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The Pattern

of
Prophecy

By Alfred Eugene, Pearl

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Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is
none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the
end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that
are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do
all my pleasure: Isaiah 46:911

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Table of Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Beginning and Ending . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
The Ages Appointed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Adam: The Patriarch of the First Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Isaac: The Patriarch of the Second Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Jesus: The Patriarch of the Third Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Emmanuel: The Patriarch of the Fourth Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
The Authority Paradigm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
The Garden of God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
The People of God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
The Son of God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
The Kingdom of God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Christians and the Law of Moses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Parallels of the Ages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
The Change of Venue Parallel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
The Age-End Witness Parallel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
The Divine Selection Parallel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
The Cross Parallel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
The End Times . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
The End Times of the First Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91
The End Times of the Second Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
The End Times of the Third Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
The End Times of the Fourth Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
The Kingdom Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
Beyond the Kingdom Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .215
Bibliography and Endnotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
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Introduction

A s a work dedicated to the exploration and understanding of


prophecy, our purpose is to provide the conscientious student a
foundation to facilitate a command of the Bible as a whole for the
purpose of understanding prophecy being fulfilled in our time.
This presentation will be from a position of belief, not one of
antagonism or skepticism. The objective is to eliminate the
confusion that can arise from examining prophetic passages
without context or point of reference. Hopefully, the material in
these pages will furnish the student a compass to navigate biblical
truth.
There does not exist a handling of scripture lacking author
bias. Though it is not the intention to influence the student toward
a particular denomination or eschatological position, a purely nuts
and bolts presentation of the Word of God is lifeless without some
degree of interpretation. As with any sermon or exposition of
scripture, the student is ultimately responsible for what is believed.
As Luke explains,
[The Bereans] were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that
they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the
scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:11
It is my hope and prayer that all who read this book will
experience greater depth of understanding when reading Gods
Word.

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Beginning and Ending

T he Bible is a collection of books and letters, poetry and


prose, written in at least three languages over a span of thousands
of years by over forty authors. Its writers include princes and
prisoners, soldiers and shepherds, kings and captives, physicians
and fishermen.
Among other things, the Bible presents an historical account
beginning with the creation of the material universe in Genesis, the
first book of the Bible.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Genesis 1:1
Our English word universe is formed from two Latin roots;
uni meaning one and verse meaning sentence. Juxtaposing
time, space, matter, and energy, Moses in this one sentence
eloquently summarizes the creation of all things, attributing them
to Elohim.
The Bible reveals within its pages the only living and true God
whose knowledge is unobstructed by time:
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is
none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the
end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that
are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do
all my pleasure: Isaiah 46:911
The Bible, therefore, presents prophetic predictions of future
events, including a description of the demolition of the material
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universe:
The heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the
elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the
works that are therein shall be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10b

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The Ages Appointed

Y ou and I will most likely enjoy a lifespan of less than one


hundred years. Its been over six thousand years since God created
the first man, Adam.
In order to fully appreciate the Bible, it is necessary to develop
a broader perspective with respect to what God has done
throughout past ages.
The Bible neatly divides the time appointed to this creation
into four distinct epochs or ages.
The idea that God appointed ages of time is suggested in Acts
17:26 where it says that God hath determined the times before
appointed.
How do we know when one age ends and another begins?
How long is an age? Are there common or parallel elements in
each age? Is every age random, or does each have a distinct theme
and purpose?
Gods creation is not chaotic; the one who appointed the ages
embedded a pattern recognizable to those who diligently seek him.

The Key to the Encryption


Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, taught using a device
referred to in the Bible as a parable. A parable is a story depicting
everyday themes and characters with the purpose of
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communicating spiritual truths through the use of parallel
elements.
AXIOM
Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of
God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and
hearing they might not understand. Luke 8:10 Luke 8:10

AXIOM
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom
the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which
believe not 2 Corinthians 4:3-5 Luke 8:10

Like father, like son is an adage applicable to Jesus and his


Father. God the Father is the master of the allegorical device. As
only God could possibly do, using the lives of men as his pen and
all of history as his parchment, he has hidden spiritual truths within
the historical narratives of his Word. It is well beyond the scope of
this single work to explore even a fraction of these parallels, but
there is a key God the Father has concealed for the observant
student, which we will employ as our template for dividing the
ages appointed and ultimately the prophecies concerning these
end times.
There is a plain reading of the Bible available to anyone; the
historical narratives, the moral lessons, the prophecies couched in
enigmatic terms, the poetry and wisdom. In a plain reading, some
will believe, some will not. The sun that hardens the clay is the
same sun that softens the wax - Chuck Smith .
There is an undercurrent in the Bible that is not apparent in a
simple plain reading, as a matter of fact, the plain reading often
obscures it. The plain reading of the Bible gives atheists what
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theyre looking for; absurdities like tricky snakes and talking
donkeys, as well as a host of errors and contradictions both real
and imagined. Having reassured themselves that the Bible is a
remnant of a bygone era concocted by a less evolved homosapien
species whose explanation of the natural universe is framed in
religious and superstitious terms, these boast themselves of their
superiority and scoff at both it and those who embrace it.
Atheists arent looking for truth. All they want is affirmation
of their decision to reject the authority of mans sovereign creator
over them. They want to be the captain of their fate and master of
their destiny, they want to create their own truth.
1 Cor. 2:13, on the other hand, tells us that those anointed with
Gods holy spirit have the ability to compare spiritual things with
spiritual in their reading of the Bible due to the fact of the new
birth. These born from above have an awareness of the realm
into which they have been born again and begin to gain an
understanding of the less obvious manifestations of truth contained
in the Bible.
In 2 Timothy 2:15 the faithful are encouraged to Study to
show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But how does one
divide the word of truth?
Im glad you asked! Proverbs 25:2 says It is the glory of God
to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a
matter. So has God concealed things? Sure he has. It says so
right there. Why would God conceal things? To communicate
solely with his people.
In Mark 4:11-12a . . . [Jesus] said unto them, Unto you it is
given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them
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that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing
they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not
understand; . . .
The current of truth underlying a plain and obvious reading of
the Bible isnt available to those that are outside the household of
faith. They have neither the willingness nor the apparatus to delve
beyond a plain reading of the words in the Bible. These cannot
rightly divide the word of truth.
Isnt a concealed message obscured beneath the plain reading
of a document referred to as an encryption? And doesnt an
encryption require a key to unlock it? Yes on both counts. Where
would be the best place to hide such a key so it would be readily
available to the desired recipients, but beyond the reach of
interlopers?
The surprising thing is, it doesnt have to be hidden! The
ironic humor of it all is that God made it the very first sentence in
the Bible! Those who have chosen not to believe dont believe its
a message from God anyway, so theyre not looking for a key to a
deeper meaning. Theyre happy with rods turning into snakes and
the seeming implausibility of a six day creation. These go blithely
on their way confident in their ignorance that they know it all.
Even if one of them happens upon this book wherein I will spill
the beans, they will find myriad ways to nitpick and argue all the
way to hell.
There is no convincing someone who is unwilling to believe.
Its not a question of the intellect; of iron-clad arguments and
perfectly framed syllogisms, its a question of the will.
So how is the first verse in the Bible the key to unlocking the
encryption contained within the Bible? Lets look at it.
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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth
Lets look at it again using the syntax of the Hebrew.
In the beginning created God the heavens and the earth
Its not that much different, but this word order gives us a
pattern. God is sandwiched between the other four parts of the
sentence. The divine in the midst of four.
This pattern recurs frequently in the Bible. It occurs again in
the Pentateuch, the five books written by Moses. Not only are
these books arranged in this same pattern, but in the first two of
these books, Genesis and Exodus, counting each Hebrew letter
from the first letter, tav, you will find the word Torah spelled at
49 letter intervals. In the last two books, Deuteronomy and
Numbers, you will find Torah spelled backward at the same 49
letter intervals. The book in the center is Leviticus. In Leviticus
you will find the name of God, YHVH, spelled in seven letter
intervals throughout. That the Torah points toward YHVH,
though a pun, is, nonetheless, a pun of divine origin. Many,
including myself, consider this an internal proof of divine
intervention in the composition of the Torah, and by extension in
the affairs of man in general. The brilliant mathematician who
discovered this particular equidistant letter spacing was Rabbi
Michael Ber Weissmandl, though others had been found
previously and with the advent of computers, many more since, it
is nonetheless an amazing discovery.
Another, more obvious example of this simple pattern is the
marching order in the wilderness where the four standards were
positioned surrounding the tabernacle.
A list of other examples include:

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The garden of God being placed in the midst of four lands
where four rivers had their headwaters.
Adam given dominion over four categories of sentient creatures.
The chosen people commanded to put fringes on the four corners
of their garments.
Jacobs four wives.
Christs garment divided into four parts by the soldiers.
One notable example exists in the pattern of prophecy. I
must have read the book of Revelation dozens of times, not
realizing why the vision in the hereafter section begins with a
description of the throne of God. Its presented first because it
contains the key to unlocking the vision and prophecy that follows.
That key, of course, is the pattern of four surrounding the divine.

The Pattern of Prophecy


Two prophets are unique in their presentation of end times
prophecy; one lived at the time of the Babylonian captivity and the
other, an apostle of Jesus, endured captivity of another kind,
having been exiled to an isle called Patmos.
Separated by hundreds of years, Ezekiel and John were both
given a vision of the throne of God. Both described the same scene
in very different fashions, yet both visions share unmistakably
identical elements. Very simply, the basic pattern of the throne of
God consists of four living creatures flanking Gods throne on its
four sides. Not much different than Genesis 1:1, but these four
living creatures surrounding Gods throne are described as having
the likeness of a man, an ox, an eagle, and a lion. This pattern of
four creatures of differing character kicks the Genesis 1:1 pattern
up a notch, and when recognized, will always bring an otherwise
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confusing subject into sharp focus.
Each time we see this pattern occur in the narratives of the
Bible, another layer of understanding is compounded until the
prophecies contained in the Revelation account take on the depth
of meaning intended by God for the diligent student.
Rather than wait until the second half of this book when we
explore prophecy, I presented this pattern now because the nature
of these four living creatures is evident in the things well be
discussing between now and then.
Lets begin rightly dividing the word of truth by undertaking
a chronological examination of the historical account presented in
the Word of God.

Adam: The Patriarch of the First Age


A close examination of the first man, Adam, will enable us to
construct a template that will aid us in recognizing the founding
patriarchs of the three succeeding ages. These four founding
patriarchs share the following four circumstances:
1. Each patriarch is brought forth by a direct intervention of
God.
Adam was formed directly by God.
2. Each patriarch is brought forth from something that cannot
bring forth life of itself.
Adam was formed from the dust of the ground.
3. Each patriarch confronts death, but lives to tell about it.
Adam violated a command of God under penalty of death, but
he lived to tell about it.
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4. From each patriarch are people of two natures divided, one
rebellious, and the other faithful.
Adams firstborn, Cain, murdered his righteous brother Abel.
Cains descendants mirror the distinguishing characteristic of
Cain, becoming a rebellious people from whom God took the
breath of life in the flood that covered the earth.
By contrast, Adams next son, Seth, entered into the station of
his slain brother Abel, and from his seed descends those who
called upon the name of the Lord.
Prior to the worldwide flood in the days of Noah, the focus of
the Bible narrative is upon these two bloodlines descended from
Adam. Were told Adam and Eve had other sons and daughters,
but the Bible is not intended as a comprehensive history, its
express purpose and intention is to reveal truth. In the subsequent
ages, we will see that the focus of the Bible shifts to those who
arise from the patriarch of each age. In the second age, the
descendants of Isaac are the focus of the Bible until Jesus, whose
followers are the focus of the age of grace, culminating in the
events foretold in the Book of Revelation.
There are other parallel qualities of the four ages, but we will
limit our scope at this point to identifying the patriarch of each age
and the two peoples who arise from him. In subsequent chapters,
well explore other avenues to solidify a grasp of the Bible.

Isaac: The Patriarch of the Second Age


Following the culminating events of the first age, there are no
other events discussed, characters introduced, or topics broached
before the introduction of Abraham.
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God told Abraham that he and his wife Sarah would have a
son. Upon hearing the news from the messenger of God, Abraham
laughed for joy. Sarah overheard the promise made to Abraham,
and she laughed out of incredulity. The childs name, therefore,
became Isaac, the Hebrew word for laughter. Lets put Isaac to our
test to see if he qualifies as the patriarch of the second age:
1. Each patriarch is brought forth by a direct intervention of
God.
God told Abraham that Sarah would conceive and bear a son.
According to the Word of the Lord when Abraham was one
hundred years old and Sarah ninety, Sarah conceived and gave
birth to Isaac.
2. Each patriarch is brought forth from something that cannot
bring forth life of itself.
Clearly the womb of a barren woman decades beyond the
onset of menopause is incapable of bringing forth life.
3. Each patriarch confronts death, but lives to tell about it.
God told Abraham to take his son Isaac to a place he would
show him to offer him in sacrifice. God led Abraham to Mt.
Moriah where he bound his son and would have sacrificed
him, but God intervened, and as the text itself explains, God
will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering (Genesis
22:8b).
4. From each patriarch are people of two natures divided, one
rebellious, and the other faithful.
Isaacs two sons are Esau and Jacob. Esau, who for one
morsel of meat sold his birthright, saying, Behold, I am at
the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
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Jacob desired the birthright and leveraged his advantage over
his brothers appetite to barter a meal of red pottage in
exchange for the office of the firstborn.

Jesus: The Patriarch of the Third Age


According to James Ussher in his Annals of the World, Jesus
was born four thousand years after the creation of Adam. Lets
review our template to see how Jesus, the last Adam fulfills our
paradigm:

1. Each patriarch is brought forth by a direct intervention of


God.
26And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a
city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27To a virgin espoused to a man
whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgins
name was Mary. 28And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail,
thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou
among women. 29And when she saw him, she was troubled at his
saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found
favour with God. 31And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb,
and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32He shall be
great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God
shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33And he shall
reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall
be no end. 34Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing
I know not a man? 35And the angel answered and said unto her, The
Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall
overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born
of thee shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1: 2635
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2. Each patriarch is brought forth from something that cannot
bring forth life of itself.
Apart from the introduction of sperm from a male, the womb
of a virgin is incapable of bringing forth life.

3. Each patriarch confronts death, but lives to tell about it.


Condemned to death by a Roman criminal trial, Jesus endured
death by crucifixion. To dispel all doubt, he was gored with
the spear of a Roman soldier whose purpose was to make
certain he was dead. Jesus rose from the dead after three days
and three nights (Matt. 12:40).

4. From each patriarch are people of two natures divided, one


rebellious, and the other faithful.
At Jesus trial, a number of Jewish religious leaders led a
mob in the chant Crucify him, crucify him. In reply, Pontius
Pilate asked, Shall I crucify your king? The Jewish high
priest himself responded, We have no king but Caesar. The
implication was not lost on Pilate that if he would play ball
by condemning Jesus to death, the high priest would play
ball by submitting his office and his influence over the
Jewish people to Caesar, and of course, Pilate, Caesars
subordinate, but more significantly, to Rome.
The function of the high priest was to represent the people
before God in the offering of prayers and sacrifices and to
represent God to the people in blessings and proclamations.
By making the proclamation We have no king but Caesar in
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a formal official Roman trial of record, the Jewish high priest,
acting in his official capacity, transferred the Aaronic
priesthood from the jurisdiction of Yahweh, to the jurisdiction
of Caesar, the head of the Roman empire. On that day, the
Jewish high priest ceased being the mediator between God
and man and became subject to whatever role his new king,
pontifix maximus (the title of Roman Caesars and popes),
afforded him.

AXIOM
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou
shalt be condemned. Matthew 12:37

AXIOM
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey,
his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death,
or of obedience unto righteousness? Romans 6:16

Pontius Pilate, the governor appointed by Rome over Judea,


acceded to the petition of the Jewish high priest and accepted the
implied terms. Jesus was crucified, therefore, under the authority
of the Roman Empire.
The high priests offer of submission of both himself and all
under his authority to have no king but Caesar was accepted by
Pontius Pilate. The crucifixion of Christ by Rome in capitulation to
the petition of the high priest is, therefore, the evidence of the
fulfilled contract and, therefore, the source of Romes authority
over the former Jewish priesthood. The crucifix, therefore, is put
on display in those venues where the Roman priesthood conducts
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its operations.
This icon depicting the beaten, bloody, crucified body of
Messiah upon the cross has adorned Romes parishioners and
cathedrals throughout these two millennia and serves as a kind of
receipt, symbolizing the price paid by Rome for what had been
the Aaronic priesthood.

The First People Divided


The first of the two peoples divided, therefore, is the Roman
religious order created by the high priests proclamation proposed
to secure Christs death.
As far as the Roman priesthood, Jesus put forth a parable that
may help clarify. In Matthew 12:3940 Jesus drew a parallel
between himself and Jonah, here it is for your review: As Jonas
was three days and three nights in the whales belly; so shall the
Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the
earth.
How is the Jonah story relevant? Jesus identified himself as
the parallel to Jonah. Jonah was on board a ship experiencing
stormy skies and a turbulent sea. The crew of the ship wasnt able
to bring the ship under control. Every man on board was called
upon to pray to his God, so Jonah was awakened from his sleep in
the hold of the ship. After learning the circumstances, Jonah told
the men that the storm was because of him, and that if they were to
throw him overboard their lives would be spared. At first, the men
of the ship refused and worked harder to bring the ship under
control. Circumstances finally convinced them that Jonah was the
reason for their predicament, at which time they offered sacrifices
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to absolve themselves of responsibility, and they did just as Jonah
prescribed. Immediately, the sea became calm, and the sky clear.
The parallel to Christ and his trial before Pontius Pilate is
clear. Pilate was like the righteous men on the ship Jonah was on;
he wanted to spare Jesus life because he found no fault in him.
The high priest (the mediator between God and man) finally
convinced Pilate to deliver Jesus to be crucified, but as the text
itself reads, When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but
that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands
before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just
person: see ye to it (Matthew 27:24).
Just as the righteous men sailing with Jonah offered sacrifices
to absolve themselves of guilt for casting Jonah into the sea, so
Pilate washed his hands to absolve himself of guilt for delivering
Jesus to be crucified.
The Roman religious order has received the same reward as
the just men who cast Jonah into the sea. For two thousand years,
the Roman order administering the priesthood has had clear skies
and a calm sea.
It was appointed by God that Christ would give his life a
ransom for many (Mark 10:45). First Corinthians 13:10 says,
When that which is perfect is come, then that which is in
part shall be done away.
The Aaronic priesthood was appointed to end that very day so
a new priesthood could arise to fill the vacancy. The one who was
found guilty of being the King of the Jews is the same one who
became the mediator between God and man as priest after the
order of Melchizedek (more on this later).
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What malicious men meant for evil, God used to accomplish
his purposes. Any wickedness on the part of those involved will be
sorted out by God, but it certainly wasnt a majority vote of all
Jews to crucify Christ. Jesus disciples were all Jewish, as were the
majority of first century believers. It was the corruption of power,
position, wealth, and prestige that turned the heart of the high
priest out of the way of justice, mercy, and truth. It was the high
priest and those in collusion with him who conspired against
Christ, not Jewish people in general. The details of the transaction
are historical facts. Our goal should always be to understand the
facts in their proper context in order to allow the Holy Ghost to
impart the relevant truth to our hearts.

The Second People Divided


AXIOM
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning,
the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the
preeminence. Colossians 1:18

At the time appointed, on the day of Pentecost, fifty days after


Jesus trial, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon Jesus disciples.
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And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all
with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound
from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the
house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them
cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And
they were all filled with the Holy Ghost Acts 2:1-4a

This was the day the Ekklesia was brought forth upon the
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earth. These born from above through the anointing of the Holy
Spirit of God in the upper room in Jerusalem are the original
initiates of the second people divided by Jesus who is the head of
this body.
I will frequently refer to the ekklesia in these pages? Ekklesia
is a Koin Greek word formed by adding a prepositional prefix to a
common Greek root. Kaleo, meaning call is the Greek root word
onto which ek, a prepositional prefix meaning out, out of or out
from is affixed. Though this word is almost always translated
church, but it is better understood as a reference to those who
have been called out to be born from above (or born again,)
and who shall be called out at the last trump. This word
specifically refers to all those who share with the disciples in the
upper room the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the initiation into the
body of Christ over whom Christ is the head.

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Emmanuel: The Patriarch of the Fourth Age

As of this writing in the year of our Lord 2012, the fourth age
has not yet begun, so the patriarch of the final age appointed to this
earth must be extrapolated through exegesis1 of scripture. As with
his three predecessors, the patriarch of the Kingdom Age will meet
the same four criterion:

1. Each patriarch is brought forth by a direct intervention of


God.
God hath raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9).
Godhath raised him from the dead (Colossians
2:12).
Apart from the intervention of God, nobody is raised
from the dead.
Is the patriarch of the Church Age the same as the
patriarch of the Kingdom Age? Perhaps this will help clarify:
From the standpoint of biological lineage, it is reasonable to
say that the patriarch of the second age, Isaac, arose from
Adam. Similarly, the patriarch of the Kingdom Age arose
from Jesus, the last Adam! (1 Corinthians 15:45) (You will
find God does often deal in puns.)

PROPHECY
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son,
and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted
is, God with us. Matthew 1:23

On occasion a Biblical character will undergo a name change.


At a notable juncture in their lives, Abram became Abraham, Esau
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became Edom, Jacob became Israel and Simon became Peter. At
the end of the age when the ekklesia is resurrected into heaven
forever to be with the Lord, Jesus (Yahushua), which means
Yahweh is our salvation, becomes Emmanuel, which means God
with us.

2. Each patriarch is brought forth from something that cannot


bring forth life of itself.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the
beginning, the firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:18).

And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the
first begotten of the dead (Revelation 1:5).

Death, by definition, does not bring forth lifequite the


opposite.

3. Each patriarch confronts death, but lives to tell about it.


After his resurrection, Jesus said, I am he that liveth, and was
dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have
the keys of hell and of death (Revelation 1:18).

4. From each patriarch are people of two natures divided,


one rebellious, and the other righteous.
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the
holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his
glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he
shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth
his sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:3132).

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Jesus paid the price of death to purchase everything Adam lost
as a result of his sin. Included in the package is the office of
firstborn, and the primogeniture2 status of rulership over the house
(descendants) of Adam. You may remember the incident
mentioned in this section wherein Jacob paid the price of
something red to purchase the office of the firstborn (birthright)
from his brother who was then re-named Adam (Edom KJV). This
is one of many parallels written by God upon the pages of history
with the ink of mens lives.

When messiah returns after the end of this age as Matt 25:31
describes, the sheep and goat nations consist solely of those of the
house of Adam upon the earth. Faithful Jews and Christians are
not included in this number. Christians are in heaven at this point
in time, having been resurrected at the last trump and, according
to Numbers 23:9b, (Israel) shall not be reckoned among the
nations. Another reason Jacob (Israel) is not included in the
sheep/goat division is that the treatment of Christs brethren is the
basis for the sheep & goat nations judgment. More on this in the
end times section.

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Discussion Exercises
(Note: these questions are meant as topics for discussion, not as a
quiz. No answers are found in the preceding chapter, as a matter
of fact, sometimes they dont have a correct answer, rather, they
are exercises for developing the mind.)

1. Adam, the patriarch of the first age, was placed in the Garden
of God; in the center of a four-parted earth. Jacob, the son of
the patriarch of the second age, was husband to four wives. In
what way is Jesus, the patriarch of the third age, ]in the midst
of four? (Since this first question is a tuffy, Ill endnote you
the answer in case you give up3)
2. Cain, the firstborn divided from Adam, dispatched his
brother Abel from among the living. Is there a parallel to the
goat nations divided by the patriarch of the Kingdom
Age? Compare/contrast the parallel. Discuss divine
retribution.
3. Is there a connection between the prostituted Aaronic
priesthood pimped to Rome by the high priest at Jesus trial
and the harlot seen on the beast in Revelation 17?
4. Does the re-venued Aaronic priesthood still need a
descendant of Aaron serving as high priest to act as mediator
between the people and their new sovereign, Pontifix
Maximus?
a. Discuss anti-Semitism in light of the implications of this
topic4.
2. Second Timothy 3:7 speaks of those who are Ever learning,
and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. In John
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18:38, Pontius Pilate, the representative of Rome, asked Jesus
the question, What is truth? but he didnt wait to receive an
answer from Jesus.
a. Had Jesus answered the question, would he have repeated
his previously stated position as found in John 14:6?
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the
life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
b. Did Pilate ask because he didnt know, because he didnt
want to know, or did he ask the question rhetorically
(with no intention of receiving an answer)?
c. Is the purpose of a criminal trail to discover the truth?
d. Why did Pilate declare Jesus to be The King of the
Jews?
i. Is this judicial finding a cornerstone of, or a
stumbling block for, the Roman religious order?
ii. Does the resurrection of Jesus create a conflict of
authority for Pontifix Maximus?
iii. Does this declaration justify, or does it condemn, the
Roman orders treatment of Jews and true Christians
throughout this age?

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The Authority Paradigm

T his chapters title may seem dry, dusty, and dull; but if you
genuinely want to understand the Bible, this is where the rubber
meets the road, so to speak.
The most frequently quoted scripture in the entire Bible is
John 3:16. Who hasnt heard this verse? You can probably quote it
verbatim, as could most believers and unbelievers alike. Do you
know what it means? Most assume John is conveying the idea that
God loves people. Please dont misunderstand me; God does love
people. Any number of verses elsewhere in the Bible firmly
establish that God loves people. In John 3:16, however, what John
is attempting to communicate is something altogether different.
What John wrote is that God so loved the world. It doesnt
say God loves the world, it says he loved the world. The word
loved is in the past tense. Specifically, the word loved is in the
aorist tense, meaning there was a well-defined period in time past
when God loved the world. A case could be made that he no longer
loves the world today!
You shouldnt find this surprising in light of 1 John 2:15.
Since we are admonished not to love the world in 1 John 2:15,
wouldnt it be a bad example to us if God loves the world?

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IMPERATIVE
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any
man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1st John 2:15

If youre beginning to suspect that this linguistic exercise


hinges on the meaning of the word world in the original
language, you are correct. The word world is the Koin Greek
word kosmos. The principle definition of kosmos is: an apt and
harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government.5 The
English word that comes closest to the idea of the Greek root is
paradigm. Because the word kosmos is frequently used in
reference to a hierarchy or order of authority, the best translation
phrase that expresses its idea in John 3:16 is authority paradigm
(thus the title of this chapter).
Obviously the King James commission rejected such a
translation, no doubt due to its lack of cadence, poetry, and clarity.
Even Tyndale, the first man to translate the most reliable body of
Greek manuscripts into English (with the express intention of
using the simplest vernacular possible) avoided this erudite
terminology.
Lets substitute this turgid word choice and see what we get:
For God so loved the authority paradigm, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life.
Doesnt exactly flow like poetry does it. Its clunky and
unwieldy at best and still doesnt convey an easily grasped
concept.
To understand it, its necessary to figure out what authority
paradigm hes talking about.
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The Garden of God
The Authority Paradigm God So Loved
In chapter 2, we made reference to Gods throne. Gods throne
is seen amidst four living creatures. God created the earth after the
pattern of his throne in heaven. God planted a garden eastward in
Eden. Eden was one of the four major land areas discussed in
Genesis 2. These land areas existed prior to the flood and prior to
the time when the land was divided in the days of Peleg.
The names of the other three land areas extant at that time
were Havilah, Assyria, and Ethiopia. These lands are not at all
associated with the Assyria and Ethiopia of our age.
A single river watered the Garden of God, and from there it
divided into four heads. The Pison flowed into the land of Havilah,
the Hiddikel flowed to Assyria, the Gihon into the land of
Ethiopia, and the fourth river is Perath (also translated Euphrates)
and the final land, Eden.
The Garden of God was central to these four lands watered
by these four rivers. God placed Adam in the Garden of God.
Shouldnt it be called the Garden of Adam or the Garden of Adam
and Eve? No! Why? Because Adam was given dominion over the
earth. The garden is aptly named the Garden of God because Adam
was placed there to have dominion in the image of God in heaven
whose dominion over all things flows forth from God in the
midst of the four living creatures. God also gave Adam dominion
over four categories of living creatures (the fish of the sea, the
beasts of the field, the fowl of the heavens, and the creeping things
that inhabit the earth) parallel to God who is seen in the midst of
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four living creatures.
The Garden of God was created as a parallel of Gods throne
in heaven to exemplify Adams position of dominion upon the
earth. Upon the earth, Adam was created in the image of God in
nature, character, position, and dominion, thus, the Garden of God.
As long as Adam was in the image of God in nature and
character, he remained in the position of dominion ordained for
him. There was only one command given by Adams sovereign
creator. As long as Adam obeyed this single directive, he remained
a reflection of the nature and character of God who is faithful and
true.
This position of dominion created by God for Adam is the
authority paradigm that God so loved. Did God stop loving the
authority paradigm he ordained? No. The authority paradigm God
ordained ceased to exist when Adam disobeyed the only
prohibition his sovereign creator placed upon him. Following
Adams sin, God drove Adam out of the Garden of God. Adam had
fallen from the position of dominion in the authority paradigm God
so loved and ordained.
AXIOM
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey,
his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death,
or of obedience unto righteousness? Romans 6:16
Luke 8:10

Adam hearkened unto the voice of [his] wife who had


submitted herself to the beguiling serpent, who was the de facto
mouthpiece of Satan6. The authority paradigm God so loved
wasnt just corrupted; it was turned upon its head!
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Adam was ordained by God to be lord over Eve,7 who, in
subjection to her husband Adam, had dominion over the earth and
all living creatures thereupon. Satan precipitated a reversal of this
authority paradigm by presenting himself in the form of the serpent
to Eve. Eve, when confronted by a narrative at variance with that
of Adam, (her rightful authority ordained by God), chose rebellion
against Adams authority. Adam, when confronted by his wife
bringing him the forbidden fruit, also chose rebellion This is the
authority paradigm following the fall of Adam: this is the authority
paradigm we are commanded not to love and which God does not
love today.
Paul in Romans 1:25 talks about those who changed the truth
of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more
than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Man owes faithfulness
to his sovereign creator and was originally given authority over the
earth and the creatures upon it. Satan is also a created being, one
who meddled in affairs that didnt concern him. Those who
worship or serve the creation ignore their responsibility to their
creator and commit the same sin as Adam and Eve.
Satan precipitated the fall of Adam, but Satan cannot
legitimately assume Adams dominion, he can only usurp itan
unsanctioned interloper overstepping the bounds of his appointed
place in Gods order.
The first epoch, or age appointed, is defined by Adams sin
and exemplified by Cain, who murdered his brother Abel, and by
Cains progeny from whom God took the breath of life in the
flood.
Seth, the righteous younger brother of Abel, bore a son named
Enos. It was in the days of Enos that men began to call upon the
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name of the Lord. Noah, a descendant of Enos, was called by
God to build an ark to preserve life upon the earth, but these cannot
be restored to the authority paradigm God so loved because the
debt of death created by Adams sin incurs to all descendants of
Adam.
After the flood, as men began to multiply, a man of sin named
Nimrod organized the descendants of Noah under an authority
paradigm contrary to the authority paradigm God so loved. The
religious/political system of Nimrod involved a tower, whose top
may reach unto heaven, which incurred the judgment of God.
What was it that they were attempting to accomplish that
prompted God to intervene? Was building a tower a sin? Was
building a tall tower a sin? Today, men build tall towers, and God
doesnt intervene; what was it in the days of Nimrod that prompted
Gods intervention?
God tells us in the statement he provided when he judged their
efforts:
And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one
language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be
restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they
may not understand one anothers speech. Genesis 11:67

Just like the first man who deviated from the path intended for
him by God, and as Cain who disobeyed the command of God with
respect to the sacrifice he offered, these descendants of Adam had
united behind an effort derived from their imagination, not one in
obedience to Gods purpose, plan, and order.
This tower to reach unto the heavens is conceptually
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opposite from Gods order. God created Adam as the vessel
through whom He would pour forth his power to replenish and
subdue the earth.
The river that flowed from the Garden of God is an allegory to
the authority paradigm God so loved in that it brought the water of
life from this single central place of Adams dominion outward to
the four corners of the earth. Nimrods tower to reach unto the
heavens is man stagnating together in a centralized effort striving
to build upward toward the heavens in direct contrast to the order
God established.
The singularity of mankind in this endeavor converse to the
purposes of God reflects the distinguishing characteristic of Adam
and Eve who violated the terms of their dominion.
Mankind brands itself at this juncture with the sin of Adam
and receives a fitting judgment. Any endeavor outside the
established order of the creator is confusion. Gods judgment is
perfect; their language is confused to show that they had all chosen
to deviate from Gods order. This is the authority paradigm that
replaced the one God so loved that he gave his only begotten son.
The authority paradigm in the days of Nimrod is one God
judged. The world of our day is a world God will also judge, an
authority paradigm we are warned not to love.
In the final age, God will restore a pure language, he will
restore His order, and the earth will once again be refreshed with
the pure living water of God flowing through the patriarch of that
final age.

