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“If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.

Since the dawn of civilization, there have been three pillars of power that have held sway over humanity: government, finance, and royalty. Politicians are the people who make the laws that govern us. Finance is the engine that drives our economy. Royalty is the embodiment of power and prestige, both open and hidden.

Finance is the lifeblood of nations, and government, finance, and royalty are its key components. Politicians are the ones who enact the laws that govern the financial system, while finance is the system that manages the flow of money and credit. Royalty, on the other hand, is the group of people who own and control much of the financial system and the world. History books show us that just after the French Revolution the royals became aware the changes coming could not be stopped. They organized with the bankers to keep control of their vast financial wealth. Well hidden away, for example the king of France after the revolution was still the Duke of Orleans and still owned a large amount of land in Paris even to this day. That was a small amount of what he owned and is vastly wealthy. There is still a King of France today. Henry V11 even though not officially recognized. Other Kings such as the King of the holy Roman Empire still exist. He was even a member of the European Parliament.

The Risks of abusing Power When people in positions of power abuse their authority, it can have far-reaching consequences. Politicians who misuse their power can erode the public’s trust in government and damage the country’s reputation. Financial fraud by corporate executives can destroy shareholder value and lead to criminal charges. And royals who flout the rules can bring embarrassment and shame to their families. When people abuse their power, they not only risk their own reputations and careers, but they also jeopardize the institutions they represent. Hence, they have developed very closed family groupings. Who marries into these families being very controlled. Only recently has there been a much wider group of people chosen from.

Overtime the parliamentary system governments developed. These were simple governments. As the population grew and technology increased managing countries became more complicated and a management system developed. Bureaucracy. This grew larger and larger as things became more complicated. With size they became more intransigent and unresponsive to political whims. No longer were they Civil Servants. In many cases they became the masters. Which is very evident in what has happened in the USA lately. Government employees abusing their power in order to maintain control and the elected government almost powerless to stop it.

In the mean time the roll of the politician was reduced to one of show for the people. Puppets picked in a popularity contest by people who are generally ill informed. The winning prize is you get to run the most complicated business in the country. Where decisions you make are not only financial but will determine life and death of some. Your country Inc. There are three important areas in which Civil Service, finance, and royalty are connected: taxes, spending, and borrowing. Taxes are the main way that governments raise money to spend on public services and goods. Civil Servants are setting tax rates and for ensuring that taxes are collected efficiently. Finance professionals help to design and implement tax systems, and they also play a role in advising governments on how to raise and spend money. Royalty also have a significant impact on government finances. In many countries, royals often have a significant influence over government spending, as they can request funds for pet projects

The Power of Interdependence In a world that is increasingly interconnected, the power of interdependence should not be underestimated. Civil Servants, financiers, and royalty all have a vested interest in promoting and protecting interdependent relationships. Interdependence is the key to maintaining stability in a world that is constantly changing. By working together, different groups help each other weather periods of upheaval and ensure that everyone benefits from periods of prosperity. When interdependent relationships are strong, everyone involved is better able to withstand shocks and challenges.

The Age of Laodicea

The letters to the churches have led to some debate. Are they just letters with no other meaning other than their face value or are they the different states that any church can fall into if the relationship with Jesus falls away. Could it be the ages of the churches through time or some combination of all three. Revelation 3;14 is where you will find the letter . The city of Laodicea at that time was a wealthy trading and medical city. Ideal for the vision of riches and the problems of riches. The name Laodicea means “people’s rights” and has there ever been a time were people’s rights have been an issue. Sometimes it is translated as “the people judged”. The industrial revolution is well under away when the Age starts. Worldwide trade is making many rich and that is reflected in the church and the congregations also becoming wealthy. This Age of wide spread wealth starts in the 1800's. We see that 1844 is a very important date but it is more accurate to say the Age of Laodicea starts in the 1840's.

 It was also famous for a Council of Laodicea that changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday to avoid prosecution.

Why is it ages of the church and not something else. In revelation 4 John sees a door to heaven open and what is said is, “After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this. What will take place after this giving it a time component. After what, it must be the letters for that is what proceeds before it. If it is after, then the proceeding must be a time line which makes the letters a prediction of the future of the church. Not that these are mutually exclusive. But we will look at the time line. Lodacea is the last letter and will run through to the second advent of Christ. When did it start?  There is a famous picture of Jesus standing at a door and knocking. The door has a handle only on the inside. This was painted in 1851. It is called The light of the world. By Holman Hunt. Behold I stand at the door and knock is written under it.. Rev 3.20 Another clue to this age starting in the mid 1800's is Daniel 8-14. Daniels talks about 2300 days which when converted to a day being a year. 2300 years from when the temple started to be rebuilt. That takes us up to 1844. There were movements the claimed that Jesus would return. It was felt that if the arrival of the messiah had a seventy week prediction and that proved to be accurate then the 2300 days will be accurate as well. The movement was called Millerism but also called advent-ism. It caused a great deal of embarrassment when it proved to be wrong. Why was their interpretation wrong. Let us look a little closer at Millerism and what was believed at the time.

Millerism

William Miller was a lay preacher and student of the word. He saw the the seventy week prophecy was exactly right and there was another period in Daniel 8. He worked out a time line from some date. So the only start date he could come up with was the one that started the seventy week. When he calculated it out the date was 1844. He started to preach this and started a magazine called Signs of the Times. This spread around the world. However, it proved to be wrong. There were many reasons given for why it did not occur. The scripture read “and the giving over of the sanctuary and host to be trampled underfoot?” 14And he said to me,c “For 2,300 evenings and mornings. Then the sanctuary shall be restored to its rightful state.” They took restored to be an instant event but it was the start of a process. The end of the age in Revelations and Matthew is a series of events. So not the Second coming but the beginning of the events that would result in the second coming.

There were a number of other events that took place in 1844. The Bahai faith The history of the Bahai faith goes back to 1844, when a young Iranian man who called himself the Báb said that God will soon send a messenger who is to be the latest prophet. Joseph Smith the founder of the Mormon faith was murdered. But more impotently Bingham Young, the real driving force behind the religion, took over. The rise of false religions is covered more in the White Rider which be in the next instalment. Also the YMCA started.

Charles Darwin

Even though The Origin of the species was published in 1857 in was written will before that date. On 11 January 1844, Darwin mentioned his theorising to the botanist Joseph Hooker writing with melodramatic humour "it is like confessing a murder". Hooker replied "There may in my opinion have been a series of productions on different spots, & also a gradual change of species. I shall be delighted to hear how you think that this change may have taken place, as no presently conceived opinions satisfy me on the subject."

By July, Darwin had expanded his "sketch" into a 230-page "Essay", to be expanded with his research results if he died prematurely.  In November 1844, the anonymously published sensational best-seller Natural History of Creation

Karl Marx

Karl Marx was a writer for various radical magazines and an activist. In 1844 he met with another activist called Fredrich Engels. Engels had just spent two years in England and had written The Condition of the working class in England. This greatly influenced Marx. They worked together and then Marx worked alone. By the end of the year he had written in great detail all the major components of what we call today The Communist Manifesto.  Peoples rights, the name of Laodicea.

Samuel Morse

The first electronic transmission was sent in Morse code. The beginning of the electronic communication and the age of computing. What is needed for the mark of the beast. The first message was “What has God wrought”. Truly profound statement.

