THE PRISONER IS SENTENCED - Will you appear as a witness OR a prisoner? Is your faith real or is it just a fiction?
We have included an important addendum as APPENDIX 1; "Sexual Perversion Has Already Over-taken the United States;" this is averred in connection with the "Abomination of Desolation."
We urge you to peruse this addendum as time permits.
For all practical purposes, the trial of the New World Order System headed up by the antiChrist will come to an end at the close of the first half of the Tribulation Period. What will occur after that (ie., after the Abomination of Desolation and during the last half of the Tribulation Period) can best be depicted by a graph similar to the one we used in our recent article, "The Vision of the Seventy Weeks."
[At this point, we would urge you to review our "TRIAL" articles in sequence --- #1, "The World Is to Be Judged"; #2, "The Trial or Tribulation Begins; The Church Is Called as a Witness"; #3, Israel Is Called as a Witness"; and #4, "The Vision of the Seventy Weeks."]
1,260 DAYS, 3 ½ YEARS, 42 MONTHS, TIME, TIMES, HALF A TIME
(Click Tabs to view each event on the timeline.)
Naturally enough, in dealing with the last half of the Tribulation Period, we must begin with the disturbing matter of the "Abomination of Desolation!"
The term itself is enough to make one feel very uncomfortable. It conveys a sense of uneasy anxiousness. There is an aura of grim restlessness about the phrase and all that it portends; a sense of apprehension and uncertainty; a premonition of impending doom. But how? Why? It all seems so ambiguous and ethereal.
But this much we can say with certainty: the evil impact of this event will be directed against the "Temple of God," and will plainly divide the first half of the Seventieth Week from the second half. Indeed, it will be the special cause of all the evil supernatural activity of this period – ie., the Great Tribulation. Specifically, II Thessalonians 2 indicates that the specific act of desecration associated with the Abomination of Desolation will be the occupation of the "Temple of God" by Satan, at which time he will take possession of it and declare himself to be God:
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [ie., the day of the rapture and the resurrection] shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
"Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." (2 Thess. 2:3-4)
That such an event will clearly take place - ie., that Satan will take possession of the Temple of God and present himself as God – is clear from 2 Thess. 2:3-4. However, a number of things mitigate against the thought that this act of desecration will be directed merely against a rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem.
The truth is, there is reason to believe that the desecration of the Temple will reach out far beyond the desecration of any rebuilt Jewish sanctuary in Jerusalem.
First, from a scriptural standpoint, the whole tenor surrounding the Biblical term, "Abomination of Desolation," suggests something much more disconcerting (and even eerie if I can use that term) than the mere desecration of a temple made of stone and bricks.
If this is all that is meant, then Antiochus Epiphanes, the king of Sulussia --- who was a Greek, not a Syrian as many Christians not schooled in the history of the ancient world suppose --- who desecrated the old Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in 173 B.C. by sacrificing a pig, did as much, if not more, than anything the antiChrist could do; also, surely the Roman general Titus who desecrated the Temple in 70 A.D. when he captured Jerusalem and burned the Temple to the ground did as much as Antiochus Epiphanes undertook to do.
[NOTE: Seleucus was one of Alexander the Great's four principal generals; he was bequeathed greater Syria by Alexander at the time of Alexander's death; the other three generals being Antigonus who was bequeathed Greece and Macedonia; Lysimarchus who was bequeathed Asia Minor; and Ptolemy who was bequeathed Egypt. THE ACKNOWLEDGMENT THAT SELEUCUS WAS A GREEK AND NOT A SYRIAN EFFECTIVELY RENDERS AS FATUOUS THE CONCEPT THAT ANTICHRIST WILL EMERGE OUT OF THE RACIAL MAKEUP OF THE MIDDLE EAST, SINCE ALL HISTORIANS AGREE THAT GREECE IS A WESTERN NATION.]
One would think that these acts, which parallel in most every respect the act of desecration most evangelicals believe the antiChrist will commit in connection with the Abomination of Desolation, would bring on the same retribution that God will pour out on antiChrist. Yet both Antiochus and Titus died quietly in their sleep - Antiochus in Tabae in 165 B.C., and Titus in Rome towards the close of the First Century A.D.
Second, how could the stopping of animal sacrifices in a rebuilt Jewish Temple constitute an abomination to God? After all, the old animal sacrifices described in the Book of Leviticus merely pointed to the sacrifice of Christ.
After Christ was sacrificed on the cross for the sins of the world, the old animal sacrifices – again, the ones described in the Book of Leviticus - became meaningless, and this was indicated by the rending of the veil in the temple after Christ's death on the cross:
"And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.
"And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom." (Mark 15:37-38)
Then to what does the term "Abomination of Desolation" really have reference? It must surely mean more than the mere desecration of a temple made with human hands.
