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Evangelicals who discuss different angles of Bible prophecy often consider apparent references to the necessity of a Jewish temple being rebuilt before the start of the Tribulation. Here’s my own view…

REMAINS OF THE SECOND JEWISH TEMPLE, WITH ISLAMIC DOME OF THE ROCK BEHIND IT
All evangelical prophecy “experts” and buffs who are not amillennial see in Scripture talk of a rebuilt temple, which Antichrist will one day enter and claim to be God. I’ve struggled with the idea that there could be a rebuilt temple, given the firm Muslim control of the temple mount in our day, the unwillingness of most Israelis to upset the Muslim world by even considering a temple, and the total unwillingness of the US and Europe to aid those wanting a temple for the same reason. Be assured that I’m convinced God is fully able to bring his Word to fulfillment against all the odds, but I have considered alternative possibilities to a rebuilt temple.
Since Jesus said that the “abomination of desolation” would stand in the holy place and didn’t say “temple” (Matthew 24) I wondered if it may be that simple: that there will be no temple, but just AC standing on the spot where the holy of holies was situated. Not even Jews of today will stand on the spot for fear of desecrating it, even though there’s no temple there.
However, Paul’s reference to the event (2 Thess. 2:4) contains the word “temple”. It seems that all translations use the word “temple”, and the original Greek does say “temple”, not “holy place”. Evangelical Christians of past centuries believed that the word “temple” here refers to the hearts of members of the true Church, the Church being deceived by the Pope who, they were convinced, was Antichrist. But the elect cannot be deceived, and this interpretation necessitates allegorizing most or all Last Days prophesies, making them all unsure and intangible.

THE WESTERN WALL
It seems then that there are three remaining alternatives. One is that Paul was mistaken. He only thought that the prophecy Jesus mentioned, originally in the book of Daniel, with AC standing on the holy place, spoke of the literal temple which was still standing in Paul’s day. He should instead have directly quoted Jesus who said “holy place”. Paul, in this scenario, expected the destruction of the temple to come at the same time as the AC is revealed, when in fact its destruction by the Roman army came not long after his death, and the AC is yet future.
So was Paul mistaken? If so the entire New Testament on shaky ground. If Paul was wrong about this then the Holy Spirit did not breathe Truth into the Words of our NT as it claims; Paul’s letters are not Scripture as Peter said they were; Peter was wrong to say they were Scripture, and it’s all unreliable. It appears that there must be a temple on the temple mount in order for Biblical integrity to be maintained, and for prophecy to be fulfilled.
The temple likely cannot be built anywhere else without defying Scripture. The Temple Mount Faithful state that the spot where the holy of holies was is currently smack-dab in the middle of the Dome of the Rock, built seven hundred years after the temple was destroyed. The Dome is one of the most revered shrines in Islam. Indeed, any attempt to replace the Dome with a Jewish temple in present conditions would likely start WWIII.
The second possibility is propounded by Amir Tsarfati among others, which is that the Gog-Magog war spoken of in Ezekiel will be the next fulfillment of prophecy. The Islamic world will be greatly weakened by its defeat foretold in chapters 38 and 39, and the Israelis, finding their Bible to be coming to life once again, will be inspired and emboldened to build a temple on the spot where the Islamic Dome of the Rock now sits.
A third possibility to my mind is that AC will be somehow acceptable to the Muslims-possibly himself a Muslim-and will enter the Dome, stand on the spot where the holy of holies was, and make his “I am God” speech. This possibility fits with the present-day Islamification of Europe, also desired in the US by some on the left of the political spectrum. Could this scenario fit Islamic eschatology of the coming Mahdi? That’s a subject for another post.
NOTES
STRONG’S CONCORDANCE:
The word used by Paul here, and subsequently in the NT (3724) is defined thus:
…of the temple in Jerusalem; it generally denotes the temple building. Also used figuratively for the church as the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit.
Many of the remaining uses of 3724 in the NT do refer to non-corporeal temples: the Church, the temple in heaven, etc.
THE VIEW OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT FAITHFUL:
1,932 years after the destruction of the Second Temple, there are various theories as to the location of the Temple and the Holy of Holies. Some believe that the Temple was located north of the Dome of the Rock while others believe that it was south of the Dome of the Rock. Some of these theories are an attempt at compromise because of the actual situation that the rock is today located under the Dome of the Rock and because of a fear that the removal of the Dome of the Rock and the building of the Temple on this place could cause World War III. These theories do not take into account the fact that no compromise can be made with the Word of Gd Who assigned the location of the Temple and showed it in prophecy to King David.
The Third Temple can only be built on the same location which the Gd of Israel indicated to King David in prophecy and where the First and Second Temples were built. The Third Temple and the Holy of Holies cannot be relocated by even one centimeter to the north or south. Only Gd controls war and peace and the destiny of Israel. There is no doubt that Gd is testing Israel today on the Temple Mount, which is the key place in the world. Gd expects Israel to rebuild His house on the correct position on the Temple Mount with no fear of the Moslem enemy which, at the end of the seventh century CE, built the Dome of the Rock on the most holy place of the Gd and people of Israel and desecrated the hill of Gd and revolted against the Word of Gd. Gd promised the people of Israel that in the endtimes He would redeem His holy hill and Jerusalem together with the people and land of Israel and He would protect them and fight for them against the enemies who would try to prevent His prophetic endtime plans for Israel.
http://www.templemountfaithful.org/articles/temple-location.php

