20) For God So Loved the World

Key precept: The Name / Way to redeem the whole world back from the Serpent has never changed.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son. That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

John 3:16 has been called “The Gospel in a nutshell” because it provides a stunningly succinct summary of the doctrine of the Christian faith.”

Whoa Nellie! This verse provides a stunningly succinct summary of God’s plan for humanity for thousands of years before there was what was called – in the Greek language – “Christian”.

Patching together desired pieces of the biblical message while repudiating the undesired parts, or even denying the validity of the whole book, is how there are Old-Testament-only religions like Judaism with its many denominations and New-Testament-only religions like Christianity with its many denominations, and post-Christianity cults like Islam, Mormonism and Rastafarianism following various self-proclaimed prophets and prophetesses.

For example:

Islam began with Adam, and has evolved in accordance with the progressive revelations given by Allah to His various prophets…

Early on, among the descendants of Prophet Jacob, distortions of the basic message of Islam were codified and ritualized, giving rise to the religion of Judaism...

Among those prophets, whose ministry was limited to the Israelites and Jews, was Jesus (the Messiah or Christ, and the son of the Virgin Mary). However, Jesus’ message and ministry were also distorted…

Does it shock you to discover that the most fundamentalist Christians who believe in the inerrant word of God base their beliefs on progressive revelation as much as Islam? 

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Don’t try to comprehend everything in these complex graphics, simply take note of the progression in revelation depicted.

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21) War Is Declared

Precept: Anyone who wants the benefits of citizenship in Yhvh’s nation must accept the requirements of military service in his war against the destroyer.

“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword...And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 10:34-39)

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Surely we understand that any nation must fight to maintain freedom from those who would destroy her. The same is true for the real “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all.” This is due to the unavoidable reality of evil, regardless of atheists and pantheists efforts to write it off. And we know that…

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God demands that his people do something.

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22) Pick a Side

Key precept: Choose your leader wisely, because this battle ends in utter annihilation for the losing side.

If it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.“(Joshua 24:14-150

What’s the great attraction to the Serpent, his Seed and and his host of false gods? Ahh. They appeal to our human lusts.

love-of-the-world.pngLove not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world…(I John 2:15-19)

“…if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is The Promised Seed of the Woman / Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:23-24)

What becomes evident as we explore scripture is that the Antichrist is accepted as the Savior of a world going to hell all around us, not just because his followers don’t know the Word of God so don’t have a basis for comparing him to the real deal, but because they prefer his self-serving lust-based system to God’s self-sacrificing love-based “I am crucified with Christ”(Galatians 2:20) system. Makes sense.

Until the terrible moment that the Serpent’s wickedness and deception is revealed by nothing less than his followers’ UNALTERABLE DOOM BECAUSE IT TRULY IS UNREAL. Self-centeredness destroys the very interdependent infrastructure each individual depends on for life itself! Are we not recognizing this in the growing ecological crisis? Can we not extend this awareness to the even more complex human social system?

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23) Everything New Is Old Again

Key Precept:  “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana

“But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Mat 24:37-39)

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.

To understand why such a fanciful prophecy about Apollo, son of Jupiter, returning to earth should be important to you, in ancient literature, “Jupiter” was the Roman replacement of Yahweh as the greatest of the gods…

Yahweh’s Savior’s mention of marriage in the days of Noah is an example of one of the many literary devices used by all writers to concisely add meaning to their narrative. What we are seeing in this case is an allusion by the author to a previous event. In order to draw the connection between the previous event and current or future event the reader must be knowledgable of the previous event. To understand Yahweh’s Savior’s statement we have to link it back to the biblical record of marriages in Noah’s days.

We are able to view Lucifer’s single political dynasty through the succession of rulers personified as a single individual in Daniel’s overview of all history.

4d5c127db5ef4b9220ffaf0010b76c3c-the-prophecy-bible-facts“Thou, O king [Nebuchadnezzar], art a king of kings: for the God of heaven…hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold...And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron...a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet..Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together…no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image…shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” (Dan 2:37-44)

0200We can track the identity of the fourth kingdom, which we know to be the Roman Empire, as it endures to the end of time, when we recognize its core continued existence regardless of reduction and expansion of territories, incorporation of different cultures, even name changes.

Armed with this knowledge we can track Satan’s seed, his dynasty, through the rulersbkx20038-1l of the fourth kingdom. It is easy to spot the Caesars, and to recognize this title translated in various languages as Kaisers, Czars, Tsars. We can also spot the leaders who don’t openly take the title of their conquered predecessors by recognizing that the essential identifying feature of the leader of the Empire at any given time is being, well, simply, the leader. This is so obvious in the recent manifestation of the empire where the word  leader in German is Fuhrer.

We consider the two legs of the image to represent the “Western and Eastern Roman Empires”. However, it is important to note that at no point did the Romans themselves consider “the Empire” split into “two empires”. Like two legs are considered one unit with two sections for most effective movement, the classic Roman Empire was always considered one single entity having two or more Imperial courts, with its own Emperor or head, to most effectively administer the widespread area and diverse population.

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven headsand the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” (Rev 13:1-3)

285 – First division

diocletianthetetrarchy285-305-e1506880088711.jpgWe recognize the model of a federation having multiple heads of state in America’s system of local governors over the states of the union, and the in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Rome’s federation was instituted first as the Tetrarchy, or Four Rulers, in AD 285 by Diocletian, the notorious persecutor of Christians, in response to the Crisis of the 3rd century. This was a fifty year period during which the Empire nearly collapsed from invasion, civil war, plague, and economic depression. You know the Christians were expecting Christ’s return at any moment back then. And didn’t Constantine show up and save the day.