The noun "abomination" means something extremely disgusting or hateful - something worthy of or causing loathing.
The adjective "desolate" means abandoned, devoid of habitation, deserted, forsaken, lonely, showing the effects of abandonment.
The verb "to desolate" means to make desolate, to lay waste, to forsake.
Like a gigantic, seething, roiling updraft created by a giant tornado, God abandons the "Temple" in a furious rage and gives it over to Satan.
The term "Abomination of Desolation," taken in conjunction with the "Temple of God," means the "loathsome and hateful action that causes the abandonment by God of the 'Temple of God', making it void of His habitation and (in conjunction with II Thess. 2) possessed by Satan."
The noun "desolation" means the condition of being desolate - a barren wasteland implying grief, sadness, and loneliness.
Thus, it could be fairly stated that - from a grammatical standpoint - the term "Abomination of Desolation," taken in conjunction with the "Temple of God," means the "loathsome and hateful act that causes the abandonment by God of the 'Temple of God', making it void of His habitation and (in conjunction with II Thess. 2) possessed by Satan."
In its scriptural context, what then is the meaning of the term "Abomination of Desolation?" The scriptural link that some Biblical scholars make between a rebuilt Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and the "Abomination of Desolation" is highly tenuous and largely the result of certain evangelicals (very strict dispensationalists) who contend that the Old Testament - and even, as astonishing as it might seem, certain books of the New Testament - were written specifically to the Jews and do not concern Christians at all. Hence, according to this kind of teaching, since the "Abomination of Desolation" mentioned in Daniel 9:26-27 is made in the Old Testament, the passage must have reference only to the Jewish Temple, since supposedly the Old Testament is a Jewish book.
However, the "Abomination of Desolation" is mentioned in several books of the New Testament - in all the Gospels (except John), II Thessalonians, etc. - which would make these books, we assume, Jewish books, at least according to this kind of thinking; but such thinking is so ridiculous that it hardly bears refutation; nonetheless, this is the precise origin of the kind of thinking which connects the "Abomination of Desolation" simply with a Jewish Temple.
Moreover, there is a great difference to be remarked on between the glory which will flow out from the Millennial Temple as opposed to any glory which will attend a rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem prior to the Millennium; again, the fact of the matter is, God is forever through with "temples made with hands." [And in this connection, it should be noted that the Millennial Temple that is described in the Book of Ezekiel will evidently not be made by human hands; the context seems to indicate that it will be solely a work of God.]
Ezekiel had seen the Shechinah (the glory and presence of God) leave the Temple of Solomon prior to the Babylonian sack of Jerusalem, NEVER TO RETURN. No Shechinah ever filled the Second Temple (the Temple that existed at the time of Christ).
Moreover, the Millennial Temple will differ from the old Jewish Temple to the extent that the sun differs from the moon. Why? - because the Millennial Temple will contain the glory of Christ which no rebuilt Jewish Temple ever could. Obviously, there will be no need for animal sacrifice in this Temple either, for the sacrifice of Christ on the cross will be fully honored, Christ Himself being the High Priest; there will be no human High Priest in the Millennial Temple. Finally, a stream of healing water will flow forth from the Temple for the healing of the nations. Can anyone reasonably assume that such a stream will flow forth from a rebuilt Jewish Temple in Jerusalem destined to be desecrated by the antiChrist? [Please click link to read, "The Necessity of Animal Sacrifice in the Rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem."]
Certainly, no rebuilt Jewish Temple in Jerusalem could match such a description.
Please see Ezekiel 40:1-46:24 for a full description of the Millennial Temple. Please also consult Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, pg. 512-531. The main purpose of the Millennial Temple will be to commemorate and honor the sacrifice of Christ. There will be no animal sacrifices in the Millennial Temple.
It seems, then, that we are once again faced with a dilemma - a desecration directed against a Temple which doesn't seem to exist; unless, of course, we've been looking in the wrong place.
Let's admit that such might indeed be the case and reconsider the whole question in the light of the New Testament, if only because it's impossible to get anywhere by just examining the issue exclusively in light of the Old Testament. The fact of the matter is that while Daniel 9:26-27 does make mention of an event known as the "Abomination of Desolation," we can get no real clue from these verses as to what the term really means. It is not until the New Testament that a firm connection is made between the "Abomination of Desolation" and the "Temple of God."
Interestingly enough, it is made by Jesus Himself in an entirely "New Testament setting" just prior to His crucifixion (cf. Matt. 24 and II Thess. 2:3-4). The context in which the connection is made occurs when Jesus had finished telling the Pharisees that He would tear down the Temple and in three days raise it up again. The Pharisees thought that Jesus was referring to the old Jewish Temple; but of course, He was not. He was making reference to His own body:
"Jesus answered and said to them, 'Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up'.
