Categories of Religions
Who do we worship?
The Bible doesn’t specifically mention all the religions of the world. It more focuses on ideas that are connected with all of the religions. Its focus is more on the true Creator God in comparison with all other false ‘gods’, and the path that God took to bring salvation to His Creation when it was broken by sin. Jesus came to reconcile humanity to God. He came to restore the rest of creation that was broken. And He came to restore humanity to its place of authority over the earth that God had given us, but was usurped by Satan, fallen angels and demons. All religions do have a connection to the final one-world religion of the Antichrist that will occur before the second coming of Jesus. I’ll talk about the concepts of religion that the Bible talks about first, because I think it will help with understanding the final religion that will develop at the end of the age.
I think it’s easiest to categorize the different religions and belief systems under the two main headings of what people worship: the Creator, or the created. Below is a breakdown of where different religions and philosophies would fit in these two categories. Essentially, the perspective of the Bible is that people will either worship the Creator, or they will choose to worship anything and everything else, all of which came from God who was their Source. Things that were created demonstrate aspects of who God is, like a painting reflects the painter. The painter is the one who ultimately deserves the praise, because the painting did not spontaneously create itself. In the same way, we can learn things about God from looking at animals, people, natural laws, angels, etc., but our worship shouldn’t go towards all these amazing things, it should be directed at the One who created all the amazing things.
The Bible describes the worship of any created thing as idolatry. The first three of the 10 Commandments talks about not worshiping anything above God because He is Creator of everything. This includes - things in the heavens (spiritual beings, angels, fallen angels demons, birds, flying creatures, sun, moon, stars, planets); things on the earth (humans, ourselves, animals, plants, things buried in the ground, things that are dead, ancestors, spirits, giants or other entities underground, demonic entities that are free or in chains), things under the earth (sea creatures-animal and spiritual).
“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. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”
Breakdown of Religions and Belief Systems
in the Bible:
1) Worship of Creator God - Trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit
2) Worship Created Things - Idolatry to worship these
A - Nature: Animals, Plants, Elements, Luminaries, Planets, Animism,
Native Religions worldwide worshiping sun, moon, stars, earth, water,
Gaia/Mother Earth, Hinduism, Evolution, Science, Islam
B - Humanity: Self, Intellect, Identity, Ingenuity, Power, Beauty, Money, Morality,
Goodness, Systems of Rules, Paths, Judaism, Philosophies, Buddhism,
Humanism, Atheism, Psychology/Self Help, New Age, Luciferianism, Mormonism,
Islam, Jehovah Witnesses, Gnosticism
C - Spirits: Angels, Satan, Fallen Angels, Demons, Antichrist, Aliens, Pantheons,
Angel Worship, Ufology, Satanism, Nephilim, Giants, Ancestor Worship, Occult,
Mormonism, Islam, Kabbala
All of these are going to have cross-overs into the other categories. So, for example, an idol might be carved in worship of a particular aspect of nature like the Sun. But the Bible says that behind all of the idols are demonic and fallen entities who have power and are able to deceive people. Ultimately, the worship would then go to the source of the power which would be the demonic entity itself.
The book of Romans goes through this concept of the development of religion in a general historical way. In the first chapter it talks about God as Creator, and how people at the beginning of history chose to worship created things instead of Him. This began as ancient animistic religions that continue on into today, and is also seen in more ‘developed’ nations as modern earth-worship, extreme environmentalism, and the elevation of scientific theories above God.
“I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.”
From the beginning of time, people all over the world have had the choice to look at the beauty and wonder of creation and either worship the creation itself, or to look beyond it and worship the One who created it. Worship of creation is seen in all religions and belief systems. Even a modern day belief in an evolutionary process that began without a source, is a ‘religion’ that places the creation above the Creator. It is interesting that with the discovery of DNA, many biologists had to concede some type of Intelligent Design. DNA is an intricate blueprint for an organism that statistically couldn’t have sequenced on its own, no matter how much time it was given. But the theory of a spontaneous big bang and evolution from single-celled to incredibly complex organisms, that goes completely against the law of entropy, has become a religion to some.
