THE GREAT PLAN OF ALMIGHTY GOD
By Neville V. Stevens
New International Version used throughout unless otherwise specified.
The U.S. Stockmarket – what’s gone wrong?
It’s claimed that 60% of all Americans hold shares in the Stock market. It’s amazing how quickly people search for a scapegoat whenever anything goes wrong in the Stock Market. Martha Stewart is the latest object of derision. She’s being ostracized for bailing out of a stock that was about to decline because of adverse findings by the Federal Drug Administration. It should be pointed out that Martha Stewart is merely a shareholder, not an officer of the company involved. Martha Stewart, you’ll recall, is the one who sold shares in Imclone – a pharmaceutical company just before adverse findings concerning a pending application for a medication was released to the public. I guess when things go wrong someone has to be the scapegoat – especially when it involves money.
Then we have all those other crooks that have been manipulating their accounts to reflect earnings, which were, in effect, liabilities. And the purpose of this was to deceive shareholders. Well, the upshot of all this is that there is now a witchhunt to clean up the securities market. Creative accounting has been in vogue for years, and most companies maximize their earnings by whatever means possible. This is the name of the game, and this is what CEO’s do to satisfy their shareholders at their glitzy AGM’s.
Enron, Worldcom and Qwest are the current baddies. Haliburton have also received a public caning for their accountancy practices. While everyone is pontificating about these enemies of all ‘virtuous’ shareholders including institutional buyers and ‘mums and dads’ alike, all they are doing is creating a crisis of confidence. It’s starting to create the impression that all American companies are untrustworthy and conspiring to destroy their own shareholders. It’s difficult to understand why anyone would be investing in a pharmaceutical company considering the side-effects of some of these preparations, and there is also the mounting spectre of these companies being sued in the future because of them. Drugs like Tamoxifin, which is supposed to prevent breast cancer, but causes liver failure and cervical cancer, or Cipro, the last-resort antibiotic that destroys the immune system. These are just two of the widely dispensed preparations that are ticking timebombs.
While all this is going on, the real enemy is being ignored. Insider trading is dwarfed by the real conspiracy, and these conspirators are Islam. One of the many downsides to being petroleum-dependent on the Middle East is that American dollars flood the region giving them the tools to manipulate the Stock Market – and it’s being planned on a massive scale! What we are presently seeing is the opening gambit. The Islamic conglomerate of nations have the financial clout to manipulate the Stock Market at will. They conspire among themselves to sell at the top and buy at the bottom. Presently, they are driving the Stock Market up and down like a yo-yo. Private investors are bailing out with heavy losses amid great disillusionment believing the crisis of confidence is fueled by deceptive accounting methods. They think the big institutional buyers are sacrificing their stock and sending the market into free-fall because of their perception of dishonest CEO’s.
In official government circles we are assured that the problem will be solved, and confidence restored, just as soon as the auditing tormentors have finished raking through the accounts of suspected violators of acceptable accounting procedures. And the tormentors are going to justify their fees by finding violations in every set of company accounts. The looney-left are going to continue to push for more accountability from all companies, and will magnify any discrepancies to create panic. Perhaps this is the way of both sides of politics, but the Democrats are the consummate masters of the art.
The real conspiracy is coming from the Middle East, and it’s being ignored. Even the casual observer can understand why the Twin Trade Towers became the target of the Moslems. In 1993, Ramzi Usef, a Moslem terrorist, placed a car bomb in the basement of the World Trade Center and exploded it but
1993 World Trade Center bombing by Ramzi Usef.
only managed to buckle the two lower floors. It was Osama bin Laden who took credit for this. The two aircraft that plowed into them and finally brought them down in September 11, 2001, was for the express purpose of destroying the very hub of American commerce. At the very outset, no-one knew for sure that all the data of commerce was backed up off-site. Slowly it emerged that it was and trading was quickly restored. So this satanic plot failed in its clear objective – to destroy American commerce! The forces of evil have in mind to become an economic force and control world commerce, but they are now forced to go a different route. Logically, if this is their intention, what do you suppose they would do next?
Islam, by their own admission are the sworn enemies of the U.S. and Israel. They will stop at nothing to see America destroyed. The homeland conspiracy in the U.S. against American companies is the figment of the imaginations of those who have no global vision. There are many strategies and conspiracies in place throughout the world, and those who should know better are ignoring all these. You can just imagine the outcry if it were suggested that Islamic, oil-rich nations were conspiring against the U.S. to destroy their economy. The looney-left would claim that Islam is a peaceful religion and would never do anything like this! Accusations of ‘racism’ and ‘racial-profiling’ would reach new heights of intensity. For years the Western World has been brainwashed and manipulated to believe stupid childish lies. Have you ever wondered why in Hollywood movies the ‘good and virtuous’ judges are always black men or women, and the ‘nasty, unjust’ judges are always white? Have you ever wondered why California has become a hell-hole of liberal perversion and the spawning ground of so many outrageous and controversial decisions and theories?
Conspiracies abound among the looney-left. Now we see them conspiring to erase God’s Name from any form of allegiance to their country. They are conspiring to prevent any form of Christianity from being taught in schools. At the same time, they are conspiring to teach Islam in the schools, and to study the books of Islam, and even to dress as Moslems during class. Anyone who doesn’t want to participate are placed in the back of the classroom and forbidden to speak. All this has emerged since September 11, 2001, when the enemy of the U.S. was clearly identified as Islam.
It’s the U.S. Democrats that are pushing to liberalize the Mexican border to allow free egress to and from the U.S. It’s the Democrats that continue to block the development of oil reserves in Anwar, Alaska. It’s the Democrats that object to lack of rights for America’s enemies in Guantanamo, Cuba, even though they knowingly conspired to destroy America. It’s the liberal Democrats that refused a military tribunal for foreign militants and treasonous Americans. It’s quite amazing how glandular they become in defense of the enemies of their country, and it’s even more amazing how quickly they forget the thousands of victims of these terrorists who died needlessly in a ball of flames and crushing concrete in the World Trade Center. What ‘rights’ does anyone have who commits such monstrous acts against the innocent? If the innocent have died horribly, then it seems to me that the guilty have a right to die horribly as well – and without mercy! Why would anyone want to preserve the lives of the guilty? My judgment is that they should be burnt alive in a raging fire, but then I’m a little bit like Almighty God in this respect. I happen to like God’s righteous justice!
There are times when the innocent must die to teach us all a lesson. Jesus Christ is the prime example of this! And so are the deaths of all the martyrs who followed Him, who believed that faithfulness to God was paramount and the forfeiture of their lives a small price to pay. But it’s never a happy situation when the innocent needlessly die. God makes it clear that those who choose death rather than dishonour will be rewarded. This is the stock of the true martyrs of God, and this is the type of honour that God requires of His servants. To be a true martyr we must believe that we are dying for God’s honour and in faithful obedience, and we must believe that He is able to raise us from the dead.
In complete contrast, Islam believes that killing innocent men, women and children by deliberately targeting them makes them martyrs and that their god has the power to elevate them to heaven, where they will be given seventy virgins to practice their perversion on. Perhaps even 9-year-old virgins like their ‘prophet’ Mohammed took as a wife. This is the type of perversion that titillates them. And they dare to suggest they are martyrs for God!
All those who howl like dogs about ‘human rights’ should read a little about the kind of rights that exists in Islamic countries. It’s only the rulers, the upper echelons of society that have any rights at all, and these rights extend to enslaving or killing anyone they choose at will. Have you ever wondered why Saudi Arabia has a population of only 20 million people after thousands of years of existence? Australia has a similar population after only 200 years. I might add that Saudi Arabia has more than 8,000 royal ‘Princes’, most of whom are zillionaires with multiple palaces. Considering their penchant for the immoral sexual exploitation of women and call-girls, a reputation that is well-known in the Western World, you would think they would be one of the most populous nations on earth. The reason why they are not only becomes apparent when you consider the disgusting practices of Islam and their scant regard for human life.
These people are the very offspring of Allah the god of the underworld. They are always under the curse of the Almighty God of heaven, and as God has said, every man’s hand is against them. They have the stupidity of wild donkeys and are incapable of any form of rational thinking. In regard to them, God has said they may build, but He will demolish.
Anciently the children of Esau dwelt with the children of Ishmael in close proximity to the Holy Land, and they still dwell there today. They are detestable people and their land is called The Wicked Land by God. God declares His love for Jacob’s offspring, and His hatred of Esau and all The Wicked Land in which they live:Mal 1:2 "I have loved you," says the LORD. "But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’ Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?" the LORD says. "Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his mountains into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals. Edom may say, "Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild the ruins." This is what the LORD Almighty says: "They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called The Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the LORD. You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great is the LORD – even beyond the borders of Israel!" This Wicked Land is just beyond the borders of Israel, and this is speaking of the Holy Land that God gave to the descendants of Jacob.