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PROPHECY
For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may
all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one
consent. Zeph 3:9
Luke 8:10

Following the culminating events of the Adamic epoch, no


other topics are broached, and no other events occur between the
judgment on Babel in the days of Nimrod, and the introduction of
Abraham, the father of Isaac, the patriarch of the second age.

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The People of God
The Authority Paradigm of the Second Age
Following the judgment on Babel in the last days or end
times of the first age, God raised up Abram. Abram was born
1,948 years after the creation of Adam. Abrams wife Sarai was
barren.
God prophesied to Abram that his barren wife Sarai would
bear a son. It came to pass that when Abraham was one hundred
years old and Sarah was ninety that she did indeed bear a son.
Abraham is the father of Isaac, the patriarch of the second age.
Isaac is the father of Esau and Jacob. Esau was later renamed
Edom, and Jacob was later named Israel. Because Hebrew has no
vowels, Edom is spelled identically to Adam, while Israel
literally means he will rule as god. God is preparing to
reestablish the authority paradigm He so loved.
I find it fascinating that God changed the name of Jacob to
Israel, which means he will rule as god. The fact that Israel had
four wives brings the pattern of Gods throne to mind. Having four
wives isnt significant in any other way other than it mirrors the
pattern of the throne of God and the Garden of God created in its
image.
Jacob didnt intend to have four wives; his uncle pulled a fast
one to pass off his unattractive older daughter on Jacob. Following
the successful con to pass off Leah onto Jacob, he married Rachel
also. The rivalry between the two wives and the competition to
bear children resulted in Jacob marrying their handmaidens as
well. From these four wives were born Jacobs twelve sons, which
comprise the twelve tribes of Israel.
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Its important for the student of the Bible to note that Jacob
only had twelve sons, but there are thirteen actual tribes and
fourteen tribe names. Heres a brief summary of Genesis 48
explaining how this came about: Upon meeting his two grandsons
by his son Joseph in Egypt, Jacob adopted them as his own. So
their two names are included among the twelve sons of Jacob.
These additional two added to the original 12 makes fourteen tribe
names. Because Ephraim and Manasseh are the sons of Jacobs
11th son Joseph, these two tribes combined comprise the tribe of
Joseph, so with the other eleven tribes, they bring the number of
actual tribes to thirteen.
Only twelve tribes are ever listed, so two tribe names are
always missing. Sometimes Joseph is missing or substituted for
Manasseh or Ephraim or both. Levi is sometimes excluded since
the priestly tribe of Levi didnt inherit an equal portion of the land
or go to war, and Dan is missing in one listing for reasons well
discuss in the end times section.
As Adam was placed in the Garden of God in the midst of
the four lands where the four rivers had their common head, so
God chose the younger son of Isaac, Jacob, a man with four wives,
as His instrument as He begins to reestablish the authority
paradigm He so loved.
The twelve tribes of Israel (which you now know is actually
thirteen) became enslaved in Egypt for four hundred years. When
the time appointed arrived, God raised up Moses. Adopted by
Pharaohs daughter and schooled in the learning and wisdom of the
Egyptians, Moses undoubtedly enjoyed access to the most ancient
manuscripts of Egypt, which may have included texts dating back
to writings authored by Adam. The events of the exodus from
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Egypt involving Moses occurred a mere 1,600 years after Adams
death. We have writings 1,600 years old today; its not altogether
inconceivable Moses may have read the very words penned by the
first man, Adam.
It might occur to you that everything was destroyed in the
worldwide flood in the days of Noah. The Bible tells us that Noah
was perfect in his generations. Among other things, this may
infer that he was the patriarch of record, so to speak. As such, he
probably had access to or may have even been the very one
entrusted as steward of the genealogical, historical, and technical
records of the family descended from Adam.
Noah was warned of the flood long beforehand and had ample
time to make preparations to preserve documents recording the
historic works of God prior to the flood. Its also very likely Noah
took the steps necessary to protect records of various technologies
so they could be utilized when civilization was reestablished after
the flood. The technology enjoyed by ancient Egypt may be the
result of those records preserved by Noah. This technology may
have even included discoveries and inventions made by the
descendants of Cain, the first son of Adam.
In Genesis 4, following the murder of Abel by Cain, God put a
curse upon Cain. One part of the curse may provide an interesting
insight into these events. Here is the passage in Genesis 4:12 for
your review:
When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee
her strength. Genesis 4:12
Just like Gods judgment on Adam, Gods curse upon Cain
may have been the heritage passed down upon all his descendants.
The occupational pursuits of Cains progeny are given in scripture,
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and none were in agriculture because the ground shall not yield
unto thee her strength. Accordingly, the descendants of Cain took
up alternative occupations. Here is the passage in Genesis 4
recording their various pursuits:
And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he
builded a city, Jabal was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of
such as have cattle. And his brothers name was Jubal: he was the
father of all such as handle the harp and organ. And Zillah, she also
bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron.
Genesis 4:17 and 20b22a
Access to pre-flood technology might explain why Egypt was
the dominant culture of the day, Egypt being a Hamitic nation
(descended from Ham, the eldest son of Noah and thus the son
likely to be in possession of the records). Not only are the
structures of Egypt unparalleled throughout the earth, but Egypt
may have enjoyed other advanced technology as well. Because its
not relevant to our purposes here, you may wish to research this
extra-biblical subject independently.
The Chosen People were delivered from slavery through
events triggered by seven pronouncements made before pharaoh by
Moses bringing ten plagues upon the Egyptians. Those unfaithful
over the age of accountability, though delivered from slavery in
Egypt, died while wandering for 40 years in the wilderness after
shrinking back from the call to enter the land of promise to
dispossess the usurpers.
After leaving Egypt, Moses dispatched twelve spies into the
Promised Land to bring back a report about its inhabitants. After
forty days, Joshua and Caleb returned exuberant and exclaimed:
We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth
with milk and honey;
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And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at
once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it
The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good
land.
If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give
it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the
land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them,
and the Lord is with us: fear them not.
Numbers 13:27b, 30, and 14:7b9
Unfortunately, the other ten spies delivered a less confident
assessment:
But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against
the people; for they are stronger than we. Numbers 13:31

The collective multitude shrank back from the purpose of


God, and after Moses interceded for them before God, the
following reveals the heart of God with respect to the
establishment of His authority paradigm upon the earth:
But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the
Lord. Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my
miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have
tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;
Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers,
neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:
Numbers 14:2123, 31
So will it be also at the end of our current age, those who see
the miracles and fulfillment of prophecy and do not hearken to the
voice of God to repent shall not enter in to the Kingdom Age but
will be dispatched from the earth when the Son of man shall come
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in his glory.
The unfaithful of that generation over the age of accountability
who were led of Moses out of Egypt perished during the forty
years wandering in the wilderness and never entered into the
Promised Land.
As you recall, Adam was evicted from the Garden of God
after he hearkened unto the voice of [his] wife, likewise these
who were delivered from slavery in Egypt who hearkened unto a
voice contrary to the purposes and promises of God were not
permitted to enter and occupy the place Adam was driven from and
for the same sin.
The two notable men of that generation who ultimately
entered the land where the Garden of God had been were Joshua
and Caleb. These two had tried to encourage the people to take the
land, but the people chose fear over faith. God blessed these two
men with long life, allowing them to lead the offspring of those
unfaithful, whom God delivered from slavery in Egypt, into the
area that had so long before been called the Garden of God.
Jerusalem vs. Babylon
It becomes necessary at this point to dispel a prevalent
misconception concerning the original location of the Garden in
Eden. Babylon has become popularized as the location of the
Garden of God in Eden because it is situated between the Tigris
and Euphrates rivers, a location known as Mesopotamia, literally
meaning in the midst of rivers.
For a true believer to accept that Babylon is where the Garden
of God had been is inexcusable. Babylon is the antithesis of the
Garden of God, the polar opposite in every way. Babel represents
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rebellion and the fallen world order, whereas the Garden of God
represents the order God ordained, established, and loved. Another
issue is that the entire face of the earth was dramatically altered at
the time of Noah in the flood that covered the entire earth. The
rivers leaving the Garden of God had long since been eradicated.
The river of life had, at some point, ceased from bringing its
mineral-rich water to replenish the four lands of the earth. God told
Adam, Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat
of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring
forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field (Gen. 3:17-
18).
The reason it is certain that Babylon is not the location where
once stood the Garden of God is the distinguishing characteristic of
the Garden of God that allows us to accurately extrapolate its
correct location upon the earth today. The distinguishing
characteristic of the Garden of God is that it was the place from
which the headwaters of the River of Life flowed. It wasnt that
rivers flowed past it, as rivers flow past Babylon, the river that
divided into four heads flowed from it!
The river of life that flowed from the Garden of God in
Genesis 2 is restored at the outset of the Kingdom Age. The
following is the passage from Zechariah 14 that demonstrates
conclusively that this location is Jerusalem:
Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when
he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day
upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and
the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east
and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half
of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward
the south. Zechariah 14: 4
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And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from
Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them
toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
Zechariah 14:8
This passage in Zechariah 14 reveals that when the Lords feet
stand upon the Mount of Olives, the river of life is restored. This
location is identified as the mount of Olives, which is before
Jerusalem on the east. This reveals the location of the Garden of
God planted eastward in Eden, the place from whence the river of
life flowed.
God delivered the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt to
be restored to the same place on earth from which Adam was
driven. The intent was clear: to restore the authority paradigm God
so loved. That place where the Garden of God had been is
Jerusalem, referred to in Psalm 87:3 as the City of God, and it is
located in the area known today as Israel, named after the man
whose name means He will rule as god.
The Tabernacle
After being delivered from slavery in Egypt under Moses, the
children of Israel wandered in the desert for forty years. During
that time, they marched under four standards. The standard is
thought to be an elaborately embroidered banner or flag. Each of
four principal tribes pitched their tents under a standard with the
family crest or ensign of the tribes patriarch depicted on it. The
exact form of the images borne upon them, though not directly
stated in scripture, is advanced in rabbinic tradition.8
These four principal tribes pitched their tents at compass
points relative to the tabernacle and the tribe of Levi (the tribe
assigned the duties of the Aaronic priesthood).
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South: The standard of Reuben bore the image of a man
West: The standard of Ephraim bore the image of an ox (a yearling
calf)
North: The standard of Dan bore the image of an eagle (possibly a
serpent as well)
East: The Lion of the Tribe of Judah was depicted upon the final
standard.
The tabernacle and the future temple, built hundreds of years
later under King Solomon (circa 1000 BC or three thousand years
after Adam), share many features in common and serve the same
purpose. The major difference being the portability of the
tabernacle.

The Temple
EVENT
Then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the
LORD;
So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the
cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.
2 Chronicles 5:13-14

The temple serves as an architectural model of the ages


appointed to man.
The precinct of the temple known as the court of the gentiles
parallels the first age. Anybody of any nationality, status, or
gender could enter the court of the gentiles. The first age is
characterized by Adams sin at its outset and by Nimrods sin at
its close. Ultimately, the descendants of Adam are judged, the
language confused, construction of the tower at Babel
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abandoned, and the people dispersed throughout the earth.
The precinct of the temple known as the court of the Jews
parallels the second age. Isaac, (the patriarch initiating the
second age), shares with John the Baptist (the culminating
witness of the second age), the fact that he was born to a woman
well past child-bearing age. The central feature of the court of the
Jews is the Brass Altar. Like the cross, the altar has four angles.
Just as the brass altar is the main feature of the temple, Christs
sacrifice for sin is the main feature of all history. Christ was
faithful unto death, parallel to Isaac who carried the wood up the
hill for his own sacrifice. It is fascinating that the ox, depicted on
the standard of Ephraim representing the age appointed to Israel,
is the only animal of sacrifice that is too strong to be forced to
the altar; it must be faithful unto death. Only Israelites were
permitted in this court of the temple.
Beyond the altar of sacrifice in the court of the Jews is the
staircase rising to the porch of the temple. The staircase, of
course, represents the resurrection and ascension of Christ.
I find it fascinating that the porch, the central and highest feature
of the temple, represents heaven, where Christ now sits at the
right hand of God. If you happen to encounter commentators
expressing skepticism about the extraordinarily lofty dimensions
given in scripture for the height of the porch of the temple, you
may take issue with them on the strength of this allegorical
model. This is that part of the temple referred to in Matthew 4:5
as the pinnacle of the temple.
The precinct of the temple known as the Holy Place parallels the
third age beginning with the resurrection of Yahushua (Jesus)
and ending with the resurrection of those born from above.
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Contained within this enclosure are the following:
* The seven-branched candlestick (Yahushua (Jesus) said, I
am the vine, ye are the branches with reference to the
ekklesia).
* The table of leavened showbread (leaven symbolizes sin and
by extension, the gentile church which, generally speaking,
doesnt consider itself under the law [of Moses]).
* The altar of incense, also called the golden altar. Incense
yields a sweet-smelling savor by undergoing a process of
fire, symbolizing the faithful who undergo a process of fire
through that promised tribulation which worketh patience.
(Yahushua [Jesus] said, In this world ye shall have
tribulation.) More on this in the end times section.
* The veil that separates the Holy Place from the Holy of
Holies. Both Matthew and Mark record that the veil of the
temple was rent in twain from top to bottom, symbolizing
(among other things) that the obstruction blocking the way to
the Kingdom Age is parted by Christs sacrifice for our sins.
The precinct of the temple known as the Holy of Holies parallels
the fourth and final age. Everything in this area is overlaid with
gold (an incorruptible metal). The Ark of the Covenant resides
herein; the throne of the king is the mercy seat that rests upon it.
The law written on the tables of stone is within it (the foundation
of the kings authority [another pun]). In Revelation 11:15 at the
sounding of the last trump great voices in heaven are heard
saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of
our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign. Those who have
chosen life are resurrected to be with Christ to rule and reign
with him throughout the fourth and final age appointed to this
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creation.
AXIOM
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but
having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and
embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and
pilgrims on the earth. 1 Corinthians 3:13

The temple represented in symbolic imagery the authority


paradigm God would establish in his only begotten son. The
animals without spot and blemish sacrificed on the altar
represented the (then yet future) perfect sacrifice of the Lamb of
God which taketh away the sin of the world. The blood of animals
never was capable of washing away the stain of sin.

AXIOM
And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt
offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the
fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22

AXIOM
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should
take away sins. Hebrews 10:4

The stairway represented the ascension, and the porch


represented heaven, but the stairway wasnt capable of transporting
to heaven any more than the sacrifice of animals was capable of
taking away sin.
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AXIOM
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is
Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11

When Jesus forcibly cleansed the temple of opportunistic


profiteers he was asked, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing
that thou doest these things? He responded by saying, Destroy
this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. As with most of
Jesus comments, the depth of meaning is poignant.
AXIOM
Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by
the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom
God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here
before you whole.
This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which
is become the head of the corner.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other
name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be
saved. Acts 4: 10-12

Were the Hebrews left in their sin in offering sacrifices? Was


their every deed and act in obedience to Yahweh deficient of
efficacy, empty of result, void of outcome? No! Why? Simply
because the sacrifice of Christ is effectual to every age! They acted
in faith, and it is by grace through faith that salvation is attained.
The laws of God and the temple symbolized the genuine, and
in enacting the symbolism in obedience to the command, their faith
was made perfect triggering Gods grace and effecting the promise
of salvation. But after the symbolism of the earthly temple was
fulfilled by the authentic, the only recourse for any man is to
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embrace that genuine and appreciate the symbolic for what it is; a
testimony in wood and stone that foretold and anticipated the
perfect, thus the truth of Acts 4:1012 above. In this third age,
there is salvation in no other, Ye must be born again (John 3:1
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The Son of God
The Authority Paradigm of the Third Age
As previously noted, James Ussher in his work The Annals of
the World, places the birth of Jesus four thousand years after the
creation of Adam. Each of the first three ages appointed to this
creation have spanned two thousand years; the final Kingdom
age will be one thousand years, a creation week of millennia.
Adam disobeyed the command of God under penalty of death.
Two millennia later, when Abraham took his son to Mt. Moriah to
sacrifice him as God had instructed him, his son Isaac asked him,
Where is the lamb for a burnt offering? Abraham replied, My
son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering.
Its not entirely clear what Abraham understood, but his reply
is poignant. The lamb was merely a symbol of the sacrifice
required to take away sin. The lamb is a shadow of things to come,
a parallel, a representation of the actual sacrifice, not the actual
sacrifice itself. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of
goats should take away sins.
Both the tabernacle and the temple symbolically depicted the
authority paradigm that would be established when the prophecy to
Isaac is fulfilled that God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt
offering.

AXIOM
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and
sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10

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Isaac is Adams equivalent in that he is the patriarch of an age,
but his death would not have paid the price Adam incurred due to
the original sin because Isaac was a descendant of Adam and
inherited the predicament of the debt originated by Adam.

FACT
Adam, which was the son of God. Luke 3:38c

It was enough that he was faithful unto death, allowing his


elderly father to prepare him for sacrifice to enact the allegory in
faith. Luke 3:38 tells us that Adam was a son of God, but Isaac was
not. Jesus, however, is the only begotten Son of God, and therefore
did not inherit the debt of death from Adam. Jesus shares with
Adam that he is both a patriarch of an age as well a son of God.
John 1:29 tells us that John the Baptist saw Jesus coming
unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away
the sin of the world.

AXIOM
For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
Hebrews 13:14

The Jerusalem temple that Solomon built was itself a shadow


of things to come in that it is an earthly construct of what Christ
would fulfill a thousand years later. In John 2:19, Jesus answered
and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will
raise it up. Jesus wasnt talking about raising up another temple
made of wood and stone if they were to destroy Herods temple; he
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was talking about what the temple represented only in allegory, he
would fulfill in substance.

AXIOM
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part
shall be done away. 1 Corinthians 13:10

Christ Is the Fulfillment of the Brass Laver


In the temple, the high priest was cleansed in the water of the
brass laver, which represents the crossing of the Jordan at Gilgal
where the people were circumcised and glorified Joshua. Luke
3:22 tells us that God the father himself glorified Christ when he
was baptized in the Jordan, The Holy Ghost descended in a bodily
shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which
said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. Christ
is the fulfillment of Joshua at Jordan who circumcised those who
crossed the Jordan. As Joshua was glorified by the host who had
crossed the river, leading them into what had been Eden, so Christ
is glorified by God in heaven at the opening of his ministry
whereby he will lead whosoever believeth in him into
everlasting life.
Ephesians 5:2527 tells us that Christ loved the church, and
gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the
washing of water by the word. Jesus is the fulfillment of the laver
as he is the cleansing water of the Word of God.

Christ Is the Fulfillment of the Altar


As Isaac was faithful unto death at the hand of Abraham his
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father, so Christ offered himself willingly to take away the sins of
the world. Galatians 1:4 tells us it was Christ who gave himself
for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world,
according to the will of God and our Father.

Christ Is the fulfillment of the Stairway


The stairway rising from the altar to the porch of the temple
represents the resurrection and ascension of Christ to heaven.
Christ is the true stairway to heaven.

Christ Is the Fulfillment of the Porch


The dimensions given in the Bible for the porch of the temple
are so tall, some commentators dismiss them as mistaken because
they are disproportionate to the rest of the temple. Because the
porch represents heaven in the temple model where Christ now sits
at the right hand of God the father in heaven, the dimensions given
are, no doubt, accurate.

Christ Is the Fulfillment of the Pillars


Two pillars flank the entry to the Holy Place of the temple.
These pillars are named Jachin and Boaz.
Jachin means he shall establish. Unfortunately, the meaning
of the Hebrew root of Boaz has been lost to history, but it is not
without significance that in the book of Ruth, Boaz is the name of
the kinsman redeemer who pays the price of redemption to gain to
himself a gentile bride. Luckily we know what Christ established
by his death and resurrection; not in parallel or allegory, but in
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substance and finality he established the authority paradigm God
so loved through the death of his son acting as the kinsman
redeemer to pay the debt to redeem that which was lost.
Gentile believers are the wild olive branch grafted in to the
cultivated olive tree of the Chosen People of Israel. Though each
has a different heritage and a different destiny, we share one faith
in the same God: two pillars of the same temple fulfilled in Christ.

Christ Is the Fulfillment of the Holy Place


Within the Holy Place are an array of ten tables of showbread
and ten golden lamp stands. Elsewhere in both the Bible and in the
temple, the number 10 is featured prominently.
Biblical numerology is a topic to be approached with
heightened caution and with the utmost spiritual prudence. God
didnt limit the Decalogue to ten commandments capriciously. In
the temple, the tables of show bread and the golden candlesticks
are arranged with five on the left hand side and five on the right
hand. Men have five fingers on each hand to remind us that
everything we put our hands to should be in harmony with the ten
commands of our holy and sovereign Lord God. More on this topic
in the following chapter Christians and the law of Moses.

Christ Is the Fulfillment of the Candlestick


The seven-branched candlestick is fulfilled in Christ as he
himself indicated in John 15:5 when he said, I am the vine, ye are
the branches.

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Christ Is the Fulfillment of the Showbread
The tables of showbread remind us of Christs claim in John
6:33, For the bread of God is he which cometh down from
heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Now that you know that
world means authority paradigm, you can appreciate this verse
so much more! The authority paradigm of the second age is
symbolic, but he which came down from heaven gives it life
because he fulfills the symbolism!

Christ Is the Fulfillment of the Golden Altar


There is but one golden altar in the Holy Place. This altar is
adjacent to the veil separating the Holy Place from the Holy of
Holies. Upon this altar is offered, not animal sacrifices, but
incense. Incense, by undergoing the process of fire, yields a sweet-
smelling fragrance.
When Christ was crucified, Mark 15:38 tells us that the veil
of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. Christ
said, In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I
have overcome (conquered) the world. Jesus overcame the world
by undergoing a process of fire; the tribulation of his trial and
execution. In overcoming the present authority paradigm (world),
the veil separating us from the Kingdom Age authority paradigm
has been rent in twain, making the way clear for whosoever
believes in him to enter in.

Christ Is the Fulfillment of the Holy of Holies


In the coming Kingdom Age, Christ himself is King. The
throne of The King is the mercy seat which rests atop the ark of the
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covenant. Within the ark are the tables of the law brought down
from Sinai by Moses. Though it is a pun, it is a pun intended by
God that the seat of authority rests upon the law, but it is not the
seat of judgment, it is the seat of mercy because the one who sits
upon it has born the penalty of sin having died in our place.
Cherubim flank the mercy seat, but only on two sides, not four.
That brings us back to John 3:16, For God so loved the
world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. The
issue is that from birth we are destined to perish. But if we believe
in Him we can have everlasting life, for it is by grace through faith
that man is saved. Restored to the authority paradigm intended for
Adam before he incurred the debt of death. Christ, the last Adam
is the head, and we are members of the restored authority paradigm
as born from above into the family of the patriarch of our faith in
heaven.
The day the Aaronic priesthood was pimped to Rome by the
Jewish high priest, it ceased being an institution within Gods
order.
By his propitiative sacrificial death, the sinless Son of God
became the mediator between God and man, a position abdicated
by the last high priest of the Aaronic priesthood. Christ now sits at
the right hand of God the Father in heaven as High Priest (see
Hebrew 4:1416 and 5:10 and Revelation 17 for further study on
this topic).

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AXIOM
Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an
high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Hebrews 6:20

Melchizedek
Jesus didnt assume a position in the prostituted Aaronic
priesthood; he became High Priest after the order of
Melchizedek. Melchizedek was Priest of Salem at the time of
Abraham. The title Melchizedek literally means King of
Righteousness, so it is a title and not a name. This is the man to
whom Abraham gave tithes following the conquest of the five
kings (see Genesis 14 for more on this event).
We have already looked at the scriptural evidence that Salem
(later called Jerusalem) is the geologic location of the Garden of
God. Shem outlived Abraham by a few decades, and though it
cannot be demonstrated from scripture, it is thought by some that
Melchizedek was Shem, the son of Noah. Shem was the eldest
patriarch living at the time, so it is reasonable that he would have
the honor and respect due him and would explain why Abraham
gave him a tithe of the spoils of battle. But equally reasonable is
that Abraham gave him tithes simply due to his position as Priest
of The Most High God. Shem is a descendant of Enos in whose
days men began to call upon the name of the Lord. Is it possible
that Shem is the culminating witness, parallel to Adam the
patriarch of the first age who exercised his dominion from the
same location? If that is the case, then the blessing upon Abraham
is the cusp of the age, the very moment when the Adamic age ends
and the epoch pertaining to the chosen people begins.
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AXIOM
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or
one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Matthew 5:18

Lets consider a few things about the Garden God planted


eastward in Eden and the city of Salem, later known as Jerusalem,
to better understand Melchizedek.

AXIOM
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not
eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely
die. Genesis 2:17

God established his sovereignty over Adam through the


issuance of a single command having a resulting penalty if
disobeyed.

AXIOM
The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and
the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them. Psalm 89:11
Luke 8:10

The earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof, so it seems


irrelevant that God would establish a claim to the place of Adams
dominion by planting a garden there, but by the act of expelling
Adam and Eve from the garden following Adams disobedience,
God reserved to himself sovereignty over the Garden in Eden
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while allocating to Adam and his progeny anyplace else upon the
earth.
As discussed previously, Zechariah 14 easily demonstrates
that Salem is that place upon earth from which the river of life
flowed out of Eden. The significance of Melchizedek at the time
of Abraham is that as King of Righteousness he had his place of
dominion in Salem, the geologic location of the Garden of God.
The authority paradigm of Melchizedek was patterned after
Gods purpose, plan and order for Adam before the fall in that it
was located in the exact same geologic location.

EVENT
And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his
name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.
Genesis 4:26
Luke 8:10

When men began to call upon the name of the Lord in the days
of Enos, what form did their worship take? They knew from the
Cain and Abel story that animal sacrifice is accepted. They also
knew that Gods original intention for Adam was to exercise his
dominion from the garden God planted in Eden. They also knew
that rebellion from the command of God resulted in expulsion from
the garden.

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EVENT
So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of
Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to
keep the way of the tree of life. Genesis 3:24
Luke 8:10

There were cherubs, and a flaming sword to keep the way of


the tree of life. Is it possible those in the days of Enos who called
upon the name of the Lord had concluded that righteousness was a
pre-requisite for re-admittance back to Eden? Did they develop a
means involving animal sacrifice combined with an obedience to
righteousness allowing re-entrance to the original place of Adams
dominion? Because the Bible is silent on these points, we cannot
definitively answer these questions. What we do know is that by
the time of Melchizedek, men inhabited Salem and their king of
righteousness was also the bona-fide priest of the most high
God.
It is highly likely that the blessing of Melchizedek upon
Abraham perpetuates an unbroken succession of faithfulness from
those who called on the Lord in the days of Enos directly to
Melchizedek the Priest of the Most High God. By blessing
Abraham, the succession of this legacy is conferred upon
Abraham.
After being delivered from servitude in Egypt, the descendants
of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob entered into a covenant (contract)
with God in the days of Moses in the wilderness. This covenant
did not annul or replace the pre-Abrahamic succession and
heritage, rather, it is this unbroken continuity of succession that
established it upon a foundation already honored by God. This
covenant established the 12 tribes of Israel as the Chosen People
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and the high priest of the Aaronic priesthood as mediator between
God and man.
When the Aaronic Priesthood was bartered to Rome at the
time of Jesus trial, it ceased to be an institution under the
jurisdiction of God, but the pre-Abrahamic succession remained
intact as did the covenant between YHVH and the Chosen People.
Authority over the institution of the priesthood changed hands but
the terms of the covenant, the signatory parties and the unbroken
succession from the faithful in the days of Enos were not affected.
Lacking the mechanism of the Aaronic priesthood, essential to
the role of the temple, neither party could fulfill their covenant
obligations. Normally the priest after the order of Aaron would
offer a sacrifice of an animal which could never be more than a
symbol for the price of death Adam owed.
With the Aaronic priesthood no longer able to fulfill its
covenant obligation, the only legitimate priesthood remaining
intact is the priesthood after the order of Melchizedek.
Unlike you and I, Christ wasnt a man whose Y
chromosome derived from Adam. Christ, the only begotten son of
God, was without sin. He was, and is, the Lamb of God, which
taketh away the sin of the world.

AXIOM
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet
hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the
Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? John 14:9
Luke 8:10

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AXIOM
I and my Father are one. John 10:30
Luke 8:10

Being both Abrahams descendant and Gods son, Christ did


not merely offer the symbolic animal sacrifice normally performed
by an Aaronic priest, he fulfilled the symbolism as the actual
payment of death for the original sin committed by Adam.
Melchizedek, the priest of the most high God, provided bread
and wine and pronounced blessing upon Abraham. Christ, whose
body was broken and whose blood was shed for sin, fulfilled Gods
covenant obligation for all time. He is also the fulfillment of
Melchizedeks symbolic act of providing bread and wine. To this
day Christians commemorate with bread and wine the symbolism
of the parallel to Christs body and blood. The connection couldnt
be stronger.
Since Christs trial, those covenant laws pertaining to the
temple and the priesthood cannot be kept, not even by the covenant
people. Gods obligations under the covenant were fulfilled in his
only begotten son. Due to the abatement of the Aaronic priesthood,
the obligations of the second party to the covenant (the people of
the covenant) can now only be fulfilled by Gods grace through
faith in his son who paid the price Adam owed.
By offering himself as a sacrifice for sin, Christ is now High
Priest after the order of Melchizedek whose succession pre-dates
Abraham. The redemption purchased by his death can be obtained
by anyone descended from Adam. It is not limited solely to those
whose ancestors entered into the covenant in the wilderness under
Moses.
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The error in the days of Nimrod was that they established an
authority paradigm derived entirely from their imagination, not one
in alignment with Gods purpose, plan and order. The transfer of
the Aaronic priesthood to Rome by the last Aaronic high priest
produced two institutions. The first was the Roman priesthood, an
authority paradigm entirely separate from, and not at all in
alignment with Gods purpose, plan and order. The second is the
ekklesia an avenue of redemption made possible by the payment
of Adams debt of death for sin.
If you recall from a previous section, from the patriarch of
each age arises two manner of people. From Adam, the patriarch
of the first age, arose Cain and Abel, the former rebellious and the
latter faithful. From Isaac, the patriarch of the second age, arose
Esau and Jacob, the rebellious firstborn and the faithful second.
From Yahushua, the patriarch of the third age also arises two
manner of people, the first was born out of rebellion, the second
born from above.
For six millennia, God has used the lives of men as his pen
and the ages of time as his parchment to reveal truth to fallen man.
The very names of people and places as well as the trials and
tribulations of Gods Chosen People stand as historic testimony to
the handiwork of God to restore the authority paradigm he so loved
within the parameters of the dominion he granted and the laws he
established, all of which will find their fulfillment in the coming
Kingdom Age, the millennial rest for those who are called, chosen
and faithful.

