apostasy

The Network: Discernment/Deception Broad is the way

I must preface this piece with a disclaimer and a warning; first of all I must let you know that any discernment group or organization mentioned hereafter is not being attacked personally. I am not here to make enemies, I am here to call into question affiliations and discrepancies as I see them and obviously I do not expect any in the aforementioned to respond or give an account to me, you could say the questions are rhetorical in nature and are meant to elicit critical thinking in the reader if nothing else at all is accomplished. Second, a warning to those who are attempting to instigate or lure me out, I do not count myself worthy of such attention but if you should be trolling around seeking to devour and lay blame at my feet for exposing conspiracies that no one in the “Networks” would ever expose than truly you’re wasting your time. I do not write for anyone, I am not part of any organized group of “discernment” ministry, I do not have a P.O. Box and various ghost sites soliciting money for fake “ministries.” I do not travel the world or speak throughout the country and thus have no need of “love offerings.” I have no “fan” base, I have nothing but time and prerogative and if I see something I’m going to say something, isn’t that what “The State” wants anyway? I understand controlled opposition. I understand the modus operandi of those who elicit even those of us who are unconnected to the game and try to wield us like puppets. Since I am aware of some of the controlled opposition’s tactics I exert the right to start and stop, gain reflection, seek God’s guidance in all things, and above all; live my life to the best of my ability applying God’s grace and affection toward me, a wretch, who has been given a gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus.

The Network: A lily pad?

I have been looking back recently; researching old connections amongst the brethren, trying to ascertain how far back they go and also to find lost pieces of history that often get buried on the ‘internet’ because history is often being rewritten. This morning I found an old site called (Irvinellis)Tri-pod.com, this site is called “End Times Journal” on it’s face page. It’s director is Irvin W. Ellis, he’s Canadian. This old out dated unattended (ghost) site is said to have begun in 1999 and appears to have had active journals through 2001/3 but has nothing new on it. It also says it is an extension of Understand The Times (UTT) a ministry of Roger Oakland.

“A few days ago while I was thinking about deception, an illustration I once heard came to my remembrance. Every “lily pond” begins with a single “lily pad.” The first leaf that appears on the pond usually is quite inconspicuous. This single original “mother pad” divides and becomes two. The two pads then divide to become four, the four become eight, the eight divide to become sixteen, and the process continues until eventually the entire pond is covered. The point that is being made here is quite simple. Notice before the very last division of the lily pads, the pond is only half covered. The single pad that was once inconspicuous has now become much more significant. As we can see, the process of covering the pond did not happen at a linear rate. The pond was covered by a process we call a geometric progression. The paradigm shift that has taken place within Christianity over the past several decades has occurred in the same way that lily pads cover a pond.” Roger Oakland- “What’s happening in the Church Today, End Times Journal 1999 vol.1 No.1” (site used as reference not an endorsement)

He was meditating on “deception,” and allegorically applied the lily pond, infected as it were, by one lily pad. There are key words in this small excerpt that stand out to me as well as questions. My first question would be, Where and/or whom did you hear the illustration of a lily pad, is this a common mathematical allegory or was this an implanted memory? Second sentence, the first leaf of the lily pad is “often inconspicuous?” Really, is this an assertion or an opinion? If we stay with the theme of using the lily pad scenario and apply it to spiritual matters, is this “mother pad” (sentence three) the Roman Catholic Church? How inconspicuous is the RCC? Truly the first leaf would be Mystery Babylon, the epicenter of all abhorrent pagan religions, correct? The “mother pad” divides into two, maybe that is where we see Babylon and Rome? The two become four, could we be jumping ahead to Greece, Alexander the great? See the Book of Daniel. The following keeps multiplying however Oakland uses the term “dividing.” Maybe I’m a total ingoramous in math, but we’ll leave the math to the smart people. The pond is covered by a “process we call a geometric progression,” who is “we” in this statement? Is the ‘we’ a reference to people in general who all know about Geometric Progression or those who are purposely blanketing the church with deception, or the ones who are assisting in this article? Lots of questions when I see someone referring to ‘we’ in an article that is supposedly written by one single person. (1+1 (n)= we) Last sentence in this excerpt, “The paradigm shift” that has taken place within Christianity over the past several decades has occurred in the same way…” Ok, first off the use of “Paradigm shift” is alerting, I guess to Roger Oakland who had at this point already done extensive study in terminology of New Agers is not bemused by throwing this lingo in whenever it suits, but for me it struck a chord. Then the term, “within” Christianity is mentioned, this to me indicates that he knows there’s a deception taking place “within” the body and it’s purposeful not an accident, not undetermined in its goal, but mathematically evident and while the church is Dividing, the deception is able to multiply.  Keep in mind this article was written in 1999 (so we are told). Prior to this article, in 1997, another collaborative effort was made via Reel Productions.

