An alternative view of Biblical Prophecy
October 2, 2010Posted by on
Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:14
The valley of decision is not a literal place, just as Armageddon is not literal (see the Battle of Armageddon). The valley of Jezreel in Israel represents a state of mind.
At the western end of the valley of Jezreel is Mount Carmel where Elijah called down fire from heaven [1Kings 18]. Elijah had challenged the priest of Baal to a kind of duel between his God and theirs. But if you stand on top of mount Carmel and look east toward Mount Tabor you would have seen the city of Megiddo on the north side of the valley and the city of Jezreel on the south. Megiddo means “the place of cutting”. This is where those priest of Baal came from. Remember they cut themselves in worship of Baal. Whereas Jezreel mean “God sows”. This is what Elijah was referring to, And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. 1Kings 18:21 Make your choice, which city do you belong to?
At the time of Elijah these two cities no longer stood in contrast to each other. Ahab and Jezebel lived in and had corrupted Jezreel. For which they and their children paid a terrible price. Not one survived.
Now Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. So Jehu wrote letters, and sent them to Samaria, to the rulers of the city, to the elders, and to the guardians of the sons of Ahab, saying, “Now then, as soon as this letter comes to you, seeing your master’s sons are with you, and there are with you chariots and horses, fortified cities also, and weapons, select the best and fittest of your master’s sons and set him on his father’s throne, and fight for your master’s house.” But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, “Behold, the two kings could not stand before him; how then can we stand?” So he who was over the palace, and he who was over the city, together with the elders and the guardians, sent to Jehu, saying, “We are your servants, and we will do all that you bid us. We will not make any one king; do whatever is good in your eyes.” Then he wrote to them a second letter, saying, “If you are on my side, and if you are ready to obey me, take the heads of your master’s sons, and come to me at Jezreel tomorrow at this time.” Now the king’s sons, seventy persons, were with the great men of the city, who were bringing them up. And when the letter came to them, they took the king’s sons, and slew them, seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent them to him at Jezreel. When the messenger came and told him, “They have brought the heads of the king’s sons,” he said, “Lay them in two heaps at the entrance of the gate until the morning.” Then in the morning, when he went out, he stood, and said to all the people, “You are innocent. It was I who conspired against my master, and slew him; but who struck down all these? Know then that there shall fall to the earth nothing of the word of the LORD, which the LORD spoke concerning the house of Ahab; for the LORD has done what he said by his servant Elijah.” So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, all his great men, and his familiar friends, and his priests, until he left him none remaining.
Then he set out and went to Samaria. On the way, when he was at Beth-eked of the Shepherds, Jehu met the kinsmen of Ahaziah king of Judah, and he said, “Who are you?” And they answered, “We are the kinsmen of Ahaziah, and we came down to visit the royal princes and the sons of the queen mother.” He said, “Take them alive.” And they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of Beth-eked, forty-two persons, and he spared none of them. 2 Kings 10:1-14
Have nothing further to do with the false church. The false preachers,priests, and teachers. This is what happens to those who conspire against God and His purposes, and those who associate themselves with them. Like the kinsmen of Ahaziah the neighboring kingdom, you should have nothing to do with the apostates.
But God is able to restore us to a right relationship with Him. But we must stop the Baal and Ashtaroth worship. We must stop mixing the pagan with the divine. Stop standing in the middle of the valley, get yourself into Jezreel.
“And in that day, says the LORD, I will answer the heavens and they shall answer the earth; and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they shall answer Jezreel; and I will sow him for myself in the land. And I will have pity on Not pitied, and I will say to Not my people, ‘You are my people’; and he shall say ‘Thou art my God.’” Hos. 2:21-23
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; Eph. 6:14
October 1, 2010Posted by on
The battle to end all battles is suppose to be in the valley of Jezreel in the nation of Israel. Just ask those silly Futurist. But is that what the Bible really says.
The sixth angel poured his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east. And I saw, issuing from the mouth of the dragon and from the mouth of the beast and from the mouth of the false prophet, three foul spirits like frogs; for they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. (“Lo, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is he who is awake, keeping his garments that he may not go naked and be seen exposed!”) And they assembled them at the place which is called in Hebrew Armageddon. Rev. 16:12-16
If this is your first time actually reading the prophecy, I’m sure it looks pretty weird, and a lot more obscure than you were led to believe.