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Evolutionists cite similarities between various animals, and between various plants, as evidence of our ancestry from single-celled creatures. The “evolutionary tree of life” depicts us all descending from the same one-celled creatures as jellyfish, elephants, butterflies and Venus fly-traps. None of these original single-celled creatures were ever observed, and none of their present-day counterparts and none of the tree’s “branch” entities has ever been observed to develop or evolve into anything else. But hope springs eternal in the minds of ardent atheists, and you’ve been sold a narrative designed to shape your entire world-view, and to destroy your faith.FISHAccording to the tree of life, which is, of necessity, nothing more than a diagram: an “artist’s interpretation” or “artist’s impression”, the more structural and genetic similarities organisms share, the more closely related they are and the closer they are on the Tree of Life (NOTE 1). Four-legged creatures are very closely related, as are two-legged varieties such as the “Great Apes” which classification includes humans.

But we all come from the same Designer: the same Creator. Some design features are common in similarly-shaped animals because they work well and because they have the same designer. What do evolutionists expect to see: five legs? Three eyes? Square hips made of wood? Two heads?

Experts have assured us that we humans have very similar DNA to chimpanzees, and that we and chimps are therefore closely related. This claim has been chipped away and exposed by creationist scientists who found bias in the use of data (see note 2 below).

Somewhat more distantly, two-legged, four-legged and no-legged animals are all related. Yes, your distant cousin is a jellyfish. So don’t be surprised if he has no back-bone.

Anyway, as the saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Is the conviction as great as the claim? I haven’t yet heard of any evolutionists marrying chimps, have you?

The “FIVE-LEGGED FISH” picture above is my own creation, © Nick Fisher.

NOTES

1 http://naturalhistory.si.edu/exhibits/darwin/treeoflife.html

2 http://www.icr.org/article/human-chimp-dna-comparison-research

http://www.icr.org/article/new-research-evaluating-similarities

 

In these days of globalization immigration is a huge political and social issue. But why is it presented to us by the media as an “either-or” issue; a duty to either accept and embrace-hook line and sinker, or reject completely, and thereby have your character compared to that of Adolph Hitler’s?

img_4429067786defAn EU Council poster. Note the caption: “MANY TONGUES, ONE VOICE”

