Souls Under The Altar…Revelation 4-7 pt 16

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And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.(Revelation 6:9-11)

There is a book, that is the Word of the purposes of God to bring about a New Heavens and New Earth. But the book is sealed and only the person called the Lamb is qualified to open the seals to bring it all about.

We have seen that these seals are the necessary conditions which accompany the bringing in of the age to come. I believe that some of the seals have been opened by the Lamb already, such as the releasing of the Spirit of AntiChrist(White Horse), and of violence (Red Horse).

The others have yet to be initiated, but surely they are not far off, for the Black Horse (Economic and commercial tribulation), and the Green colored Horse (Death and Hell) can spiritually be heard snorting and raring to go, by all who have ears to hear.

We come now to the opening of fifth seal, which is the coming period of mass martyrdom. John saw souls under the altar, almost as if their own deaths were some kind of sacrifice, for they were “Slain for the Word of God”.

There have always been souls slain for the Word of God, from Abel all the way down to our terminal generation, Christians have been required to seal their testimony in their own blood.

At this time(2011) there are various estimates that anywhere between 160,000 to 200,000 people a year are put to death for their adherence to the gospel.

Consider this, that one seventh of the world is Muslim, another seventh is Hindu, also more than a billion people live under Communism, all of the above being extremely hostile to the Word of God.

The freedoms of Christians in the West to openly worship God, is the exception and not the rule. The Bible is the true source of our incredible blessings, for all of the rest of our freedoms come from our worship. Such liberty as we in the West have known have been a somewhat recent phenomenon in this sinful world.

But there is coming an unprecedented wave of martyrdom with the breaking of the fifth seal. It seems that God’s truth is going to have to be attested to by people willing to die rather than deny it here in the formerly free world as in other places.

There are a few things I wish to draw your attention to in this passage,

* The Method of execution…And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (Revelation 20:4)

Note that they were beheaded.

Beheading is a ritualistic method of execution. It is interesting that the Muslims seem to prefer this particular method. This is not to say that all of the beheading takes place by Muslims, but it is of interest that such a barbaric and seemingly forgotten practice is in vogue in our day.

* Note that they cry for vengeance…We all know that God doesn’t want us to be personally vengeful people, and that wherever possible we should graciously forgive those who have abused us, as our Lord and Saviour Jesus did.

But that doesn’t mean that the desire for Divine vengeance is somehow wrong. “Vengeance is mine, I will repay saith the Lord”, is a promise that is supposed to bring some kind of comfort to the believer’s heart.This is indeed a moral universe and all wrongs will be righted.

Righteous retribution is one of the attributes of the glory of God. Unjust violence, sin and impunity shall not have the last word, for our God is Holy and Righteous ! Holy vengeance shall be executed against the evil ones in God’s due time.

As I write this our “Senators” are fighting furiously to maintain the forced taxpayer subsidization of abortion, in spite of the overwhelming mandate against them. They piously parade before cameras pretending to be the last defenders of “Women’s health”, when in reality they and their constituency know that it is abortion on demand, paid for by coercion of the American people.

They would do well to realize that a Holy and Righteous God will soon bring them before his bar of justice , and all such pretense will evaporate before His holy eyes. That alone will be unbearable to them, but they will then be given over to an everlasting fire wherein they will experience an attribute of God that is almost inconceivable to us.

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 the foundations of the mountains.I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.(Deuteronomy 32:22-24)

* There is a fixed number of martyrs – But they are told to wait, for the martyrdom of God’s people is not the result of a random, out of control, maelstrom of evil. Rather it is something that is under God’s control and to His glory, and according to a number which He has set.

Giving them the white robes of victory , and assuring them that it just a season of rest, before the vengeance comes, the martyrs are comforted to know that each one counts and is known in heaven.

CNN, Fox, and the BBC may overlook the martyrdom of christians in Syria, Chad, Ethiopia or the Sudan, but God sees each one, and numbers them. Not one of these martyrs escaped his notice. The world is not worthy of these forgotten ones!

