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The Gates of Jerusalem
researches the details and proves John’s authorship. By J. R. Church
The Speed of Thought . . . . . . 8
Have you ever heard someone say, “One day, we’ll be able to
travel at the speed of thought”? We envision a kind of unlimited Page 6 . . .
freedom in heaven, where the mere desire to be in a location results
in instant relocation to that point. But here on earth, we’re trapped The Works of John the Apostle
in the time-space. In this domain, one’s progress is blocked by By J. R. Church
trafﬁc, fences, walls, doors and dimensional barriers.
Code Name: Judgment Day! . . . . . . 14
Iran is moving forward with it nuclear weapons program. It is Page 8 . . .
obvious that they plan to start a war with America and Israel. And
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Do You Believe in Miracles . . . . . . 16
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AMAZING DISCOVERIES . . . . . . 17
Jewish Holy Days: The Making of a Baby - Zola Levitt
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gestation period from conception to birth. It’s amazing!
The Hebrew Alphabet: Introducing the a Shin . . . . . . 30
We hope you have enjoyed our series on the Wisdom in the He-
brew Alphabet. Shin is the 21st letter, and one of the most exciting.
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Basically, it stands for El Shaddai — Almighty God. Shin appears
on the doorposts of every Jewish home as a symbol of our ultimate
Introducing the a Shin
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installment in the series.
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They Have a Story to Tell
The Gates of Jerusalem
By J. R. Church
On the cover I’ve included pictures of the
modern gates around the Old City of Jeru-
salem. Over the centuries, every time the
walls of the city were expanded outward,
the appropriate gate would simply follow
the wall, yet, each gate remained in the
same general proximity as the earlier gate
that it replaced.
However, in the days of King David,
Jerusalem was a much
smaller compound, with
walls and gates much
closer together (see map
on page 4). Four hundred
years later the Babylonian
army destroyed the city
and left the walls and gates
The book of Nehemiah records the
rebuilding of the city around 445 B.C. In
chapter three, repairs were made to ten
gates. They are listed in the order of their
locations, beginning with the Sheep Gate In Nehemiah’s day, Jerusalem was much smaller. Yet, there were ten gates that
near the northeastern reaches of the wall had to be rebuilt. The story of these gates is in Nehemiah, chapter 3. The names of
corresponding to the general proximity those gates reveal God’s plan of salvation, beginning with the Sheep Gate near the
of the modern Herod’s Gate. Each gate is northeast corner of Jerusalem’s wall and continuing in a counter-clockwise rotation.
listed as Nehemiah names them in a coun- In this article, you will be amazed at the story they have to tell.
ter-clockwise rotation. They are:
1. Sheep Gate (Neh. 3:1) to begin with the sacriﬁcial lamb. John the of the ancient Fish Gate.
2. Fish Gate (v. 3) Baptist introduced Jesus as “the Lamb of Once we leave the story of the sacriﬁcial
3. Old Gate (v. 6) God that taketh away the sins of the world” lamb, we are reminded that our Savior told
4. Valley Gate (v.13) (John 1:29). The Apostle John reminds us of His disciples that He would make them
5. Dung Gate (v. 13) the “Lamb” throughout His Gospel and in to become “ﬁshers of men” (Matt. 4:19).
6. Fountain Gate (v. 15) the book of Revelation. Jesus is the Lamb! In fact, a ﬁsh became the symbol of New
7. Water Gate (v. 26) The Sheep Gate was located near the his- Testament Christianity.
8. Horse Gate (v. 28) toric sheep market, which is still in business The Fish Gate represents the publication
9. East Gate (v. 29) to this very day. Herod’s Gate is located in of the Gospel of eternal life. Beginning with
10. Miphkad or Inspection Gate (v. 31) the same general area as the ancient Sheep the Apostles, until this very day, we have
What is so remarkable about these gates, Gate. Who knows, maybe Jesus exited been fulﬁlling the prophecy set forth in the
as given in their particular order, is that they through this gate on the route to Calvary, Fish Gate.
tell the story of the Gospel during the future rather than bearing His cross through the
dispensation of Grace. When I ﬁrst heard street known today as the Via Delorosa. Old Gate
this taught by Dr. Ralph Speas, president of If Gordon’s Calvary is the correct site of Moving further west along Jerusalem’s
Meridian University, I knew immediately the cruciﬁxion, then it was not necessary walls, we come to Nehemiah’s Old Gate.
that he had something that theologians had that Jesus exit at the Damascus Gate. The It is remarkable that today’s modern gate
overlooked for centuries! With his permis- Sheep Gate would certainly have been more that stands in the same proximity is called,
sion, I want to share it with you. Let us appropriate. New Gate!
begin with ... The prophecy in the Old Gate seems to
The Fish Gate be that men are plagued with a sin nature
The Sheep Gate Directly west of Herod’s Gate, along the inherited from Adam. The unregenerate
It is here at the Sheep gate that our story northern wall, is the modern Damascus man is known in Paul’s writings as the
begins. The good news of eternal life has Gate. It stands at the approximate location “old” man:
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“Knowing this, that our old man is cruci-
ﬁed with him, that the body of sin might be
destroyed, that henceforth we should not
serve sin” (Rom. 6:6).
Paul used the term again in Ephesians
4:22 and Colossians 3:9. The Old Gate sets
forth the concept that sinful man needs to
hear the Gospel of the Lamb. Those who
tell the story are called “ﬁshers” of men.
Next, we come to ...
The Valley Gate
Today’s Jaffa Gate seems to have taken
the place of the ancient Valley Gate, though
the western portion of the city wall lies
much further west than it did in the city
of David and Nehemiah. The Jaffa Gate
(called Jaffa after the highway that led to
the seacoast town of Joppa) overlooks the
valley of Gehenna; but the ancient Valley
Gate overlooked the Valley of the Cheese-
makers (Tyropeon Valley).
The prophecy apparent in the Valley Gate
is that the sinner must be brought down into
the valley of humility and conviction before
he can call upon the Lord for salvation.
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gate at the far south end of the city wall,
overlooking the Gehenna Valley.
The Dung Gate
Isaiah wrote that our righteousness is as
“ﬁlthy rags” (Isa. 64:6). We must come to
the place of repentance where we turn from
sin. This is the message of the Dung Gate.
This continues the process in which, as
the Apostle Paul taught, “old things are
passed away; behold, all things are become
new” (II Cor. 5:17).
The modern Dung Gate lies just south-
west of the Western Wall, near the southern
wall of the Temple Mount. However, in
David’s day, it was located about as far
south as the ancient wall would take you
— right at the bottom of the hill where the
Valley of the Cheesemakers meets the dump
ground that is known as the Gehenna Valley.
