Various media types have asked me various questions about “the secret sect” (a term found in certain historical and other writings).
The main question is: Who is the secret sect? Here is what my book 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect states (page numbers these statements can be found in the book are shown in ):
Christians were often called and/or considered to be Nazarenes in the 1st century or so after Jesus was crucified.
The Bible itself teaches that “Jesus” would “be called a Nazarene” (Matthew 2:1,23). Seventeen times the Bible (NKJV) uses the expression “Jesus of Nazareth,” probably because Jesus used to live there (Matthew 2:23). The New Testament uses the expression Nazareth, Nazarene, or Nazarenes thirty-one times.
In the Book of Acts, the Apostle Paul was considered to be a leader of the Nazarenes…Acts 24:2,5… [p. 32]
Apparently some ancient Jews felt that the early Christians, whom they called Nazarenes, were a type of secret sect… [p. 33]
During the 17th to 21st centuries, some groups with names that included the expressions “Church of God” or “Church of Christ” held many of the practices of the original Nazarene Christians (though all groups who used those names did not have certain “Nazarene” practices)…
In the 21st century, there are many small groups that hold to a lot of the practices and beliefs of the original Nazarene Christians. Some of them have primary characteristics of at least one of the four churches mentioned in Revelation 2 & 3 (Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea). [pp. 42-43]
The Secret Sect
If the “secret sect” (the Philadelphian remnant of the true Church) exists today, is it a large church? And if there is a small secret sect today that will rise up, why would any one care? And if it matters, what would it look like?
As far as size is concerned, according to the Bible, the true end-time church would be small. Notice what Jesus taught:
32 Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom (Luke 12:32).
But before going further, let me state that I do not believe that the only real Christians are those that are part of the Nazarene Philadelphia remnant. The true church is not limited to any corporation, nor are all who attend any church necessarily faithful themselves. The Bible teaches that Christians are those who have “the Spirit of Christ” dwelling within them (Romans 8:9). [p. 93]
Many today do not realize that the Christians were originally considered to be a secret cult, a secret sect.
The same type of situation is expected at the end. There will be small groups of Christians who will refuse to accept the new ecumenical emperor worship that the militaristic Beast and False Prophet will encourage; they will resist this religion even though it will likely adopt the name “Catholic.” They may be branded as a cult or secret sect. [p. 95]
Some “Catholic” writers denounced them as Christians who were secretly Jews or who were part of secretive sects. [p. 96]
…the “secret sect”—that is the Philadelphia remnant of the true church to undermine the coming changing ecumenical Church. The faithful “Nazarenes” are not actually “secret,” though apparently sometime soon in the 21st century they will go into hiding per Revelation 12:14-16. [p. 98]
The question that I would also like to answer here is what is the rise of the secret sect and when will it end? Here are some quotes about its rise:
Those who are associated with this church that has “Judeo-Christian” practices (cf. Revelation 3:9) will rise up as the “secret sect” that certain religious writers (as well as certain scriptures) have predicted throughout the centuries. And its major rise may occur next decade. [p. 43]
…some in Israel are now calling for a deal similar to the one in Daniel 9:27 to take place…It is my belief that after this deal has been made and/or confirmed by “the prince to come,” that the group that best represents the “sect of the Nazarenes” (the remnant of the Philadelphia era of the church per Revelation 3:7–11) in the 21st century will begin to publicly identify the person who confirmed the deal (“the prince”) as the one who fulfilled Daniel 9:27. If this deal is made public, others, without the same Nazarene ties, may also claim it.
(If the details of this deal are not made public, the “secret sect” may be able to partially identify it, if some type of a deal is completed involving the nation of Israel and the EU in the Fall of some year. For just like the children of Israel fled Egypt in the Spring at the time of the Exodus, the sect would likely flee around the same time of year. And because one would need to flee about 3 ½ years after this deal is made, a Fall date for the deal seems quite likely.)
The “secret sect” is basically unknown to most around the world. Once the various media begin to report on the group’s information about this deal, the “secret sect” will get a lot of publicity. In that sense, the “secret sect” will rise up. [p. 86]
This European leader will try to persuade people throughout the world that he is the one to bring the “age of peace” that many have longed for.