When the Egyptian Army teamed up with the Muslim brotherhood to kill Coptic christians in the street, the headlines of the modern press attempted a vague moral equivalence.”Religions Clash In Cairo”, as if Copts were rioting and killing poor Muslims! The whole world is at the service of the evil one.

But known unto God is a specific number of martyrs. When that number is reached, the world shall see the God of vengeance in all of His Holy Glory. On that day they shall beg the stones and rocks to fall on them hoping to dissolve rather than face the Lamb.

Oh that men would seek the Lord now ,while He can be found!

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When Death And Hell Ride…Revelation 4-7 pt 15

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And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. (Revelation 6:7-8)

I believe that the first two and possibly three of the seven seals are already opened. I could be wrong I admit, but I definitely believe that in our time, the White Horse and Rider is sweeping the earth, for the AntiChrist Spirit is already conditioning people everywhere, to accept a new humanistic Utopia, as well as a new “Christianity”, and to anticipate the new Messiah.

There is little doubt in my mind that the Red Horse of wanton violence has been released upon the earth. Many thought that the end of Cold War would usher in a golden age, an “End of History” because the ‘last man standing’ was the benevolent superpower, the USA.

Alas, the vacuum is filled now by a movement even more totalitarian,violent and extreme than the Communists ever dreamed of being; radical Islam, in both Sunni and Shia versions. Violence has been loosed upon the earth and not even a superpower can stop it, for the new warfare is ‘asymmetrical’, and decentralised.

The genius of this movement is that it is like a swarm of bees rather than as a bear for whom we can always build a big enough gun to shoot down. The Communist leaders were ruthless and evil, but at least they wanted to live, they were coldly pragmatic. This new wave of violence is led by men who want to ‘die for Allah’ and obtain their virgins.

But I don’t think the pale horse is riding yet, in this prophecy for we are given a tally of destruction that the world has never seen before. When these two riders (Death and Hell), commence, destruction occurs in which one-fourth of the population of the earth is slated to die violent deaths.

First of all the actual color of the horse; the greek word is Chloros, which is the color green. A corpse turns green when there is no antiseptic treatment of the body, meat turns green when it goes bad, Chloros is the greenish color of death.

The Riders are both Death and Hell, that is physical and spiritual death are personified, and allowed wreak havoc on the inhabitants of the earth ,using four tools of destruction. How is it that as many as one-fourth of the population of the earth are destroyed?

* The sword- Wars of cataclysmic proportion are going to occur. What we see occurring in the Middle East right now, as secular governments either cede or violently fall to popular democratic movements, is the beginning of this calamity. Islamists are taking the helm in nation after nation, removing the former restraints on the violent forces churning in the Arab world.

This will eventually lead to aggression,particularly against Israel, and the west. The disastrous wars that come out of this will utterly destroy Arab capitols such as Damascus, and Amman, rendering parts of the Arab world uninhabitable. The whole world will teeter, and “stagger like a drunkard”, as Isaiah 24 tells us. Judgment is coming upon the earth.

Instability breeds instability, thus the world is in for geopolitical tremors, earthquakes and tsunamis which are of never before seen proportions. As Daniel tells us,

And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. (Daniel 12:1)

* Hunger-War always leads to deprivation such as hunger. Therefore it shall be as asJesus told us ,

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”(Matthew 24:7)

*Death- This is plague. It is part of the arsenal of Death and Hades, in the execution of the Judgment of God upon the earth. Part of modern man’s pride is in his “conquest” over the traditional diseases which once wrought so much misery such as tuberculosis,measles, Smallpox, etc.

Devastating plagues are coming for which there is no antidote other than turning in repentant sorrow back to our Maker, whom we have spurned. Some of these plagues, such as AIDS come as a direct result of the accommodation to perversions such as homosexuality.

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;(Romans 1:27-28)

* The beasts of the earth-There are beasts that are obvious, such as lions and tigers and bears, and there are beasts that are lesser but powerful to destroy such as rats, andthere are beasts that are microscopic, such as germs. God is going to employ all of them in the time of the opening of the fourth seal, to carry out the destruction of up to one-fourth of the population of the earth.

