Original Christianity Review



RELATIONSHIP WITH THE WICKED


EVIL is moving in a way that is DESTRUCTIVE to our RELATIONSHIPS with GOD , Neighbor, or Self. King David emphasized this reality in his own life:

“Those also who seek my life lay snares for me;those who seek my hurt speak of destruction, and plan deception all the day long.” (PSALM 38:12 NKJV)

“But one Sinner DESTROYS much GOOD.” (ECCLESIASTES 9:18)

DESTRUCTION comes in many forms that too many people don’t recognize as DESTRUCTIVE:

“He who loves transgression loves STRIFE and he who exalts his gate seeks DESTRUCTION.” (PROVERBS 17:19)

What kind of RELATIONSHIP should CHRISTIANS have with EVIL? Most Christians would answer NONE! We should avoid EVIL all together! They might even quote the Apostle Paul who wrote:

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.” (EPHESIANS 5:11,12)

On the other hand – 3 of the most powerful words Jesus ever uttered were: “ LOVE YOUR ENEMIES!” (MATTHEW 5:44) That would require some kind of RELATIONSHIP with evil people…

And the Prophet Isaiah was inspired to write: “ Let GRACE be shown to the wicked…” (ISA. 26:10) That too, would require some kind of RELATIONSHIP with the wicked…

In another apparent contradiction, Paul wrote: “Come out from among them (The Worldly, Wicked), and be separate…” (II CORINTHIANS 6:17) while Jesus prayed to THE FATHER: “I do not pray that YOU should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil one…” (JN.17:15)

These texts are harmonized by understanding that GOD doesn’t want us to come physically out of the World (Monastery, Amish Farm) – but rather to let GOD purge the World & its influence from our lives!

This is what Jesus conveyed in a parable when an enemy sowed tares among the wheat in a farmer’s field:

“Let both grow together until the Harvest (Resurrections), and at the time of the Harvest I (Jesus) will say to the reapers (Angels), ‘First gather the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into My barn.’” (MATTHEW 13:30 NKJV)

The Nation of Israel was not taken by GOD to a remote Island, completely removed from other Nations. Instead, HE planted HIS people among Nations of Tares for 2 reasons :

“Surely I (Moses) have taught you (Israel) STATUTES & JUDGMENTS, just as YAHOVAH my GOD has commanded me, that you should act according to them in the Land which you go to possess. Therefore be careful to observe them;FOR THIS IS YOUR WISDOM AND YOUR UNDERSTANDING IN THE SIGHT OF THE PEOPLES who will hear all THESE STATUTES and say, ‘Surely this Great Nation is a wise & understanding people.’ (DT.4:5,6)

“…I (YAHOVAH) also will no longer drive out before them any of the Nations which Joshua left when he died, so that through them (the Nations) I may test Israel, whether they will keep the ways of YAHOVAH, to walk in them as their fathers kept them, or not.” (JUDGES 2:21,22)

The same is true of THE CHURCH! We were not called by GOD to keep to ourselves, to never interact with THE WORLD. Jesus Himself was criticized by such SEPARITISTS in His day:

“Now it happened as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors & sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, ‘Why does your Teacher eat with Tax Collectors & Sinners?’ When Jesus heard that, He said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I (YAHOVAH) desire MERCY & NOT SACRIFICE.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (MATTHEW 9:10-13)

If all Christians did was fellowship with one another , how would the spiritually sick ever be treated? In similar interaction with the Religious Establishment of His day, Jesus said:

“For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of Tax- collectors and sinners!’ But WISDOM IS JUSTIFIED BY HER CHILDREN.”

Today, many Christians are criticized & shunned because they eat & drink with ‘the Worldly.’ But Jesus socialized with the wicked of His day & witnessed to them of MODERATIONin eating & drinking, while also turning many to righteousness & we’re commanded to walk in His steps (I PETER 2:21).

WISDOM is justified by Children of Light who walk among those of darkness in such a way as to enlighten them of Christ’s way of edifying (building up) GOD, your neighbor, and yourself.

Such WISDOM is outlined in Biblical RULES, RITUALS & ROLES that guide us in how to interact with the Worldly & Wicked the way Jesus & His disciples did. Jesus said in ‘the Sermon on the Mount’:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you NOT TO RESIST AN EVIL PERSON. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away. You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you,LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, BLESSTHOSE WHO CURSE YOU,DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO HATE YOU, andPRAY FOR THOSE WHO SPITEFULLY USE YOU and PERSECUTE YOU, that you may be sons of your FATHER IN HEAVEN…” (MATTHEW 5:38-45 NKJV)

Jesus was kicked, beaten, spat upon, and given a crown of painful thorns – yet He did not return evil for evil. It’s easy to think you’re righteous because of your beliefs – but unless our behavior towards friends and foes is EDIFYING – we’re MISSING THE MARK of LAW & GRACE!

On the other hand , the Bible makes it clear that the WORLDLY & WICKED should not be our BEST FRIENDS or our regular companions!

“Do not be deceived: ‘evil company corrupts good habits.’ Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of GOD, I speak this to your shame.” (I COR.15:33,34)

“Adulterers & Adulteresses!Do you not know that FRIENDSHIP WITH THE WORLD is ENMITY WITH GOD? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the World – makes himself an enemy of GOD.” (JAMES 4:4, NKJV)

Do not love THE WORLD or the things in THE WORLD. If anyone loves THE WORLD, the love of THE FATHER is not in him. For all that is in THE WORLD – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of THE FATHER but is of THE WORLD. And THE WORLD is passing away, and the lust of it;but he who does the will of GOD abides forever.” (I JOHN 2:15-17 NKJV)

For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do , living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and detestable idolatry.” (I PETER 4:3 NIV)

“…the wrath of GOD comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.” (EPHESIANS 5:6,7 NKJV)

It’s a fine line that Jesus walked between serving and witnessing to the Worldly & Wicked – and not being partakers of evil with them. It’s the same balancing act that all of us who name the name of Christ must walk: interacting with ‘The Dark Side’ to their edification – but not complicit with them in their evil deeds.

Our Bibles tell us of a coming World ruling Empire that will epitomize EVIL :

“…according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish,BECAUSE THEY DID NOT RECEIVE THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, that they might be saved.”

Christians are to have nothing to do with this false Religious State:

“Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.” (REVELATION 18:4 NKJV)

And what does your Bible say about our dealings with the Occult?

“There shall not be found among you…one who practices Witchcraft, or a Soothsay, or one who interprets omens, or a Sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a Medium, or a Spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to YAHOVAH …” (DEUTERONOMY 18:10-12 NKJV)

Give no regard to Mediums & Familiar Spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I AM YAHOVAH.” (LEVITICUS 19:31 NKJV)

“And the person who turns to Mediums and Familiar Spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set MY FACE against that person & cut him off from his people.” (LEVITICUS 20:6)

“Do not learn the ways of the Nations, or be terrified by signs in the heavens, though the Nations are terrified by them.” (JEREMIAH 10:2 NKJV)

The Occult is a tool of Satan to get Human Beings to wander away from their Maker, and seek alternative guidance. The Apostle Paul makes it clear that Christians are not to develop RELATIONSHIPS with these Spirit Rebels:

“…I do not want you to have FELLOWSHIP with DEMONS. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the Lord’s Table and of the table of demons. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He? (I CORINTHIANS 10:20-22)

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Resist him steadfast in the Faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” (I PETER 5:8 NKJV)

In the book of Revelation, SATAN is called Apollyon (DESTROYER) – because he spends all his time moving people to damage or destroy their RELATIONSHIPS with GOD , their fellow man and themselves! And he uses demons, dictators, and divisive people to help him do his dirty work.

But your Bible says that the Devil will soon be chained for a 1000 years (REV.20:1-3), unable to deceive the Nations anymore. Then a new chapter in Human History will begin:

They shall not HURT nor DESTROY in all MY HOLY MOUNTAIN (Kingdom) – for the Earth shall be full of the Knowledge of YAHOVAH as the waters cover the Sea.” (ISA.11:9)

There will be peace among all people and Nations – because all of Mankind will be taught GOD’S LAW (ISAIAH 2:1-4) which shows how to move constructively in relation to GOD, one another & ourselves. And when people get out of line, the Bible says they will hear a voice (maybe yours) reminding them: “This is the way, walk in it…” (ISAIAH 30:21)

People’s hearts will also be changed, as the Prophet Ezekiel was inspired to write:

I will put MY SPIRIT within you and cause you to walk in MY statutes , and you will keep MY judgments and do them.” (EZEKIEL 36:27 NKJV)

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Our Bibles tell us that: “REBELLION is as the SIN of WITCHCRAFT...” (I SAMUEL 15:24)  And Witchcraft carried the death penalty (EXODUS 22:18).  The Bible Narrative is mostly about REBELS from Adam & Eve to the Family of Korah, to Church REBELS like Hymenaeus, Philetus & Diotrephes!

Who was the first REBEL without a CAUSE?  “How you are fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, Son of the morning!  How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the Nations!  For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the Stars of GOD; I will also sit on the Mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the North; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like THE MOST HIGH.’  Yet you shall be brought down…” (ISAIAH 14:13-15)

REBELLION is born of RESENTMENT (Same Hebrew root translated rebellion, resentment, bitter)   Resentment towards AUTHORITY (which is based in the root of the word: Authorship!

The Apostle Paul wrote: “But indeed O Man – who are you to reply against GOD?  Will the thing formed (authored) say to HIM who formed (authored) it, ‘Why have you made me like this?  DOES NOT THE POTTER HAVE POWER OVER THE CLAY?’ (ROMANS 9:20,21 NKJV)

Paul also wrote: “Children OBEY your Parents in the Lord.” (EPHESIANS 6:1-3)  Why?  Because they authored you!  This is why YAHWEH included in the Ten commandments, “HONOR your Father and your Mother…” (EXODUS 20:12)  GOD knew that if we learned to honor those who authored us physically, we would be more likely to honor HIM WHO AUTHORED ALL THINGS!

This is a simple but vital lesson we can teach our children.  Isaiah wrote: “Shall the Ax boast itself against him who chops with it?  Or shall the Saw exalt itself against him who saws with it?  As if a Rod could wield itself against those who lift it up, or as if a Staff could lift as if it were not wood!” (ISA.10:15) HUMAN BEINGS expect the things they AUTHOR to be under their AUTHORITY…

In the parable of the Business Owner, Jesus explains that a person who AUTHORS a Business – has AUTHORITY over that Business & the Employees he AUTHORS.  After AUTHORING several employees throughout the day & paying them all the same daily wage (even though some worked longer), the Business Owner says, “Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things?” MT.20:1-15

Citizens in the United States AUTHOR representatives to lead them – and therefore those representatives are ultimately under the AUTHORITY of the Electorate… ask former California Governor Gray Davis...

The ORIGINAL CHRISTIANS understood that AUTHORITY is based in AUTHORSHIP - as they were told by the Apostles (who were authored by Jesus) to AUTHOR Congregational Leaders: “Therefore brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom We may appoint over this business (taking care of widows).” (ACTS 6:3)  Paul even told them what characteristics to look for in Elders & Deacons (I TIMOTHY 1:1-15)  But as Peter cautioned, “We ought to obey GOD rather than Men.” (ACTS 5:29; I TIM.5:19,20)  (DT.1:13;  13:1-5) 

The Apostle Paul laid out THE ORDER of AUTHORITY to the Church at Corinth: “But I want you to know that THE HEAD of every Man is Christ, THE HEAD of Woman is Man, and THE HEAD of Christ is GOD.” (I CORINTHIANS 11:3)

REBELLION then, is defiance against those who AUTHOR us.  First and foremost YAHWEH, Author of all things, our Parents, our Employers, Teachers, or Congregation that author Elders (III JOHN 9,10)

According to our Bibles, the World is divided between 2 groups of people: THE SEED of EVE and THE SEED of SATAN:

“And I (YAHWEH) will put enmity (conflict) between you (Satan) and the woman (Eve), and between YOUR SEED and HER SEED; He (Christ) shall bruise your head, and you (Satan) shall bruise His heel.” (GENESIS 3:15) Satan bruised the heel of Jesus at the Cross, but soon Jesus will bruise the head of Satan & take over his throne: (II COR.4:4) (REV.11:15)

Jesus recognized the SEED of SATAN when he said to the Scribes & Pharisees: “YOU ARE OF YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL, and the desires of your father you want to do.  He (Satan) was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in THE TRUTH, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for HE IS A LIAR AND THE FATHER OF IT.” (JOHN 8:44) The SEED of SATAN is everyone who believes & practices THE LIE: that Human Beings can take for themselves the Authority to decide what is good & evil, right or wrong, contrary to THE ONE WHO AUTHORED them.

By contrast, THE SEED of EVE are those who let YHVH direct their steps: “And “ENOCH WALKED WITH GOD...” (GENESIS 5:24)  “NOAH was a just man, perfect in his generations.  NOAH WALKED WITH GOD.” (GENESIS 6:9) King David wrote: “DIRECT MY STEPS BY YOUR WORD, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.” (PS.119:133)   “For as many as are LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, these are sons of GOD.” (ROM.8:14)

YAHWEH said of Abraham, “In your SEED all the Nations of the Earth shall be blessed, BECAUSE YOU HAVE OBEYED MY VOICE.” (GENESIS 22:18) The World truly has been blessed by Abraham’s seed - with Jews being the recipients of all 6 Nobel Prizes including: 41% of the prizes for Economics, 28% of the prizes for Medicine, 26% of the Physics awards, 19% of the Chemistry honors, 13% of Literature prizes, and 9% of the Nobel Peace prizes – even though they comprise only 0.2% of the World’s population.  Most of all - the World has been blessed by JESUS (Eternal Life), Himself a Jew, also the SEED of ABRAHAM. (MATTHEW 1:17)

The Apostle Paul wrote, “For you are all sons of GOD through faith in Jesus Christ.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ – have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And IF YOU ARE CHRIST’S, THEN YOU ARE ABRAHAM’S SEED, and heirs according to the promise. (GALATIANS 3:26-29)

The Apostle John wrote, “In this THE CHILDREN of GOD & THE CHILDREN of the Devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of GOD, nor is he who does not love his brother.  For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should LOVE one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one & murdered his brother.  And why did he murder him?  Because his works were evil & his brother’s righteous.” (I JOHN 3:10-12)

YAHWEH calls ISRAEL: “THE APPLE OF HIS EYE” (ZECHARIAH 2:8) & “GREEN OLIVE TREE” (JEREMIAH 11:16)  The Apostle Paul  taught that we as Christians are being “grafted in among THEM (ISRAEL – ROMANS 11:16,17) and that “…you (Christians) do not support THE ROOT (ISRAEL), but THE ROOT supports you.” (ROMANS 11:18)

It should go without saying, that if there is a GOD who made all things seen and unseen – that HIS MIND is so vastly superior to any Human mind, that HIS THINKING would be as far above ours “AS THE HEAVENS ARE HIGHER THAN THE EARTH.” (ISAIAH 55:8,9)

So when Satan tells Eve THE LIE – that “you will be like GOD, knowing good & evil,” Mankind should know that any definitions of ‘good & evil’ or ‘right & wrong’ we might come up with – would be VASTLY INFERIOR to what GOD came up with long ago, catalogued in the first 5 books of the Bible known as TORAH. 

VALUES are THE MOTIVATION BEHIND OUR ACTIONS.  When we’re hungry & thirsty we are moved (motivated) to action by the VALUE we place on sustenance.  Jesus said, “Where your TREASURE (what you VALUE) is – there your heart will be also.” (MT.6:21)    

And what do Human Beings VALUE most – even though their actions don’t always demonstrate it?  RELATIONSHIPS!  This is what YAHWEH alluded to in the 1st moral pronouncement of the Bible: “IT IS NOT GOOD THAT MAN SHOULD BE ALONE.”  Even the most evil people on Earth (Terrorists & Gang Members) don’t want to be ALONE!  They too want to feel connected, appreciated, VALUED!  This point is further emphasized by YAHWEH in a later text: “TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE, because they have a good reward for their labor.  For if they fall, one will lift up his COMPANION, BUT WOE TO HIM WHO IS ALONE when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.  Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? (ECCLESIASTES 4:9-11)

ETHICS, is the study of HOW WE CAN MOVE MOST CONSTRUCTIVELY IN RELATIONSHIPS – the thing we VALUE more than anything else.  As studies show, Humans lose the will to live, when isolated or undervalued. 

