King of the NORTH & King of the SOUTH

Daniel 11 is an overview of the nations controlling Israel from the time of Cyrus to the reign of Herod the Great – a marker point in the 70 week prophecy. It provides such an explicit history of events that critics say it must have been written after they occurred.  Those who believe in the creator of the universe know that God not only revealed the future to Daniel, but has revealed it to us too. Fragments of the Book of Daniel found among the Dead Sea scrolls also demonstrate it was written well ahead of the specific events it detailed

Chapter 12 of Daniel seems to take a leap in time to the last days and the time of the resurrection.  It is an overview only – a sealed chapter. Revelation 6 begins where the detailed prophecy of Daniel 11 ends – The sealed scroll of Daniel 12 is open and first century history continuing from Herod the Great is revealed.

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This gives us the time and place of the events.  Four horsemen go out from ‘God’s throne room in heaven’ which is in the land of Israel during the first century.

(For the explanation of the first 34 verses of Daniel 11 See  ‘Daniel 11 Explained’)

Let’s pick up the prophecy from Daniel 11:35 and merge it with Revelation 6.

Daniel 11:35  And some of those who are wise shall fall, to refine and to cleanse them and to make them white, until the time of the end, for it is yet for the time appointed.          The ‘time of the end’ refers to the 70 weeks Prophecy (Dan 9:24-7), which led to the appearance of the Messiah at the end of the 62 ‘7’s – an ‘appointed time’. Jesus began His ministry by saying ‘The time is fulfulled’ (Mark 1:15) also referring to this time.

 Daniel 11:36 Then the king shall do according to his will; 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 determined shall be done.

The prophecy tells us about The King at the time of the end according to the next stage of the Daniel 9 prophecy.

Daniel 9 with Herod focus

 

 The king in verse 36 is talking of Herod the Great. He is not called the King of the North (who at this time was Octavius) or the king of the South (Antony & Cleopatra), but simply ‘The King’. Herod was king of Judea which is ground zero for Bible prophecy. The first thing said of The King in v 36 is that he would “do according to his own will.” Herod’s god was himself.

Daniel 11:37 He will show no regard for the gods of his ancestors or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all.

Even though Herod was an Idumean (a descendant of Esau), his family had converted to Judaism in the 2nd century BCE, therefore, Herod was generally regarded as a Jew. He promoted Greek and Roman gods for his own political ends. He built the port city of Caesarea (named after the Roman emperor Caesar Augustus). Herod showed no regard for Jesus – the one desired of women – he saw Him as a threat to His throne and had the babies of Bethlehem murdered in the hope of killing Jesus.

Daniel 11:38 He shall honor the god of fortresses instead of these; a god whom his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts.  

The Roman emperors proclaimed themselves to be ‘gods’, and it was by their military ‘forces’ or ‘fortresses’ that they enlarged and sustained their power. Herod honoured the warring Roman rulers with tribute and building projects. He rebuilt many fortresses and temples including three dedicated to Caesar Augustus. He rebuilt the ancient Phoenician coastal fort called Strato’s Tower and renamed it Caesarea in honor of Caesar Augustus; he rebuilt Samaria, and renamed it Sebaste (sebastos was the Greek word for ‘reverend,’ equivalent to the Latin augustus). He built many other fortified cities and named them in honor of Caesar. Herod also introduced Greek-style games in honor of Caesar. He often sent delegations to Rome to deliver valuable gifts and money to show his respect to Caesar.

Daniel 11:39 He shall deal with the strongest fortresses by the help of a foreign god; those who acknowledge him he shall magnify with honor. He shall make them rulers over many and shall divide the land for a price.

Between 39-38 BCE Herod captured Samaria, Jericho and finally Jerusalem itself with the backing of Rome’s forces provided by Mark Antony. Herod gave land and authority to those who supported him in order to secure their allegiance.

 Daniel 11:40-42 He (Herod) shall mix horns (See Greek συγκερατισθήσεται combine forces- mix with) with the King of the South. And the King of the North shall rush upon him (the King of the South) like a whirlwind, with chariots and horsemen, and with many ships (Battle of Actium); and he shall come into countries and shall overflow and pass through. 41 He (King of the North – Octavian) shall come into the glorious land. And tens of thousands shall fall, but these shall be delivered out of his hand: Edom and Moab and the main part of the Ammonites. 42 He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape.

This passage describes the conflict between Antony/Cleopatra and Octavius. Herod was caught in the middle- initially giving military aid to Antony/Cleopatra – the ‘King of the South’ then changing allegiance and siding with Octavius when he saw that Antony was losing the battle.

The course Octavius took after his victory over Antony and Cleopatra at the battle of Actium accurately follows the prophecy. He passed through Syria, Judea (the ‘glorious land’), and went to Egypt to finish off Antony and Cleopatra. The lands of Edom, Moab, and Ammon were not invaded during this excursion.

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 Daniel 11:43 He (Octavius the King of the North) shall become ruler of the treasures of gold and of silver, and all the precious things of Egypt; and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall follow in his train.

Octavius captured the riches of Egypt with his victory over Antony and Cleopatra. He celebrated his triumph in Rome in 29 BCE. His general, Cornelius Balbus, later took Libya and Ethiopia for Rome.

Daniel 11:40-42 Tidings from the east and the north shall alarm him, and he shall go forth with great fury to exterminate and utterly destroy many.

Having updated the story flow in verses 40-43 to show the Roman involvement, the prophecy reverts to its earlier subject, Herod The King, at ground zero – Israel. The tidings from the East which troubled Herod was the news of the birth of the ‘King of the Jews’ via the Magi. Matt. 2:3 “When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him”. In fury Herod murdered many – Matt. 2:16. Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under.”

The ‘tidings from the North’ came from Rome where his oldest son Antipater sent letters claiming that two of his other sons, were plotting against him. Herod had the two sons killed. A little later Herod executed Antipater as well and 300 of his supporters.

Daniel 11:45   And he shall pitch his tabernacles like palaces between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; but he shall come to his portion, and there is none to deliver him

Herod built a many fortresses between the seas (Dead Sea and Mediterranean) in the Holy Mountain. His fortresses included Alexandruim, Masada, Hyrcania, Herodium and Cypros. It seems he was entombed at Herodium after dying at his Jericho fortress (according to Josephus).

