06. Prophetic Things

The Harpazo Factor
A Rapture Perspective

By David Ben Yakov

© 2004 David Ben Yakov / Delusion Resistance

 

I’d like to welcome all who have come to this page. I’d like to bestow special blessings to you. This page is going to address an issue that has been contested by many in the Church to have a variety of different meanings and timing sequences. But first, let’s explore a Biblical subject that should be one of the most important to the Christian and also the Jewish person. It is important because God has given us a roadmap. He has laid out the future before it happens. This is called “prophecy.”

Man has always been an inquisitive creature. He has always wanted to know what the future held for him. He is still that way. If it were not so then there would not be a booming psychic business. Each year millions or perhaps billions of dollars are spent so that people can make a vain attempt to see what the future holds for them. They visit astrologers and psychics and almost always walk away with disappointment. They buy books about charlatans like Edgar Cayce and Nostradamus to see if these supposed great sages forecasted the future. Many have tried to relate their vague predictions into fact but they always fall on their faces doing so. For every believer there are nine skeptics and the skeptics are the ones that always seem to win out.

Each day thousands wake up and read the horoscopes while they enjoy their breakfast. These little tidbits of supposed knowledge have vague generalities that people want to hope will show what the day ahead holds for them. These predictions all hold a little bit of truth but again, I could tell you ten things that are general to all people that might happen to you today and I will hit at least one of them. But the sign of a true prophet of God is that they are true one hundred percent of the time.

There are some who get into the more esoteric forms of predicting. They fool around with a direct channel to the occult. The worse offending way to do this, aside from going to a psychic or channeler is to use what is called a Ouija Board. By using this item to tell the future, one get into contact with the demonic forces that inhabit the unseen world of the supernatural. This implement, along with the others mentioned above are tools used by demonic forces to open doors into the lives of human beings and should be avoided at all costs. They seem innocent and harmless to all, but so does a blind and deaf man standing on a railroad track. Like him, they can’t see or hear impending disaster approaching but become quite aware when the train slams against them and spreads them all over the rail yard. Just because something can’t be seen by tangible means doesn’t mean it isn’t real.

Still others will read daily about what the weather is forecast to be. Interestingly enough, the word forecast means to predict. It means to cast (or throw) out to you the events before they happen. Before the advent of the wonderful science that we have today, weather predictors were just that, forecasters; but today the weather is presented days and weeks ahead of time using a series of computer models, satellites and other mathematical calculations that have been tried and tested over many years. So the term “weather report,” is much more applicable than forecasting.

And finally, others trust in monetary futures. They place their hard earned money on the line and prospect about what the future will hold. While some have made a good life for themselves through speculating in the stock market and such, many haven’t been that lucky (good word to describe it) and all know that it’s just a matter of time before the stock market crashes and you can lose it all. It’s just gambling for those who call themselves intellectually gifted.

But then there are those, like myself, and hopefully you too, who know that all things in this life are transitory. That means that we are just passing through, and anything that happens in this world that isn’t done for the purpose of pleasing God is really going to burn in the fire that will test all deeds. But as King David said so wisely:

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.  Psalm 20:7

God Proclaims Himself “God of Prophecy”:

So, what is prophecy anyway? Merriam Webster defines a prophecy as: “the function or vocation of a prophet; specifically : the inspired declaration of divine will and purpose” In it’s true intention and meaning it is the Word of God as spoken through one of His earthly vessels.

Many try to ascribe the words of people like Cayce and Nostradamus as prophecies, but their words don’t come from divine sources. In truth, they should be classified as predictions, and lousy ones at that. If it doesn’t have divine inspiration than it isn’t a prophecy.

God makes bold statements. He makes them because He can make things happen. In Isaiah he proudly proclaims:

Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Isaiah 46:9-10

God is telling us in the passage that we should look at the things that He forecast in the past and to see how they have come to be true. He knows that the only mark of true prophecy is that it comes into being. And then He is saying that not only did he do things in the past, but you should look toward the things in the future that He has also told us in advance.

And God is so gracious that He gives us a guarantee. He says that He won’t act unless he tells us through His prophets what he is going to do:

Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. Amos 3:7

Now some might say that what I have just said is ridiculous. They might say that it is ludicrous to say that God has planned every life out. But it’s true, and let me explain it. Look at the Ten Commandments. I’m sure that you’re going to break at least one of them today. In the Bible, God states that He cares enough to number every one of the hairs on our heads:

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Matthew 10:30

And God isn’t just interested in one or two individuals, but would like it if all people would come to Him to be saved:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16-18

To see how much God is involved in our lives and dictates the affairs of our lives, read the following scripture:

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. Psalm 139:1-18

So we can see that God is involved in every minute of our lives. To encapsulate the scripture above in modern day English, we can say:

v.1 David realizes that God knows him completely. We should understand that this applies to every human in the past, present and future.

v.2 God understands my thoughts in their origins.

v.5 I look back and see God’s hand upon my life. I look ahead and see His plans for my life. I’m surrounded by God in my past, present and future.

v.6 “Such knowledge” refers to self-knowledge. Few people know the true motives behind their actions. God looks at our motives.

v.7-12 You cannot escape from the presence of God.

v.14 We’re discovering how wonderfully we’re made.

v.15-16 God knew me before I was born.

v.17-18 God’s thoughts about me are more than the grains of the sand.

Now that we’ve seen how much God is involved in our lives we can understand why He wants to reveal to everyone the plans that He has for the world.

We, the humans that we are, always have to have ideals enforced into our lives or we will forget them, or in some cases we will pervert them. Since our perception of God is always watered down because of our shallow view of the unseen world, God sees fit to plan things out in advance and then reveal them at the proper time.

We can see this coming into view starting in the late 1940’s. During the 20th century morality as well as religious thoughts began to wane. The world had been through two World Wars and people were tired of strife. They began to question the reality of God and wondered how a loving God could let such ferocious events happen on Earth. Later some would even announce that God was dead.

But God had not abandoned the scene and in 1948 He again injected His truth into our sick world. In 1948 he used the fresh memory of the holocaust to cause the world powers to allow the formation of the State of Israel. The Jewish people had been a wandering band of people who were shuffled from country to country because of the rabid hatred that ungodly people have always had toward them. The holocaust had showed the world that humankind was indeed sick and needed to atone for its acts over the millennia toward His Chosen People. So, in very quick fashion Ezekiel, chapter 37 became fulfilled and Israel became a nation against all odds and against the wishes of millions of Muslims. By this act God again showed His glory and announced to the world, “I’m here, I’m alive and I’m preparing to do many more wonderful things.” I wasn’t alive at the time, but I can only imagine the joy that Jews and Christian Believers felt when God again made Himself real.

The Apostle Peter, who walked with Yeshua and knew Him quite well was prompted by the Holy Spirit to tell us about the importance of prophecy, and to illustrate what I have said above:

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 2 Peter 1:19 KJV

Another translation of that scripture reads:

Because of that, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. Pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a light shining in a dark place–until the day Christ appears and his brilliant light shines in your hearts. 2 Peter 1:19 NLT

He was in effect saying something like the following. When you doubt that God is around and you wonder why you believe, just look to the fulfillment of past prophecies. When you do this you will know that God is around. And, when you see prophecy being fulfilled treasure it in your heart and use it as a small deposit of the wonderful blessings that you will receive when Yeshua returns with His kingdom and glory. Then you will be illuminated as to His glory and power.

So now that we’ve talked a little about prophecy and it’s importance, let’s jump ahead to the focal point of this article; the Rapture of the Church.

What Is The Rapture:

When I first heard about the Rapture I went right to the Bible. I looked in a concordance and couldn’t find any reference to the word. At first I thought that perhaps my Christian brothers had been pulling my leg or something of the like. I later found out that the word is not found in the Bible. It is an English word for the event that will be described just below.

The Greek word for the event that modern Christians call the Rapture is transliterated as “harpazo.” The word translates out to mean “a snatching or taking away.” As of this writing it is still a future event, but one that I pray happens in my lifetime. It’s an event where Yeshua will come back to take His Church to heaven to be with Him. There are three divisions in the Rapture camp and they are as follows:

  • Pre-Tribulation Rapture – belief that Yeshua will remove the Church just prior to the Great Tribulation that is illustrated in The Revelation.

  • Mid-Tribulation Rapture – belief that Yeshua will remove the Church sometime toward the middle of the 7 year Tribulation period.

  • Post-Tribulation Rapture – Belief that Yeshua will remove the Church after the Tribulation.

I used to adhere to the first camp, but for reasons that I will elaborate on below I have changed to the Mid-Tribulation take on the matter.

Old Covenant Raptures:

Anyone who has studied the Bible at all knows that, in what Christians call the Old Covenant, and what the Jews call the Tenach, there were two individuals who did not see death; Enoch and Elijah. Both of these men were greatly loved by God because they walked with Him in total dedication, and God decided to spare them death.

And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. Genesis 5:22-24

And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 2 Kings 2:9-11

The words in both passages that that relate to the persons being taken up are different, but could have the same meaning. In the case of Enoch, the word which is transliterated to read [law-kakh] means to be literally snatched up. The word in the case of Elijah is transliterated [‘alah] which in the case here means that he just went up, but in some instances it also could mean to be snatched up. Now some will argue for each word, but for the sake of this article I’m going to suggest that it means to be snatched up.

So, having done the word study we can see that there were at least two raptures or harpazo’s that occurred during the Old Covenant period. But what about the New Covenant? Are there any instances of a harpazo in that text?

The Apostle Paul, in his second letter to the Corinthian Church makes a comment about a man who it appears was snatched up to heaven:

I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 2 Corinthians 12:2-4

It should come as no surprise that the Greek word for “caught up,” in the passage above is harpazo.

There is another sort of rapture that happened when Yeshua was resurrected from the grave. Let’s read the account:

Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Matthew 27:50-53

Well, many reading will say that this wasn’t a rapture, but a resurrection. But it was a type of the harpazo to come. You see, part of the coming harpazo is that the “dead in Christ will rise first.” This means that they will precede the living whom will be changed in an instant. The Greek word for arose is “egeiro {eg-i’-ro}” and it means: a) to arouse from sleep, to awake; b) to arouse from the sleep of death, to recall the death to life.

As an aside, one has to understand what happened when Yeshua died. We know that on the third day he was raised up; we have that testimony from Yeshua himself. But during that three day period while his body lay in the grave he was on a mission. We don’t have to assume that this is true; the mere fact that so many of the saints of old rose from the dead bears this out. But why would he have to go to Sheol (The Hebrew word for Hades) in the first place. I think the answer has more than one answer. First, Yeshua was quite clear that faith in Him is what gets people into heaven and into favor with God. The saints the died before Yeshua’s’ ministry and death knew that there would be a redeemer, but probably never knew his name. For sure, they didn’t get a chance to meet Yeshua in person and hear the message of the Gospel. So basically, Yeshua had to go to Sheol to preach to the righteous dead so that they could accept Him as Lord and Savior. I also believe that the evil people were able to witness this event, but not allowed to participate in this. That assertion is based on the fact that the word “saint” used in Matthew 27:50-53 “hagios {hag’-ee-os}” is defined as meaning; “most holy thing; a saint.” But I am not beyond accepting the premise that some of the unrighteous dead, upon hearing His message did repent and upon doing so, became holy. I guess well find out when we get to heaven huh?

A scripture that bears Yeshua’ descending to hell after he died can be found directly below:

Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? Ephesians 4:8-9

So henceforth, from the time of the resurrection of Yeshua, hell has only be a abode for the unrighteous.

A Future Rapture:

The “Rapture” that we will now examine is a future event. All indications are that it will be within what the Bible refers to at the Great Tribulation period. This is the last seven years of human dominion of the Earth. But before we go any further, let’s look at some scriptures that are crucial to make the point for the Rapture:

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:1-3

So we have a direct promise from Yeshua Himself telling His disciples and all believers then yet to come, that someday He would return to take all believers unto himself. Now there are some who say that the rapture as I am presenting it is really only another way of presenting the resurrection of all people after Yeshua makes a physical return to Earth to set up his Earthly Kingdom. But if that were so then he wouldn’t have to return to snatch up his people. He could simply gather them at the time of His glorious appearing and call His people to himself. So therefore the Rapture has to be a tangible single and separate event from the resurrection of all people.

During the time of the early church the words of Yeshua as written above, concerning his return to take His people to Himself was a commonly held belief. The church was under constant persecution and the hope of Yeshua’s return was something that helped to reassure God’s people of a better day yet to come. Paul wrote to the Corinthian church to explain to them the purpose of the Rapture:

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1 Corinthians 15:50-53

Again those who want to present the Rapture as the resurrection of all people try to use the above scripture. However, they miss one crucial point. That point is that the scripture clearly mentions that the people it’s talking about will all be incorruptible. The sinners who are risen at the last resurrection will in no wise be incorruptible. Their corruption is what will condemn them to the everlasting fires of hell. So, what Paul is referring to in the scripture is the Rapture, where only the faithful of God will be raised as incorruptible. Also note that Paul mentions that some who are not dead will put on an incorruptible body. Those who are not dead can’t be resurrected, but only “translated,” further proving that it’s the Rapture that Paul’s talking about.

Paul had to write to the Church in Thessalonica because of a vicious rumor that had been spreading throughout their fellowship. Somehow the rumor had been circulated that the Rapture had already occurred and that those in Thessalonica had been left behind to suffer the wrath of God. Yeshua had Paul write to the church to let them know the process that the Rapture would take:

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (precede) them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Timing Of The Rapture:

It is impossible to place a day or time on the Rapture. When asked by His disciples when he would return, Yeshua made a frank statement:

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Matthew 25:13

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. Matthew 24:36

Yeshua did however mention what conditions on Earth would be like when He returns:

But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. Matthew 24:38-42

So we see that conditions on Earth will be the same as when Noah walked the Earth before the flood. Society will be careless and ignorant of God and His ways. Not only that, they will go out of their way to put God aside in a wanton desire to fulfill their own wills. There will also be an increased activity of the Nephilim at that time. The purpose of this paper is not to dwell on the Nephilim. If you desire to read more about them just go back to the Category Map and look at the UFO section.

In the passages above and in the one just below Yeshua seems to be referring to the Rapture:

I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Luke 17:34-36

Some of those who in the past have written commentaries about these passages try to enforce that what Yeshua describes here is a past event and that it pertains to the Roman conquest over Israel just before the Diaspora began. However, those commentators failed to recognize one thing. Look at the time frames that concern the characters in the passage. the first one concerns two men sleeping in bed; the second one describes two women grinding grain at the mill and the third talks about two men working in the field. Yeshua was talking about three different times of the day. Obviously the men sleeping in bed would be late at night or early in the morning, as we currently reckon time. The second time frame would be in the morning when women of the ancient world grinded grain to make bread. The third time frame would be the rest of the workday which in the farming world represents from sunup to sundown. Yeshua is describing a worldwide event. He was saying that when He comes back to get His people, it will be morning in some parts of the world, evening in other parts of the world and nighttime in other parts of the world. So, therefore it has to be the Rapture and not the conquest of Israel.

Also interesting is the Greek word for “taken” in the passage. That word, when transliterated into English is pronounced [paralambano] and its meaning is as follows: “to take to, to take with one’s self, to join to one’s self.” So those who are taken are taken to be joined with Yeshua.

So Why Rapture The Church:

Now that we’ve studied what the Rapture actually is, we have to examine why Yeshua would call the Church unto himself. There are two main reasons why God will remove the entity that is called the Church.

The Church Is Messiah’s Bride:

We are told several times in New Covenant scripture that those who are Born Again in the Holy Spirit through the Blood of Yeshua are The Bride of Messiah. Since Yeshua is the perfect husband He would love His bride with an unfailing love.

To discuss this bride / groom we have to take a look at the Jewish wedding as it was during the time that Messiah walked the Earth. At the same time, let’s look at the parallels between the Jewish wedding the Messiah’s wedding to His Bride, the Church.

 

Jewish Wedding

Messianic Parallel

Both the girl’s father and the boy’s father choose and arrange for betrothal. The Holy Spirit chooses the bride and brings people to God through repentance. John 17:24
A dowry is paid by the groom’s father for the bride’s hand in marriage Messiah gave His life as a purchase to redeem us. God gave us His Son. Matthew 20:28
Consent: the bride agrees and chooses to accept her husband’s offer. Each individual believer makes a decision to accept Yeshua as their redeemer and savior. Romans 10:9
A Covenant Agreement is implemented by both parties. Becoming a New Covenant believer gets us written into the Lamb’s Book of Life which He wrote with His blood. Revelation 21:27
Drinking a glass of wine; a toast, a communion, seals the covenant agreement. We take Holy Communion, drinking the wine in remembrance of Him. Mark 14:22-24
Betrothal [espoused/engaged/promised] Our life of engagement to Yeshua starts. 2 Corinthians 11:2
Ritual Cleansing bath; a Mikvah or Baptism. A wedding couldn’t happen without the Mikvah. Our cleansing by God preparing us. Basic instructions before leaving Earth. Refining us through life’s circumstances and trials. Also, our public confession through water Baptism. 2 Corinthians 7:1 / Acts 2:41
Gifts given to the Bride. Spiritual Gifts (Gifts of the Spirit) to aid us in all righteousness. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11
The bridegroom departed, going back to his father’s house to prepare the bridal chamber, closet. In Yeshua’s own words; I go now to prepare a place for you, and if I go I will return to take you unto myself. John 14:2-3
The bride was consecrated, set apart, and kept herself ready for the bridegroom to return, and wore a veil The believer is sanctified, set apart for God’s purpose, however it is the believer’s responsibility to remain chaste for their Lord.2 Corinthians 11:2
Bridegroom comes for his Bride unannounced and spirits her away. This is the Rapture, the snatching away of Yeshua’s people. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Groom brings his bride through the open door of his house. Yeshua brings His people into heaven, which is his Bridal Chamber. John 14:3
The Bridal week commences (7 days). Believers are with their Lord in Heaven for 3.5 years while horrible judgments are brought upon the Earth. Daniel 9:27 / Revelation 3:10
(Marriage supper / Wedding Feast) when the bride and groom emerge from the bridal chamber at the end of seven days. The Wedding Feast of The Lamb as talked about in scripture. Revelation 19:9
The bride and groom were seen as king and queen, trumpet blasts herald the reign of a new king. Messiah and His people begin His reign while still in Heaven. Here He is presented as King. 1 Corinthians 15:52
Newlyweds – fellowship and intimacy. The Bema Seat Judgment – when all believer’s acts are judged. Once all is out in the open and everything is aired out then real fellowship can begin. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 – Matthew 7:2 – 1 John 2:1-2

 

 

Now we know that any man on Earth who truly loves his wife will do all he can do, including laying down his life for the safety of his woman.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. Ephesians 5:25-33

So, Messiah, being our husband, should be more than willing to protect His Bride. This would include His taking His Bride away to protect Her from any wrath that He is going to bring upon the world. Let’s take at a scripture that points in that direction:

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name…..Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Revelation 2:7-9; 11

Most Christian scholars agree that the churches, as they are presented in the two chapters of Revelation are, in addition to letters to the church; a prophecy, or history of the periods of Church history. We won’t go into this because of time constraints, but it makes interesting study. Scholars also agree that the last church, the Church at Laodecia, is the reprobate church of the Last Days. It will be the church that is in existence just before the times illustrated in The Revelation. I believe that this church is already alive and thriving. It consists of not only the Catholic Church, but also the mainline Protestant churches. All these churches embrace the world and spurn the ways of God and Biblical Christianity.

The Church of Philadelphia in the history of the Church is the church of real believers. Those who put God first and who don’t compromise by acceptance of sinful ways. This is the Church that Yeshua is coming back for. Now, look at the scripture above. Yeshua promises this church that He will keep them from the bad times that will come to try those who dwell on the Earth. He will keep these trials from coming upon us by removing us from the scene. It’s as simple as that.

