2 Corinthians 3:14 – Their Minds Were Hardened

Gary W. Ritter

(Proverbs 19-20; 2 Corinthians 3)

The nation of Israel had everything going for it.  After all, when God has specially chosen you to be the focus and recipient of the purpose and destiny He has planned for mankind, surely He would pour out incredible mercy and goodness upon you.  That’s certainly the case, but Israel squandered it.

God gave Moses the Ten Commandments to teach the Israelites how to live a holy and righteous life.  But these rules were supposed to be just the beginning.  In reality, their instruction was to be a tutor and cause for the Jewish people to turn to Yahweh with willing minds and softened hearts.  There was a supernatural glory in the Ten Commandments; God’s giving of them to Moses caused such brilliance to come upon him that the people required him to wear a veil.  The reality is that he represented the sinlessness of God in that condition and they – in their sin – couldn’t stand to see such holiness.  As these things unfolded, what should have brought life to the Jews, actually brought condemnation and death.

This condition has continued for Israel to the present age.  Paul describes this in 2 Corinthians 3:14-16:

But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.

Because the Jews as a whole have rejected Jesus as Messiah – as God – and continued believing that through the Old Covenant they will find salvation, God has kept a veil over their minds to keep them from understanding the truth.  Indeed, their minds are hardened such that some even persecute Christians for daring to appropriate their Scriptures and distort them.

This idea of a hardened mind is not limited to the Jews and their particular situation.  It appears to be something that can come upon, not only an individual, but also an entire class of people.  It can lead to misunderstanding or misinterpreting information -perhaps even a willful rejection of truth – and result in actual harm to others.

Finding a diversion of shows or movies to watch is difficult when your heart is toward the Lord.  The vast majority of such productions include gratuitous sex, language, and/or violence.  Even shows that start out well can devolve into celebrating these deviancies.  My wife and I have begun watching many a series from Netflix (in the past when we subscribed to that) and from Amazon Prime, that we’ve had to turn off and walk away from.

Recently we began watching the PBS-produced Victoria that began in 2016.  (https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B01N7IM7RE/) For anyone who enjoyed Downton Abbey, you would probably like Victoria as well.  It’s an intriguing fictional representation of Queen Victoria and her reign in the 1800s, which is exceptionally free from moral issues that cause disgust for many of us.  (There is one uh-oh storyline in Season 2, but it resolves well.)

In a Season 3 episode, a cholera epidemic hits a certain area in London.  No one knows why.  The medical establishment is clueless and expresses both their ignorance and biases in diagnosing the causes of the outbreak.  Only one doctor takes a true interest in determining the plague’s cause.  He researches, goes into the area where the infestation is rampant, and as scientifically as he can for that day, tracks down the reason so many succumb, particularly women and children.  It’s because he cares, and cares enough to act, that they end up finding the source and ending the epidemic.  His mind and heart were soft and willing to listen and to learn, unlike those of his colleagues with their hardened minds.

You may guess where I’m going with this.  The medical establishment of today is of one uniform, hardened mind as to the causes, prevention, and treatment of COVID and its related issues.  From all over the world, there are numerous videos and reports that chronicle the deadly approach doctors and hospitals have used to deal with this planned epidemic.  They have abandoned all sane medical practices by declaring that literally everyone has COVID that they see and must be treated accordingly.  Any suggestion that a patient may have some other illness – particularly when the specific symptoms indicate this – is disregarded.  Patients are dealt with as though by robots, uncaring and unaffected by reasoning from family or friends that counter their programming.  I’ve labeled these physicians and their ilk zombie doctors.

There is a dark spiritual aspect to all this.  I did a Prophecy Update on this subject called Puppet Master Conspiracy, that details the demonic manipulation going on: https://rumble.com/vl06lq-awaken-bible-prophecy-update-8-11-21-puppet-master-conspiracy.html.

A few brave medical professionals have spoken out against the wickedness that is being perpetrated by their colleagues.  They are horrified at what they see their beloved profession doing to people they are supposed to be helping.  The stand these individuals have taken has been at great cost for many of them.  They have been ridiculed and lost their positions at the hospitals they served.  They’ve been canceled and deplatformed for daring to speak truth to expose the evil lies perpetrated by Big Pharma, the government, and the lapdog media.  Their ability to get out a counter narrative has been stymied and limited to primarily alternative media sources.  If they’d been allowed to speak freely, the staggering foolishness associated with the whole COVID fiasco, from treating patients only after they were deathly ill, to the extreme vaccine injuries with the massive number of deaths associated with the shots, could have been reduced probably by greater than 75%.  This has led many of us to conclude that all this is the result of a planned genocide.  Only extremely hardened hearts could be subject to such manipulation.

