This article is divided into two sections. The first section is a direct response to an article written by the Islamic State (ISIL or ISIS). The second deals with a broader subject addressing the various forms of “in the land” “the end is near” “holy war” eschatology (that simply means views of prophecy) of the Roman Catholics, Jewish Zionists, and Evangelical Dispensational Zionists.
Content of Section #1
In the recent 15th. issue of ISIS’s publication DABIQ, is an article entitled, Break the Cross, where we find them desperately trying to draw young gullible Christian men in the West to believe in their “very soon” failed and self-fulfilling eschatology.
Among many things, they allege the following:
1). They are seeking to persuade all gullible young men into joining the final end time holy war or Jihad. Why? Well, because their version of Jesus’ Second Coming is going to take place “very soon” (i.e. will be fulfilled in our lifetime, pp. 48-49) so everyone needs to get on the side of Islam and accept their perverted version of this coming or face imminent judgment from the Islamic Jesus. Per ISIS propaganda, since this is allegedly the last war/jihad that will usher the Second Coming, this is the last opportunity for these poor young men to rape and murder so as to secure a place in “paradise.”
2). Muhammad is the final “seal” or prophet of Deuteronomy 18 (pp. 58-60) and allegedly the one predicted to come in the Christian Scriptures as well (i.e. John 14; cf. pp. 60-61).
3). The Christians Bible has been “corrupted” (Jer. 8:8 allegedly teaches this) since it contradicts the Quran (p. 48).
This will be a Christian Full Preterist response to the above three points with an emphasis on the imminence in Islam’s and ISIS’s version of the Second Coming of Jesus, verses Jesus’ teaching that He would return “soon” to close the Old Covenant age – and was faithful to that promise in AD 70.
Content of Section #2
The second section of this article will examine Roman Catholic, so-called “Jewish” (Khazarian) Zionist, and Evangelical Zionist attempts at promoting an “the end is near” “in the land” “holy war” of Gog and Magog and Armageddon to take place. I will argue that these “end of the age” (Old Covenant age), “in the land” “holy war” prophecies have already been fulfilled between AD 66-AD 70. The Bible teaches the Old Covenant kingdom war categories of being “in the land” have been fulfilled and replaced with New Covenant kingdom categories of being “in Christ.” Jesus and the NT teaches this kingdom is “not of this world” and does not advance through the literal sword, but by the sword of the Spirit (i.e. the gospel). Christ and the Church rule from a “heavenly city” (the New Jerusalem) that resides in the souls/hearts and consciences of His people. This is contrary to these views which have or do teach that their version of the Second Coming or Messianic figure and kingdom will only come through war. Jesus rejected the Zealot Messianic views of the kingdom in the first century and we should continue rejecting and exposing them wherever they may be found.
I argue that without a sound exegesis of God’s Word on these issues, these religious systems will continue to try and self-fulfill these prophecies that have already been fulfilled prior to AD 70, and thus perpetuate war in the middle east and around the world. I will close with an Appendix section giving a seven phased plan (an immediate and long term strategy) to defeat Islam / ISIS and bring healing to these other eschatological views – which in turn will solve the middle east dilemma. Everyone agrees this is a “war of ideas,” which is in actuality a war of theology/eschatology that forms a war of worldview’s. I will argue that ONLY a Christian Full Preterist has the correct theological and eschatological “ideas” that will solve the middle east problem.
Let’s now turn our attention to refuting exegetically the latest theological / eschatological nonsense coming from the Islamic State.
1). Muhammad’s False Prophecy of a “Very Soon” Second Coming of Jesus
In it’s article, ISIS totally ignores the fact that Muhammad was a false prophet when he predicted a “very soon” Second Coming of Jesus in the lifetime of those listening to him. Oddly they quote him to support another “very soon” Second Coming of Jesus in our lifetime to motivate their gullible readers:
“When the Messiah, Jesus Son of Mary, returns in the end days to battle the Antichrist – the false Messi- ah – and his army, of the myths he will debunk once and for all are those of his crucifixion and divinity. This will be when he breaks the cross, as was fore- told by the Prophet Muhammad g, who said, “By the One in whose Hand is my soul, very soon shall the Son of Mary descend in your midst, being an eq- uitable judge. He shall break the cross, kill the swine, and put aside the jizyah. Wealth shall flow until no one accepts it, and until a single prostration will be more beloved than the world and all that it contains” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).” (pp. 48-49)
Here are other places where Muhammad is exposed as a false prophet predicting the Second Coming of Jesus within the lifetimes of those he was speaking to:
“Anas reported: A young boy of Mughira b. Shu’ba happened to pass by (the Holy Prophet) and he was of my age. Thereupon Allah’s Apostle (may peace be apon him) said: If he lives long he would not grow very old till the Last Hour would come (to the old People of this generation).” (Sahih Muslim, bk. 41, 7053).
“Once the Prophet led us in the ‘Isha’ prayer during the last days of his life and after finishing it (the prayer) (with Taslim) he said: “Do you realize (the importance of) this night? Nobody present on the surface of the earth tonight will be living after the completion of one hundred years from this night.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, vol. 1, #116).
Clearly the “last hour” (as they understand it to be a judgment and literal resurrection of all men, the end of the world, etc…) did not take place within Muhammad’s generation or within a 100 years of the individual that they were looking at and referring to.
Peter Bergen of CNN correctly observes,
“The name of the Dabiq magazine itself helps us understand ISIS’ worldview. The Syrian town of Dabiq is where the Prophet Mohammed is supposed to have predicted that the armies of Islam and “Rome” [Chrisitans / America] would meet for the final battle that will precede the end of time and the triumph of true Islam. In the recent issue of Dabiq it states:
“As the world progresses towards al-Malhamah al-Kubrā, (‘the Great Battle’ to be held at Dabiq) the option to stand on the sidelines as a mere observer is being lost.”
In other words, in its logic, you are either on the side of ISIS or you are on the side of the Crusaders and infidels. When American aid worker Peter Kassig was murdered by ISIS in November, “Jihadi John” — the masked British murderer who has appeared in so many ISIS videos — said of Kassig:
“We bury the first crusader in Dabiq, eagerly waiting for the rest of your armies to arrive.”
In other words, ISIS wants a Western ground force to invade Syria, as that will confirm the prophecy about Dabiq.” (Why Does ISIS Keep Making Enemies?http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/16/opinion/bergen-isis-enemies/index.html)
Dr. Sebastian Gorka a FOX News contributor writes in his book Defeating Jihad (pp. 116-117):
“Like Judaism, Christianity, or any other major religion, Islam has a well-developed eschatology – the story the community tells itself about End Times. Christian eschatology, based in part on the Book of Revelation, describes a series of battles before Judgment Day between the forces of an Anti-Christ and the last Christians on earth, culminating on the plains of Megiddo (Armageddon) in northern Israel.
In a distinct parallel to the Christian story of End Times, Islamic eschatology also teaches of a diabolic figure who will lead the forces of the infidel kuffar in a series of great battles against the last true Muslims on earth before Allah resurrects all men and judges them. The pivotal conflict will take place in Al Shaam, and the Megiddo for Muslims is actually the territory of Syria and Iraque. Not only has Abu Bakr al Baghdadi named his fighting force of holy warriors after a location with powerful religious significance for all Muslims, he and his men have managed to capture this land and rebuild the caliphate on it.”
I agree with what he is saying, but would argue that his “Christian parallel” is not Christian eschatology. As I will argue later in this article, the real Christian eschatology is that the final battle in the book of Revelation was fulfilled “shortly” between AD 66-AD 70 (Rev. 1:1–22:6-7, 20).
The ISIS propaganda goes something like this: “The FINAL Jihad has begun.” “I Abu Bakr, the new caliph, have captured the land of Al Shaam, where the last holy war is now being fought. This is your “final opportunity” because there will be no other wars in which you may martyr yourselves for Allah and reach paradise. The end is near.”
It’s not Just ISIS that is saying the “end is near” among Muslims – all sides are saying it!
Consider this news article by CNN and how all factions within the Islamic world feel their wars in the Middle East are fulfillments of an imminent eschatological hope:
“If the scenario sounds familiar to an anxious world watching Syria’s devastating civil war, it resonates even more with Sunni and Shi’ite fighters on the frontlines – who believe it was all foretold in 7th Century prophecies.
From the first outbreak of the crisis in the southern city of Deraa to apocalyptic forecasts of a Middle East soaked in blood, many combatants on both sides of the conflict say its path was set 1,400 years ago in the sayings of the Prophet Mohammad and his followers.
Among those many thousands of sayings, or hadith, are accounts which refer to the confrontation of two huge Islamic armies in Syria, a great battle near Damascus, and intervention from the north and west of the country.
The power of those prophecies for many fighters on the ground means that the three-year-old conflict is more deeply rooted – and far tougher to resolve – than a simple power struggle between President Bashar al-Assad and his rebel foes.
Syria’s war has killed more than 140,000 people, driven millions from their homes and left many more dependent on aid. Diplomatic efforts, focused on the political rather than religious factors driving the conflict, have made no headway.
“If you think all these mujahideen came from across the world to fight Assad, you’re mistaken,” said a Sunni Muslim jihadi who uses the name Abu Omar and fights in one of the many anti-Assad Islamist brigades in Aleppo.
“They are all here as promised by the Prophet. This is the war he promised – it is the Grand Battle,” he told Reuters, using a word which can also be translated as slaughter.”
On the other side, many Shi’ites from Lebanon, Iraq and Iran are drawn to the war because they believe it paves the way for the return of Imam Mahdi – a descendent of the Prophet who vanished 1,000 years ago and who will re-emerge at a time of war to establish global Islamic rule before the end of the world.
According to Shi’ite tradition, an early sign of his return came with the 1979 Iranian revolution, which set up an Islamic state to provide fighters for an army led by the Mahdi to wage war in Syria after sweepingthrough the Middle East.
“This Islamic Revolution, based on the narratives that we have received from the prophet and imams, is the prelude to the appearance of the Mahdi,” Iranian cleric and parliamentarian Ruhollah Hosseinian said last year.
He cited comments by an eighth century Shi’ite imam who said another sign of the Mahdi’s return would be a battle involving warriors fighting under a yellow banner – the color associated with Lebanon’s pro-Assad Hezbollah militia.
“As Imam Sadeq has stated, when the (forces) with yellow flags fight anti-Shi’ites in Damascus and Iranian forces join them, this is a prelude and a sign of the coming of his holiness,” Hosseinian wasquoted as saying by Fars news agency.
The historical texts have become a powerful recruitment tool, quoted across the region from religious festivals in Iraq’s Shi’ite shrine city of Kerbala to videos released by Sunni preachers in the Gulf, and beyond.
“We have here mujahideen from Russia, America, the Philippines, China, Germany, Belgium, Sudan, India and Yemen and other places,” said Sami, a Sunni rebel fighter in northern Syria. “They are here because this is what the Prophet said and promised, the Grand Battle is happening.”
Both sides emphasize the ultimate goal of establishing an Islamic state which will rule the world before total chaos.
Although some Sunni and Shi’ite clerics are privately skeptical of the religious justifications for the war, few in the region express such reservations in public for fear of being misinterpreted as doubters of the prophecies.
“Yes some of the signs are similar but these signs could apply at any time after the fall of the Islamic state (1,000 years ago),” one Sunni Muslim scholar in Lebanon said, asking that he not be identified. “There is no way to confirm we are living those times. We have to wait and see.”
For the faithful, the hadith chart the course of Syria’s conflict from its beginning in March 2011, when protests erupted over the alleged torture of students and schoolboys who wrote anti-Assad graffiti on a school wall in Deraa.
“There will be a strife in Sham (Syria) that begins with children playing, after which nothing can be fixed,” according to one hadith. “When it calms down from one side, it ignites from the other.”
Hadith on both sides mention Syria as a main battlefield, naming cities and towns where blood will be spilled.
Syria’s civil war grew out of the “Arab Spring” of pro-democracy revolts in the Middle East and North Africa in 2011 after Assad’s forces cracked down hard on peaceful protests.
But because Assad is a member of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shii’ism, and most of his opponents are Sunni Muslims, the fighting quickly took on a sectarian character, which has largely overwhelmed the political issues.
“These hadith are what the Mujahideen are guided by to come to Syria, we are fighting for this. With every passing day we know that we are living the days that the Prophet talked about,” said Mussab, a fighter from the Nusra Front, a Sunni hardline group linked to al Qaeda, speaking from Syria.
Murtada, a 27-year-old Lebanese Shi’ite who regularly goes to Syria to battle against the rebels, says he is not fighting for Assad, but for the Mahdi, also known as the Imam.
Abbas, a 24-year-old Iraqi Shi’ite fighter, said he knew he was living in the era of the Mahdi’s return when the United States and Britain invaded Iraq in 2003.
“That was the first sign and then everything else followed,” he told Reuters from Baghdad, where he said was resting before heading to Syria for a fourth time.
“I was waiting for the day when I will fight in Syria. Thank God he chose me to be one of the Imam’s soldiers.”
Abu Hsaasan, a 65 year old pensioner from south Lebanon, said he once thought the prophecies of the end of days would take centuries to come about.
“Things are moving fast. I never thought that I would be living the days of the Imam. Now, with every passing day I am more and more convinced that it is only a matter of few years before he appears.”” (Mariam Karounv, Apocalyptic prophecies drive both sides to Syrian battle for end of time, Reuters, April 1, 2014)
This sounds a lot like our heretical “newspaper eschatology” “experts” like John Hagee and his ignorant followers! I will address him and his disastrous views later in this article.
I found this appeal to imminence coming from all sides of the Muslim world ironic, since many Islamic apologists borrow liberal arguments in order to “prove” the Jesus of the NT was a “false prophet” and not God like he claimed to be. Why? Well, because the Second Coming and end of planet earth didn’t take place “soon” “near” “quickly” within the lifetime of the AD 30 – AD 70 “this generation” (Mt. 10:22-23; Mt. 16:27-28; Mt. 24:34; Rms. 13:11-12; 16:20; Jms. 5:7-9; Heb. 10:37; 1 Jn. 2:17-18; Rev. 1:1—22:6-7, 20). Muslims use these passages and appeal to NT imminence to “prove” Jesus was a false prophet, the NT got “corrupted” and therefore we need Muhammad and the Quran to set us all straight.
Jesus v. Muhammad on a “Soon” Second Coming & Mocking the False Prophet
The fact of the matter is, that both Jesus and Muhammad taught that the Second Coming would be fulfilled within the lifetime and generation of those they were addressing. Therefore, it was predicted to take place “soon” for their contemporary audience. The difference between the two, is that Christ fulfilled this promise between AD 66 – AD 70, while Muhammad ignorantly did not understand NT Christian eschatology and made matters worse by claiming to be a prophet and making false predictions.
As Elijah mocked the false prophets and their gods of his day, we should mock the false prophet of Muhammad and Allah while worshipping Christ for returning when He promised. When Islam and ISIS cites Muhammad’s teaching of a “very soon” Second Coming, this is a classic case of “proving too much” i.e. Muhammad was a false prophet. Apparently Allah, Muhammad, and ISIS don’t know how to tell time or what “soon” means in Hebrew, Greek, Arabic, or English – lol.
How Do Futurist Christian and Muslim Apologists deal with imminence in their debates?
Since Jesus clearly taught that He would return in the lifetime and generation of those he spoke to (Mt. 10:22-23; Mt. 16:27-28; Mt. 24:34; Mt. 26:62-65), and Muhammad taught that Jesus’ Second Coming and the “last hour” would be fulfilled in the lifetime and generation that he spoke to (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 34, Number 425; Sahih Muslim, bk. 41, 7053; Sahih al-Bukhari, vol. 1, #116), what happens when futurist Christians debate futurist Muslims on issues related to the reliability of the Bible, the Quran or the validity of Jesus or Muhammad as a faithful prophet worthy to be followed?
Let’s talk about what happened in the James White debate on this issue and then what should have taken place.
Shabir Alley – Has argued that since Jesus and the NT teaches that the Second Coming of Jesus was supposed to occur in the lifetime and generation of the first century church, then this proves the Christian Jesus is a false prophet and the NT has been corrupted. Therefore, Allah gave Muhammad the most accurate revelations as revealed in the Quran and Haddiths.
James White – Totally ignored Shabir’s argument and appeals to NT imminence. Nor did James White point out that Muhammad taught the same thing. This was a total disappointment! No wonder White says he won’t debate “eschatology” – he clearly doesn’t know what he is talking about on the subject.
What is the REAL Christian response to Shabir Alley’s argument?
Christian Full Preterist
Argument #1: Jesus was/is a faithful prophet when He promised to come in the lifetime and generation of the first century church when He came upon the clouds as the Ancient of Days and Great Alpha and Omega and brought an end to the Old Covenant age / heaven and earth and brought to maturity the New Covenant age / heaven and earth in AD 70.
Argument #2: Since Jesus did come when He promised, this proves Muhammad is a false prophet. Not only this, why don’t Islamic apologists apply the same argument and standard when addressing Muhammad’s teaching of a “soon” Second Coming?
I have challenged both of these men to debate this subject. James White claims he won’t debate eschatology even though he uses 1 Peter 3:15 to support that he is a public apologist – which in context is a call for Christians to always be ready to give an answer for one’s eschatological hope! And Shabir Alley refuses to debate me on this subject (he only wants to debate the deity of Christ).
The Truth v. The Common Error
Liberals, Islamic apologists, and most Christians simply do not understand the apocalyptic (non-literal highly metaphoric) language Jesus and the NT uses to describe Christ coming on the clouds and the de-creation language that refers to the end of the Old Covenant world passing in AD 70 and the establishing and maturing the New Covenant world which replaced it.
Apocalyptic Language and the End of the Old Covenant Age/World
The coming of Christ in AD 70 demonstrated He was the DIVINE “cloud rider” (a title known and used by the Jews to describe a role only God performed), the “Alpha and Omega,” and worthy of WORSHIP (Dan. 7:13-14/Mt. 26:62-64; Rev. 1:7-18).
God’s coming on the clouds and stars falling from heaven as used elsewhere in the Bible, are metaphors referring to the judgment of nations, not the destruction of the physical planet. This can be seen in such OT passages referring to the fall of Babylon, Egypt, Edom, and Israel (Isa. 13:9-10; 19:1; 34:4-5; Ezk. 32:7-8; Amos 5:21-22; Ps. 18; Ps. 104; Hab. 1:2ff.). Did God come on a literal cloud when he judged Egypt by means of the Assyrian’s in 670 B.C.: “Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt” (Isa. 19:1)? Was the literal heaven “dissolved” and rolled back like a scroll and did literal stars fall down from heaven when National Idumea (or Edom) was judged by God in (Isa. 34:4-5)? No, this was common metaphoric language used by the OT & NT prophets.
Jesus nor the NT writers ever predicted the end of the planet earth as is simply assumed by so many here in Luke 21:25-26 (or its parallel in Matthew 24:3, 29, 35) and elsewhere in the NT. When we take a combined look at some of the best theologians within the Reformed and Evangelical communities, we find a Preterist interpretation of virtually every eschatological de-creation prophecy in the Bible. Combined, John Owen, John Locke, John Lightfoot, John Brown, R.C. Sproul, Gary DeMar, Kenneth Gentry, James Jordan, Peter Leithart, Keith Mathison, Crispin H.T. Fletcher-Louis, Hank Hanegraaff, and N.T. Wright teach that the passing away of heaven and earth (Matt. 5:17–18; 24:3, 29, 35; 1 Cor. 7:31; II Peter 3; I Jn. 2:17–18; Rev. 21:1) refers to the destruction of the temple or to the civil and religious worlds of men—either Jews or Gentiles; and that the rulers of the OC system or world, along with the temple, were the “sun, moon, and stars,” which made up the “heaven and earth” of the world that perished in AD 70 (cf. John Owen, The Works of John Owen, 16 vols. (London: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1965–68), 9:134–135. John Lightfoot, Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Hebraica: Matthew – 1 Corinthians, 4 vols. (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, , 1989), 3:452, 454. John Brown, Discourses and Sayings of our Lord, 3 vols. (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust,  1990), 1:170. John Locke, The Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke, Mk. 9:1 and Matt. 16:28).” (Colin Brown, The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology Vol. 2, (Grand Rapids MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1986), 37-38 (bold emphasis added).
Since stars in the Bible can refer to people, rulers and nations/kingdoms, contextually the stars falling from heaven in Matthew 24 are the civil and religious rulers of Jerusalem falling from their places of power in the judgment upon Jerusalem in AD 70. The previous context to the de-creation and stars falling in Matthew 24 had begun to be developed in Matthew 23 where again the destruction of the Temple and Christ’s coming are in view. Here Jesus pronounces seven woes upon the Pharisees and in chapter 24 they are described as stars falling from their places of power.
