WHATEVER HAPPENED TO INTELLIGENT CONVERSATION??

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First and most important is knowing there is hundreds of millions websites, and hundreds of millions blogs/writings/articles/books covering all subjects in one way or another; so how is it possible for any to know who is right and who is wrong?

None, no, not one of this world through being affiliated in any worldly ways have spiritual understanding or obedience according to scripture not believed nor understood such as Revelation 12:9,  Job 15:15-16, Psalms 14:2-3, Isaiah 59:1-4, and much more concerning this world of Israelite – Christianity; and that includes those living by eternal law regarding 7th day Sabbath, Feasts, clean foods, and more according to The Torah being the only way to please YHVH, yet most all still remain walking in unseen darkness via false light as in having no love with deed for others, such as my wife and I living in many of life’s difficulties through these past 10 years — but rather all loving themselves and things of this world which makes knowing YHVH in spirit and truth totally impossible — so says the Holy Bible through scripture with instruction never taught by wolves in sheep’s clothing, or completely ignored by all reading words for their walk in this life..

There is an answer for what is right, but only few will spiritually comprehend its meaning of becoming disassociated with this world – therefore no longer a part while seeking direction from not of this world. . .

“If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world [no longer one with it], but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you. (John 15:19)

Would you like better understanding of the verse just read?

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/RJP16w/how-christians-lacking-spiritual-knowledge-hate-god

Because I have never been a church member in my life of 61 years, I am teachable to Yehovah via 27 years of private study – thus my brain circuits have not become corrupted through putting trust in myself nor humankind beliefs which only mislead; and because of that faith, trust, and living this past decade with many hardships through lacking basic need as just regular meals — and being detested by this world of Christianity that offers no help in any way – reason is because they lack fruits as instructed in the Bible. For example – John 13:34, 14:21, Matthew 22:36-40, 25:31-46, Luke 6:36-46, 1 John 3:15-20, 4:7-8, 20-21 — therefore will be thrown into the fires of affliction without mercy as written in John 15:1-6, and when resurrection for judgement comes, they all will be judged as the selfish goats not allowed to be in the millennial kingdom.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/the-millennial-resurrections/

I therefore follow this instruction:

“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. If then you have been raised with Yeshua [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Yeshua is, seated at the right hand of Yehovah Elohim. And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Yeshua in Elohim. When Yeshua, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory.   (Proverbs 3:5-6, Colossians 3:1-4)

When an entire human race becomes nothing but controlled pawns within our dying civilization, which is also Satan’s Kingdom, all that any know is what their natural mind chooses (1 Corinthians 2:14) according to what has been planted in their thoughts while continually being fed lies, mislead, and themselves feeling secure as knowing all needed; when in truth, every individual of this world being near 7.5 billion have been sucked into the vortex of what is coming as the worst timesoftrouble ever before on this earth, which according to all the signs of the times (Matthew 16:2-3) is almost upon America, and all great nations worldwide bringing much affliction for 3 1/2 years — until the antichrist appears doing great miracles to make all things seem right, with today’s Christianity included, so that he is worshiped by all worldwide as God — only to bring 3 1/2 years great tribulation, death, and destruction everywhere upon earth.

So how can we know exactly where humanity now stands as believers?

“While He was seated on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately and said, Tell us, when will this take place, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end (the completion, the consummation) of the age?  Yeshua answered them, Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving you and leading you into error].  (Matthew 24:3-4)

First of all comes one main fact not believed, and that is because noone on this earth being of this world, including billions of Bible believers, will accept these words of scripture with themselves included. . .

“And the huge dragon was cast down and out—that age-old serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, he who is the seducer (deceiver) of all humanity the world over; he was forced out and down to the earth, and his angels were flung out along with him. Revelation 12:9

If you genuinely want to know Satan’s purpose for his earthy kingdom . . .

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/the-kingdom-of-satan-is-earth/

If only humankind could remove eyes from themselves, they would first see our world of division, and then what is really happening to civilization worldwide followed with what has been done to rivers, lakes, oceans, soil, air, and even the junkyard in orbit; and when added there is no end to all the atrocities committed against our human race since the beginning, and during these end times comes massive population reduction as part of the plan for the new world order. Study the Georgia Guidestones in the vigilantcitizen link below for unreported breaking news of old most are unaware of.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/XL6Xml/how_could_an_entire_human_race_actually_be_deceivedhttps://vigilantcitizen.com/tag/sinister-sites/

“For many will come in (on the strength of) My name [appropriating the name which belongs to Me], saying, I am the Yeshua (the Messiah), and they will lead many astray. (verse 5)

What you just read above represents this entire world of false religion known as Christianity that has uncountable different doctrines, spirits, images, beliefs, traditions, wrongly titled names being God and Jesus Christ, and much more having nothing to do with truth; and I have always been just as guilty through using the same names as billions – until Yehovah (YHVH ELOHIM) made clear the importance of knowing not only His personal name, but also Yeshua HaMashiach our world saviour through verses never taught or even discussed in today’s Christianity. Proverbs 30:4, Psalms 9:10, John 17:6, 17:26, and many more when any genuine believer will actually study to show themselves approved. (2 Timothy 2:15)

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/XL6Xml/how_could_an_entire_human_race_actually_be_deceived

Below shares some information on proper names – but what is most important is our search with desire to know what all worldly know not — such as loving others through more than meaningless words having no works, not using mistranslated names for our eternal creator Yehovah and Yeshua, keeping all commandments, and thus becoming worthy as firstfruits through obedience for great never ending reward. (Revelation 5:10)

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/JnD4ex/the_true_pronunciation_of_the_sacred_name

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ln6lme/the_name_of_the_savior_is_yeshua_hamashiach_it_is_not_jesus_christ

This link. . .

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ljD9ZQ/vital-untaught-truth-in-all-religions-worldwide

Contains near 200 pages using scripture on just how YHVH views all shepherds, preachers, pastors, ministers, reverends, bishops, prophets, and all religious titles including the Pope along with how He labels congregations worldwide — and truth from the Bible is not pleasing to this world of so-called Christians talking religious talk while not walking their instructed walk as doers of the word, rather than hearers only deceiving themselves.

And know also there is no religious leaders within the buildings of man, falsely called churches, worldwide where Satan dwells that will tell you truth going against them, or why Christians should love others as themselves being the royal law they all ignore. (James 1:22-25, 2:8, 13-26) Also in this reading is how those obedient will gain YHVH’s mercy during affliction.

“Behold, the Lord’s eye is upon those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe], who wait for Him and hope in His mercy and loving-kindness, To deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. Our inner selves wait [earnestly] for the Lord; He is our Help and our Shield. For in Him does our heart rejoice, because we have trusted (relied on and been confident) in His holy name. So then He has mercy on whomever He wills (chooses) and He hardens (makes stubborn and unyielding the heart of) whomever He wills.I the Lord search the mind, I try the heart, even to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.  (Psalms 33:18-21, Romans 9:18, Jeremiah 17:10)

Back to Matthew 24

“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened or troubled, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in place after place; All this is but the beginning [the early pains] of the birth pangs [of the intolerable anguish].  Then they will hand you over to suffer affliction and tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. (verses 6-9)

This world has always had many wars, conflicts, violence, famine, and much shed blood; however, just as our population has increased, so has human knowledge (Daniel 12:4) for weapons with nuclear, biological, and chemical included for mass extermination – thus leaving this world of wars, rebel violence, drug cartels, human trafficking, slavery, racial hate, genocide, torture, great suffering, famine, drought, earthquakes, and much more disaster — being end time prophecy — accompanied with much evil upon a blinded world of innocent people that have never had any proper rule based on laws of love with peace and unity – rather than what Satan represents being lies, hate, wars, and death.

 “And then many will be offended and repelled and will begin to distrust and desert [Him Whom they ought to trust and obey] and will stumble and fall away and betray one another and pursue one another with hatred. And many false prophets will rise up and deceive and lead many into error. And the love of the great body of people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity, (verses 10-12)

Because our world civilization has always been more unstable than water, and because all beliefs, religions, and Christianity have never been taught truth on their own coming destiny having no safety, no rapture, and no escape — massive and very extreme suffering is coming upon a human race totally unprepared — therefore, through years of affliction, deception, and mislead, multitudes of Israelite Christians will believe the antichrist has been the cause of all their suffering through strong delusion. . .

“The coming of the [Antichrist, the lawless] one is through the activity of Satan, [attended] with great power [all kinds of counterfeit miracles] and [deceptive] signs and false wonders [all of them lies], and by unlimited seduction to evil and with all the deception of wickedness for those who are perishing, because they did not welcome the love of the truth [of the gospel] so as to be saved [they were spiritually blind, and rejected the truth that would have saved them]. Because of this God will send upon them a misleading influence, [an activity of error and deception] so they will believe the lie, (2 Thessalonians 2:9-11)

Therefore, today’s misled world of Christianity will be among this world’s joy when the witnesses in Revelation have been killed, and lie three and a half days. Read Revelation 11:7-4, and then for a better understanding, this link below to learn who those two witnesses really are.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/the-two-witnesses-of-revelation-2/

So what exactly do these following words mean?

But he who endures to the end will be saved. (Verse 13)

Isaiah 6 Revelation 6 002Isaiah 6 and Revelation 6 means to endure regardless of circumstance that has taken multitudes by surprise and without warning; and all because this world of shepherds teach not truth as made clear in scripture; therefore even with years of what I study through prayer to deliver — scorpions hear not what YHVH speaks. (Ezekiel 2 KJV)

Those under persecutions and afflictions, holding fast their faith even though it leads to the martyr’s death, – will have earned whatever their position may be within the millennial kingdom according to their fruits.  So become wise and know that all Christian Israelite’s must not be led astray by false teachers nor offended by the prevalence of lies, wickedness, immorality, greed, dishonesty, or hate – while through faith retaining their love for YHVH, and understanding why these things must be.

And this good news of the kingdom (the Gospel) will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then will come the end. (Matthew 24:14)

Who will become the teacher preachers spreading news of the coming kingdom worldwide during great tribulation?

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/amazingly-precise/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/the-two-witnesses-of-revelation-2/

Who I am, and all that I do in this temporary life:

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/about/  Myself

https://www.facebook.com/mmsunio  My wife Mylene

Great Concern:

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/VL6qe8/55_little_known_facts_about_human_trafficking

http://www.dreamcatchersforabusedchildren.com/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  My Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/  Contains writings on faith, truth, obedience, end times, human suffering, slavery, and more.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many [over 250] individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet.

http://vigilantcitizen.com/ – How Powerful This World of Darkness Truly Is

http://www.newworldordernews.com/ – Accurate news on twisted people in every position so true people cannot believe.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/ – Continual reports which reveal just how deranged our human race has become.

Contact

timesoftroubles@gmail.com

Because my wife and I have lived in our faith through these past ten years, we don’t even have basic needs; so any help at all would be more than appreciated and taken as a blessing from someone with compassion.

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Warning With Instruction For Christianity “COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE”

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Revelation 18:4, Chapters 2 & 3 

The book of Revelation communicates a strong message of warning to the Church of Yahusha the Messiah.  It tells of the present condition and the future destiny of the people who fill the pews every Sunday morning and call themselves by the name of “Jesus.”  It speaks of what is wrong with the Christian Church of the last days, and pleads with her to repent of her sins and lawless ways.  It graphically portrays the Christian Church as an Harlot at the time just prior to his return!  And it begs the members of that congregation to “come out of her, my people.”

The time for any willing to shake loose from bias through viewing the big picture on how Yehovah views congregations has arrived; therefore know that only our creator can open the eyes of those He chooses according to truth of scripture never taught – whereas all others will be hardened just as written in Romans 9:15-18, or remain with natural minds without spiritual knowledge. 1 Corinthians 2:14

Know also that those which have become totally disassociated with this world of religion and human ways — have been called out of this world in John 15:19 to walk their commanded walk as instructed in Colossians 3, and not the way this world of Christianity walks. Want better understanding of John 15:18-21?

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/LR4Qwb/how_christians_lacking_spiritual_knowledge_hate_god

As a very true and genuine believer, I am ready to suffer through affliction as written in Matthew 24 and Revelation 6 — are you? Did knot Yeshua suffer? are we not to follow His steps?

Concerning Torah keepers and those who worship Yehovah — how sure of not being amongst those in Isaiah 59 are you? What have you ever really done for others even if it means a little self sacrifice? Do you really love others as yourself? Through this past decade, I have seen but few, and even those were as a one time help with nothing more. Read Luke 6:38 while knowing what you can expect during famine, or Psalms 33:18-21 with or without Yehovah’s mercy going back to Romans 9:18 KJV.

The book of Revelation has been badly misinterpreted and poorly misunderstood by most Christians.  Our fathers have inherited lies.  These lies have been passed down from generation to generation resulting in a set of core beliefs which bear no resemblance to what the Scriptures actually teach.  We have been taught that Revelation speaks of what is going to happen in the future after the church has been snatched up into heaven in an alleged pre tribulation rapture.  We have been told that the sorrowful events of the Revelation will not affect the church of Jesus Christ.  They tell us that all those things will happen to unbelievers in the future after the true believers are gone.  But none of that is true.

The book of Revelation has been given to the “messengers of the congregation” as a warning and a plea to examine herself and to repent so as not to be recipients of the final wrath of Elohim.  In chapters two and three, Yeshua the Messiah sends rebukes and warnings to his people because they are not fully obeying his word.  From there till almost the end of the book, Elohim sends difficulties, calamities and disasters to the inhabitants of planet Earth to provoke his people and the rest of earth’s inhabitants to repentance.  Then toward the end of Revelation, just before the final wrath of Yahuwah falls, Yahusha portrays the institutional church as an harlot riding the Beast, unwilling to repent of her harlotries.  And he begs the true believers to “come out of her, my people.”  And those who refuse to leave Babylon’s practices are judged!

Proper names of the Father and Son not used in this article can be found in links below for any being few seeking spiritual understanding on world deception.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ZOXmRb/the-true-pronunciation-of-the-sacred-name

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/NZ1l1v/how-yeshua-became-jesus

What are the sins of the Christian churches which Yahuwah is begging her to repent of?  The church isn’t really that bad, is it?  What is it that the Christian churches believe and practice that has gotten Elohim so angry with her that he refers to her as an harlot?

Harlotry in the Scriptures

To understand what harlotry represents in the book of Revelation requires a bit of background study in the Tanak (Old Testament).  Before we can properly understand the harlot of Revelation 17, 18 and her acts of harlotry, we must find out from the Torah and the Prophets precisely who might be fitting of such a notorious appellation.

The term “harlot” in its various forms occurs over 100 times in the New American Standard Bible.  As we would expect, quite a few of those times, it refers to the act of marital infidelity.  Rahab of Jericho is referred to as an harlot, presumably because of her immoral lifestyle as seen in her chosen profession (Joshua 2).  Judah’s daughter-in-law Tamar played the harlot by tricking him into sleeping with her so that she could raise up seed for her deceased husband (Genesis 38).  There are additionally references to both male and female temple prostitutes, exhortations (in Proverbs) to flee from the immorality of hooking up with a prostitute, and statements in the Torah of judgments against marital unfaithfulness.

The core meaning of harlotry and prostitution is that of being committed in a relationship and in a vow with one individual and breaking that vow by becoming physically attached to another individual.  The marital commitment is not to be made lightly.  It is expected to last a lifetime.  Thus, when a person betrays that commitment by sleeping with another, he has broken the vow and endangered (perhaps put to death) the relationship with his\her spouse.

Accordingly, the term harlotry came to be used of the broken relationship between Yahuwah and his people as a result of their sinful ways.  In fact, “harlot” and “harlotry” are used more frequently in this sense in the Scriptures.  In the first instance of our word used in that context, Moses scolds the Israelites:

for you shall not worship any other god, for Yahuwah, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous Elohim — otherwise you might make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they would play the harlot with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, and someone might invite you to eat of his sacrifice (Exodus 34:14,15, NAS)

‘Playing the harlot with their gods’ is a expression which suggests that Israel might walk away from worshiping Yah in the way he desires, and go worship the way the unbelievers do.  This would constitute ‘harlotry” in Yahuwah’s sight.

By turning to any other god, Yah’s people are committing spiritual adultery.  So, as in the text to follow, offering a child to Molech, the god of fire, is harlotry:

‘If the people of the land, however, should ever disregard that man when he gives any of his offspring to Molech, so as not to put him to death, then I Myself will set My face against that man and against his family, and I will cut off from among their people both him and all those who play the harlot after him, by playing the harlot after Molech. (Leviticus 20:4,5)

Likewise, to listen to and heed spiritists, card and palm readers and the like, is unfaithfulness to the Elohim of heaven:

As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people. (Leviticus 20:6 NAS)

The prophets used a lot of ink to rebuke unfaithful Yisrael and Yehuda regarding their turning to and worshiping other gods.  Isaiah speaks of the sins of the people of Jerusalem and declares:

How the faithful city has become a harlot, She who was full of justice! Righteousness once lodged in her, But now murderers. (Yeshayahu 1:21 NAS)

Jeremiah speaks in the same vein:

Then Yahuwah said to me in the days of Josiah the king, “Have you seen what faithless Israel did? She went up on every high hill and under every green tree, and she was a harlot there.  “I thought, ‘After she has done all these things she will return to Me’; but she did not return, and her treacherous sister Judah saw it.  “And I saw that for all the adulteries of faithless Israel, I had sent her away and given her a writ of divorce, yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear; but she went and was a harlot also. (Yirmyahu 3:6-8 NAS)

And Ezekiel uses this metaphor in several rebukes, in chapters 6, 16, 20, 23.  For example,

These things will be done to you because you have played the harlot with the nations, because you have defiled yourself with their idols. (Yechezqel 23:30 NAS)

And finally, Hosea gets in on the act:

They will eat, but not have enough; They will play the harlot, but not increase, Because they have stopped giving heed to Yahuwah.  Harlotry, wine and new wine take away the understanding.  My people consult their wooden idol, and their diviner’s wand informs them; For a spirit of harlotry has led them astray, And they have played the harlotdeparting from their Elohim. (Hoshea 4:10-12 NAS)

The picture portrayed of Elohim’s covenant nation of ancient times is clearly that of a stubborn, backsliding people who want to worship Elohim in their own way.  They prefer to worship Elohim in the manner which He finds to be offensive and reprehensible.  He is a jealous Elohim.  He described in detail the manner in which his people are to worship Him.  But his people wanted to worship Him by using the same customs and practices which their pagan neighbors used to worship their idol gods.  Thus, he regarded them as unfaithful to His ways and labeled them an harlot.

The Harlot of Revelation

So when we look at the metaphor of the harlot in the book of Revelation, we have a long standing history of Elohim’s people as a reference to guide us in our understanding.  It makes perfect sense that the sense of the term “harlot” as used by the New Covenant prophets would be at least similar and likely identical to the sense in which the Old Covenant prophets used that term.  The harlot of Revelation can be nothing else but the people living in the last days who claim to be Elohim’s people through the New Covenant, who, like their counterpart of old, want to be called by Elohim’s name (worshippers of “Jesus”) but who want to worship Him in their own way, like their unbelieving neighbors who worship false gods.  Thus, the Harlot is the Christian Church, worshipping “God” and practicing their faith in their own way, and not the way that Elohim has revealed in His word as the only proper and acceptable way to worship Him.

The harlot of the book of Revelation is described as sitting on a beast:

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.” Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Yahusha. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. (Revelation 17:1-6, NIV)

In this passage, the Beast is described as having seven heads and ten horns.  The identical details about the Beast are given in Revelation 13, where the additional details depict a politico-religious system of the last days which will control world economy and stand opposed to Elohim:

He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority…Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast… (verses 1,2,4). 

There are several striking similarities between this beast from the sea and the fourth beast in Daniel’s vision (chapter 7).  Both have ten horns.  The ten horns of both represent ten kings.  Both are set in the context of the conflict in the last days.  Both persecute the saints of Elohim.  And both will ultimately be overthrown when Elohim sets up his everlasting kingdom.

At one time the harlot is described in the same terms as the Beast and then at another time there seems to be a clear distinction between the two.  This confusion over identifying the Beast and the Harlot who rides the Beast may best be reconciled as follows:  The city of Rome is the Beast.  And the Church which has its headquarters in Rome is the harlot which rides the Beast (resides in Rome).

Confirmation of this identification of the Beast as being the city of Rome can be seen in history.  First, at the time of the writing of Revelation, Rome was the great persecutor of the Christian Church, and thus fulfills Revelation 18:24: “And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth.”  And up through till after the time of the Reformers, Rome has been the city where all who find faith in the Scriptures rather than in the Roman Church have been persecuted and killed.

For many centuries, Bible interpreters have been saying that the beast of Daniel 7, Revelation 13 and Revelation 17 springs up from Rome.  This interpretation is still held by many expositors in our own day because of the enormous weight of evidence pointing to the city of Rome. First, we might consider that the seven heads of the beast “are seven hills on which the woman sits” (Revelation 17:9).  From ancient times, Rome has been customarily referred to as ‘the city of seven hills.’

The method of historical interpretation, which views the prophesies of Revelation as being fulfilled historically during the church age, sees the prophecy of the ten horns of the beast, which represent ten kings, fulfilled in the 5th century C.E.  At that time the Roman Empire split up into ten distinct tribes, which roughly correspond to present day Europe. This interpretation was one of the main tenants of the Great Reformation, which saw in the Church that resides in Rome a complete fulfillment of those biblical prophecies. William Kimball points out that “the twofold truth that ‘the just shall live by faith’ and the claim that the Roman Church characterized the antichrist system represented the battle cry of the Reformation.” (Kimball, pp.30,31)  So the Beast refers to the City of Rome, or the institutions which were headquartered in Rome.