Pope Pius 1X

Pope Pius1X became the new Pope taking over from Gregory XV1. This did not happen in 1844 but in 1846. Understanding what happened here is important in understanding the age of Laodicea and the next chapter the White Rider. I will remind you that Laodicea means “people’s rights”. Pope Pius was the first of the so called liberal popes. Pope Gregory being an orthodox pope believed in the divine hand on the pope and he had ultimate authority. Under Pope Pius there were new found rights given to various groups and committees. Gregory's authoritarian power was based on the model given by God and his authority. Now groups of men were given rights to make judgement on what God really meant. This is where the roll of the White Rider takes over till finally today we have a non Christian Pope{Jesuit}.

The three of the most profound events that effect our modern time all came about in the same year,1844. The year that the age of Laodicea began. Within two years the last of the four had occurred.

It was the end of the ages that Daniel covered and the start of Revelations. Except for Daniel 7 now Revelations takes up the end of the age. The first thing that happens in Revelations is the arrival of the White Rider in Rev 6.

Let’s look at the white horseman. This is what I write about next chapter and it is going to be controversial.

Fallen fallen is Babylon the great

This event is about to come upon us. So I thought I would dig up some scriptures and see what we can glean to give us a better idea of how this is going to unfold. I wonder which if any of the videos on You Tube are accurate. This event is mentioned twice in Revelations 18-2 and 14-8. Fallen fallen is Babylon and close to it is mentioned in Isaiah 21. That's the same passage get the name of my web site verse 21-11The oracle concerning Dumah. One is calling to me from Seir,

“Watchman, what time of the night? A look at Babylonian history is very interesting.

 However, before we look at these scriptures let us look at who Babylon is and what it is.

What is Babylon the great?

The and Rev 18 is a good place to start

 “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!

She has become a dwelling place for demons,

a haunt for every unclean spirit,

a haunt for every unclean bird,

a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.

For all nations have drunk

the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality,

and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her,

and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.”

These verses provides relevant information. First and for most is sexual immorality which is backed up with descriptions of it being the great whore, the harlot and mother of prostitutes. Secondly it is a city of merchants and great wealth (bankers)created by the immoral lifestyle. One of it's names in Rev 17 is the great city. It does not say it will be a military based wickedness.

In Revelations 17 describes there being seven heads with Rome being the sixth. The usual list of names of the seven includes Assyria, Nineva and Egypt, Phebes etc. which were before Babylon. These are included as they were the most dominant nations of their time. It does not make sense to me and it is because they miss the point of what Babylon is. Nineveh was the largest city up until that time and its population was 120,000 but was not a city of merchants but a military empire. Babylon's population was about 250,000 and was a new kind of city that the world had not seen before. One of its early names was The City of Merchants. This merchant trade gave rise to banking both normal and Merchant Banking. The measure of value was the shekel which was weighed. The Babylonians were the first to put marking on shekels to inform the user of a standard weigh. We see the result of this system in our modern fiat currencies. Also in Zechariah 5 there is a picture of a woman in a sealed basket. The says "This is wickedness" This basket was taken to the land of Shinar. Shinar is another name for Babylonia of which the capital is Babylon. The woman in the basket was wickedness. This is why the name Babylon is the description of this entity. Military dominance often goes with financial dominance but is not an essential part of being Babylon. So to be a head of Babylon you must be the most immoral nation and be financial dominant. These nations that become dominant are described as heads with Rome being the sixth head. Rome morphed into the Holy Roman Empire which ended with the Third Reich. Reich being a German word for the Holy Roman Empire. A change happen with the second world war. The Breton Woods meeting started the change but the actual change from Europe being Babylon to the USA was signed into being on a single day when on the 27th of December 1945 the IMF was signed into being but at the same time the US dollar was made the reserve world currency. The moral collapse had happened with the roaring twenties through to the prospect of war. People did things that they would not have done normally but once the line was crossed there was no turning back. That makes the USA the same age as King Saul when he died. The USA is Babylon or more correctly the seventh head of the Beast that Mystery Babylon(the woman in the basket,wickedness) rides on. Zechariah 5 gives us another look at the characteristics on Babylon. The flying scroll is a curse that goes out against the thief and against a false witness. That is dishonest gain and no justice. With the way banks and multinationals operate these days this is rampant.

Revelations 14 has to do with the 144000 and the change of what is being preached. Up until the fall they preach “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgement has come, and worship him” We have seen that start in the 1970'S and get more pronounced to being a common ministry today. In Rev 18.2 the cause of the fall is described next. “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of the passions of her sexual immorality.” This reinforces the fact that the fall is to do with immorality and not military strength.

Revelations 18

Most of Revelations are events over short timeliness. Following that precedent lets us look at Rev 18 as a time line. Firstly, a powerful Angel lightened the whole earth with its glory. We have have seen that over the last couple of years in the USA with the rise of Donald Trump. All kinds of revelations have come out about corruption in the government of the USA. Some know what has been going on but all will know soon.  There is going to be an attack on sexual wickedness, the double standard of justice which is mind boggling in the USA (Hillary and Bill Clinton's endless scandals) and thief. What the banks have been doing.

Barack Obama hanging from a rope. The theft of vast sums of money being exposed. There will be major scandals in the FBI, DOJ and the CIA. The corruption is so wide spread and profound there are far to many to list. The main ones to look for are sexual wickedness, theft and justice.

Fallen Fallen is Babylon the Great.

We will see the exposure of high profile people involved in Paedophilia. There are going to be some high profile preachers going to jail for a long time. We are going to see ex Presidents going to jail and there may even be hangings. Do not be surprised to see Barrack Obama hanging from a rope. The theft of vast sums of money being exposed. There will be major scandals in the FBI, DOJ and the CIA. The corruption is so wide spread and profound there are far to many to list. The main ones to look for are sexual wickedness, theft and injustice. The USA is stating to see a challenge to injustice.

The future.

There are many stories about Fallen Babylon being destroyed in one hour by fire. This is in Rev 18 and it is true that this will happen. However if you are reading Rev 18 as a time line then there are two things that happen in between. Firstly the call for Gods people to come out of the cities. As mentioned before that is every city with over 250,000 people in it. Secondly, the President saying that she has suffered no harm and the USA is as great as ever. On that statement pretty much instantly KaPow. A lot has to happen in Europe before that takes place so it would be a minimum of seven years but more likely fourteen years .

Lets get technical.

The statement that Babylon is the USA is not correct. The image we are given is made up of three parts. The woman riding the beast, the beast itself and the heads of the beast and the ten horns.

The woman which we have covered who can not be killed so when we say Fallen Fallen we just mean she will move from the seventh head to an eighth. Which in this case is back to Europe. The beast is a spiritual being and is said to arise out of the bottomless pit. The spiritual being that rises out of the bottomless pit is Abaddon. You can read more about Abaddon in the blogg "Abaddon the only being more wicked than Satan" Lastly are the nations and their cities and they are described as heads. There are ten horns and horns are people. You can easily see this in Daniel 8 when he talks about the goat and the ram as Greece and the Medes and Perians. I say that Revelations is a time line, first is fallen fallen then people have to leave the cities and then the physical attack. The ten horns hate the head and that is the ten horns of Europe and will oversee the destruction of the USA and the fully blown eighth head. If you read Europe in Revelations you can start to see a real time line.

Earthquakes and natural disasters

New Zealand's coming disaster.