With the discovery of DNA, some scientists have conceded the possibility of intelligent design - that life on earth could have come about by the minds and wills of other entities. But the possibility suggested by some has been that the choice could have been made by alien progenitors from another world, but not from any sort of God. It is a view like this, that has birthed ancient alien or ancient astronaut theory and could very likely have a strong connection to the final one-world religion of the Antichrist. The problem for those who put forward this idea is that even if there were other beings that seeded us here, this doesn’t solve the problem of the nature of an unknown event that started everything off at the beginning. And even if this could be figured out scientifically, what caused the unknown event?
We live in a universe of cause and effect, and only if there is something outside of our natural laws and dimensions, could there be the sole originator of everything. God in the Bible is described as being alone in the beginning. He exists outside of what He has created - even natural laws, time and space. This is the only way that there could be an original independent Cause. Quantum physics proves that there was a beginning. Therefore, there had to be an independent Cause. But it is religious choice that wants to remove the possibility that the Cause is God. In the interview, Dawkins read an excerpt from his book and had a very visceral emotional reaction to his own personal (and incorrect) characterization of the God of the Bible. In doing this, he demonstrated that he was making a religious choice based upon his emotions, rather than where the science leads. He was worshiping a number of created things - human intellect and theories, emotions, scientific processes, even aliens - rather than the One who Created all of these things.
Romans 8 expresses that everything created was subjected under a curse because of sin. It brought death into the earth. It makes no sense to worship something that is created, just like we are, and is affected by sin, just like we are. The Creator is separate from creation. This truth negates any religious belief system that would state that we are God, or are connected to God in essence. He existed alone, before anything else. We are created in His image and are like Him in many ways so that we can have a relationship with him, but we are not a part of God. God created unity and interrelatedness in things, but He also created boundaries. Our sin affects and destroys all of creation. But it doesn’t change Him. So in the end, Jesus who is perfect and is God, will restore everything back to the perfect way that God created it to be.
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”
There is an interesting discussion in Acts 17 where the Apostle Paul goes into Athens and looks at the idols there and talks with those of various philosophies. It’s interesting that the description reminds me of people in our culture today and on the internet always wanting to hear the latest ideas. Paul notices an idol that has an inscription, ‘To An Unknown God’, almost as if the person who made it wanted to be sure they covered all their bases worshiping everything they knew and even the things they didn’t know. Our world today does seem to have a bit of the flavor of buffet style, mix and match, self-designed beliefs. It comes from the unfortunate success of relativistic thought and the belief that no one really knows what is true and all belief systems are equal.
“While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean.” (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)
Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
“Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
Paul’s presentation to the people ends with the truth that our belief can be anchored in the reality that Jesus rose from the dead. He defeated death. He is God. Everything else we worship is created and is subject to death without its own innate power to come back to life. Jesus resurrects not only Himself, but also everyone who believes in Him. And this doesn’t just mean a spiritual resurrection eternal life in heaven. It also means a physical one. We will receive a restored perfected body, like Jesus had after He rose from the dead, and we will live on a restored perfected earth and heavens forever. Paul tells the Corinthians more about this truth of humanity’s destiny in 1 Corinthians 15.
1 Corinthians 15:44-57
“...If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
And Jesus must return to give perfected bodies, judge the earth, set up His kingdom, set things right, defeat human and demonic forces. Everything that was broken will be fixed in Him. Paul told the Colossians and the Philippians about how Jesus is God and will restore everything. He is God and He is above all rule and authority. He took on human flesh so that He could die as a one to one substitute for humanity. He also need to restore humanity to perfection so that He could place humanity back into authority over the earth. Currently, Satan and demonic forces, (thrones, powers, rulers, authorities in the next verses), have a lot of control over the earth. This power was usurped from humanity, but Jesus will put everything back the way that God designed, when He returns and rules over the earth as both God and Man as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it...He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Jesus’ death will ultimately ‘save’ everything in the end. As Creator, He will create a New Heavens and New Earth. The picture of the New Creation in Revelation shows how everything that is, including light and water flow from Jesus, the Creator, the Source.
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
Human / Self - Worship
A variety of religions and belief systems fall into this category.
