Archives April 2012

Old Earth Creationists Concede God Created in Six Literal Days in Debate (Audio)

The question of whether God created in literal twenty-four hours days or over eons of time has big ramifications. I appeared on Young Earth Creationism, literal twenty-four hoursApologetics.com’s nightly show spring 2011 to defend the young earth position and the literal interpretation of the Scripture. Toward the end of the debate even our old-earth brothers conceded that looking at just the biblical evidence one has to come to a position that God created in six literal days and rested on the seventh.

The following excerpt is from the apologetics.com’s website:

The apologetics we are most familiar with is an engagement with the things that would stand against the Biblical faith, like Atheism, other religions or philosophies. But there is a sense in which apologetics is part of our sanctification and the edification of the Church, these are the “in-house” discussions. Matters within the family of faith that we hope to iron out between us. Some of these in-house kinds of discussions include Calvinism or Arminianism, Eschatology, Presuppositional or Evidential apologetic approaches, Baptism of Children, Wine or Grape Juice…

Of these, none requires as much care as the question of origins. Partly because it affects other doctrines and partly because it affects some of our interactions with the world.

Young Earth and Old Earth creationists share a single minded dedication to the truth of the Bible, and a deep desire to understand God’s revelation about where everything comes from. Staff apologists, Lindsay Brooks and Sam Welbaum are accompanied by Elder Seth Stark of Communion Presbyterian Church of Irvine and by Author of “The First Six Days” Douglas Hamp to try to come to terms with what the Bible teaches on origins. Is the world 6-10 thousand years old, or much older?

How the Mark of the Beast Will Rewrite the Human Genome (part two) Corrupting the Image

In Daniel chapter 8, Daniel sees a vision of Alexander the Great coming and attacking with great velocity the Medo Persian Empire. In

Genetics of the Antichrist

Genetics of the Antichrist

the vision, Alexander is represented as a male goat: “the male goat grew very great; but when he became strong, the large horn was broken, and in place of it four notable ones came up toward the four winds of heaven,” (Daniel 8:8). The angel explains that out of the one, four come up. We know that after Alexander’s death his four generals took over the Empire. We of course need to keep in mind that behind each of these kingdoms is a spiritual ruler, per Daniel 10. Nevertheless, out of one of the horns would come Antiochus IV (Epiphanes): “And out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Glorious Land. (Daniel 8:9). Thomas Constable in his commentary states “almost all scholars recognize that Antiochus Epiphanes fulfilled what Gabriel predicted in these verses (cf. 1 Maccabees. 1:10).” He notes that many students of the verses in question “have noticed striking similarities between Antiochus Epiphanes as described here and another political leader predicted to appear in the future.” He concludes that he (and other students of Daniel) take the verses to be prophetic of Antiochus and the Antichrist.

 

It seems that Antiochus did on a smaller scale what Antichrist will do on a larger one. Apparently in the much later period of the rule of these kings, namely, the end times, transgressors will have run their course even more completely. The Antichrist will oppose the Prince of princes, God the Son, who will break him without human agency (Ps. 2; Rev. 19:19-20).[i]

 

Thus we conclude as well that the passage of Daniel 8 was true in many aspects of Antiochus IV but will be completely fulfilled through the person of the Antichrist. The little horn, in Daniel 8:9, therefore, is the same horn as in Daniel 7:7. We then continue reading concerning this little horn:

 

And it grew up [vatigdal וַתִּגְדַּ֖ל] to the host [tzevah צְבָ֣א] of heaven; and it cast down some of the host [tzavah צָּבָ֥א] and some of the stars to the ground, and trampled them. He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host; and by him the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down. Because of transgression, an army was given over to the horn to oppose the daily sacrifices; and he cast truth down to the ground. He did all this and prospered, (Daniel 8:10-12).​​

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The Hebrew[ii] word vatigdal (וַתִּגְדַּ֖ל) comes from the lexical form gadal (גּדל) meaning to “grow up, become great, to be magnified”. The idea is that the Little Horn goes from a lesser state to a greater state. He becomes so great that he even grows up to the angelic/demonic realm which the Bible commonly refers to as the “host of heaven.” The host of heaven refers to the army of heaven – which is to say the angelic and/or demonic host. However, the word “host” simply means “army”, which refers to either human or angelic/demonic. We first note that God is commonly referred to as YHWH tzevaoth (LORD of hosts/armies).

