Last updated on November 3, 2023
“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
“And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
II Thessalonians 2:9-12
Excerpt from Seventh Dimension – The Howling: A Young Adult Fantasy
Seventh Dimension Series
I [Daniel] didn’t say anything but glanced at the ceiling that bore a likeness to the Sistine Chapel. Colorful, hand-painted scenes from the creation story rivaled it in intensity, except this display was disturbing. The garden scene showed Adan reaching out to touch the hand of the serpent—if you could call it a hand.
The prince’s voice was smooth like silk. “It’s a spectacular painting, isn’t it? I brought in the finest artists from Italy. I think scenes from history, when correctly interpreted, add a lot, don’t you?”
I remained equivocal. Who was Prince Adonikam? I wished I could be sure, but as he stood in front of me, I could read his mind. If he were supernatural, I wouldn’t be able to. I always thought the Antichrist would not be human—perhaps a Nephilim, perhaps Satan himself, but it was hard to comprehend the Antichrist would be fully human.
A golden tree covered the front of his white thobe, matching the gold in his outer robe, and a wide, red-belted sash accented his waistline. I also noticed the gold bracelet on his right wrist. His hair was rather long underneath the keffiyeh. He was clean-shaven with olive-toned skin. His most disturbing feature was his eyes—deep, penetrating, and reptilian. Everything about him seemed…perfect, a specimen of enviable looks, intelligence, and persona.
He moved sleekly across the floor to his throne, made himself comfortable, and took a sip from his glass. After setting down his drink, his eyes drifted. A beautiful sunset hypnotized him. His words broke the silence. “I didn’t have to accept this position, but the enlightened one asked me to be the leader of the New World Order.”
He lifted his drink and gulped the rest of it down. Crossing his legs, he asked me again, “Do you know who I am?”
Was he testing me? I shook my head. “No.”
His eyes focused on the red waters. “I have brought peace to most of the world—Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and many smaller countries. A few have sunk into chaos. They aren’t worth remembering. However, we’re on the precipice of our biggest accomplishment. The time has come to invade Israel.” His eyes bore into mine. “As a Jew, what do you have to say about that?”
“God will prevail.”
His eyes narrowed. “The ships of Chittim won’t succeed this time. The United States and its allies are weaker, and my strength is growing.”
“What about the United States?”
“Since the purge, their place on the world stage has—how should I say it—diminished. After Hillary Clinton won the election…” he shrugged. “The U.S. still hasn’t recovered from the EMP attack.”
My ears perked up. “Trump won the election, not Hillary.”
He replied flippantly. “I changed history. Do your research. Everyone knows Hillary Clinton won, not Trump, just like the United States lost the War of Independence from England.”
“You can’t rewrite history.”
The lines of his mouth twisted unnaturally. “He who controls the past determines the future. We must control all truth and then rewrite history to where the earth-dwellers believe my version of what happened.”
I sat numb, not sure how to respond. Then I replied, “So the United States was never a free country?”
Prince Adonikam laughed. “England gave the United States their freedom. They didn’t win it. That was simple. No big deal, the Mandela effect on steroids. I control the truth, the World-Wide Web, and update it to where people believe what they’re told.”
“Why are you telling me this?”
His reptilian eyes narrowed even more. “Because you have something I want.”[i]
Recently, a good friend asked me to edit five pamphlets he wrote on Black Lives Matter and race relations. I spent a couple of hours going through and marking them up—basically “rewriting” them because I disagreed with his premise. If you start with a false assumption, you come to incorrect conclusions.
In my former church, I sent a YouTube video to my pastors. I said, “I hope you will watch ‘Critical Race Theory and Its Attack on Christianity,’ presented by Pastor Brandon Holthaus with Rock Harbor Church in Bakersfield, California.”
After watching it, one of my church pastors replied that while he had no patience for Critical Race Theory, he felt like Pastor Holthaus allowed no room for nuance in his presentation. Therefore, if he followed Holthaus’ line of reasoning, the pastor would label him a “useless idiot.”
But for the grace of God go I. The assault on our country from demonic forces is happening on every front: Our history, our culture, our freedoms, our political system, our educational system, our churches, our young people, and our future. The most disturbing aspect of all of this is that many leaders and people seem unaware.
