Sep 022012
 

First of all … The Feasts of Jehovah

The first feast mentioned was the weekly Shabbat, the seventh was the day of the week a day of rest and reflection on the Law which God gave. However the true rest for Israel will come in at the time of the Millennium (Heb. 4:4).

The feasts of Passover and Unleavened bread are celebrated together, the latter coming immediately upon the former. The Passover lamb was an offering that had to be without blemisch and the bread without yeast of ‘leaven’, both of these typifying the absence of sin in our Lord Jesus Christ. The fourth feast, celebrated 50 days after the first two, 7×7 days plus one, in this case twe two loaves baked with leaven signifying the two nations, Israel and Juda in whom sin was present. These three feasts have already been fulfilled, the first two by the shed Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and the third on the day of Pentecost; in the words of Luke ‘when the day of Pentecost was “fully come” or ‘fulfilled’ (Acts 2:1). Paul encouraged Israel to make an ‘offering’ of service (Rom. 12:1,2).

The feast of trumpets comes next, as an introduction to the feast of Atonement and will be fulfilled at the Lord’s return (Matt. 24:30,31). Partial fulfilment of the feast of Atonement, also came with the shedding of The Blood of Christ, what was not fulfilled was Israel recognising their sins and mourning them (Lev. 16:16,29). The seventh feast is Tabernacles, were Israel ‘dwell in booths’ or tents; this will be fulfilled after the Lord’s return when all the nations of the world will come to celebrate the feast (Zech. 14:16).

We can now see a pattern of sevens running through the specification of these seven feasts, seven days, seven times seven days; and there is a further feast of seven times seven years, the feast of Jubilee. This celebrates a time of liberty for the people of Israel; anyone who has had to sell his land receives it back again, those who worked as servants return to their families.

This foretells the time of the Millennium, when Israel will occupy the Land of Israel and will return to this Land as one big family (Lev. 25:9-10).

The Dilemma … the kingdom of the beast or the Kingdom of the God

Of all of the mysteries Bible students have wrestled with throughout the millennia, the infamous Mark of the Beast is perhaps the most dogged and stubborn of all. From the earliest days of the Christian Church, believers have struggled to understand the nature of the Mark of the Beast. What exactly is this mark? And what is its relationship to the infamous number 666? The verses that speak of these things are few and cryptic. They are only found within the pages of the Book of Revelation – “a mystery within an enigma,” as they say.

In the earliest days of the Church, some sought to use the Gematria – a mystical form of numerology – to unlock this mystery. They hoped to find the number 666 encoded within the names of archenemies of the Church, such as the assorted heresiarchs or the persecuting Roman Caesars.

MODERN BIZARRE CONCLUSIONS

In the last century, many bizarre and even humorous speculations on this subject have surfaced.  In the early 1970’s, various Protestant End-Time thrillers popularized the idea that in the Last-Days, the actual number 666 would be visible tattooed on people’s foreheads or wrists as an indicator that they had submitted to the Antichrist. In these days of unprecedented technological advancement, in which microchip implants and invisible barcode tattooing exist, some Christians anxiously await the day when all people will be required to receive a microchip implant or an invisible Universal Product Code tattooed on their wrists of foreheads.

And if those who told to this notion were not anxious enough, in recent years, the microchip implant has achieved a wide spread usage for pets. Perhaps there is something to the notion that the prophesied “mark” will be some form of technological personal identification system; but to be honest with you, I don’t think so. I’m not implying that this technology will not eventually be used in abundance throughout the world – in the same way that ATM bankcards are commonly used throughout the world. But I seriously doubt there will ever be a global enforcement of this technology for religious purposes. Perhaps this scenario makes some sense to those we know nothing of life outside of the highly technological West, but in many  parts of the world – particularly the portion that Biblical prophecy focuses on – there are still far too many people who live in pre-industrialized societies. Shifting their cultural paradigm to accommodate sophisticated technology would be nearly impossible. Can we really expect modern technologies, such as invisible bar-code tattoos, to penetrate every last corner of the world? I see no reason to believe that the UPC code or microchip implant is what the Bible calls the Mark of the Beast.

THE SIMPLE APPROACH

As I said at the beginning of this book, my goal is to help the reader see things in a different light, through Eastern eyes – through the eyes of a native Arab speaker and a former Muslim.

I’ve always been of the opinion that our interpretations and ideas about the future as seen through Biblical prophecy should be fairly real world. I am uneasy about many of the various prophetic scenarios that read like sub-standard science fiction fantasies or offbeat comic books. I think that after you have completed this portion of the study, you will agree that what I suggest makes sense and demystifies the subject. It is certainly a more plausible alternative than many of the sensational ideas about the Mark of the Beast being offered today.

Unlocking The Name Of The Beast 

THE MARK IS THE NAME OF THE BEAST

The mark of the beast is defined in Revelation 13 as “the mark, which is the name of the beast.” First we need to understand that in the Bible, a “name” does not always indicate a literal name, as the modern Western mind understands the term. In the Bible, someone’s “name” is essentially a reference to the nature, character, and mission of the one who posseses it. It need not indicate a literal name per se, as it commonly does in the West.

Consider, for example, the following references to Jesus: “He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God,” (Revelation 19:13). Or, “On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords,” (Revelation 19:16). There is also the well-known passage in Matthew from the prophecy of Isaiah: “His name shall be called Immanuel which means God with us,” (Matthew 1:23). In all of these passages, the “names” of Jesus are never literal names.

If Isaiah prophesied that His Name shall be called Immanuel, and we insist on the literal name Immanuel, then Jesus would not be Messiah because his literal name is Yeshua and not Immanuel. We must think beyond the surface.

The mistake of not applying the same concept to the Beast is not as drastic. Yet, can you see the problem with identifying political figures to the Name of the Beast? This method of applying literal names would be fatal for the case of the Messiah. This is why we need to hermeneutically apply the interpretation of the word “Name” in allegoric sense from previously fulfilled prophecies, and not a literal one.

THE NAME IS A CREED 

So, in the case of the Messiah, Mary and Joseph did not call him Immanual, nor did Jesus’ friends call him “the Word of God.” Instead, these are all titles and/or descriptions that refer specifically to the nature and the character of Jesus.

Also, the creed, or declaration of faith, in this Messiah matches His name: for we believe in God with us, and the Word was God, and He is also called Mighty God. (Isaiah 9:6). Those who call Jesus by these names affirm that they worship “the man-befriending God”, who “for our salvation, came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,” (Nicene Creed). He is “the word which became flesh and dwelt amongst us,” (John 1). In conclusion, the name is a creed, dogma, article of faith, or statement of faith.

THE NAME OF BLASPHEMY

The significance of the Name of the Beast is that it is The Name of Blasphemy. (Revelation 13:1). Biblically speaking, blasphemy is an anti-Yahweh or anti-Christ word or deed – to claim the attributes of God, claim to be Messiah, deny the Holy Spirit, deny the cross, or even denying God’s edicts and declarations – are all blasphemy. Satan blasphemed when he said, “I will be like the Most High,” (Isaiah 14:14). Satan has always desired to be like God. He wishes to be considered equal to or greater than Yahweh. The name Allah in Islam is always used in conjuction with the word Ta’ala, The Most High.

If we look again at the verse, we see that the Name of the Beast is not simply a name of blasphemy, but rather it is the name of blasphemy. It is the highest quintessential blasphemy – it claims to possess the attributes or nature of Yahweh, the God of the Bible. As such, the Name of the Beast is a claim to be equal to or greater than God and the Messiah. The name of the Beast will contain or imply some form of anti-Yahweh and anti-Christ doctrinal or creedal language that will exalt another above Yahweh.

We know that the Antichrist will be the premiere representative of a faith that worships not the God of the Bible, but rather the adversary, Satan disguised as God. The god of the Antichrist will not only be God’s premiere enemy, but he will masquerade as the Most High God.

This masquerading serves a two-fold purpose. First, of course, it fulfills Satan’s desire to be like God. Secondly, it confuses and deceives mankind into offering their worship to him instead of God.

THE SHAHADATAN: ISLAM’S BLASPHEMOUS CREED

As we have already seen, the theology of Islam thoroughly – even systematically – fulfills all of the definitive elements of anti-Yahweh, anti-Christ theology as specified by John the Apostle in his first epistle.

  • Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already it is in the world'( 1 John. 4:1-3)

Beyond denying the Trinity, Islam also denies the Divine Incarnation of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, as well as his death, burial and ressurection. But beyond all of this, Islam has memorialized its anti-Yahweh, anti-Christ theology specifically in a creedal formula.

The Shahadatan is the Islamic creed or declaration of faith. In Arabic it reads as follows:

  • La ilaha il Allah, Muhammadan Rasul-Allah. This means: “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is The One sent by Allah [The Messenger of Allah]”

The two elements of this creed are the following: Allah is the only One True Supreme God and Muhammad (The Praised One) is the seal and final messenger of Allah.

These two components of the Shahadatan, in a very succinct manner, perhaps better than any creedal statement could, perfectly fulfill both dimensions of the definition of blasphemy that we just discussed. First, its attempts to claim that another god other that Yahweh is the Only True God.

And secondly, the Shahadatan is blasphemous toward the God of the Bible because it attempts to place Muhammad in the position that only Jesus the Messiah can fill. Muslims identify Muhammad as Al-Insan Al-Kamel, the perfect man; Rahmatan-lil-A’alameen, a mercy all mankind; Al-rasul Al-A’tham, greatest of all sent by God; Shafi, Healer; Munji, saviour; Mahdi guided one/deliverer; Mustafa, chosen; Amir, the prince; Awal, first; Akher, last; Rasul Al-Malahim, messenger of the Last-Days battles, and finally Muhammed, the praised one.

Such are the blasphemous names of Muhammad.

Yet despite the quintessentially blasphemous nature of the Shahadatan, it is recited into the ear of every Muslim child the moment after ther are they are born. It is the verbally expressed, outward sign of conversion to Islam. According to Biblical theology, the Shahadatan could not be more perfectly blasphemous.

AN INDICATOR OF ALLEGIANCE

The next obvious and essential observation that needs to be made is that all four of these elelments – the Mark, the Name, the Number, and the Image of the Beast – are indicators of allegiance and submission to Beast.

  • ‘If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strenght into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.” This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus (Revelation 14:9-12).  

In the simplest of terms, the Mark of the Beast is essentially the emblem, the symbol, or the identifying mark of the coming Beast kingdom. By donning this mark, people will identify with the Kingdom of the Beast and the values and beliefs that this kingdom represents.

The next point is essential: The Mark of the Beast (the identifying symbol of the Antichrist kingdom) is not something that someone might accidentally embrace or receive. It is rather, an outward indicator of an inward allegiance or submission to the Beast. It is something that one must choose to accept.

The Scriptures make it clear that anyone who receives the Mark of the Beast will spend eternity in hell. One cannot accept the Mark of the Beast without also implicitly denying Christ. Biblically speaking, it is only a denial or rejection of Christ and his Gospel than can cause any individual to end up in hell. Sadly, I’ve actually spoken with a few individuals who, although they reserve absolutely no room in their lives for Christ, adamantly swear that they will never accept the Mark of the Beast! The Mark of the Beast is not some loophole or back door clause that Satan will use to bypass God’s normal Biblical standards of justice in order to slip as many people into hell as he can. Yet, as foolish as this may sound, there are many who perceive the Mark of the Beast in precisely this way. In receiving the Mark of the Beast, there is an implicit acceptance and identification with a very specific anti-Yahweh and anti-Christ theology.

