Often we see in the news, or on the internet, announcements that the World is coming to an End on a specific date.
The first time I remember seeing this in mainstream Christianity was in 1988 when a popular book surfaced entitled:“88 Reasons Why The Rapture will be in 1988”. I remember that our local Church was buzzing with expectation. Our Pastor & his wife gave their comments on the event by advising us that we should not be so quick and hasty to do unwise things; because many were talking about selling their homes and giving the money to the poor who would be left behind.
The Pastor advise us that we should pray and not be too quick; and to remember that Christ said that no man knows the day and hour (Mat 24:36). The Pastor’s advice was well received and it’s a good thing because the rapture did not happen in 1988.
Mat 24:36 “But of that day and hour knoweth no man,no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
By opening this article the way I did, one might think that I was skeptical about the warnings and signs. However, to the contrary, I think that Christians should constantly be on the watch, which is why Jesus/Yeshua gave us the warnings and signs. My concern is when Christians begin to label the exact date and, as before, gotten it wrong.
However, let’s examine a few things so the inquisitive might see what’s really going on.In Matthew 24, Jesus gave us the signs of the end, he compared the signs to the Fig tree and when it bears fruit, as in his parable of the Fig Tree.
Mat 24:32Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summerisnigh:
33So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36But of that day and hour knoweth noman,no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37But as the days of Noe(Noah)were,so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Jesus recommends us to learn the parable of the Fig tree:
6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
7 Then said he unto the dresser (gardener) of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
Translation of the parable of the Fig Tree:
Tree: Israel AND the individual.
The Owner of the Vineyard: God, who expects to see fruit from the tree.
The Gardner: Jesus who wants a little more time to nurse the tree with better soil and fertilization.
More Time to Nurse the Tree: Cultivating the means of getting the Gospel out to the entire world.
Mat 24:14And this gospel of thekingdom shall bepreached in all the world for a witness unto all nations;and then shall the end come.
Daniel 12:4 …’even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased
So, since travel and increasing knowledge throughout the entire world is part of the prophecy; let’s see how this knowledge and ability to spread the Gospel has been made possible, which proves that this is the time spoken of more than any other before it.
Spreading the Gospel via the Generations and Why the Time Prophesied Draws Near.
In the first century there were well-established trade routes all over this part of the Mediterranean, with Ephesus and Alexandria both being major trade centers. So there were ships sailing in and out of the cities all the time.
From The Apostles right up through the 18th century, missionaries were the main cause of spreading the Gospel.However, in the first half of the 19th century, the United States began a new phase of religion, the Tent Revival. Like Traveling salesmen,Evangelists began to travel, carrying their tents on horse drawn buggies, and later by trucks and trains. When these came to town, they were usually referred to as Camp Meetings. Much like Circuses, the tents got larger and larger and the floors were carpeted with sawdust.
In the 1920’s with the invention of the Radio, preachers and evangelists began venturing out to broadcast their messages.
“In May, 1920, Charles A. Stanley, president of the Cosradio Company and operator of amateur radio station 9BW in Wichita, Kansas, was told by his minister, Dr. Clayton B. Wells, that if Stanley’s daily broadcasts were going to include Sundays, he should at least be promoting religious activities. So Stanley began broadcasting Dr. Wells’ sermons on Sunday evenings. (The Cosradio Company would later operate broadcasting station WEY in 1922-1923). “
You can see Stanley’s first amateur radio station on this link
The early 1930s made way to famous traveling Evangelists, like Billy Sunday, where huge wooden structures like barns were built for the events with sawdust floors, making the way to what was affectionately called the sawdust trails.
Read more from the Billy Graham Center Archives: http://www2.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/sunday/sunday01.html
And in the 70’s, a well known, Pastor and Preacher, Dr. Charles A. Stanley (not the same as above) began his ministry at the Atlanta First Baptist Church in 1971 as the Senior Pastor. His sermons became famous on radio.
In 1972, Stanley launched a half-hour religious television program called The Chapel Hour.