In like manner, a person must spiritually
become about as far down as one can get.
We must come to the place where we are
willing to turn the corner, so to speak, and
begin the journey back toward the house of
God (the Temple).
Once we turn the corner of the lowest and
southernmost place of Jerusalem’s wall, we
come to the ...
Nehemiah’s “gate of the fountain” (Neh.
3:15) is located at the entrance of the Pool of
Soloam. This is the place where Jesus sent
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Early Church Historians on:
The Works of John the Apostle
By J. R. Church concerning Eusebius:
“There is not in his writings the brilliancy,
The Apostle John gave us ﬁve New Tes- which we ﬁnd in some others; there is not
tament books — his Gospel, three epistles, the same sparkle and freshness of new and
and the “Apocalypse” (a Greek term mean- suggestive thought; there is not the same
ing, “Revelation”). It appears that all were impress of an overmastering individuality,
written in his later years. Most scholars which transforms everything it touches …
agree that John penned the fourth Gospel it must be acknowledged that he was not
around A.D. 90. The date of the Apocalypse always equal to the grand opportunities,
has been ﬁxed to A.D. 96, the year John was which his acquaintance with the works and
incarcerated in a penal lives of other men and other peoples opened
colony on the island of before him. He does not always reveal the
Patmos. His ﬁrst epistle possession of that high quality of genius
(I John) was probably which is able to interpret various forces and
written soon after the to discover the higher principles of unity,
Gospel, and his other two which alone make them intelligible; indeed,
epistles (II & III John) he often loses himself completely in a wil-
after the Apocalypse. derness of thoughts and notions which have
Both II & III John open come to him from other men and other ages,
with “The elder,” signifying that John had and the result is dire confusion” (McGiffert,
returned from heaven with the news that he The Writings of Eusebius, ch. 2).
had been chosen as one of the 24 “elders.” Eusebius was chosen to preside at the
For a historic view of John’s author- Council of Nicaea, being appointed by Con-
ship, we must rely upon the writings of stantine, out of a long-standing friendship
Eusebius of Caesarea (A.D. 260-341). In dating back several years when, as a young
giving us “The Order of the Gospels,” he military strategist, Constantine traveled
quoted several early writers, some of whose through Caeserea and met Eusebius. Eu-
works no longer exist. Eusebius grew up in sebius, then not a well-known theologian,
northern Israel, around the coastal city of was asked to deliver the ﬁrst lecture. His
Caesarea. It is likely that he was born in the appointment to sit next to Constantine (at
Holy Land. Being a member of the church the Emperor’s right hand in the council)
The Apostle John wrote five New
in Caesarea, he was called upon to lead the automatically elevated Eusebius to a top
Testament books. His ﬁrst work on the
congregation as its bishop (or pastor). In position in the fourth-century church. It
life of Christ became the fourth Gospel
those early years, most bishops were chosen appears that he was a humble theologian,
and his Apocalypse became the Bible’s
from among the local congregation. whose integrity is unquestioned. However,
concluding book. In the third century,
Being a kind and hospitable person, he as we shall see, his views on matters of
theologians entertained doubts about
often took the side of the accused against doctrine and history were not borne out of
John’s authorship. Here is the story of
those he viewed as heresy hunters. For intelligent conviction. He lacked certain
how and why they were so confused. The
example, when Arius (the founder of the spiritual qualities that caused other men to
controversy still rages today.
Arian heresy) was voted out of the church excel in matters of theology. He was beset
in Alexandria, Egypt, Eusebius wrote a let- the agreement to ban Arianism. Yet, he with a penchant toward accepting aberrant
ter to Alexander, its bishop, asking him to continued to work toward reinstating Arius views, while questioning the veracity of the
reconsider the matter. Eusebius befriended into the fellowship of the church. truth of Scripture.
Arius and his followers. Evidently, he did Arthur Cushman McGiffert, Ph.D.,
not fully understand that Arianism denied professor of Church History (Lane Theo-
The Order of the Gospels
the deity of Christ, saying that Jesus was just logical Seminary, Cincinnati), noted that First, we shall review church history
a man, chosen to become the Son of God, Eusebius had a “habit of questioning and regarding John’s Gospel and his first
and implying that anyone, such as Peter or even criticizing the past.” The professor epistle, noting the wide acceptance of
one of the Apostles, could have become the said that in spite of “an almost universal John’s authorship. In the third and fourth
“Son” of God. Arius taught that the Son of tradition in favor of its apostolic origin,” centuries, however, his authorship of the
God was not of the same substance (i.e., Eusebius questioned John’s authorship of Apocalypse and his last two epistles came
deity) as the Father and that he was created the Apocalypse. Professor McGiffert as- into question. Our purpose in this study is
out of nothing. Arianism was ofﬁcially con- sures us that “instances of a similar mode of to consider John’s authorship of all ﬁve
demned in the Council of Nicaea, at which conduct on his part are quite numerous.” On works, and discuss why modern liberal
time Eusebius switched his view and signed April 15, 1890, Professor McGiffert wrote theologians would doubt John’s authorship
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of his last three works — especially the declared the Gospel by the Spirit, many John was universal in scope, appealing to
book of Revelation. who were present requested that Mark, both Jews and Gentiles. There is circum-
It was common knowledge in the early who had followed him for a long time and stantial evidence that John authored his
centuries that John’s version of the life of remembered his sayings, should write them works in Hebrew, as noted by the alphabetic
Christ was the fourth Gospel written. Fur- out. And having composed the Gospel he designs apparent in the 21 chapters of his
thermore, because of its opening statement, gave it to those who had requested it. When Gospel and in the 22 chapters of the Apoca-
I John is recognized as belonging to him. Its Peter learned of this, he neither directly lypse. In each case, the ﬁrst chapter follows
theme corresponds to the opening theme in forbade nor encouraged it. But, last of all, the theme of the ﬁrst Hebrew letter – Aleph.
his Gospel. John opened the Gospel with: John, perceiving that the external facts had The second chapter covers the theme of
“In the beginning…” Then, he opened his been made plain in the Gospel, being urged Beit, etc. However, there is no corroborat-
ﬁrst epistle with: “That which was from the by his friends, and inspired by the Spirit, ing historical writing to suggest a Hebrew
beginning…” Because of the similarity of composed a ‘spiritual’ Gospel.” (Eusebius, original, as in the case of Matthew’s Gospel.