And publicly identifying him will be a major factor leading to the rise of what some will consider “the secret sect,” as they may be the ones that fulfill the predictive claim about “the enemies” boasting. [p. 89]
Anna-Katarina Emmerick (19th century):…I saw the secret sect relentlessly undermining the great Church…[p. 97]
And somehow, the secret sect will need to succeed in proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom to the world as a witness before the end (Matthew 24:14) of the 6,000 years is here. [p. 164]
The “secret sect,” having been raised up in its entirety (1 Thessalonians 4:16–17), will reign with Christ on the earth (Revelation 5:10) for a thousand years (Revelation 20:6).
This is the final and ultimate “rising up” of the “secret sect.” But this rising up will not be for at least several years past 2012. [p. 237]
Secret sect rises up powerfully and causes problems for the old/new ecumenical order. Daniel 11:28–30 [p. 241]
And as both the Bible and other predictions indicate, this sect will rise up and become much more well-known in the 21st century. It will explain that while a true “age of peace” will come, war and destruction (and a false “age of peace”) are destined to precede it. This rising up of the secret sect may well become apparent to much of the world in 2012. [pp. 252-253]
In the next decade, the small Nazarene “secret sect” will rise up more and more in effectiveness to fulfill the prophecy Jesus gave, as recorded in Matthew 24:14. Ultimately, the world will hear the message of the good news of the coming Kingdom of God on earth, under the rule of Jesus Christ and His saints (which is the ultimate rising up of “the secret sect”). [p. 254-255]
By this time, the short work Paul mentioned in Romans 9:28 probably will have begun or be almost finished, as will the gospel preaching of Matthew 14:14 that Jesus spoke of. This is the rising up of the “secret sect” that various prophets have foretold and hence seems to be consistent with various end-time prophetic scriptures. [p. 291]
It continues to strike me as important that although a western naval power stops the King of the North momentarily, the King of the North becomes apparently more enraged with the people of the holy covenant than with the naval power. He wants to eliminate the rising up of the secret sect! [p. 299]
The Bible shows that persecution will accompany this fleeing (Revelation 12:13–15), but that those fleeing are helped (vs. 16).
Because of the successful fleeing, the King of the North will stop his direct pursuit of them. They will no longer be proclaiming the gospel through any major organized media effort. The rising up of the “secret sect” will have ended. [p. 309]
As regular readers of the COGwriter news page are aware, as are those who have actually read my book 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect, the world will not and cannot end in 2012. I, for one, have been declaring that a false age of peace is starting to be declared in various media, such as the internet and radio interviews.
However, and not counting that, world events are aligning with properly understood biblical prophecy, and at least 23 predictions in my book 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect have already been confirmed.
More will as well.
When I wrote the book 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect, my primary focus was on what would likely happen AFTER 2012. But of course, for many of the events to occur, other world events need to align themselves for them to come to pass.
If you believe the Bible (or wonder about how many of its prophecies are expected to be fulfilled) and/or wonder how non-biblical prophecy has been planted to mislead many, 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect lays out a well-referenced roadmap with specific events to expect and to watch out for.
If you have not already done so, you should consider acquiring the book, 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect. It is available in several languages, as well as through Kindle and Barnes&Noble.com.
2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect This is a link related to a book by Bob Thiel (COGwriter). This link also has YouTube videos. This book documents and explains hundreds of prophecies. And since it was published, world events have aligned with at least 23 predictions in the book and many more will to come to pass. Those who purchase the book at the www.thesecretsect.com website receive a lengthy bonus report documenting world events that aligned with the book.
2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect (English Kindle edition). This is the 2nd edition of the book, released in January 2012, and includes a summary of many of the predictions that world events have aligned with since the book originally came out in September 2009.
2012 y el surgimiento de la secta secreta 2012 libro del Dr. Thiel en Español.
2012 und das Auftreten der geheimen Sekte (German Edition) 2012 Buch von Dr. Thiel in deutscher Sprache. 2012 und das Auftreten der geheimen Sekte (German Kindle Edition)
2012 e o Surgimento da Seita Secreta (Portuguese Edition) 2012 livro do Dr. Thiel em português. Este livro documenta e explica centenas de profecias. E desde que foi publicado pela primeira vez, pelo menos 23 já começaram a acontecer.
2012 e o Surgimento da Seita Secreta (Brazilian Portuguese Edition) 2012 livro do Dr. Thiel. Edição em português do Brasil. Este livro documenta e explica centenas de profecias. E desde que foi publicado pela primeira vez, pelo menos 23 já começaram a acontecer.