July 7, 2005
I have read on your understanding of the coronation of the King Jesus in your material. I have an insight I feel important enough to share. I strongly believe the bible suports the coronation having ALREADY occured 2000 years ago!! the passage in question:
"Thrones were set in place and one of great age took his seat...a court was held and the books were opened. I gazed into the visions of the night, and I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven, one like a son of man. He came to the one of great age and was led into his presence. On him was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship, and men of all peoples...became his servants. his sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty which shall never pass away, nor will his empire ever be destroyed..." (Dan.7:9-14).
Notice, this is NOT the second coming. At the second coming, Chrsit comes to us. At his ascension, he went to whom? To the Father, the one of great age.it was then he was coronated King. This is a study I had prepared a while ago on this I will share below.....Let's first look at MAtthew 25:34
"Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:"----> Who is the King? answer: Christ, (he is the one sitting on the throne as in the first verse)------> can one be a King without having already be coronated at some time in the PAST? answer: I think that is way too obvious.. of course not! C
You are absolutely correct concerning the timing of the coronation (Christ's heavenly glorification from which descends the Holy Spirit). What I incorrectly called Christ's coronation is actually His "wedding feast"an event which does take place after the Second Coming, and to which all the Chosen have been invited to attend.
This feast celebrates the wedding of Christ to the new kingdom which God has handed over to Him at the end. Jesus said that everything that belongs to the Father has been given to Him.
"Everything the Father has is mine; that is why I said: All he (the Holy Spirit) tells you will be taken from what is mine." (John 16:15).
"I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you now. But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you to the complete truth since he will not be speaking as from himself but will say only what he has learnt; and he will tell you of the things to come. He will glorify me, since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine." (John 16:12-14).
When Jesus voiced these words, it was this handover He was speaking of. The concept of "Trinity" shows us a Godhead identical in all its parts. The Book of Revelation addresses that ruling unity in this passage:
"I saw that there was no temple in the city since the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb were themselves the temple, and the city did not need the sun or the moon for light, since it was lit by the radiant glory of God and the Lamb was a lighted torch for it." (Rev.21:22-23).
The city being discussed, of course, is the new kingdom of Jerusalem in heaven.
Thank you very much for this important clarification.
The Supreme Court has once again upheld their ruling that there can be no mention of God or religion in federal or state affairs. According to the latest Pew poles, ours is a nation that is 85% Christian. The perception among many of these believers is that the war currently being waged in the Supreme Court over God and Constitution is also one of a battle between two religions one that believes in God and another that believes there is no God. In that perception, the court has backed one religion over another.
The strength and depth of the national polarization over this issue can be seen in the first 3 days after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. The only word on American lips at that time was "God", as in "God Bless America", focused by an attempt only weeks earllier by the Federal government's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to take the word "God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance. In the years that followed, a fortification of the theological South in our politics has occurred, a rise many believe is fully related to a restive populous that has drawn a religious line in the sand. It may not be the line anyone wanted, or a correct line according to constitutional terms, but it comes with formidable backing no less powerful than that promoting the opposite view.
It is clear that the law of equal and opposite reactions is at play here. Continued escalation remains a given. Clarence Thomas wrote in a separate opinion, upholding the Texas Ten Commandments that "a more fundamental rethinking of the Court's Establishment Clause jurisprudence remains in order." Such a "rethinking" on this issue existed from 1776 to 1963. That understanding, attacked by the Supreme Court in 1963, was torn asunder over a period of 40 years in decision after decision that so favored atheism the U.S. Congress in 1997 passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That Act was immediately nullified by the Supreme Court.. As a result, the growing political and religious polarity that now divides our nation is certain to increase. Jesus said that a nation divided against itself cannot stand.
Our judicial and civic leaders have not only put God to the test, they have effectively dismantled the divine shield of grace that has guarded and guided our country since its inception. Their timing could not be worse.
"...As a result, the growing political and religious polarity that now divides our nation is certain to increase. Jesus said that a nation divided against itself cannot stand. Our judicial and civic leaders have not only put God to the test, they have effectively dismantled the divine shield of grace that has guarded and guided our country since its inception. Their timing could not be worse."
Then tell us why it is we should follow God's laws? If, as you say, 85% of the nation is Christian and God knows this and he knows what is in men's hearts, then how does the above endanger us? Are you saying that as a nation we might fall?! Why? Because God is angry over what the FEW do? Is God so spiteful that he would punish millions because a few who do not believe in him are in power?
...If God will not spare or protect millions of people that he knows believe in him, then that is wrong. I do not think you are right on this. If you want to know why there is a great fall away and why there was rebellion in heaven and here on earth, this is why. Your words seem like a warning, yet do you realize that what you write makes it seem like God is a petty God that is jealous and insecure? I do not believe this. God does NOT look to governments! God does not acknowledge governments of man, he looks to the people, who are all his children. Sorry Ted, but on this one, I do not agree with you at all. I do not believe that God would lift any supposed shield of protection and grace simply because some meaningless court ruling. Those who believe will continue to do so and if anything, the courts actions would only deepen the beliefs of people. PS
The implications you draw from my words were certainly not intended. Throughout the ravages of the world-wide tribulations of the last century, and up to the present day, the United States has enjoyed divine blessing beyond anyone's most hopeful expectations. It is our heartful prayer that this will continue into the future all the way to the end. Scripture seems to indicate that it will, but also teaches that it is dependent upon the continuance of faith by the people. You are correct. It is not a court ruling, but faith alone that will determine all these things. Good point.
First, I have read so many web sites from bible ministers that state that: There is the general tribulation, then, the rapture and then the final tribulation. This is the year 2005. If there is a GENERAL TRIBULATION, could we be living in it RIGHT NOW?A
Yes. Manifestations of it include a perfusion of wars, world wars, the holocaust, massacres of whole populations in Africa, Cambodia, Bosnia, Russia and elsewhere, atom bombs and hydrogen bombs, terrorism, etc., etc.
The Book of Daniel divides the final tribulation into two periods, 1290 days and 45 days, so you could actually count the tribulation as having 3 parts. The first part of the tribulation (not counted in these two numbers) begins the punishment of the pagans and has been going on now for perhaps100 years.
"Lawlessness will bring the whole earth to ruin and evil-doing bring the thrones of the mighty down." (Ws.5:17-24).
The final two tribulations (those described by Daniel) involve the world's attack on the Christian churches. That has not begun yet. According to Daniel and Isaiah, it will begin sometime in the distant future when the sacrifice of communion is desecrated and forbidden by a world power. (See Daniel 9:27 & Isaiah 24:5-6).
According to internet web sites on the HEBREW calendar and CHRISTIAN calendar respectively, where do we stand (right now-2005) in the history of man (according to the bible-6000 year period of mankind)? A
In the Christian calendar we have just entered the 3rd millenium (the 3rd "day" of Christ). This is the "day" (a day to God is like a 1000 years) scripture tells us Jesus is to return (i.e., "early in the 3rd day"). The 3rd day began January 1, 2001.
The Hebrew calendar is different. It measures the age of God's people on earth (relative to the 6000 years). In that calendar the current year is 5765. In late September or October, it will become 5766.
The Jews teach that God created Adam and Eve on October 7, 3761 B.C. This date is used in calculating the year of the Jewish calendar. That means the 7th "day" of God in the Hebrew calendar will begin about 234 years from now. According to Hebrew Law, on the 7th day everything that belongs to God must be returned to God unequivocally, so one might think we could use that number to calculate the outside date for the end of the world, but we can't. Scripture tells us that the last days will be cut short, so there is really no telling.
I am currently residing in a Catholic country. When I attend Catholic masses, there is NO usage of the bible (only a red catacism book) and panthlets that talk of Jesus and some of the scriptures and his parables. They also have Eucaristic sayings and formalities of Catholic traditions. Would I be misinterpreting this as a non-christian religion? This confuses me. A
The Catholic Church is a Christian church. In fact, it is the largest and, together with its eastern counterpart, the Greek Orthodox, the oldest Christian church in the world.
There are several different Bibles available that have been approved by the Catholic Church. However, historically, salvation has not been dependent upon each Christian possessing their own copy of the scriptures. Books (moveable type) were not invented until the time of Martin Luther in the 16th century.
Before that (for1 & 1/2 thousand years), all Bibles had to be written out by hand, a process that took half a lifetime, so there were not many around: just in the churches themselves. As you say, for this reason, the scriptures were read to the congregations.
A Christian church is any church that preaches Jesus to the world. A Christian is anyone who believes in Jesus and puts His Gospel into practice in their lives.
Lastly, could you tell me possibly (where and how) America plays a role in the end times? America is changing so fast. We used to be a Christian nation, however, it appears that that is no longer true. I have seen the influx of so many people coming to America that want to bring their own religions and languages here and do not want to assimulate. Is this to be expected? A
America's role in the end-times cannot be stated in absolute terms because no one is sure that we are living in those days now. However, every sign seems to point to the fact that we are. In that case, America would be the "Kittim" of prophecy. That is the nation in the Book of Daniel whose "ships" confront the "beast" of the last days and keeps him from conquering Israel (Dn. 11:30).
According to the latest Pew poll, the United States is currently about 85% Christian, a number little different from past decades. The tremendous faith this has meant to our nation may well have helped us dodge most of the bitter consequences of the world-wide tribulation events of the last century.
Jesus said that a house divided against itself cannot stand. As long as the churches in America all lock arms and stand as one people (God's House of Israel on earth), no influx of foreign philosophies will be powerful enough to breach the wall of grace that still protects this nation. Remember, Israel had 12 tribes, not just one, and they were all supposed to get along. The fact that they did not, the Bible tells us, is what destroyed Israel and plunged the nation into captivity and exile.
I think your right about the rise of the East, and here is an article showing how Islamic Banking is gaining strength. Up until now, the Banks have been controlled by the West. Now, the Islamic banks will be able to do things without full knowledge of the West. The information provided by DAVID WALKER, COMPTROLLER GENERAL, GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, shows that the US is declining financially.
How does this all fit with the commerce mark to buy and sell? Would this mark be specific to buying and selling with the Islamic nation or world wide/everyone? Thanks for your thoughts. MM
I am not that familiar with the interworkings of global finance. The prophecies show that a very disturbing moment in world history seems to lie in our immediate future. Global financial implosion, perhaps reminiscent of 1929 is a real possibility, but more than that seems to be involved as well. Daniel has forecast a vast change in the political and financial dynamic of the world community, beginning in catastrophe. Many Bible scholars point to the past with respect to this prophecy, seeing fulfillment long ago. That does not square with Daniel's own proclamation that his words relate to the last days, so the jury remains out.
And the word "jury" is probably most relevant here since Jeremiah has forecast that a "catastrophe" very similar to that foreseen by Daniel will be the ultimate "proof" of our position with respect to the chronology of biblical prophecy which foresees an earthly future, not of glassine towers and emerald spires, but of rampikes. If it occurs in the way that Daniel and Jeremiah have written that it will, we can be certain that the fateful rise of the East is at hand and the harvest has been completed. Period. Jeremiah says that with his "proof", there will be no more room for speculation.
Many prophecies show that when this end-time circumstance occurs, the world will be partitioned by conquest, with war a perpetual phenomenon. While the rise of the East is integral to this cataclysm (reinforced by the rise of the "ten-nation" confederacy), the first arm of this empire will be directed from a nation situated in what the Bible terms "the far north".
According to Daniel, one nation in particular will escape the grasp of this eastern jugernaut and position itself between Israel and the forces poised against it, using "ships" to enforce it's blockade. That wall of defense will thwart for a time the beast of the end, but it will not prevent Jerusalem from being overrun several times by marauding armies between now and the moment of Armageddon.
We know by looking at the current state of world politics that the essence of the West's domination of the world at this time is western finance guarded by a military machine without peer in the world. President Bush in his first State of the Union Address after his second inaugural, issued a proclamation to the world that America's concept of democracy (i.e., western democratic capitalism) would be pushed to the ends of the earth "by force if necessary". His edict was not well received by the totalitarian governments in the East, but the fact is these latter have scant power when compared to the enormous size of the economic forces mounted against them.
For this reason, trying to square Daniel's vision of sudden collapse in the West with the current reality of the western world's seemingly infinite financial and military resources (the likes of which has never before been seen on earth), is not just difficult, it is virtually impossible. The forecasts in scripture say it comes with calamity, but there has to be much more involved. There would have to be some serious internal erosion elements in the mix as well likely including issues the article you sent addresses. Since I do not understand high finance or trade deficits or any of the other elements which must come into play here, I have no way of speculating on the specifics of the collapse. I am not even sure of all the elements of the catastrophe that is said to herald and initiate it. We will just have to wait and see. Daniel indicates that wait will not be long.
Buying and selling is something else altogether. When the East takes over the territory of its conquest, it will issue proclamations and make laws promulgated by its non-Christian leaders. We cannot be sure that these leaders will be Islamic. Daniel tells us that they will follow a philosophy unlike their ancestors. Such a description would certainly apply to members of Al Queda, but it would not necessarily apply to the wider majority of the Muslim community that inhabits the world today. The Soviet Union, North Korea, Japan and China have all shown us that there is alot more to the East than Islam.
Later, when the beast himself comes to power, the eastern proclamations will target Christians per se. All who follow Jesus will be required to renounce their beliefs. Those that refuse will be "put to the sword".
The Book of Maccabees in the Greek Bible describes what the prophetic precursors to these proclamations were like in the days of Antiochus IV Epiphanes. Reading them, we can well imagine those who reject these edicts being denied access to food. A mark of recognition that visually separates Christians from non-christians is a biblical certainty during those times. That mark, however, will not apply to the areas that remain outside the beast's control. And Daniel assures us that there will be such areas.
On the other side of the physical mark of the beast (specific to time and place) is a universal and invisible mark that has existed for 2000 years. This long-standing spiritual "mark of the beast" can also be seen as a reverse mark. It is failure to be baptised in the mark of God. According to scripture, all who fail to be baptised in the name of Jesus remain locked in the spiritual chains of Satan. Satan's stain is the mark of original sin, and it is the reason Jesus had to go to the cross so that our soul could be set free from it.
As far as banks and financial institutions are concerned, these are not a reflection of God. God is not represented by American banks or Islamic banks. Jesus said that we (Christians) cannot serve God and money at the same time. So the issue of banks relates only to the power structure of the world community, i.e., all banks relate to Babylon.