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The Kingdom of God
The Authority Paradigm of the Fourth Age
The third age appointed to this creation ends at the sounding
of the last trump in Revelation 11:15; here it is for your review:
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in
heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the
kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for
ever and ever.
Why didnt Christ take possession of the kingdoms of this
world when he paid the price of death? The answer is that there is
an order to everything God does. There is an appointed time for
every event, a pattern constituting Gods seal and signature upon
their fulfillment. As we have seen there are recurring themes and
parallels in each appointed age. In 1 Corinthians 15:45, Christ is
referred to as the last Adam. The last Adams birth followed the
first Adams birth by precisely four thousand years comprising the
first two ages appointed.
I am of the opinion that the day the kingdoms of this world
become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ will be exactly
two thousand years after the resurrection of Christ. A few verses
later in 1 Corinthians 15:52, Paul writes that we will be raised at
the last trump. The book of Revelation presents seven trumpets; at
the last trump the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of
Christ. Here are the passages that follow; pay particularly close
attention to the phrases in bold:
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in
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heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the
kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for
ever and ever.
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16And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their
seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
17Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art,
and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy
great power, and hast reigned.
18And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the
time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou
shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to
the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and
shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
19And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was
seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were
lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and
great hail. Revelation 11:18
This is the appointed time to give reward unto thy servants
the prophets and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small
and great, and that appointed time follows the sounding of the
seventh and last trump. Jesus elaborated on these events:
He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the
world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the
tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed
them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age; and the
reapers are the angels.
As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so
shall it be in the end of this age. The Son of man shall send forth
his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things
that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them
into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of
teeth.

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Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of
their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Matthew 13:37b43
Christs life may be parenthetical. In other words, the thirty-
three years Christ walked the earth isnt the final thirty-three years
of the second age, nor is it the first thirty-three years of the third
age; it follows the pattern of Genesis 1:1 and stands as the divine
in the midst of the four appointed ages.
Christs resurrection on the third day may begin the third age,
and the rapture or resurrection of the just, may be the event that
marks the end of this age. This is why I believe the last trump will
sound exactly two thousand years after Christs resurrection from
the dead. Please search the scriptures to establish your own belief
upon the sound foundation of the Word of God. It could just as
easily be the anniversary of the day the Holy Spirit was poured out
upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost, or on the day of the
feast of trumpets. Gods Word says, No man knows the day or the
hour, but it also says that day will not take us unaware.
The authority paradigm of the fourth age begins after the
seven vials of wrath, (more on this in the end-times chapter). It is
at that time the return of Christ in power and great glory occurs. He
divides the sheep from the goats and dispatches the goats from
among the living. He establishes his kingdom and rules with a rod
of iron. He will order his Kingdom according to the pattern of the
Holy of Holies in the temple, his authority issuing forth from his
position upon the mercy seat established upon the foundation of
the law within the ark of the covenant written by the finger of God
upon the tables of stone brought down by Moses from Mt. Sinai.
To the final age is appointed only one thousand years, and
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then the end as Satan is released from his chains to fulfill the
parallel of Nimrod, Herod, the men of sin of our age and the
antichrist who all sought to supplant the authority paradigm God so
loved with a paradigm of rebellion. But as these are appointed to
destruction, so also, at the end of the Kingdom Age, Satan himself
is cast into the lake of fire. Death and hell are also cast into the
lake of fire, but the true King and his Kingdom cannot be
destroyed, they continue into the new heavens and new earth in
which dwelleth righteousness.

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Discussion Exercises
1. Considering the four lands surrounding the Garden of God in the
early earth and the ages appointed to this creation, what can we
learn from the positioning of the four principle tribes relative to the
tabernacle in the wilderness?
a. Is there an allegorical reason Reuben is south?
b. Is there an allegorical reason Ephraim is west?
c. Is there an allegorical reason Dan is north?
d. Is there an allegorical reason Judah is east?
2. The high priests garment is comprised of four colors; red, blue,
purple and gold. If the color red is associated with Adam and the
first age (the Hebrew name Adam means red), and the color blue
is associated with the ribband of blue worn by Israelites in the
second age, of what significance is the purple and the gold?
3. Christ delivered a parable about a sower that went forth to sow.
The seed fell upon four different types of soil. Having greater
insight into the pattern of Gods throne, the four patriarchs and the
four ages appointed to this creation, does this parable make more
sense now?
4. Have you noticed any other parallels to Gods throne in your
daily reading of his Word?
5. In the Holy of Holies, cherubim flank the mercy seat, but only
on two sides, not four. To be a parallel of the throne of God, four
cherubim would be in view. If Christ supplants Adam, the man,
having paid the price to purchase his office of God of this world
and if Christ is himself the fulfillment of the symbol of the Lion of
the tribe of Judah, in that the son of man is of both the house (by
adoption) and lineage (by birth) of David, the tribe of Kings, then
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the one sitting upon the throne in the position of God is himself the
representation of those two living creatures. So do the remaining
two cherubim flanking the mercy seat bear the images of the ox
and the eagle corresponding to Israel and the Ekklesia (church)?
(Any answer resides in the arena of speculation as no answer can
be extracted from scripture and the ark is not available for public
examination.)
6. Who are the two men of sin of our age? These both parallel
Nimrod of the first age and Herod the Great of the second age.
Hint #1: Both of these men sought to eclipse the authority
paradigm God so loved and substitute a paradigm of rebellion.
Nimrod introduced goddess worship (Semiramis) and Herod (an
Edomite) sought to murder the Messiah when he was a young
child. Hint #2: Just as there are two witnesses at the end of this
third age, so are there two men of sin. This question does not
involve the antichrist who is yet future. One of these men is a
very prominent recent historical figure, the other is still alive at the
time of this writing. Re-visit this question after finishing this book
and see if your insights have changed.

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Christians and the Law of Moses

L ets take a look at Acts 15:1921:

Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from


among the Gentiles are turned to Yahweh: But that we write
unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from
fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. For
Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being
read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
Upon conversion, gentile believers were to be burdened with
no more than four guidelines to facilitate being called out from
the world (the authority paradigm of rebellion whose head is
Satan). The meaning of verse 21 is abundantly clear that they
would naturally attend a synagogue where Moses is read for in
every city he is preached.
Before we explore a Christians responsibility with regard to
the law given to Moses, we first need to tackle the question about
the synagogue attendance seemingly assumed in verse 21 of Acts
15.
Why Dont Gentile Believers Attend Synagogue?
An understanding of Judaism in this current age will help us
understand this question. What follows is an excerpt from an
excellent summary of Judaism by Rabbi Loren Jacobs of
Synagogue Shema Yisrael adapted from an article written by
Rabbi David Chernoff of Beth Yeshua in Philadelphia:
Prior to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 Ad.,
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Judaism, or the faith of the Jewish people, was centered
around the Temple and the sacrificial system, and brought
genuine atonement. After the destruction of the Temple, the
non-Messianic rabbis decided to radically restructure Judaism,
substituting synagogues, rabbis, prayers, study and
commandments for the Temple, priests and sacrifices. They also
added many of their own laws, rules and traditions. Sadly, they
left us with a man-made religion that is powerless to save us.
Today their writings and commentaries (the Talmud, etc.) form
the foundation of traditional (non-Messianic) Judaism.
Rabbinic Judaism consists of several branches: Orthodox
(traditional), Chassidic (Orthodox with influences from eastern
mysticism, including belief in reincarnationa non-Biblical
concept), Conservative, Reform (liberal), Reconstructionist
(emphasizing Jewish culture over theology) and Secular
Humanistic (denying the existence of God). Despite their claims,
very few within these Judaisms are actually awaiting the
Messiah, and those who are, are the exceptions.
When the early Messianic Jews took the Good News of the
Jewish Messiah to the Gentiles, a great number were brought
into the faith. By the end of the first century Ad, Gentile
Believers outnumbered the Jewish Believers.
This occurred primarily because there have always been far
more Gentiles in the world than Jewish people. However, as
more and more Gentiles came into the Messianic faith, some had
little understanding or regard for its Jewish roots and Gods
eternal covenant with Israel. A de-Judaizing process (a
separation from the Jewish roots of the faith and from the Jewish
people) set in. As the number of Gentile believers increased,
they began to dominate the faith until the Gentile expression of
Christianity emerged as the dominant expression of the faith.
Then, in what can only be regarded as one of the greatest
paradoxes of history, Christianity made it seem alien for a
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Jewish person to believe in the King of the Jews!
In spite of the many pressures put upon Jewish Believers to give
up their faith, it seems that Messianic Judaism continued into the
seventh century Ad. First, non-Messianic rabbis pressured
Messianic Jews to relinquish their faith in Yeshua as the
Messiah. In addition, the dominant Gentile expression of
Christianity pressured Messianic Jews to abandon their
Jewishness. Finally, in the seventh century Ad, the rise of Islam
caused distress for Messianic Jews. Despite all this, the real
reason for the disappearance of early Messianic Judaism was
that Messianic Jews lost their visionno longer regarding it as
important to remain Jewish after accepting Yeshua.
Consequently, they assimilated into the Gentile expression of
Christianity
Though Messianic Judaism as a distinct movement faded in the
seventh century, there have always been individual Jewish
Believers in Yeshua. Beginning in the early 1800s increasing
numbers of Jewish people began believing in Yeshua. The
modern Messianic Jewish movement came to fruition in the
1960s and 1970s.9
The compelling reason why gentile believers in Yahushua do
not attend a Jewish synagogue, therefore, is that Judaism is just as
divided as Christianity is. A Messianic fellowship might be a very
good place for a gentile believer to fellowship and grow in wisdom
and knowledge, but a rabbinic synagogue would likely pose a
hindrance to growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
In conclusion, the most important factor in choosing a
fellowship has always been the purity of the teaching and its
commitment to the faith which was once delivered unto the
saints, whether it is a Messianic Jewish fellowship, or a
predominantly gentile fellowship.
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The Law of Torah in the Present Age
Yahweh gave us his perfect law contained in the five books of
the Torah. Among Christians, the Law of Moses is a point of
heated debate, so I will summarize as briefly as I can how
believers in the present age should regard the Law of Moses.

AXIOM
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man
should boast. Eph 2:8-9

While it is foundational that we are saved by grace through


faith, it is important to remember to enhance our knowledge of
salvation by considering Titus 2:1112, which says, For the grace
of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching
us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live
soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
It is, therefore, safe to conclude that salvation is not by works,
but those who are in Christ will deny ungodliness and worldly
lusts and live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present
world.
Even believers who adamantly maintain, we arent under the
law will concede that Christians are salt and light because we
are a living reflection of our righteous Lord. While on one hand
its fine to walk in love in response to Yahushuas admonition in
Matt. 22:37-40, it is important to consider Romans 13:
he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this,
Thou shalt not commit adulterie, Thou shalt not kill, Thou
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shalt not steal, Thou shalt not beare false witness, Thou
shalt not covet: and if there be any other commandment, it
is briefly comprehended in this saying, even in this, Thou
shalt love thy neighbour as thy self. Love doeth not evil to
his neighbour: therefore is love ye fulfilling of the Law.
Romans 13:8b -10 (Geneva Bible 1560)

So what is the standard? What is the measure? How do we


know what is expected of us in this regard?
Without examining each of the 613 laws contained in the
Torah, lets instead analyze them as if they could be divided into
four general categories:
1. Laws that have a physical cause and effect association, which
benefit us solely in the flesh. Laws of this nature include the
sanitary laws and the dietary laws.
Christ himself said in Matthew 15:11, Not that which goeth
into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the
mouth, this defileth a man.
So disobedience to these laws, even if detrimental to the flesh,
doesnt defile a man in spirit. Im sure that because Yahweh
loves us, it grieves him that we take harm in our body because we
are ignorant of these laws, or we choose to disobey them, but
disobedience to these laws wont otherwise affect our position in
or relationship with Christ.
2. Laws involving the priesthood and the temple.
For almost two thousand years, there has been no temple of
wood and stone, and no Jewish priesthood. At present nobody can
keep these laws. Not even Jews.
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Even if the temple were rebuilt, there is none other name
under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Because He fulfilled what the temple could only symbolize, only
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by him. Though obedience to these laws brought
genuine atonement by Gods grace through faith prior to Christ
fulfilling what these laws represented symbolically, there is no
longer any obligation for anyone to keep the laws pertaining to the
priesthood and the temple, including laws of sacrifice.
3. Laws involving symbolism.
There are many symbolic laws, like the one prohibiting
wool/linen blend garments: Wool keeps one warm, linen keeps one
cool, blending the two (in symbolism) is to be lukewarm.
Hopefully youre reminded of Revelation 3:1516 where Christ
said, I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would
thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and
neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Another symbolic law required binding the commandments of
Yahweh upon the forehead or arm. The meaning is clear in that we
are to read the word and retain it at the forefront of our every
decision, and apply it in everything we put our hand (arm) to.
These are laws where we are to appreciate the symbolism and
apply the principle, but not necessarily obey the letter literally. I do
not fault those who do keep them literally; they do so as an act of
remembrance to keep the principle fresh in their minds, as in the
keeping of the feasts of Yahweh. Ones salvation certainly isnt at
risk by not keeping these feasts, though keeping the feasts of the
Lord as an exercise is extremely beneficial in that each detail has
its spiritual allegory. Entering in to these feasts in fellowship with
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other believers, or only ones family, reinforces our identity within
the body of Christ and enhances our fellowship with others. This is
an example of the added benefit of being involved with a
messianic fellowship where these feasts are kept. A gentile-only
fellowship may not keep these feasts. Indifference toward these
very symbolic feasts, however regrettable, is not a sin as we are
saved by grace through faith and that not of yourselves lest any
man boast.
4. Laws reflecting the nature and character of Yahweh.
Adam was created in the image of God, so our salvation
(restoration) involves a literal obedience to these laws so that we
may be restored into the image of God.
These would include laws reflecting the nature and character
of God; his faithfulness, his righteousness, his steadfastness, his
holiness. In Matthew 23:23, Jesus admonished the Jewish religious
leaders because although they kept the minutiae of the law, they
omitted the more important aspects of judgment, mercy, and faith,
all attributes reflecting the nature and character of God.
Here it this passage for your review:
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe
of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier
matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to
have done, and not to leave the other undone. Matthew 23:23
Those laws of Moses reflecting the nature and character of
God form the standard and basis of love, but also of righteousness,
thus the warning in Proverbs 14:12 that there is a way which
seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of
death. Jer. 17:9 Tells us that this is because The heart is deceitful
above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
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Those laws that reflect the nature and character of Yahweh,
therefore, are the standard and basis for righteousness and holiness.
Hosiah 14:9 asks, Who is wise, and he shall understand these
things? and prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the
Lord are righteous, and the just shall walk in them: but the wicked
shall fall therein. Geneva Bible 1560 ed.
Yahweh is a jealous God: therefore, Thou shalt have no
other gods before me.
In six days, the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all
that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord
blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it, therefore we should
remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Yahweh is sovereign; He and He alone appoints dominion,
therefore, Honour thy father and thy mother.
God is the creator of life: therefore, thou shalt not murder.
God is faithful and true; therefore, thou shalt not commit
adultery.
A just weight and balance are the Lords; therefore, thou
shalt not steal.
He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are
judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is
he; therefore, thou shalt not bear false witness against thy
neighbour.
The earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof; therefore,
thou shalt not covet.
The identifying symbol of the chosen people of the second age
was the ribband of blue woven through the fringes on the four
corners of their garment. The identifying mark in this third age is
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that we deny our selves, take up our cross daily and follow him. As
Paul in his letter to the Ephesians wrote,
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth
walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the
life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the
blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given
themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness
with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that
ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is
in Jesus:
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man,
which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be
renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new
man, which after God is created in righteousness and true
holiness.
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his
neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry,
and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither
give place to the devil.
Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour,
working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may
have to give to him that needeth.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but
that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister
grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,
whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil
speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind
one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as
God for Christs sake hath forgiven you.

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Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in
love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us
an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not
be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither
filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not
convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor
covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the
kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these
things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of
disobedience. (Ephesians 4:17-5:6)

These laws that reflect the nature and character of Christ are
the foundations of a healthy society, a society free from the
oppression, injustice, and desolation that result from unbridled sin.
Any culture or nation that honors Yahweh in their daily lives will
have security, justice, wealth, and peace as the natural result.

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Discussion Exercise
1. The writers of the Declaration of Independence held certain
truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal and are
endowed by our creator with certain, inalienable rights.
Three of these God-given rights are stated within the
document:
Life
Liberty
The pursuit of happiness
The fact that all men are restrained from murder by the
command of creator God (who alone is sovereign over all
men) establishes the right to not be murdered, or to state it in
positive terms, the right to life. What other rights are
established by those other commands of God that reflect
Gods nature or character?
2. Since God-given rights are established by the laws of God,
can a wrong (adultery, theft, murder, homosexuality,
covetousness, etc.) ever become a God-given right?
3. Can a wrong become a human right (granted by men, not
by God)?
4. Is mans sovereign creator obligated to obey or regard rules or
rights granted by his creation?
5. Every government is established upon one of two foundations:
a. the commands of mans sovereign creator,
b. rebellion against the commands of mans sovereign
creator.
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To which was Paul referring in Romans 13:13? Here is the
text for your review:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no
power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance
of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves
damnation.
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.
Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good,
and thou shalt have praise of the same.
6. There are three basis for governmental authority:
a. the commandments of mans sovereign creator,
b. the consent of the governed,
c. a ruling class exploiting a consolidation of arms against a
disarmed populace.
To which was Paul referring in Romans 13:13?

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7. Most people have a dualistic outlook: left/right, up/down,
on/off, top/bottom, good/bad, saved/lost, back/forth, etc. The
political spectrum, as a two-dimensional plane, fails to take
into account the degree to which a government acknowledges
the authority of mans sovereign creator. Adding this
additional dimension removes all pretense, revealing the
motivation of those who seek to rule over others.
The political spectrum below depicts a graph rather than a
plane. Place a few governments youre familiar with on the grid
then revisit this page after you have finished this book to see if
your opinion has changed.

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Parallels of the Ages
AXIOM
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for
our learning Romans 15:4

T he physics of time, space, matter, and energy follow


predictable patterns that science regards as laws. These laws
pertaining to gravity, motion, thermodynamics, chemistry, etc., are
considered to be predictable, constant, and unchanging.
There are spiritual constants that exist as well. Unlike the laws
of physics that have been observed as unvarying solely in the third
dimension, spiritual constants are absolute and unaffected by three-
dimensional influences.
Fact and truth are words with different meanings.
Science is that discipline which establishes fact through the
application of the scientific method, i.e., unbiased observation,
controlled experimentation, and peer review. Truth, on the other
hand, is revealed by the Holy Spirit of God. The following passage
from 1 Corinthians expresses the view that anyone can study and
learn the facts of our three dimensional universe, but only one born
from above and anointed with Gods Holy Spirit can understand
revealed truth:
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of
man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no
man, but the Spirit of God.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit
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which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely
given to us of God.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which mans
wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing
spiritual things with spiritual.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:
for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned.
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit
searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
1 Corinthians 2:1114 and 10
Because we are exploring things of a spiritual nature, those
who have not been born from above/born again and anointed with
Gods Holy Spirit cannot fully appreciate the significance of
spiritual truths revealed through Gods Word for they are
foolishness unto him. I am confident, however, that any who have
read and understood this far will understand what follows.
The Change of Venue Parallel
Water is the focus of the first three allegories that follow. Keep this
in mind as you muse upon the final parallel.
The First Age Change of Venue Parallel
Adam sinned and was driven out of the Garden of God.
Adams venue changed from being in the position ordained for him
by God, to being outside the order established by God, signified by
being without and not within the Garden of God. The headwaters
of the four rivers had their point of origin in the Garden of God.
Adam being driven out of the Garden of God over the water to
the other side is a significant aspect of the end of Adams place in
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the venue of Gods living order. Adam entered into a venue of
bondage to the one to whom he submitted himself a servant to
obey, including the ultimate death, which incurs to all who
similarly choose to remain in rebellion against the authority of our
sovereign creator.
Just as God established his sovereignty over Adam by a
command with a repercussion for disobedience. So likewise the
eviction from the Garden of God establishes Gods perpetual
sovereignty over the geologic location of the garden in Eden as a
place where alignment with Gods righteous nature must be
maintained and disobedience is met with eviction from that holy
place.
Because the garden in Eden is the sole place God exclusively
reserves to himself, we will see in the next section that this is that
sole place upon earth where God leads the chosen people to build
the temple to re-establish his order upon earth.

The Second Age Change of Venue Parallel


After leading the chosen people from bondage in Egypt
through the Red Sea and forty years of wandering in the
wilderness, Moses died before the chosen people entered the land
of promise. At the crossing of the Jordan at Gilgal, the venue of the
Israelites changed from following Moses, the lawgiver, to
glorifying Joshua (heb. Yahushua), being circumcised, and
entering the Promised Land to conquer and dispossess the usurpers
and ultimately build the temple in Jerusalem, the geologic location
of the Garden of God. The transition from slaves to conquerors
was complete.

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The Third Age Change of Venue Parallel
The crossing of the river Jordan at Gilgal under Joshua has its
parallel in Christ at his baptism at the hand of John. Lets review
the baptism of Christ in Matthew 3:
13Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be
baptized of him.
14But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of
thee, and comest thou to me?
15And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for
thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered
him.
16And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of
the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he
saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon
him:
17And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased. Matthew 3:1317

How does the baptism10 of Christ in Jordan fulfill all


righteousness? The answer is that it fulfilled the symbolism of the
Gilgal event. Following his baptism in Jordan, parallel events
occurred. At Gilgal, they entered the land of promise, but when he
who is the fulfillment of Joshua fulfills the Gilgal parallel, the very
heavens are opened, the Spirit of God descended and lighted upon
him! As you recall, at Gilgal, Joshua was glorified by the people.
At Christs baptism, God himself glorified his son who is the
fulfillment of Joshua.

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AXIOM
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus
Christ were baptized into his death? Romans 6:3

The heavens opening at Christs baptism is poignant in that


Gilgal was the gateway to the promised land, but Christs baptism
is the gateway to heaven. The people had all followed Moses.
Their venue changed when they crossed the river, entered the land,
glorified Joshua, and were circumcised. Likewise, those baptized
into Christ are crossing the river, so to speak. Being baptized is
entering the water to emerge on the other side into a new venue.
Following Christs death was his resurrection. Upon being
baptized, the believer enters into Christs death, and by his death
are our sins forgiven and entrance into heaven made possible. Our
heritage and venue changes from being descended from Adam to
being born from above into the family of the only begotten Son
of God.
In parallel to the circumcision at Gilgal, Colossians 2 says:
In Christ also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made
without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the
circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also
ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God,
who hath raised him from the dead.
Once again we see that the law (which among other things
requires circumcision) is a figure of that which is fulfilled in
Christ. Buried with him in baptism, an allegory of crossing the
river Jordan back into the land of promise from which Adam was
evicted for sin. Circumcised in heart, made pure, our sin cut off,
by Christ with the circumcision made without hands by the
circumcision of Christ.
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AXIOM
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we
be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been
all made to drink into one Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13

Christ fulfilled that which the events at Gilgal symbolized;


whosoever will believe in him who is the fulfillment of Joshua,
gains restoration to everything lost by Adam. As Jacob purchased
the birthright from Esau by the payment of something red, Christ
purchased the birthright of Adam by his own blood. Being
baptized into Christ is to be baptized into the family in heaven,
Christ being the prototokos, the firstborn. 2
AXIOM
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be
conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn
among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them
he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and
whom he justified, them he also glorified. Romans 8:29-30
Another significant aspect involves a parallel to the temple.
The second precinct of the temple is the court of the Jews. The
architecture and furniture of the temple represents a roadmap of
the ages, so to speak. The altar in the court of the Jews represents
Christs sacrifice for sin and the laver his death. The laver is
followed in the temple model by the staircase rising to the
pinnacle, the highest and central feature of the temple which
represents heaven.
The laver reminds us of Gilgal where the Israelites crossed
from the wilderness into the land of promise; an act which reverses
the curse and the eviction of Adam from the Garden of God.
Gilgal is the event that is paralleled by baptism. In baptism
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we die with Christ to rise in resurrection at the end of the age. As
Christs resurrection and ascension began the age, so the
resurrection of the just at the sounding of the last trump ends the
age.

The Fourth Age Change of Venue Parallel


To recap ; in the first age, Adam and Eve sinned and were
driven from the garden where the river of life flowed.
In the second age, the faithful were led by Joshua across the
river Jordan back into the land where the Garden of God had been.
In this third age Jesus was baptized in Jordan and whosoever
will are baptized into Jesus Christbaptized into his death for
if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we
shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. (John 3:16, Rom
6:3 and 5).
In the fourth age, the resurrection is the venue change parallel:
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption;
it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in
glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a
natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.
There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is
written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last
Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first
which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that
which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy; the
second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are
they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they
also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the
earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
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Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the
kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we
shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at
the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be
raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this
corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put
on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on
incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then
shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is
swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave,
where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength
of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved
brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the
work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not
in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15

In this third age, we are baptized in the likeness of his death,


and shall rise from that death in the likeness of his resurrection at
the end of the age. The change of venue from mortal to immortal.
Now we bear the image of the earthly, on that day we will bear the
image of the heavenly.
It will be at the sounding of the last trump when the purchased
possession is redeemed. Not only are the kingdoms of this world
redeemed to Christ, we also cross over into heaven.
Our resurrection into heaven is the river crossing parallel of
the fourth age. As Adam and Eve were driven out of the Garden of
God, we are redeemed back into the authority paradigm God so
loved. Christ hast redeemed us to God by his blood out of every
kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us
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unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth
(Rev 5:9b10). This is the full and final restoration of the authority
paradigm God so loved.
Christs resurrection is a defining event. Not only are
Christians resurrected at the last trump, but the Revelation 11
witnesses are also resurrected.

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The Age-End Witness Parallel
Each age culminates with an individual or individuals who
share characteristics with the patriarch of the age.
The term witness is being used in this section for lack of a
better term and to be consistent with the identification of the two
witnesses in the book of Revelation. I adopted the term from that
source and applied it to the culminating individuals of the other
three epochs. I must, therefore, caution the reader that the content
herein is observational on my part and not a rendering of any
scripture nor expanded from any teaching found in the pages of the
Bible. I recently completed a YouTube presentation where I
referred to these individuals as bookends of the initiating
patriarchs of the four ages due to the fact they mirror their
distinguishing characteristics.
The First Age
Adam, the first man, was ordained to dominion but was
dislodged from that position by God due to his rebellion. At the
end of the age, Nimrod usurped dominion but was dislodged from
that position by God due to his rebellion.
The Second Age
Isaac was born to Sarah, a barren woman well beyond
childbearing age. John the Baptist was born to Elisabeth, a barren
woman well beyond child-bearing age.
The second living creature before the throne of God is the ox,
or yearling calf, the only animal of sacrifice too powerful to be
forced to the altar, it had to be faithful unto death. A
characteristic of both Isaac who carried the wood up the mount for
his own sacrifice, and John the Baptist who maintained his
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righteous witness and endured imprisonment and death for it.
The Third Age
The living creature symbolizing the third age is the eagle. The
nature of the eagle, a creature able to traverse the heavens, is
exhibited by both the patriarch and the witnesses of the third age.
Jesus, the patriarch of the third age, was killed in Jerusalem,
rose after three days, and ascended into heaven. In Revelation 11,
the two witnesses are killed in Jerusalem, rise after three days, and
ascend into heaven.
Some maintain that the two witnesses at the end of the third
age are Moses and Elijah, others favor Enoch and Elijah. The
former opinion asserts that Moses and Elijah represent the law and
the prophets respectivelyMoses, the witness representing Israel,
and Elijah representing the ekklesia, or church.
I myself neither agree nor disagree. I am not a prophet, and
where the Bible is unclear or silent, I often take a pan-
apocalyptic position as it pertains to future prophecy. What is the
pan-apocalyptic viewpoint? It is to simply wait and see how the
apocalypse pans out.
In my opinion, this is the best and easiest eschatological (end-
times) position to take because its never wrong. I can maintain
that I firmly believe prophecy will be fulfilled, but I am never
wrong about the specifics of how prophecy is fulfilled because,
consistent with my pan-apocalyptic viewpoint, Im not dogmatic
about my predictions!
Those who favor the view that the two end-times witness will
be Moses and Elijah note that the gifts of the spirit exhibited by
these two end-times witnesses resemble those exhibited by Moses
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and Elijah. This coupled with the fact that the bodies of both
Moses and Elijah were never located for burial make this position
tenable. We are told in Jude that Michael the archangel disputed
with Satan concerning the body of Moses, which nobody could
find. Elijah was simply transported to heaven, he never did taste
death, neither did Enoch. Since it is appointed unto men once to
die, these two must keep their appointment.
Why are there two witnesses at the end of the third age and not
just one? Short answer: Israel remains distinct from gentile
believers. This little introduction to the Bible isnt intended as an
in-depth doctrinal treatise, but heres a down and dirty
summation: In this third age, all who enter into salvation do so
through faith in Christ, as there is only one name under heaven
whereby men must be saved (Acts 4:12). Jewish believers dont
stop being Jews to be saved, they simply embrace the Messiah
anticipated in prophecy. Jewish believers are known as completed
Jews or Messianic Jews.
Gentile believers, on the other hand, are grafted in as a wild
olive branch onto a cultivated olive tree (Romans 11). Though
grafted in, they remain distinct from the tree that bears them, a
separate branch bearing different fruit.
Many promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, particularly
those regarding the land of Israel, do not fall to gentile believers in
Christ. The ancestors of gentile believers werent slaves in Egypt
for four hundred years, werent delivered from slavery by divine
miracles, didnt wander in the wilderness, didnt conquer the land
of promise under Joshua, had no part in the hardship or triumph of
the kingdom of David or the glory of the kingdom of Solomon,
didnt endure the bondage of exile in Babylon, and didnt suffer
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under the four empires defining the end of the second age. In short,
the land of promise is not the heritage or destiny of gentile
believers.
Having been grafted in, gentile believers are in every sense
washed clean through the blood of the lamb and enter in to the
heritage of the Son of God who is at the right hand of Yahweh in
heaven, but they do not take part in the continuing saga remaining
to the Chosen People descended from Abraham, Isaac, and Israel
yet to unfold upon the earth.
One witness, therefore, is associated with Israel, and one
witness is associated with gentile believers, but both take place in
the resurrection from the dead. So the end times appointed to this
age involve both Israel and the church, and both have their
respective distinct roles to play, so two witnesses appear in
Revelation 11.
Are Jewish believers raptured, resurrected at the last trump?
The resurrection of both witnesses suggests as much. But God isnt
finished with the Jews in the land of promise.
The Fourth Age
To recap; as the age-end witness of the first age, Nimrod
exhibited defining characteristics of Adam, the founding patriarch
of the first age.
As the age-end witness of the second age, John the Baptist
exhibited defining characteristics of Isaac, the founding patriarch
of the second age.
The age-end witnesses of the third age exhibit a defining
characteristic of Yahushua (Jesus), the founding patriarch of the
third age.
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Consistent with the fourth living creature before the throne of
God, the defining characteristic of the patriarch of the Kingdom
Age reflects the nature of a lion. The patriarch of the Kingdom
Age arrives in Revelation 19:11, And I saw heaven opened, and
behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful
and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. This,
then, is the defining characteristic of the Lion of the Tribe of
Judah, at his triumphant return, that in righteousness he doth
judge and make war.
This defining characteristic is first manifested in Revelation
19:2021: The beast was taken, and with him the false prophet
that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them
that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped
his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning
with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him
that sat upon the horse.
The passage then continues in Revelation 20:2 an angel
laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and
Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the
bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he
should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should
be fulfilled.
We see this defining characteristic again exhibited at the end
of the Kingdom Age in Revelation 20 :
7When the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out
of his prison,
8And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four
quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together
to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

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9And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed
the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came
down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire
and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and
shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
It sounds like the age-end witness is God, doesnt it? He does,
after all, bear the distinguishing characteristics of Emmanuel (God
with us), the founding patriarch of the Kingdom Age!
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Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain
deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the
world, and not after Christ.
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality
and power: Colossians 2:8-10

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25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all
things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which
did put all things under him.
28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the
Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under
him, that God may be all in all. 1 Cor 15:25-28

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The Divine Selection Parallel
The Divine Selection Event of the First Age
The worldwide flood in the days of Noah occurred in the final
quarter of the first age, specifically 1,656 years after the creation of
Adam. Were told Noah was perfect in his generations and that
Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
God breathed the breath of life into Adam and took it again
from all those who drowned in the flood. All those descended
from Cain died in the flood. The nephalim, the progeny of the
sons of God who sired offspring by the daughters of men, also
died in the flood.
This is the process by which God selectively cleansed the
earth of all but Noahs family in the first age.