324 – Constantine the Great

During the Crisis of the 3rd Century, a child was born, a son was given: and the government was put upon his shoulder: and his name was called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Prince of Peace, The Everlasting, Undeviating, Constant-ine. (Notice these are all characteristics of Apollo.) Constantine’s father was Caesar, or deputy emperor in the west, but raised himself to the rank of Augustus, senior emperor. Constantine fought under his father in Britain, and after his father’s death was acclaimed emperor by the army. Like Augustus Caesar, he emerged victorious in a series of civil wars against rival Emperors to become sole ruler of the Empire by 324 AD, beginning a distinct epoch in the history of the Roman Empire. He replaced Diocletian’s tetrarchy with the principle of dynastic succession. Constantine strengthened the empire with many administrative, financial, social, and military reforms. He controlled inflation with a new gold coin with became the standard European currency for more than a thousand years. He built a new imperial residence at Byzantium which would become known as The New Rome.

He has historically been referred to as the “First Christian Emperor”, but as explained above, he simply put Christian names on pagan entitites. He was so powerful that throughout the High Middle Ages the Popes could successfully claim that he had transferred secular authority over Rome and the western part of the Roman Empire to them through the Donation of Constantine, a forged document.  He is venerated as a saint, the Christianized version of god, by Eastern Orthodox  and Byzantine Catholics

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476 – Re-unified

Although an 18th century historian’s retrospective and audacious termination of “The Western,” i.e. “European” Roman Empire  is accepted wisdom, we can recognize that this death certificate is false. It is part of the media makeover to fool the uninformed into believing that the repackaged Evil Kingdom of Darkness is not only new and improved but an entirely new product. The barbarian Odoacer did not kill the Roman Empire in 476 when he deposed the sitting Western Emperor. He simply acknowledged that his victory over the Western Emperor Romulus Augustus did not extend to assuming his role as a co-regent with Zeno in Constantinople. He wiselybyzantine-empire-under-justinians-reign-690x460  restrained his ambitions to being crowned King of one state in the Empire, like Herod had been King of Judea. “..the Senate in Rome sent an embassy to the Eastern Emperor and bestowed upon him the Western imperial insignia. The message was clear: the West no longer required a separate Emperor, for “one monarch sufficed [to rule] the world”. In response, Zeno accepted…  [and] conferred upon Odoacer the title of Patrician and granted him legal authority to govern Italy in the name of Rome.” Odoacer settled so many Germanic tribes into Roman territories, granting them Roman citizenship, that he and his successors were henceforth called  the “King of the Germans.” Now there’s a clue. juliusnepos2002

(Odoacer’s coins struck in the name of Emperor  Zeno,   testifying to the formal submission of Odoacer to Zeno.)

600 – Islamic element added

Muhammad c. 570 CE – 8 June 632 CE), the founder of Islam, claimed to be God’s Messenger, the final prophet of God sent to restore the correct understanding of monotheism preached previously by Adam, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. In this he was no different from a stream of charismatic leaders splitting off his own brand of religion from Christianity and  Judaism. He was just more successful.

1036dcea388a6f74cc3d1d8ddb7c3f5f-ottoman-empireIt is easy enough to see Antichrist in Christian rulers like Constantine who reshaped our Judeo-Christian heritage. From a biblical world view, we need to also recognize Antichrist in the monotheistic Muslim rulers who recognize but overrule Jesus Christ. Islam’s jihad, or holy war, is not just about religion.  It is about becoming the rulers of the Fourth Empire. After the Ottoman Turk Mehmet II “the Conqueror” took Constantinople in 1453 he claimed the title Kayser-i Rûm, i.e. Caesar of Rome. His successors maintained the claim, using the titles Caesar (Qayser) of Rûm, and emperor, in addition to the more familiar caliph of Islam. The Ottoman Empire was dissolved after WWI, with its territories and

800 – Reorganization

The Emperor ruling from Constantinople was still the highest power in an intact though disorganized Roman Empire throughout the Middle Ages when in 800 the current King of the Germans, Charlemagne, did aspire to equal status. Of course the Eastern Emperor did not authorize the elevation of this upstart, so Charlemagne had himself crowned Roman Emperor by the Pope on Christmas Day 800. (Remember, that’s the day for celebrating the birth of the sun god.)  In so doing, he and his heirs were not denying the title to the ruler in Constantinople. Over the centuries they sought in many ways to make themselves accepted by the Easterners as their co-regents and peers.

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Middle Ages – Conquering

In the 19th century scholars tried to disguise the core Roman identity of the Empire’s eastern portion by renaming it the “Byzantine” Empire on the basis of its adaptation of Greek culture and Eastern Orthodox Christianity.  However, the Empire was always known by its citizens and enemies as the Empire of the Romans. Traces of this can be found in the name of the country of Romania which means”citizens of Rome.” Invasions and mass migrations during the Middle Ages caused massive shifts in the distribution of power, reflected in the rise and fall of empires and claimants for legal succession of pieces of the Roman Empire. Around 900 Simeon I of Bulgaria  fought his way to official Byzantine recognition as Emperor/Tsar of the Bulgarians. This title was used by Bulgarian heads of state until the monarchy was abolished in 1946, and in part explains Bulgaria’s alliance with Germany during WWII.

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“The Holy” Roman Empire” which is used by historians to distinguish a core section of the Empire from one of the other sections of the single Roman Empire, was not used by contemporaries until the 13th century. The Western Emperors did not consider themselves to have started a different empire. They viewed themselves as the legitimate successors to the ancient imperial tradition of shared power. They called the heir to the Empire the King of the Romans and considered Rome to be the capital of the western part of the Empire even when, as with Constantinople, they set up administrative headquarters in cities like Aachen and Nuremberg for practical purposes. This version of the empire was centered in what is modern-day Germany, and called in the German language Kaiserreich, or Caesar’s Realm. Now there’s a clue.

