YAHWEH’s Watchmen

YAHWEH’s Watchmen

Ezekiel 33:1-9 in the Charles Thomson English Version of the Septuagint (1808):

AGAIN a word of the LORD came to me (Ezekiel), saying, Son of man speak to the children of thy people and thou shalt say to them, with regard to a land on which I am about to bring a sword, when the people of that land take a man, one of themselves, and make him their watchman; IF he upon seeing the sword coming against the land, sound the trumpet and warn the people; and he who heareth the trumpet doth not take warning; and the sword cometh and cutteth him off; his blood shall be on his own head.  Because upon hearing the sound of the trumpet he did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself; for had he taken warning he might have saved his life.  But IF the watchman, upon seeing the sword coming, doth NOT sound the trumpet, and the people are NOT warned, and the sword cometh and taketh the life of any of them; that person is taken off because of his iniquity; BUT his blood I will require at the watchman’s hands.

Now, as for thee son of man, I have made thee a watchman to the house of Israel, therefore thou shalt hear a word from My mouth.  When I say to the sinner, Thou shalt die: IF thou dost NOT speak to warn the wicked from his way; that unrighteous man shall die for his iniquity; but his blood I will require at thy hand.  But IF thou forewarn the wicked of his way to turn him from it; and he turn NOT from it, he shall die for his wickedness and thou hast delivered thy soul.

THE WORD OF YAHWEH TO EZEKIEL AND TO US TODAY! 

WILL YOU BE A WATCHMAN WITH ME?

Teaching Milk

Teaching Milk

I had a former pastor friend of mine state to me that we live in the times of the spirit of stupidity.  The only way that I could identify with him was that he was still teaching milk, not meat, to chew on.  I think that we can all agree that people are like sheep; but beware.  You have free will and thus can make the correct choice if you choose to study to show thyself approved unto God.  IF not, then follow the sheep…over the edge with the pigs.

Something I came to realize was that the Israelites YAHWEH used were shepherds.  Think about it, what does a shepherd do?  He shepherds the flock and makes sure that none are lost.  Hence, by the time Jesus the Christ is on the scene, He leaves the 99 to rescue the 1.  He doesn’t leave anyone behind, as we should!

Drinking milk gets oneself in trouble, but chewing on meat (the Word of God), will not!  Milk is a liquid and flows wherever it may; whereas meat, is a solid and one chews on that whether physically or metaphorically.  IF we take the time to chew and meditate on God’s Word, then we will be better stewards of what God has for us to do.

Ecclesiology

Ecclesiology

Remember that it was Stephen, as he was about to be stoned to death, who declared Israel to be the church in the wilderness: “This is he [Moses], that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the Mount Sina, and with our Fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us” (Acts 7:38). So, Israel was called out of the nations on Pentecost and given the law of God, and the Holy Spirit of Yahweh was given to the Ekklesia, who was called out from the house of Israel (Gentiles) and the House of Judah (Judahites) on Pentecost as well.

Is there only one called-out assembly as mentioned above? Or are there two as is taught today, with the church being the called-out assembly of God?

It is interesting to note that the children of Israel have gone through a physical wilderness, while the Ekklesia is going through a spiritual wilderness right now.

Dr. Chuck Missler stated:

Epistemology is the study of knowledge, its scope, and its limits. We discover that if we   know one’s hermeneutics (theory of interpretation), we will be able to predict the eschatology that will result. If one is willing to allegorize the Biblical text (Amillennialism), he will tend towards the left side (liberal) and if one tends to take the   text literally (Premillennialism), he will tend towards the right side (conservative).  Furthermore, one’s eschatology will also sharpen one’s ecclesiology (The Church in its mystical sense). It is interesting to also note that one’s ecclesiology will, of course, also impact one’s hermeneutics—thus, closing a loop which tends to drive the diligent toward an increasingly literal view as one gains perception into the linguistics.[1]

In other words, your ecclesiology will determine your eschatology; and to a certain extent, he is correct. But what if you are more fundamental than the most conservative evangelical Christian today? What if you only follow the rules of etymology with regard to the original languages of the Bible? Every translation in the world today that is not in the original language has its problems, especially any of the English translations. That is why it is especially frustrating in this age of Laodicea that most Christians just rely on the wolf in sheep’s clothing posing as a pastor/shepherd, or they attend a Bible study where they use the “Not Inspired Version” and spew forth their own opinions with regard to what the passage means to them instead of what the passage originally means by YAHWEH. Anyway, I am ranting.

So, what is this thing today called the church? It sure looks like Babylon to me. In Revelation 18:4, a voice from Heaven shouts, Come out of her, my people. But I am getting ahead of myself.

Who are these so-called bishops, pastors, elders, deacons, and so on who are mentioned in the Bible? Is there supposed to be a hierarchy in the Ekklesia? Has not Jesus stated quite plainly in Matthew 20:25–28:

Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles [nations] exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of Man came not be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His Life a ransom for many.

According to what Jesus has stated in Matthew 20:25–28, this is an open-and-shut case—there is not to be any hierarchy among the brethren. So, what we must have today is Babylon the Great. Satan likes to separate and organize the brethren and pit them against each other. Oh, by the way, have you noticed the last phrase in verse 28 above? Rather interesting, isn’t it? I think that narrows the gateway to salvation per Matthew 7:13–14, resulting in Jesus stating, “I never knew you,” in verses 21–23.

With regard to the church, one needs to define the following words:

  1. Church
  2. Pastor
  3. Bishop
  4. Elder
  5. Deacon

So, what exactly is the church? The term church is the Greek word Ekklesia, Strong’s no. G1577, and is defined as

[a] calling out, i.e. a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation, i.e., Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both; an assembly, church.[2]

That is the conventional definition of today’s church. The proper definition is as follows:

A called-out assembly of believers in YAHSHUAH from the Houses of Israel and Judah.

            YAHSHUAH has personally used the term Ekklesia twice in Matthew and seven times in Revelation, and it is further used seventy times by the New Testament writers.[3] The term churches is also the Greek word Ekklesia and is personally used by YAHSHUAH twelve times in Revelation and twenty-four times by the New Testament writers.[4]

According to Ben William’s Anti-Thought Control Dictionary:

            The Controlled Meaning of Church is a building or organization for Christians to meet regularly for singing, praying, and worshiping.[5]

The True Meaning of the word, Church, comes from the Scottish word, Kirk, and the German word, Kirche, all originate from the Greek word, KURIOKOS, which means, THE LORD’S. A Church is anything belonging to a lord (any lord). The word origin and meaning has no logical connection to its modern-day usage among churchgoers. Its popular usage hails back to the 4th Century when the Roman Emperor Constantine created the state-sanctioned institution of The Church to bring certain religious sects under state control.[6]

The modern religious use of this word is enigmatic and defies all logic. The English Bible translators substituted the word, Church, for the actual Bible word, EKKLESIA.  A Christian Ekklesia is A CALLED OUT CIVIL BODY. In Scripture, it refers to the civil body of called-out followers of Yahshuah. The term is meaningful and should not be ignored or replaced by another word. The word, Church, does not actually appear in the Bible. When it appears in English translations (versions), it is a mistranslation.   KURIOKOS (CHURCH) is NOT EKKLESIA! The words are different; the institutions are different. Nowhere in the Bible do we find a Kuriokos. There is only the called-out elect Ekklesia, which unfortunately was mistranslated into Church, changing it in English to a form of state-sanctioned paganism. In the New Testament, Ekklesia, signifying   convocation, is the only single word used (translated) for Church. It was the name given to the governmental assembly of the citizens of Athens duly convoked (called-out) by proper officers, and possessing all political power, including even juridical functions.—  Encyclopedia Britannica, Ninth Edition (1889)[7]

 With regard to the term church fathers, Ben Williams has this to say:

The Controlled Meaning of Church Fathers is the great Bishops and defenders of Christianity during its first seven Centuries. Holy men who preserved, taught, and made application of the word of God from the time of the Apostles to the time that it was canonized and secured by the church.[8]

The Actual Meaning of the so-called Church Fathers, with the possible exception of one or two of every earliest, were Romanized change agents who, during the first few Centuries after Christ’s ascension, facilitated the replacement of the faith delivered to the saints over to a Babylonian/Judean paganism via the Church of Rome. They served the Church System, which usurped the original Ekklesia of Christ. The title, Church Fathers, is ignominious on its face, for it indicates a body of men, who bred and birthed a beast offspring. They Fathered the Church System, which conspired with Central Government to confuse and rule the Western world.[9]

These Fathers are responsible for perverting the Word of God, turning It from Truth to paganized fairy tales; from a Godly schematic of how to live a blessed life under the Reign of Christ and the Ekklesia, to a convoluted and confusing collection of disconnected and meaningless nonsense called Church Doctrine. Thus, they disabled and dispossessed the World of God, leaving government, law, and social order to the exclusive purview of evil men. The Church Fathers (including Constantine) put into place the Church System, with its perverted agenda that still holds sway over the minds and lives of most professing Christians. Most so-called Christians today learn church doctrine, rather than Bible doctrine. Most people, who claim to be Christians, are actually Churchites. They know the way of the Church, but they know little or nothing of the Way of Christ.[10]

This is confirmed by Arnold E. Kennedy in his book The Exclusiveness of Israel, wherein he states the following:

The word (Church) originates from the Greek word, kuriakos, which means, Belonging to the Lord. From this word, has developed the German kirche, the Dutch kerke, the Scottish kirk, and the English church. The word is first found in The Great Bible of 1570. In no   way does the word originate from Ekklesia, even if tradition would like to say that it does.[11]

Mr. Kennedy goes on to state:

The Old Testament equivalent is the Hebrew word, cahal (or qahal), which means to call or to assemble together, but there is not one place where it is rendered Church. Cahal is used seventy times and is mostly translated as congregation, this being The Congregation of Israel. An interesting feature is that this word is used for those called out of Israel to assemble before the Tabernacle and Temple, and it denies or excludes the mixed multitude (edahwhich is also translated as congregation), which comprised of those from other races, who had joined themselves to Israel. In the New Testament, there was a parallel situation of there being a mixed multitude in the Judean nation.[12]

In The Book of Revelation by R. K. and R.N. Philips (1992):

The term, Ekklesia, is the combination of two Greek words, ek—out of or from and kleis—to call. Ekklesia simply means an assembly, any assembly of people who are called out from other peoples and from which all aliens and slaves have been excluded (see Ellicott’s comments on Matthew 16:18). Hence, it is used of the whole nation of Israel, as distinct from other nations. For those who claim that trying to limit Ekklesia to Israel is a biased view, please read Dr. E.W. Bullinger’s The Apocalypse of the Day of the Lord from which these notes are summarized.[13]

This is also confirmed by Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary, wherein when one looks up the word, church, it states “see ASSEMBLY and CONGREGATION.”[14] As one can see, the word, church, means “belonging to the Lord (Yahweh),” not what history and culture have superimposed on the definition.

The next words will be easy to define. If there were not supposed to be any institutionalized churches per se, then there should not be any institutionalized leaders/positions, such as pastors, bishops, elders, and deacons. What do these words/titles actually mean?

According to Spiros Zodhiates’s The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament, the following words mean:

Pastor:            Poimen,[15] #G4166

                        Shepherd, one who generally cares for flocks.

Jesus Christ as the Great Shepherd, who watches over and provides for the welfare of the Ekklesia, His flock.

(Matthew 26:31; Mark 14:27 quoted from Zechariah 13:7; John 10:2, 11, 12, 14, 16; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 2:25)

Deriv: archipoimen[16] (#G750), chief shepherd;

                                    poimaino[17] (#G4165) to tend, take general care of the flock;

                                    poimne[18] (#G4167) and poimnion (4168), flock.

                        Syn:    hegemon[19] (#G2232), a leader;

                                    archegos[20] (#G747), leader;

                                    presbuteros[21] (#G4245), elder, spiritual leader i.e. old man;

                                    didaskalos[22] (#G1320), teacher;

episkopos[23] (#G1985), overseer, superintendent.

Deacon:          Diakonos,[24] #G1249 (diakonos)

                        A technical term side by side with episkopos or overseer
(1 Timothy 3:8, 12; Philippians 1:1)

As one can see, all these positions are associated with shepherding a flock of sheep. YAHSHUAH is our great Shepherd who watches over Israel (His flock) all the time and has died for them (the many), so that is why all Israel is saved per Isaiah 45:17, 25 and Romans 11:26. All these so-called Churchianity positions do not exist; they are part and parcel of Babylon the Great. All these terms, if biblically defined, are older people teaching younger people the truth of God’s Word and making sure that true biblical doctrine is being administered in each Ekklesia. That is why Yahshuah asks the question in Luke 18:8, When the Son of Man cometh, shall He find (the) faith (belief) on the earth?

Next, when did the Ekklesia start?

YAHSHUAH stated in Matthew 16:18:

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock [YAHSHUAH] I will build My Ekklesia; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Paul went on to state in Colossians 1:18:

And He [YAHSHUAH] is the head of the body, the Ekklesia: who is the beginning, the first born from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.

Biblically, YAHSHUAH was the Head Shepherd of His Ekklesia; and as such, He called out its first members in Matthew 10:2–4:

Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who    also betrayed Him.

According to Matthew 10:6–42, our Head Shepherd, Yahshuah, admonished His Ekklesia (the disciples) while He was on the earth:

But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Provide neither gold nor silver, nor brass in your purses, nor script for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. And when ye come into an house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city. Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; and ye shall be brought before governors and kings for My sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of Man be come. The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in Heaven. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which in Heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on Earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother-in-law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he that taketh not his cross and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it. He that receiveth you receiveth Me, and he that receiveth Me receiveth him that sent Me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

However, after His resurrection and before His ascension into Heaven, our Head Shepherd admonished His Ekklesia (the disciples and us today) in Matthew 28:18–20, saying:

All power is given unto Me in Heaven and in Earth.

  1. Go ye therefore, and
  2. Teach all nations (Israelites),
  3. Baptizing them in the name of:
  4. The Father, and of
  5. The Son, and of
  6. The Holy Ghost:
  7. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and
  8. Lo, I AM with you always, even unto the end of the world (age).

Please note that YAHSHUAH set the precedence as Paul reiterated in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Judahite first, and also to the Greek.” YAHSHUAH was all about saving His own people (the Judahites) and even admonished the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the scribes, and the Essenes (the religious entities of His day) in Matthew 16:2–3, saying:

When it is evening, ye say, it will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the   morning, it will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

All the religious entities of His day knew that YAHSHUAH was the Messiah with the miracles that He performed that only YAHWEH could do:

  1. Raise the dead (Matthew 9:23–26).
  2. Heal the blind (Matthew 20:29–34).
  3. Heal the deaf (Mark 7:31–37).
  4. Heal the paralytic (Matthew 9:1–8).
  5. Heal the leper (Matthew 8:1–4).
  6. Cast out demons (Matthew 12:22–23).
  7. Cast out a legion of demons (Matthew 8:28–34).
  8. Calm a stormy sea (Matthew 8:23–27).
  9. Feed four thousand people (Matthew 15:32–39).
  10. Feed five thousand people (Matthew 14:15–21).

And remember also that YAHSHUAH stated that He could only do that which He had seen His Father did as stated in John 5:19–20:

Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth Him all things that Himself doeth: and He will shew Him greater works than these, that ye may       marvel.

Why? Because I and the Father are one (John 10:30). Does the Ekklesia really know what time it is?

