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Economic Collapse Clouds on the Horizon

Posted on 01 April 2013 by Kevin Wixson
Economic Collapse As survivalists we are always concerned about what is lurking on the event horizon. Economic advisors throughout the international community are sending out strong signals that we all need to be aware of impending economic collapse. With the current administration occupying the White House supporting sweeping changes to our “rights” and “freedoms” one has to be wary of the hidden intent behind these agendas. Recently I came across an article that poses a set of 50 questions that when answered provide all the reasons necessary to consider taking up a survivalist mentality.
The writing is on the wall, actually has been for quite some time, the economic collpase playing out currently in Cyprus may be the final early warning sign of what we can expect here in America as well as around the globe. Less and less of the international community are maintaining a modicum of trust with the centralized banking schemes of the United States and European countries. They are pulling their precious metals out of international banking chambers and securing it within the boundaries of their own countries. An economic collapse of epic and global proportions will set in motion many of the TEOWAWKI scenarios we have begun preparing for. Martial law will quickly follow on the heels of a financial failure and then the real problems will set in and become apparent to all those that thumbed their noses at us for planning to deal with an economic collpase. Here are a handful of the questions contained in the original article.
“Why has Germany announced that it will be moving gold from New York and Paris to its own vaults back home? Is this a sign of a breakdown in trust among global central banks? Why is China systematically hoarding gold? Why have billionaires such as George Soros and John Paulson been hoarding massive amounts of gold? Why are billionaires buying up so much ranch land up in Montana? Why is Russia warning that we are rapidly approaching a global “currency war”? Why are sales of physical silver coins breaking all sorts of all-time records? The U.S. Mint is on pace to sell more silver eagles during the first month of 2013 than it did during the entire year of 2007.”
Obviously there is a central theme here: grab valuable physical assets in abundance to prevent having your bank accounts raided to pay off the national debt the government cannot repay due to fraudulent Federal Reserve practices. To avoid the financial suffering of an economic collapse brought about by a mismanaged government get your assets in order.
“Why has [President] Obama chosen this moment to launch an all-out attack on the Second Amendment? Why does [President] Obama want doctors to ask their patients questions about firearms? Why is there an incredibly severe nationwide ammunition shortage all of a sudden? Why has a bill been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that “would ban Internet or mail order ammunition purchases“? Why are gun control advocates such as Piers Morgan pushing for us to become more like the UK when the UK actually has a much higher violent crime rate than we do? Why was a Forbes article that made a connection between the use of psychiatric drugs and the mass shootings that we have seen in recent years almost immediately taken down from the Internet?”
These are but a handful of the questions that should indicate the long road to financial recovery after an economic collapse that we are all headed for under the current regime. You prepare to oppress the people by taking their guns, followed shortly by seizing their financial accounts without warrant. The final result is a long train ride to an out of the way “residential relocation” center. It would appear as if the same government that labels “preppers/survivalists” as potential threats is doing more “prepping” than any of us ever imagined for the impending economic collapse. What steps are you taking to prepare your family for handling an economic collapse? For additional links and information visit

Financial Fitness

Financial Fitness

Posted on 25 September 2013 by Kevin Wixson
Financial Fitness That’s right folks, today we are going to teach you some helpful hints on how to get your money in shape. Paper money push-ups, loose change chin-ups and sit-ups for stocks and bonds are all part of the financial fitness program for survivalists that want to be prepared for an economic collapse. Seriously though folks, financial fitness is something we should all be concerned about in these tough, uncertain economic times.
In the United States, we operate a fiat currency system. This fiat money is the very reason financial fitness programs are a necessary consideration. Fiat currency is money deemed worthy by a government, even though it isn’t backed by anything of intrinsic value. In order for fiat money to function, those using it must retain faith in its value. If that faith is lost, that money becomes useless. The financial fitness steps you take today, could make or break your entire survival strategy. Financial fitness is not something you can put off until later, it is something that you should focus attention on as soon as possible.
“Prepare your family by starting to live on less now. Start with small things by cutting out extra items like going out to eat, ice cream runs, and other trivial things. If your family is used to infrequent luxury items, when they completely disappear, it won’t be such a shock to them. Psychology of your group will be important with each passing day.”
This is the first step in developing a financial fitness program for your bug out plans. You don’t necessarily need to eliminate all of your excessive habits, but you will find life after SHTF easier to adjust to if you begin scaling back on your activities now.
“Remember, there is intrinsic value in coins. Some are made of nickel, copper, or silver. These precious metals will increase in value as things get tough. If you’re able to diversify to silver and gold coins now, that’s a wise choice as well. Remember, a quarter is worth $0.25 today, but a quarter made before 1964 is actually worth about $7. The melt value alone of some of these coins are actually extremely valuable.”
Investing in the right type of coins and precious metals should be the second step of a financial fitness program. If the bottom falls out, fiat paper money may not be worth much more than toilet paper. Coins and precious metals have represented financial fitness for centuries and will do so again in a post economic collapse environment.
“In the day and age of direct deposit, folks rely on the fact that their money is put directly into their bank accounts. When the SHTF, you may not have a job anymore. Therefore, you’ll need to think now about how you’ll generate income for your family. Whether you have a particular skill that is valuable or you’re able to generate some type of passive income you can rely on. Start planning now for that.”
Survivalists and preppers are people that have a passion for developing a more self-reliant lifestyle. Being able to generate your own income will be an essential financial fitness skill to have, as it will complete the self-reliant life cycle. These are just a few of the things that we can all do today to improve our individual financial fitness programs. Learning how to barter wouldn’t be a bad idea either, nor would stocking up on precious gems and jewelry, that can be melted down or used for trade bait.
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G 20 Summit

