Bible study day: The Anti-Christ

What I have learned about Adolf Hitler so far is that
He was a messiah to his people
He planned a 1000 year third Reich
He attempted to rule the world
He tried to destroy the Jews (Judeans)

In the bible, Jesus Christ is given a kingdom to rule the earth
With his followers for a thousand years
A similarity?

I also learn that an anti-Christ is expected to be a religious man.

In the bible days it was different to today and that the main enemy in the bible was mostly an empire or government, e.g. Rome, Egypt and Babylon.

Gods government is a government to rule the earth, so along these lines the anti-Christ maybe is to be a government also and what better example in history has there been than Hitler and the third Reich.

So the question is this, was Adolf Hitler the antichrist and if so was he a fulfilment of bible prophecy?

Bible study: Gog of Magog

The messianic period of history has ended. It is the end of the 7 thousand years and the earth has become beautiful and is teeming with life once again.

Magog has grown in numbers from a few to millions. They have grown impatient for a saviour to come. This crowd of never do wells are awaiting the emergence of their messiah from death.

Someone says it is time it has to be done, and so, Satan is set free from his confinement in the Abyss.

The crowd are waiting. Look, there he is, says one and points with his finger. Appearing before them out of nowhere their messiah, their leader, Satan appears before them. Magog now has its Gog.

He gives them all that political language about a new fatherland, a new Reich, a new empire where they will live forever under his rulership. His hatred is undiminished. He says they must prove that God is false and that his people are unprotected and the time is right to wipe them out.

Just like the prophecy says, they march upon the camp of God’s people and surround it to destroy it. This time it is not an angel who comes to their rescue, it is God himself, and with ferocious anger. Fire falls from heaven upon the rebels and annihilates them. And so, Gog and Magog are destroyed by God.

If I have made a complete mess of this please forgive me

Half empty, or half full?

The world is worried by climate change and sees things in half-empty mode. However, there can be good things happening as the climate changes, half-full.
With the glaciers melting and the snow on the mountaintops also melting, a messianic prophecy about wheat growing on the mountaintops could become a reality. Psalm 72:16, May there be abundance of grain in the earth on top of the mountains. (also Isaiah 41: 17-20).

Revelation: the paradise earth

Planet earth is going through planetary turmoil; recent news shows that the Icelandic glacier is “melting at an alarming rate. It is as bad as being hit by a meteorite, only the meteorite is humankind. Humankind is causing planetary-scale turmoil on the earth.
The bible though promises a paradise on earth. In the last chapters of the book of Revelation you read about a paradise earth and people living forever.
First some brief history. The first destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon was in 607 BC. From that moment the Times of the Gentiles took over, it was a time when Jerusalem and Israel was no more and human politics and human armies took over the earth completely. The bible gives them a length of time to do their worst, in comparison to what the Jewish God, Yahweh or Yehovah had promised he would do, a paradise earth.
At the end of this period, Jesus said that there would be nation against nation, a huge war. If you look into this, you find that the Times of the Gentiles ends when the First World War begins.
Where is the paradise earth?
God on the seventh day has His rest. He hands over his authority of the earth to his son Jesus, the Messianic kingdom begins. We are living in this time the seventh day, or century. Messianic scripture shows that during this time, Armageddon and then the renewal of the earth takes place.
Messianic scripture, especially in Isaiah, indicate that people will grow young again and live as long as a tree. Is this the paradise earth? Is it during the reign of Christ, the Messianic period? If so then why does the book of Revelation put the paradise earth after Christ has returned administration back to God, after the end of the seventh day, the seventh century. In addition, why does Messianic scripture say of Christ’s kingdom that people will live as long as a tree and not forever.
The answer must be that the paradise earth comes after the messianic kingdom on the eighth day when God returns to rule. Is it not reasonable that this promise of living forever on a paradise earth is achieved by God himself.

Revelation: the seven congregations

I have often wondered who the seven congregations in the book of revelations were and why they were mentioned. It seems that they are all a group of towns situated in the east of Turkey near the coast with the Isle of Patmos nearby.
Perhaps this group was a circuit that an overseer looked after. Their central committee in Jerusalem assigned an overseer to an area of congregations, and he would visit each one in turn, maybe during the course of the year, to see how they were doing and to give advice. If John was that overseer he was imprisoned on Patmos he would not be able to look after them. Patmos is geographically next to these seven congregations. If so then he was worried about them. Jesus Christ responded to his concerns with expert advice and encouragement for them.
Maybe with the changes occurring in the world it was the last of the circuit overseer’s advice they would get from an original disciple. John was in his 70’s and Jerusalem was close to or had been attacked and destroyed by the Romans in 70CE.


To a Soldier

In 33 BC, Jesus was asked questions by his disciples about the future of Jerusalem and of his second coming as their King. Looking far into the future, he said that, Nation would rise against Nation, and Kingdom against Kingdom and that this was to be a sign to look for.
The times of the Gentiles is a Jewish (Judean) time of having non-Jewish people rule in Jerusalem when they would be without a king to rule over them and they would be trampled over by foreign rule for a period of time, the time of the gentiles.
This time-period lasted for over two thousand years and ends with nation rising against nation. Without going into detail, it’s not hard to see that 2,000 years after Jesus died there was such an event – the 1st world war. The First World War involved great armies from many countries, a new wave of invention in military equipment and great loss of life. The soldiers in the war perhaps didn’t know about this prophecy, and that they were taking part in the “beginning of the end of the system of things”.
He mentions that there would be war, death and plague and the gathering of disciples then the end would come. The 1st world war began as a kind of joke among the generals, but after asking volunteers to join the fight, it lasted for so long and so many people were dying that civilians were conscripted into the army to help win the war.
The Beginning of the End is described also in the book of Revelation as the four horsemen of the apocalypse, the four horsemen ride and then the war comes to an end and a new event takes place the gathering of Jesus’s disciples. This event where the news of Gods kingdom is given to the world is significant because Jesus says that if it were not for this preaching of the kingdom from door to door, the end of the system would have taken place with the end of the 1st world war and God’s Kingdom would have happened straight away. Instead, people were given a second chance to learn and know about Jesus’s prophecy of the Time of the End and the start of his second coming by hearing about from the bible.
Armageddon is the end of the human system, the world that we now live in. Revelation describes how the close disciples of Jesus go to God’s world and when every one of them has been taken from the earth how the angels begin to sound the seven trumpets that lead to the end of the human system of politics and human war. This is why soldiers (and everyone else who love God) leave their careers in the military and work in a peaceful way. Because as the many armies of the human nations get stronger and the technological weapons get deadlier, it is only going to go one way.