As a side note, according to Lt. Col. F. Roberts, it would be interesting to note that there were 153 special people who received direct blessings/healing from our Lord YASHUAH.[25] This list did not include Zacharias, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, Joseph, Simeon, or Anna as these people were blessed before the birth or just after the birth of our Lord and Savior, YAHSHUAH.

  1. The leper (Matthew 8:2) (1)
  2. The centurion and his servant (Matthew 8:5) (2)
  3. The mother of Peter’s wife (Matthew 8:14) (1)
  4. The two possessed with demons (Matthew 8:18) (2)
  5. The palsied man and his bearers (Matthew 9:2, Mark 2:3) (5)
  6. Jairus and his daughter (Matthew 9:18) (2)
  7. The woman with the issue of blood (Matthew 9:21) (1)
  8. The blind men (Matthew 9:27) (2)
  9. The dumb man (Matthew 9:32) (1)
  10. The eleven apostles (Matthew 10:2) (11)
  11. The man with the withered hand (Matthew 12:10) (1)
  12. The blind and dumb with the devil (Matthew 12:22) (1)
  13. The brethren of the Lord (Matthew 13:55) (4)
  14. The Syrophoenician woman and daughter (Matthew 15:22) (2)
  15. The lunatic child and father (Matthew 17:14) (2)
  16. The blind men leaving Jericho, Bartimeus being one of them (Mark 10:46) (2)
  17. Simon the leper (Matthew 26:6) (1)
  18. Mary, the sister of Lazarus (Matthew 26:7) (1)
  19. The centurion (Matthew 27:54) (1)
  20. Salome, mother of Zebedee’s children (Matthew 27:56) (1)
  21. Mary, mother of James and wife of Cleopas (Matthew 27:56) (1)
  22. Mary Magdalene (Matthew 27:56) (1)
  23. Joseph of Arimathea (Matthew 27:57) (1)
  24. The man with the unclean spirit (Mark 1:23) (1)
  25. The deaf and dumb man (Mark 7:32) (1)
  26. The blind man (Mark 8:22) (1)
  27. The son of the widow of Nain (Luke 7:12) (1)
  28. A woman, a sinner (Luke 7:37) (1)
  29. Joanna and Susanna (Luke 8:3) (2)
  30. A disciple—“follow Me” (Luke 9:59) (1)
  31. The seventy disciples (Luke 10:1) (70)
  32. Martha, sister of Lazarus (Luke 10:38) (1)
  33. The woman with an infirmity (Luke 13:11) (1)
  34. The man with dropsy (Luke 14:2) (1)
  35. The ten lepers (Luke 17:12) (10)
  36. The blind man approaching Jericho (Luke 18:35) (1)
  37. Zaccheus (Luke 19:2) (1)
  38. Malchus (Luke 22:51) (1)
  39. The penitent thief (Luke 23:43) (1)
  40. The two disciples at Emmaus (Luke 24:13) (2)
  41. Nicodemus (John 3:1) (1)
  42. The woman of Samaria (John 4:4) (1)
  43. The nobleman and his sick son (John 4:46) (2)
  44. The impotent man at Bethesda (John 5:1) (1)
  45. The woman taken in adultery (John 8:11) (1)
  46. The man born blind (John 9) (1)
  47. Lazarus (John 11) (1)
  48. Mary, the mother of Jesus (John 19:25) (1)

TOTAL = 153[26]        

How many fish did Simon Peter draw from the net in John 21:11? It was 153. E. W. Bullinger stated that “this is the lesson of the 153 great fishes.”[27]

So, to recount, our only Shepherd was YAHSHUAH; the first Ekklesia was made up of the twelve apostles, who were admonished to preach to the house of Judah first and then to the house of Israel; and the religious entities of His time did not know, acknowledge, or want to acknowledge the times in which they lived (i.e., they did not want to lose the power in which they had because of their special deal with the Roman Empire).

How is it that Jesus is the Head Shepherd of His Ekklesia? According to Acts 2:47b, “And the Lord added to the Ekklesia daily such as should be saved.” Well, to add to something, it has to already be in existence, correct? So that makes the ministry of Jesus the beginning of the Ekklesia.

So, who is Jesus truly addressing in His parables? Reread the parables from the perspective that Jesus is addressing the house of Judah and the lost sheep of the house of Israel and that the kingdom of God is on this earth. For example, The Lord God states in Isaiah 6:9–10:

And He [the Lord God] said: Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, reiterates this in Matthew 13:13–17:

Therefore, I speak to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

So why will there be people that Yahweh and Yahshuah will not want to be saved? Remember the potter and the clay? The tares and the wheat?

Finally, how long will the Ekklesia be on the earth, and how and when does the Ekklesia age end? As previously discussed, the Ekklesia has started with Jesus Christ at the beginning of His ministry, which has started on Tishri 10 (the Day of Atonement), AD 29. And it is also our Lord and Savior who

  1. is in the midst of the Ekklesia age (Revelation 1:12–16),
  2. has outlined the Ekklesia age (Revelation 2–3), and
  3. has stated that He will come back for us in the event known as the harpazo (Strong’s no. G726, which means “to seize (in various applications); to catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take (by force)”).[28]

So Yahshuah, the Head of the Ekklesia, has created the Ekklesia, is in the midst of His Ekklesia, has outlined its history in advance, and will come back for us. But before getting into the harpazo, one has to define/discuss the Ekklesia age (known in secular history circles as the church age).

According to Tim LaHaye:

The seven periods of the Church Age are as follows:

  1. Ephesus: The Apostolic Church             (30–100)
  2. Smyrna: The Persecuted Church         (100–313)
  3. Pergamos: The State Church               (313–590)
  4. Thyatira: The Papal Church                 (590–1517)
  5. Sardis: The Reformed Church            (1517–1730)
  6. Philadelphia: The Missionary Church  (1730–1900)
  7. Laodicea: The Apostate Church         (1900–PRESENT)[29]

According to Jacob Prasch:

These seven churches, which actually existed in the first century (things which you have seen,) also represent seven broad types of churches that can exist at any time in history (things which are,) and seven generally overlapping periods of church history (things which will take place). These seven letters to the seven churches of Asia can be applied in four main ways:

  1. They existed literally and historically at the end of the 1st Century A.D.
  2. They are seven types of churches, which exist at any time throughout history.
  3. They represent seven types of churches that will exist at the end of the age.
  4. They correspond quite well to the seven periods of church history.[30]

But to understand the Ekklesia age, who stands in the midst of it? In Revelation 1:19, John has been told by YAHSHUAH to

  1. write the things which thou hast seen, and
  2. the things which are, and
  3. the things which shall be hereafter.

According to Clarence Larkin:

The things which thou hast seen, refers to the vision of the Son of Man in the midst of the Lampstands (Revelation 1:10–20), The things which are, refers to the messages to  the Seven Churches (Revelation 2:1–3:22), the things which shall be hereafter, refers to those events after the Church Period ends (Revelation 4:1–22:21).[31]

Larkin further divides the book of Revelation into “Seven Sevens”:[32]

  1. The Seven Churches
  2. The Seven Seals
  3. The Seven Trumpets
  4. The Seven Personages
  5. The Seven Vials
  6. The Seven Doom
  7. The Seven New Things

Larkin’s classical dispensational viewpoint is the standard used to interpret the book of Revelation today, whether it is by Mark Hitchcock, Tim LaHaye, Chuck Missler, or John Walvoord.

The King James Version translates Revelation 1:12 as

And I [John] turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks.

However, the International Standard Version translates it as

Then I (John) turned to see who was talking to me, and when I turned, I saw seven gold lamp stands.[33]

Larkin states:

A candlestick requires a light such as a candle, which is self-consuming, while a   “lampstand” is for the support of a lamp whose wick instead of burning away is fed from the oil within. In the Scriptures, oil is emblematic of the Holy Spirit, and as Jesus Himself interprets the “lampstands” as meaning the Seven Churches to whom He was about to send messages, we see that Jesus looks upon the churches as not the LIGHT, but simply the “LIGHT HOLDER.”[34]

John Walvoord, as well as the International Standard Version 2.0, states:

It should be translated as seven golden lampstands, and that there are seven separate lampstands each made of gold and arranged in a circle.[35]

This, of course, is a reference to the seven churches, of which John has seen in Revelation 1:13–16:

And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire; And His feet like unto fine brass, as if They burned in a furnace; and His voice as the sound of    many waters. And He had in His right hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a   sharp two-edged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

So, John sees the glorified Yahshuah. David Hamblin states:

The vision not only conveys aspects of Jesus’ character and majesty, but also flavors each of the church’s letters by giving insights into the church’s favor or disfavor, depending on which detail is used.[36]

Mr. Hamblin further states the following:

  1. The garment down to the foot and girt about the paps with a golden girdle shows Christ as humanity’s high priest (Hebrews 3:1; 6:20).
  2. His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow, portray Christ as a Man full of wisdom of the ages (Leviticus 19:32).
  3. His eyes were as a flame of fire, indicates that Christ constantly seeks the truth and executes judgment (I Peter 3:12; Isaiah 10:17).
  4. His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace, demonstrate how Christ destroys Satan and sin, while simultaneously protecting the righteous from the furnaces of persecution (John 3:14; Exodus 38:3; Number 21:9; Matthew 27:46; Daniel 3:20–23).
  5. His voice as the sound of many waters suggests that He is the source of the water of life (John 3:14; Revelation 21:6).
  6. Out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword is the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12; Luke 4:4; Deuteronomy 10:16).
  7. His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength shows Christ’s close fellowship with His Father (Exodus 24:29–35; Matthew 17:1–2).
  8. Finally, the seven golden candle lamp stands portray Christ as the church’s close friend and protector.[37]

Mr. Hamblin further postulates the following in his book:

  1. Jesus Christ was a prince in Chapter 1.
  2. Satan and his angels rebelled at the idea of Christ becoming the King of Kings and are subsequently thrown out of heaven in Chapter 12.
  3. Jesus Christ is crowned as the King of Kings in Chapter 19.[38]

Regardless of how one interprets the Ekklesia or the Ekklesia age, the seven lampstands definitely represent the seven Ekklesias, and Jesus Christ is definitely standing in the midst of them. Yahshuah is the light of the world (John 8:12), and it is the task of the Ekklesia to hold Him forth before the world, and the Ekklesia is to proclaim this light of Yahshuah to the world (Matthew 18:18–20). Therefore, the Ekklesias receive their light from Yahshuah. Unless Yahshuah stands in the midst of the Ekklesia, it will have no light. The Ekklesia must see to it that Yahshuah is in its midst, as well as proclaim His light to the world. However, we live in the age of Babylonian churchianity, and the Laodicean Babylonian church is neither hot nor cold; it is lukewarm. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

YAHSHUAH has warned His Ekklesia in John 16:33:

These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world, ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world.

The word tribulation is the Hebrew word tsarah[39] (Strong’s no. H6869, which means “adversity, affliction, anguish, distress, tribulation, trouble”) and is the Greek word thlipsis[40] (Strong’s no. G2347, which means “[a]fflicted, anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble,”), which is used by both Paul and John all throughout the New Testament.[41] Could Yahshuah be referring to the ten days of awe, which fall between the Feast of Trumpets (Tishri 1/2) and the Day of Atonement (Tishri 10)?

Most biblical and some secular historians have pointed to these ten days of tribulation, as stated by our Lord and Savior in Revelation 2:10 (ye shall have tribulation ten days), as having been fulfilled via the persecutions of the true Ekklesia by the ten Roman emperors, that is,

  1. Nero,
  2. Domitian,
  3. Trajan,
  4. Marcus Aurelius,
  5. Severus,
  6. Maximus,
  7. Decius,
  8. Valerian,
  9. Aurelian, and
  10. Diocletian.[42]

Throughout the church age, the true Ekklesia has been persecuted by the Jews and the Roman emperors but especially by the Roman popes during the Dark Ages. According to Dr. Wallace, “The Dark Ages would last for about eleven and a half Centuries, from the middle of the 5th Century to the beginning of the 16th Century.”[43] Dr. Wallace then goes on to quote J. M. Carroll from his book The Trail of Blood:

I again call your attention to those upon whom the hard hand of persecution fell. If fifty million died of persecution during the 1,200 years of persecution during the “Dark Ages” as history seems positively to teach—then they died faster than an average of four million every one hundred years. That seems almost beyond the limit of human conception. As before mention, this iron hand, dripping with martyr blood, fell upon Paulicians, Arnoldists, Henreicians, Petro Brussians, Albigenses, Waldenses, and Ana-Baptists—of course much harder upon some than others.[44]

This period of Babylonian church history is addressed by YAHSHUAH in His letters to Pergamos (the state church: 313–590) and Thyatira (the papal church: 590–1517).

From a secular historical perspective, the world was in upheaval with two major events:

  1. By AD 476, the Western Roman Empire was invaded by Barbarians and, as a result, was broken up into ten kingdoms. Sir Isaac Newton argued that these ten kingdoms were the ten horns of Daniel 8 and consisted of:
  2. the kingdom of the Vandals and Alans in Spain and Africa,
  3. the kingdom of the Suevians in Spain,
  4. the kingdom of the Visigoths,
  5. the kingdom of the Alans in Gallia,
  6. the kingdom of the Burgundians,
  7. the kingdom of the Franks,
  8. the kingdom of the Britains,
  9. the kingdom of the Hunns,
  10. the kingdom of the Lombards, and
  11. the kingdom of Ravenna.[45]

Sir Isaac went on to state that the pope, representing the little horn (i.e., the Antichrist), uprooted three horns:

  1. The exarchate of Ravenna
  2. The kingdom of the Lombards
  3. The senate and dukedom of Rome

This was whereby the pope “acquired Peter’s Patrimony out of their dominions; and thereby rose up as a temporal Prince or King, or horn of the Fourth Beast.”[46]

So, Sir Isaac Newton believed that the pope/papacy was the eleventh horn, thus representing the Antichrist; and obviously, Satan had had “an Antichrist” waiting in the wings throughout history for Jesus Christ’s return. These kingdoms were later reformed and eventually reorganized into a new “Holy Roman Empire.” It is interesting to note that until the 1500s, the Ekklesia historically recognized that the pope/papacy was the Antichrist system. What had happened since? How did the pope go from being the Antichrist in the sixteenth century to being a brother in Christ in the twenty-first century?

  1.  In AD 623, a man by the name of Muhammad came on the scene in Arabia and began to push his new political religious ideology, Islam (which meant submission), a culmination of Jewish, Christian, and ancient Arab pagan beliefs. At first, this ideology was not accepted; but eventually, because of massive proselytizing through violence and threat of death, Islam eventually spread and conquered the lands of Arabia, the Middle East, and northern Africa. Before 1924, Islam was spread through “violent jihad.” Today, Islam would spread through “cultural jihad,” wherein Muslims would:
  2. immigrate to Western nations;
  3. infiltrate those same Western governments, which would eventually lead to the establishment of a caliphate;
  4. implement Sharia law.

Would the world see a neo-Ottoman Empire soon that had nuclear weapons?

From an Ekklesiastical historical perspective, the rise of the paganized Babylonian church took place during this same time-period, wherein “the Church became more Roman and less Christian in its practices”:[47]

220:     Origen introduced infant baptism.

300:     There were prayers for the dead.

The sign of the cross was made.

312:     Constantine adopted Christianity.

320:     Wax candles were introduced.

325:     Edict of toleration: the state endorsed religion.

375:     Dead saints and angels were venerated (worshipped).

380:     House churches were outlawed.

Bishops Theodosius and Gratian ordered that there should be only one state-recognized Orthodox church.