Humanism and Atheism fall into the basket of self-worship. A person may not believe in God, but that doesn’t mean He doesn’t exist. This person believes they have no higher power to follow, so they then would follow their own compass through life, and everything they did would in their mind ultimately point back to themself, their own thoughts, ingenuity and drive. They are the master of their own ship, and their own highest authority. An agnostic person would also be following their own compass or perhaps the compass of the culture around them to find identity, worth, success, truth, morality, purpose and so on. This puts the attention back on humanity, a created being, as the highest arbiter of all of these things. The modern day manifestation of this kind of religion is a narcissistic culture where everyone ‘identifies’ themself with this or that of their own choosing or desire, but aren’t as concerned with what is really true. The problem is that each and every person is selfish, and so their own personal chosen identity, truth, morality, etc. will ultimately in some way benefit themself, and will cause conflict with others who are following their own personally chosen compasses that benefit them. With no God and no standard above everyone, everyone just ‘does what is right in their own eyes’ (Judges 21:25). In truth, no one has the right to judge anyone else. There is a higher law and truth above all of us that is established on the character of God the Creator who is separate from us, from creation and the affects of sin.
Any belief system of following laws, rules, codes or paths is self-worship. Returning to Romans and the historical path of religion that it describes, Paul next described how God introduced the Mosaic Law / Old Covenant to the Jews to follow. The Law showed them the measure of right and wrong, but it was not the path to salvation. It reduced the amount of wrongdoing that occurred, just as our laws do today, but the law itself can’t change the true problem of a sinful heart. Following it only adjusts behavior. Many Jews tried very hard to follow the Law, thinking that if they were perfect at following a set of rules, this would get them to heaven. But this effort put their focus back on themselves and how successful they were at keeping it. This became self worship. If a person believes they can follow a set of rules, be good enough by some internal subjective morality they have created for themselves, or follow the right path to heaven or nirvana or ascension on their own, then they themselves are the one they are worshiping. They would then have what Paul in Romans calls ‘a reason to boast’.
In Romans 3-4, it says Gentiles (non-Jews) still have a ‘law’ within them. It is the conscience that every human has inside them that tell them right and wrong. So whether a Jew tried to follow their specific Mosaic Law, or a Gentile followed the law on conscience within, both are condemned. Because no one can keep either perfectly. And if a person thinks they can follow a law or path perfectly, or if they think they are good enough, then they are boasting in their own good deeds, (or lack of bad deeds), and ultimately, are worshiping themselves. Many belief systems, religions and self-focused philosophies fall into this category.
I have a friend who recently became a follower of Jesus. He had spent many years under Taoist and Buddhist teachers. One teacher had told him that the path to follow was to focus on shedding the bad until a point when the person would finally get rid of the ‘ego’ itself. At this point they would reach enlightenment. The problem with this, is that it is by one’s own self effort of following the path and ridding the self - is how the person comes to believe they are rid of self. But if they look back to see how they got there, they have to look at themself and point to themself and their own hard work to get there. So their ego is what is ultimately telling them that they got rid of their ego. The teacher went on to tell him that if he kept following the path, he would become really really good, and would go to the next level. In contrast, what the Bible teaches is that the first moment we do something wrong, there is a gap between us and God’s perfection. And no matter what we do, we can’t ever alter the past so that our sins never occurred.
Romans goes on to express that it is through faith in Jesus’ death for us that we receive eternal life in heaven. Our trust and focus is in Jesus to get us there. He is the only one who can bridge the gap between our failure and God’s perfection. If Jesus was just a good moral teacher, He would be a created being just like everyone and everything else. He would have no power over sin or death, and would not be able to help us. He would be just like us. But He is God, He is the Creator, and He is perfect, so by being connected to Him, He can perfect us as well so that we can live forever.
“Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.”
The word ‘justify’ in the above passage means to make righteous, and it is a term that was used at the time in the context of a court of law. We are guilty before God for our sins. God is the Creator, He is separate from His creation, and He is the only one unaffected by sin. Therefore He has the right to judge. Jesus Christ is God and is perfect. He existed before everything and He is the Creator. When He took on human flesh, He allowed the broken world to affect His body, but He was still God. The penalty for humanity’s sins is death. Jesus took the death penalty for us when He died on the cross. He paid the debt for all sins for all time. God judged Jesus instead of us. The death sentence was paid. The requirement of the court was satisfied. Now God offers the free gift of salvation to everyone who wants it. When we believe Jesus died for us, we are accepting this gift. This is why these verses say both the circumcised (Jews) and uncircumcised (non-Jews/Gentiles) are justified by faith rather than by our own good deeds or trying to follow any type of law. This is the great trade-off. Jesus takes the sins of humanity, and gives us His righteousness in return. This is not to say we will never do anything wrong again. It is to say our account, our record, is wiped clean in a judicial sense, because we are now connected to Christ and have been forgiven. Now when God looks at us, He sees Jesus’ perfection instead of our sins. Over and over the Bible says that the believer is ‘in Christ.’ We are enveloped in His perfection.