style, there can be no doubt that the same bk 6, ch. 14). As far as we know, living in Ephesus, far
man wrote both works. One of the earliest It was commonly accepted that John’s from his Hebrew roots, John’s works were
testimonies to John’s authorship came from Gospel was “spiritual.” In other words, it copied and published in Greek. Apparently,
Clement of Alexandria: contained spiritual properties that the other John’s Hebrew original was never pub-
three Gospels did not address, including lished or distributed. Eusebius continues
Clement of Alexandria references to Jesus as the Logos (Word), with his opinion on how the Gospels came
Concerning John’s Gospel eternal Deity, Creator of the universe, etc. to be written:
Clement of Alexandria (A.D. 153-217) Observing these four Gospels, it is appar- “Let us now point out the undisputed
was a contemporary of Justin Martyr and ent that Matthew (a Levite) followed the writings of this apostle [John]. And in the
Irenaeus, and was regarded as the “founder Drosh (regal or kingly) level of Jewish ﬁrst place, his Gospel, which is known to
of Christian literature.” In his day, the interpretation; Mark presented the Peshat all the churches under heaven, must be
church in Alexandria, Egypt, formerly (simple or beginner) level; Luke the Remez acknowledged as genuine. That it has, with
established by Mark, had become a center (hint or philosophical) level; and John set good reason, been put by the ancients in the
for Christian learning. Eusebius included forth the Sohd (secret or spiritual) level. We fourth place, after the other three Gospels,
Clement’s testimony concerning the author- should note that the Gospel of Matthew was may be made evident in the following
ship of the New Testament Gospels: originally written in Hebrew and follows a way: those great and truly-divine men, the
“The Gospels containing the genealogies Torah design, whose themes appear in the Apostles of Christ, were puriﬁed in their
were written ﬁrst. The Gospel according order of the ﬁve Mosaic books, Genesis life, and were adorned with every virtue of
to Mark had this occasion: as Peter had through Deuteronomy. Some say that Mark the soul, but were uncultivated in speech.
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Time Travelers of the Bible:
The Speed of Thought
By Gary Stearman
Have you ever heard someone say, “One
day, we’ll be able to travel at the speed of
thought”? Usually, such an idea pops up in
a discussion about life in the kingdom of
heaven. We envision a kind of unlimited
freedom in the glories of heaven, where
the mere desire to be in a location results
in instant relocation to that point. But here
on earth, we’re trapped in the scaffolding
of time-space, where
things creep along at
a predetermined rate.
In this domain, one’s
progress is blocked by
traffic, fences, walls,
doors and dimensional
barriers. This is sim-
ply the normal physical
experience, sometimes accompanied by
frustration when we’re late, or blocked by
But in the theater of our minds, travel
is unlimited. On a stage set with things
dreamed, we can be instantly transported more. In one important respect, however, It has often been said that the model for
to another room, another city — or, for that they are quite different from their ancient all such heroes is none other than Jesus. He
matter, another galaxy. This can be amaz- predecessors. is truth; He is justice; He exposes evil. In the
ingly entertaining, but only to a point. Alas, The old gods of the ancient world were end, He will come and establish the perfect
the trip is not real. Who has not lamented capricious and immoral. Often, they were Kingdom, as He abolishes that ultimate
the fact that such marvelous journeys are the focus and source of all evil. Zeus and ﬁend, rogue and oppressor, Satan, as well
only ﬂights of the imagination? Wearing a his wife Hera were fickle despots. The as his earthly representative, the Antichrist.
lightweight space suit, you search the sandy adulterous Zeus fathered Apollo by Leto, The modern superhero is, in fact, a Jesus
wastes of Mars for seashells. What a price giving rise to a host of evil repercussions. substitute, based upon the well-known story
they would bring on the open market! As just one of the many families of Greek of His incarnation.
Confronted with the multiplication tables demigods, Apollo and his sister Artemis This saga is engraved in the heart of ev-
or the rules of grammar, every schoolboy are remembered for curses, debauchery, ery human being. It is the universal dream
has made many such trips. He has ﬂown out adultery, murder and torture. In one episode, that somewhere, a superbeing must come
through a classroom window, over ﬁelds Apollo’s son, Asclepius, was slain by one forth to save the world from the forces
and farms, to that special place where he of Zeus’s lightning bolts. Yet, in spite of of darkness. If, for whatever reason, the
can escape to some paradise. Or better yet, their gods’ personal failures, the Greeks and authenticity of Jesus is refused, the next
he is engaged in the important work of Romans believed that the proper worship step is to create a false hope, in the person
saving the universe from evil. Perhaps he of these supernatural beings would bring of a ﬁctional character. Hence, we ﬁnd the
is a knight (whether Arthurian or Jedi). The fertility to crops and cattle, and blessing heart of messianic themes that run through
superhero of modern literature is born in a to government and household. Now, that’s virtually all the great works of literature.
world such as this. imagination! The hero who saves the world (or a small
Villains, dragons and demons populate Modern superheroes, by contrast, are not town, for that matter) is the world’s most
this amphitheater of thought. Some of these evil. In fact, they are its very antithesis, popular literary device. Of course, it is also
ﬁgures even ﬁnd permanent status in the as they battle for truth and justice (and the central theme of the Bible.
pages of science ﬁction and fairy tales, as something called “the American way”). In the secular world, those early school-
well as the popular drawings of the comics. We all remember the Green Hornet and house voyages into the field of dreams
Life is given to these modern equivalents of Kato; Batman and Robin; Captain Marvel; mature into utopian visions, political
ancient Greek demigods. The best-known the Flash; and a host of others. They were schemes and cultural engineering. That
personalities of this genre are Superman and the imaginative incarnations of American which innocently begins in the mind can
Wonder Woman, but there are many, many idealism. birth a myriad of bizarre cultural codes
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and traditions. world’s cultures to which they have been “Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will
In this world, the trip that begins in the driven, they have become the leading lights. pour out my spirit unto you, I will make
mind usually crashes upon the hard rocks of They are the scientists, authors, musicians, known my words unto you.
this reality. The imagination may succeed, artists, philosophers and inventors. The “Because I have called, and ye refused;
but its result is always failure. When human Lord has spoken through them to the world. I have stretched out my hand, and no man
thought is translated into earthly reality, the They lived by their wits and imagination, regarded” (Proverbs 1:20-24).
usual result is disaster. The awful presence rather than the wisdom of God. Clearly, Solomon’s intent is to show that
of sin always creates only a caricature of In the New Testament, when Mary met the battle for true wisdom is fought on the
God’s original intent for this planet. Elizabeth, she prophesied that the long- grounds of emotion and allure, versus com-
awaited Messiah would bring a new reality to mon sense and responsibility. The imagina-
The Human Mind humankind. Even though He had not yet been tive ﬂight of fancy too often presides over
The collected legends, tales, myths, sa- born, she spoke as if He had already achieved common sense.
