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End of the world: Look for THESE signs of Antichrist's imminent arrival says Bible scholar

Bible prophecies claim the Antichrist will rise in the end days to false declare himself the Messiah. The Antichrist will attempt to supplant himself as a ruler of men before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Prophecies of the Antichrist’s arrival are found in the New Testament, including the Epistles of John. 
In 1 John 2:22, for instance, the Bible describes the Antichrist as a liar who has denies Jesus Christ’s divinity.

A false Christ is also mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew, where Jesus warns his disciples not to fall prey to false prophets.

Jesus said: “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

Although no one knows when the Antichrist will rise, Professor Tom Meyer, a professor at Shasta Bible College & Graduate School in California, has told Express.co.uk the sequence of events from the Antichrist’s arrival to his clash with the returned Christ.

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Professor Meyer said: “Even in the first century many Christians were shaken out of their wits and disturbed with the signs of the times.

“It is possible that false teachings and the intensity of the church’s persecution by Rome made some think that the end times had begun.

“Perhaps a false prophecy to this effect was circulating in the churches, much in the same way that we today hear again and again that we belong to the terminal generation.

“Concerning their distress, the Apostle Paul thought it would be helpful to tell the early church in Thessalonica and, by application, the world today the sequence of events leading up to the Second Coming of Christ.”

According to Paul, the first event will be an apostasy.

Professor Meyer said the Greek word apostasia can mean defection or revolt, but can also be interpreted as a departure or disappearance.

The first English translations of the Bible also interpret the word as either a departure or disappearance.

However, Paul has not specified what this disappearance entails.

 

Professor Meyer said: “Most Christians think it means a departing from the cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith, but it probably means a departure of the church itself.

“The church ‘departing’ or being Raptured is the first event.”

The second prophesied event will be the revelation of the Antichrist.

The implication is the Antichrist will reveal himself in a fashion mirroring or mocking the coming of Jesus Christ.

The third event, according to Professor Meyer, will be opposition towards the God of Israel.

The Bible expert said: “After his false revelation as the ‘true Christ’, the Antichrist will elevate himself about the living and true God.

“The fourth event is in the yet-to-be-constructed third JewishTemple; the Antichrist will ‘continually display himself’ as the real Messiah in Jerusalem.

“The fifth event is ‘the mystery of iniquity’.

“Though it cannot be fully understood even in Paul’s time, its beginnings could be seen.”

Professor Meyer said this mystery will be some form of a satanic counterpart to the mystery of God’s purpose.

Although it might be working under the surface at present, the Bible expert believes it will find its embodiment in the Antichrist once the time for its revelation comes.

Professor Meyer said: “The final and sixth event is that the true Christ will be revealed from heaven and the bright light of His coming will consume the Antichrist.”

Professor Meyer is an expert in Middle Eastern languages who has memorised more than 20 books from the Bible and is known as The Bible Memory Man.

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The origin of Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in the U.S. according to a UCLA scholar

Dr. David Hayes-Bautista is a proud native of California, a demographer epidemiologist focusing on Latino health. He is a distinguished professor of medicine and the director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA. In 2012, he wrote “El Cinco de Mayo: an American Tradition.” He admits, before 2010 his own knowledge and observance of the holiday was different. He recalls how he celebrated as a college student at UC Berkeley.”How did we celebrate Cinco de Mayo in 1971? We had a Seltzer concert with Ray Barreto…what did we know?” said Dr. Hayes-Bautista.

A common misconception is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day. It’s not. On May 5, 1862, Mexico defeated the French at Puebla.Hayes-Bautista knew that, and he describes how he sort of stumbled upon records that offered a bigger picture.

“To get information particularly about demographics because I needed to understand the population, I was reading Spanish-language newspapers published in California,” he said. “I was looking for notices of births, marriages and deaths, which are your primary data variables to look at.”

The stories in the Spanish-language newspapers began leaping from the pages.

“As I was looking for these notices, I wound up reading the entire gold rush in Spanish and I read the entire history of race and slavery during 1850, the Dred Scott decision, for example, John Brown marching on Harper’s Ferry, in Spanish. This is what Latinos here in Los Angeles knew about what was going on in the United States,” he said.

Then, he read about the French approaching Mexico City.

