Did We Get
the Concept of a
Halo in Christian
I think there is evidence for halos in the Bible, but
not as envisioned by most artists. Revelation 10:1
describes an angel clothed in clouds and a “rainbow” over
his head.The angels that visited Ezekiel had what
he described as “…something like an expanse,
like the awesome gleam of crystal, extended over
their heads.” Ezekiel 1:22 (NAS) That could
very possibly be describing a glass-like helmet,
something worn by many of our modern-day visitors.
One artist's depiction
of Ezekiel's four-faced angel Illustration reveals just how literal some interpretations are and enfluenced by the artist's prejudices and knowledge.
winged Egyptian goddess Isis predates Christianity
by over one thousands years. Note sphere over her
head which is a representation of the sun god, as
opposed to the Son of God.
Isis with sphere suspended over her head,
Isis is usually winged. The winged, haloed goddess
is the precursor of the modern prevalent winged female
angel, which has little to do with the Bible's account.
The Clock Tower,
part of the Grand Mosque compound in Mecca, Saudi
Arabia, desti-nation to sojourners called hajji
during the annual 'Month of The Hajj' ceremony.
The trek is required of every able-bodied adult
Muslim at least once in their lifetime.
The massive golden decora- tion atop the Clock
Tower in Mecca represents the new moon of Islam,
as well as the horns of fertility.
Replica of the golden calf idol worshipped by
the ancient Egyptians. Note the headdress ornament
matches that of Goddess Isis representing fertility.
Roman deptiction of
In Early ChristianArt first
appeared in the fourth century and artists were likely
influenced by the “nimbus” or “aureole” of
the Greeks (see god Neptune above) which predates
Christianity by several centuries.
Christ as the sun-god
Helios or Sol Invictus riding in his chariot. Dated
to the 3rd century AD.- under St. Peter's Basilica,
on the ceiling of the tomb of the Julii (Pope Julius
I) circa 352 AD
earliest halos represented in Christian art
looked much more like glass helmets as the Early
Byzantine mosaic (above) illustrates.
Duccio di Buoninsegna circa 1308-1311
the Renaissance period, halos were not reserved
just for deity and angels, but were applied to
the apostles (above) and Mary and other biblical
characters and eventually church officials and
notable good citizens.
Mainardi Sebastiano • Madonna & child
with infant St.John (1466-1513)
modern times– Halos eventually evolved to simple
ovals or flat discs over the heads of deity, angels
used in Feasts,
Although use of the Temple Implements were made via directions from God, Himself, the complete creation and proper use of these inplements did not occur until the time of Solomon when the Hebrews built the permanent temple in Jerusalem. During Moses' reign, the chief priest was his borhter Aaron. For more details see our section: Third Temple
Laver or Muchni -
The copper laver and stand, which stands in the Temple
courtyard between the sanctuary and the outer altar,
is the first of the Temple vessels to greet the priests
each morning. There the priests wash their hands
and feet before proceeding to attend to the daily
Mizrak - The priest collects
the blood from the sacrifice into the Mizrak, and
then spills the blood onto the corner of the altar.
Mizrak - The large
mizrak, as the smaller mizrak, is used to gather
the blood of the sacrifice, and to spill it onto
the corner of the altar. The large mizrak is used
when sacrificing larger animals, (cows and bullocks).
Pronged Fork -
The three-pronged fork is mentioned in 1 Samuel 2:13.
According to Rashi and Maimonides, the fork is used
to turn over the offerings on the altar fire, or
to lift up unconsumed portions of the offering so
that the woodpile can be rearranged.
Cup - Measuring cups are used for measuring
flour, wine and oil, of which specific amounts are
prescribed to be used as ingredients in various offerings.
Vessel - The copper vessel is used for preparing
the meal offering. Meal offerings are made using various
amounts of flour, oil and spices.
Shovel - The
silver shovel is kept on the southwestern corner
of the altar. The shovel is used for the removal
of ashes left on the altar, the first task performed
by the priests each morning at the break of dawn.
Vessel Wine Libation -The
silver decanter is used for the wine libation.
Wine is poured on the altar twice daily, morning
and evening, accompanying the daily service.
Box or Kalpi -
On Yom Kippur, the High Priest reaches into the
lottery box and chooses lots. Thus is determined
which goat will be used as an offering to G-d,
and which will be sent off to Azazel, as an atonement
for the sins of the people. During the First
Temple, the lots were fashioned of wood. In the
time of the Second Temple, they were of gold.
The lots pictured above are fashioned of both
wood and gold.
Cup for Water Libation - The silver cup,
with the golden flask, is used in the Festival
of the Water Libation, which takes place during
the Holiday of Succot. At dawn, triests and
levites, accompanied by the throngs of participants,
wend their way down to the Spring of Shiloach.
Water is drawn from the spring, and carried up
the the Temple in the golden flask, where it
is poured into the silver cup, as it rests atop
Libation Vessels -
One of the main aspects of the holiday of Sukkot
(Tabernacles) is the Biblical commandment, "And
you shall be glad on your holiday, and you shall
be only joyful" (Deut. 16:14). Indeed, the
pilgrims who arrived in Jerusalem at the Temple's
courtyard came to rejoice. The focus of this
rejoicing was the ceremony surrounding the commandment
to pour water on the altar - the water libation.
On the 16th day of Nissan, in a public gathering
on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the first
of the barley crop is harvested using sickles.
This barley is then brought to the Holy Temple
to be used in the Omer offering.
for Omer Offering - Once the barley is
brought to the Temple Courtyard, priests beat,
roast, grind, and sift the grain. A handful of
the resulting flour is burned on the altar. The
remainder is eaten by the priests.
Abuv - The Abuv
is a three-tiered stand. The top level holds
a perforated copper pan, and below it is a receptacle
for hot coals. It is used for roasting the newly
harvested barley of the Omer offering, performed
Menorah Cleansing Vessel - The daily service
of the Temple includes the cleaning of the seven
oil cups of the Menorah, using the vessel pictured
above, (in Hebrew, Hatavah). The vessel includes
tongs and a brush.
Pitcher- The oil pitcher is used to replenish
the oil for the menorah. The design pictured
above is based on an ancient coin from the Second
temple period. This pitcher contains 3.5 lug,
(2 liters) of oil.
The small golden flask is used to pour olive
oil into the menorah. The priest pours oil into
this flask from the larger pitcher, which contains
enough oil necessary for all seven lamps. This
smaller flask is then used to replenish the oil
of each individual lamp.
Censor - Once a week, on the Sabbath,
the twelve loaves of the showbread are removed
by the priests, and replaced with new loaves.
At the same time, the two portions of frankincense
are also replaced. The two portions of frankincense
are carried inside the gold Frankincense Censer.
Still inside the censer, they are placed on the
table of the showbread.
Chalice - The
incense chalice, which holds "half a portion" (approx.
200 grams), of the incense offering ingredients.
The chalice is carried into the Sanctuary of
the Temple, where the golden incense altar stands.
Upon entering the Sanctuary the priest sounds
the small ring-shaped bell seen on the top of
the chalice cover.
Shovel - This shovel is used to remove
burning coals from the outer altar. The priest
then carries the coals on this shovel into the
sanctuary, where the coals are used on the golden
The menorah, made from a single piece of solid
gold, stands in the southern side of the Sanctuary.
Each morning a priest prepares and rekindles the
wicks. The central wick, known as "the western
candle" is required to burn perpetually. The
oil and wicks of this candle are changed in such
a fashion as to insure that it will never be extinguished.
Showbread Table - in the northern side of the Sanctuary stands the table of the Showbread. The table
is made of wood, overlaid with gold. Upon it
are placed the twelve loaves of showbread. Each
Sabbath, the loaves are simultaneously removed
and replaced by fresh loaves, so as to insure
that these loaves remain "perpetually" on
the table. Miraculously, the week old loaves
being replaced also retain their heat and freshness.
These loaves are distributed among the priests.
Altar - Centrally located in the Sanctuary,
between the menorah to the south, and the table
of the showbread to the north, stands the incense
altar, directly in front of the Holy of Holies,
to the west. The incense altar, made of wood
covered with gold, is employed in what is considered
to be the most beloved aspect of the Temple service
in G-d's eye: the incense offering. In order
to allow for every priest to perform this most
prized of offerings, a daily lot is drawn. Only
those priests who have never offered incense
upon the altar are allowed to participate.
of The Covenant - This is one implement/vessel
that no one really knows what it looked like
because of its secrecy. Even when carried before
the Israelites during moves or battles, it was
covered by a special cloth and no one could see
it. When Christ returns we'll see exactly what
the "wings of angels" really look like!
Garment - This was a specially
designed garment ordered of God to use when apporaching
him. Only the High Priest (representing our High
Priest Jesus Christ) as allowed to enter into the
Holy of Holies once a year at Passover, also a
representation of the sacrfice Christ made for
us by shedding His precious blood on the cross.
or Breastplate- This was a special and
mysterious part of the priestly garment with
significant powers. The twelve semi-precious
stones in the breastplate represent the twelve
tribes of Israel.
or Crown - One of the four "golden
garments" of the high priest is the crown,
fashioned from one single piece of pure gold.
The crown is worn across the forehead, extending
from ear to ear, (as pictured in the inset above).
It is held in place by a string dyed in the same
blue color as used in all the high priest's garments.
The crown bears the inscription: "Holy to
G-d," and is worn by the high priest at
all times, while he is officiating in the Temple.
Trumpets - In the Holy Temple, silver
trumpets are used during the Divine service,
as well as for announcing the arrival of the
Shabbat, the New Moon, the three Festivals, and
for other various occasions.
Shofar - The gold-plated shofar, (ram's
horn), is blown in the Holy Temple on Rosh Hashana.
Shofar - The silver-plated shofar, (ram's
horn), is blown in the Holy Temple on fast days.
Harp or Nevel - The harp, or nevel, is
a prominent instrument used by the Levites in
their orchestral accompaniment to the Divine
The lyre, or kinnor, like the harp, is frequently
mentioned in the book of Psalms, as being a feature
of the Levitical orchestra which performs in the
Inner Courtyard of the Holy Temple.
The equilateral triangle represents the triune
Godhead of Christianity: Father, Son and Holy
Spirit. You could say, "Three aspects (facets)
but one essence."
Shofar - Temple priests and lokkout sentries wouild sound the alarm of an invading army by blasting the trumpet-like instrument called a shofar.
Sky Trumpets - The sound of the shofar is a strange melodic blast that has been mimicked by sounds emanating from the sky in recent years. Is it God's way of sending us another warning?
The first step in forming the Seed of Life
(or Flower of Life) is to begin with a circle
(as in a 2D model) or a sphere.
The Vesica Piscis is formed from two intersecting
circles of the same diameter, where the center
of each circle is on the circumference of
the opposite circle..
Tripod of Life
The Triquetra or "Tripod of Life" (also
known as "Borromean rings") is formed from
a third circle being added to the Vesica Piscis,
where the third circle's center point is placed at
the intersection of the first two circles' circumferences.
Third Day of
Day of Creation
Day of Creation
And on the seventh
day God rested.
The Tree of Life
courtesy Mario G. Mayorga
The Star of David
The Pope's Mitre
the Fields (signs in the earth)
30, 2010 - The
following near-identical crop circles appeared in two
fields opposite the M4 freeway in Wickham Green (north
of hungerford Berkshire), in England. The circles caught
my eye because there were, uniquely, circles on top
of circles in an apparently random manner. But something
about the circles seemed to compose something three-dimensional
in my mind. So I played with it in Photoshop a bit.
Image 1: Jesus in the Fields
Circle shape that appeared in Wickham Green (North of the M4)
July 30, 2010.
