Christ Against Christians
According to the most common Christian perception of "The Apocalypse," it is a general reference to the end of the world as a judgment upon evildoers while saving those who belong to Christ. Christians, most especially those who consider themselves to be of the conservative, evangelical variety, believe they will be the ones saved or raptured from "The Apocalypse." Of course, in the Book of Revelation it clearly states only 144,000 will be redeemed from the Earth. As the world has a population of about seven billion people, our chance is about .000002 to make the cut.
And on top of this, all 144,000 are from the nations of Israel. " ... and no one could learn that song [song of Moses1; Rev. 15:3, Deu. 31:30] except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the Earth." [Rev. 14:3]. In addition, 12,000 of the 144,000 are Jews! [Rev. 7;5]. So if all the church-going Christians are "gentiles of the world" as our pastors have led us to believe, and not the House of Israel, then it looks like we all are out of luck according to the Biblical record. [See the Feature article, We're Abraham's Seed And Heirs].
The book of Revelation, or Apokalypsis in Greek, primarily covers the time period of Christ from the first century until his return. This period of time prophetically is what the Biblical record calls the last days. It is the time period, spiritually speaking, of the summer harvest, which is marked beginning with Pentecost in the early first century, and ending with the Day of Trumpets in the not too distant future. And if Churchianity wasn't so hung up on the deceits of Christmas and Easter, we would be aware of the truth of the word of God in the Biblical record.
It was the day of Pentecost in the first century when our Father sent, in the name of his son Christ, the Spirit of God. A blowing of seven trumpets as described in chapter eight of Revelation heralds Christ's return. All this is covered in detail in chapter five, Christ's Return, Trumpets ... in The Hijacked Elephant, now a complimentary PDF on the Home page. The holy days of Israel have a prophetic aspect to them that provide us with the unfolding plan of God, including Christ's return. However, rather than follow our LORD's word towards life, Churchianity has chosen to follow Santa and the Easter Bunny, which lead us off in a different direction to our deaths.
What Christians don't realize is that, according to the Biblical record, the "Apocalypse" is, foremost, Christ chastising Christians. And if you've read any of the articles herein, you realize that the House of Israel, of both the Old and New Testaments, are the Christians referred to here. For a list of the nations of Israel, and what shall befall us in the last days, read Genesis 49. [See the Feature article, The Good News Colour Revolution]. However, until Christianity wakes up to the reality of the "Apocalypse," i.e., "Jacob's time of trouble" [Jer. 30:7], other than the 144,000 who shall be saved out of it, it is unlikely that any intelligent changes will be made to the wide and broad path we currently traverse.
Let's take a look at both the Old [OT] and the New [NT] Testaments.
OT Prophesy in Isa. 63:7, 8 Edom, Israel's non-identical twin, is speaking:
"I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the House of Israel, which he has bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses. For he [Christ] said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so He was their Savior."
NT The apostle Paul writing to Timothy:
"But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death, and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:" [2 Tim. 1:10; see the Feature article, What Exactly Is The Gospel?].
In the gospel of Matthew:
"But he [Christ] answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the House of Israel." [Mat. 15:24].
OT Prophesy in Isa. 63:9
"In all their [House of Israel] affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them."
" ... and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am your Savior and your Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob [all Israel]." [Isa. 49:26].
NT In the gospel of Luke:
"Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he has visited and redeemed his people." [Luke 1:68].
Paul in Galatians:
"Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree ...." [Gal. 3:13].
NT Book of Acts:
"Therefore let all the House of Israel know assuredly, that God has made that same Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ ... Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." [Acts 2:36-38].
OT Prophesy in Isa. 63:10a
"But they [House of Israel] rebelled, and vexed his Holy Spirit ..."
OT Prophesy in Isa. 63:10b
" ... therefore he [Christ] was turned to be their [House of Israel] enemy, and he fought against them." How angry are we making Christ that he is turning to fight us as an enemy? And how fierce will be his anger turned against us? It will be the worst time in human history.
Prophecy in Jer. 30:7,15 said by the Lord concerning Israel and Judah:
"Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob's [all Israel's] trouble [the events of the Apocalypse], But he shall be saved [144,000] out of it ... Why do you cry about your affliction? Your sorrow is incurable. Because of the multitude of your iniquities, your sins have increased, I have done these things to you."
Prophesy in Jer. 10:1,10
"Hear you the word which the LORD speaks unto you, O House of Israel ... But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations [of the House of Israel] shall not be able to abide his indignation."
NT Prophesy in Rev. 6:12-14, 16
"And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood." And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casts her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places ... And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Both testaments agree on this one point, "The Apocalypse" is directed towards the House of Israel, i.e., Christians, by Christ, although the House of Judah is not left out. Part of the reason for this predicament is that Christians don't even know we are of the House of Israel. [See the Feature article, And It's Still A Mystery]. In our ignorance, we have "vexed his Holy Spirit," forsaking our true heritage. We've gone from "children who will not lie," to those who embrace the lies, who venerate the lies, embracing false gods, thereby causing our Redeemer to fight against us. [See the Feature article, The Love Of The Truth].
But are we really concerned? The resounding answer is No! We've become so adept and comfortable in justifying our errant ways, believing we are so clever, God won't notice. Think again. Even a casual look at events taking place in the world currently should give you some idea that our circle of freedom and liberty is getting smaller day by day. The blessings given to us by the hand of God are receding, in complete agreement with the Biblical record's prophecies for the House of Israel.
