On the Verge of the Mark of the Beast

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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In case you haven’t been paying attention, the world is on the verge of accepting the Mark of the Beast.

So, who is the Beast and what is his mark? If you don’t know, here is a simple explanation:

The Beast is the Antichrist, the man who will at first bring world peace but who will then reveal his true character as the most vicious, horrific dictator in all of human history. The Beast will be the embodiment of Satan himself and will rule with terror during the Tribulation period.

The Beast’s mark is an identifying mark that will be placed on or in the forehead or hand of all those who worship him. This mark will be required in order to buy and sell anything, to conduct all forms of business, and to function in society.

It is speculated that the mark will be either a computerized ID chip implanted in the forehead or hand or a tattoo of some sort. Whichever it is, the mark will contain all of one’s personal, medical, financial, political, and religious information. 

The mark will replace all other forms of identification. It will also replace the credit card for buying and selling. So, if one buys groceries, instead of handing the clerk at the checkout counter a credit card, those with the mark embedded in their forehead or hand will simply allow the clerk to scan the mark in order to pay the bill.

Lest you think the concept of the mark is far-fetched or far ahead in the future, be aware that a prototype of the mark is already being used by many people in Sweden. Read this article for more on how Swedes are already using the mark in daily business: 
https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/end-times-thousands-are-having-microchips-implanted-in-their-hands.html

While the mark is now received on a voluntary basis, during the Tribulation the Antichrist will demand that everyone take the mark as a sign of worshipping him. In other words, by taking the mark, a person will acknowledge that the Antichrist is God. Those who refuse to take the mark of the beast (aka the Antichrist) will be summarily executed.

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, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” – Revelation 13: 16-17 NKJV

What about Christians? During the Tribulation, some people will become Christians. As a result, they will refuse to take the mark of the Beast because accepting the mark is tantamount to worshiping Satan. Because of their refusal to take the mark, these Christians will be martyred.

For many years now, our world has been programming people to receive the mark. Back in the 80s, my husband and I took our children to Disney World. I was greatly troubled when I noticed that workers at Disney World stamped the backs of people’s hands in order to admit them into a ride or an event. In my opinion, this is an example of programming people to be comfortable with receiving a mark on their hand. I refused to have my hand stamped and told the clerk I would show my ticket stub instead.

But today, a ticket stub may not be accepted in place of a hand stamp. Indeed, many places are already refusing to accept anything other than a stamp on the hand. Moreover, many places are no longer accepting cash in payment for an item. We are, indeed, on the verge of a cashless society and, therefore, the mark of the Beast.

While the current microchips being used as forms of identification are not necessarily the mark of the Beast, they are, without question, preparing the world to accept the mark of the Beast. The mark demanded by the Antichrist will be necessary in order to buy and sell. This means that a person without the mark will not be able to buy food and other necessities of life.

To accept the mark of the Beast is to accept certain damnation to Hell for all eternity. The Antichrist will be Satan incarnated in a man, and accepting his mark will mean accepting him as God. This is blasphemy! It is the complete rejection of Jesus Christ as one’s Savior and Lord and, rather, the acceptance of Satan as one’s savior and lord.

Please warn others about the grave dangers of accepting the mark of the Beast. The mark is not a tool of convenience. Rather, under the guise of convenience, it is a Satanic tool for causing those who take it to be eternally separated from God and suffer the unending torments of Hell.  

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Please share your questions and insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

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“How to Recognize a Controlling Spirit”

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Is Your Church Apostate or Apostolic?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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In case you haven’t noticed, there’s been a major shift in the direction of the Church in recent years. The Body of Christ as a whole has moved from the original church founded by Christ to a “seeker-sensitive” church founded by man. The result is a spiritual and cultural phenomenon known as the “Emergent Church” — a phenomenon fraught with deception and heresy and jeopardizing the spiritual destiny of Christians throughout the world. 

So, what is all the ruckus about, and why should we be concerned?

We should be concerned for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that the emergent church is fast turning into the Apostate Church that will lead to the one-world religion of the end days. We are already witnessing the formation of this one-world religion. 

How can we know, then, if our church is an apostate church and not an apostolic one? First of all, let’s define our terms. An apostolic church is a church that adheres to the doctrines of the early, first-century Church as founded by the Apostles. These doctrines are explained in the New Testament, and their application is found primarily in the Book of Acts.