Today Mr. Obama departs Washington D.C. headed for the G 20 Summit meeting to be hosted in St. Petersburg, Russia. This G 20 Summit should be interesting to watch, considering the main topic of discussion is expected to revolve around how to handle the Syrian Civil War. Mr. Obama, over the weekend, did an absolute about face in his speech regarding authorizing a limited military strike against the Assad regime.
At the G 20 Summit, all interested international parties are expected to be in attendance. Mr. Obama is expected to harass his international counterparts about US involvement in Syria. It’s highly unlikely the G 20 Summit is going to sway the positions of several key permanent players of the United Nations. Several members of the international community, Britain included, have demanded more exact evidence that the Assad regime was behind the Sarin gas attacks in Damascus. France seems to be the only ally the Obama regime can rely on without approval from the UN, or the American Congress.
“Mr. Putin said it would have been “utter nonsense” for Syria to use chemical weapons, and he challenged the United States to provide evidence of such behavior by Russia’s longtime ally.
Without support from Russia for a military strike, the United States was unable to secure backing in the United Nations Security Council for a British-proposed resolution to authorize the use of military force against Syria.”
Mr. Obama has already cancelled a one on one meeting with Mr. Putin over the situation with Edward Snowden. It seems highly unlikely that these two will be seen whispering in one another’s ear at the G 20 Summit. Putin has made it very clear that without concrete evidence indicating Assad’s regime is guilty of the charges levied against it, US military intervention would be a dangerous decision that could have far reaching consequences.
“A Chinese expert on the Middle East, Yin Gang, said on Sunday that Mr. Obama’s decision to go through Congress made the president appear weak.
“He doesn’t want to fight; he doesn’t know the outcome,” said Mr. Yin, of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. “He’s afraid, very afraid.”
A Chinese specialist on Syria, Guo Xian’gang, said Mr. Obama would face opposition from Russia, China and other non-Western countries at the G 20 summit meeting for any military action.”
China will also have delegates at the G 20 Summit, and they have already had run-ins with the Obama regime over North Korea and Edward Snowden, so it’s very unlikely they are going to be persuaded to see things from the Obama point of view.
“Mr. Obama’s announcement that he would seek Congressional approval came after thousands of protesters held demonstrations in several cities abroad against an American military strike, with an estimated 1,000 people rallying in Trafalgar Square in London and 700 people turning out to protest in Frankfurt. Protests were also held in the United States, including in Washington.”
With increased opposition to US intervention in Syria, I have serious doubts Mr. Obama’s decision was based on pressure from the international community, and more to do with his rapidly disintegrating approval ratings here at home. What I wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall at this G 20 Summit meeting, I have a sneaking suspicion this could turn out to resemble an international roast of Obama. Maybe the representatives present at the G 20 Summit meeting should focus on arresting certain attendees for war crimes and holding them accountable for their own illegal actions, before discussing how to handle other hotheads in the Middle East.
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China and U.S. Debt

As the U.S. federal debt is steadily climbing closer to $17 trillion, President Obama and Congressional leadership are making statements that we "don't have an immediate crisis in terms of debt." All the same, our bloated federal debt does pose a crisis. Not only will it slow economic growth, threaten us with higher interest rates, and increase inflation; it also allows China to threaten our national security and status as a world power.
How does China's ownership of the U.S. debt really pose a danger to our national security?
China currently owns over 7% of U.S. federal debt via U.S. treasury securities. If China were to decide to dump those treasuries, it would greatly increase the burden of servicing U.S. debt. This could lead to a currency crisis forcing the U.S. to raise interest rates. Higher interest rates and higher risk for borrowers will potentially make it difficult for the U.S. to find creditors and will create the conditions for a recession.
Additionally, statements made by numerous Chinese officials have expressed support for the use of U.S. debt ownership as a weapon. Statements such as a senior editor of the state-run media outlet China's People's Daily who wrote, "now is the time for China to use its 'financial weapon' to teach the United States a lesson if it moves forward with a plan to sale arms to Taiwan." In addition, according to China Times, the country's central bank deputy governor Yi Gang announced, "China is fully prepared for a looming currency war should it, though 'avoidable,' really happen."
Despite statements such as these, most analysis of U.S.-China policy, including reports from the U.S.-China Business Council (UCBC) as well as a report issued in July 2012 by former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, argue that the threat of using large holdings of U.S. debt for political advantage is nothing more than hot air.
The conventional wisdom is that China would never dump U.S. securities because an abrupt movement out of U.S. securities would be detrimental to both China and the United States. It would not be rational for China to take huge losses because they would be harming themselves.
The problem with the conventional wisdom is that it leaves several questions unanswered, such as: what if China is not rational? Alternatively, what if the potential damage to the Chinese economy is a calculated harm, which will serve an ultimate end goal?
China has been growing their financial sector but not for reasons of improving the livelihood of their citizenry. The growth in their financial sector has had little effect on the country's GDP, which they have covered by artificially inflating their GDP growth to a reported 7.8% when in actuality, economic indicators indicate it to be closer to 3-4%.
China has pumped extensive liquidity into their internal currency markets and it is easy to assume that the growth of their currencies' liquidity is a step toward gaining international reserve status for the Yuan. This currency liquidity requires China to have an export market to develop for the Yuan. Over the past few decades, China has become a global manufacturing hub with a near-monopoly on numerous key rare earth resources, China is positioning itself as the key global manufacturing and trade hub for an array of components and finished goods. The country now produces 20% of global manufacturing output, rendering the rest of the world dependent on the flow of goods out of China.The icing on the cake of being the hub of manufacturing and trade would be to have the Chinese Yuan as the world's reserve currency.
At present, the global financial system is centered on the U.S. dollar. Countries from around the world keep huge reserves of our currency lying around for the sake of international trade. This reserve currency status that the dollar possesses allows the U.S. to sustain an assertive foreign policy. If the dollar were to cease being the global reserve currency, the U.S. government will be much weaker internationally. In addition, the country will have a much harder time financing our debt, leading an already difficult to manage debt impossible to maintain and collapsing our economy.
It is important to note that China is not a capitalist nation. Capitalist nations have thriving open markets and numerous freedoms such as an open internet. The people of China do not have the luxury of capitalism; they have a repressive communist government interested in power.
China's power grab does not involve only financial markets. The Chinese military has been growing at exorbitant rates over the past few years. Not only does China have a large nuclear stockpile and a growing drone program, the growth of their naval fleet through the development of the aircraft carrier Liaoning -- along with several more planned in the future -- will help solidify their status as a superpower. An aircraft carrier will allow China to deploy troops and aircraft to regions around the world.
The Chinese People's Liberation Army has been linked to hacking groups that are seeking the ability to sabotage power grids and steal intellectual property at alarming rates. Chinese hackers have stolen terabytes of data from U.S. corporations involved in the United State's critical infrastructure.
Not only is China employing a highly antagonistic posture towards America. Their actions have grown more aggressive toward their neighbors over the past several years. These activities continuously test America's commitment to its Asian allies.
China has grown increasingly belligerent towards Japan both militarily as well as through their financial markets thanks to a longstanding dispute over the contested Senkakus Islands in the East China Sea.
Additionally, China, which regards Taiwan as a renegade province, has threatened to use nuclear weapons in response to Taiwan's interests in autonomy. This makes China the only country with nuclear capabilities to threaten to use the bomb against people and territories they consider their own.

When one looks at their trajectory, it is not hard to conclude that China's long-term goal is to replace the U.S. as the world's sole superpower. While they have a lot to lose by reverting to financial terrorism and dumping the dollar, they may feel that they will come out on top after toppling the dollar.

With a weakened America, and the international community relying on the Yuan as a reserve currency, it is not hard to imagine China making good on their belligerence towards their neighbors. After island hopping across Asia and the Pacific, it would only be a matter of time before we start seeing the Chinese navy patrolling around Europe, Africa, and America.
Despite statements made by various analysts, there is a real threat that China will dump U.S. debt. The theory that they will not because it would hurt their economy is predicated on the idea that China is a rational actor looking for financial growth. However, any country that manipulates and lies to prop up their financial markets; considers financial terrorism as a viable option for getting what they want; and threaten their neighbors as well as their own people with nuclear weapons is not a rational actor that belongs in the category of "superpower." Our growing national debt is a danger in and of itself, but giving China the ability to flex its muscles by means of that debt is something that should not be allowed to happen.