gas and epics of human history are fraught His revolutionary work in the world: In his own life, Solomon repeatedly lis-
with disaster, intrigue, betrayal, murder and “He hath shewed strength with his arm; tened to the wrong voices. After years of
debauchery. Occasionally, we encounter he hath scattered the proud in the imagina- worldly experience, including wine, women
an uplifting incident, but it is the excep- tion of their hearts” (Luke 1:51). and song, his collected Proverbs, stand as
tion, not the rule. Before the great Flood Israel attempted to live by their wits a witness that wisdom is always there for
of Noah, mankind was allowed to operate and their secular wisdom, rather than the those who will listen.
in the sphere of his own conscience. But wisdom of the Lord. Once again, the words A millennium later, in the ﬁrst century
the dictates of his morality lay in the realm of the Bible point the ﬁnger of guilt at the A.D., James encouraged the believers of the
of his warped imagination, as described in collective imagination of mankind. It is the early church to follow the Lord in unity. His
Genesis 6:5: real enemy of His work. words, written from the viewpoint of early
“And GOD saw that the wickedness of Messianic Judaism, show that internal strife
man was great in the earth, and that every Courting the Demonic in the newborn church was planted there by
imagination of the thoughts of his heart was This brings up a salient point. Man’s demonic intrusion. He makes the point that
only evil continually.” imagination doesn’t function in a vacuum. “devilish” (demonic) ideology is planted to
Here, the form of man’s imagination, In this world, it is constantly being stimu- thwart the wisdom of the Lord. It operates
dictated by his inner motivations, is im- lated by Satan and his hoards of demons. in the arena of the imagination:
mortalized as totally evil. So evil, in fact, The real battle, illustrated by Satan’s temp- “Who is a wise man and endued with
that the Lord destroyed all but Noah and tation of Christ, is spiritual. Demons appeal knowledge among you? let him shew out of
his family. However, the Flood didn’t cure to human vanity, arrogance and intellectual a good conversation his works with meek-
man’s intrinsic wickedness. Rather, it cre- pride, causing them to develop and promote ness of wisdom.
ated a longing to return to the antediluvian wicked schemes in the name of progress. “But if ye have bitter envying and strife
world where the dark forces of the fallen David’s son Solomon was divinely gifted in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against
angels fed a twisted human imagination. with wisdom. But in his personal life, he the truth.
To achieve this they began a project. In often disregarded God’s leading. In the “This wisdom descendeth not from above,
the episode of the Tower of Babel, the Lord end, he saw the value of that for which he but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
looked down upon the evil venture and had prayed. The siren song of the world is “For where envying and strife is, there is
concluded that the thoughts of men would simple foolishness. He likens its attraction confusion and every evil work.
take him into the very heavens. He ruled to that of the wayward woman who lures a “But the wisdom that is from above is ﬁrst
that they should be diverted before that hap- man away from the path of righteousness pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to
pened. Notice that is it man’s imagination into the dark alleys of the lost. be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits,
that comes into question: Solomon depicts her as a harlot. He begs without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
“And the LORD said, Behold, the people the young man to follow the wisdom of the “And the fruit of righteousness is sown
is one, and they have all one language; and Lord, who will, “… deliver thee from the in peace of them that make peace” (James
this they begin to do: and now nothing will strange woman, even from the stranger 3:13-18).
be restrained from them, which they have which ﬂattereth with her words; Once again, we see that the Bible shows
imagined to do” (Genesis 11:6). “Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, two contrasting methods of thinking. One
Later, Moses, in prophesying that Israel and forgetteth the covenant of her God. is from below, demonic and destructive.
would one day be scattered over the earth, “For her house inclineth unto death, The other is from above in the dimension
gave one clear reason why this would hap- and her paths unto the dead” (Proverbs of God. The ﬁrst is a counterfeit of the sec-
pen. It would be the imagination of the Isra- 2:16-18). ond. Only the wisdom (thinking) of God is
elites that would lead them to destruction: On the other hand, the wisdom of the productive. The false wisdom of this world
“And it come to pass, when he heareth the Lord, Solomon depicts as a righteous system has only the power to destroy.
words of this curse, that he bless himself in woman who points one toward the Lord:
his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though “Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her The Power of Thought
I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to voice in the streets: Men earnestly desire to give life to their
add drunkenness to thirst” (Deut. 29:19). “She crieth in the chief place of con- thoughts. In one sense, they are able to do
The Israelites allowed their own thoughts course, in the openings of the gates: in the this, in that their inventions and commerce
and ideas to lead them, rather than the mind city she uttereth her words, saying, change the ﬂow of history. The convoluted
of God. Their long and tortured history “How long, ye simple ones, will ye love course of historical wealth and power has
leaves no doubt about that. Certainly, they simplicity? and the scorners delight in their traditionally followed the perfection of mar-
are quite gifted as a people. In each of the scorning, and fools hate knowledge? keting and weaponry. This produces a system
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that imbues itself with godlike power. and shape. They affect the world in which passage, the word “creature” is from the
In the purest sense, this world is a con- we live. Greek ktisis, which refers both to the act of
test between the thoughts of man and the This seems to be the intent of Revelation creation and to its end product — that which
thoughts of God. Or, is it a contest between 1:16, where John described the gloriﬁed is created. In the present condition of sin,
the thoughts of Satan and the thoughts of Christ. His words are described as so pow- the entire creation is in a broken condition,
God? Whatever the source of man’s imagi- erful, so effective, that they can literally awaiting the healing that will be brought
nation, it is only a vain and passing exercise be seen: by the One who spoke it into existence in
in futility. “And he had in his right hand seven stars: the ﬁrst place.
