- The true Messiah saves us from our own self-destructive (sin) nature through restoring unity Creator God / Singularity source of all power.
- The Antichrist promises to save us from other people’s sins through war by slaughtering “the enemy.”
Whoever accommodates sin while blaming the consequences of our sin on someone else and promises to fix our sin problems by eliminating someone else is an antichrist.
“And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in YOUR sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in YOUR sins.” (John 8:23-24)
Key Precept: With any counterfeit you have to know the true in order to recognize the fake.
Stepping Stone on the path to eternal life: Accept only the real deal.
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” (Revelation 13:16-18)
The Bible reveals the final mystery of iniquity with the last installment of the series. As with any mystery, we must have begun at the beginning of the story if we are to have any chance of understanding the revelation at the end.
Keep this in mind as we begin an in-depth investigation into the final world ruler overthrown by the LORD’s anointed.
The imitation of Christ provides an unparalleled lead for our investigation into the mark of the Beast. We just need to compare to the mark of the true Christ.
The Mark of the True Christ and His Followers
Whenever people from different ethnicities are amalgamated into a new nation they take on signs of their new common heritage and future, such as Social Security number, a new passport, or flying the flag of their new country. The new citizens of the Hebrew nation are also distinguished from their old ethnic association by taking on a characteristic hallmark.
This has been commonly assumed to be circumcision. It is not.
Circumcision is a mark of only one of God’s covenants with the Hebrew Abraham, this one for land ownership by one of Abraham’s many nations.
“I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee…all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession…This is my covenant…Every man child among you shall be circumcised.“ (Genesis 17)
“Timotheus, the son of a…Jewess, and believed…would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.” (Acts 16:1-3)
“But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:” (Galatians 2:3)
The mark of the new covenant for all nationalities is just as clearly defined as the mark of circumcision. We just choose to overlook it because it’s nasty.
It is the mark of crucifixion.
“Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe…Then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger [to] my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.” (John 20:25-27)
“The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected and be slain…“then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended…many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” (Luke 9:22-24, Matthew 24:9-11)
Do you recognize how this is the complete opposite of “all the world…worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast”? The mark of crucifixion is so abhorrent to human nature that all the enemy has to do is offer a different, much more comfortable way of salvation to make people flock to his gospel.
“if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed…I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 1: 7-10, 20; 2:20)
Suffering like and with Jesus Christ doesn’t apply just to the apostles, but to anyone who calls himself a believer.
If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me…whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26-27)
“thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience…what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (II Timothy 3:10-12)
Paul, like the vast majority of followers of Jesus Christ, wasn’t crucified. But Paul provides an all-encompassing list of marks of the Lord Jesus for those of us who don’t experience nails in the hands and feet and a sword thrust into the side.
From henceforth let no man trouble me [questioning my identity as a true follower of Christ]: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus:
- in prisons more frequent
- in deaths oft
- Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
- Thrice was I beaten with rods
- once was I stoned
- thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep
- In journeyings often
- in perils of waters
- in perils of robbers
- in perils by mine own countrymen
- in perils by the heathen
- in perils in the city
- in perils in the wilderness
- in perils in the sea
- in perils among false brethren
- In weariness and painfulness
- in watchings often
- in hunger and thirst
- in fastings often
- in cold and nakedness [inadequate clothing for the weather or dignity]
- Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.” (Galatians 6:17, II Corinthians 11:24-30)
Persecution and death were dramatic parts of the lives of the first Christians. It’s difficult to imagine these awful acts of torture, imprisonment, and death, but the fact is these things really happened…
Around 34 AD, one year after the crucifixion of Jesus, Stephen was thrown out of Jerusalem and stoned to death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. (Acts 8:1)…
James, the son of Zebedee and the elder brother of John, was killed when Herod Agrippa arrived as governor of Judea. Agrippa detested the Christians…[See the post Everything Old is New Again for background on Agrippa’s hostile attitude towards the Christians.]
Philip…was scourged, thrown into prison, and crucified…Matthew…was preaching in Ethiopia when he suffered martyrdom by the sword. James, the half-brother of Jesus…in Jerusalem…At age 94, he was beaten, stoned, and clubbed to death.
Matthias…was stoned at Jerusalem and then beheaded. Andrew…the brother of Peter who preached throughout Asia…was crucified…Mark was dragged to death by the people of Alexandria in front of Serapis, their pagan idol. Peter was…crucified at Rome…Paul…was ultimately beheaded in Rome.
The list goes on and on — Jude, Bartholomew, Thomas, and Barnabas. Even Luke, the author of Acts and the Gospel in his name, was ultimately hanged in Greece. Only the apostle John escaped a violent death, although he faced torture and banishment during his life.
Yet Christian persecution did not slow the growth of the Christian church during the first few centuries after Jesus. Even as its early leaders were imprisoned and killed, Christianity flourished throughout the Roman Empire. The historical record of martyrdom must be viewed as powerful evidence for the truth of the Christian faith — a faith grounded in historical events and eyewitness testimonies.
After a long period in which the persecutions of Christianity were really spasmodic, local, [and] involved very few people, suddenly in…the year 250, the Emperor Decius decides that Christians are a real enemy of the Roman order, that they must be dealt with empire-wide, with all the police power that the emperor can bring to bear upon them. And he issues a decree that everyone has to sacrifice to the Roman gods and they must produce a certificate signed by a Roman official that they have done so. Why did this happen? Clearly, one of the things which this indicates is that Christianity, which begins with such tiny groups, scattered in various cities across the empire, have become numerous, they have become a significant segment of the population in many places. There is some evidence that in many towns in North Africa, the[y] may actually be a majority already. So they have come forcibly to the attention of the Emperor. At the same time, it clearly indicates that that counter-cultural tendency, which was one aspect of the self-understanding of Christians, from the very beginning…still remains, and the Emperor…says, “This is dangerous…Something has to be done about it….”
Why were the Christians persecuted?… They are a people that, in a way, declare their boundaries over against the larger society by their very rituals that lead to conversion – turning away from the gods and turning to the one God, living and true, as Paul puts it in his First Letter of the Thessalonians. That means that they are not going to participate in a great many of not only the religious, but the civic functions, which emerged in the ordinary society of a Roman or Greek city…that are necessary to maintain the relationship between our society and the gods…
Paganism is, in a sense, the religious articulation of citizenship. Civitas is city. A civis is a citizen, and… the analogy between family and city is made continuously, in philosophy, and in popular piety. To exempt yourself from that, then, would have real social consequences…Christians, who exempt themselves from this are…have made themselves outlanders in their own town. And therefore, they are used as an explanatory device whenever there are the usual natural insults of human existence. Plague. Earthquake. Flood. It’s because the Christians, as gentiles who are not doing their duty to heaven… why should the gods do anything for the city then? And that’s how you get Christians dragged before Governors and before these circuit courts and named as troublemakers…
when the empire is being battered on every frontier by invading armies, when there’s absolute rampant inflation, [there is] incredible governmental instability…That’s also the point at which you begin to get the imperial expression of persecution of Christians….There are all sorts of different ways that people deal with this. But some people absolutely refuse to oblige by this rule at all. And those are the people – again, it’s the heroic minority – who end up being martyred by government force…
We don’t have tens of thousands of people being martyred. What we do have, is tens of thousands of people admiring the few who are martyred.
Those of us who live in a Christian country don’t experience much political, religious or social persecution. But there is one enemy we all face on a daily basis.
“we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal [flesh with hormonal drives], sold under sin…For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not….I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 7:14-25)
In contrast to Christ, Antichrist denies the existence of sin by the simple expedient of changing the label on self-destructive behaviors. The cause of evil in this world is blame shifted, and responsibility for fixing the cascade of resulting problems lifted from the perpetrator to “the enemy”.
The soul is the primary battlefield, where lies are infiltrated, received and believed with horrific consequences. No, not by the terrorists. By us “decent citizens.”
How do cruelty and meanness become normalized?….”humans can shift our minds into making sense of and accepting things that, before we became insiders of utterly distorted systems, we would have found impossible to imagine ourselves approving of, let alone doing…”
Warnings are issued…suspicion takes root, and rumors abound. Fear infects people’s thought processes. As the fear increases, [the enemy] go from being shunned, to being taunted, to being hunted and killed. Some of the greatest sci-fi movies of the fifties, The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and the adaptation of George Orwell’s books, 1984 and Animal Farm (the 1954 American animation was funded by the CIA), aptly symbolize our fear of “aliens,” the national paranoia of communism at that time, and the surreality of living under absolute power. Orwell’s books, in particular, depict how the accretion of propaganda can numb our brains and change our hearts and minds…
In the preliminary stages of propaganda, people’s perceptions of the Other change…feelings about a person change…The vilification of another leads to his objectification. We know from history that if we dehumanize a person, it’s easier to take violent action against her…
psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas lists the mental mechanisms we use to dispassionately de-personalize the Other. The list includes distortion or slander of the other’s point of view; denigration or belittling of the other; caricature, or the cartooning of the other individual; character assassination; change of name as in labeling, and name-calling…
What we do know is that when propaganda and the distortion of truth rule, we have stopped paying attention to reality and have ceded moral reflection and self-awareness to an authority outside the Self. [Emphasis added.]
When there is a clear connection between individual cause and social effect the solution is for the individual causing the problem to stop the behavior. Society cannot compensate for every individual’s self destructive behaviors and so society sags and breaks under the weight of accumulating problems.
When we understand that the mark of Christ is personal responsibility, self-sacrifice, suffering, and acceptance of consequences including death, it is easy to recognize the mirror image mark of Antichrist is blame shifting, self-exaltation, self-indulgence and denial of consequences up to and including death.