The dead sea scripture poet…

Hated heathens, planned war
Awaited the cycle of destruction
Wore sandals, a white robe
Smeared himself in oil
Practised the covenant
Hid from Romans
Lived in communes in the wilderness

Walked the narrow streets
Heard people boast of killings
But his tongue cleaved to the roof of his mouth
One foot in the grave
One hand around a wine jug
Then he discovered the Lords path
Began writing thanksgiving poetry

Learning nothing was done
The Lord had not foreseen
He was a trueborn priest
With insight into God’s workings

Truths like fingernails and hair
Grew long after his death
Sunlight held a secret
Looking into the sunlight he saw a movie
A boat sailing
With all the works of the Lord

While alive he waited and waited
For the vengeance of God
But no vengeance came
Only Romans and Jesus Christ

The Dead Sea Scripture Poet
Because he kept the covenant of God
Is said to be alive today

Israel, Kibbutz Ziqim near Gaza 1977

From “Beautiful Words” collection

The Scapegoat

There is in the bible the story of the scapegoat. I have often wondered what this could mean, and why does it seem that it was abandoned. Lev 16.8,10,26

At a special ceremony in ancient Israel, the sins of the nation are figuratively loaded onto a goat that is then sent out into the wilderness. (Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur).

Perhaps then this was Gods original plan for the Messiah Jesus, that when he appeared, all of the people would be gathered together at a special ceremony and Jesus would be symbolically loaded with the sins of the nation and sent out into the desert. Everyone present would see this ceremony and understand its significance. Next, it is possible that like Enoch and like Elijah he would have been taken by God up to heaven where his sacrifice would mean the forgiveness of sins for the people. This plan meant that Jesus sacrifice would have been dealt with by God in a kind and less traumatic way then it was. 2 Kings 2;1

But this didn’t happen that way. The devil thwarted this plan. At the appearance of the Messiah Jesus, first, the devil had Judas his disciple betray him, then he got the High Priest to accuse him of blasphemy, and then he got the Roman Governor to execute him as a common criminal. This then degraded the sacrifice of the scapegoat, Jesus, in the eyes of the people so that they would be less likely to believe in it. And it was an even greater test for Jesus than was originally planned.

But still, the devil could not prevent Jesus from being taken up, after three days in the tomb by God to heaven.

Now the rule of a tooth for a tooth and an eye for an eye comes unfortunately into force. The system that took away the eye of Jesus in return will have to pay it back its own eye; the system that took away the tooth of Jesus will have to pay it back its own tooth, and the system that took away Jesus’ life will have to pay back with its own life.

So the book of Revelations wild beast, (the system), and Revelations the false prophet (its religious support or science) is faced with this kind of justice at the battle of Armageddon.

Yet The Book of Jonah shows that there will be survivors of this calamity for he was sent to ancient Nineveh to tell them of judgement on them by God and so they repented and were forgiven.

In Tudor times when anyone was a threat to the throne, they were incarcerated in the Tower of London until they could be dealt with, and so the Serpent of Revelation is also incarcerated until the end of the thousand years of Gods Kingdom when he will be dealt with.

From Encyclopedia Brittanica.

Azazel, in Jewish legends, a demon or evil spirit to whom, in the ancient rite of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), a scapegoat was sent bearing the sins of the Jewish people. Two male goats were chosen for the ritual, one designated by lots “for the Lord,” the other “for Azazel” (Leviticus 16:8). The ritual was carried out by the high priest in the Second Temple and is described in the Mishna. After the high priest symbolically transferred all the sins of the Jewish people to the scapegoat, the goat destined “for Azazel” was driven into the wilderness and cast over a precipice to its death. Azazel was the personification of uncleanness and in later rabbinic writings was sometimes described as a fallen angel.

Pass Over Me

Verses

When I left my home
It was a donkey town
With the marshes
All-around
I’m an orphan child
With no family
Angel of death
Pass over me

I’m a firstborn son
An only one
My parents died
I was left to run
I saw the rider
On the sea of reeds
Angel of death
Pass over me

The night descends
I look for a bed
The stars disappear
The midnight is dread
I’m an orphan child
With no family
Of angel of death
Pass over me

The Egyptian king
He wouldn’t let go
To the saviour
He kept saying no
My parents died
There’s only me
Oh lord of death
Pass over me

There was a door
With a painted sign
A hand came out
And grabbed me in time
I’m an only child
Let me be free
Oh angel of death
Pass over me

Chorus

Pass over me, pass over me
I’m an orphan child, a firstborn son
I sleep in the field, I work in the sun
Oh, please, pass over me

For Van Gogh

vangoghs ear

While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, 48but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “LORD, should we strike with our swords?” 50And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. 51But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. 52Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? 53Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour-when darkness reigns.”