These are the four weapons God told Israel he would bring upon them in the time that they refused to repent, in the last days of Judah,

And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.(Jeremiah 24:10)

For thus says the Lord GOD: “How much more it shall be when I send My four severe judgments on Jerusalem—the sword and famine and wild beasts and pestilence—to cut off man and beast from it?(Ezekiel 14:21)

People are going to come to realise that Israel, whom they despise for the most part, is a microcosm of the human race. As God once dealt with Israel, offering the nation grace or judgment, goodness or severity, so does He deal with the whole human race.

The frightening thing about this is it seems that when the fourth seal opens, most of those killed are unready for death, for it is not just death, but death and Hell who ride together. Repent and turn to the Lord while you can!

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The Prophetic Fate of Turkey…Turkey’s significance pt 7

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.  And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth…When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man. And the Lord shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south. (Zechariah 9:9-14)

Zechariah’s prophecy goes from the humble first coming of King Jesus, lowly and meek bringing salvation while riding on a colt, in verse 9, to the victorious second coming of the Messiah, destroying the final attacking armies, and speaking peace to the nations and exercising his Lordly dominion from “sea to sea”, and to the ends of the earth.

But the Prophet then gives a detail of that last battle, which he saw primarily as being between the “sons of Zion”, i.e. Judah and Ephraim, and the “sons of Greece”. But the word “Greece” is literally the word Javan, who was one of Japheth’s sons and settled in a region which took it’s name from Javan, “Ionia” which is in North Eastern Turkey.

The regions in what we now know as Turkey; Ionia, Thrace, Mysia, Pontus, Bythinia, Lydia, Phrygia, and Cappadocia were indeed the Greek world in the time of the Apostles, as was the Greek peninsula and isles.  The “Sons of Javan” hail from present day Turkey and play a key role in the final apocalyptic battle.

Ezekiel 38 confirms this also.

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,  Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,  And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:  And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:  Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:  Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.  Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.(Ezekiel 38:1-7)

A “Beast” coalition of nations has been summonsed, to come down against the “Mountains of Israel “(vs 8) in a day when they feel secure, to take a spoil.

Who are these nations?

The non Turkish part of the coalition is Persia (Iran), Ethiopia ( Sudan/Somalia), and Libya (North Africa).

Iran has been transformed over the last 40 years (as Turkey has) from a pro Western, somewhat modern leaning state, into the Shiite, Islamic nightmare Shariah state that it is today. Most recently due to the disastrous nuclear deal Obama has offered to Iran, it is also an aggressive,nuclear, apocalyptic State which has repeatedly vowed to destroy Israel.

Somalia is a failed State which hasn’t had a stable Government for twenty years or more, which has turned it into an Islamic Pirate staging ground, and a training center and rich recruitment grounds for Al Queda, Al Shabab, and ISIS as well as it’s own homegrown terror groups.

Sudan has suffered a disastrous two staged Civil War, from 1955-1972, and phase two broke out in 1983-2005, between the Arab North, predominantly Muslim and the South of Sudan predominantly black, Christian and animist.2 million people perished because of war and the famine and pestilence which followed it, and four million people have been displaced.

Libya was willing to co-operate with the West after 9-11,2001, voluntarily surrendering its Nuclear program and helping to pursue and arrest or kill Al Queda. But since the EU and Obama administration interfered took the side of Islamic terror against Gaddafi, undermining and leading to Gaddafi’s murder, the nation has become a nightmare state of Terrorism, and competing power struggling factions.

But most of the description of the coalition has to do with the Turkic people.

Gog is not an area but a person, it is a title, not a name. ‘Gog’ is the representative head of all of heathendom, united against God, like Agag or Pharaoh or Caesar.Gog could be Putin, or he may turn out to be Erdogan, but he is a definite individual, the visible face of the anti-God coalition.

Magog, Meshech, Tubal and Togarmah are all sons of Japheth, and they settled in Asia minor (Turkey). Javan also, mentioned in Zechariah 9 was a son of Japheth also. Gomer is also a son of Japheth who settled in Turkey and the Caucusus  mountains and southwest of Asia. The “Stan” nations which broke away from the Russian Federation are all Turkic peoples, as are the Uygher people of China.

