Book Excerpt - The Curious Elephant

The Great Rebellion, The Curious Elephant


We've lost our spiritual purity. And it is clear in the prophecies. In Isaiah 63 we read that Christ will turn to be our enemy in the end-times because we, the House of Israel, "have rebelled and vexed his Holy Spirit." But we don't take note of these warning prophecies because we don't know our Biblical identity. And refusing to acknowledge our true Biblical identity means we can never heed the warning in the prophecies meant for us. It's a lethal Catch-22.

We have denied our heritage, the covenant made with Abraham, and Christ's plain words. We have denied his true gospel. The very great majority of the 30,000 plus denominations, comprised of one and a half billion or more Christians today, have followed after false gods and celebrated days rooted in pagan tradition thinking we are Gentiles. We've fallen out of love with the truth. How blind we have become.

While no one knows when this age will come to an end, there is a sequence of events that will transpire that will let us know these events are near. [See Mat. 24:30-33]. There are many events still needing to occur before the end of the world [Greek, aion, meaning age]. Nevertheless, we should be mindful of what the apostle Paul wrote to the ekklesia in Thessalonica in the first century.

"And now, brothers and sisters, let us tell you about the coming again of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we wil be gathered together to meet him. Please don't be so easily shaken and troubled by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Even if they claim to have had a vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us, don't believe them. Don't be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion [Greek, apostasia, a falling away from the truth] against God. [2 Ths. 2:1-3, *NLT].

Discounting the trending move towards atheism, Christianity certainly doesn't recognize their apostasia when myopically seeking divine direction from within their Gentile house of mirrors. By riding our rogue ponies away from our covenant inheritance as the House of Israel, dismissing the plain words of the gospel delivered by Christ, and following the trail of darkness by celebrating pagan traditions in the name of Christ, rather than diligently holding fast the Light delivered to us, we are rebelling against God and vexing the Holy Spirit that was given to the House of Israel on the very first day of Christianity nearly two millennia ago. [See Acts 2:36-38].

Paul, in the first century, expounded about the apostasia in a letter to Timothy, "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears [wanting to hear what they want rather than the truth], they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables." [2 Tim. 4:3, 4]. Well, that time has come. The House of Israel has rebelled against our Lord and the truth of his word.

Believing we are Gentiles rather than descendants of the House of Israel is a fable. Believing Christ was born on December 25th is a fable. Santa Claus is a fable. The Easter Bunny is a fable. Believing Christ, as Abraham's Seed, was sent to all the Gentiles of the world is a fable. Teaching that the US [and UK] are not in end-times prophecy is a fable. [See the Feature article, Is The US and UK In End-times Bible Prophecy?]. Just about every chapter in this book, and the previous two Elephant books, addresses a fable in one form or another. If you are a lover of the fables, you probably won't have reached this far in the book.

The events of the Apocalypse that will come upon Christians are set to occur after our rebellion against God. And why are we rebelling against God? According to God, regardless of the words that pass over our lips, we turn our back to God because we no longer love the truth. "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge." [Pro. 1:17, Rom. 3:18]. The fear of the truth is the fruit of deceit. And so it is with our itching ears that love the fables.

Christians enjoy Christmas probably more than anything else. Joyeux Noel. However, it is based on a lie. It is a pagan tradition and is not the birth date of Christ. Even atheists recognize this. The president of the American Atheists organization was quoted as saying, "Christianity is one of over a dozen religions that named the winter solstice as their god's brithday. This is not original." [See the Sneakers article, Birthdays Of The Gods].

We've already been deceived about our covenant heritage, our Biblical identity as the lost sheep of the House of Israel and the true gospel. Where does this "wicked deception" put us in the grand scheme of things according to Paul? In about the same predicament that the House of Israel found itself with the Assyrians about 700 years or so before the coming of Christ. Sanctimoniously, disregarding the warnings given to them, their national identities were destroyed, the people scattered as slaves among the Assyrian Empire. Our modern day analogy means there will be no more "good ol' US of A." But if we think for a moment that God won't let this happen to us because, after all, we are a God-fearing nation, it will be deja vu for the House of israel.

Why? Because we've rebelled against the spiritual liberty and truth that Christ has granted us by the sacrifice of his life on our behalf as the Seed of Abraham. No wonder the prophecies tell us, " ... your guilt is great ... your sins are flagrant" and that our LORD says to us, "I have done these things to you." [Jer. 30:15].

Our destiny, for those who choose to continue on this path, is found in the events of the Apocalypse. We need to return to the love of the truth that will save us. We need to be earnest doers of our faith, full of the power of the Spirit of God as was the Assyrian period prophet Micah in his prophetic words of warning to the House of Israel.

"But truly I am full of the power of the Spirit of the LORD, and justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to [the House of] Israel his sin. Now hear this, you heads of the House of Jacob and rulers of the House of Israel who abhor justice and pervert all equity ... Her heads [our executive, legislative and judicial leaders] judge for a bribe, her priests teach for pay, and her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the LORD and say, Is not the LORD among us? No harm can come to us." [Micah 3:8,9, 11].

The prophecies tell us our historical amnesia and love of fables is terminal unless we make changes to our current modus operandi.


The above is excerpted from the Summary, The Curious Elephant, 2011. References to Feature and Sneakers articles are not in the book. Be sure to read our Feature articles, And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor, Moving Forward, and Damascus A Heap Of Ruins.

Italics and [ ] are the author’s.

*NLT- Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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