The kings of the earth are assembled by three frog spirits, to a place called Armageddon. First problem is that there is no place in the Hebrew called Armageddon. All scholars are pretty much agreed that this is a truncation of the Hebrew Har-Megedon. Har meaning mountain or large hill, some think that it refers to Tel Meggiddo an archeological sight in modern Israel. Tels are the ruins of ancient towns that have been built one upon another, eventually appearing as hills. Megiddo over looks the Jezreel valley where all these commentators will tell you the last battle is to occur. However, did you see anything about a battle, up there in the text? It just says the kings are assembled there. Since when do kings fight battles? The last one that comes to mind was Henry V. Nothing is here about armies. Nothing here about fighting. Just a warning that when we see this happening we need to keep your garments on.
We know that the river Euphrates i.e. the Ottoman Empire, is already dried up. It fell apart during WW1, at which time most of the Porte was put under French or British mandates. In the 1950’s and 1960’s these nations one by one gained their independence.
Now for some speculation, always a dangerous thing to do. Historicist are never good at speculation, it is always best to wait for the new papers or even the history books, before deciding what a prophecy meant. But at the information we have available today and of course this could change. What are we to be looking for? Har means mountain, so someplace high and lifted up. Megiddo means place of cutting. Two possibilities present themselves here. Solomon is said to have keep a cut of troops (i.e. a division) there, because of its strategic importance. (To come down from Asia or Europe by land you must go past Megiddo.) It was also a place of Baal worship, where the worshipers would ritually cut themselves. So something either military or religious or both. All together someplace important or actually high, and with military or religious significance. The only thing right this moment that seems to maybe fit the bill, would be the UN. But time will tell. Something could just as easily pop up on the stage of history.
Just grab your clothes.
August 20, 2010Posted by on
Isn’t it curious how Christianity has evolved into a myriad of sects and denominations when we all use the same book as our standard or guide? This one worships on Saturday …. that one on Sunday … This one practices sprinkling and that one immersion …. Some say the Eucharist becomes the actual body of Christ and others call communion symbolic.
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.” 2Tim. 4:3-4
Put 30 people in a small building and you will get 30 different points of view.
We are a people who want to pick and choose our doctrine like we pick and choose our wardrobe for the day. Based on how we are feeling and what makes us feel comfortable today.
Because we have this tendency we seem to expect that this is also true in the Bible. Isn’t that why there are two parts; Old and New? Having two parts give us the chance to pick and choose! If we don’t like one, we will pick the other and visa-versa! Right?
Wrong! Our God is not a god of confusion! He is the same yesterday, today, and forever! If the Old and New Testament seem contrary to you, we suggest you look at your interpretation for error.
In this category we would like to examine doctrinal issues from scripture using “generally accepted” hermeneutical practices.
August 7, 2010Posted by on
Well lets look at this.
The first horse is the conquerer. Oh, like the earth has never seen a conquerer.
The second horse is war. Wow, war, imagine that a conquerer who uses war to get what he wants.
The third horse is economic upheaval. Now that is something so rare on this earth, that as we explain in the 2008 banking crisis it happens only every 60-70 years.
The last horse is death. You know anybody who has died? Gosh that never happens.
Now, hopefully you have been slapped into reality. The book of the Revelation starts out with an explanation of why it is being given. Somehow a lot of people seem to skip this first verse.
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants what must soon take place; and he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, Rev. 1:1
Soon, does not mean 1900 years latter in anybody’s dictionary. Since the book was written between 96-98 AD, the events in it should have started, one would think, no later than early in the second century A.D. The people who teach that these events are future either only trying to scare people, or more likely unable to interpret what the text is saying. Either to make money or because they are deceived and scared themselves. But the text plainly states “soon”.
We explain what the horses meant in Rev 6-7.
