is my way of using my God-given talents to help others.  Also, I have taken the first steps to take some classes so that I may be ordained in order that I will be granted permission to go into local jails (there are some local jails who require someone who is ordained to lead and I don’t want to rely on someone else to have to go with me).  At this time, this is what I am able to do.  Will God open other doors?  I am counting on it.

On a side note, Republican friends, please, please do not make me have to vote for Donald Trump for president.  Please, out of love for Jesus and mankind, let us pick any other republican candidate to run for president.  Yes, my democratic friends, I would vote for Donald Trump for president over any of your candidates (shows you just how much I disagree with democrats), but I don’t want to have to ever say I voted for Donald Trump.

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing,


While We Were Sleeping Reblog #6 (One Nation Under God?)

One Nation Under God?                                                                        Originally Posted January 7, 2015

Anyone who has read my blog knows that I’m not a real writer.  I’m just a woman who loves the Lord and wants to share God in simple terms.  I love to take complicated issues and simplify them so that many can understand.  My posts are not research papers or writings that could be published.  My posts are my opinions and are to be taken as such.  If the subject interests you, I do encourage you to do your own research, read books on the topic, and form your own opinions.

Okay, now to get on with it……..Where to begin?  Oh, where to begin?

Let me start off by saying that I know and recognize that America is not God’s chosen people.  I know God made a covenant with the Israelites and did not make a covenant with Americans.  I get that, I really do.  However, I do not think it is a far leap to say that America did in fact make a covenant with God when our nation became “One Nation Under God.”  Notice that the “G” is capitalized, and notice I did not mention our founding fathers.

All my life I have been taught that the United States was built on the foundation of God. Now, there seems to be much controversy surrounding such a claim.  Opponents now say the majority of our forefathers weren’t Christians nor were they even religious.  They claim the Right Wing/Conservative Republicans are simply rewriting history.

[ Actually, if you “google” the topic, the first page alone only pulls up stories as to why our founding fathers were not Christians.  Once again, I’m reminded how much I hate the biased media.  ]

Seriously, we are the ones rewriting history?  I mean, we have been taught this for years and years, and now all the sudden there is all this evidence that our country was not  founded on religious principles?  I don’t buy into all of it, but I will admit, there is some convincing evidence supporting such claims.

So, I have come up with two questions for today:

1.. Was America founded on Christian principles?

Modern historians and people alike now claim that George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, were not Christians and did not want religion to play a part in the new government.

While personal letters do support the fact that many of those mentioned above had trouble with some faucets of Christianity, there is also evidence that, at least publicly, they did support Christianity.

Things that make you go hmmmmm……….

Ben Franklin proposed at the Constitutional Convention that the forefathers pray to God for guidance at the beginning of each session. (Please note this suggestion was not passed, but, to me, it hints that Ben was not totally opposed to God or God in government.)

“Thomas Jefferson issued calls for prayer and fasting as governor of Virginia, and in his revision of Virginia’s statutes, he drafted bills stipulating when the governor could appoint “days of public fasting and humiliation, or thanksgiving” and to punish “Disturbers of Religious Worship and Sabbath Breakers.” As a member of the Continental Congress, he proposed that the nation adopt a seal containing the image of Moses “extending his hand over the sea, caus[ing] it to overwhelm Pharaoh,” and the motto “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” He closed his second inaugural address by encouraging all Americans to join him in seeking “the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our forefathers, as Israel of old….” And two days after completing his letter to the Danbury Baptists, he attended church services in the U.S. Capitol, where he heard John Leland, the great Baptist minister and opponent of religious establishments, preach” -Did America Have a Christian Founding by Mark David Hall, PhD-http://www.heritage.org/research/lecture/2011/06/did-america-have-a-christian-founding

Why would someone so against God in the government at all say this?

“George Washington’s famous 1789 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. The text of his proclamation is worth quoting at some length:

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor…

I do recommend…the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be….

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our national government a blessing to all the People”--Did America Have a Christian Founding by Mark David Hall, http://www.heritage.org/research/lecture/2011/06/did-america-have-a-christian-founding

Once again…God in government..hmmmm……

What about “separation of church and state?”

I will admit that our forefathers held strongly to the notion that there should be no national church.  Seeing as our nation was still recuperating from the war with England and considering England’s dominance over the people, including religious affairs, this should come as no surprise.  However, you cannot convince me that our founding fathers ever expected that religion would not play apart of our government at all.  But rather the constitution is almost “godless” because the constitution was supposed to be a broad authority, while leaving the people’s affairs to the state government.  Which would reason why, Thomas Jefferson, as governor of Virginia, called for prayer and fasting (because it was the State government’s role to govern the people’s affairs).

The term “separation of church and state” came from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptist Association.  It should be noted that he is known to use this term only once in his life (in this letter) and  evidence supports the fact that he was actually in Europe at the time of the writings of the Constitution and Bill of Rights; therefore, the likelihood that Thomas Jefferson’s metaphor had any affect on those writings is far-fetched.  Furthermore, Thomas Jefferson’s little metaphor wasn’t really considered until 1947 when Justice Hugo Black seized upon it as the definitive statement of the Founders’ views on church–state relations.- (Ibid., pp. 251, 229, 530; Daniel L. Dreisbach, Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State (New York: New York University Press, 2002), pp. 21–22.)