Every Roman citizen was forced to be a member and should be made to believe lex fidei, the law of faith.

394:     Mass, as a daily celebration, was first instituted.

416:     Infant baptism became compulsory in the Western world.

431:     The Council of Ephesus: Mary was worshipped as the “Mother of God.”

440:     Leo the Great became the “bishop of Rome.”

445:     Valentian was confirmed as “spiritual leader of the Western Empire.”

500:     Common priestly dress code was introduced.

526:     Extreme unction was introduced.

565:     Justinian made a state-ordained church.

593:     The doctrine of purgatory was introduced.

600:     Worship services were conducted in Latin.

Prayers were directed to Mary.

607:     Boniface III became the first pope of the Catholic Church.

709:     Kissing of the pope’s feet began.

750:     Pepin gave the city of Rome and its surrounding territory to the pope.

Temporal power of the popes began.

786:     Worship of the cross, images, and relics was authorized.

850:     Use of “holy water” began.

890:     Veneration of Saint Joseph began.

965:     Canonization of dead saints began.

998:     Fasting on Fridays and during Lent was introduced.

1079:   Celibacy of the priesthood was instituted.

1090:   The rosary (prayer beads) was adopted from paganism.

1184:   The inquisition of heretics began and would last until 1826.

1215:   Transubstantiation of the water and wine was introduced.

Confession of sin to a priest at least once a year was instituted.

1220:   Adoration of the wafer (Host) began.

1229:   Reading of the Bible was forbidden to laypeople.

1254:   Pope Innocence IV officially established the sale of indulgences.

1414:   The communion cup was forbidden to laypeople.

1439:   The doctrine of purgatory was decreed.

The doctrine of seven sacraments was affirmed.

1508:   The Ave Maria was approved.

1534:   The Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) was founded.

1545:   The Council of Trent: Tradition was granted equal authority with the Bible.

1546:   Apocryphal books were put into the Bible.

1560:   The Creed of Pope Pius IV was imposed as the official creed.

1854:   The immaculate conception of Mary was instituted.

1864:   The Syllabus of Errors was proclaimed.

1870:   The infallibility of the pope was declared.

1930:   Public schools were condemned.

1950:   The assumption of the Virgin Mary was declared.

1965:   Mary was proclaimed as the Mother of the church.[48]­–­­[49]

With the above list, which is not all-inclusive, it is no wonder why Dave Hunt argues that the Roman Catholic Church is the woman who rides the beast in Revelation 17, wherein he states:

The leaders of the Reformation were certain that she [the woman] represented the Roman Catholic Church in general and the Pope in particular . . . and that the vision of The Woman riding the Beast provides insights into occurrences which have shaped world history in the past and which will profoundly determine human destiny in the future. She sits, in fact, not only astride the Beast, but upon the culmination of centuries of relation Bible prophecy.[50]

With regard to this same period, Frank Viola and George Barna have written a book entitled Pagan Christianity: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices, wherein they quote G.W. F. Hegel, who states, “What history teaches us is that men have never learned anything from it.”[51] The following summary is neither complete nor detailed. Note that “all of the practices are postbiblical, postapostolic, and mostly influenced by pagan culture”:[52]

The Church Building:

The Church Building:

First constructed under Constantine around 327. The earliest church buildings were patterned after the Roman basilicas, which were modeled after Greek temples.

The Sacred Space:

Christians borrowed this idea from the pagans in the 2nd and 3rd Centuries. The burial places of the martyrs were regarded as “sacred.” In the 4th Century, church buildings were erected on these burial places, thus creating “sacred” buildings.

The Pastor’s Chair:

Derived from the cathedral, which was the bishop’s chair or throne. This chair replaced the seat of the judge in the Roman basilica.

Tax-Exempt Status for Churches and Christian Clergy:

Emperor Constantine gave churches tax-exempt status in 323. He made clergy exempt  from paying taxes in 313, a privilege that pagan priests enjoyed.

Stained-Glass Windows:

First introduced by Gregory of Tours and brought to perfection by Sugar (1081–1151), abbot of St. Denis.

Gothic Cathedrals:               

12th Century. These edifices were built according to the pagan philosophy of Plato (on ley lines).

The Steeple:                          

Rooted in ancient Babylonian and Egyptian architecture and philosophy, the steeple was a medieval invention that was popularized and modernized by Sir Christopher Wren in London around 1666. The Steeple is an ancient phallic symbol, i.e. an obelisk.

The Pulpit:                            

Used in the Christian church as early as 250. It came from the Greek ambo, which was a   pulpit used by both Greeks and Jews for delivering monologues.

The Pew:                               

Evolved from the 13th through the 18th Centuries England.

The Order of Worship:

The Sunday Morning Order of Worship: 

Evolved from Gregory’s Mass in the 6th Century and the revisions made by Luther, Calvin, the Puritans, the Free Church tradition, the Methodists, the Frontier-Revivalists, and the Pentecostals.

The Centrality of the Pulpit in the Order of Worship:

Martin Luther in 1523.

Two Candles Placed on Top of the “Communion Table” and Incense Burning:

Candles were used in the ceremonial court of Roman Emperors in the 4th Century. The Communion table was introduced by Ulrich Zwingli in the 16th Century.

Taking the Lord’s Supper:

Ulrich Zwingli in the 16th Century.

The Congregation Standing and Singing When the Clergy Enters:

Borrowed from the ceremonial court of Roman Emperors in the 4th Century. Brought into the Protestant liturgy by John Calvin.

Coming to Church with a Somber/Reverent Attitude:

Based on the medieval view of piety. Brought into the Protestant service by John Calvin and Martin Bucer.

Condemnation and Guilt over Missing a Sunday Service:

17th Century New England Puritans.

The Long “Pastoral Prayer” Preceding the Sermon:

17th Century Puritans.

The Pastoral Prayer Uttered in Elizabethan English:

18th Century Methodists.

The Goal of All Preaching to Win Individual Souls:

18th Century Frontier-Revivalists

The Altar Call:

Instituted by 17th Century Methodists and popularized by Charles Finney.

The Church Bulletin (Written Liturgy):

Originated in 1884 with Albert Blake Dick’s stencil duplicating machine.

The “Solo” Salvation Hymn, Door-to-Door Witnessing, and Evangelistic Advertising/Campaigning:

  1. L. Moody.

The Decision Card:

Invented by Absalom B. Earle (1812–1895) and popularized by D. L. Moody.

Bowing Heads with Eyes Closed and Raising the Hand in Response to a Salvation Message:

Billy Graham in the 20th Century.

“The Evangelization of the World in One Generation” Slogan:

John Mott around 1888.

Solo or Choral Music Played during the Offering:

20th Century Pentecostals.

The Sermon:

The Contemporary Sermon:

Borrowed from the Greek sophists, who were masters at oratory and rhetoric. John Chrysostom and Augustine popularized the Greco-Roman homily (sermon) and made it a central part of the Christian faith.

The One-Hour Sermon, Sermon Crib Notes, and the Four-Part Sermon Outline:

17th Century Puritans.

The Pastor:

The Single Bishop (Predecessor of the Contemporary Pastor):

Ignatius of Antioch in the early 2nd Century. Ignatius’ model of one-bishop rule did not prevail in the churches until the 3rd Century.

The “Covering” Doctrine:

Cyprian of Carthage, a former pagan orator. Revived under Juan Carlos Ortiz from Argentina and the “Fort Lauderdale Five” from the United States, creating the so-called “Shepherding-Discipleship Movement” in the 1970’s.

Hierarchal Leadership:

Brought into the church by Constantine in the 4th Century. This was the leadership style of the Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans.

Clergy and Laity:

The word laity first appears in the writings of Clement of Rome (d. 100). Clergy first appears in Tertullian. By the 3rd Century, Christian leaders were universally called clergy.

Contemporary Ordination:

Evolved from the 2nd Century to the 4th Century. It was taken from the Roman custom of appointing men to civil office. The idea of the ordained minister as the “holy man of   God” can be traced to Augustine, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Chrysostom.

The Title “Pastor”:

Catholic priests who became Protestant ministers were not universally called pastors until the 18th Century under the influence of Lutheran Pietists.

Sunday Morning Costumes:

Christians Wearing Their “Sunday Best” for Church:

Began in the late 18th Century with the Industrial Revolution and became widespread in    the mid-19th Century. The practice is rooted in the emerging middle-class effort to become like their wealthy aristocrat contemporaries.

Clergy Attire:

Began in 330 when Christian clergy started wearing the garb of Roman officials. By the 12th Century, the clergy began wearing everyday street clothes that distinguished them from the people.

The Evangelical Pastor’s Suit:

A descendant of the black scholar’s gown worn by Reformation ministers; the black lounge suit of the 20th Century became the typical costume of the contemporary pastor.

The Clerical (Backwards) Collar:

Invented by Rev. Dr. Donald McLeod of Glasgow in 1865.

Ministers of Music:

The Choir:

Provoked by Constantine’s desire to mimic professional music in Roman imperial ceremonies. In the 4th Century, the Christians borrowed the choir idea from the choirs used in Greek dramas and Greek temples.

The Boys Choir:

Began in the 4th Century, borrowed from the boys’ choirs used by the pagans.

Funeral Processions and Orations:

Borrowed from Greco-Roman paganism in the 3rd Century.

The Worship Team:

Calvary Chapel in 1965, patterned after secular rock concerts.

Tithing and Clergy Salaries:

Tithing:

Did not become a widespread Christian practice until the 8th Century. The tithe was taken from the 10 percent rent charge used in the Roman Empire and later justified using the Old Testament.

Clergy Salaries:

Instituted by Constantine in the 4th Century.

The Collection Plate:

The alms dish appeared in the 14th Century. Passing a collection plate began in 1662.

The Usher:

Began with Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603). The predecessor of the usher is the church porter, a position that can be traced back to the 3rd Century.

Baptism and The Lord’s Supper:

Infant Baptism:

Rooted in the superstitious beliefs that pervaded the Greco-Roman culture, it was brought into the Christian faith in the late 2nd Century. By the 5th Century, it replaced adult baptism.

Sprinkling Replacing Immersion:

Began in the late Middle Ages in the Western churches.

Baptism Separated from Conversion:

Began in the early 2nd Century as a result of the legalistic view that baptism was the only medium for the forgiveness of sins.

The “Sinner’s Prayer”:

Originated with D. L. Moody and made popular in the 1950s through Billy Graham’s Peace with God tract and later with Campus Crusade for Christ’s Four Spiritual Laws.

Use of the Term “Personal Savior”:

Spawned in the mid-1800s by the Frontier-Revivalist influence and popularized by Charles Fuller (1887–1968).

The Lord’s Supper Condensed from a Full “Agape” Meal to Only the Cup and the Bread:

The late 2nd Century as a result of pagan ritual influences.

Christian Education:

The Catholic Seminary:

The first seminary began as a result of the Council of Trent (1545–1563). The curriculum was based on the teachings of Thomas Aquinas, which was a blending of Aristotle’s    philosophy, Neoplatonic philosophy, and Christian doctrine.

The Protestant Seminary:

Began in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1808. Its curriculum, too, was built on the teachings of Thomas Aquinas.

The Bible College:

Influenced by the revivalism of D. L. Moody, the first two Bible colleges were the Missionary Training Institute (Nyack College, New York) in 1882 and Moody Bible Institute (Chicago) in 1886.

The Sunday School:

Created by Robert Raikes from Britain in 1780. Raikes did not found the Sunday school for the purpose of religious instruction. He founded it to teach poor children the basics of education.

The Youth Pastor:

Developed in urban churches in the late 1930s and 1940s as a result of seeking to meet the needs of a new sociological class called “teenagers.”

Re-Approaching the New Testament:

Paul’s Letters Combined into a Canon and Arranged according to Descending Length:

Early 2nd Century.

Chapter Numbers Placed in the New Testament:

University of Paris professor Stephen Langton in 1227.

Verses Added to New Testament Chapters:

Printer Robert Stephanus in 1551.[53]

As a result of the paganism that is free flowing in today’s Laodicean Babylonian church, Frank Viola and George Barna suggest the following:[54]

  1. A new approach to worship
  2. A new approach to spiritual growth
  3. A new approach to managing resources
  4. A new look at your identity

Eric Jon Phelps goes one step further and accuses the papacy of creating Islam in AD 622 to persecute and murder the true Christ-believing Christians since the seventh century, as well as accusing the Jesuits of having its tentacles into every world government and corporation since the sixteenth century.[55] In other words, any Christians or infidels that Islam could not persecute or kill, the Jesuits will have the other world governments and corporations finish the job.

It is interesting to note, based on YouTube videos, that Mr. Phelps further believes that the Vatican (i.e., Pope Francis specifically)

  1. will celebrate the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation by bringing all religions (religious leaders) together to sign a concordat wherein all religious believers are brothers in Christ and
  2. will create a Sunni Islamic caliphate.

In other words, Mr. Phelps believes that Pope Francis is on his way to creating a one world religion and a new world order. Sound familiar? By the way, Shi’ite Islam was never meant to have existed.

Avi Lipkin has stated that former President Barack Obama has three agendas:

  1. Change the United States from a Christian nation to an Islamic nation
  2. Destroy the Shi’ite regime in Iran and replace it with a Sunni regime
  3. Destroy Israel[56]

As a result, Mr. Lipkin has believed that former President Obama has signed the agreement with Iran to paint Israel into a corner, whereby Israel will unilaterally attack Iran, thus bringing an Iranian nuclear response. Hence, both nations will be destroyed, thus bringing about a Sunni caliphate (i.e., the neo-Ottoman Empire).[57]

It is interesting to note that ISIS is doing what past Islamists have always done (i.e., killing Christians in the Middle East and the world), yet they have not touched Israel. Rather interesting, don’t you think? As of January 2020, the United States under President Donald Trump and Iran have exchanged barrages of missiles but not yet declaring war. All the while, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is waiting in the wings to become the new caliph of the neo-Ottoman Empire. So, will a neo-Ottoman Empire rise from the ashes of history? Or will it be the twelfth imam, the Mahdi of Shi’ite lore?[58]

However, with all that being said, Dr. J. P. Moreland claims that there were

[t]wo major developments which emerged in the late 19th Century that contributed to the loss of the Christian mind in America:

  1. The legacy of the Pilgrims and Puritans waned; and
  2. New movements emerged from which the evangelical church has never fully recovered: the emergence of anti-intellectualism and evangelical withdrawal.[59]

The spirit of Antichrist.

Was this the beginning of the age of Laodicea? Well, according to Dr. Moreland, the church went from intellectualism (most pastors pre-1900 were the most intellectual in town, that is, heads of universities) to emotionalism, that is, the Great Awakening brought in emotions (the feelings in the heart, that is, altar calls with soft music). The Great Awakening also brought about burned-over districts, wherein areas of the country had been burned over by revivals and emotionalism; and as a result, Christian Science, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, and other cults in general grew in these areas.

As a result of the thousands that were saved to Yahshuah, the church developed an uneducated clergy, among all the Christian denominations. In other words, if a person felt called to preach, then that person could be ordained and given a church to pastor (i.e., one could be dumb as a goose and not be educated in the original biblical languages and still pastor a church). Sounds familiar? Academically, if one were going to teach history or science, one would have to be educated in that discipline. However, if one were going to pastor a church, all one had to do was to be sincere and feel called.