Spirits - Worship
The third category under Created things we worship is that of things in the spiritual realm. This includes angels, fallen angels, demons and ancestors and the entities and ideas connected to them such as Nephilim, giants, pantheons, aliens, new age, astral projection and travel, Illuminati Luciferianism, Satanism, occult, new world order, free masonry, gnosticism. Much of this line of worship has to do with the desire to receive hidden knowledge and greater power from entities who are in other realms and dimensions. Elements of this desire for higher knowledge are found in all religions, and the Bible talks of demonic entities being behind all false religions. The Bible is a book that moves through time, and records the development of the ideas behind the scenes within the spiritual realms.
The first encounter between humanity and the angelic realm that is recorded in the Bible is when the serpent interacted with Eve in Genesis. God told Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:15-17. The serpent tempted Eve to do so, and her choice brought death into the world. The serpent is connected with Satan. It was either an animal possessed by Satan, or perhaps Satan had a reptilian look during this interaction. He was walking and talking in the garden, before God cursed him for tempting Eve. But he is referenced in connection with serpents throughout scripture. He is also said to have the ability to disguise himself as an angel of light. “And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:14. The word for ‘transforms’ in the original Greek is ‘metaschēmatizetai’ which means ‘to change in fashion or appearance, change the outward appearance, the dress, the form of presentment of something, transfigure; adapt, disguise.’ In other words, he has the powers both to possess things and to shape-shift in order to get his desired result.
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
There is a lot in this statement that connects directly with the development of the religions of the world and with the final one-world religion of the Antichrist. The original lies that Satan told Eve reverberate throughout history in the beliefs that are formed and the lies people tell themselves (all the while Satan is whispering in people’s minds).
“You will not surely die....”
“...For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened,...”
“...and you will be like God,...”
“...knowing good and evil.”
The first thing that Satan does is to call God a liar. He tells Eve to question that God is telling the truth. And he specifically tells Eve the lie that she will not die. He knows that she will and he wants her to. There is a thread of thought that runs through all religions that is most acutely seen in gnosticism and Luciferianism. Many religions spur off of these ideas. In gnosticism and Luciferianism, Yahweh God (of the Bible) is the evil God who wants to keep mankind in the dark by telling them a lie. They believe it is Lucifer who is good and wants to open people’s minds, set them free to the true light of Enlightenment. It comes from the original lie that Satan (Lucifer) told Eve. He told her that God was lying to her, that she would live forever, that she would understand the knowledge that God was hiding from her to keep her under His control, but if she could acquire this knowledge, this would make her equal with God. Luciferianism today is not exactly the same as Satanism. Some do believe and worship Lucifer as the true God. Others believe Lucifer is more of a symbolic idea of someone who sought out enlightenment and became awakened themselves. So adherents want to follow this ideal of seeking enlightenment and even god-hood themselves. These ideas tie back to the original lie that you can reach eternal life without God. This then becomes a system of self-worship.
Lucifer sinned before Adam and Eve. We know this because he was tempting them, which is an action that comes from an evil motivation. But Lucifer is a created being. He is one of the millions of angels that God made. Just like humans and animals and everything else, he was created by God. He will never be God. He will always be separate from God. No matter how much he may want to self-identify as God, the reality is that he can never change the fact that he had a beginning, and is not self-existent like the Creator is. He made the choice to believe that he was equal with God, and he’s been trying to usurp God’s throne and worship throughout history. Lucifer believes that if he could be successful at getting humanity to doubt God, and to either worship him instead, or at least worship themselves as the highest power, then he would take God’s place as highest authority in the universe. The view he has of himself and his ambitions are seen in these words in Isaiah.
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.”
These are often called the five ‘I wills’ of Satan. He wants to sit in God’s seat. He wants to be over all the other angels-often called ‘stars’ in the Hebrew Scriptures. He wants to sit on the mount of the congregation - at the head of the divine council. This a concept from the Hebrew scriptures that there are a group of angels who have decision-making responsibilities, but God is still the chief decision maker and all are subject to Him. Because of Satan’s pride, he fell and became the first of the fallen angels. He influenced other angels to defy God, and he influences people to do the same.