Image 2: Jesus in the Fields
Circle shape that appeared in Wickham Green (South of M4)
July 30, 2010.
start, I used a black outline of the circle patterns
to see the shape more clearly and overlaid them on
I turned it roughly 90 degrees so that the parallel lines
through the design were vertical, not angled
I gave it a more natural tone and applied a "gauzian
blur" effect to soften the edges.
I made a second copy and gave it a gray color to represent
shading. Then I combined the two -- with the second placed
slightly offset. It was now taking shape as a distinctly
bearded male face with thinning hair.
it, I gave it a softening "box blur". Now
that's a face I recognize, but from where? After going
through my files I discovered the following:
6.The Shroud of Turin is said to be the burial cloth of Christ. Above, is the impression of Christ's face from the object. The monastary housing the priceless relic in Turin, Italy has kept it through the centuries and through one major fire that nearly destroyed it. I wondered how that image would line up with our crop circle image.
I overlaid the Shroud of Turin image just to see if
it would line up. Amazingly, the shroud image matches
exactly to the crop circle image
even more amazing is the circles at the top that I
thought showed a balding man's pate were actually
defining the puncture wounds in the Savior's hairline
I overlaid both with a third image allegedly painted
from tracings of the shroud by an Armenian artist,
shroud exhibits the blood running down Christ's
forehead from the "crown of thorns." Note
that they run down and to the sides of the head indicating
seepage after Christ's body was layed flat on his
painting is considered by experts in the field to be
the most physically accurate representation of
Christ ever painted.
crop circles' mathematical points line up perfectly.
I don't see how humans could do this along a busy
highway in just a few hours. Do you?
is impressive and unmistakably the portrait of Jesus
Christ using only the classic representation of Almighty
God: the Circle. No beginning and no end.
this time, around September 2010,
I have discovered that others have made even more sophisticated
presentations of the data that appeared in the two
fields. I thought the
pair of patterns represented both sides of a face.
However, if the second half (right side) is flipped and overlaid
on the first, an even more detailed face emerges.
It also creates a completely different set of circles
but reveals the same exact face.
beyond conventional human cunning. You be the judge.
Double-click the window above
to see the incredible animation.
symbology such as
the number 8 which
is the number of
Christ, and several variations of crosses, including the
Maltese or Byzantine Cross
Cross - roll over to see
The United Nations
US, Canada & Mexico
King Nebuchadnezzar's dream of a frightening giant statue with a head of gold, arms and chest of silver, stomach and thighs of bronze, legs of iron, and feet of a mixture of iron and clay. The meaning of each component is explained in the chart just to the right, starting with the Babylonian Empire, which is when the vision occurred... there were two Empires which existed prior: The Egyptian and Assyrian. A more detailed chart can be found here.
While the European Union is getting weaker and losing members like the UK, another organization with worldwide reach is gaining in power.
The United Nations will continue to be the world's main political power house. Their constant push for a One World Government that rules all other nations is finally taking shape in the Twenty-first Century. Their goal is a world without borders and the ability to rule from afar, while collecting worldwide taxes in an effort to "Save the planet from ecological destruction."
The United Nations Global Compact is a United Nations initiative "...to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation."
World Health Organization
The First Beast of Daniel's Vision - A mightly Lion with eagle's wings.
The Second Beast of Daniel's Vision - A Bear with three ribs in its Jaws.
The third Beast of Daniel's Vision - A Leopard with two sets of wings & four heads.
The Fourth Beast of Daniel's Vision with iron teeth, bronze claws and ten horns. More fearsome and different than all the rest.
Revelation's Scarlet Beast
We get a little more detail about Daniel's ten-horned Fourth Beast in the Book of Revelation. We are told the beast is the color of scarlet, representing the blood of the Saints she is responsible for murdering.
Nebuchadnezzar - King of Babylon at the time of Daniel's capitivity. He had the dream of the giant statue which no one could interpret until Daniel was given the same dream from God and its meaning. That secured a special place in the courts of Babylon for Daniel and he became very influential. Unfortunately for Nebuchadnezzar, his pride was his downfall.
Belshazzar - King of Babylon was the king that Daniel saw in his vision of a mighty tree which filled the whole land. He was also the king who dreamed of the Handwriting On The Wall which spelled out his demise.
Cyrus the Great - King of Babylon was a Persian. He ruled as the last king that Daniel served. He was used by God to restore His temple in Judiah (2 Chronicles 36:22–23), and defeated the Medes after revolting against Astyages. Under his rule the Jews were first allowed to return to Israel after 70 years of captivity.
Alexander The Great - was seen in Daniel's second dream as a Great Goat with a large horn which smashed the Ram of Persia (when he destroyed Persepolis and defeated King Darius III).
Skull and Bones
Secret Society @ Yale University
of the Illuminati
"Favor Our Undertakings"
Novus Ordo Seclorum
"A New World Order"
on Our Currency
Hindu's Third Eye
Egyptian Third Eye
Little-known facts: John Hancock was a Freemason, so were nine signers of the Declaration of Independence, along with 13 U.S. presidents.
Baphomet – a goat headed idol is the Byzantine successor to a hermaphroditic (both male and female) stone figure borrowed from Egypt and early christian Gnostics. Baphomet was also one of the aliases of Aleister Crowley, an infamous Satanist. The figure appears in medieval Rome and was allegedly worshipped by the Knights Templar during the 13th and 14th centuries. Some claim the name is a reference to Mohammedism, as well.
Starbucks's earliest logo featuring
an odd two-tailed seductress
called a siren comes from Greek mythology where she was also a symbol of war.
The above Starbucks logo's strange resemblance to Baphomet is mere coincidence, but American corporations and groups within the secret societies often display their allegiances stealthily. Others are much more open, such as the Masonic groups and companies like Arm & Hammer and Proctor & Gamble.
Only ONE stands
above the rest
Major Religions of the World
Symbol for Secular
Humanism includes the
letter A for atheist
Note how the symbol for Athiests is remarkably similar to the symbol used by anarchists in their destructive marches. Just a coincidence?
The Freemason Society was
the Jesuit Catholics
Believe in Yourself
Americans, in their smug view of life and their penchant to do whatever feels good, have gone the way of the fool.
United Religions Initiative
Pope Francis proudly accepts a communist Hammer and Sickle crucifix from Bolivian president Evo Morales.
UR - Uniting all the world's religions
one banner headed
The UN is heavily involved in "green issues." On the surface, it all sounds so caring and innocuous. The environment is a very useful tool to appeal to uninformed citizens the whole world over. Everyone wants a healthy and sustainable environment, don't they? A ploy to apply their punative taxes and regulations.
United Nations Human Rights Commission
Universal Peace Federation
Notice the Swastica at the top of this emblem. Hitler borrowed the symbol of Aryan superiority from the Hindu faith. It is a sacred symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Odinism. The Ankh (cross-like icon in the center)
is an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol and was carried in the right hand of Egyptian goddess Isis and Babylonian goddess Ishtar.
Goddesses Isis and/or Ishtar
Scholars believe she is the heretical
female "I-am" of temple prostitution for both ancient religious systems.
World Interfaith Harmony Association - a UN Group
"A movement for life, land, languages, and liberation." Primarily American Indians' group which is seeking reparations from the government for what they consider misdeeds in the past.
Pop culture is
to the dark side
from Hexed Melting Flesh
by Carch Angren
Studio album cover:
Lammendam (2013 reissue)
Ram Riders from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - A Peter Jackson film of spectacular CGI effects which uses many images imagined from Bible visions of the prophets.
There are many mysteries in the Bible, but perhaps the most perplexing is the lack of mention of the United States. We Americans live in the most powerful and significant nation the world has ever known. Why would Scripture be so remiss in failing to mention this great world superpower? I would submit that it was not God's error, but our own in failing to see what was right in front of us. In the following section I will attempt to convince you that the place God called "Mystery Babylon" is actually the United States of America, and much is revealed about her, primarily that she would exist in the Last Days just before Christ's return. How can I make this "absurd" claim? One merely need to investigate the evidence. The following data examines the Scriptures and relevant data that identifies who the mysterious woman is "riding on a scarlet beast." She is clothed in the colors of royalty: red and purple, and holds enormous influence over the entire planet. But this royal nation will come to a sudden and untimely end, so it would behoove you to take notice as I examine these passages.
Mystery Babylon is also the nation/state/city where the Antichrist will gain his power. Many believe that the identity of the Antichrist won't be known until the church has been raptured (taken out of the way). The signs may become stronger, but the actual man will not be revealed. As a matter of general knowledge, I hold to that view. However, those who stay abreast of world events while studying their Bibles may be able to extrapolate the most likely candidate, as do I – which I've explored near the end of this dissertation – without naming names.
There are four possibilities for the identity of Mystery Babylon which prophecy teachers have examined. They include (1) Rome and the Vatican ruled by the Pope, (2) Mecca in Saudi Arabia which is waiting for the 12th Imam to arrive according to Islamic “mythology.” (3) Iraq and its ancient city of Babylon. And finally, a fourth possibility who's case seems to be growing stronger every day – and I believe has been affirmed – is (4) The United States of America and its POTUS.
Many have concluded that Mystery Babylon is Rome, Italy where the Pope resides in Vatican City. That's usually accompanied by conjecture that the Pope is the Antichrist. We'll have more to say about this in a few moments as you read on.
Although it's an interesting thought that the Antichrist could also be the 12th Imam, or Mahdi "...the awaited son of Sayyida Fatima (the daughter of Mohammed) who will bring back a caliphate of justice and peace to the earth at the end of times," according to the Shiite sect of Islam. The city of Mecca is the holiest site in Islam, so there is some room for discussion for the Mahdi being the Antichrist. But Saudi Arabia (Midian in Scripture) will never become the key monitary influence in the world and certainly hasn't any deep-water sea ports for worldwide trade, as would be required of Mystery Babylon, nor has it sufficient "…fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep…" to trade with the rest of the world in any significant numbers (Revelation 18:11-14). They may trade in human slavery (with ISIS or other extremists), as described in Revelation, but so did America only two generations ago. Human trafficking for prostitution is also very much a part of our deep underground society.
Others identify Mystery Babylon as the site of the original Babylon, which is in modern-day Iraq. Prior to the fall of Saddam Hussein, many thought he might be the Antichrist because he was vigorously rebuilding his nation and made claims that he would rule the world from his rebuilt Iraqi city of Babylon. He even claimed that he was the the reincarnation of the Chaldean Emperor, Nebuchadnezzar II. He said it was his destiny to "…sack Jerusalem, destroy Israel, and kill and capture the Jews." He even put his and King Nebuchadnezzar’s images side-by-side on Iraq's currency. But the evidence of history has obviously caused the revision of many of these theories. One less orthodox interpretation, however, stands above all the others. Let's take a look.
Keys to identifying Mystery Babylon are found in the writings of 4 major prophets, both of the Old and New Testaments. They include, Daniel, Isaiah and Jeremiah in the Old Testament, and John the Apostle in the New Testament. It takes some study to decipher these revelatory Scriptures and put them into a coherent chronological order. And we must do so utilizing the most current information we have about nations, events, organizations and leaders. We'll be exploring these descriptions and events beginning with the Book of Revelation.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ was written by the apostle John, while incarcerated on the Island of Patmos by Rome, and was inspired by visions he received from Christ and His archangels. Starting mid-chapter he introduces a world power that's known as "Mystery Babylon, harlot to the world." We are told that the city (representative of a nation/world power), has a female identity and she has great power over the leaders of the world. She has done so by deceiving everyone and making them rich through sea-faring trade. This indicates several things. First, that it cannot be current-day Iraq, as many have speculated, nor can it be Rome, Italy (the "city on seven hills"), nor the Muslim city of Mecca, although they are connected to this nation in several ways. Let's deal with the female aspect of her identity, first.