The wicked land is the homeland of Esau and Ishmael – Saudi Arabia today! It’s also the place of their ‘holy city’ Mecca – the place where their prophet Mohammed supposedly ascended into heaven. The Mighty Christ intends to make an example of these evil swine.
God has made it clear that He intends to demolish everything they have built. He will turn their mountains into a wasteland, and the people themselves will suffer the wrath of God. Then they will know what God means when He says He hates them! No-one need doubt what the wrath of God means, because He tells us! We have a description of this in prophecy:Isa 63:1 "Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with His garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendour, striding forward in the greatness of His strength? "It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save." Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the winepress? "I have trodden the winepress alone; from the nations no-one was with me. I trampled them down in my anger and trod them down in my wrath; their blood splattered my garments, and I stained all my clothing. For the Day of Vengeance was in my heart, and the year of my redemption has come. I looked, but there was no-one to help, I was appalled that no-one gave support; so my own arm worked salvation for me, and my own wrath sustained me. I trampled the nations in my anger; in my wrath I made them drunk and poured their blood on the ground." It seems that most of Christianity is of the view that Jesus is the workhorse that has to do all the dirty work while they sit around looking sanguine and virtuous. They themselves are too pure and righteous to engage in this type of behaviour. They may even consider it to be totally unnecessary, after all, they reason, if God is all that powerful, why doesn’t he just convert everyone so that the whole world is as righteous as them. In their view, this would solve all problems. It would also raise the question of why God destroyed everyone in the days of Noah. He could have done the same thing then and saved everyone.
I’m very sorry that there are so many who refuse to believe God, who scoff at God’s Word and His description of such important prophecies. But as God has said, ‘You will see it with your own eyes’, and hopefully will say, ‘Great is the LORD – even beyond the borders of Israel.’ Yes, this Mighty Being is appalled – but not surprised – that there is no-one from the nations [of Israel] to support Him. Did you notice the words ‘so my own arm worked salvation for me’ and ‘mighty to save’? So what is this ‘salvation’ that Christianity keeps speaking about? Here is the clearest possible example of what ‘salvation’ is, and it will require the nations of the earth to be trampled and crushed, and their blood poured out on the ground. And just remember that this is the Testimony of the Mighty Champion Himself. For all the ‘holier than thou’ liars, who have deceived the people, God has a plan in place to rescue His own nations, and this is the true meaning of ‘salvation’. Why Christianity continues to get this so wrong is beyond me! What are they thinking of? Why are they so easily fooled? The simple answer is they don’t believe the Testimony of Jesus! And we all know what that is, don’t we? (Rev 19:10). If you don’t believe these things, then you negate the entire Testimony of Jesus.
In the same verse, the Mighty Christ says He is ‘speaking in righteousness’. Now what do you suppose He means by this? He is speaking of justice and equity, where the guilty get what they deserve! He is also identifying those He hates, and making it clear what we are to hate as well! If anyone wants to be Christ-like, then they must think as Christ does and identify His enemies. If you are easily persuaded by conspiracies and propaganda, then you will not come to the same conclusions. You will stumble very easily and fall into the same trap of those who don’t believe God.
One of the biggest problems facing Christianity today is the belief that God wants them to be weak. Of course, Paul told the Ephesians to be strong, especially when dealing with the rulers of the heavenly realms, but this means nothing to Christianity today; they like to be weak and insipid. They want to believe that God will forgive them for anything, including cowardice in the face of the enemy. If the enemy held up a picture of Osama bin Laden and told them to revere it or worship it or be gunned down, they would do it believing that God is bound by promise to forgive them.
If you asked the clergy the meaning ofIsa 63:1-6, they would freely admit that it refers to Christ. They would also freely admit that there are parallel verses in the Book of Revelation that verify this. But that’s where all admissions would end. They accept none of it! Their strategy is that Jesus came after Isaiah wrote these prophecies, and changed everything. According to them, Jesus discovered a new way – a way of love – that would require all His followers to cave-in to the rulers and authorities of the heavenly realms and do anything they require. Because Christianity no longer obeys God’s Law, ostensibly, they could even kill their own people, and God would be bound to forgive them. And in the Day of Vengeance and the Year of Christ’s redemption (see Isa 63:4 again) they would be perfectly safe even if they converted to Islam. They may even concede that God has the right to have His enemies, but would argue that they have the right to have their own enemies, and these are usually other Christian churches who don’t agree with them.
Even the rather pathetic, old Pope Paul said recently that he considered the Moslems to be brothers along with all other faiths, and mankind in general. His flock is taking this little bit of self-righteous pontification literally – they’re converting to Islam in droves. It’s funny how people will listen to an ignorant old man who has no idea of what God teaches – and who cares even less! But one thing in his favour is that he keeps us informed of his ignorance. His cardinals and archbishops also continually assure us of their ignorance, particularly in that which relates to sexual misconduct. Perhaps this is the big attraction of so many Catholics converting to Islam. Perhaps they’re attracted to the vile sexual practices of Islam (prostitution, homosexuality, bestiality, deflowering of child virgins purchased from India and S.E. Asia) and the possibility of multiple wives who can be divorced with just three words. If these Catholic converts are anything like their priests, they’re going to love Islam!
All this serves to illuminate the madness that is being done in the name of God’s Mighty Son. Those who claim to worship the Father and the Son reflect none of the qualities of the Great God of Heaven. God makes judgments based on the thinking pattern of people, and so do all thinking, rational beings. This is how we choose our friends and identify our enemies. Almighty God is a little more exact, however, and He identifies qualities among His own people, which can be enhanced by the addition of His Holy Spirit to become His chosen servants. He knows that by instilling the very nature of His Mighty Son in those He chooses, they will respond in the same way as His Son Jesus. In this sense, they take on the divine nature of God, and God is happy to call them His sons, even though they are not yet perfect. Perfection takes time, but those who have the divine nature of God’s Mighty Son can no longer be deceived by the madness of this world. Neither do they have the mental and emotional instability of those who have never had God’s Holy Spirit. There are plenty who have come in Christ’s Name, who claim to be Christians, only to deceive many people. If you were to quantify the conduct of some of these, you would have to conclude that they have never known God or His Mighty Son.
What should be foremost in the minds of all God’s servants is the need to establish the Kingdom of God. This is the Kingdom that is destined to fill the whole earth. All the Prophets [Nevi’im) spoke of it, all had the expectation that all God’s enemies would be slaughtered in the process. It’s God’s expectation that His true servants would identify the enemy, and not falsely accuse those who are not. Today, we have people who ignore God’s enemies and claim that God’s people – the only people He ever chose out of all the families of the earth (Amos 3:1-2) – are the enemy. You see people today who claim their own country – the U.S. – is aggressive and heavy-handed in their dealings with God’s enemies. We already know that when the Mighty Champion begins to run His course, He will crush His enemies, and His clothing will be drenched with their blood. So who’s right and who’s wrong?
You should understand that God reserves the right to punish His own people. The nations of Israel have enjoyed privileges that were not afforded the nations of Satan. God has been most generous in making His people the head and not the tail (to use God’s own analogy). God has given them dominion over all His enemies, and He has given Ephraim the power to gore the nations to the ends of the earth. Yes, the mighty bull today is Ephraim – the United States of America. Like a bull, he can gore at will. All the 12 Tribes of Israel are described as bulls who uphold the seas – the seven seas if you like. This is the meaning of the 12 bulls on which the Great Sea rests (2Chron 4:4). It’s not surprising then that those who call America ‘the great Satan’, and the Israelis ‘the little Satan’, are hostile to God. The invisible rulers who motivate these Islamic dogs know whom God’s people are, and are determined to destroy them. This much we all know unless you are totally blind! Yet, this type of blindness seems to be endemic among all those who only think they serve God.
Regardless of what America or the Israelis do in regard to war, you need to support them as the chosen people of God. If you have the view that atrocities have been committed by either, then you need to get your thinking right, because you are already on the path of accusing the Mighty Christ – the One who will be drenched with the blood of His enemies. If you are a student of the Bible then you would surely know that those who oppose God’s servants must die; but not just them, but their entire family as well. If it were true in Moses’ day then it is doubly true today. This is the penalty and this is God’s justice!