The name Lucifer is actually ‘helel’ from a Hebrew word that means ‘shining one’ or ‘light-bearer’. So people who follow Luciferianism directly, or who adhere to other offshoots, believe they are seeking the light, awakening, enlightenment, hidden higher knowledge (what God has hidden from us). Those who brought gnosticism into the early Christian church believed that there were deeper hidden meanings than what Jesus told his disciples/Apostles. The Apostles were the men who Jesus taught and sanctioned as the ones to spread the truth about who He is and why He came. These are the teachings found in the New Testament that Christian church follows today. A Gnostic, (Greek word ‘gnosis’ meaning knowledge), believed that there were even deeper hidden meanings, more enlightenment that could be found beyond the New Testament. The development of a number of religions and cults, (and really all belief systems), are rooted in these ideas.
For example, Mohammed was someone who had access to both the Old and New Testaments, and today Islam pulls characters and ideas from both sources. But the story of Mohammed is that he was also visited by a being, whom he thought was an evil spirit, who gave him ‘more enlightenment’ than what he already had. It was actually his wife who encouraged him to use the ideas of this entity. As a side note, Islam also brings in some animism, because Allah was taken from the moon god, whom was elevated to the position of supreme god. In the story of the origin of Islam, the spirit gave additional information, which is essentially to say. ‘God is lying to you. You can know more.’ Within the system of Islam is the belief that you will go to heaven by doing more good than bad, and also by Allah’s choice. So here the lie of being good enough appears again, pointing back goes back to self-worship and the lie that you can reach eternal life on your own, as well as spirit-worship, because Mohammed chose to believe the spirit who came to him.
Another example is that of Mormonism which has strange similarities to Islam. Joseph Smith was visited by an ‘angel’ who told him he would give him extra information so that he could know which view of the Bible was true. The information this spirit gave him was information found in Joseph Smith’s writings. This enlightened knowledge was not simply clarifying the message that was already there, it was additional and contradictory to what the Bible teaches. But it was given under the premise that the information God gave was not enough. And within this additional information is the idea that man can reach higher levels of heavens (and rule other planets) as gods through their own good deeds. In this belief system, Jesus is not the unique Son of God (who is God as part of the Trinity). Jesus is just ahead of us on the path, and therefore, we can become ‘god’ in the same way Jesus did. So the same lies are contained in Mormonism as in Satan’s original lie. You can be Gods. You can get to eternal life through your own efforts. It is self-worship, and the worship of the ‘angel’ whom Joseph Smith decided to believe over God.
A third example is one that is connected to the final one-world religion. If you’ve ever studied the pyramid on the dollar bill, you’ve noticed the all seeing eye on top of the pyramid. People like to say that it is the eye of God, however, the pyramid in an image from Free Masonry. In free masonry, the adherents will go through a step by step process to gain higher and higher levels within the organization - climbing the pyramid. As they do this, they swear oaths to different gods of various world religions, such as Vishnu and Allah. The 33rd degree, which is the highest level of the pyramid, is where the person reaches the height of enlightenment, as symbolized by the wide-open eye surrounded by the light. At this highest level, the adherent pledges allegiance to Lucifer, the light-bearer. If you are familiar with the Illuminati (illumination, light, enlightenment) and any such secret societies and organizations, they are all connected with this ideal and to this network. Free Masonry is the feeder organization at the bottom.
At the top of the world governments, businesses and entertainment there is a network of people who are Luciferian. A large contributor to the United Nations is the Lucius Trust. If you are familiar with the United Nations Agenda 21, now 2030 and its path to a sustainable future, or with the World Economic Forum’s Great Reset that the world is now moving into, you’ll see they are directly connected to the ideas of uniting humanity in a global ascension under the guise of environmentalism. Don’t get me wrong, protecting God’s creation is good. But often you will hear themes of elevating mother Earth or Gaia above the needs of humanity, of evolving to the next stage through technology, and even beating death through trans-human means. The great irony of this, is that the human genome is now rapidly breaking down (rather than spontaneously evolving), and so people are trying to keep our species from going extinct through the use of artificial intelligence and technological means. They want to alter the human genome, (enter muto-genic vaccines), in an attempt to bypass the ultimate effects of sin that brought death into the world. This is another form of seeking enlightenment beyond what God told us will give us eternal life-Jesus Christ. They want to save the planet, (the pollution, decay and death of which are also a result of man’s sin), through Agenda 2030. This Agenda/the Great Reset reduces the population of the earth to less than 550 million, puts everyone into smart cities so that the environment can replenish, feeds people with bio-engineered food sources, reduces materialism and waste by changing our economy from a system of ownership to a system of leasing, and many more initiatives. There are some good ideas within it, but those who follow it to a religious level, believe that humanity can turn the earth into a utopia and mankind into a peaceful race through a forced agenda. But it still doesn’t solve the core problem of mankind’s sinful heart and the destruction our sins inevitably bring, no matter what agenda we put in place.