But WHICH SET of ETHICS is most constructive to RELATIONSHIPS?  About a fourth of the World would answer ISLAMIC ETHICS (as outlined in the Quran, Hadiths & Sharia Law).  A third of the World would say JUDEO-CHRISTIAN ETHICS (as taught in the Bible)And the rest of the World embraces SATAN’S LIE, that all human beings have the god-like authority & intellectual powers to determine what’s right & good in relationships - for ourselves. But YAHWEH begs to differ: “There is a way which seems ‘right’ to a man, but its end is the way of DEATH.” (PR.14:12) The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to Yahweh.” (PR.15:26)

Satan, whom Paul calls THE PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR, THE SPIRIT WHO NOW WORKS IN THE SONS OF DISOBEDIENCE (EPHESIANS 2:2) seems to have the power to broadcast destructive thoughts into the hearts of men - which MOVE people (Cain) and nations (REV.13:1,2) against one another – instead of edifying our Relationships.

Yahweh made Lucifer, Lucifer made SIN, which is “THE TRANSGRESSION of THE LAW.” (God’s Authority I JOHN 3:4).  Jesus showed us that “ALL THE LAW & PROPHETS” define RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS  with GOD, Our Neighbors, and Ourselves (MT.22:36-40)

But Satan has convinced much of Humanity that they can define RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS for themselves.  The result has been CHAOS, CONFUSION, and CONFLICT the World over.

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Americans spend over $5 Billion annually on HALLOWEEN – making it the Country’s 2nd largest Commercial Revenue Holiday. Have you ever searched out HALLOWEEN’S origins? Is it a day that GOD would have us as Christians observe?

The word HALLOWEEN comes from ALL HALLOWS EVE in which the Catholic Church hallowed or revered past Saints in the Fall of the year, which sounds rather innocuous unless you understand that Statues of Adoration were made of such Saints that Christians bow down in worship of to this day - and that GOD says NOT to ADD (Hallowed days included) to HIS WORD: “ (DT.12:32)

The American Peoples Encyclopedia says, “The Origin of HALLOWEEN customs antedate Christianity. The Druids who were members of Pagan Orders in Britain, Ireland, and Gaul, held a Celebration on the Eve of October 31st and called it The FESTIVAL of SAMHEIM - who they proclaimed as: ‘Lord of the Dead,’ believing that it was a day in which the Souls of the Dead were awakened to mingle with the Living.”

It was believed that ‘the dead’ would rise out of their graves and wander the Countryside on this Eve - trying to return to the homes in which they previously lived. Frightened Villagers sought to appease these ‘wandering spirits’ by offering them treats like fruit and nuts when they appeared at their doors. And since some of these Spirits were violent and scary - People masqueraded themselves to trick the dead into thinking they were one of them. Thus the Origin of – ‘Trick or Treat.’

It’s a blasphemous distortion of the Christian belief in THE RESURRECTION. In the Christian Faith, the righteous dead are resurrected into glorified, immortal, Spirits. (I CORINTHIANS 15:45-55) In Druidism, the dead are raised as horrifying creatures of the night: decaying Zombie like bodies, hideous monsters like the Son of Frankenstein, Vampires, Sorcerers, etc.

Should Christians adopt such customs and practices? GOD says, “ Learn not the way of the heathen… for the Customs of the people are Vain…” (JEREMIAH 10:2,3)

GOD warned Israel, “When you enter the Land YAHWEH is giving you, DO NOT LEARN to IMITATE the DETESTABLE WAYS of the Nations there. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices Witchcraft, or a Soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a Sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a Medium, or a Spiritist, or ONE WHO CALLS UP THE DEAD. For all who do these things are an abomination to YAHWEH…” (DT.18:9-12)

Only God can call up the dead to temporary restoration of life (MT.27:50-53) or Immortality (JN.5:28,29)

The Apostle Paul wrote: “For you were once DARKNESS, but now you are LIGHT in THE LORD. WALK as CHILDREN of LIGHT (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all Goodness, Righteousness and Truth), FINDING OUT WHAT is ACCEPTABLE to THE LORD. And HAVE NO FELLOWSHIP with theUNFRUITFUL WORKS of DARKNESSbut rather EXPOSE THEM.” (EPHESIANS 5:8-11)

In adopting the Druids Day devoted to the ‘Lord of the Dead’ as the Day on which they would hallow the Saints - The Catholic Church engaged inFELLOWSHIP with THE UNFRUITFUL WORKS of DARKNESS – instead of EXPOSING THEM for the False Religion they were! It was a missed opportunity to SHINE LIGHT into DARKNESS!

The JACK-O-LANTERN is the ancient symbol of a damned Soul! Why would anyone want to put one on their front porch or window sill? What a contrast to the Lamb’s blood that Jews pasted around the doors of their dwellings – that the Death Angel might PASS-OVER their Households!

Your Bible says: “ABSTAIN from EVERY FORM of EVIL.” (I THESSALONIANS 5:22)

We’ve been talking about the RITUAL of HALLOWEEN – a Catholic HOLIDAY they linked to the Festival of Samheim (Lord of the Dead) – to make it more inviting for Pagans to become practicing Catholics. Jesus chided the Scribes & Pharisees for creating their own TRADITIONS which transgressed the COMMANDMENTS of GOD (MT.15:6) – and we’ve seen how this Celebration of Darkness breaks GOD’S LAW.

By contrast - GOD gave us EDIFYING RITUALS to keep us in sync with HIM. Prayer, Bible Study, Meditation, Fasting &HOLY DAYS (LEVITICUS 23), which keep us in THE LIGHT of GOD’S GOODNESS.

Anyone familiar with WITCHCRAFT can tell you that there are certain RITUALS and SPELLS that can only be cast on HALLOWEEN NIGHT. Because starting the EVE of OCTOBER 31ST - the barrier separating the living from the dead is thought to be the thinnest - making access between them optimal.

The OCCULT - who opposed Christ and Christianity - are known to assemble on HALLOWEEN to observe SATANIC RITUALS, cast spells, and even engage in sacrilegious blood sacrifices to Satan!

The Public has been increasingly warned by Newscasters to guard their dogs and cats on HALLOWEEN – which are known to be sought out and sacrificed by Sorcerers, Witches and Satanists. In Rural areas, it is not uncommon for Farmers to awake and find mutilated remains of some of their animals.

The 700 CLUB has interviewed several people who have seen or participated in such Sacrifices.

And Police Departments across the Nation have had to develop a whole new batch of Investigators with knowledge of the gruesome reality of Satanic Sacrifices to investigate such atrocities.

The Apostle Paul wrote: “Finally brethren, whatever things are TRUE, whatever things are NOBLE, whatever things are JUST, whatever things are PURE, whatever things are LOVELY, whatever things are of GOOD REPORT, if there is any VIRTUE and if there is anything PRAISEWORTHY – MEDITATE on THESE THINGS. The things which you learned & received and heard and saw in me (not Paganism), THESE DO, and the GOD of PEACE will be with you.” (PHILIPPIANS 4:8,9)

When Christians dress up as EVIL CHARACTERS (as over 80% do) – they send the message to their kids that depicting evil is okay and even fun – instead of ABSTAINING FROM ALL FORMS of EVIL as the Apostle Paul was moved by GOD to command. (I THESSALONIANS 5:22)

When Christians borrow Pagan Traditions (Trick or Treat) and make them their own – they are violating GOD’S COMMAND to AVOID HEATHEN PRACTICES. (JEREMIAH 10:2,3) The Apostle Peter wrote: “For you have spent enough time in the past doing what PAGANS choose to do – living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and detestable Idolatry.” (I PETER 4:3)

The Apostle Paul warned, “…lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” (II CORINTHIANS 2:11) Too many Christians today are ignorant of Satan’s devices, who gets people to compromise and celebrate evil and embrace darkness.

In acting as GOD’S SERVANT to ISRAEL in its’ return to Jerusalem from Babylonian Captivity, Nehemiah summarized his work by saying: “Thus I cleansed them (Israel) of EVERYTHING PAGAN.”

Have you cleansed yourself of EVERYTHING PAGAN?

“Christ also loved The Church and gave Himself for Her, that He might sanctify and cleanse Her with the washing of water by the word…” (EPH.5:25,26) Traditions of Men dirty us – ‘the word’ cleanses us!

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We've all heard the saying: 'JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON' - a reminder to all who celebrate CHRISTMAS - that it's supposed to be a Memorial of Christ's Birth, not Saint Nick's (Dec.6th)

But do you know why JESUS became the reason for this Winter Season Celebration? "But to you who fear My name (YAHWEH), the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves." (MALACHI 4:2 NKJV)

Since Jesus appears to be likened to the SUN in many translations of this verse - why not celebrate His birth on THE DAY OF THE SUN - the Winter Solstice - which in early Roman Times was Dec.25th? That way, the reasoning went, the heathen peoples who actually worshiped the SUN on December 25th could be more easily converted to worshiping the One associated with the SUN in this O.T. verse.

Many Translators don't see Jesus in this verse at all, and don't capitalize 'sun,' replacing 'his wings' with 'its wings.'"But for you who fear My name (YAHWEH), the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall." (MALACHI 4:2 NASB)

Malachi's statement is better equated to those in the 1st resurrection: "And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever." (DANIEL 12:2,3)

According to your Bible - Jesus wasn't born in the Winter at all - but rather in the 'Fall' of the year. Gospel writer Luke tells the story of Jesus cousin John the Baptist's miraculous conception, and in the process gives us the approximate month of Christ's actual birth:

"There was in the days of Herod, the King of Judaea, a certain Priest named Zacharias, of the Division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before GOD, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of YAHWEH blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. So it was, that while he (Zacharias) was serving as Priest before GOD in the order of his Division, according to the custom of the Priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the Temple of YAHWEH... Then an Angel of YAHWEH appeared to him... and said, 'Do not be afraid Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John (the Baptist)." (LUKE 1:5-13)

During the 2nd Temple Period, the 24 Priestly Divisions of Judaism served in the Temple at Jerusalem in a rotation system. A list of these Priestly Divisions is found in the 1st book of Chronicles:

"Now these are the Divisions of the Sons of Aaron... Now the 1st lot fell to Jehoiarib... the 8th to Abijah...(I CHRONICLES 24:1,7,10) - which we just read was the Division Zacharias (Father of John the Baptist) later served in.

The Division of Abijah served for 8 days in the Temple in Mid-June and Mid-December, so Elizabeth would have conceived as promised by the Angel during one of those periods. Scripture tells us that Mary the Mother of Jesus conceived about 6 months after her cousin Elizabeth (LUKE 1:26:36) - which would have been June or December again - putting the birth of Jesus 9 months later, either in the Spring or Fall.

So while Luke was inspired to give us information about Zacharias's Priestly Cycle that would lead us to one of the 2 seasons of the year Jesus must have been born - NONE of the Gospel writers were inspired by GOD to tell us the exact day of His birth. Which raises the question WHY?

A good name is better than precious ointment & the day of death than the day of one's birth. (ECCL.7:1)

In England under Oliver Cromwell, Christmas was banned - and in Puritan New England it was against the Law to celebrate Christmas for about 25 years in the mid 1600s. Why?

Because Christmas either directly or indirectly VIOLATES THE 10 COMMANDMENTS. Let's look at how:

1st COMMANDMENT: "I AM YAHWEH your GOD... You shall have no other gods before ME." (EXODUS 20:2,3) For 4-6 weeks every year - Saint Nick, Reindeer,Shopping, and Partyingbecome gods 'before' YAHWEHfor millions of people.

2nd COMMANDMENT: "You shall not make for yourself a carved image - ANY LIKENESS of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I YAHWEH your GOD, am a jealous GOD, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the 3rd& 4th generations of those who hate ME, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love ME and keep MY COMMANDMENTS." (EXODUS 20:4-6) GOD says:

"LEARN NOT THE WAY OF THE HEATHEN...for the customs of the Peoples are futile; for one cuts a tree from the forest... they decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with nails and hammers so that it will not topple." (JEREMIAH 10:2-4 NKJV)

"You shall utterly destroy all the places where the Nations which you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains, and on the hills, and under every green tree... You shall not worship YAHWEH your GOD with such things." (DEUTERONOMY 12:2,4)

3rd COMMANDMENT: "You shall not take the name of YAHWEH your GOD in vain, for YAHWEH will not hold him guiltless who takes HIS name in vain." (EXODUS 20:7) Jesus said to the Scribes:

"Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying, 'These people draw near to ME (YAHWEH) with their mouth, and honor ME with their lips, but their heart is far from ME. And IN VAIN they worship ME, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'" (MT.15:7-9)

4th COMMANDMENT: "Remember THE SABBATH DAY, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the 7th Day is the SABBATH of YAHWEH your GOD. In it you shall do no work..." (EXODUS 20:8-11) The Saturday before Christmas is a bigger shopping day than Black Friday, according to Sales Data.

5th COMMANDMENT: "Honor your Father and your Mother, that your days may be long upon the Land which YAHWEH your GOD is giving you." (EXODUS 20:12) Too many children learn during the Christmas Season that whether they honor their parents or not - they're going to be rewarded with gifts.

6th COMMANDMENT: "You shall not murder." (EXODUS 20:13) Unfortunately, murders & suicides are up during the Christmas Season.

7th COMMANDMENT: "You shall not commit Adultery." (EXODUS 20:14) One of the highest Seasons for infidelity because of Christmas Parties, mistletoe, and emotional bonding.

8th COMMANDMENT: "You shall not Steal." (EXODUS 20:15) Shoplifting at highest rate of the year.

9th COMMANDMENT: "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." (EXODUS 20:16) Parents lie to their kids about the existence of Santa Claus, Reindeer & the date of Jesus birth...

10th COMMANDMENT: "You shall not COVET..." (EXODUS 20:17) Unfortunately - the commercialization of Christmas has made it the prime season for covetousness...

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The word TERROR appears in your Bible over 50 times - showing how relevant the Bible is to our World today! The Hebrew word (behalah) means PANIC, DESTRUCTION, TERROR& TROUBLE.

What is the cause of TERROR coming upon a Nation - according to your Bible? The answer to that question is found in the book of Leviticus:

"...If you don't obey ME, and do not observe all these commandments... I also will do this to you: I will even appoint TERROR OVER YOU... I will set MY FACE against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues." (LEVITICUS 26:14,16,17)

YAHWEH says, "Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out MY HAND and no one regarded, because you disdained all MY counsel, and would have none of MY rebuke, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your TERROR comes, when your TERROR comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you." PROV.1:24-27)

GOD warns, "It is a joy for 'the just' to do justice, but DESTRUCTION will come to the workers of iniquity." (PROVERBS 21:15)

This is true individually & collectively as Nations: "...When a Land sins against ME by PERSISTENT UNFAITHFULNESS, I (YAHWEH) will stretch out MY hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it." (EZEKIEL 14:13)

"You (Israel) have forsaken ME," says the Lord. Therefore I will stretch out MY HAND against you and destroy you... I will cause anguish and TERROR to fall on them suddenly." (JEREMIAH 15:6,8)

According to your Bible - what Nations would be causing TERROR in the days leading up to the Battle of Armageddon? YAHWEH says to the Nation of Egypt in Ezekiel chapter 32:

Vs. 3:"I will therefore spread MY net over you (Egypt) with a Company of many people, and they will draw you up in MY net (The King of the North is prophesied to come against the King of the South (Egypt) AT THE TIME OF THE END - DANIEL 11:40-45).
Vs. 22,23: "Assyria is there, and all her Company... WHO CAUSED TERROR IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING...
Vs. 24: "There is Elam (IRAN)... WHO CAUSED THEIR TERROR IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING...
Vs. 26: "There are Meshech and Tubal (Ancient Cities in modern day TURKEY) and all their multitudes... though THEY CAUSED THEIR TERROR IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING...
Vs. 29,30: "There is Edom, her Kings and all her Princes (Modern day Jordan & Arab Nations)... who have gone down with the slain in shame at THE TERROR WHICH THEY CAUSED BY THEIR MIGHT...