Once again, I’m not saying that all the founding fathers were Christians, especially practicing Christians.  But there is no doubt in my mind that they were all influenced by Christianity.  If you think about the very set up of our country, you can see that it  too was influenced by the Bible.

  1.  Kings were not exempt from the Mosaic Law, just as U.S. government officials are not exempt of U.S. laws;
  2.  There were divisions of power between kings, priests, and prophets, much like the checks and balances of U.S. government (However, there are some differences where Kings could not be overridden by priests or prophets, but history shows that a lot of kings were influenced and controlled by prophets.)
  3.  The 10 commandment were very basic much like our original Constitution.

Oh, by the way, our Constitution is not “Godless”.  Take a look at the date:  “In the year of our Lord 1787.”  

And one last thing, all the founding fathers were opponents of the people controlling the government and that government officials were to be the voices of the people.  Thomas Jefferson wrote “the power of the government is derived from the governed.” ,At the time of the Constitution was written, America was predominantly Christian (I think I read it was like 98%-somewhere in the 90% anyway).  Therefore, even if the founding fathers’ (representatives of the people) personal opinions differed, they would have held to the wishes of their people.  So, with the majority of early America being Christian, Christianity  certainly influenced a lot of decision and law making.

The biggest obstacle or the evidence that gave me the biggest pause was the Treaty of Tripoli, which president Adams signed and the senate unanimously approved:

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims]; and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Mohammedan] nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

There it is in black and white:  the United States was not founded in the Christian religion.  How then can I say this was to be a nation dedicated to God?

Well, my honest answer:   This goes back to the fact that our founding fathers did not want a national church.  They did not want the government to have that much control over the people.  It had nothing to do with whether or not the founders believed in God, but rather about the role government should play in the people’s lives.

I think God would agree.  He doesn’t want us following Him because there is a law that says we have to, but rather because we choose to follow Him.

Which brings me to question #2:

 Did America make a covenant with God thus making it possible to draw a comparison between ancient Israel and modern America?

United States is not a “nation under God” because of law, but rather out of choice.

Let me reiterate:  It always comes to choice.

The founding fathers did not make this a Christian nation, the people made it a Christian nation by choosing Christ.

The “In God We Trust” motto didn’t appear on our currency until 1864 and on paper currency until 1956.  Furthermore, “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance was not added until 1954.  Liberals like to use these facts to try to convince us that this nation was not founded on Christian principles.  However, all it does for me is emphasize the point that this nation CHOSE to be a Christian Nation.

So, did America in fact make a covenant with God when it founded this country?  I do not believe America is in a covenant with God.  I do, however, believe that anyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is in a covenant with God.

You see, when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become God’s chosen people, and, therefore, we have established a covenant with God, and become a part of the New Israel (more on this later).  So, if America is indeed repeating the mistakes of the Israelites and doomed to repeat Israel’s fall, it is not the fault of non-Christians or our founding fathers; it is the fault of all of those who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and then forsaken Him.

Not a popular answer I am sure, but most truthful answers are not very popular.

Too many Christians today are failing to follow Jesus Christ.  They are failing to follow the Word of God.  Many have bought into the lie that Jesus was all about love and acceptance.  Yes, Jesus was love, and he was accepting; however, he also had great reverence for The Father and believed in obedience to The Word of God.

Liberals like to quote Jesus’ greatest commandment was to “love your neighbor as yourself.”  But if you actual open your Bible you will find that Jesus said,

‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”(Matthew 22:37-39)

How do we know if we really love God with all our heart?

John 14:15-15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

I John 5:1-3 (NLT): 5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ[a] has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.

I could go on and on with scripture, but I think you see my point.

Loving God with all your heart is actually the greatest commandment of the Bible and loving God means following The Word of God. 

God was angry at the Israelites, because they were His chosen people, yet they did not choose Him in their everyday life.  The Israelites called Him their God.  They may have boasted about His power, but they failed to make Him their God in their everyday lives.  Sound familiar?

We Christians are God’s “Chosen”.  We too must continue to choose God.   We have seen what happens when God’s “Chosen” turn their backs on Him.  The only question that remains for me is, “Are we stupid enough to let it happen again?”

Until tomorrow, stay safe and God bless,



While We Were Sleeping Reblog #5 (Abraham the Father of Islam?)

I struggled with whether or not I should reblog this particular post.  It was one that caused great confusion and, honestly, I am not sure it is 100% correct.  However, I don’t think we can get a complete and accurate picture of the Muslim religion without it.

I have decided to share it, but it has been edited and greatly shortened.

Let me start off by saying this whole post was written with the belief that the Muslims’ claim that Ishmael was a descendant of Muhammad (the founder of Islam).  On one hand, I can see how this may be true, but after further study, I am not 100% convinced.

Why does this matter?  Well, it is important because there are some who are trying to push this whole “Chislam” religion, in which we combine Christianity and Islam, stating that we believe in the same God.  They claim Allah is our God.  I can’t stress this enough….GOD IS NOT ALLAH!!!  You cannot have God in three persons (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) and God in just one (the Father) and call it the same god.  Even if Muhammad can trace his lineage back to Ishmael, and thereby, Abraham, Christians and Muslims are not worshiping the same god.  Muhammad made up his own god, Allah.  It is not much different than those today who have made up a new Jesus, a Jesus all about love and who cares nothing about following The Word of God.  You can call your god whatever you want, but if it is not God of the Bible, the Jesus of the Bible, then it is not God with a capital “G”.