Do earthquakes and other natural disasters mean there is Gods judgement happening or is it just for the old testament. A question that has come into prominence in New Zealand in recent months. A well known pastor has claimed that the earthquakes in Christchurch an other major earthquakes have been just that. He pointed out the statistics for Christchurch for a number of crimes was very high. That homosexuality and liberal humanism was also rampant. So I asked myself a question. Does God use these kind of events since Jesus and the new testament or do we just live in a world of time and chance and it is inevitable that we will get hit by an earthquake in New Zealand The islands have numerous fault lines running through them. We don't get many scriptures from a historical point of view in the New Testament about earthquakes. We have when Jesus died and gave his last breathe there was a great earthquake and the curtain in the temple was ripped. An angel came down from heaven and when his foot touched the earth there was an earthquake and the stone blocking the door of the tomb rolled away. In Acts 16;26 there was an earthquake when Paul was in prison and the prison doors all opened. So does God use earthquakes since Jesus came? The answer is yes. But is every earthquake an acted of God, probably not but it is wrong to believe it never is. When an earthquake strikes we need to search to see if God is saying something. There are a number of principals that transcend the old and new testaments. Leviticus 18;24-30 is one of them. If you practice wickedness then the land will vomit you out when you make it unclean. A scripture use by the Pastor to back his statements.

What do we look for? To start with why did the whole of New Zealand get to hear this warning. This pastor has a very checker past and should have been ignored. However, for some reason the whole of New Zealand heard it as it made the secular news. I do not think the devil would like this made public. It has the hand of God written all over it. As we rush headlong into the end of the age there are numerous scriptures that say there will be a great increase in wickedness in the last days. 2 Timothy 3;2-5 is a perfect example. The result of which will lead to a great increase in natural disasters and of cause earthquakes is one of them. New Zealand has no exemption from this horrendous increase in wickedness that all other countries are suffering. In fact we are probably worse than most countries. For nine years we had a gay Prime Minister who attacked the moral standards of New Zealand with her social engineering. Once she was ousted we got what we thought would be a better government. However , we did not look at the principles of wickedness properly. Things like murder and adultery etc. are listed many times but these are the result of the turning away from a more basic principle. Which is love your neighbour as yourself. In the old testament it is spelt out a bit more and that is to look after the weak and poor the widow and the orphan. Now for the last eight years New Zealand has suffered a government that has attacked these very foundations of Gods purpose. As a nation we have done very will financially but this money has not got down to the poor and we have large numbers of people living in poverty. We have seen recently this battle between globalist elite and nationalism. New Zealand is totally controlled by the globalists and we have seen our government follow a wicked Globalist agenda time and time again. The rich both in New Zealand and overseas are asset striping  the wealth of the country. The result of this murderous agenda is tens of thousands of Kiwis suffering and  dying before there time. Christianity in New Zealand has seen the collapse of faith in the mainstream churches. We have also seen the rise of the Mega church and the preaching of the new gospel. The 'all you need is love' or 'what you need is to be enjoying everyday life'. Very few churches are full of life and power. The bible says this wickedness will result in natural disasters. Are the earthquakes striking New Zealand the result of wickedness? The answer is a great big fat YES.

 So the question is not "is this the result of Gods punishment" but why Christchurch? Did Christchurch draw the short straw and it was just bad luck or was there more to it. The Pastor described the wickedness of Christchurch with a list of the main sins. But Wellington has far more people supporting liberal humanism and the Utopian agenda that goes with it. Auckland has a far greater Gay community, violence and other religions than Christchurch. The two things I see as the main reasons that Christchurch was chosen ahead of other cities are A The Wizard of Christchurch and his being made a official representative of the city. This is not just the one man but an organisation that has official pixies going all over the city casting spells and the Christians there have just stood by and did nothing. The formal worship of another God. B The appointment of a woman bishop to the largest congregation in Christchurch. This appointment is open rebellion to the word of God by most Christians in the city. They also had a number of court cases that resulted is unjust convictions of weak and defenceless people. These are real disaster resulting sins.

So where to from here. We have a Pastor being used by God to give us a warning for which he has been attacked. Not only by the secular media but by Christians and Christian media up and down the country. Now to add more to this story there is another way you can bring disaster onto your country. This is to do harm to Israel. Recently a remit was put forward in the United Nations to split Israel up. To take away land and to split Jerusalem and the country that put forward this remit was New Zealand. You would think that New Zealand would be friends with Israel and you would be right for the people. However, our Government has been abducted by Globalist lapdogs who do what they are told. They have no idea of the calamity they can bring upon New Zealand.

Have the people listened to the warning, NO. Has the church listened to the warning, MOSTLY NO. Have we continued to act in an increasingly wicked manner, YES. There is going to be another major disaster. To date we have been blessed with very little lose of life. If we do not turn dramatically back to God the next disaster will result in massive loss of life.

Warwick Frederikson

GOD AND SCIENCE ARE NOT ENEMIES

 

I’ve just finished reading “The Case for a Creator” by Lee Strobel – a great read about the scientific evidence that points towards God. For this and the next few posts I’m going to summarise some of the main points made in that book.

The theory that the universe had a beginning, as opposed to just an eternal existence, is now mainstream cosmology. Mathematical models in the 1920s, derived from Einstein’s theories, predicted an expanding universe. Then Edwin Hubble explained that the red shift of light coming to us from other galaxies was caused by those galaxies moving away from us. Then in the 1960s it was discovered that the background temperature of the universe was exactly that which would be explained by a “very early and very dense state of the universe, which was predicted by the Big Bang model.” No less a person than Stephen Hawking says “Almost everyone now believes that the universe, and time itself, had a beginning at the Big Bang.”

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1.

The Big Bang, this immense explosion of energy into matter, included photons – “Let there be light” – Shazam!

The fact that there was a beginning has significant repercussions, because of something called the Kalam Argument. This originated with a Christian philosopher and was then taken up by some Muslim scholars in North Africa at the beginning of the 12th century. The argument has three parts:

1. Whatever begins to exist has a cause.

2. The universe had a beginning.

3. And therefore, the universe had a cause.

The first part of the argument is not the kind of thing that can be proven one way or the other. However, in our observations of how the world works, the premise is constantly confirmed and never falsified, meaning that we have better reason to believe it is true, than to believe that it is false. As explained in the book, if we hear a loud bang and you ask me what made that noise, and I say “Nothing, it just happened,” you’d think I was a raving loony.

And with The Big Bang accepted by most cosmologists as the theory that best fit the evidence as it is known today, it would seem that a cause for the universe is a very plausible theory.

Of course, a cause by itself does not automatically lead to a personal Creator, although apparently the Kalam Argument does argue for one. In my next post, I’ll cover some stuff that does indicate the likelihood of intelligent design.

None of the above constitutes proof of the existence of God. I don’t believe we will ever receive proof in this life, and I don’t want us to. As noted in a previous post, I believe that certain knowledge of the existence of God would give us the same status as Satan – who knew God, still rebelled, and has no way back. As it is, our own rebellion is forgiven through our faith.  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith.” Ephesians 2:8.

GOD AND SCIENCE ARE NOT ENEMIES  - PART II

A bit more from the book I read recently – “The Case for a Creator” by Lee Strobel. In my last post, I quoted some of the scientific evidence contained in the book for the universe being caused by something.

