MARK OF THE BEAST – AMAZING FAQS

MARK OF THE BEAST – AMAZING FACTS – EXERPTION

 A tattooed number, a computer chip under the skin, or something more subtle? It’s one of the most misinterpreted prophecies in all of the Bible – yet it is so important to correctly understand this subject. But in studying the mark of the beast, we must address some very sensitive issues, naming names and being specific. This is not a popular thing today, but we must be firm because God loves His people and He wants them to know the truth. This message is not ours, but Jesus’. And with eternal death facing those who receive the mark, it would be a crime to not help Him deliver this message. This lesson should probably be prefaced with a warning: “WHAT THE DEVIL DOES NOT WANT YOU TO READ AND  STUDY.” Please read Revelation 13:1-8, 14:9-12, and 16-18, and pray for the Holy Spirit to grant you an honest and understanding heart before embarking on this study adventure.

An Urgent Reminder

We learned from Study Guide 2 that a terrible conflict is in progress between God and the devil. It has raged through the centuries since Lucifer, heaven’s most powerful angel, rebelled against God. With the angels who joined him, he attempted to overcome God and seize control of the universe. God and the loyal angels had no choice but to eject Lucifer and his angels from heaven. Lucifer, who became known as the devil and Satan, was infuriated. His determination to destroy God and control the universe has grown with every passing year. Amazingly, he has won the support of the vast majority of earth’s people in his rebellion. The Lord also asks for people’s loyalty and support, but He leaves all free to choose. Soon every person on earth will have aligned with either Satan or God. The final battle between Satan and God is just ahead, and it is described in the book of Revelation. This book points out that God has an emblem, or mark, which will identify His people. Satan also has an emblem, or mark, that will identify those who support him. As usual, Satan will work through an earthly power (symbolized in Revelation by a beast) to impose his mark. This Study Guide will reveal the beast’s mark, which every lost person of the end time will receive. Unless you know what his “mark” is, how will you avoid receiving it?

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1.   In order to know what the “mark” is, we must first identify the beast. How does the Bible describe the beast?

Answer:
Revelation 13:1-8, 16-18 provides 11 identifying characteristics. They are listed below:
A. Rises from sea (verse 1).
B. Composite of the four beasts of Daniel chapter 7 (verse 2).
C. Dragon gives it power and authority (verse 2).
D. Receives a deadly wound (verse 3).
E. Deadly wound healed (verse 3).
F. Strong political power (verses 3, 7).
G. Strong religious power (verses 3, 8).
H. Guilty of blasphemy (verses 1, 5, 6).
I. Wars with and overcomes the saints (verse 7).
J. Rules for 42 months (verse 5).
K. Has mysterious number–666 (verse 18).

afsg20-1b.jpgThe beast of Revelation chapter 13 symbolizes the Antichrist.

Do some of these points have a familiar ring? Certainly! We encountered many of them earlier when we studied about the Antichrist in Daniel chapter 7. The “beast” of Revelation 13 is simply another name for the “Antichrist,” which we learned from Daniel 7 is the papacy. Prophecies of Daniel and Revelation often cover the same ground as prior prophecies, but each time new features are added that help make the prophecies certain. So expect to learn some new things about the Antichrist from this Study Guide. Now let’s consider, one by one, the 11 points that describe the beast.

A. It would rise from the sea (Revelation 13:1).
The sea (or water) in prophecy refers to people, or a populated area (Revelation 17:15). So the beast, or Antichrist, would arise from amid the established nations of the then-known world. The papacy, as we all know, arose in western Europe, so it fits this point.

A Word of ExplanationIn harmony with God’s command to honor all people (1 Peter 2:17), we pause here to recognize the papacy for her many good deeds and activities. Her hospitals, orphanages, care for the poor, homes for unwed mothers, and care for the aged are appreciated universally. She can honestly be lauded for many things. But, like all other organizations, she has also made mistakes. God pinpoints some of her errors in Revelation. The Lord, who blesses and comforts, must sometimes chasten and correct. Please ask His Spirit to speak to you as you study this crucial topic.

B. It would be a composite of the four beasts of Daniel chapter 7 (Revelation 13:2).

Study the comparison below to see how it all fits together:

Daniel chapter 7 Revelation chapter 13
Babylon Lionlike beast (vs. 4) “Mouth of a lion” (vs. 2)
Medo-Persia Bearlike beast (vs. 5) “Feet of a bear” (vs. 2)
Greece Leopardlike beast (vs. 6) “Like unto a leopard” (vs. 2)
Rome Ten-horned beast (vs. 7) “Having … ten horns” (vs. 1)
afsg20-1c.jpgThe papacy is the Antichrist.

The four beasts of Daniel 7 are depicted as part of Antichrist, or the beast, because the papacy incorporated pagan beliefs and practices from all four empires. She clothed them in spiritual garb and spread them to the world as Christian teachings. Here is one of many supporting statements from history: “In a certain respect, she [the papacy] has copied her organization from that of the Roman Empire, has preserved and made fruitful the philosophical intuitions of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, borrowed from both Barbarians and the Byzantine Roman Empire, but always remains herself, thoroughly digesting all elements drawn from external sources.” 1 This point definitely fits the papacy.

C. The beast must receive its power, seat (capital), and authority from the dragon (Revelation 13:2).

afsg20-1d.jpgKing Herod tried to “devour”, or kill, Jesus at birth.

To identify the dragon, we go to Revelation chapter 12, where God’s end-time church is pictured as a pure woman. In prophecy, a pure woman represents God’s true people or church (Jeremiah 6:2; Isaiah 51:16). (In Study Guide 23, we will present a detailed study of God’s end-time church of Revelation chapter 12. Study Guide 22 explains Revelation chapters 17 and 18, where fallen churches are symbolized by a fallen mother and her fallen daughters.) The pure woman is portrayed as pregnant and about to deliver. The dragon crouches nearby, hoping to “devour” the baby at birth. However, when the baby is born He evades the dragon, fulfills His mission, and then ascends to heaven. Obviously the baby is Jesus, whom Herod tried to destroy by killing all the babies in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16). So the dragon represents pagan Rome, of which Herod was a king. The power behind Herod’s plot was, of course, the devil (Revelation 12:7-9). Satan acts through various governments to accomplish his ugly work–in this case, pagan Rome.

afsg20-1e.jpgGeneral Berthier inflicted a deadly wound upon the papacy by taking Pope Pius VI captive.

We will quote just two supportive references from history, though there are many: (1) “The Roman Church … pushed itself into the place of the Roman World-Empire, of which it is the actual continuation. …The Pope … is Caesar’s successor.” 2 (2) “The mighty Catholic Church was little more than the Roman Empire baptised. Rome was transformed as well as converted. The very capital of the old Empire became the capital of the Christian Empire. The office of Pontifex Maximus was continued in that of Pope.” 3 So this point also fits the papacy. She received her capital city and power from pagan Rome.

D. It would receive a deadly wound (Revelation 13:3).
The deadly wound was inflicted when Napoleon’s general, Alexander Berthier, entered Rome and took Pope Pius VI captive in February of 1798. Napoleon decreed that at the death of the pope, the papacy would be discontinued. The pope died in France in August of 1799. “Half Europe thought … that without the Pope the Papacy was dead.” 4

So this point also fits the papacy.

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E. The deadly wound would be healed, and the entire world would give homage to the beast (Revelation 13:3).
Since its healing, the strength of the papacy has grown and increased until today she is one of the most powerful religio-political organizations and influence-centers in the world. Malachi Martin, consummate Vatican insider and intelligence expert, reveals the following in his best-selling book The Keys of This Blood 5 (page numbers in parentheses):

ABOUT THE POPE:
He is as determined to be world ruler as was Constantine in his day (49). He is protected by four governments (120). He is the best-known person of the 20th century (123). He is personal friends with the leaders of 91 countries (490). People of the world seem to him ready for strong worldwide moral government with control (160). Sixteen thousand journalists covered his American visit (490).ABOUT THE PAPACY:
The American ambassador says the Vatican is unmatched as a “listening post” (120). The Vatican knows by Saturday what will happen on Monday anywhere in the world (439). Papal structure is prepared for worldwide rule now (143).

Obviously, the wound is healed and the eyes of the nations are upon the Vatican, so this point also fits the papacy.

afsg20-1g.jpgMillions of Christians lost their lives during periods of papal persecution.

F. It would become a strong political power (Revelation 12:3, 7).
See item E above.

G. It would become a very powerful religious organization (Revelation 13:3, 8).
See item E above.

H. It would be guilty of blasphemy (Revelation 13:5, 6).
The papacy is guilty of blasphemy because her priests claim to forgive sins and her popes claim to be Christ.

I. It would war with and persecute the saints (Revelation 13:7).
The papacy did persecute and destroy millions of saints during the Dark Ages.

J. It would reign for 42 months (Revelation 13:5).
The papacy reigned for 42 prophetic months, which equals 1,260 years–from A.D. 538-1798.

Points H through J also clearly fit the papacy. We touched on them only briefly here because they were covered thoroughly in Study Guide 15, question 8, items E, G, and H.

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K. It would have the mysterious number 666 (Revelation 13:18).
This verse says, “It is the number of a man,” and Revelation 15:2 says it is “the number of his name.” What man do you think of when you think of the papacy? Naturally, we all think of the pope. What is his official name? Here is a Catholic quote: “The title of the pope of Rome is “Vicarius Filii Dei” (English: “Vicar of the Son of God”).6 Malachi Martin, in The Keys of This Blood, uses the same title for the pope on pages 114, 122. A footnote for Revelation 13:18 in some Douay [Catholic] versions of the Bible says, “The numeral letters of his name shall make up this number.” Notice the chart at right, which shows what happens when we total up the Roman numeral value of the letters of the name.

Again, the papacy fits the identification point. The beast with the “mark” is the papacy. No other power in history could possibly fit these divine descriptive points. Now that we have positively identified the beast, we can discover her mark, or symbol of authority. But first, let’s look at God’s sign of authority.

1Andre Retif, The Catholic Spirit, trans. by Dom Aldhelm Dean, Vol. 88 of The Twentieth Century Encyclopedia of Catholicism(New York, Hawthorne Books, 1959), p. 85.
2Adolf Harnack, What is Christianity? trans. by Thomas Bailey Saunders (New York: Putnam, 2nd ed., rev., 1901), p. 270.
3Alexander Clarence Flick, The Rise of the Mediaeval Church (reprint: New York, Burt Franklin, 1959), pp. 148, 149.
4Joseph Rickaby, “The Modern Papacy,” Lectures on the History of Religion, Lecture 24, (London: Catholic Truth Society, 1910), p. 1.
5(New York, Simon & Schuster, 1990)
6“Answers to Readers’ Questions,” Our Sunday Visitor, Nov. 15, 1914.

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2.   What is God’s mark, or symbol, of authority?

“I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them.” Ezekiel 20:12. “It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth.” Exodus 31:17.

Answer: God is saying in the texts above that He gave us His Sabbath as a glorious sign of His power to create and His power to sanctify (convert and save) us. In the Bible, the words seal, sign, mark, and token are used interchangeably.7 God’s sign, the Sabbath, represents His holy power to rule as Creator and Saviour. Revelation 7:1-3 says it will be written upon the foreheads (minds–Hebrews 10:16) of His people. It will signify that they are owned by Him and have His character. Hebrews 4:4-10 confirms this by saying that when we enter His rest (receive salvation), we should keep His seventh-day Sabbath holy as a symbol, or mark, of salvation. True Sabbathkeeping signifies that a person has surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and is willing to follow wherever Jesus leads.

Since the symbol, or mark, of God’s authority and power is His holy Sabbath day, it seems likely that the symbol, or mark, of God’s challenger–the beast–might also involve a holy day. Let’s see if it does.

7(Compare Genesis 17:11 with Romans 4:11 and Revelation 7:3 with Ezekiel 9:4.)

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3.   What does the papacy say is her symbol, or mark, of authority?

Answer: Notice the following section from a Catholic catechism:

Question: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?”
Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with
her–she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.”8

So the papacy is here saying that it changed Sabbath to Sunday and that virtually all churches accepted the new holy day. Thus, the papacy claims that Sunday as a holy day is the mark, or symbol, of her power and authority.

8Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism [FRS No. 7.], (3rd American ed., rev.: New York, Edward Dunigan & Bro., 1876), p. 174.

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4.   Did God predict such a change in Scripture?

Answer: Yes! In describing the Antichrist in Daniel 7:25, God said it would “think to change times and laws.”

A. How has the papacy tried to change God’s laws? In three different ways: In her catechisms she has (1) omitted the second commandment against veneration of images, and (2) shortened the fourth (Sabbath) commandment from 94 words to just eight. The Sabbath commandment (Exodus 20:8-11) clearly specifies Sabbath as the seventh day of the week. As changed by the papacy, the commandment reads: “Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.” Written thus, it can refer to any day. And, finally, she (3) divided the tenth commandment into two commandments.

B. How has the papacy attempted to change God’s times? In two ways: (1) She has changed the time of the Sabbath from the seventh day to the first day. (2) She has also changed God’s “timing” for the beginning and closing hours of the Sabbath. Instead of counting the Sabbath day from sundown Friday night to sundown Saturday night as God mandates (Leviticus 23:32), she adopted the pagan Roman custom of counting the day from midnight Saturday night to midnight Sunday night. God predicted these “changes” would be attempted by the beast, or Antichrist.

Notice the following section from a Catholic catechism:
Question: Which is the Sabbath day?
Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.”9

Here is another Catholic statement: “The Church is above the Bible; and this transference of Sabbath observance from Saturday to Sunday is proof positive of that fact.” 10

The papacy is saying in these references that its successful change of Sabbath observance to Sunday worship is proof that its authority is greater, or “above,” Scripture.

9Peter Geiermann, The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (St. Louis, B. Herder Book Co., 1957 ed.), p. 50.
10The Catholic Record (London, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 1, 1923).

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5.   How could anyone dare attempt to change God’s holy day?

Answer:
We ask the papacy, “Did you really change Sabbath to Sunday?”
She replies, “Yes, we did. It is our symbol, or mark, of authority and power.”
We ask, “How could you even think of doing that?”
It’s a pertinent question. But the question the papacy officially asks Protestants is even more pertinent. Please read it carefully:

“You will tell me that Saturday was the Jewish Sabbath, but that the Christian Sabbath has been changed to Sunday. Changed! but by whom? Who has authority to change an express commandment of Almighty God? When God has spoken and said, Thou shalt keep holy the seventh day, who shall dare to say, Nay, thou mayest work and do all manner of worldly business on the seventh day; but thou shalt keep holy the first day in its stead? This is a most important question, which I know not how you can answer. You are a Protestant, and you profess to go by the Bible and the Bible only; and yet in so important a matter as the observance of one day in seven as a holy day, you go against the plain letter of the Bible, and put another day in the place of that day which the Bible has commanded. The command to keep holy the seventh day is one of the ten commandments; you believe that the other nine are still binding; who gave you authority to tamper with the fourth? If you are consistent with your own principles, if you really follow the Bible and the Bible only, you ought to be able to produce some portion of the New Testament in which this fourth commandment is expressly altered.” 11

11Library of Christian Doctrine:Why Don’t You Keep Holy the Sabbath-Day? (London: Burns and Oates, Ltd.), pp. 3, 4.

Tragically, both Catholicism and Protestantism stand guilty before the judgment bar of heaven for rejecting God’s holy Sabbath–His sacred sign of identification.

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6.   What solemn warnings has God given regarding His law and His sign, or mark?

Answer:
A. God warns religious leaders against causing people to stumble by saying that some commandments do not matter(Malachi 2:7-9). For example, some ministers teach, “It doesn’t matter what day you keep holy.”
B. God warns people who want their ministers to preach smooth fables rather than the truth about His law (Isaiah 30:9, 10).
C. God warns people about hardening their hearts against the truth of His law (Zechariah 7:12).
D. God warns people who say it would seem “strange” to keep God’s law–like the Sabbath, for example (Hosea 8:12).
E. God states that the upheaval, tragedy, problems, and woes of earth come because people refuse to follow His law–and have even tried to change it (Isaiah 24:4-6).
F. God warns religious leaders who refuse to preach the prophecies of the end time (Isaiah 29:10, 11).
G. God solemnly warns that leaders who teach there is really no difference between sacred things (such as God’s holy Sabbath) and common things (such as Sunday) will face His indignation (Ezekiel 22:26, 31).

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7.   Revelation 13:16 says people will receive the mark of the beast in the forehead or in the hand. What does this mean?

Answer: The forehead represents the mind (Hebrews 10:16). A person will be marked in the forehead by a decision to keep Sunday as a holy day. The hand is a symbol of work (Ecclesiastes 9:10). A person will be marked in the hand by working on God’s holy Sabbath or by going along with Sunday laws for practical reasons (job, family, etc.). The sign, or mark, for either God or the beast will be invisible to people. You will, in essence, mark yourself by accepting either God’s sign or mark, the Sabbath, or the beast’s mark, Sunday. Though invisible to men, God will know who has which mark (2 Timothy 2:19).

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8.   According to Isaiah 58:1, 13, 14, what decisive message does God deliver to His people in the last days?

“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression.” “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, … Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord.” Isaiah 58:1, 13, 14.

Answer: He says, show “my people” that they are (innocently perhaps) sinning because they are trampling on My holy day, and ask them to quit breaking My Sabbath so I can bless them. Speak loudly so they will hear you!

Notice that the third angel of Revelation 14:9-12, who brings the message about the mark of the beast, speaks with a loud voice also (verse 9). The message is too important to treat as ordinary. It’s a life-or-death issue. Jesus says His sheep, or people, will follow Him when He calls them. (John 10:16, 27).

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9.   Do people who worship on Sunday (as a holy day) have the mark of the beast now?

Answer: No! No one will have the mark of the beast until Sunday worship becomes an issue forced by law. At that time (just ahead), those who decide to follow the false teachings of the beast and worship on Sunday (the beast’s counterfeit holy day) will receive the mark of the beast.

Those who follow Jesus and obey His truth will keep His Sabbath day holy and receive His mark. Those who expect to refuse the beast’s mark in the future must step under Jesus’ Sabbath banner now. His power is available to those who obey Him (Acts 5:32). Without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). With Him, all things are possible (Mark 10:27).

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10.   According to the book of Revelation, whom did John specifically see in God’s eternal kingdom?

Answer: The answer is threefold and very clear:

A. Those who have God’s mark, or sign (His Sabbath), in their foreheads (Revelation 7:3).
B. Those who refused to identify with the beast or his image and who refused to have his mark or name in their foreheads (Revelation 15:2).
C. The people who–today and for eternity–follow where Jesus leads, trusting Him fully in everything (Revelation 14:4). There is no other way.

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11.   What is Jesus saying to people today?

“He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12.

Answer: What a fantastic promise! If we follow Him, we will not end up in darkness but will, instead, have glorious truth. Nothing could be more exciting! Further, following Him and keeping His Sabbath will put God’s mark on our foreheads and protect us from the dreadful plagues (Psalms 91:10) that will fall upon the disobedient (Revelation chapter 16). It also marks us as ready for translation at Jesus’ second coming. What blessed protection and assurance God has offered us!

An Urgent Alert
You will discover some astounding information as you study the final three Study Guides of the nine that deal with the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14:6-14. These Study Guides will explain (1) the role of the United States in earth’s final conflict, (2) how churches and religions of the world will be involved, (3) what world conditions will precipitate earth’s final battle, and (4) Satan’s amazing strategy for deceiving billions.

Perhaps you are wondering what Protestant churches have to say about the papal claim for changing Sabbath to Sunday. The quotes that appear in the  “Thought Questions Answered” section provide the shocking answers.

12.   Keeping His seventh-day Sabbath (Saturday in English) as His holy day and follow His lead.

Answer:


Thought Questions
1.   What do other preachers and pastors say about the Sabbath and Sunday? (Exodus 20:8)
Answer: Here are a host of comments from churches and other authorities about the Sabbath:

Baptist: “There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. … It will be said, however, and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week. … Where can the record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New Testament–absolutely not. There is no scriptural evidence of the change of the Sabbath institution from the seventh to the first day of the week.” –Dr. Edward T. Hiscox, author of The Baptist Manual, in a paper read before a New York ministers’ conference held Nov. 13, 1893.

Catholic: “You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we [Catholics] never sanctify.” –James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers, 16th edition, 1880, p. 111.

Church of Christ: “Finally, we have the testimony of Christ on this subject. In Mark 2:27, he says: ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.’ From this passage it is evident that the Sabbath was made not merely for the Israelites, as Paley and Hengstenberg would have us believe, but for man … that is, for the race. Hence we conclude that the Sabbath was sanctified from the beginning, and that it was given to Adam, even in Eden, as one of those primeval institutions that God ordained for the happiness of all men.” –Robert Milligan, Scheme of Redemption, (St. Louis, The Bethany Press, 1962), p. 165.

Congregationalist: “The Christian Sabbath [Sunday] is not in the Scriptures, and was not by the primitive church called the Sabbath.” —Dwight’s Theology, Vol. 4, p. 401.

Episcopal: “Sunday (Dies Solis, of the Roman calendar, ‘day of the sun’, because dedicated to the sun), the first day of the week, was adopted by the early Christians as a day of worship. … No regulations for its observance are laid down in the New Testament, nor, indeed, is its observance even enjoined.” –“Sunday,” A Religious Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, (New York, Funk and Wagnalls, 1883) p. 2259.

Lutheran: “The observance of the Lord’s day [Sunday] is founded not on any command of God, but on the authority of the church.” –Augsburg Confession of Faith, quoted in Catholic Sabbath Manual, Part 2, Chapter 1, Section 10.

Methodist: “Take the matter of Sunday. There are indications in the New Testament as to how the church came to keep the first day of the week as its day of worship, but there is no passage telling Christians to keep that day, or to transfer the Jewish Sabbath to that day.” –Harris Franklin Rall, Christian Advocate, July 2, 1942.

Moody Bible Institute: “The Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has been in force ever since. This fourth commandment begins with the word ‘remember,’ showing that the Sabbath already existed when God wrote the law on the tables of stone at Sinai. How can men claim that this one commandment has been done away with when they will admit that the other nine are still binding?” –D. L. Moody, Weighed and Wanting, p. 47.

Presbyterian: “Until, therefore, it can be shown that the whole moral law has been repealed, the Sabbath will stand. … The teaching of Christ confirms the perpetuity of the Sabbath.” –T. C. Blake, D.D., Theology Condensed, pp. 474, 475.

Pentecostal: “‘Why do we worship on Sunday? Doesn’t the Bible teach us that Saturday should be the Lord’s Day?’ … Apparently we will have to seek the answer from some other source than the New Testament.” –David A. Womack, “Is Sunday the Lord’s Day?” The Pentecostal Evangel, Aug. 9, 1959, No. 2361, p. 3.

Encyclopedia: “Sunday was a name given by the heathen to the first day of the week, because it was the day on which they worshiped the sun, … the seventh day was blessed and hallowed by God Himself, and … He requires His creatures to keep it holy to Him. This commandment is of universal and perpetual obligation.”
Eadie’s Biblical Cyclopedia, 1872 ed., p. 561.

MARK OF THE BEAST VS SEAL OF GOD

SUMMATION by LittleGuyInTheEye:  THE MARK OF THE BEAST THE GREAT ___________________________ COUNTERFEIT                                                  

Mark of the Beast part 1 – Biblical definition

Mark of the Beast part 2 – 666

Mark of the Beast part 3 – Ivy, Bacchus/Dionysius

Mark of the Beast part 4 – Frequencies & Symbols

Mark of the Beast part 5 – The Cross

Mark of the Beast part 6 – The Hexagram

Mark of the Beast part 7 – Saturn

Mark of the Beast part 8 – Solomon & Freemasonry

Mark of the Beast Part 9 – Pentagram

Part 10 – Holy Grail

Part 11 – Zionism

Part 12 As Above so below

Part 13 Philosopher’s Stone – Ye Shall be As gods

Part 14 DNA

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Summation

This 14 part series on the mark of the beast is 2474 pages, this page is an attempt to summarize this information.

Introduction:

Years ago I believe the Most High led me to study the subject of the mark of the beast in greater depth. As I began to study the topic from the Scriptures I realized that the mark of the beast subject ran all throughout the Holy Scriptures and was not relegated to just the book of Revelation. It is one of the main themes of Scripture. By letting the Scriptures define the mark of the beast, it is seen that it is a counterfeit of the mark/seal of YHWH. I realized that one of the most important ideas put forth in the Word  is that the adversary/devil/Lucifer/Beelzebub etc. seeks to be like the Most High (Isaiah 14:14). He is a counterfeiter. As this became more clear to me, the subject of the mark of the beast became more clear as well.

I began this study by looking into Revelation 13:16-18 in more detail in the Greek and tracing the Greek back to Hebrew as well as thematic connections found in Scripture. From there I followed what I found and continued to follow the subject matter that was laid out from thereon out. I attempted not to interject my own  preconceived notions as to what the mark was, but to truly let the Scriptures/Holy Spirit be my guide.

In short, the mark of YHWH is His Word. His Messiah. His people will be marked with His mark. The mark of the adversary is his ‘word.’ His Messiah. His people will be marked with his mark which will be an counterfeit version of the mark of YHWH. The mark of YHWH is His ‘Image.’ The mark of the beast is his ‘image.’ Man must choose which side he wants to be on. This has been the choice ever since the garden, the tree of Life or the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

The mark of the beast is a replay of the deception in the Garden of Eden. The Scriptures state that the end is in the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). The first temptation of man will also be his last. The tree of knowledge was an offer by the adversary for man to reject the true Word and to obtain immortality (ye shall not die) via another method, the obtaining of knowledge. This has been the offer of the adversary ever since. If one looks into any religion in the world today he or she will find that this is the same lie being proposed in various forms. All of these religions trace back to the Mystery Religions of old which descend from the Garden and the serpent in the tree. This includes Christianity, Judaism & Islam. The symbols used to represent these religions tell the story.

In summary, the mark of the beast is his image, his name/character placed upon his followers. Just as believers in YHWH are  marked/sealed with His Name & will be formed into His Image. The first choice man had to make was between the tree of Life or the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This will be the last choice

man must face as well.

By allowing Scripture to define what the mark of YHWH is and what the mark of the beast is, and by following the facts through history one can see that there has only been two choices all along. Salvation by grace through faith in Messiah Yahshua or salvation by ‘works’ or ‘knowledge’ that must be attained by graduations after being initiated.

In the beginning, YHWH Elohim created man in His image and likeness. After man fell in the Garden, the promise was that He would restore man back to that estate by taking upon Himself the punishment for man’s sin. It is then that mankind will be restored to the image and likeness of the Most High. The adversary seeks to be like the Most High so his desire is to see mankind formed into his image and likeness. In the end this may be accomplished by corrupting the book of life which is DNA.

Mark of the Beast 1 – Biblical Definition

In order to understand the mark of the beast, one must go to the Scriptures and let the Word define what it is. The Scriptures define the mark of the beast as a counterfeit of the mark of YHWH. The mark of YHWH is His Image, His Word, His Messiah. The mark of the beast is the image, word and messiah of the adversary.

The adversary is the great counterfeiter who desires to be like the Most High. The phrase ‘like God’ in Hebrew has the numerical value of 666. This phrase was first used in reference to partaking of the fruit of the tree of knowledge and sets the precedent for the meaning of the number 666 and the mark of the beast.

The Scriptures link the mark to the resurrection. Resurrected to life through Messiah or to death through the beast. Again, it goes back to Life through the Tree of Knowledge or ‘ye shall not die’ through the knowledge of good and evil.

YHWH marks His people with His Name just as He marked Israel in the wilderness. The adversary seeks to mark his people with his name and to be the head of a false Israel. The adversary seeks to sit in the sides of the North which is defined in the Holy Scriptures as Mt. Zion. Throughout this study it will become clear that Satan desires to be the Christ of Zion/Sion, a counterfeit of the Zion of Scriptures.

Mark of the Beast 2 – 666

The number 666 is the number of the name of the beast. It points back to the false Christ of the mysteries. The counterfeit of Messiah Yahshua. The Greek letters χξς; have the literal meaning of a serpent in a tree, again pointing back to the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

The number is about more than gematria and finding names of world leaders that add up to 666. The word name in Hebrew, shem, has the meaning of character. This is what 666 is all about. It is the character of the beast. The Name of YHWH is His Word. The counterfeit is the name of the adversary, his ‘word.’ The

Word of YHWH dwelt in the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle/Temple which is a picture of the human body. In the human body this is pictured by the heart, and on a deeper level the DNA within the cellular structure of man. This is where the adversary seeks to dwell. In the hearts of men and to manipulate their DNA to turn them into his image.

666 is linked with sun worship and the sun god which again links back to the Mystery Religions. 666 also points to Asherah/the tree of knowledge, the Kundalini spirit and Jacob’s ladder which on a deeper level point to DNA.

The only name in the TaNaKH that adds up to 666 is Sethur which means mystery. In the mystery religions this is equivalent to the ‘god’ Saturn. As this study progresses it will be seen that Saturn and the ‘golden age’ of the gods is intimately related to the mark of the beast.

Mark of the Beast 4 – Frequencies & Symbols

The use of symbols to represent the Most High traces back to the Mystery religions. Symbolism is the

language of the mysteries. By examining religious symbols and their meanings, one is led to a better understanding of the mark of the beast.

All of creation came forth from the Word of Elohim. Hence, His Image is embedded in all of His works. The adversary seeks to corrupt His Image and lead mankind into the worship of idols, and ultimately himself. This chapter sets the stage that images and symbols are used to represent ideas and concepts, in specific the

mark of the beast.

Initiates in the mystery religions used symbols to communicate due to the confusion of languages at the Tower of Babel. As one further studies these images it is seen that similar themes are displayed. The Garden of Eden, the tree of knowledge and the temptation of the adversary that ‘ye shall be as gods.’ Over and over again,

this is the message that is portrayed.

Mark of the Beast 3 – Ivy

In the Apocryphal book of Maccabees, it is described how the ivy symbol of Bacchus/Dionysius was branded upon Jews during the days the Greek kingdom. These times were a foreshadow of the end of days. Through the study of ivy and its meanings one comes to the conclusion that ivy is a symbol for the mark of the beast.

The time of the Maccabees displays an important message in relation to the mark. A defilement of the Temple. The Temple is a picture of the human body, so it is seen that the mark of the beast is in relation to this concept.

The topics of DNA, Kundalini, Saturn, Sion etc are all related to Ivy. Through the study of occult symbology it is seen that the same themes are continually portrayed. Again, they point back to the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the temptation of ‘ye shall be as gods.’

Mark of the Beast 5 – The Cross

As shocking as it may sound, the cross symbol points to the mark of the beast. Messiah took upon Himself the sins of mankind by becoming a ‘serpent on a pole.’ He overcame the mark of the beast that the adversary brought forth in the garden by becoming that sin so that mankind could be delivered from its punishment.