The Christian Broadcasting Network began televising this show in 1978. In 1982, Stanley founded In Touch Ministries, and its radio broadcasts began to be syndicated. During the 1980s, the ministry’s broadcasts were available in nearly every major American media market, usually on Sundays. In 2006, In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley could be heard in 107 languages. Currently, it airs in more than 50 languages worldwide. In the United States, “In Touch” is broadcast on approximately 500 radio stations, 300 television stations and several satellite networks including The Inspiration Network (INSP) and Trinity Broadcasting Network. Stanley’s sermons are also available on the In Touch Web site and are downloadable in the form of podcasts, along with other video and audio programming. In Touch also produces a free monthly magazine called the In Touch magazine.
Therefore, in the last fifty years help was given to the spread of the Gospel via Radio and Television;and in the last twenty five years, the internet augmented the spreading of the message about Christ,tremendously. Even with countries that banned religious broadcasting in their kingdom, the internet seems to be a more potent penetrating media of knowledge and spreading of the Gospel.
Oral Roberts pioneered Television Evangelism.
“Granville Oral Roberts (January 24, 1918 – December 15, 2009) was an American Methodist–Pentecostal televangelist and a Christian charismatic. He founded theOral Roberts Evangelistic Association and Oral Roberts University.
As one of the most well-known and controversial American religious leaders of the 20th century, Roberts’s preaching emphasized seed-faith. His ministries reached millions of followers worldwide spanning a period of over six decades. His healing ministry and bringing American Pentecostalism into the mainstream had the most impact, but he also pioneered TV evangelism and laid the foundations of the prosperity gospel and abundant life teachings. The breadth and style of his ministry, including his widely publicized funding appeals, made him a consistent subject of contention among critics and supporters.”
So began Televangelism which sprung up throughout the country, and later the world.With the help of Satellite, many Televangelists instead of purchasing expensive Television Network time began purchasing their own Dishes and transponders; therefore like trumpets heralding the news, beamed their signals to the satellites. These signals are picked up by receiver dishes,both personal and commercial, as with Direct TV and Dish TV. Cable companies also receive these signals and re-broadcast them through their cable networks.
As you can see, information is being spread easier and more quickly than ever before. Christianity has played the major role for broadcasting its message to every corner of the planet. Therefore the prophecy of preaching the Gospel to all nations is now more rapidly successful than ever before.
All in all, Christ and the disciples taught that the believer should be ready at all times, in and out of season.Although,Christ also taught that NO MAN knoweth the day or the hour,we can know the season from the festivals, or Feasts of The LORD. Note that the word Feasts is not focused on a spread of food.
In Jesus/Yeshua’s prophecies,he called attention to earthquakes, wars, rumors of wars and heavenly activities involving stars.
God put the Sun and Moon and stars in the heavens not only for light but also for signs and seasons.
The MOON is getting attention now because it’s in a Tetrad process, and it’s a Shemitah year.
Gen 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
The Headlines on the Internet makes the signs more enhanced, as mentioned earlier, with the seasons of the Feasts of The LORD, which is also incorrectly known as the Feasts of Israel.We are not only in a four-blood moon cycle, but according to the Hebrew Calendar we are in a Schemitah year
WHAT IS A SCHEMITAH YEAR?
The Sabbath year (shmita Hebrew: שמיטה, literally “release”) also called the sabbatical year or sheviit (Hebrew: שביעית, literally “seventh”) is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Land of Israel, and still observed in contemporary Judaism and today many Christians.
Four Blood Moons Just Ahead
by Endtime Ministries
“Four blood moons on Jewish feast days are getting ready to appear for the fourth time in the last 500 years. According to NASA, they will occur on:
- April 15, 2014—Passover
- October 8, 2014—Feast of Tabernacles
- April 4, 2015—Passover
- September 28, 2015—Feast of Tabernacles
Some prophecy teachers are declaring boldly that this tetrad just ahead is signaling that something is getting ready to happen, which will change the world forever.”