The whole House of Israel knows that their enemy is Islam, but they refuse to accept it! They seem to believe that all human beings are the same, and can be persuaded by rational dialogue. And this is their hope, that all will be resolved amicably. They think that poorly chosen words might potentially inflame the situation. They seem to ignore the poorly chosen words of Islam though! When thousands of them go into the streets chanting ‘death to Americans and Israelis’, the Western World imagines these as a few extremists, and all the efforts of diplomats is to placate the House of Israel, and convince them that it’s only a few isolated extremists who hold this view. All this succeeds in doing is inflaming the looney-left wing of politics who always attempt to claim the moral high ground. Then we get another flush of accusations of heavy-handed brutality – not against Moslem murderers but against their own country!
Alexander the Great
We should all know that Alexander the Great conquered all the Middle East. As he swept through conquering successive Arab nations, he enslaved the poor (but redeemed them if they joined his army and pledged allegiance to him) and handed back dominion to the former rulers after they swore allegiance to him. His puppet kings were given absolute dominion and were subject only to Alexander himself. To prove their support of Alexander these rulers named everything after him. In Afghanistan, it’s said that there were about eight cities named after Alexander (their name for Alexander was Iskander or Sikander – they couldn’t pronounce his name. The closest they ever got phonetically was Ixander). Alexander swept through Persia, Afghanistan, the region we know as Pakistan, and stopped at the border to India. He had in mind to conquer India as well, but his generals objected and threatened rebellion after they heard stories of a huge army with 50,000 elephants waiting for them in India. It was the view of the generals that it was time to return to the conquered territories and to consolidate their rule. India could wait for another time. And so Alexander’s rule was confined to his own nation of Greece and Macedonia (all the way to the Danube River) in the north, to Arabia in the south, from Egypt and Libya in the west and to the border of India in the east. Although all these nations became his conquered territories, Alexander was greatly revered by them all. He was considered to be an invincible god. It was commonly perceived that no-one could stand against him. Oddly enough, under his administration everyone prospered. Cities were rebuilt, canals and waterways were constructed, commerce flourished, and everyone recognized the visible evidence of his style of government for prosperity. He gathered the wealth of the nations and put it to good use developing the type of infrastructure that leads to prosperity for all. He built libraries to educate people, the most famous of all was in Alexandria in Egypt. It seemed logical to him to preserve knowledge and techniques, and to keep a record of historical accomplishments both present and past.
Most of those he conquered were merciless tyrants who considered that the only purpose of their subjects was to enhance their lifestyle. Life was cheap and they ruled by fear. And this is the way it’s always been in the Middle East among the Arabs. Fifty years ago, it would have been inconceivable that the Arab nations in the Middle East could ever prosper. They had the mindset of mendicants, and the bloodlust of the most degenerate of all humanity.
As hard as it is to believe, the Arab nations loved Alexander even though he brutally conquered them. They loved him because of his administration that provided better equity and a better lifestyle. In short, they prospered under this new administration. When Alexander died at the age of 33, all the Arab nations mourned to a man. They wondered if this would lead to the end of their prosperity and safety without a mighty man to guide and direct them. And of course, it was! They were soon back in the loop and aimlessly following the same practices that had inhibited their progress in the past. Tribal animosities quickly developed and power-grabbing became rampant. The people were reduced to the same degenerates they had formerly been. In most Arab nations (Egypt being the exception) random bloodshed and slaughter continued unabated for centuries. They spread out along the entire North African coast, and even made incursions into Southern Europe. But the evil followed them because it wasn’t so much circumstances but the product of their own minds that fertilized this evil.
Mohammed the false prophet
A thousand years later in the seventh century A.D., a man appeared in Arabia who reminded them of Alexander, a man who was unabashed to be likened to Alexander the Great. Of course, there were no real similarities between Alexander and Mohammed! Mohammed was a vicious killer who had no real military skills. He attacked defenseless towns and cities, slaughtering everyone and plundering everything, and then escaping before any real force arrived to repel him. Lightning raids and plundering was his modus operandi. Because of the vicious cruelty of Mohammed and his band of thugs, many considered it advisable to cast their lot with him rather than oppose him. So Mohammed decided, that like Alexander, he must appear regal. He engaged his advisors in promoting the idea that he was a wise man. They flanged together a lying montage of sayings attributed to Mohammed, and so he became a living legend and a god to the gullible. Mohammed himself was illiterate, but he was a cunning manipulator, and eventually proclaimed himself a prophet for Allah. Now anyone who thinks this man worshipped the Great God of Heaven would have to be crazy! There is nothing in this man’s entire life – or his so-called teachings – that remotely simulates anything God has said! Yet you have crazy people today who claim that Allah and the Great God of Heaven are one and the same, and this from crazy people who claim to be Christians.
Today, we have two prominent religious powers on earth – Christianity and Islam. Christianity purports to follow Jesus and the Almighty God of Heaven. Islam purports to follow their ‘prophet’ Mohammed and to worship his god Allah – the one who gave him victory over defenseless people. Mohammed commanded respect from his band of thugs by promising them as much raping and pillaging as they liked. He gave them the right to take as many wives and slaves as they wanted, with no restrictions on the age of their wives, and the right to divorce them at will. He set the example by taking a 9-year-old as one of his own wives. So this is where the disgusting degeneracy of Islam all started – and it started in the mind of a deranged man who thought he was a prophet. It’s not hard to see what’s in the minds of those who espouse Islam. The more fundamentalists Moslems hate women and see them only as sexual objects. To placate their weird ideas, and the rules of Mohammed, they wed prostitutes before a sex act and divorce them immediately afterwards. How anyone could rationalize this as the style of Almighty God’s teachings is beyond me!
To further taunt these degenerates, whom God hates, God has advised that a ‘woman’ will arise to inflict devastating damage on Satan’s evil brood. And God also advises that His true servants will taunt the ruler of Babylon. Now there’s some poetic justice for you! The rulers of the heavenly realms have long known that God speaks of this ‘woman’, and for centuries they’ve suppressed and crushed all women under the most severe of bondage. In extreme cases, if a woman merely shows her face she can be killed, and a husband can kill his own wife on almost any pretext. They also have another disgusting practice, and this is the practice of burying girl-children alive to prevent having to pay a dowry when they wed. This admission comes from a Saudi ‘princess’, called ‘Saltana’ who authored, through a ghost-writer, a number of books exposing the disgraceful conduct of Islam (Books: Princess, Daughters of Arabia, Desert Royal).
As usual, the rulers of the heavenly realms got it hopelessly wrong. Their suppression of all women was based on the false concept that women would arise and overpower them, and they were taking no chances. Suddenly they have come to the realization that God is speaking of a mighty band of men, who are called ‘the woman’ because they form the very core of the Bride of Christ. They will be instrumental in gathering the twelve thousand from each of the Tribes of Israel who make up the Bride of Christ. The sealing of these people occurs just a little while into the future after the ‘offspring of the woman’ have done their work.
The Woman, the embryo of Christ’s Bride, will defend the Holy City of Jerusalem, and together with the House of Judah, will attack and destroy all the surrounding nations – the Moslems! They’ll be cut down and destroyed like the vermin they are, and the time will come when none of these dogs will be permitted into the Holy City forever (Rev 22:14-15) and God means what He says! And you’ll recall that Jesus Himself first coined the term ‘dogs’ in relation to these people. So commiserations to all dog-lovers; your dogs are worth far more than the Moslems.
When I refer to Palestinians, I refer to Moslem Palestinians, not the few Christians who live among them, and who get a hard time from them quite frequently. Being a Christian among Moslems is a life of jeopardy. Up until a year ago, killing Christians in Egypt was almost a sport, then to placate the West, and to foster relations and project humanitarian qualities, President Mubarek ordered the arrest of few murderers and charged them. After a brief show-trial justice seemed to be satisfied and the West placated. Mubarek was once again ‘one of the good guys’, but don’t be fooled by the treacherous snake.
Some may argue that Moslems are victims of their circumstances and they have no other option than to be Moslems. To many, it’s their only option when living in such a world of hostility. And while, humanly speaking, it’s seems expedient to adopt this role, it doesn’t wash with God. On the contrary, God requires loyalty under all situations, and to reinforce His views, He will require many to do as His Son did, and stare down the forces of evil, and stand firm in obedience to God. God will accept nothing less! And if any should even contemplate conversion to Islam to save their lives, they will face the lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
We know to expect that Islam will discover a real-life reincarnation of their prophet Mohammed in the form of one of their own. God refers to him as the ‘false prophet’ and a craven beast. This is the one who will promote and stimulate the idea of another Alexander the Great from Greece/Macedonia to take charge and to whip the Moslem nations into shape, and to form a super-bloc of Islamic nations. Jointly, the beast and the false prophet will succeed in their endeavours for a while. Like Alexander, the King of Greece will pick a fight with three of the Islamic states and carve up their nations and parcel out lands as a reward for obeisance to him. He’ll crank up economic stimulus through the control of petroleum, and trade with the world. As an entry-fee for trading with this super-bloc will be the requirement to literally worship his image. Moslems have a propensity to worship the image of their leaders. Saddam Hussein has his image plastered on nearly every building and on every street corner. Iraqis even have his ugly mug on the face of their watches. It will seem a small price to pay to keep the wheels of industry rolling.