The cross symbol is a portrayal of the Hebrew letter tav. Tav represents a covenant. Covenant relationship is the most important theme in Scripture, culminating in the new covenant which was cut in

Messiah during the crucifixion. According to Ezekiel 9, the mark of the righteous is a ‘tav’ in the foreheads. Religion is the counterfeit of covenant with Elohim with the mark of the wicked being a cross. Again, the counterfeit theme is seen.

Today, the cross represents Christianity which is a religion of man that leads to death. Christianity mixes the truth of the Scriptures with the errors of man. This is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The serpent encoiled around the tree points back to the tree of knowledge and is seen in the concept of the Kundalini spirit where the serpent coiled at the base of the spine climbs the 33 backbones to reach the pineal gland to ‘open’ the third eye of enlightenment. This has passed down through the ages as the image of the

caduceus prevalent in the mysteries.

The cross is a symbol linked to Saturn, who is represented for the most part by the hexagram. On the surface it would seem that the cross and hexagram are not related, but in reality have the same meaning. This is how the adversary works. On the surface level he will use supposedly opposing concepts to divide man but in reality is the one who is pulling the strings behind the scenes.

Mark of the Beast 6 – The Hexagram

The Hexagram, like the cross, represents the mark of the beast. It has become the symbol of ‘Israel’ and Judaism and the same can be said about the hexagram as the cross, in reference to the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Judaism is a mixture of good and evil. The Holy Scriptures along with man’s interpretations.

The hexagram has been used for thousands of years by those in the mystery religions and contrary to popular thought today, did not originate with King David or Solomon. In reality it is the mark of Saturn.

The hexagram is a mark used by false Messiahs of Israel in the past and therefore is a proper symbol of the beast.

The hexagram is used in the mysteries as a symbol representing the concept of ‘as above, so below.’ The mixture of man and God. The false kingdom of heaven and a false resurrection.

In alchemy it represents the transmutation of lead into gold, pointing to the ‘evolution’ of mankind into gods.

The hexagram symbol was used by the Sumerians, Hittites, ancient Grecians & Romans, Japanese, Mexicans, Muslims, Mormons as well as Hindus and Buddhists. The symbol does not represent Israel, it

represents satan and his many faces.

The Rothschilds are responsible for the hexagram being used to represent the State of Israel today. The Rothschilds are the main power behind the founding of the State and are the epitome of what false Israel is.

Mark of the Beast 7 – Saturn

Saturn is represented by the image of the hexagram. Saturn is just another name for Satan. He represents the kingdom of Atlantis in the antediluvian world, the ‘golden age of the gods.’ The desire of the adversary is to bring about this kingdom once again. He will attempt to counterfeit the 1,000 year reign of Messiah and the restoration of Eden.

The kingdom of Saturn points back to the days of Noah where the fallen angels mixed with woman and brought forth giants/nephilim. The religion of those days was resurrected by Nimrod and has passed down through the ages in various forms. This is why the symbolism in all religions throughout the world link back to

Saturn and these days.

Saturn is the god of false Israel. The days of Noah precede the return of Messiah. This will be a time where the adversary counterfeits the kingdom of Heaven and the return of the Messiah. Part of this deception is using the name of Israel for his followers.

Mark of the Beast 8 – Solomon & Freemasonry

Solomon is a picture of Messiah Yahshua, as well as the counterfeit antichrist. The beast will be a ‘reincarnated’ Solomon, who builds a false Temple and rules over the earth.

Freemasonry relies heavily on the Temple and Solomon for the foundation of their teachings but in reality, Freemasonry is a continuation of the Mystery religions of old which mixes truth with error. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The main objective of Freemasonry is finding the ‘Lost Word’ which is the Name

of YHWH. They seek to rebuild the Temple of Solomon which on the surface level is speaking of a literal temple, but on a deeper level is speaking of the human body.

The seal of Solomon is the hexagram which is the same as the square and compass of Freemasonry. Freemasonry traces back to the Mystery religions and the Kabbalah. The Kabbalah is a mixture of the doctrines of the mystery religions and the Bible, a perfect picture of the tree of knowledge. The Kabbalah played a major

role in the founding of the United States.

The United States of America has a secret history where it was hoped that it would be a New Atlantis and be used to bring about a New World Order. The Kingdom of the antichrist, the golden age of the gods.

Mark of the Beast 9 – Pentagram

The pentagram is linked with all of the previous chapters. It is another symbol that is used in reference to Messiah but in reality is a counterfeit that points to the antichrist, the ‘god-man’ and the counterfeit kingdom of heaven known as the Golden Age of Saturn.

The pentagram is a symbol tracing back to the hand. It is a counterfeit of the Hand of Elohim who is Messiah and is portrayed by the ‘hand of mysteries.’

The Fibonacci spiral is linked with the number 5 and the pentagram. The Fibonacci Spiral is also known as the Golden ration or Divine Proportion as it was used by the Most High in many of His works of creation. Hence, the counterfeiter seeks to use this proportion to glorify himself over YHWH.

The pentagram was also used in ancient times to represent Jerusalem. This points to Revelation 11 and the description of Jerusalem as Sodom & Egypt. Jerusalem above versus Jerusalem below…

The rose symbol is linked to the pentagram. The rose has been an ancient symbol pointing to the ‘divine feminine.’ It is a symbol of the great mystery of the ancient mystery schools. Man becoming gods.

The crescent moon is linked to the pentagram and displays that Islam is also a religion that traces back to the mysteries.

Baphomet, an image made famous by the Templars, is linked to the pentagram as well. Baphomet represents transformation. Man becoming god.

Freemasonry’s blazing star is described in same instances as the pentagram and is a link between the pentagram and the hexagram.

The pentagram is most famous today for its use in witchcraft and the occult. This traces back to its use in magic and the occult going back to the days of Solomon and beyond.

Ultimately, the image of the pentagram represents the union of opposites. The joining man and god.

Mark of the Beast 10 – The Holy Grail

Many theories have been proposed as to what the Holy Grail is.  Some say it is the chalice with which the Messiah used at the Last Supper, others claim it is Mary Magdalene and the bloodline that supposedly came forth from her union with Christ.  Ultimately, it traces back to the Garden of Eden and the tree of knowledge where the adversary offers ‘eternal life’ which in reality leads to death.  The Holy Grail is a symbol that represents the mark of the beast, a false resurrection/regeneration of the body through the tree of knowledge…

The Holy Grail/Graal is called a stone which the alchemists and initiates into the mysteries called the Philosopher’s stone.  The Philosopher’s stone is the sought after ‘lapis elixir’ which delivers its finder from death.  This traces back to the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  ‘Ye shall not die.’

This stone is linked to the stone that fell from heaven who is  Diana/Asherah who was the wife of Saturn.  Asherah is represented by a tree and called ‘Bethel’, the house of God.  Again linking the Grail back to the tree of knowledge.

The Philosopher’s stone is also said to be in the human body as the pineal gland.  Again, the theme seen is man evolving into godhood.

The stone is linked to the Kaaba of Islam which traces back to the stone that is said to have fallen from the coronet of Lucifer in an ancient battle with the Archangel Michael.

The Holy Grail also traces to the Nephilim bloodlines that have been passed down through the bloodlines of the Illuminati since the days of Noah.  It is this bloodline that makes these men feel that they have the divine right to rule over mankind.  Some of these men, most famously the Merovingians, claim that they descend from a marriage between Messiah and Mary Magdalene.

These traditions have been passed down from the Essenes to the Knights Templars to the organization of Freemasonry and other secret societies.

Biblically, the bloodlines have no relevance.  Salvation comes by grace through faith in Messiah.  Herein lies the choice.  Faith in the Messiah and partaking of the Tree of Life or reliance on blood/DNA and partaking of the tree of knowledge.  The Olive Tree of Israel, whose is Messiah; or the vine of the Illuminati bloodlines…

These bloodlines may claim to trace their lineage back to Messiah or King David but in reality they descend from the Nephilim.  Merovee, from whence sprang the Merovingians, claimed descent from a beast from the sea, Neptune.  Their desire is to set one of their own on the throne at Jerusalem and rule over the world in a counterfeit paradise/new Atlantis.  A replay of the days of Noah.

Zionism comes forth from the men of the bloodlines whose desire is to deceive mankind into thinking their 13 tribes are the true tribes of Israel when in reality they are counterfeits.

The Merovingians and the Priory of Sion are not the only ones who stake claim to the ‘divine’ bloodlines.  The British, through legends of King Arthur and the Stone of Destiny, stake their claim as well.

The Stone of Destiny passed through Ireland whose legends and traditions trace back to Atlantis. Those of the British-Israel movement claim that the Tuatha de Danaan are the northern tribes of Israel who went into exile in 700-800 B.C., but in reality are the Nephilim of old.

Hitler and the Nazis were trying to bring about a 1,000 year reign of the kingdom of Atlantis but failed.  Hitler was a descendant of the Rothschilds who are the real power behind the State of Israel.  When researching the Grail, inevitably, one is led back to false Israel, the synagogue of satan.

Napoleon was another historical figure who attempted to gain power of mankind.  He sought to establish his legitimacy to power by marrying into the Merovingian family.  He also sought to reinstate the Sanhedrin and re-establish the State of Israel.

Archaeological digs that are being done today in Israel are controlled by the Rothschilds who also are main players behind the corruption of the Holy Scriptures by introducing corrupt texts to believers and claiming that they are ‘older’ ‘more reliable’ texts than the Biblical texts that have been around for millenia.

The desire to corrupt the text of the Bible falls in line with their desire to change who the Messiah is.  Change the Word, change the Word who was made flesh.  The inerrancy of the Bible is attacked, the divinity of Messiah is attacked, the crucifixion and resurrection is attacked by these Holy Grail/bloodline adherents.  Their main goal is to legitimize their claims that they have the true faith of Christianity and the real ‘Jesus.’

Ultimately it comes down to the two seeds mentioned in Genesis 3 which represent the two trees in the midst of the garden.  Proponents of the Holy Blood Holy Grail theory attempt to change who Messiah is and change who His people are.  They change the image of the Messiah who is the Tree of Life, corrupting it and making it a counterfeit.  This is the tree of knowledge.  Yahshua is the Olive tree of Yisrael, His branches are His people, the Netsarim sharing the fruit of the tree of life (Proverbs 11:30).  The tree of knowledge points to the adversary and his branches/netsarim.’  Isaiah 14:19 calls Lucifer the abominable branch (netser).  His body consists of the netsarim of the tree of knowledge, the fruit of the serpent (Isaiah 14:29).

Mark of the Beast 11 – Zionism

Zion represents the people and the land of the Covenant.  Biblically, people are equated with landsClick Here. The Scriptures refer to the people and land of the covenant as Zion, so the adversary/counterfeiter desires to be linked with this term Zion.  The adversary seeks to be like the Most High (Isaiah 14:14), sitting on the sides of the North.  This is defined as Mt. Zion.

As discussed throughout this series on the mark, the foundation of the mark  is the image (Acts 17:29) of the God you serve and the covenant with that God.  The mark of YHWH is His covenant which is His Word (Isaiah 42:6; 49:8; Zechariah 9:11; Jeremiah 31:31; Matthew 26:28). The mark of the beast is a counterfeit, the covenant with death (Isaiah 28:15).  We must choose which God we will serve.  YHWH Elohim, the Creator of all things, or the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4).  So too, we must choose which Zion we will be a part of.  The Zion spoken of in the Scriptures which is the body of Messiah, or the Zionism of this world which is the body of the beast/synagogue of satan.

The Messiah returns to earth in vengeance because of the controversy of Zion.  This is defined as the battle between who Zion is.  The Zion of Scriptures or the counterfeit Zion of the world.

Zion is defined as the people of YHWH.  This is further defined in Scripture as the believers in Messiah.  Believers in Messiah are the true chosen people of the Most High.  They are marked with His Mark.  The counterfeit is the ‘chosen people’ who deny Messiah Yahshua.  They are following the path that leads to the mark of the beast.

Zion is His people and His land.  Messiah returns to the earth to save His people and bring about the Kingdom of Heaven.  His angels divide the land and apportion it out to His people.  The counterfeit is the coming of the antichrist who saves his people, the false Israel.  His angels (the fallen angels) divide the land and apportion it out to his people.  This division of the land is linked to the mark that you receive.  The mark of YHWH or the mark of the beast.

The dividing of the land by the fallen angels leads to the slavery of mankind.  The end will be a replay of the Egyptian Exodus and the people of YHWH overcoming the beast through the Lamb of Elohim.

The Assyrian, which is a euphemism for the beast, is the ‘Pharaoh’ who will lead his people to cut the covenant of death with the adversary which is replay of Genesis 3.

The Greater exodus and the regathering of Israel is brought about by Messiah Yahshua.  The counterfeit is the State of Israel and the ‘1948 regathering.’  This false regathering is paving the way for the antichrist to come on the scene and deceive mankind into worshipping him as the savior of Israel.

Rabbinic Judaism traces back to Phariseeism which springs forth form Mystery Babylon.  Scripture defines this religion as the ‘synagogue of satan.’

The Oral law is a ‘poison book’ which is what the definition of 666 points to.  It is a form of the tree of knowledge.

The Kabbalah traces back to the Mystery Religions and the tree of knowledge as well.  Kabbalists believe that the kingdom and Messiah will come through the merit of the Kabbalah.

Judaism traces back to Esau, not Jacob.  Esau is described as the daughter of Babylon in Scripture, again linking Judaism with Mystery Babylon.  Esau seeks to steal the land of the covenant away from true believers.  This is the essence of Zionism.

Zionism traces back to the bloodlines, in specific the Rothschilds.  Fritz Springmeier, a bloodline researcher, speaks of ‘all roads leading to the Rothschilds,’ and when one studies this subject one must concur with his statement.  WWI and WWII were intimitely linked to the Zionist movement as will the planned WWIII between Islam and ‘Judeo-Christianity.’

The Rothschilds are most famous for their banking deals and immense wealth.  This is linked to Revelation 13 as the mark is a prequesite in order to buy and sell when the beast is in power.  This buying and selling is linked to the Temple and the ‘new man.’

Money traces back to the tree of knowledge as the symbology linked to money reveals.  Gold has many mysteries in the esoteric schools, most important of which is the link to turning man into ‘gods.’  It is the counterfeit manna from heaven.  A counterfeit ‘word.’

Zionism is leading to the kingdom of the antichrist and the mark of the beast as well as the Noachide laws which will bring grave persecution to the saints.

The masses are already brainwashed into believing that the Jews are ‘God’s Chosen’ and that ‘Gentile Christians’ are not to keep the Law.  It is not hard to see that when the counterfeit Messiah appears on the scene saving ‘Israel’ from Islam that the world will accept him.  He will re-institute the temple worship and bring fire down from heaven to consume the sacrifices indicating that God accepts him (Revelation 13:13).  He will teach the Oral law/Kabbalah which is called Torah in Judaism but in reality is lawlessness (2Thessalonians 2:3; Matthew 23:28).

Followers of Judaism have been prepared to receive this antichrist ‘torah’ due to the teachings of the Oral Law.  Christians too have been prepared to accept his Noachide laws by a misinterpretation of Acts 15 and the letters of Paul.  It is those who believe in Messiah Yahshua and keep His commandments that will be persecuted (Revelation 12:17; 14:12).  It is those who keep the commandments and belief in Yahshua who will over come the mark of the beast (Revelation 20:4) for they will have been marked with the mark of YHWH.

Mark of the Beast 12 – As Above So Below

‘As above, so below’ represents a kingdom.  There are two choices.  The true Kingdom of Heaven, whose King is Messiah Yahshua or the counterfeit whose king is the beast. There are two paths, one narrow, one broad.  One leads to the Kingdom of Heaven and the tree of Life, the other to the kingdom of the beast and the tree of knowledge.

The types and shadows in the Bible point to Messiah Yahshua. The types and shadows in the mystery religions point to the antichrist.  Man can choose to repent and turn to Messiah and enter into the Wedding supper of the Lamb, or man can rebel and be a part of the wedding supper of the beast.

The concept of ‘as above, so below’ pervades the mark of the beast subject.  The symbols mentioned throughout this study such as the hexagram, cross, crescent, phoenix etc., all derive from this concept.  The union of opposites, the joining of male and female, heaven and earth becoming one.  The macrocosm and the microcosm.

As above so below is best portrayed by the hexagram which is a form of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life but in reality is the tree of knowledge.

In the Mysteries, the image of the hexagram representing ‘as above, so below’ is many times surrounded by the Oroboros.  The oroboros is a serpent eating it’s tail representing eternity or immortality.  It was also a symbol of ‘wisdom’ and traces back to the serpent in the garden of Eden.  The Masonic G also displays this oroboros as the G represents the Hebrew letter gimel which is a pictograph of the camel.  In esoteric thought, the camel represents satan in the garden.

The gimel is also linked to the ‘golem’ the frankenstein like creature of Kabbalistic lore.  The golem represents Adam Kadmon, the ‘god-man’ of Kabbalistic thought.  Adam Kadmon is the human representation of the sephirot, the 10 ’emanations’ of God which is displayed in a 3 pillar ‘tree of life’.

The concept of ‘as above, so below’ is a counterfeit of ‘Thy will be done, here on earth as it is in heaven.’  This is the essence of the war that has existed since the beginning.  Man must choose between the Will of YHWH or his own will.  The tree of Life or the tree of knowledge (ye shall be as gods knowing good and evil…ie choosing your own way).  His Will is His Torah, His Image, His mark.  Believers are called to die to themselves that His Will/Word/Mark can be formed through us.

The Kingdom of Heaven is a restoration of the Garden of Eden.  Consequently, the counterfeit kingdom of heaven (the kingdom of the beast) is a counterfeit Eden.  Zion vs. Sion.  The Olive tree of Israel who is Messiah, the Tree of Life, or the false olive of Israel who is the beast, the tree of knowledge.

The land is likened unto a bride in Scripture.  The bride of Messiah is His kingdom and His people.  The bride of the beast is his land and his people.  The Israel of Elohim vs. the Israel of the flesh likened unto Sodom in Egypt in the book of Revelation.  False Eden, False Zion, False Jerusalem is equated with 666.  The inheritance of the land is also linked with a mark.  Man must choose between the Jerusalem above, or the Jerusalem below.

The coming of Messiah Yahshua is spoken of as a wedding in Scripture (Revelation 19:7-9) and is foreshadowed in Eden when Eve was brought to Adam.  As with most of Scripture, the adversary will counterfeit this wedding with his bride.

The Feasts of Scripture are wedding rehearsals for this event.  The feasts of the beasts are wedding rehearsals as well.  The beast seeks to change the times and law because this corrupts the Image of the Most High.  This is the primary objective of the adversary, to counterfeit YHWH in order to corrupt His image and consequently His body.

His body is His Temple of which was also a picture of Messiah.  In every culture where the religion of the Mysteries existed there were temples which displayed the ‘as above, so below’ concept.  In many cases they were very similar to the Tabernacle & Temple of YHWH, displaying the counterfeit of the adversary.

Entire cities have been built to display ‘as above, so below’ and man’s innate desire to return to paradise.  Giza, Teotihuacan and in modern times Washington D.C. were built to align with the stars and the movements of the heavenly bodies.  Washington D.C. is especially significant as America’s ‘destiny’ is to be a ‘New Atlantis’ to bring about a ‘new world order’ which is in reality a return to the golden age of the gods/Atlantis/the days of Noah.

From crop circles, to the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx to Lincoln’s Memorial, initiates have continually built edifices to the gods with the desire to return to the days where the ‘gods’ dwelt with mankind.

However, On earth as it is in heaven can only come when YHWH ends the exile (Exile is likened unto death). This is pictured when Adam was exiled out of the garden and later in the exile of Israel due to disobedience. Adam was cast out of the garden due to disobedience and can only re-enter through Messiah.  The cherubim who guarded the way are pictured in the Tabernacle/Temple in the Holy of Holies.  This veil is only entered through Messiah (Matthew 27:51; Hebrews 10:20; 6:19; 9:3; 2 Corinthians 3:16; Luke 23:45).  This exile is ended through the resurrection of the dead when we are born again into the Image of Messiah, covered in His garments of salvation.

The adversary seeks to counterfeit this with ‘as above, so below.’  He gives a counterfeit Regathering (end of exile) which is pictured by the false State of Israel, ultimately being fulfilled by a false Garden of Eden where man is given the opportunity to overcome death in the flesh by partaking of the fruit of the tree of knowledge.  This is the food of the wedding supper of the beast where his bride will put on corrupted garments of his false priesthood.

Mark of the Beast 13 – Ye Shall Be As Gods

The Holy Scriptures teach that the end is revealed out of the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). The first temptation of man was to eat from the tree of knowledge that he might be as a god. In the end this will be the same temptation man must face. The religions of mankind of today all point to this fact.

The Jewish religion teaches of ‘Adam Kadmon’ the divine man. Catholic teaching speaks of ‘God becoming man so that man can become God’. This is the also doctrine of Mormonism. The New Age movement speaks of man ‘evolving’ into ‘godhood.’ This is the doctrine of the religions of the East as well (Buddhism, Hinduism etc).

From the garden, through the days of Noah and on the other side of the Flood this doctrine has been passed down from the Mysteries to the religions of today.

The lie of the serpent in the Garden of ‘ye shall be as gods’ has passed down through history in types and shadows (spiritual realm) and will eventually play out in the physical realm in the end of days via DNA alteration.

‘Ye shall be as gods’ traces back to the Garden of Eden and the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the ‘root’ of this study. The phrase םיהלאכ ‘like god’ has the numerical equivalent of 666. This sets the precedent for this number and it proves to be the underlying doctrine of the beast system from the Garden unto today.

The number 666 in Revelation is displayed through the Greek letters which would be rendered into the Hebrew as the letter tav which is a picture of two crossed sticks. The letter samekh which is the picture of a thorn or branch. The Greek stigma means a mark and is used to represent a coiled serpent. Here, pictographically, it can be seen that 666 points to the serpent in the tree of knowledge. It should come as no surprise then, that a serpent and a tree is at the basis for all the mystery religions of man throughout history.

The mysteries speak of the Kundalini spirit which is supposed to be a serpent coiled at the base of the spine which climbs the 33 backbone of the vertebrae until it reaches the pineal gland in the brain where man then becomes an enlightened being with his ‘third eye’ opened…knowing good and evil. The pineal gland looks like a pine cone and was represented as such in the mysteries of old. Many believe that the pineal gland’s secretions are linked with the ‘activation’ of dormant DNA, a.k.a.

junk DNA, to lead man into his next step of evolution.

From Cain to the days of Noah and Nimrod, down through the mysteries and to the major religions of today, the same doctrine is seen in varying degrees. ‘Ye shall be as gods.’ Some religions offer more fruit from the good side of the tree of knowledge than others, but it is still fruit from the tree that leads to death. Man must put his trust in Messiah alone, that he may partake from the tree of Life. The only source of eternal life.

Mark of the Beast 14 – DNA

The mark of the beast is a counterfeit of the mark of YHWH which is His Image, His Word. DNA, in specific human DNA, is a physical representation of the Word. The DNA in the body of man is the ‘word’/blueprint which is used to produce man who was created in the image of Elohim. A corruption of the human DNA genome would constitute a corruption of the Image of YHWH and His Word. Messiah Yahshua came to earth as the Word made flesh. The antichrist beast manifests as a corruption of the Word, a counterfeit Image of YHWH.

Going back to Volume 1 in the Biblical definition of the mark of the beast, it is seen that the mark is equated with the image of the one you serve. Whether YHWH and His mark, the tree of Life or the adversary and his mark, the tree of knowledge. The word for mark in Hebrew is תא which represents the Hebrew Alphabet. This is significant as DNA is a perfect portrayal of the Hebrew language.

DNA is the language of the book that is used to form our bodies, just as the Hebrew language is the language of the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us.

The DNA molecule is the instruction manual for the forming of amino acids which make the structural elements of proteins that turn into the biochemical units that drive all biological processes.

The proteins formed from the amino acids which the DNA molecule makes are 22 in number corresponding to the 22 letters in the Hebrew Aleph-Bet. These 22 letters point to Messiah Yahshua who is the Alef & the Tav, the Alpha & the Omega (the Alphabet).

The word for sign תוא which is the same word in Hebrew word a ‘letter’. The 22 letters of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet form the Image of the Messiah who is the Word made flesh. This is seen in the physical realm in our bodies where the DNA forms 22 amino acids which make the proteins for each individual part of our bodies.

DNA is used to make up proteins whose etymology brings forth interesting connections to the DNA-Hebrew language connection. DNA creates 22 amino acids which correspond to the 22 letters of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet. These 22 amino acids combine to form the proteins of the body. Interestingly, the word protein comes from the Greek word ‘protos’ which comes from the Hebrew word ‘avar.’ ‘Avar’ is the root of the word ‘ivrit’ (Hebrew).

DNA further connects to the Hebrew language through grammar. Each Hebrew word traces back to a 2 letter ‘parent root.’ This parent root, for the most part, can’t be used in a sentence without the addition of a 3rd letter. Hebrew verbs require a 3 consonant root in order to be conjugated. This 3 letter root is called the ‘child root.’

The DNA helix is formed through the combination of 2 nucleotides. Adenine and Thymine or Cytosine and Guanine combinations. In order for amino acids of the genetic code to be formed into proteins the nucleotides must combine into 3 letter combinations to make ‘codons.’ When the DNA is in the nucleus, the DNA contains two letter pairs held together by hydrogen bonds. The letters are unable to form a body without leaving the nucleus and taking on a 3rd letter, just like the Hebrew language. In order to take on a 3rd letter the DNA helix must “unwind”, where it copies itself onto messenger RNA. The letters then make one long string of letters. Just like an ancient Torah scroll.

The DNA letters are “transcribed” by Messenger RNA, just as Scribes transcribed one Torah scroll onto another scroll. The messenger RNA is also called the Servant RNA.

You can not add or take away from the DNA or a mutation results, just as was warned in the Holy Scriptures (Deuteronomy 12:32; Matthew 5:17).

The epigenome is likened unto an invisible wind that moves upon the genome and turns on or off certain parts of the DNA information in order to ultimately make life. The epigenome that ‘translates’ the genetic code is likened to the Spirit. The Holy Spirit teaches man and leads him to interpret the Word correctly where he can be formed into the Image of Messiah. (2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 4:19; Romans 8:29) whereas the spirit of evil works in the children of disobedience where the Word is corrupted and leads to them being formed into the corrupted man of sin (Ephesians 2:2-3; Isaiah 1:4; 57:4; 1 Peter 1:13-16).

The ribosomes ‘read’ the 22 amino acids in order to form proteins. Ribosomes are a picture of Scribes. The etymology of Ribosomes plays out this understanding in greater depth.

The nucleotides (letters) of the DNA strand attach to a sugar-phosphate backbone. Sugar (sweetness) and phosphate (light) are both appellations of the Word, yet further connecting DNA-the Hebrew language and the Word.

There are 46 chromosomes in the human body corresponding to the combination of the Hebrew and Greek languages of which the Holy Scriptures were written. 22 letters in Hebrew + 24 letters in Greek combine to bring forth life.

The human body is linked to books. Trees are linked to books. Humans are linked to trees…All these things are linked together and show that the DNA/book which forms man is ultimately linked to the tree of which he is a part of. The tree of Life which brings life, or the tree of knowledge which brings forth death.

It is clear that DNA points to the Word. His Word is His Name which is His Mark. The counterfeiter seeks to be like the Most High so it is seen all throughout history where the beast corrupts this Word, whether literally or in types and shadows. A corruption of the Word/DNA leads to the mark of the beast.

There are two paths that man can choose. The tree of Life and Messiah Yahshua or the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the beast/satan. Man can repent and die to himself to be made alive through Yahshua and the resurrection or man can seek to be made ‘gods’ through the fallen angels and manipulation of DNA.

The ELECT

As there are many discussions on the end of times or end of the world or end of Mayan Calendar or the end of Piscean age transition to beginning of Aquarian age, it might be helpful to understand who are those that are promised will survive to enjoy the next era.

The Elect – 
God’s Chosen People
To the Christians dispersed among the nations Peter writes: “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy” (1 Peter 2:9,10).
What a privilege it is to be God’s chosen people. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, and the people whom He has chosen as His own inheritance” (Psalm 33:12). On the last day, only God’s elect will be saved: “And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matthew 24:31 // Mark 13:27).
The concept of God’s chosen people is first found in the Old Testament. God chose Israel as His special people. “And because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them; and He brought you out of Egypt with His Presence, with His mighty power” (Deuteronomy 4:37). “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth” (Deuteronomy 7:6 // Deuteronomy 14:2).
“But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, The descendants of Abraham My friend. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its farthest regions, And said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away; Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand'” (Isaiah 41:8-11).
Who are God’s chosen people now? Jesus warned: “Many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14 // Matthew 20:16).
Now that the promised Messiah has come, God’s chosen people are they who accept Him as Lord and Savior: “For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall come to pass that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people'” (Acts 3:22,23). “Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work. What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were hardened” (Romans 11:5-7).
The election is no longer based on physical lineage, but on one’s relationship with the Messiah: “He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful” (Revelation 17:14).
The election of physical Israel was but a sign of a higher spiritual election on the basis, not of the lineage of Abraham, but of the faith of Abraham. This was God’s plan even before the creation of the world. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:3-6).
As Peter says in the salutation of his first letter, this election in Christ is based on the foreknowledge of God: “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied” (1 Peter 1:1,2).
Paul explains this more fully in his letter to the Romans. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us” (Romans 8:28-34).
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do” (Colossians 3:12,13).
This election before the foundation of the world was in Christ, which means that we are part of God’s chosen people only if we are in Christ and remain in Him. Peter tells us how we can make our calling and election sure: “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:2-11).

DIGNITIES / POWER

Dignities are how power is defined and wielded. The one that is the highest ranking dignitary is also referred to as the Almuten: The one holding the most essential dignity in the chart or in a specific degree in a given sign.

DIGNITIES – MUTUAL RECEPTION – RECIPROCATION

SIGN
The dignity of sign rulership, for example a planet in it’s own sign which it rules, is like a lord of there within his own own power and self interest. Having an aspect which both planets are in each others sign of rulership offers a way to get back to normal and give each other dignified status through the exchange which is in both their best interests.

EXALTATION
The dignity of exaltation is similar to being a guest of honor, for example being treated royally with highest honors such as an honorary degree that is given by some universities. It is a prestigious placement. To offer that to another through mutual reception this, is very respectful and admiring or interested in honoring with that prestige, their noblest traits. This kind of exchange is highly rewarding and beneficial in that sense. An aspect between planets which are in each others exaltation is therefore likely to achieve some high gain and benefits. This is why it is considered to help mitigate difficult aspects and some other debilities to have such a dignified reciprocation present.