Revelation 6:13-17 is a cross reference to Matthew 24:29 and here we see people trying to hide in caves from this event. Well, obviously there is no hiding from a single star let alone many of them falling to the earth! The Tribulation of those days is not an end of the planet earth event that takes place at the end of world history, it is an event that took place within time (i.e. AD 70), of which people could escape by merely fleeing to the mountains per Jesus. And the Christians fled to Pella and escaped its wrath.
Daniel 7:13-14 / Matthew 24:30-34 and the Deity of Christ
The OT source for Jesus’ Second Coming on the clouds of heaven to be fulfilled in the AD 30 – AD 70 “this generation” in Matthew 24:30-34 is taken from Daniel 7:13. Modern Jews want to suppress the truth that Daniel 7:13-14 was understood to be a Messianic text prior to Christ’s incarnation and they debated on who this human / divine being was going to be. My understanding of this passage is similar to that of F.F. Bruce. According to the Old Greek Septuagint translation of Daniel 7:13, the Son of Man came “as the Ancient of Days” on the clouds of heaven, not “to the Ancient of Days.” This translation is in harmony with verse 22, which says that it was the Ancient of Days Himself who came in judgment and gave the saints the kingdom.
It is also important to point out that John in the book of Revelation alludes to Dan. 7:9, 13 in his description of Christ as being both the Son of Man who comes on the clouds to judge those whom had pierced Him (first century Jews) and as the eternal Ancient of Days in Rev. 1:7, 13-17. That generation of Jews that had pierced him, did “see” (meaning perceived or understand) Him come through the Idumean and Roman armies to destroy their Temple and City – as promised.
Before leaving Daniel 7:13-14 it should be noted that this one likened to the “Son of Man” and “Ancient of Days” coming on the clouds of heaven is “worshiped” (vs. 14 NIV the original Aramaic is pelach – some translations render the word to mean divine “service”). In establishing the meaning of a passage or word in a particular text we need to examine its usage elsewhere in the same book. Everywhere in Daniel pelach is used of divine service or worship. Of false gods in Daniel 3:12. In Daniel 3:17-18 we are told that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego only gave divine service and worship to the only living God and would not render divine service and worship to Nebuchadnezzar’s false gods. In Daniel 3:28 Nebuchadnezzar gives praise to their God and reinstates that they “yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God.” In Daniel 6:16, 20 it describes Daniel’s divine service to the only living God continually which is given in hopes that God would and did deliver Daniel from the den of the lions. In Daniel 7:27 when the Ancient of Days came (cf. vss. 13-14, 22) to give possession of the Kingdom to the saints, “all rulers will worship and obey him.”
Muslims claim they accept Jesus as the miraculously born Messiah, but don’t accept Him as the faithful God/man Messiah that the OT and NT Scriptures teach Him to be. The Jews of Jesus’ day understood Daniel 7:13-14 to be a divine God man being, and Jesus claimed to be such (Mt. 26:62-64).
The Islamic and ISIS Scam
ISIS has named its publication DABIQ because this is where (a city near Iraq and Syria) the alleged last end time battle / holy war / Jihad will take place. They be-headed an American there in hopes to draw the U.S. into a ground war which they believe fulfills their “prophecies.” They are desperately trying to SELF-FULFILL failed prophecies!
While there is some concern that Islamic sects such as ISIS and Iran could merge to self-fulfill their imminent world conquest eschatology, the truth is much scary when one realizes that virtually EVERY sect of Islam right now is claiming their wars in the middle east are fulfilling Islamic prophecy. The greatest concerns right now are the global ambitions and the “end is near” eschatology of ISIS and Iran.
Their global ambitions have always been there. Ayatollah Khomeini has said from the beginning,
“We shall export our revolution to the whole world. Until the cry ‘There is no god but Allah’ resounds over the whole world, there will be struggle (Jihad).” (Robert Spencer, The COMPLETE INFIDEL’S GUIDE to IRAN, p. 47, emphasis mine).
If an Islamic unity forms between these two “the end is near” Islamic eschatologies, the situation becomes even more difficult:
“According to IRGC deputy commander Hossein Salami on February 1, 2014 Israel and the U.S. can be defeated–if onlyMuslim unity can be achieved: “This region is ideologically united by similar faiths and common goals. If these goals can be merged, and the Muslim peoples are ideologically, strategically, and politically united, then Western, and particularly American, political breathing space will be restricted. even the Zionist regime, which is America’s political, military, economic, and security bridgehead, will have no air to breathe.” (Ibid. 49, emphasis mine)
Space forbids a detailed discussion of the imminence and particulars of their various forms of eschatology, but below are some helpful articles documenting this Islamic form of Newspaper Eschatology motivating the Islamic aggression towards us:
I would like to address some other issues within Islamic theology/eschatology in response to this article ISIS has produced before continuing the thread of how the Roman Catholic Church, “Jewish” Zionism, and Evangelical Zionism is trying to self-fulfill “the end is near” “in the land” “holy war” prophetic scenarios.
2). Was Muhammad the last “seal” or Prophet Predicted in Deuteronomy 18 and John 14?
Daniel 9:24-27 / Deuteronomy 18 / John 14
The Quran teaches Muhammad is the final prophet or “seal” that God has sent:
“Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but (he is) the Messenger of Allah, and the Seal of the Prophets: and Allah has full knowledge of all things” (Quran 33:40).
In the Quran (cf. 7:157; 61:6) there is an empty claim that Muhammad was predicted in the Scriptures. After 14 centuries of trying to find him, they finally came up with Deuteronomy 18 and John 14.
Yet per Jesus and Daniel, the office of prophet would end or be “sealed up” when Jesus came on the clouds of heaven (through the Roman armies) to judge Jerusalem, bring an end to the OC age, and thus fulfill “all” prophecy found in the law and prophets in AD 70 (Dan. 9:24-27/Lk. 21:20-22; Dan. 7:13/Mt. 24:30-34).
ISIS exposes its willful hardening and stupidity even further by claiming that Muhammad is the greater prophet predicted by Moses in Deuteronomy 18. Uh, they do realize that if this passage applies to Muhammad, then he should have been stoned for being a false prophet – right?!?
Deuteronomy 13:1-5; 18:15, 18-20:
These passages and others in the Bible, affirm that false prophets were to be stoned or rejected for:
- Speaking for God when God had not spoken to them.
- When their “revelations” led God’s people away from Him in order to worship other Gods.
- If their “revelations” contradicted previous revelations or doctrine of the other prophets and the law.
- It should also be noted that he prophets of God were to live godly lives.
Muhammad is guilty of violating ALL of these requirements for being a prophet.
A). Muhammad constantly had doubts that God was speaking through him giving him alleged “revelations.” He thought his revelations were coming from demons and Satan – which depressed him to the point of suicide on several occasions. The reliability upon these so called “revelations” rested upon Muhammad’s relatives who persuaded him that they were from God – not any miraculous confirmation that came from God or himself!
B). Muhammad when “prophesying” and receiving “revelations” promoted false gods (praying to three goddesses – resulting in prostrating themselves down in worship from this “revelation” – the Satanic Verses which were prompted by Allah himself – Quran 53:19-26; 22:52-53; 17:73-75). Muhammad leads people astray from worshipping the true God and Jesus, while at the same time worshipping a false god (Allah).
Some modern Muslims may try and deny that the “Satanic Verses” were ever apart of the Quran and yet all of their early Muslim sources admit that they were and this account of Muhammad is true. This puts them in a dilemma:
Option #1: Muhammad did prophesy and supported the worship involving polytheistic gods – which makes him a false prophet to be stoned according to Deuteronomy 18.
Option #2: All of their most reliable early sources (from which we get the Quran and Hadith) lied or were misinformed – which then means we can’t trust ANYTHING about the Quran and Hadith, because these same sources form them!
C). As already pointed out, Muhammad delivered false prophecies on the arrival of the Antichrist, the last hour, the end of the world, and Second Coming of Jesus to take place at various times: a. in His generation, b. Within 100 years of those listening to him, c. Within 500 years (based upon what Muhammad thought the age of the earth was), d. Islam taking over Constantinople.
D). If Muhammad is the greater prophet than that of Moses, then where are the witnesses to God’s revelation and law given to him? Where are the greater signs and wonders that Moses performed?
E). The NT directly affirms Jesus fulfills Deut. 18 not Muhammad (cf. Acts 3:22-26; 7:37; Jn. 1:45; 5:45-47; 7:4; Heb. 3:2-6). In AD 70 Jesus was revealed from heaven in judgment upon those Jews that did not listen to him and were “cut off” (Deut. 18:19/Acts 3:23). Jesus produced more miracles than Moses ever did proving He was the “last days” prophet Moses predicted would come – establishing a “better” covenant. When God gave Moses revelation, all the people could testify to the miracles before, during, and after this revelation was given – as proof of its divine origin. Likewise Jesus’ miracles were greater than Moses, confirming his message of the NC salvation found in Him. The Quran affirms the only “miracle” Muhammad performed, was his giving of the Quran (some of which a sheep ate – lol).
F). Muhammad was a sexual pervert and adulterer. His “revelations” sought to justify having sex with his wives slave women, taking his adopted son’s wife, having sex with a 9 year old girl, dressing up in Aisha’s clothing, sucking on men’s tongues, etc…
G). Per Muhammad, the Quran and Deuteronomy 18, Muhammad should have been stoned and rejected as a perverted false prophet. Per Muhammad, he should have been “judged” according to the Torah and stoned him with that PAGAN Kaaba black stone that Muslims kiss and adore so much.
Muslims Appeal to John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7 and Contexts
A). The text is clear that this is a prediction of the coming of the “Holy Spirit” (“Spirit of Truth”) – not Muhammad. ISIS claims the Greek word paraclete should be understood as “Parakleton,” which would then mean “the praised one,” an alleged “direct translation of the name Muhammad, synonymous to the name Ahmad, which means “one defined by praise” (Ibid., 60-61). Of course Islam and ISIS cannot produce ANY ancient documents that “parakleton” (“the praised one”) is in the passage! Just a minor detail I guess (Lol).
B). Ironically John 14-16 affirms the Trinity of which Islam and ISIS denies. The gospel of John also repeatedly confirms Jesus is God (John 1; 5-6; 10; 14-17). An appeal to the gospel of John destroys ISIS’s claims in their article.
C). John 14 teaches the Holy Spirit (the paraclete) had already been “with” the disciples and would soon be “in” them. Muhammad came 600 years later and being a mere man (per Islam) he could hardly be seen as having already been with the disciples prior to AD 30, let alone be the fulfillment of being “in” them as the Father and Son would be in them post AD 70.
D). The Holy Spirit would “remind” and “teach” the Apostles about the “things to come” that would be fulfilled be truly fulfilled “soon” or “shortly” in their lifetimes and generation ( i.e. in AD 70). The only thing Muhammad has “reminded” and “taught” Muslims in concerning “things to come” is error and making false predictions.
E). This passage teaches the Second Coming results in the indwelling of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Jn. 14:23) – the fulfillment of the spiritual New Covenant Kingdom promises reached in AD 70 (cf. Lk. 17:20-21/21:27-32).
F). In Islam, ONLY Allah can send Muhammad, and yet in John 14, both the Father and the Son sends the “paraclete”– thus Jesus is God per the appeal and reasoning formed by Islamic appeals to John 14.
G). The Holy Spirit was “with” the disciple’s prior by performing miracles in Jesus’ name. He continued to be with and in them performing miracles before they “ceased” at Christ’s very “soon” coming in AD 70 (1 Cor. 13:8-12/Rev. 22:4-7). The Quran teaches that Muhammad had NO POWER and performed NO miracles.
The Only Prediction Muhammad Got Right Was His Dying the Death of a False Prophet
The Prediction: /Shakir/ And if he had fabricated against us some of the sayings, we would certainly have seized him by the right hand then We would certainly have cut off his aorta.
Muhammad is poisoned by a Jewish woman (and note his denial that Allah would allow him to die due to her poisoning him): /Sahih Muslim/ A Jewess came to allah’s messenger with poisoned mutton and he took of what had been brought to him (When the effects of the poison were felt by him) he called for her and asked her about that, where upon she said: I had determined to kill you. There he said “allah will never give you the power to do it”. (Book of Salutations and Greetings 5430)
/Ibn Sa’d p252/ The apostel of allah sent for Zaynab Bint al-Harith and said to her: What induced you to do what you have done? She replied: You have done to my people what you have done. You killed my father, my uncle, and my husband, so I said to myself: If you are a Prophet the foreleg will inform you and others have said If you are a king, we will get rid of you.
Muhammad died by having his aortal cut off: Sahih al-Bukhari 4428/The “prophet” in his aliment in which he died used to say O Aishah I still feel the pain caused by the food I ate at Khaibar, and at this time, I feel as if MY AORTA IS BEING CUT FROM THAT POISON.
Per Islam – the ONLY real and accurate prophetic utterance given by Muhammad was dying the death of a false prophet (by the cutting off of the aorta)! Allah was not powerful enough to warn Muhammad of the poison in time. Nor was he powerful enough to heal or deliver Muhammad from the poison of this Jewish woman (as Muhammad asserted would be the case).
Other Reasons to Reject Muhammad as a “Prophet”
He produced only self-serving, violent, perverted, convenient, erroneous, and ever changing “revelations”
He had a small band of followers preaching peace, until “he had revelations” that his followers could gain pleasure in this life by killing, stealing, and raping the women of those that reject Allah.
If Allah didn’t give these earthly pleasures in this life, “revelations” came that if they fought in Jihad and became martyrs, they could have perpetual erections in “paradise” having sex with 72 “virgins” while at the same time gazing upon beautiful young boys. Some Muslim poets have understood this to mean they could “ride” these boys sexually. Thus motiving poor 14 year-old boys and young men to engage in jihad for him by promising them wealth and lust in this life and the next.
Muhammad changed revelation of how many wives Muslims could have – 4 for average Muslim, but Muhammad gets 11.
Muhammad was caught having sex with one of his wives slaves, and is confronted by his wives. He repents and gives a vow that he would not do it again, but then get’s a “revelation” from Allah claiming he could continue to have sex with her.
He has “revelations” that you could have sex with and marry the wives of your male captives (which is rape and adultery).
Muhammad has “revelations” that you can marry and have sex with pre-prepubescent girls that are still playing with dolls.
Muhammad has “revelations” that Muslims can engage in prostitution (Muta – temporary marriages 3 days).
Muhammad has “revelations” that Muslims can marry the wives of their adopted sons, because he was lusting after the wife of his adopted son. Then he changes the “revelation” or law that you can’t adopt children.
Muhammad has “revelations” that his followers can beat their wives into submission and not give a reason why. Aisha admits their women are treated worse than the women of the unbelievers.
Muhammad has “revelations” that confirms he doesn’t have to have sex with one of his fat and aged wives on her days, but can move those days to having sex with his favorite wife.
Muhammad justifies wearing female clothing, because it’s only when he wears the garments of his wife Aisha that he get’s “revelations.”
Muhammad has “revelations” that to deter a man from lusting after a married woman, she is to nurse him on her breasts 10 times and thus he somehow becomes related to her thus somehow deterring his lust for her. This “revelation” from Allah is changed to breast feeding 5 times, and then the “revelation” that is to go in the Quran is eventually eaten by a sheep and not put in the Quran (even though Allah is portrayed as perfectly preserving his “revelations”).
Muhammad on several occasions thinks he is demon possessed, subjected to people casting spells on him, and desires to kill himself.
3). Allegations of “Corrupted Scripture” and Jeremiah 8:8
ISIS claims Jeremiah 8:8 supports their claims that the Biblical texts have been corrupted:
“In fact, the Bible declares of itself, “behold, the lying pen of the scribes has made it into a lie” (Jeremiah 8:8) (p. 48).
The context of Jeremiah 8 is discussing God’s people turning away from the law and not repenting. The point is they were so careful to copy it down correctly, but not so careful in following and obeying it! It is exposing their hypocrisy – they were copying the law in vain, because they had no intention at the time of following it. The Hebrew word here “sheqer” has various meanings such as untruth, shame, lie or in vain. The accurate translation honoring the context, is that the Jews were “writing in vain” the law while not following it. In 1 Samuel 25: 21 the same wording is translated, “it’s been useless.” They were writing the law “in vain” and it had become useless – because they had no intensions of following it.
There is no mention later of the law having been textually “corrupted,” only that they had not obeyed it and would thus be judged by it (cf. Jer. 26:4-6; Dan. 9:1-13). As we will see later in this article, this is consistent with what the Quran actually teaches the Jews did with their Scriptures.
Muhammad was illiterate and often exposes that he has very little understanding of the Old and New Testaments – as he tries to mesh the two with paganism through alleged “revelations.” Here are some incoherent propositions given by Muhammad, the Quran and Muslims:
- Allah gave the Jews and Christians His revelations and words.
- None of Allah’s words and revelations can be corrupted because he is all powerful to preserve them.
- Jesus allegedly taught Islam from birth, gained a great following, and this prevailing and success began from his birth until the “last day.”
- Jews and Christians are to go to their Scriptures to confirm that Muhammad is a prophet and his revelations are consistent with their Scriptures.
- When it is confirmed that Muhammad’s teachings and “revelations” contradict the Old and NT’s, a theory emerges that the OT and NT got corrupted.
- Allah himself deceived the Jews and Christians that Jesus was either crucified or was raised.
Putting this together we learn:
- Allah is NOT all powerful, because he was not able to preserve his words and revelations given to Jews and Christians.
- Allah himself is the one guilty and responsible for the corruption of the NT which teaches the death, resurrection and deity of Jesus.
- Allah failed to have Jesus’ Islamic message and gospel to “prevail,” because we have no record of any Islamic gospel or Islamic followers for centuries before Muhammad. This is because Allah himself deceived and caused it to not succeed.
- The ONLY message or gospel of Jesus’ that succeeded prior to Muhmmad and the ONLY one that Christians had in their hands to check if Muhammad’s revelations were true in Muhammad’s day – is the one that taught the death, resurrection and deity of Jesus the Christ!
Another “Islamic Dilemma”:
Option #1: If the Gospel of Jesus is the authoritative preserved word of God that prevailed up to Muhaamd’s time, then Muhammad is a false prophet and the Quran is false because the Bible contradicts and exposes it.
And on the other hand…
Option #2: If Christians do not have the authoritative preserved word of God, then the Quran is false, because it affirms the Bible is the authoritative Word of God capable of judging the false teachings and “revelations” of Muhammad in the Quran.
Let’s consider the following 7 points of what the Quran actually teaches about the Scriptures of the Jews and Christians (followed by the actual Quran texts) along with some historical facts:
- There is no mention of the OT Torah being “corrupted” or the gospel in Jesus’ or Muhammad’s day as being “corrupted.”
- The Quran teaches that it “confirms” what was given by Allah in the OT and NT Scriptures. The Arabic word in the Quran to “confirm” is Saddaqa and means “to believe” and thus “accept or establish as true.”
- Muhammad did not teach that the OT and NT were “partially” confirmed and accepted as truth or were partial revelations from God that he accepted in as much as they confirmed his revelations.
- While the Quran affirms the authority and inspiration of the Christian Bible and that no one could corrupt or change the Word of Allah, it does assert that the Jews and Christians have not interpreted them correctly. It teaches Jews and Christians were not representing, pronouncing or interpreting their Scriptures correctly, but nothing that supports their actual texts are corrupted. This is confirmed by the Hadith and early community of Islam!
- The NT (which confirmed the OT) was written and “all” fulfilled before AD 70. Even liberals are beginning to admit the NT had been written prior to AD 70, and Jesus affirms it was fulfilled by that time (Lk. 21:20-22).
- Between the early 100-200 AD, we have documents and copies of the gospels and the NT being circulated.
- It wasn’t until Ibn Khazem in 1064 that Muslims begin claiming the Scriptures of the Jews and Christians got corrupted. They obviously are very SLOW in figuring out that the Quran does not “confirm” the Bible, but actually contradicts it. Once this is finally grasped, we then have them turning to liberal theologians seeking to “prove” the NT contradicts itself or has been added to etc…
Some Passages in the Quran to Consider:
Quran 2:113: The Jews say the Christians are misguided, and the Christians say it is the Jews who are misguided. Yet they both read the Scriptures…
Quran 3:3: He has revealed to you the Book with the Truth, confirming the scriptures which preceded it; for He has already revealed the Torah and the Gospel for the guidance of mankind, and the distinction of right and wrong.