The 4th Blood Moon in the Tetrad is called a Super Moon, because it is big, as seen in pictures and paintings of the normal yellow/orange Harvest Moon.
“Shemitah Year Events of the Twentieth Century: The rising up and the falling of empires.
1917– America rises to power ending World War I. The rising of the Communist State of the Soviet Union.
1917– The defeat of Germany. The fall of the Czar of Russia. The fall the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. The fall of the Turkish-Ottoman Empire.
1938– German Nazis attack Jewish businesses and burn Jewish Synagogues on Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass.)
1945– Nazi Germany is defeated. The Atomic bomb is dropped on Japan thus ending World War II. Japan signs peace treaty the same week of the end of the Shemitah year.
1945– The United States becomes a military super power. The U.S. dollar becomes the world standard currency. The United States is the richest country in the world, and the world’s largest lender nation.
1973– The United States Supreme Court declares that America’s can kill their unborn babies.
1973– The World Trade Center is completed which is a symbol of Americas economic strength.
1973– America loses its first war to Vietnam. Nixon takes America off the Gold standard. This sets in motion the decline of the U.S. dollar.
1980– The U.S. Supreme Court bans the posting of the Ten Commandments in Public Schools. Thus God is now completely banned from our public schools in America.
2001– The World Trade Center buildings (the symbols of America’s economic strength) are destroyed by an Islamic terrorist attack. One week later Wall Street has one of its greatest collapses on the last day of the Jewish Shemitah Year.
2008– Exactly seven years later, Wall Street suffers its largest decline. America is now the world’s largest debtor nation.
2014-2015– In Sept of 2014 we start a new Shemitah Year. This happens in connection with a Tetrad of 4 Blood Moons which all occurs on Jewish feast days. As the United States has turn away from God and endorsed many sins, it is very possible that God’s judgment will fall on America during this year of the Shemitah.
*Above list from Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s book The Mystery of the Shemitah.
I wish to note a few additions to the above list:
· Tetrad of 1493-1494The Spanish Inquisition Took Place in 1492 Just Before. During which Jews were forced to denounce their faith and turn to Christianity.It is estimated that between 165,000 and 400,000 Jews fled the country at this time. As many as 50,000 decided to stay, converting to Roman Catholicism.
· Tetrad of 1949-1950The Nation of Israel Reborn on May 14, 1948 Just Before the Tetrad of 1949-1950
· Tetrad of 1967-1968The City of Jerusalem was Reunited During Tetrad of 1967-1968 (6 Day War)
The Prophecy Of The Moon Turned Into Blood
Here are a few prophecies foretelling that the moon will be turned to blood in the end time.
Joel 2:30-31 states: “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.”
Acts 2:19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
Revelation 6:12 [also prophesies that the moon will become as blood:] “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.” See more from the link below.
STARS ARE ALSO PART OF THE SIGNS.
Should we pay attention to heavenly activities?
In Genesis 1:14, God said,
”Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:” God specifically said, “Let them be for signs.”
The Wise men were told to follow His Star and it will lead them to the King of the Jews
Mat_2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his starintheeast, and are come to worship him.
Mat_2:9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, thestar, which they saw in theeast, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
Christ calls attention to the signs from heaven.
Luke 21:11And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
Astronomers (not Astrologers) are watching the stars as meteors and comets traverse through our Universe. A Comet of Concern at the time is the ISON comet.
“April 19, 2013: Anticipation is building as Comet ISON plunges into the inner solar system for a close encounter with the sun in November 2013. Blasted at point-blank range by solar radiation, the sungrazer will likely become one of the finest comets in many years.
When NASA’s Swift spacecraft observed the comet in January 2013, it was still near the orbit of Jupiter, but already very active. More than 112,000 pounds of dust were spewing from the comet’s nucleus every minute.
It turns out; some of that dust (meteors) might end up crashing on Earth.”