The Divine Selection Event of the Second Age


The culminating events signaling the beginning-of-the-end of
the second age parallel the events of the first in that the
descendants of Isaac, the patriarch of the age, underwent a
selection process.
God promised Noah in Genesis 9:1112 that there would
never again be a flood to destroy the earth. Here is the passage for
your review:
And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh
be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there
any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
Instead of a flood, the Chosen People are taken captive into
Babylon. Their preference for an authority paradigm of rebellion
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over the authority paradigm God so loved made this judgment
particularly poignant. For seventy years, the southern kingdom of
Judah was in captivity.
As Adam was evicted from the place of his dominion, so the
people of the covenant were evicted from the land of promise; and
for the same reason: rebellion.
The Assyrian empire had previously conquered the northern
kingdom of Israel, taking them captive to Assyria. Later, the
Babylonian empire under Nebuchadnezzar conquered the Assyrian
empire and the southern kingdom of Judah as well.
Israel and Judah endured separation from the land together for
the final seventy years of captivity in Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar
left the poorest of the people in the land, but took everyone else
captive to Babylon. When the seventy years of captivity ended, and
after the Babylonian empire fell to the Medes and Persians, those
in captivity were released, but not even a majority opted to return
to the Land of Promise.
The descendants of Isaac who returned from the captivity were
rejoined with those who remained in the land, all others were, by
their own choice, selected out.

The Divine Selection Event of the Third Age


By way of review, the divine selection parallel of the first age
followed a period of unbridled sin, resulting in a sifting process
preserving the family of Noah, who was perfect in his generations
while selecting all others out.
The divine selection parallel of the second age also followed a
period of unbridled sin and resulted in a sifting process whose end
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restored whosoever will to the promised land and selected all
others out.
The divine selection parallel of the third age follows a period
of merciless sin generally known as the inquisition, beginning in
the late twelfth century continuing through its final, and most
brutal manifestation, the Spanish Inquisition, beginning in 1480
Ad.
As history has borne out, persecution breeds revival. In the
year 1517 Ad, Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses to the
door of Wittenberg Castle in Germany, giving voice to those with
moral objections to the abuses of Catholicism. The floodgates had
been opened; the reformation had begun. Numerous revivals
followed in the wake of the reformation, generally known as the
Great Awakening, resulting in people leaving Catholicism in
droves. The rediscovery of the Americas contributed to the exodus
from the corrupt Roman order. Revivals occurred in succession in
regions around the globe.
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But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to
the Jew first, and also to the Gentile Romans 2:10

The end-result of the selection process of the third age (which


is at this writing is yet future) is described in the seventh chapter of
Revelation depicting the end of the times of the gentiles. First
Israelis in verse 4: I heard the number of them which were sealed:
and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of
all the tribes of the children of Israel. This group is further
defined in chapter 14: And in their mouth was found no guile: for
they are without fault before the throne of God.
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In verses 9 through 14, we see the tribulation martyrs:
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man
could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and
tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed
with white robes, and palms in their
hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God
which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the
elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their
faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory,
and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and
might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the
elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are
arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me,
These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have
washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the
Lamb.
This particular divine selection process involves two groups.
First, 144,000 of all the tribes of Israel are sealed and then a great
multitude of all nations.

The Divine Selection Event of the Fourth Age


To recap, in the first age, Noah was a just man and perfect in
his generations, and Noah walked with God, Noah, therefore, was
selected in. Those whose generations had been mixed with that of
the sons of God, and those who chose not to walk with God, opted
out.
In the second age, only those who of their own volition
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returned to the land when they were released from their captivity
and the remnant who remained in the land were selected in. The
remnant left in the land by Nebuchadnezzar who chose to leave,
and those who chose to remain outside the land when they had the
opportunity to return, opted out.
In the third age, only those who are without fault or have
washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the
Lamb are selected in, those who embrace ideologies in rebellion
against the righteousness of Christ opt themselves out.
In the fourth age, the saints in the beloved City of God are
selected in and those who choose the deception of Satans rebellion
against God opt out as Revelation explains:
And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed
out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which
are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather
them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of
the sea.
And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the
camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came
down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire
and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and
shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Revelation 20:710

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The Cross Parallel
The First Age
The river that watered the Garden of God and from there
divided into four heads. This river flowed into four regions as
noted in a previous section. The Gihon flowed into Ethiopia, the
Perath into Eden, the Pison into Havilah, and the Hiddikel
eastward into Assyria. Conceptually this watercourse arrangement
forms a cross. More importantly, at the center of this cross is
something divine, i.e., Adams position of dominion in the Garden
of God.
The Second Age
The children of Israel were commanded to make thee fringes
upon the four quarters of thy vesture, wherewith thou coverest
thyself (Deuteronomy 22:12). Moses elaborates on the
instructions in Numbers:
Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make
them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their
generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a
ribband of blue:
And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it,
and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them;
and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes,
after which ye use to go a whoring: Numbers 15: 3839

This is my absolute favorite symbolism in the Bible. The


descendants of Jacob, (who had four wives: Leah, Rachel, Bilhah,
and Zilpah), are here commanded to put a fringe upon each of the
four corners of their garment. The four fringes symbolize the four
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areas of land bordering the Garden of God. The ribband of blue
woven into each fringe represents the rivers flowing from the
Garden of God through each land. The descendant of Jacob
wearing the garment is in the center, in the divine position in the
midst of four (the name Jacob means supplanter or usurper).
They were in the image of God in that the wearer is
supplanting the place ordained for Adam in the center of the four
fringes, each having a ribband of blue representing the rivers
flowing out of Eden. Each Hebrew so clothed is in the divine
position lost by Adam through sin, so they are to look upon it and
remember the commandments of Yahweh and do them.
Why are the commandments of Yahweh so important to the
Chosen People whom God had ordained to populate the land where
the Garden of God had been and wherein is located the City of
God? The answer is obvious. Adam was driven out for
disobedience. In order to retain standing before God in the land, it
was vital the chosen people remain in the image of God through
obedience to Gods law. By order of God they are individually
supplanting Adam and what God had ordained him to. Looking
upon the four tassels and the four ribbands of blue is to remind
them that they are each allegorically positioned at the center of the
four rivers, parallel to Adam whose position within Gods
authority paradigm was contingent upon his faithfulness to the
command of God. Jacobs new name, Israel, reflects their restored
status inasmuch as it means he will rule as god. Significant also
is that God led them back across the river Jordan to that single
place upon earth God reserves to himself, Jerusalem, the City of
God.
But just as the temple of wood and stone and the sacrifice of
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animals arent able to take away sin, so these tassels, which only
represented a usurpation of Adams position, is not effectual to
restore the authority paradigm God so loved. They were, as we are,
saved by grace through faith. For them, their point of faith was
their obedience to the law of God. In the third age, this is fulfilled
in Christs sacrifice upon the cross.

The Third Age


The fulfillment of the rivers flowing from Eden and the
ribband of blue is accomplished in the cross upon which Christ
himself was crucified.
The trunk of a tree is comprised of two parts. The outer bark is
the phloem, the phloem carries the nutrient product of
photosynthesis downward from the leaves of the tree. The wood is
the xylem, the xylem carries water upward from the root to the
braches and leaves. It is no mistake Christ was crucified on a cross
of wood. The wood of the cross is allegorical to the river of life,
which divided into four heads. Jesus is referred to in scripture as
the root. Christ at the center of the cross gives us the allegorical
picture of the river of life in that the gift of salvation accomplished
by his death for sin flows forth from the one at its center. As the
river of life carried its mineral-rich water to the four corners of
the earth, so the wooden cross, in imagery the tree of life, carries
the life-giving water of life, redemption by his blood, to whosoever
will throughout the four ages appointed to this earth.

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AXIOM
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in
the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the
bright and morning star. Revelation 22:16

In John 1:51 Jesus said, Verily, verily, I say unto you,


Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God
ascending and descending upon the Son of man. Is this another
parallel to the phloem and xylem of a tree which carries water
upward and nutrients downward? Jesus faithfulness unto death
re-established the authority paradigm God so loved in that he
himself is the High Priest of our faith, the mediator between God
and man, enabling God to dispatch his angels to accomplish his
will on earth through those born from above into His family in
heaven.
Our point of faith in this third age is belief in Christ who
fulfilled all righteousness by his death on the cross to make
available the way into heaven.
The Fourth Age
It may seem off-topic, but I feel it is constructive here to
explore the concept of the four corners of the earth since this
biblical clich has been employed in preceding sections.
Skeptics and cynics deride the Bible by jumping to the
wholesale assumption that the phrase four corners of the earth
depicts a flat plane with four outside corners. These arrogantly
presume the writers of the Bible held the view that the earth was
square and thus flat. Quite to the contrary, the four corners are not
outside corners but inside corners.
The earth described in Genesis 2 depicts a river emanating
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from a single location and dividing into four heads. Each river
flowed into a different region. Many cities today require a
directional indication of S/W, S/E, N/W or N/E in the address
because these cities are divided north to south and east to west by
central streets or avenues. Are these cities perfectly square with
four outside corners? No! They are four-quartered due to the
central intersection and its inside corners. The early earth was
divided by the rivers north to south and east to west. It is because
the early earth was four-quartered that the term four corners of the
earth became a commonly used phrase in ancient cultures. Its not
at all a reference to the outer corners of a square, but the
intersection at the center forming a cross with four central corners.
Second Esdras 6:1 (an apocryphal book) refers to the
beginning when the round world was made (1560 Geneva ed.)
indicating that the ancients were full aware of the shape of the
earth.
It is unfortunate that the layout of New Jerusalem in
Revelation 21:16 is translated foursquare. The Greek word in
this passage is tetrogonos. Tetra is four and gonos is from a
root word meaning knee but fell into common usage to indicate
an angle. We find it used in mathematics in words like hexagon
and pentagon. The city being described in Revelation 21 has four
angles and is thus four-quartered, just like the earth in Genesis 2,
just like the garment of the Jews and just like the cross. This,
therefore, is the fourth-age fulfillment of this allegory and parallel.
The heavenly city of New Jerusalem follows the pattern of the
Garden of God, the City of God (Jerusalem), the temple of God
and is central to the reestablished authority paradigm with the Last
Adam, Christ, as King of the Kingdom of God.
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Discussion Exercises
Have you encountered other parallels in your daily reading of
Gods word?

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The End Times

I t is only the truly diligent student who can accomplish a


command of Biblical eschatology. If you opened this book and
turned to this section without reading from the beginning, you will
be at a disadvantage as you will lack the foundation necessary to
proceed, and what follows will only serve to confuse you. Im sure
you would agree that a vast edifice cannot be built upon a half-vast
foundation.
The End Times of the First Age
As men began to multiply after the flood, a man named
Nimrod established an authority paradigm in rebellion against the
nature and character of God, prompting God, mans sovereign
creator, to intervene.
The culminating debacle signaling the end of the first age
surrounded events involving Nimrod, a man of sin, and the
construction of a tower. Here are the texts for your review:
And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the
earth.
He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said,
Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.
And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and
Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. Genesis 10:810
And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they
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found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn
them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had
they for morter.
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose
top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we
be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Genesis 11:14
It is beyond the scope of this work to explore extra-biblical
topics such as the religious cult of Nimrod, Semiramis, and their
son Tammuz. A book entitled The Two Babylons by Alexander
Hislop will provide an avenue for further study.
The Babel events are significant from a parallel point of view.
To summarize, this tower was the focal point of a kingdom
consisting of four regions in the land of Shinar (verse 10: Babel,
Erech, Accad, and Calneh). Nimrod had unified mankind under a
system and an oligarchy derived entirely from their imagination
and inconsistent with the authority paradigm ordained by God.
It is not without significance that the Babel religion promoted
a woman to a position of authority over men parallel to Adams sin
that he hearkened unto his wife. God created Eve to be a helper
that is ideal for Adam. The blasphemous religion in rebellion
against the authority paradigm God so loved exalts the queen of
heaven or Mary mother of God or some other female deity over
men.
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But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority
over the man, but to be in silence. 1 Timothy 2:12

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The practice of replacing the authority paradigm God so
loved with the exaltation of a woman spread from Babel
throughout the entire world. The various names in the various
regions and cultures include :
Babel: Semiramis and Tammuz.
Greece: Aphrodite and Adonis.
Anatolia: Hecate, mother goddess.
Canaan: Ashtoreth/Astarte and Molech/Baal.
Germany: Hertha with the child in her arms.
Scandinavia: Disa pictured with her child.
Egypt: Isis with the infant Osiris or Horus seated on her lap.
India: Devaki and Krishna, the mother and child were called.
Isi and Iswara as they are worshiped to this day.
Kali benevolent mother-goddess.
Asia: Cybele and Deoius.
Sumer: Inanna the goddess of sexual love, fertility, and
warfare.
Norse: Freya goddess of love, fertility, and family.
Rome: Fortuna and Jupiter-Puer, or the boy Jupiter.
Greece: Ceres, the great mother with babe at her breast.
Irene the goddess of peace, with the boy Plutus in her arms.
China: Shing Moo portrayed with a halo with a child in her
arms. Quan Yin goddess of mercy and compassion
Ephesus: Diana the pagan fertility goddess.
Syria: Atargatis.
Tibet: Tara.
Japan: Marisha-Ten queen of heaven, goddess of light, of sun
and moon.

The following continuation of Gen 11 describes Gods


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judgment upon Babel:
And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which
the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the
people is one, and they have all one language; and this they
begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them,
which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and
there confound their language, that they may not understand one
anothers speech.
So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of
all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the
name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the
language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter
them abroad upon the face of all the earth. Genesis 11:59

The End Times of the Second Age


Daniel was a Hebrew prophet taken captive into Babylon. The
book of Daniel contains prophetic predictions of three subsequent
empires that would each conquer Babylon and occupy the Land of
Promise. As the prophecy predicted, the empires of Babylon,
Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome successively occupied the land of
Israel throughout the last quarter of the second age. Here is the
prophecy for your reveiew:
But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh
known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter
days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are
these;
As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy
bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth
secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom
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that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall
make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou
mightest know the thoughts of thy heart. Thou, O king, sawest,
and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness
was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was
terrible.
This images head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of
silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet
part of iron and part of clay.
Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which
smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and
brake them to pieces.
Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold,
broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the
summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that
no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image
became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof
before the king.
Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath
given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And
wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field
and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and
hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and
another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the
earth.
And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as
iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that
breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters clay,
and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be
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in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the
iron mixed with miry clay.
And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so
the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall
mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not
cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a
kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall
not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and
consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the
mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the
brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made
known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the
dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
Daniel 2:2845
Something Divine in the Middle of the Four Ages
True to the pattern of Gods throne, Daniels prophecy alludes
to a distinct event which culminated the prophecy of the four
empires of the second age.
In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a
kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom
shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and
consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the
mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the
brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold;
Daniel 2:44 and 45

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Too often, we as Christians forget that the thrust of Christs
ministry was the establishment of the kingdom. Here are some
reminders:
And Jesus went aboutpreaching the gospel of the kingdom
(Matthew 4:23).
And Jesus went aboutpreaching the gospel of the kingdom
(Matthew 9:35).
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the
world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come
(Matthew 24:14).
Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of
God (Mark 1:14).
He went throughout every city and village, preaching and
shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve
were with him (Luke 8:1).
The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the
kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it
(Luke 16:16).
Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou
and preach the kingdom of God (Luke 9:60).
And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he
received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and
healed them that had need of healing (Luke 9:11).
And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the
sick (Luke 9:2).
And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to
other cities also: for therefore am I sent (Luke 4:43).
But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning
the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were
baptized, both men and women (Acts 8:12).
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And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone
preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more (Acts
20:25).
One hundred and fifty references to the kingdom occur in the
New Testament. Just as the center of the temple is the pinnacle, so
the first coming of Christ to establish the Kingdom of God is the
pinnacle of the ages and occurs in the midst of the four ages
appointed to this creation.
It was no mistake that Christs ministry ended with him being
found guilty of being the King of the Jews.

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The End Times of the Third Age
Because the views contained in this tome are somewhat
alternative in relation to established orthodoxy, it isnt relevant to
embark on a complex analysis or comparison of the myriad
standardized end-times belief systems. Rather, consistent with our
methodology thus far, we will simply present the end times in light
of the pattern of the throne of God.
AXIOM
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they
received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the
scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:11

A Word of Caution
Just as scientists are expected to objectively test hypothesis
through the process of controlled experimentation on carefully
calibrated instruments using substances of tested and verified
molecular values in order to establish scientific fact, so are we
called to test spiritual things by the Word of the living God in
order to prove what is true. In Acts 17:11, we are encouraged to
follow the example of the Bereans. The Bereans were
commended by Luke for being responsible regarding what they
accepted as truth. For this reason, please dont blindly accept any
end-times paradigm, including what follows. You personally are
responsible before the Lord for what you believe and why you
believe it.
As I stated previously, I do not subscribe to any of the pre-
packaged eschatological (end times) viewpoints. Im not pre this,
post-that, or a-whatever. I comically refer to myself as a pan-
eschatologist,
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I plan to simply wait and see how things pan-out before I take
a firm position. Consistent with this methodology, numerous
events in recent history appear to be a fulfillment of prophecy.
What follows are my own personal observations and
interpretations of both scripture and recent history as they relate to
end-times prophetic events. In the final analysis, thats all anybody
has to offer.
Though I intend to be straightforward in the presentation of
the Word of God, the student should take prudent caution
inasmuch as both crack-scholars and crack-pots throughout this
age have interpreted the events of their day as being fulfillments of
prophecy. I believe Im right, but so did they. I believe my basis is
sound, but so did they. The only difference between my views and
their views is that mine havent been disproven by the passing of
timeyet.
I must repeat the warning that you are personally responsible
before the Lord for what you believe and why you believe it. With
that understood, lets take a closer look at the book of Revelation.
The word revelation is a very good translation of the Koin
Greek word apocalypse, (the title of the final book of the Bible),
because it reveals that which was previously unknown. In English,
a solar eclipse is when the sun is hidden by the moon. The Koin
Greek word apo is a prepositional prefix meaning from, out
from, or away from; Apocalypse, therefore, means to emerge
from hiding or for previously unknown facts/events/circumstances
to be revealed. Verse 1 tells us that the Revelation was given to
Jesus Christ by God to reveal to his servants what would begin to
come to pass shortly following its writing:
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew
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unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent
and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record
of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all
things that he saw.
Revelation 1:12
Verse 3 contains a unique blessing upon those who read and hear
the prophecy and keep the things written therein:
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this
prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the
time is at hand. Revelation 1:3

The Four Sevens of the Book of Revelation


The book of Revelation is self-partitioned. John was instructed
to write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are,
and the things which shall be hereafter. The bulk of the book of
Revelation depicts events that take place in the hereafter section.
Our focus here is the end times of the third age, so well limit
our discussion to that portion of the book of Revelation pertaining
to the things which shall be hereafter. Our study, therefore, will
begin in chapter 4 verse 1 where a door is opened in heaven and
John is told to come up hither, and I will shew thee things which
must be hereafter. Appropriately, the throne of God is depicted
immediately afterward.
Why do I say appropriately? Because the pattern of Gods
throne is, among other things, the pattern of prophecy. The pattern
of the Garden of God in the second chapter of Genesis is the key to
understanding the rest of the Torah, and the pattern of Gods
throne is introduced at the appropriate place in two prophetic
books (Ezekiel and Revelation) because its the key to
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understanding the prophecies that follow in those prophetic books.
The four empires prophesied by Daniel culminating the
second age followed the same pattern as well, complete with
something in the divine position at the center. In the successive
center of the four empires of Daniels prophecy was the restoration
of the chosen people to the land of promise. It was Cyrus the
Persian, the ruler of the second empire, who ended the Babylonian
captivity, restoring the chosen people to the land of promise to
rebuild the temple in Jerusalem as prophesied by Isaiah.
That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my
pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to
the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.
Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I
have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the
loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the
gates shall not be shut;
I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I
will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars
of iron: And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and
hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the
Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.
Isaiah 44:28 and 45:13
In parallel to Daniels vision of four empires, Revelation
presents end times events in terms of four sevens beginning in
chapter 6. These four sevens follow the theme of the pattern of the
throne of God.
In the depiction of the throne of God, four living creatures are
in view:
The first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf,
and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was
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like a flying eagle. Revelation 4:7
As the four living creatures before Gods throne depict beings
of four distinct natures, so the patriarchs of the appointed ages
reflect distinct natures:
Adam was the first man, a man whose defining characteristic
is rebellion.
Isaac, the patriarch of Israel, was faithful unto death at the
hand of Abraham as is the yearling calf or ox, which must go
willingly to the altar due to of his size and strength.
The flying eagle obviously depicts Yahushua [Jesus] the one
who ascended into heaven (John 3:13).
The lion is a clear representation of Emmanuel, the King of
the Kingdom Age.
Chronologically, the order of the ages appointed to this
creation begins with the age appointed to Adam, followed by Isaac,
then Jesus, and finally Emanuelman, ox, eagle, lion. So the
character of the four sevens in Revelation follow this same
chronological order. The distinguishing characteristic of each
patriarch impacts the world as each takes their turn on this worlds
stage in the end times of this third age culminating in the
millennial reign of Emmanuel.
These distinct natures are reflected in the four sevens
beginning in chapter 6 in the book of Revelation. Furthermore,
something divine occurs in the midst, that is, following the first
two and preceding the final two. With that groundwork
established, lets examine the four sevens in greater depth.

o The seven seals feature the rebellion of the house of Adam


as it achieves its zenith of desolation.
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o The seven trumpets spotlight the Chosen People of God, the
descendants of Isaac.
o The seven thunders feature those born from above into the
family of Yahushua (Jesus) and,
o The seven golden vials of the wrath of God are unleashed by
Emmanuel, the King of the kingdom Age.
As God himself sits upon the throne at the center of the living
creatures, so is there something divine at the center of the four
sevens in Revelation. I am referring, of course, to the event
following the second seven, the seven trumpets. Following the last
trump, the resurrection of the ekklesia takes place.
The Seven Seals
If the seals are associated with Adam, we should see in their
fulfillment a reflection of Adams defining characteristic. Adams
defining characteristic is best summarized by the word rebellion.
He hearkened unto his wife in her disobedience instead of
remaining faithful and true to his God-ordained station.
The first four of the seven seals are commonly referred to as
the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. As the four empires
prophesied by Daniel culminated the second age, these four
horsemen occupy the final quarter of the third age.
Typically, the four horsemen of the Apocalypse are
summarized as simply war, famine, pestilence, and death. This
simplification, however, fails to probe the depth of the extensive
symbolism and therefore amounts to nothing more than a
shortsighted dismissal of events that couldnt possibly have been
understood before recent history revealed their fulfillment.
Ill repeat my warning here; what follows is my own personal
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interpretation of these passages. Theres that word interpretation
again, that should always throw a red flag up to you; it means be
on guard, someones opinion is coming next. A prudent student of
the Bible should always exercise discernment between biblical
truth and personal opinion, its up to you to search the scriptures to
base your own beliefs upon the sound foundation of the Word of
the living God.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
1534 Ad1945 Ad
The first seven in the hereafter portion of Revelation
involves a scroll sealed with seven seals. The only one found
worthy to break the seals is the lamb that was slain, a reference to
Christ following his crucifixion and resurrection. If this
eschatological model is correct, the opening of each of the first
four seals unleashes an ideology of rebellion, the defining
characteristic of Adam.
These four horseman each usurp an aspect of Gods authority
in rebellion against the nature and character of our sovereign
creator. See if you can identify how the manifestation of each of
these four world domination ideologies of rebellion is in direct
contrast to the nature and character of mans sovereign creator who
alone is to be feared and to whom all men owe reverence as to the
arch, the firstborn of creation.
Once again, I am compelled to remind the reader that what
follows is an interpretation of prophecy. I dont claim to be a
prophet. As a pan-Eschatologist, my views are shaped by events as
they transpire. At present this is my view expressed as briefly as
possible. My other works elaborate more extensively on this
subject.11
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PROPHECY
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they
should believe the lie: 2 Thessalonians 2:11

In the first four seals of Revelation, four horses and four


horsemen are in view. In the relationship of horse and rider, the
horse is the vehicle. A vehicle is a conveyance used to arrive at a
destination intended by the rider. The horses in these passages
represent ideologies comprising the strong delusion based on
the lie,. The riders represent those in the saddle who leverage
each ideology as their vehicle to achieve an end. The end goal of
the enemy of our souls is to entirely eclipse Gods authority
paradigm on a global scale through the substitution of these four
world-domination ideologies to establish an authority paradigm of
rebellion.
The remaining text of each verse reveals in some way the
nature of the period under discussion.
The White Horse
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I
heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts
saying, Come and see.
And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him
had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth
conquering, and to conquer. Revelation 6:12
Lets examine some of the key words in the first seal and see
if they have symbolic parallels to world events in the final five
hundred years of the third age.
As Im sure you know from history, King Henry VIII rebelled
against the Roman religious order over the question of divorce. He
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not only started a new religious order (the Church of England) but
so as to remain effectively competitive with Romes sphere of
influence, Britain went forth conquering, and to conquer, and
from that point forward became the British Empire.
In 1534 Ad, when England severed all remaining ties to
Rome, the longbow was the standard weapon of war, fulfilling the
prophecy that this rider had a bow.
The British empire is certainly characterized by the crown. As
a matter of fact, a reference to simply The Crown is accepted in
most English speaking venues as a reference to the monarchy of
the British order.
The British werent so intent on competing for lands and
people already dominated by the Roman order, as this was a time
closely following the rediscovery of the New World. Never mind
the pesky detail that New World already had inhabitants, and it is
God who appoints the bounds of habitation to the nations (Acts
1:26).
The British in their ethnocentrism believed themselves to be
intellectually superior to the other peoples of the world.
Darwin wouldnt be born for hundreds of years, yet the seeds
of evolutionary thought had already begun germinating,
specifically the view that white people, particularly white British
people, were more highly evolved than peoples of other races.
Thus they took it upon themselves to impose their enlightened
views on the peoples of far-flung lands around the globe. They
rationalized that it was the white-mans burden to improve the
lives of the backward heathen, whom they subjugated and
colonized, and from whose lands raw materials were imported to
industrialized Britain. This arrangement, combined with their
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legalized slavery, resulted in Britain becoming wealthy from the
tyranny they imposed by oppression and force of arms.
Thus all the idioms used by the apostle John pertaining to the
white horse aptly apply to the British Empire. Since the British
Empire is considered to have begun around 1534 Ad when
property and funds were confiscated from the Roman religious
order, the time-frame is spot on inasmuch as it began precisely
1,500 years after Christs resurrection and occupies the final
quarter of this third age.

