A road map to the last days, complete with signs.


What in the world is going on?

It seems like only yesterday that the world was calm, but calm is such a relative term. I find myself flashing back to the MS Achille Lauro, when on October 7 of 1985, four men representing the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) hijacked the Italian liner off the coast of Egypt, as it was sailing from Alexandria to Ashdod, Israel. One 69-year-old Jewish American man in a wheelchair, Leon Klinghoffer, was murdered by the hijackers and thrown overboard.

Achille Lauro

Achille Lauro

In better times people were taking vacations to see places like Istanbul, Egypt or Algeria. Then the trouble starts happening?

An open market atmosphere in Istanbul

Progressively, everything literally begins to blow up. People are taken hostage and subjected to brutal murders, all for the sake of what? Allah. Egypt

Having finally finished reading the book, The Last Days, written by the Jewish author, The Last DaysJoel Rosenberg, there is a character that stands out to me, Dr. Eliezer Mordechai, the former Mossad spy chief. I will tell you up front that I have adapted many pages from this book and integrated them into my blog to make a point.

What is it that is so different about him aside from his sense of calm and his ability to understand the enemy? The man, thanks to his wife, had come to deeply understand the scriptures (the Torah and the Talmud), something that had not been that important to him as a young man. But there was something more.

After a brief period of calm, the former finance executive, now Senior Adviser to the President, Jonathon Bennett, somewhat angrily approaches Dr. Mordechai, Former Head of Mossad, and asks him, “what in the world is going on?

Eli, knowing full well what Jonathan meant replies, “What do you mean,?”

Even I have figured out that it is sometimes best to toss the question back at the person asking, because you need to define what it is they are really asking.

Jonathon replied, “I mean, .. things are out of control. .. snipers, anthrax – suicide bombers? What is this? We’ve got a war in Iraq, a Palestinian civil war, people trying to blow up the Temple Mount. .. It’s scary, isn’t it?”

The book was written while America was still at war with Iraq. While I do not recall an overt Palestinian civil war, Hamas is busily brutalizing and killing its own people when they do not cooperate in their attempts to bomb Israel, and there is a daily rock throwing Jihad (called interfada) coming from Palestinians against Israeli troops, police and citizens. I do not know if attempts have been made to blow up the Temple Mount, but it would not surprise me considering the level of animosity shown to Jews who now have the legal right to be there.

Everyone knows that the Temple Mount belongs to the Jews, and that the temple will be rebuilt there. The Prophet Daniel speaks of this when he tells us that they shall come and destroy the sanctuary once again:

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. (Daniel 9:25-27)

After a brief break in the conversation Eli resumes. “Jon, do you believe in the supernatural?”

Bennett replied,“I don’t know. Why?” Angels, demons, Sodom and Gomorrah?” .. “I don’t know what you are talking about.”

Eli responded: “Sure you do. I am asking if you believe that there is an unseen battle going on all around us – a cosmic showdown between good and evil. That there is an all-knowing, all-powerful force in the universe that enter time and space, that can alter the course of human history, that can destroy the living and raise the dead.

Jonathon replied: “You’re asking if I believe in God?”

Again the response from Eli: “No, no. Not just God. A God who is at war with evil. A god with a plan and a purpose. A God who has the awesome, fearsome power to achieve that plan and accomplish that purpose.”

There were others in the room, however the room went silent. These were not people that gave much credence to the irrational. These were skilled tacticians, CIA operatives, and business people, used to dealing with tangible concepts.

I don’t know,” Bennett said finally, quietly, “I don’t know what I believe.”

Dr. Mordechai’s response: “Then I suggest you figure it out – quickly.

Why?” Jonathon asked.

Letting the question hang in the air for a moment, Eli replied, “Because that is the answer to your question.”

You will recall I opened with that very question, What in the world is going on?

Dr. Mordechai went on to explain: “Jonathon, I have spent my whole life lurking in the shadows, cultivating sources, paying off informants, desperately hoping I would find my enemies before they found me. Why? Because I wanted someone to put a bullet in my head? No. Because knowledge is power. Because what you don’t know can kill you. ..”

After explaining why our information pipeline shut off, a rather lengthy conversation, Dr. Mordechai says, Now I am going to tell you what you want to know. I am going to tell you why all hell is breaking loose. After several minutes of letting the room absorb what he had said about the need for spies and information Eli spoke again:

“.. in the nineties, the CIA stopped paying off ‘unsavory characters’ as sources. Why? It is a long story. The point is, America went dark. You stopped being able to see inside the mind of evil. You let evil go unchecked. And you paid a terrible price. You got September eleventh. …”

Mordechai lit a match and took a few puffs from his pipe. He then said:

My business is all about sources. So is yours. Who you know and what they know. Maybe you cannot stand your sources. Maybe you wish they would keel over and die. You know what? It does not matter what we think about a source. The only thing that matters is whether that source is credible, whether he or she is telling you the truth, even if the truth is ugly, even if the truth does not make sense. Right?”

Bennett nodded in agreement, and so should you.

“Good” replied Eli. “Now I am going to tell you what you want to know. I am going to tell you why all hell is breaking loose. But I am going to cite you a source you may not like. That is not the point. The point is does the information make sense? Is it credible? Is it true? If it is not, don’t worry about it. Blow it off and move on. But if it is, then you have a decision to make: What are you going to do about it, and how long are you going to wait?”

Mordechai took a sip of Brandy, stared at his pipe for a moment, then began to speak:

We are not living in normal times Jonathon. We are now living in what the Hebrew prophets called the last days.”

I would suggest at this point, that you mentally take out the name Jonathon and insert your own. This is speaking directly to you.

Bennett asked, “What does that mean?”

Eli responds with, “Remember the story of the Dead Sea Scrolls?” … “part of those scrolls contained the book of Isaiah, almost three thousand years old, written exactly like what is in the Bible today.” … “So here is what Isaiah said in chapter 2. In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.”

Bennett asked, “meaning what?”

Eli quickly said, “Meaning three thousand years ago, Isaiah said the Temple would be rebuilt in the last days. Daniel said the same thing. So did Ezekiel. In chapter 37 he predicts the rebirth of the modern State of Israel after centuries of neglect. In chapters 38 and 39 he references peace and prosperity in the land of Israel, as well as a bunch of other events… In chapter 40 onward, he talks in great detail about the Temple yet to come.”

I am including these scriptures because most of you will not look them up.

Ezekiel 37:21-22 CJB Then say to them that Adonai Elohim says: ‘I will take the people of Isra’el from among the nations where they have gone and gather them from every side and bring them back to their own land. (22) I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Isra’el; and one king will be king for all of them. They will no longer be two nations, and they will never again be divided into two kingdoms.

Ezekiel 38:8-11 CJB After many days have passed, you will be mustered for service; in later years you will invade the land which has been brought back from the sword, gathered out of many peoples, the mountains of Isra’el. They had been lying in ruins for a long time, but now Isra’el has been extracted from the peoples and all of them are living there securely. (9) You will come up like a storm, you will be like a cloud covering the land — you and all your troops, and many other peoples with you.’ (10) “Adonai Elohim says: ‘When that day comes, thoughts will well up in your mind, and you will devise a sinister scheme. (11) You will say, “I am going to invade this land of unwalled villages; I will take by surprise these people who are at peace, living securely, all in places without walls, bars or gates.

Ezekiel 39:23-27 CJB while the Goyim will know that the house of Isra’el went into exile because of their guilt, because they broke faith with me; so that I hid my face from them and handed them over to their adversaries; and they fell by the sword, all of them. (24) Yes, I treated them as their uncleanness and crimes deserved; and I hid my face from them.’ (25) “Therefore Adonai Elohim says this: ‘Now I will restore the fortunes of Ya`akov and have compassion on the entire house of Isra’el, and I will be jealous for my holy name. (26) They will bear their shame and all their [guilt from] breaking faith with me, once they are living securely in their land, with no one to make them afraid. (27) This will be after I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, thereby being consecrated through them in the sight of many nations.

Bennett pointed out the obvious. “But there is no temple.”

Mordechai responded with, “.. I am just saying there are a whole lot of people out there – Christians and Jews alike – who believe we have entered some new phase of history, and the Temple is coming….” “Remember the Bush administration’s Road Map to peace?”

“Of course, said Bennett.”

Dr. Mordechai continued, “The Scriptures lay out a road map to the last days, complete with signs that will tell us when we get there. … First, the world will hear of ‘wars and rumors of wars.’ ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.’ We will see ‘great earthquakes’ and ‘famines and pestilences in various places.’ Persecution will be rampant as the ‘gospel of the kingdom’ is ‘preached in the whole world.’ At the same time, ‘many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.’ There will be all kinds of strange signs in the skies. ‘Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world.’”… “Israel – described throughout the Jewish scriptures as the fig tree – will be restored and in full bloom. ‘Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled’ – that is, until the last days when the Jews retake control of the Holy City, and Jews from all over the world start streaming back to their homeland. And ‘when you see these things happening,’ the Bible says, ‘you know that the kingdom of God is near’ – even ‘right at the door.’”

Bennett asked, “And you think we’re passing all those road signs?”

Challenged by the fact that life is filled with war, Dr. Mordechai responded with, “Well, think about it, ‘wars and revolutions’ and kingdoms rising against kingdom.’ Just look at the twentieth century.” “Of course there have been wars and revolutions throughout time. But never anything on the scale we saw in the twentieth century.”

Bennett asked the same questions you or I would ask, “You can’t just say because we’ve had a few huge quakes .. that we are living in the last days.’”

Mordechai quoted some legitimate and sobering statistics. Should you want to look some of this information up, then go to the U.S. Geological Service website and look into it.

Eli states, “You could say the same thing about ‘famine and pestilence.’ Just look at Africa. Ethiopia, Somalia – hundreds of thousand of people died of starvation. And disease? We have ten million AIDS orphans in Africa alone, and the numbers are climbing every day. Are we supposed to do nothing? .. “Of course not. … but my point is this: number one, the magnitude of these problems, and number two, the convergence of all these signs and events in the same century and right up to the present moment – that gives us all the evidence we need. That and the fact that for the first time in over two thousand years Israel is suddenly a country again, and Jerusalem is suddenly under Jewish control, just as predicted. That is what clinched it for me.”

Eli continued: “Maybe it was 1948, maybe it was ’67. I don’t know. At some point some kind of cosmic clock began ticking. A prophetic countdown is under way, Jonathon, and for better or worse, we are right in the middle of it.”

McCoy, a CIA operative and follower of Jesus Christ, caught it first, and she said, “Dr. Mordechai – I mean Eli, I really appreciate all you said tonight. I just have a quick question before we go.” … “Weren’t some of the verses you were citing from the New Testament?”

Dr. Mordechai responded, “Most of it was the Jewish Scriptures, but yes, it was Jesus who laid out the ‘road map,’ the signs of the last days in the Gospels.”

“Jesus?” Galashnikov blurted out. “But you’re Jewish, for crying out loud.”