Incredibly, your Bible prophesied over 2500 years ago that it would be Middle Eastern Nations that would be CAUSING TERROR IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING in our day and age...

No Political Forecaster on Earth predicted THE RISE of TERRORISM AROUND THE WORLD flowing from the MIDDLE EAST! That's why regular listeners of THE ORIGINAL CHRISTINAITY broadcast have heard me say that YAHWEH is the BEST POLICITICAL FORECASTER of future events!

Not only did your Bible warn the World where TERRORISM would stem from in the modern age - but YAHWEH appears to have inspired the Prophet Habakkuk to give us a view into THE RISE OF ISIS:

"Look among the Nations and WATCH - be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you. For indeed I am raising up the Chaldeans, a bitter and hasty Nation which marches through the breadth of the Earth to possess dwelling places that are not theirs (sounds like the World's reaction to the sudden birth of 'The Islamic State' - google a map of the Chaldean Empire and its very close to the territory in Iraq and Syria that ISIS occupied at its height).
They are terrible and dreadful; their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves. Their horses also are swifter than leopards, and more fierce than evening wolves. Their chargers charge ahead; THEIR CAVALRY COMES FROM AFAR (ISIS recruits came from around the world); they fly as the eagle that hastens to eat.
THEY ALL COME FOR VIOLENCE; their faces are set like the East Wind. They gather captives like sand. THEY SCOFF AT KINGS, and PRINCES ARE SCORNED BY THEM. They deride every stronghold, for they heap up earthen mounds and seize it. Then his mind changes, and he transgresses; he commits offense, ASCRIBING THIS POWER TO HIS god..."
THE VISION is yet for AN APPOINTED TIME; but AT THE END, it will speak, and it will not lie." (HABAKKUK 1:5-11; 2:3)

ISIS thankfully has now been reduced to a CLOSET TERRORISM GROUP - much like Al-Quaeda - operating out of secret locations, instead of having their own State. But if you read the rest of the book of Habbakkuk - you'll find that ISIS was just the opening act - for what will follow - an individual who "GATHERS TO HIMSELF ALL NATIONS and HEAPS UP FOR HIMSELF ALL PEOPLES... PLUNDERING "MANY NATIONS." (HABAKKUK 2:5,8- Compare to (REV.13:7; DANIEL 8:23-25)

GOD says: "TERROR and pit and snare await you - People of the Earth." (ISA.24:17 NIV) And why does YAH send TERROR upon the whole Earth? Why does HE allow this Beast like figure to be empowered by Satan the Devil to wreak havoc upon the whole Earth?

"The Earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the Laws, changed the Ordinance, broken the Everlasting Covenant. Therefore the Curse (Terrorism) has devoured the Earth & those who dwell in it are desolate. Therefore the inhabitants of the Earth are burned, and few men are left... It shall come to pass in that Day that YAHWEH will punish on high the host of Exalted Ones, And on Earth - the Kings of the Earth. They will be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the Pit, and will be shut up in the prison; after many days they will be punished. Then the moon will be disgraced and the sun ashamed; For YAHWEH of HOSTS will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem and before HIS elders, gloriously." (ISA.24:5,6; 21-23)

How does one escape this Worldwide Terror prophesied to come upon the whole Earth?

"But WHOEVER LISTENS TO ME (YAHWEH) WILL DWELL SAFELY, AND WILL BE SECURE, WITHOUT FEAR of EVIL." (PROVERBS 1:33)
"Do not be afraid of SUDDEN TERROR, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For YAHWEH will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught." (PR.3:25.26)
"Because you have kept MY command to persevere, I also will keep you from the HOUR of TRIAL which shall come upon the whole World..." (REVELATION 3:10)

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Your Bible speaks of 10 GREAT MYSTERIES which only those who have GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT can unravel and understand! Paul identifies 1 of those MYSTERIES in a letter to the Church at Thessalonica:

“For THE MYSTERY of LAWLESSNESS is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. And then THE LAWLESS ONE will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of THE LAWLESS ONE is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason, GOD will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (II THESSALONIANS 2:8-12 NKJV)

In the book of Revelation, given by Jesus Himself, this Despot is described as the Leader of a coming Global Empire:

“Then I (The Apostle John) stood on the sand of the Sea. And I saw A BEAST rising up out of the Sea, having 7 Heads & 10 Horns, and on his horns a blasphemous name. Now the Beast which I saw was like a Leopard, his feet were like the feet of a Bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a Lion. The Dragon (Satan) gave him his power, his throne and great Authority. And I saw one of the heads (7) as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And ALL THE WORLD MARVELED and FOLLOWED THE BEAST. So they worshiped the Dragon, who gave Authority to THE BEAST; and they worshiped THE BEAST, saying, ‘Who is like THE BEAST? Who is able to make war with HIM? And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies (DANIEL 7:25), and he was given Authority to continue for 42 months (2 Witnesses witness against him for the same length of time: 11:3). Then HE opened his mouth in blasphemy against GOD, to blaspheme HIS name, HIS Tabernacle, and those who dwell in Heaven. It was granted to HIM to make war with the Saints and to overcome them (6:9-11). And AUTHORITY WAS GIVEN HIM OVER EVERY TRIBE, TONGUE & NATION.” (REVELATION 13:1-7)

One of the Minor Prophets corroborates this Global reach of power in the hands of this enigmatic figure:

“…he is arrogant and never at rest. Because he is as greedy as the grave, and like death, is never satisfied - HE GATHERS TO HIMSELF ALL THE NATIONS & TAKES CAPTIVE ALL THE PEOPLES.” (HABAKKUK 2:5 NIV)

In chapter 17 of the book of Revelation, we’re told:

“Here is the mind which has wisdom: The 7 Heads (of the 7 Headed Beast found in chapter 13) are 7 Mountains (symbolic of Empires throughout the Bible) on which the Woman (Harlot) sits. There are also 7 Kings. 5 have fallen (The Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian & Greek Empires), one is (John was living under the Roman Empire), and the other has not yet come (The Ottoman Empire). And when he comes, he must continue a short time. The Beast that was, and is not (all 7 Empires have come & gone), is himself also the 8th, and is of the 7, and is going to perdition (destruction). The 10 Horns which you saw are 10 Kings who have received no Kingdom as yet, but they receive Authority for one hour as Kings with THE BEAST. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and Authority to THE BEAST. These will make war with THE LAMB (Jesus), and the Lamb will overcome them…” (REVELATION 17:9-14)

The obvious question that comes from this text: Which of these 7 Empires will be revived and become THE 8TH and FINAL WORLD RULING EMPIRE, led by THE LAWLESS ONE, called THE BEAST?

For those willing to search the Scriptures as though they were silver or gold (PROVERBS 2:1-10) – the answer to that question becomes clear!

This coming 8th Empire is also called “…a SCARLET BEAST...” (REV.17:3) The OTTOMAN EMPIRE’S flag was RED with a white crescent moon in the center, and was governed by the Turks.

Jesus tells us twice - that Satan’s Throne is in Pergamos (modern day Bergama, Turkey – REV.2:13) – and remember it is the Dragon that gives THE BEAST “his power, his throne, and great authority.” (13:2)

In the book of DANIEL chapter 11 we read about the rise of a mighty King “…who will rule with great dominion…” (History tells us this was Alexander the Great) and that “…his Kingdom shall be broken up and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not among his posterity...” (DANIEL 11:3,4) History also tells us exactly that: Alexander’s Empire was not given to one of his relatives, but divided among four of his Generals. The Text then goes on to record what would happen between 2 of these Generals, called by Scripture, the King of the South (General Ptolemy who governed Egypt and it’s surroundings), and the King of the North (General Seleucus who governed what would be modern day Turkey, Syria, and parts of Iran & Iraq – building his Capitol City of Antioch in what is today - Southern Turkey). According to the final 6 verses of this chapter, “AT THE TIME of THE END – the King of the South shall attack him; and the King of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind… and he shall enter the Countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. He (the King of the North) shall also enter the Glorious Land (Israel) and many Countries shall be overthrown…the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels.” (DANIEL 11:40,41,43)

Daniel the Prophet also writes about a figure he refers to as THE LITTLE HORN (Horns are symbolic of Nations throughout the Bible), who plucks up (7:8) and subdues (7:24) three Kings. In chapter 8 of DANIEL, we’re told that this LITTLE HORN comes out of one of the 4 divisions of Alexander the Great’s Empire (8:21,8,9) we read about in chapter 11, and that this LITTLE HORN grows “exceedingly great toward the South, toward the East, and toward the Glorious Land (Israel – 8:9)), taking away the daily sacrifice in Israel (8:12) – just as the King of the North was prophesied to do (11:31). For the King of the North to be restored to his territorial dominance he enjoyed historically – Turkey would have to ‘pluck up & subdue modern day Syria, Iran, and Iraq. Current President Recep Tayip Erdogan has publically stated that he wants to restore the Ottoman Empire - which would require him to subdue these 3 Nations. If this happens in the next few years – THE KING of THE NORTH WILL HAVE BEEN RESTORED and be in a position to react to provocation from Egypt (the King of the South) – coming at him like a whirlwind and taking over the whole Middle East including Israel.

This is when he (the King of the North) would set up the Abomination of Desolation Jesus spoke about in Jerusalem (MATTHEW 24:15) ushering in THE GREAT TRIBULATION (a time of unparalleled trouble in Human History) upon all the world (MATTHEW 24:21,22). This is when the 42 month reign of THE BEAST begins (REVELATION 13:5)

This Little Horn (the King of the North, The Beast), is also ‘The Lawless One,’ Paul wrote about. Daniel tells us that HE will:

“…speak pompous words against THE MOST HIGH, shall persecute the Saints of THE MOST HIGH & shall intend to change TIMES & LAW.” (DANIEL 7:25) Wherever Islam goes – it changes TIMES (Ramadan is instituted) and LAW (get Courts to recognize Sharia Law in Judicial decisions).

Ezekiel the Prophet also speaks of a great Chieftain arising from modern day Turkey:

“The word of YAHWEH came to me: ‘Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the Chief Prince of Meshek & Tubal (2 Cities known to exist in what is southeastern Turkey at the time Ezekiel wrote)… Persia (modern day Iran), Ethiopia (modern day Sudan), and Libya are with them… Gomer with all its troops and Beth Togarmah (Turkic speaking Nations of the Caucasus Region Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan) … IN FUTURE YEARS YOU WILL INVADE A LAND that has recovered from war (WWII) whose people were gathered from many Nations to the mountains of ISRAEL (1948), which had long been desolate.” (EZ.38:1-8 NIV)

Gog, like the ‘King of the North’ has Libya and Ethiopia (modern day Sudan) with him, and both leaders invade Israel in the future – leading many Theologians to equate the 2 as the same individual. There are also other events spoken of here that line up with what we read in the book of Revelation. Ezekiel writes about a massive Earthquake in Israel (38:19,20) which we find in the Revelation given to John as well (REVELATION 16:17-20). Ezekiel describes a Sacrificial Meal for the Birds & Beasts of the field made up of the dead bodies of Gog and his followers (39:4,17-20) – which is also the fate of THE BEAST & HIS ARMIES recorded in the book of Revelation (19:17-21)

Ezekiel gives us another link to the Nation of Turkey being the diabolical Leader of the last World ruling Empire:

“Thus says YAHWEH GOD: ‘Wail, woe to the Day! For the Day is near, even the DAY of YAHWEH is near; It will be a Day of clouds, the time of the Gentiles. The sword shall come upon Egypt (just as we read in DANIEL 11:40) and great anguish shall be in Ethiopia (modern day Sudan), when the slain fall in Egypt and they take away her wealth (DANIEL 11:43), and her foundations are broken down. Ethiopia, Libya, LYDIA (western Turkey), all the mingled people, Chub (Islamic North Africa) and THE MEN of THE LANDS WHO ARE ALLIED, shall fall with them by the sword.” (EZEKIEL 30:2-5 – describing the BATTLE of ARMAGEDDON)

Toward the end of the 42 month reign of THE BEAST (Gog, the King of the North, the Little Horn, the Lawless One) – the book of Revelation tells us that this final World ruling Empire will turn on the Harlot City that rides it:

“And the 10 HORNS which you saw on THE BEAST, these will hate the Harlot, make Her desolate & naked, eat Her flesh, and burn Her with fire. For GOD has put it into their hearts to fulfill HIS purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their Kingdom to THE BEAST, until the words of GOD are fulfilled. And the Woman whom you saw is THAT GREAT CITY which reigns over the Kings of the Earth.” (REVELATION 17:16-18)

This City is called MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT (REV.17:5) and is discussed in detail in the book of JEREMIAH chapters 50 & 51 (which we’ll cover in the next message). What we want to identify from the Bible is what Nation leads this coalition of Nations against THE HARLOT:

“Set up a banner in the Land, blow the trumpet among the Nations! Prepare the Nations against HER (Mystery Babylon, the Harlot City), call the Kingdoms against HER: Ararat (Turkey), Minni (Armenia), and Ashkenaz (Azerbajain). Appoint a General against HER (Gog, the King of the North, the Little Horn, the Lawless One, The Beast); cause the horses to come up like the bristling locusts, prepare against HER the Nations, with the Kings of the Medes (Iran), its governors and all its rulers, all the Land of his dominion. And the Land will tremble and sorrow; for every purpose of YAHWEH shall be performed against Babylon…” (JEREMIAH 51:27-29)

We’ve seen in several passages that this FINAL WORLD RULING TYRANT enters the Glorious Land (Israel). Hosea was inspired to write why GOD will allow this:

“They do not direct their deeds toward turning to their GOD, for the spirit of Harlotry is in their midst, and they do not know YAHWEH. The pride of Israel testifies to his face; therefore Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity; Judah also stumbles with them. With their flocks and herds they shall go to seek YAHWEH but they will not find HIM; HE has withdrawn HIMSELF from them. They have dealt treacherously with YAHWEH for they have begotten pagan children. Now A NEW MOON (Crescent moon is the symbol of Islam) SHALL DEVOUR THEM & THEIR HERITAGE.” (HOSEA 5:4-7)

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In the last broadcast of Original Christianity – we covered the Biblical evidence showing that the final World Ruling Empire will be the resurrection of THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE – governed by a strong man from the Nation of Turkey.

We talked about the King of the North having been historically headquartered in Antioch, Turkey – and that there is nothing in the Biblical Text that indicates that “AT THE TIME of THE END” (DAN.11:40) this would change.

We related Jesus’ double statement about SATAN’S THRONE being located in Turkey (REV.2:13)

We looked at Ezekiel’s prophecy about ‘Gog’ – a Leader of a future coalition of Nations against Israel – who himself was the Chief Prince of Meshech & Tubal, Cities that existed in Asia Minor (modern day Southern Turkey) at the time of Ezekiel’s writing.

And we looked at 2 prophecies showing that THE BEAST would ultimately turn on the HARLOT that rides it (REV.17:16-18) – through a Coalition of Nations which the Prophet Jeremiah says is led by Ararat, which is in modern day Turkey. (JER.51:27-29)

So what of this HARLOT which rides THE BEAST (REV.17:3)? Who or what does it symbolize? We don’t have to guess – we’re told 6 times in Revelation chapters 17 & 18 that THE HARLOT is a CITY: (17:18; 18:10,16,18,19,21) and that SHE “…reigns over the Kings of the Earth.” (REV.17:18)

This raises the question of just what CITY in History has had influence over the 7 Past Kingdoms represented by THE BEAST – that THE HARLOT was “…sitting on…” (REV.17:3)

According to your Bible there’s only one City that influenced the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babyonian, Persian, Greek, Roman & Islamic Empires represented by the 7-HEADED BEAST – BABEL!