The Earth can be hit by the dust of this comet and we will see meteor showers that can be devastating in the link below.
INCREASING KNOWLEDGE & WORLD TRAVEL
Daniel 12:4 …’even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.’
We’ve already seen that in these days (last?), knowledge is being increased throughout the world. This was made possible through our digital: computer, internet and social media era; and many shall run to and fro is a realization of our traveling means which is far greater today because of automobiles, trains and air travel, wherefar more people will journey from one end of the globe to the other than in the days this prophecy was written in Daniel, above.
Another part of the Endtime Prophecies of Jesus/Yeshua is that the message be taken into the entire world. This is the nurturing of the tree part of the parable of the Fig Tree.
Mat 24:14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Also a sign Jesus gave us was a quotation from Daniel.
Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:
For both of these prophecies to happen, would require modern technology. Television is the only way for the entire World to see this event at the same time. The Message is being spread stronger because ofthe digital media. The mainstream news media is the way, and with their Modus operandi oftoday, they would investigate, stir and broadcast to the world of as this was happening. It’s amazing how sublimely Jesus/Yeshua would make way to the idea of technology (wonder how he knew 😉 ).
Another Prophecy in Matthew 24 is where Jesus states:
Mat 24:21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22Andexcept those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
Here Jesus is making reference to a technology that could possibly destroy ALL of mankind;“no flesh shall be saved.”.The elect are those who are called by God, Christians. Our different type’s bombs and missiles could possibly destroy life on the entire planet, but as Jesus prophesized, he seems to allude to the fact that this possibility will not be allowed; and some sort of intervention will take place.
So as we can see the prophecies abovecould only come to fruition in modern times because the resources weren’t available in the days or the centuries following their proclamation.
Also the idea that the prophecies are actually for latter times,as shown in Daniel when the Lord tells him to seal the prophecy up until the end ….
Dan 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, evento the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
This is more proof that the prophecies relate to end times in a modern day and not in the centuries after they were written. Remember it’s been only six days to God since he told the prophet to seal the book.
2 Peter 4:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing,that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
1 Timothy 4:1 …’Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.’
2 Thessalonians 2:3 …’Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.’
It is believed that this began to happen when Constantine first married Paganism with Christianity; and the Roman Catholic Church continued with this unification,(Come join us and we’ll honor your traditions).
From: Paganism and Catholicism
Author: Professor Walter J. Veith, PhD
Publish date: Feb 16, 2009
Summary: Many Roman Catholic practices are not based on Scripture or even on the life of Christ, but rather on ancient pagan doctrines.
“In the Antichrist Identified section, we discussed how the four beasts of Daniel 7, representing the four successive world powers, took the religious rites and ceremonies from each preceding kingdom as it fell, so that Babylonian traditions continued through the ages. Rome, the final kingdom, still clings to these pagan traditions today.
The Papacy claims that its system of worship has been handed down through tradition. They are absolutely correct. But these are not the teachings of Jesus, but rather the traditions of Babylon.”
“Roman Catholic doctrines such as infant baptism, sprinkling during baptism, teachings on death and immortality, tonsured and celibate priests with power over the dead, prayers to the dead and to relics, repetitive prayers with the use of beads, doctrines on forgiveness of sins, teachings on hell, the mass, and Sunday worship are doctrines actually derived directly from ancient Babylon, not the Bible.”
‘When Constantine married paganism and Christianity, the door was opened for false doctrines to creep into the early Christian Church, and they were gradually introduced into the system. The Church became divided into the Catholic Church who accepted the pagan doctrines, and the true Christian Church who resisted Constantine’s indoctrination.”
Still, some of these pagan doctrines have been carried over from the Catholic Church to Protestant Churches.
One is Christmas and how we celebrate it. Christmas is not the actual day Christ was born; however he was conceived during that time. The story of the shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch by night, would hardly happen in Bethlehem in December. The weather then would be too cold for the Shepherds to be tending flocks then.
