...You don't see that everyday... or nowadays... maybe you do.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
1.) In order to make "in the name of allah" fit with Revelation 13:18, "count" has to be translated "decide" and "number" has to be translated twice as "multitude". I did a lot of Greek Lexicon searching and it seems like that would be a major stretch. For example, the Greek word "arithmos", used in the verse for "number" is never used for "multitude" in the NT. I found that it is used 17 times for "number" and only once for anything else ("group"). It is where we get the word "arithmetic" from. So in short... I do find it interesting that "666" in Greek resembles "in the name of allah", but it also seems like the verse is clearly telling the reader to "count the number" and not "decide the multitude".
2.) The big controversy exists over Daniel 9:26 where it says "the prince of the people to come". The Islamic antichrist view seems to put emphasis on this verse because, it is argued, the "people" were Syrians and not Italians. However, though they were probably not from Italia, they were still Roman citizens. My point here is this: Daniel 9:26 does not specify if the prophecy refers to an ethnicity or to a nationality. It could be either/and/or. We simply don't know. Any nationality is going to be made up of different ethnicities. Imagine if the prophecy was about America... is it specifying "Americans" or "Hispanic-Americans"? It could be either. One thing is for sure though: the Second Temple was destroyed by the Roman Empire.
3.) If Javier Solana or another European leader (such as Sarkozy) were to be the antichrist it would still fit well with the prophecy if it is referring to a nationality. Spain (Iberia), for example, was one of the longest-lasting territories of the Roman Empire... in fact, Iberia was part of the Empire for almost 700 years! Check this animated map out:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4c/Roman_Empire_map.gif
4.) Another strong argument for an Islamic antichrist is that there seems to be an indication that he will come from a kingdom that will have been divided into "four" parts. Instantly we think of Alexander's empire, which is prophesied earlier in Daniel. The problem is, the Hellenic Empire was not the only relevant empire. The Roman Empire was ALSO divided into four parts during the Tetrarchy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tetrarchy_map3.jpg In fact, this might even be more relevant because the Hellenic Empire lost control of Judea when the Maccabees revolted, while the Roman Empire maintained control of Judea from the time it conquered Palestine until its demise.
5.) The antichrist is said to exalt himself above "everything that is called god and worshiped". This, at least on the surface, would seem to indicate an atheist/agnostic type antichrist. The "god of fortresses" certainly could refer to allah or some other false deity, but it might also be emphasizing the antichrist's worship of his own material strength (i.e. putting his faith in his military might or something similar). It's another and/or possibility that we simply don't have an answer to yet.
6.) The big issue for me is this: I find Islam to be detestable and vile, but I'm not sure I see it to be as evil as the other major worldview opposed to Christianity--Secular Humanism. Basically, if we indeed are close to Christ's return there are just three major worldviews left: Christianity, Secular Humanism, and Islam. I believe firmly that either Humanism or Islam will produce the antichrist, the other will serve as a diversion, or one will produce the antichrist and the other will produce the false prophet. Personally I tend to lean toward an irreligious antichrist and an Islamic false prophet. As much as I hate Islam, Secular Humanism is what produced Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Minh, Mao, Margaret Sanger, eugenics, abortion, gay marriage, pornography, moral relativism, etc.
7.) Building on #6 is the idea of "Babylon". The antichrist's empire will be a worldwide "Babylon" system. I've commonly heard the Babylon system as referring to a worldwide apostate religious system (i.e. some argue it is the Roman Catholic Church, while others argue it is Islam, while others argue it is a universal "New Age"-type religion). This seems like a possibility, but here is the big glaring problem: Revelation 17-18's description of Babylon doesn't once mention religion or idolatry as Babylon's sin. The sin is adultery, material greed/wealth, persecution of the saints, etc. If we go back to the origins of Babylon at the Tower of Babel, we see that the chief sin was humanity's quest to become its own 'god', not in worshiping another deity. This is the same sin that caused Eve to eat the fruit "to become like god". Babylon is, in essence, taking idolatry one step further--suggesting WE are god, the STATE is god, and WE can do it on our own. This is how Babylon, the Tower of Babel, and Secular Humanism are all the exact same thing. The EU and the UN are the pinnacle of Babylon.
8.) The antichrist will call himself "god". This is probably my biggest objection to an Islamic antichrist. In Islam a man cannot be "god"... period. There's no way. This is why Islam is so radically opposed to Christianity. Islam teaches that Imam Mahdi is merely a man, not a god. If he were to claim to be "god" that would be categorically opposed to their religion. Their god "allah" is an absolutely unitarian, immaterial being, and nothing can change that. This is why I see the "day of declaration" as not a good fit with Islam. Secular Humanism seems to fit well, though. He will call himself "god".
