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Moslems Are Tearing Up The Temple Mount Prophecy In The News Magazine October 2007

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  2. 2. INSIDE THIS ISSUE Moslems Are Tearing Up the Temple Mount! . . . . . 3 The Moslems control the Temple Mount — the site of two an- cient Jewish temples. However, the Moslems deny that a Jewish P. O. Box 7000 temple ever stood there. As this cover story and photos will show, Oklahoma City, OK 73153 the Moslems are trying to destroy ancient Temple artifacts, while Dr. J. R. Church, Editor claiming to be working on a new electrical system for the Al Aksa Gary Stearman, Associate Editor Volume 27 • Number 10 • October 2007 Mosque. The Israeli government chooses to ignore the destruction SUBSCRIPTION RATES: of sacred ground, and religious Jews are upset. U. S.: $29.95 - 1 year Toll-Free Telephone: 1-800-475-1111 Daniel 7: Four Beasts From the Sea . . . . . . 6 Fax: (405) 636-1054 Danel’s vision of four beasts from the sea is one of the most Find Prophecy in the News on the Worldwide Web! important prophecies in the Bible. This was the vision that John expanded upon in the Apocalypse. Daniel saw them in the order of a lion, bear, leopard and dreadful beast. But John saw them Page 3 . . . in reverse order. The fourth beast will attempt to circumvent the messianic kingdom, and John emphasizes that part of the pro- phetic picture as he describes a world government headed up by the Antichrist. You will want to study this chapter with the Bible Moslems Are Tearing Up the Temple Mount! in one hand, and this article in the other. By Gary Stearman “The Days of Noah!” Are They Here? . . . . . . 8 Ancient Jewish writings tell a bizarre story of fallen angels teaching men how to make metal instruments of war, and women how to mix herbs and aloes! More important in this generation, Page 6 . . . however, are technology breakthroughs that are sophisticated enough to be from non-human sources. Are we repeating the Four Beasts From the Sea days of Noah? By J. R. Church Justin Martyr on the Subject of Prophecy . . . 13 In A.D. 135, Justin Martyr, the father of Gentile Christian lit- erature, was living in Corinth. One day, he met an immigrant from Page 8 . . . Israel, who had come to Greece to escape the war. The Bar Kochbah revolt against the Romans was in its third year. The man’s name “The Days of Noah!” Are They Here? was Trypho. He struck up a conversation with Justin, who later By Gary Stearman penned it from memory. The dialogue gives us a keen insight into his view of prophecy. Nuclear Weapons Destroyed in Syria . . . . . . 16 Page 13 . . . Justin Martyr on the Subject of Prophecy Why did Israel send war planes into Northern Syria? Early on, speculation was that Israel was testing Syria’s stock of Rus- sian-made Panther missiles, to see whether Israel could jam their guidance system. But, days later came the news that Israel was By J. R. Church even more concerned over their old enemy. Syria had acquired an unknown quantity of nuclear bombs from Iran — possibly imported from China or North Korea! Israel had no choice but to take out those weapons of mass destruction. By the way, Israel Page 16 . . . was successful in neutralizing the Russian missiles. That was Nuclear Weapons Destroyed in Syria good news for the U. S. military, just in case we have to attack By Gary Stearman Iran one of these days. Bob’s Corner . . . . . . 17 Bob reviews two new books and a DVD this month. He was especially excited about Don Piper’s books 90 Minutes in Heaven Page 17 . . . and Heaven Is Real. Don Piper was killed in a head-on collision with a truck. For 90 minutes, he lay dead in his car — a tarp having Bob’s Corner been drawn over his mangled body. But during those 90 minutes, Reviews by Bob Ulrich Don Piper went to heaven, and came back to tell about it! 2 Prophecy in the News
  3. 3. Find us on the Internet - Ancient Temple Artifacts Destroyed: Moslems Are Tearing Up the Temple Mount! By Gary Stearman The chief of all God’s habitations is the Temple Mount, the biblical Zion. For decades, the Arab Trust has commanded the totality of this high ground. For centuries be- fore that, they maintained the Mosque of Omar at the very location known to have once been the site of the Second Temple. Now, seeking to make their possession perma- nent, they have begun to refute the his- tory of Zion, saying that there never was a Jewish Temple there. They have become so brazen as to plow up and destroy the remaining traces of both Temples. On September 2, 2007, Aaron Klein reported for WorldNetDaily: “Islamic au- thorities using heavy machinery to dig on the Temple Mount – Judaism’s holiest site – have been caught red-handed destroying Temple-era antiquities and what’s believed to be a section of an outer wall of the Second These photos show Moslem construction on the Temple Mount, with no regard Jewish Temple. for ancient Jewish Temple artifacts. This is upsetting to many religious Jews. “WND today obtained a photograph of a massive trench the Waqf, the Muslim custodians of the Temple Mount, have been blasting around the periphery of the holy site purportedly to replace 40-year-old electrical cables for mosques on the Mount. The Waqf has steadfastly denied they found or destroyed any Jewish antiquities during their dig.” Many photos showed what witnesses claimed were shattered artifacts from the ancient era of the Temple. Apparently, in an effort to placate Arab authorities, Is- like Second Temple antiquity and could raeli leaders ranging from Prime Minister very well be part of a Second Temple Olmert’s office, all the way down to the courtyard wall.” Antiquities Authority refuse to stop the Klein’s report grimly documents Israel’s massive digging. Backhoes and bulldozers apparent complicity in the travesty: are daily doing irreparable damage. The “But Israel is blocking leading archae- debris has been identified by Eilat Mazar, ologists from surveying massive damage one of Israel’s ranking Temple Mount ar- Islamic authorities are accused of causing chaeologists. She said, “It certainly looks to what may be the outer wall of the Second Find us on the Internet - Prophecy in the News 3
  4. 4. Find us on the Internet - Jewish Temple. “Last month, the Waqf, the Muslim cus- todians of the Temple Mount, were given permission by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Sky Angel Is Developing IPTV Olmert to use bulldozers and other heavy equipment to dig a large trench they say is Internet TV is necessary to replace electrical cables. The dig is being protected by the Israeli police on its way! and is supposed to be supervised by the Is- raeli government’s Antiquities Authority.” The set-top box (above) will soon be available for Dr. Mazar and other archaeologists went to the Mount to stage a protest, but Israeli dramatic improvements to Sky Angel subscribers! police prevented them from getting to the site of the digging, where a buried wall has Dominion Video Satellite, Inc. is planning dramatic been unearthed. Some believe it may mark improvements to the way it delivers “Sky Angel” Christian the outer boundary of the women’s court. and family-friendly programming to its nationwide subscriber Nevertheless, she and others made public base. CEO Rob Johnson says, “We will be transitioning Sky statements. She said, “It’s crucial this wall is Angel to a broadband Internet protocol, commonly known inspected. The Temple Mount ground level as IPTV, with programming still delivered to the TV. The is only slightly above the original Temple technology is already in use widely in both Europe and Mount platform, meaning anything found Asia and experiencing growing popularity in the U. S. Our is likely from the Temple, itself. current subscribers will simply need to use an IPTV set-top “The Israeli government is actively box (shown above) that will allow them to connect their blocking us from inspecting the site and television to high-speed Internet. Overall service will be more what may be a monumental find and is economical than our current satellite system and will provide doing nothing while the Waqf destroys Sky Angel viewers more options.” IPTV enables programs artifacts at Judaism’s holiest site.” to be viewed on conventional TVs, personal computers and The official Arab position is unyielding. handheld instruments. Klein’s report includes a statement by an official of the Waqf, chief Palestinian justice Taysir Tamimi: “ ‘About these so-called two Temples, they never existed, certainly not Prophecy in the News airs on Sky Angel at the Haram Al-Sharif (Temple Mount),’ Monday 11:30 PM (ET) & Friday 10:00 AM (ET) said Tamimi, who is considered the sec- ond most important Palestinian cleric after Muhammad Hussein, the Grand Mufti of the present moment in history. We have often referred to the prophetic Jerusalem. The assault upon Israel proceeds at many statements found in Psalm 83, where we “‘Israel started since 1967 making ar- levels, both internally and externally. A find the enemies of Israel plotting the total cheological digs to show Jewish signs to steady stream of libelous threats is aimed annihilation of Israel. This psalm enables prove the relationship between Judaism and their way from a dozen ill-tempered neigh- us to look directly into their hearts. There, the city, and they found