However, according to many believers, Jesus was born during the feasts of Tabernacles, late August to late September. Assuming that Mary carried to full term Jesus, he was conceived 9 months before, in the Month of December.
Luke 1:41 (KJV) And it came to pass , that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
In which month was Jesus born?
From: Christmas in September? –
A Treatise on the Date of Christmas
ByGary H. Turner
“The angel Gabriel made his announcement to Mary (Miriam in Hebrew) “in the sixth month” of Elizabeth’s pregnancy (Lk. 1:26, 36), i.e. any time between 5 and 6 months after June 25th, 7 BC – let’s guess at December 11th (Kislev 22, 3755 AM). The message was “you shall conceive” (Lk. 1:31), so again, it would be reasonable to assume that Mary became pregnant some time during the following month – let’s guess at December 25th (Teveth 6) – if only because that would be remarkably appropriate day! Jesus would then have been born some nine months later – say September 25th, 6 BC (Tishri 15, 3756 AM), which just happens to be the date of the Feast of Tabernacles!”
The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkoth) celebrated at the Appointed Time by God.
Instead of re-creating God’s calendar of events with Babylonian traditions, the Church would do well to go back to the Feasts of the LORD for worship. Mainstream Christianity doescelebrate Passover with the Crucifixion, but do not allude to it as Passover, which if they did would bring to life the reason of the first Passover and what it represented to the Lord. However, now many Christians are discovering this and including these ordinances in their worship of God.
The Feast of Tabernacles is an appointment by the Lord for the congregation of Israel to celebrate the deliverance of the Children of Israel from the bondage of Egypt. Since they lived in temporary huts (tents) and the Lord’s Tent, the Tabernacle was set in the Middle of The Camp; this is why it is called the Feasts of Tabernacles, and is to be celebrated by living in a temporary hut called Booths (Sukkoth). (Leviticus 23)
Nowhere in the Bible does God tell us to recreate his Law because of Christ. Jesus/Yeshua makes this clear . . .
Mat 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Another point to make here is that the Lord, through the prophet Isaiah, foretold the coming of the child who will be “God with us”
Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Matthew quotes the Isaiah passage and inserts the meaning of Immanuel as “God with us”.
Mat 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Paul relates our bodies as Tabernacles.
2Co 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
4 For we that are in thistabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
Accordingly, “God with us” would be synonymous to God’s dwelling in the man made tabernacle in the wilderness in the midst of the camp of the Israelites; and therefore He (Christ) also came and lived in a tabernacle made by God and dwelt amongst man n a living body, and is now among us in Spirit.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Mitch Chase from his website: UNTO HIM makes a good point and brings to “light” the context of Jesus/Yeshua’s remark during the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacle and lights.
Jesus claimed, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
Jesus spoke that statement at the end of the Feast of Tabernacles (first mentioned in 7:2). The week-long feast included (among other things) daily lighting rituals that involved tall lamps standing in the temple courts. Using exaggeration, it was said that the glowing lights lit up all of Jerusalem.
Because of the current feast, Jesus made a claim coinciding with its lighting ritual. While the lamps only lit up the temple grounds, Jesus said “I am the light of the world.” The revelation of Christ was intended for more than just Jerusalem. The light of Christ dawned upon all creation (John 1:9). . .
. . . In summary, then: (1) Jesus’ claim to be the light of the world should be interpreted against the background of the Feast of Tabernacles; (2) Jesus’ claim to be the light of the world is significant, since the lights in the temple grounds only lit up a limited region of the temple grounds–Christ’s light knows no limits; (3) Jesus’ words about people following him allude to the Israelites following the pillar of fire by night; (4) as a light greater than the pillar of fire, Jesus is the presence of God among them and the guide for his people; (5) Jesus fulfills the Feast of Tabernacles.
Nevertheless, in the 4th century, the Leaders of the Catholic Church changed this celebration of this date to the Pagan worship of the Winter Solace to fall in line with other religions that celebrated re-birth at this season.