Isaiah 34:2-3 states that: “For the indignation of the LORD is against all nations, And His fury against all their armies; He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to the slaughter. Also their slain shall be thrown out; Their stench shall rise from their corpses, And the mountains shall be melted with their blood,” (Isaiah 34:2,3). We then find this contrasted in the next two verses with the host of heaven – which is referring to the demonic armies (which we learned about in Daniel chapter 10).

 

All the host of heaven shall be dissolved, And the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll; All their host shall fall down As the leaf falls from the vine, And as fruit falling from a fig tree. “For My sword shall be bathed in heaven; Indeed it shall come down on Edom, And on the people of My curse, for judgment, (Isaiah 34:4,5).

 

​​​​​​​​On that day the Lord will punish the host of heaven, in heaven, and the kings of the earth, on the earth. ​​​​​​​​They will be gathered together as prisoners in a pit; they will be shut up in a prison, and after many days they will be punished, (Isaiah 24:21-22).

 

Angels as Stars

The next phrase of Daniel 8:10, reiterates and expands upon that with a parallel statement that he will cast some of the host and stars down to the ground. Scripture frequently refers to angels as stars. We know that it must not be referring to what we call stars today i.e. burning balls of gas in space for that would require him to move many of them and of course the entire earth and all therein would be instantly dissolved. In the book of Job, stars represent angels where the term “morning stars” is in parallel with “sons of God”, which we have already studied in depth: “When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:7). This same imagery is used of Lucifer himself in Isaiah 14:12-13:

 

How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [How] you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north,’ (Isaiah 14:12, 13).

 

Likewise in Revelation 12:4, 7 the dragon took a third of the stars with him to the ground which we see in verse seven is a reference to angels.

 

His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. […] And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, (Revelation 12:4, 7).

 

The reason angels are so often referred to as stars is because they literally shine. We can see this proven when the disciples went to the tomb and found Jesus’ body missing. They were visited by two men in shining garments (Luke 24:4) – the word used to describe the “shining” garments is astrapto (ἀστράπτω) which is the same linguistic root as a “star” – that is just as a star shines, so too do the garments of angels. Thus, we see graphically why the angels are referred to as stars occasionally in the Bible.

 

Exalted to the Heavenly Host

Next we note that this king will be exalted as high as the prince of the host (sarhatzavah שַׂר־הַצָּבָא). This could be a reference to Michael, who is referred to as the chief prince (sar שַׂר) though it could also refer to the Lord Jesus. In any event, this king will be exalted[iii] or will exalt himself up to the spiritual realm. Again, the impression is that this king somehow goes through a transformation from a lower state to a higher state. The angel then gives the interpretation of this coming king.

 

And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their fullness, a king shall arise, having fierce features, who understands sinister schemes. His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully, and shall prosper and thrive; He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people. “Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; and he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without human means. And the vision of the evenings and mornings which was told is true; Therefore seal up the vision, for it refers to many days in the future. (Daniel 8:23-26).

 

The keys aspects of this coming king as seen in the vision and the interpretation of the vision given by the angel are the following:

 

  • His coming will be at a time of great transgression reminiscent of Jesus’ prediction that “the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12), and Paul’s prediction of the coming apostasy (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
  • The king will have fierce features
  • He will understand sinister schemes (riddles or enigmatic sayings)
  • He will have great power but the source is from another (Satan)
  • He will war against the holy people (See also: Revelation 12)
  • He will exalt – declare himself to be god (See also: 2 Thessalonians 2:4)
  • He will stop the sacrifices (Daniel 11:31, 37-38)
  • He will be destroyed supernaturally (literally “without a hand he will be broken” [b’ephes yad yishaver בְאֶ֥פֶס יָ֖ד יִשָּׁבֵֽר] (See also: 2 Thessalonians 2:8; Isaiah 11:4).