“So was Jesus,” said Mordechai, now cleaning his pipe.

“But I don’t get it,” said Bennett, .. “What’s the former head of the Israeli Mossad doing going around quoting Jesus?”

Pay attention now.

“Mordechai looked around at the group. “It is all about sources, my friends. And I told you already, there is only one question that counts: is the source telling the truth? If he is not, cut him loose. But if he is, you had better hold on tight and listen good, because the stuff he gives you could save your life.”

There was something else. Some time had passed. Bennett could not quite put his finger on it, still it intrigued him. McCoy had it, and so did the President. It was a sense of peace, a sense of purpose that he didn’t have. These people weren’t afraid. They weren’t scared of the future. The chose life, but they weren’t scared of death. They seemed to know exactly where they were going and who they were going to see when they got there. The more Bennett spent time with them, the more he thought they just might be right.

Mordechai certainly wasn’t the kind of person to base his faith on some slick-talking evangelist or touchy-feely emotional experience. He knew all the arguments for and against, and he’d come out for.”

“I just started studying the source documents,” Mordechai told the three of them just before they left the restaurant. “I started reading the Jewish prophets to see what they said to look for in the Messiah. I found out that Micah said the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. Honestly, I had never known that. Isaiah said the Messiah would be born of a virgin, and live in Galilee. I had never read that before.” … “Daniel,” Mordechai went on, “said, after the Messiah was ‘cut off,’ Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple would be destroyed by an occupying power. King David said, ‘evil men’ would kill the Messiah in a merciless fashion, and that his hands and feet would be ‘pierced.’ Isaiah said the Messiah would be ‘pierced for our transgressions’ and ‘crushed for our iniquities.’ He said ‘the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.’ He also said the Messiah couldn’t be held down by the grave but would live again and ‘prolong his days.’ I could go on and on. But look, I am no rocket scientist. I just looked at the picture the prophets were painting, and I said, who does that look like?”

Then Mordechai said something Bennett couldn’t shake. “One day I was reading a parable that Jesus told His disciples. He said the kingdom of God is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold al he had and bought that field. And it hit me, Jonathon, I was that man. I knew the truth. I had found buried treasure. But what was I going to do about it? Walk away? Ignore it? Or follow Christ whatever the cost?”

Bennett kept thinking about that. He had a million questions. He wanted to research everything Mordechai had said in great detail, and in time he would. But the more he thought about it, the more he realized he didn’t need anything else to make a decision. He was ready.

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The two witnesses represent God; this beast will also represent a god. Revelation 13: 13,14


In the post, “This guy forces the whole earth to bow. Revelation 13:12, I attempted to focus on who the second beast is. I happen to think that knowing something about how a person acts, makes it easier to identify him. That could be beneficial, not so much for the follower of Christ, but those that remain on the earth after the rapture, they might need to know. If I got it right and this second beast is a Jew, a high priest, with access to the temple, and he is Muslim, then the things we see in scripture that describe his actions, open the door to such deception. In that post I took the liberty to expand into some of the other scriptures there in Revelation 13. I really wanted to continue exploring some of these aspects in-depth, so hold on.

The Beast from the sea with seven heads

The Beast from the sea with seven heads (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Revelation 13:13-14 ESV (13) It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, (14) and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

Note that the ESV immediately calls him “it.” Perhaps that is because this beast is such an oddity. For example: Calling fire down from heaven in front of people. Who does that anymore?

So, again I will reuse a statement: Just before the onset of this second beast, what has been going on?

  1. The rapture has taken place.

  2. Panic, upheaval, martial law, depression, and for many hopelessness.

  3. Within days a man will be telling you that he has everything under control. He may be signing a peace treaty with Israel, but scripture tells us that he will sign the treaty with many.

  4. It is possible that the firestorm we see in Ezekiel 39:6 may have a nuclear aspect to it and the devastation will have been great. Why do I believe this will take place? Because Israel has to build the third temple, and so many things have to take place.

  5. The two witnesses have shown up in the streets of Jerusalem, and they have declared the greatness of God for 1,260 days.

Revelation 11:3-8 ESV And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” (4) These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands that stand before the Lord of the earth. (5) And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. (6) They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire. (7) And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, (8) and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified.

“They stand in the streets for three and one half years, calling down fire, stopping the rain, prophesying, turning water into blood, and striking people and nations with the plague, as they desire.”

It is obvious that there is a constant effort to kill them. We know this because, “if anyone would harm them fire pours out their mouths and consume their foes.” Give me a break, do you think Islam will tolerate these guys stopping their fun. Think about how it goes on the temple mount even today, as Jews attempt to legally access the mount; every interaction turns violent.

the practical usage of the two witnesses

I have written about the practical usage of the two witnesses, seeing as the potentially disciplined church has left the earth.

With hardly anyone to show you what being a man or woman of God looks like, I suggest that you look to these two as your example. Since they walk this earth in the power of God, that means you walk this earth in the power of God, just as the prophets of old did. Do you not realize that I am compelling you, even now, to do this, and at the least, find a readable version of the Bible – not that Mormon garbage, and read about the lives of Samuel, Elijah, and Elisha.

Am I overstepping what the life of the follower of Christ should like? Not at all. As a matter of fact, I am sickened by the fearful, pathetic, can’t do examples we leave for people. Allow me to give you an example from scripture:

Joel 2:28-29, 32 ESV “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. (29) Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. (32) And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls.

Peter, empowered by the in filling of the Holy Spirit – a new experience for him – stood before the crowd of naysayers, on the day of Pentecost and told them:

Acts 2:13-18 ESV But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.” (14) But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. (15) For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. (16) But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: (17) “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; (18) even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.

What does this tell us? That we should have lived in the fullness of this prophecy since the day it was spoken by Peter, but we don’t. We waste our time and energy, telling folks that they are mere people, squeaking by on the concept of saved by grace, and powerless over the advances of the enemy. Does that sound pathetic? It is. You think I am kidding. You don’t sit in “bible study” with me. A bible study where the leader claims that we teach nothing but the bible, and then makes stuff up. My girlfriend asks me why I stay. I have asked myself that question as well. The primary reason I stay is to build relations with at least some of the guys. Every week they break off into three groups and go to coffee, but do they discuss Jesus? No, they talk about life. Unfortunately, for the most part, it is life apart from God. The things they say that have a religious spin, prove that they do not know the character of God.

After all the two witnesses do

After all the two witnesses do, such as shut off the rain and call down fire, how do you follow such a an act?

The problem is, for the world, this is no act, this is real.

Now you want to out do what others have done, and so you, at minimum, do the same things. We saw this when Moses and Aaron stood before Pharaoh. They turned water into blood, brought forth frogs upon the land, and threw down the rod that budded – after it was cut from the tree – and it turned into a serpent. Pharaoh’s court magicians followed suite, performing the same things, with one exception, Aaron’s rod ate theirs.

Question: Did any of this change their hearts toward God? Not at all. It might have struck fear in a few of them, but we don’t see that. It was not until God killed off all the firstborn of Egypt that were unprotected by the blood on the doorposts, that Egypt was motivated to release the Jews. Do you not realize that the protection given to Israel, was there for the Egyptian also. Do you not realize that Caleb was not born an Israeli, but became one.

The two witnesses represent God; this beast will also represent a god

The two witnesses represent God; this beast will also represent a god – Allah. Not only that but he is a Jew, a traitorous Jew.

He will cause it to rain. Why is that significant? Because God’s two witnesses have stopped the rain. It almost seems like a competition to gain the hearts of the people. Of course stopping the rain and turning what water you have left into blood, does not make friends, but the two witnesses are not here to make friends.

and by the signs … it deceives those who dwell on earth

and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. (Revelation 13:14 ESV)

and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth,”

First I want to show different ways this is translated:

  • by reason of the signs

  • he is allowed to perform

  • which he was given power to do

  • which it was given to it to work

  • “and by the signs that it is allowed to work”

Now the question here is, who is giving him the power to work the signs?

There are two possibilities, both of which are practical.

  1. He is empowered by Satan.

    Revelation 13:4, 11-12 ESV And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?” (11) Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. (12) It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.

Now why would I think that he could be getting all his rights and abilities from the Antichrist character? “it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast”. Another translation states, “And he deceives my own people who dwell on the earth by the signs which were given to him to do before the Beast”. I really do not think that God is trying to deceive his own people, but it is certainly possible. However, there is one whose only purpose on earth is to deceive, Satan. Since the dragon – Satan – has empowered the first beast, then that person has now empowered this guy.

Islamic prophecies show that when the Mahdi shows up at the temple this guy bows to him – the Mahdi and gives allegiance to Allah, declaring that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is his messenger. A Jewish high priest doing this. It is possible that this is when this assignment of power comes.

“And he deceives my own people who dwell on the earth by the signs which were given to him to do before the Beast”

  1. He is empowered by God.

I know your mind fights against that idea, but watch:

Jeremiah 18:11 ESV Now, therefore, say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: ‘Thus says the LORD, Behold, I am shaping disaster against you and devising a plan against you. Return, every one from his evil way, and amend your ways and your deeds.’

What is God trying to do? Turn Israel’s heart toward him.

it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

Revelation 13:14 EMTV And he deceives my own people who dwell on the earth by the signs which were given to him to do before the Beast, saying to those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound–and came to life! -from the sword.

The Douay Rheims translation says this: “And he seduced them that dwell on the earth.” The majority of translations convey that he deceives all those living on the earth.

Are you considered deceived if you intentionally put your brain in park, and decide to follow some sick, twisted ideology on your own?

Israel, as a nation, is supposed to be avid followers of Jehovah, but not everyone in Israel is a Jew. As of 2011 Israel is only 75.4% Jewish, and 6.9% Muslim.

If we work on the idea that the world is deceived, then what are the logistics that would make that happen?

  • You might think that removing the Christian community from the earth would be part of the solution, but if you have not noticed, the so-called Christian community, is already avidly following big name false teachers. Many in America think they are Christians merely because they have been born here. This tells me that the majority are vulnerable to deception.

  • One of the things I have seen young people seek over the years is power. Because we, as a religious community think that if we talk about power, you will automatically slide over to the dark side. Since the church won’t promote God’s power, the world goes elsewhere looking to find it. One of the primary places they find this power is within the Satanist religions. Do you think the worshipers of Satan will be deceived? They are deceived already.

  • While you may scoff at conspiracy theories, the truth is that powerful people are trying to recreate the world as they want it. Because we know from scripture that the harlot (the global elite) rides the beast, then we also know that, up to a point, that means the global elite are trying make the beast do what they want. Part of our understanding to back this up is being established before our eyes, as our Muslim President has given Iran everything they asked for to create the illusion of a “peace treaty.” This will backfire. These elite have no intention of falling into the hands of Islam, but they will because the beast rises up against the harlot. In a sense, they are already deceived.

