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70 Ancient Metal Books Found in Jordan — Greatest Discovery of All Time or Greatest Hoax?

In Christian News, End -Time Deception on April 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Greatest discovery of all time? Or just a stack of metal cards?

While we often note that many issues in Christianity get very little news coverage, there are some things in Christianity that do get lots of media coverage and the discovery of a potential earth-shattering, ancient relic, ranks right up there. Much has been said and documented about the 70 metal books or codices that were found in a cave in Jordan five years ago. These booklets made of metal with pages the size of credit cards are being speculated as being the earliest recorded Christian documents ever discovered. News outlets are stating that this could be a more important discovery than the Dead Sea Scrolls. They are now finally being turned over to experts for the first time and there is speculation that these books could contain details of the last days of Jesus on Earth. And some “Biblical experts” speculated this could even be the sealed book that was mentioned in the Bible as being given to the Messiah only. There is so much excitement surrounding these relics that comparisons So are these metal books authentic nor is this all an elaborate hoax? And if real, what is the implication for Christianity?

Are they real?

The first and most important question is are these codices actually from the first century AD? And do they contain writings that pertain to Christianity at all? The jury is still out on the first question. When it comes to these “earth-shattering discoveries” we must always be patient as there have been many similar hoaxes in the past. One only needs to remember all the excitement last year over the “discovery” of Noah’s ark by an expedition team in Turkey who claimed they had done the appropriate carbon dating and analysis of all the wood of the ship and it dated back some 4,000 years to the time of the flood. And the entire thing was a complete fraud. In fact, it was such a fraud that the con-men even hauled the wood themselves up the mountain to place it in the position of the ark. So again, always view these discoveries with caution until independent analysis is done.

The 70 booklets were discovered five years ago in a cave in a remote part of Jordan to which Christian refugees are known to have fled after the fall of Jerusalem in 70AD. Important documents from the same period have previously been found there.
According to David Elkington, who is now in possession of the booklets, initial metallurgical tests indicate that some of the books could date from the first century AD.

This estimate is based on the form of corrosion which has taken place, which experts believe would be impossible to achieve artificially. And if the dating proves to be accurate, these codices would be the oldest Christian document ever discovered.

The initial reaction has been pure excitement. Jordan’s Department of Antiquities, Ziad al-Saad, was quoted by the BBC as saying that the find may be more significant than the Dead Sea Scrolls (the oldest copy of the Biblical Old Testament which helped confirm the amazing manuscript accuracy of the Bible throughout centuries).

The owners of the cofice are claiming this is possibly the face of Jesus

Al-Saad said: “Maybe it will lead to further interpretation and authenticity checks of the material, but the initial information is very encouraging, and it seems that we are looking at a very important and significant discovery, maybe the most important discovery in the history of archaeology.” Elkington has called them ‘the major discovery of Christian history” adding, “‘It is a breathtaking thought that we have held these objects that might have been held by the early saints of the Church.”

However, not everyone is as excited. Peter Thoneman of Oxford University, a lecturer in ancient Greek and Roman history, not only doubts the authenticity of the codices, but according to his own claims, was approached by Elkington himself last year and asked to review three of the metal pages.

Elkington contacted Thoneman through a mutual acquaintance. The Oxford scholar replied that he would be glad to inspect the metal pages to determine their authenticity. Elkington then emailed photos of 3 pages for Thoneman to inspect:

Thoneman responded the same day and stated that the metal pages were fakes (for the full email exchange and images of the photos which were sent to Mr. Thonemann, see here). His email response was the following:

After having a close look at the photos, I replied later that same day:
“Dear David,
A surprisingly easy task, as it turns out!
The Greek text at the top of your photo no. 0556 reads: ΛΛΥΠΕΧΛΙΡΕΛΒΓΛΡΟΚΛΙΕΙΣΙΩΝ, followed by ΛΛΥΠΕ in mirror-writing.
This text corresponds to ΛΛΥΠΕ ΧΛΙΡΕ ΛΒΓΛΡ Ο ΚΛΙ ΕΙΣΙΩΝ, i.e. ἄλυπε χαῖρε, Ἀβγαρ ὁ καὶ Εἰσίων, followed by the word ἄλυπε again, in mirror writing. The text at the bottom of your photo no. 0532 is the first part of the same text again: ΛΥΠΕΧΛΙΡΕΛΒΓ, i.e. [ἄ]λυπε χαῖρε, Ἀβγ…
The text was incised by someone who did not know the Greek language, since he does not distinguish between the letters lambda and alpha: both are simply represented, in each of the texts, by the shape Λ.
The text literally means ‘without grief, farewell! Agbar also known as Eision’. This text, in isolation, is meaningless.
However, this text corresponds precisely to line 2 of the Greek text of a bilingual Aramaic/Greek inscription published by J.T. Milik, Syria 35 (1958) 243-6 no.6 (SEG 20, 494), and republished in P.-L. Gatier, Inscriptions grecques et latines de Syrie XXI: Inscriptions de la Jordanie, 2: Region centrale (Paris 1986), no.118. That inscription reads, in its entirety, as follows,
1 Σελαμαν χρηστὲ καὶ
2 ἄλυπε χαῖρε, Ἀβγαρ ὁ καὶ Εἰσίων
3 Μονοαθου υἱὸς υἱῷ τειμίῳ τὸ μνῆμα
4 ἐποίησεν ἔτους τρίτου ἐπαρχείας

[Translation] ’For Selaman, excellent and harmless man, farewell! Agbar, also known as Eision, son of Monoathos, constructed this tomb for his excellent son (i.e. Selaman), in the third year of the province’.

This is a stone tombstone from Madaba in Jordan, precisely dated to AD 108/9, on display in the Archaeological Museum in Amman.
The text on your bronze tablet, therefore, makes no sense in its own right, but has been extracted unintelligently from another longer text (as if it were inscribed with the words: ‘t to be that is the question wheth’). The longer text from which it derives is a perfectly ordinary tombstone from Madaba in Jordan which happens to have been on display in the Amman museum for the past fifty years or so. The text on your bronze tablet is repeated, in part, in three different places, meaningless in each case.
The only possible explanation is that the text on the bronze tablet was copied directly from the inscription in the museum at Amman by someone who did not understand the meaning of the text of the inscription, but was simply looking for a plausible-looking sequence of Greek letters to copy. He copied that sequence three times, in each case mixing up the letters alpha and lambda.
This particular bronze tablet is, therefore, a modern forgery, produced in Jordan within the last fifty years. I would stake my career on it.
All good wishes,
Peter Thonemann”

This alone should raise some serious red flags. The first academic who reviewed these supposed “secret books” was able to debunk it and identify it as a forgery in a matter of hours! Thonemann has gone on to say he would stake his entire career on the metal booklets being forgeries.

Additionally, the translations of the inscription on the three pages sent to Thonemann do not seem to even be coherent, much less relation to the life of Jesus Christ.

“Shedding New Light on Christianity”

Among all of the frenzy surrounding the codices is this idea that somehow these ancient writings will give a new perspective or new information on Christianity. But why would this be the case? If anything, these suggestions are misleading because it assumes there are not already large amounts of ancient evidence supporting the life of Jesus and the Bible. There are over 24,000 ancient manuscripts still in existence today and the writings of Plato, Socrates and other ancient legends combined do not come close to the New Testament in terms of the amount of manuscript evidence. And in a cross-comparison of the various manuscripts, there was 99.5% accuracy across the board. What this means is that the New Testament we have today (at least the King James version), is a faithful interpretation to the ones printed in the first century.

So the idea that these codices hold some special Biblical “key” or “code” or some special Scriptural point is not very sound. The descriptions and details of Jesus’ life and ministry in the Gospels already has an abundance of consistent evidence. So even if this codice presented different details, why would one metal booklet outweigh 24,000 documents? And this is not taking into account that we do not know who wrote the codices. Were they Biblical authors? It has not been stated or even mentioend. Again, from a scholarly standpoint, this does not add up. And why would David Elkington, who by his own statements has not even translated all of the booklets yet, claim that this is going to change our whole perception of Christianity? We will answer that below.