Unlocking The Number Of The Beast

In all of the various attempts to explain the meaning of the number 666 throughout the history of the Church, none make enough sense to gain any measure of universal recognition. Some scholars claim that the number 666 represents the fullness of fallen and rebellious mankind. But this theory fails to explain why there is a Name, a Mark, a Number and a Image of the Beast. Why does God give us different flavors? This symbol represents something utterly blasphemous and this vague explanation does virtually nothing to help us identify any specific Antichrist system or its leader. Perhaps the most commonly accepted interpretation is that the number 666 is to be solved by a mystical form of Hebrew numerology called the Gematria. But the Bible gives us a strong exhortation to use wisdom to discern this issue “This calls for wisdom” (Revelation 13:18). How would such puzzling numerological symbolism convey any such wisdom?

In short, the Gematria is a mystical form of numerology that assigns a numerical value to each letter from any given name. After the sum total of all of the letters are added up, the final result is the number of that individual’s name. If this sounds strange, that’s because it is. In fact, the use of the Gematria is closely rooted to a form of Jewish Kabalistic mysticism – a practice that many have labeled as occultist. American pop-star Madonna – not exactly anyone’s role model of Biblical virtue – is a strong devotee of a pop-form of Kabale. In any case, because of the possible occultist dimensions of this practice, some interpreters have suggested that this passage in Revelation has nothing to do with the Gematria. The use of the Gematria has been used by some to create a myriad of Antichrists: American President William Jefferson Clinton, Ronald Wilson Reagan, George W. Bush, Bill Gates, Mikhail Gorbachev and nearly every other world leader or high-profile power broker you can imagine all have had their names manipulated in various ways to equal 666. Yet no one knows if this Gematria should be applied in English, Hebrew, Latin of Greek; neither does the Bible give us any indicator as to what we should use. Do we us Greek because the Book of Revelation was written in Greek?

Some researchers, including the Roman Catholic priest Louis Maracci and Englisch Scholar Humphrey Prideaux, have reportedly found in the Byzantine name Maometis the number of the Beast:

M(40)A(1)O(70)M(40)E(5)T(300)I(10)S(200) in Greek Gematria totals 666.

Or do we use Hebrew because it is the original Biblical language? Since Hebrew doesn’t really use vowels, this could be difficult. For example, in Hebrew, George is spelled “Jorj” or even “Jrj”. Do we use the middle name, or simply the first and last name? In President Clinton’s case, there is the question of whether to use Bill or William? Should the title of “President,” be retained or not? Shoul the whole name add up 666 or should each name – the first, middle and the last name – simply add up to 6, thus leading to three sixes? Are you beginning to see the many problems with this approach?

Others have suggested that the number 666 will only serve as a confirming equation after the Church has already solved the mystery. But this certainly seems rather anti-climatic. For if this is the case, what is the real purpose of this passage? Why is there such a strong command to discern the number?

There are other problems with this method as well. The oldest Biblical fragment that contains this passage, the Oxyrhynchus Papyri LVI 4499 does not have the number 666. Instead it has the nummber 616.

In his Against Heresies, Ireneaus mentions that he was aware of several texts of the Book of Revelation that contained the number 616 rather than 666. Irenaeus claimed that the presence 616 was due to a scribal error. Nevertheless, from this record, we know that the Oxyrhynchus fragment is more than a mere anomaly. Apparently the number 616 was commenly accepted in certain quarters of the early Church. Also, Irenaeus does not mention this one variant reading, but rather “various readings” – plural. Even in the early Church, there was more than one variant. Manuscript evidence also provides us with at least one early text where the number 665 is found instead of either 666 or 616.

Could it be possible that certain scribes viewed that were thought to be three Greek letters (Chi Xi Stigma), when in reality these were three squiggles of foreign symbols. Perhaps that is the reason they could not make up their minds as to which of the Greek letters these resemble?

One thing we know for certain, whatever this Gematriatic “number” is, it must also correlate with what we know about the Name of the Beast – its blasphemous anti-Yahweh and anti-Christ creed. If you accept all the evidence I presented regarding Islam bein the Antichrist, then this symbol must be understood by the language of Islam – Arabic.

THROUGH EASTERN EYES – IT’S AN ISLAMIC CREED

As a former Muslim, I first noticed when reading these passages that they closely mirror certain customs of my people, who put badges on their foreheads and arms with blasphemous declarations scrawled on them with these very symbols. In fact they wear these badges with identical symbols in every Muslim demonstration or gathering. They do this in obedience to the Qur’an which spoke of the end days regarding the “beast of the earth” and how this beast will mark all Muslims on the forehead in order to distinguish them from non-Muslims (Qur’an 27:82). This piece of information led me to believe that Islam is the missing link to this prophetic puzzle. Yet I needed to examine the text as far back as I could go. I expected to find an Islamic declaration of some sort. As soon as I began to examine the Codex Vaticanus (AD 350) Greek text of the Book of Revelation, I immediately noticed that the supposed Greek letters (Chi Xi Stigma) that are used to translate to the number 666 very much resemble the most common creed of Islam Bismillah (or Basmalah), written in Arabic. Bismillah literally means “In the Name of Allah,” and is followed by the symbol of crossed swords, which is used universally throughout the Muslim world to signify Islam.

The Basmalah is as follows:

bismi-llahi ar-rahmani ar-rahimi. [Keep in mind that Arabic is from right to left]

Bismillah (In the name of Allah), is the most commenly used phrase throughout all of Islamadom, even more than the declaration of faith itself – the Shahadatan. It is written or recited at the beginning of every letter, every ceremony, every speech, every sacred recitation, every Qur’anic chapter, and before the slaughter of any animal.

In light of this, is it possible that the Apostle John, while receiving his divine revelation, did not see Greek letters, but instead was supernaturally shown Arabic words and an Islamic symbol, which he then faithfully recorded?

Could it be that years after John recorded these images; scribes commissioned to copy the text were unable to recognize the foreign words and symbols and thus thought them to be Greek letters? Might this be why some texts record them differently?

Remember, the Biblical requirement that the Name and the symbol (mark) both fulfill the same meaning – the Name of Blasphemy, or the name of Allah. While the Name of the Beast is also the Name of Blasphemy, so this mark is similarly blasphemous name and slogan – that of the god that will be worshipped by the final Antichrist Empire. If this is so, how would the English translation of Revelation 13:18 read?

First let’s look at how the translators have dealt with the verse. More than likely, it was transliterated word for word, and then ascribed the interpretation most logical for its context:

Hode=here; Esti=is; Sophia=wisdom; Echo=let him that; Nous=understanding; Psephizo=count/decide/reckon; Arithmos=the number/multitude; Therion=of the beast; Gar=for; Esti=it is; Arithmos=the number/multitude; Anthropos=of a man; Kai=and; Autos=his; Arithmos=number/multitude; Chi xi stigma=666 (Revelation 13:18).

Now consider the alternate translation that the Allah Theory could produce. The Greek word Psephizo, translated above as “count,” can also quite naturally mean “reckon” or “to decide.” Likewise, the Greek word Arithmos, translated above as “number” can also mean “an indefinite number or multitude,” “multitude” in the case of more than one, such as a multitude of people. With this in mind, consider the following translation, as it makes very good sense:

“Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding reckon (or decide, descern) the multitude of the beast, for it is the multitude of a man [that is, Muhammad and or the Mahdi-Antichrist] and his multitude [are identified through the following] ‘In the name of Allah and the two swords (or Jihad).'”

In fact, at least one translation has used a similar construct. The Restoration Scriptures True Name Edition, a commonly used Messianic Bible Version has translated this verse as: “And that no man might buy, or sell, except he had the mark, or the name of the beast, in their right hand, even the multitude who have his name.” (Revelation 13:17). These are a multitude of (Muslim) followers of a man (the Mahdi/Antichrist).

Reading the Messianic Restoration Bible makes very good sense. It seems to employ inductive application more accurately. The usage of “multitude” for people is in fact supported throughout Scripture. Compare this possible translation with the following passage concerning the multitude of the Beast: “And he Says unto me, the waters which thou saw, where the whore sits, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” (Revelation 17:15).

The whore sitting on the beast controls the “multitudes,” which are peoples and nations who are part of the Beast Empire. Beyond this, according to the Book of Daniel, these “multitudes” will worship “a god of fortresses” – or more clearly, a god of war. Surlely this is the best description that could be used to describe Allah, the god of Islam. Regarding Antichrist and his multitude (followers) Ezekiel also confirms, …

  • ‘This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, Says the Lord GOD’ (Ezekiel 31:18).

Likewise, I am not surprised then to see many similarities between the symbols of the various Islamic Jihad groups and the symbols I have just highlighted as the identifying names and symbols of the Beast. The following banner of Islam is nothing new. It even includes the Shahadatan, which meets both requirements from the Bible for a mark and a name. The two swords with the Shahadatan have also been the mark of Islamic Jihad throughout the ages including Arabia where it originated from.

As an interesting piece of trivia, even in lyrics of the rock-and-roll song Bohemian Rhapsody, “Bismillah” is used in connection with Beelzebub (Ba’al of the flies, or Lord of the flies). Beelzebub, according to Scripture, is another name for Satan. The lyrics of this song are:

But I’m just a poor boy and nobody loves me, He’s just a poor boy from a poor family, Spare him his life from this monstrosity, Easy come easy go – will you let me go, Bismillah! No – we will not let you go – let him go, Bismillah! We will not let you go – let him go, Bismillah! We will not let you go – let me go, Will not let you go – let me go (never), Never let you go – let me go, Never let me go, No, no, no, no, no, no, no – Oh mama mia, mama mia, mama mia let me go, Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me, for me, for me, …

Freddy Mercury, the author of this song, a homosexual and a Zoroastrian, adopted Bismillah from his Irianan heritage. But it is certainly interesting that he tied it to Satan and not Allah. In the song, Satan (Beelzebub) has assigned to him a devil that will not let him go.

Muslims do believe, in accordance with their prophet Muhammad that a devil is assigned to them and even has dwelt in every Muslim. Abu Tha’labah al-Khushani said: “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘The Jinn [devils] are of three types: a types that has wings, and they fly through the air; a type that looks like snakes and dogs; and a type that stops for a rest then resumes its journey.'”  Allah’s Apostle said: “There is none amongst you with whom is not a legion amongst the Jinn (devil). They (the Companions) said: Allah’s Apostle with you too? Thereupon he said: Yes, but Allah helps me against him and so I am safe from his hand and he does not command me but for good.”

In the film Kingdom of Heaven, Saladin (Salahuddin) wears on his arms the badge of Islam “Bismillah,” with the words Al-Rahman Al-Rahim (most compassionate most merciful). The director of the movie was a stickler for historical accuracy. Muslims used to wear this synbol as a badge of identification. If one is looking for a literal name, “Bism” actually means “name.” If we are looking for the name for this Satan, “Allah” is definitely one – it fits both a creed and a literal name. Why must we spend endless hours trying to use some strange Hebrew numerology to try to figure out if someone’s name equals 666 when we already have a perfect fulfillment of the Mark of the Beast right before us?

Unlocking The Mark Of The Beast

FIRST TEST THE SPIRIT

So what’s the danger in taking the mark? What is the problem of accepting Allah and Muhammad into your heart? Well, it’s eternal damnation. The choice is yours. If you are Muslim, this is your chance to come to Christ and be saved before this marking takes place.

Am I spreading fear? Sure I am. The same way that I scare my teenage children when I tell them that promiscuous sex can cause them to get AIDS. A monogamous marriage can save them from a lot of hell. Islam offers a deadly chalice filled with blasphemy. Muslims claim that faith in God requires us to utter the formula, “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His messenger.” First of all, the phrase has a major problem – the word “Allah.” The notion that Allah simply means “god” is an utter lie that is easy to refute. Allah can never simply mean “god”, even if it evolved from common usage in Arabic. Allah is the name of a deity just a Jehovah is a name of a different deity. The Arabic word for God is “Al-Ilah” (The God) or “Al -Rab” (The Lord). The fact that Allah is a name can be seen in viewing the most common phrase that is used by Muslims: “Bismillah” or BismAllah”,  which means “In the Name of Allah.” In many English Qur’ans, it is at the beginning of every chapter translated falsely as, “In the Name of God.” To test my claim here, that Allah can never mean God; the next time you run into a Muslim, ask him what must you do to convert to Islam. He will be elated of course, then will quickly respond: “Just utter the creed, there is no God but Allah and Muhammed is His messenger.” Then ask him what “Allah” means. He will gladly say “God.” Then ask him, “If Allah simply means God, why then insist that I declare that ‘There is no God but Allah?’ Why cannot I simply say, ‘There is no God but God?’ Why must I utter this creed in Arabic?” Tell him that you insist in only uttering the phrase, “There is no God but God”. He will insist that this is not acceptable for an Islamic conversion. Ask him, “Why? Doesn’t Allah after all simply mean God? Isn’t that what you just said?