 In the arena of physics, something called the Anthropic Principle points to not only a cause, but to intelligent design of the universe. The book says “all the seemingly arbitrary and unrelated constants in physics have one strange thing in common – these are precisely the values you would need if you want to have a universe capable of producing life.” The probability of all these values occurring by chance are so huge that they boggle the mind.

For example, the force of gravity is precisely set to allow life – a breathtaking image given in the book, is that of a massive ruler that is the length of the whole universe, and is marked out in inches. The length of the ruler represents the range of force strengths existing in nature. Gravity is quite weak, while the strong nuclear force is 10 thousand billion billion billion billion times stronger. Increase the force of gravity by just one of those gazillions of inches on the intergalactic ruler, and life would not be supportable.

The cosmological constant, or the energy density of empty space, has to be fine-tuned – too strong, and matter would be repulsed so strongly that galaxies, stars, planets could not be formed – too weak, and the big bang would have been quickly reversed as all matter became subject to an immense attractive force. The fine tuning is estimated to be 1 part in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000!!!

In physics, a phase space is a space in which all possible states of a system are represented, with each possible state of the system corresponding to one unique point in the phase space. The original phase space is the phase space for the properties of the universe immediately after The Big Bang. Eminent physicist Roger Penrose estimates that the accuracy required to fine tune the original phase space to the conditions that actually existed (and which went on to support life) is 1 part in 10,000,000,000^123. He goes on to say you can’t even write that number out in full – there are more zeroes in it than there are particles in the universe!

There are many more constants that need to be precisely tuned to an accuracy that, even taken in isolation, seriously challenge the idea of our universe being created by random chance.

As I said last time, there is no proof of the existence of God. Personally, having read this book and others by both Christian and atheist authors, neither do I see any proof of the non-existence of God. I am fascinated by the wonder of our universe and the beauty of our planet, and reading about all these conditions that need to be set just so, strengthens my faith. The apostle Paul wrote: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20.

God bless,

Chris

BLIND FAITH, INTELLECTUAL ASSENT, AND SALVATION

In response to a “test” from a Pharisee (a leading sect of Jews in New Testament times who were focused on a lot of rules) Jesus said “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38.

The bit that intrigues me is “all your mind.” I think that there is an idea out there that says in order to be a Christian you have to turn off your brain and refuse to grapple with issues such as evolution and metaphysics. Another passage in Matthew (18:2-4) says that we will never enter the kingdom of heaven unless we become like little children, and this is sometimes used as a reason for settling for blind faith.

But I don’t think kids have blind faith. They are curious, they ask questions – any parent of a 4 year old will tell you that “Why?” is their little one’s favourite sentence starter. Kids soak up learning and want to grow up as quickly as possible to be more like their Mum, Dad, or older sibling. I do think that they are trusting and accepting of their parents and teachers, and are likely to believe what they are told. But sometimes you can almost hear the cogs grinding away in their heads as they absorb their new nuggets of information and work to fit them in with their existing knowledge and experience.

So I reckon that loving God with all our mind involves engaging the brain he created in us to work through issues and challenges to our faith. I want to know what Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, Bertrand Russell, Richard Dawkins, and many others say about our world and about my faith. And like the kids I want to go away and let the cogs whir away until everything falls into place. Sometimes my brain hurts! Sometimes, I encounter an issue that I cannot reconcile with my faith. When this happens, I am comforted by a story told by Paul Little in his book “Know Why You Believe.” He relates that in 1861 the French Academy of Science published 51 scientific facts that controverted the Word of God. But today, no scientist in the world believes a single one of those “facts.” I believe that one day, maybe on the last day, every scientific fact or theory that currently casts doubt on the existence of God will be explained.

However, “all my mind,” an intellectual assent to the evidence for the Christian faith, is important but not sufficient. I have to also love God with all my heart and all my soul. My heart is a metaphor for my emotional engagement with God – relationship building, awe, adoration, love, worship. My soul as used in the Bible is really my whole being. My body, my intellect, my emotions, my social-ness, my spirit, all need to be aligned in an active full-on faith, a willingness to grow and learn, and a determination to hold on in the face of strong challenges. And like the kids, trust The Teacher when He answers my questions.

My report card says “Christopher could do better and needs to improve. He should pay more attention in class and work harder to apply learnings in his daily life. Luckily, he does not have to pass this test in his own strength.”

God bless,

Chris

"Fear God" the cry of the 144000

The 144000 appear not only before the tribulation but before the fall of Babylon the Great. Who are they, are they to come or are they already here? Revelations says they are Israelites.  The Israelites were scattered over much of the world so it could be anyone. But let us have a quick look at what happened to them. They were taken into exile around 800 BC by the Assyrian’s. The bible says they went to the northern regions of the Assyrian Empire. The records of the Assyrian's say the majority were sent to a northern region that was unpopulated. The mountainous area around where Georgia is today. A bit farther north than what the bible says. At this stage people were just settling into Italy as Rome was founded at the same time.  They had not spread far. There was probably 60 million people total at that time and around 4 million were Israelites. As the nations spread out this 6 odd percent of the worlds population was a reasonable number and would have led to large areas of the world population today tracing their heritage back to Israel. They were still Gods people and would have been blessed beyond others. There could easily be 20% or more of the worlds population with Israelite heritage. Using old records and linguistics they have been able to give us some idea as to concentration areas. Ephraim and England, Manasseh and the USA, Nathalie and Scandinavia. There are stories handed down through generations how Ruben went east and ended up in China/ Korea/Japan area. The twist is there is no one from the tribe of Dan. Dan has been replaced by Manasseh while Ephraim comes under Joseph. Why that is does not fit into the criteria of this essay. However, there is plenty of information on the net.  In conclusion you can see that the whole world has the potential to provide saints for the 144000. They appear in Revelations 7 and 14 and we can glean some information. I can not find any other reference to the 144000 except in Revelations.

The Great calm happens Revelations 7-1. What is the great calm?  Is this to do with the weather? Rev 7\1 says After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. The weather is partly from the rotation of the earth but mainly caused by the suns energy hitting the Earth. If you hear the suns activity has never been a quite as this in some news report that is going to be an event that could fit into the great calm. But it just doesn't seem possible. It is most likely to have some spiritual meaning. This calm is the signal that the 144000 are to appear. These saints are to receive a seal on there foreheads.

 The Lord and the 144000 stand on Mount Zion. Mount Zion can be seen as Jerusalem or the temple mount. In reality Mount Zion is a concept and because it is a concept it is not necessarily in Israel. They are to be blameless and have not defiled themselves with woman. You do not defile yourselves in marriage. The blood of Christ makes you blameless. These are requirements that must be met. Now these saints are walking among us at this very time. You may be one but how do you know? Have you met the above requirements. Lastly there is a song that only you can learn. This is the test that you can apply that finds out false witnesses. What is the song? Only the 144000 will know it because it will be on their hearts . In fact the 144000 are walking around right now.

What will they preach?

Rev 6. Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

Rev 14 is about the 144000 and the message of the angel must also be their message.  The desire to start preaching the message that the first angel declares. That is three things. Fear God, this is a fundamental problem of the world today. We have lost the fear of God. There is the fear in the sense of awe and wonder and there is a fear of God because he is judge and will punish you for wicked behaviour. This has happened because of the new Gospel that is preached. A Gospel that only looks at the good things of the Christian walk and avoids at all cost there are consequences to what we do. Do you fit the criteria and have this desire to preach "Fear God" and "give glory to God and Judgement is here". The cry fear God is here to keep us safe from being deceived. Secondly we are to give glory to God and worship him keeps us close to him. Thirdly they are to preach the hour of judgement has come. This is something we can place a time for. In the 1970s we had a shape increase in the preaching and books on the second coming of Jesus is about to happen. Hal Lindsay’s The Late Great Planet Earth was a best seller. Hal still preaches much the same things. Most of it wrong but that does not matter as all he had to was preach Jesus's return which he has done diligently. Hal is one of the 144000 as is the likes of Rick Wiles and his team at Tru News. Also many others preaching the second coming of Christ.