The end of Herod’s life was documented by Josephus. After years of suffering from a painful disease (probably syphilis), Herod finally attempted to take his own life. He was stopped by his cousin Achiab and died painfully.

Daniel 11 concludes in Roman times with Herod’s death, bringing us to the time of Christ – the ‘end time’ of the 62 ‘7’s of Daniel’s prophecy.  Some confuse this ‘end time’ with the end of the world in the future and equate the King of the North with Ezekiel 38.  This is clearly a different time period.

. In Daniel 11 the King of the North captures Egypt and Cush- they are against the King of the North. In Ezekiel 38 the Southern hordes are aligned with the northern hordes – they are on the same side. Compare Daniel  and Ezekiel  “He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt, with the Libyans and Cushites in submission.” Dan. 11:43

Notice the Cushites are in submission in Ezekiel 38:5  – “All of them brandishing their swords. Persia, Cush and Put will be with them – a completely different event and time.

 Revelation 6 – Filling in THE GAPS

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 We find the expanded and continuing prophecy of Daniel 12 in Revelation.

 Daniel 12:1 tells us that a great time of trouble arises for Israel

 “At that time (the final time of the Daniel 9 prophecy) Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. (Daniel 12:1)

This time of trouble is specifically mentioned as being for Israel. Their greatest time of trouble began when they rejected God’s Son, the Messiah. The Gospel was entrusted to the Gentiles, they were, cut off. Their trouble spans their entire time of persecution in all the countries they have been scattered.

In Revelation six we are told of the events once the seals are opened – spreading out from Israel – the gospel going to the Gentiles and the persecution of the Jews. We are also told of the Jews inflicting their own persecution on Christians.

4 seals release 4 horsemen. They go out from the throne of God – Israel: ground zero

The time of events continues from Herod: the 1st Century.

The first 4 seals cover –

White Horse – Jesus on a white horse with a new covenant (bow) to the Gentiles.  The white horse links Jesus to the white horse he rides in chapter 19 when He returns.

Fiery Red Horse – Persecution of Christians –The colour – fiery red – links it to Herod himself the fiery red dragon of chapter 12 who morphs into those who follow in his steps and persecute Christians. (See notes on Chapter 12)

Black Horse – Jews weighed in scales – curse of Lev. 26 on Jews in their own cities, especially Jerusalem AD 70. They are the epitome of the sun turning black – no longer the light of the world –

Green Horse – Translators often call this a ‘Pale’ horse – but the word means green in other passages – green trees, grass.

God’s judgement of 4 plagues on the Jews – scattered to all nations. The Bar Kochba rebellion 132-135 CE, the 3rd and final Jewish/Roman war was the defining one for the dispersion of the Jews from their land (until 1948). The green horse was the full force of the Leviticus 26 judgment on the Jews.  Their vigor was dryed up  I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. “ ‘I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.’ ” Ezek. 17:24

Four living creatures summon four horsemen-

WHITE HORSE

 1st SEAL

I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest. Rev 6:1-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOW – a bow of covenant – taken from Israel and given to Christians

“I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. In that day I will break Israel’s bow in the Valley of Jezreel.” Hos 1:5

Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. Matt 21:43

Jesus is described as the rider on white horse in Rev 19:11 –12

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a WHITE horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns… The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Rev 19:11

Revelation 6 is talking of Jesus first coming with the ‘bow’ of the New Covenant. Chapter 19 is talking of His second coming with all the saints in white also on white horses.

 

FIERY RED HORSE 

 

2nd SEAL

 

I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” Then another horse came out, a fiery RED one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.

 

Same context as The Fiery Red Dragon of Rev. 12 which morphs from Herod to Judaisers (See chapter 12 commentary)

Satan from the beginning – in this context talking of Herod and Jews killing babies, killing Jesus, killing John the Baptist, persecuting Jewish Christians.

The dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus. Rev. 12:17

Acts 12:2 King Herod (Antipas) arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword

 

BLACK HORSE

 

3rd SEAL

 

I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a BLACK horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”

 

 

 

The quote for the Black Horse is taken from Lev. 26 – A time of Judgement for Jews while still in their cities 70-135 CE

I will bring the sword on you to avenge the breaking of the covenant. When you withdraw into your cities, I will send a plague among you, and you will be given into enemy hands. When I cut off your supply of bread, ten women will be able to bake your bread in one oven, and they will dole out the bread by weight. You will eat, but you will not be satisfied. Lev 26:25-6

They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you. Luke 19:44

The Jews didn’t recognize the coming of Jesus of which Daniel & others prophesied. They lost their place in heaven ‘the sun became BLACK’ – they were not the light to the world – they are the 2 witnesses wearing sackcloth which is also black in v 12.

 

GREEN HORSE

 

4th SEAL

 

There before me was a GREEN horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a 1/4 of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth (God’s 4 judgments)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEATH –  4 Judgements against Jerusalem/Jews – Lev 26 & Ezek 14

Continuing  the theme of measuring bread by weight (Lev 26:26) punishment spirals to 7 fold as God rejects Jews. They are destroyed in their cities and dispersed from their land by the Romans.

Lev 26:25 And I will bring the sword on you to avenge the breaking of the covenant. When you withdraw into your cities, I will send a plague among you, and you will be given into enemy hands (beasts). When I cut off your supply of bread, ten women will be able to bake your bread in one oven, and they will dole out the bread by weight. … I myself will punish you for your sins seven times over. …I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars and pile your dead bodies on the lifeless forms of your idols…I will scatter you among the nations and will draw out my sword and pursue you.

Ezek. 14:21 How much worse will it be when I send against Jerusalem my four dreadful judgments—sword and famine and wild beasts and plague—to kill its men and their animals!

