Jerusalem a Burdensome Stone for All People

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In that day I shall make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.   Zech 12:3

The Bible says that all people are going to become burdened with Jerusalem and all that "burden themselves with it" shall be cut in pieces.  How is this already happening?   For the movie version go here.

People are being lead on many fronts to become burdened with Jerusalem.  Even so-called "conservative" Biblical Christians (through the preaching of a false gospel) are providing a "scriptural" justification to participate in the "crusade" to take Jerusalem. 

To quote - it is all about how to prepare now to inherit the LAND with the Messiah at his future, spectacular return..


Nothing could be further from the truth.

The preacher makes a lengthy argument in which he avers that the Gospel of Kingdom of God has been lost by virtue of the false teachings of traditional Protestantism.  The preacher attempts to restore the true "saving gospel of the Kingdom" while launching a veiled attack (thinly disguised as Bible exegesis) on the authority of the Bible and the completeness of the majority of the New testament letters, especially the letters of the apostle Paul, as well as the founders of the Protestant movement for arbitrarily excluding Jesus' own preaching of the Gospel.  The preacher takes a truth (the good news of the Kingdom of God) turns the meaning into "all about prepar[ing] now to inherit the LAND" (not heaven) and in so doing indirectly solicits volunteers in the Clash of Civilizations and at the same time teaches another gospel, which Paul called anathema (Galations 1:8)  We will show that the preacher's "gospel" is no different than "secular" Hollywood's seduction into our being cut in pieces.   All those that follow the preacher and the Hollywood example will be cut in pieces.  The preacher takes the Kingdom of God (an awesome truth) which the scripture says is "within you" (see Luke 17:21) and not meat and drink (Romans 14:17) and flesh and blood can not inherit (1 Cor 15:50) and is a heavenly kingdom (2 Tim 4:18) and uses it to lead the church astray by claiming that [ churches have substituted “heaven” at death for disembodied souls for the Christian goal, which is to inherit  the land/earth when Jesus returns and Heaven in the Bible is nowhere the destination of the dying and no Bible text authorizes the statement that the soul is separated from the body at death ] .   The seduction the preacher calls "the saving gospel of the kingdom" is not only another gospel, but it is also a solicitation into seizing the rightful place of Israel in inheriting the land of Palestine, in short another crusade couched in Biblical terms.  To quote- Israel’s special relationship with God has been extended to all in Christ. And the promise of the land has been transformed into the promise of the Kingdom. 

The Vatican has always sought to supplant the natural seed of Abraham as God's chosen earthly people, to seize Jerusalem, and to supplant Israel as God's earthly kingdom.  Now, they want us to help them to accomplish this and all the while they will blame the "fundamentalists" for war-mongering to bring in the Kingdom of God.  Such was the nature of the Crusades of 1090 and such is the nature of the Crusades today.  

See the link
http://www.mindspring.com/~anthonybuzzard/luther.htm
The Amazing Shift Away from Jesus in the Popular Gospel by the preacher Anthony Buzzard

First of all, I am going to review parts of the article by the preacher  to try and summarize the essence of what he is saying.  Quotes from his article will be in italics.  The reader must understand that the most important topic in the universe is authority.  It is authority which is at stake here. Is the personal witness of the Holy Spirit revealing the Word of God to an individual believer the ultimate authority to that believer or is "scholarship" (or some organization) the authority?  The topic at hand is "who or what rules?"  The reader must understand that historically the Roman Catholic Church opposed the Bible being translated into the language of the people.  Later, competing Bible "versions" are introduced to make it necessary for there to be an ultimate authority to decide which version is correct for the "church."  As always, the ultimate authority is the Lord Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit indwelling the believers themselves.  As one southern lady told her intellectual seminary bound grandson, "I dun translated alotta dem verses myseff."   It should be pointed out that "translation" is the work of the Lord in revealing Himself through His Word and the experiences the sovereign God has lead the believer to endure. (See Proverbs 1:23)  The reason I know the definition of salvation is that I have actually experienced it.  I dare the reader to prayerfully read this and ask God to teach you.  The authority of the Holy Spirit in my very soul and its unavoidable and overwhelming witness in my heart is not learned in the seminary or in the religion class in college.  The kingdom of God is wherever God's reign is acknowledged.  It is not limited to the land of Abraham nor to the 1000 year reign of Jesus Christ.

The Kingdom of God is eternal, eternal past and eternal future. 
The Lord is King forever and ever... Psa 10:16
...the Lord sitteth [present tense] King forever Psa 29:10
For God is my King of old Psa 74:12
But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king... Jer 10:10
Thou, O Lord, remainest forever: thy throne from generation to generation  Lam 5:19

The Kingdom of God is Universal, even if not universally recognized
This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth [present tense] in the kingdom of men, and giveth [present tense] it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.-- Daniel 4:17
till thou know that the most High ruleth [present tense] in the kingdom of men, and giveth [present tense] it to whomsoever he will.-- Daniel 4:25
until thou know that the most High ruleth [present tense] in the kingdom of men, and giveth[present tense] it to whomsoever he will.    -- Daniel 4:32

The kingdom of God is especially true within you. (Luke 17:21).
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation [it can not be seen]: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God  is within you.       -- Luke 17:20-21

The Kingdom of God is Providential
The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord... Prov 21:1
Even the antichrist is subject to the Kingdom of God-
O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is MINE indignation. I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil... Isa 10:5-6

from Things to Come by Dwight Pentecost, 1960, we read (page 429)-
This may be further illustrated in Jer 25:8-12; 27:4-8; 51:11-24, 27; Isa 44:24-45:7 with Ezra 1:1.  God deals sovereignly through men, some of whom recognize it, some of whom reject it, and some of whom are ignorant of it, yet God's will is executed.  This is not only true in the realm of humanity, but nature as well. Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word Psa 148:8
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The primary meaning of the word kingdom of the New Testament, basileia, is "reign" rather than "realm" or "people."  A great deal of attention in recent years [my comment - when the Jesuits are busy, a lot of work becomes necessary] has been devoted by critical scholars to this subject, and there is a practically unanimous agreement [until now, 2005, apparently] that "regal power, AUTHORITY" [emphasis added, remember what we said this is about] is more basic to basileia than "realm" or "people."... in the general linguistic usage...kingdom... designates first of all the existence, the character, the position of the king.  Since it concerns a king, we would best speak of his majesty, his authority.


So much for the LAND so highly desirable by the preacher's gospel.  The LAND belongs to Abraham and his descendents, not to me or other members of the church.  We are definitely NOT to seek to establish the kingdom, nor are we saved by the "saving gospel of the kingdom". 