Within the New Age Movement, ufology, ancestor worship, the Nazi occult practices, prayer to idols, astral travel and seance, there is the hope of gaining a greater enlightenment by connecting with the spiritual realm. And there are many demonic entities ready and waiting within the spiritual realm to be anyone someone wants them to be who will give them ‘enlightenment.’ People flock to Burning Man from Silicon Valley and do psychedelic drugs to gain information downloads from ‘something’ for scientific advancement (just like the Nazi’s did). Within government agencies there are projects like MK Ultra that will break the minds of people to re-program their splits not only with conditioning, but also with the introduction of demonic spirits, so that the subjects have greater power and abilities. There is a deliverance pastor named Russ Dizdar who I’ve linked on the site who has specifically worked with setting people free who have undergone these programs.
If you’ve ever looked into the subjects of UFOs and aliens, you quickly find that many of the people who are interested in these ideas are religiously New Age. They believe that they can contact the aliens who will give them greater enlightenment, and who will help humanity to evolve and ascend past our current propensity towards self-destruction to the stages the aliens have reached. These ideas are connected to Satan’s original lie. You can be as God. You can reach eternal life without Him. God is holding out on you, and you can find more enlightenment apart from Him. This is self-worship and demonic worship - worshiping the creature rather than the Creator. Many believe that the ‘great deception’ that the Bible talks about as part of the final one world religion will be that of alien disclosure, arrival and abduction, or at least these events will be a part of the overall deception that Satan, the Antichrist and the False Prophet will try to bring during the Seven Years.
In Genesis 6, the sons of God (Watchers in Enoch) came on the scene, they procreated with human women and created a race of hybrid half angel half human giants. According to Enoch, the Watchers taught humans all kinds of knowledge, that advanced their understanding of many things, but also advanced their evil. When God destroyed the earth with the flood, this was because of mankind’s sin and violence had gotten so bad, but also because of what these Watchers had done. Their goals were the same as Satan’s when he influenced Eve. They wanted worship for themselves. They wanted to destroy the image of God in man, but instead create something after their own image. They wanted to usurp control over the earth that had been given to mankind. They wanted to keep the Son of God from being born. They wanted to corrupt human genetics, so that mankind could no longer be redeemable / saved by God, because Jesus was to come as a human so that He could be a one to one, life for life, human for human substitute when He took our death penalty for our sins. This is what the justice of God required, and they knew it, because after Adam and Eve sinned, God promised Even that her offspring would crush the serpents offspring.
“Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.”
According to Enoch, demons are the disembodied spirits of the giants that died in the flood. This is why demons try to possess people. Because they want to have a body again. And the fallen angels and demons entice humanity with their power, and connect this power with a variety of religions, belief systems and spiritual practices, so that they can re-direct the worship of humanity away from God and towards themselves. But there is more than influence that the fallen angels wanted over mankind. Jesus said, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Matthew 24:37-39. It is true that some of the point of Jesus’ words are that it will be life as usual, and then suddenly He will return to judge, and many people will be caught off guard. But it should also be noted what life as usual looked like at the time of Noah. Here are some really key points to pull out of the passage of Genesis 6.
The angels procreated with human women and created angle-human giant hybrids. This is the specific sin that made God angry and decide to flood the earth. These interactions resulted in mankind being completely evil in actions and motivations. Noah is described as someone who is just. We know from his story that he was not a perfect person. He had his sins just like we all do. But he is listed as one in the ‘hall of faith’ in Hebrews 11. According to the Bible it is faith in Jesus that God counts as righteousness on a person’s ledger. “Since we have been justified by faith, we now have peace with God.” Romans 5:1. Noah is said to be ‘perfect in his generations’ in Genesis 6. This does not mean that he and his children were perfect people. The word ‘generations’ can also have be connected with the idea of genetics. And in the context of this passage, the whole earth was both genetically, as well as morally, corrupted. God also saved Noah, because he was the only person who did not have fallen angel DNA. The passage goes on to say the earth itself was also filled with violence, and all flesh was corrupt. This is a statement that goes beyond human inhabitants. According to Enoch, (which the New Testament quotes), the fallen angels also corrupted the animals and the plants genetically and created all types of hybrids. So God destroyed it all, but saved the last family who could carry on the promise of saving the world through the untarnished genetics of Jesus Christ.