The Book Only Shown to The Messiah

Also fueling all the intense crazy about the ancient relics is the speculation that one of some of the codices, which have been sealed shut are possibly one of the sealed books mentioned in the Book of Revelation:

Dr Margaret Barker, a former president of the Society for Old Testament Study, said: ‘The Book of Revelation tells of a sealed book that was opened only by the Messiah: ‘Other texts from the period tell of sealed books of wisdom and of a secret tradition passed on by Jesus to his closest disciples. That is the context for this discovery.’

There is indeed a book in the Bible which was opened only by the Messiah. But a brief study of Scripture will show that the metal codices are not the book:

Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. 6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

As can be seen from the actual text, the book that is opened by the Lamb, Jesus is opened in Heaven. It is not a book that was lost. It is a book that is in the hands of God the Father. So to think that these metal codices could be that book is just incompatible with what the Bible states. Not to mention, that many scrolls and texts were sealed in ancient times. It was a very common way of securing that only certain parties could read a document. So this part of the story is really more wild speculation than anything.

Furthermore, what “other texts from the period” was Dr. Barker referring to? She does not say. But this is again an example of the unscholarly approach being taken to this entire find. Jesus had no secret tradition that was passed on. This again sounds like what the people behind this “find” are doing is trying to sensationalize a story and cast more doubt on actual Biblical Christianity.

Who is David Elkington?

David Elkington and his wife. The holders of the "great discovery"

David Elkington is an author, researcher and adventurer who definitely a proponent of the New Age Movement. In the publisher’s note on his book “In the Name of The Gods” it is noted that divine beings are basically comprised of sounds vibrations and that the “title” Jesus was just a function of a certain type of sound. To no surprise, the official book description states: “This book will forever change your view of religion and spirituality.” So he is not a Christian or a Christian theologian. In preparing his announcement regarding the relics, instead of first presenting his findings to archeological experts, he hired an advertising firm to do a media blitz promoting his find before it received any critical, scholarly review. Additionally, Mr. Elkington and his wife are already working on a book deal and documentary regarding his quest for the metal booklets. All this seems to point in one direction: money.

Conclusion

From the early signs, it seems that the 70 metal booklets are in fact forgeries. And like the DaVinci Code, “Tomb of Jesus” project done by director James Cameron that was debunked, the numerous books and series on the Gnostic Gospels (which were never part of the Bible) and other heresies, this falls in a long line of efforts to try and cast doubt on the Bible. For Christians, the call here is to use discernment and consider a matter carefully before speaking on it, as we are instructed in Proverbs.We have the full sum of wisdom in the Bible (and more specifically the King James Bible, which is by far my preferred and favorite Bible version to read and study). Yes, archeological evidence related to Jesus and the Bible is exciting. But we must make sure we are careful in evaluating it as being authentic and that it falls in line with what the Bible states.

And for those who doubt the Bible or question Christianity, the real issue is: how much scrutiny did you place on this amazing discovery? Did you ask the same amount of questions about this find, or the Da Vinci Code book or other anti-Christian works to make sure they were verified, substantive and true? I hope so. And if you did, you would see that the Bible still stands as these fraudulent efforts get exposed. And in that hopefully you will see that God, Jesus and eternal life are real as well. And they are all waiting for you in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And that is by far the greatest discovery in the history of this world.

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ABC’s “V” Season 2: Alien Deception Continues

In End -Time Deception, Entertainment, Nephilim/Aliens on February 20, 2011 at 2:08 am

The Alien Agenda: Mingle themselves with the seed of men

In our first article about the ABC series “V” we went through many details to explain how the show promotes the idea of alien beings coming to Earth as the “saviors” of the planet and how this idea, which is also promoted by many figures in the New Age Movement, is one of that is very spiritually dangerous and can lead to much confusion in the church. As stated before, I do not believe in extra-terrestrial beings but the Bible is clear that fallen angelic and demonic beings do exist, have interacted with humanity in the past and will do so again in the future. Now in its second season, some of this blog’s initial predictions about the show have come to pass.

The Sons of God and the Daughters of Men

In our intial article we referenced the Nephilim, the hybrid offspring of the fallen angels of Genesis 6, who came to Earth, took human women as wives and had children with them:

Genesis 6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. 5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

This illicit union by rebellious angels led to the global flood in which Noah and his family were spared on the ark. And as predicted, not only was this an important plot point on the V series, it has now been revealed in season 2 that this is the ultimate agenda of the alien Visitors on the show. Their leader, Anna, has offered a “gift” to humanity in the form of new cities which the aliens and humans can build together for peaceful coexistence. But the this gift is merely a ruse to sneak in alien “breeding vessels” into the Earth’s atmosphere and over these cities. Once the ships have landed, human will be taken aboard for breeding with male aliens. Again, we see the sins of Genesis chapter 6 being played out in pop culture. It is at this point we must remember the Biblical prophecy regarding this happening in the end-times:

The End Time Kingdom – Mingled With the Seed of Men?

The Book of Daniel tells us that rulers in the end-time Kingdom will 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. The phrase “seed of men” is a direct reference to reproduction and DNA. The idea that something other than man will try to join itself to man.

In ancient times, angels, false gods and titans were worshiped and venerated. They attempted to replace the true God of the Bible and “be like the most High” (Isaiah 14). This is covered more in detail in the Nephilim article. And Jesus warned: Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. If there is an “alien phenomenon” today it is certainly spiritual beings deceiving mankind, not extra-terrestrial life.

The Bible also informs us in the book of Revelation, of two instances when fallen angelic beings return to Earth:

Revelation 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.. 7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 8And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

As was explained in the Nephilim article, the bottomless pit is where the Bible instructs us that the angels who sinned with human women were imprisoned:

Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, 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.

2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; 5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

Both passages reference angels who were imprisoned for fornication-related sins in the time of Noah. The angels who participated in the “marriage” with women were sentenced by God to be imprisoned in the bottomless pit until the time “judgment of the great day.” It is this author’s belief this time period is the “Day of The Lord”, the end times outpouring of God’s wrath on the unbelieving world which commences at the opening of the 6th seal of Revelation Chapter 6. Also interesting to note is that in the supernatural appearance of these beings, their faces are like those of human men (also of note is that the King of the bottomless pit is Appolyon, which is just another name for the ancient god Apollo).

The second instance of fallen angelic beings returning to Earth occurs in Revelation Chapter 12:

7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. …12… Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

During the midst of the final years of Earth or the Great Tribulation, fallen angelic beings will be banished from Heaven and sent to Earth. And this event is so distressing that a voice in Heaven cries “woe” for all the people living on the Earth at that time. Just as in the days of Noah when the floods of God’s judgment came from rain from the skies and water bursting from the ground, we see that the end times judgment in the form of evil angelic beings will come from both the sky and the bottomless pit. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be

The Vatican Joins with The Visitors

Another point made in our first “V” article regarded their reference to the Vatican’s real life statements regarding alien life. Lo and behold, in Season 2, not only do the aliens visit the Vatican, they make a pact to have the Vatican support the aliens in their statements and sermons. This allegiance (done in an episode called “Unholy Alliance”) is made after Anna demonstrates a “blue energy” alien power that she threatens will cause the people of the world to view her technology as “miracles.” The show continually makes subtle references to Anna being a “god” in the eyes of the people (and some not so subtle, as they had people actually worshiping her in the first season).

Note in this promo video, the V agenda being played out:

The religious and spiritual overtones here are quite obvious. Note at the :18 second mark that the alien leader Anna, is positioned in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary. Like in the image at the top of this article, where she in the “Virgin with child” pose, she is being presented as a juxtaposition. Discerning Christians will note that while Mary was the birth mother of Jesus and a believer, she is not to be worshiped or venerated in any special position.

Some other interesting plot points from Season 2:

The aliens caused a “Red rain” to fall from the sky all over the Earth in the season premier. While this liquid was to truly help with human female fertility for “breeding” the aliens explained that it would solve the problems of global warming and human pollution. This was exactly what New Age guru and promoter of Maitreya, Benjamin Creme said about alien life forms as quoted in our initial article.