Christians have no problem when one says of an evil person, “his God is the devil,” or “David Koresh’s God must have been the devil.” Dare a Westerner to tell a “moderate” Muslim “Osama Bin Laden’s Allah is the devil.” Try it, but before you do, make sure you have your foot on the accelerator.

If the God Allah and the God Jehovah were the same, why all the Jihad expansion and wars against Christian nations, forcing people to choose the creed or the blade? Allah is the name of an imposter. Do not drink from his chalice, but partake from the cup of Christ. Make sure that your name is registered in the Book of Life.

THE MARK

The Greek word charagma, used for “mark” means “a stamp, an imprinted mark” (Strong’s 5480). So a follower of the Antichrist will have a stamp on some sort of material as a badge to be placed on the forehead or arm. In John’s time, the use for “charagma” was reserved for slaves in what was called a “badge of servitude” (Strong’s 5482). So it’s a badge that declares slavery and ownership by the master and followers use it to demonstrate allegiance to this master. This would fit with Islam since according to Islamic theology, Muslims are “slaves of Allah.” Islam is the religion of submission.

These followers have an option to either place this badge of servitude on the foreheads or the arms. Western analysts think that the mark is placed on the hand. This is not necessarily the only spot. We know from the Greek word dexios, which could also be translated “right side”, “right arm” or “right shoulder”.

To become a Muslim (literally means submitter), one must confess the Shahadatan declaration to demonstrate allegiance and servitude to Allah and Muhammad. This submission is always combined with commitment to fight the world: “Men, do you know what you are pledging yourselves to in swearing allegiance to this man? ‘Yes. In swearing allegiance to him we are pledging to wage war against all mankind'” (Ishaq: 204). “We are steadfast trusting Him. We have a Prophet by whom we will conquer all men” (Ishaq: 471). “In faith I do not fear the army of fate. He gave us the blood of their best men to drink when we led our army against them. We are a great army with a pungent smell. And we attack continuously, wherever our enemy is found” (Ishaq: 574).

This mentality can be observed in many of the arm badges and headbands they wear. These items contain Islamic mottos, creeds, words and symbols which fulfill Scripture’s mandate. Often on the forehead the bands worn read: “No god but Allah, Muhammad is his messenger.” Another favorite is the cresent of Islam included with “The Islamic Organization.” These all fulfill the blasphemous nature of the Mark of the Beast.

ISLAM FORCES THE BADGE ON FOREHEADS

Amazingly, and in keeping perfectly with what the Bible predicted so long ago regarding the beast and his mark, the badge is in fact an Islamic commandment from the prophet himself: “Allah will save a man from my nation above all creation on Judgment Day. In front of him will be laid 99 registers for his sins. Every register is as long as the eye can see. Then he is asked, ‘Do you deny any of these?’ Then he says, ‘No O Lord.’ Then he is asked, ‘Do you have any excuse?’ He responds, ‘No Lord, ‘Then he is told, ‘You have but one good deed and there will be no condemnation for you today’. A badge is brought forth. Scrolled across it are the words: ‘No God but Allah, and Muhammad is His messenger.’ Then he is asked to bring forth forth his deeds. He asks, O Lord, what is this badge that is with these registers?’  He is told, ‘You will receive no condemnation.’ The deeds are put on one hand, and the badge in the other. Then the registers will float and the badge will outweigh the registers” (Tirmuthi 2639).

To sum it up, the “Name of the Beast” along with variations of the name of Allah, is worn as a sign of submission on the right arm of foreheads. Islam is submission and allegiance to a foreign god, the Shahadatan is blasphemous, the badge worn by Muslims on the foreheads – all of these things meet the Biblical requirements of the Mark of the Beast.

And just in case you are still in doubt, even the part of the Bible that predicted the beast will mark the foreheads is in the Qur’an and the Hadith: Dabat Al-Ard (literally the Beast out the Earth) is an Islamic version of the account of the “Beast of the Earth” in Revelation 13:11. But unlike the Bible, in which this beast is evil, the Qur’an gives him a holy mission to revive Islam and mark the foreheads of all true Muslim believers.

According to Islamic tradition, the Beast emerges in the Last-Days: “And when the word is fulfilled concerning them, We shall bring forth a Beast of the Earth to speak unto them because mankind had not faith in Our revelations” (Qur’an 27:82). “The prophet of Islam declared, ‘The first of the signs that will come is the rising of the sun from the place of its setting and the emergence of the Beast upon the people. Whichever of these two occurs before the other then the other is right behind it.'”

Why do Muslims mark their foreheads with badges of submission to Allah? It comes from their belief that the hour is near: “The task of the Beast will be to distinguish the believers from the non-believers, with Prophet Moses’s staff it [the beast] will draw a line on the forehead of every [Muslim] believer whereby his face will become bright and luminous and with the ring of Solomon it will seal the nose of every non-believer where by his whole face will become black. Thus there will be complete distinction between the Muslim and non-Muslim, so that if many parties sit at a dinner table, the Muslim and non-Muslim will be distinguished.”

Can you imagine my shock when I studied the Bible? I was taught that a Beast would come “out of the earth” and he would mark the foreheads of all true Muslims. Do you see how Satan has turned everything upside down for Muslims? As a Muslim, I wanted the Mark of the Beast! Not surprisingly, according to Islamic tradition, this Beast comes out of Mecca. “The Beast will come out from Al-Masjid Al-Haraam in Makkah.” “The Prophet took me to a place in the desert, near Makkah. It was a dry piece of land surrounded by sand. The prophet said, ‘The Beast will emerge from this place.’ It was a very small area.” Even as the Last-Days Beast religion has emerged out of Mecca so also Islam has the Beast emerging out of Mecca.

Amazingly, in the Bible, the angel took John to the desert to see the “woman,” or the “prostitute” riding a beast that most likely comes out of the desert of Arabia. Mecca is the “holiest” and most central location in all of Islamadom. What is evil to us is holy to them. According to Islamic tradition, “[The] Beast is some form of ultra-conglomerate of many different animals.”

PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE TO THR BEAST

In the early days of Muhammad’s career, he often asked those who had expressed a desire to follow him to make a pledge of allegiance or submission to him. This pledge is known as bay’ah. It is an outward oath or pledge promising allegiance – complete submission even – to the ruler.

After Muhammad died, this practice of making a pledge was carried on under the Caliphs. The Muslims would make a pledge of allegiance to the Caliph, and likewise the Caliph would make a pledge of allegiance to Allah to rule strictly according to Islamic law. Many modern Islamist books and articles that speak about the restoration of the Caliphate present the giving of the bay’ah (allegiance) as a very common theme.

Like anxious children waiting and planning for Christmas morning, many very eager Islamists look forward to the day when all citizens of Dar-al-Islam (the regions and lands under the authority of the Caliphate) will be required to make the bay’ah pledge to the Caliph. According to Islamic tradition, those who do not make this pledge will die the death of an idolater: “One who withdraws his hand from obedience to the Ruler (Emir) will find no argument in his defense when he stands before Allah on the Day of Judgment, and one who dies without having bound himself by an oath of allegiance (bay’ah) to an Emir will die the death of one belonging to the days of Jahillyya (Pre-Islamic ignorance and idolatry).”

Similar to the Antichrist, anyone who refuses to give allegiance will be killed. The evidence of mistreatment of Christians and Jews in the Islamic system is immense, but it will of course only increase in the days to come. This is what the Bible warned when it stated that whoever did not accept the Mark of the Beast will be killed.

Unlocking The Image Of The Beast

Possibly influenced by Laserium shows and Star Trek, many prophecy analysts attempt to take the passage of Revelation 13:15 literally. Thus many are expecting the Antichrist to produce a literal animated statue that will speak, which everyone will be commanded to bow to: “He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.” But whenever one interprets a passage that was intended to be allegorical or an allegorical passage that is intended to be interpreted literally, they have fallen prey to a common pitfall. The prophecies concerning Israel’s return to the land were always intended to be taken literally, yet for decades the Church allegorized these passages and interpreted them as referring to itself.

The Seven Mountains of Revelation 17 are another prime example of symbolism that has been improperly interpreted literally. Imagine what kind of interpretation we get if we literalize,  “the dragon was enraged at the woman.” The Bible would become a child’s fairy-tale. How can anyone literalize, “and I saw a beast coming out of the sea?” What about: “one of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed?” Many interpret this passage to man that the Antichrist will die from a fatal head wound and then come back to life. But if this scenario were true, then this would mean that Satan would be a giver of life. But this is absurd.

In seeing these absurdities, we can see the need to dig deeper into the allegoric meaning of certain passages. So how are we to understand this passage then: “He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed?” The obvious interpretation is that the prior beast kingdom that was wounded shall come back to life again. This is simply a revival of a wounded kingdom – not an individual. When we examine Scripture, first we must commit ourselves to some deeper investigation and then we must allow the Bible to interpret itself. The concept of reviving and creating an image of the Beast is something that the Scriptures give us ample information to understand properly. If we search through the Bible for various usages of the word “image,” we will gain significant insight into the nature of what this passage is actually talking about. There are several aspects to the meaning of this “image”:  

1. AN IMAGE AS IN A TEMPLE OBJECT

The Bible describes “an image” as a religious or national symbol set up in the Temple, “For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or an image” (Hos. 3:4). When Israel was destroyed as a kingdom, it lost everything. It lost it’s centralized national religious institution with the destruction of the Temple (sacrifice, ephod), and also lost its national symbols – the Ark of the Covenant, Menorah, and the rest of the Temple articles. Islam also has a Temple for Allah (the Ka’ba) along with Temple articles (the Black Stone) as we will discuss in more detail later. Jehovah’s Temple articles in Jerusalem were a shadow of greater things to come – the Messiah, while Allah’s Temple articles (the Black Stone) resemble a shadow of Satan’s coming – the Antichrist.

2. AN IMAGE AS IN A NATIONAL EMBLEM

An example of this would be the image of Caesar imprinted on coins that represented the Roman Empire. The Mark of the Beast might be an emblem or symbol of the Beast Empire that carries with it a blasphemous creedal element. An official image or emblem of a kingdom gives it a sense of national identity: “He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived” (Revelation 13:14). This “image” of the Beast (empire) would constitute the replicating of the old monster – the ruthless Islamic Empire that fell. This is the primary meaning of the verse. However, it is not the only explanation of every verse containing the word “image”. To make or carry an image, a flag or an emblem of something, is akin to showing support an allegiance to whatever the image or emblem represents. That is, the followers of the Beast will declare their support and submission to the Beast Empire and all that it stands for. The followers will espouse its purpose, its ideology or doctrines and its goals. These emblems that once died with the old kingdom are revived again, as we see in Islam. An image could be a mark of Satan that identifies his followers. The Antichrist will, in this way, mark his followers with a blasphemous creed.