 1/4 of the earth – Herod the fiery red dragon (See comments  chapter 12) had 7 crowns (ruled Israel- The ‘land built on 7 nations’) -when he died it was divided into 4. Herods sons had 3/4 of the old kingdom -the Romans governed the Judean 1/4 – By 135 CE they had destroyed the temple, expelled the Jews and renamed Judea ‘Syria Palaestina’. Some Jews were taken to Rome others fled to Galilee and throughout the world.

 

The 5th and 6th seal show the passing of time until the Day of Judgement

 

5th SEAL

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.

A scene from the ‘Throne Room in Heaven’. The martyred saints ask how much longer until the earth is judged and their blood avenged – the spirit of justice which cries out to God. In a similar way the blood of Abel cried out to God –

“The LORD said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.”

The souls under the altar are given white robes and told to wait.

Time passes.

 

6th SEAL

I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.  The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains.  They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!  For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?

 

Huge political upheaval at the end time – the final days of judgement – the great day of their wrath has come

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 As is the pattern of Revelation, each judgement is an overview of a particular aspect of mankind which brings us to the ‘Day of Wrath’ or The Kingdom.

Extract from ‘Revelation – The Time is at Hand’

 

 

 

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THE BEATITUDES IN THE LAW OF MOSES

Jesus came as light to a world in darkness to reveal God. Not a new God – the same God of love, mercy and kindness He was from the beginning.

The teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount were how the Law should always have been interpreted by the Jews.  Jesus explicitly says He was living under the Law and not one tittle would pass until all was accomplished – meaning His death when the veil was ripped in two and animal sacrifices were replaced with His own life of sacrifice.  Jesus showed how wrongly people had handled God’s word. An ‘eye for an eye’ should have always been overridden by the greater commandment “Love your neighbour as yourself” – thus Jesus could say ‘do not resist an evil person’ rather than practice ‘an eye for an eye’. These were the teachings He was advocating whilst still under the Law.

Jesus showed the hierarchy of the commandments.  All the Law and Prophets hung on the two greatest commandments –

‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matt. 22:37-40

Jesus expected Nicodemus to interpret the Law as He did – by being born again – not born a Jew.

If God commanded Moses to exterminate everyone without mercy, then why was this law broken (with approval) before they even conquered the land?  On the surface, Deuteronomy 7 said to show no mercy, destroy totally and make no covenants or marriages with the inhabitants of the land.

“You must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons” Deut. 7:2-3

Yet the 2 spies made a covenant with Rahab, showed her mercy and she married into Israel and became the ancestor of Jesus. The unusual inclusion of foreign women in the genealogy of Joseph (Jesus legal guardian) is for us to ponder. A point is made by including Rahab and Ruth in the Matt. 1 genealogy of Jesus, and also Uriah the Hittite – none of these people would be there if all the inhabitants of the land had been destroyed – not even Jesus.

Jesus advocated showing mercy, and it’s only by God’s mercy we will be saved.  Consider events in the table below which seem to contradict the surface teachings of THE LAW

JESUS LAW BREAKING LAW
Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy Matt 5:7 NO MERCY OR COVENANTS

And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them. Deut 7:2

 Covenant to Rahab: Swear to me by the Lord (covenant) that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Josh 2:12 (Mercy/kindness)
When Christ came into the world, he said:“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Heb 10:5  RULES FOR SACRIFICES

The first seven chapters of Leviticus describe the various offerings and how they are to be carried out (burnt, grain, peace, sin, trespass) it doesn’t say they weren’t required.

For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. Hos 6:6

On the surface, The Law demanded sacrifices – God said he didn’t desire them.

It has also been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, brings adultery upon her.

Matt 5:23

DIVORCE FOREIGNERS

Ezra 10:2.. “Now let us make a covenant before our God to send away all these (foreign) women and their children, in accordance with the counsel of my lord and of those who fear the commands of our God. Let it be done according to the Law

Mal 3:16   “The man who hates and divorces his wife, ” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” says the Lord Almighty.”

 

These are God’s words condemning divorce (via His prophet) – contemporary with those insisting on it – under the pretence of following the Law

You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye and tooth for tooth. But I tell you not to resist an evil person. Matt 5:38

Here, Jesus quoted the Law but set it aside for a greater one.

EYE FOR EYE

If there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise Exodus 21:24

Saul said to David, “You are more righteous than I; for you have dealt well with me, while I have dealt wickedly with you. 1 Sam 24:17

David did not carry out ‘eye for eye’ but chose compassion

Neither do I (condemn you). Go and sin no more. John 8:11

David received mercy from God, not death, after adultery with Bathsheba

Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your unfailing love;

according to your great compassion

blot out my transgressions.

2Wash away all my iniquity

and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51

DEATH FOR ADULTERY

This woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. John 8:4

“‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife–with the wife of his neighbour-both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death. Lev 20:10 (no ifs or buts – the Law said to kill adulterers)

Mary was also assumed to have committed adultery outside her engagement vow (as binding as marriage) yet Joseph was called righteous for breaking The Law of stoning concerning adultery:

“Joseph her husband, being righteous and not willing to shame her publicly, resolved to divorce her quietly.”Matt 1:19

He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. Psalm 103:10 Rebellious Son to be Stoned:

If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother … all the men of his town are to stone him to death. Deut 21:18

Absalom rebelled against David

“More and more people were joining Absalom and supporting his plot. … “When you hear the sound of the trumpets, you must shout, ‘Absalom now rules as king in Hebron!’” 2 Sam 15:10               David did not kill his rebellious son – he loved him – he broke the law for dealing with rebellious sons.

God always wanted foreigners.  Jesus equated the words of Isaiah 56:7 with the temple of His time – not just a future kingdom

“My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” Mark 11:17

The first occasion the Jews tried to kill Jesus (Luke 4:27) was when he said the Gospel had gone to Syria and Lebanon

Destruction and Rejection of FOREIGNERS

Thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee: Deut 20:17

No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the LORD, not even in the tenth generation. Deut 23:3

See: Last Events of Old Testament – Right or Wrong ?

https://alsowritten.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/last-events-of-old-testament-right-or-wrong/

Ruth the Moabitess  was accepted and the ancestor of Jesus.