nothing. There is no bors who surround them. Inside Israel, to we see the pure, concentrated evil. Jewish connection to Israel before the Jews add insult to injury, the Arab Waqf [Trust] In its words, we find a statement that is invaded in the 1880s,’ said Tamimi.” currently controls Mount Zion with an almost documentary in nature. As we look Here, in a staggering inversion, the Jews iron fist. back across the last fifteen years, one grim are the invaders of Israel! Lately, this has included several heavy feature has dominated the landscape of the As the digging continues along a 1,300- construction projects, systematically aimed Middle East. There has been a consistent foot trench, the head of the Jerusalem at eradicating any trace of Israel’s histori- and growing unification of purpose among Temple Institute, Rabbi Chaim Richman, cal claim to this, their holiest site. Zion is various Islamic terror groups. requested that concerned Jews and Chris- mentioned one hundred and fifty-three In 1982, Yasser Arafat and the PLO were tians from around the world petition the times in the Bible! forced to flee from Lebanon to take refuge office of Ehud Olmert, asking that the Digging with heavy equipment, they are in Libya. At the time, there was the impres- destruction be halted. destroying the most precious archaeological sion among world authorities that his defeat site in the world. Before detailing current marked a major setback in terrorism and a The Little Foxes developments in this ongoing abuse, let step forward for Israel. The Bible occasionally mentions the us look back at the biblical view of this But in the following year, the bombing of fox, that wily little sneak thief, using it as united effort, for it is steadily gaining, both the Marine Corps barracks in Beirut killed a symbol for those who would use decep- in strength and bravado. For the past few 216 U.S. Marines. A lone terrorist had tion to steal Israel’s covenant with God. decades, the Islamic effort has struggled driven a Mercedes truck loaded with two Surprisingly, this furtive creature is often and failed. But a few years back, it acquired and a half tons of explosives into the face of used in Scripture pertaining to the Temple momentum, which continues to build to the building, reducing it to a pile of rubble. Mount. A bit later, we shall study his actions this day. It has found a formula for success Since there was no effective reprisal, this more closely. Suffice it to say that this wily through terror. Its conspiratorial nature is event galvanized terrorists throughout the canine lends a particular understanding to clearly seen in the Bible. Continued on Page 38 4 Prophecy in the News Find us on the Internet -
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  6. 6. Find us on the Internet - Deciphering Daniel (Chapter 7) Four Beasts From the Sea By J. R. Church The book of Daniel is divided into two parts. In the first six chapters, Daniel records the dreams and visions of others, while reserving the second half of the book for his own visions about the end of days. The first six chapters discuss the kings that foreshadow the Antichrist, while the last six chapters reveal his diabolical bloodline. In this chapter, Daniel describes the first of his personal visionary dreams — although it occurred before the events of chapter 5. Chapter 7 dates to the first year of Belshaz- zar (555 B.C.); chapter 8 in the third year of Belshazzar (553 B.C.); chapter 9 in the first year of Darius (538 B.C.); and chapters 10- 12 in the third year of Cyrus (534 B.C.). As we shall see in Daniel 7, when Belshazzar first ascended the Babylonian throne, the prophet dreamed about four beasts rising out of a stormy sea. He de- scribed ten horns, a little horn, the Ancient of Days, and the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven to establish the messianic kingdom. Yet, he told no one — he kept the details to himself. For several years prior to the handwriting on the wall, Daniel was aware that the Medes and Persians would conquer Babylon, and that the Greeks would conquer the Persians. Daniel knew all of this before Belshazzar saw the hand- writing on the wall. Now, let us review what Daniel saw: “In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. “Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vi- sion by night, and, behold, the four winds of plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, it between the teeth of it: and they said thus the heaven strove upon the great sea. and made stand upon the feet as a man, and unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. “And four great beasts came up from the a man’s heart was given to it. “After this I beheld, and lo another, like sea, diverse one from another. “And behold another beast, a second, a leopard, which had upon the back of it “The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of heads; and dominion was given to it. 6 Prophecy in the News Find us on the Internet -
  7. 7. Find us on the Internet - “After this I saw in the night visions, and Prophecy in the News behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that ... on LBN television network were before it; and it had ten horns. “I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, be- fore whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this Sky Angel Satellite horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a Channel 9716 mouth speaking great things” (Dan. 7:1-8). Daniel’s seventh chapter contains one of Sunday Afternoons the most famous prophecies in the Bible. 4:00 P.M. Eastern Some 651 years later, the Apostle John 3:00 P.M. Central alluded to this chapter in his vision of a 2:00 P.M. Mountain beastly world government rising out of 1:00 P.M. Pacific the sea (Rev. 13). However, though Daniel described four beasts rising out the sea in succession, John saw them as one compos- ite creature. Daniel listed them as a lion, bear and leopard, but John referred to them in reverse order — a beast like a leopard, with the feet of a bear, and the mouth of a lion. In each case, the sea, out of which the beasts emerged, is depicted as representing humanity’s massive population. Some have suggested that Daniel was looking into the future, seeing four king- doms that would span the “times of the Gentiles” in chronological order; whereas, John was looking back upon each historical appearance, which accounted for his nam- ing them in reverse order. On the other hand, could John have been focusing only upon Daniel’s fourth beast, describing it as a composite of the other three? Watch Prophecy in the News anytime on Daniel does not assign an animal motif to his fourth beast, thus leaving the possibility that it could be a composite of the previous lion, bear, and leopard. Daniel described it as having “iron teeth” (Dan. 7:19), which is indicative of Rome, thus corresponding to the legs of iron in Nebuchadnezzar’s statue. single beast, whose power will extend over a disciple of Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna; He also described it as having “nails of all nations for three and a half years? who, in turn, was a disciple of the Apostle brass” (Dan. 7:19), which is indicative of Most present-day theologians agree that John. In the introduction to the study of Greece, also corresponding to the belly of Daniel’s vision of the lion, bear, leopard Hippolytus, we are told that the “spirit of brass in Nebuchadnezzar’s statue. We are and dreadful beast corresponds closely to his life’s work reflects that of [Irenaeus] told that Daniel’s beast will “speak great Nebuchadnezzar’s statue, whose head was his master.” Therefore, his commentary on words against the Most High” (Dan. 7:25). of gold, with arms of silver, a belly of brass, Daniel’s vision may be the product of his In like manner, John’s beast is given the legs of iron, and feet of iron and clay. This predecessors. Note that John, author of the “mouth of a lion” (Rev. 13:2) … “speaking view is consistent with an early third-century Apocalypse, taught Polycarp, who passed great things and blasphemies” (Rev. 13:5) writing by Hippolytus, one of Christianity’s along his work to Irenaeus, who, in turn, … that “he opened his mouth in blasphemy highly acclaimed theologians. taught Hippolytus. That does not mean that against God, to blaspheme his name” (Rev. everything you read in the following com- 13:6). We should also note that Babylon Hippolytus on Daniel’s Vision mentary came from John. But it does mean was represented by the head of the statue in Outside of John’s Apocalypse, one of that the same general study of eschatology Nebuchadnezzar’s dream; and that the head the earliest extra-biblical views of Daniel’s was prominently held by these men. is the location of the mouth. Therefore, it vision came from Hippolytus (A.D. 170- As we review the commentary by Hip- seems that Daniel’s fourth beast is, indeed, 236), bishop of Rome. It is recorded that polytus, we will find ourselves agreeing with a composite of the other three. Could this be he was of Greek descent, and a disciple of some points of interest and disagreeing with the reason why John sees them as parts of a Irenaeus, bishop of Lyons; who, in turn, was Continued on Page 33 Find us on the Internet - Prophecy in the News 7