This is the sort of allegiance the rulers of the heavenly realms demand of their subjects. A constant reminder of who’s boss!
It will be a relatively minor step to enforce open access to all Moslems into any nation on earth. Moslem agents will be appointed to all security forces throughout the world with particular attention to what remains of Europe and America.
The problem is that all this seems so unlikely from the human perspective, but the missing part of the equation is that God is going to fight against the House of Israel Himself! Now why would God do this? Consider for a moment what is happening, and consider if God has any reason to be angry. Now God is not the One you should make angry! He is the One you should fear and dread whenever you develop a mindset that is out of sync with His! For thousands of years people have gotten away with all sorts of excesses and violations of God’s Way, and God has remained silent. It’s God’s Way to remain silent to see if His people will develop the character to do what is right in the absence of a visible servant of God. God tests all His servants in this way, including the whole House of Israel. All His servants must pass this test if they hope to stand in the presence of the Mighty Commander Himself. Christ mentioned this principle when he said that many would think He has delayed His coming and would start beating up their fellow servants. Anciently, and from time to time, God sent His servants the prophets to warn His people of their misconduct, and to threaten them with the penalties of their misconduct. There were periods that ebbed and flowed when there would be revivals of obedience and faithful service to God, but these were not frequent.
Nevertheless, God watched over the House of Israel and led them to secure lands to settle down and have children and to expand their numbers. Most remarkable was Ephraim, who like a little child, grew to manhood and became the mightiest power on earth (the U.S.). In their humble beginnings as a nation they acknowledged God as the Provider of their safe haven, and even acknowledged that the original 13 States of the U.S. represented the number of the Tribes of Israel (two portions going to Joseph to make 13 in all). God even confirmed that He took them by the hand and led them, even stooping down to feed them. When they were small and vulnerable in their own eyes they acknowledged the Great God of Heaven, and sought to build a righteous nation based on the precepts of God’s Law.
God has a very soft spot for Ephraim, the son of His servant Joseph. He preserved his qualities and gave him the same power as Joseph. Even the mighty Pharaoh listened to Joseph and respected his views on everything.
When Ephraim, under Jeroboam, led the rebellion against the Holy City Jerusalem and the Jewish King Rehoboam, the grandson of David, they eventually fell in battle and were transported away as slaves. They became ‘lost’ as Christ confirmed, but not lost to God. And neither were they lost to Satan the devil, who knows exactly who they are, and has marshaled his forces to destroy them. God, however, has plans for them, and had determined to do them good at the end of the six millennial days.
Unfortunately, Ephraim will once again turn against little Israel and the Holy City of God – the City of the Mighty King. They seem destined to do this against all reason. This would come sooner than later if it weren’t for the furious encounters between Donald Runsfeld and Colin Powell, with Donald Runsfeld always winning the debate. Colin Powell has his loyalties in the Moslem camp, and wants nothing else except peace for the Palestinians (and all Islam for that matter) regardless of cost. Colin Powell needs to get his head together real quick before he does irreparable damage. Nevertheless, and by whatever means, there is soon to be a big split develop between both Houses of Israel (the Belgae French would like to see it happen right now! They’ll regret their testy comments against little Israel, and they seem to forget just how vulnerable they are!)
Right now Almighty God is monitoring all that is happening. He has a timetable and everything is right on schedule. Once again God is warning the House of Israel, and advising them of what He intends to do, but they are oblivious to it all. They not only have no interest, even if they heard it they would ignore it. Jesus Christ lived in Galilee, but spent some time in Jerusalem during His ministry. His biggest audience was on Mount Tabor in Galilee. By no means did He reach all the people in the Holy Land, but just a relative few. In fact, all His disciples were ‘men of Galilee’ except Judas Iscariot. In short, Jesus fame spread after His departure. It’s nearly always the case that people wake up after a prophet has been among them, and traditionally they killed the prophets to shut them up. And they got away with it in the short term until the words of the prophet were fulfilled – and in every case they were!
When God starts to fight against Israel, then you will know that he upholds the words of His servants the prophets. The true prophets of God speak only according to His Word, and God has said that the words of His prophets will be made much clearer as the Day begins to dawn. That Day has begun to dawn and the Day is the Seventh Millennial Day – the Day of the LORD! This is His Day, and this is the Day that will bring great anguish and torment to all those who have differing agendas to God. This is the Day that will fulfill all God’s promises to both Houses of Israel, and an entirely new landscape to the earth. Everything else will be swept away – just as Peter said, and it will be a time of new beginnings. But most importantly, all the kingdoms of the earth will come under the banner of the Kingdom of God.
God has said that He will make a man scarce, that is, hard to find in the rubble of the ruins that will result. And while all this may seem impossible, God wants you to know that you have not yet seen His mighty power in action. Howling gales, firestorms, earthquakes and tidal floods will bring unimaginable horror to cities and people, and the looters will move in, together with diseases unimaginable or unseen in the annals of history. It will seem to the rest of the world, and Islam in particular, that the hand of God is against His own people, and in this, they will be right. And all this, not because you may have been naughty in the bedroom (or someone else’s bedroom more likely), but because you have reviled the City of a Great King.
One of the reasons for Ephraim’s greatness is the fact that they acknowledged God’s hand in providing them with their new land. God had certainly opened the floodgates of heaven to provide them with great bounty. They acknowledge these bountiful blessings, and even today have set aside a certain Day of Thanksgiving for showing their appreciation to the Great God of Heaven. Even as they emerged as an independent nation (after the War of Independence), they acknowledged the need for righteous government. And when James Madison framed the U.S. Constitution is was acknowledged as the greatest ever conceived.
At the conclusion of the war, the one who would become father of the nation George Washington retired and went back to his farm. As community leaders considered the type of government to be instituted, everyone’s mind was on George Washington. They invited him to join them in their deliberations. He reluctantly agreed to sit in and listen. And this is basically all he did. As the discussions ebbed and flowed concerning the style of leader and government, it became inescapable that all descriptions were pointing to just one man – George Washington. First of all he was a Freemason, the legacy organization of the Knights of the Temple (Knights Templar), who upheld the ideals of Equality, Liberty, Fraternity – noble qualities for creating a great nation. He was a born leader and a furious adversary on the battlefield, but at the same time humble and unassuming. He sought no office even though it was obvious that he had the talent for any office.
A small, vulnerable nation had a need for such a fearless and competent leader, for a man of courage and a man of principles. There was no man that loomed as large as this man, and there was no other man who matched these qualities. At the end of the council, every eye was fixed on George Washington.
So at the very outset Almighty God got them off to a good start. Whatever you may conclude about America’s government, it’s the best government in the world because it’s based on the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and it’s all based on the consent of the governed. As far as human governments go, this is the nearest you will ever get to equality.
Equality, Liberty and Fraternity are also qualities that God upholds. He makes it clear that anyone who lives according to His rules – the Law of God – have equality. In fact, God calls His Law the Law of Liberty. He also speaks of fraternity, of brotherhood, and the rights of all who take their stand, side by side, in the defense of God’s Principles.
Today we go back to the very principles that made Ephraim great, with great emphasis on Fraternity – the type of Brotherhood established by Christ. This is the same Fraternity established in France by the Knights of the Temple – before they were driven out by mad King Philip le Bel in 1307.
An interesting aside to all this is the story of the Knights Templar in that period. Much of it is covered in the series of chapters on the Celtic Levites at our website. It was the trial of the leader of the Knights Templar that provides some insight to whom these people are. King Philip owed the Templars a lot of money, and so he decided to lay some trumped-up charges against them to avoid paying them, and as an added bonus, to plunder their coffers. He arrested their leaders and started hunting down their followers. At the show-trial, he presented false witnesses to accuse them. Central to the whole case was the accusation that they worshipped a severed head. The king believed that by searching their headquarters he would find a real skull hidden away, but all he found were some replicas.
In a book written by Keith Laidler called ‘The Divine Deception’, the writer asserts that the Shroud, supposedly Christ’s shroud according to Catholics, was actually a shroud used to wrap the body of Jacques D. Molay, the leader of the Knights Templar. He goes on to suggest that the Templars had secreted the head of Jesus after his death and preserved it. On the one hand, he correctly refutes the shroud as being that of Christ, then launches into complete fantasy by claiming the Baphomet skull is Christ’s head, which he says was removed shortly after His death.
