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Did God Destroy Pompeii? . . . . . . 3
The July/August 2010 issue of Biblical Archeological Review
magazine posed the question, “Did the people of the first century P. O. Box 7000
believe that God destroyed the Roman seaside city of Pompeii in Oklahoma City, OK 73153
A. D. 79, as revenge for the Roman destruction of Jerusalem and Dr. J. R. Church, Editor
Herod’s Temple nine years before?” Also, Antiochus IV Epiphanes Gary Stearman, Associate Editor
died near Babylon, saying that God had brought a dreadful disease Volume 30 • Number 8 • August 2010
upon him because of his ill treatment of the Jews. God had prom-
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ised Abraham that He would curse those who curse the Jews.
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about the future Antichrist. Daniel does not use the term that was
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Did God Destroy Pompeii?
By J. R. Church
Edom: The Great Prophecy . . . . . . 8
Gary Stearman has some thoughts about Esau’s posterity. Esau
was the twin brother of Jacob. But unlike most twins, Esau har-
boured a supreme hatred for his brother that lasted for centuries.
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The prophets have said that Edom will be Israel’s enemy until
the last days. Rabbis have written that Edom is Rome. Is that
Daniel Reveals the Bloodline of the Antichrist
the case? Or, do we look for another arch-enemy of the Chosen By J. R. Church
What’s in a Name? . . . . . . 14 Page 8 . . .
President Obama offered a suggestion to Israeli Prime Min-
ister Netanyahu, as to why he is not well thought of in Israel. Edom: The Great Prophecy
He said, “...some of it may just be the fact that my middle name By Gary Stearman
is Hussein, and that creates suspicion.” He should have given a
moment’s thought as to how that must have sounded to the Prime
Minister of Israel. Without realizing it, he was accusing the Jews
of race hatred. Gary Stearman has the story. Page 14 . . .
The Transgenic Nightmare of the Human/Animal Hybrid . . . . . . 15
What’s in a Name?
Gary writes about a new novel that tells the story of an African By Gary Stearman
girl, who is discovered to be a humanzee — half human and half
bonobo chimpanzee. Though this is only a fictional novel, it is
creating a mindset for future acceptance of such experiments. Page 15 . . .
Bob’s Corner . . . . . . 17 The Transgenic Nightmare of
Bob Ulrich reviews a new book by Douglas Woodward, enti-
tled: Decoding Doomsday. This 400-page book covers the 2012
the Human/Animal Hybrid
Mayan prophecies and many other prognosticators down through By Gary Stearman
history. According to Bob, it is a fascinating read.
Eschatology 101 (Chapter Eight) . . . . . . 33
This chapter covers the subject: “Moses and the Dispensa-
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tions.” J. R. Church shows that Moses ascended Mount Sinai
seven times and through those events, Moses portrayed the seven
Eschatology 101 (Chapter Eight)
dispensations — from Innocence to the Kingdom. Prophetically, By J. R. Church
Moses became a type of the Messiah, even to the point of pre-
senting himself as a sacrifice on behalf of his people, and there-
after, receiving “grace” from God.
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Ancient Divine Judgments
Did God Destroy Pompeii?
By J. R. Church
In August, A.D. 79, Italy’s famous vol-
cano, Mount Vesuvius, erupted. It rained
fire upon nearby cities, destroying the fa-
mous seaside city of Pompeii and killing
many of Rome’s aristocracy, including
politicians who lived in private villas in
the plush resort community.
Other nearby cities, including Hercu-
laneum and Stabia, were also destroyed.
The Roman historian, Seneca, wrote that
the quakes lasted for several days.