 

Therefore the composite we draw is that this person will be exalted though not by his own power to the level of the demonic realm (the stars, host, and horns). He will share some common features with the horns (demons), first of all because he is known as the little horn. Secondly, he will rise up to the host of heaven and will even cast down some of the host and some of the stars (demons). Therefore, we see that the man will rise up to the level of demons; he will become part horn, which we have seen, is demonic. Therefore, he will be a hybrid which points us back to Genesis 3:15 where we saw that Satan’s seed will become the Antichrist (Beast).  The man known as the beast will take on the DNA (seed of Satan) and will go from being a regular human and will become a hybrid (Nephilim).

 

Son of Perdition

End times researcher Tom Horn reaches a similar conclusion that the Antichrist/Beast will be the progeny of the demonic realm based on his reading of 2 Thessalonians 2:3. “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition [apoleia],” (2 Thessalonians 2:3). He notes that Greek word apoleia (perdition) is the same root as Apollyon/Apollo all of which mean “perdition” or “destruction.” Horn states:

 

Antichrist will be the progeny or incarnation of the ancient spirit, “Apollo.” Numerous scholarly and classical works identify “Apollyon” as the god “Apollo”—the Greek deity “of death and pestilence,” and Webster’s Dictionary points out that “Apollyon” was a common variant of “Apollo” until recent history.

Revelation 17:8 also ties the coming of Antichrist with Apollo, revealing that the ‘Beast’ shall ascend from the bottomless pit and enter him. “The Beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the Bottomless Pit, and go into perdition [Apolia, Apollo]: and they that dwell on the Earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the Beast that was, and is not, and yet is” (Revelation 17:8).

Abaddon is another name for Apollo (Rev. 9:11), identified historically as the king of demonic “locusts” (Revelation 9:1-11). This means among other things that Apollo is the end-times angel or “King of the Abyss” that opens the bottomless pit, out of which an army of transgenic locusts erupts upon earth.[iv]

Horn’s idea has tremendous merit and would appear to corroborate the evidence that we have examined concerning Genesis 3:15. Thus, if the linguistic connection is correct,[v] then the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to confirm the Genesis 3:15 prophecy, thereby further substantiating that the Antichrist/Beast will be a hybrid or the ultimate Nephilim.

 

We conclude therefore that the little horn (Antichrist/Beast) will begin as a man and then become the genetic son of Satan. It is important to note that he will begin as a regular man: Though the Lord will use him to in part judge the world, he was not predestined to be the Antichrist but he will choose to become a hybrid (Nephilim) with Satan to fulfill his purposes.[vi] He will have free choice all the way until the Lord Jesus returns to destroy him. We know that he begins as a man from several clues in Scripture:

 

  • The beast rises out of the sea (Revelation 13:1).
    • Waters (like sea) are defined as peoples multitudes, nations, and tongues (Rev 17:15).
    • Satan gives or bestows his power and authority to him (Revelation 13:2).
    • He demonstrates that he is a god in 2 Thessalonians, thereby suggesting that he needs to prove it because he was not always so.
    • The ten horns which are ten kings receive authority and then give it to the Beast. We recall that Satan would give all of his power and authority to the Beast – thus the horns/kings (demon kings) receive authority from Satan and then give it to the Beast (who did not begin as a hybrid).

 

Satan will give all of his authority and power to this individual but just what would cause Satan to give anyone all of his authority, his throne, and his power? Conservative scholars frequently refer to the unholy trinity wherein the role of the Father is Satan, the role of the Son is the Antichrist, and the role of the Holy Spirit is the False Prophet. However, rather than this unholy trinity merely being a relationship of mutual interest, the Antichrist (the argument could be made for the False Prophet as well) will in fact share genetic information with Satan and thus will truly be the son of Satan. Therefore, just as God the Father committed all authority to Jesus (“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth,” Matthew 28:18), who is of like substance to the Father (homoousios), in like manner will the Antichrist be given all authority and power of his father and he will take on Satan’s traits.