The whole book is rather fanciful and is riddled with gross error, but it serves one purpose, and that is the existence of the Baphomet. The Baphomet, rather than being a real head, is made from metal or stone, and is a constant reminder of their first leader. This much is true. Where the writer of this book gets it so wrong is in suggesting that it’s Christ’s head. Christ, of course, never lost His head, and what is more, He was bodily resurrected intact. Nothing the Temple Knights ever taught ever suggested that this was representative of Christ’s head. In fact, no-one outside the organization knew what the Baphomet represented, but the Templars did. And neither did the writer bother to examine the historical record of Christ’s death, or he would have known that there could be no skull of Christ anywhere.
What is less known is that leg bones were commonly associated with the Baphomet to indicate ‘walking’ after the head. Later, following in the glory of the powerful Knights Templar, and to strike fear into everyone, pirates hijacked these symbols, the skull and cross-bones, and their flag became known as the Jolly Roger. It’s interesting that these bones should have been called cross-bones rather than leg- bones. The pirates, of course, had nothing in common with the Knights Templar.
At the start of the Laidler’s book it seemed that he might stumble onto the truth, but as it emerged, he became like Inspector Cleauseau (Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther movie), and any logic dissipated. It was riddled with false conclusions. The author knew that the Temple Knights were devout Christians and lived by a code of ethics and chivalry that very few others lived by. There were, however, exceptions. Other organizations arose who chose to emulate them, like the Teutonic Knights, the Knights Hospitalers, and even the Knights of Bushido in Japan. The fame of the Knights Templar had reached the ends of the earth.
The Temple Knights were known for their signs and symbols and their secrecy. Those who came into their ranks learned by degrees, and moved up the ranks as their knowledge increased. They knew to expect that everything would be revealed in time, and there was an explanation for everything, and what is more, everything had a logical purpose. Considering the long history of human beings and their propensity to persecute, particularly those who overshadow them, it was a logical step in the minds of many to persecute the Knights Templar, and to knock them down a peg or two. There are plenty of examples today of mindless persecution – most notably, the persecution against the United States of America and little Israel by the mad forces that control most of the world. Even within America, persecution continues unabated against companies like Microsoft, and for no logical reason! Even when there is a sniff of guilt, as in the case of Martha Stewart, the persecution is out of all proportion to the offence. She sold her shares a day or two before adverse findings would batter the stock. Of course, those who bought her shares had an expectation of making a financial killing if the findings had gone the other way. They lost, and so they wanted Martha Stewart to pay for it! It’s so odd that persecutors, particularly those who claim to be Christians, cannot suffer adversity without blaming others. How out of sync they are with Jesus Christ!
When a witchhunt begins it becomes unstoppable as small-minded schemers continue to up-the-ante. They forget all about justice and fairness and demand standards that they themselves could not bear. I couldn’t help but notice how they waded in on Martha Stewart and suggested she was a tyrant to her staff and advisors. Anything to justify making her the fall guy! Of course the FDA knew the likely outcome of their findings weeks before, but gave no hint that it would be adverse to the value of the stock.
Well, a witchhunt developed against the Knights Templar, not because they were so bad, but because they were so good. They were decent, honourable men who defended the weak and upheld traditions of virtuous behaviour, and were known for their chivalry. They became an obvious target for the lunatics of society. And when the crunch came, the prime accusation was that they were steeped in the satanic practice of worshipping a skull. The king secured witnesses by torture, and forced them to describe a fabricated satanic ritual, which resulted in a conviction in the show-trial that followed. In this, the author of the book gets it right, together with many other authors on the same subject. Many other Knights Templar were rounded up and tortured to extract confessions, with the result that the Knights Templar were almost persecuted out of existence – but not quite! They went underground, and became even more secretive. A couple of centuries later they emerged under the less-provocative name of ‘The Freemasons’.
So what about the Baphomet? What did it really represent? It certainly wasn’t the skull of Jesus who wasn’t beheaded, and neither was any real skull ever found – only a symbolic replica. The Knights Templar made no pretence about their objectives. They were the defenders of the Temple of God – the real Temple of Jerusalem. They knew that the day would come when it would have to be built according to God’s specifications in Ezekiel chapters 40-48. They preserved building skills, and were well-known for their artistic ability in grand buildings. This was also the purpose of ‘The Freemasons’, who were not only free, and relatively free of persecution, but were stonemasons as well. These skills had to be preserved if a Temple were to be completed prior to Christ’s triumphal return with His Bride. They knew this, and they also knew that the Levitical Priesthood had to precede Christ’s return. To preserve this understanding they chose a motto ‘Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your Name be the glory’, the leading verse ofPsalm 115 which concerns the Levitical Priesthood and the House of Aaron (see V10 and V12). What they understood back in the 12th century has been lost in Christianity today.
Christianity is blissfully unaware of the role that the Levites will enact in the final days. And they really have no excuse for this! They should have known that God would call a man by the name of Levi to be a prophet of the Most High. This man would precede the Mighty Christ, and be instrumental in purifying many other Levites by teaching them to repent of beliefs based on lying propaganda and conspiracies. When they are purified, they will be in a position to offer gifts acceptable to God. Even in the Book of Hebrews we find that if Christ were on earth today He would not be a priest, because there are already other men who offer gifts prescribed by Law (Heb 8:4). If Christ were on earth today, He would be a Mighty Warrior and a Great King – and soon He will be! But there is some work that needs to be done to prepare the way for Him, and God has again called to duty a Levite like John the Baptist – the son of a Temple priest.
John didn’t fulfill all that was prophesied about him. And even said, when asked, that he was not that prophet Elijah. He knew in advance that he would die before he could ever fulfill everything said about Elijah. Many people would have grandstanded and gloried in making such a claim, but not John! He had no ambitions of recognition for being some great one. And unlike most Christians today, he was outspoken and virulent against the ruler of the heavenly realms who held the power of life and death – Herod! He didn’t hide or run but stared him down and ridiculed him. Oddly enough, Herod liked him despite his vicious assaults and liked to listen to him. This was true of many of the rulers of the heavenly realms; they seemed to like to surround themselves with the servants of God (e.g. Nebuchadnezzar with Daniel and his companions, and Pharaoh in Joseph’s day). When Herod was tricked into providing the head of John the Baptist on a plate to Salome, he became fearful. He really didn’t want to kill a servant of God for fear of provoking God. But his honour and the promise he made overshadowed his fear of God. He felt he had to do it to uphold his honour and reputation. And so we learn in great detail, the circumstances of John’s death by beheading, and a sudden end to all that was prophesied concerning him. But God is definitive concerning another who would arise before the Great and Dreadful Day of the LORD. This man would come in the very essence of John the Baptist, and would truly rescue God’s people from the hand of their enemies. Once again, God’s representative will confront the rulers of the heavenly realms and castigate them – and spare not! There would be many similarities between John the Baptist and his latter-day counterpart. And if any have any aspirations of being this man, then they have left their run too late! This man was destined to appear before the Great and Dreadful Day of the LORD, and this Day has already begun.
The Temple servants of God knew long ago to expect such a man, and preserved a reminder of their mentor – John the Baptist. This is the meaning of the Baphomet – it represents the head of John the Baptist! John the Baptist loved and revered Jesus and said he was unworthy to unlace his shoes. There is no suggestion that anyone worshipped the Baphomet, it was merely a reminder of one who would come to prepare the way for the Mighty Warrior Christ Himself. In a number of other subtle ways they reinforced the meaning of the Baphomet to make it clear to all who were willing to serve God.
There are many Christians who believe they have their act together and are obeying all God’s Laws and are well-pleasing to God. This is certainly a good start, but this still only makes these unprofitable or unworthy servants. Presently, their sights are set way too low. In some ways they defame God by thinking this is all He requires of them. Even worse, they fail to recognize why God is going to destroy most of humanity as He did in the Days of Noah. Even Jesus said it will be just like it was in the days of Noah. In the days of Noah, everyone was openly hostile to everything that concerns God, and had no desire to serve Him at all. They lived for themselves and killed for gain, and violence was everywhere. There was no justice or mercy or any of the qualities that reflect godliness.
The Signs and Symbols of the Knights of the Temple(Knights Templar) which are now over 1,000 years old, and perhaps much older. They knew they were the descendants of the Levite Celts – the original British people. Every symbol, every utterance of the Knights Templar relates to the Law of God and the Temple in the Holy City Jerusalem. They knew that these symbols had to be preserved until the man arose who would understand the meaning of them all. They were indicating that when God’s servant arose, they were prepared to follow him, and join him in building the Temple. Being builders, they left a foundation stone as a reminder, together with symbols to remind future generations of knowledge established from the foundation of the world. The meaning of all they symbolized was lost until this present age. It was necessary to preserve the knowledge of their Levite origins through their forebears the Celts.