The mystery city/state/nation is represented by a female entity and has great power over the entire earth –Rev. 17:1
And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” Revelation 17:18
We must first ask, "Why is this world power called a 'mystery?'" The disciple John was given a glimpse into the future and shown the mystery nation's main city, rather, a large figure which represented it. The figure was of a woman and he was told she was a whore for all the evils and devastation she had caused to the rest of the world in order to enrich herself. John could only call it a mystery, as it was something unknown to him. It may have been called Mystery Babylon due to the fact this city/state or nation had yet to come onto the world scene. Meaning…it was not a city/state or nation known to the world at that time, which automatically excludes current-day Babylon. Nowhere in the Bible is a city/state or nation, yet to be established, addressed by its future name (France, Germany, London, New York City, etc.). Those who contend that it is current-day Babylon in Iraq have simply ignored all the other data associated with this mysterious entity. Let's look at some of the evidence.
Its national symbol is called a harlot or whore –Rev 17:1,15
America’s main symbol is The Statue of Liberty...a female or feminine figure (this cannot be said of Iraq, nor of modern-day Rome). But is she a prostitute? Most Americans admire this symbol of freedom. However, what's not so broadly known is that the Statue of Liberty’s french sculptor, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, used an idol image of the Roman goddess, Libertas, as his model for Lady Liberty. And Libertas was an adaptation of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar. Interestingly enough, Ishtar was the goddess of fertility, war and sexual whoredom or prostitution. The Ancient Babylonians first worshipped the goddess Ishtar, and the Romans later adopted her, but changed her name to Libertas in Latin, Liberty in English. Bertholdi was commissioned by a noted member of the Illuminati, Edward Laboulaye, a French Freemason who proposed the idea of a giant statue replicating a goddess of illumination that the Masonic movement idolized. The Illuminati were drawn to the figure which provided symbolic illumination, ergo the torch Lady Liberty holds in her right hand.
NOTE: The Illuminati contend that they will achieve control over the world's economies by controlling the International Bankers in their effort to create a one world government. Who can disagree that they are well on their way?
*A current New York town named "Babylon"– interesting enough – fronts New York
main passage into its Harbor. All who enter the harbor must pass by Babylon.
...that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!”Revelation 18:16
America’s individual states produce more wealth than do many entire countries – even those that are oil rich. The wealth of the combined states dwarfs any other nation. Some statistics group nations into regions like Europe and North America, which then shows a less favorable outcome, but there is no denying that America is the monetary engine that drives the planet.
The world's largest cruise ship next to the world's largest yacht.
It's a nation that "sits on many waters" –Rev. 17:1
The figure that the apostle John saw was also sitting on water, just as does the Statue of Libery. Uniquely, the United States has a myriad of lakes and rivers and waterways, unlike Rome or Iraq. America's influence is worldwide and it has strategic bases in many parts of the globe on many waters, but so did the ancient Romans and Babylonians. But that's not the most unique thing about the revelation. What Scripture tells us is that the many waters where the mysterious harlot sits symbolize the many peoples and cultures that make up this mysterious power. It is analogous to the many races, cultures and languages found in America's various cities and states:
Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.”Revelation 17:15
America is often referred to as the "Mother of Exiles" and the "Melting Pot" ...just as the woman of Rev. 17: 1&15. It is also connected to immigrants, as was Ishtar, the "goddess of personal freedom and an encouragement to immigrants."
... Go, swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth,
To a people feared far and wide,
A powerful and oppressive nation
whose land the rivers divide.”Isaiah 18:2
The mighty Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Rio Grande, Colorado & Columbia Rivers cut our nation into regions of access. Numerous others significantly add to the division of geographical USA. Not so of Iraq or Italy. Iraq has only two major rivers: the Tigris & Euphrates. Italy has 6 smaller rivers which do not really divide that nation. One, the Tiber, does go through Rome.
THE LAW OF DOUBLE REFERENCE
Some will ask at this point why we would reference Isaiah. Isaiah lived at a much earlier time and was referencing the Babylonians of his day. However, if you learn to study your Bible earnestly you’ll find the fifth law of
interpretation is The Law of Double Reference.
The Law of Double Reference is the principle of associating similar or related ideas which are usually separated from one another by long periods of time, and which are blended into a single picture like the blending of pictures by an old-fashioned stereopticon. That’s a fancy way of saying, together they give you the complete meaning to God’s instructive Word.
As the distinguished theologian
Charles Ryrie has said,
“It is one message
for two audiences
separated in time.”
Cut off the sower from Babylon and the one who wields the sickle at the time of harvest; from before the sword of the oppressor...”
Jeremiah 50:16 (NASB)
America is known as the "breadbasket" to the world because of her abundance of prime farmland and her unmatched productivity through superior technology, pesticides and genetically engineered crop advances.
...They will each turn back to his own people and they will each flee to his own land.”Jeremiah 50:16 (NASB)
But this passage further denotes a time when the people will be oppressed and be forced to return to their homes and lands for survival. Many in our nation believe that America is subject to great change and they fear even their own government. Gun sales are at an all-time high and justifiable paranoia runs rampant, particularly in rural areas, based on the direction our nation is headed. Religious freedoms are under attack. Political correctness has forced changes on the populace that are at least unhealthy, if not extremely dangerous. Even common sense things, like guarding our borders, are scorned. Our police are under attack and mobs of violent anarchists and lawless opportunists often roam our streets with the imprimatur of the liberal power centers, both religious and civic. Black Lives Matter has become a violent, but politically strong organization which sprang up from mob rule. And many in our nation fear for their freedoms and the very survival of our Republic.
Top:Dubai's Cayan Tower is featured in the center of The United Arab Emerates' luxurious skyline. American petro dollars has provided vast wealth to many nations of the Middle East. Middle: Dubai's Palm Jebel Ali Islands built on dredged sand from the Persian Gulf with homes $3 million and up. Bottom: Dubai's luxury hotel Atlantis at the Palms. The UAE government, financier for the opulence of Dubai, owes over $59 Billion in liabilities. Ranked as one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Dubai is seen as a global city and the main business hub of the Middle East. Your petro dollars at work.
Above: Billionaire Donald Trump's residence apartment in Trump Tower.
Nestled in the Hamptons hamlet of Water Mill, this $85 million princely estate called "Villa Maria" sits on 15 lush acres facing Mecox Bay. It took five years to renovate and update the 22,000-square-foot mansion, which was originally built during the Gilded Age at the turn of the century.
Bill Gates' expansive home called Xanadu 2.0 on the shores of Lake Washington behind Seattle. The home features a massive aquarium wall with whales and dolphins, all digital…naturally. Above is a sitting room off one of the guest rooms. The floors throughout the entire house are pressure sensitive and allow for security to know exactly which family member or guest is in the residence simply by the weight of their footsteps.
New York City's Times Square. There's no city like New York City.
Hong Kong's busy business district teams with American-style attractions and American fast food restaurants.
Tokyo streets mimic the neon city of New York, but takes it to a whole new level.
American pop culture influences the planet. Here a group of Japanese girls model the latest fashions in Tokyo. Anything that mimics the USA is "hip." That includes fashion, music (particularly rap and jazz), the arts and film. But that's true all across the planet
New York City is the financial capital of the world. It's the city where the world's leaders come to discuss all facets of existence. All nations send embassadors to America's ruling classes and meet at its power centers and international facilities, including the headquarters of the United Nations. It's truly the financial center of the world. It's also the diamond capital of the world.
United Nations Building -- New York City
United Nations General Assembly hall.
The United Nations Security Council - Note who is front and center in this seating arrangement. That's right, it's Barack Hussein Obama. President Obama is the leading contender to be the next Secretary General (leader) of the United Nations. The U.N. already has a standing army to enforce its edicts on others. Bill Clinton was highly criticized for sending U.S. troops into Bosnia wearing the United Nations' sky blue uniforms. A political mistep but very revealing of the Left's international leanings. Embracing the UN's proposed global "carbon tax" is another example of the push for a One World Government and the surrender of American sovereignity in global affairs. The recent decision by the British to leave the Europen Union is an example of pushback.
What city is like this ‘mega’ city? Revelation refers to a city, but also a kingdom of disparate peoples. It is the greatest kingdom that has ever existed with reach that is worldwide and influence like has never existed. The reach of Rome was once very significant, but does it have the remote possibility today of achieving such dominance? The answer is obvious. It hasn't the wherewithal to reach the status of superpower because it hasn't the geographical capacity to retain such worldwide trade. The same can be said of Iraq (the original Babylon). Only America fits this description.
Who can deny America is the most international nation on Earth? I just saw Jennifer Aniston in a TV commercial for United Arab Emerates Airlines. Al Jazeera Media, the state-owned Qatar-based Arab TV network, now owns Al Gore's old failed cable network called Democracy Now!
There is more Gold traded in New York City on the COMEX in one day than in all the rest of the world combined! The same is true for Silver and Copper and Crude Oil. In fact, the volume of trade is so heavy that in one day, alone, there is more gold traded than had been traded in all of human history up until 1974 when gold trading was allowed on a futures contractual basis.
Although the United States makes up only 4.5 percent of the world's population, it consumes nearly 20 percent of its natural resources. Oil is the chief fuel of the engine of prosperity and Americans consume 24% of the world's energy, including oil. We also produce half of the world's solid waste. Only China consumes more natural resources, but they constitute 20 percent of the world's population (1.35 BILLION people).
Ancient Babylon had no deep water seaport. Modern Iraq has only one, located in the city of Umm Qasr. But it could never accommodate the world’s major commerce, as would be required, so it cannot possibly be the city/nation described in Revelation 18: 17-19. Iraq also doesn’t have the land mass to accommodate such massive trade and consumption as described, nor does the land-locked Rome, Italy (the city on seven hills). But New York does. And America has many deep-water sea ports, over 150 in fact.
US Mega-container ship being offloaded
Seattle'sTerminal 46 - Seattle ranks number 4 in volume in the nation's deepwater seaports. Nearby Tacoma ranks number 9. Los Angeles/Long Beach, California now ranks first in the nation with New York a close second.
The revived Babylonian Empire will at first embrace the Lord's people, the Jews, and give them refuge
– Isaiah 49:1,5,6,8,22,23
America has had open arms for Jewish refugees from around the world. Especially survivors of the holocaust. Her blessing of Israel has meant a blessing to America. But when she turned from her initial ways, after nearly 200 years, and became greedy and selfish, then things began to change. The anti-semitic sentiments in America have become almost palatable. God will no longer bless a nation that has turned against His people. The Obama administration has steadily abandoned our at one-time allies in favor of treaties and trade with her enemies such as Iran and Libya. America's allies no longer trust her to keep her promises, as the abandonment of Iraq has attested. I never favored going into Iraq in the first place. I remember the lessons of history when America abandoned Viet Nam and left it to the mass slaughter of our newly made friends. I knew that, with our political system, sooner or later there would come along a new POTUS who would do to the decent Iraqis exactly what was done to the good people of South Viet Nam. Left them to their certain deaths and created more instability than they first encountered when arriving. Ergo, the rise of ISIS and al-Qaeda who have driven all the Christian Iraqis from the region and brutalized all in their paths.
You won't find any Jews living openly in current Iraq and very few in Rome, so those nations can't be the Mystery Babylon, as many have surmised. But who does have a large population of practicing Jews? Today, the largest population of Jewish people is found in the United States. The next two largest concentrations of Jews combined, in Israel and Russia, do not equal the American Jewish numbers.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”Revelation 18:4 (KJV)
The time will come when the Jews in America will be warned to leave her shores. In fact, there has been a steady stream of immigrant Jews back to their homeland in recent years. Israel has become a beacon of hope in the Middle East. They can now boast becoming an IT (information technology) center of the world. Their development of the barren desert is nothing short of miraculous. Just do a Google Earth flyover of Israel to see the development of that nation. It stands in stark contrast to the vast desert wastelands of their surrounding neighbors.