"The Jews therefore said, 'It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days'?"
"BUT HE WAS SPEAKING OF THE TEMPLE OF HIS BODY." (John 2:19-21)
Thus, when the connection between the "Abomination of Desolation" and the "Temple of God" is first made, it is made essentially at the same time when Jesus described the "Temple of God" as the Son of Man (and, hence, men), and not as a temple made of stone and brick. The old Jewish Temple (and we speak here not of the Millennial Temple) was forever put away after the crucifixion of Christ; whatever glory was left in the Second Temple departed from it (which was signified by the rending of the veil in the old temple) and instead was deposited forever in man on the day of Pentecost. (cf., Acts 2:2-4) Paul himself reminds us of this when he tells us that God no longer dwells within the cold, dead stones of temples made with hands when he says:
"… do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God ..." (I Cor. 6:19)
Whatever glory was left in the Second Temple departed from it (which was signified by the rending of the veil in the old temple) and instead was deposited forever in man on the day of Pentecost.
Isaiah also prophesied that the true house of God would be a house of prayer for all nations (Isa. 56:7; Mk. 11:17) and in fulfillment of that prophecy, believers of every nation are today, as living stones, being built up into a spiritual house (I Peter 2:5), "a habitation of God through the Spirit." (Eph. 2:22)
Finally, it is of interest to note in this respect that when Paul referred to believers as the temple (I Cor. 3:16, 17; 6:19; II Cor. 6:16; Eph. 2:20-22), he used the Greek word NAOS. But when he referred to the physical temple in Jerusalem (Acts 22:17; 24:12, 18; 25:8; I Cor. 9:13), he used the Greek word Hieron. NAOS is the word Paul used for "temple" in II Thessalonians 2:4 when he spoke of the "Temple of God" in connection with the "Abomination of Desolation:"
"... so that he [Satan] as God sitteth [dwells] in the temple [NAOS] of God, showing himself that he is God." (II Thess. 2:4)
Therefore, it is obvious that Paul did not mean that antiChrist was simply going to sit down [dwell or make his home] in a physical temple made of stone and brick [Hieron].
NAOS = THE TEMPLE OF GOD MADE UP OF BELIEVERS
Believers in a house-church in Communist China.
HIERON = THE TEMPLE MADE OF STONE AND BRICK
The old Jewish Temple in Jerusalem
As we suggested in Chapter I of the New Antipas Papers, "The Nature of Man" , like the old Jewish Temple, man is a three part entity - body, soul, and spirit; each corresponding to the three parts of the Jewish Temple - the Outer Court (the body), the Inner Court (the soul), and the "Holiest of All" [the spirit]. [Please see G.H. Pember, Earth's Earliest Ages, chapter 4, "The Creation of Man," for a thorough but concise treatment of this subject.]
It was in the "Holiest of All" in the old Jewish Temple that the glory of God (the Shechinah) dwelt. No one was ever permitted access to this part of the Temple except the High Priest, and that but once a year on the day of Atonement, when he entered it to sprinkle the blood of the sacrifice on the "Mercy Seat" for the sins of the people.
The "Holiest of All" was the dwelling place of God; it was reserved for Him alone.
So also with man: the spirit of man is the dwelling place of God; it is our spirit that the Holy Spirit enters and inhabits when we receive Jesus at the time of our new birth.
The old Jewish Temple was but a type of this present reality - a symbolical representation of God's true dwelling - man. And while the entire old Temple symbolized the dwelling place of God, it was, nevertheless, in the "Holy of Holies" where God actually dwelt, with the Holy Place (the Inner Court) and the Outer Court standing for those spheres of divine activity that were in accordance with His divine presence. Thus answering truly to this typology, God's Spirit dwells in our spirit, which is the reality in our time of the "Holy of Holies."
MAN IS THE TRUE TEMPLE OF GOD
Moreover, by asserting that man is today the "Temple of God," we are not spiritualizing the Word of God at all, for such is the clear testimony of the Word of God. Jesus said:
"... if a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode [home, lit. - Temple or Tabernacle] with him." (John 14:23)
Furthermore, in Ephesians 2:19-22, Paul speaks of regenerated man as the building or "Temple of God:"
"... in whom all the building, fitly framed together, groweth into an HOLY TEMPLE in the Lord; in whom ye also are builded together for an HABITATION of God through the Spirit." (Ephesians 2:21-22)
If we once grasp the fact that the true "Temple of God" is man and not a temple made of brick and stone, then the difficulties that we encountered above dissolve. And, in all of this we can begin to see that the "Abomination of Desolation" is a crime much more heinous than we had at first thought - and one that portends a threat against man far greater than has ever been previously imagined - a threat against his very humanity?