Critical Race Theory states that Western civilization is a racist culture where white people have become powerful at the expense of people of color. The 1619 Project was introduced into schools to indoctrinate our young people into this “invented philosophy” from the 1980s. The postmodern philosophy has Marxism underpinnings to divide people into white oppressors and non-white victims.
Several months ago, I approached my former pastor about “victimhood” when he stood before the church and proclaimed that he was sorry for his white privilege and history of racial injustice. He encouraged us to join him in prayer over our inherited privilege and whatever social injustices we had committed concerning people of color.
I felt uncomfortable as I sat in the church pew listening to his prayer. I believed it needlessly drew attention to a supposed systemic division between white people and African Americans. I don’t think—and I know some will disagree—that systemic racism exists in America.
Galatians 3:28 says: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
I think it’s unhealthy and dangerous to force people to view everything through the lens of skin tone—particularly the church. The idea that Western civilization became powerful at the expense of blacks, and therefore, we live in a racist culture, is invalid. Historically, the true Bible-believing church has done more to help enslaved people than any other group. William Wilberforce from England, for example, spent a significant portion of his life trying to end the slave trade.
I had no concept of Critical Race Theory when I spoke to my pastor about his confession of racism to the church and the corporate prayer that followed. I had never even heard of it, but deep in my heart, the whole exercise bothered me. It seemed contrived. While I agree there is individual racism in this country, to equate that to a systemic issue is very condemning and, in my opinion, demonic.
How do you convince white people in America that they are racist?
First, you reach the youth through indoctrination. You rewrite Western civilization’s history books to reflect a systemic record of whites oppressing non-whites. Labeled the 1619 Project, schools have introduced textbooks that proclaim the first slaves arrived in America in 1619. Therefore, our country began on the backs of African slaves, without which America would not have risen to its dominance as a world power.
Second, you infiltrate the churches with a dogma that we must apologize for our white supremacy over African Americans dating back to our nation’s beginnings.
More to this ideology exists, but I want to focus on these two components of Critical Race Theory, a 1980s made-up philosophy from liberal universities.
As I wrote in my book, Seventh Dimension – The Howling, “He who controls the past determines the future. We must control all truth and then rewrite history to where the earth-dwellers believe my version of what happened.”
If scholars rewrite American history and portray Critical Race Theory as the reason for America’s success, our nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage will be reversed in one generation. Racism will be the dominant theme, dividing our country into whites versus blacks. To think that a false narrative would serve as the basis for diminishing the greatness of what God has done for America through the toil, sweat, and bravery of our men and women for the last 250 years is an abomination to any thinking, reflective American.
I lamented my concerns in a recent exchange with a friend. Why is it that before President Obama’s eight years in office, there were very few issues with social injustice? I grew up in Atlanta during the Civil Rights Movement, and racial relations were a centerpiece of righting injustices spearheaded by gifted leaders who used the Bible as their framework.
However, if one goes to the BLM website, one will see that the Black Lives Matter agenda has nothing to do with what Martin Luther King preached or advocated.
Black Lives Matter and Critical Race Theory are part of a Marxist movement to cause division in our country. We know the riots and protests are being paid for and funded by the globalists (George Soros) and linked to Antifa (a terrorist organization). They aim to seize America, destroy our identity as a sovereign nation, and coerce us into a global mindset. If the globalists have their way, they will ruin our Judeo-Christian foundation, ripping the Bible to shreds.
Why is this of such concern to me? This distorted version of history and focus on the racial divide has gone beyond the educational system to an elevated role in society, sports, and entertainment. It’s even seeped into the churches.
My former church bought into the social justice movement when it began, and unfortunately, my church is not the only one. The pervasiveness of churches across America looking at this as the Gospel Truth is startling.
When put into the context of an election season where so much is at stake (2020 and the upcoming 2024 election cycle)), I also found this comment at the end of a sermon unsettling: “Please go vote, but just understand that the Kingdom doesn’t move forward in the ballot box. The Kingdom moves forward when the followers of Jesus follow His example and pick up the basin and the towel…” referencing when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet in the Upper Room the night of His betrayal by Judas.