The Great Awakening accomplished only half the Great Commission by bringing people to salvation; however, it did not continue with discipleship, which led us to how the church worked today. To note, this author was not disparaging that fact that thousands, perhaps millions, were saved to Yahshuah during this period. However, this author was stating that of those saved, those who were called to be pastors were not educated in the original languages of the Bible and therefore could not teach in context but taught from the heart. Dr. J. P. Moreland quoted historian George Marsden, who said it best: “Anti-intellectualism was a feature of American revivalism.”[60]

As a result, in 1859, the church in America was attacked by Darwinism. From 1900 to 1920, the liberals attacked the north, and the Scopes Trial (Darwinism) attacked the south. Ultimately, the pastorate in America caved to Darwinism, and the church started its decline as God was replaced by this pseudoscience that required far more faith than that of creationism.[61] As a result of this decline, the degradation of morality came in the United States. In retrospect, briefly:

1930:   John Dewey, the father of modern secular humanism, instituted the modern U.S. educational framework.[62]

1948:   In McCollum v. Board of Education, the practice of having religious instructors from different denominations to enter public schools to offer religious lessons during the school day was invalidated.[63]

1962:   In Engle v. Vitale, school-sponsored prayer was outlawed in U.S. schools.[64]

1963:   In Abington School District v. Schempp, daily reading of the Bible was outlawed in U.S. schools.[65]

1968:   In Epperson v. Arkansas, the statute prohibiting the teaching of evolution was overturned.[66]

1973:   Roe v. Wade declared that abortion was the law of the land and had been exported to all nations who did business with the United States. (Remember, Israel sacrificed its young to Moloch.)[67]

1980:   The names of the Lord God and Jesus Christ were outlawed at all formal military functions. (Is it any wonder why America has not won any wars?)

1987:   In Edwards v. Aguilar, required teaching of both evolution and creationism was overturned, concluding that the law impermissibly promoted a particular religious belief (i.e., the Creator’s name was outlawed in U.S. school science classes).[68]

From 1990 to 2016, U.S. Presidents, Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr., and Obama had believed that to have peace in the Middle East, Israel must return to its 1967 borders and apportion it out to Israel’s enemies (i.e., the Muslims). With each attempt to divide the land of Israel, a natural catastrophe had happened to the United States within minutes/hours of the attempt.[69]

However, from 2016 to 2020, U.S. President Donald J. Trump had done the following for Israel:

  1. In 2018, he moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, thus recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
  2. In 2019, he gave the Golan Heights to Israel.
  3. In 2019, he “cut off” aid to the Palestinians to bring them to the “peace table.”
  4. In 2019, he was moving toward a major war with Iran.
  5. In January 2020, he used a Reaper drone to take out Iran’s no. 2 man, General Soleimani.
  6. In January 2020, both the United States and Iran had traded barrages of missiles between them in Iraq and Iran.

Sound familiar to anyone? Additionally, during this period, each of the above-mentioned U.S. administrations (with the exception of President Trump) had further kicked God out of the American culture.

1992:   In Lee v. Weisman, school-sponsored prayer delivered by invited clergy at a school commencement was prohibited. In other words, the name of the Lord God was outlawed at graduation ceremonies in U.S. schools.[70]

2000:   In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, student-recited prayers were prohibited at high school football games.[71]

2000:   In Baker v. State of Vermont, Vermont began offering civil unions after a ruling by the state’s supreme court.[72]

2002:   In Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow, the Pledge of Allegiance with the phrase under God in it was outlawed in U.S. schools.[73]

2003:   In Goodridge et al. v. Dept. of Public Health, Massachusetts’s highest court ruled that the state constitution guaranteed same-sex couples the right to marry.[74]

2005:   Connecticut governor M. Jodi Rell signed into law a measure allowing same-sex couples to enter into civil unions and became the first state to approve civil unions without being forced by the courts.

From 2009 to 2016, former U.S. President Barack Obama attacked the following:

  1. Religious freedom
  2. Sanctity of life
  3. Sanctity of marriage
  4. Sanctity of the family[75]

2015:   In Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex unions were legal in all fifty states[76] (just as in the days of Lot).

Additionally, Pastor Doug Shearer had tracked seven interrelated trends and their impact on the church:

  1. Interest in Bible prophecy
  2. Out-front Gospel
  3. Hatred of Israel
  4. Anti-Semitism
  5. Immorality
  6. Hostility against Christians
  7. Emergent church values[77]

Pastor Shearer stated:

From 1960 to the early 1980’s, people were out front with the Gospel and were interested in Bible Prophecy. However, they have declined exponentially since then. With these declinations, came the rise in:

  1. The Hatred of Israel;
  2. Anti-Semitism;
  3. Immorality;
  4. Hostility against Christians; and since 1980,
  5. The Birth and Rise of the Emergent Church Movement.[78]

Pastor Shearer further stated that since the beginning of the 1960s, the evangelical church had evolved through five distinct eras, each of which had been formed largely by the play between the previously mentioned seven interrelated trends that characterized both the lead-up to the tribulation (Matthew 24:7–8) and the tribulation itself:

1950s–mid-1960s:       Lethargy/routine

1970s:                          Revival

1980s:                          Demise

1990s:                          Withdrawal into a defensive posture

2000–present:              Growing irrelevance[79]

Because of these trends, Pastor Shearer believed:

With the little willingness on the part of Church leaders to acknowledge the deleterious impact of those changes, the result has been quite predictable: The Evangelical Church has continued to lose both its vitality and its relevance.[80]

So, the church today is

  1. not being biblically educated,
  2. wholly relying on emotions to bring people to Jesus Christ,
  3. not following biblical prophecy,
  4. going out of our culture, and ultimately
  5. not following what the original languages truly mean (see no. 1).

To add to all this, there was an ecumenical retreat for both men and women called Tres Dias; for teens, it was called Vida Nueva. This author was invited on such a retreat through a local church in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. Its number just so happened to be the Sixty-Sixth Men’s Tres Dias Retreat (May 18–21, 2017) with the theme “Put on the Full Armor of God.” It was a four-day/three-night retreat (Thursday night, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) without a watch or cell phone and no access to the outside world. I wanted to see for myself just what this was all about.

I drove to the church parking lot, where I left my SUV, and boarded the church bus with my bag for the weekend with another gentleman who was waiting. We still had our watches and cell phones at this point, so no worries. The retreat was about an hour away. As we drove up, there were men with bright-colored leys around their neck, some with guitars, singing a welcome song, which of course made me somewhat discombobulated. I was totally unsettled and unable to get a hold of my surroundings at first. There were other gentlemen there as well looking on in amazement as I did, so we grouped together and started chatting.

After the singing, the men who greeted us with song and open arms took our luggage to our rooms. All weekend long, we were served and waited on. We were never to do anything for ourselves, even get our own food. It was quite an unreal experience. Anyway, we were taken to eat dinner, where we were served, and there was a proctor/leader at each table to make sure that the conversation flowed and that everyone got to know each other, at least seven or eight men maximum. And of course, it was all you could eat.

Then we were escorted to the main room, the Royal Room, where all weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) activities would take place. The men in charge of this Tres Dias weekend introduced themselves, and then we introduced ourselves. It was at this time that our watches and cell phones were collected for the weekend. Surprise, surprise. Access to the outside world had been cut off so that you could “focus on your walk with God.” I was mentally prepared for this as I had been forewarned. If one was forewarned of any situation, one can prepare mentally for it and survive it to the end.

Once they collected our possessions, we were escorted to our rooms for “quiet time,” absolutely no talking with our roommate, but we could read our Bible and talk with God. Then we would go to bed. They would wake us up.

Day 2 started out with them singing “De Colores” in the hallway and bringing coffee and juice to our rooms. Fortunately, when the sun came up, my eyes opened as well, so I took a quick shower and waited on the bed for the next event to unfold, and it did. Once that occurred, we had fifteen minutes to make headway to the Royal Room for a short devotion on the three faces of Jesus Christ. We then broke for breakfast (all you can eat) and sat at different tables to get to know other men. By the way, we had to learn to sing “De Colores” loudly before each meal to gain access to the chow hall. This was nerve racking to say the least.

Then after breakfast, we were escorted to the Royal Room, where our name cards had been placed on round tables in groups of six. We named our table Benaiah, who trusted God to make the impossible possible. There were six tables in total—nice numbers.

We spent most of the day bonding, doing various artistic activities that required groupthink and competition among the six groups. All the men in the six groups got along quite well, which surprised the men in charge of the event. They made sure that we had plenty of food and our own special drink (no alcohol), such as iced tea and coffee, on hand for the whole weekend. This event was specially catered to each of us and our desires/wants/needs.

Additionally, over the three days, we had fifteen rollos (topics) presented by rollistos (clergy), as well as emotionally charged testimonies that would induce oneself to become emotional:

  1. Ideals
  2. Grace
  3. The church
  4. The Holy Spirit
  5. Piety
  6. Study
  7. Sacraments
  8. Action
  9. Obstacles
  10. Leadership
  11. Environments
  12. Life in grace
  13. Christian community in growth
  14. Reunion groups
  15. The fourth day

Day 2, Friday evening, did not pass with little fanfare but was used as the lead-in to an emotional, mental “breakdown” on Saturday. For the grand finale, after “De Colores” and dinner, we were escorted into a candlelit dark chapel where low, cathedral-like, dark music was played for what they called “the reconciliation.” Our chairs were arranged such that we faced one another. There was a heart-shaped piece of paper, a pencil, and rose under each of the chairs. After much banter from one end of the darkly lit chapel to the other, we were told to pray and write down our sins on our paper. Then a figure appeared in white carrying a cross, and we were told to follow him outside. He placed the cross upright against the wall, and we were instructed to nail our sins to the cross and to hold onto our roses. The Christ figure then took our sins off the cross and burned them. Then we held candles, sang a hymn, and walked away in silence. That was an interesting way to end day 2.

Day 3 started the same way as day 2. However, Saturday afternoon was spent as a therapy session with our leader, where I watched each man break down emotionally over his sins. To be honest, I almost lost it, but I kept my composure. We were then given communion by a “priest.” Then afterward, to push the envelope even further, they gave each of us Tres Dias bags filled with letters from our loved ones, along with ecumenical books to read, such as Rick Warren’s The Purpose-Driven Life, as well as some trinkets. I still had mine sitting on my shelf. Of course, that was used as an emotional tug on the heart. Then they brought in different speakers, who gave their testimonies and, of course, broke down emotionally about how Tres Dias changed their lives.

By Sunday morning, day 4, I was on a countdown to go home. I had had enough of the emotional/mental pressure to conform to the group or to break down in front of the others. I played nice and listened as instructed. Of course, they used the “Not Inspired Version” of the Bible, the most ecumenical Bible version one could use without offending anyone. Sunday morning opened up with chapel and the giving of flower bouquets to everyone, which I gave to my wife when I got home at 5:00 p.m. The afternoon passed by with “De Colores” and lunch and other activities and then wrapped up by four with pictures, goodbyes, and so on. Our watches and cell phones were returned to us, and I rode home with the friend of mine who sponsored me for the weekend. Wow, what a mind trip that was—Disorientation 101 and then mind control for the weekend.

In retrospect, the whole weekend was used to recruit us to serve in other Tres Dias weekends, as well as to start ecumenical Bible studies. We were to set aside all doctrines and join together as “brothers in Christ,” no matter what our religious background was, including Catholic. Well, that was too much to ask as far as I was concerned. This was just another way of destroying the Ekklesia of Jesus Christ.

When I got home, I ordered and read a couple of books on the subject of Tres Dias: Brian V. Janssen’s Cursillo: Little Courses in Catharsis and Kristy Nabhan-Warren’s The Cursillo Movement in America: Catholics, Protestants, and Fourth-Day Spirituality. I highly recommend that one read these books before entertaining the thought of going to one of these weekend retreats. Mrs. Nabhan-Warren’s book was more of a history of the movement in America, whereas Pastor Janssen’s book was an eyewitness account.

According to Brian V. Janssen:

Cursillo is really “Little Courses in Catharsis.” Or stated more fully, these weekend high experiences are largely dependent on universally applicable, manipulative, somewhat   deceptive and not uniquely Christian psychological and physiological techniques designed to wear down resistance and produce an emotional high/cathartic experience, which is then interpreted as a religious experience. While the short-term effects may be pleasant and desirable, the long-term consequences are mostly negative. And since these weekends have no Biblical warrant, they should be avoided.[81]

Pastor Janssen continued:

What is Cursillo? Why is it so secretive and controversial? If it really does produce all the purported benefits, why has the whole church not embraced it?[82]

The ultimate fruit of the weekend renewal experience lifestyle, the quest for “it,” for emotional experience: a disappointing letdown that initiates a futile guest for more and more experience; a spoiling of the participant’s expectations so that “real life,” and especially the local church, pale by comparison; the production of an elitist “community” existing secretively in the midst of the churches; a regression to spiritual           and emotional immaturity that makes one ill-equipped for the hard life of genuine discipleship; and, at the end of the road, a despairing dead end. Obviously, these are serious concerns.[83]

Pastor Janssen concluded his book with one final plea:

And so, let me offer one final appeal to those who lead and sponsor these morally indefensible, spiritually distracting, perhaps even destructive weekends. Please go back to your local church, with all its flaws and failings, and rejoin the rest of us in serving Jesus Christ who is head of the Church. Please give up these shamefully manipulative practices and regain integrity in Christian ministry which focuses on the ministry of the word of God and not deceptive tricks. Take to heart the Apostle Paul’s personal testimony of an honorable and upright service to Christ as according to I Thessalonians    2:3–4 and II Corinthians 4:2.[84]

In case, one is not completely convinced that we are in the age of Laodicea, here is a transcript of an interview of Dr. Billy Graham by Dr. Robert Schuller Sr. on April 21, 2007:

Dr. Schuller: Tell me, what is the future of Christianity?

Dr. Graham: Well, Christianity and being a true believer, you know, I think there’s the body of Christ which comes from all the Christian groups around the world, or outside the Christian groups. I think that everybody   that loves Christ or knows Christ, whether they’re conscious of it or not, they’re members of the body of Christ. And I don’t think that  we’re going to see a great sweeping revival that will turn the whole world to Christ at any time.

Dr. Schuller: What I hear you saying is that it’s possible for Jesus Christ to come into a human heart and soul and life even if they’ve been born in darkness and have never had exposure to the Bible. Is that a correct interpretation of what you’re saying?

Dr. Graham: Yes, it is because I believe that. I’ve met people in various parts of the world in tribal situations that they have never seen a Bible or heard about a Bible, have never heard of Jesus, but they’ve believed in their hearts that there is a God and they tried to live a life that was quite apart from the surrounding community in which they lived.

Dr. Schuller: This is fantastic. I’m so thrilled to hear you say that. There’s a wideness in God’s mercy.

Dr. Graham: There is. There definitely is.

Obviously, both of these gentlemen are in agreement with ecumenism, which is currently sweeping our planet.

This is the final result: the Babylonian church of Laodicea—the “church” of people’s opinions. This is the end of the so-called church age. A second dark age has set in, only this time it is voluntary. We have the technology and resources to truly find out for ourselves what the Bible truly says, yet we use these same resources for personal gratification. Satan’s intended purpose is to keep us occupied with ourselves, hence the iPhone, the iPad, the iWatch, and so on. Please remember the times in which we live.

Second Timothy 3:1–5 states:

This know also, that in the last days, perilous times shall come. For men shall be

  1. lovers of their own selves,
  2. covetous,
  3. boasters,
  4. proud,
  5. blasphemers,
  6. disobedient to parents,
  7. unthankful,
  8. unholy,
  9. without natural affection,
  10. truce breakers,
  11. false accusers,
  12. incontinent,
  13. fierce,
  14. despisers of those who are good,
  15. traitors,
  16. heady,
  17. high-minded,
  18. lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God,
  19. having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:

From such turn away!