He’s Going To Limit The Holy Spirit:

Ask yourself this question; when was the Church born? When did it come into being here on Earth. The answer to that is on the Day of Pentecost. Before this date the disciples were fearful and were cowering, afraid that they would be hunted down and suffer the same fate that Yeshua did. They were seen, by the Jewish hierarchy, as heretics and blasphemers who happened to follow a failed Messiah. But look what happened one day:

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Acts, Chapter Two.

So we can see that right after the Holy Spirit settled on the disciples they were changed. Before they were cowering frightened men and afterward they were bold witnesses for Yeshua. The Holy Spirit also allowed them to speak the various languages of the people who were congregated outside. The Spirit also changed the character of what had just become the Church. They started to care for each others, selling their possessions  and giving to each believer as they had need. All of these things were shown to be changes in character because these men were now new creatures.

The Holy Spirit (Ruach Ha Kodesh in Hebrew) has been with all Born Again believers ever since that day.

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John 16:7-14

So we have the words of Yeshua Himself that the Holy Spirit and His Church are adhered to each other. But notice that another mission of the Spirit is to reprove the world of sin. How does He do this? He does it through the acts that the people whom He indwells. Christian believers are a thorn in the side of the world. When unbelievers sin, they see us and they are brought to mind that they are doing wrong. Let’s look at an interesting scripture that I hope will help to explain why the Church must not be here during the period of the Tribulation Period where the wrath of God will come upon mankind:

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 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. 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; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 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: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8

So, for all the people who run around trying to figure out who the Anti-Christ is, they should just stop because he won’t be revealed until the end of the Age of Grace, when the work of the Holy Spirit and the Church will be different than they are today.

Now I know that some reading this are getting pretty hot under the collar right now. They think that I am saying that the Holy Spirit won’t be here during the Tribulation Period. On the contrary, I’m not saying that, but I do say that the ministry of the Holy Spirit will probably be different that it is currently. I believe that just like the Old Covenant times, the Ruach Ha Kodesh will rest on certain individuals. Revelation talks about 144,000 Jewish people being anointed to preach the Gospel around the world. That is in contrast to the current era where the Spirit rests on all true believers, who are all told to preach the Gospel.

We have to remember that the Age of Grace, that started with the birth of Yeshua’s Church during Pentecost. That Age will end someday, when the last Gentile accepts Yeshua as his or her Lord and Savior.

And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. Luke 21:24

We know that the Jewish people were led away by the sword and dispersed amongst the nations first in 70 A.D. and with finality in 135 A.D. after the Bar Kochba Revolt. In the year 70 Jerusalem was destroyed and the Temple was burned then dismantled stone by stone until nothing remained. In 135, those Jews who remained in the Land of Israel revolted under a man named Bar Kochba. The Romans had finally had enough and rounded up almost every Jewish person that remained and exiled them all over the known world of the time. They then renamed Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina and built a temple to Zeus where the Temple of God once existed. To further the insult to their Jewish captors, they renamed the land to Palestine, which was the Roman name for the Philistines, Israel’s sworn enemies.

Ever since that time Jerusalem has been trodden on by the Gentiles. First the Romans, then the Arabic tribes, then a while under Muslim rule. The so called  “Christian” crusaders took and lost the land to the Muslims who finally gained control and kept that control until after World War One, at which time treaties gave the land to England who administered it until Israel’s independence in 1948. In 1967 Israel wrested control of the city from the Arabs and it has been under Israeli control ever since. Could that year be the year that the “times of the Gentiles” stopped? Only history will tell future generations if that is a true assertion or not. I tend to think that it started the process of the ending of “the times of the Gentiles.” It is also interesting to note that the late 1940’s is when secular thought started to advance against religious belief. Could Israel’s taking back Jerusalem been the death knoll of the “times of the Gentiles?” I tend to think so. Soon, the extension of this present age will end and things will not be pretty.

God Doesn’t Appoint Wrath To His Children:

When you think about wrath, what do you think of? Well, I think immediately thing of the “Rambo” movies that starred Sylvester Stallone. In each one of those movies Rambo is wronged and then he returns to dole out his wrath. This usually constitutes the killing or severe punishing of those who have offended him. Scripture clearly states that God doesn’t send His wrath against His children:

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Thessalonians 5:9

It is generally believed by most prophecy scholars that the first three and a half years of the Tribulation Period will be one void of God’s judgments. It will be a time when anti-Christ will build his kingdom and get work out all of the kinks in his plan. It may even be a time of relative peace toward the Church.

We know from reading The Revelation, that times will get bad for believers in the True Jesus Christ. The Bible refers to those who suffer under Anti-Christ as the “Tribulation Saints.” It says that these saints are innumerable and that they get special status in Heaven. But what many fail to see is that the persecution of these saints isn’t a form of wrath from God, but persecution from the enemy camp. I used to use 1 Thessalonians 5:9 to prove my point for a Pre-Tribulation rapture, failing to see that it was people who were killing the saints, not God. I do believe that we who are still alive when God’s judgments start will be supernaturally protected from those judgments. This is illustrated in the scripture below:

And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. Revelation 9:4

What better impetus to bring on a persecution of the saints then for those who are being tormented seeing the people of God going unscathed. They will already hate God, but be powerless to do any harm to Him. So, the next best thing will be to kill the servants of the one who is causing the torment. For millennia the Jewish people have suffered the same fate, being persecuted and tormented because in all actuality, they reminded sinners of the just and righteous God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Now this is not to say that that God doesn’t act when His people are unruly. Like a good parent, God tends to correct His kids gradually, but firmly and, He’ll always let His Children know that the chastisement is coming:

For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished. Jeremiah 30:11

I for one am thankful that God is a God of love and a faithful Father.

Trumpets tell the whole story:

Now we come down to the crux of the matter where the timing of the rapture is concerned:

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1 Corinthians 15:50-53

The Apostle Paul, when explaining the still future event to the Church at Corinth was quite emphatic in telling them that the Rapture would occur at the blowing of the Last Trump; or last trumpet. That Paul would say this is indeed proof of the Holy Spirit led inspiration of Scripture. I say this because Paul reveals this in this letter to the Corinthian Church before the Revelation given to Jesus Christ who in turn gave it to John while exiled on the Isle of Patmos. The Last Trump mentioned by Paul has to be the Seventh Trumpet in the Book of Revelation. Since the judgments don’t occur until toward the middle of the 7 year period then the Rapture can’t occur before that time.

The First Summary:

We’ve gone into quite a long study about the Rapture of Yeshua’s Church, which I contend is a soon future event.

We’ve seen that according to the scriptures, the Rapture will occur probably toward the middle of the Great Tribulation Period, that will come to test those who live on the Earth. We’ve also seen that true believers will be here and although they will suffer at the hand of men, they won’t suffer God’s wrath. Now, let’s look into other things.

What Is The Enemy Saying?:

We Christians know that we’re at war. We didn’t start the war but we will see its end. We’re very blessed in that we’re on the winning side. But what is the enemy saying about the Rapture?

Now, you might be asking, “why would Satan and his minions be interested in talking about the Rapture? What stake could they possibly have in bringing the Rapture to light? Well, the answer to those questions is summed up in one word; disinformation.

Remembering that we’re at war we have to look into a very important war tactic. Propaganda is used in every war and has been since war was first conceived. Propaganda’s basic tenant is to make your enemies scared and to enforce confidence in your troops and allies. The enemy, if not standing firm with solid conviction that they will win, will always be discouraged by your disinformation. On the home front propaganda works wonders. If you don’t think that’s true then you haven’t studied history. Because of propaganda millions of Germans followed Hitler to a dire fate. While the Ally bombs fell and decimated their cities they still believed that their Fuhrer would lead them to victory. In the same fashion the information you will be presented below will lead many to destruction.

When the Rapture does occur there will be millions of people who will have vanished in the “twinkling of an eye.” The Anti-Christ and others in power who have been left behind will have to come up with some quick answers. Many have speculated on what those answers might be and the possibilities have been many. I have no doubt that many different spins will be presented to counter what some will be explaining as what their Christian friends have told them over the years; mainly that the Rapture has happened. Evil will have no use for that explanation, so they will come out with anything that they can present. While I don’t like to quote Hitler too much, he was a great liar and an adept deceiver, so his thoughts on the matter are valuable. So I present to you two quotes to show you how evil evaluates situations:

The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie rather than to a small one.

And:

What luck for rulers, that men do not think.

Hitler was aware that people are basically lazy. They don’t like to think, so they allow others to think for them. Because of this, they can be presented big lies; things that would be too ludicrous to believe and these things are believed. Because of this, one can introduce a little bit of lie with mostly truth and you can water down anything. A little of corruption here and then a little there and soon the whole topic is corrupted. Again we can see it with what is called, “Boiling Frog Syndrome.” This syndrome illustrated what we call “gradualism.” In Boiling Frog Syndrome we learn that if you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, he’ll jump out. But if you place a frog into a pot of lukewarm water and slowly turn up the heat, it will boil to death. If Adolph Hitler would have come on the scene and laid out his evil plans for the people to review then he would have probably been deposed before he got started in his master plan. Instead, he perverted a little here and deceived a little there until he had implemented his lie in whole and by then the people had been indoctrinated. They believed that the lie was true and were in essence, brainwashed.

Those who choose to pervert society and civilization have been feeding the people by using gradualism for a long time. For instance, sexual perversion has reached depths that I never thought it would. Things like homosexuality, abortion, pornography and other things have become accepted as normal activity by most people today. Even though most people don’t partake in such things, they don’t object to them either. Most people find it easier to live a, “live and let live,” attitude; figuring that if something doesn’t directly affect them then they shouldn’t worry about it. Reverend Neimoller was a pastor in Germany and saw first hand the result of such a philosophy.

“In Germany, they first came for the communists and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a communist,” said the Rev. Martin Niemöller. “Then they came for the Jews and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics. I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak up.”

So there we can see that turning a blind eye will almost always turn into tragedy for the onlookers. One wise man once said:

If you’re not part of the solution then you’re part of the problem.

That is why we started The Delusion Resistance. We were tired of sitting on the sidelines and having no control over the outcome. At the very least, we’re praying against the Great Delusion and at the best we’re helping people to identify their part in that delusion and offering a way out.

Today we see that the force feeding has been broadened to include things such as metaphysical subjects. What is called the “New Age,” has pervaded our society on a steady rate since the 1960’s. What the 60’s taught us was to question authority. That is okay in an earthly sense, but people didn’t stop with man’s authority and they started to question God’s authority. Like a group of rebellious little children we put the Creator of the Universe on trial and with corrupt lawyers and a uninformed jury we banished Him to exile away from our hearts.

Now when the officers of the enemy saw that we mutinied against our Captain they came in and said that they could better command the troops. Most people of my generation were in a drug stupor at the time so it wasn’t hard for the enemy to make the conquest. The opposing army called itself the New Age. It was filled with ideas that sounded foreign to our better judgment. But, like any woman will tell you, makeup can do wonders. That is exactly what the New Age is, the old metaphysical lie with a new face.

Like I said above, when millions of friends, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters disappear because they go to be with Yeshua, there will be a panic back on Earth. The New Age has addressed this issue even before it has happened. The fallen angels and demons that are the force behind the New Age know that the time is near. They know that if they don’t have the answer for the Rapture that perhaps many would turn to faith in Yeshua and ruin their plans in their appointed seven years of rule here on Earth. So for years, on top of the metaphysical horse hockey they’ve been enforcing the belief in UFO’s. In recent years those two realms have been merged into one so that when one thinks of UFO’s, one can easily identify them with psychic activity. Actually that is a good thing because that is about the only truth in the whole matter.

Within the past twenty years or so, what we used to called “mediums,” who now like to be referred to as “channelers,” have been writing down and broadcasting what they call messages from “ascended masters.” The “masters” purport themselves to be beings, who through many successful lives on earth have become enlightened so much that they have become of god status. They claim to be from a variety of places around the universe and some even claim to contact the channelers from Earth’s future. They all claim that man is a mess and that they are going to come to Earth and set mankind on the correct path. It’s hardly a coincidence that their plans are always in opposition to anything Biblical. They go out of their way to mock the Bible and Judeo-Christian values, making those values seem alien and contradictory to their goal.

There are many parallels between the actions and words of supposed aliens, ascended masters and demons with their leaders the fallen angels. The reason for this is because all of these entities are the same. Just as the New Age is the Old Lie with a new face, the aliens and ascended masters are really the demons and fallen angels of old, with a new face of course so that they can deceive mankind without shedding light on the supernatural world. If the world ever suspected that all of these entities are the same, they would of course turn toward God and be saved. Satan can’t have that, so the makeup is put on to make subject palatable.

The New Age Explains The Rapture:

The best way to figure out what someone is up to is to read what they are writing and then to analyze it. Directly below are some of the writings of famous channelers regarding the “taking away,” of many people at one time. You’ll be amazed at how the dark side is preparing the explanation for our disappearance:

Our first channeler Thelma Terrell, who goes by her spiritual name, “Tuella,” is the author of a book called “Project World Evacuation,” below are some quotes from that book. They are messages channeled from an entity who calls himself Ashtar, the leader of an alien confederation:

“Our rescue ships will be able to come in close enough in the twinkling of an eye to set the lifting beams in operation in a moment. And all over the globe where events warrant it, this will be the method of evacuation. mankind will be lifted, levitated shall we say, by the beams from our smaller ships. These smaller craft will in turn taxi the persons to the larger ships overhead, higher in the atmosphere, where there is ample space and quarters and supplies for millions of people.”

Dave’s note: It’s interesting that the demon who dictates this message uses the term, “in the twinkling of an eye. That is exactly what Yeshua said His return would be like. Because they use a like terminology it could be used by satanic forces after the Rapture to explain that the rapture forecast in the Bible and their so called “evacuation,” are one and the same.

“…We watch diligently, the threat of a polar shift for the planet in your generation. Such a development would create a planetary situation through which none could survive. This would necessitate an evacuation such as I have referred to.”

“…Earth changes will be the primary factor in mass evacuation of this planet.”

“There is method and great organization in a detailed plan already near completion for the purpose of removing souls from this planet, in the event of catastrophic events making a rescue necessary…”

“The Great Evacuation will come upon the world very suddenly. The flash of emergency events will be as a lightning that flashes in the sky. So suddenly and so quick in its happening that it is over almost before you are aware of its presence…”

Dave’s note: Again interesting how they use Biblical terminology. Yeshua said His return would be like the lightning that flashes.

“Phase I of the Great Exodus of souls from the planet will take place at a moment’s notice when it is determined that the inhabitants are in danger.”

“Phase II… This second phase immediately following the first. The second phase is vital, as we return for the children of all ages and races. The child does not have the power of choice in understanding nor personal accountability.”

Dave’s Note: Yeshua took special interest in Children. He wouldn’t leave them here to take in God’s wrath. Most scholars who believe in the rapture agree that children will be taken in the Rapture; even the children of unbelievers. Before the age of puberty children really don’t have the accountability to comprehend, so therefore they are seen as guiltless in God’s eyes.

“Do not be concerned nor unduly upset if you do not participate in this first temporary lift-up of souls who serve with us. This merely means that your action in the plan is elsewhere, and you will be taken for your instructions or will receive them in some other manner. Do not take any personal affront if you are not alerted or are not a participant in this first phase of our plan. Your time will come later, and these instructions are not necessary for you at this time…”


New Age author Timothy Green Beckley writes more words of encouragement for those who miss the “evacuation” in his book “Psychic and UFO Revelations in the Last Days,”

“…Many of the New Age workers and instructors who feel that they will be taken will not be taken right away, but left behind to help mankind survive through the cataclysmic period. That is their mission.”


New Age author Kay Wheeler (known by her spiritual name, Ozmana), who describes herself as a Pleiadian star seed and channeler, published an article entitled, The Time Is Now, in the New Age journal Connecting Link magazine (spring 1994). She presented messages that she had channeled from entities that called themselves the “Souls of Light,” who claim to be ET’s from the “Seventh Celestial Plane of Life” who are concerned with helping earth evolve to full consciousness. Here she writes of the what is knows by the New Age as the evolutionary purge,

“The Mother is desperately fighting for her life. Many of her vortexes have been drained. She is in critical condition at this time and must turn her thoughts to herself if she is to survive. That is why you see the many crises in the world. many of these you do not hear about on your ‘screen of lies.'”

“There is much happening on your planet at this time. The Mother is cleansing. It is all she knows to do at this time to clear herself of the pollution that exists within her body. But you as light bearers can help your Mother cleanse in such a way that does not destroy all life on this planet.”

“Much of this is necessary. Many of these beings have appointments to leave at this time. Earth’s population needs to be decreased to bring forth the necessary changes upon this planet to move into the fourth dimension.”

“Your Earth is a fourth-dimensional being at this time. She has moved into this energy pattern, and those who plan to stay must be of this vibration.”

“Many of these beings who are leaving this planet at this time have completed that which they came to do. It is a time of great rejoicing for them. Do not feel sad about their leaving. They are going home. Many are waiting to be with them again… Many beings must move on, for their thought patterns are of the past. They hold on to these thoughts that keep Earth held back.”

Dave’s Note: So, they are basically calling Christians a relic of the past. I’ll agree with on one thing. I will be happy to leave this Earth and go to be with Yeshua. I will “greatly rejoice,” too at the great homecoming. Even so, come Lord Yeshua!!


Earlyne Chaney channels for an ET who calls himself “Kuthumi.” In Chaney’s book, “Revelations of Things To Come,” this entity speaks about the earth changes and the need for a “cleansing.”

“The Mother Deva (Mother Earth) realizes that her matter must be purified. Her akashic ethers must be cleansed of the dark thought forces.”

Dave’s Note: So now they refer to Christians as a dark force. Well, as God said in His Word, “woe to them who call good evil and evil good.”


Barbara Marciniak is a very famous New Age author and channeler. In her book she documents what she claims extraterrestrials from the star system of the Pleiades have told her. In her book, “Bringers of the Dawn: Teachings from the Pleiadians,” she also mentions the removal of a great number of souls,

“The people who leave the planet during the time of Earth changes do not fit in here any longer, and they are stopping the harmony of Earth. When the time comes that perhaps 20 million people leave the planet at one time there will be a tremendous shift in consciousness for those who are remaining.”

Dave’s Note: Ah yes, Yeshua turned me into a misfit. Again we see a reference to scripture. The worker of iniquity is kept held back until, “he who restrains is taken out of the way.”


Johanna Michaelson is an ex-New Ager who is now a Christian. She writes in one of her books, “Like Lambs to the Slaughter: Your Child and the Occult,” about famous New Age intellectual and promoter John Randolph Price, whose spirit guide says that the number of human beings taken will be significantly higher,

“…Asher, the spirit guide of John Randolph Price, a moving force behind the New Agers’ ‘World Instant of Cooperation’ (on December 31, 1986, in which thousands of meditators worldwide simultaneously concentrated on world peace hoping to cause a critical mass launching into the New Age) told him that two billion people who didn’t go along with the New Age would be wiped off the face of the Earth during the coming cleansing.”

Dave’s Note: I personally don’t think that this refers to the Rapture. I do think that this is a reference to those who won’t fall for the New Age lies during the great tribulation.


Barbara Marciniak, in “Earth: Pleiadian Keys to the Living Library,” writes,

“Some of you want to pretend that the earth changes are not occurring. However, they are occurring, and there is nothing to fear, for they are part of the process of the great shift… Whether you stay on the planet and alter your vibration, or you check out and sit in the bleachers to watch the show, doesn’t really matter. On some level, in some avenue of existence, you will participate and you will learn.”

Dave’s Note: So, believing in Yeshua gets us bleacher seats so that we can sit back and watch all hell break loose. I don’t think we’ll be learning anything because we learned enough to keep us out of the fracas.