  8. 8. Find us on the Internet - The Advent of Alien Technology “The Days of Noah!” Are They Here? By Gary Stearman At the present time, a myth is being actively promoted. In this modern age of science and rational analysis, it seems strange to speak of a myth. Nevertheless, every society on the globe has now been systematically exposed to it — the idea that our planet is being visited by aliens from outer space. Since the midpoint of the twentieth century, doz- ens of motion pictures, hundreds of books and lately, a storm of videos have molded the collec- tive consciousness. Now, though they may not admit it, people believe that there must be life on other planets, in other galaxies, and that it has come here to visit us. The worldwide belief in the evolutionary hypothesis has fed this myth. If life evolved After 6,000 years of human history, has mankind reached our modern advanced here, so the thinking goes, it must also have era of technology on his own, or has he had some help from an alien intelligence? evolved on other worlds, where conditions There are still places in this world where the people live very primitive lifestyles. permitted. It is said that this may have hap- oil and mineral wealth of our tiny planet. societies. To the Greeks they were the gods pened on millions of other planets. Other But there is a problem with this myth. It from the realms of heaven. Their children beings may even have encountered those is not supported by the Bible — not at all. were the Titans of old. We shall begin by favorable conditions much earlier than we Nowhere in Scripture is there the slightest looking at one of these giants. The ancient did and, therefore, their civilizations are far hint that the Lord created races on other myth presents him as the one who stole older than ours. This being the case, some of planets, much less that they would ever from the gods to help men. these hypothetical societies may have got- come to Earth. His story is considered fictional, but ten a billion-year head start on humanity. However, there is a great deal of scrip- strangely, it presents a narrative that per- The popular concept says that they have tural support for visitations of another kind. fectly coincides with biblical history. His had much longer to perfect themselves. Fallen angels have come to Earth with evil life story demonstrates the fall, the motive Therefore, their accumulated wisdom and motives. They have carved out kingdoms and the fate of the iniquitous “angels which power would give them a godlike superior- for themselves and enslaved hapless human kept not their first estate” (Jude 6). His ac- ity in our sight. beings. In the past, these superior beings tions tell a familiar story. At present, there is the growing belief were called “gods.” Humans worshiped that these advanced races have come here them, and received gifts in return. Fire From the Gods to ease us through the present nuclear, pol- They are described as the fallen ones who This Titan was Prometheus, famous lution and population crises, so that we can joined Satan’s rebellion. More than once, in the mythology of the ancient Greeks. continue to evolve as they did. they have come as supposed benefactors. In The Titans were demigods, said to have The myth subtly proposes that they may truth, they were — and are — liars. Their sprung from illicit unions between human even bring us the gifts of advanced technol- deceptive messages sound good, but bring women and gods who descended from the ogy, such as antigravity, superior materials death and destruction. heavens to set up their own kingdoms on and high-tech inventions. They might even In the days before the flood of Noah, they planet Earth. One of them was named Pro- teach us to live without plundering the coal, brought gifts to men, and set up magnificent metheus, from the Greek word, meaning 8 Prophecy in the News Find us on the Internet -
  9. 9. Find us on the Internet - “forethought.” His name reveals him as He writes, “Now this posterity of Seth mation as He deemed appropriate under the one who developed a scheme that would continued to esteem God as the Lord of the circumstances. ingratiate him to mortal men. Universe, and to have an entire regard to His words speak of Israel, during that Taking a fennel stalk, he set it aflame virtue, for seven generations; but in process time, still future, when the events of the in the heavenly domain, then brought it of time they were perverted, and forsook Tribulation will turn the Gentile world to Earth, where he taught men to use it in the practices of their forefathers, and did upside down. Their system of world trade, various ways. He stole something that was neither pay those honors to God which were and its diabolical monetary and social des- supposed to be reserved for the gods, and appointed them, nor had they any concern to potism, will be brought to complete ruin. gave it to men. With it, they could warm do justice towards men. But for what degree In preparation for the establishment of the themselves, cook, have light at night and of zeal they had formerly shown for virtue, Kingdom, the world will experience an burn sacrificial offerings, perhaps worship- they now showed by their actions a double unprecedented time of chaos and disrup- ing Prometheus, himself. That might have degree of wickedness, whereby they made tion. In Jesus own words, “For then shall been his original motive. But perhaps, as God to be their enemy; for many angels of be great tribulation, such as was not since we shall see, there is something more to this God accompanied with women, and begat the beginning of the world to this time, no, stolen fire than mere heat and light. The fire sons that proved unjust, and despisers of all nor ever shall be” (Matt. 24:21). he stole was celestial in nature. that was good, on account of the confidence In view of the fact that the world has According to the myth, things went badly they had in their own strength, for the tradi- seen incredible cataclysms in the past, for Prometheus after his rebellious act. Zeus, tion is that these men did what resembled these words beggar the imagination. But the king of all the gods, discovered his the acts of those whom the Grecians call then, so does the book of Revelation, which treachery and ordered him chained to the top giants. But Noah was very uneasy at what chronicles this future time of trouble. The of the Caucasus Mountains, the high border they did; and, being displeased at their only event we can compare it with is the between Europe and Asia. His punishment conduct, persuaded them to change their Great Flood of Noah, which Jesus mentions was gruesome, for each and every day, an dispositions and their acts for the better; in the same context: eagle would fly down, tear him open and but, seeing that they did not yield to him, “But as the days of Noe were, so shall feast upon his liver. But Prometheus was but were slaves to their wicked pleasures, also the coming of the Son of man be. an immortal, so the liver grew back for the he was afraid they would kill him, together “For as in the days that were before the next day’s attack. Thus, each day brought a with his wife and children, and those they flood they were eating and drinking, mar- new bout of horrifying torture. had married; so he departed out of that land” rying and giving in marriage, until the day Prometheus is portrayed as a thinker and (Antiquities of the Jews, I, iii, 1). that Noe entered into the ark, planner, and sympathetic to humanity. He Those, whom the “Grecians call giants” “And knew not until the flood came, and was what we could today call a “Type A” are none other than the infamous Titans! took them all away; so shall also the coming personality, an entrepreneur who views They were the offspring of illicit affairs of the Son of man be” (Matt. 24:37-39). humanity as an opportunity to harness slave between Greek gods and human women. When Jesus spoke these words, He could labor to build his kingdom. Of course, he Josephus, and many other historians of the clearly remember every detail about what wanted mankind to view him as a savior. ancient world regarded the era of the Titans happened to the world of Noah, for in His As the story goes, Prometheus was the as real. It is historically and biblically accu- preincarnate life as the Lord (Jehovah), son of the Greek god Iapetus. He was bold rate to say that superior but decadent beings He had both judged the sinful world, and and proud enough to launch his plan, laugh- intruded upon the world of the mortals. observed its every detail. This being true, ing at the power of Zeus. As one studies the They controlled the culture. Its riches, His words to the disciples constitute an plots and counterplots of these wicked gods, its sexuality and its spiritual order fell astounding understatement. questions arise. What was the supernatural under their despotic rule. Eventually, their His sparse description of the event leaves fire that Prometheus brought to man? Was corruption produced a widespread decay out massive amounts of important detail. it merely the common product of carbon- that almost destroyed humanity. Had it not First, those alive before the flood were based combustion, or was it something been for Noah and his family, the promised invaded by fallen angels, the notorious more powerful? Redeemer would not have had a human Nephilim – “the fallen ones.” They cor- His mother Clymene was