Since President Obama pushed open the floodgates for immigrants into the US, erasing the legal/illegal distinction, and instructing border security to “stand down” and just watch and facilitate the invasion of the US by anyone who wanted to enter, any opposition to illegal immigration has been labelled “racism” and “bigotry”. As in Europe, big media companies slap frightening titles such as “far right” and “extreme nationalism” onto any political figure daring to even question the wisdom of opening the doors to all who want to come into the West, whether they’re vetted or not.images (1)

However, not just in the US but in Europe also there’s a distinct flavor to this new one-world culture being surreptitiously foisted onto all of us. The following is a quote from the official document from a 1991 meeting which outlines the Muslim Brotherhood’s strategic goals for North America:

“The process of settlement is a ‘Civilization-Jihadist Process’ with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers…” (NOTE 1).

Given the above, why did President Obama frequently entertain the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House? Why did he smooth the path to Iran’s development of nuclear weapons, and why did he sweeten the deal with a billion and a half dollars of US taxpayers’ money without congressional approval? Why did he support the MB takeover of Egypt, dressed up as an “Arab Spring” by the media, which led to an immediate onslaught on the Coptic Christian population, and a strict imposition of Sharia law? (NOTE 2). Why is the EU drawing in so many of that same cultural background into Europe- in fact millions of them-the great majority of which has no intention of assimilating?

Hillary Clinton’s aim was to maintain the legacy and goals of Obama. She was the globalists’ dream-the one who would continue Obama’s push. But the election of Trump upset the apple cart, and unleashed a world of hate and fury by the media and by establishment politicians-Democrat and Republican. Even media and politicians in Europe were screaming “foul”. Donald Trump rocked the establishment boat-the boat quietly but firmly taking us all down their globalist river. That “swamp” that Mr Trump promised to drain turned out to be a lot deeper and more stinky than even he expected, and it’s attempting to suck him under.download

On the other side of the Atlantic Europe continues to be changed into the image of a European “dream”, in which national identities and cultures are to be dissolved for a new one. And what will that new one be like? There’s no need to guess, because with mass immigration and the decline and fall of indigenous family and culture, population projections see Muslims as being the largest ethnic group within just a few decades in most EU countries.

The EU was intentionally founded to be a pre-global political organization. It’s a model and a stepping-stone for world government, in which national identities (but only those of the West) are erased. Europe and its planners cleverly knew that a top-down change would scare too many people at once. So what they did was maintain all the trappings of national government, and elections, while all the time superimposing global government on all. This of course is still in process, disguised as “sustainable development” and other euphemistic phrases.

In order to convince entire populations that what was happening was good for everyone and the only viable and desirable goal, education establishments and media giants continue to be shaped and manned to in turn shape the minds of the masses. And if we think we have no power at the ballot box now, dear reader, how will it be when our “leaders” have successfully thrown us into the pit of global government? If we think that politicians are out of touch now, and government entities impossibly monolithic and impervious, how will it be when one central power, somewhere, controls all things? Will our opinions matter then? The goal of global government; the aim of those promoting global citizenship, is that your individual rights will have no importance or relevance compared to your duty to the good of all. You will be like a worker ant: one of the many and totally dispensable.

To those of you who still think that world government is nothing more than the ridiculous conspiracy theory of semi-insane Christian fundamentalists, consider the United Nations organization, and UNESCO’s “Global Education First Initiative”. Knowing as Hitler did that the way to shape an entire nation was to “educate” its children your way, the GEFI is already at work in many schools in America and no doubt around the world. Point three of its three priorities in education is the following:

“FOSTER GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP” (NOTE 3).

Many of the goals of those promoting global citizenship appear to be good and wholesome. But who, for example, is going to decide exactly what “social injustice” is (note 4)? To liberals, social injustice includes the fact that there are too many white people, and that it “isn’t fair” that some people get paid more than others do. This is communism. And so communism can pass, to many peoples’ minds, as “social justice”. Who will set the rules? The Clintons, who “should” have been elected, to the minds of establishment politicians and media people, are so enamored with the idea of global citizenship that they offer a related award annually (note 5). Don’t bother to apply if you’re white.

download (1)(THE TOWER OF BABEL?)