Marciniak, in “Bringers of the Dawn,” gives us a final warning,

“If human beings do not change — if they do not make the shift in values and realize that without Earth they could not be here — then Earth, in its love for its own initiation, is reaching for a higher frequency, will bring about a cleansing that will balance it once again. There is the potential for many people to leave the planet in an afternoon.”

Dave’s Note: Attention all Glory Train passengers. Please board the heavenly train immediately and prepare for the ride of a lifetime.

All of the above quotes were found in the book, Alien Encounters, by Chuck Missler and Mark Eastman, Koinonia House, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 1997, pp. 185-200. You can purchase this book directly from the website at www.khouse.org

So for anyone who thinks that the rapture isn’t going to be a reality, they should reconsider. If Satan and his minions are thinking of ways to explain it away to deceive the masses then it must be a foregone for real future event.

Will The Deception Work?:

Of course the answer to that question is both yes and no. The Bible is quite clear that during the Great Tribulation many people will be deceived. Yeshua even went as far as to say that the deception will be so great that it could even deceive the elect. The Elect are those true believers who are alive during the Tribulation. It will take a solid walk with God keep from being fooled by the trash that will be presented as truth.

For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. Mark 13:22

So we see that many people will be duped into believing the great lie. But we should not dwell on that, because many will see the truth, as we see below:

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. Revelation 7:9-17

So it seems that even though Satan and his minions will try to deceive the world, and that many will be deceived; many more will come to the truth in Yeshua. The scripture above says that the multitude could not be numbered. Even though Satan tries to take the whole world to hell with him he loses so many that they can’t be numbered. It seems that again the ultimate victory is for Yeshua!!

Will Satan Stage a Counterfeit Rapture?:

After reading the writings of the New Age prophets one can get two different views of what they think will happen. Some of their channelled writings seem to suggest that there will be a removal of those who can’t or won’t take on the new vibration that is coming. On the other hand, there seems to be some suggestion that some of the “faithful” of the New Age are going to be taken. This causes one to ask what the enemy is actually saying about this event. Could they be talking about two separate events?

The thing that one has to keep in mind is that for the past several decades the doctrine of a “pre-trib” rapture has been taught as the accepted view of this event. It has been drummed into the minds of countless Christians that if they are good Christians, then they won’t have to go through the Tribulation. The doctrine is so strong and powerful that it is taken to be gospel and not to be questioned. But what would be the implications if this doctrine is wrong. What would be the implications if not only the pre-trib doctrine is wrong, but Satan staged a phony rapture to deepen the deception?

Picture hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions of sincere believers who wake up one day to news reports stating that thousands of people have suddenly disappeared. The news would report that those taken were leaders in the Hindu, New Age, Buddhist and every other belief that is anti-Christ. Whether the people actually disappeared or it was just a major deception orchestrated by the One World authority as well as the puppet media wouldn’t matter. It would be believed by many Christians who thought that they would be leaving on the Jesus Express before all hell broke loose. What would Christians do?

Well, those who are firm in their faith would realize that what they were reading or seeing on television is just a fraud and they would live with that fact; still trusting that Yeshua will come back some day presenting a real Rapture. They will see that deception for what it is, a tool of our enemy.

But the people who concern me are the ones who take everything written by any prophecy writer at face value. These are the people who sit in church every Sunday and nod in agreement with everything the pastor is saying; ignoring Paul’s admonition to check everything with Scripture to test it’s value. I can only imagine their disappointment, thinking that God had deserted them or even questioning whether faith in God is really a valid concern anymore. I foresee such a group of people just giving up and marching down to their local One World Marking Station and taking the Mark of the Beast. Remember that scripture says that the deception in the end would be so strong that it would even come close to deceiving those with the strongest faith.

The thought comes to mind of something I once read. I believe that this can be found in the work of the early church fathers. The author states that during his times it had become very fashionable for people to wear crosses around their necks. Christianity had become the “state religion” and had become the latest craze. Everyone claimed to be a believer. After a while a new dictator ruled the land and he was strongly opposed to Christianity. He issued an edict to start killing believers. The author made note that the saddest thing he heard wasn’t the cries of those being tortured and killed; it was the sound of the crosses hitting the ground as the false converts denied Yeshua and immediately discarded their crosses. It could very well be the same after a counterfeit Rapture.

Final Summary:

Using scripture we’ve more than adequately proved the Rapture. Further, we’ve proved that it will happen toward the middle of the  Great Tribulation. And finally, we have shown that Yeshua’s adversary, Satan and his little helpers have more than gone out of their way to form an explanation that will satisfy many who will want answers after God’s people are gone. And we have also seen that a counterfeit Rapture could be a possibility. 

I pray that if you have read this and are not yet one with Yeshua that you will make that decision. You really don’t want to suffer the wrath of God and when it come time to leave you’ll not be here to see or feel all of that stuff. If you feel led to make that decision then go to the “saved” link on the site’s main page to find out how it’s done.

If you happen to be reading this article after many people have disappeared then I urge you to get right with God. By doing so, you will receive eternal life. Follow the link above to do that. You’re life on Earth during the next few years won’t be great and you might even be put to death for your relationship with Yeshua, but your eternity will be delightful. Don’t make the mistake of having a few years of promised comfort in a dying world and forfeiting eternity with God. For if you do, that comfort will be hell on Earth and you will spend eternity separated from God. The choice is your and I’ve prayed in advance that you make the right one.

David Ben Yakov

OBSERVATIONS
Correlations Between God’s Judgments of
Egypt And The Judgments of Revelation

By David Ben Yakov

Copyright 2005 David Ben Yakov / Delusion Resistance

 

Thank you for turning to this page. Over the past few years I have noticed some very interesting events happen which I believe are fulfillments of Biblical Prophecy. It is as if the stage were being set for the end time events as played out in the book of Revelation, the last book in the Bible. Join me as I endeavor to explain what I have discovered.

This world is ever changing, and I think that all reading this will agree with me. An honest view will show now though that things are really sliding into the mire of darkness. Things that were considered taboo 30 years ago are now practiced in the open and not only are they practiced, but they are praised and exalted practices of a sick and dying world.

Homosexuality has exploded in our culture, spreading its spores of sin and debauchery everywhere and in some instances it is even a glorified practice.

Infidelity among married couples is rampant. It is common place to hear friends and coworkers talking openly about affairs, almost bragging about conquests and marital unfaithfulness. The divorce rate here in America is a crying shame. Today if you get married there is a 50% chance that it will end in divorce. The result of divorce being that two nice people hate each other and children that don’t understand what happened to those two nice people, further heap guilt on themselves or hating one or both parents.

We see articles in the papers and hear newscasts every night about how hideous society has become. People are killing others left and right, and in insidious ways. No longer are people shot and knifed, but they are burned, mutilated, butchered and as of late, even cannibalized. Yes my friend, we are living in perilous times.

But one may ask, “did the Bible foretell this?” and to that I have to answer “yes”! Lets look at what the Bible predicts about our modern age:

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. II Tim. 3:1-7

And in the words of the Lord Jesus Himself, we hear:

And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. Matthew 24:11-12

You might be saying “well, these things have always been with us, so what’s the big deal.” But I submit, when have they happened together and with such frequency other than today. The frequency has increased along with the blatancy of the acts as never before which makes today special in the prophetic eye.

Now, you probably are thinking, “well, didn’t Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce say things like this”? Yes, they did mention similar things but they made a lot of mistakes too. Besides, they just told of the bad things and nothing good. You might ask “what good will come out of all the coming chaos?” Well, God has offered solace and comfort in the person of Jesus, through His death and resurrection. Through Him God offers a way of escape; something that the two aforementioned persons couldn’t offer.

Basically, there are many prophecies that have come into reality and perhaps I will write another paper reflecting on those at some future time. I just wanted to show as exhibit number one that God knew about our times a forehand and has every situation in His hand. What we do with our part of the bargain is entirely up to us, and we can either go His way or the way of death and agony.

Will History Repeat Itself?

Man is the smartest, most cunning creature that God put on Earth. Man can create things, think for himself and create some of the most beautiful artwork. Man has progressed from wandering nomads to the Atom Splitter and Gene Splicer, but man has one flaw that supersedes all the rest; he can’t learn from or remember his mistakes.

The above is proved to me time and time again, especially living here in California. Take for instance the tendency for earthquakes. It is common knowledge that houses built on landfill really don’t fare well in moderate to heavy shocks. The unstable ground just moves too much (much like a bowl of Jello) compared to houses built on solid ground. But, every time that there is a bad shock and some of those houses fall, the owners eventually build another house right on the same spot. Case number one of not learning from experience.

Another case in point is the building of houses on hillsides here in California. Every Winter when we get heavy rain we see news footage of houses sliding down hillsides because the soil makeup of the hill just gets too saturated and it slides. Yet, every year more and more dingdongs build houses on hillsides. Case number 2 of not learning from experience.

One last case in point. Here in California a lot of low lying land has been reclaimed from marshes, bays and river plains through the use of levees. People build houses on these flood plains, and some of these areas have very large communities. Every Winter, without fail the news comes on warning people who live in these areas that levees have broken and that they have to evacuate. Millions of dollars are lost every year because people are gullible enough to believe that a reletively small dam of earth is going to hold the force of millions of cubic feet of powerful water. Here again, when the flood subsides, the houses are rebuilt, waiting for the next calamity. Okay, enough already, I think we get the point about this whole thing.

Some Biblical History

Those of us who believe that the Bible is the expressed and exact word of God believe that it is a great source of history also. Every year more archeological finds are brought to light to show that the Bible is true and believable.

In the book of Genesis we read about a family (Israel and his Children) who move to a land called Egypt. They went originally to escape a famine in the land of Palestine which was quite severe. Joseph (one of Israel’s sons) found favor in the Pharaoh’s eyes and invited his family. It would seem that for many years the children of Israel lived in prosperity in Egypt. According to the Bible, after a time, a pharaoh came into power who didn’t know of Joseph or any agreement that the first pharaoh made with the Israelites. He forced them into slavery and abused them greatly.

Around their 400th year in Egypt God remembered His people and devised a plan to deliver them from the hand of slavery. To do this He worked through a couple of brothers named Moses and Aaron. God knew that Pharaoh would be stiff necked and would need more than the words of a couple of slaves to let the people leave Egypt. The miracles that He performed are called the plagues of Egypt. These were in chronological order:

  • Aaron’s rod becomes a serpent (snake) before Pharaoh. While this isn’t really considered a plague, it was significant because Aaron’s rod (now a snake) had swallowed up the other snakes which were produced by Pharaoh’s mystics. This was technically a victory of God over the snake deity of Egypt.
  • All water turned to blood. Although the main reason for this plague was to scare the Egyptians and show God’s glory, it in essence showed that God was superior to Egypt’s Nile God. It is interesting to note that all water, not just the Nile was turned to blood. Some like to say that the Nile’s turning red was because of a massive land slide up river of a red clay. Well if that’s the case the I find it even more miraculous that water that never touched the Nile during or after the blooding occurred turned to blood.
  • Plague of Frogs. The Egyptians held the frog to be sacred. By God’s sending the frogs he showed again His superiority of the frog deity. Then when the frogs were killed and a great stench filled the land, the death of the frog deity further proved God’s exalted status.
  • The Plague of Gnats. It is not known (at least by myself) if gnats were sacred to the Egyptians, but the ground certainly was. By God’s turning the sand into gnats, he showed his Superiority over the creation, specifically the Earth.
  • Plague of Fly Swarms. Again, I really don’t know if the Egyptians deified the fly, but I would not doubt it. I for one hate flies. I can’t sleep knowing that one of them might keep waking me up during the night, so I conduct sorties until I have destroyed any fly in my house. I can only imagine what a great nuisance the flies were. Personally, I would have let the Israelites go after that plague.
  • Plague of Stricken Livestock. Egyptians held their animals in great reverence. A modern day parallel would be the land of India where many animal classes are sacred. Animals were also used for labor purposes. There were oxen to pull the plow, horses for transportation and cows to give milk. By God’s killing all of these animals it put a severe hardship on the Egyptians and removed a very important food element. God didn’t destroy the Israelite’s animals because they didn’t hold them in religious esteem, just as a food element and nutritional source.
  • Plague of Boils. This plague affected both man and animal. The Egyptians were a pantheistic society. Basically that means that they worshipped a multitude of gods. Most pantheistic cultures tend to elevate man to a godlike level. The boils showed the Egyptians that they were in fact not gods, just men, who are subject to human frailty.
  • Plague of hail and fire. Yes, the Egyptians had gods that controlled the elements. By God’s sending the hail and lightning He proved dominion over the puny Egyptian gods. This must have been a truly frightening plague since the hail killed everyone who didn’t come indoors and destroyed all of the crops and animals left outside too.
  • Plague of Locusts. Whatever the hail left of the fields the locusts finished off. Egypt was truly in dire straights. They had relatively no meat left, no vegetable matter and I imagine that many were starving by now.
  • Plague of darkness. One of the most powerful gods that the Egyptians had was Ra, the sun god. By making it dark in Egypt for three days God utterly shattered any god-ship of Ra, further reducing the Egyptian religion to nothing.
  • Death of the Firstborn. This was God’s final judgment on Egypt. In this, God would judge and condemn every god that the Egyptians had. With this last plague Pharaoh relented and let the Israelites go. The Bible seems to suggest that Israel plundered the wealth of Egypt as they left. They were in effect given the riches if they would leave. It is also interesting to note that the Israelites had to take measures against this angel of death. Perhaps this was to test and see who was serious about leaving or staying in Egypt.

So, we see that the purpose of the plagues on Egypt were two fold. First, they procured freedom for the Israelites and second they decimated the Gods of Egypt.

Modern Day Parallels

In this modern day you would think that we would really have our act together. Science has worked what would have been called miracles in centuries past. Nearly 30 years ago we landed on the moon, a feat always thought impossible. Recently mankind has unlocked some of the secrets of genetics and we are told now that some animals are being cloned. Debate rages whether cloning of human beings should be allowed. It seems that there is nothing man can figure out or overcome. Lets face it, man has grown too big for his britches.

In this day of scientific miracle it would be thought almost impossible that man would move backward toward old lies which as of late are titled “The New Age”. It is the equivalent of a middle aged person believing in Santa Claus again. Ridiculous you say, but it is happening, and at an alarming rate. Even scientists are moving away from scientific principle and into mysticism and nonsense. More and more scientists are starting to study the paranormal and are believing in it. Nowadays it seems that all normal sensible thought is being thrown away and nonsense is being embraced. Let me assure them that what they are looking at is real, but it is not what they bargain for and if they keep it up, they will be dealing with powers that God didn’t intend man to deal with. For some it is too late already. Go to my UFO pages after you read this text and you will see what I mean.

What we have been witnessing over the last several years is the melding of Science and Environmentalism. The environmentalists that we saw in the 50s and 60s are not the same people that we see now. They are not the God searching flower children who wanted to clean up the Earth back then. They are pantheists who are trying to promote a agenda and force it on the American people and the world. If you think that any of this is hogwash, then I challenge you to visit any new age book shop. There you will find literally hundreds of books that will confirm everything said here.

Before we go any farther, I feel that I should define pantheism for you. Webster’s dictionary defines it thus:

Pantheism (pan’ the-ism) n. The doctrine that the universe is God, or that all things are manifestations of God.

The modern pantheist believes that the Earth is actually an organism, a living entity. They dub it feminine and have basically two names for the earth. Those names are GAIA and Mother Earth. Gaia seems to be gaining more popularity than the latter. In their eyes the Earth has as much rights as you and I and that it should be treated with dignity, like any intelligent organism should. The Bible is quite clear when it describes these people:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Romans 1:18-32

So, we see that God knows what is going on. When He sees that a person is given over to worshiping things that are created, He turns them over to their desire and it only goes down hill from there.

It is quite evident that the modern day pantheists are really concerned with protecting the creation rather than worshiping the Creator of all things. So then we must ask ourselves the question “what parts of creation are they concerned with (or worship) and trying to save. I have compiled a small list as follows:

  • The Seas – as we have heard for years, that the seas are dirty and need to be cleaned up.

  • The Rivers – The rivers are dirty and need to be protected.

  • The Air – Sacred because it is the breath of GAIA

  • The Trees – They hold trees to be sacred.

  • Wild Grasslands – That need to be protected.

  • Fish – We are supposedly over-fishing the oceans and rivers.

  • Wild Animals – We are supposedly driving to extinction.

  • The Sun, Moon and stars – has always been worshiped.

Let me take a moment to clarify my stance. I too am concerned for all of these areas of creation. I do however recognize that they are just that, part of God’s creation, to be admired and protected. I do know however that God is in control of all of these areas and could work miracles if we let Him.

All of these areas are being actively pursued by these environmental terrorists, but not to the extreme that they will be in the years to come. The grassroots effort that started a few years ago will explode as their religion takes hold more and more. It will come to a ridiculous climax and God is going to have to step in. I believe that the Trumpet Judgments and the Bowl Judgments, which are mentioned in the Book of Revelation will be plagues that will afflict the pantheists and the rest of the world. The judgments will probably be two-fold for God’s purposes. First, the judgments will be God’s answer to the world’s treatment of persecuted Christians and Jews. There is going to be an unprecedented evil against the people of God and He isn’t going to like that very much. Second, His judgments will be to again remind man that He is God. He will make the creation turn against its worshipers showing their foolishness. So, what are the judgments? I have listed them below for you. Notice how some of them parallel the judgments against Egypt.

The Trumpet Judgments

  • Trumpet 1 – Hail and fire mixed with blood falls to Earth burning a third of the Earth, a third of the trees and all of the green grass.
  • Trumpet 2 – A large burning mountain is thrown into the sea turning 1/3 of the sea to blood, killing 1/3 third of the marine animals and destroying 1/3 of the ships.
  • Trumpet 3 – A blazing star called “wormwood” falls on the Earth making bitter 1/3 of the springs and rivers. It is interesting to note that Chernobyl means Wormwood and that it was the worse nuclear power plant disaster ever, or at least up to this writing.
  • Trumpet 4 – Darkness strikes the sun, moon and stars so that 1/3 of each is darkened. Also 1/3 of the day and 1/3 of the night are without light.
  • Trumpet 5 – A star crashes to Earth and the aftermath is a creature that is a cross between a horse, locust and scorpion which torments anyone not of God. Perhaps a genetic experiment gone awry?
  • Trumpet 6 – Releases angels who dry up the river Euphrates, allowing some attackers numbering two hundred million to kill 1/3 of mankind with fire, smoke and sulfur that comes out of their mouths. Is John describing some sort of military weapon here?
  • Trumpet 7 – Has ramifications in Heaven but also suggests weather disturbances and an earthquake on Earth.

The Bowl Judgments

  • First Bowl – Causes painful sores on anyone who has the mark of the beast on them.
  • Second Bowl – Causes the sea to turn to dead mans blood killing everything in the sea.
  • Third Bowl – All of the rivers and springs become blood.
  • Fourth Bowl – Causes the Sun to scorch people and hardens their hearts further.
  • Fifth Bowl – Plunges the kingdom of the beast into darkness – men’s hearts harden even more.
  • Sixth Bowl – Dried up the river Euphrates preparing the way for the Kings of the East.
  • Seventh Bowl – Causes a tremendous earthquake “greater than any earthquake since man has been on the Earth” which collapses buildings in all of the Earth’s great cities.

Summary:

The Bible states that “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever” and I see no reason to doubt this in His judgments of the Egypt or Earth. God always proves that He is supreme, whether it is speaking to the heart of a believer or through terrible judgments. Mankind is (and hopefully for the last time) making the same mistake and repeating history. When it is all over and the history books are closed, God will dwell with man and peace and harmony will reign. I really think that the process of the end of the age has begun and will quicken as time progresses.

The choice for the reader is to choose one of two sides. You can choose either good or evil. If you choose good, then Jesus is waiting to bring you into his kingdom and you will live a life that is worth living. If you choose evil, all I can say is pick your trumpet or bowl. Consider yourselves warned as God accepts no excuses.

ONE NATION UNDER GOD???