In addition to the Catholic Church, the alien leader Anna is seeking to bring all religions of the world into alliance with the Visitors. Revelation 13 informs us that all people will worship the end-times antichrist. Could it be that the end time religion will start heading towards an ecumenical, “all paths lead to Heaven” religion? Events of today certainly seem to indicate that.

Humans are easily seduced and deceived by the Visitors

Tyler, the son of the lead character and alien Resistance leader Erica, is discovered to have DNA that is missing certain components. To no surprise, the aliens on “V” are obsessed with human genetics and have secretly been experimenting on human women for reproductive purposes for decades. Tyler was once such subject and his DNA was altered for something else to be added to it, as the show explains. He is now a central figure as the alien Queen plans to have Tyler “mate” with her own daughter, who will soon be queen. In the original pilot episode of the series, Tyler is even offered an apple by the his future alien breeding partner, a clear allusion to the “forbidden fruit” of the Garden of Eden and the temptation of the serpent, Satan.

Why is this being done?

I have received some very good feedback to this article and to my radio show on the same subject and I wanted to address several issues:

1) How can TV affect what people think — The website Vigilant Citizen (an excellent site that I visit frequently) has a thorough, well-researched article on the effects of the Mass Media on the human psyche. By citing many experts in the fields of brain study, psychology as well as public relations, it details how motion pictures and television can influence the human subconscious and guide future thinking and decisions by the individual recipients. I would definitely recommend reading this piece.

We must also remember that the Bible speaks of the spiritual influences that can affect us unwittingly. Ephesians 2 states:

Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

This passage is drawing a contrast between born again believers who have been “quickened” or given eternal life through Jesus Christ, with unsaved people who are still spiritually “dead” in their sins. In verse 2 identifies that the “course of the world” is guided by the “prince of the power of the air.” This is another name for Satan. And the verses states that his spirit is working in the hearts of unsaved people. There are spirits of evil at work against us all the time. This is why Paul also states in the same book:

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

The enemies of Christians and the non-believer alike are spiritual powers and we cannot underestimate their ability to influence us. And the mass media provides a platform to expose the human mind to sin, occult imagery and all manner of ungodly behavior. This is why the Bible repeatedly warns us to be in control of our minds (Galatians 5:22) and to control whatever is influencing us (Romans 6:12-13, 1 Corinthians 6:9-12; James 4:6-7).

2. Do TV and movie directors know all about these ancient Biblical concepts like Nephilim and fallen angels?

— While it may seem unlikely that hollywood writers are taking these ideas into account when drafting their scripts, the similarities and parallels to Bible prophecy are difficult to ignore. I do not believe writers are all sitting together and making deals about these ideas, but there is no accounting for where one gets their inspiration from. To see another example, here is an ad for the Axe men’s body spray:

I believe the ideas and imagery in the ad speaks for itself.

Conclusion

While we do not know when the Great Tribulation will begin or what role “alien life” will play in the future, we do know for certain from the Bible that fallen angelic beings are going to return to the Earth. And Jesus’ main warning to His disciples was “do not be deceived.” The end times will be marked by it, both in society and in the church itself. Will Christian be ready for the appearance of supernatural beings or beings presenting themselves as “extra-terrestrials”? Are pastors preaching about Bible prophecy on these topics so that believers can be confident that the Bible does indeed have answers for this and so that they can share this knowledge with others? It is definitely time that we start doing so.

New iPhone App Can Read Your Mind

In End -Time Deception, New World Order on January 21, 2011 at 7:06 am

Yes, this device is real.


It is my belief that technology is directly related to the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Prophecies such as the Mark of the beast, a mark in the skin through which all goods on the planet are bought and sold could not even be conceivable until the innovations of computer technology of the past few decades. We also see prophecies such as that of the killing of the two witnesses of Revelation Chapter 11. The Bible tells us that the whole world are able to see their dead bodies in the street for three and a half days. Again, this can only be possible via satellite television.

Well now we see technology going even farther as there is an app and headset for the iPhone that can actually read your brainwaves. It allows the user to control the phone just by using their mind as well help you control your attention span and adjust “relaxation levels.”

The manufacturer of the device, Xwave assures on its website: “Yes. XWave is perfectly safe and ONLY LISTENS to your brainwaves. It DOES NOT transmit or send any signals.” Just the fact that they have to give this disclaimer is a little disturbing since the potential to send signals to the mind seems to be indicated.

Where is this all going? We will have to wait and see but the more we allow technology to enter our minds and bodies, the more realistic Bible prophecy becomes.

NJBeliever’s Radio Show Is on Air!

In Uncategorized on January 9, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I now have a Radio Show on blogtalkradio.com  My show, “Apocalypse Now” will air live on Sundays at 6:30PM EST. This is a live call-in show that will discuss end-times prophecy (of course). Check out. The first show is in the books and the archive episode is there if anyone is interested.

Simply go to blogtalkradio and search NJBeliever or just look on the schedule for Sunday evening and find the show. Here is a link to the premier show. I hope it can be a blessing.

Joshua’s Great Battle — A Preview of War With the Antichrist

In Bible Study, End-Times/Eschatology, New World Order on December 27, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Joshua praying for the sun to "stand still"

In my first piece on “Types and Shadows”, we examined the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar in the book of Daniel and how so much in his career was a foreshadow of the actions of the end-times Antichrist. As we continue in this series, I wanted focus on the book of Joshua, a book that is not often thought of as end-times prophecy, but is. In fact, although this article will focus on one chapter, the case can be made that the entire book of Joshua is a preview of the book of Revelation.

Types and Shadows

Now this article is based on the idea of “types and shadows” in the Bible. This is essentially the Bible’s way of foreshadowing future prophetic events through Old Testament Scripture. Here are some passages that highlight this:

Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Hosea 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines a ‘similitude’ as: 1. Likeness; resemblance; likeness in nature, qualities of appearance; as similitude of substance.

The Lord has used much of the historic events of the Old Testament to provide a preview of future events. Whether it be the Passover of Exodus foreshadowing the crucifixion of Christ on the cross and His shed blood which provides the remission of sins or the 12 tribes of Israel and the twelve disciples, there are many similitudes throughout the Bible. What will happen in the future has happened already in some form or fashion. This is also the case for prophecies of things to come. Thus when reading the Bible any future prophetic event should have a type or shadow in a prior part of Scripture.

Joshua’s Great Battle

Joshua was a mighty military leader and great servant to The Lord. As he led the Israelites into the Promised Land, he wages numerous military campaigns. There is one battle in Chapter 10 of Joshua that raises lots of prophetic, end-time red flags: the battle against Adonizdec.

Joshua 10:1 Now it came to pass, when Adonizedec king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them; 2 That they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all the men thereof were mighty. 3 Wherefore Adonizedec king of Jerusalem, sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, and unto Piram king of Jarmuth, and unto Japhia king of Lachish, and unto Debir king of Eglon, saying, 4 Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon: for it hath made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel. 5 Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it.

From the earliest chapter of the Bible Jerusalem was a Holy City of The Lord (see Genesis 14, when Melchizedek, the King of Salem – or Jerusalem, encounters Abraham). But by the times of Joshua, the city had been turned over to paganism. The nations in the Promised Land at the time of the book of Joshua were usurpers, working in Satan’s grand scheme to keep the Israelites out of the Promised Land and destroy the lineage that would lead to the Promised Messiah, Jesus Christ.

The Names

Adoni-zedec in Hebrew means “King of Righteousness” or “King of Justice.” He was an Amorite-Canaanite King at a time when that culture was deeply into the worship of the gods Baal and Ashtoreth, with pagan sacrifices being conducted in the high places of Jerusalem.1 There is great irony then in his name as “King of Righteousness.” But the prophetic value of this cannot be missed. As the end-times Antichrist, will also enter into power “peaceably” (Daniel 11) and present himself as a substitute for true Lord of Righteousness, Jesus Christ. Reading Revelation 13, which describes much of the Antichrist’s or Beast’s reign, it is apparent that the people of the world are amazed by the Antichrist inasmuch as they eventually agree to worship him. So he too will be a false “Righteous King.”