The book of GENESIS tells us that after the flood the Earth’s population was all grouped together in Mesopotamia – ignoring YAHWEH’S command to “…Be fruitful and multiply; FILL THE EARTH and subdue it…” (GENESIS 1:28) Instead the People said, “Come let us build ourselves a CITY, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, LEST WE BE SCATTERED ABROAD OVER THE FACE OF THE WHOLE EARTH.” (GENESIS 11:4)

Theologians speculate that the building of the Tower of Babel had 2 purposes: Protecting the People from another flood GOD might send upon the Earth – and giving the Pagan Priests an observatory to track the movement of their gods, the Sun, Moon and Stars. Israel was warned by YAHWEH when they were established as a Nation:

“Take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the Sun, the Moon and the Stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them, which YAHWEH your GOD has GIVEN TO ALL THE PEOPLES UNDER THE WHOLE HEAVEN AS A HERITAGE.” (DEUTERONOMY 4:19 NKJV)

When YAHWEH confused the languages of the People building the Tower of Babel, the people gathered together into their various Ethnic Groups bound together by a common language - and through a kind of GLOBAL MANIFEST DESTINY dispersed throughout the Earth fulfilling GOD’S command! And History shows us, that with them - they took the Astrological Worship System they had learned in Babel!

Remember that THE HARLOT of REVELATION has a title on her forehead: “MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER of HARLOTS and of THE ABOMINATIONS of THE EARTH.” (REVELATION 17:5)

The City of BABEL mothered or gave birth to HARLOT CITIES in all seven Kingdoms represented by the 7-HEADED BEAST which set up systems of Worship revolving around the worship of the Sun, Moon and Stars. These Cities were the Religious Centers of each Empire. Sumerian History records the practice of Kings gaining their legitimacy by having sex with Temple prostitutes in these Cities on New Year’s Eve - setting up a pattern of KINGS of THE EARTH COMMITTING FORNICATION with A HARLOT (REV.17:2) – and demonstrating the subservience of the Secular branch of Government to the Religious System and it’s gods.

In Egypt (represented by the 1st Head of the 7-HEADED BEAST) the City of Memphis (‘Noph’ in Bible) was THE DAUGHTER HARLOT of BABEL that rode THE BEAST:

“Thus says YAHWEH GOD: ‘I will also destroy the idols, and cause the IMAGES to cease from Noph (Memphis)…” (EZEKIEL 30:13)
“O you daughter (of Babel?) dwelling in Egypt, prepare yourself to go into captivity! For Noph shall be waste and desolate, without inhabitant.” (JEREMIAH 46:19)

In the Kingdom of Assyria (represented by the 2nd Head of the 7-HEADED BEAST), the City of Nineveh was THE DAUGHTER HARLOT of BABEL that rode THE BEAST:

“Because of the multitude of harlotries of THE SEDUCTIVE HARLOT (Nineveh), the Mistress of Sorceries, who sells Nations through her harlotries and families through her Sorceries.” (NAHUM 3:4)

The Kingdoms of Babylon & Persia (represented by the 3rd & 4th Heads of the 7-HEADED BEAST), were ridden by the updated version of BABEL – the City of BABYLON built by Nebuchadnezzar about 1700 years later – which became THE HARLOT CITY of these successive Kingdoms. HER idolatry is well documented in the pages of the book of DANIEL.

The Kingdom of Greece (represented by the 5th Head of the 7-HEADED BEAST), was ridden by that great HARLOT CITY of ATHENS. The book of ACTS records the Apostle Paul’s visit to this City:

“Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that THE CITY WAS GIVEN OVER TO IDOLS…” (ACTS 17:16)

The Roman Empire (represented by the 6th Head of the 7-HEADED BEAST) was ridden by the the HARLOT CITY of ROME, and later, by a City within that City – Vatican City. The Roman Pantheon of gods also revolved around the Sun, Moon, and Stars like its predecessors. From the 4th Century to the reign of Napoleon, the Papacy rode the European Beast – crowning Kings ‘Holy Roman Emperors’ and engaging in all kinds of worldly lasciviousness.

In the Islamic Empire (represented by the 7th Head of the 7-HEADED BEAST), the City of Mecca was THE HARLOT riding THE BEAST. Prayers were directed towards her 5 times a day by faithful Muslims from all 4 corners of the Globe. When Muhammad came on the World Scene in the early 7th Century A.D. there were 360 gods worshiped at the Kaaba – with the Moon god being the chief Deity. The name of the Moon-god was ‘SIN’ and was used by the Arabs in naming the region of SINAI. Muhammad replaced the 360 gods with one god he called ‘Allah’ – but retained the pagan symbol of the moon – which is displayed prominently on Islamic National Flags, Mosques & Minarets.

As we talked about in the last program of ORIGINAL CHRISTIANITY – your Bible clearly shows that the 8th and final World ruling Empire (called THE BEAST) will be a revived Islamic (Ottoman) Empire - ridden again by THE HARLOT CITY of MECCA.

2 whole Chapters of the Old Testament (JEREMIAH 49 & 50) & 2 whole Chapters of the New Testament (REVELATON 17 & 18), are devoted to the GREAT INFLUENCE & ultimate DEMISE of this GREAT HARLOT CITY:

“O you (Mecca?) who dwell by many waters (Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Sea, Persian Gulf), abundant in treasures (Crude Oil?), your end has come, the measure of your covetousness.” (JEREMIAH 51:13)
“I (YAHWEH) will punish Bel in Babylon (general term for god in the Middle East), and I will bring out of his mouth what he has swallowed; and THE NATIONS SHALL NOT STREAM TO HIM ANYMORE…” (JEREMIAH 51:44) Mecca is the single most visited location in the World.
“How BABYLON has become a desolation among the Nations…because you have contended against YAHWEH.” (JEREMIAH 50:23,24) Inscribed on the Dome of the Rock Mosque are the words: ‘Allah is the only god and He has no son.’ The Apostle John was inspired by GOD to write: “He is Antichrist who denies THE FATHER and The Son.” (I JOHN 2:22)

Isaiah was inspired to write:

“The burden (oracle, prophecy) of the Desert of the Sea (Arabia). As whirlwinds in the South (Mecca is due south of Israel) pass through, so it comes from the desert, from a terrible Land… Go up, O Elam (modern day Iran): besiege, O Media (Iran)… and behold here cometh a chariot of men… And he answered and said, BABYLON is fallen…” (ISA.21:1,2,9)

The Apostle John wrote of this HARLOT CITY:

“For all the Nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of HER fornication, the Kings of the Earth have committed fornication with HER, and the merchants of the Earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” (REVELATION 18:3) Crude Oil in a wine glass looks like a fine Burgundy – and such oil is purchased by most of the Nations of the Earth from Saudi Arabia and it’s Muslim OPEC partners. In exchange, is not only billions of dollars for the Saudis to live in the lap of luxury – but the Saudis get to build Mosques in these Nations and expand their Religious influence. It’s the definition of fornication.

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Your Bible says that GOD "DECLARES THE END from THE BEGINNING and from ancient times -things that are not yet done." (ISAIAH 46:10)

Did you know that there are concrete, specific events that YAHWEH foretold long ago - that take us step by step to the return of Jesus Christ and the ushering in of GOD'S KINGDOM on this Earth?

That's right! And if Christians studied their Bibles they wouldn't be deceived by the likes of William Miller, David Koresh and Harold Camping! Because they would know the SIGNS given by Jesus, the Prophets, and the Apostles that show us the events leading up to Christ's return.

Let's take a look at those SIGNS & EVENTS that systematically lead us through the End of this Age.

There are over a dozen texts in Scripture that foretold the re-establishment of Israel as a Nation after the Temple was destroyed in Jerusalem (ie. EZEKIEL 34:11-16). This happened in 1948 - and since all the End Time Prophecies revolved around threats towards, peace with, and ultimately the destruction of a re-planted Israeli Nation - everyone who prophesied the return of Jesus before 1948 (there were many) - didn't know what they were talking about!

So let's start with PROPHESIED THREATS TOWARD MODERN DAY ISRAEL:

"Do not keep silent, O GOD! Do not hold your peace, and do not be still, O GOD! For behold, YOUR enemies make a tumult; and those who hate YOU have lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against YOUR People, and consulted together against YOUR Sheltered ones. They have said, 'Come, and let us CUT THEM OFF FROM BEING A NATION, that the name of ISRAEL may be remembered no more. For they have consulted together with one consent; they form a CONFEDERACY against YOU: The tents of Edom & the Ishmaelites (Arab Nations) Moab (Jordan) and the Hagrites (Egypt); Gebal (Lebannon), Ammon (Jordan), and Amalek (North Arabia); Philistia (Gaza) with the inhabitants of Tyre (Lebannon); Assyria (Syria, Iran, Iraq) also has joined with them; they have helped the children of Lot." (PSALM 83:1-8)

This Coalition of Nations never existed during the time of ancient Israel - and Israel didn't exist when these Peoples were aligned under THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE. But since the re-establishment of Israel as a Nation in 1948 - THE THREATS by these Peoples against MODERN DAY ISRAEL has been non-stop! In fact we have heard many Middle Eastern Leaders like former Iranian President Ahmadinejad make threats against Israel - almost mimicking this Psalm saying, "Israel must be wiped off the map."

An 'Ancient Hatred' against Israel (EZEKIEL 25:15; 35:1-5; AMOS 1 & 2) is the glue that will bring this CONFEDERATION of SUNNI and SHIA NATIONS together as the final World Ruling Empire of this Age. But YAHWEH will rise up against them after their 42 month reign over the Earth (REV.13:5) and will punish them for their threats against Israel:

"I (YAHWEH) have heard the INSULTS of Moab, and the TAUNTS of the Ammonites who have INSULTED MY People, and made THREATS against their Land. Therefore as surely as I live,' says YAHWEH ALMIGHTY the GOD of Israel, surely Moab will become like Sodom, the Ammonites like Gomorrah, a place of weeds and salt pits, a wasteland forever... This is what they will get in return for their pride, for INSULTING & MOCKING the People of YAHWEH ALMIGHTY... HE will stretch out HIS HAND against the North and destroy Assyria, leaving Nineveh utterly desolate and dry as the desert." (ZEPHANIAH 2:8-13 NIV)

We are living in the time period of THESE THREATS made against ISRAEL by the very Peoples who prophesied to make them!

The Prophet Jeremiah was inspired to write about the next major event in the Middle East:

"Behold, I (YAHWEH) will break the bow of Elam (modern day IRAN), the foremost of their (SHIA?) might. Against Elam I will bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven (the four winds are symbolic of Nations from the North, South, East & West (DANIEL 11:4) and scatter them toward all those winds; there shall be no Nations where the outcasts of Elam will not go. For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies (SUNNI ISLAM?) and before those who seek their life. I will bring disaster upon them, MY fierce anger says YAHWEH; and I will send the sword after them until I have consumed them. I will set MY THRONE in Elam, and will destroy from there the King and the Princes, says YAHWEH." (JEREMIAH 49:35-38)

SHIA ISLAM is concentrated in Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Iran has helped Syria and Iraq stamp out the Islamic State (ISIS). But these 3 Nations are completely surrounded by SUNNI ISLAM to the North, South, East, and West (the 4 winds). (Google a map of Sunni vs. Shia Islam and you'll see this is true.)

In 2016 Saudi Arabia formed a Coalition of 34 SUNNI NATIONS to deal with the threat of a Nuclear Iran. According to top Israeli officials - the Saudis and Israelis have been holding clandestine meetings over the last year and a half - about how to deal with this STATE sponsor of TERROR.

We may be on the verge of seeing Jeremiah's prophecy fulfilled! When it happens REMEMBER that YAHWEH forecasted it long ago - along with the re-planting of Israel as a Nation in the modern Age!

The end result of this Islamic Interfaith War will be the re-establishment of THE KING of THE NORTH!

Your Bible prophesies that THE KING of THE NORTH (DAN.11:41), THE LITTLE HORN (DAN.8:9), and THE BEAST (REV.11:1-7) will invade 'the Glorious Land' (Israel) - making them one in the same.

Historically, THE KING of THE NORTH was centered in Antioch, TURKEY, governing a territory that would include the modern SHIA STATES of Iran, Iraq, and Syria. For THE KING of THE NORTH to be restored in the future - TURKEY would have to subdue these 3 Shia Kingdoms - something THE LITTLE HORN is prophesied to do:

"I was considering the Horns (symbolic of 10 Nations REV.17:12-14), and there was another Horn, A LITTLE ONE, coming up among them, before whom 3 of the first Horns were plucked out by the roots." (DANIEL 7:8, 20, 24)

Current Turkish President RecepTayip Erdogan has stated publicly that he wants to restore the Ottoman Empire - which would demand that he take over these 3 modern States.

When TURKEY takes over the 3 SHIA STATES of IRAN, IRAQ & SYRIA -YAHWEH our GOD will be 3 for 3 on prophecies about the Middle East: the Re-Planting of Israel as a Nation; the demise of Iran; and the Restoration of THE KING of THE NORTH to its former Territory.

In the 70 WEEKS PROPHECY of the ninth chapter of DANIEL, a Prince who is to come "will confirm a Covenant (treaty) with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the one 'seven,' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the Temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him." (DANIEL 9:27)

Since this whole prophecy revolves around the future of Jerusalem (9:25) and Israel is currently talking with Sunni Leaders about a joint approach to dealing with Iran - if Israel helps the SUNNI NATIONS to destroy Iran (opening the door for Turkey to be restored as THE KING of THE NORTH) - then it's easy to see these SUNNI NATIONS entering into a 7 year Covenant or Peace Treaty with Israel because of it.

Ironically, Israel will have helped to re-establish THE KING of THE NORTH and will enter into a Peace Accord with the very BEAST that is prophesied to invade and destroy Her! But at the time it will seem the right thing to do, since these Muslim Nations have been reluctant to recognize Israel's right to exist.

But an Islamic prophecy about their Al-Mahdi entering into a 7 year Covenant with a descendent of Aaron (Israel's Priestly Line) - may be invoked to gain Muslim support.

For 3 ½ years this Middle East Peace will usher in a period of world-wide prosperity - as the price of oil drops, and Nations cut their military budgets in favor of infrastructure spending.

A prophecy in the book of Zechariah seems to describe this Period:

"I saw by night, and behold, a man riding on a RED HORSE... and behold, ALL THE EARTH is RESTING QUIETLY." (ZECHARIAH 1:8-11) Turkey's National flag is RED with a white crescent moon in the center and a little white star...