 

I Pledge Allegiance To The Flag,
Of the United States of America,
And To the Republic For Which It Stands,
One Nation, Under God, Indivisible,
With Liberty And Justice For All

You’ve come to this page on the Internet and you’re probably wondering if you’ve been misled. After all, you clicked the link thinking that you’d be looking at a pictorial history of the American Flag. Well, I ask your forgiveness, but let me explain. For a few years this page did have a pictorial history of the American Flag. But I ask you now to read on and see that the change of this page is all about.

There are two reasons why I have changed this page. First, there are now a lot of pictorial history of the flag pages on the internet and the technologies of those pages are far more thorough and even more aesthetically pleasing to the eye then my page. Second, I feel compelled to study and comment on some of the contentions that have been brought up lately concerning the formation of the United States and God’s involvement in that formation. Many people are coming out and speaking about the Separation of Church and State and they want to banish God from our society. I cannot sit by and allow this to happen without doing what I can to speak out against this atrocity. As is the case with most injustices that are done in the world, they are able to thrive because good people don’t speak out against them. I will not go to my reward guilty of that charge, but will depart someday with the knowledge that I have tried to tell people the truth.

The Pledge and Semantics:

Most of the Americans who are my age or older were taught the Pledge of Allegiance in grade school and we recited it every morning as we covered our heart with our right hand. The recitation was a part of every day life and we all accepted it gladly. Of course when we were kids it was just something that we did and it was a routine. There was no question about reciting it and to be honest, nobody ever really explained what we were saying. To me it was no different than saying the Boy Scout Creed or even swearing some secret oath when we had our little clubs as children in our neighborhoods. But as I got older and especially after I became a Born Again Christian the pledge began to take on new meanings.

The pledge that we learned in school was taught so that we said it as it was written at the top of this document. Everywhere there is a comma in the pledge, we had a very short pause. Punctuation is allowed in the English language to add spice to the sentences and paragraphs that we write. Without it, our sentences would go on and on in what would seem like mindless dribble. With punctuation I can make my character sound excited, melodramatic, or any mood that I want to express.

As it was taught to us, the pledge expresses the following manner of expression. I will paraphrase it thusly:

I swear that I will be loyal to the flag,
Of the United States of America,
And I’ll also be loyal to the Republic that the flag is a symbol of,
Being one nation, that is under God, that can’t be divided,
With freedom and justice for everyone.

Now that doesn’t sound too bad right. I mean, it seems harmless to say such a thing. But one has to wonder if the punctuation was placed in the right places. I’d like to submit to the reader that the punctuation is not right in one place. I would like to now submit to you the way that I feel the pledge should read:

I swear that I will be loyal to the flag,
Of the United States of America,
And I’ll also be loyal to the Republic that the flag is the symbol of,
And as long as it is under God, will it be one nation that’s indivisible,
With freedom and justice for everyone.

Now there has been a lot of question in recent years as to whether God should be allowed in the Pledge. Those in the atheist camp say that by using God in the pledge, children are being forced to pledge to God, whom they see as the Jewish and Christian God. One particular individual, an attorney from California has been battling this in the courts for several months. His contention is that he doesn’t want his daughter indoctrinated in the ways of God. His ex-wife and daughter are both believers in Jesus and the daughter has repeatedly said that she likes to say the Pledge. So, we have one man who is fighting against the pledge in the guise that he’s doing it for his offspring, but he is really serving in his flesh, and the deed is his and his alone. Obviously this man has no shame if he feels that it is okay to hide behind the skirt of a little girl to enforce his opinion.

Now, since this whole thing has started, there has not been one religious person from any religion who has come out against the pledge, at least not publicly. That is because when any person from any religion says the Pledge, they think of their own gods and they ascribe credit to them. So when a Muslim says the prayer, they think of Allah, a Buddhist thinks of the Buddhist God, the Hindu thinks of a certain god; and so on and so forth. So it would seem that only the Atheist has a problem with the Pledge as it stands today.

The fight against the Pledge is just another battle in a war that started many years ago here in the states. It first started in the Dayton, Tennessee in 1925. At this time and place we had the Scopes Monkey Trial. This court fight was the first actual public battle between Creationism and evolution. At the end of the trial, the Creationists camp won, it was a shallow victory and, one could say, an embarrassment to the Creationist camp.

As the years rolled on, evolution was slowly and methodically added to the textbooks. Then, in 1957 and in the few years that followed the Russians made some great leaps on the space race. Many believe that when this happened, those in the American sphere of thinking attributed this leap in progress to the fact that the Russians were atheists and taught evolution. When this supposed revelation came to light those in power here in the U.S. pushed the increase of evolution in the textbooks. Soon, evolution got federal funding and the words in textbooks increased a great deal. This is a sad state of affairs. I say that because the Constitution clearly prohibits the government’s establishing or supporting a religion; and evolution is clearly a religion.

It is interesting to note some statistics that have come to light in recent years. First, we must remember that 1963 was when evolution received federal funding as it applies to education. Before 1963 the average grade school textbook had somewhere between one thousand and fifteen hundred words on the subject of evolution. After 1963 that number took a dramatic jump to right around 34,000 words on the subject of evolution. In nature, such jumps usually take on catastrophic tolls. Just take for example the El Nino floods out here in California back in 1996. In Sacramento we usually get anywhere from 17 to 20 inches of rain a year and it mostly comes in the rainy season which lasts from the end of November till right around the middle of April. But, in the winter of 1995/1996 we received around 42 inches of rain. The result was flooding like I have never seen before. Now, that was only a 100 percent difference over normal; not the mega increases that we’ll see below. Let’s look at what evolution has gotten us:

  • Sexually transmitted diseases – Gonorrhea: ages 15-16 – Up 226%

  • Scholastic Aptitude Test Scores – Decline in Student – From 980 in 1963 to 900 in 1990

  • Divorce Rates – Up 111% since 1963

  • Unmarried Couples – Up 536% since the mid 1960’s

  • Unwed Birth Rates – Up 325% since 1963

  • Pregnancies To Girls Ages 10 thru 14 – Up 553% since 1963. The difference between the two figures is being aborted.

  • Violent Crime Offenses – Up 995% since 1963.

The statistics don’t lie and it isn’t just a coincidence that these statistics have escalated. When you start teaching people that they are only animals they start acting like animals.

The interesting thing to reflect on is that God is not a God that pressures people to love Him. As long as a nation accepts Him and loves Him, He will stick around like a faithful friend. He will protect that people or nation and will cause them to prosper. But, if a people or nation spurn Him and demand that He leave, He’ll oblige them and grant them their wishes. But don’t expect the blessings to remain when the author of blessings is expelled.

O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters. Jeremiah 17:13 Note: the word “earth” in the passage is to be translated “soil.”

Take into account that this God loved us so much that He sent His Son to die in our behalf and that makes rejecting Him the ultimate insult. Here’s an experiment to conduct. Take the person you love the most and buy them something real expensive; something they’ve always wanted. Then give it to them and have them throw it back at you and tell you that they don’t want you or your gift. You now feel a fraction of the hurt that God feels when people reject Him, and the free gift of salvation that He offers everyone.

One Nation?

One part of the pledge declares that the United States is one nation. That means that everyone in the nation will be of one accord, with one purpose and dedicated to a common goal. For most of the history of this nation that was the case. Of course there were times where there was strife. We are humans living in a fallen world and we have to expect some problems from time to time. Through those bad times the people were for the most part moral God fearing people.

My ancestors hailed from many parts of Europe. On my mother’s side, the ancestors came from Denmark, Germany and Poland. On my father’s side the ancestors came from Italy and Austria/Czechoslovakia. There were Protestants, Catholics and yes, some agnostics. They were people who probably, had they stayed in Europe would have been at odds with each other. The Danes, being for the most part a Protestant nation, didn’t care for the Germans or Poles who were Catholic. Germans seem to think of Austrians as being a little inferior to themselves. Those in Northern Europe didn’t have any sort of affection for the Italians, who were thought to be inferior because of the darkness of their skin. What brought them all together so that I could sit here today and write this article? It was the cause of a common dream, to be American and to prosper under a new way of thinking of things, a new order of society; one built on the equality of everyone. And you know what? It worked well above my ancestor’s wildest imaginations.

The other aspect of “one nation,” that must be explored is that we have to realize that the United States is a UNION. I’m not speaking of a socialistic order of workers, like is found in many cities in the United States; but a union of states. When the United States first started out it was comprised of 13 individual mini nations that were commonly referred to as the “Colonies.” Each Colony was sovereign and an entity unto itself. Most of the Colonies had their own currency and their own political way of doing business. When the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 it was signed by representatives of every Colony. After we won independence we had to draw up something that keep the Union cohesive (stuck together) and it was a painful process. Before the Constitution existed there was a document that attempted to do this; called the Articles of Confederation. It was a loosely knit collection of clauses for the new government. The trouble was that this document gave some states more rights than it gave others; so the founding fathers sought a new document; one that would make everyone totally equal under the law. Because of that, we have the Constitution. Might I add, that it too was signed by members of each State in the new nation.

The founding fathers really struggled for the right words to frame the Constitution. If you do any study, you’ll see that they were men of faith; not all of them but most of them. They trusted the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the Almighty One; the Lord of Hosts and Maker of the Universe to lay a foundation for our nation. I’m sure that they were familiar with the scripture:

A Song of degrees for Solomon.  Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Psalm 127:1

One might argue that we’ve not always been one nation during our history. Well, that is true at times, especially during the Civil War when the Union was fragmented, but we will discuss that in another category.

UNDER GOD:

When we study what the phrase “under God” means, we have to first examine which God we’re talking about. There are a lot of god’s around. Every culture has their deity that they pray to and trust in; some have many gods.

It might be of interest that the Pledge of Allegiance wasn’t officially recognized by Congress until 1942 and the words, “under God,” were not put into the pledge until 1954. What was the state of our nation and who was our nation’s God in 1954? During the 1950’s our nation experienced a surge in economic growth; it was a period of great prosperity. This is the time when the term, “The American Dream,” came into reality. If you watch the 50’s show, “Leave It To Beaver,” you can get an idea of what society was like back in that time. You had the man that went out and made a pretty good living. You had a wife that stayed home and attended to the children, the home and her husband’s needs. You had two or more children and they were healthy and on the road to being well educated. Most of the diseases that had plagued our ancestors had been either tamed or obliterated and the life span here in the States was growing by leaps and bounds. There was a lot to be thankful to God for.

But as good as things sounded in the paragraph above, there were problems. Social unrest was beginning to grow. The plight of the black people was coming to the forefront and whites started to realize that things weren’t as rosy as the picture they saw painted. Children all over the country were exercised in disaster drills because the fifties was a time of “Cold War,” with the United States and the Soviet Union locked in an epic battle to see who could be the strongest nuclear power. We were told that the Red Menace could at any time drop atomic bombs on our cities and obliterate us off of the face of the earth. This caused people to think about where they might end up after they met their demise. Uncertain death causes people to think of God, and how to please our Creator. Thus, the fifties saw a tremendous surge in church membership. During that time, if you were to walk up to someone and ask them if they believed in God, they’d look at you like you were a moron and say, “yeah, who doesn’t?”

In the 1950’s the vast majority of the population were Protestant by definition of religion. The Catholic’s were a minority that was slowly catching up in number values. This was followed by the Jewish population who mostly (like the Catholics) confined themselves to the urban areas. But the one main factor of these three religions was that they believed in the Jewish God, with the Protestants and Catholics accepting the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua Ha Mashiach, or as the English tongue says, Jesus Christ; both terms being interchangeable. So it stands to reason, that when the pledge was finally accepted in 1954, as being, “One nation under God,” that it was referring to The God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel; and those of us who are Christians we recognized this also to mean Yeshua, the Messiah, the Son of The Living God, and God Himself. 

But what does it mean to be under God? To some, it might conjure up thoughts of being under the oppressive thumb of a tyrannical deity who just wants to oppress us and grind our old bones into dust once we die. Unfortunately, that is the thought that many these days have of the God of Israel. Instead of seeing Him as a loving father figure, they see him as a ruthless authoritarian with no feelings. I can’t fault people for feeling that way because I felt that way before I came to know God personally.

Now that I’m in a living and loving relationship with God Almighty, I see things differently. I see that mankind is in a state of decay. That is because of the original rebellion when Adam decided to choose rebellion over obedience and since then all people have been in rebellion. For this reason God gave the people of Israel the Law. This Law was the foundation that our legal system has ultimately been built upon. He gave Israel 613 commandments, but expects all of mankind to follow just ten; known as the Ten Commandments. Notice that they’re Commandments, not suggestions. When all else failed, God saw that mankind couldn’t keep His Commandments, so He decided to come down in form of a man, to offer the final sacrifice. Those who accept that sacrifice and are thankful for it are called Christians. Some people choose to call themselves Christians without accepting the sacrifice and without asking Yeshua to come and live in their hearts; but sadly, they are deceived.

So, seeing that God has gone through all the trouble to satisfy our penalty toward Him takes away the farce that He is some sort of tyrant. The early settlers of America knew these things and for the first hundred and fifty year or so of our nations history were years of blessings. Sure, civil strife did rear it’s ugly head, but it was usually met by devout believers who got on their knees and prayed for divine intervention by our Holy and Righteous God.

To be under God means to be under His authority. It’s much like being a child, and being under the authority of good parents. The child that is under the authority of a good parent is happy to be under that authority. It pleases that child to make his/her parent happy. This child, who is brought up in a loving home doesn’t despise discipline, but knows that when they’ve erred in they ways, that their punishment is deserved and they accept that fact. When the children of a family are obedient to their parents they live in harmony with each other. Sure, there might be sibling rivalry, but each individual realizes that they are interdependent on each other and that if one hurts, the others hurt. The family is an organism, not an organization. All organisms need to be nourished. Nourishment is the part of the parent’s responsibility and they gladly offer it. Now, put the family analogy in spiritual terms with God being the parent and each and every person being a child of the family of mankind. Some are under God and they obey His will, and they are happy and the Father is happy with them. Others think that the Father is a tyrant; they are out of the Father’s will and deny the father. They are rebellious and can’t receive the blessings of the Father because they deny His authority. The Father will try corrective measures to bring the child around to the common good but in many cases of rebellion, that only drives the child farther away, because of their rebellious heart. The father can try love too, but the rebellious heart is often a spoiled heart too and people who are spoiled think that everyone else has an agenda. Thus, they see the attempt of a loving Father to be an attempt by that parent to get something from them whereas the whole time the father is trying to give. That is the trouble with many in our nation and around the world these days. They don’t know their true God. They have heard from others that God is harsh, so they believe it. When they hear that God is actually a loving God, they figure that God is only loving because He wants something from them. The truth is that He only wants the love returned.

INDIVISIBLE:

When I was in grade school in Toms River, New Jersey, I had a teacher named Mr. Sneden. This teacher was one of the people who helped to build the foundation that many of my patriotic ways are built upon. One of the things that Mr. Sneden did was that he had us do a study on The Pledge of Allegiance. He broke it down, word by word and helped us to understand it. He was one cool teacher. I say that because I’ve always been the sort of person that just can’t accept that something works; I need to know what makes it work and why it’s important that it works. Mr. Sneden not only helped me to be that way, but he caused me to think and study everything out plus, he taught me what I wanted to know about many things. Thanks Mr. Sneden if you are reading this. By the way, I finally figured out why you liked to fish around Bishop, California. It’s so beautiful there and the trout are great. Thanks for the education. But, I digress.

On one particular day Mr. Sneden came to the word, “indivisible” in the pledge. He asked what the word meant and I shot up my hand and yelled out that it meant that something could not be divided. He smiled and said that I was right and went on with the lesson. So, now we are up to the point where in the pledge we have already realized that if our nation is one nation; being one people made up from many others and one land mass made up of several states; and we are under God; meaning that we submit to the will and authority of God; we will be indivisible; not to be divided. But is that true?

As I mentioned earlier, when my ancestors all came to America, before the turn of the twentieth century, they all came here to be free. They came here with the express idea that they were forsaking their foreign lands to become part of a new entity; part of a new ideal and part of what they hoped would someday become the greatest nation that God ever graced the Earth with (aside from Israel of course). I’d like to share a story with you that my paternal grandfather told me.

Grandpa Ruffino was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1906. His name was John and his father’s name was Egidio, which I understand is Italian for Giles, although the Census for 1920 lists him as James. Anyway, my great-grandfather wanted his sons to know Italian; I guess to preserve some family tradition and also I think it would help him to bridge the communication gap. I guess he figured that if his son’s spoke both English and Italian they could help him in American society. One day my great-grandfather and his son (my grandfather) were in a store and my grandfather spoke to his father in Italian. My great-grandfather became angry and pulled his son out of the store for a scolding. He told his son that they were blessed to be in America. He told him that the official language of America was English and that it would be an affront to the people he felt were hosting them, if they were to speak their native tongue in public. He told his son that it was okay to speak Italian around the home, but he would not have my grandfather insult the Americans by speaking Italian in public. My great-grandfather had class and didn’t want to offend those he was trying to become one with.

I say that because from it’s inception until around the middle part of the twentieth century, people immigrated to the United States not only to be free, but to become part of it. They took low paying jobs to make a living and they learned, sometimes painfully how to speak English. Today there is a practice that seems to be diametrically opposed to that idea. But before I lay anything on immigrants, I have to say something about we who have been Americans by birth, perhaps by several generations by the time of this writing. I’ve fallen into what I’m about to write and I deeply regret it. We tend to lump ourselves into groups of people that we feel familiar with. Back in the seventies (maybe earlier, I can’t remember) people started to separate themselves into subsets of American society. Whereas our immigrant forefathers forsook their foreign affiliation my generation started to refer to ourselves by our land of ancestors. I started referring to myself as an Italian American. Everyone did it. Soon people had bumper stickers with the flag of their origin. Then, in an act of total hypocrisy, we got offended when the sons of former slaves started to call themselves African Americans. You know, humans can do the stupidest things and I don’t exclude myself from that association. It was a wise man who once said; “when you point at someone, there are three fingers pointing back at you. Look at your hand when you point next time.

Anyway, why would such a thing happen? What would cause people who call themselves Americans want to identify with places that our forefathers gave life and limb to get themselves far away from? The answer is quite simple if you look at it from a Biblically spiritual point of view. We tend to forget that back in the early 1960’s we loaded up our text books with the thoughts that evolution was true, which by default proclaims that God didn’t create all that we can perceive with our senses. It wasn’t too much later that we said that we couldn’t pray in school; banning God from our learning institutions. You want to know why God doesn’t do anything to prevent things like the Columbine tragedy? Well, we’ve all told Him that He’s not welcomed in the schools anymore. And isn’t it interesting that the two who killed all of those kids were avowed evolutionists and that in many cases they singled out the Christians for execution.

Over the years we made it legal to kill babies in a mother’s womb and we call it a woman’s right to choose? What about the child’s right? What about, “Thou shalt not murder?” We’ve taken away the true meanings of Christmas and Easter and replaced them with fictitious characters that have occult themes. We have judges and lawyers who fight under suspicious pretenses to remove all mention of God from public buildings. These same people lie in wait to sue the first person who mentions God in public buildings. But who is really at fault here? It is the majority of decent people who just sit around and say, “well, I can’t very well do anything about it. I’ll let the other guy take care of it.” If someone is not doing something to correct the problem, then they become party to the problem.

So, in the scant period of my lifetime we have gone from a God Fearing society to one who would rather live life without the interference of God. We are not under God anymore so therefore we are divisible. Every ethnic group is tripping over themselves to see who can get a bigger part of the American Pie. Go into the war grounds of the inner city and see what is happening. Every ethnic group is fighting to see who will take the turf. You would have had to just flown in from some far part of the galaxy to have not seen this. American has transformed from a melting pot to a bubbling cauldron filled with some of the nastiest poisons ever created. Those poisons are hate, envy, murder, lust, homosexuality, love of money and many other bad things. And to make matters worse, we have an entertainment industry that makes money off of the glorification of these poisons. WAKE UP AMERICA!!