Is there an answer?  Paul states it in 2 Corinthians 3:17:

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Only by the grace of Christ can this be comprehended and stopped.  Some of the medical rebels know the Lord well, others only in passing, and still more are secular.  Regardless, I have no doubt that in one way or another the Lord has worked in the hearts of all these individuals to speak boldly against the travesty they are seeing.  It is Christ who causes these people to act in the interest of others at the expense of their own reputations and careers.

Those of us with a pre-Tribulation Rapture worldview know all that is happening in this regard is preparing the way for the Tribulation.  Nothing of what is done in those horrible seven years originates without preparation.  There is a progression of events that occurs, from devising the technical aspects necessary to institute the worldwide system for controlling buying and selling, to the conditioning of people to obey and eventually worship the son of perdition.  All this and more paves the way for Antichrist’s Beast System.

It all begins with minds that are hardened.  The only solution is Jesus.  The world as we know it isn’t going to get any better.  The demonic realm and their human minions are operating at warp speed.  They will not relent as they see NOW as their time to strike.  God is allowing this so as to define His true church.  When the conditions are right, He will remove us to allow all these wicked actors to have their way, even as He pours out His wrath upon the world.

While we wait for our blessed hope, let’s continue to stand boldly for Jesus.  Perhaps even some of these with hardened minds will see the light.

[Author Note: Briefly, I want to set the stage for you as to the nature of most of my articles in this season.  Each year I read the Bible through completely at least once – that has been my practice since I came to the Lord in 2005.  I remain astounded at what God has done in my life because of that discipline!  Each day I read from both the Old and New Testaments.  I choose a verse from one of those passages and write my commentary and reflection based on that.  In the title of my article, you’ll see the verse I chose.  In addition, you’ll see the reading for that day if you’d like to follow along with greater context.]

Gary W. Ritter is a lay pastor, Bible teacher, and prolific author.  His Whirlwind Series comprises three books: Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind, and There Is A Time.  These books are contained in the collected volume of the Whirlwind Omnibus.  Gary has been given the Christian Redemptive Fiction award for three novels: The Tattooed Cat, Alien Revelation, and for his collaboration with Terry James in writing The Minion Protocols, the third book in James’ Second Coming Chronicles.  Earlier this year Gary released a four-volume set of Awaken Bible Study Notes that comment verse-by-verse through Scripture from a Biblical prophetic lens.  He is currently editing a sequel to Alien Revelation called Alien Zombie Plague, which he plans to release later in the fall of 2021.  Recently, Gary wrote a novella for the new Kindle Vella platform.  That story is called Tribulation Rising: Seal Judgments – The Coming Apocalypse.  This seven-part short work can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099Z462WD.  Each day this year Gary has been writing commentary and reflections based on his reading through the Bible in a year.  The intent in all his writings is to bring a strong Christian witness to what people read.  You can see all his books and blog articles and reach him at his website: www.GaryRitter.com or his Facebook Author page:  https://www.facebook.com/gritter3390.  You can also see his older video Bible teachings on his Gary Ritter YouTube channel – look for the fish symbol, and more recently on Rumble on his Awaken Bible Prophecy channel: https://rumble.com/c/c-783217.

ISRAEL: The Man Who Will Come and Say He Is Your Messiah Is NOT!


My heart breaks when I see headlines in Israeli news sources which speak of the coming Messiah.  This article is a warning to my people of Israel. I love you and I must tell you TRUTH.

You may not believe this at first, but please print this out and keep it. When this man comes – and he WILL come – take this article out and compare the things that he has done to that which I am telling you. Israel – this man is NOT your Messiah. Yeshua is your Messiah but you missed his visitation. G-d planned it that way so that the Gentiles would have a chance to come into G-d’s Kingdom.

Why do you think that we (Yes, I’m a Jew too) have been persecuted and expelled from countries, and slaughtered the way we have?   Satan HATES the Jewish people. Do you know why? Because Yeshua came from our lineage – from the house of David!  The Savior of the whole world came from us!  We are G-d’s chosen – we were chosen to bring Yeshua into the world.

“And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 28:14).

Did you see that? ALL the families of the earth shall be blessed!  For a time, Israel, G-d has partially blinded us to the truth of Messiah Yeshua. But it’s only for a time. There will come a day when Israel will recognize their true Messiah. That will be after the last Gentile enters the Kingdom of God.