Abraham, The Father of Islam (While We Were Sleeping #5  )Originally posted January 2015

Genesis 16: 1-16 (NLT)-Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not been able to bear children for him. But she had an Egyptian servant named Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, “TheLord has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal. So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian servant and gave her to Abram as a wife. (This happened ten years after Abram had settled in the land of Canaan.)  So Abram had sexual relations with Hagar, and she became pregnant. But when Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to treat her mistress, Sarai, with contempt. Then Sarai said to Abram, “This is all your fault! I put my servant into your arms, but now that she’s pregnant she treats me with contempt. The Lord will show who’s wrong—you or me!”  Abram replied, “Look, she is your servant, so deal with her as you see fit.” Then Sarai treated Hagar so harshly that she finally ran away.  The angel of the Lord found Hagar beside a spring of water in the wilderness, along the road to Shur. The angel said to her, “Hagar, Sarai’s servant, where have you come from, and where are you going?”  “I’m running away from my mistress, Sarai,” she replied.  The angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit to her authority.” 10 Then he added, “I will give you more descendants than you can count.”  11 And the angel also said, “You are now pregnant and will give birth to a son. You are to name him Ishmael (which means ‘God hears’), for the Lord has heard your cry of distress. 12 This son of yours will be a wild man, as untamed as a wild donkey! He will raise his fist against everyone, and everyone will be against him. Yes, he will live in open hostility against all his relatives.”  

God’s promise to make Abraham the father of a great nation was taking longer than Abraham and Sarah would have liked.  I think they still believed in God’s promise, but they got impatient and Sarah decided to help God along and took matters into her own hands.  Boy, did she come to regret this decision!

Take a look again at v. 12 & 13 and hold on to it for a moment as their importance will become apparent shortly.

Now we know that approximately 13 years later, a son was indeed born to Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, and he would be the son who fulfills God’s promise to Abraham (God states this in Genesis Chapter 17).  Once Isaac was born Sarah could not bear to see Ishmael, not only because he reminded her of Abraham’s time with Hagar, but because she did not want him to get any of Isaac’s inheritance and she feared he would try to harm Isaac.  Therefore, Abraham had Ishmael and Hagar sent away (with God’s blessing).

Sounds harsh, but in verse 21, we will see that God does not leave them empty-handed.

Genesis 21:14-18 (NLT): 14 So Abraham got up early the next morning, prepared food and a container of water, and strapped them on Hagar’s shoulders. Then he sent her away with their son, and she wandered aimlessly in the wilderness of Beersheba. 15 When the water was gone, she put the boy in the shade of a bush. 16 Then she went and sat down by herself about a hundred yards[c] away. “I don’t want to watch the boy die,” she said, as she burst into tears. 17 But God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, “Hagar, what’s wrong? Do not be afraid! God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants.”

God promises that Ishmael’s descendants would be a great nation.  Hmmmm.

Have you ever wondered why Muslims are fighting so hard for Israel? Well, it is because they believe it is their land as Ishmael was the promised son.  

Go back to Genesis 16:12, where it states that Ishmael will be a wild, untamed man who would raise his fist at everyone.  You have to admit that sounds like the Islam religion (whose founders may be descendants of Ishmael).  Also, God promised both Hagar and Ishmael that his descendants would become a great nation. Supposedly, historians have accurately traced Ishmael’s descendants to the great nations of the Middle East.

Can you see once again how Satan likes to take a little bit of truth and mix it with untruths so that is harder to see through his lies?

Abraham and Sarah’s decision to take matter into their own hands and help out God may indeed  have the most far-reaching consequences ever (well, next to Adam and Eve).  Could they have known it at the time?  No.  But that just goes to show us how important it is to stay in the will of God.  If Sarah had not convinced Abraham to have a baby with Hagar, and they had waited on God, Ishmael would not have been born, nor, some would say, Muhammad and the Islamic religion.  

Once again, I can reiterate enough that Allah is not God.  He is not God in Three Persons and he is not even God the Father.  Allah is a new god made up by a man who may or may not be a descendant of Abraham and Ishmael.

Please be reminded that the purpose of this series is to inform and educate.  It is not to promote hate of Muslims.  In all actuality, this study has softened my hearts to Muslims as I have a much better understanding of where they are coming from.  However, as good as Islam may sound, we cannot forget their ultimate agenda is to make everyone bow to Allah and,unlike Christianity, they are encouraged to use violence, lies, and deceit to do so.

Until next time,


While We Were Sleeping Reblog #4 (What is the End Game?)

Two days in a row….say what….and some of you don’t believe miracles still happen in today’s time!

WHAT IS THE END GAME?                                                                                                Originally published December 18, 2014

Earlier in this series we have discussed  Islamic beliefs.  Today, I want to take a closer look at the purpose of the Islamic religion; what is the end game?

In short, I have found that the main purpose of Islam is to know, worship, and lead others to know and worship Allah.  As a Christian, I can relate as I want to lead as many people as I can into a relationship with Jesus Christ.  After all, they are following the Quran like I follow my Bible.  I get it; I do.  However, the problem lies with how Muslims are trying to advance the religion of Islam.