Yet another sad thing is that things are going to get worse. Since we’re obviously not under God, and haven’t been for several years we are being taken over by illegal foreigners who flood across our borders. There are scriptures that tell of the dire things that will happen to a nation that calls itself a Godly nation, yet performs all sorts of ungodly acts. Isaiah Chapter One is God’s address to a rebellious Israel. Israel was called by God to be a Holy nation. I believe that America was conceived to be a Holy nation too; or at least our founding fathers conceived it that way. For many years the population of our nation thought this to be so too. So, based on that premise, let’s look at what God told Israel in Isaiah chapter one, and apply it to The United States.

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.  Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.  Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.  Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.  And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah. Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers. Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water: Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them. Therefore saith the LORD, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies: And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin: And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness. And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed. For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen. For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water. And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them. Isaiah 1:1-31

I’ve taken the liberty of color coding the scriptures. The yellow highlighted scriptures speak of the condition as it stands and the judgment that will ensue. The blue highlighted scriptures talk of hope and renewal of a people who recognize their condition and repent.

In the scripture God talks to a nation that He considers children. He calls them corrupters, evil doers, people laden with iniquity. He talks about how they have moved backward, and how they have angered Him. He compares their sin to a sick body with all sorts of ailment, even sores that are festering. Interestingly enough He talks about how their land is taken over by strangers right before their very eyes. Does that sound familiar? I sincerely believe that where He talks about a remnant being left He is talking about the small minority of Christians who are left in America. I’m talking about true believers who don’t compromise with the world. It is the only thing that has kept the Lord from judging America with full judgment. Also, to our credit, I believe that our support of Israel has kept us from total destruction. So when God takes the Christian off of the Earth and the United States turns against Israel, better find a safe place to live if you’re still stuck here.

God then goes on to tell the people that our religious festivals and holy days are like a stench to Him. Who could deny that any holidays left in America are really just regarded as days to barbecue or have a day off from work. Christmas and Easter have been totally corrupted with pagan ritual that they don’t even resemble Christianity nor do they glorify the God whose remembrance they’re supposed to employ. God even says that He’s so mad that when people try to pray to Him, He’ll just ignore the prayers.

God then shifts gears and tells how there’s a remedy to fix all this wrong. He’s actually, even in all His anger, giving another chance to turn around. He says that he’s willing to erase the sins of the people if they only will humble themselves and repent. But as usual, God then tells the people that if they decide to rebel still more  that war would come to their land.

Then God tells of the faithful city becoming a harlot. We again can see this fulfilled in modern America. I’ll tell you there are so many parallels between the sins of the Israelites of old and modern America that it’s almost spooky. Well, rebellion has a common author in every instance so seeing parallels shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. The scripture talks about how once it was a righteous place that judged correctly. But then God goes on to say that instead of righteous people living there it’s inhabited by murderers. It talks about the silver that has become dross, meaning that it’s not pure. Interestingly enough, our money has become worthless, the paper money being only a debtor’s note and in the 1980’s even the coinage changed from worthless metals to even more worthless metals. The scripture then talks about our leaders not being leaders at all, but thieves who care more about how they can make money and secure their futures rather than taking care of the people they were elected to protect and defend. Spooky isn’t it?

Finally, the scripture talks about the only thing that seems to burn rebellion out of a man or group of men. That thing is persecution and judgment. It seems that people just can’t see the message until they’re hard pressed and have nowhere else to turn. In American history there have been such times. Let’s look at the period just after the first world war and the second world war. After World War One there was an economic boom in America like she had never seen before. Most people prospered in one way or another. But with prosperity it seems that sin always creeps in. In the 1920 people in America sort of let their hair down and partied to excess. It was the time of the flapper (women dressed scantly who liked to party and do other things in excess), fast music and all other sorts of sordid living. People basically shelved God and lived a life of ease and lasciviousness. Well, America had to be put back on the narrow road and in 1929 came the Great Depression; an economic crash that took many years to recover from. As a matter of fact, the only thing that brought our economy out of the depression was the advent of World War Two. Too bad that man just doesn’t seem to remember history because if he could many problems would be averted.

For those who don’t want to subscribe to the scripture in Isaiah talking about American society as well as ancient Israel, I now submit to you a scripture from the New Covenant that talks about the times that we now live in:

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. 2 Timothy 3:1-9

I don’t think that I really have to expound on the scripture in 2 Timothy. You can open up the newspaper or turn on television and see first hand how society today fulfills that scripture. For information purposes, Jannes and Jambres were the two magicians in Pharaoh’s court who were able for a brief time to counterfeit the miracles that God performed through Moses in front of Pharaoh and his people. God allowed them to manifest their magic, but only so far. Soon the miracles of God were too hard for these two men to perform, proving to Pharaoh and his people that they were just cheap imitators and not all that powerful. God has a wonderful way of humbling the proud and frankly, I enjoy watching it a lot.

WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL:

I almost laugh when I read the last part of the Pledge of Allegiance. I can’t think of a time when there has been liberty and justice for all. We come close a lot of times, but we never truly hit the mark. For too many years there was little liberty and no justice for blacks in most of the country and especially in the south. Up until recently there was a law in Alabama that it was still against the law for a black and white couple to marry. Is that justice? Ask the congregants of three synagogues that were firebombed in Sacramento a decade ago and see what they feel about liberty and justice. Sure, the bombers were caught and found guilty, but where’s the liberty when you always have to fear that just around the corner there might be a couple of lunatics that might want to repeat the act.

Part of the problem, especially in recent years is that lawyers and judges are in their professions for the most part just to make a good living and to make a name for themselves. Whenever the people vote to make a law to bring forth justice it is in most cases challenged by demonic groups like the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and it is brought before a group of corrupt judges with satanic values and the law is scrapped in a refuse heap of decent laws that the unrighteous consider indecent.

You could ask the families of countless victims of child abduction and murder where they think the justice is. Consider that in most cases the people who abducted, raped and murdered their children were let back out on the streets after just doing a token amount of their original conviction time. Consider the countless victims of rape who live in fear because their rapists will only serve a fraction of the sentence they were given; only to be freed again to repeat their dastardly deeds. Consider our Supreme Court, who in the last fifty years has made it illegal to exercise many of our freedoms, but have legalized abortion and almost every other sinful act under the heavens. No, there is not liberty of justice for all. If you still believe that there is, just forget to pay the IRS if you owe them back taxes. If you disagree with them and don’t pay you can ponder all this from your fully functional jail cell. If you think you have liberty and justice, just refuse to pay your property taxes and then you’ll have time to ponder all of this while living in the homeless shelter.

When you do a careful study of the Bible, especially the Gospels in the New Covenant you’ll notice that Yeshua had much contention with a particular group of people. These people always seemed to associate themselves with the Pharisees. The scripture refers to this group of men as “doctors of the Law.” These were known as the “Scribes” and it’s possible that some of the Pharisees were also called doctors of the law. In modern day we would refer to these people as judges and lawyers. They were the interpreters of the Law. Yeshua referred to them often as “a generation of vipers.” So it seems that Judges and lawyers have always been a problem in societies from the beginning. The problem is that judges are supposed to be impartial. With all of the crazy things that judges are doing these days, one has to wonder if their lifestyles preclude them from doing so. One has to question for instance, if a judge gives a light sentence to a pedophile then why did that happen. Could it be that the judge is secretly a pedophile and can’t judge his own kind because he or she would be condemning themselves?

CONCLUSION:

So, why did I write this article? Again, I reiterate that I’m a patriotic American. I was born free and I’ll die free. It hurts me a great deal to see what my beloved country has become. In just the short period of my lifetime I’ve seen the United States go from a God fearing caring nation to a self centered godless society. We operate in the guise that we’re doing good for the world but it is just an illusion. One might use the argument of our current mission in Iraq as showing that we care about freeing nations. Well, that might be what it appears to be but is that the true reason for being there? Could it be a war for oil instead? While I’m thankful that we’re battling Muslim extremist overseas and not here; I see more reasons for being there. I believe we’re setting up Iraq as a secular democracy in order to prepare it to become the Babylon that is mentioned in the Bible. Babylon must be resurrected so that it can receive the judgment that God has promised will happen to it. Babylon is going to be both a spiritual and commercial capital for the Anti-Christ. It will be a capitalist center. Islam and capitalism are like oil and water; they just don’t mix, ever. So Iraq has to be turned into a secular nation so that Babylon can exist.

As for the United States, I really hope and pray that we will have a vast revival and turn back to God. Aside from that, I think we’ve slidden into a chasm that we won’t be able to extricate ourselves from. Our society has in effect told God to “get lost.” Not a person to stay where he’s not welcomed, He has obliged our request. He won’t come back unless we become humble and contrite in spirit. Albeit, that could happen, but I believe that it will only happen after this nation has gone through a time of great distress.

I feel that perhaps some of you might be offended by what has been written in this document. I cannot apologize if you feel that way. Sometimes correction is a hard pill to swallow; but like most medicine, it doesn’t taste good, but it promotes healing if taken faithfully an prescribed. I pray for revival for our nation daily and hope that all those who read this will agree with me in that prayer. Blessing to all of you in the name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus Christ)

David Ben Yakov

Published on 11/21/2004 12:08

By Sebastián Vivar Rodríguez

 

 

I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz. We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims.

In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world. The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.

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And under the pretence of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

They have turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naïve hosts. And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition.

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We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for hoping for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe.

By David Ben Yakov

© 2005 David Ben Yakov / The Delusion Resistance

 

 

Now a days we here a lot of stories, especially in the political realm. It’s really amazing how we are spoon fed stories by the media and expected to believe them. Now, in an election year, the bovine excrement is really being laid on with a heavy coating.

The war on terrorism has taken it’s toll on both political parties here in the United States as each entity tries to jockey itself into position for winning the election. Personally, I’ve never seen so many people flip-flop on so many issues; making promises that they would never be able to keep and lying to cover over lies. It’s a sad state of affairs to say the least. But the purpose of this article isn’t to shine light on the lies of the democrats nor is it to question the fidelity of President Bush’s motives; but to look at the Iraq situation through spiritual eyes.

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON?

Have you ever heard that phrase? Nowadays we hear it at least once a day. For the sake of this article, I’ll say that we ask that question about what is happening in the Middle East. Again we have to break down our question and be more specific, since there seems to be so many newsworthy items in the Middle East every day. So, let’s focus on two areas that receiving increased attention by the press and the nations as of late. Let’s take a look at Iraq and Turkey.

I’ve always been a prophecy buff. The Lord used one of Hal Lindsey’s books “The Late Great Planet Earth,” to show Himself to me. I’ve always been amazed at how our Father makes Himself so easy to see through the events of human history, yet people are blind to seeing Him as the play writer for all human events. Even some of the worse atrocities, although orchestrated by Satan and his minions have been turned around by God to bring about good.

Let’s look at a couple of things that God has turned around in the history of mankind. First, let us look at the Dark Ages, sometimes referred to as the Medieval Age. This time of history gets its name (Dark Ages) because it was during these many years that society became stagnant. Many of the scientific advances that occurred during the times of the Greek and Roman empires were forgotten and even rejected by the religious order because they were seen to be ungodly. This was the age where the Catholic Church was at it’s zenith. The Pope was the ultimate authority, the church was the ultimate religion and it’s hierarchy was the ultimate police force. If a king, nobleman or anyone for that matter said anything against the Catholic religion they were excommunicated and/or tortured or killed. Countless Jews and Christians were beheaded, burned at the stake, or at the very least they were tortured until they either died or gave in and recanted their religion and accepted Catholicism under compulsion. But, if we muse about this we can see that if it were not for the atrocities of the Catholic religious faithful, there would have been no need for the Reformation. And along with the Reformation came the Renaissance and the rebirth of civilization. If it were not for religious persecution by the Catholic Church, some surmise, there would have been no impetus for Columbus to discover the New World. Later on in history the Anglican Church in England (a spin off of the mother church) persecuted believers to the point of them wanting to find a new land to live and to be able to practice their relationship with God in peace. This caused people like the Pilgrims, who came to America to find such peace, and to found a new land that would some day become The United States. For many years, up until the last fifty or so, that land had been a place for people who strived to be free; free in secular things, but also free to worship as they pleased. So, we can clearly see that God used bad situations to bring about ultimate goodness.

We can also look at the Holocaust that happened during World War Two. Now we know that God didn’t orchestrate the evil that happened during that time. I’m sure that it hurt Him a great deal to see so many innocent people die in such a hideous manner. Oh how His heart must have ached as He watched so many of the Apple of His Eye and also so many steadfast Christians perish at the hands of the Nazi’s. But what came from all of this suffering? While we can list many things that happened as a result of the Nazi terror of Europe’s Jews and Christians, we will focus on one thing. Let’s look at the new nation that came into existence; namely, Israel. For the first time since the ancient days of Israel the world finally realized that the Jewish people were in peril. It realized that unless they had a homeland, a land that they could administer and defend, the holocaust could very well happen again and again. So the world, with it’s blood stained hands had to capitulate to the will of God and allow the formation of the nation of Israel. I don’t think that but a small fraction of people on earth even realized that they played into God’s hands and that they were a part of one of the most important End Time Prophecies that there is. And the world changed forever after that one day in May of 1948. God foretold of this in Isaiah:

Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? [or] shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Isaiah 66:8

And what about the life of every Spirit Filled Christian who has ever lived or will live? Didn’t we all turn our lives into such a mess before we were saved. And didn’t it take that decayed human state to realize that only God could extricate us from that mess. Look at this next scripture, which talks about how God turns things around for good:

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. Isaiah 61:3

What Is To Come?

Well, for a minute there I thought I got off the track, but I think what was written above was sent for me to write to soften what has to be said. We are heading into some very perilous times in the months and years to come. I think that the Father is giving that message to anyone who listens to the Spirit of God. As they say in North Carolina, “things ain’t a lookin’ good up yonder.” But lately we’re hearing all sort of news about two places; Iraq and Turkey. Those two places are very important and figure heavily into the End Time Prophetic Calendar.

Pardon Me While Iraq My Brain:

Iraq is an interesting land. It is in Iraq that the Tower of Babel was once built. The account of this can be found in Genesis, chapter eleven. There were several things wrong with building the Tower of Babel. First, in Genesis, chapter nine, God gave a command to Noah and his sons. He tells them to be “fruitful and multiply.” He also tells them to go out and replenish the Earth. He wanted them to go throughout the whole earth, make children and expand civilization. But along comes Nimrod who convinces the people to just settle in the land of Shinar. Nimrod was not a godly man and he proves that by contradicting the command of God to settle the whole Earth. And let’s remember that everyone spoke the same language at that time in history, so getting out the word to rebel against God was an easy chore.

But one thing that interests me is that Nimrod and the people built Babel and it’s Tower. Now Nimrod and some of the people made one statement that sounds like an echo of another infamous individual. They said:

And 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. Genesis 11:4

First, they wanted to make a tower so high that it would reach into heaven. Could it be that they were so ignorant that they actually thought that they could reach into heaven, or could it be the same spiritual pride that Satan was guilty of when he said:

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [how] art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For 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: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit…. Isaiah 14:12-15 

Having looked around I found another translation of the Genesis 11:4 scripture that might better shed light and present the text in a modern day vernacular:

Let’s build a great city with a tower that reaches to the skies–a monument to our greatness! This will bring us together and keep us from scattering all over the world.” Genesis 11:4, New Living Translation.

Looking at this translation we can see that it is definitely a prideful or haughty attitude that infested the humans of the day. It also sounds a lot like our own society. So, they wanted to build a tower to reach heaven, as a monument to their own greatness and the tower would be a monument (an accomplishment) that would always remind them of the spirit of unity. But it was a unity that didn’t have it’s roots in God so therefore it was doomed to failure. By becoming united in pride they divorced themselves from God. God realized that since they were all willing to unite together against God and could build the city and it’s tower in concord, then they could sin in even greater ways and no sin was beyond them. They were bent on destruction by their own deeds and rebellion toward God, so God had to intervene. He confused their tongues so that they couldn’t understand each other. Because of this confusion they couldn’t live with each other and they were therefore forced to spread over the whole Earth and became the nations of the world. It speculated by some that at this time is when God created the different families (what some call races) of people.

Babylon (Babel’s later metamorphosis) became powerful during the time of King Nebopolassar and later his son Nebuchadnezzar. This is the Babylon that God used to lead Judah into captivity. God used Babylon for His own means as an instrument but he also hated it for its idolatry and the harsh treatment that the Babylonians showed toward the Jewish people of that time. A good study of the book of Daniel will shed a lot of light into this subject. God goes into great depth on how he will destroy Babylon.

And Chaldea shall be a spoil: all that spoil her shall be satisfied, saith the LORD. Because ye were glad, because ye rejoiced, O ye destroyers of mine heritage, because ye are grown fat as the heifer at grass, and bellow as bulls; Your mother shall be sore confounded; she that bare you shall be ashamed: behold, the hindermost of the nations [shall be] a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert. Because of the wrath of the LORD it shall not be inhabited, but it shall be wholly desolate: every one that goeth by Babylon shall be astonished, and hiss at all her plagues. Jeremiah 50:10-13

And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there. And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in [their] pleasant palaces: and her time [is] near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged. Isaiah 13:19-22

The scriptures above talk about a total destruction of Babylon. It states that it will not be inhabited. This has not happened yet! There is literature that states that after Babylon fell to the Medes and Persians it was inhabited by them. They did not destroy the city. Other literature states that Alexander the Great was astounded by the majesty of Babylon. He even made it his capital for a time. There is nothing in history that talks about “plagues” that visited Babylon to destroy it. Sure, the city has over the millennia disintegrated due to the ravages of time, but it was never destroyed like God says He will do sometime in the future.

So, Why Are The Americans In Iraq:

We have established that Iraq is where ancient Babylon once stood. We know that Babylon will someday rise again to become an important figure in future events. Many Biblical prophecies about Babylon have not been fulfilled. A lot of the city of Ancient Babylon had indeed been rebuilt.

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Before the war, Saddam Hussein spent a great deal of time and money on the rebuilding of Babylon. The picture above is of a palace in the new Babylon. Hussein was serving a purpose in the future prophetic realm by doing this amazing fete. Granted, he was doing it because he was under the assumption that he is King Nebuchadnezzar’s reincarnation, but he built it none the less.

But I believe that the Babylon that will be the center scene for a lot of near future prophecy will be much more glamorous. The Bible speaks of it being a major financial center; so much so, that when it is destroyed many will weep at it’s destruction. Read Revelation, chapter 18 verses 1 thru 24

After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted: “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird. For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.” Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Mix her a double portion from her own cup. Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.’ Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her. “When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: ” ‘Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!’ “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men. “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’  The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out: ” ‘Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’ “Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’ They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out: ” ‘Woe! Woe, O great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin! Rejoice over her, O heaven! Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets! God has judged her for the way she treated you.’ ” Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: “With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again. The music of harpists and musicians, flute players and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again. No workman of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again. The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world’s great men. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray. In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the earth.”

So we can see that when Babylon is finally finished and is thriving, it will be the center for great commerce. But it will also have itself associated with the One World religion that will be on the Earth at that time.

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. 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: And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 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. Revelation 17:3-6

John says that he was so aghast at the sight that it made him wonder, perhaps in awe at the evilness of the place. The Bible isn’t clear about where the center of this perverted religion will be. Some say that it will be in Rome, because farther on in the scripture John says that the lady is seated on seven hills. Some say that the hills represent other things. But the important thing is that the name of Babylon is associated with this religion.

Throughout its history, Babylon has been the center of religious perversion. As we have seen above, when Nimrod was on the scene he led the people in rebellion of God. He was the founder of humanism and perfected pride and haughtiness. It was because of this that God confounded the languages and people were separated from each other. There is also speculation that the Tower of Babel was really a center for worshipping foreign gods. False religions always seek high places.