an Oceanid, race to redeem. rupted the human genome, leaving only one of the daughters of the Titan named As students of Bible prophecy, we must Noah and his family untouched. He is Oceanus, who had a brother, famed to this harmonize New Testament accounts of the called, “… a just man and perfect in his day as Atlas, the god who bore the burden of antediluvian world with the clearly ex- generations,” who “… walked with God” the physical world. These were the heroes pressed beliefs of the ancient histories. But (Gen. 6:9). And of the world’s population, of the ancients, whose kingdoms are the before continuing with historical descrip- only he and his family were deemed pure stuff of myth and legend. tions of the preflood world we shall look at enough to repopulate the world. In his well-known history of the Jews, the New Testament view of this period. “Marrying and giving in marriage,” in- Flavius Josephus mentions them quite deed! Scripture tells us that the antediluvian plainly. Writing about the children of Seth, Marrying and Giving in Marriage world was wholly given over to monstrous son of Adam, he speaks of their wholesale There is one biblical prophecy, delivered infusions of corruption from the fallen an- descent into idolatry. It is significant that he by Jesus, Himself, that rises to the high- gels, who quickly came to dominate their mentions them in conjunction with mythi- est possible level of impact. Because He human thralls. This was a world so decadent cal beings we have just named, with one addressed the disciples on the Mount of that the Lord exterminated every land crea- difference. He doesn’t believe that they are Olives, it is commonly called the Olivet ture that Noah didn’t take aboard the ark. mythical in the contemporary sense that they Discourse. Like all believers, they wanted Historically, the waters of this flood were tales concocted out of thin air in the to know about the end times, so He an- covered the entire Earth, wiping out its imaginations of clever human storytellers. swered them plainly, giving as much infor- depraved population, except for Noah, his Find us on the Internet - Prophecy in the News 9
  10. 10. Find us on the Internet - wife, his three sons and their wives. This Jude testifies that these words were writ- “That the sons of God saw the daughters huge disaster is reduced to a simple refer- ten by Enoch, himself. They may be found of men that they were fair; and they took ence to the removal of the entire population in the text of The Book of Enoch in chapter them wives of all which they chose. of the world. one, verse nine. In the book of Hebrews, “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not In the absence of other information, one this same Enoch is mentioned as a man always strive with man, for that he also is might envision a pastoral, rustic popula- of exceptional spirituality. He lived in the flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and tion of farmers and herders, living in an Old World, and was spared from its evils twenty years. unblemished paradise. One might imagine by being taken directly to heaven without “ There were giants in the earth in those that their daily activities were mundane experiencing death: days; and also after that, when the sons of and uncomplicated. Many modern scholars “By faith Enoch was translated that he God came in unto the daughters of men, characterize this period as pre-literate. They should not see death; and was not found, and they bare children to them, the same say that reading and writing were unknown. because God had translated him: for before became mighty men which were of old, men Mathematics were the simple moving of his translation he had this testimony, that of renown” (Gen. 6:1-4). stones from one pile to another, as sheep or he pleased God” (Heb. 11:5). Though the biblical version leaves out cattle filed past their owner. Geometry and The text of Enoch is a historical account names and places, it tells the entire story. architecture were elementary, producing of the time period chiefly characterized Note that the Enoch record mentions the only crude shelters, perhaps in conjunction by an assault from above, in which fallen “days of Jared.” Jared was sixth from Adam with caves. angels invaded the domain of mortal human in the line of Seth. His birth came four hun- In our era, the myth of the caveman has beings. His discourse tells of many strange dred and sixty years after Adam’s creation. caught on to the extent that it has become events, most of which must be taken as This gives us some idea of the timing of the part of our language and our thoughts. To confabulations of what must have began angelic invasion. call one a “caveman” or a Neanderthal is as true historical accounts. It also mentions the place of their entry, to suggest a smaller brain and a stooped But taken together, they present the Mount Hermon. This place has long been posture. Such “knuckle-draggers” are com- general picture of an undeniable truth. The documented as the seat of Baal worship. monly believed to be the originators of our quotes we shall take from The Book of The gigantic flooring stones that pave the human family. Enoch were first translated by R. H. Charles Baalbek Acropolis are located nearby. It In no way does this flight of fancy reflect in 1912 for Oxford University Press, and has often been said that today, there is no the true image of the antediluvian world! then published in 1917 by S.P.C.K. Press known way that such huge stones could Adam was created as a superior being, far of London. be carved, finished and moved with such closer to perfection than today’s humanity. There are many passages in its text that precision that there is practically no space His genome was flawless, as designed by are in remarkable agreement with the gen- between them. Heroic sculptures of the the Lord. His offspring were also genetical- eral idea of a heavenly invasion, includ- gods are still there today. ly superior to us. Their strength, longevity ing the motives found in the Promethean There is a great deal of ancient documen- and intellect were superior. Their downfall myth. One, found early in the text, begins tation that points to Mount Hermon as the came when – in their sinful state – they were as follows: dead center of ancient idolatry. For more captivated by the allure of the “gods” who “VI. 1. And it came to pass when the information on this subject, see the January came down and gave them “fire,” to use children of men had multiplied that in those 2007, edition of Prophecy in the News. the Promethean term. In the modern sense, days were born unto them beautiful and After giving the nineteen names of the they acquired technology. In the bargain, comely daughters. 2. And the angels, the ringleaders of the angelic rebellion, Enoch they became increasingly corrupt. children of the heaven, saw and lusted after goes on to document the result of their them, and said to one another: ‘Come let us rebellion: The Evil Transaction choose us wives from among the children of “VII. 1. And all the others together with This transaction is quite plainly docu- men and beget us children.’ 3. And Semjaza, them took unto themselves wives, and each mented in The Book of Enoch. Like all who was their leader, said unto them; ‘I fear chose for himself one, and they began to go apocalyptic literature, this book (sometimes ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, in unto them and to defile themselves with called First Enoch to distinguish it from and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of them, and they taught them charms and another work, The Book of the Secrets of a great sin.’ 4. And they all answered him enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and Enoch) must be taken with caution. It of- and said: ‘Let us all swear an oath, and all made them acquainted with plants. 2. And fers one of the few surviving histories of bind ourselves by mutual imprecation not they became pregnant, and they bare great the preflood world. It was finally preserved to abandon this plan but to do this thing.’ giants …” (Enoch VII:1,2 p. 35). as a manuscript, probably in the second 5. Then sware they all together and bound Wherever we read accounts of this an- century B.C. It has the distinction of being themselves by mutual imprecations upon cient intrusion, we find that the fallen angels quoted as New Testament Scripture in the it. 6. And they were in all two hundred; bring with them the forbidden knowledge Book of Jude: who descended in the days of Jared on the that soon manifests itself as what we, today, “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it refer to as “the occult.” The herbs, roots, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and charms and enchantments mentioned above cometh with ten thousands of his saints, bound themselves by mutual imprecations are the tools of the sorcerer. Among other “To execute judgment upon all, and to upon it’ (Enoch VI:1-6, pp. 34, 35). things, they induce the trance state that en- convince all that are ungodly among them The biblical text, of course, condenses ables the practitioner to mentally penetrate of all their ungodly deeds which they have these words into four terse verses: the dimensional barriers of time-space. ungodly committed, and of all their hard “And it came to pass, when men began Occult literature is freighted with tales speeches which ungodly sinners have spo- to multiply on the face of the Earth, and of soul-travel, out-of-body experiences, ken against him” (Jude 14, 15). daughters were born unto them, encounters with spirits, and so on. The first 10 Prophecy in the News Find us on the Internet -