The subject of monolithic organizations brings me to an interesting observation, already made by many, of the similarity between the modern West and ancient Babylon. Babel was the Biblical city in which man intended to unify under one flag, metaphorically speaking:

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth” (Genesis 11:4 ESV).

God had different plans. He did not want mankind to be united, because he knew that they would be united in opposition against him, which would be bad for them also. So he confused their language, and dispersed them over the face of the earth (verses 5 to 9). Mankind is currently attempting to reverse the work of God at Babel.

It’s incredible to discover that the EU likens itself in many ways to a successful remake of Babel, which of course is probably nothing more than a myth to its planners and architects. What isn’t a myth is their opposition to the Biblical God and his ways.

Also remarkable is the EU’s happy recognition of the mythical roots of Europe. According to a Greek myth dating back to at least the time of Homer’s Ilyad,  the god Zeus had the hots for Europa, the Phoenecian mother of King Minos of Crete. Zeus decided to seduce her. He transformed himself into a tame white bull, and managing to coax her onto his back he ran off to Crete with her.

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(EUROPA ON A TWENTY-EURO NOTE)

The continent of Europe is named after Europa (no surprise there eh?). The European Union has been feeling the hots for Europa also, and has honored her in many ways-on EU money, for example.

However, it’s not just Europa who is honored, but the entire myth also. Outside the EU Council building is a statue of a bull wildly galloping along while a naked woman clings to his back.

So what, you may ask? What’s the significance? Is there any significance to the EU council’s use of a well-known painting of Babel in their literature, and their statue of Zeus carrying naked Europa on a wild ride? Couldn’t it perhaps just be that some sarcastic artist/ designer was aware of the view of some in the evangelical world, and so he wanted to tweek their excitement as a little joke?

In the eyes of some fans of Bible prophecy, the myth and the statue are in close similarity and relationship to a reference in the book of Revelation, in which a woman-“Mystery Babylon”-is seen to ride a “beast”, the very beast destined to rule the earth economically, politically and militarily. (Revelation chapter 17). More than that, it is considered by the same students of eschatology that according to prophecies in Daniel and Revelation Europe is destined to be the final kingdom to rule the earth, making its unification most significant in the light of other apparent “signs” of the nearness of end-times events.

Obama warned of a “blood-bath” were “Brexit” to succeed (note 6).

I confess to having been once completely convinced that the EU entity was to be the kingdom of Antichrist. However, over several years I’ve modified my view of the situation somewhat.  I think the kingdom of the beast will/ already does extend overseas, if you get my drift. I also believe that the movement of vast numbers of Muslims into the West is part of an elite plan to weaken and water down the influence of Christianity, so that the architects of antichrist’s kingdom can work more easily.

Perhaps most interesting is the fact that the EU seeks to dismantle borders and to foster and promote world entities, and ultimately world government. Of course many in the US and around the world are on the world-governance bandwagon. It’s a fact which is compelling in relation to prophecies of world government, and especially that prophesied world government’s opposition to genuine Christianity and the nation of Israel. These facts meet in an incredible “coincidence”, if that’s all it is, but I don’ t think it is coincidence.

I certainly do not agree with the notion of a few wackos that Donald Trump is the antichrist for many reasons. One of those reasons is that he is hated, not loved, by the globalists, by the wealthy elite who pull all the strings-including the media strings- who wish to blend all the nations and ethnic groupings together, and who want to drag the world into an anti-Christian perversion of God’s creation. They are under the spirit of Antichrist, and they are opposed to Trump.