TRIPLICITY
The dignity of Triplicity which means of three, has the diurnal which refers to the day chart with Sun above the horizon, above and beyond the degree of 7H cusp. The nocturnal refers to the night chart charts where Sun is below the horizon and is on or beyond the Ascendent degree or somewhere throughout from 1st to 7th Cusp. Day and night rulers are assigned their rulerships and these are taken into account when deciding which has power. The participating triplicity does not depend on day or night and is the third one. This may be like warmly participating with some friendly interest and sharing. The participating tends to be overlooked since Lilly disregarded it’s inclusion in his tables, as he was said to find it had less effect on interactions, from what he witnessed in his practice having to do with Horary, but did refer to it somewhat for natal interpretations. Before that, it was a participation that helps things between aspects in some nice way. It is just not as obvious and strong a dignity such as by sign or exaltation where participation is not an issue so much as granting or holding a more absolute power. It seems more optional as if whether would like to share in and participate which doesn’t matter day or night. So to offer it to each other between planets is a nice gesture of friendly civility. This can help mitigate a difficult aspect somewhat then through friendly persuasion that is kindly.

TERM
The dignity of terms, also known as bounds, are given a limited amount of power over that area in a sign. They are still ruled by the sign which is their overlord, but if in own terms, may have some say for maintaining some of their preferences in order to feel some comfort there while are not in their home sign. To exchange this dignity between planets in a mutual reception is to have some benefit to accomidate each other in some way that is acceptable to each of each other though they have a different ruler, they can form a treaty or handle each other in their preferred manner in making the exchange to fulfill the aspect beneficially.

FACE
The dignity of face or decan refers to the decant meaning ten degrees sections throughout the zodiac assigned to various rulers. These do not rule the sign or have exaltation there, but have some dignity or status by that. Some refer to that as saving face or just being given a recognition and sometimes that can make a beneficial difference helping mitigate or affirm an aspect. Mutual reception by face, is like both nodding in agreement when meeting in the street or wherever it may be. They have some respect for each other and abide that with each other.

PERIGRINE
The lack of standing in any of own dignity is referred to as perigrine. This is a weakness of not having any of one’s own power by subject to other than themselves. They have no invested interest or aim and are like wild lost wanderers . If they find through aspect or such a mutual or mixed reception with another, they may be benefited and be put back to a more normal feeling, motivation and aim through that alliance.

DETRIMENT
The indignity of detriment is damaging and ruinous of better traits in that circumstance where are given in to being taken over and ruled by an enemy or where they are not safe and sound or have power to manage themselves well. To offer indignity to another is not beneficial nor attractive. They see by aspect in detriment of another, that it is some discomfort involved and some unacceptable trait or manner or feeling that they might identify badly in reference with them. Being in each others detriment are like in enemy camps and they do not wish each other the benefit of the doubt or enjoy any good benefit unless are also in some of their other dignities, which is mixed or ambivalent attitude where the bad outweighs the good, though they may wish to enjoy the mixed blessing through such an aspect. They don’t seem whole heartedly involved with it. There is mutual despise or disrespect as enemy influences or derisive discomfort is all that is afforded between those mutually in each others detriment. There is something abhorrent involved that is discomforting to both in the exchange. They may be bringing out some of the worst in each other. What signs they are in may impart or determine the nature of what that is worst of more exactly.

FALL
The indignity of being in fall, or fallen is a kind of disgrace. This is an overwhelm by an unfriendly influence or ruler that is like an enemy whose snare or pit they are in danger of suffering in or through. They fall short of their desires and potential and find it less than fulfilling to be put down there in humiliation or subjected derision that they don’t measure up good enough or well. To mutually exchange this is not beneficial to either and is less than ideal for both parties which may find it distasteful somehow or substandard. This is a low regard, the lowly, the lowbrow, the under achiever who may resort to less than proper means and methods of operating under this. A low battery or signal doesn’t create enough current to provide adequate power to meet safe and wholesomeness standards. Low esteem which cheapens the dignity by being in the fall of it.

RECIPROCATION

Mutual Reception and of any sort is a kind of remedy for some of the difficulties and debilities that aspects might be succumbed to otherwise.

MIXED RECEPTION

Some reciprocations are not of same kind of dignity, referred to as mixed reception where both exchange some of each others dignity or are in some level of the others dignity that is not equivalent to what the other is standing in such as one being in the others term, while the other is that ones exaltation, for example. This is not the classic reiprocation, but may impart some benefit to both to ensure the exchange goes well or mitigate some difficulty, though not as even and thereby not as assuredly, though they do honor and respect or accept each other to varying amounts between themselves, which by all means is still kind of good.

Dignities are useful in determining the Almuten of a degree. Which is the rather Midieval way to determine what planet has the most power of that particular degree. The degree in a given sign, of any point, house cusp or planet that might happen to be in or on that particular degree. The dignities are weighted in Classical Astrology for this kind of purpose though it wasn’t necessarily part of the way they were originally meant to be defined, by this concocted way of weighting them, that is. The Almutens were not used as significators to any extent judging according to the texts handed down over the centuries concerning their weights. Not until most recently, have some traditional kinds of modern day practitioners begun using them as such, when looking to examples. As an alternative co-significator is a use the Almuten might be put to. Some circumstances where a co or alternate might be looked for to be found.

The point system devised to weight the powers of dignity:

Sign rulership is given 5 points.

Sign of Exaltation whether or not in the degree of exaltation there = 4 points.

Triplicity is given 3 points, depending on if it is a day or night chart or if are using Participating triplicity. This is a warm friendly dignity given 3 points.

Term is a more limited dignity also called bounds which is given 2 points.

Face, saving face, also know as decan (derived of 10 in Greek) given 1 point.

Ancient texts defining the lessor dignities seem to be lost or obscured when some of details concerning their translation took place, but it has been held that it wasn’t that those dignities of term and face were so scant, so much as it pertained to them, that they are ruled by another planet. They have some dignified standing, though the status is not as overlord, by comparison with the sign ruler.

The almuten for Part of Fortune for example may be different than it’s depositor which is generally looked at for signification of PoF. Almutens are used as significators or alternate co-rulers of houses that they hold the most power of natural dignity in the particular degree. The almuten of the chart is said to be the body that holds the most dignity, this is not quite the same as the final depositor. Almutens are not used that much, as many ancient and classical astrologers didn’t consider them by wieghts and made no mention of that when it was handed down or translated. It was devised as a way to wieght the powers of dignities.

ACCIDENTAL DIGNITY

Accidental dignity is taken by accident of being in or on an angle where it is made strong regardless of it’s inherit essential dignity or lack of thereof. Placement in and close to the degree of the angle gives it power to act in a cardinal house. Cardinal is said to be defined by movement. This is an action house of movers and shakers, so to speak. However, if there is some other debility to act or indignity, that may even out or if they are farther away from the angle into the next sign, they may not hold as much precedence being a bit over the horizon or in the dark side of the house, as some refer to that area when not using whole sign method of house division. Being placed in a bad house, which is associated especially, with the 8th and 6th, is accidental detriment on the other hand. The houses are weighted as to their quality and power of good and bad effectiveness. Having a mutual reception, is a way of getting back to normal by having an interaction that is beneficial. The interaction would be an aspect. It is traditionally supposed that mutual reception is to be channeled by an aspect and helps confirm and hold promise of a good aspect or help mitigate a harsh one. Mutual reception is when planets are in each others dignities of equal dignity such as sign or exaltation, but can be of lessor dignities which offer some portion of dignity or benefit to the other as reward or comfort which may be of mixed dignities between them referred to mixed reception. That is put under the umbrella of M/R.

RETROGRADE PLANETS

A retrograde planet is said not as cooperative or likely to offer benefit of mutual reception because it is not returning the light properly or fully. It doesn’t help soon enough or too little too late or not in the right way to be of use. It begrudges or holds back and is introverted so that it doesn’t perfect the exchange properly. Retrograde is a debility to act in way or time as it should be or would expect of it as when it is direct. Ir might abuse or misuse or misdirect it’s power or attribute the benefits to the wrong interest or take things the wrong way by mistake. An intercepted planet or light is similar to retrograde in some ways also, it isn’t expressing or allowing to exhibit it’s qualities or dignities or hiding it’s indignity as the case may be. It would need a closer inspection how that is playing out, because is not as would ordinarily assume it should be. It is said to behave out of contrarity. That is not as dignified in way, time nor manner that would ordinarily assume it should act. So it is uncooperative and holds back some of the light and introverts it instead of reflecting it well enough, which may be somewhat disappointing to behold.

Added below are some graphs for Part of Fortune. In a bad house or sign or on a malefic fixed star, it can become accidentally unfortunate like the part of Misfortune in some regard. This helps illustrate house weighting and how accidental dignity is considered.

Part of Fortune Table

As mentioned above, certain non-zodiacal circumstances affect a planet’s strength, or ability to “perform” within a chart. For instance, certain houses strengthen planets, while others weaken them. Lilly ranked the strength of the houses in the following order: 1, 10, 7, 4, 11, 5, 9, 3, 2, 8, 6, 12. According to Anthony Louis, Lilly derived this ranking from Dorotheus, whose order was slightly different. To Dorotheus, the most harmful houses are (from least harmful to most) 3,2,8,6,12.
<p style=”text-align:center;”>Traditional astrologers devised point systems to evaluate the strength of planets (and the Part of Fortune). The table below shows the point system used by Lilly and most present-day traditional astrologers to evaluate the strengths of planets and the Pars Fortuna. This system measures the combined effects of essential and accidental dignity. Dignities/Strengths are added, Debilities/weaknesses subtracted.


STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE PLANETS

ESSENTIAL DIGNITIES

ESSENTIAL DEBILITIES

A Planet in its own sign or in mutual reception by sign +5 A planet in its Detriment -5
A planet in its exlatation, or in mutual reception by exaltation +4 In its Fall -4
In its own triplicity (day or night) +3 Peregrine -5
In its own term +2
In its own decanate or face +1

ACCIDENTAL DIGNITIES

ACCIDENTAL DEBILITIES.

In the Midheaven or Ascendant +5 In the 12th House -5
In the 7th, 4th and 11th Houses +4 In the 8th and 6th -2
In the 2nd and 5th +3 Retrograde -5
In the 9th +2 Slower than average daily motion -2
In the 3rd House +1 Saturn, Jupiter, Mars Occidental -2
Direct (doesn’t apply to Sun and Moon) +4 Moon Decreasing in Light -2
Faster than Average Daily Motion +2 Combust the Sun (between 17′ and 8.5°) -5
Saturn, Mars, Jupiter Oriental +2 Under the Sun’s Beams (between 8.5° and 17° of Sun -4
Mercury, Venus Occidental +2 Partile conjunction with Moon’s south nodes -4
The Moon Occidental, or increasing in light +2 Beseiged between Saturn and Mars -5
Free from combustion and the Sun’s rays +5 Partile opposition of Saturn or Mars -4
Cazimi +5 Partile square of Saturn or Mars -3
Partile conjunction with Jupiter or Venus +5 Within 5° of Caput Agol -5
Partile conjunction with Moon’s North Node +4
Partile Trine with Jupiter or Venus +4
Partile sextile with Jupiter or Venus +3
Partile conjunction with Regulus. +6
Partile conjunction with Spica +5
[* Cor Leonis (Regulus) is at 29°50′ Leo in Jan. 2000] [*Caput Agol is at 26°10′ Taurus in January 2000
[**Spica is at 23d°50′ Libra in Jan. 2000]

STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESS OF THE PART OF FORTUNE
STRENGTHS

WEAKNESSES

In Taurus and Pisces +5 In Scorpio, Capricorn, or Aquarius -5
In Libra, Sagittarius, Leo, Cancer +4 In Aries 0
In Gemini +3 Partile conjunction Saturn or Mars -5
In terms of Venus and Jupiter when in Virgo +2 Partile opposition Saturn or Mars -4
Partile conjunction with Jupiter or Venus +5 Partile conjunction Moon’s South Node -3
Partile trine with Jupiter or Venus +4 In Terms of Saturn or Mars -2
Partile sextile of Jupiter or Venus +3 In the 12th House -5
Partile conjuntion with Moon’s North Node +3 In the 8th or 6th House -4
In the 1st or 10th House +5 Combust -5
In the 7th, 4th, 11th House +4 Conjunct Caput Algol -5
In the 2nd or 5th House +3
In the 9th House +2
In the 3rd House +1
Conjunct Regulus +6
Conjunct Spica +5
Neither Combust nor under the Sun’s Beams +5

Here is the table of average daily motion (i.e., per 24 hours) for the luminaries and traditional planets:

Planet/Luminary Avg. Daily Motion
Sun 0°59′
Moon 13°11′
Mercury 1°23′
Venus 1°12′
Mars 0°31′
Jupiter 0°05′
Saturn 0°02′

Dignities are how power is defined. The one that is the highest ranking dignitary is also referred to as the Almuten.

DIGNITIES – MUTUAL RECEPTION -RECIPROCATION

SIGN
The dignity of sign rulership, for example a planet in it’s own sign which it rules, is like a lord of there within his own own power and self interest. Having an aspect which both planets are in each others sign of rulership offers a way to get back to normal and give each other dignified status through the exchange which is in both their best interests.

EXALTATION
The dignity of exaltation is similar to being a guest of honor, for example being treated royally with highest honors such as an honorary degree that is given by some universities. It is a prestigious placement. To offer that to another through mutual reception this, is very respectful and admiring or interested in honoring with that prestige, their noblest traits. This kind of exchange is highly rewarding and beneficial in that sense. An aspect between planets which are in each others exaltation is therefore likely to achieve some high gain and benefits. This is why it is considered to help mitigate difficult aspects and some other debilities to have such a dignified reciprocation present.

TRIPLICITY
The dignity of Triplicity which means of three, has the diurnal which refers to the day chart with Sun above the horizon, above and beyond the degree of 7H cusp. The nocturnal refers to the night chart charts where Sun is below the horizon and is on or beyond the Ascendent degree or somewhere throughout from 1st to 7th Cusp. Day and night rulers are assigned their rulerships and these are taken into account when deciding which has power. The participating triplicity does not depend on day or night and is the third one. This may be like warmly participating with some friendly interest and sharing. The participating tends to be overlooked since Lilly disregarded it’s inclusion in his tables, as he was said to find it had less effect on interactions, from what he witnessed in his practice having to do with Horary, but did refer to it somewhat for natal interpretations. Before that, it was a participation that helps things between aspects in some nice way. It is just not as obvious and strong a dignity such as by sign or exaltation where participation is not an issue so much as granting or holding a more absolute power. It seems more optional as if whether would like to share in and participate which doesn’t matter day or night. So to offer it to each other between planets is a nice gesture of friendly civility. This can help mitigate a difficult aspect somewhat then through friendly persuasion that is kindly.

TERM
The dignity of terms, also known as bounds, are given a limited amount of power over that area in a sign. They are still ruled by the sign which is their overlord, but if in own terms, may have some say for maintaining some of their preferences in order to feel some comfort there while are not in their home sign. To exchange this dignity between planets in a mutual reception is to have some benefit to accomidate each other in some way that is acceptable to each of each other though they have a different ruler, they can form a treaty or handle each other in their preferred manner in making the exchange to fulfill the aspect beneficially.

FACE
The dignity of face or decan refers to the decant meaning ten degrees sections throughout the zodiac assigned to various rulers. These do not rule the sign or have exaltation there, but have some dignity or status by that. Some refer to that as saving face or just being given a recognition and sometimes that can make a beneficial difference helping mitigate or affirm an aspect. Mutual reception by face, is like both nodding in agreement when meeting in the street or wherever it may be. They have some respect for each other and abide that with each other.

PERIGRINE
The lack of standing in any of own dignity is referred to as perigrine. This is a weakness of not having any of one’s own power by subject to other than themselves. They have no invested interest or aim and are like wild lost wanderers . If they find through aspect or such a mutual or mixed reception with another, they may be benefited and be put back to a more normal feeling, motivation and aim through that alliance.

DETRIMENT
The indignity of detriment is damaging and ruinous of better traits in that circumstance where are given in to being taken over and ruled by an enemy or where they are not safe and sound or have power to manage themselves well. To offer indignity to another is not beneficial nor attractive. They see by aspect in detriment of another, that it is some discomfort involved and some unacceptable trait or manner or feeling that they might identify badly in reference with them. Being in each others detriment are like in enemy camps and they do not wish each other the benefit of the doubt or enjoy any good benefit unless are also in some of their other dignities, which is mixed or ambivalent attitude where the bad outweighs the good, though they may wish to enjoy the mixed blessing through such an aspect. They don’t seem whole heartedly involved with it. There is mutual despise or disrespect as enemy influences or derisive discomfort is all that is afforded between those mutually in each others detriment. There is something abhorrent involved that is discomforting to both in the exchange. They may be bringing out some of the worst in each other. What signs they are in may impart or determine the nature of what that is worst of more exactly.

FALL
The indignity of being in fall, or fallen is a kind of disgrace. This is an overwhelm by an unfriendly influence or ruler that is like an enemy whose snare or pit they are in danger of suffering in or through. They fall short of their desires and potential and find it less than fulfilling to be put down there in humiliation or subjected derision that they don’t measure up good enough or well. To mutually exchange this is not beneficial to either and is less than ideal for both parties which may find it distasteful somehow or substandard. This is a low regard, the lowly, the lowbrow, the under achiever who may resort to less than proper means and methods of operating under this. A low battery or signal doesn’t create enough current to provide adequate power to meet safe and wholesomeness standards. Low esteem which cheapens the dignity by being in the fall of it.

MIXED RECEPTION
The aspect that brings them into contact has one offering the other a different level of dignity in the reciprocation. Such as one planet is in the exaltation of the other, while the other is in the term which is not same level of dignity being exchanged.

Mutual Reception and RECIPROCATION of any sort is a kind of remedy for some of the difficulties and debilities that aspects might be succumbed to otherwise.

Dignities are useful in determining the Almuten of a degree. Which is the rather Midieval way to determine what planet has the most power of that particular degree. The degree in a given sign, of any point, house cusp or planet that might happen to be in or on that particular degree. The dignities are weighted in Classical Astrology for this kind of purpose though it wasn’t necessarily part of the way they were originally meant to be defined, by this concocted way of weighting them, that is. The Almutens were not used as significators to any extent judging according to the texts handed down over the centuries concerning their weights. Not until most recently, have some traditional kinds of modern day practitioners begun using them as such, when looking to examples. As an alternative co-significator is a use the Almuten might be put to. Some circumstances where a co or alternate might be looked for to be found.

The point system devised to weight the powers of dignity:

Sign of Rulership is given 5 points.

Sign of Exaltation whether or not in the degree of exaltation there = 4 points.

Triplicity is given 3 points, depending on if it is a day or night chart or if are using Participating triplicity. This is a warm friendly dignity given 3 points.

Term is a more limited dignity also called bounds which is given 2 points.

Face, saving face, also know as Decan (derived of 10 in Greek) given 1 point.

Ancient texts defining the lessor dignities seem to be lost or obscured when some of details concerning their translation took place, but it has been held that it wasn’t that those dignities of term and face were so scant, so much as it pertained to them, that they are ruled by another planet. They have some dignified standing, though the status is not as overlord, by comparison with the sign ruler.

The almuten for Part of Fortune for example may be different than it’s depositor which is generally looked at for signification of PoF. Almutens are used as significators or alternate co-rulers of houses that they hold the most power of natural dignity in the particular degree. The almuten of the chart is said to be the body that holds the most dignity, this is not quite the same as the final depositor. Almutens are not used that much, as many ancient and classical astrologers didn’t consider them by wieghts and made no mention of that when it was handed down or translated. It was devised as a way to wieght the powers of dignities.

Accidental dignity is taken by accident of being in or on an angle where it is made strong regardless of it’s inherit dignity or lack of thereof. Placement in and close to the degree of the angle gives it power to act in a cardinal house. Cardinal is said to be defined by movement. This is an action house of movers and shakers, so to speak. However, if there is some other debility to act or indignity, that may even out or if they are farther away from the angle into the next sign, they may not hold as much precedence being a bit over the horizon or in the dark side of the house, as some refer to that area when not using whole sign method of house division. Being placed in a bad house, which is associated especially, with the 8th and 6th, is accidental detriment on the other hand. The houses are weighted as to their quality and power of good and bad effectiveness. Having a mutual reception, is a way of getting back to normal by having an interaction that is beneficial. The interaction would be an aspect. It is traditionally supposed that mutual reception is to be channeled by an aspect and helps confirm and hold promise of a good aspect or help mitigate a harsh one. Mutual reception is when planets are in each others dignities of equal dignity such as sign or exaltation, but can be of lessor dignities which offer some portion of dignity or benefit to the other as reward or comfort which may be of mixed dignities between them referred to mixed reception. That is put under the umbrella of M/R.

A retrograde planet is said not as cooperative or likely to offer benefit of mutual reception because it is not returning the light properly or fully. It doesn’t help soon enough or too little too late or not in the right way to be of use. It begrudges or holds back and is introverted so that it doesn’t perfect the exchange properly. Retrograde is a debility to act in way or time as it should be or would expect of it as when it is direct. An intercepted planet or light is similar to retrograde in some ways also, it isn’t expressing or allowing to exhibit it’s qualities or dignities or hiding it’s indignity as the case may be. It would need a closer inspection how that is playing out, because is not as would ordinarily assume it should be. It is said to behave out of contrarity. That is not as dignified in way, time nor manner that would ordinarily assume it should act. So it is uncooperative and holds back some of the light and introverts it instead of reflecting it well enough, which may be somewhat disappointing to behold.

Added below are some graphs for Part of Fortune. In a bad house or sign or on a malefic fixed star, it can become accidentally unfortunate like the part of Misfortune in some regard. This helps illustrate house weighting and how accidental dignity is considered.

As mentioned above, certain non-zodiacal circumstances affect a planet’s strength, or ability to “perform” within a chart. For instance, certain houses strengthen planets, while others weaken them. Lilly ranked the strength of the houses in the following order: 1, 10, 7, 4, 11, 5, 9, 3, 2, 8, 6, 12. According to Anthony Louis, Lilly derived this ranking from Dorotheus, whose order was slightly different. To Dorotheus, the most harmful houses are (from least harmful to most) 3,2,8,6,12.

Traditional astrologers devised point systems to evaluate the strength of planets (and the Part of Fortune). The table below shows the point system used by Lilly and most present-day traditional astrologers to evaluate the strengths of planets and the Pars Fortuna. This system measures the combined effects of essential and accidental dignity. Dignities/Strengths are added, Debilities/weaknesses subtracted.
STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE PLANETS

ESSENTIAL DIGNITIES +

ESSENTIAL DEBILITIES –

A Planet in its own sign or in mutual reception by sign +5 A planet in its Detriment -5
A planet in its exlatation, or in mutual reception by exaltation +4 In its Fall -4
In its own triplicity (day or night) +3 Peregrine -5
In its own term +2
In its own decanate or face +1

ACCIDENTAL DIGNITIES

ACCIDENTAL DEBILITIES.

In the Midheaven or Ascendant +5 In the 12th House -5
In the 7th, 4th and 11th Houses +4 In the 8th and 6th -2
In the 2nd and 5th +3 Retrograde -5
In the 9th +2 Slower than average daily motion -2
In the 3rd House +1 Saturn, Jupiter, Mars Occidental -2
Direct (doesn’t apply to Sun and Moon) +4 Moon Decreasing in Light -2
Faster than Average Daily Motion +2 Combust the Sun (between 17′ and 8.5°) -5
Saturn, Mars, Jupiter Oriental +2 Under the Sun’s Beams (between 8.5° and 17° of Sun -4
Mercury, Venus Occidental +2 Partile conjunction with Moon’s south nodes -4
The Moon Occidental, or increasing in light +2 Beseiged between Saturn and Mars -5
Free from combustion and the Sun’s rays +5 Partile opposition of Saturn or Mars -4
Cazimi +5 Partile square of Saturn or Mars -3
Partile conjunction with Jupiter or Venus +5 Within 5° of Caput Agol -5
Partile conjunction with Moon’s North Node +4
Partile Trine with Jupiter or Venus +4
Partile sextile with Jupiter or Venus +3
Partile conjunction with Regulus. +6
Partile conjunction with Spica +5
[* Cor Leonis (Regulus) is at 29°50′ Leo in Jan. 2000] [*Caput Agol is at 26°10′ Taurus in January 2000
[**Spica is at 23d°50′ Libra in Jan. 2000]

STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESS OF THE PART OF FORTUNE

STRENGTHS +

WEAKNESSES –

In Taurus and Pisces +5 In Scorpio, Capricorn, or Aquarius -5
In Libra, Sagittarius, Leo, Cancer +4 In Aries 0
In Gemini +3 Partile conjunction Saturn or Mars -5
In terms of Venus and Jupiter when in Virgo +2 Partile opposition Saturn or Mars -4
Partile conjunction with Jupiter or Venus +5 Partile conjunction Moon’s South Node -3
Partile trine with Jupiter or Venus +4 In Terms of Saturn or Mars -2
Partile sextile of Jupiter or Venus +3 In the 12th House -5
Partile conjuntion with Moon’s North Node +3 In the 8th or 6th House -4
In the 1st or 10th House +5 Combust -5
In the 7th, 4th, 11th House +4 Conjunct Caput Algol -5
In the 2nd or 5th House +3
In the 9th House +2
In the 3rd House +1
Conjunct Regulus +6
Conjunct Spica +5
Neither Combust nor under the Sun’s Beams +5

Here are the average daily motion (i.e., per 24 hours) for the luminaries and traditional planets:

Planet/Luminary Avg. Daily Motion
Sun 0°59′
Moon 13°11′
Mercury 1°23′
Venus 1°12′
Mars 0°31′
Jupiter 0°05′
Saturn 0°02′

A body that is slower than average in motion, is said to be weakened in it’s ability to act, not having full speed. A body that is stationing is said to be in one of worst or severest debilities to act, as it has no momentum either way and is stagnant or rutted there without traction.

Love Horary

One of the most often kinds of questions asked, pertains to love relationships.  These are looked at in reference to the phrasing of the question at the time and place in a narrow scope with horary.   AC/7th House axis are the Querent and Quesited.  These are the main significators which the matter is judged.  They are the accidental Mars and Venus, if you will, of the situation.  Mars and Venus are the natural rulers of this axis and if are not the radix rulers of it in question, then are mere general types.   But, aside from that, by accident of the moment of asking, Mars and Venus are part of the collateral,  if they don’t happen to rule the 1/7 axis of the radix figure.  As in music, the key signiture, is what decides if it is played and read as F# or G flat in the composition of a song, for example.

First  considerations – If there is anything that would hamper or impede proper judgement before making any conclusions.  A good knowledge of what the considerations consist of, is therefore important.  If the Queren’t hasn’t rolled the question over for awhile, slept on it and then prayed on it, then it isn’t recommended that they ask in such a way, until having done so.  Then having erected the figure for the event of asking, it can be evaluated, as to it’s maturity and radicality otherwise, of how or whether to take it from there.  If some considerations are prevalent, they can be interpreted as to their meaning in the figure somewhat more aptly perhaps, as those are often warnings of something that should consider.

There are some considerations that are taken a different way in love horary at times, such as combustion of significator/s.  Sun in this case may be like the blind love stage of passion unless it involves the Moon which is interpreted differently by this condition.   Also, if it is a question of cheating, then there is  some blind spot or worry involved.  Sun can represent various kinds of things such as ego, pride, love, passion, fieriness, ambition, charisma, powerful feelings and heat and heart.  Too close to it and are overwhelmed.  Can’t function or perfect under that condition of combustion.  But, never say never as mutual mixed reception can help mitigate a signficator in peril.  It is often they are vulnerable and being taken to heart is the key.  Otherwise, they are playing with fire, if are not in an honest heart to heart felt undertaking.   Pride, shyness, embarrassment and worry threaten to overwhelm them in the game, instead of true love.  They can’t control the other person, and can only control how they love which is way that this fire can be useful.  It is then a burning passion, in that sense.  Although, sometimes it is projections that blind one.  As the old folk saying goes, under that guise or influence, one could fall in love with a goat.   So one has to have their moral compass set, before entering into such a thing, if one were to be wise.  Sometimes, this is what Saturn might represent, if it is a consideration by it’s ruling the 7th, aspecting the Moon or significators, or present in the 7th.   Saturn provides cautions and limitations or requirements that must be met,  It can stymie or stall or deny until things are correct.   It will not allow the development of the relationship if it is placed there and must be dealt with properly to get to the next level.   It causes fear and difficulty of responsibility and burden and doesn’t humor be taken lightly at first.

Look to the sign meaning where the significators are.  What is the basic meaning, such as fixed, cardinal or mutable.  Then to it’s water, air, earth or fire element.  Then to it’s general associated meaning in context to the question phrasiology.  Libra, for example being the 7th sign in a natural zodiac is symbolized by yoking and by the balance of scales which have to do with symmetry and fairness.  Uneven yoking is problematic.   Thus, if the significators are on the same page, conjunct, or trine, it is an easier match, than if are not so compatible.

Then examine the house placement, as to where it is found to be acting out or not, in the situation.  Cardinal houses are about acting with immediacy and movement taking place in such angles.   Succedent houses are following up upon what happens in Cardinal signs and not the initiators so much as they are responding or reactionary and this is not as immediate.  Thus, the 2nd house is said by some to be the short term future by this principle.  Cadent houses take innevitable time that is indefinite in general.   It is not immediate or reactive respondent as the other houses are.  It is a debility to act, when significator is placed therein.  It is better that the malefics are there where they have least power to act or harm rather than the significators being there.   It is said that when the significator is in the 6h they may be ill such as love sick in a love horary or may need to clean up their act to prepare to enter into the realm of the relationship.  They may need some grooming there before entering into 7H.  They may need to process things there before can step into the relationship wholeheartedly, not just the technical side of it.   If in the 9H, it takes faith and prayer because it might take a long time to fulfill the promises made from there, if ever.   In 12H, it is exiled out of sight of the AC.  This takes a long time as well to find occasion or opportunity, especially when the Part of Fortune is there.  It is the private secret house of subconscious areas.   Where the ideals are, that can’t always quite put a finger on as it is ephemeral area in the recesses.  The 3rd house is joy of Moon, a communications house, of local comings and goings and neighbors or brothers and sisters, learning and study.  Being there, they might accidentally bump into each other in such a way and converse without being actively involved otherwise for some time.  The house cusp that a significator is in is determined to be relevant to a house within 5 degrees of the cusp and effective to that house where it begins, when using the Regiomontanus divisional method.

If signficators have no debility to act, and have applying aspect that has no interference or prohibition or refranation involved, it is considered likely to perfect.  Always look for the 3 confirmations of a thing before making a conclusion of the most likely outcome.  The first is the ability to act and having an aspect to act through.   A trine is good as it flows effortlessly and smoothly.  A sextile requires concerted effort to grasp for a positive flow together.  Sextile may need reinforcement such as Mutual/Reception or mixed mutual reception, for the bond to take hold as it is not as strong as a trine.  Antiscia aspects are shadowy behind scenes aspect that are not expressed in light of the chart, out in the open.   That is a whole other realm of shadow story going on, then in the back story.   Square aspects are difficult and make it seem not worthwhile because are grating, conducive to hard feelings and negative vibes.  This can be mitigated by M/R, but takes a lot of energy.  Reason being that Rewarding things are more likely to be sought than unrewarding things, in general.  Squares are not a comfortable tension to easily be dealt with.   A Cardinal or Mutable sign might not have patience to endure putting up with a square and not stick it out.  The Cardinal would want to take some action on it and the mutable would waiver as to what action to take, while the fixed would stubbornly remain as is in their heart.    An opposition tears things by pulling in different directions antagonizing them to separate corners.  It would require M/R to help solve and compromise the extremes.  Some mutual respect and bonding interest that would help overcome the challenges that could benefit both and put things back to normal.   Could agree to disagree about an issue, but not put it into the personal realm of the relationship as in the form of a slight or insult or fault.  That is why mutual reception has a role as it is where the dignities are or rewarded or lacking that can help confirm an aspect and in that regard, a matter by being mutually rewarding and benefitial to solve some of the various discomforts that might effect it otherwise and also help assure a good bond.  Otherwise, an opposition is a parting of ways after coming together for just the one thing or time without further interest.