The “house of Togarmah” could include any or all of the following modern nations; Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan , Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan , Tatarstan and Kyrgyzstan.

What have these states all in common? Islam. Shiite Islam has been unleashed in Iran , turning a modern leaning state into a murderous, apocalyptically nihilistic, retrograde terror State.

Islam has destroyed Somalia and Sudan, with its constant bloodshed, hatred, and the poverty and ignorance which always increases to the extent that Islam is allowed to flourish.

Islam has destroyed the Maghreb,(North Africa). Yes the Western powers have foolishly  destabilized the region for their own perverse reasons, nut Libya, Algeria and the rest of North Africa have been subject to the terror and chaos of Islamic hatred for centuries.

And finally Islam has been unleashed in Turkey, after a seventy year hiatus, and is driving this modern nation, with a world class military, towards the final confrontation, a war against Israel, and perhaps most importantly, with Israel’s God as prophesied by the Hebrew prophets.

 

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The Black Horse Rides…Rev 4-7 pt 14

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.(Revelation 6:5-6)

The Lamb, bearing the marks of slaughter, has taken a book from the hand of the One who sits on the throne. The book is sealed, but the lamb has been found worthy to open the seals. As the seals are broken, the conditions are set for the accomplishment of the purpose of God to bring about a New Creation of heaven and earth.

We come to the third seal which features a black horse and rider, the rider is holding scales, which is the symbol for commerce. The message is that a loaf of good bread will cost a days wages, cheaper bread, barley, a third of a days wages. But he is instructed not to hurt the oil and the wine.

Economic and commercial tribulation is what is in view here. The soaring price of basic food is here contrasted with the preservation of luxury items, oil and wine, for there is going to be a simultaneous wiping out of the middle class, and elevation of elites. The gap gets wider and wider between “oil and Wine” and “Wheat and Barley”.

James prophesied that these elites are being fattened for the slaughter,

Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord…(James 5:1-6)

I have no doubt at all that these whom James refer to are the ones who have profited materially and politically by the looting of whole national economies. The USA is only the latest example of this theft through currency speculation, “Bailouts”, inflation of the money supply, irresponsible policies such as subprime mortgage loans which profit politicians while it destroys those who play by the rules.

James warns these super rich,super ruthless, power players who have plundered the body politic, enriching themselves obscenely while millions of people’s savings, pensions and legacies go up in smoke, and our great, great grandchildren are indebted by the “bailouts” which the powerful use for their own advantage.

If this isn’t already the Black horse it is the portent of it, for there is coming an economic reckoning which will utterly wipe out the middle class, even the upper class, but it will entrench the powerful movers and shakers whose policies have created this economic crisis.

By the fraud of global warming billions of dollars, Euros and other currencies have been taken from taxpayers and made to serve the lies of politically motivated “science”. national policies have been formed on the basis of such misinformation that have wrecked livelihoods, economies and progress in many fields.

* Weep and Howl for your miseries… But the same policies which have ruined millions of lives have enriched those who are in position of power to capitalize on them.I think of Al Gore who has positioned himself to become a billionaire, due to policies based on his fraudulent environmentalism.

* Your Gold and Silver is cankered… Gold and Silver is seen as the saviour, the hedge against the troubles of the last days, but we must remember that “Silver and Gold will not profit in the day of wrath, but with Righteousness there is great reward”. Vain is the faith in Gold as a hedge.

* You have heaped treasure for the last days… What good will these baubles do in the day of Judgment? The day will come when men will throw their treasures in caves, and plead with the Rocks and stones to fall on them rather than face the Lamb in his wrath.

*You kept back by fraud…The carefully saved and invested money of those who worked hard, saved and played by the rules has been evaporated by the policies of the power people, the movers and shakers of the financial and political world.

Hardworking people sweated and worked and scrimped and saved for the future. Meanwhile politicians wanting votes, forced banks to make bad loans to people who couldn’t pay them back,crushing our economy for the short term gain of looking like a ‘benefactor’ and getting votes. No worry the taxpayers will back up the loans! When these policies wiped out the economy the same politicians refused blame. God sees this and takes note.