All Bible students know that John the Baptist came teaching a ministry of repentance, and this was before Jesus began His ministry. John’s job was to steer a course for the redemption of Israel and the restoration of the Kingdom of God. God has given us an example of His Kingdom when He Himself was Israel’s king – but they wanted a human king. To Samuel’s dismay and disgust that they should even suggest such a thing he became angry at them, but God consoled him, and he nevertheless followed God’s instructions and anointed their king. But this king emerged as a cowardly weakling who trembled before God’s enemies – the Philistines. It took a young lad fresh from pasturing the flock to show him the meaning of courage, and to approach the enemy with only a slingshot. This was David – a man after God’s own heart – and later, a warrior king.
Saddam Hussein – Ruler of Babylon
I wonder how many people, including so-called Christians, believe it’s not worth getting into a fight with Saddam Hussein regardless of whether he is manufacturing dangerous weapons of mass destruction? Here is a man in the very heartland of Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian Empire, the very place where God has said trouble will arise and spread to the ends of the earth, and some people think he should be left to his own devices, and even pacified. You may have already forgotten that the Israelis sent off a squadron of bombers in June, 1981 on Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s orders, and bombed Iraq’s breeder reactor, which was nearing completion. Breeder reactors produce plutonium as a by-product of uranium. They were close to producing their first nuclear bomb. The French were supplying Iraq with the uranium! The Israelis went alone with no support from anyone, and they got the job done. There were no warnings, no consensus from other nations, no coalitions or agreements; instead a decision was made and implemented. This is the way it should be, and this is the way it will be! But not before the ‘lost Tribes of Israel’ learn some valuable lessons. The first lesson is to believe God! He’s the One you should fear and dread – not other nations! When God speaks – you had better listen!
As we approach the final days when all hell breaks loose, and life itself becomes worthless, and children are traded for pennies, people are going to realize that nothing is as it had seemed. In fact, the visions of those who have set themselves up as God’s representatives will soon find out that things are wholly different to anything they could have imagined. They’ll be howling like dogs saying ‘Where’s God? Why has he permitted all this to happen?’ They’d be better advised to ask themselves ‘Why not?’
It amuses me no end to see the abuse hurled at me from those who are hostile to God’s Word. They say no-one will ever listen to me, because I don’t know how to deal with people. This is an interesting comment because they would have to say the same about John the Baptist:Luke 3:7 "John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance." John was simulating a time in the distant future when all the valleys would be filled in, and mountains and hills leveled – the time when all mankind will see God’s salvation (V4-6). It was a condition that they stop being a brood of vipers and to start producing some fruit in keeping with repentance. It was time to start focusing on the Kingdom of God and the hope of being rescued (salvation). The ministry of John the Baptist was to preach that the Kingdom of God was near at hand and that real repentance was needed (Matt 3:1-3). If anyone is to enter into God’s Kingdom, then they must be children of that Kingdom. As it stands, most Christians have no idea of what the Kingdom of God is about, how or where it will appear or what its purpose is. Yet all Bible students should know! It’s made plain enough in the Bible.
Jesus must reign until the time comes to restore everything just as it was originally when all the angels of God sang with joy. He will level the mountains, fill in the valleys, crush the rulers of the heavenly realms and destroy their evil brood. He will fulfill God’s promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, by bringing back the children of Israel to the land He gave them. When all this is done, Christ will hand the Kingdom over to the Father. And in keeping with the promise, all this will be done on the Seventh Millennial Day. We have now entered that Day, and Satan knows that time is running out for him. Even worse, you should also know that time is running out for you as well. If you are of one of the Tribes of Israel, then you should also know that Satan hates you, though he may tolerate you if you exhibit suitable hostility towards God. And if you serve him as Allah the Oak, he is going to even like you, though he won’t hesitate to kill you. This is one of the many foibles of Satan’s nature.
Presently, America is fearful of being attacked by another 19 Moslems. They are presently spending billions of dollars to prevent it happening again. The solution is so simple, but they keep wanting to paper over the cracks in the wall, and even to whitewash it to make it appear sound. All they need to is to pick out two or three targets in the Middle East and carpet-bomb them, and the problem is solved. They have plenty to choose from. An obvious target is Iraq, but they could also do Iran, Syria, Egypt, Jordan or any of the other Moslem nations. They need to level their cities and leave them a ruin. They’ll rue the day they failed to take the initiative. Best to leave Saudi Arabia though, someone far mightier will take care of them (Isa 63:1-4), but it wouldn’t hurt at all to lob a few bombs on them and flatten their cities and their citadels.
The sins of the fathers are on the children to the third and fourth generation (Ex 20:5). It should be borne in mind that this is a warning for the House of Israel. The very act of turning to other gods dooms your children for generations. But even more importantly, God has said to remember the Laws He gave to His servant Moses for the whole House of Israel (Mal 4:2). Unfortunately for most people who have never understood anything about prophecy, God is warning of the outcome for the whole House of Israel when they are enslaved and taken far away. Those who have contributed to the demise of their country will see generations of their offspring suffer before they return to the Holy Land.
Almighty God contends that those who are not with Him are against Him. There’s no buck each way bet with God. As human beings, it is difficult enough to please God, and so we rely heavily on His mercy, but no-one should imagine that God is stupid enough to be fooled by us. From now on each and everyone in the Church is under judgment. All those who once had God’s Holy Spirit are the ones with whom judgment begins. Right now, God is making His choice of who are to be sealed and reserved as His flock. And that number is a hard seven thousand. All others are on their own! And those who do survive won’t see much joy for about 40 years – if ever!
Paul made a comment that in the past God winked or overlooked such ignorance, but now calls on all men to repent (Acts 17:30), and then gives the reason why in V31 "For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the Man He has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising Him from the dead." What God overlooked in the past, will not be overlooked in the Day that God has set! If anyone thinks they have won the righteous stakes by out-righteousing everyone else, then be aware that the Pope beats you hands-down. And if anyone thinks his own zeal for God’s Law outshines all others, then you have already failed dismally in comparison to orthodox Judaism. And some of the worst offenders who make outward displays of righteousness (according to their own standards) are on the inside full of dead men’s bones – to use Christ’s analogy. It’s not human beings we have to impress, and some unstable human beings are very prone to being impressed by emotional dribble and lying suppositions.
I have strenuously avoided quoting Deuteronomy chapters 28-29 during all these articles, even though the time has come for them to be fulfilled. My reasons are that the Churches of God loved to quote them and to assume that martyrdom is the province of the House of Israel. Their teachings were that their members were to be whisked off to a place of safety, and all martyrdom would fall upon recalcitrant members and all Israel. Unfortunately, they seemed to forget that judgment begins with them. They used these very Scriptures to assure all their members that only the House of Israel was vulnerable to God’s judgment, and all recalcitrant members would join the House of Israel in this harrowing ordeal.
While the Churches of God know they are the Temple of God in a spiritual sense, they couldn’t decide whether a real, physical Temple was needed. Some said ‘yes’ and others said ‘no’. The reason so many said ‘no’ was to enhance their own stature, and to convey the impression that a physical Temple would serve no purpose. They felt they were above the need for physical sacrifices, and conceded that their own bodies were living sacrifices. This made it easy to console those who suffered any form of adversity regardless of how severe or miniscule the adversity may have been. God, they claimed, was merely testing them through a trial. Yet all sorts of things happen in this world, and some are merely related to time and chance. Jesus gave the example of the tower of Siloam (Luke 13:4).
Real trials do come upon those whom God is purifying, and God does this to test them. God makes it clear that all Levites must be purified for their service in the Temple of God. The Levites know this and patiently wait for deliverance. It’s no small matter to fail a test, especially since God doesn’t test us beyond what we can endure. And this is the crux of the whole matter. The Prophet David made it clear that a spiritual Temple exists, and this was long before his son Solomon built the first Temple in Jerusalem. Ps 65:4 "Blessed is the man you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your House, of your Holy Temple." This, of course, is referring to a physical Temple, as the rest of the Psalm shows, and long before the Temple in Jerusalem was built. But even before this, David speaks of the Temple: Ps 18:3-6 "I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From His Temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears." It’s worth noting that this speaks of a time when two arch-enemies of God arise called Death and the Grave (see Rev 6:8). This is evidenced by what follows: V7 "The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because He was angry. Smoke rose from His nostrils; consuming fire came from His mouth, burning coals blazed from it. He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under His feet. He mounted the Cherubim and flew; He soared on the wings of the wind. He made darkness His covering, His canopy around Him – the dark rain clouds of the sky. Out of the brightness of His presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning. The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded. He shot His arrows and scattered enemies, great bolts of lightning routed them. The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of breath from your nostrils."