On the side of The Lord, we see even more prophetic confirmation in Joshua. The name Joshua or Yeshua in Hebrew, means “salvation.” In fact Joshua is the Hebrew form of the name “Jesus” and of course in the end times it will be Jesus who defeats the Antichrist (Revelation 19). So as we see another link to end times prophecy, the type and shadow of this chapter becomes more clear.

Jerusalem

Adonizedec operates out of Jerusalem. In the end-times, the Antichrist will also operate out of the Holy City:

1 Thessalonians 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

The Apostle Paul prophesied that the Antichrist or “son of perdition” will sit in the temple of God, proclaiming that he is God and exalting himself over The Lord. The temple of God at that time was and can only be in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah. There is no temple there today (as it was destroyed in 70 AD by the Roman Empire) but this verse has led many to believe a future temple will be built. Just as Joshua defeated the pagan usurper to reclaim the Holy City for the Lord, so too will Jesus Christ return to Earth and defeat the false Messiah Antichrist and reclaim the entire world for God.

A Plan of Destruction

Adonizedec’s hostility towards God’s people is obvious. Once he heard of the victories of Joshua and how the Gibeonites made peace with him, Adonizedec wanted to wage war with them just for extending peaceful relations the God’s chosen nation. It seems the “Roadmap to peace” with Israel was just as treacherous then as it is today, with nations still unwilling to achieve peace with Israel. And thus Adonizedec sought to destroy them. So too will the Antichrist seek to persecute and kill the saints of God in the end-times (Revelation 13:7).

The pagan King then forms a confederation with ten kings to go wage war against the Israelites by attacking one of their allies. In the end times, the Bible informs that the Antichrist will also form a confederation with 10 Kings:

Revelation 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

We know from Revelation 13, that the Antichrist’s government will be global. He will have control over all nation of the world. However, prior to being the sole global dictator, he will share his power. The final world government shall be comprised of ten regional rulers who will be in power for “one hour” with the beast. The angel sent to explain the visions the Apostle John views in chapter 17 identifies the horn on the beast as these rulers. Daniel chapter 7 also identifies the 10-horned beast with an 11th horn rising from them that would become the Beast of Revelation. After the set time of “one hour”, the ten regional rulers will then conspire to transfer all of their power and authority to the Beast giving him complete global control. And the end goal of this confederation is the same as it was in the times of Joshua: to wage war and conquer God’s people.

10 Region Government Today?

For many people who have researched global government or the One World Order, they have come across articles or illustrations referencing a map that was created by the Club of Rome, which in its own words is a ” …a global think tank and centre of innovation and initiative.” The map envisions a world divided into 10 regions:

Although this may not be the final map used in a global government. It is this author’s belief that it will be something similar. Some prophecy scholars advocate that the Antichrist’s Kingdom will be a “revived Roman Empire” comprised mostly of present-day Europe and the Mediterranean. However, this does not jive with the descriptions of the Antichrist’s authority in Revelation which is global. And with the European Union formed, African Union coming to fruition and similar, regional confederacies springing up, this prophecy is becoming more and more of a reality.

Signs in the Sky

In this incredible battle that took place between the Israelites and the confederacy of Adonizedec, there are some very powerful and unique prophetic markers that again show a type and shadow to the book of Revelation and the end-time period to come. The enemies of Israel were first hit with hailstones from the sky:

11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.

In Revelation, one of the judgments we read is very similar: Revelation 16:21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

Joshua’s battle was also famous for being the day the “sun stood still”: 12 Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. 13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

Now some may question how the sun can “Stand still” if the Earth rotates around it. But we must remember language of the ancient times and perspective. The sun could be described as moving even if it is the Earth that is moving but from the perspective of an ancient writer, if the Earth did not rotate for a day it would appear that sun “stood still.” Even today, we use terms like “sunrise” and “sunset” as a reflection of how the sun appears from our perspective. In Revelation, at the time the Biblical “Day of The Lord” starts, when God Almighty Himself will rise to pour out His punishment on the sinful world, we see similar unprecedented signs:
Revelation 6:2 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood

In both instances, the sun and the moon have unprecedented actions that would surely signify God’s Hand at work. Interestingly, in Revelation, these signs are accompanied by a devastating global earthquake that sends all the rich and powerful people of the world into hiding in holes and caves.

15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

In Joshua, the signs of God gets a similar reaction:
16 But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedah. 17 And it was told Joshua, saying, The five kings are found hid in a cave at Makkedah.

Joshua eventually defeats Adonizedec and all of the usurper Kings and in like manner Jesus will defeat the Antichrist with the brightness of His Coming (Revelation 19).

The other key component of this battle is that God Himself fights for Israel. The book of Joshua further describes it as a day like no other. This is later referenced in Zechariah 14: ” 1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle”. [emphasis added]

This passage which is prophesying about the final end time battle of Armageddon, again links the Joshua Chapter 10 battle to the end times. That battle with Adonizedec was the day when God fought and once again in the Day of The Lord (during the end times tribulation), God will once again rise up to fight on behalf of Israel.

As we see in this overlap of the signs in these battles we can conclude that Joshua was indeed a type of Jesus Christ and his war to lead God’s nation into the Promised Land was a shadow of Jesus Christ’s future defeat of the Antichrist and reclaiming the Earth for the saints of The Lord. These remarkable patterns that The Lord has put in the Bible help inform us when we are trying to interpret prophetic Scripture. Any future event should have a prior type in Scripture and we should study the Word diligently to find out to confirm what we may think to be true. And all of this will help us to keep our eyes open to world events as the Word of God becomes more and more of a reality.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings [is] to search out a matter. — Proverbs 25:2.

Footnotes

1http://focusonjerusalem.com/sagaofjerusalem.html

2http://www.clubofrome.org/eng/about/3/

Nebuchadnezzar 666 — Foreshadow of The Antichrist

In End-Times/Eschatology on September 3, 2010 at 12:05 am

Worship God, Not an Image


There are many, many people I have encountered in Biblical discussions or forums who charge that King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was an evil, pagan king and there was no love for The Lord our God in him. On the contrary, Nebuchadnezzar was in fact a believer who converted from pagan religions. This King, one of the first global rulers in ancient times (in the sense that he conquered the known world), had a very fascinating career in the way that God used him and taught him while the prophet Daniel was in his courts. And through his life, some of his actions were previews of the reign of the Antichrist of the end times.

Types and Shadows

Now this article is based on the idea of “types and shadows” in the Bible. This is essentially the Bible’s way of foreshadowing future prophetic events through Old Testament Scripture. Here are some passages that highlight this:

Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Hosea 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines a ‘similitude’ as: 1. Likeness; resemblance; likeness in nature, qualities of appearance; as similitude of substance.

The Lord has used much of the historic events of the Old Testament to provide a preview of future events. Whether it be the Passover of Exodus foreshadowing the crucifixion of Christ on the cross and His shed blood which provides the remission of sins or the 12 tribes of Israel and the twelve disciples, there are many similitudes throughout the Bible. What will happen in the future has happened already in some form or fashion. This is also the case for prophecies of things to come.

The Golden Statue – 666

In Daniel Chapter 2, the prophet Daniel is summoned to the Babylonian King’s court to help interpret a dream. He first had to tell the King what the dream was (because the King could not recall it — he only had the disturbing the dream left with him) and then interpret the meaning of it. After much prayer, God blessed Daniel to know the dream and its meaning. The Babylonian King had seen a statue with a head of gold, torso of silver, midsection of bronze, legs of iron and feet of iron and clay. Each different metal represented the four Kingdoms that would dominate the Earth in the coming centuries starting with the Babylonian Kingdom. In fact, Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzar that he is that head of gold:

Daniel 2:37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. 38And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.

Again, we see that Nebuchadnezzar was a global ruler. He had been given power and raised up by God to rule the entire known world. Nebuchadnezzar. After hearing this interpretation, the King promoted Daniel to be his chief advisor and complimented The Lord (but had not yet professed his faith). Filled with pride, the King then decided he was going to build a statue of pure gold, of himself. And here is where we see a type or shadow of the Antichrist to come:

Daniel 3:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.