Only the thoughts of God are worthy and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged By substituting their human imagination
and permanent. More than that, only His sword: and his countenance was as the sun for the thoughts of the Lord, mankind has
thoughts have reality. That is, they result shineth in his strength.” substituted opinion for reality. The result
in something tangible and permanent, as These Scriptures are far more than a has been increasing chaos, decay and ulti-
written by the prophet Isaiah: mere statement about the quality of God’s mate corruption:
“Seek ye the LORD while he may be thought. They show us that His thoughts “For I reckon that the sufferings of this
found, call ye upon him while he is near: are of an entirely different order than our present time are not worthy to be compared
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the thoughts. Man’s thoughts can modify that with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him which is already in existence, but God can “For the earnest expectation of the
return unto the LORD, and he will have literally think things into existence in the creature waiteth for the manifestation of
mercy upon him; and to our God, for he ﬁrst place — something impossible for the sons of God.
will abundantly pardon. humans. “For the creature was made subject to
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, It is this simple fact that is the greatest vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him
neither are your ways my ways, saith the testimony to His existence. In his current who hath subjected the same in hope,
LORD. sinful state, man actually suppresses God’s “Because the creature itself also shall be
“For as the heavens are higher than thoughts, covering them with his own ideas. delivered from the bondage of corruption into
the earth, so are my ways higher than In the process, he comes to believe in the the glorious liberty of the children of God.
your ways, and my thoughts than your validity of his own ideas. In the following “For we know that the whole creation
thoughts. verses (Romans 1:18-23) this is exactly the groaneth and travaileth in pain together
“For as the rain cometh down, and the meaning of the word “hold:” until now” (Romans 8:18-22).
snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, “For the wrath of God is revealed from Again, the word “creature” should be
but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring heaven against all ungodliness and un- read as “creation,” meaning “the entire
forth and bud, that it may give seed to the righteousness of men, who hold the truth creation.” This would include all that the
sower, and bread to the eater: in unrighteousness; eye can see — from atoms to galaxies. Ev-
“So shall my word be that goeth forth “Because that which may be known of erything is in a state of decay and dissolu-
out of my mouth: it shall not return unto God is manifest in them; for God hath tion. But here, Paul rejoices in the coming
me void, but it shall accomplish that which shewed it unto them. deliverance. The “sons of God” are the
I please, and it shall prosper in the thing “For the invisible things of him from the redeemed who will come as the armies of
whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:6-11). creation of the world are clearly seen, be- heaven, with the returning Messiah in the
This Scripture puts man’s imagination ing understood by the things that are made, Second Coming. Certainly, the religion,
in its place. It begins with a call to the even his eternal power and Godhead; so politics and economy of the world will
“unrighteous man.” Actually, its original that they are without excuse: come under His judgment. But more than
language exhorts man to forsake the vanity “Because that, when they knew God, that, the very environment will be changed,
inherent in his old pattern of thinking. they glorified him not as God, neither making the earth a paradise once again. The
In the original Hebrew, “thought” is an were thankful; but became vain in their mind of God will rule the world.
expression created by the word machshavah imaginations, and their foolish heart was
vcajn, meaning, “an invention, idea or darkened. Imagination Versus Reality
thought.” Truly, the inventions of faithless “Professing themselves to be wise, they Remember that trip of the imagination
men have been the basis of a million trans- became fools, we mentioned earlier? Flights of fancy are
gressions and the source of corruption. “And changed the glory of the uncorrupt- the stuff of human thought. But they can
Here, God asserts that His thoughts oper- ible God into an image made like to cor- only result in tangible blessings if they are
ate on a different and higher plain than the ruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted ordained of God. Things that last can be
thoughts of man. At ﬁrst, this statement beasts, and creeping things.” made only by God, as Abraham, the father
would seem so blatantly obvious that it Notice, too, that the result of their ac- of the faithful, knew all too well:
hardly needs to be stated at all. It’s easy to tivities is vain imagination, those vagrant “By faith Abraham, when he was called
say that His thoughts are higher than ours. thoughts that imagine a better world, but to go out into a place which he should after
But notice that the Lord likens His without God. As mentioned earlier, this is receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he
thoughts to rain and snow. These meteo- the world of human thought, of imagined went out, not knowing whither he went.
rological realities actually cause the earth superheroes and utopian ideals. In the end, “By faith he sojourned in the land of
to function, giving life to what would oth- it rejects God as Creator and Redeemer. promise, as in a strange country, dwelling
erwise be a barren waste. In other words, Instead, it worships the created world, in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the
God’s thoughts constitute a physical reality. which is the end product of God’s thought. heirs with him of the same promise:
When His thoughts are spoken as a “word” Men, in their vanity, imagine this physi- “For he looked for a city which hath
that goes forth from His mouth, His thought cal universe to have created itself through foundations, whose builder and maker is
and His word literally take on substance some evolutionary process. In the following God. (Hebrews 11:8-10).
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Abraham knew that wealth and power bring forth …” (v.20). unhindered. There is no force known to man
could never build an empire. There is a new Finally, He said, “Let the earth bring that can make water behave in this way. But
construction coming. It will be built by the forth… and “Let us make man in our im- for the Lord, a thought will sufﬁce, creating
Lord, Himself, probably in the same way age” (vv. 24,26). a force of such intensity that even water
He constructed the heavens and the earth. In all these utterances, there is not the would stand up in a wall, without affecting
His direct command will result in the most slightest mention of technique, engineering the Israelites. So far as we know, this is
perfect city ever seen. or craftsmanship. His thought, expressed simply impossible.
By contrast, earthly kingdoms — devices in words, became what we call, “reality.” It is equally impossible to form complex
of the mind of man — will end up in dust. It began with light, suggesting an energy objects in an instant, but our Lord easily ac-
The four great world empires prophesied by ﬁeld of some sort. It was a presence that complished this, as shown in a miraculous
Daniel — Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece became differentiated into substance and event known to everyone who has read the
and Rome — already lie in dust. One by form. Then, it was gone, replaced by the Bible. Jesus healed a man blind from birth,
one, the empires of gold, silver, brass light of the Sun and stars that had come one of the signs he brought to Israel. It had
and iron fell into obscurity. They were, of into existence. long been taught that when the Messiah
course, memorialized in the ﬁgure of a huge How long did it take for all this to hap- came, He would restore sight to the man
image, with a head of gold. pen? No time at all. Certainly, there was the born blind. Nor is this a simple task. In this
That fourth beast still has life left in it, time span of six days. But each of the events anonymous recipient of Jesus’ grace, eye-
and will experience a rapid resurgence to is narrated as the simple act of utterance … balls, optic nerves and even the brain, itself,
power. Many volumes have been written of thought. When we imagine something, had never been conditioned to see.
about this so-called “Revived Roman Em- it never really appears. Our thoughts may Had Jesus simply healed the man’s physi-
pire.” In the end, it will be crushed at the be fascinating, but by themselves, they are cal systems, he would still have had to be
Lord’s Second Coming. This is only another ineffective. But when God thinks, things taught to see. It is interesting that, just as in
of many examples that show the reality of happen. the creation of the world, the light is given
God’s thought. Note in the following verses, God’s thought is an utterance, and this is prominence:
that Daniel saw a stone (Christ) made with- what is meant by“the Word:” “As long as I am in the world, I am the
out hands. It is not the work of human effort “In the beginning was the Word, and the light of the world.