The Mark of A False Christ
The history of Christ’s church is inseparable from the history of Satan’s attempts to destroy her. While difficult challenges have arisen from outside the church, the most dangerous have always been from within. For from within arise the false teachers, the peddlers of error who masquerade as teachers of truth…
The Heretic is the person who teaches what blatantly contradicts an essential teaching of the Christian faith. He is a gregarious figure, a natural leader teaching just enough truth to mask his deadly error. Yet in denying the faith and celebrating what is false, he leads his followers from the safety of orthodoxy to the peril of heresy….sometimes by contradicting the truth and sometimes by adding to it. He may…deny the virgin birth or the resurrection of Jesus Christ…alter God’s finished word, or…add to it. Always, he boldly tampers with “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3)…
The Charlatan is the person who uses Christianity as a means of personal enrichment. Paul charged Timothy to be on guard against him…imagining that godliness is a means of gain” (1 Timothy 6:3-5). The Charlatan is only interested in the Christian faith to the extent that it can fill his wallet. He uses his leadership position to benefit from others’ wealth…
The Prophet claims to be gifted by God to speak fresh revelation outside of Scripture—new, authoritative words of prediction, teaching, rebuke, or encouragement…John offered an urgent warning about him. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1)…
The Abuser uses his position of leadership to take advantage of other people. Usually, he takes advantage of them to feed his sexual lust, though he may also desire power. Both Peter and Jude were aware of the Abuser’s lechery: “And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed” (2 Peter 2:2)… “ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ” (Jude 4). The Abuser…works his way into women’s lives, confidence, homes, and beds. When he is not pursuing illicit sexual pleasure, he may be domineering people to gain power, abusing them on his path to prominence. He does this in the name of ministry, with the claim of God’s anointing…Today it seems that every week, we learn of another leader who has been found guilty of sexual sin with men, women, or even children….sad tales of survivors who have been abused and cast aside by a leader craving power…
The Divider uses false doctrine to disrupt or destroy a church. He gleefully divides brother from brother and sister from sister. Jude warned about him: “‘In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.’ It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit…” (Jude 18-21). The Divider is devoid of the Holy Spirit whose first fruit is love and whose special work is holding believers together in the bond of peace (Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 4:3). This false teacher brings strife, not love. He generates factions, not unity. He desires discord, not harmony.
The Tickler is the false teacher who cares nothing for what God wants and everything for what men want. He is the man-pleaser rather than the God-pleaser. Paul thought of him as the ear-tickler: “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4). The Tickler craves popularity and praise from the world. To maintain his follower’s respect, he preaches only the parts of the Bible they deem acceptable. Therefore, he speaks much of happiness but little of sin, much of heaven but nothing of hell. He gives them only what they want to hear…Joel Osteen, pastor of the largest church in America, who is known equally for his toothy smile and his vacuous content. He preaches an empty gospel to a packed out church. Like the false prophets of Jeremiah’s day, he and the thousands like him say, “‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14).
Finally, the Speculator is the one obsessed with novelty, originality, or speculation…The Speculator tosses aside the bulk of the Bible’s content and the weight of the Bible’s emphasis in order to obsess about…the End Times, and somehow his failed predictions dissuade neither himself nor his followers. Recently we saw him obscuring the clear message of Scripture to search for hidden codes in Scripture. Sometimes he plants himself in academia, where one of his recent masterpieces is a re-imagined God who is unable to see and know the future. Well did Paul label the Speculator a contradictory, irreverent babbler (1 Timothy 6:20-21).
Satan’s greatest ambassadors are not pimps, politicians, or power-brokers, but pastors. His priests do not peddle a different religion, but a deadly perversion of the true one. His troops do not make a full-out frontal assault, but work as agents, sneaking into the opposing army. Satan’s tactics are studied, clever, predictable, effective. Therefore, we must always remain vigilant. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” (Matthew 7:15-16a).
And this brings us to the ultimate mark of Antichrist. His biggest lie is that humanity doesn’t need God to attain immortality.
Death vs Immortality
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying…of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die…And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die…” (Genesis 2:16-17, 3:4-5)
As detailed in the post Lust Kills, Love Dies, death is defined by NASA, the medical community, and the Bible as the inability to connect to life-sustaining materials and energizing sources. It is the ultimate act of “pulling the plug.” Therefore, the Deceiver’s immortality must be some form of continued connection.
Since the body most evidently decays back to dust, obviously it must be the soul – personality with memory and consciousness – that continues a life uninterrupted.
In religious contexts, immortality is often stated to be one of the promises of God (or other deities) to human beings who show goodness or else follow divine law. What form an unending human life would take, or whether an immaterial soul exists and possesses immortality, has been a major point of focus of religion, as well as the subject of speculation and debate…
The notion that immortality equals the eternal union of body and soul is typical of many religions. In traditions, such as ancient Egyptian religion, Mesopotamian religion, and Greek religion, the immortal gods consequently were considered to have physical bodies. In Mesopotamian and Greek religion, the gods also made certain men and women physical immortal, whereas in large parts of Christianity the belief that all true believers will be resurrected to physical immortality is a pivotal tenet.
Christianity commonly interprets the serpent’s rejoinder denying the assurance of death as a lie.
But it wasn’t. It was just deception. A magician’s sleight of hand, a slippery salesman’s cunning bait and switch.
There are a variety of conceptualizations of immortality by imaginative writers both fictional and religious, so let’s make sure we’re all on the same page as to the meaning of death vs immortality. It is not as simple as you might think.
As detailed in the post The Oneness of Being, the soul is the immaterial dimension of personality, thoughts, memories, desires, emotions, etc. powered by the chemo-electrical activity of the body’s nervous system. Some of this is active energy, but most of it is potential energy. Since energy cannot be destroyed, when the body powers down, the soul reverts to potential energy while continuing to exist as the personality and sum total of memories, beliefs, and relationships with other humans – and to spirits good and bad.
We know from medical accounts that the unconscious mind, in states ranging from psychological repression of memories to sleep to coma, still experiences emotional and sensory pain.
We can conceptualize this with the experience of Edgar Allen Poe’s Fortunato. Horrifically walled up in a standing position, he was unable to move to relieve pain from multiple causes – immobile cramping muscles, hunger, unsanitary bowel and bladder discharges, desperation to communicate to anyone to be saved from his torment in utter darkness, despair of salvation, and most of, unable to maintain a state of oblivion to his worst nightmare for an interminable length of time.
As you read the following account, consider how the narrator is the very likeness of Satan, carrying out Satan’s pride-based hatred of humanity. See the post Light and Life for details.
Fortunato had hurt me a thousand times…I would have revenge…[This and the following emphases added.]
I have bought a full cask of a fine wine which they tell me is Amontillado [playing to his lust] But….”
“Amontillado! Quite impossible.”
“I know. It does not seem possible….”
“Ho! — Come. Let us go…To your vaults. To taste the wine.”
As he spoke, Fortunato took my arm, and I allowed him to hurry
me to my great stone palace [the earth, Satan’s domain]…
I went down before him, down under the ground [hell], deep under the old walls of my palace…We
were entering the last resting place of the dead of the Montresor family…We could see the bones of the dead lying in large piles along the walls…We went on, deeper and deeper into the earth. Finally we arrived
at a vault in which the air was so old and heavy that our lights almost died. Against three of the walls there were piles of bones higher than our heads. From the fourth wall someone had pulled down all the bones, and they were spread all around us on the ground. In the middle of the wall was an opening into…a little room about three feet wide, six or seven feet high, and perhaps four feet deep….
“Go on,” I said. “Go in; the Amontillado is in there.”
Fortunato continued to go forward, uncertainly…He stood there a moment, facing the wall, surprised and wondering. In that wall were two heavy iron rings. A short chain was hanging from one of these and a lock from the other. Before Fortunato could guess what was happening, I closed the lock and chained him tightly to the wall. I stepped back…I found the stones which earlier I had taken down from the wall. Quickly I began to build the wall again, covering the hole where Fortunato stood trembling.
“Montresor! What are you doing!?”
I continued working. I could hear him pulling at the chain, shaking it wildly. Only a few stones remained to put in their place…
“Let us go.”
“Yes. Let us go.”
As I said this I lifted the last stone from the ground.
“Montresor! For the love of God!!”
“Yes. For the love of God!”
I heard no answer…only a soft, low sound, a half-cry of fear…I hurried to force the last stone into its position. And I put the old bones again in a pile against the wall. For half a century now no human hand has touched them. May he rest in peace!
The closest experience I had to this condition was a patient of mine who was admitted to the hospital’s psychiatric ward because he endlessly verbalized suicidal desire. He was a mass of medical disabilities – physically immobile, blind and deaf. The only distraction left to him from his interminable suffering and isolation was the pleasurable sensation of having the earwax flushed out of his ears.
Everyone buries painful memories into their unconscious. Imagine an immortal soul being tormented forever by the inability to engage in the usual distractions of watching television, social interactions, and generally going about one’s daily routine to replace, overshadow, or suppress memories of abuse, guilt, and horror.
Paul’s teaching on disembodied – what he calls unclothed souls as being a highly undesirable state is substantiated by the scientific knowledge that the soul still experiences physical sensations even when dematerialized. This is demonstrated by the medical neurological condition of phantom limb pain after the loss of a body part.
The equivalent term “naked” clarifies that this is not simply embarrassing, as is commonly dreamed, but painfully unprotected. The loss of the all the protective covering of the skin over the nervous system is one of the worst forms of torture. The apostle Nathaniel, AKA Bartholomew, is memorialized for being flayed alive.
Flaying—or skinning—was perhaps the most painful of all ancient world execution methods because of its slow process. The…executioner would begin peeling away the individual’s skin with a sharp blade, often starting with the head as this area would inflict the most suffering due to the victim still being conscious…ways one could die from flaying: shock, blood or fluid loss, hypothermia, or infection. The time of death could also be anywhere from a few hours to a few days…a flayed body was a message: an eloquent canvas on which the punitive…authority may be written.
Flaying was practiced by the Assyrians, Aztecs, Chinese, and several Medieval European peoples.
