"Well, for what it's worth, I envy you."
Rayford was stunned to silence.
Here he was, what Bruce Barnes referred to as a tribulation saint, a believer in Christ during the most horrifying period in
human history, serving Antichrist himself against his own will and certainly at
the peril of his wife, his daughter, her husband, and himself. And yet he was
"Don't envy me, Captain Hernandez. Whatever you do, don't envy me."-Nicolae
Now, we are looking at book 3 in the series, but to fully understand this
exchange one must go back in memory to book 2 to see why Rayford would serve
Antichrist (interesting wording on the part of the authors) against his own will
and actual imperilment of his family.
In the Tribulation Force, page 240, we can read of Rayford lying prostrate on
the floor seeking God's will concerning the job offer of working directly for
the man whom he knew to be Antichrist. Here are a few quotes...it's best to go
to the book and read all of this in context: "Hearing the others pray
always moved Rayford deeply. He wished God would just tell him audibly what to
do, but when he prayed, he simply asked that God would make it plain to all of
"As Rayford knelt there, he realized he needed to surender his will to
"Rayford knelt there in front of his chair, his hands covering his face,
praying silently. Whatever God wanted was what he wanted, even if it made no
sense from a human standpoint." TF page 240
"Rayford lost track of the time, knowing only vaguely that minutes passed
with no one saying anything. He had never felt so vividly the presence of God.
So this was the feeling of dwelling on holy ground, what Moses must have felt
when God told him to remove his shoes." TF page 241
Now it is clear the impression given here is that God definitely led Rayford to
take employment serving Antichrist--Nicolae Carpathia. What kind of god would
violate the Holy Bible, his very Word?
Some things to note: There
is no mention of Rayford picking up his Bible
and trying to discern God's will through the commands and
principles contained therein. Outrageously, not even the pastor suggested
going to the Holy Bible to discern the will of God. This
"pastor" actually encouraged Rayford to seriously consider working for
Antichrist! This is an example of HOW TO BE DECEIVED AND OVERCOME BY
The authors made Rayford's sensing of God's presence occur after he surrendered
his will to God and made it clear that he would do what God wanted even if it
made no sense from a human standpoint. Sensing God's presence would seem to
confirm God was there and in approval of the direction Rayford was heading with
Now, at a quick glance this sounds quite right, but the problem with this is
that Rayford did not consult the Bible-the written word of God. God will NEVER
violate his written word, and any presence sensed that seemingly confirms
counsel contrary to the word of God must not be heeded as being from God but
rather from Satan.
On page 310, we have another place where the authors are reinforcing the idea
that God had led Rayford to work for Antichrist: "How proud Irene would
have been of this moment, when he had the top job in the flying world. But to
him it meant little, though he felt in his spirit that he was doing what God had
led him to do."
Notice that Rayford felt this in his spirit. Whatever spirit he was feeling was NOT
the Spirit of God, because God will not violate his written word! The Holy
Spirit will not lead a believer to violate the teachings of Holy Writ. This
example of following some kind of "spiritual feeling" while ignoring
the teachings of the Bible is not a biblical example of true Christianity, and
this example is only one of many that I've found.
DOES the word of God have any principles that apply to a believer yoking up with
an agent of Satan? Does the Bible have principles regarding a believer being
subservient to Satan or one of Satan's followers? Absolutely. And
the word absolute is key because relativism is taught throughout the Left
Behind series. God's will or truth is determined by the characters'
circumstances rather than the inerrant word of God.
A blatant example of this is in the book DESECRATION,
and revealed in my article, Chang's
Mark of the Beast is No Big Deal?
Yoking up with Satan and his workers will destroy a Christian, NOT
undermine Satan's plans! This example is a snare to any believer and
must be rejected.
God's word commands a Christian to submit to God and resist the devil so
that he will flee. (James 4:7) The devil is not resisted by yoking
up with him through employment (this puts the Christian under his authority!)
and sharing his plans with other Christians! In real life this would put
the Christian in a place where Satan would have every right to destroy the
Christian and his faith through the "place" the Christian has given
him through this unequal yoke. "Neither give place to the
devil." Ephesians 4:27
The devil is also not resisted by the Christian using the devil's own
tools of lying and deceiving in order to do the work of God! God will never
have a Christian live like the devil in order to overcome the devil the way the
characters in the Left Behind series are portrayed as doing. Living like
the devil (sinning as a lifestyle) gives Satan "place" and this
"place" is an opening or opportunity for him to work his spiritual
destruction in the life of any believer who is tricked into giving it to him.
This "place" is a spiritual place and it is a place no Christian
must willingly give Satan through sin or unequal yokes with satanists, who the
"GC" in the Left Behind series truly are.
Please reject and renounce the lie that a Christian must yoke with Satan
in order to survive the upcoming hard times! This theme is woven throughout the
Left Behind series and is in your mind if you have read the Left Behind books.
God is faithful and will not abandon his dear ones who are sold out to him
in a life of obedience, love, and godly fear.
Here is an example of how to pray about this:
Dear Heavenly Father,
I have thoughts in my mind that it is right in
your sight for a Christian to work for a
company or organization that is run by Satan's followers or those who knowing
further Satan's New World Order agenda. I repent of giving place to
these ideas that are against the plain teaching of your Holy Bible. I know
that sinning is never the solution to any problem and I reject and renounce all
thoughts that that I may sin and be of service to you by sinning. Please forgive me and help me to hide your
word in my heart that I not sin against you.
In Jesus Christ's Name I pray,
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