Quran 3:48 – 50: He [Allah] will instruct him [Jesus] in the Scriptures and in wisdom, in the Torah and in the Gospel and send him forth as an apostle to the Israelites. He will say: “I bring you a sign from your Lord…” “I come to confirm the Torah which preceded me and to make lawful to you some of the things you are forbidden. I bring you a sign from your Lord: therefore fear God and obey me.”
Quran 5:46-48: After them we sent forth Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming the Torah already revealed, and gave him the Gospel, in which there is guidance and light, corroborating what as revealed before it in the torah, a guide and admonition to the righteous. Therefore let those who follow the Gospel judge according to what God has revealed therein. Evil doers are those who do not judge according to God’s revelations. And to you we have revealed the Book with the truth. It confirms the Scriptures which came before it and stands as a guardian over them.
Quran 5:66: If they observe the Torah and the Gospel and what is revealed to them from their Lord, they shall enjoy abundance from above and from beneath.
Quran 5:68 – 69: Say: “People of the Book, you will attain nothing until you observe the Torah and the Gospel and that which is revealed to you from your Lord”…
Quran 10:94: If you doubt what We have revealed to you [Muhammad], Ask those who have read the Scriptures before you.
Quran 12:111: There annals point a moral to men of understanding. This is no invented tale but a confirmation of previous Scriptures, an explanation of all things, a guide and a blessing to true believers.
Quran 16:43, 44: The apostles We sent before you were but men whom we inspired with revelations and with Scriptures. Ask the People of the Book, if you know not. To you we have revealed the Admonition, so that you may proclaim to men what was sent down for them, and that they may give thought.
Quran 29:46: Be courteous when you argue with People of the Book except with those among them who do evil. Say: “We believe in that which is revealed to us and which was revealed to you. Our God and your God is one.
Quran 35:31: What We have revealed to you in the Book is the truth confirming previous Scriptures. God knows and observes His servants.
Quran 61:6: And of Jesus the son of Mary, who said to the Israelites: “I am sent forth to you from God to confirm the Torah already revealed,…”
The Hadith on the Quran 4:46 and 85:21, 22: “They corrupt the word” means “they alter or change its meaning.” Yet no one is able to change even a single word from any Book of God. The meaning is that they interpret the word wrongly. [… and he continues to speak about how the Qur’an is preserved …] (Bukhari, Hadith, vol. 9, footnote between 642, and 643).
There are passages in the Quran (2:75-79; 3:78; 4:46-47; 5:12-13, 15; 6:89-92) that MODERN Islamic apologists and ISIS would appeal to in order to support the Scriptures of the Jews and Christians got “corrupted.” However, per the Hadith, they simply teach the Christians or Jews mispronounced, misinterpreted or misrepresented their meaning and they needed Muhammad to set them straight on what was “hidden” in them and were not to be “suppressed” by them. None of these passages in the Quran teach the actual manuscripts of the Bible have been changed or corrupted!
It is ironic that ISIS and Islam want to assert the Bible has been corrupted when in fact the early Muslims sources admit that there are forgotten and missing chapters and verses of the Quran. Aisha tells us that a sheep ate two chapters – so they were never added and forever lost. Others were memorized by Muslims who died in battle before writing them down – and are thus forever lost. Others were deliberately burned! Some can’t even agree on if the modern Quran is even from Allah!
The Roman Catholic Church Has Tried to Self-Fulfill “the End is Near” “Holy War” Prophecies That Have Already Been Fulfilled
To be honest and fair while the Catholic crusades were a defensive response to the slaughter and theft of Islam from Muhammad’s day and throughout the Middle Ages, the Roman Catholic Church with her various Popes and Monks in times past have sought to motivate her soldiers to fight Muslims viewing them as the seven headed beast of Revelation and preparing them for the “soon” end time battle of Daniel 7 and 12; Ezekiel 38, and the book of Revelation:
- 626 – Avars besieging Constantinople were End-time Gog and Magog.
- 632 – Muhammad is seen as the “Little Horn” of Daniel 7.
- 637 – Muslims capture Jerusalem and the mosque built upon the site of Solomon’s Temple is seen as a fulfillment of the Abomination of Desolation” (Dan. 9; 12 and Mt. 24:15).
- 634-640 – Muslim invasions are seen as “announcing the advent of Antichrist.”
- 691 – The rise of Islam is a sign of the nearness of the End.
- 700 – In The Revelations identified the rise of Islamic Empire as the End-time war of Gog and Magog.
- 850 – Byzantine Christian saw conquests of Muslims as preparation for “the end.”
- 854-870 – Alvarus of Cordova saw Muhammad crushing the saints and their execution in Cordova to be the fulfillment of the little horn’s persecution of Daniel 7.
Muslims create their own historical propaganda – in that somehow they were the victims of the Crusades and that somehow they liberated Christians who were allegedly living peaceful in a pluralistic society under Islamic rule. History tells a different story leading up to 1095 in that Christians in Jerusalem were killed (crucified & beheaded), persecuted and literally marked, their churches burned etc… (772-937).
This is the BACKGROUND in which Pope Urban II called for the first Crusades in 1095 – it was defensive and reactionary in nature to the brutality of Islam over Christians and the theft of their property and lands. The Popes letters and cries for help were to protect pilgrims to Jerusalem that were subject to persecution, and regain land that was stolen by Muslims.
Many Catholics such as Robert Spencer point out that the crusaders were primarily motivated to enter Jerusalem for religious reasons – and if they had to defend themselves they would. He tells us they did not come for wealth or to oppress Muslims, for they had to sell much to participate in the journey to Jerusalem. However, that is not the entire story. While Spencer is critical of Scott’s movie, The Kingdom of Heaven (which portrayed both groups as religious fanatics), the fact remains that some Catholics were motivated by eschatological “the end is near” “holy war” “religious reasons”:
- 1095 – Just prior to the first crusaders sent to Jerusalem, they were seen to usher in the fulfillment of the book of Revelation whereby they would meet the Antichrist, defeat him, and reign until the end of the world.
- 1191 – Islamic leader Saladin is seen as the sixth head of the dragon (and the “one who now is” Rev. 17:9) in the book of Revelation and the seventh was the Antichrist who was already alive in Rome. Yet King Richard the Lion-hearted said, “The one who now is [Rev. 17:9] is Saladin, who now oppresses God’s Church and holds it captive along with the Lord’s sepulcher, the holy city Jerusalem and the land where the Lord walked. But he will soon lose it” because God was going to give him the victory.
- 1213 – 1323 Begun with Pope Innocent III and others see the reign of Muslims and Islamic law in the seven headed beast of Revelation 13 and that 666 represented the number of years Islam would be powerful until God’s crusaders would soon bring it to an end (the beginning and end of the 666 years keeps being adjusted).
- 1249 – The failed crusade of Louis the 9th was a sign that the end was near.
- 1297 – The seven headed beast of Revelation 13 was the Saracens because starting with Muhammad, there were seven key Islamic leaders.
- 1329 – 666 represented the years between Christ and Muhammad. The beast of Revelation 13 was son of Chosroes, the Persian leader who was defeated by Heraclius during the Crusades.
For the specific documentation for the above dates and the false predictions see: Fracis X. Gumerlock, The Day and the Hour Christianity’s Perennial Fascination with Predicting the End of the World, (Atlanta, GA: American Vision Pub., 2000), pp. 144-139.
The crusaders were not only motivated to engage in the crusades because this was a “holy war” with a view of an imminent eschatological end approaching, but to be granted redemption and the forgiveness of sins. Urban II preached the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont. Many people believed (because this is what the Pope told them) that all of their sins would be forgiven if they carried out this momentous task. Like their counter Muslim opponents, they were practically guaranteed a place in heaven by the Pope.
Their objectives were to hinder the spread of Islam, to retake control of the “Holy Land,” take back their “holy sites,” — with many of their warriors viewing this crusade as a means of redemption and expiation for sins. Urban II’s own letter to the Flemish confirms that he granted “remission of all their sins” to those undertaking the enterprise to liberate the eastern churches (Peters, Edward, ed. (1971). The First Crusade. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press).
Of course Muhammad and the Quran motivates Muslims for “holy war” by securing them salvation through martyrdom etc…
“On behalf of the King, Don Fernando, and of Doña Juana I, his daughter, Queen of Castille and León, subduers of the barbarous nations, we their servants notify and make known to you, as best we can, that the Lord our God, Living and Eternal, created the Heaven and the Earth, and one man and one woman, of whom you and we, all the men of the world at the time, were and are descendants, and all those who came after and before us. But, on account of the multitude which has sprung from this man and woman in the five thousand years since the world was created, it was necessary that some men should go one way and some another, and that they should be divided into many kingdoms and provinces, for in one alone they could not be sustained.
Of all these nations God our Lord gave charge to one man, called St. Peter, that he should be Lord and Superior of all the men in the world, that all should obey him, and that he should be the head of the whole Human Race, wherever men should live, and under whatever law, sect, or belief they should be; and he gave him the world for his kingdom and jurisdiction.
And he commanded him to place his seat in Rome, as the spot most fitting to rule the world from; but also he permitted him to have his seat in any other part of the world, and to judge and govern all Christians, Moors, Jews, Gentiles, and all other Sects. This man was called Pope, as if to say, Admirable Great Father and Governor of men. The men who lived in that time obeyed that St. Peter, and took him for Lord, King, and Superior of the universe; so also they have regarded the others who after him have been elected to the pontificate, and so has it been continued even till now, and will continue till the end of the world.
One of these Pontiffs, who succeeded that St. Peter as Lord of the world, in the dignity and seat which I have before mentioned, made donation of these isles and Tierra-firme to the aforesaid King and Queen and to their successors, our lords, with all that there are in these territories, as is contained in certain writings which passed upon the subject as aforesaid, which you can see if you wish.
So their Highnesses are kings and lords of these islands and land of Tierra-firme by virtue of this donation: and some islands, and indeed almost all those to whom this has been notified, have received and served their Highnesses, as lords and kings, in the way that subjects ought to do, with good will, without any resistance, immediately, without delay, when they were informed of the aforesaid facts. And also they received and obeyed the priests whom their Highnesses sent to preach to them and to teach them our Holy Faith; and all these, of their own free will, without any reward or condition, have become Christians, and are so, and their Highnesses have joyfully and benignantly received them, and also have commanded them to be treated as their subjects and vassals; and you too are held and obliged to do the same. Wherefore, as best we can, we ask and require you that you consider what we have said to you, and that you take the time that shall be necessary to understand and deliberate upon it, and that you acknowledge the Church as the Ruler and Superior of the whole world, and the high priest called Pope, and in his name the King and Queen Doña Juana our lords, in his place, as superiors and lords and kings of these islands and this Tierra-firme by virtue of the said donation, and that you consent and give place that these religious fathers should declare and preach to you the aforesaid.
If you do so, you will do well, and that which you are obliged to do to their Highnesses, and we in their name shall receive you in all love and charity, and shall leave you, your wives, and your children, and your lands, free without servitude, that you may do with them and with yourselves freely that which you like and think best, and they shall not compel you to turn Christians, unless you yourselves, when informed of the truth, should wish to be converted to our Holy Catholic Faith, as almost all the inhabitants of the rest of the islands have done. And, besides this, their Highnesses award you many privileges and exemptions and will grant you many benefits.
But, if you do not do this, and maliciously make delay in it, I certify to you that, with the help of God, we shall powerfully enter into your country, and shall make war against you in all ways and manners that we can, and shall subject you to the yoke and obedience of the Church and of their Highnesses; we shall take you and your wives and your children, and shall make slaves of them, and as such shall sell and dispose of them as their Highnesses may command; and we shall take away your goods, and shall do you all the mischief and damage that we can, as to vassals who do not obey, and refuse to receive their lord, and resist and contradict him; and we protest that the deaths and losses which shall accrue from this are your fault, and not that of their Highnesses, or ours, nor of these cavaliers who come with us. And that we have said this to you and made this Requisition, we request the notary here present to give us his testimony in writing, and we ask the rest who are present that they should be witnesses of this Requisition.”
We have one mediator – the God/man/Jesus Christ that alone can grant and pardon sinners from their sin (cf. 1 Tim. 2:5; Mrk. 2:1-12). No priest or pope has the authority to do so. Nor do they have Scriptural authority to “rule the world” through violence, theft, and slavery.
The Church is a Kingdom of Priests (cf. Rev. 1:6) and God rules from His throne in the New Covenant New Jerusalem / Temple (i.e. within the hearts of God’s people – Lk. 17:20-21ff.; 2 Cor. 6:16/Ezek. 37:27; Jn. 7:37-39/Ezek. 47; Gals. 4;24-27; Rev. 21-22:17). The Roman Catholic church is wrong on so many levels – space forbids a detailed treatment. But hopefully seeing how wrong the Catholic Church can be in this area of eschatology (ruling “from Rome” through murder, theft, and slavery) in contrast to how Christ and His Kingdom comes to sinners — will cause Catholics to explore many more of her heretical doctrines when it comes to salvation by grace through faith alone.
Modern So-Called “Jews” (Really Kahzarians) Have Tried to Self-Fulfill “in the Land” “the End is Near” “Holy War” Prophecies (Ezekiel 37-39) That Have Already Been Fulfilled
First – Brief History of These So-Called Khazar “Jews”
The Khazar kingdom was a large Turkish people that at one time stopped the caliphate expansion of the Islamic empire. They became wealthy through trade and placing an overbearing tax upon those they conquered. They also specialized in being a mercenary army – renting out their army of 40 – 50 thousand men to the highest bidders. After battle took place they were known to rape and pillage. Not surprisingly, the people in the area didn’t care for them much and ended up driving them out of Turkey in around 500 AD to what would be considered today as southern Russia or Georgia. From here their kingdom thrived from 660 – 1016. It wasn’t long before they began enslaving those in that area as well.
Eventually they were put in a dilemma. Coming down from the North was Byzantine Christianity, and coming from the South was Islam. They knew to choose either of these sides would put them in conflict with the other and this would affect their prosperous trading with both sides. So they did the politically expedient thing and decided to make their Empire convert to Judaism. They quickly saw the wickedness, racial supremacy, and violence found in the Talmud which fit in well with their violent and immoral world-view that built their Empire.
In 965 AD they were weakened by the Vikings. In 1140 they were overrun by the Mongols and driven west and settle in parts of eastern Europe.
The Significance of the Khazarian Rothschild Dynasty and 1948
One of these Khazarian Talmudic “Jews” that settled in Europe was Mayer Amschel Bauer — who changed his last name to Rothschild. Rothschild means “red-shield.” Thus he hung a sign of a red six pointed shielded star as his logo for his money merchant shop. It is through his religious views on the Talmud and money he and his 5 sons attain, that will set the stage for the events of 1948 to become a reality.
Rothschild befriends William the 9th who was a wealthy Hession warrior and leader of a mercenary army. For 12,000 you could hire William and his army to do anything. England hired them to keep the U.S. Colonists in check. William is one of the richest people in the world at this time (worth 200 million) and the Rothschilds make a great deal overseeing his estate and making financial decisions for him. William steals millions owed to his army and then when Nepolean comes after him, he flees to DenMark entrusting 3 million to the Rothschilds who in return end up stealing it from him. The Rothschild’s use this un-kosher and unclean money to begin its international banking venture. The five Rothschild brothers obeyed their father’s command and branched out into the various countries in Europe. From here, they end up financing nations warring against each other and profit from both sides of those wars.
The Balfour Declaration in 1917 was created when the British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour declared in a letter to the Rothschilds that his government would support a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Before this declaration was given, it was agreed upon that if the Rothschild’s could get the U.S. into WWI to help defeat the Germans, that Britain in return would give the land of Palestine to the Rothschild’s and Zionists.
The Rothschild’s funded the early Khazarian settlers from Europe to relocate in Palestine. In 1948 they also funded and armed terrorist groups, which bombed and terrorised 800,000 Palestinians to leave their land. The State of Rothschild is in essence Israel and vice versa. This is evident with them paying for the construction of the Israeli parliament building, the Knesset, and the Israel Supreme Court. The Israeli flag symbolizes both its territorial ambitions and that it is owned by the Rothschilds. Modern Israel uses the same six pointed star on its flag that the Rothschild’s used as their family symbol (just changing its color from red to blue). The two blue lines above and beneath the star symbolize the ancient borders (rivers) given to ancient Israel under the Old Covenant — which indicate they have no desire to obey the boundaries given by the U.N.
The Influence of the Talmud on the Rothschild’s
Mayer’s father’s wish for his son was that he would one day become a Rabbi strictly teaching and following the Talmud. Although not becoming a Rabbi, Biographer Frederic Morton, in The Rothschilds, points out how important the Talmud was in guiding the Rothschild dynasty in their unquenchable drive for money and power. He writes,
“On Saturday evenings, when prayer was done at the synagogue, Mayer would invite the rabbi into his house. They would bend towards one another on the green upholstery, sipping slowly at a glass of wine and argue about first and last things deep into the night. Even on work days…Mayer…was apt to tare down the big book of the Talmud and recite from it…while the entire family must sit stock still and listen” (p. 31).
He goes on to tell us that Mayer Amschel Rothschild and his five sons were “wizards” of finance, and “fiendish calculators” who were motivated by a “demonic drive” to succeed within their Talmudic worldview. Morton adds that it is difficult for the average person to “comprehend Rothschild nor even the reason why he having so much, wanted to conquer more.” All five brothers shared their fathers spirit of Talmudic cunning and conquest.
President Andrew Jackson, called the Rothschild’s and international bankers as a “den of vipers” which he desired to “rout out” of America. Jackson believed that if the American public understood (to the level he did) how the Rothschild’s operated, “there would be a revolution before morning.”
In 1911, John F. Hylan, mayor of New York said that, “the real menace of our republic is the invisible government which, like a giant octopus, sprawls its slimy length over our city, state and nation. At the head is a small group of banking houses, generally referred to as ‘international bankers.'”
“The house of Rothschild has arisen from the quarrels between states, has become great and mighty from wars. The misfortune of states and peoples has been its fortune.” (Friedrich Edlen von Scherb).
“The Rothschild’s are the wonders of modern banking… We see the descendants of Judah, after a persecution of two thousand years, peering above kings, rising higher than emperors, and holding a whole continent in the hollow of their hands. The Rothschilds govern a Christian world. Not a cabinet moves without their advice. They stretch their hand, with equal ease, from Petersburg to Vienna, from Vienna to Paris, from Paris to London, from London to Washington. Baron Rothschild, the head of the house, is the true king of Judah, the prince of the captivity, the Messiah so long looked for by this extraordinary people. He holds the keys of peace or war, blessing or cursing… They are the brokers and counselors of the kings of Europe and of the republican chiefs of America. What more can they desire?” (Niles Weekly Register, 1835-1836).
It is also noteworthy to point out that these Khazarian “Jews” had no problem joining with the Germans to persecute and sacrifice some of the Jews so as to push and force many to migrate and colonize Palestine. After all the Zionist slogan “a land without a people and a people without a land,” couldn’t be realized without the Zionists forming a “people” to migrate to Palestine – where they would perform racial genocide and theft of the land from these Palestinian Christians and Muslims. (Source for much of this historical information on the Rothschild Dynasty was taken from: http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/slavery.htm).
The Irony of the “Jewish” Racial Rights “Argument” to the “Holy Land”
Over time they convinced themselves that they were actually ethnically and racially “Jewish” – adopting Jewish names etc… Yet history, archeology and now DNA testing confirms that some 92% of Zionist “Jews” in the modern state of Israel today are these descendants of the Khazarian Empire and have no or very little DNA relationship to the middle east let alone to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Encyclopedia Judaica – “The presence of Jewish groups and the impact of Jewish ideas in Eastern Europe were considerable during the middle ages. Groups have been mentioned as migrating to Central Europe the East or have been referred to as Khazars, thus making it impossible to overlook the possibility that they originated from within the former Khazar empire.” (Encylopedia Judaica, vol. 10, p. 952).
Encyclopedia Judaica Jerusalem (1971) “It is a common assumption, and one that sometimes seems ineradicable even in the face of evidence to the contrary, that the Jews of today constitute a race, a homogeneous entity easily recognizable. From the preceding discussion of the origin and early history of the Jews, it should be clear that in the course of their formation as a people and a nation they had already assimilated a variety of racial strains from people moving into the general area they occupied. This had taken place by interbreeding and then by conversion to Judaism of a considerable number of communities. . . .” “Thus, the diversity of the racial and genetic attributes of various Jewish colonies of today renders any unified racial classification of them a contradiction in terms. Despite this, many people readily accept the notion that they are a distinct race. This is probably reinforced by the fact that some Jews are recognizably different in appearance from the surrounding population. That many cannot be easily identified is overlooked and the stereotype for some is extended to all – a not uncommon phenomenon” (Encyclopedia Judaica Jerusalem, 1971, vol. 3, p. 50).