The fictional but historically based Game of Thrones book and TV series realistically portrays the utter depths of evil perpetrated by humans. Its “Most Evil Character” is:
Ramsay Bolton…for flaying prisoners…it’s Ramsay’s sheer joy in the suffering of others, and his endless creativity in engineering that suffering, that make him the most vile character this series has ever seen.
Are you beginning to feel as well as cognitively process information? Any psychosomatic reactions, like nausea? Need more input? flaying alive dogs – YouTube.
Decent people shy away from exposure to such sadistic material. I understand. I don’t watch horror movies because they’re not only unsettling at the time, the images and emotional reactions are forever embedded in the memory and stay a part of the personal history, however vicariously obtained.
Understand, I am making a point. The most important information everyone needs to learn is what happens to the immaterial soul at the disintegration of the matter composing the body, and the worst case scenarios are so horrific that they are shut away from even being considered by most people. But eternity is not the time to start wondering about one’s fate after death.
Based on what we know of 1) the indestructibility of energy and 2) the ability of the unconscious mind to experience pain in the absence of body parts, we must derive the scientific theory that the soul continues after death, forever, in a state of physical and emotional torment.
This is consistent with the oldest religious belief, the Sumerian, present at the dawn of history and perpetuated through religious permutations to the present: “only pain and suffering in Kur [which is the same name as the Lord of that realm, i.e. the Alien]. Cosmically located between the earth’s crust and the primeval sea [under the flat earth] , and incredibly similar in description to the Greek Hades.”
Scientifically or religiously, the logical conclusion is that the immortal soul experiences eternity in hell.
“And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off…And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame / neurological pain is described as “burning”.” (Luke 16:23-24)
I would argue that the single best example of social effects that the possibility of immortality might create is Clifford D. Simak’s Why Call Them Back From Heaven? (1967). In similar fashion, James Gunn’s The Immortals (1962) takes place in a world where immortals do exist, they skirt at the edge of the narrative, but are hunted by mortals for their “sacred” blood. The possibilities (good and bad) if they are caught are endless. Other SF works try to evoke the repetitive nature of existence of the immortal — for example Raymond Z. Gallun’s The Eden Cycle (1974) is often just as tiring as the “ennui of the immortal” he is trying to evoke.
Contrast the recognition of the problems associated with immortality with the benefits that accrue with death – a complete break from the suffering endured in this life. Therefore many people simply refuse to believe in existence after death, most especially the idea of judgment for how one’s life was lived while in the body.
And on what do you base your belief? Whatever abates your anxiety? Defense mechanisms are notorious for worsening, not solving, problems.
Nothing is more vital to life, freedom, preventing pain and tragedy than truth and following it... Dr. Sean Illing from Yale said that the best way to enslave people is by smashing truth and this is what totalitarians have always tried to do…
Throughout history…many cultures have said that truth describes reality accurately. This means truth can have many aspects, rational, scientific, personal, relational, emotional, supernatural, material, objective, subjective…Some of the most respected scholars who specialize in figuring out how to identify truth fairly, say that there are 3 effective ways to find truth… [Emphases below added.]
Correspondence truth tries to gather evidence from people’s experiences so we can understand reality accurately…
1) Correspondence truth treats all experiences from everyone as evidence (assuming innocence unless lying or some other deception is proven)…
2) Correspondence truth treats all observations in scientific experiments as evidence (assuming innocence unless lying, corruption due to greed/pride, mistakes in setting up experiments is proven)…
3) True claims have the best track record of accuracy in describing reality over time.
4) True claims have clear (or the best) cause and effect mechanisms.
5) True claims makes predictions that are confirmed by observations.
6) True claims explain and harmonize all evidence from all categories best. This often is called a theory, like the theory of relativity or germ theory.
WHY DOES THIS MATTER? Sometimes we can’t see whether something is true with our eyes directly, or an issue covers long periods of time or covers many types of evidence and truth is not simple to figure. In these cases, we often use coherence truth methods like the above to help us make the best choices.
7) Pragmatic truth uses information gathered from correspondence and coherence truth to help people make choices that brings the best quality and quantity of life at all levels of society, from individual to community to nation and worldwide, as well as nature…
The goal of all science that relates to humans is also supposed to be to do good to all levels of society. But because humans do science, it can be very fallible at times for various reasons:
A) CORRUPTION: Harvard mathemetician Samuel Arbesman and others have found that up to 50% of “facts” in academia are found to be partly/wholly wrong within 50 years…This is partly because greed and bribery (often from corporations) can corrupt scientists just as they do anything else.
B) FALLACIES: False ways of reasoning like the a priori fallacy of materialistic methodological naturalism (which denies that any evidence can point to God) or theistic presuppositional apologetics (which denies that any evidence can point away from God or away from one’s denominational beliefs) can also pervert and end a genuine search for truth…
The universal experience of death as much as the complexity of life is a reality that should direct our attention to the reliable and validated message provided to humanity since the beginning of history that there is a Creator and sustainer of life who gives humanity hope for a blessed eternal life. Not a pointless existence now nor an undesirable immortality of the soul ranging from a boring to an excruciating endlessness.
And that blessed hope is not immortality of the soul.
It is transformation of the soul and its physical casing.
The most scientific generation in known history, the one that grew up when computers were already a routine MO of life, should instinctively understand how intangible “memory” can be created in a physical machine then “stored” in a “cloud” to be retrieved intact at a later date, location, and in a new “casing”. And that only by discarding the old can improvements be obtained through “upgrades” in both hardware and software.
Only death, through the fundamental condition of change inherent to mortality, allows transformation to a new and improved quality of life. This is achieved only through dying to divest ourselves of destructive forces / sin, accomplished by overriding our inner program of commands and memories that define our existing sin-sick soul with an upgrade of godly commands and programs of interaction with each other and with God. Some neuronal connections in the brain literally die while new neuronal connections are created as the soul thinks through, deliberates, makes choices, and motivates new actions of the body and emotions in social interactions.
“the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance:
And they that are God’s Promised Savior’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Galatians 5:19-24)
This is what “the gospel” and “being saved” means. Much greater detail on the limited discussion below can be found in the post Lust Kills, Love Dies.
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved…if ye have believed...
Is it not logical that belief – a function of the soul – drives the soul’s experience?
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that
- Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
- And that he was buried,
- and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
- And that he was seen of / witnessed by
- Cephas / Peter,
- then of the twelve:
- After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once…
- And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.” (I Corinthians 15:1-8)
former atheist and homicide detective J. Warner Wallace has recently released a book and training curriculum called Forensic Faith which helps people learn how police verify truth and then shows how by those same standards, Jesus resurrection is proven way beyond any reasonable doubt.
Belief in Jesus’ resurrection is extremely important, not just for eternal life, but for this world. Confidence in the resurrection of Jesus is actually one of the most important facts for human life and the stability and peace of nations. This is because as history shows, if this life is all a person thinks they have, then they often think they had better get every experience they possible can out of it without much if any regard for morality…
A person without confidence in eternal life believes they have only one short life to live and so has a powerful motivation to get all the money, all the power, all the sex, all the fame, all the fun, etc. by any means necessary whether it is moral or not, since death is the complete end and everything they want to experience in life must happen before that time. For a person who believes in eternal life and knows that one of the most valuable things in this life (gold) is considered just pavement in the next, is far more willing to reorder his priorities and sacrifice for others.
“Hope is one of the Theological virtues. This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth “thrown in”: aim at earth and you will get neither.”
Rejection of belief in God and eternal life often leads to enormous amounts of greed and inequality which are the main cause and factor for nearly all evils in the world, according to both the Bible and a vast amount of science. Confidence in Jesus’ resurrection gives a person solid confidence that they can have eternal life. Because that is far more valuable than anything earthly life can give, it inspires people to work and live for justice, equality and the good of all mankind more than anything else in history.
“And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.” (I Corinthians 15:17-20)
The equating of sleep with death in this and other passages indicates that blissful unconsciousness in the manner of desirable deep, dreamless, restful slumber is the condition granted in response to the faith of the believer whose soul is temporarily disconnected from the old body while awaiting the resurrection into a new body.
“There was a certain rich man…And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus…And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” (Luke 16:19-23)
The linking of death with soul sleep is not confined to the Bible, which makes sense because there are obvious comparisons.
Sex and sleep alone make me conscious that I am mortal.” ―Alexander the Great
La petite mort…(the little death) is an expression which means “the brief loss or weakening of consciousness”…The first attested use of the expression in English was in 1572 with the meaning of “fainting fit.”…Specifically, it is defined as “a state or event resembling or prefiguring death; a weakening or loss of consciousness, specifically in sleep or during an orgasm,” a nearly identical definition to that of the original French.
Paul, who faced death daily, must have been comforting himself as much as his flock when he related the following account, teaching his Gentile previously pagan converts the Hebrew doctrine of resurrection.
“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked…Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest [proof] of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord… and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (I Corinthians 5:1-8)
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord [not Caesar, acknowledging that God’s will is being done], beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called…unto every one of us is given grace…When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive…descended first into the lower parts of the earth.” (Ephesians 4:1-9)
John’s Revelation of the End Times describes the multitude of souls who the Christ released from captivity in Sheol in the lower parts of the earth at his resurrection, but whose bodies have not yet been resurrected.
“I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge..? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” (Revelation 6:9-11)
- These souls’ ability to interact with God’s spirit is consistent with the first human’s soul being activated by God’s spirit.
- Their cry for the Lord to bring about the Day of Judgment is a cry for the resurrection.
- Putting the souls, even in heaven, back to sleep is consistent with a disembodied soul being an undesirable and uncomfortable state.
- The gift of white robes, like baby swaddling, Abraham’s “bosom” – folded fabric across his torso, or nightrobes, at least ameliorate the discomfort of the soul’s nakedness, consistent with Paul’s reference above.
