Spiritual Darkness over the Land
Maine is such a beautiful state.
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “When I will send hunger over the land for the Word of God
Everyone declare a stance against sin and spiritual darkness. Without Christian evangelism, our countries fate is sealed. The misuse of the Gospel has driven countless men and women away from Jesus Christ. Coming from a Christian religious system having a wrong world view adopted from the world. A wrong worldview it has embraced knowingly or unknowingly mixed with worldly values instead of steadfastly maintaining a Biblical worldview. Jesus hated the practice of religion in His day for its hypocrisy. Jesus Christ was an equal opportunity offender.
The Jewish aristocracy had made many regulations they could not follow and rules about the Temple and the Holly of Hollies that God never intended. An acquired wrong worldviews derived historically as a result of tradition and overreaction to a Greek king of the Seleucid Empire from 175 BC until his death in 164 BC. Antiochus IV, who also adopted the label Epiphanes or Coming One, was also labeled “The Mad One.” (Greek: Ἀντίοχος Δ΄ ὁ Ἐπιφανής, Antíochos D' ho Epiphanḗs, "God Manifest").
Epiphanes was an evil man who dedicated his reign to defeating Judaism and installing Hellenism, had:
- Outlawed the reading of the Torah,
- Persecuted Jews at every turn killing many of them for their belief,
- Had a sow sacrificed on the sacred altar, and
- Erected a statue of Zeus in the Holy of Hollies.
The desecration specifically in Judaism known as "The Abomination of Desolation." The outrage to this desecration produced the Maccabean Revolt, which cast off the Greek rule in the region and brought about the Hasmonean period of Israel's history. On the third anniversary of the Temple's desecration, on the 25th of Kislev, 165 B.C., the Temple was rededicated. This celebration to this very day known as Hanukkah. The Holy Spirit alludes to Hanukkah in the New Testament in John 10.22.
Jesus quotes Daniel the Prophet in a private briefing with four of his inner circle in Matthew 24-25; Mark 13-14; Luke 21-22. I will let you chase down these and be amazed in your own study time. This duplication of "The Abomination of Desolation" is the key landmark in the middle of the critical seven-year period comprising the Seventieth Week of Daniel Chapter 9. We know this as the two-part seven-year Tribulation, which is nearer than you think.
One of my teachers, Dr. Chuck Missler, states, “However, as so often occurs in Biblical prophecy, many times the immediate, local application of a passage apparently transcends the context to yield a glimpse of a larger, more critical event. The references to the origin and career of Satan in Isaiah 14.12-17 and Ezekiel 28.12-19 are well-known examples. The allusions to Antiochus Epiphanes are another.
While the passage in Daniel 11 up to verse 35 already historically fulfilled, verses 36-45 seem to overlap the career of Antiochus Epiphanes of the past strangely and also the final world ruler, portrayed here as the Willful King.” (Missler p. 27) I have given you enough information so that you can research this topic and come to your personal conclusions. Additionally, Josephus, a Jewish Christian, wrote:
“In The Histories of Tacitus, we find the son of Antiochus IV, King of Commagene located on the West Bank of the Upper Euphrates. This Prince Epiphanes in the first battle of Cremona is carrying an official title in honor of the man who had desecrated the Temple 238 years before. Vespasian, Herod Agrippa II, and Queen Bernice portrayed as close confidants. Numenius, of the Seleucid dynasty, was a member of the Roman Senate.” (Josephus, Antiquities xiii, 5.8.)
All of this is provocative and clearly, leads to the conclusion of a future world leader from the lineage from the Seleucid kings of the past. Is there a genetic link between Antiochus Epiphanes and Titus Vespasian? It would not be surprising since both tried their best to end Judaism.
Chuck Missler states, “In the fifth century the royal line of the Franks intermarried with the Merovingian dynasty, which ultimately links to the family trees of the Habsburgs, the House of Lorraine, Plantard, Luxembourg, Pontzat, Montesquieu, Sinclair, Stuarts, and most of the royal families of Europe. Among contemporary luminaries are Otto von Habsburg of Austria and his son, Karl, and King Juan Carlos I of Spain and his son, Felipe.
It is from this background that some consider King Juan Carlos of Spain or his son Felipe as possible candidates. The lineage of the son includes 2 German emperors, eight kings of Denmark, five kings of Sweden, 7 Czars of Russia, one king and one queen of Norway, one queen of England and five kings of Greece.” (Missler p. 31-32)
But assuming the Antichrist is from Rome or the Western leg of the Roman Empire is a bit myopic. The Eastern leg of the Roman Empire outlasted the Western leg by over one thousand years. In fact, the Word of God says the Antichrist will be an “Assyrian.” Check out Isaiah 10.5, 24; 14.25; 30.31; Ezekiel 31.3f., Micah 5.5, 6. That’s the region comprised of Syria and Iraq. Is this not fascinating information that contradicts current thinking?
The more one studies the Coming World Leader and Man of Destiny in the Word of God the more one becomes convinced that we are rushed into a period where he may be the man of the hour sooner than we think. But any discussion of the Antichrist must be focused on our King, Lord, and Savior, Yeshiva Ha'Mashiach. He is our blessed Hope and soon coming King.
A final thought. Amos has an intensive Scripture of warning that I suspect occurring in America today. In the Amplified Bible it says, “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God,
“When I will send hunger over the land,
Not hunger for bread or a thirst for water,
But rather [hunger] for hearing the words of the Lord.
“People shall stagger from sea to sea [to the very ends of the earth]
And from the north even to the east;
They will roam here and there to seek the word of the Lord [longing for it as essential for life], But they will not find it. (Amos 8.11-12)
Eschatology is not salvation. One needs to be born again before engaging in such a subject as Eschatology. Please feel free to make a comment below on the article after you read it. Thank you.
Please note: I invite your comments and suggestions. Over the last two years, I have had comments from Christians, existentialists, logical positives, Hindus, Buddhists, liberal Humanists, liberal Protestants, liberal Roman Catholics, Reformed Jews, agnostics, and atheist. I love them all. I believe they are sincere in their beliefs. Some of the above are sincerely wrong.
Paul told the Colossians, "See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception [pseudo-intellectual babble], according to the tradition [and musings] of mere men, following the elementary principles of this world, rather than following the truth—the teachings of Christ." That is powerful and seldom followed.
There is an ongoing war in America not against ISIS, the Humanist Manifesto, or any other enemy of the state. What is this war? It is a 10,000-year war for the souls of men to join not a religious system, but to become lovers of God and grow into sons and daughters of a King, the Lord Jesus Christ. If any philosophy has any untruth, it is a lie. Wake up America. We are inviting the wrath of God because of an abandonment of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
I hope you learn by reading the short articles. I hope they inspire you to study the Word of God. Within lies salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ, the only way to God. (John 14.6)
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There are so much junk and untruth out there that is not Biblical that masquerades as Truth. One must not be deceived. Those who are trying to prove that Jesus was not a real man for example. Adam was not the first man as an example of another untruth. The Bible is just a book written by men is another. The deceit goes on and on and is as old as Satan deceiving Eve in the Garden of Eden. If it is not Biblical, it is a lie no matter how convincing the information looks. The author of all lies is Satan. Stick with the Word of God and you will never go wrong.
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Dr. David Farnell - Responding to attacks on the Word of God
Responding to Attacks on the Word of God