Oddly enough, the city was destroyed
nine years, almost to the day, after the Ro-
man legions destroyed
Jerusalem and burned
Hershel Shanks, editor
of Biblical Archeological
Review magazine (July/
August 2010 issue),
raised the question of Nine years after the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and burned Herod’s Temple,
whether, in the first Mount Vesuvius exploded and destroyed the seaside cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum
century, it was be- and Stabia. There are at least two ancient accounts of people who thought that God
had destroyed Rome’s aristocracy because of Jerusalem. It seemed appropriate.
lieved to be God’s revenge. Did the people
of that generation see it as God’s judg- earth [Mt. Vesuvius] in the land of Italy, in the rain of fire on Pompeii.”
ment? reaches to broad heaven it will burn many
First, Shanks quoted from Dio Cassius, cities and destroy men. Much smoking Antiochus IV Epiphanes
author of Roman History, who described ashes will fill the great sky, and showers The Syrian ruler who erected a statue of
in detail the fire and smoke of Mount Ve- will fall from heaven like red earth. Know Zeus on the Temple Mount and sacrificed
suvius. Then he quoted from the writings then the wrath of the heavenly God.” a pig on the sacrificial altar, also received
of Pliny the younger, who told about the Shanks felt that this oracle reflected the divine punishment for touching Jerusalem.
death of his uncle, Pliny the Elder, on feeling of many first-century people that Rabbis say that he committed the “abomi-
board a ship that tried to escape the rain of God had judged Rome for destroying Je- nation of desolation” predicted by Daniel
fire and lava. rusalem — the apple of God’s eye. Shanks the prophet. The Maccabean revolt, which
But the thought that God had poured fire also wrote: followed the Syrian desecration of the
upon the Roman villas in revenge for their “After the destruction, the site was sub- Temple, went on for three years, finally
burning Jerusalem led him to Book 4 of ject to looting. And people who had man- driving out the Syrian army in December
the Sibylline Oracles. This ancient writ- aged to flee came back to see whether they of 165 B.C.
ing was the work of an aged Greek woman could retrieve some of their possessions. Antiochus was in the Persian capital of
who uttered ecstatic prophecies that were One such person came back to a house in Ecbatana when word reached him about
composed around the years of the destruc- an area of Pompeii, designated today as the Jewish victory. He was so angry, he
tion of Jerusalem and the subsequent vol- Region 9, Insula 1, House 26. After hav- commanded his chariots to go full speed,
canic explosions of Mount Vesuvius. She ing walked through the desolation of the bragging that he would make Jerusalem a
wrote: city, he looked about and saw nothing but graveyard. Bishop James Ussher, in An-
“An evil storm of war will also come destruction, where once there had been nals of the World, wrote:
upon Jerusalem from Italy, and it will sack buildings and beautifully frescoed walls. “Scarcely had these proud words left
the great Temple of God ... A leader of Disconsolate and aghast, he picked up a Antiochus’ mouth, when he was struck
Rome [Titus] will come ... who will burn piece of charcoal and scratched on the wall with an incurable disease in the bowels
the Temple of Jerusalem with fire [and] at in large black Latin letters: and extreme pains. Although his body
the same time slaughter many men and de- “SODOM GOMOR [RAH]. was quite sick, his mind was still sharp.
stroy the great land of the Jews.... When a “As he saw it, the divine punishment of Still breathing out this threats against the
firebrand, turned away from a cleft in the these two cursed Biblical cities was echoed Jews, he ordered his chariot driver to in-
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crease his pace. It happened that he fell out
of his chariot on this fast journey. He was
badly hurt, his whole body was bruised
and his limbs put out of joint. After he was
taken up from the ground, he was carried
about on a horse litter. Worms bred so fast
in his body, that whole streaks of flesh
sometimes dropped from him. While he
was still alive in such a pitiful state and
because of his stench, none could endure
to carry him and he became offensive to
his whole army. He was forced to stop his
journey to Babylon and to stay at Tabis,
a town of Persia. He continued bedridden
for many days, and pined away.”
