The giant statue UN put up in NYC

The following is from @CBN News

The United Nations has placed a giant statue in New York that resembles an end-times “beast” from the New Testament’s book of Revelation.

The U.N. recently tweeted a photo of the statue.

“A guardian for international peace and security sits on the Visitor’s Plaza outside #UN Headquarters. The guardian is a fusion of jaguar and eagle and donated by the Government of Oaxaca, Mexico.”

Countless critics on social media are saying the statue appears to be the likeness of the “beast” the Prophet Daniel wrote about in the Old Testament and the Apostle John wrote about in the Book of Revelation.

Daniel chapter 7:2-4 describes the beast with the body of a lion and wings of an eagle:

Daniel spake and said, “I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings.”

The Apostle John described a beast with similar features in the New Testament passage in Revelation 13:2.

“And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.”

Another Bible verse that’s evoked by this U.N. statue to “peace and security” comes straight out of an End Times warning from 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3:

“For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’ then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.”

“Did they really think that they could put this up without anyone noticing?” Snyder asked. “And just by coincidence, it has been painted in LGBT colors.”

Caudill also mentioned the verses above and included this warning to her followers.

“Was this the beast John saw in Revelation in his vision of the end times…given power by the dragon (serpent/satan) over all peoples, languages, & nations…the U.N.)?!!”

“The absolute most important thing in your life is to know the Lord Jesus! not know of Him but know him!” she concluded.

Apostle Paul

By Ross Paterson.
從傑出宣教士—使徒保羅的榜樣中學到的功課: 1. 耶穌基督在他生命中掌權
我想用接下來的幾周時間,來和大家分享教會歷史中最傑出的宣教士,使徒保羅的故事。我這裏分享的目的,不是研讀他的書信與著作,而是從一個相對獨特的角度來研究他的生平,那就是使徒保羅作為跨文化宣教先鋒的生命路徑。

使徒行傳九章1-2節的經文引出了一個極大的問題。對今天的教會而言,仍舊具有重要的意義。”掃羅仍然向主的門徒口吐威嚇兇殺的話,去見大祭司,求文書給大馬色的各會堂,若是找著信奉這道的人,無論男女,都准他捆綁帶到耶路撒冷。(使徒行傳九章1-2節)

聖經告訴我們,當年的掃羅是一個極度憎恨教會的人。這種憎恨不僅是在他的意識和理念中,而且他也將這種憎恨付諸實踐。在使徒行傳七至八章提到他的兩三處經文中,更進一步突顯了他的這一形象:
把他推到城外,用石頭打他。作見證的人把衣裳放在一個少年人名叫掃羅的腳前。 (使徒行傳七章58節)

從這日起,耶路撒冷的教會大遭逼迫,除了使徒以外,門徒都分散在猶太和撒瑪利亞各處。掃羅卻殘害教會,進各人的家,拉著男女下在監裏。 (使徒行傳八章1節,3節)

由此可見,保羅(當年的掃羅)在反對耶穌基督的時候,不只是持有理論立場,不只是心裏對其敵視和反感,他實際上也竭盡全力,用能夠想到的各樣方法來摧毀教會,逮捕信徒,甚至同意非法處決他們。
然而,在使徒行傳九章3-9這七節經文中,保羅的整個人生被徹底顛覆了。亞拿尼亞在保羅開始新的基督徒生活後僅三天,就來到保羅身旁,給他下了從神而來的軍令狀,要他在餘生中,做一名跨文化的宣教士。

“他(保羅)是我所揀選的器皿,要在外邦人和君王,並以色列人面前宣揚我的名.” (使徒行傳九章第15節)

這裏有一個和我們今日密切相關的問題:神怎麼可能讓保羅,或者說任何人,生命如此迅速和徹底地完全翻轉?在七十二小時後,不再試圖消滅耶穌基督的教會,而成為了一名宣教士,以同樣激進的方式, 帶著極大的迫切,要為主贏得靈魂,並在他的餘生中扶持基督徒,與主耶穌同行?
答案就在使徒行傳第9章,唯一的一句直接從保羅口中說出的話語中:”主啊,你是誰?(第5節). 這個稱謂詞 “主”, 清晰定義了保羅生命徹底改變的原因和方式。在保羅還不知道,在大馬士革路上向他顯現的那位是耶穌之前,他就實際已經說:”主啊,不管你是誰,你說了算,我要照你的話去做!”

保羅自己在提摩太前書一章中也做出了清晰的解釋:我感謝那給我力量的我們主基督耶穌,因他以我有忠心,派我服事他。我從前是褻瀆神的,逼迫人的,侮慢人的;然而我還蒙了憐憫,因我是不信不明白的時候而做的。 (提摩太前書一章12-13節).

保羅說,他之前一直熱切地想讓神在他的生命中做主,但他需要通過與主耶穌的奇妙相遇,才能從無知和不信中得釋放。他從來不存在不願意侍奉神的問題—–事實上,在他得救之前,在使徒行傳第七至第八章中,他一直認為自己在侍奉神。他只是需要被拯救,需要見到主耶穌。這就是保羅的話語 “主啊,你是誰 “如此明確的原因所在。他實際也在說:”告訴我你是誰,我是屬於你的,你要什麼,我就給什麼”。
從使徒保羅的經歷中得到的第一個功課是,只有那些願意以保羅的方式認識耶穌為主的人,才會接受跨文化傳教的呼召。”因為作奴僕蒙召於主的,就是主所釋放的人;作自由之人蒙召的,就是基督的奴僕。你們是重價買來的,不要作人的奴僕。 (哥林多前書七章22-23節)

如果看到是 “基督的奴僕”,而且祂作為生命的主,對我們來說是最好的方式,那麼跨文化宣教的呼召就不是一個不可能的問題。這就是我自己的經歷。在我上大學第二年的時候,主清楚地告訴我,祂需要成為我生命的主,而不僅僅是救主。在那之前我也認識祂,但我從未接受祂為我生命的主。在祂的恩典中,我艱難地,一步步降服在了祂的主權之下。此後不久,宣教的呼召就出現了。在我知道耶穌是主之前,我並不願意宣教。

葉光明曾說,如果基督的主權和地位在教會中是真實的,那麼我們95%的問題都會消失!我還想說,如果祂的主權和地位在祂的教會中廣為人知,那麼獻身成為跨文化宣教士的弟兄姐妹的數量,就會大大增加!

從使徒保羅所學到的第一個關鍵功課就是:耶穌基督是他生命的主,在他的生命中全然掌權,全然居首位。