  11. 11. Find us on the Internet - item on the agenda of the fallen ones — the heaven …” (Enoch VIII:1-4 pp. 35, 36). ancient Atlantis: “Now many great accom- Nephilim — is to corrupt the human race Note that this illicit contract between plishments of your city recorded here are with the wisdom forbidden by God: men and angels includes technology. In the awe-inspiring, but there is one that surely “There shall not be found among you past, we have suggested that this bargain surpasses them all in magnitude and excel- any one that maketh his son or his daugh- from hell lies at the center of understand- lence. The records speak of a vast power ter to pass through the fire, or that useth ing the course of evil that has plagued the that your city once brought to a halt in its divination, or an observer of times, or an Earth for millennia. Here, everything from insolent march against the whole of Europe enchanter, or a witch, metallurgy, to cosmetology, to sorcery, to and Asia at once — a power that spring forth “Or a charmer, or a consulter with famil- astrology, to meteorology, to geology, to from beyond, from the Atlantic ocean. For iar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. solar, lunar and terrestrial orbital timing at that time this ocean was passable, since it “For all that do these things are an — and onward, is given to men. had an island in it in front of the strait that abomination unto the LORD: and because Most probably, the men who received the you people say you call the ‘Pillars of Her- of these abominations the LORD thy God knowledge believed that they were profit- cules.’ [The Strait of Gibraltar] This island doth drive them out from before thee” ing in the exchange. However, the text of was larger than Libya and Asia combined, (Deut. 18:10-12). Enoch shows clearly that men began to and it provided passage to the other islands These strictures are easily understood perish! Their anguished cries were heard for people who traveled in those days.” against the backdrop of the multiplied sins from above, and as the sixth chapter of “Now on this Isle of Atlantis a great and from on high that plagued the antediluvian Genesis tells us, help came. Unfortunately, marvelous royal power established itself, world. The activities of the fallen ones it came in the form of a destructive flood and ruled not only the whole island, but are simply a continuation of the sordid that destroyed everything but a tiny remnant many of the other islands and parts of the proposition first offered to Eve by Satan, of mankind in the family of Noah. continent as well. What’s more, their rule the serpent: extended even inside the strait, over Libya “For God doth know that in the day ye Atlantis as far as Egypt, and over Europe as far as eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, The story of Atlantis, the lost continent Tyrrhenia.” [Here, Plato’s work describes and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and that perished in a flood, is known through- territory that covered North Africa, Egypt evil” (Gen. 3:5). out the world. Very few people, however, and central Europe.] Satan essentially asked Eve to disobey are familiar with the story of Atlantis, as “Some time later excessively violent God in exchange for forbidden knowledge. told in detail in the dialogues of Plato. In earthquakes and floods occurred, and In one sense, this sort of evil outlines the a surprising way, the words of this famous after the onset of an unbearable day and entire history of humanity, which always pagan Greek validate the narratives of the a night, your entire warrior force sank seeks godlike knowledge in the name of Bible, as well as the book of Enoch. below the Earth all at once, and the Isle of “progress.” From the days of the nephilim As we quote from his words, remember Atlantis likewise sank below the sea and to the present, a cabal of men hearkened to Azazel and the instruction in metallurgy disappeared.” [PLATO, Complete Works, the voices of evil from behind the veil. From that he brought to mankind. Plato’s narra- © 1997, Hackett Pub. Co., p. 1232] Nimrod to Hitler, the story never changes. tive makes it clear that in some ways, the There is little doubt that Plato has chosen The priests of Baal and Ishtar — of Zeus forbidden knowledge of the fallen angels the medium of this dialogue to set down a and Artemis — of Jupiter and Diana — have has been lost. Without really understanding historical account concerning an ancient plagued the empires of Egypt, Greece and what he was saying, Plato affirms that the flood of cataclysmic proportions. Those Rome. Just behind the scenes, the harlot transactions of the fallen ones included what who believe the Bible will immediately and the beast have always guided the course we would call high-tech innovations. think of the flood of Noah, told from the of the world. This story is very, very old, It is obvious that in his dialogues, Plato Greek point of view. They believed in an indeed. sets about to make sense of stories handed ancient catastrophe, in which the population The Enoch text relates the terms of the down through many generations. Doubtless of Atlantis and that of ancient Athens were exchange in detail: muddled and amplified by generations of wiped out. “VIII. 1. And Azazel taught men to storytellers, they, nevertheless, tell a story In an additional dialogue called the Cri- make swords, and knives, and shields, and quite similar to the biblical account. tias, Plato gives the origin of Atlantis in great breastplates, and made known to them the In Plato’s dialogue, entitled Timaeus, we detail. Several times, he relates the manner metals (of the Earth) and the art of working have a protracted speech by a man called of its destruction through several waves of them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the Timaeus, who recounts the history of the devastation. One of these says, “As for the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the world, from creation onward. In the pro- city itself, it was laid out at that time in a eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and cess, he recalls that once super-beings came plan that I will now describe. First of all, the all coloring tinctures. 2. And there arose down from above and built an amazing acropolis was very different then than it is much godlessness, and they committed world that was later destroyed by a flood. now. A single night of torrential rain stripped fornication, and they were led astray, and In this article, we don’t have the space to the acropolis of its soil and reduced it to bare became corrupt in all their ways. 3. Semjaza quote the details of their exploits. Hundreds limestone in a storm that was accompanied taught enchantments, and root-cuttings, of pages are required for that. However, by earthquakes. Before the destructive flood Armaros the resolving of enchantments, we can give some detail of life in ancient of Deucalion, this was the third such cata- Baraqijal, (taught) astrology, Kokabel the Atlantis. In an amazing way, it reminds us clysmic storm” (ibid, p. 1297). constellations, Ezeqeel the knowledge of of what the Bible and Enoch say about the Farther along in the Critias, he attri- the clouds, (Araqiel the signs of the Earth, world before the flood. butes its grand design to the Titan called Shamsiel the signs of the sun), and Sariel As we join the dialogue, Timaeus is Poseidon, god of the sea, who built it for a the course of the moon. 4. And as men per- talking with Socrates and Critias about mortal woman. ished they cried, and their cry went up to their city, Athens. He compares it with Critias says, “So it was that Poseidon Find us on the Internet - Prophecy in the News 11