Scholars also retrospectively terminated the eastern part of the Empire as of 1453 when Constantinople fell to Ottoman Turks, but tell that to the Russians, who iberian_union_empires.pngwon the power struggle to seize the lion’s share of control of the eastern administration. In 1547 the Russian ruler  assumed the title of  Caesar/Tsar and transferred the seat of eastern government and the Orthodox Christian Church from Constantinople to Moscow as a Third Rome.

Modern Empire – 19th Century

The Germanic Holy Roman Empire was dissolved on paper in 1806napoleoniceurope when its territories were taken over by  Napoleon I, shown in the map in blue with green allies. While modestly calling himself Emperor of France, Napoleon identified himself as Emperor of Rome by having himself crowned with both a replica of Charlemagne’s Roman Emperor crown and a Roman laurel wreath, and conferring on his son the title King of Rome. Like “Prince of Wales” is the official designation of the heir to the throne of England, “King of Rome” is the official designation of the heir to the Roman Empire. After Napoleon was crushed in his bid to incorporate the eastern (Russian) section of the empire, the Germans reclaimed control of the western territories. They bolstered their historical dynastic right by retrospectively calling Charlemagne’s first German-centered empire “The First” Reich and the renewed German Empire “The Second” Reich.  When this was dissolved in WWI by the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm, it was replaced by Hitler’s “Third” Reich.  Although Hitler did not call himself Kaiser, the identification of his empire with the two previous empires certainly identified him with the previous emperors/Kaisers. Like Augustus, he was waiting for popular acclaim after military victories. “…and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” (Rev 13:4)

Lenin’s Russian Revolution of 1917 put an end to the Romanov dynasty (yes, that means son or family of the Roman) and title of Tzar in Russia, but not to the role of an Imperator driven to conquer the world.heir to the throne, Andreas Palaiologos. Much like the Russian aristocracy after the Russian Revolution, he found refuge in the West, and his title and claim to be rightful Emperor of Rome was recognized by the Western powers. Desperate for money, like Esau he sold his inheritance, including his title and imperial rights, first to the French kings, where they gathered dust, then to their greatest rivals for power, Ferdinand and Isabella. This officially elevated the king of Spain into a legitimate Emperor of Rome. These are the rulers who had just expanded their empire into the New World. (Map above shows Spanish Empire in red and Portuguese in blue during union of their empires 1581-1640.)

Running back West, in 1588 the rustic English successfully defended themselves against the vastly superior Spanish Armada.  While England never conquered Spain, she did eventually overpower her,ngbbs4d4bd6a0b26e1 becoming by far the largest empire in history and the foremost global power for over a century. By WWI the British Empire controlled 23% of the world population and covered 24% of the Earth’s total land area. These statistics match those of the fourth horseman of the apocalypse, where “power was given untousmilitarybasesaroundtheworld.jpg them over the fourth part of the earth” (Rev 6:8) The British no longer control an empire, having turned over the reigns of power to America. Notice any similarities between the map of the British Empire at its height and the map of the US global extent power?

That is due to the Lend-Lease Act, a “milestone in the history of US foreign relations.” Prior to America’s direct involvement in WWII, President Roosevelt  arranged to trade, not sell, desperately needed military and domestic supplies to Great Britain and other allies who, impoverished by two world wars, would never be able to purchase them with money.  What America got in exchange was:

  1. Access to Britain’s global network of military bases.
  2. Underwriting of America’s transformation into a military-industrial complex, with, as President Eisenhower warned, its “potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power.”
  3. Defeat of the Nazi Third Reich with limited loss of American soldiers’ lives, thereby defeating the powerful isolationist politicians at home and winning the majority of Americans to his conviction that Americans can, and must, save the world for democracy.
  4. Entrance into the war, swooping in at the last minute to claim as spoils of war Germany’s top secret, highly advanced weapons technology.
  5. The creation of a new international economic order in the postwar world.”

This strategy catapulted America to the top.

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While obviously highly successful, senate opposition to the Lend-Lease Act correctly foresaw that the bill would “…give the president power to carry on a kind of undeclared war all over the world.”  Our presidents just don’t declare war. They just wage it. There are only five times Congress declared war – War of 1812, Mexican-American War, Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII.  Does that come as a surprise, given America’s lead role in the permanent state of world conflict since WWII? Naming just the significant officially undeclared but officially named wars, American has been involved in the Mexican Revolution of 1914, Russian Civil War of 1918, Vietnam War 1964-1973, Persian Gulf War 1991, War in Afghanistan 2001-ongoing, Iraq War 2003-2011, with emergence of ISIS as a direct result.

The brief review of the series of incarnations of the Roman Empire should serve to prove the point that even when the Empire changes its name to a local entity, and even when it masquerades as a republic, we should be able to see through the illusion. Caesar left republican Rome’s Senate intact, just powerless. Likewise Hitler left the Weimar Republic’s Reichstag intact, just gutted. American Presidents do not limited their powers to what the Constitution allows. Is it really that hard to recognize the current seat of world power? Are we in denial?

Let’s look at some biblical evidence.

And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write…I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.” (Rev 2:12-14)

Following the transfer of power from the Assyrian through the Babylonian, Persian, Greek and Roman, the religious seat of Satan’s dynasty moved from Babylon to Asia Minor, culminating in the Altar of Zeus in Pergamon.