The Moon aspecting one or preferebly both without interruption with soft aspect from good house can be a 3rd confirmation of the outcome of the matter .  Also, the significators and Moon in such a translation of light to be in some of each other’s and Moon’s dignities and some of Venus’ as well for good measure in general.

If something is amiss and the signficators nor Moon are well placed and do not have good aspect and have some debility to act, then the nature of the problem can be identified there where it lays, to look into possible options and remedies for it.  Even prohibition can be overcome in some instances.  But, perfection is generally denied .so are then looking for the next best thing as solution, perhaps.  Or may need to approach things from a different angle.  But shouldn’t ask on it until circumstances have changed drastically, as it starts to muddle and tamper the the question and answer by doing so, once it has been put out there.  It should be allowed to play out before going back into it.   Can choose not to do something that is shown to be detrimental, if the outcome seems negative by confirmations.

After all, love is the most important thing universally, and we learn love and relating from mother and parents, family and even pets as our first experiences of it.   Through that we can understand the love of God.  That mating is part of the plan and design, rest assured.  The unconditional love is what everyone wants and needs.  It is how we love that matters, as we cannot control others, but this power can transform and meld us together with them as one.  That is the most exquisite ideal.   Having a mate that mirrors us in a way that brings the best out in us and us in them as we learn and develop in a fulfilling way.

Abomination of Desolation

The-Abomination-of-Desolation
excerpted from from Gary Gibbs
INTRODUCTION

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains. . . For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24: 15, 16, 21).Jesus tells us that our study of the abomination of desolation should focus on the book of Daniel (Matthew 24:15). When one makes a careful study of this book, he discovers that the abomination of desolation can be divided into three parts. These parts are: the abomination of desolation in Daniel’s day (involving the first temple); the abomination of desolation in Jesus’ day (involving the second temple); and finally the abomination of desolation in the time of the end (involving the whole Christian church). The issues that come into play in the abomination of desolation as treated in the book of Daniel remain consistent in each of its three phases. Therefore they are types, or examples, of each other.

 

THE FIRST ABOMINATION

The key that unlocks the mystery of this prophetic event is found in the first two verses of Daniel. “In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and beseiged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god” (Daniel 1:1,2). In these two short sentences Daniel provides a concise historical background to the remainder of the book which follows.

Further study of Daniel’s prologue reveals the abomination of desolation was existent in his time and led to Jerusalem’s captivity. The Chronicler reveals the reason the Jewish kings fell to Babylon. “Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign… and he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord his God.” It was because of Jehoiakim’s iniquitous life that God allowed him to be taken captive.

The significant feature of this is that Jehoiakim’s evil deeds are described this way: “Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his abominations which he did, and that which was found in him, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah: and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead” (2 Chronicles 36:5-8). It was specifically the abominations of Jehoiakim that led him and his city to forfeit God’s protection and thus fall to Nebuchadnezzar.

Unfortunately Jehoiachin, his son, didn’t do much better. Scripture tells us he also did “that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.” Consequently he too was taken captive to Babylon, and “Zedekiah his brother” was placed as king over Judah and Jerusalem (v. 9-11).
The Bible goes on to record that not only did Zedekiah turn out to be just as evil as his two predecessors, but “moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen” (v. 12-14). God’s political and religious leaders, as well as the people, adopted heathen ways as their own. They did this at the expense of God’s revealed truth. Notice where these abominations were committed: the people “transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the Lord which he had hallowed in Jerusalem” (v. 14). These abominations were standing in God’s consecrated holy place, the “house of the Lord.”      The religious leaders of the day had purposefully led the people to adopt heathen worship practices and incorporated them into their worship of God. In substituting for God’s commandments the vain notions of men, the leaders of God’s heritage provoked his wrath. The people rejected God’s calls to repentance and reformation and were left to reap the consequences. “Therefore, he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary” (v. 17).
This judgment was felt not only in the spilling of the blood, but in the complete destruction of the city and sanctuary (v. 19). This all was done “To fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath to fulfill threescore and ten years” (v. 21). The result of God’s people practicing the religious abominations of the heathen was the desolation of their land, city and sanctuary.

Breaking The Sabbath
Brought Desolation

Just what were these abominations that resulted in such desolation? Since this was all done “To fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah,” then Jeremiah should be able to tell us what substitutions in worship had been made. In Jeremiah 17 the prophet is told to stand in the gate of the people and prophesy. Under a divine mandate, Jeremiah told the people that if they would honor God’s seventh-day Sabbath their city would remain forever, and that this faithful obedience would lead them into such a relationship with Himself that they would be used to convert the surrounding heathen nations (ch. 17:19-26).
On the other hand, if they would not keep the Sabbath day holy God would allow their city to be desolated. “But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the Sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day; then I will kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched” (v. 27).

Sadly, the Jews chose to continue breaking God’s Sabbath and thus inaugurated their own destruction and captivity. The abomination that led to their desolation was breaking the Sabbath. Thus, we see the significance of 2 Chronicles 36:21: “To fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath.”

Ezekiel, who lived during the same time, also tells us about the abominations God’s people were practicing in the holy place. In Ezekiel 8, the prophet was brought by vision to the door of the inner gate. God proceeded to show his servant the progressively greater outrages His people were committing. In verses 5 and 6 He speaks of an image that provoked Him to jealousy. In an escalation of outrage, unclean beasts had been brought into the house of God, women were weeping for Tammuz (See Linked Details) and the greatest abomination of all was twenty-five men standing in God’s holy place “with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east” (Ezekiel 8:16).

God had instructed the Jews to erect the temple in a manner that would discourage the imitation of their heathen neighbors in sun worship. The ark of the covenant, the very focal point of the Jews’ worship, was placed at the western end of the tabernacle. Thus the children of Israel would face the west, their backs to the rising sun, when they worshipped the true God. Yet the entrance of paganism among God’s people had grown to such proportions that Judah’s leading men were actually turning their backs on the temple of God. This was a significant act of apostasy.
Both Ezekiel and Jeremiah list the heathen practices that had been incorporated into the worship of God. Whether it was breaking the second commandment by idol worship, adoring unclean beasts, worshipping Tammuz, the mythological god of the pagans, or breaking God’s holy Sabbath and worshiping the sun on the day consecrated to it, these practices all were classed by God as abominations. It was because the Jews persisted in justifying their own course and continued in these heathen customs that God permitted the desolation of their city.

Daniel himself agrees that it was the sins committed by God’s people that caused their desolation. “O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and the iniquities of our fathers…. cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate…. open thy eyes, and behold our desolations…” (Daniel 9:16-18).      It is important to note that the abominations were done by the apostate people of God. This in turn resulted in their forfeiture of God’s protection and called down His judgments and chastisement in their desolation. This scenario of the abomination of desolation in Daniel’s day, involving the first Jewish temple period, prefigures the two other abominations of desolation prophesied in Daniel. The next one we shall consider is the one that concerns the second Jewish temple period.

THE SECOND TEMPLE DESOLATED

After their release from Babylonian captivity and rebuilding the city and temple, the Jewish leaders erected a mountain of rules and regulations designed to protect them from repeating the sins that had led to their bondage. The fourth commandment’s seventh-day Sabbath became a special object of amendment. The Jews reasoned that since it was transgression of the Sabbath that led to their captivity, they needed to define in minute detail how the Sabbath should be kept.

Over 500 rules concerning Sabbathkeeping eventually resulted. Some of these Sabbath laws were as ridiculous as this: one could not leave an egg in the sun on the Sabbath because the sun might cook it, and cooking on the Sabbath was a violation of the fourth commandment. Of course, this only resulted in a system of pure legalism. At last the people began to believe that favor with God depended on how well they obeyed the traditions of their elders.

Ultimately the people were led full circle to disobedience again. Jesus comments that in spite of their apparent religiosity they were still breaking God’s law even as their forefathers had during Isaiah’s and Daniel’s day. “Well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoreth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men… full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition… making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered” (Mark 7:6-13). Once again the people found themselves immersed in vain and rebellious worship.

Even though their apostasy expressed itself in legalism instead of laxness, it was still based on the same principle upon which all pagan religions are based – that man can save himself by his own works. Jesus, like Jeremiah of old, rebuked this religious system and called it an abomination. “Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15).

Jesus expressed His displeasure for their abominations on numerous occasions. Most notable were the two times He cleansed the temple. On these times He expressed His anger at the desecration of His holy place. The controversy between Jesus and the Jews steamed, boiled and spewed over religion. The religious leaders hated Him because He didn’t look like the Messiah, He didn’t respect their traditions and most notably He didn’t keep the Sabbath in the manner they thought it should be kept. This latter issue infuriated the Jews and led them to seek Jesus’ death (See John 5:10-16; Matthew 12:1-4; Mark 3:1-6).
In spite of the religious leaders’ resistance, Jesus sought time and again to bring them to repentance and reformation. Often He reproved them for their erroneous ways and pointed the way to true and undefiled religion that is of great price in the sight of God. Yet they hardened their hearts and beat back the waves of God’s mercy.

As Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time, His prophetic eye saw the consequences of their constant rebellion. With a grief-stricken heart and tears coursing down His cheeks, He prophesied the coming doom of the city: “For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side and shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation” (Luke 19:41-44).

After teaching in the temple for several days, Jesus left its precincts for the last time. Again He was choked with anguish as He saw the ultimate result of His people’s apostasy. He exclaimed, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings and ye would not! Behold your house is left unto you desolate” (Matthew 23:37,38).

On both these occasions Jesus placed the guilt upon the people by stating, “they knew not the time of their visitation” and “ye would not.” As a result of not responding to God’s call to turn from their abominations, their temple was to be desolated. This prophecy was fulfilled in 70 A.D. when the Roman armies of Titus burned the temple to the ground. This second desolation of the temple perfectly paralleled its first destruction. On both occasions the abominations were done by the apostate people of God and the desolation was an act of judgment performed by a heathen army.

This desolation of Jerusalem was prophesied by Daniel to come as a result of the people rejecting Messiah the prince. A careful study of Daniel 9:25-27 will show this to be the case. In verse 25 Messiah is promised to Israel and the city’s restoration is also predicted. But then, ominously, all is prophesied for doom again. Verse 26 speaks of Messiah being killed by His own people and of how this act would cause their city and sanctuary to be desolated once again.
As Daniel heard Gabriel relay this prophecy, it was to his mind a replay of what he had seen happen to the Jerusalem of his day. The prophecy indicated that history would repeat itself, and this is exactly what happened. The abominations that God’s people committed resulted, in both 586 B.C. and 70 A.D., in the destruction of their sanctuary and city — first by Nebuchadnezzar, then by Titus.

Because Israel rejected the Messiah they lost their place as God’s favored people. Jesus predicted this would take place by saying, “The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof” (Matthew 21:43). Israel forfeited their franchise of the gospel by their own obstinate sin.
Who would be the new nation to receive the kingdom of God and bring forth the fruits thereof? The Bible provides a clear and concise answer in the apostle Peter’s letter to the Gentile converts who “In time past were not a people, but are now the people of God.” Of the converts to Christianity, the new people of God, he further says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9,10).

In the new dispensation God bestows upon the converted Christians all the privileges and promises that had been made to the literal seed of Abraham (see Galatians 3:26-29). Now converted Christians assume the role of Israel, and the Christian church absorbs the status of the temple or sanctuary of God. The Scriptures make this abundantly clear in such texts as Romans 2;28,29; Ephesians 2:11-13; 19-22; and 1 Peter 2:5.

THE FINAL DESOLATION

     It is in the light of this New Testament principle of spiritual Israel that Daniel speaks of the abomination of desolation the third and final time. These references can be found in Daniel 8:13; 11:31; and 12:11. Discerning students of prophetic history realize that these verses predict the formation and ascension of power by the Papacy. It is an indisputable fact of history that the Papacy brought into the Christian church the very same practices of paganism for which ancient Jerusalem was destroyed. One has to do only a little study to see how image worship, Tammuz worship, and sun worship were introduced to Christianity during the Dark Ages. Many of these abominations are still with us in the form of statues, candles for the saints, rosary beads, Easter sunrise services and Sunday worship.

By no means does the papal apostasy exonerate Protestantism. Most Protestant churches accede to the apostasy by continuing the practice of abominations that have their roots firmly fixed in ancient pagan religions, which were established to destroy God’s truth. Both Catholicism and Protestantism have fostered abominations in God’s holy place, His church. The Christian church is mirroring literal Israel, repeating many of the same sins and will consequently reap the same punishment of desolation, unless are willing to read the handwriting on the wall and flee from Babylon.

It is clear that the three occasions of abomination of desolation found in Daniel result from apostasy on the part of God’s people, but what is the sign that will tell us when the desolation is nigh?
In Luke 21:20 Jesus told His disciples what would be the last sign of the imminent destruction of Jerusalem. He said, “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.” This text does not indicate that the armies are the abomination, but rather that the armies were the instrument to cause desolation. Through the Roman armies God would execute “the days of vengeance” for Israel’s abominations.

When the Roman armies surrounded Jerusalem, it was a sign that most of the city’s leaders and inhabitants had passed the boundaries of grace and had filled their cup of iniquity. To the Christians living in the city, this was to be a sign that Jerusalem would soon suffer God’s judgment. As soon as the first opportunity arose, these Christians were to “flee to the mountains” (v. 21). In 66 A.D. when Cestius, the Roman general, surrounded the city the Christians knew the promised sign had arrived and the time had come to flee. At their first opportunity to escape they did so, and not one Christian died in the horrible destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

Just as God gave the early Christians a sign of when to flee Jerusalem, so He has given us a sign. He has made it possible for every reader to know when this world’s probationary hour is nearing its close.
In Revelation 13 and 14 John records a list of omens that will tell us just how close we are to the end. The sign that will show this nation has filled its cup of iniquity will be when it makes an image to the Papacy by uniting church and state. How much more neatly could this be effected than by the passage of a national Sunday law commanding everyone to honor a pagan day of worship? Such an event will be a direct fulfillment of Revelation 13:15-17, and provide assurance that the end of this earth’s time is quickly approaching.

One author describes coming events this way: “As the approach of Roman armies was a sign to the disciples of the impending destruction of Jerusalem, so may this apostasy be a sign to us that the limit of God’s forbearance is reached, that the measure of our nation’s iniquity is full, and that the angel of mercy is about to take her flight.” When the churches have apostasized in their abominations to such a degree that they enact legislation of a religious law which displaces God’s holy Sabbath with a pagan holiday, we may leave our cities, knowing that a time of trouble will be forthcoming.

The abomination of desolation is an important subject in these last days. If we study this prophecy carefully, we will find that in each of its three fulfill-ments refers to a national apostasy by God’s people that ends in their tragic destruction. We are now living in the time of the Chistian church’s final apostasy, which makes of none effect the commandments of God. We need to see that we are in the midst of fulfilling prophecy and keep our eyes open for the culmination of all things.

Our only sure protection against the abomination of desolation is to give our lives unreservedly to Jesus, loving others as He loves them and worshiping Him in the way that His word teaches. The greatest commandment is simply to love God with all our heart and soul and strength. If we have such love, it will be natural for us to do all things to please and honor Him. In return, He will see us safely through the desolation that will close this earth’s history just before He comes again.

Babylon

BABEL, BABYLON (1)

ba’-bel, bab’-i-lon (Topographical): Babylon was the Greek name of the city written in the cuneiform script of the Babylonians, bab-ili, which means in Semitic, “the gate of god.” The Hebrews called the country, as well as the city, Babhel. This name they considered came from the’ root, balal, “to confound” (Genesis 11:9). The name in Sumerian ideographs was written Din-tir, which means “life of the forest,” and yet ancient etymologists explained it as meaning “place of the seat of life” (shubat balaTe). Ka-ding’irra, which also means “gate of god,” was another form of the name in Sumerian. It was also called Su-anna (which is of uncertain meaning) and Uru-azagga, “the holy city.”

Herodotus, the Greek historian, has given us a picture of Babylon in his day. He says that the city was a great square, 42 miles in circuit. Ctesias makes it 56 miles. This, he writes, was surrounded by a moat or rampart 300 ft. high, and 75 ft. broad. The earliest mention of Babylon is in the time of Sargon I, about 2700 B.C. That monarch laid the foundations of the temple of Annnit, and also those of the temple of Amal. In the time of Dungi we learn that the place was sacked. The city evidently played a very unimportant part in the political history of Babylonia of the early period, for besides these references it is almost unknown until the time of Hammurabi, when its rise brought about a new epoch in the history of Babylonia. The seat of power was then transferred permanently from the southern states. This resulted in the closing of the political history of the Sumerians. The organization of the empire by Hammurabi, with Babylon as its capital, placed it in a position from which it was never dislodged during the remaining history of Babylonia.

The mounds covering the ancient city have frequently been explored, but systematic excavations of the city were not undertaken until 1899, when Koldewey, the German excavator, began to uncover its ancient ruins in a methodical manner. In spite of what ancient writers say, certain scholars maintain that they grossly exaggerated the size of the city, which was comparatively small, especially when considered in connection with large cities of the present era.

In the northern part of the city there was situated what is called the North Palace on the east side of the Euphrates, which passed through the city. A little distance below this point the Arakhtu canal left the Euphrates, and passing through the southern wall rejoined the river. There was also a Middle and Southern Palace. Near the latter was located the Ishtar gate. The temple E-makh was close to the east side of the gate. Other canals in the city were called Merodach and Libilkhegala. In the southern portion of the city was located the famous temple E-sag-ila. This temple was called by the Greek historian, “the temple of Belus.” Marduk or Merodach (as written in the Old Testament), the patron deity of the city, received from Enlil, as Hammurabi informs us, after he had driven the Elamites out of Babylonia, the title “bel matate,” “lord of lands,” not the name which Enlil of Nippur had possessed. In the past there has been a confusion. The idcogram Enlil or Ellil had been incorrectly read Bel. This necessitated speaking of the old Bel and the young Bel. Beyond being called bel, “lord,” as all other gods were called; Enlil’s name was not Bel. Marduk is the Bel of the Old Testament, as well as the god called Bel in the Assyrian and Babylonian inscriptions.

The temple area included an outer, central and inner court. The shrine of Ishtar and Zamama occupied the central court, and the ziggurrat the inner court. In the temple proper, the shrine Ekua was located, in which stood the golden image of Marduk. This, the ancient writers say, was 40 ft. high. On the topmost stage there was a shrine dedicated to Marduk. It is assumed that it was 50 ft. long by 70 ft. broad and 50 ft. in height. Nabopolassar rebuilt the temple and its tower. Nebuchadrezzar enlarged and embellished the sanctuary. He raised the tower so that “its head was in the heavens,” an expression found in the story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis, as well as in many of the building inscriptions. See Clay, LOTB, Babel, 121, and the article on BABEL, TOWER OF. One of the chief works of Nebuchadrezzar was the building of Aiburshabu, the famous procession street of the city, which extended from the Ishtar gate to E-sag-ila. It was a great and magnificent causeway, built higher than the houses. Walls lined it on either side, which were decorated with glazed tiles, portraying lions, life size in relief. The pavement was laid with blocks of stone brought from the mountains. This procession street figured prominently on the New Year’s festal day, when the procession of the gods took place.

A knowledge of the work Nebuchadrezzar did serves as a fitting commentary to the passage in Daniel 4:30: “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built?” He had made the city one of the wonders of the world.

The two sieges by Darius Hystaspes and the one by Xerxes destroyed much of the beauty of the city. Alexander desired to make it again a great center and to build an immense fortress in the city; but in the midst of this undertaking he was murdered, while living in the palace of Nebuchadrezzar. The temple, though frequently destroyed, was in existence in the time of the Seleucids, but the city had long since ceased to be of any importance.

See also BABYLONIA.

A. T. Clay

BABEL, BABYLON (2)

babhel; Assyro-Bab Bab-ili, (Bab-ilani, “gate of god,” or “of the gods,” rendered in Sumerian as Ka-dingira, “gate of god,” regarded as a folk-etymology):

See BABEL, TOWER OF, section 14.

1. Names by Which the City Was Known

2. Probable Date of Its Foundation

3. Its Walls and Gates from Herodotus

4. Its Position, Divisions, Streets and Temple

5. The Works of Semiramis and Nitocris

6. Ctesias’ Description-the Palaces and Their Decorated Walls

7. The Temple of Belus and the Hanging Gardens

8. Other Descriptions

9. Nebuchadrezzar’s Account

10. Nebuchadrezzar’s Architectural Work at Babylon

11. The Royal Palaces

12. Quick Building

13. The Temples Restored by Nebuchadrezzar

14. The Extent of Nebuchadrezzar’s Architectural Work

15. Details Concerning the City from Contract-Tablets

16. Details Concerning Babylon from Other Sources

17. Modern Exploration

18. Description of the Ruins-the Eastern Walls

19. The Western Walls

20. The Palaces

21. The Site of Babylon’s Great Tower

22. The Central and Southern Ruins

23. A Walk through Babylon

24. The Ishtar-Gate and the Middle Palace

25. The Festival-Street

26. The Chamber of the Fates

27. The Northern Palace and the Gardens

28. Historical References to Babylonian Buildings

LITERATURE

1. Names by Which the City Was Known:

The name of the great capital of ancient Babylonia, the Shinar of Genesis 10:10; Genesis 14:1, other names of the city being Tin-dir, “seat of life,” E (ki), probably an abbreviation of Eridu (ki) “the good city” (=Paradise), Babylonia having seemingly been regarded as the Garden of Eden (PSBA, June 1911, p. 161); and Su-anna, “the high-handed” (meaning, apparently, “high-walled,” “hand” and “defense” being interchangeable terms). It is possible that these various names are due to the incorporation of outlying districts as Babylon grew in size.

2. Probable Date of Its Foundation:

According to Genesis 10:9, the founder of Babylon was Nimrod, but among the Babylonians, it was Merodach who built the city, together with Erech and Niffer (Calneh) and their renowned temples. The date of its foundation is unknown, but it certainly went back to primitive times, and Babylon may even have equaled Niffer in antiquity (the American explorers of that site have estimated that its lowest strata of habitations go back to 8,000 years B.C.). Babylon’s late assumption of the position of capital of the country would therefore be due to its rulers not having attained power and influence at an earlier period. Having once acquired that position, however, it retained it to the end, and its great god, Merodach, became the head of the Babylonian pantheon-partly through the influence of Babylon as capital, partly because the city was the center of his worship, and the place of the great Tower of Babel, concerning which many wonderful things were said.

See BABEL, TOWER OF; CONFUSION OF TONGUES.

3. Its Walls and Gates from Herodotus:

According to Herodotus, the city, which lay in a great plain, was square in its plan and measured 120 furlongs (stadia) each way-480 in all. Each side was therefore about 14 miles long, making a circuit of nearly 56 miles, and an area of nearly 196 square miles. As the space enclosed is so great, and traces of the walls would seem to be wanting, these figures may be regarded as open to question. Around the city, Herodotus says, there was a deep and broad moat full of water, and then came a wall 50 royal cubits thick and 200 cubits high, pierced by 100 gateways with brazen gates and lintels. Reckoning the cubit at 18 2/3 inches, this would mean that Babylon’s walls were no less than 311 ft. high; and regarding the royal cubit as being equal to 21 inches, their thickness would be something like 87 ft. Notwithstanding that Babylon has been the quarry of the neighboring builders for two millenniums, it is surprising that such extensive masses of brickwork should have disappeared without leaving at least a few recognizable traces.

4. It Position, Divisions, Streets, and Temple:

The city was built on both sides of the Euphrates, and at the point where the wall met the river there was a return-wall running along its banks, forming a rampart. The houses of Babylon were of 3 and 4 stories. The roads which ran through the city were straight, and apparently intersected each other at right angles, like the great cities of America. The river-end of each of the streets leading to the river was guarded by a brazen gate. Within the great outer wall was another, not much weaker, but enclosing a smaller space. Each division of the city contained a great building, the one being the king’s palace, strongly fortified around, and the other the temple of Zeus Boles-an erection with brazen gates measuring two furlongs each way. Within this sacred precinct was a solid tower measuring a furlong each way, and surmounted by other towers to the number of eight. An ascent ran around these towers, with a stopping-place about the middle where the visitor might rest. Upou the topmost tower a large cell was built, wherein was a couch and a golden table. No image was placed in the cell, and no one passed the night there, except a woman of the people, chosen by the god. In another cell below was a golden image of Zeus sitting, his seat and footstool being likewise of gold, with, near by, a large golden table. The total weight of the precious metal here was 800 talents. Upon a small golden altar outside the cell young sucklings only were sacrificed, and upon another (not of gold) full-grown animals were offered.

5. The Works of Semiramis and Nitocris:

The hydraulic works of Babylon are attributed by Herodotus to two queens, Semiramis and Nitoeris. The former made banks of earth on the plain which were worth seeing, preventing the river from flooding the plain like a sea. The second, Nitocris, altered the channel of the river in such a way that it flowed three times in its course to the village Andericca, and the traveler by water therefore took three days to pass this spot. She also raised the banks of the river, and dug a great lake above Babylon. The place which was dug out she made into a swamp, the object being to retard the course of the river. The many bends and the swamp were on the shortest route to Media, to prevent the Medes from having dealings with her kingdom and learning of her affairs. Other works were a bridge across the Euphrates, and a tomb for herself over the most frequented gate of the city.

Both Herodotus and Ctesias were eyewitnesses of the glory of Babylon, though only at the period when it had begun to wane. It is exceedingly probable, however, that their accounts will be superseded in the end, by those of the people who best knew the city, namely, the inhabitants of Babylon itself.

6. Ctesias’ Description-the Palaces and Their Decorated Walls:

According to Ctesias, the circuit of the city was not 480, but. 360 furlongs-the number of the days in the Babylonian year-and somewhat under 42 miles. The East and West districts were joined by a bridge 5 furlongs or 1,080 yards long, and 30 ft. broad. At each end of the bridge was a royal palace, that on the eastern bank being the more magnificent of the two. This palace was defended by three walls, the outermost being 60 furlongs or 7 miles in circuit; the second, a circular wall, 40 furlongs (4 1/2 miles), and the third 20 furlongs (2 1/2 miles). The height of the middle wall was 300 ft., and that of its towers 420 ft., but this was exceeded by the height of the inmost wall. Ctesias states that the walls of the second and third enclosures were of colored brick, showing hunting scenes-the chase of the leopard and the lion, with male and female figures, which he regarded as Ninus and Semiramis. The other palace (that on the West bank) was smaller and less ornate, and was enclosed only by a single wall 30 furlongs (3 1/2 miles) in circuit. This also had representations of hunting scenes and bronze statues of Ninus, Semiramis and Jupiter-Belus (Bel-Merodach). Besides the bridge, he states that there was also a tunnel under the river. He seems to speak of the temple of Belus (see BABEL, TOWER OF) as being surmounted by three statues-Bel (Bel-Merodach), 40 ft. high, his mother Rhea (Dawkina, the Dauke of Damascius), and Bel-Merodach’s spouse Juno or Beltis (Zer-panitum).

7. The Temple of Belus and the Hanging Gardens:

The celebrated Hanging Gardens he seems to describe as a square of which each side measured 400 ft., rising in terraces, the topmost of which was planted with trees of various kinds. If this was the case, it must have resembled a temple-tower covered with verdure. The Assyrian sculptures, however, indicate something different (see section 27).

8. Other Descriptions:

With regard to the size of the city as given by other authorities, Pliny copies Herodotus, and makes its circuit 480 furlongs (Nat. Hist. vi.26); Strabo (xvi. i. section 5), 385; Q. Curtius (v. i. section 26), 368; Clitarchus (apud Diod. Sic. ii.7), 365. Though the difference between the highest and the lowest is considerable, it is only what might be expected from independent estimates, for it is doubtful whether any of them are based on actual measurements. Diodorus (ii.9, end) states that but a small part of the enclosure was inhabited in his time (he was a contemporary of Caesar and Augustus), but the abandonment of the city must then have been practically completed, and the greater part given over, as he states, to cultivation-even, perhaps, within the space enclosed by the remains of walls today. It is noteworthy that Q. Curtius says (v. i. section 27) that as much as nine-tenths consisted, even during Babylon’s most prosperous period, of gardens, parks, paradises, fields and orchards; and this the later contract-tablets confirm. Though there is no confirmation of the height of the walls as given by these different authorities, the name given to the city, Su-anna, “the high walled” (see above), indicated that it was renowned for the height of its defensive structures.

9. Nebuchadrezzar’s Account:

Among the native accounts of the city, that of Nebuchadrezzar is the best and most instructive. From this record it would seem that there were two principal defensive structures, Imgur-Enlil and Nemitti-Enlil-“Enlil has been gracious” and “Enlil’s foundation” respectively. The construction of these, which protected the inner city only, on the eastern and western sides of the Euphrates, he attributes to his father Nabonidus, as well as the digging of the moat, with the two “strong walls” on its banks, and the embankment of the Arabtu canal. He had also lined the Euphrates with quays or embankments-probably the structures to which the Greek writers refer-but he had not finished the work. Within Babylon itself he made a roadway from Du-azaga, the place where the fates were declared, to Aa-ibur-sabu, Babylon’s festival-street, which lay by the gate of Beltis or Mah, for the great New-Year’s festival of Merodach and the gods.

10. Nebuchadrezzar’s Architectural Work at Babylon:

Nebuchadrezzar, after his accession, completed the two great walls, lined the ditches with brick, and increased the thickness of the two walls which his father had built. He also built a wall, traces of which are apparently extant, on the West side of Babylon (he apparently refers to what may be called the “city,” in contradistinction to “greater Babylon”), and raised the level of Aa-ibur-sabu from the “holy gate” to the gate of Nana; together with the gateways (in consequence of the higher level of the pathway) through which it passed. The gates themselves were constructed of cedar overlaid with copper (bronze), most likely in the same manner as the gates of Imgur-Bel (Balawat) in Assyria (reign of Shalmaneser II, circa 850 B.C.). Probably none of Babylon’s gates were of solid bronze, notwithstanding the statements of Herodotus; but the thresholds were wholly of that metal, stone being very rare, and perhaps less durable. These gates were guarded by images of bulls and giant serpents or composite dragons of the same metal. Nebuchadrezzar also built a wall on the East bank of the river, 4,000 cubits distant, “high like a mountain,” to prevent the approach of an enemy. This wall also had cedar gates covered with copper. An additional defense made by him was an enormous lake, “like unto the broad sea to cross,” which was kept in by embankments.