 

  • The coming of the [lawless one] is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, (2 Thessalonians 2:9)
  • The dragon gave him [the Beast] his power, his throne, and great authority. (Revelation 13:2)
  • So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the Beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who [is] like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:4)

 

Nevertheless, we are left with the question of how this could be. If our conclusion is correct, then just how could Satan mingle his seed with a grown man? The virgin birth of Jesus Christ was truly one of the greatest miracles in the Bible – even today the concept of the virgin birth is just too much of a stretch of the imagination for many people. How then could Satan perform that same miracle? Just as with the many plagues in Egypt Satan was able to empower the Egyptian magicians so that they could mimic the miracles, so too Satan will mimic the virgin birth. However, as we have discovered, no woman is necessary for this genetic transfer.

 

Therion

The fact that the Antichrist is referred to as the Beast (exclusively in Revelation) ought to cause us to pause and consider that this person will not be an average human. The Greek word for beast is therion (θηρίον) and according to the Liddell Scott Jones Classical Greek Lexicon, it generally means an animal as opposed to men and a “beast, esp. as hostile and odious to man; monster, creature, of sharks.” Aristotle used the word to signify “either above or below the nature of man.”[vii] Lastly, in Sophocles’ Ichneutae the term therion (θηρίον) was used to refer to mythological creatures known as satyrs, which according the Encyclopedia Mythica “are deities of the woods and mountains. They are half human and half beast; they usually have a goat’s tail, flanks and hooves. While the upper part of the body is that of a human, they also have the horns of a goat.”[viii]Though the Beast in Scripture may not be classified as a satyr, the usage of the word to describe a human-like entity is extremely significant – that is, the Antichrist will not be fully human and today we have the technology to make this happen. We will look at the technology that makes this possible in the next post in this series.



[i] Constable Daniel 8.

[ii] Only Daniel chapters 2-7 are in Aramaic, the rest of the book is in Hebrew.

[iii] The Hebrew text employs the hiphil form (stem, binyan) which is causative signifying that someone makes him great.

[iv] (Horn) http://www.newswithviews.com/Horn/thomas114.htm.

[v] I wanted to double check the linguistic association that Horn is making and after searching several lexicons and commentaries and not finding anything definitive, I decided to call to my Greek friend Costas (in Greece), to inquire if apoleia can be thought of as identical to Apollyon/Apollo. He replied that it is plausibly true though not an absolutely necessary relationship.

[vi] ​​​​​​​”The LORD works [pa’al פָּעַל] everything for its own ends – even the wicked [rasha רָשָׁע] for the day of disaster,” (Proverbs 16:4 NET). This verse is commonly interpreted in a Calvinistic sense which is to say that God has predestined even the evil people for destruction (hell). We need to note that the word for “wicked” here is not in the plural (though that does appear in the Bible frequently) but is singular. This could also be translated “wicked one,” that is, the Antichrist. The same word is also used in Isaiah 11:4 in reference to whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His lips (just like 2 Thessalonians 2:8) – thus the verse is not speaking of God predestining some to eternal damnation but to how even the Antichrist (the Wicked One, the Lawless One) the Lord will use according to His own ends. The day of disaster is presumably the Great Tribulation.

[vii] Liddell-Scott-Jones Lexicon of Classical Greek θηρίον.

[viii] http://www.pantheon.org/articles/s/satyrs.html.

According to Scripture Bible Questions and Answer Show

I will hosting According to the Scriptures Radio every Tuesday from 5-7 PM Pacific Standard Time on Liberty Broadcasting Network. Exact date to be announced soon. The show will be on AM 1710 out of Minneapolis and also will be broadcast over internet and soon via satellite radio.  I will be taking calls from listeners on Bible related topics from creation to the end times with answers according to the Scriptures!