Kerry Reassures Asian Leaders Regarding Shutdown

Kerry Reassures Asian Leaders Regarding Shutdown

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Bali was graced by the presence of Secretary of State John Kerry, a stand-in for Barack Obama, who decided to stay home so he could refuse to negotiate with the GOP-led House of Representatives.

Kerry reassured Asian leaders that the Obama Administration will still be committed to doing business with Asia after the government shutdown ends in the near future. He said, "No one should mistake what is happening in Washington as anything more than a moment in politics. We've all seen it before and we'll probably see it again. But I guarantee you we will move beyond this and it and we will move beyond it with strength and determination." He joked, “In 2004, obviously, I worked very, very hard to replace a president. This is not what I had in mind."

Kerry said of the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, "At a time when all of us seek strong, sustainable growth, TPP is creating a race to the top, not to the bottom," he said.

It’s no wonder that Kerry and Obama are so eager to please their Japanese and Chinese compatriots; as of October 2012, China held $1.15 trillion in U.S. bonds of the roughly $17 trillion U.S. federal debt, and Japan owned $1.12 trillion of it. If either country decided to dump the U.S. treasuries they own, the burden of servicing the U.S. debt would trigger a currency crisis, thus raising interest rates, which would cause a recession.

It’s not out of the realm of possibility; one senior editor of the Chinese government’s China's People's Daily wrote, "now is the time for China to use its 'financial weapon' to teach the United States a lesson if it moves forward with a plan to sale arms to Taiwan." The China Times reported China’s central bank deputy governor Yi Gang saying, "China is fully prepared for a looming currency war should it, though 'avoidable,' really happen."

Wounded Ranger “Salute Seen Around the World” Goes Viral.

Wounded Ranger “Salute Seen Around the World” Goes Viral.

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Josh Hargis, a Ranger with the 3rd Ranger Battalion, was wounded last week in the attack that left four other members of his team dead. The 3rd was conducting a mission to try to capture a HVT(High Value Target), in the Panjwai district of Afghanistan.
With the little info we know so far, 36 members and a canine unit were attempting to capture a high value target in Panjwai in southern Afghanistan. When the troops arrived at the home, U.S. military officials said, the unit did a typical “call out” asking for those inside to come out.
One man appeared. Reports from the battlefield suggest he dropped to his knees and lifted his shirt to show the U.S. forces that he was not wearing a suicide bomb vest.
As several members of the Ranger unit moved toward the man to begin questioning him, a woman wearing a suicide vest emerged from the house and blew herself up, killing several members of the unit instantly, along with the dog, and injuring others.
Another Afghan male tried to escape from the compound.
As U.S. army medics, explosives specialists and others in the unit moved in to help the wounded, 13 improvised explosive devices went off, killing and injuring more U.S. forces.
Josh was one of the wounded and was evacuated for medical assistance. The photo below is Josh in a hospital in Afghanistan, right after the doctors stabilized his injuries. His wife posted this picture, along with what she received from Josh’s commander, this is a true warrior! No matter the pain we know Josh is in, he render’s the most beautiful salute you will ever see!~ Via Guardian of Valor
Post from Josh’s wife Taylor via FaceBook:

I received this picture today along with a letter from the commander of the team Josh was a part of on the night of his injuries. A letter to explain to me what kind of man I have the privilege of being married to. He explained to me what happened and what was going on in the picture.
“Josh was seriously wounded as you know, and survived for almost two hours after his injury before arriving to the hospital. Josh was immediately pushed through a series of surgeries and emerged hours later into an intensive care unit here at our base in Afghanistan.
Despite being in intense pain and mental duress, Josh remained alert and compassionate to the limited Rangers that were allowed to visit his bedside. Prior to Josh being moved to Germany for his eventual flight to America, we conducted a ceremony to award him with the Purple Heart for wounds received in action.
A simple ceremony, you can picture a room full of Rangers, leaders, doctors, and nurses surrounding his bedside while the Ranger Regimental Commander pinned the Purple Heart to his blanket. During the presentation the Commander publishes the official orders verbally and leaned over Josh to thank him for his sacrifice.
Josh, whom everybody in the room (over 50 people) assumed to be unconscious, began to move his right arm under the blanket in a diligent effort to salute the Commander as is customary during these ceremonies. Despite his wounds, wrappings, tubes, and pain, Josh fought the doctor who was trying to restrain his right arm and rendered the most beautiful salute any person in that room had ever seen.
I cannot impart on you the level of emotion that poured through the intensive care unit that day. Grown men began to weep and we were speechless at a gesture that speak volumes about Josh’s courage and character. The picture, which we believe belongs on every news channel and every news paper is attached. I have it hanging above my desk now and will remember it as the single greatest event I have witnessed in my ten years in the Army.”

Congress Did Something So Spectacularly Creepy That It's Too Unbelievable To Make Up

Congress Did Something So Spectacularly Creepy That It's Too Unbelievable To Make Up

On the House floor, Congressman Chris Van Hollen decided to get a clarification on the rules of the shutdown. Apparently, normally any congressperson can call for a vote on any bill at any time. But just before the shutdown happened, the GOP quietly passed a measure that said only House Majority Leader Eric Cantor can call for the shutdown to end (unless he gives a designee permission). Not even the most senior GOP congressperson, Speaker of the House John Boehner, is allowed to do it, without permission from his own guy.
Here's the thing. Democrats are not always right. Neither are Republicans. The political system is messed up from top to bottom. But this is just crazy. The guy in charge of the GOP can't end the shutdown. Watch and see. At 5:00, we get to the reality of the situation.
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If you want more details, check out Talking Points Memo's excellent coverage. It shouldn't matter what party does it. This is nuts. You could share this if you want to help apply pressure to end the shutdown and the dangerous game that is playing out right now. Totally up to you though.