Does the true Ekklesia of Jesus Christ really know what time it is? What will happen to this so-called Babylonian church? Will it actually be “raptured,” or will the wicked (the tares) be taken and the righteous left behind? Who was destroyed during the Flood of Noah? Who was saved? Who was destroyed during Sodom and Gomorrah? Who was saved? Who was considered righteous? Who was not?

One must remember 1 Corinthians 10:11:

Now all these things happened unto them [Israelites] for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

That means we better pay attention to the Old Testament because of the ramifications on the New Testament. Patterns . . . patterns everywhere. There is always a pattern to see.

 

[1] Chuck Missler, “The Seven Myths of Eschatology,” Koinonia House, 2012, accessed July 17, 2015, http://www.khouse.org/articles/2012/1072.

[2] Strong, The New Strong’s Exhaustive, G197.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Williams, The Anti-Thought Control Dictionary, 8–9.

[6] Ibid.

[7] Ibid.

[8] Ibid., 9.

[9] Ibid.

[10] Ibid.

[11] Arnold E. Kennedy, The Exclusiveness of Israel (Queensland, Australia: Self-Published), 127.

[12] Ibid.

[13] Ibid., 128.

[14] W. E. Vine et al., Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1984), 102.

[15] Strong, The New Strong’s Exhaustive, G73.

[16] Ibid., G13.

[17] Ibid., G73.

[18] Ibid.

[19] Ibid., G39.

[20] Ibid., G13.

[21] Ibid., G74.

[22] Ibid., G23.

[23] Ibid., G35.

[24] Ibid., G22.

[25] E. W. Bullinger, Number in Scripture: Its Supernatural Design and Spiritual Significance (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Classics, 1967), 276–78.

[26] Ibid.

[27] Ibid., 276.

[28] Strong, The New Strong’s Exhaustive, G13.

[29] Tim LaHaye, Revelation Unveiled (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1999), 36.

[30] James Jacob Prasch, The Dilemma of Laodicea (Pittsburgh, PA: Moriel Ministries, 2010), Kindle Location 169.

[31] Clarence Larkin, The Book of Revelation—A Study of the Last Prophetic Book of Holy Scripture (Philadelphia, PA: Edwin W. Moyer, 1919), 22.

[32] Ibid.

[33] Welty et al., The Holy Bible, 3189.

[34] Larkin, The Book of Revelation, 17.

[35] John Walvoord, The Revelation of Jesus Christ (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1989), 43.

[36] Hamblin, Unveiling the Mysteries, 85.

[37] Ibid.

[38] Ibid.

[39] Strong, The New Strong’s Exhaustive, H122–23.

[40] Strong, The New Strong’s Exhaustive, G41.

[41] Ibid., 1119.

[42] Roy Wallace, Baptist Church History (Shreveport, LA: LinWel, 1999), 35–39.

[43] Ibid.

[44] Ibid., 78.

[45] Isaac Newton, Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John (San Bernardino, CA: Feather Trail Press, 2009), Kindle Location 644.

[46] Ibid., Kindle Location 919.

[47] LaHaye, Revelation Unveiled, 59.

[48] Ibid., 59, 66.

[49] Noe, An Exegetical Basis, 78–79.

[50] Dave Hunt, A Woman Rides the Beast: The Roman Catholic Church and the Last Days (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publications, 1994), 14–15.

[51] Frank Viola and George Barna, Pagan Christianity: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices (n.p.: Tyndale House Publishers, 2012), 271.

[52] Ibid.

[53] Ibid., 271–75.

[54] Ibid., 254–59.

[55] Eric Jon Phelps, Vatican Assassins Volumes I–IV (Newmanstown, PA: Lowvehm, 2009).

[56] Avi Lipkin, Islamic Rivalry (Jerusalem, Israel: Victor Mordecai, 2015), Kindle Edition.

[57] Ibid.

[58] V. S. Marlowe, The Last Messiah (New York, NY: Sinbad Books, 2012).

[59] J. P. Moreland, Love Your God with All Your Mind (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2012), Kindle Location 134.

[60] Ibid.

[61] Henry Morris III et al., Creation Basics and Beyond: An In-Depth Look at Science, Origins, and Evolution (Dallas, TX: Institute for Creation Research, 2013).

[62] Matthew D. Staver, Eternal Vigilance: Knowing and Protecting Your Religious Freedom (n.p.: PDF, 2005), chapter 4.

[63] 333 U.S. 203 (1948).

[64] 370 U.S. 421 (1962), 82 S. Ct. 1261, 8 L. Ed. 2d 601, 1962 U.S. LEXIS 847.

[65] 374 U.S. 203 (1963), 83 S. Ct. 1560, 10 L. Ed. 2d 844, 1963 U.S. LEXIS 2611.

[66] 393 U.S. 97 (1968), 89 S. Ct. 266, 21 L. Ed. 2d 228, 1968 U.S. LEXIS 328.

[67] 410 U.S. 113 (1973), 93 S. Ct. 705, 35 L. Ed. 2d 147, 1973 U.S. LEXIS 159.

[68] 482 U.S. 578 (1987), 107 S. Ct. 2573, 96 L. Ed. 2d 510, 1987 U.S. LEXIS 2729.

[69] William Koenig, Eye to Eye: Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel (McLean, VA: About Him Publishing, 2008), 39–208.

[70] 505 U.S. 577 (1992), 112 S. Ct. 2649, 120 L. Ed. 2d 467, 1990 U.S. LEXIS 4364.

[71] 530 U.S. 290 (2000), 120 S. Ct. 2266, 147 L. Ed. 295.

[72] Supreme Court of Vermont: Baker v. Vermont (98-302), December 20, 1999.

[73] 542 U.S. 1 (2004), 124 S. Ct. 2301, 159 L. Ed. 2d 98, 2004 U.S. LEXIS 4178.

[74] 440 Mass. 309, 798 N.E. 2d 941 (Mass. 2003).

[75] Alliance Defending Freedom for Faith and for Justice, The Obama Administration’s Attacks on Religious Freedom, Sanctity of Life, Marriage, and the Family (n.p.: PDF, 2015).

[76] 576 U.S. _____ (2015), 135 S. Ct. 2584, 192 L. Ed. 2nd 609, 2015 U.S. LEXIS 4250.

[77] Douglas Shearer, Facing the Storm: A Commentary on Matthew 24 and 25 (Sacramento, CA: TribNet Publications, 2015), 144.

[78] Ibid.

[79] Ibid.

[80] Ibid., 152.

[81] Brian V. Janssen, Cursillo: Little Courses in Catharsis (Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, 2010), 7.

[82] Ibid.

[83] Ibid., 208.

[84] Ibid., 211.

Gospel of the Kingdom of God/Heaven

Gospel of the Kingdom of God/Heaven

Are we truly preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and of Heaven, or are we preaching another Gospel, such as the Social Gospel?

Please go to https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/ and type in the words, Gospel and Kingdom separately.  There will be 98 instances of the term Gospel used in conjunction with the Gospel of the Kingdom, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Gospel of Christ, etc., but never once will you find the term Gospel associated with the word Social.  There will be 316 instances of the term Kingdom used in conjunction with the Gospel of the Kingdom, the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of Israel, the Kingdom of Judah, etc., but never once associated with any spiritualized Kingdom; they are all physical kingdoms on this Earth and/or in Heaven.  Hence, as far as YAHWEH and His Word are concerned, there is no such thing as a Social Gospel in a Social Gospel Kingdom.  That, my friends, is part and parcel of cultural Marxism, which is being shoved down our throats in each and every church that we attend. And remember, who was Karl Marx and what was his agenda?  Remember, what Rabbi Wise stated:  Marxism = Judaism = Communism = Cultural Marxism, under which we are ruled today.  Also remember, Voltaire stated, To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize!

So, what exactly is The Kingdom of God?  Well, the short answer can be found in Acts 1:6, wherein the Disciples asked Jesus Christ, Lord, wilt Thou at this time restore again the Kingdom to Israel?  To which, Jesus answered them saying, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His Own Power.  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the Earth.

Hence, The Kingdom of Israel is The Kingdom of God/Heaven on this Earth.  That was the only Gospel that was preached:  The Gospel of the Kingdom, even after YAHSHUAH’s Resurrection, He only preached the Gospel of the Kingdom for 40 days before His Ascension!

Remember what YAHSHUAH said in Matthew 21:43, Therefore say I unto you (The House of Judah), The Kingdom of God shall be taken from you (The House of Judah) and given to a nation (The House of Israel) bringing forth the fruits thereof.  In my previous books, I discuss in detail who are the nations of True Christian Jacob-Israel today versus the IsraeLIE nation of Esau/Edom/Jewry.

Also remember that YAHSHUAH, as revealed through the scriptures, is YAHWEH the Father in eternity, manifested to man in time, thus making YAHSHUAH the Creator of all things and the One to whom all things are to be made subject. He is “the Lamb without spot” who has come to redeem His people. Jesus is His name, and “the Christ,” which means “the Anointed One,” is His title.

The Bible warns about “another Christ” and “another Gospel.” However, people seem to think that setting aside core doctrines and values in the name of unity will fix all the problems in the world. Tolerance is the enemy of truth, and when tolerance is sought, truth is the first casualty. One has to be careful not to have fellowship with any forms of any false Christs, as well as anyone who promotes unity in diversity. Below is a list of thirty-two popular “Christs,” which are different from the Lord Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible, by Arnold E. Kennedy.[1] The last “Christ” on this list is the most dangerous as it is the least obvious.[2]

  1. The Jesus who is not God, that is, the Lord God Almighty revealed in the flesh.
  2. The possibility Jesus of the Crystal Cathedral with Robert Schuller and Norman Vincent Peale.
  3. The Mormon Jesus, who is a polygamist with many children after the flesh.
  4. The modernist Jesus, who is not born of a virgin.
  5. The Masonic Jesus, who denies what Jesus says about “sware not at all” but instead demands terrible oaths.
  6. The Unitarian Jesus, who is not God.
  7. The Universalist Jesus, who will not allow anyone of Israel or anyone else to go to Hell.
  8. The prosperity Jesus, who has come to make people wealthy in money and goods.
  9. The laughing Jesus, who “slays” people with his spirit and causes them to laugh uncontrollably and to stagger like drunken men, even if they are unrepentant and living in open sin.
  10. The self-esteem Jesus, who has never condemned man as a sinner and who has come merely to build up their self-image.
  11. The revolutionary Jesus, who is the founder of the political liberation theology.
  12. The Latin esus, who is one with Voodoo and witchcraft and is always shown as a baby or as being still on the cross.
  13. The Hare Krishna Jesus, who can take the form of an image of Krishna to be prayed to.
  14. The Muslim Jesus, who is an ordinary prophet among other prophets.
  15. The Hindu/world church/ecumenical Jesus, who is one of the many ways to the Father.
  16. The Jesus of one’s own imagination of those who live in a world of make-believe fantasy.
  17. The feel-good Jesus, who can be psyched up in a meeting but from whom all feelings are lost the next day.
  18. The pop-up Jesus of those who say, “Behold, He is here. Behold, He is there,” and who run about looking for “spiritual’” experiences.
  19. The revival/show-us-miracles Jesus of an evil generation; they seek a sign, whose followers pray for everyone else but God’s people to be revived.
  20. The Promise Keepers’ Jesus, who believes that racial integration will solve the world’s racial problems.
  21. The homosexual Jesus as he is portrayed by some modern writers.
  22. The free-love Jesus, who is supposed to have had several wives.
  23. The stupid Jesus, who thinks he is God.
  24. The broad-minded Jesus, who “loves the sinner but hates the sin.”
  25. The tolerant Jesus, who tolerates the doctrine of Balaam and allows Jezebel into the church (Revelation 1:14, 20).
  26. The lenient Jesus, who is not a bit like that in the letters to the seven churches.
  27. The new age Christ, which is the lord Maitreya, the god of the new age, who calls himself Jesus or the Christ.
  28. The “March for JesusJesus, who marches with Roman Catholics, Mormons, cults, and any of the others above.
  29. The wafer Jesus, who is worshiped and crucified afresh in the blasphemy of the Roman Catholic Mass, who shows his presence by a light in a box in the church. The Bible says “pray not” for those who worship the queen of Heaven. These belittle the Lord Jesus Christ by saying that Mary is a mediator between God and man.
  30. The choose me Jesus, who does not accept “You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you.”
  31. The every race Jesus, who does not accept “I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.”
  32. The popular church Jesus, who does not demand allegiance, commitment, or obedience to God’s commandments and one that does not understand that we have to “be dead with him” (2 Timothy 2:10–11) in order that “they may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” Possibly, the most important item of unbelief is in what the true Jesus Christ says, “If you love Me, keep My Commandments.” In doctrine, the popular church campaigns against keeping the commandments of God.

Mr. Kennedy asks the question “Can we indulge in compromise with ‘False Christs,’ with ‘Another Gospel,’ ‘Another Spirit,’ and ‘Another Jesus’?”[3] The answer is found in 2 Corinthians 11:4, 14–15:

For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another Gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. For such are false apostles, deceitful works, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is   transformed into an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers also be    transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

The Bible says absolutely not.

Mr. Kennedy then asks another question, “Can we fellowship with those who follow any of the ‘Christs’ above and expect our reward?”[4] That answer is found in 2 John 7–9:

For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

The Bible also says absolutely not. The Bible clearly states that “[t]his is a deceiver and an antichrist.”

For more on the Antichrist System, please see my previous two books.

[1] Arnold E. Kennedy, Unity in Diversity? Or Which Jesus Should We Love? (Queensland, Australia: Self-Published, PDF).

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

Yahweh’s Food & Health Laws

Yahweh’s Food & Health Laws

Who should we trust?  Father YAHWEH and His Laws regarding food and health or the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC)?  Consider carefully the times we are in before you answer this question.  Remember, NOTHING was mandatory, ONLY YOUR WANTS IN LIFE!

According to Howard B. Rand in his Digest of the Divine Law,[1]

LAWS OF HEALTH

Health of the body and mind is so essential to the fulfillment of every task that before Israel came to Mount Sinai where they received the Law, it became necessary that the people be instructed in the matter of heath that they might be free from disease and sickness.

And the Lord said,  If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee (Exodus 15:26).  Later on, Moses reminds Israel that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations; and repayeth them that hate Him to their face, to destroy them: He will not be slack to him that hateth Him, He will repay him to his face.  Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them … And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee (Deuteronomy 7:9-15).

REASON FOR SICKNESS

Wherever there is disease and sickness among His people as a nation, they are refusing to keep and administer His Laws.  Multitudes continue to live in pain and suffering, while countless numbers have gone to untimely graves for national failure to keep and administer the Law and individually observe the requirements for continued and uninterrupted health.  Also, and importantly, there are many who have not been able to avail themselves of immunity from sickness because of ignorance of the Law and its requirements.

HEALING AVAILABLE NOW

Though the Law of health was made a statute in the nation, assuring the removal of all sickness from the people when all His commandments and statutes are kept, yet the individual does not have to wait until the nation is righteous before the blessings of continued health are available.  This is because healing and health were made forever, and this statute and ordinance have never been abrogated.  They are still operating for those who can claim their benefits through complying with the requirements.