How could the Kingdom of God not move forward in the ballot box? The ballot box will determine the future course of our country—what happens as far as Supreme Court Justices, our policies concerning Israel, our presence or absence in the Middle East, our freedom to worship regardless of our religious affiliation, the abortion monstrosity (the deaths of sixty-four million babies), capitalism versus socialism, globalism versus nationalism, gender dysphoria, and issues of morality that are at the core of our Judeo-Christian heritage. Misled state, county and local institutions have already thrown Bibles out of schools and courthouses. These issues and many more are determined by how people vote and who they elect to lead our country.
The liberal-leaning Democrats have already shut down churches in states they control, particularly during COVID-19, like California and Hawaii. They want to suppress our right to free speech and worship. To denigrate voting and say that how we vote does not move the Kingdom forward is troubling. As Christians, we have a voice in a democratic process foundational to our country’s greatness.
The Democrats made race relations a central issue in the 2020 election. Even today, in 2023, the liberal-leaning Democrats want to destroy our country’s framework to give them more power. Perhaps some mindless Democrats don’t even know what’s happening.
If African Americans believe what the Democrats tell them—that they are victims of systemic social injustice—they will never believe in themselves or God’s provision to help them become great individuals. Nowhere in the world does anyone have as much opportunity as in America to overcome hardship and adversity.
It’s called the Protestant Work Ethic, rooted in the Bible. Also, nowhere else in the world do people of all ethnicities have as much freedom to pursue their dreams as they do in America. That’s why everybody wants to come here—to seek freedom, liberty, and justice.
As I said, I broached the subject of victimhood with my former pastors concerning race issues because they “bought into” systemic racial injustice. I even used my two daughters, who are from Third World countries, as an example. I raised them in a single-family household without a father. I made it clear to my daughters when they were still young that while they had much to overcome, including not having an earthly father, God had a great future and plan for them.
However, they had to get beyond seeing themselves as victims and trust God to succeed. Only through God’s grace would they be able to become the person “in Christ” God created them to be.
In the same way, if Democrats can keep the African Americans falsely believing they are powerless victims, the Democrats can control them, and that’s what the liberal Democrats want—power.
However, it’s even more than that. Driven by a Marxist agenda, the far-left liberals are a small but influential group who want to destroy our Constitution and remove our freedoms. They are so good at what they do that their convincing arguments are hoodwinking even some conservatives.
Revelation 3:20 says, ”Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
That means someone or something has padlocked the church—earthly powers or people’s hearts. This verse shows a spectacular, almost incomprehensible removal of true Christianity from the church in the future.
Socialism is a concerning possibility in the upcoming 2024 election. The sad thing is socialism does not allow for upward mobility. Most people don’t realize it creates more greed and envy than capitalism.
Capitalism, however, tempered with Christianity, is the best form of government until Jesus reigns from Jerusalem. If the far-left wing of the Democratic party has its way, we may not even have Christian churches to attend. They may be padlocked, as highlighted in the Revelation passage above.
I believe the globalists will invent a way to bring back COVID-19 hysteria with facemasks, quarantining, and all the rest. They might launch a red flag event. Or something supernatural might happen that they would seize as an excuse to shutter churches permanently.
Perhaps a meltdown in the global economy might lead to a digital one-world currency controlled by a one-world government. I’ve always felt like the 501(c)(3) tax exemptions for churches could become a mechanism to close them. How many churches could survive losing their 501 charitable exemption?
I want to make one final personal observation. We all have favorite pastors we admire.
One of mine used to be Max Lucado. At one time, I had more books on my bookshelf by this author than anyone else. Years ago, I began giving away most of my hard-back print books in favor of buying and storing my books on Kindle, but I kept his print books on my bookshelf because I loved his writings. That is, until recently, when I read some blog posts by him and was disappointed.
I want to end here by focusing on the upcoming election (I originally wrote this in 2020, but it applies even more now to the forthcoming 2024 election). While President Trump may not meet Max Lucado’s definition of good husband material, i.e., endued with the social etiquette you would want in your daughter’s future husband, I’m glad we don’t have a Mr. Rogers in the Whitehouse.