3. AN IMAGE AS IN AN IDOL

An Image also could represent an idol – a medium that represents a living being. One could erect an idol to a god. King Nebuchadnezzar erected a massive image (a dead idol) of himself and demanded all of his subjects to bow and worship it. This is an example of idolatry. This could easily apply to Satan, who is called Ba’al, Bel, and Beelzebub. One could erect an image of ‘Ba’al (Satan) that would serve as a medium and a representation of Satan worship. This type of image is not restricted to a statute however; it can even be a stone such as the black stone meteorite in the Kaba in Mecca, “At last the mayor was able to quiet them down enough to speak. ‘Citizens of Ephesus,’ he said. Everyone knows that Ephesus is the official guardian of the temple of the great Artemis, whose image fell down to us from heaven'” (Acts 19:35). The image of Diana was not represented by a statute, but a Black Stone which was worshiped in Ephesus identified as The Image of Diana. Yet, these images are all symbolic of Satan worship, “What say I then? That the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils” (1 Cor. 10:19-20). Satan sets up idols as representations of himself until he comes down to earth and established himself as the Antichrist in human form.

4. IMAGE AS IN LIKENESS

“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” (Rom. 8:29). In this case, “image” is in matter of likeness.

5. THE ULTIMATE IMAGE

The ultimate image would be the Antichist himself, which will be the manifestation of Lucifer in a human image. In the end, the living image of Satan will attempt to replace Christ – this is the Antichrist.

DESTROYING CHRISTIAN IMAGES

Islam wants to destroy every image that represents Jehovah. That is why Muslims want to destroy Jewish and Christian symbols. But the reason that Muslims desire to destroy Christian and Jewish “images” is because Islam desires to destroy Christianity and Judaism altogether. According to Islamic tradition, when Jesus returns, he does not merely come to convert most Christians to Islam but to literally abolish Christianity. This fact is understood when we analyze a very well-known tradition which states that when Jesus returns he will “break the cross, kill swine, and abolish Jizyah. Allah will perish all religions except Islam.” The three actions are based on the notion that Jesus will assault all of the symbols of Christianity in order to abolish it as a religion. Shafi and Usmani explain that to “break the cross” means to “abolish worship of the cross.” Muslims believe that Jesus will break or remove all crosses from the rooftops and steeples of churches throughout the earth. This action is understood as a clear statement regarding Jesus’ disapproval of the notion that he was ever crucified on a cross. The killing of the swine is so that the “Christian belief of its lawfulness is belied.” The reason for abolishing the Jizyah tax (the compulsory polltax that non-Muslims must pay in order to live in a Muslim land) is based on the idea that when Jesus returns, the Jizyah tax will no longer be accepted. The only choice that Christians will have is to accept Islam of die. As Sideeque M.A. Veliankode states in Doomsday Portents and Prophecies, “Jesus, the son of Mary will soon descend among the Muslims as a just judge. Jesus will, therefore, judge according to the law of Islam … all people will be required to embrace Islam and there will be no other alternative.”

Harun Yahya, in his book Jesus Will Return, affirms that, “Jesus will remove all systems of disbelief in that period.” Classic Muslim jurists also confirm these interpretations. Consider, for example, the ruling of Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri (d. 1368) from The Reliance of the Traveller, the classic Shafi manual of Islamic jurisprudence: ” … the time and the place for the poll tax is before the final descent of Jesus (upon whom be peace). After his final coming, nothing but Islam will be accepted from them, for taking the poll tax is only deffective until Jesus’ descent (upon him and our Prophet be peace).”

DESTROYING ISLAMIC IMAGES CRESCENT MOON – THE IMAGE OT THE BEAST

So while Islamic tradition claims that Jesus will return and destroy all symbols of Christianity, there are also significant parallels in Psalm 83 and Judges 8:21 that say He will, in fact, destroy the symbols of Islam. Psalm 82-83 claims there will be a war between Messiah and the Antichrist. The Gideon-Messiah or War-Messiah who comes to rescue Israel will carry out an important task: …

  • ‘Do to them as you did to Midian, as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon, who perished at Endor and became like refuse on the ground. Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, who said, ‘Let us take possesion of the pasturelands of God” (Psalm 83:9-12).

After listing several Muslim nations that form an End-Time alliance to destroy Israel, the Psalmist prays: “Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea,  all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna.” But what happened in the story of Zebah and Zalmunna? The answer is found in Judges 8:21: “Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, ‘Rise yourself, and fall upon us; for as the man is, so is his strength.’ And Gideon arose and slew Zebah and Zalmunna; and he took the crescent ornaments that were on the necks of their camels” (Psalm 83:11).

Later in verse 26, the Bible says that the Midianite kings were wearing the same crescent ornaments around their necks. After Gideon stripped all of the crescent ornaments off of the slain kings, the people and the camels, he melted the gold. The story of Gideon is the story of Messiah. It is also the story of David and Goliath – a parallel to the showdown between Christ and the Antichrsit, who blasphemes the God of Israel and proclaims, “I am against you O Most Haughty One” (Jeremia 50:31). David, with precision bombing, lodges a stone into Goliath’s forehead. This is what happens to Babylon and the Antichrist. “Theirs arrows shall be like those of an expert warrior; furthermore, none shall return in vain” (Jeremiah 50:9). This is modern precision bombing. Not a single missile will miss it’ target. Bel, the moon-god, will also be destroyed and all the idols of the crescent moon taken away, “Bel is shamed. Merodach is broken in pieces; Her idols are humiliated, Her images are broken pieces” (Jeremiah 50:2). Bel, or Ba’al, the cult of the cresent-moon is finally destroyed. Bel has always been symbolized by the cresent-moon.

Psalm 83 gives us the summery of the confrontation with Islam, in which God will do to the enemies of Israel what Gideon did to Midian. It is crucial to understand that Gideon as a judge of Israel is a prophetic type of Jesus. He is symbolic of the fighting Messiah. Joseph is symbolic of the suffering Messiah, and David of the King Messiah. So if we want to find out more about what Christ does when He comes to judge, we need to study Gideon.

Instead of the Muslim Jesus returning to destroy crosses, we see that a far more ancient Biblical prophecy reveals that when Jesus returns, He will destroy all of the pagan crescent-moon images of Islam. In the same way that Israel, at various times, had to remove the Ashera poles from high places, so will the cresents also be reomoved from the highest places (the minarets) during the rule of the Messiah.

THE CRESCENT IS SATAN’S SYMBOL

In Judges 8:21, the word used for crescent is saharon, which literally means crescent moon. It comes from the root of sahar, which is literally used for the name of Satan in Isaiah 14 as Hilal ben Sahar. Hilal, or heylal, is the word that the King James Bible translates as Lucifer. The full phrase actually means “morning star/crescent moon,” which is the very symbol of Islam. In other words, the symbol of Islam and the name of Satan are one and the same. This significant and is a very clear hint into the spiritual origins of Islam and the Antichrist.

So we see that the ancient enemies of Israel worshipped a god that was symbolized by the image of the crescent moon. To this day, this has not changed. In fact, all evidence points to the fact that Allah is simply another name for Bel or Baal, which simply means “lord” and is also a title of reverence to the Babylonian moon-god. The Romans had the same god, and so did the Greeks, who worshipped Gog (Gygez), a war deity called Men. This is also the god that Abraham left behind for Jehovah, the One True God. It comes as no surprise then that Jesus referred to Satan as Beelzebub (Baal Thubab, Arabib) (Matthew 12:24-27). The Hastings Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics confirms the fact that the Arab name Allah correlates to Bel: “Allah is pre-Islamic name … corresponding to the Babylonian god known as Bel.”

Gideon was named as “Jerub-Ba’al”, the one who contends with Ba’al the moon god. Gideon was a type of the warring Messiah because he fought Ba’al. Likewise Christ, the ultimate Jerub-Ba’al will fight Ba’al in the flesh, and bruise his head, completing what was promised in Genesis 3:15.

Dr. Arthur Jeffrey, professor of Islamic and Middle East Studies at Columbia University and one of the world’s foremost scholars on Islam, wrote that the name, “Allah” and its feminine form “Allat,” were well known in pre-Islamic Arabia and were found in inscriptions uncovered in North Africa. According to Jeffrey’s, Allah, “is a proper name applicable only to their peculiar god.” He adds, “Allah is a pre-Islamic name corresponding to the Babylonian god known as Bel.” “Bel simply means ‘lord’ and this is a title of reverence to the moon-god Sin.”

But maybe you have not seen the signifiance of all of this. Perhaps Isaiah can add the convincing final piece to complete this puzzle on why this is the moon-god of Islam. Isaiah gives us a powerful picture of what Bel (a.k.a. Allah) will do at the end of the age. Most Westerners miss the hint in famous passage: …

  • ‘I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear’ (Isaiah 45:23-46:1). This verse is later echoed in the New Testament: ‘every knee shall bow, every tongue shall confess … that Jesus Christ is LORD’ (Philippians 2:8-10).

A few verses later, Isaiah also tells of one being in particular who is among them: “Bel bows down, Nebo stoops; Their idols were on the beasts and on the cattle” (Isaiah 46:1). Bel will bow down before God. This is none other than the image of Allah-Satan, the crescent-moon. In the purest form of poetic justice, the demonic god of Islam will bow low before Jesus, the Mighty One of Israel which the beasts wore on their necks: “Their idols were on the beasts and on the cattle” the very symbol that Gideon removed – the crescent moon in judges 8:21.

THE DESTRUCTION OF BABYLON THROUGH MESSIAH

The connection of this to the Harlot of Babylon can be found in the context of Isaiah 45-47: “The Lady of Kingdoms” (Isaiah 47:5); a place that lives in pleasures (Isaiah 47:8); which no one sees and sins in secret (Isaiah 47:10). Such references must be linked to the Harlot of Babylon in Revelation 17. Unlike the West, which sins in the open, Arabia practices its sins in secret. Yet the God of Prophecy challenges Islam, “Remember the former things of old, For I am God and there is no other, I amGod and there is none like Me. Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying My council shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure” (Isaiah 46:9-10). If Islam is true, then why has Israel returned as God declared, “For Israel My glory” (Isaiah 46:13). God declares to the heathen Muslims that Messiah will come down to destroy their Babylon through His son: “He shall do His pleasure on Babylon; And His arm shall be against the Chaldeans” (Isaiah 48:14). God’sarmis Messiah.

CHRIST CONFRONTS ISLAM WITH THE TRINITY

Speaking to this Harlot “Lady of Kingdoms” and in a challenge to Islam, the Lord Jesus Christ declares what Islam denies; His part in Trinity: “Come near to Me, hear this; I have not spoken in secret, from the beginning; From the time that it was, I was there, And now the Lord God and His Spirit Have sent Me” (Isaiah 48:16). Jesus is telling them (Mystery Babylon) of His nature and attributes that they have denied. In one solid verse, we see that, “From the time that it was (from the beginning was The Word), I was there; and now the Lord God (The Father) and His spirit (The Holy Spirit) Have sent Me (The Son).”

It is amazing that few Westerners see the context of this – how the Messiah is denouncing Mystery Babylon and her denial of the Trinity. He confronts the Babylonian Antichrist spirit of …

  • Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? [Messiah]. He is the antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: … [but] he that acknowledged the Son hath the Father also'(1 Joh. 2:22; Joh. 14:7).

CRESCENT MOON – SATAN’S IMAGE AND TITLE

In Isaiah 14, we find the story of the sin and the fall of Satan. What we will discover when we analyze the passage a bit closer are some very telling points. The passage reads as follows: “How art you 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” (Isaiah 14:12-14).

In this passage we are given the name Lucifer, which has through the ages come to signify Satan. In truth, the passage doesn’t so much give us a proper name as it provides us with a description of who Satan really is. In Hebrew, the name for this Lucifer is three words: Heylal Ben Shahar. Translated fully, this means “Shining One Son of the Morning Star”, or the Shining Brilliant One.” “Etymologically, Hebrew Helel corresponds to the Ugaritic hll which occurs in the following espressions: bnt hll snnt, Daughters of Brightness, swallows, or perhaps ‘Shining Ones’ and bnt hll b’l gml, ‘Daughters of Brightness, Lord of The Crescent Moon.” Hilal is an Arabic word that means “Crescent Moon”.