So here Nebuchadnezzar has set up a golden statue of himself that 60 cubits tall and 6 cubits wide. This is an extreme act of pride that is normally reserved for someone who thinks of themselves as a god. This is later confirmed as the passage continues:

2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. 3 Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 4 Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, 5 That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: 6 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

The Scriptures make it clear that the King was declaring himself to be a god and demanding worship. But the worship was to be directed at the statue he had erected. And even the numbers involve are clues: A statue 60 cubits tall, 6 cubits wide and was to be worshiped when 6 instruments are played. And we know from the book of Revelation that 666 is the number of the Antichrist. This is the Hebrew parallel poetic style the Bible was written in. The Lord expresses Himself through repeated events, occurrences and ideas. Here, the Bible is giving a foreshadow to the religious system of the Antichrist. The Book of Revelation prophesies that the Beast, or the Antichrist, will be a global ruler. He will have power over all people and his religious system will be based on the worship of him.

Revelation 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Like Nebuchadnezzar, the Antichrist will proclaim himself to be god. He will be worshiped by all of the people on the Earth who do not have Jesus Christ as their Savior. There are no exceptions in his system once it is established. And it is enforced and directed by his cohort, The False Prophet. The False Prophet will emerge on the public scene at the same time as the Antichrist and be a Spiritual leader who promotes the Antichrist as “The One”, the messiah the world has been waiting for. And with his words and false miracles he will encourage the world to set up an “image” of the Antichrist:

14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (Revelation 13)

So again, we see the parallel. The image of the beast, whether it be a statue or hologram, or whatever it may be, is where all worship is to be directed, under penalty of death. Just like the golden statue. This is the similitude that the book of Hosea is speaking of. It is a repeated idea or theme from ancient times to future prophecy. They are all throughout the Bible.

The Kings Becomes a Beast

After seeing Daniel’s friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abendego, survive the furnace for not worshiping his statue, King Nebuchadnezzar was once again moved to praise God and of course promoted these 3 young men to prominent positions in his kingdom as he had done previously. But he still had not truly humbled himself before God. He believed the God of Daniel existed, and saw his works, but had not made him lord of his life. This lesson would not be learned until we get to the account of chapter 4, where the King has another disturbing dream which Daniel interprets. And in the dream, the King, symbolized by a tree, has his kingdom removed from him and suffers a punishment for his excessive pride:

Daniel 4:15 Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth: 16Let his heart be changed from man’s, and let a beast’s heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him.

The King’s heart was going to be replaced with a beast’s. A transformation was going to undertake him that would literally make this wealthy, powerful King act like an animal. This chapter is rich with foreshadowing. For one we see the global King being compared and transformed to a beast. And of course in Revelation, the Antichrist is constantly referred to as “the Beast.” We also see that the length of the punishment of Nebuchadnezzar is “seven times” which is interpreted as seven years. This is the length of the final end-time period of the Earth known as Daniel’s 70th week. The 70th week is the time when the Beast or Antichrist, makes his ascent to global power and rulership. And we know that Satan will be supernaturally empowering the antichrist to perform miracles, wonders and secure his unrivaled power. Just as Nebuchadnezzar was changed, so will the beast be.

The Book of Proverbs tells us “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” Searching the Scriptures not only builds our relationship with The Lord and strengthens our faith, it is fun. And Bible prophecy is an area that can be very exciting when studied. But like anything we do in life, we must do it in accordance with what God says and commands. The Lord has set patterns in His Word for us to recognize and understand. The past can truly show us the future in the Bible. And most importantly, it can help us gain more appreciation for how great and awesome God is, as He has declared the future of the world from thousands of years ago. And thus we should worship Him, serve Him and live for Him to show our belief and love for Him. The Antichrist will be defeated by the mere appearance of Jesus Christ on Earth (Revelation 19) and suffer eternal punishment in the lake of fire. But Nebuchadnezzar, after spending his seven years roaming the grounds of his kingdom like an animal, was humbled and did what we should all do when facing the God of the universe: repent.

” 34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: 35And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? 36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. 37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.” (Daniel 4).


1 Explanation of “times” being interpreted as “years”

What Does The Bible say about The New World Order?

In End -Time Deception, End-Times/Eschatology on August 11, 2010 at 7:16 pm

In the Christian and secular world (and definitely on the internet), there is much discussion about a One World Order or “New World Order.” There are no doubt thousands of sites, sermons and youtube videos that discuss a One World government, New World Order or some variation on that theme. This blog will take a completely Biblical look to show what the Bible has to say on the topic. In fact it will seek to show that the Bible has predicted a Coming One World Order from almost 2,000 years ago and that this future order will be the second such attempt by man (and will fail once again).

One World Government
There are many details of this coming  One World Order throughout the Bible but the most detailed description can be found in the book of the Revelation Chapter 13. Revelation, the final book of the Bible, was written between 65-86 A.D. and is a description of the last years of the Earth leading up to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Revelation 13 is the primary chapter where see a description of society under the rule of The Beast, also known as The Antichrist. Here we read:

Revelation 13: 1And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

The vivid description of the antichrist is symbolic of his power structure. The animal parts and horns are all indicative of the government in which he will rule. We can know this because we get a description of what the vision John the Revelator has means in Revelation Chapter 17:
7And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. 8The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. 9And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 10And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 11And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 12And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

For the purposes of this article we are going to focus on verse 12. The ten horns on the beast are “ten kings.” This is a term for rulers, those who are in executive political office. This is an aspect of Revelation that is not discussed enough. The Bible prophesies that in the end times, the world is going to be ruled in ten kingdoms or regions. They are represented in this image as 10 horns on the beast. In the end times, these ten leaders are going to be the final global rulers (in a presumably regional government). They will rule with the antichrist for “one hour.” This is metaphorical language as the “hour” could be days, months or years. But after this hour, the ten world rulers will then conspire and be in agreement to turn over all their power to the Antichrist. We know this is the case because in verse 13 the Bible informs us that these ten kings have “one mind” and that they “give” their power to the Beast. At this point the Antichrist has global control.

As the angel continues to interpret the vision for John, we learn that the power the Antichrist wields is “given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations” (emphasis added). This is describing all the races, languages and countries of the entire Earth. All under the leadership of one ruler. This is global government.

Going back to Chapter 13 of Revelation, we see further confirmation of the absolute control and dominance of the Antichrist:
Revelation 13:4And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

The people’s exclamations show that the Beast is a unique figure on the planet. No one is like him. In addition, no one is able to fight him in war. This is significant because it again shows that his military power and dominance are unparalleled. After a time of ruling with the final 10 leaders, the Antichrist will have absolute rule over all people on the planet. And the world will be in awe of him.

One World Religion

In addition to having political and military control of the world, the Antichrist will also establish a unified, global religious system. At this point it is good to remember that Satan is the source of the antichrist’s power (2 Thessalonians 2:9). And Satan’s ultimate goal is to be God. His desire since his initial rebellion has been to imitate and replace The Lord our God . In the book of Isaiah, chapter 14, the 5-point plan of the Devil is described in detail:
13For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north*: 14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

So the devil wants to literally be on a throne exalted above all beings and to be worshiped. Even the location of where he wants this worship is listed as “the sides of the north.” This is a real location on Earth, which the Bible identifies. Psalm chapter 48 states: 1Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. 2Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

“Mount Zion” is a biblical term for Jerusalem, Israel. This is literally where Satan wants to operate from. And in his efforts to mimic The Lord, he will empower the Antichrist to be a false imitation of The True Messiah, Jesus Christ Our Lord.  The antichrist will be Satan’s way of making a false copy of his own “son” and messiah. Jesus came to Earth as a means to reconcile man to God. The antichrist will try to deceive the world into a false religious system centered on him and Satan. The antichrist’s actions once in power make this clear. The Bible describes his goal:

4Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (2 Thessalonians Chapter 2)

Going back to Revelation 13, we are introduced to the cohort of the Antichrist, The False Prophet. He is the “second beast” John sees a vision of in this chapter. The False prophet is responsible for setting up the religious system of the Antichrist. We read:

11And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

The False Prophet (he is given this title in Chapter 19 of Revelation) is pictured as having “horns like a lamb.” His appearance will be that of a peaceful religious leader. But his words will be directed by Satan. He will also be able to win the world over to his views by miracles and wonders. This is particularly fitting as we enter an age when the attacks on Christianity are at an all-time high. The world is growing more skeptical of the faith while finding the lure of the occult and the New Age very inviting. This makes society ripe for miracles. And when genuine supernatural acts are being performed, millions and millions will be clamoring for “The One”, the false “Messiah” who can solve all of our ills in the world. And the False Prophet will be directing everyone to worship the antichrist.