Looking back at Jesus statement, the level of evil and the kind of evil before the return of Jesus, must reach the same height, (or depth), as it did in Noah’s day. It isn’t simply that people will be completely unaware of His coming and all of the warnings leading up to it. Though this will be true. It isn’t simply that the world will be full of evil and violence at horrible levels. Though this will be true. It’s also that humanity will be at a point of complete annihilation once again. Satan wants to thwart God’s plan for the end. He does not want Jesus to come back and defeat him and take humanity into a glorious future. Jesus already was born into the world. He failed at trying to prevent this from happening. Jesus died, but He also rose again providing the way for humanity’s redemption on both an individual level and as gaining full authority over the earth through Jesus once again. But Satan wants to stop this from happening. He does want humanity to rule. And he knows that the original promise made to Eve, (that her seed would crush his head), still has a chance of being fulfilled, as long as humanity survives.
Enter the final one-world religion. There’s an interesting verse in the imagery of the statue that represents the world kingdoms in Daniel 2. Daniel, a Jewish exile in Babylon, many centuries before Christ is given the interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. It is a statue that represents the successive kingdoms that will rule over Israel into the future until Jesus’ final kingdom. The kingdom right before Jesus’ is that of the Antichrist that will have the ten divisions and some connection with the old Roman empire. Many believe that the Roman empire persisted in a sense through the Roman Catholic Church and a rogue final pope. And there are some interesting developments in recent years in some Catholic theology. The 10 toes of the statue that Nebuchadnezzar’s sees are described of a combination of iron and clay that do not adhere to one another. Daniel 2:42-43 says, “And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.” Who is the ‘they’ here? It doesn’t really tell us, but by process of elimination, ‘they’ are something other than the ‘seed of men’. In other words, they aren’t human. There is some interesting research by Tom Horn and Chris Putnam in a book called ‘Exo-Vaticana’ that concerns exploratory doctrines within the Catholic Church concerning the arrival of alien life. There is an interesting statement of one of these theologians stating maybe we’ll baptize them, or maybe they know more than we do, and they’ll baptize us. So it's back to the idea of enlightenment coming from higher beings who are not God. This direction of theology, in conjunction with the increase of new age thinking worldwide, along with the rising thought in the scientific community of possibility of ancient aliens as progenitors... all seem to be heading towards the same point on the horizon. This is the reason I think the alien narrative, will be a part of the final one-world religion. (Tom Horn also has books called ‘The Final Pope is Here’, and ‘Antichrist and the Final Solution’)
The best description of the Antichrist’s religion is found in Revelation 13. The word Anti-christ doesn’t actually mean ‘against Christ’, it means ‘in place of Christ.’ Satan, as a deceiver, tries to copy what God does, but with his own evil twist. So in Revelation 13, three figures appear that many people call the unholy Trinity that is Satan’s copy of the real Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The unholy trinity in Revelation 13 is the Dragon (Satan), the beast from the sea (Antichrist), and the beast from the earth (False Prophet). It says that the Antichrist receives some sort of death wound to the head, but lives. Just like Jesus, the Antichrist appears to die and rise again. The False Prophet and the Antichrist do miracles and astonish the masses, just like Jesus did when He was on earth and was empowered in His ministry when the Holy Spirit descended on Him. Because of these wonders, all the earth, (whose names are not written in the Lamb’s book of life), worships the Antichrist and Satan who empowers him. Jesus Christ, from Revelation 1-5, and the book of Hebrews is the Lamb slain for the sins of the world. Those who have put their faith in Him, have their names written in the Lamb’s book of life. The Antichrist goes on a rampage to these believers in Jesus across the world. He also sets out to kill the Jews when he reveals his true identity, sets up an image of himself in the Jewish Temple, (that the False Prophet makes to talk), and blasphemes the true and living God.