Babylon and the Harlot Identified

The Harlot, on the other hand, refers to the people who call themselves by “God”s name who are in Rome.  The Harlot is seen as riding the Beast because the Christian Church in Rome has always used governmental authority to enforce her edicts.  The Book of Revelation even identifies the harlot by the title that is written on her forehead:

This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH (Revelation 17:5)

Recall that the name of the Father (Yahuwah) and the name of the Lamb (Yahusha) are written on the foreheads of those who belong to Elohim (Revelation 14:1).  But there is a different name written upon the followers of the Beast.  The harlot woman who rides the Beast, comprised of those people who worship the Beast, is identified as those who have the same characteristics as those of ancient Babylon.  We need to merely identify the worship practices of the ancient Babylonians, and we will know the worship style of those who comprise the Beast system, and will thereby confirm the identity of the Harlot!

The Babylonian mother-child cult religious system is well known in history.  The false worship it fosters is summarized in three specific worship practices.  It featured worship on the first day of the week in honor of the “invincible sun.”  It promotes worship of “god” on the birthday of the cult-son at the winter solstice at or around December 25.  And it demands worship of “god” at the spring equinox sunrise service to honor the resurrection (rebirth) of Ishtar (hence, “Easter”).  In contrast to their worship practices, the Scriptures make it clear that Elohim is to be worshipped in truth by keeping His Sabbath day, and by observing the festival Holy Days of Passover and Tabernacles.  But the Babylonian worshippers want to worship him on Sunday instead of on the Sabbath day which He sanctified, on Easter instead of on Passover which is when Yahusha told his disciples to remember him, and on Christmas instead of on Tabernacles which is when Yahusha was really born!

What group practices these same three worship customs?  Why, of course, it’s the Christian Church!

Note that the name written of the harlot’s forehead is “Mother of Harlots.”  The Church at Rome is the Harlot.  And the fact that she is the Mother of Harlots corresponds to the fact that the rest of the Christian Churches of the world are her daughters.  The Protestant Christian denominations of the world are rightly called her daughters because, although they claim to be in “protest” of her doctrines, they still follow in the mother church’s footsteps when it comes to customs, traditions and practices.  The mother church practices the pagan customs, traditions and holidays of the pagan Babylonian sun-god worshippers, and the daughter churches – the Protestant churches – do the same.  They are her offspring because they practice the same traditions that she does.  They put into practice all the abominable practices of her mother – the Roman Catholic Church – when they celebrate “the Son” on Sunday, Christmas and Easter, which they erroneously believe honors Elohim.  But he hates those things.

And Elohim will judge that institution.  In one day, the mother church will be destroyed:

After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird.  “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.”  I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues.  (Revelation 18:1-4 DMR)

To correctly identify who is being referred to as Babylon here, and to whom Yahuwah is calling to “come out of her, my people,” we must summarize the following:  To whom is Elohim speaking when he says “come out of her, my people”? (answer: those who profess faith in Christ)  Whom is Elohim rebuking in Revelation 2 and 3? (answer: those who profess faith in Christ)  Who has rejected the Torah of Elohim and has thus earned the designation “harlot”?  (answer: those who profess faith in Christ)  Who sits on 7 hills? (answer: Roman Christianity)  Whose customs, traditions and practices have originated in Babylon of old? (answer: The Roman Church and all those who profess faith in Christ)  Who has refused to worship Yahuwah in the manner which he has revealed in his word?  (answer: those who profess faith in Christ)

Those who profess faith in the Messiah are the people whom Elohim calls “my people.”  This would include Catholics and Protestants, Evangelicals and Fundamentalists, Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Pentecostals, Assemblies of God, Adventists, Church of God, and any other group or assembly that claims Jesus as their Lord.  It is to the whole Christian world that Yahuwah is calling to come out of the pagan religious system and practices which he so strongly abhors.

The Christian church is the group whom Elohim is rebuking in Revelation 2 and 3.  They are the people whom Elohim is warning that his judgment is about to fall.  They are the ones who have lost their first love.  They have followed after the way of Balaam in their acts of sexual immorality, which runs prevalent in many churches today.  They are the ones who are dead though they think they are alive, and lukewarm though Elohim would rather have them hot or cold.

The Breaking of the Torah in Revelation

The Christian Church is the people who have rejected Elohim’s instructions to them – the Torah or “Law” – and have thus earned the designation “harlot.”  Even though the Book of Revelation portrays her that way, the Babylonian/Christian theologians have somehow missed this tiny little detail in their expositions of Revelation.  The mother church, the Roman Catholic Church, has rejected Elohim’s authority and has established her own authority to change Elohim’s laws and write her own law.  Likewise, the Protestant churches have similarly rejected the instructions Elohim gave in the Torah, and have popularized their belief in the “setting aside” or “nullifying” of Elohim’s laws by convincing their members that Jesus nailed God’s Law to the tree.  But nothing could be further from the truth.

The fact that Elohim’s laws and commandments are still relevant (i.e. have not been nailed to the tree) is most emphatically illustrated in Revelation by the way Elohim’s faithful ones are described.  They are not identified by some label, such as “Christians” or “Church members.”  On the contrary, Yahuwah chooses to identify his people by their actions.  They are recognized by the one in whom they trust and by their obedience to his commandments:

Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring– those who obey Elohim’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Yahusha. (12:17, NIV corrected)

This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey Elohim’s commandments and remain faithful to Yahusha. (14:12, NIV corrected)

If keeping Elohim’s commandments is not important, then why are His people in the last days distinguished from the unbelievers by their act of obedience to His commandments?  Clearly, obedience to his Law and Commands is a vital life sign of the true believer.  And disobedience to his commands indicates a lack of faith and trust and relationship with the Almighty.

Let’s take a look at the Ten Commandments and what the book of Revelation has to say about the breaking of them.  Then we can come to some conclusion about the veracity of  the Christian church’s belief that the Laws of Elohim have been nailed to the tree.  Here then are the Ten Commandments, which are a summary of all of Yahuwah’s instructions to his people.  The New American Standard version of Exodus 20:2-17, with the sacred name restored, is cited:

Commandment 1: I am Yahuwah your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.  You shall have no other gods before Me.

Commandment 2:  You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.  You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, Yahuwah your Elohim, am a jealous Elohim, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Commandment 3:  You shall not take the name of Yahuwah your Elohim in vain, for Yahuwah will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

Commandment 4:  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of Yahuwah your Elohim; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.  For in six days Yahuwah made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore Yahuwah blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

Commandment 5:  Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which Yahuwah your Elohim gives you.

Commandment 6:  You shall not murder.

Commandment 7:  You shall not commit adultery.

Commandment 8:  You shall not steal.

Commandment 9:  You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Commandment 10:  You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Perhaps the first thing that stands out about the Ten Commandments (with the sacred name restored) is how many times Elohim has placed his personal, sacred name into these commandments.  By my count, in the first five commandments, Elohim is called by his personal sacred name no less than 8 (eight) times!  Why does Elohim have his personal name stamped all over the Ten Commandments?  Could it be to drive home the point that they are not Moses’ commandments?  Nor are they Israel’s commandments.  They are, in fact, Elohim’s own commandments.  They are personal to Him; thus, He places His own personal name on them.  They express Elohim’s will for His people.  And the numerous mentions of Yah’s sacred name in the commandments also implies that, just as Yahuwah is unchanging, so His word and His will for His people are likewise unchanging.

Secondly, let’s also keep in mind the structure of the Ten Commandments.  The greatest commandment of all, according to Yahusha of Nazareth, is to love Yahuwah your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.  And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourselfNote again that the first four commandments correspond to the great commandment to love Yahuwah.  And the final six commands correspond to the command to love your neighbor as yourself.

What I have found, and experienced through these past ten years while living with many hardships, it that today’s world of Christianity not only know not love towards who their lips claim to love – but are extremely selfish with greed prior to actually loving others with compassion.

Let’s examine the breaking of the Ten Commandments in Revelation.  In the section that follows, we will look at how the first four commandments, which govern our worship and respect for Elohim, are portrayed as being broken in the book of Revelation.  But first, let’s consider how Revelation describes the breaking of the final six commands, which correspond to how we treat one another.

It is important to note that not all of the final six commandments are explicitly expressed among the sins of earth’s inhabitants in Revelation.  There is a much greater emphasis on the breaking of the first four commandments, because the lines have been drawn and earth dwellers are being brought to decide who they will worship.  Thus, the barometer for measuring and determining who is worshipping Yahuwah is the keeping of the first four commandments.  Nevertheless, Revelation portrays most people as breaking the commandments which govern how to love one another.

To the congregation of  Pergamum, Yahuwah says,

But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality. (2:14)

Here, Elohim’s people are involved in acts of idolatry and adultery, the breaking of the second and seventh commandments.  No doubt that today’s churches are full of people who marry, divorce and remarry again – as if this were acceptable with Yahuwah.  No.  Yahuwah hates divorce! (see Malachi 2:16, NAS  “For I hate divorce,” says Yahuwah, the Elohim of Israel, “and him who covers his garment with wrong,” says Yahuwah of hosts.)  But the people who fill our church pews every Sunday don’t seem to mind it so much!

The breaking of the second, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth commandments are described as follows:

The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts. (9:20,21)

But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers [1John 3:15] and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (21:8)

and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (21:27)

Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying. (22:15) [1John 4:19-21]

Liars, idolaters, immoral persons, murderers and thieves are all rebuked and then condemned for their acts which break these commandments of Elohim.  But how could Elohim judge the people by these standards if the Ten Commandments are no longer valid?  Have the commandments been nailed to the tree?  If so, then Elohim surely would not impugn his people for breaking them, would he?  But we see over and over in Revelation how Elohim is angry with the inhabitants of the earth, including his own people, because they continue to rebel against him and break these commandments.

However, the people whom Elohim praises in Revelation are those who keep His Commandments!

These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. (14:4)

And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless. (14:5)

And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. (20:12)

and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (21:27)

[https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/the-millennial-resurrections/]

[https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/eternal-life-vs-everlasting-punishment-billions-dont-believe/]

If we take these verses at face value, we come to the conclusion that Elohim places much value on the obedience to his Ten Commandments.  Those who obey them find eternal life.  Those who refuse to repent of their habit of breaking them find judgment and condemnation.

Worship of Elohim in Revelation

Next, let’s consider what the book of Revelation says about the breaking of the first Four Commandments in the last days.  These four commandments are a summary of the laws regulating fellowship with and worship of our Maker.  How we respond to these four commandments is a window into our relationship with Yahuwah because these Four Commandments define and clarify what worship of Him in truth is.  One of the significant threads of the Revelation is that of choosing whom you will worship.  Will you remain loyal to Yahuwah, the maker of heaven and earth?  Or will you worship the Beast and the false prophet?  Your choice about what you do with the first Four Commandments of Elohim are a primary indicator of whom you choose to worship.  These four commands are like a barometer measuring our allegiance to the Creator of heaven and earth.

The theme of Yah’s call to worship Him according to the regulations as revealed in the first four of the Ten Commandments is a major theme of Revelation.  But, unfortunately, most commentators have completed missed this point.  The reason that most Christian theologians and Bible teachers and preachers have missed this point is because they don’t really believe that the first Four Commandments are relevant today.  They would be the first to admit that the last Six Commandments are applicable in the Christian Church, but they tend to explain away the applicability of a literal obedience to the first Four.  As such, they don’t practice obedience to these four fundamental commands which regulate spiritual worship.  Neither do they teach obedience to the first Four Commandments as truth for today.

But Yahuwah Elohim regards the keeping of the first four commandments as essential to proper worship of Him.  The breaking of any one of these four commandments by his people constitutes apostasy and rebellion.  Shockingly, the Christian Church of the 21st century is routinely breaking all four of the commandments regulating true worship of the Creator.  It is by their own choice that they blatantly and stubbornly resist Elohim’s will for them in worship by refusing to comply with His wishes to be worshipped in the way that the first four commandments describe.

The First Commandment

Commandment 1: I am Yahuwah your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.  You shall have no other gods before Me.

The first commandment which describes worship of Elohim in truth stipulates that He is to have first place in our lives.  Yahuwah is a jealous Elohim.  He wants us to worship Him as supreme.  And as such, worship of Him must be done the way He dictates, not the way in which we choose to worship Him.  Furthermore, giving Elohim first place includes the setting aside of all other gods.

Yahusha sent his message about the breaking of this command to his people in the city of Ephesus:

But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. (2:4)

In what way did the Ephesians leave their first love, and how has the 21st century Christian Church left its first love?  Let’s see what else the Scriptures have to say.  Therein we will find the answers to these questions.

The First Commandment is further elaborated upon in the Torah, where the concept of setting aside of other gods is expanded and explained:

Yahuwah your Elohim is the one you must fear, him alone you must serve, his is the name by which you must swear. ‘Do not follow other gods, gods of the peoples round you, for Yahuwah your Elohim among you is a jealous Elohim; the wrath of Yahuwah your Elohim would blaze out against you, and he would wipe you off the face of the earth.  Do not put Yahuwah your Elohim to the test as you tested him at Massah.  Keep the commandments of Yahuwah your Elohim, and his instructions and laws which he has laid down for you, and do what Yahuwah regards as right and good…. (Deuteronomy 5:13-18, NJB)

[Has today’s world of Christian’s filled with fruitless selfishness, loving themselves only via actions, and coveting earthly items pleasing to Yahuwah that knows all things about each and every one of the Bible was written for?]

In this text, following other gods is sharply contrasted with keeping “the commandments of Yahuwah your Elohim, and his instructions and laws which he has laid down for you” and with doing “what Yahuwah regards as right and good.”  This clearly implies that to follow other gods is to worship those gods in ways contrary to the commandments of Yahuwah.

The text above also implies that “following other gods” can be defined as attempting to worship Yahuwah in the way that others worship their pagan gods.  Yahuwah expressly forbids such worship of Him.  He hates and rejects attempts to worship Him in the way and manner in which pagans worship their idol gods.  This point is explicitly made in another place in the Torah:

Now, these are the laws and customs which you must keep in the country which Yahuwah, Elohim of your ancestors, is giving you as yours, and which you must observe every day that you live in that country.  You must completely destroy all the places where the nations you dispossess have served their gods, on high mountains, on hills, under any spreading tree; you must tear down their altars, smash their sacred stones, burn their sacred poles, hack to bits the statues of their gods and obliterate their name from that place.  Not so must you behave towards Yahuwah your Elohim. (Deuteronomy 12:1-4, NJB)

Yahuwah does not want worship of Him to have anything to do with the worship of pagan idols.  The places where the other gods were worshiped were to be completely obliterated.  Nothing was to remain of the place or manner of worship of pagan gods.  Thus, worship of Him must be completely void of any hint or semblance of pagan gods.

This point is even made more plainly later on in that same chapter quoted above.  Not just the place, but the very manner in which the pagans worshipped their gods is intolerable before Yahuwah.  He must not be worshipped in the same manner the pagan gods are worshipped:

Faithfully keep and obey all these orders which I am giving you, so that you and your children after you may prosper for ever, doing what is good and right in the eyes of Yahuwah your Elohim.  When Yahuwah your Elohim has annihilated the nations confronting you, whom you are going to dispossess, and when you have dispossessed them and made your home in their country, beware of being entrapped into copying them, after they have been destroyed to make way for you, and do not enquire about their gods, saying, “How did these nations worship their gods? I am going to do the same too.”  This is not the way to treat Yahuwah your Elohim. For in honour of their gods they have done everything detestable that Yahuwah hates; yes, in honour of their gods, they even burn their own sons and daughters as sacrifices!’ (Deuteronomy 12:28-31, NJB)

The manner in which we worship Yahuwah is very important.  We are not to copy the pagans in the way they worship.  We are not to inquire into the way they worship.  Everything about the way they worship their idols is detestable to Elohim.  True worship of Yahuwah can never be after the manner of the worship of the pagans.

So, the book of Revelation describes the worship of the beast which, like the passages above imply, is very different from the true worship of Yahuwah:

I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?” (13:3,4, NJB)

In what way does the world now worship the beast, and how is the Christian Church presently worshipping the beast?  Granted, the system which is called “the Beast” in Revelation is not currently in its final form.  But we can look at the world and the present state of the Christian Church and we can see the Beast system and the Harlot taking shape in the Church.

We have already identified the Beast and the Woman riding the Beast.  It is the institution which has its home base in Rome.  The Roman Catholic Church and her daughters, the Protestant Churches, constitute the “Woman.”  They, along with the rest of the world, are worshipping after the manner of the Beast.  How is this possible?  How can we make such a claim?  Precisely by applying the truths about worship which we have just discovered above.

Yahuwah is not being worshipped “in spirit and in truth” when people who call themselves by His name practice worship of Him the way the pagans worship their gods.  The entire Christian world – Roman Catholics and Protestants, alike – worship Elohim in a manner which is detestable to Him.  The vast majority of the entire Christian world worships Elohim on Sunday, the venerable day of the Sun, like the pagans worship their gods, in stark contrast to the manner in which He has expressly commanded His people to worship.  At creation, Elohim established the Sabbath day, and sanctified it as the day He is to be worshipped.  But the whole Christian world rejects this way of worshipping Him and wants to worship Him on Sunday instead – which is the time and manner that the pagans worshipped their idol gods

And, the entire Christian world – Roman Catholics and Protestants, alike – celebrate the birthday of Jesus in a manner contrary to how Yahuwah has expressly commanded in His word.  They – along with the rest of misled Christianity and more scattered worldwide – celebrate the birth of Christ on the 25th of December, which is the birthday of pagan Nimrod and the birthday of the invincible Sun and the birthday of numerous other pagan deities.  This kind of worship is completely detestable to Elohim.  He hates it.  And He rejects it.  Why won’t the Christian world celebrate the incarnation (birth of Christ) on the anniversary of when it actually happened?  In the fall of the year at the time of the Festival of Tabernacles, which Elohim commanded to be the appointed time and manner to worship the Living Elohim, is when Yahusha the Messiah was born.

And, the entire Christian world – Roman Catholics and Protestants, alike – commemorate the death and resurrection of Christ at a time and in a manner which is detestable to Elohim.  The Christian Church and the entire world with them, celebrate Easter, even though everyone knows this is the pagan celebration of Ishtar, the pagan goddess of fertility, whose origins are ancient Babylon.  And Elohim abhors this “worship” of Him, too.  Yahusha the Savior told his disciples to remember His death at the time of the eating of the Unleavened Bread and the wine – a celebration of Yahuwah’s Passover which He shared with His disciples.  Passover is the appointed time and manner which Yahuwah has established for His people to remember and worship Him.

It’s no wonder that Yahuwah describes the institution which claims to house his people in the last days an Harlot!  The Christian Church truly has played the harlot by attempting to worship the living Elohim by practicing many detestable pagan practices year after year after year – and claiming that they are doing it for Him!  Thus, the Christian Church is guilty of practicing the breaking of the First Commandment continually before Elohim.

The Second Commandment

But, there’s more.  The Christian Church is also guilty of breaking the Second Commandment in the book of Revelation and in our day.

Commandment 2:  You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.  You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, Yahuwah your Elohim, am a jealous Elohim, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

While the First Commandment expressly forbids the worshipping of anyone or anything other than Elohim, the Second Commandment expressly forbids the manufacture of objects or images of any kind to be used in worship.  These two commands are closely linked.  Yet they are distinct.

In Revelation we find worship of two different entities.  There is the true worship of Elohim, and there is the worship of the Beast.  The call of Elohim is for His people to come out of Babylon and worship Him, but most people are worshipping the image to the Beast:

And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life. And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. (13:14-15, NAS)

So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image. (16:2, NAS)

This worshipping of the image of the Beast is clearly a reference to worship in a way contrary to the Commandments of Elohim.  Worshipping the image of the Beast is simply breaking the Second Commandment, which forbids worship of manufactured objects or images.  Such worship which is contrary to the Commandments of Elohim indicates an allegiance to the Beast system.  But worship of the Living Elohim is always done in compliance with His Ten Commandments:

Elohim warns mankind not to worship in ways contrary to his commandments.  He states the consequences of breaking the Second Commandment:

Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of Elohim, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. (14:9,10, NAS)

So, those who worship the image of the Beast are those who will be lost to eternity.

[As if they never were as back to the dust they came from – and I speak those words because our Father Elohim of love cannot be a God of eternal torture as most religions believe and teach their blinded congregations]

[“For as you [Edom] have drunk upon the mountain of My holiness [desecrating it in the wild revelry of the destroyers], so shall all the nations drink continually [in turn, of My wrath]; yes, they shall drink, talk foolishly, and swallow down [the full measure of punishment] and they shall be [destroyed] as though they had not been. Obadiah 16 (KJV)] – Resurrected or not is another subject found in my many links at end just as eternal hell fire I do not believe in.

But Elohim’s faithful ones are identified as those who have not worshipped the image of the Beast, because they know better than to be worshipping images.