In addition to authority, we will be looking at differences between means and objectives,  where we are going and how we get there.  I am raising this issue because the preacher's logic seems to have confused the two. 

 I will not venture to guess what the motives of the preacher are, however, when he clearly comes down on the side of the Vatican in his writings, I will point out this fact to the reader.  (By the way, if you read this author's website, you will find that when it comes to "religion" and other works of men whether protestant or other, none are above criticism.  As AW Tozer said "Not only does Christ have little or no authority; His influence also is becoming less and less.  I would not say that He has none, only that it is small and diminishing... Christ has little or no authority today among the churches. "  Tozer said this prior to his death in 1963.  This website is not about "religion", but the faith that originates with God Himself and is given only by the grace of God.)

Now, on to the review (a great deal of which is tongue in cheek) of the article by the preacher -

“Jesus came to do three days work”— Billy Graham
I do not nor have I ever followed Graham.  It is inconsequential to me what Graham said.  This citation is humorous considering the fact that Billy Graham was used by the Vatican to promote the ecumenical movement.   He received no such criticism while working for ecumenicism.  However, now that there is another objective on the horizon, Billy Graham has become expendable.  The preacher's point is that Billy Graham, who is apparently the representative voice of all Protestants, excluded the Gospel of the Kingdom from his teaching on Jesus Christ and taught only the gospel of 1 Cor 15 - the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

Why did the preacher cite Billy Graham at the outset?  the preacher tells us-
Protestants have inherited a Gospel from their Protestant heritage.
Lawdy, Lawdy, and I thought I received the gospel from the Bible and the Holy Spirit.  I guess the preacher did not attend the same boring, fleshly for-profit-institution of a Baptist Church I did as a youth, in order to play church league basketball, (you know, the one Tozer talks about above; the one where Christ has NO AUTHORITY TODAY, 1963).  If the preacher had attended, he would have never said that my gospel was a Protestant heritage, because he would have known that Protestant heritage is not where I got it.   I guess it is a good thing that the Catholics and Jews in my neighborhood did not want to play church league basketball; they could have been perverted by Protestant heritage too.  It is amazing to me how those not suffering from Protestant heritage (formerly known as Catholics, except in the preacher's thesis where he fails to mention this) are more closely associated with the Jews and the covenant with Abraham than Protestants.  I guess if you covet the Kingdom (that is, you want to supplant the Jews and take the Kingdom yourself, as the Vatican has done for centuries) you NEED to find a Kingdom gospel to convince everyone to go along with your power grab. 

the preacher continues his attack on Protestantism by saying -

Commentators on the history of Christian ideas point out that Luther and Calvin arbitrarily excluded Jesus’ own preaching of the Gospel. Current evangelicalism is unknowingly dominated by a dogmatic and fundamentally confusing approach to the question “What is the Gospel?”

Straw men are easy to burn and irrelevant to the truth.  The only reason I know anything about Calvin is that after the Lord revealed himself to me and showed me who I am, I took a look and found that Calvin did have some things in common with my understanding of the truth when he said-

"As he is confronted by God [man] must crumple up into utter NOTHINGNESS."

    "In our body and soul there is in the eyes of God NOTHING BUT REPULSIVE FILTH."

    "The more outstanding a man is, the more he is unceasingly goaded by his ambition - an evil which sullies ALL his virtues so that they lose ALL merit in the sight of God.  Each of us seeks his own, and hence ALL our own thoughts, words, and works (however well they appear) cannot stand the test of divine judgment."

    "Our understanding is so smitten with blindness, our heart and its motions so evil and corrupt, in fact our whole nature so depraved, that we can do NOTHING ELSE BUT SIN until He Himself creates in us a new WILL ."


Perhaps the preacher forgot that "thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes."  (Mathew 11:25).  Perhaps he forgot that flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." (Mat 16:17) Suffice it to say that the preacher believes he is doing us Protestants a favor when he lets us know that the problem with the gospel we teach is that it is a "Protestant heritage."  At least we know he does not consider himself to be a classical Protestant and he must not like playing church league basketball.  The preacher has thus far totally discounted the work of Jesus Christ in His revelation to us.  Apparently, our "false" gospel came from men and if it were not for Luther and Calvin, we would know nothing.

the preacher continues-
Creating his own dogma, Luther decided arbitrarily to define the Gospel … G.F. Moore wrote (our comments in square brackets):

What GF Moore wrote is inconsequential to me. I  never learned one thing from Luther or Mr Moore.

Moore comments perceptively: “It is clear that the infallibility of Scripture has here, in fact if not in admission, followed the infallibility of popes and councils; for the Scripture itself has to submit to be judged by the ultimate criterion of its accord with Luther’s doctrine of justification by faith. [Luther, in other words, replaced one dogmatic system with another, making the Scripture submit to his own process of selection.]” (Moore, History of Religions, Scribners, 1920, p. 320).

There's a new one - the infallibility of scripture has followed the infallibility of popes and councils.  The scripture has to submit to Luther.  This is comedy at its best.  We've got it now, preacher.  That Sola Scriptura stuff from the Protestant reformation meant solely based upon the authority of Martin Luther.   All the Protestants ran from the authority of the ex-cathedra pronouncements of the papacy straight to the throne of the authority of Martin Luther.  Imagine that.  All these years we thought that we were following the authority of the Bible and we have made a man our authority.  How all these millions of people were saved believing the Protestant heritage gospel is beyond me.  I told you this whole business is about authority.  Now after 500 years, the real Biblical reformation has begun (immediately prior to the revealing of the "man of sin" no less, LOL) with the penning of  The Amazing Shift Away from Jesus in the Popular Gospel.

We don't know the preacher's motive, but we know where this leads.  We are to escape from the tyranny of our Protestant heritage and return to help the papacy gain control over the kingdom (which, as we all know, starts on the temple mount in Jerusalem).  Read Revelation 13 for a better understanding of where this eventuates, even if it does appear to be superficially couched in the scriptures.  

The preacher continues his assault on Protestantism- C.S. Lewis reflects exactly the same tendency. He does not seem to think that Jesus preached the Gospel!  

Again, another strawman. C.S. Lewis made up fictional stories to depict dubious truths, but, that too is inconsequential to me.