The Apostate Church, on the other hand, has moved away from these foundational doctrines to an experience-based theology that deifies feelings. This new way of “doing church” promotes experience over truth by shifting the focus of its members from the Cross of Christ to personal experience. 

“What fellowship has light with darkness?” ~ 2 Corinthians 6: 14 NASB

So, what questions should you ask to determine if you are in an apostate church or an apostolic church? (By the way, it is critically important to ask these questions).  Here are some extremely important ones:

1__Does your church teach that Absolute Truth exists, or does your church teach that everyone has his own truth? The Apostate Church teaches relativism: what’s true for you doesn’t necessarily have to be true for me, and vice versa. The true Church teaches that there is such a thing as Absolute Truth and that relativism is a doctrine of devils.

2__Does your Church teach that the Bible is the final authority in life, or does it teach that Scripture evolves with the times? The Apostate Church teaches that the Church must adapt to today’s culture. It attempts to build the Church according to the world’s ways, hiring consultants from corporate America to build the Church like a corporation. We now have offices like Executive Pastor, Pastor of Communications, Pastor of Church Growth, etc. Moreover, we now see churches employing worldly methods of growth that utilize marketing gimmicks instead of teaching its members how to receive the power available through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit–the power that ignited the stunning growth of the early Church. 

3__Does your church minimize sin, repentance, and hell and talk instead of love and peace? Does it teach that a good God would not send people to Hell?

4__Does your church use the methods of the world to draw people? For example, does your church use gimmicks like strobe lights, darkened sanctuaries, artificial smoke, and other worldly means to attract the younger generation? To my utter surprise, churches are now offering ear plugs to older folks who complain about the loud music. In my opinion, this is ridiculous and a terrible waste of God’s money when all they would have to do is turn down the volume button. My physician husband mentioned to me that many young people have partial hearing loss because of their frequent attendance at blaring rock concerts. So now church music must blare to accommodate their hearing loss.

5__Does your church approve of yoga, contemplative prayer, and walking the labyrinth as methods of drawing closer to God? Does your church teach goddess worship and adoration of the Queen of Heaven? These are practices associated with Eastern Mysticism, a philosophy that has infiltrated the Apostate Church.  

6__Does your church teach “dominionism,” the false doctrine that man can make the world a better place through promoting a social Gospel? Does your church place more emphasis on social injustice than on issues like the imminent return of Christ in the Rapture, the Great Tribulation, and the final judgment of Christ?

7__Does your church teach that people are born homosexual and that homosexuality is an acceptable lifestyle? That transgenderism is acceptable? These teachings are in direct contradiction to God’s Word.

8__Does your church teach that there are many ways to Heaven besides Jesus? That all religions lead to God? Yes, all people will eventually face God, but only Christians will face His mercy. The rest will face His wrath. 

9__Does your church teach that abortion is all right in some cases, like rape or incest? Or does it teach that abortion is murder in every case? Shockingly, some churches today are calling abortion “sacred!”

10__Does your church teach that the Church has replaced Israel? This false teaching is called “replacement theology” and has also infiltrated the Church. Beware of teachers who say that Israel has now been replaced by the Church.   

We must ask these hard questions if we do not want to be sucked in by the Apostate Church. Pastors, in particular, must carefully examine the messages they are preaching to be certain they align with God’s Word. Also, pastors must review the videos they show to their congregations. Many of these videos are taught by prominent pastors and teachers who call themselves “evangelicals” but who are preaching a false doctrine to congregations all over the country. In reality, they are promoting apostate teachings that are undermining the Church. 

The Bible teaches that each person must work out his own salvation in fear and trembling. This means that each of us is responsible for the teaching we listen to and the teaching we make our own. Measure everything—and I mean EVERYTHING–you hear and read by the standard of the Word of God. If it agrees with God’s Word, it is truth. If it does not agree with God’s Word, then reject it.

Jesus warned us that deception would run rampant in the last days. It is now upon us, so we must guard our hearts against it. It will only get worse until the return of our Lord at the Rapture. If you are in an apostate church, get out of it as fast as you can. To remain is to open yourself up to the possibility of losing your salvation.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Please share your questions and insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

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The Spirit of Lawlessness: Sign of the End Times

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

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Rudeness. Ruthlessness. Rebellion. We are witnessing all three in our culture today in proportions that were unimaginable less than a decade ago. Why is this happening, and what is the real cause?
 