Money, itself, has historically been tied to gold and the nation with the most gold represents the economic power of the civilization. Today, however, a new form of gold (oil) is rapidly replacing the metal. Oil is the most valuable commodity in the world today, and with prophecies showing a future steeped in warfare, that commodity, and the nations who ally in the battles to control it, are certain to rule all the tribulations to come.
Can you please tell me how do I respond to someone that says that the bible is written by regular men and that the bible could be filled with lies and that some books were written hundreds of years apart and that you should not follow the bible word for word. When approached with this, I told the individual that the bible was inspired by God and that God inspired these men to write what he told them to in their own words, and that we are to have faith in knowing that God guided these words in the bible. Did I tell this person correctly. How should I handle this kind of remark in the future, because it has come up before with other people I know. Thank you kindly for your answers, and God Bless.LB
Faith tells us that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh, and that when He appeared on earth He presented to the world the opportunity to live forever. That pretty much says it all. Only in Jesus is there hope of eternal life. Those who accept His offer will never die. Those who do not, will perish in their sins. It is all about life or death. While humanity was born into a world beset with evil and Jesus showed how society could transform that evil into good, the underlying reality of His offer is individual, not corporate. God has left every person free to choose for themselves which path they want to take.
Your question brings into play two very different books, both inspired by God. The first book (the Old Testament) told the world a great deal about God, but it did not lead to eternal life. The reason was, there was no Jesus in it. God had not yet appeared in person on earth when it was written. Without Jesus and without His sacrifice on the cross and without His teaching in the Gospel, eternal life was not possible. That is why we always direct everything to the New Testament and to Christ.
Our web page writings dwell heavily on the Old Testament because that is where the prophets wrote, and this particular web site is about biblical prophecy for the reason that it is a great proof given in advance that Jesus is the truth of God.
But a proof of Jesus and Jesus Himself are two very different things. Eternal life comes only from Christ. Arguing about texts, especially those that do not present God in person often misconstrues the true meaning of the scriptures. While it traps the blind in their blindness, it can prove damaging by redirecting our own focus from what is eternal life to what is not.
Your answer, therefore, was very appropriate. You were perfectly guided by the Holy Spirit.
Paul addressed the ridicule of the faithless and the hopelessness they espouse very eloquently in his First Letter to the Corinthians. Here are a few excerpts:
"The language of the cross may be illogical to those who are not on the way to salvation, but those of us who are on the way see it as God's power to save." (1 Cor.1: 17-18)
"As scripture says: I shall destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing all the learning of the learned. Where are the philosophers now? Where are the scribes? Where are any of our thinkers today? Do you see how God has shown up the foolishness of human wisdom? If it was God's wisdom that human wisdom should not know God, it was because God wanted to save those who have faith through the foolishness of the message that we preach." (1 Cor.1:19-21).
"And so, while the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, here are we preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God. For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength." (1 Cor. 1: 22-25).
"Take yourselves for instance, brothers, at the time when you were called: how many of you were wise in the ordinary sense of the word, how many were influential people, or came from noble families? No, it was to shame the wise that God chose what is weak by human reckoning; those whom the world thinks common and contemptible are the ones that God has chosen those who are nothing at all to show up those who are everything." (1 Cor.1: 26-28).
"The human race has nothing to boast about to God, but you, God has made members of Christ Jesus and by God's doing he has become our wisdom, and our virtue, and our holiness, and our freedom. As scripture says: If anyone wants to boast, let him boast about the Lord." (1 Cor. 1: 29-31).
"Thus says God, 'Let the sage boast no more of his wisdom, nor the valiant of his valor, nor the rich man of his riches! But if anyone wants to boast, let him boast of this: of understanding and knowing me. For I am God, I rule with kindness, justice and integrity on earth; yes, these are what please me." (Jer.9:22-24).
I have some questions about a passage in the first book of Kings. What does the verse 1 Kings 19:9-13 mean? Please explain also about the Lord talking to Elijah and telling him that the Lord would pass by. It seems to me like more than one "Lord" is involved here. How can that be? PL
"And there he (Elijah) came to a cave, and lodged there; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him and said...'Go forth and stand upon the mountain in the presence of the Lord for the Lord is about to pass by'.
Then a great and terrible wind rent the mountains, breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the lord was not in the wind; and after the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earhquake; and after the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire came a tiny whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him, and said, 'What are you doing here, Elijah?" (1 Kings 8-13).
Because it involves the prophet Elijah, this is obviously a verse associated with prophecy.
When terrible catastrophe's occur on earth people always blame God. They see the hand of God in tornado's hurricanes and every sort of holocaust. When the recent tsunami struck southeast Asia, there were several forums on national television composed of gathered ministers from many denominations discussing this phenomenon. What the verse in the book of Kings says is that God is not in any of these horrendous events. Instead, God is a tiny voice whose sound is like a gentle breeze. The world heard that gentle sound in Galilee, in words spoken by a humble carpenter. That was the voice of God on earth. We hear that same voice speaking to us in the quiet of our own heart in the spiritual instruction of the Holy Spirit reminding us of Jesus' life-saving words. It is heard again and again in those who faithfully follow his commandments.
It is only by internalizing the humility of this "gentle breeze" that we can actually become one with God and live forever.
As for there being more than one Lord, Jesus reminded the Pharisee's, who were convinced that the Christ was to be the son of David, that this verse spoken by David, "The Lord said to my Lord..." (Mark 12:35-37) showed a vastly different relationship between King David and the Christ structured in scripture. Christianity's most fundamental teaching is the concept of the Trinity. It tells us that there are three distinct persons in the one God. The word "God" is a title. It means "King of Kings". There is one Kingship in heaven but three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in that kingship who share the throne of creation equally.
When Elijah was told by the Spirit of God to go out and see the Lord passing by, he was directed to observe in symbolic vision the gentle voice of Jesus Christ, the salvation of mankind, and the only true representation of God Himself on earth that would ever be offered to mankind.
Which book of the Bible tells about the Holy Grail? MJ
The Holy Grail is fiction. It is not in any book of the Bible.
The story of the grail was invented just before or after the earliest days of the 13th century by mediaeval romance writers and storytellers. According to their unfolding legends, the grail (the cup Jesus drank from at the Last Supper) was mysteriously beamed somehow to England together with Joseph of Arimathea. Filled with the blood of Jesus, it gave enormous power to its owners, i.e., to Joseph and his European descendants. Because of the powers derived from this mysterious cup, these romance stories tied the holy vessel to characters such as Merlin the magician, King Arthur, and Sir Lancelot, etc., helping to popularize the chivalric quests of the era of the European Knights.
According to Websters Dictionary, as a consequence of these stories, the Holy Grail stands for any great quest ("any ultimate, but elusive goal pursued").
Many modern writers have added their own imaginations to these stories.
The central plot of Dan Brown's novel, "The DaVinci Code" for instance, revolves around the holy grail (Jesus-cup). His book, however, takes a malignant turn by blaspheming the Holy Spirit. That, as all Christians are aware, is the single sin on earth that is unforgiveable according to God. Brown's story-line involves a sinful Jesus infected with an evil spirit that weakens His holiness and impels Him to have sex with a prostitute. Writing and distributing that kind of storyline is little removed from the Gospel's classic definition of Spiritual blasphemy:
"I tell you solemnly, all men's sins will be forgiven, and all their blasphemies; but let anyone blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and he will never have forgiveness; he is guilty of an eternal sin.' This was because they were saying, 'An unclean spirit is in him'." (Mk. 3:28-30).
For this reason, Brown's book should be approached by Christians as if it were radioactive. A far safer thought about the chalice of Christ is that Jesus has made the impossible quest possible, allowing the true Holy Grail to be found at every Christian altar where communion is served on earth.
That holy cup is a part of the "Perpetual Sacrifice" that the Bible says gives life to the world. It is the same cup the "Beast" of the last days will try to destroy in his vain attempt to crush God, an attempt that will lead directly to the destruction of this world (Is.24:5-6) and usher in the new world to come. A powerful grail indeed! Far more powerful than anything the romance novelists or Dan Brown could ever conceive.
My main question is about the rapture . Most modern teaching seems to have the church taken out before the tribulation. Some say that it will acure mid- trib , I have alway believed post trib- .
From what I have seen so far in your writing - is that the church will be here thoughout the entire tribulation much as i too believe. if this is true how and from where does the idea that the Church will be raptured before the tribulations - come from - and how do I explain to the pre- trib beliveres to prepare themselves for the shock of there lives. F
Better not to argue with them at all. The shock of our lives will not come with the tribulation. After all, the catastrophic tribulations of the 20th century have come and gone without any notice taken in many church circles. Those tribulations include horrendous world wars, the massacre of more than 50% of the world's Jews, an entire continent dying of hunger and disease, atomic bombs blowing up whole cities and hydrogen bombs stacked to the ceiling for the annihilation of the planet and still no notice taken. The tribulations of the future will cascade into a similar invisibility. Your explanations will add little to that lack of perception.
The shock will come when Jesus blocks the door into heaven. That will not happen just because a person believed in a pre-tribulation or post-tribulation rapture, or even in a rapture at all. It happens when Christ's teaching is ignored and His commandments are left undone. Better to explain that. It's firmer ground.
Why did God allow this (the destruction of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast) to happen? TF
Two hands can be seen in the structure of the universe. One hand built it, another destroyed it.
Where there is order, we see God. Where there is destruction and chaos, we see Satan.
The hand of God can be seen in the order of the universe, not in it's chaos. For instance we can see the order of an earth revolving around the sun as if around God , the light of the universe, or the sun itself representing the light of Christ on earth as in the Day of Atonement.
Into that order has come disorder. That chaos represents the battle between good and evil. Evil has contaminated this world (this entire universe, in fact). That is why it is being replaced, because it cannot be repaired. Jesus has told us He is not coming back to set up his kingdom in Jerusalem in a nation stretching from Dan to Beersheba. He is coming to beam us all up to another world - another universe, perfect and uncontaminated.
It is not the death of this earthly body that destroys us. Christ teaches that it is only in the death of this physical body that we can make the transition from death into eternal life. His resurrection from death is that promise.
We are being examined minutely to see if we are of evil or good in order to determine whose side we are on. Remember, Michael the Archangel stood firm when the angels revolted. We are now being given the opportunity to do the same through the sacrifice of Christ. The plight of New Orlean's poor has brought us all face to face with that choice.
Evolution is not something for Christians to fear. It is the key to the chaos and to our escape from it. Incorporating the seige of Satan's chaos in His preaching, Jesus gave us, not the theory of evolution but the law of evolution. He said that Christianity is a great net that has been cast over the populations of the world. It will bring in a catch of all kinds. At the end of time, Jesus warned, there will be a selection by the angels and only the fittest of that catch will survive. The others, the ones without faith, will be cast back. That is the precise statement of Darwin ("survival of the fittest by a process of natural selection"), not with biology or physics making the choice but God, the ultimate arbitrator of life itself.
That is why it is important to obey the Gospel and be constant in offering forgiveness to all.
Are the floods in New Orleans a part of end-time prophecy? MT
It would certainly seem so. Especially since a major world city was completely obliterated (made uninhabitable) by the catastrophe.
I have searched the annals of history and can find no other occasion outside of Sodom and Gomorrah of a major world city wiped out completely so swiftly and decisively. Even Nagasaki and Hiroshima, as badly as they were injured by radioactive fireballs continued to operate as cities throughout their moments of crises. It would seem it has never happened before. Certainly not on such a scale or with such speed. Over a million people, the entire population of the city of New Orleans has had to be relocated into other communities all across the nation. This dwarfs the exodus caused by the 1930's dust bowl.
Like the tidal wave in Indonesia which was the greatest in the records of human history, the destruction of New Orleans has to take its place near the pinnacle of human disaster. The fact that both the 9.2 Indonesian earthquake together with its tidal wave and the Gulf Coast decimation occurred within the space of a single year adds to the possibility that they are prophetically related. In fact, the staccato-like sequencing seems to herald more to come.
It is Satan's hand, not God's that caused this catastrophe. But it underscores the possibility that the shields are down. The Bible tells us in no uncertain terms that sin is the certain fertilizer of chaos. It may have been only serendipity that the Gulf Coast of Mississippi was dotted with gambliing halls and filled with grandiose plans for an expansion of those facilities on a level unheared of in the United States. The sudden, seemingly biblical obliteration of those facilities in the middle of those plans will slow them dramatically for awhile, but it will not end them. They will be back, and probably equal to the scale originally intended. It is a cancerous growth.
The timing alone argues that the slow-motion break in the levee's of New Orleans is a prophetic indication of the fatal breach in Babylon's wall that scripture portends for the last days. The United States is the protector of the world. Therefore it can be said to be the wall of Babylon. That is not to say the United States is Babylon, it is the protector of Babylon. Sinful civilization itself is Babylon, just as God-fearing civilization is Jerusalem. Both exist side by side throughout the world.
What we see imaged before us is a major breach in the wall of Babylon.
"Babylon" and "Jerusalem" are spiritual terms but all of prophecy is structured on them, so they have immense significance. Because of Jesus, the world lives and dies on them. Without Jesus, there would only be only one term and the world would simply die in the chaos that grows out of sin. There would be no salvation into life. The breach would herald a future without hope.
But the people of Jesus have hope. We do not have to depend on the wall of Babylon for our protection. God has given us another wall, the Holy Spirit, a wall of protection that is unbreachable forever.
For this reason, when we see these things unfold we can only praise God for sending His Son down to us down into this chaos and thank Him on our knees for rescuing us one by one, lifting us up like those helicopters, as they hover over the murky floods of New Orlean's death.
your excellent site seems to indicate continuously the terrible sufferings that come from sin and it would seem that in fact enormous suffering is caused primarily because people do not understand that by sinning they are generating suffering in the World.
(and consequently it would seem that most people do not realise that repentance obtains cancellation of the suffering due from sin)...is it possible to estimate whether we are in a trough at present?,,,,,thanks. . U
That depends on what you mean by "trough". Does your question relate to a lower incidence of violence and sin in the world or to a lower incidence of repentance? The answer to this question can easily be obscured by the "he said, she said" argument philosophies that stall all discussion these days, but that does not change truth, it just hides it.
The fact is there has been a sea-change in the moral base of western society in the last 100 years that has proved markedly detrimental to the teachings of Christ. It is deeply antagonistic to divine commandment and eagerly embraces every kind of experimental deviance from the western world's Christ-established rules of social order.