Here’s How to Save Your 401k From Getting Wiped Out

Here’s How to Save Your 401k From Getting Wiped Out

Rohrabacher cites Shoebat’s work on Benghazi in Hearing

At a House Foreign Affairs Joint Subcommittee hearing into the Benghazi attacks this week, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) introduced our report into the Congressional record. Upon doing so, Rohrabacher made the findings of our report the central focus of his exchange with witnesses.
The witness list included Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Director of the Center for the Study of Terrorist Radicalization, Aaron Zelin of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Dr. Daniel L. Byman, professor at Georgetown University. A fourth witness – Michael Lovelady – lost his brother in the attack / hostage-taking operation at an Algerian gas plant last January. Lovelady gave issued a gut-wrenching statement that included details about what happened to his brother.
Gartenstein-Ross, seated on the far left, and Zelin, who was seated next to him, are the two witnesses who spoke the most in response to Rohrabacher’s questions about our report and appeared more interested in dismissing it, especially Zelin, who said he found “these claims not that credible” when talking about the alleged involvement of Ansar al-Sharia, the Muslim Brotherhood, or Mohammed Mursi in the Benghazi attacks. Zelin also said:
“…there’s no evidence to suggest based off of anything I’ve seen that the Muslim Brotherhood is linked to Ansar al-Sharia in Libya or that any members of the Muslim Brotherhood were involved or that Mohammed Mursi told members of the Muslim Brotherhood to go to Libya to conduct…”
Rohrabacher then cut off Zelin and told him to read our report. Chairman Ted Poe (R-TX) reiterated Rohrabacher’s request that witnesses get back to him in writing:
Note: We will have much more on these developments in the days to come.
Rohrabacher: demands analysis of Shoebat's report
Rohrabacher: demands analysis of Shoebat’s report
On January 23rd of this year, Rep. Rohrabacher was one of the few congressmen who did not go easy on outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she testified in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee:

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The Antichrist
The apostle Paul speaks of a specific person as the Antichrist, although not using the name specifically, it is nonetheless the same thing he wrote about in II Thessalonians verses 3 and 8, “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.”

The Antichrist Will Establish the Mosaic Law

The Antichrist Will Establish the Mosaic Law
This chapter shows what is the “Mark of the Beast.”
The Bible says the “Mark of the Beast” will be the establishment of Mosaic Law as the religious law of the land.  ELM
The Antichristian empire prophesied to develop all over the world in the period just prior to the Second Advent of Christ is characterized by an identifying sign or mark. It is called in the Book of Revelation the “Mark of the Beast” (specifically in Revelation 16:2 and 19:20). This beast represents the final world kingdom of mankind that will exist through the agency of Satan the Devil. And it will exist with the full approbation of God the Father and Jesus Christ. All people need to know the telltale signs that will be the standard of identification for this end-time empire. Christians especially need to understand what the “Mark of the Beast” entails in order to recognize the signs identifying this world empire.
A great counterfeit system to the prophesied Kingdom of God under the authority of Jesus Christ (the true Messiah) is soon to emerge on the political scene. It will so closely resemble that millennial kingdom and people will appraise it as the very kingdom of Jesus Christ and that the person heading it is no less than Christ Himself returned to earth. What a shock for all people in the world when they discover this end-time empire is ruled by Satan.
Let us understand some of the main characteristics of Satan the Devil that people in the world know nothing about. They imagine Satan as looking like the epitome of evil: a being with a forked tail, horns on his head, red all over, showing the evil eye, pitchfork in hand, a goatee beard, and uttering a continual stream of obscenities and blasphemies from his mouth. This is the normal depiction of Satan foisted on the world since Constantine the Great in the 4th century C.E. But such a description is far from the truth. Indeed, this is the very image that Satan himself wishes all people to imagine in order to deceive them. In no way is such a description correct.
The apostle Paul under divine inspiration from Christ Himself said that Satan appears to mankind as being the epitome of righteousness and goodness, and his ministers appear the same way.
“For Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness.”
  • 2 Corinthians 11:14–15
The Bible reveals that Satan is really an “old serpent” (very wise and cagey) “called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). He has deceived the totality of this world, at one time or another, into believing that he is an evil look­ing personality who represents utter repugnance and horror to all human beings. All human societies throughout the ages have illustrated some kind of supreme evil being who causes harm and destruction to humans, and almost always depict him as looking hideous. They show him to be a revolting and bad person.
It is this “evil looking” Satan that Satan has wanted people to imagine as the great murderer, slanderer, and adversary of mankind. The reason for this is to deceive mankind into accepting his teachings and manner of life.
In no way does Satan appear as an evil being with horrid characteristics. He actually appears, as the apostle Paul said, as an angel of light. He looks so good, so wonderful, so resplendent, and so righteous on the surface. Note that our first mother Eve was attracted to the teachings and appearance of the “serpent” who instructed her in the Garden of Eden. Eve equated Satan and his authority with God Himself. He appeared to Eve as a being that could compete with God and one who had the appearance of authority and wisdom. She was deceived into believ­ing that Satan (that old serpent called the Devil) was a representative of heaven itself and one who possessed the wisdom of the Almighty.
The Bible describes Satan and his servants (angels or men) as appearing righteous. People would think them as “true men of God.” Note that the spirit entity called the “King of Tyre” was
“full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. You have been in Eden the Garden of God; every precious stone was your covering. ... You are the anointed cherub that covers [his symbolic wings covered the Ark of the Covenant].”
  • Ezekiel 28:12–14
The truth is, when people would see Satan in vision or through some other kind of manifestation (or his angelic cohorts), they would be witnessing resplendent beings who to ordinary humans would show righteousness, beauty, and Godly authority. Some might even mistake them for Christ Jesus or the Father because of their actions and their glory. Most people today, who imagine Satan as appearing repugnant, would not think such an appearance in vision or some spiritual manifestation was actually Satan. They would be prone to believe that he was a divine being equal in status to Christ or the Father. This is how Satan appears to many people.
Indeed, Satan could very well reveal himself to people as though he were Christ Jesus (or perhaps the Father). Is this possible? Without a doubt it is the case. Christ Jesus called Satan a spiritual being who did not abide
“in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
  • John 8:44
He is prone to lie to people and to tell them he is Christ or the Father.
The apostle John warned early Christians not to believe every manifestation of a spirit being (in vision or whatever) because many of them tell falsehoods in the name of God.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God [as most spirits say they are]: because many false prophets [lying prophets] are gone out into the world.”
  • 1 John 4:1
Notice that the apostle John did not say a few false prophets entered the world to deceive, but there were “Many false prophets.” Visionaries are often such “prophets.” These false prophets, inspired by lying spirits (among whom Satan is the father), can come in the name of Jesus Christ claiming to be His representatives. Christ Jesus warned his people about these individuals.
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many [Christ did not say FEW, but He said MANY] shall come in my name saying [even admitting and confessing] I am the Christ; and shall deceive many [not the few].”
  • Matthew 24:5
The majority of people [MANY, as Christ described them] who come in the name and authority of Christ Jesus will deceive the world that they are teachers of the truth and they will all look good and righteous on the surface. Since the apostle Paul recognized that Satan himself appears as an angel of light, he felt that Satan’s ministers would also arrive in the same deceptive way. Paul said that Satan’s ministers would “also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness” (2 Corinthians 11:15).
These false ministers of Satan even come in the name of Christ Jesus stating that Christ is Lord and asking people to accept Christ as their personal savior. Many will even perform miraculous works in Christ’s name and proclaim they are His divine authorities. Some will even admit having visions from Christ to “authenticate” their ministerial works. But note:
“Not every one that says unto me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that does the will of my father which is in heaven. Many [note the word MANY, not the FEW] will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you: depart from me, you that commit iniquity’.”
  • Matthew 7:21–23