The American Peoples Encyclopedia, 1954 — “In the year 740 A.D. the Khazars were officially converted to Judaism. A century later they were crushed by the incoming Slavic-speaking people and were scattered over central Europe where they were known as Jews.”
The Encyclopaedia Brittanica (1973) Vol. 12, p. 1054 states, “The findings of physical anthropology show that, contrary to the popular view, there is no Jewish race.” “The only race to which the Jews have not achieved assimilation is the Nordic.”
Encyclopedia Americana (1986) – “Some theorists have considered the Jews a distinct race, although this has no factual basis. In every country in which the Jews lived for a considerable time, their physical traits came to approximate those of the indigenous people. Hence the Jews belong to several distinct racial types, ranging, for example, from fair to dark. Among the reasons for this phenomenon are voluntary or involuntary miscegenation and the conversion of Gentiles to Judaism” Encyclopedia Americana, 1986, vol. 16, p. 71).
Collier’s Encyclopedia (1977) – “A common error and persistent modern myth is the designation of the Jews as a ‘race! This is scientifically fallacious, from the standpoint of both physical and historical tradition. Investigations by anthropologists have shown that Jews are by no means uniform in physical character and that they nearly always reflect the physical and mental characteristics of the people among whom they live” (Collier’s Encyclopedia, 1977, vol. 13, p. 573).
Dr. Benjamin H. Freedman, “. . these Eastern European, Yiddish-speaking Jews who form the Zionist group practically in entirely, have NEITHER a geographic, historic NOR ethnic connection with either the Jews of the Old Testament OR the land known today as Palestine.” (Jewish Dr. Benjamin H. Freedman, published by the National Economic Council, Inc. as “Council Letter No. 177 (October 15, 1947).
Rabbi’s admit, “… Though many Jews are NOT of Semitic origin, we are the religious, spiritual, and national [but admitting not genetic] descendants of those who first formed the early foundations of Judaism who were Semites” (Rabbi Cyril A. Stanway in “Viewpoints,” Thursday, November 8, 1990, in the Sun-News, Las Cruces, New Mexico).
Jewish Almanac – “Strictly speaking it is incorrect to call an ancient Israelite a ‘Jew’ or to call a contemporary Jew an Israelite or a Hebrew.” (Jewish Almanac, 1980, p. 3).
In 2012 John Hopkins University did a genetic DNA study which confirmed the above historical and anthropological evidence.
This is pathetic in that most of the Palestinians (Christian or Muslim) have more DNA relationship to Abraham and the ancient Hebrew people than these phony Zionist Khazarian “Jews” do! And yet they have tried to convince the world that they and they alone, have the exclusive racial rights to the Old Covenant ancient land and boundaries of Israel. This has to be one of the biggest scams of ALL TIME! But since most of Hollywood and the media is owned by these so-called Zionist “Jews,” don’t expect to hear this where you should be hearing it!
Christ in AD 70 Destroys the Modern “Jew” or “Judaism” Argument!
As noted already, Jesus predicted that He would come upon the clouds to end the Old Covenant age in the AD 30 – AD 70 “this generation” (Mt. 24:1-34). Prior to AD 70 there were actual “tribes of the land” of Israel that would “mourn” between AD 66-AD 70 at the coming of the Son of Man. However, post AD 70, there is no such thing as a “Jew” that can trace or prove his lineage. Why? Well, because Jesus Christ destroyed and burned the genealogical records in AD 70 so there is no way for a modern “Jew” to prove he is from such and such tribe. And post AD 70, there can be no religious “Judaism,” because Messiah brought a violent “end” to that Old Covenant age. Without that covenant there can be no Judaism – PERIOD.
The other irony here is that when you present these historical and genetic facts to the public, this powerful group seeks to silence you by calling you “anti-semitic” when they aren’t even “Jewish”! Lol. I usually know I’ve won a debate with a Muslim or Zionist “Jew” when they resort to name-calling “Islamaphobic” or I’m allegedly “anti-semitic.” The facts are those Zionist “Jews” in Israel today simply are not true racial Israelites let alone “God’s chosen people” (no matter how one looks at it (historically, genetically, or correctly exegeting the Scriptures).
Some Passages in the Talmud to Consider Before Blindly Supporting Zionist Israel
Pay attention to how the modern Zionist or Talmudic “Jew” views the authority of the Talmud, the Gentiles, desires war with Gentiles so as to bring about Messianic redemption and order, the call to be deceptive with the Gentiles about what they truly believe, their views of Christ and Christians, and their perverted views concerning sexuality:
“The teachings of the Talmud stand above all other laws. They are more important than the laws of Moses.” -Rabbi Issael, Rabbi Chasbar, et. al.
“It is more wicked to question the words of the rabbis than those of the Torah.” -Mischna Sanhedryn 11:3
“The Jews are human beings, but the nations of the world are not human beings but beasts…” -Saba Mecia 114, 6
“When the Messiah comes every Jew will have 2800 (Gentile) slaves.”
-Simeon Haddarsen, fol. 56-D
“God created the non-Jew in human form so that the Jew would not have to be served by beasts. The non-Jew is consequently an animal in human form, and condemned to serve the Jew day and night.” – Midrasch Talpioth, p. 225-L
“Every Jew, who spills the blood of the godless, (non-Jews) is doing the same as making a sacrifice to God.” (Talmud: Bammidber raba c 21 & Jalkut 772)
“Extermination of a Christian is a necessary sacrifice to God.” Talmud: Zohar (II, 43a)
“Make war with the Gentiles by deceit and trickery wherever possible. They must be fought against without ceasing, until proper order be restored. Thus it is with satisfaction that I say we should free ourselves from them and rule over them.” Talmud: Zohar (I. 160a).
“As soon as the King Messiah will declare himself, He will destroy Rome and make a wilderness of it. Thorns and weeds will grow in the Pope’s palace. Then He will start a merciless war on non-Jews and will overpower them. He will slay them in masses, kill their kings and lay waste the whole Roman land. He will say to the Jews: ‘I am the King Messiah for whom you have been waiting. Take the silver and gold from the non- Jew.’ ” -Josiah 60, 6. Rabbi Abarbanel to Daniel 7, 13
“A Gentile girl who is three years oldcan be sexually violated.” -Qboda Sarah 37a
“A Jew may violate but not marry a non-Jewish girl.” -Maimonides, Jak. Chasaka 2:2
“A Jew may do to a non-Jew female whatever he can do. He may treat her as he treats a piece of meat.” -Hadarine, 20, B; Schulchan Qruch, Choszen Hamiszpat 348
“A Jew may misuse the non-Jew female in her state of unbelief.”
-Moses Maimonides (“The RaMBaM”), Jak. Chasaka 2:2
“If a non-Jew kills a non-Jew or a Jew he is responsible; but if a Jew kills a non-Jew he is NOT responsible.” -Tosefta Qboda 8, 5
“It is permitted to kill a Jewish denunciator everywhere. It is permitted to kill him even before he denounces.” -Schulchan Qruch, Choszen Hamiszpat
“Thou shalt not do injury to thy neighbor, but it is not said, ‘Thou shalt not do injury to a non-Jew.’ ” -Mishna Sanhedryn 57
“When you go to war do not go as the first, but as the last, so that you may return as the first. Five things has Canaan recommended to his sons: ‘Love each other, love wantonness, love robbery, hate your masters and never tell the truth.’ -Pesachis F. 113B
“A Jew is permitted to rape, cheat and perjure himself; but he must take care that he is not found out, so that Israel may not suffer.” -Schulchan Qruch, Jore Dia 24.
“A Jew may rob a non-Jew – that is, he may cheat him in a bill, if unlikely to be perceived by him.” – -Schulchan Arach, Choszen Hamiszpat 348
“If a non-Jew wants a Jew to stand witness against a Jew in a Court of Law, and if the Jew could give fair evidence, he is forbidden to do it; but if a Jew wants a Jew to be a witness in a similar case against a non-Jew, he may do it.” -Schulchan Qruch, Choszen Hamiszpat 28, Art. 3 and 4
“Those who do not confess the Torah and the Prophets must be killed. Who has the power to kill them, let them kill them openly with the sword. if not, let them use subterfuge, till they are done away with.” -Schulchan Qruch. Choszen Hamiszpat 425.5
“All property of other nations belongs to the Jewish nation, which, consequently, is entitled to seize upon it without any scruples. An orthodox Jew is not bound to observe principles of morality towards people of other tribes. He may act contrary to morality, if profitable to himself or to Jews in general’ ” -Schulchan Qruch, Choszen Hamiszpat 348
“How to interpret the word ‘robbery.’ A non-Jew is forbidden to steal, rob, or take women slaves, etc., from a non-Jew or from a Jew. But a Jew is NOT forbidden to do all this to a non-Jew.” -Tosefta, Qbda Zara, 5
“We beg You, O Lord, inflict Your wrath on the nations not believing in You. Take away, O Lord, all hope from them. Destroy all foes of Your nation.” -Synagaga Judaica, p. 212. Minhagen, p. 23. Crach Chain, 480 Magah.
“Everything a Jew needs for his church ritual no non-Jew is permitted to manufacture, but only a Jew, because this must be manufactured by human beings and the Jew is not permitted to consider the non-Jew as human beings.” -Schulchan Qruch, Qrach Chaim 14, 20, 32, 33, 39. Talmud Jebamoth 61
“A Jewish mid-wife is not only permitted but she is compelled to help a Jewish mother on Shabbat (Sabbath) and when so doing to do anything which otherwise would desecrate the Shabbat. But it is forbidden to help a non-Jewish woman even if it should be possible to help her without desecrating the Shabbat, because she is to be considered only as an animal.” -Schulchan Qruch, Orach Chaim 330
“At the time of the Cholhamoed the transaction of any kind of business is forbidden. But it is permitted to cheat a non-Jew, because cheating of non-Jew at any time pleases the Lord.” -Schulchan Qruch, Orach Chaim 539
“The Jews are strictly Forbidden to cheat their brothers and it is considered cheating already if one-sixth of the value has been taken away from him. Whoever has cheated his brother has to return it to him. Naturally all that only holds towards the Jew, to cheat a non-Jew he is permitted and he is not permitted to return to him what he cheated him out of. Because the Bible says: ‘Thou shalt not cheat thy next brother,’ but the non-Jews are not our brethren, but are as mentioned above, worse than dogs.” -Baruch Choszen Haniszpat 227
States that Adam had sexual relations with all the animals in the Garden of Eden. -Yebamoth 63a
States that a Jew may have sex with a three year old girl (specifically, three years “and a day” old). -Sanhedrin 55b
The Talmud teaches that since little boys aren’t sexually mature or not considered men yet, molesting them has no moral implications and thus doesn’t fall under the ban on homosexuality in Leviticus 18:29. “All agree that the connection of a boy age nine years and a day is a real connection; while that of one less than eight years is not.” – Sanhedrin 69b
“Rab. said: pederasty with a child below 9 years of age is not deemed as pederasty with a child above that” “Rab. maintains that only he who is able to engage in sexual intercourse, may, as the passive subject of pederasty, throw guilt [upon the active offender]; while he who is unable to engage in sexual intercourse cannot.” – Sanh. 55a (the majority opinion)
States that a Jew may have sex with a child as long as the child is less than nine years old. -Sanhedrin 54b 42. “When a grown-up man has intercourse with a little girl it is nothing.” -Kethuboth 11b
A woman who had intercourse with a beast is eligible to marry a Jewish priest. A woman who has sex with a demon is also eligible to marry a Jewish priest. -Yebamoth 59b
States that no rabbi can ever go to hell. -Hagigah 27a
A Jewish man is obligated to say the following prayer every day: Thank you God for not making me a gentile, a woman or a slave. -Menahoth 43b-44a.
Jesus was born out of wedlock (Mishna Yebamoth 4,13) to His mother, Miriam, and her lover Pantera (Shabbat 104b). She is said to have been the descendant of princes and rulers, and to have played the harlot with a carpenter (Sanhedrin 106a).
Jesus spent time in Egypt, from where He learned magic. He was a magician who deceived and led Israel astray. He mocked at the words of the wise, was tainted with heresy, and was thus excommunicated (Sanhedrin 107b).
He called Himself God, also the Son of Man, and said that He would go up to heaven (Jerusalem Taanit 65a).
He was “near to the kingdom” and had five disciples (Sanhedrin 43a).
He was tried in Lydda as a deceiver and as a teacher of apostasy (Tosephta Sanhedrin X, 11: Jerusalem Sanhedrin 25c,d).
He was executed in Lydda, on the eve of Passover, which was also the eve of the Sabbath, by being stoned and hung, or crucified (Tosephta Sanhedrin IX, 7).
For forty days a herald proclaimed that He was to be stoned, and invited evidence in His favor, but none was given (Sanhedrin 43a).
He (under the name of Balaam) was put to death by Pinchas the Robber (Pontius Pilate?) when He was thirty-three years old (Sanhedrin 106b).
He was punished in Gehenna by the means of boiling filth (Gittin 56b, 57a).
He is under the name of Balaam, and excluded from the world to come (Mishna Sanhedrin X, 2).
“It is forbidden to disclose the secrets of the oral law. He who would do it would be as guilty as though he destroyed the whole world.” -Jektat Chadasz, 171, 3
“Every non-Jew who studies the Talmud and every Jew who helps him in it, ought to die.” -Sanhedryn, 59a, Aboda Zora 8-6, Szagiga 13
“To communicate anything to a non-Jew about our religious relations would be equal to the killing of all Jews, for if the non-Jew knew what we teach about them they would kill us openly.” -Libbre David 37
“If a Jew be called upon to explain any part of the rabbinic books, he ought to give only a false explanation. Whoever will violate this order shall be put to death.” -Libbre David 37
“A Jew should and must make a false oath when the non-Jew asks if our books contain anything against them.” -Szaaloth-Utszabot, The Book of Jore 17
No wonder the Jews don’t want the Gentiles to know what is in the Talmud! It makes perfect sense. The common Jew was threatened with death if they told a Gentile what was taught in the Talmud and were commanded to lie about what it said concerning the Gentiles (if a Gentile asked)! With this kind of hateful racism and persecution of Christians, is it not difficult to understand why, for the last thousand years, they have been driven out of virtually every country they have settled in?!?
Some of the perversion found in the “fathers” and “great Rabbis” of the Talmud are on par with the vile wicked perversions and violent pride of Islam and ISIS! Having stated the obvious, we should point out that not all who call themselves “Jews” today even know what it is their Talmud let alone hold to its teachings. This is also the case with Muslims – not all read or know what the Quran teaches let alone that they are commanded to emulate the “perfect ways” of Muhammad on Jihad.
What Happens When Gentiles Do Find Out What is in the Talmud and How These “Jews” Are Living it Out?
Once Gentiles have found out what these so-called Jews have been teaching in their Talmud about them and what they have been up to — we find the Jews being thrown out of 47 countries in the last 1,000 years:
- Their starting of revolutions and persecuting / killing of Christians (ex. Bolshevik revolution where 66 million Christians died). While we agree Hitler killing 1 – 6 million Jews (depending on your source) was wrong, we cannot ignore what Communist Jews did in Russia in killing 66 million Christians).
- Their predator lending practices and manipulating their currency (ex. Rothschild Dynasty)
- Their arrogance and attitude toward the Gentile nations that have hosted (and often protected) them.
- Profiting from both sides of a war (ex. Rothschild Dynasty).
- Israel’s interior minister Eli Yishai (in the picture with Benjamin N. on the right) has said of refugees coming into Israel that they “…think the country doesn’t belong to us, the white man.”
- Israeli Sephardic leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (in the picture on the right with Benjamin N.) in his weekly Saturday night sermon said, “Goyim (Gentiles) were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world; only to serve the People of Israel,…”
- Israel overwhelmingly segregates its schools, apartments, neighborhoods, whole cities and towns and even in the settlements they stole from Palestinians. Israel even segregates public transport and has “Jews only” roads in the occupied territories.
- In Israel it is illegal for a Jew to marry a non-Jew.
- A Christian must renounce his faith before becoming a citizen in Israel.
Although I am a fan of FOX’s Sean Hannity, I am outraged that Hannity points out that we needed to pay attention to who Obama surrounds himself with, and that Islam immigrants (and the teaching of the Quran) don’t always support our American Constitution and values — all the while ignoring what “Jews” in Israel are saying (and who Benjamin N. surrounds himself with) and what is taught in the Talmud! All Sean Hannity cares about is that he is “good friends with Benjamin N.” etc… This is pure hypocrisy and Biblical ignorance at its best. Sean Hannity wants us to stop sending jets and support to Egypt, while at the same time wants us to spend billions to build up Israel’s Talmudic Zionist theology/eschatology!
This bromance needs a reality check and therapy — I prescribe a dose of historical and Scriptural reality to be the foundation!
It seems more than hypocritical to engage in Islamic “extreme vetting” (which I agree with and should continue), but then allow Israeli Mossad operatives, organizations/cells and dual citizens to thrive (even serve in high levels of our government) here in the U.S.! In light of all of this, here are some quotes from George Washington and Benjamin Franklin that are worth meditating upon:
“They (the Jews) work more effectively against us, than the enemy’s armies. They are a hundred times more dangerous to our liberties and the great cause we are engaged in… It is much to be lamented that each state, long ago, has not hunted them down as pest to society and the greatest enemies we have to the happiness of America.” (George Washington).”
“Jews, gentlemen, are Asiatics, let them be born where they will nor how many generations they are away from Asia, they will never be otherwise. Their ideas do not conform to an American’s, and will not even thou they live among us ten generations. A leopard cannot change its spots. Jews are Asiatics, are a menace to this country if permitted entrance, and should be excluded by this Constitutional Convention.” (Benjamin Franklin).
Modern so-called “Jews” holding dual citizenship with Israel should NOT be allowed in high levels of our government. It has been proven Israel spies on our country more than any “ally” we have ever had. Finding 5 Israeli’s driving a white van rejoicing as 9/11 was taking place (which made news and were videoed – some of which were members of Mossad – Israel’s form of our CIA) and other Israeli’s driving another van that day with explosives, is more than troubling! It is also disturbing that “Jewish” higher-ups (some that have dual citizenship with Israel) actually oversaw this incident and let these individuals go is also very disturbing. To add insult to injury, the Jewish controlled media did not report on these issues to the level they should have been!
The Land Promises Have Already Been Fulfilled and Point to Being “In Christ”
When considering the land promises and the events of 1948, I should point out that there are Zionist “Jews” that think because they are of the seed of Abraham (even though DNA testing affirms 90% are Khazarian of Turkish stock) that the land of Israel has always belonged to them and therefore, they can take it anytime they wish in fulfillment of the Abrahamic promises. Then there are Jews such as “TRUE TORAH JEWS” that believe after them being exiled, the only time the Scriptures foretell them coming back in the land will be when Messiah comes and brings them in miraculously (citing Isaiah 10 and Ezekiel 37 – http://www.truetorahjews.org/qanda/source1.). I will attempt to briefly address these issues.
God placed Israel at the center of the Gentile nations as a light to those outside the covenant with Abraham (Gen. 10; 12:1–3; Isa. 42:6). But even in the OT, Gentiles were allowed to partake in covenant with God – being circumcised, worshipping Jehovah through the sacrificial system, and even living and inheriting land within Israel. God reminded them that they too had been aliens in a foreign land thus they had no right to “abhor an Edomite or Egyptian” because they were their “brothers” (Deut. 23:7-8).
The Exodus was not just to deliver Israel from the bondage of Egypt, but to demonstrate His power and glory to all nations – “I will send the full force of my plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth … I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth (Exodus 9:14, 16).
In chapter twelve we learn that some Egyptians did see God’s power and believed in Jehovah and formed the “mixed multitude [that] went up with” the children of Israel (Ex. 12:38). Therefore, they along with Israel, experienced deliverance from Pharaoh at the Red Sea. They were present at the giving of the law when God shook Mount Sinai. They were with the Hebrews when they witnessed God’s miracles in the wilderness and ate from the same manna and drank from the same water which flowed from the rock (both of which pointed to Messiah/Christ John 6; 1 Cor. 10:1-4, 11). They along with the Hebrews came “out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt” and became for the LORD “…a people of inheritance” (cf. Deut. 4:20; 1 Kings 8:51; Jer. 11:4).