While Lucado and other Christian leaders quickly pointed out Trump’s failures and shortcomings as Christian apologists, I prefer to look at Trump’s accomplishments in his four years in office. What other leader could have accomplished all that he did for America, for the unborn child, for religious freedom, for Black colleges, for Israel, and for stopping the erosion of our core Biblical beliefs in public schools, in the workforce, on college campuses, and elsewhere?
I could list dozens of examples. If you want to read them, please visit Amazon or your local bookstore and purchase Trump’s Pro-Christian Accomplishments by Pastor Steve Cioccolanti. While every claim he made was footnoted, unfortunately, many of them have been purged/censored from the web.
Why would God bless America if we disregard the Bible and God’s Word and support candidates who are anti-family, pro-abortion, and corrupt? The Kingdom of God can move forward in the ballot box with pro-Christian leaders, and in doing so, God will bless America.
Even though the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, how Christians vote in the 2024 election will be critical for our nation’s survival. Will we continue to be a democracy, or will we allow the Marxists to have their way and become a socialist country?
The truth is, we need two things: We need to repent as a nation—not for our racism but for our hardened hearts, which is different for each person. While we have systemic sin, we don’t all commit the same sins.
The first COVID-19 pandemic was a setup to see how far the government could go to suppress our rights as Americans and our “soul freedom” in Jesus Christ. We’ve seen what has happened to America under the Biden administration. Do we want four more years of what we’ve just endured?
Like Trump or hate him, Trump is not a globalist. He stands in the way of those who hate God, who are power-hungry, socialist-driven gluttons, and who want to “use” the uninformed and unaware to fulfill their ultimate goal of a one-world government.
That future government, predicted in the Bible, will be led by a man who comes out of nowhere—referred to as the lawless one in the Bible—and he will ultimately become the Antichrist.
If Trump were to become the next president in 2024, with his proven track record based on biblical principles (if that hasn’t changed in the last three-plus years), we would have more time on God’s prophetic timetable to reach souls for Jesus Christ.
In my Seventh Dimension Series, I embed God’s redemptive love from the Cross to the midpoint of the coming Tribulation. In Trump’s Pro-Christian Accomplishments, Pastor Steve Cioccolanti highlights Trump’s prophetic role as God’s latter-day King Cyrus, who helped the Jews to return to Israel and rebuild their temple. Please check them out at your local bookstore or Amazon.
Secondly, I urge Christians to vote Republican in 2024 because the Republican platform supports America’s Judeo-Christian heritage. Why would a Christian vote for a platform (Democratic) that promotes the killing of the unborn child?
There is power in that innocent blood, and those of that ilk are advancing a Marxist agenda that seeks to destroy our nation (Constitution), its foundation (statues and buildings), and free assembly (Christian worship). Unfortunately, I believe many Democrats would make a pact with the devil if they thought it would keep Trump from getting re-elected in 2024.
We are on the threshold of a great world reset. God needs Christians to stand in the gap. We need to call wickedness what it is—evil and declare war on the demonic forces attacking our nation. We need Christians to wake up, and I believe the most spirit-filled Americans to lead it are the African Americans and their spirit-filled churches—if they don’t buy into the “lies of the devil.”
Don’t be deceived. Anyone who wants to divide our great nation through violence and racial tension promotes an anti-American agenda. Through our Democratic process, God has given voters the power to elect a pro-Christian, pro-American president—if there is one on the ticket.
PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for Your hand on America. I pray for Your protection from our enemies, both foreign and domestic. I pray that Christians will seek Your face in the 2024 Presidential, state, and local elections. May we remember the words imprinted on our coins, “In God We Trust.” May our churches be filled with Your glory. May the Kingdom of God be present in our hearts. Please help us, Lord, to be faithful and true to Your Word. Let us not grow weary in doing Good Works for Your Kingdom.
[i] Roberts, Lorilyn. Seventh Dimension – The Howling: A Young Adult Fantasy, Book 6. (Gainesville, FL: Rear Guard Publishing, 2019), 89-90.
[i] Roberts, Lorilyn. Seventh Dimension – The Howling: A Young Adult Fantasy, Book 6. (Gainesville, FL: Rear Guard Publishing, 2019), 89-90.