To keep those of you who have managed to read this far in a little suspense, I think my own expectations of Antichrist’s kingdom must be discussed in another post, this one being already monstrously long. Having said that, it’s my opinion that Europe is only a part of the last-days kingdom; a little warm-up for the real thing. According to two passages from Revelation, we cannot know the form of that kingdom in any clarity until the beginning of the last three and a half years:

And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings (or kingdoms) who have not yet received royal power, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast (Revelation 17:12);

The beast was…allowed to exercise authority for three and a half years (13:5).

 

NOTES

1: https://clarionproject.org/muslim_brotherhood_explanatory_memorandum/

2: The Obama administration’s policy of backing the Muslim Brotherhood was outlined in a secret directive called Presidential Study Directive-11, or PSD-11 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/3/inside-the-ring-muslim-brotherhood-has-obamas-secr/

3: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/global-education-first-initiative-gefi/

4: http://www.ideas-forum.org.uk/about-us/global-citizenship

5: https://www.clintonfoundation.org/clinton-global-initiative/meetings/annual-meetings/2016/clinton-global-citizen-awards

6: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/733109/Barack-Obama-European-Union-World-War-politics-EU-Brexit-nationalism

No, dear reader, I haven’t mis-spelled a word in my title, I’m just rather partial to puns…

393px-Gojira_1954_poster_3Do you ever wish you could read a book or watch a movie in which nothing goes wrong, where nobody gets hurt and there are no problems to solve? I’ve discussed with my sons the fact that works of fiction probably would never meet with much, if any success, without trouble at their center.

Without some sort of tension to resolve-injustice, war, loss, unfulfilled desires, threats or enemies-any movie, novel or drama would probably be rather hum-drum and not very interesting to the majority of people. Can you think of any work of fiction without at least one problem to put right? Even Christian stories center on family break-up, loss, persecution or aggressive debate.

It seems that while we all hate to suffer ourselves, we want to see others suffering, at a distance…but then perhaps to see the problem resolved at the end of the story. The hero must win the battle, or wreak revenge, or get his desired lover. If there isn’t a problem, we like to create one…don_quijote_and_sancho_panzaWe like to tell ourselves that we enjoy seeing suffering because it “reflects reality” and touches upon our own struggles. Even sci-fi and fantasy stories are really just dressed up hypothesized versions of real-life problems, although in these times some Hollywood-style stories attempt or hope to shape reality rather than mirror it.

History is a long succession of stories filled with tensions and resolutions, and in many cases there is no happy ending. So it is even in the Biblical narrative. Problems begin almost on the first page, when Adam and Eve fail a simple test. But wait a minute: why is there a test to pass or fail in the first place? Wasn’t it God himself who put that nasty tree in the garden? And wasn’t it God who seems to have turned his back while the Tempter came to persuade Eve to disobey? Behind it all, God had a grand plan-a scheme, the subject of the Bible: a narrative which is still in process of being acted out and fulfilled. I’ve written about this in my series “Why Do We Suffer?”Ary_Scheffer_-_The_Temptation_of_Christ_(1854)I was looking at a few facebook pages of people I used to know, and I was amazed to see even there that a common source of mirth and hilarity these days is ridicule of Donald Trump. Of course this isn’t news to any of us-it’s going on in many places. And the things they say about him are hateful, spiteful and most often completely false. They come from a media and an entertainment industry which has declared war on the world’s leader and his supporters.