THIS WINTER SOLACE CELEBRATION WAS ALSO THE BIRTH OF TAMMUZ, THE SON OF SEMIRAMNIS
Two are mentioned concerning the Christmas celebration, Nimrod, the great grandson of Noah, and Semiramis, his step mother and wife; who later became known as Ishtar (Easter) and Isis in Egypt.
The Egyptians worshiped Nimrod as Osiris. He was the founder of the first world empire at the time of the Tower of Babel, today Babylon. (Genesis 10:8-12; 11:1-9).”
More on the wife of Nimrod, who became the first Queen of Heaven, Isis and Ishtar (Easter?)
WHO IS SEMIRAMIS?
By Jerry Robinson
“Ancient history tells an very interesting story about a mother and child which eventually becomes a major motif throughout most world cultures. The mother’s name is Semiramis and her child’s name was Tammuz. In this article, we will focus on the identity of the mother:Who is Semiramis?”
Birth OfBabylon, TheCity Of Nimrod.
The Jewish Historian, Josephus, in his:The Book of Jubilees− mentions the name of “Nebrod” (the Greek form of Nimrod) only as being the father of Azurad, the wife of Eber and mother of Peleg (8:7). This account would thus make him an ancestor of Abraham, and hence of all Hebrews.
“Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah, a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it were through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness. He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence on his power. He also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to reach. And that he would avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers.
Now the multitude were very ready to follow the determination of Nimrod, and to esteem it a piece of cowardice to submit to God; and they built a tower, neither sparing any pains, nor being in any degree negligent about the work: and, by reason of the multitude of hands employed in it, it grew very high, sooner than anyone could expect; but the thickness of it was so great, and it was so strongly built, that thereby its great height seemed, upon the view, to be less than it really was. It was built of burnt brick, cemented together with mortar, made of bitumen, that it might not be liable to admit water. When God saw that they acted so madly, he did not resolve to destroy them utterly, since they were not grown wiser by the destruction of the former sinners; but he caused a tumult among them, by producing in them diverse languages, and causing that, through the multitude of those languages, they should not be able to understand one another. The place wherein they built the tower is now called Babylon, because of the confusion of that language which they readily understood before; for the Hebrews mean by the word Babel, confusion ..”.
Another Pagan Tradition is Easter (Ishtar)
Christians were to adopt the Feasts of The Lord and one is Passover. The Lord was crucified on Passover, buried on the Feasts of Unleavened Bread and resurrected on First Fruits. The Apostle Paul explains this in his Letters.
1Co 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
1Co 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, andbecome the firstfruits of them that slept.
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
However, the Church mixed the City of Man (Babylon) and the City of God (Jerusalem), allowing Paganism into the holy sanctification of worship to the Lord.
Easter was also a celebration of same Semiramis, Ishtar, during the worship of Baal (the first god name given to Nimrod). Virgins were taken to the temple and their virginity was taken. On the day of birth, the child was taken to the altar and sacrificed to Baal. Eggs were dipped in the blood of these babies and as a blessing of fertility. Hence the coloring of eggs at Easter time, and the Easter Bunny (who don’t lay eggs but are the most fertile if the animal world).
Also (from Babylonian Paganism Unplugged)
“But did you know, according to ancient history, that Shem, the son of Noah, captured Nimrod and hacked Nimrod’s body into many pieces? Shem, filled with righteous rage at Nimrod’s blasphemous paganism, destroyed Nimrod.
However, Nimrod’s wife — Semiramis, decided to continue the pagan religion by saying her dead husband had ascended to the sky and become the sun. When Semiramis had her child, she claimed Nimrod had impregnated her as the rays of the sun had fallen upon her womb. This “sun god child” was named Tammuz.
Every 12/25, Semiramis convinced peoples across the earth to worship Nimrod, the sun-god on this pagan feast. The Egyptians called Nimrod Ra. This is why, whether you go to India, China or any other country across the world, including papal Rome, you will find IDENTICAL statues of this unholy trinity — sometimes Semiramis with her baby boy Tammuz, sometimes a grown Tammuz fighting a bull, sometimes Nimrod (Ra/Jupiter/Zues) which the pagan catholics claim is Saint Peter in Rome.