  12. 12. Find us on the Internet - received as one of his domains the island of of mighty men, whose technology outstrips information, blurred and confused though Atlantis and he established dwelling places even that of the twenty-first century. The it may be, to say with certainty that this for the children he had fathered of a mortal mythical oreichalkos was said to produce world was invaded in the days of Noah, by woman in a certain place on the island I a boundless supply of energy that powered extraterrestrials. But they didn’t come from shall describe” (ibid., p. 1299). the ancient island complex. other planets. They came from the realms Notice that Poseidon took a human woman Its glittering fire is reminiscent of that where their leader, Satan, rules. to be his wife. This is exactly what we would which Prometheus stole from the gods and The invaders were not human, but they expect, in view of the biblical account, and brought to Earth. Parts of the myth suggest were superior to man, possessed of excep- Enoch’s history. Critias then relates the name that this mystery alloy was the source of end- tional technical knowledge. The remains and history of Poseidon’s mortal mate, after less energy. It was not ordinary fire, at all! of their complex and gigantic structures giving the names of her parents: Wherever one looks through the dim and (at least those that didn’t sink beneath the “His name was Evenor and he dwelt dusty accounts of the ancient antediluvian sea) still dot the Earth’s landscape. Stone there with his wife Leucippe. They had an world, similar stories emerge. They tell us plazas and walls, such as those at Baalbek only child, a daughter by the name of Clito. of a horrific invasion of heavenly beings, and Machu Pichu may date from before the When this girl grew to marriageable age, who usurped the province of the sons of Flood. The Great Pyramid certainly does. both her mother and father died. It was then Adam. They created magnificent edifices Men eager to seek greater power built the that Poseidon conceived a desire for her and and super-societies of wealth and power. post-flood Tower of Babel, to reach the slept with her. To make the hill on which she But in the process, they brought genetic gods and re-establish the contact that was lived a strong enclosure he broke it to form chaos, producing races of monsters, who broken at the cataclysmic drowning of their a circle and he created alternating rings of had to be destroyed. The Critias is only a ancestors. sea and land around it. Some he made wider partial manuscript. It abruptly ends as Zeus, The archaeological ruins that remain and some he made more narrow. He made king of the gods, discovers the decadence of defy description. Even with today’s heavy two rings of land and three of sea as round Atlantis, and resolves to rain down judgment machinery, they cannot be duplicated. The as if he had laid them out with a compass upon it. Of the Atlanteans, Critias says that ancient historians simply believed that and lathe” (ibid., p. 1299). they were beautiful, “Yet inwardly they were these magnificent edifices were built by the After that, Poseidon used his godlike filled with an unjust lust for possessions Titans. Modern historians struggle with ex- powers to form springs, fountains and gar- and power. But as Zeus, god of the gods, planations that fall short of believability. dens, creating a sort of island paradise. He reigning as king according to law, could According to ancient narratives, like and his mortal wife then raised children, clearly see this state of affairs, he observed those of Plato, these fallen ones brought siring five pairs of twin sons. this noble race lying in this abject state and with them an advanced knowledge of natu- “And he gave each of his sons names. To resolved to punish them and to make them ral science. Remember the words of Enoch, the son who was oldest and king he gave more careful and harmonious as a result of as he described how they brought advanced the name from which the entire island and their chastisement. To this end he called technical information to mortal man. That its surrounding sea derive their names, all the gods to their most honored abode, gain, of course, came at a high price: ir- because he was the first of the kings of which stands at the middle of the universe reversible and fatal corruption. that time. His name was Atlas; the island and looked down upon all that has a share in In a sense, the fallen ones were techno- is called Atlantis and the sea Atlantic after generation. And when he had gathered them crats who governed by the systematic dis- him” (ibid., p. 1300). together, he said …” (ibid., p. 1306). pensing of advanced engineering. Human Mining produced many building materi- Thus, even the pagan Greeks saw the beings, once in close relationship with the als for the sons of Poseidon. “First, there antediluvian world as corrupted beyond Lord, their Creator, became vassals gov- were the mines that produced both hard salvation. We can only imagine what judg- erned by their growing dependence upon and fusible ore. And in many regions of ment Zeus might have been pronounced the knowledge of superior beings. the island they exploited that metal which upon the assembled gods, had the Critias These were the days of Noah, propheti- is now only a name to us, but which was manuscript completed its final paragraph. cally mentioned by our Lord in conjunction then more than a name – orechalkos.” Apparently, he is about to judge them for with the events of the Tribulation. As we (ibid., p. 1300). generating a world of chaos. approach that event, it would appear that Atlantis was a place of legendary beauty. But it doesn’t really matter, since Zeus is His words are already in the initial stages “Some of their buildings they constructed only a thin copy of the Lord God Almighty, of their fulfillment. Global society, duped of stones of uniform color. But to delight whose words are carefully preserved: into the belief that a rising technology will themselves they made of others a tapestry “And it repented the LORD that he had raise the level of culture, is actually sliding of stones of different colors, variegating the made man on the earth, and it grieved him into a pit of death. colors to bring out their natural charm. And at his heart. Those hideous days are being revisited. they invested the entire circuit wall of the “And the LORD said, I will destroy man Evil powers from on high have invaded us outermost land ring with bronze as if bronze whom I have created from the face of the again. Make no mistake; they are not here revetment were a bright dye. The interior of earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping from other planetary systems; that is only the land wall they invested with tin. And the thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth their cover story. Modern man has been wall surrounding the acropolis itself they me that I have made them” (Gen. 6:6,7). conditioned to accept the hypothesis of invested with oreichalkos, which glittered interplanetary travel. Fallen beings from the like darting fire” (ibid., p. 1302). The Technocrats realms of Satan are posing as intergalactic These brief quotations constitute only It seems that the Lord has seen fit to ambassadors. a small portion of Plato’s description of mask all but the major events of this hor- The old myths have become the new. Atlantis. It is the story of gods who married rific period. But the veil He has drawn over The technocrats have returned. The days earthly women and produced a titanic race it is only a partial one. 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  13. 13. Find us on the Internet - Early Views on Prophecy (Part 3) Justin Martyr on the Subject of Prophecy By J. R. Church Let’s go back to the second century for a few moments and consider how Justin Mar- tyr (A.D. 110-165), an early Gentile convert and church theologian, viewed some of the prophecies of the Old Testament. To set the scene, the year is about A.D. 135, and the Bar Kochbah revolt against the Roman oc- cupation of Israel has been raging for about three years. Many have fled the Holy Land to escape the violence, and among them is a man named Trypho, now residing in Corinth, Greece. One day, Trypho, in the company of a few friends, was walking near the local gymnasium, and noticed a “distinguished philosopher” coming toward him — or, at least, he thought he was ob- serving a Greek philosopher, because the man was wearing the traditional “white gown” — the attire of the philosopher. Approaching the man in white, Trypho turned and greeted him, desiring to initiate a conversation about philosophy. It turned out that the man in white was Justin, who was also an immigrant from Israel, having been raised in Flavia Neopolis (modern Nablous), a city in Samaria (near Jacob’s well in northern Israel). At this point, Justin is engaged in an Background: The ruins of ancient Corinth stand as a stark reminder that extended dialogue with Trypho, as they sat generations come and go. Inset: A painting of Justin Martyr shows him in the white in a neatly-manicured garden area adjacent robe of a Greek philosopher. As his testimony goes, he became disenchanted with to the gymnasium. Trypho keeps kindly the teachings of Socrates and Plato, but found peace through Jesus Christ. probing the Christian theologian’s pursuit of philosophy, and Justin keeps pointing was Isaiah’s “voice in the wilderness,” Jesus Christ might be regarded perhaps as him to Israel’s messiah, Jesus Christ. Before that prepared the way of the Lord. Justin ambiguous. But, if John came first calling his conversion to Christ, Justin had attained recorded this conversation, this allowing us on men to repent, and Christ, while [John] the status of “philosopher” as a follower to read what transpired. Trypho complains still sat by the River Jordan, having come, of Socrates and Plato. Being of a keen that Justin’s scriptural “proofs” are not put an end to his prophesying and baptizing, mind, however, he could not be satisfied specific enough: and preached also Himself, saying that the with Greek lore, but found the true mean- “Trypho said, ‘All the words of the kingdom of heaven is at hand, and that He ing of life in the Gospel. He continued to prophecy you repeat, sir, are ambiguous, must suffer many things from the Scribes wear his “philosopher’s gown” (i.e., robe), and have no force in proving what you and Pharisees, and be crucified, and on which distinguished him in society as an wish to prove.’ the third day rise again, and would appear intellectual. “Then I answered, ‘If the prophets had again in Jerusalem, and would again eat As we observe their conversation, Justin not ceased, so that there were no more and drink with His disciples; and foretold is asserting that John the Baptist fulfilled in your nation, Trypho, after this John, it that in the interval between His [first the prophecies about Elijah’s return. John is evident that what I say in reference to and second] advent, then how can they be Find us on the Internet - Prophecy in the News 13