And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Yahusha and because of the word of Elohim, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (20:4, NAS) [firstfruits being few of the many]

But how is the Christian Church today breaking the second commandment?  Have they “made an image to the Beast” and “worshipped his image”?  Indeed they have!  But first, a little history….  The ancient Babylonians began the mother\child cult worship which is still alive and well today.  Nimrod of the Bible was the founder of this false religion.  He is known as Ninus in historical documentation.  Scripture says that Nimrod “was a mighty hunter before Yahuwah” (Genesis 10:9, Mine)  The Histori Romani Scriptorium states that. . .

Ninus strengthened the greatness of his acquired dominion by continued possession. Having subdued, therefore, his neighbors, when, by an accession of forces, being still further strengthened, he went forth against other tribes, and every new victory paved the way for another, he subdued all the peoples of the east.

Thus, Nimrod was feared in his day.  The city he built was named after him.  Nineveh means “the habitation of Ninus.”

Semiramis was married to Ninus (the Nimrod of the Bible).  After Nimrod died, Semiramis continued the pagan worship he had inspired and declared that Ninus had become the Sun god and was to be worshipped.  She had an illegitimate son and named him Tammuz.  To cover her adultery, she claimed that Tammuz was supernaturally conceived and that Tammuz was actually the reincarnated Ninus.  This Tammuz is the same one spoken of by the prophet Jeremiah, who sees women in the temple of Yahuwah facing east and weeping for Tammuz.  The pagan practices begun in ancient Babylon by Nimrod had still been practiced by the Israelites in Jeremiah’s day!

Thus, the Babylonian counterfeit religion featured the mother, Semiramis, and her son who was also her reincarnated husband.  Thus, her son was both from his father and he was the father (cf. John 1:1 where the Word was with Elohim and the Word was Elohim )!!  This counterfeit of the relationship between the true heavenly Father and His Son is both clever and perverse.

This Babylonian mother-child cult worship was mimicked in all the major cultures of the world, and thus found its way through history all the way to Jeremiah’s day and beyond.  In Egypt, the mother and child were known as Isis and Osiris.  In India, as Isi and Iswara.  In Asia, as Cybele and Deoius.  In ancient Rome as Fortuna and Jupiter.  In Greece, as Ceres and Plutus.  Even in Tibet, China and Japan, the mother and child have their counterpart as Shing Moo and her son, and they too are depicted as a mother with a child in her arms with a ring of glory around her – just as the Roman Catholics depict Mary and the infant Jesus!

In Persia and afterward in Rome, Mithraism was the renamed Babylonian mother-child worship.  Just as Ninus (Nimrod) was the sun god of the Babylonians, Mithras was the sun god of the Persian Empire, whose rebirth (birthday) was celebrated at the winter solstice around December 25th.  Like the mother-child religions of the other cultures which were copied and renamed from the Babylonian mother-child cult, Mithraism had its mother and child:

Mithras was born of Anahita, an immaculate virgin mother once worshipped as a fertility goddess before the hierarchical reformation. Anahita was said to have conceived the Saviour from the seed of Zarathustra preserved in the waters of Lake Hamun in the Persian province of Sistan. Mithra’s ascension to heaven was said to have occurred in 208 B.C., 64 years after his birth. This birth took place in a cave or grotto, where shepherds attended him and regaled him with gifts, at the winter solstice. (Payam Nabaraz, Mithras and Mithraism, http://www.taivaansusi.net/historia/mithraism.html)

The religion of Mithraism outlasted the Persian Empire and was adopted by the Roman Empire as the dominant faith of the Romans.  Mithraism remained in place until the fourth century of the common era when it “mysteriously” disappeared – about the same time that Christianity was declared by Constantine to be the new official religion of the Roman Empire.  But it didn’t really disappear.  You see, Mithraism merely got renamed.  It came to be called Christianity, with Mary and Jesus as the mother and child!

The apostle Shaul (Paul) warns his readers about worshipping a different Jesus other than the one he proclaimed:

For if someone comes to you and preaches a Yahusha other than the Yahusha we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. (2 Corinthians 11:4, NIV)

Who might Shaul have been speaking of?  Was there actually another “Jesus” who was the object of worship in the first century of the common era?  Indeed there was.  He was also known as Mithras, and the pictures of him are identical to the images which purport to depict Yahusha of Nazareth!

Now, getting back to the breaking of the 2nd Commandment….  How is the Christian Church breaking the commandment which forbids the manufacture and adoration (worship) of idols and images?  During the amalgamation of Mithraism and the biblical faith, Christianity accepted many of the worship practices of Mithraism, which are still present in the church today.  Even the images of Christianity are the same images found in Mithraism and in ancient Babylon.

The Roman Catholic Church features statues and images of saints in their worship, and these statues line the walls of their churches.  The most popular of these statues and images is that of the virgin Mary, who is usually depicted with the child in her arms.  Catholics everywhere have these statues and images in their churches, in their yards and in their homes.  Protestants have their version of these images.  They have “pictures of Jesus” in their churches and in their homes.  But the picture of “Jesus” is usually one of a Jesus that fits into their culture.  The Caucasians depict a light-skinned Jesus.  The Blacks display a black-skinned Jesus.  Hispanics portray Jesus as an Hispanic.  American Indians have pictures of an “Indian Jesus.”  And so on….  Sadly, Christian people want to make Jesus in their own image – which insults the Creator.  He rebuffs this kind of activity:

Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal Elohim for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. (Romans 1:22,23, NAS)

It is wrong to have statues and images of Jesus and of Mary or of any other man or animal.  Yet many Christians have these images anyway – to adore them and to “bring us closer to God.”  Many such images sit in the yard of the worshipper to “bring good luck.”  But Yahuwah does not permit this kind of worship of Him:

Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the Yahuwah your Elohim. (Leviticus 26:1, NIV with Hebrew names restored, emphasis mine)

Not only is it wrong to have these images, but the images they adore are not even images of people in the Bible!  They are replicas of the worship of Tammuz, Semiramis, Nimrod, Mithras, Ra and the like.  The statues and images of the mother and child are NOT Mary and Yahusha!  They are Semiramis and Tammuz.  The images depicting the mother and the child, which are usually thought to be Mary and Yahusha, are actually images depicting Semiramis and Tammuz, the reincarnated the sun god.  Semiramis received the title “mother of god” and “queen of heaven” – titles which, as we all know, are attached to Mary, the Virgin mother of Yahusha!

On some of the statues and images of saints and especially of the Virgin Mother and child is a halo which encircles the head.  Christians believe that this is a depiction of the glory of Elohim.  But it is not.  It is called a nimbus and it encircles the head of the Sun god and of worshippers of the Sun god.  The nimbus, or radiant light, represents the radiating light of the sun.

The nimbus is found on many images and statues of the sun god of ancient times.  And, many Catholic images, statues and pictures of Jesus, Mary and the other saints depict that person with a “glow” around his or her head.  Again, this is NOT the glory of Elohim being depicted, as Christians are led to believe.  It is the radiating light of the SUN god of Babylonian origin.

Pictures and images of Jesus which are found in the churches and homes of Catholic and Protestant Christians often feature this nimbus around his head.  Furthermore, they usually do not depict him the way he really appeared as he walked through the Promised land.  The typical Torah-observant Jew of his day (and of our day, for that matter) is one who is wearing a four cornered garment with tassels (tzit-tzit) hanging from the four corners.  The images of Jesus which are so popular in Christian churches never portray him in this Torah-observant manner.  This is probably due to the utter disdain most Christians have for the Torah.  Anyway, Jesus is usually depicted as wearing a long white robe without tzit-tzit (tassles) at the four corners of his garment, which is clearly taught by the Torah, which we know he observed perfectly!

The pictures and images used by Christians of all denominations to “adore,” “worship,” or merely “remind them of Jesus” is a present evidence that the people who congregate in Christian churches are guilty of breaking the second commandment.  For Elohim clearly forbids any manufactured statues, idols, depictions or images to be used in the true worship of Him.  And given that many of those images and statues used by Christians in their worship or adoration of Jesus, Mary and the saints are replicas of images, statues and idols used in ancient Babylon and in many other pagan worship systems is the evidence that the Christian Church has, indeed, been guilty of worshipping the Beast.  For, in worshipping Elohim by using the images, figures and statues made popular in the modern day Christian religion, Christians have been breaking Elohim’s second commandment and have been unwittingly worshipping “the Beast and his image” (cf. Revelation 14:9).

The Third Commandment

Furthermore, the Christian Church is guilty of constantly breaking the Third Commandment.  They do this as a matter of regular practice and they don’t even realize it!

Commandment 3:  You shall not take the name of Yahuwah your Elohim in vain, for Yahuwah will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

The New International Version renders the third commandment in this way:

You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. (Exodus 20:7)

Most other English Bible translations render the verse much like the NIV has – with disdain and disrespect for the actual name of Elohim.

Note carefully the stark difference in how the Bible versions translate the name of Elohim.  The sacred name versions, including the one above, render Elohim’s name “Yahuwah” or the like.  However, most English Bible translations render Elohim’s sacred name “the LORD.”  Therein is the problem.  Elohim’s sacred, personal name is Yahuwah, not “the LORD.”  Even in the very verse in which Elohim expressly forbids misuse of His sacred name, translators have misused it!

The Christian Church, from very early in her history, has adopted the same doctrine and practice as the Jews in regard to Elohim’s sacred name.  The Creator placed his sacred name into the Hebrew Scriptures over 6000 times, because he wants to be identified and known by his unique, personal name Yahuwah.  Yet the Jews and now the Christians have covered up, hidden and buried His sacred name and have placed a substitute designation in its place!  And, ironically, this is exactly what Elohim said NOT to do in the Third Commandment.

Elohim expressed to Moses that his personal name, Yahuwah, is the name by which he is to be called by all generations of people:

Elohim also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahuwah, the Elohim of your fathers– the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac and the Elohim of Jacob– has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation. (Exodus 3:15, NIV with some Hebrew names restored)

Yet, the Jews, after the time of the persecution by Antiochus Epiphanies, decided that the best way to protect the sacred name from misuse would be to forbid its use!!  And the Christian Church leaders and theologians have concurred with this sincere, but misguided, attempt to “honor” Elohim’s sacred name.

Elohim has made it abundantly clear that He wants all people to know and (properly) use His sacred name, Yahuwah.  Most of his mighty miracles were done with the expressed purpose of bringing attention to His name:

They will know that I am Yahuwah their Elohim, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am Yahuwah their Elohim. (Exodus 29:46, NIV with sacred name restored)

Therefore my people will know my name; therefore in that day they will know that it is I who foretold it. Yes, it is I.” (Isaiah 52:6, NIV)

Elohim fights for his people and routs the enemy in order to make everyone see that he is Yahuwah.

I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save.  I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh; they will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine. Then all mankind will know that I, Yahuwah, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” (Isaiah 49:25-26, NIV, with sacred name restored)

The prophet Ezekiel reiterates dozens of times the phrase, “they will know that I am Yahuwah.”

And they will know that I am Yahuwah, when their people lie slain among their idols around their altars, on every high hill and on all the mountaintops, under every spreading tree and every leafy oak– places where they offered fragrant incense to all their idols. And I will stretch out my hand against them and make the land a desolate waste from the desert to Diblah–wherever they live. Then they will know that I am Yahuwah. (Ezekiel 6:13, 14, NIV, with sacred name restored)

While the Scriptures are numerous which express Elohim’s thoughts that He wants his personal name to be known by all the world, most Christians, who claim to know him, don’t even know his personal name.  We have been fed a lie for centuries by our fathers, who have told us through their translations that “the LORD” is his name.  And most Christians have not given it another thought.  Jeremiah speaks of this lie which he wants to straighten out:

Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.  Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?  Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is Yahuwah. (Yirmyahu 16:19-21, KJV version with sacred name restored)

The designation, “the LORD,” is a substitution for Elohim’s personal name, which must be repugnant to Him.  The Third Commandment stipulates that his personal name Yahuwah is not to be “used in vain” or “taken lightly” or “emptied” or “misused.”  And yet, isn’t this precisely what we do when we replace his name with another designation.  We do, in fact, empty his name when we remove it and replace it with “the LORD.”

For the Jew in Antiochus’ time, and up to and beyond the time of Yahusha’s life on earth, merely speaking the sacred name was considered blasphemy and was punishable by death. (For the details of this, see About God’s Holy Name)  Similarly, the book of Revelation foresees men in the last days blaspheming Elohim and His holy name:

And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against Elohim, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven. (13:6)

Their punishment is also described:

Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of Elohim who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory. (16:9)

But those who know and regard His name and receive the reward given by Elohim are figuratively pictured as having the sacred name written on their foreheads:

Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. (14:1)

There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of Elohim and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. (22:3, 4)

[https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/amazingly-precise/ – more on the 144,000 and two witnesses]

[https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ZOXmRb/the-true-pronunciation-of-the-sacred-name] – Why I use Yehovah rather than Yahuwah. Proverbs 3:6

This symbolic representation of Elohim’s people having his sacred name Yahuwah written on their foreheads calls to mind, in contrast, those who worship the Beast:  Worshippers of the Beast are seen as blaspheming Elohim’s name (breaking the third commandment) and as having the Beast’s name on their foreheads:

He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17, NIV)

[https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/09/04/the-beasts-of-revelation-and-daniel/]

Evidently, this subtle contrast between the worshippers of Yahuwah, who have His name on their foreheads, with the worshippers of the Beast, who have the mark or name of the Beast on their foreheads, is meant to underline the important of obedience to Elohim’s Third Commandment.  Indeed, worshipping Him and honoring His sacred name go hand in hand:

“Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; For ALL THE NATIONS WILL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOU, FOR YOUR RIGHTEOUS ACTS HAVE BEEN REVEALED.” (15:4)

Those who worship Him in truth will glorify His name by properly using it!

The Fourth Commandment

As the reader might have guessed by now, we are presently going to offer evidence from Revelation that the Fourth Commandment is also being continuously broken by the Christian Church along with all who worship the Beast.

Commandment 4:  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of Yahuwah your Elohim; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.  For in six days Yahuwah made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore Yahuwah blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

The proof of this one is simple.  On what day of the week do most Christians worship the living Elohim?  Do they not worship on Sunday, the first day of the week?  Indeed, the Sabbath day of the Scriptures has become just another work day in the eyes of the Christian churches in the world today.  And Elohim’s sacred day is dishonored every week.  Christianity has not remembered the Sabbath day to keep it holy, as the Fourth Commandment directs.  To be sure, they utterly forget, ignore and violate the Fourth Commandment.

The Christian Church mistakenly believes that the Sabbath has been done away with.  But several prophesies of the book of Revelation suggest, hint and imply that obedience to the seventh day Sabbath is an important characteristic of Elohim’s remnant in the last days.  Someone may object: if the Sabbath is so important to Elohim then why doesn’t the book of Revelation just plainly say it?  To answer this we must refer back to what Yahusha once said to his disciples when they asked him why he spoke to the people in parables:

The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”  He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.  Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.  This is why I speak to them in parables: Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.  In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.  For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ (Matthew 13:10-15, NIV)

Yahusha spoke to the crowds in parables so that those who did not believe would not be able to understand.  Only those who were intimately familiar with the Torah and the Prophets because of their personal interest in the living Elohim would be able to understand.

[unless their selfish greed keeps them separated from who their lips claim to love as written in too much scripture to even share which is totally ignored by most all believers in word only being everywhere on this earth soon to be in the worst timesoftrouble ever before on this globe.]

This same principle can (and should) be applied to the prophesies of Revelation.  Much of what is written about in Revelation is done so in figures of speech, parables, “hidden” illustrations and allusions to Scriptures, which, if the reader is not familiar with, he will completely, miss the point and misinterpret what is being communicated.  This is so that most people will NOT understand it.  But, for those who are living the Torah, [with loving others included] the Prophets and the Scriptures, the message of Revelation will become clear.

The Fourth Commandment calls for remembering the Sabbath day because Elohim established the Sabbath rest at creation for the benefit of ALL mankind (not just for the “Old Testament” Jews).  And in the issuing of the Sabbath commandment in Shemot (Exodus) 20, Yahuwah identifies himself as the one who “made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them.”  This reference calls to mind the fact that the Sabbath was instituted by the Creator at creation.  For this reason, the Sabbath commandment points to creation as its source and to the Creator as its authority.  And obedience to the Sabbath commandment uniquely identifies those who wish to serve and worship the Creator.

This phrase which identifies the Creator – the one who “made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them” – is echoed in several other Scriptures which make the point that Yahuwah is the Creator of the universe:

May you be blessed by Yahuwah, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 115:15, NIV with sacred name restored)

Blessed is he whose help is the Elohim of Jacob, whose hope is in Yahuwah his Elohim, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them — Yahuwah, who remains faithful forever. (Psalm 146:5, 6, NIV, with Hebrew names restored)

And in the Brit Hadashah, the apostle Shaul identifies Yahusha as the one who was with the Father during creation:

He is the image of the invisible Elohim, the firstborn over all creation.  For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. (Colossians 1:15-16, NIV)

Things in heaven and on earth” brings to remembrance the way the Creator is identified in the Sabbath commandment as the one who “made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them.”  Therefore, the phrase – “made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them” – is associated with the Sabbath day and the Lord of the Sabbath.

So, when we come to the book of Revelation, it is natural for the writer to associate this phrase with the Sabbath:

Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, WHO CREATED HEAVEN AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE EARTH AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE SEA AND THE THINGS IN IT, that there will be delay no longer, but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of Elohim is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets. (10:5-7)

This hint at the Sabbath commandment may appear, at this point, to be merely coincidental until we note that the phrase, “who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters,” is the one the writer of Revelation choose to utilize later on in his invitation to all people of the last days to worship Elohim:

And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; and he said with a loud voice, “Fear Elohim, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.” (14:6,7)

This phrase is intended to bring the understanding reader to a remembrance of the Sabbath commandment.  Worship of the one who made heaven, earth and sea is textually linked to Sabbath worship.  So, the proper worship of Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters is grounded in the remembering of the Sabbath day which the Creator so instituted at creation.

This conclusion is confirmed and supported a few verses later in this same call to worship, where worship of the Creator is associated with the term “rest”:

Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of Elohim, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.” And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”  Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of Elohim and their faith in Yahusha.  And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!'” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.  (14:9-13)

Here the worshippers of the Beast have no “rest,” because they have refused to obey Yah’s call to worship Him on the Sabbath day, which is the day He gives rest to His obedient people.  But those saints who keep the commandments of Elohim (and have faith in Yahusha) will rest from their labors.  The people of Elohim have rest because they join the Creator in His rest on the seventh day, in obedience to His commandments!

[Where in the commandments is the Christian greed that I have experienced for 10 years acceptable to Yah?]

The juxtaposition of the terms “rest” and “keep the commandments” in relationship to the call to worship Yahuwah, the “Creator of heaven and earth and the sea and all that is in them” is no coincidence.  How much plainer could the writer of Revelation made it for the Torah-observant reader while still obscuring its meaning from the unbelievers?  It is already nearly obvious that he is referring to obedience to the Fourth Commandment which promises rest to those who worship Elohim – the Creator of heaven, earth and sea and all that is in them.

The 21st century Christian Church does not rest on the seventh day, nor do they worship the Creator according to the simple parameters of the Fourth Commandment.  And as such, they do not find Yahuwah’s promised rest.  But the call to come out of Babylon is still being sounded.  There’s still time to repent and believe the good news!

Conclusion

Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth is the modern day pagan religious system which is propagating the Babylonian system of worship.  And who is the modern day equivalent of ancient Babylon, out of whom Elohim is calling his people?  It is the city of Rome and the authority which Rome’s religious institution has exercised over men.  And who is the harlot?  No surprise here: it’s the whole Christian church – Catholic and Protestant – all who claim the name of Jesus and worship him according to the customs, traditions and practices of ancient pagan Babylon.

The Christian Church of our day is like the ostrich depicted in the background graphic of this web page.  Christians have voluntarily buried their heads in the sand.  They intuitively know where their own worship practices and customs come from.  They know the true roots and origin of Christmas and Easter.  They know that the Scriptures teach that the seventh day of the week is the Sabbath of Yahuwah, the Maker of heaven and earth.  And they can easily find out that Sunday is not, by any stretch of the imagination, the “Christian Sabbath.”  Yet they choose to ignore the clear evidence of Scripture and history, and worship Elohim in a way which He has plainly declared is an abomination to Him.  He rejects artificial and man made attempts to worship Him contrary to his revelation.

Since the time of the writing of the early portions of Scriptures, Yahuwah has been calling out a people for himself, [John 15:18-21] from among the nations and from among the abominable practices of the race of mankind standing in rebellion against his ways.  That call to “come out of her, my people” is still ringing out today.  Yahuwah wants to bring a holy people into his kingdom of righteousness with Messiah Yahusha as the King.  But we must respond to him now.  We must repent of the lies told to us by our fathers and forefathers, and return to living and obeying his Torah with all our heart, soul and strength.  If we are sincere about serving and following Yahusha of Nazareth, then we must have nothing to do with the ways of ancient pagan traditions given birth in ancient Babylon, and which are still being propagated and practiced in the traditional customs of nearly all Christian churches today.

“Come out of her, my people,” He begs.  Choose Yahuwah and serve him alone. [without greed being your God]

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WHAT IS REALLY HAVING FAITH?

WHAT IS REALLY HAVING FAITH?

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Faith is preparing for life’s coming storms upon all humanity as written; therefore learning to live on faith through putting trust in only our creator when there is no other way for survival.

When two people are drawn together from different parts of the world while being have-nots with absolutely nothing material in their life, yet stay together regardless of their many hardships to be married and become as one. . .