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As the seat of power shifted further west, the famed Altar of Zeus was excavated, moved into Europe itself and rebuilt in Berlin. It provided the model for Hitler’s Zeppelin tribune, the megalithic grandstand for Nazi political rallies raising to power the man who took the reigns of power from the Kaiser.

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a6d74_1326834883_mile_high_stadium_crowd_denver_obamaI assume we don’t have a problem following a trail that leads from Zeus’ seat at Pergamon to Berlin and connects Satan to Hitler. Are we willing to keep following the trail even if it leads to an admired political leader…or a city in our own country? If we really believe that Daniel’s fourth world empire, the Roman, stays in power until the Rock returns and destroys it, we should be able to see it even when it is hiding in plain sight.

Going beyond politics and territories, we should be able to track the path of the ever shifting Roman Empire through the Roman legacy of culture – language, calendar, architecture, law and politics, colonies, religion. For instance,  53302447-pantheonfromhotelThe Pantheon, which means “temple of every god”, has been in continuous use throughout its history. Built during the reign of Augustus Caesar, it was converted to a Christian church in the 7th century. To this day, English and American Christian church buildings around the world are modeled after classical temples. Does this mean anything when we match up the maps?

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Is is really possible that the political seat of the fourth, the Roman, empire, which has moved over the last centuries, from Rome, to Constantinople, to Berlin, has settled in… Washington?

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The Apotheosis of Washington – literally, the deification (or god-making) of Washington. The fresco depicts Washington as Zeus on a throne in heaven surrounded by various gods and goddesses from classical mythology. Painted on the ceiling of the dome of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. during the Civil War by Vatican artist Constantino Brumidi.

The similarities between pagan idols and monuments to our national leaders cannot be coincidental. Do you really think Satan is just sitting out history on the sidelines? Shouldn’t we expect him to be where ever power is concentrated?

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Both statues of Washington and Lincoln were deliberately modeled after Zeus, with Washington’s entitled “Enthroned Washington” and Lincoln’s placed in a monument expressly modeled after one of Zeus’ temples and defined as a temple on the plaque above Lincoln’s head. The timing and association of these images of Zeus is no accident of history.

The American Civil War resulted in “the complete transformation of the United States into a capitalist power…opening the doors to European immigration by the millions…pushed the United States into first place among industrial powers by 1900, outstripping Great Britain.” The bloodshed and number of lives sacrificed – and I use that term intentionally – to make this happen is staggering. “Approximately 625,000 men died in the Civil War, more Americans than in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined…Two percent of the population died, the equivalent of 6 million men today.”

The federal government grew enormously in power and prestige, particularly the office of the President.  Abraham Lincoln’s assertion of the “war powers” of the President has been used (abused?) consistently by his successors” to spread American “democracy”. It appears that the President of the United States is the greatest change agent the world has yet known, bringing about the new world order.

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Before 1860 the United States had offered aspiring republicans around the globe a template for how a free, self-governing nation might live in peace and prosperity…in many European minds, a model country to aspire to when thinking about progressive ideas such as liberty, equality, and self-rule. And with the Civil War, the U.S. seemed to offer to the rest of the world a literal battle between those values and rights.

“The phrase public diplomacy may not have become an official term in the popular press until World War I. But it was during the Civil War that deliberate, state-sponsored programs began attempting to influence the public mind abroad about American foreign policy…The Union won the Civil War, Doyle explains, by executing both soft and hard elements of diplomacy with finesse and brilliant strategic thinking.” This is the serpent’s trademark strategy.

I realize that accusing the US President of being antichrist is only acceptable when he leads the opposition party.  Let’s put party preferences aside. There is only one true savior, but there are many antichrists.  Both presidential candidates can be deceiving us. Prophecy provides the IDs for both Christ and Antichrist.  We can match cycles of history and current events to prophecy to recognize antichrist’s identifying features in repeating patterns of behavior.

Any leader who promises to solve problems by changing circumstances and defeating an external enemy is a false savior. We’ve had the War on Poverty, the War on Drugs, The War on Terror, none of which puts responsibility on the individual. The true savior and his representatives preach that the problem is sinful human nature and the real solution is transformation to a holy nature empowering changed behavior. If you believe the Bible teaches this, then you must acknowledge that the powerful US Presidents who guided America through the tumultuous changes of the first half of the 20th century were antichrists. Promising peace and prosperity through political deals, they led America and the world from one catastrophe to the next.

  • And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and…I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. 
  • And when he had opened the second seal…there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, [WWI] and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. 
  • And when he had opened the third seal…and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. [The Great Depression] And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. 
  • And when he had opened the fourth seal…and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. [WWII]
  • And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth [area under American influence] to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” (Rev 6:1-8). [Over 12 million dead in America’s wars since WWII.]

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Although “liberty, equality and fraternity” was the slogan of the French Revolution, many of those who participated were motivated by the high cost of food more than by any political ideals.

Revolutions of 1848, known in some countries as the Spring of Nations…were a series of political upheavals throughout Europe in 1848. It remains the most widespread revolutionary wave in European history…Over 50 countries were affected…

Urban workers had no choice but to spend half of their income on food, which consisted mostly of bread and potatoes. As a result of harvest failures, food prices soared…

In the years 1845 and 1846, a potato blight caused a subsistence crisis in Northern Europe…Harvests of rye in the Rhineland were 20% of previous levels…the cost of wheat more than doubled in France and Habsburg Italy…There were 400 French food riots during 1846 to 1847….