July 31, 2010Posted by on
These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands which stand before the Lord of the earth. Rev. 11:4
The dispensational Futurists teach that these will literally be Moses and Elijah, and that they will return in physical bodies preach and then be killed, and raise from the dead 3 1/2 days later. Honestly that is pretty out there on the believability index. Particularly when you actually read the passage and find that no where are Moses or Elijah mentioned. Instead these witnesses are described as “two olive trees” and “two lampstands”. That is four things not two people. What do olive trees and lampstands have to do with Moses and Elijah? The obvious question should be what are olive trees and lampstands? Not to conclude that they are Moses or Elijah.
In scripture the olive tree always speaks of Israel. [Jer 11:16; Rom 11:17] Unless of course the passage is talking about literal real olive trees. That would be absurd. Literal olive trees can not bear testimony, unless they are like the apple trees in The Wizard or Oz. Hopefully a bit friendlier.
Lampstands or Menorahs:
and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. Rev 1:20b
So if John the writer of the Revelation says he was told that the lampstands are churches, why would anyone think that they meant anything else in the same book. Or they could be literal like Lumiere in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
As all lamps in antiquity, the great lambstand i.e. the Menorah in the Temple in Jerusalem burned olive oil. In Zechariah 4 the olive trees provided the oil that fuels the Menorah. Consequently, using the Bible to interpret the Bible, this passage indicates that Israel the olive trees are to provide the oil that is to be burned in the lampstands which are the churches.
Israel’s great commission was to keep The Law.
“I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, Is. 42:6
he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Is. 49:6
In keeping The Law they manufacture the oil needed to fuel the fires of truth. However, with out a light the fuel is only oil and of no useful purpose. Israel missed the spark that would light their lamps and bring light to the whole earth when they missed the Messiah. Instead of becoming a light to the world, they have progressively separated themselves from the world.
On the other hand the church has often burned brightly but only for a short time. Over time, not wanting to be encumbered with That Jewish Law, the Church has had little oil to burn. She easily falls into apostasy without The Law to guide her. Others have simply left The Law behind altogether and no longer have any oil at all.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matt. 5:14-16
July 17, 2010Posted by on
Start reading your own Bible and quit depending on others to tell you what LORD requires. They preach what they think will put the most money in the plate (because their livelihood depends on it), not what God wants you to hear. One is not saved by asking Jesus into your heart or paying ten percent (or more), having water throne in you face or dunking under water, as taught by some predator posing as a man of God. There is nothing you can do to be saved, Messiah did it all. There is no one you can trust with your eternal soul, not even some asses in the sheepfold. There are no Jeremiahs out there, who will tell the truth no matter what. You need to step up and start taking care of this yourself. Now that I have that off my chest, here is some practical advice.
How to start studying:
Remember the first rule of hermeneutics, Sola Scriptorium, the Bible is Supreme. The Bible is the ruler by which all truth is measured. To study it you will need the following tools: Bibles, Dictionaries, Concordances, Lexicons, Encyclopadia etc. Most of these are available on line, but watch the source. Some sources are more trustworthy than others. Never trust a commentary or work of theology written by dispensationalist, for that matter never trust a commentary, they are all written with preconceived prejudices (especially ours). When there is a substantial difference in Bible translations, always try to find out why. Know who made the translations you are using and why they made them, e.g. The King James Bible was written to prove that the Protestant James had the right to be king of England, and anytime they could make that point they did. You may also run into the problem of the dating events in the Bible, there are late dates and traditional dates, the late dates are made by scholars that do not believe that the Bible is accurate history. (Issachar5 always uses traditional dates.)
If you have never read through the Bible on your own, we recommend that you start with a chronological order, after you have done this for awhile then go thru the book order, so you can begin to understand the different styles of writing these men had. The nice people at One Year Bible OnLine have made easy to follow charts for you to read through the Bible in one year. either chronologically or in book order.
Getting the big picture:
It is helpful to make for yourself, on a large piece of butcher paper, a time line of Bible events and people, so you can see how far apart things were, and who were contemporaries to each other. Note: the older the date the more of a best guess it is. No one group or nation has kept a calendar uninterrupted for 6000 years, we explain this in the Prophetic Calendar.