Another Piece of the Network

A movie entitled, Countdown to Eternity, directed by Jim Tetlow, staring: Chuck Smith, Dave Hunt, Chuck Missler, Roger Oakland and Bill Gallatin was made in 1997, produced by Eternal Productions founder Jim Tetlow head of Harpazo Network (the Harpazo Network has mysteriously disappeared, or been Harpazo’d, I wonder if Missler was involved?). The boys club put together this highly ‘factual’ account of the impending doom of our last days based on the current hysteria and calamity that was befalling the late 1990’s. I’ve watched the first half of this film, via YouTube, and it’s telling that the script hasn’t diverged much since the inception. The crux of the message has maintained its initial steam and that is; to use the headlines of the day, “to apply” them to Scripture, and use them to illustrate that we are in the Last Days. You could justly stop me here and say, “Isn’t that what N4TM claims to do?” Granted, I learned from the best, I was a dubious follower of many of these people I’m now exposing. I was once receiving newsletters from: Missler, strategic trends alerts, UTT, LHT, Prophecy News Watch, Moriel Be Alert, Worldview Weekend Alerts,  and I’m sure others I can’t think of at the moment because it’s been so long since I’ve been a subscriber to anyone! Now rather than try to “apply” the headlines and see how they apply to scripture I am trying to provide information, discern information, and not be blinded and brainwashed by the spin doctors both in and out of the church, but -I digress. As I watched Roger Oakland and Chuck Smith assert with such conviction that the depletion of the ozone layer and the resulting increase in Skin Cancer was proof positive that Revelation 16:8-10 was coming to pass through this tangible means I couldn’t help but realize three things, (1) they really believe what they are saying (at the time), (2) they continue to blindly state the obvious and convolute it to scripture today, and (3) they truly corrupted the scriptures to illustrate Ozone Layer Depletion + Skin Sores = Last Days. Here we are back to simple math, it’s where I’m best so I will stick to basic arithmetic. The portion of scripture being referenced are the fourth and fifth bowl judgments. Correct me here if I am wrong but these bowls follow the revelation of Anti-Christ, the worship of the Beast, the mark of the beast being taken and conversely according to All those involved in this video who believe that the Rapture has already occurred, why or how could skin cancer be a mark of the Last Days especially since the whole church is still left on the planet to see these bowl judgments they are referencing to use that we are in the last days (circa 1997)!? Do you see the logic? The simple math does not add up, or rather it does, its summation is this; these men are either fool hearted and are so in love with the Lord that they cannot discern that they are twisting scripture because they desire so desperately for Christ’s return, or they know exactly what they are doing, what they are saying, are being told by the first leaf (mother pad) on what to say and throughout the years have done little in terms of changing their false prophecies and false statements other than applying ‘Current’ news events to match their flawed reasoning of the last days. I found this also, I am not sure if this has anything to do with the video Countdown to Eternity 1997, but it’s a book of the same exact title co-authored by Chuck Missler and Woody Young; Countdown to Eternity, 1992. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the video, especially since the book illustration looks exactly like the original film version cover art and Chuck Missler is also in the video, I’m positive it’s coincidence. (see below for pics)