A Counterfeit System Is Prophesied

The kingdom of the Antichrist will arrive on the scene just before the Second Advent of Christ and raise up a worldwide economic and political dominion to resemble in many ways the prophesied Kingdom of Christ that will occur during the Millennium. 1 The word “anti” in Antichrist actually signifies “in the place of Christ.” Its primary meaning does not signify “against” Christ. The apostle John meant that this man’s kingdom will be like Christ’s kingdom and that it will be raised up by Satan to replace the prophesied kingdom of Christ. It will resemble in many ways the kingdom of Solomon, and will emphasize peace, safety, and prosperity for mankind (not military war and destruction).
When this Man of Sin (called the Antichrist or the Beast in the Book of Revelation) appears on the world scene, he will govern a glorious empire. It will be the epitome of man’s endeavor to bring in the kind of society of peace and safety that mankind has sought for since the Garden of Eden. It will be similar in almost all details to the very Kingdom of Christ, but it will actually be that of Satan the Devil. This is the grand deception.
So cleverly deceptive will the exterior factors of this kingdom appear to be, that most of mankind will conclude that this Satanic system is indeed the prophesied kingdom of Christ on earth. Christ told His apostles that even they (and also the very elect) would be within an ace of believing that this final kingdom of man is that of Christ and the ruler of that kingdom would be mistaken as Christ returned from heaven. Note what Christ said to His apostles two days before his crucifixion.
“Then if any man shall say unto you, ‘Lo, here is Christ, or there’; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, ‘Behold, he is in the desert’; go not forth [to rally to him]: ‘behold, he is in the secret chambers’ [inside the temple of God]; believe it not. For as the lightning [the Sun] comes out of the east, and shines unto the west; so shall the coming of the Son of man be.”
  • Matthew 24:23–27
Clearly, if this human ruler called the Antichrist (the False Christ) would come looking like a Babylonian Gentile priest with a miter of Dagon the fish god on his head, demanding Sunday worship, the observance of pagan holy days associated with Spring Equinox or Winter Solstice, and teaching that all should come under the authority of a Gentile city in Europe, no apostle of Christ of the 1st century C.E. would accept this man as the supposed Christ.
Indeed, there will even be a fake “Second Advent” that the world will witness and mistake as that of the true Christ. Recall that Satan and his angels will be thrown out of heaven (Revelation 12:7–17). These angels of Satan will even appear disguised as recently departed loved ones or prominent individuals. People will mistake this for the resurrection of the dead prophesied to occur at Christ’s true advent. These false spirits will appear like the familiar spirit that came to Saul disguised as Samuel though the real Samuel was dead in his grave and no longer alive (1 Samuel 28:11, 14). The majority in the world will actually believe that Christ has returned and the resurrection from the dead has occurred for the “righteous.” The world will believe it because the apostle Paul said, “God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie (2 Thessalonians 2:11 Greek, emphasis mine).

Rules for the Counterfeit System

The Antichrist will look so much like the prophesied Christ that he will put into force Sabbath observance (from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset), along with biblical holy days, and he will make his capital at Jerusalem. He will use the holy days of God in order to control completely the daily, weekly, monthly and yearly activities of the people of the world. So strict will he make the observance of the weekly Sabbath that if anyone tries to flee from his authority on the Sabbath, he or she will be easily spotted and rounded up for punishment (Matthew 24:20). While the Sabbath and holy day laws of themselves are good and proper if people wish to adopt them to worship God in a personal way, at the same time they can be a means of absolute servitude if used to control and rule other men.
The prophecies of the Scriptures show that this Antichrist will adopt the Mosaic days as well as religious principles and teachings advocated by Moses (with Christian interpretations) to control the affairs of mankind throughout the earth. His procedures will look so much like what people expect Christ to introduce at the Millennium, that the very elect people of God would be close to accepting him as Christ returned from heaven if they did not know better — and this includes the apostles of Christ.
And look at this important point. The apostles who lived with Christ throughout the span of His ministry on earth not only knew about the intimate teachings of Christ given to them in private but they were aware of the personal nuances of His physical and psychological characteristics. Personal attributes such as these can normally help to identify a person in a precise way. But even with the advantage of knowing personal and unique nuances associated with Christ’s character, Christ still told the apostles that even they would be close to accepting this man's claims. He would not deceive the apostles dressed like a Babylonian priest.
In order to deceive the world, the Antichrist will force into action — in a wrong way — the very laws of God in order to put yokes of subservience on the people just as the Jewish authorities demanded of the Jews in the time of the apostles (e.g., Acts 15:10). Just because one establishes such laws for world observance does not make the person or his kingdom righteous and holy. Jewish society in the early 1st century C.E. was most rigorous in demanding Sabbath observance, holy day keeping, and adhering to the principal laws of Moses, yet Christ called that society a “generation of vipers” (Matthew 23:33). That generation of Sabbath keepers wound up crucifying Christ and killing most of His apostles.

What Is the “Mark of the Beast”?

Once it is understood that the world empire of the Antichrist will counterfeit Christ’s millennial kingdom (and that inspired by Satan he will misuse the Mosaic legislation with Christian overtones to control the world), it will be easy to recognize what the mark of the beast really is. In fact, any Jewish person reading the Book of Revelation in the 1st century C.E. would have had no difficulty comprehending what the “mark” was. Notice the factors that identify the “mark.”
“And he caused all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark.”
  • Revelation 13:16–17
One of the cardinal rules for properly interpreting the Scriptures is to let teachings in other sections of the Bible (which use the same terms or principles in other contexts) be the guide to understand more obscure sections. In the Bible the only usage of the phrases “in the hand” and “in the foreheads” are all in the Law of Moses and refer to keeping the commandments, statutes, judgments and holy seasons or days given to Israelites in the time of Moses. The first reference is Exodus 13:9 where it states the Days of Unleavened Bread associated with the Passover were given “for a sign unto you upon your hand, and for a memorial between your eyes [in the forehead].”
The word “sign” in the above verse is translated “mark” in its second occurrence in the Bible and it refers to the “mark” given to Cain (Genesis 4:15). The biblical definition of the “mark” (or “sign”) in the hand and forehead is associated with holy days on the Mosaic calendar. The next usage refers to the commandments, statutes and judgments that the Israelites were to perform when they entered the land of Canaan.
“You shall bind them for a sign [or mark] upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes [in the forehead].”
  • Deuteronomy 6:8
The third reference is similar to this and is given in Deuteronomy 11:18. The weekly Sabbath is described as such a “sign” (or MARK) in Exodus 31:12–17.
If we let the Bible interpret the Bible then the MARK (or sign) in the hand and in the forehead of Revelation 13:16–17 refers to the keeping of the Mosaic legislation — its holy day system and regulations for the people of Israel in the land of Canaan. And this is what the Antichrist will subject the world to when he commences his reign in Jerusalem just before the true Second Advent. He will display to the world his supposed divinity, the world will accept it, he will sit himself with great ceremony in the temple at Jerusalem, and then proclaim himself the true divinity come from heaven to reside among men (2 Thessalonians 2:4).