The change in what is being preached.

Rev 14/8. Now we do have an event to align the 144000 with.  Revelations 14-8 says "fallen fallen is Babylon the Great". You will see that this is the economic change of the USA. It does not have to be an economic collapse but a change in it relationship with the rest of the world financially. A change in it's wickedness. If Donald Trump is successful at cleaning up the swamp and paedophilia rings. The Us dollar has already lost it status as the reserve currency at only 47% of trade in dollars. The vast amount of military equipment is useless now they can turn off all modern electronics. It will no longer be dominant but just a smaller player. If you go to Revelations the repeated story concept in the blog and look at Revelations 17 this is explained. First we get the financial collapse and then the physical attack they are two different events . The physical attack is done when there are ten horns or ten leaders on the heads of the beast. Rev 17-16. So the destruction happens before the Antichrist has arisen. When the beast first appears it is just a lose seven nation group. The Great Red Dragon has ten horns, seven heads and seven crowns on the heads showing this is before the beast is fully established because there are only SEVEN crowns.  The Rev 13 picture is slightly different there are seven heads ten horns and TEN crowns. It looks like the initial agreement will be amongst these seven nations will not have a strong leadership.  When the Antichrist arises three of these horns will fall. Now the Antichrist is here the mark of the beast will be placed on people. I speculate that the fall of Babylon will cause the Antichrist to arise. So the cities destroyed in an hour is many years away. Fallen Fallen is Babylon the Great is at hand.

Now the third angel cries out. “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulphur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshippers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.” Once the Babylon falls the preaching will change from repent to do not receive the mark of the beast. This will be preached until the day of the Lord or Jesus's  return. That preaching will be from the fall of Babylon or the USA(strictly speaking it is not Babylon but the seventh head the woman rides on). Through the rise of the beast till it turns into the fully blown Beast and during the reign of the Antichrist.

This is a very hard thing they have to do and the Lord well be training them. Does injustice seem to be following you or do you feel that you are receiving an unnatural amount of problems. You are being turned into men of steel to have victory in an seemingly impossible task. You will be rejected by the established church who preach the new gospel and have rejected the concept of repent. On the bright side you likely will get to speak face to face with Jesus. On the harder side fellow saints will help you at the cost of there lives. If you think your spirit is calling you you need to be putting it before the lord. Your time could be as little as one year away or even sooner.

USA in Revelations

Revelations is a book for the end of the age as is Daniel 7. In fact Daniel is told to close up the book for it is for the end of the age. The suggestion is that it will not be fully understood till then. People over the ages have tried to interrupted it and looked at what was around them and then extrapolated out. It is just not possible but now we are here at the end of the age we can look at what is in front of us. No fancy codes or mysteries are to be applied, I use the words as they are meant today in today's language. After all it is written for us in the end times and I am confident that my God would be able to make it plain. For example when the prophets of old said Jesus was going to ride into Jerusalem on a donkey he actually rode into town on a donkey. So today lions are England bears are Russia and eagles are the USA.  In Revelations and Daniel 7  there are no aliens, giants, mystery plants, lizard men, rapture or secret codes. So I have placed USA in the place of  the Eagle but not when it is a face of an angel. The other place the USA is talked about is that it is the last head of Babylon the Great. It is not hard to see that USA is the last head and there are a number of good explanations. Follow this link to one of the best. However, I will go over it again quickly to clear up a common misunderstandings. The vision John saw consisted of four parts. The woman riding the beast and it is her name which is BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. Then there are the heads the horns and the beast itself.

  Revelation 17 we see this picture of the woman on the beast with seven heads. First the woman is called by different names. The great harlot, the woman, the prostitute, the Mother of Harlots and the great city.   The last description of the woman is the great city. Is this a particular city say New York or is it a generic city with a large population. It is commonly held that the first heads or nations had only one city that dominated like Phebes and Egypt, Ninevah and Assyria, Babylon, and Persia but Greece starts to see a change and Rome as well with many large cities. I think that Babylon was the first head because it is described as a city of merchants in Jeremiah. A place of trade and the creation of wealth and money. Love of money is the root of all evil. The line goes Babylon, Greece the generals of Alexander made another three and Rome. It makes no real difference. As Rome changed into the Holy Roman Empire and into Europe there became many large cities at the same time. Rome as the sixth head continued in many forms until the role was passed on to the seventh head. What made Rome any more wicked than Paris or Amsterdam or Berlin? It is the wickedness and not the location that makes it evil. I can only conclude that the great city is a name for all large cities within a country also they sit on many waters which suggests many locations. The cry goes out "fallen fallen is Babylon the great" but it can never truly be destroyed until all large cities are destroyed. The woman is the large cities of a country, the heads are the countries the horns are people and the beast is the spiritual being that has dominion over particular areas. The the beast itself is the angel of the bottomless pit called Abaddon.

The list of cities and countries above is also a list of the heads of the beast. There are six including Rome but I am talking about the USA being the seventh head. It is an important point to grasp that the USA is not Babylon the Great but the seventh head of the beast. The Roman Empire never really went away. It just transformed over time into new empires but it roots are always from the Roman Empire. In fact you can say Australia, Canada and Brazil all have there roots in the Roman Empire. However, the meaning of a country is a geographical one. Even though you may have the heritage you also need the physical. The new head needed a new geographical area.

In December 1945 the nations signed into being the IMF and they also signed an agreement making the US dollar the world reserve currency. At that point the USA became the seventh head of the beast. It met the criteria of being the richest and the strongest militarily.   The USA's time as the last head was signed into being in a day. The USSR lasted 70 years because that is a significant number in the Word for nations. The USA as the head turns seventy in December 2015. If the last head is to last only a little while then you should see the demise of the USA some time in the next ten years from 2015. Psalm 90- 10 says 'The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty;' and so it is with nations. I believe the USA is a type of King Saul. He believed in God and was a man of God but could not stop himself doing his own will. Finally the kingdom was given to another. Sounds like the USA. Saul lived for 72 years so I strongly believe that the financial collapse of the USA will happen before December 2018. At that point the USA as the head of the beast turns seventy three. However the next most likely time would be before The end of December 2016. The ace in the hole for the US has been having the world reserve currency. It meant that no matter how incompetent they got they could just print more money. It is why they have been interfering in every countries affairs from Ghana to Germany to Jamaica. They need to retain it. But alas it has turned out to be a poisoned chalice.

  Revelations 18 is the look at the fall of Babylon the Great in chronological order. First an angel appears with great authority and the earth is made bright by his presents. This is the revealing of things hidden by the darkness of deception. The wicked men who have stolen the USA from its people by using deception will be exposed to the rest of the world. We are really seeing this unfold with the 2016 Presidential elections. You could see this in other countries as well. There has also been a number of modern prophecies saying this is going to happen.