or human ideology: Word was with God, and the Word was God. “When he had thus spoken, he spat on
“Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out “The same was in the beginning with God. the ground, and made clay of the spittle,
without hands, which smote the image upon “All things were made by him; and with- and he anointed the eyes of the blind man
his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake out him was not any thing made that was with the clay,
them to pieces” (Daniel 2:34). made” (John 1:1-3). “And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool
“Forasmuch as thou sawest that the Out of nothing, God declared something. of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.)
stone was cut out of the mountain without In fact, He declared everything. Throughout He went his way therefore, and washed, and
hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the Bible, we ﬁnd that the Lord is more came seeing” (John 9:5-7).
the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; than Creator. He is also instantly able to It has been said that Jesus created new
the great God hath made known to the king affect His creation. He parted the waters eyes with balls of freshly-made clay. But
what shall come to pass hereafter: and the of the Red Sea, allowing Moses to lead the only His thought could have produced the
dream is certain, and the interpretation children of Israel to freedom. He suspended working systems of sight. Or, how did Jesus
thereof sure” (Daniel 2:45). the water, so that it formed a wall to the left walk on the water of the Sea of Galilee? By
and right of the ﬂeeing Israelites: taking thought.
The Form of Thought “And Moses stretched out his hand over Thought holds the universe together. One
With the foregoing in mind, let’s look at the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to day, as foretold in II Peter 3:10, it will be
a few examples that illustrate the biblical go back by a strong east wind all that night, completely restructured:
view of thought speed. First and foremost, and made the sea dry land, and the waters “But the day of the Lord will come as a
when “… God created the heaven and were divided. thief in the night; in the which the heavens
the earth,” it was done by utterance. His “And the children of Israel went into the shall pass away with a great noise, and the
thought, expressed as words, became reality midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and elements shall melt with fervent heat, the
in an instant. In the ﬁrst chapter of Genesis, the waters were a wall unto them on their earth also and the works that are therein
there is an orderly progression from disor- right hand, and on their left” (Exodus shall be burned up.”
der to order: 14:21,22). By taking thought, the Lord will unleash
First, He said, “Let there be light” (v.3). Many have attempted to explain away the elements to achieve His desired goal.
Next, He said, “Let there be a ﬁrmament this miracle by saying that a strong wind In Hebrews 1:3, He is said to be, “uphold-
in the midst of the waters, and let it divide created a channel across the sea. Certainly, ing all things by the word of his power.”
the waters from the waters” (v.6). an east wind blew. However, any wind As we have already seen, this “word” is
Then, He said, “Let the waters under the strong enough to hold back heaps of water simply the utterance of His divine thought.
heaven be gathered together unto one place, would be a literal hurricane. (An east wind In an instant, the things we regard as solid
and let the dry land appear” (v.9). of this velocity would halt the Israelites’ and unmovable will suddenly assume new
After that, He said, “Let the earth bring eastward march across the dry ﬂoor of the shape, form and ﬂow, all at the speed of
forth …” (v.11). sea.) A force held the waters apart. God thought.
After the earth brought forth, He said, “Let created that force by a thought.
there be lights in the ﬁrmament of the heaven Men, women, children, oxen, carts, tents, The Speed of Thought
to divide the day from the night” (v.14). food, clothing and the Egyptian treasure How fast is thought? Just as we have
Following that, He said, “Let the waters marched across the sea bottom, apparently imagined in our own dreams, it is instan-
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taneous. We think about being somewhere First and foremost, Paul found himself in- thought, expressed as Word.
— say, the British Museum or the Great stantly borne aloft on a thought in the mind And the beautiful part of the equation is
Pyramid — and our thoughts are there in no of God. The term, “caught up” is from the this: As faithful believers, we have access
time at all. But on God’s plane of existence, Greek harpazo. It speaks of something or to His thoughts. As Paul puts it, “For who
it is also very real, as the Apostle John someone quickly seized and pulled up at hath known the mind of the Lord, that he
discovered when he was transported to the breathtaking speed. It is, in fact, the very may instruct him? But we have the mind of
Kingdom of Heaven and simultaneously, term used to describe the catching-away of Christ” (I Corinthians 2:16).
to the future: the church: “Then we … shall be caught This is an amazing truth, expressing the
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door up…” (I Thessalonians 4:17). idea that our salvation grants us present
was opened in heaven: and the ﬁrst voice He was instantly transported to another access to the Kingdom of Heaven. Through
which I heard was as it were of a trumpet dimension, just as we shall be at the proper prayer, we can instantly travel to that place
talking with me; which said, Come up moment. We shall travel at the speed of where the speed of thought is an actuality.
hither, and I will shew thee things which thought, to a place where one can be trans- Paul urges believers to realize this great
must be hereafter. ported into the past, present and future with truth: “Let this mind be in you, which was
“And immediately I was in the spirit: and, equal facility. also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).
behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one “For the Lord himself shall descend from Though presently locked in this place of
sat on the throne” (Revelation 4:1,2). heaven with a shout, with the voice of the time and space, our thoughts soar into
The instantaneous nature of John’s trans- archangel, and with the trump of God: and eternity — the eternal present.
port is conveyed with absolute authenticity. the dead in Christ shall rise ﬁrst: “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen,
John actually experienced what the rest “Then we which are alive and remain nor ear heard, neither have entered into the
of us only dream about. He was taken to shall be caught up together with them in heart of man, the things which God hath
the dimension of eternity, where he could the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and prepared for them that love him.
view events that we think of as “future.” He so shall we ever be with the Lord” (I Thes- “But God hath revealed them unto us by his
saw war and famine, economic chaos and salonians 4:16,17). Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea,
pandemics, astronomical and geological The vocal command of the Lord reminds the deep things of God” (I Cor. 2:9,10).
upheavals, reporting on them as a credible us of so many other similar commands We have been given the perception of
eyewitness. recorded in Scripture. The creation of the things beyond this world. It has given us the
Occasionally, he even questioned his world, the parting of the Red Sea, the heal- ability to know about the speed of thought
heavenly guides, asking for explanations ing commands of Jesus, the cataclysms of in the dimension of the Lord. We patiently
of what he saw. At the speed of thought, he Revelation — all are the result of the Lord’s await its full realization. u
was actually taken to a number of vantage
points, from which he was able to report on
the events of the Lord’s Day of Judgment.
His view of Mystery Babylon’s fall and
the Second Coming of Christ are indel-
ibly etched upon the minds of the faithful.
Upon his return, he was released from his
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It bears the distinct marks of an actual
“It is not expedient for me doubtless to
glory. I will come to visions and revelations
of the Lord.
“I knew a man in Christ above fourteen
years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot
tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot
tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up
to the third heaven.
