Yom Kippur is known as the most solemn and introspective of all the biblical holy days.
The 10 "days of awe" between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, were to be used to take stock of one's sins and concentrate on repentance before a holy God.
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America, like the ancient Israelites, has plenty to take stock of this year. From the Supreme Court decision that arrogantly redefined the 6,000-year-old institution of marriage, to the recent undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood as a butchery that enriches itself on the backs of unborn babies harvested for grisly scientific experiments.
Not to be outdone, California's legislature has passed a new assisted-suicide bill, turning doctors from healers into killers.
Evil hidden behind a wall of deception known as "health care," is no less evil.
President Obama's deal with Iran, allowing the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism to continue on a path toward nuclear arms, also looms large, with its potential to spawn disaster not only for the state of Israel but America itself.
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Obama's foreign policy is also seen as enabling the Islamic State terrorists, who are wiping out Christianity in the Middle East and unleashing the worst refugee crisis since World War II.
So as the symbolic head of the free world, Obama is often lacking moral credibility. Enter the pope of Rome to lend a helping hand.
Pope to the rescue?
Pope Francis' visit to the White House on Yom Kippur will give Obama what he craves: the appearance of a moral high ground.
Carl Gallups, the author of two books about end-times events, "Final Warning" and "Be Thou Prepared," said the pope’s visit to the White House Wednesday is especially significant given its scheduling long in advance on the Day of Atonement.
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"That High Holy Day is primarily about soul-searching, repenting of secret sins," he said, but Obama will spend it seeking to justify his sins while receiving the blessing of the world's leading religious figure.
Even the secular USNews.com reported that the meeting was being arranged to give Obama a sense of 'moral authority' to his agenda of global warming, immigration, the Iran nuclear deal and other controversial issues, Gallups noted.
"It's going to be a come-to-Jesus moment – no pun intended – for the many politicians who want to claim the mantle of Pope Francis," said Michael Wear, a former White House official who led faith outreach for Obama's 2012 campaign.
"In a way, Pope Francis has become a conscience for this age of the world. When President Obama came to office, he too had that aura for at least the first couple of years," said Stephen Schneck, who runs the Catholic politics institute at Catholic University of America. "But Pope Francis' message is moral and religious. He's not going to be talking about legislation."
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For Obama, the visit offers a chance to imbue his remaining goals with a sense of moral authority as he approaches the end of his presidency."
For all their differences on abortion and same-sex marriage, Pope Francis and Obama have many shared interests – from the radical climate-change agenda to their desire for redistribution of the world's wealth, to their passionate advocacy for Palestinian statehood.
Students of prophecy point out that this supposed "moral authority" that Obama seeks to gain from the pope is a false "authority," and one that is intended to bolster his claim among the America public that he is indeed a sincere Christian, Gallups said.
But is this an authentic Christianity, rooted in humility, or a false Christianity, rooted in arrogance?
The age of the refugee and migrant
Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 24 that the end times would be marked by violence, wars and self-centeredness, but also great deception.
So while Obama and Pope Francis talk peace and security under the United Nations' platform of sustainability and elimination of income inequality, the opposite realities are knocking at the world's door. War, hunger, instability and the mass movement of populations.
The U.N. agenda is to fight "income inequality" through forced redistribution of wealth.
And what better way to accomplish the redistribution of the world's wealth than by importing Third-World people into the First World as so-called "refugees." The refugees will take the jobs that were once held by working-class Americans while also signing up for welfare benefits paid for by the middle class, thereby making the refugees richer and the middle-class Westerners poorer. Equalization cuts both ways.
The United Nations in its new blueprint for global governance, "Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" calls for well-planned "migration" and says it's essential for industrialized countries to welcome migrants and encourage "mobility" of people across borders. Nations should not use their national sovereignty to close off borders to migrants and refugees. Instead, the document stresses "global citizenship."
But some see the strife caused by this dramatic shift in populations as highly destabilizing and ultimately leading to war, possibly world war.
Going back to Babylon
Prophecy expert and former Fox News contributor Paul McGuire is one who sees world war as a growing possibility.
While most Americans are concentrating on the start of the NFL football season or making plans for weekend barbecues, McGuire says God is trying to get their attention.
Yes, he will use blood moons and the upcoming super blood moon on Sept. 28, the opening of the Feast of Tabernacles, to alert believers of the seriousness of the moment, but he also laid clues in Scripture.
McGuire says the Genesis story of Nimrod and the Tower of Babel hold the key to understanding the current tensions in the world as an international elite of no more than a dozen families are pushing their way to a long-relished New World Order.
In his book, "Babylon Code: Solving the Bible's Greatest End-Times Mystery," McGuire and co-author Troy Anderson spend a lot of time retracing history's darkest forces.
They're still at work today, McGuire said.
