Is It Right to Give Xmas Presents to Children If I Explain It Isn't from Santa Claus?
The giving of presents in itself is all right but the fact you are connecting the giving of presents with Christmas time will only sanctify this pagan holiday in the eyes of your child. There is no reason why you should not give your child gifts, but when it becomes a practice to wait until a particular time each year, only to be faced with the perplexing problem of explaining that the presents were not connected with Santa Claus, you should not do it. Even with detailed and careful explanations, your child will still associate the giving with Christmas celebration and Santa Claus because of the influence of outside environment. Throughout the year, make it a practice of giving your children love, affection, and gifts, when their conduct deserves it, so your offspring will never feel sorrowful or envious when children of this world receive gifts once a year. You can make your children's life so enjoyable that other children will wish they had parents like you. Send for the booklet, The Plain Truth About Christmas which proves conclusively you, as a Christian, can have no part in this idolatry that has not a trace of real Christianity.
Are Communism, Fascism and Nazism the Three Unclean Spirits?
Communism, Nazism, Fascism are instrumentalities of Satan. They are evil. They are lying deceptions. But evil as they are, these systems are not the three unclean spirits described in Revelation 16:12-16. Then, what are they? When do they deceive the world? First, the time of their operation in the world is in the future, culminating in the sixth plague to be poured out upon Babylon at the return of Jesus Christ. These unclean spirits could not be any of the "isms" of today, because the seven last plagues are the wrath of God (Rev. 16:1) yet to be poured out on the world "in the presence of the Lamb" when he comes the second time (Rev. 14:10). Second, from the Bible itself we know that unclean spirits are demons or "devils" as the King James Version expresses it. In Mark 1:23, Jesus cast an "unclean spirit" gut of a person in the synagogue. But in Luke's description of the same event, this unclean spirit is called a demon or "devil" (Lu. 5:33-37). Actually there is only one devil but many demons. So the Bible explains that unclean spirits are demons, spirits who can possess people, as the next points show. Third, these unclean spirits come out of the mouths of the dragon, the beast and the false prophet. Who are these according to the Bible? The dragon is interpreted by the Bible as the devil or Satan (Rev. 12:9). The beast according to the Bible is the political leader of the Babylonish system, pictured in Daniel 7, Revelation 13 and 17, who is yet to appear in Europe to head the last rebirth of the Roman Empire. The false prophet is the religious leader of this Babylonish system, who has been ruling the various rebirths of the Roman Empire for more than a thousand years. Fourth, the three unclean spirits come out of the mouths of these three-the devil, the "Beast," and the "False Prophet." In I Kings 22:21-23 we find unclean spirits, lying spirits in the mouths of the false prophets in ancient Israel. These spirits possessed or so completely deceived the false prophets that the demons or lying spirits actually talked through the mouths of the men. Just as demons did possess the false ministers of Israel, so these unclean spirits will possess the beast and the false prophet and use their mouths to utter lies to deceive the nations. Having these four points in mind, let us see what these spirits are to do. Rev. 16:14 reads: "For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty." The purpose of these demons is to gather the nations to fight Christ at his return. And they shall deceive the whole world into doing so, by the lying propaganda and the miracles they perform. Compare this verse with Rev. 19:20 and 2 Thess. 2:10 where the false prophet performs miracles by these deceiving spirits or demons. In order to deceive the professedly "Christian world" into fighting Jesus when he returns, these spirits must misrepresent the time and purpose of the second coming of Christ. Their deception must picture the real second coming of Christ as something evil. And do you know that the world is already being prepared for these three lying spirits! There is already abroad in the world a teaching that is deceiving millions-that is preparing the "Christian world" for this great final deception that will gather all nations to Armageddon. This doctrine is the Rapture Theory and the false doctrine about a super Anti-Christ. These two doctrines are deluding many churches Into believing that a secret rapture of Christians will occur before the tribulation and that the Anti-Christ starts the tribulation which to them is the same as the Day of the Lord! But the Bible says the day of the Lord follows the great tribulation (Mark 13:34 and Joel 2:31). The day of the Lord is the time of God's wrath! The world is already being deceived about the time and purpose of Christ's return! Yes, the three spirits of demons will delude the whole world into fighting its Maker, into believing that the second coming of Christ is actually the coming of Anti-Christ! What terrible deception it yet to delude this world in the devil's last attempt to keep Jesus Christ from taking over the rulership of the earth!
Will Christians be Taken Into Captivity?
The great tribulation-our time of captivity-is a time when the Christians are to be tried. In Matt. 24:9, we read: "Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my names' sake." This refers to both national and spiritual Israel. That is, the nations of Israel today, America, England and the Northwestern Democracies of Europe will suffer during the coming war or the tribulation period when Europe arises to war against us. But, also those called to be a separate people, true Christians, spiritual Israel, will suffer greatly because of their belief. Again, in Revelation 7:14 we are told the following: "And He said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." These are they who have gone through the captivity and finally proved themselves worthy of Everlasting Life. Also turn to Rev. 6:9-11, "And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren. that SHOULD be killed as they WERE, should be fulfilled." The preceding certainly shows that many Christians will have to suffer during the captivity as they did during the Middle Ages. The church has to flee twice in Revelation 12. But, God has shown us a way of escape if we will heed, by our obedience to Him. Read Luke 21:36, "Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."