“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order:
- Christ the firstfruits;
- afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming…
- Then cometh the end, when he shall…put all enemies under his feet.” (I Corinthians 15:17-25)
“I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first [bodily]: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (I Thessalonians 4:13-17)
The purely materialistic Greek world view which dominates modern Western culture scoffs at this other-worldly hope of the resurrection.
In the second half of the fifth century B.C. the tradition of the Sophists emerged…they were worldly, liberal minded humanists…each person had his individual experiences and individual truth. Trying to define an objective reality was pointless…
Socrates… turned his back on science and cosmology and pursued ethics and logic…With his dialectic method of inquiry Socrates developed one of the core columns of Western thinking…True knowledge was something that could not be learned by listening to other people it had to be personally attained.
Plato…taught that every material object also had a transcendental aspect to it…The immortal soul was in contact with the divine prior to birth but lost this connection due to amnesia when entering the physical body… Logos…a divine ordering principle behind all things and events…[was] integrated…into his philosophy of an understandable world.
Aristotle…turned Plato’s principles of a divine order upside down…understanding of the natural world could be attained by perceiving the world with the five senses…logic, empiricism and natural science…turned out to be trend-setting for scientific research of the West
The religion of humanism was born.
Seriously? Can any one of the above humanist tenets be demonstrated as factual? Even hypothetical? Both the arrogance and the demonstrably impossible aspirations of humanism feed into the enemy’s plan to destroy humanity.
There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.
Hyperdimensional promises to increase the quality and length of life is a Ponzi scheme. They give their upper echelon supporters life by sucking the life out of those lower down the food chain until the whole pyramid is drained dry of resources.
But they do end death – for those who only define death in material terms.
3. (Marketing) an emblem used to identify a product[from French, from marquer to mark]
Are you picking up what this means?
The mark of the beast identifies the marked one as a product of the beast.
This should not come as a shock. After all, Antichrist is simply doing his best to mimic Christ.
“if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:” (II Corinthians 5:17)
To mingle currently has a common meaning of socializing at a gathering, meeting new people, becoming acquainted, networking, “usually without fundamental loss of identity“. Colleges call these “mixers,” with the obvious intention of finding a mate. Interestingly, the Urban Dictionary catches one of the alternate meanings – to have sexual intercourse.
What we really need to know is what Daniel meant. He wrote this section of his book in Aramaic, the universal language of his culture, unlike the vast majority of the rest of the Old Testament which is written in Hebrew. That leaves us without enough Aramaic text to use as a dictionary for this word. However, Aramaic is similar enough to Hebrew to allow us to apply the “Rosetta Stone” technique of translating an unknown language.
The Aramaic word used for both mix and mingle corresponds to the Hebrew verb עֲרַב arab, which is used to describe so many expressions of one major concept that Strongs breaks them down into numbers 6148-6152. One of these is…sexual intercourse.
“The people of Israel…have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands:” (Ezra 9:2)
“Thus saith the LORD God; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them; Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness. And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy. (Ezekiel 16:36-38)
This word is also translated “evening”, in the sense of “turn gloomy.” Actually, the meaning is stronger than gloomy. It is in the context of dark night approaching, a gathering storm of evil, death and destruction, as in the first week of creation, with, once again, sexual activity.
“And when the man rose up to depart, he, and his concubine, and his servant, his father in law, the damsel’s father, said unto him, Behold, now the day draweth toward evening, I pray you tarry all night: behold, the day groweth to an end, But the man would not tarry that night, but he rose up and departed, and…the sun went down upon them…And, behold, there came an old man from his work out of the field at even…And the old man…brought him into his house, and…as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door…saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly. Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing. But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the man’s house where her lord was…And her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way: and, behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold. And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going. But none answered. Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his place. And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel. And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds…So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, knit together as one man…saying…deliver us the men, the children of Belial, which are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel.” (Judges 19-20)
The same word is also translated “dare to risk, to become a guarantor or surety, take a gamble.” In other words, you agree to pay the price if promises are broken.
“My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, Thou art snared…thou art taken.” (Proverbs 6:1-2)
The common theme in these various uses of the word translated “mingle” in Daniel is that two parties are entering into a relationship where one party is taking advantage of the other. It’s like the spy who mingles at a diplomatic party by slipping around picking up bits and pieces of conversation, or a man who cruises around a wedding reception exploiting the hopes and dreams of lonely women for his carnal pleasure. In Daniel’s case, the minglers are taking advantage of the seed of men.
Again, let’s make sure we understand what Daniel meant by “seed“, using the Rosetta Stone technique.
Some versions of the Bible translate “seed” as “offspring” or “descendants”. In general, this is accurate and true, but it doesn’t reveal the most detail about what is happening here. Whether we understand the seed of “men” to refer to males or mankind, the seed is only in an abstract sense the descendants but in a very concrete sense the male sperm and female egg.
“And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up seed [offspring] to thy brother. And Onan knew that the seed [offspring] should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it / sperm on the ground, lest that he should give seed [offspring] to his brother.” (Genesis 38:8-9)
Can we wrap our heads around the concept that Daniel is predicting that “they” – beings other than humans – will, without cleaving, i.e. without joining together sexually, mix the reproductive part of themselves with the reproductive part of humanity for the purpose of producing hybrid offspring?
Logically, if we accept that
- Genesis 6 describes the Adversary’s practice of hybridization to mimic Creator God,
- and that sexual processes were stamped out by the flood,
- we should be able to accept the concept that the Adversary has developed non-sexual means to renew his hybridization program.
Daniel must have Genesis 6 in mind.
“the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose…There were giants in the earth in those days…when…they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth.” (Genesis 6:2-7)
Unless we overlay Daniel’s admittedly obtuse phrases with previous scripture, we can’t understand what he is talking about.
“they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days…the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods…Neither shall he regard…the desire of women…Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them the gods to rule over many…at that time…there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was…the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” (Daniel 11-12)
- We can’t miss the repeated references to the gods. As reported in both pagan and biblical records, they are notorious for producing demigods with women.
- Non-sexual means of hybridizing offspring surely explains Daniel’s otherwise random insertion of the king not regarding the desire of women.
- Stating that this time of trouble will be “such as never was” is drawing our attention to the other time in history that was so bad that only eight beings survived as pure humans.
One method of non-sexual reproduction has been reported by those who claim they have been abducted by aliens for such a purpose. Emphasis added by this author with bolding in the following quotation.
Jacobs, who grew up in Los Angeles, has been a UFO researcher for 25 years. With Budd Hopkins, an artist and author of two books on UFO abductions, he has recently received a $200,000 private grant–Jacobs will not reveal the donor–to conduct in-depth research on accounts of abductions by aliens. (Results of their first poll, conducted by the Roper organization and released last week, are that one in every 50 adult Americans claims a UFO abduction experience.)
John E. Mack, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, has a $200,000 contract from Scribner to write his own book about abductions. Mack has studied 50 people who describe being kidnaped by aliens, and, with MIT physics professor David E. Pritchard, will put on a symposium on the subject next month in Massachusetts, where as many as 150 academics are expected…
“The idea that men, women and children can be taken against their wills from their homes, cars and schoolyards by strange humanoid beings, lifted onto space craft, and subjected to intrusive and threatening procedures is so terrifying, and so shattering to our notions of what is possible in our universe, that the actuality of the phenomenon has been largely rejected out of hand . . . .
“The fact remains, however, that for 30 years, and possibly longer, thousands of individuals who appear to be sincere and of sound mind and who are seeking no personal benefit from their stories have been providing to those who will listen consistent reports of precisely such events.”…
One of the most striking results of his study, Jacobs says, is that he finds people of all ages, all races and all professions, who have never met, yet relate descriptions of abduction that are remarkably similar in detail.
While the public has been made to believe E Pluribus Unum refers to United States citizenship being made up of various ethnicity, what becomes clear when this phrase is interpreted within the mystical context of the Great Seal symbolism is that it could easily refer to one god represented by many names—a god known by various ancient cultures as having walked the earth ‘many’ times under ‘many’ names, yet was ‘one,’ or—E Pluribus Unum. This concept gains persuasion when harmonized with the other two mottoes — Annuit coeptis and Novus ordo seclorum — also taken from ancient texts related to the god Apollo…Charles Thompson, designer of the Great Seal’s final version, condensed line 625 of book IX of Virgil’s Aeneid, which reads, Juppiter omnipotes, audacibus annue coeptis (All-powerful Jupiter favors [the] daring undertakings), to annuit coeptis (He approves [our] undertakings). Was Thompson instructed to do this to conceal the true identity of the ‘He’ of the Great Seal—the mythical father-god Jupiter, who gives Apollo life?
The third and most indisputable authentication that the Great Seal’s symbols and mottoes are in fact a hidden prophesy concerning the return of Apollo is Novus ordo seclorum (a New Order of the Ages), adapted by Charles Thomson from…inspiration he found in a prophetic line in Virgil’s Eclogue IV: Magnus ab integro seclorum nascitur ordo…”and the majestic roll of circling centuries begins anew.” Ironically, Christians since the middle ages have been led to believe this phrase from the Cumaean Sibyl (a pagan prophetess of Apollo, identified in the Bible as a demonic deceiver, as detailed later) was prophesying the birth of Jesus Christ and that it was this arrival of the Savior that gave rise to “the majestic roll of circling centuries begins anew” or New Order of the Ages….
Yet upon reading Virgil’s text, it is abundantly clear whom the prophetess of Apollo was talking about. The divine son, which comes of the Sibyl’s prophecy, is to be spawned of “a new breed of men sent down from heaven”…when he receives “the life of gods, and see Heroes with gods commingling.” According to the prophecy, this is Apollo, son of Jupiter (Zeus), who returns to earth through mystical “life” given to him from the gods when the deity Saturn (Saturn is the Roman version of the biblical Satan) returns to reign over the earth in a new golden pagan age…
According to Virgil and the Cumaean Sibyl whose prophecy formed the Novus Ordo Seclorum of the Great Seal of the United States, the New World Order begins during a time of chaos when the earth and oceans are tottering, a time like today. This is when the “son” of promise arrives on earth—Apollo incarnate—a pagan savior born of “a new breed of men sent down from heaven” when “heroes” and “gods” are blended together. This sounds eerily similar to what the Watchers did during the creation of Nephilim and to what scientists are doing this century through genetic engineering of human-animal chimeras.