We live in a strange world.  Professing Christians seldom, if ever, search the Scriptures for guidance in their everyday activities and particularly is this true in the requirements for health.  Certain fundamental laws are given in the Bible which, if kept, would give that health and vigor so characteristic of the life of Moses.  Moses died at the age of one hundred and twenty years and the record states, His eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated (Deuteronomy 34:7).

CLEAN AND UNCLEAN ANIMALS

Man was a vegetarian in the years prior to the Deluge (Genesis 1:29).  When Noah began to load the ark, he was instructed to bring in seven pairs each of the clean and one pair each of the unclean animals.  This presupposes a knowledge of such classification long before similar instructions were given to Israel at Mount Sinai.  After the Deluge, God added meat to the diet of man.  But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat (Genesis 9:3-4).

PROMISE OF HEALING

When Israel in Egypt forgot God, they experienced the diseases of the Egyptians.  At Marah, Israel received instruction as to how they might secure immunity from all sickness.  While the keeping of the Law will give immunity from disease yet for those who have violated its provision healing is promised.  The Psalmist had this in mind when he said, Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who health all thy diseases.  In both cases, the conditions must be kept in order to secure both forgiveness and healing.

THOU SHALT NOT

That which men consume will mean for them either health and life or sickness and death.  When finally, the full story is written, it will be found that the diseases which afflict mankind are the direct result of eating the forbidden things.  The Thou shalt not of the Commandments is no more binding than the Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.

It was not necessary to instruct Israel in the type of herbs (vegetables) and fruit they could eat, for such instruction had already been given to man during the time he was a vegetarian.  The rule was simple.  Man could eat the vegetables bearing seed and the fruit of the trees yielding seed.  God has provided a great variety of food without violating this rule.  Fungi of all kinds such as mushrooms are forbidden (Genesis 1:29).

ABOMINABLE THINGS FORBIDDEN

When Israel received the Law regarding meat, God said, Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing (Deuteronomy 14:3).  Simple rules are given for our instruction, which are easy to remember.  Of the four-footed animals, only those that have the cloven hoof and also chew the cud are to be meat to eat.  The pig is forbidden, for although it has the cloven hoof, it does not chew the cud.  Of the fish that live in the water, all can be eaten which have both fins and scales.  This excludes shellfish of all kinds including lobster.  Of the birds and fowls, any can be eaten which are not birds of prey, such as the eagle, vulture, and hawk, etc.  The eating of blood is forbidden at all times.  Veal is forbidden until the calf has been weaned.  Thus, there is no danger of eating this meat when the calf is too young.  The detail of these laws will be found in Deuteronomy 14 and Leviticus 11.

BROTH OF ABOMINABLE THINGS

The four-footed animals that are lawful to eat all have the double-digestive system.  Through Isaiah, the Lord said of our generation, A people that provoketh Me to anger continually to My Face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick [established Church practice]; which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments [with burial places of their dead marked by monuments in their Churches], which eat swine’s flesh [Anglo-Saxons consume great quantities of such flesh], and broth of abominable things in their vessels [clam chowders, oyster stews, etc.] (Isaiah 65:3-4).

DISEASES OF EGYPT

Examination of the mummies of Egypt has disclosed the fact that Egyptians were subject to the diseases which afflict our nation today.  God declared that the violation of His Laws would bring upon us all the diseases of Egypt, also every other sickness and plague (Deuteronomy 28:58-61).  We have them all.  The judgment as pronounced has come upon us.  This is evidenced in the sickness and suffering for our failure to keep the law and obey the injunction, Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.

WAY OF LIFE AND DEATH

Men are resentful when there is interference with their appetites.  Christians who would not think of violating any of the Ten Commandments will deliberately violate the Laws of continued health.  Later in life, when the inevitable happens, and health is gone, they blame God, though Moses said, See I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; in that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments that thou mayest live and multiply (Deuteronomy 30:15-16).  Can God be blamed when men deliberately choose the way of death?  Because the penalties for such Law violation are deferred, in some cases until life has nearly run its full course, men harden their hearts and Christians cite New Testament passages to justify themselves in the sins they commit.

SANCTIFIED MEAT

Paul told Timothy that meat was to be eaten, provided it was sanctified (that is, set apart) by the Word of God (I Timothy 4:4-5).  The only Word of God for Timothy was the Old Testament wherein we have a list of meats set apart for man to eat.

PETER’S VISION

Some cite Peter’s vision wherein he saw a sheet let down from heaven with all manner of four-footed animals and creeping things upon it to justify the eating of abominable things.  Read that vision carefully (Acts 10:10-28) and note that Peter did not slay and eat.  After he awoke, he knew no vision could set aside the plain teachings of Scripture.  As he pondered the meaning of the vision, there came men from Cornelius’ house inquiring for him.  Peter himself then explains the vision, God hath showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.  To put any other interpretation to this vision than that given by Peter is to change the meaning of the Word of God.

Jesus said, Not that which goes into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man (Matthew 15:11).  This had nothing to do with the eating of forbidden foods.  Jesus in answering the Pharisees who had complained that His disciples were eating with unwashed hands was showing that that kind of dirt did not defile.

MEAT OFFERED TO IDOLS

Paul said, I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean (Romans 14:14).  The context and other utterances of Paul clearly show he had reference to meat which had been offered to idols.  Whatsoever is sold in the shambles [marketplace], that eat, asking no question for conscience sake (1 Corinthians 10:25).  The forbidden meats were not sold in the market, but there were meats sold which had been offered to idols.  Paul instructs the Christian not to inquire as to whether or not they had been so offered for from their point of view the idol was nothing.  The New Testament in no way contradicts the Old Testament and when men recognize this, they will begin to search the entire Book for all of its truth!

HEALING IN ATONEMENT

The Psalm cited above, referring to the forgiving of iniquity and the healing of diseases makes healing a part of the atoning work of our Lord.  It is not the purpose of God that any of His people should suffer.  Sickness is the result of failure to comply with the Laws of health.  Healing is a gift of God through His Son Jesus Christ, who made a demonstration of the Kingdom Laws of healing and health in operation.  He restored the lame, the halt, and the blind, to a state of physical perfection and healed all diseases.  Isaiah prophesied of coming Kingdom blessings, the benefits of which Jesus so successfully demonstrated, Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.  Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; He will come and save you.  Then the eyes of the blind shall be open, and ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.  Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing (Isaiah 35:3-6).

ORDINANCE IN THE CHURCH

Healing is also an ordinance in the Church.  James said, Is any sick among you  Let him call for the elders of the Church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him (James 5:14-15).

SEEKING THE PHYSICIANS

Nationally, we refuse to keep and administer the Law and pay a fearful price in crippled men and women with untold suffering, pain, and death: while individually we seek the physicians instead of the Lord.  An eloquent testimony of the results of such a course is given regarding Asa, King of Israel, And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great; yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians.  And Asa slept with his fathers (2 Chronicles 16:12-13).

Heath being one of man’s most valuable assets – as evidenced in the fortunes continually spent by those who, having lost it, seek to regain its blessings again – has led us to deal first with the statute and ordinance received by Israel before they arrived at the foot of Mount Sinai.

Which leads us to relying on the vaccines and pharmaceutical drugs to protect us from these so-called novel diseases of today, which were manufactured in either American, Chinese, and/or Ukrainian bio-laboratories.  Did you know that the Pharmaceutical Industry is the leading cause of death in the United States and the leading criminal organization in the world, right up there with W.H.O.?[2]  Because of this, here are:

TWELVE REASONS WHY I WILL NOT TAKE THE COVID-19 VACCINE:

I am a born-again, Bible believing Christian.  I do not need nor desire a mandated vaccine to protect me.  My religious beliefs are tied directly to Scriptural precepts as set forth in the Bible:

  1. My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

          Romans 8:11:  And if the Spirit of Him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwelleth in you, He who hath raised up the Christ from the dead will quicken even those dead bodies of yours by His Spirit which      dwelleth in you. 

          1 Corinthians 3:17:  If any one corrupt the temple of God, him God will destroy; for the temple of God is holy. 

          1 Corinthians 6:19-20:  Do you not know that your body is a temple of a holy spirit in you, which you have from God?  Indeed, you are not your own; for you have been bought with a price.  Therefore, glorify God with your body and with your spirit which are His.

  1. It is my choice to serve the Lord and my choice of what I allow to be put in my body.

Joshua 24:15:  But if it seemeth not good to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, either the gods of your fathers who were at Beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord; for He is Holy.

          Galatians 5:13:  for you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only let not that liberty be an advantage to the flesh; but be servants to another by offices of love.

  1. I am not afraid of the COVID-19 Virus which currently has a survival rate of 99.9%.

[God says, Do Not Fear 365 Times in the Bible.]

The actual word, fear, appears over 500 times in the NKJV of the Bible.  Some variations are Do not fear, Shall not fear, Will not fear, Fear not just to list a few.

  1. I will not make a decision out of fear, neither fear of the virus nor fear of losing my job.

2 Timothy 1:7:  For God hath not given us a spirit of cowardice, but of power, and love, and a sound mind.  Be not therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, not of me who am a prisoner on his account;

  1. No Plague will come near me.

Exodus 15:26:  and said, If thou wilt hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and do the things well pleasing in His sight, and hearken to His commandments, and keep all these His rules of rectitude, I will not bring upon thee any of the diseases which I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord thy God Who health thee.

            Psalm 91:10:  no evils shall come upon thee, nor shall a scourge approach thy dwelling.

           Psalm 97:6:  The heavens declared His saving goodness: and all the peoples saw His glory.

  1. God protects me.

Psalm 91:1-16:  HE who dwelleth under the protection of the Most High shall lodge in the shelter of the God of Heaven.  He will say to the Lord, Thou are my helper: my God is my refuge, I will trust in Him.  Because He will deliver thee from the snare of hunters; and tumultuous accusation – with His breast will overshadow thee: therefore under His wings thou shalt rest secure.  His truth will encompass thee with armor.  Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night; nor of the arrow which flieth by day – of the thing which walketh in darkness; nor of mischance and the demon of noonday.

            A thousand may fall at thy side; and then thousand at thy right hand: but it shall not approach thee.  But thou with thine eyes shalt observe, and see the reward of the wicked.  For thou hast made the Lord, Who is my hope, the Most High, thy refuge; no evils shall come upon thee, nor shall a scourge approach thy dwelling.  For He will give His angels a charge concerning thee; to keep thee in all thy ways; with their hands they shall bear thee up; shouldst thou chance to strike thy foot against a stone.  Upon an asp and a basilisk thou shalt tread: and trample down a lion and a dragon.

            Because he trusted in Me, I will deliver him: I will protect him because he knew My name.  He will call on Me, and I will answer him: I am with him in affliction: I will deliver him and honor him.  With length of days I will satisfy him; and I will shew him My salvation.

           Proverbs 18:10:  The name of the Lord is of majestic power; and the righteous having recourse to it shall be exalted.

          Isaiah 41:10:  Fear not, for I am with thee; be not led astray, for I am thy God.  I have strengthened thee and helped thee, and secured thee with My just right hand.

          Romans 8:2:  For the Law of the spirit of the life in Christ Jesus hath freed me from the Law of sin and death; for as it was out of the power of Law to do this,

          Ephesians 6:12-13:  Because our conflict is not barely with flesh and blood, but against the principalities and the powers – against the rulers of this dark age, against the spiritual [assaults]of the wickedness in the heavenly dispensation; take up therefore the complete armor of God, that you may be able to make resistance in the evil day, and having put a stop to them all, to maintain your ground.

          2 Thessalonians 3:3:  But the Lord is faithful, and will establish you, and guard you from the wicked one:

  1. God heals me.

          Exodus 15:26:  and said, If thou wilt hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and do the things well pleasing in His sight, and hearken to His commandments, and keep all these His rules of rectitude, I will not bring upon thee any of the diseases which I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord thy God Who health thee.

          Exodus 23:25:  and worship the Lord thy God.  And I will bless thy bread and thy wine and thy water and turn away sickness from you.

          Deuteronomy 32:39:  See!  See!  That I am the Self-Existent, and that there is no God besides Me; I kill, and I can cause to live, I can smite and I can heal, and none can rescue out of My hand-

          Psalm 91:3-6:  Because He will deliver thee from the snare of hunters; and tumultuous accusation – with His breast will overshadow thee: therefore under His wings thou shalt rest secure.  His truth will encompass thee with armor.  Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night; nor of the arrow which flieth by day – of the thing with walketh in darkness; nor of mischance and the demon of noonday.

          Psalm 103:1-5:  BLESS the Lord, O my soul; and all within me, His holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul; and forget not all the praises of Him; Who pardoneth all thine iniquities; Who health all thy diseases;

          Isaiah 39:16:  O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live.

          Jeremiah 17:14:  Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed.  Save me, and I shall be saved.  Because Thou art my boast, behold they say to me,

          Jeremiah 30:17:  Because I will bring up the cure for thee I will cure thee, saith the Lord, of thy painful wound; because thou wast called the Outcast, the hunt is up after thee.  Because there is none who seeketh this outcast,

          Matthew 10:8:  Heal the sick; cleanse lepers; raise the dead; cast out demons; freely you have received; give freely.

          James 5:14-15:  Is any among you sick, let him send for the elders of the congregation, and let them pray over him, having anointed him with oil in the name of the Lord.

          1 Peter 2:24:  who himself offered up our sins in His own body on the cross, that we, being freed from those sins, might live for righteousness; by whose stripes you have been healed.

  1. If I should die, I go to eternal life with Jesus Christ.

Matthew 25:46:  So, these shall go to everlasting punishment and the righteous to an everlasting life.

           John 3:16:  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him may not perish, but have everlasting life.

          John 5:24-25:  He who heareth My Word, and believeth on Him who sent Me, hath an everlasting life, and doth not incur condemnation, but hath passed from death to that life.

          John 6:47-50:  Verily, verily, I say to you, He who believeth in Me, hath an everlasting life.  I am the bread of that life.  Your fathers are the manna in the wilderness and died.  Such is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that whoever shall eat of it shall not die.

          John 11:25:  Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believeth in Me, though he may die, shall live.  And none who liveth and believeth in Me shall ever die.

          Romans 6:23:  For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is everlasting life by Christ Jesus our Lord.

          1 Corinthians 2:9:  which as it is written, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived;” which God hath prepared for them who love Him; and which God hath revealed to us by His Spirit.

  1. I am to obey God rather than man.

John 14:15:  If you love Me, keep My Commandments,

          John 15:14:  You are My Friends, if you do what I command you.

          Acts 5:29:  In reply to which Peter and the apostles said, We must obey God rather than men.

          2 John 1:6:  that we love one another; and this love is, that we may walk according to His commandments.  This is the commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, that you may walk therein.

  1. I trust God rather than man who is fallible.

Psalm 118:8:  It is better to confide in the Lord than to confide in man;

           Proverbs 14:12:  There is a way which seemeth right to a man; but the end of it is at the bottom of Hades.

          Isaiah 2:22:  Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?

  1. The pharmaceutical companies that developed the vaccine(s), used fetal cell cultures in order to produce and manufacture the vaccine and for proof of concept. I believe that life begins at conception and that all life is precious.  The fact that aborted fetuses were used in the development of the vaccine(s) is abhorrent to me.

            Psalm 139:13-16:  Because Thou, O Lord, hast possessed my reins – hast supported me from my mother’s womb; I will adore Thee, for Thou art awfully wonderful.  Thy works are wonderful; as my soul well knoweth.  From Thee was not concealed this bone of mine; which Thou in secret didst fashion.  When my substance was in the lowest parts of the earth; Thine eyes beheld the unwrought part of me.  When on Thy book all shall be enrolled; they will day by day be fashioned.