  14. 14. Find us on the Internet - ambiguous, when you may be persuaded and observed the other legal ceremonies; are still hard-hearted. Nay, it was prophesied by the facts? Moreover, He referred to the also [you had] prophets in succession until by Zechariah, one of the twelve [prophets], fact that there would be no longer in your John, (even then, too, when your nation that such would take place, in the following nation any prophet, and to the fact that men was carried captive to Babylon, when your words: ‘Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion; recognized how that the New Testament, land was ravaged by war, and the sacred shout, and declare, daughter of Jerusalem; which God formerly announced [His inten- vessels carried off); there never failed to behold, thy King shall come to thee, righ- tion of] promulgating, was then present, i.e., be a prophet among you, who was Lord, teous, bringing salvation, meek, and lowly, Christ Himself; and in the following terms: and leader, and ruler of your nation. For the riding on an ass, and the foal of an ass.’ ‘The law and the prophets were until John Spirit, which was in the prophets, anointed Now, that the Spirit of prophecy, as well as the Baptist; from that time the kingdom of your kings and established them. But after the patriarch Jacob, mentioned both an heaven suffereth violence, and the violent the manifestation and death of our Jesus ass and its foal, which would be used by take it by force. And if you can receive it, Christ in your nation, there was and is no- Him; and, further, that He, as I previously he is Elijah, who was to come. He that hath where any prophet: nay, further, you ceased said, requested His disciples to bring both ears to hear, let him hear.’” (Justin Martyr, to exist under your own king, your land was beasts; [this fact] was a prediction that you “Dialogue With Trypho,” ch.51) laid waste, and forsaken like a lodge in a of the synagogue, along with the Gentiles, In the paragraph above, Justin refers to vineyard; and the statement of Scripture, in would believe in Him. For as the unhar- two advents for Christ, with an interval the mouth of Jacob, ‘And He shall be the nessed colt was a symbol of the Gentiles between them, in which there would be no desire of nations,’ meant symbolically His even so the harnessed ass was a symbol prophets among the Jews. He said that John two advents, and that the nations would of your nation. For you possess the Law was the last prophet — until the interval, believe in Him; which facts you may now which was imposed by the prophets. More- which we call the dispensation of Grace, at length discern. For those out of all the over, the prophet Zechariah foretold that comes to a close and Elijah returns. nations who are pious and righteous through this same Christ would be smitten, and His the faith of Christ, look for His future ap- disciples scattered: which also took place. Two Advents of Christ pearance” (Justin, ch. 52). For after His crucifixion, the disciples that Justin continues to enlarge upon the Justin quotes Jacob’s prophecy in Genesis accompanied Him were dispersed, until He concept of two advents: 49:8-12, in which he said that Judah will rose from the dead, and persuaded them “‘And it was prophesied by Jacob the produce the Messiah — the “lion” of the that so it had been prophesied concerning patriarch that there would be two advents tribe of Judah. Him, that He would suffer; and being thus of Christ, and that in the first He would persuaded, they went into all the world, suffer, and that after He came, there would Jacob’s Prophecy Explained and taught these truths. Hence also, we are be neither prophet nor king in your nation The parts about His “binding his foal to strong in His faith and doctrine, since we (I proceeded), and that the nations who be- the vine” is a reference to His triumphal have [this our] persuasion both from the lieved in the suffering Christ would look for entry; washing His “vesture in the blood of prophets, and from those who throughout His future appearance. And for this reason the grape” is a reference to His crucifixion; the world are seen to be worshippers of God the Holy Spirit had uttered these truths in and the part about His becoming the “desire in the name of that crucified One. The fol- a parable, and obscurely: for,’ I added, ‘it of nations” refers to Gentile Christianity lowing is said, too, by Zechariah: ‘O sword, is said, ‘Judah, thy brethren have praised during the interim between His two advents. rise up against My Shepherd, and against thee: thy hands [shall be] on the neck of Justin explains: the man of My people, saith the Lord of thine enemies; the sons of thy father shall “And that expression, ‘binding his foal to hosts. Smite the Shepherd, and His flock worship thee. Judah is a lion’s whelp; the vine, and the ass’s foal to the vine ten- shall be scattered’” (Ibid., ch. 53). from the germ, my son, thou art sprung up. dril,’ was a declaring beforehand both of the Justin saw two advents in the two animals Reclining, he lay down like a lion, and like works wrought by Him at His First Advent, — the ass and its foal. That is an interesting [a lion’s] whelp: who shall raise him up? and also of that belief in Him which the na- way of looking at Jacob’s prophecy. A ruler shall not depart from Judah, or a tions would repose. For they were like an leader from his thighs, until that which is unharnessed foal, which was not bearing a “The Blood of the Grape” laid up in store for him shall come; and he yoke on its neck, until this Christ came, and Justin continues with the explanation shall be the desire of nations, binding his sent His disciples to instruct them; and they about the “blood of the grape,” He said: foal to the vine, and the foal of his ass to bore the yoke of His word, and yielded the “And that expression which was commit- the tendril of the vine. He shall wash his neck to endure all [hardships], for the sake ted to writing by Moses, and prophesied by garments in wine, and his vesture in the of the good things promised by Himself, the patriarch Jacob, namely, ‘He shall wash blood of the grape. His eyes shall be bright and expected by them. And truly our Lord His garments with wine, and His vesture with wine, and his teeth white like milk.’ Jesus Christ, when He intended to go into with the blood of the grape,’ signified that Moreover, that in your nation there never Jerusalem, requested His disciples to bring He would wash those that believe in Him failed either prophet or ruler, from the time Him a certain ass, along with its foal, which with His own blood. For the Holy Spirit when they began until the time when this was bound in an entrance of a village called called those who receive remission of sins Jesus Christ appeared and suffered, you Bethphage; and having seated Himself on it, through Him, His garments; amongst whom will not venture shamelessly to assert, nor He entered into Jerusalem. And as this was He is always present in power, but will be can you prove it. For though you affirm that done by Him in the manner in which it was manifestly present at His second coming. Herod, after whose [reign] He suffered, was prophesied in precise terms that it would be That the Scripture mentions the ‘blood of an Ashkelonite, nevertheless, you admit done by the Christ, and as the fulfillment the grape’ has been evidently designed, that there was a high priest in your nation; was recognized, it became a clear proof because Christ derives blood not from the so that you then had one who presented that He was the Christ. And though all this seed of man, but from the power of God. offerings according to the law of Moses, happened and is proved from Scripture, you For as God, and not man, has produced the 14 Prophecy in the News Find us on the Internet -