  • People that tend to have no religious affiliation – atheists. Since they have nothing to be deceived out of, it may not be so much a deception, as it is a loss of personal freedoms. Based on what we have seen for the last several years, we know that militaristic Jihadists will swarm this nation as well. They will kill your children in front of your eyes. You will have to make a conversion decision at the cost of death should you refuse. If you see someone performing great signs, do you think you might be compelled to believe other things they say? Of course you will, beside you, as a concerned parent, do not want to sacrifice the lives or your children, do you?

telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.”

The second beast, having won the world, and many in the Jewish community over, has them make an image of the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. I have already explained that this beast being referred to is an empire or global governing body. Islam best fits the descriptions given, as the Ottoman empire was taken out-of-the-way in 1924. At this point the world breathed a sigh of relief, at least until 1979, when the Islamic empire sprang back to life again.

How does one make an image of something that looks like a freakish, multi-headed beast. That should tell you that this is not what they are making an image of. But if the beast is really a representation of perhaps Allah or Muhammad, now we are talking about something more tangible. There is only one problem, no one knows what Allah looks like.

Can’t you tell, just about everything is in place.

I am not good with odds; I tend to lose, but I have an advantage as I came to know Jesus as a very young man. I have developed a love and understanding of God’s character because of dark times and a heart that longed for Him. I suggest you turn your heart toward Him as well, because the hour grows late.

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The head that was mortally wounded is alive again. Revelation 13:3-4


If you read my last post, you are aware that I defined this head with the mortal wound. I have to assume that most people merely stumble upon my posts, so I will define it once again.

One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?” (Revelation 13:3-4 ESV)

One of its heads” – Nobody has multiple heads, so we are talking about a governing body or life threatening empire. Merely finding a governing body who has lost a head of state does not do it, because that typically does not end the empires rule.

The Islamic Caliphates best fit this characterization as they came into being and power in 632 A.D. This was called the Rashidun Caliphate. The last major Caliphate was the Ottoman empire which started in 1299, and ended as the Ottoman Caliphate in 1924. If we can see the Ottoman Caliphate as one of the heads on the beast, then it is easy to see that one of the heads sustained a deadly wound, because the world assumed Islam was dead.

However Islam resurrected itself in 1979 with the The Iranian Revolution

At the beginnings of the Iranian Revolution. Notice - No Burkas.

At the beginnings of the Iranian Revolution. Notice – No Burkas.

(also known as the Islamic Revolution or the 1979 Revolution). The 1979 Islamic Revolution refers to events involving the overthrow of the Pahlavi dynasty under Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, who was supported by the United States and its eventual replacement with an Islamic republic under the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the revolution, supported by various leftist and Islamic organizations and Iranian student

movements.

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

So the head that was wounded and “dead” is alive again.

and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast

While there is no doubt that there were followers of Islam since 1924 but we paid them no attention. Many of the nations that the United States has been at war with looked like progressive democracies until Sharia law regained its hold. Apparently progressive democracies allow for personal freedoms, and personal expressions of freedom are banned under sharia law. These extravagances were banned to the point of sending the Middle East back to the dark ages.

Now with that in mind, who is following the beast and why?

Surprisingly, Islam is everywhere, but it is most deeply entrenched in third world nations. Does that have anything to with the hopelessness that runs so deep there, maybe. You also see many Muslim converts coming out of prisons and that can be a fairly hopeless situation.

These nations are under majority Islamic control. Just because your country is not listed does not mean they are not there.

These nations are under majority Islamic control. Just because your country is not listed does not mean they are not there.

While they may have had plans to infiltrate and overtake the world for a long time, we in the Western world simply ignored it, and now Islam has its hands deeply invested in every major governing body in the world (with perhaps the exception of the governments of Japan and China.)

Since Islam treats women like furniture – unless they are being useful to the cause and blowing themselves up – why would any woman with a brain, follow Islam. It is a death sentence to women, and children.

“they followed the beast.“

The question you need to ask is: who or what, is the beast?

If, as we decided, the beast was a multi-headed governmental entity, with a central core; what is that core? The option that fits best is Islam. But Islam is an ideology, so the central persona that Islam follows and worships is Allah.

Since Allah is a creation of Muhammad’s conversation with probably no more than a demon – a fallen angel – then the beast is a demon disguised as Allah. However, we see the dragon/Satan empowering not only the beast, but men as well.

Within Islam does anyone worship Islam itself? No, they worship Allah. If Allah is a Satanically inspired and empowered demon then doesn’t it make sense to make yourself more marketable by having a spokesman – a mouth. So, this second beast, a man (a spokesman), forces the whole earth to pay homage to the first beast (now, at this point are they going to pay homage to a man, or to Allah?

2 Thessalonians 2:4 ESV (4) who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.

Who then are they paying homage to – or worshiping?

Suppose Princip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, gets his way and is declared the Mahdi,

Princip Erdogan of Turkey

Princip Erdogan of Turkey

then the world would be forced to worship him. Currently ISIL/ISIS is forcing people to worship who? Allah. Since whoever gains the position and authority of the 12th Imam, the missing Mahdi, will have the authority and power of Allah, the world may be forced to worship this guy. But until then we will work under the assumption that the world will be forced to worship Allah.”

“And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast”

Right now there is only one group that intentionally worships Satan, and that is the Satanist church; or at least I thought so.

The word “worship” – proskuneo – is not always, used in a religious sense. It means, properly, “to kiss”; to kiss toward anyone; that is, to kiss his own hand and to extend it toward a person, in token of respect and homage (Robinson, Lexicon).

The IVPBBC says, The praise here offered to the beast mimics a praise often offered to God (Exo_15:11;

“Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? (Exodus 15:11 ESV)

In Yahoo answers, someone asked the question, Does the Illuminati worship Satan?

illuminati symbols

illuminati symbols

The response is not one I expected:

“Yes and no, it rather depends on your definition of “Satan”. There are 3 different forms of Satanism that is practiced: there’s Theistic Satanism, Atheistic Satanism and the Lucifer Doctrine. Atheistic Satanism is not practiced by the Illuminati, this follows the understanding that there is no divine being, God or Satan, but Satan is just used as symbol for denouncing Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Under this belief there is no God, there is no devil. The Lucifer Doctrine is the healthy form of Satanism that is learned in the highest degree of Freemasonry. Albert Pike wrote the book “Morals and Dogma”, which is highly reveled in Freemasonry.

Freemasonry

Freemasonry

In this book, Pike acknowledges Lucifer as the one true god. According to their perspective Adam and Eve were prisoners of God, not through a prison of bars or physical restraints, but mentally. God kept them dumbed down, unaware of their true potential. That’s where Lucifer, the serpent came along and coaxed Eve into feeding from the tree of knowledge. This opened Adam and Eve’s eyes to the concept of Good and Evil. Lucifer saved them and gave them the gift of knowledge. This belief is okay if one chooses to follow it, but as long as they don’t take it a step further, which many Illuminati initiates do.”

That was some weird and twisted thinking, but that is what Satan tends to do. I, however, tend to operate in the black and white. Satan, prior to the fall had the name of Lucifer, but he lost that title and position when he tried to mutiny.

You can see from the quote above that Freemasonry believes that Lucifer is the one true god; while Islam believes that Allah is the one true god; God on the other hand declares himself to be the only true God.

Is it possible that this is describing people who are worshiping the dragon and they do not even know it?

The dragon, whom they cannot see, gave its power to the beast.

Our initial definition of the beast is that of empires, however, the mouthpiece takes on the role and characteristics of a beast as does this second person – the second beast. This is why when people fling out statements such as, no one can understand Revelation, I occasionally respond with, you need to identify which beast you are talking about.

When we say, the dragon gave its power to the beast, we are either talking about the multi-headed entity, or one of several men. Here, in Revelation 13:3-4, I believe the reference is to the first man – the spokesman. He may take on the role of the Mahdi, but initially he is going to come off as smooth, calm and peaceful. That won’t last long.

We will not see this transfer of power, we will only see what seems like a powerful man. With Islam, the assumption is that Allah gives this man the power to do what he does, and I strongly suspect that he is among us now.

and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”

“The Quran is clear that there must be “no compulsion in religion” (2:256). Yet Islam is not indifferent to conversion either – Muslims consider their religion to the be the one true religion, and invite people of all races, nationalities and religions to be part of it.” Religionfacts.com – What Muslims believe

This fails to mention that to not convert means death and therefore compulsion. This concept is proven out before us daily in the Middle East.

From: Islam-guide.com

Muslims believe in one, unique, incomparable God, Who has no son nor partner, and that none has the right to be worshiped but Him alone.

If Islam is the beast and they have the saying, “who can fight against it?”, then what backs that statement and gives it validity?

From Pickthall’s English Translation of the Quran with Commentary

al-Baqarah: The Cow [2.191] And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.

al-Ma’idah: The Food [5.33] The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement,

Islam believes all The Jews and Christians:

Whom the Koran calls people of the book, can retain their religion but on the sufferance of accepting humiliation and subjugation to Islam and payment of Jizyah (poll-tax) to the Islamic rulers.

I heard a recent testimony by a converted Muslim, who said the Jizyah tax was 90%. So, even if you survive and they do not outright kill you, they will continue to try to make your life, in their presence, unbearable. I cannot imagine attempting to live on 10% of whatever you scrounge up. The Jizyah tax is no different than extortion or protection money, much like the Mafia collects.

I suppose I make it sound like your only hope is armed retaliation. For the follower of Christ our command is:

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. (Matthew 10:16 NASB)

What does that all mean? Pay attention, keep your eyes open, be discreet or thoughtful, and pour yourself out as you mingle with people.

There is no doubt that Jesus is coming soon. Just yesterday 8/23/2015 the news spoke of four more national economies collapsing, a sure sign of the Shemittah.

If you have no confidence that you belong to Christ then give yourself over to Him. The thief on the cross simply said, remember me. You may not be under that kind of duress, so I suggest that you tell him that you are sorry for trying to run things on your own, and invite Him into your to take control.

Jesus said, his yoke is easy. Compared to the one you have been carrying, you know, the one you thought gave you all the control. Jesus gently guides us, and will guide us into his kingdom. And a huge plus, in contrast with Islam, you do not have to blow yourself up to obtain his grace. That was already done and paid for by the Son, Jesus Christ, that bloody day on the cross.

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This guy forces the whole earth to bow. Revelation 13:12


While the focus is really on the character of the second beast, it is good to know where he came from, and so I include verse 11. In verse eleven this second person comes out of the same region as the first, but there is something hidden and sinister about this one, he looks like a lamb. Now that in itself does not seem so bad, except that followers of Christ know the lamb to be the Messiah, and this is a beast. There is the added dimension in that he speaks like a dragon. Since we know the dragon to be Satan, then like Satan, this guy is a deceiver also. Watch as this story develops.

Revelation 13:11-18 ESV

(11) Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon.

(12) It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.

(13) It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people,

(14) and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

(15) And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain.

(16) Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead,

(17) so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.