When we put the whole phrase together, Heylal Ben Shachar simply means “Crescent Moon, Son of the Morning Star” (or the Dawn) – or in simply terms, a crescent moon with a star lingering over it. Of course, this is the very symbol and image of Islam. Remember, we are discussing the “image” of the Beast, Nearly every Islamic flag carries this symbol. Nearly every mosque displays this symbol on the pinnacle of its dome and/or its minarets. Consider the implications of this. Islam applies to itself the very description that the Bible uses to describe Satan. When it comes to Islam, everything is upside down. But what makes this so damning to Islam is that Hilal was the very name of the Lord of the Ka’ba, according to Muhammad’s biographer, Ibn Hisham. He admits that the pagan Kinanah tribe and Quraysh (Muhammad’s tribe) called the supervising god of the Kaaba IHLAL. They called the Kaaba “Beith-Allah“, the house of Allah!

Both Bow To An Image

THE “BLACK STONE” AND APHRODITE

Both Antichrist’s followers and Muslims bow to an image. The great idol of Islam, the Black-Stone and its veneration has been around from time immemorial. Yet despite the very clear correlations, few prophecy Analyst have ever linked this to what has already been spoken of in the Book of Acts: …

  • ‘And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how what the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down’ (Acts 19:35).

The image of Artemis is strikingly similar to the meteorite stone image in Mecca which Allah commands 1.3 billion Muslims to literally bow down and prostrate themselves toward at least seventeen times during their five daily prayers.

John of Damascus (676-749) who lived at the advent of Islam and served in the court of the Caliph, and was thoroughly familiar with Islam from it’s inception, writes in his work, Concerning Heresy, “So then, these were idolaters and reverenced the morning star and Aphrodite, who they indeed named Akbar in their own language, which means ‘great'”. The Islamic connection to Aphrodite is evident in the Muslim cry “Allah Akbar” (Allah is Great). Aphrodite is actually Allat, the feminine root of the name Allah. Even the Greek historian Herodotus, writing in the 5th century B.C., considers Allat the equivalent of Aphrodite: “The Assyrians call Aphrodite Mylitta, the Arabians Alilat.” According to the Book of Idols (Kitab al-Asnam) by Hisham b. al-Kalbi, the pre-Islamic Arabs believed Allat resided in the Kaaba and also had an idol for her inside the santuary: “The Quraysh, as well as all the Arabs, were wont to venerate Allat. They also used to name their children after her, calling them Zayd-Allat and Taym-Allat.

Even the Bible confirms this style of naming. The name Sanballat (Nehemiah 2:19) is a derivative of two words; Sin (the Moon-god), and Allat (Aphrodite), the feminine of Allah and one of his three daughters. Such names existed long before Muhammad, whose father’s name, Abd-Allah, means “slave of Allah”, the Moon-god. Sanballat was known to have harassed Israel as they were attempting to build the Temple, alongside with Tobiah the Amonite and Geshem the Arab. Nothing has changed. Today these same people with an evolved form of the same religion still harass Israel and are the main obstacle to the rebuilding of the Temple.

THE BLACK STONE AS SATAN’S STAR AND IMAGE

But what is this whole thing about venerating and asteroid? What is this whole image about? Does the Bible warn us of this? The Bible is so clear in exposing this issue. Jehovah simply wants us to dig deeper. Lucifer’s image is depicted in Revelation 8 and 9 showing Satan wanting to be worshipped. He is a star that fell from heaven: “And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit” (Rev. 9:1). This “him” cannot be an object, but rather Satan himself, a living being (him) cast out of heaven as described in Isaiah 14 and Revelation 8:10.

The most important verse in the Qur’an that described Allah is perfectly mirrored in Isaiah 14. In Isaiah 14, it is Satan of Lucifer that is described as the Bearer of Light, and in the Qur’an it is Allah that is depicted as a lamp (light, torch). In the chapter of the Star, we read: “Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth; a likeness of His light is as a niche in which is a lamp, the lamp is in a glass, (and) the glass is as it were a brightly shining star” (Qur’an 24:35-36). Compare this with Revelation 8:10,

  • ‘And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp and it fell upon the third part of the rivers and upon the fountains of water’.

Take note of the fact that the death of one-third of the earth’s population occurs during the rise of the eighth empire, which will be an Islamic empire. Satan, who is the fallen star, and the destroyer who is unleased, will precede the “mountain” (empire) that will cause one-third of mankind to die. The Black Stone of Mecca owes its reputation to the tradition that it fell from the “heavens.” Like the Black Stone of Aphrodite, the Black Stone of Mecca is also clearly an “image” of Satan. Yet this Satanic image that is created by the Beast in Revelation 13:15 which can speak and cause all who do not worship it to be killed, is mentioned as a holy thing by Muhammad. In an Islamic tradition authenticated by At-Tirmidhi, Al-Abani notes, “Allah will raise up the stone [the Black Stone] on the Day of Judgment, and it will have two-eyes with which it will see and a tongue which it talks with, and it will give witness in favor of everyone who touched it in truth.” According to Muslim traditions, the Black Stone is even the redeemer of Muslims. Al-Tirmidhi notes that many years ago, the Black Stone was, “whiter than milk; it was only later that it became black as it absorbed the sins of those who touched it.”

The blasphemy doesn’t stop here. The Black Rock, the image of Satan, the Fallen Star, which attemps to take the place of Christ the Great Redeemer is called by Muhammad, the son of perdition Yameen Allah. This means that it is “the right hand of Allah” with which “he touches his servants.” It is the visible right hand of the invisible Allah. It is even the Shekina Glory, which dwells in all believers. Venerating it and rotating seven times around it will cleans the Muslim of all prior sins.

The veneration of Satan through this act of rotating around an idol image is even alluded to in the Bible and rarely understood by Western Analyst. Ezekiel 31:3 declares: …

  • “Behold, the Assyrian (the Antichrist, Satan in the flesh) was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of a high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs. The waters made him great, the deep set him up on high with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent out her little rivers unto all the trees of the field.”

If we exercise what we learned, we can apply what we learned in the following interpretative paraphrase: “Behold, Satan, a beautiful angel clothed in beautiful covering, an angel with high status. Peoples and multitudes from every nation made him great, and the underworld set him up high with the multitudes running round about his idol and sent out all the people to all the idols that were set for him.” This is exactly what we see in the Muslim Hajj, which Muslims do yearly to have their sins forgiven by the right hand of Allah. They come from all over the world to the Ka’ba and roam round about it. In addition, Jeremiah 51:44 tells us …

  • ‘I will punish Bel in Babylon, And I will bring out of his mouth what he has swallowed; And the nations shall not stream to him anymore.”

The nations will not flock to Babylon and Bel, the Moongod, will be ashamed in her. No longer will the nations flock to Mecca to worship Satan. This punishment is not a historic one; it refers to Jerusalem and the invasion of the Temple Mount: “strangers have come into the sanctuaries of the Lord’s house” (Jeremiah 51:51).

In the Last-Days, there will be two opposing houses, one dedicated to Jehovah and the other to Satan. The “shadowing shroud” in Ezekiel 31:3 could be the black cloth that covers the prostitute Ka’ba in Mecca and the streams perhaps refers to the hordes of people from all over the globe who come to worship Satan by running around his idol and bowing to it by the millions.

The Hajj (pilgrimage). In the center is the Ka’ba. One can see the multitudes spinning round about it. As they complete their spin (7 times around) others come in from the outer multitudes and continue the spin.

The reference to a prostitue in Revelation 17 regarding the “Whore of Babylon” is no coincidence, “And the woman (whore) was arrayed in purple and scarlet color” (vs. 17) resembles the near copulating with the Ka’ba’s Black Stone, which historically was dedicated to Aphrodite the prostitute goddess that was called “Aphrodite Porne” (Aphrodite the Prostitute), “the goddess adorned in purple”, similar to the depictions given in Revelation 17:4.

John of Damascus notes,  “After the Hajj was reformed by Muhammad, the “rubbing and kissing the [of the Black Stone] … was extremely passionate.” Muslim tradition even perpetuates the blasphemy that, “Abraham had sexual intercourse with Hager on it” (Sahas. Heresy, Pages 88-89. Francis Burton (Vol. 3, pag. 295) writes regarding the Ka’ba, “the part of the cover (Kiswa), covering the door, is called [a Burka] just like the veil the Arabic women are wearing in front of their face … in fact, Arab mystics even compare the Ka’ba to a virgin, adorned with her finest wedding dress.”

During their Hajj pilgrimage, Muslims kiss, rub and caress the Black Rock.

Before Muhammad encountered the angel of light in the cave of Hira, he was engaged in what was known in Arabia as Tahannuth (religious devotion to pagan idols). “The Apostle would pray in seclusion on Hira every year for a month to practice Tahannuth as was the custom of the Quraysh in the heathen days. After praying in seclusion, he would walk around the Ka’ba seven times.” In other words, Muhammad was a heathen and the Islamic Pillar that requires fasting during the month of Ramadan was a purely pagan tradition, as was going around the Black Stone. Today Islam still practices Tahannuth with it self-justification and meditation during the pagan holy month of Ramadan. There is nothing new; but instead of calling it Tahannuth, now they just call it Hajj. There is an array of evidence that black stones were commonly worshipped in the Arab world. In 190 A.D., Clement of Alexandria metioned, “The Arabs worship stone.” He was alluding to the black stone of Dusares at Petra. In the 2nd century, Maximus Tyrius wrote, “The Arabians pay homage to what god I know not, which they represent by a quadrangular stone.” Maximus was speaking of the Ka’ba (the Cube) that contains the Black Stone. Even the ancient worship of Cybele pronounced Kybele is interestingly the same word Muslims use for the direction of prayer towards the Black Stone called the Qibleh. The stone associated with Cybele’s worship likely originated as Pessinus, Pergamum, or on Mount Ida, “a small dark sacred stone not formed into any iconographic image that had fallen to the shrine of Pessinous from the sky.

Alongside Isis, Cybele retained prominence in the heart of the Roman Empire until the fifth century when the stone was lost. Her cult prospered throughout the empire and it is said that every town or village remained true to the worship of Cybele.

Islam began as a heretical Arab Christian cult focused on Aphrodite and the Morning star. This was confirmed during that era by John of Damascus (676-749), who called Islam a “superstition among the Ishmaelites that is the forerunner of Antichrist.” According to John, Muslims were, “idolaters [who] reverenced the morning star Aphrodite, who they indeed named Akbar.” Today they called this idol Allah, but the same satanic spirit that was worshipped then is still worshipped today. Satan manifests himself in many ways, but today Satan’s greatest manifestation in the earth is through the “god” that is worshipped as Allah by over 1.3 billion people.

The Time Element in 2012 …

Showing that the kosmos ‘the host’ of Genesis 2:1, refers to the conflict of the ages and cannot be disassociated from the idea of  ‘war’ …

  • ‘Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them’ (Gen. 2:1).

We have demonstrated from the Septuagint that the translation ‘overthrow’ for ‘foundation’ in Ephesisans 1:4 is fully justified, and that the word ‘world’ kosmos embraces not only the limited dominion and age of man, but includes the heavens, the earth and the starry host. If we leave the matter there, however, we shall but play into the hands of the great enemy of truth, who must already be rejoicing that some of the saints of God are using their powers to blind the eyes of the believer to the judgment that fell on him in Genesis 1:2. The matter however involves our loyalty to Him Who is not only our Saviour, not only our Head, but One Who has called us to be good soldiers, for remote as it may seem at first sight, the introduction of the word kosmos (Gen. 2:1) involves a reference to the battle array of the Lord of Hosts. First let us turn to Ephesians, and consider the occurences of the word kosmos. In three references the word is simple, but in one, the word is composite (kosmokrator, world-rulers).