Man is a human being precisely and only because he is a three part being - because he possesses, in addition to his body and soul, a spirit. It is man's possession of a spirit which sets him apart from the beasts, not his ability to think. The higher orders of beasts have souls; for instance, a dog or a cat can love, hate, think, etc. But they possess no spirit.
Through his spirit, man was meant to have FELLOWSHIP with God; the beasts were never meant to have such fellowship, and, thus, do not possess a spirit; only a body and a soul. As indicated above, they can love, hate, and even think, but they cannot fellowship with God in the way a "born-again" man or woman can.
The "Abomination of Desolation," then, is an attack against man's very humanity; and in this connection, it should be noted that after Satan enters the antiChrist at the time of the "Abomination of Desolation," he is no longer referred to as a man, but as a BEAST!! - no more a human being, but a BEAST possessing no longer any possibility of ever again fellowshipping with God, his spirit forever deadened and given over to Satan and his minions; HIS HUMANITY FOREVER LOST.
How? - it is not all that difficult to ascertain. While Satan has corrupted man's body (making it "flesh"), and through it, he has contaminated man's mind (his soul or his ability to think), he has never had access to the spirit of man. Man's spirit, like the "Holiest of All" in the Old Jewish Temple, was reserved for God and Him alone. It was to be the seat of God, His throne, His ultimate place of habitation and dwelling. Satan has never occupied this part of man. Man's spirit has been wholly protected by the "RESTRAINING power" of God. (II Thess. 2:7 - see RV or LB)
Only once - in a very limited and isolated case - has this restraining power ever been lifted. This instance involved Judas, the "Son of Perdition." At the time of the Last Supper, the Scripture says that Satan "entered into Judas:"
"... And when he [Christ] had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot the son of Simon.
"After the sop, SATAN ENTERED HIM." (John 13:26-27)
What could this possibly mean? We are aware today that Satan has great influence over man's fallen nature - the works of the flesh and the fiery darts of the wicked one which assault man's mind (soul) attest to man's vulnerability. There could be no reason for Satan to seek further expression of his personality through man's fallen nature (i.e., man's body and soul). [Please see our articles on the iniquitous nature of man in his present condition, "The Evil in our Midst", "The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse", "An Unyielding Theology of Hate", "The Supernatural: America's Intelligence Agencies, The Republican Elites, Drugs, and Pedophilia" and "The Horror of John Dimitri Negroponte and Everything He Represents."]
WE URGE YOU TO SEE APPENDIX #1 AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE THAT DEALS WITH THE EXTENT THAT SEXUAL PERVERSION HAS ALREADY OVER-TAKEN MAN - EVEN BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD. SADLY, CHRISTIANS ARE INVOLVED IN THIS PERVERSION EVERY BIT AS MUCH AS NON-CHRISTIANS.
With regard to Judas, Satan evidently took FULL possession of him. He entered into a part of Judas that he apparently had never before had access - his human spirit. This probably accounts for the name that the Scripture has given to Judas - the "SON OF PERDITION." The term "perdition" is derived from the Greek word apoleia and means utter and eternal SPIRITUAL destruction or loss, or damnation [please see note #684 in the Strong's Greek Concordance].
Now, we know that when God enters a man's spirit, man receives ETERNAL LIFE; so, no doubt, when Satan enters man's spirit, man receives eternal perdition or damnation. In the first act, man becomes a son of God; in the second act, man becomes eternally a "son of Satan" or the demons.
It is probably this one sin, this final act of desecration, that Paul refers to as the unforgivable sin. Since that which is eternal remains eternal forever, whether it be for good or whether it by for evil, there certainly could be no turning back from this particular sin.
In the light of all this, we must conclude that the "Abomination of Desolation" is nothing less than the final and COMPLETE desecration of man's being, the true "Temple of God" (II Thess. 2:7). As he did with Judas, Satan will enter the antiChrist's spirit, and as with Judas, this accounts for the new title the antiChrist receives - the "Son of Perdition." (Please see II Thess. 2:3-8)
G.H. Pember, writing in 1876, fully grasped this concept when he wrote:
"Now while evil angels and demons are doubtless appointed for the ordinary work of influencing mankind, yet we can easily imagine that, whenever there is any transcendentally mighty issue at stake, their great leader, who excels them all in wisdom and power, would himself undertake the more arduous labour. And accordingly, at our Lord's first advent, when the hour of the Prince of Darkness had come, Satan himself entered into Judas, and directed him to his fearful crime. (cf., John 13:27)
"So when the last great masterpiece of the Adversary shall appear, the antiChrist, whose coming, as Paul tells us, is after the working of Satan (II Thess. 2:9), and to whom the Dragon shall give his power, and his throne, and great authority (Rev. 13:2), it is but reasonable to suppose that he will be possessed and energized by the Devil IN PERSON."