They have used the cultivation of envy, in their politics to sway the masses to give them political power, there is reason to believe that they have deliberately tanked national economies to achieve their ends.

*You have lived in pleasure and been wanton… The Powerful themselves are often exempted from the consequences of their policies. They don’t have to live in the communities where immigrants from hostile nations move in, bringing a crime wave with them.

*You have condemned and killed the just…By the policies of the Rulers and Shakers, innocent people die. Because of our refusal to drill for oil, the corn crop is being turned into Ethanol. As a result there are food riots in Mexico and South America. Because Chinese people want to drill for oil in Sudan, black Christian and Muslim tribes are either killed , slaved or driven off of the land.

I know, I know, this has always been the case, but when the Black horse rides, (if he isn’t already) we will see this with a vengeance. The Party comes to a crashing stop,

The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.

The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.(Isaiah 24:7-12)

Come quickly Lord Jesus!

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The Deep Things Of Satan; Erdogan’s Sufi Influences…Turkey pt 6

But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.(Revelation 2:24)

And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.(Revelation 2:12-13)

 

 

We have been examining the profound changes in Turkey since 2003. Turkey had earlier reformed from being the head of the Ottoman Empire, a four hundred year menace to the West, the head of the Sunni Caliphate and controller of the entire Middle East and much of the Maghreb,(North Africa), as well as controlling and reducing much of the Orthodox Christian Eastern European world to humiliating and impoverishing Dhimmi status.

By the end of the First World War, Turkey had lost her empire. That was when she came under new management, for the brilliant reformer Attaturk, i.e. Mustafa Kemal, absolutely led a transformation of Turkey, Europeanizing her language, script and institutions and most importantly, marginalizing any influence Islam had held on Turkish public life.To the chagrin of Sunnis across the globe, Attaturk  disbanded the ancient Caliphate.

That means that 80 percent of all Muslims have virtually been without a unifying head, for the Caliphate was the combination religious, military and political headship of the Sunni world.

The world has been enjoying a respite, a hiatus from the organized oppression which the Caliphate once impressed upon it. Turkey was able to take her place among the civilized world(somewhat), and was a partner in Nato and ally of the US and Israel, and even considered for admission to the European Union.

Eventually it became evident that even with all of this reform, Turkey wasn’t welcome into Europe’s borderless Utopia.

In 2002 the Justice and Development political party of the former mayor of Istanbul swept into power and Turkey has begun to shift in an ominous direction, turning to an aggressive form of Turkish Islam.Under the direction of Recep Tayip Erdogan, many of Attaturk’s reforms are being sidestepped and even the military, which has been the guardian of Turkey’s sear status, has been purged and out maneuvered by Erdogan.

It would do those of us looking at the prophecies to take a closer look at this man, for there is a deeper, darker spirituality driving him than standard Sunni Islam(which is dark enough!).

Walid Shoebat, a former Palestinian terrorist who converted to Christ, and became a Christian evangelist, has noted that Erdogan has publicly declared his affiliation with Jalal, al-Din Rumi, a famous Sufi mystic, whose teaching give Muslims theological justification for proclaiming themselves God.

For example Shoebat quotes Rumi,

Remember the famous utterance of al-Hallaj, “I am God.” People think that to say “I am God” is a claim of great pretense and spiritual arrogance. It is actually a claim of extreme humility. “I am God” means “I do not exist.” He is all, everything is He, existence is God’s alone. I am without existence, pure non-existence. I am nothing.” “I am God” is not a claim of great pretension, it is a claim of extreme humility. There is more humility in this than any supposed claim to greatness, but people do not understand the inner meaning. When a man acknowledges his servitude to God, he is aware of his being a servant. He may see himself as a devoted servant of God, but he still sees himself and his own actions as apart from the one reality of God. He is not drowned in the Ocean of Divine Unity. Drowned is he in whom there is not separate motion or mobility. Drowned is he whose movement is the movement of the water. And so it is with the enlightenment ones, those who declares, “I am God.” Anyone who says “I am the servant of God” asserts the reality of two existences, one for himself and the other for God. But he who says “I am God” — and has realized the deepest levels of unity within his being — has seen through the illusion of his existence. He knows from the experience of unity that his own separate existence is nothing but an illusion. Knowing that, he casts its former selfhood upon the winds of oblivion. (Rumi, Hearts bear witness one to another, in The Complete Discourses of Jalal al-Din Rumi, discourse 11, p. 75, ed. Louis Rogers) Erdogan Reviving Religion of The AntiChrist