9.) The symbolism that is shared between the EU and ancient Babylon is simply striking. The EU Parliament building is shaped like the Tower of Babel. The "woman riding the beast" is plastered all over the place (statues, coins, pictures, etc). Stamps, pictures, murals, and other images that the EU uses show the Tower of Babel. Also consider the U.S., also part of the Secular Humanism worldview. One of her motto's is "out of many, one". This is literally the reason God destroyed the Tower of Babel and confused their languages. America is saying, essentially, that we can undo what God did at Babel. This is also what the EU is saying.
10.) Power. Secular Humanism has the power right now. It has the nukes, it has the world government (the UN), it has the US, EU, UNASUR, AU, China, Russia, and others. It controls everything except parts of the Middle East and a few countries in North Africa and central Asia. Certainly this could change very rapidly, but an Islamic/Middle Eastern confederation, if it existed right now, could be wiped out completely by a couple US carrier battlegroups and a few weeks of Israeli airstrikes.
11.) Israel takes a ton of land in the Middle East after the first or second war. Clearly the first war will be between Israel and Islamic countries. So when Israel takes over the heart of the Middle East, and the antichrist is yet to bring his troops to Megiddo, it wouldn't make much sense, at least in my mind, for the antichrist to be a Muslim when Islam just had its butt kicked all over the place by the IDF.
I am open to the possibility of an Islamic antichrist, but I'm leaning more towards a scenario where the antichrist rises out of the former Roman Empire and the false prophet rises out of Islam in order to bring religious people, who would otherwise be opposed to the antichrist, under the beast's control. The false prophet, I think, might be the Imam Mahdi to the Muslims, Matreiya to the Buddhists, etc.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
No one takes them seriously.
"You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things? I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?
Amazing. We are told major devastation coming to the west coast. We are told the New Madrid fault is overdue. We are told Russian fires in Chernobyl are putting horrible things into the air. Commodity prices to soar. Economic collapse. Famine ahead. Read this blog and you will find scores more.
People could care less. They are dull. Ever seeing and hearing but not understanding.
If they can't see the signs and seasons all around them, how will they ever see God at work, pleading for repentance.
God help us.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Israel is extremely concerned. If Israel waits they are doomed. If they launch a preemptive strike they can expect masses of casualties and world condemnation.
The Lord God is good. He is faithful to all His promises. He is the God of Israel and He has their back.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
News that Russia will load nuclear fuel rods into an Iranian reactor has touched off a countdown to a point of no return, a deadline by which Israel would have to launch an attack on Iran's Bushehr reactor before it becomes effectively "immune" to any assault, says former Bush administration U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton.
"The U.S. urged them not to send the Iranian's fuel rods," Bolton said. "They did that. The Obama administration has urged them not to insert the fuel rods in the reactors, but as they've just announced that will begin next week. What that does over time is help Iran get another route to nuclear weapons through the plutonium they could reprocess out of the spent fuel rods."
The developments mean Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu soon may face a stark choice: Attack the Bushehr reactor in the next 8 days, or allow it to become operational despite the certainty it would greatly enhance Iran's ability to create nuclear weapons.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
and a haunt for every evil spirit,
a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.
For all the nations have drunk
the maddening wine of her adulteries.
The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,
and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries."
Monday, August 9, 2010
"The amount of damage we are doing to the environment, bogles the mind".
Yes it does! But the hope is not in becoming an environmentally friendly planet (although I am all for our efforts). The hope is in Him!
2 Chronicles 7:14
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
If you take time to read the blogs on this site, you will have a reaction. Apathy, Despair, Discouragement, Heartbreak or Hope. Personally I have some of all of these. The trick - pray like it's all up to Him and give like it's all up to you. Keep your eyes on Him. Your hope in Him. Do what your hands find to do and let it go.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Be ready for the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah)!
(September 9th, 2010? )Genesis 1:14
And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years,
Matthew 16:1-3 1The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.
2He replied, "When evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' 3and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk.
Wonder as Gold seems to be topping out and people realize you can't eat the stuff, if they will move toward the others. As Wheat prices soar, Solar flares erupt - electronics are shut down, if people don't revert from gold to silver, to bronze, to stone and finally simply to some wood to keep warm. All the grass is going to burn up along with forests and all the rest. Curious.