Recent discoveries of expansive supplies of oil in the upper Golan Heights and natural gas in the Levant Basin has changed the dynamic in the region, as well. The newly discovered oil fields are comparable to those found in Saudi Arabia. It explains why Russia has taken such a keen interest in Syria. The Syrians claim to own the Golan Heights, which they lost in the Six Day War with Irael in 1967. We are warned, in Ezekiel 38, that a leader of the nation known as Maygog will invade Israel "to take a spoil" in the Latter Days. Maygog, many Bible scholars agree, is the land of Russia. Russia has lost great influence in the last several years due to the low cost of oil...their main trading resource.
Map where vast oil supplies have been found. Although the supply is equal to that of Saudi Arabia, the difficulty lies in the fact that the oil is under solid rock which is ten times thicker than normal bedrock. Many, myself included, are speculating that this is the "spoil" (spoils of war) that the Bible tells us is the impetus for the leader of Russia's invasion of Israel. See Ezekiel chpt. 38
This discovery worth hundreds of billions of dollars is the reason that Russia has taken an interest in Syria lately and in keeping their ally, president Assad, in power. International treaties recognize Syria as the rightful owner of the Golan Heights. I've been there and it is a deadlocked war zone that is administered by the U.N. at the moment. My bets are on Putin invading soon.
Due, primarily, to the low cost of crude oil Russians have suffered a dramatically reduced lifestyle in recent years. Since 2012 the ruble has lost half of its value and Vladimir Putin has shown deep aggressive tendancies (the military seizure and annexation of Crimea, threats against Ukraine, and sending troops into Syria over America's objection) in an effort to help restore the lost empire of the Soviet Union.
He thinks it is his destiny to restore Russia to its glory days when the world feared his nation. Owning a great resource the size of the Golan oil fields would give him great leverage to control the cost of energy around the globe. Would he be willing to risk war with the United States in order to secure such a prize? The answer is obvious. He has demonstrated absolutely no fear of an America which chooses to "lead from behind." Whether Donald Trump can turn that around without causing a renewed Cold War (or worse) is another question.
23 How the hammer of the whole earth has been cut off and broken! How Babylon has become an object of horror among the nations!”Jeremiah 50:23King James Version (KJV)
Babylon is a nation weighed down by its own government
– Isaiah 47:13
"Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels..."
Americans spend over one-third of their year just working to pay their federal taxes. Over 50 percent of every dollar spent in America goes toward government taxation in one form or another. That doesn't even include the costs of government regulations. The federal government has produced massive regulations on business, to the point that some say we'll never recover. For the first time in our history, 2015 was a year that there were more businesses that closed than new ones created to replace them. And regulations are destroying our economy. The number of pages produced just by the Obama administration, alone, is staggering. Some estimate over 450 thousand pages of new regulations have been written, over 81,000 just in 2015. New executive orders, rules and regulations cost businesses and the public over $22 billion a year at this point. Others estimate it as high as $108 billion annually, quoting the government's own numbers. The weight of the government is exemplified by the EPA's own guidelines which are now 43 times as long as the Bible. And government spends our dollars like a drunken sailor. Just look at the national debt clock below. Nineteen TRILLION and climbing:
Go down, sit in the dust, virgin daughter Babylon; sit on the ground without a throne,
queen city of the Babylonians.”
Isaiah 47:1 (NIV)
England is known by Americans as "Mother England" because we were birthed by her offspring. Our capitol, in fact, is in New England. But we never had a Royal throne like our English mother. The Bible mentions the "young lions of Tarshish" in Ezekiel 38:11-13 and some scholars claim that Tarshish is a reference to England and her young lions are the Americas. "Those who dwell safely in the isles," is another passage attributed to the USA and a reference to her foolish carelessness in defending herself.
Top clockwise: King George II, Queen Elizabeth, flags of Europe, Royal Guards at the Palace of Westminster.
America is England's "virgin daughter" in many ways. She started as an innocent bastion of freedom and deeply held individualism, but has steadily declined in the last twenty years so that she has become very jaded. Our children no longer learn from history, because they are not taught proper history from the leftist-controlled NEA, and have now embraced such failed political systems as socialism and communism. Many seem to think they are owed a free lunch! Good, old-fashioned hard work is too often scoffed.
Sit in silence, go into darkness, queen city of the Babylonians;
no more will you be called queen of kingdoms.”Isaiah 47:5 (NIV)
Note: Mystery Babylon is called "the queen of kingdoms"(plural) inferring multiple kingdoms, or states.
Unique and awe-inspiring from its birth, right up to its
– Isaiah 18: 1-2
A remarkably different heritage: "tall & smooth" – Isaiah 18: 2
Multiple generational Americans are progressively taller than previous generations, particularly those of European and African descent. US Citizens tend to be much larger than most other nations across the globe; the benefits of good nutrition and gentler lifestyles. Most Americans are now involved in the services industries because of advances in technologies which require much less labor-intensive sectors in our work force. An incredible number of people now are tied to their computers for their livelihoods. So we are not only taller and "smoother" (less callused) but, unfortunately, much more overweight and less healthy. The term smooth may also be referring to a people that are clean shaven, which has been true since the invention of safety razors.
Not much needs to be said here. America is the only remaining "Superpower" in the world, although China is on course to challenge us in the not too distant future. As progeny of British Colonialists, America has always been of an oppressive mindset. Other nations we've had the displeasure of mixing it up with have learned that the US and its overpowering military have led to some pretty resounding defeats of its enemies.
Mystery Babylon has the strongest military in the entire world – Jeremiah 50:23
It's known as the "hammer" to the whole world. America has the most powerful military the world has ever known. Because of the wealth that we've been blessed with, our armed forces have gone mostly unchallenged. "Peace through strength" was the mantra we've grown used to since WW II. However, recent draconian cuts in our military leave us in a very vulnerable position. Even though the US spends nearly half of all global military expenditures annually, the US and the world have still made dramatic changes in the last 25 years in arms reductions, as the bottom chart illustrates.
Presently (in 2016) France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and EUCOM together have a smaller number of regular combat battalions than West Germany, alone, in 1990 according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (chart below). The question we have to ask is, "Does that make us safer, or more vulnerable to an all-out war among Eastern and Western forces?" Diminished traditional ground forces may lead to nuclear war as the only option for one who is intent on world domination. This is exactly what the Bible has described with the demise of Mystery Babylon, as we shall see.
9 Forsake her and let us each go to his own country,
For her judgment has reached to heaven and towers up to the very skies. 53 "Even if Babylon ascends to the heavens and fortifies her lofty stronghold, I will send destroyers against her,” declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 51:9,53 (NIV)
Ancient Babylon never had defenses that ascended to the heavens, nor does modern-day Iran, Saudi Arabia or Italy. And it is highly unlikely they ever will, at least not in my (or your) lifetime. Only America, of the likely candidates for Mystery Babylon, has that capability. America, indeed, has the most sophisticated space-based defenses (and communications) on the planet. Only China and Russia have the budgets and leadership to build toward that end and no one is suggesting they are Mystery Babylon.
GOCE -- Artist's concept of the GOCE satellite in orbit. Credit: ESA/AOES Medialab Designed with an aerodynamic shape for its unusually low operating orbit, the Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Explorer, or GOCE
C2BMC Control Room-- Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Missile Defense Agency’s Integration and Operations Center supports research and development, system-level tests and evaluation, as well as operational and training support to U.S. combatant commands. For more
USAF Space Fence Operations Center -- The Space Fence is said to be capable of tracking about 200,000 objects and make 1.5 million observations per day, about 10 times the number made by previous radars such as the AFSSS. Air Force leaders have estimated that the actual number of objects orbiting Earth is closer to 500,000. Credit: Lockheed Martin
It is also a vile, vulgar nation full of sin & has caused others to
follow suit – Rev. 17:2
Who can argue this point? As an example: San Francisco celebrates the annual Folsom Street Fair, the world’s largest assembly of sexual fetishists, deviants of all stripes and their admirers. Between 350,000 and 400,000 gay and straight leather and other fetishists meet to celebrate sexual deviance. America is responsible for producing over 89 percent of the world's pornography. "As big of a headache as freely distributed content is for the music and movie businesses, it’s even worse for adult entertainment because Web surfers have no compunction about getting the stuff without paying for it. The traditional-sector profiteers are hurting, too, thanks to the Internet, smartphones and iPads—and with people bringing in their own porn, hotel chains are pulling x-rated movies from their in-room entertainment options," wrote one industry observer. The most profit on porn, however, is made in China, South Korea and Japan with the highest per-capita expenditures. We live in a wicked and violent society. And American influence via the Internet and motion pictures has spread loose morality across the globe. I think it's about summed up in a destop wallpaper I saw recently:
#3) Pornography is big business. $89 dollars is spent on pornography every single second of every single day in the United States.
#4) In fact, porn industry revenue is larger than all of the revenues for all professional football, baseball and basketball franchises combined.
#5 ) A Focus on the Family survey found that 47% percent of American families said that pornography is a problem in their home. That is not just a minor problem – that is a national epidemic. Even pastors (54%) admit having viewed porn in the prior year. We all remember the disgraceful fall of Jimmy Swaggart.
#7) Researchers conducting a major study at the University of Montreal recently launched a search for men who had never looked at pornography – but could not find a single one.
#8) Law enforcement officials estimate that about 600,000 Americans and 65,000 Canadians are trading dirty child pictures online. They also say that the profits from creating and trading these images is approximately two to three billion dollars every single year.
#9) Young men in the United States are so addicted to sex and are so incredibly irresponsible that they are getting record numbers of young teen girls pregnant. In fact, it was recently reported that 115 girls at one high school in Chicago either already have a baby or were pregnant.
#10) One out of every four teen girls in the United States now has an STD, and more than 25 percent of the residents of New York City now have herpes. Our moral sickness is spreading physical sickness and is placing a tremendous strain on our health care system.
#11) Last year, MySpace representatives and law enforcement officials worked in conjunction and were finally able to announce that approximately 90,000 sex offenders had been identified and removed from MySpace.
#16) According to one major study, one out of every four married men in the United States confesses to having at least one extramarital affair.That's just those who will admit it.
The Netherlands - Amsterdam's 2015 Gay Pride Parade.
China - LGBT protest. China recognizes neither same-sex marriage nor civil unions.
Japan - Tokyo's Rainbow Pride Parade 2016.
india- LGBT protest. Homosexual intercourse is a criminal offense in Indian Penal Code since 1860.
France - Gay Pride Parade in Paris, France.
Austria - Homosexual Initiative's march in downtown Vienna.
Australia - Sydney's gay-lesbian Mardi Gras parade attracks hundreds of thousands.
And how does all this effect our children? Their natural reaction is revulsion, but societal pressures are changing the way our children think about sex.
Gay resorts are springing up all across the globe in the last few years. Homosexuality is being celebrated and encouraged worldwide. Above are only a few examples one can find on the Internet. It is America's sexual promiscuity that has influenced the rest of the globe, first with television images and now with the Internet where you can find anything you want, for a price.