Dates to start you off
Creation according the Archbishop Ussher (1581-1656) 4004 BC
Creation according Henry Fynes Clinton in his FASTI HELLENICI & FASTI ROMANI (published 1824-1853) creation date 4138 BC
Birth of Abraham 2166 BC
Jacob’s migration to Egypt 1876 BC
Birth of Moses 1527 BC ca
The Exodus 1446 BC
Conquest of Jericho 1406 BC
Period of the Judges 1389-1050 BC
Saul 1050-1010 BC
David 1010-970 BC
Solomon 970-931 BC
Temple construction begins 966 BC ca
Fall of Jerusalem 587 BC
Rededication of the temple by Judas Maccabaeus Dec. 165 BC
Pompey’s conquest of Syria-Palestine 63 BC
Birth of Messiah 6 BC
Crucifixion 29 AD if you are counting forward 33 AD if you are counting backward.
Siege of Jerusalem 68-70 AD
Quod non est Biblicum, non est Theologicum.
If it aint in the Bible, it aint Theology.
July 2, 2010Posted by on
Another page in our quest to figure out if celebrations and commemorations are Biblical or pagan. If we should adopt them or reject them. Most of these celebrations have developed because they are fun. This one is a little odd as it does not fall in the fun celebration category at all, it is more of a commemoration, as the chief activity is to fast. The day is treated as a day of morning and much of what a family would do at the loss of a loved one is performed i.e. shiva. The book of Lamentations is read and some congregations will also read Job.
The reasons for this day of morning and fasting are truly unfortunate and tragic. The destruction of the first temple of Solomon and the second temple of Herod though 650 years apart occurred on this same date on the Hebrew calendar, the ninth of Av. (Av is the fifth month of the Hebrew calendar corresponding to July or August on the Gregorian calendar). Included in the fast is also a regard that great misfortunes often happen to the Jewish people on this date. According to the Mishnah [Taanit 4:6] there are five great calamities have all fallen on this day, listed out as follows.
1. The return of the 12 spies, [Num 13–14]
2. The destruction of Solomon’s Temple, [2 Kings 25:8 -12]
3. The destruction of Herod’s temple, in 69 A.D. [Matt 24]
4. The razing of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 A.D.
5. The failure of The Second Jewish revolt, or The Bar Kochba Rebellion.
Over the years other disasters have been included as reasons for this fast:
* Jews were expelled from England in 1290.
* Jews were expelled from Spain, by the Alhambra Decree of 1492, took effect on the 7th of Av.
* The day Germany declared war on Russia and the Swiss army mobilized. World War I caused unprecedented devastation across Europe and set the stage for World War II and the Holocaust.
* The mass deportation began of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, en route to Treblinka on the eve of Tisha B’Av 1942.
* Israel began the expulsion of Gush Katif residents in the Gaza Strip. The expulsion was pushed back by a day, so as not to coincide with Tisha B’Av.
* The Second Lebanon War took place in the three weeks leading up to Tisha B’Av in 2006.
These are truly tragic events in the history of the Jewish people. But are they for the adopted sons of Abraham?The only passages in the New Testament that mention fasting are either about the bridegroom absent for a long time, or selecting leaders, or when casting out some demons.
And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. Matt. 9:15
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. Acts 13:2-3
And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. Mark 9:29
Fasting for the loss of the temple makes no since, for believers. It is almost like wishing that we are not waiting for the bridegroom to return. Fasting for the way things were before we were betrothed, and yearning to return those days when we did not know our bridegroom. The temple and its sacrificial system were but a shadow.
For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. Heb. 10:1 KJV
Messiah himself said the temple was to be destroyed, (see Olivet Discourse). It seems that instead of fasting about the temple’s destruction, we should be celebrating its demise. The shadow is gone, we are the fulfillment. We are the temples of the Holy Spirit. The law can never make anyone perfect, it never could, it was always just a shadow. It never achieved being the image of God. It never could, because we are that image. We are the image of God, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, we are a holy priesthood, and someday we will be the city of Zion. (Zion means monument) [Gen. 1:27; 1Cor. 3:16-17; 1 Pet. 2:4 -10; Rev. 21:9 -14] The law was intended to be the path, or way we walked, but never an image.