“Napoleon III already had an emperor selected, that would be Maximilian of Austria. They were going to set up a monarchy in Mexico and then the monarchy could become an ally with the slave states during the American Civil War. This of course, alarmed Latinos here in California,” said Hayes-Bautista. “California, as part of Mexico had been free territory since 1810.” Dr. Hayes-Bautista then reads the news of Mexico’s victory. “Three weeks later, on May 22, news arrived of what happened on May the 5th: the French didn’t make it to Mexico City. They were stopped. Dead, roundly defeated at the Battle of Puebla,” he said, adding the triumph holds significance against the backdrop of the American Civil War. “You had Latinos from California, Californios, who went to Mexico and fought with Juarez’s army, and you had Latinos here who joined the US Army,” he said.

“Latinos basically repurposed that news here to show the world where they stood on the issues of the American Civil War. They immediately filed out to the streets, they held huge parades to let the world know that Latinos oppose slavery, supported freedom, opposed white supremacy, supported racial equality, opposed elitist plantation rule, supported government of the people, by the people and for the people,” he said. “Every year, Latinos would use the Cinco de Mayo and their demonstrations or marches, their speeches, their gatherings, to let the world know, here’s where we stand on these issues.”

Hayes-Bautista had started avoiding Cinco de Mayo celebrations, due to those who commercialized it. But that changed after his research.”I got very emotional; I was actually… my heart was rising, I had a lump in my throat reading,” he recalled. “This is their words, and this is what Latinos here knew, and this is why they begin to celebrate the Cinco de Mayo.”

He says the true origin died along with those who first celebrated Cinco de Mayo in 1862, changing over the years. Then there was a period of new immigration in the early 20th century.

“They never got the full story, but they got the idea that you do something. That’s when they put in the mariachi music instead of the old Californio music. They put in the dancing ‘adelitas’ instead of the civil war iconography because that’s what they were familiar with,” he said. “Many historians not knowing the full history actually say that Mexican immigrants brought Cinco de Mayo during that period 1910-1930. But no, they found it here. And I can document that,” said Hayes-Bautista. It’s a story he shares with sincere passion and great detail with anyone who will listen.

“Now I know. It was about human rights in its origin. And I’m just asking people to remember that,” he said. “Bring it back to its origin because we are still fighting those same battles – 150 years later, the American Civil War is not over. And just as we played a fundamental part in the original American Civil War in the 1860s, we are going to play a fundamental part in finally resolving those issues about race, citizenship, and participation in American society.”

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Biden to nominate antitrust scholar Lina Khan as FTC commissioner

President BidenJoe BidenGood luck, Dan Bongino! The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden’s next act: Massive infrastructure plan with tax hikes Conservative group says polling shows Dems’ voting rights bill ‘out of sync with American voters’ MORE[2][3][4][5][6][1] on Monday announced his intention to nominate influential antitrust scholar Lina Khan[7] to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Khan, a 32-year-old associate professor at Columbia Law School, would be the youngest FTC commissioner if confirmed by the Senate.

She is best known for a paper written while a law student at Yale titled “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox,” which laid out how the e-commerce giant could be violating antitrust law.

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More recently, Khan served as an aide to the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee during its investigation into the monopoly power of major digital platforms.

Progressive critics of big tech have been pushing for Khan’s nomination.

“A champion of small businesses, entrepreneurs, and working people, Professor Lina Khan is an extraordinary choice for the Federal Trade Commission,” said Sarah Miller, executive director of the American Economic Liberties Project.

“Professor Khan is recognized internationally for her groundbreaking legal scholarship, her ability to work across the aisle, and her extensive policy expertise. At the FTC, Professor Khan will be critical for guiding the agency out of decades of severe institutional failure.”

At the FTC, Khan would play a key role in overseeing an antitrust case against Facebook. She would also be involved in the launching of any new antitrust cases against Silicon Valley giants or companies in other industries.

“So very honored and humbled by this nomination, and excited to get to work if I’m fortunate enough to be confirmed!” Khan tweeted[8] after the official announcement.

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If Khan is confirmed by the Senate, Biden would still have one more position to fill at the five-member FTC.

Biden elevated FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter to acting chairwoman in January, and he could still choose to make that appointment permanent.

Monday’s announcement comes shortly after Biden appointed Tim Wu, another critic of tech companies, to special assistant to the president for technology and competition policy.

Updated at 5:45 p.m.

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