Let me digress a moment…

The middle east runs a little differently than the United States (Yes, I know that surprised no one).  Here we have separation of church and state and over there, there is no such separation.  The Islamic religion is their government.  You will remember that yesterday we learned that Muslims believe anyone who doesn’t accept Allah is considered an enemy of Allah; therefore, any country that comes against a Muslim led country is considered at war with Allah and is fair game for attack.

According to Muslims there are two parts to the world.  There is Dar al-Islam, meaning the house of Islam, or there is Dar al-Harb, meaning a house of war or those who are at war with God.  Seeing as Muslims believe they are Allah’s chosen people, and believing Allah wins in the end, they believe it is their duty to bring all people under the control of Dal al-Islam.  To what extremes will they go to make this happen?

Do you remember the cheers from the Muslim communities outside the United States when they were shown footage of the September 11th attacks?  I know I sure do.  Why so many cheers from a “peaceful” group?  They cheered because they thought it was a sign of the advancement of Islam in the United States.  Make no mistake about it; their goal is not to simply be allowed to worship here in the United States, no their goal is to make Islam the only religion in the United States.  After all, they are only following their orders in the Quran.

You can bet your lucky stars that when they were shown footage of the Muslim led prayer service in the National Cathedral on November 14, 2014 that they saw that as a sign of victory and not unity.


Unity my foot!  I want to know exactly how many Christians were killed that day (the day of the Muslim led prayer service in the National Church) in the Middle East because they would not denounce Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  I want to know in what Mosques were Christian led services held!  None and there never will be.  Why?  Because it would go against everything the Muslims believe.  As much as I find great wrong with the Islamic religion, I do admire their dedication to Allah and their willingness to follow the Quran.  I wish more “Christians” would be willing to follow the Bible.


Come on people, wake up!  We have all seen the news footage of what is going with ISIS and other groups over there.  The ‘politically correct” want us to believe those are just extreme terrorists, but that is simply not true.  All one has to do is read the Quran to know that not   only is violence tolerated for anyone who is opposed to Allah but it is actually ordered or demanded.

Quran 9:5 “Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.”

 9:112 “The Believers fight in Allah’s cause; they slay and are slain, kill and are killed.”

 8:39 “So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief [non-Muslims]) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world).”

 8:65 “O Prophet, urge the faithful to fight. If there are twenty among you with determination they will vanquish two hundred; if there are a hundred then they will slaughter a thousand unbelievers, for the infidels are a people devoid of understanding.”

 9:38 “Believers, what is the matter with you, that when you are asked to go forth and fight in Allah’s Cause you cling to the earth? Do you prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? Unless you go forth, He will afflict and punish you with a painful doom, and put others in your place.”

What will it take for the United States to wake up?   Do we have to personally experience ISIS in this country before we take the dangers of Islam serious.

(Please hear me out.  Once again, I am not encouraging hate here.  I have love for all people and I expect all people to be treated with love and respect.  I hold nothing against peaceful Muslims practicing their religion in the United States.  I have a problem with them infringing on my church in the disguise of “tolerance” and “unity.”)

Is the United States doomed to repeat the mistakes and consequences of the early Israelites when they turned their backs on God?

Yes, interesting question soon to be discussed.

Since the original posting of this specific blog, the love of Islam in the United States has grown rapidly.  Yes, while we were sleeping (which the Bible warns us about), Satan has taken a giant foothold.  I honestly never thought I’d see the day where Americans would be so duped.

It is straight out of an End of Times movie or book….warning….warning….danger ahead. Is that too far of a stretch for you?  Go back and read Exodus, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Daniel.  That my friends is another possibility for the United States.  This is just my opinion, of course.

Is it a coincidence that this newfound love for all things Muslim has come under Barack Hussein Obama’s administration….I don’t think so.

All in the name of tolerance right?

Tolerance my foot.  In America we tolerate everything except for God,  The God of the Bible.  It honestly baffles me that the “Left” is all accepting of the Islamic religion when it stands against tolerance much more than Christianity.  Heck, it stands against EVERYTHING the “Left” supports (except itself).  Here’s a reality check for you: Muslims do not support homosexuality, freedom from religion, women’s rights…none of it.   

I am still (literally) shaking my head on the blindness of the American people.

Come, Jesus, Come!!!

Have a blessed day,


While We Were Sleeping Reblog #3 (Jesus, Salvation, and Jihad)

My apologies for being quite absent over the last two weeks.  The previous series on the End of Times, kind of took a lot of time and wiped me out.  I am also smack dab in the middle of a busy photography season.

My plans for this week include the following:

  1.  Continue on reblogging my Israel series;
  2. Making Theme Changes (yes, again);
  3. And changing the name of this site.  Yikes!  It is not as scary as it sounds.  I am not changing the name of my blog, so to speak, but rather bringing all my ministries under the umbrella of Missy Baroff Ministries.  You will still click all the same links and won’t have to do anything new to find me as I will continue to use missybaroff.wordpress.com.

Last Monday,  we got a general overview of the Islam religion.  Today, we will take a closer look at what roles Jesus, salvation, and jihad play in Islam.


It is my understanding that the Islam religion considers Jesus a great prophet, but a mere man, not the son of God.  They believe Jesus spoke as a baby, healed the sick and lame, and raised the dead with the whole purpose of helping people obey Allah.  They also don’t believe that Jesus died on the cross; rather someone (maybe even Judas) took his place at the final hour.  Surprisingly enough, they believe in the second coming of Jesus and that his reappearance will usher in the Day of Judgment.