Back to the man who is coming,  who will claim that he is your Messiah:

  1. He will tell you that he wants to help you build the Temple
  2. He will enforce a 7 year peace agreement for the so-called “security” of Israel
  3. In the middle of the 7 year period, this man will sit in the Temple and claim that he is G-d!  This is when your eyes will be opened to the truth. You will realize that this man has been lying and deceiving you the whole time.
  4. He will slaughter many in Israel when he realizes that you no longer believe in him.  Many of you will flee to the mountains to escape him.
  5. Your eyes will finally be opened to the truth. You will realize that Yeshua is indeed the Messiah of Israel and of the whole world.

So, who is this man you may ask?  He is Satan indwelling a man. He tried to usurp our G-d  in heaven when he was Lucifer. Perhaps you remember the story?

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of G-d;  I will sit on the mount of assembly on the heights of Zaphon; I will ascend to the tops of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High’” (Isaiah 14:12-14).  (Emphasis mine)

Since Lucifer was cast down to the earth by G-d, he has not ceased to destroy and lie and confuse. He knows G-d’s Word. His plans for Israel are “plan B” to take the Throne of God.  He will fail again.

My heart breaks for you, and that is what prompted me to write this to you. I want  you to know the truth.  Yeshua revealed Himself to me in 1983.  Perhaps one of the reasons He did this was so I would be able to warn many in Israel about what is soon to happen.  And trust me, it IS soon.

Everything is lining up according to the Word of G-d.  All of the nations are standing against Israel – even my own nation, which saddens me to the core of my being. I never thought I would live to see the day that an American president would turn his back on Israel and put them in harms way. He is an evil man, but G-d put him where he is to fulfill His prophetic Word.

I pray that many in Israel will read these words and that G-d will open their eyes to the truth of Yeshua.  My previous article was on Isaiah 53, and how it has been hidden from most Jews throughout the centuries. Please return to that piece and read that passage of Scripture. REALLY READ IT.

Then ask yourself “Who does this describe?”

Shalom Yerushalayim!


AC and FP

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:1-4).

In 2008, my husband and I attended a church in Columbia, MD. I have written about this church in a couple of articles on raptureready.com. The church was more than half black and we loved it there. The head pastor was a black man. He was a great teacher of the Word. The worship was amazing, and Wednesday’s prayer group was always packed with people. We felt blessed to be in that church.

The campaign for the upcoming election was in full swing. In my naiveté, I was convinced that the black people in this church would surely not vote for Obama. I thought that they would be well aware of his Socialism, close ties with Planned Parenthood and would know about his radical friends, i.e. Bill Ayers and many others. They saw the news and they had to have seen Reverend Jeremiah Wright spewing his hate- filled Black Liberation Theology sermons. Obama sat under that teaching for twenty years.

One evening, I felt compelled to search the internet about my head pastor, to see if I could find anything regarding his opinion of Obama. The pastor was quite famous for many books he had written, so I felt that perhaps I could find statements he made on the upcoming election.

I did find a website with exactly the information which I was seeking. They were interviewing my pastor and another black lady, who was the head of Black Conservatives of America. My pastor was an Obama man, and I felt literally sick in my stomach.

I called him at his office the next day and told him what I had found. We talked for hours about Obama. I asked him if he was aware of the alarming facts about this man – he was well aware. But he shocked me with a question:

“Are you one of those white people who think that Obama is the Antichrist?”

I was speechless and angry that he would ask that. I almost didn’t answer, but then said that I did not believe that. We finally ended our conversation. I continued to send him information about BHO via email. This pastor finally blocked my email account, and also told his secretary not to take my calls. It goes without saying that my husband and I left that church.

For many years I have dismissed the possibility that Obama could be the Antichrist. I think that it was due mostly to my studying of End Times prophecy, and always looking for the Antichrist to be from either Italy, Greece or a country in close proximity to these countries. I suppose you might say that I had tunnel vision.

I knew that this man was evil to his core. But there have been many evil men down through history. But there was something different about Obama. Even from the start, when he would speak to the crowds while campaigning, there was something about his voice. I couldn’t listen to it and neither could my husband. It was offensive to me in a way that is hard to explain. I had to shut him off. I believe now that it was the Holy Spirit giving me wisdom about this man.

He had such a hold over his followers. It was hard to watch. Then came the “Messiah” jokes. People were worshiping him.

Today, I saw an article from CNN which astounded me. I don’t watch or read CNN as a rule, but this piece gripped me. It was as though God Himself was opening my eyes and giving me a glimpse of reality.

The article is called The Obamification of Pope Francis. It is obviously written to poke fun at the so-called conspiracy theorists.

Here is the link:

(CNN) Some pontiffs have been beatified or canonized, but Pope Francis is receiving a far more dubious honor.