Ussher continued: “Antiochus Epiphanes
gave up any hope of recovering. He called
his friends to him and publicly acknowl-
edged that all these miseries had happened
to him because of the harm he had done to
the Jews. Now, to his great grief, he had
to die in a strange land. When he could no
longer endure his own smell, he said, ‘It is
appropriate to be subject to God and a man
who is mortal should not proudly think of
himself as if he were God.’ Mount Vesuvius looms in the background and the excavated ruins of Pompeii stand
“In this prayer to God, he vowed that he in the foreground as a testament to the judgment of God upon a society who destroyed
would allow the people of Jerusalem and Jerusalem and burned Herod’s Temple in A.D. 70.
all other Jews everywhere the free use of est attempts at destroying the Jews. But in
their own constitutions, and that, in the the end, Hitler brought the German nation Eye to Eye
future, they should enjoy the freedom of down to ruin and died at his own hands in The second book that documents the
being able to live by their own laws and a lonely bunker beneath the rubble of his judgment of God on America for turning
customs. He promised he would beautify own making. against Israel is entitled, Eye to Eye, by
the temple with the rarest of gifts and re-
store all the holy vessels. The costs of the
Modern Proofs of God’s Judgment William (Bill) Koenig. He is the director
of Koenig’s International News in Wash-
sacrifices would be defrayed from his own Since the early 1990s, leaders of nations ington, DC. Bill Koenig documents how
treasure and he himself would also become have set about to divide the Holy Land the U.S. has suffered major catastrophes on
a Jew. He promised to go through all the and its capital city, Jerusalem. After each the very same day or within 48 hours of a
inhabited world and declare the power of publicized attempt to discredit the Jew- U.S. president applying pressure on Israel
God.... So in the 149th year of the kingdom ish people in favor of a Palestinian state, to trade her land for promises of “peace.”
of the Greeks, Antiochus died a miserable natural disasters swept over the world with
death in a strange land on the mountains of apocalyptic overtones. The Israel Omen
Parata near Babylon.” Three books have been written in recent The latest book to address the subject of
History attests to the fact that God does years that offer proof of God’s anger over God’s revenge is The Israel Omen by Da-
not let anybody get away with touching the world’s efforts to divide the nation of vid Brennan. This book considers a series
the Chosen People, the holy city of Jeru- Israel and establish a Palestinian state. of destructive events, connected by a com-
salem and the Temple Mount.
As America Has Done to Israel mon thread. Brennan tells how the global
Haman, The Agagite The first book on this subject was writ-
political crisis is part of a 2,500 year-old
prophetic curse that has begun to unfold.
The Book of Esther tells the story of an ten by John McTernan. In As America Has Since 1991, catastrophes have lined up
evil bureaucrat, whose family lineage went Done to Israel, the author shows a direct with that ancient prophetic warning.
back to Agag, king of Edom, and Amalek, correlation between the alarming number The identity of a current-day group of
son of Esau, twin brother of Jacob. Haman of massive disasters striking America and four world powers (the U.S., the UN, Eu-
plotted the destruction of all Jews and built our leaders pressuring Israel to surrender rope and Russia) was biblically foretold
a gallows, upon which he planned to hang her land for peace. Costing hundreds of and warned of 2,500 years ago. The for-
Mordechai. In the end, however, he and lives and causing hundreds of billions of bidden action in which this group of four
his sons were hanged on that same gal- dollars worth of damage, dozens of disas- is engaged, actually brought to life a pro-
lows. God will not let anybody get away ters — including earthquakes, raging fires, phetic promise of God’s judgment.
with touching His Chosen People. hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes — have These three books are offered in this
History is littered with the ruins of hit America, and always within a few days issue of Prophecy in the News magazine.
those who have tried to destroy the Jew- of putting pressure on Israel. The proof They prove God’s promise to Abraham
ish people. The holocaust of the Jews at lies on the side of biblical threats that God that He will bless those who bless the Jews
the hands of Adolf Hitler is one of the lat- will curse anyone who curses the Jews. and curse those who curse the Jews. u
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