Later on when Nebuchadnezzar was ruling over Babylon it was the center of all sort of false religions. As can be read in the Book of Daniel, this caused a variety of problems between the Israelites who were monotheists and the Babylonians who worshipped all sorts of impotent gods. After Babylon was conquered by the Medio-Persians and then the Greeks it continued to serve those false gods up until the time when Islam forced its way into Babylonian life. For many centuries Islam has been the shaping force in the land of Babylon. Sure, there have been Jews living there for millennia and Christians have lived there too since the time of Jesus, but both have been a minority force, not able to make much headway.

Getting Down to Brass Tacks:

But what do the Coalition Forces have to do with all of this? It’s so simple that it can be missed really easily. But let’s take a look at the geopolitical and religiopolitical themes that are the Middle East.

The problem right now is that there are two forces that are vying for control in Iraq. First there is the old school, the Islamic world. The Islamic forces in Iraq are trying to expel the Coalition Forces because they (the Muslims) are trying to set up a strict Islamic state in Iraq. They had a secular dictator for many years and suffered under his control. So, it’s only natural that they want to swing the pendulum fully in their direction. The other side of the coin is the population that wants a secular democratic state which will offer the freedoms of such a system and the hopes for economic prosperity.

Take into account that there is only one democracy in the Middle East, and that is Israel. Israel has a thriving economy that seems to be impervious to almost any crisis that would crumble any other economy. Islam and democracy just can’t seem to coexist. There is a mock attempt at democracy, that being Egypt, which holds elections and such, but Islam keeps any prosperity from happening. Pakistan holds elections but it has it’s problems too, those problems being Islamists. Other countries in that region, like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan and others are all kingdoms with monarchs that rule from the throne. This is the sort of world that Islam seems to be most comfortable with. This is because the religious leaders can control the royalty which in effect leaves the hard line Islamists in control. This bears a remarkable similarity to Mideval Europe, which had kings, queens and princes, but the real power was in the religious power, which was the Catholic Church.

So by just looking at the nations of the Middle East one can see that Capitalism and Democracy cannot thrive nor survive in an Islamic realm. So, the coalition troops, while originally there to depose Saddam Hussein are in effect there to see that Democracy will be able to take hold in Iraq. And only when Islamic extremism is finally eradicated in that realm will the economic and political Babylon, as mentioned in prophecy be possible.

Now, I like President Bush, and I happily say that I voted for him. I truly believe that he is a believer in Yeshua, but one has to wonder if he knows all of the ramifications of our little foray in Iraq. The rumors run amok about how he is really into big business and that he’s just using the “born again” claim as a ruse. But until I see evidence of that I’ll have to give him the benefit of the doubt that he truly is listening to God and planning things in accordance to that listening.

So, while our troops are in Iraq in the guise of bringing democracy to that nation, the real reason, aside from democracy, is to resurrect Babylon. This new Babylon will figure into the last days just as prophecy dictated and it will be a center for commerce and religion during the last 7 years of human government.

So, What’s Really Going To Happen?

We’ve mentioned above that Babylon is going to be a financial capital of sorts and that it also will be the Mother of Every Abomination. We’ve also seen that as long as Islam is in effect anywhere in the Middle East there can be no financial center because Islam abhors anything resembling capitalism. Islam would also be a hindering factor to Babylon being the Mother of All Abominations. Granted, Islam is a perversion of religion, judging it by Biblical standards, but it does live by some very strict laws and regulations. Sexual corruption is fiercely frowned upon and in some Muslim states it is punishable by the harshest manners. Now, we must take into account that as of present there are more than a billion Muslims on Earth. They present a formidable force to be reckoned with. You just can’t tell that many people to submit to a world system and think that they will comply. Also take into account that the people in mention will not want to tolerate the one world government, especially since it will be of a secular nature, and any religion related to it will be one of an ecumenical nature; taking what it considers the best from each religion to make its own system of belief. After all, the religion during that time will be called a mystery and a whore. In the same way that a whore sleeps with many men for gratification, so Babylon’s religion will take on the religious ideas of many religions.

So, Islam has to be reduced down to a force that can be easily controlled. That means that all of Islam’s mighty men, hooligans and terrorists have to be eliminated. How do you do this, you ask? Well, if they can be gathered to one place so that they all can be eliminated a at one time it makes the deed much easier. How do you gather them to one place at one time? You make them move against someone that they all hate with a passion. You cause them to make a move against Israel. But the Muslims can’t really do that on their own because Israel has nuclear weapons and he also has a good ally in the United States.

So, one has to scratch one’s head to figure out how to get a strong ally for the Islamic force that is going to move against Israel. That force is Russia, which lies directly to the far north of Israel. The Russians have made it no secret that they don’t like Jews. They’ve murdered Jews as long as there have been Jewish people in their land. They’ve always sucked the knowledge and money from the Jews and then tried to eliminate them. So, we have a motive, but sometimes motives are not enough; one needs an excuse to exercise the actions of their motive. Russia will have to use some sort of reason to make herself look righteous in the eyes of most of the world.

Now we’ve heard the term “weapons of mass destruction,” quite a bit over the last few years. That term is used to designate any weapon that can kill or seriously maim any large number of people. One of the reasons used to send American troops into Iraq was that Saddam Hussein had WMD’s and that he was prepared to use them. There were not only rumors of his having biological and chemical weapons, but also the rumor that he was nearing capability of making nuclear weapons. It was just not an acceptable idea that such an unstable person be allowed to possess such items. So, with the approval of some allies and the disdain of others, American forces, along with some of those willing allies, seized Iraq in just a few short days.

You know, when that all came down, the Lord impressed on my heart that the same excuse would someday be used to start what God prophesied in Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39. It’s been mentioned a couple of times on the news and some of the Islamic nations have brought Israel’s nukes into question, but the idea is only in it’s infancy now, but look for it to come to fruition in days to come. These nations will go into Israel to take away her nuclear weapons, which the Muslims will claim to WMD’s.

 There is also the Palestinian question. Actually, before Jews started immigrating to what would someday become Israel, it was a barren wasteland. It was visited by Mark Twain in the mid 1860’s and he described it as: “a desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds … a silent mournful expanse … a desolation.” He said that where population was concerned he just observed a few nomads and basically that was all he saw. It was in the late 19th and early 20th century, when the Jews started moving in and fixing up the place that it took on any character. The people who would someday claim to be Palestinians came to the land at the beginning of the Jewish population. They worked as farmers for the Jewish land owners. When the Arabs saw that gainful employment was available they started to increase immigration and the whole Palestinian problem started. By the time that the 1940’s came around and the question of Israeli statehood came into play the Arab population exceeded the Jewish one and the Arabs started to lay claim to the land. In many ways this story parallels the one of the illegal immigrants who have infiltrated into California and the American Southwest. I have no doubt that someday in the near future this same scenario will play out here in America. Anyway, the “Palestinian Problem” will be just another excuse for Russian and Islamic intervention. It’s sad that if a Jewish family is killed by a homicide Palestinian bomber it barely makes the news, but if one hair gets ruffled when the Israeli’s try to stop a terrorist, it makes international headlines and Israel gets condemned. It just go to show how deep and widespread hatred for Jews really is.

Now, let’s look at part of that prophecy and see what nations are going to join Russia in the invasion:

And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I [am] against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts [of armour, even] a great company [with] bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia (Iran), Ethiopia (Egypt and black Muslim Africa), and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer (Turkey), and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (Georgia or Armenia) of the north quarters, and all his bands: [and] many people with thee. Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. Ezekiel 38:3-7

Now before we go on, let’s look at the last verse. Although the Russian masses will be in the land of Israel, it appears that their main purpose will be to protect the forces that are attacking God’s People. Who would they need to be protected from? The obvious choice would be the Americans. The thing is that with Russian troops on Israeli soil, America will have to think real hard about helping Israel in a military way. If Americans should harm Russian soldiers it would cause a war between both parties, which we will see later on, will happen.

Now something interesting is missing in God’s description of the attacking nations. You guessed it, Iraq (Babylon) is not mentioned. God knew Babylon well and even used her as an instrument of correction to a rebellious Jewish nation in days long ago. So why would God leave Babylon out of the equation?

Well, there are two things that come to mind right away. The war with the coalition decimated the Iraqi war machine. If the United States were to pull out of Iraq tomorrow it would be a defenseless nation. Right across the border sits Iran (Persia) who would just love to get it’s hands on Iraq. Most of the fighters who are giving American troops grief have infiltrated into Iraq from Iran and they get military and monetary support from Iran too. Just this week Iran came out with a warning that if they think that American troops are a danger they reserve the right at any time to fight them in Iraq. In a way I can understand Iran’s nervousness about all that is going on. America is Iran’s enemy. Iran is run by strict Ayatollah’s who are devout Muslims who have a strong distain toward the west. In recent years there has been a movement in Iran, a push toward democratic reforms and Iran blames Americans for supporting the protestors. And this nation that Iran hates has now located its troops in both of her borders. I don’t condone Iran’s actions, but I can understand why she is nervous. So, it is possible that in the not too distant future Iran could attack Iraq and take it over.

The second scenario I see as more plausible. America has spread its forces too thin. We have troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and also in Europe, Korea and Japan, but the military has been reduced so much that it can’t fight a full blown war on two fronts. But we have to take into account that we are fighting the war on terrorism at home too. If the terrorists can turn up the heat so much in America it would cause the American government to call home a lot of the troops, leaving places like Iraq and Afghanistan a military vacuum that would invite malevolent forces. Or it is possible that the Islamic nations would work in conjunction with other places like North Korea or even the Philippines so that it would be impossible to help in all areas. This would perplex the US military machine and could lead to its collapse. If such events did occur places like Iraq would fall way back in the priority line. In effect, places like Iran wouldn’t even have to attack Iraq, but could cause so much instability in that nation that they would be in civil unrest for years and the nation never would heal.

The final scenario is the most realistic. There is a scripture below that causes me great alarm because I think it is one of the only places where America is mentioned in the Bible. It’s found at Ezekiel 39:6 and states:

And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

It’s pretty well established that Magog mentioned in the scripture is referring to Russia. Many fine studies have come to that conclusion and a lot of them can be found on the internet. Just type in Magog in any search engine and you can read for days about the subject. The middle part of the scripture talks about those who, “dwell carelessly in the isles.” I did a Hebrew word study of the word “carelessly,” and it is the word that is transliterated from the Hebrew word “Betah.” It means: “with confidence,” “with a confident mind,” “security or securely,” and sometimes is used in context to describe those who live in too great a security, causing them live without caution.” Being an American, I know that we live carelessly. We go about our daily business without the thought that something bad will happen to us Americans. We live with the “it will happen to someone else,” mentality and we truly live without caution. Even after the attacks on September 11, 2001 we fall into complacency without regard to what tomorrow might bring.

It seems clear to me that the fire that will be rained down on both Russia and The United States will be a nuclear exchange between the to nations. America has always been Israel’s ally and will be to the bitter end. When America gets wind of the pending Russian and Islamic attack on Israel it will protest and probably even make overtures to Israel promising protection for Him. The Russians will know that the US forces are spread too thin to help, but Russia knows that America has technology and that America’s Air Force as well as ICBM capabilities aren’t hampered by the thin troop deployment. Russia will try to take out American command centers and possibly the missiles and military bases on US soil so that America can’t fight for Israel. Of course America’s weapons are located all over the Earth so America will be able to retaliate for the sneak attack.

Meanwhile, Russian troops will be ensconced all around Israel with it’s Islamic allies. The fate of the troops that attack Israel is truly amazing. They are utterly destroyed with hailstones of fire and brimstone. It will take many fully employed men seven months to clean up the carcass’s, bones and other body parts. The Jewish people will burn the weapons and use them for fuel for seven years. Read the passage to get a better idea of all that is involved.

Now, to get back to Babylon. With very few or no American troops in Iraq it will be easy for the Persians and Armenians to pass through there on their way to invade Israel. You know, I’ve always wondered why Armenia would play into this charade. I’ve met quite a few Armenians who have recently moved to America. They’re basically a nice people who are down to earth and are for the most part moral. They boast about being the first Christian nation too. But there is something that I noticed through my talks with a lot of them. When I meet anyone from a foreign country I will eventually get around to asking about the Jewish population in that country and if they are treated well. I do this because I like to see how well a nation is doing compared to how they treat their Jewish population. It’s just a little hobby that I have. Anyway, in almost every instance, when I’ve asked an Armenian about Jews in Armenia, I am almost assaulted with the answer. They seem to go on the offense as they categorically deny that there are any Jews in Armenia. One fellow, named Martin got so emotional that he mistakenly spit on me as he tried to emphasize that Armenia had no Jews. This sort of saddened me, that people, who have never met a Jew can go off so easily by my attempt to just casually talk about the subject. So now when I wonder why Armenia would be numbered in the nations who attack Israel, I know that it’s an unbridled hatred for Jews that most of them seem to possess.

Let’s Talk Turkey:

We have the comfort of knowing that we can watch certain news events and judge them by what is in Bible Prophecy. It’s also exciting to watch prophecies being fulfilled before our very eyes and ears.

As mentioned above, one of the attacking nations, named Gomer, is located in what we now know as Turkey. Now, you’re probably aware of the fact that since the end of World War II that Turkey, although it’s a Muslim nation, has had basically a secular government that has allied itself with the Western nations of the world. Turkey since the end of World War II has been a member of NATO. But that is now radically changing. Not to long ago, a radical Muslim party in Turkey won by election control of the government of the capital city of the nation of Turkey, and when they won that election they publicly stated, “Our next goal is to gain control of the national government of Turkey.” One of the spokesmen for that radical Muslim party said, “When we do that, we’re going to change our relationship with NATO. We’re going to establish an Islamic NATO and an Islamic common market.” And it looks very much as if Turkey, in the not too distant future, is going to come under complete domination by a radical Muslim element and then it, too, will turn against the nation of Israel and want to see it annihilated from the face of planet earth.

So I emphasize that everyone keep an eye on Turkey. It’s on its way to becoming an Islamic state, and once it does then the stage is set for the invasion of Israel.

In Closing:

We’ve covered a lot of things in this short article. While it might appear by the words above that the future seems bleak we must remember several things. First, the events above are just a short series of events in history. Second, God is in control and the ultimate end is a good one. The people on earth will be allowed to sink to the lowest possible denominator in order to show them their sad spiritual situation. All we hear is how men want freedom. They want freedom from religion, freedom from dictators and despots, freedom from laws that constrain their sinful and wanton desires; and ultimately freedom from God, who they see as a heavy handed master. Well, God is going to give them their freedom. However, things will not go well. Giving mankind this freedom is akin to giving a classroom full of first graders freedom from adult supervision. Mankind will decay and become what everything is like without God; corruption and decadence.

The important thing is where you, the reader are heading. Are you going with those who will be led to destruction? Are you one who goes with the crowd, like a group of lemmings that will plunge off the cliff into the ocean of death and destruction? Or, are you craving to live a full life; a life that although it might be hard here on earth, will someday be rewarded by the Creator of Life. The decision is yours and as you use your own free will to make that choice, I pray that you make the right choice. If you are wondering how to make the right choice, I invite you to click on the “saved” link on the main page to see how you can be saved from yourself, from sin and from an eternal separation from God. God bless you all.


David Ben Yakov

THE BUSH SCROLL

28 Tevet, 5768 / January 6, 2008

In the Name of the Lord, Eternal God

To The Honorable Mr. George W. Bush,
President of the United States of America,

Who comes seeking the presence of the Most High God, to Jerusalem, city of God, Divinely chosen site of the Holy Temple, eternal capital of our land, “the joy of the entire earth (Psalms 48:3),” may it be rebuilt and established speedily and in our days, Amen!

Esteemed Mr. George W. Bush, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal (Ezekiel 38:1), leader of the west!

Upon your arrival in Jerusalem you have the ability to make a declaration, as did Cyrus, King of Persia – whose memory is honored – who in the year 538 BCE returned the exiled nations to their lands and recognized the full right of the Jewish people to reestablish their Holy Temple, the “house of prayer for all nations” (Isaiah 56:7), and called upon them to return to their land,

And in the manner of Lord James Balfour of England, who in 1917, called upon the Jews to reestablish a national homeland in the Land of Israel.

And thus if you truly desire peace and benevolence, and you would be counted in the company of the truly righteous, we call upon you to declare to all the world:

The Land of Israel was bequeathed to the nation of Israel by the Creator of the world. Neither could I, as a son of my faith, nor the Muslims according to their faith, ever take away even the slightest grain from the Eternal’s gift, which He gave to His people Israel, the eternal people. Thus I call upon all the nations to save themselves from certain doom, to return and recognize That this land is the exclusive rightful inheritance of the people of Israel, as is written in the Torah of Israel, which constitutes the very foundation of our faith, as well as that of Islam; and is the basis for the decisions of the community of nations. He who denies this truth endangers all life on earth.

I shall dedicate all my strength and resources towards settling the Jewish people throughout their entire land. I shall greatly encourage and empower the Jews all over the world to rise up to the Land of Israel and to settle it, to establish God’s sanctuary in Jerusalem, to distance strangers from it and thus, I believe, I will be making a major contribution towards world peace.

I cannot simultaneously support the establishment of a foreign state for an alien nation in the Land of Israel, and I will not lend my hand to this wrong.

Or – Heaven forbid – you can choose the second option – to willfully aid in the destruction, under the guise of peace!

You certainly know what the God of Israel did to Egypt and Assyria and to all Israel’s enemies from time immemorial: Do you imagine that you will be able to save yourself if you have come to implement a plan that intends to steal the land of “the people that survived the sword” (Jeremiah 31:1), and to cut off those who survived the Holocaust, to rob the land that was given to them by the Creator?

All of the peace treaties and initiatives which have been based upon the decisions of the government of Israel, indeed the entire Oslo process, and the ‘Disengagement,’ and the establishment of a terrorist state within the Land of Israel known as ‘Palestine’ – regrettably, all of these agreements are the result of a lack of sufficient faith in the Divine promises that the Lord made to the patriarchs of our nation, and all that is written in the Torah of Israel. Understand this well: the nations of the world cannot excuse their actions and their decisions on account of the weakness of Israel and her government. God ordained that the role of the nations of the world is to strengthen the nation of Israel. This will benefit all humanity and bring about world peace, as the prophets have foretold.

Do you imagine you can escape from the struggles in Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon, by offering up sacrifices of the Jews who are slaughtered daily by their enemies who speak of peace but live by the sword?

Upon your arrival in our land we would anticipate that you bring Jonathan Pollard home with you. Bring him home to Israel. He is an emissary of the State of Israel, and he acted on behalf of our people. Authorize his immediate release while you are yet in Jerusalem, before you return to the United States. This will be a positive step that will build confidence.

Remember our forefather Abraham, who pursued the world’s four greatest kings in order to redeem his nephew from captivity. We cannot forget the deeds of our patriarchs, whose example guides us through every generation.

We are the loyal representatives of the Jewish people, the New Jewish Congress, and its court of law, the Sanhedrin, as well as the Temple and Temple Mount movements, but we merely reiterate herein what is public knowledge.

No government in Israel and no representative of the Jewish people has the power or right to alter, by even the slightest degree, our covenant with God and the words of our holy Torah, which are everlasting, as expressed by the prophets of Israel and even by the wicked prophet Balaam: “Then he looked on Amalek, and uttered his oracle, saying: ‘First among the nations was Amalek, but its end is to perish for ever’ (Numbers 24:20). Thus any desire, plan or agreement that challenges the eternal sovereignty and active possession of the nation of Israel over her entire land is utterly worthless, and has no basis in reality.

Therefore it behooves you to declare: “I, George Bush, Commander in Chief of the armies of the United States of America, will instruct all of my troops to protect the Divine rights of the nation of Israel, and remove from her any threat.”