In the second Book of Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul gives us the reason for the unbridled lawlessness we are now seeing all around us:

“For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” -2 Thessalonians 2: 7-12 NLT.

Notice this part of the verse: “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works.” This statement tells us that lawlessness is directly related to Satan.

Lawlessness is the result of rebellion. Satan fell from his position as Chief Worshipper in Heaven because he rebelled against God. All lawlessness proceeds from Satan and is instigated by him. In a land that has turned its back on God, it is no wonder that lawlessness is increasing. If lawlessness is the fruit of rebellion, then rebellion in our country is increasing because lawlessness is increasing.

 “A culture that rejects Truth is doomed to destruction.” – Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Paul notes that people become lawless when they refuse to love the truth and to be saved by it (v. 10b). Our culture has rejected truth and is now suffering the consequences of doing so. In my 48 years of walking with Jesus, I have learned these four things about Truth:

__Truth never changes.
__Truth is universal and applies to all people in all places and at all times of history.
__Truth offends.
__Truth alone sets us free.
 
A culture that rejects truth is doomed to destruction. We in America have, as a society, rejected Truth. Such rejection is rebellion, and rebellion leads to lawlessness.
 
The Word of God prophesies that the spirit of lawlessness will be unleashed in greater measure during the last days. We are witnessing the fulfillment of that prophecy before our very eyes. Only while the Church is still here will the spirit of lawlessness be restrained from being completely unleashed. After the Rapture, when the Church is removed from the earth, the spirit of lawlessness will be unleashed in all of its raw fury with the rise of the AntiChrist and his globalist takeover.
 
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Jesus said this about Himself: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”(John 14: 6). To accept Jesus is to accept Truth.

 
Prayer for Today: Lord God, I pray for all those reading this that You would touch their hearts with the truth of Your Word. If they do not yet know You, I ask that You would reveal Yourself to them in a way that they would understand. I thank You, Lord, that, when all is said and done, Truth will win out over evil. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!


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“How to Recognize a Controlling Spirit”

“Sex and Soul Ties”

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Why the Rise of Anti-Semitism?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

“Matters of the Heart” is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to examine your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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The recent horrific massacre of 11 Jews at a synagogue in Pittsburgh last week shook the entire world and revealed once again that anti-Semitism is increasing at an alarming rate in the United States and abroad.

In this third post in our series on the endtimes, we take a look at the rise of anti-Semitism. Why is it happening yet again, and how does it relate to the return of Jesus Christ?

Let’s begin by defining anti-Semitism. According to Webster, anti-Semitism is “hostility to or prejudice against Jews.” The Bible records that this hostility has existed for centuries and has flared up at strategic points in history.

But why such hatred against the Jews? Why not the same hatred against other ethnic groups?

The bottom-line reason that the world hates the Jews is that the world hates God. 

The Apostle Paul wrote this: “For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race, the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised!” (Romans 9:3-5).

The Jews were ordained by God to be the carriers and transmitters to the entire world of His covenant of salvation. Notice what was entrusted to them: 

__The Adoption as Sons of God.
__The Divine glory.
__The Covenants (Abrahamic, Mosaic, and Davidic).
__The Law and the Ten Commandments.
__The Temple Worship.
__The Promises of God.
__The Patriarchs and the Prophets of God who prophesied about our day.
__The Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, our Messiah!

The Jews were given a grave responsibility of trust. But, sadly, they failed in their assignment. That assignment was then transferred to the Gentiles, who have been fulfilling it for the last 2000 years.

The Jews have been and continue to be a focal point in Bible prophecy. These following prophecies about them have either already been fulfilled or will be fulfilled:

___Their dispersion (Deuteronomy 28: 64; Leviticus 26: 33)
___Their persecution (Deuteronomy 28: 65)
___Their desolation (Leviticus 26: 33; Deuteronomy 29: 22-23)
___Their preservation (Isaiah 66: 22; Jeremiah 30: 11)
___Their return to their homeland (Isaiah 11: 10-12; Ezekiel 36: 22-28)
___The establishment of their nation as a sovereign state (Isaiah 66: 7-8; Zechariah 12: 3-6)
___The blossoming of Israel’s prosperity (Isaiah 45: 1-7; Joel 2: 21-26)
___The restoration of the Hebrew language (Zephaniah 3: 9)
___The re-occupation of Jerusalem that occurred during the Six-Day War in June of 1967 (Luke 21: 24).
___The growth of Israel’s military strength (Zechariah 12: 6)
___The focal point of Israel in world news (Zechariah 12: 3; 14: 1-9)
___Israel’s participation in the Great Tribulation (Deuteronomy 4: 30; Zechariah 13: 8-9)
___The salvation of Israel (Zechariah 12: 10; Romans 11: 1-6)
___Their position as the foremost nation of the world during the Millennium (Deuteronomy 28: 1; Micah 4: 1-7). **