Tammuz was killed by a wild boar. So, during the 40 days leading up to the time when Tammuz was killed, Semiramis started a tradition in which people would “weep for Tammuz” which the Roman Catholics now call Lent.
On Ishtar Sunday — Ishtar is Semiramis who, upon her death, supposedly ascended to the skies and then descended in the form of an egg-laying rabbit — she is also known as the bare-breasted goddess of fertility — Diana, the 40 days of weeping ends and people gorge themselves on their Ishtar ham in honor of the ham Tammuz would always eat every year.
Thus, the pagan feast on 12/25 celebrating Nimrod and his overshadowing of Semiramis who brought forth a pagan child known as Tammuz, and the EasterSunday celebrations ALL CAME FROM BABYLONIAN PAGANISM and has totally overcome modern day Christianity.”
Too many people are unaware of where their religious traditions came from. The reason is that they have not taken the time to check out what they are being taught; instead they consume all of the pabulum that the “men of god” feeds them, knowing not the dangers. Like lambs being led to slaughter, we are allowing Satan to build his World Wide Antichrist (Instead of Christ) Religion from his original Babylonian anti God religious form of worship.
2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
When a truthful man or woman of God preaches or teaches they will constantly tell their flock (congregation) not to take his or her word for it, but read it for themselves. Only then will they know if or not that they are being led astray by the whims of or comforts of the under shepherd.
BOTTOM LINE OF THE SIGNS
The bottom line is that we are given warnings throughout time of God’s concern for Mankind and its ways. He also has documented his concerns for his Word and what mankind has done with it.
The warnings above may or may not bring about colossal change for the World or Parts of the World. However, the documentation shows in accordance to God’s plan from Creation.
Gen 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Signs: H226 אוֹת ‘ôthoth
Probably from H225 (in the sense of appearing); a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.: – mark, miracle, (en-) sign, token.
Seasons: H4150 מוֹעָדָה מֹעֵד מוֹעֵד
mo-ade’, mo-ade’, mo-aw-daw’
From H3259; properly an appointment, that is, a fixed time or season; specifically a festival; conventionally a year; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation; by extension, the place of meeting; also a signal (as appointed beforehand): – appointed (sign, time), (place of, solemn) assembly, congregation, (set, solemn) feast, (appointed, due) season, solemn (-ity), synagogue, (set) time (appointed).
In the Day prior to Nimrod and the diverse tongues incident which scattered and formed cultures, Seth and his descendants were taught God’s Word by the Stars, The Mazzaroth.
Psalm 19:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
Job 38:32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?
33Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven?canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
The Zodiac (Greek: ζῳδιακός, zōidiakos) The way. Most Astronomers believe it’s called “the way” because it’s the way of the Sun. This term means exactly as it is used in the Book of Acts where it alludes to God’s Plan of Redemption (Acts 2:1-11).
Chuck Missler on Signs in the Heavens and The Hebrew term for Zodiac is “Mazzaroth” and the Stars
Keep in mind though; the Zodiac, as many know it, has been transformed by paganism. Check out the studies of the Mazzaroth on the internet.
The Mazzaroth begins with Virgo and Ends with Leo. This is determined by the Sphinx, Classical Mythology. a monster, usually represented as having the head and breast of a woman, thebodyofa lion, and the wings of an eagle.
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin < Greek sphínx, equivalent tosphing-, base of sphíngein to hold tight (cf. sphincter ) + -s nominativesingular ending
IN ALL PROPHECY AND WARNINGS, GOD GIVES A WAY OUT
Chuck Missler speaks of God’s greatest achievement was not the CREATION, which is mentioned in a few passages throughout the Bible, but God’s greatest achievement is REDEMPTION. This is determined by how much space is dedicated to the subject in the Bible. Another way to measure this fact is what did it cost God?His Son.