Kosmos in Ephesians

A 1:4. Chosen … before the overthrow of the world.

B 2:2. The prince of the power of the air … according to age (aion) of this world.

A 2:12. Gentiles (who had been chosen as in A) were without Christ, without hope, without God, in the World.

B 6:12. Principalities and powers, the world-rulers of the darkness of this age (aion) in heavenly places (cf. ‘the air’).

It is evident that here we have a record that vitally influences our calling and walk. Those Gentiles believers, whose election ‘in Christ’ dates from before the overthrow, found themselves ‘in the flesh’ in an abandoned condition in the present world. The prince (archon) of the authority (exousia) of the air, is balanced by the principalities (arche) and authorities (exousia), while ‘the age of this world’ is exactly answered by the ‘world-rulers of the darkness of this age’. This also is ‘the authority of darkness’ from which we have been delivered, according to Colossians 1:13 …

  • Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: …’

Kosmos is employed by the Septuagint in Genesis 2:1 where we read ‘all the host of them’. The word translated kosmos in the Greek and ‘host’ in the English is the Hebrew tsaba. Lloyd in his Analysis says of this verse and word: ‘The allusion is to the marshal array of an army. All the parts of the visible creation, like a disciplined army, had their proper place’.

The only objection to this comment is that it does not go far enough. The kosmos was not ‘like’ a disciplined army, IT WAS AN ARMY, and there was at the time of the six days’ creation a state of war in the universe, the chosen battlefield being the earth with its immediate heavens. It is not enough to merely make such a statement. Readers will expect demonstration and proof.

Tsaba the Hebrew word translated ‘host’ and kosmos occurs in two forms, the verb 13 times, the noun 486 times. The verb is translated ‘fight’, ‘war’, ‘muster’, ‘assemble’, ‘wait upon’ and ‘perform’. Even where it is employed in describing the service of the Tabernacle, the margin (Num. 4:23 and 8:24,25) tells us that the service equally with that of the soldier in the field was ‘to war the warfare’. Two references to ‘assemble’ (Exod. 38:8) are used only of women, and could be unrelated to the conception of war, but even then we do not really know why these women ‘assembled in troops’ at the Tabernacle. The noun is translated mostly by the word ‘host’, of itself a military term, and then ‘war’, ‘warfare’, ‘army’, ‘battle’ and ‘soldier’ leaving only 13 references out of the 486 to be translated ‘appointed time,’ ‘company’, ‘waiting upon’ and ‘service’, and even among these the margin in the Revised Version has rendered some by the word ‘warfare’. Moses uses the word tsaba 90 times, of which 87 speak of war, battle, army and host, and 3 of the host of heaven. In Daniel 10:1, where we read ‘the time appointed’, the Revised Version reads ‘warfare’. The occurrences of tsaba in Daniel apart from this reference are 8:10 (twice), 11,12,13, where the anti-christian king of the latter days wages war against the host of heaven, ultimately to be broken without hand (8:25) …

  • And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many; he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand’.

‘The LORD is a Man of War’ (Exod. 15:3) says Moses at he ‘overthrow’ of Pharao at the Red Sea. The Hebrew word haras (which in the LXX, in some other places, is translated by kataballo), is used in Exodus 15:7, ‘… Thou hast overthrown them that rose up against Thee …’. The ‘depths’ that closed over Pharaoh and his host in Exodus 15:5 is the Hebrew tehom.

This identical word tehom is used in Genesis 1:2, ‘the face of the deep’. The Hebrew word ruach that is translated ‘the Spirit’ that moved on the face of the waters for the reconstruction of the world is translated ‘blast’ in Exodus 15:8, ‘the blast of Thy nostrils’. Like the flood in the days of Noah, as the epistles of Peter testify, the overthrow at the Red Sea is a smaller version of that primal catastrophe and enables us to see that these were all acts of ‘war’. Another lesser picture of the same conflict is that of the destruction of the Canaanitish king Sisera at the hand of a woman. Deborah the prophetess when commemorating the victory says: …

  • ‘The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Meggido … they fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera’ (Judges 5:19,20).

Here the heavenly host, spoken of as ‘stars’, engage in conflict, and Megiddo but looks forward to Armageddon, the mountain of Megiddo, where will be fought the ‘battle of the great day of God’ (Rev. 16:14) with all its demonic accompaniments …

  • ‘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’ (Rev. 16:14).

Revelation plainly tells us that there will be ‘war in heaven’ and the fallen followers, ‘the army’ of Satan are likened to ‘the stars of heaven’ (Rev. 12:4,7,9). Here, Satan is said to be ‘cast out’, the Greek word being kataballo (in the Received Text of Rev. 12:10), the long deferred ‘overthrow’ first introduced in Genesis 1:2. The critic referred to in the preceding article, does not seem to know how to avoid the evidence of this verse, all he can offer his reader is the comment: ‘The word used is the passive of balloat Revelation 12:10 and it is erroneous to render this as “the accuser of our brethren was cast down”. This has been changed in the latest C.V. ‘to cast (out)’.

But the ‘ignorant’ reader is left still asking what really does happen to Satan  according to chapter 12 of Revelation. It is one comfort to notice that even X the critic has not the temerity to suggest that Michael and his angels were endeavouring to put Satan upon a more solid foundation. If Satan is not said to be ‘cast down’, John needs to be corrected in his further testimony for he says ‘the devil is COME DOWN‘ and that he was ‘cast UNTO the earth‘ (Rev. 12:12,13). If he does come down, then to all intents and purposes kataballo is correctly translated in the Authorized Version. If X desires to leave Satan ‘suspended’, Michael and his angels will act otherwise.

Thank God, the accuser of the breathren will be cast down. Cunnington, whose accuracy is often acknowledged by X, translates Revelation 12:9 …

  • ‘he was cast down unto the earth’ and verse 10, ‘was cast down’.

In the former passage the simple verb ballo is used, in the later the intensive form kataballo. If ballo can be translated ‘cast out’ or ‘cast down’ kataballo when referring to the same event can mean nothing else than ‘cast down’. No wonder X treats chapter 12 ‘elliptically’.

Just before the overthrow of Jericho under his leadership, Joshua is reminded of the heavenly army that was led by ‘The Captain of the Lord’s host’. One so holy that Joshua was told to take off his shoes (Josh. 5:15). All that Israel did was to compass the city, led by the priests, an invisible host destroyed the defences of the city. The emphasis upon the seven times seven (49), the blowing of the Jubileetrumpet‘ and the ‘shout‘, help us to see that here once again is a type of the overthrow of the Satanic system at the time of the end. If Michael was this Captain, or Prince (see margin Dan. 10:13,20,21), then at the Second Coming of Christ, we have the fulfillment of this type, the last trumpet, the shout, and the voice of the Archangel (1 Cor. 15:52; 1 Thess. 4:16).

When Adam was placed in the garden, he was told only to ‘dress’ it, but to ‘keep’ it, and what this ‘keeping’ involved can be gathered from the next occurence of the word, ‘Cherubims’, and a flaming sword which turned every way, TO KEEP the way of the tree of life’ (Gen. 3:24). Adam failed as a good soldier, he let down his guard, he was deceived by the enemy, and the war took another serious turn. This feature of course has been repeated again and again, and is a matter of present history. The employment of the ‘fifth column’ is old as Eden. Elisha the prophet, knowing of this heavenly host or army, reassured his fearful servant saying: …

  • Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them … and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha’ (2 Kings 6:16,17).

All this and more is implied in the first use of kosmos by the Septuagint translators. This earth is the batlle ground upon which the conflict of the ages is being fought. The collapse of Adam gave Satan a grip upon the world and mankind, and Satan became ‘the god of this world (age)’ …

  • ‘In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them’ (2 Cor. 4:4), … ‘the prince of this world’
  • ‘Now is the judgment of this world; now shall the prince of this world be cast out’ (Joh. 12:31), … ‘Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me’ (Joh. 14:30), … ‘Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged’ (Joh. 16:11).

And ‘the prince of the power of the air‘ …

  • ‘Wherin in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience’ (Eph. 2:2).

The nation of Israel was used by God against te Canaanites, but there is also a heavenly phase of this warfare, and with this the church of the Mystery is involved;

  • ‘For we wrestle not against flesh and blood in high places, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness’ (Eph. 6:12 author’s translation).

‘World-rulers’ of darkness is the Greek kosmokrator, kratos meaning power. Rabbinical writers actually adopted this Greek word and turned it into Hebrew, using it sometimes of Satan, sometimes of the angel of death, and sometimes of earthly kings. Wetzstein says that the title was used of Sisnachosis, king of Egypt as ’emperor of the world’, and the inter-relation of earthly monarchies with heavenly, though fallen, princes is indicated in Daniel 10. It is therefore of the utmost importance that we do not allow the references to the present ‘world’, which is to pass away, and which at the present time is largely under the power of Satan, to blind our eyes to that greater kosmos, that ‘host’ of which the Lord is leader, which will ultimately triumph over evil and establish righteousness and peace. Every redeemed child of God is called to be a good soldier in this glorious army.

He is provided with complete armour of Christ, and a trusty weapon, the Word of God. May every reader realize the gravity of our calling and the utmost call there is for single-eyed loyalty …

  • ‘Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evel day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (Eph. 6:13-18).

CHARLES H. WELCH (The Berean ExpositorJULY 2012 VOL. 66 No. 10)

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Epiloog . . .

Er is nimmer een tijdsspanne in de achter ons liggende eeuwen geweest waarin de profetische rede van Jezus Messias in Mattheus 24 [Lucas 21; Marcus 13] zo actueel is als in de voorbije 20e en deze 21e eeuw, waarvan de tekenen die spreken over Zijn Wederkomst en het manifest worden daarvan in de Apocalyps bijna identiek aan elkaar zijn, (Matth. 24:4-30; Openb. 6:11-17).

  • ‘Toen Hij op de Olijfberg zat, gingen de discipelen naar Hem toe toen zij alleen waren, en zeiden: Zeg ons, wanneer zullen deze dingen gebeuren? En wat is het teken van uw komst en van de voleinding van deze wereld (sunteleias tou aioonos = of [the] completion of the age?) … En Jezus antwoordde en zei tegen hen: Pas op dat niemand u misleidt. Want velen zullen komen onder Mijn Naam en zeggen: Ik ben de Messias; en zij zullen velen misleiden. U zult horen van oorlogen en geruchten van oorlogen; pas op, wordt niet verschrikt, want al die dingen moeten gebeuren, maar het is nog niet het einde. Want het ene volk zal tegen het andere volk opstaan, en het ene koninkrijk tegen het andere koninkrijk’, … (Matth. 24:3-7a).

In Mattheus 24 lezen we niet van één valse messias, maar van velen, niet van één oorlog, één hongersnood, één aardbeving, of één pestilentie, maar van velen. Niettegenstaande zal daar in het einde van deze boze eeuw [aioon; in de laatste jaar week, dus de 70e] één valse messias zijn, één valse profeet; maar het begin der smarten wordt ingeleid door vele valse messiassen, die hier worden voorgesteld onder de figuur van een wit paard. Er gebeuren ook geen rampen bij de verschijning van de eerste ruiter op het witte paard, (Openb. 6:2). De Messias Jezus kan het nog niet zijn. Hij verschijnt in Openbaring 19:11-16. De antichrist kan het ook niet zijn, hij verschijnt als beest in Openbaring 13. Wat is het dan? … want hij gaat overwinnend [kroon] en effectief strijdend [boog] uit over de aarde, als eerste van een reeks.