American investigative journalist Alfred Henry Lewis (1855-1914) famously said, “There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy.” …What he means is that hunger dispels the illusions of a polite society and unleashes the desperate animal-like nature that lurks inside all human beings. A starving man trying to feed his starving children will at some point abandon all law and order, doing anything necessary to keep himself and his children alive, including engaging in robbery, assault and murder…

No local police force can hope to control the actions of the starving masses, regardless of how obedient the population once was when food was abundant…

Let’s update this picture and the news.

According to the World Bank, rising food prices have caused 51 food riots in 37 countries since 2007. These include Tunisia, [triggering the Arab Spring] South Africa, Cameroon and India, among other nations…

A World Bank blog entry by Senior Economist Jose Cuesta entitled “No Food, No Peace” (2) warns that “It is quite likely that we will experience more food riots in the foreseeable future… food price shocks have repeatedly led to spontaneous — typically urban — sociopolitical instability…”

What the World Bank is leading to (but not quite saying) is that hunger leads to revolution. When the People are starving in the streets, there is political unrest that can easily turn violent. Because this is a fundamental human reaction, it is just as true in the United States, UK and other first-world nations as it is in Cameroon or India.

…between June 2010 and June 2011, world grain prices almost doubled. In many places on this planet, that proved an unmitigated catastrophe. In those same months, several governments fell, rioting broke out in cities from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to Nairobi, Kenya, and most disturbingly three new wars began in Libya, Yemen, and Syria…

And in each of these situations, the initial trouble was traceable, at least in part, to the price of that loaf of bread…

And how are we responding to this gathering crisis? Has there been a broad new international initiative focused on ensuring food security for the global poor — that is to say, a stable, affordable price for our loaf of bread? You already know the sad answer to that question.

Instead, massive corporations like Glencore, the world’s largest commodity trading company, and the privately held and secretive Cargill, the world’s biggest trader of agricultural commodities, are moving to further consolidate their control of world grain markets and vertically integrate their global supply chains in a new form of food imperialism designed to profit off global misery. While bread triggered war and revolution in the Middle East, Glencore made windfall profits on the surge in grain prices. And the more expensive our loaf of bread becomes the more money firms like Glencore and Cargill stand to make. Consider that just about the worst possible form of “adaptation” to the climate crisis.

Many are now warning about the coming inevitable collapse in the food supply due to the following factors

  • ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER cards are depended on by over 47 million Americans for food purchases. The EBT cards are not dependable, given that the federal government, has undergone government shut-downs and worse yet, is deeply in debt. “As of Sept. 30, 2019, it exceeded $22.6 trillion…About two-thirds is debt held by the public…America’s debt is the largest sovereign debt in the world for a single country. It runs neck and neck with that of the European Union, which is a unified trade body of 28 member countries.” When the day comes that the feds stop funding the EBT cards, what do you think will happen? And that’s the richest country in the world. What about the poor countries?
  • HYDROLOGIC CYCLE SCIENTISTS are warning that much of the food production taking place in the world today — across the USA, India, China, etc. — depends entirely on fossil water extraction from underground aquifers. Those aquifers are being rapidly depleted, some dropping more than a foot each year. Once this fossil water is used up, it’s gone for hundreds or thousands of years. Entire breadbasket regions of the world (such as the U.S. Midwest) will be turned into agricultural deserts. Already, much of Texas and Oklahoma is returning to Dust Bowl conditions.
  • ENVIRONMENTALISTS warn that climate change will cause radical weather patterns (droughts, floods, freezes) that devastate the food supply. It is undeniable that radical weather has already caused unprecedented destruction of U.S. food production.
    • In 2010 and 2011 severe drought affected four regions: the southern United States, western Russia, Western Australia, and East Africa
      • Direct losses from the drought approached $10 billion in the state of Texas alone in 2011…a very active fire season across the southern US…more than $1 billion…
      • in Russia’s Central, Volga, and Ural Districts…wheat production for 2010 was…14% below the 2000–2011 average, and barley production…was 51% below the 2000–2011 average…led to the abandonment of approximately 13.3 million hectares of cropland, including half the grain area in the Volga District.

      • East Africa experienced…sharp declines in agricultural production, in particular sorghum, a staple food in this semi-arid region. For Somalia, the total sorghum production for 2011 was…more than 80% below normal…caused widespread famine and high mortality…the United Nations estimated more than 13 million people required humanitarian assistance.

      • Australia experienced…Regional wheat production…30% below normal…the worst overall agricultural production in 40 years.

    • Three regions experienced excessive rain, floods, and below-normal temperatures during the September 2010 to May 2011 La Niña event: the northern US and southern Canada; southeastern Australia; and southern Africa.

      • In North America, heavy spring rains saturated fields…triggered widespread flooding in the Mississippi and Missouri basins, putting thousands of acres of farmland under water and causing more than $5 billion in damage. Agricultural losses in southern Canada amounted to $1 billion…most agricultural states suffered reduced harvests from delayed planting of crops in spring 2011…

      • The main corn producing region of South Africa, known as “The Maize Triangle” received heavy rainfall…combined with cooler temperatures…created favorable growing conditions…[However, also] creating ideal ecological conditions for hatching Aedes mosquito eggs …This resulted in the most extensive and widespread outbreak of Rift Valley fever in the region since the 1970s negatively impacting the livestock industry and human health in southern Africa.

      • Southeastern Australia likewise experienced…High rainfall and cooler temperatures resulted in increased agricultural yields…However, the wet conditions also had…ideal conditions for an increase in populations of mosquito vectors of Murray Valley encephalitis virus.

  • GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS are genetically vulnerable to disease because they are mono-culture crops with little genetic diversity. Nearly all corn grown in the USA, for example, is genetically modified corn with a near-identical genetic makeup. The situation is obviously ripe for precisely the kind of disease wipeout we’re already witnessing with global banana crops.
  • ECONOMISTS are warning that the global money supply is on the verge of collapse. Once it collapses, banking would go down with it, destroying the infrastructure that people use to buy food. If grocery stores can’t conduct financial transactions, they can’t buy inventory to retail to the public, for starters. To stay informed on this subject, read up at www.TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com or www.SHTFplan.com or www.SteveQuayle.com
  • PERMACULTURE advocates are warning that the global seed supply has been deliberately collapsed by biotech companies which routinely buy up small seed companies and shut them down. The intention is to create seed monopolies and eliminate competing alternatives to patented, corporate-controlled seeds.”

There is a sequence of events common to every catastrophic breakdown of civilization, portrayed as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and described in Zechariah 6 and Revelation 6 as preceding the crowning of God’s anointed one / Messiah / Seed of the Woman on his rightful throne. Of course this event is viciously resisted by the Seed of the Serpent with every means at his disposal.

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  1. White horse – A strong man promises to bring peace to a chaotic world through strength – Alexander the Great, Augustus Caesar, Hitler, even our own American presidents. Live long enough and you’ll experience for yourself that this never works, it just leads to
  2. Red horse – War and more war resulting in
  3. Black horse – Dreadful living conditions, poor nutrition and pandemics for
    1. civilians in homelands diverting resources for war,
    2. refugees in camps fleeing battlefields and genocide,
    3. civilians in lands devastated by war, earthquakes and other natural disasters experiencing a break down of law and order. Those resisting government control are targeted as enemies of the people to justify loss of civil liberties in a fear-based society. Historically this includes – but is not limited to –  Bible believers and Jews in the Roman empire including Nazi Germany, the Communists post WWII America and Moslems in post 9/11 America.
  4. Pale horse – massive death rates from all causes.

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This cascade of falling dominoes is not just a prophecy by fanatical religious fundamentalists. It is a prediction by top scientists. We can reverse-engineer the program to discover what was going on in Noah’s days by learning about current doomsday scenarios.

  1. Climate change is the biggest threat facing the planet, many scientists say. The cascade of changes could lead to political instability, severe drought, famine, ecosystem collapse and other changes.” For example, the French Revolution of 1789 was driven in large part by widespread food shortages caused by harvest failures from sudden climate changes. Like the other young officer Hitler, Napoleon Bonaparte rose to power during his first war to become dictator of a massive empire in Europe and beyond.
  2. New deadly pathogens emerge every year, and because our world is so interconnected, a deadly disease could spread like wildfire.
    1. Bacteria are developing immunity to antibiotics.
    2. We know even less about treating fungal infections, so a fatal fungus in humans would be catastrophic.
    3. Viruses are almost impossible to kill, making world-wide monitoring of emerging strains for rapid limiting of infection virtually the only strategy available to prevent an epidemic.
    4. Prions are invariably fatal and not treatable at this time.
    5. Designer pathogens for biological warfare.
    6. 012419-cc-ap-doomsday-clock-imgNuclear war – The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists gave its annual presentation of the Doomsday Clock in January 2019. A group of scientists and scholars, including 15 Nobel laureates, set the clock at two minutes before the symbolic apocalyptic midnight…the closest the clock has ever been to symbolizing doom. And that was before Presidents Trump and Putin pulled out of a major nuclear arms limitation treaty.
  3. Overpopulation resulting in wars to obtain limited resources necessary for survival. Bear in mind, the amount of resources desired, not needed, by the powerful is the determining factor in the mathematical calculation of “over” population. This was made clear by Hitler in his lebensraum platform.
  4. Snowball effect – one disaster leads to another. And this is how it rolls in the book  A Path Where No Man Thought: Nuclear Winter and the End of the Arms Race by eminently popular atheist scientist Carl Sagan and Richard Turco published in 1990 as well as Revelation by St. John the Divine published about 100. Nuclear winter has become a hot political debate, not surprisingly, given government dependence on war as a political strategy, but is defended as a real and present danger by the next generation of scientists.
  5. Robot ascension – the United Nations recently called for a ban on killer robots. Many computer scientists think that we are nearing the singularity, the point at which inhuman intelligence merges with human intelligence and fills the universe. The Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University is devoted to bringing this about in the conviction that this assures the future of humanity. Whether or not technologically housed intelligence merges with or kills off humanity,  transhumanism by definition spells the end of humanity as we know it.

Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all  these things, know that it is near, even at the doors…But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matthew 24:32-36)

With that firmly in mind, please also keep in mind that I am not pointing the finger at any person or event as being fulfilment of prophecy, simply as being one of a host of recurrences of prophecy bringing the end looming into view. My purpose is to update our static Sunday School pictures to heart-pounding current events.

The following extremely brief review of biblical prophecy of the end times will be expanded on in a later post. For now I just want to expand our awareness that the end of the antediluvian era is not a mystery. What has been before will be again, therefore vice versa – known history brings past history to life.

“In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long…Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words…to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days… (Daniel 10-12)

“…the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell uswhat shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them…(Matthew 24)

I’ve condensed and rearranged the documented order of events to show how the Promised Savior’s answer is a condensed version of Daniel’s prophecy. Like the Jews in the Babylonian exile who were expecting the Messiah to deliver them from Babylonian rule since their 70 years punishment was finished, so the disciples were expecting Jesus to deliver them from Roman rule since he had arrived. Both groups were informed otherwise. 