Thus, he will be a COMPOUND BEING: PARTLY HUMAN, PARTLY SUPER-HUMAN" – like the super-human beings described by the Greeks who inhabited Mt. Olympus before the Flood (ie., during the first Millenium); super-human beings whose evil and malevolent activity caused God to destroy the world with the Flood.
Concerning the horrible impact of the Abomination of Desolation, the Bible says:
"... except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh [ie., actual human beings] be saved ..." (Matt. 24:22)
We can get some idea of what will happen to mankind as a result of the Abomination of Desolation when we consider the horrible, mind-numbing impact of just one of the "trumpet" blasts on the earth and mankind (there are six additional such trumpet blasts - and all this is to say nothing of the seven seals); specifically, THE FIFTH TRUMPET:
"And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him.
"And he opened the bottomless pit; and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit.
"And out of the smoke came forth locusts upon the earth; and power was given them as the scorpions of the earth have power.
"And they were told that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
"And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man.
"And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; and they will long to die and death flees from them.
"And the appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads, as it were, crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.
"And they had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were like the teeth of lions.
"And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle.
"And they have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months.
"They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon (i.e., Apollos)."
These verses are rendered more intelligible in the Concordant Literal Translation of the New Testament:
"And the fifth messenger trumpets. And I perceived a star fallen into earth. And to him [the star or fallen angel] was given the key of the well of SUBMERGED CHAOS. And he opens the well of the submerged chaos, and fumes ascend out of the well as the smoke of a large furnace, and the sound and the air are darkened by the fumes of the well. And out of the fumes came out locusts into the earth, and license was granted them as the scorpions of the earth have license. And it was declared to them that they should not be injuring the grass of the earth, not any green thing, nor any tree, except those of mankind who have not the seal of God on their foreheads. And it was granted to them, not that they should be killing them, but that they shall be tormented five months; and their torment is as the torment of a scorpion, whenever he should be striking a man. And in those days men will be seeking death, AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL BE FINDING IT. And they will be yearning to die, and death is fleeing from them. And the likeness of the locusts are like horses ready for battle, and on their heads are as it were wreaths like gold, and their faces are as it were human faces. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth are as if they were lions. And they had cuirasses [body armor], as it were cuirasses of iron, and the sound of their wings is as the sound of many chariot horses racing into battle. And they have tails like scorpions, and stings, and their license is to injure mankind five months with their tails. They have a king over them - the messenger of the submerged chaos. His Hebrew name is Abaddon, and in Greek he has the name Apollyon (i.e., Apollos)."
Apollyon (Apollos - Rev. 9:11) in Greek mythology was the god of the heavens (the sun). This is precisely the same personage referred to in verse 9:1:
" ... and I saw a star [a "fallen angel"] from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him." [Please see Part 5 of Chapter IX of the New Antipas Papers, "The Reality of the Kingdom of Darkness." Please also see our note in this article, "Satan to Be Bound in Tartarus" for the Greeks' understanding of Biblical phenomena.]
This is the same star that Revelation 8:9-11 refers to as "WORMWOOD ..."
"... and a great star fell from heaven burning like a torch, ... and the name of the star is called WORMWOOD; ... (Rev. 8:9-10)."
It is also that great personage referred to in Revelation 12:9 as "... the great dragon ... that serpent of old called the Devil and Satan ..." -
"And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth ... And to him, was given the keys of the bottomless pit, and he was given permission by God to free the hosts of hell [the demons or disembodied spirits]."
AND NOW ONE BEGINS TO UNDERSTAND THE TRUE HORROR OF THE "ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION" and what shortly must come to pass.
In our last article, we warned our readers to pay attention to these Prophetic Scriptures – and take heed to the warning they are conveying to you. [Please see our article "The Vision of the Seventy Weeks."]
Do not be cavalier about these warnings – they are meant to see you safely through; but you must pay attention to them .
God bless you all !!
NEXT TIME -
The sealing of God's people against the wrath of Satan:
SADLY, IT SEEMS THAT CHRISTIANS ARE INVOLVED IN THE PERVERSIONS DESCRIBED BELOW EVERY BIT AS MUCH AS UNBELIEVERS - AND THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO TOGETHER WITH TRUMP, ANOTHER SEXUAL DEVIANT, WHO ARE GOING TO RETURN AMERICA TO "CHRIST AND THE CHURCH?" BUT REMEMBER, THERE IS ALWAYS THE SILVER CORD OF BELIEVERS IN ALL AGES - EVEN TODAY - WHO ARE NOT PART OF THIS PERVERSION.