Stop crying over spilt milk. The temple is gone and it is not coming back. One should not live in the past, learn from it and move on. Don’t look back at what was, look forward to what will be. Don’t dwell on the shadow, live the image.
See Also: Lag B’Omer
June 18, 2010Posted by on
We cannot speak of the 2008 banking crisis without speaking on the subject of greed and covetousness. The only reason these giant financial “bubbles” form in our economy is because we are greedy and covet; we are far too rebellious to keep the sabbatical and Jubilee years. These giant “bubbles” reoccur approximately every 60-70 years like clockwork. It is amazing how God thinks of everything! If we followed His plan of Sabbatical years every seven years and Jubilees every 49 years it would break the cycle of these financial “bubbles”.
Unfortunately our founding fathers never put the idea of Sabbatical Years and Jubilees into our constitution; instead they went with the Common Law of Bankruptcy, a kind of individual Jubilee. But alas this allows the general economic debt “bubbles” to form. Is it possible, since they put so many other Biblical laws in our legal system that Jubilee was left out because of the sin of slavery? Obviously even though they were brilliant and great men they were also a touch rebellious and we are continuing in that rebellion.
Everybody from the top on down is yelling that it is the bankers fault; but that is not true! It is our fault! We elected the congress that told the bankers that they had to make it easier for the poor to get loans; so the bankers created the sub-prime loan. And because of discrimination laws these loans could not be just for the poor; anyone could get a sub-prime loan. This brought in the housing market sharks and flippers. Thus the giant “bubble” of debt formed.
Every 60-70 years, give or take a few, like clockwork, we do this. We are now in the fourth repeat over the past 240 years. Let’s note this historically recorded cycle starting with the Dutch tulip bulb collapse Feb 1637; French Revolution led to almost total economic collapse in Europe 1789-1799; English bank rate changes that led to 6 year depression 1837-1843; Collapse of the Vienna Stock Exchange May 7 1873; New York stock market crash in 1929.
It is human nature to be greedy and covet. That would be why God addresses that as one of His Top Ten complaints or in-other-words His Ten Commandments. In the Messiah’s example to us as how to pray He included, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”. It is easy to ask God to forgive US our sins but not to forgive our brother. We were told to forgive our brothers 70 x7 which interesting enough is 10 Jubilees.
“Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” Matt. 18:21-22
In light of scripture does it not stand to reason that the longer we take to forgive each other for causing this mess, the longer the recovery will take? None of this is going away until we stop blaming and forgive. If we set our slaves free every 7 years and forgave debt every 49 years we would adjust our lifestyles accordingly and there would never be a panic or collapse of the economics system.
Forgiveing does not mean that we should reelect and rehire those who set this horrible mess up or who support the continuation of this system. It means that these governmental positions are best filled by God fearers who will be brave enough to tackle the status quo and change the system.
As far as keeping Sabbatical years and Jubilees, have no fear, the King will return and impose that. What will we do? Like Israel of old we will howl because of our greed and covetousness.
See also: Jubilee and the Banking Crisis part 2
Lev 25, 27:16-25, Num. 36:4
“We are confronting the end phase of the 60-70 year cycle that is now in its fourth repeat over the past 240 years.”
by Nelson Hultberg December 5, 2002
“For instance, there have been nine depressions, spaced about 60 years apart, since the mid-16th century.”
by James Davidson on Dec 02 2009
June 18, 2010Posted by on
Banking Crisis part 2 “What do we do?”
A continuation of Jubilee and the 2008 Banking Crisis
As we continue to live through this economic crisis many ask or at least think, “what can I do about it anyway?” Do not be fooled by preachers who cry the “Lord is coming”, then everything will be all better! Do not be content to be the church of Laodicea; complacent thinking these things must happen to user in the second coming of Messiah! While it may be true that the Lord return is imminent; then again it may not.
We too believe that the Lord is returning soon, however, what if we are wrong? As my grandmother said “there is always been someone crying doom and destruction”! They cry, “Jesus is Coming” or “Mt Rainier is going to erupt”. Don’t plan your life around these people being correct. Do not stop working; or investing for the future. Do Not neglect “the great commission” to “go into all the world and preach the gospel”. We must continue to live each day of our lives living out our faith. However, do not make your home in that Puyallup valley; it is a flood plain and someday that mountain will erupt; that is just plain, good old fashion common sense; not spiritual insight.