What about Jesus’ saving gospel of the Kingdom? Luther and C.S. Lewis rather skillfully bypass the gospel according to Jesus. In contrast, Moore, as a historian with less of a theological ax to grind, recognizes that the teaching of Jesus recorded in the gospels is absolutely essential for the new birth, i.e., for salvation: “The idea that the entrance into the new and higher life, the immortal life, must be by a spiritual or intellectual rebirth, or rather regeneration, meets us often in the mysteries [mystery religions], and especially in the intellectual mysticisms of the age. anagennasthai (to be born again) and paliggenesia (rebirth) are familiar terms in them. In John rebirth  is the sine qua non [absolute essential] of salvation. Flesh breeds flesh; spirit alone can engender spirit, and only he who is begotten by the divine spirit can enter the ‘Kingdom of God’ (John 3). In the thought of the time spirit was not only the principle of divine life but of the higher knowledge; so Paul conceives it (e.g. I Cor. 2:14). In John [recording Jesus] the two are inseparably connected, or rather they are the same thing” (Moore, History of Religions, p. 142).

I guess Paul is another one of those hopeless "Protestants" as well because in the very SAME CHAPTER he says I determined not to know anything among you save Jesus Christ and him crucified.  (1 Cor 2:2)   Note- Paul  (like Luther and Calvin) arbitrarily excluded Jesus' own preaching of the Gospel (Kingdom).  I guess Paul played too much church league basketball too.  The very expression in the preacher's use of Moore's quotation "so Paul conceives it" is ludicrous.  Paul did not "conceive" anything.  (All fleshly men think alike - they believe they are the source.) Paul was brought to his knees and blinded by the Lord Jesus Christ.  Paul received it just like the rest of us - by revelation. Please note also that Paul said crucified only, not resurrected either.   Surely, Paul must have been in error (suffering from a case of Protestant heritage) since he not only left out the gospel of the Kingdom, but also the resurrection here.  Dear reader, having received revelation from the Lord concerning the great things he must suffer (Acts 9:16), Paul knew the difference between the MEANS of salvation and the destination of salvation (the Kingdom).  (Note - there is a reason that Paul left out the resurrection - everyone wants to be resurrected, but nobody wants to die. If the "dying of the Lord Jesus" is born about in our body, we WILL be resurrected (2 Cor 4:10).

The preacher's use of Mr Moore's "mysteries" [mystery religions] and intellectual mysticisms might not be accepted in church league basketball, but they are way too close to Babylon and the fish god Dagon [and the modern Babylon, do not think Iraq] for my tastes.  Any New Age liberal would love such talk.  How he juxtaposes mysteries and the new birth in the gospel of John is a mystery religion to me. I guess he can hobnob with the mystery religions since he has
less of a theological ax to grind.    However, let's allow the preacher to finish his proclamation of the "saving gospel." 

continues the preacher-

Jesus’ Saving Gospel of the Kingdom
The Christian Gospel of salvation was proclaimed by Jesus and the Apostles. It was (and is) the Gospel about the Kingdom of God and the Name of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:14, 15; Luke 4:43; Mat. 4:23; 9:35; 24:14; Acts 8:12; 19:8; 20:25; 28:23, 31). The death and resurrection of Jesus are essential elements included in the Gospel, but they do not constitute the whole Gospel. The saving Gospel — “the Message about the Kingdom,” “This Gospel about the Kingdom” (Matt. 24:14) which Jesus stated is the basis of salvation (see Matt. 13:19; Luke 8:12; cp. Acts 8:12) — was the center of all biblical preaching...

 It [the Message about the Kingdom] is called throughout the New Testament “the word,” or “the word of the Lord.” The term “word” is positively not [emphasis added] just another way of saying the Bible. “The word” is the core of the Bible and that core is found in the saving words of Jesus — his Gospel of the Kingdom.

Boy, the preacher really favors the use of red letter Bibles.    :>)   

We got it now, every word of God is pure only refers to the message of the Bible, nay only to the message of the Kingdom, not every Word of God, and  positively not just another way of saying the Bible.   We have got it now - the authority we are to follow is not the entire Bible, which is not the Word of God anyway, but we are to follow the red letter words only about the saving gospel of the Kingdom.  This "word" is the core of the Bible, he avers.  Once I asked my father, who had a 5th grade education, where to start reading in the Bible.  His answer "start in Romans and read until the end because these books EXPLAIN the Gospel."  How in the world I was saved without the whole gospel defies logic, doesn't it?  Unless I join the new "Crusade" in the Mideast, I am lost.  Unless I seek to restore the Kingdom, I am lost.  There is only a short distance between the preacher's doctrine and advocating a crusade.

It appears that we have abandoned Jesus’ Gospel of the Kingdom. To abandon Jesus’ Gospel is to abandon Him (Mark 8:35, 38; 10:39). We have claimed, by prooftexting from one passage in Paul, 1 Corinthians 15:1-3, that the Gospel is a message only about the death of Jesus for our sins and His resurrection. That this is untrue is proved by the fact that Jesus and the disciples preached the Gospel, calling it “the Gospel about the Kingdom” and “the Gospel” long before a word was said about His death for sin and His resurrection! The “evangelical Gospel” in contemporary America leaves out Jesus’ own Gospel and distorts the Gospel of Paul, dividing the Apostle from Jesus and omitting vital information. Without the right facts, how can we successfully believe for salvation?

...To recognize Jesus as the Messiah is to grasp the secret of Christianity and open the way to possession of the Kingdom.

... God promised the land to Abraham and the seed (Gal. 3:29). Jesus promised the land to Christians (Matt. 5:5; Rev. 5:10).  We shall reign on the earth does NOT mean we have supplanted the nation Israel.  The meek shall inherit the earth does NOT mean that Israel will be supplanted by the "church."  However, that surely is the intent of those teaching such things.

  ... Israel’s special relationship with God has been extended to all in Christ. And the promise of the land has been transformed into the promise of the Kingdom…That inheritance of the Kingdom, full citizenship under the rule of God alone, is something still awaited by believers”

The Lord God has transformed NONE of the promises to Abraham and certainly the promise of the land still stands and it has never been nor will it ever be transformed into the promise of the Kingdom.

Note also how churches have substituted “heaven” at death for disembodied souls for the Christian goal, which is to inherit  the land/earth when Jesus returns. Scholars protest the erroneous church traditions, but very few pay attention: “Heaven in the Bible is nowhere the destination of the dying.” — Cambridge Biblical scholar, J.A.T. Robinson, In the End God, p. 108. “No Bible text authorizes the statement that the soul is separated from the body at death.” — The celebrated Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (Vol. 1, p. 803). William Strawson, a tutor in systematic theology and the philosophy of religion, made a detailed study of Jesus and the Future Life and dedicated 23 pages to an examination of the word “heaven” in Matthew, Mark and Luke. He concluded: “In few, if any, instances of the use of the word “heaven” is there any parallel with modern usage.  