Nautically, the word "trough" relates to a wave's lowest point. In the ocean there are different kinds of waves, the largest of which is a tidal wave. When the tidal waves (the tsunami's or surges) of recent months struck Indonesia and the Gulf Coast, a phenomenon of waves on top of a far greater wave could be observed. In both cases, the regular crests and troughs of the ocean waves appeared on top of the tidal surges.
That phenomenon occurred because the tidal wave was so large between crest and trough that it's crest lasted for part of an hour or more, giving the appearance of a sudden enormously high tide rather than a wave.
In the same way, the crests and troughs which occurred throughout the millenium are markedly different than the tidal wave we now see that is the advancing tribulation.
The reason for this web page is to assist in the announcement that the millenium has come to an end and the tribulation has started in its place. Offered are in-depth illustrations that show how Bible prophecy explains that such is the case.
The tribulation itself offers no crests or troughs, just a single building wave. On top of this surge are the short-set waves we have become familiar with that have occupied the entire term of the millenium. As we can see by the physical example of the ocean, those will continue to occur throughout the term of tribulation's tsunami.
That is why some will see troughs and others consider them so incidental to the developing surge of Godlessness and violence that they will ignore them. Yet we can see in the example of Father Dayalan Sanders that it is possible to rescue an entire community and carry it safely right through the advancing face of the tsunami's crest. This shows that preaching the Gospel is essential to all times. It is a divine mandate greater than ever before. Spectacular rescues will occur from this preaching.
Prophecy indicates that we are in the initial stages of the first part of the tribulation. The tribulation is not one event. It has two parts to it. Think of it as a second tidal surge or tsunami rolliing in on top of the first.
Until we see that second part begin (the western world collapse, the eastern world replace it as the power of the world [under the banner of a "ten nation" confederacy], and the attack on the Vatican unfold), the world will remain in the first of tribulation's two eras. It is during this period that prayer and fasting will have the most profound impact on the intensity of sin's wrath.
Yet the essential character of the tribulation insures that the impact of preaching will be blunted by the fact that sin has risen to such a point God has been forced to send a power to blind the world and make it believe what is not true (2 Thess 2:11-12).
Just as God hardened pharaoh's heart, which, itself, is the very allegory of these times and its leader, so He is in the process of hardening the hearts of those outside of faith. It is this divinely imposed blindness that gives the tribulation its most terrifying character and greatly diminishes the significance of "trough".
With all the disasters that have been happening lately do you think it shows God is angry with America? PL
God does not experience anger. The "anger of God" is an Old Testament term. It does not apply to the New Testament.
Jesus brought to us a new covenant, one that showed the behavior of God. The commandments Jesus demands of us are identical to the behavior practiced by God Himself and by all the beings in heaven. Anger there is forbidden. In its place are justice, mercy and a forgiveness that stretches to 70 times seven, i.e., a compassion that approaches infinite.
The justice of God, though dictated by the Law, is fully tempered by the compassion of Christ. It is by Jesus' words that all will be judged and that judgment, though absolute, will occur without anger. It will not come in the form of earthquakes, tidal waves or hurricanes. All these latter come from Satan, through sin.
The danger to our country comes from us, not from God.
There is a phrase currently in vogue called "intelligent design". Some say that it means there were dinosaurs in the Garden of Eden or that nature is frozen in solar time at year 6k. Actually what it does mean is that God has designed the natural order and has the capacity to intervene in it. That is why we pray. If God were incapable of intervening in natural affairs, our prayers would be useless.
Not only does faith teach us that prayer works, Jesus has informed us that the strength of our faith actually increases the power God can exercise over the natural world and over our affairs. When we turn to God through Christ, a shield of protection called "grace" envelops us and neutralizes all forces that would otherwise destroy us. Grace lifts us up to eternal life. Faith in Christ destroys mortality completely.
Therefore, Christianity teaches that God does indeed intervene in nature. But he does so only through our own faith. It is our faith that empowers God. That is the way God has constructed the order we experience here to operate. Faith is the only process by which the cross of Christ can work to save and protect us. That is because God has sent Jesus here to rescue us and remove us from this creation, not restore it to perfection. This world has been so completely contaminated by Satan that it cannot be repaired. That is why God has consigned it to the flames and sent Jesus to rescue us before that conflagration takes place.
The unmitigated forces of nature all lead to decay, rust, and chaos. It is faith alone that blocks Satan's destructive process and those unmitigated forces of nature. But faith can hold back the waters of that decay only for a short time. Just long enough for us to make our escape in Christ. The Bible has given us the allegory of Moses holding back the waters of the Reed Sea just long enough for the Israelites to leave Egypt on a journey to the Promised Land. It is the same in our journey from Babylon to the Jerusalem of heaven.
We are those Israelites and our faith is the true stick of Moses.
Faith is designed to work individually. That is the way the salvation of God occurs. Yet it can work corporately as well. Any nation that pledges itself to Jesus and to His purpose will experience a wall of protective grace little different than that which enwraps each Christian within it. A fall from grace will reverse this protection corporately as well as individually. It stands to reason, therefore, that If the faith of our nation is compromised, the wall of our national protection will be breached.
We can see just such a national breach prophesied in Isaiah's disconcerting message regarding the vineyard of God:
"Let me sing for my beloved a song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He digged it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; and he looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielding only wild grapes.
And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, between me and my vineyard. What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it? When I looked for it to yield sweet grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?
And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and briers and thorns shall grow up; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are his pleasant planting: and he looked for justice, but behold, only bloodshed; for righteousness, but behold, a cry of distress." (Is. 5:7).
For six days millions watched in horror the poor of New Orleans crying out in an agony of distress that crescendoed across the entire world, but which was purposely ignored by America's national leaders. Instead, the bloodshed of conquest and warfare consumed their attention. 'They shall be comparing me to Roosevelt because my invasion of Iraq is the equal of Normandy', the president told a San Diego crowd while New Orleans lay screaming and drowning under the waters pouring into it from the breached levee's.
Prophecy shows that those breaches in the wall and the annihilation they portend are allegorically identical to what a nation that pursues war and steals from the poor to line the pockets of the rich can expect from their behavior. That is what we have to fear, a fall from grace, not the anger of God.
While I agree with your basic statement that the Supreme Court of this country has undermined public prayer, I find more egregious cases to be those decided and further upheld in the late '80s and mid '90s. These cases involved prohibiting public prayer at "state" organized events (high school or middle school graduations as the test cases) as being punitive to those who do not wish to pray. Simple standing quietly is considered "coercive". While we (I assume you would agree with me, but maybe not) would find that argument weak, especially in light of laws in Muslim countries that are truly coercive, I would tend to agree that compulsion is not in the best interests of our nation. However, the absolute prohibition of prayer is extreme and offends to the highest degree any who have religious sensibilities. Our Supreme Court has gone too far. JF
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. While the principle of "separation of church and state" is the banner always displayed, the central issue is otherwise. Mankind's essential precept involves God's Treaty of Peace with the nations, not the U.S, Constitution.
The appearance of Jesus Christ on earth brought the end of the world, because it brought God's Judgment against sin. Jesus forestalled the execution of that judgment by going to the cross. That action initiated a peace treaty between Babylon and God. It allowed Babylon to continue to live for a temporary time in violation of God's Law provided it faithfully keep the terms of the treaty. For the nations this was not a pardon, it was a reprieve.
The two most important conditions of that treaty were that the people of God be allowed to preach and hear the preaching of the Gospel of Christ, and those who wished to, be allowed to leave (follow Christ to the kingdom of God) without interference. By the terms of the treaty, the nations were forced into compliance for the sake of their very existance.
The terms of God's treaty were accepted by the world when the emperor of Rome declared Christianity to be the state religion of the world's ruling empire. From that day to the end of the 19th century, Christianity shared with all the kings and queens thereafter, their thrones in the rule of the western world.
The treaty was to remain in effect until its terms were violated by the kingdoms of the earth. According to prophecy, that violation would consist of a renunciation by the nations of their responsibility to encourage the preaching of Christianity and lead from there to an attack on the rear-guard of the departing faithful. It would appear as a duplication of Pharaoh's renunciation of his promise to Moses as he set off to attack the last Israelites leaving Egypt. Just as Pharaoh and his army were swallowed up in the returning waters of the Red Sea, so will the nations of our time be swallowed up in Christ's Second Coming.
Prophecy set a time-period of a thousand years for the treaty's (troubled) peace. The word "millenium" was applied to this "Day of Atonement". The "day" being a God-day which scripture describes as being a thousand earth-years to God. During this "day of God" His "Son" was to brightly shine in the skies of the earth to enlighten all mankind to the salvation God had made available to them through the preaching of the Gospel. Prophecy shows that God, in His mercy, doubled the time for that salvation. He stopped His Son in the sky for almost a whole day, making the one day into almost two. That brings us to now, 2000 years later.
The nations of the world do not exist for themselves. They exist now only by the terms of the treaty Christ made with them at the cross. That treaty is the only thing that allows all earthly nations to live. Over the last 100 years the world has witnessed a profound revolt against God's treaty. Paul foresaw this revolt and wrote about it in the 2nd Book of Thessalonians (2 Thes. 2:3; 11-12). Under Stalinest forces, 20th century Russia abandoned Christ to embrace atheism, and Christianity was attacked and driven into deep hiding places throughout Asia and Eastern Europe. Hitler arose in Western Europe and in his wake a shattered and in many places, godless landscape replaced him. While Pew poles show the United States to be 85% Christian, European nations now manifesting Christian populations less than 10% are not uncommon.
The last national leaders to renounce Christ were from the government of the United States. Judicial officials here forbid the mention of His name or His Father's name in all public (governmental) structures schools and landscapes. While it started with O'Hare, those rulings, as you say, progressed steadily toward insuring a complete expungement. With the fall of Christ from government, and Christianity under increased attack, we are beginning to see, in slow motion, the days of Pharaoh replicated.
The American Constitution has no power to void Christ's treaty. In fact, the current rulings in regard to that Constitution, denying us the right to preach and pray as we like, have only the power to shorten the days of the "Son" and hasten the wrath. Our country lives by the Peace Treaty, not the Constitution. From 1776 until 1963 both ruled here in harmony with one another. The O'Hair ruling shattered that peace.
"The earth is defiled under its inhabitants' feet, for they have transgressed the law, violated the precept, broken the everlasting covenant. So a curse consumes the earth and its inhabitants suffer the penalty, that is why the inhabitants of the earth are burnt up and few men are left." (Is. 24:5-6).
Fortunately, the figures show that there are enough Christians in the United States to overturn the rulings of this leadership and return the country to a faith and chastity that will guard it against the coming tribulation, provided most of them understand the critical importance of their doing so. Prophecies show the western world about to collapse and shatter into pieces. Perhaps the economic wreckage of that imminant catastrophe will provide the impetus for our citizenry to gather their collective wits and coalesce behind Jesus.
It is a time for prayer and deep faith.
For more on this, see 'The Clock of God', Chapter 10, "The Peace Treaty"
How can you compare just our Federal Govnt to falling from Grace and not the people themselves. Are we not just as responsible in our local citys and states for our own fall from Grace and our own sins as in New Orleans or anywhere else in American that is leading an open sinful lifestyle. LS
New Orleans represents a city government. As such it bears a corporate responsibility to God one that has been specified by the treaty made between Babylon and Christ through the cross:
"Listen; the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem; he carried away the king and the princes, and took them to where he lives in Babylon. He took a member of the royal family and made a treaty with him...so that the kingdom would remain modest and without ambition and so maintain his treaty faithfully." (Ez.17:12-14).
The word "Babylon" relates to ruliing government. That government can be city, county, state, nation or empire. All government agencies are covered under the terms of the treaty. If the government makes and enforces rules that are anti-christian, it is said to be "Babylon". A government's relationship with God not only determines it's own future, it can also impact the very life of the earth.
That is because Bible prophecy tells us that the end of the age when it arrives, will be evident to all because the governments that once encouraged their citizens to be Christian will begin to renounce those efforts, forbid any teaching related to God and order God removed from all governmental affairs. Not content with erasing God from civic affairs, world government will even order an attack on Christianity physically. It is for these very actions that the world will be brought to an end by God:
"On these grounds is the sentence pronounced: that though the light has come into the world men have shown they prefer darkness to the light because their deeds are evil." (John 3:19).
As you suggest, just as cities and nations have corporate responsibilities to God, each person bears an individual responsibility. Every individual who lives in God's Gospel gains eternal salvation. Those who reject Christ's Gospel perish.
The story of Sodom and Gomorrah shows that there is a relationship between governmental responsibility to God and individual responsibility.
The rule of the two cities was obviously thoroughly corrupt, yet, before destroying them God searched the cities to determine if there were any good people left there. It was His finding of so few that doomed Sodom and Gomorrah to judgment. Consequently, the cities and all their people perished.
That was in the Old Testament before grace was available. We now live under the grace of the temporary treaty made between Babylon and God through Jesus on the cross. That treaty exists to create a time-period for the people of the world (who want to) to repent and save their lives. The treaty exists for the preaching of Christ in advance of a coming Judgment that will terminate this world. During this 2000-year treaty period, evil has been allowed to co-exist with righteousness so that all people who stumble in their faith will be able to stand up again, repent, and continue their trek to salvation without having to fear that their fall has destroyed their hope for eternal life. The judgment comes later. For that reason, there are no Sodom and Gomorrah's now, nor have there been any throughout the Christian era. The Old Testament's story of those two evil cities is about the past. It is also a prophecy about the future.
That means the tribulations we see now are not elements of judgment. The earthquakes, hurricanes and tidal waves that criss-cross the world do not represent the wrath of God. At least not for now. They certainly do represent Satan's impact on the world and his corruption of the perfection God once created here. But they will not represent God's judgment as long as Christ's treaty remains in effect..
That brings us to faith. Faith is the measurement of the power of grace. We tend to think of grace in individual terms, i.e., terms that represent ourselves individually. That part is true, but what we are discussing here is corporate grace. Each city government, each county government, each state government, and each national government in Christ enjoys the protection of a grace dependent on its obedience to the terms of the treaty Christ made with Babylon. The greater that obedience, the more powerful the protection of grace that guards them. In other words, these governments enjoy the same halo of grace that enwraps their individual citizens.