Second is Fallen Fallen is Babylon the Great . It is also in Rev 14 to do with the 144000 and we will come back to that.

This cry is the signal of financial collapse. It could be a number of things. A collapse in the value of the dollar or losing the reserve currency status or some combination is by far the most likely.

Three, when this happens what does God say to the saints in the USA. Come out of her my people least you take part in her sins. The sins of Babylon the Great. Remember this is not the USA but the cities of USA.

First the fall then the call to leave the cities and now the attack. Her plagues will come upon her in a single day. She will be burned with fire. This is what the angel says but the merchants say she is destroyed in a single hour. So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and will be found no more. Once the cities are destroyed they will never be rebuilt.

Before we get into how the cities are destroyed I would like to make an interesting speculation about Hillary Clinton. The description in Rev 18 4-8 is a picture of the great city but also a description of Hillary Clinton. It says "since in her heart she says, ‘I sit as a queen, I am no widow, and mourning I shall never see." These are words spoken in a persons heart a symbol can not say them but an individual persons thoughts. This scripture is a repeat of what Isaiah 47 says. In Isaiah it gives far more of an impression the it is an individual saying this.  If Clinton is president and we know the last president will be a woman from a woman making these statements. The financial collapse has taken place and she is saying words "‘I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow or suffer the loss of children you need to run and do not look back if you live in a city. I am writing this on the 6th of March 2016 so this is speculation Trump is going to bring the corruption to light as Hillary gets to be President. However, it may be another woman, maybe Trump will have a woman Vice President. Trump is backed by organised crime and the dirt that is going to come out is going to be mind blowing. Much of the talk about Hillary is she is on the side of those running the world and can not lose. However, if she does and the USA is given some sort of reprieve and it could be up to eight years the changes could sweep the world. Fallen fallen could still take place during a trump Presidency but not the attack.

  Now we have things revealed, financial collapse, the president say everything good we get to a the physical attack.

All these years of arrogant disrespect for the other countries of the world by the wicked men who have stolen the USA. Countries where forced to pour there money into her and made her exceedingly wealthy. The hatred boils over. Destroyed in one hour by fire. All those who buy and sell, those who trade and have become very rich. Fleets of boats, planes and vehicles have lost there source of income. They will turn to someone to save them. Any guesses who will be showing up soon? The Antichrist.

There are two combinations that I see could see the destruction of the cities. The first is at the end of 2016 where there are mass riots cause by Clinton cheating the election. The USA is already set to explode and this could trigger it. More likely is before the end of 2018. The destruction of the cities is likely done by nuclear weapons but there are some other options. A coordinated attack by extremist could do it but less likely. A general rebellion could cause the devastation in one hour and a Yellowstone eruption could also cause it. An EMP attack would be second on the list. The problem is how do you utterly destroy all the large cities by fire in one hour. The only way I can see is by nuclear attack .You may say that this will not work because the explosive area of a nuclear bomb is only around five miles but it is not the blast that starts the fires but the incredible flash that accompanies it. Most houses are full of plastic items and that will explode into flames from the flash up to 15 miles away. That's a 30 mile diameter. The ensuing fire storms will be unstoppable.  The description of the level of destruction of the cities will probably be done by nuclear weapons.  So when you leave the cities make sure you take into account the drift of radiation. Even though modern nuclear weapons have far less radiation than the older ones it is best to be safe.  The saints need to have a rough plan of what they are going to do. I assume most Americans are familiar with George Washington's dream. He said "I had a dream that he saw three wars on American soil". The first was a war of independence the second was a war of brother against brother. Then there was a final conflict where he saw the large cities being burnt to the ground. The people in the country arose and to rebuild the country. The cities will never be rebuilt. If you do not want to believe me believe your founding father. I did not fit Revelations 17 and 18 to the prophesy but discovered it after writing the repeated story view of Revelations. The victory at the end of the prophecy is not a physical one but a spiritual one. The reason Satan has so encouraged the Rapture concept is to make the Christians in the USA unprepared for the last battle against the Antichrist. If you are unfamiliar with the prophecy go to You tube and type in George Washington dream. I believe a large city could be as low as 120,000 people. The population of Nineveh in Jonas time. It probably will be 250,000 as that was the population of Babylon but it did go up and down. The USA will rebuild spiritually but the cities will never be rebuilt ever. Who will your attackers be? Germany, UK, France, Russia, Italy and two others.  It will take too long to give an explanation so go to the whatofthenight blog and 'Revelations repeated story' then down to Daniel 7's beasts. Germany just received twenty nuclear weapons from the USA and they could end up destroying American cities. The scripture is Rev 17-16 And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire.  This is the horns of the beast from Rev 13 and not the beast from Rev 17. They sound the same but if you look closely you can see that they must be two beasts.

It is interesting that the merchants of the world get a mention. The current collapsing economies are caused by a few reasons. A big one is too much wealth getting into the hands of too few people. The problems caused by multi nationals  or more precisely the people who own the multi nationals running unchecked and manipulating things out of natural balances. Politically and financially. They are going to be on the outer and greatly harmed.

The Rev 13 Beast with 10 horns only lasts three and a half years so that means there will be less than three and a half years before the Antichrist appears on the scene. Once the Antichrist appears there are only eight horns. When the Antichrist appears the tribulation starts and the great calamities that shake the world.

What will happen to the American Christians and alternative news media? If they have a plan they can keep broadcasting. They will be the main news source and can have a dominant position in what the American public hears. They need to look at what will be the consequences of this attack with internet feeds and electricity. I would suggest they buy a boat or two together or move some hardware to Canada or Mexico. This will need divine guidance.

Now the good news.

The USA in the tribulation. I am  basing these thoughts on when the bible talks about an eagle it is a symbol and we see the symbol for the US is an eagle. Now The USA has had its cities destroyed. The military will get destroyed if they attack and because everything has got so high tech it would quickly lose all functionality without the logistical support. Because of corruption most of the US military is for show and not for war. Russia with a relatively small budget has produced superior fighter aircraft. Hopefully I will not be a lone voice but the Lord will get this message out. Even though the USA will not be powerful it will be the main opposition to the Antichrist and possibly a safe haven. I get this from where the eagle is mentioned so let us have a look at where the eagle pops up. Rev 9 Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew directly overhead, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!” That could be an American satellite or TV like Daystar over the internet but most likely radio transmissions or even a ship on the ocean broadcasting. I am suggesting that Christian radio from the USA will still be broadcasting at this point of the tribulation. The next mention Rev 12. The woman is given eagles wings to escape from what come from Satan's mouth. This is the Christian Israelis escaping to somewhere safe. Do two or three American Aircraft Carriers send in planes and helicopters before Jerusalem is given over to the nations? The Antichrist is trying to hurt them and the Americans are rescuing them. This means they are enemies. If so, it is great news for them for of all the inhabitants of the world only them and the 144000 are safe. A broken USA and a few other countries fighting the Antichrist to the end and the day of the Lord. This doesn't preclude a section of USA society is in the hand of the Antichrist and a battle is still in the land.

Now let's go back to the 144000 and Rev 14. The first angel flying over head says “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.” This is what the 144,000 are preaching and it must come before the fall of Babylon. The second angel cries "fallen fallen is Babylon the Great." I am starting to see the fear God and repent and judgement has come being preached more and more. For more about the 144000 go to the blog "Fear God" the cry of the 144,000. If you have an overwhelming desire to preach “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.” You could well be part of the most select group of people that creation will ever see. The problem with knowing who they are is their lack of numbers. 144000 in a population of around 8 billion is one in every sixty thousand people. What they are saying will not be reported in the media or the vast majority of Mega churches. The Media these days is so controlled they could be active right now and we are just not hearing it. This is a great worry to me as they are a key to times and dates. Keep an eye out for people teaching Fear God.