Shoebat has quoted Erdogan as praising Rumi and other Sufi mystics as well as the famous Midieval anti-Crusader, Kurdish general, Saladin. From the article above;

This is the first time in history that this connect was made and now, it is no surprise to us that this Wednesday, the president of Turkey, Erdogan, praised Rumi’s work, revealing that he himself is not only Sufi but that he also believes in Fana “the art annihilation and becoming God himself”. Why else would Erdogan praise Rumi’s work The Masnavi, saying “A work can live for more than seven centuries only if it is written with love”. The Masnavi is amongst Rumi’s most popular works, and it is in this very book that the idea of man becoming divine is adulated. He praises the Sufi declaration “I am the Truth!” saying, “Mansur’s ‘I am the Truth!’ was purest light” (Masnavi, 2.307, trans. Mojaddedi)(ibid)

People often think that Sufism is a peace loving , meditation cult aspect of Islam, and rather entertaining in practice, visitors to Turkey can see the “Whirling Dervishes”, Muslim mystics who put themselves in trances by spinning in groups in circle.But obviously being a part of pagan religion, there is a darker side to it, for all of the ‘gods’ of the nations are demons.

Erdogan has a strange influence on those who come into contact with him, as evidenced by this testimony of a secular Turkish Media Mogul,

On May 15, the Turkish media were rocked by the words of the media mogul Ethem Sancak, who bluntly declared his love for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a TV interview. Sancak said, “While working on his campaign to get him elected prime minister, from my hometown Siirt, I met him. I saw his honesty and courage. I saw his opposition to oppression, his ability to protect the victim. The more I saw him, I feel in love [with him]. To be honest, during my days as a leftist, I could not understand the love between Mevlana [Jelaluddin Rumi, the poet] and [his companion and spiritual guide] Shams al-Tabrizi. As I got to know Erdogan, I realized that such a kind of divine love between two men is possible. When I [first] declared my love to him, I was already among the top 20 on the Forbes’ list. I did not need to wait for any favors by holding on to Erdogan’s coattails.”

Another thing about Erdogan that warrants attention is his adulation of Saladin. Turkey has long suppressed and oppressed the Kurds, denying them a homeland .But Saladin, the Kurdish general is famous throughout the Muslim world for  his prowess against  the Crusaders and for retaking Jerusalem.

When Erdogan dedicated a new international airport in Turkey’s  Kurdish region, Arab News reported Erdogan’s comments-

ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday opened a new airport in a restive eastern province dogged by a Kurdish separatist insurgency, naming the facility for a celebrated Muslim medieval leader of Kurdish origin…
They announced the airport would be named after Selaheddine Ayyubi to remember the 12th century founder of the Ayyubid dynasty who led Muslim resistance against Christian crusaders in the Middle East who sought to control Jerusalem.
Of Kurdish origin, he is known simply as Saladin and in Arabic as Salah ad-Din.
“We are naming this airport Selaheddine Ayyubi to send a message of solidarity and brotherhood and to say that Jerusalem belongs to Kurds, Turks, Arabs and Muslims forever.”

Walid Shoebat believes Erdogan wants to be the new Saladin, the modern “retaker” of Jerusalem, and  the restorer of the Caliphate. Here Shoebat provides an excerpt of a translation of a speech Erdogan gave recently in which he pretty much proclaims it-

Erdogan says in this video: “Praise be to Allah the lord of the two worlds [this world and the underworld] where ownership belongs to Allah alone, victory is to Allah alone. He has no associates [denouncing the trinity]. In the pathway we came out asking Allah to strengthen our feet on the straight path …We have dressed up in our shrouds and are prepared to confront as did Sultan Alparslan We have believed as Sultan Saladin. That victory is not from the sword but comes from Allah. We have went to the path after we have burned the ships of return behind us as did the conquerer of Spain Tareq Benziad.”