So, the term “End times” does not mean the end or destruction of the planet. What is meant by the term End of the World is taken from the Greek word aiōn(ahee-ohn)’,meaning the systems of the planet, or should I say of the dwellers on the face of it. Jesus makes references to the end of the world as the end of an Age. This is what, after “the end of the world”, the term: the Day of the Lord is applied (The Millennium).
2 Peter 3:4 And(mockers) saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway,evenunto the end of the world. Amen.
End of The World: G4930 συντέλεια sunteleiasoon-tel’-i-ah
From G4931; entire completion, that is, consummation (of a dispensation): – end.
From the same as G104; properly an age; by extension perpetuity (also past); by implication the world; specifically (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future): – age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Compare G5550.
The point that I am making is simple: The warnings have been given, and although we may not have their interpretations down to exactness, we should take heed. Since the warnings fit with the Hebrew calendar of Feasts of the LORD, it is believed that they apply to the Jews. However, since the Jews have been dispersing amongst the nations, these warnings seem to affect the entire World. To many believers, the United States of America is the new Israel. But the scriptures never imply that God has made a new chosen people. If there is a relation it certainly is spiritual and as seen in the list above, the ramifications have affected America as well.
Since God’s Judgments of the past have dealt with Super Powers (Babylon, Egypt, Rome), America is now probably the Largest of the Free World Super Powers. Her platform was built on Judaeo-Christian beliefs in the God of the Bible. Because of this America has received much blessing.
Gen 12:2 (to Abraham) And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Abraham is the Father of Promise. His Grandson, Jacob, became the father of the Israel Nation. Jacob’s name was later changed by God from Jacob –heel catcher to Israel– he will rue as God.
Gen 32:27 And he (the Angel of The Lord) said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
Jacob: H3290 יַעֲקֹבya‛ăqôbyah-ak-obe’
From H6117; heel catcher (that is, supplanter); Jaakob, the Israelitish patriarch: – Jacob.
When Jacob came out of the womb it was right behind his twin brother Esau. Jacob had a hold of Esau’s heel.
Israel: H3478 יִשְׂרָאֵלyiśrâ’êlyis-raw-ale’
From H8280 and H410; he will rule as God; Jisrael, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity: – Israel.
God’s promises began with Abraham and his seed. It’s true that Judah and Benjamin make up the Jews but the promise of unity was given in Ezekiel 37 where God tells the prophet of the resurrection of the Children of Israel as dressing the old skeleton with meat, sinews and flesh. After this he promised with the demonstration of two sticks, to bring the nation of Israel (the promised) back together and the seed of David (Christ) will be their King.
Eze 37:16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:
The scattered 10 tribes were captured by the Assyrians, and their identity has been lost to man but not to God, He refers to them (the off spring of Joseph) as Ephraim, which is the name of Joseph’s youngest son, to whom Jacob/Israel gave the blessing. (see Genesis 48)
In Ezekiel 37, God uses the examples of the Stick for Judah and the Stick for Joseph (Ephraim) as a promise that he will reunite the Whole House of Israel.
Eze37:17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.
18 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?
19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.
20 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.
21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen (nations), whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:
22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:
These joined together are what are today called the Whole House of Israel. The 10 lost tribes, (not lost to God) and the 2 tribes, of Judah and Benjamin which are called Jews. The lost tribes were scattered and their offspring throughout the nations hear God’s call. Many of these are Christians and are believed to be those who Jesus/Yeshua was referring to as “another flock”. He began this work to the other flock through the Apostle Paul, whose mission was to take the Gospel to the Gentiles (a non Jew; a Greek)
God’s people have always been informed of his mighty works, and no matter how much they are scoffed at and mocked, they continue to watch for the Lord’s return, hearing and seeing through his prophets and the Feasts of The Lord and his plan in motion.
Remember the Parable of the Fig Tree.