The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked...” Revelation 17:16 (KJV)
I won't go into detail here, but the Antichrist is called the "Beast" after Satan indwells him (Rev. 17:8). Antichrist will be wounded in the right side and die, but will come back to life with the aid of the False (religious) Prophet (the Pope) and is described as "the beast that was, and is not, and yet is," implying that he was alive, died, then was brought back to life. (Revelation 17:8) But he leaves his home nation (Mystery Babylon) to join a 10-member group of nations (ten horns) some time later, and makes plans with this alliance to destroy his former home. I am convinced that means he will leave the United States to become the Secretary General (or King) of the United Nations. There simply is no other organization today with the reach and influence of the United Nations. It is the only truly worldwide power in existence. But it has yet to flex its muscles, because the Church is holding it back (II Thessalonians 2:3-10). Christians in America are fighting hard to keep their sovereignty and avoid the destructive push to acquiesce to the U.N. in forcing international laws on all Americans which will supercede US jurisprudence. Resistence to the farce of a "U.N. carbon tax" on all Americans is one such example. There are others. Look for that to change very soon. To confirm my contention, the United Nations has recently divided the world into ten economic and geographical areas. (see below)
The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” Revelation 17:8 (KJV)
It has set up the worldwide financial system of Antichrist
American technology created the Internet, or World Wide Web, full of deceit, perversion and misinformation. Hackers steal vast amounts of wealth and information thru the Web. The entire planet has now become influenced and connected through the Net. Terrorists communicate and hatch their evil plans through social media on the Internet. And the world's financial systems revolve around www. Did you know that www in Hebrew is 666? That's right. Hebrew has no numbers so they utilize letters to represent numbers. Vav is the letter W which corresponds to the number 6, ergo
666 = www or World Wide Web and it is the system described in Rev.13:15-18. It is how the Antichrist and False Prophet (the second beast) will control world commerce.
SOME LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT YOUR PC:
While still working for the startup game company Atari, the inventor of the personal computer and co-founder of Apple Computer Company, Steven Jobs, was deeply effected by his journey to India in 1974 to seek spiritual enlightenment. He'd developed an interest in the life of Maharaji-ji who mentored a well-known devotee named Richard Alpert. Alpert would later find fame in America as Baba Ram Dass, and author the seminal book 'Be Here Now.' Jobs had read the book and was greatly impressed, so he went to India looking for someone to guide him in the ways of enlightenment hoping to meet the Indian Guru Maharaji-ji. When Jobs finally made it to the Baba's ashram (spiritual abode) he was found to have had passed away. Baba, in Hindi, means father, or wise old man. Jobs later said, "We weren't going to find a place where we could go for a month to be enlightened. It was one of the first times that I started to realize that maybe Thomas Edison did a lot more to improve the world than Karl Marx and Neem Karoli Baba put together." Maharaji-ji, also known as Neem Karoli Baba, was a devotee of the Hindu deity Ram, oddly enough. He also openly experimented with LSD, according to Richard Alpert, former Harvard professor of psychology who openly admitted having had sexual escapades with his male students.
"...It was one of the first times that I started to realize that maybe Thomas Edison did a lot more to improve the world than Karl Marx and Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaji-ji) put together." Steven Jobs
For most of his life Mr. Jobs continued to pursue "prajna," a Sanskrit word used in Hindu and Buddhist philosophy meaning consciousness or wisdom, a form of cognitive understanding of the nature of reality achieved through meditation and mindfulness. It is said that Jobs had an epiphany of knowledge while in dream states which led, in large part, to his creation of the personal computer. Along with Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, Google’s Larry Page and Jeffrey Skoll, co-founder of eBay, have also made the pilgrimage to Kainchi ashram (hermitage or retreat), home to their mystic theosophy of life on Earth.
Other notable Eastern mystic proponents include Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, a turn of the century genius (a Vaishnavite brahmin - the largest Hindu denomination) who is said to have been 100 years ahead of his generation in mathematical understanding. Ramanujan, a devout Hindu, cryptically wrote down functions he said came to him in dreams revealed by the goddess Namagiri. Many of his theorems are now the mathematical power behind several 1990's disciplines in astrophysics, artificial intelligence, gas physics and string theory, and is known to have been instrumental in the mathematics of the modern computer. Many of his equations were written down in chalk on the floors of a local temple to sexual pleasures while he was in a trance-like state.
Left: Sadhus (holy men) Vaishnavite Yogi in Nepal, India.
To see more strange mystics go here. You'll see plenty of those who choose to harm their bodies through extreme denial (purification). The Bible tells us the body is the temple of God and should be respected and nurtured. Christians eat meat because the Bible tells us it's proper. That animals were placed here for our enjoyment and use. Hindus, however, worship many animals, particularly the Brahman bull, because it's believed to be a reincarnation of a God (Nandi), while the people in the streets are left to starve. Some "God" eh?
Vaishnavites, like Saivites, believe that "there is only one Supreme God, who simultaneously permeates all creation and exists beyond it, being both immanent and transcendent." Vaishnavites (or Vishnuites), believe in the existence of many lower Gods under the Supreme One, estimated at over three million separate entities. Basically, they are a religion of earth worship: which explains many on the Left who are so enamored of "saving the Earth" rather than souls. Our Bible acknowledges only one Triune God known as Yahweh or Jeshua. We are not Gods, but creations of Almighty God. In Hindu tradition, a Yogi is someone who has attained "God realization" thus claiming that highly evolved humans (Brahmin) can attain Godhood through acts on Earth. The Bible, on the other hand, teaches that no man can earn his way to heaven, it is a free gift from God alone (Ephesians 2:8-10) which you can freely receive if you repent of (turn from) your evil ways and truly believe that Jesus is His only begotten Son. It's a matter of a changed heart, not the good works you do.
Will be Part of a 10-Member League of Nations – Rev.13:15-18
Below is a map of the world, divided into the ten political/economic regions, which the United Nations and the Club of Rome call “The Ten Kingdoms.” The Club of Rome is basically the U.N.'s think tank. These 10 kingdoms play a major role in the End Times scenario that the apostle John is describing in Revelation, as we shall see. I got the map below and its accompanying data directly from the Club of Rome website in 2012, but they have since changed their website and omitted the map from their database. Please trust that this information is true and accurate even though we can no longer give you its link online. You can download a B&W .pdf file of an excerpt from the report here which includes a map, if you choose.
The UN's 10-Region division of the world from the Club of Rome's website
The United Nations and its think tank, the Club of Rome, have divided the world into 10 individual groupings of economic and political power. I'm not sure what criterion they used, but it would appear to be ethnicity and religion. Japan and Taiwan are the smallest group (3), but wield large economies.
In 1973 the Club of Rome issued a report titled the “Regionalized and Adaptive Model of the Global World System.” In this report a map was created which divides the world into ten political/economic regions.
The Trilateral Commission comprises the
first three member groups of this coalition constituting the major capitalist regions of the world. It's also interesting that the current president has withdrawn America from TPPA and is threatening to renegotiate the existing NAFTA treaties, while the Trilateral Commission will remain intact. He has also drawn the battle lines between East and West by defining those Muslim countries who are the enemy (those who have aided and abetted Muslim extremists), while the previous president attempted to blur the lines. Another of his major policy changes is to develop American energy independence which will crush the economies of the Middle East and create a divide of resentment. He is unwittingly setting up the circumstances which will fulfill Bible prophecy. All signs lead toward the final battle of Armageddon, as prophesied in Revelation, chpt. 16.
1. NAFTA (America, Canada and Mexico)
2. The E.U. – countries of the European
Union, England and Western Europe
3. Japan and Taiwan
4. Australia, New Zealand, South Africa 5. Eastern Europe, Pakistan, Afghanistan,
the former countries of the Soviet Union
6. Central and South America, Cuba and
7. The Middle East and North Africa
8. The rest of Africa, except South Africa
9. South and Southeast Asia,
10.China (Mongolia is now included
To give a little background, at this point, we need to see what the archangel Gabriel revealed about our world in the book of Daniel. Daniel was a captive in the prisons of ancient Babylon around 600 B.C. Their King Nebuchadnezzar II had been given a frightening vision in a dream of a massive statue which caused him great fear. The king challenged his own soothsayers to interpret the meaning, but they were feckless. Then someone told him about a certain man named Daniel who was allegedly close to God and might give the king an answer to the meaning of his perplexing dream. After a meeting with the king occurred Daniel asked if he could "sleep on it" and ask his God for an answer. That night Daniel was visited by the archangel Gabriel in his prison cell. Gabriel revealed the answer to the king's vision by describing the graven image and gave its meaning. Here is some of what he revealed: The fearful image was made of different materials and each represented world powers: both present and future. It had a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of bronze, legs of iron, and feet of iron and clay, representing a final revived Roman/Babylonian Empire:
And in that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery.” Daniel 2:43 (NIV)
It's fascinating to note that the final two world powers would be divided, with each leg representing separate powers in the East and West. Since we are focused on the final kingdom let's look at the two divisions of power. They are represented by two feet with a mixture of both kingdoms. Just as Scripture tells us, the Eastern world, led by the Muslim's Ottoman Empire, would not make any alliances with the Western world, led by the Christian British Colonialists. Lawrence of Arabia did make peace and drew up national bounderies (the Levant) so they could peacefully coexist, but they never had a nexus of cultures. Their seed would combine, i.e. they would intermarry, but never become completely harmonious as world powers. History records two coexisting empires with diametrically opposed theocratic views, exactly as prophesied 600 years before the birth of Christ. Amazing! It's noted that Mohammad, the founder of Islam, wasn't even born until roughly A.D. 600.
But hold on. There will be a "mysterious" eighth kingdom yet to come – actually we are living in this era – from which the Antichrist will gain control of the world. But it will only be for a very short time. You might think of it as an extension of the 7th Kingdom, or the other foot, with great similarities e.g. also has English-speaking inhabitants and is a mixture of iron and clay, or Eastern and Western cultures. This is how I peresonally interpret Scripture in reference to the Last Days kingdoms mentioned in the books of Daniel and Revelation: The eighth kingdom will be the Kingdom of Antichrist (Revelation 17:11-13). The Antichrist is someone who once was the king of Mystery Babylon (a U.S. president), but who has left office to join this new alliance of ten members/kings (nations or regions i.e. The United Nations), and will be allied with the False Prophet (the Pope) of Rome (City on Seven Hills). Purple and scarlet are the colors of the papacy, which indicates the Antichrist will gain his moral authority from the Vatican in Rome (Revelation 17:1,2,4 ).
But the Antichrist will leave his original seat of power to lead the world as the Secretary General of the U.N. (my sincere assertion). At that point, he will join forces with the other rulers of an amalgamation of regionalized nation groups: the 10-kingdom structure (divisions of power) mentioned previously, and will conspire to devise the destruction of Mystery Babylon: the United States of America. This indicates to me that the Antichrist harbors deep-seeded hatreds for his former homeland and will stop at nothing to redress his grievances.
Certain sects of Shia Islam also believe that their Mahdi (savior of Islam) will not be a Muslim at first, but will come to accept Mohammed's teachings to fulfill his destiny during the "Last Days". Those who believe in the Mahdi, or Twelfth Imam, are called "Twelvers." Iran's leadership (the world's largest supporter of Muslim extremists) are notably Twelvers and firmly believe that the return of the Mahdi is contingent on the destruction of Israel before he will reappear to set up his Caliphate and establish Shariah Law throughout the world. The Mahdi is, in reality, Satan's counterfeit to Jesus Christ, the true Savior, and Muslim teachings have misled millions in diverse areas of the world.
The official colors of the Papacy are purple and scarlot. Cardinals (in red) and Bishops (in purple) at the Consistory Ceremony (a type of ecclesiastical court) to induct new Cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica.
Above:The distinctive purple cloaks and hoods (capirotes) of Spanish Holy Week processions. Could it be that this is where the Klu Klux Klan got their ideas of appropriate religious dress?
Is it any wonder that the revived Babylonian Empire (Mystery Babylon: America) and its offspring are a mixture of both final components: Christian and Muslim? Iron and clay. Part Roman (or European) and part Babylonian (or Middle Eastern). The two constituents will intermarry, but they will never meld in spirit.