Before you is a choice: You can merit to eternal life, or be inscribed for eternal disgrace. Your fate and that of all those with you hangs in the balance of the destiny of our land.

“and you shall choose life!” (Deut. 30:19).

In Sincere Supplication – In the name of the Jewish people

Rabbi A Even Yisrael Steinzaltz
The Sanhedrin

Dr. Gadi Eshel
The New Jewish Congress

Rabbi Chaim Richman
The Holy Temple and Temple Mount Movements


Biblical verses for meditation

These verses testify to the eternal promise and the inexorable link between the land of Israel and the Jewish people

Genesis

“Now the L-rd said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.'” (12:1-3)

“for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring for ever.” (12:7)

“Then he said to him, ‘I am the L-rd who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.'” (15:7)

“But G-d said to Abraham, ‘Do not be distressed because of the boy and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall be named after you.” (21:12)

“And the L-rd stood beside him and said, ‘I am the L-rd, the G-d of Abraham your father and the G-d of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring.” (28:13)

“The land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the land to your offspring after you.'” (35:12)

“Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am about to die; but G-d will surely come to you, and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.'” (50:24)

Exodus

“‘I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; I will give it to you for a possession. I am the L-rd.'” (6:8)

“Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it for ever.'” (32:13)

Numbers

“If the L-rd is pleased with us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey.” (14:8)

“The L-rd spoke to Moses, saying: Command the Israelites, and say to them: When you enter the land of Canaan (this is the land that shall fall to you for an inheritance, the land of Canaan, defined by its boundaries), your south sector shall extend from the wilderness of Zin along the side of Edom. Your southern boundary shall begin from the end of the Dead Sea on the east; your boundary shall turn south of the ascent of Akrabbim, and cross to Zin, and its outer limit shall be south of Kadesh-barnea; then it shall go on to Hazar-addar, and cross to Azmon; the boundary shall turn from Azmon to the Wadi of Egypt, and its termination shall be at the Sea.” (34:1-5)

“For the western boundary, you shall have the Great Sea and its coast; this shall be your western boundary.”

“This shall be your northern boundary: from the Great Sea you shall mark out your line to Mount Hor; from Mount Hor you shall mark it out to Lebo-hamath, and the outer limit of the boundary shall be at Zedad; then the boundary shall extend to Ziphron, and its end shall be at Hazar-enan; this shall be your northern boundary.ÊYou shall mark out your eastern boundary from Hazar-enan to Shepham; and the boundary shall continue down from Shepham to Riblah on the east side of Ain; and the boundary shall go down, and reach the eastern slope of the sea of Chinnereth; and the boundary shall go down to the Jordan, and its end shall be at the Dead Sea. This shall be your land with its boundaries all round.” (34:6-12)

Deuteronomy

“‘See, I have set the land before you; go in and take possession of the land that I swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their descendants after them.'” (1:8)

“‘So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the L-rd, the G-d of your ancestors, is giving you.'” (4:1)

“The L-rd said to me, ‘Get up, go on your journey at the head of the people, that they may go in and occupy the land that I swore to their ancestors to give them.'” (4:11)

“If you will diligently observe this entire commandment that I am commanding you, loving the L-rd your G-d, walking in all his ways, and holding fast to him, then the L-rd will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and mightier than yourselves. Every place on which you set foot shall be yours; your territory shall extend from the wilderness to the Lebanon and from the River, the river Euphrates, to the Western Sea. No one will be able to stand against you; the L-rd your G-d will put the fear and dread of you on all the land on which you set foot, as he promised you.”

“When you have come into the land that the L-rd your G-d is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the L-rd your G-d is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the L-rd your G-d will choose as a dwelling for his name.” (4:22-27)

“You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, ‘Today I declare to the L-rd your G-d that I have come into the land that the L-rd swore to our ancestors to give us'” (26:3)

“then the L-rd your G-d will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you, gathering you again from all the peoples among whom the L-rd your G-d has scattered you. Even if you are exiled to the ends of the world, from there the L-rd your G-d will gather you, and from there he will bring you back. The L-rd your G-d will bring you into the land that your ancestors possessed, and you will possess it; he will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors.” (26:3-5)

“The L-rd said to him, ‘This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.'” (34:4)

Joshua

“After the death of Moses the servant of the L-rd, the L-rd spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying, ‘My servant Moses is dead. Now proceed to cross the Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the Israelites. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, as I promised to Moses. 4From the wilderness and the Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, to the Great Sea in the west shall be your territory. No one shall be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous; for you shall put this people in possession of the land that I swore to their ancestors to give them.” (1:1-5)

“Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, ‘Pass through the camp, and command the people: ‘Prepare your provisions; for in three days you are to cross over the Jordan, to go in to take possession of the land that the L-rd your G-d gives you to possess.'” (1:10-11)

“Thus the L-rd gave to Israel all the land that he swore to their ancestors that he would give them; and having taken possession of it, they settled there. And the L-rd gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their ancestors; not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the L-rd had given all their enemies into their hands. Not one of all the good promises that the L-rd had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.” (1:43-45)

Judges

“Now the angel of the L-rd went up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, ‘I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you into the land that I had promised to your ancestors. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you.'” (2:1)

The Fundamental Transformation of America

 

The following is a list of offenses that Barack Hussein Obama has committed against the people of The United States of America. While some might see this as an indictment of Barack Hussein Obama by one or a group of individuals; this is not really true. We’re told in Scripture that we’ll know a tree by its fruits.

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 7:15-30 KJV

When you read the list below you will see that by his own words and actions, Obama is not a friend of the American People, but a Marxist who is dead set on transforming the United States from a Constitutional Republic to a socialist dictatorship. So what is the indictment? We’ll look at these things and then we’ll look at why Yahseh is letting these things happen. Let’s look at Obama’s fruit:

 

The Fundamental Transformation of America

 

Author Unknown

 

  • When Obama wrote a book and said he was mentored as a youth by Frank; (Frank Marshall Davis) an avowed Communist; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When it was discovered that his grandparents; were strong socialists; sent Obama’s mother to a socialist school, introduced Frank Marshall Davis to young Obama; People said it didn’t matter.
  • When people found out that he was enrolled as a Muslim child in school and his father and step father were both Muslims; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he wrote in another book he authored “I will stand with them (Muslims) should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” people said it didn’t matter.
     
  • When he admittedly; in his book, said he chose Marxist friends and professors in college; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he traveled to Pakistan, after college on an unknown national passport; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he sought the endorsement of the Marxist party in 1996 as he ran for the Illinois Senate; people said it doesn’t matter.
  • When he sat in a Chicago Church for twenty years and listened to a preacher spew hatred for America and preach black liberation theology; people said it didn’t matter.
     
  • When an independent Washington organization, that tracks senate voting records, gave him the distinctive title as the “most liberal senator”; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When the Palestinians in Gaza set up a fund raising telethon to raise money for his election campaign; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When his voting record supported gun control; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he refused to disclose who donated money to his election campaign, as other candidates had done; people said it didn’t matter.
     
  • When he received endorsements from people like Louis Farrakhan and Mummar Kadaffi and Hugo Chavez; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When it was pointed out that he was a total newcomer and had absolutely no experience at anything except community organizing; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he chose friends and acquaintances such as Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn who were revolutionary radicals; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When his voting record in the Illinois senate and in the U.S. Senate came into question; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he refused to wear a flag lapel pin and did so only after a public outcry; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When people started treating him as a Messiah and children in schools were taught to sing his praises; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he stood with his hands over his groin area for the playing of the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he surrounded himself in the White house with advisors who were pro gun control, pro abortion, pro homosexual marriage and wanting to curtail freedom of speech to silence the opposition; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he aired his views on abortion, homosexuality and a host of other issues; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he said he favors sex education in Kindergarten, including homosexual indoctrination; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When his background was either scrubbed or hidden and nothing could be found about him; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When the place of his birth was called into question and he refused to produce a birth certificate; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he had an association in Chicago with Tony Rezco, a man of questionable character, who is now in prison and had helped Obama to a sweet deal on the purchase of his home; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When it became known that George Soros, a multi-billionaire Marxist, spent a ton of money to get him elected; people said it didn’t matter.
     
  • When he started appointing czars that were radicals; revolutionaries, and even avowed Marxist/Communist; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he stood before the nation and told us that his intentions were to “fundamentally transform this nation” into something else; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When it became known that he had trained ACORN workers in Chicago and served as an attorney for ACORN; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he appointed cabinet members and several advisors who were tax cheats and socialist; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he appointed a science czar John Holdren, who believes in forced abortions, mass sterilizations and seizing babies from teen mothers; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he appointed Cass Sunstein as regulatory czar and he believes in “Explicit Consent,” harvesting human organs without family consent, and to allow animals to be represented in court, while banning all hunting; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he appointed Kevin Jennings, a homosexual, and organizer of a group called gay, lesbian, straight; Education network, as safe school czar and it became known that he had a history of bad advice to teenagers; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he appointed Mark Lloyd as diversity czar and he believed in curtailing free speech, taking from one and giving to another to spread the wealth and admires Hugo Chavez; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When Valerie Jarrett was selected as Obama’s senior White House advisor and she is an avowed Socialist; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When Anita Dunn, White House Communications director said Mao Tse Tung was her favorite philosopher and the person she turned to most for inspiration; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he appointed Carol Browner as global warming czar, and she is a well known socialist working on Cap and trade as the nations largest tax; people said it doesn’t matter.
  • When he appointed Van Jones, an ex-con and avowed Communist as green energy czar, who since had to resign when this was made known; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When Tom Daschle, Obama’s pick for health and human services secretary could not be confirmed, because he was a tax cheat; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When as president of the United States he bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he traveled around the world criticizing America and never once talking of her greatness; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When his actions concerning the middle-east seemed to support the Palestinians over Israel, our long time friend; People said it doesn’t matter.
  • When he took American tax dollars to resettle thousands of Palestinians from Gaza to the United States; people said it doesn’t matter.
  • When he upset the Europeans by removing plans for a missile defense system against the Russians; People said it doesn’t matter.
  • When he played politics in Afghanistan by not sending troops the Field Commanders said we had to have to win; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he started spending us into a debt that was so big we could not pay it off; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he took a huge spending bill under the guise of stimulus and used it to pay off organizations; unions and individuals that got him elected; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he took over insurance companies, car companies; banks, etc.; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he took away student loans from the banks and put it through the government; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he designed plans to take over the health care system and put it under government control; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he set into motion a plan to take over the control of all energy in the United States through Cap and Trade; people said it didn’t matter.
  • When he finally completed his transformation of America into a Socialist State; people finally woke up…….. but it was too late.

 

Any one of these things; in and of themselves does not really matter. But…. when you add them up one by one you get a phenomenal score that points to the fact that our Obama is determined to make America over into a Marxist/Socialist society. All of the items in the preceding paragraphs have been put into place.  All can be documented very easily. Before you disavow this; do an internet search. The last paragraph alone is not yet cast in stone. You and I will write that paragraph. Will it read as above or will it be a more happy ending for most of America? Personally, I like happy endings.

If you are an Obama Supporter, please do not be angry with me because I think your president is a socialist. There are too many facts supporting this. If you seek the truth you will be richer for it. Don’t just belittle the opposition. Search for the truth. I did. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Constitutionalist, Libertarians and what have you; we all need to pull together. We all must pull together or watch the demise of a society that we all love and cherish. If you are a religious person; pray for our nation.

Never before in the history of America have we been confronted with problems so huge that the very existence of our country is in jeopardy. Don’t rely on most television news and what you read in the newspapers for the truth. Search the internet. Yes, there is a lot of bad information, lies and distortions there too but you are smart enough to spot the fallacies. Newspapers are a dying breed.  They are currently seeking a bailout from the government. Do you really think they are about to print the truth?

Obama praises all the television news networks except Fox who he has waged war against. There must be a reason. He does not call them down on any specifics, just a general battle against them. If they lie, he should call them out on it but he doesn’t. Please, find the truth, it will set you free.

Our biggest enemy is not China, Russia, or Iran; no, our biggest enemy is a contingent of politicians in Washington DC .

There is no reason to doubt that there will be more offenses perpetrated against us by this evil and wicked man and his cronies. It is possible that he will see his plans come into fruition and that our once free nation will become a large interment camp for dissidents that number in the tens of millions. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that with our nation removed as the last bastion of freedom in this world, our persecution will be like none seen on the face of the earth. The New World Order hates freedom loving people like us and they would like nothing better to see us removed from the face of the earth.

I know that it doesn’t sit well with a lot of people, but we have to wake up and realize that our nation is being judged for a multitude of sins. The church for the most part has been quiet as sins like abortion, homosexuality and abuse of women and children has raged out of control for many decades. The world is supposed to do wicked things, but Christians are supposed to be a light that shines upon darkness, and truth be told, our light has been flickering like a neon light bulb that has lost its gas. We can blame the world, but not speaking up and acting when injustices are being done is a sin in Yahweh’s eyes, even more so than the sins that unrepentant sinners commit.

So while it is natural to be angered when we see the misdeeds of a self deluded megalomaniac who sits in the highest office of our government, we have to recognize that he is a tool that Yahweh is using to judge our nation. If when you were young your dad used a belt to punish you for something that you did wrong you didn’t feel that the belt was punishing you. No, you knew that your dad was using the belt as a tool to administer punishment. Barack Hussein Obama is a tool that is being used to correct an egocentric society that has gone out of its way to deny Yahweh and break his laws. If you get mad at Obama for what is happening, you aren’t just getting mad at the instrument of correction; you are in essence angry with the one giving correction; and any way that you look at it, that is a sin.

There are many parallels between Yahweh’s correction of Judah as seen in the Book of Jeremiah and His correction of America. Yahweh was using a tool in an effort to bring Judah to correction before He would be forced to bring an even stronger judgment. Judah denied that they were being judged and they fell into sin even worse. Here in the United States we think that we are still “God’s Chosen People,” when we have in effect told Yahweh to leave and to take His blessings with him. When blessings are absent there is a vacuum, and that vacuum is replaced by curses. I’m not making that up; it is absolutely Biblical, and proven through Biblical history time and time again. If America thinks that it can circumvent Yahweh’s precepts because it is a “Christian Nation,” and therefore “under God’s grace,” then its people are under a strong delusion and given over to all of the things that rebellious nations incur due to that rebellion.

Some would say that revival will come to America and that the country will turn around; and that is a wonderful thought. We tend to believe that America has traveled too far down the path for that to happen. There will be a revival in America and many will be saved; but there will be a severe persecution of Believers of Yeshua, not because of the wrath of Yahweh, but because of the wrath of a nation that has been given over to its wicked desires. Prayer and fasting must be done for this revival to come about, and it will; but don’t expect things to return to what they used to be; that will not happen. America has become Babylon, and will be judged with the fury of Yahweh and all things will come to pass that have been written since before the beginning of time. Amen.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Speech
at the Ceremony Commemorating 65 Years
Since the Liberation of Auschwitz

27/01/2010

Source: Government of Israel Prime Minister’s Office Website

 

I want to thank the Government of Poland for the historic effort it is making to commemorate the greatest catastrophe that befell my people and the greatest crime committed against humanity.

We have gathered here, Poles and Jews, at the crossroads of tragedy.  Our long shared history included tremendous cultural accomplishments and the lowest low humanity has experienced.  We remember also that one-third of the Righteous Gentiles, those who risked their lives and their children’s lives and those of their families in order to save others, were Poles.  We remember all this.

As we stand here to commemorate the past, we are helping to build a future of decency, truth and hope for our two peoples and for all mankind.

Now I will speak in Hebrew, the reborn language of the people whom the Nazis sought to exterminate.

[Translated from the Hebrew]

The voices of millions of my people gassed, burned and killed in a thousand different ways rise out of this cursed ground.

In the final moment of their lives, many whispered or cried out the timeless words of our ancient people:

Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.

Perhaps a few used their final breath to chant another age-old prayer:

Remember what Amalek did to you.  Never forget!

To those who were murdered here, and to those who survived the destruction, I come from Jerusalem today with this promise:  We will never forget!   We will never permit those who desecrated this monument to death to distort or wipe away your memory.

We will always remember what Amalek’s Nazi heirs did to you.  We will be prepared to defend ourselves when a new Amalek appears on the stage of history and threatens again to annihilate the Jews.

We will not delude ourselves into believing that the threats, vilifications and Holocaust denials are merely empty words.  We will never forget.  We will always be vigilant.

The Holocaust author, K. Zetnick, in his testimony at the Eichman trial, called the death camps “another planet.”  But the horrors of the Holocaust occurred not in a far away world but right here on earth.

It was not the work of beastly animals but of beastly men, of loathsome and despicable murderers.

The most important lesson of the Holocaust is that a murderous evil must be stopped early, when it is still in its infancy and before it can carry out its designs.

The enlightened nations of the world must learn this lesson.

We, the Jewish nation, who lost a third of our people on Europe’s blood-soaked soil, have learned that the only guarantee for defending our people is a strong State of Israel and the army of Israel.

We gave learned to warn the nations of the world of impending danger but at the same time to prepare to defend ourselves.

As the head of the Jewish state, I pledge to you today:  We will never again permit evil to snuff out the life of our people and the life of our own country.

I came here today from Jerusalem to say to those who perished here:  The people of Israel live!

We have returned to our homeland, to the land of our fathers, to our capital Jerusalem.    We have come from every corner of the earth — Holocaust survivors and Jewish refugees from Arab lands, Jews from the Soviet Union and Ethiopia,  Poland and Yemen, Romania and Iraq, France and Morocco, Jews from seventy lands and five continents.

Some who came almost didn’t make it.  Barracks #16 at the Birkenau death camp, a few meters from here, housed a17-year old Jewish boy who suffered from the 80 lashes he received in the Ghetto from his Nazi tormenters.

No one believed the boy would live, but he survived and escaped from the camp.

With the victory over the Nazis 65 years ago, he immigrated to Israel.  Fifteen years later, he was the Israeli police officer guarding Adolph Eichmann when the Jewish state brought the Nazi henchmen to justice.

That young man is Michael Goldman.  With his wife Eva, he raised a family in Israel, and they have five children and nine grandchildren.  Michael is with us here today — a witness to the Holocaust, a witness to the redemption.

The Jewish people rose from ashes and destruction, from a terrible pain that can never be healed.

Armed with the Jewish spirit, the justice of man, and the vision of the prophets, we sprouted new branches and grew deep roots.

Dry bones became covered with flesh, a spirit filled them, and they lived and stood on their own feet.

As Ezekiel prophesized:

“Then He said unto me: These bones are the whole House of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, our hope is gone; we are doomed.’

Prophecy, therefore, and say to them: Thus said the Lord God: I am going to open your graves and lift you out of your graves, O My people, and bring you to the land of Israel.”

I stand here today on the ground where so many of my people perished — and I am not alone.

The State of Israel and all the Jewish people stand with me.  We bow our heads to honor your memory and lift our heads as we raise our flag-a flag of blue and white with a Star of David in its center.

And everyone sees.  And everyone hears.   And everyone knows – that our hope is not lost.