Steps to an Islamic Salvation

1.  Take the Confession Oath of Faith-state there is no god but Allah & Mohammed is the prophet of Allah.

2.  Pray 5 times a day (before sunrise, mid-morning, noon, mid-afternoon, and after sunset).

3.  Give Alms-give about 2.5% of your wealth;

4.  Fast during Ramadah-for one lunar month from sunrise to sunset Muslims are not allowed to have anything pass down their throats.

5.  Make a pilgrimage to Mecca (the birthplace of Islam).

Islam is a very “works” oriented religion in which what you do on this earth will determine how you will spend eternity.  There is very little certainty of your place in heaven as all your works will be accounted for on Judgment day, where God weighs your good and your bad.

Doesn’t sound that bad now does it?  I agree, on the face of things Islam seems like a peaceful religion.   I agree that is what the media and today’s “politically correct” advocates want us to believe.  However, that is simply not the truth.  One only has to look at the middle east to know that there is more to this story.

Can anyone say ISIS?

Oh, that is just an extreme terrorist group and not the normal?  Okay, anyone remember Ben Ladin or Saddam Hussein?

Come on people, the middle east, prominently made up of Muslim countries, has been involved in holy war and violence forever.  How does this line up with Islam being a peaceful religion?

It doesn’t.  Why?  One word:


There is only one guarantee of salvation in the Muslim religion and that is through jihad, which is the very thing that makes the Islam religion dangerous to all those who don’t believe and practice said religion.

Of course, like many religious elements, “jihad” is not so easily defined.

“Jihad” literally means “striving” or “struggle” and is shorthand for Jihad fi Sabeel Allah (struggle for God’s cause).  (IslamCan.com)

In other words “jihad” is the struggle for Allah’s cause, and it can be a struggle with one’s passions, translating the word of god into action, or fighting against oppression or those who fight you.

Dying in “jihad” refers to dying while fighting for the Islamic cause.  This is where the suicide bombers come in.  Muslims not only believe that the suicide bomber will “win” his or her salvation, but the family is highly revered and awarded.

Now, many will argue that the Islamic religion only promotes defensive warfare (which in a sense is true).  The problem with that is most Muslims believe anyone who is not a Muslim is against them; therefore justifying “defensive warfare” for all non-believers.

Furthermore, the widely respected Dictionary of Islam defines Jihad as

“A religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad. It is an incumbent religious duty, established in the Qur’an and in the Traditions as a divine institution, and enjoined specially for the purpose of advancing Islam and of repelling evil from Muslims…

Which, once again, justifies violence for the advancement of Islam.

Quran 9:5 “Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.”

9:112 “The Believers fight in Allah’s cause; they slay and are slain, kill and are killed.”

8:39 “So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief [non-Muslims]) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world).”

8:65 “O Prophet, urge the faithful to fight. If there are twenty among you with determination they will vanquish two hundred; if there are a hundred then they will slaughter a thousand unbelievers, for the infidels are a people devoid of understanding.”

9:38 “Believers, what is the matter with you, that when you are asked to go forth and fight in Allah’s Cause you cling to the earth? Do you prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? Unless you go forth, He will afflict and punish you with a painful doom, and put others in your place.”

(scriptures taken from www.americanthinker.com)

Yes, I know there are many Old Testament scriptures that promote violence, but here’s the difference:  When Jesus came, no new instructions were given to promote violence. No, the advancement of Christianity was to be done in love and free choice.  So when Christians acted in violence (and I know they did) they were going against the teachings of Jesus Christ.  Mohammed promoted more violence and used violence as a means to advance the Muslim movement.  So, when Muslims use violence to defend their religion, they are honoring Mohammed and Allah.


Next time, we will take a look at the goal behind the Islamic religion, which should give us a better understanding of why Muslims do what they do.  I know that knowing the “why” softened my heart and helped me to see Satan at work.  Muslims aren’t just mean, hurtful people.  They are people who truly love their god and are willing to walk in obedience.  After all, Islam means voluntarily submitting to Allah, and we all know I can relate to obedience and submission.

Until tomorrow,


Other resources: www.islam-guide.com,  www.christiananswers.net,http://www.Why Islam.com, http://www. Islam.about.com

While We Were Sleeping Reblog #2 (What is Islam Anyway?)

For those of you just “tuning in,”  I have begun reblogging my While You Were Sleeping  series.  I started it last December and, unfortunately, I allowed myself to be scared off the series and did not finish it.  Recently, while studying the book of Daniel, God reminded me that I am called to be bold and confident for Christ and, no matter what the consequences may be, I am called to stand for Christ.

What is Islam Anyway?                                                             Originally Posted December 16, 2014

On November 14, 2014, the first Muslim led prayer service was held in the National Cathedral (Episcopal Church) in Washington D.C.  What may seem like a great step in unity is actually the result of a nation turning their back on God (The Father, Son, Holy Spirit).  I know, I know, Christians are supposed to be all about love; however, we cannot stand by any longer while our nation and fellow Christians are being led away by the lie of “tolerance.”  It is way past time we use or voice to stand up for God, no matter the response or hate mail it generates.