Jeruzalem als het Epicenter in het geopolitieke spel der grootheden is in 2012 opnieuw het klankbord van een Babylonische spraakverwarring geworden onder het bestel der volken, waarvan de apostelen in het jaar 30 A.D. reeds van getuigden. In hun eenparig gebed tot de God die hemel, aarde en de zee gemaakt heeft, en alle dingen die er in zijn, Die bij monde van David, Uw knecht, gezegd hebt:

  • ‘Waarom woelen de heidenvolken en bedenken de volken wat inhoudsloos is? …. En toen zij gebeden hadden, werd de plaats waar zij bijeenwaren, bewogen. En zij werden allen vervuld met de Heilige Geest … (Hand. 4:24-31). [“They were all filled with pneuma hagion.” All the Critical Greek Texts read “the hagion pneuma”: but either reading shows that spiritual gifts are meant; for the speaking of the Word of God with boldness is mentioned as the gift that was here specially given].

Thans aanbeland in de tweede helft van de laatste 7 jaar van een cyclus van 49 profetische jaren, [dus] gerekend vanaf de woensdag [de dag waarin zich altijd het beslissende stadium voltrekt] de derde dag van de ‘Six-Day of War’ de 7e juni 1967. Vervolgens ontwikkelt zich een proces waarin tegelijkertijd de feesten van Israel als ‘de gezette hoogtijden des Heeren’ van doorslaggevende betekenis zullen zijn, die uitlopen in de climax van het bazuingeschal dat het Jubeljaar aankondigt op de Jom Kippoer van 23 september in 2015, (Lev. 25:8-10; Openb. 5:1-14).

Verkondig vrijheid door heel het land …

Het boek Leviticus spreekt in die zin duidelijke taal, (Lev. 25:10). In Genesis 1:14 lezen we dat er lichten zijn in het uitspansel des hemels, om scheiding te maken tussen dag en nacht; en dat zij zijn tot tekenen en tot gezette tijden, en tot dagen en jaren. Het Hebreeuwse woord mo-ed [oelmoediem] dat gebruikt wordt in beide teksten (Lev. 23:2; Gen. 1:14) met de betekenis van ‘vaste tijden’, dus niet als jaargetijden, maar met de betekenis dat hier de zon en maan aanwijzingen zijn voor wat betreft de ‘Feesten des Heren’ [moedai adonai].

Het was de apostel Petrus die na de zevende sabbat (7×7=49) op de 50e  dag [na Pesach] het ‘Wekenfeest’ (Sjawoe’ot) uitriep: ‘Maar dit is het waarvan door de profeet Joel gesproken is, (Hand. 2:16; Joel 2:28-32).

Het gehele boek Joel heeft betrekking op het volk Israel (Jeruzalem 4x, Juda 6x, Zion 7x) en de volken en ‘t ziet uit op de ‘Dag des Heren’. Hier vinden we ook het ‘Jubeljaar’ terug: ‘Blaast de bazuin (sjofar) te Sion, heiligt een vasten, roept een verbodsdag uit’, als zijnde een grote Verzoendag, (Joel 2:15).

In deze context wordt gesproken over de ‘laatste dagen’, dat Geest [roechi = Geest van mij] zal worden uitgestort op alle vlees, … de zon die veranderd zal worden in duisternis en de maan in bloed, voordat de grote en geduchte dag des Heren komt, (Joel 2:31; Hand. 2:20). Het ‘Wekenfeest’ en het ‘Jubeljaar’ hebben het getal 50 gemeenschappelijk voor dagen en voor jaren, … ‘Ik heb u gegeven elke dag voor elk jaar’, (Ezech. 4:4-6). Als dan in 1967 de strafmaat voor Israel en Jeruzalem eindigt en tijdens de Zesdaagse-Oorlog de hereniging van Oost en West Jeruzalem plaatsvindt (Luk. 21:24), is het van belang te letten op 4 (tetrad) opeenvolgende bloed rode manen die in de jaren 1949 en 1950 als in 1967 en 1968 hun constellaties hadden en die vervolgens in 2014 en 2015 wederom zullen plaatsvinden op ‘Pesach’ (Pasen) en ‘Sukkot’ (Loofhuttenfeest) met daar tussenin een totale zonsverduistering op de 1e Nissan, hetgeen dan tevens een Israelisch nieuw religieus jaar zal inluiden.

Van belang is het om hierbij te letten op het Loofhuttenfeest (Sukkot) wat uitziet op het Messiaanse rijk. Dit door God Zelf ingestelde Loofhuttenfeest heeft behalve het geestelijke en historische aspect i.v.m. de komende intocht in het beloofde Land en het binnenhalen van de oogst, ook nog een psychologisch en mondiaal effect. Daar het accent van de Loofhut op het ‘dak’ lag, gemaakt van takken en loof waardoor men als het ware de hemel – de wereld van God opnieuw kon waarnemen en er zichtbaar mee verbonden was. Zeven dagen woonde men in dat tijdelijk huis (hut) als beeld van de tijd van de ballingschap waaruit men door God was verlost; en is symbolisch gezien tevens een beeld van de gelovige op weg naar het beloofde land, hetwelk zijn vervulling vindt in o.a. het toekomende Messiaanse rijk, (Zach. 14:16-19).

Twee principes staan hier dus duidelijk als tegenstellingen tegenover elkaar:

  1. het open dak … als een heenwijzing naar de God van Israel.
  2. het gesloten dak … als heenwijzing naar de afgoden der volkeren.

In het profetische vlak zien we hoe ‘Gog’ (= dak) en Magog, waarbij slechts vanuit het tijdruimtelijke causaal wordt gedacht en gehandeld (moord en doodslag), deze ‘dakvolkeren’ (Ezech. 38 en 39) vanuit hun ongelimiteerde zekerheid van hun mens- zijn optrekken tegen de God van Israel als demonstratie van het niet erkennen van het wezenlijke, geopenbaard in het volk Israel als drager van Gods beloften die werden toegezegd aan de aartsvaders [en moeders] Abraham, Izaak en Jakob.

Nadat op 14 mei 1948 door Ben Goerion de jonge staat Israel wordt uitgeroepen, en het land zich snel tot grote hoogte ontwikkeld tot één van de welvarendste landen in het Midden-Oosten waarvan de profeet Ezechiel profeteert (Ezechiel 37), het dezelfde profeet is die over een vijand spreekt uit het verre noorden die een aanval beraamd op de bergen van Israel om te plunderen. In het geheel van dit profetische plaatje zien we thans in de Islamitische wereld zich voor Israel een aantal gevaarlijke ontwikkelingen voltrekken, (Ezech. 38:1-13).

Vervolgens vinden we het fenomeen van de 42 jaar die er liggen tussen de Jom Kippoer [oorlog] van 1973 en de Jom Kippoer van 2015 als het passeren van een tijdsbarriere, weergegeven in het getal 42, bedoeld als overgang van de zevende naar de achtste dag die van het komende Messiaanse rijk. Dus de 7² of 49 wordt symbolisch waargemaakt in de laatste van de 42 halteplaatsen (Num. 33:1-49) welke (de mens) het volk Israel dan nog scheidt van de achtste dag, de 50e, als zijnde het Jubeljaar. Ook het nieuwe Testament kent dit passeren van die tijdsbarriere, weergegeven in de 42 geslachten, in de eveneens drie groepen van 14, die de wordingsgeschiedenis van Jezus Messias aankondigen in de zevende dag, (Matth. 1:1-17).

De stad Damascus was zo’n bijna 40 jaar geleden één van de commando centra’s van waaruit op 6 oktober 1973 op Jom Kippoer, de Syrische tanks over de Golan Hoogvlakte raasden wat aan enkele duizenden jonge Israelisch het leven kostte. De Eeuwige Israels is dat niet vergeten …

  • Profetie over Damascus: ‘Damascus heeft de moed verloren, het keert zich om te vluchten, siddering, heeft het aangegrepen’ … ‘Hoe is de stad van roem verlaten, de stad van mijn vreugde’ … ‘Ik zal een vuur aansteken binnen de muren van Damascus’, (Jer. 49:24-27).
  • Profetie over Damascus: ‘Zie, Damascus houdt op een stad te zijn, het zal een puinhoop worden, een ruine’, (Jer. 17:1).

Uit de visioenen in de Apocalyps valt op te maken dat er in de hemel als de tijd ‘vol’ is, de voorbereidingen getroffen worden in de openbaarwording van Jezus Messias, die de Losser (Goel) van de wereld is. Zoals al vermeldt, wordt er in het boek Leviticus op een bijzondere wijze gesproken over het ‘Jubeljaar’, dat 50e dat na de 49 jaar [7x7x360], de zeven jaar weken (7×7 sabbatsjaren) manifest wordt in de “volheid” van de tijd. Het is juist daar waar op een wonderbaarlijke wijze aangaande een stuk Mozaische wetgeving wordt weergegeven, dat ook in het stramien van het verlossingsproces voor wat betreft Israel en de volkeren zoals beschreven in het boek “de Openbaring van Jezus Christus” dit wordt verduidelijkt, en waar tevens het lot van het gehele bestaan van de wereld en het mensdom in de waagschaal ligt, (Lev. 25:8-10; Openb. 5:1-14).

Het gaat om die ongeopende verzegelde ‘Lossersakte’, waarvan gezegd is dat niemand deze kan openen of inzien, het Johannes is die een LAM ziet staan als geslacht, maar Die dan tevens de Leeuw uit de stam van Juda is, en de Spruit van David blijkt te zijn, hetgeen in die zin ook alles te maken heeft met de nog steeds vacante troon in Jeruzalem die ongedeelde hoodstad van Israel (Luk. 21:24; Ps. 2:8; 72:8); Hij die het eerste van de 7 zegels zal openen, (Openb. 6:1).

Met de woorden van de apostel Paulus in zijn eerste brief aan de Thessalonicenzen vinden we een opmerkelijke zinsnede, als hij zegt: …

  • ‘maar over de tijden en gelegenheden, broeders, is het niet nodig, dat u geschreven wordt: immers, gij weet zelf zeer goed, dat de dag des Heren zó komt, als een dief in de nacht. Terwijl zij zeggen: het is (alles) vrede en rust, overkomt hun als de weeen een zwangere vrouw; een plotseling verderf, en zij zullen geenszins ontkomen … Maar, gij broeders, zijt niet in de duisternis, zodat die dag u als een dief overvallen zou: want gij zijt kinderen des lichts en kinderen des dags’ (1 Thess. 5:1-5).

Het gaat Paulus hier om de woorden ‘tijden’ en ‘gelegenheden’ met de betekenis van: tijden=chronoon/chronos [chronos, time, duration, time in general; the time in which anything IS done] … gelegenheden=kairoon/kairos [kairos, the right measure and relation, esp. as regards time and place; hence , the right time, suitable or convenient time].

We onderscheiden dus: …

  1. tijden als betrekking hebbend op tijd en plaats, dus gepaste tijd en geschikte plaats.
  2. gelegenheden als betrekking hebbend op een volgroeide tijd die a.h.w ‘vol’ is geworden … eindtijd!

Zo zijn daar om als voorbeeld te gebruiken in 2014 en 2015 een aantal constellaties van planeten … [als zon en maan in een eclips een zonsverduistering en een bloed rode maan veroorzaken]. Dat zijn dan de gelegenheden [kairos] die betrekking hebben op tijd en plaats.

In Genesis 1:14-16 lezen we, ‘dat er lichten zijn in het uitspansel des hemels, om  scheiding te maken tussen dag en nacht; en dat zij zijn tot tekenen en tot gezette tijden, en tot dagen en tot jaren’. Het Hebreeuwse woord mo-ed dat hier gebruikt wordt in beide teksten, dus in Genesis en in Leviticus 23:2, heeft de betekenis van ‘vaste tijden’, dus niet jaargetijden, maar dat hier de planeten als zon en maan ook nog eens aanwijzingen zijn voor wat betreft de ‘Feesten des Heren’.

Dus Paulus bedoelt in zijn brief aan de Thessalonicenzen te zeggen dat zij niet nodig hebben om geinformeerd te worden m.b.t. de tijden en gelegenheden en dat de ‘dag des Heren’ voor hen niet komt als een dief in de nacht!