I often hear and read leave the USA, emigrate. But I am sure the USA is the place to be for Americans. Just make sure you can leave the cities and go to a place you have prepared. It is when the female president is saying I am no widow and have not suffered the loss of children.

 

So in summary we will look at the sequence of events.

Things are going to be revealed. We are seeing this in the current USA elections.

144000 cry Fear God and repent.

Financial collapse.

The queen declaring she will never be a widow or poor. Likely a female President. The last American President.

Violent attack.

Mega churches are in the large cities so they will be no more.

The Christians in the country who lived there or fled there are going to have a move of God that will be indescribable. Never before and never again will such a thing happen in the flesh. This is not in the scriptures but a prophecy.

USA becomes the nemesis of the Antichrist.

Christ's return.

There are some things in Revelations that are over a longer period like the white and red horses. But there are some things that are the beginning of the end. The sign of the women in the heavens and the great calm before the 144000 appear but

it is the light from the angel of Rev 18 that is the first thing. This is happening now with the current USA elections. What we have seen with the Democrats and Republicans corruption is mind blowing. Because this is a spiritual thing we are only just beginning and as the US heads to the November elections we are going to be shocked at what we will see.

The End is here now, we are living it so be prepared.

Who are the hundred million in Revelations

 

You may be asking yourself what is the title about? They get a number of mentions in Revelations and once in Daniel 7.

 In Revelation 5 they just get mentioned as a number 10,000* times 10,000 sometimes called myriads of myriad  or one hundred million and as a great multitude. This number is also mentioned in Daniel 7. Let us pick out the scriptures that mention this group of people and put some light on them. The following is a list of scriptures that mention these saints. I feel a quick look will help clarify the subject.

Rev 6 9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.

10They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” 11Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.

Rev 7 9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshipped God,

 saying:“Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honour and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”

Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”

I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.

‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them, nor any scorching heat.

For the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd; He will lead them to springs of living water. ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes”

Rev 14 . There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.”

This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labour, for their deeds will follow them.”

Rev 15-2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. 3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb,

Rev 20-4 Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshipped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands.

They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. This is the first resurrection.

Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.

Daniel 7-10 A stream of fire issued and came out from before him;

a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;

When you pull the scriptures out about these people you get to understand how honoured they are. This hundred million are the first resurrection. It is pretty obvious that this is going to be the very opposite of the rapture. If you are a big rapture fan you are not going like the outcome of this essay.

Why 100 million? This number gets mentioned twice, once in Daniel 7 and in Revelations. The multitude standing before the throne. In Rev 5 it is a little unclear as to who they are. It mentions angels and then two numbers. Thousands of thousands and 10000 time 10000. Elders, angels and others. It would not make sense to say millions of angels and a 100 million angels when other scriptures say an uncountable number of people.

Just to side track for a moment this give us some idea of how many angels there are. If we say this is the same description as Daniel 7 then it is only one million. He says one a thousand thousands. That this thousand thousands served him and the 10000 times 10000s stood before him. This description of standing before him is the same as Revelations 6-11. This is the saints coming out of the tribulation.

 The description of standing before the throne is also linked with standing beside the sea of glass. The picture of the sea of glass and before the throne means that they are no longer on earth, they have died on earth.

How do they die or why? These are they that have come out of the great tribulation. Not before and not after but during. This is saying that 100 million saints are going to die during the tribulation. But why? Rev 15 describes it as 'those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands'. Rev 20 says 'those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands'. When the tribulation has started and those who can stand and be killed for that stance will be regarded as having victory over the Beast. This is very similar to Jesus as they killed him and thought that they had won but it was Jesus that had the victory because his purpose was to save us. He saved us by dying for our sins. Are there going to be internment camps and gas chambers? Maybe, but I suspect that not being able to buy and sell well kill most people. Starvation no access to medication, no power for heating will kill tens of millions. But violent deaths will take its toll as will.

What is so important and so blessed about these saints. The first idea they they are something special is Rev. 14 Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labour, for their deeds will follow them.” Then we get the real story in Rev 20 Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. This is the first resurrection.

  On one hand you have the rapture story saying we are not going to go though the tribulation. That every thing is going to be lovely and happy and who knows where you will end up. On the other hand we have a hard death but staying true to Jesus during this time will result in you coming back to life and reigning with Jesus for a thousand years. I speculate that this will not only include the thousand years but when we enter the new earth as well. There is another group that well rise in the first resurrection.  Those who had their heads cut off in the name of Christ. We see horror stories from the Middle East of beheading. These people will rise again to reign with Jesus. We get a chance to apologise for not coming to their aid. According to legend, Paul was beheaded so you will get to met him.

The rapture is truly an evil doctrine. It is making people completely unprepared for what is about to take place over the next ten years. It is making the saint in the USA ill prepare to be the only country fighting the Antichrist. Making the saints in the rest of the world weak for fighting and dying but gaining victory over him.

So do you want to be part of the first resurrection or do you think that your calling is to go through the tribulation and be part of the new world. There are two different types of people left. I hope you will take my word on this because working through the word will take a lot of work. The scripture I will use is that there are two people working at a mill, one is taken and one is left. Firstly, there must be enough people to use the product produced from this industry. Secondly, the person left is an Israelite how is taken to Israel.  Then there are the other left to populate the world. The word says these people will be rare as gold but gold is not that rare. If you want to survive I will give you the only advice I know. That is to remove Google, Twitter and Facebook completely out of your life.

 

Warwick

Why is the answer to did creation take seven days or 14 billion years Yes

Why is the answer to the question was creation done in seven days or 14 billion years yes. That's a unusual statement so lets see what the crazy man is talking about. The answer is in genesis 1. In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth.

Let us start with the earth and go back to the heavens. The Hebrew word used here for earth is haaretz this means earth, land, soil, dirt  etc.. Soil is made up of mixtures of elements and each element is made up of atoms. Atoms are made up of electrons spinning around a nucleus of protons and neutrons. Our main subject is this realm but let us have a quick look at the heavens.

Paul tells us there are at least three heavens. This third heaven that Paul tells us about is a place where Jesus dwells. So it is highly unlikely there would be a fourth heaven above it. If we look at scriptures you see three very distinct heavenly places; Paradise, Sheol, (called Hades) and the other we will call the kingdoms. The kingdoms are places that surround the earth and Paul tells us about them in Ephesians 6 – ‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.’ So we have three distinct places, three distinct heavens.

If we look, can we see any effect that these realms have on us physically? We have shown by modern science that we can only see 1 to 3% of our universe. The rest we describe as dark matter and dark energy. Dark matter being 30% and dark energy being the remainder, even though invisible energy would be a better description. However, we can see the gravitational effect dark matter has on us. So we can guess that one or more of the heavens has gravitational fields. They were all made at the same time and all disappear at the same time. The second heaven or kingdom is very close because beings can move from one to the other with ease. Often you will read that the heavens are made up of paradise, the stars, and the sky; paradise being a realm that God promises as a home to those who know and love Him. However, the stars and the sky cannot be called the heavens in a Genesis 1 sense because these are made up of atomic particles. These came into existence when God made the earth not  the heavens.