(18) This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.

wolf in sheeps clothing

From Wikipedia:

Like all prophets in Islam, Jesus (Isa) is considered a Muslim (i.e., one who submits to the will of God), as he preached that his followers should adopt the “straight path” as commanded by God. Traditionally, Islam teaches the rejection of the Trinitarian Christian view that Jesus was God incarnate or the son of God. The Quran says that Jesus himself never claimed to be the Son of God, and it furthermore indicates that Jesus will deny having ever claimed divinity at the Last Judgment, and God will vindicate him. Islamic texts forbid the association of partners with God, emphasizing a strict notion of monotheism(tawhīd).”

Numerous titles are given to Jesus in the Quran and in Islamic literature, the most common being al-Masīḥ (“the Messiah”). Jesus is also, at times, called “Seal of the Israelite Prophets”, because, in general Muslim belief, Jesus was the last prophet sent by God to guide the Children of Israel. Jesus is traditionally understood in Islam to have been a precursor to Muhammad, and is believed by Muslims to have foretold the latter’s coming;”

Revelation 13:12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.

It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence,”

A quick review of what the first beast does (do not disassociate the beast from its mouthpiece. He – the mouth, carries all its weight and authority.)

It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. (Revelation 13:6-8 ESV)

  • It too (this second beast) will utter blasphemies against God

  • The second beast is: allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them.dragon 2

  • Authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation.

  • And all who dwell on earth will worship it. This only applies to those whose names are not written in the book of life. You need to understand that the rapture of the church has taken place already, therefore these are those that God already knows will come to Him during this time. I know that causes some of you grief as you try to find some logic with which you can understand God’s plans. Just know that He is still showing mercy until the end.

So this second beast acts and sounds like the first in terms of authority and power, but with a deceptive twist. It is possible that we will not see one without the other, but the way they are laid out in Revelation it almost seems as though one steps out-of-the-way while the other takes over. Seeing as Satan and his deceptions are the main goal here, they, regardless of where we find them, will be working hard at taking people to hell with them.

What has been going on just prior to the arrival of the second beast?

Aside from the destruction going on – earthquakes beyond imagination; Tsunamis; Volcanoes; 100 pound hail; fire from heaven, and the violence of men continuing just as before, only worse. The rapture of the church should have initiated much of this, while almost immediately two prophets from God show up in the streets of Jerusalem.

They could look like this.

They could look like this.

And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire. And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, (Revelation 11:3-7 ESV)

  • they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth

    1,260 days = three and one-half years. Do not get hung up in the clothing, as God is using the symbolism to get the attention of the Jews. This means a lot to them. For example: John the Baptist’s apparel. Many godly men throughout scripture, donned sackcloth as a sign of mourning or repentance. I can assure you that the symbolism is relevant.

  • And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes.”

    Does this not speak of authority and power? But what is God’s character? You have to go back to the garden to begin to realize what his character is, for when his man, Adam, commits high treason, God/Jesus calls out to him, just as he had always done. You or I might have blasted Adam with a lightning bolt, but God showed the man respect, almost as if he was ignoring what Adam had done. God, because his character is mercy, calls out to the man instead of just invading his life, in so doing he allows for the man’s free will.

  • They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire.”

    This is really starting to sound like Rev 13:13 It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people,

How is it that this second beast gains the freedom to do what he does?

Considering that the two witnesses breathe fire on any enemy that comes against them, how is it that this second beast gains the freedom to do what he does? It is only because God said their time is done, and he allows the two witnesses to be killed. (Note: no ordinary man has been able to touch them. What would make this second beast so powerful? Only Satan.)

Keep in mind that he is also called the false prophet, and Islam believes he will be a priest.

Keep in mind that he is also called the false prophet, and Islam believes he will be a priest.

Because they are taken out-of-the-way, and he (this second beast) is empowered by the dragon. Not paying attention, many will say, where does Satan get such power? This too goes back to the garden and what Adam did. Using deception, Satan works Eve over and she buys into it. Adam, sadly, was standing right there watching the entire process. Knowing full well the repercussions he bites into the fruit and in so doing hands everything over to Satan. All Power, Authority, and the Dominion man had over the earth was given away. Jesus, tempted by Satan after the forty day fast, did not dispute Satan’s claim that it was his to give, but merely rebuked him in his attempt.

And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'” (Luke 4:5-8 ESV)

Back to the two witnesses for a moment.

Revelation 11:7-8 ESV And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, (8) and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified.

Not to worry though, watch what happens:

After three days, they will be raised to life again, and ascend up into heaven.

After three days, they will be raised to life again, and ascend up into heaven.

For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb, and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth. But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them. (Revelation 11:9-12 ESV)

You might think that with such power, they could prevent the wanton slaughter of those that have come to the Lord, but it seems the realm of the two witnesses is primarily the Middle East. I would not attempt to make that a law though, because they are no more constrained in their spirits than God is, however they have been sent back as humans and are subject to gravity just as we are. They become just one more thing to frustrate the enemies plans on the earth.

Now that the two witnesses are out-of-the-way, it is unleashed.

It used the vast authority of the first beast in its presence. It forced the earth and all who live on it to worship the first beast, whose wound had healed. (Revelation 13:12 GNB)

This guy now forces the whole earth to pay homage to the first beast, whose wound was healed.

I can hear it now, I thought you said this guy was from the region of the Middle East! And well he might be, but does that stop you from having a neighbor from the Mid East where you live? Not at all. We live in global community. Why even I, stuck here as I am, have an influence in a variety of

An American police officer paying homage to Allah

An American police officer paying homage to Allah

nations through my writing.

I have, on several occasions, put forth that this first beast is either Islam or Allah. Consider: Within Islam does anyone worship Islam itself? No, they worship Allah. If Allah is a Satanically inspired and empowered demon then doesn’t it make sense to make yourself more marketable by having a spokesman – a mouth. So, this second beast, a man (also a spokesman), forces the whole earth to pay homage to the first beast. Who then are they paying homage – or worshiping if you choose?

Suppose Princip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, gets his way and is declared the Mahdi, then the world would be forced to worship him. Currently ISIL/ISIS is forcing people to worship who? Allah. Since whoever gains the position and authority of the 12th Imam, the missing Mahdi, will have the authority and power of Allah, the world may be forced to worship this guy. But until then we will work under the assumption that the world will be forced to worship Allah.

Bowing to Allah

Bowing to Allah

Question: Can any man force you to do anything? The truth is no! You can be threatened, tortured, even killed, but you do not have to cave. It is primarily our codependency that causes us to cave. With that in mind what have we been seeing in the “not so mainline news”? Followers of Islam beheading people. Why there have even been a few that caved and converted, only to be beheaded anyway because they were cowards.

Understand something, they will use the most horrid of tactics to get you to denounce your relationship with Christ. Considering that anyone outside of Islam is considered an infidel, the entire purpose is to force a conversion upon you regardless of what you worship. Did you ever think about that? There will be plenty of lukewarm Christians going into the time of wrath, but right next to them will be the atheist (who claims to not believe that there is a God), and you think Islam will waste their time discussing your theology or lack there of. They will put a bullet in your head if you don’t comply, and from what we have seen, they will put a bullet in your head anyway. Imagine the thought just before they kill you, this did not work out quite the way I had hoped.

It forced the earth and all who live on it to worship the first beast, whose wound had healed.

Where have we heard that before?

Revelation 13:1-3 ESV And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. (2) And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. (3) One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast.

I talked about this in a earlier post, but to recap: There is nothing on earth that physically fulfills this beastly description, therefore it is symbolic of something. We are not in the dark about the identities of some of these as Daniel’s prophecies describe them.

During Daniel’s captivity King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that disturbed him and he could remember it. After threatening the lives of all the wise men (Daniel was among them), Daniel sought the Lord and came up with the answer.

But as for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because of any wisdom that I have more than all the living, but in order that the interpretation may be made known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your mind. “You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening. The head of this image was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. “This was the dream. Now we will tell the king its interpretation. You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory, and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the children of man, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens, making you rule over them all–you are the head of gold. Another kingdom inferior to you shall arise after you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things. And like iron that crushes, it shall break and crush all these. And as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay. And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever, just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.” (Daniel 2:30-45 ESV)

I highlighted in red the words that Daniel said to the king, “you are the head of gold.” So we know

Nebuchadnezzar's statue

Nebuchadnezzar’s statue

without question, that the Babylonian Empire was the head of gold, the first empire in the list of descriptors. Historically we know that the Babylonian empire fell to the Medes and the Persians (Assyrians), and the empire that followed was the Grecian empire under Alexander. The Grecian empire, under Alexander’s reign went through several radical changes after his death, It was split between four generals, but two eventually rose up, overtook the others, and we were left with  – The Seleucid empire in the north and the Ptolemaic in the south.

It is rather easy to conjecture that two legs are these last two empires, but what of the toes for there are ten, and it is plainly noted that there is a fault with them, potentially make them capable of causing the entire statue to fall. What of those?

Scripture does not tell us who the fourth empire is.

By presenting all this info again, I believe it establishes that we are looking at empires operating upon the same theme. Out of these empires one dominant empire sustains a wound that potentially ends the reign of terror, but many years later it comes back to life. What destructive empire or form of government has caused that much grief? The answer is the Caliphates: They started around 640 A.D. With the last, the Ottoman empire being taken down in 1924. The arrest of the Ottoman empire brought about a sigh of relief to the world. But scripture tells us that this second beast (a man) “makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.” How is that possible, unless this beast that sustained the seemingly mortal wound was the Islamic Caliphate, and by extension, Allah?

I am assuming that you are not the type to bury your head in the sand. Since you are paying attention, then you know that things are moving faster than the news can keep up with them. That means only one thing, my Jesus, the Messiah I have come to love and long for, is coming soon.

You can be ready for Him by accepting Jesus life as yours. He has already forgiven your sins and longs for you to come running into His arms. Do it today, as I do not want you to have endure the wrath that is to come.

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As if the first beast was not bad enough. Revelation 13:11


This aspect of Revelation intrigues me more than some of the others, because of the similarities in terms of the signs that the two witnesses perform, and how this second beast parallels our Messiah in description. The potential for deception is huge.

Revelation 13:11-18 NASB

Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon. He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who *had the wound of the sword and has come to life. And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.

My favorite part, tearing it up.

Lets focus on verse 11 for few minutes.

And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. (Revelation 13:11 KJV)

As if the first beast was not bad enough.

Is where the second beast comes from significant?

The word earth is gē and means soil; by extension a region. The same word was used in Revelation 13:3 and there it was defined as the world. But what else do we have to understand it?

The word was translated earth here in John 3:31:

John 3:31 ESV He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all.

Jesus used the word and Matthew called it a region:

Matthew 4:16 KJV The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

Was there a region where the sun did not shine?

No, so it was an analogy for an area. In this case he is probably talking about the nations (I would have used the phrase gentile nations but we seem to associate gentile with Christian and one does not equal the other.)