Erdogan wants Italy and Spain. He wants to be Tariq Bin Ziad, the conqueror of Spain. He wants to be the tyrant Alp Arslan and Saladin. These are the Muslim leaders who fought against Christendom and he wants to be Saladin who conquered Jerusalem. He wants to be all in all. He wants to declare war on the strongest fortresses to advance his foreign God, Allah, through warfare.

This man sounds like a pretty good candidate for Anti-Christ. I am not proclaiming that He is, there is no need to, we will recognize the Anti-Christ as the one who cuts off the daily sacrifice of the restored Jewish temple worship soon to be unveiled. I don’t know who that will be but am sure he is on the scene. But Erdogan certainly, like the president of the United States,Obama, exhibits several characteristics of the Anti-Christ. Come quickly Jesus! Maranatha!!

 

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What the Appointment of The High Priest Portends

Those aware of the biblical prophecies,  have been stunned by the recent announcement by the Great Sanhedrin of Israel, of the selection of Israel’s first High Priest in nearly two thousand years. The Great Sanhedrin, an assembly of elders of the nation, spoken of in the account of the trial of Jesus in the Gospel of John 11:45-57,  went out of existence in 385 AD and has only recently been revived.

The Sanhedrin has written letters to the U.N. in the name of the God of Israel and of the Bible, such as this warning delivered in the days of the infamously slanderous, anti-semitic Goldstone report,

The letter states that the Goldstone Report is an “attack on the State of Israel, and thus an attack on the Jewish People, in order to try to remove it from the stage of history by an unprecedented shedding of blood – tacitly encouraging Iran and those like it to continue to develop weapons of mass destruction while the rest of the world sits by and looks on… We are convinced that the continued discussion of this report, which is lacking all moral basis, will lead the nations of the world, and all of mankind, to the judgment that will take place in Jerusalem in the Valley of Jehoshafat, as written in the Prophets and Torah of Israel.” Sanhedrin to UN

 

priest-omer-barley-sacrifice-altar-2A A significant step was recently taken towards reinstating the Temple service when the nascent Sanhedrin selected Rabbi Baruch Kahane as the next Kohen Gadol (high priest). The selection was made as a precaution for Yom Kippur. If the political conditions should change, allowing the Jews access to the Temple Mount, they will be required by Torah law to bring the sacrifices. Rabbi Kahane is confident that if that should happen, Temple service could begin in less than one week.

This year has already seen much Temple-oriented activity: the Temple Institute has created a registry of kohanim; established a school for educating men of the priestly class in the details of the Temple service; and performed reenactments on all the holidays, including the especially significant Passover sacrifice.
From Breaking Israel News

The meaning of the election of the High Priest is clear to those attentive to the prophecies…

  • The one known as the Antichrist is going to negotiate a way for Israel to resume temple worship, and most notably the daily sacrifice– “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”(Daniel 9:27)
  • The AntiChrist will desecrate the Jewish temple and cause sacrifice to cease“And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.”(Daniel 12:11)
  • The point at which the AntiChrist desecrates the rebuilt temple, and cuts off the daily sacrifice which he had earlier negotiated for the Jews , marks the beginning of the great Tribulation and the final three and a half years.“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:… For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”(Matthew 24:15-21)

Of course the Temple, sacrifices and High Priest are not those appointed by God anyway, for Israel has a high Priest, not selected by the revived Sanhedrin, but appointed by the God of Psalm 110-

The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.  The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.(Psalm 110:4-6)

Pray for Israel, her greatest trial draws nigh and this alternate “High Priest” with his pseudo sacrifices in the doomed temple, cannot divert them from the “Time of Jacob’s trouble”.

The Real Messiah ended blood sacrifices and temple worship in his own once and for all-time sacrifice, when He died on the cross and the curtain in the true temple was torn from top to bottom.