Our wedding in 2009

There is a purpose for all things through those chosen and called out of this world that all natural worldly minds cannot spiritually grasp. John 15:19  1 Corinthians 2:14

It’s because through faith, there is a purpose for all things.

“We are assured and know that [YHVH being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love YHVH and are called according to [His] design and purpose. Romans 8:28 (AMPC) with God’s name restored.

Through faith, those called and chosen know that they cannot direct their own steps.

“O Lord [pleads Jeremiah in the name of the people], I know that [the determination of] the way of a man is not in himself; it is not in man [even in a strong man or in a man at his best] to direct his [own] steps. Jeremiah 10:23

Through faith, those chosen continually look to the Father for making their path in this life straight according to His will, and never their own.

“In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. Proverbs 3:6

Through faith, we know to put no trust in humankind because Satan and his ministers scattered worldwide mislead while selling lies for tithes being un biblical.

“So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of YHVH. It is better to depend on Yehovah than to trust mortals. 1 Corinthians 2:5, Psalms 118:8

Through faith is knowing this entire world has been misled, deceived, snared, tricked, and beguiled leaving none, no, not one pleasing in the sight of YHVH.

“And the huge dragon was cast down and out—that age-old serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, he who is the seducer (deceiver) of all humanity the world over; he was forced out and down to the earth, and his angels were flung out along with him. 

“The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there were any who understood, dealt wisely, and sought after God, inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him [of vital necessity]. They are all gone aside, they have all together become filthy; there is none that does good or right, no, not one. Revelation 12:9, Psalms 14:2-3

Is not scripture true when spiritually sought? Is not the near 7.5 billion living and thinking in worldly ways the children of men? Has not Satan deceived this entire world?

Therefore, through faith, these words of scripture become clearly understood, and taken very personally. . .

“If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world [no longer one with it], but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you. John 15:19

Through faith is seen this entire human race in a division led by their own way which seems right and can be told nothing different from whatever their own human spirit leads; thus keeping them of this world, and despising any not like them while lacking the fruits of loving others as they love themselves.

“There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death. Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25

Through faith, we know that the church, being a building has absolutely nothing to do with the Greek word ekklesia which means a calling out, therefore it was wrongly translated leaving all church buildings worldwide as an illusion filled with mislead, and where Satan dwells.

Through faith, we know that the name of God and Jesus Christ are more manmade titles having nothing to do with whom they really are being Yehovah Elohim and Yeshua HaMashiach.

Through faith, we also know that through world division, pride, and all the ways which seem right to humans — very, very, few will agree with anything written or spoken differently from their own thoughts; and reason is because any not chosen and called out of this world through disassociation, know only their self.

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Think of what I share like this; what if your life for a decade never brought you any happiness even though you believed, prayed, endured, and waited for anything better than the life you had?

How would you feel through years and years experiencing this world of Christianity showing zero love with compassion for others in need when it a commandment?

What could possibly be any more clear than these following words of scripture Christians totally ignore?

“I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. John 13:34 (AMPC)

“The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]  John 14:21 (AMPC)

“Anyone who hates (abominates, detests) his brother [in Christ] is [at heart] a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding ([a]persevering) within him. By this we come to know (progressively to recognize, to perceive, to understand) the [essential] love: that He laid down His [own] life for us; and we ought to lay [our] lives down for [those who are our] brothers [[b]in Him]. But if anyone has this world’s goods (resources for sustaining life) and sees his brother and fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him? Little children, let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth (in practice and in sincerity). 1 John 3:15-18

“Teacher, which [a]kind of commandment is great and important (the principal kind) in the Law? [Some commandments are light—which are heavy?] And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself. These two commandments [b]sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 22:36-40

“But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]. For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror; For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like. But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience). James 1:22-25

Listen, my beloved brethren: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and in their position as believers and to inherit the kingdom which He has promised to those who love Him? If indeed you [really] fulfill the royal Law in accordance with the Scripture, You shall love your neighbor as [you love] yourself, you do well. So speak and so act as [people should] who are to be judged under the law of liberty [the moral instruction given by Christ, especially about love]. For to him who has shown no mercy the judgment [will be] merciless, but mercy [full of glad confidence] exults victoriously over judgment. What is the use (profit), my brethren, for anyone to profess to have faith if he has no [good] works [to show for it]? Can [such] faith save [his soul]? If a brother or sister is poorly clad and lacks food for each day, And one of you says to him, Good-bye! Keep [yourself] warm and well fed, without giving him the necessities for the body, what good does that do? So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). James 2:5, 8, 12-17

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1 Samuel 2:8

The meaning of the verse just read has absolutely nothing to do with today’s worldly riches, but rather speaks of an earned position within His eternal government. Isaiah 9:6-7, Revelation 5:10, ect.

My wife and I have been without funds and have no food, so we pray as always and also ask Yehovah how much longer until we find just one genuine believer being as a doer of what you command rather than a hearer only, and continue our wait for our most simple needs.

The site below through compassionate crowdfunding at the time if this update [4/8/2017] gained 130 shares, yet no help that we really need. Why is that?

https://www.youcaring.com/jeffandmylenecallarman-789450

Because the god of this world only hates love, kindness, truth, compassion, empathy, and everything to do with righteousness; therefore being the misleading spirit of evil as the prince and power of the air, he injects selfishness and mislead into all minds which nullifies this world of Christianity from even knowing the creator they worship in words without deed, because Father Elohim [God] is love. Read again 1 John 3:17-18 while knowing there are many verses that accompany being a commandment. For any wanting deep spiritual truth, this read below offers much.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/the-kingdom-of-satan-is-earth/

So our faith has become a decade of patience through knowing YHVH has been shaping and molding us for use in these end times according to His will; therefore through faith, no matter what life’s circumstance comes upon us — without choice we just accept our life as it is, and that is because those with faith through endurance and self-sacrifice of life’s basic needs, are those who which pleases our Father — therefore know their destiny.

Do you love our creator? How much? Enough to do be as sheep rather than the goats in Matthew 25:31-46? Ever wonder where and how the judgment will come upon all the goats worldwide?

Enough to be as sheep rather than the goats in Matthew 25:31-46? Ever wonder where and how the judgment will come upon all the goats worldwide?

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/the-millennial-resurrections/

Enough to bear fruits through obedience? Luke 6:43-46

Enough to not be cast into the coming fire of affliction? John 15:1-6

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We have reached a point having no more rice, and that is what we have been eating daily as our main food for ten years — therefore some rice would be nice that costs $40 per 50 kg sack.

jeffcallarman@ymail.com This is my email and our Paypal ID — May our creator direct your path, Proverbs 3:6

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/about/  Myself

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  My Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge

https://www.facebook.com/mmsunio  My Wife

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/  Contains writings on faith, truth, obedience, end times, human suffering, slavery, and much more including many photos..

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many [over 240] individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet.

http://vigilantcitizen.com/ – How Powerful This World of Darkness Truly Is

https://truthernews.wordpress.com/ – In depth fact most all don’t want or have knowledge of.

http://www.newworldordernews.com/ – Accurate news on twisted people in every position so true people cannot believe.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/ – Continual reports which reveal just how deranged our human race has become.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/2mPWJZ/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-1

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/n9z36E/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-2

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/2mw7me/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-3

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/Dx26Jv/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-4

Contact

timesoftroubles@gmail.com

jeffcallarman@ymail.com

Is Your Life a Blessing or a Curse?

For many, what they think is blessing hides their hidden curse being judgement with punishment en route; and for many with faith, their seemingly curse in life will become a blessing. Psalms 33:17-22

When we have been placed within our spiritual prison for life, all that we can do is seek our daily path through instruction nobody of this world follows — because it’s not of this world. Proverbs 1, 2, 3, John 15, and Colossians 3 tell it like it is.

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With all the hard times in life billions worldwide have to deal with in their own way — whether it be hunger, homeless, surrounded with massive rebel violence, death, chemical genocide, diseases, torture, wrongly in prison, a victim of human trafficking, or brutal rapes with children included – which is in truth just a part of the uncountable atrocities upon innocent human beings everywhere on this planet earth, thus my wife and I have well learned to just accepted our own difficulties for many years while seeing the little we have as more of a blessing when compared to what multitudes scattered worldwide must face each day for years and years upon more years being their entire life of nothing but hardship and survival; therefore we just deal with our own way of existence through faith and prayer going far beyond just words, and beyond our world of false Christianity having words only with nothing more.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  Efforts Towards Spiritual Knowledge

http://timesofroubles.webs.com/mywritingsforgod.htm Ditto

Below is a brief description of what happened to us back in April 2016, and to this day nothing has changed because zero help has ever come our way through loving and righteous Christianity – and sadly the same holds true for those always being tortured in North Korea, and places all over this globe; and it’s all because of the incapable human rule which has always been based on power, greed, and control over our entire civilization being as nothing above worthless human trash which can easily be seen by those few on this earth seeking truth on the way things truly are. So what do politicians do? Ask Killery or even Trump why this world is nothing but lies? Ask them why billions were dumped into their smorgasbord of lies as presidential candidates  rather than the power and control they have in turning billions and trillions towards helping our brutalized soon to fall United States? They won’t answer because it’s the plan of the New World Order to kill and destroy for reducing our world population through the extermination of billions.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ylRD1O/30_population_control_quotes

Because of our living situation, we went looking for a place to rent even though we had no funds because; 1) my disability from old head injury long ago, 2) having no pension, social security, employment or income for these past 10 years in a 3rd world country, less 4 months work in 2012 — and 3) has been my wife’s health problems that became so extreme, she had to stop teaching 4th grade so we could move for gaining help to care for her during hard times filled with much pain. And the reason for no money was we put everything we had from the sale of our lot and home into the near unlivable shack where she had been raised, and still the home of her parents in their 80’s with no income – thus not even our own making our life as a prison needing escape with only faith being our hope.

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Even after my own paint job and many repairs through months as little funds allowed, our day did not end well.

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Since meeting in 2007, we have always had very little in this life; therefore having even less just comes as nothing new. By rights, Mylene and I could have easily died because when we went off the road, down into shallow embankment and flipped doing about 40 mph, and because of no seat belts we were as marbles being shaken in a can – yet neither of us was badly hurt because our guardian angel was with us; and given the way our situation in life has been for almost a decade – only those few with spiritual understanding can relate – thus what happened had purpose through more shaping and molding that Yehovah has been doing for years to prepare our faith for the hardest times within the greatest world chaos that has ever been; therefore now it’s our greatest prayer for some help that we have needed for almost a decade comes our way because we really have down to absolutely nothing for so many years with strong and valid reasons why; yet even with all my efforts towards spiritual education, what is coming upon America and this world according to the signs of the times – no help has come since this happened in April 2016.

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Even though all we own is this 1997 Nissan Jeep that I had redone all the brakes, wheel cylinders, pinion seal, lights, still needs a decent radiator, fuel line, recovered the two seats, metal repair in floors, painted and more, but had no funds to rebuild the front end, replace idler arm, shocks or rear tires; thus driving that day – when the lower right control arm came loose, the front left wheel went left by itself taking us quickly off the road with no warning.

Far as our living conditions we accept. . .100_3524 Her parent’s private restroom and shower they prefer, and mine below they chose not to use because it is different even though there is no flush.

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Mylene’s mom and dad behind the empty shack next to us because we have no back yard beyond the outhouse.

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Our only transportation has been like this since April 2016, and being I was a mechanic, welder, body man, and painter with many other hands on trades – I could have easily repaired everything for a thousand dollars, buy some food to eat, and even had a needed good needed nights sleep.

Ever heard of a living Sacrifice? Well, leaving my entire prior life in 2006 was exactly that:

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I am 61 and would love a game of Chess, a drink, good music, and some normal conversations on the way things worldwide truly are. But sadly, I want far too much than this world is willing to supply.

One Big Question: Who are you in The Eyes of our Creator that knows all things with absolutely nothing ever hid?

One of self? Hate? Greed? Self-Righteous? All Knowing? Religious Hypocrite? Or like most all believers living through their words only while having Zero Action For Others In Need?

So what are Christians suppose to do?

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/w28QO5/love_god_seeks_in_believers_but_cannot_find_as_commanded

As for my loving wife and I,

this past decade has been nothing beyond a hard, hungry, hurting, and needful life in many ways with Christians showing absolutely zero care or concern — even though the words in the Holy Bible tell exactly their coming destiny through dead faith revealed in Matthew 25:31-46 and James 2:14-17, 1 John 3:17-18 — But do they believe who they claim to love, honor, and worship?

We would be more than thankful for any help no matter how small, because just a little is far better than nothing.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/about/

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ljD9ZQ/vital-untaught-truth-in-all-religions-worldwide

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  Efforts For My Spiritual Knowledge with links on our ways of life – therefore when our Father is ready He will bring us any small help such as a care package with basic foods, hygiene needs or anything individuals can spare no matter how little the amount being much to those without really anything. If you cannot help us, please at least share just for the warnings in links below.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet.

http://www.cross.tv/timesoftrouble  Over 690 of my blogs

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/RJP16w/how-christians-lacking-spiritual-knowledge-hate-god

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/azozgy/father-of-lies-all-believe

jeffcallarman@ymail.com  Email

timesoftroubles@gmail.com

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN NYC FIFTEEN YEARS AGO WHEN THE TOWERS FELL? THE BIBLE REVEALS

FOR WHAT WELL PLANNED INTENTIONAL PURPOSE THIS HAPPENED BEING ANOTHER WAY TO DRAIN TRILLIONS FROM THE U.S. FOR FALSE WARS TERRORISM AND ANY OTHER LIES PRESIDENTS COULD TELL TO KEEP CITIZENS FROM KNOWING AMERICA WILL COLLAPSE AS PLANNED BY THE NEW WORLD ORDER; AND THE WILL OF GOD TO ALLOW AS PUNISHMENT.

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Whenever a massive lie against humanity has been told over and over enough times through many years, decades, and centuries, most all hearing those lies, [being over seven billion this day] will believe them even if there exists no proof to make them true; and this exact same fact about corrupt lying governments “worldwide” also holds true regarding all religions, beliefs, and false God’s in the same way.

Or does our entire civilization realize they have always been lied to and misled? Thus fully prepared for the worst timesoftrouble ever before on this planet earth which shall not take life from thousands, not hundreds of thousands, and not millions – but billions of lives in many gruesome ways?

Do you consider yourself prepared to receive YHVH’s protection when massive calamities come upon this earth? Have you been following His Book of Instruction known to genuine believers in Yehovah and Yeshua as the Holy Bible?

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I only ask because YHVH shows His mercy to only those He chooses as written in Psalms 33:17-22 and Romans 9:18. So what have you ever done for someone else that would please Him? What in your entire life have you sacrificed, or passed by just for means or a way to help another with simple basic needs like a good meal? Who are the few and who are the many in Isaiah 26:20-21? Our entire worldly civilization has been deceived exactly as written in Revelation 12:9 which include over two billion Christians saying that is not true because they have been saved, forgiven, and not deceived – being the greatest lie they all believe. I have over 25 years of private studies, and have never been a church member or part of any organization on this globe; therefore was called out of this world (John 15:19) ten years ago not only to learn directly from our eternal creator – but also what it truly means to live on faith through a decade of nothingness through becoming as a living sacrifice in day to day existence while experiencing this world of Christianity through their disobedience, greed, and selfish actions they shall be greatly punished for and judged by. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Is there even one person wanting to know why our human race was created? Who Israel really is? Who the Jews are? Why evil? Where humanity has been, is now, and what lies ahead for our entire population with reason why?

This writing with links at the end carry much information all need to know, yet very few will take interest because there is a way which seems right to all humans – until the uncountable different ways of death come upon all. Proverbs 16:25

Don’t want what the Bible says? Then just scroll down to read how the United States Government has always brought much death upon the innocent worldwide through telling lies most all Americans have always believed – just like the Pope telling lies billions of Catholics believe along with the frauds and hypocrites in Christianity accompanied with all religions and beliefs leading our blind human race into their own bath of bloodshed.

What more can be said? Who wants truth? Who believes truth? Whose God is not themselves? Who has no selfish greed like this world of Christians that can’t even supply some Kraft dinners or peanut butter for another Christian in need through ten years of seeing and experiencing them just as YHVH through their dead faith as not doers of the word? James 1:22-25, 2:14-17

Truth is not liked or believed; therefore those that deliver what is not wanted become hated and despised just as Ezekiel and all men of YHVH with unsmooth words, yet regardless we run the race set before us. Hebrews 12

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/RJP16w/how-christians-lacking-spiritual-knowledge-hate-god  – This link gives some understanding for what was written in John 15:18-21.

THE SEALS OF REVELATION 6 AS DEFINED BY MATTHEW 24

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Revelation, the final book of the Bible, is arguably one of the most difficult to understand.  There have been countless expositions written and numerous sermons preached in an attempt to identify the colorful symbols which populate this prophetic book.  But despite its name, the book of Revelation remains sealed to most who read and study it.  To many, the so-called “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” are as enigmatic today as they were when the apostle John first recorded the visions he received while on the isle of Patmos about 95 CE.

Yet there is a proven way to understand many of the symbols found in Revelation.  That method is to use parallel Scriptures that speak of the same events.  In this article, I will compare the symbolic “seals” opened in the 6th chapter of Revelation to the prophetic words of Messiah Yeshua recorded in Matthew 24.  As you will see, there is an undeniable link between the two passages.

Let’s start by setting the scene for the prophecy found in Revelation 6.  In Revelation 4, John is transported in vision to heaven and sees the very throne of God the Father.  In Revelation 5, John notices that God is holding a scroll in His right hand which is sealed with seven seals (Rev. 5:1).  At first, no one in heaven above or on the earth or under the earth is found worthy to open and read the scroll (Rev. 5:2-4).  But then the Messiah Yeshua appears on the scene, and he is declared worthy to break the seals and open the scroll (Rev. 5:5-7).

After receiving the praises of the heavenly host (Rev. 5:8-14), Messiah begins opening the seals on the scroll in chapter 6:

REVELATION 6:1 Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.”  2 I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. (NASU)

The opening of the 1st seal presents a symbolic white horse ridden by one who has a bow and a crown.  Using his weapon and his authority, he went forth warring against and defeating his enemies.  The phrase “conquering and to conquer” alludes to a continual state of warfare on the part of this entity.

REVELATION 6:3 When he broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.”  4 And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him. (NASU)

When the 2nd seal was opened, John saw a fiery red horse mounted by a rider carrying a huge sword.  This rider was allowed to initiate widespread warfare on the earth.

REVELATION 6:5 When he broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.”  I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.  6 And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.” (NASU)

The opening of the 3rd seal revealed a black horse ridden by a man carrying a pair of scales.  The scales were used to weigh out small quantities of very expensive food (a denarius was about a day’s wages in the 1st century).  The command to avoid damaging the oil and wine shows that these, along with food, would be in scarce supply.

REVELATION 6:7 When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature call out, “Come!”  8 I looked and there was a pale green horse!  Its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed with him; they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, famine, and pestilence, and by the wild animals of the earth. (NRSV)

The breaking of the 4th seal revealed the last of the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”  The horse was the pale green color of decaying flesh, and the rider of this horse was Death himself!  The grave followed after Death, and he was given power to kill 25% of the earth’s population.  This widespread destruction of life was caused by the cumulative effects of all four horsemen.

REVELATION 6:9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”  11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also. (NASU)

The opening of the 5th seal symbolically showed the slain martyrs from ages past crying out to God for justice.  However, they were told that the time for justice had not yet come.  There were still a certain number of believers who had to be martyred (as they had been) before God’s wrath would be poured out on those responsible.

REVELATION 6:12 I looked when he broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind.  14 The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.  15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (NASU)

The opening of the 6th seal brings about a great earthquake, which is accompanied by signs in the heavens above.  All of mankind will realize from this awesome spectacle that God is about to execute His wrath through the Messiah upon the wicked.

Now that we’ve looked at the symbolic opening of all six seals in Revelation 6, let’s look at the introduction to Yeshua’s parallel prophecy recorded in Matthew 24:

MATTHEW 24:1 Then Jesus went out and departed from the Temple, and his disciples came up to show him the buildings of the Temple.  2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things?  Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”  3 Now as he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be?  And what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?” (NKJV)

Understandably, Yeshua’s statement about the coming destruction of the Temple caused great concern among his disciples.  After pondering his words, they came to him and asked for additional information on the calamity he had prophesied for the Temple.  Although they likely assumed that the destruction of the Temple and the end of the age would occur at the same time, in fact they asked two separate questions:

  1. WHEN would the Temple be destroyed?
  2. WHAT would be the sign of the Messiah’s coming and the end of the age?

Some of the ensuing prophecy given by Yeshua in response to their questions pertained to the coming destruction of the Temple by the Romans in 70 CE.  However, those 1st-century events did not completely fulfill the prophecy found in Matthew 24.  Another fulfillment, this one at the end of the age of man which will lead to his return, was the ultimate focus of Messiah Yeshua.

Multiple fulfillments of the same prophecy present one of the greatest difficulties in properly understanding the Bible.  Many times in the Scriptures, we see a prophecy that fits more than one person or event.  The guiding principle for understanding these prophecies was stated by King Solomon in Ecclesiastes.  He tells us “that which has been is what will be, that which has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecc. 1:9).