The more those governments violate the terms of God's treaty, however, just as with us individually, the more gravely their grace is eroded and with it the protection that it offers. That makes them more susceptible to natural, political, and economic disasters. It doesn't bring those disasters, it simply intensifies their impact by removing the shield that blocks their most destructive elements. An example of that can be seen in your picture of New Orleans which suffered a damaging hurricane, but was destroyed by a subsequent failure of the levees.
In Sodom and Gomorrah, God searched for individual good within the city in sufficient numbers to offset the actions of the corporate leadership, but failed to find enough to save the city. We can see in this effort by God that individual grace can be a two-way street, either helping to save the country or helping to doom it. That is one reason why every preacher spends enormous time pleading with the people to pray constantly and live chaste lives. Those actions not only save the people who live this way, but, in sufficient numbers, have the power to insure a more secure environment for the people around them through strengthened grace.
This is even more important with us. Because we live in a democracy and therefore bear a responsibility for the leadership elected, it is essential that we take an active role in promoting leaders that are Godly, compassionate, honest in all their dealings, thoughtful of the people they serve and chaste. This will take some searching
On your recent answers regarding God and nations, men and governments. I have to disagree with you. God does not look at nations and governments --- we are HIS children and Christ died on the cross for OUR sins and that means for every man, woman and child...Sorry, but this is one area you and I are on opposite sides. God sees what is in each man's heart and he does not care if you are British, German or American, as those are man-made definitions. God sees his children PS
There is an "age" for salvation. When it is over it is over. As long as it lasts you remain correct. Prophecy suggests that we have almost come to the end of the age. It is that boundary I write about. Jesus said the time for salvation would be "short" and then the end would come. As far as God's judgment of nations is concerned, now is not the time for judgment. It is a time for preaching and the salvation of individuals, just as you say. The judgment comes later, at the end.
God is not judging anybody right now, not people nor nations.
Paul said in 2 Thess. that the age for salvation will come to an end in a people's revolt against Jesus. That revolt will be joined into by the nations. There is a great change happening now in the nations with respect to Christ. Each of us is free to gather from that change what we will.
The reason the issue is of such importance is that in the Book of Revelation, God reveals that one nation will be kept safe and not have to suffer the coming tribulation because of the faithful behavior of the church within it (Rev.3:10). That argues that behaviour is as important to nations as to people. Revelation's admonition may be literal, it may be metaphoric, but more likely, it is both.
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If you were to reprise all the prophecies of your website in one or two short paragraphs, what would you say? DK
We live in the Son-shine of God's Day of Atonement. It can be called the "millenium" because of its length, and because that is the full meaning of Revelation's promise Rev.20:1-6. The Day of God began with a Son-rise (Easter Sunday) and will end with a Son-set caused by the world's rejection of Christian rule. Paul called this world rejection "the Great Revolt". Jesus said the time for atonement was "short", and we now are beginning to see how short it was. Prophecy tells us it will last just shy of 2000 years (almost two God-days)Joshua 10:13-14. If we accept Easter as the Son-rise of God's Day of Atonement, it's beginning occurred in either 30 or 33 A.D. That tells us the Son-set is very near. The Book of Revelation foresees a time of warfare replacing this troubled millenium (Rev. 20:7-8) followed by the Second Coming of Christ which is God's victory over the Anti-christ. Coming with Jesus on the winds of heaven will be the new kingdom. There He shall rule forever in justice and integrity and fulfill His offer of eternal life to all who had the faith to believe in Him.
That sequence is the whole structure of reality. The glittering palaces of pomp and circumstance the populations have built on the planetary sands of this world are all going to be washed away in stardust's inevitable return to eternal night. Only in Christ Jesus is escape and safety possible. Do not hesitate to follow Him. There is little time left.
I have a question about the ten nations. I am unable to find them listed in my Bible. I have heard others talk about these nations, too. Would you be so kind as to tell me where they are listed by book chapter and verse. YN
The phrase "ten nations" is not used in scripture. That reference is metaphore and comes from the term "ten horns". You can find mention of the term "ten horns" in the books of Daniel and Revelation (see below), and allusions to them in Psalm 83:1-8 and Ezekiel 38:1-7
"I saw...four great beasts arise from the sea...The fourth (beast) was different from the previous beasts and had ten horns." (Dn. 7:3; 7:7)
The appearance of these ten horns in scripture comes wrapped in such complex and intriguing symbolism that deciphering it accurately can only be accomplished with the help of divine guidance. It is to be assumed that such assistance will be offered by the Holy Spirit only in accordance with God's rules of prophecy which, in most cases, downplay detailed foreknowledge, emphasizing, instead, proofs in retrospect.
An additional layer of cloudiness is added to the symbolism of this particular subject by the varied interpretations of the ten-horn prophecy currently circulating among modern Bible scholars and visionaries. In the end, the ultimate understanding, as always, will unfold definitively in the historic sequence as it happens.
"I was standing' on the seashore. Then I saw a beast emerge from the sea: it had seven heads and ten horns, with a coronet on each of its ten horns, and its heads were marked with blasphemous titles." (Rev. 13:1)
According to John, the word "horn" means "king":
'The ten horns are ten kings who have not yet been given their royal power, but will have royal authority only for a single hour and in association with the beast. ·They are all of one mind in putting their strength and their powers at the beast's disposal, ·and they will go to war against the Lamb; but the Lamb is the Lord of lords and the King of kings, and he will defeat them and they will be defeated by his followers, the called, the chosen, the faithful.' (Rev. 17:12-14)
"The angel continued, 'The waters you saw, beside which the prostitute was sitting, are all the peoples, the populations, the nations and the languages. ·But the time will come when the ten horns and the beast will turn against the prostitute, and strip off her clothes and leave her naked; then they will eat her flesh and burn the remains in the fire. ·In fact, God influenced their minds to do what he intended, to agree together to put their royal powers at the beast's disposal until the time when God's words should be fulfilled. ·The woman you saw is the great city which has authority over all the rulers on earth.'" (Rev. 17:15-18).
With Daniel, it is the same:
"As for the ten horns from this kingdom (from this fourth beast) will rise ten kings, and another after them..." (Dn. 7:24-25)
Prophecy assumes from these explanations that the phrase implys not just ten kings, but 10 nations as well, i.e., the 10 nations each of these kings will collectively rule. This is where the idea of "ten nations" enters the prophecy. It is clear from scripture that these ten will not come in succession, one after the other, but will all enter onto history's stage together at the same time. The kingdom (empire) within which these ten arise and of which they are an integral part is called the "Beast" (as is its leading ruler).
The world witnessed an example of how this prophecy might spring to life in the formation of the Soviet Union. Here was a fiercly militant and evil empire, godless by mandate, bringing the sun's fire down on the earth before world eyes as prophesied, and bristling with a satellite network of incorporated kingdoms (nations) stretched around its periphery like a protective belt: Khazakstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Armenia, the Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Lithuania, Latvia and others a list that actually numbers much more than ten.
While Daniel was looking at these horns, he "saw another horn sprouting among them, a little one; three of the original horns were pulled out by the roots to make way for it; and in this horn (he) saw "eyes like human eyes, and a mouth that was full of boasts." This horn "made a greater show than the other horns." (Dn. 7:8; 19-22)
What Daniel describes in these passages is the later appearance of an eleventh horn arising among the ten. This eleventh horn is characterized as the "false prophet" in the Book of Revelation. He is different from the previous ten horns, and will pull three of those original horns up by the roots, incorporating their three kingdoms (or nations) into his own.
He goes from there to gain command of all ten, rising to become the ruler of the beast itself, and is the one scripture tells us will 'speak words against the Most High and harasses the saints of the most High' as he gains control over most of the world. He ends up the true beast of Revelation, the madman who is defeated in the Second Coming of Christ.
Because they are so closely associated with the Rebel of the End, the appearance of the Ten Kings is something to be keenly watched for. The Book of Revelation relates their appearance to the "kings of the East" destined to invade the western world across the Euphrates river in the last days (Rev.16:12). In fact, the correlation between them in scripture is so close, these "eastern kings" and the "ten kings" seem to be one and the same (Rev.16:13-16; Ps.83:3-8; 2 Chron.20:15-17).
A strong simile for the madman's rise to power can be seen in Osama bin Laden, a person not given royal honors (having no country of his own) but arising per prophecy from an almost microscopic beginning. Operating clandestinely from remote caves with his country-less vagabonds, Osama is a figure who has evolved onto the world stage almost overnight from invisibility to such spectacular heights that he has already forced the superpowers of the world into two major, protracted and seemingly futile wars to try to stop his reign of violence. All this and he hasn't even left his cave yet.
Were Osama to usurp control of three major satellite nations within the evil empire (an empire unknown at this writing) erecting a kingdom of his own out of them, the parallel between himself and Daniel's prophecies would be considered by many definitive proof that he is scripture's most malignant human identity.
"In his place there will rise a wretch. He will not be given royal honors, but will insinuate himself into them in his own time and gain possession of the kingdom by intrigue. Armies will be utterly routed and crushed by him. The prince of the Covenant, too. Still conspiring, he will go from treachery to treachery, ever growing stronger despite the smallness of his following. In his own time he will invade the the richest provinces, acting as his fathers or his fathers' fathers never acted, distributing plunder, spoil and wealth among them, plotting his stratagems against fortresses for a time." (Dn. 11:21-24).
Since we live today in a time of allegories, I tend to view the appearance of Osama in this category as well. All these signs seem to form a sequential network of thunderous early warnings from God alerting the world to the lateness of the hour.
So many allegories of scripture's last days have unfolded in the last 95 years that there can be little doubt that this is another. Perhaps the last in the sequence. They include the world wars, the rise of the atheistic Soviet Union and its girdle of satellite nations, the secularization of the world, Mussolini's attempt to resurrect the Roman Empire, the appearance of Hitler and his massacre of the Jews, scores of other genocides across the planet, cities obliterated by atomic bombs, the rebuilding of Jerusalem, the assassination of Egypt's Sadat, the fall of the towers of Babylon in New York, the rise of the forces of the east, two wars at the Euphrates river, a three-fold increase in natural disasters from the 1960's to the 1990's, the threat of pandemic disease, roaring seas, alarming signs in the heavens, and now Osama all these and much more speak to a handwriting on the wall signalling the importance of immediate conversion and repentance, and an irreversible return to Christ.
In the Greek Bible it is written:
"On the sinners, however, punishments rained down not without violent thunder as early warning..." (Wis.19:13).
"But the rest of the human race, who escaped these plagues, refused either to abandon the things they had made with their own hands the idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood that can neither see nor hear nor move or to stop worshipping devils. Nor did they give up their murdering, or witchcraft, or fornication or stealing." (Rev. 9:20-21)
"Men were biting their tongues for pain, but instead of repenting for what they had done, they cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and sores." (Rev. 16:10-11).
Barring a sweeping conversion to righteousness on earth, soon it will no longer be the 'violent thunder' of punishing allegories warning of the end of the world we experience, but the reality that all these allegories portend. The formation of the ten nations will usher in that reality.
"God is inside the city, she can never fall. At the crack of dawn God helps her; to the roaring of nations and tottering of kingdoms, when he shouts, the world disintegrates (Ps.46:5-6).
For More on these "Ten Kings" see: Psalm 83:1-8 and Ezekiel 38:1-7
The written accounts of Sister Lucy didn^t happen till the 40s. So when Lucy claimed that a new War would arise in Pius the XI time (from the apparitions of 1917) she was in fact at the time writing in 1941--------After the Historical events happened. You have to realize that some of what is contained can invole Lucy the Adult^s imagination. For a critical commentary on Fatima read Fr. Dhanis, an expert.
You never take a private revelation, even an authentic & approved one without a prudent,discerning or critical openness. The Church never garantees the accuracy of the facts. Regards KA
Many prophecies in Old Testament scripture appear on the surface to be built on events that occurred during the historical lifetime of the prophet. We can see this dramatically illustrated in Daniel with respect to Antiochus Epiphanes. However, because the true prophetic message in all these prophecies points to the future, those current events have only a passing, often superficial, allegorical relationship to the actual message intended by God. This is true not just in Daniel's case, but in Jeremiah, Ezekiel and many others as well.
The same is true of Lucia of Fatima. The message sent by the Holy Spirit to the world with respect to Fatima had little to do with World War II or World War 1 or even with a communistic Russia. Something different was being communicated in her messages information even she was unaware of information not only unknown in 1941, but in 1981 as well (see 1 Peter 1:12).
It was a message, the delivery of which was so important to God that fervent worldwide expectation with respect to it's revelation was essential, and therefore architected into it by the Holy Spirit in the manner you witnessed.
"No more does the Lord God do anything without revealing his plans to his servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7).
It was structured by God into the world's largest Christian Church, a church with a population of over a billion people so that a vast world-wide Christian audience would be guaranteed from the outset.
That immense populous first learned of the prayers needed for Russia's conversion at a time when the Soviet Union was in the process of becoming an empire (almost as large as Rome's) presumably secure of a godless reign that would last for centuries to come. Prayers were offered for its conversion as Lucia had ordered, but few really thought it would do any good. Meanwhile, everyone awaited the third prophecy. Lucia had set the date for its unveiling: 1960.
But no prophecy was forthcoming on that date.
That was significant. The largest and most respected Christian Church throughout the world refused to divulge the secret third prophecy. That refusal only magnified the expectation and accelerated the public's demand for its release.
The sudden, completely unexpected and dramatic fall of the Soviet Union, followed by it's swift conversion to Christ (Leningrad being renamed St. Petersburg) in 1991 validated Lucia's second vision. Driven by that validation, the clamor for the release of the third "secret" intensified even further. Meanwhile, behind Vatican doors, the Pope recognized in his survival of an assassination attempt the relationship between Lucia's prophecies and himself. He came to see himself as the focus of her vision.
Hesitantly confident that the third prophecy had been fully completed, it was decided almost a decade later to make a portion of the vision public. It was accompanied by an official interpretation. The complete vision, Church officials said, would be released later after Vatican authorities were able to compile and publish a commentary to go with it. Later, without any public fanfare, the complete prophecy was quietly published on the Vatican website.
Thus the vision stands. Though the full message is now in plain sight, many have not even bothered to read it, and fewer yet comprehend its full meaning or the close proximity of that meaning (Mat. 24:9-10; Dn.7:21; 8:13-14; 9:27; Ps.74; 2 Thes. 2:7, etc.). Here again, it seems, prophecy is most valuable to God as a proof in retrospect.