What I would really like to talk about is how the United States is repeating the same mistakes made by the early Israelites.  However, in order to prepare us for that, we must first take a look at what the religion of Islam is really all about.  After all, how can we really understand the dangers of such a religion if we don’t educate ourselves?

Islam is the world’s second largest religion (2nd to Christianity) with a following of over 1 billion people.  It is the third largest in the United States, following Christianity and Judaism.   While most people think of the Middle East when they think of Islam, it is everywhere, including the U.S, Africa, and Asia.  I was shocked to learn that 60% of Muslims are Asians!

Islam was founded by a man named Mohammed in 610 A.D.  It is my understanding that Mohammed may have been a disillusioned Christian who was not happy with the Catholic Church.  Anyway, one night he said he had a vision/appearance from the angel Gabriel who let him know that there was only one God, Allah, and only Allah was to be worshipped.

Allah and God ARE NOT THE SAME GOD!!!!

Muslims worship a god who is one person; we Christians worship God In Three Persons: The Father, The Son, and Holy Spirit.  You cannot separate one from the other.  Make no mistake, Allah is not simply “the Father” of our trinity; he is a different god.  Furthermore, a lot of Christians still don’t understand this whole “trinity” thing and believe the term “God” refers to  the Father, when it fact God refers to  all three.  Jesus was a part of “God” in the Old Testament.  Holy Spirit was giving out the Ten Commandments as well as the Father and the Son.

God cannot be Allah alone and God in Three Persons and be the same God.  It is simply impossible.

When we allowed a Muslim prayer service in our church (remember, the National Cathedral is an Episcopal church), we allowed them to turn their back to our cross (which represents one part of our God) and worship their god.  WE ALLOWED THEM TO WORSHIP AN IDOL IN OUR CHURCH!!!  Anyone hearing warning bells?

Exodus 20:1-6: And God spoke all these words, saying:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

“You shall have no other gods before Me.

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Continuing on….

Over time Mohammed would converse with Allah through the angel Gabriel and dictations of said conversations were gathered into the Muslim “bible” known as the Quran.  The Quran is the number one source for Muslims, but Islam religion also directs Muslims to read three other books: Torah (first 12 books of Old Testament; Zabur (psalms of David); and Injeel (the gospel of Christ).

Just because they read parts of our Bible does not mean our religions can be somehow united.

Yes there are some similarities, but the differences are far too great to form some kind of united religion.

What exactly do Muslims believe?

  1. They believe in one God, Allah;
  2. They believe in Angels;
  3. They believe in prophets, including but not limited to, Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Moses, Noah, David, Jesus, and Mohammed;
  4. They believe in the day of Judgment;
  5. They believe in the second coming of Jesus (we will discuss this in further detail a little bit later);
  6. They believe in a salvation-heavily based on works;
  7. They believe in life after death;
  8. They believe in Satan;
  9. They believe Ishmael was God’s intended promise to Abraham and that it was Ishmael who is the father of the world. In other words, Ishmael’s descendants (Arab nation and later Islamic believers) are God’s chosen people (and not the Israelites as they are descendants of Isaac).  Interesting?  Yes, and we will discuss this a little bit later in this series as well.
  10. They believe in Jihad (which further divides Islam and Christianity). Jihad truly means that the Muslims are to practice Islam in the face of oppression and persecution, which could come from an outside source or the inner self.  However, it has taken on a new form in which Muslims are willing to die fighting for Islam in order to guarantee their place in heaven (Again, we will get into this a little bit more later in series).
  11. They believe in prayer-it is essential to the Islamic religion.

That my friends, is Islam in a nutshell, a very small nutshell.  Yes there are many similarities, and of the face of it, Islam doesn’t sound half bad.  However, Islam is not as peaceful as we are lead to believe, and I ask that you keep reading this series in order to get to the full picture.  We must remember who we are fighting: Satan.  And one of Satan’s most successful tactics is to take a little bit of truth and mix it with lies.

The purpose of this series is not to start or further hate and discrimination of Muslims.  I would not and do not support hate.  All people deserve the right to choose to follow any religion they want or no religion at all.  We are to love everyone and treat everyone with respect.  There is absolutely a place for Muslims in the United States and they absolutely have the right to worship without interference from me or anyone else.  However, that being said, that place is not my own church.  There are mosques all over the United States built for such things, it does not have to be done, nor should it be done in an Episcopal church.

Next time, we will take a look at the roles of Jesus, salvation, and Jihad in Islam and also look at Islam from the point of view of a Muslim.

I pray that you will all join me tomorrow.


Sources: Christiananswers.net; Why Islam.com;Islam.about.com;  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishmael_in_Islam


While We Were Sleeping Reblog

Please note that this series was first published on December 2, 2014  any recent events mentioned in this series will now be almost a year old.



What does this picture say to you?

Do you even recognize this place of worship?

For those of you who don’t know, this is our National Cathedral, the Washington National Cathedral (Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul).  You know the Episcopal Church (both Protestant and Catholic) where presidents’ (and wives) funerals or memorial services and inauguration prayer services have been held.  The place Congress deemed as the National House of Prayer.  Oh wait, did I mention it was an Episcopal Church, a Christ-centered church.  You know the kind that believe in the Holy Trinity and Jesus Christ.