The Image of the Beast

The Book of Revelation mentions on eight occasions that the Antichrist will set up an image of himself for the people to recognize and admire when he is away from Jerusalem. And strange as it may seem, the image that the Antichrist will set up of himself in the temple of Yahweh is also found within the Mosaic legislation. In fact, the making of such an image is even commanded in the Law of Moses. Let us understand this point clearly because the Mosaic legislation will be used by the Antichrist to legitimatize the setting up of his image in the temple itself. The Book of Daniel and Christ Jesus called this the “abomination of desolation” (Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11; Matthew 24:15). The erection of this image will be a wrong use of the Law of Moses. But, the Antichrist will endeavor to follow Moses closely.
What many people do not realize is that the Mosaic Law commands that a single molded image (Exodus 37:7) of two spiritual beings be positioned in the Holy of Holies (Exodus 25:18–22). That single image shows a pair of cherubs whose symbolic wings overshadow the Mercy Seat (the throne of Yahweh). It depicts in symbolic form the actual throne of God in heaven. In the Scripture we are told that Yahweh sits “between the cherubim” (e.g., Psalms 80:1; 99:1) and the making of this single image of two cherubim with the Mercy Seat was commanded by God. It is this very image that the Antichrist will restore in the temple at Jerusalem. He will even resemble the two cherubs who are identical twins in appearance. One is on the right hand of the Father and the other on the left. Who do these two cherubs represent?
The Bible identifies one of the cherubs as “the king of Tyre,” the spiritual entity who ruled or still rules the realm of Tyre — the great merchandising power which exercises commercial authority in the world. He is called “the anointed cherub that covereth [the Mercy Seat] (Ezekiel 28:14), but he is also shown to be a fallen cherub.
“You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, till iniquity was found in you. By the multitude of your merchandise they have filled the midst of you with violence, and you have sinned: therefore I will cast you as profane out of the mountain of God [he will be thrown out of the temple]: and I will destroy you O covering cherub.”
  • Ezekiel 28:15–16
Interestingly, as soon as Satan is thrown out of heaven with his angels, the “Beast” ascends from the sea or the “bottomless pit” (Revelation 13:1; 17:8) and with his false prophet he begins to rule the world. He will set up an empire based on merchandising and commerce, controlling economic factors on earth so that no one can buy or sell without his permission. Since all of Revelation 18 emphasizes the Beast’s commercial control, this is a fit description of the King of Tyre becoming Satan’s full agent. 2
This Beast (called the Antichrist) will then set up a single image of two cherubs in the temple at Jerusalem to be there when he is in other areas so people will not forget him or his authority. He will claim the authority of Moses to erect this image in the temple (Exodus 25:18–22); and the whole world will observe this command of Moses and accept it. He will also show the world that Ezekiel prophesied that cherubs would be depicted on walls in the millennial temple (Ezekiel 41:17–26). And Ezekiel even shows that a lion depicts a part of a cherubic image (verse 19), and this could well be the reason that the Book of Revelation refers to the Antichrist also as a “Beast” — a wild beast!
The actions of the Antichrist could cause even the apostles themselves to accept his credentials as the true Christ if they did not know better. Even the very elect of God will be close to accepting them. This is because the Antichrist will not set up an idol of Zeus (or some other pagan deity) in the Holy Place at Jerusalem. No apostle or elect person of God (or even the Jewish or Muslim people) would accept such sacrilege. But an image of two cherubs, molded as one piece, with a human and lion motif (the beast part) would be readily allowed because such a thing is called for in the Law of Moses. Even Ezekiel's millennial temple displays cherubs.
These two cherubs covering the Mercy Seat and associated with the Ark of the Covenant were located in the most holy place in the tabernacle of Moses and in the temple of Solomon. With the destruction of the temple by Nebuchadnezzar in the 6th century C.E. before Christ, we no longer read about the Ark of the Covenant in the later temples of Zerubbabel or of King Herod in the time of Christ. Once the cherub called the “King of Tyre” was demoted in the time of Ezekiel, he was disqualified from being in the temple.
Where is the Ark of the Covenant today, with its image of two cherubs? We are told in Revelation 11:19 that an Ark is in heaven (the word “testament” means “covenant”), but John may intend the heavenly Ark of which the earthly was a type. As far as the earthly Ark is concerned, we are told in 2 Maccabees 3 2:1–13 that early Jewish records stated that Jeremiah buried it along with other temple furniture near the tomb of Moses when the temple was destroyed in the time of Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah is reported to state that the Ark would one day be found and be placed in a new temple at Jerusalem and that fire would come down from heaven as a sign of dedicating the temple. The Antichrist could be the one to discover this Ark. He could then place it in the new temple even though one cherub was disqualified and it would be an “abomination” for it to be there. But to show God’s supposed “approval,” fire will come down from heaven as “Jeremiah” said (Revelation 13:13). God could permit this as a part of the “great delusion.”