There are passages in the Bible that many Christians would prefer were not there - passages that bespeak such HORROR that one is left trembling at their implications: Revelation 9:1-11 (above) is one such passage. This passage of Scripture alludes to a kind of demonic "possession" that will befall mankind in the "end of days" - a "possession" that is far beyond anything that Hollywood - with all of its fright-filled imagery - could conjure; and while the main implications of this passage have to do with that portion of the Great Tribulation that follows the Abomination of Desolation, there are already signs that it is beginning even now to take hold of man. [Please see Chapter IX of the New Antipas Papers, "The Course and Character of the Last Days."]
The kind of "possession" that Revelation 9:1-11 is alluding to is one that takes on the hue of gross SEXUAL perversion - the specific kind of perversion that resulted in the Flood, the cause of which is detailed in another chilling passage of Scripture; specifically, Genesis, chapter 6 - again, a passage of Scripture that answers to Christ's warning in Luke 17:26:
"As it was in the days of Noe [Noah], so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man." (Luke 17:26) [Please see " The Days of Noah" in Part 5 of Chapter IX in the New Antipas Papers."]
NOTE: Luke 17:26 (above) is the "sister verse" - as it were - of Matthew 24:12, which has particular reference to the "end of days" (cf. Matthew 24:13-28): "And because iniquity [i.e., sexual perversion] shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." What we mean is this: Matthew 24:12 speaks of a great increase in sexual perversion in the "end of days," and Luke 17:26 ties that increase to the same "problem" that beset mankind prior to the Flood.
Before beginning this article, pay particular attention to the PRECISE wording of Matthew 24:13 that deals with the increase of sexual perversion - "Because iniquity [i.e., sexual perversion] shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." This is a very interesting phrase. The Bible is not necessarily referring to our love for Christ per se, but to love itself: to the ability of human beings to have LOVING relationships with one another. In essence, then, what the Bible is saying is that there is a REVERSE (topsy-turvy, upside down) relationship between sexual perversion and one's ability to love others; the more sexual perversion and/or "obsession" takes root in the heart of man, the more his ability to have LOVING relationships with others is diminished. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND AS YOU READ THIS ADDENDUM.
And so now we come to the HORROR of Genesis, Chapter 6, which reads in part:
"Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God [lit., "Elohim," meaning in this case, the angels that had joined themselves to Satan's rebellion] saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves [i.e., had sexual intercourse with] whomever they chose ... The Nephilim[lit., the "fallen ones," meaning the offspring of the sexual union between the daughters of men and the angels of Satan] were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God [Satan's angels] came into the daughters of men [i.e., had sexual intercourse with them], and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old [in Greek mythology and the mythology of countless other civilizations around the world], men of renown ... Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth [as a result of man's intercourse with the angels of Satan], and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart WAS ONLY EVIL CONTINUALLY [and the Bible is speaking most especially of sexual sin here] ... And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. And the Lord said, 'I will blot out man whom I have made ... for I am sorry that I have made them'." (Genesis 6:1-2,4-7) [Once again, we URGE you to read our article, " Witchcraft and the Paranormal."]
And this is where bondage and other forms of pornography eventually lead -
THE KILLING OF LITTLE GIRLS, WOMEN AND SOMETIMES EVEN MEN.
In linking (1) Revelation 9:1-11, (2) Luke 17:26, (3) Matthew 24:12 and (4) Genesis, chapter 6 we can begin to comprehend that the huge increase of sexual perversion in the United States today is the result of something much more than what would have been understood as "normal" in the past. If the Bible is to be taken seriously, it is the result of a new flood into the earth of "principalities," "powers," and the "rulers of darkness" (cf. Ephesians 6:12) - a torrential increase into the earth of the same kin d of evil entities that brought on the Flood - THE VERY SAME FORCES THAT SRI, et. al. ARE "RESEARCHING" NOW. [Again, we URGE you to read our last article, " Witchcraft and the Paranormal."]
AND - LIKE BEFORE - THESE EVIL ENTITIES ARE TAKING POSSESSION OF THE SOULS OF MEN, and so much so that those who have become "possessed" by these entities are no longer able to control themselves sexually. They have become men driven by their lusts - exactly as Revelation 9:1-11 is describing.
At the very center of today's so-called "sexual revolution" is the expansion of pornography into every facet of life in America where it's no longer "out of bounds" to portray "bondage scenes" in such popular TV programs as CSI Las Vegas on CBS and Castle on ABC during "prime time".
NOTE: Again, we URGE you to see our previous article, "Witchcraft and the Paranormal;" it is ABSOLUTELY necessary that you should comprehend the work that has been going on at SRI (the Stanford Research Institute) and its link to the sexual explosion that is taking place today; there is a very real link between the paranormal and the so-called "sexual revolution."