You will find that these are the very words used by the Levite priest and prophet Habakkuk concerning Babylon and the Babylonians at the time of Christ’s return to begin His great commission (Hab 3). Furthermore, this whole Psalm is found in the writings of the Levite priest and prophet Samuel (2Sam 22). And neither should we forget that Peter was referring to these verses when he spoke of the foundations of the earth being laid bare (2Pet 3:10-11), and asked the Church ‘What kind of people ought you to be?’ (V11-15).
Continuing in the next chapter of Psalms, we find a reference to the Sun of Righteousness who is destined to arise for the healing of the nations of Israel (see Mal 4:2). This sun is described as a ‘Bridegroom’ arising from His pavilion as a Champion rejoicing to run His course (Ps 19:4-5). Peter described this as the dawning of a new day when the Sun or Morning Star arises (2Pet 1:19). In the context of Psalm 19, we find strong emphasis for obedience to God’s Law: V7 "The Law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The Statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The Precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The Commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The Ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward." When the Mighty Champion arises to run His course, the Laws, Statutes and Precepts of the LORD will be all pervasive, and in the absence of obedience to them there will be no rewards rather than great rewards. We are again reminded that the Precepts of the LORD are delivered precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little and there a little. And all who fail to acknowledge this will be broken, snared and captured (Isa 28:13, NKJV).
Jesus Christ Himself had to set an example of obedience in the most extreme of circumstances; this required giving up His life! God is busy generating offspring for Jesus (Isa 53:10) – people who will exhibit the same qualities of the One whose Name they bear. And although there were no Christians in David’s day, he knew that the Temple was a reference to the ‘Living Temple’. It was these same people that Daniel referred to as ‘the saints’ (Dan 7:21, 27). These people, like Christ, have an important commission, and Daniel describes what this is. These are the ones who acknowledge that the Law of God is more precious than fine gold, and that no-one is above the Law. It’s easy to keep the Laws of God in the good times, but it will become very difficult in captivity. The saints are those who stand in awe of God and His Law, and who fear God more than any man. These are the ones who will submit to captivity or death rather than violate the Commands of God. At that time, they (the saints) will understand clearly where they fit in the overall Great Plan of God. All those who serve God wholeheartedly, who are willing to give up their lives, are called ‘saints’.
These people are in tune with God and acknowledge the need for a Mighty Hand to overthrow those who have destroyed the earth. They know the forces of evil are hard at work trying to destroy both Houses of Israel, but they also know that both Houses of Israel have the overwhelming power to bring them all to a swift end – but they refuse to do it! God would change the whole course of history if they did, but they are not listening! They are destined to repeat history and fall at the hands of God’s enemies. They’re constantly being influenced by those who side with the enemy, and who are determined to oppose God’s people Israel. You’ll hear constant references to the Holy City in the media, and they are referring to Jerusalem – the Eternal City of God. But you hear very little outrage at the terrible things that are being done in it by the Moslem hordes who hate it and everything it stands for – most notably all of Christianity and the Jews. Jerusalem is the City of a Great King – the Almighty God, yet no-one cares! Contrary to all rational thought, the so-called ‘plight of the Palestinians’ is being discussed as if they have some rights to the Holy Land. Most of them were not ever born there; Arafat is a slimy Egyptian, so are many others, the rest are from Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and all the other Moslem hell-holes that surround the Holy Land. Whether or not someone is born in God’s Land doesn’t matter at all – they still have no rights to it! 80% of all Palestinians want to see the destruction of Israel and the Israelis slaughtered (and this was the subject and the results of a recent poll!)
Well the sun is setting for the House of Israel and a long dark night is imminent. Amid the horror of it all they will pine away while they await the new Dawn. The sad part about it all is that no-one believes it! They continue to trust in their own strength, and think they will arise to the occasion at the eleventh hour as they have in the past. They forget it took just 19 Moslems to terrorize their whole nation, and they think that by hunting down Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan it’s going to solve the problem. Of the eight million Moslems living in America, you didn’t hear so much as a peep against the perpetrators of these terrorist acts. They didn’t dance in the streets as others did in all Moslem nations, but there was scarcely-concealed glee at the damage to ‘the great satan’. All Moslems everywhere are against both Houses of Israel, and the surety of this is going to be greatly magnified with events already in the planning. If America fails to act decisively, then God Himself will fight against them. It’s their last chance!
God is going to make sure that no-one doubts His intentions. He’ll sweep away the torrent of lies that have made America a lame duck instead of a mighty bull. What America has failed to do with all their millions, God will do with just hundreds. Then he will call little Israel to duty, and make them strong too. And what a fitting triumph this will be when the Tribe, which has been despised and persecuted for centuries, becomes the saviours of all the House of Israel. The one Tribe, who everyone knew to be of the House of Israel, were almost persecuted to oblivion by their own brother nations, and it’s continued for nearly two thousand years! Hated and despised, they were driven out of everywhere without a homeland of their own. Throughout their entire history they wanted only one homeland – the Land that God gave to them! (Consider the words of the song Exodus!) The Jewish people have learned a lesson that none of the other Tribes of Israel have even begun to learn. Logically, what other Tribe would God choose as the saviours of the whole House of Israel? I can tell you this: When the Jewish people have their eyes opened, and receive the Spirit of grace and supplication, they will mourn for the Mighty Christ they rejected (Zech 12:10) and their repentance will put that of present-day Christianity to shame!
Ephraim and Manasseh are both hopeless, and the French even more so! Germany has some possibilities when they get their heads straightened out. Anciently, they were fierce warriors in their role as the Teutonic Knights, and exhibited the qualities of the Armies of Living God. Strangely enough, the very thing that causes such great offence against the Germans is the very thing that mitigates in their favour – though for all the wrong reasons. The German people believed that a master race would arise and rule for a thousand years. It all seemed so logical to them at the time, when their inflated egos got in the way, and had them believing they were the master race. It was their ruler and his bunch of henchmen who convinced them of this and they fell for it. Had the German people stood off and thought about it, they would have realized that persecuting to oblivion Christ’s own Tribe – the Jews – was a satanic act! The German clergy however, felt superior to the Jews, and had for centuries engaged in persecution of them. They even booted out the Teutonic Knights who defended them and drove them into Poland. While the memory of this may not have been in focus by the broad masses, it was certainly still in the mind of the ruler of the heavenly realms. By virtue of the migration of the Teutonic Knights into Poland, Hitler claimed the country as his own. It wasn’t about people but about land! He launched a blitzkrieg against the Polish people and slaughtered them, and this is what plunged the whole world into war.
Well the German people got sucked into Satan’s scheme and soon realized there was no way back. They were literally fighting the world with the objective of becoming the master race for a thousand years. Well they failed because they are not the master race! In effect, what they were doing was destroying the Master Race! They were killing the very people God has chosen as the Master Race – the saviours of House of Israel – the Jewish people. The Master Race will eventually be the whole House of Israel – all 12 Tribes – God’s portion of all the families of the earth (Amos 3:1-2). These are the ones who will rule over all the earth for a thousand years. Each will arise in their own order: First the Levites, then Judah, and next comes Ephraim.
It will be as it was before, with Judah and Levi remaining faithful to God and His City, and Ephraim and his brothers mixing with Satan’s portion, which is over ninety percent of the world. God mentions this in Hos 7:8 "Ephraim mixes with the nations; Ephraim is a flat cake not turned over (all mushy on top). Foreigners sap his strength, but he does not realize it. His hair is sprinkled with grey, but he does not notice. Israel’s arrogance testifies against him, but despite all this he does not return to the LORD his God or search for Him. Ephraim is like a dove, easily deceived and senseless – now calling to Egypt, now turning to Assyria (Kurds and Persians – Iran today). When they go I will throw my net over them; I will pull them down like birds of the air. When I hear them flocking together, I will catch them. Woe to them, because they have strayed from me! I long to redeem them but they speak lies against me."
It’s the lies they speak against God that is most troubling. And what do you suppose these lies are? They’re coming thick and fast now, but Christianity hasn’t noticed. God gives us a clue in these very verses with the mention of Egypt and Iran (Assyria). Many Americans are hell-bent of favouring Islam even though it is a godless and detestable religion and totally inverse to God’s instructions to the whole House of Israel. Ephraim has forgotten God’s instructions, and has sought peace with His enemies. The very act of trying to find favour with Egypt and Iran is the very act that will bring them down like birds of the air. America will believe that when Iran overruns Iraq and conquers them, this will make them their friends (based on the notion that ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’). It’s not a good idea to make friends with God’s enemies. But as God says, ‘I long to redeem them’ – but not until they stop speaking lies against Him!