Part of “living out our faith” is taking part in the governing of our country. As long as we have the freedoms afforded us by our constitution we should continue to fight the good battle at the poles and in our communities. We need to take hold of our futures. We need to fix this mess that the people we elected created. Stop pointing fingers. It is our fault. We elected them.
We do not know the future so it is hard to see the way out. We will not find the answers until like Daniel we turn to God for the answers. The prophet Daniel could not figure out the exact meaning of Jeremiah’s prophecy;“This whole land shall become a ruin and a waste, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.” Jer. 25:11 So he prayed an intercessory prayer of repentance for all his people.
Then, and only then, was he given one of the greatest prophecies ever! He was told the timing of the coming of Messiah. [see commentary on Dan 9.] We are standing at a similar point in our history and the prophecies of The Revelation. The Times of the Gentiles is running out. What comes next?
It is time for Us to own up to our sins:
It is not the rich man’s fault.
It is not the welfare queen’s fault.
We have done this to ourselves. [see our 2008 banking crisis]
“Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.” Psa. 62:10
We have allowed unrighteous men to rule us. We have allowed them in our schools, pulpits and courthouses. We have over spent, over taxed, and we have not kept our word. The day of reckoning is here.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2Chr. 7:14
We will not be able to see whom to vote into government until we clean up our own personal lives. The only way out is to repent and go the other way. Seek the direction of the LORD!
“There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” Prov. 14:12.
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Prov. 3:5
The leaders of our churches are every bit as much to blame as the politicians. They are more interested in the business of the church than providing sound teachings to their flock. Complacency in the church equates to money in the till.
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own liking,” 2 Tim. 4:3
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” Luke 6:46
The general populous has no interest in God; therefore, it is up to the true believers to repent on their own. Just like Daniel did. We need a Revival. We need the Spirit to move before it is too late. The King is coming but He will not be a lamb this time. He comes to rule with a “rod of iron”.
As you read the following insert your nation and nationality in the place of Jerusalem.
Daniel’s Prayer of Repentance:
“Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and supplications with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the LORD my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and terrible God, who keepest covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from thy commandments and ordinances; we have not listened to thy servants the prophets, who spoke in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
“To thee, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us confusion of face, as at this day, to the men of [Judah], to the inhabitants of [ Jerusalem], and to all [Israel], those that are near and those that are far away, in all the lands to which thou hast driven them, because of the treachery which they have committed against thee.
“To us, O Lord, belongs confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness; because we have rebelled against him, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God by following his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
“All [Israel] has transgressed thy law and turned aside, refusing to obey thy voice. And the curse and oath which are written in the law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against him. He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against our rulers who ruled us, by bringing upon us a great calamity; for under the whole heaven there has not been done the like of what has been done against [Jerusalem]. As it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us, yet we have not entreated the favor of the LORD our God, turning from our iniquities and giving heed to thy truth.
“ Therefore the LORD has kept ready the calamity and has brought it upon us; for the LORD our God is righteous in all the works which he has done, and we have not obeyed his voice.
And now, O Lord our God, who didst bring thy people out of the land of [Egypt] with a mighty hand, and hast made thee a name, as at this day, we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
O Lord, according to all thy righteous acts, let thy anger and thy wrath turn away from thy city [Jerusalem], thy holy hill; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, [Jerusalem] and thy people have become a byword among all who are round about us.