11. The Royal Palaces:

The royal palaces next claimed the great king’s attention. The palace in which Nabopolassar had lived, and wherein, in all probability, Nebuchadrezzar had passed his younger days, had suffered from the floods when the river was high. The foundations of this extensive edifice, which extended from the wall called Imgur-Enlil to Libil-hegala, the eastern canal, and from the banks of the Euphrates to Aa-ibur-sabu, the festival-street, were thoroughly repaired with burnt brick and bitumen, and the doorways, which had become too low in consequence of the raising of that street, were raised to a suitable height. He caused the whole to tower aloft, as he has it, “mountainlike” (suggesting a building more than one story high). The roof of this palace was built of cedar, and the doors were of the same wood covered with bronze. Their thresholds, as in other cases, were bronze, and the interior of the palace was decorated with gold, silver, precious stones and other costly material.

12. Quick Building:

Four hundred and ninety cubits from Nemitti-Enlil lay, as the king says, the principal wall, Imgur-Enlil, and in order to guarantee the former against attack, he built two strong embankments, and an outer wall “like a mountain,” with a great building between which served both as a fortress and a palace, and attached to the old palace built by his father. According to Nebuchadrezzar’s account, which is confirmed by Berosus (as quoted by Josephus and Eusebius), all this work was completed in 15 days. The decorations were like those of the other palace, and blocks of alabaster, brought, apparently, from Assyria, strengthened the battlements. Other defenses surrounded this stronghold.

13. The Temples Restored by Nebuchadrezzar:

Among the temples which Nebuchadrezzar restored or rebuilt may be mentioned E-kua, the shrine of Merodach within E-sagila (the temple of Belus); the sanctuary called Du-azaga, the place of fate, where, on every New-Year’s festival, on the 8th and 9th of Nisan, “the king of the gods of heaven and earth” was placed, and the future of the Babylonian monarch and his people declared. Every whit as important as E-sagila, however, was the restoration of E-temen-an-ki, called “the Tower of Babylon” (see BABEL, TOWER OF), within the city; and connected, as will be seen from the plan, with that structure. Among the numerous temples of Babylon which he rebuilt or restored were E-mah, for the goddess Nin-mah, near the Ishtar-gate; the white limestone temple for Sin, the Moon-god; E-ditur-kalama, “the house of the judge of the land,” for Samas, the Sun-god; E-sa-tila for Gula, the goddess of healing; E-hursag-ella, “the house of the holy mountain,” etc.

14. The Extent of Nebuchadrezzar’s Architectural Work:

The amount of work accomplished by this king, who, when walking on the roof of his palace, lifted up with pride, exclaimed “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built?” (Daniel 4:30), was, according to his own records and the Greek writers, enormous, and the claim he made fully justified. But if he boasts of the work he did, he is just in attributing much to his father Nabopolassar; though in connection with this it is to be noted that his ascribing the building of the walls of Babylon to his father is not to be taken literally in all probability he only restored them, though he may have added supplementary defenses, as Nebuchadrezzar himself did.

15. Details Concerning the City from Contract-Tablets:

Besides Nebuchadrezzar’s inscriptions, various other texts give details concerning the topography of Babylon, among them being the contract-tablets, which mention various districts or quarters of the city, such as Te which is within Babylon; the city of Sula which is within Babylon; the new city which is within Babylon, upon the new canal. Within the city were also several Hussetu-perhaps “farms,” such as Hussetu sa Iddina-Marduk, “Iddina-Marduk’s farm,” etc. The various gates are also referred to, such as the gate of Samas, the city-gate of Uras, and the gate of Zagaga, which seems to have lain in “the province of Babylon,” and had a field in front of it, as had also the gate of Enlil.

16. Details Concerning Babylon from Other Sources:

According to an Assyrian and a Babylonian list of gates, the streets bore names connected with those of the gates to which they led. Thus, the street of the gate of Zagaga, one of the gods of war, was called “the street of Zagaga, who expels his enemies”; that of the gate of Merodach was “the street of Merodach, shepherd of his land”; while the street of Ishtar’s gate was “the street of Ishtar, patron of her people.” The city-gates named after Enlil, Addu (Hadad or Rimmon), Samas the Sun-god, Sin the Moon-god, etc., had streets similarly indicated. Certain of the streets of Babylon are also referred to on the contract-tablets, and such descriptive indications as “the broad street which is at the southern gate of the temple E-tur-kalama” seem to show that they were not in all cases systematically named. If the streets of Babylon were really, as Herodotus states, straight, and arranged at right angles, this was probably outside the walls of the ancient (inner) city, and most likely due to some wise Babylonian king or ruler. Details of the streets have been obtained at the point called Merkes (sec. 22) and elsewhere, and seem to show that the BabyIonians liked the rooms of their houses to be square. Such streets as slanted were therefore full of rectangles, and must have presented a quite peculiar appearance.

17. Modern Exploration:

It is this inner city which has most attracted the attention of explorers, both English and German, and it is on its site that the latter have carried on their systematic excavations. Indeed, it is probable that the houses of the most numerous class of the people-artisans, merchants, workmen, etc-lay outside the walls to which the Babylonian royal inscriptions refer. It may be supposed that the houses in this district were mainly low buildings of unbaked city (of which, indeed, portions of the temples and palaces were built), and these would naturally disappear more easily than if they had been built of baked brick. Even when baked, however, the brick-built ruins of Babylonia Assyria have a tendency to disappear, owing to the value which bricks, both baked and unbaked, have for the erection of new houses in the neighborhood. Concerning the extent of the exterior city much doubt naturally exists, but it may well have covered the tract attributed to it (see section 3, above). Nineveh, at the time of its prosperity, also had enormous suburbs (see NINEVEH).

18. Description of the Ruins-The Eastern Walls:

The ruins of Babylon lie between 80 and 90 kilometers (50 miles or less) from Bagdad. The first thing seen on approaching them is the broad high ridge of Babil, which marks the site of the ruins of the Northern Palace. After some time, the ruins of the ancient walls are reached. They are still several yards high, and slope down gently to the plain. Starting to the North of Babil, the wall stretches for about 875 yds. due East, and then runs southwards for another 930 yds., taking at that point a course to the Southeast for about 2 miles 160 yds. (3,300 meters). A wide gap occurs here, after which it runs to the Southwest, and is lost in the open fields at the end of about miles (2 kilometers). “That this is the old citywall,” says Weissbach, “there can be no doubt, and the name Sur, `city-wall,’ given it by the Arabs, proves that they have fully recognized its nature.” At the northern end it exists in its original extent, the plain out of which it rises being the old bed of the Euphrates, which, in the course of the centuries, has become filled up by the desertsand. At the period of Babylon’s glory, the river had a much straighter course than at present, but it reoccupies its old bed about 600 meters (656 yds.) South of Babil, leaving it afterward to make a sharp bend to the West. From the point where the city wall first becomes recognizable on the North to its apparent southernmost extremity is about 3 miles.

19. The Western Walls:

On the West side of the river the traces of the wall are much less, the two angles, with the parts adjoining them, being all that is recognizable. Beginning on the North where the Euphrates has reached its midpoint in its course through the city, it runs westward about 547 yds. (500 meters) West-Southwest, and then, bending almost at a right angle South-Southeast, turns East again toward the Euphrates, but is lost in the plain before reaching the river. The distance of the two angles from each other is about 1 mile, 208 yds. (1,800 meters), and its distance from the Euphrates is at most 5/8 of a mile (1 kilometer). The western portion of the city therefore formed a rectangle with an area of about 1.8 miles, and the eastern quarter, with the projection on the North, 6 1/4 square miles. According to Fried. Delitzsch, the size of Babylon was about the same as Munich or Dresden. This, of course, is an estimate from the extant remains-as has been indicated above, there was probably a large suburban extension beyond the walls, which would account for the enormous size attributed to the city by the ancients.

20. The Palaces:

Among the Arabs, the northern ruin is called Babil, though it is only the remains of a palace. Its present height is 30 meters (98 feet, 5 inches), and its rectangular outline is still easily recognizable. Its sides face the cardinal points, the longest being those of the North and South. This building, which measures 100 meters (109 yds.), was well protected by the city wall on the North and East, the Euphrates protecting it on the West. Continuing to the South, the path at present leads through orchards and palm-groves, beyond which is a rugged tract evidently containing the remains of ancient structures, probably of inconsiderable height. After further palm groves, an enormous ruin is encountered, steep on the East and South, sloping on the North and West. This is the Gasr (Qasr), also called Emjellibeh (Mujellibah), “the overturned,” identical with the great palace of Nabopolassar and his son Nebuchadrezzar, referred to so prominently by the latter king in his records. Its longest side skirts the old Euphrates bed, and measures 300 meters (328 yds.). Its surface is very uneven, projections of 15 meters (over 49 ft.) alternating with deep depressions. On the Northwest side enormous walls of exceedingly hard yellow brick still tower to a considerable height. South of this the plain, broken only by a few inconsiderable mounds, extends for a distance of half a kilometer (5/16 mile), and terminates on the South with another enormous ruin-mound, called Ishan Amran ibn `Ali. It measures 600 meters (656 yds.) from North to South, and 400 (437 yds.) from East to West, its average height being 25 meters (82 ft.). About the middle, and close to each other, are two Moslem domed tombs, the first called Ibrahim al-Khalil (“Abraham the Friend” (of God)-probably a late addition to the name of another Abraham than the Patriarch), and the other Areran ibn `Ali, from which the ruin receives its modern name.

21. The Site of Babylon’s Great Tower:

Near the South termination of the plain on which the village of Jim-jimeh lies, there is a square depression several yards deep, measuring nearly 100 meters (over 100 yds.) each way. In the middle of this depression, the sides of which do not quite face the cardinal points, there rises, to a height of about 13 ft., a platform of sun-dried brick about 60 meters (197 ft.) each way, its sides being parallel with the outer boundary of the depression. This depression, at present called Sahan, “the dish,” is partly filled with foundation-water. Centered in its southern side is a rectangular hollowing-out similarly formed, about 50 meters (164 ft.) long, extending toward the ruin called Areran.

22. The Central and Southern Ruins:

East of the Qasr and Emjellibeh are several mounds bearing the name of Ehmereh, so called from the principal mound on the Southeast, named Ishan al-Oheimar, “the red ruin,” from the color of its bricks. Close to the Southeast corner of the Qasr lies the ruin called Merkes, “the central-point,” and to the South of that again is a long and irregularly shaped mound bearing the name of Ishan al-Aswad, “the black ruin.” From this enumeration of the principal remains on the site of Babylon, it will be easily seen that public buildings in this, the most ancient quarter of the city, were exceedingly numerous. Indeed, the district was regarded as being of such importance that the surrounding walls were not thought altogether sufficient to protect it, so another seemingly isolated rampart, on the East, was built, running North and South, as an additional protection. The remains on the western side of the river are insignificant, the changed course of the river being in all probability responsible for the destruction of at least some of the buildings.

23. A Walk through Babylon:

There is much work to be done before a really complete reconstruction of the oldest quarter of Babylon can be attempted; but somc thing may be said about the sights to be seen when taking a walk through the more interesting portion, which, as we know from Herodotus’ narrative, could be visited by strangers, though it is possible that permission had to be obtained beforehand. Entering by the Urash-gate, some distance to the East of the Euphrates, one found oneself in Aa-ibursabu, the Festival-street, which was a continuation of the royal roadway without the inner wall, coming from the South. This street ran alongside the Arahtu canal, on its western bank. After a time, one had the small temple of Ninip on the right (on the other side of the canal), and E-sagila, the great temple of Belus, on the left. This celebrated shrine was dedicated to Merodach and other deities associated with him, notably his spouse Zer-panitum (= Juno), and Nebo, “the teacher,” probably as the one who inculcated Merodach’s faith. The shrine of Merodach therein, which was called E-kua, is said by Nebuchadrezzar to have been magnificently decorated, and into the temple itself that king had caused to be brought many costly gifts, acquired by him in the lands over which he had dominion. Connected with E-sagila on the Northwest by a causeway and probably a staircase, was the great temple-tower E-temen-an-ki, which, as is indicated above, is not now represented by a tower, but by a depression, the bricks having been employed, it is said, to repair the Hindiyeh canal. This great building was a striking monument of the city, and must have been visible for a considerable distance, its height being something over 300 ft. The stages of which it was composed are thought to have been colored like those of the similar tower laid bare by the French excavations at Khorsabad (DurSarru-ukin) in Assyria. Causeways or streets united this building with Aa-ibur-sabu, the festival-street along which the traveler is supposed to be proceeding. Continuing to the North, the visitor crossed a canal at right angles, named Libilhegalli, “may he (the god) bring fertility,” and found himself immediately opposite the royal palace-the extensive building now known as the Qasr. According to Weissbach, its area occupied no less than 4 1/2 hectares (rather more than 11 acres) and it was divided, as we know from the inscriptions of Nebuchadrezzar, into two parts, connected by a corridor. The building was richly decorated, as the Babylonians understood such things, the interior walls being lined with enameled brick and other material.

Passing along the eastern side of the palace, the visitor came to the Ishtar-gate-a massive doorway faced with enameled brick in Nebuchadrezzar’s time, and decorated with colored enameled reliefs of the lion, the bull and the dragon of Babylon. On the right of this gateway was to be seen the temple of the goddess Nin-mah, Merodach’s spouse-a temple of sun-dried brick with traces of white coloring. It was a celebrated shrine of the Babylonians, in the usual architectural style with recessed buttresses, but modest from our modern point of view. Nin-mah was the goddess of reproduction, who, under the name of Aruru, had aided Merodach to create mankind, hence the honor in which she was held by the Babylonians.

24. The Ishtar-Gate and the Middle Palace:

The Ishtar-gate was apparently a part of the more ancient fortifications of Babylon, but which portion of the primitive city it enclosed is doubtful. In the time of Nebuchadrezzar it pierced the continuation, as it were, of the wall on the western bank of the river. Passing through this gateway, the visitor saw, on the West, the “middle-palace,” an enormous structure, built by Nebuchadrezzar, as he boasts, in 15 days-a statement which seems somewhat of an exaggeration, when we come to consider the massiveness of the walls, some of which have a thickness of several yards. He describes this as having been “a fortress” (duru), “mountainlike” (sadanis), and on its summit he built an abode for himself-a “great palace,” which was joined with his father’s palace on the South of the intervening wall. It is possibly this latter which was built in 15 days-not the whole structure, including the fortress. It was raised “high as the forests,” and decorated with cedar and all kinds of costly woods, its doors being of palm, cedar, cypress, ebony(?) and ivory, framed in silver and gold, and plated with copper. The thresholds and hinges of its gates were bronze, and the cornice round its top was in (an imitation of) lapis-lazuli. It was a house for men to admire; and it is not improbable that this was the palace upon which he was regarded as having been walking when he referred to “great Babylon,” which he had built.

25. The Festival-Street:

But the street Aa-ibur-sabu, along which the visitor is conceived to be walking, was also a highly decorated causeway, fitted for the pathway of the great gods. Its width varied from 11 to 22 yds., and it was paved with regularly hewn and fitted natural stones-limestone and a brownish-red stone with white veins-while its walls were provided with a covering of brick enameled in various colors with representations of lions, some of them in relief. The inscriptions which it bore were white on a rich dark-blue ground, also enameled. There were various other streets in Babylon, but these have still to be identified.

26. The Chamber of the Fates:

At the end of the Procession-street, and at right angle to it, was the Merodach canal, which communicated directly with the Euphrares. At this point also, and forming its end-portion, was the Chamber of Fates (Patak simate), where, yearly, the oracles were asked and declared. In close connection with this was the Temple of Offerings (Bit nike) or festival-house (Bit akiti). Concerning these places more information is needed, but it would seem that, before Nebuchadrezzar’s time, the Chamber of Fates was simply decorated with silver-he, however, made it glorious with pure gold. It is at this point that the Procession-street is at its widest.

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BABYLON IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

Babylon Babulon, is used in New Testament in at least two different senses:

1. Mesopotamian Babylon:

In Matthew 1:11, 12, 17 Acts 7:43 the old Mesop city is plainly meant. These all refer to the captivity in Babylon and do not demand any further discussion.

2. Symbolic Sense:

All the references to Babylon in Re are evidently symbolic. Some of the most important passages are Revelation 14:8; Revelation 16:19; Revelation 17:5; Revelation 18:2, 10, 21. In Revelation 17:5 Babylon is designated as musterion. This undoubtedly in dicates that the name is to be under stood figuratively. A few interpreters have believed that Jerusalem was the city that was designated as Babylon, but most scholars hold that Rome was the city that was meant. That interpretation goes back at least to the time of Tertullian (Adv. Marc., iii. 13). This interpretation was adopted by Jerome and Augustine and has been commonly accepted by the church. There are some striking facts which point to Rome as the city that is designated as Babylon.

(1) The characteristics ascribed to this Babylon apply to Rome rather than to any other city of that age:

(a) as ruling over the kings of the earth (Revelation 17:18);

(b) as sitting on seven mountains (Revelation 17:9);

(c) as the center of the world’s merchandise (Revelation 18:3, 11-13);

(d) as the corrupter of the nations (Revelation 17:2; Revelation 18:3; Revelation 19:2);

(e) as the persecutor of the saints (Revelation 17:6).

(2) Rome is designated as Babylon in the Sibylline Oracles (5 143), and this is perhaps an early Jewish portion of the book. The comparison of Rome to Babylon is common in Jewish apocalyptic literature (see 2 Esdras and the Apocrypha Baruch).

(3) Rome was regarded by both Jews and Christians as being antagonistic to the kingdom of God, and its downfall was confidently expected, This conception is in accord with the predicted downfall of Babylon (Revelation 14:8; Revelation 18:2, 10-21). As Babylon had been the oppressor of Israel, it was natural that this new power, which was oppressing the people of God, should be designated as Babylon.

3. In 1 Peter:

In 1 Peter 5:13 Babylon is designated as the place from which 1Pe was written. Down to the time of the Reformation this was generally under stood to mean Rome, and two cursives added “en Roma.” Since the Reformation, many scholars have followed Erasmus and Calvin and have urged that the Mesopotamian Babylon is meant. Three theories should be noted:

(1) That the Egyptian Babylon, or Old Cairo; is meant. Strabo (XVII, 807) who wrote as late as 18 A.D., says the Egyptian Babylon was a strong fortress founded by certain refugees from the Mesop Babylon. But during the 1st century this was not much more than a military station, and it is quite improbable that Peter would have gone there. There is no tradition that connects Peter’ in any way with Egypt.

(2) That the statement is to be taken literally and that the Mesop Babylon is meant. Many good scholars hold to this view, and among these are Weiss and Thayer, but there is no evidence that Peter was ever in Babylon, or that there was even a church there during the 1st century. Mark and Silvanus are associated with Peter in the letter and there is no tradition that connects either of them with Babylon. According to Josephus (Antiquities, XVIII, ix, 5-9), the Jews at this time had largely been driven out of Babylon and were confined to neighboring towns, and it seems improbable that Peter would have made that his missionary field.

(3) That Rome was the city that was designated as Babylon. The Apocalypse would indicate that the churches would understand the symbolic reference, and it seems to have been so understood until the time of the Reformation. The denial of this position was in line with the effort to refute Peter’s supposed connection with the Roman church. Ancient tradition, however, makes it seem quite probable that Peter did make a visit to Rome (see Lightfoot, Clement, II, 493).

Internal evidence helps to substantiate theory that Rome was the place from which the letter was written. Mark sends greetings (1 Peter 5:13), and we know he had been summoned to Rome by the apostle Paul (2 Timothy 4:11). The whole passage, “She that is in Babylon, elect together with you, saluteth you,” seems to be figurative, and that being true, it is natural that Babylon should have been used instead of Rome. The character of the letter as a whole would point to Rome as the place of writing. Ramsay thinks this book is impregnated with Roman thought beyond any other book in the Bible (see The Church in the Roman Empire, 286).

Blood Moon Prophecy

The Blood Moon Prophecy

by Wayne Blank

As proven by space exploration vehicles and manned moon landings, the surface of the moon is always dark grey. It can appear white, or light grey, due to reflected sunlight, but from the moon itself, the moon is always the same color – grey.

So why can the moon appear red, as viewed from earth? There are three reasons.

A Red Moon During a lunar eclipse (which can only occur at full moon, when the earth is between the sun and the moon), the shadow of the earth is cast upon the moon. As happens at other times (as we will explain in the next reason below), light at the red end of the spectrum is scattered through the earth’s atmosphere and onto the moon – making the moon appear red.

The second reason is witnessed much more often – a red appearing moon near the horizon (the same as a red-appearing sun at sunrise or sunset). This is caused by the much-longer amount of atmosphere that one must look through when the moon is seen rising or setting, than when it is seen directly overhead (i.e. you are looking through about 100 miles of the densest part of the atmosphere at the horizon, but only about 10 miles of the densest part of the atmosphere directly overhead). The physics of light (the energy that each color of the spectrum has, which is actually what causes each color, just as heated steel can glow red, then white, as more heat energy is applied) causes much of the light at the blue end of the spectrum to be blocked, while the light at the red end of the spectrum is able to pass through – hence a red appearing moon near the horizon. Keep in mind that someone elsewhere on earth, where the moon at that same moment is overhead, would see it as bright white, while someone who is somewhere where the moon is rising would see it as red. People at different places around the earth can see a “red” or a “white” moon at the same time.

The third reason is from large amounts of smoke, pollution, or ash from a volcano. Particulate matter produces a red appearing moon for the same reason that the moon can appear red at sunrise, but at anytime, even if the moon is directly overhead. It is for that reason (“fire and pillars of smoke”) that the moon is described as appearing red in prophecy.

2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 2:29And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.2:30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.” (Joel 2:28-31 KJV)

“I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke”

At the first Pentecost after Christ’s resurrection (see Pentecost: Christ’s First Harvest), the apostle Peter quoted the above verse from Joel in response to the coming of the Holy Spirit, more widely and in greater measure, than it ever had up to that time. It was a partial fulfillment of the prophecy because what he was entirely dealing with was the greater “pouring out of the Holy Spirit” part of the prophecy. The “blood moon” part of the prophecy was, and is, yet to come, as we will read in the Book of Revelation below.

The Holy Scriptures

2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues [see The Origin Of Speaking In Tongues], as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4 KJV)”2:14 But Peter [see also Peter’s Ministry], 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: 2:15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel [see The Prophets: Joel];

2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days [see also How Long Will ‘The End Time’ Last? and Could Christ Return Tonight?], 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: 2:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 2:19 And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Acts 2:14-21 KJV)

The fulfillment of the “blood” moon prophecy will occur just some time prior to the return of Jesus Christ, during a time of great wars, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and smoke over vast areas. The moon turned to blood (i.e. appearing red) will reach its peak at the time of the “sixth seal.”

The first four of The Seven Seals are the infamous “four horsemen of the apocalypse” They represent end-time religious deception (the white horse), war (the red horse), famine (the black horse) and pestilence (the pale horse;  The Four Horsemen). The “four horsemen of the apocalypse” might produce much of the reason for the moon appearing red at that time.

6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse [see Two White Horses]: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer [see also False Christs and False Prophets].6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 6:4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword [see Revelation 13 and World War 3 In Prophecy].

6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat [see Corn] for a penny, and three measures of Barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death [see What Happens When You Die?], and Hell [see Sheol and Hades and Through The Gates Of Hell] followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” (Revelation 6:1-8 KJV)

The fifth seal is The Great Tribulation and martyrdom (see Martyrs) of many true Christians by deceived people who think that they are Christian (see Revelation 13), as Christ warned earlier: “the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service” (John 16:2 KJV).

6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls [see Where Is Your Soul?] of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” (Revelation 6:9-11 KJV)

The sixth seal will be great signs and wonders in “nature,” including “the moon became as blood.”

6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake [see Earthquake!]; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;6:13 And the stars of heaven [see Signs In The Heavens] fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

6:14 And the heaven [see Heavens Below, Heavens Above] departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come [see The Coming World Dictator and Christ the Conqueror For Peace]; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:12-17 KJV)

Of note among astrologers, is that the four royal fixed stars in the heavens are associated with particular angels and the Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse.   Regulus the most royal star of Kings has been undergoing a change of sign in the Tropical, which could be taken as a C change from Leo the lion to Virgo the virgin harvest maiden.    Sheat, fixed start of disaster and deluge, is also changing signs in the Tropical into fire sign of Aris.   These changes are coincide with the Arab Spring and Fukoshima Nuclear Disaster earthquake and tsunami.   Comes in like a lamb and out like a lion.

Blood Moon Eclipses. Change of Times

Astrologers have a profound interest in understanding the signs of the times shown in the heavens…

Blood Moons of Jesus Return in 2015? Mark Biltz Theory Debunked

Will Jesus return in 2015…or will the Tribulation start this Fall? Can NASA’s eclipse tables help us find out? Pastor Mark Biltz has speculated that solar and blood moon eclipses in 2015 could fulfill end time milestones of Bible prophecy. Discover the prophecy breakthrough that invalidates his theory from someone who had the same idea five years earlier. Plus find out how Revelation says our year will drop to only 360 days after the prophesied eclipses happen.


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And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Mark Biltz had a promising idea. He was viewing a popular photo of the blood red moon over the Dome of the Rock from February 20, 2008 when he recalled that the Bible predicted blood red lunar eclipse before the end times:

Joel 2:31 (HCSB) — The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and awe–inspiring Day of the Lord comes. Revelation 6:12 (HCSB) — Then I saw Him open the sixth seal. A violent earthquake occurred; the sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair; the entire moon became like blood;

What Joel and Revelation both describe are a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse. During solar eclipses the sun is obscured by the moon except for wisps of light around the corona as if a hairy sackcloth was put in front of the sun. Lunar eclipses often cause the moon to not disappear completely but turn shades of orange and red.

Since man has long been able to calculate and publish upcoming eclipses in advance, what if we could use this data to find the year when this prophecy could be fulfilled? (And even if you take literally Jesus’ words “no man knows the day or hour“, this obviously does not rule out knowing the month and year or he would have been so specific to mention day instead of the more broader month, year, or time).

Eclipse Pattern Found In NASA 2015 Data

That’s exactly what Biltz did. He looked at NASA’s tables for solar and lunar eclipses and found a string of lunar and solar eclipses starting in 2014 through 2015 and nothing significant for the rest of the century. In 2015 there will be a a pair of solar and lunar eclipses two weeks apart (on the new moon and full moon) one in the Spring and one in the Fall. From that he postulated that perhaps Jesus will return that year, around the time of the final eclipses in the Fall.

His intriguing discovery caught the attention of prophecy buffs everywhere. In April, he did a video interview with ProphecyInTheNews.com. Later that month WorldNetDaily.com did an article summarizing the interview. As an aside, it included a funny reaction from resident columnist and author Hal Lindsey of Late Great Planet Earth fame admitting that he had never heard of the theory yet calling it “pure speculation”. If that response sounds a little biased to you, you’re not alone. I’d call the pretrib rapture Lindsey advocates and 99% of the prophecy ideas that make their way into our inboxes pure speculation, but looking for the eclipses that Revelation predicts is a very reasonable approach.

The reaction from others has been mixed. Most seem fascinated by it. Many have some reservations about parts of it (such as its apparent date-setting slant) but can’t really refute it so they have adopted the typical wait-and-see posture. Per usual, a few outright refute the idea because it contradicts their view on side issues such as the rapture timing. Interestingly, among the many responses I read nobody seemed able to debunk the very basis of the theory – whether we can use current eclipse projections to predict when the 6th seal will be. That’s what I’m about to do.

Same Theory Discovered and Debunked Five Years Ago

I am qualified to do so because I had the same idea back in 2003. I, too, saw the possibility that the 6th seal could refer to a solar and lunar eclipse pair and went to the same NASA site to look for years that might fulfill the prophecy. However, I never came up with 2015 because I determined from related verses that the 6th seal will happen around the Day of Pentecost (May/June) which rules out the Spring and Fall eclipses that Biltz reports. I was trying to find the right eclipse that could fit all the clues surrounding the event rather than a year with lots of interesting eclipses.

But in the following year I ended up debunking the theory when I was chatting with a friend who I often bounced my prophecy ideas off of. I was telling him about how I was having no luck finding solar and lunar eclipses pairs that might fit the 6th seal in the NASA data. And then it suddenly occurred to me that this approach would never work because of Wormwood. Since 2002 I had been aware that the star Wormwood Revelation says will be visible at the 3rd trumpet was a literal star that will pass our solar system. Because the NASA data for predicting eclipses did not factor in the gravitational perturbations caused by this star, they are useless for predicting the 6th seal!

The Overlooked Wormwood Factor

What Biltz missed is that in the following chapters, Revelation reveals the cause of not only the eclipses, but the related global great earthquake, meteorite storms and asteroid ocean impact. It describes a literal “death star” called Wormwood visible in the sky after all the above pass. This catastrophic progression is similar to the rumors of a doomsday star originally announced by NASA and misnamed Planet X which serious astronomers now discount and most everyone else considers a hoax (thanks in part to misinformation predicting its arrival on May 15, 2003).

Although Revelation is very detailed in its account of Wormwood’s catastrophic global effects, few seem able to accept it at face value. In fact, in the Biltz video interview, one of the hosts suggests that it’s time to rethink the eclipses as describing an astronomical catastrophes and consider them to be normal scheduled eclipses! Both possibilities should definitely be considered. Yet when you read past the 6th seal and see that all the way up to 4th trumpet a sequential series of related cosmic catastrophes is described (Rev 6:12-8:13) it becomes obvious which explanation of the eclipses fits best. As a matter of fact, the most natural reading of Revelation’s description of the solar and lunar eclipses implies they are simultaneous eclipses, which is impossible with normal predictable lunar and solar eclipses caused by the moon. Simultaneous solar and lunar eclipses would be possible because of the presence of near earth objects (NEO) brought close by Wormwood some of which are described as impacting the earth in the first and second trumpets.

By the way, these predicted cosmic catastrophes are no more inconceivable than God allowing the Antichrist to take over the world and force everyone to take a mark or be beheaded as Revelation 13 teaches. In the same way, God will allow Wormwood to threaten the earth and billions to die although not any of God’s servants who follow his survival plan already outlined in the Bible (not a pretrib rapture) will have to die. The whole reason I began writing my book Planet X in Bible Prophecy was because of how overlooked these aspects of prophecy are. (When was the last time someone pointed out to you that Revelation predicted four years of catastrophe and tribulation before the rapture happened?)

Because few take those passages literally, they miss out on one of the key points of Revelation needed to understand the complete roadmap it lays out for us. But more importantly to topic at hand, they miss out on an amazing hidden prediction that Revelation makes about a change to our orbit and calendar (hidden in plain sight).

The Coming Return to a 360-Day Year and 30 day month

Think about how big an effect a second sun passing nearby could have on our solar system. It’s easy to imagine that when another star comes close enough to be visible that it will throw off our existing orbital clock. Current eclipse predictions would be invalidated, along with everything else predicated upon the nearest star besides the sun being Proxima Centari over four light years away.