Babylonians were called Chaldeans at the time of the writing of Revelation. So how could this ancient people possibly relate to the American populace?
What does the genealogy of the ancient Chaldean
people have to do with modern-day Americans?
The inhabitants of ancient Babylon were known as Chaldeans during the Roman era. What is the parallel between modern Americans and ancient Chaldeans?
The Bible has much to say about these ancient people. They trace their bloodlines all the way back to Arphaxad, who was also an ancestor of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel). Arphaxad’s descendants settled in the land of Shinar and the city of Babylon. They also settled near the city of Ur, where Abram (Abraham) lived before God called him.
Other Chaldeans moved farther north in Mesopotamia, settling near Lake Van. This lake, which lies about halfway between the Caspian and Mediterranean Seas, was home to Haran, an ancestor of Lot (Abram’s nephew). It was here that the descendants of Arphaxad were first called “Chaldeans.” But, more often, they were referred to as the people of Van.
After the defeat and fall of Babylon, the Chaldeans fled from the Mede and Persian invaders. The Chaldeans later fled to the Black Sea, then settled in southeastern Europe. From there they traveled west to the Roman Empire — northern Italy, Gaul (France) and Spain, even a small number to northern Africa.
As with the Chaldeans, America was founded by a people who were fleeing…religious persecution in our case… and a people of European descent. Since its founding America has become a melting pot of ethnicities, but primarily from European nations.
During the era of Greek rule over Babylon, many Babylonians lived in Syria. Later, these exiles were sold as slaves to Latin Romans. These Romans would later free the descendants of Chaldean slaves.
Today, these people still inhabit central and southwestern Europe. Therefore, when Bible prophecy refers to Chaldeans, it refers to people from these areas of Europe, not the current home of ancient Babylon, namely Iraq. When viewed in its entirety, Americans fit the profile of a Chaldean nicely.
America: The revived Babylonian Empire.
He who is wise…let him hear these words:
There are four very key verses in Scripture that tell us where the Antichrist comes from and give us some crucial knowledge for how to spot him. They also reveal much about the world's power centers, both past and present. God inspired the writing of the Book of Revelation for a very important purpose. It was penned to give us knowledge about future events so that this, the final generation, would be ready for the New Millennium at Christ's return.
Let's take a look:
And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.”Revelation 17:10 (KJV)
Please note that there were five past kingdoms from the time of the writing of the Book of Revelation. The existing current power was the Roman Empire –John was banished to the isles of Patmos by Rome when writing the Book of Revelation (Rev. 9:1) but there would be one more kingdom to come, making a total of 7 kingdoms just as history has borne out: (1) The Egyptian empire, (2) The Assyrian Empire, (3) The Babylonian Empire, (4) The Medo-Persian Empire, and (5) The Grecian Empire, all of which were in the past. The current kingdom at the time of John's vision was the 6th: Roman Empire — which included two "legs": The Western Roman Empire eventually ruled by the Catholic Pope, and the Eastern, or Byzantine Empire. And the coming 7th kingdom would be the Revived Roman Empire including The Ottoman and British Empires, living in coexistence. Iron, like the Romans, and clay,
a weaker component (the Ottoman Muslims). As the Scripture above notes: one part of the 7th kingdom only lasted a short time in historical terms, around 330 years for the Brits, even though it was the strongest (militarily) of the two. But I think the reference is more likely to the coming "king" of Mystery Babylon. His reign will indeed be for "a short space." He also comes from the other leg (foot) of the final seventh kingdom. His kingdom will be part of the "strength of the iron" or Holy Roman Empire, rather than the weaker miry clay."Miry" in this case is used as a pajorative indicating muddy, or impure clay.
41Whereas you saw the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, because you saw the iron mixed with miry clay. 42 As the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 43 Whereas you saw the iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men; but they shall not cling to one another, even as iron does not mingle with clay.”
Daniel 2:41-43 (NIV)
And herez's where there has been some incomplete information coming from current prophecy teachers. The 7th Kingdom is not only made of two elements: iron and clay, but also has two feet. One foot is the Revived Roman Empire, the other is the Revived Babylonian Empire: Mystery Babylon. It was designed to remain a mystery until shortly before the time of Christ's Return. Both sets of legs and feet represent a division of East vs. West. With the Roman era, it was the Catholic Church which divided into east and west. With the final kingdom it is a division of both political systems and religious systems. Christianity vs. Islam. Democratic Capitalism vs. Theocratic Despotism. America and Europe are the New West. Islam's Levant, Khorasan, Turkey, the Maghreb states and Egypt, which encompass most Muslim nations, are the New East. Both geographical areas are a mixture of Iron and Clay. Both feet have a blend of Christians and Muslims which will mingle their seed (geneology) but not their faiths.
Many theories I've read try to link these kings (above Rev. 17:10) to the 10-member organization or regions mentioned in several places in Revelation, and apply their "Revived Roman Empire" label to their hypothesis. Hal Lindsey, as an example, held fast to the concept of Europe (the European Union and the prior EC: European Community) being that 10-member organization. It was a concept which worked while there were just a few members of the EU. Now that there are over 25 his theory is out the window.
Another theory, often taught as fact, was based on links of the Roman Catholic Church to the harlot (Myster Babylon) sitting on seven hills, with the Antichrist coming from Rome. This led many to hypothesize that the Pope would be the Antichrist, which is nonsense. However, the Pope does play a key role in the Antichrist's regime as the world's religious leader, or "False Prophet." This group of errant teachers, many of whom I deeply respect, taught that somehow the EU was going to go to just seven after it once reached ten, and then three kings would be replaced by one, eventually leading to an 8th member nation which would produce the Antichrist. A convoluted series of events, at best, had to take place which never occurred…leaving them with "egg on their collective faces."
What they missed is that the Lord was actually describing two sets of kings. One set was the 10-member group, and the other set of kings represent World Empires, or historically dominant powers, both past, present and future, as described in the Books of Daniel and Revelation. The above Scripture describes this set of worldwide kings, and below we learn more about Antichrist and his true allegiance to the 10-member group. It's interesting to note that the ten kings will have power for "one hour with the Beast." In prophetical terms that's a 7-year period (study the 70 weeks of seven years of Daniel 9:24). The Tribulation Period, which is the final seven years of 70, and the time of Antichrist's reign, indicates that this kingly group of ten will be given their power during the Antichrist's control of the planet.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.”Revelation 17:11-13 (KJV)
This passage clearly tells us there will be an 8th and final World Empire: Mystery Babylon. It will be this final kingdom from which the Antichrist will emerge. He will be “of the seven.” In other words, the Antichrist and/or his kingdom will be a mixture of all races and peoples which preceeded them. Part white and part black? Part Christian, part Muslim? But he will be defeated by God, Himself, who puts him into perdition (a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unpenitent person passes after death). And the ten horns, or powers, will be of "one mind" i.e. allied in agreement of purpose. A horn on an animal is an instrument of force, just as will be the 10-member Last Days' alliance, over which the Antichrist will have willingly been given relinquished power from the others. Refer to the map above
The Four Beasts of Daniel, chpts. 7&8 – At this point many serious students of prophecy will ask, "How does this square with the first and second visions that Daniel had under King Belshazzar about World Powers?" Here's some of what the vision revealed (I am focused on the final kingdom - that of Mystery Babylon which arises from the fourth beast):
7 After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns. 8 “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully.”Daniel 7:7-8 New International Version (NIV)
That's where many have missed it. These are all future kingdoms, not the existing (at the time of Daniel) Babylonian Empire. And it's difficult to juxtapose corresponding timelines exactly with John's Revelation because they are set in vastly different times. Future kingdoms to Daniel include that of the Apostle John's, who lived hundreds of years later in the Roman era. The Lord mentions seven world empires, but also an eighth (a king who arises during the Revived, or New Roman era: feet of iron and clay) which is the same as Daniel's Fourth Beast -- which has the small "horn" or leader of that Kingdom/world power. To more clearly define the time of this beast, Gabriel told Daniel that it is the Lord Himself who destroys him. That correlates to the eighth king in John's vision which arises from the seven previous kings/kingdoms or world powers, but whom is allied with a 10-member group of nations or regions. He is the eighth, or little horn that arises from this kingdom. He is the Antichrist.
The first three beasts of Daniel's vision are shown below. But it is the Fourth Beast that holds most of our interest. It is from the fourth that the Antichrist will arise. The illustration below should help in your understanding:
This is a pictorial way to communicate a rather confusing set of data. Daniel chapters 7 and 8 reveal the above Empires and further explain how the Antichrist fits into the whole picture. I hope this is helpful.
Antichrist will be both a member of Mystery Babylon (USA) and a colleague of a 10-member organization (the U.N.'s worldwide division of influence). He will cause three to leave the group. I would surmise that would be after the USA has been destroyed, since it obviously will no longer be a member. So the other nations forced out of the alliance would include the other members of the Trilateral Commission, namely Japan, Taiwan and Western Europe. This will fit nicely into a Muslo-fascist view of how the world should be after their Holy Jihad (war against unbelievers) is completed. No more Western powers to contend with. I think Antichrist will embrace his Islamic background at this point and "try to change the world's times and laws." Muslims have their own calendar based on the life of Mohammad, not Jesus. And they have their own law called Shariah Law.
KEY POINT: Note in verse 25 below that it only says he "attempts" to change times and laws. Ergo, many on the planet will not adhere to his new edict (or Fatwah). You'll also see that, as is described in Daniel 11:37, Antichrist will be no respecter of women. Many think the Muslim faith is no respecter of women, either. A woman in Saudi Arabia, for example, cannot vote, cannot drive a car, and cannot go outside the home without a family (male) escort. If Antichrist is a Muslim, it fits exactly into his description in Scripture.
23 “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it.
24The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. 25He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time (31/2 years).”
Daniel 7:23-25 New International Version (NIV)
KEY POINT 2: Note in verse 23 that the angel tells Daniel that there are 4 beasts or kingdoms that WILL APPEAR, clearly indicating they haven't yet appeared at the time of the vision. Daniel was living during the Babylonian Empire when they conquered Israel and imprisoned many accomplished men such as Daniel. He served under 4 Kings: Nebuchudnezzar II, Belshazzar, Darius and Cyrus. The Medo-Persian, Grecian, and Roman Empires would follow the Babylonian era. But the future Fourth Empire would be the world's final power, as also represented by the Scarlet Beast with seven heads in Revelation 17. But because The Apostle John wrote Revelation several hundred years later, his perspective in time is differect. The seven heads represent the seven hills of Rome, but I think they simultaneously refer to the seven kingdoms of world history. The seven heads of John's beast had seven crowns (indicating 7 world powers with a ruler or king) and ten horns (a 10 member group, each wearing a crown, thus also referring to kings or leaders). Revelation 12:3 and 13:1
The Fourth Beast (final world power) of Daniel is a fearsome beast (more fearsome, or powerful, than the others) and the beast has power over the whole earth, as has America…the most powerful nation the world has ever known. From this beast, or world power, will arise 10 horns, or group of kingdoms, the same group referred to in Revelation 13:1 and 17:7, which I contend is the United Nations. America is the place where the United Nations was birthed and is headquartered. To further describe this final kingdom, Daniel's angel explains that a last "little horn" will come to power and grow exceedingly strong, just before the Lord's return, at which time He throws the little beast into the lake of fire (a place of punishment) and sets up His New Millennial Reign on planet Earth. Only then will the nations "...beat their swords into plowshares…and learn war no more." In other words, a time when all nations will finally live in peace under the strong and just rule of the King of kings and Lord of lords, Christ Jesus.