Apollo was notorious for fathering demigods, and is prophecies to return during Antichrist’s reign of terror.
“And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit…And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was…given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months…And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them....And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit…in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.” (Revelation 9)
With this firmly fixed in mind, let’s drill down further into the essence of reproductive seed. It is the DNA in the nucleus. The rest of the cell of the egg or sperm serves only to protect, transport and provide the environment in which the DNA functions. This is true in a gamete where the DNA primarily functions to multiply the single cell in a multitude of specialized cells composing a human being, and remains true for every single one of those specialized cells where the part of the DNA used for multiplication is switched off and another part of the DNA is switched on for the functioning of the muscle cell, or insulin producing cell, or milk gland, or whatever kind of cell.
When we define “seed” as DNA, we broaden our understanding that the mingling of their DNA with human DNA does not have to occur only during fertilization of the egg cell by sperm.
Gene delivery is the process of introducing foreign genetic material,such as DNA or RNA, into host cells. Genetic material must reach the genome of the host cell to induce gene expression. Successful gene delivery…can either integrate into the genome or replicate independently of it.
This requires foreign DNA to be synthesized as part of a vector, which is designed to enter the desired host cell and deliver the transgene to that cell’s genome. Vectors utilized as the method for gene delivery can be… chemical…heat shock…calcium phosphate…nanoparticles…physical force…microinjection…sound waves…magnetic fields…bacterial delivery, viral delivery…
Virus mediated gene delivery utilizes the ability of a virus to inject its DNA inside a host cell and takes advantage of the virus’ own ability to replicate and implement their own genetic material. Viral methods of gene delivery…have high efficiency… [Emphasis added] because the structure of the virus prevents degradation…of the DNA it is delivering to the nucleus of the host cell….
In fact, viruses should not even be considered organisms, in the strictest sense, because they are not free-living—i.e., they cannot reproduce and carry on metabolic processes without a host.
Is the reader noticing that this description of viruses encapsulates the essence of evil spirits? Viruses are a type of idol – material forms produced for the purpose of interacting with humans in the four dimensional material world.
Viruses are quintessential parasites; they depend on the host cell for almost all of their life-sustaining functions…
Viruses are also energy parasites; unlike cells, they cannot generate or store energy…The virus derives energy, as well as all other metabolic functions, from the host cell. The invading virus uses the nucleotides and amino acids of the host cell to synthesize its nucleic acids and proteins, respectively….
Retrovirusesmaintain their genome (total collection of genes) as ribonucleic acid (RNA),in contrast to most other organisms, including humans, which maintain their genomes as deoxy-ribonucleic acid (DNA). In DNA containing organisms, sections of the DNA reproduce themselves as pieces of RNA, which leave the storage facility (the nucleus) to replicate as proteins to do the work of the cell. Retroviruses reverse this process. When a retrovirus injects RNA inside a host cell, it is reverse transcribed into DNA and reverse integrated into the host’s DNA in a process called integration. Now the host’s altered DNA is used to make the virus’ RNA, the genome and the outer coat. The RNA can become packaged in new viral particles, which are released from the cell (a process called budding). The replication cycle can be repeated over and over again with other host cells.
Genetic modification of organisms has become a common practice.
The first genetically engineered plants to be produced for human consumption were introduced in the mid-1990s. Today, approximately 90 percent of the corn, soybeans, and sugar beets on the market are GMOs. Genetically engineered crops produce higher yields, have a longer shelf life, are resistant to diseases and pests, and even taste better. These benefits are a plus for both farmers and consumers. For example, higher yields and longer shelf life may lead to lower prices for consumers, and pest-resistant crops means that farmers don’t need to buy and use as many pesticides to grow quality crops. GMO crops can thus be kinder to the environment than conventionally grown crops.
Genetically modified foods do cause controversy, however. Genetic engineering typically changes an organism in a way that would not occur naturally. It is even common for scientists to insert genes into an organism from an entirely different organism. This raises the possible risk of…the genetically engineered foreign DNA spreading to non-GMO plants and animals. [Emphasis added.]
Transgenic animals are routinely used in…biomedical research [emphasis added]…
Such animals are most commonly created by the microinjection of DNA into the pronuclei of a fertilised egg which is subsequently implanted into the oviduct of a pseudopregnant surrogate mother. This results in the recipient animal giving birth to genetically modified offspring. The progeny are then bred with other transgenic offspring to establish a transgenic line.
The institute creates the micropigs by using a gene-editing technique that alters the genomes of a Bama — an already small breed of pig — to make it even smaller. BGI uses TALENs…to disable one of two copies of the growth hormone receptor gene in a Bama’s fetal cells. [Emphasis added.]
The micropigs were originally used as lab animals…because they “closely [resemble] man in anatomy, physiology and genetics,” according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
University of Illinois animal geneticists Lawrence Schook and Jonathan Beever have created a side-by-side comparison of the human genome and the pig genome…“We took the human genome, cut it into 173 puzzle pieces and rearranged it to make a pig,” said Schook. “Everything matches up perfectly…”
but as Beever put it, “The same gene in the pig may work in combination with other genes to control something very different than it does in a human.”
So, if all of the genes match up, what is it that makes a pig a pig and a human a human? “That’s the million dollar question,” said Beever. “The genes match up when compared side-by-side, but understanding how they work together is the next step.”
“And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat. These are the beasts which ye shall…not eat…the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud;…is unclean to you…They shall be even an abomination unto you.” (Leviticus 11:2-11)
If we remain consistent in the application of the word “abomination”, then the genetic information we’ve just uncovered explains why YHVH forbade the eating of pork in the list of strict rules for his people. The genetic expressions of type of hoof and digestion are significant only as markers – phenotypes – of genotype hybridization by evil beings before the flood.
It appears that pigs are a form of humans bred for high value food and medicines to meet the needs of the metabolically challenged giants.
- High fat content for high energy
- High protein content to build and maintain muscles
- High calcium and phosphorus content for bone growth and strength
- Selenium to prevent anemia
- Iron for blood production
- High collagen content to produce and maintain connective tissue throughout the body
- Medicinal uses of hair, bones, blood, internal organs such as heparin,
- Heart valves for transplants, a common surgical practice now, with efforts currently underway to genetically tweak a breed of pigs that can provide whole organ hearts, livers, kidneys, and lungs for human transplantation.
Different types of tissues from genetically engineered pigs are already being tested in humans. In China, researchers have transplanted insulin-producing pancreatic islet cells from gene-edited pigs into people with diabetes. A team in South Korea says it’s ready to try transplanting pig corneas into people, once it gets government approval. And at Massachusetts General Hospital, researchers announced in October that they had used gene-edited pig skin as a temporary wound covering for a person with severe burns. The skin patch, they say, worked as effectively as human skin, which is much harder to obtain…One day…genetically modified pigs…will be sliced open, their hearts, kidneys, lungs and livers sped to transplant centers to save desperately sick patients from death.
Technological alteration of the human genome is happening now.
a scientist in China announced that he had created the world’s first genetically edited babies, twin girls who were born this month.
The researcher, He Jiankui, said that he had altered a gene in the embryos, before having them implanted in the mother’s womb, with the goal of making the babies resistant to infection with H.I.V.
“It’s scary,” said Dr. Alexander Marson, a gene editing expert at the University of California in San Francisco.
While the United States and many other countries have made it illegal to deliberately alter the genes of human embryos, it is not against the law to do so in China…
Dr. He…said he did it by directing Crispr-Cas9 to deliberately disable a gene, known as CCR₅, that is used to make a protein…
In an interview with the A.P. he indicated that he hoped to set an example to use genetic editing… “I feel a strong responsibility that it’s not just to make a first, but also make it an example,” he told the A.P. He added: “Society will decide what to do next.”
Do I really need to spell it out? Society will decide to compete.
Since Chinese researchers announced the first gene editing of a human embryo 2 years ago, many expected that similar work in the United States was inevitable. Last night, the MIT Technology Review broke the news that such experiments have happened. The research, led by embryologist Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, also reportedly sidestepped problems of incomplete and off-target editing that plagued previous attempts, though details could not be confirmed since the work is not yet published and Mitalipov has so far declined to comment…
“It’s one more step on the path to potential clinical application,” says bioethicist Jeffrey Kahn of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, who served on a committee convened by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Medicine in Washington, D.C., to address gene editing. The panel’s report earlier this year concluded that a clinical trial involving embryo editing would be ethically allowable under narrow circumstances.
So what is this CRISPR technology?
CRISPR is short for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat.” It’s a bit of DNA that scientists first noticed in the immune system of bacteria.
When a virus attacks, the bacteria memorize the virus’s DNA and file its profile in their CRISPR…CRISPR can turn genes on or off, or make them work in a different way…
There are lots of types of cancer, and they all are linked to problems in genes. So CRISPR holds promise.
Interesting how that logo of a space vehicle speeding back from space towards earth matches an electron microscope image of a sperm darting towards an egg.
How on earth do they know where amongst the almost 100 miles of strands of genes and genetic material making up the 46 human chromosomes is the gene they want to tamper with?
The first published human embryo–editing work, in 2015…revealed major shortcomings in applying the increasingly popular CRISPR gene-editing technology. The few embryos that took up the change made by CRISPR were a patchwork of edited and unchanged cells, and… unintended edits outside the targeted gene.
Knowing which gene to edit and where it is located, and having the skill to access it would seem to be beyond human ability. But somehow the technology has developed with incredible speed.
With discoveries burgeoning across the globe…the world as we know it is continually bettered by the efforts of scientists who drive genome engineering technology forward.