Because of an anti-intellectual approach to faith, many remain in ignorance of the great issues affecting their relationship with God.

When you hear the words "tutor in systematic theology and the philsophy of religion" just remember how [Paul] because of an anti-intellectual appraoch to faith, remain[ed] in ignorance of the great issues affecting [his] relationship with God. when Paul said

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world and not after Christ. (Col 2:8)  Men can talk until they are blue in the face, but they can not defeat the Word of God.  Some men must believe Christ was wrong when he said these things are hid from the wise and the prudent, but revealed unto babes.
(Mat 11:25)  Surely, Christ must have meant that those with the truth are "tutor(s) in systematic theology and the philosophy of religion."

The gospel records of our Lord’s life and teaching do not speak of going to heaven, as a modern believer so naturally does. Rather the emphasis is on that which is “heavenly” coming down to man…Our modern way of speaking of life with God as being life “in heaven” is not the way the gospels speak of the matter. Especially is there no suggestion that Jesus is offering to his disciples the certainty of “heaven” after this life.”Heaven as the future abode of the believers is [a conception] conspicuous by its absence from St. Paul’s thought. The second coming is always from heaven alike in the earliest (I Thess. 1:10) and the latest (Phil. 3:20) of Paul’s letters…Possibly he so takes it for granted that believers will have their place in a Messianic earthly Kingdom that he does not think it necessary to mention it.” “Jesus was not thinking of a colorless and purely heavenly beyond, but pictured it to Himself as a state of things existing upon this earth — though of course a transfigured earth — and in His own land.”

The Gospel of salvation — gaining immortality in the coming Kingdom of God on a renewed earth — is all about how to prepare now to inherit the land with the Messiah at his future, spectacular return to bring about peace among all nations (Isa 2:1-6).   Gaining immortality in the coming Kingdom of God on a renewed earth sounds EXACTLY LIKE a JEHOVAH WITNESS KINGDOM HALL meeting or a Mormon bible study.  No wonder I have always thought the Jesuits started the Jehovah Witnesses and the Mormons.  (Note- the supposed angel who gave the tablets to Joseph Smith was named Moroni.  If you look it up you will find that
the Counter reformation artist named Moroni created a masterpiece of psychological penetration and objectivity and perfectly reflects the ethical values of the Counter-Reformation .  (Sounds like an inside joke to me.) http://www.nortonsimon.org/collections/browse_artist.asp?name=Giovanni+Battista+Moroni 

The Bible says absent from the body and present with the Lord. (2 Cor 5:8) having a desire to depart and to be with Christ which is far better (Phil 1:23).  So much for Heaven in the Bible is nowhere the destination of the dying.  I guess that the scholar believes that Jesus must be in Jerusalem right now, probably at the orthodox patriarch's house.  As soon as the 82nd Airborne and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Force arrive and drive off the infidels (Muslims and Jews, since the promise of the land is transformed into the promise of the kingdom) we can start the Millennium.  Of course, this type of talk has nothing to do with real Biblical Christianity.  It has to do with being able to later blame the protestant fundamentalists for invading the Middle east and seizing the land for the future headquarters of the antichrist.

There are those that handle the Word of God deceitfully and make merchandise out of the believers.  (2 Pet 2:3; 2 Cor 4:2).  Do not be misled by them.  Later on, guess who is going to be blamed for fomenting the Clash of Civilizations necessary to prepare now to inherit (seize) the land.   You got it - those that preach the so-called "gospel of the kingdom" - the Bible fundamentalists.  Even if you did not support this Clash of Civilizations, they will say you did. 

The evangelicals are trying to hasten the second coming, they say.  Pat Buchanan referred to them as the "Armageddonists" on television.  Lyndon Larouche, 
who has close connections to the Vatican as far back as WWII, has said that Polls taken during the campaign and afterwards indicate that the most significant support for Bush came from those who identify themselves as Christian fundamentalists, in particular those who say they have been "born again."… Bush sent repeated, almost coded signals of his religiosity to this base. This was reinforced by the outreach of televangelists and the "Christian" Right networks, which have expanded greatly since they first played a leading role in the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan… http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2005/3205fundamentalism.html

Larouche said, demonstrating his Vatican connections -
A friend of mine, for example, had been involved in Italy, through the Vatican Office of Extraordinary Affairs, then under Montini who was later Paul VI...  http://www.larouchepub.com/lar/2005/3204berlin_seminar.html

Hatred against the evangelicals is already happening.  I have a friend who attends the First Baptist Church who told me recently "it is those evangelical Christians who put Bush in office and got us into this mess in Iraq."  My friend does not have an internet connection and attends a "conservative" church.  You do not need to be "liberal" to believe this idea, obviously.

Establishing pursuit of the earthly kingdom in Jerusalem as a prerequisite for salvation is to completely misunderstand salvation and to make "crusaders" of the faithful for the benefit of the political ambitions of the Vatican.

Saying that heaven as the destination of the dying is "nowhere" in the Bible is necessary if one wants to ignore the true meaning of the Kingdom of God, also called the Kingdom of heaven (Mathew 3:2).  If the Kingdom of God merely refers to the millennial earthly kingdom of Jesus Christ, why is the prayer "thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever?" (Mat 6:13)   The millennial reign of Christ will end after 1000 years.  Therefore, since the kingdom is forever (which means eternity past as well as eternity future), how can it be limited to the 1000 year reign?

And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. -- Luke 23:42-43

How the thief on the cross managed to enter the kingdom of God without going through boot camp at Parris Island, and becoming a member of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Force, which was ordered to invade the Middle East by that "war-monger" Bush, who was elected by the "fundamentalists" who were prepare[ing] now to inherit the land with the Messiah at his future, spectacular return is just hard to comprehend, is it not?

Returning to the sine qua non of the preacher who quoted this-
In John rebirth  is the sine qua non [absolute essential] of salvation. Flesh breeds flesh; spirit alone can engender spirit, and only he who is begotten by the divine spirit can enter the ‘Kingdom of God’ (John 3). 
I appreciate the preacher allowing Mr Moore in the History of Religions to complete my argument.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.   
-- John 3:3

We have already established that the kingdom of God exists where the authority of God is manifested.  It is also absolutely certain that the authority of God is completely rejected by (and unknown to) the natural man. The natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither CAN he know them because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Cor 2:14) 

 
Being born again is to be born from above by the sole action of the Almighty.  Mr Moore's reference to the sine qua non of John 3 totally refutes his own argument and that of the preacher who quoted Mr Moore.  Until one has SUBMITTED to the AUTHORITY of the ALMIGHTY (through the New Birth, which is done solely by the Lord Himself), one can NOT SEE the Kingdom of God.  One can not pursue that which one can not see, let alone know the "facts."