The Red Horse


And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the
second beast say, Come and see.
And there went out another horse that was red: and power
was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth,
and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto
him a great sword. Revelation 6:34
Lets consider the idioms employed by John to describe events
following the opening of the second seal.
Red Communism has certainly taken peace from the earth.
Communism has spread by murder, overt revolution and
military overthrow of seated governments, but also through
infiltration and subversion as is the operating philosophy of the
Fabian Society, a socialist movement, whose purpose is to
advance the principles of social democracy via gradualist and
reformist, rather than revolutionary means. This Marxist
organization actively infiltrates academia and the media as well as
the apparatus of governments for the purpose of advancing their
agenda, not only through the aggressive polarization of people on
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popular opinion issues to create fertile ground for an Hegelian
dialectic strategy, but through devices such as the Cloward Pivens
strategy, embraced and advanced by Saul Alinski, and designed to
bring prosperous nations to their knees financially from within.
Additionally, nobody can deny that it has become politically
correct for bodies such as the UN, the Council on Foreign
Relations, and the Trilateral Commission to advance communist
principles at every opportunity.
The text says that they should kill one another . The Russian
revolution of 1917 was bloody enough, but when Stalin came to
power his opposition was murdered at his command. It is estimated
that 262 million men, women and children have been murdered,
mostly by Marxist regimes, in the 20th century alone12, and the
slaughter has continued into the 21st. Its safe to say this portion of
the prophecy has been fulfilled.
What is the great sword given unto this rider? Not only do
communist nations apportion an inordinate percentage of their
GDP toward military purposes in order to advance the world
domination Marxist ideology, but many have nuclear weapons as
well. Either fact is certainly a fulfillment of the idiom a great
sword. It could also be argued that the former Soviet Union was
the fulfillment of the great sword. Many exceptional weapons
were developed in the former Soviet Union including the AK-47
assault rifle, the T-series tanks, high-tech nuclear submarines
capable of launching missiles with atomic warheads as well as
many cutting-edge aircraft manufactured by Lavochkin, Mikoyan-
Gurevich (Mig), Tupolev, Ilyushin, and Yakovlev. If the idiom is a
metaphor for one principal red communist nation producing
armaments to equip the rebellion against the authority paradigm
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God so loved, it has certainly been fulfilled by the Soviet Union.
The Black Horse
And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third
beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and
he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A
measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a
penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
Revelation 6:56
A balance was, and is, a device used in commerce to measure
the weight of product. In this passage, financial transactions are in
view: A measure of wheat for a penny and three measures of
barley for a penny. In todays vernacular, these could easily
express the spot price of wheat and barley. The phrase hurt not
the oil and the wine may be a metaphor for a limit up or limit
down position, or (more plausibly) a prophetic prediction of
prohibition, which involved both oil and wine.
Prohibition would never have been implemented if not for the
efforts of John D. Rockefeller, the Standard Oil industrialist. Not
that he cared about peoples health or the morality of drinking to
excess, his motivation was purely profit-centric.
Ford Motor Company had begun to offer an option for the
model T, which allowed the carburetor to be switched over to run
on ethyl alcohol. Many farmers operated stills to produce fuel
alcohol from high-sugar crops or even from agricultural waste to
sell to motorists. J. D. Rockefeller saw in prohibition a way to
consolidate his position of dominance over the market for
automobile fuel, so he pulled the right strings (i.e., lobbied
campaign funding to the right politicians in congress) and the
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production of alcohol became illegal overnight.
New federal agencies came on line to destroy any alcohol
production enterprise anywhere they might be found, including the
rural farm distillery. With his competition successfully destroyed
by a complicit government, John D. Rockefellers product became
firmly established as the industry standard fuel for the automobile.
Is this, perhaps, why the color black is attributed to this period,
because its the color of oil ? It may also refer to the black side
of the accounting ledger or an allusion to the fact that these
transactions are backroom deals not transacted in the light of
public scrutiny.
The success of the conspirators established a template that has
been leveraged repeatedly since that time. Numerous alphabet soup
federal agencies now exist, each with their regulatory specialty
designed to consolidate favored status for the establishment players
(deep-pocket campaign contributors) while imposing punitive cost
burdens on their competitors.
The Black Horse of the Apocalypse, therefore, depicts a
period of ruthless economic corruption and exploitation. The
period in view includes the robber barons of the nineteenth
century, central banking, contemporary corporate malfeasance
including such examples as Monsanto, Enron, and Solyndra and
whatever other machinations of the government/corporate/ banking
alliance of greed and avarice that characterize our time.
Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries
that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your
garments are motheaten.
Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall
be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire.
Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
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Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down
your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the
cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the
Lord of sabaoth.
Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye
have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not
resist you. James 5:16
The counterfeit money economies of the West ruthlessly
suppress individual wealth creation in favor of their command and
control structure now known as the culture of corruption,
whereby the politically connected escape scrutiny while everyone
else must navigate a gauntlet of federal regulatory agencies
designed to exact costly compliance, require exhaustive reporting
and impose fines, all of which impedes profitability, rendering
unsuspecting entrepreneurs unable to compete on an equal footing
with the favored establishment insiders.
Internationally, austerity mandates, sanctions, manufactured
uprisings and even wars are imposed on sovereign nations to
assure compliance with the purposes of these financial taskmasters.
The culture of corruption of the world today engages in
the regulatory ensnarement of honest enterprise, overseeing the
destruction of the livelihoods of otherwise productive people,
businesses, and governments, simply to consolidate market
dominance and increase the profit margin for the 1 percent.
The Green Horse
And I looked, and behold a pale [green] horse: and his name that
sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power
was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with
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sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of
the earth. Revelation 6:8
Revelation 6:8 reveals the essence of a false religion that has
risen to great prominence upon the earth. Before we delve into the
fulfillment of this prophetic verse, it is first necessary to resolve a
mistranslation in this passage.
The mistranslation involves the color of the horse. We get our
word chlorophyll from the stem of this common Greek word
translated pale solely in this verse. Everywhere else in both the
New Testament and the Septuagint13 this word is translated green
(or a green plant). The only place where it is (incorrectly) rendered
pale is in this verse.
Why is the color of the horse so important? For centuries
Islam has been known as the Green Menace14 and is often referred
to today as the Green Peril due to the fact that Mohammed was
enamored with the color green. Mohammed imagined that regions
conquered by Islam would transform into the green of springtime.
They havent, of course, quite to the contrary. He often wore a
green brocade robe into battle. At the time of this writing,
Mohammeds green turban is in a museum at the Badshahi Mosque
in Pakistan. For over 1,200 years, the color green has been
associated with Islam, for centuries it has been the color of their
banner carried into battle and is incorporated into the flag of every
Islamic nation on earth today.
In contrast with Judaism and Christianity, Muslims are
commanded to kill those who do not submit to their Allah. Heres
a quote directly from Quran:9:5, Fight and kill the disbelievers
wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait
and ambush them using every stratagem of war.
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As we have seen for decades, many adherents of Islam
undertake terrorist endeavors that kill without respect for
nationality, gender, status, or age. The text, therefore, says that his
name that sat on this green horse is Death. Because this ideology
diverts people away from the true and living God, the prophecy
adds that hell followed with him.
With respect to the name of this final horseman, the Bible
gives us an interesting insight; 1 Corinthians 15:26 tells us, The
last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. I find it particularly
fascinating that death is the name ascribed to the rider of the
fourth and final horse of the Apocalypse inasmuch as at the end of
the Kingdom Age, death itself is the final enemy that will be
destroyed.
Another interesting insight is that of Isaiah 28:18: And your
covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with
hell shall not stand. It seems Yahweh has no regard for all the
deals the contemporary Israeli leadership has cut with the rider of
the green horse whose name is death and is followed by hell.
It is interesting to scrutinize the cryptic phrase that follows
Revelation 6:8: And power was given unto them over the fourth
part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with
death, and with the beasts of the earth.
Islam claims 25 percent of the worlds population as its
adherents, so the prophecy is fulfilled that they are given power
over the fourth part of the earth. The following assertion in the
narrative to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and
with the beasts of the earth is the standard operating procedure of
those adherents. These methods of murder deserve further scrutiny:
Sword: The specific weapon featured prominently in the Koran as
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the instrument used to kill the infidel.
Hunger: Starvation is a means utilized to oppress non-Muslims in
areas where Sharia law has the influence to afflict economic
hardship, Somalia being the prime example. It is, therefore,
certainly being fulfilled in Islamic countries. Because areas under
the influence of Islam lack secure property rights, these regions
generally undergo a process of desertification whereby lands are
exploited for what they produce on their own but are seldom
improved for fear they will be taken for the cause of Allah
(Google Darfur). In Islamic countries, the characterization that
the rich are very rich, but the poor are among the poorest the world
has ever seen is all too often correct. The two major food famines
in recent history in which millions of people died of starvation
occurred in Muslim countries.
Death: Prior to recent history, the meaning of this idiom was a
topic for debate; after all, how do you kill someone with death?
Death is an outcome, not a process.
With the advent of the suicide bomber, not only is its meaning
certain, but also certain is that this fourth seal period is well
underway. Additionally, I wouldnt limit the fulfillment only to
those deceived into strapping a bomb onto their bodies, using their
own death to kill others, but also to those who would hijack
airplanes to steer into buildings or infect themselves with a deadly
pathogen in order to infect others.
The beasts of the earth: In years gone by, I had accepted this to
mean the voracious beasts of the earth: the lions and tigers and
bears. In view of the issues and controversies of these last days,
however, I think it is safe to embrace the opposite end of the size
spectrum with respect to the beasts of the earth. Could the words
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of the apostle John be taken as meaning the infectious microscopic
beasts of the earth? It appears to be very likely in light of current
biologic weapons technology, their economic cost of production,
the ease with which they are manufactured and transported, and
their exponential dispersion due to their contagious nature.
Another characteristic of Islam that both sets it apart from
every other religion and associates it with the other three
horsemen of the Apocalypse is that it is a world domination
ideology.
Also noteworthy is that these four world domination
ideologies can easily coincide without conflict as each seeks
supremacy in an arena distinct from the other three. Only the rider
of the red horse seeks political hegemony, the green menace
desires religious dominance, the white horse ideology of evolution
seeks academic preeminence, and the black horseman global
financial monopoly.
These events arent just now coming to light. Many good men
through the years have tried to sound the alarm against the tide of
evil. Heres a quote from a book written over fifty years ago:
The Trilateral Commission is intended to be the vehicle for
multinational consolidation of the commercial and banking
interests by seizing control of the political government of the
United States. The Trilateral Commission represents a skillful,
coordinated effort to seize control and consolidate the four
centers of powerPolitical, Monetary, Intellectual, and
Ecclesiastical.
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The Fifth Seal
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And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under
the altar the souls of them that were 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, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on
them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given
unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that
they should rest yet for a little season, until their
fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be
killed as they were, should be fulfilled. Revelation 6:911
What follows is a minority view. Ive carefully
considered the various popular end-times belief systems,
and though all have compelling elements, I dont think its
prudent to embrace any of them exclusively. Nonetheless,
remember, you are responsible for what you believe.
I believe the fifth seal depicts a seventy-year period
following 1948 when Israel became a nation. Why 1948?
Because Abraham was born 1,948 years after Adam, more
on this in the following section. Why seventy years?
Because the nation of Israel was bereaved of seventy years in
the land of promise during the time of the Babylonian
captivity.
I am of the opinion that God has re-gathered Jews from
around the world, most of whom dont believe in Jesus, to
restore to them their due deprived them in the seventy years
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lost in that captivity. They were taken captive because of
their disobedience, and seventy years is restored to them at
the appointed time in the latter years at the end of this age.
In the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is
brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many
people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been
always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations,
and they shall dwell safely all of them. Ezekiel 38:8
I find it fascinating that the Ezekiel 38 prophecy uses the
phrase brought back from the sword, the sword being
associated with Islam. The region of modern Israel today had
been brought back from the Islamic Ottoman empire
following World War I.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall
set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant
of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from
Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam,
and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands
of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations,
and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather
together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of
the earth. The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the
adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not
envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
Isaiah 11:1113
I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and
they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and
they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof;
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they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no
more be pulled up out of their land which I have given
them, saith the Lord thy God. Amos 9:1415
The fifth seal opens with a scene in heaven. John sees
the souls of those slain for the word of God, and for the
testimony which they held. If this minority view is correct,
John is viewing all those slain in the Nazi holocaust in
Europe and the atrocities committed by the Japanese, both of
which ended in 1945. These souls are calling for immediate
vengeance, but they are told to wait until their fellowservants
also and their brethren are murdered as they were. And this
killing yet to take place is referred to as a fulfillment! A
fulfillment of what? A fulfillment of Christs prophecy in
John 16:33 that in the world ye shall have tribulation. I am
of the view that the atrocities of World War II, including the
holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis, were the fulfillment of
a period the Bible refers to as the Great Tribulation.
You should know that the prevailing eschatological
dogmas of our day are at variance with this opinion. The
interpretation of prophetic events always involves opinion.
Just because a majority holds a particular view doesnt make
it correct, but a minority view is always suspect as well. I
hold this particular minority view simply because of its
chronology, continuity, and consistency.
In defense of this view, Christ in Matthew 24:22 said
that except those days should be shortened, there should no
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flesh be saved: but for the elects sake those days shall be
shortened.
God appointed Israel to be restored as a nation in 1948
Ad, four thousand years after Abraham was born, yet the
holocaust, or in my view, the great tribulation, ended in
1945. It ended short by three years! Hitler was developing
high-tech weapons that may have ended all life on earth and
he was sharing them with Japan.
Lets look at what might be considered the beginning of
the Nazi Holocaust: In the first half of 1938 under Adolf
Hitler in Germany, numerous laws were passed restricting
Jewish economic activity and occupational opportunities. In
July 1938, a law was passed requiring all Jews to carry
identification cards. On the nights of November 9 and 10,
rampaging mobs throughout Germany and the newly
acquired territories of Austria and Sudetenland freely
attacked Jews in the street, in their homes, and at their places
of work and worship. This pogrom has come to be called
Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. At least 96 Jews
were killed and hundreds more injured; more than 1,000
synagogues were burned (and possibly as many as 2,000);
almost 7,500 Jewish businesses were destroyed; cemeteries
and schools were vandalized; and 30,000 Jews were arrested
and sent to concentration camps.15 Counting from 1938, it
will be seven years before the war in Europe ends, and with
it the Holocaust.
I also find it interesting that Americas involvement in
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WWII began on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese
attacked Pearl Harbor. Adolf Hitler declared war against
America within days.
Germany surrendered three and a half years later on May
7, 1945. Sure Hitlers assaults against Europe started a few
years earlier, and yes, Japan didnt surrender until August
14, 1945, but the routine mass gassings of Jews first began
December 8, 1941 at Kulmhof, Germany, and continued
throughout Nazi-occupied Europe until the conquest of
Germany by the allies put an end to them. This three and a
half year period is referred to as the holocaust, but a skunk
by any other name would smell as foul, and the words great
tribulation are equally apropos as in the history of the world
there has never been its equal.
PROPHECY
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since
the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall
be. Matthew 24:21

Lets change gears here and consider the verbiage in


Revelation 6:11. Two groups are in view as yet to be
murdered; fellowservants and brethren. As I opined
previously, Messianic Jews and gentile Christians are both
saved but play distinctly different roles and have divergent
destinies. Either would consider the other as a fellowservant,
and although were brethren in Christ, semantics aside, Jews
are brethren of Jews, and gentile Christians are brethren of
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gentile Christians. The distinction expressed in this verse
makes perfect sense if the Lord is here addressing a mixed
crowd of both Jew and gentile souls slain for their testimony.
Hes not saying that only Jews or only Christians will be the
subject of the coming fulfillment, but Jew and gentile
believers alike. And thats exactly what weve seen since
1948.
Mao Zedong killed millions, as did Pol Pot and his
Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the Hutus in Rwanda, Korea,
Lebanon, Darfur Sudan, and this doesnt even scratch the
surface of the murderous rampages of Islamofascists across
the globe since 1948. The killing of Christians and Jews has
not ceased to the present day. But when the sixth seal is
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Genesis 49 Fulfillments
Its necessary to delve into this highly cryptic prophecy to
gain a firmer grasp of the seventy years following Israel becoming
a nation.
The opening verse of this passage records Jacob speaking to
his twelve sons saying, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell
you that which shall befall you in the last days. These prophecies,
therefore, pertain to the last days, which, in my view, is the
period beginning with the re-gathering of the nation Israel into the
land in 1948 Ad.
You will recall that the four principal tribes of Israel are
Reuben, Ephraim, Dan, and Judah. The images on their standards
are the man, the ox, the eagle, and the lion, respectively. The four
ages appointed to this creation follow the same pattern and
character, Adam is represented by the man, Isaac the ox, Yahushua
the eagle, and Emmanuel the lion. An elaboration of this was
stated in a previous section, so well dispense with a redundant
explanation here.
Jacobs very cryptic prophecy is made clearer once one
realizes the symbolic nature of the language and the applicability
of each prophecy by way of the son its addressed to. The
prophecy over Reuben, the firstborn whose standard depicted a
man, is applicable to the progeny of Adam. Ephraim (Joseph is the
name used for Ephraim here) whose standard depicted the ox
represents the Chosen People of Israel. Dans standard bore the
image of an eagle and a serpent and pertains to the gentile ekklesia
(church).
Jacobs prophecy over is son Joseph should reflect events and
circumstances in the re-gathered nation Israel since 1948. Heres
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the passage in Genesis 49:2226 for your review:
22. Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well;
whose branches run over the wall:
23. The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him,
24. But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands
were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob;
(from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)
25. Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by
the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven
above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the
breasts, and of the womb:
26. The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the
blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the
everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the
crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
Genesis 49:2226
Verse 22: Since its founding, modern Israel has became an agricultural
powerhouse and an exporter of agricultural product.
Verse 23: Continually attacked by rockets, Israel is the focus of the
Arab worlds vitriol.
Verse 24: Israel has remained militarily viable as a blessing from the
mighty God of Jacob.
Verse 25: Certainly Yahweh has blessed Israel, else they would have
fallen to their numerically superior adversaries the many times they
sought to annihilate them in 1948, 1959, 1967, 1973, etc.
It fascinates me that the verbiage of the text says blessings of
the deep that lieth under as oil was recently discovered off Israels
coast under the deep! As far as blessings of the breast and
womb, the Israeli birthrate now exceeds that of any other
demographic in the nation.
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Verse 26: Reveals the reason the name Joseph replaced Ephraim, the
name means increase and Josephs peculiar heritage is that he
increased in status and position until he was second only to Pharaoh in
Egypt. This is one of over one hundred ways Joseph is a parallel to
Christ.
As youll see in the following section, the dry bones
prophecy of Ezekiel 37 has been fulfilled in this seventy-year
period since becoming a nation in 1948.
Now lets take a look at Dan, whose ensign is an eagle as
representing the gentile ekklesia. Here is the entire prophecy over
Dan:
Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan
shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the
horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. I have waited
for thy salvation, O Lord. Gen 49:1618
This prophecy anticipates that the last days would
symbolically involve horses with riders. The book of Revelation
presents the end times as symbolically involving four horses with
riders.
Now lets consider events in a gentile Christian nation whose
national symbol is an eagle and see if the four horses
characterizing the last days have been bitten in the heels so that
his rider shall fall backward.
Please note these fulfillments occur in a three score and ten
pattern (a score is twenty). Its not that this was specifically
stated in scripture, but if the time apportioned to Israel in the land
is payback (so to speak) for the seventy-year Babylonian captivity,
it seems God has arranged for the events of these parallel
prophecies to be apportioned according to this pattern so they
could be recognized and appreciated as a fulfillment of the Genesis
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49 prophecy taking place during the fifth seal of Revelation.
White Horse: Ideologywhite supremacy.
1968: President Johnson signs the final of the four Civil Rights
Acts outlawing discrimination based on race.
Time periodone score of years or twenty years after Israel became
a nation.
Red Horse: Ideologyred communism.
1988: President Reagans cold-war strategy set events in motion
resulting in the breakup of the Soviet Union and the toppling of the
Berlin wall.
Time periodtwo scores of years or forty years after Israel became
a nation.
Black Horse: Ideologycorruption-based corporate/government/
banking alliance.
2008: President Bush oversaw the near collapse of the corruption-
based corporate/government/banking alliance.
Time periodthree scores of years or sixty years after Israel
became a nation.
Did President Bush personally have something to do with it?
President Bushs many detractors grant him full credit for this
fulfillment, so who am I to argue with such an august body of
sagacious elites [sic]. (I sent former President George W. Bush a
letter to open a dialogue in order to ask, but neither he nor his staff
replied to the inquiry.)
Green Horse : Ideologythe false religion of Islam.
2018: Ill leave some blank space so you can fill this in when it
takes place a few years from now, three score and ten years, or
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seventy years after Israel became a nation.

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Also interesting is that the purposes of Satan cannot succeed
because they are in rebellion against the one who is the way the
truth and the life. Their failure stands in stark contrast to the
purposes of Yahweh which succeed in their wake.
AXIOM
But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto
good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Genesis 50:20

Yahwehs Purpose for the White Horse


The British Empire became vast and powerful. The Ottoman
Empires occupation of Palestine was broken in World War I and
the United Kingdom was granted control of Palestine by the
Versailles Peace Conference. Also established was the League of
Nations, which in June of 1922 passed the Palestine Mandate. The
Palestine Mandate outlined Britains responsibilities and powers of
administration in securing the establishment of the Jewish
national home.
In spite of the fact that the area originally granted for the
Jewish homeland was greatly reduced, it was this first of the four
horseman that ultimately accomplished Yahwehs purposes with
respect to the establishment of the chosen people back in the land
promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Ironic that this empire that went forth conquering and to
conquer to subjugate sovereign people under the British Empire
was instrumental in facilitating the re-gathering of the Chosen
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Yahwehs Purpose for the Red Horse
Jews have not been welcomed with open arms anywhere
theyve settled following their expulsion from the land in 70 Ad.
Anti-Semitic persecutions in Europe in the eighteenth and
nineteenth centuries forced many Jews to emigrate eastward into
Ukraine, Russia, Crimea, and the surrounding regions. The czars of
Russia used anti-Semitism as a tool of political control, initiating
numerous pogroms to persecute Jews. Though the official policy
of communism under both Lenin and Stalin was that of equality for
all nationalities, the reality was somewhat different.
The resistance of the Soviet government to allow emigration
fell apart after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, resulting in some
one million Jews abandoning the communist paradise to make
their home in Israel, increasing the countrys population by 25
percent. The largest concentration of Russian Jews in the world
now reside in Israel.
Yahweh used the events initiated by the murderous rider of the
Red Horse to arrange for those He intended to fulfill Ezekiel 37 to
bring them back to populate the land of promise, and at the
appointed time!
Thus saith the Lord YHVH; Behold, I will take the children of
Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will
gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:
And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains
of Israel; Ezekiel 37:2122

Something Divine in the Midst


Do you recall the events Daniel prophesied and the four
empires to occupy the land of promise in the final quarter of the
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second age? In the midst of those four empires, the captivity of the
Chosen People ended, and they returned to the Promised Land.
In the midst of the fulfillment of this prophecy, the Soviet
captivity ended when the Berlin wall came down resulting in many
regions of the Soviet Union breaking away. This ended the
captivity of Diaspora for Jews throughout the former Soviet
Union, many of whom relocated to Israel. Quite the parallel to both
the end of the Babylonian captivity as well as the rapture in the
midst of the four sevens in the book of Revelation.
When God sets up a pattern, its complete, including that
which is divine in the midst of the four.
Yahwehs Purpose for the Black Horse
Just as Yahweh used those who subjugated sovereign nations
to establish the sovereign nation of Israel, and as he used those
who decimated peoples to populate the Jewish nation, Yahweh has
used those who economically devastated peoples and nations to
enrich His chosen people. Consider the following quote by Willy
Stern in the July 2009 issue of The Weekly Standard:
Take the economy. In the fourth quarter last year, when the
global economy went all to hell, Israels annual, quarter-over-
quarter rate of GDP was only off 0.5 percent, the best figure in
the industrialized world. (The United States was off 6.3 percent
and Japan 12.1 percent.) Think about the resistance of our
economy in recent times, suggests Zvi Eckstein, deputy
governor of the Bank of Israel. Our prime minister [has a
stroke]. The war in Gaza. The war in Lebanon. The government
gets replaced. But weve maintained a stable macroeconomic
structure and a strong high-tech sector.
Whats the secret? Ayelet Nir, chief economist at IBI, an
Israeli investment firm, lists six major reasons Israels economy
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has done well of late:
A very conservative banking systemwithout most of the
complex and problematic financial instruments found in the
United States.
No mortgage crisis in a country where putting 50 percent down
isnt unusual, and banks often ask for guarantors.
A current account surplus since 2003.
Negligible inflation.
Prudent governmental fiscal policy.
Healthy integration into the world economy.
Last year, 483 Israeli high-tech companies raised a
whopping $2.08 billion from local and foreign venture capital
investors. (Only U.S. companies raised more.) All the major
tech playersGoogle, Microsoft, IBMhave large research
centers in Israel. They go where the talent is.
The Meds Best-Kept Secret by Willy Stern16
In their greed, establishment insiders, the caretakers of the
culture of corruption, have inadvertently destroyed the mechanism
for true wealth creation: the honest entrepreneur, free and fair
competition, and laissez-faire market forces. In so doing, theyve
obstructed those that would have posed a competitive challenge to
their counterparts operating in the nation of Israel. In spite of the
many disadvantages Israeli enterprises may face, theyve had a
free-hand developing profitability in numerous markets. The comic
irony is exquisite.
Yahwehs Purpose for the Green Horse
To recap; tasked by the League of Nations to establish a
Jewish homeland in Palestine, the British, the empire that had
conquered and subjugated nations, reestablished the sovereign
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Jewish homeland in the land of promise.
The brutal Soviet empire, whose modus operandi was to
decimate people and nations, inadvertently endowed the Jewish
nation with an influx of population.
The healthy, wealthy Israeli economy now glitters in contrast
to the corrupt crumbling economies of central banking nations.
Somehow, I dont know how, but to be consistent with the
previous three fulfillments that have already come to pass, the
world-domination ideology of Islam that diverts mens hearts away
from the truth in Christ into death and hell, will somehow be
instrumental in awakening the nation Israel to life, turning their
eyes to heaven where they will behold their Messiah and King at
the right hand of God.
This will be the final element needed for Israel to reclaim what
was lost to them when they were evicted from the Land of Promise
in 70 Ad after those in collusion with the high priest rejected their
king, enjoining the proclamation of the high priest. We have no
king but Caesar!
This final horseman of the Apocalypse will somehow be
responsible for the nation of Israel collectively turning in harmony
to Yahushua their King and their ultimate reestablishment as a
kingdom upon the earth.

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The Sixth Seal
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AXIOM
When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of
iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:
Psalm 92:7

Were now moving from the period in which we live into an


examination of entirely future events.
Since the exposition of future prophecy involves interpretation
of symbolism and interpretation involves opinion, please
understand that what follows is only a hypothetical model. As the
years go by and the fulfillment of these prophecies come to pass,
all such theories will seem sophomoric by contrast.
The sixth seal is the final period remaining to the times of the
gentiles. The opening of the sixth seal also marks the end of all
events associated with the Great Tribulation. It says as much in
chapter 7 verse 14 where a vast multitude in heaven are explained
to John as having come out of Great tribulation. You will
remember that in the fifth seal those slain for their testimony were
told to wait until their brethren and fellow-servants were also killed
as they were. Well, here they are with their slain brethren and
fellow-servants after all events associated with the Great
Tribulation are over at the opening of the sixth seal.
Because the events of the sixth seal occupy the final few years
appointed to the times of the gentiles, they are not a period of
Gods vengeance, wrath, or judgment. A more appropriate analogy
would be that they are a warning shot across the bow.
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Its impossible for us in our time and reality orientation to
imagine the state of mind of those experiencing the sixth seal
events. The prophecy says the people respond to them by saying,
To the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face
of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to
stand?
In the first four seals, the world-domination ideologies of
rebellion comprising the four horsemen of the Apocalypse rose to
prominence upon the worlds stage. In the fifth seal, we have seen
Genesis 49 fulfilled in our midst. As we will see, the sixth seal will
be a time of transition as we move from the times of the gentiles
into the trumpets wherein is contained the vengeance of God.
The opening verse of Revelations sixth seal depicts a great
earthquake: When he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was
a great earthquake.
This isnt just any run-of-the-mill earthquake; its
accompanied by other very distinct events:
And the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon
became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth,
even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken
of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is
rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out
of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men,
and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men,
and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the
dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the
mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of
him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to
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stand? Revelation 6:1217
Though this is a mere few years away, the fulfillment is as
deep a mystery as the many other wildly descriptive future
prophecies in the book of Revelation.
Somehow the people (in verse 15) are aware of the one
sitting on the throne and not only are they aware of the wrath of
the Lamb, but somehow theyve extrapolated that the great day
of his wrath is come! They then pose a very poignant question:
Who shall be able to stand? Their question is answered a few
verses later when John sees a multitude that stood before the
throne, and before the Lamb. John asks who these people are and
he is answered: These are they which came out of great
tribulation.
This fear factor in verse 15 has a parallel at the time of
Joshua. A harlot named Rahab made an interesting declaration to
the men Joshua sent to Jericho on a reconnaissance mission, she
said; I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your
terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint
because of you. (Joshua 2:9) Another parallel is that seven
trumpets were involved in the destruction of Jericho, just as seven
trumpets will follow on the heels of these sixth seal events.
The final event of the sixth seal is the sealing of 144,000 Jews
from every tribe of Israel and the introduction of a great multitude
in heaven that came out of Great Tribulation and made their robes
white in the blood of the lamb.
These events are described in other prophecies as well. While
the Revelation description is the most thorough, Joel 3 is fairly
detailed as well:
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of
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the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall
withdraw their shining.
The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from
Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the
Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the
children of Israel.
So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion,
my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall
no strangers pass through her any more.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall
drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all
the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall
come forth out of the house of the Lord, and shall water the
valley of Shittim. Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall
be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of
Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to
generation.
For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the
Lord dwelleth in Zion. Joel 3:1421
Verse 17 says there shall no strangers pass through her any
more. Many Arabs and other ethnic groups from the nations
surrounding Israel are currently residents of Jerusalem. One might
speculate that these act as a fifth column and conduct clandestine
operations within the city facilitating the fulfillment of all
nations conquering Jerusalem. This reference to all nations
(Zech. 14:1-3 [below]) is the reason I believe that during this five-
year, sixth-seal period, Jerusalem will be declared an
international city. As this prophecy suggests, when re
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established, Jerusalem becomes a strictly Jewish city. Foreigners
arent even allowed to pass through, let alone establish residency.
Verse 19 (above) reveals what becomes of the nations responsible
for the travesty. Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a
desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah,
because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
The end of the sixth seal marks the end of the period of time
appointed to the house of Adam. Luke 21:24 says, Jerusalem shall
be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be
fulfilled. Jerusalem at present is in the hands of the Israelis with
the exception of the Temple Mount. In spite of the fact that that
the nation Israel turns its eyes to Yahweh and embraces the
Messiah, there remains five years appointed to the house of Adam;
the times of the gentiles isnt over yet. The prophecy of Zechariah
14:12 perpetrated by Israels enemies may describe the outcome
of the events of the sixth seal:
Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be
divided in the midst of thee.
For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the
city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women
ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and
the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Zechariah 14:12
Once the times of the gentiles has run its course, however,
verse three may be describing the beginning of the seven trumpets:
Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as
when he fought in the day of battle. Zechariah 14:3
If Zechariah 14:12 depicts the transition between the seals
and the trumpets, why does it say that the Lord will gather all
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nations against Jerusalem? Three reasons:
1. God is never blindsided. The acts of the wicked always
culminate in Gods purposes being fulfilled.
2. Temptation is not sin. Yielding to temptation and engaging in
sin is sin. The only way the purposes of God in judgment of sin
can justly come to pass is by allowing sin to come to full fruition.
3. This is the final period remaining to the times of the gentiles.
The seventy years recompense for the Babylonian captivity expires
in 2018. The nation Israel will demonstrate their defining
characteristic; they will be faithful unto death.
Please note that I didnt say they would die, I said they would
be faithful unto death in the same way Isaac was faithful unto
death. Like Isaac, they will live to tell about it!
Jerusalem stands in contrast to Babylon. Jerusalem is the City
of God, Babylon represents the epitome of rebellion. Just as the
forces of darkness imagined they achieved a great victory when
they crucified Christ, while all along it was Gods plan and
purpose, likewise the forces of darkness will imagine conquering
Jerusalem is a great victory, but once again, theyre fulfilling
Gods purpose and plan. They didnt read the fine print, it was the
Lord of Hosts who saidI will gather all nations against
Jerusalem to battleOOPS!
Thus saith the Lord God; Because that Edom hath dealt against
the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly
offended, and revenged himself upon them; Therefore thus saith
the Lord God; I will also stretch out mine hand upon Edom, and
will cut off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate
from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword.
Ezekiel 25:12-13
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How is a prophecy against Edom applicable here? The
Hebrew language has no vowels, only consonants. Edom is
spelled identically to Adam. Yes, it mentions Teman and Dedan,
the northernmost and southernmost cities in Edom. If you wish to
dismiss this prophecy as specific solely to the nation of Edom,
youd be on sound ground and have plenty of company. I see
Edom as a parallel to the house of Adam and this prophecy as
parallel to end times events as it cites a relevant principle. Its
future, so well find out after it comes to pass.
Whats the end play of any military action? Capture the enemy
capital city, right? The fact Jerusalem is overrun is the coup de
grace; it signals the fact that the rebellion has achieved its
objective and the end goal for those in rebellion against God has
been achieved as the clock runs out on the final quarter of the
times of the gentiles.
It was God who gathered them against Jerusalem, and now the
seven angels stand poised to sound their trumpets. Well pick this
up in the following section.
So why do I attribute the time-frame of 2018 to 2023 to the
sixth seal? Its because Abraham entered the land of promise when
he was seventy-five years old, 2,023 years after the birth of Adam.
Heres the passage for your review:
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth
thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So
Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went
with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he
departed out of Haran.
And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brothers son, and
all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they
had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of
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Canaan; and they came. Genesis 12:3-5
Entering the land of promise also has another parallel
roughly five hundred years after Abraham. Forty years after
leaving Egypt and just after the death of Moses, the Israelites
entered the land of promise, were circumcised and glorified
Joshua. The first campaign involved laying siege to Jericho, the
fortified stronghold of the Canaanites where the sounding of seven
trumpets precipitated the downfall of the walls of Jericho.
Weve explored the four walls of Satans stronghold in our
day and age (the authority paradigm of rebellion depicted in
symbolic terms in the four horsemen of the Apocalypse).
These horsemen of the Apocalypse allegorically parallel the
walls of Jericho, the second-age stronghold of the usurpers
occupying the land wherein had been the Garden of God. The
perpetrators of the four ideologies of rebellion of our day are
usurpers as well.
They have usurped the authority of mans Sovereign Creator
and dominion over the earth through the substitution of their four
world-domination ideologies of rebellion.
The children of Israel entering the land under Joshua after the
death of Moses is a parallel to Abraham entering the land 2,023
years after Adam. If this end-times model is correct, the sixth seal
begins in the year 2018, and it will end in the year 2023 when the
fulfillment of both parallels will come to pass in the trumpets.
Its for this reason that I believe that the times of the
gentiles will end in 2023 Ad when something allegorical to
Abraham entering the Land of Promise occurs. What will occur in
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The seven trumpets.
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Now would be an excellent time for you to open up your Bible
to review Revelation 8 through 11 as it is too lengthy to reprint
here.
As we have seen in the seals, those who invest themselves in
Adams rebellion against the righteousness of Yahwehs
commands have been given the earths stage to perpetrate their
idea of a world order in complete disregard for the commands of
Yahweh, mans rightful sovereign, and His written word.
When the times of the gentiles end and the trumpets begin, the
tables are turned as the vengeance from Yahweh is brought to bear
against those who oppose or oppress the people of the living God.
In verse 2 of Revelation 8 an angel was given much incense
to offer with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar before
the throne. Do you remember what the early arrivals of these
saints prayed when they were first seen in the fifth seal? Heres a
little reminder: They cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O
Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on
them that dwell on the earth?
AXIOM
God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth,
and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries,
and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. Nahum 1:2