But this is not just speculation. Soon after my Wormwood insight, I was prompted to reconsider the rest of Revelation literally (except for the rare cases of clear allegorical language such as Rev 14:4). Consequently, I realized that Revelation and Daniel confirm in mathematical terms that earth’s orbit will change dramatically after Wormwood’s passage.

In several places both Revelation and Daniel talk about the length of the Tribulation as either 3½ years, 42 months or 1260 days which works out to a 360 day year and 30 day month. Few take these numbers literally, just as they doubt the 144,000 are a literal number (because they assume it to be a count of all those saved when it’s not), but now I was doing so. Because it’s hard to imagine our calendar ever changing like that, most people explain these numbers allegorically calling them part of a mythical “prophetic calendar”. But when you do accept them at face value, you come to the conclusion that the Bible is making a veiled prediction that earth’s orbit would change enough from Wormwood to go from 365¼ to 360 days and along with it the month from 29½ to 30 days ( the lengthening of the lunar cycle is a predictable natural result of the earth orbiting the sun slightly faster).

In January 2004, I posted an article on my website literally explaining this stunning mathematical riddle. For more details on this amazing insight including how Genesis and other ancient histories record 30 day months and 360 day years prior to the time of Hezekiah (the Hebrew calendar changed in his days), read the full 360 day year article.

Conclusion

All these new literal interpretations fit together like a puzzle:

  • Wormwood is a literal star that will pass our solar system.
  • It will be responsible for the unscheduled eclipses, global earthquake and the rest of the literal cosmic catastrophes described from the 6th seal through 4th trumpet.
  • The Tribulation immediately follows the Wormwood catastrophes at the 5th trumpet because the Antichrist claiming to be God (2Th 2:4) will be the only one able solve the ensuing world war and global famine by bringing order and an efficient cashless society (he does not come to power by convincing everyone he is Jesus as some speculate).
  • The given 3½ year/42 month/1260 day length of the Great Tribulation is literal and confirms Wormwood or its satellites will so affect our earth that it changes our year to 360 days and month to 30

While Mark Biltz’s blood moon eclipse insight is intriguing and brings needed attention to the 6th seal, his 2015 theory fails to take into account these important related details in the rest of the Book of Revelation that invalidate it. Despite his oversight, when I saw Biltz’s interview I was pleased to see someone else taking Revelation literally (like the rest of the Bible) as it should be. Christians traditionally read Revelation like it was an allegory of symbols. Mainly for this reason Christianity remains unable to unravel the puzzle of end times Bible prophecy, even though the end times wisdom is now available to make sense of it (Dan 12:10).

Besides this main oversight, there are several other errors in his interview statements that mar his presentation. Most of these derive from his dependence on the traditional Jewish calendar which is not the same as the original Biblical calendar (affecting the assumption that the eclipses fall on actual feast days or in a true sabbath year). Another is a common mistake of equating Matthew 24’s description of the sun and moon going dark when Jesus returns with the sun black and moon blood at the 6th seal. If you want to correctly understand the complete roadmap of Revelation, it’s important to get these things right.  A more cogent and verifiable alternative to these errors and additional information on the topics covered in this article to Know the Future.

Prophesy – Time Line Excerpt

This is excerpted from an article concerning prophecies that pertain to the timeline we are in and the one we are approaching when at a critical point, a curtain in time is torn between eras.

Can we know when Christ will return? Well, no-one knows the day or the hour as it says in Matthew 24:36 ….’But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.’ … But, we can know when the second coming of Jesus is near, as it says in Matthew 24:30,33 …’And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven.

Searching for the truth … Acts 17:11 …’These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.’

Jesus said in Matthew 24:14….”this gospel must be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations, and then the end will come.” ….. Every person must hear the TRUE gospel of Christ Jesus and decide whether to accept Jesus or not. Then the end will come, once everyone has made their choice.

Just take a look at the great image of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 2. That image shows the kingdoms of this earth right up to the time that Christ Jesus returns at the second coming. Now the feet of that image is the last earthly kingdom before Christ returns, because it shows in Daniel 2 that a rock comes to hit the feet and smash the image. That rock is Christ. And where are we living in that image? In the feet!! See prophecies of Daniel for more info.

The following is from an article overlaying prophecies about the timelines for the end of the era.

In The Middle Of The Seven Year covenant Period, On December 25, 2012, CHRISTMAS DAY, The Antichrist Will Set Himself Up On A “wing” Of The Jewish Temple In Jerusalem, “proclaiming himself to be God”

YOU ARE CURRENTLY LIVING IN THE SEVEN YEAR “COVENANT” PERIOD THAT IMMEDIATELY PRECEDES

THE SECOND COMING OF THE CHRIST!

  The Antichrist has already secretly agreed to a Seven Year covenant/contract/peace agreement with Jewish leaders, that allowed the re-establishment of “sacrifice and offering” by the Jewish people, on a “wing” of the Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah, in Jerusalem.  The Jewish people had to first re-establish “sacrifice and offering” on a “wing” of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, in order for the Antichrist to, “put an end to sacrifice and offering.”

Daniel 9:27 (NIV) “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of theseven he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”

In the middle of the Seven Year covenant Period, the Antichrist will disregard the “peace agreement”, invade Israel, and conquer Jerusalem.  On December 25, 2012, CHRISTMAS DAY, the Antichrist will “put an end to sacrifice and offering” by the Jewish people, and set himself up on the newly constructed “wing” of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, “proclaiming himself to be as God.”

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 (NIV) Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be as God.

The Antichrist will set himself up on Christmas Day, because the Antichrist will be claiming that he is Jesus Christ.  The Antichrist will become the,abomination that causes desolation,” referenced in Daniel 9:27 printed above.  An abomination that causes desolation,” is set up, when either a Gentile sacrifices in the Jewish Temple at Jerusalem, or something unclean in accordance with the Levitical Law is sacrificed in the Jewish Temple at Jerusalem.  The Antichrist will become, the abomination that causes desolation,” spoken of by Jesus Christ, referenced in the Books of  Matthew, Mark, and Luke:

Matthew 24:15-21 (NIV) “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel–let the reader understand– 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now–and never to be equaled again.”

Mark 13:14 (NIV) “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation standing where it does not belong–let the reader understand–then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”

Luke 21:20 (NIV) “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.”

In order to establish any mathematical, or physical point, YOU must adhere to the laws revealed by that specific discipline of science, while utilizing cross-triangulation of known specific geometric or physical points.  In order to understand where, or at what point YOU are in time, YOU must adhere to the laws revealed by the Holy Word of God, while utilizing cross-triangulation of known specific, prophetic points.  Which is another way of saying, “If YOU want to see the picture, YOU must connect the dots.”  The greater the number of dots that YOU have, that are connected; the clearer the picture will be, that YOU are able to see.

The Seven Year covenant Period began with a covenant/contract/peace agreement on July 9, 2009, which was the 17th of Tammuz on the Jewish calendar. The “peace agreement” primarily involved Bashar al Assad, who is the King of Syria and Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Isreal..

Antichrist persuasion: Against Christ in deed action, word or belief,  Christ / Xrist being the Greek word for Messiah.

Muslim “Mahdi”, Maitreya Buddha, Kalki Avatar, Gnostic perversions that misconstrue and are considered revelations rather than inspired Gospels which  provides common basis for a world unified religion.  World Teacher, leader of world, and one of the heads of the beast referenced in the Book of Revelation chapter 13

The “peace agreement” allowed the Jewish people to rebuild a wing – Daniel 9:27 of their Temple in Jerusalem, in order for the Jewish people to re-establish the ritual of, “sacrifice and offering” – Daniel 9:27, in their attempt to atone for the Jewish people’s sin. Information concerning the existence of that “peace agreement” has not been made available to the public.  The “wing” of the Jewish Temple was rebuilt and completed, and, “sacrifice and offering” began following sundown on March 15, 2010.  The Jewish day begins at sundown, consequently, sundown on March 15, 2010 was the beginning of the Jewish day of March 16, 2010.  March 16, 2010 was the 1st of Nisan, the first day of the new Jewish sacred calendar year of 5770.  The Jewish people re-established, “sacrifice and offering”, in the new “wing” of the Jewish Temple on the first day of their new sacred calendar year of 5770.  March 16, 2010, the 1st of Nisan, was also exactly 250 days after July 9, 2009, which was the 17th of Tammuz; the day on which the “peace agreement” was agreed to.  The 250 day time period between July 9, 2009 and March 16, 2010 is the 250 day difference between the 2550 days of the Seven Year covenant Period referenced as the “seven” in Daniel 9:27; and the 2300 “evenings and mornings” referenced in Daniel 8:9-14 for; “the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, and the surrender of the sanctuary and of the host that will be trampled underfoot”.  The 17th of Tammuz has been a historic day of calamity for the Jewish people.  July 9, 2009 was still another day of great calamity for the Jewish people, but the Jewish people will not recognize it as a day of great calamity until exactly 1,260 days later on December 21, 2012.

The re-establishment of “sacrifice and offering” has not occurred publicly.  However, the Jewish Sanhedrin publicly advertised for Jewish people to participate in Korban Pesach that was scheduled to occur on Passover, March 30, 2010.  “Korban Pesach” is the sacrifice of Passover lambs.  The sacrifice of Passover lambs on the scale that was proposed by the Sanhedrin has not occurred since the fall of the Second Temple in 70 A.D.  Following Passover on March 30, 2010, verbiage concerning the proposed sacrifice of Passover lambs became deafeningly silent.  Because of the preparations that were made for the large scale sacrifice of Passover lambs on March 30, 2010, and because of the 2300 “evenings and mornings” referenced in Daniel 8:9-14, and because of the deafening silence concerning the sacrifice of Passover lambs that occurred following Passover, and most importantly because of the personal guidance of the Holy Spirit of God on this issue; it is a certainty that “sacrifice and offering” actually began privately on March 16, 2010, the first day of the new Sacred year.  The wing of the temple” may refer to construction in the excavations underneath the Temple Mount, or it may refer to the newly reconstructed Hurva Synagogue, which was dedicated in the evening of Monday, March 15, 2010, on Rosh Chodesh, the 1st day of Nissan as the Passover season was beginning.

Prior to the Flood of Noah, there were Nephilim on the earth.  Nephilim were the offspring of fallen angels/demons and human women!

Genesis 6:1-6 (NIV)  When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days–and also afterward–when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown. The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.

When “the sons of God” mated with “the daughters of men”, that physical intercourse was so wicked that it grieved God that He had made man.  That physical intercourse was not simple fornication, adultery, homosexuality, or bestiality, as when the sins of fornication, adultery, homosexuality, and bestiality were recorded, we did not get the equivalent horrific reaction from God.  That physical intercourse was human women mating with creatures that were not human.  God is the father of all creation.  God created everything, including all of the angels, and all of the humans.  God created the angels that fell, and God created the humans that fell.  “the sons of God were created by, and therefore direct descendants of God.  In view of their wickedness, we know that these sons of God were fallen angels, or demons.  the daughters of men were just exactly what the Holy Word of God describes them as; they were the female offspring of human men.  The process of elimination only leaves us with the conclusion that the physical intercourse that occurred, referenced in Genesis 6:1-6, was between human women and fallen angels (demons). Prior to the Flood at the time of Noah, fallen angels (demons) mated with human women, and produced Nephilim.”  This mating of human women and fallen angels was physical intercourse, but between women whose spirit was dead (since the fall of Adam) and demons who were depraved, fallen spirits.  This physical intercourse occurred when the devil and the devil’s angels/demons attempted to duplicate the spiritual intercourse that God desires to enable man to have with God.  The devil and the devil’s fallen angels/demons are strictly and completely controlled by God.  Because the devil and the devil’s fallen angels/demons are strictly and completely controlled by God, the devil and the devil’s fallen angels/demons would never be allowed to rape the human women.  The sexual intercourse that occurred between the fallen angels/demons, and human women, was permitted because the human women had a free-will.  God does not stop a human from sinning, or God would deprive that human of their free-will.  The sexual intercourse that occurred between the fallen angels/demons, and human women occurred because the fallen angels/demons tempted the human women to want and willingly participate in sexual intercourse with the fallen angels/demons.

Immediately following the mating of fallen angels/demons with human women, and the consequent production of “Nephilim,” the Flood occurred.

Genesis 6:5 (NIV) The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.

Genesis 6:11-22 (NIV) Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. 16 Make a roof for it and finish the ark to within 18 inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark–you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.” 22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

All of the Nephilim were destroyed at the time of the Flood of Noah, but following the flood, the fallen angels/demons came back and again produced Nephilim.

Genesis 6:4 (NIV) The Nephilim were on the earth in those days–and also afterward–when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them.

Genesis 6:4 (KJV) There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

After the Flood, and also afterward(Genesis 6:4b), the Nephilim were again in existence, so the mating of fallen angels/demons and human woman continued even after the Flood.  Arba may have been a first generation Nephilim.”  Arba resided in Hebron.  Hebron is a terribly troubled spot today.

Numbers 13:32-33 (NIV) And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” 

Deuteronomy 9:1-3 (NIV)  Hear, O Israel. You are now about to cross the Jordan to go in and dispossess nations greater and stronger than you, with large cities that have walls up to the sky. 2 The people are strong and tall–Anakites! You know about them and have heard it said: “Who can stand up against the Anakites?” 3 But be assured today that the Lord your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the Lord has promised you.

Joshua 14:15 (NIV) (Hebron used to be called Kiriath Arba after Arba, who was the greatest man among the Anakites.)

Joshua 15:13-14 (NIV)  In accordance with the Lord’s command to him, Joshua gave to Caleb son of Jephunneh a portion in Judah–Kiriath Arba, that is, Hebron. (Arba was the forefather of Anak.) 14 From Hebron Caleb drove out the three Anakites–Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai–descendants of Anak.

The Anakites were descendants of fallen angels/demons.  Some of the Anakites lived in Hebron, but Joshua killed all of them in that area.

Joshua 11:21,22 (NIV) At that time Joshua went and destroyed the Anakites from the hill country: from Hebron, Debir and Anab, from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua totally destroyed them and their towns. No Anakites were left in Israelite territory; only in Gaza, Gath and Ashdod did any survive.

All of creation, including the stars, and the movement of the stars, reflect the perfect order of God, and reveal the plan of God.  The Babylonians, or Chaldeans, who were also known as Magi, studied the stars.  At the time of Jesus Christ’s birth, the Magi were able to detect that the Great King of the Jewish people was going to be born, and the Magi followed the star to Jesus Christ’s place of birth.

The Mayan calendar is based upon the movement of the stars.  The Mayans and the Egyptians were pyramid builders.  The pyramid builders were “Nephilim, as they had a calendar, and an understanding of physics, astronomy, and mathematics that is equal to, or superior to our knowledge of those subjects today; and both pyramid building groups reflected their extreme wickedness by committing human sacrifice.  The fact that the Mayans were Nephilim is why they were able to understand the significance of December 21, 2012.

At 11:11 AM (GMT), on December 21, 2012, the Mayan calendar denotes a completion of the thirteenth B’ak’tun cycle in the Long Count of the Maya calendar.  At that precise time, which is the exact middle of the Seven Year covenant Period, the devil through the Antichrist will be, “given authority over every people, tribe, language, and nation” Revelation 13:6b (NIV),  for the three and one-half year great tribulation Period.

The ancient Mayan astronomers accurately predicted, over 1500 years ago, the exact alignment of the Earth, the Sun, the star cluster Pleiades and of the center of our Galaxy that will take place at the end of the present long cycle on the Gregorian year 2012. On the Mayan Long Calendar the day designated as 4 Ahau 3 Kankin (13.0.0.0.0) falls on December 21, 2012 and this day will mark “El Fin de los Tiempos” or the end of the long cycle at which time humanity will experience a new beginning. On this day, according to the Mayas and subsequent Meso-American civilizations, the return of Kukulcan (Quetzalcoatl) will take place.

On December 21, 2012 which coincides with the Winter Solstice and as the Sun sets west of Chichen-Itza, a pattern of shadow and light will project the Plumed Serpent (Quetzalcoatl) descending on the stairs of the pyramid that has a large head of a serpent sculpted in rock at the base. This occurs twice in Chichen Itza every year but on the Winter Solstice of December 21, 2012 something very special will happen. As the Sun sets in the early afternoon, the shadow of the pyramid’s northwest edge will project a moving pattern of light that joins and illuminates the sculpted serpent head at the base of the stairway. Within a thirty-four minute period, the serpent, formed by this play of light and shadow will appear to descend to the earth, as the sun leaves each stair, going from the top to the bottom. This combined effect creates the visual appearance of the body of the serpent descending the pyramid. In addition, on December 21, 2012, the tail of the serpent projected up from the top of the pyramid will be pointing precisely to the star cluster Pleiades. The pyramids at Teotihuacán which means “City of the Gods”, constructed by a Meso-American civilization just north of Mexico City that preceded the Mayas, are also aligned to the Pleiades as are the Egyptian pyramids at Giza. This is not all, on December 21, 2012 at around 11:11 universal time, there will be a precise alignment of our Sun with the Galactic center (Hunab Ku).  – excerpted from “Strange Rumblings at the Center of our Galaxy” by Hector Carreon La Voz de Aztlan

On December 21, 2012, the devil in the form of the plumed serpent Quetzalcoatl, will symbolically descend the stairs of the pyramid at Chichen-Itza to take authority over every people, tribe, language, and nation” Revelation 13:6b (NIV)  for the three and one-half year great tribulation Period!

God has given YOU a free-will that allows YOU the option to choose to worship God, or to choose to commit sin.  Because God has given YOU a free-will, YOU are allowed to commit sin.  If God removed the option for YOU to commit sin, YOU would no longer be able to commit sin, and consequently YOU would not have a free-will.  If God did not allow YOU to commit sin, God would have effectively removed YOUR free-will.

In order to maintain YOUR free-will, God perfectly balances the spiritual influence on YOUR free-will.  God does not “stack the deck” in order to get YOU to worship Him; and God does not “put His thumb on the scale of influence” in order to manipulate YOUR free-will choice toward God.  In the perfect order of God, God perfectly balances the scales of influence on YOUR free-will choice.

FOR EVERY SPIRITUAL TRUTH, THERE IS AN EQUIVALENT SPIRITUAL DELUSION! 

The more clear and articulate the spiritual truth, the more powerful the equivalent spiritual delusion

God has given YOU the Truth in the form of God’s Holy Word in order to teach YOU how to worship God and live a Holy life.  Because God has given YOU the Truth; in order to perfectly balance the scales of influence on YOUR free-will choice, God allows Satan to tell YOU any possible lie whatsoever in order for Satan to deceive YOU; and thereby for Satan to get YOU to sin.  Satan knows that if Satan can get YOU to sin, the sin will destroy YOU.

God does not shield YOU from any of the lies of Satan, because God has provided YOU with the perfect protection against all of Satan’s lies.  The perfect and only protection against any and all of the lies of Satan is the Holy Word of God.  In giving YOU the Holy Word of God, and also allowing Satan to lie to YOU, God has perfectly balanced God’s scales of influence on YOU, thereby allowing YOU to exercise YOUR FAITH, and YOUR free-will.  This equilibrium balances the influences on YOUR free-will, thereby continuing to give YOU the choice to have faith in God, or to commit sin.  In maintaining a perfect balance on YOUR free-will, God is setting before YOU, life and death, blessings and curses“. 

Deuteronomy 30:11-20 (NIV)  Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.  It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?”  Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?”  No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey itSee, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.  For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.  But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them,  I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.  This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Within YOUR free-will choice, if YOU elect to become a “Born Again” Child of God, the Holy Spirit of God will guide YOU through the deception, and into the truth.

John 16:13 (NIV) But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

Within YOUR free-will choice, if YOU elect to continue sinning, YOU will by default remain a spiritual child of the devil.

John 8:44 (NIV) You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

If YOU are a spiritual child of the devil, YOU will not accept, and YOU will not be able to understand the guidance of the Holy Spirit of God.

1 Corinthians 2:14 (NIV) The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

If YOU elect to continue in YOUR sin, the devil will lie to YOU about the truth, deceive YOU about the truth, and guide YOU around the truth into a powerful and damning delusion!

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (NIV) The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be savedFor this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

Jesus Christ is the Holy Word of God (John 1:1)  The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us (John 1:14).  Jesus Christ ministered on earth from the age of thirty (Luke 3:23a), until Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion at the age of thirty three.  Jesus Christ ministered to lost mankind on earth for a period of three and one-half years.  Jesus Christ came to show the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6) to lost mankind, for a period of three and one-half years.  In order to perfectly balance God’s scales of influence on man, God is going to give authority to the devil for an identical period of three and one half-years.  The devil will use the devil’s authority to, “steal, kill, and destroy” -John 10:10.  God is going to permit the devil to possess the Antichrist; and God is going to give the devil authority over the earth to bring death to mankind, for the exact same three and one-half year amount of time, that God gave Jesus Christ to bring life to mankind (John 10:10).  In setting before man, life and death, blessings and curses– Deuteronomy 30:11-20, God has perfectly balanced the scales of influence on man, thereby giving man a completely unbiased, free-will choice.

In the perfect order of God, there is however, a set of spiritual faith laws that permit a “Born Again” Child of God through faith in Jesus Christ, and prayer to God, to impact nature, all of the physical laws, and the free-will choice of another person!

Mark 11:22-25 (NIV) “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.  “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Since the creation of Adam, man has had 6,000 years to rule over the earth.  The Antichrist will be possessed by the devil.  When the Antichrist is given his one crown, it will be the devil who will be ruling over the earth.  December 21, 2012 is the beginning of Winter Solstice.  Metaphorically, the beginning of Summer Solstice is the beginning of Life.  Metaphorically, the beginning of Winter Solstice is the beginning of Death.  The devil is the King of Death.  The King of Death will be given the power to rule over the earth for the following three and one-half year period.  At 11:11 AM (GMT) on December 21, 2012, in the middle of the Seven Year covenant Period, the three and one-half year great tribulation Period will begin.

All of creation will be greatly disturbed during the three and one-half year “great tribulation” Period.

It is necessary for the Antichrist to clear the world stage of the Jewish state of Israel, the two witnesses– Revelation 11:1-14, and the Judeo-Christian United States of America; in order for the Antichrist to exercise the devil’s authority over the world.  Consequently, the Antichrist will invade Israel, subsequently capture Jerusalem, and kill the two witnesses, simultaneous with a terrorist nuclear attack that will destroy the United States of America.  The world will bemoan the destruction of the United States of America.

Revelation 18:9 (NIV) “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.

Revelation 18:11 (NIV) “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more–

Revelation 18:17b-19 (NIV)  “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!

The sinful world will delight in the deaths of the two witnesses, and celebrate a Christmas-like euphoria, sending gifts to each other.  The sinful world will also celebrate a Christmas-like euphoria over the death of the two witnesses because December 21, 2012, is three and one-half days before December 25, 2012 – Christmas Day.

Revelation 11:9-10 (NIV)  For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.  The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

The gifts celebrating the deaths of the two witnesses are a direct contrast to the gifts given among Christians at Christmas; to celebrate the greatest gift of eternity, the gift God gave of His Son, Jesus Christ.  The sinful world will give gifts to rejoice in death.  Gifts given by the “Born Again” Children of God while rejoicing in life; are a direct contrast to gifts given by the children of the devil while rejoicing in death.  Jesus Christ is the Creator of Life, the devil is the facilitator of death.  It is because of their representation of, and association with God that the two witnesses are so hated by the children of the devil.  The children of the devil hate God, Israel, and all of the “Born Again” Children of God.

The Antichrist’s invasion of Israel, capture of Jerusalem, and terrorist destruction of the United States of America will be the watershed events that begin the ride of the Antichrist and the False Prophet.

The United States was a great facilitator in the creation of the State of Israel, and has been a great support in the continuation of the State of Israel.  The “peace agreement” that allowed the Jewish people to re-establish “sacrifice and offering” – Daniel 9:27, was a death sentence for the State of Israel.  Because the Federal Government of the United States knows that the “peace agreement” was a death sentence for the State of Israel, and the U. S. Federal Government has facilitated that agreement anyway, that “peace agreement” will also be a death sentence for the United States of America.  The Antichrist will destroy the United States of America and invade Israel at the exact same time.

Three and one-half days after Friday, December 21, 2012, the Antichrist will take control of the Jewish Temple, and on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 – Christmas Day, the Antichrist will, “put an end to sacrifice and offering” – Daniel 9:27, by the Jewish people; set himself up on a “wing” of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, “proclaiming himself to be God” – 2 Thessalonians 2:4, which will make the Antichrist, “the abomination that causes desolation” – Matthew 24:15b.  The Antichrist will set himself up on Christmas day, because the Antichrist is claiming that he is Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 (NIV) Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. 5 Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10 and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

The Antichrist will open, “his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven.  He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them.  And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.” (Revelation 13:6-7)  The Antichrist will set himself up on a “wing” of the Jewish Temple, “proclaiming himself to be God”, at the exact time that the two “witnesses” come back to life and ascend to Heaven while their enemies look on (Revelation 11:1-14).  The Antichrist setting himself up on a “wing” of the Jewish Temple, “proclaiming himself to be God”, is a sinful act that will precipitate a great earthquake in Jerusalem that will kill 7,000 people.  The earthquake will split the Mount of Olives into two parts, forming a great valley through which one-half of the Jewish people in Jerusalem will “flee” – Zechariah 14:5 east to the caves in Petra, Jordan, “where she will be taken care of” – Revelation 12:8,14 for the last half of the Seven Year covenant Period, which is the three and one-half year great tribulation Period.  Jesus Christ’s recommendation that people pray so that the Jewish “flight” – Matthew 24:22 would not take place on the Sabbath was answered, as the Jewish “flight” will occur on Tuesday, and not on the Sabbath, but the Jewish “flight” will occur in winter.

The Antichrist being given authority over the earth for the three and one-half year great tribulation Period, is referred to in several ways throughout the Holy Scripture:

    a. “forty-two months”

    b. “a time, times, and half a time”

    c. “the middle of that seven”

    d. “1290 days”

Revelation 13:1-10 (NIV) And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. 3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. 4 Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?” 5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. 6 He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. 9 He who has an ear, let him hear. 10 If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.

Daniel 7:24-26 (NIV) The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. 25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time. 26 “‘But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever.

Daniel 8:9-25 (NIV) Out of one of them came another horn, which started small but grew in power to the south and to the east and toward the Beautiful Land. 10 It grew until it reached the host of the heavens, and it threw some of the starry host down to the earth and trampled on them. 11 It set itself up to be as great as the Prince of the host; it took away the daily sacrifice from him, and the place of his sanctuary was brought low. 12 Because of rebellion, the host of the saints and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground. 13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, “How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilledthe vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, and the surrender of the sanctuary and of the host that will be trampled underfoot?” 14 He said to me, “It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated.” 15 While I, Daniel, was watching the vision and trying to understand it, there before me stood one who looked like a man. 16 And I heard a man’s voice from the Ulai calling, “Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the vision.” 17 As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate. “Son of man,” he said to me, “understand that the vision concerns the time of the end.” 18 While he was speaking to me, I was in a deep sleep, with my face to the ground. Then he touched me and raised me to my feet. 19 He said: “I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. 20 The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia. 21 The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between his eyes is the first king. 22 The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power. 23 “In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue, will arise. 24 He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people. 25 He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.

Daniel 9:27 (NIV) He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”

Daniel 11:36-45 (NIV) “The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place. 37 He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all. 38 Instead of them, he will honor a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his fathers he will honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. 39 He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god and will greatly honor those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price. 40 “At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood. 41 He will also invade the Beautiful Land. Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand. 42 He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. 43 He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt, with the Libyans and Nubians in submission. 44 But reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. 45 He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.

(The “time of wrath” referenced in Daniel 11:36 printed above, is the Seven Bowls of Wrath referenced in the Book of Revelation. In verse 41 “the Beautiful Land” is Israel, in verse 45 “the beautiful holy mountain” is Mount Moriah between the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea.)

(The Jewish calendar is composed of twelve months of thirty days each for a total of 360 days per year, with a leap month added every seven years.  The first half of the Seven Year covenant Period consists of 1260 days, or 360 days for three and one-half years.  The last half of the Seven Year covenant Period, is the three and one-half year great tribulation Period, and consists of 1260 days, plus the leap month of 30 days added, to total 1290 days.)

Daniel 12:1-11 (NIV) “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people–everyone whose name is found written in the book–will be delivered.  Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.  Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.  But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”  Then I, Daniel, looked, and there before me stood two others, one on this bank of the river and one on the opposite bank.  One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?”  The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, “It will be for a time, times and half a time.  When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.”  I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?”  He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end.  Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.  “From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.

Matthew 24:15-21 (NIV) “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel–let the reader understand– 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now–and never to be equaled again.”

Mark 13:14-20 (NIV) “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation‘ standing where it does not belong–let the reader understand–then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let no one on the roof of his house go down or enter the house to take anything out. 16 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. 17 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 18 Pray that this will not take place in winter, 19 because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now–and never to be equaled again. 20 If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them.”

Luke 21:20 (NIV) “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.”

Revelation 11:1-2 (NIV) I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there.  But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.

There are those people who say that the present State of Israel will never fall.  They are wrong.  In order for the Antichrist to set himself up on a “wing” of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, “proclaiming himself to be God”, the Antichrist will have to invade the State of Israel and conquer Jerusalem.  The Holy Word of God says that the Antichrist will invade Israel.  Israel is the Beautiful Land.

Daniel 11:40d-41a (NIV) He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood.  He will also invade the Beautiful Land.

The Antichrist will capture Jerusalem.

Zechariah 14:2 (NIV) I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city.

The Jewish people will flee east through the Mount of Olives to Petra, Jordan, where the Jewish people who flee will be taken care of by God for three and one-half years.

Zechariah 14:5a,b (NIV)  You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah.

Matthew 24:15-21 (NIV) “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel–let the reader understand–then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house.  Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak.  How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!  Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.  For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now–and never to be equaled again.”

Revelation 12:6 (NIV) The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.

Revelation 12:14 (NIV)  The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.

The Jewish people will live in exile, in Petra, Jordan for three and one-half years.  The Antichrist will never gain control of the country of Jordan.  Edom, Moab, and Ammon, referenced in Daniel 11:41 printed below, is the country of Jordan.

Daniel 11:41 (NIV) He will also invade the Beautiful Land. Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand.

After the Antichrist invades Israel and captures Jerusalem, the land of Israel will be occupied by the Antichrist.  With the people of Israel living in exile in Petra, Jordan, the State of Israel will no longer be functioning.  When Jesus Christ returns and reestablishes the State of Israel in their homeland, the State of Israel will never fall again.

When the Antichrist sets himself up on a “wing” of the Jewish Temple, “proclaiming himself to be God”, that event has been so clearly stated and publicized; that the event will reveal to most of Judeo-Christianity that we are in the three and one-half year great tribulation Period.  At that time, in the middle of the Seven Year covenant Period, Judeo-Christianity as a whole will acknowledge that, “We really are in the great tribulation Period.”  Once Judeo-Christianity realizes that we really are in the great tribulation Period, they will also realize that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is imminent.  A cry will then go forth: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ (Matthew 25:6-10 NIV), but “the door was shut” for the Gentiles who were not “Born Again” Children of God.