The last church era in Revelation leading up to "The Apocalypse" is Laodicea. Let's read its description in chapter three. "... because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of my mouth. Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' [our perspective]--and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked [God's perspective] ...." [Rev. 3:16, 17].
This is not exactly the expected outcome of the prosperity gospel preached in mega-churches today. It is a subtle and clever stratagem that the wealth of this world is obtained by seeking God. God does not say, "Blessed are the rich ...." When the heart's intent [Jer. 17:9] is appeasing God to gain the riches of this world, the scheme fails in the eyes of God. The paths leading to the wealth of this world and to God's kingdom are divergent, and never the two shall meet. They are intrinsically in opposition to each other. Anxiety about the material things of this world, as it's stated in the gospel of Matthew, " ... and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word [of God], and he [or she] become unfruitful." [Mat. 13:22; see the Feature article, Brown Paint: Quantum Potentialities].
What advice, by way of allegory, does Christ give to Christians in the age just prior to his return? "I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent." [Rev. 3:14-22; see the Sneakers article, Better Than Gold].
We are counseled to be consistently zealous. Zealous, the Greek zeloo, means to burn with zeal. In other words, we best get really serious about living our life with the correct priorities, those that lead us to life and blessing. Repent means to change one's mind and behavior.
The game is afoot as Sherlock Holmes would say. The evidence of prophetic events surrounds us if we know for what we are looking. For details, read chapter six, The Blind Man's Elephant. [See the updated Feature articles, Obadiah And The Prophetic Parable Of The Tares and Damascus A Heap Of Ruins]. Therefore, we need to get back to the teachings Christ gave us in the first century. And we should realize who exactly we are and begin making changes without delay. But it appears only a very few will do so. Everyone else will continue walking through the wide gate with the rest of the herd.
If it is riches we seek, it should be the riches of the word of God. We should heed the lesson of the sixth empire of Revelation, Babylon the Great, who's immense earthly wealth will quickly come to naught. "For in one hour such great riches came to nothing." [Rev.18:17]. And as to the riches of this world some people hold so dearly, "Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst." [Zec. 14:1]. Of what value, then, are individual riches of this world by comparison to the royal power and authority of God? Read James 5:1-12. "Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you!" And while we may excuse ourselves here, not being rich in terms of earthly possessions, we need to be rich in the love of the truth of the Word of God, children who will not accept lies. [See the Feature article, Why Do We Believe The Lies?].
No matter what we think is important in this world, it is all vanity and vexation. [Ecc. 1:14]. If all the wealth and existence of this mighty world empire in Revelation will be brought to nothing in one hour, of what lasting value to us is earthly wealth? What profit do we gain seeking these same things? We may as well store away as treasure the wind we grab with our hands.
When Matthew wrote in chapter six, " ... seek first the kingdom of God," it is not a reference to seeking a kingdom as in a place to go or to be. The word kingdom in Greek is basileia, which means royal power, kingship, dominion. In other words, Babylon the Great, which represents the power and wealth of this world, will be brought to nothing by the power and authority of God. Therefore, which kingdom or which power and authority do we want to grab hold of in life? It can't be both. Is it the one in front of our faces on the television everyday that hypnotizes us with celebrity and false riches that leads to death, or the one in the Biblical record that is discerned by faith through works that leads to life? [See the Feature article, Is The Kingdom Of Heaven Here Yet?].
Those of this world cannot understand the sovereign power and might of God, the Creator. Instead we are made fools by the illusional power of earthly wealth, sheep to the slaughter and therefore will be fooled by the power of the 6th empire, Babylon the Great with its capital city of Jerusalem. This is why we need to understand the world we live in. What we think is real is an illusion. And what man thinks is the illusion, is the reality. And what is not an illusion, but is reality is that Christians are of the House of Israel. [See the Feature article, Three Temple Ages Make A Plan].
We need to connect the dots that link the Biblical record's prophecies with our current events. We need to open our eyes to our true identity and our true heritage. [See the Feature article, Moving Forward]. As advised, we need to be zealous and make these changes. Otherwise, we will experience, in the most dreadful way, the full power and might of our Savior and Redeemer whom we, in our utter ignorance and rebelliousness, have made our enemy who is fighting against us. Unless we change our ways, we are in a no win situation because it is Christ doing these things to us. [See the Feature article, And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor].
"I, Jesus, have sent my messenger to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!' And let him who hears say, 'Come!' And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely." [Rev. 22:16,17].
1 Moses was not a Jew, but a Levite. The Levitical priesthood was in service to God for all Israel. They were not considered to be either of the House of Judah or the House of Israel. Thus, the song of Moses is a song for all nations of Israel and therefore is not a "Jewish" song. See the P.S. in the Feature article, Is Genesis 1 A Jolly Good Myth? The song of Moses is thought to be similar to modern day national anthems, the song of a country played, for example, at the gold medal ceremony during the Olympics. Thus, it could only be learned, or have relevant meaning to the citizens of that nation. The implication here in Revelation, therefore, is that of the approximately 1-2 billion descendants of Israel on the Earth today, only 144,000 of them will survive to learn this song.
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