It was a common practice in Israel that an adopted heir could inherit the land: “A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren,” (Proverbs 17:2). Even Rashi comments on this verse: “A righteous proselyte is better than a wicked person who was home born, and in the future, he will share the spoils and the inheritance among the children of Israel, as it is said (Ezek. 47:23): “And it shall be, in whatever tribe the stranger will live, etc,…”
Actually Ezekiel 47:21-23 refers to the remnant of the 12 Tribes returning back into the land after a second exodus and granting land inheritance rights to believing Gentiles that accompanied them (as they did in the first exodus). This was consistent with the law of Moses, “When an alien lives with you in your land, do no mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God” (Lev. 19:33-34). Therefore, even early on God sees the Gentiles as “a people of inheritance” and adopted or grafted into Israel’s deliverance/redemption/salvation promises that will be typological of what God is going to do spiritually under Messiah in the New Covenant age.
It may be important to address that Ezekiel chapter 47 may have a typological fulfillment for the 12 Tribes and Gentiles coming into the land under Ezra and Nehemiah and another anti-typological fulfillment of being in Messiah and the living waters flowing from us as the Messianic Temple. James Jordan sees the descent of the heavenly temple in Ezekiel 40 – 48 being more applicable during the reformation and rebuilt temple under Ezra. He emphasizes its fulfillment during the post exilic era before then applying it to the New Covenant Temple or age of the Church under Messiah,
“This time Ezekiel was given a vision and blueprint for the post-exilic Temple, but it was a temple so vast and huge that it could never be built. Ezekiel’s visionary Temple symbolized both the nature and the glory of the restoration establishment, but the Temple actually built by Ezra was a small affair. Ezra’s Temple symbolized the nature, but not the glory, of the new restoration covenant.” (Jordan, Ibid., 242).
“It is often overlooked that the restoration establishment was indeed a new covenant, and an advance in glory beyond the Davidic establishment. Whether we call the post-exilic establishment a new covenant or simply a “covenant renewal,” the fact is that there were very great changes involved in the new cosmos, changes equivalent to the changes involved in the previous new covenants.” (Jordan, Ibid., 243-244).
Of the river in Ezekiel 47 James Jordan writes,
“This is not a picture first and foremost of the New Testament, but of the spiritual realities present in the Restoration. This is indicated by the context of the prophecy, but there are also clear indications in the text, especially the fact that the river in Chapter 47 only flows in one direction, not four, and only to the edge of the Holy Land, not into the wider world.” (Jordan, Ibid., 246).
And now the anti-type fulfillment in Messiah. Jesus in John 4 and particularly in John 7:37-38 promises that the coming of the Holy Spirit would be like water welling up within the believer’s heart. Jesus claims that this is in fulfillment of the “Scriptures.” Of what Scriptures is Jesus alluding to? Since the Apostle Paul has already identified the promise of the Ezekiel Temple with the believer and the Church (cf. 2 Cor. 6:16/Ezek. 37:27), it only follows that this is so because his Master had taught His disciples the same. John Gill and John Lightfoot are on the right track when Gill writes,
“And here may be an allusion to the waters issuing out of Ezekiel’s temple, #Eze 47:1 Re 22:1 Zec 14:8. Dr. Lightfoot and others tell us it was a custom of the Jews, which they received by tradition, the last day of the feast of tabernacles to have a solemnity, which they called Libatio aquae—The pouring out of water. They fetched a golden vessel of water from the pool of Siloam, brought it into the temple with sound of trumpet and other ceremonies, and, upon the ascent to the altar, poured it out before the Lord with all possible expressions of joy. Some of their writers make the water to signify the law, and refer to #Isa 12:3; #Isa 55:1. Others, the Holy Spirit. And it is thought that our Saviour might here allude to this custom. Believers shall have the comfort, not of a vessel of water fetched from a pool, but of a river flowing from themselves.
The joy of the law, and the pouring out of the water, which signified this, are not to be compared with the joy of the gospel in the wells of salvation.” (see Gills Online Commentary on the Bible)
So the exile period of 70 years saw God’s presence abiding in his people — being a spiritual Temple. This would typify what was coming under Messiah in the New Covenant – with His people being the spiritual Temple. Gentiles having a right to inherit the land in Ezekiel 47, is typological of the Jew / Gentile oneness of inheriting the promises contained “in Christ” that we see Paul emphasizing in the NT. Ezekiel 37 describes both the Babylonian exodus/restoration and New Covenant blessings under Messiah. I see the same the same principle at work in Isaiah 11. The “gathering” of the exiles from Babylon “from the four corners of the earth” of Isaiah 11 is the same time the exiles are gathered from the Babylonian from “out of all countries” in Jeremiah (Isa. 11:12 / Jer. 32:37). And yet Paul sees the Messianic fulfillment in the salvation of the Gentiles during his day (cf. Rom. 15:12).
Ezekiel 37:22-28 discusses the coming New Covenant King/Shepherd who would cause: 1) His people to possess the land, 2) establish an everlasting covenant of peace with them, 3) multiply them, and 4) “sanctify” them by establishing His “sanctuary” and “tabernacle” in their midst forever.
Jesus began fulfilling the Davidic Covenant or “One King” prophecies of Ezekiel 37:22; Jeremiah 30:9 at His ascension (cf. Heb. 1-2). Every element that is required for a King to reign is given to Christ through the Church. He was seated on a throne and rules through a City and Nation—that is the Church (1 Pet. 2:9; Heb. 12; Gals. 4). The sending of the Messiah and the fulfillment of the Davidic and New Covenant is the focus of attention in Ezekiel 37:24ff.
One Shepherd with one flock
Jesus would be Israel’s “one shepherd” who’s sheep would walk in His judgments and observe His teachings and do them (cf. Ezk. 37:24). This prophecy is clearly fulfilled in the words of Jesus in John 10 and 17. OT promises made to Israel are being applied to the Church–the New Covenant fold of God. In the striking and sacrifice of the True Shepherd, the everlasting New Covenant (v. 25) seals the sheep’s/Churches salvation (cf. Mark 14:27; Mt. 26:28; Heb. 8, 12:24, 13:20).
A New Covenant Temple, Peace and Sacrifices
The New Covenant of peace and temple motif began with Christ sending the Holy Spirit within His people. It would be competed and matured when He returned in AD 70 for them. At this time God placed His glory and everlasting peace “within” the Church who is the ultimate New Covenant fulfillment of the Temple promises (Hag. 2:9/Jn. 14). Christ and the Church are the fulfillment of Israel’s New Covenant Tabernacle/Sanctuary/Temple promises with Christ being the chief corner stone (Isaiah 28:16; Psalm 118:22-23/“the builders rejected”/Acts 4 “YOU rejected”/Mt. 21:33-45/1Pet. 2:4 -10; Ezk. 37:27/2 Cor. 6:16; Ephs. 2:19-20; Amos 9:11-12/Acts 15:7-19). God’s New Covenant/Temple/Kingdom plans for Israel were not postponed because of Jesus’ rejection and sacrifice (per Dispensationalism), but rather this rejection of the nation and belief of the remnant and the Gentiles established and began fulfilling God’s Kingdom promises made to Israel with Christ’s return in AD 70 bringing them to full maturity.
The Old Covenant Land Promise Was Conditional and Has Already Been Fulfilled
Zionists, affirm that God gave Israel the promised the land (from Egypt to Iraq) as an unconditional ‘everlasting possession.’ (Genesis 17:8). While Genesis 17:8 describes the land as an “everlasting inheritance,” the context makes it clear that Israel’s residence was conditioned upon belief and obedience to the covenant (which included circumcision): “Then God said to Abraham, ‘As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come’… Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant” (Gen. 17:9, 12-13 14). In Joshua 5 we learn that no circumcision meant no possession of the land! Therefore, circumcision itself would be an everlasting mark or sign and inclusive with the land covenant, “…my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant (Gen. 17:3).
The NT makes it clear that circumcision was also a physical temporal sign and symbol of Messiah’s salvation of the heart and entrance into His spiritual kingdom and that to continue in it was an offense to Messiah’s salvation (Gals. 5:2-6, 11). Interesting that today in Judaism, a tiny pin prick which barely draws blood has become symbolic of circumcision (which is supposed to be the complete removal of the foreskin). This and the fact that 90% of so-called “Jews” today aren’t even the DNA “seed” of Abraham makes 1948 a joke of an alleged “fulfillment” of these promises.
The fact that Israel was disposed of the land and circumcision is no more, demonstrates that the literal land/circumcision promise/covenant was not unconditional and by “everlasting” is not meant that these two things would never cease to exist because of God’s promise.
Many passages such as Exodus 19:15; Leviticus 26:40-42; Deuteronomy 4; 19:8-9; 28; Joshua 23:16; Ezekiel 33:23-29; etc…, make it abundantly clear that IF they obeyed the covenant they would be blessed and be able to stay in the land, but if they disobeyed and broke the covenant they would be expelled from the land. After the Babylonian Captivity God raised up a believing remnant from the twelve tribes that did meet the requirements – repenting and believing in Jehovah. This remnant would be a type of the New Covenant believers being spiritually gathered in Messiah or “In Christ.”
The events of 1948 in no way fulfills or meets any of the OT requirements. Not only did the Old Covenant end in AD 70 (the source for Israel’s promises of being in the physical land), but clearly no such repentance and faith in Jehovah and His Messiah occurred in 1948. Ironically Christian Zionists claim the OC law ended at the cross, but want to claim Israel coming back in the land in 1948 fulfills promises given within that same OC law!
The inheriting of all the land God promised Israel had already been fulfilled (Please take the time to read: Josh. 21:43-45; 1 Kings 4:21; 2 Chron. 9:26; 1 Kings 8:56; Neh. 9:7-8, 24).
The Song of Moses (Deuteronomy 32) and the Last Days “Crooked” or “Perverse Generation”
In Israel’s “last days” there would be a specific “crooked” / “perverse” GENERATION that would see Israel’s “end” of which most would not be able to discern (Deut. 31-32). Peter says it was his contemporary AD 30 – AD 70 “generation” that fulfilled the Son of Moses prophecy (Acts 2:40). Many Rabbis believed that the period of Messiah was to be a transition stage between “this age/world and the age/ world to come.” These Rabbis (such as R. Adiba), understood this transition period to be forty years, based upon how long the Israelites were in the wilderness before inheriting the land (Rev. Dr. A. Cohen, Everyman’s TALMUD, 1949 New American Edition, p. 356). This type/anti-type understanding of “another (coming) day” of Sabbath rest whereby the land and city promises would be received is developed for us in the book of Hebrews (cf. Heb. 3-4; 10:25, 37; 11—13:14, YLT).
Here are parallels of the Messianic New Exodus theme:
1) An edict was sent out to kill the male children during the time of Moses (cf. Exodus 1:22) and an edict was issued by Herod to kill the male children in hopes of killing Jesus (cf. Matthew 2:16).
2) After killing the Egyptian Moses fled to Midian until the wrath of the king passed (cf. Exodus 2:15) and Joseph and Mary, fled with Jesus to Egypt until the wrath of the king passed (cf. Matthew 2:14).
3) God called Moses back to his country to be his people’s deliverer (cf. Exodus 3:10) just as Jesus was called back to His country (cf. Matthew 2:20) to be their deliverer.
4) God kept Moses 40 days in the wilderness before giving the law on a mountain (cf. Deut. 9:11; Exodus19) and He likewise kept Jesus 40 days in the wilderness before placing Him on a mount to give the New Covenant law and thus the true interpretation of the old (cf. Matthew 4:1-chapter 5). Both received glory on top of a mountain. While being tested by Satan for 40 days Jesus quotes three scriptures found in the Exodus wilderness testing: (cf. Matthew 4:4/Deut. 8:3; Matthew 4:7/Deut. 6:16; Matthew 4:10/Deut. 6:13 & Deut 10:20).
5) God through Moses appointed 70 elders (cf. Numbers 11:16) and Jesus appointed 70 disciples (cf. Luke 10:1). Old Covenant Israel consisted of 12 tribes and Jesus forms the restored Israel with an inner core of 12 disciples.
6) God’s Old Covenant people were delivered from His judgment upon Egypt by the first Passover. This deliverance was substitutional in nature and was brought about through the shedding of a lamb’s blood. God’s New Covenant people were delivered from the wrath (“His blood be upon us and our children”) that would be poured out upon Jerusalem/Egypt/Revelation 11:8 through the New Covenant Passover blood of Jesus (the lamb of God). In the first exodus the death of “first born” of humans and animals were to appease God’s wrath. In the New Covenant exodus Jesus is both the “first born” and the “Lamb.”
7) In God forming Old Covenant Israel during this time it was a creating of the heavens and earth (cf. Isa.51:15-16). Through the cross and parousia of Jesus a New Covenant heavens and earth were being created and would replace the former Old Covenant one “shortly” (cf. Isaiah 65-66; Matthew 5:17-18; Matthew 24:35; 2 Peter 3; and Revelation 21-22).
8) In the formation of Old Covenant Israel, God was bringing about deliverance from the physical bondage and slavery of Egypt. In the New Covenant transitionary period, God was creating and delivering a remnant of New Covenant Israel out from the spiritual bondage and slavery of the Old Covenant “elements of the world” which was the law.
9) Fifty days after the first Passover and the giving of the law (cf. Exodus 19) 3,000 died for idolatry (cf. Exodus 32:28). Fifty days after the Passover in Jesus’ blood 3,000 are saved and filled with the Spirit (cf. Acts 2).
10) There was a miraculous outpouring of the Spirit’s work in building the Old Covenant tabernacle (cf. Exodus 31:1-11). The AD 30 – 70 generation also saw the miraculous work of God in profound ways. There was a miraculous outpouring of the Holy Spirit’s work in the “last days” in which the building and erecting of the spiritual New Covenant tabernacle/temple of God was taking place. The first was a physical building with the hands and the later was a spiritual building by the laying on of hands of the Apostles. The Church was and is clearly the New Covenant kingdom tabernacle or temple that was predicted by the prophets of which Jesus was the corner stone (cf. Acts 15/Amos 9; Mark 12:10-11; Acts 4:11/Psalm118, Ephesians 2:20, 1 Peter 2:4-10/Psalm 118, Isaiah 28:16; 2 Corinthians 6:16/Ezekiel 37:26-27). Just as Micah 7:15 predicted miracles would occur in this new exodus under Messiah – so the miracles lasted until He returned to end her age and fulfill Israel’s promises (cf. Mark 16:15-18/Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Corinthians 13:8-12).
11) God was grieved with the unbelieving Old Covenant generation and did not allow them to enter the promised land (cf. Heb.3:10). God was grieved with the adulterous and wicked generation of His day and did not allow them to inherit His heavenly rest in His kingdom – “In Christ” (cf. Mark 8:31-9:1, Matthew 23:34-46, Hebrews 3-4).
12) The wilderness wandering generation was baptized into Moses by passing through the red sea whereby they would receive a physical salvation from their persecutors. The water which did not touch them did destroy their enemies (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:1-2). There likewise was a baptism of fire and persecution in which the first century Church underwent that was separating the gold (true believers) from the wood (professing believers) and would eventually burn up the persecutors (cf. Matthew 3:11; Luke 8:13-14; 1 Corinthians 3:13; 1 Peter 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 2- 3; 2 Thessalonians 1:4-12). The children or remnant of Moses generation that went through the red sea would enter into the rest and salvation of the Promised Land. Likewise the remnant of spiritual Israel would inherit and enter the Heavenly Country “In Christ” (cf. Hebrews 3-4, 12) with Peter describing the spiritual New Covenant salvation and entrance into the kingdom as the salvation of the “soul” (1 Peter 1:4-12).
Please note Deuteronomy 32:20-22 and the NT fulfillment in parenthesis:
“And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end (cf. Matthew 10:22-23, Matthew 24:3, Matthew 13:39-40,) shall be: for they are a very perverse generation (cf. Matthew 23:36, Matthew 24:34, Mark 8:38; Acts 2:40), children in whom is no faith. They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people (cf. Romans 10:19, 11:11); I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation (cf. Mt.21:43; 1 Peter 2:9). For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire (cf. 2 Peter 3; Revelation 8:8) the foundations of the mountains.” (Deut. 32:20-22).
Again this “perverse generation” was prophesied in the OT to reject Christ and thus be destroyed by Him at His coming. This is the generation Jesus addresses throughout His ministry and the one the NT authors confronts and comforts in the first century concerning an imminent judgment and salvation.
Messiah and His Spiritual Everlasting Kingdom Was Prophesied to Come During the Roman Empire and Yet Before the Destruction of the Temple in AD 70
The Messianic prophet greater than Moses would appear on the clouds of heaven (during the time of the Roman Empire) and fulfill Israel’s promises when Jerusalem would be judged in AD 70 (Deut. 18; Dan. 7, 9, 12/Lk. 21:20-32). The Messiah would both suffer and come victoriously and set up His spiritual and everlasting Kingdom during this last days period of the Old Covenant age generation.
Jesus predicted that the Old Covenant Kingdom (the outward Jerusalem) would be “taken” from her and “given” to the “nation” of the Church (the New Covenant spiritual Jerusalem) in AD 70 (Mt. 21:43-44). It is important to note that New Covenant Kingdom promises replace Old Covenant Kingdom promises through fulfillment. This is the NT hermeneutic. Between AD 30 – AD 70 the Old Covenant was being transformed spiritually through a spiritual Temple, Land, City, and New Creation.
Further Thoughts on the Land Promises
When the Old Covenant — that which was “ready to vanish” (Heb. 8:13) in AD 70 was fulfilled, is when the “heavenly country”/City that Abraham longed for as his inheritance was “about to be” received (Heb. 11:9-10, 16, 39-40; 13:14YLT). This is when Christ’s “in a very little while” coming to close the last days of the Old Covenant age occurred (Heb. 9:26-28–10:37).
The land and temple promises were Old Covenant promises typologically designed to be temporary pointing to the New Covenant (Jesus and the Churches union with Him) which is the anti-type – spiritual and eternal fulfillment/reality.
Modern Israel becoming a nation in 1948 is not the fulfillment of ANY Biblical prophecy. Zionists and Evangelical Zionists appeal to OT passages that are not referring to 1948, but when actually examined refer to either: 1. passages addressing the 12 tribes coming back into the land under Ezra and Nehemiah’s day (after the 70 years captivity), or 2. passages referring to the New Covenant or being gathered in Christ.
There are NO prophecies of a gathering of Israel in the literal land AFTER the ones that were given and then fulfilled during the restoration under Ezra and Nehemiah.
1948 wasn’t a fulfillment of prophecy because DNA testing, history, and archeology has proven that 80-90% of the “Jews” in Israel today are of a Turkish European Khazarian stock – having nothing to do with the “seed” of Abraham. Even the 10-20% that do have some DNA that can be traced back to Abraham is not a pure “race” (they have inter-married so many times!). Even the Encyclopedia Brittanica (1973), vol. 12, p. 1054 under “The Jews a Race:” says, “The findings of physical anthropology show that, contrary to the popular view, there is no Jewish race.”
1948 wasn’t a fulfillment of the Abrahamic promises for these European Khazar “Jews” because Paul affirms Messiah’s teaching that followers of Jesus are Abraham’s seed and the true Israel of God (cf. Mt. 8:11-12; Gals. 3-4; 6:16; Rom. 2:28-29).
The Modern Zionists and Alleged in the Land / End of Time War of Ezekiel 37-39
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (one of these European Khazar so-called “Jews”) does have some interesting views worth noting along the lines of trying to self-fulfill an imminent “end time” “in the land” “holy war” within modern Jewish eschatology. Speaking on the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz in Poland he declared that Israel becoming a state in 1948 was the fulfillment of Ezekiel 37,
“The Jewish people rose from ashes and destruction, from a terrible pain that can never be healed,” “Armed with the Jewish spirit, the justice of man, and the vision of the prophets, we sprouted new branches and grew deep roots. Dry bones became covered with flesh, a spirit filled them, and they lived and stood on their own feet, as Ezekiel prophesized: “Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ Therefore, prophesy and say to them, thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves.” (See his speech here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAuZA17genk&feature=related).
This begs the question as to how he sees the end time holy war of “Gog and Magog” in next chapters (Ezek. 38-39) to be fulfilled. To this we turn our attention to…
Ushering in Messianic Eschatology THROUGH WAR
When one begins connecting the consistent Talmudic Zionist positions, we get something very similar to ISIS or Islamic eschatology
- Muslims believe land they once conquered in the name of Allah (even during the time of Muhammad), will always belong to them and must be re-conquered. In their view they alone have the god-given divine right to these lands. Zionists appeal to the Abrahamic covenant, and claim to have racial and religious god-given rights to re-conquer the ancient borders of Israel’s land.