“Now therefore, O our God, hearken to the prayer of thy servant and to his supplications, and for thy own sake, O Lord, cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary, which is desolate. O my God, incline thy ear and hear; open thy eyes and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name; for we do not present our supplications before thee on the ground of our righteousness, but on the ground of thy great mercy. O LORD, hear; O LORD, forgive; O LORD, give heed and act; delay not, for thy own sake, O my God, because thy city and thy people are called by thy name.” Dam 9:3-19
June 18, 2010Posted by on
Europe is Doomed
“And as you saw the feet and toes partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom; but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. As you saw the iron mixed with miry clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay.” Dan 2:41-43
When Rome the fourth and last empire of Daniel’s prophecy fell in 476AD it quickly divided into ten toes or ten smaller kingdoms. Do not look for these ten little kingdoms among any of the former territories of Babylon, Medio-Persia, nor the Greeks, as they have no part of the previous empires of gold, silver, or bronze. Sir Isaac Newton said that the 10 kingdoms must come from that part of the Roman Empire that was never part of the preceding empires. Over the centuries they have fought wars, signed treaties, and exchanged in marriage from within their royal houses. This activity sometimes created an extra little country here or there or combined two for a time. In the end, they always returned to ten separate kingdoms. [see also chart]
Anglo-Saxons, Bretons, Franks, Burgundians, Alemanni, Visigoths,
Suevi, Vandals, Italy, Basques.
2 – Today they are called:
England, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland,
Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria.
We are now living at the extreme end of the time covered by this image. The present talk about a one-world government is doomed to failure. No such development is possible. God has decreed that it shall not happen. He knows, and He has spoken. Here it is specifically stated that the powers of modern Europe, the ten smaller kingdoms of the old Roman Empire, will never reunite, nor ever consolidate into one all-dominant power again. We must not look for a revival of the Roman Empire; we already have the ten nations into which it disintegrated. Many have come and tried to unite the warring tribes of Europe, but all have failed. Seen in the light of history, illuminated by the glow of the campfires of a thousand battlefields, millions of men have shed their blood in the vain struggle to defeat this divine purpose.Charlemagne, Charles V, Louis XIV, Napoleon, and finally Hitler have all failed to hold them together. Yet the Word stands they will not hold together. There have always been ten ethnic nations, and there will always be ten until the bitter end.
Daniel said that these kingdoms would last 2520 years then be ground to dust a blow away like chaff. vs 35 “and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found.” Daniel wrote around 550 BC. [math explained in Prophetic Calendar] These nations are out of time. They have been degrading and loosing there national distinctions for more than 50 years now. They can no longer defend themselves let alone start another war. They are completely dependent on NATO, and frankly the USA has a growing weary of funding and manning NATO. Why should we defend people who are literally fading from history? Don’t get the wrong idea, the USA is not going to come out of this unscathed. We are too closely tied to Europe for it not to hurt. That is why we keep NATO going. We fear the consequences. But the grinding stone comes. Nothing is going to stop it.
Interestedly, today, even those who do not use the Bible as their standard, can see that the European nations are destroying themselves. The Europe of yesteryear who fostered our great nation and kept Christianity alive is losing both it’s population and it’s culture a little with every passing day. Their birth rates are now so low that the average European couple has 1.38 children. That will cut the population almost in half with every generation.
The very word immigrant implies someone who wishes to not just visit but become a new person with a new nationality. In the Americas we have done this very nicely, getting the nick-name “melting pot”. However even our country is changing; the more tolerant we become; the more worried we are about offending, the more we will lose our way of life. It is one thing to keep our old world recipes to share with our children; but quite another to impose our religious culture in their public schools or refuse to learn the common language of the new country of our choice.
We, over here in America can fix this; but Europe is doomed. The Bible says so.
“And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall its sovereignty be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever, just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be hereafter. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.” Dan 2:44-45
All of these earthly empires followed the same natural chain of events marching through history books just as God said they would. In succession, each expanded into a great power, degenerated, and finally fell to the invading force of the next empire.
Images by definition are cut and shaped by human hand. This stone is not made by a human hand. The stone represents Christ’s kingdom that will endure forever. [Matt 16:18] This kingdom crushes the image into chaff, so that it will blow away and be no more. [Dan 2:35] The STONE will crush all that remains of the FOUR previous empires at the same time, once-and-for-all.
The remains of the four empires are still here today although their former glory is all but gone.
They are: Babylon/ now Iraq, Greece is still Greece
Medio-Persia/ now Iran, Rome the 10 nations
What it means to be crushed into chaff and blown away is not clear. But what is clear is that it would be better to be elsewhere when God decides the time is finished.
See Also The Hoax of a One World Government