Allow me to back up this concept of the region pointing to the nations:

And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. (Matthew 4:13-16 KJV)

What gentiles still are – are those without a relationship with Christ.

Can I admit something to you? God has really been working me over for several years now, as I was raised to be horribly judgmental. What that means is that I tended to give mercy only to those that did it according to my religious training. But there was that day when God showed me Matthew 25 where he, in the person of Jesus, calls the dead – those that remain in the ground from the nations/gentiles. He separates them into sheep and goats and invites the sheep into the kingdom. That took me some time to absorb, but I got it; and what I got is an understanding of God’s mercy that far surpassed anything I had ever understood. I still have my moments and must be reminded that God is merciful, and that I do not have anything mastered yet, but I am working on it.

and he had two horns like a lamb

Revelation 13:11 MSG I saw another Beast rising out of the ground. It had two horns like a lamb but sounded like a dragon when it spoke.

lamb with horns

lamb with horns

We city folk don’t think about sheep as having horns, but they do. Farmers cut them off because they want to sell an undamaged hide eventually, but in John’s day, that did not happen.

We should have an imagery that sounds similar to Revelation 13:11.

One of the Elders said, “Don’t weep. Look–the Lion from Tribe Judah, the Root of David’s Tree, has conquered. He can open the scroll, can rip through the seven seals.” So I looked, and there, surrounded by Throne, Animals, and Elders, was a Lamb, slaughtered but standing tall. Seven horns he had, and seven eyes, the Seven Spirits of God sent into all the earth. (Revelation 5:5-6 MSG)

This is surprising, as the elders said, “ Don’t weep. Look–the Lion from Tribe Judah, the Root of David’s Tree, has conquered. He can open the scroll, can rip through the seven seals.” So I looked, and there, surrounded by Throne, Animals, and Elders, was a Lamb, slaughtered but standing tall..”

Notice what it sounds like when it speaks:

but sounded like a dragon when it spoke.” 

There are many descriptions of Jesus voice when he speaks, such as, the voice of manydragon waters, but there are none in which he sounds like a dragon. (We already know that the dragon – the deceiver – is Satan.)

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1 ESV)

The King James version of Genesis 3:1 calls him subtile. Subtile is the Hebrew word cunning. To have the second beast speaking like a dragon tells us that he is to be not only crafty, but subtile.

We have not made it that far in our study of Revelation but chapter 16:13 attests to what comes out of the mouth of: the first beast, the second beast/false prophet, and the dragon/Satan – unclean spirits.

And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. (Revelation 16:13 KJV)

As you read this you should have huge red flags popping up. This is NOT Jesus the Christ. If not, then who is this person? In our spirits we see the lamb, Jesus Christ as John describes what he sees in Revelation 5, but this is definitely not the Jesus we know. One of the things that makes prophecy so special is the people who have taken the time to understand and pay attention to what Islam believes, then share that with us, like Joel Richardson does in his books, The Islamic Antichrist, and The Mideast Beast. I also found information by Dr. Mark Durie, and I give it to you here.

Islam too is awaiting their version of Jesus. They call him Isa:

From – Isa, the Muslim Jesus – By Dr Mark Durie

The Qur’an tells us:

Isa, was a prophet of Islam’

“Jesus’ true name, according to the Qur’an, was ‘Isa. His message was pure Islam, surrender to Allah. (Âl ‘Imran 3:84) Like all the Muslim prophets before him, and like Muhammad after him, ‘Isa was a lawgiver, and Christians should submit to his law. (Âl ‘Imran 3:50; Al-Ma’idah 5:48) ‘Isa’s original disciples were also true Muslims, for they said ‘We believe. Bear witness that we have surrendered. We are Muslims.’ (Al-Ma’idah 5:111)”

“‘Isa’s mother Mariam was the daughter of ‘Imran, (Âl ‘Imran 3:34,35) — cf the Amram of Exodus 6:20 — and the sister of Aaron (and Moses). (Maryam 19:28) She was fostered by Zachariah (father of John the Baptist). (Âl ‘Imran 3:36) While still a virgin (Al-An’am 6:12; Maryam 19:19-21) Mariam gave birth to ‘Isa alone in a desolate place under a date palm tree. (Maryam 19:22ff) (Not in Bethlehem).”

So, to some small degree, Islam gets the genealogy correct, Jesus is born of Mary. But this guy is not Jesus.

Exodus 6:20 NASB Amram married his father’s sister Jochebed, and she bore him Aaron and Moses; and the length of Amram’s life was one hundred and thirty-seven years.

Born of Mary, but not of God, this Isa, is of the same lineage as Aaron and Moses. That, according to their beliefs, makes him eligible to be a priest. There may be some truth to this which will lend to the deception. Not wanting to jump ahead but this last aspect plays well into what we see in scripture. I opened this blog with a comment about the parallels between Jesus and Isa – the false prophet.

From Wikipedia:

“To aid in his ministry to the Jewish people, Jesus was given the ability to perform miracles (such as healing various ailments like blindness, raising the dead to life, casting out demons, etc.) which no other prophet in Islam has ever been credited with, all according to God’s will.”

Revelation 13:13, 14 It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

Again from Wikipedia:

Like all prophets in Islam, Jesus (Isa) is considered a Muslim (i.e., one who submits to the will of God), as he preached that his followers should adopt the “straight path” as commanded by God. Traditionally, Islam teaches the rejection of the Trinitarian Christian view that Jesus was God incarnate or the son of God. The Quran says that Jesus himself never claimed to be the Son of God, and it furthermore indicates that Jesus will deny having ever claimed divinity at the Last Judgment, and God will vindicate him. Islamic texts forbid the association of partners with God, emphasizing a strict notion of monotheism(tawhīd).”

“Numerous titles are given to Jesus in the Quran and in Islamic literature, the most common being al-Masīḥ (“the Messiah”). Jesus is also, at times, called “Seal of the Israelite Prophets”, because, in general Muslim belief, Jesus was the last prophet sent by God to guide the Children of Israel. Jesus is traditionally understood in Islam to have been a precursor to Muhammad, and is believed by Muslims to have foretold the latter’s coming;”

The short of it:

The Jesus Islam looks for is named Isa. He will be a Jew, of the lineage of Aaron, and a priest. He will perform miracles, and he will be a Muslim. The scariest aspect of this, is that he may be in training to be a high priest within the new temple. Considering how he will set up the image of the beast and make it talk. Doesn’t that imply that he has access to the temple and the respect of his peers – at least for a time. He will cause many to be deceived. If he has this much power, what is to say that many Jews will not give up their faith and convert to Islam.

How do you avoid being deceived? You know what the original is like. Part of that process is to be intentional in having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It starts with you asking Jesus Christ into your life. After that you go on a quest to find out what his nature is and how He would respond to people. You would then know what he sounds like and how he responds when you talk to him. You will find that he is crazy passionate about you and can hardly wait to throw his arms around you.

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“and all who dwell on earth will worship it,..” Revelation 13:8


and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.” (Revelation 13:8 ESV)

and all who dwell on earth will worship it,..”

Is that a true statement? No!

How do I know that? Because the sentence continues:

everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the

world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.”

So this applies to:

  1. Those who have not accepted Christ in their lives.

  2. Those I cannot explain clearly – those we see in Matthew 25. Having all received the wedding invitation fifty percent were not ready. Hebrews 9:28 tells us that he is coming for those who are awaiting Him. I know plenty that are not awaiting Him, taking the attitude that He has not come yet, He is not coming now. I cannot say their names are not written in the book of life, but they were clearly not anxiously waiting for his return.

  3. Those that will continue to come to Jesus during the seven-year period. Their allegiance to Christ is no longer under the banner of grace and they must prove their faith at the cost of their lives – these are called saints, just as we are.

I know what you are thinking, as I did it myself, that momentary thought that says after the rapture people have no hope. God never gives up hope, and those whose names are written in the book of life, the ones you cannot imagine ever turning their hearts, will continue to come up to the last-minute.

You surely understand Islam’s goal to form a Caliphate by now.

Surprisingly, I constantly meet people who have no idea.

Territories of the Caliphs

Territories of the Caliphs

A caliphate is the Islamic form of government representing the political unity and leadership of the Muslim world. The head of state (Caliph) has a position based on the notion of a successor to Muhammad’s political authority. The most recent caliphate was the Ottoman empire, however it was brought to its knees in 1924.

There was a time when they were not so open about this goal – The ultimate goal of the Caliphate would be to bring every square inch of this planet under Islam and convert/subdue all remaining Infidels.

The goal of the Caliphate

The goal of the Caliphate

Anyone outside of Islam is considered an infidel, and therefore subject to any abuse they consider fit under Sharia law. This includes: stoning, chopping, sawing, hanging, raping, electrocuting, shooting, burning alive, and throwing people off buildings. Did I miss anything?

Many like to advocate that the Roman empire is where the Antichrist will come from, I would like to point out that the Ottoman empire held a comparable amount of land as well.

Roman empire at its height.

Roman empire at its height.

Now contrast this map with the Ottoman empire at its height.

Ottoman empire at its strongest

Ottoman empire at its strongest

I want to point out one other thing – terminology.

and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.” (Revelation 13:8 ESV)

I suppose at some point we need to standardize our translations. The problem there is deciding who is the most correct. That is why I compare constantly and look to the Greek or Hebrew, and the context.

As you can see, the ESV says they worship “it”. That is very proper for something so nondescript as an aspect of a multi-headed beast. One which we have established as empires or governing bodies for the heads. But this “it” has been taken one step farther in that it was given a mouth. That mouth seems to direct the action at this point and is therefore perceived as the power source. How quickly we forget that the dragon gave the beast its power. Yes, I see the implications that the mouth carries that power, but no greater than our own American Secretary of State might.

The NIV translates it like this:

All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. (Revelation 13:8 NIV)

While the ASV declares this beast to be an him.

And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him, every one whose name hath not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that hath been slain. (Revelation 13:8 ASV)

It is obvious that the beast becomes a worldwide ruler. This aspect of the beast has many names. In Daniel he is the willful king:

And the king shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done. (Daniel 11:36 ESV)

In Daniel chapter seven, he is known as the little horn:

I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things. (Daniel 7:8 ESV)

This person is called the prince that is to come in Daniel chapter nine:

And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. (Daniel 9:26 ESV)

I think I ended on Daniel for a reason. So many are looking for this “prince” to come from Rome seeing as the troops operated under the Roman flag, under a Roman emperor, and they fulfilled the prophecy by destroying Jerusalem and the temple (This was also foretelling a future event.) The problem with the belief that we should be looking for someone to come out of Rome ignores historical evidence, for not only Josephus, but Tacitus also recorded that the troops were primarily conscript Assyrian troops, with a vile hatred of the Jews. They set fire to the wood lined temple. Titus the emperor was alerted and he came running in trying to stop it. They ignored his orders, knowing the potential repercussions.