Also, it should be noted in this connection that the kind of sex that results in PAIN (e.g., bondage, whips and leather, sado-masochism, humiliation, etc.) is a sure sign of demonic possession; demons are the disembodied spirits of those who trod the earth in the flesh before the ruin described in the second verse of Genesis, and who, at the time of that great destruction, were DISEMBODIED by God, and left still under the power of their great leader in whose sin they shared. (Please see Pember's classic work, Earth's Earliest Ages for further study in these matters.)
As a result, these demons suffer a wearisome lack of ease, a wandering unrest arising from a sense of incompleteness because of their disembodied state. They long to be clothed with flesh again, and so great is their craving that if they can satisfy it in no other way, they will even enter into the filthy bodies of swine (cf. Matt. 8:31). They desire to "FEEL" again, if only pain, and this is the reason that many possessed persons inflict pain on themselves (cf, Luke 8:27), for it is not they, but the demons that have entered them, who are responsible. [Please see Chapter IX of the New Antipas Papers, " The Course and Character of the Last Days."]
Concerning the intrusion of pornography into the lives of an ever-expanding portion of the American population (Christians and non-Christians alike), Dr. Judith Reisman of Haifa University in Israel writes:
"For decades I have lectured on visual pornography as an "endogenous drug" that PERMANENTLY restructures the brain, mind, memory and conduct of unthinking users ... Pornography overrides cognition and causes dramatic changes in viewers' behavior. This can be simple coarsening, impairing the capacity to love, or it can lead to brutal sexual crimes."
NOTE: Dr. Reisman has guest lectured at numerous educational establishments, including Princeton, Georgetown, etc., as well as to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. Her publications include, Images of Children, Crime and Violence in Playboy, Penthouse, and Hustler (US Dep. Justice Grant No. 84-JN-AX-K007, 1986, 1989, 1990); Kinsey, Sex and Fraud (Judith Reisman et al., Lafayette LA: Huntington House, 1990; Soft Porn Plays Hardball (Lafayette: LA. Huntington House, 1991); Kinsey: Crimes & Consequences (The Institute for Media Education, Crestwood, KY., 1998, 2000, 2003).
Dr. Mary Ann Layden, co-director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Cognitive Therapy, concurs with Riesman. Speaking on the seriousness of sexual addictions before the 2004 Senate Commerce Committee, Layden said:
Sex addiction is a more powerful addiction than heroin addiction.
"Sexual addicts have a more difficult tie recovering from their addiction than cocaine addicts, since coke users can get the drug out of their system, BUT PORNOGRAPHIC IMAGES STAY IN THE BRAIN FOREVER."
Now, that's serious! - an addiction far more powerful than an addiction to cocaine and - presumably - even heroin.
She goes on to say:
"Furthermore, research shows that as an addiction, pornography builds upon itself, driving the addict to seek more extreme experiences of visually satisfying material. Sexual addicts develop tolerance and will need more and harder kinds of pornographic material."
What Layden is saying here is that there seems to be a pathology extant in "sexual addiction" that presses one down into a seemingly never-ending spiral of destruction.
Plainly, then, sexual addiction is a far more serious thing than the "mainline press" says it is, and what average Americans are willing to admit.
NOTE: Naturally enough, Layden and Reisman call what's occurring an "addiction;" the Bible calls what is occurring today the result of a "possession."
Now, it's beginning all over again! ("As in the Days of Noah") - and the tempo of this "addiction" (i.e., the fact that man is becoming ever more a prisoner of his sexual cravings) - is growing exponentially.
Take, for example, the increase of "unique visitors" to adult websites from 2001-04 to 2005-08:
Now consider the income range of those using internet porn; specifically, the fact that 61% of those who use it have incomes above $50,000 a year.
THE RICH AND THE WELL-TO-DO ARE MUCH MORE THE CONSUMERS OF PORNOGRAPHY THAN ARE THE POOR
The assumption here is that those who are using pornography are not the poor, but the "well-off" - who are exactly those who usually describe themselves as "Republicans" and "Christians."
INCOME RANGE OF THOSE USING PORNOGRAPHY
NOTE: Concerning the participation of so-called "Christians" in the "sexual revolution," Riesman writes:
"The pornographic explosion ... now poisons us all; our government officials, doctors, professors, schoolteachers, men, women, children, and yes, clergy ... Religious believers, like all others, are tainted by the sexual revolution."
For example, in November 2004 Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher of the Christian Movieguide commended Christian author Archibald Hart, who appears regularly on Dr. Dobson's radio program, for demonstrating the fact that almost 96% of all married men surveyed masturbate.