In de profeet Jesjaja en Joel lezen we het volgende aangaande die dag . . .

  • Zie, de dag des Heren komt, meedogenloos, met verbolgenheid en brandende toorn, om de aarde tot een woestenij te maken en haar zondaars van haar te verdelgen. Want de sterren en de sterrenbeelden des hemels doen hun licht niet stralen, de zon is bij haar opgang verduisterd en de maan laat haar licht niet schijnen’ (Jes. 13:9-10).
  • ‘Ik zal wonderen geven in de hemel en op de aarde, bloed en vuur en rookzuilen. De zon zal veranderd worden in duisternis en de maan in bloed, voordat de grote en geduchte dag des Heren komt'(Joel 2:30-31).

Vervolgens richten we ons op een tweede aspect uit het bovengenoemde gedeelte uit de eerste Thessalonicensenbrief waar we opnieuw een aanhaling tegenkomen uit één der profeten en wel uit de profeet Ezechiel . . .

  • ‘Omdat, ja omdat zij mijn volk hebben doen dwalen door te zeggen: vrede! zonder dat er vrede is – , als het een muur bouwt, zie, dan bepleisteren zij die met kalk; zeg tot hen die met kalk pleisteren: toch zal hij vallen!’ (Ezech. 13:10-11; Jer. 6:14; 8:11).

We moeten bedenken dat de Thessalonicenzen brieven één der eerste brieven van de apostel Paulus waren, geschreven in de Handelingentijd omstreeks het jaar 53/54 A.D. Dus helemaal in de trant van een spoedig te verwachten wederkomst van Jezus Messias. Enkele teksten uit andere brieven die dat bevestigen zijn als volgt: 1 Petr. 4:7; Jac. 5:7-9; Hebr. 10:37; 1 Joh. 2:18; 1 Cor. 1:7; 7:29, 10:11, 16:22; Rom. 13:12, 16:22; 1 Thess. 4:13-18.

Al deze brieven der apostelen zijn geschreven in een tijdspanne van ongeveer 10 jaar [52-62 A.D.], en voor Handelingen 28:23-28 … welke ook wel de ‘grenspaal’ der bedelingen wordt genoemd. {De latere brieven van de apostel Paulus dus na Handelingen 28 geschreven dateren van 63/64 A.D. waarvan de de pastorale brieven van Paulus zoals de 1 & 2 Timotheusbrieven en de Titusbrief rond het jaar 67/68 A.D. geschreven zijn}.

Zoals het was in bijbelse tijden [30 AD- 70 AD] ofschoon die geschiedenis daarvan aan het eind van Handelingen (28:23-31) in het jaar 63-64 A.D. abrupt werd afgebroken, is het eschatologische aspect van die tijd opnieuw concreet aanwezig in 2012, waarbij deze nog [onvoltooide] Handelingentijd in het jaar 2015 bij het zich aandienen van de ‘Feesten des Heren’, de constellaties van zon en maan in 2014 en 2015, opnieuw bij de aanvang van de 68e jaar week manifest kan worden om vervolgens de 7 zegels (68e), de 7 bazuinen (69e) en de 7 schalen (70e) op een totaal van 70 jaar weken te voleindigen, (Dan. 9:24-27).

De voordurende crissisen in het Midden-Oosten, met een daarbij verdeeld Europa over de Eurocrisis zou zich zomaar kunnen laten uitkristalliseren in een Apocalyptische tijd, en afkoerst op een onomkeerbaar proces van de voltooiing der profetie door God Zelf ingegeven in die nimmer veranderende Profetische Geschriften in die altijd maar weer veranderende wereld in het Midden-Oosten, waar een Romeins-Islamitisch rijk zich in een ras tempo aan het aftekenen is, waarbij valse messiassen, oorlogen, hongersnoden, aardbevingen, en pestilentien aan de orde van de dag zullen zijn . . .

Gerard J.C. Plas

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  4. The New Testament letter titled “FIRST PETER” at 5:l3 states: “Greetings from her who dwells in
    Babylon”. The lst Jewish Temple was destroyed by the armies of Nebekednesser’s 6th century b.c. Imperial Babylon. The priestly HOUSE OF YESHUA (translated in THE SEPTUAGINT, Ezra 2:36 as “HOUSE OF JESUS”) was part of a remnant of ancient Israel in forced exile in 6th century b.c. Babylon. The 2nd Jewish Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the armies of lst century a.d. Imperial Rome in 70 a.d. under the command of Titus. Regarding Revelation l3:l8, besides the best attested 666 other manuscripts cited various numbers for the beast such as 616, 665, etc. (See Walter C. Cambra’s unique solution to 666 on The Hermetic website. His solution to 666 involves a complex mathematical puzzle which generates the number 666 in two ways simultaneously! NEBEKEDNESSER (E = ETA) has a numerical value total of 666. The number 616 (discounted by Irenaeus, 2nd century b.c. as a scribal error) refers to the son of Nebekednesser, namely, EWIL MARDUK (E = EPSILON). The eleventh century a.d. manuscript cites Rev. l3:l8 as 665. This is an example of the Kabalistic RULE OF COLEL which states essentially that the numerical value total of a phrase/word may have one unit of its value either added to/subtracted without altering its meaning! According to the scholarly commentary (l920) titled THE REVELATION OF JOHN (pp. 323- 329) none of the early Christian Church Fathers ever specifically proposed NERO as a candidate for solving 666. The NERO proposal wasn’t offered by scholars until the first half of the nineteenth century a.d. [666 conrasts with the number 888 found in book one of THE SIBYLLINE ORACLES. 888 is the numerical value total for the Greek letters used in spelling “Jesus”, that is, iota (l0) + eta (8) + sigma (200) + omicron (70) + upsilon (400) + sigma (200) = 888. According to the Kabalah of Numbers by Sepharial 666 denotes the lower/animal nature while 888 denotes the higher/divine nature.

  5. walter c. cambra/s comment (item #4) stated Irenaeus was from the 2nd century b.c. This was a typo/error. Irenaeus was from the 2nd century a.d.! My apology!

  6. revelation 13 beast equation 666=name=man=mark answer is allah

    1. allah is name
    2. allah is a man/male deity
    3. allah appeared in old greece numeral 666
    4. allah is mark, forehead mark means believe that pagan allah is one true israel god, hand mark means to life in the way of sharia

    no one will be able to buy or sell unless he has mark of the beast means in old era of caliphates they using coins written arab inscription ‘allah’ on it. modern caliphate isis also issued similar coins (you can google it).

  7. Most of this article was lifted exactly from Walid Shoebats books entitled God’s War on Terror.

  8. Regarding the video it is at odds with Sepharial’s Hebrew Astrology which is based on Chaldean astrology as is Chinese and Hindu astrology. These take the astrological starting point as 3999 BC. Additionally each of the planets/great lights/intelligencies is ruled by an Angel.

  9. I know the true mark of the beast if there is anyone in this world who knows how to listen. The rapture is actually taking place right now in the Midwest and everyone including Hollywood is keeping it a secret. In revelation there are 7 letters to 7 churches, one of the churches is Philadelphia, birthplace of this nation. Philadelphia is exactly 333 miles as the crow flies to Canton Ohio, where Marilyn Manson the Antichrist was born. People thought his Antichrist superstar album was just a big joke. Anyways canton ohio to Chicago is exactly 333 miles. Add that up and you get 666. Chicago is where Anton Levy wrote the satanic Bible in 1969 the sane year dum dum was born. Anyways God also sent a hero back in 1980. The birdman of Alcatraz is actually one of God’s special angels. I know he’s a killer but there are way more killers in heaven then you would think, Barrabis from back in the day is there believe it or not. Barrabis actually worked in salt mines for decades, then became an awesome gladiator and later he accepted Jesus before he died. because of what Pilot did to him it it haunted him his entire life. Anyways” the rock” (Jesus’s best friend Peter) he was transported cross country to Metropolis Illinois, supermans hometown. The creator of Superman died on the birdmands birthday, January 28. Metropolis illinois is exactly 333 miles from ft. Wayne In, where the St. Joe meets the St. Mary’s river to form the Maumee. Superman is there. I know it sounds crazy but God’s big plan is way bigger then anyone ever imagined, just know the good guys are going to win. It was written!!!

    • I have the biggest secret in the world. The people who are here alive have no idea that the angels and demons are already here and all the dead people who are still on Earth are watching the show of the end of the world why all the alive people are clueless. Nobody knows the truth until they die and then they realize God is real and the Earth is going through the end times. Its sad that so humans are so into themselves they can never find the time to listen. Ihave 100 percent proof Manson is the antiichrist and that God also sent Superman  here 11 years later and this is not a joke. If someone on Earth would just listen. In revelation there are 7 letters to 7 churches. Philadelphia is one of them, the original capital of the United States. This year Philly won there first super bowl. Philadelphia to Canton Ohio is exactly 333 miles as the crow flies, this where Marilyn Manson the antiichrist was born in 1969. This is also where the football Hall of Fame is. Canton Ohio to Chicago is exactly 333 miles as the crow flies. Chicago is where Anton Lavey published the satanic Bible in the same year Marilyn Manson was born. That adds up to 666, this is the true root of the mark of the beast. It is finally solved so we are close to the end. Manson and Anton Lavey became friends and they first met each other at Anton’s Laveys house which happened to be in San Francisco.God sent a villain but God also sent Superman 11 years later. Robert Stroud the birdman of Alcatraz is one of God’s special Angels. After he died he was buried cross country in Metropolis Illinois, the only city that bares the name of supermans hometown. Jerry Siegal who created Superman in 1933 died 33 after birdman on the birdmans birthday, January 28 1996. Metropolis illinois to Fort Wayne Indiana is exactly 333 where i wrote the book American Wonderland, a book that once and for all proves God and Jesus exhists. There was an incident the day after Carmelo Anthony of the Orangemen beat the Kansas jayhawks in 2003. This day I almost drowned where the St. Mary’s meets the St. Joseph river to form the Maumee river. Ever since then I have had one biblical happening after another. There is a reason Manson turned 49 this year because of the rock and San Francisco(49’s) and there is a reason  Philly won this year, and there is a reason Manson was born in Canton Ohio, the football Hall  of fame. This is the year when things start to happen, the beginning of the end, but it will be ok for the saved ones. Johhny Depp was one of God’s special Angels until he became best friends with Marilyn Manson, they even have matching tattoos.if you ever watch the old 1962  movie “the birdman of Alcatraz” the first bird Robert saves is a Sparrow he  names Jack. In pirates of the Caribbean, john plays Jack Sparrow.  The reason I know so many things is because I’m the one God sent to help save as many people as possible before Jesus comes back. The story starts at Philly with Rocky to Alcatraz the rock, which both stands for Peter the rock , Jesus’s best friend. I was born January 27 1980 and the birdman of Alcatraz was born on January 28 1890. The Golden gate bridge was started on Marilyn Manson birthday January 5th 1933. Manson is either going to jump off the top or  get baptized underneath the bridge, his choice. Either way the wicked with of the west is getting wet. To get to Alcatraz you start at pier 33. Notice how many times 33 is found in this paragraph. It represents the man Jesus Christ. Manson released the album antiichrist superstar but no one believed him. If people don’t know they will this year. I’m not even scratching the surface, I have 100 pages of proof.By the way remember ozzies song iron man? The single release was 3 minutes and 33 seconds. Iron mans last name is stark. Manson was born in stark county. Anyone know what movie Manson has been working forever on where he plays Lewis Carrol. He was born on my Birthday January 27. Do you think it’s a coincidence that an Angel hovered over the dome of rock in Jerusalem on January 28, 2011, the birdmans birthday. the only way I was able to come up with all I know is from putting together all the crazy things God put me through and 22 years of research. This isn’t stuff I just came up with. I’m just waiting for someone to have an oh shit moment when someone realizes what’s really going on. Sincerely Nick Giant

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