 

I’ve felt it necessary to include this brief synopsis of the Book of Enoch for several reasons. First, the Book of Enoch is published on this website and I think it necessary for the reader to have some insight of the work. Second, I and many others feel that Enoch is a great history primer, much like the works of Flavius Josephus and Philo; both of which are accepted with open arms by the Christian community. Third, after reading the book extensively, and seeing that it agrees with canonical scripture, I feel that it should be examined more by all believers in Messiah Yeshua. Fourth, since it was accepted as a valid work, and even revered as scripture by the Jews of antiquity and the early Church of Messiah Yeshua; perhaps those who visit The Delusion Resistance should read about the history of the Book of Enoch and judge for themselves whether it is to be revered as an adjunct to scripture. And lastly, I hope that those who have demonized the Book of Enoch, or those who think that the Council of Trent, whose antics led to the Book of Enoch being excised from Christendom, and whose members also wrote the code of Religion for the Roman Catholic Church; might reconsider their views, especially after reading this short history. The content found below was found on another website; http://reluctant messenger.com/enoch.htm. The page had no copyright and it is assumed that the information is public domain. The Delusion Resistance does not endorse the information on the above mentioned site and we furthermore mention that the page doesn’t appear to be of a traditional Christian nature; view it’s contents carefully, using Biblical scripture as the measuring line. Now, let’s look at a history of The Book of Enoch:

Mention of Enoch can be found in several places in Scripture:

[18] Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and begot Enoch. [19] After he begot Enoch, Jared lived eight hundred years, and had sons and daughters. [20] So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years; and he died. [21] Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. [22] After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. [23] So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. [24] And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. Genesis 5:18-24

By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Hebrews 11:5

[14] Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, [15] to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” Jude 1:14-15

We first learn of Enoch in Genesis 5 but it leaves us with questions. Hebrews 11 has the answers and Jude quotes Enoch! How did Jude come to know the words of Enoch? They are not in the Bible. The answer of course, is The Book of Enoch. A book which is actually quoted by Jude in the New Testament. What is the Book of Enoch and where did it come from?

Enoch was the great-grandfather of Noah. The Book of Enoch states in chapter 68:

“And after that my great-grandfather Enoch gave me all the secrets in the book and in the parables which had been given to him, and he put them together for me in the words of the book of the parables.” Enoch 68:1

The Book of Enoch was extant centuries before the birth of Christ and yet is considered by many to be more Christian in its theology than Jewish. It was considered scripture by many early Christians. The earliest literature of the so-called “Church Fathers” is filled with references to this mysterious book. The early second century “Epistle of Barnabus” makes much use of the Book of Enoch. Second and Third Century “Church Fathers” like Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Origin and Clement of Alexandria all make use of the Book of Enoch. Tertullian (160-230 C.E) even called the Book of Enoch “Holy Scripture”. The Ethiopic Church even added the Book of Enoch to its official canon. It was widely known and read the first three centuries after Christ. This and many other books became discredited after the Council of Laodicea. And being under ban of the authorities, afterwards it gradually passed out of circulation.

At about the time of the Protestant Reformation, there came to be a renewed interest in the Book of Enoch which had long since been lost to the modern world. By the late 1400’s rumors began to spread that somewhere a copy of the long lost Book of Enoch might still exist. During this time many books arose claiming to be the long lost book and were later found to be forgeries.

The return of the long lost Book of Enoch to the modern western world is credited to the famous explorer James Bruce, who in 1773 returned from six years in Abyssinia with three Ethiopic copies of the lost book. In 1821 Richard Laurence published the first English translation. The famous R.H. Charles edition was published in 1912. In the following years several portions of the Greek text surfaced. Then with the discovery of cave 4 of the Dead Sea Scrolls, seven fragmentary copies of the Aramaic text were discovered.

There are scholars who believe the Book of Enoch was published before the Christian era by some great unknown of Semetic race, who believing himself to be inspired in a post-prophetic age, borrowed the name of an antediluvian patriarch to authenticate his own enthusiastic forecast of the coming Messiah. The Book of Enoch is divided into five basic parts, but it is the The Book of Parables (37-71) which gives scholars the most trouble for it is primarily concerned with a figure called “the messiah”; “the righteous one”; “the chosen one” and “the son of man.”

The Book of Enoch Chapter 46:1-2 [1] There I beheld the Ancient of days whose head was like white wool, and with him another, whose countenance resembled that of a man. His countenance was full of grace, like that of one of the holy angels. Then I inquired of one of the angels, who went with me, and who showed me every secret thing, concerning this Son of man; who he was; whence he was; and why he accompanied the Ancient of days. [2] He answered and said to me, This is the Son of man, to whom righteousness belongs; with whom righteousness has dwealt; and who will reveal all the treasures of that which is concealed: for the Lord of spirits has chosen him; and his portion has surpassed all before the Lord of spirits in everlasting uprightness.”

1 Enoch

Discovery of the “Lost Text”

“The Greek word pseudepigrapha is a Greek word meaning ‘falsely superscribed,’ or what we moderns might call writing under a pen name. The classification, ‘OT Pseudepigrapha,’ is a label that scholars have given to these writings.”
– Craig A. Evans, Noncanonical Writings and New Testament Interpretation, (1992) p. 22

“The Book of Enoch is a pseudepigraphical work (a work that claims to be by a biblical character). The Book of Enoch was not included in either the Hebrew or most Christian biblical canons, but could have been considered a sacred text by the sectarians.”
– Milik, Jazef. T., ed. The Books of Enoch: Aramaic Fragments of Qumran Cave 4

The Book of Enoch is “an ancient composition known from two sets of versions, an Ethiopic one that scholars identify as ‘1 Enoch’, and a Slavonic version that is identified as ‘2 Enoch’, and which is also known as The Book of the Secrets of Enoch. Both versions, of which copied manuscripts have been found mostly in Greek and Latin translations, are based on early sources that enlarged on the short biblical mention that Enoch, the seventh Patriarch after Adam, did not die because, at age 365, ‘he walked with God’ – taken heavenward to join the deity.”
– Zecharia Sitchin, When Time Began

“I Enoch, also known as the Ethiopic Apocalypse of Enoch, is the oldest of the three pseudepigraphal books attributed to Enoch, the man who apparently did not die, but was taken up to heaven (Gen 5:24). The book was originally written in either Hebrew or Aramaic, perhaps both, but it survives in complete form only in Ethiopic (Ge’ez), and in fragmentary form in Aramaic, Greek (1:1-32:6; 6:1-10:14; 15:8-16:1; 89:42-49; 97:6-104), and Latin (106:1-18).”

“The materials in I Enoch range in date from 200 B.C.E. to 50 C.E. I Enoch contributes much to intertestamental views of angels, heaven, judgment, resurrection, and the Messiah. This book has left its stamp upon many of the NT writers, especially the author of Revelation.”
– Craig A. Evans, Noncanonical Writings and New Testament Interpretation, (1992) p. 23

“Prior to the eighteenth century, scholars had believed the Book of Enoch to be irretrievably lost: composed long before the birth of Christ, and considered to be one of the most important pieces of Jewish mystical literature, it was only known from fragments and from references to it in other texts. James Bruce changed all this by procuring several copies of the missing work during his stay in Ethiopia. These were the first complete editions of the Book of Enoch ever to be seen in Europe.”
– Graham Hancock, The Sign and the Seal

“The Book of Enoch remained in darkness until 1821, when the long years of dedicated work by a professor of Hebrew at the University of Oxford were finally rewarded with the publication of the first ever English translation of the Book of Enoch. The Reverend Richard Laurence, Archbishop of Cashel, had labored for many hundreds of hours over the faded manuscript in the hands of the Bodleian Library, carefully substituting English words and expressions for the original Geez, while comparing the results with known extracts, such as the few brief chapters preserved in Greek by Syncellus during the ninth century.”
– Andrew Collins, From the Ashes of Angels – The Forbidden Legacy of a Fallen Race (1996) p. 21

“The original Aramaic version was lost until the Dead Sea fragments were discovered.” “The original language of most of this work was, in all likelihood, Aramaic (an early Semitic language). Although the original version was lost in antiquity, portions of a Greek translation were discovered in Egypt and quotations were known from the Church Fathers. The discovery of the texts from Qumran Cave 4 has finally provided parts of the Aramaic original. …Humankind is called on to observe how unchanging nature follows God’s will.”
– Milik, Jazef. T., ed. The Books of Enoch: Aramaic Fragments of Qumran Cave 4

Composition:

“1 Enoch, preserved in a full, 108-chapter form in Ethiopic, consists of five parts and one appended chapter. It originated in Aramaic (perhaps Hebrew for chaps. 37-71), was translated into Greek, and from Greek into Ethiopic.”
– James C. Vanderkam (Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame)

“The Aramaic Book of Enoch…very considerably influenced the idiom of the New Testament and patristic literature, more so in fact than any other writing of the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha.”
– Norman Golb, Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?, (1995) p. 366

“As it now stands, I Enoch appears to consist of the following five major divisions:

(1) The Book of the Watchers (chaps. 1-36);
(2) The Book of the Similitudes (chaps. 37-7l)-,
(3) The Book of Astronomical Writings (chaps. 72-82);
(4) The Book of Dream Visions (chaps. 83-90); and
(5) The Book of the Epistle of Enoch (chaps. 91-107).”
– Craig A. Evans, Noncanonical Writings and New Testament Interpretation, (1992)        p. 23

“Chaps. 1-36 The Book of the Watchers may date from the third century BCE. Parts of its text have been identified on several copies from Qumran cave 4; the earliest fragmentary manuscript (4QEnocha) dates, according to the editor J.T. Milk, to between 200 and 150 BCE. All Qumran copies are in the Aramaic language.”
– James C. Vanderkam

“James Vanderkam divides the first part of 1 Enoch into five sections:

1-5 a theophany followed by an eschatological admonition
6-11 the angel story (stories)
12-16 Enoch and the failed petition of the angels who descended,
17-19 Enoch’s first journey,
20-36 Enoch’s second journey (chap. 20 is a list of angels who are connected with the journeys).”
– Tom Simms (CrossTalk)

“Chaps. 37-71 The Book of Parables (or the Similitudes of Enoch) may have been composed in the late first century BCE; a number of scholars prefer to place it in the first or even the second century CE. Milik assigns it to the late third century CE. No fragments of these chapters have been found at Qumran, and some think their original language was Hebrew, not Aramaic.”
– James C. Vanderkam

“Chaps. 72-82 The Astronomical Book, like the Book of Watchers, may date from the third century BCE; the oldest copy of it seems to have been made not long after 200 BCE. Sizable portions of the text are preserved on four copies, written in Aramaic, from Qumran cave 4. The Aramaic original appears to have been much different and much longer than the Ethiopic text, adding far more astronomical details.”
– James C. Vanderkam

Authorship:

“A world view so encyclopaediac that it embraced the geography of heaven and earth, astronomy, meteorology, medicine was no part of Jewish tradition – but was familiar to educated Greeks, but attempting to emulate and surpass Greek wisdom, by having an integrating divine plan for destiny, elaborated through an angelic host with which Enoch is in communication through his mystical travels.”
– Chris King, “The Apocalyptic Tradition”

Although the Book of Enoch is considered as apocryphal, it was clearly known to early Christian writers as the following quote from 1 Enoch 1:9 indicates:

“In the seventh (generation) from Adam Enoch also prophesied these things, saying: ‘Behold, the Lord came with his holy myriads, to execute judgment on all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners spoke against him’.” – Jude 14-15

2 Enoch:

“2 Enoch, or the Slavonic Apocalypse of Enoch, was written late first century C.E. in Egypt by a Jew. It survives only in late Old Slavonic manuscripts. It may have been composed originally in Aramaic or Hebrew, later being translated into Greek, and later still being translated into Old Slavonic. It is an amplification of Gen 5:21-32 (from Enoch to the Flood). Major theological themes include:

(1) God created the world out of nothing (24:2);
(2) seven heavens (30:2-3) and angelic hosts;
(3) God created the souls of men before the foundation of the earth (23:5);
(4) abodes of heaven and hell are already prepared for righteous and sinners; and
(5) ethical teachings, which at times parallel those of the NT and Proverbs.”
– Craig A. Evans, Noncanonical Writings and New Testament Interpretation,(1992)     p. 23

 



The following was posted on July 22, 2000 by David Chariot. His e-mail address is/was beth_marcaboth@hotmail.com and he posted it in the alt.religion.christian.pentecostal bulletin board.

About the Book of Enoch (also known as “Ethiopian Enoch” or “1 Enoch”)

The Book of Enoch (also known as 1 Enoch) was once cherished by Jews and Christians alike, this book later fell into disfavor with powerful theologians – precisely because of its controversial statements on the nature and deeds of the fallen angels.

The Enochian writings, in addition to many other writings that were excluded (or lost) from the Bible (i.e., the Book of Tobit, Esdras, etc.) were widely recognized by many of the early church fathers as “apocryphal” writings.  The term “apocrypha” is derived from the Greek word meaning “hidden” or “secret”.  Originally, the import of the term may have been complimentary in that the term was applied to sacred books whose contents were too exalted to be made available to the general public.

In Dan. 12:9-10 we hear of words that are shut up until the end of time and, words that the wise shall understand and the wicked shall not. In addition, 4 Ezra 14:44ff. mentions 94 books, of which 24 (the OT) were to be published and 70 were to be delivered only to the wise among the people (= apocrypha). Gradually, the term “apocrypha” took on a pejorative connotation, for the orthodoxy of these hidden books was often questionable. Origen (Comm. in Matt. 10.18; p. 13.881) distinguished between books that were to be read in public worship and apocryphal books. Because these secret books were often preserved for use within the esoteric circles of the divinely – knit believers, many of the critically – spirited or “unenlightened” Church Fathers found themselves outside the realm of understanding, and therefore came to apply the term “apocryphal” to, what they claimed to be, heretical works which were forbidden to be read.

In Protestant parlance, “the Apocrypha” designate 15 works, all but one of which are Jewish in origin and found in the Septuagint (parts of 2 Esdras are Christian and Latin in origin).  Although some of them were composed in Palestine in Aramaic or Hebrew, they were not accepted into the Jewish canon formed late in the 2nd cent. AD (Canonicity, 67:31-35). The Reformers, influenced by the Jewish canon of the OT, did not consider these books on a par with the rest of the Scriptures; thus the custom arose of making the Apocrypha a separate section in the Protestant Bible, or sometimes even of omitting them entirely (Canonicity, 67:44-46). The Catholic view, expressed as a doctrine of faith at the Council of Trent, is that 12 of these 15 works (in a different enumeration, however) are canonical Scripture; they are called the Deuterocanonical Books (Canonicity, 67:21, 42-43).

The three books of the Protestant Apocrypha that are not accepted by Catholics are 1-2 Esdras and the Prayer of Manasseh. The theme of the Book of Enoch dealing with the nature and deeds of the fallen angels so infuriated the later Church fathers that one, Filastrius, actually condemned it openly as heresy (Filastrius, Liber de Haeresibus, no. 108). Nor did the rabbis deign to give credence to the book’s teaching about angels. Rabbi Simeon ben Jochai in the second century A.D. pronounced a curse upon those who believed it (Delitzsch, p. 223). So the book was denounced, banned, cursed, no doubt burned and shredded – and last but not least, lost (and conveniently forgotten) for a thousand years. But with an uncanny persistence, the Book of Enoch found its way back into circulation two centuries ago.

In 1773, rumors of a surviving copy of the book drew Scottish explorer James Bruce to distant Ethiopia. True to hearsay, the Book of Enoch had been preserved by the Ethiopic church, which put it right alongside the other books of the Bible. Bruce secured not one, but three Ethiopic copies of the book and brought them back to Europe and Britain. When in 1821 Dr. Richard Laurence, a Hebrew professor at Oxford, produced the first English translation of the work, the modern world gained its first glimpse of the forbidden mysteries of Enoch.

Most scholars say that the present form of the story in the Book of Enoch was penned sometime during the second century B.C. and was popular for at least five hundred years. The earliest Ethiopic text was apparently made from a Greek manuscript of the Book of Enoch, which itself was a copy of an earlier text. The original was apparently written in Semitic language, now thought to be Aramaic.

Though it was once believed to be post-Christian (the similarities to Christian terminology and teaching are striking), recent discoveries of copies of the book among the Dead Sea Scrolls found at Qumran prove that the book was in existence before the time of Jesus Christ. But the date of the original writing upon which the second century B.C. Qumran copies were based is shrouded in obscurity. It is, in a word, old.  It has been largely the opinion of historians that the book does not really contain the authentic words of the ancient biblical patriarch Enoch, since he would have lived (based on the chronologies in the Book of Genesis) several thousand years earlier than the first known appearance of the book attributed to him.

Despite its unknown origins, Christians once accepted the words of this Book of Enoch as authentic scripture, especially the part about the fallen angels and their prophesied judgment. In fact, many of the key concepts used by Jesus Christ himself seem directly connected to terms and ideas in the Book of Enoch.  Thus, it is hard to avoid the  conclusion that Jesus had not only studied the book, but also respected it highly enough to adopt and elaborate on its specific descriptions of the coming kingdom and its theme of inevitable judgment descending upon “the wicked” – the term most often used in the Old Testament to describe the Watchers.

There is abundant proof that Christ approved of the Book of Enoch. Over a hundred phrases in the New Testament find precedents in the Book of Enoch.  Another remarkable bit of evidence for the early Christians’ acceptance of the Book of Enoch was for many years buried under the King James Bible’s mistranslation of Luke 9:35, describing the transfiguration of Christ: “And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son: hear him.” Apparently the translator here wished to make this verse agree with a similar verse in Matthew and Mark. But Luke’s verse in the original Greek reads: “This is my Son, the Elect One (from the Greek ho eklelegmenos, lit., “the elect one”): hear him.”  The “Elect One” is a most significant term (found fourteen times) in the Book of Enoch.  If the book was indeed known to the apostles of Christ, with its abundant descriptions of the Elect One who should “sit upon the throne of glory” and the Elect One who should “dwell in the midst of them,” then the great scriptural authenticity is accorded to the Book of Enoch when the “voice out of the cloud” tells the apostles, “This is my Son, the Elect One” – the one promised in the Book of Enoch.

The Book of Jude tells us in vs. 14 that “Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied…” Jude also, in vs. 15, makes a direct reference to the Book of Enoch (2:1), where he writes, “to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly…” The time difference between Enoch and Jude is approximately 3400 years. Therefore, Jude’s reference to the Enochian prophesies strongly leans toward the conclusion that these written prophesies were available to him at that time.

Fragments of ten Enoch manuscripts were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls.  The famous scrolls actually comprise only one part of the total findings at Qumran. Much of the rest was Enochian literature, copies of the Book of Enoch, and other apocryphal works in the Enochian tradition, like the Book of Jubilees. With so many copies around, the Essenes could well have used the Enochian writings as a community prayer book or teacher’s manual and study text.

The Book of Enoch was also used by writers of the noncanonical (i.e. apocryphal or “hidden”) texts. The author of the apocryphal Epistle of Barnabas quotes the Book of Enoch three times, twice calling it “the Scripture,” a term specifically denoting the inspired Word of God (Epis. of Barnabas 4:3, 16:5,6). Other apocryphal works reflect knowledge of the Enoch story of the Watchers, notably the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs and the Book of Jubilees.

Many of the early church fathers also supported the Enochian writings. Justin Martyr ascribed all evil to demons whom he alleged to be the offspring of the angels who fell through lust for women (from the Ibid.)-directly referencing the Enochian writings.  Athenagoras, writing in his work called Legatio in about 170 A.D., regards Enoch as a true prophet. He describes the angels which “violated both their own nature and their office.”  In his writings, he goes into detail about the nature of fallen angels and the cause of their fall, which comes directly from the Enochian writings.

Many other church fathers: Tatian (110-172); Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons (115-185); Clement of Alexandria (150-220); Tertullian (160-230); Origen (186-255); Lactantius (260-330); in addition to: Methodius of Philippi, Minucius Felix, Commodianus, and Ambrose of Milanalso-also approved of and supported the Enochian writings.

The twentieth-century discovery of several Aramaic Enochian texts among the Dead Sea Scrolls prompted Catholic scholar J.T. Milik to compile a complete history of the Enochian writings, including translations of the Aramaic manuscripts.  Milik’s 400-page book, published in 1976 by Oxford (J. T. Milik, ed. and trans., The Books of Enoch: Aramaic Fragments of Qumran Cave 4, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1976) is a milestone in Enochian scholarship, and Milik himself is no doubt one of the finest experts on the subject. His opinions, based as they are on years of in-depth research, are highly respected.

One by one the arguments against the Book of Enoch fade away. The day may soon arrive when the final complaints about the Book of Enoch’s lack of historicity and “late date” are also silenced by new evidence of the book’s real antiquity.