Matthew 25:1-13 (NIV) “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11 “Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ 12 “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ 13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”

verse 1 – ten virgins all were repentant – virgin denotes a form of purity or abstinence, all of the virgins had repented of their past acts of sin.

verse 1 – lamps signify light (knowledge of God)

verses 3,4,8,9,10 – oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit of God. On the part of the unwise virgins, there was an apathetic indifference, and an unawareness that they were insufficient. The wise virgins went to extra trouble to insure that they had an abundant supply of oil (the Holy Spirit of God).  The five foolish virgins had repented of their past acts of sin, but they had never been filled with the Holy Spirit of God.  The wise virgins had repented of their past acts of sin, and following their repentance, they had continued to seek more of God until they were filled with the Holy Spirit of God (oil), and thereby become “Born Again” Children of God.

verse 5 – they all became drowsy and fell asleep  All of the virgins were asleep. It is the condition today of Judeo-Christian Organized Religion, and the “Born Again” Children of God.

verse 6 – At midnight  In the middle of the darkest night, in the precise middle of the Seven Year covenant Period, at the blackest point of the blackest night, the Antichrist will set himself up on a “wing” of the Temple, “proclaiming himself to be God”, thereby becoming “the abomination that causes desolation” – Matthew 24:15b.  That event will precipitate the cry, “Here’s the Bridegroom!  Come out to meet Him.” -Matthew 25:6b

verse 10 – There is a period of time, from when the cry goes forth, until the Bridegroom arrives.

verse 10 – The door was shut for those unwise virgins who had repented of their past acts of sin, but who had never been personally filled with the Holy Spirit of God, and consequently had an insufficient supply of oil.  When the Antichrist sets himself up on a “wing” of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, “proclaiming himself to be God”, their will never be another Gentile allowed to become a “Born Again” Child of God.  The day of the Gentile will be forever closed.  By that time, at the middle of the Seven Year covenant Period, God will have brought every Gentile to the point of decision, and every Gentile will have made a decision to accept God through their faith in the Blood of Jesus Christ, or they will have rejected God.  The Gentiles who have not become “Born Again” Children of God, will have crossed the Deadline of the Mercy of God.  Like Pharaoh, they will have grieved the Holy Spirit of God to their damnation.

Jeremiah 8:20 (NIV)  “The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved.”

I have viewed this for years as an abrupt deadline to Gentiles. The Holy Spirit of God showed me that it is a gradual decline, and that we are already in the advanced stages of that decline.

When the Antichrist sets himself up on a “wing” of the Jewish Temple, “proclaiming himself to be God”, the full number of Gentiles who are going to accept salvation, will have accepted it; the hardening of the Jewish hearts will be over, and the Jewish people will turn back to God. The Jewish prayer at that time, will be Psalm 79, and is printed below.

Psalm 79 (NIV) A psalm of Asaph. O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple, they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble. 2 They have given the dead bodies of your servants as food to the birds of the air, the flesh of your saints to the beasts of the earth. 3 They have poured out blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there is no one to bury the dead. 4 We are objects of reproach to our neighbors, of scorn and derision to those around us. 5 How long, O LORD? Will you be angry forever? How long will your jealousy burn like fire? 6 Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the kingdoms that do not call on your name; 7 for they have devoured Jacob and destroyed his homeland. 8 Do not hold against us the sins of the fathers; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need. 9 Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake. 10 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Before our eyes, make known among the nations that you avenge the outpoured blood of your servants. 11 May the groans of the prisoners come before you; by the strength of your arm preserve those condemned to die. 12 Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times the reproach they have hurled at you, O Lord. 13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will praise you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.

After Jesus Christ opens the First Seal of Seven Seals at the precise middle of the Seven Year covenant Period, to begin the three and one-half year great tribulation Period; Jesus Christ will then continue opening the rest of the Seven Seals.

Revelation 6:3-8 (NIV)   When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!”  Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.  When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand.  Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”  When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!”  I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.

The Second Horseman of the Apocalypse will effect extreme violence and death throughout the world.  The Third Horseman of the Apocalypse will effect a worldwide famine.  All of creation will be so distressed by the sin on the earth, that nature will trigger droughts, floods, excessive hot and cold weather, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes, tidal waves, and untimely seasons.  The contortion of nature will result in minimal food production, where there is any food production at all.  The minimal food production will result in millions of people starving to death.  The lack of food will necessitate food rationing, and precipitate laws against the hoarding of food.  The rationing of food will necessitate the “Mark of the Beast” in order to insure that no one gets more than their share of food and necessities.  The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse will result in the death of one-fourth of the people on earth.  The streams, rivers, and oceans will turn to blood, and the fish will die.  Animals of all kinds will die.  Animals will attack and kill men.  All of the death will produce biological disease and plagues that will result in even more deaths.  The King of Death will rule over a kingdom of death.  Death will be everywhere.  At the pouring of the Sixth Bowl of Wrath, one-third of the people on earth will die.  During the three and one-half year reign of the King of Death, (3,000,000,000) three billion people, one-half of the people who are alive at the beginning of the great tribulation Period will die. (Luke 17:26-37, Matthew 24:37-41)

“When pictures seem alive with movements free, (television)

when boats like fishes swim beneath the sea. (submarines)

When men like birds shall scour the sky. (airplanes)

Then half the world, deep drenched in blood shall die. (4th seal, 6th trumpet)

For those who live the century through (20th century)

in fear and trembling this shall do.

Flee to the mountains and the dens

to bog and forest and wild fens.

For storms will rage and oceans roar

when Gabriel stands on sea and shore,

and as he blows his wondrous horn (7th, last trumpet)

old worlds die and new be born.” (beginning of the reign of Jesus Christ)

  Ursula Sontheil – also known as Mother Shipton 1488 – 1561

AN AVERAGE OF 2.4 MILLION PEOPLE WILL BE KILLED EVERY SINGLE DAY, OF EVERY SINGLE WEEK, OF EVERY SINGLE MONTH, OF EVERY SINGLE YEAR,

DURING THE ENTIRE THREE AND ONE- HALF YEAR GREAT TRIBULATION PERIOD THAT WILL BEGIN ON DECEMBER 21, 2012!

There currently exists in humanity the strong desire to eliminate/abort/euthanize/destroy/murder a substantial portion of the earth’s population.  The “Georgia Guidestones”, commonly called the American Stonehenge, erected in Elbert County Georgia, USA in June 1979 by a secret society fronted by a mysterious man named “R. C. Christian” (probably a pseudonym for a person of “Rosicrucian” belief considering the Guidestone commandments), had as the First Commandment: 1.  Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.  Considering that there currently exists more than six billion people, in order to maintain the population of humanity under five hundred million would require the elimination of five and one-half billion people, which is 88%, or eleven-twelfths of the population.

In an interview printed in the United Nations UNESCO Courier, the “conservationist”, Jacques Cousteau stated the same genocidal concept; but Cousteau either grossly underestimated the daily quantities required, or anticipated a far longer time period of elimination/abortion/euthanasia/murder in order to accomplish the diabolic destruction.

“What should we do to eliminate suffering and disease?  It is a wonderful idea but perhaps not altogether a beneficial one in the long run.  If we try to implement it we may jeopardize the future of our species.  It’s terrible to have to say this.  World population must be stabilized, and to do that we must eliminate 350,000 people per day.  This is so horrible to contemplate that we shouldn’t even say it, but it is just as bad not to say it.” – Jacques Cousteau in an interview with Bahgat Eluadi and Adel Rifaat, Courrier de l’Unesco, November 1991

Children of God will not accept the “Mark of the Beast, and consequently “Born Again” Children of God will not be able to buy or sell.  “Born Again” Children of God will have to survive on faith in their holy father as prescribed in the Lord’s Prayer for granting their daily bread and deliverance from evil. – GET READY!   The preparation is to prepare their hearts and minds by seeking the Holy word of God through the Holy Spirit in order to be sustained in thier hearts and minds like an extra bottle of oil for their lamps during that dark night of the soul.  The meaning of the parable of the Ten Virgins / Brides Maids.

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1“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be compared to ten virgins; the same took their lamps and went to meet the groom and the bride. 2But five of them were wise and five were foolish. 3And those fools took their lamps, and did not take oil with them. 4But those wise ones took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5But when the groom delayed, all of them grew tired and slept. 6And in the middle of the night there was an outcry, “Behold, The groom has come, go out to meet him.” 7Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8The fools said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, behold, our lamps have gone out.” 9But the wise answered and said, “Why? There is not enough for us and for you; go to those who sell and buy for yourselves.” 10And when they went to buy, the groom came and those who were ready entered with him into the wedding place, and the door was barred. 11But afterward, those other virgins came and they were saying, “Our Lord, Our Lord, open to us.” 12But he answered and said to them, ‘Amen, I say to you, that I do not know you.’ 13Wake up therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.   The oil is a metaphore for the annointment of the Holy Spirit of God.  This is the comforter that Christ promised to send upon the believers on his departure.   The body is a temple for the Holy Spirit.  The only unpardonable sin is the rejection of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit of God gives this information to the “Born Again” Children of God in order that the “Born Again” Children of God will know and be prepared.

God is using the Blessed Holy Spirit, God’s Holy Word, Children of God located around the world, the History Channel, the National Geographic Television Channel, and secular publications around the world to make people aware that the destroyer is coming, because God does not want anyone to perish in the coming destruction.

2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Having been given this information, the question one must ask oneself is, “Do I accept this information, or do I not?”  I have sought long and hard for that final piece of information that would be so convincing that it would force people to acknowledge the truth.  That piece of information does not exist.  If YOU refuse to accept truth, God in His ultimate respect for your freewill in this life will not force the truth on YOU.   In perfect symmetry, God gave everyone the power of reason in order to choose to be with him in mutual love.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (NIV)  The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be savedFor this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

Isaiah 6:9-10 (NIV)  He said, “Go and tell this people: ” ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’  Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”

If YOU choose to accept truth, YOU must become prepared for the truth to be fulfilled in it’s entirety.

If YOU are a “Born Again” Child of God, consider that Noah knew the Flood was coming and got ready.  Joseph knew a famine was coming and got ready.  If YOU know that YOU are in the Seven Year covenant Period, and that YOU are headed for the three and one-half year, great tribulation Period – (Matthew 24:21-22 [KJV], Revelation 7:14); and YOU foolishy do not get ready, is YOUR lack of works an evidence of YOUR lack faith?

James 2:14-26 (NIV) What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?  Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”  Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.  You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder.  You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?  Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?  You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.  And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.  You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.  In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?  As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

Do YOU really KNOW Christ through a personal relationship?  Do YOU really BELIEVE the Holy Word of God?  Or are YOU like Governor Felix, who enjoyed hearing about Jesus Christ, but would never bring himself to make a decision to accept Jesus Christ and become a “Born Again” Child of God?

Acts 24:24-25 (NIV) Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus.  As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.”

Governor Felix has been dead for more than 1,900 years.  There is no record anywhere that reflects that Felix ever accepted Jesus Christ and became a “Born Again” Child of God.  Felix will live with his decision forever, and ever, and ever.  If YOU delay making a decision to accept Jesus Christ, like Felix, YOU have already made the decision, and the decision is NO; YOU will NOT accept Jesus Christ and become a “Born Again” Child of God.  One of the most haunting Holy Scriptures is found in Jeremiah 8:20 printed below; and is the lamenting remorse of an eternally doomed, eternally damned person.

Jeremiah 8:20 (NIV) “The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved.”

PLEASE DO NOT LET THAT ETERNALLY DOOMED, ETERNALLY DAMNED PERSON BE YOU!

MOST IMPORTANTLY PREPARE YOUR SOUL! GET YOUR WEDDING GARMENT READY! 

The truly important question is not, “WHEN will Jesus Christ Come Again?”  The truly important question is, “What will YOUR relationship be with Jesus Christ, when YOU do meet Him?”  It is absolutely irrelevant, whether YOU face God, and are judged for YOUR actions at His Second Coming before YOU physically die, or whether YOU face God and are judged for YOUR actions after YOU physically die.  The vitally important fact that YOU should always keep at the front of YOUR mind is that;  YOU will face God, and YOU will be judged for YOUR actions.

Hebrews 9:27 (NIV)  Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,

1 Peter 1:17 (NIV) Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.

When YOU physically die, YOU will be judged according to what YOU have done, and according to the words YOU have spoken.

Revelation 20: 11-12 (NIV) Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.

Matthew 12:36-37 (NIV) “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

If YOU continue committing acts of sin, and if YOU continue sinning by telling lies, death will claim YOUR soul, and YOU will be thrown into Hell.

Revelation 20:13-15 (NIV) The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

JESUS CHRIST has opened THE WAY, THE ONLY WAY for YOU to be able to withstand the Judgment of GOD!

John 14:6 (NIV)  Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Acts 4:12 (NIV) “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

YOUR only hope, is for YOU, through faith in Jesus Christ, to become “Born Again” spiritually.

John 3:1-22 (NIV) Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” 3 In reply Jesus declared, I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” 4 “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” 9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. 10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven–the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” 22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized.

Jesus Christ came to earth, lived a perfect life, and was Crucified on a cross in order to atone for YOUR sins with His Sacrificial Blood. All that is required for YOU to claim this unmerited favor and become “Born Again” is to:

Repent – Feel sorry/regret for YOUR sin; turn from YOUR sin.

2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Acts 3:19-20 (NIV) Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you–even Jesus.

Acts 17:30 (NIV) In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

Believe – in YOUR heart that Jesus Christ is the Lord God, and that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.  Believe that Jesus Christ’s Sacrificial Blood has the power to cleanse YOU from YOUR sins.

John 3:36 (NIV) “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”

ConfessYOUR sins in prayer to Jesus Christ, and ask Jesus Christ to forgive YOU for sinning. Pray/talk to Jesus Christ wherever YOU are physically located, like YOU would talk to someone you would know; Jesus Christ is YOUR High Priest, and He will hear YOU.

1 John 1:9 (NIV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Confess – to other people that Jesus Christ is the Lord, and YOUR Lord.

Romans 10:9-10 (NIV) That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

Receive – Pray/talk to Jesus Christ like YOU would talk to another man, and ask Jesus Christ into YOUR heart as YOUR Lord and God; then receive Him.

John 1:12 (NIV) Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

Comply – with God’s law, which includes baptism.  (The only way that YOU can know God’s law is for YOU to read God’s Holy Word, which is the Holy Bible.) Be very, very careful of who YOU get to baptize YOU, as Judeo-Christian Organized Religion is full of the children of the devil who will dispute, twist, and/or misuse God’s Holy Word in order to damn YOU to Hell.  Judge what anyone says by whether what they say is in total compliance with the entire Holy Bible.  The entire Ten Commandments, including all of them are to be followed as in obedience to God with love.  If a person disputes what the Holy Bible says, do not listen to them, do not get them to baptize YOU, and get away from them before they mislead YOU into their sin.

2 Timothy 2:19 (NIV) Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

John 8:10-11 (NIV) Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. Go now and leave your life of sin.”

God has guaranteed through God’s Holy Word, that YOU will find God when YOU seek God with all of YOUR heart.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

While YOU are seeking God, and before YOU become “Born Again”, YOU will not be able to stop from sinning; because, like Simon Peter prior to the Day of Pentecost, YOU will still have a dead sinful spirit.

1 John 2:1 (NIV)  My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

When YOU become “Born Again” YOU will become a complete new person, because YOUR formerly dead, sinful spirit will have come to spiritual life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

When YOU become “Born Again” of the Holy Spirit of Life, YOU will  be able to live without committing ANY sin.

1 John 3:4-10 (NIV) Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either not believed in him, seen him or known him. Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

YOU are either a “Born Again” Child of God, living a Holy life through faith in Jesus Christ, because YOU are filled with the Holy Spirit of, “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control” (Galatians 5:22-23); or YOU are a lawless Child of the devil who cannot stop committing sin because YOU are consumed with YOUR father the devil’s spirit of, “sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, orgies and the like” (Galatians 5:19-21).

Ensure that YOU are a “Born Again” Child of God, evidenced by the ONLY Biblically referenced proof, found in 1 John 2:3-4 printed below:

1 John 2:3-4 (NIV)  We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.  The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

God’s commands were illuminated by Jesus Christ in Matthew 22:37-40 printed below:

Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV) Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

The first 4 commandments written in stone by the finger of God are man’s duty to God .  The other side of the that tablet are the 6 commandments regarding duty to fellow humankind.   If YOU are unable to comply with God’s commands referenced in Matthew 22:37-40 printed above, then during the presentation of this prophecy, I will continue to show YOU how YOU may establish communication and communion with God through faith in the Blood of Jesus Christ, in order that YOU may become “Born Again”, so YOU can live a Holy life without sin, and thereby achieve eternal life with God; and consequently how YOU may avoid eternal torment as a member of the Bride of the Devil in the fiery lake of burning sulfur that is Hell, because of YOUR sin.

PREPARE, THAT YOUR WEDDING GARMENT IS READY.  THERE IS NO PRE-GREAT-TRIBULATION “RAPTURE” THAT IS GOING TO TAKE YOU OUT OF HERE – IF YOU BELIEVE IN A PRE-GREAT-TRIBULATION “RAPTURE” YOU HAVE BEEN DECEIVED.

Make arrangements to head for the hills.  In case that on Friday, December 21, 2012, YOU, YOUR family, and YOUR loved ones will all be in the same location.  That location needs to be some location where YOU can survive without outside assistance for three and one-half years; and preferably at some rural place in the country where can survive off the grid if need by, with hand-pumped well-water,  and with the opportunity to grow a garden.

YOUR TOP FOUR PRIORITIES MUST BE

1.  GOD

2.  SECURITY – If YOU do not establish and maintain security, YOU will not be able to retain YOUR water and food.  In Christian love, YOU must use the least amount of force that is necessary in order to defend YOUR family in a volatile situation.  In other words, be as Isaac was when his neighbors claimed his wells, he didn’t fret, but went on to dig another, because he was trusting in the blessing and guidance of God.  In Matthew 24:43, Luke 11:21-22, and Luke 22:36-38 printed below, Jesus Christ implies that the protection of YOUR home, as far as YOU are able, is YOUR responsibility.

Matthew 24:43 (NIV) “But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.”

Luke 11:21-22 (NIV) “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up the spoils.”

Jesus Christ commanded His disciples to get a sword:

Luke 22:36-38 (NIV) He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.  It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.” The disciples said, See, Lord, here are two swords.” That is enough,” he replied.

How can YOU reconcile the commandment of Jesus Christ referenced in Luke 22:36-38 printed above, with the commandment that Jesus Christ gave, referenced in Matthew 5:39, and Luke 6:29a, printed below?

Matthew 5:39 (NIV) “But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

Luke 6:29a (NIV)If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also.”

If someone strikes you on one cheek, that is, “a slap in the face”.  “A slap in the face” is an insult.  “A slap in the face” has historically been an insult since time immemorial.

Matthew 5:11-12 (NIV)  Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Luke 6:22 (NIV) Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.”

The Holy Spirit of God through Peter commands to not return insult for insult.

1 Peter 3:9 (NIV)  Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

When insulted, we are commanded to return Love.  When insulted “seventy-seven times”, we are commanded to return Love, “seventy-seven times”.

Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV) Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”  Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

THERE IS A CLEAR AND DISTINCT DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE INSULTING YOU, AND IN SOMEONE ATTEMPTING TO INFLICT BODILY INJURY OR DEATH ON YOU OR YOUR FAMILY. 

In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus Christ commands everyone to,‘ Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)  Jesus replied:  “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Jesus Christ did not tell YOU to, Love your neighbor‘,MORE THAN yourself.  If anyone is attempting to inflict bodily injury or death on YOUR neighbor; as a fellow human, and especially as a “Born Again” Child of God, it is YOUR responsibility to intercede with Christian Love, in the most harmless way necessary, in order to stop the lawlessness, and restore order.  By the same token, if anyone is attempting to inflict bodily injury or death on YOU, or YOUR family, it is YOUR same responsibility as a human, and especially as a “Born Again” Child of God, to intercede with Christian Love, in the most harmless way necessary, in order to stop the lawlessness, and restore order.  “In the most harmless way necessary” which is a wide sprectrum.

YOUR body is the Temple of the Holy Ghost.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (NIV)  Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.

1 Timothy 5:8 (NIV) If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

No animal has a been endowed with the spirit of reason, consequently no animal can commit sin.  When a wild bear protects her cubs, it is not an act of sin against God or man, it is an instinct given to the wild bear by God for the preservation of her family.  In protection of Israel, Hushai said that King David and his men were as fierce as a wild bear robbed of her cubs“.

2 Samuel 17:8 (NIV)  Hushai replied to Absalom, “The advice Ahithophel has given is not good this time.  You know your father and his men; they are fighters, and as fierce as a wild bear robbed of her cubs. Besides, your father is an experienced fighter; he will not spend the night with the troops.

If YOU own land in a rural area, or have the ability to purchase land in a rural area, prepare YOUR land for the influx of people that YOU will be able to care for.  Like Esther, YOU may have been given YOUR resources, for this effort, at this exact time.

Esther 4:14 (NIV)  “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”

God’s perfect order must be established in YOUR sanctuary, and maintained as close to perfection as is possible, for the mutual benefit of all participants!

If God’s perfect order is not established, and maintained in YOUR sanctuary, the disorder/chaos that will occur because of the free-will of man, will be to the detriment of all participants!

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Why hasn’t Jesus returned yet? Jesus hasn’t returned yet because He is STILL waiting for His people to start LIVING the gospel. What did Jesus do during His life on earth? He obeyed God and did His express will. He warned people of their sin. He preached the gospel message. He healed the sick and helped those in need. This is the TRUE chracter of Christ that we are to replicate.

Isaiah 58:8,10 …’Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward … And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day.’

Isaiah 58:12 …’and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.’

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As above, so below…

Now the most compelling evidence that the Bible Ten Commandments is God’s eternal moral law that has always existed, will always exist and was binding before Sinai, is what we find in Ezekiel 28:12-17. Here, God is talking about Satan, and says ….. ‘Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God.’ So Satan, before he fell, was the covering Cherub. What does this have to do with the Bible ten commandments? Well, if we find out the job of a covering Cherub, we will see the connection to the ten commandments. In Exodus 25:16-21, we find out ….. ‘And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold … And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings.’ This is God telling Moses how to make the earthly sanctuary for God to dwell in, and as we can see, he was to make two golden Cherubims to cover the mercy seat of God. Please stay with us on this and really think about it, because this is key to understanding the eternal nature of the moral law of God, the Bible ten commandments.

Now in the book of Hebrews we find that the earthly sanctuary that Moses had built was a copy (or shadow) of the one already in heaven ….. Hebrews 8:4-5 …..’Who serve unto THE EXAMPLE AND SHADOW OF HEAVENLY THINGS, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make ALL THINGS according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.’ Also we have in Hebrews 9:24 …..’For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the FIGURES OF THE TRUE; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.’

So the author of Hebrews confirms that the earthly sanctuary was a COPY of the one already in heaven where God dwells. So if the earthly sanctuary had covering Cherubims over the mercy seat, then the REAL sanctuary in heaven also has REAL covering Cherubim. And Satan used to be the covering Cherub over the mercy seat, the very throne of God in heaven. Now this is the connection to the ten commandments; What is under the mercy seat of God? The ark of His testament, which contains the Ten Commandments. Do you see this amazing truth? If the most holy place in the earthly sanctuary contained God’s law inside the ark of the covenant, and was a COPY of the one already in heaven, then it proves that God’s law contained on the stone tablets, existed BEFORE sin entered this world, and even BEFORE Satan fell. There is no doubt that the ten commandments is God’s eternal moral law, which His heavenly government is based on. God didn’t invent the ten commandments at Sinai, no, rather His moral law that we find contained within the ten commandments is the very foundation of His heavenly throne. His law has ALWAYS existed, and WILL always exist.

“The law of God, being a revelation of His will and a transcript of His character, must forever endure.”

what happened to satan in heaven ….. Ezekiel 28:15 …..’Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.’ ….. Now God in this verse is talking about Lucifer (satan), and look at what He says about Lucifer. “thou was perfect until INIQUITY was found in thee.” What is iniquity? It’s SIN! What did John say in 1 John 3:4? He said that sin is transgression of the law. So how was iniquity found in Lucifer? He transgressed God’s eternal moral law by coveting God’s position. There is no doubt that God’s moral law which we find in the Bible ten commandments, existed before this world was created and will continue to exist and be binding throughout eternity! As the Psalmist said, “forever O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven …. All God’s commandments are sure, they stand fast forever and ever.” (Psalm 119:89; 111:7,8)

Revelation 18:4 …..’And I heard another voice from heaven saying, come out of her My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins and that ye receive not of her plagues.’

Revelation 14:12 ….’Here is the patience of the saints, here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.’

Pope to Make 2012 the Year of “Catholic Mary” (January 2012)

“Jesus is a way that can be traveled, open to everyone, the Pope said. He is the path of peace. Today the Virgin Mary points him out to us, she shows us the way. Let us walk in it

Mary does NOT point out Jesus, nor does she show us the way! The Word of God points out Jesus and shows us the way. You will notice in the news item a picture of Pope Benedict offering a Golden Rose to a statue of Mary, as if it is a living thing. If this is not worship of idols, I don’t know what is!  Roman Catholics should wake up to truth about this church.  Revelation 18:4 …..’And I heard another voice from heaven saying, come out of her My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins and that ye receive not of her plagues.’

Expect to see some “signs and wonders” coming from this direction to deceive the masses (2 Thess. 2:9; Revelation 13:13-14).

Revelation 18:4 …..’And I heard another voice from heaven saying, come out of her My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins and that ye receive not of her plagues.’

Muslims Honor the Virgin Mary

“In its official statement in honor of International Women’s Day, the Fatah movement listed a group of **Palestinian** women of whom it is proud: Martyrs, fighters, prisoners and the Virgin Mary“.

“If we are proud of the holiness of our land, then we are proud and pride ourselves that the first and most important holy woman among the nations and peoples is from the holy land: The Virgin Mary – the woman of love and peace”. source..

If would ever wonder how Muslims are going to get on board with the Vatican, then the “veneration” of Mary is one of the obvious places to start, as it is the main reason it was written into the Qran when Mohamed fled,  sought protection of the Abyssinians Christians, was accepted upon mention of that surah out of context with what followed upon it, and which is quite out of order with what precedes.    Which was not mentioned to the Abyssianians.   The statement that then goes on to strongly opposes the Christian teaching that Jesus is the Son of God and claims that he is just a prophet or messenger and nothing more.  …was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, …  Qur’an 4:171   They say: “(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a son!” (19:88) Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous! At it the skies are ready to burst, the earth to split asunder, and the mountains to fall down in utter ruin, That they should invoke a son for (Allah) Most Gracious. For it is not consonant with the majesty of (Allah) Most Gracious that He should beget a son.  Qur’an 19:88-92

The very basics of Christian theology; the members of the Trinity:

And behold! Allah will say: “O Jesus the son of Mary! Didst thou say unto men, worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of Allah’?” He will say: “Glory to Thee! never could I say what I had no right (to say)…

Here it is asserted that the trinity consists of God, Jesus and Mary. However, this never belonged to any Christian teaching. In fact, the Christian trinity consists of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And these are not different gods, but only different aspects of the one and only God.

But while the Qur’an recognizes the existence of the Holy Spirit, is also denying the existence of the Trinity.

…Christ Jesus…was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: … Say not “Trinity”   Qur’an 4:171
Christ Jesus the son of Mary …Qur’an 4:171
Christian monk Bahira, who is regarded as a teacher of the young Muhammad in eastern Syria, assumably told him a story about Jesus which is quite similar to what is found in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas: Chapter 2  The story obviously derives from an old apocryphal account of the childhood of Jesus, called the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.   …in that I make for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allah’s leave… Qur’an 3:49
Surah 4:157 where the Qur’an claims that not Jesus, but somebody else was crucified.

That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:-

Where is this information derived from? It is not unlikely that it also came from Bahira who may have quoted gnostic sources which he might have had access to. Indeed, there are many old gnostic scriptures which claim that not the Christ himself but somebody else (like Simon from Cyrene) was crucified. Many of the most interesting gnostic texts belong to the Nag Hammadi collection, which was discovered in 1945.

The Christology of many of these texts is quite different from the recognized canonical tradition and even farer away from the Qur’anic standpoint.

One of the ancient gnostic texts of the Nag Hammadi collection is “The second Treatise of the Great Seth”, which may have been written at the end of the second century. Thus, it was written long before the Qur’an.

Irenaeus, an ancient churchfather, refuted all these gnostic views as heretic at the end of the second century, thus confirming their early existence.

In fact the idea that Jesus was the logos and a copy of God also has strong ties to gnosticism.  The problem here is that typical gnostic texts regard Jesus in a docetical manner which means that Jesus was no real human being at all, a pneumatic being, a fleshless copy of God.

Interestingly, the greek term “doceo” can be translated with “to seem” or “to appear as” which is also expressed in Qur’an 4:157. Therefore, it is indeed very likely, that the author of the Qur’an drew words from ancient gnostic texts.

Jesus was raised to Heaven, raised the Dead

Whether he was truly crucified or not, Qur’an, gnosis and the canonical Christians all well agree in the concept that Jesus was raised to heaven.

Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise;-

According to Surah 5, Jesus was even able to raise the dead. There is also confirmation that he received the holy spirit, made a bird from clay and performed further miracles like healing a born blind and lepers. (Qur’an 3:49)

…I strengthened thee with the holy spirit, so that thou didst speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. Behold! I taught thee the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel and behold! thou makest out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, by My leave, and thou breathest into it and it becometh a bird by My leave, and thou healest those born blind, and the lepers, by My leave. And behold! thou bringest forth the dead by My leave…
(Al Imram v. 45) Jesus is referred to as “The greatest above all in this world and in the world to come.”
The words used by the Angels to Mary and recorded in the Quran….”His name will be Christ Jesus.”(S.111.45)  In Greek, Christ means, “the anointed one.”  It is the translation of the Hebrew word “Messiah.”  Now “Messiah,” in Jewish theology, refers to the Divinely appointed Deliverer.  The Angels, by transmitting this message from God to Mary, were placing the imprimatur or seal of approval on the Divinity of Jesus.  

All of this fits in accordance to the Synoptic Gospels the Messiahship of Jesus was expressly proclaimed by Angels at His birth (Luke 2:11); and Peter at Caesarea Philippi also explicitly confessed Jesus as the Christ (Mark 8:29 and Matthew 16:16).  

Second coming.  Jesus ascended bodily to Heaven, there to remain until his Second coming in the End days.

