Baal worship is alive and well in America and the world – though they do not call it that today. Let me explain.
First we must look back in time, and see how Baal was worshiped. Actually, there were two gods which were essentially worshiped the same way, Baal and Ashtoreth. Molech was another such god. Two practices in particular are mentioned in Scripture.
First was sexual orgies “under every green tree,” where promiscuity and perverted sex acts were the norm.
Second was passing their babies through the fire. This was murdering the babies that resulted from the orgies by throwing them alive into a fire pit to be burned to death. These things were done in the name of the pagan idol-gods Baal, Ashtoreth, and Molech.
How are we doing this today? The gods have been renamed “Sexual Freedom” and “A Woman’s Right to Choose.” The religion is called “Pleasure and Convenience.”
We live in an age of loose moral standards, where it is acceptable and encouraged for us to have sexual partners outside of marriage. Just watch television; There is hardly a show on tv that does not glorify hunting sexual partners, or having such relationships without being married first.
Then when the seed bears fruit, we murder the unborn baby. One method of abortion is a saline/chemical solution injected into the womb which literally burns the baby to death. Another is to go in with a knife and cut the baby up (torture and cutting also being a popular form of satanic worship). Then there is the partial birth abortion, where they crack open the skull of a partially born child and suck out the brains with a vacuum.
The priests are the abortion doctors, and the teachers are our television writers/producers and others who promote this lifestyle. One of the high temples is “Planned Parenthood,” an organization whose sole purpose is make modern Baal worship acceptable to the people.
In ancient times much of Israel was drawn into Baal worship. Their neighboring countries practiced it, so they wanted to practice it too, to get along with their neighbors. God called them out to be separate, but they wanted to be liked by the world
History repeats itself. Many churches today take a soft stance on sin, particularly sexual sin. Divorce/remarriage and sexual immorality of almost every kind is found almost as often in many of our churches as it is in the world. Some even approve of abortions. Like the ancient Jews, they are mixing worship of Christ with worship of Baal.
Jesus told us to come out from among them, be separate, be holy. He taught that if we are really His followers then we will be different from the world. He warned us that the world would hate us, because our righteousness would convict them of their sin.
But the Bible also teaches that in the last days the professing church would become more and more like the world. That we would have a form of religion, a form of godliness, but no real power. Even that we would claim Christianity while actually denying that Christ is the only way of salvation.
Like never before in history, this is happening today. We are joining ourselves to other religions, we are raising up the flag of Baal worship in the name of Tolerance and false love.
God judged Israel by sending Babylon and Assyria against Israel and Judah. These were the first two of seven beast empires which have come (for more on these, read Beyond Fiction, by Donald Rowen). The same thing is soon to come upon the professing church!
In Revelation we read that one of the heads of the beast, one of the kingdoms/kings, will come back as an eighth head. He will first attack Israel at the Abomination of Desolation. But much of Israel will flee into the wilderness and be hidden by God. Scripture says that then he will turn against the rest of her offspring who have the testimony of Jesus. That is the professing church. He will war against the saints of Jesus and overcome them (but we can overcome by the blood of the Lamb, by our word of testimony, and by not loving our lives even to the death.)
This is the fourth seal of Revelation 6. The rider of this horse is death, and Hades follows with him. He has power over ¼ of the earth to kill with sword (symbol of war), with hunger, and with death by the beasts of the earth. The false prophet (the second beast in Rev. 12&13) requires all people to worship the beast Antichrist and take his mark, or else they cannot buy or sell – thus hunger. War against the saints and hunger because they cannot buy food without the mark are done through the two beasts, the beasts of the earth.
For those who refuse the mark, death comes searching. If you were to count all those who profess to be Christians from all denominations, it would be about ¼ of the earth.
Many will give in to the beast and take the mark. Their love will grow cold and they will turn against other Christians, betraying them (Matt 24:8-22, all related to the rise of the Antichrist). A time of fiery testing, of proving our faith, will come on the earth. Just as ancient Israel had to go through the judgment of God, so will the church. Scripture says judgment begins first with the house of God.
Bear in mind, that those who give in to the beast and take his mark will be lost forever. Hades follows with death. Those who choose the mark and physical life choose Hell. Those who choose against the mark choose death – they love not their lives even to the death. This time of testing will last probably between 2 and 3 years.
Jesus is coming back for a bride without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. Fiery testing not only proves who has faith, but also purifies that faith. When the sixth seal is opened, the sun and moon darken in obeisance, and the earth shakes when Christ knocks on the door (Matt 24:29ff). The trumpet will sound, and angels will gather the elect together. The dead in Christ will rise first, then those who are alive who have survived will be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air. (See my book, The Prewrath Rapture: Answering the Critics for full Scriptural evidence.)
In the Parable of the Virgins (Matt 24) there were five wise and five foolish virgins. When Christ gathers the wise virgins, the foolish ones come knocking, seeking entrance into the kingdom. They are denied. Why? Because they are the ones who took the mark, who worshiped the beast so they would not be killed. Once they worshiped the beast and took his mark, they were allowed to keep attending church. They thought they were okay, but their light went out the moment the bowed to the beast.
If you are one of those who worship Baal and Ashtoreth by approving sexual immorality and abortion, do not think you will escape God’s judgment just because you claim to believe in Christ and in God. 2Thess 2 warns that those who hate the truth but have pleasure in unrighteousness, to them God will send a strong delusion that they believe the lies of the Antichrist.
Please note that this judgment is not on those who struggle with bondage to sin, but acknowledge that it is sin. It is not on churches who try to help those trapped by addictions to overcome. This judgment is upon those who whitewash the sin, such as those who call homosexuality acceptable to God, those who wink at sexual immorality – pretending to call it merely “wrong” while they really don’t care. This judgment is upon those who approve of abortion as “a woman’s right to choose” above God’s commandments. It is upon those who love the passing pleasure of sin more than they love God.
So I set before you this question. Will you serve Baal, or will you serve God. You cannot do both!