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the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell:
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Continued From Page 4 us. But, that is not all that a believer needs. for justice and mercy — justice for those
the man who had been born blind (John 9:7), Thus, the next gate lies very near to the who refused the message of the Gospel and
the pool that meant “Sent.” In Bible days, a Water Gate. It is called ... mercy for those who accepted it.
large pool with several porches served those We love to sing songs about the East-
who wanted to be spiritually clean before The Horse Gate ern Gate. We delight in relishing the day
entering the Temple compound. In David’s day, this gate was used for an when we are reunited with our friends and
This pool tells us about the work of entrance to horse stables. Though the area relatives. However, the Eastern Gate is not
regeneration in the convert who has come of Solomon’s stables was misnamed, being the ﬁnal gate. Once we leave this life, we
all the way south and has turned the corner within the Temple compound, it is likely will encounter one more gate. Nehemiah
from sin to redemption in order to head up that stables were nearby. Over the centu- called it ...
the Eastern Wall toward the Eastern Gate ries, the underground area just inside the
that entered directly into the Court of the Temple’s southern wall, took on the name of The Inspection Gate
Temple. The work of regeneration is done Solomon’s stables because of this gate. The Hebrew term “Miphkad” (Neh.
by the “Sent” One — the Holy Spirit who The horse was one of the principle 3:31) refers to the Inspection Gate. This
was promised to the disciples before the means of transportation — a worker in the is the ﬁnal gate. Today, the Lion’s Gate
death of God’s Lamb. service of mankind. Likewise, the spiritual (sometimes misnamed the Sheep Gate)
We recall that our Savior said, “It is signiﬁcance in this gate teaches that we stands where the Inspection Gate was lo-
expedient for you that I go away: for if I are to serve mankind. At the Water Gate cated. For believers, it could represent the
go not away, the Comforter will not come we worship God and at the Horse Gate we Judgment Seat of Christ — a time when we
unto you; but if I depart, I will send him serve humanity. will be called upon to give an account of
unto you” (John 16:7). Our conversion at the Fountain Gate pre- our lives. How well did we serve the Lord?
The water in the Pool of Soloam is sym- pares us for the high calling of worship and How much treasure did we send on ahead?
bolic of the work of the Holy Spirit, as well service as seen in the Water Gate and Horse Were we “ﬁshers of men?”
of typical of life in general. Running water Gate. This is where we show our faith by The Apostle Paul said:
in Judaism is referred to as “living” water. our works. This is where we lay up treasures “Every man’s work shall be made mani-
It seems, therefore, that the Pool of So- in heaven. These gates represent a lifetime fest: for the day shall declare it, because it
loam represents the place where the repen- of good works, for which we will be glad shall be revealed by ﬁre; and the ﬁre shall
tant sinner, who has been convicted of sin, when we get to heaven. And that brings us try every man’s work of what sort it is.
now receives the “water of life” from which to the most exciting gate of all ... “If any man’s work abide which he hath
he will never thirst again. From there, the built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
new convert moves north to the next gate. The Eastern Gate “If any man’s work shall be burned, he
This might have been the “Gate Beauti- shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be
Water Gate ful” referred to in Acts 3:2. The Eastern saved; yet so as by ﬁre” (I Cor. 3:13-15).
In Bible days, the Water Gate was located Gate was certainly the most ornate and The author of Hebrews 9:27 said, “It is
in the Eastern Wall of the lower city, near important of all the gates. This is the gate appointed unto men once to die, but after
the Gihon Spring, and just above the Kidron that leads into the Temple courtyard, and this the judgment.”
Valley. It was about halfway between the represents our entrance into heaven’s glory For the unsaved, there awaits the Great
Pool of Soloam and the Pinnacle of the at the end of our earthly life. White Throne Judgment. This is the place
Temple (the southeastern corner of the As we approach the Eastern Gate, the where every Christ-rejecting soul will be
Temple fortress. Kidron Valley, with all of its sorrows, lies cast into the “lake of ﬁre” (Rev. 20:14).
The Water Gate also represents cleansing, behind us. The Mount of Olives and Geth- After the receiving the Lamb as our
but not for the purpose of regeneration or semane, with its cemeteries are behind us. Savior (at the Fountain Gate), we began a
conversion. That took place at the Fountain As we enter, we notice that it is a double journey that will take us from the lowest
Gate. The Water Gate and its attending Gi- gate. Unlike the others, this gate welcomes part of the city overlooking the Valley of
hon Spring seems to represent a life of fel- us into the presence of God. Gehenna (a place that represents the tor-
lowship — of worship that keeps us spiritu- It is said that Israel’s long-looked-for ments of hell); past the Water Gate (a place
ally attuned to God’s will for our lives. Just Messiah will enter through this gate when of worship); and past the Horse Gate (a
above the Water Gate, in the Ophel area of He comes. What Judaism does not under- place of service). On this journey, we should
the southern Temple wall, several mikvahs stand, is that their Messiah has already done be mindful that we will someday enter
(baptismal pools) have been uncovered by that. He rode a donkey from the Mount of heaven’s Eastern Gate and be inspected at
Israel’s top archeologists. That is likely the Olives up to that gate. Historically, that is the Inspection Gate.
place where 3,000 people were baptized on called the “Triumphal Entry.” Well, I want We should so live our lives with a
the day of Pentecost. you to know that when we die, our entrance humbleness of spirit; with an integrity of
Nehemiah and Ezra gathered all the into heaven’s Eastern Gate will be a trium- heart and mind; and with a boldness for our
people at the Water Gate and read the Law phal entry for us. Lord; that when we get to heaven, we will
of Moses. We are told that the people spent Sometimes heaven’s entrance has been be glad to be there.
several hours standing to hear the precious called the “Pearly Gates,” when actually, Finally, heaven will not be heaven be-
Word. Revival broke out. Therefore, the those are the gates to the New Jerusalem. cause of what is there, but because of who
Water Gate became the place of gathering, There are twelve of those! Around David is there. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us
of teaching, of fellowship. I would liken and Nehemiah’s Jerusalem there were only to lead our families to serve our Lord.
that to the local church. The new convert ten, but what a wonderful message they The Gates of Jerusalem have a wonderful
should unite with other believers in worship bring to us! prophetic story to tell, having been named
and service to God who loves and cares for It is said that the double entrance stands 1,000 years before the Lamb came. u
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Codename: Judgment Day!
By Gary Stearman
We observe a huge theater of operations,
centered about old Babylon, the ruins of
which lie just ninety miles south of Bagh-
dad. How remarkable and ironic that the
leaders of the world’s widest war are gath-
ered in this particular place! Now, the chiefs,
dukes and sages of the Islamic revolution are
crying out for “judgment day.”