*Jim Tetlow, director/producer/founder of Eternal Productions has also produced other videos staring Roger Oakland: Queen of All and Messages from Heaven. Here is a site that still mentions the Harpazo Network and Jim Tetlow, however the Harpazo.net has been harpazo’d from the internet. (Links NOT an endorsement-as always)

False Assertions via Current DVD’s continue

By looking back one can determine that what we see now at present day is newly gift wrapped old claims and false prophecies in HD format. If you thought the Network stopped making movies in 1997 you’d be dead wrong. Remember the Left Behind series? There are untold tentacles in the production world that pump out sensationalist movies that the END IS NEAR and it doesn’t take much investigating to find them. For instance, I started with Countdown to Eternity, look at the production company from that initial movie, it leads you to new ghost sites, then look at other movies (Docudrama’s they are called in some circles) and look at the production companies there, check out the directors, the “actors” or “expert speakers,” and see what you will find, a vast network of organized minions working around the clock disseminating falsities. Caryl Matrisciana is another member of the Network. She and her husband have been around for decades. Caryl’s husband Pat Matrisciana has been playing all sides of the game. He is a producer of film both secular and non-secular. Pat has ties to CIA and other notorious elk like Tim LaHaye. It is no wonder that Caryl is in the same business as her husband. She is supposedly a ‘former’ cult follower of yoga. I state supposed because when someone’s early years are not recorded and we are simply told this information and expected to believe it in my opinion it is questionable. Caryl Matrisciana co-authored Roger Oakland’s book, “The Evolution Conspiracy,” 1991(forward by Hal Lindsay). Caryl and Pat Matrisciana (Jeremiah Films) have been dear close friends of Roger Oakland, or at minimum constant friends through the decades and have helped produce and sell his various DVD’s. Pat Matrisciana produced the film version of Evolution Conspiracy: A quantum Leap into the New Age in 1988. Caryl and Roger’s most recent venture being, “Wide is the Gate,” a revamped and updated (factual) account of the apostasy gripping the church and why we’re in the last days type of video. Caryl has had an interesting life, her bio speaks volumes (not an endorsement). Wide is the Gate volume 2 includes the following speakers:

ABOUT THIS DVD: 5 PARTS – 40 MINS EACH: Experts interviewed by Caryl Matrisciana for WIDE IS THE GATE VOLUME 2 include Eric Barger, Jason Carlson, Mike Gendron, Sarah Leslie, Jan Markell, Tom McMahon, Johanna Michaelsen, Brenda Nickel, Roger Oakland, Chris Quintana, Warren Smith, Ray Yungen, Paul Wilkinson and others.

Nothing Personal (referring to disclaimer and warning in preface)

Notice all the names of experts and how often you will see them endorsing one another, sharing pulpits and conferences, selling each others books, DVD’s, etc. This is a Network my friends that goes deep and wide, “Broad is the way,” and this is the main reason you will never see them truly exposing one another. This is not even the tip of the iceberg. If the Network exists start to ask yourself some key questions. Do the research and see if these people are or are not truly interwoven with one another. Whether or not some started out for the good and were turned is not the point if they are in fact turned already, because they truly have to know that they are working for someone/thing and ultimately when Mammon is behind much of the motivation how can the perpetuity of truth really be claimed?

This post was inspired by the new version of history, Let there be Light, because there was once an original book, Let there be Light, Roger Oakland and Dan Wooding 1993 (with forward by Chuck Smith).
Now you have to find out who Dan Wooding is…

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Don’t Look Back

Some people don’t want you to look back.

Maybe that’s exactly what you should do.

Many have tried to rewrite history, they change their own personal history.

Even webs woven to catch its prey began with a single thread.

Points of reference connect to the web. The spider is the imitator, the serpent, the old father of lies.

God is the same today, yesterday, and forever. He never changes.