If Titus was against the destruction of the temple, how can we say that he was the prince? We cannot. But because Assyrians, the lifelong enemy of Israel, destroyed the temple and the city, would it not make more sense to understand that this prince then, would come from Assyria. Assyria was Nineveh and Elam, known today as Iran and Iraq. Those nations are now represented by almost any nation where Islam is practiced.

Where then is this prince coming from?

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Things to look for in September


This particular post came about for two reasons.

  1. Having heard many of these things, I wanted, no, I needed to have a better understanding. Is that because I am the great end times expert? Hardly, but people who know me are coming to me for answers.

  2. As an aspect of his recent teaching on Revelation, Pastor Lee McFarland of Covina Assembly of God, covered a few of the bigger events that will happen in September. He ended this talk with, I am not setting dates, but I am telling you that there are enough events happening that it warrants our attention.

Hopefully he got people motivated enough to pursue the events that are coming so soon in September and begin to compare these events with what scripture says about them. An example, with something as notable as the last blood-moon coming September 28. The problem is that most have no clue what to look for, while the other half still think we are only talking about conspiracy theories.

Hint: It is not a theory if it has been proven true.

Things to look for in September

Sept. 11 – the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the U.S.A.

This date has special meaning to Islamic Jihadists and is a date on which they will want to commit acts of terrorism. Although by this time you should understand that Jihad is always a special day for them.

Sept. 13 – Elul 29 on the Jewish Calendar; the last day of the Shemittah Year.

On this date, Biblically all debts are to be wiped clean. While the Shemittah was intended to be a blessing it could also be a curse if not complied with, and Israel did not. For their sins of omission Israel went into captivity.

In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, by descent a Mede, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans–in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. (Daniel 9:1-2 ESV)

In the past the U.S. Stock Market has taken a big hit on Elul 29. As this is a Sunday this year, the Market might crash on the preceding Friday, Sept. 11, or the anytime shortly afterwards.

Sept. 13 – Rosh Hashanah. It includes the first ten days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, beginning on Rosh Hashanah and culminating on Yom Kippur. Yes, September 13 begins the Jewish New Year, and it is marked by ten days of repentance before the Lord. It is also the day of the blowing of the trumpets. This in Jewish tradition is the shofar, and tradition calls for them to be blown 100 times.

Other things of note:

  • Genesis 8:13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth:

  • Exodus 40:2 On the first day of the first month shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.

  • 1Chronicles 12:15 These are they that went over Jordan in the first month, when it had overflown all his banks; and they put to flight all them of the valleys,…

It seems that most of the significant things that happened with Israel, happened in the first month, the new year – Tishri.

Sept. 14 – Anno Lucis, “The Year of Lucifer” Begins

IMPORTANT: The Satanists have plans. But we have the power of God and Jesus with us. Just because they have plans does not mean we cannot unmake those plans. Please pray against this.

Sept. 15 – The Jade Helm military exercise is supposed to end.

Considering how the Ferguson Missouri situation has erupted again, what do you really think our streets are going to look like soon. Operation Jade Helm is a massive military drill, extending across 9 states, for the purpose of gaining skills in “unconventional warfare”. Sadly, that means we the vocal public are the enemy. This is a precursor to Martial Law.

The logo is significant for an item that is difficult to see, and for what it states as its purpose.

Jade Helm - Master the Human Domain

Jade Helm – Master the Human Domain

In the dead center is a wooden clog. Do a search for wooden clogs in prison and you will find a disturbing relationship. The human domain is really simple in that it intends to bring warfare to where we live.

The clog, an allusion to internment.

The clog, an allusion to internment.

Sept. 15 – The UN general assembly convenes.

How does this play into the scheme of things? Pay attention to the dates involving September 22-27. It is highly possible that the subject of Palestine, and the demand for Israel to give up Jerusalem to them.

Sept. 21International day of peace.

I am not sure where this is going, but Daniel’s prophecy tells us that there is a timing, and it involves the Antichrist signing a treaty with “many”, not just Israel, if at all. Will the Antichrist use this as his opportunity to sign a treaty? I do not know.

And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.” (Daniel 9:26-27 ESV)

The references to weeks are fairly simple. 1 week = 7 years. The passage does not say that he will make a peace treaty with Israel, but it does say that during that treaty the covenant will be broken and Israel will be ravaged by war. The temple, once again, will be taken over and desolated.

The International Day of Peace is a UN function that happens each year. The International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace. The work of the United Nations would not be possible without the initial partnerships that were active in its creation and the thousands of partnerships each year between governments, civil society, the private sector, faith-based groups and other non-governmental organizations that are needed to support the Organization in achieving its future goals.

The statements, “The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace,” and “faith-based groups” sound benign enough, but they betray a darker side which we are already seeing, as many in government describe faith-based groups as deadly, irrational racists and bigots, that need to be silenced.

Sept. 22Pope Francis will arrive in the U.S.

His official agenda:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

  • White House Welcoming Ceremony and personal meeting with President Barack Obama

     

Thursday, September 24, 2015

  • Speech to the Senate and House of Representatives (Joint Session of Congress)

     

Friday, September 25, 2015

  • The Pope will address United Nations General-Assembly. He may say something about Agenda 2030.

From Alex Jones, INFOWARS website. ”The globalists want to use “sustainable development” as an excuse to micromanage the lives of every man, woman and child on the entire globe. We are told that individual liberty and freedom are “dangerous” because when everyone just runs around doing whatever they want it is “bad for the planet”. For example, one of the goals of the sustainable development crowd is to push the human population into giant “megacities” and to allow nature to recapture much of what has already been settled by humanity.

Sept. 22 – The Hajj in Mecca

The Hajj (Arabic: حجḤaǧǧ pilgrimage“) is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and can support their family during their absence.

Only God knows if this will work the Muslims into a Jihad frenzy.

Thousands encircle the black stone, while an Imam speaks as the oracle of Allah.

Thousands encircle the black stone, while an Imam speaks as the oracle of Allah.

Sept. 23 – Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement.

Yom Kippur is, the day when the Jews try to make up for any wrong things we have done. It is a day of fasting which starts at sunset on the 10th of Tishrei and finishes when night falls on the 11th of Tishrei. Yom Kippur is also called the Sabbath of Sabbaths. It is the most holy day in the Jewish year. It is the day when God decides what will happen to every Jewish person in the year ahead.

Apply these concepts to what we know about our life in Christ.

The death and resurrection of Christ assured our forgiveness of sins. Our acceptance of Him affirms us of our home with him. We call this our hope. Jesus told us that He would come back for those who are His.

For us, atonement is a continual process, as we come to Jesus with our daily failures. Spend some time reading the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Rome and you will find sin to be a fully discussed topic; not because we are hopelessly lost, but as John states below, we have an advocate.

Since sin is merely missing the small bulls eye of a target. I should actually be happy because at least I am trying to hit the target.

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. (1 John 2:1-3 ESV)

A “propitiation” (KJV, NASB) was an atonement, a way to appease or satisfy the wrath of a God whose standard had been violated;

Here is the bottom line for the follower of Christ; there is nothing left for us to do but await his coming. However, I must remember that Jesus was a Jew, and that these high holy days are very significant, so it should not surprise us if God has huge plan for this time.

Sept. 23 – Under the category of other things.

  • On May 13, 2014, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius announced that we were on the edge of the abyss and had 500 days to avoid ultimate chaos. Exactly five hundred days from that speech date is September 23, 2015.

  • On multiple occasions for years now, Hollywood films have alluded to the September 23rd date. Examples include “The Number 23” (2007) and most recently the Disney movie, “Tomorrowland” with George Clooney (2015).

  • Before his death in 1727, it is alleged that Sir Isaac Newton, the famous physicist and devout follower of Christ, concealed a prophetic script in one of his journals. These writings contained important information related to Israel and end times events. The manuscripts are detailed in the book Newtons Riddle. Interestingly enough, Newtons calculations point to something occurring on September 23, 2015.

  • It is alleged that 2.5 mile wide asteroid is to hit the earth somewhere off the coast of Puerto Rico. This is supposed to happen on September 23. If that were to happen it would take out the eastern sea board. To enhance this idea, many have had prophetic dreams in which they see a Tsunami that reaches into the Appalachian mountain range.

  • There are far too many things promoting the date of September 23 to ignore, such as: movies, illuminati recruitment videos, Sap business systems promotions, just to name a few.

September 25 – 27 TomorrowWorld Festival

This is taking place in Atlanta Georgia this year. It is a New Age, New World Order, Illuminati, and Rave party all mixed into one. This started in Belgium ten years ago, and it is filled occultist and NWO symbology through out.

Things one might see at TomorrowWorld festivals. Illuminati symbols, occultist symbols, and characters from the unknown world trying to draw you in.

Things one might see at TomorrowWorld festivals. Illuminati symbols, occultist symbols, and characters from the unknown world trying to draw you in.

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Should you wish to go in-depth into what is happening here I suggest you do a search for Tomorrowworld illuminati.

This website has much information, and is clearly written.

http://theopenscroll.blogspot.com/2014/07/part-2-hidden-signs-of-goddess.html

Sept. 28 – The last Blood-moon we will see in our life times.

And it falls precisely on Yom Kippur – a Jewish high holy day observed on the 10th day of the month of Tishri by abstinence from food and drink and by the daylong recitation of prayers of repentance in the synagogue. Also called Day of Atonement.

Picture this: should we be in heaven at this point, do you not think that we will be participating in the highest of Holy Days, along with Jesus?

Random information: I made no real mention of CERN.

Many are saying CERN will be fully operational and will open a portal to the underworld in September 2015. CERN was scheduled to restart on 3/23/15—6 months before 9/23/15.

One of the aspects of CERN is the statue of the Hindu war-god Shiva that stands outside the entrance to the place. Add to this that the people who work there have recorded themselves dancing some weird war dance.

If none of these things convince you, then perhaps the words of two prominent Jewish Rabbis’ will.

From the website, Breaking News Israel, we read:

Leading Israeli Rabbi Says the Arrival of the Messiah is Imminent

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz July 3, 2015 , 7:40 am

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, a leading authority in mainstream Ultra-Orthodox Judaism, has been giving clear and unequivocal messages recently that the coming of the Messiah is imminent. He is urging Jews to make Aliyah as soon as possible. Aliyah, the Hebrew verb for going up refers to immigrating to Israel, which is seen as higher spiritual action that can help herald in the coming of the Messiah.

It was reported that the Rabbi Kanievsky was presented with a pamphlet, written by Rabbi Yitzchak Ben Tzvi from the city of Bnei Brak, dealing with the End of Days and many other related prophecies. Rabbi Kanievsky, who is a pillar of the Jewish community and known for his authoritative books on Torah law, read the pamphlet carefully. After a short consideration, he told those around him that the pamphlet needed to be distributed and that Jews living outside Israel should return to their ancestral land.

In yet another instance of Rabbi Kanievsky’s call for aliyah, author Rabbi Yekutiel Fisch revealed advice that was given to his cousin, a teacher at a prominent Lakewood Yeshiva who visited Israel recently and went to Rabbi Kanievsky to receive a blessing at the end of his visit.