- Muslims make parallels between the previous battles of Muhammad and theirs. Zionist leaders have made equivalents (ex. in 1947) in performing war and taking more and more of the land over the years – making parallels with ancient Israel driving out non-Jews — thus justifying their current wars and actions.
- Muslims see their current wars as “signs” of the coming of Jesus that will destroy the Jews, Christians, and all unbelievers. Zionists have a Messianic view that sees war and the suppression of the Gentile and their nations to take place prior to and pave the way for the Messiah who will completely destroy the Gentiles and and unbelievers — giving each Jew 2,800 Gentile slaves in a “kingdom on earth” “paradise.”
Going as far back as the Jewish Zealots of AD 66-AD 70–up until today, there have been those Jews that think killing and making war will usher in the redemption and coming of Messiah.
In the twelfth century one of those Khazarian “Jews” I addressed earlier believed he could bring Messiah’s coming by conquering the land of Palestine (i.e. through war). They claimed that “…the time had come in which god would gather Israel, His people from all lands to Jerusalem, the holy city.” They wielded their six-pointed “shields of David” that would later be placed on Israeli flags — a national symbol that began with this view of eschatology seeking to bring in the Messiah through war (cf. John L. Bray, Israel in Bible Prophecy, pp. 42-43).
A modern Jewish Zealot would be Gershon Salomon who said,
“The mission of the present generation is to liberate the Temple Mount and remove the defiling abomination (the Dome of the Rock).” “The Israeli Government must do it. We must have a war…The Messiah will not come by himself; we should bring Him by fighting.” (Sam Kiley, ‘The righteous will survive and the rest will perish’ The Times, 13 December 1999, p. 39).
And again referring to Ezekiel 38 he writes,
“They (Muslims) are trying to destroy Israel and to push the people of Israel into the sea. They are trying to destroy the historical Biblical mission which G-d gave to the people of Israel, their faith, their way of life, the Law, and their language . Together with their allies they are preparing for the coming war against Israel in which they plan to finally destroy her. This is going to be the most terrible war against the small state of Israel. This will be the war that the prophets called the war of Gog and Magog. This will be the last war against Israel. G-d is going to show them, and all the nations, that He is One and His Name is One. He alone is the best friend of Israel and controls her destiny, not any of her enemies. G-d will save Israel in this war and will defeat, judge, and terribly punish all the enemies of Israel all over the world.” (A WORD FROM GERSHON SALOMON 100 YEARS OF THE ZIONIST MOVEMENT http://www.templemount.org/ftm/gershon.html).
Zionists have a history of trying to see current events through the lens of the battle of Gog and Magog ushering in the coming of Messiah. Louis Jacobs writes,
“…World Wars I and II did tend to be seen as the wars of Gog and Magog, as the essential prelude to the coming of the Messiah. Some of the Hasidic masters saw the struggle between Napoleon and Russia as the wars of Gog and Magog.” (Louis Jacobs, Gog and Magog)
Rabbi Schachter saw the Israeli-Arab wars (of 1948 and 1967) as the “beginning of redemption” and therefore he taught Jews were not to pray for peace because that would delay the coming Messianic redemption (that could only come through war).
Revisiting Benjamin Netanyahu on This Topic
On Nov. 18, 1990 NOVEMBER 18th 1990 the Chief Rabbi tells Benjamin Netanyahu to strive for the coming of the King Messiah. This is an excerpt from Mr. Adnan Oktar’s Live Conversation on A9 TV dated March 26th, 2012:
Chief Rabbi Lubavitch of the Jewish Community: Blessing and success.
A. Chief Rabbi: Since we last met many things have progressed.
B. Netanyahu: Many things have progressed.
A. Chief rabbi: What hasn’t changed, however, is that Moshiach hasn’t come.
So do something to hasten his coming.
B. Netanyahu: We’re doing, we’re doing…
Chief rabbi: Apparently it’s not enough, since many hours have already passed today and he’s still not here…
But there are still a few hours left in the day, so try still for today.
B. Netanyahu: Yes.
Chief rabbi: Good tidings. Much success. (see video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4OXmO3T2vc)
As I previously pointed out Benjamin Netanyahu is on record for saying that he believes modern “Jews” (really Turkish Khazarians) coming back into the land in 1948 was the fulfillment of Ezekiel 37. This begs the question as to how he sees the coming wars of Gog and Magog to be fulfilled in the following chapters – 38-39. The above dialog demonstrates that he is clearly being pressured by Rabbi’s that believe he is to hasten in the coming of Messiah and His redemption for Israel and the world.
But what exactly has Benjamin Netanyahu been “doing” to hasten the coming of Messiah? He has been doing all he can to conquer and drive as many Palestinians from the ancient borders of Israel as he can so as to completely fulfill Ezekiel 37 and the land promises (thus undernining the U.N. resolutions and borders they set). He has also been provoking the Muslims nations around him and manipulating the U.S. to back him in Israel’s provocations.
This concept of bringing the Messiah and his redemption to Israel through and by means of war is not uncommon in Zionist theology and literature. It has been reported that Lubavitcher “prophet” Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994) said Cabalist Jews will rule the world after an apocalypse that they intend to initiate. A Munich-based historian Wolfgang Eggert, believes orthodox Jews called Chasidim want to instigate a nuclear holocaust to fulfill Biblical prophesy. The largest Hasidim group, the Chabad Lubavitch sect want to hasten Armageddon to facilitate the intervention of the Messiah. Eggert quotes a Lubavitch rabbi who says: “the world is waiting for us to fulfill our role in preparing the world to greet Moshiach” (i.e. Messiah.).
Others have noted this violent self-fulfilling Messianic view within religious Zionism:
“At the beginning of the Zionist project, Hasidic Judaism rejected it, some are still against it, such as the Neturei Karta, and some Orthodox groups joined it but still refuse to do military service. The Hasidic groups are still waiting for the “Jewish Messiah,” and the establishment of the Jewish state in accordance with the Halakha in the “Land of Israel,” i.e., Palestine. And the “Jewish Messiah,” either in the “Tanakh” or in the Jewish literature that followed in both the Talmud Bavli (Babylonian Talmud) or Palestinian Talmud, the Talmud Yerushalmi (Jerusalem Talmud), and among the scholars of the Middle Ages up to today, is not far from the interests of the modern Jewish-Zionism. This literature addresses the “Jewish Messiah” from two contexts: In the first, a descendant of man will come, eliminate the goyim (non-Jews) and establish a Jewish Halakha state, the goyim will be conquered and they will be expelled from the “Land of Israel.” In the second — which is bloodier than the first — before or during or after the appearance of the “Jewish Messiah,” the war of Gog and Magog erupts in which the Edomites will be eliminated and all the goyim who harmed the Jews will be killed; The final redemption, ge’ulah, will come in which all the goyim accept the authority of the “Jewish Messiah,” the descendant of David, or are killed. In other words, those who don’t accept the authority of the Jews will be killed. The similarity to today’s politics is that Israel’s violence against us, the Arabs, will continue until we accept their authority over us.
According to the Zionist-Jewish literature, only God knows when the Messiah will come, and the “Jewish Messiah” turns from a dream, hope for salvation, to be replaced by the real savior: Zionism and the state of Israel. Rabbi Kook, said that the establishment of the Zionist entity is a divine manifestation, and the beginning of redemption, both of which are Messianistic concepts, in spite of his reservations about the secular state. Rabbi Kook is considered the spiritual leader of religious Zionism, and his preaching was manifested in the form of the Jewish settlement activities in the West Bank, and among several religious leaders and politicians.” (Ahmad Ashkar, On the Relationship between Zionism and Judaism, Israel as a state and culture considers itself to be the fulfillment of Judaism and has a strong impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, http://www.pij.org/details.php?id=1638#.WMLk1qeQKNY.facebook).
The “first” view would be equivalent to a futurist “Christian” Premillennial Zionist view. The “second” and “more violent” would be equivalent to a futurist “Christian” Dominion/Reconstructionist Postmillennial “golden age” view – which prior to it’s version of the Second Coming of Jesus a remnant of unbelievers and heretics may be suppressed or executed if unrepentant.
Here is another article showing the development of this form of Zionist messianic eschatology (in a book, “The Law of the King”) performing acts of terror which continues within Israel having as its slogan, “Long live the king messiah!.” This slogan is:
“…reflecting the mystical-messianic aspect of the act. The killing was supposed to function cosmically, further awakening the messianic sparks to help bring about a new Jewish kingdom on earth. So who is the king messiah, and what does he want?
The kings of Israel were anointed with oil, and the word “messiah” means “the anointed one.” But the ancient Israelites didn’t speak of the “king messiah.” It was the early Jewish community, which produced Jesus and the Christian faith, that came to understand the possibility of a messianic king whose reign would be spiritual and actual.
With a few exceptions over the centuries, the Christian associations with a king messiah have mostly stopped Jews from using the phrase to designate a living person. It re-entered contemporary Jewish religious thought roughly 30 years ago, in the lifetime of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh grand rabbi of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.
Schneerson, known widely as “the Rebbe,” believed fervently in the imminent advent of the messianic age. He taught and preached about the subject, urging followers to spread religious practice among Jews to hasten the messianic moment.
In the years before the Rebbe’s death in 1994, some of his followers began to declare that he was the messiah and to implore him to reveal himself. In his presence and at his home in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, entranced followers sang songs and posted banners declaring, “Long live our master, teacher and rabbi, the king messiah.” Schneerson, who had been slowed by a stroke, may not have fully understood the implications — but in any case, he did little to damp the hopes of his followers. After his death, the belief in his messianic status didn’t abate.
What does this have to do with the settler movement?
The religious nationalists of the hilltop settlements generally aren’t followers of the Rebbe. Although many believe they are living in the beginnings of a messianic age, their messiah is more typically associated with the state of Israel and its sovereignty, not with Schneerson.
Enter Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, the man who more than any other has fused Chabad messianism with national-religious messianism — and has emerged as a messianic candidate in his own right. Ginsburgh, who was born in 1944 in St. Louis, embraced orthodoxy as a young man. After studying philosophy and mathematics at the University of Chicago, and getting a master’s degree in math from Yeshiva University, he moved to Israel in 1965, engaging there with the theology of Chabad-Lubavitch and gradually becoming a full-time teacher and writer. In 1982, he founded a school that opened at the traditional site of Joseph’s tomb, in the heart of Nablus, and named it Od Yosef Chai, “Joseph Still Lives.”
In the early 2000s, the school, or yeshiva, moved to the hilltop settlement of Yitzhar. There, Ginsburgh further developed his distinctive combination of Chabad Hasidism and national-religious-settler theology. His best known writing is a short book called “Barukh ha-Gever,” “Blessed is the Man.” That’s a play on the name of Baruch Goldstein, the American-born settler who killed 29 Palestinian men and boys in prayer and injured 125 more at the mosque above the tomb of the patriarchs in Hebron in 1994. The book is an extended justification of Goldstein’s actions. It identifies the Palestinian people with the biblical Amalekites, whom God orders the children of Israel to extirpate.
Ginsburgh’s fusion of Chabad messianism and settler messianism is potent because it allows the identification of a specific figure as the messiah, or at least as the living person most qualified to become the messiah should the world merit his revelation. According to the Rutgers anthropologist Harel, who has spent time at the yeshiva, Ginsburgh identifies Schneerson as a “messianic model.”
Ginsburgh heads a quasi-political movement called Derech Chaim, “The Way of Life,” which aspires to make Israel into a Jewish monarchy with Ginsburgh presented as the candidate for king. This, combined with his position on the Rebbe, effectively invites followers to identity Ginsburgh as the current messiah. To Ginsburgh’s followers, the practical application of his messiahship is clear: They must commit themselves to act on behalf of the “wholeness of the land of Israel” and awaken mystical-messianic sparks by their actions. Those actions must include violence against the Amalekite enemy.
In other words, the deaths of Saad Dawabsheh and his wife and son were almost certainly understood by the killers as a redemptive messianic act. This is Jewish terrorism that goes beyond even Goldstein’s conflation of Palestinians and Amalekites: It conceives what the terrorists called “revenge” as a means to making the king messiah live and hastening the coming of his kingdom.
Yet according to Jewish tradition, God’s law continues to apply in the messianic age. How then could the terrorists intentionally firebomb a home that they knew might well have children inside?
As with much of Jewish law, the answer lies in a book. Not just any book, but probably the most notorious work of Jewish legal and religious thought published in the last decade, “Torat ha-Melekh,” which means “The Law of the King.” The work exists only in Hebrew, and the translations provided here are my own. Its subtitle is, roughly, “Laws of Life and Death Between Israel and the Nations.” (The Hebrew phrase used, “dine nefashot” ordinarily refers to Talmudic criminal law.)
It was published in 2009 under the imprint of the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva. Its authors are two rabbis, Yitzhak Shapira and Yosef Elitzur, who are followers of Ginsburgh.
“The Law of the King” is really two books in one. The first is a legal treatise offering new interpretations and applications of traditional Jewish legal sources regarding rules of engagement and the use of force against civilians. The second, interspersed in six “appendixes” throughout the book, is a work of mystical philosophy devoted to explaining the differences between Jewish and non-Jewish souls. Its views are mostly drawn, the writers say, from the teachings of Ginsburgh.
Both parts of the book reach horrifying conclusions. The most well-known, and the one with chilling connections to Duma, concerns the killing of children: “There is an argument for killing them because of the future danger that will be caused if they grow up to be evil like their parents.”
In a more expanded discussion of “revenge” — one of the words written in graffiti at the site of the Duma attack — the writers explain that “according to this calculus, children aren’t killed because of their evil, but rather because there is a general need for revenge against evildoers, and the children are those whose death will satisfy that need.”
The metaphysical dimension is equally shocking. The authors write: “In a perfected situation, there would be no prohibition on the killing of a non-Jew, because the existence of a non-Jew who does not fulfill the basic commandments is not legitimate.” Behind this position lies a mystical view that the soul of the non-Jew has less value than the Jewish soul. Indeed, the authors opine that a Jew may kill an innocent non-Jew to preserve his own life, although he may not kill an innocent Jew for the same purpose.
Many conclusions of the book would be disputed by most Orthodox rabbis. But the sources cited and discussed are all perfectly ordinary Biblical and rabbinic materials. The religious tradition offers sufficient material to justify the intentional killing of innocents — provided the sources are interpreted the way the terrorists want. In short, “The Law of the King” provides a legal and theological blueprint for revenge killings of the kind undertaken by the new Jewish terrorists. As far as the terrorists are concerned, their actions are not merely permitted by Jewish law, but required.
When “The Law of the King” first appeared, more moderate religious Zionists filed a petition with Israel’s High Court of Justice seeking to have it banned and its authors arrested for incitement to racism and violence. The authors were brought in for questioning. No one was prosecuted. The book went through three printings and garnered significant international attention — in part because of the efforts made to suppress it.
“The Law of the King” functions much like fatwas or other legal opinions by Muslim jihadi writers that justify the use of weapons of mass destruction against civilians. Its reasoning matters less than its existence and form, which is more or less that of a legal or theological text.
Books by themselves are rarely sufficient to cause terrorism. But in book-oriented cultures like the yeshiva or the madrasa, works written to encourage and justify the killing of innocents play a significant role in legitimating the unthinkable. Muslim terrorists can’t claim to be Islamic without invoking some Islamic authority to condone their actions. The same is true for Jewish terrorists. “The Law of the King’s” justification for revenge killings against children foretold the killing of an 18-month-old child in Duma — and foretells more attacks to come.” (Noah, Feldman, Violence in the Name of the Messiah, https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2015-11-01/violence-in-the-name-of-the-messiah).
This is a Zionist group that believe in a Jewish state that should govern the biblical land from the Mediterranean to the Jordan, and possibly beyond.
This of course begs the question that if Jews could view the “current events” of World War I and II along with Israeli-Arab wars as brining about “redemption” of the world for Gentiles and ushering in the fulfillment of the battle of Gog and Magog and the coming of Messiah, then they will just keep re-working the failed system to suit OUR current events and not pray for peace. I’m no prophet, but wait and see Israel begin “spinning,” resurrecting, and promoting this eschatology in the context of Muslim aggression in the near future to continue to manipulate the U.S. to support their “prophetic” wars etc…
Jews, Communism, Talmud, and World Conquest
And of course we can’t ignore the more non-religious communist Jew that sees it’s self as a Messiah conquering the world and brining about Talmudic “redemption”:
“The Jewish people as a whole will become its own Messiah. It will attain world domination by the dissolution of other races, by the abolition of frontiers, the annihilation of monarchy and by the establishment of a world republic in which the Jews will everywhere exercise the privilege of citizenship.
In this New World Order, the children of Israel will furnish all the leaders without encountering opposition. The Governments of the different peoples forming the world republic will fall without difficulty into the hands of the Jews. It will then be possible for the Jewish rulers to abolish private property and everywhere to make use of the resources of the state.
Thus will the promise of the Talmud be fulfilled, in which it is said that when the Messianic time is come, the Jews will have all the property of the whole world in their hands. (Baruch Levy, Letter to Karl Marx, printed in La Revue de Paris, p. 574, June 1, 1928).
In A Program for the Jews and Humanity, Rabbi Harry Waton, on pages 143, 148, and 206 we read the following:
“It is not an accident that Judaism gave birth to Marxism, and it is not an accident that the Jews readily took up Marxism; all this was in perfect accord with the progress of Judaism and the Jews. The Jews should realize that Jehovah no longer dwells in heaven, but he dwells in us right here on earth; we must no longer look up to Jehovah as above us and outside of us, but we must see him right within us,” (p. 148).
”. . . the communist soul is the soul of Judaism . . . in the Russian revolution the triumph of communism was the triumph of Judaism . . .” (pg. 143).
“The proletariat is the lowest and most backward class in society. It is therefore the supreme duty of the Jews to identify themselves with the proletariat. All other classes will disappear, but the working class will endure forever, for all of mankind will become workers. For identifying themselves with the working class the Jews will incur the displeasure and hatred of the ruling classes, but the Jews must not fear the ruling classes: their rule will be only for a while.”
”. . . the aim of Judaism is to realize the destiny of mankind. This aim cannot and will not be changed, for the destiny of mankind was predetermined by God from eternity unto eternity. And no matter what may come to pass, races, nations, states and empires may come and go, the predetermined destiny of mankind will inevitably be realized. What is the predetermined destiny of mankind? This is the kingdom of God on earth. What is this kingdom of God on earth ? It is a human society resting on universal communism.” (p. 206).
Rabbi Harry Waton: “We can say with Nietsche that the Jews are the highest aristocrats in the world…. The Talmud tells us that the whole world was created only for the sake of the Zaddik; the Zaddick is the spiritual aristocrat, the excellent man.
The Jews differ from all other races and peoples because of Judaism; Judaism differs from all other religions because of Jehovah; and Jehovah differs from all other gods. All other gods dwell in heaven. But Jehovah comes down from heaven to dwell on this earth and to embody himself in mankind. Judaism concerns itself only about this earth and promises all reward right here on this earth.
Judaism is communism, internationalism, the universal brotherhood of man, the emancipation of the working class and the human society. It is with these spiritual weapons that the Jews will conquer the world and the human race. The races and the nations will cheerfully submit to the spiritual power of Judaism, and all will become Jews….”
Evangelical Dispensational Zionists Have Tried to Self-Fulfill “the End is Near” “Holy War” Prophecies That Have Already Been Fulfilled
First – Some Brief History
Darby was the founder of Dispensationalism (late 1800’s-1900’s). He taught that Christ would rapture up the elect (the spiritual bride) and after they disappeared from the face of the earth, God would then deal with the Jews (his allegedly the earthly bride) by causing them to would then return to Palestine to exterminate all the Muslims and thus inherit the Holy Land. Therefore, per Darby AFTER Christ returned, the “Jews” would inherit Palestine by exterminating Muslims.
Blackstone (1800-1900’s) took some of Darby’s concepts and meshed them with Zionist false teaching and philosophy at the time (ex. Theodor Herzl / Rothchild). He pushed for an early inheritance of Palestine (prior to the second coming and millennial period). He Was looking for a pre-second coming and millennial inheritance of and extermination of Muslims from Palestine.
“Perhaps the most important historical figure who laid the groundwork for modern Christian Zionism, which is to say the one person who was instrumental in adding a powerful political dimension to Christian Zionism, was William E. Blackstone (1841-1935). Blackstone was a businessman who found success early in life. Sometime after making his fortune, Blackstone decided to remove himself from the business world and dedicated himself to religious matters, specifically to Judeocentric prophecy interpretation. Here, he believed (unlike Darby) in active political involvement with the explicit mission of assisting Jews (yes Jews, not Christians) as much as possible. Blackstone published his first book on this subject in 1878 entitled Jesus Is Coming. In it he highlighted various “signs” which, he thought, conclusively demonstrated that the end of the age was near. It is important to note that, at this time in world history, the publishing of Blackstone’s work roughly coincided with the emergence of political Zionism among Jews in Europe.