I have read Daniel carefully and have been unable to find a 4th Kingdom of "Persia". Would you please give me the scriptural passages that support that text. MT
The designation is prophecy. The "fourth kingdom" in Daniel's vision relates to the four "beasts" he observed rising from the sea (Dan.7:2-3). The fourth was different than the others and had "ten horns" (Dn.7:7). Since Daniel's prophecies are about the "last days" (Dn.12:9) that designation (the ten horns) is definitive of the "kings of the East" ( Rev. 16:12). Scattered throughout the prophetic writings of scripture the words "Persia" and "the Medes" appear often as a designation of the empire which encompasses these ten eastern kings, and which, in its destruciton of the world, attacks Israel at the end (Dn.11:2; Jer.51:28-29).
The Book of Chronicles is quite clear about the final moments in world history (2 Chron.36:20; 22-23). The people of God (the two "houses" of Israel) who have lived in exile to Babylon these last 2000 years in compliance with Christ's "peace treaty", will be freed to return to Jerusalem only after the "prince of Persia" issues a proclamation to that effect. It is not to be a peaceful proclamation.
It will come in the form of sacrilege, the event envisioned in the "third prophecy of Fatima", and the abolition of the "perpetual sacrifice" (Dn.8:11-12). The consequences of this, though appearing for a short time grave for the Church, will bring the final restoration and with it the fulfillment of Christ's promise of eternal salvation and unending joy "all the rich glories he has promised the saints will inherit" (Eph. 1:18-19).
Is there a reason why the Jewish "Feast of Tabernacles" is not celebrated by Christians? PK
In Mosaic Law, the Torah commanded that three feast days be celebrated each year in the Hebrew liturgy:
"Three times a year you are to celebrate a feast in my honor." (Ex. 23:14)
In fulfillment of this command the Hebrew tribes celebrated Passover, Weeks (which honored the 'first fruits' of the harvest) and Tabernacles.
The Christian fathers built the Church's liturgy on the template of this Law (the requirement) but not on the Hebrew interpretation of it. They structured the three feast days on Jesus Christ rather than Moses.
On top of Passover, the Christian Church placed Easter. On top of Weeks, they inserted Pentecost. These events occurred at identical times (by design of the Holy Spirit) and so are celebrated on nearly identical days. The difference is that the Mosaic religion followed the lunar calendar while Christianity, built on the "Son" of God, followed the solar calendar. Thus the days circle around each other in the same unsymmetrical pattern as sun and moon do in the sky.
The moon is a "reflection" of light but the sun is the source of light. The moon cannot give life. Nothing on earth grows by the energy of the moon because there is no life-imparting energy in it's light. The sun, on the other hand is the source of all biological life on earth. Everything on earth achieves or sustains its life by "eating" the energy of the sun. The allegory suggested here is obvious, for again, the design of the Holy Spirit can be easily seen.
The Church could not use the feast of Tabernacles, the third feast day the Hebrews had chosen to fulfill the Mosaic requirement, because Christ had, Himself, structured the feast of Tabernacles as the communion celebration offered each day or week or month in the Christian churches (the "Tabernacles" of our faith).
"Then he took some bread, and when he had given thanks, broke it and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body which will be given up for you; do this as a memorial of me'." (Luke 22:19-20).
Thus to have used this feast as a part of the Bible's command would have resulted in far more than three feast days a year, so it was not possible. Some churches celebrate communion 364 days a year, for instance.
Instead, the Church chose, as its third feast day, the celebration of the birth of Jesus which matched the Hebrew feast of Hannukah, the "Festival of Lights". Thus, in Christianity we have Easter, Pentecost & Christmas as the three feast days structured in the template of Biblical Law.
Again, Hannukah and Christmas occur at nearly identical winter times, the 25th day of Chislev (lunar calendar) for Hannukah, and the 25th day of December (solar calaendar) for Christmas. As with Easter/Passover and Pentecost/Weeks, Christmas and Hannukah circle around each other in closely related but elliptically independent orbits.
Can you tell me why you prefer to use 3761 B.C. for the date of creation and not 4004 B.C.? JT
Creation's date needs to be looked at in terms of the end of the world, not its beginning. The Second Coming of Christ is the key to the date life began. I will explain why:
According to scripture, everything that belongs to God must be returned to Him without exception on the 7th day. That is the Restoration! Calculating the 7th day, we know that a day to God is like a thousand years to man. That means there is something very special about the 6001st year. That is the date the 7th "day" begins. That beginning is the absolute date of reconciliation.
The history of Christianity is littered with days claimed to be the date for the end of the world. All of them came and went without incident or ending claimed. The end of the world is the day Jesus returns and restores us to God, taking us home to the new kingdom that God has prepared in the heavens.
As every Christian knows, the seventh day marks the final completion of God's work in this world. It is the day of rest (reconciliation & return). And as far as the end of the world is concerned, it marks in millenial terms the perfect Jubilee -- the time, according to Moses, when everything that belongs to God must return to God. (Lv.25:8-10).
What belongs to God?
"To the Lord your God belong indeed heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth and all it contains..." (Dt.10:14).
"To God belong the earth and all it holds, the world and all who live in it; he himself founded it on the ocean, based it firmly on the nether sea." (Ps.24:1-2).
While it is preferential (especially in view of strong scientific arguments about physical nature) to view the creation that began almost 6000 years ago as the date of soul (or spiritual) birth rather than the world's physical birth, we can be certain that God will fulfill this prophecy as written.
"You are to count seven weeks of years -- seven times seven years, that is to say a period of seven weeks of years, forty-nine years. And on the tenth day of the seventh month you shall sound the trumpet; on the Day of Atonement you shall sound the trumpet throughout the land. You will declare this fiftieth year sacred and proclaim the liberation of all the inhabitants of the land.
This is to be a jubilee for you; each of you will return to his ancestral home, each to his own clan. This fiftieth year is to be a jubilee year for you: you will not sow, you will not harvest the ungathered corn, you will not gather from the untrimmed vine. The jubilee is to be a holy thing to you; you well eat what comes from the field. In this year of jubilee each of you is to return to his ancestral home." (Lev.25:8-19)
Daniel uses the term "seventy weeks of years" (Dn.9:24) to describe this End, proving that it is not just an ordinary seventh-seven (in the terms of Leviticus), but the seventieth-seven -- and therefore the ultimate Jubilee Year of God.
Most Christians believe the climactic Sabbatical Year, the "seventh day' is only a short time away.
According to ancient Jewish tradition, the epochal seventh millenium (the seventh day) will dawn sometime in October (it began according to Hebrew scholars on the 7th day of October) in the year 2240 A.D., 235 years from now at this writing. The Jewish nation has anchored their calendar on this date.
Because the 7th day (the ultimate Jubilee year) begins 6001 years after the spiritual creation of souls, both inception date and final date must match.
In this respect, had the creation begun in 4004 B.C., the 6001st year would have arrived in 1995. That date (1995) came and went without incident. At least with respect to the end of the world. No divine return occurred. No rapture. Obviously the date was incorrect. And it keeps getting more incorrect with each step the world takes beyond it as it marches down the calendar. The Hebrew calendar, on the other hand, because it points to a date still to come, continues to remain a viable possibility. In fact it is the only other date prophecy has to offer.
No one knows the actual date or hour, nor will anyone ever be told in advance, but we do know that the Restoration will occur sooner than the actual 7th "day". Jesus said the days have been cut short, otherwise no one could be saved. That means, if the Hebrew calendar is correct. the world has less than 235 years (probably considerably less) before Christ returns.
This is why Christ told us to be constantly on watch at all times and not to fall asleep.
What is the STRONG DELUSION that Paul says will come in the last days to make everyone believ a lie? Are we seeing that today? if so what is it? Is it obvious or hidden? He mentioned it in his second letter to the Thessalonians CL
There appears little question that we are living in the time of the "falling away" Paul talked about, i.e., the "great Revolt". But it seems to be coming to us in two parts. The re-secularization of the world is one part. That is easy to see because it was the essence of the environment Paul and the Apostles entered and into which they brought the Gospel of salvation to the world.
But there is a second, even more ominous part of this delusion buildingone that is striking at the heart of faith. It involves a blurring of the lines that separated the old covenant from the new one preached by Jesus, so that a return to the harsh principles of the Torah seems to be in progress. It is a rational philosophy, based on the political principles of this world rather than on Christ, and it is eating like an autoimmune disease into the underpinnings of the Christian faith.
"Make sure that no one traps you and deprives you of your freedom by some secondhand, empty, rational philosophy based on the principles of this world instead of on Christ." (Col.2:6-8)
Daniel tells us that the Beast will make war on the holy covenant and will favor those who forsake that covenant (Dn. 11:30). The holy covenant is a philosophic ideology of peace that comes to us from God through Jesus - it defines the rules of heavenly conduct rules that must be followed by anyone who wants to get to heaven. The old convenant (the Hebrew covenant) which God abandoned when He brought the new covenant is defined in the words of the Torah (the first 5 books of the Bible).
"See, the days are coming - it is God who speaks- when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel (and the House of Judah), but not a covenant like the one I made with their ancestors on the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant of mine, so I had to show them who was master. "No, this is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel when those days arrive: Deep within them I will plant my Law, writing it on their hearts. Then I will be their God and they shall be my people." (Jer.31:31-33).
"If you obey my voice and hold fast to my covenant, you of all the nations on earth shall be my very own nation...I will count you as a kingdom of priests, a consecrated nation." (Ex.19:5).
God told Jeremiah, "Speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Tell them, 'I told you, listen to my voice; carry out all my orders then you shall be my people and I will be your God. Cursed be any man who will not listen to the words of this covenant. (Jer.11:1-9)
The word of God, the Gospel of Jesus is the covenant. It is the light of eternal life. That covenant (the commandments of Jesus) constitute our lifeline to God. Christ's covenant says that we must be humble and without ambition except to do good to others. It teaches that we must live righteously, be detached from riches, love our enemy, turn the other cheek, bless those who attack us, and offer the wicked man no resistance this is the righteousness of God. It is anti-war, and filled with love and compassion for others. "For if you love only those who love you, what right have you to to claim any credit?" (Mat. 5:46).
We now see a movement in Christian ranks to undercut all those teachings, to promote war, to hate enemies, even to hate our own ranks (fellow Christians) if they do not belong to us or our share our political idealogies. That movement is filled with alien gods. Teachings that divide the faith by countering those of Jesus are seditious to the covenant of God. If they were to grow to a point where they ruled the entire religious structure in the country, that would, indeed, be a power of delusion. All who embrace those delusions foresake God.
For it is a religious delusion scripture talks about here, not political propaganda (although the two can work together). The covenant of Christ has to be obeyed. Peace and mercy are as important to God's covenant as righteous conduct. Any teaching that says the opposite, or twists those instructions to another meaning is a false delusion. When Christianity ceases to follow Christ's commands, all is lost. Christ is gone. The Gospel is everything. Follow it to the letter! That is God's command to us, and if we do that we will never find ourselves foresaken or lost to God.
"When I brought your ancestors out of the land of Egypt, I said nothing to them, gave them no orders about sacrifice. These were my orders: Listen to my voice, then I will be your God and you shall be my people. Follow right to the end the way that I mark out for you, and you will prosper." (Jer.7:22-23).
Gabriel's message about the kingdom of Persia in Daniel 10:20 refers to the Seleucids and Ptolemies and afterwards in the case of the prince of Greece, Alexander the Great. This is historical. How can you mix it up? JE
First of all, it doesn't seem to be the angel Gabriel that came to Daniel in this vision. Gabriel came earlier (see Dn. 8:15-22).
The fiery figure who shone like lightning and claimed a senior association with Michael the Archangel was very different. He seems to have been the glorified Christ (Dn. 10:4-8), a fact that illustrates God's ability to move about in history independent of time.
While the prince of Persia referred to in this vision does seem to represent multiple eastern kingdoms as you say, Daniel's words cannot be a reference to the Seleucids and Ptolemies because the vision relates to the end of the world (Dn. 8:17; 12:9). The hidden secret to Daniel's prophecies is that they are about Christianity the reign of the Church and how the "power of the holy people" is to be crushed by the Anti-christ in the last days, and then saved at the last minute by the sudden intervention of God.
Understanding this vision in Christian terms, the kingdom of Persia which Jesus and Michael relentlessly confront, references the multiple-fingered assaults waged against the Christian Church by the militant followers of Mohammed. Beginning around 600 A.D. just after Mohammed died, three enormous Muslim invasions, spanning a period of 1400 years have resulted in the capture of vast areas of Christian territory by Muslim armies, followed by a forced religious re-training successfully blocking in the captured Christian populace, the teachings of Jesus.
It is this great siege of Christian lands and people waged over scores of centuries against which Jesus and Michael toil. Now, in keeping with the prophecy, the fourth assault mentioned in this series one now just beginning seems to have been inaugurated with the attack on the World Trade Center by a new set of Muslim extremists, their finances fueled by the riches of oil.
"...a fourth will come and be richer than all the others, and when, thanks to his wealth, he has grown powerful, he will challenge all the kingdoms of Javan." (Dn.11:2).
"Were Babylon to scale the heavens, or reinforce her towering citadel, destroyers would still fall on her at my command, it is God who speaks." (Jer.51:53).
It is this powerful religious battle for the hearts and minds of the people of Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa (and now the America's) that Daniel's words, and those of Jesus in the vision, apply. In fact, to the discerning ear, because these words were written far in advance of these events, they represent a prophecy which proves the truth of Christ and gives certain guarantee of the final outcome in the spiritual conflict.
The "prince of Javan" in the vision may be the United States, given its relationship to an ancient Greek political system, but, more likely, refers to the "king of the North" predicted to mobilize all the eastern armies at the very end.
how do you understand these two passages without contradiction? :)
"Even as Sodom and Gomorha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."
"When your sisters, SODOM and her daughters, shall RETURN TO THEIR FORMER ESTATE, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then you [Jerusalem] shall return to your former estate."
The time of judgment is the great white throne judgment. AT that time, all will be judged ...... Apparently, at some point in time, Sodom will be restored FIRST IF Jerusalem is to be restored.
Jerusalem will NEVER be restored since Sodom and her daughters have to first be restored, (which they will not)
Will Sodom and her daughters be restored any time prior to the great white throne judgment since they have already been set forth as a sample of vengeance? Will their judgment be over ridden? If so, how? C
The quotations of prophecy you list point out the difference between the two covenants.