Of Sheep and Goats #OWS

Everyone should be aware by now of the movement sweeping across our nation known as “Occupy Wall Street.” On twitter the hash used to refer to the group and their actions is #OWS, I will refer to them as #OWS from this point forward. Recent commentators have ‘revealed’ that a RICH, billionaire, prominent social activist, George Soros is the financial backing to this movement. I’ve been more interested in the Spiritual force behind #OWS.

The MSM (main stream media) has attempted to spin this story in every kind of direction other than what this truly is; #OWS is an act of organized chaos aimed to disrupt the flow of the market, the government, and ultimately to rob every American Citizen of our remaining civil liberties. Every half-twit on MSM that seeks to revitalize their career is talking about Occupy Wall Street. Some liberal outlets attempted to squelch the broadcast of the movement, while others are using it to their advantage.

Politicians chime in, Herman Cain,

Actors…

Alec Baldwin Capital One Poster-boy

and Music Artists show up and get a twitpic up asap!

Russell Simmons Doing Yoga at OWS (founder of Def Jams records)
Russel Simmons & Kanye West photo-op OWS
Susan Sarandon is a Union Member-wearing her Teamster Jacket at OWS

The most troubling of all the additions to this perverted methodology of demonstrating for “Democracy” are the Churches who are joining the chorus of protestors.

Please don’t assume when I say “Churches” I mean doctrinally sound Christianity, no it’s quite the contrary. Today’s APOSTATE church has primed the Christian community for such a time as this. The Word of Faith Heresy that says, “Name it and claim it and God will give it to you ,” (think: Joel Olsteen, Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Paula White, Creflo Dollar- just to name a few); this false gospel has set everyone up who follows it for failure. God doesn’t ‘promise’ “Economic Security” to the believer, He does however assure us of persecution and trials (Acts 14:22; Philippians 1:29; 2 Timothy 3:12; 1 John 3:13; 1 Peter 4:12). The “Social Gospel” Heresy has birthed the #OWS yet they would never know it. This false doctrine says everyone has the same as everyone else, Social Justice, Kingdom Now theology, who needs God when we are ‘mini’ gods and can create a millennium reign for ourselves. These people who are in this camp are radically right and left and aim to do the same thing, demonize, divide and conquer. The Seeker Sensitive, Purpose Driven New Age Utopian delusion does the same as those stated above. Rick Warren and Jim Wallis have both been used by the United Nations, World Economic Forum, and Davos to prime the corporations of the world for such a time as this (#OWS). These false teachers have been in Leadership Summits all over the world getting the upper echelons ready for the revolution that will eventually lead to the “Paradigm Shift” that they seek.

The #OWS movement you see from New York to San Fransisco, in laymen terms, is Satanic. If you deduce their goals to their basic element you realize that it’s a hodge podge of demands and vociferous whining aimed only to be prolonged and ideally as “successful” as the people’s movement in Egypt (which is still in disarray and experiencing escalating violence towards Christians and Muslims). Radical Left Religious groups have joined in, Interfaith Groups have joined in, and although we may not see it overtly the Religious Right is involved too. They are helping to form a narrative to get you to think one way or the other. Whatever you do don’t think for yourself! You stand to destroy the “Opportunity” of this crisis if you use your own God given ability to think and discern.

What this movement needs is a martyr or a messiah, and it will not matter if it’s a ‘Righty’ or a ‘Lefty’ at this point, ideally it will be both.

Wall Street Occupiers Urged to Target Churches

Franky Schaeffer is the son of the late, highly influential evangelical thinker Francis Schaeffer​ (Seven Mountains/Dominionist False Prophecy), who helped shape the modern conservative evangelical movement. The son boasts he was himself a co-founder of the Religious Right. But he since has denounced Christianity as “stupid,” writes bitter tell-all books about his parents, and ferociously attacks conservative religionists as the virtual root cause of all American evils.