We also read about a RED HORSE in the book of REVELATION:

"When he opened the 2nd Seal, I heard the second living creature saying, 'Come & see.' Another HORSE, FIERY RED, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it TO TAKE PEACE FROM THE EARTH, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword." (REVELATION 6:3,4)

What causes the PEACE ACCORD and the EARTH RESTING QUIETLY to cease? We don't have to guess - our Bibles tell us:

"At the TIME OF THE END the KING of THE SOUTH (historically Egypt) shall attack him; and THE KING of THE NORTH shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the Countries (Middle East) , overwhelm them, and pass through. He shall also enter THE GLORIOUS LAND (Israel), and many Countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape (Hebrew Malat 'let alone') from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon (collectively Jordan). He shall stretch out his hand against the Countries, and the Land of Egypt (King of the South) shall not escape. He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans & Ethiopians (modern day Sudan) shall follow at his heels." (DANIEL 11:40-43)

This battle will ignite what Jesus called 'THE GREAT TRIBULATION,' a time of unparalleled trouble in Human History (MATTHEW 24:21,22)

3 ½ Years into the 7 year PEACE ACCORD proffered by the Prince to come (The Beast, The Little Horn The King of the North, The Red Horseman):

"He shall bring an end to sacrifice & offering..." (DANIEL 0:27)

The 10 Horns (Kingdoms) give their power to the Beast (REVELATION 17:12,13)

The Beast treads Jerusalem underfoot for 1260 days (REVELATION 11:1-7)

The 2 Witnesses of YAHWEH prophesy 1260 days (REVELATION 11:1-6)

The Abomination of Desolation is set up in Jerusalem (DANIEL 12:11)

The Woman (Church) is nourished in the Wilderness for 1260 days (REVELATION 12:14-17)

At the end of THE 70TH WEEK (7 years): The 7th TRUMPET SOUNDS:

The 1st Resurrection occurs & the 'dead in Christ rise first (I THES.4:13-17) (I COR.15:51,52)

'The Elect' (Church) gathered from the 4 corners of earth & heavenly signs occur (MT.24:29-31)

Announcement made: 'Kingdoms of this world nowYAHWEH's' Kingdoms' (REV.11:15)

The Saints go marching in to the Heavenly Temple for 'The Marriage Supper' (REV.19:7-9)

3 Angels Message of repentance is preached to the Beast's Kingdom (REV.16:1-21)

The 10 Horns turn on & destroy the Great Harlot City (REVELATION 17:16) (JER.51:27-29)

The Nations are gathered by unclean spirits to the Battle of Armageddon (REV.16:13,14; 19:19)

The Millenial (1000 year) Reign of Jesus Christ begins (REV.20:1-6) (ZECHARIAH 14:1-20)

For 500 years - Protestant Christians have been told that the Holy Roman Empire (a Union of the Catholic Church & European States) will be resurrected and become the final World Ruling Super Power called THE BEAST, ushering in what Jesus Christ called THE GREAT TRIBULATION, a time of unparalleled trouble in Human History.

An image from a 1545 edition of the Luther Bible shows THE GREAT HARLOT wearing the PapalTiara, and riding the 7-HEADED BEAST that is described in the 17th chapter of the book of Revelation. The linking together of the Catholic Church & the European States was quite common in Reformation writings, but has mostly subsided since the Vatican made an effort to mend the rift with Her Protestant daughters, through reforms made during the 1960's VATICAN II conference.

Today there are still a few small Christian voices pushing this teaching, that one more revival of the Holy Roman Empire is prophesied to come - but is that the case?

A careful study of Scripture shows that the greatest impact and influence of Europe & Catholicism is in the past! One only needs to look at the few references to ROME in their Bible to see this is true:

"And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from CAESAR AUGUSTUS that all the world should be registered. This CENSUS first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galillee out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the House & Lineage of David, to be registered with Mary his betrothed wife, who was with child."(LUKE 2:1-5 NKJV)

"Then the Chief Priests and the Pharisees gathered a Council and said, 'What shall we do?' For this Man (Jesus) works many signs. If we (the Sanhedrin) let Him (Jesus) alone like this, everyone will believe in Him and THE ROMANS will come and take away both our place and our Nation." (JOHN 11:47,48 NKJV)

"And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every Nation under Heaven.... visitors from ROME, both Jews & proselytes..." (ACTS 2:5,10 NKJV)

"But the following night, the Lord stood by him (Paul) and said, 'Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at ROME." (ACTS 23:11)

"She (The Church) who is in Babylon (ROME), elect together with you (Congregations in Asia), greets you; and so does Mark my son." (I PETER 5:13 NKJV)

"Here is the mind which has wisdom: The 7 heads (of the 7-HEADED BEAST) are 7 mountains (Kingdoms) on which the Woman (GREAT HARLOT) sits. There are also 7 Kings, 5 have fallen (Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Greek Empires), ONE IS (they were living under THE ROMAN EMPIRE), and the other (THE ISLAMIC EMPIRE) has not yet come..."

The text goes on to say that AN 8TH EMPIRE (which is 'of the 7') will rise again with great destruction in its wake (REVELATION 17:11) So since THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE was the 6th HEAD of the 7-HEADED BEAST - it could be this REVIVED EMPIRE - but it may shock you to hear that THERE ARE NO PROPHECIES in YOUR BIBLE THAT SPEAK of ROME RISING AGAIN!

But you may be thinking or been taught, that the book of Daniel is full of symbolic references to ROME. So let's review the VISIONS of DANIEL, and you'll see that this is not the case! Protestant Theologians and Leaders have correctly associated THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE with THE 6th HEAD of the 7-HEADED BEAST - but not with the REVIVIVED 8th HEAD that is coming!

Let's start with THE GREAT IMAGE that King Nebuchadnezzar saw in a dream - recorded in the 2nd chapter of the book of Daniel. Daniel rehearses the dream for the King (something the King's wise men couldn't do) and then gives its interpretation - all revealed to him by YAHOVEH:

"You, O King (Nebuchadnezzar), are a King of Kings. For THE GOD of HEAVEN has given you a Kingdom, power, strength, and glory... You are this head of gold." (DANIEL 2:37,38)

It's important to note that ALL of Daniel's Visions begin with KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR'S BABYLONIAN EMPIRE - completely ignoring the first 2 Heads of Revelation's 7-Headed Beast (Egypt & Assyria).

Daniel's Visions also ignore the 6th Head of Revelation's 7-Headed Beast (ROME) as we will see.

Daniel's interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar's dream continues:

"But after you (King Nebuchadnezzar) shall arise another Kingdom inferior to yours (symbolized by the figure's chest & arms of silver - Medo-Persian Empire); then another, a 3rd Kingdom of bronze (Figure's belly & sides - Greek Empire), which shall rule over all the Earth." (DANIEL 2:39 NKJV)

The word ANOTHER (Heb.Ochoriy) found twice in vs..39 - is an Aramaic word whose root is (Achar) meaning 'NEXT' or 'AFTER' - making clear that Daniel was trying to convey to King Nebuchadnezzar that he was the first of 3 successive Kingdoms that would rule the same approximate Geographic area.

The absence of this word (ANOTHER) in the next verse is conspicuous and allows for an indeterminable amount of time to pass - between the 3rd Kingdom of GREECE and the 4th Kingdom:

"And the 4th Kingdom (represented by the Figure's Legs of Iron)shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces & shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that Kingdom will break in pieces and crush ALL THE OTHERS." (DANIEL 2:40 NKJV)

If we are meant to view the 4th Empire chronologically - it would have been the Parthian Empire that succeeded the Greek Empire and controlled all these areas of Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq & Iran) from 247 B.C.- 224 A.D. Several Roman attempts to control this Geographic Area led to the capture of some cities - but the Romans were never able to hold them or assert control overMesopotamia.

The Parthian Empire was succeeded by the Sassanid Empire which governed Mesopotamia from 224 A.D. to 651 A.D. Both the Parthians and the Sassanids were Persian peoples (Irani) - the Parthians from Eastern Iran & the Sassanids from southwest Iran.

In essence, the Persian Empire that preceded the Greek Empire, reclaimed Mesopotamia from the Greeks.

But in 651 A.D. MUHAMMAD's ISLAMIC HORDES BROKE in PIECES and SHATTEREDnotonly Mesopotamia, but the whole Middle East and North Africa - fulfilling Daniel's prophecy about the 4th Kingdom exactly!

Remember, Daniel is telling King Nebuchadnezzar that he represents the head of gold on the figure he saw in his dream - and that the rest of the image represented Kingdoms that would follow his Kingdom and control the same lands (crush all the others).

Rome never controlled these lands - and the Parthians &Sassanids didn't CRUSH their own people - but simply took back Mesopotamia from the Greeks for Persia.

This holds true for the 2nd Vision Daniel is given as well - which is about the same 4 Kingdoms:

"Daniel spoke, saying, 'I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the 4 winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea (Mediterranean). And 4 GREAT BEASTS came up from the Sea, EACH DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER (so the 4th could not have been a reclaiming by the 2nd - Persian - Parthian). The 1st was like a LION, and had eagle's wings (the symbol of the Babylonian Empire). I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man's heart was given to it. And suddenly ANOTHER (successive) BEAST, a 2nd like a BEAR. It was raised up on one side, and had 3 ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: 'Arise, devour much flesh!' After this I looked, and there was ANOTHER, like a LEOPARD, which had on its back 4 wings of a bird. THE BEAST also had 4 heads (4 Generals of Alexander the Great), and dominion was given to it. After this (note the absence of 'another' indicating succession) I saw in the night visions, and behold, a 4th BEAST, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was DEVOURING, BREAKING in PIECES, and TRAMPLING the residue with its feet. It was different from all THE BEASTS that were before it, and it had 10 horns (as Nebuchadnezzar's image had 10 toes)." (DANIEL 7:2-7 NKJV)

The Lion, Bear & Leopard symbolize the same 3 Kingdoms found in Nebuchadnezzar's dream: Babylon, uprooted by Persia, who was then replaced by Greece. The 4th Beast has 'huge iron teeth 'like the 'legs of iron' on the great image Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream, and both 'break in pieces' their enemies.

Of all the World's Empires in history - none have been more DESTRUCTFUL than ISLAM! The kind of 'BREAKING in PIECES,' 'TRAMPLING', and 'SHATTERING' of Cities, Towns and Monuments, which we witnessed ISIS undertake in Iraq & Syria - is Islam's historical pattern of warfare! They don't just defeat their enemies - they CRUSH them into submission, demanding they convert to Islam or pay the Jizya Tax.

Under the 1st Caliphate (Rashidun), Islam trampled the Arabian Peninsula, most of North Africa, the Levant, and the Iranian Plateau (the Sassanid Empire) from 632 - 651 A.D. In the process, history tells us they beheaded many, subjugated all, destroyed monuments & forced their captors to convert or die.

These 4 BEASTS of Daniel's Vision are included and expanded upon in the REVELATION given to the Apostle John:

"Then I (John), stood on the sand of the Sea. And I saw a BEAST rising up out of the Sea, having 7 HEADS & 10 HORNS, and on his horns 10 crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now THE BEAST which I saw was like a LEOPARD, his feet were like the feet of a BEAR, and his mouth like the mouth of a LION. The DRAGON (Satan) gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, AND HIS DEADLY WOUND WAS HEALED. And all the world marveled and followed THE BEAST." (REVELATION 13:1-3 NKJV)

"THE BEAST that was, and IS NOT, is HIMSELF also THE 8TH, and is of THE 7, and is going to perdition (destruction). The 10 HORNS which you saw are 10 KINGS WHO HAVE RECEIVED NO KINGDOM AS YET, but they receive authority for one hour as Kings with THE BEAST. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to THE BEAST. These will make war with THE LAMB (Jesus), and THE LAMB will overcome them." (REVELATION 17:11-14 NKJV)

So THE 7-HEADED BEAST, which symbolized Daniel's 4 BEASTS & 2 that came before them (Egypt) and (ASSYRIA), as well as the one John was living under (Rome) IS NOT. But one of these 7 former HEADS that was wounded - will be healed - and become THE 8TH, made up of 10 Kings who as yet - have no kingdoms. These 10 Kings are represented by the 10 toes of Nebuchadnezzar's Image, and the 10 Horns of both Daniel & John's Visions.

The 8TH HEALED HEAD is THE LITTLE HORN that Daniel said he saw 'coming up among them, (the 10 Horns) before whom 3 of the first Horns were plucked out by the roots." (DANIEL 7:8)

Daniel is given the identity of THE LITTLE HORN in yet another vision of a male goat which he is told represents Greece (DANIEL 8:21):

"Therefore the male goat grew very great; but when he became strong, the large horn (Alexander the Great) was broken & in place of it 4 notable ones (Alexander's 4 Generals) came up toward the 4 winds of heaven. And OUT of ONE OF THEM CAME a LITTLE HORN which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Glorious Land (Israel)." which means THE LITTLE HORN came from THE NORTH)." (DANIEL 8:8,9 NKJV)

Alexander's Kingdom was divided among his 4 Generals, and THE KING of THE NORTH was THE SELEUCID KINGDOM administered from Antioch (City in modern day Turkey). It is this area (not Rome) that will produce THE LITTLE HORN who will lead 10 HORNS (Kingdoms of the Islamic Middle East) to wreak havoc in the whole world, bringing on THE GREAT TRIBULATION!

And remember, THE BEAST described in REVELATION is involved in 3 destructive practices:

"...make war with THE SAINTS... (REVELATION 13:7)

Merchandising "...the SOULS of MEN" (Human Trafficking - REVELATION 18:11-13)

BEHEADING its enemies (REVELATION 20:4)

So while ROME was the 6th HEAD of a 7-HEADED BEAST that has come & gone - there is nothing in Scripture that points to its revival.

The 4TH BEAST of Daniel's Vision is THE 7th HEAD of John's Visionand will be revived as THE 8TH HEAD (THE LITTLE HORN) - leading 10 ISLAMIC KINGDOMS as THE BEAST of Revelation. Toward the end of their reign - they will turn on THE GREAT HARLOT (Mecca) and burn HER with fire (REVELATION 17:16). Ararat (TURKEY - THE LITTLE HORN) leads them. (JER.51:27-29)

Most Christians are unaware of THE MAJOR DIFFERENCES between 1st Century Christianity and 4th Century Christianity. The majority of Christians were never taught about the great contrast that developed between the ORIGINAL CHRISTIANITY of the 1st Century Apostles - and the Catholic Christianity of the Nicaean Fathers - which became the official Religion of the Holy Roman Empire.

The word PROTESTANTISM comes from the word PROTEST – so what exactly was it that men like Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Ulrich Zwingli were PROTESTING? These Reformers believed that the Universal Church had strayed too far from BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY (Original Christianity)…

“The mainstream REFORMATION was not concerned with establishing a new Christian tradition, but with the renewal and correction of an existing tradition. On the basis of their assertion that Christian Theology was ultimately grounded in Scripture, Reformers such as Luther & Calvin argued for the need to return to Scripture as the primary & critical source of Christian Theology.” (Author: Robert Kennerson, The Theological agenda of the Reformation).

Thus the battle cry of THE REFORMATION became ‘SOLA SCRIPTURA’ (Meaning that Scripture should be the Sole source of the Christian Religion).

The obvious question to follow such a slogan is ‘How exactly had Catholicism taken Christianity away from Scripture?

(Luther’s) Reformation neither transformed the (Catholic) Church, nor was crushed by it… One by one, a series of German & Scandinavian Cities & Territories abolished the Catholic Mass, repudiated the Church’s Hierarchy, and required preachers to proclaim Luther’s doctrines. (Alec Ryrie: ‘Protestants’)

Here’s a partial answer to our question. One way that Catholicism took Christianity away from Scripture was with ‘THE MASS’ – an approach to Worship Services, nowhere found in Scripture. There is no record in the book of ACTS or the Epistles about the original Christian Service revolving around chanting, genuflecting, making the sign of the cross, or reciting a creed attributed to the Apostles. Nor is there any example of the Apostles dressing up in priestly garb, lifting up a round wafer of bread to God and placing it on the end of a pole and parading it around – as ancient Pagan Priests used to do as they led sun worship.

Contrast this with the Apostle Paul’s exhortation about original Christian worship services:

“…When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the Church may be built up. If anyone speaks in a tongue, 2 - or at the most 3 - should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the Church and speak to himself. 2 or 3 Prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.” (I COR.14:26-31 NIV)

Notice the complete dirth of rituals like chanting, genuflecting, making the sign of the cross, and Priestly ceremonies present in THE MASS. The Reformers saw such rituals as transgressions of YAHOVEH’S command in the Old Testament:

Do not start following pagan religious practices. Do not be in awe of signs that occur in the sky even though the nations hold them in awe. For the Religion of these people is worthless.” (JEREMIAH 10:2,3 New English Translation) “For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do. (I PETER 4:3 NIV)

Another difference between Catholic Christianity & Original Christianity was the introduction of extra-Biblical words and practices into the Christian experience:

TRANSUBSTANTIATION: the Doctrinal teaching that the bread & wine taken during THE MASS became the literal body & blood of Christ as it was prayed

over & administered.

In 1520, Martin Luther criticized this teaching as needless speculation based on Aristotelian thought.