The Human Genome Project (HGP) was one of the great feats of exploration in history…Beginning on October 1, 1990 and completed in April 2003, the HGP gave us the ability, for the first time, to read nature’s complete genetic blueprint for building a human being.
And redesigning that being.
One of the simplest processes for understanding how the human body redesigns itself is the immune system.
The subpart of a pathogen that causes an immune response is called an antigen. [Think of it like the subpart of an antagonist – a raised fist – causing your defensive response of raising your own fists.] The antibodies produced in response to the pathogen’s antigen…trained to recognize one specific antigen…When the human body is exposed to an antigen for the first time, it takes time for the immune system to respond and produce antibodies specific to that antigen.
In the meantime, the person is susceptible to becoming ill.
Once the body produces antibodies in its primary response to an antigen, it also creates antibody-producing memory cells, which remain alive even after the pathogen is defeated by the antibodies. If the body is exposed to the same pathogen more than once, the antibody response is much faster and more effective than the first time around because the memory cells are at the ready to pump out antibodies against that antigen.
This means that if the person is exposed to the dangerous pathogen in the future, their immune system will be able to respond immediately, protecting against disease.
How vaccines help
- Inactivated vaccines that use the killed version of the germ that causes a disease. They are not as strong as live vaccines and require booster shots periodically.
- Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines make proteins specific to the pathogen
- shorter manufacturing times
- because they do not contain a live virus, no risk of causing disease in the person getting vaccinated.
- Subunit, recombinant, polysaccharide, and conjugate vaccines use specific pieces of the germ—like its protein, sugar, or capsid (a casing around the germ), same benefits as other non-live virus vaccines and need for booster shots
- Toxoid vaccines create immunity to the toxin produced by the germ.
- Live-attenuated vaccines create a strong and long-lasting immune response. Just 1 or 2 doses of most live vaccines can give you a lifetime of protection against a germ and the disease it causes.
- Viral vector vaccines use a modified version of a different virus, including influenza, vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), measles virus, and adenovirus, which causes the common cold. Adenovirus is one of the viral vectors used in some COVID-19 vaccines being studied in clinical trials.
The future of vaccines
- DNA vaccines are easy and inexpensive to make—and they produce strong, long-term immunity.
- Recombinant vector vaccines (platform-based vaccines) act like a natural infection, so they’re especially good at teaching the immune system how to fight germs.
There is another future of vaccines.
Expanded requirements to get them.
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza – annually
- MMR – For healthcare personnel (HCP) born in 1957 or later without serologic evidence of immunity or prior vaccination
- Varicella (chickenpox) – For HCP who have no serologic proof of immunity, prior vaccination, or diagnosis or verification of a history of varicella or herpes zoster (shingles) by a healthcare provider
- Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis – Td or Tdap boosters every 10 years
- Meningococcal – Give both MenACWY and MenB to microbiologists who are routinely exposed to isolates of Neisseria meningitidis. As long as risk continues: boost with MenB after 1 year, then every 2–3 years thereafter; boost with MenACWY every 5 years. Give MenACWY and MenB IM.
Herd immunity (or community immunity) occurs when a high percentage of the community is immune to a disease (through vaccination and/or prior illness), making the spread of this disease from person to person unlikely. Even individuals not vaccinated (such as newborns and the immunocompromised) are offered some protection because the disease has little opportunity to spread within the community…
In the United States, smallpox and polio have both been stamped out because of vaccination. However, there are certain groups of people who cannot get vaccinated and are vulnerable to disease: babies, pregnant women, and immunocompromised people, such as those receiving chemotherapy or organ transplants. For example, the earliest a baby can receive their first pertussis or whooping cough vaccine is at two months, and the earliest a child can receive their first measles vaccine is at one year, making them vulnerable to these diseases…
Herd immunity protects the most vulnerable members of our population. If enough people are vaccinated against dangerous diseases, those who are susceptible and cannot get vaccinated are protected because the germ will not be able to “find” those susceptible individuals.
When can we expect herd immunity for COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a very contagious disease. A large percentage of the population will need to be immune against the disease (through infection or vaccination) before herd immunity will be achieved. It is not known when that will happen, but it will depend on how many people get vaccinated…
On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization for the first COVID-19 vaccine. [Prior to completing the full assessment of safety.] Currently there are three COVID-19 vaccines being administered in the U.S. With vaccines available, the focus has shifted to ensuring access to the vaccine, overcoming vaccine hesitancy, and educating members of the public about the vaccine. Vaccines have proven to be the safest, most cost-effective way to protect people from disease….
Measles was declared eliminated in 2000. Yet in 2019, there were 1,282 cases reported in the U.S. Outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases still occur when too few individuals in a population are vaccinated. Outbreaks often begin with an imported case (someone who was travelling outside the U.S.) or person coming into contact with an unvaccinated individual or people. These infected people then expose unprotected people to the disease.
There are a number of reasons why people are unprotected…Some people may object because of religious reasons…
people who have the same beliefs about vaccinations frequently live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, or attend the same religious services, so there could be potentially large groups of unvaccinated people close together. Once the percentage of vaccinated individuals in a population drops below the herd immunity threshold, an exposure to a contagious disease could spread very quickly throughout the community.
Our experience with COVID gives us insight into how a future, worse, epidemic will be dealt with by the government People who refuse to be vaccinated will be marked as a danger to the public welfare and will not be allowed access to public services like food stores, drug stores, doctors’ offices, hospitals, gas stations. Services that require home visits by technicians like electrical meter monitoring, internet access, or propane gas delivery will be cut off.
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:16-17)
Humans who mingle their DNA with that of fallen angels permanently alter their essential identification as a human being. Promised immortality, they achieve it, but with a dark twist. Instead of experiencing pleasures of eternal life they discover they are trapped in an horror of eternal death. They become, in essence, a zombie, “under the control of the bokor as a personal slave, having no will of its own.“
Recently there has been a media onslaught of movies, television series, and books detailing an apocalyptic end to humanity after genetic engineering unleashes a virus that turns humans into zombies whose only drive is to hunt down and bite living humans in an excited rage, turning them into zombies.
The potentially catastrophic consequences of inserting non-human DNA into human DNA is stunningly portrayed in the movie I Am Legend. The individuals who receive the vaccine in hopes of extending their lives by protecting themselves against cancer instead mutate into non-human beings.
In Enoch 10:13 the giant offspring of the fallen angels are called biters, and are punished by being excited against each other and perishing by mutual slaughter.
These hybrid beings are no longer categorized as humans entitled to redemption through Jesus’ human blood. They now share the eternal curse of their lord Satan, to be cast into the lake of fire. Evil beings never take responsibility for their own actions. They project their blame – and heap their misery – onto the ones whose blessings they envy.
“there shall be pestilences…Then shall they deliver you / believers in the true Christ up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s / Jesus Christ’s’ sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another…For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no mortal flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” (Matthew 24:7-22)
The Seed of the Serpent sensationally impersonates the Seed of the Woman / YHVH’s Anointed Savior / Jesus Christ in order to deceive and destroy would-be believers in the true Savior.
- “No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son…he hath declared him.” (John 1:18) “I and my father are one.” (John 10:30)
- “the son of perdition…as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (II Thessalonians 2:3-4)
- “the gospel of God…Concerning his Son…which was made…according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power…by the resurrection from the dead:” (Romans 1:1-4)
- “his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” (Revelation 13:3)
The significance of 666 is that the number 6 is the number of man…Bible scholar John Walvoord [a Dispensationalist] says in The Prophecy Knowledge Handbook…“Most of the speculation on the meaning of this number is without profit or theological significance.” Man was created on Day 6 of creation…The number 6 is one short of the number 7. 7 is the number of God’s perfection…When you triple the 6 and make it 666, it…is a way of adding emphasis to a declaration. Just as the angels cry out in worship to God by saying “Holy, Holy, Holy”…God is saying to the Antichrist, you are just a 6, 6, and 6. A man who thinks he’s a god.
A high school teacher grading an essay would red line the following inconsistencies in that author’s arguments.
- Walvoord states 666 is three 6s in a row, ergo a code
- but the Bible – in Greek – states that the number is six hundred sixty six.
- Walvoord states that 6 is the number of mankind because they were created on day six
- but the Bible states that beasts were also created on day six, translated in the Bible 296 times as a living being not classified by taxonomists into an animal kingdom.
- Walvoord states his arguments prove that the Antichrist is merely a human being pretending to be God.
- but the Bible reports that this individual is a beast –
- defined in Revelation alone 48 times as a living creature and translated from Greek as hyper-dimensional beings both holy and fallen
- applied in the Old Testament Hebrew as a living being to
- God himself
- the cherubim seen by Ezekiel
- the tree of life
- abstract life itself
- but the Bible reports that this individual is a beast –
Following is another interpretation. No worries, I’m not going to cover the multitude of interpretations, just provide a sampling.
This beast is a symbol of the worldwide political system, which rules over “every tribe and people and tongue and nation.” (Revelation 13:7) The name 666 identifies the political system as a gross failure in God’s sight.
Again, this interpretation by the Jehovah’s Witnesses is derailed by failure to maintain consistency with the examined document’s massive body of evidence that the beast is a living being who is not identified by existing human knowledge in any form of biological taxonomy.
When we collate historical facts contemporary with John’s depiction of the the Beast, it is easy to recognize him as some sort of hybrid Seed of the Serpent / Dragon, part human and part spirit of Satan, who claims to be born of of a human woman and conceived of a god, destined to be the Savior of the world, but in reality wreaks destruction. See the post Seed of the Serpent for greater detail.
The following analysis is reliable within the context of the Bible, is validated by well-known cultural, historical and scientific evidence, and, most of all, is corroborated within the Bible.
the infamous number 666, which is rather cryptically referred to as the “number of the beast” in the New Testament, and has more recently become known as the number of the Antichrist…
As the boys from Numberphile explain, 666…reveals something pretty incredible about the way the Bible was originally written…
Put simply, 666 is being used as a code, and not a particularly subtle one, if you were alive and literate at the time of the New Testament.