As we have often pointed out, the cur-
rent focus of the U.S. military effort in the
Middle East is positioned at the vortex of
an enormous power struggle. Baghdad lies
between Iran and Afghanistan on the east
and Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Syria on the
west. To the south, the oil-soaked Arab
desert pumps its daily ration of power into
the veins of the world market.
Looming in the north, Turkey, Armenia
and the Caucasus range points toward
Russia, now ﬁrmly engaged in the conﬂict bases, economic and oil-related facilities er, that they would send atomic weapons to
and playing up to the Islamic side. Islamic tied to U.S. and British ﬁrms, and targets destroy Israel. Led by the fanatic Mahmoud
leaders sense that their historical moment in countries allied with the U.S. Ahmadinejad, they pressed toward more
has arrived. • “Attacks by Revolutionary Guards and open confrontation with the West. They
The Western alliance is precisely posi- Iraqi insurgents loyal to Iran against U.S. consider the “Zionist Satan” – the U.S. and
tioned at the center of this monumental and British forces in Iraq. Israel – to be worthy only of destruction.
struggle, now threatening to quash Iran’s • “Hundreds of rockets launched by This is the way they deﬁne “peace.” Hence,
budding nuclear arsenal. Hezbollah against pre-selected targets in they can honestly insist that their objectives
As reported by WorldNetDaily (April Israel. are peaceful.
29th), it has now been learned that eight • “If U.S. military attacks continue, more Western leaders, and the U.S. in particu-
Islamic revolutionary organizations have than 50 Shehab-3 missiles will be launched lar, are being led ever more deeply into a
been funded to retaliate, should the U.S. against Israel and 50 terrorist cells in the tightening web of Islamic revolutionary
attack Iran. Their operation is codenamed: U.S., Canada and Europe will be given ap- power. In the streets of Tehran, marchers
“Judgment Day.” proval to launch attacks against civil and denounce Zionism (including anyone who
“Most of Iran’s visitors in the last four industrial targets in those countries. supports it) and call for, “Death to Israel!”
months, including the leaders of revolution- •“Maximize civilian casualties with germ For years, Israelis have regarded Iran, not
ary groups in Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon, agents and ‘dirty bombs.’” Iraq or Syria, as their chief threat. It boasts
as well as the heads of Hezbollah cells in its own oil wealth and a high degree of
the Persian Gulf and Europe and North Iran: Now a Dark Force technical expertise, backed by forty years
America were asked, when they met with On May 2nd, Reuters issued a story that of exchange education with American
the Iranian intelligence minister Gholam- further darkened the threat potential. “Iran Universities.
hossein Mohseni Ezhei and his aides: ‘Are threatened on Tuesday (the 2nd) to attack Israel’s Defense Minister, Shaul Mofaz,
you ready to defend the Islamic revolution Israel in response to any ‘evil’ act by the recently stated the gravity of the present
and vilayet e faqih (rule of the clergy)?’ If United States and said it had enriched situation. In the April 24th London Tele-
you agree to take part in the great jihad, uranium to a level close to the maximum graph, he is reported as saying, “Of all the
what would you need to be ready for the compatible with civilian use in power sta- threats we face, Iran is the biggest. The
great ﬁght?” tions. world must not wait. It must do everything
By this, according to WND, he was ask- “The defiant statements were issued necessary on a diplomatic level in order to
ing them to be ready to participate in some shortly before world powers met in Paris stop its nuclear activity.
or all of the following six actions: late on Tuesday to plan their next moves “Since Hitler we have not faced such a
• “U.S. bases in Iraq and the Persian Gulf after Tehran rejected a UN call to halt ura- threat.”
region to be struck by Iranian missiles. nium enrichment.” Mofaz was adamant about the action
• “Suicide attacks in a number of Muslim Iran insisted, on the one hand, that their that needs to be taken: “Pressure must be
countries against U.S. embassies, military intentions were “peaceful” and, on the oth- applied on the Iranians to ensure that they
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realize there is no returning from the path the horizon, in which the Muslims will be credibility is at stake here. We must either
they are taking.” victorious. This is conﬁrmed by the reliable mean what we say when we say that Iran
Many who were alive in 1938 say that hadiths, as well as by reality. must comply, or we can continue to allow
the current situation with Iran has striking “Jihad is now taking place in Afghani- Iran to defy.”
overtones of proclamations made by Hitler stan, Palestine [sic], Iraq, Chechnya, The sounds and smells of war continue
calling for the annihilation of European Kashmir and the Philippines.” He added, to gather in the theater of war in the heart
Jewry. He threatened to take Poland; the “… love for America is now disappearing of old Babylon. To the north, the Russians
world largely ignored his threats; we all from the hearts, within America itself and have weighed in, recently recognizing the
remember the result. elsewhere, whereas Islam is growing even legitimacy of the terror group, Hamas. They
In that year, Hitler became the absolute within America, my brothers.” have also offered to help Tehran enrich
autocrat of Germany. In March, his forces Will we listen to Ahmadinejad and Is- uranium, promising not to allow weapons-
completed the “union” of Germany and lamic leaders, or will we ignore them, as the grade material to fall into the hands of its
Austria, as he rolled into Vienna. In Octo- World War II generation ignored Hitler? Islamic leadership.
ber, his army took over the Sudatenland. In Certainly, the warnings are being sound- As the drama plays out, we are seeing the
November, the infamous “Crystal Night” ed. On May 1st, CNN aired U.S. Secretary end of one act. Soon, the curtain will open
witnessed the savaging of thousands of of State Condoleeza Rice, saying that Iran on the ﬁnal act, this one reverberating with
Jewish homes and businesses. In the next is “… playing games with the international unparalleled fury. The prophets entitled it:
year, Nazi rallies called for Jews to be re- community. The international community’s “Judgment Day!” u
moved from positions of power, and Hitler
marched into Poland.
All this was blithely ignored by the world,
allowing the Holocaust to develop.
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Once again, a world leader is openly call-
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the world is looking the other way. That
is, all except for the Jews. Israel’s Prime
Minister Olmert called Ahmadinejad “a
psychopath.” He also made the inevitable
comparison with Hitler.
This happened at the end of April. The
following day, Meir Dagan the chief of
Israel’s Intelligence Agency – the Mossad
– was in Washington, openly speaking of
the gravity of the current situation. He came
to discuss details of Iran’s secret nuclear
weapons program, and to meet with his
intelligence counterparts in the West. He
also spent time with the National Security
Council and Pentagon experts.
WND reported, “Dagan is not given to
small talk and niceties.” One source said
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