The Other Cherub Covering the Mercy Seat

It is important to note that both cherubs with their symbolic wings stretched out over the Mercy Seat are identical in appearance. No one would be able to distinguish them if they were separated from the Ark of the Covenant. One of them is a cherub fallen from favor. But who does the other cherub represent?
Yahweh has an angel that in every way resembles Him. His special name is the “Angel of the Lord.” He has great authority. This angel can act with power of attorney in any situation that Yahweh or Christ Jesus direct. Called “the Angel of the Lord [Yahweh],” he is allowed to be called by the name “Yahweh.” He so acts like Yahweh that in the Bible they are indistinguishable in certain texts. Though Christ is not an angel (Hebrews 1 & 2), he does use a special angel to represent Him (Revelation 1:1). 4
Now note this. Ezekiel calls the other cherub the “King of Tyre” and he now represents Satan and his ways. The two cherubs are understood as identical in appearance and are analogous to the two goats selected on the Day of Atonement to carry away the sins of Israel (Leviticus 16). One goat was to be Yahweh’s and be killed for the sins of Israel, and the other was the scapegoat (the evil one) who was led away into the wilderness alive. The first goat in symbol refers to Christ dying for the sins of Israel, while the other is Satan bearing those sins alive in prison for 1000 years (Revelation 20:1–5). The two goats and two cherubs looked like identical twins.
Note that angelic beings (whether righteous or evil) often appear like the persons they represent or over whom they are guardians. Christians thought “Peter’s angel” looked like Peter (Acts 12:15) and the lying spirit that appeared to Saul (the “familiar spirit”) also looked like Samuel to Saul (1 Samuel 28:7–21). Some powerful evil spirits even try to assume the role of Christ Jesus. The spirit entity called the “King of Babylon” was reckoned as the “Son of the Morning” (Isaiah 14:12), though this is the proper title of Christ who is the “Bright and Morning Star” (Revelation 22:16).
There is, however, one sign that can identify the two cherubs on the Ark of the Covenant. We are given a symbolic key of identification when it comes to false and evil spirits. They are presently shown as having long hair — like the hair of women flowing down over the shoulders (Revelation 9:8). This denotes a sign of shame (1 Corinthians 11:14) which God and Christ do not have associated with them (verse 7). Indeed, the cherub who is righteous has short hair. He is the “Angel of the Lord” on and above the right side of God. The Scripture (1 Corinthians 11:14) prohibits any male angel who represents God from having long hair. Earlier (before the King of Tyre rebelled), both cherubs were like twins and had short hair. 5
But who are those depicted with long hair? Fallen spirits or angels who ascend from the “bottomless pit” are shown as having long hair — “the hair of women” (Revelation 9:8). Christ went to these fallen angels after his resurrection and preached to them (1 Peter 3:18–19). Paul referred to this visit to angels in 1 Timothy 3:16 and Ephesians 4:8–10 quoting Psalm 68:18 that Christ led captive the wicked angels who once held humans spiritually captive.
Psalm 68 spoke of the rebellious angels in their watery prison.
“God himself shall smite the head of his enemies, those proud sinners with their flowing locks. The Lord says, I will return from the Dragon, I will return from the depths of the sea.”
  • Psalm 68:21–22, New English Bible
Remember that Paul said Christ had actually gone “into the depths of the earth” — into the prison of the wicked angels (Ephesians 4:9) — and that he returned (or ascended) from the underworld in order to take away the captivity that wicked spirits imposed on humanity (verse 8). Dr. Moffatt and the Jerusalem Bible (Catholic) state that the Hebrew of Psalm 68:21 shows those rebellious spirits in their watery prison are described as being “long-haired” (the King James has “hairy scalp”). This agrees with what the apostle John recorded about those evil spirits in their subterranean prison called the “bottomless pit.” As an identifying mark, they have long hair — “the hair of women.”
Josephus tells us that Jewish men who were in prisons expressed shame for their crimes by letting their hair grow long (Antiquities XV,172). Ordinary Jewish males shunned wearing long hair like women because of its association with criminals and with those wicked spirits consigned to the “bottomless pit” (Psalm 68:21; Revelation 9:8). And remember, the Beast (the Antichrist) ascends from the “bottomless pit” (Revelation 17:8). It is interesting that most of the cherubs of the Gentiles reckoned as their spiritual rulers were depicted in ancient times with long hair. 6 If a spirit, either in vision or in person, appears with long hair flowing down to the shoulders (like the hair of women), it is clearly a lying spirit from the underworld.
And what about the cherub called the “King of Tyre”? From the time of Ezekiel, that cherub became an evil angel who was thrown out of his position next to Yahweh in the temple. That cherub is now abominable and under the sway of Satan. It then became improper to place him in the same position with the righteous cherub (the Angel of the Lord). It is attested in Second Maccabees that Jeremiah buried the Ark with its cherubs.
In Scripture Jeremiah stated the time was coming when no Ark of the Covenant would be needed in worshipping Yahweh (Jeremiah 3:16). This is one reason why no Ark with its two cherubs was in the temples of Zerubbabel or Herod, nor will there be in Ezekiel’s millennial temple. Ezekiel’s future temple (located at Shilo, not Jerusalem, to accord with the prophecy of Genesis 49:10) has cherubs pictured only on the walls and doors of the Holy Place. But if Second Maccabees is recording reliable information from Jeremiah, he said that the Ark (with its two cherubs) would be discovered and dedicated in a new temple. This could only be the “Antichrist’s temple” when the Beast will install his cherubic image in the temple at Jerusalem. Both cherubs of this one image (though one is a rebel) will appear with “short hair” as Moses depicted. This allows both cherubs to look righteous (or like Christ appears as a Son of God). Though the King of Tyre (now demoted) has long hair like most Gentile cherubs, he will soon (deceptively) cut his hair.
In a past Prophetic Report I gave historical proof that Tyre was colonized by Edomites and that the literal “King of Tyre” was actually an Edomite. The other cherub was “the Angel of the Lord” who was the Angel of the King of Salem (Melchizedek, who was a Son of God, not an angel). Actually, the early Canaanite city of Jebus was finally named “Salem” which subsequently became “Jerusalem.” These two cherubs are top angels. The right hand cherub was the Angel of the King of Salem (Jerusalem) and the other cherub was the Angel for the human King of Tyre.
Remember that the two cherubs with the Ark were twins in appearance, like Jacob (Israel) and Esau (Edom). Esau was the “hairy one” who was defrauded of his birthright and blessing by Jacob, his deceptive brother and twin. The Bible shows that Jacob was not “hairy” like Esau. He is described as being a “smooth” man. The Pulpit Commentary states: “The primary idea of smooth is to cut off the hair.” 7 In a word, Esau was uncultivated in grooming — “a cunning hunter, a man of the field.” So, Esau was more hairy.
In order to deceive Isaac, Jacob had to wear the skins of goats on his head and the sides of his body. Note what Keil and Delitzsch say about this covering of hair.
“We must not think of our European goats, whose skins would be quite unsuitable for any such description. It is the camel-goat of the East, whose black, silk-like hair was used even by the Romans as a substitute for human hair.”
  • Martial xii.46 8
Such long straight hair of these goats with their jet-black color is referred to in the Song of Solomon as equal to the natural hair of beautiful women (4:1; 6:5).
This account in Genesis of Esau (Edom) and Jacob (Israel) shows that Esau was not only more hairy in body than Jacob but he also wore his hair long, while Jacob was different in his grooming and exposed the “smooth of the neck,” i.e., he wore his hair short. But Esau (Edom) had his birthright and blessing taken away from him by the deceptive tactics of Jacob. Isaac gave Esau (Edom) a different blessing and told him a time was coming when his descendants “shall have the dominion” and they break the yoke of Jacob from his neck (Genesis 27:40). That time will come at the end-time when the Antichrist will appear.
And Isaiah said that the final end-time worldly kingdom that God will destroy is that of Edom, controlling the whole world (Isaiah chapter 34). Indeed, the cardinal prophetic teaching of the Book of Revelation comes directly from that chapter in Isaiah about Edom. The world empire of the Beast will actually be the kingdom of the “hairy one” — Edom. The word “Edom” in Isaiah chapter 34, when vowel pointed correctly, means “man” or “mankind,” and even James interpreted it that way in Acts 15:17 when he quoted Amos 9:12. The number of the Beast is 666 — the number of man (Edom).
Esau (Edom) will activate the final world empire to recover from Jacob (Israel) the birthright and blessing stolen from him by his twin brother. Since Jacob deceived his father Isaac by putting on the hairy mantle, the “King of Tyre” (representing “Edom”) will think it proper to deceive the world by taking off his covering of long-hair to be like the “Angel of the Lord” (the other cherub in the Holy of Holies who represents “Israel”). We are told that God will send the world “strong delusion” to believe the lie (2 Thessalonians 2:11) and the fallen cherub will once again appear “righteous.” Indeed, he will claim to be Christ returned from heaven. He will finally proclaim that the daily animal sacrifices are no longer needed as a substitute for Him (Daniel 9:27; 12:4) and he will even (finally) dispose of the Ark of the Covenant and the image to satisfy the statement in Jeremiah 3:16.
But how can the Antichrist pull off this strategy since the Book of Revelation makes it clear in chapters 13, 17 and 18 what he and his false prophet will do? The solution is simple if one has the wisdom to see it. Before the career of the Antichrist begins in a full way, there will appear on earth two witnesses from God who prophesy from the temple at Jerusalem (Revelation 11). The roles of these two witnesses resemble those of Moses and Elijah. In fact, it may well be that one of these two witnesses (who will certainly be priests because they are able to enter the Holy Place) will be the prophesied Elijah to come (Malachi 4:5–6; Matthew 17:11). These two witnesses will be put to death by the Antichrist (verse 7). The Antichrist will then establish his world empire of “peace.”
The Antichrist will claim to be the returned Christ even though the Beast will actually be inspired by Satan expelled from heaven — 12:7–17. He will point to chapter 13 of Revelation and state to the world that the two witnesses were in fact the Beast and False Prophet mentioned in the Revelation, that they have now been destroyed and the rule of the “true” Christ with his “true” Elijah can begin. After all, this False Prophet will bring down fire out of heaven in the sight of men (Revelation 13:13) like Elijah did when he countered the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:38). What deception!
Malachi said that an “Elijah” would be sent to the Jews just before the Day of the Lord to turn the children to the fathers (4:5–6). This is one reason why the Beast and the False Prophet will reintroduce the Law of Moses. However, instead of applying this to the Jews in the holy-land, they will extend its strictures for all in the world — including Gentiles. The true Elijah will restore this for Jews only and all Jews will be expected to adhere to the Law’s precepts at this period of time.
To sum up, the Law of Moses is the Law of God for the Jewish people and is proper legislation for those to whom it was (or will be) intended. It was never designed to be used for Gentiles or to make God’s people slaves of the religious hierarchies of men. Some Christians may wish to observe the various Sabbaths for nostalgic reasons, and God will allow it, but Paul said such people are “weak in the faith” since “days” are not required (Romans 14:1).
The Mosaic legislation of itself (with its Sabbaths, holy days, judgments and statutes) is not bad. The law is actually “holy, just and good” (Romans 7:12), if used properly. Paul stated this fact with dogmatism. “But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully” (1 Timothy 1:8). But herein lies the problem. What man ever used the law lawfully? Jewish authorities did not use it properly in the days of Christ or the apostles, and the apostle Peter absolutely stated this to be the case (Acts 15:10).
I know of a number of denominations today who use a part or all of the Mosaic laws to make their members slaves to the church hierarchies. They are using the “Mark of the Beast” already and Paul knew it: The Man of Edom (666 — the Antichrist) will use “the Law of Moses” in an unlawful way to bring the world under his religious slavery and rebellion to God. The irony of the matter is that Satan will use God’s Mosaic Law to turn the world against Christ.