The Satanic agenda behind it is revealed when we see that the False Prophet’s real tool is just deception. He deceives the world, save for those who know the Bible truth and believe in Jesus Christ. And again, we see that miracles and signs are the means by which the world will be seduced to this satanic plan. Then the antichrist will initiate this with a bold move of blasphemy:

3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. — 2 Thessalonians 2

After a time of winning the people over with his charm and wonders, the antichrist will proclaim himself to be God and every citizen of the world will be required to worship him. His true agenda will be revealed. It is the author’s belief that this will occur 3 ½ years into the political career of the antichrist. To facilitate this worship, we read that the False Prophet will also set up an image of the Antichrist. Whether this is a statue or a hologram of some sort, it’s impossible to discern from the text. But some image of the antichrist will actually be given “life.” It will be artificial intelligence. So much so that it will be able to speak and demand worship. And this is where the focus of the world’s worship will be directed. And those who do not comply, will be killed. This again, is a global religious system. There are no exceptions. The entire world will be subject to this religion.

One World Economy

This is perhaps one of the most-well known aspects of Bible Prophecy. Many people are familiar with the Mark of The Beast. But not as many know that its purpose is purely economical. Revelation 13 informs us:

16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

A mark will be instituted for every single person in society. The passage is clear that everyone in every social class will be receiving it. And it’s for commerce. Nothing can be bought or sold without this mark in either one’s right hand or forehead. The amazing thing to consider is that this prophecy was written almost 2,000 years ago. At a time when almost any item one possessed could be used to buy something else. Barter was a very common system and the Roman empire had already instituted a coin currency. Gold and silver could also be used for purchases. There were many ways to buy and sell in the First century. Yet the Apostle John wrote about a system that all came down to a mark that controlled all commerce. Now this Mark would have to clearly be sophisticated enough to determine how much wealth an individual had or else there would be no way to distinguish over whether you could buy something expensive or cheap. Clearly a system like this could never be implemented until the last 20 years with the invention of computer technology and specifically wireless communications. With electronic debit, wifi shopping and microchip technology, today, it is very conceivable that we can move to a cashless society, in which all purchases and sales could be tracked. An IBM commercial from several years ago illustrates the exact point.

Where it All Started

So why is this all happening? Why would Satan want to set up a Global One World Order? What is the point? We know from Isaiah 14 discussed above that Satan ultimately wants to be God and thus mimic The Lord in every way possible. And there is something in the world being unified that can lead us down a path to follow Satan even quicker than people do today. The first time such a thing was attempted was at the Tower of Babel.

Genesis 11: 1And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 3And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 4And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 5And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. 8So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 9Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

Under the leadership of the emperor and occultist, Nimrod, the Tower of Babel was the first attempt at a one-world order. Everyone spoke the same language, lived in the same area and were attempting to make one society and build a tower that could “reach unto heaven.” Now the meaning of this phrase is debated among Bible scholars but there is no debate that this is something that God was strongly against. It was an act of rebellion born out of pride and the desire to “make a name” for oneself and God thwarted this effort by confusing the languages and scattering the people all over the world. Since then Satan has been biding his time to once again create a society where “the people is one.” And we can see that the world is moving right along with his plans.

Here we have on the left, an early painting of the Tower of Babel and on the right, a poster for the European Union. There can be no mistake here. The message is that the EU is a step towards rebuilding the Tower of Babel. The motto: “Many tongues, one voice” also speaks of a globalized society. And for good measure we can see that the 11 stars above the EU tower, are all turned upside down, which is common in the occult.

For another illustration we have the actual EU headquarters:

So even the actual building itself is attempting to be a modern-day Babel. And of course the European Union is one of the major steps towards ushering global government. With an African Union already formed, a South American trade Union in development and rumblings of a North American Union, could the ten regional governments that precede the final government of the Antichrist be far away?

Conclusion

The Bible can be relied upon for many reasons, but one of the chief ones is its prophecy. The prophecies surround Jesus Christ, the Messiah, were all fulfilled in His Birth, life, death and resurrection. The many prophecies concerning the nation of Israel, its diaspora and the eventual permanent return to their land have also come to pass. And these are just some of the prophetic events covered in Scripture. But the exciting part is that there are certain prophecies which have yet to be fulfilled. A one-world society is clearly one of them. And in this age we are living in, the signs of that exact society developing around us are everywhere. So as we see a “New World Order” approaching, what do we do? If we are concerned, instead of fighting it or grabbing or planning a resistance movement, we need to first understand that this is spiritual. Satan wants a One World Order and to deceive the world into making that happen. The antichrist is not going to come into power by force. He is going to be wanted, marveled at and beloved. This is the great deception. And the one counter to it is having Jesus Christ as your Savior. Because although there will be an Antichrist and a False Prophet and a One World Order, they are all defeated by Jesus Christ. In the end everyone takes a stand for Jesus or Satan. Do not be deceived. Having knowledge is not enough. Resisting is not enough. If the time comes that a Mark or implant of some sort is being required under penalty of death, just having foreknowledge will not save you. But having Jesus Christ as your Savior will. The Bible is dead on with this prediction. No other faith even attempts such a detailed description of a One world political, religious and economic system. God gave us these prophecies to know He is real and His word is true. But most importantly so that we can be forgiven for our sins through Jesus Christ and not suffer the fate of those who are deceived by Satan and his false Messiah. The time for repentance is now.

The “V” Series – End Time Alien Deception?

In End -Time Deception, Entertainment, Nephilim/Aliens on April 8, 2010 at 11:07 pm

The Alien Preparation Continues

2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

On March 30th, ABC brought back its series “V” a remake of a 1980’s television series of the name about the arrival of aliens (who are reptilians but have disguised themselves to look human) to Earth. If you checked the Nephilim article on this site, then you’re  aware of a time in history where the Bible states that angelic beings directly interacted with human beings, even taking human woman as wives and producing giant, hybrid offspring.  These beings were revered and even worshiped.  And there are indications of this time of interaction returning once again in the end times. Is the alien phenomena a part of this? It’s very possible. If you’re a Christian you may be wondering, what is the relevance of discussing aliens? As more and more people reject God and seek to “disprove” the Bible, aliens provide a material explanation for our creation as opposed to the true spiritual origins as a creation of God Almighty. And more and more of those who oppose Christianity seem to be promoting extra-terrestrial life.

This is certainly true in the New Age Movement, led by men like Benjamin Creme, David Icke (who claims that “V”-like reptilians already live among us) and Michael Tsarion, among others. They state that they are looking to aliens as a part of the “New Age” the Earth is entering into that will usher in the false peace of the Age of Aquarius, when all our differences will drop and we will supposedly be united in religion, government and life.
Here is an excerpt from the Share International website on aliens:

Yes, without exception the people who man the spacecraft we see are harmless. In fact they are carrying out arduous work on our behalf, neutralizing, as far as the Karmic Law allows, much of the pollution which we spew into our atmosphere, oceans, rivers and land. We owe them an enormous debt. For over 60 years the world’s governments have kept from the people the reality of these space visitors and know that they are entirely harmless. Nevertheless, when they can no longer control belief in their existence these same paranoid governments present them as abductors, brutal and seeking control over humanity. None of that slanderous propaganda is true and soon the people of the world will know that for certain. They work with our own Spiritual Hierarchy of which Maitreya is head.1

So to some, not only will aliens help us clean up the planet, they are also going to be future leaders. While the claims of New Agers may be easily dismissed, remember the Bible informs us in Revelation 13 that the end time government will be a one-world system under the antichrist and that there will be only one system of worship on the planet. This is precisely what New Age leaders are predicting. And it becomes even more connected when they claim that the New Age Leader is actually traveling in a spaceship. My point here is not to say that we should follow everything that the New Age/Occult religious leaders say. It’s to show that those who are channeling spirits and using occult means are predicting things that line up with Bible prophecy and are eagerly awaiting these events. And at the same time they are promoting these ideas to the public as something we should be looking forward to. This makes it even more important to look to the Bible for our answers and for truth and not fall for those who  are teaching otherwise.