As far as prophetic “signs” go, William Blackstone viewed Zionism as a sign which was very encouraging, and he did everything he possibly could to assist the likes of Theodor Herzl and other influential members of the World Zionist Congress. And indeed, Blackstone was a major friend to the Zionists. So much so that from the late nineteenth century into the early twentieth, Blackstone would write to one U.S. president after another, petitioning them to bring as many eastern European Jews into the country as possible and to assist in helping Zionist leaders create a Jewish state in Palestine. This was largely due to the news stories Blackstone read of the various anti-Jewish pogroms which were allegedly occurring in Russia at the time. And so, Blackstone wrote first to President Harrison on this issue, advocating for millions of eastern European Jews to come to America. Needless to say, his appeals were not successful immediately. But Blackstone was a dogged political activist. He would continue writing to other presidents and politicians on the Jewish issue and was especially successful in getting through to Woodrow Wilson. His letters to President Wilson were quite interesting because he would repeatedly drive home the point that if Wilson would assist the Jews and the Zionist effort to establish a Jewish state in Palestine, then Wilson would himself go down in history as one of the greatest world leaders of all time, along the lines of Cyrus the Great. It is very well known to historians that over the course of his political career Wilson had developed a deep-seated messiah complex, so Blackstone’s “tact” in dealing with Wilson (i.e. in comparing him to one of history’s great kings) was very shrewd indeed, and it yielded great results.
It should be mentioned that there is quite a bit of irony in William Blackstone’s career as a political activist, because despite the fact that he was someone who wanted to evict millions of Arabs from their ancestral lands in the Middle East, and despite the fact that he is considered a “founding father” of extreme right-wing Christian Zionism, Blackstone really was a progressive/left-wing “social gospel” Christian. For example, one of the institutions he was responsible for helping to establish was the International Court of Justice. And without question this is one of many “humanitarian” world bodies which today’s Christian Zionists regularly deride due to the fact that the ICJ happens also to condemn Israel on a regular basis. So it is certainly ironic that this man (Blackstone), whom Christian Zionists can trace their philosophical lineage to, was a strong supporter of the International Court of Justice.
When, during the early years of the twentieth century, the United States was witnessing the political formation of the burgeoning Jewish state via the Balfour Declaration of 1917, there again sprouted a distinct millenarian ethos. Evangelical leaders became more and more vocal in their support for the Jewish people to conquer Palestine and to dispossess and even exterminate all Muslims because, they maintained, the Jews are God’s “Chosen People.” Comparisons were easily made (as more and more Jewish “settlers” immigrated to Palestine) between what the Jews were doing to the Arabs and what the American settlers had already done to North America’s indigenous population. This is to say that there was a conscious effort – among religious, cultural and political elites – to associate the ongoing Jewish conquest of Palestine with the “heroic” idea of American Manifest Destiny. The utter extermination of Palestinians was viewed in a positive light, not only by Christian Zionist leaders but by major American media outlets as well. Americans and Jews were portrayed as having come together, as God’s People, in order to carry out their God-given mission to expand Judeo-Christian civilization as far afield as possible.
One must also understand that as Zionism was gaining influence politically, during the late nineteenth century, the imperialist mentality was also emerging in America. The cataclysmic War Between the States (1861-1865), in which nearly 1 million Americans lost their lives, was still a recent memory for most, and the vast majority wanted to somehow forget all the many pains which were caused by that especially cruel internecine war. Both Northerners and Southerners desperately craved some semblance of patriotic unity. The Spanish-American War would provide such a display of patriotism and national unity.
The 20 year period between the Spanish-American War (1898) and the end of World War I (1918) witnessed a profound resurgence of American patriotism which galvanized the nation like never before. It just so happens that these two pivotal decades also witnessed the influx of millions of Jewish immigrants (the largest influx of Jews in American history). In addition, the Federal Reserve System was also established during this era (via the passage of the Federal Reserve Act in 1913), and for the first time in history Jewish political and economic power really began to consolidate itself in North America.” (The Roots of American Christian Zionism Part 2, http://katehon.com/article/roots-american-christian-zionism-part-2).
By far the most influential Christian Zionist was Scofield. The Oxford University Press (Zionist funded) owned The Scofield Reference Bible from the beginning, and Scofield was housed and funded to wright his “notes” while also receiving handsome royalties from Oxford. Oxford and the Zionists successfully marketed Scofield’s bible, with its “Christian” Zionist footnotes making it a standard for interpreting scripture in “Judeo-Christian” churches, seminaries, and Bible study groups. The Bible notes heretically teaches that if a Christian or the U.S. doesn’t support the modern Zionist state of Israel we are in “sin” and will be judged.
Modern Evangelical Dispensational Zionists are on par with “the end is very soon” eschatology of Islam and some sects of Zionism. John Haggee (known as “Dr. Armageddon”) is very excited to fly “Jews” into Israel so that some can be slaughtered in a “Tribulation” period so as to hasten the “rapture” of the Church. Hagee is known as “Dr. Armageddon” because many of his critics not only have discerned that he wants Armageddon to take place in his lifetime, but he is willing to be a very active participate in order to bring it about. At a July 19, 2006 CUFI event in Washington D.C., Hagee gives his prophetic scenario for Israel and the U.S.:
“The United States must join Israel in a pre-emptive military strike against Iran to fulfill God’s plan for both Israel and the West … a biblically prophesied end time confrontation with Iran, which will lead to the Rapture, Tribulation … and [the] Second Coming.”
From Blackstone to Hagee we see these Scripturally ignorant men trying to manipulate Presidents and U.S. policy to blindly support Israel in order to try and self-fulfill their “the end is near” prophetic scenario.
For a brief history of Dispensational Zionism and my response to John Haggee proving all the signs in Matthew 24 were fulfilled prior to AD 70 along with the rapture of 1 Thessalonians 4:15-16, read my articles here:
Dispensational Zionist “In the Land” Eschatology
In Deuteronomy 4:25-31; 28 – 29; and Leviticus 26, God lays forth His covenant with Israel of blessings and cursings. If Israel obeyed God they would be blessed in the land and if they disobeyed, they would be “scattered” among the Nations. The condition for their re-gathering back into the land was repentance and faith. Even though this is clearly laid out in the texts above, Dispensational Premillennialists such as Tim LaHaye, Thomas Ice, and Arnold Fruchtenbaum assert (in order to defend their system that 1948 was a prophetic gathering), that Scripture actually addresses two re-gatherings of Israel in the land: 1) in un-belief, and 2) another re-gathering in belief.
Scripture simply does not teach a prophetic “re-gathering in unbelief” and that is why other dispensationalists are struggling with this position! Let’s briefly address some of these passages that Dispensationalists use as their “proof texts” for a modern “prophetic” “fulfillment” of the “gathering” in 1948.
The context of this passage is dealing with the Babylonian captivity and has nothing to do with Israel being re-gathered back into the land in 1948! The context is that Israel was being unfaithful to God and wanted to be like the heathen nations around them. Therefore, God would take Israel out of her land in the wilderness (symbolic of the Babylonian captivity) and “purge” the wicked there so that the unbelievers would perish as God had purged the unbelieving generation under Moses in the wilderness. So this text actually teaches the opposite of what Dispensationalists say, because it would be the unbelievers who would be purged and die outside the land and not enter it. How is this passage teaching us that unbelievers would be re-gathered in the land of Israel in 1948 “in unbelief” is baffling to say the least!
Paul combines and applies both Isaiah 52:11 and Ezekiel 20:34 to the Church age in 2 Corinthians 6:17 which Dispensationalists claim cannot be done in any way.
Again, the context is the “near” (vs.3-4) judgment of Israel by means of the Babylonians in B.C. 586 for their sins of spilling innocent blood and idolatry. The unbelievers are “dross” and would “melt.” This prophecy has nothing to do with God gathering Israel in the land in 1948 as a covenant gathered blessing, and it definitely does not teach a gathering of Israel in unbelief in 1948 either!
The immediate context of this chapter is describing Israel’s sins of idolatry and her sins of blood guilt. For these reasons she was scattered into the Gentile nations and made slaves. As slaves they remained unfaithful to God and were thus a poor witness of Jehovah to the nations in which they were scattered. But God for His own great name sake would cleanse them from their sins and call them back into their land to rebuild the waste places. In type form, this prophecy (and chapter 37) was fulfilled under the restoration of Nehemiah and Ezra when the people came back into the land in repentance and began re-building the waste places of Jerusalem. There is NO contextual evidence whatsoever that there was a “re-gathering” of Israel in “unbelief” let alone any suggestion whatsoever that 1948 is the focus of this prophecy!
Ezekiel 37, 40-48
John Hagee writes of this chapter,
MORE THAN 2,600 years ago the prophet Ezekiel prophesied the resurrection of Israel from the Gentile graves in the lands to which she had been scattered, predicting the rebirth of Israel, which took place May 14, 1948.” (John Hagee, (REVISED AND UPDATED) JERUSALEM COUNTDOWN A PRELUDE TO WAR, (Lake Mary, FL: Frontline pub, 2007), 129).
“I want to make it clear that I do not believe that Ezekiel’s vision has anything to do with the resurrection of the dead saints of the church.” (Ibid.).
“The dry bones in Ezekiel’s vision represent the nation of Israel during the Dispora, beginning in A.D. 70 (Ezkek. 37:11). Gradually the bones came together, and the sinews and flesh came upon them.” (ibid. 130-131).
And popular Calvary Chapel Pastor and Evangelist Greg Laurie has sought to get his piece of this sensationalistic money making pie as well,
“On more than one occasion in Scripture, Israel is compared to a fig tree (see Judg. 9:11; Hos. 9:10; Joel 1:7-8). I believe that Mark 13:28-29, along with many other Scripture passages, such as Ezekiel 37-39, speak of the rebirth of Israel—the regathering of God’s people. When the nation of Israel comes back into the existence, Jesus was stating prophetically, it is a supersign that His coming is near.” (Greg Laurie, ARE THESE THE LAST DAYS? HOW TO LIVE EXPECTANTLY IN A WORLD OF UNCERTAINTY, (Ventura, CA: Regal Books From Gospel Light, 2005), 20).
Of course some Dispensationalists disagree with Lindsey, LaHaye, Smith, Laurie, Courson, Ice, etc., that Ezekiel 37 has anything to do with 1948,
“The Israelites residing in Palestine today are not the fulfillment of this prophecy.” (John F. Walvoord, Roy B. Zuck, The Bible Knowledge Commentary An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty OLD TESTAMENT (Colorado Springs, Colorado: Victor Cook Communications Ministries, 2004), 1298.
Everyone agrees that the resurrection depicted in Ezekiel 37 is a “national” resurrection. In other word’s Israel experienced national and covenantal “death” when she was scattered from her land and experiences a “resurrection” when she is restored back into the land. Again, like chapter 36, this prophecy was partially fulfilled through typology when the two houses of Israel came back into the land under the restoration and leadership of Ezra and Nehemiah. However, both chapters contain elements of Messiah’s work of salvation (the anti-type) with the coming Messianic New Covenant.
Ezekiel 37:22-28 discusses the coming New Covenant King/Shepherd who would cause: 1) His people to possess the land, 2) establish an everlasting covenant of peace with them, 3) multiply them, and 4) “sanctify” them by establishing His “sanctuary” and “tabernacle” in their midst forever. Oddly in seeking to idolatrize the Dispensational Zionist system, this group actually believes that promises made to OT Israel (such as these NC promises) cannot be fulfilled in and through the NT Church. These are amazing claims and anyone reading the NT can know without a shadow of doubt that they are false. Let’s examine them. Keith Mathison provides a helpful list of quotes from some of Dispensational leading teachers on this point:
Lewis Sperry Chafer. “That the Christian now inherits the distinctive Jewish promises is not taught in Scripture.”
Dwight Pentecost. “…it would be impossible for the church to fulfill God’s promises made to Israel.”
Charles C.Ryrie. “The church is not fulfilling in any sense the promises to Israel.” (Keith A. Mathison, DISPENSATIONALISM Rightly Dividing the People of God?, (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 1995), 19 (bold emphasis added).
Startling Comments of New Covenant Promises
Since the gathering back into the land and New Covenant prophecies of Jeremiah 30-31parallel much of the same historical re-gathering and New Covenant material found in Ezekiel 37, we should probably examine the blatantly unbiblical comments of dispensationalists who claim that the New Covenant promises made to Israel are not being fulfilled in the Church. Dwight Pentecost writes,
“the Church cannot be presently fulfilling the New Covenant.” John Walvoord agrees, saying that “the New Covenant is with Israel and awaits the second coming of Christ for its fulfillment.” (Mathison, Ibid. 28)
Pentecost concedes that if the Church has been redeemed with the blood of Christ under the New Covenant, then the other covenants must also be applied to the Church and that would mean that the Bible does not teach an earthly millennium,
“The whole covenant takes on importance, in addition, for amillennialism attempts to show that the church is fulfilling Israel’s covenants because the church today is redeemed by the blood. If the church fulfills this covenant, she may also fulfill the other covenants made with Israel and there is no need for an earthly millennium.” (Dwight Pentecost, THINGS TO COME A Study in Biblical Eschatology, (Findlay, OH: Dunham Publishing Company, 1958).
Charles Ryrie claims that the Bible condemns Dispensatinalism if the New Covenant is being fulfilled by the Church,
“If the church is fulfilling Israel’s promises as contained in the new covenant or anywhere in the Scriptures, then [dispensational] premillennialism is condemned.” (Curtis I. Crenshaw and Grover E. Gunn, III, DISPENSATIONALISM TODAY, YESTERDAY, AND TOMORROW, (Memphis, TN: Footstool Publications, 1986), 175).
Per Pentecost, Ryrie, and the Bible–since the Church is IS fulfilling New Covenant promises given to Israel, Dispensational / Premillennial / Zionism with its eschatological carnal hope of a future earthly 1,000 years millennium with animal sacrifices being re-institutionalized, should be “condemned.” We couldn’t agree more!
These are obviously startling statements to say the very least coming from Dispensational Zionists. How can any Christian claim that he or she has not been participating and fulfilling New Covenant promises made to Israel when out of the other side of their mouth, they claim to have been redeemed by the blood of Christ? The answer is that these men have become so engrossed in defending their eschatological system, that this has forced them into rejecting foundational elements to the gospel and indeed the Christian faith.
Dispensational Zionism Resurrecting the Heretical Judaizers
The writer to the book of Hebrews and Paul in Galatians and Colossians warned the early transition church to not fall prey to the false teaching of the Judaizers whom claimed New Covenant salvation in Jesus wasn’t enough. The Gentile Christians needed to adhere to their Jewish “traditions” and “philosophies” that involved following Jewish rituals, observance of new moons, feast days, and sabbaths. Paul warns them to not set their affections on the Old Covenant “things of the land” (Greek gee; Cols. 3:1-3–see Don Preston’s book, Minds Misplaced Colossians 3:1-2 and Dispensationalism) as does the author of Hebrews when he emphasizes Christians have not come to Old Covenant earthly Mount Sinai where they had no abiding city (Heb. 12-13).
The reason they were not to set their affection on the Old Covenant land promise(s), was because the Old Covenant system was “ready to vanish” while the New Covenant system/inheritance of the “heavenly land/Zion/City” was “about to be” received at the “in a very little while” AD 70 coming of Christ (Heb. 8:13; 10:1-37YLT, 11-12, 13:14YLT; Cols. 2:16YLT).
Contrary to Pauline eschatology, Dispensational Zionism would have the Church place her hope and mindset on resurrecting OC land and temple promises (i.e on things which can be seen verses NC land/temple/house promises which “cannot be seen” and would be fulfilled “soon” in AD 70 (cf. 2 Cor. 4:18–5:4; 2 Cor. 6:16/Ezek. 37:27; Rev. 3:12NIV; Rev. 21-22:6-7). Dispensational Zionism is a deplorable and carnal heresy that needs to be “Left Behind” as soon as possible!
Now the Truth on the “In the Land” “Time of the End” “Holy War” and How This was All Fulfilled Between AD 66-AD 70
In typological form Israel’s promises were fulfilled during the reign of Solomon. God’s promise to make Abraham a great nation and make his descendants as numerous as “the dust of the earth” and as the stars of the heavens was fulfilled in the OT (Gen. 12:2; 13:16 = 2 Chron. 1:9; 1 Chron. 27:23; 1 Kings 4:11). Even Israel’s land promises “from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates” were fulfilled (Gen. 12:7; 22:17 = 1 Kings 4:20; Josh. 11:23; 21:41-45; Neh. 9:21-25).
Once we reach the NT we learn that Israel’s promises have their ultimate fulfillment not in the literal land or literal real-estate, but rather in the New Covenant or being “in Christ.” Christ Himself and those united to Him through faith are blessed with Abraham and fulfill the seed promise (Gal. 3:9, 16, 18, 28-29). We also learn that Abraham’s faith in the promise was rooted in a spiritual fulfillment of a heavenly land and city that were “about to” be received at Christ’s “in a very little while” Second Coming to close the OC age (cf. Heb. 9:26-28—10:37—11:10-16—13:14YLT). Even Paul’s statement that believers would inherit “the world” (Rms. 4:13) is understood in context to mean believers (Jew and Gentile) in all nations (Rms. 4:11-12, 16-17).
The heavenly land and city (New Jerusalem) that Abraham looked to for the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promise (along with the prophets promise of a New Creation – Isaiah 65-66) was in the process of coming down in John’s day and “shortly” did at Christ’s “soon” Second Coming in AD 70 (cf. Rev. 1:1, 3:12NIV—chapters 21:1–22:20). This is not a literal cubed city/tabernacle/MHP that will someday float down to earth, but rather the perfecting of the New Covenant people of God or New Covenant believers (the “Jerusalem from above” – Gals. 4). The coming Tabernacle/Temple of Ezekiel 37, 40-48 is referring to the Body – the Church (Ezek. 37:27=2 Cor. 6:16). Again, the New Creation is not physical real-estate, but rather New Covenant believers (Isa. 65:17 = 2 Cor. 5:17).
Literal land or global real-estate inheritance concepts coming from say Premillennialism and Postmillennialism are “heretical” and on par with unbelieving “Jewish dreams and myths” originating in a hyper-literal non-apostolic hermeneutic and we reject them as such.
The Jew understood his Temple and Land to be a “heaven and earth” with the light of Torah radiating from it, while the Gentiles were in utter darkness outside. Once a Gentile converted to the teaching of Torah and believed in Jehovah he entered the land and was declared a “new creation.” This gives the historical context on how Revelation ends the way it does. The Church is the spiritual New Jerusalem / Most Holy Place dwelling of God and a New Heaven and Earth with the light of the Gospel radiating from her bidding the nations to enter her with open gates. This is a peaceful spiritual process. Jesus was clear that His kingdom was not of this world and His servants wouldn’t defend it by the sword.
As far as the “end time” “final battle” ISIS and Islam has cut and pasted from the OT and NT (and added a bunch of crap to), and is trying to recruit their gullible young men into (and Iran is attempting to do as well in order to reveal the Mahdi), —- it was fulfilled between AD 66 – AD 70!
Allow me to map out my approach before proving my case. Virtually every Christian eschatological system admits that John’s version of the Olivet Discourse found in Matthew 24-25; Luke 21; Mark 13, is found in the book of Revelation. This being the case, the end of the age (the end of the OC age) battle is found in Luke 21:20-22 which most admit is when the Romans surrounded Jerusalem in AD 66 and destroyed the city and Temple in AD 70. This “end of the (OC) age” battle would be fulfilled at Christ’s coming upon the clouds in the AD 30 –AD 70 “this generation” (Lk. 21:27-32). Therefore, as that generation was ending, John tells us that Christ’s coming and the great battle would be fulfilled “shortly” (Rev. 1:1). Therefore, the timing is the same and the battle the same.
This “time of the end” battle described in the book of Daniel and Revelation is when OC Jerusalem was trodden down by the Gentile nations (Rev. 11), the battle of Armageddon (Rev. 16), the battle with the beast (Rev. 19), and the battle of Gog and Magog (Rev. 20) was fulfilled “shortly” in John’s generation. The book of Revelation is presented in a common prophetic recapitulation construct – meaning these are simply different ways of describing the same end time battle. There is only one final war or end time judgment in Revelation and it is consistently referred to in John’s use of the Greek phrase “to gather them for the war” in (cf. Rev. 16:14; 19:19; 20:8).