By the way, that Gospel of the Kingdom that Jesus did preach was preached only to the nation Israel.
I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Mat 15:24

Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Mat 10:5-7

Israel was offerred and rejected the Kingdom. 

Those that change the meaning of the scriptures will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone and all that burden themselves with it will be cut in pieces.

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People are being leading on many fronts to become burdened with Jerusalem.  Even secular Hollywood movies are soliciting for "crusaders" to join the movement to protect Jerusalem for the Kingdom of Heaven.  Says the hero Balian of Ibelin it is fallen to US to defend this city, not to protect these stones,  but the people living within these walls  Forward!!!!!!.  


The strange thing about this particular webpage is that as I began to type it, I did not know anything about the movie, Kingdom of Heaven.  I had the television on in the background (watching the news concerning the upcoming papal funeral of John Paul II) when the movie trailer immediately captured my attention. I could hardly believe that I was watching a movie designed to recruit soldiers to fight for the establishment of the Kingdom of HeavenThis is no ordinary movie.  It is powerful, moving, and seductive.  Go to the link below and watch and listen to the 4 minute trailer.  If the trailer does not evoke emotion in you, you are dead.  It was all I could do not to take the next bus to the Marine Corps Base in Quantico VA.  This movie will make an impact on young men and women.  This is a moralistically compelling tour de force.  Having been a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy and having been commissioned in the US Army Reserves, I have my share of esprit de corps.  This movie makes defending Jerusalem a matter of honor.  Only the dishonorable or the cowardly could refuse the invitation of the Kingdom of Heaven.   The Kingdom of Heaven has a mystical quality and is better than any A Few Good Men recruiting commercials of the United States Marine Corps. If you heed the call of Kingdom of Heaven, after you take the oath, you receive the sword of a knight.  In so doing, the common man becomes a hero of epic proportions (plus you get the girl too).

During the Crusades of the 12th Century, Balian of Ibelin (played by Orlando Bloom), a young blacksmith in Jerusalem, rises to protect his people from foreign invaders.  While you are watching the trailer, think of this verse...

For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken and the houses rifled; and the women ravished; and half the city shall go forth into captivity; and the residue of the people shall not be cutoff from the city.  (Zech 14:2)

Kingdom of Heaven ,the Movie, to be released May 6
Here is the link to the trailer
A lowborn commoner finds himself thrust into a decades-long war as he serves a doomed king, and falls in love with an exotic and forbidden queen. Ultimately, he must protect the people of Jerusalem from overwhelming forces, while striving to keep a fragile peace across the land.
http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/kingdomofheaven.html


The following quotes in italics are from the trailer.

The Call to Arms
Geofrey of Ibelin- You are my son,
I have one hundred men at arms in Jersualem,  will you come with me?


Commoner (Balian) soon to become a hero, without hesitation, replies-
i have done
well i'm yours

The "Saving Gospel" of the Kingdom in a "secular" movie (this stuff is truly seductive)
Balian- Is it true that in Jerusalem that I can erase my sins? 
(I am not believing I am hearing this.  If this movie is not made by the Jesuits, the Jesuits owe the producers some money. And you thought I was stretching this point.)

Geofrey of Ibelin responds to the erase my sins question-
We can find out together
We already have the answer. all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces Zech 12:3

Glorification of War
Well the king is dead.
I will have the glory -roaring cheer- give me war!!!!
Response- That is what i do.  (i.e., provide war)

An Honorable Knight Must take an Oath
If you go to the website of the movie http://www.kingdomofheavenmovie.com/ you will see the accentuation of the oath as it is emblazoned on the screen to the beat of a drum roll that would rival the emotions produced from watching the 8th & I Drill Team of the United States Marine Corps.  The oath is paramount.  While the music is playing and the images of war in Jerusalem emerge from the screen, contemplate
For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken and the houses rifled; and the women ravished; and half the city shall go forth into captivity; and the residue of the people shall not be cutoff from the city.  (Zech 14:2)

Geofrey of Ibelin (near death) administers the Oath to Balian
You are all that survives me

Be without fear in the face of your enemies
Be brave and upright that God may love thee!!!!   (the conditional "saving" gospel of the kingdom)
Speak the truth always even if it leads to your death.
Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong and that is your oath.
(Geofrey slaps Balian in the face)
and THAT is how you remember it.

Rise a knight.
(says the Catholic priest, the one who gets it started. You did not expect otherwise, did you?)


Balian administers the Oath to His Men
Commoner- My Lord, How are we to defend Jerusalems without knights?
Balian (see below for definition of "Balian") - You were born a servant, kneel
Every man  at arms or capable of bearing them KNEEL (he commands)

Balian to common recruits (i.e., to YOU the reader) -
Be without fear in the face of your enemies
Be brave and upright that God may love thee!!!!   (the conditional "saving" gospel of the kingdom)
Speak the truth . even if it leads to your death.
Safeguard the helpless and . and that is your oath.
(Balian slaps YOU in the face)
and THAT is how you remember it.

Rise a knight.
(says Balian, the one who finishes it, sorry, Charlie.)

If you notice carefully, the oath Balian gives is not the same as the oath Balian received.  The words speak the truth always, always is omitted.  The words
Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong, do no wrong is omitted.  I had to listen to the trailer for an hour to catch it all.  The implication is that the truth has been perverted to the recruit because the recruit will be lead in such a way that he will NOT always speak the truth and he WILL do wrong while thinking otherwise.  This is truly cynical, but, what do you expect?

Bystander to Balian- Who do you think you are?
Will you alter the world? Does making a man a knight make him a better fighter?
Balian- YES


As the lion in the Wizard of Oz said, "Ain't it the truth!!!"   If you make a man believe in the "saving" gospel of the kingdom, he WILL fight until the death.  Even those who convinced him to fight KNOW that he will NOT speak the truth always and he WILL do wrong.

Holy Man Behind Golden Mask (the Pope?) Speaks to the Soldier
You will protect the pilgrim road.  All are welcome in Jerusalem not only because it is expedient, but because it is right!!
Soldier responds-
Whatever you ask, I will serve!!   (and you thought movies were for entertainment!!  This is pure religious propaganda and it is effective.)


Great Tribulation is Coming
I go to pray. 
For What?
For the strength to endure what is to come.   We know what is coming.