A blogger for The Huffington Post, young Schaeffer is now faulting religious conservatives for facilitating Wall Street greed. He’s imploring the Wall Street Occupiers to “protest the root source of America’s tilt to the far unregulated corporate right.” For Schaeffer, the next logical step is to demonstrate “outside mega churches, Evangelical publishing houses, [and] religious organizations that lead the ‘moral’ crusades against women and gays and all the rest.” (remember when No8 groups targeted Churches, “Occupy Churches” has had a dry run in 2008)

Jim Wallis, Davos World Economic Forum, Ecumenical Interfaith

Religious LEFT support of Occupy Wall Street

Sojourners chief Jim Wallis has lavished praise during a visit to the occupiers, pacifist activist Shane Claiborne has compared them to St. Francis of Assisi, Massachusetts clergy joined them wearing saintly white robes, and officials of United Methodist Women flocked to the occupiers with their own similar placards urging class warfare.

From Sojourners Website:

Sojourners are Christians who follow Jesus, but who also sojourn with others in different faith traditions and all those who are on a spiritual journey. We are evangelicals, Catholics, Pentecostals and Protestants; progressives and conservatives; blacks, whites, Latinos, and Asians; women and men; young and old. We reach into traditional churches but also out to those who can’t fit into them. Together we seek to discover the intersection of faith, politics, and culture. We invite you to join, to connect, and to act. Welcome to the community.

An Open Letter to the Occupiers from a Veteran Troublemaker

(from Jim Wallis to Occupy Wall Street his closing remarks):

I would advise you to cultivate humility more than overconfidence or self indulgence. This really is not about you. It’s about the marginalized masses, the signs of the times, and the profound yearning for lasting change. Take that larger narrative more seriously than you take yourselves.

Finally, do not let go of your hope. Popular movements are the only force that truly brings about change in society. The established order is never as secure and impervious to change as those who preside over it believe it to be.

Remember that re-action is never as powerful as re-construction. And whatever you may think of organized religion, please keep in mind that change requires spiritual as well as political resources, and that invariably any new economy will be accompanied by a new (or very old) spirituality. (yes we know-Ancient/Future Post-Modern-One World Church plans…)

So I will say, may God bless you and keep you.

May God be gracious to you and give you -– and all of us — peace.

Jim Wallis is the author of Rediscovering Values: A Guide for Economic and Moral Recovery, and CEO of Sojourners. He blogs at www.godspolitics.com. Follow Jim on Twitter @JimWallis.   http://brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/jim-wallis-gets-it-right-on-theo.html

What is the difference between the #OWS clan and the #TeaParty gang? The occupiers want less capitalism, more social services, less military, more entitlements, more unions, less freedom, less borders, more “tolerance.”

The tea partiers want less government, more free markets, less entitlements, more private sector growth, less socialism, less taxes, closed borders, a “Christian” Country with no immigrants, no gays, no globalism, and no Muslims.

Are both able to Coexist together?

Can the Dominionists who want to take over the Seven Realms of Society live peaceably with Communists and Marxists who want a Utopia with no God, save the NationState? Can the Kingdom Now people, Post-Modern Social Justice Christians love one another until Jesus comes or at least till one of the camps is able to establish their own kingdom? Or will the United States, the great beacon of hope and Liberty fall into the hands of ultimately failure, a divided country that will look more like Egypt and Libya than the United States of America? I said this is Spiritually Driven, not by the false prophets on both sides of the isle, but by one sole source that most people in Christendom have ceased to learn about:

Satan. He is a murderer (John 8:44) He is a Liar (John 8:44). He is an accuser (Rev. 12:10) He tempts (Acts 5:3) He sows tares among believers (Matt. 13:38-39) He incites persecutions (Rev.2:10) Satan and his demons are having a field day across the globe. It is not the 99% that God is concerned about, it’s the 1. The good shepherd will leave the 99 to pursue the one. Jesus will separate the wheat from the tares and the sheep from the goats. He will look at those who did great works and tell them, ‘Depart from me, I do not know you.’ You can do great things to help society, but without the saving message of the Gospel it’s all for not. The message of #OWS is clear, they have no message other than what their actions are proving. I don’t doubt there are authentic people who love America with a passion and want to end corruption (the Tea Party people had that same underlying message), but when it’s done for the sake of Country only it’s doomed for failure. I don’t expect great revival in this country. I don’t expect the US who has legalized murder (Abortion), same sex marriage, and illegal drug use, to return to a false semblance of America the beautiful. I believe the scripture that says evil will wax worse and worse (2 Tim 3:13), brother will betray brother (Mark 13:12), nation against nation, and people against people (Luke 21:10). A great and overwhelming Delusion is upon us! (2 Thess 2:11) We must stand on the ROCK. Careful brethren.

The Jesuit

Before you ‘Eat Pray Love’

Julia Roberts has officially converted to Hinduism during filming of Eat Pray love.

http://wonderwall.msn.com/movies/roberts-is-a-practicing-hindu-1565939.story?Gt1=28135

Roberts is a ‘practicing Hindu’ August 7, 2010
Julia Roberts Julia Roberts has converted to Hinduism after discovering all about the religion while filming new movie “Eat, Pray, Love” in India.The “Pretty Woman” actress stars in the big screen adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s travel memoir, which sees her travel to India as part of a spiritual pilgrimage to learn about yoga, meditation and life in an ashram.Roberts, whose parents are Baptist and Catholic, was so captivated by the ancient religion, she experienced her own spiritual awakening during the shoot.She tells Elle magazine, “I’m definitely a practicing Hindu.” The actress reveals she regularly goes to temple to “chant, pray and celebrate” and even takes her husband Danny Moder and their three kids, 3-year-old Henry and 5-year-old twins Phinnaeus and Hazel, with her.Roberts has also adopted the belief in reincarnation and she hopes her next life will be a “quiet” one.She says, “Golly, I’ve been so spoiled with my friends and family in this life. Next time I want to be just something quiet and supporting.

Deuteronomy 13

Shun Idolatry

1If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, 2and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’
3you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul”

Matthew 24:24

24“For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.

2 Timothy 3:1-8 (NASB)

1But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
3unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,
4treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
5holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.

6For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses,
7always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith.

1 Peter 5:8-9
8Be of sober spirit, be on the alert Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.


Do not be Ignorant brethren, dear sisters in Christ! This book,” Eat Pray Love” has sold millions of copies, and it’s not because “Christian Women” had discernment; rather they ate it up without reading the label! The Spirit behind this book & movie is one of deceit. Eat, Pray, Love at your own risk…don’t say I didn’t warn you.

As the apostasy continues to grow I realize that not all those who once believed  ‘stop‘ believing, they choose to believe the lie and follow after other gods…

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=4529


From Obama Worship to One World Religion

BLASPHEMY!obama messiah

The Law of God says..

Exodus 20:3-6

3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.

5 “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,

6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

This is not new…

Pledging to be a servant to “Barack Obama”

be the change…There’s a Shift taking place you see…”Shift” is the new hot word of this season…

Shift? Globalization…

Van Jones..

You are all gods…according to Van Jones. He’s truly not just about being ‘green’ he’s about shifting power and shifting consciousness among the masses so that everyone would realize this ‘movement’ is bigger than just going green. What is it about then Van Jones? Hear part two for the answer to that. It’s a Unifying One World Religion based on Works and serving the god of this world.

Remember he resigned. He’s more powerful now that no one can follow him then he was a the green czar.

New Age Spirituality merging with ‘Evangelical’  Christianity=

coexist bono u2 1 world religion

Is Bono Christian? ♦    Bill Hybels?

First 50 seconds Rick Warren says the Future of the World is “The Future of the World is NOT secularism, IT’S Religious Pluralism. You may not like that but you’re going to have to deal with it.”

Matthew 7

13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.

14 “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

16 “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?

17 “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.

18 “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.

19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

20“So then, you will know them by their fruits.

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’

23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’