As many of you already know, on November 14, 2014, the first ever Islamic prayer service took place in this Episcopal house of prayer.  With their backs turned to the cross, Muslims bowed down before their god Allah.

The reasoning behind this?

“We want the world to see the Christian community is partnering with us and is supporting our religious freedom in the same way we are calling for religious freedom for all minorities in Muslim countries,” said Rizwan Jaka, a spokesman with the prominent ADAMS mosque in Sterling, Va., one of the co-sponsors of Friday’s service. “Let this be a lesson to the world.”-


“This is a dramatic moment in the world and in Muslim-Christian relations,” Rasool said in a prepared statement. “This needs to be a world in which all are free to believe and practice and in which we avoid bigotry, Islamaphobia, racism, anti-Semitism, and anti-Christianity and to embrace our humanity and to embrace faith.”-Washington Post


Yes, to some this seems like a great idea.  Muslims and Christian finally coming together.  What a great example of Christ’s love!  After all, this is what Jesus was all about-loving thy neighbor.

To others like me, I feel like I’m watching a movie on the end of times.  Yes, I realize that statement is going to lump me in with the “crazies” or “Jesus Freaks.”  But guess what?  I don’t care.  The fact that this event went largely unnoticed by America let alone the Christian community both shocks and saddens me.

But of course, it did not go unnoticed by all.  There was one woman who stood up.

Of course, the media has turned her into a “crazy” women, and I don’t know, maybe she is not the best representative of Christianity, but I didn’t see anyone else doing it.

Billy Graham son, Rev. Franklin Graham said this:

The idea of tolerance has gone to the extreme here.  Not only are we suppose to be accepting of other religions, we have to invite them into our church?

I don’t think so.

Furthermore, is anyone (who has read the OT) getting a sense of Deja Vu?  I mean, didn’t we see this before with the Israelites?  How well did they fair?

In this next series, titled While We Were Sleeping, I would like to examine this issue in-depth.  [The “We” in the title refers to Christians as I feel that we have essentially, as a whole,  gone to sleep and refused to see the consequences of our inaction.] We will first take a close look at Islamic beliefs, customs, and history because most Americans don’t even know what Islam is all about.  Once we have a firm understanding we will get into the reasons why I believe such an event goes against the Bible .  Thirdly, we will take a look at the similarities of Israel and the United States, and take a sneak peek into revelation to see how all of this is going to play out. Fourthly, we will hit on what we as Christian should be doing to stand up for our beliefs and how to fight this “tolerance” movement.  Of course, there will be surprises along the way as I rely on Holy Spirit to guide us through this series.

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow as we take a closer look at the religion of Islam.




Beware of False Prophets (con’t)

Almost two weeks ago we began talking about the End of Times and false prophets.  Today’s post will be closely related to Beware of False Prophets, so please check it out if you haven’t already done so.

In said previous post, I equated King Belshazzar’s usage of the Jews sacred cups for his own personal use to Satan using a sacred person to carry out his plans.  I then went on to use the Pope as an example.

Do I believe the Pope is the Antichrist?  Not yet.  In all honesty, I was leaning more to the False Prophet.

Yes, as said before, in the last days there will be many false prophets.  False prophets are those who say they are speaking for God and behalf of God but they are a wolf in sheep’s clothing with a purpose to take many away from God.

Missy, how can we tell if someone is a false prophet?  Well, I’m glad you asked.  In the previous post, we covered one and today I will add a couple more.

  1.  They will deny that Jesus is God. ( 1 John 4:1-6);
  2. What they Prophesy will not come true (Deuteronomy 18:21-22);
  3. The person’s prophecy or teaching will lead you away from God (Deuteronomy 13: 1-4);
  4. Godly character is not evident (be careful with this one as Satan has a great counterfeit for this-don’t just look for blessings in a person’s life- look for the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) (Matthew 7:15-17) as well as what they do and say;
  5. Their words and actions are not obedient or consistent with Scripture (Isaiah 8:19-20)                                                                                                                                                                                                   Matthew 5:17–19
     “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.18 “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 “Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

So, while we know there will be many false prophets trying to lead people astray, we must also know and be watchful for THE FALSE PROPHET who will come and prepare the way for the Antichrist.

Yes, the False Prophet (finally), the one who started this whole complicated, messy series.  The third person of the unholy trinity.  Like I said before, almost anything God does, Satan has a counterfeit.  Copycat; Copycat.  What do we know about this false prophet?

Let us take a look at Revelation 13:11-18:

11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those[e] who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or[f] the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

I firmly believe in not “reinventing the wheel,” so keeping with that sentiment, I have found a great explanation of the False Prophet at http://www.discoverrevelation.com/Rev_13.html.

Please note, any of my own thoughts added can be distinguished by the purple font.