The "Bad Guys", the Moslems, are Coming
Balian- They are here!
Warrior- it is only one
Balian- no, they are here
Warrior- when will it begin?
Balian- Soon    (the symbolism is enormous, friends.  The fix is in.)

Balian Answers the Girl
Queen- what becomes of us?
Balian- The world will decide
The world always decides


After the carnage
What is Jersualem worth?
Nothing 
(long pause)
Everything  (you betcha)
In that day I shall make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.   Zech 12:3

In the TV advertisement it says "for the power and the glory forever and ever!!!"

Note for Definition of Balian - The balian (folk doctor) combines practical medicine (sage, barks, herbs, roots) with religious magic.
http://www.geocities.com/the_balian/

http://www.bali-travelnews.com/Batrav/Batrav119/cstory_1.htm
Witch doctor or balian, in Bali are popular as being capable of healing people by various ways. Some of them emerge in communities as descendants of families. (1), because of taksu, spiritual power, (2), pica sacred gift, (3), or through learning from a ‘balian’. In line with becoming a witch doctor, there are four classifications of Balinese witch doctors, respectively balian Katakson (heavenly witch doctor), ‘balian Kapica’ (‘balian’ by a descended line in certain families), balian Usada (healing ‘balian’) and ‘balian mix’.

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Moderate Islamist says the Movie furthers the Clash of Civilizations agenda.

http://www.scholarofthehouse.org/uninontkiofh.html
Dr. Abou El Fadl was asked to review the script of the upcoming movie "Kingdom of Heaven", scheduled for release in May, 2005.

Citing the script, Dr. Abou El Fadl provides a captivating interview on the damage, inherent racism and misrepresentation of Islam and Muslims in the movie "Kingdom of Heaven". The interview was conducted by Beth Pearson of the Herald newspaper in Scotland. Be educated to address what is being offensively portrayed in the movie.

http://www.cinemablend.com/review.php?id=805
Orlando Bloom stars in Ridley Scott's next project as a young blacksmith who follows a knight on the Crusades to Jerusalem. There, he rises to protect his people from invaders... mostly dirty muslims. Orlando Bloom actually looks sort of manly. No mean feat. Bring on the infidels!!! (emphasis added)




Now we see where the doctrine of the "saving" gospel of the kingdom leads.  The real saving gospel is here.

Return to the scripture version.


04-15-2005

Oh, the deception of men and Satan!   If you follow men you will be cut to pieces.  What an incredible plan is being carried out to fool the world.  Much of this plan is targeted toward the protestant, conservative west, particularly the United States.  Other parts of it are targeted toward the Moslem nations.  Here is the scenario (before you read the scenario, see this page which shows why the antichrist is not Gog.)

The Strategy
Convince the world that Gog (the invader of Israel) will be the antichrist.
Especially convince western "fundamentalists" of the above.
Convince "Gog", Moslem nations, (via an intelligence operation) into invading Israel.
(believe this is an absurdity?  consider this (Eze 38:7) Be thou prepared (by another, intelligence community?) and prepare for thyself   Note the order of events: Be thou prepared and then prepare for thyself; this is exactly what is happening.)

This will lead to "Gog" being destroyed.
Convince everyone that the antichrist (Gog) is dead and that we can have "real peace" now.
Start the "millennium" celebration.
Oops, the "millennium" turns out to be the tribulation.
The peace "confirmer" turns out to be the real antichrist.
The world (religiously, doctrinally and politically) is deceived straight into the kingdom of antichrist, known to the religious as the "kingdom of heaven."

Historical note- The association of Russia proper with Gog/Magog (in "conservative protestant literature") was the prior strategy (of the Vatican) to accomplish the same thing (to make Russia the victim).  Now, the victim will be the Moslems and the western fundamentalists, and later the Jews and Israel.  Only direct intervention by the real coming of Jesus Christ will create the true kingdom of heaven.  In the interim, the "kingdom of heaven" will result in the death of billions.

See this for the sequence of events.

End 04-15-2005


07-20-2014

Read the 04-15-2005 section above which was written 9 years ago.   The section shows how Gog will be shown to be the antichrist as a trick to fool the people.  We know that the land of Magog is in eastern Turkey.

Go to google and perform a search for "antichrist Turkey."

The number of references to this topic is enormous.   There is even a youtube video entitled Antichrist is From Turkey, Obama Lieshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmGv9S0wA9w In this video Glenn Beck is discussing Benghazi.   It has NOTHING to do with Turkey or the Antichrist.  Sounds like some insider joke.  But.....   these things are connected.

One of the biggest frauds found is Babylon the Great and the Turkish Antichrist from Armageddon News.   This videos is so fraudulent that the speaker is a computerized voice of a woman.  There are lots of facts in this video but the conclusions are wrong and the "facts" are misused.  This video is a major propaganda piece for the Globalists.  

Caution- there are plenty of pages, videos, and articles out there that are produced by the CIA because this whole operation is a CIA intelligence scam.  Take a look at the individuals and organizations that are promoting this stuff and put them in your CIA propaganda folder.  (WND, Armageddon News, and Walid Shoebat, etc)  Who knows if they are active participants or gullible victims.

Even the real antichrist will be an agent of the CIA.   He is already selected by CIA and is sitting in the wings.  If you do not believe what I am saying read this article from an Islamic website, which criticizes the CIA/Mossad candidate for the Khalifa.  The false "Khalifa" will be the antichrist.  http://www.cifiaonline.com/factaboutjordanroyals.htm   The site says


    THE CONSPIRACY

TO MAKE KING ABDULLAH II OF JORDAN 

KHALIFA-E-ISLAM


In the article, it says

"Nazim Al-Haqqani says that immediately 10 countries have been given to the King, that include where recent Zionist conspired revolutions have taken place."   You may have a hard time with the use of the word Zionist in the article.  However, if you realize that Zionist and Israel are two entirely different streams of thought, the problem disappears.  Just translate the word Zionist to internationalist conspiracy with CIA operatives and you will understand the truth of the word.  A Zionist is usually NOT a person who believes in God's plan for Israel.

Furthermore, for you red-bloodied American patriots, just understand that the CIA stopped working for the USA decades ago.  When you realize this, you are freed to understand the nature of the situation.   It might well be accurate to say that the CIA never worked for the USA.

While I am spilling the beans here, I might as well go ahead and burst your bubble derived from your "normalcy bias." 
9-11 and the Global War on Terror are total intelligence fabrications.  To quote Zbigniew Brzezsinski, post 9-11, there is no such thing as organized international Islamic terrorism.   The totality of it was cooked to make it possible for us to be where we are today. 