There is nothing in the words of Jesus & the Apostle Paul that conveys the idea that during the original and subsequent observance of THE LORD’S SUPPER, the bread & wine metamorphosed into the literal body & blood of our Savior.

Our Bibles warn us repeatedly NOT TO ADD to GOD’S WORDS: (DT.12:32) (PR.30:6) (REV.22:18)

Another example of ADDING to GOD’S WORD by Catholic Christianity, that differentiates it from Original Christianity is PURGATORY (a place for the dead who need reform before entering Heaven) and the Middle Ages practice of selling INDULGENCES (ransoming loved ones in Purgatory through monetary offerings to the Catholic Church).

Ironically, the only texts in the Bible where you’ll find the word INDULGENCE, are pejorative and negative:

“Woe to you, Scribe & Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of EXTORTION and SELF-INDULGENCE.” (MATTHEW 23:25)

“These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in Self-Imposed Religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the INDULGENCE of the flesh.” (COLOSSIANS 2:23 NKJV)

One word that CATHOLICISM ADDED to CHRISTIANITY - which is currently at the center of great controversy for the Vatican – is CELIBACY (Abstention by vow from Marriage & Sexual relations).

It may surprise you to hear that the Apostle Paul was an advocate for CELIBACY (even though he never used the term) – but as a temporary measure, with a caveat:

“Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. Because of the present crisis (Great persecution of Christians), I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is (a virgin)… An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs – how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world – how he can please his wife – and his interests are divided… But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion BUT HAS CONTROL OVER HIS OWN WILL, and who has made up his mind not to marry the virgin – this man also does the right thing. (I CORINTHIANS 7:25,26, 32-34, 37,38 NIV)

There are many more ADDITIONS & DELETIONS to the Bible that the Roman Church has made – putting it in contradistinction to the original Apostolic Faith and practice.

Martin Luther, John Calvin and the other Reformers loathed the Hierarchal Structure of the Catholic Church – not because they hated authority – but because of the oppressive nature of Vatican Ecclessia which did not mirror the leadership style of the Apostles:

“But Jesus called them (the Disciples) to Himself and said to them, ‘You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles LORD IT OVER THEM, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.” (MARK 10:42,43 NKV)

Not that we (the Apostles) Lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.” (II CORINTHIANS 1:24 NKJV)

While Protestantism rightly protested many CATHOLIC ADDITIONS & DELETIONS to Scripture – they never quite got back to SCRIPTURE ALONE (Sola Scriptura).

And it was this short-coming that Catholic Bishops exploited at the Council of Trent which formally launched THE COUNTER-REFORMATION. There was a segment of these Bishops which argued that maybe the Catholic Church should abandon ‘tradition’ in favor of Scripture alone – and win back their Protestant brothers and sisters. But the Archbishop of Reggio finally stood up and pointed out the hypocrisy of Martin Luther and the Reformers saying:

“The Protestants claim to stand upon the written word only. They profess to hold the Scripture alone as the standard of faith. They justify their revolt by the plea that the Church has apostatized from the written word and follows tradition. Now the Protestants' claim, that they stand upon the written word only, is not true. Their profession of holding the Scripture alone as the standard of faith, is false.

    PROOF
: The written word explicitly enjoins the observance of the seventh day as the Sabbath. They do not observe the seventh day, but reject it. If they do truly hold the Scripture alone as their standard, they would be observing the seventh day as is enjoined in the Scripture throughout. Yet they not only reject the observance of the Sabbath enjoined in the written word, but they have adopted and do practice the observance of Sunday, for which they have only the tradition of the Church. Consequently the claim of 'Scripture alone as the standard,' fails; and the doctrine of 'Scripture and tradition' as essential, is fully established, the Protestants themselves being judges."

The New Testament is clear that the Worship Cycle the Original Christians observed was the Sabbath and Holy Days:

“So He (Jesus) came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath Day, and stood up to read.”

“Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for 3 Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures.” (ACTS 17:2 NKJV)

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of GOD; for anyone who enters GOD’S rest also rests from their works, just as GOD did from HIS.” (HEBREWS 4:9,10 NIV)

Therefore let us keep the Feast (of Unleavened Bread), not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (I CORINTHIANS 5:8 NKJV)

“…I (Paul) must by all means keep this coming Feast in Jerusalem…” (ACTS 18:21 NKJV)

If Martin Luther and the Reformers had returned to the Biblical cycle of worship, rejecting the Catholic cycle of Sunday, Halloween, Christmas, St. Valentines Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter, then the Bishop of Reggio would not have been able to fault them in their return to SCRIPTURE ALONE!

The Archbishop could have also made the same point about the Doctrine of the Trinity, which is nowhere stated in Scripture – but is uniquely a Catholic Doctrine – and insisted that for the Protestants to live by SCRIPTURE ALONE they would have to return to the Biblical concept of ONE GOD that both Jesus and the Apostles taught:

“And this is eternal life, that they may know YOU, THE ONLY TRUE GOD, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (JOHN 17:3 NKJV)

“…Yet for us (the original Christians) there is ONE GOD, THE FATHER, of whom are all things, and we for HIM…” (I CORINTHIANS 8:6 NKJV)

The differences between 1st Century Christianity and the Romanization of Christianity in the 4th century are too many to enumerate in one message. But Protestant scholar, Jesse Lyman Hurlbut verified such change when he wrote:

“For 50 years after St. Paul’s life a curtain hangs over the Church, through which we strive vainly to look; and when at last it rises, about 120 A.D. with the writings of the Earliest Church Fathers, we find a Church in many respects very different from that in the days of St. Peter & St. Paul… the Services of Worship increased in splendor, but were less spiritual and hearty than those of former times. The forms and ceremonies of Paganism gradually crept into the Worship. Some of the Old Heathen Feasts became Church Festivals with a change of name & of worship. About 405 A. D. images of Saints and Martyrs began to appear in the Churches, at first as memorials, then in succession revered, adored & worshiped. The Adoration of the Virgin Mary was substituted for the worship of Venus & Diana; the Lord’s Supper became a Sacrament in place of a memorial; and the Elder evolved from a Preacher into a Priest.”(Story of the Christian Church, p. 41,79)

To all those who want to do Christianity their own way – instead of the Biblical way – Jesus said:

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does THE WILL of My FATHER in HEAVEN. Many will say to Me in that Day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” (MATTHEW 7:21-23 NKJV)

Most of you have no doubt heard of or read Charles Dickens historical novel: A TALE of 2 CITIES - the 2 Cities being London & Paris - telling of life during the infamous REIGN of TERROR that led to the French Revolution in the late 18th Century.

Well your Bible tells A TALE of 4 CITIES - all located in the same modern day nation - prophesied to be the center of the final world ruling empire called THE BEAST in REVELATION 13 & 17.

The first City we'll talk about is ANTIOCH - built by Seleucus Nicator, one of Alexander the Great's generals. It still exists today and is located in the modern day Nation of Turkey.

Upon Alexander's death, his vast kingdom was divided among 4 of his generals, who warred against one another in finally establishing their territories. In the most detailed prophesy in all the Bible, Daniel was told by an angel about the future division of Alexander the Great's empire:

"Now then, I (an Angel) tell you (Daniel) the truth: 3 more kings will arise in Persia & then a 4th, who will be far richer than all the others. When he has gained power by his wealth, he will stir up everyone against the Kingdom of Greece. Then a mighty King will arise (Alexander), who will rule with great power and do as he pleases. After he has arisen, his empire will be broken up and parceled out toward the 4 winds of heaven (north, south, east, and west). It will not go out to his descendants (none of Alexander's generals were kin), nor will it have the power he exercised, because his empire will be uprooted and given to others (his generals). (DANIEL 11:2-4 NIV)

Chapter 11 of the book of Daniel goes on to give a very detailed account about a decades long conflict and cooperation between 2 of Alexander's generals, who the Angel refers to as the King of the North (Seleucus Nicator in Asia Minor) and the King of the South (Ptolemy Soter of Egypt).

The city of Antioch, was located Northeast of Egypt, thus the Angel's designation of general (Seleucus) who founded it, as THE KING of THE NORTH. Antioch remained the capitol of the Seleucid Kingdom for the next 2 centuries & becomes an identifying sign of THE FINAL KING of THE NORTH (Turkey) at THE TIME of THE END (DANIEL 11:40)

History demonstrates that the Ptolemys of Egypt were THE KING of THE SOUTH described in the first 39 verses of Daniel chapter eleven and that the Seleucid Kingdom based in Antioch (Turkey) was THE KING of THE NORTH. Therefore, there is no exegetical reason to teach that at THE TIME of THE END, described in the last 6 verses of Daniel 11 - the Kings of the North & South represent new nations or kingdoms.

The Bible's TALE of 4 CITIES continues in the message given to the Church at Pergamum by Jesus:

"To the Angel of the Church in Pergamum write: 'These are the words of Him (Jesus) who has the sharp, double-edged sword. I know where you live, WHERE SATAN HAS HIS THRONE. Yet you remain true to My name. You did not renounce your faith in Me, not even in the days of Antipas, My faithful witness, who was put to death in your city - WHERE SATAN LIVES."

Pergamum is now modern day Bergama, Turkey. Remember that the book of REVELATION is a prophetic book: "...to show HIS servants what must soon take place." (REVELATION 1:1 NIV) Jesus tells us twice for emphasis where Satan's throne is. Also remember that it is the Dragon that gives THE BEAST: "...His power & His throne & great authority." (REVELATION 13:2 NIV)

Most Theologians & Pastors equate 'The King of the North' (centered in Antioch, Turkey) with 'The Beast' (whose power comes from the Devil based in Bergama Turkey) - because both leaders are prophesied to invade Israel - DANIEL 11:41 & REVELATION 11:1-7).

Two more of the Bible's TALE of 4 CITIES are Meshech & Tubal, which according to Josephus, were 2 Cities in Eastern Asia Minor (Modern day Turkey).

Concerning these Cities, Wikipedia states that:

"Modern Scholarship has identified the Biblical Tubal with Tabal, an Anatolian (Turkish) state and region mentioned in Assyrian sources. Its neighbors, the Mushki, are traditionally associated with Meshech... Most reference books, following Flavius Josephus, identify Tubal in Ezekiel's time as an area that is now in Turkey."

Meshech & Tubal are first mentioned in THE TABLE OF NATIONS found in the book of GENESIS, as sons of Japheth. They are almost always mentioned together:

"The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech & Tiras." (GEN.10:2)

"Javan, Tubal, and Meshech were your (Tyre's) traders. They bartered human lives (slavery) and vessels of bronze for your merchandise." (EZEKIEL 27:13)

"There are Meshech & Tubaland all their multitudes, with all their graves around it, all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword, though they caused their TERROR in the land of the living." (EZEKIEL 32:26 NKJV)

Meshech & Tubal are not eponyms for Moscow &Tobolsk, 2 cities in Russia, which many prophecy enthusiasts equate with these Biblical names - but were clearly 2 ancient city/states known in Ezekiel's day as trading partners with the port city of Tyre.

They are most famously connected to a prince who stirs up many peoples against Israel in the latter times:

"The word of YAHOVEH came to me (Ezekiel): Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech & Tubal; prophesy against him and say: 'This is what THE SOVEREIGN YAHOVEH says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army - your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large & small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. Persia, Cush (Modern day Sudan), and Put (Modern day Lybia) will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer (Western Asia Minor) with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops - the many nations with you. Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you & take command of them. After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate... This is what will happen in THAT DAY: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, MY HOT ANGER will be aroused, declares THE SOVEREIGN YAHOVEH. In MY zeal and fiery wrath I declare at that time there shall be A GREAT EARTHQUAKE in the land of Israel (parallel: Rev.16:18)... On that day I will give Gog a burial place in Israel, in the valley of those who travel east of the Sea... Call out to every kind of bird and all the wild animals: Assemble and come together from all around to the sacrifice I am preparing for you, the great sacrifice on the mountains of Israel. There you will eat flesh & drink blood. You will eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the princes of the earth..." (parallel: REV.19:17,18).

The annals of the Assyrian King, Ashurbanipal (668 - 627 B.C.), refer several times to Gugu, King of Luddi, (Lydia, western Asia Minor, modern day Turkey). Ezekiel wrote about Gog around 50 years later (593-571 B.C.), when the exploits of the King would have been well known by all Mediterranean nations.

This ancient figure Gog, spoken of prophetically and linked to THAT DAY & THE LATTER YEARS through Ezekiel, is a forerunner of an end time leader who unites peoples who are all Muslim today!

These peoples of Asia Minor, North Africa & Persia, are mentioned together in another prophecy as well:

"For they have consulted together with once consent; they form a Confederacy against YOU: The tents of Edom (who married into Hittite peoples of Asia Minor GEN.26:34), and the Ishmaelites (Arab peoples of the Middle East); Moab (Jordan) and the Hagrites (Arabia), Gebal (Lebannon), Ammon (Jordan), and Amalek (Arabia); Philistia (Gaza) with the inhabitants of Tyre (Lebannon), Assyria (Syria, Persia) also has joined with them..." They have said, 'Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more." (PSALM 83:4-8)

Gog (EZEKIEL 38:18), the King of the North (DANIEL 11:41), and The Beast (REVELATION 11:1-7), are all prophesied to invade the Nation of Israel at THE TIME of THE END - leading Theologians and Prophecy enthusiasts to believe they are simply different titles of the same diabolical leader!

The Bible's TALE of 4 CITIES: Pergamum (where Satan's throne is), Antioch (Head-quarters of the King of the North), Meshech & Tubal (where Gog is the Chief Prince) - is meant to identify to readers - THAT TURKEY WILL BE THE KEY NATION TO WATCH in THE END TIMES, the residence of both the Devil and His puppet The Beast!

Remember that THE BEAST with HIS 10 KINGS eventually turn on THE GREAT HARLOT CITY and burn HER with fire (REVELATION 17:16). The Prophet Jeremiah was inspired to tell us what peoples would accomplish this destruction of BABYLON, THE GREAT HARLOT:

"Set up a banner in the Land, blow the trumpet among the nations! Prepare the nations against HER (Babylon), call the kingdoms together against HER: Ararat (Turkey), Minni (Persia), and Ashkenaz (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan). Appoint a general (Gog) against HER; cause the horses to come up like the bristling locusts. Prepare against HER the nations, with the kings of the Medes (Southern Iran), its governors and all its rulers, all the land of his (Gog's) dominion. And the land will tremble and sorrow; for every purpose of YAHOVEH shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without inhabitant." (JER.51:27-29)

The book of REVELATION has baffled Christians for centuries – are you one of them? Have you read the book several times only to be more confused with each reading? Have you listened to conflicting views of the various images and symbols given in the book of REVELATION?

The only way to understand Bible Prophecy is to look for parallel symbols & texts. Take THE SCROLL of REVELATION chapter 5, for instance, you must see its parallel in the O.T. to understand its meaning:

“And I saw in the right hand of HIM (GOD the FATHER) who sat on the throne – A SCROLL WRITTEN INSIDE & ON THE BACK, sealed with 7 SEALS. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open THE SCROLL & to loose its SEALS?’ (REVELATION 5:1,2 NKJV)

“Again I looked up and saw A FLYING SCROLL. And he (the angel) said to me, ‘What do you see?’ I answered, ‘I see A FLYING SCROLL; its length is 20 cubits, and its width 10 cubits.’ Then he said to me, ‘This is the curse that goes out over the face of the whole land (Gk. Earth) for everyone who steals (8th Commandment) shall be cut off according to the writing on one side, and everyone who swears falsely (3rd Commandment) shall be cut off according to the writing on the other side. I have sent it out,’ says YHVH of HOSTS, ‘and it shall enter the house of the thief and the house of anyone who swears falsely by MY NAME; and it shall abide in the house and consume it, both timber and stones.’” (ZECHARIAH 5:1-4 NRSV)

The fact that the Prophet Zechariah & the Apostle John are given a vision hundreds of years apart that both describe A SCROLL WRITTEN on BOTH SIDES is no coincidence. John is given the additional detail that THIS SCROLL is sealed with 7 SEALS - that unleash the CURSE spoken of by Zechariah that comes upon all those on the earth guilty of breaking the 3rd & 8th COMMANDMENTS.