 

Rahab was a Canaanite

Uriah was a Hittite and Godly man

The Jews themselves were descended from Hittites and Amorites – This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Jerusalem: Your ancestry and birth were in the land of the Canaanites; your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite. Ezek. 16:3

No HEIRACHY among believers: “To those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” John 1:13 Roman Law of Man as the Head:  “Women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says.” 1 Cor 14:34

There is no law in the Old Testament silencing women

Further explained

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLn3bRDmJU4&feature=youtu.be

“In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Gal 3:26-9

This equality in Christ broke all the social norms.

The beatitudes of Matthew 5 show how Jesus interpreted the Law of Moses as it should always have been applied – mercy over judgement.  “Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy”.  Matt 5:7

Mercy and truth didn’t begin with Jesus – they began with God:

You do not stay angry forever

but delight to show mercy.

You will again have compassion on us;

you will tread our sins underfoot

and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

You will perform the truth to Jacob,

and the mercy to Abraham,

as you pledged on oath to our ancestors

in days long ago. Micah 7:18-20

The God of the Old Testament was the same as the God of the New. Jesus came as light in the days of darkness to declare God as people should have always understood Him –

No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him. John 1:18

As ‘Beloved Disciples’ we should also declare God and Jesus if we are ‘in the bosom’ of Jesus as the Beloved Disciple was

There was at table one of His disciples in the bosom of Jesus, whom Jesus loved John 13:23…17:20 I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message (Beloved Disciples reveal Jesus)

We need to understand how to declare God.

HEIRACHY OF THE LAW

Jesus didn’t set out ‘Doctrines to Follow’ in a list – that is what man does, and falls into disputes over.  Jesus declared God by showing us principles based on the two most important commandments and the ‘weightier matters of the Law’ – justice, mercy and truth – these are spiritual commands.

Sacrifice was part of the Law, but Jesus showed that mercy took precedence –

If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. Matt 12:7

David understood what God required

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire – but my ears you have opened Ps 40:6

Paul also saw past the letter of the Law to its greater and spiritual meaning –

“But he is a Jew, who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” Rom 2:29

The Law was righteous if applied in the right way, by the Spirit –

That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Rom 8:4

The ministry of Elijah is to turn the heart of a man to his neighbour.  This was the problem when the prophecy of Malachi was written – the Jews were casting out foreigners, even sending away their own children, they were not loving their neighbour, only fellow Jews. Justification for this perhaps came from a poor interpretation of Lev. 19:18 You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself”. Some Jews thought that a neighbour only applied to ‘the sons of your people’ – thus the question to Jesus “who is my neighbour”. Jesus showed that even despised Samaritans were good neighbours. He showed by example that He had fellowship with those others despised. He sat at table with ‘sinners’ – He shared the Passover with a known thief and those who would betray Him and desert Him. He undoubtedly shared it with His mother and all the women left out of the records. It was to be ‘one of the 12’ who betrayed Him as opposed to the many others present in the large upper room at the Passover event which was for all to attend.

John the Baptist declared that God didn’t care about literal Jewish lineage and could raise children to Abraham from the stones. The same message needs to go out now – to love our neighbour and not despise others.

Mal 4:5-6 Septuagint version: Behold, I will send to you Elijah the Tishbite, before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes;  who will turn again the heart of the father to the son, and the heart of a man to his neighbour, lest I come and smite the earth grievously.

The message of Elijah and Jesus is to be inclusive, not exclusive – to love your neighbour as yourself. The Law needs to be understood through the lens of Jesus to gain a fuller understanding of God, who Jesus declared. The New Covenant was not about doing away with the Law of Moses – but fulfilling it. Jesus was “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”.

The God of the entire Bible and creator of all is so far above our understanding we can’t fathom it – yet He is kind and merciful even though we aren’t deserving of it.

See also ‘Last Events of Old Testament – Right or Wrong’

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Re-Thinking How We Read the Old Testament

The inspired words of God’s prophets declare His righteousness. However, parts of the Bible are not revelation of Divine truth such as the words of Job’s friends.  This said, the production of the volume known as the Bible is clearly God’s work through His Spirit.

Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness:”  English Revised Version – correct translation of 2 Tim. 3:16.

This passage is endorsing the inspired scriptures of the Old Testament to which it refers – not all scripture contained in the volume we know as the Bible.

There is a need to understand whether the history books of Ezra/Nehemiah were correct and are profitable for instruction in righteousness, or whether they fall into the catagory of Job’s friends and claim to be the will of God but are not. The contemporary prophets of God condemn the final actions of the Jews in the Old Testament.  Zechariah who was present at the building of the second temple was murdered by the Jews.  Fortunately God inspired the writers of Ezra and Zechariah to date their comments and actions to the reign of Darius so we can see that Zechariah was condemning the Jews while the building of the temple was taking place. At the same time the Book of Ezra is praising the actions of the Jews. Zechariah was murdered after the temple was completed as per Jesus comment – “Zechariah son of Berekiah (son of Iddo), whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.”Matt 23:35

Not all scripture reflects what God wants done, or is for training in righteousness – some is to see where others went wrong and learn from it –  reflecting  what people did and said according to mans perspective. This is not profitable to copy, but profitable to avoid. The history books at the end of the Old Testament were written from a Jewish male perspective as were the histories of all ancient nations – Sumerians, Akkadians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Egyptians etc. It was a patriarchal world.

This explains why 90% of the people named in the Old Testament are men – largely due to the lineage lists which didn’t include women. This custom of leaving women out also explains why even New Testament writers left Mary out of her own lineage in Luke 3, why the number present at the feeding of the 5,000 was generally in terms of men present, and why no mention is made of the women at the last supper who came under the umbrella of ‘disciples’.  It was a ‘known’ thing that of course the Passover was for entire families to keep.  The 12 got a special mention because it was one of the 12 who would betray Jesus – as opposed to all the rest.

The Old Testament ends with the Jews searching their lineage so they could be accepted after their return from Babylon. In contrast to this the New Testament opens with John the Baptist telling them that God can raise children to Abraham from the stones.  Jesus came and showed how the Law should have been applied. It is in understanding this that we see more clearly where the Jews went wrong.girl preaching

Jesus showed that it was never about literal Jewish male lineage – neither being Jewish nor male was what mattered – John 1:13

He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a
husband’s will, but born of God.