Demons As Aliens?

“[The occultist] is brought into intelligent communication with the spirits of the air, and can receive any knowledge which they possess, or any false impression they choose to impart…the demons seem permitted to do various wonders at their request.” – G.H. Pember, “Earth’s Earliest Ages and Their Connection with Modern Spiritualism and Theosophy” (1876)

This 19th century book discussed what the Bible describes. Satan is called “the prince of the power of the air.” (Ephesians 2). The foremost leaders of Theosophy (a spiritual system based on acquiring increased knowledge taken from all different faiths and reveres Lucifer), such as Alice Bailey and Helena Blavatsky, claimed to have written their books via channeling of “spirit guides.” The Bible informs us that evil angelic and spiritual beings roam this world and can speak to and through people.

Matthew 8: 28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

Not only could demons speak through people, they know Jesus is The Son of God. And they also know that there is a set time in the future for their judgment.

Here are some quotes on the UFO phenomenon being spiritual and not extra terrestrial:

“UFO behaviour is more akin to magic than to physics as we know it… the modern UFO -nauts and the demons of past days are probably identical.” -Dr. Pierre Guerin, FSR Vol. 25, No. 1

“The UFO manifestations seem to be, by and large, merely minor variations of the age-old demonological phenomenon…” – John A. Keel, “UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse”

“We believe that the cultural preparations (or deliberate conditioning) of the world to view our alien visitors as powerful and highly evolved saviors makes the UFO phenomena the perfect motif for the Antichrist to exploit when he ascends to power. His ability to perform supernatural signs and wonders, his comprehensive plan for the peaceful unification of mankind and his connection to or origin from god-like alien entities will engender the masses to follow him into the biggest deception in history.” – published Missler & Eastman, Alien Encounters pp. 295-296

Enter Hollywood

Aliens speaking at the United Nations.

Hollywood has definitely done its part in keeping the idea of aliens in the minds of the public and “V” is the latest effort. To be clear, I do not believe in extra-terrestrial beings. There is no biblical basis for life on other planets. I do however, believe in spirit beings, fallen angels and demons. These are real entities and the Bible is very clear about this as it describes them in Ephesians 6:12:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

This the true enemy of a Christian. Evil spirit beings who currently are being permitted to have limited authority by God (see Job 2 for a clear illustration of God giving Satan permission to act).

The End Time Kingdom – Mingled With the Seed of Men?

The Book of Daniel tells us that rulers in the end-time Kingdom will 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. The phrase “seed of men” is a direct reference to reproduction and DNA. The idea that something other than man will try to join itself to man.

In ancient times, angels, false gods and titans were worshipped and venerated. They attempted to replace the true God of the Bible and “be like the most High” (Isaiah 14). This is covered more in detail in the Nephilim article. The first time fallen angelic beings reproduced with human women, God wiped out the entire world (save for eight people) with the flood of Genesis 6. The pre-flood world was filled with evil, violence and human-angelic hybrids or giants. After the flood the giants appeared again (Numbers 13). And Jesus warned: Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. If there is an “alien phenomenon” today it is certainly spiritual beings deceiving mankind, not extra-terrestrial life.

Let’s look at some of the same attempts V makes to bring this idea back for the modern world:

  • The arrival of the alien ships trigger worldwide earthquakes (an event that happens to signal the start of The Day of The Lord in Revelation Chapter 6).
  • In a Catholic Church, a giant crucifix with a statue of Jesus on it, falls to the ground and shatters.
  • When the alien “mother ship” appears in the skies of New York, the main characters son utters “my God…” and the screen fades to black.
  • We also see an image of an alien ship hovering over the Cristo Ridentor in Brazil (the largest statue of Jesus in the world).
  • People are shown sitting outside of the V’s New York City embassy worshiping them on their knees.
  • The embassy itself is pyramid shaped and has a pyramid-shaped entrance.
  • The Visitors appear to look just like humans. The Bible confirms that angels can appear to be human. In Genesis 19, the two angels who visit Lot at his home are referred to as “men” and even eat with him. Additionally, Hebrews 13:2 advises that strangers we encounter today could be angels and we do not even realize it.
  • To no surprise, the Visitors can cure 65 diseases that plague humanity and set up “Healing centers.” The public, who already adored them now marvel at the miracles of the aliens and some are seen in the street worshiping them.
  • And there is already a human woman who has been impregnated by one of the aliens.

The Church is Confused

Father Jack never quotes the Bible

Father Jack, a Priest on the show, is one of the main characters. When the aliens show up he immediately tells a more senior priest, “there’s not a lot of Scripture on this”, while referencing the real-life decision by the Vatican to accept the possibilities of extra-terrestrial life. Father Jack continues by saying: “I’m at a loss to explain how God and aliens can exist in the same world.” In short, the church on the show has no answer to explain the alien phenomena. Unfortunately, this could be the case with many churches across America! By getting in The Word, we can be equipped to explain that end-time satanic deception not just to other Christians, but non-believers as well. The Bible is clear that the end-time deception is going to be based on “signs” and “wonders.” Miracles are going to be performed. Contrary to the belief of many, the antichrist will not just be a charismatic politician. He is going to be supernaturally endowed with powers by Satan. The antichrist and false prophet will be performing literal, supernatural acts for people to see (Revelation 13:12-14), so much so that people are going to be in complete awe of them and moved to worship. They are not normal people.  Is your church ready to explain alien, demons or supernatural phenomena? Are pastors preaching on the end-times and providing warnings to their congregations?  They should be.

Much to the surprise of Father Jack, his once empty church is now packed with people seeking answers in light of the alien appearance. The attitude of his senior priest is then that the Visitors are a “godsend” and that since they are packing the pews, they are a good thing! It does not matter if Father Jack is not really answering anyone’s questions. Just get the numbers up and it’s all good. Again, the modern-day church should see a strong lesson here.

Hidden Agenda

The show portrays the V’s as having a sinister agenda and deceiving humanity. They manipulate the media, use false flag attacks, cause wars, distribute dangerous vaccines, and even start tracking human beings. Much of their agenda coincides with the New World Order. However, even if they are portrayed as evil, the show in itself continues the placement of the idea of alien life being real and far superior to human life in the minds of the viewing public. TV and movies continue to promote the potential for alien saviors to arrive one day in the future.  Jesus warned of unparalleled deception in the end-times and the advocates for one world New Age religion are in full support of whatever can move the public consciousness to accept their “leader” and his mystical alien counterparts. We must not be deceived by masquerading spirits and know that there is only Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 http://www.share-international.org/magazine/old_issues/2009/2009-06.htm

The Return of the Antichrist

In Bible Study, End-Times/Eschatology, Prophecy on January 8, 2010 at 2:03 am

Revelation 17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

I will be doing a series of in-depth studies on the book of the Revelation throughout the early part of this year. And in these times we’re living in, one of the hottest topics in end-times prophecy is the Antichrist. This figure who will present himself as a false substitute of the True Christ, our Lord Jesus, and deceive the world into political and religious unification with him as the head (Revelation 13) and seek to establish a satanically empowered empire. But having read the whole book of Revelation, we know the antichrist’s time will be short-lived as Jesus Christ, the Messiah will come and destroy the Antichrist, his partner the False Prophet and all their forces with the brightness of His Coming and establish a Kingdom of Righteousness. Amen. This has left many believers and the curious wondering…just who is the Antichrist?