Antichrist is the little horn mentioned in the above Scripture and is the eighth king as mentioned in Revelation 17:11. He will be a boastful liar and shall cause great persecution to any who come to Christ during his seven-year reign, which is also known as the Tribulation Period. It is the final half of his reign during which a great persecution will take place on Earth and many will be beheaded (the favorite method of genocide for Jihadist extremists) for their refusal to denounce their faith in Christ Jesus. Although I contend the church of Christ will be Raptured prior to this evil time, there will be untold millions who will come to a saving grace in Christ Jesus during the Tribulation Period. But I think there's more to it than that. Antichrist will be on a personal campaign to totally destroy the West and all capitalist nations. That is the published goal of all true Muslims, as it is in their "holy book" the Koran (Qu'ran) to eliminate all unbelievers. I know many think that the moderate voices of reason will prevail among the Muslim masses. I just don't see that happening until the Return of Christ when every knee shall bend and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord of all.
Further characteristics of this revived Babylonian Empire are its propensity to embrace occultic practices like Eastern mysticism: the teachings of Buddhism and Hinduism, of karma and reincarnation. Astrology has become mainstream in American society with everyone asking, "What sign are you?" Tarrot card readers are sought out, and television offers a whole host of "mind readers and fortune tellers." All are alleged feel-good philosophies which in truth have only caused pain and suffering when applied to nations.
Are you familiar with the caste sytem of India? It is a system of discrimination, segregation and slavery like no other. Only the rich and privileged are allowed to benefit from laws and have autonomous rights. The upper classes – the religious, political (formally warrior) classes, along with merchants (in a limited sense) – hold power over the masses in their society, and the unfortunate "outcasts" at the bottom are left with nothing. Not even sympathy. Their religion teaches that outcasts deserve what they've gotten because of the sins of their past lives. The aristocrats are reluctant to interfere with others' plight out of a false sense of "respect." What the system actually produces is an elitist attitude among those lucky enough to have been born into privilege without having to feel guilty for their selfish greed. A sad thing indeed.
The caste sytem of Hinduism is vastly discriminatory. It was adopted from the Pharoahs of ancient Egypt in their societal control of others. You'll note that the Nazis claimed to be the purist stock of the Aryan race.
Hinduism stems from a holistic view of body and mind with the ultimate goal of reaching nirvana, which equals nothingness and freedom from the cycle of death and rebirth.
Stand fast now in your spells and in your many sorceries with which you have labored from your youth; perhaps you will be able to profit, perhaps you may cause trembling.”Isaiah 47:12 (NIV)
The popular culture of America today embraces the tenets of Eastern occultic religions like Hinduism and Buddhism, and popular TV personalties are endorsed by public television. They promote spokespersons, such as Deepak Chopra, who gives "enlightened" spiritual advice; Suze Orman, noted Lesbian who gives financial advice; and Oprah Winfrey, America's richest talk-show host, who openly endorsed Barack Obama's presidency.
Many of America's presidents and legislative leaders have been steeped in the occult as members of the Freemasons, Bilderberg Group, Knights Templar, The Trilateral Commission, and others, which all support a One World Government. Several have been members of occultist fraternities like Skull and Bones while at Yale University, including all the Bushes, Senator/Secretary of Defense John Kerry, Austan Goolsbee (Chairman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers), Nicholas Brady (former United States Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush), and noted conservative William F. Buckley. Other "bonesmen" include U.S. President William Howard Taft, Morrison R. Waite (Chief Justice of the Supreme Court), Henry Luce (founder of TIME, Fortune, LIFE and Sports Illustrated magazines), Harold Stanley (founder of Morgan Stanley), Frederick W. Smith (founder of FedEx), John Daniels (founder of Archer Daniels Midland), Henry P. Davison (senior partner Morgan Guaranty Trust), Pierre Jay (first chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York), Artemus Gates (President of New York Trust Company, Union Pacific, TIME, Boeing Company), Democrat Senator John Chaffe, Russell W. Davenport (editor Fortune Magazine), the first presidents of the University of California, Johns Hopkins University, and Cornell University, and many, many others.
American presidents, including our very first president, who have been members of Freemasons are:
• George Washington • James Monroe • Andrew Jackson • James Polk • James Buchanan • Andrew Johnson • James Garfield • William McKinley
• Theodore Roosevelt • Howard Taft • Warren Harding • Franklin Roosevelt • Harry Truman • Lyndon Johnson • Gerald Ford
The Bilderbergs endorsed Hillary Clinton for 2016, and backed Barack Obama's presidency. Bilderberg luminary and top corporate elitist, James A. Johnson, selected Obama's running mate in 2008. Johnson also selected John Kerry’s running mate, John Edwards, in 2004 after Edwards had impressed Bilderberg elitists Henry Kissinger and David Rockefeller. There's no doubt these groups wield enormous power.
3Charging cavalry, flashing swords and glittering spears! Many casualties, piles of dead,
bodies without number, people stumbling over the corpses — 4all because of the wanton lust of a prostitute, alluring, the mistress of sorceries, who enslaved nations by her prostitution and peoples by her witchcraft.” Nahum 3:3-4 New International Version (NIV)
America's fascination and embrace of the occult is undeniable and foolish.
It's a prideful, foolish nation who's residents think nothing catastrophic will ever happen to them –Isaiah 47:8-11
Who can deny that America is a prideful nation? We think of ourselves as the only "superpower" on earth and don't worry about what anyone else thinks. We've adopted many of the sorceries of Eastern mysticism with thoughts of how we can create our own destinies through positive thought without the need of a Creator.
How foolish, says the Lord our god.
See1 Corinthians 3:19 • 1 Corinthians 1:20
8 Now, then, hear this, you sensual one, who dwells securely, who says in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one besides me. I will not sit as a widow, nor know loss of children.’
9 “But these two things will come on you suddenly in one day:
Loss of children and widowhood. They will come on you in full measure in spite of your many sorceries, in spite of the great power of your spells.
10“You felt secure in your wickedness and said, ‘No one sees me,’ Your wisdom and your knowledge, they have deluded you;
for you have said in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one besides me.’
11“But evil will come on you which you will not know how to charm away;” Isaiah 47:8-11 King James Version (KJV)
The very last verse of this passage is perhaps the most troubling of all. Mystery Babylon will be surprised by its destruction, because in its false sense of safety its leaders haven't a clue what is coming or where it's coming from: "And destruction about which you do not know will come on you suddenly." That would fit in perfectly with our current geopolitical situation. We are fighting an enemy which cannot be identified because it has no geographical boundaries such as a homeland or nation. ISIS and al-Qaeda and others are representative of an ideology which embraces death with a reward of sexual pleasures. It's an ideology that's impossible to figure out, let alone combat. An attack can come from anywhere, even from within our own nation.
6My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being My priest.
Since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.” Hosea 4:6 (KJV)
23 ...Your merchants were the world’s important people. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray. 24 In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people, of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.” Revelation 18:23-24 (KJV)
Americans have been blessed beyond imagination. That's because America has been a beacon of light to the world. Its founders came here to escape government tyranny and to practice their religion freely. The Puritans who established the colony of Plymouth, America's first colony, were practicing Christians. The government set up by our founding fathers was one of love, charity and equality. Certain rights were established by the US Constitution and held sacrosanct until very recently. But all that has changed dramatically. In today's world, Christianity is being threatened by its very own government, so that even speaking its tenets can be construed as unlawful and discriminatory. Churches' tax-exempt status is the next target of the ungodly. This persecution is very likely to continue and the once "freedom from government" to practice our faith has become "separation of church and state" where the very mention of Jesus Christ has been removed from the halls of government and in public schools. The Bible indicates that, in the end, Mystery Babylon will even have the blood of the martyrs and prophets on its hands. Ranchers in the West have already felt the heavy hand of the US government. Even government agencies like the IRS and the FBI have been compromised by a dishonest federal government. And Constitutional rights are under constant attack from a politicized court system. All is not well in America.
Worst of all, she has deceived the nations with her allures of wealth
– Rev. 18:5,18:23
The nations of the world have been deceived. They have been promised an economic system of plenty and a bright future buying and selling with the queen of cities. What they are just beginning to realize is that the system is based on pure air. A ponzi-scheme of Herculean proportions. The U.S. has backed its trade deals with other nations with its fiat currency (reserve currency) and when the value of the American dollar is realized, the whole house of cards will come falling down. Many are predicting such a fall in the very near future. Some say it’s past due. Outside influences are hard at work trying to destroy the American way of life, supported by its financial system. When American dollars become nearly worthless the whole thing collapses. We are well on our way with huge deficits looming and a population that has lost hope in finding meaningful employment. Europe is even worse off. They have already started reaping the rewards of their foolish overspending and exhorbitant social welfare programs. Immigrants from the Middle East are threatening to take the whole system down by demanding free housing, food and stipends. It is a system that is not sustainable. Not forever.
Meanwhile, the median net worth of American households has dropped to a 43-year low as the lower and middle classes appear poorer and less stable than they have been since 1969. Disatisfaction is brewing in the land of the (marginally) free. It's why both political parties have gravitated toward unorthodox candidates.
Steve Banon, top adviser to President Trump, explains in very clear language the trouble that America is in because of government overspending and our rapidly escalating national debt (see below). Bannon was a Hollywood producer who invested in the Seinfeld comedy TV series, and later became the chair of the Brietbart News Service.
If you've ever wondered how the U.S. has managed to become so powerful, you need to understand its banking system. The United States' Federal Reserve is neither federal, nor does it have any reserves. It is a private banking institution run by a few elite bankers and semi-controlled by the government. While he can't control the interest rates banks charge, the president can order the "Feds" to print more dollars, for example. And that's exactly what has been done. Barack Obama ordered the printing of trillions of new dollars, which are not worth the paper they are printed on. That's how he has financed all the trillions in extra spending he has ordered. Our currency is no longer backed by any commodity, such as gold or silver, but is simply backed by the good faith of its issuer: the US Government. It's called a 'fiat' currency.
U.S. dollars are the world's current reserve currency, which means most governments use U.S. dollars in their day-to-day trades of goods and services with each other, as well as with us. However, China is pushing the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to make its Yuan a reserve currency. Many forces are at work to replace the world's dependency on the US Dollar. If that occurs the dollar will lose its value, literally overnight, and the US economy will be devastated. But also, the nations who hold vast amounts of dollars will likewise be devastated. It's a Ponzi scheme of historic proportions. When the house of cards does finally come crashing down, as many are predicting to occur within the next two years, the nations of the world will feel greatly deceived, just as the Bible has predicted for Mystery Babylon. In fact, it may be the impetus for its final destruction.
She is deeply connected to the Vatican in Rome (City of Seven Hills)
– Revelation 17:9
It's noted that the Harlot Babylon is riding on a scarlet Beast (representing the spilled blood of her victims) and clothed in purple and red – the official colors of the Vatican. The papal tool of the Catholic Church has been a powerful instrument throughout history and has been used to anoint kings and rule territories. But the Church has also misused its authority and imposed mysery and misdeeds on its followers while retaining its power. The Catholic Jesuits, of which Pope Francis is a member, created the Freemasons. Several Popes have been members of the Knights Templar which was started by the French who, with the help of the Catholic Church, formed the vicious army of Crusaders to take back Jerusalem from the heretical Muslims in the 12th and 13th Centuries.
Pope Francis is a worldwide religious leader. Here he meets with President Obama, Russian president Vladimir Putin, King Fahd of Saudi Arabia and Fidel Castro, president of Communist Cuba. He obviously has no problem playing to all political stripes and religious views. He, along with president Obama, strongly supports the United Religions Initiative: "A global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world." Sounds noble, but is highly UNscriptural. "For none cometh to the Father, except through Me," these are the words of Jesus whom the Pope claims to represent.