The Antichrist is called the ‘man of lawlessness’, and he will go against all of the Ten Commandments that God gave Moses for the Israelites in Exodus 20.
1) No Other Gods before Me “sets himself up as God in the temple of God...”
2 Thess. 2, Daniel 11:37
2) No Graven Images/Idols “sets up an image that talks” Revelation 13
3) Don’t Take the Name of the Lord in Vain “blasphemes God’s name” Revelation 13
4) Remember the Sabbath Day “seeks to change times and laws” Daniel 7:25
5) Honor Father and Mother “does not honor gods of fathers” Daniel 11:37
6) Do Not Murder “chases down Jews” “kills those who don’t take His mark”
7) Do Not Commit Adultery - idolatry is adultery against God in the Bible
8) Do Not Steal “goes out conquering and to conquer” Revelation 6:1-2
9) Do Not Lie “breaks the covenant/treaty he makes with the many” Daniel 9:27
10) Do Not Covet - put’s his name and number onto people’s bodies as His property
The Antichrist will require his ‘mark’ be taken on the hand and the forehead because this is a copy of when God told the Jews to bind the Law on their hands and heads. This was a symbol that God’s teachings would guide their actions and thoughts. The Antichrist usurps this because he wants control of mankind’s actions and thoughts. Some of the current vaccine technologies being proposed will be connected with the ability to buy and sell with the swipe of a hand. Governments and businesses will first use coercion to force vaccination, ie. if you don’t have the vaccine, you cannot enter stores, go to work, etc. Some vaccines are also muto-genic - alter DNA, and also have both fetal tissue and ‘unknown’ genetic materials in them, and contain self-replicating nanotech. There are also those talking about the connection of 5G and 6G with the nanotech, to be able to activate it to release diseases into the body, and possibly for mind control.
The murderous nature of the Antichrist’s conquests and control will wipe out a lot of people. So will coming wars both civilly and internationally. Many are warning that the virus (pestilence) and the vaccines will cause physical harmful effects and death. In Revelation, the mark of the beast gives people sores that torment them. It has been postulated that we are seeing a repeat of the days of Noah. That fallen angels and demons behind the scenes are orchestrating the change of the human genome through the vaccines, not to mention the toxic elements in the environment, so that they can change humanity into something other than human. So that humanity will no longer be redeemable, and they will defeat God’s plan to restore everything through Jesus. But just like in the days of Noah, God will put a stop to the death and destruction before it is too late. “...unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be left alive...”
The Antichrist will appear as the savior to humanity for a variety of reasons. When everything is falling apart, he will give people the ability to buy and sell, and ultimately, to survive. He will make a treaty that benefits Israel and likely reinstates the temple worship (at first). He will seem like their Messiah. He has some connection with the Roman empire and has supernatural abilities. It could be that through some rogue catholic theology, that the alien savior idea might come in here. Those in ‘Christendom, who aren’t familiar with the idea that the Antichrist will appear to deceive before Jesus returns’ might follow him not knowing he is a false christ. There are some connections in the scriptures between the Antichrist and peoples from the Assyria/Syria/Iraq/Turkey area of the world. He may appear as the coming Mahdi for Islam. Because he is indwelt by Lucifer, he will certainly promote the idea of and enlightenment without God, and possibly spiritual ascension and physical evolution through the technology he brings. All this to say, he is able to get everyone on earth to worship him and to worship the dragon, Satan. Satan’s mission will finally be complete. He will simply kill everyone who follows Jesus. Mission accomplished. But....
“For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened... “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
God is not hidden from mankind, as Lucifer tries to say. Jesus Christ came as the express image of God to mankind, and sent His Holy Spirit to indwell believers to comfort and help us until the day when He returns. The Revelation of Jesus Christ is actually His revealing to the world. He came the first time as the suffering servant and Savior. He will come the second time to receive His inheritance as King and to reign over the earth in justice, peace and love.
I was talking to a man who worked at a gas station last week about the idea of God. I told him that he could have a relationship with the living God. He said to have a relationship with God, God would have to be like him. I told Him that’s part of why Jesus came to earth and took on human flesh. So that He would be able to relate to us in our weaknesses and so that He could be our friend. Over and over again the Bible says that Jesus came to show us who God is. He isn’t hidden. He is revealed to us in the person of Jesus Christ in the pages of the Bible and His very real presence in our lives.
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ ” And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.