God is not finished with the Jews. They are still His chosen people, and His covenant with them will ultimately be fulfilled. Meanwhile, because Satan hates them, they will be persecuted and attacked until the second coming of Christ, at which point He will rescue them from the hands of their enemies once and for all.

The battle against the Jews is primarily a spiritual one. Satan hates God and has always wanted to be God. Since Satan hates God, he also hates those whom God loves. It is no surprise, then, that both Jews and Christians have been under attack because God loves both Jews and Christians and has covenants with them.

 “The bottom-line reason that the world hates Jews is that the world hates God.” 

As the days grow darker, we will witness more anti-Semitism and more anti-Christianity. Jesus said this in John 15: 20: “Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you.” This persecution is part of endtime prophecy and will come to pass. As it increases in frequency and intensity, we can know that it is all part of the convergence process of which I wrote in my last blog post. This persecution is another clear sign that our Lord’s return in the Rapture is imminent. 

Despite the rise of anti-Semitism, Satan will never be able to  wipe out the Jews entirely. God will spare a remnant in order to fulfill His covenant. One day, Israel will recognize her Messiah, praise the Lord! What a glorious day that will be!

Prayer for Today: Lord God, we pray Your blessings upon all Jews. We thank You for giving us the Messiah through them, and we look forward for the fulfillment of Your promise to save all of Israel. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Please share your questions and insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

TWEETABLE:  “Why the Rise of Anti-Semitism? by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio @DrMaryAnnDiorio (Click to Tweet).

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Resources consulted:

** “The Jews in Prophecy” by Dr. David R. Reagan, Lamb & Lion Ministries

“What Is the Cause of All the Anti-Semitism in the World?” GotQuestions.org

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“The Rise of Wicca, Witches, and Warlocks” 

“Don’t Let Satan Play Your Pipes!”

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Convergence: Clear Sign of the End Times

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Convergence! What is it, and why is it a clear sign of the end times? Most of all, why should I care?
When Jesus walked the earth, He had much to say about the days we are living in today. One of His most significant statements occurs in Mark 13: 29 where He speaks of Himself and His return at the Rapture: “…when you see all these things taking place, you can know that His return is very near, right at the door.”
What things? 


In this passage, the things to which Jesus is referring are what we call the “signs of the end times.” These signs include earthquakes, horrific storms, pestilence, apostasy, depravity of mind, rebellion, and lawlessness, among others. Not only will these horrors increase in frequency, but they will also increase in intensity.

“Well,” you may protest, “there have always been earthquakes, storms, disease, rebellion, and lawlessness. What’s so different now?”

The difference is that all of these evils are now converging—or occurring and coming together–at the same time.

Until now, we would hear of an occasional earthquake, a hurricane once or twice a year, a few outbreaks of disease here and there, a modicum of crimes, etc.  But today we are witnessing these things happening one after another, with seeming no respite in between. If we are honest, we have to admit that the world has gone crazy, calling evil good and good evil.

So, what are some of the signs that are converging? Here are ten of the most significant ones:

1–The Jews have returned to Israel, their homeland. In the seventh century B.C., the prophet Jeremiah prophesied this: “’So then, the days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when people will no longer say, “As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,” but they will say, “As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.” Then they will live in their own land.’” Other Scriptural references of the return of the Jews to Israel are found in Isaiah 11: 12, Ezekiel 39: 28, and Psalm 107.3.

We have been witnessing this return of the Jews to Israel for at least the last 70 years. Thousands continue to return from all parts of the globe. 

2–The Jews have resumed control of Jerusalem. In 1967, during the “Six-Day War,” the Jews regained control of Jerusalem, and last year, they celebrated the 50th anniversary of their resumption of control. In Luke 21, Jesus prophesied that when the Jews regained control of Jerusalem, His return would soon follow (Luke 21: 24-28).