Christian Full Preterism brings together and harmonizes the classic Amillennial view and the Partial Preterist views regarding the time frame of this ONE end time war in the book of Revelation. Consider the following:
Premise #1: If – “THE war” and judgment scenes of Revelation 16 – 20 are depicting ONE end time event (through typical prophetic recapitulation – the Classic Amillennial View)…
Premise #2: ANDif – “THE war” and judgment scenes of Revelation 16-19 were fulfilled in and by AD 70, (the Partial Preterist View),…
Conclusion: THEN – “THE war” (which is ONE and the same) and judgment scenes of Revelation 16-20 were fulfilled in and by AD 70 (the Full Preterist View).
Revelation 11 and the Nations Tread Down Jerusalem For 3 ½ Years
“And leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months.” (Rev. 11:2)
Allowing Scripture to interpret Scripture, we can readily connect Revelation 11:2b with Luke 21:24 (which was fulfilled in AD 70):
[A]nd they [“the nations”] will trample under foot the holy city for forty-two months. (Rev. 11:2b)
. . . Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the nations until the times of the nations [“forty-two months”] be fulfilled. (Lk. 21:24)
In both of these verses, the nations trample Jerusalem for a period of time. There is more than similarity of language here. Jesus and John prophesied the same event —an event that was “near” and that took place in Christ’s “generation” (Lk. 21:32; Rev. 1:3; 22:10). Therefore, “forty-two months” signifies some months or years between AD 66 and 70, the years of the war that ended in the destruction of the city and the sanctuary. That was the same period of time that the angel called “a time, times, and half a time” in Daniel 12:7 and which was consummated when the power of the Old Testament “holy people” was shattered in AD 70.
Revelation 16 and the Context to the Battle of Armageddon
“And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.” (Rev. 16:4-6).
“For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” (Rev. 16:14-16).
In Revelation 16:4-6 we have the old exodus being used as the imagery for the coming judgments upon old covenant Jerusalem in AD 70. Again the city that is guilty of shedding the blood of the saints and prophets would be old covenant Jerusalem to be judged in Jesus’ contemporary “this generation” when her house/temple would be left completely desolate (Mt. 23:30-36, 38). Only old covenant Jerusalem persecuted the OT “prophets” – obviously the Roman Catholic Church didn’t, modern day Iran or Iraq hasn’t, or any of the other imaginative theories that have evolved over the years. It is not just the blood of the OT prophets that this city and Babylon are guilty of shedding, but that of the “Apostles” or NT “prophets” Jesus would send (cf. Rev. 18:20; Mt. 23:34ff.). Since there are no more apostles (nor can be Acts 1:21ff.), and apostles such as Peter and Paul suffered martyrdom at the hands of the Romans (but were instigated by the apostate Jews prior to AD 70 which also instigated the death of their Messiah), we once again see a pre-AD 70 fulfillment of this persecution and judgment that is in view. We have been previously informed that the blood of these martyrs would be vindicating in an AD 70 “very little while” time frame (Rev. 6:10-11).
In Revelation 16:14-16 the nations are gathered for the eschatological end time “THE war/battle.” The Gentile Roman Empire and its vast army consisted of the nations of the world that they had conquered (Asia Minor, Syria, Gaul, Egypt, Britain, Palestine, etc…) so when they surrounded Jerusalem in AD 66, they were surrounded by the Gentile powers/military might of the world at that time (Matthew 24:15-34/Luke 21:20-32).
Revelation 16:16 is simply a historic reference and symbol of war that is directed to a place – the mount of Megiddo or the city of Megiddo where famous battles of Israel had been fought (Judges 5:19; 2 Kings 23:29) and is thus used as we might use the term “Waterloo” or someone “Meeting your Waterloo.”
Again, we have another reference to AD 70 and the Olivet Discourse in that the coming of the Son of Man as a “thief” would occur in the AD 30 – AD 70 “this generation” or in an AD 70 “quickly” time frame in the book of Revelation (Matthew 24-27, 30-34, 43; Rev. 3:3, 11).
Revelation 19 and “THE Battle” with the Beast
“And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make [THE] war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.” (Rev. 19:19)
Chapters 18-19 are contextually tied to the defeat of “Babylon” which 11:8 (and Matthew 23) has identified as the city where Jesus was crucified (ie. old covenant Jerusalem) the persecutor excel lance of the OT prophets and apostles Jesus would send to her.
Revelation 19:11-21 is simply another recapitulation of the same end time battle and judgment we have seen in chapter 11 and 16 — except described differently with different imagery etc…. Amazingly the Dispensational “prophecy experts” claim the rider of the white horse in Revelation 6:2 is the “antichrist,” but there is absolutely no exegetical evidence for this. Here in chapter 19 once again the rider of the White horse is described as Jesus Christ. In chapter 6 Christ comes on the white horse (His second coming) conquering – thus vindicating the martyrs “in a very little while” in the “great day of His wrath” pouring out the covenant curses upon the land of Israel which Jesus also identified to take place in the AD 30 – AD 70 “this generation” (Matthew 24/Luke 21)
The land “beast” in Revelation is apostate OC Jerusalem, and the sea “beast” is the Roman Empire – both of whom came together to persecute the early church (roughly from AD 62-AD 66). Christ wages war against OC Jerusalem by sending the zealot armies of the Idumeans along with the Roman armies to devour her during AD 66 – AD 70. This end time “THE Battle” describes the covenant cursing divorcement and judgment of God’s OC Wife/Jerusalem, while at the same time He consummates His marriage to His NC Wife/the New Jerusalem (the Church). While the wedding feast takes place for the New Wife/Jerusalem, the OC Harlot Wife/Jerusalem gets fed to the birds – “all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh” (Rev. 19:6-9; 21).
Revelation 20 and the Battle of Gog and Magog
Here in Revelation 20 (as in Revelation 11), God’s enemies (this time described as “Gog and Magog”) gather the nations against Jerusalem.
As Armageddon had reference to the OT and the history of Israel, so too is the reference of Gog and Magog being used here. The two plausible OT references are: 1. To the time of Esther or 2. To the power of the Seleucids in the days of Antiochus Epiphanes, the bitter enemy of the Jews. Let’s briefly look at these views and see how John is using them to describe the end of the OC age battle between AD 66 – AD 70.
Partial Preterist interpreters such as James Jordan, Gary DeMar and David Lowman believe the battle of Gog and Magog was first fulfilled during the time of Esther when Haman gathered the nations to come and attack Israel but were defeated by God (Gary DeMar, IDENTIFYING THE GOG-MAGOG ALLIANCE WHY THE END OF THE WORLD IS NOT IN YOUR FUTURE, (Powder Springs, GA, American Vision Press, 2008). Note the following parallels in this view:
- “Ezra and Nehemiah both mention the large amounts of silver and gold that the Jews brought back from exile. These are the same items we are told the approaching armies were attacking to plunder.
- The battle with Haman’s armies takes place after Israel is returned to the land—during Darius’ reign. Ezekiel prophesied until just a few short decades before this time.
- Esther and Ezekiel’s enemies from the north both contain Persia and Ethiopia.
- In a very short battle [in Esther] the Israelites destroy Haman’s army killing nearly 100,000 despite being greatly out-manned.
- In fact, both passages state that the Jews were attacked by all of Persia’s provinces.” (Adam Maarschalk, Revelation 20: Four Views of Gog and Magog,: April 5, 2010, http://kloposmasm.com/2010/04/05/revelation-20-four-views-of-gog-and-magog/).
“DeMar argues well for parallel boundaries between the Persian Empire in Esther’s day and Gog/Magog and her allies in Ezekiel’s vision.
In Ezekiel’s vision, the Jews were living in unwalled towns. DeMar notes that this was also the case in Esther’s day, which makes sense since they were part of the Persian Empire at that time, an empire known for its benevolence and for taking good care of its subjects.
The Agag-Gog connection is very intriguing, where Haman (the enemy of Esther) is shown to be an “Agagite” and even a “Gogite” in some manuscripts. That the invaders in Ezekiel’s vision would be buried in the Valley of Hamon-Gog only adds to the intrigue.” (Ibid.).
Another credible view which again sees this as a past historical / symbolic / typological reference is given by William Hendriksen,
“The expression ‘God and Magog’ is borrowed from the book of Ezekiel, where the term undoubtedly indicates that power of the Seleucids especially as it was revealed in the days of Antiochus Epiphanes, the bitter enemy of the Jews. The centre of his kingdom was located in North Syria. Seleucus established his residence there in the city of Antioch on the Orontes. To the east his territory extended beyond the Tigris. To the north the domain over which the Seleucids ruled included Mesheck and Tubal, districts in Asia Minor. Accordingly, Gog was the prince of Magog, that is, Syria. Therefore the oppression of God’s people by ‘Gog and Magog’, refers, in Ezekiel, to the terrible persecution under Antiochus Epiphanes, ruler of Syria.” (William Hendriksen, More Than Conquerors, (Grand Rapids, MI, Baker Book House, 7th reprint 1990), 193).
If this view is correct and the attack of Gog and Magog (Syria under Antiochus Epiphanes) was the last great oppression which Israel endured to close the OT, it stands to reason that John in the book of Revelation would use this in a symbolical or type/anti-type way to describe the end time battle to close the old covenant age and liberation of the new covenant Israel of God. And it appears that Jesus is using the typological “abomination that causes desolation” and “tribulation” under Antiochus Epiphanes which was severe and brief, to describe the final anti-type fulfillment desolation, wrath, and tribulation that would be unleashed upon the land of the Jews during AD 66 – 70 (Matthew 24:15-34/Luke 21:20-32).
In these two views, John is using the symbolism of a past battle of Gog and Magog to depict a future (but “shortly” “at hand” soon” “about to be”) battle for John’s day.
Also notice that the use of ancient weapons is being used and burned (Ezek. 38:4-5; 39:9) which would fit the warfare, destruction, and fire of AD 66 – AD 70 more than it would a description of nuclear or modern day warfare.
The Christian Full Preterist view destroys all of these fanatical “the end time battle is near” self-fulfilling eschatological systems which portray themselves as the persecuted victims that Christ or a military Messiah will come and deliver while destroying the persecuting unbelievers of the other religions.
Is it not crazy that Reformed Christians have identified the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope as the great “Babylon” of Revelation or the “Antichrist.” The Roman Catholic Church has identified Muhammad and his Caliphate to be the “beast” of Revelation and the “Antichrist.” The Muslims believe the “Antichrist” to be a Jew, and the Jews are still looking for a messiah that is not divine and a military leader. Evangelical Zionists are now looking at Islam and a Muslim leader to be the “Antichrist” whom they believe the Muslims are thinking their version of the Second Coming of Jesus will be! And on and on it goes. This kind of thinking is what is creating perpetual war and conflict in the Middle East and around the world.
It should be noted that nowhere in the NT is there one person that is the “Antichrist.” John tells us that there were “many antichrists” – who denied that Jesus was God’s Son (something modern “Jews” and Muslims) reject. Neither group are “friends” of Christians and the Cornerstone (Jesus the Son of God) to our faith. Selah.
In Thessalonians Paul informs us that there was a “Man of Sin” that was alive in his day and time (not ours).
Jesus was faithful and true to His promise to come in His Father’s glory upon the clouds (through the Idumean and Roman armies – as God had come invisibly on the clouds through the armies of the Babylonians and Assyrians in the past) in the first century generation or “soon” to close the OC age in AD 70. Muhammad and ISIS have proven nothing except that they and Allah do not know how to tell time or what “very soon” means.
ISIS and Islam have killed so many and have deceived millions of their young men to their senseless deaths. The final marching orders of the Quran ends with chapter 9’s violent Great Commission. The NT ends its revelation of Christ having come “soon” in AD 70, and then having the charge for the Church to bring healing to the nations through wielding the sword of the spirit or preaching the everlasting Gospel (Rev. 22:6-20). Christianity has grown over the years because it confronts and heals man’s depravity, while Islam has grown because it has appealed to man’s depravity (greed and lust).
ISIS and Islam have sought to prove the NT is “corrupted” and Jesus was a false prophet because a “very soon” literal Second Coming (attended with a literal earth ending and resurrections) did not take place. Therefore, per their own reasoning, we are to reject Muhammad as a prophet because he taught a “very soon” Second Coming that never materialized – selah.
The bottom line is that Muhammad was a mentally unstable and illiterate man who simply assumed the “revelations” he was making up actually “confirmed” what the Christians had in their Bible’s. The Islamic community obviously isn’t that bright and it took them a very long time to come up with the theory that the Christian Bible got “corrupted” and that’s why the Quran contradicts it.
As Elijah mocked the false prophets and gods of his day that could not send fire down from heaven, so I have openly mocked ISIS and Islam’s claims of a “very soon” Islamic version of the Second Coming of Jesus. The REAL Jesus of the Bible taught He was God and He DID come a second time upon the clouds of heaven “in a very little while” and did “not delay” (Heb. 10:37) (by means of the Idumean and Roman armies Lk. 21:20-32) and burned Jerusalem’s Temple and bought an end to the Old Covenant age/world. This prophecy demonstrated that He is God and worthy of worship (cf. Dan. 7:13-14/Rev. 1:7-18/Mt. 26:62-64). Selah. I exhort Muslims everywhere to “submit” to Jesus Christ – the “King of Kings,” the “Prince of Peace,” the great “Alpha and Omega,” and the only one by which forgiveness of sins and a clean conscience can be granted.
Roman Catholic eschatology has been plagued with trying to convince some its followers into holy wars due to attempts at self-fulfilling eschatological expectations.
“Jewish” Zionists justify their genocide in the middle east by perverting and trying to bring about a messianic kingdom that was never taught in the Law and Prophets. The Talmudic “traditions” have only compounded the problem.
“Christian” Zionists are ignorant of what both the OT and NT teaches as well on the land of Israel and the battle that would be fulfilled “soon” at the end of the OC age. This has caused them to support the modern state of Israel killing Arabs (even CHRISTIAN Arabs) — and thus their blood will be on their hands as well!
APPENDIX: THE CHRISTIAN FULL PRETERIST “NOBEL PEACE PRIZE” (100-300 year) STRATEGY TO DEFEAT AND HEAL ISLAMIC AND ISRAELI “IN THE LAND” “END TIME” “HOLY WAR”ESCHATOLOGY
Everyone agrees that peace in the Middle East involves more than just military solutions. They claim it must ultimately be won through engaging and emerging from a “war of ideas.” Here are the accurate theological and eschatological “ideas” that will solve the problem.
Theological / Social Warfare:
Christian Full Preterism must continue to write books, hold conferences and debate Christian Futurists (i.e. educate and clean up our own house). We are growing and winning these debates and will continue to do so.
Debate Islamic apologists and modern “Jewish” apologists that Jesus is God, we are saved by grace through faith alone, and Christ has kept His promise to return in the AD 30 – AD 70 “this generation” – therefore, there is no more “holy land” or “holy cites” to perform prophetic “holy wars” over!
Produce three Full Preterist movies for the U.S. and M.E. (and in applicable translations). I have the proposals already drawn up and ready to go. Hack social media to get this information and the real gospel to these suppressed people.
Political / Literal Warfare:
Destroy militarily any Islamic caliphates that declare war with us. Disprove and humiliate (through Scripture, logic, and mocking as Elijah did) their eschatology intellectually while also humbling them militarily.
Reconsider this alliance (see the reasons below) if certain conditions are not met.
“These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good: Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,” will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations. But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come on them. An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.” (Prov. 24:23-26).
Negotiate Middle East “peace” from a U.S. theological / eschatological position of strength:
a). Israel has no religious right to land post AD 70 and we are not to be “blessed” by God for honoring the false eschatology of Premillennial Dispensational Zionism which gives them all the Palestinian land they want – because they think it is their God given right. Such reasoning is not only anti-biblical, but Christian Palestinians have been murdered in the name of this “blessing.” The fact of the matter is, the blood of these Christian Palestinians are on the hands of these alleged “Christian” gullible and easily manipulated Zionists!
b). Modern so-called “Jews” holding dual citizenship with Israel should NOT be allowed in high levels of our government. It has been proven Israel’s spies on our country more than any “ally” we have ever had. Finding 5 Israeli’s driving a white van rejoicing as 9/11 was taking place (some of which were members of Mossad – Israel’s form of our CIA) and other Israeli’s driving another van that day with explosives, is more than troubling! It is also disturbing that “Jewish” higher-ups (some that have dual citizenship with Israel) actually oversaw this incident and let these individuals go is also very disturbing. To add insult to injury, the Jewish controlled media did not report on these issues!
It seems more than hypocritical to engage in Islamic “extreme vetting” (which I agree with and should continue), but then allow Mossad operatives, organizations/cells and dual citizens to thrive (even serve in high levels of our government) here in the U.S.! Here are some helpful quotes from George Washington and Benjamin Franklin that are worth meditating upon:
“They (the Jews) work more effectively against us, than the enemy’s armies. They are a hundred times more dangerous to our liberties and the great cause we are engaged in… It is much to be lamented that each state, long ago, has not hunted them down as pest to society and the greatest enemies we have to the happiness of America.” (George Washington).”
“Jews, gentlemen, are Asiatics, let them be born where they will nor how many generations they are away from Asia, they will never be otherwise. Their ideas do not conform to an American’s, and will not even thou they live among us ten generations. A leopard cannot change its spots. Jews are Asiatics, are a menace to this country if permitted entrance, and should be excluded by this Constitutional Convention.” (Benjamin Franklin).
d). It is difficult to hear on the News that we should re-think some of our allies that are Muslim (Saudi Arabia and Egypt for example) because of their adherence or support of Sharia Law which suppresses women and freedom of speech and religion; while at the same time turning a blind eye to Israel making it illegal for a Christian to hand out tracks or has to renounce his Christian faith in order to become a citizen there. They have also become a very racist nation – in their persecutions of African refugees (“Israel will always be a white nation”), and in their views (again as expressed in their Talmud) that Gentiles only exist to serve them. Does this sound like a country supporting traditional “Christian” beliefs our nation was founded upon?!?
While demanding change from them on these levels, we should also be engaging with modern “Jewish” scholars and demonstrate that their own theologians have taught the following over the years which point to Jesus being the Messiah: 1. In their “last days” their would be a terminal “generation” in which they would not be able to discern what their end was (Deut. 31-32), 2. The Messiah would suffer Isaiah 53, 3. He would be a divine/man Messianic figure that would have to arrive before the destruction of the Temple in AD 70 per Daniel 7 and Daniel 9:24-27. Also use their own Talmud traditions to preach the gospel in that 4. the “days of Messiah” would be a new exodus (Isa. 11/Ps. 90:15) 40 year reign (as Saul reigned 40 years, Solomon reigned 40 years, and David reigned 40 years) between the OC “this age” and the coming NC “age to come.”
If Islam and Israel continue to disregard Biblical theology/eschatology, then they can kill themselves over “holy land” and “holy sites” that each have allegedly “stolen” from each other over the years. We don’t have a dog in this fight – PERIOD. Post AD 70 God has “taken” the OC physical kingdom from Israel and “given” (and transformed it spiritually) to another “nation (the Church) bearing the fruits thereof” (Mt. 21:33-45). The promises and blessings under the Old Covenant were “in the land” but now under the New Covenant post AD 70 they are “in Christ.” There is no longer any “sacred land” eschatology – Selah.
Many reason that we have a common ally in Israel to help conquer aggressive Islamic developments in the Middle East that threaten us here. But I think it is becoming increasingly clear that Israel is pulling and manipulating us into these conflicts. One may say that modern Israel sort of resembles a democracy in the region, but that they support freedom of religion and a Christian worldview that America was founded upon – is bogus. Benjamin N. comes here and meets with Evangelical crack-pots like John Hagee and gets their money before coming to our Politian’s to take more. Hopefully we will begin waking up to the fact that he and Israel have been playing us for a very long time (going back to pulling us into WWI – as leverage for Britain to give the Zionists Palestine).
We must no longer fund or have as allies any country that funds or supports Jihad — in any way meaning through their education, support of Sharia Law, suppressing other religions, women, etc.…
And again, we simply should not be throwing billions of tax dollars away to Israel so that she can continue her racist genocide in the middle east –drawing our young men into wars and their graves to support her wickedness so she can forever try to usher in her made-up messianic figure and view of the coming kingdom “redemption.”
We need to become energy (oil) independent. We can no longer be dependent on Middle Easter Islamic countries that want to destroy us economically and ultimately physically (Islamic eschatology).
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