The fate of Sodom and her daughters were penalties meted out for breaking the Old Covenant. Jerusalem's guilt actually exceeded that of Sodom and Samaria. (Samaria was a city of pagan transplants from Assyria who combined pagan ritual with Hebrew liturgy, a most unforgiveable crime as far as the Jews were concerned). As a result of its greater corruption, Jerusalem joined those other cities in breaking the Old Covenant, separating itself from God no less than they. Had that been all there was to it, all would have been hauled up to the throne of God together and condemned and that would have terminated earthly life forever. No one would have survived. You and I would have perished with them, stained forever by the mark of Satan on Adam, which is original sin.
But Jesus came into that circumstance, sent by God from heaven to offer mercy and justice to all sinners. The offer was that God would wipe away all these sins, no matter how corrupt they were and save all who turned to him in shame for their past behavior, restoring them to eternal communion with God. He would raise them all up to eternal life.
He made with the world a new covenant filled with love, mercy, justice and forgiveness. Baptising with the mark of God all who turned to Him in good faith, Jesus gave all those cities a chance to repent. He took off their dirty robes and reclothed them in the white robes of salvation. Ezekiel predicted that such repentance would occur. We have seen the truth of his prophecy in the hundreds of great nations in Christ, all the churches of Christianity which have poured back to holy Jerusalem from the lands of their exile in the North and from all other points on the compass.
This restoration was not meant to erase sinfulness itself, but to cleanse sinners who, in shame for their behavior, repented. Outside of Christ, this option was not possible. That is what makes the new covenant so essential. It is the reconciliation that restores us, who have sinned, to God. And it is a reconciliation that keeps meting out God's forgiveness all along our stumbling journey to God's eternal kingdom.
While it is possible that we can see many who are saved in this way (Jesus said we would know them by their fruits), we have no way of knowing who will fall under the yoke of the vengeance you speak of. Our greatest struggle in our life in Christ is to avoid that penalty at all costs, praying all the time to be spared from it. Jesus promised that we will be forgiven as we forgive. Judgment of others should never fall from our lips. Instead, putting Christ's commandments into action should be our overriding ambition in life so that this prophecy can be fulfilled in us.
That is why it is important to obey the Gospel and be constant in offering forgiveness to all.
Is it true Mormons believe all men who join them will get their own planets to rule? What is your opinion about this? GH
I do not know about planets. Nothing about that is contained in the Christian scriptures.
I do know that God is not taking us to anyplace in THIS universe. His world is eternal and transcends all that we can see in the sky above our heads. Our universe is less than 14 billion years in age. That may seem old, but if you put that on God's calendar, it is brand new a structure just formed and soon to be ended. It is a transitory creation newly made for the purpose of Satan's defeat.
Our current universe is a place of wrath and death. Everywhere we look we can see mayhem, chaos and entropy. There appears to be an order within it, but on closer study, we find chaos to be its underlying structure. That elemental framework can be traced right down to its atomic level and below. And because it is all built on such calamity, a systematic progression to disorder, everything in ths universe dies. Everything here is transient.
Scientists looking at all the structures of this system have come to the same conclusion. The birth and death cycle is not forever. It is leading to a point of finality. That finality might come in the form of red giant stars, or exploding galaxies, black holes, supernova's, radiation bursts, or just infinite cold and darkness. But those are the certain ends to which all biology ultimately must come.
Biological existance, the clothing of our soul, is under mortal assault by the violent forces of this creation and will inevitably succumb to those forces. That is the image of the wrath. It is an image that lies just beyond the canopy of blue over our heads. In revealing all this, science has proved itself to be the ultimate prophet of doom. No matter how powerful the telescopes man builds, death still regns at the limits of their vision. This universe is filled with death to its farthest borders.
God's world, however, has no death in it at all.
Therefore, everything the telescopes see still belongs to Satan. That is how far Satan's kingdom stretches. Jesus said Satan was the prince of this world and science has shown us the limits of the "this world" he controls.
"But by the same word, the present sky and earth are destined for fire, and are only being reserved until Judgment day so that all sinners may be destroyed." (2 Peter 3:7).
"The day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then with a roar the sky will vansih, the elements will catch fire and fall part, the earth and all that it contains will be burnt up. Since everything is coming to an end like this, you should be living holy and saintly lives while you wait and long for the Day of God to come, when the sky will dissolve in flames and the elements melt in the heat." (2 Peter 3:10-12).
God did not make man for death. God made man to be eternal. God made this universe for our escape, He did not make man for this universe. He made us for a different place altogether.
That is not speculation. Among the most profound words Jesus ever uttered were these: 'No one is dead to God, all men are in fact alive':
'The children of this world take wives and husbands, but those who are judged worthy of a place in the other world and in the resurrection from the dead do not marry because they can no longer die, for they are the same as the angels, and being children of the resurrection they are sons of God. And Moses himself implies that the dead rise again, in the passage about the bush where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. Now he is God, not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all men are in fact alive'." (Luke 21: 27-38)
Think of the Last Judgment where all men, good and bad who have ever lived, will be raised together. This could not happen if those who had died in the body disappeared from existance when their earthly clothes passed away.
After the flesh has died, after matter has passed away into dust, the person we are still exists. We transcend matter. This universe is entirely matter. Even starlight is matter (photons). Therefore God has made us in a form that completely transcends the mortality of this universe. The comfort in this disclosure is in the knowledge that Christ does not lie. Therefore this revelation is more than true, it is absolute.
"Did you not split Rahab in two, and pierce the Dragon through? did you not dry up the sea, the waters of the great Abyss, to make the seabed a road for the redeemed to cross?" (Is.51:9-10).
The prophets tell us that God has split Rahab (the primordial chaos) in two in order for the people He has redeemed to walk to safety. He has divided creation into two dissimilar parts. One is matter and the other spirit. Out bodies are matter but our soul (the person we are) is spirit, and that soul still lives after our body dies. That is why we can escape death. God has created a substitute in flesh to satisfy the Law's demand for death. But that, in itself, is not the escape that saves us. If it were, Satan could claim it by lip service and flee safely with the children of God.
While freedom from the chains of sin allows us the right to cross the chasm between this world and God's world, the only bridge across that chasm is the Gospel of the Lord. For this reason, Christ's Gospel must be followed with great care and attention. That care is essential, Jesus said, because it is a narrow road.
That is a walk Satan cannot make because it demands righteous conduct. He cannot talk his way across. God has trapped Satan, forcing him and all who belong to him to remain behind to face the certain death of the coming Wrath. God made this world the way He did, with all the conditions we see here, just for this purpose, so that the children of God might be set free but Satan destroyed.
"By your power, God, you split the sea in two and smashed the heads of the monster in the waters." (Ps.74:13).
Because of Jesus, we are no longer bound to the Law. But Jesus was. He had to fulfill the Law perfectly in all ways in order to get us out of it. And He did. All the mechanisms for our escape are plotted out in detail in the old covenant. For our part, because of Christ, they now include only baptism and righteous conduct.
In baptism we pass from covenant to covenant, transferring our souls from this body to a new one being built secretly within us through the food of obedience to the GospelGod's bread of life. It is a meal we must eat, because the new body it builds is our bridge to life.
"This is the bread come down from heaven...anyone who eats this bread will live forever...It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh has nothing to offer. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life." (John 6:51-63).
With our soul wedded to a body of new existance we are no longer subject to any of the natural laws governing this universe. None of its chaos or mayhem have any impact on our new spiritual existance. Our solar star could explode today and it would not harm us in any way. That disconnection allows God to transport us safely from this place of death to His new kingdom of eternal life.
"Then I saw a great white throne and the One who was sitting on it. In his presence, earth and sky vanished, leaving no trace. I saw the dead, both great and small, standing in front of his throne, while the book of life was opened, and other books opened which were the record of what they had done in their lives, by which the dead were judged." (Rev.20:11-12)
"Thrones were set in place and one of great age took his seat...a court was held and the books were opened...one like a son of man came to the one of great age and was led into his presence. On him was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship, and men of all peoples, nations and languages became his servants." (Dan.7:9-14).
Where is Christ's new kingdom? No one knows. It is like passing from one dimension into another. The only thing we know is that the new kingdom is a dimension that transcends the temporary natural world we know here and embraces a permanent natural order profoundly different and far more glorious than anything we have left behind.
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth: the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared now, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the holy city, and the new Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven, as beautiful as a bride all dressed for her husband." Then I heard a loud voice call from the throne, 'You see this city? Here God lives among men." (Rev.21:1-3)
I have just read your comments concerning MMO'Hare...The short story is I believe that many...parents would support a moment of Scripture reading in their child's school. Before I can put this to a survey, I need more background...I have waded through websites looking for the nation's actions and reactions. Would you share where you get your information? PD
Nice move if you can do it. Scripture readings in school might prove a tricky task. Just choosing which Bible to read could be a source of friction with parents. But from here, it sounds fabulous! The immediate climate before Madeline Murray O'Hare was not generally one of programmed scripture readings in school, but tolerance and respect for the mention of the names "God" and "Jesus Christ" in the classroom. That is currently forbidden thoughout much of the country.
The Christian moral climate before1963 allowed for quotations of great figures of history, whether religious or secular and discussions of their philosophies. There was no outrage in most quarters when Christian or Mosaic quotations were included or read by students in their speeches and papers, or even quoted in context and moderation by teachers. That is because Christian philosophy formed the backbone of our country's moral structure. The two were inseparably interlocked as all the monuments currently being knocked down testify.
Perhaps it is still possible to discuss Ghandi, Mohammed, or Moses, etc., in the academic environment, but Christianity is in current lockout. Even on the monument dedicated to Roosevelt's resolve at the beginning of World War II recently constructed in the new Washington memorial to that conflict, FDR's entreaty asking for the help of God in the effort (an integral part of his short speech) was stricken from the plaque. There is a current hostility to the Christian religion that is palpable and unreasonably destructive.
A reasonable relationship between God and the United States government stood in place from 1776 until 1963. That compromise was discarded when the Supreme Court decided to redefine the Constitutional relationship between the diety and the government. That redefinition had the effect of discarding the country's moral base, a base that has stood in place not only throughout our own governmental history, but which tracks back through the roots of western society reaching across almost 2000 years. The results of this discard have proved catastrophic, as indeed, the loss of anything that entrenched in the social fabric would. But not everyone feels that way.
Nor did they ever. But that did not prevent in the past the ubiquitous Christmas plays in the grammar schools. Morality is like medicine. Often it doesn't taste as good as candy, but it is vital to the interests of the society that it be administered. Many would prefer a life free of guidelines of any kind. Because Christ preached love of neighbor and foe alike, and commanded peacefulness and service to others in need, Christian morality proved particularly valuable to our social system. This moral system was wrenched from our society 42 years ago and our society seems now to be in freefall. Some would argue the two are unrelated, but I disagree. I have no double-blind studies, facts or figures to back up this perspective. My only source other than scripture and its unsettling warnings, is observational.
A similar Christian disconnect began in Europe many decades before our own participation in it. Their suffering has been historic. America missed most of the catastrophes that subsequently swept across that hemisphere and, in fact, was instrumental in the rescue of many afflicted by them. But none of that seems to have stopped, or even slowed, the distancing of the western world from God.
I doubt if any serious studies have been undertaken of either ours or Europe's situation other than the numerical charts from Pew research. We tend to conduct serious studies only when there is financial incentive to do so.
In the United States, Christians are said to number 85% of our society. It is only from this base that any changes can take place. The numbers are certainly there, but not the resolve. At least not yet. The greatest need in our society today is a concerted effort throughout all the churches, Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox & Episcopalian alike, to address this issue and solve it. As a single body. This movement has to include Republicans and Democrats alike because each represents about 50% of the population.
The studies you asked about, though meager, are essential, because we as a society have embarked on a dangerous and unplotted course. For the first time in 1700 years the western world has changed its gods. Michener wrote in his novel "Hawaii", that the worst time to live is when the gods change. His words are proving true as we watch.
The greatest problem facing this issue is that so many Christians are programmed to accept the current interpretation of separation of church and state as if it were a commandment of diety, something so intrinsic to the concretized trappings of 1776 that the absolute abolition of God and Christ from the civic arena is not only warranted but dictated. That is not true. The movies, literature, monuments, musical lyrics, etc., of a pre-1963 past prove it is not true.
Two things are essential in this situation. First, a constitutional amendment declaring the right to worship, and banning actions that interfere with that right. That would put the religious community on the same footng as the secular (or atheistic) community. The only way this can occur is enough Christians getting together on the same page and demanding it; even electing towards it. The other is a return to many of the compromise interpretations between the Constitution and God in place in our society before the O'Hare decision. That requires a change in the attitude of our Supreme Court.
Anyone aware of studies along these lines are encouraged to write and let me know.
Where is the new Jewish temple going to be built in Jerusalem? On Mount Zion or Mount Moriah? DS
The new Temple has already been rebuilt in Christ. It is almost finished. There will be no other temple. On the contrary, even the few stones still left standing from Herod's temple will soon fall to the ground.
The purification and rebuilding of Jerusalem and the temple altar revolve around the season we are now entering: Christmas/Hannukah. Both holidays are constructed around this all-important sanctification and cleansing.
Christmas is the Christian holiday built on the Jewish feast of Hannukah. These ceremonies honor the same event in different ways. On some occasions, the two ceremonies begin on the same day, but often they do not. That is because Jewish feast days are structured on the variable phases of the moon, whereas Christian holy days are structured on the stability of the sun. This year, Hannukah begins December 26, the day after Christmas.
The Jewish feast honors a ceremony initiated to commemorate the cleansing of the temple altar desecrated by the "beast", Antiochus Epiphanes IV. At the time of that cleansing, Judas Maccabees had the stones of the desecrated altar removed and deposited "in a suitable place on the Temple hill to await the appearance of a prophet who should give a ruling about them." (1 Macc.4:46).
That prophet was Jesus. His prophecy was about Christmas.
Christmas is the feast honoring the cleansing of the true temple of God. It is a cleansing that began with the birth on this earth of Jesus. We are the living stones of that temple, and the altar cleansed (the Holy of Holies) is now hidden in each human heart dedicated to Jesus Christ.
While standing on the Temple mount with His disciples, Jesus pointed to Herod's temple and said that "not a stone there would remain standing", everything would be thrown down. Far from being rebuilt, that pronouncement stretches even beyond today to include the wall the few stones still left standing there (because Jesus promised NOTHING would remain standing not a single stone). In private, Jesus explained to His followers that we, ourselves, are the desecrated stones of Jerusalem and His action on our behalf would cleanse us so that we could be rebuilt in His image.