It’s easy to miss the target of this CURSE with just a passing reading. This CURSE isn’t coming on those of false religion – but rather upon THOSE WHO SWEAR FALSELY by MY NAME! It is Jews and Christians who SWEAR (take an oath, or convey a message) BY THE NAME of YHVH – not Buddhists, Muslims, or Atheists! And it is Jews & Christians who’ve been given the 10 commandments about not taking GOD’S NAME in VAIN (3rd) and NOT STEALING (8th).

There is a text in your Bible that illustrates the breaking of both these commandments simultaneously:

“Therefore behold, I am against the Prophets,’ says YHVH, ‘who steal MY words every one from his neighbor. Behold, I am against the Prophets,’ says YHVH, who use their tongues and say, ‘HE says.’ Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,’ says YHVH, ‘and tell them, and cause MY people to err by their lies & by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all,’ says YHVH… for you have perverted the words of THE LIVING GOD, YHVH of HOSTS, our GOD.” JER.23:30-32

The FLYING SCROLL CURSE is upon all Jews & Christians who steal words from their fellow man (Rabbis, Theologians) and swear falsely that they speak for YHVH! GOD the FATHER says:

“Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not ADD to it you (as though it were from ME) nor take away from it (Steal it away).” (DEUTERONOMY 12:32 NKJV)

For I (Jesus) have not spoken on My own authority; but THE FATHER who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.” (JOHN 12:49 NKJV)

“…that you may learn in us (the Apostles) not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other.” (I CORINTHIANS 4:6 NKJV)

If you read ZECHARIAH 5 & 6 along with REVELATION 5 & 6 – you’ll find that they are the only 2 texts in Scripture that mention A SCROLL followed by a description of 4 COLORED HORSES! These are parallel chapters that too few Christians have recognized, and failure to do so has kept them from seeing that the text in Zechariah interprets & illuminates the text in the book of Revelation.

4 HORSEMEN are revealed through the opening of the first 4 SEALS of REVELATION chapter 6:

“Now I saw when the Lamb (Jesus) opened one of the SEALS (attached to THE SCROLL) and I heard one of the 4 living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, ‘Come & see.’ And I looked, and behold, A WHITE HORSE. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. When he opened the 2nd SEAL, I heard the 2nd living creature saying, ‘Come & see.’ Another HORSE, FIERY RED, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. When he opened the 3rd SEAL, I heard the 3rd living creature say, ‘Come & see.’ So I looked, and behold, A BLACK HORSE, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the 4 living creatures saying, ‘A quart of wheat for a denarius, and 3 quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine. When he opened the 4th SEAL, I heard the voice of the 4th living creature saying, ‘Come & see.’ So I looked & behold, a pale (GREEN Gk. Khloros REV.8:7) HORSE. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a ¼ of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.” (REVELATION 6:1-8 NKJV)

But there are also 4 COLORED HORSES spoken of in the Old Testament:

“Then I (Zechariah) turned and raised my eyes, and looked, and behold, 4 CHARIOTS were coming from between 2 mountains (Kingdoms), and the mountains were mountains of bronze. With the 1st CHARIOT were RED HORSES, with the 2nd CHARIOT BLACK HORSES, with the 3rd CHARIOT WHITE HORSES, and with the 4th CHARIOT DAPPLED (HEBREW ‘Amots’ of a strong color) HORSES – strong steeds. Then I answered and said to the angel who talked with me, ‘What are these, my Lord?’ And the angel answered and said to me, ‘These are 4 spirits of heaven, who go out from their station before the Lord of all the earth. The one with THE BLACK HORSES is going to the North country, THE WHITE are going after them, and THE DAPPLED (strong colored) are going toward the South country… And He called to me, and spoke to me, saying, ‘See, those who go toward the North country have given rest to My spirit in the North country.” (ZECHARIAH 6:1-6,8 NKJV)

So how do these parallel chapters help us understand their integrated message? Well first of all, 3 out of the 4 COLORED HORSES are the same in both texts: BLACK, WHITE & RED. The 4th HORSE of REV.6:7,8 is clearly GREEN as the Greek word indicatesand is translated as GREEN GRASS in REV.8:7. The 4th CHARIOT of HORSES of ZECH. 6:3 – are called DAPPLED (of a strong color) allowing for the distinct possibility that it too is GREEN.

Historically, part of people’s NATIONAL IDENTITY is displayed in the color & symbols of their flag. So it’s likely that the COLORS of these HORSEMEN are given by GOD to show what END TIME NATIONS they SYMBOLIZE! If you google the flags of the World’s Nations, you’ll find that the only Nations on earth with flags containing all 4 colors of the 4 Horsemen are Islamic Nations: Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Sudan, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates! And the flags of the other Muslim Nations of the Middle East are all made up of some combination of BLACK, RED, WHITE or GREEN.

Also note that the Angel speaking to Zechariah tells him that the chariots of white & black horses are going to the north country and that the dappled horses (Green) are going toward the south country. Directions in your Bible are always given in reference to Israel. The King of the North’s capitol was in Antioch (town in Southern Turkey) – which was due north of Israel. The King of the south was Ptolemy of Egypt – due south of Israel.

In addition, Zechariah is told that the 4 CHARIOTS are coming from between 2 MOUNTAINS, and the MOUNTAINS were mountains of BRONZE. MOUNTAINS symbolize KINGDOMS in many passages of your Bible (ie ISAIAH 2:2) And remember that the 3rd Kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar’s image was equated to BRONZE. History tells us that Kingdom was Greece, and Daniel is told that it would be divided into 4 sub-kingdoms (DANIEL 11:4; 8:8) The direction the CHARIOTS RIDE identify which of the 4 divisions of the Greek Empire they ride between (The King of the North & the King of the South).

Now let’s examine the 4 HORSEMEN of REVELATION 6 a little closer. The WHITE HORSEMAN has a bow in his hand as he rides. What peoples do we find holding a bow in their hands according to your Bible?

“…I (YHVH) will send to the Nations: to Tarshish (Turkish port City) & Pul (Assyrian King Tiglath-Pileser) & Lud (Lydia – western Turkey), WHO DRAW THE BOW. (ISAIAH 66:19)

“Come up, O HORSES, (4 Horsemen of REV.6 ?) and rage, O CHARIOTS! (4 Chariots of Zech.6?) And let the mighty men come forth: the Ethiopians and the Libyans (Muslim Nations), who handle the shield & the LYDIANS (western Turkey) WHO HANDLE & BEND the BOW. For this is THE DAY of YHVH of HOSTS, A DAY OF VENGEANCE, that HE may avenge HIMSELF on HIS adversaries. The sword shall devour; it shall be satiated & made drunk with their blood; for YHVH of HOSTS has a sacrifice (EZEK.39:17 & REV.19:17) in THE NORTH COUNTRY by the river EUPHRATES.” (JER.46:9,10) Euphrates’ source - southern Turkey.

“Then I (YHVH) will knock THE BOW out of your (Gog’s) left hand, and cause the arrows to fall out of your right hand.” (EZEKIEL 39:3 NKJV)

The WHITE HORSE this horseman is riding suggests peaceful intentions. The Anti-Christ comes under the pretense of peace (7 YEAR TREATY: DANIEL 9:27) giving GOD’S SPIRIT REST (ZECH.6:8) temporarily. But in the midst of that 7 year Treaty, this horseman “brings an end to sacrifice & offering” started up again by the Jews - and enters “the Glorious Land,” (Israel – DANIEL 11:41), launching his 42 month reign as THE BEAST (REVELATION 13:5)

The WHITE HORSE is misleading, but the BOW in the HORSEMAN’S hand, and THE CROWN on HIS HEAD - shows his true intentions! And remember, according to the vision given to Zechariah, THE WHITE HORSE is accompanied by a BLACK HORSE, Radical Islam carries the black flag of Jihad.

THE RED HORSEMAN who follows has A SWORD in his hand. Of all the flags in the Middle East – only TURKEY has a RED FLAG (with a white star & crescent moon). The prophet Jeremiah wrote:

“Thus says YHVH: ‘Behold, a people comes from the North country (Turkey-due north of Israel), and a great nation will be raised from the farthest parts of the north. They will LAY HOLD ON BOW and spear; they are cruel & have no mercy (sounds like ISIS); their voice roars like the sea; and THEY RIDE ON HORSES, as men of war set in array, against you, O daughter of Zion (Jerusalem).” (JEREMIAH 6:22,23)

Wherever THE BLACK HORSE of JIHAD has ridden historically - scarcity of food and essentials follow – which is what is pictured by the pair of scales in the rider’s hand, resulting in food prices going up – as demand out paces the supply of food.

THE GREEN HORSE symbolizes THE DEATH & MASS GRAVES that will result from the riding of these 4 HORSEMEN – detailed in EZEKIEL chapter 32 – all Islamic Nations today!

And who will be the primary victims of THE 4 HORSEMEN’s RIDE? We’ve already seen that the Nation of Israel will be one of the victims.

And the opening of the 5th SEAL reveals the other primary victims:

“When He opened the 5th SEAL, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of GOD and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘How long, O LORD HOLY & TRUE, until you judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?’ Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, UNTIL BOTH THE NUMBER OF THEIR FELLOW SERVANTS & THEIR BRETHREN, WHO WOULD BE KILLED AS THEY WERE, WAS COMPLETED.” (REVELATION 6:9-11 NKJV)

“It was granted to him (THE BEAST – pictured by THE 4 HORSEMEN) TO MAKE WAR WITH THE SAINTS & TO OVERCOME THEM.” (REVELATION 13:7 NKJV)

Why would GOD THE FATHER allow both HIS chosen people Israel, and HIS Saints to be martyred and uprooted by these Islamic Hordes? TO PUNISH THEIR DISLOYALTY TO HIS WORD!

The destruction unleashed by the opening of the 7 SEALS is THE CURSE written on both sides of THE FLYING SCROLL (Zechariah 5 & Revelation 5) PLAYING OUT!

That’s why understanding its message is so crucial for both Jews & Christians to understand!

Those of us who claim to be under the authority of GOD’S WORD – must not become spiritual thieves who subtract (steal from HIS word) - or blasphemers who add (‘GOD said to me’) to HIS word.

Those who get their beliefs and practices from the Bible and live accordingly - will be taken into the wilderness and protected from the ride of the 4 HORSEMEN (REVELATION 12:14). But those who add or subtract from HIS word will have to wash their robes in the tribulation (REVELATION 7:14)

Which will you be? Protected in the wilderness – or under the CURSE of the FLYING SCROLL?

Is there life after death? Even Atheists & Agnostics hope so... of course we've all heard of people who have died momentarily & then brought back to life - sharing elaborate & intriguing experiences rehearsed in movies like 90 MINUTES in HEAVEN - and HEAVEN is FOR REAL.

What does your Bible say about DEATH & THE AFTERLIFE? Surely these are the most important of questions - yet most Christians rarely think about them - until the death of a loved one, or a near death experience of their own.

They say that DEATH & TAXES are the most certain things in every life. We know why that's true with TAXES, because Nations, States & Cities have to have revenue to govern and provide services. But why is DEATH also a certain thing? Since GOD HIMSELF is IMMORTAL and not subject to DEATH - why did HE not give Man immortality, so we wouldn't have to experience the physical & emotional pain of dying ourselves or losing a loved one?

Well, in the beginning YAHOVEH did offer Man IMMORTALITY in the form of THE TREE of LIFE! But Man missed the mark of a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with GOD and took of the forbidden tree instead - bringing the wages of SIN (which is DEATH - ROMANS 6:23) upon himself.

While such punishment may sound harsh - it's good to remember that almost every Civilization on earth has meted out THE DEATH PENALTY for infractions of Human Laws - Therefore it shouldn't seem strange that GOD ALMIGHTY would mete out THE DEATH PENALTY for TRANSGRESSION of HIS DIVINE LAWS!

Most Christians are unaware that the Bible speaks of a 1st& 2nd DEATH:

"And as it is appointed for men to DIE ONCE, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many." (HEBREWS 9:27 NKJV)

"He who has an ear, let him hear what THE SPIRIT says to the Churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by THE SECOND DEATH." (REVELATION 2:11 NKJV)

"Blessed & holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such, THE SECOND DEATH has no power, but they shall be priests of GOD and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." (REVELATION 20:6 NKJV)

Your Bible compares this FIRST DEATH to SLEEP:

"And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have FALLEN ASLEEP in Christ have perished." (I CORINTHIANS 15:17,18 NKJV)

"...Our friend Lazarus SLEEPS, but I go that I (Jesus) may wake him up... Then Jesus said to them plainly, 'Lazarus is DEAD.'" (JOHN 11:11,14 NKJV)

"But I (Paul) do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so GOD will bring with Him THOSE WHO SLEEP in JESUS. For this we say to you by the word of YAHOVEH, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede THOSE WHO ARE ASLEEP. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel & with the trumpet of GOD. And THE DEAD in CHRIST will rise first. Then we who are alive & remain shall be caught up together with THEM in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words." (I THESSALONIANS 4:13-18)

So what is this 'SLEEP in JESUS'(THE 1ST DEATH) LIKE - according to your Bible?

"For the living know that they will die; but THE DEAD KNOW NOTHING, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Also THEIR LOVE, THEIR HATRED, and THEIR ENVY have now perished... Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; FOR THERE is NO WORK or DEVICE or KNOWLEDGE or WISDOM in THE GRAVE where you are going." (ECCLESIASTES 9:5,10 NKJV)

"For IN DEATH THERE IS NO REMEMBRANCE OF YOU (GOD); In the grave who will give you thanks? (PSALM 6:5 NKJV)

"His (Man's) spirit departs, he returns to the earth; IN THAT VERY DAY HIS THOUGHTS PERISH." (PSALM 146:4 NASB)

These are shocking statements to the ears of most Christians - because they've never been taught about THE FIRST DEATH according to Scripture! Instead they're told at funerals that their dearly departed Mom, Dad, Sibling or friend is smiling down at them from Heaven. Yet Jesus Himself taught:

"NO ONE HAS ASCENDED TO HEAVEN but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven." (JOHN 3:13 NKJV)

"Then Jesus said to them (Pharisees) again, 'I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin. WHERE I GO (heaven) YOU CANNOT COME." (JOHN 8:21 NKJV)

"Men & brethren, let me (Peter) speak freely to you of the patriarch David, THAT HE IS BOTH DEAD & BURIED, and his tomb is with us to this day." (ACTS 2:29 NKJV)

But the good news (Gospel) is that THE 1ST DEATH is TEMPORARY! Jesus also said:

"...For AN HOUR is COMING, in which ALL WHO ARE IN THE TOMBS WILL HEAR HIS VOICE & WILL COME FORTH; those who did the good deeds to a RESURRECTION OF LIFE, those who committed the evil deeds to a RESURRECTION of JUDGMENT." (JOHN 5:28,29 NASB)

According to your Bible, NO HUMAN BEING HAS GONE TO HEAVEN or THE LAKE of FIRE YET! But all who've died, await in the grave, to hear Jesus' voice calling them forth to the 1st or 2nd resurrection

Isn't that more comforting to know - than to think that a loved one has been burning in Hell fire for years or decades since their death? The Dead know nothing & they're not in pain - which is what you'd expect from THE GOD of MERCY (PSALM 59:10,17).

But you may be thinking, doesn't the Bible teach that Human Beings have IMMORTAL SOULS? NO - it doesn't - in fact your Bible says just the opposite:

"Behold, all souls are MINE; The soul of the father, as well as the soul of the son is MINE; The SOUL who sins SHALL DIE." (EZEKIEL 18:4 NKJV)

"The SOUL who sins SHALL DIE." (EZEKIEL 18:20 NKJV)

"And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot KILL THE SOUL. But rather fear HIM who is ABLE TO DESTROY BOTH in Hell (Gk. Gehenna: Lake of fire)." (MATTHEW 10:28)

You can't find the words IMMORTAL SOUL anywhere in your Bible, but you will find them in the writings of PLATO: "The soul of man is immortal & imperishable."