  1. “Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth”. Many Bible teachers suggest that his coming up out of the earth indicates that he will not come up out of the sea of peoples, as the first beast does. That is, he will not be of mixed nationality; that he comes out of the earth (around Palestine) may indicate that he will be a Jew.                                                                                                                   If this is true, it blows my whole Pope theory right out of the water! But keep an eye on him anyway just in case this is wrong.  And, once again, just because he isn’t The False Prophet does not mean he is not a false prophet.                                                                                                                                                                        This points to an apostate Jew who, during the first 3-1/2 years, will lead Israel to make a covenant with Antichrist and deceive them by hiding his apostasy until the middle of the Tribulation period, at which time he will serve his purpose by revealing his apostate beliefs and practices.                                                                                                                                                                       
  2. “He had two horns like a lamb.” The Lord Jesus Christ is often referred to in the Gospels and in the book of Rev. as “the Lamb of God”. As such He has taken away the sin of the world. The False Prophet coming on the earth will look like a lamb with two horns. Lambs do not have horns, which are symbols of authority; instead, they are meek and mild animals. The Lord Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Mat. 7 v.15) The False Prophet will come to Israel in sheep’s clothing, but God terms him “a beast”.                                                                                                                                                                   pope 2Okay, so my call to watch the Pope is not really all that far-fetched.  You should clearly be able to see why I have cause for concern.  The Pope does appear to be very lamb-like, but his words and actions are more equivalent to #3.                                                        
  3. “He spoke like a dragon” suggest that he will derive power of speech from the devil who is the dragon. This False Prophet will deceive human beings by acting like a lamb; but really he will speak the words of Satan.                                                                                                                                                                                       His actions may be Jesus-like, but his words will not line up with Scripture.  While the Pope may not be The False Prophet, he is a great example of how the False Prophet will appear.                                   
  4. “He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf.” The close relationship between these two world leaders is seen in the fact that the False Prophet will be given power by the Antichrist himself. His whole purpose will be to work toward the complete dominance of the earth by the Antichrist, including a form of religion satisfactory to the Antichrist.                                                     obama pope                                                                                                                 Do you now understand why this picture makes me very uncomfortable.  No, these two are likely not the False Prophet and the Antichrist, but, once again, it will be very much like this.               
  5. “He made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast.” The False Prophet’s basic purpose and operation with all of this power from the Antichrist and speech from the devil will be to drive people to worship the Antichrist. When indwelt by Satan in the midst of the Tribulation, the Antichrist will be so deceived about himself that he will deem himself God and seek the worship of human beings. (2 Thess. 2 v.3-8) This form of worship will be propagated by the second beast or False Prophet. He may well be described as the high priest of the Antichrist’s religious system during the Tribulation period.                                                                                                                                                                                   Very reminiscent of John the Baptist and Holy Spirit

6.    “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,”  The False Prophet will deceive unbelievers of the earth by means of wonders and miracles, accomplished through satanic power. He will produce the miracles of Elijah and as a false Elijah as he will lead people to worship a false messiah

Fire from Heaven, can you imagine witnessing this?  As this happens later in the tribulation (the church will be gone), there will bemany new or weak believers that could be swayed by this along with the non-believing deceived.  If you are ready this now: be warned.      

7.   “And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.   “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”  The False Prophet will cause an image of the Antichrist to be built and will have power to “give breath to the image of the first beast”. In the midst of the Tribulation, after the Antichrist has been slain and resurrected, the False Prophet will cause people to build an image like Nebuchadnezzar’s image and will demand that it be worshiped. Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream 

8.  He will issue an order that all who do not worship him will be killed. Rev. 20 v.4 tells us that many will be slain by the guillotine.

9.  Everything the false prophet does is calculated to increase the power and authority of the Antichrist. That is not surprising, for he receives his own power and authority from the Antichrist.

10.  “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:” “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

This is the Mark of the Beast,” one of the most often quoted and least understood end time prophecies of the Bible. The word translated “Mark” means, literally, “graven.” It conveys the sense of being “branded.” Mark of the Beast

The custom of the Hebrews, when they took a slave for life, was to mark them by driving an awl through their ear. (see Exodus 21v.6)  . Accepting the mark of the Beast means you are sold into slavery, to Satan.

Without a mark, a person will be unable to engage in routine commerce. Notice here, it does not say you cannot live. It says you cannot buy or sell. DO NOT TAKE THIS MARK; Jesus will help you.

Anyone who accepts this mark during the Tribulation has already made his choice, and that choice will permanently disqualify its wearer from heaven. Remember when you get the mark you MUST swear allegiance to the Antichrist as god.  It isn’t merely economic, it is a worship system. Accepting the mark is tantamount to a rejection of Jesus. This is a permanent, irreversible rejection.

Many currently worry that they will accept the mark accidentally, such as the case with national ID cards. This is not so. To accept the mark of the beast, one will knowingly agree to renounce God and to accept this mark. Without the mark, no one will be able to buy or sell and will fear they and/or their family will die. But to accept the mark means eternal death.

“If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or upon his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the lamb.” (Rev. 14 v.10)

11.  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six.

The False Prophet will use this mark as a means of forcing people to worship Antichrist. He will demand that everyone have his mark on their foreheads or on their hands in order to buy or sell. One can scarcely imagine the pressures of having to possess such a mark in order to secure the necessary food for his family.

There are many views on what the 666 stands for but no where is it given in the bible as to what it means exactly.  We do know that to accept the mark is to accept Antichrist as God and thus deny God. 

There it is in a nutshell my friends.  To some I maybe a little too fanatical, but I am just following directions from my Lord to keep watch.   I will continue to encourage us all to be watchful,  to be on our knees, and to be walking faithfully with the Lord.  Remember, nobody knows the hour of Jesus’ return for his church….don’t be caught sleeping.  Think of this as your alarm clock.  Read it.  Stop hitting snooze (just kidding).

Be blessed and Be a Blessing,



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