So what do they want in Trump’s place? Who would they replace him with? I’m convinced they want more of the same. They want what President Obama was working hard to give them: a throwing off of the influence Christianity has had over the past two millennia, and a reversal of the confusion and separation of Babel. At Babel God acted to prevent the world of men from being unified. He did that because he knew that any such unity would be in opposition against him and against all that he created mankind for. And sure enough, the modern socialistic, one-world movement seeks to redefine marriage, spirituality, gender, love, and just about everything you can think of which relates to the original plan of God for mankind. Trump, imperfect though he is-as we all are-and his supporters, seeks to set back the clock on the perversion of God’s plan. The dissenters, the “jokers” and the haters all seek to continue the movement away from God, which was so enthusiastically facilitated and encouraged by our last president, his appointed judges and his devoted followers.800px-Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder_-_The_Tower_of_Babel_(Vienna)_-_Google_Art_Project_-_editedThe history of man has been likened to a tale of two cities: one the celestial city of God, and the other Babel, the city of man. It’s all actually one story only: history is His-story. I’ve written before about the “Beautiful City”, a place in which man will one day, he hopes, realize his Utopian dreams; where he can do whatever he wants without consequence or criticism, and from which God is banished forever. However, proponents of modern humanism and secularism do seem to like the idea of inviting into the free world one version of god and his followers, in the hope that this god will aid in the removal of the one they see as the great ogre-the Biblical God.

Why do the nations rage, and the people plot in vain? (Psalm 2:1 ESV).

Behind it all the devil works to take down free society so that the gospel of Jesus Christ can be strangled once and for all. Many people see this as a top priority in life. They just refuse to see the fact that the gospel cannot be controlled or suffocated, any more now than it ever has been; any more than it was at the beginning when Jesus Christ was crucified and his disciples scattered and persecuted throughout the world. Persecution, as horrible as it is, only serves to further the cause of the gospel.What-is-truth02All these people will accomplish is the loss of freedom. But freedom will not only be lost for those that they hate: it will be gone from them also, because the system they work to impose in God’s place is intentionally excluding the only source of freedom.

All the machinations of those who seek to destroy what the West has stood for, with all its failures and weaknesses, may succeed temporarily, and on a superficial level- the only level they’re willing or able to see and detect. But in fact they’re expending all their energies only upon that which God has already planned and foreseen. Man without God is like a convict digging an escape tunnel, only to find that the entire prison guard are waiting for him at the other end.

God’s grand story is still unfolding-we’re in the middle of it now. The last page of the story of rebellious man is not far away, and man himself is helping to write some of the detail. Our Creator will bring to completion the Resolution of all resolutions, when those who’ve sided with God’s only son Jesus Christ will experience the happiest ending of all. And the happiest ending of all will begin a never-ending succession of wonderful, amazing stories without tension, trouble, or problems.

There can be no other outcome for the world than God’s victory over man’s rebellion, because God is the creator and sustainer of all things. Not only this, but he, and his Son, are the beginning and the end of the grand story:

Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end (Revelation 22:12 The words of Jesus Christ-see verse 16)

 

 

 

GETTING FAITH

A member of my distant family recently commented that he had not been given the gift of faith. This to him is the end of the matter-he clearly expects to live the rest of his life without it.

gift-wrapping-paperSome Christians think that faith is only given to a select few. God chooses some while the rest get left out. That flies in the face of the words of Jesus Christ himself, who said:

And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself (John 12:32 ESV)

and:

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16 NIV).

Faith is elusive for someone who thinks it’s a blind conviction or a feeling. It’s difficult for people to find where they’re kept in the dark: where mention of the Christian faith is shunned or forbidden, or even put down with violence. Many voices in the West are working to silence the faith of their fathers, and instead to welcome a faith which will enslave them and the nations they live in.

Jesus said “whoever believes…” The Christian gospel offers salvation as a free gift to anyone who will respond. We have to turn from our un-Godly ways, and accept the sacrifice of God’s only Son, and his resurrection. I’ve written before about this*

I explained to my family member that getting faith isn’t a difficult thing. We don’t have to first deny reality, or strain to convince ourselves of everything in the Bible, or work up a feeling or an emotion. Instead, I said, having faith is a little like getting on a plane. The pilot and his airline guarantee that they can get us to our destination. All we have to do is trust them to do it, and get on board.

God built the “plane” of salvation, and Jesus Christ is the pilot: just get on board.

* https://nickyfisher.com/2013/08/13/what-is-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ-2/

 

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