            Jeremiah 1:4-5:  This word of the Lord came to him: Before I formed thee in the womb, I knew thee, and before thou wast born I hallowed thee.  I have appointed thee a prophet for nations.

  1. I believe that we are living in the End Times. It is the time where the ability to buy and sell, the ability to have independent thought and action, and the ability to carry on life as normal has been curtailed by the continuing political pressure to take the mark of the beast.  While I am not convinced that the COVID-19 vaccination is the mark, it certainly is affecting the way people are able to live out their lives and with those not vaccinated being treated differently than those who are.  If the shot is not the mark of the beast, the COVID-19 vaccine is a precursor and a sign of things to come.  As such, I will not comply.

            Revelation 13:16-18:  And it causeth  all both little and great, both rich and poor, both freemen and slaves to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that none should buy or sell, but he who hath the mark, or the name of the beast or the number of its name.  Here is wisdom.  Let him who hath understanding calculate the number of the beast; for its number is that of a man and its number is 666.

If you are interested in this topic, please check out the COVID-19 PDFs on my website:

https://drjustinprock.com/

Also, please check out the following books on health and vaccines:

Alton, Joseph, and Amy Alton.  The Survival Medicine Handbook.  Doom and Bloom, LLC, 2013.

Breggin, Peter R., and Ginger Ross Breggin.  Covid-19 And The Global Predators:  We Are Prey.  Ithaca, NY: Lake Edge Press, 2021.

Clymer, R. Swinburne.  Your Health And Sanity In The Age Of Treason.  The Humanitarian Society, 1958.

Cowan, Thomas.  Cancer and the New Biology Water.  White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2019.

Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness.  White River Junction, VT:  Chelsea Green Publishing, 2018.

            Human Heart, Cosmic Heart.  White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016.

Cowan, Thomas, and Sally Fallon Morell.  The Truth About Contagion: Exploring Theories of How Disease Spreads.  New York, NY:  Skyhorse Publishing, 2021.

Fleming, Richard M.  Is COVID-19 a Bioweapon?  New York, NY:  Skyhorse Publishing, 2021.

Heckenlively, Kent.  The Case Against Vaccine Mandates.  New York, NY:  Skyhorse Publishing, 2021.  Found at:

JASE Medical, LLC.  Emergency Antibiotic Guide.  2021.

Kennedy Jr., Robert F.  The Real Anthony Fauci.  New York, NY:  Skyhorse Publishing, 2021.

Markson, Sherri.  What Really Happened in Wuhan?  Sydney, Australia:  Harper Collins Publishers, 2021.

Mercola, Joseph, and Ronnie Cummins.  The Truth About COVID-19: Exposing The Great Reset, Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports, and the New Normal.  White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2021.

Mikovits, Judy, and Kent Heckenlively.  The Truth About Masks: Exploring Theories Against Them.  New York, NY:  Skyhorse Publishing, 2021.

Plague of Corruption: Restoring Faith in the Promise of Science.  New York, NY:  Skyhorse Publishing, 2020.

Miller, Ian.  Unmasked: The Global Failure of Covid Mask Mandates.  Nashville, TN: Post Hill Press, 2022.

Perloff, James.  COVID-19 and the Agendas to Come – Red-Pilled.  Burlington, MA:  Refuge Books, 2020.

Ruscetti, Francis W., Judy A. Mikovits, and Kent Heckenlively.  Ending Plague: A Scholar’s Obligation in an Age of Corruption.  New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing, 2021.

Nieves, Maybell, Rodrigo Alterio and Claude Davis.  Home Doctor: Practical Medicine for Every Household.

Northrup, Christiane.  A Mom’s Guide to the COVID Shot.  Jenks, OK:  Thrive Publishing, 2021.

Schwab, Klaus, and Thierry Malleret.  COVID-19: The Great Reset.  Geneva, Switzerland: World Economic Forum, 2020.

Shaw, Christopher.  Dispatches from the Vaccine Wars: Fighting for Human Freedom During the Great Reset.  New York, NY:  Skyhorse Publishing, 2021.

[1]. Howard B. Rand, Digest of the Divine Law (Merrimac, MA: Destiny Publishers, 1943), 40–48.

[2]. Brian Shilhavy, “Pharmaceutical Industry is the Leading Cause of Death in the U.S., and the Largest Criminal Group in the World,” Vaccine Impact, May 22, 2020, accessed February 3, 2023, https://vaccineimpact.com/2020/pharmaceutical-industry-is-the-leading-cause-of-death-in-u-s-and-the-largest-criminal-group-in-the-world/.

The Anointed Seed:  True Israel

The Anointed Seed: True Israel

Which race was chosen/anointed by YAHWEH, The Nations of Christian Jacob-Israel or the Israeli Jewish State of Esau-Edom or any other race for that matter?

This term is written throughout the Old Testament, as well as the New Testament. The significance of the name change from Abram to Abraham is quite significant. Genesis 17:5 states, neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a Father of many nations have I made thee.

According to The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible:

H87:    Abram means, “High Father, Abram, the original name of Abraham.”[1]

H85:    Abraham means, “To be populous; Father of a multitude; Abraham the later name of Abram.”[2]

G11:    Abram means, “Abraham, the Hebrew patriarch.”[3]

According to an article entitled “The Meaning of Abram and Abraham: Genesis 17:5”:

The proposal of this study has been to treat the names as two distinctly different names for the same person. The meaning of Abram can have three different meanings: (1) Father is exalted, (2) Father departed, and (3) Father is superior. On the other hand, the name Abraham appears to have had two well-defined meanings: (1) Father is indecisive in making decisions, and (2) Father is prolific. When the names are interpreted as referring to the patriarch, there is an element of truth in all five . . . The latter definition would have support from Sarai’s name having been changed to Sarah . . . since “she became great in number or quantity/many, numerous” as suggested by Genesis 17:15, “she will become nations.”

According to Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language, Abrahamic means “pertaining to Abraham, the patriarch.”[4]

The significance is recorded in the text. The change of name recorded here is in itself a confirmation of the promises. Abram (high father) becomes Abraham (father of many nations) for “a Father of many nations have I made thee” (Genesis 17:4). It is YAHWEH’s way of confirming His promises to Abraham.

The historical promises that are referred to in Genesis 17:6 are as follows:

  1. “And I [YAHWEH] will make thee [Abraham] exceedingly ruitful.”
  2. “I will make nations of thee.”
  3. “Kings shall come out of thee.”

With regard to promise 1, Abraham was married to Sarah and had the son of the promise, Isaac, through whom came Jacob/Israel, the twelve patriarchs, and ultimately Yahshuah. Abraham also went in unto Hagar and had Ishmael, the father of the Arabs. After Sarah’s death, Abraham took Keturah to wife and had other offspring as well. So, promise 1 was thoroughly fulfilled even to this day. Promise 1 fulfilled.

With regard to promise 2, Israel became a nation but was ultimately divided and dispersed: the northern house of Israel (which included a majority of the house of Judah) by the Assyrians, never to return, thus resulting in the English-speaking nations of modern-day Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, peppered throughout the world; and the southern house of Judah by the Babylonians, of which only roughly forty-two thousand came back, not exactly the whole house of Israel, which was at last count over five million (conservatively speaking). Both the house of Israel and the house of Judah would become one stick in the hands of the Lord God (Ezekiel 37) when He gathered them from the north, the south, the east, and the west and brought them together. Israel had been mixed among the nations and had been Gentilized and would be personally gathered by the Lord God Himself. Israel was to be a servant nation forever.

With regard to the offspring of Ishmael, the twelve princes have apparently resided in what is today modern-day Arabia. With regard to the sons of Keturah, there is evidence that they have resided in eastern and southern Palestine. Obviously, with DNA today, we can know exactly who is who today, and where they have come from. Promise 2 fulfilled.

With regard to promise 3, YAHWEH’s throne has been established through the Davidic line (i.e., the house of David) forever. There is a chart that shows that Queen Elizabeth can trace her genealogy all the way back to King David of Israel (and back to Adam), which is why she has taken the title of Queen of Israel when she has been coronated. The throne has been established for our Lord and Savior to come and take when He comes back as Lord of lords and King of kings. Promise 3 fulfilled.

In conclusion, all three promises are permanent, fulfilled, and being fulfilled even to this day. The house of Israel, the house of Judah, and the house of David all exist today.

And of course, the Abrahamic covenant is still in force today. Genesis 17:7 states:

And I will establish My Covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

According to The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible:

The word for seed in the Hebrew is Strong’s #H2233, zera, which means, “seed, sowing, offspring, descendants, posterity, children, semen virile.”[5]

The word for seed in the Greek is Strong’s #G4690, sperma, which means, “seed, the male sperm; by implication offspring; issue.”[6]

The word for everlasting in the Hebrew is Strong’s #H5769, olam, which means, “long duration, antiquity, futurity, forever, ever, everlasting, evermore, perpetual.”[7]

The word for everlasting in the Greek is Strong’s #G166, aionios, which means, “perpetual (also used of past time, or past and future as well); eternal, forever, everlasting.”[8]

The word for seed is very specific and only belongs to the physical offspring of one man named Abraham, and with regard to the covenant made by YAHWEH, it is everlasting, which means, forevermore.

In addition, Genesis 28:14 and Genesis 35:11 prophesy of a worldwide commonwealth of nations:

And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and the east, and the north, and to the south: and in thee and thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 28:14)

And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins. (Genesis 35:11)

Because of the Assyrian dispersions, the house of Israel fulfilled both of these verses in Genesis, as well as a host of many others. Yahshuah was indeed the ultimate blessing to the whole world; however, His servant nation, Israel (i.e., Ephraim [Great Britain and its empire]), and Manasseh (the United States of America) were a blessing to the world as well by bringing about the industrial and technological revolutions, thus creating industrial technology to produce clean water, sewage systems, better medicines, and so on, as well as embarking on enhanced biological technologies (which may end up being the end of mankind). Anyway, during the twentieth century, even though more people died because of democide than in any other century to date, we did provide lifesaving technology to the world and did try to make the world a better place. At least we fulfilled the prophecy in Revelation 3:7–13, wherein England and the United States of America were responsible for 95 percent of the missionary work in the world, which included translating the Bible into various languages, transporting them to their destinations, and teaching the Gospel.

Jesus states in the parable of the tares and the wheat in Matthew 13:24–30, 37–44:

Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into My Barn.

Both sons have been great and conquered the world for good, but both have been corrupted, and the time for Yahshuah to come is on the horizon.

According to the following scriptures, these promises have been made to “the Fathers,” which are to be fulfilled in the Christian dispensation:

As he spake to our Fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed forever. (Luke 1:55)

To perform the mercy promised to our Fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; the oath which he sware to our Father Abraham. (Luke 1:72–73)

The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our Fathers, hath glorified His Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied Him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go. (Acts 3:13)

For Moses truly said unto the Fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; Him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever He shall say unto you. (Acts 3:22)

Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our Fathers, saying unto Abraham, and in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. (Acts 3:25)

The God of our Fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. (Acts 5:30)

Stephen’s Sermon regarding the History of Israel. (Acts 7)

For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the Law, and the service of God, and the promises; whose are the Fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen. (Romans 9:3–5)

Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the Fathers. (Romans 15:8)

YAHWEH is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the promises have only been made to Israel and are still yet to be fulfilled.

Here is a list of forty fulfilled Bible prophecies that identify the true Israel peoples:

  1. Israel to be a great and mighty nation

                        See Genesis 12:2, 18:18; Deuteronomy 4:7–8.

  1. Israel to have multitudinous seed

                        See Genesis 13:16; 15:5; 22:17; 24:60; 26:4, 24; 28:3, 14; 32:12; 49:22; Isaiah 10:22; Hosea 1:10; Zechariah 10:7–8.

  1. Israel to spread abroad to the west, east, north, and south

                        See Genesis 28:14, Isaiah 42:5–6.

  1. Israel to have a new home

                        See 2 Samuel 7:10, 1 Chronicles 17:9.

  1. Israel’s home to be northwest of Palestine

                        See Isaiah 49:12, Jeremiah 3:18.

  1. Israel to live in islands and coasts of the earth

                        See Isaiah 41:1, 49:1–3, 51:5; Jeremiah 31:7–10.

  1. Israel to become a company of nations

                        See Genesis 17:4–6, 15–16; 35:11; 48:19; Ephesians 2:12.

  1. Israel to have a Davidic king (a perpetual monarchy within Israel)

See 2 Samuel 7:13, 19; 1 Chronicles 22:10; 2 Chronicles 13:5; Psalm 89:20,
37; Ezekiel 37:24; Jeremiah 33:17, 21, 26.

  1. Israel to colonize and spread abroad

                        See Genesis 28:14, 49:22; Deuteronomy 32:8, 33:17; Psalm 2:8; Isaiah 26:15, 27:6, 54:2; Zechariah 10:8–9.

  1. Israel to colonize the desolate place of the earth

                        See Isaiah 35:1, 43:19–20, 49:8, 54:3, 58:11–12.

  1. Israel to lose a colony and then expand, demanding more room

                        See Isaiah 49:19–20.

  1. Israel to have all the land needed

                        See Deuteronomy 32:8.

  1. Israel to be the first among the nations

                        See Genesis 27:29, 28:13; Jeremiah 31:17.

  1. Israel to continue as a nation forever

                        See 2 Samuel 7:16, 24, 29; 1 Chronicles 17:22–27; Jeremiah 31:35–37.

  1. Israel’s home to be invincible to outside forces

                        See 2 Samuel 7:10, Isaiah 41:11–14.

  1. Israel to be undefeatable defended by the Lord God

                        See Numbers 24:8–9, Isaiah 15–17, Micah 5:8–9.

  1. Israel to be the Lord God’s instrument in destroying evil

                        See Jeremiah 51:19–24, Daniel 2:34–35.

  1. Israel to have a land of great mineral wealth.

                        See Genesis 49:25–26, Deuteronomy 8:9, 33:15–19.

  1. Israel to have a land of great agricultural wealth.

                        See Genesis 27:28, Deuteronomy 8:7, 9; 28:11; 33:13–14, 28.

  1. Israel to be rich by trading.

                        See Isaiah 60:5–11, 61:6.

  1. Israel to be envied and feared by all nations.

                        See Deuteronomy 2:25, 4:8, 28:10; Isaiah 43:4, 60:10, 12; Jeremiah 33:9; Micah 7:16–17.

  1. Israel to lend to other nations, borrowing from none.

                        See Deuteronomy 15:6, 28:12.

  1. Israel to have a new name.

                        See Isaiah 62:2, 65:15; Hosea 2:17.

  1. Israel to have a new language.

                        See Isaiah 28:11.

  1. Israel to possess the gates of his enemies.

                        See Genesis 22:17.

  1. Israel to find the aborigines diminishing before them.

                        See Deuteronomy 33:17, Isaiah 60:12.

  1. Israel to have control of the seas.

                        See Deuteronomy 33:19, Numbers 27:7, Psalm 89:25, Isaiah 60:5.

  1. Israel to have a new religion (new covenant)  See Hebrews 8:10–13, 9:17; Matthew 10:5–7; Luke 1:77, 2:32, 22:20; John 11:49–52; Galatians 3:13.
  1. Israel to lose all trace of her lineage.

                        See Isaiah 42:16–19; Hosea 1:9–10, 2:6; Romans 11:25.

