Friday, March 31, 2017

The Introduction

I pray that you are as glued to this screen as I am. As I was reliving the things that I’ve learned about this power, over the last several years, I am more and more enthralled by its boldness and arrogance.  Hopefully, you were able to see the rise of this power in the last few posts. In this post, we shall describe a little more about its rise and how it is continuing to rise.

The little horn described in Daniel 7 began as pagan Rome. Much like the kingdoms that had come before it; its form of religion had not changed; the Caesars ruled and were worshipped. It was a civil power, set upon crushing and ruling the world, much like its predecessors. However, something different happened during this ruling kingdom.

It was within this time that Jesus Christ was born. Let’s read about it:

“In those days Caesar Augustus declared that everyone throughout the empire should be enrolled in the tax lists. This first enrollment occurred when Quirinius governed Syria. Everyone went to their own cities to be enrolled. Since Joseph belonged to David’s house and family line, he went up from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to David’s city, called Bethlehem, in Judea.  He went to be enrolled together with Mary, who was promised to him in marriage and who was pregnant.  While they were there, the time came for Mary to have her baby. She gave birth to her firstborn child, a son, wrapped him snugly, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the guestroom.”  Luke 2:1-7

Heretofore, Christianity was unknown, until by its authority, the authority of Pagan Rome. Jesus lived and was crucified, by this power. It was from that point that Christianity took its place.

“The Jewish leaders led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Roman governor’s palace. [a] It was early in the morning. So that they could eat the Passover, the Jewish leaders wouldn’t enter the palace; entering the palace would have made them ritually impure. So Pilate went out to them and asked, “What charge do you bring against this man?  They answered, “If he had done nothing wrong, we wouldn’t have handed him over to you. Pilate responded, “Take him yourselves and judge him according to your Law. The Jewish leaders replied, “The Law doesn’t allow us to kill anyone.” (This was so that Jesus’ word might be fulfilled when he indicated how he was going to die.)”  John 18:28-32

The plot thickens; now that Christianity has begun, let us see if it will make a difference now. Hummm?


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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

He Has Arisen #3

Well, we made it! We are down to the last two factual statements of the seven I promised to make. I certainly hope that you are finding this as fascinating to read, as I am finding it to write.

1.     This beast in Daniel 7 that I am describing and explaining to you is the same beast in Revelation 13:1-2; this beast began as pagan Rome. However, if you will look closely at the beast in Revelation 13, it takes on elements from all of the preceding kingdoms:

a.       “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion…”
b.     Do you see it? It is part leopard (Greece), bear (Medo-Persia) and lion (Babylon). No wonder Daniel said that he was “indescribable or terrible”.
c.      This beast was assuming various philosophies and traditions from the three preceding nations.

2.     Lastly, for this post, the latter part of Revelation 13:1 said “the name of blasphemy” was upon his horns. Let us decipher this word.

a.       Blasphemy is a religious word that carries serious consequences.
b.   John 10:32-33 gives an example of what blasphemy is:  “Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, for a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. (KJV)
c.      I believe that we can conclude that the word blasphemy, as defined by John, the Revelator, is when a person wishes to place him or herself in the ‘place of God.’

Keep reading, because it is about to get really serious. I will chat with you next time. Bye for now.

Monday, March 27, 2017

He Has Arisen #2

We are continuing our study, which had its basis in Daniel 2 and 7, in the last post. If you’ll recall, they were two examples of the same prophecy – the four world kingdoms and their order of succession. In chapter 2 of Daniel, the kingdoms were assigned metallic equivalents to show their financial worth and in chapter 7, they were assigned beastly characteristics to help us identify them elsewhere (i.e. prophecy and history).

Now let us examine the next three factual statements that I promised to make.

1.     In the book of Daniel 7, you find that the last beast that was terrible had ten horns, which were interpreted by the angel, as being ten kings. Then from among those ten horns came up another little horn that had the eyes and mouth of a man and spoke blasphemous words against the God of heaven.

2.     After this little horn came up, three of the other horns or kingdoms were taken away. This little horn also fought against the “saints/godly believers” and subdued them for a while. Also, he would “think” or “attempt” to change “times and laws”. These “times” deal with how time is reckoned or accepted (i.e. sunset to sunset or midnight to midnight for a day). The laws have to do with how one views or understands God’s 10 Commandments. He could only “think or attempt” to change what God has done, because NO ONE can actually do it. However, he could cause humans to view it differently from how God ordained it from the beginning. The current canons of the Roman Catholic Church (Canon 202 §1) define a day as beginning at midnight[6] ( - reference)

3.     The three kings or kingdoms that were uprooted, after the little horn arose were the kingdoms of the Heruli, Ostrogoth and the Vandals.

If you would care to do so, I would encourage you to investigate these three kingdoms, to see what you uncover. I’m sure that you’ll find it fascinating, as did I.

Alright, until next time; we will look at the last two of these insightful statements; bye.