In my humble pan-eschatologist opinion, the trumpets are


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payback. The saints were crying out for vengeance upon their
persecutors. Their prayers are offered with incense upon the golden
altar before Gods throne, then the fire from the altar was put into a
censer and cast into the earth. The very word fire gives the distinct
impression that the recipients on earth will soon be feeling the
heat as the seven angels begin sounding their trumpets.
Each trumpet is followed by some very unpleasant events. The
term a third part is conspicuous for its repetition in this passage
as it occurs thirteen times! There are thirteen tribes of Israel and
this is the second seven of the four sevens in Revelation. In case
youve forgotten, the chronological order of the patriarchs of the
four ages is Adam-Isaac-Jesus-Emmanuel. Chronologically the
patriarch of the nation Israel occurs second, and this is the second
set of seven in the hereafter portion of the book of Revelation. It is
for this reason, I believe, the trumpets spotlight Israel. The
trumpets represent the vengeance of God for the mistreatment of
the tribulation saints, notably the third part of world Jewry
murdered in the holocaust.
Further confirmation is found in the form of the four angels
standing on the four corners of the earth in verse 1 of Revelation 7.
As we discussed previously, the four corners of the earth are not
outside corners, but inside corners because the early earth was
divided north to south and east to west by the rivers emanating
from the Garden of God. The current location upon the earth where
the Garden of God had been is Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a city
divided into four quarters for a reason. These four angels,
therefore, are standing in the four quarters of Jerusalem because
that is where the four corners of the earth converge. Making this
even more significant is the fact that these angels are seen in the
transitional sixth seal, heralding things to come! Well delve more
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deeply into the nature of the transitional sixth of each of
Revelations four sevens in a subsequent chapter.
So why are the trumpet events only one third effective?
Perhaps its because there was a world Jewish population of
eighteen million in 1938 Ad and a third part, or six million of
them, were murdered by the authority paradigm of rebellion. The
very nature of vengeance is reciprocity. By the way, the six million
number was taken from a report made to Heinrich Himmler by
Adolf Eichmann, the Grand Inquisitor of European Jewry
himself, that report read (in pertinent part): Approximately four
million Jews had died in the death camps and another two million
had been killed by mobile extermination units.17 So the number
itself is authoritative enough to be admitted as evidence in a court
of law. As a matter of fact, the trial took place in 1961 where Adolf
Eichmann was convicted and sentenced to death. The only time
the nation Israel enacted a death sentence.
Now the most remarkable two verses in the Bible. Youd think
that the people who were shaking in their boots when the sixth seal
was opened would take the deal, so to speak. These are the
people who were saying to the mountains and rocks: Fall on us,
and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and
from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is
come; and who shall be able to stand? Then, after a devastating
barrage of vengeance from God throughout six trumpet judgments
in which a third part of earths population is killed, heres their
attitude:
And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues
yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not
worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and
stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
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Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor
of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
For comparisons sake, Japan suffered a loss of less than 4.5
percent of their population during all of World War II, yet they
saw the writing on the wall and found their way onto the deck of
the USS Missouri to sign over their pink slip to the allies. They
knew when their cause was lost.
The intransigence of the survivors of the trumpets wherein an
entire third of the worlds population is slaughtered is nothing
short of dumbfounding! Youd think theyd consider the score at
halftime and rethink their strategy: God: 2 billion; sinners: zero,
anybody want to join Gods team? Nooooo, were thinkin well
win!
Really? I guess math isnt their strong suit. Jeff Foxworthy
defines rednecks as those having a glorious absence of
sophistication, but they shine in comparison to the stiffnecks of
the house of Adam opting themselves in to the most brutal wrath
God will ever pour out upon earths inhabitants in the vials of
wrath that follow. Evidently, just because they feel the heat
doesnt mean they see the light.
Rush Limbaugh comically suggests we need another planet for
people like this who just simply dont get it, he thinks it should
be named Stupiter to rhyme with Jupiter. The bottom line is that
we live in a time of great deception and many deceived by the
strong delusion will perish unless they can be reached.
PROPHECY
There shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew
great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they
shall deceive the very elect Matthew 24:24

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AXIOM
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like
unto him.
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own
conceit. Proverbs 26:4-6

Often Christians and Jews buy in to the paradigm of rebellion,


also known as political correctness, moral equivalence, or the
strong delusion all based on what is referred to in 2 Thessalonians
2:11 as the Liethe rationale of atheism. Stand back and
consider the sophistication level of these stiffnecks. Theyre on the
broad road that leads to destruction, yet theyre intransigent in their
mind-set! We dont need to curry their approval or dread their
disfavor; they believe the lie and are themselves in dishonour and
thus disfavor with their sovereign creator. Were the smart ones
with enough sense to come out of the rain, theyre all wet and too
stubborn to do anything about it!
AXIOM
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we
shall all be changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the
trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal
must put on immortality. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53

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AXIOM
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and
the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together
with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall
we ever be with the Lord. 1st Thessalonians 4:16-17

Ive made my view clear that the rapture wont occur until
the seventh and last trumpet. Yet it sounds like verse 20 of
Revelation 8 is saying that all the rest of the men on earth at this
point are unrepentant. Logic might lead one to the (incorrect)
conclusion that there arent any believers left on earth at this point.
AXIOM
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings
is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

This is one of those instances where the original language


clears up a somewhat less-than-clear translation. Revelation 8:13
refers to the inhabitants of the earth upon whom the woes are
pronounced. The Koin Greek word translated inhabitants is
katoikountas. Katoikountas is a compound word; Kata means
descended from, and oikos means house; these are descendants of
the house. What house? The narrative very carefully excludes
those that were sealed in the sixth seal. Heres the verse for your
review: And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the
grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but
only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
So the 144,000 Jews arent harmed by the vengeance
unleashed in the trumpets. Those born from above are the ekklesia,
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not the u. Were born from above into the family of
Jesus Christ, so the word u isnt referring to Messianic
Jews or Christians either.
You might ask, But it doesnt say Christians are sealed, does
it? It doesnt have to. Second Corinthians 1:22 tells us that as
Christians, God hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the
Spirit in our hearts. Ephesians 4:30 says, Ye are sealed unto the
day of redemption. Christians are sealed all the way up to the day
of redemption at the last trump, Christians, therefore, need no
subsequent sealing.
Did you notice that in verse 4 it says, There were sealed of
all the tribes. Did you notice Dan is missing from the list? Is Dan
a tribe of Israel? Yes, it is. Dan is also the tribe of the north, the
tribe with an eagle on his standard, the tribe prophetically
associated with the ekklesia. Genesis 49:16 reads, Dan shall judge
his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. What does it mean as
one of the tribes, isnt Dan a tribe? Of course it is, but as we
considered earlier in Genesis 49, the tribe of Dan is a prophetic
allusion to a Christian entity represented by an eagle.
Are Christians the wild olive branch grafted in to the
cultivated olive tree of Israel? Yes. Is there a numerical limitation
on those associated with the tribe of Dan? No! Why would Dan be
missing from a list purposely described as containing all the
tribes of Israel? Messianic Jews and Christians are missing from
this list because we dont need to be sealed again. Ephesians 1:13
says that after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy
Spirit of promise. Christians are sealed upon believing in Christ.
Only 144,000 are sealed at this time, countless millions are already
sealed, having believed in Christ.
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I think the ekklesia isnt mentioned in this passage because
these are the trumpets and the purpose is to feature Israel
prominently in this second set of seven. The ekklesia is absent by
way of overt mention, but included by inference. Besides,
Christians are not appointed unto wrath.
AXIOM
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation
by our Lord Jesus Christ 1 Thessalonians 5:9

So if those sealed of both Israel and the ekklesia are excluded


from the group labeled the u (lit. those descended
from the house), whos left? The only other patriarch whose
progeny inhabit the earth in the last days of the third age is Adam.
u is a reference to those descended solely from the
house of Adam upon the earth. These didnt lay hold on Gods
grace by faith to be born from above. They simply remained in the
heritage inherited from Adam, and are thus allied with those who
perpetrated the horrors of the tribulation, aka the holocaust, and
the numerous subsequent genocides throughout the fifth seal
period.
The seventy years restored to Israel in the fifth seal ends in
2018 (seventy years after the founding of the modern nation of
Israel in 1948). The faithful are then sealed in the sixth seal.
Why werent the faithful sealed for protection against the
period when the four horsemen of the Apocalypse were unleashed
upon the world? Jesus told us why in a parable in Matthew 13:
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of
heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his
field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares
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among the wheat, and went his way.
But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then
appeared the tares also.
So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir,
didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then
hath it tares?
He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said
unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up
also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the
harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers,
Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to
burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
Matthew 13:24-30
The times of the gentiles, including the period of time to the
end of the sixth seal, is appointed to the house of Adam to allow
the four ideologies of rebellion to come to full fruition. Nobody
will stand before the great white throne judgment seat of Christ
and be able to say, You never let us implement our ideologies of
rebellion, our plan would have worked, we would have created a
paradise!
AXIOM
But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh
unto cursing; whose end is to be burned. Hebrews 6:8

The deception of evolution (specifically, stochastic


abiogenesis [also known as spontaneous generation] including a
subsequent increase in genetic complexity), the injustice of
communism, the theft of economic corruption and the murderous
religion of Islam have been implemented and developed to their
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full and final zenith of achievement and have borne the thorns of
immorality, oppression, poverty, and murder, afflicting everyone
in the world, including the righteous, culminating in the great
tribulation and continuing afterward until 2018 when the righteous
are sealed against the next event on the prophetic calendar when
God takes vengeance against those who would dare violate the
apple of his eye.
PROPHECY
For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me
unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you
toucheth the apple of his eye. For, behold, I will shake mine hand
upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye
shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me. Zechariah 2:8,9

And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four
horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the
sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which
are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were
loosedfor to slay the third part of men. By these three was the
third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by
the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
Revelation 9:13-15 and 18
Revelation 9:13-21 records the final two third part
references in the trumpets. In this sixth trumpet one third of the
earths population is killed.
When the seventh and last trump sounds, both Jew and
gentile believers are resurrected and the present age will end. The
third age ends in 2034, two thousand years from the ascension of
Christ after his crucifixion and resurrection. After the rapture there
will no longer remain any of Gods people who are called, chosen,
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and faithful from either of the two ages of Isaac or Jesus upon the
earth. Gentiles remaining on the earth will be entirely of the house
of Adam since the faithful in Christ are resurrected at the last
trump. When the trumpets end, all Jews remaining upon the earth
must choose between the house of Adam or the Kingdom of the
Lion of the tribe of Judah.
Salvation is still available after the rapture. The redemption of
Christ flows to whosoever will of all ages. Even throughout the
final seven vials of Gods wrath people lay hold on salvation. We
see these people later in Revelation 20:4:
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was
given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded
for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had
not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received
his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived
and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Revelation 20:4
Please remember, Im a pan-eschatologist, so if any part of
this model is wrong, Ill be changing my view as the passing of
time exposes more facts into evidence. If you embrace my
sophomoric attempts to interpret prophecy I hope you will also
know when to jump ship as well. As for the present, this view
aligns with both recent and not-so-recent history, owes its basis to
a reasoned Biblical exegesis and constitutes a cohesive, consistent
conceptual framework.
Please bear in mind that the further into the future we
speculate, the less reliable any end-times model becomes. Theres
no way to anticipate future socio/political realities or technology
that will exist in the future. This is why its not good to be
unyielding in any end-times belief.
Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken.Chuck Smith
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PROPHECY
The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of
heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the
ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and
exalt the horn of his anointed. 1 Samuel 2:10

Has it ever occurred to you that nothing has ever occurred to


God? If theres anything we know for sure, its that God gets his
ducks in a row before he makes a move. The pronouncements of
the seven thunders occur just before the exodus of those who are
called, chosen and faithful in the resurrection of the just at the
last trump. I used the word exodus intentionally to suggest a
parallel to the exodus under Moses in Egypt.
AXIOM
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for
our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the
scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4

Moses made seven pronouncements before Pharaoh preceding


the exodus of those who applied the blood to the doorposts and
lintel (Exodus 12:22). You will notice that the command to put the
blood on the doorposts and lintel is a parallel to the positions of the
hands and feet of Christ upon the cross. The doorposts are at the
sides of the doorway and the lintel is upon the threshold at the foot.
The blood shed on the cross is the fulfillment of the blood on the
doorposts and lintel at the time of Moses. The thunders also make
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seven pronouncements before the exodus of those in our age who
also have applied the blood, that is, those who have received
Christs sacrifice for their sins.
The end result of the ten plagues arising from Moses and
Aarons seven pronouncements was that Pharaoh lost his position
of authority over the children of Israel. Actually, truth be known,
Pharaoh drowned in the Red Sea and lost his authority over
everything!
The ekklesia, which is the family of Jesus Christ, is a heavenly
family, born of heavenly seed, born from above into the family of
the only begotten Son of the living God. Our battle is not against
flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, against the
kosmokratoras, translated here the rulers of the darkness of this
world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians
6:12).
The word epouraniois, translated high places, is a compound
word, the latter part being the typical word for heaven. A better
translation might be the uppermost heaven (as opposed to the
atmosphere, or outer space). As you recall, in 2 Corinthians 12:2
Paul spoke of the third heaven.
The pronouncements of the seven thunders wreak judgment
upon the rebellion in heaven parallel to the seven trumpets that
thresh the chaff from among the wheat upon the earth.
They must have had the desired effect, because a few verses
later in Revelation 12:9 Satan and the one-third of the heavenly
host who followed him in his rebellion are cast out of heaven.
Just as the trumpets result in destruction upon one third of the
elements upon the earth, the seven thunders pronounce the
judgments of God as they pertain to the purge of Satans rebellion
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in, and subsequent eviction from, heaven.
So why did God tell John not to write what the seven thunders
uttered? Gods not worried about what men might do with the
information; men are limited in their ability to proactively
formulate any strategy against the one who sits upon the throne in
heaven. We know what happens when they do; God has a good
belly-laugh:
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take
counsel together, against the Lord, and against his
anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and
cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the
heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in
derision. Psalm 2:2-4
I also dont think God is worried in the slightest about any
strategy Satan may be able to formulate given the information John
is withholding. I do think, however, that God knows what Satans
strategy will be without this information. Satan will conduct
himself in such a way as to earn the judgment the thunders uttered,
thus it cannot be revealed to him beforetime because he cannot be
saved. It must first be earned before he can become privy to it.
Otherwise, Satan could accuse God of being unjust, having
formulated beforehand his judgment without sufficient evidence,
the deed being yet future.
God reveals clearly to men what will befall them if they
remain in defiance of his law, his people, and his kingdom. Men
have the opportunity to repent and lay hold upon the provision of
redemption made by the spilled blood of Gods only begotten son,
our kinsman redeemer. Satan believes he can defy the will of the
Pantokrator (The Almighty), but John, having been transported in
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time to the Day of the Lord, heard, but did not record, the
judgment upon Satan and those who have cast their lot with him in
their attempt to usurp what God reserves to himself alone.
Lets take up the thought of Isaiah 14:17 that [Satan] opened
not the house of his prisoners. Sounds a lot like Egypt, doesnt it?
Pharaoh also held a people captive; the Chosen People. God raised
up Moses, nurtured and educated at Pharaohs expense, to break
the proverbial back of the usurper of the people of God.
Moses came before Pharaoh seven times demanding that he let
the people go. There were ten plagues, but if you read the narrative
carefully, youll find that there were only seven pronouncements.
As stated earlier, the net result of the utterance of the seven
thunders is the successful eviction of Satan from his position in
heaven for cause. Satans behavior parallel to Pharaoh these past
two millennia earns him a judgment in kind. The Red Sea, which
miraculously opened to those faithful to apply the blood on the
doorposts and lintel became death to those who would perpetuate
the enslavement of the children of promise in Egypt.
Satan has oppressed the spiritual children of the most high
(those born from above). He has opposed, oppressed, and ensnared
those destined to a heavenly heritage and will receive to himself a
judgment equivalent to Pharaoh and his army, who were expelled
from having a presence upon the earth, and drowned in the sea.
Here Satans new venue is pronounced; he will be deprived of
his presence in heaven, being cast unto the earth.
I believe it is for this reason that after John ate the little book
that the angel handed to him; it was sweet in his mouth but bitter in
his belly. Purging Satans rebellion from heaven is indeed a sweet
victory, but as Satan is cast to the earth, the time of Jacobs
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trouble (Jeremiah 30:7) will begin, and that is indeed a bitter
reality for the people who are the apple of Gods eye.
Following the seven pronouncements of the thunders is the
last trump when, The kingdoms of this world are become the
kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ. Theres that word
world again. This is the world established upon the four
world-domination ideologies of rebellion now at the end of this
age. Pharaoh lost his authority over the Hebrew slave population at
the end of the time they were appointed to be in bondage, and the
god of this world loses his authority over mankind at the end of
the time appointed to the house of Adams bondage.
Lets discuss the dates before we move on. Why the beginning
date of 2028 and the ending date of 2034?
And Moses was fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and
three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh. Exodus 7:7
Exodus 7:7 informs us that Moses was eighty years old when
he and Aaron spoke to Pharaoh. If there is a parallel between the
exodus from Egypt and the exodus from Earth at the resurrection
of the just, then Moses age might be a clue as to when the
thunders begin their pronouncements, thus the initial date for this
period. Once again the eighty years is counted from 1948 Ad when
modern Israel became a nation.
Why the ending date of 2034? It will be the two thousand year
anniversary of Christs resurrection when the last trump sounds
and the rapture, or resurrection of the just occurs. Well be looking
at Matthew 24 in this section, particularly verse 36, which reads,
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of
heaven, but my Father only. What this verse means is that all the
dates in this entire End Times section are questionable at best
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and possibly wrong altogether. If even one of these dates turns out
to be right, Ill be both thrilled and surprised.
Lets review the subject passage before further discussion:
And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven,
clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his
face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right
foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, And cried with a
loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven
thunders uttered their voices.
And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was
about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me,
Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write
them not.
And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth
lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for
ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein
are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea,
and the things which are therein, that there should be time no
longer:
But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall
begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he
hath declared to his servants the prophets.
And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again,
and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand
of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little
book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall
make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as
honey.
And I took the little book out of the angels hand, and ate it up;
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and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had
eaten it, my belly was bitter.
And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many
peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
The sixth trumpet mighty angel of Revelation 10:1 is
described using four idioms associated with the heavens: He is
clothed with a cloud, has a rainbow about his head, his face shone
like the sun and thunders accompany his voice. From these
descriptors one may infer they are heavenly in nature and
fulfillment. Since this is the third of four sevens we might also
conclude they involve the ekklesia. As we have already discussed,
the word church is the translation of the word ekklesia, which
literally means called out.
The eagle is associated with the ekklesia. Like the ekklesia the
eagle makes its home upon the earth, but is equipped to inhabit the
heavens. The eagle is a symbolic representation of those who are
born from above into the family of the one who is at the right hand
of God in heaven. Interesting that this mighty angel proclaims
there should be time no longer just before the last trump and the
resurrection. The last trump will sound immediately following the
sixth trumpet thunders at which time those who have been born
from above will be called out to heaven.
PRAYER & PROPHECY
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10

This mighty angel comes down from heaven where Gods will
is done and sets his feet upon the earth where Lucifer, son of the
morning didst weaken the nations (Isaiah 14:12). He cries in a
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loud voice as a lion roaring. Not only does the imagery express
that he speaks with the authority of God himself, but he sware by
God as well:
And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth
lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for
ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein
are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea,
and the things which are therein, that there should be time no
longer:
But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall
begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he
hath declared to his servants the prophets. Revelation 10:5-7
Since he came down from heaven and sware by God, his
authority is obviously that of Yahweh himself whose will is done
in heaven. Soon the prayer taught to the disciples by Christ will be
fulfilled at the sounding of the last trump when the kingdoms of
this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ;
and he shall reign for ever and ever in fulfillment of vs. 7 above
which refers to the mystery of God. Could the mystery of God
be a reference to this being a fulfillment of the exodus from Egypt?
I believe it is that and much more. Moses seven pronouncements
before Pharaoh resulted in ten plagues upon the Egyptians. Is there
any indication the seven pronouncements of the thunders result in
plagues?
This mighty angel has in his hand a little book open. Is it
possible that this book is similar to the roll of a book recorded in
Ezekiel?
And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will
hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.
But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou
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rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat
that I give thee.
And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a
roll of a book was therein;
And he spread it before me; and it was written within and
without: and there was written therein lamentations, and
mourning, and woe. Ezekiel 2:7-10
The two have parallel situations. In both a book is involved in
dealing with those in rebellion. The prophets in both cases are told
to eat the book. In Revelation, were given no clue as to the books
contents, but in Ezekiel within the book is written lamentations,
mourning and woe. Does the little book in the mighty angels
hand also contain lamentations, mourning and woe?
You might ask, But wasnt Gods vengeance for the atrocities
against those who were murdered for their testimony already
dished out in the trumpets? Yes, it was; it was cast out upon the
perpetrators on the earth. The ekklesia, however, is born from
above, and our adversary is not flesh and blood as Paul explains
in his letter to the Ephesians:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness
of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6:12
I am of the opinion that the thunders accomplish upon our
spiritual adversaries in high places what the trumpets
accomplished upon our worldly adversaries on earth; that being
Gods vengeance on behalf of all his people against that faction in
heaven who owe obedience to their sovereign creator, but choose
rebellion instead.
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Matthew 24:29 (below) describes the opening volleys of the
sixth seal immediately following the tribulation and describes the
same events studied previously, the asteroid shower, the solar
eclipse, the blood moon, etc. The passage then skips directly to the
events of the last trump.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be
darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars
shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be
shaken:
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and
then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the
Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and
great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet,
and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds,
from one end of heaven to the other.
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet
tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is
near, even at the doors.
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all
these things be fulfilled.
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass
away.
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of
heaven, but my Father only. Matthew 24:29-36
Verse 34 says, This generation shall not pas, till all these
things be fulfilled. The word this is a pronoun known as a near
demonstrative. It refers to something close at hand, often
something in the text immediately preceding it. In this case, it is
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referring specifically to the generation experiencing the events
described in the preceding verses. The events being described are
last days or end times events, so this generation refers to those
alive from 1948 Ad when Israel was re-gathered as a nation to the
end of the generation. But how long is a generation?
Fortunately we are told in Genesis 15 how long a generation
is:
And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be
a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and
they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation,
whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they
come out with great substance.
And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in
a good old age.
But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the
iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. Genesis 15:13-16
God speaking to Abram told him his seed would be afflicted
four hundred years and later, referring to the same period of time,
called it four generations. If four generations is four hundred years,
one generation is simply one hundred years. God puts the cookies
on the bottom shelf, we just have to keep our eyes open.
Just as Isaac was born to Abraham 2,048 years after Adam
when Abraham was one hundred years old, so the second coming
of Christ in power and great glory may take place in the year of our
Lord 2048 Ad; one hundred years after modern Israel became a
nation in 1948 Ad. The Second Coming, therefore, may take place
four thousand years after Isaac was born to Abraham.
AXIOM
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I
am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you,
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Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise
pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Matthew 5:17-19

What else is in the little book in the mighty angels hand?


Aside from the possible lamentations and woe mentioned earlier,
were not told what else, but I think this is a book documenting the
fulfillment of the law and the prophets. At the time appointed, this
angel is sent from heaven to earth to announce the impending
transfer based on the fulfillment of all the terms as documented in
the little book in his hand.
Its necessary to bear in mind that Adam died. Had Adam
remained alive, the supplanter would have remained god of this
world in perpetuity. Having died, a kinsman redeemer of Adam has
the right to pay the debt and redeem the forfeited position and the
encumbered property at a specific appointed time. The book of
Ruth provides a relevant parallel involving a kinsman redeemer
who paid the price to redeem a possession, but a requirement of
redemption was taking Ruth as his wife because it wasnt just the
land; it was the position of the deceased that was part of the
redemption contract. In this case, the decedent had been Ruths
husband. This is most likely why god drove Adam and Eve out of
the garden wherein was the tree of life! Why else would God have
placed Cherubim guarding the way to prevent Adams return?
AXIOM
ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the
earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased
possession Ephesians 1:13c-14

The word angel literally means messenger. I think this


messenger from heaven will be dispatched to settle accounts
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regarding the dominion granted to Adam but usurped by Lucifer.
Christ fulfilled the requirements of the law and the predictions
of the prophets regarding the terms necessary to redeem that which
was usurped by the god of this world who assumed that title and
office by precipitating the fall of Adam. Upon concluding the
pronouncements it says, that there should be time no longer.
The phrase that there should be time no longer draws the
line in the sand (so to speak). It is then that the seventh and last
trump sounds and the purchased possession changes hands.
The mighty angel is dispatched from heaven at the appointed
time before the end of the third age, speaking with the authority of
God, to pronounce the end of the time wherein the god of this
world may wield the authority usurped from Adam.
The fact that this mighty angels two feet stand upon both the
sea and the land suggests that the pronouncements of the seven
thunders pertain to the dominion granted to Adam in the
beginning, as Adam was given dominion over the entire earth, both
sea and land. Three times in the passage it is repeated that his feet
stand upon the sea and the land. Could it be that the foundation of
the pronouncements are events that have taken place on the earth
and have fulfilled the redemption contract?
Nobody descended from Adam could pay the price to redeem
mankind. All descendants of Adam are born into the heritage of the
penalty of death. Jesus entered this world born to a woman.
He is our kinsman redeemer whose father bestows upon him a
heritage that includes all things. Those who are born from above
enter into the heritage of the one who is faithful and true having
defeated sin and death.

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As the firstborn of creation Adam also enjoyed the rank of
primogeniture. As mankinds eldest patriarch he was the highest in
authority over all his descendants. At the time appointed, at the last
trump, having paid the price of death owed by Adam, Jesus, our
kinsman redeemer, takes to himself this position of dominion
and authority.
Adam had hearkened unto the voice of his wife rather than
remain faithful and true to the command of his sovereign creator.
Because he was no longer faithful and true, he fell from his
position of dominion. The dominion defaulted to that one to whom
Adam yielded himself a servant to obey. The woman had yielded
to the serpent, rather than submitting to Adam whose dominion
was granted by God. The serpent had submitted to the anointed
cherub that covereth, Lucifer, who hast been in Eden the garden
of God, the one who was perfect in his ways from the day that he
was created, till iniquity was found in him (Ezekiel 28).
As the only begotten of God the father, Jesus also enjoys a
heavenly heritage as well. Jesus said as much in Matthew 28:18:21
AXIOM
When Jesus came near, he spoke to them. He said, "All authority
in heaven and on earth has been given to me."
Matthew 28:18 GODS WORD Translation

This is why Jesus has the authority to lead the exodus of those
who are called, chosen, and faithful from the earth into heaven.
The dominion of Adam includes the entire earth, but also
authority over all those descended from him. This includes all
those who have died in their sins. This transfer of all that pertained
to Adam, therefore, gives Christ the authority to judge the quick
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and the dead.
And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify
that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick
and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his
name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of
sins. Acts 10:42-43
The angels feet stood upon both land and sea, suggesting that
even those souls in the sea are included in this transaction.
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and
hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were
judged every man according to their works. Revelation 20:13
This brings us to a fundamental point. Adam was given
dominion over this earth and no other. He wasnt given dominion
over the moon or the sun or Mars or any other planet in this or any
solar system anywhere else. The earth is the sole locale of Adams
dominion.
Prior to Christ paying Adams debt of death, the eternal souls
of all of Adams descendants remained bound to the earth even in
death. The place of the dead was known as Hades, and its location
was the bottomless pit, or simply the pit. Considering that the
earth is a sphere and the nature of gravity, the only place on this
earth where a bottomless pit could possibly exist is at the heart of
the earth.
Christ made an interesting assertion in Revelation 1:18: I am
he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore,
Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
The keys of hell and death is a metaphor for this authority
over the dead in Hades awaiting judgment.
Because were on the topic, and since this is an introduction to
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the Bible, I would be remiss if I failed to touch on another aspect
of eternal punishment before moving onthat is the unpardonable
sin.
Of the many controversial doctrines of Christianity,
soteriology (salvation) may be the most divisive, so I once again
forewarn you to be diligent to base your own belief on the sound
foundation of Gods Word.
Speaking of Christ, John 1:9 says, That was the true Light,
which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. The use of
the word every is central to the implication of this verse. Its not
some men or most men that are enlightened by the true light,
but every man that comes in to the world. In other words, nobody
leaves this life without having been enlightened by the true light at
some point.
AXIOM
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are
clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even
his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Romans 1:20