The Rabbi told him that he should not leave Israel because the Messiah would be arriving very soon. The teacher responded that he had 700 students waiting for him in Lakewood. Rabbi Kanievsky told him that he must bring all of the students to Israel. Upon his arrival in Lakewood, the story spread quickly, creating quite an impression on the students who all revere Rabbi Kanievsky.

Read more at http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/44534/leading-israeli-rabbi-messiah-imminent-jewish-world/#P4JSqZh1wjC0XBCg.99

Rabbi Kanievsky has gone so far as to proclaim that the Messiah will arrive by the end of the Sabbatical Year, which ends on the 29th day of Elul (Saturday, September 12, 2015).

It is important to note that this year is not only the Sabbatical Year, but it is also the Jubilee Year, which comes only once every 49 years. It is also extremely imperative to understand that the four blood-moon tetrad occurred in 2014-15 on Israeli feast days, the last of which arrives on Sukkot, September 28, 2015!

I (God) will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out” Ezekiel 20:34.

The second Rabbi I want you to know about.

Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri

Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri’s Prophecy

Before his death, though, he wrote down two hints about the Messiah (Mashiach). First, that Messiah would appear after the death of Ariel Sharon. Next, that the Messiah’s name is Yehoshua, Yeshua, Yahusha … you got it, the one that most English speaking moderns call Jesus.

During his final years on Earth, Rabbi Kaduri’s thoughts were centered on the coming of the One who would redeem Israel. The Rabbi passed on in January of 2006. Very interesting … AND 2006 is the same year Ariel Sharon was declared to be incapacitated: serious medical problems began in January, the very month Rabbi Kaduri died.

here is his vision: According to his followers, he fell into a trance-like state in 2005 on Yom Kippur, the Jewish holy Day of Atonement. This happened before a room full of his students and lasted 45 minutes. Afterwards, the old rabbi lifted his head and said “I have met the Messiah…..He shall appear soon.” He somberly continued, “….The Messiah has revealed to me that He will not present Himself until after the death of our prime minister, Ariel Sharon.

Kaduri died within three months after his vision, on January 28, 2006 at the estimated age of 108. It is said that he wrote a note instructing it to be opened one year after his death, which would reveal the name of the Messiah. The rabbi’s story was first published in the April 2007 issue of Israel Today Magazine. According to that article, here is what the note said (translated from Hebrew into English):

Concerning the letter abbreviation of the Messiah’s name, He will lift the people and prove that his word and law are valid. This I have signed in the month of mercy, Yitzhak Kaduri.”

The Hebrew sentence with the hidden name of the Messiah reads: ירי   העםויוכיח  שדברו  ותורתו  עומדים (Yarim Ha’am Veyokhiakh Shedvaro Vetorato Omdim).

Kaduri supposedly told his followers to take the first letter of each Hebrew word in the sentence to spell out the name. The name that was revealed is said to translate as Yehoshua.”

From: Cynthia Nuara

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You made it through, and I can just about guarantee you that I left something out.

The HOPE is that we, as followers of Christ, will not have go through most of this. I have stated many times in my posts – that tribulations are a guarantee for the believer, so do go whining about “The Tribulation”. Besides that it is the time of God’s wrath, and that time was not meant for those who are in Him. Should you want to be in Him then you need only to say a simple prayer and mean it; something like this: “God, please forgive me of all of my sins. I believe that your Son, Jesus, died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins, and I receive Him as my Lord and Savior, in Jesus’s name I pray.”

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This person is deadly and will command great power. Revelation 13:7


In an earlier post, I talked about this transition we see as the beast obtains a spokesman, and how that the first designations applied to the beast tend to make us look for a person as we try to figure out who this beast is. The spokesman is clearly a person, just as John Kerry is now the spokesman for the United States, in his role as the Secretary of State. However you and I need to get this straight; this “it”, is it the beast, or the spokesman? I am casting my vote for the spokesman.

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John Forbes Kerry is an American politician who is the 68th and current United States Secretary of State.

Do not make the mistake of thinking this spokesman is feckless like our Secretary of State, this person is deadly and will command great power. Another that has caught the eye of many is Alexis Tsipras, the Prime minster of Turkey. A devout atheist it might not take  much for him to become a devoted Muslim.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece

Princip Erdogan of Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is the 12th and current President of Turkey

At this time – we have no solid idea who this spokesman – the antichrist scripture tells us about –  is, although Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of Turkey, has declared himself to be god several times.

(Revelation 13:7 ESV) Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation,

“it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them.”

In a earlier post we read that the war it makes lasts 42 months, three and one half years.

And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. (Revelation 13:5 ESV)

Is there a difference between making war and exercising authority?

Authority is the Greek word exousia, and means: (in the sense of ability); privilege, that is, (subjectively) force, (objectively) mastery.

Apparently there is little difference, for if you restate verse five with alternate wording, you see that in both cases they are deadly.

and it was allowed to exercise force and mastery for forty-two months.”

Is this deadly theme we see here something that we can find elsewhere? Absolutely; look at the prophecies of Daniel:

  • It is in, chapter 7 verses 20-25, where he speaks of “the other horn which came up; that horn which had eyes and a mouth uttering great boasts”, and how “that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them.” Daniel also tells us about the blasphemous aspect of this spokesperson and the length of time. “He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.

  • In 8:24,25 – We are made aware of the destructiveness of this spokesperson/mouth.”His power will be mighty, but not by his own power, And he will destroy to an extraordinary degree ; He will destroy mighty men and the holy people. And he will destroy many while they are at ease.

  • And in 9:26-27 ESV We find that the mouth has another name (he has several.) “the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. “..until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”

authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation”

One last passage to show that this is all part of God’s plan, and fills all the parameters. This is one that Jesus revealed to the disciples.

Luke 21:22-24 ESV for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. (23) Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. (24) They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

To say “for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written.” Is to tell you straight that this is the time of God’s wrath upon the earth, and it will be global. Muslims are killing Buddhists in Thailand, the indigenous people of Papua, New Guinea, Chad, Nigeria, and of course, in your country also.

Before we part for today, let me clarify something.

it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them.”

This is not the christian community as I understand it today (moments before the rapture.) It is those that come to Christ after the rapture has taken place, and we see them called the Saints and the martyred.

Revelation 6:9-11 ESV When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. (10) They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” (11) Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

While this could be speaking of the church, it also speaks of those martyred during the years of wrath.

Revelation 12:11 ESV And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.

The second group, the martyred after the rapture, will not have grace, as we had. They will have to prove their allegiance to God at the edge of the sword. See, the problem is that we think God is just a weak wimp, and that is not the case. You want a daddy that spanks you? I suspect you have been spanked, you just do not recognize it. God does have rules, and the day will come when payment will be collected.

The number of those, regardless of how they must get there, that will choose to come to Jesus, will be uncountable.

Revelation 7:9-10 ESV After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, (10) and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

What is the distinction then between those that are caught up in the rapture, and those who are martyred?

At this time, a pre-rapture scenario, we live in what is known as the age of grace, a time of God’s mercy. What that means is, that in a sense I have the freedom to play the fool, doing as I please, knowing that my sins are forgiven and covered, and that I will not be judged for sin. However that statement does not exclude me from judgment. Merely to say to you will not be judged in one way, does not exclude you from being judged in another. As Christians we have all heard that we will stand before Jesus in judgment, but that judgment has more to do with what you did with Jesus. So, standing before Jesus as a believer, all the chaff – stuff I think is important – will be burned away. Down here on earth, we think our stuff makes us special and privileged. Suppose this burning away of the chaff leaves you with no underwear; how privileged will you feel at that moment? Truth is – there is no sorrow in heaven, only the joy of being in His presence.

The Apostle Paul told us that we should not allow our freedoms to cause others to stumble. It could be as simple as a friend of mine puts it when he says that some of his colorful language is not cussing and others should not be offended by it. Whether that is true or not, that other person, especially in Recovery groups, may have suffered tremendous verbal abuse as a child, and sitting there forty years later, not have a clue how to cope with what they perceive as abuse. Now extend this idea to social drinking, or your freedom to smoke pot. Some people, raised religiously, believe that the simple act of smoking can send you to hell. Do you think, I, with my co-dependent head, have time to worry about all this potential guilt? Absolutely NOT. I do however have a brain, I can read, and I have a conscience. I get it, and though yes, I like the taste of a cold beer, I choose not to partake because I have a calling upon my life – and His name is Jesus. Having this understanding helps to keep me from playing the fool.

I am not telling you how to run your life, you are free to be a fool if you want, and you are free to take it to the extreme. I will have difficulty feeling sorry for you when you stumble up to the microphone to say, Hi, my name is ….; a grateful believer, and I struggle with a meth addiction, alcohol addiction, and what ever else you spew out of your mouth; knowing full well that your own selfishness put you in that place. I will however, congratulate you for the bravery that it took for you to be honest and declare that you played the fool, finally understanding that you are not in control of your own life.

We, as followers of Christ, and those of us in Recovery, made a willing and conscious effort to turn our lives over to our higher power – Jesus Christ, for there is no lasting help in anything else.

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The beast was allowed to speak. Revelation 13:5-6


The Revelation of St John: 12. The Sea Monster...

The Revelation of St John: 12. The Sea Monster and the Beast with the Lamb’s Horn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I gave a teaching on Victory in our Recovery meeting last night. An aspect of that teaching talks about giving yourself over to Jesus and allowing Him to change your life. I pointed out that real changes only happen when you open your bible as you pursue those changes. I am painfully aware of how heavy the bible covers are, but I told the crowd that I will help them to open it.

Surely at this point you picked up on my sarcasm; it also applies to our being able to understand the Revelation as well. While I had the desire, all those years ago, they faded quickly after the speaker left, because I was left to deal with finding these answers that were buried in my bible just as you are. Add to that, that I had undiagnosed learning disabilities. What began to change all this for me was technology, and a program called e-Sword. It gave me a number of resources and the ability to find things quickly through searches. There is one other thing that caused great change in me, and that was Joel Richardson and his book, The Islamic Antichrist. The word of God came alive after I began to read that book.

We are living in the Revelation as I speak. It makes my hair stand on end just saying that. As a British acquaintance of mine says, “Come on, get in!”

The beast was allowed to speak

Revelation 13:5-6 Darby (5) And there was given to it a mouth, speaking great things and blasphemies; and there was given to it authority to pursue its career forty-two months. (6) And it opened its mouth for blasphemies against God, to blaspheme his name and his tabernacle, and those who have their tabernacle in the heaven.

Pick a translation, most of them use the terminology him instead of it.

Why is this noteworthy? Because by going back to Daniel’s prophecy we established that we are dealing with empires or governing bodies that comprised the beast. Our understanding of what is taking place here can easily change depending on the translation. For example: if I was locked into the translation that calls the beast “him” then certainly I would be looking for a man. However, if I comprehend that this is an “it”, then the concept of a mouth given to it, takes on the form of a spokesman, and that is what we are looking for when we deal with verses 5 and 6.