He’s being “Obamified.”

The charismatic Pope, who arrives in the United States on September 22, has gained fans in and out of the Catholic Church for denouncing unfettered capitalism, warning about climate change and urging mercy toward divorced couples and women who have had abortions.

He’s also sparked a strange trend. The same political slurs and conspiracy theories that critics have used against President Barack Obama are now being deployed against Pope Francis. One critic even says the two leaders have morphed into one sinister figure he calls “Popama.”

The Obamification of Pope Francis includes charges from conservative critics that he’s either a socialist, the Antichrist, an illegitimately elected leader who wants to create a “New World Order” — or all of the above. Their anxiety was captured by the headline of one online column: “Pope Francis is the Catholic Church’s Obama — God help us.” [1]

The CNN piece goes on to make fun of how the Obamification of the pope is happening:

No. 1: He’s a stealth socialist
No 2: He’s the Antichrist
No. 3: He’s on an ‘Apology Tour’
Of course, CNN is reporting all of this with tongue in cheek, as they portray anyone who holds these beliefs or at least is wondering if these things could be true — as right wing nuts.

More from the article:

“Meanwhile, Francis has warmed up to Islam like no other Pope before him. In a historic first, Francis opened the door to Muslim prayers and Quran readings at the Vatican last year. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres joined the pontiff in the Vatican gardens for a prayer meeting.”
Still, the Pope and the President are different in at least one crucial way, says Earle Scarlett, a retired U.S. diplomat who writes about religion.
While arguing that Obama and Francis share a yearning for economic justice, Scarlett says Francis is freer than Obama to pursue his vision because the same checks and balances that stymie the power of the presidency don’t exist in the Vatican.

Oh, really? Checks and balances keep Obama in line? That is ludicrous and even CNN knows it. This president has been able to push legislation down the throats of the American people as if it’s a magic act! Think of Obamacare. And he has signed more executive orders than any other president in history, when Congress is not in session.

And even when he does things which are glaringly unconstitutional, he gets a pass. I’ve watched as he is “transforming” America and I simply shake my head at this point. I’m numb, and I know that many of you know that feeling.


I have written in prior articles, that I do believe that Pope Francis is the False Prophet. There are so many compelling reasons why he meets the criteria for being the False Prophet. To avoid redundancy, please refer to my other articles on Pope Francis.

After he meets with Obama, he will travel to NYC to be the keynote speaker for the Sustainable Development Goals summit at the United Nations. His main topic: Climate Change.

I want to qualify this article and my views about Pope Francis and Barack Obama, with saying that no man or woman knows with certainty who the False Prophet and Antichrist will be. I am offering the readers food for thought, if you will. Things are happening so quickly, really at breakneck speed.

These things are important to know about and talk about. We are close to the end (I believe) and these alarming events happening in the world could very well be used as a way to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost.


I have always said to my husband that everything BHO does is calculated. Through the years, we have watched him cozy up to our enemies, especially in the Middle East. We have watched as he has turned his back on our one true friend in the ME – Israel. He loathes PM Netanyahu and all of Israel.

Netanyahu felt it necessary to come earlier this year, to address our Congress about the “bad deal” and pleaded with Congress to do what they could to stop this deal. He wanted the sanctions against Iran to stay in place, and for negotiations to cease.

Obama would not even meet with PM Netanyahu. The hatred that our president has for Bibi and for Israel is alarming.

Many times I sit and wonder why Obama is so adamant about the Iranian deal. It struck me that perhaps he is setting up the U.S. for an attack from which we will not recover. I’m sorry if that is a scary thought, brethren, but this is a scary world right now.

I believe that there is a very good chance that BHO will eventually be the head of the U.N. I believe that there is also a very good chance that he IS the Antichrist of which the Bible speaks.  Praise God that we will not be here.

Another thing that struck me was realizing that for Satan to use the body of a black man is brilliant in a diabolical way. Remember how no one could say anything negative about Obama, without being called a racist? Now think about the entire world when Obama presides over the United Nations.

As I said, I am not saying these things with absolute certainty. But there is something happening in my spirit which compels me to write this piece.

Pray about this as you think about it.

Time is short.





[1] http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/13/us/pope-obama-critics/index.html




“And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. “ Genesis 11:4,5,9 (KJV)

Recently, I have been writing on a particularly interesting character, the new PM of Greece, Alexis Tsipras. Many Christians are now looking at this man with heightened interest. He seems to embody many of the Biblical descriptions of the coming Antichrist. Time will tell, and we will be watching.