The revelations of Jesus  were not new teachings – they were showing what should have always been known under the Law of Moses – things which Jesus expected Nicodemus the teacher to know. In a patriarchal world, God’s teachings were extraordinary – we have to discern which parts of scripture  God endorses to copy, and which parts are there to show the customs of men to avoid.

If we think we should cut people off because the Jews excluded foreigners, then we will be going as far astray as they did.  The so called enemies of Joshua and Zerubbabel who wanted to help build the temple were enemies from the Book of Ezra perspective.  We have to discern if the Ezra perspective was God inspired or only reflecting the Jewish interpretation of cutting off foreigners.  Ezra himself was not God’s prophet, he was a scribe and  “teacher of the Law” with a glorified lineage – in contrast to this the author of the 4th Gospel lost their identity and wrote from the perspective of ‘a beloved disciple’ because earthly lineage never mattered.

Comparing records we see that the Jewish temple was stained with the blood of Zechariah – Why wasn’t this event recorded in the Old Testament? Zechariah was God’s beloved prophet.

See the comparison below

HISTORY  via EZRA 

The elders of the Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching …of Zechariah, a descendant of Iddo. They finished building the temple according to the command of the God of Israel. Ezra 6:14

( events up to the 6th year of Darius as portrayed by Ezra)

PERSPECTIVE OF JESUS

“Upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah (son of Iddo), whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.”Matt 23:35

ZECHARIAH (God’s prophet – murdered for his message)

They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the Lord … had sent …through the earlier prophets. Zech 7:9-12

(4th year of Darius – before Zechariah was murdered)

Notice that Zechariah was preaching in the 4th year of Darius –  I love the way these 2 events ( In Ezra & Zechariah) are actually dated so we can compare them. The temple was completed in the 6th year of Darius – During its completion in the 4th year of Darius, Zechariah was saying that their hearts were set like flint and they didn’t listen to God – harsh words – we later find out from Jesus that he was murdered for his message. If we didn’t bother searching this out we would take the words of Ezra at face value and think the Jews were right to reject the foreign offer of help “You have no part with us in building a temple to our God. We alone will build it for the Lord, the God of Israel” Ezra 4:3

Yet comparing this exclusive Jewish attitude with the words of God’s earlier prophets like Isaiah (who Zechariah alluded to) we find God wanted foreigners to help build his temple – Is 56:7 “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

This radically changes the way we read the Old Testament.  We need to understand what parts are from the perspective of the Jews and what parts are from God’s perspective.

Jesus’ words in John 1:13 were not a new teaching, they were just not understood by those who couldn’t see beyond the surface of legalism

He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:13

Under God’s true law, Jews were never above gentiles of faith, men were never the rulers over women of faith.  Children born of God were always equal, but not so in a Jewish patriarchal society which required proof of birth to claim ones heritage and only listed men in genealogies –this was of man, not of God.

From Jesus we know that Moses gave the Jews laws for their ‘hardness of heart’ and the Jews kept adding to those laws. We also know that Moses did not write the Torah in its present form but unknown Jews added commentary which talked about Moses and attributed motives to God.

For it was the LORD himself who hardened their hearts to wage war against Israel, so that he might destroy them totally, exterminating them without mercy, as the LORD had commanded Moses. Josh 11:20

Alarm bells should ring when we read this verse – if God commanded Moses to exterminate everyone without mercy, then why was this law broken (with approval) before they even conquered the land?  Deuteronomy 7 said to show no mercy, destroy totally, make no covenants or marriages with the inhabitants of  the land.

“You must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons” Deut. 7:2-3

 Yet the 2 spies made a covenant with Rahab, showed her mercy,  she married into Israel and became the ancestor of Jesus. The point is made of this by including her in the genealogy of Matt. 1 along with all the other foreign women in the line of Jesus, and also Uriah the Hittite.   Jesus advocated showing mercy, and it’s only by God’s mercy we will be saved.  Consider events in the table below which seem to contradict the surface teachings of THE LAW

GOD & JESUS LAW Breaking the Law for MERCY commended
Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy Matt 5:7 NO MERCY OR COVENANTS

And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them. Deut 7:2

 Covenant to Rahab: Swear to me by the Lord (covenant) that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Josh 2:12 (Mercy/kindness)
When Christ came into the world, he said:“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Heb 10:5  RULES FOR SACRIFICES

The first seven chapters of Leviticus describe the various offerings and how they are to be carried out (burnt, grain, peace, sin, trespass) it doesn’t say they weren’t required.

For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. Hos 6:6

On the surface, The Law demanded sacrifices – God said he didn’t desire them.

It has also been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, brings adultery upon her.

Matt 5:23

DIVORCE FOREIGNERS

Ezra 10:2.. “Now let us make a covenant before our God to send away all these (foreign) women and their children, in accordance with the counsel of my lord and of those who fear the commands of our God. Let it be done according to the Law

Mal 3:16   “The man who hates and divorces his wife, ” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” says the Lord Almighty.”

 

These are God’s words condemning divorce (via His prophet) – contemporary with those insisting on it – under the pretence of following the Law

You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye and tooth for tooth. But I tell you not to resist an evil person. Matt 5:38

Here, Jesus quoted the Law but set it aside for a greater one.

EYE FOR EYE

If there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise Exodus 21:24

He said to David, “You are more righteous than I; for you have dealt well with me, while I have dealt wickedly with you. 1 Sam 24:17

David did not carry out ‘eye for eye’ but chose compassion

Neither do I (condemn you). Go and sin no more. John 8:11

David received mercy from God, not death, after adultery with Bathsheba

Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your unfailing love;

according to your great compassion

blot out my transgressions.