Where are we today?   We have ISIS - you know that army in Iraq.   Guess who created them.  Did you guess the intelligence community?   Guess who ISIS will be in in the future?    Answer- the army of the antichrist.   This army will be the arm of western intelligence to remake the Middle East.   Now you know why we had to invade Iraq.  

Did you think that God would not use MEN to bring about the fulfillment of HIS prophecy?

You are watching it now.   Get ready because the LORD Jesus Christ will return soon.  

End 07-20-2014


04-24-2005

The theological justification for a "crusade" for
the Kingdom of Heaven to take Jerusalem on behalf of "Israel" continues.  The format this time is a book entitled Why I Left Jihad by Shoebat.  In spite of the book's assertion (well intentioned though the author may be) "I now dedicate my life to bringing truth and love to all who will hear me", the book effectively advocates a politically motivated western war against Moslems (and purports to use the Bible to justify it).  Why I Left Jihad (a political dissertation cloaked in scriptural references) does the following:

1. Makes the Moslems the bogeyman
2. Provides a "biblical" justification for the Moslems as bogeyman
3. Specifically names Saudi Arabia as "Babylon the Great".  (Saudi Arabia as Babylon the Great is cynical comedy.  Sorry.)

Why I Left Jihad says - Saudi Arabia correlates with the prophecy [Rev 17:4] much better than Rome does.  [When some people are talking to the Moslems or the Europeans, the United States is Babylon the Great; if they are talking to the United States, Saudi Arabia is Babylon the Great.]

Note: Saudi Arabia was named in 2002 the "strategic pivot" (2nd on a list of 3 Moslem target nations) in a presentation to the Defense Policy Board.  #1 on the list was Iraq, the already accomplished "tactical pivot" in the 24 page power point presentation  as reported by the Washington Post in 2002.  The title of the 24 page power point presentation?  Grand Strategy for the Middle East.  So, what we have here is the "strategic pivot" (Saudi Arabia) of the Grand Strategy for the Middle East of the Defense Policy Board magically becoming Babylon the Great.  After all other Bible students missed this point for nearly 2000 years, 90AD - Winter 2005, this qualifies as a reformation.  We are in major indebtedness to Mr Shoebat (and the Defense Policy Board) for this revealing "spiritual" serendipity which "accidently" supports the political objectives of the Grand Strategy for the Middle East.  If the truth was known, Mr Shoebat has received some "major help"
from "experts" in revising his book.  These "experts" and the "major help" have made Mr Shoebat's book a strategic intelligence manual for the planned wars in the Middle East, not to mention providing a convenient scapegoat (Protestant fundamentalists, to whom the book is written) for the Moslems after the deed is done.  So, if the Protestants and the Moslems are the victims of the strategy, who benefits? Could it be the real Babylon the Great?  If the reader is inclined to discount the Grand Strategy for the Middle East, be advised that Egypt, the conquest of the antichrist in the prophecy of Daniel chapter 11 is listed as target #3 "the prize" in the Grand Strategy for the Middle East.  In plain language - the #1 target of the Grand Strategy, Iraq, is accomplished, the #3 target of the Grand Strategy, Egypt, will happen because the prophecy specifically says so, and the #2 target of the Grand Strategy, Saudi Arabia, has been identified to us Bible students as the great whore that sitteth upon many waters, Babylon the Great.  Making Saudi Arabia Babylon the Great effectively holds the "Christians" responsible for the already planned political demise of Saudi Arabia.  Doing so provides the Moslem people and the rest of the "peace" loving planet a cause celebre for the future persecution of Christians (to be blamed for the "religious" war) during the tribulation.  They should kill one another is the phrase in Revelation 6:4.

4. Asserts
that Christians must understand that there will be no Second Coming unless they accept the Jews as the rightful heirs to Israel and Jerusalem

I guess we had better get to work or the Lord can not come.  It's a good thing we have read the Shoebat book or we would have failed in our responsibility to personally bring about the Second Coming.    :>)   

All fleshly men think alike - believing the Lord needs our help. They do not understand the sovereign God. 

Here again we have the philosophy requiring that "conservative Christians" must actually bring about the Second Coming, in this case by opposing the Moslem terrorists who are an "epidemic of barbarism" (to quote Shoebat).  A major historical objective of the Vatican has been to convince the "Christians" to seize Jerusalem, in this and the previous century ostensibly for the Jews, by war if necessary, while publicly protesting against the Clash of Civilizations.  Then they blame the Protestant western fundamentalists for fomenting and conducting war lest there will be no Second Coming.  This website has been directly accused of promoting war in Iraq to cause the Second Coming.  (At the time I had no idea what a major strategy this line of thinking would play).  True Christians do not advocate the Clash of Civilizations.   Our only task is to wait on the Lord and rest in His work.  This website reports what is happening  and encourages believers to do NOTHING but pray and read their Bibles.  The world does not belong to us.  We are strangers and pilgrims only.   Let those in authority do what they will.   Ours is to be guided into the patient waiting for the Lord.
It should be clear to all that what is beginning to happen will lead to great tribulation (insuring that all earthly options lead to a dead end).

5. Asserts that
Gog is simply another word for the antichrist, the Assyrian, the son of perdition, and Lucifer.

As was mentioned on 04-15-2005 on this page, identifying Gog as the antichrist leads to the following:

The Strategy
Convince the world that Gog (the Moslem invader of Israel) will be the antichrist.
Especially convince western "fundamentalists" of the above.
Convince "Gog", Moslem nations, (via an intelligence operation) into invading Israel.
This will lead to "Gog" being destroyed.
Convince everyone that the antichrist (Gog) is dead and that we can have "real peace" now.
Start the "millennium" celebration.
Oops, the "millennium" turns out to be the tribulation.
The peace "confirmer" turns out to be the real antichrist.
The world (religiously, doctrinally and politically) is deceived straight into the kingdom of antichrist, known to the religious as the "kingdom of heaven."


6. Correctly asserts that the Gog forces will be partly from Turkey, but proceeds to make Turkey "antichrist" by further isolating Turkey from the western community of nations (thus setting up the scenario described in #5).   A few quotes-

The following is a partial list of Turkish massacres from 1822 until 1904:

Muslims Turks have slaughtered 2.8 million Christians.

Western appeasement of Islam in Turkey is based on the false assumption that Turkey… is moderate.

The revival of the defunct Ottoman beast is on its way.  (This quote particularly makes Gog the antichrist.)