In this article, I will be reporting on something that I find as interesting as Tsipras himself. We will look at the EU Parliament Building,  Ever since it was completed in December of 1999, the EU parliament has raised questions and many eyebrows by its peculiar architecture. Although it is meant to have a modernist look, many say that it was fashioned after Nimrod’s Tower of Babel from the Scriptures.

Why does it look unfinished?

Promoters say it reflects the “unfinished nature of Europe”. However, some research on the subject reveals the dark and deep symbolism of the building. Exposing the real source of inspiration behind the Louise Weiss building is exposing the esoteric beliefs of the world elite, their dark aspirations and their interpretation of ancient scriptures.

I’ll go straight to the point: the Louise Weiss building is meant to look like painting “The Tower of Babel” by Pieter Brueghel the Elder in 1563. Story says that the Tower of Babel was never completed.

So, the UN Parliament is basically continuing the unfinished work of Nimrod, the infamous tyrant, who was building the Tower of Babel to defy God.
Do you think this is a good source of inspiration for a “democratic institution”?

The Story of Nimrod and the Tower of Babel

The story of Nimrod and the building of the Tower of Babel is found in many ancient manuscripts from various cultures around the world. Genesis 11 in the King James Bible starts off right after the end of the flood of Noah, and lets us know that:
“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.” Genesis 11:1 (KJV)

The bible tells us that there was worldwide unity and harmony, a good thing, right? Wrong. No sooner is the whole world together then they immediately plan to overthrow God and “build a tower to Heaven”. That’s the result of bringing in World Peace without the King of Peace, Jesus Christ. We all know the story, the build the tower, make some pretty good progress right up until the moment where God confounds their speech with a multiplicity of previously unknown languages., and they are scattered. It looks like the modern-day European Union is headed for the exact same fate.

The official motto of the EU Parliament is this: “Europe – Many Tongues One Voice”. Now, add to their motto that their official headquarters is an updated version of the biblical Tower of Babel and I think you begin to see not only motive but intent as well.

Symbolism of the EU Parliament
The construction of the EU Parliament in the image of the Tower of Babel sends the message that Nimrod had the right philosophy and his Tower of Babel was a good idea.
What we can expect to see from the EU on this path:
▪ A gradual introduction of tyranny
▪ The elimination of the worship of God to introduce dependence on power
▪ All people speaking the same language and the same religion
▪ Rejecting God while trying to become gods

“You know what? Those are major precepts of the esoteric beliefs of the world elite. Their belief system is based on the Mystery Religions (pagan rituals, worship of the Sun, considering Lucifer as the one who gave light to the human race, seeing God as a force wanting to keep humans in the dark).
Their New World Order will have evacuated all worship of God, introduced a single language and changed democracy to tyranny.” [1]


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In the poster we see the people of Europe rebuilding the Tower of Babel, only it’s not the ancient Tower of Babel but a very modern-day counterpart, the Louise Weiss building. It reminds me of the movie Jurassic Park where they use DNA samples to recreate the ancient dinosaurs only to find themselves as the prey of those same animals. Amazing how history repeats itself and how bible prophecy is always correct. Every time.

Here’s some points to note:
Point #1: We have a confirmation that the Louise Weiss building was truly inspired by the Tower of Babel. The poster recreated the exact tower on Pieter Brueghel’s painting, even making sure to include the broken part of the foundation. There is NO question there.
Point #2: The slogan: “Europe: Many Tongues One Voice” refers to God confusing the people with many languages. Lessons learned since Genesis 11? Zero.
Point #3: Look closely at the stars at the top. Do they look strange? They are upside down aka reversed pentagrams. The symbolism behind pentagrams is extremely deep and complex but we can say that a regular pentagram refers to “Good Ruling” and a reverse pentagram refers to “Evil Ruling”.
This poster has been banned due to protests by numerous groups. It is however extremely revealing and proves the esoteric mindset of the builders of the European Union’s Parliament.

In Conclusion:
▪ The European Union is a superstate that currently includes 28 countries (more in the future).
▪ The same fate awaits American and Asian countries, who are bound to unite under the same flag and currency to create other superstates. Those are the building blocks towards a Single World Government, a goal actively sought by the world elite.
▪ The EU Parliament Building is the first monument representing a superstate and reveals, through its intense symbolism, hatred of religion, plans for a New World Order and their subtle endorsement of tyranny.
Are you as convinced of the demonic powers at work here as I am?
With this new information in hand, the Alexis Tsipras piece now is even more intriguing, wouldn’t you say?

Portions of this story were taken from bibliotecapleyades.net


For more on this story, go to:

[1] http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_globalization41.htm