Breitbart: The Chinese government’s campaign to “Sinicize” organized religion – to make religion completely subordinate to the Communist Party – grew more aggressive this year and featured the destruction of Bibles, crosses, and entire churches.
Religious freedom activists call it the worst crackdown on Christianity since religious freedom was nominally granted by the 1982 Chinese constitution.
A Fox News report on Monday linked the crackdown with Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s ascension to dictatorial power and the fulfillment of worst-case fears expressed by underground Christian leaders when Beijing began using government-controlled churches to co-opt the religion. more …
Opinion: Preview of coming attractions.
“Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon” (Rev. 13:1).
The Apostle John introduces a second beast with horns like a lamb indicating a high ranking member of clergy. Since the church will be gone as promised by Jesus (Revelation 3:10), this man will be sought after by those left behind who avoided Christ.
“And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed” (Rev. 13:2).
This man will have tremendous power given him by Satan and he will use it to convince a Biblically dead world that Antichrist, who will have staged a false resurrection from a deadly wound (Rev. 13:3), is the true god.
Like ancient Roman emperors before him who had the help of a religious leader, Pontifex Maximus, Antichrist will also have an enforcer.
The word “pontifex” and its derivative “pontiff” later became terms used for Christian bishops, including the Bishop of Rome, and the title of “Pontifex Maximus” was applied within the Catholic Church to the Pope as its chief bishop.
China is a preview of the coming religious system in which the Word of God is banned, in much the same way as Venezuela’s hyperinflation is a preview of the coming global economy (Rev 6:5-6).
We call it infrastructure that is being built in preparation for the final dictator, because when he comes, he only has 7 years to fulfill a lot of prophecy.