The false Messiah to come shall also halt animal sacrifice, but not because he offers himself as a propitiation, but because he will soon sit in the very Holy Place of the New Temple, and proclaim himself God!

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God…. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,( 2 Thessalonians 2:4-9)

Do you see how close we are?

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The Significance of Erdogan…Turkey pt 5

Ever since 1918, at the end of the First World War, the Western world has been in a period of respite, whether we recognize it or not, from the predations of a ravenous Empire which menaced the West for 400 years.

We who have been born and raised in this post Ottoman period for the most part don’t even know that a little more than a hundred years ago, all of the West had to deal with a powerful and avaricious Sunni menace, which altered world trade routes, controlled the entire Middle East including the Holy Land, and encroached deep into the Eastern European Balkans, enslaving and impoverishing millions of Orthodox Christians  at will.

Turkey was the seat of the Caliphate, and even in decline she exerted powerful influence as an ally of Germany. Almost 100 years ago, She was not afraid to execute a massive genocide even late in the World War, killing 1.5 million Armenians, and driving the rest of them and any other Greek or Assyrian Christians out of the country, via tortuous death marches through the Syrian desert. The “Christian world” raised little or no protest.

But then Turkey was transformed by one of the most vigorous reform projects ever undertaken in the modern world. Gamal Mustafa, aka Attaturk literally drug the Sunni Muslim country into the twentieth century, literally changing the Turkish language and alphabet (and achieving almost 100 percent literacy), banishing the Fez, the veils, the religious Madrassas, Muslim religious orders, and creating a modern European style Republic complete with a constitution.

And perhaps most importantly, Kemal shut down the Caliphate, which is the ancient central Military, religious and political authority for the World’s Sunni Muslims (75 percent of all Muslims).

Turkey was an ally of the United States and Western Europe in the cold war, she was a member of NATO and grew into a prosperous, stable European nation. Turkey was even a friend and defense partner with the state of Israel, which miraculously came back into existence in 1948.The military of Turkey was charged with the task of keeping Turkey secular, and she did indeed intervene four times in the modern world when Islamist elements attempted to steer Turkey back to her radical ways.

Erdogan has been a political figure since 1994 when he served as Mayor of Istanbul.By Turkish law, Erdogan shouldn’t even be holding a public office because of a legal conviction he received for reciting “religious hatred”, when he publicly recited a poem that had these lines”“The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…”. This should have been a portent.

But when his Justice and Development party swept into power in 2001, they passed a constitutional amendment which allowed Erdogan to run again and the Justice and Development power swept Erdogan into the presidency. The Rise of Erdogan .

Erdogan has been able to out maneuver the guardians of secularism in the Turkish Army and is in the process of openly and radically re-Islamizing Turkey, and with much popular support.

Part of that reIslamization process involves Erdogan’s anti-Semitic demagoguery according to a columnist for the Jerusalem Post in an article called Erdogan is an AntiSemitic Bigot-

Since his demagogic outburst against President Shimon Peres in Davos live on TV in January 2009, followed by his dramatic storming out of the meeting, Erdogan’s attitude toward Israel has dramatically deteriorated.

He shamelessly allies himself with the genocidal Hamas and refers to Israel as a “terrorist state” which “massacres children” and “knows well how to kill.” Only a few weeks ago, Erdogan hosted Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Turkey for the third time in 12 months.

Clearly, he reached the conclusion that as a major global Israel-basher he reaps dividends among the Arab masses and furthers his dream of becoming head of a new Ottoman Sunni empire.

Erdogan dedicated the Saladdin international airport, in the restive Kurdish section of South East Turkey, Erdogan explained that the given name of the airport was symbolic-

“We are naming this airport Selahaddin Eyyubi to send a message of solidarity and brotherhood and to say that Jerusalem belongs to Kurds, Turks, Arabs and Muslims forever.”

Turkey’s future according to the Bible is to lead a massive coalition of Islamic States into the final battle with Israel, and not to be a modern, secular reformed Islamic state. Erdogan’s significance is that it is evidently his role to reverse the reforms of Atatturk and to bring back the beastly Caliphate which was dismantled in 1922.

 

 

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