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And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will...Think the President of the United States. Look at the facial expressions in the photo above. A beaming US President is flanked by two very unhappy Middle Eastern Presidents whose will he overcame in the peace talks And the President of the United States is hailed as the Prince of Peace through strength.

donald_rumsfeld_saddam_hussein_shake_hands_20dec1983_aAnd the king of the south shall be strong, and one of his [the US President’s] princes; and he shall be strong above him, and have dominion; his dominion shall be a great dominionThink Saddam Hussein dominating world-wide oil supplies.

the robbers of thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the visionThink the PLO in the United Nations.43rd plenary meeting of the General Assembly 67th session: Question of Palestine

He [President of US] that cometh against him [Saddam Hussein] shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before himincluding Russia, European leaders, UN.gulf1_2938940b

there shall stand up a vile / despised, contemptible person. And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people. He shall enter peaceably Think the President of Russia, a “small” people after the breakup of the USSR.gettyimages_1000091266.1531740392

And both of these kings’ hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one tableand have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant. And arms shall stand on his part…And such as do wickedly against the trump-e1573039791366.jpgcovenant shall he corrupt by flatteries

And the king shall do according to his will; [by the repetition of this phrase and the examples in history we can deduce that this is the first king, i.e. the President of the United States, not Russia] and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods…nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. 9781894400589

But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces / strongholds: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honourin the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them [in context must be the lesser gods under the God of forces] to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain...And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain

  • nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

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  1. three [in succession not simultaneously] kings / rulers in Persia / Iran; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia / Westerners whose culture stems from Greece.
  2. the king’s daughter of the south / Egypt, see #3] shall come to the king of the north / Great Britain to make an agreement: but she shall not retain the power of the arm; neither shall he stand, nor his arm:
  3. But out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and shall deal against them, and shall prevail: And shall also carry captives into Egypt their gods, with their princes, and with their precious vessels of silver and of gold; and he shall continue more years than the king of the north.
  4. But his sons shall be stirred up, and shall assemble a multitude of great forces: 
  5. And the king of the south shall be moved with choler, and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north: and he shall set forth a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into his hand.
  6. For the king of the north shall return, and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former, and shall certainly come after certain years with a great army and with much riches.
  7. he shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand: for they shall forecast devices against him.
  8. And at the time of the end [begins with WW3 or whatever number starting in the Middle East] shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries [in context, those in the Middle East like Syria] shall be overthrown: syrian-arab-army-in-latakiabut these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab,  and the chief of the children of Ammon / Jordan. He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
  9. But tidings out of the east / Korean & China and out of the north / Russia shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. Regional war explodes into world-wide war as the Secondary Powers seize advantage of the Super Powers’ distraction.world-war-3

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  1. and one shall certainly come, and overflow, and pass through: then shall he return, and be stirred up, even to his fortress.
  2. and he shall cast down many ten thousands:
  3. the king of the north shall come, and cast up a mount / besiege, and take the most fenced / fortified cities:

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he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed[Don’t jump to conclusion that this must be one of the current Arab leaders threatening to push Israel into the sea. Historically a Western ruler, from the Roman Caesars to the British Prime Ministers to Presidents of the US have fought against Jewish presence in this land.]

  1. at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people  – We can deduce from the previous account in Daniel that Michael has risen to the challenge of battling the great spirit prince who has risen to power through his human collaborator. 
  2. and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: because the previously barred hate-filled gods/aliens have been allowed in by their human collaborators.
  3. the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And 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.
  4. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened…

 

24) The Mark of the Beast

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Meet the hybrids

Just as the mixing of angelic with human – abomination – resulted in desolation of the earth in Noah’s day,  the same mixing of angelic with human is specifically prophesied to occur in some way in the last days.

“And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron…And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they [THEY? Who are THEY?] shall mingle themselves with the seed of men [obviously THEY something other than human]: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” (Dan 2:40-43)

Continue reading “24) The Mark of the Beast”

25) The Great Tribulation

Is it just coincidence that in the last few decades there has been a media blitz focused on the concept of aliens from outerspace visiting our planet?  http://www.sott.net/article/271567-More-Americans-believe-aliens-have-visited-Earth-than-believe-that-Jesus-is-the-Son-of-God

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.  Is it just coincidence that recently there has been a media onslaught of movies, television series, and books detailing an apocolyptic end to humanity after genetic engineering unleashes a virus that turns humans, at death, into zombies whose only drive is to hunt down and bite living humans in an excited rage, killing & turning them into zombies, and where living humans’ only drive is to survive by killing zombies and human rivals for the means to sustain life another day, fully aware that the end is near.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie#Zombie_apocalypse

26) The Last Trump

Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.  

  • This goes back to: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth…Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out.” (Rev 3:11-12) The concept of being “kept” goes back to Yeshua’s prayer for his disciples on the night he was betrayed.  They all suffered tribulation and most were martyred, so this can’t mean “raptured out of the Great Tribulation” as is often taught.”In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer;  I have overcome the world …And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, [Why?  So they don’t suffer?  No! The Father had to abandon his son to suffering, and Yeshua had to suffer torture and death.  Being “kept” means being guarded from giving up faith in God in the face of personal suffering.] that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. (Joh 16:33, 17:11-12)

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep / inactivated, 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: 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)

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spiritThe first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we [those of us who have joined identity with YHWH’s Promised Savior Jesus Christ] shall also bear the image of the heavenly…flesh and blood cannot the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep / die physically, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (I Corinthians 15:40-52)

And when he had opened the seventh seal...I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpetsand there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake…

  • The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
  • And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea:
    • and the third part of the sea became blood;
    • And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died;
    • and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
  • And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
  • And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

  • 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 pitAnd there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth…And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. 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 the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their  was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
  • And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, [i.e. a specific appointment time] for to slay the third part of men. (Revelation 8-9)
  • And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever…And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: (Revelation 11:16-19)

And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs. And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.