1 See my article: “Coming: A New World Order” at for more detailed information on this matter.  ELM
2 This cherub is subordinate to Satan as shown in my research study on “Discovering the Mark of the Beast” at  ELM
3 The first and second non-canonical books of Maccabees were written about a hundred years before Christ. They contain generally reliable historical material.  ELM
4 Christ is shown in superior rank on the Father’s right hand; and in Psalm 110 Christ is intimately united with the “King of Salem,” or Melchizedek. The “King of Salem” is NOT an angel. He has Christ’s title.  ELM
5 Recall that we are told Christ and the Father are now groomed with short hair as Paul dogmatically stated (1 Corinthians 11:3–16). Modern pictures of a longhaired “Jesus” are groomed after the pagan god Sarapis (the Egyptian form of Zeus). Jews shunned long hair. Ezekiel said Yahweh’s priests should have short hair — “they shall only poll [or trim] their hair” (Ezekiel 44:20). This is important because the priests were stand-ins for God. When people looked at the priests, they were observing representatives of God. Jesus did not have long hair; otherwise He would not have been permitted into the Temple precincts. But Christ went into the Temple at will. Jewish males commonly had short hair as attested by Josephus the Jewish historian and priest (Contra Apion 1.172–175). Judas had to kiss Christ to identify Him among others. Long hair among Jewish men was not socially acceptable. Though Jesus was from Nazareth, He was not a Nazarite (temporarily with longer hair) since He drank wine (Luke 7:33–34).  ELM
6 See my work on “How to Identify False Prophets” at  ELM
7 H.D.M. Spence, et al., The Pulpit Commentary, vol. I (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1909, 1950), p. 335.  ELM
8 Kiel & Delitzsch, Commentary on the Old Testament,vol. I (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1874), p. 275.  ELM

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And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

New International Version
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday, November 05, 2012

The Gospel According to The Apostle Barack

The Gospel According to Apostle Barack, by Barbara A. Thompson.
Yes, Barack had worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people, especially those who elected him in 2008. His followers needed to re-elect him to a second term, so that he could continue to accomplish the promises he made, thus, realizing his vision of America as a more perfect political union or “heaven here on earth.” Then, as I began to contemplate ways to assist Barack in his 2012 re-election bid something miraculous happened. I felt God’s (His) Spirit beckoning me in my dreams at night. Listening, cautiously, I learned that Jesus walked the earth to create a more civilized society, Martin (Luther King) walked the earth to create a more justified society, but, Apostle Barack, the name he was called in my dreams, would walk the earth to create a more equalized society, for the middle class and working poor. Apostle Barack, the next young leader with a new cause, had been taken to the mountaintop and allowed to see over the other side. He had the answers to unlock the kingdom of “heaven here on earth” for his followers. The answers were repeated – over and over – in speeches Barack had made from his presidential announcement to his inaugural address. Those speeches or his teachings contained the answers to the middle class and working poor people living in a “heaven here on earth.” For when the answers were unlocked and enacted, Apostle Barack’s vision of America would be realized.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Painting: Alex Grey

Poster Credit: Ray Noland ("CRO")

Obama - The Transfiguration

Obama at fund-raiser at Steven and Judy Gluckstern's home, April 9, 2007. George Soros is seated to the right of the stairs. (Published in "How Barack Obama Struck Fund-Raising Gold, New York Magazine April 16, 2007; Photo-credit: Michael Edwards (note that this is the actual photo as published by New York Magazine, and contrary to the claim of William Lowther @ Telegraph, has not been doctored by this blog; (via "Daily Speculations" | What is the "Transfiguration"?)

He has brought us out of the dark and into the light."

Obama told the estimated crowd of 450 people that her husband is "the kind of president this country deserves. "
Obama closed by asking the crowd three times: "Are you in?"
She responded to her own question by saying: "Because I am so in."
"We have an amazing story to tell," she said. "This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light."
Source: Michelle Obama, Campaign rally. April 17, 2012.

The people who sat in darkness saw great light; and to them who sat in the region and shadow of death, light is sprung up. [Matthew 4:16]