While many theories abound as to who the Antichrist is (with ideas running from Obama, the Pope, Tony Blair..etc.), most of these ideas if not all of them fall apart under Biblical scrutiny (and I certainly don’t believe any of those men are). I wanted to kick off this series by sharing a very important and often overlooked passage regarding his identity. Living in what certainly feels like the end-times, there is a natural urge in the Christian to speculate on the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. And this is a good thing. Jesus Christ our Lord instructed us to “watch” and “be ready”! (Matthew 24:44-46) So we should be looking eagerly to His arrival when He comes in the clouds for His saints. But in our speculation we always have to rely on what the Scriptures say to inform our beliefs. And this passage in Revelation 17 is very telling.

The beauty of the book of Revelation is that for all of the startling imagery that often leaves readers very confused, the angels who accompany John The Revelator as he is being shown things which he “hast seen, and the things which are, and things which shall be hereafter”, take the time to explain the visions he witnesses and interpret them for him. This makes understanding Revelation much easier and we should take their explanations to heart as believers. In chapter 17 John has just seen an image of a woman riding a scarlet colored beast (this beast had been previously described in Revelation chapter 13 as The Beast or the Antichrist). Here is the description we see in chapter 17:

1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

So here we see the vivid description of Mystery Babylon the Great, who is drunk “with the blood of the martyrs” (a key to identifying mystery Babylon). But we are going to focus on the beast that she is riding. And the angel provides the explanation of who (or what) this beast is:

7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. >

The angel clearly tells John that he is going explain “the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her.” So we do not need to go into speculation — the answer is here! In verse 8 the antichrist, referred to as “the beast” is first described as one that “was, and is not, and yet is.” This verse is very important as it makes a stark contrast to the description that Jesus Christ our Lord gives of Himself in Revelation Chapter 1:

8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty
.

The phrase “which is, and which was, and which is to come” is a demonstration that Jesus Christ is eternal. He voluntarily lowered Himself (Hebrews 2:) when He came to Earth and was born on this as the seed of a woman prophesied in Genesis 3:15 and all throughout all the Old Testament. And although He laid his life down on the cross, He conquered death and the grave in His Resurrection (Acts 2:24). And in His resurrected body He ascended to Heaven where He sits at the right hand of The Father. Therefore He has always existed.

The Beast, on the other hand, is described as one who “was, and is not, and yet is.” This indicates that he is not eternal. But it gives us a huge clue as to his identity – he has already existed in the past! But he died and did NOT conquer the grave. He is still dead at the time John is receiving the vision. So where is the Beast now? Verse 8 tells us. He is in “the bottomless pit.” So just what does that mean. This calls for examining the text. The Greek word for “bottomless pit” is abussos.
Strong’s concordance explains abussos as follows:

12 abussos {ab’-us-sos}
AV – bottomless pit 5, deep 2, bottomless 2; Total: 9
1) bottomless
2) unbounded
3) the abyss
3a) the pit
3b) the immeasurable depth
3c) of Orcus, a very deep gulf or chasm in the lowest parts of the earth used as the common receptacle of the dead and especially as the abode of demons.

Another term for abussos is “deep.” We see “the deep” referenced in Luke Chapter 8:


26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.
27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.
28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.
29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)
30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.
31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.

So here we see the demons called Legion begging Jesus not be to be sent to “the deep.” This is the same term for “bottomless pit.” It is a place of punishment and detainment for demonic spirits or (those who have pledged allegiance to the adversary). This is the current location of the antichrist. The Angel makes this quite clear.

To further confirm that the antichrist is a person who has lived before, the Angel provides more explanation:


9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

“Here is the mind that hath wisdom” is calling us to be wise in understanding what is about to be stated. The Angel explains that the seven heads are “seven mountains.” Symbolically, these mountains represent “seven kings.” Kings are real people. They are rulers. (Many Christians have interpreted these “kings” to mean nations, but it does not say this. It clearly says that they are kings.) And there is a historical sequence of these kings. Five are “fallen” meaning at the time of the writing of Revelation they were dead (most Biblical scholars agree Revelation was written sometime between 65 AD and 90 AD). “One is” means that one at that time was alive. “And the other is yet to come” meant that that the seventh king was coming some time after the writing of Revelation.
But the Beast is described as “the eighth, and is of the seven.” Again it is confirmed that the Antichrist has lived before! And that he is returning. He is one of those seven historic, “Mystery Kings” and he is going to return and go “into perdition.” This should significantly help us narrow down the field on who the Antichrist could be. There are only seven candidates and 6 of them lived at least 1,900 years ago. So who could these “Mystery Kings” possibly be? Stay tuned for the next part of the series.

The “Legion” Movie – More end-times deception

In End -Time Deception, Entertainment on December 14, 2009 at 6:49 am

There is a new movie named “Legion” that is now in theaters and it’s supposed to be about the end of the world or the Apocalypse of the Bible. But it’s nothing but a perfect example of end-time deception that seeks to distort the Bible and draw people from God and Jesus Christ.

Here is the trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8lGCjd9W8U

Well first off, the main problem with the movie’s trailer is that it’s completely unbiblical. It’s just taking people and themes from the Bible and making up stories about them to pass it off like it’s in the Bible when it’s not.

The Angels

All throughout the Bible, Gabriel and Michael are good angels. Gabriel is a messenger who delivered the news of Christ being born

Luke 1: 26And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee , named Nazareth , 27To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

Michael, an Archangel, is the angel assigned to protect the nation of Israel . Not only does he never rebel against God, it is he who kicks Satan out of Heaven in the book of Revelation.

Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Michael opposes Satan and his evil, fallen angels (the ones who really want to wipe us out!). He is completely obedient and faithful to God.

God “Losing Faith” in humanity

This is also a falsehood being given by this film. God is not “losing faith” in humanity at all. In fact he wants us all to live forever with Him!

2 Peter 3: 9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

God does not want us to die or go to hell! He loves and cherishes us. So why doesn’t it always feel like that? Because of our sin. Due to our sin, we have become separated from God. But God, out of his love, provided a way that we can be reconciled to Him.

Romans 5: 8But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

God loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for us so that the punishment we should receive for our sins would fall on Him. Jesus became a sin-bearer for us. When we put our faith in Him as our Savior we are saved! That’s how simple salvation is.

The Second Coming

Although it’s only hinted at in the trailer, the unborn baby that Michael is trying to protect is the Messiah (I read this in article about the movie)! Again, this is nowhere in the Bible! Jesus took on human form as a baby in a manger 2,000 years ago. It’s not going to happen again. When Jesus returns it is not going to be as a baby. He is full grown and will look that way. And it’s not going to be a private event. Everyone will know.

Matthew 24: 23Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25Behold, I have told you before. 26Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

See how on point the Word is! Jesus knew this would happen. He warned that there will be imposters and people claiming they know where Christ is or that they are Him. But we are not to believe it because when comes back, everyone is going to see Him coming and know it’s Him.

The Real Villain is missing! Or is he..??

Notice who is conspicuously absent from this trailer? Satan! With all the fighting, demons and machine guns, The devil is nowhere to be found. And that’s just how he likes it. Satan has set up a system in this world that tempts us to sin so much, without putting blame on him. He has set up a world where suffering, pain and death are blamed on God while be don’t pin anything on him.

Satan is the fallen angel who rebelled against God. So in essence, the character “Michael” in this movie is Satan. And He is trying to tell Lucifer/Satan’s story all over again. A fallen angel who was once good, who has rebelled and now wants to “liberate” humanity from an angry, oppressive God. This is the same lie the devil told Eve in the garden:

Genesis: 3But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

See what he did? He took God’s word and turned it around (with a subtle lie) to trick Eve.

This movie is depicting exactly what the devil attempts to do: lure us into rebellion against God under the guise of a “good cause.” All the while elevating himself and making God look bad. This movie is a classic case of deception that takes the Bible and tries to turn it upside down and sell it as real.

The real end of the Apocalypse is Jesus returning to Earth on a cloud with his angels and saints. He defeats the antichrist and his false prophet with the brightness of His coming and the breath of His mouth. He also imprisons Satan, brings back peace and righteousness and reigns for 1,000 years. God wins. End of story.

We have no need to be deceived or scared by misinformation like this. We just need to look to The Lord and His Word to know the Truth!