Purple and scarlet are the colors of the Vatican. Here Pope Francis receives the ashes during the Ash Wednesday mass in St. Peter's Basilica. During Lent, purple becomes a color of mourning for the crucifixion, and takes on an additional connotation of royalty in Christ's resurrection and sovereignty.
The message from the Pope to his church officers is delivered under a canopy with columns from the 2nd Jewish temple, taken when Roman legions, under Titus, destroyed Jerusalem and pilfered many of the Temple's religious objects, including the golden Menorah. The church denies it still has the Menorah.
There is a movement today among the Jesuits to defeat protestantism and return power over all churches to the Roman Catholic Church completely
['No one can have God as Father who does not have the Church as Mother.'- Catechism of the Catholic Church, 181]. But also to create a One World Religion. The organization exists today and is called the U.R. or United Religions. The current pontiff Francis has been quoted as saying you don't have to be a Christian to get into heaven, all you need is a contrite and obedient heart. "Even many Muslims and Jews will go to heaven if they do good works," he
Pope Francis also exhibits a desire to be socially responsible in non-church matters and has spoken out in favor of communism and on environmental issues. He sees his role as larger in scope, thus his push for a One World Religion: the UR. "Paralleling the World Bank, the United Religions organization will have a 'Value Bank' whose investments are aimed at solving issues of environment, population, poverty or disease."
In 1997, the inter-religious organization known as the World Conference on Religion and Peace announced the long-standing goals of the Masonic New World Order in creating The United Religions (political) Organization. Collaborating on the details were Bishop William Swing of the Episcopal Diocese of California, the Communist Gorbachev Foundation/USA, and certain leaders of the Roman Catholic Church. Members from all denominations, including Wiccans, Pagans and Satanists, were invited to dialog.
The Roman Catholic Church is deeply involved in creating a One World Church and was instrumental in promoting the call to unite. "One might ask why a religious service (of sorts—it was permeated with consciousness-raising politics) was held to mark the founding of a political group?" stated Alan Jones, dean of San Francisco's Grace Episcopal Cathedral and supporter of the UR.
"The answer is that interfaith religiosity is now a must for important social or cultural events, especially those involving world figures, as this gives credibility and form to the concept of a one-world religion and community. The separation of church and state does not apply to the Masonic Church and State. But there was another reason why religious groups and leaders were part of this particular celebration."
The U.R. is deeply involved with 'saving the planet.' Rev. Jones said the service was "...also a summons to the great religious traditions of the world to be in deeper conversation with each other…as workers for peace, and as guarantors of the sacredness of the earth…"
16 saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, she who was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls;17 for in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste!’ ...” Revelation 18:16-17 (NASB)
Purple and scarlet are the official colors of the vatican but the colors also suggest a royal countenance, like a queen. Evidentially, the following verse confirms her affiliation with Rome:
3 And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns...” Revelation 17:3 (NASB)
9 This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits…” Revelation 17:9 (NIV)
If you look up "city on seven hills" you'll see that Rome, Italy is that city. One has to ask, “how can the harlot sit on a scarlet beast and also sit on the city with seven hills?” That’s because it’s a figurative description. She sits on this city as a place of power, or where she gains authority, and has common goals with the city of Rome…home to the Vatican. Just as she is not literally riding a scarlet beast, but is in allegiance to the “beast” or the Antichrist. It is a duel allegiance. An allegiance to Satan and an allegiance to his religious system. If anyone has taken time to investigate the history of Catholicism, one will find that the Church of Rome was corrupted from its inception and practices many tenets that have nothing to do with true Christianity. Idol worship, for one. Another obvious problem is calling its priests “father” as an heretical expression. There is only one Father in the church, and that’s Father God: Yahweh. And to “confess your sins to the father” (little f) is a gross distortion of the true meaning of confession and repentance. Your sins are between you and God, not some man who will likely be tempted to use the knowledge for evil purposes. Lastly, the concept of purgatory and buying the freedom of dead loved ones has no place in Christianity. Obviously, that is simply a fabricated tool to extract money from their (foolish) faithful. I could go on, but that gives you enough knowledge to give you pause, if you are an open-minded Catholic: one who seeks truth over comfort or familiarity.
17 In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’ “Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off...” Revelation18:17 (NIV)
And it will come in "one hour." What kind of unseemly death will come to America? Will it be a nuclear attack from her many enemies in the East? Russia? Iran? North Korea? Will it be an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack which wipes out our defenses? Perhaps both? Even a strategically placed dirty bomb by a home-grown terrorist would do us in. It's all very possible. Some say, "inevitable." I can understand why others will keep their distance from an attacked America. The fear of radioactive poisoning would keep out invaders.
Just one strategically placed electromagnetic pulse (EMP) bomb, or one nuclear device detonated in our upper atmosphere would render America completely defenseless. The surge would fry all our Defense Department's strategic command and control computers and every American's cell phone, televisions, anything electronic, even pacemakers and hospital life support systems would fail. The entire nation's power grid would be unable to function and repair would take months, even years to make. In the meantime, we have plenty of enemies who would love to finish us off. The nuclear option from a foreign government is least likely since it would leave a dangerous cloud of nuclear fallout that would traverse nations located in the northern hemisphere of the globe which includes our major enemies like Iran, North Korea or Russia. The damage to the initial instigator would be unknown, but likely very severe, which has been a deterrent...so far. However, a single dirty bomb from a maverick religious zealot inspired by Muslim extremist groups like al-Qaeda or ISIS is quite possible, if not very likely.
The Russians are known to have created vast underground networks for their command and control functions in case of nuclear war. They've buillt a massive underground complex in the Ural mountains called Yamantau that has been estimated to be approximately 400 square miles in size. In other words, it is roughly as big as the area inside the Washington D.C. beltway. Located near the closed town of Mezhgorye, in the Republic of Bashkortostan, this site is not far from Russia’s main nuclear weapons lab facility, Chelyabinsk-70. Military analysts suspect that Yamantau’s huge underground complex houses nuclear warhead and missile storage sites, launch control and several full-blown nuclear weapons factories designed to continue production after a hypothetical nuclear war begins. U.S. intelligence sources admit the Yamantau complex is but one of some 200 secret deep underground nuclear war-fighting sites in Russia, many of which have been significantly upgraded over the past six years at a cost of billions of dollars. Their leaders want to be assured of survival, particularly in a limited exchange with minimal long-term damage. Putin has steadily increased his defense expenditures over the past decade and has modernized his C&C capabilities beyond peacetime expectations. He's also funded the development of a new generation of nuclear bombs, while the U.S. continues to downsize its nuclear arsenal.
Top: Russian President Vladimir Putin, second from right, stands with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, third from right, and presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov, left, as he listens to an explanation in the Defense Ministry's brand new control room during a meeting with senior military officials in Moscow. Center: Russia's new 3-tiered national control defense center completed in 2015. Bottom: Russia's electronic capability rivals the West's in its sophistication.
10 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon! In one hour your doom has come!’” Revelation18:10 (NIV)
The fact that both those out at sea and those from far-off nations will be "terrified at her torment," indicates just such an outcome. A nuclear device, or devices, would cause dangerous radiation contamination for a thousand years! It's an awful prospect, but one that comes to Mystery Babylon because of her deception of the world.
The attack, and especially follow-on attacks, would most likely come from the north because that's the shortest distance from Moscow to the West Coast, as an example, which is over the polar cap. In fact, American defenses have recently interceptedRussian bombers flying off the coast of Californiaand Alaska on 16 separate occasions during the heightened tensions when Russia invaded the Ukraine and annexed Crimea. It was meant as a warning from Vladimir Putin that he knew just how vulnerable American defenses were since the Obama administration had cut missle defense systems in Europe as well as in the US. to a dangerous level.
The ancient area of Babylon (Iraq) will also be destroyed at Christ's Second Coming (the Day of the Lord). God will come from deep in outer space "the ends of the heavens," along with His army of angels and resurrected saints. At this point the New Millennium will be ushered in and God's kingdom set up on Earth over the Old Jerusalem. But this is after the church has been Raptured away (at least 7 years earlier) and Mystery Babylon has already been destroyed. You'll see in Isaiah 14:12 that this is where the Antichrist will be when he is destroyed by Michael, God's special warring archangel, and his troops. Lucifer, who has indwelled the Antichrist at time, is called the "star of the morning", who was cast down to earth because he thought of himself as "above the stars of God." Isaiah 14:13
4 Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude! Listen, an uproar among the
kingdoms, like nations massing together! The LORD Almighty is mustering an army for war. 5They come from
faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens — the LORD and the weapons of his wrath — to destroy the
whole country. 6Wail, for the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty. 7Because of this, all hands will go limp, every man’s heart will melt. 8Terror will seize them, pain and
anguish will grip them; they will writhe like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at each other, their faces aflame.” Isaiah14:4-8 (NIV)
This sounds more like 21st century weaponry. I’m told that a neutron bomb will melt flesh right off the skeleton while the victim is still standing. Perhaps this is what Isaiah saw. Their "faces aflame" is likely describing the reflection of light from the massive explosion or explosions.
10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain, 11 and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds.” Revelation 16:10-11 (NASB)
Again, we are struck by the similarities of the effects of radioactivity and that described in the Bible. This Scripture, above, indicates there will be a period of time before the full effects of the attack are felt. Gnawing their tongues because of the pain and the appearance of sores on their flesh, many who are downwind of the attack on Mystery Babylon will curse God because of their pain. It takes some months before radioactivity works its destructive course on the body of its victims. And still they refuse to humble themselves and accept the truth of their foolish ways, instead choosing to blame something else for all the mysery they are enduring.
Do not be dismayed. This is not the end of the story, for God shall return to earth and set up His kingdom which shall last forever. America may have been destroyed, but a new and better world will be rebuilt. That's a promise from God. And a magnificent floating city will descend from the heavens as the new residence of the fallen and resurrected saints. Wouldn't you like to be on board? Check out the size and features of the city at New Jerusalem
44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” Daniel 2:44 (NASB)
And what was God's final warning about King Nebuchadnezzar's vision?
45 Inasmuch as you saw that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what will take place in the future; so the dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.” Daniel 2:45 (NASB)
The Lord Jesus will be the final King over this world's final kingdom. It is a kingdom like no other has been in the history of mankind. The "King of Kings" and "Lord of Lords" will rule over our affairs and judgement will come from God's Holy Mountain: New Zion, raised above the hills of Jerusalem. See more on our page "The New Jerusalem: Mothership Zion."
32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever. His kingdom will never end!”Luke 1:32-33 (NASB)
We all know that this existence...our state of "being"...is not temporal or passing. All cultures teach that there is an afterlife. It's an innate knowledge that's hard to explain, or deny. There's alway a few who try, likely from a deep-seeded need to be superior to the rest of us "less capable creatures." However, that's not what our Bible teaches. When we die there will be an instant transformation that takes place. As Paul writes: to be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). Many instances of premature death and subsequent visits to a place they describe as heaven have been recorded. Their explanation of what occurred is inexplicable in human expression, however, they have one thing in common. They all want to go back to the condition of being in total joy and in the presence of indescribable love, with serene knowledge of a Higher Being who is in charge of all. Their only regret is that they have returned to this plane of existence. It changes their outlook on life, eternally. Wouldn't you like to live in that reality? You can. And you know how. If not, read God's words: Romans 10:9-13
*NOTE: I have used several interpretive Bible versions in my exposé, but that is only to help simplfy the understanding of the text. It is not meant as an endorsement of one version over another. In fact, the King James Version is the one with the least deception and prejudices among them and the one I use to make personal study. The areas discussed regarding Mystery Babylon are less contentious than others, so I think it's safe to use whatever means available for clarity and to make somewhat subjective points. J.Allen Jackson