Listeners can call in at 1-800-787-5044 or click here to visit the website

Details:

  • What: According to the Scriptures – Bible Answers Show
  • When: 5-7 PM PST
  • Where: Liberty Broadcasting Network or AM 1710 Minneapolis
  • Beginning soon

 

 

Will World War Three Come Before the Great Tribulation?

World War Three is the event that will get the world ready for the coming time of Jacob’s trouble even though as a kid I saw many movies showing me that World War Three would be the end of the world for all effective purposes. However, the Bible is clear that the earth will not end in one final burst of nuclear weapons or the like. Rather, we see that there will be a seven year period in which a series of judgments occur upon planet earth. The seven years will culminate in the beast, the false prophet, and the nations of the earth united to fight against Him who sits upon a horse and those that come with Him – that is, the world is united to fight against Yeshua/Jesus. The nations at the end of the Great Tribulation will not be fighting against each other in that day. Biblically, WWIII is called the war of Gog and Magog and is found in Ezekiel 38-39.

In the study I talk about Albert Pike’s vision of the coming three world wars. He received this vision in 1871 – years before the first world war. I have included his vision below.

Mason, Illuminist, and founder of the KKK Albert Pike

Mason Historian, Founder of the KKK, Illuminati Member

Mason Historian, Founder of the KKK, Illuminati Member

“The Masonic religion should be, by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian doctrine. . . Yes, Lucifer is God, and unfortunately Adonay (Jesus) is also God.”  A.C. De La Rive, La Femme et l’enfant dans la Franc-Maconnerie Universelle, p. 588; Lady Queenborough,Occult Theocracy pp. 220-221.

Albert Pike received a vision, which he described in a letter (August 15, 1871).

World War One

The First World War must be brought about in order to permit the Illuminati to overthrow the power of the Czars in Russia and of making that country a fortress of atheistic Communism. The divergences caused by the “agentur” (agents) of the Illuminati between the British and Germanic Empires will be used to foment this war. At the end of the war, Communism will be built and used in order to destroy the other governments and in order to weaken the religions.

World War Two

The Second World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences between the Fascists and the political Zionists. This war must be brought about so that Nazism is destroyed and that the political Zionism be strong enough to institute a sovereign state of Israel in Palestine. During the Second World War, International Communism must become strong enough in order to balance Christendom, which would be then restrained and held in check until the time when we would need it for the final social cataclysm.”

World War Three

The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the “agentur” of the “Illuminati” between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other. Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion… We shall unleash the Nihilists and the atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil. Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with Christianity, whose deistic spirits will from that moment be without compass or direction, anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out in the public view. This manifestation will result from the general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time.
We are essentially reading the enemies mail here. The goal is to bring out a series of wars that will culminate in people finally accepting openly Lucifer. Notice that the atheists will be used as well. This is what we see happening today with all of the atheists quite foolishly Atheist Billboardspending their money on billboards and such to convince us that there is no God. It makes sense that we as believers would spend money, time, and effort on reaching the lost – but why would atheists? If there really is no God, then why not just go have fun and not really worry about it like they keep telling us to do?
Listen to the audio below to get a deeper appreciation for what is coming.

Could Crop Circles Prepare the World for the Cosmic Christ Deception?

Could the formation of crop circles around the world be much more than some clever hoaxsters trying to have some fun? While it is true that some crop circles have been made by people we would not be justified in concluding that all or even most have been done in a similar fashion. There are crop circles being discovered recently that are highly sophisticated and complex designs – they are by no means amateur. Notice in the videos the detail of the circles and also that the commentators don’t deny Jesus but relegate Him to be a cosmic Christ of sorts. In other words, whoever is making the crop circles wants us to believe in a Christ who will come and save us. If we read the Bible we know that one is coming who will be in the place of the true messiah – Antichrist!

Why are there so many crosses? I suggest it is to confuse the world as to the true meaning of the cross. The demonic deception aims at reinterpreting the meaning of the cross thereby making it into a universal symbol of peace.

 

Crop Circles End Times Deception

End Times Demonic Deception

End Times Deception