Muslims belief is that Isa (Jesus) will return at a time close to the end of the world. The Quranic verse  alluded to as an indicator to Isa’ future return is as follows:[5]

“And when the son of Mary is quoted as an example, behold! the folk laugh out,
And say: Are our gods better, or is he? They raise not the objection save for argument. Nay! but they are a contentious folk.
He is nothing but a slave on whom We bestowed favour, and We made him a pattern for the Children of Israel.
And had We willed We could have set among you angels to be viceroys in the earth.
And lo! verily there is knowledge of the Hour. So doubt ye not concerning it, but follow Me. This is the right path.
And let not Satan turn you aside. Lo! he is an open enemy for you.
When Jesus came with clear proofs (of Allah’s Sovereignty), he said: I have come unto you with wisdom, and to make plain some of that concerning which ye differ. So keep your duty to Allah, and obey me.
Lo! Allah, He is my Lord and your Lord. So worship Him. This is a right path.
But the factions among them differed. Then woe unto those who do wrong from the doom of a painful day.
Await they aught save the Hour, that it shall come upon them suddenly, when they know not?
Friends on that day will be foes one to another, save those who kept their duty (to Allah).”
—Quran sura 43 (az-Zukhruf), ayah 57-67[26]

According to Islamic tradition which describes this graphically, Jesus’ descent will be in the midst of wars fought by the Mahdi (lit. “the rightly guided one”), known in Islamic eschatology as the redeemer of Islam, against the Antichrist (al-Masīh ad-Dajjāl, “False messiah“) and his followers.[27] Jesus will descend at the point of a white arcade, east of Damascus, dressed in yellow robes – his head anointed. He will then join the Mahdi in his war against the Antichrist. Jesus, considered as a Muslim, will abide by the Islamic teachings. Eventually, Jesus will slay the Antichrist, and then everyone from the People of the Book (ahl al-kitāb, referring to Jews and Christians) will believe in him. Thus, there will be one community, that of Islam.[28]

Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 43: Kitab-ul-`Ilm (Book of Knowledge), Hâdith Number 656:

Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until the son of Mary (i.e. Jesus) descends amongst you as a just ruler, he will break the cross, kill the pigs, and abolish the Jizya tax. Money will be in abundance so that nobody will accept it”
—Collected by Muhammad al-BukhariSahih al-Bukhari[29]

After the death of the Mahdi, Jesus will assume leadership. This is a time associated in Islamic narrative with universal peace and justice. Islamic texts also allude to the appearance of Ya’juj and Ma’juj (known also as Gog and Magog), ancient tribes which will disperse and cause disturbance on earth. God, in response to Jesus’ prayers, will kill them by sending a type of worm in the napes of their necks.[27] Jesus’ rule is said to be around forty years, after which he will die. Muslims will then perform the funeral prayer for him and then bury him in the city of Medina in a grave left vacant beside Muhammad, Abu Bakr, and Umar (companions of Muhammad and the first and second Sunni caliphs (Rashidun) respectively).[5]

Ninth House – Tree of Knowledge

Astrology 9 House Matter Comes From The 8 House Matter of Life and Death – From The Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge

The tree of the knowledge of good and evil (more simply the tree of knowledge, Hebrew: עֵץ הַדַּעַת טוֹב וָרָע, Etz haDaat tov V’ra) is one of two ‘magical’ trees in the story of the Garden of Eden.

The Eden story, which takes up chapters 2 to 4 of the Book of Genesis, tells how God creates the first man and puts him in a paradise-garden in Eden (which may be the mythological garden on the sacred mountain of Zion). Before making the first woman, God tells the man that he may eat the fruit of any of the trees in the garden except that of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  The forbidden fruit.   God then forms the first woman (named Eve) and Genesis 2 ends with a note that the man and woman “were naked and felt no shame”. A  most beautiful winged talking snake subsequently tempts the woman to eat the fruit with the promise of knowledge. The woman and the man both eat, become aware of their nakedness and make coverings for themselves. God, aware that the first humans now have knowledge, banishes them from the garden lest they eat from the Tree of Life and become like the gods.

There is the record of the ancient Red Sea Scrolls which help to confirm that the scriptures have remained unchanged in any literal way since they were written.   Among the Scrolls discovered, was the book of Enoch, which elaborated in some detail about the origins of Astrology, stating  that it was part of the secret knowledge given by the Nephilims.  This is aggrees with the same story written in Genesis.

Our world is ruled by inflexible laws which control not only the motions of the heavenly bodies, but the consequences of human conduct. – Manly P. Hall, The Secret Destiny of America.   How did we come by this knowledge?

Secret societies began forming around esoteric occult knowledge immediately following the Flood of Noah, and particularly at the Tower of Babel.  The prayer of Ascanius, son of Aeneas, in book IX, line 625 of the Aeneid reads, Jupiter omnipotens, audacibus annue cœptis, and translates to, “Jupiter Almighty, favor [my] bold undertakings.”  Jupiter, who is also known as Zeus, is the chief Roman God, and thereby one of the “sons of God”, or fallen angels who fathered the “Nephilim” referenced in Genesis 6:2-4.  The all-seeing “Eye of Horus”
The intercourse between fallen angels/demons, and human women produced offspring called “Nephilim” that were extremely wicked, but intellectually and physically superior to humans.  The King James Version of Genesis 6:1-4  refers to the “Nephilim” as “giants”, and “mighty men”, while the New International Version refers to the “Nephilim” as “heroes of old, men of renown”.
The book of Enoch found in the dead sea scrolls mentions specically the Nephilim Baraqijal gave man knowledge of astrology.   1 Enoch 8:1 And Azazel taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals of the earth and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all 2 coloring tinctures.  And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they 3 were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways.  Semjaza taught enchantments, and root-cuttings.  ’Armaros the resolving of enchantments, Baraqijal (taught) astrology, Kokabel the constellations, Ezeqeel the knowledge of the clouds, Araqiel the signs of the earth, Shamsiel the signs of the sun, and Sariel the course of the moon.  And as men perished, they cried, and their cry went up to heaven…  Thou seest what Azazel hath done, who hath taught all unrighteousness on earth and revealed the eternal secrets which were (preserved ) in heaven, which 7 men were striving to learn:  And Semjaza, to whom Thou has given authority to bear rule over his associates.  And they have gone to the daughters of men upon the earth, and have slept with the 9 women, and have defiled themselves, and revealed to them all..  he fallen angels/demons began procreating “Nephilim” in the generation of Jared.  The generation of Jared was in the window of time from 3540 B. C. to 2578 B. C.   These seem to be among the Giants and the mythological gods that married with humans that seek to re-establish Atlantis.  They are also given credit for the pyramids which align with Orien in the heavens and where the magicians competed with Moses in performing miracles in the court of the pharoah.

That it works is because it is a matter of fractile equation.    As above, so below.   That in the secular sense one can chart things,  but when it come to divination the Lord’s  Prayer covers every contingency for best recommended approach to that realm.

Chaldean Legend

CHALDEAN LEGEND

THEOSOPHY, Vol. 52, No. 6, April, 1964
(Pages 175-182;    THE CHALDEAN LEGEND(1)

Of the dead sciences of the past, there is a fair minority of earnest students who are entitled to learn the few truths that may now be given to them.

–H. P. BLAVATSKY

THE Chaldean religion is entirely lost to the world now, except in its disfigured Sabeanism as rendered by archeologists. It is the outcome of three great religions, the Indian, the Mazdean, and the Egyptian, and bears direct relationship to all of these. The Chaldean Book of Numbers was derived from the “Book of Dzyan” described in theosophical literature. And of the Chaldean works which are translated into Arabic and preserved by some Sufi initiates, it is asserted that the public knows nothing. The Sabeans were astrolaters, so called; those who worshipped the stars — or rather their “regents.” Sabeanism was thus the religion of the ancient Chaldees. They believed in one impersonal, universal deific Principle, although they never mentioned It, but offered worship to the solar, lunar, and planetary gods and rulers, regarding the stars and other celestial bodies as their respective symbols. The Chaldeans, or Kasdim, were at first a tribe, and then a caste of learned Kabbalists. They were the savants, the magians of Babylonia, astrologers and diviners. The famous Hillel, the precursor of Jesus in philosophy and ethics, was a Chaldean.

In every cosmogony, behind and higher than the creative Deity there is a superior Deity, a planner, an architect, of whom the Creator is but the executive agent. And still higher, over and around, within and without, there is the UNKNOWABLE and the unknown, the Source and Cause of all these Emanations. In Chaldea the great First Cause as the ONE, the primordial germ, the unrevealed and grand ALL, existing through himself — was Ilu. This was the Kabbalistic En-Soph (No-thing). Whenever the Eternal awakes from its slumber and desires to manifest itself, it divides itself into male and female. It then becomes in every system the double-sexed Deity, the universal Father and Mother, the Anu-Anata (male-female) of the Chaldeans. From the union of the two a third, or creative Principle — the SON, or the manifested Logos — is the product of the Divine Mind. In Chaldea the Son was Bel. Moreover, every such system has a triple male trinity, each proceeding separately through itself from one female Deity. In Chaldea the trinity of Anu, Bel, and Hea, blend into One who is Anu (double-sexed) through the Virgin Mylitta.

To place it still clearer, the Babylonian system recognized first the ONE (Ad), who is never named but only acknowledged in thought, as the Hindu Swayambhuva. From this he becomes manifest as Anu, the one above all — Monas. Next comes the Demiurge (the “Builder” or executive Architect of the Universe) called Bel, who is the active power of the Godhead. The third is the principle of wisdom, Hea, who also rules the sea and the underworld. Each of these — Anu, Bel, and Hea –has his divine consort, giving us Anata, Belta, and Davkina. These, however, are only like the Shaktis, the “forces” of Nature. But the female principle is denoted by Mylitta, the Great Mother, called also Ishtar. With the three male gods we have the Triad, or Trimurti. “The fact is, that all the three ‘persons’ of the Trimurti are simply three qualitative attributes of the universe of differentiated Spirit-Matter; the self-formative, the self-preserving, and the self-destroying, for purposes of regeneration and perfectibility.” With Mylitta added to the Trimurti we have the Arba or Four (Tetraktys of Pythagoras), which perfects and potentializes all.

Bel was the oldest and mightiest of the gods of Babylonia, one of the earliest trinities. He was “Lord of the World,” father of the gods and “Lord of the city of Nippur.” Hea was the maker of fate, Lord of the Deep, God of Wisdom and esoteric Knowledge, and Lord of the city (i.e., Mysteries) of Eridu. Anu was the earliest god of the city of Erech. The “doctrine of the Trinity” is first met northeast of the Indus; and, tracing it to Asia Minor and Europe, one recognizes it among every people who had anything like an established religion. It was taught in the oldest Chaldean, Egyptian, and Mithraic schools. The Chaldean Sun-god, Mithra, was called “Triple” and the trinitarian idea of the Chaldeans was a doctrine of the Akkadians who, themselves, belonged to a race which was the first to conceive a metaphysical trinity. According to the archeologist Rawlinson, the Chaldeans were a tribe of the Akkadians who lived in Babylonia from earliest times; but according to others they were Turanians who instructed the Babylonians into the first notions of religion. But these same Akkadians, who were they? The only tradition worthy of credence is that these Akkadians instructed the Babylonians in the Mysteries, and taught them the sacerdotal or Mystery language. These Akkadians were then simply a tribe of the Hindu-Brahmans — now called Aryans — and their vernacular language, the Sanskrit of the Vedas; and the sacred or Mystery language, that which, even in our own age, is used by the Hindu fakirs and initiated Brahmans in their magical evocations. They were emigrants on their way to Asia Minor from India, the cradle of humanity, and their sacerdotal adepts tarried to civilize and initiate a barbarian people.

The Babylonian civilization was neither born nor developed in that country. It was imported from India, and the importers were Brahmanical Hindus. Whether the latter were Brahmans from the Brahmanic planisphere proper (40° north latitude) or from India (Hindustan), or again from the India of Central Asia, we will leave to philologists of the future to decide. Science has discovered enough to inform us that Sanskrit originals of Nepal, were translated by Buddhist missionaries into nearly every Asiatic tongue. Likewise Pali manuscripts were translated in Siamese, and carried to Burma and Siam; it is easy therefore to account for the same religious myths circulating in so many countries. But Manetho tells us also of Pali shepherds who emigrated westward; and when we find some of the oldest Ceylonic traditions in the Chaldean Kabbala and Jewish Bible, we must think that either Chaldeans or Babylonians had been in Ceylon or India, or the ancient Pali had the same traditions as the Akkadians, whose origin is so uncertain. Suppose even Rawlinson to be right, that the Akkadians did come from Armenia, he did not trace them farther back. As the field is open to any kind of hypothesis, we submit that this tribe might as well have come to Armenia from beyond the Indus, following their way in the direction of the Caspian Sea — a part of which was also India once upon a time — and from thence to the Euxine. Or they might have come originally from Ceylon by the same way.

Genesis is purely a reminiscence of the Babylonian captivity. The names of places, men, and even objects can be traced from the original text to the Chaldeans and the Akkadians, the progenitors and Aryan instructors of the former. The garden of Eden as a locality is no myth at all; it belongs to those landmarks of history which occasionally disclose to the student that the Bible is not all mere allegory. In the Chaldean Book of Numbers the location of Eden is designated by numerals, and in the cipher Rosicrucian manuscript left by Count St. Germain it is fully disclosed. The Elohim may be accepted in one sense for gods or powers, and taken in another one for the Aleim, or priests; the Hierophants initiated into the good and evil of the world. For there was a college of priests called the Aleim, while the head of their caste, or the chief of the hierophants, was known as Java Aleim. In the Chaldean as well as in every exoteric scripture, Beings who refuse to create, i.e., who are said to oppose thereby the Demiurge, are denounced as the spirits of Darkness. The “Fallen Angels” and the legend of the “War in Heaven” is purely pagan in its origin and comes from India via Persia and Chaldea.

The fable of the Deluge — both the Hindu and the Chaldean account — has been considered by orthodox commentators to have been borrowed from the Mosaic scriptures. But surely if such a universal cataclysm had ever taken place within man’s memory, some of the monuments of the Egyptians, of which many are of such tremendous antiquity, would have recorded the occurrence. But till now there has not been found the remotest allusion to such calamity. On the other hand the Chaldeans preserved the tradition, as we find Berosus — a priest of the temple of Belus — testifying to it, and the ancient Hindus possessed the legend as given by Vaivasvata. Now, there is but one explanation of the extraordinary fact that of two contemporary and civilized nations like Egypt and Chaldea, one has preserved no tradition of it whatever, although it was the most directly interested in the occurrence — if we credit the Bible — and the other has. The deluge noticed in the Bible, in one of the Brahmanas, and in the Berosus Fragment, relates to the flood which, about 10,000 B.C., according to Bunsen, and according to Brahmanical computations of the Zodiac also, changed the whole face of Central Asia. Thus the Babylonians and the Chaldeans might have learned of it from their mysterious guests, christened by some Assyriologists Akkadians, or what is still more probable, they, themselves perhaps, were the descendants of those who had dwelt in the submerged localities. The Jews had the tale from the latter as they had everything else; the Brahmans may have recorded the traditions of the lands which they first invaded, and had perhaps inhabited before they possessed themselves of the Punjab. But the Egyptians, whose first settlers had evidently come from Southern (Dravidian) India, had less reason to record the cataclysm, since it had perhaps never affected them except indirectly, as the flood was limited to Central Asia.

It was Berosus who wrote for Alexander the Great the history of the Babylonian cosmogony, as taught in the temples, from the astronomical and chronological records preserved in the Temple of Belus. The only guide to this cosmogony may now be found in the fragments of the Assyrian tablets, evidently copied almost bodily from the earlier Babylonian records which — say what the Orientalists may — are undeniably the originals of the Mosaic Genesis, of the Flood, the tower of Babel, of baby Moses set afloat on the waters, and of other events. As the Babylonian accounts are restored from hundreds of thousands of broken fragments, the proofs here cited are comparatively scanty; yet such as they are, they corroborate almost every one of our teachings, certainly three at least. These are (1) That the race which was the first to fall into generation was a dark race (Zalmat Gaguadi), which they call the Adami or dark Race; and that Sarku, or the light Race, remained pure for a long while subsequently. (2) That the Babylonians recognised two principal Races at the time of the Fall, the Race of the Gods (the ethereal doubles of the Pitris) having preceded these two. These “Races” are our second and third root-races. (3) That the seven (primeval) Gods, each of whom created a man, or group of men, were “the gods imprisoned or incarnated.” All these gods or “Lords” collectively “who bestow Intelligence” are our incarnating Dhyan Chohans, connected as well with the Elohim, and the seven informing gods of Egypt, Chaldea, and every other country. Hea, their synthesis, the god of Wisdom and of the Deep, is identified with Oannes-Dagon, at the time of the fall, and called (collectively) the Demiurge, or Creator.

Our races, all cosmogonies show, have sprung from divine races, by whatever name they are called. The Chaldeans had their ten and seven Anedots, which was the generic name for their Dragons of Wisdom. The name of the Dragon in Chaldea was not written phonetically, but was represented by two monograms, probably meaning, according to the Orientalists, “the scaly one.” We find the priests assuming the names of the gods they served, the “Dragons” held throughout all antiquity as the symbols of Immortality and Wisdom, of secret Knowledge and of Eternity. The allegory of Oannes, the Anedot, reminds us of the Dragon and Snake-Kings; the Nagas who in Buddhist legends instruct people in wisdom on lakes and rivers, and end by becoming converts to the good Law and Arhats. Musarus Oannes, the Anedot, known in the Chaldean “legend,” transmitted through Berosus and other ancient writers as Dagon, the “Man-Fish,” came to the early Babylonians as a reformer and an instructor. Appearing from the Erythraean (Red) Sea, he brought them civilization, letters and sciences, law, astronomy, religion, teaching them agriculture, geometry, and the arts in general. There were Anedoti who came after him; but Musarus Oannes was “the first to appear, and this he did in the reign of Ammenon, the third of the ten antediluvian Kings whose (divine) Dynasty ended with Xisuthrus, the Chaldean Noah.” The meaning of the allegory is evident. The “fish” is an old and very suggestive symbol of the Mystery-language, as is also “water;” Hea was the god of the sea and Wisdom, and the sea serpent was one of his emblems, his priests being “serpents” or Initiates. The hidden meaning becomes clear to the Occultist once he is told that “this being (Oannes) was accustomed to pass the day among men, teaching; and when the sun had set, he retired again into the sea, passing the night in the deep, for he was amphibios,” i.e., he belonged to two planes, the spiritual and the physical. … Oannes is dimly reflected in Jonah, and even in John the Precursor, both connected with Fish and Water. Layard showed long ago that the “fish’s head” was simply a head gear, the mitre worn by priests and gods, made in the form of a fish’s head, and which in a very little modified form is what we see even now on the heads of the high Lamas and Romish Bishops. Osiris had such a mitre. The fish’s tail is simply the train of a long stiff mantle as depicted on some Assyrian tablets, the form being seen reproduced in the sacerdotal gold cloth garment worn during service by the modern Greek priests.

What is known of Chaldean Moon-Worship, of the Babylonian god Sin, is very little, and that little is apt to mislead the profane student who fails to grasp the esoteric significance of the symbols. As popularly known to the ancient profane philosophers and writers (for those who were initiated were pledged to silence) the Chaldees were worshippers of the moon under her (and his) various names, just as were the Jews who came after them. Lunar magnetism generates life, preserves and destroys it, psychically as well as physically. The worshippers of the Teraphim (the Jewish Oracles) “carved images and claimed that the light of the principal stars (planets) permeating these through and through, the angelic VIRTUES (or the regents of the stars and planets) conversed with them, teaching them many most useful things and arts.” Seldenus explains that the Teraphim (idols) were built and composed after the positions of certain planets, and according to figures that were located in the sky and called the tutelary gods. With the Chaldeans the moon was Sin, and Nannak or Nannar, the son of Mulil, the older Bel. It is Mulil (Bel) who caused the waters of the Flood to fall from heaven on earth, for which Xisuthrus would not allow him to approach his altar. Behind the lunar “worship” was the secret teaching that the first race of men, the images and astral doubles of their Fathers, were the pioneers or the most progressed Entities from a preceding though lower sphere, the shell of which is now our Moon. But even this shell is all-potential, for having generated the earth, it is the phantom of the Moon which, attracted by magnetic affinity, sought to form its first inhabitants, the pre-human monsters. “While the gods were generated in the androgyne bosom of Mother-space, the reflection of Hea’s Wisdom became on earth the woman Omoroka, the Deep or the Sea, which esoterically or even exoterically is the Moon. It was the Moon (Omoroka) who presided over the monstrous (purely physical) creation of nondescript beings which were slain by the Dhyanis.

Traditions about a race of giants in days of old were universal; they exist in oral and written lore. Chaldea had her Idzubar (Nimrod), a hero, shown in all the tablets as a mighty giant who towered in size above all other men as the cedar towers over brushwood — a hunter, according to cuneiform legends, who contended with and destroyed the lion, tiger, wild bull, and buffalo, the most formidable animals. The Babylonian Venus was called Ishtar, “the eldest of heaven and earth” and daughter of Anu, god of heaven. The legend is that Ishtar, the beautiful goddess, descended into Hades after her beloved Tammuz, and found that this dark place of the shades had seven spheres and seven gates, at each of which she had to leave something belonging to her. Any Occultist who reads of her love for Tammuz, his assassination by Idzubar, the despair of the goddess and her descent and final liberation from the dark realm, will recognize the beautiful allegory of the soul in search of the Spirit.

Birs Nimrud is believed by the Orientalists to be the site of the tower of Babel. This great pile of Birs Nimrud is near Babylon. Rawlinson and several Assyriologists examined the excavated ruins and found that the tower consisted of seven stages of brick-work, each stage of a different color, which shows that the temple was devoted to the seven planets. Even with the three higher stages or floors in ruins, it still rises now 154 feet above the level of the plain. The Chaldeans, with the Egyptians, were among the most ancient votaries of Astrology. Egypt claimed the honor of its invention; the Chaldees taught the science to other nations.

The Akkadians and Chaldeans kept a Sabbath day of rest every seven days, they also had thanksgiving days, and days of humiliation and prayer. The number seven was especially sacred. The great temple of Babylon existed long before 2250 B.C. Its Holy of Holies was within the shrine of Nebo, the prophet god of Wisdom (Mercury).

The Chaldeans, whom Cicero counts among the oldest magicians, placed the basis of all magic in the inner powers of man’s soul, and by the discernment of magic properties in plants, minerals, and animals. The magic of the ancient Chaldeans was but a profound knowledge of the powers of simples and minerals. By the aid of these they performed the most wonderful “miracles.” Magic with them was synonymous with religion and science. It was only when the theurgist desired divine help in spiritual and earthly matters that he sought direct communication through religious rites, with pure spiritual beings. With them, even, those spirits who remain invisible and communicate with mortals through their awakened inner senses, as in clairvoyance, clairaudience, and trance, could only be evoked subjectively and as a result of purity of life and prayer. But all physical phenomena were produced simply by applying a knowledge of natural forces, although certainly not by the method of legerdemain, practised in our days of conjurers. There was a vast difference between the true worship taught to those who showed themselves worthy, and the state religions.

Chaos Theory/ Universal Model

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Redefining the theoretical ground of astrology in terms of chaos theory,
written in 1993 and published in the NCGR Journal, Spring/Summer 1999.

The patterns of the sky have always been a source of wonder. And in
response to life's mysteries we have searched for answers in those
ever-changing patterns. Even the seemingly insubstantial clouds, wisping
and gliding their way across our vision, are heavy-laden with secrets
- secrets that are revealed to us when we are ready to see them. In our
modern society however, the most obvious features of our world tend to be
taken for granted or entirely overlooked as we go about the daily business
that is life. We are accustomed to things here on Earth because,
after all, this is where we live. But these obvious features contain
truths as profound as any occult wisdom. In recent years some bright minds
have taken a fresh approach to the old problems of science - problems such
as prediction - and started a revolution. Their discovery of the processes
that govern nature's design in such everyday forms as the curl of smoke
from a chimney or the shape of a leaf, has been called one of the most
important realizations of this century. For some of us, it comes like a
memory already known.

Astrology is the most comprehensive of subjects, and I try to keep abreast
of developments that could impact me as an astrologer. So it immediately
caught my eye when I came across a book about a 'new science'
- a discipline being born out of the study of complex dynamical systems.
The proponents of this new science confine their efforts to describing the
behavior of complex systems, but as I read it dawned on me that they are
also describing that ancient modeling system called astrology.

This emerging science, chaos theory, is not just a theory, but a whole way
of perceiving reality. In short, we now know that simple, predetermined
laws can have vastly complex effects. Complexity in nature is the result
of holism and huge numbers of principle factors interacting. In nature the
same basic shapes are repeated everywhere: the veins in a leaf resemble
the branches of a tree, and the branches resemble the whole tree.
Turbulance follows the same simple rules. When a dynamical system such
as a mountain stream flows, branches and bifurcates, its growth is governed
by mathematical workings - eddies form within eddies and swirls form within
swirls to an infinite degree. The complex forms arising out of the system
are the result of 'iteration' or feedback of the system into itself. This
process of iteration in nature creates beautifully complex forms that are
strangely redundant in that they possess 'self-similarity' - they appear
the same at different scales.

The word being used to describe this multidimensional self-similarity
is 'fractal'. The term was coined from the latin 'fractus' meaning
fractional, or fragmented. Fractal images, those endlessly repeating,
incredibly detailed shapes of haunting beauty generated from relatively
simple mathematical formulas, are only mathematical abstractions. But
fractals are representative of real-world processes. And the concept of
'self-similarity at many scales' is emerging as the new paradigm for
complexity in nature. When you deal with fractals, you are dealing with
parts of parts of parts, and these parts feed into each other to create
a complex multiplicity ranging from the infinitely big to the infinitely
small. Ever notice how a moss-covered rock looks like an aerial view of
a landscape? This is a direct result of fracticality. Take a few pieces
from a head of cauliflower or broccoli and pull them apart. Notice as
you do so how they produce smaller and smaller self-similar shapes, each
in itself a tiny replica of the whole.

With the advent of fractal geometry and the concept of self-similar
dimensions, we have gained a theoretical model for 'astrological
correspondence' and the acausal principle of 'synchronicity'
(meaningful coincidence) - both concepts being outgrowths of holism.
Astrology is a cosmology of unity; unity of cosmos and self, self
and circumstance. And whenever we draw a correlation between the
celestial and the terrestrial, or between coincidences, it is simply
an expression of this wholeness.

The ancients intuited the self-similarity of fractal-scaling as the
'mechanism' of astrology: macrocosm/microcosm; the one above becomes
many below. Every lesser was understood in terms of the greater, and
every lower in terms of the higher. The late Dane Rudyar once called
astrology the 'algebra of life', but regarded as the practical
application of self-similar processes, astrology could more aptly
be called the 'fractal geometry of life'. There is fractalization
at work in every level of astrology, and the horoscope is our attempt
to understand the relationships existing within the dynamic processes
of our universe.

There are many ways in which the astrological model reveals its
self-similarity:

The patterns of time and space regarded as fractal are the basis for
such techniques as directions and secondary progressions where the
progressed planets are viewed as indices of life unfoldment. In other
words, the daily motion of a planet is seen as the (smaller-scale)
fractal of its motion over the course of a year.
The astrological houses are the 'diurnal scale fractal' of the zodiac,
which is the same 'set' on the 'annual scale'.
In geodedic equivalents, the planet Earth is envisaged as a fractal
zodiac where zero degrees of Aries corresponds to zero degrees
longitude at Greenwich.
The decanates of each sign contain all the others of that self-same
element.
And the largest fractal of any real practical use in astrology,
the astrological age, is a fractal of an even larger-scale feature,
the precessional period or great year.
Aspects, or 'harmonic syndromes' are the fractalization of the
heavens - 'inscriptions of the polygon within the sphere'. What
are aspects but fractions of a circle?
No matter how you slice it, the shape of the whole comes through.

Jung called number the 'archetype of order' and in systems such as
astrology order takes the form of an unfolding. Harmonic charts are
created by dividing the signs into miniature zodiacs - and then
tinier zodiacs within these zodiacs. The Zodiac itself represents
a dynamic continuum - the cycle of life - wherein each sign can be
seen as a stage in a complex developmental process. The Zodiac is
a fractally symbolic representation of the perpetual Cycle of the
Seasons - starting with the initial 'push' of Aries, and on through
the the signs, finally reaching maximum entropy in Pisces, only to
begin the cycle again - the ever-iterating universe.

The current model being used to describe the generally predictable
form of a system is the 'attractor'. For example, a mountain
stream is generally predictable in that water will flow by taking
the course of least resistance. But the paths of the individual
water molecules within the stream are unpredictable. The attractor
(the generally predictable form) is made up of smaller-scale,
self-similar yet unpredictable features. Similarly in astrology,
each planet, sign and house contains within itself a multiplicity
of self-same components. The planets, signs and houses are
'archetypal attractors' - generally predictable forms wherein
we find the fluctuating chaos of unpredictable details. They may
take forms as seemingly diverse as Neptune's rulership of both
'ships' and 'wine', but astrologers recognize both as different
facets of the same jewel - they are self-similar manifestations
of the same deterministic 'whole'.

Likewise, the birth chart is an attractor set by the state of
the planetary configurations at birth. But as these patterns
unfold over time they are subjected to the chaotic feedback of
the environment. Even identical twins sharing the same DNA will
often turn out quite differently because the DNA molecule will
take a slightly different course in the development of each child.
There is always enough background chaos and feedback to ensure
that 'identical' twins are never perfectly identical. The same is
true of so-called 'astrological twins'. There is always enough of
a difference in environment to ensure that they develop their own
identities within the large-scale determinism of their birth
patterns.

In nature, order coexists with randomness. Astrology, like chaos
theory, is deterministic and it is not. Both of these systems are
operational ways of reconciling the perennial antipodes of fate
and free will. We are born at a certain point in space-time, and
being self-same with that moment in time and space, carry its
qualities with us through life. But what we do with those qualities
is up to us. We are given the rules by which the game is played;
the strategy is our own.

With this in mind, it is easy to see the predicament astrologers
find themselves in when they demand precise answers from a birth
chart. One is able to predict with certainty the large-scale
features of an upcoming Neptune transit -.eg. that it will serve
to dissolve existing structures and attitudes. But exactly what
(smaller-scale) form this dissolution will take is open to the
individual and the details of circumstance.

Once we become aware of the self-similar processes at work in the
universe, our overall perception of the world changes. And this
allows us to look at some of our tired old problems from a whole
new perspective. The arguments over the house systems, for example,
could be resolved by acknowledging that each is simply a different
perspective - like taking a photograph from first one angle and
then another. The various house systems in use are just different
ways of looking at the same structure. As with the Mandelbrot set,
we select and then zoom-in on a portion of it, revealing ever more
intricacies and nuances. There are many ways to divide the fractal
sky, and each division contributes to our understanding of the whole.

As modern science evolves its frame of reference in an effort to
unify its theories, we find it becoming less mechanistic and more
holistic. And to this end science will slowly and surely come to
embrace the very principles that have always informed astrology.
Like the systems they study, scientists are being thrown back on
themselves. They are discovering that the universe is, as the word
denotes, a Unity.

copyleft 1993-98, Michelle Jacobs

To me this simply confirms that the universe and all that therein
does exist came from an unamism.  One.

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