  15. 15. Find us on the Internet - blood of the vine, so also [the Scripture] has predicted that the blood of Christ would be not of the seed of man, but of the power of God. But this prophecy, sirs, which I repeated, proves that Christ is not man of men, begotten in the ordinary course of humanity” (Ibid., ch. 54). Here, Justin asserts that the “blood of the grape” refers to Christ’s blood as be- ing non-human. His Father was God, and, therefore, His blood is alluded to by the symbol of the “blood of the grape,” since it is produced by the power of God. For this reason, the “wine” used in the ordinance of the Lord’s supper is comprised of grape juice mixed with water. The “Apology” by Justin In a later writing, Justin expounds upon Jacob’s prophecy with further explanations. The following paragraph comes from his At the time of Justin’s dialogue with “Apology,” written some 20 years later. Trypho, the Roman Army was engaged in Notice how Justin explains that the “de- a war with the forces of Bar Kochbah. The sire of nations” bears the message of the war started in A.D. 132 and continued “expectation of nations” and implies that for three years, ending with the death Gentile Christianity will be looking for the of Bar Kochbah and the destruction of Savior’s Second Advent — His return to Jerusalem. Hadrian renamed the city, establish the Messianic kingdom: Alia Capitolina, so that the name of “Moses then, who was the first of the Jerusalem would be lost to history. He prophets, spoke in these very words: ‘The erected a statue of Jupiter on the Temple scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor Mount, and plowed the city, sowing salt a lawgiver from between his feet, until He in its furrows. Then, he deported all Jews come for whom it is reserved; and He shall to the slave markets of the world. be the desire of the nations, binding His foal to the vine, washing His robe in the blood For the foal of an ass stood bound to a vine words, spoke thus: ‘A star shall rise out of of the grape.’ It is yours to make accurate at the entrance of a village, and He ordered Jacob, and a flower shall spring from the inquiry, and ascertain up to whose time the His acquaintances to bring it to Him then; root of Jesse; and His arm shall the nations Jews had a lawgiver and king of their own. and when it was brought, He mounted and trust.’ And a star of light has arisen, and a Up to the time of Jesus Christ, who taught us, sat upon it, and entered Jerusalem, where flower has sprung from the root of Jesse and interpreted the prophecies which were was the vast temple of the Jews which was — this Christ. For by the power of God He not yet understood, [they had a lawgiver] as afterwards destroyed by you. And after was conceived by a virgin of the seed of was foretold by the holy and divine Spirit of this, He was crucified — that the rest of the Jacob, who was the father of Judah, who, as prophecy through Moses, ‘that a ruler would prophecy might be fulfilled. For this ‘wash- we have shown, was the father of the Jews; not fail the Jews until He should come for ing His robe in the blood of the grape’ was and Jesse was His forefather according to whom the kingdom was reserved’ (for Judah predictive of the passion He was to endure, the oracle, and He was the son of Jacob and was the forefather of the Jews, from whom cleansing by His blood those who believe Judah according to lineal descent” (Justin, also they have their name of Jews); and af- on Him. For what is called by the Divine Apology, ch. 32). ter He (i.e., Christ) appeared, you began to Spirit through the prophet ‘His robe,’ are rule the Jews, and gained possession of all those men who believe in Him, in whom Conclusion their territory. And the prophecy, ‘He shall abideth the seed of God, the Word. And In these writings, we learn that the early be the expectation of the nations,’ signified what is spoken of as ‘the blood of the grape,’ church interpreted Jacob’s prophecy to that there would be some of all nations who signifies that He who should appear would include Gentile Christianity — as seen in should look for Him to come again. And this have blood, though not of the seed of man, the term “desire” or “expectation” of “na- indeed you can see for yourselves, and be but of the power of God. And the first power tions.” Following the destruction of Jerusa- convinced of by fact. For of all races of men after God the Father and Lord of all is the lem and its sacred Temple, Gentiles all over there are some who look for Him who was Word, who is also the Son; and of Him we the world were converted to Christ. They crucified in Judea, and after whose cruci- will, in what follows, relate how He took embraced the “blessed hope” and looked fixion the land was straightway surrendered flesh and became man. For as man did not for Him to return to establish the messianic to you as spoil of war. And the prophecy, make the blood of the vine, but God, so it kingdom. Today, we are still looking for ‘binding His foal to the vine, and washing was hereby intimated that the blood should His Second Advent. In fact, we feel that it His robe in the blood of the grape,’ was a not be of human seed, but of divine power, is very near. Our prayer (with the Apostle significant symbol of the things that were to as we have said above. And Isaiah, another John) is, “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus” happen to Christ, and of what He was to do. prophet, foretelling the same things in other (Rev. 22:20). Keep looking up! ◆ Find us on the Internet - Prophecy in the News 15
  16. 16. Nuclear Weapons Destroyed in Syria Find us on the Internet - By Gary Stearman It is well known that Syria is in league with both Russia and Iran, the modern-day Persia. Both of these countries, bound in a mutual defense pact, surreptitiously sup- ply Syria with highly trained military and intelligence specialists, plus terrorists … the infamous Hezbollah. And now, according to the latest news releases, Syria has come into possession of nuclear arms, which the Israelis apparently destroyed in a recent aerial attack! On Wednesday, September 6th, Israeli jets flew southward across Syria’s northern border, where they executed still-secret tactics that destroyed “nuclear materials” in the region. broke the story on September 12th. Its headline read: “Washington official says Israeli surveil- lance shows possible Syrian nuclear instal- lation stocked by North Korea, Israeli Arab newspaper claims target of alleged raid last On Wednesday, September 6, 2007, Israeli warplanes flew into Syria and dropped week was Syrian missile base financed by bombs in open country near the northern border with Turkey. This article reports Iran” that Israel destroyed a stockpile of nuclear bombs! Bible prophecy urges us to take a careful look at this latest development in the latter- “The fortress also shall cease from that the base was completely destroyed.” day country that it designates for doom, Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, The latter-day prophecies of Jeremiah 49 seemingly in the years leading up to the and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as tell us that in the build-up to the final battle, Tribulation period. It is prophetically im- the glory of the children of Israel, saith the Syria will be the place to watch: portant to remember that Syria was not even LORD of hosts” (Isaiah 17:1-3). “Concerning Damascus. Hamath is con- an independent nation until the 1920s. As we have pointed out many times, this founded, and Arpad: for they have heard In the decades since 1970, first under catastrophe will be virtually instantaneous, evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is the leadership of Hafez and later, his son a feat that would have been militarily sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet. Bashar al-Assad, Syria has become a highly impossible, until the advent of modern “Damascus is waxed feeble, and turneth militarized power under the control of the weaponry: herself to flee, and fear hath seized on her: socialist Baath party. Since that time, it has “And behold at eveningtide trouble; and anguish and sorrows have taken her, as a increasingly been a Russian client state, before the morning he is not. This is the woman in travail. receiving the latest in armaments and train- portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of “How is the city of praise not left, the ing, first from the Soviets and now, from them that rob us” (Isaiah 17:14). city of my joy! Vladimir Putin’s Republic of Russia. In less than twenty-four hours, the city – “Therefore her young men shall fall in her The Bible speaks of latter-day Syria sim- and doubtless, Syria itself – will collapse. streets, and all the men of war shall be cut ply as “Damascus,” which, of course, is its This brings us back to the report and the off in that day, saith the LORD of hosts. capital city. This ancient city is said to be “Washington official” quoted earlier: “The “And I will kindle a fire in the wall of the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the official added that recent Israeli reconnais- Damascus, and it shall consume the palaces world, which makes Isaiah’s famous “bur- sance flights over Syria revealed possible of Ben-hadad” (Jer. 49:23-27). den of Damascus” statement all the more nuclear installations that Israeli officials The Lord calls Damascus, “the city of important, since it calls for the complete estimate might have been supplied with my joy.” Once, in the days of Paul and destruction of the place. material from North Korea. other early Christian evangelists, there were “The burden of Damascus. Behold, Da- “Meanwhile on Wednesday (Sept. 12th) many Bible-believing communities there. mascus is taken away from being a city, and the Nazareth-based Israeli Arab newspa- Today, Damascus is wholly given over to it shall be a ruinous heap. per The Assenara cited anonymous Israeli radical Islam, with its dark threats against “The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they sources as saying that Israeli jets ‘bombed Israel and its allies. The Bible shows that shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, a Syrian-Iranian missile base in northern Damascus will pay a dear price for this and none shall make them afraid. Syria that was financed by Iran … It appears ruthless stance. u 16 Prophecy in the News Find us on the Internet -