And I saw…them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his nameAnd they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying…all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

27) The Day of the Lord

The interconnectedness of the biosphere expands the consequences of humanity’s fallen nature to the earth itself.

The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word…The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.” (Isa 24:3-6, 19-20)

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven [don’t forget this means angels as well as lights in the sky] fell unto the earth…and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man...said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? [It’s at this point that Antichrist offers himself as an alternative to kneeling before Messiah/Christ.] (Rev 6:12-13) 

Sounds like a black hole.

 

Heavy stuff.  This is where most people choose to reject the Bible on the basis of “A good God wouldn’t send anyone to hell.”  Admittedly, the idea of burning for eternity is absolutely horrible. That doesn’t mean it’s not true. The easiest way we can understand God is to put ourselves in his place. Do you have children?migrants-449857 We’re not talking about damnation over breaking some arbitrary rules against feeling good. Can you imagine watching your beloved children suffer at the hands of evil people? What punishment is appropriate for someone who deceived most of your children into hating you and running away from you in order to betray and trap them into a lifetime of misery and eternity separated from you, while torturing and murdering as many of your faithful children as he can?  The attached clip from Game of Thrones shows scenes of horrific cruelty. I don’t recommend you watch it, but if you do,you can always click off.  Unlike the millions of real life victims of persecution.

The God of the Bible is not a wuss.  His war banner reads “Vengeance is mine, I will repay.” His fight is with Satan and his angels, but he will take down anyone who joins them.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” (Matt 25:41)

 

So who goes to hell?  The short list includes the devil, for sure, also the enigmatic “beast”, the false prophet, the abominable, and, to sum it up, “whosoever was not found written in the book of life.”  How do we make sure we are written in the book of life? What is this book of life?

According to the following psalm describing the development of a human embryo, God keeps a register, a log book of all human beings ever conceived.  An aside note – if we take our convictions from the Bible, then this establishes that life begins at conception.

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psa 139:14-16)

From Moses we learn that that God will blot out, from this book, the names of people who have sinned grievously against him. This would account for individuals who are “not found written in the book of life.”

“And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. And the Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.” (Ex 32:31-33)

Centuries later, in the letters written to the congregations that were under great pressure to forsake Messianic Judaism (or nascent Christianity depending on your viewpoint), we find the same potential to be blotted out of the book of life.

“And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write…I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art deadHe that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” (Rev 3:1,5)

The threat of being blotted out of the book of life gives us to understand that the members of the Sardis congregation were in the same set of circumstances as the members of Moses’ congregation. Both groups had not yet overcome the obstacles to resisting the lures of lies in order to believe the hard truth spoken by Lord Yeshua Messiah. Both groups had yet to decide whether to 1) surrender to an easier life in allied to, i.e. in slavery to, the gods of this world, or 2) take up the fight for reclaiming our territory.

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God…lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Messiah/Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end…And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. (Heb 3:12-19)

The apostle Paul relates his willingness, like Moses, to be accursed – sacrifice his eternal destiny which would involved being blotted out of the book of life – to save his beloved people.

“I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Messiah/Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites…(Ro 9:2-4)

However, neither one of those men, nor any regular human, can trade places with another. There is only one, the man Yahweh’s Chosen Savior/Messiah Yeshua/Christ Jesus. In the following passage referencing the book of life, notice the lack of boundaries between two authors – David as a sinful human and the sinless Consecrated One/Messiah/Christ, confirmed as such in later references.  This is a poetic means of demonstrating David’s merged identity with Messiah, made possible because Messiah took on David’s human identity.

Save me, O God…I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow meThey that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away. O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee. Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel. Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s childrenBut as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation…And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily. Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drinkPour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them. Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents…Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness. Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous. But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.” (Psa 69:1-29)

Here we find that there is not only the book of the living in which are written the names of all humans born into this physical dimension and from which the names can be blotted out, there is also a second book in which are written the names of the righteous who are born again into the spiritual dimension. In context, the righteous are those who acknowledge their need for a savior/Yeshua/Jesus and put their trust in The Consecrated One/Messiah/Christ’s atoning sacrifice for sin.

“For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” (Ro 4:3)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (Joh 3:16)

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph 2:4-9)

The general life book lists those individuals who came to life physically, die a physical death, and are resurrected to face an accounting for their actions while alive.  Interestingly, the Egyptian Book of the Dead describes this same fate.

Does this include hybrid human/angels? I don’t know, but a bigger problem is that no-one can face God and claim to be righteous on the basis of their own works.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (Ro 3:10-14)

28) The End

Notice the categories of beings listed in John’s vision of heaven described in Revelation chapters 4-5,7,20-21.

  • Almighty God: a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. 
  • Human elders who rule with The Consecrated One/Messiah/Christ: And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold…And they sung a new song, saying…thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 
  • Humans from every nation who remain faithful despite persecution: …an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel [this works out to be about 1% of the current world’s population of Jews, or about 50% of the current world’s population of Messianic Jewsand…a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb…These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
  • Sons of God: He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 
  • Spirits: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
  • Holy Beasts, i.e. living beings who don’t fall into a known (by humans) category of creature, identified by features “like” and “as” known beings: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind…And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him…and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
    • And the first beast was like a lion,
    • and the second beast like a calf,
    • and the third beast had a face as a man,
    • and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
  • Messiah, the sacrifical Lamb, the star of this event: 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…the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb
  • Heavenly angels: And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. 
  • Dead individuals from the sea and hell: And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works… 
  • The unholy beast (describing another one of those unknown creatures), always paired with the human false prophet: And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
  • The devil: And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
  • The unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death
  • And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.