"Know this and understand: from the time this message went out: "Return and rebuild Jerusalem" to the coming of an anointed Prince, seven weeks and sixty-two weeks, with squares and ramparts restored and rebuilt, but in a time of trouble." (Dan.9:25-26).
"And it will happen throughout this territory -- it is God who speaks -- that two thirds in it will be cut off and the remaining third will be left. I will lead that third into the fire, and refine them as silver is refined, test them as gold is tested. They will call on my name and I shall listen; and I shall say: These are my people; and each will say, 'The Lord is my God!" (Zech.8-9).
That is how the Temple of God is to be rebuilt. It is a living Temple. There will be no other temple rebuilt in Jerusalem. "I saw that there was no temple in the city since the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb were themselves the temple and the city did not need the sun or the moon for light, since it was lit by the radiant glory of God and the Lamb was a lighted torch for it." (Rev. 21:22-23).
When we are rebuilt, cleansed of sin and reconstructed into righteousness, Jerusalem is rebuilt. The temple is rebuilt in our hearts, which is the site on this earth of the true Jerusalem of God.
Because of Christ's sacrifice on the cross, we, who are baptised in His name, are cleansed of sin. The desecration of wickedness that had contaminated us and imprisoned us in the cells of Satan has been removed in Christ Cleansed by His sacrifice, we have been rebuilt in His image though obedience to His Gospel.
"He is the living stone, rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him; set yourselves close to him so that you too, the holy priesthood that offers the spiritual sacrifices Jesus Christ has made acceptale to God, may be living stones making a spiritual house." (1 Peter 2:5-6).
This is the pronouncement that Judas Maccabees foresaw. It is the true reason for both Christmas and Hannukah, and because of its overriding meaning, God is certain not to allow any competing image to corrupt this message. Those who wait for another kind of temple to be built in Jerusalem wait in vain.
To be a child of God you must believe that evolution is false. That is the bottom line. it is satanic to teach in science classes that people descended from monkeys. JH
It is not where your flesh came from but where you (the person inside that flesh) is going that counts.
The domain of science is the physical world. Scientists probe the jail and tell us what it is made of as far as they can tell. What do we care what the jail is made of? Jesus Christ has set us free from that prison and is leading us to everlasting life in another kingdom. Those who put their faith in Christ have finished with the jail of our past completely.
To worry about the material world is to worry about the prison. It is like trying to go back & put curtains on the jail cell window. Remember Lot's wife. She looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt. We have been set free! Christ has taken us out of that jail. We are never going back to it. He is taking us to a new home. A new body.
Those who focus on the old physical body (on what is flesh) focus on the car instead of the person in it. They try to take their cardboard box into the heavenly mansions with them. Paul said flesh and blood (the subject of the evolution you worry about) cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor.15:50).
We house a mansion. It is a body invisibly building inside us now. It comes from God and is going back to God.
Our body of flesh died when we were baptised in His name. His death has become our death. His new life is now our new life. Each one of us has been reborn into a new body according to His everlasting name.
"You have been taught that when we were baptised in Christ Jesus we were baptised in his death; in other words, when we were baptised we went into the tomb with him and joined him in death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father's glory, we too might live a new life. If in Christ we have imitated his death, we shall also imitate him in his resurrection. We must also realize that our former selves have been crucified with him to destroy this sinful body and to free us from the slavery of sin." (Rom.6:1-11).
Whatever small part of that sinful body came from monkeys pales against the far more disastrous part that comes from Satan. Both have been crucified with Jesus and destroyed. Our new body that has replaced it the new life that comes from God is eternal. Our new mansion will never die.
Don't look back.
On your subject: "The Day America Spurned God": The only thing that I would add to your transcript is that, regarding the term "Separation of Church and State", it is NOT a law, amendment, or written in the Constitution. It is not written in any legal or constitutional document. It was a comment taken completely out of context from a letter that was written by Jefferson. The actual content was to say that no particular denomination should take precedent over another based on the denomination or political affiliation of the person or party that was in power at the time. In the same letter he goes on to say that we should never try to remove God from our lives or government. Jefferson also said, "Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants", but you sure don't hear that yelled from the rooftops. CS
Am I missing it or is Isaiah left out of the Chronological table. Please help. thanks
Apparently we missed a few other prophets as well. Appropriate changes have been made. Thanks for the assistance.
I was wondering why you always give credit to Paul for some of the New Testament books in which scholars now seem to think he did not write? Specifically you quote Paul as writing 2nd Thessalonians and Colossians, yet this authorship is disputed. According to 1st Thess the end witll come like a thief in the night, yet in 2nd Thess there will be advanced warning. If Paul wrote both of these how can this be in agreement? Colossians is also disputed. In Romans Paul writes that we will be raised with Christ eventually. Yet Colossians seems to indicated we have already been raised with him. Compare Rom 6:4 & Col 2:12. Do you think Paul wrote these books and if not ar they still authoritative? JA
Paul is the author of so much of the New Testament that he is considered the "Moses" of that scripture. I am not aware of any biblical scholarship that seriously questions the Pauline authorship of the texts you mention. However, Anne Rice in her new novel "Christ the Lord, Out of Egypt" wrote on page 315 that there have lately risen some New Testament scholars who hate Jesus Christ. If the atmosphere surrounding God has become that poisoned in scholarly circles, any corruption of thought, however illigitimate is possible.
The true author of the Bible is the Holy Spirit. Jesus told His disciples that what they bound on earth would be bound in heaven. That means authorship of scripture reverts to God. Because God has bound it both in heaven and on earth, our scripture is as certain as the dawn. Nothing can ever be added to it and nothing can ever be retracted from it.
When we look at the pains Jesus went to to fulfill the prophecies of the fading Old Testament, a goal He often referenced, we can see the lengths to which God will go to to make true the words of the New Testament as well. Those words are very authoritative. In fact, they are absolute.
As far as your reference to possible contradictions between the 'end' that comes like a "thief in the night", and the 'end' that comes with advanced warning; the two are closely related but different in the sense that individual end comes unannounced, like a thief in the night. The end of the world, on the other hand, must be proclaimed in advance. In fact it is being announced now.
"Does the trumpet sound in the city without the populace becoming alarmed? Does misfortune come to a city if God has not sent it? No more does the Lord God do anything without revealing his plans to his servants the prophets." (Amos 3:6-7)
Both "ends" are often found interchangeably referenced in biblical prophecy.
Paul's assertion in Romans 6 that we will be raised to life eventually has nothing to do with a delayed birth into God's new life. Verses in that very chapter (6:10-11 in the Book of Romans) state this categorically:
"When he died, he died, once for all, to sin so his life now is life with God; and in that wey, you too must consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus".
We are born to God's new life immediately. The problem comes in trying to nurture that life and keep it viable during the rest of our sojurn here while we await Jesus' return. It is one thing to be born into God's new life and quite another to survive to the end of the race we must endure trying to keep our faith alive in the face of Satan's assaults.
If we have been baptised in Christ, the new body Jesus has given to us is alive within us right now, and it is our duty to keep it alive by living the life He commanded by obeying the Gospel He preached (Rom.1:5; 6:15-17). That obedience is the food of eternal life. It brings our new body to maturity.
Those who do not "hold on to the end" but stray off to pursue a life of wickedness allow their Christ-given bodies to starve. If they do not repent, that starvation is to death (Rev. 2:4-5; 3:1-3, etc). In that case, nothing can be raised. They have crucified not only their past, but their future as well.
"Not long ago, you were foreigners and enemies, in the way that you used ot think and the evil things that you did; but now he has reconciled you, by his death and in that mortal body. Now you are able to appear before him holy, pure and blameless as long as you persevere and stand firm on the solid base of the faith, never letting yourselves drift away from the hope promised by the Good News, which you have heard, which has been preached to the whole human race, and which I, Paul, have become the servant." (Colossians 1:21-23).
"For we must be content to hope that we shall be saved...since we are not saved yet it is something we must wait for with patience." (Rom.8:24-25).
"With so many witnesses in a great cloud on every side of us, we too, then should throw off everything that hinders us, especially the sin that clings so easily, and keep running steadily in the race we have started." (Heb.12:1).
Do you know if their is any reference to the 12 tribes in today's Israel? does the priest still have to be a linage from levi? my thought on the 10 lost tribes is that they can not be to lost because God said he world oneday bring them all back, so they or their ancestors at least have to be somewhere, but is there any imformation on where they may be today? could some actually be in the united states or even the 3rd world countries that have heard of our savior yet? L
The Jewish heirarchy today does not focus on the twelve tribes of Israel. They feel that everything is now encompassed within the one Jewish presence. When the 10 tribes of the Israeli north disappeared around 700 B.C., the Jews were convinced that all the promises were for them alone. At least that is what Ezekiel accused them of 100 years later, and that attitude hasn't seemed to have changed to this day, 2500 years later. The Levitical priesthood was destroyed in the 7-year war with Rome that ended in 70 A.D.
After that, the religion of the Jews passed on one side to Jesus and on the other to the Pharisees who set up a worship center in Jamnia on the Mediterranean seacoast of Judea. Those two streams (Christians & Jews) constitute the true meaning of the 2 "Houses" of Israel. Some Jews today may claim a Levitical lineage, but they do not embody a different "tribe" as they did at the time of Christ and before. All are termed "Jewish".
No one knows where the lost 10 tribes disappeared to. They were taken to Assyria, up near the northern border of Iraq and Iran and from there disappeared, assimilating themselves into the DNA of the people of the world. Paul said that no one is being called to Christ by race. Everyone must come to Him through spiritual conversion, faith and obedience to the Gospel. Yet the call from the North that you read about in scripture often applies to God's discovery and rescue of these lost people. All who studies genetics can see that there could easily be by now a genetic link to anyone in the world. So every rescue by Christ could conceivably tap into this lost treasury of DNA. You and I could house a snippet of it. Better, though, that we house Jesus.
Do you think Einsteins equation E=MC2 will apply to heaven as well as earth? PL
No. Actually, it can't.
Time (in the form of speed) is a key part of the construct of Einstein's equation for the construct of this universe, and there is no time in heaven. Life there is eternal. That said, the astonishing simplicity of Einstein's equatiion shows that all the diversity and dynamic that we recognize to be this universe is simply a product of light and energy interacting with time. Our own sun duplicates the relationship between light and energy by sending it's own part of those elements to the earth to raise up transient life here.
More fascinating, long before science revealed these things, Jesus outlined an identical relationship when He described the creative life of the kingdom of heaven. He portrayed the light as Himself (John 8:12; 12:35), labeling that Light the "bread of heaven". And the Power (the energy) that comes with that Light, He termed the Holy Spirit. Luke called the Holy Spirit "the power from on high" (Lk 24:49).
"As scripture says: From his breast shall flow fountains of living water. He was speaking of the Spirit which those who believed in him were to receive, for there was no Spirit yet because Jesus had not yet been glorified." (Jn.7:38-39).
Just as the light and energy of the sun beam down on us from the skies to give us a temporary life (a life that is passing away), so Christ now glorified and the Holy Spirit beam down on us from heaven so that we might live eternally. The Light that is Christ is a light of resurrection...a power that overcomes death.
"I am the resurrection. If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." (John 11:25-26).
Jesus is the bridegroom of the new creation. He is the Light a light He received by coronation from His Father and which we recognize as the Gospel. We partake God's light physically as communion but, more imortant, spiritually by internalizing that Gospel.
The Holy Spirit is the "power" that descends to earth with that Light bringing the energy of the new Kingdom into us. The three together (the Trinity) create and sustain the new kingdom's life within us. But with one difference. The interaction between light and energy in Christ's kingdom involves an unknown which is different than time. Time in heaven is not a factor. Thus, the equation is different. Because of this the newly created body we house is altogether different than the flesh we are currently familiar with.
It is invisible to this environment.
My husband says it is unlawful in the Bible to eat pork, but our minister doesnt agree with him. Is our pastor right or my husband? Does it say somewhere in the Bible that it is ok to eat pork? JK
Your church is following Christ. It is obeying the New Testament. Pork was unlawful in the Old Testament but not in the new. Jesus changed the rules. More than that, He allowed the Apostles to change the rules:
"I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: Whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven." (Mt.16:19).
The Bible is a combination of two sets of laws, the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. The Old Covenant was filled with condemnation, the New Covenant is filled with forgiveness and love. Scripture tells us that God has exchanged one for the other (Jer. 31:31-34). That is why the Lord said, it is not the Bible, but Jesus Christ that gives eternal life.
"You study the scriptures thinking that in them you have eternal life; now these same scriptures testify to me, and yet you refuse to come to me for life!" (Jn.5:39-40).
In the Old Covenant, pork was forbidden. But in the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit has declared all food clean:
"Peter went to the housetop at about the sixth hour to pray. He felt hungry and was looking forward to his meal, but before it was ready he fell into a trance and saw heaven thrown open and something like a big sheet being let down to earth by its four corners; it contained every possible sort of animal and bird, walking, crawling or flying ones. A voice then said to him, 'Now, Peter; kill and eat!' But Peter answered, 'Certainly not, Lord; I have never yet eaten anything profane or unclean'. Again , a second time, the voice spoke to him, 'What God has made clean, you have no right to call profane'. This was repeated three times, and then, suddenly the container was drawn up to heaven again." (Acts10:9-16).
The rules of the Old Testament were man-made rules. They were inspired, but because they were only a copy, i.e., a pattern shown to Moses, they were simply a reflection of the fact that heaven had Law. They did not state heaven's laws with enough accuracy for salvation. For this reason, the Old Testament could not lead to eternal life.
Jesus brought the true Law of heaven (love and compassion for our fellow man). It is a law that leads to eternal life. That is why we have a New Testament, and that is why the difference between the two is so dramatic. The New Covenant (the new Law) has replaced the Old.
"We have seen that he (Jesus) has been given a ministry of a far higher order, and to the same degree it is a better covenant of which he is the mediator, founded on better promises. If that first covenant had been without a fault, there would have been no need for a second one to replace it. And in fact God does find fault with them" (Heb. 8:6-8).
"By speaking of a new covenant, God implies that the first one is already old. Now anything old only gets more antiquated until in the end it disappears". (Heb.8:13).