3–There has been and continues to be a great increase in world travel and growth of information.
In Daniel 12: 4, the prophet Daniel, who lived from 620-538 B.C., wrote this about the last days: “Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”  How could Daniel have known this except by the Spirit of God?

4–Israel will be surrounded by her enemies. This is happening before our very eyes. Russia, Turkey, and Iran have established military posts in close proximity to Israel. Enemy nations continue to call Israel the “occupier” and are claiming that the land of Israel does not belong to Israel. The goal of these enemies is Israel’s oil and gas. They will attack Israel for these spoils in the war prophesied in Psalm 83: “Come, let us wipe away the nation of Israel. Let’s destroy the memory of its existence” (Psalm 83:4) and “Let us take for ourselves these pasturelands of God” (Psalm 83:12).

5–Israel will have a mighty army. She does. The prophet Zechariah prophesied that in the end times, “even the weakest Israeli soldier will be like David” (Zechariah 12:8). 

6–Europe will be united. Daniel prophesied the formation of the European Union and the resurgence of the Roman Empire through that union. See Daniel 7. The Book of Revelation, chapter 17, also prophesies the establishment of the EU.

7–A military alliance called the “Gog-Magog Alliance” will be formed and will include Russia, Iran, Turkey, and a few other Muslim nations. This alliance is being formed as I write and will eventually attack Israel, as prophesied in Ezekiel 38 and 39.

8–Jerusalem will become a “stumbling block.” This was prophesied by the prophet Zechariah in Zechariah 12: 2 and is now coming to pass. Just watch the daily news and view some of the proceedings at the United Nations. Jerusalem is a major point of contention and confusion to the nations. 

9–The convergence of signs will increase in frequency and intensity, like the contractions of a woman in labor. How often are we hearing terms like “unprecedented” regarding storms, illnesses, etc.?  Are we not witnessing more frequent and more intense hurricanes and earthquakes?

10–The Gospel will be preached throughout the entire world. This is happening via the Internet and Social Media, among other venues. Modern technology has made the preaching of the Gospel to all four corners of the earth not only possible but actual.

Significantly, our generation is the generation that is witnessing this rapid convergence of signs. This tells us that the return of Christ is very, very near.

So, what does this convergence mean for you? For me? Why should we care?

“Convergence is the most significant prophetic sign of our day.” 

The reason we should care is that our eternal destiny depends on what we do with these signs of the times. Will we take them seriously and allow them to cause us to repent of our sins and turn to God? Or we will simply ignore them and go on our merry way, oblivious to the fact that, if we do not repent, we will spend eternity in hell, separated from God?

Convergence is considered by many authoritative prophecy experts as “the number one prophetic sign” of our day.* More than any other sign, convergence points to the imminent return of Jesus Christ to remove His true followers from earth in the stunning event called the Rapture so that they will escape the “wrath to come”–the horrific seven-year time period called the “Great Tribulation.”

Will you be among those who will escape? 

How can you know?

You can know by making a decision right now to accept Jesus Christ as the Only One Who can save you. Will you do that now?

No person can save himself. We all need a Savior. Jesus Christ alone is that Savior. He is extending to you now, as you read this, His loving invitation to accept the gift of eternal life that He died to give you. Will you accept it? Or will you remain in your rebellion and sin and suffer the eternal consequences of your sin?

Yes, we are all sinners. Not one of us is without sin. All of us need a Savior. Jesus is that Savior. Receive Him now before it is too late.

How? 

Repent of your sins. Call on His Name to save you. Invite Him into your life. Embrace Him as Your Savior and Lord. Then follow in His ways. Obey His teachings as found in the Holy Bible. Find a good church where you can be taught the truth from God’s Word. Study the Bible for yourself. Talk to God regularly, and expect Him to lead you into all truth. Then, tell others about Jesus. 

Do not be among the many scoffers who continue to mock and make light of these signs. Be among those who recognize them as God’s loving warning to repent and be saved.

And remember the words of Jesus in Luke 21: 28: “So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”

Prayer for Today: Lord God, I ask that You would touch the hearts of all those who read this post. If they do not know Jesus, move upon their hearts to receive Him now. If they already know Jesus, move upon their hearts with a renewed fire to tell others about Him. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Please share your questions and insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

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*Source cited: “The Number One Prophetic Sign: Convergence” http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1164

Additional information on Convergence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kleISPhwawY

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