  1. Israel to keep Sabbath forever (one day in seven set aside).

                        See Exodus 31:13, 16–17; Isaiah 58:13–14.

  1. Israel to be called the sons of God.

                        See Hosea 1:10–11.

  1. Israel to be a people saved by the Lord God.

See Deuteronomy 33:27–29; Isaiah 41:8–14, 43:1–8, 44:1–3, 49:25–26, 52:1–12, 55:3–10, 13; Jeremiah 46:27–28; Ezekiel 34:10–16; Hosea 2:23, 13:9–14, 14:4, 6.

  1. Israel to be custodians of the oracles (scriptures) of the Lord God.

                        See Psalm 147:19, 21; Isaiah 59:21.

  1. Israel to carry the Gospel to all the world.

                        See Genesis 28:14; Isaiah 43:10–12 (witnesses), 21; Micah 5:7.

  1. Israel to be kind to the poor and set slaves free.

                        See Deuteronomy 15:7, 11; Psalm 72:4; Isaiah 42:7, 49:9, 58:6.

  1. Israel to be the heir of the world.

                        See Romans 4:13.

  1. Israel to be God’s glory.

                        See Isaiah 46:13, 49:3, 60:1–2.

  1. Israel to possess the Lord God’s Holy Spirit, as well as His Word.

                        See Isaiah 44:3, 59:21; Haggai 2:5.

  1. Israel to be God’s heritage, formed by the Lord God, forever.

See Deuteronomy 4:20, 7:6, 14:2; 2 Samuel 7:23; 1 Kings 8:51, 53; Isaiah 43:21, 54:5–10; Hosea 2:19, 23; Joel 2:27; Micah 7:14–18.

  1. Israel to be the nation appointed to bring glory to God.

                        See Isaiah 41:8–16; 43:10, 21; 44:23; 49:3.

According to Amos 3:1–3:

Hear this word that the LORD hath spoke against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying, You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore, I will punish you for all your iniquities. Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Edward Hine confirms this in 1876:

             “SEVEN-EIGHTHS OF THE BIBLE MISUNDERSTOOD”

Any Bible students would find it most useful, because greatly facilitating their reading and understanding of Scripture, if they would underline in red ink all parts of the Bible having a direct reference to Israel only, and to underline, in blue ink, those parts referring to Judah alone, and also, in green ink, those parts that refer directly to the Gentile World, apart from Israel or Judah.

By doing this, they would arrive at the readiest method of ascertaining the positive fact that seven-eighths of the entire Bible have reference only to the literal, social, and historical affairs of Israel and Judah, that only about one-eighth of the whole Bible has any real bearing upon the Gentiles, and that those parts marked red, as referring to Israel, largely predominate.

It follows that, not to understand the distinction of Israel from Judah, is positively to misunderstand seven-eighths of the Bible, and yet, it is an undeniable fact, that 99 percent of our people do not recognize any difference as existing between Israel and Judah, and that, when you speak to them about Israel, they immediately think you are referring to the Jews, and read their Bible with this same false impression. Nationally, to this day, both Oxford and Cambridge are under this delusion, as well as the Dissenting Colleges of the land; how, then, can we be surprised at the amount of stupid blundering and erroneous statements issuing from our pulpits, or wonder at the fact, that our pulpit ministrations do not gain the respect of the masses, so that, while the thousands regard the Church as a venerable institution, the millions are really outside its influence?

Brethren! Is it not a lamentable assertion to make in 1876, that seven-eighths of the Bible are misunderstood? Yet, it is, too truly, a fact. By not distinguishing Israel from Judah, we set all the prophetical books at variance with each other; we make one prophet give the direct falsehood to another; we make Isaiah call into question the prophecies of Jeremiah; and Jeremiah impugn the statements of Hosea. We set Joel against Amos, Zephaniah against Zechariah, and make Ezekiel contradict them all.

Hundreds of proofs are at hand to substantiate these statements, but a few must suffice. Isaiah, Hosea, and Jesus Christ declare Israel to be lost. Isaiah 7:8; Hosea 1:10; 6:2; and Matthew 15:24. Jeremiah and Ezekiel declare Judah to be known. Jeremiah 24:9; Ezekiel 22:4. Hosea declares Israel to be as the sand for Multitude. Hosea 1:10. Jeremiah declares Judah to be Few in number. Jeremiah 15:7. Isaiah, David, and Micah declare Israel to be the Strongest War Power upon Earth. Isaiah 41:11; Psalm 105:24; Micah 7:16. Whereas, Jeremiah declares Judah to be without Might. Jeremiah 19:7. God Almighty, Samuel, David, Isaiah, and Jeremiah declare Israel to be a Monarchy. II Samuel 7:12–13; Psalm 89:4; Isaiah 37:31: 49:23; Jeremiah 33:26. Jeremiah states Judah to be without Government. Jeremiah 17:4. Isaiah and Obadiah state Israel to be an Island Nation with large Colonies. Isaiah 49:1, 8; Obadiah 17. Jeremiah and Ezekiel state Judah to be strangers in all countries, without geographical inheritance. Jeremiah 24:9; Ezekiel 22:16. Isaiah, Hosea, Micah, Habakkuk, and Paul declare Israel to be a Christian People. Isaiah 44:23; Hosea 2:19; Micah 5:7; Habakkuk 3:13; Romans 6:14. Whereas, Ezekiel, Nahum, Zechariah, Jesus Christ, and Peter declare Judah to be under the Mosaic Law. Ezekiel 43:18–27; Nahum 1:15; Zechariah 9:11; Mark 7:9; Luke 13:35; I Peter 2:8. Many scores of such illustrations might be given. These statements are in reality perfectly harmonious.

It is only when we read Scripture in our blindness, under the impression that each statement refers to one and the same people, that it becomes contradictory; then, it is that the whole Bible seems one mass of confusion, defying the genius of man to bring forth a shadow of reconciliation, without doing material damage to other parts of The Book. Tom Paine fell into the common error of looking at the Jews as the House of Israel, and states boldly in his writing that he was led into infidelity because he saw that the Jews could never verify the promises given to Israel; here, therefore, gave the Bible up as a myth.

Honestly, I cannot blame the man; for he did but exercise an acute judgment; and I frankly avow, that if my eyes had not been opened, and my mind instructed, to see that Israel and Judah are not the same people, I could have come to no other conclusion. I can never be too thankful to the Almighty, that in my youth He used the late Professor Wilson to show me the difference between the two Houses.  The very understanding of this difference is the key by which almost the entire Bible becomes intelligible, and I cannot state too strongly, that the man who has not yet seen that the Israel of the Scriptures are totally distinct from the Jewish people, is yet in the very infancy, the mere alphabet of Biblical study, and that, to this day, the meaning of fully seven-eighths of the Bible is completely shut out to his understanding.

I close this chapter by a short and powerful description of the difference between Israel and Judah, given forth by God Himself:

Therefore, thus saith the LORD God, Behold, my servants [Israel] shall eat, but ye [Judah] shall be hungry, behold my servants [Israel] shall drink, but ye [Judah] shall be thirsty; behold, my servants [Israel] shall rejoice, but ye [Judah] shall be ashamed; behold, my servants [Israel] shall sing for joy of heart, but ye [Judah] shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit; and ye [Judah] shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen srael]; for the LORD God shall slay thee [Judah], and call His servants [Israel] by another name. (Isaiah 65:13–15)

I again recommend my readers the plan of underlining their Bibles in red, blue, and green inks. If they would try the red and blue in the quotation just given, they would see its service. There are hundreds of verses like the above, that in part refer to Israel, and in part to Judah, and by this method of employing different colors to distinguish the parts, the intellect is immediately instructed saving an immense strain upon the mind in study. I live in the hope of seeing the day when our Oxford and Cambridge Presses, with the British and Foreign Bible Society, will facilitate study by using different classes of type to discriminate readily these distinctions, and at the same time sponging out the absurd and abominably false Headlines that both disgrace and disfigure nearly all their Editions.

Are you still sure that the Israel of today fulfills any of these prophecies?

Just to make sure, let us take a look at the prophecies for the Jews.  According to Fred Robertson, do the “Jews” fulfill any of the following promises as related to true Israel? You be the judge. If not, then who is the “Israel” that is occupying the land of Palestine now?

  1. Have the Jews blessed all the nations of the earth?

Genesis 12:3, 22:18

  1. Are the Jews circumcised in heart?

Deuteronomy 10:16, 30:6; Romans 2:28–29; Philippians 3:3; Colossians 2:9–11

  1. Have the Jews ever glorified Jesus Christ, and has He been recognized by the Jewish nation?

Isaiah 41:16, Luke 1:32, 7:16

  1. Do the Jews declare that Jesus Christ is the Lord God of Israel of the Old Testament?

Isaiah 43:10, 12; 44:8; 49:3–6; 52:6; Acts 1:8

  1. Do the Jews show forth the praise of Jesus Christ?

Isaiah 43:21

  1. Have the Jews carried the Gospel to all the world and witnessed for Jesus Christ and held the Bible open?

Genesis 28:14; Isaiah 43:10, 44:21, 49:3–6; Acts 1:8

  1. Do the Jews have God’s Spirit and the Word of God in their mouth and their uttermost being?

Isaiah 59:21

  1. Has the new covenant been written only to the Jews? The Bible states that it has been made with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

Jeremiah 31:31–33, Matthew 26:28, Hebrews 8:8

  1. Are the Jews the sheep of Israel?

Ezekiel 34:11–12; Psalm 78:52, 95:1, 6–7; Isaiah 53:6; John 10:22–27; Matthew 15:24

  1. Are the Jews the children of God scattered abroad?

John 7:35, 10:16, 11:52

  1. Is Jesus Christ glorified in the Jews?

Isaiah 49:3, Romans 8:29–30, 9:4, 11:1–2

  1. Are the Jews servants of God?

Isaiah 41:8, 43:8, 49:3

  1. Are the Jews a holy nation, a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a peculiar people?

Exodus 19:5–6; Deuteronomy 14:2, 7:6; 1 Peter 1:1–2, 2:9–10

  1. Are the Jews the great characters mentioned in the great faith chapter of Hebrews 11? (Not one was a Jew.)
  2. Are the Jews a “righteous nation”?

Isaiah 26:2

  1. Are the Jews bringing forth the fruits of the kingdom?

Hosea 14:8, Matthew 21:43

  1. Are the Jews kind to strangers?

Leviticus 19:33–34, Matthew 25:31–46

  1. Are the Jews called, the “sons of the living God”?

Hosea 1:10

  1. Do the Jews claim to be “not God’s people”?

Hosea 1:10

  1. Do the Jews have all of God’s Word?

Deuteronomy 33:4, Psalm 147:19–20, Romans 9:3–5

  1. Are the Jews a great and mighty nation?

Genesis 18:18

  1. Are the Jews today innumerable as the stars of heaven and as the sand of the seashore?

Genesis 22:17, Hosea 1:10

  1. Do the Jews possess the gates of their enemies?

Genesis 22:17, 24:60

  1. Are the Jews a nation and a company of nations?

Genesis 35:11, 48:49

  1. Will the Jews push all the people together to the ends of the earth?

Deuteronomy 33:17

  1. Are the Jews above all the people on the face of the earth?

Deuteronomy 7:2, 12:2; Psalm 135:4; Amos 3:2

  1. Have the Jews ever dwelled alone in a home appointed by God?

Numbers 23:9; Deuteronomy 29:28; 2 Samuel 87:10; 1 Chronicles 17:9; Jeremiah 3:18, 16:13; Ezekiel 36:24; Acts 17:26

  1. Have the Jews a navy or naval power?

Numbers 24:7, Isaiah 60:5, 9

  1. Did or will the Jews eat up the nations, their enemies?

Numbers 24:8

  1. Are the Jews God’s battle ax?

Numbers 24:8–9, Isaiah 41:15–16, Jeremiah 51:20–23

  1. Are the Jews feared by all nations?

Deuteronomy 2:25, 28:10

  1. Are the Jews a mighty nation, crushing and grinding to powder all who oppose them?

Daniel 2:44, Matthew 21:44

  1. Have the Jews inherited the “Gentiles”?

Isaiah 54:3

  1. Is it possible to count one-fourth of the Jews or all of them?

Numbers 23:10

  1. Are the Jews the rod of God’s inheritance?

Psalm 135:4, Isaiah 19:25

  1. Do the Jews today have an earthly king of the lineage of David ruling over them? If they are Israel, then a Davidic king must be among them somewhere.

Psalm 89:27–29, 35–37; Jeremiah 33:17

  1. Are the Jews called today through Isaac (Isaac’s sons or Saxons)?

Genesis 35:11, Amos 7:16, Romans 9:7, Hebrews 11:18

  1. Will the Jews say that they have lost their lineage or identity?

Deuteronomy 32:26; Jeremiah 50:6–7; Hosea 1:9–10, 2:6, 8:8, 9:17; Isaiah 1:3, 42:19

  1. Do the Jews have a new name and a new language today?

Isaiah 28:11, 62:2, 65:15; Hosea 1:10; Acts 11:26; Romans 9:25–26; 1 Peter 2:10

  1. If the Jews are Israel, how can the blessings promised to specific and separate tribes in Genesis 48 and 49 and in Deuteronomy 33 come about? Won’t they have to be separate nations? Note the time of fulfillment.

Genesis 48–49; Acts 2:16–17; Hebrews 11:1–2; 1 Peter 1:3, 5, 18, 20; 1 John 2:18, Jude 17–19

  1. Are the heathen nations aligned against the Jews only?

Psalm 83, Joel 3:9

  1. Are the Jews a hidden people?

Psalm 83:4, Isaiah 3:9

  1. Are the Jews described nationally as a great lion?

Genesis 49:9, Numbers 23:24, 24:9

  1. Have the Jews delivered Jerusalem in 1917?

Leviticus 26:18–28; Psalm 95:10; Daniel 12:11–12; Ezekiel 4:6 Haggai 2:18–19, 22; Matthew 24:34; Luke 21:24; Hebrews 3:9–10; Revelation 2:3, 12:1–14.

  1. Are the Jews the house of Israel and the house of Judah—two nations and families?

Ezekiel 37, Jeremiah 3:18, 31:31, 33:24

  1. Are the Jews called “great”?

Genesis 12:2

  1. Have the Jews released those in slavery?

Isaiah 42:7, 58:6

  1. Have the Jews colonized any people?

Genesis 28:14, Isaiah 35:1, 49:8

  1. Are the Jews an island people?

Isaiah 24:14, 41:1, 43:4–10, 49:1, 19; Jeremiah 23:8, 31:10

  1. Do the Jews recognize Jesus Christ as God? (YAHWEH said Israel will.)

Isaiah 43:10, 12; 52:6; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:68; John 9:28; Acts 3:14; 1 Timothy 3:16

So, are the Jews God’s chosen people? Or is this the strong delusion spoken of by Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:11?

By the way, Abraham was NOT the first Jew.  The term Jew does NOT show up in the Bible until 2 Kings 16:6.

For more information, please read my previous book, Biblical Eschatology: A Study on the End Times and The Exclusiveness of Israel in the Bible.[9]

[1] Strong, The New Strong’s Exhaustive, H2.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid., G11.

[4] Webster, American Dictionary.

[5] Strong, The New Strong’s Exhaustive, H39.

[6] Ibid., G82–G83.

[7] Strong, The New Strong’s Exhaustive, H103.

[8] Ibid., G3.

[9]. Justin G. Prock, Biblical Eschatology: A Study on the End Times and The Exclusiveness of Israel in the Bible (Trafford Publishing, 2021).