The unpardonable sin for those descended solely from Adam


is to reject the true light and the opportunity to be born from above
throughout this life and to never lay hold on the free gift of life
made available by Gods grace through faith.
The unpardonable sin for those who were once enlightened,
and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of
the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the
powers of the world (age) to come is to commit the willful sin,
that is, to defect from the faith.
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Of these it is said that it is impossible to renew them again
unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God
afresh, and put him to an open shame. And again in Hebrews
10:26 it is said, For if we sin wilfully after that we have received
the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for
sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery
indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. That willful sin
refers to a close-follower of Christ who becomes a defector.
A genuinely saved, spirit-filled, word-immersed believer who,
being fully aware of the consequence of his actions, deliberately
blasphemes the Holy Spirit and falls alongside the enemy of our
souls, has, with full knowledge, abandoned any reward promised to
those who are called, chosen, and faithful. Such a person has
permanently cast his lot.
What befalls those who have committed the unpardonable sin?
Christ revealed in two parables the destiny of those whose sins had
been forgiven but who then blasphemed the Holy Spirit; those who
put their hand to the plow but looked back. Here are the parables
for your review:
And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and
said,
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a
marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that
were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are
bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my
fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the
marriage.
But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm,
another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants,
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and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth
his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their
city.
Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they
which were bidden were not worthy.
Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find,
bid to the marriage.
So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered
together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the
wedding was furnished with guests.
And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man
which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him,
Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding
garment? And he was speechless.
Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and
take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.
For many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew 22:1-14
Here is the other:
For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far
country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them
his goods.
And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another
one; to every man according to his several ability; and
straightway took his journey.
Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with
the same, and made them other five talents.
And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and
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hid his lords money.
After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and
reckoneth with them.
And so he that had received five talents came and brought other
five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents:
behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful
servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make
thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou
deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other
talents beside them.
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant;
thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler
over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord,
I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast
not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo,
there thou hast that is thine.
His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful
servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather
where I have not strawed:
Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the
exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine
own with usury.
Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which
hath ten talents.
For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have
abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even
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that which he hath.
And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there
shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 25:14-30
Not often does Jesus depart from the symbolism of a parable
and make the transition to the reality of the spiritual parallel, but he
did so in both of these examples where the offender is cast into
outer darkness.
Why is this significant? Simply because it is not Hades, or
hell. Hell will be cast into the lake of fire prepared for the Devil
and his angels (Matthew 25:41). Outer darkness is the
destination of those who received forgiveness for their sins by
laying hold on Gods grace by faith, delivering themselves from
hell and the lake of fire, but they knowingly defected from the faith
which was once delivered unto the saints, abandoning the rewards
in store for those who are called, chosen, and faithful.
Far too many Christians live a life of sin no different than
those deluded by the lie. Its not the sin. The sin was forgiven. Its
the decision to defect from the faith that seals the deal. In so doing,
they are putting themselves in harms way.
Please remember that faith is the substance of things hoped
for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is not
hope, nor is faith trust. Faith is substance and evidence. Faith is the
substance of acting upon belief. The evidence of belief is a life in
alignment with the nature and character of God. Salvation is not
fire insurance, nor is faith. Its not something tucked away out of
sight against the day of judgment when its taken out, dusted off
and presented for value. Its evidenced in the substance of a life of
faithfulness after being called and chosen. When standing before
the throne of God in the glaring brilliant light of his righteousness,
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you will wish with all your being that you brought with you the
clean hands and pure heart God sought to lead you into through the
anointing of his Holy Spirit in this life.
Its the oil that must be purchased here, you cant wait to get it
when you arrive (Mt. 25:1-12). To reject the pure clean garment of
Christs righteousness here and now in this life is to make your
appearance in heaven in the filthy rags of sin and hear the voice of
the one who died to set you free from your sins say, cast ye the
unprofitable servant into outer darkness where there shall be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.
You are responsible before your Lord and Master for what you
believe and why you believe it. In bringing the matter to your
attention, I have fulfilled any responsibility I may have under
Ezekiel 33.
Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man,
speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I
bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man
of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:
If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the
trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the
sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come,
and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He
heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood
shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his
soul.
But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the
trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and
take any person from among them, he is taken away in his
iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchmans hand.
So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the
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house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth,
and warn them from me.
When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely
die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that
wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require
at thine hand.
Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it;
if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but
thou hast delivered thy soul.
Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel;
Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be
upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live?
Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure
in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way
and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye
die, O house of Israel?
Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people,
The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the
day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he
shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his
wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his
righteousness in the day that he sinneth.
When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he
trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his
righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity
that he hath committed, he shall die for it.
Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he
turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; If the
wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk
in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall
surely live, he shall not die. None of his sins that he hath
committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which
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is lawful and right; he shall surely live.
Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not
equal: but as for them, their way is not equal.
When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and
committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby.
But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is
lawful and right, he shall live thereby.
Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of
Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways. Ezekiel 33:1-20
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And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth
lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for
ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein
are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea,
and the things which are therein, that there should be time no
longer:
But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall
begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he
hath declared to his servants the prophets. Revelation 10:5-7
With the end of the thunders pronouncements comes the end
of the third age. At the sounding of the seventh trumpet, all that
was paid for by Christ on the cross, all that had been entrusted to
the care, custody and control of Adam in the beginning, both his
office and dominion, is transferred into the venue and jurisdiction
of the Last Adam, Jesus Christ, Yahushua HMashiyach.
At the sounding of the last trump, the kingdoms of this world
become the kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ. At this juncture
in time, the jurisdiction of the world changes and Satan is no
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longer the god of this world. This event marks the end of the six
millennia of what would have been Adams dominion and marks
the beginning of the dominion of the coming king.
Technically, the events beginning with the sounding of the last
trump and continuing through the end of the seven vials of wrath
are not part of the Kingdom Age. Neither are they the end-times of
the third age. The last trump initiates events precipitating the
eviction of Satan from heaven. Following the sounding of the last
trump, the longstanding rebellion in heaven is dealt with, but the
rebels in heaven take refuge upon the earth. It is during this period
that God deals with both them and those men who align
themselves with them.
The end of the third age is a most significant juncture in time.
It will have been six thousand years since the creation (not
counting the years Christ walked the earth). Second Peter 3:8 tells
us, One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand
years as one day. In Exodus 20:11 the principle of the Sabbath is
advanced: In six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea,
and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day. Mankind has
been in the bondage of servitude under the dominion of the usurper
for the majority of the time the progeny of Adam were appointed
to have dominion. The age that was to be the millennial day of rest
for the house of Adam is appointed to begin at the end of these six
millennial days. The seventh day is often referred to as a holy
sabbath unto the Lord. The seventh millennial day is no different,
it is a holy sabbath unto the Lord.
Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of
rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath
day, he shall surely be put to death. Exodus 31:15
Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall
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be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the Lord: whosoever
doeth work therein shall be put to death. Exodus 35:2
The price having been paid to redeem Adams dominion, all
men descended from Adam are obligated to regard their new
sovereign King as their Lord. All who choose to remain in
violation of the millennial holy sabbath unto the Lord will
ultimately discover that they have opted themselves in to the
wrong column on the day the Lord divides the sheep from the
goats at his return. More on this later.
Here is the passage depicting the sounding of the last trump:
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in
heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the
kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for
ever and ever.
And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their
seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We
give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast,
and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power,
and hast reigned.
And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time
of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest
give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and
them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy
them which destroy the earth.
And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was
seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were
lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and
great hail. Revelation 11:15-19
A number of significant events take place when the seventh
and final angel sounds the last trumpet. The most significant is the
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resurrection:
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and
the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and
remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to
meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet,
and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds,
from one end of heaven to the other. Matthew 24:31
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we
shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at
the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be
raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal
must put on immortality. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53
Ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the
earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased
possession Ephesians 1:13c-14
Since Christ ascended to God the father, the church, in
concept, has been a resistance force behind enemy lines loyal to
the King in abstentia. Ephesians 6 implies that the ekklesia is his
assault force equipped to do battle against the gates of hell.11 Once
the king is restored to his rightful kingdom, the resistance force is
gathered to their king. This is more often than not referred to as the
rapture or the first resurrection, but this is not the point at which
Emmanuel arrives to reign upon the earth.
When gentile believers are resurrected, it is to then be forever
with the Lord.
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together
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with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall
we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:17
Also taken up in the first resurrection are the 144,000 sealed
from every tribe of Israel as Isaiah 26 describes. The clue here is
that they hide themselves for a little moment until the indignation
is overpast.
Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they
arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as
the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.
Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy
doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until
the indignation be overpast.
For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the
inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall
disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
Isaiah 26:19-21
Afterward they then return with Christ to rule upon the earth:
And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and
with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's
name written in their foreheads. Revelation 14:1
Another significant event following the sounding of the last
trump is Satans eviction from heaven:
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought
against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And
prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the
Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast
out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come
salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the
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power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down,
which accused them before our God day and night.
Revelation 12:7-10
The fact that Satan is evicted from heaven is significant for
many reasons, one of which gives us a very interesting insight into
something Jesus said when commenting on the ministry of John
the Baptist:
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of
heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
Matthew 11:12
Johns ministry of baptism of repentance for the remission of
sin was having an effect in heaven described by Jesus as the
violent taking it by force.
Mark 1 tells us that John did baptize in the wilderness, and
preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. This is
not characteristic of the second age paradigm. The paradigm of the
second age involved the temple, the priesthood, the law, and the
sacrifice of bulls and goats.
Johns ministry is a foretaste of things to come, specifically
the arrival of the Christ, the Messiah, the patriarch of the third age.
Jesus was sent by God into the world to save whosoever will
in fulfillment of Abrahams words to Isaac that God will provide
himself a lamb for a burnt offering.
In so doing, Christ laid the groundwork for the kingdom. Jesus
told us about John the Baptist in Matthew 11: For this is he, of
whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face,
which shall prepare thy way before thee.
John the Baptist, the age-end witness of the second age, is a
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harbinger of things to come. Is there perhaps a parallel between the
violent impact of Johns ministry in heaven and the impact in
heaven of the ekklesia at the sounding of the last trump? Jesus let
the proverbial cat out of the bag in chapter 10 of Luke. Heres the
situation: Jesus appointed seventy disciples and sent them out two
by two. Upon their return, heres their report to Jesus: And the
seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are
subject unto us through thy name.
Heres the Lords response to their report: And he said unto
them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
In this passage, Jesus expressed his approval in superlative
terms. In other words, hes revealing that the ultimate
accomplishment of Christians faithfulness is Satans fall from
heaven. That being the case, the rapture of those called, chosen,
and faithful into heaven may be the event that precipitates the war
in heaven involving Michael and his angels against the dragon and
his angels resulting in Satans dislodgment from heaven.
Just as the walls of the Canaanite stronghold of Jericho
collapsed at the sounding of the last of the seven trumpets and
those usurping the land of promise were evicted at the time
appointed for the children of promise to be installed into the
authority paradigm they were groomed for, so it is when the
seventh and last trump sounds and we enter heaven. Satan is cast
out into the earth, the locale of those last holdouts still loyal to
him, but the earth upon which they stand and the kingdoms of this
world have already been duly transferred into the jurisdiction of
the King of kings and Lord of lords.
24The earth is the Lords, and the fulness thereof; the world, and
they that dwell therein. Psalm 24:24
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Revisiting the model that Christians are a resistance force
behind enemy lines to be re-gathered to their king when he is
restored to power; at the present time, Satan and those spiritual
beings in heaven aligned with him against mankinds rightful king
constitute a fifth column in heaven. After their violent ejection,
they become squatters and occupiers upon an earth whose
jurisdiction has been formally transferred to the dominion of the
Lord and his Christ.
The descendants of the house of Adam experience firsthand
the nature and character of the prime-mover of rebellion at his
arrival:
All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become
weak as we? art thou become like unto us?
Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy
viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the
nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will
exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the
mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the
most High.
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider
thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that
did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and
destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his
prisoners?
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All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every
one in his own house.
But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and
as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a
sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden
under feet.
Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast
destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers
shall never be renowned.
Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers;
that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the
world with cities.
For I will rise up against them, saith the Lord of hosts, and cut
off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew,
saith the Lord. Isaiah 14:10-22
I can only imagine what those who exalted Lucifer, the god of
this world, must be thinking as they consider him in bodily form.
With Lucifer in their midst, their choice at this point is much
clearer seeing him up close and personal so to speak.

The Wonder in Heaven


Chapter 12 of Revelation presents a vision involving a
woman, a dragon, and a man child. This vision is part of the last
trump events, and when seen in the light of its chronological
context in this passage it makes perfect sense. Lets explore a few
things to establish a perspective.
The wonder in heaven occurs in the text after the events of
the last trump are described but before the text moves on to
another topic. This seemingly stand-alone vision, therefore, really
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isnt, rather, it reveals last trump details in terms of a vision.
As any parable or prophetic symbolism, this vision requires
interpretation. Lets review the chapter:
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed
with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a
crown of twelve stars:
And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to
be delivered.
And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a
great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven
crowns upon his heads.
And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did
cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman
which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon
as it was born.
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations
with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to
his throne.
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place
prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two
hundred and threescore days.
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought
against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in
heaven.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the
Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast
out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come
salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the
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power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down,
which accused them before our God day and night.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the
word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the
death.
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to
the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come
down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he
hath but a short time.
And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he
persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that
she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is
nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of
the serpent.
And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the
woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her
mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of
his mouth.
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make
war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the
commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 12:1-17
Lets interpret the impact of the trumpets on the fulfillment of
the vision.
Just as the house of Adam was the focus of the seals, during
the period of the trumpets Israel rises to a position of prominence
upon the earth inasmuch as the vengeance of God being visited
upon the inhabitants of the earth is on their behalf and possibly
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even at their hand. In the following scripture, bear in mind that
Edom and Adam are the same Hebrew word as there are no
vowels in Hebrew.
And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my
people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine
anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my
vengeance, saith the Lord God. Ezekiel 25:14
Everyone upon the earth is learning firsthand about Genesis
12:3: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that
curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
The Revelation 12 vision utilizes symbolic imagery just like
the parallel imagery of a parable. The woman is the Chosen People
Israel. This isnt Israel of the past. She is seen here clothed with
the sun, indicating that at this point in prophecy she is ensconced
in the light of Yahwehs righteousness and truth. 2,000 years ago
the High Priest of Israel and the religious leaders of the day were
leading the people in the chant Crucify him, crucify him. That
same High Priest pimped the priesthood to Caesar to get a death
sentence verdict from Pontius Pilate. This woman cant possibly
be Israel of 2,000 years ago which brought forth the Messiah.
Because the woman is Israel, its redundant to interpret the
twelve stars on her head as a further identification of her as Israel.
I am of the opinion the 12 stars symbolize the 12 apostles and by
extension all who are in Christ. These stars are on her head. Since
she is clothed with the sun, we know she has embraced the only
name under heaven whereby men may be saved. That being the
case, her head is Christ just as the head of the ekklesia is Christ. In
other words, her head is our head. True believers in Christ adorn
the woman in the vision as part of her presentation, unified with
her.
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During the period of the trumpet judgments, Gods vengeance
will be unleashed against the enemies of both the called as well as
the Chosen People upon the earth.
In this vision, the moon is seen under her feet. The crescent
moon is the symbol of Islam. This portion of the vision suggests
that during the period of the trumpets the false religion of Islam
will be brought under the feet of the Chosen People of God
allied with true believers in Christ.
She was travailing in birth, and the man child she would
bring forth was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. Shes
travailing because Israel cannot enter into their ordained role until
they are released from the bondage imposed on them by the high
priest when he made the proclamation: We have no king but
Caesar.
Since the Diaspora began in 70 Ad, non-messianic Jews have
defied the reality of their predicament and persisted in a religious
system derived from their imagination. Having embraced the
Messiah during the period of the trumpets, the nation can only
travail until the last trump sounds and their bondage ends. Until
that time they cannot return to a second-age paradigm involving
rituals that merely symbolize what was fulfilled in Christ. Neither
is it reasonable to mimic the path of gentiles and be grafted in to
the cultivated olive treeafter all, their ancestors were the
cultivated olive tree! At present there doesnt exist a paradigm for
them to follow apart from faith in Christ. But when the last trump
sounds, they will finally bring forth and become the people of
the coming King. After all, they have aligned themselves with the
final patriarch, the one associated with the Lion. As Israel of the
second age exhibited the defining characteristic of the patriarch of
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that age, the ox, faithful unto death, so those who embrace the
Lion of the tribe of Judah will exhibit the defining characteristic
of the patriarch of the Kingdom Age to come. Once the seventh
trumpet sounds and the kingdoms of this world become the
kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ, Israel is finally set free to
enter in to the place ordained for them. Her travail can finally
bring forth.
Before the fall, Adam was placed in the Garden of God and
was ordained by God as the god of this world. 2500 years later
God delivered Israel from bondage in Egypt to be restored to the
place Adam was driven from. At Jesus trial, the Jewish high priest
and religious leaders entered into a covenant with Caesar. Once
again, the Jews were in bondage, this time until the redemption of
the purchased possession at the sounding of the seventh and last
trumpet.
In Deuteronomy 18 Moses said, The Lord thy God will raise
up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like
unto me; unto him ye shall hearken.
Just so they didnt miss it, he repeated and reinforced it in
verse 18: And the Lord said unto me I will raise them up a
Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my
words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall
command him.
At the end of the age, following the last trump, Jesus takes to
himself all authority, including that of the Roman priesthood (Rev
11:15). From that time forth Caesar (Pontifix Maximus or Pope)
will no longer have jurisdiction over the Aaronic priesthood or the
Jewish people whom the high priest had delivered into servitude by
the pronouncement, We have no king but Caesar.
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Moses had delivered them from bondage in Egypt, but they
will be delivered from their current bondage by the Prophet from
the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto [Moses]. Prophet,
Priest, and King, Yahushua is the one who will deliver them from
the bondage imposed on them by the high priest two thousand
years ago at that future time appointed to redeem the purchased
possession. This is that moment when she can bring forth
In the Garden of God, Satan sprang a trap on Adam by
plowing with his heifer (to steal a phrase from Judges 14:18). At
Jesus trial, the tables were turned and the weak link in Satans
authority structure was exploited to establish Jesus as the King of
the people God groomed to usurp Adams position of dominion in
the very place that had been called the Garden of God. Satans
authority paradigm, represented in the four empires prophesied by
Daniel beginning with Babylon and culminating with Rome,
acquired the former Jewish priesthood by delivering Jesus to be
crucified.
The final official act of a Jewish high priest acting under the
authority paradigm of God was to petition a representative within
the authority paradigm of Satan (Roman Governor Pontius Pilate)
to sacrifice the lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world.
The sacrifice was carried out by soldiers of Rome
unknowingly acting as priests of the newly acquired priesthood.
The first official independent act of the new recipient of the
prostituted Aaronic Priesthood was to make the proclamation,
This is Jesus the King of the Jews.
Very few people appreciate the significance of the fact that not
only was Jesus found guilty of being the King of the Jews at a
formal official Roman trial of record, but he underwent all the
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ceremonial aspects of a coronation following the guilty verdict.
Heres the passage for your review:
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common
hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.
And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon
his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee
before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the
head. Matthew 27:27
After he was found guilty of being the King of the Jews, a
scarlet robe was put upon him, a scepter was placed in his right
hand, a crown was placed upon his head and the soldiers of the
duly appointed Roman governor over the province bowed the knee
before him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews. This was done in
both mockery and cruel irony. He was officially bestowed with the
title and office of King of the Jews and underwent all the aspects
of a formal coronation but he would soon be executed and (in their
minds) unable to wield the position or authority conferred upon
him.
Having risen from the dead, Jesus retains the title and position
of King of the Jews bestowed upon him by Rome, attested to by
the official judicial finding posted in the three predominant
languages of the region on the cross reading, This is Jesus, the
King of the Jews. Only one thing remains lacking: the Jewish
subjects of the king. The high priest condemned them to be
subjects of Caesar, but it wasnt solely the edict of the high priest.
Those Jews in attendance unanimously consented: Then answered
all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children
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(Matthew 27:25).
The woman in the vision is Israel, but it is Israel at the end of
the age. This timeframe involves the proclamation The kingdoms
of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his
Christ. This is Israel set free from the repercussions of the actions
of the last Aaronic High Priest. At this point they are no longer
subject to Caesar as all kingdoms become the birthright of the
Son of God who paid the price to purchase everything Adam lost,
including primogeniture over all men and whatever authority
structures they put in place.
The King had already been granted a venue and jurisdiction
two thousand years ago by Rome when Pontius Pilate sealed the
verdict at his trial by carrying out the sentence of death. At the
time the third age is over and the authority of Rome over the
priesthood ends, nothing stands in the way for the authority
paradigm of the Kingdom Age to be brought forth.
Though declared King of the Jews by Rome, the people of the
kingdom had been bartered to Rome in exchange for Romes
sentence of death. Since the ascension, authority over the Chosen
People and the land of promise has been in the hands of that entity
to whom the high priest yielded himself a servant to obey.
Jews in attendance gave witness to the decision and went
further to sware the oath His blood be on us, and on our children.
And so it shall be until the last trump sounds.
During this third age, Christ is at the right hand of God in
heaven. Following the transfer of all authority over all kingdoms to
Christ the Lord at the sounding of the last trump, the descendants
of Jacob bring forth the man child ( Jesus Christ) to his
rightful place of authority creating a new new world order.
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The Chosen People comprising the woman of this vision get
around to realizing their place and with the impediments of past
indiscretions swept aside at the sounding of the last trump, they
bring forth the Kingdom Age authority paradigm by embracing
Christ as their king. Bear in mind these are symbolic idioms being
expounded in a vision, not literal elements of a narrative.
It is referred to as a child because it is young, having just been
brought forth, it is referred to as a male because the Kingdom Age
authority paradigm is seen in contrast to the woman representing
Israel prior to the end of the age. The man child that is brought
forth is not just a covenant, constitution or conceptual framework,
but a people constituting the body and a head who is ordained to
have dominion over the earth throughout the Kingdom Age.
Having been brought forth, why wouldnt the Kingdom Age
authority paradigm simply begin its reign upon earth? After all, the
people destined to occupy the land of promise during the Kingdom
Age have taken their rightful position relative to their King,
havent they? Yes, but there is still a rebellion afoot, and there is
another group whose destiny is a heavenly one.
AXIOM
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
1 Corinthians 12:27

I am of the opinion that this vision has in view (among other


things) the return of Christ in the clouds to receive to himself the
Christian body of Christ and to catch them up unto God and to
his throne. This is that moment when the current body of Christ
upon earth is joined with the man child at the moment he is
brought forth. I hold this view because once the Chosen People
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embrace their Messiah, the gentile ekklesia no longer has an
abandoned venue to occupy upon the earth. The venue at that
moment in time becomes occupied by those for whom it was
intended. The Chosen People werent available when it was
created because the high priest had placed them under Caesars
authority, the authority paradigm of rebellion. At the sounding of
the last trump when the nation Israel receives their Messiah, they
enter in to the body of Christ upon the earth and the ekklesia enters
into the venue in heaven prepared for them.
AXIOM
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I
would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go
and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you
unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:2-3

This creates yet another parallel. Analogous to Pontius Pilate


and the forces of darkness being taken by surprise by Christs
resurrection from the dead and his retaining the status conferred
upon him by the pronouncement, This is Jesus, the King of the
Jews, Satan is taken by surprise when the ekklesia is resurrected
into heaven. Satans presence in heaven is a usurped status; thats
why he wasnt cast out the day iniquity was found in him. His
usurpation of Adams status, facilitated by his deception of Eve,
and Adams subsequent sin, gained him Adams former presence
before God in heaven. Adam submitted himself to Satan through
Eve and the serpent. As Adams new lord, Satan then usurped
Adams presence before God in heaven.
...Adam, which was the son of God. Luke 3:38c,d

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present
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themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.
Job 1:6
Obviously Satan himself is the red dragon in Revelation 12. It
may not occur to him that his presence in heaven is threatened
when the man child is caught up unto God and to his throne and
brings with him the ekklesia! What Satan forgot is that all
authority in heaven and on earth had been earned by, and
transferred to Jesus at the sounding of the last trump. Jesus brings
the ekklesia into heaven and the Satan crowd finds they have a war
on their hands:
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought
against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And
prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the
Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast
out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come
salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the
power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down,
which accused them before our God day and night.
Revelation 12:7-10
With Satan cast out of heaven, the final event pertaining to the
last trump ends.
Satan was never appointed dominion over the earth. Satan has
always been a usurper. Nothing has to be negotiated with one who
usurped what was never appointed to him to begin with. Thats
why there was war in heaven, not a summit of sovereigns. Why is
the woman left upon the earth? Revelation 12: 6 says, And the
woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of
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God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and
threescore days.
Answer: Two pillars, two peoples, two destinies, one Lord.
The promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel) pertain to the
Promised Land and a destiny upon the earth. Gentiles grafted in
to the cultivated olive tree of Israel have a different heritage and a
different destiny. One isnt better than the other. Each is
appointed by the wisdom of the Lord who, quite simply, doesnt
make mistakes.
You might ask, Hold on a second, didnt you say messianic
Jews would be raptured? Doesnt this contradict your view here?
No, there is no contradiction. Not all messianic Jews have made
aliyah18 to become part of the nation of Israel. The deliberative
process of the faithful in Israel, culminating in the sounding of the
last trump, will transform the nation into a kingdom with
Yahushua HMashiyach as King and head of those destined to rule
upon the earth. Messianic Jews not in the land of promise are part
of the ekklesia, for in this age there is neither Greek nor Jew,
circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor
free, all who are saved by grace through faith will be called out at
the last trump, but Jews in the land of promise have a part to play
in events yet to unfold upon the earth. Parallel to the three tribes
who received their inheritance on the wilderness side of the Jordan
River, so Jews in the land of promise receive their inheritance upon
the earth rather than being resurrected with Christians and
Messianic Jews outside the promised land.
For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the
manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made
subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath
subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall
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be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious
liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole
creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And
not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of
the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for
the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
Romans 8:19-23
Until the sounding of the last trump, the manifestation of the
sons of God could not come to pass. At the sounding of the last
trump, believers destined to heaven manifest the mystery of God in
heaven, and those destined to fulfill the promises pertaining to the
Kingdom Age in the Land of Promise upon the earth will manifest
the mystery of God upon the earth.
The fact that the woman fled into the wilderness, where she
hath a place prepared of God explains why the basis of the sheep
and goat judgment at the triumphant return is the treatment of
Christs brethren. These now become the resistance force loyal
to the king while awaiting his return. Those sympathetic to the
rightful king offer them safe haven and compassion, those
remaining in rebellion against the rightful king offer them none.
By the way, did you notice that the time period that the
woman is in the place prepared for her is a thousand two hundred
and threescore days? In case you didnt do the math, this is three
and a half years using 360-day years. This is exactly the period of
time the two witnesses remain upon the earth before they are
murdered, remain dead three days, rise from the dead and ascend
into heaven. The conquests accomplished during the period of the
trumpets are maintained as long as these witnesses remain alive
upon the earth. At their deaths 2 beasts rise to power, one from the
sea and one from the land. Both are empowered by Satan.
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Some ancient calendars have 360-day years. The bible is
silent about the entire subject, though this passage hints just
enough that I muse upon it an wonder about it. Could it be that the
celestial cataclysm resulting in the flood somehow resulted in a
longer year? This obscure allusion seems to suggest that the orbit
of the earth around the sun will be shorted by five days during the
cataclysm of the sixth seal events restoring the earth to a 360 day
year. Its not a strong enough inference that I have a firm opinion
on it. As a pan-eschatologist I simply believe it may be a
possibility, and Im looking forward to understanding it more when
the sixth seal events come to pass.
As discussed in the previous section, the reason for the
timeframe of 2034 is simply because it is two thousand years from
the year Christ ascended into heaven. Is it right? No it is not right.
How do I know? Matthew 24:44 infers nobodys going to get it
right:
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not
the Son of man cometh. Matthew 24:44
Since 2034 seems like a reasonable guess as the year the
rapture will take place, we can be certain it will take place some
other time. But since were sure it wont take place in 2034,
perhaps it will! All we really know for sure is that it will take
place. This entire chapter is nothing more than an exercise in
understanding the logic and order of end-times events. It can be
nothing more.
The assigned dates are just to keep things interesting and to
get you thinking.

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The Seven Golden Vials
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Up until this time, the inhabitants of the earth have been given
every incentive and opportunity to repent and avail themselves of
redemption through the free gift of grace by faith. During the time
of the seals, they had the opportunity to repent upon seeing the
bankruptcy of the lie and the devastation and desolation it wrought.
From the sixth seal onward, through the trumpets, they were made
aware of Gods jealousy for his people and the vengeance upon
those who would persecute them. They saw the outcome of the
thunders demonstrating that the power of Yahweh and authority of
Yahushua (Jesus) is greater than any other in heaven or on earth.
Many do repent and lay hold on salvation during these events,
but as we move into the most oppressive period in all of human
history, those who have remained in the sin inherited from Adam
will have one final opportunity to turn from their sin and become
part of the family in heaven before the final outpouring of Gods
wrath upon the earth.
AXIOM
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count
slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any
should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

The seven golden vials are a period of great mercy and


longsuffering from God, though that may be hard to accept given
the harsh judgments involved in the vials. At the last trump, the
kingdoms of this world are transferred into the jurisdiction of our
Lord, and of his Christ, but rather than simply purge the earth of
the wicked, dispatching them to an eternity of punishment, God in
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his mercy allows fourteen more years (Acts 17:11) for them to
make their decision to repent and be redeemed. Many resist the
mark and do not worship the image of the beast; these are
murdered as a matter of procedure.
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that
the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many
as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
Revelation 13:15
Revelation 13:15 provides us an interesting insight. Those
who wont worship the image of the beast are murdered. Why is
this significant? Because Satans only basis to legitimize his
occupation of the earth is the worship of its inhabitants. Hes
attempting to deny Christ the dominion he purchased on the
strength of the reasoning that the entirety of the house of Adam
upon the earth worship the image of the beast. All others are
dispatched (murdered) from the realm of the earth to the realm of
heaven where Satan no longer has a presence.
Satan probably took into consideration the effectiveness of the
trumpets involving Israel against his rebellion upon the earth and
the success of the ekklesia entering heaven at the last trump
precipitating the cascade of events resulting in him being cast out.
By this pogrom of murder, he is assuring that those who receive
Christ cannot gain sufficient influence to reverse the dynamic of
his coup upon the earth. So once again he acts as interloper,
meddling where he has no rightful claim, and this pogrom of
murdering all who wont kneel to the icon of rebellion is an
attempt to delay the inevitable. He knows its inevitable because
Revelation 12:12 tells us that he knoweth that he hath but a short
time.
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Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to
the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come
down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he
hath but a short time. Revelation 12:12
AXIOM
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were
yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Satan may believe that because all men alive worship the
image of the beast it legitimizes his defacto status as god of this
world. The truth is that while we were yet in our sins, Christ died
for us, and its not his will that any should perish. Satan, however,
doesnt deal in truth, for he is a liar, and the father of lies.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye
will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in
the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a
lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
John 8:44
The earth is the sole place of Adams dominion. Those not
born from above have no other refuge; they cant just take their
ball and go home. In ruthlessly consolidating the fealty of those
remaining upon the earth, Satan is making his last stand, hes in the
same boat as earths remaining inhabitants in that he also has no
other place to go. The difference, however, is that Satan knows he
hath but a short time. Beyond that, its unclear just what his
strategy is. Does he think he can run a gambit that will result in the
game going into overtime? If he does, hes not too smart. As we
have seen, everything God does is according to an appointed time.
The very fact of prophecy makes it clear that God has
anticipated every contingency; every possible move on the board,
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so to speak.
God is the one who knows the end from the beginning:
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is
none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the
end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that
are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do
all my pleasure: Isaiah 46:9-11
As we discussed previously, the appointed time is one
generation:
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all
these things be fulfilled. Matthew 24:34
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till
all be fulfilled. Luke 21:32

The inhabitants of the earth still have free will at this point.
They may either align themselves with the enemy of our souls,
gaining a scant few years in rebellion against the rightful king
before being dispatched to the lake of fire for eternity, or enter the
millennial sabbath rest by aligning themselves with the rightful
King of Heaven and earth but lose their physical life in exchange
for pleasures for evermore.
My flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul
in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of
joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalm 16:9b-11
It says in verse 13 of Revelation 14 (in its context below),
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea,
saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their
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works do follow them. Its uncanny how succinct scripture is. Do
you recall in a previous section when we discussed the sabbath
millennium that began at the sounding of the last trump? The
sabbath involves resting from the first six days of the week
wherein men labor. This verse in Revelation talks about those who
die in the Lord during this period that they may rest from their
labours. In other words, after the beginning of the millennial
sabbath, it is said of those who are put to death because they repent
and align with God that they then rest from their labours! This is
one of many verses that confirms to me that the Bible is of divine
origin. I have such a blessed time praising God when I stumble
across evidences like this!
This begs the question, what is the house of Adam up to that
they are in violation of the millennial sabbath? Weve seen
numerous parallels occurring in the four appointed ages. Is it
possible the descendants of Adam under the domination of the two
beasts empowered by Satan will again pursue a common goal as in
the days of Nimrod? Doubtless following the flood it didnt escape
their notice that lifespans were greatly reduced. They may have
concluded the earth was broken since the river of life wasnt
bringing its mineral-laden water from inside the earth to replenish
the soil anymore. The ice canopy19 had collapsed and no longer
prevented the bombardment of harmful solar radiation from the
sun. These facts may have led them to deduce that the earths
capacity to support life couldnt continue very much longer.
This global warming style panic may explain why the text
says they were building a tower, whose top may reach unto
heaven. Today theres a lot of talk about building a space
elevator.20 With the judgments of God being poured out during the
time of Satans last stand, will he organize the descendants of
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Adam in a unified effort to build another tower whose top may
reach unto heaven in order to escape the judgments of God against
the inhabitants of the earth?
Satan operates by deception, so this rationale would no doubt
be solely for public consumption; boob bait for bubbas to steal a
dysphemism from a former president. Satans real agenda is to
expand the realm of his usurped dominion beyond the confines of a
single planet being decimated by the judgments of God. It would
be an extraordinary parallel to Nimrod and the tower of that first
age, and a violation of the millennial sabbath rest, but at this point,
as interesting as it may be, its nothing more than speculation
inasmuch as prophecy is entirely silent on the subject.
AXIOM
Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure
in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way
and live Ezekiel 33:11