2Wash away all my iniquity

and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51

DEATH FOR ADULTERY

This woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. John 8:4

“‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife–with the wife of his neighbour-both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death. Lev 20:10 (no ifs or buts – the Law said to kill adulterers)

Mary was also assumed to have committed adultery outside her engagement vow (as binding as marriage) yet Joseph was called righteous for breaking The Law of stoning concerning adultery:

“Joseph her husband, being righteous and not willing to shame her publicly, resolved to divorce her quietly.”Matt 1:19

He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. Psalm 103:10 Rebellious Son to be Stoned:

If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother … all the men of his town are to stone him to death. Deut 21:18

Absalom rebelled against David

“More and more people were joining Absalom and supporting his plot. … “When you hear the sound of the trumpets, you must shout, ‘Absalom now rules as king in Hebron!’” 2 Sam 15:10               David did not kill his rebellious son – he loved him – he broke the law for dealing with rebellious sons.

God always wanted foreigners.  Jesus equated the words of Isaiah 56:7 with the temple of His time – not just a future kingdom

“My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” Mark 11:17

The first occasion the Jews tried to kill Jesus – Luke 4:27

was when he said the Gospel had gone to Syria and Lebanon

Destruction and Rejection of FOREIGNERS

Thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee: Deut 20:17

No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the LORD, not even in the tenth generation. Deut 23:3

Ruth the Moabitess  was accepted and the ancestor of Jesus

Rahab was a Canaanite

Uriah was a Hittite and Godly man

The Jews themselves were descended from Hittites and Amorites – This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Jerusalem: Your ancestry and birth were in the land of the Canaanites; your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite. Ezek. 16:3

To those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:13 Roman Law of Man as the Head:  “Women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says.” 1 Cor 14:34

There is no law in the Old Testament silencing women

“In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Gal 3:26-9

This equality in Christ broke all the social norms.

There have always been those who saw beyond the literalism of the Law and understood that mercy triumphs over judgement.  The beatitudes of Matthew 5 show how Jesus interpreted the Law of Moses as it should always have been applied – mercy over judgement.  “Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy”.  Matt 5:7

See also How is the Bible Inspired ?

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Simple Interpretation of Beast with 7 Heads & 10 Horns

Why is it that the Beasts of Revelation 13 & 17 and the Fiery Red Dragon of Revelation 12 all have 7 heads and 10 horns ?

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The answer is simple, they are all describing the land of Israel (built on 7 nations – ruled by 7 groups of foreigners) and the enemies around who want to wipe her off the face of the earth, the ‘pricking briars’.

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For a fuller explantion See Revelation the Time is at Hand

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BEYOND CHANCE

Events happening in the Middle East were foretold long ago in the Bible – Whether you Believe or disbelieve, Christ is coming – be prepared.

THE JEWS

No other nation on earth has been scattered throughout the world as prophesied, persecuted and taunted as prophesied and returned after 2,ooo years to become a nation

But this is only part of the story – they are surrounded by Arab nations who have been trying to ‘wipe them off the face of the earth’ as prophesied.  God knew the Arab hatred of the Jews would be perpetual and empowered the returned Jews to have firepower over their enemies as a witness that He is in control. The seemingly miraculous victories of Israel in all their wars since 1948 were because God allowed the Jews to win. They are the ‘2 witnesses’ of Revelation 11 – ‘in sackcloth’/ mourning because of the holocaust but with power over their enemies to call ‘fire from heaven’ – although at present they witness in disbelief because  they don’t recognise Jesus.

THE ARABS

The destiny of both the Jews and Arabs form a last day witness so the world can watch and know that Jesus is about to return.  It is not by chance there is oil in the Middle East and many nations have gathered and battles are raging. Nor is it by chance that refugees have flooded Europe.  The Bible foretold the rise of Islam with its 2 divisions (Shia and Sunni) and the spirit of Anti-Semitism in Germany. It foretold the common goal of Hitler and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem to wipe out the Jews, the spirit which continues in the Anti-Semitism of Arab Extremists, and the call for a ‘holy war’ against Israel. The Bible foretold the demise of Saddam Hussein – another ‘type’ of the King of Babylon who fell as a star from the heights to the depths. The entire political scene is foretold in the Bible, it culminates when Israel’s witness finishes, and they are attacked and lose at a high cost.  This is the time Jesus returns and a New World Order begins.

For all these dramatic events to unfold exactly as the Bible foretold is far beyond chance. We were told about them so we could know what it about to happen, understand God’s purpose, and decide if we wish to remain part of the ‘Kingdoms of Men’ or be part of the ‘Kingdom of God’.

Set out below are highlights from the prophesies referred to

THE JEWS

SCATTERED

“Then the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other.”  Deut. 28:64

BYWORD

You will become a thing of horror, a byword and an object of ridicule among all the peoples where the LORD will drive you. Deut. 28:37

BACK IN LAND

 “I will bring you back to the land of Israel.”  Ezekiel 37:12

RE-BIRTH OF NATION

“Who has ever heard of such things?  Who has ever seen things like this?   Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment?”   Isaiah 66:8

THE LAST DAYS

The return of Jews to Israel was triggered by Hitler’s Nazi regime and their desire to wipe them off the face of the earth – God knew this would happen.

The Nazis and Arabs were united in their hatred of the Jews. Hitler befriended the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem who also wanted the Jews destroyed. Part of Hitler’s SS army included Muslims. The coming together of these two entities and the continuing spirit of Anti-Semitisim found in Islamic Extremists was foretold in Revelation 13 –

REVELATION 13

The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea.

INTERPETATION

The dragon = Satan/the spirit of deception (Rev 12:9 & 20:2)

This beast rose out of the SEA – out of the nations (Rev 17:15)

It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A conglomerate beast with the elements of all the beasts of Daniel 7 but now with 7 heads and 10 crowned horns who have come against God’s witnesses – the Jews – further explained in Revelation 17 – See –

https://alsowritten.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/revelation-a-message-for-the-last-days/

The Promised Land – LAND OF 7 & 10

Israel was the land built on 7 nations – See Deut 7:1 – “SEVEN NATIONS greater and mightier than yourselves”.

In Bible symbology a nation = mountain or hill.  Israel became the harlot (see Ezekiel 16) situated on 7 hills (nations) – “And he overthrew seven nations in Canaan, giving their land to his people as their inheritance.” Acts 13:19

Seven hills is a double symbol – it can mean the land of 7 and also the 7 foreign powers who have rule/d over it. (See Rev. 17:9)

10 CROWNED horns on the beast = The days of the 10 toe kings – The Arab nations given land by the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire at end of 1st WW – a ‘beast’ created by many nations of ‘the sea’.