Can there be any doubt that the "hooks" are being set for the Moslem nations?   Even though men have their plans, they can only carry out these plans if the Almighty allows them.  Therefore, it can be said that the Lord Himself puts hooks into their jaws and brings them against Israel.  We do know, however, that Gog is NOT the antichrist.


7. Asserts that the mark of the beast is an Islamic symbol called a Shahadatan (further "proof" that Gog is the antichrist).

The Islamic Shahadatan is actually a declaration of allegiance and servitude to Allah and Muhammad; the inscription of this declaration is worn by millions on the forehead or the right arm.

Shoebat then proceeds to the most twisted rendering of Revelation 13:18

Here is wisdom let him that hath understanding decide [who] the multitude of the beast [is] for it is the multitude of a man [that is Muhammad] and his multitude [are] in the name of Allah.  [Rev 13:18] We know that antichrist will be an Assyrian and that his empire will be in the Middle East.  However, this does not make the "war paint" of the army of Gog tantamount to the mark of the beast


8. Asserts in a particularly Catholic eschatological viewpoint that Christ could come BEFORE the Great Wrath.

It is pretty clear that this [the armies in heaven returning, 1 Thes 4:16, Mat 24:30] not the Rapture as popularly believed, but the “coming of Christ” in both verses, and it indeed could happen before the Great Wrath.

Next thing you know is that the coming of antichrist will be the coming of Christ because he will be destroying the "bad guys" (those in opposition to the antichrist).
...yea the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.  (John 16:2)


9. Asserts that the Day of the Lord and the Battle of Armageddon are the same 24 hour period.

The Book of Joel describes a single event --- the Day of the Lord and the battle of Armageddon.

Here is an explanation of the Day of the Lord and the chronology of the Book of Revelation.  Knowing Bible prophecy is necessary to avoid being deceived.

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Take a look at the following speech (not in the Shoebat book).  Though it could be Geoffrey of Ibelin administering the oath from the movie Kingdom of Heaven, it is not.  Furthermore, this is not my speech.  The present author is opposed to such speech.
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/urban2-5vers.html

"Although, O sons of God, you have promised more firmly than ever to keep the peace among yourselves and to preserve the rights of the church, there remains still an important work for you to do. Freshly quickened by the divine correction, you must apply the strength of your righteousness to another matter which concerns you as well as God. For your brethren who live in the east are in urgent need of your help, and you must hasten to give them the aid which has often been promised them. For, as the most of you have heard, the Turks and Arabs have attacked them and have conquered the territory of Romania [the Greek empire] as far west as the shore of the Mediterranean and the Hellespont, which is called the Arm of St. George. They have occupied more and more of the lands of those Christians, and have overcome them in seven battles. They have killed and captured many, and have destroyed the churches and devastated the empire. If you permit them to continue thus for awhile with impurity, the faithful of God will be much more widely attacked by them. On this account I, or rather the Lord, beseech you as Christ's heralds to publish this everywhere and to persuade all people of whatever rank, foot-soldiers and knights, poor and rich, to carry aid promptly to those Christians and to destroy that vile race from the lands of our friends. I say this to those who are present, it meant also for those who are absent. Moreover, Christ commands it.

"All who die by the way, whether by land or by sea, or in battle against the pagans, shall have immediate remission of sins. This I grant them through the power of God with which I am invested. O what a disgrace if such a despised and base race, which worships demons, should conquer a people which has the faith of omnipotent God and is made glorious with the name of Christ!

...

Accordingly undertake this journey for the remission of your sins, with the assurance of the
imperishable glory of the kingdom of heaven.

According to the website- http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/urban2-5vers.html
The above words are part of that speech made by Pope Urban II to the Crusaders at Cleremont in 1095.


For an informative comparison between the US war on terror and the Catholic crusades see this website-
http://www.hyperhistory.net/apwh/essays/comp/cw34crusadeagainstterror.htm

Compare the United States call for an international alliance against terror to the Vatican’s call for powers to join together in a crusade against aggressive Islam that had swept across Northern African and the Middle East.

In contrast with the Vatican’s call against Muslims, the United States call has tried to steer clear of getting religion involved in the issues. Bush has clearly stated that the “war on terror” is not a war against Islam. The U.S. Government is careful to not put the Muslim faith in the category of “enemy” but only those Muslim terrorists that pose the threat. However, it has been clear that the struggle in Iraq for example is “a struggle for hearts and minds"  because of the religious beliefs that the people hold.

That the Vatican has had an historical opposition to Israel's millennial kingdom is stated by Manhattan on page 220 of the Vatican Moscow Washington Alliance , Chick Publications-

In Vatican eyes, therefore, the millenarian yearning for a global Hebrew theocracy, represents a deadly threat to the eschatological teachings of the Catholic church. When translated into concrete political terms, such a view spells not only rivalry, but implacable enmity.

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New pope opposed to Turkey's inclusion in the EU
from the website-
http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20050424/focus/focus1.html
we read-
That the church sees Europe as not just a political federation of secular states, but a Christian union, is attested to by the fact that Ratzinger has openly come out against Turkey's membership in the European Union, saying the 70-million Muslim country would compromise Europe's Christian identity. That statement earned him widespread criticism, but Ratzinger has never been phased by that. He has made a career out of making enemies, but his passionate devotion to what he sees as objective truth steers him away from the distraction of critics. Political correctness is anathema to him.



Those that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces. (Zech 12:3)

End 04-24-2005


10-08-2007
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2007/10/08/obama-gop-doesnt-own-faith-and-values/

Obama told an evangelical church in South Carolina: "I am confident we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth."

Ruh-roh!

Not without the King, my friend. 

"We"  are not going to create anything  but a mess.
Looks like the acceptance speech of the next vice president to me.

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http://apnews.myway.com/article/20071008/D8S53UPO0.html

Israel May OK Division of Jerusalem
See Zech 14:2




End 10-08-2007


05-19-2011

Today President Obama said

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/20/world/middleeast/20prexy-text.html?pagewanted=7&_r=1
So while the core issues of the conflict must be negotiated, the basis of those negotiations is clear: a viable Palestine, a secure Israel. The United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine. We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their full potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state.

One thing to consider is that the city of Jerusalem lies on the proposed 1967 border of Israel and the West Bank (to become part of the Palestinian State).  The old city East Jerusalem lies in the West Bank.

http://www.mideastweb.org/misrael.htm
See also http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Facts+About+Israel/Israel+in+Maps/1949-1967+Armistice+Lines.htm

This division of Jerusalem, when completed, will allow the following prophecy to be fulfilled.

Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.   Zech 14:1-3

How far away can the coming of the LORD be?

End 05-19-2011




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