This text was originally written in ancient Greek, where numbers are written as letters, as they are in Hebrew – the other main language of the original Biblical texts…
(In our modern culture we use Roman numerals, which also uses letters as numbers, but unlike ancient Greek and Hebrew, only a select few.)
“Now what this means is that every word also has a numerical value…”
in Chapter 13 of The Book of Revelation, it reads: “Let the one with understanding reckon the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666…”
the English word “reckon” comes from the Greek word for “calculate” or “solve”…
When you actually look at the original text, you’ll see that in this passage, the letters of 666 are actually written in Hebrew, which places a higher significance on numbers meaning words and words meaning numbers than ancient Greek. The writer was very clearly trying to tell us something.
And sure enough, if you translate the Hebrew spelling of 666, you actually spell out Neron Kesar – the Hebrew spelling of Nero Caesar.
Even if you take the alternative spelling of the number of the beast, which has been found in several early Biblical texts as being written 616, you can translate that out as being Nero Cesar.
“No one wants to write a book under imperial persecutions saying, ‘The root of all evil is Nero Caesar.’ You’re not going to spell that out.”
Nero had died by the time John wrote Revelation, but Nero had been the cruel persecutors of the followers of Yeshua Messiah at the time that Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians was in circulation.
John’s statement “Here is wisdom” doesn’t mean a revelation from God, but the ordinary wisdom which is acquired by being attentive and learning from experience, and summed up in maxims and proverbs, the sciences, the art of interpreting dreams which humanly is simply making connections to the dreamer’s fears.
His statement “Let him that hath understanding” means the God-given capacity of each person to reason and reflect on existing information.
His instruction to count the number of the beast includes, but goes beyond, mathematically compute, calculate, reckon. Just as we currently use these terms, the Bible defines theses terms as reasoning and reflection in Luke 14:28. Our own current maxim to “count” on someone or the cost means to take into ac-count the consequences on yourself of a dependence on a person or choice of course of action. In Greek culture it also meant counting the ballots determining who won election, with black stones indication rejection and white stones indicating acceptance into a government post.
John was pointing his readers to Paul’s earlier identification about forty years earlier. This would have been quickly grasped by the people in that culture and current events who had read Paul’s letters, that is to say, the first two generations of believers.
“be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away / apostacy first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he [the Holy Spirit] who now letteth [another word for withholdeth] will let , until he be taken out of the way [by such dire martyrdom of God’s people through whom he works].
And then shall that Wicked be revealed…Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.” (II Thessalonians 2:2-9)
“And I…saw a beast rise up out of the sea [of outer space, see the post The Beast From The Sea],
- having seven heads and
- ten horns, and
- upon his horns ten crowns, and
- upon his heads the name of blasphemy..
And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:1-8)
A head of state (or chief of state) is the public persona who officially embodies a state in its unity and legitimacy…the head of state may be a ceremonial figurehead (such as the British Monarch) or concurrently the head of government and more (such as the president of the United States, who is also commander-in-chief of the US Armed Forces).
Hitler was the supreme leader of the Axis Powers consisting of ten heads of state of Germany, Italy, Japan, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Croatia and Finland.
Likewise, the totality of the Roman Empire was subdivided into provinces based on territorial absorption into the Empire. Obviously there were different administrative imperatives based on the the relationship of submission or chronic rebellion to Rome’s authority, value of resources, etc. You don’t see American forces expending military resources in impoverished Sudan like we do in oil-rich Iraq.
Likewise there were two basic types of provinces.
- Public provinces were managed by the Senate, which voted governors into annual terms.
- Imperial provinces were headed by imperial appointees to indefinite terms, rich provinces, like enviable embassadorial posts, granted to supporters to whom the emperor owed favor. The imperial provinces were further broken down by the presence, or not, of a military garrison.
- A militarized zone was ruled by a praefecti, a military officer under legatus Augusti pro praetore (literally: “envoy of the emperor – acting for the praetor”), who was the combined head of the provincial administration, chief judicial officer and commander-in-chief of all military forces based in the province (legions and auxiliaries).
- A province that had been absorbed through an alliance, such as Judea under Herod, and did not require military occupation was ruled by a procuratore. or praefecti. These were men of the second highest Senate rank, equestrian rank, the Roman knights, whose appointments were based on their support of the Emperor.
During Nero’s reign, out of a total 36 provinces, 10 were headed by procuratores or praefecti.
“From the reign of the emperor Vitellius, who ruled in the year 69, onward, these equestrian procurators often served as heads of the great ministries of the Roman government.“ The most important ministries were finance, correspondence and petitions, equivalent to the American roles of Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of State, and Vice President who is also the President of the Senate empowered to break a tie in proposals / petitions.
“The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” (Daniel 7:23-25)
OK, so doesn’t this state categorically that the beast is a kingdom, not an individual? Semantics.
Autocracy is a system of government in which supreme power over a state is concentrated in the hands of one person, whose decisions are subject to neither external legal restraints nor regularized mechanisms of popular control…
In earlier times, the term autocrat was coined as a favorable description of a ruler, having some connection to the concept of “lack of conflicts of interests” as well as an indication of grandeur and power. This use of the term continued into modern times, as the Russian Emperor was styled “Autocrat of all the Russias” as late as the early 20th century. In the 19th century, Eastern and Central Europe were under autocratic monarchies within the territories of which lived diverse peoples.
“a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great…The ram…having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.” (Daniel 8:3)
“the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.” (Revelation 17:12)
A current conceptual fit for the ten kings under an autocracy can be found in the United Nations, where ten leaders are fully subject to the main power.
The Security Council, the United Nations’ principal crisis-management body, is empowered to impose binding obligations on the 193 UN member states to maintain peace. The council’s five permanent and ten elected members meet regularly to assess threats to international security, addressing issues that include civil wars, natural disasters, arms control, and terrorism…
The Security Council has five permanent members—China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States—collectively known as the P5. Any one of them can veto a resolution. The council’s ten elected members, which serve two-year, nonconsecutive terms, are not afforded veto power…
the United States was among the powers that prevented a robust UN response in Rwanda. Despite alarming reports received by the council in 1994, it declined to respond as an estimated eight hundred thousand people were killed in a genocide committed against ethnic Tutsis.
So since horns have always symbolized kingship, the real question is not “what do horns symbolize?”, but “why do horns symbolize kingship?”
Because horns signify the God / god who is the source of the king’s power.
“God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.” (Habakkuk 3)
“this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death…of Joseph he said, Blessed of the Lord…let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph…his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth.” (Deuteronomy 33)
“And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” (Revelation 5:6)
So of course the Adversary has his counterfeit.
Gerald Gardner says (in 1959’s The Meaning of Witchcraft) that The Horned God is an Under-god, a mediator between an unknowable supreme deity and the people.
Horns have always been an important symbol throughout history and throughout every culture but now this symbolism is appearing more and more in mainstream pop culture. It makes you wonder “why now?” and what’s going on…To really understand we have to go back through time and look at what’s behind all the symbolism.
According to DNA studies, all cows, bulls, and oxen…originated from the now extinct, wild aurochs…enormous and fearsome animal that roamed all of Europe and Asia for thousands of years…The Aurochs cow (female) and bull (male) were so connected with the creation of the universe [emphasis added here and below] that the first two runes in the Elder Futhark are dedicated to them…and the 24 runestaves of the Elder Futhark is said to be, when understood, the secret to the entire sequence of the universe. The Egyptian Goddesses Isis and Hathor both are depicted with cow horns connecting them with creation…
One of the most notorious ancient gods Moloch, was a bull horned god worshiped by the ancient Canaanites, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and most of the Eastern Mediterranean. His name has a root that in the Semitic languages means “king”…The god Enlil [Adam, Son of God] was also considered the bull of heaven and his son, Sin, the moon god, rode on a winged bull. You can see how all this symbolism gets distorted over the course of history. The difference between good and bad really depended on who’s team you were on.
The first one that we have a written record of is Enki [Sumerian Lucifer], the master shaper of the world, god of wisdom, and all magic. He is usually seen with the horned crown of divinity...Other important gods who had these horns were the Egyptian, Ra Ammon…Osiris, Utu, sometimes Zeus, Mercury, Jupiter, Odin …Alexander the Great…made a visit to the Oracle of Ammon in the Libyan Desert, and supposedly, the oracle told him he was the son of Ammon/Zeus, and afterwards he became known as the “two horned one”. Coins minted after this time show him wearing the “Horn of Ammon” crown…Alexander really believed that the oracle was right and that he was a god, as we know that he founded a dynasty on this claim…Cleopatra of Egypt, later claimed to be the goddess Isis because she was a descendant of Alexander and therefore of the royal line of the gods. We can clearly see that horns in the ancient world were considered a sign of kingship, divinity, and wisdom. Even as the “Emperor Card” in the tarot shows the emperor seated with horned rams’ heads on the four corners of his thrown signifying his divine power brought into the physical realm…
remember the truth about who and what we are and how powerful we are. That truth is that as humans we are all descendants of gods and most of what we were taught to believe are lies specifically engineered to make us forget who we really are. The purpose of demonizing the culture of our ancestors…is all part of the plan to make sure that we never wake up. Our ancestors have left us with all the pieces of the puzzle, and now all we have to do is figure out how to put them together.
With this background in mind, we should be able to recognize that every culture in which the 1st Century Jewish scriptures were preached proclaiming that Yeshua haMessiah of Nazareth was the rightful king of Israel naturally also accepted him as the son of the Jewish God YHVH Creator, and therefore also easily accepted him as one prophesied to be the Savior of the world. He was simply one of many claimants – importantly – within the Roman dominions. What made Yeshua different, and more appealing, was his message of equality and spiritual empowerment of even the lowest members of society, not to mention the legally admissible proof by witnesses of his resurrection, ergo real power over death.