The Promised land from Euphrates to Nile was a land of 10 nations

You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram ; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. Gen 17:4 (This included descendants of Ishmael and Esau)

“To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites,  Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.” Gen. 15:18

Note: The promise of redemption was through one descendant – Jesus – Gal 3:16

Israel could have had the entire promised land, but failed to convert them to God (thus making them Israelites) – so they became the land of Israel surrounded by ‘pricking thorns’

‘Know with certainty that the LORD your God will not continue to drive these nations out from before you; but they will be a snare and a trap to you, and a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes’ Josh 23:13

When Jesus returns the situation changes –

‘No longer will the people of Israel have malicious neighbours round about who are painful briers and sharp thorns. Ezek 28:24

The dragon/satan gave the beast his power and his THRONE and great authority.

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Pergamum temple of Zeus reconstructed in Germany

Satan morphs through the Bible. Rev 2:13 tells us the throne of Satan had been in Pergamum – “I know where you live—where Satan has his THRONE.” It was equated with the temple of Zeus

The temple of Zeus was taken from Pergamum and reconstructed in Germany at the end of the 19th Century.  It was the inspiration for Hitler’s podium Zeppelinfeld (see Nazi party rally grounds – Wiki-  It was one of  Albert Speer‘s first works for the Nazi Party and was based upon the Pergamon Altar.)

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The deceptive spirit of ‘Satan’, once in Pergamum persecuting God’s witness Antipas, was now in Nazi Germany persecuting God’s witnesses the Jews.

One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?” This is the overview of the beast which is the 7th head.

The Nazi ‘beast’ seemed to be fatally wounded after WW11. It was the spirit of Anti-Semitism.  This spirit has made a disturbing comeback amongst Islamic extremists.

It was Anti-Semitism which united Nazi Germany and Muslims near the end of WW11.  Hitler’s Waffen-SS 13th division was largely Muslim – seen here at prayer during their training at Neuhammer in November 1943

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The spirit of Nazi Germany to exterminate Jews is rekindled by the spirit of radical Islam. Thus the wounded head revived in a new guise.

5The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. Throughout the Bible literal periods happen first as a pointer to the ‘type’ or representative periods which follow.  The 42 month witness of ‘The Beast’ is the antitype of the 42 month witness of ‘The Lamb’. Hitler tried for 42 months to exterminate the Jews, this work continues and the literal 42 months adds to the representative periods of 3.5 years throughout Revelation.

Below: Hitler and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem1941 – the same aim -eradicate the Jews.

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6It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over (among) every tribe, people, language and nation. 8All 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. Whoever has ears, let them hear. Hitler killed 6,000,000 Jews – God’s holy people – His witnesses. He was the power who received the fatal wound, yet a new head rises with the same ideals.  The head with the ‘healed fatal wound’ embracing the ideals of Hitler to exterminate the Jews, is extreme Islam.
10“If anyone is to go into captivity,

into captivity they will go.

If anyone is to be killedc with the sword,

with the sword they will be killed.”

This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.

“Into captivity” – a reference to Jerusalem going into captivity a final time before Jesus returns. The quotes below refer to this and are generally poorly translated –

Luke 21:24 They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations,  be captive to the nations

Zech 14:2 Half of the city will go into exile, go into captivity but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city.

Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 2nd Beast – Islam – comes out of the earth – originates in the Promised Land

2 horns – Shia and Sunnies

‘Spoke like a dragon’ – Dragon is satan the deceiver  as v14 says ‘it deceived the inhabitants of the earth’

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It exercised all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. Nazi Anti-Semitism received a fatal wound at the end of WW 11. Islam extremists have revived the spirit of Anti-Semitism
And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. Radical Islam claims to have the backing of Allah

2 Thes 2:9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie.

Radical Islam claim to have ‘fire from heaven’ – they have called for a ‘Holy War’ in fulfilment of Joel 3:9

Proclaim this among the nations: “Prepare for a holy war! (sanctify war) Call out the warriors! Joel 3:9 NET Bible

It ordered them to set up an image in honour of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be slain.

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WORSHIP OR BE KILLED

Copying the language of the image of Babylon– “Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.” Dan 3:6  –

All German citizens had to salute Hitler by law

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In a similar manner of ‘Worship or Be Killed’ – extreme Islamists believe those who refuse to convert to Islam should be killed.

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It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. Depicting an extreme regime which forces all to comply or be killed.
This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666. The number of humanity – See – 666 – Counting the Number of the Beast

https://alsowritten.wordpress.com/2016/09/16/666-counting-the-number-of-the-beast/

ARAB HATRED OF ISRAEL PROPHECIED

God’s prophets proclaimed the perpetual Arab hatred of the Jews.

Concerning Edom – “You harboured an ancient hostility and delivered the Israelites over to the sword…at the time of their final punishment” Ezekiel 35:5

10 Nations who want to “wipe out the name of Israel” – This prophecy applies to the  ‘habitations’ of the nations listed, meaning the area they once occupied – the Arabs surrounding Israel today – the days of the 10 toe kings of the Daniel 2 image and the 10 horns of the beast  of Revelation and Daniel 7-

See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against harlot-hitleryour people; they plot against those you cherish. “Come,” they say, let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.” With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you— THE HABITITATIONS of Edom and the Ishmaelites,of Moab and the Hagrites, Gegal, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre.                 Even Assyria has joined them to reinforce Lot’s descendants. Psalm 83:2-8                                     10 NATIONS                         10 HORNS OF BEAST

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ISRAEL – GOD’S EMPOWERED WITNESSES

 Revelation 11 opens with God’s 2 witnesses Israel and Judah back in the Land of Israel. They were scattered throughout the world, but in 1948 they became a nation again. After the holocaust they were the ‘valley of dry bones’ of Ezekiel 37. They are described as 2 ‘sticks’ – they will become fully united under Jesus –

These bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel…I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my handI will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. Ezek 37:11-22

Revelation 11 shows how Israel, back in the Land, are God’s empowered witnesses. Although vastly outnumbered by Arabs, they have won every battle waged against them – a sign for the world to see that God’s plan is unfolding exactly as promised – (compare corresponding colours for similar ideas)

REVELATION 11 INTERPRETATION
I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with its worshipers. 2But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. 3And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”4They are the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.” Israel are back in the Land – God is measuring His temple – In this case it’s His 2 witnesses (Israel and Judah) who are in mourning from the holocaust.  Each group was appointed to be an olive tree and a lampstand in the temple – God is measuring them to see how they have shaped up

Examples of  Olive Tree/Lampstand

Israel and Judah – Olive Tree in Temple

“What is my beloved doing in my temple as she, with many others, works out her evil schemes?…The Lord called you a thriving olive tree with fruit beautiful in form. But with the roar of a mighty storm he will set it on fire…The Lord Almighty, who planted you, has decreed disaster for you, because the people of both Israel and Judah have done evil and aroused my anger by burning incense to Baal. Jer 11:15-17

Israel the Light (lampstand) –

 I will also make You a light to the nations
So that My salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Is 49:6

I will empower my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” God empowers His 2 witnesses in sackcloth –  in mourning from the holocaust
4They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.” The olive tree fed the lampstand to give it light. They were symbols in the temple.  Israel stood before the Lord of the earth and were supposed to be the light- they failed but still God empowers them as witnesses in sackcloth… they prophesy in the manner of Moses and Elijah who also both stood before the Lord of the earth. Ex 3:5. 1 Kings 17:1
5If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. The 2 witnesses of Revelation 11 command fire from God on their enemies at present – the survival of Israel surrounded by Arab hatred is a modern day miracle on the scale of Moses and Elijah

 In Revelation another scene unfolds – The rise and fall of Saddam Hussein which paved the way for the Arab uprising in Syria and Iraq. Revelation 8 uses symbolic language to describe Saddams attack on Kuwait and destruction of the Marshes. Chapter 9 describes the demise of Saddam and rise of the powers which he had restrained while alive, but were released after his death

 I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth.

babylon-festival

Symbolic language for a fallen ruler. Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was described in similar language in Isaiah 14:12

How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn!

You have been cast down to the earth,

you who once laid low the nations!

There is a parallel with Saddam Hussein, also the ruler of Babylon who likened himself to Nebuchadnezzar (see pictured coin) – they were both fallen stars of Babylon.

The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. 2When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. 3And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. Saddams actions unleashed ‘locusts’ from the Abyss.
V 14 “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates. In life, Saddam restrained the powers ‘bound at the Euphrates’ – since his death the restraint is gone and the area is in turmoil.

The voice of radical Islam has gone out to the world calling for a Holy War. It is one of the final signs before the second coming of Jesus.

Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! (Consecrate war – Holy War – Jihad)       Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and attack. Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, “I am strong!” Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there. Joel 3:9-11 God will soon judge the world. Now is the opportunity to be part of the ‘Kingdoms of Men’ –

Is not this great Babylon that I have built for the house of my kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?’  Dan 4:30

Or the ‘Kingdom of God’

‘He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’  Micah 6:8

For a fuller expansion of these ideas see

Revelation – The Time is at Hand’  alsowritten.wordpress.com

 

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Who Are The 144,000?

Throughout Revelation our attention is drawn to Jesus the Lamb. Beginning with the ‘Lamb that was slain’ and ending with the ‘Marriage of the Lamb’ we are reminded of the Jewish Passover. This is the setting for the 144,000 who have their robes ‘dipped in the blood of the Lamb’.

JESUS THE LAMB

The word ‘lamb’ occurs 105 times in the King James Version of the Bible.  It occurs 27 times in Revelation – 26% of the total.  There are 22 chapters in Revelation – 11 of them refer to ‘The Lamb’.

The Lamb that was slain

Lamb who Opens the seals

People who washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb

Those who are the first fruit to the Lamb

The Song of the Lamb

The ‘Book of Life’ of the Lamb

Lamb stands on Mt Zion

Light of the Lamb

Wrath of the Lamb

12 apostles of the Lamb

Throne of the Lamb

Marriage of the Lamb

The Passover story continues in Revelation 7.  The angels who have power to pour God’s judgments on the earth are told not to harm the land, sea or trees (pointing to deconstructing first creation) until the servants of God (who have dipped their robes in the blood of the Lamb) are sealed. This mimics the Passover story found in Exodus –

“The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.” Ex 12:13 “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” Rev 7:3

Throughout Revelation, people either have the mark of the beast or have robes ‘dipped in blood of the Lamb’ with the Fathers name on their foreheads.

These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Rev 7:14

Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. Rev 14:1

SYMBOLIC NOT LITERAL – The 144,000 are made up of the tribes of Israel.  To take this literally lacks the perception needed to understand the entire symbolic nature of the book of Revelation. When Revelation 5 tells us that the ‘Lion of the tribe of Judah’ is worthy to open the scrolls, we are then told that the Lamb opens them. When John is told he will be shown the Bride of Christ, he sees a building (New Jerusalem) descending from heaven. One symbol describes another. When we are told in Revelation 1 that Jesus holds 7 stars we are then told they are the angels of the churches. We are told that the lampstands are really churches – a symbol describing something literal.   Following this same pattern John hears a voice proclaiming the number of the sealed –

Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. Rev 7:4

Then John SEES what the voice is talking about – the 144,000 are in fact a multitude without number from every nation on earth.

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes Rev 7:9

Thus Revelation spells out clearly (for those who see it) that the 144,000 are from every nation on earth, the same message as the 4th Gospel –

Children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:13

God always wanted people from every nation – that was always His intention for ‘Israel’. This is the point the Jews failed to comprehend (“We alone will build a temple to our God” Ezra 4:3)

Just as the Israelites were ‘passed over’ by the angel of death in Egypt, so too the saints are saved during the time of God’s final judgments on mankind

“Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” Rev 7:3

(Extract from partly finished  Revelation – The Time is At Hand)

 

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