If Human Beings had IMMORTAL SOULS that continued on in heaven - THEN WE WOULD HAVE ETERNAL LIFE ALREADY - and there would be no need for a RESURRECTION to LIFE ETERNAL. But as the Apostle Paul wrote concerning the 1st RESURRECTION:

"Now this I say brethren, that FLESH & BLOOD CANNOT INHERIT the KINGDOM of GOD; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall NOT ALL SLEEP, but we shall all be CHANGED - in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the Last Trumpet (REVELATION 11:15). For the Trumpet will sound, and THE DEAD will be RAISED incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and THIS MORTAL MUST PUT ON IMMORTALITY." (I CORINTHIANS 15:50-53)

And if Unrepentant Human Beings had IMMORTAL SOULS (which are not physical matter) that continued on in ETERNAL HELL FIRE - how would their non-physical souls be tortured or punished?

The Doctrine of ETERNAL PUNISHMENT in TORMENTING FIRE is not a Biblical Doctrine - nor is it characteristic of AN EQUITABLE, MERCIFUL, LOVING GOD. Eternal Torment for 70 years of sin?

The true fate of the wicked is ANNIHILATION in the LAKE of FIRE - which is THE 2ND DEATH:

"But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in THE LAKE WHICH BURNS with FIRE & BRIMSTONE which is THE 2ND DEATH." (REVELATION 21:8 NKJV)

"For behold, THE DAY is COMING, BURNING LIKE an OVEN, and ALL the PROUD, yes, ALL WHO DO WICKEDLY, WILL BE STUBBLE. And the day which is coming shall BURN THEM UP. But to you who fear MY NAME, the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall trample THE WICKED, for they shall be ASHES under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this says YAHOVEH of HOSTS."(MALACHI 4:1-3 NKJV)

"For as THE NEW HEAVENS and THE NEW EARTH which I will make shall remain before ME,' says YAHOVEH, 'So shall your descendants and your name remain. And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before ME,' says YAHOVEH. And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of themenwho have transgressed against ME, for their worm does not die, and their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.'" (ISAIAH 66:22-24 NKJV)

"So it will be AT THE END of THE AGE. The Angels will come forth, separate The WICKED from among THE JUST, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will wailing & gnashing of teeth." (MATTHEW 13:49,50 NKJV)

So your Bible says that THE WICKED are going to be BURNED UP & ASHES UNDER OUR FEET - NOT LIVING IMMORTALLY in FIERY TORMENT! If one reads the parable of Lazarus & the Rich Man with these texts in mind - then Lazarus is in GOD'S KINGDOM, while the Rich Man is speaking metaphorically from the Lake of Fire - expressing his regrets & asking GOD to send Lazarus to his living relatives to warn them how they can avoid this eternal punishment.

The culmination of such punishment is conveyed in this summary text:

"Then DEATH & HADES (the grave) were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the 2nd Death." (REVELATION 20:14 NKJV)

The 4 most dreaded words a person can hear from their doctor: "YOU HAVE MALIGNANT CANCER."

Some of you listening to my voice right now - have heard those devastating words from your doctor - and if you're a CANCER SURVIVOR - the experience probably changed you forever!

The word CANCER is bad enough to hear - but when it's combined with MALIGNANT - you know that this is a deadly form of cancer that is invasive, and can spread throughout your bodily tissue & organs.

The word MALIGNANT only appears a couple times in your Bible:

"...Then the priest shall come in (a Leper's House) and make an inspection. If he sees that the (Leprous) mark has indeed spread in the house, it is a MALIGNANT mark in the house; it is unclean. He shall therefore tear down the house, its stones and its timbers, and all the plaster of the house, and he shall take them outside the City to an unclean place. (LEV.14:44,45 NASB)

"So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsomeand MALIGNANT SORE on the people who had the mark of the Beast and who worshiped his image." (REVELATION 16:2 NASB)

So both LEPROSY & CANCER can be MALIGNANT (the spread of death) in one's physical body.

But did you know there is a spiritual correlate to MALIGNANT CANCER that can spread throughout your HEART & SOUL? The Apostle Paul warned the congregations in Corinth & Galatia about it:

"...Do you not know that a little LEAVEN leavens the whole lump?" (I CORINTHIANS 5:6)

"A little LEAVEN leavens the whole lump (of dough)." (GALATIANS 5:9 NKJV)

Every Baker knows to use LEAVEN to make bread rise to a light and fluffy texture. So what is Paul talking about? If you read the context, you'll see that the Apostle Paul is comparing LEAVEN to SIN because of their joint pervasiveness - a characteristic they share with MALIGNANT CANCER!

SIN SPREADS THROUGHOUT A HEART & SOUL like LEPROSY through a HOUSE, like CANCER through a body, and like LEAVEN through a lump of dough!

Jesus spoke of the MALIGNANT nature of SIN when He warned His disciples to:

"Take heed, and beware of the LEAVEN (False Doctrine) of the Pharisees & Sadducees." (MATTHEW 16:6,12 NKJV)

Interestingly, the word CANCER, like LEAVEN - is also likened to Heresy or False Doctrine:

"But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. And their message will SPREAD like CANCER. Hymenaeus&Philetus are of this sort, who have strayed concerning the Truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some." (II TIMOTHY 2:16-18 NKJV)

Millions of Christians are suffering today from the LEAVEN & CANCER of Unbiblical teaching - and they don't even realize it! The Apostle Paul warned the Thessalonians: "Test all things; hold fast what is good." (I THESSALONIANS 5:21 NKJV)

So much of what passes as Christianity today is really Catholic Christianity - not Biblical or Original Christianity. Which is understandable if you're Catholic. But if you're not - why do you believe GOD is a Trinity when there isn't a single explicit text in your Bible stating this? Why do you believe people go to heaven or hell when they die - when there's not a single Biblical Text stating this? Why do you revolve your whole Worship Cycle around Unbiblical days of worship that the Papacy hallowed - Sunday, Halloween, Christmas, St. Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter?

These are Unbiblical Teachings that have LEAVENED Christianity to the point that converts from other Religions ask: "Why don't Christians stick to their book for their Doctrine & Rituals? It's a fair question that such Christians can't credibly answer.

Which brings up another comparison Jesus made to LEAVENING (or SIN):

"Beware of the LEAVEN of the Pharisees, which is HYPOCRISY." (LUKE 12:1 NKJV)

We all know what HYPROCRISY is - because we've all played the HYPOCRITE - 'saying one thingand doing another.'

In Religious terms - it's telling the Catholic Hierarchy that you get your religion from Scripture Alone (As Martin Luther & John Calvin did) and then continuing to teach & practice Un-Scriptural doctrines & rituals that the Catholic Hierarchy created.

But the MALIGNANT NATURE of this LEAVEN of HYPOCRISY goes much further:

"Woe to you, Scribes & Pharisees, HYPOCRITES! For you devour widows' houses, and for a PRETENSE make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation." (MT.23:14)

"Woe to you, Scribes & Pharisees, HYPOCRITES! For you travel land & sea to make one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves." (MATTHEW 23:15 NKJV)

"Woe to you, Scribes & Pharisees, HYPOCRITES! For you pay tithe of mint, anise & cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the Law: Justice, Mercy & Faith..." (MT.23:16)

"Woe to you, Scribes & Pharisees, HYPOCRITES! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion & Self-Indulgence." (MATTHEW 23:17 NKJV)

"HYPOCRITES! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time? (LUKE 12:56 NKJV)

"For what is the hope of the HYPOCRITE, though he may gain much, if GOD takes away his life?"(JOB 27:8 NKJV)

The Apostle Paul made another comparison to LEAVEN & SIN when he scolded the Corinthian Church for letting wickedness permeate their ranks and go unchecked:

"It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you & such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles - that a man has his father's wife. And you are PUFFED UP, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you... your GLORYING is not good. Do you not know that a little LEAVEN leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out THE OLD LEAVEN (SIN), that you may be a new lump, since you truly are UNLEAVENED. For indeed, Christ our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep (Gk. Heortazo 'To observe a Festival) the Feast (of Unleavened Bread), not with OLD LEAVEN (SIN), nor with the leaven of malice & wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity & truth." (I CORINTHIANS 5:1,2,6-8 NKJV)

How ironic that GOD ALMIGHTY gave us a Festival to observe - that would help us do an annual spiritual house cleaning (We are the Temple of God's presence I CORINTHIANS 3:16,17) so that SIN doesn't envelop our hearts & minds - but Christianity traded it in for a man-made Festival EASTER that has leavened Christendom with Pagan rituals (easter eggs, hot cross buns, Sunrise services) to this day.

"There is no indication of the observance of the Easter Festival in the New Testament, or in the writings of the Apostolic Fathers. The first (original) Christians continued the observance of the Jewish Festivals, though in a new spirit, as commemorations of events which those festivals had foreshadowed." (ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA, 11th Edition, p. 828)

The Apostle Peter warned:

"Therefore, since Christ suffered in His body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is DONE with SIN. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of GOD. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do..." (I PETER 4:1-3 NKJV)

So what LEAVENING do you have in your life? Is there a SPIRITUAL CANCER raging through your heart & soul - drug addiction, alcoholism, pornography? Does anger, resentment, jealousy or envy often consume you? Then let Christ set you free, by turning over your decision making process to your Savior!

When you're tempted or provoked to respond with lust or anger - remind yourself that you gave up the choice to RESPOND destructively in the waters of baptism, when you buried SELF-DETERMINATION, SELF-ABSORBTION, SELF-CENTEREDNESS, and SELF-DESTRUCTION!

Jesus does make one CONSTRUCTIVE use of LEAVENING we should emulate:

"To what shall I (Jesus) liken the KINGDOM of GOD? It is like LEAVEN, which a woman took and hid in 3 measures of meal till it was all LEAVENED." (LUKE 13:20,21 NKJV)

As Ambassadors of Christ - we represent that coming KINGDOM of GOD. So Messiah is telling us to LEAVEN this world with the WORD of GOD in voice and deed, until the whole earth is LEAVENED with goodness and righteousness!

Instead of allowing ourselves to be LEAVENED by the WORLD, we need to be LEAVENING the World! This is what Paul meant when he was inspired to write:

"Do all things without complaining & disputing, that you maybecome blameless & harmless, children of GOD without fault in the midst of a crooked & perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world." (PHILIPPIANS 2:14,15 NKJV)

As the years pass by - Are you experiencing SPIRITUAL & MORAL ENTROPY or a SPIRITUALCATHARSIS & CLEANSING? Are you growing more CORRUPT - or more HOLY & PURE? Is the World polluting you - or are you purifying those around you?

Jesus said that we're to be the LIGHT of the WORLD and THE SALT of the EARTH - meaning that we're supposed to be leading those around us toward GOD'S PURE VALUES - not following them into Satan's CORRUPT Values...

Isn't it ironic that we Human Beings won't drink TAINTED water or eat CORRUPTED food - but have no problem polluting our minds & bodies with alcohol, drugs, pornography, and fake news?

If someone was willing to pay you a $10,000.00 to drink a glass of water with only one drop of poison - would you drink it for the money? How about 2 drops of arsenic? Where would you draw the line?

Unfortunately, too many Christians live their lives thinking - 'Well a little bit of partying & occasional drunkenness won't hurt me...' or 'An occasional look at PORN won't do me any harm...' or 'getting high on occasion is okay...' as long as I don't make it a regular habit...

But YOUR CREATOR SAYS:

"FLEE FORNICATION (Gk. Porneia)." (I CORINTHIANS 6:18 KJV)

"Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in REVELRY & DRUNKENNESS, not in LEWDNESSand LUST, not in STRIFE & ENVY." (ROMANS 13:13 NKJV)

CORRUPTION is the altering of any ORIGINAL STATE! Revelry is a corruption of Holiness. Drunkenness is a corruption of Sobriety. Lewdness is a corruption of modesty. Lust is a corruption of constructive desire. Strife is a corruption of peace - and Envy is a corruption of appreciation.

All SIN is a form of CORRUPTION (decay, pollution). It was a combination of CORRUPTION and VIOLENCE that lead GOD ALMIGHTY to bring the flood waters upon the whole earth:

"So GOD looked upon the earth, and indeed it was CORRUPT; for all flesh had CORRUPTED their way upon the earth. And GOD said to Noah, 'The end of all flesh has come before ME, for the earth is filled with VIOLENCE through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth." (GENESIS 6:12,13 NKJV)

The first form of CORRUPTION in Human History came at the hands of Satan the Devil, who corrupted GOD'S WORD about the Death Penalty for eating of the forbidden tree, saying to Eve, 'You will not surely die." (GENESIS 3:4) The 2nd CORRUPTION also came from Satan's lips when he told Eve, 'For GOD knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, AND YOU WILL BE LIKE GOD, knowing good and evil." (GENESIS 3:5) 6000 years of Human History have demonstrated this to be a CORRUPTION of the TRUTH - for Man cannot think on GOD'S LEVEL:

"For MY thoughts are NOT your thoughts, NOR are your ways MY ways, says YHVH. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are MY ways HIGHER than your ways & MY thoughts than your thoughts." (ISAIAH 55:8,9 NKJV)

Yet even today, Philosophers, Academicians, Scientists, and Politicians think they're smarter than GOD - and that HIS WORD is for simpletons - and their word is truth. But as the Apostle Paul wrote:

"...Let GOD be true but every man a liar. As it is written: 'That YOU may be justified in YOUR words, and may overcome when YOU are judged.'" (ROMANS 3:4 NKJV)

Another CORRUPTION in the PRE-FLOOD WORLD was the breaking of the 3rd COMMANDMENT:

"At that time, PROFANING of the name of YHVH began." (GENESIS 4:26 ISV)

People began to call their man-made idols by GOD'S NAME, and they began to use the sacred name of GOD, which we are to hallow, in a careless & calloused way - much as men do today! PERVERSION is another form of CORRUPTION as it literally means to 'turn away from.' Your Bible condemns all forms of PERVERSION:

"You shall not PERVERT Justice. You shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise, and twists the words of the righteous." (DEUTERONOMY 16:19)

"There shall be no RITUAL HARLOT of the daughters of Israel, or a PERVERTED ONE of the sons of Israel." (DEUTERONOMY 23:17 NKJV)

"... for you have PERVERTED the words of THE LIVING GOD, YHVH of HOSTS, our GOD." (JEREMIAH 23:36 NKJV)

"Now hear this, you heads of the House of Jacob and rulers of the House of Israel, who abhor Justice, and PERVERT all EQUITY... Therefore because of you, Zion shall be plowed like a field, Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, and the mountain of the temple like the bare hills of the forest." (MICAH 3:9, 12 NKJV)

"But there are some who trouble you and want to PERVERT the GOSPEL of CHRIST." (GALATIANS 1:7 NKJV)

Given the chance to return from National Captivity in Babylon to rebuild and re-inhabit the land of Israel, Nehemiah confessed the National sins of his Country:

"We have acted very CORRUPTELY against YOU & have not kept THECOMMANDMENTS, the statutes, nor the ordinances which YOU commanded YOUR servant Moses." (NEH.1:7)

"But you have departed from the way; You have caused many to stumble at THE LAW. You have CORRUPTED the Covenant of Levi, says YHVH of HOSTS." (MALACHI 2:8)

According to your Bible, ATHEISM is CORRUPTION:

"The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no GOD.' They are CORRUPT, they have done abominable works..." (PSALM 14:1 NKJV)

The Apostle Paul warned:

"Do not be deceived: EVIL COMPANY CORRUPTS GOOD HABITS." (I COR.15:33)

"Let no CORRUPT WORD proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers." (EPHESIANS 4:29 NKJV)

"For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap CORRUPTION, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life." (GALATIANS 6:8 NKJV)

"...because the CREATION ITSELF also will be delivered from THE BONDAGE of CORRUPTION into the glorious liberty of the children of GOD." (ROMANS 8:21 NKJV)

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