And on Yom Kippur, Pope Francis is in America for meetings with Obama, the Congress and the United Nations. The 266th pope arrives at the White House on Sept. 23, the 266th day of the year, with the number 266 being the typical human gestation period, leading some to speculate that something will be "birthed" on that day.
While discussions and media soundbites will be all about climate change, refugees, the need to save the environment and eliminate poverty, those are just the wheels on which the elites hope to drive home their agenda of global governance and control over the masses, McGuire said.
The pope is expected to endorse the United Nations 2030 Agenda during his Sept. 25 keynote address at the U.N. sustainability summit in New York.
"So that's their game plan, you take the entire environmental movement, the sustainable development conference, they plan to take it into high gear," McGuire said. "Sustainable Development, Agenda 21, and the 2030 Agenda, open immigration, everything Pope Francis is doing, the goal of this is, that these people are militant believers in the remaking of society based on the vision of a master race of elites controlling the world."
The Rockefeller and Ford foundations, for example, financed the eugenics laboratories in the United States during the early 20th century, which Hitler later adopted and took to the ultimate extreme.
"You have the Sierra Club, the Global Wildlife Fund, this is all devoted to depopulating the world by 80-90 percent, wiping out the mass population so they can rule the earth with a relatively small population with wealth redistribution," McGuire said. "The GMO foods, the vaccines, sustainable development. This is all code for wealth redistribution and depopulation. I describe as an attempt to take the world into a type of neo-feudal plantation where those families will rule the world."
But the ultimate "population control" measure would be a world war.
"I think there's a very real potential," McGuire said. "Obama may be igniting a big war, it's very possible there are very powerful elites who want this kind of conflict. Obama is just their puppet. In our book we went back and read and quoted from these elites like Bertrand Russell, and H.G. Wells and Aldous Huxley. They called for endless wars. So, it's almost as if our foreign policy is deliberately lighting the fuse, its prodding Russia, for justification for a military conflict."
And the flash-point for that fuse could be Syria.
Russia is making it known it will not let Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad fall without a fight. President Vladimir Putin has moved heavy equipment and Russian troops into the country.
"So when we look at the idea of how Obama could be triggering or inciting World War III, and we know it's not from his stupidity, as Donald Trump likes to say. And in terms of protecting their wealth, because ultimately they want a reboot, the elites have a dual purpose in these endless wars," McGuire said. "It's terrifying to read the writings of Russell, Wells and Huxley, because they don't hide anything. They use phrases like 'truly high-minded people are beyond traditional values of right and wrong,' so they view themselves as transcendent of those values."
Aleister Crowley may have put it most succinctly when he said, "ordinary morality is only for ordinary people."
McGuire said most Americans remain stuck right where the propagandists in the major media want them: bickering in a left-right, Democrat-Republican paradigm where they get distracted from the real issue and the real power sources.
"This elite is not just about their kingdoms and power. Because they believe themselves to be god men, their ultimate plan is what Crowley called the new eon, or new world order, but what it really means is the new Luciferian order, because it's the return to Babylon," McGuire said.
"What they really want is to bring in Lucifer's new world order and Lucifer's control of the planet earth," he said. "It has to culminate into the antichrist and false prophet. So when we really strip it down, what we're talking about is a Luciferian system that began at Babylon and finds its zenith in the last days."
Some Catholics 'disturbed by this pope'
The Catholic Church waged war against the Illuminati and its plans for world domination in Europe during the late 1700s and early 1800s, and McGuire believes there are still millions of saved Christian Catholics who view the pope's ideas on global government with a wary eye.
"And they're very disturbed by this pope. There's nothing he's saying that matches up with scripture, and they know that," he said. "The Catholic Church, with all its imperfections, they were waging war against the Illuminati. Now, it appears the satanic cult society that penetrated the Vatican was infiltrated by satanic forces. It was never perfect, there were good popes and bad popes, but they warred against this for many years."
The final verdict weighs in the balance
But Christians can rest assured that God is in control. This is evident in Scripture and in the heavenly signs.
"These blood moons are warnings, they haven't happened in hundreds of years, so as terrifying as all this may seem, God's prophecies are coming true," McGuire said. "So the one thing, for people to call themselves Christians, to be in a state of paralysis or fear, is contrary to what God created you for. We've all been supernaturally equipped for such a time as this. With supernatural power and authority to occupy and preach the gospel until he returns."
Gallups agrees, saying the best-laid plans of elite usurpers seeking world government will ultimately be forced to bow the knee to the King of kings and Lord of lords. This is the vision the prophet Isaiah saw and recorded in Isaiah 6, saying, "I saw the Lord sitting upon His throne, high and exalted, the train of His robe filled the temple."
"In my estimation, these are indeed prophetic times in which we are living – highly prophetic times," he said. "The prophetic feeling in the air also has many believing that it is time for Christians to be prepared – there may be some rough times just ahead. If ever there was a time to turn to Jesus in biblical repentance and salvation, it is now."