Because its not Gods will that any should perish, He sends
three angels to preach to the unrepentant descendants of the house
of Adam upon the earth;
And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the
everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth,
and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying
with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour
of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven,
and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is
fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the
wine of the wrath of her fornication.
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If
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any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark
in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine
of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into
the cup of his indignation; and he shall 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 ascendeth up for ever and ever:
and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and
his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the
commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed
are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith
the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works
do follow them.
And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one
sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown,
and in his hand a sharp sickle.
And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud
voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap:
for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth
is ripe.
And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and
the earth was reaped.
And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he
also having a sharp sickle.
And another angel came out from the altar, which had power
over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp
sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters
of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the
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vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath
of God.
And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came
out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of
a thousand and six hundred furlongs. Revelation 14:6-20
In verses 7 to 12, three angels tell people what they should do,
why they should do it, and what will befall those who dont.
Throughout scripture, Babel or Babylon (same Hebrew word,
different English renderings) epitomizes rebellion central. In
verse 8 the angel notifies mankind that Babylon is fallen. The war
is over, Jesus is victorious over Satans rebellion, and his capital
city has fallen. Its not clear if Babylon is a metaphor for Satans
stronghold of deception, or a literal city in contrasting
juxtaposition to the events of the sixth seal when the literal city of
Jerusalem falls after the seventy years are fulfilled (Zechariah
14:2). Because Satan is in a body of flesh, and his occupation of
the earth is corporeal, I lean toward a literal city of Babylon, but if
it is a literal city, then it is not just the structure and infrastructure
in view, but the entirety of the authority paradigm of rebellion as
well.
Verses 14 through 20 require very careful navigation. The son
of man on the cloud has a golden crown. Obviously this is Christ
the King. His gold crown represents all authority in heaven and
earth, having conquered the last remaining bastion of rebellion. A
fourth angel comes out of the temple wherein is the law inside the
ark of the covenant beneath the mercy seat which is the throne of
the King. Keep in mind Matthew 5:17-19 I am not come to
destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and
earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law,
till all be fulfilled. Verse 15 tells us that this angel informs Christ
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that the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth
is ripe. To fulfill the law, he must reap the fruit of the earth at this
very time. The time of Gods longsuffering is over, the opportunity
to repent has passed. The appointed time has come to reap, for the
harvest of the earth is full ripe.
Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down;
for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is
great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the
day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:12-14
John the Baptist made an interesting comment predicting this
very event. He said, I indeed baptize you with water; but one
mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy
to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor,
and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn
with fire unquenchable.
The fourth angel came from the temple wherein is the law to
inform the King that it is time to gather the harvest of the earth.
This reaping in Rev 16 is what John was talking about when
he said Christ will gather the wheat into his garner. With the
harvest of the desired fruit completed, Gods longsuffering must
come to an end due to the requirement of the law; lets look at the
second reaping:
A fifth angel with a sickle shows up. Then a sixth angel,
which had power over fire tells him to gather the clusters of the
vine of the earth and cast the grapes into the winepress of the wrath
of God. John used different metaphors, but fire representing Gods
wrath occurs in both. Were supposed to be smart enough to
understand that the winepress of the wrath of God as a metaphor is
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equivalent to the idiom unquenchable fire used by John. The sixth
angel in verse 18 which had power over fire is a further
confirmation.
As we discussed in a previous chapter, Jerusalem is the
location of the Garden of God. In the second age it is referred to as
the City of God, wherein was located the Temple of God later
fulfilled in Christ and it will be the seat of the Kingdom of God on
the earth in the Kingdom Age.
In contrast, Babylon from its inception has been the city of
rebellion against the authority paradigm of God. Babylon was the
focal point of the end times of the first age as well as the prime-
mover of the end times events of the second age, and whether
literally or figuratively, Babylon plays an integral part in the end
times of the third age, but there is also Mystery Babylon as well.
Because this section is already saturated with my opinions,
Mystery Babylon will be left as an exercise for the student.
It is appropriate for the fall of Babylon to be alluded to here
inasmuch as at the sounding of the last trump, the kingdoms of
this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his
Christ. Babylon is the ideological polar opposite of the nature and
character of Yahweh. From this point forward the two cannot
coexist. Tolerance plays no part in the Kingdom of God.
With the fall of Babylon is the fall of the world order. In our
time we dread any talk of a new world order because we know it
is a world order in rebellion against the authority paradigm God so
loved. At this juncture in prophecy, the new world order (which is,
in reality, the old Babel order) becomes fodder for the ash-heap of
history. Because its not Gods will that any should perish, the
appointed time of the second coming is delayed until three angels
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preach to those who dwell upon the earth.
Following the gathering of the wheat into his garner these
saints are seen in heaven:
And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven
angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the
wrath of God.
And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them
that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image,
and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on
the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the
song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works,
Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of
saints.
Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou
only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee;
for thy judgments are made manifest.
And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle
of the testimony in heaven was opened:
And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven
plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts
girded with golden girdles.
And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven
golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and
ever.
And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God,
and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the
temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.
Revelation 15:1-8
Revelation 15:1 tells us about the seven last plagues; for in
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them is filled up the wrath of God. You will notice that the saints
gathered by the fourth angel arrive in heaven prior to the wrath of
God being poured out upon the earth. Like us, they too are not
appointed unto wrath.
The phrase in verse 5, After that I looked, and, behold, the
temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened,
is a fascinating allusion. In the Jerusalem temple on earth the
testimony refers to the commandments within the ark of the
covenant which resides in the holy of holies. That is the final
chamber in the temple where everything was overlaid with gold.
The gold symbolizes royalty and the Kingdom Age. The fact
that this room is open and the angel who initiated these events
came out from there infers that they are taking place under the
authority of the patriarch and King of the Kingdom Age.
Ive expressed my opinion that the years Christ walked the
earth were parenthetical. That is, they were not part of the end
times events of the Second age, and they were not part of the third
either. The period between the last trump and the end of these vial
judgments will be parenthetical as well. Im referring to those few
years following Satans eviction from heaven after he is cast to the
earth.
Its almost over. With these last plagues the wrath of God
ends. The imagery and symbolism in this section is consistent with
our four-part model. This is the fourth of four sevens, as such it
corresponds to the fourth living creature before Gods throne.
The fourth living creature is the Lion, which is associated with
the King and the Kingdom Age. Four colors are used extensively
in the descriptions in the Pentateuch; red (scarlet), blue, purple,
and gold. As discussed previously, red is associated with Adam,
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blue with the Chosen People, purple (not a primary color, but a
joining of red with blue) is associated with the ekklesia and gold,
an incorruptible metal, representing the Kingdom Age. The seven
vials of wrath are specifically referred to as golden vials and the
angels that bare them came out of the fourth precinct of the temple.
They were clothed in pure and white linen, and having their
breasts girded with golden girdles. As we discussed in a previous
section, the fourth precinct of the temple, the Holy of Holies, is an
allegorical parallel to the fourth and final Kingdom Age.
How did I arrive at the dates 2034 Ad to 2048 Ad? Lets go
back and reexamine the Abraham parallel; God had promised
Abram a son, but years went by, then decades went by, finally
Sarai, Abrams wife said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath
restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it
may be that I may obtain children by her. As you have probably
guessed, Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
Here Abram is revisiting the sin of Adam, the sin of those
delivered from Egypt and the sin of all who hearken to obey any
voice other than that of our sovereign Lord God. Hagar, Sarais
maid, conceived and gave birth to a son, but the son she conceived
was not the child of promise.
In Genesis 16:12 God tells us about Ishmael, saying, He will
be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every
mans hand against him. Were told in Gen 16:16 that Abram
was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to
Abram. Thus the dates of this section, Ishmael was born 2,034
years after Adam, so the antichrist of the latter days (Satan in a
body of flesh having been cast to the earth) will be made manifest
in 2034 Ad, fourscore and six, or 86 years after Israel became a
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nation. How can we be sure? We cant. Mapping future prophecy
is all guesswork and theory; this is simply my guess and theory
(which may change tomorrow!). I hope your guesses and theories
will always remain open to the leading of the Holy Spirit in your
study of Gods Word.
Using the Abrahamic model to establish this date produces a
parallel between Ishmael and the antichrist. Shortly after the birth
of Isaac 2048 years after Adam, Sarah insisted that Abraham Cast
out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman
shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.
Inheritance is the central issue. This time Abraham checked
with God and God agreed. Four thousand years later Satan is
deprived of a presence upon the earth, he is bound in the
bottomless pit for one thousand years.
Just as Ishmael was cast out in order that Isaac would be the
heir, Jesus Christ, the fulfillment of the child of promise and
patriarch of the Kingdom Age, casts out Satan and establishes his
inheritance for one thousand years as the heir, and as Romans 8:17
points out, we are joint heirs with Christ as children of the
Kingdom: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-
heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be
also glorified together.
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of
the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold
on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan,
and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the
bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he
should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years
should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little
season. Revelation 20:1-3
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When Satan is finally cast into the bottomless pit, it says the
term of his interment is one thousand years. The Kingdom Age is
also one thousand years. It seems reasonable they would be
chronologically concurrent, beginning at the moment Satan is
bound.
The Chosen People are ordained to rule with Christ upon the
earth from the beloved city as we will see as we examine the end
times of the fourth age.
The Transitional Sixth
The sixth event in each of the four sevens in Revelation arent
so much a climax to the five events that preceded them as they are
a major game changer. Each sets the stage for the following scene.
The sixth in each series is a harbinger of things to come.
1. The overt events of the sixth seal are referred to repeatedly
throughout the Bible as the tell-tale signs that herald the day of
the Lord. When these events come to pass, people are gripped
with a great fear and overwhelmed with an awareness that the
day of Gods wrath is come. Also in the sixth seal are four
angels standing on the four corners of the earth, providing a
big clue as to the purpose and personality of the trumpets that
follow.
2. When the sixth trumpet sounds the mighty angel makes his
seven pronouncements marking the transition from the final
period of Adams dominion and the transfer of the
administration of the earth to the King of kings and Lord of
lords at the sounding of the seventh and last trump.
3. We cant speak with any specificity about the sixth thunder
because John was told to seal what the thunders uttered, but as
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we discussed in a previous chapter, all indicators suggest the
pronouncements of the thunders have their fulfillment in
heaven following the sounding of the last trump. It is then that
the ekklesia is resurrected precipitating the war in heaven
culminating in Satan being cast to the earth, ending his
presence before the throne of God and thus his capacity to
perpetrate spiritual wickedness in high places. His role as
accuser of the brethren ends as well, and for two very good
reasons. The first is that he is no longer in the presence of God.
The second is that the purchased possession has changed
hands, our kinsman redeemer has received to himself the
kingdoms of this world. Satan is no longer god of this world
and the house of Adam is set free from servitude to the one
Adam yielded himself a servant to obey.
4. Finally in the sixth golden vial of Gods wrath, the battlefield
is set in array in a place called Armageddon.
Armageddon
And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river
Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of
the kings of the east might be prepared.
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth
of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the
mouth of the false prophet.
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go
forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to
gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and
keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his
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And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew
tongue Armageddon.
And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there
came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne,
saying, It is done.
And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there
was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon
the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of
the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before
God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his
wrath.
And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone
about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because
of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding
great. Revelation 16:12-21
A great many bible expositors confuse the sixth golden vial
with the sixth trumpet. In the sixth trumpet John sees an army of
two hundred million whose purpose is to slay the third part of men,
but this is not the battle of Armageddon. This isnt even the wrath
of God! This is the vengeance of God on behalf of the one third of
the worlds Jews slain in the holocaust.
The battle of Armageddon is first introduced in the sixth
golden vial. Lets answer some questions:
Question: In verse 20. where it says every island fled away, and
the mountains were not found is this the same event as Rev. 6:14
where it says every island and mountain were moved out of their
place?
Answer: No. Its much, Much, MUCH worse. In Revelation 6:14
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the tectonic plates of the earth shift a bit; it says the mountains and
islands (underwater mountains) of the earth were moved out of
their place. Dont take this as an attempt to downplay the severity
of the event. Obviously an earthquake capable of shifting every
tectonic plate on earth is a major geologic event, but in Revelation
16:20 the islands and mountains are leveled!
Question: In Revelation 6:13 theres a meteorite shower, is this the
same event as the hailstones of Revelation 16?
Answer: No. Hail is frozen water, meteorites are rock.
Question: In verse 12, why is the Euphrates dried up?
Answer: That the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
Question: Why do the kings of the east need to cross the Euphrates
River?
Answer: So they can join all the other kings being gathered at
Armageddon. The text says, the kings of the whole world are all
being gathered together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue
Armageddon.
Question: Why does the battle of that great day of God Almighty
take place at Armageddon?
Answer: Armageddon is due north of Jerusalem. This directs our
attention to Ezekiel 38:
And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou,
and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a
great company, and a mighty army: And thou shalt come up
against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall
be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that
the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O
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Thus saith the Lord God; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in
old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied
in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?
And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come
against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall
come up in my face.
For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken,
Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of
Israel;
So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the
beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the
earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall
shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down,
and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the
ground.
And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my
mountains, saith the Lord God: every mans sword shall be
against his brother.
And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and
I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many
people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great
hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be
known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I
am the Lord Ezekiel 38
The parallel elements in these two passages include a
reference to the north (Armageddon is north of Jerusalem), a
great earthquake, hailstones, and the wrath of God. The
wrath of God is the identifier that places both these events in
the period of the golden vials of Revelation 16.
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These kings thought they would overwhelm and conquer
Jerusalem, but the end result of the battle is the final
destruction of Babylon (the great city [Rev. 16:19]) and
assumedly the destruction of those gathered against the
Chosen People of Yahweh. This is the final golden vial of
Gods wrath, and the appointed time for the city and
ideologies of rebellion to fall.
Those who chose rebellion against the righteousness of
Christ are dispatched, Satan is bound and the Kingdom Age
begins.
The End Times of the Fourth Age
And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed
out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which
are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather
them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of
the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and
compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city:
and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured
them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of
fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are,
and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And I
saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face
the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no
place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand
before God; and the books were opened: and another book was
opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out
of those things which were written in the books, according to
their works.
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and
hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were
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judged every man according to their works. And death and hell
were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And
whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast
into the lake of fire. And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:
for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and
there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down
from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her
husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying,
Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell
with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall
be with them, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there
shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall
there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things
new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and
faithful.
And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the
beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the
fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall
inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and
murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and
all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire
and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 20:7 and 21:8
Those entering the Kingdom Age consist of two groups
of people. The first group are those who showed compassion
on Christs brethren. The second group are Christs brethren
the Chosen People.
The former didnt worship the image of the beast or take
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his mark, the latter are the woman in the vision of Revelation
12 who gave birth to the man child and were protected
upon the earth throughout the period of Satans last stand.
Man was created to have dominion. Power is a strong
lust, the temptation to take command, to subjugate, to have
authority over others, for many, is a great weakness. There is
a rightful authority where God and his word are honored in
that which we put our hand to, but more often than not in
todays world raw power is sought after and attained by
those least qualified to wield it, those acting in violation of
the tenth commandment, Thou shalt not covet. In our
world today class warfare is a political tool used to create
jealousy against the rich.
When the thousand years are over and Satan is released
out of his prison, it says he goes forth to deceive the nations.
I suspect hell use the deceit of class warfare. After all, only
the Chosen People are ordained to enter into the fulfillment
of the name God gave to Jacob. The name Israel means he
will rule as god.
Having joined themselves with Christ as their head,
Israel of that day will fulfill their God-ordained destiny; to
rule from the beloved city during the final one thousand
years appointed to this creation. The lust of those not
ordained to wield that power, but who nonetheless desire to
have it, is a powerful motivator. There will be no American
dream in Christs Kingdom, only those to whom it is
appointed will hold positions of authority, all others are there
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literally by the grace of God.
In Numbers 16, Korah (a descendant of Kohath, a son of
Aaron) along with Dathan and Abiram, (descendants of
Reuben) fell to the temptation of class warfare. These rose
up against Moses to challenge his position of leadership. The
descendants of Aaron were appointed to functions pertaining
to the temple, not as political rulers. The descendants of
Reuben, the firstborn, had no special status at all. Reuben
had fallen from his position of prominence (attained by
being born first) when he had an affair with one of his
fathers wives. (Genesis 49:4, Unstable as water, thou shalt
not excel; because thou wentest up to thy fathers bed; then
defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.) Gods judgment
against these who sought to usurp power is a parallel to those
who follow Satans insurrection at the end of the Kingdom
Age.
Heres the text from Numbers 16:
But if the Lord make a new thing, and the earth open her
mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto
them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall
understand that these men have provoked the Lord.
And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking
all these words, the ground clave asunder that was under
them: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed
them up, and their houses, and all the men that
appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all
that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and
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the earth closed upon them: and they perished from
among the congregation. Numbers 16:30-33
Satans bid to again usurp power over men and the earth
at the end of the Kingdom Age is a successful failure. The
ages appointed to this creation have run their course and the
clock has run out on the final quarter. Those who opted in to
Satans deception to rebel against the authority paradigm
ordained of God have opted themselves out of any rewards
accruing to the faithful of God.
With the demise of the earth comes the final judgment of
God over men, and Satan is dispatched to his final
destination.
The faithful live on into the ages to come in the new
heavens and new earth in which dwelleth righteousness.
This brief handling of the Apocalypse is as skinny as I
could pare it down. I attempted to keep the rabbit trails to a
minimum and resisted the temptation to indulge in a verse-
by-verse study of the woes, judgments, plagues and
outpouring of Gods wrath.
Our purpose is to provide a structural blueprint of the
Bible, a compass for navigating Biblical truth, not a verse-
by-verse exposition. This little book is a basic as I could
make it and still answer the six rogs (who, what, when,
where why and how).
Revelation is a book rich with allegory and imagery. I
would encourage you to muse upon the parallels and
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metaphors and join with the faithful described there as they
honor and praise the one who sits upon the throne in heaven.
Discussion Exercises
1. If you completed the graph in the discussion questions at
the end of chapter 4, would you change anything based
on what you know now?
2. In the KJV, Revelation 7:10 contains the phrase,
Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, but
the word to is not rendered from a preposition, it is a
translators choice in rendering the dative case. The
most common choices are to express interest, reference,
sphere, benefit, time, location, or instrumentality. The
three words most commonly used to express the dative
form are to, in, or by. Tyndale inferred attribution
when he translated the same passage as; Salvation be
ascribed to him that sitteth upon the seat of our God.
The Gods Word translation21 suggests possession;
Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne.
The Geneva Bible implies origination; Salvation cometh
of our God, that sitteth upon the throne. This occurs in
the transitional sixth seal heralding the sounding of the
seven trumpets which purge Satans rebellion from
heaven. The word salvation literally means to be made
whole. Is this a prayer anticipating the victory of the
thunders over the rebellion in heaven and the restoration
of Gods order free from the heavenly presence of the
accuser of the brethren, the father of lies, the
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murderer from the beginning? How would you have
rendered this verse?
3. Lets see how well you retained what youve read:
A. How many ages are appointed to this creation?
B. What are the names of the patriarchs of the ages?
C. What four circumstances do they share in
common? If youve viewed my YouTube
presentation entitled The Bible in an Hour, you
may know the five circumstances they share in
common.
D. What are the common elements of the last days of
each age?
E. How is the book of Revelation self-partitioned?
F. In the hereafter portion of Revelation, how
many sevens are there?
a. What are they?
G. How is the sixth of each seven alike?
H. Is your name written in the Lambs Book of Life?
a. Who else is in your genealogy?
b. Who prayed you in to the kingdom as your
spiritual parent?
c. Who have you prayed in to the Kingdom to
become your spiritual descendants?
d. How many chapters elaborate on your victory
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over sin, your endurance in persecution, your
forgiveness of your enemies, your faithfulness to
righteousness?
4. Eternity is a long time. You and I will probably become
good friends. Well have so much to discuss, and well
have unlimited time to discuss it! This will be the longest
discussion exercise by far!
First Corinthians 13:12 says that now we see through a
glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part;
but then shall I know even as also I am known. Imagine
knowing God like that! No wonder they praise Him so
much in heaven! Ill see you at the banquet, thank God
Christ is giving me something to wear! Looking forward
to meeting you!

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Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the
spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and
understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of
knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; And shall make him of
quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not
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judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing
of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and
reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite
the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his
lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the
girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. The
wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie
down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the
fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow
and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together:
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child
shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put
his hand on the cockatrice den. They shall not hurt nor destroy
in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the
knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
Isaiah 11:1-9
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of
the Lords house shall be established in the top of the mountains,
and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow
unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us
go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of
Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his
paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the
Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and
shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into
plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not
lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any
more.
O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the
Lord.
Isaiah 2:2-5
After being cast out of heaven, Satans only claim to a
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presence upon the earth had been the following of those of the
house of Adam remaining upon the earth. At the appointed time
the King of kings and Lord of lords returns to establish the
Kingdom and reign upon the earth for one thousand years. The first
task he undertakes is to dispatch the usurpers.
The opening event at the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ
and his kingdom is the judgment of both the living as well as the
dead.
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ,
who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his
kingdom; 2
Timothy 4:4
Matthew 25 provides a more in-depth perspective of the
judgment of those remaining alive. You will note that the reward
granted to the blessed, or the sheep on his right hand isnt a
status or position in heaven, but the kingdom of God upon the
earth:
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy
angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall
separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his
sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right
hand, but the goats on the left.
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye
blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from
the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave
me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger,
and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye
visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we
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thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and
clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came
unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto
you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these
my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from
me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and
his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was
thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took
me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and
ye visited me not.
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we
thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in
prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it
not to me.
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the
righteous into eternal life [the living age]. Matthew 25:31-46
The KJV translation of verse 46 seems to contradict verse 34.
Verse 46 says the righteous enter into eternal life, whereas verse 34
says they inherit the kingdom. It is the living age into which
these righteous enter, not eternal life in heaven. The phrase in the
original language translated eternal life is zoan aionion. Zoa is
the Koin Greek word from which our English word zoo is
derived, it simply means life. As previously mentioned, the word
aionion is from the root word aion, this is the Koin Greek word
from which our English word eon is derived and every form of
the word should always be translated as a lengthy period of time;
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an eon, era, epoch or age. By improperly rendering this
word, the King James commission has confused Christians
throughout this age. It is the living age into which these
righteous enter, not eternal life in heaven.
Why is the Kingdom Age regarded as the living age?
Because the authority paradigm God so loved is restored. The
penalty imposed on Adam for violating the command was death.
The restoration of the righteous to the living age is the reversal of
the sentence of death. The reestablishment of the authority
paradigm God so loved, with Emmanuel as God of this World,
brings with it the blessing intended by God from the beginning.
Beyond the Kingdom Age
God hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in
heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he
might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness
toward us through Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6-7
According to Ephesians 2:7 there are ages to come. Ages
implies time, and time implies a physical universe. This current
creation will pass away as the writer of Peter tells us:
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the
which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the
elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the
works that are therein shall be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10
A new heavens and a new earth are in store for us as we are
told in 2 Peter and Isaiah:
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,
wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the
elements shall melt with fervent heat?
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new
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heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be
diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and
blameless. 2 Peter 3:12-14
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the
former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
Isaiah 65:17
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven
and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down
from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her
husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the
tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and
they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them,
and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there
shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall
there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things
new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and
faithful. Revelation 21:1-5
Understanding the Bible isnt like reading a work of men.
Every time the spirit-filled believer opens its pages, new truths
tumble out. Youll never read it with the same understanding
twice. Layers upon layers upon layers of depth lie hidden within
the historical narratives, the prophetic visions, the poetry and
prose. Mining these riches yields untold wealth. Wealth laid up in
heaven through the investment of faithfulness here and now in this
life.
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The word Bible means simply book. Within its pages are
historical records, stories of the faithful, and genealogies
documenting bloodlines, but no genealogy in the Bible extends
beyond the birth of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the patriarch of a new
family, a family in heaven. Few consider that the Lambs Book of
Life contains much more than the record of names of those born
from above. It reveals whose family we are born into based on who
brought us into the faith. Its a record of faithfulness, hardship,
suffering. Its a record that will be read in heaven throughout
eternity. What a privilege we have in this life to make entries
within the book of life with the ink of our lives. Every sin
abandoned, every act of faithfulness, every prayer for others, every
deed done in obedience to Christ becomes part of the record in
heaven contained within the Book of Life.
A common argument made by those that dont understand is
that a God of love wouldnt send people to hell. What they dont
understand is that its not a select-out program. Because of
Adams sin all those descended from him are already on the broad
road that leads to hell. Its because he is a God of love that he
made a way of salvation.
Every man, woman and child of every epoch is enlightened at
some point to lay hold on the gift of life made possible by Christs
payment for our sins. Jesus came speaking in parables: Lest at any
time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and
should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I
should heal them (Matthew 13:15). Jesus parables sort out those
who love the righteousness of God from those who dont. Those
who choose not to believe cant or wont properly correlate the
parallels of the metaphors. Nobody becomes born again in
response to an offer he cant refuse. Those who love God and
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are called according to his purpose are drawn to God like a
magnet to iron. This is why in John 10:27 Jesus said, My sheep
hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. Concerning
those of corrupt minds it is said they are ever learning, and never
able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Matthew 24:14 says, This gospel of the kingdom shall be
preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then
shall the end come. Since the Great Awakening the gospel has
been preached to all nations, and the end times are now upon us.
The events described in the book of Revelation are
progressing before our very eyes and the strong delusion foretold
two thousand years ago has cast all the world into a thick darkness.
The adage There are none so blind as those who will not see
sadly characterizes the majority of mankind today. Ironic that this
quote is attributed to John Heywood, an Englishman living in
1546, a contemporary of both the time and place of the strong
delusions point of origin. But with the writer of Hebrews, I can
safely say, We are persuaded better things of you, and things that
accompany salvation.
May our Lord richly bless you in your earthly quest to enter in
at the strait gate on the narrow way which leads to life, and may
you be one of the few there be that find it.

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Bibliography and Endnotes
1 Exegesis (noun): literally to lead out, explanation,
interpretation, clarification, exposition, explication. A method of
study where the subject matter is approached without any pre-
conceptions or ulterior motives. The student draws out from the
written material what it intends to express.
2 Primogeneture pri-mo-jen-i-tur (bekhorah, from bekhor,
firstborn, from bakhar, to act early; prototokia):
The right of the firstborn to inherit the headship of the family,
carrying with it certain property rights and usually such titles as
those of the high-priesthood or kingship. The writings of the
Hebrews take for granted the recognition of a doctrine of
primogeniture from the earliest times. http:// www.bible-
history.com
3 Christ was born in the midst of the four ages appointed to this
creation.
4 Romans 10:12: For there is no difference between the Jew and
the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon
him.
5 Strongs Concordance
6 Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old
serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand
years,
7 1 Peter 3:6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord:
8 Jerome Prado, in his commentary upon Ezekiel (Eze. 1:1 p. 44),
gives the following detailed analysis according to rabbinical
tradition: The different leaders of the tribes had their own
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standards, with the crests of their ancestors depicted upon them. On
the east, above the tent of Naasson the firstborn of Judah, there
shone a standard of a green colour, this colour having been adopted
by him because it was in a green stone, viz., an emerald, that the
name of his forefather Judah was engraved on the breastplate of
the high priest (Ex. Ex.
25:15ff.), and on this standard there was depicted a lion, the crest
and hieroglyphic of his ancestor Judah, whom Jacob had compared
to a lion, saying, Judah is a lions whelp. Towards the south,
above the tent of Elisur the son of Reuben, there floated a red
standard, having the colour of the sardus, on which the name of his
father, viz., Reuben, was engraved upon the breastplate of the high
priest. The symbol depicted upon this standard was a human head,
because Reuben was the first-born, and head of the family. On the
west, above the tent of Elishamah the son of Ephraim, there was a
golden flag, on which the head of a calf was depicted, because it
was through the vision of the calves or oxen that his ancestor
Joseph had predicted and provided for the famine in Egypt (Gen.
Gen. 41:1); and hence Moses, when blessing the tribe of Joseph,
i.e., Ephraim (Deu. Deu. 33:17), said, his glory is that of the first-
born of a bull. The golden splendour of the standard of Ephraim
resembled that of the chrysolite, in which the name of Ephraim
was engraved upon the breastplate. Towards the north, above the
tent of Ahiezer the son of Dan, there floated a motley standard of
white and red, like the jaspis (or, as some say, a carbuncle), in
which the name of Dan was engraved upon the breastplate. The
crest upon this was an eagle, the great foe to serpents, which had
been chosen by the leader in the place of a serpent, because his
forefather Jacob had compared Dan to a serpent, saying, Dan is a
serpent in the way, an adder (cerastes, a horned snake) in the path;
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but Ahiezer substituted the eagle, the destroyer of serpents as he
shrank from carrying an adder upon his flag.
9 Excerpted from an article entitled What is Messianic Judaism?
written by Rabbi Loren of the Congregation Shema Yisrael as
based on an article by Rabbi David Chernoff, website
http://www.shema.com/messianic_judaism.php.
10 I intentionally avoided a lengthy discussion of the Jewish
mikveh and Christian baptism as its fulfillment. Many feel the
mikveh as the precursor of baptism is a rich study. If you wish to
explore this avenue, you may gain much, but the Gilgal event is
what both the mikveh and baptism signifies. I merely cut to the
chase, so to speak, by dispensing with this peripheral subject.
11 For more on this topic, the book The Gates of Hell by Alfred
Eugene, Pearl includes a more in-depth handling.
12 DEATH BY GOVERNMENT By R.J. Rummel, New
Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1994 (http://www.
hawaii.edu/powerkills/NOTE1.HTM)
13 The Septuagint is a Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures
translated hundreds of years before Christ.
14 Why the color green so important in the Muslim world:
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/
explainer/2009/06/islamic_greenwashing.html
15 Mitchell Bard from his book The Complete Idiots Guide to
World War II. NY: MacMillan, 1998, pp. 59-60.
16 (The Weekly Standard Jul 27, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 42)
17 Wistrich, Robert S. Whos Who in Nazi Germany, Routledge,
1997
18 Aliyah (Hebrew: Translit.: Aliyah Translated: ascent) is
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the immigration of Jews to the Land of Israel (Eretz Yisrael). It is
one of the most basic tenets of Zionist ideology.
19 Genesis 1:6-8a And God said, Let there be a firmament in the
midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were
under the firmament from the waters which were above the
firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven.
20 http://www.space.com/14656-japanese-space-elevator-2050-
proposal.html
21 GODS WORD is a copyrighted work of Gods Word to the
Nations. Quotations are used by permission. Copyright 1995 by
Gods Word to the Nations. All rights reserved.

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