A similar event occurred at the time of the Second World War. A man by the name of Neville Chamberlain requested a meeting with a ruler of the heavenly realms – Adolph Hitler, and came back clutching a piece of paper and claiming ‘Peace in our time!’ Neville Chamberlain knew that the Jewish people were systematically being slaughtered in Germany, but cared only for his own peace. His nation suffered terribly for this act of treachery and were almost bombed back the stone age. Except for the mighty Ephraim arriving on the scene, all Britain would have gone the way of the Jews – to slavery and death. Even at that time God was not pleased with Britain (and even less with France! Since the ‘Little General’ Napoleon passed from the scene, the French have been weak and gutless and ever so willing to collaborate with the enemy!)
As a minor point of interest, I was born just a few months after this treacherous act by Neville Chamberlain, and lo and behold, my father insisted (against any form of logic) to name me ‘Neville’. My mother was horrified (being of a good Jewish family), and insisted that she have the right to give me my second name, which is ‘Victor’. To my mother, no self-respecting Jew would give their son such a detestable name as ‘Neville’ and she wanted to indicate a victory over my name. And so I was called ‘Neville Victor’. In 20th century Hebrew, Neville (nevi) means prophet, and the plural is nevi’im. What my mother didn’t know at the time is that her addition to my name completed the name God has given me – Levi – NevilLEVIctor. My family always called me ‘Nevi’. It’s rare indeed for a man with proven associations with the Tribe of Levi to have a name meaning ‘prophet’ and the name ‘Levi’ embedded in his given names, and to have ‘levin’ (knowledge) also hidden in his name. But then, it’s conceivable that there may be other Levites with the name of ‘Neville Victor’. I just haven’t come across any. Of course, the real test of a prophet is not his name but what he teaches. If he fails to teach according to the Word of God, then he has no light of dawn. A real prophet speaks out without fear or favour and couldn’t care less who he offends. His job is to please God – not to please men (or be a man-pleaser as Paul put it).
As offensive as it might be to the sensibilities of some, God is a Warrior King. David was just like God in this respect. Though a prophet and the king over all Israel, David spent his entire life fighting off the enemies of God. By now, we should all know that Jesus is a Mighty Warrior and a Great King, and He exhibits all the qualities of His Father. It should come as no surprise to anyone that mere words are useless when dealing with hostile lunatics, and nothing has changed since mankind first set foot on the earth. Satan has thought for thousands of years that he is in some sort of contest for supremacy over God, and in his own mind he is! He is of the opinion that he may gain other converts from among angelic beings who remained faithful to God, if he successfully thwarts God’s intentions. Furthermore, Satan believes that if he successfully destroys all the House of Israel, any survivors would curse God to His face. Satan cannot conceive that anyone would serve God faithfully in extreme hardship and want of all things. The point is that anyone who listens to, and believes Satan’s propaganda, would not! There are a great number of spirit beings, even those who support God, who feel that with a lot of talk and mediation commonsense might prevail even among Satan’s brood. These are the ‘swinging voters’ who are undecided over whether God’s judgment is right. God is about to prove for all time, that there is no other way! At that time, God’s counselors will concede their crowns (Rev 4:10) in favour of those who have proven their worthiness to wear them – those who believe God! The counselors are mentioned again, and give their reasons in Rev 11:16 "The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who revere your Name, both small and great – and for destroying those who destroy the earth." The 24 elders will wholeheartedly concede that the only way is to destroy all those who destroy the earth. Light and darkness do not mix. Satan’s evil brood cannot exist peacefully alongside God’s people Israel. A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand – and God knows this! In short, Satan’s brood has to go!
Satan and his demon angels have one advantage over most of humanity – they all knew God personally and have seen Him face to face. This could also be a great disadvantage for them, since having known God personally, they chose the way of disobedience. For this, they will all face judgment! The vast majority of human beings who have never known God will not face this judgment. They have lived and they will die never to be resurrected. Their reward was in this life, and there is nothing beyond it. And neither has God ever promised them anything. Those who were once enlightened, well, that’s a different matter! Those who were once enlightened, that is, those who once had God’s Holy Spirit, and have turned away, refusing obedience, for them there is no further sacrifice. They will join the devil and his angels in the lake of fire.
But what of the thousands or even millions who have lived and served God in obedience, who did receive God’s Holy Spirit, but never distinguished themselves in any particular way? Well, firstly, they reaped the rewards of obedience to God in this life, but their faithful obedience to God will not be forgotten. Because they had the Spirit of God and remained faithful, they will get a further shot at life. This is called the second resurrection and occurs at the end of the Millennial Sabbath. The same Spirit, which they had when they died, will also raise them from the dead and they will live again (Rom 8:11). This will be in time for them to witness Satan’s release from prison and his final act of rebellion. This is when Satan will appear to his brood that worshipped him as a dragon, and he will gather them for one final all-out battle against the Holy City of God. With subtle treachery he will convince them that he is the rightful ruler of the universe, and use his great cunning to marshal them for war against the Holy City of God.
One thing that needs to be emphasized is that there is no resurrection for anyone who did not have God’s Holy Spirit. And it’s also worth noting that God gives His Holy Spirit only to those who obey Him! (Acts 5:32). As for all others, they were given life (a privilege in itself), and afterwards they will return to the dust. This is the only ‘promise’ God ever made to them. This is also true of the animals, and they too, return to dust. Solomon made this point very clear: Eccl. 3:17 "I thought in my heart, "God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed." I also thought, "As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. Man’s fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return." So mankind has no preeminence over the animals and all return to dust. There is no hope of an afterlife – unless the Spirit of God is in you and it returns up to God. This Spirit raises us from the dead (Rom 8:11).
Solomon also understood clearly what the whole duty of man was, but no-one seems to have taken any notice: Eccl. 12:13 "Now all has been heard; here is a conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His Commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil."
Oddly enough, Solomon is best known for his many wives and concubines. It’s difficult to understand why any man would feel the need to have so many. Yet, despite this, God’s criticism of him is that he allowed his wives to turn his heart away from God and to follow strange gods – and not because of his insatiable appetite for women. God once said, ‘Don’t even trust the one who lies in your bed’ (Micah 7:5). Imagine having hundreds of them all plotting against you. Or for that matter, trying to keep them content (‘Pass the Viagra and start digging my grave!’) I can never figure out how Solomon found the time to build so many things!
In the context of what we are saying here concerning life after death, I’m often reminded of what Zophar the Edomite said to Job the servant of God: Job 11:20 "But the eyes of the wicked will fail, and escape will elude them; their hope will become a dying gasp." In the next verse Job replies to him: Job 12:1 "Then Job replied: "Doubtless you are the people, and wisdom will die with you." Should anyone doubt the meaning, notice V14 "What He tears down cannot be rebuilt" and compare it to what God says of Edom in Mal 1:4-5. And how do these two verses in the same chapter of Job compare with the wandering Arab nomads to whom Job was speaking? V24-25 "He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason, He sends them wandering through a trackless waste. They grope in darkness with no light; He makes them stagger like drunkards." This is a reference to the rulers of the heavenly realms – those who rule over Satan’s evil brood – the leaders over the vast majority of human beings on earth. They are like mindless, unreasoning, senseless animals, and like animals they have wandered through trackless wastes for thousands of years. Of these three so-called friends Job says this: Job 30:1 "But now they mock me, men younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to put with my sheep dogs". So now Job was likening them to dogs, just as Jesus did!
It would hardly be worth mentioning worthless, degenerate Arabs, except for one thing! Satan has made his choice (with a little coercion from God) to use their ruthless characteristics and the mindless religion (Islam) to bring chaos and destruction to both Houses of Israel. And whether you want to believe it or not, you will see even more evidence in the near future.
Most Christians would argue that none of these things bear any relationship to the teachings of Christianity. It seems to be diametrically opposite to all they’ve believed. Anyone who warns of chaos and destruction must surely be a madman. They insist that Jesus came to bring peace and goodwill to all men. In fact, Jesus said the very opposite! He said, Matt 10:34 "Don’t suppose that I have come to bring peace! I have not come to bring peace, but a sword!" How could Christians get it so wrong? What do they think the title ‘Christ’ means? At least the song ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ goes part way to identifying the Truth. Of special note is that Jesus went on in V35 to quote from Micah 7:6, and in Micah 7:4 we find He is speaking of the Day of the Watchmen, the Day God visits you. This is the Day when God no longer winks or overlooks flagrant disregard for His instructions. It’s a Day of terrible trouble!
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