In such cases, preliminary fulfillment does not completely satisfy or extinguish the prophecy.  In fact, there are two general types of dual prophecies found in the Bible:

  1. Prophecies that are substantially fulfilled by initial events, where subsequent fulfillments are an echo of the first occurrence; and
  2. Prophecies where the initial fulfillment is incomplete, and the comprehensive fulfillment of the prophecy is yet future.

The prophecy found in Matthew 24 is of the second type.  Although some of the information there related to the Roman conquest that would occur 40 years later, the ultimate fulfillment of these events will take place at the time of the end.  This is the same time period covered by the book of Revelation.

Now let’s look at the specifics from Matthew 24:

MATTHEW 24:4 And Jesus answered and said to them:  “Take heed that no one deceives you.  5 For many will come in my name, saying I am the Christ, and will deceive many.  6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.  See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.  9 Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.  10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.  11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” (NKJV)

Contained within this passage are events that closely match the symbolic seals found in Revelation 6 (as shown below).  The next passage (Matt. 24:13-28) includes information about an event that is not specifically mentioned in Revelation 6, but is addressed in Old Testament prophecy:  The siege and capture of Jerusalem by the nations of the world (Zec. 12:2-3; 14:1-2).

While there are many fanciful theories about the nature of the “abomination of desolation” mentioned by Messiah (Matt. 24:15), the primary understanding of it is given in the parallel passage found in Luke’s Gospel.  Luke states that when armies surround Jerusalem, we will know that its desolation is near (Luke 21:20).  Just as Titus and the Roman army surrounded and destroyed Jerusalem in 70 CE (40 years after this prophecy was given), the city will again be subjected to capture in the future, this time by the armies of the world.

After warning those in Jerusalem, Yeshua returns to the events outlined in Revelation 6:

MATTHEW 24:29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (NKJV)

Here we see Yeshua state that immediately after the capture of Jerusalem, signs will appear in the heavens.  These same signs are mentioned in conjunction with the sixth seal (Rev. 6:12-14).

At this point (Matt. 24:30-31) the Messiah skips the first six trumpet judgments detailed in Revelation (Rev. 8:1-11:14) and goes to the final part of the 7th seal, which is the 7th trumpet (Rev. 11:15-19).  An exposition of this part of the prophecy is outside the scope of this article.

Now that we have covered the Scriptures in question, let’s compare the two prophecies to see if any additional understanding can be obtained.  For ease of comparison, let’s look at a side-by-side list of the seals found in Revelation 6 with the corresponding explanatory Scriptures from Matthew 24:

REVELATION 6 MATTHEW 24
1st Seal = ???
Behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. (Rev. 6:2) “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, saying I am the Christ, and will deceive many.” (Matt. 24:4-5)
2nd Seal = Widespread Warfare
Another, a fiery red horse, went out.  And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Rev. 6:4) “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” (Matt. 24:6-7)
3rd Seal = Famine
There was a black horse, and its rider held a scale in his hand.  Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!” (Rev. 6:5-6) “There will be famines . . .” (Matt. 24:7)
4th Seal = Death of 1/4 of Mankind from First Four Seals
There before me was a pale green horse!  Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him.  He was given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and pestilence, and by the wild beasts of the earth. (Rev. 6:8) “There will be . . . pestilences and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matt. 24:7-8)
5th Seal = Martyrdom of Believers
I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”  Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed. (Rev. 6:9-11) “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.  And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.” (Matt. 24:9-10)
6th Seal = Heavenly Signs
Behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood.  And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.  Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.(Rev. 6:12-14) “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Matt. 24:29)

With the apparent exception of the 1st seal, a comparison of the two sets of related Scriptures clearly shows that the symbols revealed in the seals match up with the details of the Olivet prophecy given by Yeshua.  It is obvious that the sword-wielding rider of the fiery red horse (2nd seal) represents widespread warfare between nations, alliances, and even ethnic groups.  The black horse and its scale-carrying rider (3rd seal) symbolizes the scarcity of food that occurs during famine.  The pale green horse and its rider, Death (4th seal), represent the various ways that humans will die from the effects of the “Four Horsemen.”  The souls crying out from under the altar (5th seal) are used to symbolically introduce an end-time martyrdom of believers.  Finally, the signs in the heavens (6th seal) indicate that God is about to punish a sinning and unrepentant humanity.

Since there is such an obvious relationship between most of the elements in these two passages, it’s easy to conclude that they are both referring to the same prophesied events.  But if this is the case, why does the symbolism of the first seal (Rev. 6:2) appear so different from the first event spoken of by Yeshua (Matt. 24:4-5)?  John’s vision seems to imply conquest by a righteous ruler, while Yeshua’s words appear to indicate religious deception.

A hint at why the initial clue is unclear is found in the proverbs of King Solomon:

PROVERBS 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. (NIV)

It is to God’s glory to hide things from mankind, but it is to our glory if we put forth the effort and time to seek out those things that He has concealed.  If the two passages of Scripture in question were easily reconcilable, the beginning of the end of this age and the coming of Messiah would be plainly laid out for all to see.  There would be no need to truly search for understanding.  But due to the apparent differences, many have missed the relationship between these two passages.

Assuming that the first seal IS the same as the warning given by Yeshua, how then do we arrive at a correct understanding of the symbolism?

There is a biblical principle that will guide our understanding in this matter:

ISAIAH 28:10 “For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.” (ESV)

Most who recognize a connection between Revelation 6:2 and Matthew 24:4-5 usually draw their interpretation primarily from one passage or the other, and then try to harmonize the remaining one.  But using the guidance found in Isaiah 28:10, let’s combine one prophecy with the other and see the total picture that emerges.

First, we have to define the symbols from Revelation 6:2 to grasp what we are being told.  The first symbol is that of a WHITE HORSE.  In the Bible (and especially in the book of Revelation, the color white represents “righteousness,” “goodness,” or “purity” (Rev. 3:4-5, 18; 4:4; 6:11; 7:9, 13-14; 19:11, 14).  So the color of the horse is designed to convey to us that, in some sense, the rider is considered good or righteous.

Next, we note that the rider has a BOW for a weapon.  The bow represents “military strength,” especially military strength that can be projected from a great distance.  With the bow, the rider has the ability to strike from long range while being relatively safe from counterattack.

We also see that the rider is given a CROWN.  In the Bible, a crown represents governmental power and the authority to rule.  Therefore, the rider represents a government or ruling entity.

Lastly, we are told that this “good” governmental power uses its military might to successfully wage war.  In fact, the implication of the statement that the rider “went out CONQUERING and TO CONQUER” suggests a continual state of aggressive warfare by this power.

In summary, we have the following symbols and their meaning in the 1st seal:

SYMBOL/ACTION MEANING
White Horse Righteousness, Goodness, Purity
Bow Military Strength (Long-Range)
Crown Rulership, Power, Government
“Went Out Conquering and to Conquer” State of Continual/Perpetual Warfare

Now that we’ve defined the Revelation 6 part of the prophecy, let’s add the factors disclosed by Yeshua from Matthew 24:4-5 to it.  He tells his followers to beware of being DECEIVED.  He states that many would COME IN HIS NAME, claiming that he was the Messiah, and would deceive many.

Without the context of Revelation 6:2, it would be almost impossible to assign this deception to anything other than a strictly religious arena.  However, when all the factors from the two passages are combined, we are left with the following description:

INTERPRETATION SYMBOL/WARNING
A governmental power… Crown
That appears good/righteous… White Horse
Initiates extended warfare… “Went out conquering and to conquer”
Using long range weapons and tactics… Bow
Yet they are deceiving many people… “Take heed that no one deceives you”
While proclaiming the name of Christ. “Many will come in my name”

Does any world power in this modern age fit that description?  Yes!  With the apparent exception of the “widespread deception” attribute, a better question would be “can this prophecy be about any modern nation other than the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?”

Most Americans think that our country represents all that is good and right in the world.  We think of ourselves as the “good guys.”  Many of us dislike the fact that the US government is intruding more and more into our everyday lives.  However, as a nation we are prosperous and wealthy, and we want to believe that the people running our government have our best interests at heart

In response to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, the leaders of our government have initiated a series of initiatives to protect our “Homeland.”  Shortly after those attacks, President George W. Bush announced his intention to begin a “War on Terrorism.”  On September 18, 2001, the US Congress authorized President Bush to:

Use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons. (Public Law 107-40, S.J. Res. 23)

On September 20, 2001, President Bush presented his response to the attacks in an address to a joint session of the US Congress (and via television and radio to the American people).  In this address, he stated:

Our war on terror begins with al-Qaida, but it does not end there.  It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.

President Bush laid out for the American people the foundation for a decades-long struggle against terrorists and the states that support them.  When America invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, the American public was solidly behind the President.  A slimmer majority also supported the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, believing both actions were necessary to defeat “terrorism.”

However, this “War on Terrorism” is turning out to be exactly what President Bush promised at the onset – a perpetual war allegedly against terrorist groups and the nations that harbor and supply them.  In fact, members of the Bush administration referred to their anti-terrorist policy as the “Long War.”  President Bush used this new name in his 2006 State of the Union speech, when he said:

“Our own generation is in a long war against a determined enemy.” (January 31, 2006)

During his 2007 State of the Union address a year later, the president made this telling statement:

“The evil that inspired and rejoiced in 9/11 is still at work in the world.  And so long as that’s the case, America is still a nation at war.” (January 23, 2007)

Even though the presidential administration has changed since these wars started, America still has tens of thousands of troops on the ground in the Middle East.  However, our military might is not primarily composed of men, but rather of advanced technology.  Just as the bow was the long-range weapon of choice in ancient times, unmanned drones, cruise missiles, jet planes, and “smart” bombs are the modern equivalent.  For instance, some of the bombing missions flown by the US Air Force in the campaign against Iraq originated from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.  The round trip time for these flights was generally over 30 hours.  Additionally, other combat sorties were flown from the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean and off of aircraft carriers stationed in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere.  America has lost relatively few men in their conquests of Afghanistan and Iraq because we were able to attack from a distance that did not allow our adversaries to respond effectively.

But, most will object, this is where the similarities to the prophecies we are studying end.  Certainly our government isn’t perfect, but it’s the best form of human government in our modern world.  How can one say that our government is “deceiving many” people in the name of Christ?

As most Americans would readily admit, the US is predominantly perceived as a Christian nation (although not nearly as much so as 50 years ago).  The American leader at the time of the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush, was a member of the Methodist Christian denomination.  He said on several occasions that he recommitted himself to Jesus Christ in 1986 in the process of conquering alcoholism.  When asked what political philosopher he most identified with in a 1999 presidential campaign debate, Bush named Christ, “because he changed my heart.”  Former Vice President Cheney was also a Methodist.  The Republican party these leaders belong to is generally perceived as representing Christian values and ideals.  Many Democrats, especially those from the middle of the country, also identify themselves as Christians.  For the most part, our government appears to be run by people who proclaim themselves to be followers (in one fashion or another) of Jesus Christ.

However, these same leaders who espouse Christ are involved in a massive deception that has already cost thousands of lives and, according to biblical prophecy, is leading to a global war that will claim the lives of well over a billion people.  What is this deception?

It is the very same event that allowed the rider of the white horse to initiate perpetual warfare against terrorists — the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Any unbiased, logical and thorough evaluation of the evidence pertaining to the events of 9/11/01 will quickly reveal a plethora of problems with the official story.  In fact, there are so many holes in the government’s version of what happened on 9/11/01 that it would be amazing for anyone who has taken a detailed looked into this event to NOT have questions.  Some of the problems with the official story are listed below:

EVENTS BEFORE THE ATTACK INDICATED FOREKNOWLEDGE

Financial Market Transactions

In the days before the attacks, significantly higher than average numbers of stock put options (essentially, bets that a company’s stock will decline in value) were placed on several companies greatly impacted by the events of 9/11/01.  These companies included:

  • United Airlines and American Airlines, two of the airlines used in the attacks.
  • Munich Re and the AXA Group, two reinsurance companies that had to cover billions of dollars worth of insurance claims because of the attacks.
  • Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America, financial services companies hurt by the attacks.

There was also a huge increase in the number of stock call options (essentially, bets that a company’s stock will increase in value) purchased on Raytheon on the day before the attacks (Raytheon is the maker of Patriot and Tomahawk missiles).

Additionally, there was an abnormally large increase in the purchase of 5-year US Treasury notes (considered to be very safe investments in times of uncertainty) before the attacks.

All of these financial transactions were extremely rewarding after the attacks took place.

Avoidance of the Targets

Just before 9/11/01, high government officials began avoiding the targets of the attacks:

  • Attorney General John Ashcroft stopped flying commercial airlines in July 2001.
  • Pentagon officials canceled travel plans on 9/10/01.
  • San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown received a warning on 9/10/01 not to fly from National Security Advisor (now Secretary of State) Condoleezza Rice.
  • Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel, canceled plans to address Israeli support groups in New York City (NYC) on 9/11/01.

Additionally, some business leaders and others avoided the targets:

  • Silverstein Properties, the lead company in a consortium that had just obtained a 99-year lease on the World Trade Center in July 2001, was supposed to meet on the 88th floor of one of the World Trade Center (WTC) towers to “discuss what to do in the event of a terrorist attack”; however, this meeting was canceled on the night of 9/10/01.
  • Jim Pierce, President Bush’s cousin, was scheduled to attend a conference on 9/11/01 at his company’s office on the 105th floor of the WTC South Tower.  But the conference was moved to the nearby Millennium Hotel, allegedly because the group was too large.
  • Business executives, some of whom worked in the WTC, were in Nebraska attending a meeting hosted by billionaire Warren Buffett at Offutt Air Force Base on the morning of 9/11/01 (interestingly, President Bush visited that same base later in the day).
  • At a cost of $50,000, Zim American Israeli Shipping Co. broke a lease that extended through the end of the year in order to vacate the World Trade Center just days before the attack.
  • Two employees of Odigo, an Israeli instant messaging service with offices in the World Trade Center, received e-mail warnings of the attack two hours before it occurred.
  • Scotland Yard prohibited Muslim author Salman Rushdie from flying on 9/11/01.

THE HIJACKING SCENARIO

Although the FBI named 19 Arab hijackers responsible for the events of 9/11/01 within two days of the attacks, there is little tangible evidence to support this assertion.

Fatal Flaws in the Hijackers’ Plan of Attack

The entire hijack plan was ill conceived and suffered from numerous logistical problems that should have caused it to fail had the US air defense system been operating normally on 9/11/01:

  • The originating airport for the flights that struck the World Trade Center towers (American Flight 11 and United Flight 175) was Boston Logan instead of any of several airports nearer to NYC.  This created a 40-minute window of exposure for interception of each flight.
  • The flight that reportedly struck the Pentagon (American Flight 77) flew from Dulles Airport in eastern Virginia to the western border of West Virginia before returning to Washington DC.  It was in the air for an hour and 23 minutes before allegedly attacking the Pentagon.  The impact was 83 minutes after the first hijacked flight went off course, 58 minutes after the WTC North Tower impact, and 40 minutes after the WTC South Tower impact.  Yet this jet was not intercepted as it flew over what is normally the most heavily protected airspace in the United States (if not the world).  Even under circumstances of severely reduced US air defenses, there was still ample opportunity to intercept this flight.
  • The flight that reportedly crashed in Pennsylvania (United Flight 93) flew from Newark, New Jersey almost to Cleveland, Ohio before turning around to fly toward Washington DC.  Had it reached its alleged destination, it would have been airborne for over an hour and a half.

 

Under standard air defense operating procedures, the odds of these “hijacked” planes escaping interception with this plan would have been exceedingly small.

Lack of Evidence

There is no solid evidence that any of the alleged hijackers were on any of the hijacked flights.  In fact, there is substantial evidence that some of the identified hijackers definitely were NOT involved:

  • Except for a video allegedly showing the hijackers of Flight 77 released by a third party, no other security video footage of any of the hijackers boarding their flights has been made public.
  • None of the alleged hijackers’ names appeared on the airlines’ passenger lists.
  • At least seven of the alleged hijackers have turned up alive since the attack, and one listed as involved was proven to have died in a small plane crash in Florida in 2000.
  • None of the four flight crews radioed Air Traffic Control to notify them of hijackings in progress.
  • None of the four flight crews took the few seconds necessary to punch in the four-digit hijacking code.
  • No public evidence indicates that the remains of any of the hijackers were identified at any of the crash sites.
  • None of the contents of any of the black boxes from the hijacked planes have been made public.
  • Four and a half minutes of a phone call from Flight 11 Attendant Betty Ong was made public; it describes some stabbings but does not provide any details indicating that Arab hijackers were on board.

Odd Behavior of the Hijackers

The behavior of the alleged hijackers preceding the attack does not exhibit the skill and discipline needed to pull off such an ambitious plan:

  • The alleged hijackers are reported to have visited topless bars and drank alcohol, despite being portrayed as fundamentalist Muslims motivated by religious fervor to carry out the attacks.
  • Allegedly, Mohammed Atta just barely made it to Flight 11 in time to board, although he had supposedly been planning this event for years.

Success of the Hijackers

The proposition that the alleged hijackers were successful using their crude methods and poor skills is difficult to believe:

  • The hijackers supposedly took over four jets using only box cutters.
  • None of the four flight crews were able to stop the alleged hijackers, in spite of several of the pilots being war veterans.
  • None of the alleged hijackers were good pilots, yet three of the four successfully piloted these technologically advanced planes to relatively small targets and hit them with extreme precision.

 LACK OF US AIR DEFENSE RESPONSE

Several elements are involved in domestic air defense of the continental United States.  The air traffic control system continuously monitors air traffic and notifies the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) of any deviations by aircraft from their designated flight paths or loss of radio contact.  NORAD regularly monitors air (and space) traffic and is prepared to react immediately to any threats or emergencies that arise.  It has the authority to order units from the Air Force, the Air National Guard, or any other branch of the armed services to scramble fighters in pursuit of jetliners in trouble.  This is standard operating procedure for the US air defense system.  In the year 2000, interceptors were dispatched a total of 129 times.  Between September 2000 and June 2001, jet fighters were scrambled 67 times.

Despite normal intercept times of between 10 and 20 minutes for domestic flights that go off course or lose radio contact, on 9/11/01 the hijacked planes seemingly roamed the skies at will without interference from the US air defense system.  For some reason, routine interception procedures were not followed on that day.

Reporting Failures

FAA response times for reporting the deviating aircraft were much longer than the prescribed guidelines:

  • According to the official timeline from NORAD, the FAA took 18 minutes to report Flight 11’s loss of communication and deviation from its flight plan.
  • According to the official timeline from NORAD, the FAA took 39 minutes to report Flight 77’s deviation from its flight plan.

Failure to Scramble Interceptors

Interceptors were only scrambled from distant bases after long delays:

  • Despite the fact that Flights 11 and 175 were headed for NYC, no interceptors were scrambled from New York’s La Guardia Airport or from Langley AFB in Virginia.
  • Despite NORAD having received formal notification of the first hijacking at 8:38 am, no interceptors were scrambled from nearby Andrews AFB to protect the Pentagon until after it was hit at 9:37 am.

Failures to Intercept

Once they finally got in the air, interceptors flew at only small fractions of their top speeds, ensuring that they would be unable to intercept the airliners:

  • The two F-15s scrambled from Otis AFB in Massachusetts at 8:52 am flew to Manhattan at an average speed of 483 mph, less than 26% of their top speed of 1,875 mph; they arrived about 8 minutes after Flight 175 had hit the WTC South Tower.
  • The two F-16s scrambled from Langley AFB at 9:30 am to protect the capital flew at an average speed of about 411 mph, just over 27% of their top speed of 1,500 mph; they arrived about 12 minutes after the Pentagon was hit.

Failures to Redeploy

Nearby fighters on routine patrol duty were not redeployed to intercept the airliners, nor were fighters that reached Manhattan too late sent south to defend the capital:

  • Two F-15s flying off the coast of Long Island were not redeployed to Manhattan until after the second WTC tower was hit.
  • The two F-15s scrambled from Otis AFB to protect Manhattan could have reached the capital in under 10 minutes once they arrived over NYC. At that time, there were still 26 minutes remaining before the Pentagon would be hit.

War Games

Several different war game exercises were in process on the morning 9/11/01 as the attack unfolded.  Although there has been only limited information released to the public about these exercises, they reportedly included:

  • Operation Northern Vigilance– This exercise, planned months in advance of 9/11/01, redeployed jets that normally patrolled the northeast sector of the United States to northern Canada and Alaska.  It was allegedly in response to a Russian exercise in which long-range bombers were dispatched to their northern territory.
  • Operations Vigilant Warrior and Vigilant Guardian– These were apparently a pair of war games (attacker versus defender) which involved live-fly simulations of hijackings.  Both this pair of operations and Northern Vigilance probably involved the use of “injects” into actual screens to simulate aircraft.  These games apparently resembled the real attack sufficiently to confuse military officers.
  • The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Plane Crash Drill– The NRO provides our nation its eyes and ears in space.  It operates a system of reconnaissance satellites to provide real-time monitoring of objects in the skies.  On 9/11/01, NRO headquarters in Chantilly, Virginia were evacuated as part of a drill simulating a small corporate jet crashing into one of the campus’ four towers.
  • The Tripod II Biowarfare Exercise– FEMA had deployed to NYC on 9/10/01 to set up a command post at Pier 29 in preparation for a biowarfare exercise scheduled for 9/12/01.

Interestingly, these exercises closely resembled the actual events of the 9/11/01 attacks (four alleged hijackings, three jetliner crashes into buildings, and the toxic calamity at Ground Zero caused by the building collapses).

WORLD TRADE CENTER BUILDING COLLAPSES

On 9/11/01, three skyscrapers (WTC 1-North Tower, WTC 2-South Tower, and WTC 7-Salomon Brothers Building) totally collapsed, with fire given as the primary cause.  Fires have never before or since caused steel-frame buildings to collapse.  One of these buildings, WTC 7, was over 300 feet away from the North Tower and was not hit by a plane.

WTC Twin Towers

Both the Twin Towers fell straight down, through themselves, following the path of maximum resistance, a behavior never before observed in spontaneous collapses of any type of vertical structure.  The towers also exploded outward into concrete dust and shattered steel, a result inconsistent with the known behavior of steel structures outside of explosive demolition.  Although the pattern of destruction was much more complete than normal controlled demolitions, the collapses of both WTC 1 and WTC 2 exhibited features seen only in intentional demolitions:

  • Sudden onset accompanied by thunderous bangs.
  • Visible explosions ringing the perimeters of the buildings.
  • Energetic ejections of dust (called squibs) at regular intervals.
  • The production of a huge amount of dust.

Both towers started to disintegrate both above and below the crash zones in the first few seconds of their falls.  The South Tower collapsed 29 minutes before the North Tower (although it was struck 17 minutes after the North Tower and the damage done to the building was less substantial):

  • Unlike the North Tower, the South Tower’s core structure was largely undamaged by the off-centered jet impact.
  • The South Tower had much less severe fires than the North Tower.
  • Smoke from the fires in the South Tower became progressively darker up to the time it collapsed, indicating that they were dying down.
  • Audio recordings of NYC firefighters indicate that they reached the crash zone of the South Tower; in fact, they described their plan for using two hoses to control the fires found there.

Amazing video footage and photographs of the South Tower just minutes before its collapse reveals yellow-to-white hot molten metal dripping downward.  Additionally, numerous witnesses describe molten metal underneath all three WTC buildings for several weeks after their collapses.  The problem is that the hydrocarbon-fueled fires burning in the WTC buildings were not nearly hot enough to produce the approximately 2,750°F temperatures needed to melt structural steel.  Additionally, the color of the molten metal rules out that it was aluminum from the buildings or planes, since liquefied aluminum is a silvery color.  So how did jet fuel fires which were never hot enough to melt steel cause the steel in these buildings to melt?  Why did this steel remain in a molten state under the WTC rubble for several weeks after 9/11/01?

WTC Building 7

WTC 7 imploded at 5:20 pm on 9/11/01 (approximately 20 minutes AFTER its collapse was announced live on British television by the BBC news crew covering the events of 9/11/01 from New York).  As mentioned earlier, it was not hit by a jet.  WTC 7 experienced total collapse, allegedly because of fires; however, no steel-frame building before or since has ever totally collapsed due to fire.  This building was a 47-story steel-frame skyscraper.  Only small fires were visible in it on 9/11/01.  Yet this building also collapsed in an almost perfectly vertical fall into a remarkably small pile of mostly pulverized rubble.  Buildings only 60 feet on either side of WTC 7 were virtually unscathed from its collapse.

A close observation of the collapse of WTC Building 7 shows that it had all of the features of an implosion engineered by controlled demolition:

  • The collapse of the main structure commenced suddenly (several seconds after the penthouse fell).
  • The building sank precisely into its footprint in a vertical manner.
  • Puffs of dust (squibs) emerged from the building’s facade early in the collapse, moving up the side of the building instead of downward (as would normally be expected in an unaided top-down collapse).
  • The collapse was total, producing a rubble pile only about three stories high.
  • The main structure totally collapsed in under 7 seconds, essentially at the speed of free fall; for comparison, WTC 7 collapsed only about a second slower than it would have taken a brick dropped from the building’s roof to reach the ground in a vacuum.

WTC Building 7 was home to quite a few interesting tenants:

  • NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s Office of Emergency Management had a bomb-hardened command bunker located on the 23rd floor (interestingly, he evacuated his emergency management team to a makeshift command center just as soon as the 9/11/01 attacks began).
  • The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had offices on the 11th, 12th, and 13th floors.  Reportedly, the SEC’s offices housed a large amount of evidence for 3,000-4,000 ongoing insider trading cases that was lost when WTC 7 collapsed.
  • The US Secret Service had offices on the 9th and 10th floors.
  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had offices on the 24th and 25th floors.
  • Reports later surfaced that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) also had secret offices located in WTC 7.

Suppression of Physical Evidence

The physical evidence from the World Trade Center buildings, as well as the attacking jets, was suppressed or systematically destroyed:

  • Controlled Demolition, Inc. submitted a plan for recycling the WTC steel only 11 days after the attack and received approval.
  • Most of the steel was quickly shipped to Asia for recycling.
  • Investigators were barred from the crime scene and had little or no chance to examine the steel.
  • None of the contents of the four black boxes from the hijacked jetliners has been released.
  • The National Transportation Safety Board was not allowed to investigate the jet airliner crashes.

 PENTAGON ATTACK

In many ways, the Pentagon attack is the most difficult to accept.  It defies logic that this home to the military establishment of the world’s mightiest superpower and prime terrorist target would NOT have been defended.  It also seems very unlikely that a terrorist using a plane as a weapon would have targeted the back side of the Pentagon in an extremely precise aerobatic maneuver, instead of just hitting the front side in a simple head-on collision.

Unprotected Target

The Pentagon was hit after ample warning was given that hijacked planes were being used to attack high profile buildings.  The 9:37 am impact occurred well over an hour after the first signs of a hijacking and 34 minutes after the South Tower strike confirmed that an attack was underway.  Even though the Pentagon is only about 10 miles from Andrews Air Force Base, where two combat-ready fighter wings were stationed on 9/11/01, no meaningful defensive action was undertaken to protect the Pentagon.  The inbound aircraft was monitored on radar as it approached Washington DC.  In addition, a military C-130 (seen over the Pentagon immediately after the impact) was reportedly dispatched to observe the aircraft.  But no interceptors were sent to stop the incoming plane.

Unqualified Hijacker/Pilot

None of the alleged hijackers were good pilots; none had ever flown jets, let alone large technologically advanced commercial jetliners.  However, probably the most ill-equipped of them was the alleged hijacker/pilot of Flight 77, Hani Hanjour:

  • Hanjour attended a flight school in Scottsdale, Arizona for four months in 1996 and 1997, but he never completed the coursework for a single-engine aircraft license.
  • Failing his courses at the Arizona flight school he was attending didn’t seem to bother Hanjour.  According to an employee there, “He didn’t care about the fact that he couldn’t get through the course.”
  • In August 2001, Hanjour attempted to rent a small plane from an airport in Bowie, Maryland.  After taking Hanjour on three test runs to ensure that he could actually fly, his request to rent the plane was declined.  The flight instructors who flew with him noted that he had trouble controlling and landing the small single engine Cessna 172.

It is questionable that even a well-trained fighter pilot could have executed the maneuver that supposedly crashed a Boeing 757 into the Pentagon. It required making a tight 320-degree turn while descending 7,000 feet in about three minutes, then leveling out so as to fly low enough over the highway west of the Pentagon to knock down 40-foot tall lamp posts.  After crossing the highway, the pilot had to take the plane to within mere feet of the ground in order to crash into the Pentagon at the first-floor level while managing to avoid impacting the lawn.  To top it all off, he had to do all of this while flying at a speed exceeding 520 mph by the time the plane crashed.

The spiral dive approach to the Pentagon was such an extreme maneuver that experienced air traffic controllers watching on radar thought it was a military jet.  The tree-top final approach skimmed objects in the yard and crashed the plane into the first floor of the building.  Experienced pilots have wondered if any human pilot could have executed the maneuver.  Quite a feat for Hani Hanjour, who couldn’t control a single engine prop plane and who had never sat in the cockpit of a jet.

Attack Hit the Only Hardened Part of the Pentagon

The location of the impact was Wedge One, one of five radial sections of the building.  It was being renovated, and was only five days from completion when the attack occurred.  The renovation program included the following improvements to the building:

  • Exterior walls reinforced with steel.
  • Exterior walls backed with Kevlar.
  • Installation of blast-resistant windows.
  • Installation of fire sprinklers.
  • Installation of automatic fire doors.
  • Creation of a building operations and control center.

The renovated area was the only part of the Pentagon with a sprinkler system, and it had been reconstructed to withstand bomb blasts. Because of the renovation, the stricken portion of the building was sparsely occupied.  While about 4,500 people normally would have been working in the targeted area, because of the renovation work only about 800 were actually there.

More than half of the people listed as missing after the attack worked in the Pentagon’s Naval Command Center.  These personnel were moved into the remodeled areas shortly before the attack.  Of the thousands of people in the building at the time of the attack, only 125 people were killed.  Of those, none were high-level officials.  Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was safe in his office on the opposite side of the building.

The fact that the attack targeted the one portion of the building that was mostly vacant is all the more remarkable considering the approach required by the aircraft blamed for the damage.  According to National Transportation Safety Board information recently acquired via the Freedom of Information Act, American Airlines Flight 77 approached Washington DC from the west northwest on a heading of 99 degrees.  Instead of attacking the huge building in a direct fashion, which would have required simply descending into the Pentagon, the jet executed a 320-degree descending spiral toward the south, losing over 7,000 feet of altitude before leveling out at nearly tree-top height as it made its final approach from the southwest.  Additionally, this spiral approach added approximately three minutes to the flight time of the aircraft (time which COULD have been used to intercept the plane).

Lack of Physical Evidence

Due to a suppression of physical evidence by the government, the truth about what actually hit the Pentagon on 9/11/01 remains shrouded in mystery and is the subject of heated arguments among skeptics of the official account.  Immediately after the attack, authorities systematically set out to confiscate, destroy or suppress the evidence:

  • Video recordings from an adjacent gas station and nearby hotels were seized by the FBI very shortly after the attack.  Additionally, traffic monitoring video cameras along the nearby highways maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation have not been released.
  • Recordings of security video cameras around the Pentagon have not been publically released.  Up until recently, only five frames of security video had been made public (and then only as an unofficial leak) from all the security cameras that monitor the periphery of the Pentagon.  An additional release of video on 5/16/06 due to a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch added nothing of value to what was already available.
  • A photographed scrap of aircraft debris that has markings similar to an American Airlines 757 seemingly corresponds to the forward portion of the right side of the plane, yet the scrap was far to the left of the plane’s path.
  • Few photographs of the Pentagon’s interior prior to removal of debris have been publically released.
  • Investigators were not allowed access to the crash site until well into October 2001.
  • The government has refused to disclose the fate of aircraft debris collected at the Pentagon or disclose the results of any attempts to identify the aircraft parts.
  • The government has implausibly insisted that the black boxes recovered from the crash yielded nothing useful.

The government’s behavior regarding the physical evidence could be due to several reasons.  The military has a penchant for secrecy, which has been heightened by the atmosphere of national emergency produced by the 9/11/01 attack.  However, they also could be attempting to suppress evidence that would disprove the crash of Flight 77.  Finally, it’s worth considering that they are now suppressing evidence that would prove the crash of a Boeing 757 in order to use this information at a later date to derail “conspiracy theorists” who have taken the position that Flight 77 did NOT hit the Pentagon.

CASUALTIES FROM THE ATTACKS

The death toll of the attacks, although horrible, was much lower than it should have been if not for numerous favorable target selection and timing factors.

Flights

All four flights had low occupancy rates:

  • Flight 11 had a capacity of 158, but had only 76 passengers on board (not counting the alleged hijackers).
  • Flight 175 had a capacity of 166, but had only 46 passengers on board (not counting the alleged hijackers).
  • Flight 77 had a capacity of 188, but only had 50 passengers on board (not counting the alleged hijackers).
  • Flight 93 had a capacity of 182, but only had 26 passengers on board (not counting the alleged hijackers).

World Trade Center

The towers were attacked before most people had arrived for work, and were hit high enough to allow most who were there to escape.

  • When Flight 11 hit the North Tower at 8:46 am, the World Trade Center buildings were at less than half the occupancy they would have by mid-day of a typical day.
  • WTC 1 was hit just 15 stories below the top, and most of the people who were trapped were between the 95th and 110th floors.
  • WTC 2 was hit only 30 stories below the top, and the plane missed the core of the building, allowing people to evacuate from above the impact zone.  The 17 minutes that had elapsed from the first hit also allowed many people to escape the South Tower while the elevators were still working.

Pentagon

The portion of the Pentagon that was attacked, the West Block, was in the process of being renovated, and so was at low occupancy.

  • 125 people were killed in a building containing 20,000 people.
  • No high-level Pentagon officials were killed in the attack.

STRANGE COINCIDENCES

Many events and decisions in the days and months preceding the attacks helped to make the incompetence theory more plausible:

Rules Changes

Procedural changes limited the ability of pilots and military commanders to respond to hijackings:

  • A 6/1/01 order stripped field commanders of the autonomy to respond to hijackings.
  • The FAA banned firearm possession by commercial pilots two months before the attack.

Where Were They?

Several top officials, including the President of the United States, were not available until after the attack was over:

  • President Bush remained at the publicized location of Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida until about a half-hour after the news of the attack went on worldwide TV, first listening to second grade students read about a girl and her pet goat, and then holding a press conference.
  • General Richard Myers, Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, allegedly remained in a meeting with Senator Max Cleland until nearly the time the Pentagon was hit.
  • Brigadier General Montague Winfield had Navy Captain Charles J. Leidig, Jr. (a rookie) assume his watch as Deputy Director for Operations for the National Military Command Center (NMCC) at 8:30 am on 9/11/01; he relieved him after the attack was over.

GOVERNMENT RESPONSES

What was the government response to all the alleged incompetence displayed on 9/11/01 that allowed the hijackers to succeed in their attacks?  Did those in positions of authority have to take responsibility for the lapses that left thousands dead?  Were they fired or demoted?

Despite the worst failure in history of the military to protect American civilians, and the worst alleged engineering failures in history, there were no honest investigations and no consequences for the responsible authorities.

Air Defense Failures

No one was held accountable for the numerous unprecedented failures in air defense:

  • General Richard Myers, Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 9/11/01, was confirmed as Chairman two days later despite being unable to provide any meaningful answers to questions regarding the air defense failures.
  • General Richard Eberhard, commander of NORAD on 9/11/01, was promoted to head the newly created US Northern Command (NORTHCOM), which took the homeland defense role from the US Joint Forces Command.
  • NORAD’s official press release contradicted early statements by high-ranking officials that no interceptors had been scrambled on 9/11/01.
  • NORAD’s vague timeline raises far more questions than it answers, yet officials have never been required to give a full account of the discrepancies.
  • The 9/11 Commission later advanced a new timeline which contradicted NORAD’s earlier timeline and the testimony of military officials to the Commission itself.

Building Collapse Inquiry

Based on the official story, the total collapses of WTC 1, WTC 2, and WTC 7 were the three largest engineering failures in history.  How were they investigated?

  • FEMA was given the sole authority to investigate the collapses even though it is not an investigative agency.
  • The investigative team assembled by FEMA consisted of unpaid volunteers.
  • The investigators were not allowed access to Ground Zero.
  • The investigators were not provided with the blueprints of the buildings.
  • The resulting FEMA report states that the causes of the collapse “remain unknown at this time.”  By the time the report was released, disposal of all the WTC steel had been completed.  The fact that WTC 7 supposedly failed in a way that contradicts a century of engineering experience makes it the largest and least understood structural failure in history.
  • The 9/11 Commission Report failed to even mention the existence of WTC Building 7.
  • The 9/11 Commission Report denied the existence of the Twin Towers’ core structures.
  • The report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on the collapse of the WTC Towers purports to provide a “probable collapse sequence” for each Tower but truncates its timelines before the collapses even begin.

 

As you can see, there are hundreds of legitimate questions about what actually took place on 9/11/01.  Yet, even given this volume of evidence and uncertainty, many will reject outright the possibility of such an enormous deception by the American government.  They will do so without any investigation of the facts, on the grounds that no one would be audacious enough to try and pull off such a huge lie. 

However, German Nazi leader Adolph Hitler wrote about just such a deception in his defining work, Mein Kampf  (“My Struggle”):

. . . In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.  It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.  Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.  For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.  These people know only too well how to use falsehood for the basest purposes. . . . (p. 134, James Murphy translation)

Hitler, while Chancellor of Germany, went on to implement his version of the “big lie” when he approved a plan to torch the Reichstag building in Berlin where the elected members of government met daily.  The Reichstag building was burned on the night of 2/27/33, and Hitler was able to blame this act on his rivals, the Communist Party in Germany.  This act, and his response to it, paved the way for Hitler to become the dictator of Nazi Germany.

Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda and allegedly one of those involved in the planning of the Reichstag fire, had this to say about his leader’s “big lie” concept:

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.  The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.  It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Conclusion

With the understanding of the first seal, we can now complete our outline of Revelation 6:

REVELATION 6 MATTHEW 24
1st Seal = American Empire
Behold, a white horse.  He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. (Rev. 6:2) “Take heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in my name, saying I am the Christ, and will deceive many.” (Matt. 24:4-5)
2nd Seal = Widespread Warfare
Another, a fiery red horse, went out.  And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Rev. 6:4) “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.  See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” (Matt. 24:6-7)
3rd Seal = Famine
There was a black horse, and its rider held a scale in his hand.  Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!” (Rev. 6:5-6) “There will be famines . . .” (Matt. 24:7)
4th Seal = Death of 1/4 of Mankind from First Four Seals
There before me was a pale green horse!  Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him.  He was given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and pestilence, and by the wild beasts of the earth. (Rev. 6:8) “There will be . . . pestilences and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matt. 24:7-8)
5th Seal = Martyrdom of Believers
I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”  Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed. (Rev. 6:9-11) “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.  And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.” (Matt. 24:9-10)
6th Seal = Heavenly Signs
Behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood.  And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.  Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.(Rev. 6:12-14) “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Matt. 24:29)

If this understanding of prophecy is accurate, the United States of America is currently on a course that will soon lead directly to World War III.  How is it possible that the people of America have been deceived so comprehensively?  The apostle Paul outlines the likely reason in II Thessalonians 2:10-12.  He states that God will send strong delusion upon people at the time of the end, and they will believe the lie because they have no love for the truth and take pleasure in unrighteousness.  Unfortunately, that description fits much of the American population these days.

While we as believers can do nothing but pray about the situation and ask for God’s protection in the great tribulation that lies ahead, it is comforting to understand WHY these prophesied events are going to happen.  May the Eternal Father keep and protect His people as we witness the birth pangs of the coming kingdom of God!

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THE GOAT FOR AZAZEL REPRESENTS THE BEAST IN THESE END TIMES

True education comes only for those wanting, seeking, praying, and repenting from all worldly ways through complete disassociation as “Come Out of Her My People” — and reason is because everything, which includes today’s Christianity worldwide being misled, is under the power of the God of this world being the father of lies all believe.;

“And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. Revelation 17:15-18

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100_3476Revelation 17:8 KJV

Extremely interesting for any wanting to know exactly who The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the Abyss to take billions of lives.

In this article, we are going to examine the ritual that was conducted anciently by the Israelites on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).  I believe this ancient ceremony is significant regarding the fulfillment of end-time prophecy.  First, let’s start by looking at what the Scriptures tell us about this ceremonial observance.

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LEVITICUS 16:1 The LORD spoke to Moses, after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they drew near before the LORD and died;
2 and the LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron your brother not to come at all times into the holy place within the veil, before the mercy seat which is upon the ark, lest he die; for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.
3 But thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.
4 He shall put on the holy linen coat, and shall have the linen breeches on his body, be girded with the linen girdle, and wear the linen turban; these are the holy garments. He shall bathe his body in water, and then put them on.
5 And he shall take from the congregation of the people of Israel two male goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering.
6 And Aaron shall offer the bull as a sin offering for himself, and shall make atonement for himself and for his house.
7 Then he shall take the two goats, and set them before the LORD at the door of the tent of meeting;
8 and Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats, one lot for the LORD and the other lot for Azazel.
9 And Aaron shall present the goat on which the lot fell for the LORD, and offer it as a sin offering;
10 but the goat on which the lot fell for Azazel shall be presented alive before the LORD to make atonement over it, that it may be sent away into the wilderness to Azazel.
11 Aaron shall present the bull as a sin offering for himself, and shall make atonement for himself and for his house; he shall kill the bull as a sin offering for himself.
12 And he shall take a censer full of coals of fire from the altar before the LORD, and two handfuls of sweet incense beaten small; and he shall bring it within the veil
13 and put the incense on the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat which is upon the testimony, lest he die;
14 and he shall take some of the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it with his finger on the front of the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat he shall sprinkle the blood with his finger seven times.
15 Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering which is for the people, and bring its blood within the veil, and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, sprinkling it upon the mercy seat and before the mercy seat;
16 thus he shall make atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleannesses of the people of Israel, and because of their transgressions, all their sins; and so he shall do for the tent of meeting, which abides with them in the midst of their uncleannesses.
17 There shall be no man in the tent of meeting when he enters to make atonement in the holy place until he comes out and has made atonement for himself and for his house and for all the assembly of Israel.
18 Then he shall go out to the altar which is before the LORD and make atonement for it, and shall take some of the blood of the bull and of the blood of the goat, and put it on the horns of the altar round about.
19 And he shall sprinkle some of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it and hallow it from the uncleannesses of the people of Israel.
20 And when he has made an end of atoning for the holy place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall present the live goat;
21 and Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins; and he shall put them upon the head of the goat, and send him away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who is in readiness.
22 The goat shall bear all their iniquities upon him to a solitary land; and he shall let the goat go in the wilderness.
23 Then Aaron shall come into the tent of meeting, and shall put off the linen garments which he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave them there;
24 and he shall bathe his body in water in a holy place, and put on his garments, and come forth, and offer his burnt offering and the burnt offering of the people, and make atonement for himself and for the people.
25 And the fat of the sin offering he shall burn upon the altar.
26 And he who lets the goat go to Azazel shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterward he may come into the camp.
27 And the bull for the sin offering and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall be carried forth outside the camp; their skin and their flesh and their dung shall be burned with fire.
28 And he who burns them shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterward he may come into the camp.
29 And it shall be a statute to you for ever that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict yourselves, and shall do no work, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you;
30 for on this day shall atonement be made for you, to cleanse you; from all your sins you shall be clean before the LORD.
31 It is a sabbath of solemn rest to you, and you shall afflict yourselves; it is a statute for ever.
32 And the priest who is anointed and consecrated as priest in his father’s place shall make atonement, wearing the holy linen garments;
33 he shall make atonement for the sanctuary, and he shall make atonement for the tent of meeting and for the altar, and he shall make atonement for the priests and for all the people of the assembly.
34 And this shall be an everlasting statute for you, that atonement may be made for the people of Israel once in the year because of all their sins.” And Moses did as the LORD commanded him. (RSV)

As this passage of Scripture shows, the high priest was to enter into the Most Holy Place of the Tabernacle (and later the Temple) only one time per year, on the Day of Atonement (10 Tishri on the Hebrew calendar).  This entry into the Most Holy Place was allowed so atonement could be made for the people, to cleanse them of their sins so that they would be clean before the LORD [YHVH] (Lev. 16:30).

The ceremony with the two goats is the main focus of the rite conducted on the Day of Atonement.  In addition to the information recorded in Leviticus 16, we are given additional details about this observance in the Mishnah, which is the body of Jewish oral law recorded in the 2nd century CE.  The tract Yoma describes this ceremony in detail.

In Yoma we are told that a box was brought to the high priest which contained two lots, one marked “for YHVH” and the other marked “for Azazel.”  The high priest put his hands in the box and brought out a lot in each hand; he held up the hand which contained the lot for YHVH.  The high priest then tied a crimson thread on the head of the goat which was to be sent forth (the goat for Azazel), and another crimson thread around the throat of the goat which would be slain as a sin offering (the goat for YHVH).

After the high priest atoned for his own sins and those of his family by the blood of the bull (Lev. 16:6, 11-14), the goat which had been designated “for YHVH” was brought to him.  The high priest then slaughtered this goat, and its blood was used to purify the Most Holy Place from the uncleanness of the Israelites.  Who or what did this goat represent?  The author of Hebrews clearly shows us the answer:

HEBREWS 9:11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood he entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. (NKJV)

Unquestionably the goat chosen “for YHVH” was symbolic of Yeshua the Messiah.  As the High Priest of the New Covenant, he entered the Most Holy Place in the heavenly Tabernacle and cleansed us of our sins with his own blood, not that of a goat:

HEBREWS 9:24 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 not that he should offer himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another.  26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, he has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. (NKJV)

Through our acceptance of the sacrifice of Yeshua, we have access to the Most Holy Place in heaven and can go into the very presence of YHVH our Father:

HEBREWS 10:19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which he consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, his flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.(NKJV)

Now after the goat for the LORD had been slain and its blood sprinkled on the mercy seat, the goat for Azazel was brought to the high priest.  He laid both hands on its head and made the following confession:

“O Lord, your people, the house of Israel, [scattered worldwide] has committed iniquity, transgressed, and sinned before you.  Forgive O Lord, I pray, the iniquities, transgressions, and sins, which your people, the house of Israel, have committed, transgressed, and sinned before you, as it is written in the Torah of Moses, your servant, For on this day shall atonement be made for you to clean you.  From all your sins shall you be clean before the Lord” (Yoma 6:2, The Mishnah, A New Translation)

At that time the high priest gave the goat for Azazel over to the man who was to lead it out into the wilderness.  Anyone could be chosen for this task, but later high priests made it a practice of selecting someone other than an Israelite to lead the goat.  The goat was taken to a ravine, thought by some scholars to be a precipice about 12 miles east of Jerusalem.  At that time, the man leading the goat divided the crimson thread on the head of the goat.  Half of it he tied to a rock, and the other half he tied between the horns of the goat.  He then pushed the goat backwards until it fell into the ravine.  Because of the steep and jagged nature of the chasm, the goat for Azazel was usually dead before it had fallen halfway down the mountain.

Who or What is Azazel?

We’ve seen from the Bible who the goat for YHVH represented, but what about the goat chosen for Azazel?  Who or what did this goat represent?  What is the true meaning of the Hebrew word ‘azazel used in Leviticus 16?

These questions have caused a lot of disagreement among theologians.  Generally, scholars have advanced four different explanations for the etymology and meaning of ‘azazel.  The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (TWOT) outlines these four theories:

Azazel.  This word appears four times in OT, all in Lev 16 (8, 10, 26) where the ritual for the Day of Atonement is described.  After the priest has made atonement for himself and his house, he is to take two goats on behalf of Israel.  One is to be a sacrifice to the Lord, the other is to be the “scape goat,” i.e., the goat for Azazel.  In all four appearances of this word, it has the preposition “to” attached to it.

This word has been variously understood and translated.  The versions (LXX, Symmachus, Theodotian and the Vulgate) have understood it to stand for the “goat that departs,” considering it to be derived from two Hebrew words:  ‘ez “goat” and ‘azal “turn off.”

By associating it with the Arabic word ‘azala “banish,” “remove,” it has been rendered “for entire removal” (IDB loc. cit.).

The rabbinic interpretation has generally considered this word to designate the place to which the goat was sent:  a desert, a solitary place, or the height from which the goat was thrown (cf. Lev 16:22).

The final possibility is to regard this word as designating a personal being so as to balance the “Lord.”  In this way, Azazel could be an evil spirit (Enoch 8:1; 10:4; cf. II Chr 11:15; Isa 34:14; Rev 18:2) . . . standing logically in antithesis to Lord. . . . (pp. 657-658, vol. II)

Regarding the four possible derivations of the word delineated above, the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis says of ‘azazel:

This word appears 4x in the prescriptions governing the Day of Atonement . . . Its undetermined origin and limited use in the OT has resulted in much speculation and uncertainty with regard to its precise and original meaning . . . Four major explanations have been suggested for the word . . .

The fourth position suggests that the Azazel is a reference to a desert demon . . . In support of this position is the book of Enoch, which uses this name for a chief demon (En 8:1; 9:6; 10:4-8; 13:1-2; 54:5; 55:4; 69:2).  The OT also associates the appearance of goats with demons . . . Furthermore, the desert or wilderness is frequently described by both the OT and NT as the abode of evil spirits (Isa 13:1; 34:13; Matt 12:43; Luke 11:24; Rev 18:2).  This interpretation also balances the parallel expression “for the Lord” in 16:8 and makes sense of the remaining grammatical expressions. . . .

The fourth [position] makes the most grammatical sense. (pp. 362, 363, vol. 3)

Regarding the use of ‘azazel in Leviticus 16, The Abingdon Bible Commentary states:

The translation dismissal in the R.V. mg. here (cf. removal in A.S.V. mg.) is inadmissible, being based on false etymology.  What the word meant is unknown, but it should be retained as the proper name of a wilderness demon.(p. 289)

In his Bible dictionary, James Hastings states:

‘Azazel must have been such an [evil] spirit, sufficiently distinguished from the rest, in popular imagination, to receive a special name, and no doubt invested with attributes which, though unknown to us, were perfectly familiar to those for whom the ceremonial of Lev 16 was first designed. (pp. 207-208, vol. 1, A Dictionary of the Bible)

In I Chronicles 5:8, the father of Bela, a Reubenite, is named “Azaz,” which means “strong.”  This name comes from the Hebrew verb ‘azaz, which means “to be strong.”  Regarding this word, TWOT says:

The verb ‘azaz can be predicated of both God and man. . . .  When used of man, this word carries the idea of prevailing as in a war or struggle . . . or as being belligerent, particularly to God. . . . (pp. 659, vol. II)

The Soncino Chumash says that ‘azazel “is a compound of azaz, ‘to be strong,’ and el, ‘mighty'” (p. 706).   The Hebrew word ‘el is often translated as “God” in the Old Testament.  It is frequently used in combination with other words in proper names (i.e.,Daniel – “God is my judge”; Samuel – “name of God”; Penuel – “face of God”; etc.).  Therefore, as a proper name, Azazel could positively mean “strong one of God” or negatively it could imply “belligerent toward God.”

Azazel in the Book of Enoch

The Book of Enoch (also called First Enoch) gives us quite a bit of information about a renegade angel named Azazel.  Regarding the origin of the Book of EnochThe International Standard Bible Encyclopedia says:

First Enoch is obviously a composite work, consisting of at least five different parts. . . .  Since Aramaic fragments of ten different MSS, representing four parts of the book, have been found in the Qumran caves, it is quite certain that the book in its several parts was originally written in Aramaic and then translated into Greek at an early date.  Considerable fragments of the Greek version have been found . . .  The Greek version was translated into Ethiopic.  In 1773 a traveller, James Bruce, brought three MSS in Ethiopic from Abyssinia to Britain.  We now possess twenty-nine MSS, but all of them more or less corrupt.  We have no materials to trace the history of the five parts of Enoch as individual books or as a collection.

Few objective criteria exist by which to date the production of these books and their collection.  Most scholars believe they were written between 165 and 64 B.C., but conclusions vary considerably. (p. 156, vol. 1)

Furthermore, The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary says of the Book of Enoch:

Portions of the work were well known in Christian circles.  1 En. 1:9 is quoted explicitly in the Epistle of Jude (vv. 14-15) . . .  The work was accepted as Scripture in various early Christian writings (e.g., Barn. 16:5; cf. 4:3; Clement of Alexandria Ecl. ii; Irenaeus Adv. haer. iv.16.2) . . . (p. 337)

Clearly, the Book of Enoch was widely known and used by early believers.  It’s apparent that Jude considered his quote from Enoch to be genuine.  Because the present version has suffered corruption while coming down to us through the centuries, it is not now considered to be holy Scripture.  However, it is reasonable to assume that the original text did faithfully record the words of Enoch.

Since Jude quotes from the Book of Enoch, we can also do so, if we are careful to ensure that what is used does not contradict or conflict with the Bible.  By combining what we are told about Azazel in the Book of Enoch with what the Bible reveals, we can come to better understand the ceremony performed on the Day of Atonement and also end-time events.

Let’s start with some background information from the Book of Enoch about a very important event that is recorded in Genesis 6:

GENESIS 6:1 Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. . . .  4 There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them.  Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.(NKJV)

This same event is addressed in much greater detail in the Book of Enoch:

ENOCH 6:1 And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto 2 them beautiful and comely daughters.  And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another:  ‘Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men 3 and beget us children.’  And Semjaza, who was their leader, said unto them:  ‘I fear ye will not 4 indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.’  And they all answered him and said:  ‘Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations 5 not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.’  Then sware they all together and bound themselves 6 by mutual imprecations upon it.  And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn 7 and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it.  And these are the names of their leaders:  Samlazaz, their leader, Araklba, Rameel, Kokablel, Tamlel, Ramlel, Danel, Ezeqeel, Baraqijal, 8 Asael, Armaros, Batarel, Ananel, Zaqlel, Samsapeel, Satarel, Turel, Jomjael, Sariel.  These are their chiefs of tens.  7:1 And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them . . . (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

The “sons of God” mentioned in Genesis 6:2, 4 are identified as angels in the Book of Enoch.  This was the commonly accepted understanding of this Scripture until at least two centuries after Yeshua.   For additional information on what the Bible teaches about these sons of God, refer to “Genesis 6 – Who Were ‘The Sons Of God’?

As you can see from the list of angelic chiefs named above, Azazel was not one of the angels specified as having come down on Mount Hermon.  An angel named Semjaza is identified as the leader of the small group of angels who lusted after human women.  However, we soon see Azazel appear in the antediluvian world:

ENOCH 8:1 And Azazel taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals of the earth and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all 2 colouring tinctures.  And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they 3 were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways. . . . (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

Although Azazel is not initially listed among the rulers of the 200 angels who came down to earth to mate with human women, he appears soon after this event.  Later in the book (Enoch 54:4), Azazel is shown to be the ruler of this host of rebellious angels.  Azazel, a powerful, high-ranking evil angel, apparently sought to take advantage of the lawless environment in the period of angelic rebellion before the Flood to wreak havoc on humanity.  He accomplished this by teaching mankind how to make weapons and the art of warfare, among other things.  This displeased God greatly, and Enoch shows that He decreed a stiff punishment for Azazel’s sins:

ENOCH 10:1 Then said the Most High, the Holy and Great One spake, and sent Uriel to the son of Lamech, 2 and said to him:  ‘Go to Noah and tell him in my name “Hide thyself!” and reveal to him the end that is approaching:  that the whole earth will be destroyed, and a deluge is about to come 3 upon the whole earth, and will destroy all that is on it.  And now instruct him that he may escape 4 and his seed may be preserved for all the generations of the world.’  And again the Lord said to Raphael:  ‘Bind Azazel hand and foot, and cast him into the darkness:  and make an opening 5 in the desert, which is in Dudael, and cast him therein.  And place upon him rough and jagged rocks, and cover him with darkness, and let him abide there for ever, and cover his face that he may 6,7 not see light.  And on the day of the great judgement he shall be cast into the fire. . . . 8 . . . the whole earth has been corrupted 9 through the works that were taught by Azazel: to him ascribe all sin. (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

We see from the excerpt we just read that Azazel’s punishment was to be bound and cast into an opening made in the desert and sealed up there, covered by rough and jagged stones in darkness.  He was to remain in this place until the time of his judgment, when he would then be cast into the fire.  When we examine the punishment later decreed for the remainder of the angels who sinned before the Flood, we get a little more information about this place where Azazel and the other demons were imprisoned:

ENOCH 54:3 And there mine eyes saw how they made these their instruments, iron chains of immeasurable weight.  4 And I asked the angel of peace who went with me, saying:  “For whom are these chains being prepared?  And he said unto me:  “These are being prepared for the hosts of Azazel, so that they may take them and cast them into the Abyss of complete condemnation, and they shall cover their jaws with rough stones as the Lord of Spirits commanded.  6 And Michael, and Gabriel, and Raphael, and Phanuel shall take hold of them on that great day, and cast them on that day into the burning furnace, that the Lord of Spirits may take vengeance on them for their unrighteousness in becoming subject to Satan and leading astray those who dwell on the earth.” (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

As the Book of Enoch shows, the hosts of Azazel were bound in chains and cast into the Abyss, to be covered with rough rocks just as Azazel had been.  It’s logical to conclude that this Abyss is the same place into which Azazel was earlier cast.

The Bible gives us some information about this place of restraint for the demons.  First, let’s look at an incident during the ministry of the Messiah that Luke records:

LUKE 8:26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 And when he stepped out on the land, there met him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me!” 29 For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. 30 Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him. 31 And they begged him that he would not command them to go out into the Abyss. 32 Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged him that he would permit them to enter them. And he permitted them. 33 Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned. (NKJV)

As the passage of Scripture above shows, the demons who inhabited this man were terrified of being banished by Yeshua into the Abyss.  Evidently this is the same place of restraint where Azazel and his host of evil spirits were being kept, and the demons who had possessed this man definitely did not wish to join them there in their prison.

Clearly some demons and fallen angels are free to spawn evil in the physical world.  However, there are Scriptures which confirm that a portion of these evil spirits are currently restrained in darkness and chains, as the Book of Enoch details:

JUDE 6 And the angels who did not keep their own position, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains in deepest darkness for the judgment of the great Day.  7 Likewise, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which, in the same manner as they [the angels], indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (NRSV)

II PETER 2:4 . . . God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; (NKJV)

I PETER 3:19 . . . He [Messiah] went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. (NKJV)

The Scriptures above show what we have already seen in the Book of Enoch.  Jude specifically states that it was those angels who committed sexual sins with human women that were being kept in age-lasting chains in darkness.  These same angels are referenced by Peter in his second epistle.  We are even told that the preincarnate Messiah went and preached to these imprisoned angels in the days while Noah was preparing the ark.

Azazel in the Bible

By combining what we have seen from the Book of Enoch with the Bible, we can understand who Azazel is and why he is currently imprisoned.  Now let’s see what the Bible tells us about Azazel and his host of evil spirits at the end of the age.

In the book of Revelation, John gives us a prophecy regarding the unsealing of the Abyss and the release of the evil spirit beings imprisoned there.  This event, symbolized by the sounding of the fifth trumpet, is part of God’s wrath on an unrepentant mankind:

REVELATION 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven fallen unto the earth:  and there was given to him the key of the pit of the Abyss.  2 And he opened the pit of the Abyss; and there went up a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.  3 And out of the smoke came forth locusts upon the earth; and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power.  4 And it was said unto them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree, but only such men as have not the seal of God on their foreheads.  5 And it was given them that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months:  and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when it striketh a man.  6 And in those days men shall seek death, and shall in no wise find it; and they shall desire to die, and death fleeth from them.  7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared for war; and upon their heads as it were crowns like unto gold, and their faces were as men’s faces.  8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as teeth of lions.  9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to war.  10 And they have tails like unto scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men five months.(ASV)

The “star” which falls from heaven to earth is an angel who has the key to the pit of the Abyss.  This angel opens the Abyss and releases the demons and evil angels imprisoned there to torment humanity.  God uses them for five months as an instrument of His wrath; they are allowed to inflict pain on those on the earth who don’t have God’s seal on their foreheads (Rev. 7:2-8).

REVELATION 9:11 They had for their king the angel of the Abyss, whose name, in Hebrew, is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon, or the Destroyer. (NEB)

In Revelation 9:11, the mysterious angelic “king” of the Abyss is called by the names Abaddon and Apollyon.  Both these names mean “destroyer.”  If you will recall, the primary sin for which Azazel was imprisoned was for teaching men how to create weapons and destroy one another through warfare.  It seems likely that Azazel and Abaddon/Apollyon are the same being.  Although not specifically mentioned by these names elsewhere in the Bible, Azazel plays a major role in the events at the end of this current age.  For additional information on this powerful fallen angel and his activities in the end-time, see my article “Who Is The ‘Destroyer’?

In Revelation 9:11, Azazel is identified as the king of the evil spirits who is released from the Abyss.  This point identifies him throughout the rest of the book of Revelation.  Twice Azazel is specifically referred to as the “beast” who will come up out of the Abyss:

REVELATION 11:7 When they [the two witnesses] have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the Abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them. (NASU)

REVELATION 17:8 “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the Abyss and go to destruction. . . .” (NASU)

Going back to the ceremony performed on the Day of Atonement, we saw that the sins of the people were placed on the head of the goat for Azazel.  Then this goat was led into the wilderness and was eventually pushed over a cliff backward to its death, carrying with it the sins of the people.  The Bible records a very similar fate for Azazel:

REVELATION 19:19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who sits upon the horse and against his army.  20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had worked the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image.  These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulphur. (RSV)

This precise destiny for Azazel is confirmed in the Book of Enoch:

ENOCH 10:7 . . . On the day of the great judgement he [Azazel] shall be cast into the fire. . . . (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

As both the Bible and the Book of Enoch record, Azazel/Abaddon will be cast into the lake of fire at the end of this age of mankind.  His defeat will inaugurate the reign of the Messiah on the earth for a thousand years.

CONCLUSION

The religious ceremony performed by the high priest on the Day of Atonement had great figurative significance.  The reality of Azazel’s initial banishment and his eventual future vanquishment was portrayed symbolically for centuries through this ritual.  Just as the goat “for YHVH” in this ceremony pictured the sacrifice of Yeshua the Messiah for the cleansing of our sins, the fate of the goat chosen by lot “for Azazel” on the Day of Atonement depicted Yeshua’s soon-coming triumph over Azazel and the forces of evil at the end of this age.

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FALLEN ANGELS AND DEMONS – PLUS PAYBACK UPON DISOBEDIENT CHRISTIANS

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Has your pastor or shepherd ever made clear according to scripture how and why billions are going to die with Christians included? How many Christians actually study to show themselves approved by Yehovah? How many prove all things? How many walk their commanded walk rather than only talking religious talk with nothing added? How many Christians are truly prepared for the most sickening, painful, gruesome-suffering and death filled world chaos lying ahead for us all? How many Christians love others as they love themselves? How many Christians see their own payback coming in the same measure as what they did for others being have-nots in need? How many Christians really have any care for others? How many Christians take part in unwritten pagan holidays like Christmas, Easter, and many others? How many Christians hate truth, therefore know more than what the Bible teaches and instructs? How many Christians hate any not being one of them as written in John 15:18-21?

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There is a great deal of misunderstanding regarding the fallen angels and the demons. Many people believe these designations are simply different names for the same beings. However, this assumption is inaccurate. In this article, we will examine the origin and activities of both these evil entities, and look at what the Scriptures and other reliable sources say about them.

The Scriptures don’t explicitly tell us when the angelic realm was created. However, the available information implies that the angels were formed after God created the heavens but before he fashioned the earth. Passages from Job and Nehemiah seem to bolster this view:

JOB 38:4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, 5 Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it? 6 On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone, 7 When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (NASU)

NEHEMIAH 9:6 You alone are the LORD; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You. (NKJV)

The expressions “morning stars” and “sons of God” used in Job 38:7 refer to the angels, as does the phrase “host of heaven” used in Nehemiah 9:6. These passages indicate that the angelic domain was created after the heavens, but before the earth was given final form.

Very soon after the creation, Satan (a powerful and high-ranking cherub) sinned by tempting Eve in the Garden of Eden (Eze. 28:12-15). For more information about the fallen angel Satan, refer to my article “Satan, the Adversary of Mankind.”

Satan’s fall from grace is the first instance documented in the Bible of angels disobeying Yehovah Elohim wrongly known by most all as God being a human title via mistranslation, but it is not the only one. There is another incident recorded in Genesis 6 which occurred soon after Satan’s rebellion:

GENESIS 6:1 When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. . . . 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days – and also afterward – when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown. (NIV)

Just as it did in Job 38:7, the term “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2, 4 refers to the angels. For detailed proof that these “sons of God” were angels and not men, see my article “Genesis 6 – Who Were the Sons of God?

The ancient books of 1 Enoch and Jubilees also record the angelic rebellion of the “sons of God” in detail. As Hershel Shanks reveals in his book on the Dead Sea Scrolls, these books were held in high esteem at the time the New Testament was written:

Before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls the apocryphal book of Enoch (more precisely, I Enoch) was known only in an Ethiopic translation. Now as many as twenty fragmentary copies of the Aramaic original have been found at Qumran, which suggests that Enoch and perhaps other books now considered apocryphal were regarded as authoritative Scripture at least by some groups. Allusions to Enoch occur at least fourteen times in the New Testament; the New Testament Letter of Jude quotes from Enoch as having the authority of inspired Scripture (Jude 14-15). In some copies of the Ethiopic Bible Enoch is included in the canon.

Jubilees, the so-called Rewritten Bible, was apparently considered authoritative at Qumran: At least fifteen copies of this book have been identified, an immediate indication of the importance the Qumran sectarians attached to it. To this day, it is considered canonical by the Abyssinian Church in Ethiopia. (pp. 160-161, The Mystery and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls)

From 1 Enoch, we learn more about the sin of the Watchers (Dan. 4:17), angels charged with watching over mankind:

ENOCH 6:1 And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto 2 them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: ‘Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men 3 and beget us children.’ (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

Jubilees also elaborates on the sin of these angels:

JUBILEES 5:1 And it came to pass when the children of men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born unto them, that the angels of God saw them on a certain year of this jubilee, that they were beautiful to look upon; and they took themselves wives of all whom they 2 chose, and they bare unto them sons and they were giants. . . . (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

After the angels sinned by marrying human women, they bore them gigantic hybrid children. The Bible calls these offspring nephilim, the “mighty men of old, warriors of renown” (Gen. 6:4). When they appear again later in the Scriptures, they are called by a variety of names, including Rephaim, Zumim, Emim and Horites (Gen. 14:5), Anakim (Deu. 2:11), Zamzummim (Deu. 2:20), and Avim (Deu. 2:23).

1 Enoch and Jubilees both speak of these crossbred beings:

ENOCH 7:1 And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them . . . And they 3 became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who consumed 4 all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against 5 them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and 6 fish, and to devour one another’s flesh, and drink the blood. Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones. (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

JUBILEES 5:2 . . . And lawlessness increased on the earth and all flesh corrupted its way, alike men and cattle and beasts and birds and everything that walks on the earth – all of them corrupted their ways and their orders, and they began to devour each other, and lawlessness increased on the earth and every imagination of the thoughts of all men 3 (was) thus evil continually. . . . (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

Both these ancient books, recorded long before the New Testament, speak of two primary identifying signs of the pre-Flood age: (1) the illicit marriage of the angels with humans, and (2) the voracious eating and drinking by their hybrid offspring, the nephilim. It’s very interesting that these two signs mirror those spoken of by Yeshua when he described the situation which would exist on the earth before his second coming:

MATTHEW 24:37 “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. (NKJV)

God was very angry at the rebellion of the Watchers, and decreed that these wayward angels would be locked up underneath the earth in a prison for spirits until the day of judgment. Jubilees and 1 Enoch both speak of this punishment:

JUBILEES 5:6 And against the angels whom He had sent upon the earth, He was exceedingly wroth, and He gave commandment to root them out of all their dominion, and He bade us to bind them in the depths of the earth, and 7 behold they are bound in the midst of them, and are (kept) separate. (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

ENOCH 10:11 . . . And the Lord said unto Michael: ‘Go, bind Semjaza and his associates who have united themselves with women so as to have defiled themselves 12 with them in all their uncleanness. And when their sons have slain one another, and they have seen the destruction of their beloved ones, bind them fast for seventy generations in the valleys of the earth, till the day of their judgement and of their consummation, till the judgement that is 13 for ever and ever is consummated. In those days they shall be led off to the abyss of fire: and 14 to the torment and the prison in which they shall be confined for ever. . . .’ (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

1 Enoch and Jubilees agree with the Scriptures which show that a portion of the fallen angels are currently restrained in a spiritual prison called “the Abyss” (Luke 8:31):

JUDE 6 And the angels who did not keep their own position, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains in deepest darkness for the judgment of the great Day. (NRSV)

II PETER 2:4 For indeed God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down in chains of darkness into the low regions and delivered them to be kept for the judgment of torment. (Magiera NT Peshitta translation)

I PETER 3:19 . . . He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. (NKJV)

While there are clearly some fallen angels who can move around freely, the Bible teaches that the Watchers who lusted after human women are currently locked up in “chains of darkness.”

Mankind was originally given dominion and rulership over the earth (Gen. 1:26-28). However, the fall of man set the stage for Satan and the angels to assume control. Several biblical passages allude to the fact that both good and evil angels currently have different levels of authority over the peoples of the earth:

DEUTERONOMY 32:8 When the Most High divided the nations, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the nations according to the number of the angels of God. 9 And his people Jacob became the portion of the Lord, Israel was the line of his inheritance. (Brenton’s LXX)

The passage shown above is from the 3rd-century BCE Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures known as the Septuagint. When God divided mankind into 70 nations at the tower of Babel, He apportioned rulership of the world among the angels, reserving only Abraham (father of the future nation of Israel) for Himself. God gave the angels varying levels of authority over the resulting nations of mankind.

In the official Jewish version of the Old Testament, the Masoretic Text, Deuteronomy 32:8 reads “sons of Israel” (Heb. beney Yisrael) instead of “angels of God.” However, an Aramaic copy of the book of Deuteronomy found among the Dead Sea Scrolls has “sons of God” (Heb. beney ‘elohim) instead of “sons of Israel” in verse 8. The Septuagint translators understood that the “sons of God” spoken of in Deuteronomy 32:8 and elsewhere were the angels, and rendered it that way several times (Deu 32:8; Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7). The ancient text found at Qumran verifies the Septuagint rendering of this verse, indicating that the official Jewish version was altered at a later date for some reason.

Psalm 82 speaks of the angelic council which was given rulership over the 70 nations of the earth:

PSALM 82:1 {A Psalm of Asaph.} God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: 2 “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah 3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. 4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” 5 They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. 6 I say, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you; 7 nevertheless, you shall die like men, and fall like any prince.” 8 Arise, O God, judge the earth; for to thee belong all the nations! (RSV)

In this psalm, God chastises the angelic rulers (“the gods”) for their injustice and iniquity in carrying out the responsibilities that He has assigned to them. God tells them that their fate for disobedience will be to “die like men.” Asaph ends the psalm by exhorting God to judge the earth and its angelic rulers, because all the nations actually belong to Him. For more information on these ruling spirit beings, see my article “The Heavenly Divine Council.”

The book of Daniel gives us some further verification of this angelic authority over humanity.

DANIEL 10:5 I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz! 6 His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude. . . . 12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. (NKJV)

The passage above gives us a fascinating inside glimpse into the order and activities of the spiritual realm. The angel that visited Daniel was sent to give him an understanding of what would happen to his people (the Jews) in “the latter days.” However, this angel was delayed for 21 days because “the prince of the kingdom of Persia” stood against him. Here we see a three-week spiritual battle described by one of the participants, a holy angel! Indeed, if Michael, who is described in Dan. 12:1 as “the great prince who has charge of your people,” had not helped in this fight, Daniel’s messenger might not have been able to deliver his information.

DANIEL 10:20 Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? Now I must return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I am through with him, the prince of Greece will come. 21 But I am to tell you what is inscribed in the book of truth. There is no one with me who contends against these princes except Michael, your prince.” (NRSV)

After conveying his message to Daniel, the angel states that he must return once again to do battle with “the prince of Persia.” But he says that he will also eventually have to combat “the prince of Greece” after he has finished with “the Prince of Persia.” The picture derived from this brief account is one of continual spiritual warfare between the holy angels and the numerous spirit beings who have been given dominion over the nations of this world. For additional information on Michael, the spiritual prince over Israel, refer to my article “Christ in the Old Testament.”

The apostle Paul takes this idea one step further by showing that mortal Christians are also involved in this spiritual warfare:

EPHESIANS 6:12 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (RSV)

The phrase “world rulers” in Ephesians 6:12 comes from the Greek word kosmokratoras. Friberg’s Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament defines this word as “one holding power over the world; plural in the NT for devilish forces, spirit-beings who control parts of the world system, world rulers (EP 6.12).” Paul here clearly states that the fallen angels hold sway over the world! Paul goes on to describe the “whole armor of God” that is needed to defeat these wicked angels in the heavens and spiritual world rulers (Eph. 6:13-18).

In Hebrews 2:5, the author indirectly establishes the current rulership of our world by angels:

HEBREWS 2:5 For He did not subject the age that is to come, about which we speak, to angels. (Magiera NT Peshitta translation)

By saying that God has not appointed angels to rule the coming world, the author implies that the current world is being ruled by angels. Indeed, the Bible clearly teaches that Satan is the supreme ruler and “god” (II Cor. 4:4) of this present world.

The Bible shows that God uses fallen angels and evil spirits to accomplish certain tasks which fulfill His plan:

I KINGS 22:19 Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by, on His right hand and on His left. 20 And the LORD said, ‘Who will persuade Ahab to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ So one [angel] spoke in this manner, and another [angel] spoke in that manner. 21 Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’ 22 The LORD said to him, ‘In what way?’ So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And the LORD said, ‘You shall persuade him, and also prevail. Go out and do so.’ 23 Therefore look! The LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these prophets of yours, and the LORD has declared disaster against you.” (NKJV)

The story of Saul recorded in I Samuel reveals another instance where God used an evil spirit to do His will:

I SAMUEL 16:14 Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him. 15 And Saul’s servants said to him, “Behold now, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. 16 Let our lord now command your servants, who are before you, to seek out a man who is skilful in playing the lyre; and when the evil spirit from God is upon you, he will play it, and you will be well. . . .” 23 And whenever the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand; so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him. (RSV)

I SAMUEL 18:10 And on the morrow an evil spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he raved within his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he did day by day. Saul had his spear in his hand; 11 and Saul cast the spear, for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David evaded him twice. 12 Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul. (RSV)

I SAMUEL 19:9 Then an evil spirit from the LORD came upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand; and David was playing the lyre. 10 And Saul sought to pin David to the wall with the spear; but he eluded Saul, so that he struck the spear into the wall. And David fled, and escaped. (RSV)

In the first instance, the “lying spirit” that persuaded Ahab was one of the “host of heaven,” or an angel. But was the “evil spirit” that God sent upon Saul an angel, or was it a demon? To understand the difference between the two, we have to understand the fate of the nephilim that were killed in the Flood. To do that, let’s go back to the book of 1 Enoch.

We’ve already seen from the Bible, 1 Enoch, and Jubilees that the Watchers were locked in the Abyss for their sins. However, as additional punishment, God decreed that the nephilim, the children of the angels, would be destroyed from the face of the earth:

ENOCH 12:4 . . . Enoch, thou scribe of righteousness, go, declare to the Watchers of the heaven who have left the high heaven, the holy eternal place, and have defiled themselves with women, and have done as the children of earth do, and have taken unto themselves 5 wives: “Ye have wrought great destruction on the earth: And ye shall have no peace nor forgiveness 6 of sin: and inasmuch as they delight themselves in their children, the murder of their beloved ones shall they see, and over the destruction of their children shall they lament, and shall make supplication unto eternity, but mercy and peace shall ye not attain.” (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

The Bible teaches that a human being is made up of body, spirit, and soul (I The. 5:23; Heb. 4:12). The body is the physical part of a man, the spirit is the non-physical part, and the soul (Gr. psuche, Eng. “psyche”) is the character or personality. When a person dies physically, their spirit (which has no consciousness apart from the body) returns to God who gave it (Ecc. 12:7).

However, since the hybrid nephilim had both physical and spiritual natures, they were able to survive (in a fashion) the deaths of their physical bodies. These hybrid spirits, which were not part of God’s creation, had nowhere to go when their physical existence ceased. 1 Enoch tells us what became of the departed spirits of these crossbreeds:

ENOCH 15:8 And now, the giants, who are produced from the spirits and flesh, shall be called evil spirits upon 9 the earth, and on the earth shall be their dwelling. Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies; because they are born from men and from the holy Watchers is their beginning and primal origin; 10 they shall be evil spirits on earth, and evil spirits shall they be called. [As for the spirits of heaven, in heaven shall be their dwelling, but as for the spirits of the earth which were born upon the earth, on the earth shall be their dwelling.] And the spirits of the giants afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work destruction on the earth, and cause trouble: they take no food, but nevertheless 12 hunger and thirst, and cause offences. And these spirits shall rise up against the children of men and against the women, because they have proceeded from them. (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

The departed spirits of the nephilim became what we know as “demons.” These entities are mentioned in the Old Testament (for example, see Lev. 17:7; Deu. 32:17; II Chr. 11:15; Psa. 106:37), and numerous times in the New Testament, where they are called “demons,” “unclean spirits,” and “evil spirits.”

One of the activities of evil spirits mentioned in the Bible is that of “familiar” or “divining” spirits. These demons appear to have the ability to rouse the spirits of the dead from their ordained sleep. They also seem to be able to foretell the future, to some extent. The first mention we see of these spirits in the Scriptures is a warning from God to avoid consorting with them or the mediums that contact them.

LEVITICUS 19:31 “Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.” (NKJV)

LEVITICUS 20: 6 “And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.” (NKJV)

LEVITICUS 20:27 “A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them.” (NKJV)

DEUTERONOMY 18:10 There shall not be found in thee one who purges his son or his daughter with fire, one who uses divination, who deals with omens, and augury, 11 a sorcerer employing incantation, one who has in him a divining spirit, an observer of signs, questioning the dead. (Brenton’s LXX)

I SAMUEL 28:7 Then Saul said to his servants, Seek for me a woman who has in her a divining spirit, and I will go to her, and enquire of her: and his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman who has in her a divining spirit at Aendor. 8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he goes, and two men with him, and they come to the woman by night; and he said to her, Divine to me, I pray thee, by the divining spirit within thee, and bring up to me him whom I shall name to thee. 9 And the woman said to him, Behold now, thou knowest what Saul has done, how he has cut off those who had in them divining spirits, and the wizards from the land, and why dost thou spread a snare for my life to destroy it? (Brenton’s LXX)

ACTS 16:16 It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17 Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.” 18 She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very moment. (NASU)

The New Testament clearly records many instances where these evil spirits afflicted people by taking up residence within them. Below are a few of the examples available from the Scriptures.

MARK 7:25 But after hearing of Him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately came and fell at His feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, of the Syrophoenician race. And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 And He was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.” 29 And He said to her, “Because of this answer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” 30 And going back to her home, she found the child lying on the bed, the demon having left. (NASU)

LUKE 9:38 Suddenly a man from the multitude cried out, saying, “Teacher, I implore You, look on my son, for he is my only child. 39 “And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out; it convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and it departs from him with great difficulty, bruising him. 40 So I implored Your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” 41 Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” 42 And as he was still coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him. Then Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the child, and gave him back to his father. (NKJV)

ACTS 19:11 Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” 16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. (NKJV)

During his ministry, Yeshua gave his disciples dominion and supremacy over these unclean spirits:

LUKE 9:1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. (NKJV)

We can conclude from this grant of authority that demons and fallen angels are indeed separate entities. Otherwise, Yeshua’s grant of power to the twelve disciples over all demons would have included Satan and the other angelic rulers of the divine council. Clearly this was not the case.

In his Gospel, Luke records an incident between Christ and some demons who had possessed a man which gives us additional insight:

LUKE 8:26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!” 29 For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. 30 Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him. 31 And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the Abyss. 32 Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. 33 Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned. (NKJV)

As the Scripture above shows, the demons who inhabited this man were terrified of being banished by Yeshua into the Abyss. This is the same place where the fallen angels were chained. Apparently, those fallen angels and demons who get too far out of line here on earth are restrained in the Abyss until the day of judgment.

In the end-time prophecy recorded by John in the book of Revelation, the Abyss plays a large part in the events leading up to the return of the Messiah.

During the period of the “seven trumpets,” when God’s wrath is poured out on an unrepentant mankind, the Abyss is opened at the sounding of the fifth trumpet:

REVELATION 9:1 The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. 2 When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. 3 And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. 4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. 6 During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. 7 The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. 8 Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9 They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. 10 They had tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. (NIV)

The unlocking of the Abyss releases a horde of fallen angels and depraved demons upon mankind. God uses them as an instrument of His wrath for five months; they are allowed to torment those on the earth who don’t have God’s seal on their foreheads (Rev. 7:2-8).

In his commentary on Revelation 9:1, 3, Daniel H. Stern writes:

1 The star is not Satan (despite Isaiah 14:12, Lk 10:17), but an angel, who still has the key at 20:1. The Abyss is not Sh’ol (as at Ro 10:7), but a place where demonic beings are imprisoned (vv. 2-11, 11:7, 17:8, 20:2-3). In the Apocrypha, God is called, “You who close and seal the Abyss with your fearful and glorious name” (Prayer of Manasseh 3). . . .

3 Demonic monsters are released which fly like locusts (Exodus 10:12-20; Joel 1:4, 2:4-14) and sting like scorpions (Ezekiel 2:6, Lk 11:12). (pp. 815, 816, Jewish New Testament Commentary)

In Revelation 9:11, a mysterious character is introduced into the story. He is released from the Abyss along with the multitude of angels and demons, and is identified as their king or ruler:

REVELATION 9:11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon. (NIV)

Abaddon/Apollyon (literally “Destroyer” in Hebrew/Greek ) is the angelic ruler of the Abyss. He is the highest ranking evil angel now confined in the Abyss. Although not specifically mentioned by these names anywhere else in the Bible, Abaddon plays a major role in the events at the end of this current age. For additional information on the identity of this powerful fallen angel and his activities in the end-time, see my articles “Who Is The ‘Destroyer’?” and “The Goat For Azazel.”

After the release of the angels and demons from the Abyss, another group of evil spirits is released onto the earth:

REVELATION 9:13 Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed – by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm. 20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons . . . (NKJV)

In this passage of Scripture, we see that to further punish those who will not obey Him, God authorizes the release of four powerful angels who have been held for just this occasion. Their mission is the destruction of 1/3 of mankind. To accomplish this feat, they are given an army of 200 million evil spirits. Just as Christ and his angelic army later ride white horses (Rev. 19:11, 14), these demons also ride “horses.” Fire, smoke, and brimstone issue from the mouths of their horses, and with these plagues possibly a billion and a half people are killed.

Both Abaddon, the imprisoned spirit currently ruling over the Abyss, and the four angels now “bound at the great river Euphrates” appear to be high-ranking and powerful angels. They will be freed to fulfill their part of God’s plan at the end of the age.

Yeshua tells us the fate of Satan and the fallen angels is to go into the age-lasting fire which has been prepared for them:

MATTHEW 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: (NKJV)

Only Satan and his angels are mentioned here by Yeshua as going into fire. The demons have a different fate awaiting them. During the millennial reign of Yeshua, these unclean spirits will be restricted to the destroyed and uninhabited land of Babylon (Isa. 13:19-22; Jer. 51:37; Rev. 18:2). The Scriptures teach that the spirits of these hybrid giants will not be resurrected:

ISAIAH 26:14 Let not the dead live, let not the giants [repha’im] rise again: therefore hast Thou visited and destroyed them, and hast destroyed all their memory. (DRA)

At some point, God will destroy the demonic spirits of the nephilim and put them out of their misery. They are not part of His creation, and they have no future in His plan.

CONCLUSION

The earth is currently ruled over by angelic principalities and powers. Spiritual conflict is unseen but ongoing, with the holy angels often battling the fallen angels to fulfill God’s will. Demons, the evil spirits of the departed nephilim, roam the earth tormenting and afflicting mankind.

The fallen angels and the demons will be fully unleashed on the earth during the end of this age, when God’s wrath is vented on a sinning, selfish, and unrepentant humanity. In the end, however, Christ will return and subjugate all who won’t submit to God’s authority, including Satan and the fallen host. Their punishment will be age-lasting destruction and refinement within the lake of fire. The disembodied spirits of the giants will eventually be destroyed forever.

Bryan T. Huie

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