Let us get back to the 14 billion year or seven days problem. The bible doesn't tell us much. It says God made the universe that

the earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Hebrews 11.3  says so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.’ and several times it says that the universe was stretched out. The big bang theory of the creation of the universe is the current accepted science model. It has a few problems and gets more each day. It is popular because it seems to be in direct opposition to the bibles seven days. Number one on the list of problems is that if there was a big bang the universe would have a particular shape to it. But it doesn't and there is an amazing evenness to the galaxies, the brightness of the most distant galaxies is not right and to the non Christian they are all moving away from us which makes the Milky Way the centre of the universe.   It was argued that it is an optical illusion caused by even expansion. However I was watching a lecture by an atheist called Lawrence Krauss, a genius and a gifted speaker. He was saying that none of the arguments for us not being the centre of the universe were any good but his one. It seemed really good but when you looked closely at it, it required the galaxies directly in front of us to be travelling at twice the speed of light. This is not possible and he effectively proved we are the centre of the universe. I was a bit overwhelmed to think that we are the centre of the universe. Static universe does not fit the maths, expanding universe does not fit the observation. It is as though some guiding hand stretched out the universe in a controlled manner so that every thing was even and in the place it should be. Fits the observation, the maths and the scriptures. What about the universe being made of things unseen. We can not see individual atoms or the protons,neutron and electrons they are made up of. However, when you pile them to get in a big enough pile you can see them. That is you and me. There has been a lot of news about a thing called the Higgs boson. This is a particle produced by the Higgs field that gives things mass. This field and the bosons are completely unseen and we can only see the results of it. Hebrews says things, plural, so in time I speculate that they will be saying that the Higgs field is just one of a number of fields that give the universe substance. This Higgs field was found at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. CERN being the name of the agency a hadron is a name for a group of particles that protons and neutrons are a part of. They have been zooming the protons around and smashing them into each other. They have shown that Hebrews 11.3 was a very accurate description.

Now this description that the earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Is this a description of matter floating around the universe waiting for gravity to join it together. The maths says that is impossible as 14 billion years is on where long enough. So it must be a description of the earth itself before the sun ignited. The land had no shape and there was no life. The  world was covered in water and it was dark.

Let’s have a quick look at time and our galaxy. Time is a puzzle because it is actually minutely different for everybody. Time is affected by the speed you are travelling at. So if I go into the kitchen to make my wife a cup of tea, the act of walking into the kitchen slows down my time zone. You can also question whether time rally exists at all. Everything around us is just a sequence of events that start with the smallest things reacting in their natural parameters affecting the next thing and so on. Each thing affecting the next and larger thing. We measure these things as time as one thing moves to the next. But rather than giving empirical value to time we say that this perception of time is just in the mind of the observer and in fact has no empirical value to the sequence itself. That when went things travel faster it is not time that is slowing down but a kind of resistance is forming that slows the sequence down. This resistance is probably caused by the Higgs and other yet unfound fields. One of these wave fields is acting like fiction. The down side to time not having an empirical value and is nothing more than a though in the mind of an observer of sequential events is that both time travel and space travel will be impossible. All those Scifi programs will be ruined.

 Some of the latest string theory is removing time from its equations.

We have two perceived time zones, the one we are aware of that changes with speed. There is also the time zone that our spirit has. Our spirit is from God and God’s realm has a time zone. Because even in heaven things happen in a sequential manner. Time in effect is the measure of things that happen in a sequence with each event affecting the next in the sequence. We measure time in terms of the rotation of the earth but in the beginning there was no rotation of earth so the beginning of Genesis is a sequence of events that happen not in our time, but in God’s time. The time man is allotted to live is in relationship to our spirit’s time.  I reason this because we are now aware that the speed of light is slowing down.  A day of our time could appear as billions of years in the past. If the relationship of our spirit’s time is changing to our flesh time our life expectancy is going to change. If light is slowing down then time is speeding up. Our ancestors would have had far longer life spans than ours although our spirit’s life span would be the same.  This view of our perception of time can explain how we get seven days or fourteen billion years being yes but we will soon see a better reason.

Lets get away from time and back to the universe.

So when God said let there be light it was not a big bang experience but he ignited the sun - now let’s see what happens.

God saw that the light was good and God separated light from the darkness. What can this mean?  Let’s speculate. To separate light from darkness is not just separating day from night for all night is shadow and our nights are not without light but just a lot less light. As we discussed previously, four places have been created ... and one is a place without light. So there are no electromagnetic waves hitting Sheol, they must pass straight through.

Then Genesis 1:5 ends with the most overlooked words in the Bible by far. The real reason why the answer to the question is yes.

‘And there was evening and there was morning on the first day.’

Evening comes before morning. The day ends at sunrise which makes the first day any amount of time you want it to be because it does not have a start. The first day could be a billion years long or just 15 minutes. Now the sun is ignited and the solar system is starting to warm up we should see the results.

The second day and from now on we are dealing with actual days or one rotation of the earth.

‘And God said let there be an expanse in the midst of the water, and let it separate waters from waters. And God made the expanse and separated waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. God called the expanse heaven and there was evening and morning on the second day.’ The earth is heating up and the sky is getting cloudy. Remember that the clouds were one big covering that did not rain.

The third day

The next verse describes how the process continued until land appeared. Then on the land God put vegetation. Vegetation has the same kind of DNA structure as humans. In fact we are all 60% the same DNA as bananas. We are as much as 80% the same as some trees, although after reading this some of you may think that my percentage is a lot higher.

The fourth day

When the scriptures talk about making the sun, moon and stars it is talking about positioning them to rule the day and the night. God would not have created the vegetation the day before to die in the dark. This is making an elliptical orbit of the earth to create seasons and placing the moon in the right place to create tides and things like that.

The fifth day

Everything is now in place to make the higher creatures. The DNA was made a little more complicated to virtually the same as what man was going to have. All living things have the same DNA structure. This complex double helix molecule is the base of life. The double helix molecule is a program that allows creation to maintain the same form. It is an incredibly complex series of connections numbering in the billions. The probability of this occurring naturally is zero. Evolution is now incompatible with scientific theory. Though probably not so funny when you think it is the main source of racism. Making Darwin the father of racism. There is a benefit to evolution for Christians.  If you look at evolution from any science; from biology, chemistry, mathematics and even palaeontology it fails. Just pop over to the creation sites and you will get overwhelmed with rock solid proof. If you are really smart and want to believe it you have to really lie to yourself. If you are not so smart then it fails at a holistic level. You don’t need to understand the science and you can see it as a lie. Just look at the majesty of creation and you can’t help but see it was created and that is also inbuilt into our being.

Sixth day

This is the end of the creation story and the beginning of our story.

One last little point ... when the Lord gave Moses the story of Genesis and described a day - if he didn’t mean a day in Moses’ time, He would not have said it unless he meant one physical day.  Light was moving faster so time was going slower and remember that there is a time zone for our spirits. At this point when God was teaching Moses they must have been the same. The average age was 120 compared to our 80. That is two thirds, so we need to multiply the five days that the Lord created everything before man, by two thirds. So that means God created creation in three and a third days of our time.

I hope you find my take on Genesis enlightening and interesting..

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Find this subject matter of time and space interesting. I highly recommend Chuck Misslers Beyond series. Follow this link Beyond time and space.