The statue we see in Daniel chapter two, that Daniel describes to Nebuchadnezzar as the head, corresponds with the two other visions that Daniel saw in Daniel chapters seven, and nine. Since we know that the Babylonian kingdom was followed by the Medes and Persians, and then the Grecian empire we are able to grasp the direction this beast is going in terms of power and a global threat.

A second thing we need to pay attention to is what this spokesperson says. The passage itself tells us that he is “speaking great things and blasphemies”. Speaking great things does not sound so bad, does it. But what translation do you use? Let’s assume that you are old school and only use the KJV.

Revelation 13:5 KJV And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

great things” does not seem so bad. With everybody running for president of the United States, all we hear are the great things the candidates claim they are going to do. The trained ear knows that 99% of that talk is lies, but we want to be appeased and therefore listen.

But if you explore other translations, such as the Message, you get this:

Revelation 13:5 MSG The Beast had a loud mouth, boastful and blasphemous. It could do anything it wanted for forty-two months.

Now it has changed a little. In concept it is not so different from the King James version, but let’s do one more for fun.

Revelation 13:5 ESV And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.

the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words”, now it feels like more of an affront not only to God, but to my good nature. I have not yet approached this idea of blasphemy, but will, so hang on.

The Greek word translated mouth is stoma. This is similar to a word that we learned in Horticulture, and is a small opening on the plant used for transpiration, the exchange of gases. In a human I believe we call this exchange of gases coming out of the mouth hot air, but is it hot air if there is a deadly truth to it? Check out how the Strong’s concordance defines stoma: the mouth (as if a gash in the face); by implication language (and its relations); figuratively an opening (in the earth); specifically the front or edge (of a weapon): – edge, face, mouth.

The Greek word translated as haughty, boastful and arrogant, is megas. For crying out loud, we have a shark by that name, a Mega Mouth. The definitions for megas cover a range from big and arrogant, to fierce and large. I suspect, that since this “mouth” is more than likely Islamic, then he will tell you exactly what he is going to do, and mean it.

Revelation 13:5 ISV The beast was allowed to speak arrogant and blasphemous things, and it was given authority for 42 months.

arrogant and blasphemous things”

How many times have you heard someone talk about the possibility that they committed the unpardonable sin? Jesus sort of verbally crashed into the pharisees one day immediately after healing someone. The story begins with:

Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and unable to talk was brought to him. Jesus healed him so that the man could speak and see. All the crowds were amazed and kept saying, “This man isn’t the Son of David, is he?” But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man drives out demons only by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.” He knew what they were thinking and told them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. (Matthew 12:22-25 ISV)

So the Pharisees, seeing this healing, say quietly, this man drives out demons by the power of Satan. How did Jesus respond to this murmuring?

Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. (Matthew 12:31-32 ESV)

His response was almost immediate. “every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” Analyze what happened here in Matthew. Jesus heals a man that is blind and cannot speak. In that condition the man is incapable of telling anyone what caused the problem. Jesus merely heals the man, and yet the Pharisees, pick up on the fact that Jesus released this man from a demon possession. They do not give honor to God, but attribute what just happened to the devil. Jesus adds: “but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” The bottom line is this, you can challenge Jesus/God all day long, but attribute what he does to the devil and you have crossed the line.

What is this “mouth” doing? He is speaking evil against God. Since we know that this mouth, the Antichrist is thrown into eternal punishment with Satan, one can assume that his blasphemies were against the Holy Spirit/God, and unforgivable.

If this mouth is Islamic, quite possibly taking the role of the twelfth Imam – The Mahdi Islam awaits, and the Antichrist, then wouldn’t it be his job to put God and Jesus down, while lifting himself up. In that role, what kind of things would he be saying? Not sure, but I cannot imagine them being pleasant. We get a taste of what Islam says and believes even now, as they brutalize their captors – especially if they are Christians – raping them, and then killing them in some brutal fashion.

One last thing: “and it was given authority for 42 months.” The time of God’s wrath lasts seven-years. Therefore the 42 months or three and one half years, parallels either the first half, the second half, or somewhere in between. I suggest this is the first beast, and shows up at the beginning of the time period, signs a peace treaty, presumably with Israel (although the scriptural terminology calls for many), wages a continuous war against the saints (these are those who are martyred during this time period), and then seems to step aside as the false prophet shows up at the midpoint.

The object is not to scare you, but to inform you. The more you know and understand, the easier it is for you instruct many in righteousness, and that is what we are all about.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal savior then ask Him into your life. It may be the wisest thing you have ever done. He is coming back for those who belong to him, otherwise I foresee nothing but pain in the future.

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No one is like this beast! No one can fight against it. Revelation 13:4


“No one is like this beast! No one can fight against it.” That is not true, however, in the process of physically fighting against it you become just like it. We have waited too long to eliminate this evil that has waited silently in our nations, infiltrating the fabric of our governing bodies, and now it is awakening around the globe.

As overwhelming as this looks, it is being restrained. Restrained by little insignificant people like me. People who have been willing to look at what is coming and talk about it. I am telling you that ignoring it can and will get you killed, and what use are you when you are dead?

2 Thessalonians 2:7 ESV (7) For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.

It is you, it is me, and it is the Spirit of the living God that flows through my veins and gives me a voice that is restraining this beast. Am I having an impact on the Middle Eastern world? It does not seem like it, but then you do not know my God, and his name is Yeshua, NOT Allah.

“No one is like this beast! No one can fight against it.”

Revelation 13:4 ESV And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”

An 1800s Russian engraving depicting the Whore...

An 1800s Russian engraving depicting the Whore of Babylon riding the seven-headed Beast (a Sirrush) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Context: The dragon is Satan.

Revelation 12:9 ESV And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan,..”

We know that the beast comes up out of the sea (Revelation 13:1), and the sea is presumed to be the sea of people. I suppose it is like saying it comes out of the masses of people. The beast also has multiple heads, and since that does not happen we understand that the beast is an empire or large governing body. John’s application tended to address the known world and to him it was the Mediterranean region. At that time the Mediterranean was under Roman control, but in time would see an Islamic Caliphate in control of those same lands and more.

Revelation 13:3 ESV One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast.

We established that this beast we see in Revelation 13:3 is an empire or governing body, much like the Ottoman empire. The Islamic Caliphate called the Ottoman Empire, was abolished by British in 1924. Therefore this beast is nothing more than Islam attempting once again to rule the earth under an Islamic caliphate. If that happens the law of the land will be Sharia; this works out well if you are a man, but not so good if you are a woman.

Who are the “they” in verse 4? Verse 3 informs us that “the whole earth” followed the beast. Now I have two possibilities for an answer: Either the “they”are those that follow the beast – hence now after the dragon, or, it literally implies “the whole earth”. If it is the whole earth, then the Holy Spirit or John is taking some literary license here because you should know that there are followers of Christ on the earth, Jews, and a few other religions that are not so inclined to knowingly follow after the dragon/Satan. Jesus told us that the deception would be great, and even the “godly” Christian community may be inadvertently following after the dragon. If you do not think that is possible, then how do you explain this:

1 John 2:15-16 ESV 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. (16) For all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life–is not from the Father but is from the world.

For all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life–is not from the Father but is from the world.” And Satan owns the world. He will own the world up to the time that Jesus locks him up for a thousand years. So all my attempts at satisfying what my flesh wants is really nothing more than following foolishly after the dragon.

And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast,”

I have talked of those that inadvertently follow after the dragon, but by the time we get to Revelation 13:11-14, you will begin to see that a second beast has risen and makes people worship the first beast.

Does the world in general comprehend that Satan is in control and is giving his power and authority to this beast that is currently rampaging over the earth? I do not think so. I believe they, just like us, believe it is merely a bunch of thugs with guns trying to enforce their will on people so that someone gets rich, for that is the way it always works.

There is however, a growing number of people who seem bent on throwing their lives into the hands of Satan, merely because they know it upsets God. (I believe you can see this clearly in the music industry. Katy Perry was raised in church, as were many of them.) They do so because they think they will obtain the power that they see the beast getting. The problem with that is that even they were created in the image of God, therefore Satan hates them as well, and will attempt to destroy them too. The result for those that follow Satan will the same fate reserved for him, eternal separation and anguish.

The fools that follow after the dragon say, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”

I have to tell you that even I have asked that question. Once I realized that Islam was the beast, and watched it spread throughout the globe over the last several years; I have wondered how you fight against such an ideology. Sadly there is only one way if I focus on man’s resources, but that way makes us butchers just like them. As followers of Christ we have NOT been called to be butchers. Mind you, young men have gone off to war and scripturally I see no problem with that, as we are subject to governing authorities – when they are within reason. However, when they are not within reason then we have a necessity to stand up for what is right. Just ask the three Hebrews under Nebuchadnezzar’s reign who were told to bow to the statue and refused. Their response was: “But even if he doesn’t, we still won’t worship your gods.” [You can find this story in Daniel chapter 3.]

(As a side note: you would not be living in America if people did not put their lives on the line for what was right; so there is a time and a place for everything. I am going to tell outright, if you lift a weapon against what is coming, you will die at the hands of an equal or greater force. Many of us will be taken captive, thrown into FEMA prison camps and be made to disappear. But I will guarantee you this though, I will not be silent.)

My pastor has for several weeks now been teaching on Revelation, but he is quick to take the cutting-edge off by adding, “however, we will be watching from the Mezzanine”. This has actually made some people angry, but I am sure that the concept is, we – as followers of Christ – will not be here. Yes, that makes me a pre-trib believer. I have repeatedly pointed out that these arguments are of our own making. Look at what Paul wrote in his first letter to the church in Thessalonica.

1 Thessalonians 5:9 ESV (9) For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

What we have called “the tribulation” is a poorly named description of the seven years of God’s wrath being poured out upon the earth. Our lack of a proper description of this time period has many to be confused and some to lose hope. The confusion, it seems, borders on religious wars, and that is a waste of all our precious time.

Romans 5:9-10 ESV Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. (10) For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

Think about the logic of this verse. If God saved us when we were yet sinners, speaking horrible things about him, since we have become His own possession through our acceptance of Jesus Christ, why would He then leave us to suffer and be tormented, over and above what life dishes out, by a wrath that God designed to punish the Jews that rejected Him, and the nations that ignored Him. Beside that, God sacrificed His only Son and now we are complete in Him through acceptance. Would He once again abuse his Son and us? I do not think so, and neither do you.

Our relationship in Him is precious. It has cost God time, the loss – at least momentarily – of his son, and the blood of precious saints to rescue us from this earth once created for the sole purpose of his creations pleasure, but now destroyed by Satan.

If you do not know Jesus Christ you can. Merely ask him into your life and turn your own life over to him. Then you too can have a hope in the fact that Jesus will come back for those who are His own.

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