We should also be able to transfer the concept of the Holy Spirit residing in and controlling multiple individuals whose bodies die but whose souls remain connected to the source of life Spirit with the identical pagan concept of the single spirit of the god Enki / Ammon / Zeus inhabiting and controlling a series of individuals whose bodies die but whose souls, now immortal through the god’s spirit, ascend to some hereafter place while the god moves on to his next partner.
Julius Caesar allowed himself to be worshiped as a god…his successor Augustus…is known in some inscriptions as CAESAR DIVI FILIUS, Son of God, that is, Son of eternal Caesar. Oaths were taken on the divine spirit of the emperor. His image was publicly adored. Worship of the image was a regular military duty. Caligula was the first emperor to demand to be worshiped, he demanded that citizens everywhere bow to his statue. Nero also claimed to be divine…As Augustus had been Zeus incarnate, so Nero was Apollo incarnate. Even Seneca called him as the long-awaited savior of the world.
Even though Nero was dead when John wrote Revelation, “in the eastern provinces of the Empire…a popular legend arose that Nero had not died and would return. At least three leaders of short-lived, failed rebellions presented themselves as “Nero reborn” to enlist popular support.”
In any case, the Caesars in the first century Roman empire were certainly understood to be one continuous dynastic succession, signifying themselves as the rightful heir to Julius Caesar by taking his family name Caesar.
So let’s count.
- hath the seven heads
- and ten horns
- was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition:
And here is the mind which hath wisdom.
- The seven heads are seven mountains, for which Rome is famous
- And there are seven kings:
- five are fallen [when John, writing in 96 AD, added on to Paul’s previous identification of #1 Nero]
- #2 Galba – successor to Nero
- #3 Otho
- #4 Vitellius
- #5 Vespasian
- #6 Titus
- and one is at the time John was writing Revelation
- #7 Domitian
- and the other is not yet come
- #8 the beast that was [as Nero], and is not [as Nero any longer], even he is the eighth, and is of the seven [as Domitian], and goeth into perdition.
By working backwards from the Caesar who “is” at the time John wrote what was most definitely as much a current-day letter to believers as Paul’s epistles, we find that John begins his list, not with Augustus or Nero, but with Nero’s successor. John is updating Paul’s previous identification of Nero as the “mystery of iniquity” who incarnates in a succession of rulers. John’s readers in 96 AD were, like ourselves, more familiar with more recent history and would more easily make a connection between a contemporary ruler and the ruler to come.
So between Paul and John we’ve been given the identification of the beast that is to come as
- one of the seven who ruled in succession for 28 years between 68-96 AD.
- who reincarnates as the eighth.
“Nero has become one of the most infamous men who ever lived.” His reign from 54-68 AD was marked by personal debauchery and extravagant spending that left the empire in dire straits.
- He was elevated to power at the age of 16 or 17 when his mother Agrippina poisoned his stepfather the Emperor Claudius Caesar, whose own personal life was marked with multiple incestuous and tumultuous marriages. While Agrippina was married to Claudius she had become a powerful woman, having even been voted the title Augusta / Goddess by the Senate. On the ascension of her son Nero she took total control of the empire, until Nero had her assassinated by government forces, with the approval of the Senate.
- I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy…And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the the beast…shall hate the whore, and shall…burn her with fire.” (Revelation 17:1, 17)
- He would be considered a serial killer today. While adultery, divorce and remarriage were common among the Roman elite, Nero’s exploits were exceptional.
- He married his stepsister Claudia Octavia in 53 AD, making a double family connection to become Emperor Claudius’ heir, then killed her.
- He killed his stepbrother Britannicus, Claudius’ son and rightful heir.
- He takes Poppaea, the wife of his friend and the future Emperor Otho, as his mistress while married to Claudia, then three years after marrying her kicks her to death while she was pregnant.
- Shortly after he had a young freeman named Sporus castrated because he bore an uncanny resemblance to Poppaea Sabina. He married him, and paraded him in public dressed as Empress. At the same time Nero drove a man to commit suicide so that he could legally marry the man’s wife, Statilia Messalina.
- He instituted the first imperially supervised and wide-spread persecution of Christians in 64 AD after falsely blaming them for a catastrophe.
- “A beast having ten horns…And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” (Revelation 13:1,7)
- By 65 AD he kills anyone suspected of treason
- 67 AD he sends Vespasian to Judea to quell the First Jewish Revolt
for the most part he used his position simply to gratify his own personal pleasures. His nocturnal rioting in the streets was a scandal as early as 56, but the emergence of real brutality in Nero can be fixed in the 35-month period between the putting to death of his mother at his orders in 59 and his similar treatment of his wife Octavia in June 62…
Seeing that he could do what he liked without fear of censure or retribution, Nero began to give rein to inordinate artistic pretensions. He fancied himself not only a poet but also a charioteer and lyre player, and in 59 or 60 he began to give public performances; later he appeared on the stage, and the theatre furnished him with the pretext to assume every kind of role. To the Romans these antics seemed to be scandalous breaches of civic dignity and decorum…Beginning about 63, he also developed strange religious enthusiasms and became increasingly attracted to the preachers of novel cults…
Taking advantage of the fire’s destruction, Nero…began building a prodigious palace—the Golden House—which…would have covered a third of Rome…
revolt spread and the legions made Galba emperor. The Senate condemned Nero to die a slave’s death: on a cross and under the whip. The Praetorian Guard, his palace guard, abandoned him…he stabbed himself in the throat with a dagger…
the revolts his misrule provoked sparked a series of civil wars that for a time threatened the survival of the Roman Empire and caused widespread misery.
John tells us that the beastly spirit inhabiting Nero reincarnates in one of the seven, i.e Galba through Domitian. We can immediately eliminate Galba, Otho and Vitellius since they succeeded each other only for a few months at a time during a year of civil war from which Vespasian emerged the victor.
After winning victories in the invasion of Britain, in 67 Vespasian was appointed by Nero in 69 to the command of a legionary army to crush the Jewish rebellion in Judaea. “At its height, Roman legionaries were viewed as the foremost fighting force in the Roman world…As legionaries moved into newly conquered provinces, they helped Romanize the native population and helped integrate the disparate regions of the Roman Empire into one polity. They enlisted in a legion for 25 years of service.”
In other words, the first permanent Roman occupying military force garrisoned in Judea was sent by Nero.
The significance of this action will be detailed below in this post. Bear in mind, Vespasian was merely following orders, he wasn’t the Godfather. In fact, on Nero’s death in June 68 he turned over the fighting to his son and heir Titus, and fought his way to becoming Emperor. Albeit, it was during Vespasian’s reign that the siege of Jerusalem was broken, the Temple destroyed, and thousands of Jews slaughtered and enslaved.
This makes for an animated debate, but I’m going to put my white stone on Vespacian’s second son and second heir Domitian as the Neroic spiritual successor. “Domitian’s government exhibited strong authoritarian characteristics. Religious, military, and cultural propaganda fostered a cult of personality, and by nominating himself perpetual censor, he sought to control public and private morals.”
Domitian took the title “lord and god”and ordered people to confess he was “lord and god” as a test of loyalty (Suetonius, The Lives of the Caesars, Book 8: Domitian 13)…Dio Cassius (Roman History 67.14) refers to Domition exiling a Flavius Clemens and his wife, Flavia Domitilla for “atheism.” Atheism is the charge made against those who drifted into “things Jewish…”
It was during the reign of Domitian when the imperial cult became a factor in unifying the empire in Asia Minor. The provincial cult allowed the Roman network of social obligations to be extended to virtually the whole population. If you lived within the empire, then you were a social client of the Emperor and owed him supreme allegiance. It is not hard to see, therefore, the struggle which Christians in the late first century would have showing allegiance to Rome – if that allegiance required worship of the Emperor, then the Christian must refuse or compromise their faith.
In his The Twelve Caesars Suetonius claimed that Domitian was not evil to begin with; however, greed and fear of assassination made him cruel...The emperor saw himself as an absolute ruler and took pride in being called master and god: “dominus et deus…” The Senate was almost stripped entirely of its power and his paranoia led to the execution of both senators and imperial officers for the most trivial of offences. Out of jealousy, he had Sullustius Lucullus, governor of Britannia, executed for naming a new type of lance after himself and he recalled Agricola, a victorious general in Britain because he became too popular.
His paranoia led him to take extreme measures such as employing informers…he ordered interrogators to cut off the hands (or scorched the genitals) of prisoners…He executed another niece’s husband Flavius Clemons on the charge of atheism because he was sympathetic to the plight of the Roman Jews…
a group of conspirators…hacked the emperor to death. He was only forty-four years old…On hearing of his death the Senate was overjoyed. Suetonius wrote, “The Senators, on the other hand, were delighted and thronged to denounce Domitian in the House with bitter and insulting cries. Then, seeking for ladders, they had his images and the votive shields engraved with his likeness, brought smashing down….”
Most significantly, John’s identification of a Caesar as the Antichrist identifies him to future generations of readers. He is the ruler of the current manifestation of the Fourth Empire.
Spirit beings have had ample opportunity throughout history to maintain a foothold in governments world-wide for direct control. Their prime directive? Permanent war to wipe out humanity. They have had “boots on the ground”, hiding in plain sight, all along, accomplishing their will behind the scenes with their human allies.
Despite it’s championing of freedom, the CIA’s true objective has always been imperialist in nature. Whether oil in Iran or bananas in Guatemala, the U.S. has a material interest in every country in whose affairs it has meddled.
In order to meet its goals, the CIA recruits influential, intellectual and charismatic personalities. The agency also resorts to threats, kidnapping, torture, enforced disappearances and assassinations. The organization incites violence, uprisings and military rebellion, and causes economic chaos and misery to the people through scarcity of basic foods and so on.
The CIA has been exposed on a number of occasions through documented evidence, leaks of information and whistleblowing by active and former agents.