At first glance, these words would seem to contrast with those of Jesus who said:
"Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them. I tell you solemnly, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, not one little stroke shall disappear from the Law until its purpose is achieved. Therefore, the man who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be considered the least in the kingdom of heaven; but the man who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven." (Mt.5:17-19).
Jesus did not state these words to contradict Himself. Nor did the Apostle's contradict Jesus when they exchanged the Covenants. The essence of Christ's statement lies in the phrase: "I have come...to complete them", in other words, 'to bring the Law and the Prophets to perfection'. Jesus is speaking not of carrying into effect each single injunction of the old Law, many of which contradicted His teaching, but of bestowing on that Law a new and life-saving form by raising it to a higher level through the spirit of the Gospel (see Mat 5: 21-48). Each detail of the Law has its own part to play in the unfolding of the divine plan. Some parts to prophesy, some to contrast and others to testify.
While Christ has overruled Moses on many occasions in the Gospel ("You have learnt how it was said....But I say to you...." Mat. 5:21-48) there is absolutely no possibility for the reverse to happen. No one can use the Old Testament to overrule the New Covenant. While Moses, in his limited vision, tells us to "smite our enemies", that command has been completely neutralized by Jesus who told us to love our enemies and to turn the other cheek when struck. We can't have it both ways.
This difference is extremely important because we must always discard Moses' way when it is in conflict with Jesus if we want to live in God. That doesn't matter as much with food, like pork, but it is critical as far as behaviour is concerned. In order to make that cyrstal clear the Apostles chose to discard from the New Testament virtually the entire body of Old Testament rules:
"Moved by the Holy Spirit, Peter stood up before the assembly and argued, "God, who can read everyone's heart, showed his approval of the pagans by giving them the same Holy Spirit he gave to us. It would only provoke God's anger now, if we were to impose on them the very burden of the Law that neither we nor our ancestors were strong enough to support. Remember, we believe that we are saved in the same way as they are: through the grace of the Lord Jesus." (Acts 15:8-11).
In Acts 15, we see Peter, Paul and the 12 Apostles meeting together in the very first Christian Church Council and decreeing a permanent end to the Mosaic regulations in Christianity. They nullified our need to follow the Laws of the Old Testament. Not just the food laws, but virtually all the laws Moses had decreed. Peter and Paul and the others had the power to do that because Christ had elevated all Law and bound it in His Gospel, which is the new and Completed Law of heaven. It is only through this New Covenant that eternal life can flow, as it does with His words into our heart and into our soul.
Eternal life, the Apostles said, has nothing to do with the Old Testament's dietary rules. We are free to eat whatever we want as long as it has been cleansed by grace. Eternal life is based on behavior, said Peter, not food.
The purpose of the Old Covenant was not to be the Law of heaven, but simply to rule the earth until Christ came.
When Jesus said, "Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets...", He was emphasizing our need to obey the New Covenant that He had brought down with Him from heaven to earth. He hasn't thrown out our need to obey God. He didn't free us from law itself. He changed the covenants. Peter and Paul have become our new Aaron and our new Moses. God's Law had always been the New Covenant. The Old Covenant was only the guardian, in place until the accurate statement of God's Law could be made known.
It was made known by God Himself, in the person of Jesus Christ.
We are as bound to obey Christ's Gospel as the Hebrews were bound to keep the Law of Moses. Disobedience still brings death, but in the circumstance of Christ's Gospel, Jesus has opened a fount for forgiveness so that each misstep or stumble does not have to be fatal as it does in Moses. With that fount of mercy in place, God has made the path doable. Yet the road, He said, is narrow. Obedience to Christ cannot be casual. Nor can it be ignored by obeying contradictory rules in the Old Testament instead (like giving in to anger or holy wrath and trying to take an eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth).
The last act of the Old Covenant that applies to us is baptism. The Law states that the covenant has to be marked on our bodies. "My covenant shall be marked on your bodies as a covenant in perpetuity." (Gn.17:13). Baptism satisfies that demand. Paul said we are baptised in His death, an act that makes His death our own so that His life can then live in us forever afterwards. That is why he wrote:
"Through the Law I am dead to the Law, so that now I can live for God. I have been crucified with Christ, and I live now, not with my own life, but with the life of Christ who lives in me." (Gal.2:19).
In Jesus, the purpose of the Old Covenant is to unfold by metaphore the plan of God. Once a person is safely in Christ, the Old Testament is no longer law, it is a book of prophecy and revelation. In Christ, just as Paul said, we are dead to the old law.
We have been freed by God in the person of Jesus Christ from all those meticulous man-made and contradictory laws of the Old Covenant which no Jew ever had power to keep in the first place. To return to them is to return to slavery.
Can you tell me why you think Jesus made a treaty with Babylon? Wasn't it with the people? NJ
Prophecy tells us the treaty was made with Babylon on behalf of the people:
"Look, the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem...he took a member of the royal family and made a treaty with him...so that the kingdom would remain modest and without ambition and so maintain his treaty faithfully." (Ez.17:12-14).
The king of Babylon who came to Jerusalem was the Caesar of Rome who ruled Jerusalem at the time of Christ. His authorized representative there, the man who had power to act in his stead, was Pontius Pilate.
The crucifixion was set in the Hebrew Law as the ultimate communion sacrifice between the people of this world and God. It was the peace treaty that gave life to the world. When Pontius Pilate ordered written on the plaque over Jesus' head on the cross upon which He was crucified that Jesus was the king of the Jews, it was as official as if it had been written by the hand of Tiberius himself.
That meant that Jesus was officially a member of the royal family, both by earthly terms as well as heavenly terms. All the scriptural prophecies about the king of Babylon coming down and taking the king of the Jews into captivity to Babylon were fulfilled in that moment.
The Jewish nation, as well as the House of Israel, were mandated at the instant into the Diaspora. Not Nebuchaddnezzar's ancient exile, but modern Babylon's. We are still there.
"Writhe, cry out daughter of Zion, for now you have to leave the city and live in the open country. To Babylon you must go and there you will be rescued; There God will ransom you out of the power of your enemies." (Micah 4:10).
For almost 2000 years, the salvation of the human race has transpired according to the mandate of this treaty.
"You see, God's grace has been revealed, and it has made salvation possible for the whole human race and taught us that what we have to do is to give up everything that does not lead to God, and all our worldly ambitions; we must be self-restrained and live good and religious lives here in this present world, while we are waiting in hope of the blessing which will come with the Appearing of the glory of our great God and savior, Christ Jesus." (Titus 2:11-13).
"He sacrificed himself for us in order to set us free from all wickdness and and to purify a people so tht it could be his very own and would have no ambition except to do good." (Titus 2:14)
"We have to give up everything that does not lead to God, and all our worldly ambitions." (Tit.2:11-12).
The treaty was made with Babylon because as long as it remains in effect, Babylon's survival is assured. Breaking the treaty, however, removes that assurance. The survival of the world's nations cannot continue if the treaty is broken. Prophecy teaches that the treaty will end in a "Great Revolt" (2 Thes. 2:3). Jesus refers to this falling away in the Gospel of John:
"If I had not come, if I had not spoken to them, they would have been blameless; but as it is they have no excuse for their sin." (John 15:22-23).
Culminating that falling away, an evil thought will come into the head of the king of Babylon and he will turn on the departing Israelites and launch an attack against their rear-guard just as Pharaoh did at the time when the walls of the Red Sea crashed against him in the allegory of the Exodus.
The world's attack on the children of God will end the treaty. The Diaspora will be over and the reconciliation between God and His people will be at hand. The nations and the earth on which they sit will all disappear and never be seen again (2 Peter 3:7). In their place will appear the kingdom of heaven, coming down from God like a beautiful bride in all her wedding finery.
Those who resolved to remain modest and without ambition except to do good, and so maintained Christ's treaty faithfully will receive the reward of eternal life that was promised so long ago by God.
This year, for the first time since 1959, the first and most festive night of Hanukkah falls on Dec. 25. In accordance with the Jewish calendar, Hebrew days begin at sundown, so Christmas day will be 3/4 finished when Hanukkah begins. The traditional Christmas celebration lasts 12 days, while Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days.
Hello, I was reading your articles of Hannukah and Christmas, God's festival of lights. Very interesting. But I have a question. Was not Jesus born around Spring time?...Why then, in your story, you mention that the holy night of 2,000 years ago and the Hebrew month of Chislev were engineered by the Holy Spirit? I have a hard time accepting this. Could you please explain to me on what grounds you stand, or where is the source you use to say that Jesus was born on December 25 to bring such responsibility to the Holy Spirit? I mean, this is a strong statement. Would you say it in the Face of the God? Perhaps He will say: "you said that I said W H A T??? M
The actual birthdate of Jesus is unknown. Some scholars have chosen October in relation to the Hebrew New Year. The myth that Constantine chose December 25th in order to "Christianize" a pagan holiday is just that a myth of modern times. Actually, the day reflects the Holy Spirit's intention of superimposing the 3 major Christian feast days on the 3 major Hebrew feast days. Those 3 ancient Hebrew dates predated the birth of Christ by centuries and had nothing at all to do with paganism in any way.
That is why we see the feast of Easter superimposed precisely on that of Passover, Pentecost superimposed precisely on the Hebrew feast of Weeks and Christmas superimposed precisely on the feast of Hannukah. God has chosen to build Christianity on the template of the Hebrew religion. He has changed the tree, but kept the roots intact to show the unity of origin (the one same God).
The entire earth and everything in it has been created by "intelligent design". That intelligence is the Holy Spirit. He is the guiding Counsellor who has built the churches according to the way we see them with Judaism as the root template and Christianity superimposed on top of these roots. The roots are the same, but the tree on top of these roots is now Jesus, the Tree of Life. The entire creation has been made by God to bear out the truth of Christ. Salvation is only in Jesus, the true source-light of God. Moses, the reflected light of the guardian, cannot give salvation; he can only point to the true light. The Mosaic allegories always do just that.
According to Jesus, the "Abomination of Desolation" is going to happen again at the end of time. In the Gospel of Matthew 24:15-22, Jesus referred us back to Daniel to understand what this desecration was. It was the defilement of the Jewish altar in 167 B.C. The altar was "paganised" on the 25th day of Chislev (December in the Christian calendar). It was cleansed and rebuilt exactly 3 years later on the very same day and that is why Hannukah is always celebrated on the 25th. It commemorates the altar's cleansing.
So does Christmas.
Jesus is the true purification of the altar of God. His birth, celebrated as it is on December 25th, points to a higher purification. That is the purpose for which He was sent to the earth to purify the altar. Those who managed the Jewish Temple refused Jesus entrance when He came. Consequently He changed the management, tearing down the altar those servants had abused and rebuilding it (now purified by His death on the cross) in the hearts of those who accept Him as their Lord and Savior.
Jesus tells us that the Abomination of the sacrifice by Antiochus will reoccur in the last days, but this time it will be aimed at Christ's sacrifice. Jesus warned that this "Abomination" will be erected by the followers of the Beast on a "wing of the temple". Prophecy tells us it will duplicate the Mosaic template by occurring on Christmas day, December 25th in an unknown year sometime in the future.
That is the reason why the Holy Spirit designated the date. The two dates are steeped in prophecy, and both reflect identical processes the first allegorically and the second more accurately in accordance with Jesus.
In your article about gay marriage you write, "Complimenting the secular outcry in opposition to the ruling, the Bible is adamantly opposed to homosexuality, quantifying it as behavior so deviant, salvation itself is at stake in the practice." (http://www.goodnewschristianministry.org/gaymarriage.htm) I am not a homosexual and I am a saved Christian that believes it to be wrong.
Could you clarify where in the Bible that claims it as so deviant that salvation is at stake? Are you referring to the beginning of Romans where Paul speaks of it? Leviticus briefly mentions homosexuality as being wrong in a long list of other sexual sins (LEV 18:22). Do you know any other versus that speaks of homosexuality? It seems to me that if God was so adamantly opposed to homosexuality that he would mention it as much as he does adultery or idolatry. Why would this sin be so evil that it can put a person's salvation at risk? Why would it be more dangerous than adultery? I completely agree that it is wrong, but I do not understand the severity level you have placed on it. Could you explain why you believe it to be so evil and also the versus in the Bible in which you have drawn your conclusions from? J
The emphasis applies to all major sin. Adultery itself is a sin so grave that it puts a person's salvation at risk. Idolatry is also in this category, especially if that idolatry involves an unbridled pursuit of money or gold and all the material acquisitions that wealth buys. The worst sin, according to Jesus, is none of these. It is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. That is a sin even worse than these because it is unforgiveable. Homosexuality is not unforgiveable; neither is adultery or idolatry provided all are atoned for according to Christ.
What puts homosexuality in a special category is the prophecy/story of Sodom and Gomorrah. It is the only instance (post-flood) in scripture of God's wrath being leveled at a society for a particular kind of wrong-doing (Gen. 18:16-19:29). Sodom and Gomorrah elevate this particular sin to a societal level. In prophecy, that makes it a predictor of the end-time wrath, the event we call the tribulation. Therefore, it is a sin to be watched for as a signal of the world's proximity to the end of God's offer of salvation.
In the 2000-year history of Christianity on this planet, the social acceptability of homosexual behavior has been less than 20 years in the making. It has arrived. Actually, it has reappeared after a 2000-year ban. This reappearance is one of the three most profound early-warning signs given by scripture of the arrival of the last days. They include the rebuilding of Jerusalem, the secularization of government rigidly exclusive of God, and society's acceptance of homosexuality. All have now come to pass. I write about these signs to announce their appearance. Not to excoriate homosexuals individually, because Jesus insists that we must love all people the same, friends and foes alike. These early signs are the alarms on a ticking clock.
Additional signs of the end, according to Jesus, include natural calamities such as earthquakes, floods, windstorms and tidal waves. These, too, have increased of late. A recent full-page advertisement in the New York Times by Allstate Insurance headlined the statistic that 8 of the 10 greatest calamities to strike the United States in it's entire history have occurred since 9/11/01 (just in the last 4 years alone). There are other major signs, as well, like war, economic collapse, famine, riots and pandemics. Scripture predicts that violence is to rule the earth as one tyrant cancels out another.
The final sign is the world's war against the Church and the erection of the Abomination of Desolation which desecrates communion, the perpetual sacrifice. When that occurs, Christ's offer of peace to this world will end, and so, too, will the world. In fire.
All this because the world in its favor of godlessness rejected the peace offered by God in Christ (John 16:8-9;33).
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