Then there is Dr. Paul Cameron of Fuller Theological Seminary who promotes what he calls "sexual gradualism" by which he means that it is permissible for children under the age of 13 to kiss and hug one another in a "private room;" by age 13 breast fondling, manipulating and sucking are permissible; by age 14 mutual hand exploration of genitals and mutual masturbation should be encouraged; after which total nudity and oral sex should be promoted.
And there is more! - Zondervan, one of the most prominent Christian book publishers in the country, publishes a book by David Lynn entitled More High School Talk-sheets that encourages Christian teachers to "write what they think when viewing the words Sex, Horny, Lust, the "F-word," etc.
Then there is the shocking revelation that one extremely prominent "Christian minister" associated with the "Promise Keepers" encourages men to stand naked in a "prayer circle" holding one another's penises while praying.
[We URGE you to see our article, "The Supernatural, America's Intelligence Agencies, the Republican Elites, Drugs and Pedophilia" [to understand how deeply sexual perversion and pedophilia have penetrated into America's so called "conservative" community."]
Finally, one should take note of the country that is most "addicted" to internet porn: It is AMERICA!
And so now we begin to understand the words of Scripture:
"And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon ... is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird." (Revelation 18:2)
Clearly, the place where the eruption of "evil spirits" alluded to in Revelation 9:1-11 is centered is Babylon the Great (i.e., the United States) - and both the "facts on the ground" and the Scriptures substantiate this fact - which makes the words of Revelation 18:4 that much more prescient:
"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Revelation 18:4) [Please see our article, " The Cost of Discipleship."]
TYPES OF REQUESTS MADE BY AMERICANS IN THE SECRECY OF THEIR HOMES
And make no mistake about it, the type of internet porn that is being requested by Americans is frightening:
THE RESULTS SHOWN ON THIS PAGE ARE OVER EIGHT YEARS; NEW SURVEYS INDICATE THE GROWTH IN PORNOGRAPHIC REQUESTS HAS INCREASED EXPONENTIALLY
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Finally, I feel I must say something on the matter of homosexuality – which most Christians have been led to believe is the main gage of just how far sexual perversion has overtaken the country. Be very careful here! Why? - the reason is simple: most Christians in our country don't want to talk about fornication or adultery because most have been engaged in these activities themselves.
The attack on gays and lesbians by such Christians is nothing more than a diversion from the hidden secrets in their own lives – for example, Pastor John Hagee who divorced his first wife and married his secretary; and there are many, many more such hypocrites, such as Chuck Swindoll, Larry Lea, Richard Roberts, Reuven Doron, and on, and on, and on.
NOTE: John Hagee, pastor of the huge Cornerstone Church in San Antonio: Hagee was the leader of the charismatic Trinity Church in 1975 and the father of two children when he began having an adulterous affair with a younger woman.
He then divorced the mother of his two children and married the woman (Diana Castro, now Diana Hagee) - a "sister" from the same congregation. Very obviously, the words of Christ concerning adultery meant NOTHING to him. The Bible says:
"Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another … committeth adultery against her." (Matthew 5:32)
AND NOW HAGEE FEELS HE CAN IGNORE HIS OWN SIN AND CONDEMN HOMOSEXUALS? What about John 8:7? - Has he excised this verse from the Bible?
The hypocrisy of it all defies any kind of rationalization. Well did Jesus say of such people:
"How canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me cast out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote that is in thy brother's eye." (Luke 6:42)
Consider the implications of the following chart:
ADULTERY - 18
by Christ Himself - 12
FORNICATION - 28
by Christ Himself - 3
HOMOSEXUALITY - 1
by Christ Himself - 0
We implore you to examine just how far Christians are willing to go to activate hatred against the gay and lesbian community in order to divert any examination of their own manner of living.
Paul... – who is a good and caring friend to both myself and my wife – a true "BROTHER-IN-CHRIST," who, by the way, is GAY - accurately calls such people "CHRISTO-FASCISTS."
Lou Engle, who is at the forefront of the HATE movement directed against the gay and lesbian community, has said:
"And just how are Christians supposed to ultimately deal with the "homosexual community? ... The "Yahweh Separatist" prophets gotta kill those guys!" [Please see our article, "Proposition 8: How Will the Church Respond to Its Defeat. "
By "Yahweh Separatists," Lou means those who have OPENLY allied themselves to him in his HATRED of gays and Lesbians - so-called "Christian leaders" like:
Are you surprised at the prominence of these leaders? – all of whom have allied themselves with Engle. These are the kind of religious leaders about whom Christ said:
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves." (Matthew 22:15)
We urge you to take the time to peruse the following articles which deal with the hatred of these "CHRISTO-FASCISTS:"
Please also see: