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Prophetic news hapening around the world that demonstrates where we are on God's Callender 2009 - God "the third high priest in the line of Melchizedek" is Here Now in the flesh! Yes, the Great White Spirit!

The World in Prophecy 2009

June 1, 2009

It appears that by todays news on the Fox network that Obama is leaning towards the United States of Arabia, the muslems or will it be the United States of Europe and a socialist country. Which ever, the Republic or the USA is being sold out and our country of God's chosen, Israel is not going to be dictated to. Irael became a nation of its own back in 1948. This was scripturally the begining of the generation that won't pass until all prophecy will be fulfilled. See Mark 13:27. The soverign Indian nations are also under threat. Is politing oil and money the real reason? (Money again, hey?) I have the real plans for a hydrogen generator that will replace the need for all fossle fuels. Yes, power plants, ships and your auto's running on water or hydrogen on demand. Looking for venture capital and grants now! Works on old and new vehicles too! Call 541-808-0239 for details. Now you see why the soon coming Therocratic Government under God is necessary. Sincerely, Melchizedek, The Great White Spirit. ---------- Forwarded Message ---------- From: "dhuardx2@netzero.net" To: webeditor@royal.gsx.gov.uk Subject: Worold war three Date: Sun, 31 May 2009 23:11:21 GMT As you all know by now, my wife Constance J. Huard is of the House of Stewart and the next Queen of Scots. The batton has been turned over 3 times. See who I am at http://www.angelfire.com/or/dhuard/777.html Unless your Royal Navy assisted by India and Israel take out the nuclear facilities of North Korea, Pakistan and Iran, we will soon enter the 3rd world war. The only way to change prophecy is that. I have good word from China and Russia that they would stand down if you can perform. It is time for England to become a super power again.Call me at 1-541-808-0239 or send a rep. You have about 30 days to decide. Sincerely, Emanuel, Melchizedek, YHWH, The great white spirit or just Donald A. Huard. Take my website serious and read my home page. See under information links the information on the silver bullet wade partially with pork fat. The muslim's beleive that if shot with a bullet that is made of of pig fat, thet won't enter paridise or heaven. http://www.angelfire.com/or/dhuard/God.html We did not appreaciate that Mrs. Obama was allowed to touch the Queen. In days of old that would be a beheading offense.If I don't here from you that will mean that you don't want me to change prophecy that ends in September 25, 2012. I am that I am. With prejudice and all respects. Don

Wisdom of the ages by Melchizedek: Facts; Mankind for billions of years has failed to be at peace with himself and others! Since the creation of mankind humans through self rule to be at peace. Lets apply the reality of the problems., firstly to ourselves and then others! 1. If you love yourself and family, you will not lie, cheat, steal or kill yourself or your family. 2. You will not make war with your neighbor. 3. You will love God as you love yourself and family. Today we live in a world of war, hate, strife, disease, sickness and immorality. Homo-sexuality, incense, divorce, homelessness, financial loses and murder are common place. Due to homosexuality, aids has infected over 80% of the African population. Venereal disease and man made sicknesses are in epidemic proportion with the end result being death! We are approaching a third world war and many never recorded in history national and unnatural disasters.

Two thirds of the world population will soon be dead and a one world government ruled by Antichrist, (Satan acting as the Pope of Europe along with his top generals! Therefore Antichrist as mentioned in Revelations Chapter 9, will rule for 5 months or the time of the locust. In late 2012, prophesied and scientific described destruction will make earth nearly uninhabitable.

Then on September 25, 2012, the true birth date of Jesus Christ and the Feast of Tabernacles, the end will come of this second earth age. See 2ND Peter Chapter 3. Then God's millennial reign will begin as prophesied! This time under a Riightious government for 1,000 years. Then for the next 100 years all souls that have not yet been eternally judged, will live again in the flesh. If they again fall under Satan's deceptions, they will then be cast into the eternal hell for eternity. All of these facts are mentioned in scripture and this web site. Will you be one of these beings?.

Today, science and hi technology has made it possible through stem cell research to grow new body parts as they wear out thus giving us the possibility of eternal life today! There is a cure for most all diseases and sicknesses such as hepatitis C and aids. Thus utilizing your own stem cells to do so! What has man done to fail thus far?

See on this web site, programs that can eliminate the need of most fossil fuels by using water4gas, and not water and gas as listed below on this web site and other fuel needs! Also two other programs that would eliminate the need for high priced lawyers and prosecutors!

See on your TV the history, national geographic and news Chanel's to mention a few of the available sources of scientific and prophesied writings! Seek the truth and the truth will set your free!

Subject : Right to rule of King Donald A. Huard, The great white spirit. Date : Sat, Mar 28, 2009 12:24 PM Prophecy 1. Taurus (E). Revelations 11. The two end time Pisces (Astrology) Remember the code of 3. (Completion) Rights to rule a Sovereign Nation. Ezekiel 21:27, Irst Cor. 15:45 and Mat. 24:27 The scriptures of the heavens are for the seasons: Hydra = The old serpent Crater = The cup of wrath poured out and Corvus = The raven Donald has DNA locked in and Huard as in Yeshua and Joshua in the index of the book of Morman means land to the west by the sea where I live 544 North 2nd Street . Coos Bay, Oregon 97420 Tel. 541-808-0239 http://www.angelfire.com/or/dhuard/777.html

Fact: The New Jerusalem Mentioned in the bible is measured off as rods, meters and staffs and is the same size of Oregon. Also note that the Myrtle wood tree only grows in Jerusalem and Oregon! Oregon is the new Jerusalem!

Subject : The true Queen of Scots - by Donald and Constance Huard Date : Sat, Mar 28, 2009 11:30 AM The Kings web site: www.angelfire.com/or/dhuard/777.html Now the world knows what the Indians call the Great White Spirit Donald A. Huard See note from Elizabeth and Steven Of the Royal Family. Sincerely, The Alfa and the Omega, Melchizedek or just Don and Connie, The King and Queen of Heaven and Earth.

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The final end time prophesies 2009 - 2012

The reason for a shift in earths magnetic field and scientific evidence of the prophesied end times in 2012 as mentioned by a scientist on Fox news in the morning of December 17th 2008:

February 18, 2009 Start first by going to the free information link section and download free trial, the new 100% lie detection program. With hi technology in voice stress technology, never be lied to again. Just listen, electronically record all business, personal and even court trials and decern with help from man and God, "the truth". Never be lied to by the religious, government, banking or education system again! The truth will set you free. God's promiss!

February 18, 2009 The tsunami warning is on for the west coast where I live since January 2009. Hoping from Bandon to Florence, Oregon is spared. Read Revelations 6:12 and Revelations 11. Pray with us. Don

From : "dhuardx2@netzero.com" Subject : President Obama and "Truth of New order has been in prophecy for thousands of years" everywhere! Read with understanding about the false messiah in Mathew 24:4 to 8 and Mark 13:25. Then read the prophesies foretold by the Lord in Mathew 24 and 25. Knowing that the parable of the fig tree began in 1948 when Israel became a nation once again. We know that this generation of the fig tree or 60 years from 1948 won't pass until all prophecy is fulfilled. See Mark 13:27-28.

Will the New World order provide you with the necessary potassium iodate to stay alive with a nuclear blast during world war three? Will you have atropine in you medicine cabinet? Have both along with a good supply of clean drinking water and dried foods. Include vitamins and supplements too!

Hydrogen on demand. Water4gas. You may call me at (541) 990-8133 FOR INFORMATION ON HOW WE CAN HELP YOU CONVERT AUTOMOBILES AND ANY FOSSIL BURNING POWER PLANT TO WATER ONLY FOR FUEL! We will also have other products available soon too! Such as a fully self contained home that will involve a hydrophonic vegetable growing system and indoor solar power or power from a water for fuel power plant and more. Built from high quality synthetics. Then one more for now, (angel drive) A satellite controled and piloted vehicle with no actural driver that is physical.

Now from the Christian World at large, we need serious contributions. New high tech labtop computers, used vehicles, food and clothing, volunteer help from all walks of life. Engineers, technicians and specialist in all fields. Cash donations are allways needed to assist the poor and needy. Our motto is to aid and assist mankind where and when needed according to our financial and physical abilities. CALL (541) 990-8133 ASK FOR DON Washington State is passing a law where it will be illegal to lie in politics. I pray the all the churches, education systems and yes even the banking system decides to follow suit. Those are Satan's four hidden dynasties that he used to control mankind since the very first earth age. See 2ND Peter Chapter 3 about the three earth ages and the book of Daniel about Satan's four hidden dynasties. Yes, president Obama will earn the privilege of being a King in the millennial reign. After September 25, 2012 he will realize his vision and dream. Faith is hope and the substance of things not yet seen! Now more than ever you must have faith in your Creator God and pray for our leaders in every great country of the world. Remember the Lord's Prayer ending in world without end! We do love you all and pray that you accept our forgiveness for all of your trespasses. Amen. http://www.angelfire.com/or/dhuard/777.html Use the perfect lie detector free on my website!

My friends, when will their be peace? God gave His only begotten Son in pain and death to save the entire world. All mankind! Nothing is impossible with God! Just trust with true faith! Yes that includes Mohammedans, Muslims, Buddhist, Jews, Christians and the Indian or original people of the Lands. You can call me the Great White Spirit, Ala, Yahaveh, Jehovah or Don, I will reply. YHWH or the ancient tetragramatin is God the Fathers name. Our US Constitution, was written according to the bible and meant for all Americans of all religious denominations. 2,050 verses in the bible deal with money and finance! Why can't our banks learn from scripture as they once did. God's way is to give in order to receive. The ungodly way is the way of greed and lust for wealth. The banking system of greed will soon fail because of greed, the religious system will soon fail because of lies, the political system will fail as long as their is fear and lies and the education system must begin to teach God's truth and stop misleading the student with big bang theories and no God. If government stops all the scientist with their multi billion dollar experiments in the Himalayas and the USA trying to proves the big bang theory and no God, millions would not have to go hungry. Tell you Governors to help and make it illegal every where to lie in politics, education, religion and education, or Satan's four hidden dynasties. It will be that way from September 25, 2012, the Feast of Tabernacles, which is Jesus true birthday and the day of the beginning of the millennial reign! The Inca and Hopi callenders end in December 21, 2012 a little late.

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For anyone using the Chinese Bank backed new Walmart Visa debut card, try and close your account and get your cash today. You may find that it is impossible! One of my associates just tried to get his $3,000 that he deposited in the Coos Bay - North Bend, Oregon Walmart Banking center. He was told that there was no way he could withdraw any money at all except at the ATM with a limit or when purchasing merchandise get a limited cash withdrawal. What if you need all the cash today? Is Chinese banking taking over already in the USA? Donald A. Huard, The son of man.

February 25, 2009 my wife Connie's amd my birthday, born three years apart, 1938 and 1941. War with Germany and then Japan. "The two end time Pisces that coral the dragon in the end times!" Check it out in Astrology! Today the United Nations past a Anti-Blasphemy resolutin that will restrict free speech and any talk against Muslims. How close is the New World order that is prophesied? How soon will it effect America and our Constitutional right to free speach? If anyone tells you that President Obama is responsible for socialism in this country, he is a liar! In 1933 when President Roosevelt sloped production of gold currency, he gave to the world banks title to all America, national parks and lands. Including you and your children's birth certificates. You have just been bond servants to the European Banks. The Federal reserve is a maritime lender and designed after Cannon Law. As an off shore lender, they do not fall under the "Constitution." America has been a socialist society since then, but no one seems to have known it. Communism has thrived in America and will soon become the United States of Europe. Is president Obama too late to save America? Let us Pray fro guidance for our President! With God nothing is impossible. America will come back after being under captivity by the Muslim Nations and European super Bankers! Israel will first come under captivity, then the USA! Won't be long now when Satin (anti-christ) is the Pope of Europe! Sincerely, The Son of Man, Donald A. Huard http://www.angelfire.com/or/dhuard/777.html We have been telling you on our Eyes on the World web sites and news letters since 1991. Read the whole story on this website and check all of the information links for all truth. Yes, even about the God Family. I am the third person in the trinity of God. Check my DNA out! Why do I have 15 strands in my DNA patern and normal man only 12 strands? You can check Satan's seed or DNA too! His seed is within the Mongolian race where he met his first wife after he was cast out of the garden of Eden and went east! His seed is alive in the world today! You will notice that the kenite seed or seed of Cain does not have the capability of accepting God in any way! It is not within their DNA!

Recent emailes give evidance of personal problems I am having with the most corrupt judicial system that I have ever encountered. (p)From : "dhuardx2@netzero.com"

You know that if you use all 5 senses that God gave you, you all would not have to go through judgment! "Hear" the truth, "See" the truth" "Tast" the truth, "Touch" the truth and "Smell" the truth. Use all five senses and you will know what is good and what is evil. How many of you have the humility to admit you are wrong. What is right in man's eyes is wrong with God! Will our leaders in the "political, religious, banking and the education system admit that they are wrong? No! That is why God had to send me, His avenging angel, the son of man to first demonstrate humility in the sight of all man. Remember, judgment begins at the household of the Lord. Yes, that is my household. Why are the morals of man at the lowest ever, just as in the day of Sodom and Gomorrah? Men with men and women with women, gambling, strife, wars and rumors of war? I am the third high priest in the line of Melchizedek and the son of man! Will you now tithe to me as Abraham tithe to Melchizedek, my Father. They did tithe some to Jesus, the 2ND high priest in the line of Melchizedek. Why am I so poor. I only want the 10% due me and 90% from all the rich who achieved their wealth through ill gotten gains. Gambling Casinos and theft from my people by any businesses, courts, or individuals is wrong in God's eyes. I am his enforcer! Or would you like to suffer the false rapture, (Operation Blue Beam finished testing by the US Navy in 1996. See my web site on the top secret operation. Hologram of the Lord in the shy and artificial raptures all over the world. Judgment is mine alone says the Lord! Donald A. Huard, Melchizedek three and the true son of man! http://www.angelfire.com/or/dhuard/777.html Will any of you today admit that you have been wrong? Salvation is free to any and all that come to the Lord in all truth!

The reason for the earth's shift is this:

Every moon and planet has an orbit, and so does every star system, just like our Solar System, which is just another name for Star System. Our sun (the star of our solar system) orbits what is known as the central sun called Alcyone. This central sun is the central star of the Milky Way Galaxy and is located directly in the center of our galaxy in between what is known as the Photon Belt, which was discovered back in 1961. This Photon Belt which is made up of tiny energy particles extremely capable of realigning our atomic structures. Anyway, there are a total of eight suns in the Milky Way Galaxy, ours being the youngest and Alcyone being the oldest. Our sun and six others (Teygela, Maya, Marope, Atlas, Cosieno, and Electra) orbit around Alcyone, Marope being the sun that orbits the closest to Alcyone. The length of time it takes for a Star System to orbit through the Northern or Southern segment of the Photon Belt is 2000 years. Currently, our Solar System is approximately 4-6 years apart from the southern segment of this photonic energy field. Once completely through the southern part of the Photon Belt, (which will take 2000 years to complete) our Solar System will have finished a cycle that it takes 26 thousand years to complete, 22,000 years outside of the Photon Belt, (Eastern and Western orbit centers) and 4,000 years inside of the Photon Belt. (Northern and Southern segments of the Photon Belt-2,000 years North and 2,000 years South) Extreme weather and changes in human behavior have been a result of the increase in Earth’s frequency, because of this photonic energy. This increase in Earth’s frequency will cause a flip in the Magnetic Field of the Earth between 2008 and 2012. This will cause all computer and eloctronic cntrolled equiptment to totally shut down. All of earths power and energy will be totally shut down. It is said that this flip will also cause us to open up to a higher consciousness, because of a growth in our pineal gland. This all scientificaly tells us of a new begining of mankind's life. The begining of Christ's reign and 1,000 years of peaceful coexistance is guarenteed both scriturally and scientifically, right down to the dna factor! Even whats left to America in September of 2012 will be saved after the great battle of Armageddon in Israel and Hamongog over Alaska is fought. Two hundred million Chinese and Muslims will come against Israel at the valley of Megido and countless numbers of Russians will come against the USA all in September of 2012. Every age has a peak before achieving greatness, and the signs of that peak would be for example, war, poverty, famine, and human suffering, meaning when life grows to a certain peak of negativity, it abruptly changes for the better. Because of this discovered cycle of Star Systems, it is believed that Earth along with our Solar System and the other six suns along with their Star Systems, have gone through the Photon Belt many times in the past. The trajectory through this energy field is also believed by the Mayan Indians that an extraordinary change for humanity will occur towards the end of 2012. Their callender acturally ends in December of 2012! This also is mentioned in 2nd Peter Chapter 3 about the three earth ages. The 1,000 year's of The Lord's reign will be the third and final age of this earth's ages. Then we will go into eternity after Satan is loosed from prison for 100 years to try and tempt physical mankind again! All of those that follow him onece again will then be cast into the eternal fire and burnt up as to ashes and never be thought of again as if they never were! Remember too that 1,000 years is only a day in eternity for the Lord! It is so written!

Read about my true credentials! Who the true son of man is. My DNA can be verified at the home of Jesus's mother Mary. Located beneath the chapels built above it in Glastonbury, England. DNA is the final evidence you need to prove that I am that direct descendent of Jesus Christ and today the living son of man!. Notice that DNA is locked into my name Donald and as in Joshua and Yeshua using the code of 3 look up in the index in the book of Mormon under Joshua, you will find that "hua" means land to the west by the sea where I live in North Bend, Oregon. Coos County where Osama bin Laden is now occupying the same jail cell that housed me 3 years ago. 3 - Three years ago a whirlwind came out of the North and took the skirting off of my mobile home and did not touch any other. Witnesses said they never seen such a strange whirlwind as if it was controlled. Scripture states that when a whirlwind cometh out of the north, there shall you find the son of man. Also, as the sun rises in the east, so shall the son of man come forth. I was born in Bristol, Connecticut on the east coast. Bristol is also the name of Governor Palin, the republican candidate for vice president's daughter in 2008. See my web sites herein and check the other links including about the God family, DNA and Melchizedek. Soon, I must go to Ethiopia and bring the ark of the covenant back to Jerusalem while Satan (antichrist) posing as the pope of Europe, Rome and Jerusalem reigns. See Revelations Chapter 11 and realize that in front of national TV, we two witnesses will be killed by Satan. My wife was born 2/25/38 and I was 2/25/41 = 3 years apart. Astronomy; we are the two Pisces that coral the dragon in these end times. Neighbors here call me God who looks right into the sun and don't get blinded. I do it every day and witnesses take photos. Little children here walk by me and say hi God. Need I say more. Melchizedek, Donald A. Huard is the new name that scripture state that the Lord will have in these end times.

Predictions for 2009 include:

(1) Finance and Investments; Stratigies to guarentee your financial future are as follows: Per $10,000 Never leverage over 30% of asset value. Buy Gold and Silver physical contracts from Company such as Monex. 35% of base in each = 70% in precious metals. Currencies: 10% in the euro dollar 5% in the Chinese dollars and 10% in the Canadian dollars. Take back each month 10% of the profits to live on and re-invest in the same the ballance of profits. Use this program for two years, then after September 2010 go with 90% all precious metals and 10% in cash being used at home in that time. Probably the Euro dollar or Canadian because in later 2009 the USA will be the United States of Europe. Use the formula above and you will never loose again. For gold I fing the Canadian maple leafs which are .9999 pure gold to be the best but. Silver too!

(2)National disasters and politics;

Special mesage for those who understand!

January 5, 2009

Prophecy, 1/3rd of the US and world will be lost due to world war three. 1/3rd will be lost to famine pestulances, diseases and epidemics such as the avian flu, aids, ebola and the likes. And natural disasters, such as earth quakes, tsunamies, floods and weather related catastrophies. All starting in before the last 3 1/2 years of the seven year tribulation that began in September of 2005 and spoken of in the book of Daniel and Revelations. Read the confirmations of the times in the book of Ezekiel which has more about the end times than even Revelations. See chapter 38 where it states, oh son of man, prophecie against Gog and Magog which includes Russia. (Gog) Also read the book of Jerimiah Jerimiah too!

Prophecy says that a woman will be in place of authority in this country in the very end times and the yellow race will have inherited the world as well as control the banking systems in America. My bet, this September 28th, 2008 that it is Hilary Clinton that will represent the United States in a very high office, seeing as her husband Bill Clinton sold all of our high technology to the Chinese! See information links of truth below just before the Prophecy of the two witnesses and you deside if Russia, China, Iran and Islam are really our friends and can be trusted! I know that Sarah Palin will be the 2012 President elect at Christ return at the end of Satan's reign in September of 2012! The Pope in Rome will be assasinated sometime in the next 3 years and the New Pope will take charge as world leader of Europe, Jerusalem, Israel and Rome. He will be "anti-christ" or Satan himself and also rule the EU. Iran backed by China, Russia and Islam will defeat Israel, the USA, England and Europe for a time or until just before the Lord takes over the kingdom. Israel and the USA will be in captivity for a short time until the battle of Armageddon! The "devil" or Pope of Europe will come in declaring "peace and safety" and do great miracles in the sight of man around May 1, 2012. If time were not cut short to a five month reign, as mentioned in Revelations Chapter 9, even God's very elect would be deceived. Satan will come in declaring himself the "Messiah". But he will be the false "messiah". Will you be deceived by the devil? So you have one to three years to earn all you will ever have for a millinium living in a more perfect body. We will beat our weapons into plow share's or heavy equiptment to clean up the earth and restore it to it's original condition. Priest and king's of the races of people will reign with a rightios king or son of man for 1,000 years. Your bodies will still have mass and you will eat food as you do today in order to sustain your perfect bodies that will not die anymore. You can replace or grow new body parts today with stem cells. Even a heart! Yet you are still mortal and subject to death if you have an accident or kill yourself. Proff: Jesus was the first fruit and example on how we will be. He ate with the apostles and they could touch his body. In like manor we will be too. The new Jerusalem spoken of in Jerimiah 23 is the land shadowed by the wings of an eagle mentioned in Jerimiah 23. God's home, my wife's and my home will be in Eagle Rock, Oregon some day.

Will the outcome be a blessing or will we loose all? Outcome: Prophecy begining in 2009: All Israel will again be under captivity and this includes the USA! (Joel Ch. 3 KJV) Then Rev. 13:1 began in 2008! And I stood upon the sand of the sea (peoples), and saw a beast (Satan) rise up out of the sea or people, having seven heads (E7)(former kingdoms)and ten horns (10 of satan's top angels here in control), and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. Antichrist (Satan) returns and with his ten supernatural kings and miraculously brings the world to peace in May of 2012. The ten kings or E10 are controlled by some of the same fallen angels talked about in Genesis Chapter 6 and the book of Joel. They are now waiting for the everlasting judgement. As in the times of Noah, they will again take for themselves wives from the daughters of man. As mentioned in Revelation Ch. 13, the 10 crowned kings pf the UN or E10 will be ruled by Satan, ruler of the former 7 kingdoms from Babylon to 1948 when Israel became a nation again thus fulfilled the parable of the fig tree that Jesus commanded us to know. Also is the generation of 3 score or 60 years, that won't pass away until all prophecy is completed. (Mark 13 27-34 and Mat. 24) that mentions the parable of the fig tree that began in Jerimiah 24 with the basket of figs. But Satan's kingdom reign will be only 5 months, from May to September of 2012. As mentioned in Revelation Ch. 9, the time or season of the locust as any farmer knows is 5 months and in summer from May to September 28. Then 1st Cor. 15:52, all will be changed to a more perfect body in a twinkling of an eye at the last trumphet. Christ returns and His kingdom begins on earth for 1,000 years. Then Satan is once again loosed on mankind for 100 years with man in the flesh body. We then have the great white thrown judgement. Then those whom follow Satan and his ways again will be cast into the eternal fire, burnt up as to ashes and never thought of again! Then God's everlasing Kingdom is set up on this planet for eternity.

Also you will find that dna is locked into my first name, Donald. As in Joshua and Yeshua using the code of "3" in my last name Hua rd, see the index in the book of Morman under Jos hua and see "hua" means land to the west by the sea where I live in North Bend, Oregon. Then find the last two letters of my name rd meaning republican and democrate united. The 2008 republican runner-up for president John McCain, said in his debate on the evening of October 7, 2008 that the republicans and democrates must unite to solve America's financial delema. I was born in Bristol, Connecticut and Sarah Palin's daughter's name is Bristol. Finally, 90% of my neighbors in this Dunes Mobile Ranch Mobile Park on 67624 Spinreel Road #39, North Bend, Oregon 97459 call me God who looks into the sun and the sun don't blind me or effect my eyes in anyway. Three years ago, on my web sites, I predicted the global financial crash begining in 2008. Need I say more! Who do you think I am?

Donald A Huard
Executive Trustee
Heritage Works Trust UBT ein # 75-6837643
544 North 2nd Street, Coos Bay, Or 97420
North Bend, Oregon 97459
541-808-0239
Email: dhuardx2@netzero.com.com

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PS: Don't waite to be raptured, it is only a dotorine of man that began in Scotland in 1830. Look at the rapture docturing by Margeret MacDonald of Scotland. Read a copy of her original letter below!

Margaret Macdonald's Original Pretribulation Vision Excerpted from: The Incredible Cover-up, pp. 151-157 By Dave MacPherson APPENDIX A: MARGARET MACDONALD'S ACCOUNT [This is Margaret Macdonald's handwritten account of her 1830 Pre-Trib revelation, as included in Robert Norton's Memoirs of James & George Macdonald of Port-Glasgow (1840), pp. 171-176. The italicized portions represent her account as it appears in shorter form in Norton's The Restoration of Apostles and Prophets; In the Catholic Apostolic Church (1861), pp 15-18.] "It was first the awful state of the land that was pressed upon me.(1) I saw the blindness and infatuation of the people to be very great. I felt the cry of Liberty just to be the hiss of the serpent, to drown them in perdition. It was just `no God.' I repeated the words, Now there is distress of nations, with perplexity, the seas and the waves roaring, men's hearts failing them for fear - now look out for the sign of the Son of man. Here I was made to stop and cry out, 0 it is not known what the sign of the Son of man is; the people of God think they are waiting, but they know not what it is. I felt this needed to be revealed, and that there was great darkness and error about it; but suddenly what it was burst upon me with a glorious light I saw it was just the Lord himself descending from Heaven with a shout, just the glorified man. even Jesus; but that all must, as Stephen was, be filled with the Holy Ghost, that they might look up, and see the brightness of the Father's glory. I saw the error to be, that men think that it will be something seen by the natural eye; but 'tis spiritual discernment that is needed, the eye of God in his people. Many passages were revealed, in a light in which I had not before seen them. I repeated, `Now is the kingdom of Heaven like unto ten virgins, who went forth to meet the Bridegroom, five wise and five foolish; they that were foolish took their lamps, but took no oil with them; but they that were wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.' 'But be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is; and be not drunk with wine wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit.' This was the oil the wise virgins took in their vessels - this is the light to be kept burning - the light of God - that we may discern that which cometh not with observation to the natural eye. Only those who have the light of God within them will see the sign of his appearance. No nee d to follow them who say, see here, or see there, for his day shall be a s the lightning to those in whom the living Christ is. 'Tis Christ in us that will lift us up - he is the light - 'tis only those that are alive in him that will be caught up to meet him in the air. I saw that we must be in the Spirit, that we might see spiritual things. John was in the Spirit, when he saw a throne set in Heaven. - But I saw that the glory o f the ministration of the Spirit had not been known. I repeated frequent ly, but the spiritual temple must and shall be reared, and the fulness o f Christ be poured into his body, and then shall we be caught up to meet him. Oh none will be counted worthy of this calling but his body, which is the church, and which must be a candlestick all of gold. I often said, Oh the glorious inbreaking of God which is now about to burst on this earth; Oh the glorious temple which is now about to be reared, the bride adorned for her husband; and Oh what a holy, holy bride she must be, to be prepared for such a glorious bridegroom. I said, Now shall the people of God have to do with realities - now shall the glorious mystery of God in our nature be known- now shall it be known what it is for man to be glorified. I felt that the revelation of Jesus Christ had yet to be opened up - it is not knowledge about God that it contains, but it is an entering into God - I saw that there was a glorious breaking in of God to be. I feIt as Elijah surrounded with chariots of fire. I saw as it we re, the spiritual temple reared, and the Head Stone brought forth with shoutings of grace, grace, unto it. It was a glorious light above the brightness of the sun, that shone round about me. I felt that those who were filled with the spirit could see spiritual things, and feel walking in the midst of them, while those who had not the Spirit could see nothing - so that two shall be in one bed, the one taken and the other left, be cause the one has the light of God within while the other cannot see the Kingdom of Heaven. I saw the people of God in an awfully dangerous situation, surrounded by nets and entanglements, about to be tried, and many about to be deceived and fall. Now will THE WICKED be revealed, with all power and signs and lying wonders, so that if it were possible the very elect will be deceived. - This is the fiery trial which is to try us. - It will be for the purging and purifying of the real members of the bo dy of Jesus; but Oh it will be a fiery trial. Every soul will be shaken to the very center. The enemy will try to shake in every thing we have believed - But the trial of real faith will be found to honour and praise and glory. Nothing but what is of God will stand. The stony-ground hearers will be made manifest - the love of many will wax cold I frequently said that night, and often since, now shall the awful sight of a false Christ be seen on this earth. and nothing but the living Christ in us can detect this awful attempt of the enemy to deceive - or it is with all deceivableness of unrighteousness he will work - he will have a counter part for every part of God's truth and an imitation for every work of the Spirit. The Spirit must and will be poured out on the church, that she m ay be purified and filled with God - and just in proportion as the Spirit of God works, so will he when our Lord anoints men with power, so will he. This is particularly the nature of the trial, through which those a re to pass who will be counted worthy to stand before the Son of man. There will be outward trial too, but `tis principally temptation. It is brought on by the outpouring of the Spirit, and will just increase in proportion as the Spirit is poured out. The trial of the Church is from Anti christ. It is by being filled with the Spirit that we shall be kept. I frequently said, Oh be filled with the Spirit - have the light of God in you, that you may detect satan - be full of eyes within - be clay in the hands of the potter - submit to be filled, filled with God This will build the temple. It is not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord. This will fit us to enter into the marriage supper of the lamb . I saw It to be the will of God that all should be filled. But what hindered the real life of God from being received by his people, was their turning from Jesus. who is the way to the Father. They were not entering in by the door. For he is faithful who hath said, by me if any man enter in he shall find pasture. They were passing the cross, through which e very drop of the Spirit of God flows to us. All power that comes not through the blood of Christ is not of God. When I say, they are looking from the cross, I feel that there is much in it - they turn from the blood of the Lamb, by which we overcome, and in which our robes are washed and made white. There are low views of God's holiness, and ceasing to condemn sin in the flesh, and a looking from him who humbled himself, and made himself of no reputation. Oh! it is needed, much needed at present, a leading back to the cross, I saw that night, and often since, that there will be an outpouring of the Spirit on the body, such as has not been, a baptism of fire, that all the dross may be put away. Oh there must and will be such an indwelling of the living God as has not been - the servants of God sealed in their foreheads - great conformity to Jesus - his holy holy image seen in his people just the bride made comely, by his comeliness put upon her. This is what we are at present made to pray much for, that speedily we may all be made ready to meet our Lord in the air - and it will be. Jesus wants his bride. His desire is toward us. He that shall come, will come, and will not tarry. Amen and Amen. Even so come Lord Jesus." NOTES 1. At the end of this first sentence Norton adds a footnote which is explained at the bottom of p. 171: "I think I ought not to omit stating that in the course of the memorable evening of which the above paper is a very incomplete outline, one individual was expressly mentioned by name as the future desolater of this land, who at the time (nine years ago) wa s not at a11 pre-eminent as the leader of infidelity, but who has so notoriously and awfully become so - Mr. Owen." The Owen referred to was Robert Owen (1771-1858), described by Friedrich Engels in his Socialism: Utopian and Scientific (1880) as one of the leading socialists of the early nineteenth century. A lengthy article on "Tracing the History of Communes" says Owen established a number the editorial page of the January 10 , 1973, Kansas City Star entitled of communities that were Communistic in nature. He set up communes in Ireland and Britain; his best-known commune, however, was his American community at New Harmony. Indiana. Margaret, on the same evening she had her pre-trib revelation, mentioned Owen as the future desolater, or Antichrist. Copyright 1975 by Logos International, All Rights Reserved. All Rights transferred to: Omega Publications P.O. Box 4130 Medford, Oregon 97501 Second Printing 1980. This Appendix was reprinted with the permission of Omega Publications. "The Incredible Cover-up" is available for $7.00 by writing Omega Publications, 1-800-345-0175.

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WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

Since Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah) walked this earth as a human 2,000 years ago, there has been a controversy over who he really was. The Bible tells us in many places that there is only one true God (Deu. 6:4; Mal. 2:10; Mark 12:32; Rom. 3:30; Jam. 2:19; etc.). So where does Yeshua fit into the Godhead? Could he be in the flesh again? Who do you think I am?

"In the begining" we gave man comon sence". With emotions of Love and hate, we live with each day! With sences of sight, sound, smell, taste, touch. If it is hot, we don't touch, drink, eat or taste it until it cools off. If you apply comon sences in life, you won't get burnt! Dogs have the sence of smell to follow their masters, if he is good and feeds him! They have excellent smell, hearing, sight, and have memories and emotions. Do you have a sence of place and purpose? Is it to bring together or devide? "Love or hate?" What will be the end result? The earth too has electro magnitic waves! Can you read them? Are your idols truely worthy of your love and respect? Will they accomplish your hearts desires and needs? Appy all the above in your daily decission making! Remember, judgement began at the household of the Lord! Shepherds, religious leaders and political leaders, do you live for your people or your own personal ambitions? Let all nations, above, in and on the earth pray together for the "Eternal God's will" in these end times. Amen

Who is Melchizedek, meaning king of righteousness, was the "king of Salem," later known as Jerusalem, and "priest of God Most High" - at a time prior to the establishment of the Levitical priesthood (see Levites). Melchizedek is one of the most enigmatic people of Bible History and The lost book of the bible exposednot only because of his distinctive position as king and high priest of Jerusalem (a dual office that will ultimately be fulfilled only by Jesus Christ), but also because of other profound statements about him, such as in Hebrews that "he is without father or mother or genealogy, and has neither beginning of days nor end of life." A Jewish speculative tradition holds that Melchizedek was actually Noah's son Shem who may have survived to that time, but Shem obviously did have a recorded father, Noah, and a beginning of days since Shem's age is mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures, or "Old" Testament (a factor that the non-Christian Jewish point of view, which does not include the New Testament, does not take into consideration). So who was Melchizedek? Or more precisely, in terms of Who he foreshadowed, what (a function doesn't have parents, a birth or a death, but all people do) was Melchizedek?

Abram and Melchizedek

Abraham Melchizedek entered the Scriptural record after Abram, who God later renamed Abraham, rescued his nephew Lot (the incident makes plain that Abraham, along with everything else, was also a very skilled tactician and battlefield commander):

"When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. And he divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and routed them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus. Then he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his goods, and the women and the people."

"After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh, that is, the King's Valley."

"And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said, "Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!" And Abram gave him a tenth of everything." (Genesis 14:14-20 RSV)

David Was Aware Of Melchizedek's Significance To The Messiah

Melchizedek is mentioned only once more in the Old Testament when King David refers to him, and the future earthly rule of the Messiah, in the Psalms:

"A Psalm of David"

"The Lord says to my lord: "Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool." The Lord sends forth from Zion [see Who, What or Where Is Zion? and Daughter of Zion] your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your foes! Your people will offer themselves freely on the day you lead your host upon the holy mountains. From the womb of the morning like dew your youth will come to you. The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, "You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek." (Psalm 110:1-4 RSV)

Jesus Is The "High Priest For Ever"

It is in the New Testament that Melchizedek's significance is made clear:

"We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [see Where Is Your Soul?], a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek." (Hebrews 6:19-20 RSV)

"For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him; and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace. He is without father or mother or genealogy, and has neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest for ever."

"See how great he is! Abraham the patriarch gave him a tithe of the spoils. And those descendants of Levi who receive the priestly office have a commandment in the law to take tithes from the people, that is, from their brethren, though these also are descended from Abraham. But this man who has not their genealogy received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. Here tithes are received by mortal men; there, by one of whom it is testified that he lives. One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, for he was still in the loins of his ancestor when Melchizedek met him."

"Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood, for under it the people received the law, what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron? For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, who has become a priest, not according to a legal requirement concerning bodily descent but by the power of an indestructible life. For it is witnessed of him, "Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek."

"On the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness, for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God."

"And it was not without an oath. Those who formerly became priests took their office without an oath, but this one was addressed with an oath, "The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, 'Thou art a priest for ever.'"

"This makes Jesus the surety of a better covenant."

"The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; but He holds His priesthood permanently, because He continues for ever. Consequently He is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through Him [see The Way], since He always lives to make intercession for them."

"For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; He did this once for all when He offered up Himself. Indeed, the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever." (Hebrews 7:1-28 RSV)

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Special Notice! The 2 End Time Witneses are here in 2008 and I am Melchizedek or the Doctor of the Milkyway. Using the code of(3)Hua-rd means the land that borders west by the sea and the DNA of man is locked into my name D o na ld. As in Jos hua, Yes hua or Jesus, then Hua rd. Jos hua meaning land to the west by the sea where I live. See index in the Book of Morman. rd = republican - democrat and I was born in "Bristol", Connecticut.

My (dna)of which there are 4 groups of 3 strings in the patern of 12 which proves this fact scientifically as well as scripturally. The God family reproduces themselves. Ask the Doctors at the Bay Area Hospital in North Bend, Oregon and the Coos County, Oregon Court House of records and Sheriff's Department. They all have my dna as well as my trail around the world. I have purposely left my dna all around the world. The god seed has always been here since the creation of earth!

My Wife Constance J. Hua rd is the next Queen of Scots and Britain, proven by her dna and other physical evidence as an heir to the House of Stewart. Prove it out for your self using the hidden code of 3 which not only decodes the Bible, but through modern dna labs prove all things, as well as being locked into Donald A. Huard. Can you see dna in my name?

We are also the two Pisces that coral Satan in the end times. My wife was born 2/25/38 in Oregon and I was born 2/25/41 in "Bristol", Connecticut, which is 3 years apart.

I am French Canadian where they put the noun first, then the verb. Or car blue. I am also American. Melchizedok is the Milkyway Doctor in French and in English, the Doctor of the Milkyway or the King of the rightious! Prove all things 100%. See Melchikezedek and the truth about the God family 5th link below. I am also Buddha according to their book!

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In these end times God allows two of us witnesses, through modern technology to inform the entire world, both in Talos via the entrance to the inner earth at Mount Shasta and other entrances described in the below web site, and as even Admiral Bird wrote in his diary of his experience when he accidently entered their domain.

In the year 2009, 2010 and 2011 a man will rule our country. Then a woman. On September 28, 2012 the last holy day celebrated by the early Christian and Jews as well as the Bhudist, Muslims and Mohamedons will be Christ's return. Remember the parrable of the fig tree, Mark 13: 27 -34, the generation that won't pass until all prophecy has been fulfilled. The seventh seal will soon be opened. We are in Revelations ch. 13 in time or on God's prophetic calender.

September 24th or 25th is not only the day that Satan will kill us two witnesses and we will lay in the streets for 3 1/2 days, witnessed by the entire world via Satellite TV, as it is written.

Then if you read scriptural astrology, the entire bible is written in the stars. It is written that on that last three days that the two Pisces of the consellation, both born on February 25th at six o"clock at night. One on the east coast and the other on the west coast! By decoding the Bible you will understand what many have done in the past.

The secret code to decode the bible and is three (3) and is a perfect number not divisable by any other number.

The two Pisces that have the job of capturing or coralling the dragon, is in the hands of us two witnesses. Then they will turn Satan over to Michael the Arch Angel to guard over Satan for one thousand years. Then he must be loosed from prison for 100 years to see if he can win over mankind again.

Just as in the first earth age when Satan rebelled and drew 1/3rd of the souls to his side, he will win agian 1/3 of those souls whom all had a life on earth. Irst Corrinthians tells you all about it. Then on the Seventh trumph, the 7th seal which is about to be opened and the 7th plague, Jesus Christ returns in September 2012 to claim the Kingdom from Satan and we then are all changed to a more perfect body, or celestrial body. Read 1st Cor. 15:52. But we still have physical mass and need to eat, still mortal and subject to death if we go against God's laws.

We will be very busy beating our weapons into plows and farm and clean up machines. We have to personally restore the earth to its original condition of perfection.

Then we have, after 1,000 years under perfect utopian rule under Christ, and what Revelations calls the great white thrown judgement after Satan had 100 years to win the souls that will be judged to eternal death. As you take a peace of paper, it and we will be cast into a lake of fire and totally destroyed and never thought of again.

Then God's Thrown will come down personally and take over rule from His Son Jesus who has a new name that no one knows except YHWH.

We, as gods and trained by Him will continue to not only repopulate both earth and inner earth but also teach them God's perfect ways throghout the entire univerces.

Humanity will then be perfected and they will assist others throughout the mentioned here in.

Remember, scripture state in Mathew that all will be judged, both in the earth, on the earth and above the earth.

GOD'S FINAL WITNESS

Chapter 1 God's Two Witnesses

Chapter 2 The Deception In Man

Chapter 3 Time Has Run Out For Man

Chapter 4 The Seven Thunders of the 6th Seal

Chapter 5 The Final Three & One-Half Years

Chapter 6 Why Such Massive Destruction?

Chapter 7 The Mystery of God Revealed and GOD'S TWO WITNESSES

It is with sadness and heaviness of heart that I begin to write this web site. This Prophesied End-Time web site, was first being developed nearly seven and a half years ago along with the United States and Britain in Prophecy as the foundation, see "www.angelfire.com/or/dhuard" and has been distributed in every country and in every language of the world via the world-wide web. It describes the prophetic endtime destruction that began in 2004 and is about to come on this earth. It foretells of World War III beginning in the spring of 2009 and the overthrow of the United States, Israel, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and much of Western Europe. Some of these events, as well as other prophesied conflicts, will now be covered in more detail; although these are not the primary focus of this website. The Muslims call Israel the little satan and the USA the big satan. There are many fictional books and movies about apocalyptic events that result in massive destruction on earth. The source of such destruction is generally portrayed as man-made, the result of natural disasters, or sometimes, the result of invasion from beyond this earth.

This NON-fiction web site reveals a combination of all three sources, ending in massive destruction of most of this earth, including most of its population. 2/3 rds or more of mankind will die!

This is not easy to write; it will not be easy to read. You may not read past the first few paragraphs before you decide that this is too outrageous to continue. Nevertheless, it is all true!

And you owe it to yourself and those you love to fully consider what is written here about disclosing God's Two Witnesses and the end times prophecies.

The clergy of many denominations emailed me throughout the United States and Canada. Those interviews on line began in September 2001.

I mention this because there was an underlying theme that ran throughout those interviews which will help you to better understand the need for this second web site today.

Final end-time events that will lead into the great tribulation, at the opening of the Seventh Seal, have already begun. These were covered in The Prophesied End-Time websites and Eyes on the world websites written by me as the "end time watchman" as well as the documented scriptural and physical evidence. Understandably, it was difficult for the hosts of those interviews to believe that this world is about to enter a time of destruction which will ultimately end 6,000 years of man's government and man's self-rule. One of the most common questions or sentiment was, Why should anyone believe you over so many others who, throughout time, have made predictions about the end-time or the end of this world?

The answer is twofold and was partially addressed in the first web site. Before the first answer is given, it should be noted that toward the end of the interviews, one phase of end-time events was well under way.

. In December of 2004, a great tsunami, originating in the Indian Ocean, struck several countries with massive destruction and a death toll that has been estimated at well over 225,000. The UN estimated the number of people displaced by the tsunami to be five million. This tsunami, caused by an earthquake, is the second strongest in recorded history. It has been followed by an escalation in the number and magnitude of earthquakes worldwide. And now notice the multiple earth quakes on the west coast of the USA in 2008, which many say will lead to the expected great psunami on the west coast of the USA. Not to long ago national geographics had a documentary on and predicting a 100% sure thing of the tsunami to soon happen!

The United States witnessed a record breaking year for hurricanes both in number and magnitude. 2005 had the most until 2008!

Named tropical storms on record. Letters of the Greek Alphabet have never been used to name storms, but even now in December, Hurricane Epsilon has become the fifth named storm in the Greek Alphabet. This past year witnessed the highest number of hurricanes on record along with the most category five storms ever. In August, Hurricane Katrina produced the greatest destruction from a natural disaster ever seen in the U.S., which left some areas of New Orleans almost wiped out. This devastation is so great that there is not enough time to rebuild it before this age of man comes to an end. From another perspective, the average number of named storms in any season is 10, but in 2005 there were 26.

The average number of hurricanes is 6, but 2005 had 14. The average number of major hurricanes is 2, but 2005 had 7. Then, in October, a massive earthquake struck northern Pakistan with collateral destruction extending into India. As a result, over 80,000 people lost their lives and approximately 2.5 million were left homeless. But before these disasters occurred, many of the interview hosts questioned the validity of what was written in The Prophesied End-Time web sites. In those interviews, they were told that such events would begin to occur and continue to increase in magnitude over the following four years. But the question was asked, Haven't there always been earthquakes and other destructive forces that have claimed large numbers of lives? The answer is yes, but the whole point of this is the answer to the question, Why should anyone believe all this? These events are occurring exactly as the holy books describe.

Yes, through time, natural disasters have resulted in great destruction and loss of life. The difference is, that now, we are at the beginning of the final events which will culminate in the end for God's Two Witnesses of this age the end of man's self-rule on earth.

The proof of the validity of my first web sites in 1998, and now this one, is in the timing and the destruction that follows, exactly as both web sites describe.

God gives the analogy of a woman in labor pain to show how these events will unfold. As labor begins, the contractions are farther apart and less intense; but as time between contractions decreases, the intensity of those contractions grows. Such is the reality of labor pain, and such will be part of the proof of what is written here.

What we have witnessed since those interviews a year ago will only increase in magnitude and frequency until we come to the last and final stage. This final stage is referred to as the great tribulation which is prophesied to last for a final three and one half years which I beleive begins May 1, 2009 and over six months after the presidential election day. It will begin with one-third of the United States being destroyed followed by World War III which will destroy another one-third of man kind.

So what makes what I have to say in these many web sites is not any different from what others have had to say about the end-time?

You need to ask, Who else has laid everything on the line, and in such detail, as found in these web sites in the link section? Over the centuries, people have seen natural disasters and predicted that man was in the end-times of Bible prophecy. But throughout time, they have been wrong. The Bible has much to say about such times, therefore, it has been a natural consequence that these religious people have made such predictions. The difference is that now it is true! We have now entered the endtimes. When the parable of the fiq tree mentioned in Mark 13:27-34 in which it states the this generation which began in 1948 when Israel became a nation again won't pass away until all prophecy is fulfilled.

Today, people are making the same kind of claims as others have done for centuries; but this time they just happen to be right that this is the end. Due to the magnitude of the disastrous events that have occurred over the past year, there has been many who mentioned on the WWW that there has been a marked increase in popularity and interest in end-time predictions and the growing willingness of religious types to make more pronouncements.

But all of them are wrong in their conclusions, except for one coincidental truth this is the endtime as proven beyound a shadow of doubt in prophecy and the headline news.

Such prognosticators will only increase as disastrous events increase, and they will deceive many people. It is easy to jump on the band wagon (an American expression used to describe the behavior of conformists and opportunists). As disastrous events increase, they will claim that each event is some kind of sign or that it has special religious significance after the event has already occurred. But who is presenting a time frame and getting more specific as all this increases? Who is putting all this together so that people can understand what is happening and why, while also informing people of what is coming upon the United States once the Seventh Seal of the Book of Revelation has been opened?

An example of some obnoxious religious opportunists concerns some who have made claims that New Orleans was devastated by the hurricane because of God's punishment for her sinful ways. And yet others say it was God's punishment on the U.S. for occupying Iraq. Still others conclude it was a specific sign that we are entering the end-times. All of these people are religious opportunists who are no different from those of ages gone by.

The claim that what happened to New Orleans was a sign, is closest to being true; but it is still wrong. The tragedy of New Orleans is not a specific sign; it is only part of an overall sign of a woman in labor. The devastation of New Orleans is not only a Biblical sign of itself, and it is not mentioned by God as a single sign of the end-time, but early beginning of the first 3 1/2 years of the seven year tribulation mentioned in the book of Daniel.

Now we have God's Two Witnesses the rising waters, they began to believe what God said through Noah. Where the floods were only in the area where the adamaic race, in which line the Christ would come.

So much of what is written in the Bible is received by people in this manner. People want proof; they want powerful proof! So God is going to give just that a final witness to mankind. We have entered the end-time. As with the time of Noah, we can say that the rains have begun, and soon, the water will begin to rise. End-time events will become far more devastating, growing in frequency, until we are finally thrown into the midst of the water when the final three and one-half years of great tribulation strike On may 1, 2009.

Throughout the history of the race begining with Adam, 6,000 years on earth, God sent His prophets to tell mankind about His ways and the need to repent of their ways and turn to Him. But man is filled with such pride and self-will that, for the most part, he has not listened to God or turned to His ways. Only a very, very few through time have listened. The overall history of man is that he will not listen to God. Knowing that man will not listen to Him, God sent his prophets, not only to tell people to turn to Him (repent of their ways), but that disobedience to their Creator would have consequences.

God sent prophets with specific messages about what would happen to them if they did not listen.

For six millennia, of the Adamiac races history God has been patient toward man's unwillingness to listen to Him through His prophets. This has much to do with why God is once again one last time sending His prophets (His two witnesses) into the world in the most powerful way yet. He also stated that these two witnesses would be a thorn in Satan's side. See Revelations 10 - 11; Until this day, we were never able to reach the entire inhabited earth, both in the earth and above the earth but through modern high technology, and the computer we can today.

The early Church had some prophets, but they were sent to the Church and not the world. John, who wrote the Book of GOD'S FINAL WITNESSES study tool, Revelations, was not sent to the world with the prophecies he wrote. Jesus Christ is the Prophet of God spoken of in scripture, and certainly, as the Son of God, there is none other like Him. Even our calender begins with the coming of the son of God over 2,000 years ago. Think about that any of you who are not totally convinced yet! As for the other prophets among men, one must go back more than 2,500 years to find those whom God worked through in a great way.

Yet, of all the major and minor prophets of the Old Testament, you will find that most were sent to the nation of Judah or Israel (or both), but they were not sent to the entire world.

One of the most notable times when God gave great power to a prophet was just over 3,000 years ago when He raised up Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. This time marked the beginning of a new phase in God's plan to work with physical1y God's Two Witnesses and the the rising waters, they began to believe what God said through Noah. So much of what is written in the Bible is received by people in this manner. People want proof; they want powerful proof! So God is going to give just that a final witness to mankind.

We have entered the end-time.

As with the time of Noah, we can say that the rains have begun, and soon, the water will begin to rise. End-time events will become far more devastating, growing in frequency, until we are finally thrown into the midst of the water when the final three and one-half years of great tribulation strike which I personally know begins in May of 2009

Throughout the history of adamaic man's 6,000 years on earth, God sent His prophets to tell mankind about His ways and the need to repent of their ways and turn to Him. But man is filled with such pride and self-will that, for the most part, he has not listened to God or turned to His ways. Only a very, very few through time have listened. The overall history of man is that he will not listen to God. Knowing that man will not listen to Him, God sent his prophets, not only to tell people to turn to Him (repent of their ways), but that disobedience to their Creator would have consequences. God sent prophets with specific messages about what would happen to them if they did not listen.

For six millennia, God has been patient toward man's unwillingness to listen to Him through His prophets. This has much to do with why God is once again one last time sending His prophets (His two witnesses) into the world in the most powerful way yet.

The early Church had some prophets, but they were sent to the Church and not the world.

John, who wrote the Book of GOD'S FINAL WITNESS prophesies, Revelation, was not sent to the world with the prophecies he wrote. Jesus Christ is the Prophet of God spoken of in scripture, and certainly, as the Son of God, there is none other like Him. As for the other prophets among men, one must go back more than 2,500 years to find those whom God worked through in a great way. Yet, of all the major and minor prophets of the Old Testament, you will find that most were sent to the nation of Judah or Israel (or both), but they were not sent to the world.

One of the most notable times when God gave great power to a prophet was just over 3,000 years ago when He raised up Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. This time marked the beginning of a new phase in God's plan to work with a physical nation.

At that time, God chose to begin revealing Himself to part of mankind in a greater way than ever before. It is important to understand the story of Moses so that you can grasp the magnitude of what God will do through His endtime prophets.

These two prophets will be sent into the world! In actuality, there has never been a time when God has given such power to His prophets to accomplish so much, and on a worldwide scale. These two witnesses will be the most formidable prophets God has ever used in all 6,000 of the adamic years of human history.

Moses was understandably concerned that the Israelites would not believe him, so he asked God, Who shall I tell them has sent me unto them? God simply responded, Tell them I AM has sent me unto you. But God also told Moses to tell the Israelites even more, instructing him to say, This is what you shall say to the children of Israel, The ETERNAL God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me unto you (Exodus 3:15).

At that time, God chose to begin revealing Himself to part of mankind in a greater way than ever before.

It is important to understand the story of Moses so that you can grasp the magnitude of what God will do through His endtime prophets. These two prophets will be sent into the world!

In actuality, there has never been a time when God has given such power to His prophets to accomplish so much, and on a worldwide scale. These two witnesses will be the most formidable prophets God has ever used in all 6,000 adamaic years of human history.

Moses was understandably concerned that the Israelites would not believe him, so he asked God, Who shall I tell them has sent me unto them? God simply responded, Tell them I AM has sent me unto you. But God also told Moses to tell the Israelites even more, instructing him to say, This is what you shall say to the children of Israel, The ETERNAL God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me unto you (Exodus 3:15)

God told him and said, Don't you know what these are? And I said, No, my lord. Then he said, These are the two anointed ones that stand before the Lord unto the whole earth.(Zechariah 4:11-14) This prophecy in Zechariah is the same as what is clarified more fully through John in the Book of Revelation.

These two olive trees that stand beside the candle stands, which picture the seven Church eras, symbolize the importance, magnitude and power that will conclude nearly 2,000 years of Church history and 6,000 years of man's self-rule. God's two anointed ones, His two witnesses His two prophets, are established to witness to the whole world about the greatest phase yet of His plan and purpose for mankind. It is the prophetic transition from one era to another, from man's self-rule to God's rule, from the firstfruits of God's Church to the manifestation of the Kingdom of God.

The Next Step It is now with boldness, confidence and great clarity that I give to you what God has given me. I am to announce, through God's direct revelation, that I am one of those two witnesses. The other witness will be revealed to the world during the time of the great tribulation within the final three and one-half years of man's era.

During that period of time, we will, together, completely fulfill all that God has given us to witness to this whole earth. Then, at the end, we will die in the streets of Jerusalem; and finally, exactly three and one-half days later, we will be resurrected.

(Revelation 11). The world will see this resurrection via television in September of 2012. At this same time Jesus Christ will appear in the heavens above the earth as He is returning to take the reigns of man's government on earth.

All this will be explained more fully later in this web site or writings.

It is not my job to prove this to anyone it is God's! He will do so by His great power. This is all about God His plan, His purpose, His will, His judgment, His way, and His truth.

My job is to tell it like it is as God directs me. I am to say as Moses said, I AM has sent me to you. Yes, the ETERNAL God, the God of Abraham has sent me to you. I am to state clearly that I am an end-time prophet, a prophet of the God of Abraham. A prophet of the God of Abraham is specifically given for a great purpose, which is to make clear that this book is not slanted to show favoritism to Judaism, Christianity or Islam, but to take all three back to a time of common ground.

First and foremost, God will address the followers of those three religions.

The rest of humanity will be dealt with differently. There is only one true, eternal-living God. He created all the universe and man upon in and above the earth. He is the God of Abraham. Yet, after Abraham, and on through time, religious ideas about God became horribly varied and obscure. Various off shoots began to believe that they were the only true religion and the only authentic representatives of God's Word. God will now begin to reveal, and very powerfully, what is true and what is from Him. God will expose all that is false and not of Him. People are not accustomed to hearing a prophet because no prophet has been sent by God during this generation, until now. No writings of a prophet have been recorded for centuries, until now. People are not accustomed to being spoken to in the way I am doing in this writing. God will not cajole, plead or seek to be diplomatic with the feelings, beliefs or concerns of others.

You are the one who must come into subjection to God. His ways will reign. All who resist and oppose God will be broken.

The fragile sensitivities of the politically correct are of no concern to God. This is not a time to test God. This is not a time to ignore God's words. This is not a time to wait and see, although most will do so for as long as they can. This is not a time to hold onto your religious beliefs. This is all deeply true because this is the time that God has chosen to change the earth. This is the time He has chosen to remove all governments and religions. The time of man has come to an end. The time of God has come it is NOW!

It all depends upon you. Catastrophic end-time events will be fulfilled. You can respond to God in a genuine manner, through repentance, and place yourself at His mercy seat, for Almighty God is a God of love. He is compassionate and full of mercy toward those who seek His ways. All other ways cause suffering, pain and oppression in life. God's desire is that we be free from all that, and this just happens to be the age of man when such deliverance is coming. As God delivered Israel from the burdens of Egypt.

He is now going to deliver this entire world from the burdens of man's self-rule and the way of bondage that has come from Satan. However, this time, God is going to do all this on a scale that is many times greater.

Much to Consider As God's prophetic writings unfold through their systematic unveiling and literal manifestation, the world will be confounded.

You have much to ponder and consider as you read. Much of this will seem surreal, but it will be reality. TV interviews, regarding the first of my web sites, and The Prophesied End-Time, reflect much about the attitude and nature of man. How could anyone seriously believe all that was written in it?

The world has been flooded with books that contain everything that man can imagine. Whatever subject interests you, something has been written about it. Is it any wonder that man is so skeptical? Is it any wonder that man is so confused, especially when it comes to so many different ideas so much contradiction about God?

Future interviews, after the publication of this writing, will take on an even stronger message; and they will be followed by greater end-time events. God is going to broadcast powerfully the message contained in all of my writings. It is like the proverbial mustard seed, which starts out small but grows very large. Not very many people will go out into the world, but the web sites via the WWW message will go out; and it will become stronger as cataclysmic events in the world become stronger. Man's ability to destroy himself will, itself, be destroyed.

Man's oppression of man will be brought to an end. A world of unprecedented peace will follow. Can you imagine a world with no wars and no oppression, a world where people and businesses cooperate rather than compete, a world with one religion, a world with one government, and a world where everyone in government deals in righteousness rather than politics and selfish gain? This is the good news beyond all that is bad, which must first befall the earth. God speed that time!

A Final Matter Some of the interviews, along with numerous call-in and e-mail responses, addressed a question that needs to be answered here. Their concern referred to the timing of the end-time. This was approached in different ways, but basically it was stated as follows, Isn't it true that no man knows the time or hour of these things?

God has given to Jesus Christ the timing for the seals to be opened, and Jesus Christ, in turn, has given the timing to me. Those who will receive these words can receive the same. If people choose to remain ignorant, refusing God's word, then they will have to suffer for their arrogance and pride against God. Arrogance and pride are exactly what God is going to break in man. These resist God's way of peace and genuine love that man should be expressing toward God and one another. Often, in a futile attempt to discredit what they do not understand concerning the timing for end-time events, some will quote the words of Jesus Christ, No man knows that day or hour.

Up until only a decade ago, this was still very true, but conditions and circumstances have now changed. The countdown for the end-time has already begun, and it began when Jesus Christ started to open the seals of Revelation, the first of which was opened on September 28, 1994. The last Holy day of the fall feast days. I began to mention this to a friend by the name of Fred Payne, a Senior VP of my company along with my operatives. 7,000 in all. Indeed, the skepticism in those interviews about T h e Prophesied End-Time is understandable. However, God is going to begin removing the skepticism of the world, especially once the Seventh Seal is opened. You can read to those interviews on the following website: (shepherdschapel.com).

Today, people are not accustomed to how God works through His prophets. They don't understand the reasons why, but you can be certain of one thing. The Lord GOD does nothing without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets (Amos 3:7).

THE DECEPTION IN MAN

One of the most difficult things for people to do is admit they are wrong. Human nature tends to see itself as being right. We hold to our opinions and beliefs on nearly every subject as though we are right, and all others who are in disagreement are simply wrong. Think about it. Isn't that the way we are? It doesn't matter where you turn or what you address, you constantly see people with different opinions at odds with each other. God tells us that every way of a man is right in his own eyes (Proverbs 21:2). It is the way of human nature, yet God also tells man that only He can reveal the true motives of the heart the mind of human nature. But who is really concerned about what God has to say? Man has always been determined to live his life his own way the way that he sees fit, and as he does this, he considers himself to be right in his choices and decisions. But this is a lie, because the very core and inner working of human nature is based on pride and selfishness and self being first.

Whether man likes it or not, this base nature is the cause of the problems we experience. It is the cause of conflicts, arguments, dissension, envy, competition, hatred, wars, stress, and unhappiness in life. Pastor Arnold Murray, a wise man of God and an apostle in the twentieth century, taught millions that there are two basic ways of life. One is give, and one is get. Man, by nature, lives the way of get. Only when people begin in The Deception In Man earth is about to suffer more than it has at any other time in history.

"Religion" one of Satan's four hidden dynasties has had a devastating impact on people in all nations of the world. The clash of lying religions is about to erupt on a worldwide scale that will affect every person on earth. Why is this, and how is such a thing possible you say?

This web site addresses religion because, whether you know it or not, at this very time, religion is at the heart and core of your life, even if you are not religious. Most people don't like to discuss this subject, much less mention the word God. This writing is not religiously syrupy or preachy, but it does candidly discuss religion and God; yet not in the manner you are accustomed to hearing. The truth is, "religion" is the greatest cause of suffering and evil in this world, and it is due to this that the greatest clash of religion the world has ever known is about to erupt. Between Islam, Judaism and Christianity! Lies are going to be exposed by this web site, and generally, when lies are exposed, people get mad. If some of these lies affect your life, which they will, what will you do? Will you get mad and upset, or will you honestly address those lies with the truth? Such moments in life are quite revealing. Can you objectively deal with the truth when you hear it? The truth is, most cannot! Candidly, how you respond has much to do with what you will experience in the months and very few remaining years that follow. This is a time for man's judgment. It is not to be taken lightly.

One More Consideration Before we continue, one additional matter needs to be made clear. Although I, at this time live in the United States, this website is not written with the prejudices or biases of an American. No national prejudice is affecting what is written here, nor any prejudice from any religion of this world. This is important to understand since this writings will be widely distributed and people around the world tend to be very distrusting of anything written by an American. People are just as distrusting in matters of religion, especially if the view is different from what they have always believed. All these feelings are normal and very understandable, but what you need to keep in mind are the things you read in the first chapter. This writing does not originate from the prejudices of man; its message comes from the inspiration and revelation of God Almighty given to one of His prophets.

Why So Much Confusion? Deception is at the very heart of the problems that exist among "nations and religions" of this world. Where, if any, is the truth and where are the lies? No matter where people live on this earth, they have been lied to all their lives. This is true, whether it is on the job, in politics and government, or in families and communities; but it is most true in "religion". When it comes to "religion", who is right; or is anyone right?

When it comes to this subject, isn't it true that everyone believes he or she is right? And if someone is right, then others who believe differently are wrong. Truth is at the very heart of this subject. By its very definition, only one thing can be true when it comes to God and His way. There cannot be many differing ideas about God and His word with all of them being right. Only one can be right! Only one can be true! God told man that there is only one faith, one belief, one hope, one good news from God, and one God. If this is true, then there are big problems with this "world's religions". God states what should be obvious, ­no lie is of the truth (1 John 2:21).

To make this matter clear, if "two religious organizations" both claim to be "Christian", but they are in opposition over any single doctrine, then by definition only one can possibly be true. This is The Deception In Man important to understand so that you can see the magnitude of the problem in the examples given in this chapter. A person's prejudice, concerning one's religious beliefs, will mostly depend upon where they were born in the world and the faith they were taught by their parents. When I was about six years old, I remember reasoning: if there is no Easter Bunny, then Santa Claus must not be real either. If any parent teaches such things to their children, then at some early point in their lives they will learn that Santa Claus is not real that he is a hoax. Is it any wonder I learned of more lies in traditional Christianity as I matured? If children are taught lies, from the beginning, then is it any wonder they learn to be skeptical and mistrusting?

Is there a God? Most would answer yes. Then, if so, who is He and who is telling the truth about Him? Everyone should ask, Does He have a spokesman on earth¡ªsomeone He speaks through as He did in days of old? Do Catholics, who make up 1.2 billion people on earth, represent the true God? Is the Pope the true spokesman for God on earth? Or do the 1.3 billion believers of Islam have the true knowledge of the one God they call Allah? What about the remaining 1 billion people (separate from the number of those in the Catholic faith) who make up traditional Christianity? And what about the faith of 900 million in Hinduism, or the 400 million in China's traditional religion of over 100,000 years, or the 375 million in Buddhism, or the 14 million that comprise Judaism?

If we understand the definition of truth, then we know we have a big problem in answering the question about one true belief. It should be abundantly clear that there are millions on earth who are deceived. If there are thousands of separate organizations within traditional Christianity¡± that differ greatly in doctrinal belief (and there are), then only one, if any, can possibly be true. Example the "rapture doctrine which began with two men of the cloth visiting a Mageret McDonald in a mental institution in 1830 in Scotland. She had a dream, which she latter wrote that it was demonic, I have a copy of the original letter above! A whole new Christian doctrine of man began from this which God specifically warns against.ead copy above on this web site!

Are all these religious groups throughout the world worshipping the same God? NO! Their very beliefs and doctrines represent different teachings about God. All of them cannot be true. If they were all true, then they would be in agreement with one another.

Having one's origin in the God of Abraham does not make one true. There are over 3.5 billion people who claim such origin. Those who speak about the one and selfsame God do not teach the same things about Him. That is the problem! The reality is that there are billions on the earth who speak of God but do not teach the truth about Him, especially about what He says. Simply using the name of God or Jesus Christ does not make one true. Many use the name of the Creator God and His Son Jesus Christ, but they teach a false God and a false Christ doctrines. Isn't it confusing? Is it any wonder that the world is in such chaos? Religious belief or no religious belief (which accounts for 1.1 billion people), it is religious belief that is at the very heart and core of this world's problems, whether you see it or not believe it or not.

Let's consider what religious confusion and disagreement produces. How well do Catholics and Protestants get along in Ireland? Do they believe in the same God or follow the same God? Does the Church of England or the Catholic Church recognize the same government of God? Is Shia or Sunni correct in their representation of Allah? Or do those who follow the ideals of al-Qaeda have Allah on their side? I read the Koran and in Chapter 2 and 42 it states that you should be good to your neighbor, even if he is a infadel, (non-beleiver) Not kill him as some interpret. What does Osama bin Laden beleive knowing that the whole world blames him for the bombing of the world trade center even after working as a double agent for the CIA?

Who is right? Who is true? Do Mormons believe in the same God as the Baptists or the Seventh Day Adventists? Do Reformed Jews agree with the Orthodox, or vise-versa? All of these believe they are true and right before God, yet their doctrines and basic beliefs are often vastly different. They do not teach about the same God because each teaches that God has taught it truth¡± which is different from all others. If that were not true and they did believe the same, then wouldn't they be able to join together in the same faith (belief)?3The Deception In Man During World War II, how is it that priests of the Catholic Church blessed German and Italian soldiers who were going into war to kill Americans, who had themselves been blessed by their priests in the Catholic Church? How can such a thing be? Is there hypocrisy in such things? Does such a thing reflect a unified teaching, from one God, with those of the same faith? Obviously, this example does not fit the definition of a unified belief in one true doctrine from one true God. So what is the truth? Do you see the dilemma? Do you see why there is so much confusion? Can you begin to see how this affects your life?

Patrick Cockburn's article, Iraq's top Shia cleric warns of genocidal war, was reported in the Independent News (19 July 2005) and reveals the religious confusion surrounding the ongoing terrorism in Iraq even to this day: The slaughter of thousands of civilians by suicide bombers shows that a genocidal war is threatening Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the country's most influential Shia cleric, warned last year. So far he has persuaded most of his followers not to respond in kind against the Sunni, from whom the bombers are drawn, despite repeated massacres of Shia. But sectarian divisions between Shia and Sunni are deepening across Iraq after the killing of 18 children in the district of New Baghdad and the death of 98 people caught by the explosion of a gas tanker in the market town of Musayyib. Many who died were visiting a Shia mosque. Against the wishes of the Grand Ayatollah, who has counselled restraint, some Shia have started retaliatory killings of members of the former regime, most of whom but not all are Sunni. Some carrying out the attacks in 2008 appear to belong to the 12,000-strong paramilitary police commandos. This news article is certainly reflective of the confusion that exists in religion. "Religious" differences are at the core of festering distrust and hatreds that will soon erupt into world war. More will be given on this in another chapter. In 2002, an ongoing conflict of religious ideologies led up to the brink of all out war between the nuclear powers of India and Pakistan. The conflict between Muslim and Hindu has manifested itself because of deeply-held religious beliefs over the region of Kashmir. In this one area of the world alone, peace is fragile.

Much of the world has been deeply concerned at what could happen when Pakistan loses President Musharraf as leader through an overthrough, election or assassination attempt, and such attempts have already occurred. This is a nation in deep religious conflict with non-Muslim minorities and vastly differing Islamic ideologies. What about Iran and its growing nuclear hunger with missles in place from China over the past three years. Where is thes in the sky that we are supposed to have? Even young children in Iraq and America know these facts. but our religious leaders feel that too many will think that maybe prophecy is happening. Most Christians don't even know or understand Mark 13:27 to 34 where Jesus commanded beleivers to know the parable of the fig tree, for this is that generation of 3 score, which is sixty years that began when Jeramiah's Prophecy of the good and bad figs came through and Israel became a nation again in 1948. To me, that adds up to 2008 when all prophecy will have begun to be fullfiled on a large scale involving a land shadowed by the wings of an eagle. What is our national emblem? How clear can God put it for you to open your eyes?

Does religion influence this thirst for greater power that could ultimately be wielded in this world? And what will Israel's response be? One should not have to ask the question, Does religion play a part in all this? What about the ever-present stress between Israel and the Muslim world that surrounds her? Jerusalem is far from being the city of peace that her name means. The world has always been filled with religious dilemma. Confusion has reigned in the hearts of men. Is there really a God of the earth? If so, which one is He? Who is right? Why is there such diversity and vastly opposing views of God among religious beliefs? Is God so small and so weak that He cannot make the truth known? You need to answer such questions!

The Deception In Man spirit has been passed along. It is one of envy, distrust, competition, pride, jealousy, and bitterness. This spirit has literally been passed on from generation to generation through both peoples. Islam sprang out of Abraham through Hagar. Since God's word is true, the descendants of Hagar, through Ishmael, have become great on the earth. It is impossible to make an exact count of every descendent because they cover such a vast region throughout the Middle East and other areas of the world. Today, these same descendants have grown into greater power and influence because of the abundance of oil they have been blessed to possess. Due to oil, the world has given them more recognition. It is a shame that such a thing has to happen before others finally begin to show the consideration and respect they should have shown all along. Man can truly be cruel to man.

These descendents of Abraham, through Hagar, know that the audience they have received from the western world is not very genuine, but only the result of the world's reliance on oil. Mankind is a very selfish creature! These attitudes in the world are the reason why much of the world of Islam has turned to deep resentment and bitterness, especially toward the western world. It is easy to understand, if you're willing to admit it; but on the other hand, it does not justify jihad against others. Yes, there is deep-rooted bitterness, and understandably so; but if people want to truly make peace, then they must learn to submit to the will of God. God's will for man is that he turn to a genuine spirit of humility and a true willingness to work at making peace. Peace does not come naturally. The God of Abraham plainly declares that man does not know the way of peace. Many teachings in the world have their roots in the Word of God.

Islam means submission to the will of God. Those who truly follow the path of submission will be blessed. What was stated by their own Prophet Mohammed is true, The best jihad is the one who struggles against his own self for Allah. He understood that the noblest battle anyone could ever hope to enter into is that of fighting against one's own selfish human nature in order to yield oneself to God in obedience to God. Muslims greet each other with slam alaikum, which means peace be with you.

Although such a greeting is good, peace does not come by well wishing, but by visible actions that help make it a reality. It is true that peace between the descended half-brothers of the two sons of Abraham will not be brought about by man's efforts, but first by God's intervention to humble both so that they will work toward peace God's way and with His help. This centuries-old rift cannot be healed by man's own efforts, even if man genuinely tried to do so.

The One who is recognized in the beginning of the Quran which was written 100 years or more after the death of Mohhamen as Master of the Day of Judgment is about to pass out judgment upon mankind by overthrowing every government of man. It is also a true saying that, if anyone harms (others), God will harm him, and if anyone shows hostility to others, God will show hostility to him (Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1625). Be careful how you follow God in the few remaining years before God overthrows man's world. There are teachings in Islam, Judaism and Christianity that clearly have their roots in the truth that originates from the God of Abraham; but as we continue, it will become abundantly clear that these major religions have strayed very far from the God of Abraham. The Other Half-Brother Abraham was 86 years old when Ishmael was born. When he was 99 God told him about a son He would give him through Sarah, through whom many nations would spring. Only one of those nations would become Judah the modern-day Jewish people. The other people and nations will be explained later The Deception In Man When Abraham was told that Sarah would indeed bear him a son, he asked God to please consider working only through Ishmael so that Sarah would not have to go through the ordeal of bearing a child in her old age. But God told Abraham that Ishmael would indeed be blessed and He would multiply him mightily by making him a great nation. It would be a nation of people that would spring out of 12 princes, who themselves would grow into distinct nations, making up a great nation of (primarily) Arabic peoples.

But it was also the One Eternal God's purpose to raise up an additional 12 nations that would, in time, spring out of Abraham's son, whom he was to call Isaac. As soon as Isaac was weaned, Sarah became jealous of Ishmael and pushed Abraham into banishing Hagar and Ishmael.

This grieved Abraham deeply, but God told him to go ahead and do it. From that time forward, neither lineage dealt with each other with genuine care and concern; instead, animosity and deep-rooted attitudes were passed down, through both, from generation to generation. This result is because mankind has not understood the true will of God and His purpose being worked out on this earth. All have failed to follow the way of peace which comes from God. Mankind does not grasp God's purpose that He is working out through those 24 nations that have sprung out of Abraham. Although Judaism is one of the smaller religions on the earth with about 14,000,000 followers, it stirs up more controversy and disdain than any other religion. This small group, that follows Judaism, sprang from only one of the 12 nations that came out of Abraham, through Isaac, and then his son, Jacob. It will be covered later, but the other 11 nations that sprang out of Abraham, through Jacob, have always polluted the ways of God and removed Him far from their own selfish pursuits. However, the nation of Judah has been quite outspoken in their adherence to the one true God of Abraham. Although they have been far ahead of their eleven brothers, holding to a belief in the God of Abraham, they have drifted far from the true will of God and the truth.

The Jewish people use the first five books of the Bible more than what is covered in the Psalms and Prophets. If the Jewish people are honest with their beliefs, then they must acknowledge that they are not obedient to the law in some of the most basic doctrine. In reality, the book of Leviticus has little meaning for Judaism, yet it is the third book of the law. Have their teachers and Rabbis tried to follow the law of offerings and sacrifices? What are the excuses for not doing so if they truly believe in the law that they vigorously profess?

There is a lineage of Levites among the Jewish people, but where is the priesthood? And how can the law be followed without a high priest? Where is the unity of belief? Where are the priests? Is this way of life null and void because there is no temple? Is their obedience to the physical performance of the law of sacrifices without meaning, since they do not practice it? Does prayer, as some suggest, replace obedience to the book of Leviticus? Where is that stated in God's law? If there is presently no temple where they can serve God, can they not serve God in a temporary one, as in the wilderness? The true answers to these questions reveal the magnitude of the problem. It is their paradox because by the law they know they have no authority to build a temple not even a temporary one. If God has not made such a thing possible for Judaism if God has not given them a temple, then has God abandoned them? Is God unable to deliver those whom He will, especially if they are His own people who are following Him in truth? And if He will not, what is the answer?

Of all people, the Jewish people have been promised much by God because it is promised that through Abraham, and then through the lineage of David (who was of the nation of Judah), that the Messiah would come. This promise is on a spiritual. The Deception In Man is far above the promises given to Judah's brother, Joseph, which are of a national nature, and on a physical plane. But the understanding of this spiritual promise has been clouded by time and false teaching. What is the truth? It has been lost by Judaism for one main reason! It is due to this spiritual promise, and Judah's rejection of it, that the God of Abraham is about to come and overthrow the government of Israel (of the literal nation Israel), which is today controlled by the one ancient nation of Judah, the Jews. What a paradox! If you are practicing any form of Judaism, you need to humbly consider what is being said here because, of all people, you have no excuse. You have been lied to by your teachers for several hundred years now. Don't you have just a little curiosity about what these lies are? And don't presume you already know the complete answer. The False Teaching For Judaism, the real basis of the problem and great false teaching is this: Judaism claims to truly follow the God of Abraham, but doesn't observe Passover as God instructed in Leviticus 23, In the fourteenth day of the first month at even (Heb. between the evenings¡±¨Cben ha arbayim) is the Lord's Passover (Lev. 23:4). Instead, Judaism observes Passover after the fourteenth day, on the beginning of the fifteenth, which is the first day of Unleavened Bread a High Day an annual Sabbath. But God clearly says it is to be observed in the fourteenth day.

If you keep Passover, when do you begin its observance? Does it begin before or after sunset of the 14th day of the first month? If you are one of those who starts this observance before sundown on the 14th, how much of your service is actually in the 14th and how much is in the 15th? Of all people, those of Judaism, who keep the weekly seventhday Sabbath, know when the Sabbath begins and when it ends. They don't need a Rabbi to tell them what this command means because they have grown up with the knowledge of sunset to sunset in the counting of this Holy Day. There is one exception to this; some Rabbis teach a six p.m. to six p.m. observance for the Sabbath, regardless of when the sun sets, but even a child would understand that such reasoning is not obedience to God's instruction. Any correctly kept Sabbath observance among those in Judaism is between the two evenings. The beginning of even is when the sun sets on the sixth day. The Sabbath begins at the very time of sunset and lasts until the following even, which ends the seventh day. This is their own definition of ben ha erbayim. However, they will not acknowledge it for the observance of Passover, but they do acknowledge it for the weekly Sabbath and annual Holy Days. Passover is recognized as one of the holiest days in Judaism, but it is observed on the wrong day and not even in the way they are instructed. Those who follow Judaism have followed the false doctrines of their teachers. Most of them don't even know their history of how this change came about, moving the observance of Passover from the beginning of the evening on the fourteenth to the immediate period following the fourteenth, in the beginning of the evening on the fifteenth.>p> None of this is said as an attack on Jewish people, but it is said out of love that they might acknowledge their wrong ways, repent and truly turn to the one true God of all the earth the true God of Abraham. Judaism has lost sight of God's true will and His spiritual promises because of their disobedience to God's instruction concerning the Passover observance.

Does Christianity Hold the Key? Christianity comprises 2.2 billion people on earth, yet they do not agree among themselves about God or Jesus Christ because their beliefs (faith) vary with thousands of opposing doctrines. Is one42 The Deception In Man of them true? If they disagree with one another in doctrine about what is the true word of God, then by the very definition of truth they cannot all be true. If the world is not already in enough chaos and confusion when it comes to religion, then certainly Christianity has made it many, many times worse!

Christian faith¡± is about what one believes concerning Christianity. If people believe they are to worship God in a church on Sunday, then that is their faith they will live by that belief and attend worship services on Sunday. If a Christian believes that the Bible, and primarily the New Testament, is the inspired word of God and that they are to live by every word of God (as the scripture says), then they would want to obey what God instructs. If there is one true religion and it is one of the Christian faiths, which one is it? Surely, it would be the one that follows God's word faithfully as it is given in scripture. The examples one can use to address this question are endless; most certainly they cannot all be covered in a book this size. Instead, it would take volumes! But let's look at some examples and see if we can find a true Church that is the true' religion on earth. Let's look at several examples so that we can begin to grasp the scope of the real problem. The Catholic faith comprises a little over one-half (1.2 billion) of all that is called Christianity. Therefore, it is of primary importance that we consider this faith when we speak of Christianity. This will prove to be of great importance as we proceed through this area of comparison.

The Catholic doctrine of purgatory is a belief (faith) that some die with smaller faults, for which there has been no repentance, and upon death go to a place of purgatory rather than directly to heaven or hell. The Catholic Encyclopedia states that the church has from the Sacred Scriptures¡­that there is a purgatory. However, the Methodist plainly state in their articles of belief that there is no scriptural evidence of purgatory:

The Romish [speaking of the Catholic Church] doctrine concerning purgatory, pardon, worshiping, and adoration, as well of images as of relics, and also invocation of saints, is a fond thing, vainly invented, and grounded upon no warrant of Scripture, but repugnant to the Word of God. (Article XIV.Of Purgatory) The Methodist clearly teach that the doctrine of purgatory is vainly invented and repugnant to the Word of God. Most Protestant churches agree with this same stance of the Methodist faith. Obviously, these two faiths (beliefs) are diametrically opposite to each other. To be the true followers of God and faithful to His word, only one of these can possibly be true. Either one is true, or both are false; but both cannot be true. It is important that everyone consider some of the most basic doctrinal differences in a faith that calls itself Christian.

Each faith (group) believes it is right, yet these faiths (groups) differ greatly from each other. Therefore, only one can possibly be considered true. Stated another way, either one is true and the others are false, or all must be false. The Catholic faith is one of the oldest known Christian faiths. None of the Protestant churches have the long history of the Catholic Church. The Lutheran Church, which is the oldest Protestant church, broke away from the Catholic Church. Many others eventually broke from the Catholic faith because they embraced a different faith one never known before. The faith of the Lutheran Church didn't exist until Martin Luther came on the scene and stated his faith about God. Today, we find that most Christian faiths came directly from the Catholic Church or from splinter groups of other Christian faiths during the last two centuries44 The Deception In Man All the Christian churches that embrace Sunday worship, Easter and Christmas observance, and the Trinity doctrine received these doctrines through the Catholic Church; yet all these churches believe that many doctrines, which the Catholic Church embraces to be spiritually true, are false. Let's notice other great conflicts that exist among the various religious groups which believe they are the true representatives of Christianity. The Sabbath Questiop

The Seventh Day Adventist Church has some conflicting practices among themselves, but the one they have built their name upon regards the timing of their weekly Sabbath observance. This is a matter of strong belief (faith) on their part. Although most Seventh Day Adventists in the United States believe it is permissible to observe the annual period of Christmas and Easter, many of their brethren in other countries vehemently disagree. But they do all agree that the seventh-day Sabbath observance reflects whether one is in the true Church or not. Notice some of the strong language they use when speaking of the seventh-day Sabbath opposed to the observance of Sunday worship: The change of the Sabbath is the sign or mark of the authority of the Romish church [Catholic Church] . . . The keeping of the counterfeit Sabbath is the reception of the mark. (Ellen G. White, Great Controversy, Vol. 4: 281) Sunday-keeping must be the mark of the beast . . . The reception of his mark must be something that involves the greatest offense that can be committed against God. (Elder U. Smith, The Marvel of Nations: 170, 183) The Sunday Sabbath is purely a child of the Papacy. It is the mark of the beast. (Advent Review, Vol. I, No. 2, August, 1850) Sunday-keeping is an institution of the first beast, and ALL who submit to obey this institution emphatically worship the first beast and receive his mark, the mark of the beast. . . . Those who worship the beast and his image by observing the first day are certainly idolaters, as were the worshippers of the golden calf. (Advent Review Extra, August, 1850: 10-11) Here we find the mark of the beast. The very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, on the part of the Catholic Church, without any authority from the Bible. (Ellen G. White, The Mark of the Beast: 23) Are you beginning to get a much deeper sense of the enormous confusion that exists, not only in the religions of this world, but especially the faith that calls itself Christian?¡± If you were to look at the hundreds, and even thousands, of varying and opposing Christian beliefs (faiths), you would indeed see that all of them disagree with each other. There is no other conclusion; all of them cannot be true. If one is true, then indeed, all the others are false and full of lies. As previously stated about the Seventh Day Adventists, they have a common belief in the seventh day as their weekly Sabbath; but in some areas of the world, they disagree about the observance of Christmas and Easter. It is true that there is no mention of either of these observances in the Bible. It is also true that both of them have come from the Catholic Church, and that neither one comes from any authority stated in scripture. Even the name Christmas shows its origin, which comes from the Mass of Christ48 The Deception In Man written, they are clearly stating that the doctrine of the Trinity is a mystery which cannot be readily discerned by human reasoning. They see this doctrine as being so obscure in scripture that it must instead be divinely revealed. That is why this same article on the Trinity continues by its discussion of the term mystery, and states: The Vatican Council has explained the meaning to be attributed to the term mystery in theology. It lays down that a mystery is a truth which we are not merely incapable of discovering apart from Divine Revelation, but which, even when revealed, remains ¡°hidden by the veil of faith and enveloped, so to speak, by a kind of darkness (Const., "De fide. cath.", iv). Thus, the Catholic Church clearly states that the Trinity is not a Biblical term, but only a revealed doctrine. The Catholic faith is that the Trinity was revealed through the office of the Pope to their Church.

Why do so many in traditional Christianity accept this from the Catholic Church, along with many other non- Biblical doctrines, but will not accept her authority over them? Some traditional Christian organizations oppose the Trinity doctrine. The Jehovah Witnesses are one of these. In Watch Tower, a Jehovah Witness publication, an article entitled, Should You Believe in the Trinity?, reveals that they clearly reject the authority of the Catholic Church and the Trinity doctrine: After some discussion the question was asked, If the Trinity is not a Biblical teaching, how did it become a doctrine of Christendom? He [Emperor Theodosius] established the creed of the Council of Nicaea as the standard for his realm and convened the Council of Constantinople in 381 C.E. to clarify the formula [for the Trinity doctrine]. That council agreed to place the holy spirit on the same level as God and Christ.

For the first time, Christendom's Trinity began to come into focus. WHY, for thousands of years, did none of God's prophets teach his people about the Trinity? At the latest, would Jesus not use his ability as the Great Teacher to make the Trinity clear to his followers? Would God inspire hundreds of pages of Scripture and yet not use any of this instruction to teach the Trinity if it were the "central doctrine" of faith? Are Christians to believe that centuries after Christ and after having inspired the writing of the Bible, God would back the formulation of a doctrine that was unknown to his servants for thousands of years, one that is an "inscrutable mystery" "beyond the grasp of human reason," one that admittedly had a pagan background and was "largely a matter of church politics"? The testimony of history is clear: The Trinity teaching is a deviation from the truth, an apostatizing from it. (www.watchtower.org/library/ti/article_04.htm) Clearly, the Jehovah Witnesses do not accept the doctrine of a Trinity that originated in the Catholic Church, yet they do accept the Catholic doctrine of Sunday as their day of worship. Those in Christianity who uphold Sunday observance received this belief through the Catholic Church, which began several hundred years before any of them were established. The Catholics clearly state, in their own encyclopedia, that the Bible gives no scriptural (The Deception In Man) authority for changing the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath to an observance on the first day of the week (Sunday). They candidly acknowledge that this change was made through the authority of the Catholic Church. Why do many in Christianity stubbornly hold to the Catholic observance of Sunday? Why do they feel they must defend this doctrine themselves by twisting and misrepresenting scriptures so that they seemingly indicate that there is some validity in a Sunday observance? The fact is: the Catholic Church is correct when they say there is no scriptural evidence for such a change. Nowhere does scripture give a commandment to observe Sunday as the day of worship, instead of the Sabbath. Ask any preacher what scriptural authority gives anyone that right, and you will have encountered an uncomfortable, unhappy preacher. Doctrinal confusion continues as you investigate what various organizations teach as the Word of God. The Almighty God states that He is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33), yet this world is deeply confused concerning His word, His truth and His way of life. The more you learn about the differences in doctrines within Christianity, as well as their origins, the more lies and deception you will discover. Do yourself a favor and check an encyclopedia for words like Christmas, Easter, Trinity, and Sabbath and see what you learn. You will find that some doctrines of traditional Christianity have much of their origin in paganism. These things don't seem to bother people, but it should! If something is not fully of God, then it is not of God, and it is not true! The Truth! The truth is: people don't like the truth. This has been man's way for nearly 6,000 years. That is the true witness of the nature of man. This is the true testimony of God from the creation of man, until now. And now, that judgment is coming on mankind because of this very thing. You just happen to live at the very time that this judgment is going to be administered and in a powerful way. God has a plan and a purpose in letting man go so long in his own resistance to His will and His way of life.

Now is the time for all of this to be corrected. So what is the truth? This book is the truth! It is one of the primary things I do appreciate about the job God has given me. I am simply to state the truth as it is. I do not have to spend endless hours defending it, debating it or expounding upon it. The truth is simply the truth, and now, you can begin to see it more clearly and respond if you have any desire or hope to receive favor from God in the time of destruction that is almost upon us. Yes, this book is the truth. God is about to prove that this book is telling the truth! He will do so with power unleashed beyond any that He has ever used to reveal to man that He is their Creator. Nearly everyone reading this book will not be able to escape the reality that you are wrong in much of what you believe concerning God. This will not be easy for you to admit as God corrects you. How much suffering will you have to go through before you will begin to acknowledge what is true? How much suffering will you experience before you drop to your knees in repentance before God to acknowledge your pride, stubbornness and refusal to obey what is true¡ªthat which is from Him? Remember, God is merciful to those who are broken in spirit (broken from a spirit of pride), humble and teachable before Him, and who seek to obey Him in the truth. If you are not willing to humble yourself, He will humble you. You are not greater than God. He is greater than you! If people put Him to the test, especially at this time in all human history, they will lose. This is true because the time of man's judgment is at hand at the end of the adamic races 6,000 years of self-rule. Now is the time God has chosen to begin revealing Himself fully to this world52 The Deception In Man The history of man is: he does not believe what God has said. God gave 6,000 years to man to live his own way. Now, all of that is about to change. The true witness of all man's history is that man has not listened or wanted God to rule in his life. The witness now is: God will bring an end to man's rule and establish His own rule over all the earth. That is God's judgment upon man. Now is the time for God's rule to begin as God reveals to man that what He has told man for 6,000 years is indeed true! God has extended His patience to man and his ways, however, God has a set time for His plan which is coming to an end and very soon! The time of God's judgment upon man's disobedience is now going to be administered with power like the earth has never witnessed. As bad as it will be for the world during the great tribulation that is coming, we can look forward to the joy and fullness of a beautiful world just beyond it. Hopefully, you will have the opportunity to be part of that new world.

TIME HAS RUN OUT FOR MAN

The true history of man is not what you have been taught at school. What have you been taught concerning your history? Much of what we learn about the history of man depends upon where we live. If you live in China, the history taught is much different from the history taught in Japan, whether it is recent or ancient. What someone is taught in Israel is different from what one is taught in Germany or Egypt. The history of man is different in Greece than it is in Italy. And so it goes. Man manipulates his outlook on the past by his vision of the present and the future. As shown in the last chapter, there are many lies about our history the history of man. As an aside, yet pertinent to the subject of this chapter and something that will be covered more thoroughly later, it is due to the European viewpoint of European history, that a new Europe is arising. Other areas of the world are ignorant of the growing forces in the heart of Europe that are working for a United States of Europe. This is important to understand because it has much to do with a rapidly approaching World War III. The heart of Europe thirsts for a revived Europe of old, and God has revealed that they will attain it and become the strongest power the earth has even known. Even as I write, only yesterday there was news from Europe that reported on a Belgian leader¡¯s saying Time Has Run Out for Man. ¡°In a bid to go against the eurosceptic tide that is dominating EU public opinion, Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt has pleaded for the creation of a federal United States of Europe. Mr. Verhofstadt, a liberal, on Thursday (December 1, 2005) presented his new book, provocatively entitled The United States of Europe. This leader, and many others like him, embrace a billowing passion for a powerful United Europe. This insatiable thirst is fueled, in large part, by deep roots from their past, which inflame a burning desire for a renewed future. History is unique in the eyes of the beholder, but man's true history can only be seen through the truth of his relationship with God. This is the reason man is blind to his true history; he has not wanted God to have too close of a relationship with him. Through time, many have used the name of God, but have not wanted to do as He said. The hypocrisy in man runs very deep. Man's True History The reality is that you can only understand what is true in man's history when you know how God has been working with man through the ages. Through time, man has not acknowledged his own beginning! He chooses to ignore it. Far too many people say they believe in God, yet they choose to believe they crawled out of slime and evolved into man. Not only has man not accepted the truth about his own beginning, he has not accepted the truth about each step along the way.

God said concerning man, ¡°And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind (Roman 1:28). In these verses, God is simply saying that since man does not choose to know Him, then He (God) will release man (distance Himself from man) so that man can experience the consequences of his wrong choices, resulting in human suffering and the pollution of his mind. As a result of man choosing to keep God completely out of the picture, or at least at a more comfortable distance away, he has twisted and misrepresented his history in order to insure that God is kept at bay. Rather than acknowledging that any of his existence is connected to God, man has fashioned history to reflect his own vanity and pride. To make this point clear, you need to ask, ¡°How many history books tell of man's true beginning? How many teach about our first parents, Adam and Eve? Do you get the point? How sick is man when he will not even accept the beginning that God said He gave to man? Do you truly believe that man likes to retain the knowledge of God¡ªhis very Creator? This is precisely why man has now entered the final stage of his end-time judgment in 6,000 years of botched history!

So, how truthful is our history? Man doesn't accept the story of Adam and Eve as part of his history. He does not accept or teach the history of Noah and the flood. These two things alone keep man from learning the most basic lessons of life. History should teach us how to live in the present, as well as the future. As some people in the world have experienced, after it was too late, if we do not learn from the mistakes (lessons) of the past, we are destined to repeat them. This is exactly what has been going on ever since we were put on this earth a complete failure to learn from our mistakes and turn to God. As in the movie, Groundhog Day, man has been living life, repeating the past (our history) over, and over, and over, trying to get it right, except we never do. This is why God is now going to intervene and save us from ourselves56 Time Has Run Out for Man God is going to bring an end to 6,000 years of man's way, man's government, man's religion, and man's own self-inflicted misery. You live at the pinnacle of all human history. Before man was ever created, God purposed to allow him to have his own governments and religions for a 6,000 year period. This time has come and is almost complete. Time has run out for man! God has exercised great patience with man, during this time, in order to accomplish great things in His ultimate purpose for him. The first phase of this plan is to help us learn, from such a long history, that we are incapable of successfully governing ourselves. All of man's governments and religions have failed. God is giving us a great gift by letting us learn this lesson. For without learning this lesson, we cannot eventually go on to the much greater things He has in store for us. Only when that lesson is learned can we finally begin to attain lasting peace and true happiness. Indeed, God has had great patience with mankind because the reality is: we are not owed life. It is not something we inherently deserve. It is a gift from God. Since man has chosen to leave God out of his history, this book will fill in much of the gap so you can better grasp why we are in the end-time, what is coming next, and why. God's Revelation and His Prophets God told Noah to build an ark (a great ship). Noah was told to tell others that God had instructed him to build it, and that He (God) was going to bring a great flood upon the earth because of man's sinful ways. No one took what Noah said seriously, except his immediate family. Moses was told to go to both the Israelites and the Egyptians and tell them that God had sent him to them. It took a while before they began to believe him.

God has sent His prophets to different people over and over again, and each time, God has told His prophets to make it very clear that what they (the prophets) were telling them (the people) was absolutely from God and to them. After centuries of not hearing from one of God's prophets, the time has come once again one last time to hear the words of God and what He is about to do. It is the ultimate revelation of 6,000 years. This time of final revelation involves the accumulation of all the prophets of old, along with the majority of their prophecies that pertain to this time now. It is the most momentous time in all human history. It is the time when God will finally reveal Himself far more fully to man than He ever has before many times more! God's two end-time prophets will exercise great power, both in power displayed on the earth and in power of the revelation of God more than all other prophets combined. This is how momentous these times are which we have now entered. As I have stated, I am one of those prophets, and I am also the spokesman of both. That which I am telling you is not of me; it is from the God of Abraham the Almighty God of the Universe. My job is not to appease others. My job is not being done with pretentious piety as many religious leaders do. It is not being done in haughtiness or pride because this is not about vanity, ego, or illusions of grandeur. Simply said, this is not about me it is about God it is from God. Even this may be interpreted as haughty or egotistical to some, since everything is and will be accomplished through great boldness from God, and through great power given by Him to me. You have before you a great opportunity. You can ponder the words spoken to you and let God show you they are true, or you can resist and experience the harsh consequences that all unrepentant and pride-filled humans will experience. Whether you receive these words or not, there will still be suffering. But it is wise, more than at any other time in all earth's history, to seek God with meekness and humility so that you might receive His favor and mercy. This time of judgment is not the time to resist God and oppose what He says and what He is doing. You will not win! All who refuse Him will be broken, even if it requires death.

God is merciful and filled with love toward all mankind in ways that you cannot even begin to imagine. But God cannot give His mercy and love to people until they acknowledge their wrong ways and begin to seek His. Man has escaped God's direct correction for centuries because of His great patience in His overall plan for him. We are at the end of 6,000 years in that plan, and before the next great phase can be accomplished, all of man¡¯s governments and religions must be brought to an end. This is the time in which we now live.

This is your reality! God will prove whom He sends. Just as prophetic events will unfold with increasing power and frequency, so will I increase in power and recognition by others because of the job God has placed before me. It is God¡¯s purpose, and He will do it. Either I am an eloquent, rationally-sounding lunatic or I am sent from God. The clarity, orderliness and rationale of what you are reading is testimony in itself that this is from God. And if all of this is indeed from God, would it be wise to ignore it? What's Next? To understand what is coming next, you need to understand where we are now in prophecy. For this, you need to know about the Seals of Revelation.

The Book of Revelation was written by the Apostle John in the 90's A.D., after God had given him this revelation when he was exiled on the Isle of Patmos. John wrote about Seven Seals that would be opened at the end-time at this time now! The first five seals, as explained more fully in The Prophesied End-Time, concerned God's true Church. Those seals have already been opened. The message and revelation of those five seals was not for the world. It was exclusively for the Church. The world was unaware of what happened because it was and still is unaware of God's one and only true Church. At this present time, six seals have been opened; but because the world is so far removed from God, it has not recognized the events that have been unfolding during this period of time. These very events are leading up to the opening of the Seventh Seal and the greatest time of destruction the world has ever known. Even as God's own Church was caught completely off guard when the Seals of Revelation began to be opened, the world will be caught off guard when the Seventh Seal is opened. At this very moment in writing, it has been precisely eleven years since the First Seal of Revelation was opened. It was opened on September28,2003. If you react to the recent history of God's Church and the opening of the first five seals without interest, then you will be deeply mistaken. You do need to know what has happened over the past eleven years because there is a similar type of prophetic destruction that is about to come upon the whole world. The opening of the First Seal was the beginning of an apostasy (falling away from the truth) and great spiritual destruction upon God's Church. The opening of this seal served as a warning and an announcement to God's people that the endtime was at hand and that the return of Jesus Christ was now imminent the countdown for Christ's return had begun62 Time Has Run Out for Man Opening the Seals There are Seven Seals in the Book of Revelation to be opened at the end-time. As mentioned, the first five seals pertained to God's Church. The timing for the opening of the seals has always been in God, the Father's, sole care and control. The Book of Revelation shows that there is only one whom God said was worthy to open these seals:

I [John] saw in the right hand of Him who sat upon the throne a scroll written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals [a scroll of the Seven Seals of Revelation]. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to undo its seals? And no one in heaven, nor on earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much because no one was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. (Revelation 5:1-4) God gave countless prophecies to His prophets about the end-time, but the full meaning of those prophecies was not to be revealed until the very last few years of man's allotted 6,000 years of self-rule. The prophet Daniel wrote many things concerning this end-time, yet no one has understood the full meaning of those end-time prophecies because, like the Seven Seals of Revelation, God purposed not to reveal the specific meaning until the end. However, many people have tried to explain what these prophecies mean, even though it has always been God's purpose to keep them closed veiled until the end-time. This is that time, and that is the very reason God has raised up a prophet to reveal what has, until now, been sealed!

Daniel wanted to know the meaning of what he had written concerning the end-time, but notice what God told him. Go your way Daniel because these words are closed up and sealed until the end-time (Daniel 12:9). Notice what John was told when he was weeping because he could see no one who was found worthy to open the Seven Seals: And one of the elders [one of God's twenty-four elders] said unto me, Don't weep, but behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David [Jesus Christ], has prevailed to open the book and to undo the seven seals thereof. (Revelation 5:5)

The twenty-four elders then began to sing a song addressing Jesus Christ: You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof, for you were slain and have redeemed them [the 144,000 who will return with Christ] to God, by your blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation. And you have made them unto our God kings and priests, and they shall reign upon the earth. (Revelation 5:9-10) In His own time, God gave Jesus Christ the responsibility of opening the Seven Seals. When Christ began to open those seals, He revealed their meaning to me, His servant, one of God's end-time prophets. The meaning of specific end-time events and their actual occurrence on earth could not be known until Christ began to open the seals. Again, six seals have already been opened; only one remains. Time Has Run Out for Man When the Seventh Seal is opened, Seven Trumpets will sound consecutively, each one announcing a new phase of destruction. The sounding of the first four trumpets primarily concerns the demise of the United States, although other countries are also going to suffer mightily at this same time. John spoke of this time: And when He [Jesus Christ] had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And I [John] saw the seven angels which stood before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. (Revelation 8:1-2) This will be covered more thoroughly later, but this account is the beginning of the description of those seven angels to whom the seven trumpets have been given. When they sound their trumpets, very specific events of horribly destructive power will be unleashed upon the earth. But it needs to be noted here that the first four trumpets announce massive destruction, which is first and foremost upon the United States and her closest allies. These first four trumpets of the Seventh Seal have been mentioned so that you can better understand the flow of events which unfold during the Sixth Seal. Now, for a more complete picture, let's back up and notice what is said to these first four angels of the Seventh Seal before they are allowed to sound their trumpets, which result in the demise of the United States: And I [John] saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God, and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea [the angels with the first four trumpets of the Seventh Seal], saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them who were sealed, and there were sealed an hundre and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. (Revelation 7:2-4)

John saw this angel, who is pictured as the one who carries God's seal that is to be set upon those who are to be part of God's Kingdom. This angel has a job to complete, and he has a message to the first four angels of the Seventh Seal. He told those four angels that they must wait until his job is completed before they could begin to sound their trumpets. Those Being Sealed Who are these 144,000 who are to receive God's seal, and what does this mean? There have been numerous theological ideas about who this 144,000 might be, but as always, man's religion is wrong. The problem with man's religion is that he does not understand the purpose and plan that God is working out on this earth. The refusal of religious scholars to be truthful with these verses has only helped to keep traditional Christianity in darkness. Much of the problem with scholars is that they believe now is the time that God is desperately trying to save the world. By this and other false presumptions, they picture God as being very weak and somewhat powerless to save mankind. This is a damnable perversion of what is true. God is Almighty! In this world's theology, Satan is shown as being more powerful than God, since he is pictured as keeping most of the world away from worshiping God. This shows the depth of the blindness that theologians and Biblical scholars have because God is not at work trying to save the world at this time. As this book will show, God's awesome plan of salvation, that is to be offered to all mankind, is far beyond the grasp of scholars and theologians to understand. Time Has Run Out for Man His purpose to keep this on a small scale. About three thousand people were moved to repent that day and become part of the Church. Three thousand is still small compared to all those who lived at that time. God's purpose wasn't to have millions become part of His Church at that time. Only a few thousand were called and worked with by God for the great purpose He would manifest at the return of Jesus Christ. The Church did grow, but it did not grow in the way that most believe. It always remained very small. The Bible speaks of many occasions when people met together in homes. Homes were small and the Church was small. Traditional Christianity has pictured the Church as growing larger through time until today, when it believes the Church has grown into the millions. This is not true! This has not been God's purpose. The Church of God has always been small even today. And what is the reason? For 6,000 years God has been handpicking those who are to become part of a world ruling government at the return of Jesus Christ. God has a plan of salvation, but it is not one that the world teaches! You have exciting things yet to learn about life and death and how all people are going to be given opportunity for salvation, an opportunity that has not been given during the past 6,000 years. So, who are those 144,000 being sealed by God? They are those who, throughout the past six millennia, God has specifically chosen to mold and fashion so that they could one day be given life again, in order to rule in His Kingdom at the return of Jesus Christ. During the first four thousand years of human history, God worked with a very few to become part of that new government in His Kingdom. This should be easy for people to see when they read the Old Testament. Not many are mentioned as following God and being worked with by Him.

Even in the beginning, after several hundred years, Noah is mentioned as only the eighth preacher of righteousness.

Over 4,000 years, not many were called by God. When Abram and Sarai (whose names were later changed to Abraham and Sarah) were first called, no one else was being worked with by God. There were other several hundred-year periods when only a handful of people were worked with by God. Six million people were delivered from the oppression of Pharaoh in Egypt. God worked with only a few of them in a spiritual manner, during forty years in the wilderness, for the purpose of becoming part of His future government. It wasn¡'t until Pentecost in 31 A.D., when the Church began, that God started to work with larger numbers of people, but the numbers were still very small in comparison to religions that called themselves of God. Over the past 2,000 years, God has used the organized environment of His Church and His trained ministry to work with larger numbers of people. But when all is said and done, only 144,000 people, in six millennia of human history, will have received the seal of God, enabling them to become part of His government that will reign on the earth. It will be at the return of Jesus Christ that God's Kingdom will come to rule the earth immediately after man's self-rule has been brought to a complete and final end. The coming of His government is the focus of the beginning of the outline of prayer that Jesus Christ gave His disciples when they asked Him how to pray: This is the manner after which you should pray: Our Father who is in heaven, let your name be sanctified. Your Kingdom come . . . (Matthew 6:9-1072 Time Has Run Out for Man God's Coming Government God's purpose from the outset, before He ever placed man on earth, was to give him 6,000 years of self-rule before He would step in and bring to a close the great lesson from that entire period man cannot rule himself. The true witness of man s history is that he has consistently rejected God and His ways, and the consequence is that he has been unable to successfully rule himself. This is the greatest lesson that can be learned from man's time on earth. In the beginning, God established the seven-day week. The week is a prophetic type for the timing that God would use to work out His purpose for mankind. Just as there are seven days in the week, God has a plan of 7,000 years for mankind. Six days were given to man to go about his own business, but the seventh day was God's time: a time that man was to acknowledge as the day that was set apart by God. In turn, man was to obey God and set apart the seventh-day Sabbath for religious observance. The world has done a miserable job of obeying this instruction from God. Most of traditional Christianity has moved its time for worshipping God to the same time God condemned throughout the Old Testament writings. That time was when Israel worshiped Baal and Moloch (gods of the sun) on the first day of the week Sunday. Is it any wonder the world remains blind to the true ways of God? Just as God gave man six days to do his own work, God gave man 6,000 years of self-rule. The true witness is that man has failed to successfully rule himself. Man's greatest attempt to establish peace in modern times is the United Nations. This institution, during a time of the greatest technology and advanced education ever, is man's greatest witness yet that man has failed. And I say in 2008 as GOD'S FINAL WITNESS or End Tme Watchman, We have come to the end of God's allotted time for man's selfrule, the end of 6,000 years of man; and now, the next 1,000 years will be God's time as pictured by the prophetic seven-day week (the first six days coming to an end and the next day¡ªthe seventh'being God's time). It is time for God's rule to be established on earth, but unlike this present time, man will no longer be able to deceive others concerning the correct time to observe God's Sabbath. Man will no longer be able to deceive others concerning what is true in the next 1,000 years because God's Kingdom will be established and His government will rule this whole earth. There will be no other religion on earth only the true Church of God. There will be no other government on earth only the reign of the Kingdom of God. The 144,000 For six millennia God has been working with each individual who will be part of the structure of His new government that is about to be established. Jesus Christ will be the head of that new government and the 144,000, whom God has chosen and trained, will be resurrected to serve in that government. So who are the 144,000? Although the number is not given in Revelation 5, these are the same ones mentioned earlier when it was shown that Jesus Christ was the only one that God revealed was worthy to open the Seals of Revelation. The twenty-four elders spoke of Jesus Christ being worthy to open the seals: You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof, for you were slain and have redeemed them [the 144,000] to God, by your blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation. And you have made them unto our God kings and priests, and they shall reign upon the earth. (Revelation 5:9-1074 Time Has Run Out for Man These are the ones whom God has molded and fashioned throughout the space of six millennia. There is only one group of people who have been redeemed through time who will be resurrected at the return of Jesus Christ. The Book of Revelation was not written so that it could be understood by anyone who read it. Although John wrote Revelation, the meaning of what he wrote was not revealed even to him. It was written, as the name implies, in such a way that one would require God's own revelation to understand it. For the most part, God was not going to reveal the full meaning contained in it until the time that the Seals began to be opened when they were no longer sealed. People who read Revelation become entangled in misinterpretations because the Seals have been mostly concealed (except in some very basic ways to God's own Church). Such is the case of the 144,000. There will be only one great resurrection on the very day that Jesus Christ returns, and this will be the 144,000. There will be no others! This same group of people is referred to in different ways throughout Revelation, but it is always the one and selfsame group. When reading Revelation 7, most people believe two separate groups of people are being discussed; but they are the same.

Let's review the first part of that writing once again: And I [John] saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God, and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea [the angels with the first four trumpets of the Seventh Seal], saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them who were sealed, and there were sealed an hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. (Revelation 7:2-4)

For six millennia, the seal of God's approval has been placed upon those whom God has molded and fashioned to become part of His future government. Most who will be in that new government have already been sealed, died and are awaiting the resurrection at Christ's return. There are a very few (still living) who will complete the total makeup of God's new government. The angel, who carried the instruction from God to the first four angels of the Seventh Seal, told them that they could not begin to sound their trumpets until his job was finished. This angel sets the seal of God upon those whom God has finished training and made ready to serve in His new government. As of this very moment, there are some now living, whom God has finished training, who have been sealed. There are a very few others who are yet to complete that training, and as soon as they have, then they too will be sealed. When that sealing is complete, then the entire 144,000 will be sealed. Then, the Seventh Seal will be opened, and those four angels, who had been restrained, will blow their trumpets. The result will lead to the demise of the United States. This same angel, who set the seal of God on those who finished their training, announced the total number of all those whom God would seal 144,000. John heard that number and recorded what he heard. Later in the same chapter, John is given a vision of this same group. Notice how he describes it: After this [This was after John had been told about this 144,000 whom God divided into twelve organizational groups of 12,000 each.] I looked, and before me there was a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations, kindreds, and people, and tongues, Time Has Run Out for Man the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes and palms in their hands. (Revelation 7:9) This time, John was shown this large number, and he described it as a great multitude. Man is incapable of looking out over such a large multitude and counting it, and man does not have the ability to know the number of people God has prepared through time. Only God knows all those whom He has prepared and sealed. God had to reveal this to man. So in the beginning of this chapter, He told the number to John. Then one of the twenty-four elders of God asked John a question: Who are these who are clothed in white robes and from where do they come? And I [John] said, Sir, you know.¡± Then he said to me, These are those who came out of great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 7:13-14). As with the same group mentioned in Revelation 5, these are also described as being redeemed by the blood of the Passover Lamb¡ªJesus Christ. These have been called by God from among people throughout the world, through time. Their training has been difficult, and they have battled to change their nature in order to yield to Gods will, rather than their own. This conquering process is described as coming out of great tribulation. By not understanding the structure of God's new government, some have believed that the great multitude described in the last half of Revelation 7 is a different group from those 144,000 described in the first half. In addition, since the 144,000 are further broken down into twelve groups of 12,000, with each bearing the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel, some have believed that this meant that these people were literally physically of these twelve tribes. This is not true. God¡'s Design As described in the New Testament, God is going to offer salvation to the entirety of mankind, not to Judah only. Salvation is not about the physical people of Israel; it is for the spiritual Israel of God¡ªthe Church of God. Eventually, in God's plan, everyone will be given opportunity to become part of the Church of God, through which they can grow and mature until they are able to enter the Kingdom of God. God¡¯s Kingdom is spiritual and composed entirely of spirit beings who have been given the gift of eternal life. The structure of God's Family bears the name of Israel, which means God prevails. God's Family is one that He molds and fashions. As with everything God creates, there is awesome organization, design, structure, and complete order that is established through His will. God's overall design and structure for His Kingdom is that it will bear the name of Israel, but it is also divided into twelve specific segments of operation, with each bearing one of the names of the tribes of Israel. God inspired John to write about this spiritual structure through a type which can be seen in a physical manner.

The very structure of God's Kingdom is described in terms of a holy city new Jerusalem: And he [an angel] carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her light was like that of a most precious stone, even like a jasper stone which is clear as crystal. It had a great wall that was very high, and it had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names were written on each gate, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: on the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. (Revelation 21:10-13) John saw what was given to him in a physical representation of what is actually a type of the spiritual structure and organization of God's new Kingdom. There are additional descriptions that show more of the design of God and the importance of His use of twelve in it. God's organization is a literal structure that is spiritual in design. God has chosen names to describe various parts of His organization. Even the names of the twelve apostles of Christ will be used in that structure, And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb (Revelation 21:14). The division of the 144,000 into twelve groups, with each bearing the name of one of the tribes of Israel, is spiritual in composition and does not mean that this number is derived from people who are literally from those physical tribes. There is one more area where the number of 144,000 is described. As we have read in Revelation 7, God simply gave John the exact number that He would seal over six millennia those who would comprise His new government. In the second half of that chapter, John was given a vision of that great multitude. The other account, that mentions this group by number, is the occasion in which a sequence of end-time events leads to the time of the actual resurrection of all 144,000 on the very day of Christ's second coming to this earth: Then I looked and beheld a Lamb who stood on Mount Zion, and with Him an hundred forty and four thousand who had His Father's name written in their forehead. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of loud thunder, and I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders. No one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins [spiritual]. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. (Revelation 14:1-4) Those who are shown as returning with Jesus Christ on this very last day of man's allotted time for self-rule are also referred to throughout the Bible as God's firstfruits. The reason for this is that of all who have lived throughout time, these are the first to enter God's Family¡ªthe first to be given eternal life in the Kingdom of God. The Reign of God's Government Time has run out for man, and the time has come for God's government to be established. Yes, all end-time events described throughout the Book of Revelation mark the end of man's selfrule and the beginning of God's rule. The very last day of man's self-rule the last day of the three and one-half years of great tribulation is marked by powerful events. The events of that day will be described in more detail in another chapter, but it is important to note the power of this transition from man's world to God's. That last day is described as the day of God's great wrath upon those who have been destroying the earth over the previous few years. Much of Europe and large portions80 Time Has Run Out for Man and other Eastern countries will be destroyed on this day. It is exactly at this point that God will step in to prevent mankind from destroying himself because it is at this very time that two great armies will have come together to confront each other in a final, all-out battle for supremacy. These armies, numbering over two hundred million, will be completely destroyed in that one day. It will be on this last day that all 144,000, who will reign in God's new government in the Kingdom of God, will be resurrected. They will reign on this earth with Jesus Christ for 1,000 years. Let's notice how some of these events are described. John is describing some of what he saw on this last day: I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse, and He who sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He does judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns, and He had a name written that no man knew, but He Himself. He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God [He is Jesus Christ]. And the armies which were in heaven [the 144,000 who had just been resurrected] followed Him upon white horses, and they were clothed in fine linen, white and clean [the description given to those redeemed by God over six millennia]. And out of His mouth went a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations, and He shall rule them with a rod of iron [This will bring an end to man¡¯s government and establish God's] He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. He has on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19:11-16 As was stated in Revelation 5, those redeemed from among mankind over six millennia are made kings and priests unto God. They will reign with Jesus Christ for 1,000 years in this new government that God has sent to the earth. Revelation 20 continues on to describe this army of 144,000 that has returned with Jesus Christ:

And I saw thrones, and they [the 144,000] sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them, and I saw the souls of them that were cutoff [from the world] for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and who had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands. They lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead [all of mankind who had lived on earth over six millennia and were dead by the time of this last day] lived not again until the thousand years were finished [the great resurrection to be explained later]. This is the first resurrection [that of the 144,000] Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection because on such the second death hath no power [because they are resurrected to immortal eternal life], and they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and they shall reign with Him a thousand years. (Revelation 20:4-6) On this final day of man's self-rule, when Jesus Christ returns, God will bring an end to all remaining governments on earth. By doing so, the way will be made ready for His government to be established. Finally, after six millennia of man's miserable selfrule, his governments and religions will be brought to a close. Finally, the time will have come for a new world to be established under the righteous reign of Jesus Christ. Man's reign has been far from righteous! The beauty and glory of a world under God's government will have to be experienced because man cannot conceive of the richness and fullness of such a life82 Time Has Run Out for Man The Transition of the Sixth Seal As was explained earlier, at this present time (of this writing) we are in the period of time that makes up the Sixth Seal. Actually, we are in the latter half of that period. The duration of the Sixth Seal is a time of transition between events that specifically concern the Church of God (the completion of a spiritual phase) and the prophetic events that are beginning to unfold (to be unveiled) in greater physical destruction on the earth (the beginning of a physical phase). This chapter has explained the first portion of this transition which includes God's primary work concerning the purpose of His Church. For nearly 6,000 years, God has been calling and training 144,000 people to comprise His soon-coming world government. All 144,000 will be resurrected on the last day of man's self-rule on earth. They will meet Jesus Christ at His return. It will be on this last day that the Kingdom of God will be established on earth to reign over all mankind for the next 1,000 years. This great work of God over six millennia is nearly complete! Once this work has been finished (the spiritual phase complete), the Seventh Seal will be opened. The duration of the Sixth Seal is a time of transition between the completion of a spiritual phase and the beginning of a physical phase for the fulfillment of endtime prophecies. The transition of both phases is coordinated to lead into the opening of the Seventh Seal. The physical phase of transition that is occurring during this present Sixth Seal is the period when prophetic end-time events escalate, on a physical plane, with increasing destructive power that is best depicted as a pregnant woman in labor pains. But there is more to this phase of transition that will lead to the opening of the Seventh Seal and the destruction that will come at the blowing of the first four trumpets. This second phase of physical transition, which is the beginning of prophetic end-time destruction, will be addressed in the next few paragraphs

The Seven Thunders of the 6th Seal time prophecies to John in a vision. John was to write about what he saw, but most of what he wrote was to remain sealed. God predetermined to reveal the meaning and timing of these major prophetic events through His end-time prophet. God has a twofold purpose for doing this. First, God is going to make a clear distinction, in His scattered Church, between who His true minister is, through whom He is working, and all other ministers with whom He is not working. This will serve as one final witness to the Church before the devastation of the great tribulation strikes the whole world at the opening of the Seventh Seal. Secondly, God's other purpose, for revealing this prophecy in this manner, is to make a clear distinction among all religious leaders in this world. God is going to reveal who His true minister is, through whom He is working to proclaim His truth to the world as a final end-time witness, and He will begin to reveal who all the false religious leaders are. The timing for the Seven Thunders is during the period of the Sixth Seal.

Let's notice what John wrote: And I saw another mighty angel come down out of the heaven, clothed with a cloud, and a rainbow was on his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire. He had a little book open in his hand, and he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he had cried, the seven thunders uttered their sounds. And when the seven thunders had uttered their sounds, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them. The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives for ever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be time no longer. But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel [the angel of the Seventh Trumpet of the Seventh Seal], when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God shall be finished, as He has declared to his servants the prophets. Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth. So I went to the angel and said to him, Give me the little book. And he said to me, Take it and eat it, and it will make your belly bitter, but it will be sweet as honey in your mouth. Then I took the little book out of the angel's hand and ate it, and it was like honey in my mouth, and as soon as I ate it, my belly was made bitter. And he said to me, You must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. (Revelation 10:1-11) What does all this mean? Simply reading this does not tell you anything specific. It was not written so that just anyone reading it could understand. For that matter, none of the Book of Revelation was written so that just anyone reading it could understand. It has to be revealed through God's servants, and most of it was reserved to be revealed at this end-time through God's end-time prophet me. Hopefully you will not make the error that so many do when reading such a bold statement by simply dismissing it because of the way it sounds. Such a statement can understandably sound brazen (brash), but it is not. It is simply a reality, and it is my job90 The Seven Thunders of the 6th Seal increasingly give more proof of His spokesman as prophecies unfold exactly as they are recorded in this book. When the Seventh Seal is opened, the first four trumpets of that seal will announce the final demise of the United States and her closest allies. The opening of this seal will be the beginning of the final three and one-half years of great worldwide tribulation. Before we cover those events, which are the subject of another chapter, we need to look more closely at the events that precede the last seal, events which are pronounced by Seven Thunders during the time of the Sixth Seal. Thunder perfectly describes what is happening before the final end-time storm of destruction strikes this earth. The final storm will engulf the whole earth for three and one-half years, but as that storm approaches, the rumbling of this thunder will be heard with increasing intensity. These Seven Thunders parallel another prophetic analogy that describes this time of the Sixth Seal. This prophetic period was described earlier as a pregnant woman in labor pain. This analogy is magnified in the revelation of the Seven Thunders. The Seven Thunders will be declared in the remainder of this chapter. Those thunders have never been announced before now. Everything else that John wrote, concerning the Seven Seals, Seven Trumpets and the Seven Last Plagues, was declared by an angel. The Seven Thunders did not come from angels. John heard the sound of Seven Thunders. It concerned a message about an end-time prophet of God. The specifics of the Seven Thunders were left for this end-time in order to be declared to be pronounced by God"s end-time prophet, the spokesperson of the two end-time witnesses. More about this will be explained in the Sixth Thunder.

A worldwide storm is brewing, and the warning of that approaching storm is contained in seven distinctive types of thunder. Each thunder will be described, but you need to understand that the thundering is like the pregnant woman in labor pain. All Seven Thunders will increase in intensity as this great end-time storm approaches, but one type of thunder will be more pronounced than another from one great labor pain to another. Each type of thunder will continue to rumble, but at certain times one will be much louder than all the others. Each time that one of the Seven Thunders is much louder (far more pronounced) than all the others is a time that fulfills the prophetic type of a woman in labor pain. The Seven Thunders have much to do with how God will reveal His two witnesses. These thunders serve as a prelude to the final tribulation and the greater manifestation of the two witnesses. The revelation of the Seven Thunders has everything to do with the revelation of God's end-time witness about man and God's revelation of His two witnesses to man! Sadly, most will choose to ignore what they hear. The First Thunder September 11, 2001 was a day that thundered so loudly that the very mention of it is recognized all over this world. Mention that day anywhere on earth and people know what happened. However, people do not yet recognize the real meaning behind why this day is so vastly important. What happened in New York, Washington D.C. and a field in Pennsylvania is not what is most important about this day. What happened on a Biblical plane is of far greater significance! This date became etched in the minds of people throughout the world, and so did another word. That day began to put the94 The Seven Thunders of the 6th Seal September 11, 2001 is one of the more significant days in endtime prophetic events. I beleive it was the beginning of the first seven years of tribulation mentioned in the book of Daniel. It was the day the Sixth Seal of Revelation was opened and the day the First of the Seven Thunders began to sound. The events of this day summarize in prophetic symbolism what is to follow once the Seventh Seal of Revelation is opened the complete demise of the United States and her closest allies.

The Prophetic Symbolism of 9/11 From the vantage point of all the nations of the world, there could be no greater symbolism of the height of the greatness in wealth, might, and stature of the United States than the World Trade Center towers. To better understand some of this symbolism, let's consider some of the history about these towers: The World Trade Center towers were best known for its iconic 110-story Twin Towers. The towers survived a bombing on February 26, 1993, but all of the original buildings in the complex were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Towers One and Two collapsed, and the others (numbers 3, 4, 5, & 6) were damaged beyond repair and later demolished. Building Seven collapsed in the late afternoon on the day of the attacks. The towers were initially conceived as a complex dedicated to companies and organizations directly involved in "world trade," but they at first failed to attract the anticipated clientele. During the WTC's early years various governmental organizations became key tenants, yet it was not until the 1980s that the city's perilous financial state eased, after which an increasing number of private companies¡ªmostly financial firms tied to Wall Street became tenants.

The towers were best known for its iconic 110-story Twin Towers, but these two towers also served as an icon to the greatness of a nation. Even as the name indicates, they were established upon the ideal of a center for world trade, which the United States has fulfilled for several decades now. The towers were symbolic of the stature of Wall Street itself. The destruction of all seven towers of the World Trade Center, as the destruction of an icon, should not escape Biblical students concerning such symbolism. This is indeed prophetic to the collapse of the United States, which will occur at the opening of the Seventh Seal of Revelation. Such an event should no longer be measured in years, but in months! The plane that struck the Pentagon in Washington D.C. on the same day should not escape us either. Prophetically, not even the military might of the most powerful nation on earth can escape the judgment of God.

The Second Thunder There is another rumbling that has been increasing in intensity over the past couple of years. It is the direct result of a marked increase in destructive power being unleashed by the earth itself.

#2: The Second Thunder is the increasing destruction generated by earthquakes. Over a period of only two years, there have been over 400,000 deaths from earthquakes with several million additional people being displaced.98 The Seven Thunders of the 6th Seal on the fourth thunder. The result of nations fighting terrorism and engaging in war, along with the devastation caused by earthquakes and the destructiveness from weather, will place a greater burden on a crushing global economy. #4 The Fourth Thunder is global economic upheaval. The world is entering into a time of final upheaval for the global economy. The stock market cannot continue its masquerade of being healthy and robust while being falsely propped up by positive talk, pseudo-exuberance and creative forecasting. The day of reckoning is now on the world's doorstep. Many deeply-felt pangs of sickness will reverberate throughout the world as we draw nearer to a huge market crash. Some nations are already indicating a shift from dollar to euro as a better assurance for future stability. Although many in the United States scoff at such a possibility, that is precisely what will happen as confidence in the dollar continues to wane. With corporate scandals and corruption on an alarming rise (not to mention never ending downsizing), along with a loss in confidence in a sick economy, the United States is drawing nearer to an economic implosion. Colorful forecasts, indifferent management, slight-of-hand trickery concerning corporate assets, downsizing, and other corporate gimmickry have reached the point of no return. There will be no bouncing back from the cancerous greed that has nearly choked all life out of free-market capitalism. Add to all these economic woes the problem of trade deficits, money manipulation, volatile oil markets, and a list of other global ailments; and you have a sure formula for global economic upheaval, the likes of which this world has never seen. The world has experienced times of great economic upheaval, but it has always bounced back in one way or another. This time there will be no bouncing back because the world will experience a complete economic meltdown to a level which not even the hoarding of gold and silver will solve. The stability of the global economy is on very shaky ground, so much so that even a small country like Iran is making threats that can actually help push it over the edge. This week World Net Daily (Feb. 3, 2006) reported on an unusual move from Iran.

The global economy is so insecure that something this small could actually start a final domino affect: Beginning in 2003, Iran began demanding oil payment in euros, not dollars, although the oil itself was still priced in U.S. currency. Now, Iran is seriously considering establishing an Iranian Oil Bourse, with the goal of competing with the New York Mercantile Exchange, NYMEX, and London's International Petroleum Exchange, IPE. Right now, the NYMEX and IPE use three oil "markers" to establish price ¨C West Texas Intermediate crude, Norway Brent crude and the UAE Dubai crude. With the establishment of an Iranian Oil Bourse, Tehran wants to create a fourth oil marker, this one priced in the euro.

Today, about 70 percent of the world's international foreign currency reserves are held in dollars. If the petroeuro begins to challenge the petrodollar, this percentage could diminish drastically102 The Seven Thunders of the 6th Seal they are in, is one that God has left for me to determine as one of His end-time witnesses, who will be given far greater power to pronounce plagues as often as they will(Revelation 11:6) in order to help humble mankind so they will repent and turn to God.

This specific phase of the Fifth Thunder is given in order to awaken brethren (spiritually) to the last opportunity they will have to repent, in order to enter the promised time they have been taught about ever since their minds were first opened to God's word. All who fail to repent will die in the final tribulation and be awakened to judgment at the end of the 1,000 years of God's reign on earth. God has already shown the number of those who will respond. It is given in the form of a percentage from the fifth chapter in Ezekiel. At present, only a tithe of the tithe of one-third that was scattered has repented (1% of a third that was scattered). During this first phase, repentance will be offered to another ninety per cent of a full tithe of a third that was scattered (9% of a third that was scattered). This means very little to those of you who are reading this unless you have been part of God's Church. These words are for them and not you. You do not need to understand this, but the Church that was scattered does have the ability to know what is being stated by this prophecy. God has shown that He has taken His protection away from His ministry that was scattered (those ministers who have not repented). This began to be made manifest less than a year ago. Although it was news in many parts of the world when it happened (I was in Australia and it was in the news there), the world did not take much notice of an event that happened in one of the scattered groups less than a year ago. On March 12, 2005, in a hotel in Wisconsin where some had gathered for Sabbath services, a disgruntled member of their congregation entered the meeting room and fired 22 bullets from a 9mm handgun within a minute, killing seven people. Before the shooting stopped, the pastor, the pastor's son and five other church members were dead and four others were wounded. Then, the disgruntled member killed himself. This news thundered throughout the scattered Church. Many asked how this could have happened, since nothing like this had ever happened in any Sabbath service meeting in all the history of God's Church. The answer to this is not one that the scattered Church wants to hear God has removed His protection from all who have refused to repent!

In the same organization, only three months later, one of the three television presenters, a long time pastor of the Church, died from a staph infection. This too rattled this organization and others. This man was beloved and respected by many, including myself. He performed the wedding ceremony for my wife and me. A few years later, he was among the ministers who laid hands upon me when I was ordained into the ministry of God's Church. In addition to this minister's death, the very minister that assisted him died from the same kind of staph infection only two months later. These three ministers, who died within the past year, were part of the same organization, the Living Church of God. The significance of the death of two of its ministers from an infectious disease should not go unnoticed in the environs of the scattered Church because the prayers of the congregation for the healing of both ministers went unanswered. This is important to understand because the leader of this group, Mr. Roderick Meredith, has requested that all people in104 The Seven Thunders of the 6th Seal his organization fast before God, asking Him for the gift of healing upon their ministers for the purpose of helping people in the world see that they are the organization that God is working through to do His Work on earth. Mr. Meredith has asked this of his membership on several different occasions over the past few years. God has not heard their prayers or accepted these fasts! Not only has God not granted their petitions, but the very thing that Mr. Meredith requested is against God's will for this end-time. Not only was it wrong to request his organization to fast in this way, but the method for revealing through whom God is working will not be done through the manifestation of miraculous healings performed by ministers. God did use this as part of a means to reveal the glory of His Son, Jesus Christ, and He did grant this power in a great way to the early Church as a powerful witness of His new Church and who His ministers were.

However, for this end-time, it is not God's purpose to display signs of miraculous healings to the world in order to show where He is working. It is His purpose to bring an end to man's self-rule by humbling man so that he will repent and turn to Him and receive His government, once Jesus Christ returns as King of kings. The last era of God's Church must be humbled so that it will repent and return to Him, and this world must also be humbled in order to receive Him. God will humble the Church, and He will humble the world through end-time events described throughout this book. It is by this very means that God will reveal through whom He is now working. Specifically regarding His two end-time witnesses, it will be by the power given to them for destruction and plagues, not healing! Yes, this is the means that will help humble those who will yet be awakened to repentance in the environs of the scattered Church. Escalating deaths in the leadership of the scattered groups will serve as a witness of wh it is through whom God is working. It will not be done through miraculous signs of healing.

As in the story of Elijah and the ministers of Baal, the words of Elijah were upheld with great power, and God revealed through whom He was working. The same will be true in the things that will happen to members of the leadership of the scattered Church who refuse to repent and hear God's true servant. The deaths of these three ministers, from the Living Church of God, will now begin to take on greater symbolic meaning for everyone in the scattered Church of God groups. God's protection has been removed from the scattered Church, as well as His intervention in healing; because people have not repented of the reasons the Church was scattered in the first place. So now, death will begin to spread throughout the scattered Church, and most noticeably among the leadership. Elijah's Story Repeated There is a story in the Book of Kings that is about to be repeated on a spiritual plane for God's Church. Israel became separated from God and turned to other ideas about God. They turned to Baal worship by mingling the teachings of Baal with those of God. Elijah challenged all the prophets of Baal and told the Israelites that they should quit stumbling back and forth between two different thoughts about God: And Elijah came to all the people, and said, How long will you falter between two opinions? If the ETERNAL is God, follow Him, but if Baal is then follow him.¡± But the people couldn't answer him a word. (1 Kings 18:21). Elijah was only one man, so what he said about God was The Seven Thunders of the 6th Seal Church of God. The sound of this thunder will be intensified by the early deaths of the leaders of the Philadelphia Church of God, the Restored Church of God and the Church of the Great God.

Then, those in the largest scattered group, who think they have escaped, will be lifted up to believe that God is with them because they are so filled with pride. But, when that happens, the deaths of many in the United Church of God will begin. How much more specific can one be to show that he is either of God, and indeed His prophet, or someone who has clearly stepped over the line to be dealt with by God in a speedy manner. Time will tell! And, you don't have long to wait! (2) The second phase of death will be upon notable people in the world. It will begin small and increase in intensity as all the thunders do. These notable people will include political leaders and well known entertainment and sports figures. It will include other religious figures within the various religions of the world. The primary exception to this will be the Pope of the Catholic Church, who is prophesied to die directly after the return of Jesus Christ. This phase will overlap the first, but this is the main one that people in the world will notice. (3) The third phase of death will come from epidemics and pandemics in the world. Over this past year, many governments in the world have started minimal preparations for a possible pandemic from bird flu. (See my web site http://www.angelfire.com/or/dhuard/plum.html) and you will know who developed the bird flu right hear in this country. This and much more are coming upon the world scene. As God has warned throughout time, the endtime will be the worst time in man's history.

The Sixth Thunder This thunder also concerns both the Church and the world. It started very small with the publication of my first web site, The Prophesied End-Time and The eyes on the world. The content of that web site is strong concerning the announcement of prophesied end-time events that have already begun, but the pronouncement that I am the end-time prophet is a declaration that will have profound significance for God's Church. The second end time witness was mentioned in the beginning of this web site! The growing manifestation of proof that I am God's end-time prophet and that I am the spokesman of His two end-time witnesses is a thunder that will become powerfully stronger all the way up until the very return of Jesus Christ. #6 The Sixth Thunder is the growing revelation of God's end-time witnesses. That revelation is that I am the spokesman of God's two end-time prophets the spokesman of His two end-time witnesses. This thunder will grow louder as the events described in the previous thunders continue to unfold with ever increasing intensity, proving the validity of what has been written and that what I am saying is true. Radio and television interviews will become more the norm as curiosity, news, controversy, and fear increase in proportion to the growing intensity of these thunders. A few quotes need to be repeated here. They are recorded earlier in this chapter, and they have everything to do with this Sixth Thunder:

The Seven Thunders will be declared in the remainder of this chapter. Those thunders have never been announced before now. Everything else that John wrote, concerning the Seven Seals, Seven Trumpets and the Seven Last Plagues, was each declared by an angel. The Seven Thunders of the 6th Seal

The Seventh Thunder The revelation of this last thunder will be covered in far greater depth in the last chapter. This last thunder, as with the previous two thunders, concerns the Church and the world. The Seventh Thunder is the accelerated revelation of God to man. This web site has explained how man has never really known God and that there is great confusion and contradiction in religious beliefs concerning Him. It has also been shown that through the entire time of man on earth that only a little more than 144,000 people have truly known God. God has not revealed Himself to most of mankind. Only a few throughout the past six millennia have been able to come to know God. Those few, who did come to know God, were rejected by the rest of mankind. The prophets and apostles were rejected by man, therefore, man was not able to know God. Yet, even these servants of God did not address the entirety of mankind. God taught His ways to only one nation in Moses time, but most of that nation rejected His words. The history of man (the true witness of man) is that man does not want God's ways. Man has not wanted God to govern his life. So, in the past 6,000 years, God has called a very few into a special relationship with Him in order to be taught and trained for a future world ruling government the Kingdom of God that will be established over all the earth at the return of Jesus Christ. Much of this has already been explained, but it needs to be understood that God is getting ready to do what He has never done before with mankind. God is getting ready to reveal Himself to the entirety of mankind. This revelation is similar to thunder.

It has already begun to sound within His Church. It is about to sound powerfully throughout the world as His two witnesses grow in power, as all of God's prophesied end-time events begin to unfold in an ever increasing manner. As this process progresses, God will continue to reveal Himself more fully. God's revelation to mankind will continue to accelerate as we draw closer to the end of man's rulership and the coming of Jesus Christ to rule over all the earth. Man has not known God, but all this is beginning to change. It has begun first and foremost within His Church. His revelation will continue in greater power and might as we draw closer to the time His Son returns to rule. The Church of God, over the past twenty years, has prided itself in the knowledge of God. This pride, with its presumptuous attitude, is the reason the Church was scattered. Of all people, one would think that God's own Church would know Him fully; but they have not. Over the last hundred years and before, God did not give His people all knowledge about Himself and His Son. Part of that knowledge was withheld from God's end-time apostle, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong before he died. My wife and I were once members of his church! This knowledge was reserved so that it could be revealed at the time that God revealed His end-time spokesman, as a proof of His seal on His two endtime witnesses. Much of the Church will reject this revelation about God just as they will reject the identity of His two witnesses. Some are already mocking this knowledge. However, some will begin to repent and turn to God again once they see the Seven Thunders coming true. They will be awakened from a spiritual sleep. At first, this thunder is for God's own Church. Then, as we enter the time of the Seventh Seal, this knowledge will begin to spread throughout the world until the day that everyone will note today from me is September 28, 2012. The End Of Final Three & One-half Years Also, by this moment in time, there will be a strong, rapidly growing recognition within the United States that I am who I say I am one of God's end-time witnesses and His prophet. See the bible written in the stars. Astrology mentions two individuals that are pisces born three years apart on February 25th. One on the east coast and the other on the west coast. These also are the two end time witnesses that coral the dragon in the end times. They also have a dna matchup with dna that can be found in Jesus's mother's home now covered over by a chapel in Glastonbury, England.

This Sixth Thunder will continue to grow much louder through this final three and one-half years that begins in May 2012.

The First Four Trumpets The first four trumpet blasts will announce four powerfully destructive events that will bring about the total collapse of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and some countries of Western Europe. The direct effect of all four events is first and foremost upon the United States.

The events, declared by these first four trumpets, are a prophetic fulfillment of the symbolism contained in the events of 9-11, when the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon were struck by terrorism. It is during the time of the first four trumpets when the symbolism of 9-11 is accomplished; the economy, government and military might of the greatest nation on earth is struck a fatal blow. The chain reaction, which will follow, is the very thing that will lead immediately into World War III. It will be the last war that mankind will ever fight! Before this final three and one-half years comes to a complete end, all military forces around the world will have been destroyed, every economy will be decimated, several billion people will have died, and vast destruction will cover every part of the earth.

The First Trumpet The First Trumpet blast will occur quickly after the Seventh Seal of Revelation is opened by Jesus Christ. Even as I am writing, the events prophesied to take place during these trumpet blasts are already showing signs of emerging on the world scene. Much of what will occur is simply being held back by God until it is His time to allow it. God is going to allow mankind to bring about one more world war. If God were not in control of the timing, some of these events would have already begun; but God is in control of the exact timing of everything that is to take place. God will cut the end-time short by allowing these end-time events to occur over the limited space of three and one-half years, otherwise, mankind would end up destroying all life on the earth so says God Almighty!

Notice the powerful description of the first trumpet: When He [Jesus Christ] had opened the seventh seal, 1st Cor. 15:52 there was silence in heaven for about the space of half an hour. And I saw seven angels who stood before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. And another angel who had a golden censer came and stood at the altar, and he was given much incense that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. Then the smoke of the incense along with the prayers of the saints ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire from the altar, and cast it to the earth.

Then there were voices, and thundering, and lightning, and an earthquake. And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. After the first angel sounded, then there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast on the earth, and the third part of trees were burned up and the green grass with it was burned up. (Revelation 8:1-7) This first powerful event of the Seventh Seal will result in120 The Final Three & One-half Years inhabitants of the earth because of the trumpet blasts from the three angels who are yet to sound! (Revelation 8:12-13)

The cumulative effect from the first three trumpet blasts will be announced by this fourth blast, which will cause much more destruction. By this time, over one-third of the population of the United States, the United Kingdom and their closest allies will have died. Many more will continue to die from the results of this fourth event. Weather conditions will be horribly altered on earth as a result of one-third of the sun's light no longer being able to warm the earth and give light. Plant life and normal growing cycles will not be sustained by the sun as in the past. This will result in immediate famine over many areas of the earth. The effects from the Fourth Trumpet blast will result in far greater death again tens of millions. Although the devastation that follows the first four trumpet blasts result in unimaginable destruction, along with the death of a few hundred million people, the last verse of Revelation 8 gives a warning of far worse events that will follow.

After the announcements sounded from the first four trumpets, a greater warning is given: Then I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabitants of the earth because of the trumpet blasts from the three angels who are yet to sound! (Revelation 8:13). The expression woe refers to dire consequences that will be far more destructive in the world. There are three woes, which refer to the events that will follow in the last three trumpet blasts. The downfall of the United States and her closest allies will lead to a great power vacuum in the world; nations will race to fill the void. Many areas of the world, that have been held at bay by the influence of the United States and her closest allies, will now be determined to accomplish their will on others. Just consider the nations that have had long lasting border and territorial disputes, as well as religious and political disputes which have been contained. Now they are held back no longer!

The Fifth Trumpet The blast from the Fifth Trumpet will announce the emergence of a great political power and a great religious power on earth. The Biblical symbolisms contained in the description of the message from this trumpet blast are prophetically unique. Rather than having readers become bogged down with an overwhelming amount of Biblical study that serves no purpose here, I will simply give an overview of the meaning and outcome. This trumpet will announce the first great woe on the earth. The prophetic description covers many overlapping, unfolding and interacting highlighted events in the final three and one-half years of man's self-rule.

The highlights of this Fifth Trumpet include: (1) the emergence of Satan and his large army of demons to great power (2) the emergence of great power wielded by the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope (3) the emergence of a fully-united European union of ten nations (4) the emergence of a colossal military might from this united European union and the destruction of several hundred million people by it (5) the protection of God's elect and the torment and trying (testing) of those who have refused to repent in the environs of God's scattered Church1.

The Final Three & One-half Years States of America as the predominant power in the world. Many in Europe are frustrated with, what they see, as too slow a pace in the progress of these goals. A bond of unity among some of these nations is becoming stronger, while their frustrations are mounting against those who are seen as slowing the process. There is deep resentment and growing bitterness toward these nations (especially Great Britain) who won't join together for a stronger euro. Although many other areas of prophecy can help you understand what will happen at the time of this Fifth Trumpet, only the conclusions from the revelation of those prophecies will be covered in this chapter. More of this information is covered in The Prophesied End-Time.

Satan's release from restraint will move him to exercise greater power and influence over the unity of Europe. Satan has exercised his influence and power to deceive and create havoc during every revival of the Holy Roman Empire. He will stir up ten nations in Europe who will take control of all power over the European Union. Only those ten nations will agree to lend their power as one. Germany will once again be the principal driving force behind a united Europe. As in the sixth revival of the Holy Roman Empire, which led into World War II, this seventh prophetic and last revival will lead into a full blown World War III. And, like a scorpion that strikes quickly without notice, a new United States of Europe will swiftly exercise great military power that it already has in its possession under the cloak of NATO. This will occur at a very specific moment in time. This new European power, which would eventually move to accomplish the same thing, will move forward more quickly due to the influence of Satan and his army of demons.

The account of this next revelation will infuriate many people, nevertheless, it is true. At the same time that Satan will have powerful influence over ten nations in Europe, he will wield great deceptive power over the Roman Catholic Church. For centuries, the Catholic Church has been led into deception through Satan's power; but he will exercise even greater direct control at this final end-time. Although there will be a distorted bond between this new Europe and the Catholic Church, that bond will become deeply stressed as these two struggle for dominant power, one against the other. Indeed, God will make it clear who is the true power over both the revived Europe and the Catholic Church' it is Satan: And they had a king over them who is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon [destruction], but in the Greek tongue he has the name Apollyon [destroyer]. (Revelation 9:11) God's Church. At the same time all these events come together at the sounding of the Fifth Trumpet, there will be an initial period of time (five months) when much human suffering will continue as a result of the first four trumpets. This marks a time of great suffering on a worldwide scale, but even now, God's Church is still part of these prophetic events. God's Church still exists on earth, and will continue, all the way up to the very return of Jesus Christ; but many who were scattered in the Church, after the great falling away, will not live into the new millennial period that follows. Although Satan and his demons will be released from great restraint, they will still be restrained in their ability to cause hurt to any of God's people who obey Him, especially those who are sealed as part of the 144,000. It will be during the later of this time that Satan will come to power. The Final Three & One-half Years.

Little needs to be said about this here. However, you need to know that this great woe upon mankind will result in one-third of all mankind being destroyed, as it will account for the death of well over 2 billion people. This will indeed be a great woe on earth!

Pride runs deep in human nature. Mankind will continue to resist God, even after all the horrifying events of the previous six trumpets have occurred. By the end of the period covering the first six trumpets, several billion people will have died. Multiple millions around the world, who have been conquered by these two great powers, will have come to repentance. Yet, there are many who will refuse to repent, including the vast populations of these two great superpowers. They will insist on living life as they please. This is what is being spoken of in the verses which follow the description of the army that numbers two hundred million Chinese already trained and awaiting orders:

But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, still would not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood, which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk. Neither would they repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. (Revelation 9:20-21)

By this point in time, many will have repented. They will have been humbled because they will have been conquered. Those still ruling will continue to live as they please, and they will have no intention of repenting and turning to God. This is a witness of the haughty spirit in mankind. Unless humbled, man will not listen to God. So, that is exactly what God will do He will humble both superpowers.

Armageddon and Hammongog, (The valley in Israel and Alaska) The last great battles of mankind (described in Revelation and prophetically known as Armageddon) is the account of these two superpowers converging upon one another and the battle that ensues. This confrontation is inevitable. This time coincides with the very end of the three and one-half years of final end-time tribulation.

The actual region of Megiddo is known anciently in Biblical times as the place of several great military slaughters. Therefore, the name has great significance in prophetic symbolism in relation to this final confrontation of mankind and the end of man's rule on earth.

China, Russia and their Islamic allies will move against the United States of Europe. These superpowers will pursue a head-on confrontation of military might, since both will be reluctant to use any more nuclear weapons because of the enormous destruction already experienced. However, it should be noted that if either began to lose the battle, such weapons would be used, and this nuclear confrontation would indeed end in the total annihilation of all life on the earth. God will not allow this to happen. This is why supernatural intervention in the timing of events is so critical. Therefore, on this last day of the three and one-half years of great tribulation, God will intervene in the affairs of all mankind, thus, saving mankind from destroying himself. This day is called the day of God's great wrath. It will be the last day of man's selfrule over the past six millennia. Man's awesome technological developments over the past century have been withheld from mankind for great reason. Man would not have lasted for six millennia if God had allowed such development before now. This is the precise reason God created a judgement at the end of the Final Three & One-half Years this very time. All 144,000 people who have been trained throughout six millennia to be in God's government (the first phase of the Kingdom of God) will be resurrected at the beginning of this day. It will be at the time of the resurrection of these two witnesses (viewed by millions) that the 144,000 will be resurrected and given eternal life in spirit bodies. The glory of this event will be seen literally from earth. It will be an awesome, yet fearful sight for many on earth.

After the resurrection of God's two witnesses we read: In that same hour there was a great earthquake [in Jerusalem], and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake there were seven thousand men killed, and those remaining were made frightened, and they gave glory to the God of heaven. (Revelation 11:13)

The Seventh Trumpet In the first great event on the last day of the end-time tribulation, Jesus Christ will be in the heavens above the earth with the 144,000 who will be resurrected. The display from earth will perplex mankind. Some will know the significance and will anticipate Jesus Christ coming, while others, who still resist, will see this awesome display as a threat to their power and existence.

Finally, man's reign will be brought to an end: The second woe is past, and behold, the third woe is coming quickly. Then the seventh angel sounded, and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world have now become the kingdoms of our Lord, even of His Christ, and He shall reign from now and forever more. (Revelation 11:14-15)

This is the announcement that man's reign over the past 6,000 years has finally been brought to an end, and now, God will reign on earth in His Kingdom with Jesus Christ at its head; Christ has now become King of kings over all the earth: Then the twenty four elders, who sat before God on their thrones, fell on their faces and worshipped God, saying, We give you thanks, O Lord God Almighty, who is, and was, and are yet to come, because you have taken to yourself your great power, and will now reign. (Rev. 11:16-17) God has always been in control of His creation, but He chose to allow man to rule himself for 6,000 years. This has always been part of God's plan in order for man to learn that only God's way of life produces good and lasting results. The witness of man's ways over the past 6,000 years has proven to be disastrous. When the Seventh Trumpet sounds, the time will have come for God to begin His rule over the earth. This has been His plan since before the creation of the universe millions of years ago. As it says in verse 18, the time has come for God to destroy them who destroy the earth.

Seven Last Plagues The third and final woe that will follow the blast of the Seventh Trumpet is divided into seven specific events, which are called the Seven Last Plagues of God's wrath. This wrath will be on those who still will refuse to submit to God. This wrath will crush the superpowers of Europe and China along with her allies: Then I saw another sign in heaven that was massively great and amazing, with seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them is filled up the wrath of God . . . Then one of the four creatures gave to the seven angel. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon [symbolic of China and her allies], and out of the mouth of the beast [symbolic of a United States of Europe], and out of the mouth of the false prophet [symbolic of the Pope of the Catholic Church]. For these are the spirits of demons, working miracles, who go forth to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

(Revelation 16:12-14) Satan will actually exercise power and influence over all three of these powers on earth, but there are demons who will do his bidding, as this symbolism shows. Their influence will help bring about the prophetic reality of this day when these two great superpowers gather together for the battle of that great day of God Almighty. The result of the vial poured out by the sixth angel will be that he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon (Verse 16). In the midst of all the confusion of this day, this war actually will begin later in the day when the sixth vial is poured out. Then, tens of thousands in these two armies will die in this allout confrontation. The Seventh Plague When the last vial is poured out, these two powers will stop fighting each other. They will declare a quick truce because they suddenly fear something much greater than each other: Then the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air, and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done! There were noises, and thunder, and lightning, and there was a great earthquake such as there never has been since mankind was on the earth. The earthquake so mighty and so great that the great city [Rome the seat of religious power over Europe] was divided into three parts [no longer a city of seven hills], and the cities of the nations fell [the great cities of both superpowers], and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away [prophetically symbolic of every smaller country seeking to escape, but could not], and the mountains could not be found [prophetic symbolism that all the great governments of these superpowers are destroyed they no longer exist]. And there fell on men a great hail out of heaven, and each weighted about a talent [100 pounds / 45 kg], and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, for the plague thereof was so exceedingly great. (Revelation 16:17-21) This plague will be the final blow which will completely destroy all the remaining governing structure of both superpowers. The entire infrastructure of all these countries will collapse. This destruction will prove to be overwhelming; the death toll will mount into the tens of millions. These two great armies will still be fighting each other as this last plague is being poured out. During this plague, they will stop fighting. Both will receive word of the scale of destruction in their home countries. They will no longer fear each other, but they will fear, what they now see, as the source of their demise. They will see the movement of that which will be glowing in the heavens. They will not understand what it is, but they will see it moving toward them. The next thing that will happen is unbelievable. Uniting to Fight God At the end of the Seventh Plague, Jesus Christ and the spiritual army of 144,000 new members of the God Family begin moving toward the location of these two great superpowers: Then I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse, and He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He has a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God [Jesus Christ]. And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean [the 144,000]. And out of His mouth went a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations, and He shall rule them with a rod of iron. He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written, King of kings, and Lord of lords.

(Rev. 19:11-16) Jesus Christ came the first time, as the Lamb of God to die as man's Passover, so that man could be saved through Him by the forgiveness of sins. The second time He will not come as a Lamb, but as a Lion; and He will not come in peace, but in war. The war He will bring will be swift and decisive, as He and the 144,000 will destroy the army of both superpowers. As it says, He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God, by destroying this final display of man's opposition to God. Now, all mankind will be fully humbled before God and God will usher in His Kingdom to reign on earth. This final war will be swift and powerfully strong! Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried with a loud voice saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together to the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. [he speaks of the destruction of this army and says that the birds eat their flesh once they are slain]. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and against His army [these two opposing armies unite to fight against Jesus Christ and His army].

The beast was taken [leader of the United Europe], and with him the false prophet that worked miracles before him [the Pope], by which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the rest were slain with the sword of Him that sat on the horse, whose sword proceeded out of His mouth, and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

(Revelation 19:17-21) In this final battle, over 200 million will die. During this time period (three and one-half years) of this Seventh Seal, over 6 billion people will die.

Now, finally after 6,000 years of man's self-rule, God will rule the earth through His Son, Jesus Christ, and the 144,000 who then will be in the Kingdom of the Family of God: And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them [to the 144,000] and I saw the souls of them who were cutoff for the witness of Jesus [these had been cutoff from the world for holding onto Godss way, and for the word of God, who had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands. These lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead [the rest of mankind who had lived and died throughout the first 6,000 years of man's time on earth] lived not again until the thousand years were finished [they will be resurrected to physical life once more, but they will then be living in God's world once the 1,000 year reign of Jesus Christ has ended]. This is the first resurrection [referring to the 144,000 who are in the first great resurrection of mankind]. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection, for on such the second death has no power [the 144,000 have not been resurrected to physical life again in this first resurrection, but to spiritual life], but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. (Revelation 20:4-6)

This new millennial age for mankind will bring peace, equity, righteous judgment, prosperity, joy, and happiness on a level which will be so great that man cannot even imagine it.

WHY SUCH MASSIVE DESTRUCTION? The catastrophic events of the Seventh Seal will result in global destruction and the death of over 6 billion people. It will be the final three and one-half years of man's self-rule on earth, and it will end with the establishment of God's righteous rule for the next 1,000 years. This perfect world-ruling government of God will be led by Jesus Christ. The 144,000, who have been resurrected to serve as kings and priests in this government, will be ruling with Him in the Kingdom of God. This great change in world government will not come easily. Naturally, the enormous death and destruction worldwide brings the following questions to mind. Why? Why does God allow this? Why does such a thing have to happen? The answer cannot be given in a few simple sentences. The more you come to understand God's purpose and plan on earth, the more you can begin to understand why. Many will blame God for all that will happen. They will reason that if God is indeed all-powerful, why would He allow such a thing to happen to mankind? Couldn't He prevent all this? Some of this has already been covered in this book, but the greater answer needs to be examined more closely; then you can begin to more clearly understand God's infinite wisdom in the way He will save mankind, Why Such Massive Destruction? God's Purpose for Man If you truly want to understand why God will not prevent the horrifying destruction and death that will soon cover this earth, then you need to stop and ponder why we were placed on this earth in the first place. The specific answers of why¡± this endtime destruction must come to pass will follow in the latter part of this chapter, once the plan of God is explained. Do you know why you exist? Rather than seeking the answer from the One who placed us on this earth, much of mankind chooses to believe that he evolved from slime in the ocean, and that eventually, he began to crawl upon the earth. Then, over millions of years, he finally evolved into present-day man.

Mankind is so intent on keeping God out of the picture that he eagerly awaits greater evidence that he evolved. Man is determined to distance himself farther and farther from God. Even for those who claim to be religious, the Biblical account of Adam and Eve seems too simplistic. Rather than God creating the first two human beings exactly as He said, some prefer to believe that He used some means of evolution to bring about the human race. Even though many religious people find the story of Adam and Eve difficult to believe, they do like the idea that there is some kind of afterlife. Man doesn't like the idea of finality in death. He prefers to believe that there will be a continuation of life beyond death, but not the kind God has told man about. Ideas of an afterlife among this world's religions are far too numerous to mention. Although mankind does not choose to believe God concerning such matters, he does like the idea of living beyond this temporary physical existence. During the latter half of the past century, God worked through His Church to tell the world why man was placed on earth and the purpose of his existence. But the reality and the true witness is that people did not choose to believe what they heard. Instead, they choose to hold onto their own religious ideas and beliefs, which are false. Therein is much of the problem and much of the reason why man's self-rule must come to an end exactly as described in this website. Rather than trying to prove to you in great detail how God's Church told the world about God's plan and how man rejected it, I will simply tell you the facts. However, more about how the Church did this is covered in The Prophesied End-Time. God placed man on this earth as part of a very great plan He has for us. But because of his selfish nature, man has chosen not to believe God; and instead, he has chosen to hold onto fables and lies about his existence, as well as his future. Man has responded to God in this way because, as a result of his selfish nature, he refuses to accept responsibility for his own actions. The truth is: we are responsible for our individual actions. We will return to this later, since it is such an important part of the story.

God's purpose for man is awesome and exciting, but Satan and religious leaders, who have followed Satan's influence, have deceived mankind into believing foolish distortions of what is really true. When people come to truly understand the truth about God's plan and purpose for them (and come to see that it is truly good news), they will come to see that it is far better and greater than they could have ever imagined. As an aside, this good news is what God has been telling man for six millennia; but man has consistently rejected it and God has allowed this!

In the Beginning The next chapter of this book will be dedicated to the Almighty. Why Such Massive Destruction? God, whom mankind has chosen not to know. Although many religious people throughout the world believe they know the God of Abraham, they do not! Part of the reason why man must suffer to such an extent is because he has rejected the true knowledge of God in order to continue to hold onto his lies. Man must be humbled mightily before he will listen to the truth! Here is the truth! . . . In the beginning was God. There was nothing else. Our inferior brains cannot conceive of such a thing. How can man, with such limited mental capacity, understand anything so vastly superior? He cannot! This is much of the problem. Man is so filled with vanity and pride that he actually believes he can understand such things. Therefore, he rejects what is true and develops his own ideas about God, which tend to pacify his inability to understand that which he cannot. Man is limited in his mental capacity by the physical world around him. Tremendous technology has burst onto the world in the last century, yet in all this, man is still limited to the physical. God is not physical. He is spirit. He is composed of spirit, and He dwells in a spirit world. His power and might is in His spirit not in anything physical. God reveals that everything physical is actually sustained by that which is spiritual by Him! The universe would not exist without God sustaining it! God created and sustains a physical universe by the power of His spirit that executes His will. How can a physical human being understand such things? On his own, he cannot! God must reveal to man that which is spiritual. God uses things that are physical to teach about things that are spiritual, since man is limited to the physical universe around him. Jesus Christ gave an example of this. Christ taught that spiritual life can grow and develop in human life (in the mind of mankind). Christ explained that He was the bread of life and that people would actually have to eat of His flesh and drink of His blood. For many of the Jewish students who had been following Him, this was too difficult for them to hear. They had always been taught that God forbids eating human flesh and drinking any kind of blood. Many stopped following Him from this moment because they could only think in literal, physical terms. Jesus was speaking of spiritual symbolism that the Church would later observe as part of the annual Passover service. In this service, God's people eat a piece of unleavened bread that represents the physical life (flesh) of Jesus Christ that He sacrificed for mankind, and the small amount of wine they drink represents His blood that He spilled (when He was killed) for the sins of all. Many who consider themselves to be Christian do not understand this either, even though they think they do. Some take of the symbols of bread and wine and believe they are doing as Christ taught, but they are wrong; and they are actually disobeying what He explained. They do not understand what Christ was saying, so they soothe their minds with a counterfeit of Passover that they call communion. There is a way that the human mind can begin receiving true spiritual understanding, but the religions of the world (no, not even traditional Christianity) do not understand such things. Some of this knowledge will be given in the last chapter.

When man comes to the point that he will listen to God and begin to receive true knowledge of Him (which is explained in physical terms), then God will begin to share His spirit with mankind in order to give him the ability to begin seeing Him (in truth). Such seeing is spiritual in nature and requires that we be able to receive of God's spirit. When a human being sees something that is spiritual, it is not a matter of seeing something through the human eye; it is a matter of seeing in the mind (of the spirit).

So again, in the beginning was God. There was nothing else. Absolutely nothing! God has eternally existed in His eternal spirit. How can a temporarily-living, physically-existing, mentally-limited human being understand such things? Again, he cannot! God Himself must reveal that which is spiritual. Without God, there is no life after death. A physical human being can understand this. After a person dies, we know what happens to the physical body. In time, it decomposes and fragments into the very elements from which it was composed. It returns to the elements (dust) of the earth just as God said. When a person dies, all life ceases, although some think a spiritual life continues. Man doesn't like this finality, and he doesn't like what God tells him concerning life beyond physical death; so he has developed his own concepts of an afterlife. Over the centuries, these ideas have not given man much comfort; but they seem to help soothe the conscience. The truth is: once man dies there is nothing else. He does not go to heaven and he does not go to hell. When man is dead, he is totally and completely dead. There is no immortal soul in man. This is a lie, and it is a false teaching of man. Rather than believe what God says, man has chosen to believe that he has a soul, which is not physical, and can live on after death. That is a gargantuan lie that has been foisted upon man by false religious scholars and false teachers. God told mankind that death is the penalty for sin, The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23). And God adds that all have sinned (Romans 3:23).

If someone lives a wretched and wicked life, then dies, he does not have an immortal soul that is taken to some place of eternal torment or imprisonment. God says that the payment of sin is death, not being punished for eternity. Mankind, and especially traditional Christianity, has twisted the truth in this matter. God speaks of eternal punishment. Man has twisted that into eternal punishing. They are not the same! God speaks of a time of final judgment that will come on those who, in the final end, reject God. They will receive a judgment that will last for all eternity, and it is the punishment of death¡ªnever to receive any kind of life again. This is an eternal punishment, but not eternal punishing. More about this will be explained later. God Began to Create Again, in the beginning was God. God is an eternal being the One and only Being of all eternity. You are limited in your understanding to the physical plane. You cannot begin to understand the great depth of such knowledge that is spiritual in nature. No one can. God reveals that all knowledge, all understanding, all wisdom, and all thought are from Him. In His Being, in His Wisdom, in His Word (Greek ¨C logos ¨C revelatory thought which is the product of His Divine thinking), Almighty God determined to create that which did not exist. He set in motion a plan that would carry forward into eternity. He predetermined how His plan should be fulfilled.

Prophecy given to mankind is simply the revelation of God's plan and how it will unfold in actual events. From the beginning, God was alone; but He was going to change this through a plan He would fulfill, in great patience, over millions of years. This plan began with the angelic creation. God created angelic beings to share in this plan and to serve Him in carrying it out. These beings were created out of spirit, and they are spirit. God desired to share with the angelic realm His plan of much greater things to follow. God did not choose to make the angels like spiritual robots to function as programmed. Instead, God created the angels with the capability of free, individual thought. They were created as individual, free moral agents who could make choices and express individual personality through those choices. This meant that they could choose not to follow God. They could choose their own way, living apart from what God told them was the only true way of life. This is a consequence of creating such beings. There is no other way to give life to beings who are capable of having ¡°free choice¡± and complete individuality. Mankind also is created with the ability of free choice.

God knew that not all of the angelic creation would choose to live His way, which is the one and only true way capable of producing eternal peace life that is happy, fulfilling, rewarding, and genuinely exciting. The knowledge of this phase of God's creation shows the great wisdom in why man was created physical and why man was created after the angelic realm.

The Angelic Realm Multiple millions of angels were created. God does not give the exact number, but He does reveal that He created three angels who were superior to the rest in importance, might, beauty, authority, and power. These three are referred to by name: Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer. In time, after the angelic creation, God began to create the physical universe. Up to this point in time, only the spirit realm existed. The creation of the universe was exciting to the angelic family of God. God said that, upon seeing what He was creating, the sons of God (angelic realm) shouted for joy.

God said He created every thing in the universe in beauty and perfection. In time, God began to reveal more of His plan and purpose for the physical creation. God revealed to the angels that of all His physical creation (the universe), His plan would be focused upon the earth. God placed Lucifer on the earth, along with much of the angelic realm, to prepare for future events that He had predetermined long before. Lucifer was placed in authority over the angels on earth, and they were to carry out preparations for even greater events in God's overall plan. God revealed to the angelic realm that He was going to create mankind and that the creation of mankind would lead to the ultimate purpose of all His creation. Mankind was going to be created with the potential of becoming far greater than the angels. God revealed to the angels that they would share in the joy of what He would create through mankind. The angelic realm was shown that they were created to share and help in this greater purpose of all creation. Lucifer did not like what God revealed. He became lifted up in pride and his own reasoning. He chose to believe that God's way was not best, but that his own way was better. In his own perverted thinking, he rejected the knowledge of God and began to believe that his own way was so much better. He actually became deceived into believing that he could rise up against God and take over all rule of the physical and spiritual realm, making God subservient to him.

Over time, Lucifer planned and plotted. He began to spread his disdain for God's plan to other angels. As astounding as it is, a third of the angelic realm sided with him in a horrific rebellion against God. Lucifer would learn that he was puny before God, and indeed, God is Almighty! Why Such Massive Destruction? The rebellion originated from earth. Lucifer planned to destroy the earth because he so hated God's plan, which was to be fulfilled here. Lucifer planned on ascending to God's throne and rule in God's stead. The solar system of our sun and the earth changed dramatically on the day of this rebellion. God tells us that, at this point, the earth became waste and uninhabitable, as all life on it was destroyed. The earth was toppled from its perfect orbit, and the atmosphere was filled with total blackness from the debris. A type of nuclear winter engulfed the entire earth in an immediate moment in time. Even the moon and Mars were littered by the debris from this massive and explosive attack on God's physical creation. Although God limited Lucifer's attempt to destroy the earth and this solar system, He left the evidence of this attack for all to see in time. The asteroid belt did not exist before this rebellion. God stopped the destruction of the solar system, and the debris was confined to this one region not beyond.

From this time forward, Lucifer became known as Satan, the first great adversary of God. Satan chose to rebel against God and make himself an adversary of God and His plan and purpose. The angels, who rebelled with Satan, became known as demons. God knew that some of the angels (having free moral agency) would, in time, rebel against Him and go their own way. Any way that opposes God's perfect way will lead to chaos, confusion, suffering, and every way that is evil. Turning from God's way of thinking results in pride, vanity and deep selfishness that is inward in nature and filled with the way of get, while God's perfect way is the way of give. In all this, God knew the outcome! It was all part of His awesome and perfect plan that would continue forward, just as He had predetermined millions of years before. Holy righteous character cannot be created in any being who is given independent thought and personage. The way one lives life is always a matter of choice. Although God knew there would be an angelic rebellion, the choice of how to live was, nevertheless, theirs to make. Those angels couldn¡¯t blame anyone else for their choices. God taught the angels that there was only one true way to live life. He also taught them that choosing any other way of life would produce automatic penalties.

Those angels who chose to live God's way have shared in the joy of what God is working out in His plan for His creation. Those who have refused God's way and followed some other way have lived in futility unfulfilled and never satisfied. Lucifer and the demons who followed him are set in their ways. From the beginning of their disobedience, since they are spirit in composition and thought, they set themselves against God. The Creation of Man The next sequence in God's plan was the creation of mankind. Many who read the first chapter of Genesis believe they are reading about the initial creation of the universe. They are not! They are reading about the refashioning of the earth when life was placed upon it once more. The earth had existed for millions of years, yet without life, since the time of Satan¡¯s rebellion. The first chapter of Genesis tells the story of God reshaping the earth to make it inhabitable, once again, so that He could put mankind on it: In the [a] beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form [Heb.)a place of chaos and waste], and void [Heb.) filled with emptiness], and darkness was upon the face of the deep [as a result of Satan's rebellion, this was the condition of the earth at this moment in time, as God was preparing the earth for mankind]. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2) The waters were already present, and God's spirit began to work upon the waters to make oceans, lakes, rivers, and the means for life on earth to once again be nourished by it. The story of the refashioning of the earth, and the creation of new life on it, continues in the verses that follow.

Then, God finally created the first man and woman. Why? What is God's purpose for creating physical human beings?

It is an awesome thing to learn the purpose and plan God has for creating mankind. Yet, man has been ignorant of this great truth. In the second chapter of the Book of Hebrews, the apostle Paul speaks on this same question, concerning the purpose of man. He refers to David (Psalms 8), who asked the question: What is man that you [God] are mindful of him? It is the kind of question that all should ask and want answered. Why are we here?

Why did God create us? The answer is given in these scriptures, and throughout the word of God, yet man has remained blind to the truth of it all. Paul repeats what David wrote and then explains that the angelic realm was created to help those who were to become heirs of salvation. But Paul goes on to explain that man was created to receive (inherit) something much greater than the angels. Paul reveals here that Godss purpose is to place mankind over all His creation. First, the description of man is that he is made (created) a little lower than the angels. Notice what is said about man: You [God] have put all things under his feet. For in that He has put all things in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But we do not yet see all things put under him. (Hebrews 2:8) God reveals that His purpose for mankind is to become far greater than the angels. What is greater than the angelic realm?

This is the amazing thing about God's plan for mankind that is so astonishing! Paul explains that God's plan was to put all thing under the feet (control) of man and that God left nothing¡± that would not be put under his subjection. God further reveals that this will not happen while man is in his present physical state. Paul adds that we do not yet see all things put under him [man]. However, Paul does explain what we currently see concerning Jesus Christ, who was born a physical man. He states that Jesus Christ, as with all mankind, was made a little lower than the angels, and that His purpose was to suffer death for all mankind. Jesus Christ was the only human being that lived a perfect life in complete obedience to God. All others have sinned against God. Since Jesus Christ's Father was Almighty God, and since Jesus Christ lived a perfect life in obedience to God, He was able to be the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people. Mankind could be saved through Jesus Christ the Passover sacrifice. Paul"s account of how all things are not yet placed under man includes his explanation of what we can now see. We see Jesus Christ, who was made a little lower than the angels, by being made a physical human being, now crowned with glory and honor. Since this is God's ultimate purpose for all mankind, we see that Jesus Christ is the first one of all mankind to receive of this great purpose. It is revealed even further that God has put all things under Christ's feet. Indeed, God's purpose is to eventually bring all things under man's feet, but not in his current state. Why Such Massive Destruction? Mankind, in his present physical form, is incapable of experiencing or exercising such power; and he could never be entrusted with such a thing (all of God's creation under him).

A Change in Man Mankind does not know why God created him and placed him on this earth. However, we are now entering the time when God will begin revealing this great plan to everyone in the world. Man will begin to understand this great purpose. Some will begin to see this purpose as we approach the final three and one-half years of manss self-rule, and then, during that final period, multiple millions will begin to grasp the great plan of God. When this time is finished and Jesus Christ begins His rule on earth, everyone will be given this understanding. The angels were created as spirit beings. They were given freedom of individuality. They had the power to think freely, learn and retain knowledge. They were free moral agents. Man was created similarly, only physical. God gave man the same ability to think freely. Man was created a free moral agent¡ªto think, learn, plan his own life, and make his own decisions. Human life is a great marvel. We are unique in all the physical creation. In the animal realm, God made creatures to have instinct. They were not given freedom of thought with individual minds to think and reason. They were given limited mental capacity that functions primarily by instinct (preprogramming given by God).

Geese fly south for the winter; they do not have to think about it. Koalas are unique in that they sleep most of the time, and they are sustained by eating only Eucalyptus leaves. God simply made them this way. Great humpback whales migrate in the waters between Alaska and Hawaii, year by year; they do not think about their journey. God programmed them to do what they do. Nothing evolved in the animal realm. It is as God created it. But mankind, like the angelic realm, is unique through the power of the mind (the power of free choice). In actuality, every human mind has a spirit essence. The mind is not like the other organs of the body, which function simply in a physical way. Many of the brain¡¯s functions are preprogrammed by God. For example, we do not control our heartbeats. However, the mind is unique. The power to think comes from a spirit essence that God gives to every human (for the purpose of free thought, expression and individuality). This is not to be confused with the holy spirit that proceeds from the mind of God, from His thoughts. Without this spirit essence God gives mankind, we would be like animals. The spirit essence God gave us does not contain life in itself. So that we can understand, the closest thing we can liken it to is a computer hard drive or a memory chip. Without power, it does not have the ability to perform the functions it was made to perform. It simply remains a source of stored information. In humans, this spirit essence is where the intellect is stored. This spirit essence is where (how) we process everything we choose to do (individual thought that produces individuality).

When we die, this essence ceases to function; but it contains (stores) every experience, memory and thought we ever had in our human experience. When a person dies, that spirit essence returns to God. It has no life of itself, but God can place it into a new body to live once again, with the exact mind that existed previously at death. This is the exact process that will occur in the great resurrection which will take place at the return of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of the 144,000. Consider Abraham as an example156 Why Such Massive Destruction? Although he died many hundreds of years ago, God will give him a spirit body, at the time of this resurrection, and place in it the spirit essence that was in Abraham (which returned to God at Abraham¡¯s death). Abraham¡¯s mind and individuality will be exactly the same as when he lived long ago. Only this time, he will not have a weak, physical body, but a spiritual one. God offers mankind something far greater than a temporary human existence. We were created as temporary physical human beings for a great and mighty purpose. It was a predetermined part of God¡¯s ultimate plan before anything was ever created. So why are we here? Why did God create us as He did? What is His purpose for us? Let¡¯s return to the story Paul tells, describing God¡¯s purpose for the angelic realm (from Hebrews, chapter 2). He goes on to explain that man was made to become greater than the angels.

Paul explains that Jesus Christ was the first of mankind to become greater than the angels, and that all things have been placed under His feet. So what is greater than the angelic realm? What is God¡¯s purpose for man? Paul tells of this purpose when he shows how it has now been fulfilled in Jesus Christ, but not in the rest of mankind. All things have not yet been put under the feet of mankind. So far, all things have only been placed under the feet of Jesus Christ. Man and God The first chapter of Hebrews tells God¡¯s purpose for mankind. It is contained in what God reveals through Jesus Christ: God, who at various times and in different ways, spoke in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom [Jesus Christ] He [God] has appointed heir of all things, by [through] whom [Jesus Christ] also He [God] made the worlds [ages]. (Hebrews 1:1- 2) Paul is explaining how God has communicated with (worked with) mankind through His prophets over the previous four thousand years.

Now, God is working through His Son, whom God had predetermined (1 Peter 1:20) would be the way (through Christ) that He would fulfill His plan and purpose for all mankind in the ages to follow. God also predetermined that Jesus Christ would be heir of all things¡ªall things were to be under His feet. Who [Jesus Christ] being the brightness of His [God¡¯s] glory, and the express image of His [God¡¯s] person, and upholding all things by the word of His [God¡¯s] power, when He [Jesus Christ] had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. (Hebrews 1:3) God is showing He had predetermined that He would accomplish His great plan for mankind through His own Son, Jesus Christ. God predetermined that Jesus Christ would be in the brightness of His own glory, would uphold all things by His (God¡¯s) own power, and would be just like God. In the following chapter, Paul expands this story to show God¡¯s great plan for all mankind, which is centered in Jesus Christ. Let¡¯s read it again. You [God] made him [mankind] a little lower than the angels, and you crowned him [mankind] with glory and honor, and you did set him over the works of your hands. You [God] have put all things under his [man¡¯s] feet. For in that He has put all things in subjection under him, He158 Why Such Massive Destruction? left nothing that is not put under him [man]. But we do not yet see all things put under him. (Hebrews 2:7-8) Are you beginning to get the picture? God determined, before He began any creation in the spiritual realm or the physical universe, that in His time, He would create man, who would be made lower than the angels. Mankind would be made physical, but God also determined that, in time, He would work to bring about a change in man so that He could have all things in His (God¡¯s) creation placed under him (man), and that he (man) would also receive of the power and glory of God Himself. God determined that He would accomplish this great change in and through His own Son, Jesus Christ. Let¡¯s return to the story in the first chapter of Hebrews. Paul has explained how Jesus Christ died for the sins of mankind and is now seated (a matter of power and authority) on the right hand of the Majesty on high (God Almighty):

And He [Jesus Christ] has been made so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they have. For unto which of the angels did He [God] say at any time, ¡°You are my Son, this day have I begotten you?¡± And again, ¡°I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to me a Son?¡± And again, when He brought in the first begotten into the world, He said, ¡°And let all the angels of God worship him.¡± (Hebrews 1:4-6) What is greater than the angelic realm? It says that Jesus Christ was made better than the angels. It says that Jesus Christ was seated in power and glory right beside Almighty God. It says that the very angels of God were to worship Jesus Christ. Only God can be worshipped. Jesus Christ became part of the God Family¡ªHe became a God being.

Notice what God Almighty says of Jesus Christ: But to the Son [Jesus Christ] He [God Almighty] says, ¡°Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever, and a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom.¡± (Hebrews 1:8) The Biblical accounts of the Kingdom of God are literally about the Family of God. When Jesus Christ returns to this earth in the Kingdom of God, He will return with 144,000 who will also be part of this Kingdom. The 144,000 are those whom God has molded and fashioned throughout the past six millennia, who have lived on earth as all other human beings. Now, however, they will be resurrected as spirit beings. They will no longer be physical, but they will be able to manifest themselves physically. They were made a little lower than the angels, but now they are greater¡ªthey too are members of the God Family¡ªGod beings, just as their elder brother Jesus Christ. The truth about God¡¯s purpose for creating human life goes far beyond anything man has ever imagined, even in fiction; and so it is very difficult to believe this truth. God purposed that human life be only temporary. His design and purpose is that we be changed from mortal to immortal, from temporary life to eternal life. This transition (this phase of creation) is something that God will offer every human as a matter of choice. God¡¯s ultimate purpose for creating man is that he is to become a part of the very Family of God, in the Kingdom of God¡ªa Kingdom of God beings. How will such a thing come to pass? Why Man Was Made Physical Now, one may ask, ¡°Why didn¡¯t God simply create us as spiritual God beings and immediate members of His Divine Family?¡± The answer is: God cannot create righteous character in individual160 Why Such Massive Destruction? beings because living according to God¡¯s righteousness is a matter of choice. Do you remember what happened to the angelic realm? If any being is given the power of independence with individual mental capacity, then that being also has the ability of free choice. Not everyone will choose God¡¯s perfect way of life, which is righteous behavior expressed in outgoing love and concern for others. A third of the angelic realm rebelled against the perfect way of God. Those angels chose another way that was based on ¡°get,¡± not ¡°give.¡± God knew the outcome that would result from giving free choice to created beings, and it was for this very reason that God was not going to create members of a God Family as He did the angelic realm. If He had created God beings as He did angelic beings, then the eventual destruction and rebellion from those who would not choose His way would be catastrophic to His creation and Family. To become a member of the God Family, God determined that everyone would be of the same mind as God Himself. They would need to be in full agreement with His one and only perfect way of life. For this to be possible, there would have to be perfect unity of spirit and purpose in life¡ªall being of one mind, yet individual in personality and experiences. It would be similar to the differences we see in each other. How could such a thing be accomplished? This is the very essence of why man was created physical. Man would have to go through a process of change in order to ultimately become a God being. God has revealed that the only way spirit beings can be entrusted as members in the God Family is by God reproducing Himself. Read the previous sentence again; this is what God is doing through mankind.

The angelic realm cannot reproduce. They are created beings. God created physical life that can reproduce after its kind. But in this process of each kind reproducing only after its own kind, each individual creature that is reproduced is different. Every one is unique. No two are exactly alike. No two human beings are exactly alike, yet all of us are human and can only reproduce that which is human. God has a plan to reproduce after His kind¡ªthe God kind¡ªin the Kingdom of God, with each member being different (no two alike). All those of the God kind (in God¡¯s Family) will have unity of spirit, purpose and mind. To become a part of the God kind, a complete transformation must take place in mankind. It must take place in the mind. It must be a complete transformation through a renewing of the mind (in the way man thinks). The mind must learn to be motivated by God¡¯s nature, not human nature. It is interesting to note that the Greek word for repentance means to ¡°think differently.¡± It is God¡¯s plan to help mankind to think differently than the way he does naturally. God plans for man to think as He (God) does, righteously. This is why mankind is told to ¡°let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus¡± (Philippians 2:5). It was necessary that man be made physical. Man was made subject to vanity, but what does this mean? God created man of physical matter. It can only produce temporary life. Man¡¯s life, without God, is futile and filled with vanity. God knew what physical human beings would do. God knew that humans would turn inwardly and become filled with vanity, filled with self¡ªselfish. This is the base nature of man. Everything is inward, based on the way of ¡°get.¡± The apostle John summed it up perfectly by explaining that man¡¯s motivation is based on the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life (1 John 2:16).162 Why Such Massive Destruction? An infant automatically learns these ways very early as it develops this selfish nature, a nature that pampers self.

This is true when a baby is hungry and uncomfortable. This process simply continues to develop as we grow older. Everyone is inward and selfish by nature. Some may disagree, but that will not change the truth. God gave us the capacity to do good and evil because He gave us free moral agency¡ªfree choice through independent thought. Our actions are choices we all make, and whether we choose to do good things or evil things, our nature is still selfish. This knowledge about ourselves can be an incredibly difficult thing to see and admit. Every choice produced from human nature is selfishly motivated. There is a great difference in behavior between God and man. Man¡¯s behavior (motivation and actions) is always based on the way of ¡°get,¡± while God¡¯s way is always based on the way of ¡°give.¡± Man¡¯s nature is selfish, always toward self. God¡¯s nature is giving¡ªalways away from self. God¡¯s nature is one of ¡°pure¡± love that is focused on the genuine benefit and welfare of others¡ªalways on the way of sharing. God¡¯s end-time apostle and prophesied ¡°Elijah to come¡± was Pastor Arnold Murray. He explained this basic nature of man in a way which can help a person begin to understand. He said that one of the best examples of human love that man can understand is that of a mother¡¯s love for her own child. It is a deeply-enduring kind of love that surpasses most examples of care and affection, which bind people together in a unique relationship of parent and child. But even in this example of a parent¡¯s love toward one¡¯s own child, there is still selfishness. Such love is limited. It is confined toward self¡ªtoward their ¡°own¡± child. This love is not capable of being extended toward other children in the same way.

So, whether or not we like the truth that our nature is totally selfishly motivated, we must all face it. God will bring everyone to a time when they will have to deal with their own selfish nature. This is not an easy thing to go through, but it forces us to address the most basic foundational truths in life as to why we were made physical and why we are here. The Choice of Life or Death The purpose for human life is that God is reproducing Himself. The bottom line in all this is that, in time, all human beings will be given the opportunity to choose whether or not they want to be in God¡¯s Family. However, when the time comes, it will not be an easy transition. We cannot become a part of God¡¯s Family with our current selfish nature because it is the opposite of God¡¯s nature. It is only through the experience of human life, of being made physical (as mortal human beings) with the selfish nature that such a life produces, that we can ever come to see (learn) what God is like when He begins to reveal Himself to us. It is only by this means that mankind can, eventually, be brought to a point where he can make such a momentous decision in life¡ªwhether he truly wants to become part of God¡¯s Family. Under man¡¯s current condition (state of life), he is incapable of making such an informed decision. God¡¯s plan involves bringing mankind to a time when each individual can make a more genuinely informed, objective decision concerning the most important choice in his or her life. When this time comes, and for those individuals who make the initial decision to choose God¡¯s way of life, the transition from human nature to God¡¯s nature begins a long struggle over time164 Why Such Massive Destruction? This change does not come easily because the choice for God¡¯s way of life is not as simple as yes or no. It will include a mental battle against your human nature, but God will provide the means to fight this battle successfully. However, you cannot really understand this battle until you have entered into it. Consider the time of life when entering puberty, the teen years, and finally, the transition into adulthood. These are not easy times. The struggle even continues throughout the various levels of maturity that can be attained throughout adult life. To receive what God wants for us, it will be far more difficult and far more complicated. The decision to become a part of the God Family will not be forced upon anyone. It will be a choice. Please understand that life is not owed to anyone. If you only have life as a human being, then you have been given so very much. Human life is a gift from God. It should be recognized as such, but sadly it is not by most people. Although, as I write this, I realize that there may be many on earth who possibly don¡¯t consider life to be such a good gift. Many are born into the wretched conditions of poverty, famine, disease, etc. However, these things are not God¡¯s fault. They are man¡¯s¡ªthe results of choices made by selfish mankind. God created the earth in beauty and abundance, and He gave mankind strong healthy bodies. Through his selfish nature, man has horribly polluted this world. Even the health of mankind has continually degenerated over the millennia because of disobedience to God. Every bad, oppressive thing in human life today is the result of man¡¯s own actions¡ªthe sins of mankind. Again, human life is not owed to anyone. It is a gift from God, and without God, there is nothing beyond it. You live, and then, you die. It is the cycle of human life. If you live a full life, then you will have accumulated many experiences¡ªsome good and some bad. Your life is what you make it. You have only yourself to blame for the wrong (bad) choices made along the way.

If God did not offer more, then this is all that there would be. You would live and then die. Many people do not like the idea of such finality. They prefer to believe that there is life after death. And indeed there is, but not in the way man thinks or wants! Man has rejected what God has told him and most religions have adopted a concept of life that continues, whether you have been good or evil. These teachings include the idea that when people die they simply go through some kind of transition to another dimension as some sort of immortal being, never to die again. Traditional Christianity teaches that everyone has an immortal soul that continues to live after death. This teaching is not true. It is an outright lie! Now, more than likely, this will make some people mad. But do you really think God cares if anyone gets mad over the truth? This is a great deal of the problem. People get mad at God because they do not like His ways. Something will have to change, and it will not be God. Man has a temporary existence; he is strictly physical. He has no immortal soul. The word ¡°soul¡± in scripture simply means life¡ªexistence. In Genesis, God says that he made animals living souls. Many twist what God said about the kind of life He gave to mankind: And the LORD [Eternal] God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life [Heb.¨C¡°life existing¡±], and man became a living [Heb.¨C¡°life existing¡±] soul [Heb.¨C¡°creature, being¡±]. (Genesis 2:7)166 Why Such Massive Destruction? Religious scholars have taken the term ¡°soul¡± to mean an ¡°immortal soul¡± that God placed in man, and man alone. Yet, here in Genesis, God shows that He made mankind a life-existing being. It is clear that God did the same thing for other forms of life, as He created them: And God created great whales, and every living [Heb.¨C¡°life existing¡±] creature [Heb.¨C¡°creature, being¡±] that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind, and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:21) The word ¡°creature¡± in this verse is the same as ¡°soul¡± in the previous example, where God was referring to mankind. Even translators of the Bible have tried to hide the truth in these matters in an attempt to keep the idea of a ¡°soul¡± completely unique to man, saying that he has an immortal life dwelling within him. There are many other examples of animals that God gave a ¡°living soul.¡± Therefore, being created a ¡°living soul¡± has nothing to do with immortality. It only has to do with a living existence.

There is a life that is a physical existence (temporary), and there is a life that is a spiritual existence (ever-living). Man has only been given the gift of temporary, physical existence, but God¡¯s plan includes eventually offering him spiritual, ever-living existence. Once again, please understand that physical life is not owed to anyone and neither is eternal life, since it too is a gift from God. Obviously, eternal life is a far greater gift than physical life; but it also carries with it immensely greater responsibility. In time, all mankind will be offered eternal life or eternal death. What does this mean? God gave to every human being who has ever lived the gift of physical existence. In His time, God will offer each person the knowledge of how they can receive the gift of eternal life in His Family, and then the choice to accept it. Those who do not choose God¡¯s way will not be given eternal life, but they will be given eternal death. It is a choice. Eternal life is not owed to anyone. The only way to receive eternal life is to come to the understanding that only God¡¯s way of life is true and right. Every other way brings sorrow, destruction, suffering, misery, and every evil that degrades life. There is only one way of life that produces genuine happiness, peace, prosperity, rich relationships, etc., and that is God¡¯s way of life¡ªthere is no other. Lucifer did not choose this way and neither did a third of the angelic realm. Not all of mankind will choose God¡¯s way, and as a result of rejecting the true ways of God, these people will be choosing eternal death, since this is the penalty for rejecting God¡¯s way. God¡¯s 7,000 Year Plan

This web site has discussed the 7,000 year plan of God. It has focused on what is about to happen on earth as the result of mankind coming to the end of 6,000 years of self-rule, which God allotted him. Although the complete story is more involved, the remainder of this chapter will summarize (though condensed) God¡¯s purpose that is being worked out. Then, it will be explained ¡°why¡± such horrifying events must unfold, as they will, at this very end-time. God predetermined that He would reproduce Himself. He plans to have billions born into His God Family¡ªthe Kingdom of God. This plan includes creating mankind and, in time, offering mankind the awesome blessing of becoming part of His Family.

The only way to become God is to be born human first Why Such Massive Destruction? It is a necessary stage of life that makes possible the impregnation of God¡¯s life, which, in turn, can lead to being born into spiritual (eternal) life as a God being. More of this process will be covered in the next chapter. It is a story that is thrilling beyond imagination. It is one that can only begin to be told in its greater fullness now.

From the beginning, God told man to populate the earth. Throughout the past six millennia, mankind has indeed populated the earth. Billions of people have lived and died. Those who have died are still dead. They have simply returned to the dust of the earth. However, there is the spiritual essence that God has retained (it contains no life in itself). God will give physical life once again, ¡°in His time,¡± in a great resurrection. That¡¯s right! God will resurrect all who have ever lived and died. They will be resurrected to physical life once again. God will do this at the end of the 7,000 years of man¡¯s allotted time to populate and live on the earth or after the great white thrown judgement. Mankind must learn that the way of selfish human nature is incapable of producing lasting peace, happiness, prosperity, and fullness of life. The way of ¡°get¡± (selfish, pride-filled motivation) produces sorrow, pain, suffering, competition, envy, jealousy, greed, anger, resentment, bitterness, wars, oppression, disease, hunger, lust, opposition, sexual perversion, depression, crime, debate, etc. Only God¡¯s way produces all that is good and richly fulfilling, with everlasting happiness and peace in life. Six millennia of man¡¯s self-rule is the proof and the true witness (testimony) of the ways of mankind. This is the reason why God gave mankind such a long time to experience his own way. This history will prove to mankind that all his ways have failed. Every government, religion, and civilization of man has failed. Those that exist now are failing, and all would end in self-annihilation if God did not stop it. With so much overwhelming proof, man will be better equipped and more easily able to acknowledge that all of man¡¯s ways lead to destruction (as Lucifer¡¯s did), and that only God knows the way to lasting peace and fullness of life.

Overwhelming proof (evidence) of man¡¯s dismal failure through six thousand years of self-rule, along with the following one thousand years of God¡¯s rule, which will serve as the ultimate contrast, will properly equip man to more easily acknowledge the perfect ways of God. As night is to day, so is man¡¯s selfish way to God¡¯s way. The Great Resurrection After the 1,000 year reign of Jesus Christ and the 144,000 God beings with Him, the seven-thousand year plan of God will come to a close. The allotted time for man to populate the earth only will have come to a close. At this time a most awesome event will occur. Man has remained blind and ignorant of this great phase of God¡¯s plan. All who have ever lived and died will be resurrected to physical life once more. There will no longer be reproduction of human life, but there will be a one hundred year period of time for man to live and be judged by God¡¯s way of life. Everyone will learn of God and be ruled by the same government which ruled during the previous one thousand years under Jesus Christ. There will be only one religion on earth; there will be only one government. Every baby who died after birth and every child who ever died will be resurrected to live a full life. All who are resurrected will know the great Eternal God and His ruling Family. At this time, God will work to save mankind and offer him eternal life in His Family. Traditional Christianity teaches that God has been trying. Why Such Massive Destruction? desperately to save the world. No, He has not! This is not the time for judgment and salvation to be offered to mankind. God intended to offer salvation only to the 144,000, so that they could reign in His new government at the end of man¡¯s self-rule. In this great resurrection, everyone will be given life in a healthy, whole, physical body. Those who were young when they died will be given the same young body (but whole and healthy) as they had previously. All those who were old when they died will be given a whole and healthy body of middle age. People will be given the same features (but whole and healthy) as they had at death or middle age. They will recognize one another. Everyone¡¯s memories will be the same as if they had simply fallen asleep and were awakened. This is an encapsulated version of the awesome plan which God has for all mankind. This plan is soon to be revealed far more fully to all mankind. An awesome world lies just ahead, but before that time comes, mankind will experience the worst time of tribulation the earth has ever witnessed. Thankfully, God will not allow this time to last for more than three and one-half years. As we enter the next 1,100 years, salvation will begin to be offered to all of mankind. Everyone will have the opportunity to know God. Over the past 6,000 years, only 144,000 people have been separated from the rest of mankind to be worked with personally by God; in order to be molded, fashioned and trained by Him, so that they could rule with Jesus Christ in His Kingdom. The 144,000, like Jesus Christ, will not live a second time in physical bodies. On the day that Jesus Christ returns to this earth, the 144,000 will be resurrected and given eternal life in spiritual bodies. This will be the first great resurrection.

This is the subject near the end of the Book of Revelation which has puzzled those who have read it: And I saw thrones, and they [the 144,000] sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them . . . and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead [all others who died over the previous 6,000 years] lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection [speaking of the 144,000]. Blessed and holy is he that has part in the f i r s t resurrection because the second death has no power over them, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (Revelation 20:4-6) The 144,000 will be in the first resurrection. They will reign with Jesus Christ. Death will no longer have power over them because they have been resurrected to immortal life as spirit beings¡ªGod beings of the God Family. A second death is possible only for those who will be resurrected to physical life a second time. They will be the only human beings who can die a second death. It will be during the last one hundred years that all who have ever died will be resurrected again to physical life. All will have the opportunity to choose and live God¡¯s way of life during this time. Those who choose this life, live it, and conquer carnal human nature (selfish nature) will have the same opportunity as the 144,000. They will be resurrected (changed) to immortal spirit life as members of the God Family in the Kingdom of God¡ªas God beings. God¡¯s plan beyond this point, and on into eternity, is far beyond human comprehension. There is good news beyond the suffering of human self-rule. Thankfully we are almost there! Why Such Massive Destruction? The Big Question This brings us back to the beginning of the chapter. Knowing that this world is about to enter a time which will have enormous global destruction, in which billions will die, the big question is ¡°Why?¡± Why will God allow this? Why will such a thing have to happen? Why won¡¯t God prevent it? Simply put, mankind does not want God¡¯s way. People must learn what their selfish ways produce. Man has always rejected God, except for those few (the 144,000) through time whom God has specifically called, converted, and personally molded and fashioned to be among the first to enter His Kingdom. These are a unique group of men and women. They have fought far greater battles than those in the future will have to fight because their battles were fought during man¡¯s time of self-rule. The 144,000, who have conquered and overcome, have paved the way for all others who follow. The rest of mankind, over the next 1,100 years, will have things much easier. Over the past six millennia, the people of God have suffered great persecution from the rest of the world around them, even while fighting their own human nature, in order to develop Godly character. The world will become thankful to Jesus Christ for all He has gone through to be their Passover sacrifice, High Priest, and King. People will also become thankful for the faithfulness of the 144,000 who have helped pave the way for them, so that they can more easily become a part of God¡¯s Family. Yes, man has consistently refused God¡¯s way. People have rejected and refused His prophets and ministers because they have hated the message they were bringing. This behavior has been consistent for six millennia! Human beings want God to give them a different way, one that is more to their own liking and design. It just doesn¡¯t work that way! Only God¡¯s way works. All others fail.

It will be difficult for people to come to understand (believe) that their nature is adamantly rebellious against the truth of God¡ªagainst the ways of God¡ªagainst God! This will be especially true for those who consider themselves to be religious (who believe they already know God). Man is actually defiantly resistant to God. Our nature is so filled with pride and selfishness that it takes so very much to bring us to our knees¡ªto humility¡ªbefore our Creator. I am one of God¡¯s two end-time prophets, the one sent by the Almighty God to all mankind at this end-time. Even so, people will not listen and turn to God simply because I have published this web site. People have not listened to God¡¯s prophets. They have not changed even though they were given the words of God. It is an age-old story! God has given me the words in this book, but people will not readily receive them. They will resist God¡¯s truth because of their stubborn, haughty pride. As a result, they will have to endure great suffering until they are finally humbled (if they are humbled at all). This is the way it has been for 6,000 years. Because of such nature, people must suffer in order to learn the ultimate lesson for mankind¡ªwe are not capable of ruling ourselves. Given today¡¯s technology, if God did not step in now, it would only be a very short time before humanity would destroy God¡¯s creation, just as Lucifer did! God is not responsible for the horrific evil we see in the world today. Had God not withheld technology from us, we would have already destroyed ourselves along with all other forms of life. Because we are so stubborn and filled with pride and will not accept this, God must allow us to prove this truth to ourselves.174 Why Such Massive Destruction? Mankind is responsible for the destruction that will come upon the world, which will begin when the Seventh Seal is opened and the Seven Trumpets begin to sound. It will be at the end of this three and one-half year period, on the very last day, that God will intervene to stop the madness of humanity and bring an end to mankind¡¯s destructive self-rule. On this very last day, God will destroy the two great armies that will be destroying the earth. A very merciful and loving God will bring an end to man¡¯s self-annihilation. Not only that, God also will move the spirit world to facilitate in limiting the great tribulation to exactly three and one-half years. God will speed along a natural course of events that would otherwise be spread over many more years of human suffering and torment, which mankind would bring upon himself. Yes, God could prevent all of it, but mankind wouldn¡¯t learn anything! Actually, man would resist God¡¯s new government.

You may not believe any of this now, but you will come to believe all of it. You may believe at some point during the great tribulation, when you see the truth of this web site come to life. However, most people will refuse to acknowledge the truth (giving in to strong, selfish pride) and die during this great tribulation. They will be resurrected in the last one hundred years when they will be given opportunity to once again embrace the truth. At that time, it will be difficult to refuse the truth, since people will be able to see a beautiful new world under God¡¯s rule. Sadly, human pride is much deeper than you can imagine. It actually will take the horror of this coming end-time tribulation to bring people to the point where, finally, they will begin to acknowledge their own ways and become willing to honestly consider God¡¯s.

The process whereby mankind is offered eternal life in God¡¯s Family is not an easy one. A very merciful and loving God has exercised great patience with mankind to bring us to the time just ahead of us¡ªthe time for His righteous reign on earth.

The final Mistery: In regard to the title of this chapter, many may ask the question, ¡°What mystery?¡± Depending upon your religious background, you may not believe there is any mystery about God. You may believe that you know who God is. The religions of the world have different ideas about God. Even the groups in traditional Christianity (denominational or nondenominational) have different ideas about God. This is obvious, since each believes that its God teaches mankind something different from all others. And, as we have already covered, each believes it is correct. They are not! God is not divided. There is only one true God of all mankind, and He teaches mankind only one way, one truth and one faith. In this chapter, I am going to tell you about the one true God¡ªthe God of Abraham. Many of you believe you already know Him. You do not¡ªnot as you will be shown! It is my hope that each person reading this has the courage to read the entire chapter before passing judgment. Whether you do or do not believe what you read here has much to do with whether you will have opportunity to live into the new millennial period that is about to be established on this earth.

Once again, it is my duty to tell you that what is written in this book is not my own opinions, ideas or prejudices, but that this is from Almighty God. Furthermore, I am to repeat that I am an end-time prophet of the God of Abraham and one of His prophesied end-time witnesses. You are not accustomed to hearing such things because God has not sent a prophet to mankind for nearly two thousand years, and God has never sent a prophet to speak to the whole world as He has given me to do now. Every religion on earth has gone astray! Over the past several hundred years, mankind has continued to drift farther and farther away from truth about God. All of Judaism is in error! They do not now know the God of Abraham. All of Islam is in error! They do not now know the God of Abraham. All of Christianity is in error! They do not now know the God of Abraham. The only exception is God¡¯s true Church. As God foretold for the end-time, a great apostasy did occur in His true Church, and, as a result, God separated the Church from His presence because of their disobedience. However, God has awakened a remnant of all who were scattered, just as He said He would do, and He has brought them back into a true relationship with Him. All others who were scattered have now reorganized into over five hundred different groups. All have fallen asleep spiritually or have completely abandoned the truth (apostatized). They no longer have a genuine relationship with178 The Mystery of God Revealed God. They do not know most of what will be covered in this chapter concerning who God is because God reserved this knowledge to be revealed through His end-time prophet¡ªme.

God did this, in part, as a sign of who He is working through as one of the two end-time witnesses. This knowledge is for those who will yet be drawn by God, repent of their error and join the remnant to live on into the millennial period, either as one of the 144,000 or among those who will continue on in God¡¯s Church¡ªin the Body of Christ. The Great Deception Over the past 6,000 years, it has not been God¡¯s purpose to reveal Himself to the world, however, throughout the next 1,000 years, God¡¯s purpose is to reveal Himself mightily to all mankind. This process is beginning, even now, through the pages of this book.

In the beginning, God revealed Himself to Adam and Eve. They rejected the knowledge of God, and thereby rejected God by deciding for themselves what was good and evil. They rejected the authority of God and established themselves as the authority to judge what was the best way of life to live. As we have already covered, everyone has chosen this same course by deciding for themselves what is best. This is the way of pride. Everyone is filled with the same spirit as Adam and Eve, judging for themselves what they will believe, yet always rejecting the truth from God. God knew what Adam and Eve would do, just as He knew that all mankind would do the same. From the beginning until now, God began calling people out of the world (out from the ways of man) in order to reveal Himself and His only true way to them. God did this on an individual by individual basis. If you have not read the previous chapters, you will not be able to grasp all that is being revealed in this chapter. Again, it must be understood as the most basic knowledge of God that God has a very specific plan for mankind, whereby He will offer eternal salvation to everyone¡ªbut in His own perfect time. Part of this basic knowledge is that God¡¯s plan includes letting man follow his own ways for the first 6,000 years on earth. Man was to rule himself by being allowed to choose his own ways, and because of man¡¯s selfish nature, he would always reject God¡¯s true ways. The only exception to this over the past six millennia is those whom God would call out of the world. God called these in order to train them to become part of His ruling government in the one thousand year reign of His Kingdom on earth.

This knowledge is basic and focal to God¡¯s overall plan and purpose for mankind¡¯s existence. This is why the seventh-day Sabbath of God is so very important to man. The seven-day week is a constant sign of God¡¯s complete plan for man. The first six days (first 6,000 years) were allotted to man to work and pursue his own ways, but the seventh day is God¡¯s. It is His time to teach man His ways and to reveal Himself to man. The seventhday Sabbath pictures the next 1,000 years of God¡¯s reign that will come to this earth when Jesus Christ returns as King of kings. The loss of this basic knowledge and man¡¯s disobedience to observing the Sabbaths as God commands are the reasons man does not know the times in which we now live. This is the very reason why man is ignorant of the fact that God¡¯s Kingdom is about to be established on earth. God knew that Adam and Eve, as well as all of mankind, would reject His true ways. During the first four thousand years, man continued to remain in ignorance of who God truly is.182 The Mystery of God Revealed fancied himself as a kind of priest and prophet who practiced the arts of astrology and mysticism. He was received by many as a wise man, a prophet and a priest. Many people held Simon Magus in high regard and followed what he said because they believed he was from God. In Samaria, some of these same people heard Phillip teaching about Jesus Christ and they believed what he preached concerning the Kingdom of God, so they were baptized. Simon believed much of what Phillip was preaching and he followed him, witnessing many of the signs and miracles that were done through him. All this fascinated Simon Magus. When Simon saw Peter and John laying hands upon those who had been baptized, he witnessed these people receiving the power of the Holy Spirit from God. Simon wanted this same power, and he offered the disciples money if they would lay hands upon him; but Peter chastised him, knowing that Simon Magus did not grasp what he had witnessed concerning what God was doing in His Church. Simon simply wanted the same power in order to be like Peter and John, but he did not want the truth the disciples were teaching. After this, Simon Magus gave up his quest to become great among the disciples. Instead, he set out to reestablish his own influence over people by using mysticism and cunning deception, just as he had been doing before. He did this in order to be accepted as some great teacher who had received special powers from God, just like the disciples. Two Branches of Christianity Simon Magus became the father of one of the greatest deceptions ever foisted upon mankind. He set out to establish a counterfeit of what he saw the disciples doing. In order to accomplish his new pursuit of self-aggrandizement, he went so far as to take upon himself the name of the chief apostle to the Jewish people, Simon Peter. Since the disciples were establishing a church, he continued his great lie by establishing his own version of Christianity and a different church.

He began to mix his own ideas and past beliefs with what he had witnessed and learned from Peter, John and Phillip. It was from this very moment in time that a counterfeit of the true Church emerged on the scene. Two branches, both calling themselves Christian, began to grow. One would always be small, and it would always be rejected by the world. This small Church was the one, true branch because it was from God and it was sustained by His great power. It is the true Church of God. The other branch was counterfeit and became filled with pagan rituals and teachings. It was established by Simon (Magus) Peter and it grew and flourished, becoming larger and more popular in the world. God¡¯s Church has never greatly flourished; it has not been popular in the world. Many are going to hate this knowledge about a counterfeit tree of Christianity because man resists the truth of God and seeks to hold onto his own ways which are false. It doesn¡¯t really matter who gets mad or who hates what is being said. Those with such attitudes are going to have a very difficult road to walk in the next few years before Jesus Christ returns. God is not concerned with the whimpering, irritated and puffed up egos of those who refuse Him and insist on following their own stubborn beliefs in counterfeit Christianity. All counterfeit Christianity is about to be destroyed!

This new church of Simon (Peter) Magus called itself Christian. The traditional Christianity of today has its roots in that great false church. The Mystery of God Revealed But all their works [Jewish religious teachers] that they do is to be seen of men. They make their phylacteries broad [this referenced apparel worn to signify their eagerness, above other people, to be reminded of the law of God, and their desire for people to see them as being more righteous than others], and enlarge the borders of their garments [an effort to make their garments appear different from others¡ªto look religious]. They love the uppermost rooms at feasts [their motivation was to be seen by others as important], and the chief seats in the synagogues [they thirsted for power and authority over others]. They seek special greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But don¡¯t you be called Rabbi [as a religious title] for one is your Master [religious title], even Christ and all of you are brothers. Do not call any man your Father on the earth [as a religious title], for one is your Father who is in heaven. Neither are you to be called Masters, for one is your Master, even Christ. He that is greatest among you shall be your servant [God¡¯s prophets and ministers are not to be served, but to serve others]. Whoever shall exalt himself shall be abased, and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. (Matthew 23:5-12) The counterfeit Christianity adopted the practice of the false priests of the pagan religions and that of the teachers of Judaism.

They did not adopt the religious title of Rabbi since that was fully Jewish in origin. Instead, they eventually incorporated titles of Father, Reverend and Pastor. The chief title of this new religion belonged to the one who was considered to have preeminence over all others, and that title was Pope [the Father of all Fathers].

God¡¯s servants do not use religious titles that belong to God. They do, however, have job descriptions that identify their specific service to God. Some are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, elders, etc., but these descriptions are never to be used as a religious title or personal greeting (address or acknowledgment to be received from others). Other Deceptions There are only two branches, known as Christianity, that have their roots in the first century A.D. One is the true Church of God that has always existed since it began in 31 A.D. This Church has always carried the identity to whom it belongs¡ªGod. The other church is the Catholic Church. No other churches can be traced back to this beginning in the first century. All other churches have either split off from the true Church of God after abandoning the truth, or they have splintered off from the Catholic Church to form their own organization (or from some other such splinter). Some of these churches that exist to this day include: the Lutheran Church, Church of England, Baptist Church, Methodists, etc. Furthermore, the earliest of these didn¡¯t form until the sixteenth century, A.D. Therefore, it took nearly 1,500 years before any other group emerged that called itself Christian. The list of counterfeit teachings is far too long to address here. Another book would need to be written. There are numerous pagan teachings that have merged into a framework, mimicking parts of Christianity. Some of the teachings of paganism that involved sun god worship included the birth of a son to a virgin mother. Satan knew God¡¯s plan of a future Son and counterfeited it long before the time of Jesus Christ. Statues of a mother and child being worshiped by followers of paganism existed for188 The Mystery of God Revealed centuries before Jesus was born. Indeed, statues and other religious relics have always been a part of pagan worship. In pagan worship, as part of a great religious observance that celebrated the birth of a son to the sun god, was the celebration of the winter solstice somewhere in the time period of late December to early January. Hence, it was not a difficult thing to counterfeit this pagan teaching by saying that this was the time of Jesus¡¯ birth, and thereby merge a semblance of the two religions. However, nearly all ¡°religious scholars¡± will acknowledge that Jesus Christ was not born in this season of the year, but at a time nearer September. Some people get upset and ask, ¡°What does it matter as long as Christmas is about honoring and worshipping Jesus Christ?¡± It is wrong because it is not from God. Al l religious worship and observance is to be done exactly the way God commands. God further commands that we are not to add to, or take away from, what He commands us. Doing things our way instead of God¡¯s way is the very problem that has existed since Adam and Eve, and this is the very thing which God is about to correct on this earth. Another great deception concerns the teaching of a doctrine that has its origin in the false teaching of Easter.

This topic will serve as part of an introduction into the content for the remainder of this writing, regarding the mystery of God that is being revealed.

It is helpful to understand the great deception that surrounds this false doctrine so that you might be able to begin to see what is actually true and what has held traditional Christianity captive for centuries. By 325 A.D. the Catholic Church had become very strong, and it had great religious appeal among the populace as well as leaders in government. The Council of Nicea was called by the Catholic Church to address some foundational doctrines of their church that would carry powerful influence over all who would follow this same false course, even among the later splinter organizations.

The true Church of God, at this time, had remained small and was hated by others in the Catholic Church. Up to this time, and ever since, this great false church has been the primary persecutor of God¡¯s Church and has been responsible for the slaughter of many of God¡¯s people. This information may be hard for you to hear, but you must come to grips with this knowledge now or you will have to do so in your resurrection after the thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ. God is not playing games with the world. Mankind will no longer be able to simply ignore God and continue on his merry way. God is bringing this great false system to a close! It will be destroyed, and all organizations that have copied it will be destroyed as well. Notice what God actually has to say about this great false church and all who have been born of her teachings: Then one of the seven angels which had the seven vials [this is one of the angels that had one of the vials of the seven last plagues, which will be poured out on the very day of Christ¡¯s return] came to me and talked to me, and said to me, ¡°Come here and I will show you the judgment of the great whore [God uses this term to describe her great spiritual whoredom used to deceive and attract people to a false religious system that calls itself of God] who sits upon many waters [a description of power, political influence and control], with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication [spiritually], and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication [people have been seduced and190 The Mystery of God Revealed made spiritually drunk on her false whorish ways].¡± So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness, and I saw a woman [Catholic Church] sit upon a scarlet colored beast that was full of names of blasphemy, and having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls [this church has always had great wealth], having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. On her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH [the harlots are all other churches that have their roots in the Catholic Church] And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus [responsible for the death of many of God¡¯s people], and when I saw her, I was amazed with great astonishment. (Revelation 17:1-6)

If you are beginning to see a bit of the picture, you will see that God is getting ready to finally bring an end to this great whore and all her harlot daughters. Does anything calling itself of God or Christian carry any weight with God if it is formed in disobedience? No! Many of the harlot daughters of the Catholic Church think they are fully separate from her, but they are not. They do not grasp that their roots are deeply embedded in her. Before we continue with the importance of the Council of Nicea, it is first needful to describe a few of the false beliefs originating from the Catholic Church. Some of the most hideous teachings of the Catholic Church, which hold traditional Christianity in captivity to deception, are focal to most of these religious organizations. I will mention a few of these false teachings and explain what is actually true.

The seventh-day Sabbath has been perverted into a doctrine of Sunday worship. Easter is observed instead of the Passover, which was replaced by the Council of Nicea. Christmas, Halloween, Lent, and Communion all have their roots in paganism and have been instituted to replace God¡¯s annual Holy Days. The truth about a future resurrection to physical life once again in God¡¯s world has been replaced by ideas of an immortal soul that goes to either heaven or hell at death (or some place between). Jesus Christ said that the only sign He would leave that would prove He was who He said (the Messiah and man¡¯s Passover) is that He would be dead and in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. He died late Wednesday afternoon and was placed in the heart of the earth just before sundown on that day. He was resurrected exactly three days later on late Saturday afternoon, just before sunset. So when the two Marys came to His burial site before sunrise the following morning, the angels told them He had already risen. But the Catholic Church has taught the world that Jesus died on ¡°Good Friday¡± and was resurrected on early Sunday morning. Both are a lie! This would mean Jesus Christ was not our Passover sacrifice and that He is not the Christ, since they teach He was only in the heart of the earth for a maximum of two nights and one day. Another great false teaching, which will be covered more in the subject of the Council of Nicea, is that God is a Trinity. It is taught that the holy spirit is a separate spirit being. This too is a lie! The holy spirit is the power of God. The Trinity is a kind of spiritual Three Musketeers stating that the Father, the holy spirit, and Jesus Christ are eternal beings who each are separate and yet192 The Mystery of God Revealed are one. It is a great mystery because there is no truth in it. The awesome truth about God, which has been a mystery to mankind, will be fully revealed in this chapter. Any religious groups holding to any of these false doctrines are themselves false! They received these false doctrines from the Catholic Church. Easter is nowhere mentioned in the Bible.

The Mass of Christ (Christmas) is nowhere mentioned in scripture. The Trinity is not mentioned in the Bible anywhere, and neither are any of these other false doctrines I have mentioned. They are fables of the Catholic Church and God condemns them all. God is getting ready to destroy every false religion and everyone who insists on holding onto them. If you have any desire to live into the new world that is coming, then you must repent of these false doctrines you have been embracing. The Council of Nicea In 325 A.D., the Catholic Church convened the Council of Nicea. I will simply cover the highlights of this momentous event. The Passover was in controversy and the Catholic Church wanted to be rid of it, since it wanted to be fully separate from all ties that associated it with the true Church of God, which faithfully observed the yearly Passover. It also wanted to distance itself from Judaism. The annual observance of Passover was replaced with the observance of Easter, which itself was rife with pagan practices (eggs, rabbits, fertility, hot cross buns, sunrise worship of the sun god, the resurrection of Tammuz, and the queen of heaven¡ªIshtar and Ashtoreth). God did not establish a holy observance for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but only for His death in the observance of the yearly Passover. The Catholic Church even perverted the Passover observance by instituting weekly Communion. The taking of a piece of unleavened bread and the drinking of a small amount of wine is a yearly observance God commanded His Church, called Passover, which represents the religious significance of Christ¡¯s broken body and the blood that He poured out for our sins. By substituting Easter for Passover, the Catholic Church was also attempting to give credibility to Sunday worship rather than the seventh-day Sabbath. By observing Easter and saying that Jesus Christ was resurrected at sunrise on a Sunday morning, it could then say Christ should be worshiped on Sundays. But as it has been stated, Jesus Christ had already risen before Sunday even began. He was resurrected just prior to sundown on the seventh day, before the first day of the week began. God gave man the method of how to count a day, counting from the moment of sundown of one day to the moment of sundown of the next. As an example, throughout the Bible the weekly seventhday Sabbath was always observed from sundown on the sixth day (Friday) to sundown on the seventh day (Saturday). The early Greeks and Romans used the method of counting a day from midnight to midnight. Not only did the Council of Nicea seek to destroy the true identity of Jesus Christ by instituting Easter, it also sought to destroy knowledge of the true identity of the Eternal God by instituting the perverted, sick and damnable doctrine of the Trinity. These two doctrines have been Satan¡¯s greatest and most fruitful attempts to deceive mankind into greater ignorance of who Jesus Christ and God the Father are. The identity and revelation of who the true Jesus Christ is was covered in Mathew and other gospels. The true Jesus Christ is not the one pictured with long hair, hanging lifelessly on a cross that the Catholic Church has deceived194 The Mystery of God Revealed people into worshipping. Jesus Christ is God and He did die for our sins as our Passover, but He is very much alive and He exercises great power within the Church. He is about to return as His name Messiah (Christ) means, as the King of all kings who will reign for 1,000 years on earth over all mankind. The God of Abraham The books of the Bible were written over a long span of time. Through Moses, God recorded the events of the creation of Adam and Eve, on through the time of Noah and the flood, and on into the events that led up to the calling of Sarah and Abraham. The life of Abraham was covered earlier in this book as the story of two of Abraham¡¯s sons unfolded¡ªthe story of Ishmael and Isaac. Then the story of Moses¡¯ calling was recorded, which surrounded the events of the Exodus out of Egypt. The first five books of the Bible cover this full span of time from Adam to the death of Moses. As time progressed and God continued to inspire more books of the Bible to be written, God gave increasing knowledge about Himself and His plan for mankind. After hundreds of years of written record given through the prophets, God sent His Son into the world. The events of the life of Jesus Christ, and those things He taught, are recorded primarily in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Then, less than seventy years passed when the final book was written by John¡ªthe Book of Revelation. It was written a little over 1900 years ago. As the books of the Bible grew in number, so did the revelation of the knowledge of God increase. Yet most of that knowledge remained a mystery to man, except for those whom God called. From the very beginning, God increasingly revealed more about Himself to His people (those whom He called) Through time, very few (only those who were called) were able to come to know God. To all others, God remained a mystery, even to the nation of Israel. Although God had called Israel out of Egypt, as a physical nation through whom He would work out much of His plan, Israel was not given the spirit of God, whereby it might truly know Him. Since man, by nature, rejects the true knowledge of God, only those whom God called out of the world could accept Him and come to know Him. The words of God that are recorded in scripture are not able to be understood by simply reading or by one¡¯s own intellectual interpretations. Therefore, man has been unable to know who God truly is. God reveals His words, and therefore Himself, through the power of His spirit to those whom He calls. God communicates directly with them, to their mind, through the spirit essence He has given to mankind. God is not limited to communication by means of the written word or vocal language. When people hear God¡¯s words spoken to them, or when they read them, the only way to understand (in spirit and truth) is if God grants the hearer the power of revelation from His spirit, which is communicated to the spirit essence in their mind. So only those whom God has called have been able to truly understand what God has recorded and who God is. As time has progressed, God has continued to reveal more to His people, but not to the world. However, we are now entering the time when God is going to begin doing just that¡ªreveal His will and purpose to all mankind. So who is the God of Abraham? After the flood, mankind began to repopulate the earth. Over three hundred and fifty years after the flood, God decided to call196 The Mystery of God Revealed Abram (Abraham), who was of the lineage of Shem (one of Noah¡¯s sons). Noah taught Abram about the ways of God, and as God worked with Abram he learned to obey God. God chose this one man (Abraham) through whom He would raise up a nation of people to help fulfill His purpose for mankind. The most important part of this purpose would be the birth of Jesus Christ who descended from Abraham:

Now the ETERNAL ONE [translated often as LORD or JEHOVAH] said unto Abram, ¡°Get you out of your country, and away from your relatives, and away from your father's house, into a land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great.¡± (Genesis 12:1-2) God worked through the lineage of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It was Jacob¡¯s family who moved into Egypt during a time of great drought, and there they remained for four hundred and thirty years before God finally delivered them through the great Exodus. By this time, the people of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had grown to a size of approximately six million people. They had become enslaved by the Egyptians. They had grown into a nation of people and now God was going to work with them in this very way¡ªas a nation. God had changed Jacob¡¯s name to Israel, and this nation would carry his new name. God told Abraham He was going to make of him (Abraham) a nation of people through whom He would work. The time had come for God to separate this nation as one people, and He groomed Moses for this task. It is at this point that God chose to begin to reveal more about Himself as the God of Abraham. God began to reveal, from this period of time, His purpose for working through a nation of people that He had determined would come through Abraham The very knowledge God revealed about Himself, during this time, is the very knowledge that is rejected by others. The three religions of the world¡ªChristianity, Islam and Judaism¡ªwhich have their roots in Abraham, all reject this knowledge. Even God¡¯s own Church, during the time of the Philadelphia era (1936 to 1986), did not fully understand all that God has revealed at this time.,p. There is no need at this time to go into further explanation of what I am about to say, although more will be given. But to put everything in the most basic terms, you need to be bluntly shown why man is ignorant of the true God of Abraham. Simply stated, Judaism rejects the Passover that was revealed during this time, and therefore, does not know God. Islam rejects Israel (which is not only about modern-day Israel) and God¡¯s purpose for working through this nation, so it does not know God. Traditional Christianity rejects the Eternal One as the one true God, and therefore, it does not know God or His purpose for mankind. Having read this, you may believe it isn¡¯t true due to your faith (beliefs), and if this is the case, then this is your problem! If you will exercise a little patience and continue reading, you may begin to understand and come to see the true God of Abraham. There is so much confusion today about the true identity of God. Regarding the example just mentioned, the whole world has rejected the true knowledge of Israel, even those who identify themselves today as the nation of Israel. They are not the Israel of the Bible. The modern-day nation of Israel is primarily made up of the ancient nation of Judah¡ªthe Jewish people. Actually, the light of the present-day first time where Jew is mentioned in the Bible, it says they were at war with Israel. How is this possible in belief of all three major religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism) that the Jews are Israel?

Notice the evidence: Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem [over Judah] for sixteen years, but he did not do that which was right in the sight of the ETERNAL his God like his father David had done. [Jerusalem was the capital city for the nation of Judah] . . . Then Rezin, the king of Syria, and Pekah, the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, came up to Jerusalem to war [against Judah] and they besieged Ahaz, but they could not conquer him. At that time, Rezin, king of Syria, recovered Elath for Syria, and drove the Jews from Elath. Then the Syrians came to Elath and they have dwelt there unto this day. (2 Kings 16:2, 5-6) After the reign of King Solomon (David¡¯s son), the nation of Israel separated from the nation of Judah. From this time forward, each nation had its own kings who reigned over them. The nation of Israel was conquered by the Assyrians (Germanic people) in 722 B.C., and Judah was later conquered by Babylon around 586 B.C. The nation of Judah remained captive for seventy years in Babylon, at which time they began to move back to Jerusalem and the land they had previously occupied as Judah. The nation of Israel was moved into regions of western Europe after their captivity by Assyria, and Assyria repopulated their land with the people of Samaria.

The nation of Israel would no longer be known by this name. They became known as the lost ten tribes of Israel. The nation of Judah was primarily composed of two tribes, Levi and Judah, and today these people are known as the Jews, regardless of where they live in the world. But the ten tribes that make up the single nation of Israel are unknown by the world today because the world is ignorant of the God of Abraham and all that He has shown concerning His plan which is still being worked out in this world¡ªmuch of which is through those lost ten tribes. The reason this book and The Prophesied End-Time have so much to say about specific events that will take place in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, and much of western Europe is that these nations are very specifically identified as the descendents of those lost ten tribes of Israel! End-time events focus first on the demise of these nations over the next couple of years. These events have everything to do with knowing the true God of Abraham. How can people know God if they reject what He tells them? It is like listening to someone explain who they are, but insisting that everything they say about themselves is not true. When anyone comes to know someone else, they do so as the thoughts (the thinking) of the other person begin to be shared through their speech and actions. The sharing of the contents of our minds reveals the way we are, and this sharing identifies each one of us as unique and individual. But if we reject what we see in another¡¯s actions and we do not accept what is true concerning the thoughts they share with us, then we can never really come to know them. Certainly, we would not be able to have any meaningful relationship with them. And so it is with man toward the Eternal God¡ªthe God of Abraham. The God of Abraham Revealed As God was giving Moses charge to lead Israel out of Egypt, He began to reveal more about Himself and His purpose for mankind. Before God began to reveal His purpose, He first began to reveal who He was:200 The Mystery of God Revealed God [Hebrew ¨C¡°Elohim¡±¨Cuniplural word for God] spoke to Moses, and said to him, ¡°I am the ETERNAL ONE [Hebrew ¨C¡°Yahweh¡± means the self-existing one and is often translated as LORD or JEHOVAH]. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, by the name of God Almighty [Hebrew ¨C¡°El Shaddai¡±], but by my name the ETERNAL ONE [Yahweh ¨C the self-existing one] was I not known to them.¡± (Exodus 6:2-3)

All the names for God are important; they reveal much about God and His purpose for mankind. All of these will be explained, but it is important to note here that God progressively reveals Himself as He progressively reveals His will to mankind. Abraham knew God as ¡°El Shaddai,¡± which means God Almighty, because this is how God revealed Himself.

To Moses and all the children of Israel, God added that He was ¡°Yahweh¡±¡ªthe ETERNAL ONE. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob did not know God as ¡°Yahweh.¡± God explained more to Moses: I will take you to myself for a people, and I will be God [Elohim] to you, and you shall know that I am the ETERNAL ONE [Yahweh] your God [Elohim], who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you into the land concerning which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, and I will give it to you for an inheritance [possession]. I am the ETERNAL ONE [Yahweh]. (Exodus 6:7-8) The Eternal God was making it clear to Moses that He was going to take the people of Israel to Himself and be God to them. He was not going to be God to the rest of mankind, in the sense that He would work with them in a special way to accomplish His future plans. Certainly He was God of all mankind, but God was not working out His plan (at that time) in the rest of mankind. Instead, all the rest of the world would be allowed to continue on their own path, choosing their own governments and religions¡ªchoosing their own ways. Although God chose to work with Israel as a nation, in order to fulfill His plan for mankind, Israel did not accept the rule of God and His ways of life. Some have been jealous of what God says about Israel because they have not understood why God worked with them as He did. Other peoples of the world have misunderstood much of what was being worked out through Israel, in order for the rest of mankind to learn from it. Much of the lesson of Israel is not a good one. God gave them His laws, but they rejected those laws and rejected God by doing so. Israel proved that even when given every advantage, intervention and favor in life from Almighty God, man still rejects God. God Almighty (El Shaddai) was now beginning to fulfill some of those things He had promised to Abraham hundreds of years earlier concerning his descendents through Isaac and Jacob. Earlier, God had revealed other information concerning Himself: Moses said to God [Elohim], ¡°Behold, when I go to the children of Israel and say to them, ¡®The God [Elohim] of your fathers has sent me to you,¡¯ and they shall say to me, ¡®What is his name?¡¯ What shall I say to them?¡± God [Elohim] said to Moses, ¡°I AM THAT I AM.¡± Then He said, ¡°This is what you shall say to the children of Israel, ¡®I AM has sent me to you.¡¯¡± Moreover God [Elohim] said to Moses, ¡°This is what you shall say to the children of Israel, ¡®The ETERNAL ONE [Yahweh], the God [Elohim] of your fathers, the God [Elohim] of Abraham, the God [Elohim] of Isaac, and the God [Elohim] of Jacob, has sent me to you.¡¯ This is My name for ever, and this is My remembrance to all generations.¡± (Exodus 3:13-15)202 The Mystery of God Revealed The translation into English of the first thing that God told Moses to tell the Israelites is rather awkward. The translation of ¡°I AM THAT I AM¡± does not really capture the greater intent of what God said. In English, it is better understood as, ¡°HE EXISTS WHO EXISTS¡± or ¡°HE IS WHO IS¡± has sent me to you. Then God instructs Moses to say to the Israelites that the ETERNAL ONE (Yahweh), who is the God of their forefathers (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), has sent him to them.

Furthermore, God made it clear that His name, ETERNAL ONE (Yahweh), was to be remembered for all generations. Another way of saying it is that God is to be known to (remembered by) all generations as the ETERNAL ONE (Yahweh). God, the ETERNAL ONE As previously stated, the Hebrew word ¡°Yahweh¡± means the Eternal One or the Self-Existing One. The key word in all this is ¡°One.¡± As the most basic core of their belief about God, Judaism and Islam believe that there is one God! They both believe that there is only one God who is eternal, who has eternally existed. However, traditional Christianity has never believed this about God. The basic faith (belief) of traditional Christianity is the Trinity. The Catholic Church established this doctrine during the Nicene Council in 325 AD. This is the same Nicene Council that changed Passover to Easter. The Nicene Creed states the belief that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are one God; yet it also states that each one is separate and eternal. This Nicene Creed, which establishes the doctrine of the Trinity, teaches that the Holy Ghost (spirit) is a separate eternal being of a single triune God. These people do not understand that the holy spirit is simply the power of God. God is spirit, and He uses His spirit to do His will. It is His power, and it is subject to Him. It is holy because the source is God Almighty.

The holy spirit is not a living being. Notice how the Trinity doctrine begins: We worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; neither confounding the persons; nor dividing the substance. The Trinity does, however, confound the truth about God. It continues: But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one: or have one and the same purpose, the Glory equal, the Majesty coeternal. The Trinity teaches that all three beings share glory equally and all three are eternal. But to keep with the theme of a trinity, the doctrine also states: And yet there are not three eternals, but one eternal. The Trinity teaches that the Father is a separate being of this single triune God and that He has eternally existed. This teaching is also saying that the Son (Jesus Christ) is another of these three beings of this single triune God and that He too has eternally existed. Throughout the twentieth century, even God¡¯s own Church failed to grasp the fullness of what God told Moses.

Throughout the 1800¡¯s and into the early 1900¡¯s, God¡¯s Church was losing His truth. The Church suffered mightily as the proliferation of churches, calling themselves Christian, was exploding on the world scene. This growing movement of new churches, with diverse faiths, held to the false doctrine of the Trinity. All of this had a strong adverse affect on God¡¯s people. This period of time was during the church era known as Sardis (Rev. 3:1- 6). The era of Philadelphia followed and was led by God¡¯s end-time apostle and prophetic end-time Elijah, Herbert W. Armstrong. God used Pastor Murray and Mr. Armstrong to restore truth to His Church since it had been dying out during the era of Sardis. In order to restore truth to the Church, God revealed what was true to Mr. Armstrong. God led him to understand that the Trinity was a false doctrine of the Catholic Church and a doctrine of man such as the rapture doctrine. He learned that the holy spirit was not a spirit being, but the power of God. Although Mr. Armstrong understood that the Trinity was a lie as it was taught, God did not give him full understanding of what was true concerning Himself and His Son, Jesus Christ. God did not fully lead him out from the pollution of the false Trinity doctrine. Some still believed that Jesus Christ existed. God gave me enough to conclude that the Trinity was a lie, but He did not lead fully into the truth. God reserved this revelation until now, at this very end time, during the time of the opening and the fulfillment of the Sixth Seal of Revelation.

The primary reason God reserved the fullness of this knowledge, until now, is to reveal who is His end-time prophet. Those whom God awakens from spiritual sleep, who have been scattered in His Church, will come to see the fullness of what He is revealing; and as a consequence, they will also recognize that I am who I say I am¡ªGod¡¯s end-time prophet, Melchizedek and the spokesman of the two end-time witnesses. Most good christians could only see what God revealed for them to see. Only God can reveal His truth to others, and no one can know that truth unless God gives it. God did not give everything about Himself to anyone in regard to the false teaching of the Trinity. This in no way detracts from somes being God¡¯s end-time apostle and prophetic end-time Elijah. One of the most profound things that God did reveal to individuals like Paster Arnald Murray and Mr. Armstrong concerning Himself and His plan for mankind was that God is planning a family¡ªa God Family. The God Family is referred to in different ways in scripture. One is the Kingdom of God, and another is the very name of His Family¡ªElohim. Elohim is a uniplural Hebrew word. It is most often translated simply as ¡°God¡± in English. But there are other Hebrew words that are also translated as God. Words have great meaning when they are understood for what they truly convey. However, much has been hidden because translations have been interpreted by people who did not know God and did not know His plan and purpose for mankind. Again, God¡¯s purpose for mankind is that, in God¡¯s time, people will be given opportunity to become part of the God-kind, members of God¡¯s Family. As a reminder, when the 144,000 are resurrected, they will be the first of those born from among mankind to become a part of God¡¯s Family. They will be changed into immortal spirit beings, God beings, just like their elder brother Jesus Christ. Since Mr. Armstrong was given understanding of Elohim being the name of the God Family and that God¡¯s purpose was for mankind to become part of His Family, then this revealed more fully the understanding of the triune Godhead in the mystery of the Trinity. The Mystery of God Revealed, However, the truth in all this is that there is only one God who has eternally existed and His name is Yahweh¡ªthe Eternal One, the Self-Existing One. Look at what God told the Israelites: I am the ETERNAL ONE [Yahweh], and there is no one else, there is no God [Elohim] except me. I strengthened you, although you have not known me, so that they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is no one except me. I am the ETERNAL ONE [Yahweh], and there is no one else. (Is. 45:5-6) Elohim is the name of the God Family. It is similar to a family name like ¡°Jones¡± or ¡°Smith.¡± Mankind has many family names, but the God kind will have only one family name¡ªElohim. God Almighty (El Shaddai), who spoke to Abraham, revealed Himself more fully to Moses by saying that His name was Yahweh Elohim.

The Truth About Yahweh God¡¯s end-time apostle, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, was given understanding that the Trinity was a false teaching. He learned that the holy spirit is not a being, but that it is the very power of God. He also learned that God¡¯s purpose for mankind is for them to become members of the God Family (Elohim) and that God¡¯s Family is not a closed trinity, but instead, it can grow into the billions. But there is only one eternally-existing member of Elohim and that is the ETERNAL ONE (Yahweh). Many great ministers was never able to come to understand this about God. They were not completely able to break free from the pollution of the Trinity doctrine because they believed that Jesus Christ was the God of the Old Testament. God never revealed to anyone but the 2 end time prophets the entire truth of the matter. No one on earth understands the true depth of this matter. There is a quote regarding this subject in an article written by many authors. Is Jesus God?: Yes, Jesus is ¡°Jehovah,¡± although this word is a mistranslation used in the American Standard Version. The original name, in the Hebrew, contained the consonants ¡°YHVH.¡± In writing in Hebrew, vowels were omitted, supplied only in speaking. Thus the precise pronunciation of the name is not definitely known, but today it is commonly assumed to be Yahveh, or Yahweh. The meaning, in English, is ¡°The Eternal,¡± or ¡°The Everliving,¡± or the ¡°Self-Existent.¡± It commonly supposed that Yahveh, or, as commonly called, ¡°Jehovah¡±, or, as in the Authorized Version, ¡°The LORD,¡± of the Old Testament was God the FATHER of Jesus Christ. This is a flagrant error! Many fully believed that the Yahweh of the Old Testament writings was Jesus Christ, who would later divest Himself of His Godly power in order to be born human of His mother, Mary. However, this is not the case. The full story of the birth of Jesus Christ and the understanding of how such a thing came to be is a most awesome story indeed. Scriptures quoted in the New Testament from Old Testament writings clarify that the Father of Jesus Christ was Yahweh (the ETERNAL ONE). One such area of scripture is in Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost when the holy spirit had been poured out upon the apostles. Peter was inspired to quote some of the Psalms that had been written by King David.

Peter was showing the Jews that these verses were not about David, as The Mystery of God is Revealed the Jews supposed, but they were about Jesus Christ and God His Father. In order to clarify what Peter is quoting, the scriptures will be placed side by side for easier comparison. The bracketed [ ] areas are inserted for explanation. (Acts 2:25-28) For David spoke concerning him [Jesus Christ], I [Christ] fore-saw the LORD [Yahweh] always before my [Christ] face, for He is on my [Christ] right hand, that I should not be moved: 26 Therefore did my [Christ] heart rejoice, and my [Christ] tongue was glad; moreover also my [Jesus Christ] flesh shall rest in hope: 27 Because you wilt not leave my [Christ] soul in hell [Gk.¨C¡°hades¡± meaning the grave], neither wilt you allow your Holy One [Christ] to see corruption [decay of the body after death]. 28 You have made known to me [Jesus Christ] the ways of life; you shall make me [Christ] full of joy with y o u r countenance.

(Ps. 16:8-11) I [Jesus Christ] have set the ETERNAL ONE [Heb.--Yahweh] a lwa y s before me because He is at my [Jesus Christ] right hand and I [Jesus Christ] shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my [Jesus Christ] heart is glad, and my [Jesus Christ] glory rejoices, and my [Jesus Christ] flesh also shall rest in hope. 10 For you wilt not leave my [Jesus Christ] soul in hell [Heb.¨C¡°sheol¡± meaning the grave]; neither will you allow y o u r Holy One to see corruption [destruction of the flesh]. 11 You will show me the path of life, and in your presence is fullness of joy, and at your right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Peter continues by saying that what is written by David is not about him [David] because he is still dead and in his grave. Acts 2:29-31 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day. 30 Therefore being a prophet [David], and knowing that God [Yahweh] had sworn to him [David] with an oath, that of the fruit of his [David¡¯s] loins, according to the flesh, HE would raise up Christ [the Messiah] to sit on his [David¡¯s] throne. 31 He [David] seeing this before spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul [Christ¡¯s] was not left in hell [the grave], neither his flesh did see corruption. Acts 2:32-36 This Jesus has God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the holy spirit, He has shed forth this, which you now see and hear. 34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he [David] himself said, The LORD [Yahweh] said to my [David¡¯s] Lord, Sit thou on My right hand, 35 Until I make your [Christ¡¯s] foes your [Christ¡¯s] footstool. 36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God has made this same Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

[Since David was a prophet, he knew what the ETERNAL had promised concerning the Messiah who would be born of his lineage and would one day sit upon his (David¡¯s) throne (over Israel). {quote in Psalms 132:11}] (Psalm 110:1)

The ETERNAL [Heb.¨CYahweh] said to my [David¡¯s] Lord [Christ], Sit you [Christ] at my [Yahweh¡¯s] right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool. The Mystery of God Revealed the Jews supposed, but they were about Jesus Christ and God His Father. In order to clarify what Peter is quoting, the scriptures will be placed side by side for easier comparison.

(Acts 2:25-28) For David spoke concerning him [Jesus Christ], I [Christ] fore-saw the LORD [Yahweh] always before my [Christ] face, for He is on my [Christ] right hand, that I should not be moved: 26 Therefore did my [Christ] heart rejoice, and my [Christ] tongue was glad; moreover also my [Jesus Christ] flesh shall rest in hope: 27 Because you wilt not leave my [Christ] soul in hell [Gk.¨C¡°hades¡± meaning the grave], neither wilt you allow your Holy One [Christ] to see corruption [decay of the body after death]. 28 You have made known to me [Jesus Christ] the ways of life; you shall make me [Christ] full of joy with y o u r countenance. (Ps. 16:8-11) I [Jesus Christ] have set the ETERNAL ONE [Heb.--Yahweh] a lwa y s before me because He is at my [Jesus Christ] right hand and I [Jesus Christ] shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my [Jesus Christ] heart is glad, and my [Jesus Christ] glory rejoices, and my [Jesus Christ] flesh also shall rest in hope. 10 For you wilt not leave my [Jesus Christ] soul in hell [Heb.¨C¡°sheol¡± meaning the grave]; neither will you allow y o u r Holy One to see corruption [destruction of the flesh]. 11 You will show me the path of life, and in your presence is fullness of joy, and at your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Peter continues by saying that what is written by David is not about him [David] because he is still dead and in his grave. Acts 2:29-31 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day. 30 Therefore being a prophet [David], and knowing that God [Yahweh] had sworn to him [David] with an oath, that of the fruit of his [David¡¯s] loins, according to the flesh, HE would raise up Christ [the Messiah] to sit on his [David¡¯s] throne. 31 He [David] seeing this before spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul [Christ¡¯s] was not left in hell [the grave], neither his flesh did see corruption. Acts 2:32-36 This Jesus has God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. 33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the holy spirit, He has shed forth this, which you now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he [David] himself said, The LORD [Yahweh] said to my [David¡¯s] Lord, Sit thou on My right hand, 35 Until I make your [Christ¡¯s] foes your [Christ¡¯s] footstool. 36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God has made this same Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ. [Since David was a prophet, he knew what the ETERNAL had promised concerning the Messiah who would be born of his lineage and would one day sit upon his (David¡¯s) throne (over Israel). {quote in Psalms 132:11}] (Psalm 110:1) The ETERNAL [Heb.¨CYahweh] said to my [David¡¯s] Lord [Christ], Sit you [Christ] at my [Yahweh¡¯s] right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.212 The Mystery of God Revealed The whole point that Jesus Christ was making to the Pharisees was that David (as a prophet inspired in the spirit) wrote in the Psalms that the coming Messiah was his Lord. Therefore the Messiah could not be the son of David. Only the ETERNAL could be His (the Messiah¡¯s) Father. The apostle Paul also quoted from the Old Testament writings to make it clear that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that Christ is now God¡ªin the God Family:

Example my son and I are both Huards. God [the only God known to the Israelites¡ªYahweh], who at different times and in many ways spoke in time past to the fathers through the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us through His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds [ages to come]. [It is through Jesus Christ that God will fulfill His plan for mankind.] Who being the brightness of His [God¡¯s] glory, and the express image of His substance, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He [Jesus Christ] had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. Who being made so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than them. For to which of the angels did He say at any time, ¡°You are My Son, this day have I begotten you?¡± And again, ¡°I will be to him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son?¡± And again, when He brings in the first begotten into the world, He [God] said, ¡°And let all the angels of God worship him [Jesus Christ].¡± And of the angels He says, ¡°Who makes His angels spirit, and His ministers a flame of fire [the angels were made spirit beings, but Jesus Christ was made God].¡± But to the Son He says, ¡°Your throne, O God is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom.¡± (Hebrews 1:1-8)

There are so many scriptures that make it clear the ETERNAL ONE (Yahweh) is the Father of Jesus Christ that it is difficult to imagine anyone could believe otherwise. In one last example, Paul again is very specific concerning what he is saying about this matter even as he quotes the very scripture he is explaining: But God raised him [Paul was speaking of Christ] from the dead. Then He was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses to the people. And we are declaring to you this good news [Gk.¨C gospel], how that the promise which was made to the fathers, God has fulfilled the same unto us their children in that He has raised up Jesus again, as it is also written in the second psalm, ¡°You [Christ] are My [Yahweh] Son, this day have I begotten you.¡± (Acts 13:30-33) Notice the scripture Paul quoted: ¡°Yet have I set My king upon My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree,¡± the ETERNAL ONE [Yahweh] has said to me [Christ], ¡°You are My Son; this day have I begotten you.¡± (Psalm 2:6-7) The WORD Made Flesh As you begin to understand the very means by which God accomplished all that He did through His Son, Jesus Christ, you may then begin to understand more clearly the very means by which mankind can begin to change (be transformed) to become like God, becoming of the same mind with Him¡ªat one, in agreement with Him. It is what is in our minds that makes us who we are.

The whole point that Jesus Christ was making to the Pharisees was that David (as a prophet inspired in the spirit) wrote in the Psalms that the coming Messiah was his Lord. Therefore the Messiah could not be the son of David. Only the ETERNAL could be His (the Messiah¡¯s) Father. The apostle Paul also quoted from the Old Testament writings to make it clear that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that Christ is now God¡ªin the God Family: God [the only God known to the Israelites¡ªYahweh], who at different times and in many ways spoke in time past to the fathers through the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us through His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds [ages to come]. [It is through Jesus Christ that God will fulfill His plan for mankind.] Who being the brightness of His [God¡¯s] glory, and the express image of His substance, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He [Jesus Christ] had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. Who being made so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than them. For to which of the angels did He say at any time, ¡°You are My Son, this day have I begotten you?¡± And again, ¡°I will be to him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son?¡± And again, when He brings in the first begotten into the world, He [God] said, ¡°And let all the angels of God worship him [Jesus Christ].¡± And of the angels He says, ¡°Who makes His angels spirit, and His ministers a flame of fire [the angels were made spirit beings, but Jesus Christ was made God].¡± But to the Son He says, ¡°Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom.¡± (Hebrews 1:1-8) There are so many scriptures that make it clear the ETERNAL ONE (Yahweh) is the Father of Jesus Christ that it is difficult to imagine anyone could believe otherwise.

In one last example, Paul again is very specific concerning what he is saying about this matter even as he quotes the very scripture he is explaining: But God raised him [Paul was speaking of Christ] from the dead. Then He was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses to the people. And we are declaring to you this good news [Gk.¨C gospel], how that the promise which was made to the fathers, God has fulfilled the same unto us their children in that He has raised up Jesus again, as it is also written in the second psalm, ¡°You [Christ] are My [Yahweh] Son, this day have I begotten you.¡± (Acts 13:30-33) Notice the scripture Paul quoted: ¡°Yet have I set My king upon My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree,¡± the ETERNAL ONE [Yahweh] has said to me [Christ], ¡°You are My Son; this day have I begotten you.¡± (Psalm 2:6-7) The WORD Made Flesh As you begin to understand the very means by which God accomplished all that He did through His Son, Jesus Christ, you may then begin to understand more clearly the very means by which mankind can begin to change (be transformed) to become like God, becoming of the same mind with Him¡ªat one, in agreement with Him. It is what is in our minds that makes us who216 The Mystery of God Revealed This powerful relationship between the Father and the Son was accomplished through the very means by which Jesus Christ came to be the Son of God. ¡°In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with [Gk.¨C unto] God, and the Word was God¡± (John 1:1). When it states that the Word was ¡°with¡± God, the Greek means that the ¡°Word was unto God,¡± which is saying that the Word was God¡¯s and it was unto no other. There are other words in Greek that convey ¡°being with¡± someone or ¡°beside someone,¡± but this word ¡°unto¡± means that it is fully ¡°unto¡± (belonging to) the one being spoken of, exclusively so. ¡°The same was in the beginning with [Gk.¨C unto] God¡± (John 1:2). John introduces the beginning of the life of Jesus Christ that came from the Father. He did this by focusing on the Word. In Greek, the ¡°Word¡± is Logos and means ¡°the revelatory thought.¡± It is the essence that identifies one¡¯s very thoughts, thinking and identity. Indeed, there has never been a time without God and all that identifies who He is. As with every individual, we are identified by that which we think in the mind and also in the very thoughts of the mind, which come out of an individual in actions. These actions reflect the ¡°logos¡±¡ªthe revelatory thoughts. The Word was unto God, and to no other, because there was no other. Everything that can be explained to man began from the Word who is God. From the Word, from God, His revelatory thought began to become manifest as He created the spirit world and the angelic realm. Later, He created the physical universe and eventually mankind. To this day, He continues to reveal His will in all that He has purposed. This is God. This is the Word of God being made manifest (revealed) to the world. Indeed:

All things were made by Him [referring to the Word who is God], and without Him [again, the Word who is God] nothing was made that was made. In him [the Word who is God] was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:3-4) All that exists comes from the planning and purpose of God, which He formulated and determined. This is summed up in the Word of God and is a matter of the very will of God. God¡¯s plan is to share His understanding, His wisdom, His very Word with mankind: so that we can all come into unity of spirit with the same purpose¡ªwith the same will. We are to be individually unique, but we are also to be at one (complete unity of spirit) with the very will, mind, purpose, and way of God. The way to such life was first made manifest in Jesus Christ. It is through Jesus Christ that we are shown how such life, in unity of spirit, is possible in the God Family (in Elohim). However, as this book has described, the transformation (change), from physical, carnal nature to spirit, Godly nature, is not an easy process for mankind. From the beginning, before anything else was, there was only Yahweh El Elohim, the ETERNAL God of the God Family. Then the time came for the next member (the second member). He would be the first to be begotten and later to be born as the first of the firstfruits to enter the God Family (Elohim). The time in God¡¯s plan came for the Passover to come to mankind, later to be resurrected as Jesus Christ Elohim¡ªJesus Christ of the "God Family."

Speaking of Jesus Christ, John went on to say: Then the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)218 The Mystery of God Revealed The very revelatory thought (Word, Logos) of God Almighty was given to Jesus Christ, in Jesus Christ, and was the very manifestation, the revelation of God to man. Jesus Christ was born with the very mind of God, who was His Father, but He grew up separately with His own identity being formed through all that He experienced in His physical life, having His own individuality that was unique, and apart from His Father. John later records something that is even far more profound that God was revealing to mankind, which mankind had never received before. God IN Christ In John 14, Jesus Christ told the disciples that since they believed God, they also were to believe Him. Believing in Christ is far beyond simply believing that He lived and died nearly 2,000 years ago for the sins of mankind. Instead, it has everything to do with believing all that He said, which the world does not. Jesus told them it was now time for Him to go and prepare a place for them. People do not grasp what He was telling them. He gave them these words on the very last night of His physical life on earth, on the night of the Passover. The time had come for Him to die as the Passover for all mankind and then be resurrected from the dead, as the first to enter Elohim, the God Family, the Kingdom of God. As Jesus Christ Elohim, He could now complete more of God¡¯s plan by making the way for others who would also enter the Family. Jesus told the disciples, ¡°Where I go you know, and the way you know¡± (John 14:4). Then, Thomas responded by saying that they did not know where He was going, so how could they know the way. Jesus Christ was not talking about a location, but a way of life to be lived that would lead into being in the God Family. So Jesus responded by saying, ¡°I am the way, the truth and the life, and no man comes to the Father except by [through] me¡± (John 14:6).

God was revealing that the way into His Family and the way of becoming at one with Him, in unity of spirit, was through His Son, Jesus Christ. The very process that was at work in Jesus Christ was about to begin working in others, in order to accomplish a transformation of the mind, which would lead into God¡¯s Family. The process of change that is to take place in mankind is through the process of repentance and turning to God¡¯s way of life. But man cannot accomplish this by his own efforts or will power. It requires the power of God that can work in the mind to change the way we think so that we come into unity and agreement with God. It is interesting to note that the word which is translated as ¡°repent¡± in scripture, actually means ¡°to think differently¡± in the Greek. Now, Jesus Christ was going to reveal even more to the disciples to show how this process would be accomplished: If you had known Me, you should have known my Father also, and from this time you have known Him, and have seen Him. (John 14:7) This saying was confusing to the disciples, so Philip responded by saying that if Christ would simply show them the Father then that would satisfy their understanding. But Jesus was speaking of something spiritual, not physical. The disciples were limited in their thinking to that which is physical: Have I been such a long time with you, and yet you have not known Me Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father, so how do you say then, ¡°Show us the Father?¡± (John 14:9)

Again, this is similar to the expressions people use when talking about ¡°believing in Jesus Christ,¡± but traditional Christianity fails to grasp that such a thing means much more concerning Christ. It is a matter of knowing His mind, His very being that is summed up in the ¡°Word,¡± which is from God the Father, and this reveals God¡¯s true way of life. Notice what Christ went on to say: Don¡¯t you believe that I am in [a spiritual reality] the Father, and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you, I do not speak from myself, but the Father who dwells in me, He does the works. (John 14:10) Jesus Christ took no credit for Himself, and He was revealing that He was of the exact same mind and in full agreement with the Father. He was showing that this was being accomplished by God the Father dwelling in Him through the power of the spirit, which conveys (communicates) the Word, the very mind of God, to whom He (God) will. Christ was showing that He (Jesus) was in full unity with the Father, with the Word of God, and so those things that came through Him were fully from God: Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me, or else believe me for the very works' sake. (John 14:11) He told them that if they could not believe Him when He said that the Father was in Him and He was in the Father, then they should at least believe Him because of all the works they had witnessed, which could only be from God. Jesus Christ went through this discourse with the disciples so that they (and any who would listen) could begin to understand that God was beginning to work in mankind to enable him to experience understanding and growth on a spiritual plane. In time, this is the very process that will lead into becoming part of the God Family.

God and Christ IN Man By telling the disciples these things, Jesus Christ was preparing them for the coming of the holy spirit that would be poured out upon them, beginning on the day of Pentecost. Through His dying, as the payment for the sins of all mankind, He fulfilled the purpose God revealed through the Passover Lamb. After His resurrection, Jesus Christ became our High Priest, and through Him, man could now have access to the very throne of God. Having access to God has been made possible because sin can be forgiven through Jesus Christ. God will not be in the presence of sin, and therefore, will not dwell in those who are not being forgiven of sin. The reason Jesus Christ died is so that we could be forgiven through Him and so that God the Father and Jesus Christ could dwell in mankind. This is the only means whereby the holy spirit of God can dwell in us, so that we can be transformed (in our thinking) in order to come into unity and oneness with God¡¯s true way of life. In regard to what would happen on Pentecost and continue on within the Church, Jesus Christ told the disciples the importance of the holy spirit that would be sent to them. He had been their advocate, the one who, up until now, had been with them to give them aid and help in God¡¯s way of life; but now He was going to die, so He told them that He would now pray to His Father to send them another advocate: I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another advocate [Gk.¨Chelper, one who gives aid], that he may abide with you for ever. (John 14:16) This word for ¡°advocate¡± in the Greek has confused some scholars because it is a masculine word, like many other inanimate objects. ¡°Advocate,¡± in this case, is not a being as some have supposed. Jesus Christ is referred to as our advocate in 1 John 2:1, but in this case, Jesus Christ is referring to the holy spirit that would be poured out upon them to give them help and aid. Since Christ was no longer going to be with them (in their physical presence), they needed the advocate that was the holy spirit. Receiving the holy spirit in their lives meant that God the Father and Jesus Christ would be with them and literally in them, through the spirit that can dwell in the mind, in the spirit essence that is already in man. Christ explained about the advocate: The Spirit of truth which the world cannot receive because it sees it not, neither knows it. But you know it because it dwells with you, and shall be in you. (John 14:17) The holy spirit is something that cannot be received or experienced by people in the world until God gives it after He grants them repentance and forgiveness. So the world cannot know the things that only the spirit of God can convey to the human mind. The spirit of God gives mankind the ability to see (understand, know) things of the spirit¡ªof God and His true ways.

God revealed a most incredible thing to the disciples, but people have not understood what Christ was saying: I will not leave you guideless. I will come [Gk.¨C¡°am coming¡±] to you. (John 14:18) This is the same expression that He used in a previous verse: If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:3) Jesus Christ is not speaking of a future event concerning His eventual return at His second coming, since this word that is translated ¡°will come¡± is not a future tense verb. In the Greek, it is ¡°present tense, indicative mood, middle voice.¡± Since English does not have a middle voice, it is usually difficult to translate the middle voice into English. A way to better understand what is being said is to understand the ¡°present progressive tense¡± in English grammar. This would be most difficult for a translator who does not understand God and the way He is going to help bring about a complete transformation in the mind of man from a carnal, selfish spirit to a giving, completely unselfish spirit. The peculiar tense of this word determines a very special meaning. It means that, at some point, Jesus Christ will begin coming and He will continue to come. This has no meaning if you are speaking of physical human beings. But God was revealing that He and His Son would begin, at some point, to come into a person¡¯s life through the power of the holy spirit and that they would continue to do so, abiding in (dwelling in, living in) the individual. This is why Jesus continued with His explanation of the holy spirit which would be given, as an advocate, after He was in heaven: Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more, but you will see me, and because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. (John 14:19-20) He explained that the world would no longer be able to see Him (physically) because He was about to be killed, entombed and then resurrected into heaven. He explained that the disciples would be able to see Him (spiritually) and that because He would live, they would live also (spiritually). Christ said that when the holy spirit began to come to them (the disciples) that this would be the time that they could know (spiritually experience) that the Father and Christ were dwelling in them, and they (the disciples) in Them. On Pentecost this process began, God the Father and Jesus Christ began to come into the lives (minds) of the disciples (spiritually) and to dwell in them. As others would be called into the Church (be baptized, and receive the impregnation of the holy spirit¡ªbegotten spiritually), then they, too, would begin to experience this same life dwelling in them (continually coming into them). On Pentecost, God began dwelling in mankind. This is the very thing that Jesus Christ was revealing to His disciples on His last night of physical life, on the Passover night. This is one of the most profound things that God has ever revealed to mankind¡ªhow He and His Son could dwell in man and continue doing so in order to bring about a spiritual transformation in man¡¯s spirit. It wasn¡¯t until this point, after 4,000 years of man on earth, that God revealed this to a select few; and it is now nearly 2,000 years beyond that time that God has chosen to begin the process of revealing these things to all mankind: He who has my commandments, and keeps them is he who loves Me [to truly come to know God is to live by the way of life contained in His words¡ªin His commandments]. He who loves Me will be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and I will manifest [to reveal spiritually, to make Himself known] Myself to him. Judas said to Him, not Iscariot, ¡°Lord, how is it that you will manifest Yourself to us and not to the world?¡± Jesus answered and said to him, ¡°If a man love me he will keep my words, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our abode [Gk.¨C dwelling place] with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My word [logos], and the word [logos] which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me.¡± (John 14:21-24) When Jesus Christ said that He and His Father would come into the disciples¡¯ lives and make their abode [Gk.¨C dwelling place] with them, He was explaining something more fully which He had already introduced to them: In My Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2) The word that is translated as ¡°mansions¡± is so often translated incorrectly. This word is used in only one other place and that is in verse 23 where it is correctly translated as ¡°abode,¡± which in the Greek means a ¡°dwelling place.¡± Yes, God¡¯s plan includes His ability to make His dwelling in us possible by the holy spirit that He gives once a person has been baptized and begotten of God¡¯s spirit. After that, God will dwell in us and continue doing so, as long as we are faithful to continue the process of repentance and seeking His life to remain in us. The apostle Paul explained this same process in Ephesians: For through Him [Jesus Christ] we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Therefore you are now no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints [of those God has called], and of the household of God. (Ephesians 2:18-19) This is the very thing Christ was speaking of when He said, ¡°In My Father¡¯s house are many dwelling places (places of abode).¡± In other words, the household of God is made of many who will be able to become part of the God Family, in the Temple of God (spiritual), in the Household of Lord. You are being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone. In whom all the building, fitly framed together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. (Ephesians 2:20-21) God is revealing here that once people are called into a relationship with Him and are baptized and receive the impregnation of the holy spirit, then they become a part of a spiritual household¡ªthe spiritual Temple of God. Through God dwelling in man, man can begin the process of transformation: In whom you also are being built together for a habitation [place to dwell] of God through the spirit. (Ephesians 2:22) There is much more to learn about this process, but this has shown the purpose and means by which God was able to dwell in His own Son in order to fulfill His purpose for mankind through Jesus Christ being our Passover. It is through all that Jesus Christ fulfilled as our Passover, and then being resurrected as our High Priest, that now God also can dwell in mankind to bring about the complete change which is necessary in order to be born into the very Family of God¡ªElohim! It is through the means of God dwelling in mankind that the mind can be changed from selfish to unselfish, from the way of get to the way of give, and from carnal (physical) thinking to Godly (spiritual) thinking. This is what Paul explained: Do not be conformed to this world [to the ways of this world, which is natural], but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2)

It is only by having God¡¯s life (the holy spirit) dwelling in us that we can have our thinking (minds) changed to come into unity and oneness with the will and word of God. Our minds must be renewed, and it is by this means that we can begin to prove God¡¯s way. We then can begin to put His ways into action in our lives, so that we can prove to ourselves that only God¡¯s way of life is good and perfect. Hopefully the following scripture that God said through Paul will now mean more to you, ¡°Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus¡± (Philippians 2:5). The very mind of God, the Word (Logos), was made flesh. Jesus Christ became the Word of God that was made manifest to mankind. God¡¯s purpose is that this same mind dwell in man, to transform him, so he can eventually enter His (God¡¯s) very family, the Family of God, the Kingdom of God¡ªElohim. Made in the Image of God God is reproducing Himself by building a Family that will become the Kingdom of God. This has been God¡¯s plan and purpose from the very beginning, before anything was ever created, including the spirit world with the angelic realm. Before God created anything, He determined how He would fulfill His plan. God predetermined that man would be made in His very image, after His likeness. This first phase was the physical phase of His creation of mankind when He (God) made his (man¡¯s) physical appearance after His image. The spiritual creation of how God is working with mankind has been covered, in part, in the previous section. This phase of God¡¯s creation is to make man after His likeness, on a spiritual plane, by transforming the very mind of man, so that man can come into unity and oneness with God, His Word and His way of life.

This transformation of mankind is accomplished by being able to be begotten spiritually, just as a child is begotten in its mother¡¯s womb and later born into the world. After being spiritually begotten by God, He (God) and His Son are able to dwell in the one who has been begotten. It is by this process of being begotten and being in the womb (in the Church who is the mother of us all) that a spiritual creation begins. This spiritual creation continues in spiritual growth until the time it can be born (of spirit) into the Kingdom of God, into the Family of God, becoming Elohim. Indeed, mankind has been made in the image of God (on a physical plane), but once begotten, a transformation takes place in the mind until one can be born into the very likeness of God (on a spiritual plane) after becoming spirit and in the God Family. There is so much more that could be written concerning these things about God¡¯s great plan, but only two more areas will be covered in this book. If anyone has a genuine desire to learn more, then they can go to a website where many of my sermons are posted (www.cog-pkg.org). Some of the things addressed in this chapter are covered more fully in a series of sermons (lectures) that can be found in the section entitled the ¡°Feast of Tabernacles¡ª2005.¡±

From the very beginning when God created mankind, He began to reveal His purpose for doing so: For thus says the ETERNAL ONE [Yahweh] who created the heavens, God [Elohim] Himself who formed the earth and made it, He who has established it, He who created it not in vain [Heb.¨C¡°tohoo¡± ¨C in confusion, without form], but who formed it to be inhabited, ¡°I am the ETERNAL ONE [Yahweh], and there is no one else.¡± (Is. 45:18) As covered in a previous chapter, the ETERNAL God created the earth in great beauty, but Satan later rebelled, along with a third of the angelic realm, and in time set out to destroy what God had created. Their attempt to destroy the creation led to a type of nuclear winter that engulfed the earth. When we come on the scene in the beginning of Genesis, we are not reading about the original creation of the universe, our solar system and the earth; but we are reading about the earth being refashioned so that it could be inhabited with life once more: In the beginning God [Elohim] created the heaven and the earth. [this refers to the very beginning when the heavens and earth were first created] And the earth became without form, and void [remember that God said He had not created it this way, but it became this way because of Satan¡¯s rebellion], and darkness was upon the face of the deep. Then the spirit of God [Elohim] moved upon the face of the waters. God [Elohim] said, ¡°Let there be light, and there was light.¡± God [Elohim] saw the light that it was good, and God [Elohim] separated the light from the darkness [He established the cycle of the day once again]. And God [Elohim] called the light day, and the darkness he called night. Then the evening and the morning were the first day. (Genesis 1:1-5) So God began his remolding of the earth by placing it in its perfect orbit and rotation once again. God established the first day by beginning with the sunset of one day, which is at the beginning of night, and continuing through the daylight portion to the next sunset. Biblically this is God¡¯s pattern for one complete day. That is why the seventh-day Sabbath actually begins at sundown of the sixth day and is complete at sundown at the end of the seventh day. Then God created mankind: And God [Elohim] said, ¡°Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every moving thing that moves upon the earth.¡± (Gen. 1:26) It has been confusing to some that God said, ¡°Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.¡± Some have believed He was referring to the angels who assisted Him, but this is wrong. Some have believed He was speaking to another member of the God Family, but this is wrong. God revealed His plan and purpose by inspiring these verses in Genesis 1 to use only the word Elohim. God did this for great reason because He was showing the purpose of all that He worked to do during those first six days, and on this sixth day He created mankind. The word Elohim is used to show His purpose because the word is a uniplural word that reveals His Family and the name He has given it¡ªElohim. It was Yahweh Elohim who created mankind, and He was speaking prophetically of His purpose for mankind to eventually be able to be in Elohim. Man was not only being created to have a physical appearance with a likeness to God, but eventually he was to be able to be fully created in the spiritual image and likeness of God. Man was to be begotten of the spirit and grow in it until born of spirit into the God Family. This is an awkward translation in Genesis 1:26, and it is far from correct. The words for image and likeness refer to the word Elohim. It is simply saying, ¡°Let man be made in the same image and after the same likeness of Elohim.¡± The creation of man was not the complete creation that God purposed (preordained, predetermined) for mankind, but the physical creation was the beginning. The spiritual creation would come later, and it would be worked out through God¡¯s plan that included the next 7,000 years, thereby accomplishing a prophetic fulfillment of the seven-day week: So God [Elohim] created man in His image. In the image of God [Elohim] He created him, as male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27) On the seventh day, God rested from His work of making the earth inhabitable once more. He had begun the first phase of creating His own Family (Elohim), which involved the creation of man on a physical plane, and in time, the spiritual creation would follow. It was the ETERNAL God who created and brought forth life: Then the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them, and on the seventh day God [Elohim] ended His work which He had made, and He rested on the seventh day from all his work which He had made. So God [Elohim] blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it, because that in it He had rested from all His work which God [Elohim] created and made.

This was the time when life was brought forth in the heavens and in the earth, when all [all life] was created, and it was the time in which the ETERNAL [Yahweh] God [Elohim] fashioned the earth and the heavens [the first heavens of our atmosphere]. (Gen. 2:1-4) It was the ETERNAL God (Yahweh Elohim) who created and brought forth man: And the ETERNAL [Yahweh] God [Elohim] formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7) Clearly, it was the ETERNAL (Yahweh) God (Elohim), and He alone, who created mankind. The First to Enter Elohim Jesus Christ was the first of all mankind to enter the God Family. From the beginning there was only the ETERNAL God (Yahweh Elohim). Jesus Christ, after His death, became the first of all mankind to be resurrected from the dead and enter the Family of God, thereby becoming Jesus Christ Elohim: But now is Christ risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of them that slept. (1 Corinthians 15:20) Jesus Christ is referred to as the ¡°first¡± of the firstfruits of God, as He is the first to be resurrected from the dead, becoming spirit in composition, and the first to enter the Kingdom of God (Elohim). God reveals that many will enter His Family, Elohim. The 144,000 are referred to as the firstfruits of God¡¯s Family, since they will be the first from among the families of mankind to be resurrected and become God (Elohim). Paul went on to explain that there is an order to those who are resurrected: But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits [first of the firstfruits], and afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. (1 Corinthians 15:23) The resurrection of additional billions will come at a future time beyond this. As covered earlier, the purpose of God was not complete when He created mankind as physical human beings, but His greater purpose was for a spiritual creation. After human beings are begotten of the holy spirit, they will then grow spiritually until the time when they will be resurrected into the spirit Family of God. The apostle James spoke of this very thing: Of His [God¡¯s] own will, we were begotten of Him with the word [Gk.¨C¡°logos¡±¨C revelatory thought of God] of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creation. (James 1:18)

The creation being spoken of here is the processes of creation whereby we are begotten of God¡¯s spirit, and through time, transformed in mind to unity and oneness with God. Once we have fully matured, then we can be born into God¡¯s very spirit Family¡ªborn into Elohim. Jesus Christ was the first to be born of the spiritual likeness and image of God, the first born into the God Family. No human being, born solely of mankind, could fulfill what Jesus Christ did in fulfilling the role of Passover of all mankind. The process required that Jesus Christ¡¯s Father be God Almighty. Jesus Christ could have one physical parent, His mother Mary, but His Father had to be God. Jesus Christ would have to be born with the very mind of God dwelling in Him¡ªthe Word made flesh. When He was born into the world, He was born fully individual, as any other child, except that His Father was God, and His mind was from God (not man); and this enabled Him to have full unity of purpose and will. There is much more to this process, but this is the first step for you to be able to understand. Paul spoke of Jesus Christ, ¡°Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation¡± (Colossians 1:15). Remember, God¡¯s purpose for mankind is that man be able to be born Elohim, as members of His Family. This is the purpose of all creation and Jesus Christ is spoken of here as the firstborn of all creation¡ªthe creation of bringing mankind into God¡¯s Family. Everything God created is about the ultimate purpose He is working out concerning the creation of His Family. The very life that existed in Jesus from the beginning is the life that we can begin to have living in us (dwelling in us through the spirit) once we are begotten of God. Then, a new life begins to develop as our minds are transformed from physical selfishness to the ways of God. Now, we can share in that same234 The Mystery of God Revealed life that dwelled in Christ, after we are forgiven of our sins and God begins to dwell in us after being begotten. This has always been God¡¯s plan from the beginning, that mankind be able to be begotten of His spirit once our sins are atoned through the blood of Jesus Christ. From this point forward, we are to grow and be molded and fashioned into the very image and likeness of our elder brother Jesus Christ, so that we can be born into the God Family as He was: For whom He [Almighty God] did foreknow, He also predetermined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:29) Jesus Christ was the first to be born into God¡¯s Family. God planned from the beginning how mankind could also enter this Family in and through His Son. To understand Melchizedek is to more fully understand this process. MELKEZEDOC People have speculated on the meaning of the story of Melkezedoc, but no one has been able to really understand it. However, by learning the truth regarding this story, a person can actually begin to better understand how God worked in and through Jesus Christ for the purpose of accomplishing His will to create Elohim¡ªthe God Family.

How God Worked With Abraham Much can be learned about how God can dwell in mankind by understanding how He revealed Himself to Abraham. Let¡¯s focus first upon the occasion when God and two angels visited Abraham. It was at this time that God first told Abraham that Sarah would give birth to a son, even though she was well beyond the years for childbearing. The entire story does not need to be repeated here, but only that portion that begins to reveal understanding: The ETERNAL ONE [Yahweh] appeared to him [Abraham] in the plains of Mamre, as he [Abraham] sat in the tent door in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and there before him were three men that stood out before him. When he saw them he ran from before the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself toward the ground, and said, ¡°My Lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, do not continue on, but please stay here a while with your servant.¡± (Genesis 18:1-3) The purpose in looking at these verses is to make several points. All three who appeared before Abraham appeared as physical men. Angelic beings are unable to appear to humans unless God grants them the ability to do so. When God reveals Himself through a physical manifestation (in the form of a human body), the conditions are unique. A physical body cannot contain Almighty God, but in some of His earlier encounters with man God did use a physical body through which to communicate. It should be understood, as the Bible clearly teaches, that no one (no human) has ever seen God. When such a statement is made, it is speaking of the literal sense because mankind is incapable of seeing anything in the spirit world where God resides. Man cannot see spirit. Only when a physical manifestation (of that which is spirit) is given can man see something. This is not to be confused with those things Jesus Christ taught when He spoke of the ability to see the Father (John 14) and Himself (after His resurrection). In those examples, Christ was speaking of things that are of the spirit, which have to do with understanding (seeing spiritually) and the revelation of God (seeing the ways of God, mind of God, truth of God, and identity of God¡ªto know God). When Jesus explained such things it never concerned a person¡¯s physical ability to see God. There was an occasion when God revealed a glory to Moses that was beyond simply seeing a physical manifestation of a human body (like God used to speak with Abraham). Moses saw a manifestation of light and a shape of a body that was a greater glory than the appearance of a man, but Moses did not see the spirit appearance of Almighty God. Returning to the story of Abraham, the scripture makes it clear that it was the ETERNAL who spoke to him. Again, God did this by making a physical body appear before Abraham through which God spoke. This physical body was not God. Once God was finished with His visit with Abraham, the physical body through which He manifested Himself no longer existed. After Jesus Christ died and was resurrected, He appeared to some of his disciples on different occasions. At one point, He appeared to the disciples in a room that was completely closed (Luke 24 and John 20). After being resurrected, He was fully spirit and no longer human in a physical body. Christ was in a spirit body. Yet, even in this, Jesus Christ chose to manifest Himself as he appeared when He was in His physical body, but now with the wounds in His side, feet and hands. Indeed, if God so chooses, He can make a physical body appear before others and communicate to them through that body; but that body is not God.

The Mystery of Melkezedoc Melchizedek is known as being a high priest of God unto Abraham.

In the book of Hebrews, Jesus Christ is spoken of as being made a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. First, let¡¯s notice what the Book of Hebrews has to say concerning Melkezedoc: For this Melkezedoc, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all (tithe), and who first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace, and being without father, without mother, without descent, and having neither beginning of days, nor end of life, but made like [Gk.¨C¡°modeled after, to copy like, to produce a facsimile, to render similar¡±] unto the Son of God, now continually [forever] abides a priest. (Hebrews 7:1-3) This story of Melkezedoc is introduced on an occasion when Abram (whose name God later changed to Abraham) went to rescue his nephew, Lot, who had been taken captive by invading kings (Genesis 14). At this point, Melkezedoc met Abram as he was returning from the victory he had over the kings. Lot returned with Abram, along with all the people and goods that had been taken away. It says that Melkezedoc met Abram and blessed him, and that Abram paid his tithes to Melkezedoc. The story is very general in nature, but Paul used it to teach some very important lessons to the Hebrews concerning the importance of Jesus Christ, who was now the High Priest of God forever, after the order of Melkezedoc. The story is important for reasons other than what Paul addressed. As it says in Hebrews 7, this Melchizedek was without father, without mother and without descent. He was a man in physical appearance, but it is clear he was not born of mankind, since he had no father or mother, and he had no238 The Mystery of God Revealed lineage of mankind. Some have speculated he may have been an angel or even Jesus Christ, but neither is true. It states that this Melkezedoc had ¡°neither beginning of days, nor end of life.¡± Angels were created, and therefore, they had a beginning. Jesus Christ died and was placed in the tomb for three days and three nights, so certainly He had an ¡°end of life,¡± and, as we have already covered, He did not have life until He was born of His mother, Mary. It should be easy to understand who Melkezedoc was. There is only one being that has never had a beginning of days or an end of life, and since this is the definition of eternal life, then Melchizedek could only be the ETERNAL God. But how is this possible?

This is similar to what we read earlier, where God manifested a human body for Abraham to see, through which God then visited with him. Melkezedoc was another means through which God worked with Abraham, and Melchizedek was a representation of what Jesus Christ would become. Rather than speaking directly to Abraham through a physically manifested body, God worked through a physically manifested man who was presented to others as the priest of God. Abraham¡¯s attitude and respect toward a physical appearing priest of God was an important part of Abraham¡¯s training and testing. Abraham regarded Melchizedek with the honor he should have shown a representative of God, but in this case, it was God who was working directly with him. Again, this physical manifestation of Melkezedoc could not contain the ETERNAL God, but God did work through this Melchizedek to further accomplish His work with Abraham, through whom He (God) would bring about great things in His plan. Hebrews 7:3 states that this was Melkezedoc was modeled after the likeness of what Jesus Christ would become. At the time of Abraham, there was no one who would continually abide as God¡¯s high priest in direct service to Him, but since the resurrection of Jesus Christ, there is one who will continually abide before God as High Priest¡ªHis very Son! Melchizedek functioned only as God lived through him. Melchizedek was not a separate individual living being, but only a vessel through whom God worked. Melkezedoc functioned (in physical appearance as a priest) as a representative of God. Notice what is said of Christ who became High Priest: So also, Christ did not glorify Himself to be made a high priest, but He who said to Him, ¡°You are My Son, today have I begotten you,¡± and as He said also in another place, ¡°You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.¡± (Hebrews 5:5-6) It would be good to notice from where both of these scriptures were quoted. The first quote is from a Psalm that is a prophecy about something that Christ would later declare: ¡°I will declare the decree,¡± the ETERNAL ONE [Yahweh] has said to Me, ¡°You are My Son, and this day have I begotten you.¡± (Psalms 2:7). The second quote is a prophecy David wrote concerning Jesus Christ:

The ETERNAL ONE [Yahweh] has sworn, and will not change, ¡°You [the Messiah] are a priest forever after the order [Heb.¨Cmanner] of Melkezedoc.¡± (Psalms 110:4) Jesus Christ has become God¡¯s High Priest forever, and He will continually abide in this office for mankind.238 The Mystery of God Revealed lineage of mankind. Some have speculated he may have been an angel or even Jesus Christ, but neither is true. It states that this Melkezedoc had ¡°neither beginning of days, nor end of life.¡± Angels were created, and therefore, they had a beginning. Jesus Christ died and was placed in the tomb for three days and three nights, so certainly He had an ¡°end of life,¡± and, as we have already covered, He did not have life until He was born of His mother, Mary. It should be easy to understand who Melkezedoc was. There is only one being that has never had a beginning of days or an end of life, and since this is the definition of eternal life, then Melkezedoc could only be the ETERNAL God. But how is this possible? This is similar to what we read earlier, where God manifested a human body for Abraham to see, through which God then visited with him. Melkezedoc was another means through which God worked with Abraham, and Melchizedek was a representation of what Jesus Christ would become. Rather than speaking directly to Abraham through a physically manifested body, God worked through a physically manifested man who was presented to others as the priest of God. Abraham¡¯s attitude and respect toward a physical appearing priest of God was an important part of Abraham¡¯s training and testing. Abraham regarded Melkezadoc with the honor he should have shown a representative of God, but in this case, it was God who was working directly with him. Again, this physical manifestation of Melchizedek could not contain the ETERNAL God, but God did work through this Melchizedek to further accomplish His work with Abraham, through whom He (God) would bring about great things in His plan.

Hebrews 7:3 states that this Melkezedok was modeled after the likeness of what Jesus Christ would become. At the time of Abraham, there was no one who would continually abide as God¡¯s high priest in direct service to Him, but since the resurrection of Jesus Christ, there is one who will continually abide before God as High Priest¡ªHis very Son! Melkezedok functioned only as God lived through him. Melkezedok was not a separate individual living being, but only a vessel through whom God worked. Melchizedek functioned (in physical appearance as a priest) as a representative of God. Notice what is said of Christ who became High Priest: So also, Christ did not glorify Himself to be made a high priest, but He who said to Him, ¡°You are My Son, today have I begotten you,¡± and as He said also in another place, ¡°You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.¡± (Hebrews 5:5-6) It would be good to notice from where both of these scriptures were quoted. The first quote is from a Psalm that is a prophecy about something that Christ would later declare: ¡°I will declare the decree,¡± the ETERNAL ONE [Yahweh] has said to Me, ¡°You are My Son, and this day have I begotten you.¡± (Psalms 2:7). The second quote is a prophecy David wrote concerning Jesus Christ:

The ETERNAL ONE [Yahweh] has sworn, and will not change, ¡°You [the Messiah] are a priest forever after the order [Heb.¨Cmanner] of Melchizedek.¡± (Psalms 110:4) Jesus Christ has become God¡¯s High Priest forever, and He will continually abide in this office for mankind.

Mankind to Become the God-kind God¡¯s entire purpose for all creation (everything He created) is to reproduce Himself by bringing into existence a God Family (Elohim). From the beginning there has only been the ETERNAL (Yahweh) who is God (El), the Almighty Creator, and there was no one else! God first created the angelic realm within the spirit world. They were created first, and they were the first to share in His great plan and purpose. The angels were created as spirit beings for the purpose of caring for God¡¯s physical creation and serving Him to give help and assistance to those whom God would bring into Elohim. When Paul was speaking of the greatness of God¡¯s Son, he also spoke of the purpose for the creation of the angels: Are they [the angels] not all ministering [serving] spirits, who are sent forth as ministers [as servants] for them who shall become heirs of salvation? (Hebrews 1:14) Then God created the physical universe. He did this for His great plan that would extend into the millions of years beyond the time of physical mankind. After a long period of time (possibly multiple millions of earth years), God finally came to the point where He created man. He focused His great plan upon the earth, for it would be on the earth, in all the vastness of His physical universe, that God would begin His greatest phase of all creation.

God created the first man on the earth on a physical plane (purely physical), but man was created in the image and likeness of God Himself. However, God said that His purpose was for man to be created in His image and likeness on a spiritual plane. Mankind can never become of the greatness and power of Almighty God, but he can become spirit, on a God plane, in the God Family.

All of this is why the story of Hebrews 2 (quoting David in Psalms 8) is so incredible: When I consider Your heavens, and the work of Your fingers, and the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that you visit him? For You have made him a little [a little while] lower than the angels, and have crowned him with glory and honor. You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands, and You have put all things under his feet. (Psalms 8:3-6) Indeed, God¡¯s purpose is to put all things under the feet (under the control) of mankind, once mankind has fully become the God-kind, in Elohim (the Family of God). In Hebrews 2, Paul quotes from David and goes on to say that we do not yet see all things put under mankind, but we do see that all things have now come under Jesus Christ. Paul stated this thirty years after Jesus Christ died and was resurrected into the God Family. At this moment in time, Paul was showing that all things put under the feet of mankind were only evident in the life of Jesus Christ. The point being, that in time, through Jesus Christ, all mankind will have the opportunity to enter Elohim, just as He (Jesus Christ) did as the firstborn into the Kingdom of God, and then (when man enters Elohim) all things will be under his feet as well.

The greatest miracle that God can perform is that of transforming the mind of man into oneness and unity with Himself so that man can become of the God-kind. This process began first in His only begotten Son, so that through Him (Jesus Christ) the rest of mankind could begin this process of change. The first step in this change is accomplished by being forgiven of sin through our Passover. Then, when sin is not present (has been forgiven), God and His Son can dwell in us to bring about a change in our thinking.

Mankind by nature resists God. When God created all He did, it came into being instantly and nothing resisted Him. However, man resists God because of his carnal nature, and that nature must be changed through a transformation of the mind (of man¡¯s thinking). Mankind must go through this process in order for him to genuinely have free choice of God¡¯s true ways. In an instant, all creation came into being when God commanded it, but mankind being transformed into Elohim is not something that can be created instantly by God¡¯s command. Man has the choice, once it is given to him in God¡¯s perfect timing, to decide for himself if he truly wants God¡¯s ways. This process of choice and change (transformation of the mind) takes a lifetime to accomplish. Holy, righteous character is not something that can be commanded to exist. It cannot be accomplished instantly, not even in days and months; it takes years for the process to become complete.

That which has been addressed in this last section is a summary of what was covered in this paragraph concerning the ETERNAL God¡¯s (Yahweh Elohim¡¯s) plan and purpose for His Family. His Family will be born of mankind after mankind has been begotten spiritually and the mind of man has been transformed from selfish, carnal nature to oneness and agreement with God¡¯s holy, righteous nature. This can be accomplished only by each individual¡¯s willing free choice. The God-kind will be born out of mankind only after mankind has been begotten of God¡¯s holy spirit and has grown to the point of maturity where the mind of man can be born of spirit. This is the process that traditional Christianity confuses with the Biblical term being ¡°born again.¡± The world of traditional Christianity believes that being ¡°born again¡± is something that people experience when they ¡°give their heart to the Lord.¡± They use such religious sounding platitudes as a ¡°show¡± of their pseudoconversion. Being ¡°born again¡± is about being begotten spiritually and the spiritual growth that follows until the time one can actually be truly born again. Such birth is a spiritual birth into a spirit body¡ªinto Elohim. This is the very thing Jesus Christ told Nicodemus: Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God [Elohim] . . . That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is spirit. (John 3:3, 6) Mankind is born of mankind and is flesh (physical), but anyone who is born of God, into His Family, is spirit.

The TRUE God of Abraham Do you believe what you have read? If you do not yet believe all that is written in this book, in time, God will make certain that you do know it! It may not be in this age of man. The entire story of God¡¯s plan and purpose for His Family and why man¡¯s age must now be brought to a close is the story of this book. It is all true, and it is from the God of Abraham to you! If you believe anything about God other than what is written in this book, then you do not know the true God of Abraham. This writing reveals God¡¯s plan and purpose being worked out on this earth, and therefore, it reveals the true God! The world you know is about to change completely. Now is the time for this change, and you simply happen to be living at this special time in all earth¡¯s history. It is the most momentous time in man¡¯s history. Aside from the time of Noah¡¯s flood, man, as a whole, has been able to continue through the normal cycles of life, choosing to live life his own way, generation after generation. The time you live in not such a time. You live at the very end of man¡¯s self-rule on earth. It is now time for God¡¯s rule to begin.

Only a very small percentage of human life, 1/3rd of mankind alive today will continue on into that new era that will begin after the return of Jesus Christ as King of kings over all the earth. The luxury of time being on your side, as a normal course of man¡¯s existence (as it has been over the past 6,000 years), is about to come to an abrupt end! Time is not on your side any longer. You have before you true life and death decisions that must be made quickly if you have any hope of sharing in that new age. When this website is published at the end of summer of 2008, (with distribution in full swing in the fall), there will be a maximum time one half year remaining before the world will be plunged into the worst time of all human history. By the fall of 2009, the United States will have collapsed as a world power, or it will have begun its collapse and no longer exist as an independent nation within six months after that time. There is a marginal, six-month window of time that God has not yet revealed concerning this specific moment of time. This will be revealed some time soon after the distribution of this writing begins.

As the spokesman of God¡¯s two end-time witnesses and as His end-time prophet and Melchizedek, I have fulfilled my responsibility in placing the contents of this website before you. What you do with it is up to you. Indeed, only a very short time remains before it will be evident that I am who I say or that I am not. In the past 1900 years, have you ever read or heard of a publication from any religious leader who has made such claims, laying out such a precise pattern for the near future with such precise timelines? You have not! This is the evidence (witness, testimony) of the true God of Abraham!

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Most modern Christians have been taught that Jesus is the second co-equal "person" in a triune Godhead composed of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. However, many (if not most) Christians don't really understand the real meaning of the Trinity. Other believers today, perceiving problems with the Trinity doctrine as explained by Catholocism, have adopted a belief in the "Oneness" of God which is similar to the ancient doctrine of Modalism.

Before we can truly understand who the Messiah is, we need to look at the historical background of first-century Jewish religion and subsequent philosophical/religious doctrines that arose to explain his identity. This article is going to examine the beliefs of first-century Jews regarding the Godhead and present the succeeding theories put forth to define who Yeshua is. The second part of this study at the bottom of this web site will conclude by harmonizing the Scriptures with this information to better understand what the Bible really says about the identity of the Messiah.

First, let's start by looking at what first-century C.E. Jewish religion believed about the Godhead. There has been a tendency by scholars to define first-century orthodox monotheistic Judaism in rather restrictive terms. Jewish literature or beliefs from that time frame that seem to stray from the accepted norm have been reinterpreted to accommodate Trinitarianism or used to prove that Judaism was derived from the polytheistic religions surrounding Israel.

Regarding how modern scholars tend to view first-century Jewish religion as either totally monotheistic or essentially polytheistic, University of Manitoba Professor Larry W. Hurtado wrote:

I suggest that on both sides of the issue . . . there has been a tendency to proceed deductively from a priori presumptions of what monotheism must mean, instead of building up a view inductively from the evidence of how monotheism actually operated in the thought and practice of ancient Jews. There seems to be an implicit agreement on both sides that more than one transcendent being of any significance complicates or constitutes a weakening of or threat to monotheism. Those who see first-century Jewish religion as monotheistic tend, therefore, to downplay the significance and attributes given by ancient Jews to any transcendent beings other than God. For these scholars often, ancient Jewish monotheism must mean that the descriptions of such beings are largely rhetorical. Though I am convinced regarding some examples, I am not sure that the descriptions are always purely rhetoric . . .

Those on the other side of the issue tend to emphasize the honorific ways in which transcendent beings other than God are described and the prominent positions they occupy in the religious conceptions reflected in ancient Jewish texts, alleging that first-century Jews were not really monotheists after all. It is clear that ancient Jews were not characteristically monists or unitarians, but does this mean that they were not monotheists? That is, on both sides there is a tendency to proceed as if we can know in advance what "monotheism" must mean, which turns out to be a very modern, monistic form of monotheism, and can accordingly evaluate ancient Jewish texts and beliefs as to whether or how closely they meet an a priori standard of "pure" monotheism. ("What Do We Mean by 'First-Century Jewish Monotheism'?," Journal for the Study of the New Testament)

As the above quote shows, Professor Hurtado believes that most modern scholars have a skewed view of first-century Jewish monotheism because they evaluate the ancient Jewish writings with a preconceived idea of what monotheism should look like. He continues:

I urge us to work more inductively, gathering what "monotheism" is on the ground, so to speak, from the evidence of what self-professed monotheists believe and practice. In fact, I suggest that for historical investigation our policy should be to take people as monotheistic if that is how they describe themselves, in spite of what we might be inclined to regard at first as anomalies in their beliefs. Such "anomalies," I suggest in fact are extremely valuable data in shaping our understanding of monotheism out of the actual beliefs of actual people and traditions who describe themselves in monotheistic language. (Ibid.)

In another of his works on this topic, Professor Hurtado states:

. . . The cultic veneration of Jesus as a divine figure apparently began among Jewish Christians, whose religious background placed great emphasis upon the uniqueness of God. It is evident that their devotion had its own distinctive shape, a kind of binitarian reverence which included both God and the exalted Jesus. Also it is obvious that these Christians did not have the benefit of the prolonged and intricate developments and discussions that led to the theology reflected in the Nicene Creed and that one must refrain from reading these later developments back into the earlier period . . . (p. 11, One God, One Lord)

To find out what first-century Jews believed about God and His "only begotten Son" Yeshua, this article will examine several sources. We will begin with the Targums, which were widely accepted Aramaic paraphrases of the Hebrew Scriptures read in the synagogues along with the Hebrew texts. Aramaic is believed to have largely replaced Hebrew as the common language of the Jews in Judea before the time of Christ.

Regarding the Targums, The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary states:

The extant written Targums had their beginnings with the oral rendering into the Aramaic vernacular of portions of the Hebrew Bible that took place as part of the regular worship in synagogues during the centuries when the Jews of Palestine and Babylonia spoke dialects of Aramaic (cf. Ezra 8:7-8). While the origins of this practice in the synagogues are pre-Christian, the growth of the Targum traditions continued for centuries and have been preserved in written compositions that are not only the product of synagogue liturgy, but of the rabbinic academies as well.

. . . With study of newly discovered and identified materials has come a reevaluation of the significance of the Targums for the understanding of Judaism in the milieu of Jesus and his first followers. Since the Targums originated in the synagogue, they are likely to be the best testimony to popular forms of early Judaism that were the preserve of special groups. While this point and the pre-Christian origin of the practice of oral translation in the synagogue services are generally acknowledged by scholars, the further claim that some of the extant written Targums are as a whole pre-Christian is vigorously debated. (pp. 984-985, "Targum")

Within the Targums, we find frequent reference to the Word (Ara. Memra) of YHVH. Generally, in biblical passages where YHVH is seen, or where the text indicates that more than one "God" is being referred to, the Targums will often replace 'elohim or YHVH with "the Word of the LORD."

GENESIS 3:8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God [YHVH 'elohim] walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. (NKJV)
GENESIS 3:8 And they heard the voice of the Word of the Lord God walking in the garden in the repose of the day; and Adam and his wife hid themselves from before the Lord God among the trees of the garden. (Targum Pseudo-Jonathan, translated by J.W. Etheridge)
EXODUS 20:1 And God ['elohim] spoke all these words, saying: (NKJV)
EXODUS 20:1 And the Word of the Lord spake all the excellency of these words saying: (Jerusalem Targum, translated by J.W. Etheridge)
EXODUS 29:42 "This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the LORD, where I will meet you to speak with you. 43 And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by My glory." (NKJV)
EXODUS 29:42 A perpetual holocaust for your generations at the door of the tabernacle of ordinance before the Lord; where I will appoint My Word to (meet) thee there, to speak with thee there. 43 And there I will appoint My Word (to meet) with the sons of Israel, and I will be sanctified in their rulers for My glory. (Targum Pseudo-Jonathan, translated by J.W. Etheridge)
DEUTERONOMY 4:20 "But the LORD [YHVH] has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be His people, an inheritance, as you are this day." (NKJV)
DEUTERONOMY 4:20 For you hath the Word of the Lord taken for His portion, and hath brought you out from the iron furnace of Mizraim to be unto Him a people of inheritance as at this day. (Jerusalem Targum, translated by J.W. Etheridge)
DEUTERONOMY 4:24 "For the LORD your God [YHVH 'eloheykha] is a consuming fire, a jealous God ['el]. (NKJV)
DEUTERONOMY 4:24 For the Word of the Lord your God is a consuming fire; the jealous God is a fire, and He avengeth Himself in jealousy. (Targum Pseudo-Jonathan, translated by J.W. Etheridge)
DEUTERONOMY 6:20 "When your son asks you in time to come, saying, 'What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the LORD our God [YHVH 'eloheynu] has commanded you?' 21 then you shall say to your son: 'We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the LORD [YHVH] brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand; 22 and the LORD [YHVH] showed signs and wonders before our eyes, great and severe, against Egypt, Pharaoh, and all his household. 23 Then He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in, to give us the land of which He swore to our fathers. 24 And the LORD [YHVH] commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God [YHVH 'eloheynu], for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day. (NKJV)
DEUTERONOMY 6:20 When thy son, in time to come, shall ask thee, saying, What are the testimonies, statutes, and judgments which the Lord our God hath commanded you? 21 then shall you say to your sons, We were servants to Pharoh in Mizraim, and the Word of the Lord brought us out of Mizraim with a mighty hand; 22 and the Word of the Lord wrought signs, great wonders, and sore plagues on Mizraim and on Pharoh and all the men of his house, which our eyes beheld; but us He led forth free to bring us in and give us the land which He sware to our fathers. And the Lord commanded us to perform all these statutes, that we may fear the Lord our God for good to us in all days, that He may preserve us alive as at the time of this day; (Targum Pseudo-Jonathan, translated by J.W. Etheridge)

As shown above, the Targums often replaced YHVH with the Word of YHVH in order to clarify difficult or misunderstood passages. This shows that Israel anciently understood there to be two divine beings over their nation, with the subordinate one being the spokesman and mediator for the higher.

This Jewish understanding of the Godhead is reflected in The Wisdom of Sirach. This literary work (also called Ecclesiasticus) was originally written in Hebrew sometime around 180 B.C.E. The grandson of the author rendered the book into Greek about 132 B.C.E. to make it available to Diaspora Jews. One passage in particular clearly points out the ancient understanding that the Most High God had a divine Son who was recognized by the Jews:

SIRACH 51:10 I appealed to the Lord, the Father of my lord, not to forsake me in the days of affliction, at the time when there is no help against the proud. (RSV)

This passage clearly differentiates between Sirach's lord and the Father of Sirach's lord (the Most High). This Jewish work was written about two centuries before Christ's ministry; clearly Sirach believed that there were two "Lords" over Israel. This passage is very similar to David's introduction to Psalm 110:

PSALM 110:1 The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool." (NKJV)

Here, David shows the Most High God's promise to David's Lord to grant him authority over his enemies. We know from Yeshua's own exposition of this passage that he equated himself with David's Lord (Matt. 22:41-46; Mark 12:35-37; Luke 20:41-44).

Both Sirach 51:10 and Psalm 110:1 show that there was an ancient recognition of the fact that the Most High God had delegated authority over His portion, Israel (Deu. 32:9) to a subordinate, identified by Sirach as God's Son. Sirach's understanding is verified by the New Testament use of Psalm 110:1 to refer to the "only begotten Son" of God, Jesus Christ (Acts 2:34-36; Heb. 1:13).

The apostle Paul wrote something similar in his first epistle to the Corinthians:

I CORINTHIANS 8:5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. (NKJV)

In all these writings, we see that there are two "Gods" (Heb. 'elohim) over Israel. For Sirach, there was (1) the Lord, the Father of (2) his Lord. David records (1) the LORD speaking to (2) his Lord. Paul tells us of one (1) God and one (2) Lord. Each of these examples shows us that two entities were understood to be present.

There is another Scripture in the Tanakh that clearly shows the ancient Israelites knew that the Most High God had a special, unique Son:

PROVERBS 30:4 Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name, if you know? 5 Every word of God ['Eloah] is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. (NKJV)

The passage above from Proverbs shows that God's status as Father and the fact that He had an incomparable Son was recognized by the Israelites. This "firstborn son" is the one known to the ancient Israelites as the "Angel of the Lord," YHVH, the "Word (Ara. Memra, Gr. Logos) of YHVH," and many other names. This Son is the one who became Yeshua the Messiah.

Next, we're going to examine the writings of Philo Judaeus. He lived from around 20 B.C.E. to 50 C.E. and was a leader of the Jewish community in Alexandria, Egypt. Being a contemporary of Yeshua, his expositions on Judaism should be very helpful in understanding the context within which Christianity was born. However, because his writings differ from the doctrines that the Jewish rabbis later promoted, he has rarely been used to understand the framework of beliefs within first-century Judaism.

Philo is often somewhat erroneously referred to as a Greek scholar whose literature combined Judaism, Greek philosophy, and allegory in a Neoplatonic fashion. First and foremost, however, Philo was a Jew. Although he endeavored to explain the historical religion of his people using Greek philosophical concepts familiar in the Hellenistic world of his day, a close reading of Philo's works reveal that he was not espousing Greek philosophy. Rather, Philo described the Jewish religion of his day in Greek terms, and what he described was Judaism and not a paganized hybrid.

Even though Philo's Judaism differs considerably from that which we see today, his literature echoes much of what was shortly thereafter written by the Jewish composers of the New Testament. Philo speaks often of the Word (Logos), a Greek philosophical term which was later applied to Yeshua by the apostle John (John 1:1, 14; I John 1:1; Rev. 19:13).

Greek philosopher Heraclitus was the first to advance a theory about the Logos. To him, the Logos (which he appeared to identify with fire) was the universal principle which animated and governed the world. The Greek Stoics later developed the concept of the Logos further. They believed that the Logos was both an irresistible force which sustained the entire world and a holy law which every rational man should willingly follow.

The fact that both Philo and John used an existing Greek term with pagan philosophical overtones does not mean that they were accepting the Greek understanding of Logos. Scholar Harry A. Wolfson says this about the Jewish appropriation of such concepts:

With the example of Scripture before them (the Jews) were not afraid to make use in the description of their own religion of terms used in the description of other religions, but whatever common terms they used the difference was never blurred for them between truth and falsehood in religious belief and right and wrong in religious worship. For the understanding of the nature of Judaism throughout its history, and especially during the Hellenistic period, this twofold aspect of its attitude to other religions is of the utmost importance. Those who seem to see evidence of religious syncretization in every use of a pagan term by a Hellenistic Jew simply overlook this one important aspect in the attitude of Judaism toward other religions. (p. 10, vol. I, Philo: Foundations of Religious Philosophy in Judaism, Christianity and Islam)

An examination of some of Philo's comments on the Logos sheds light on how first-century Jews understood this concept. Let's now take a detailed look at what Philo wrote about the Logos, and compare it to similar passages from the New Testament:

Now the image of God is the Word [Logos], by which all the world was made. (p. 541, The Works of Philo, "The Special Laws, I," translated by C.D. Yonge)
II CORINTHIANS 4:4 . . . Christ, who is the image of God . . . (NKJV)
JOHN 1:3 All things were made through Him [Christ], and without Him nothing was made that was made. (NKJV)
HEBREWS 1:1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; (NKJV)
And even if there be not as yet any one who is worthy to be called a son of God, nevertheless let him labour earnestly to be adorned according to His first-born Word [Logos], the eldest of His angels, as the great archangel of many names; for he is called, the Authority, and the Name of God, and the Word [Logos], and Man according to God's image, and He who sees Israel. (p. 247, The Works of Philo, "On the Confusion of Tongues," translated by C.D. Yonge)
COLOSSIANS 1:15 He [Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. (NASU)
For as those who are not able to look upon the sun itself, look upon the reflected rays of the sun as the sun itself, and upon the halo around the moon as if it were the moon itself; so also do those who are unable to bear the sight of God, look upon His image, His angel Word [Logos], as Himself. (p. 386, The Works of Philo, "On Dreams, I," translated by C.D. Yonge)
JOHN 1:18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (NKJV)
HEBREWS 1:3 Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, (NKJV)
Why is it that He speaks as if of some other god, saying that He made man after the image of God, and not that He made man after His own image? (Genesis 9:6) Very appropriately and without any falsehood was this oracular sentence uttered by God, for no mortal thing could have been formed on the similitude of the supreme Father of the universe, but only after the pattern of the second deity, who is the Word [Logos] of the supreme Being . . . (p. 834, The Works of Philo, "Questions and Answers on Genesis, II," translated by C.D. Yonge)
. . . The shadow of God is His Word [Logos], which He used like an instrument when He was making the world. And this shadow, and, as it were, model, is the archetype of other things. For, as God is Himself the model of that image which He has now called a shadow, so also that image is the model of other things, as he showed when he commenced giving the law to the Israelites, and said, "And God made man according to the image of God [Gen. 1:26 ]." As the image was modelled according to God, and as man was modelled according to the image, which thus received the power and character of the model. (p. 61, The Works of Philo, "Allegorical Interpretation, III," translated by C.D. Yonge)
GENESIS 1:27 So God ['elohim] created man in His own image; in the image of God ['elohim] He created him; male and female He created them. (NKJV)
GENESIS 1:27 And the Word of the Lord created man in His likeness, in the likeness of the presence of the Lord He created him, the male and his yoke-fellow He created them. (Jerusalem Targum, translated by J.W. Etheridge)
And the Father who created the universe has given to His archangelic and most ancient Word [Logos] a pre-eminent gift, to stand on the confines of both, and separated that which had been created from the Creator. And this same Word [Logos] is continually a suppliant to the immortal God on behalf of the mortal race, which is exposed to affliction and misery; and is also the ambassador, sent by the Ruler of all, to the subject race. And the Word [Logos] rejoices in the gift, and, exulting in it, announces it and boasts of it, saying, "And I stood in the midst, between the Lord and you;" neither being uncreate[d] as God, nor yet created as you . . . (p. 293, The Works of Philo, "Who Is the Heir of Divine Things," translated by C.D. Yonge)
I TIMOTHY 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, (NKJV)
But if you examine the great high priest, that is to say reason [Logos], you will find him . . . having his sacred garments richly embroidered by the powers which are comprehensible either by the outward senses or by the intellect . . . (p. 263, The Works of Philo, "On the Migration of Abraham," translated by C.D. Yonge)
For there are, as it seems, two temples belonging to God; one being this world, in which the high priest is the divine Word [Logos], His own first-born son. . . . (p. 834, The Works of Philo, "On Dreams, I," translated by C.D. Yonge)
HEBREWS 8:1 Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man. (NKJV)
I have also heard of one of the companions of Moses having uttered such a speech as this: "Behold, a man whose name is the East [or "the Branch," Zec. 6:12 ]!" A very novel appellation indeed, if you consider it as spoken of a man who is compounded of body and soul; but if you look upon it as applied to that incorporeal being who in no respect differs from the divine image, you will then agree that the name of the east has been given to him with great felicity. For the Father of the universe has caused him to spring up as the eldest son, whom, in another passage, He calls firstborn . . . (pp. 239-240, The Works of Philo, "On the Confusion of Tongues," translated by C.D. Yonge)
ZECHARIAH 6:11 "Take the silver and gold, make an elaborate crown, and set it on the head of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest. 12 Then speak to him, saying, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, saying: "Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH! From His place He shall branch out, and He shall build the temple of the LORD; 13 Yes, He shall build the temple of the LORD. He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule on His throne; so He shall be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both." ' " (NKJV)
For God, like a shepherd and a king, governs (as if they were a flock of sheep) the earth, and the water, and the air, and the fire, and all the plants, and living creatures that are in them, whether mortal or divine . . . appointing as their immediate superintendent, His own right Reason [Logos], his firstborn son, who is to receive the charge of this sacred company, as the lieutenant of the great king; for it is said somewhere, "Behold, I am He! I will send my messenger before thy face, who shall keep thee in the road [Exo. 23:20]." (p. 178, The Works of Philo, "On Husbandry," translated by C.D. Yonge)
And the most ancient Word [Logos] of the living God is clothed with the word as with a garment, for it has put on earth, and water, and air, and fire, and the things which proceed from these elements. But the particular soul is clothed with the body, and the mind of the wise man is clothed with the virtues. And it is said that he will never take the mitre off from his head, he will never lay aside the kingly diadem, the symbol of an authority which is not indeed absolute, but only that of a viceroy, but which is nevertheless an object of admiration. Nor will he "rend his clothes;" for the Word [Logos] of the living God being the bond of every thing, as has been said before, holds all things together, and binds all the parts, and prevents them from being loosened or separated. (p. 331, The Works of Philo, "On Flight and Finding," translated by C.D. Yonge)
COLOSSIANS 1:16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -- all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (NASU)
. . . The merciful power of God is the covering of the ark, and He calls it mercy-seat. The images of the creative power and of the kingly power are the winged cherubim which are placed upon it. But the divine Word [Logos] which above these does not come into any visible appearance, inasmuch as it is not like to any of the things that come under the external senses, but is itself an image of God, the most ancient of all the objects of intellect in the whole world, and that which is placed in the closest proximity to the only truly existing God, without any partition or distance being interposed between them: for it is said, "I will speak unto thee from above the mercy-seat, in the midst, between the cherubim [Exo. 25:22]." So that the Word [Logos] is, as it were, the charioteer of the powers, and He who utters it is the rider, who directs the charioteer how to proceed with a view to the proper guidance of the universe. (p. 330, The Works of Philo, "On Flight and Finding," translated by C.D. Yonge)
EXODUS 25:21 "You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the Testimony that I will give you. 22 "And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel. (NKJV)
EXODUS 25:21 And thou shalt put the mercy-seat above upon the ark, and within the ark thou shalt lay the Tables of the Testament that I will give thee. 22 And I will appoint My Word with thee there, and will speak with thee from above the mercy-seat, between the two kerubaia that are over the ark of the testament, concerning all that I may command thee for the sons of Israel. (Targum Pseudo-Jonathan, translated by J.W. Etheridge)
What, then, can it be except the Word [Logos], which is more ancient than all the things which were the objects of creation, and by means of which it is the Ruler of the universe . . . (p. 253, The Works of Philo, "On the Migration of Abraham," translated by C.D. Yonge)
MICAH 5:2 "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." (NKJV)
"And God planted a paradise in Eden, in the east: and there He placed the man whom He had formed:" for He called that divine and heavenly Wisdom by many names; and he made it manifest that it had many appellations; for He called it the Beginning, and the Image, and the Sight of God. . . . (p. 29, The Works of Philo, "Allegorical Interpretation, I," translated by C.D. Yonge)
REVELATION 3:14 " And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ' These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:' " (NKJV)
. . . How then can the daughter of God, namely, Wisdom, be properly called a father? Is it because the name indeed of wisdom is feminine but the sex masculine? For indeed all the virtues bear the names of women, but have the powers and actions of full-grown men, since whatever is subsequent to God, even if it be the most ancient of all other things, still has only the second place when compared with that omnipotent Being, and appears not so much masculine as feminine  . . . We say, therefore, without paying any attention to the difference here existing in the names, that wisdom, the daughter of God, is both male and a father . . . (p. 325, The Works of Philo, "On Flight and Finding," translated by C.D. Yonge)
PROVERBS 8:22 "The Lord created me at the beginning of His work, the first of His acts of old. 23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. 24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth; 26 before He had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world. 27 When He established the heavens, I was there, when He drew a circle on the face of the deep, 28 when He made firm the skies above, when He established the fountains of the deep, 29 when He assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth, 30 then I was beside Him, like a master workman; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him always, 31 rejoicing in His inhabited world, and delighting in the sons of men." (RSV)
. . . For the abrupt Rock is the Wisdom of God, which being both sublime and the first of things he quarried out of his own powers, and of it he gives drink to the souls that love God; and they, when they have drunk, are also filled with the most universal manna; for manna is called something which is the primary genus of every thing. But the most universal of all things is God; and in the second place the Word [Logos] of God. (p. 47, The Works of Philo, "Allegorical Interpretation, II," translated by C.D. Yonge)
. . . He nourishes us with his own Word [Logos], which is the most universal of all things, for manna being interpreted means "what?" and "what" is the most universal of all things; for the Word [Logos] is over all the world, and is the most ancient, and the most universal of all things that are created. (p. 70, The Works of Philo, "Allegorical Interpretation, III," translated by C.D. Yonge)
JOHN 6:31 "Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.' " 32 Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." 34 Then they said to Him, "Lord, give us this bread always." 35 And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst." (NKJV)

As the preceding comparisons show, much of what Philo wrote about the Logos is paralleled in the Bible. When viewed objectively, this clearly does not support some of the later theories about the identity of Yeshua.

In her provocative and controversial book about Israel's "second God," Margaret Barker details the conflict that arose between Jews who accepted Yeshua as the prophesied Messiah and those who didn't. The origin of what became orthodox rabbinic Jewish thought can be traced back to this pivotal time:

There can be little doubt, in light of passages such as these, that Jesus had been identified with the second God, whom Philo called the Logos, and whom the Targumists remembered as the Memra, the manifestation of Yahweh with his people. Problems have arisen in the understanding of the Targums because proper account has not been taken of this second God, the great Angel. . . .

The rabbinic writings from the first Christian centuries show that they were engaged in a controversy with heretical groups, who taught that there were two powers in heaven. It is not possible to identify these groups with certainty because they are never named, but investigations have shown that the controversy was 'almost entirely confined to Palestine' . . . In addition, the earliest evidence for this dispute centred on the understanding of particular passages of Scripture which the heretics had been using to demonstrate that there were two powers in heaven. These heretics did not see the two powers as opposing one another, i.e. they were not early gnostics, but rather they saw them as a far God and a near God. This suggests that the heretics were the Christians; they originated in Palestine, they believed in a second divine person and they took as one of their key scriptural passages the son of man vision in Dan. 7, the very text which formed the starting point of the rabbis' polemic. It is possible to reconstruct only the outlines of what must have been a bitter dispute, but the strength and ferocity of the debates, added to the enormous length of time over which the arguments were refined, shows that this was a cause of great concern. (pp. 152-153, The Great Angel)

Below is the passage of Scripture from Daniel used by Christians to prove that Yeshua was a divine spirit being, and not merely a man: (Yes "hua" - "Hua" rd. RD = republican + democrate. In the book of Morman index under Jos "hua" meaning land to the west by the sea.

DANIEL 7:13 "I was watching in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of Man, "as a whirlwind commeth out of the north, there you shall find the son of man and as the sun rises in the east, so shall the son of man come", coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought him near before Him. 14 Then to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed. (NKJV)

"Son of Man" was one of the titles from the Old Testament that referred to the Messiah. Yeshua frequently used this term to refer to himself in the Gospels (32 times in Matt., 14 times in Mark, 25 times in Luke, and 12 times in John). He is also called by this title by Stephen (Acts 7:56) and John in Revelation (Rev. 1:13; 14:14). Daniel 7:13, Psalm 8:4 and possibly Psalm 80:17 are the only places in the Tanakh where this title refers to the Messiah.

The ancient writings of the Jewish rabbis show that there was a significant conflict in the 1st century between rabbinic Judaism and a heresy they referred to as "two powers in heaven." Columbia University professor of religion Alan Segal did an in-depth study of this theological debate between the rabbis and those who professed a belief in two divine beings. In his summary of the rabbinic writings which opposed this position, he defined the differences of belief:

The crucial issues which can be dated early are: (1) a dangerous understanding of Dan. 7:9 f.; (2) dangerous contradictions between the portrayal of God as heavenly warrior (especially in Ex. 15:3) and the figure of an old man on a heavenly throne assumed to be described in various theophanies (especially Ex. 24:10 f.); (3) a tradition about a principal angel, based on Ex. 20 f., said to be Metatron in the amoraic traditions but whose real significance is that he is YHWH or the bearer of the divine name (using Ex. 23:21 f.).

These passages may have little in common in their origin. But they all picture God Himself as a man or posit a principal angel, with the shape of a man, who aids God in the governance of the world. . . . The earliest isolatable rabbinic opposition to "two powers," then, is not against ethical dualism, but against a principal angel or mediator. (p. 149, Two Powers In Heaven)

As Segal points out in his book, the rabbis were not primarily battling outside pagans who held this belief in "two powers." Rather, they were contending with fellow Jews and God-fearing Gentiles who attended the synagogues (cf. Acts 13:42: 14:1; 17:1-4, 10-12, 17; 18:4):

The mishnaic evidence emphasizes the second thrust of the rabbinic offensive against heresy - ostracism from the synagogue. It is likely that the "two powers" sects were among the heretical groups excluded from the synagogue during earliest times . . . The process of ostracism probably received its first impetus from Gamaliel - who expanded the curse against enemies of the synagogue to include the minim . . . We are sure that Christians were called "two powers" heretics by the late tannaim . . .

It seems clear, then, that the synagogue and academies in Palestine were the locus of the debate and defense against "two powers." Exegesis was the earliest battleground of the conflict. Although the answers to the heretics were worked out by the academies, the question must have been raised in relation to Bible-reading and by groups who were interested in hearing the Jewish Bible expounded. Since we know that some "two powers" heretics were among those cursed in the synagogue, we can assume the following tentative reconstruction of the evidence: Either contemporary with the exegetical problem or immediately after it, a successful campaign was mounted to silence various sectarians in the synagogue by regulating the content and procedures of prayer. Among those silenced were some evincing "two powers" interpretations of scripture. The sectarians may not have called themselves "two gods" or "two powers" heretics. Only the offended party, from a new position of authority, described these doctrines as heresy. When the rabbis insisted that prayers in synagogue meet specific standards of monotheism, the incipient heretics and the rabbis withdrew from each other by mutual consent but certainly on less than peaceful terms. Although they separated, the groups encountered each other in debate frequently, showing that the heretics continued to proliferate and that they remained in close proximity to the rabbinic community. (pp. 152, 154, Ibid.)

The available evidence from the ancient Jewish writings shows that this "two powers" doctrine developed among those who attended the synagogues. As the New Testament shows, many thousands of Torah-observant Jews were among the early believers in Yeshua the Messiah (Acts 21:20). These Jews, who believed that Yeshua was a "second power in heaven," would have met in the synagogues along with their non-messianic counterparts. As the rabbinic evidence indicates, the belief that Yeshua was a divine being eventually led to their expulsion from the synagogues in the late 1st and early 2nd century.

The next piece of evidence from the early Christian era is from the Odes of Solomon. Odes is the earliest known Christian book of hymns or psalms, containing a total of 42 odes. This collection of hymns is titled the Odes of Solomon because it was called this in other ancient references. The originals were in Aramaic, indicating that the authors were probably messianic Jews.

Regarding the date of the Odes, The Anchor Bible Dictionary states:

The date of the Odes has caused considerable interest. H.J. Drivers contends that they are as late as the 3d century. L. Abramowski places them in the latter half of the 2d century. B. McNeil argued that they are contemporaneous with 4 Ezra, the Shepherd of Hermas, Polycarp, and Valentinus (ca. 100 C.E.). Most scholars date them sometime around the middle of the 2d century, but if they are heavily influenced by Jewish apocalyptic thought and especially the ideas in the Dead Sea Scrolls, a date long after 100 is unlikely. H. Chadwick, Emerton, Charlesworth, and many other scholars, are convinced that they must not be labeled "gnostic," and therefore should not be dated to the late 2d or 3d century. (p. 114, vol. 6, "Solomon, Odes of")

Let's take a closer look at one of the hymns (Ode 36) which is written from the viewpoint of the Messiah:

ODE 36
I rested on the Spirit of the Lord, and She lifted me up to heaven;
And caused me to stand on my feet in the Lord's high place, before His perfection and His glory, where I continued glorifying Him by the composition of His Odes.
The Spirit brought me forth before the Lord's face, and because I was the Son of Man, I was named the Light, the Son of God;
Because I was the most glorified among the glorious ones, and the greatest among the great ones.
For according to the greatness of the Most High, so She [
the Spirit of the Lord] made me; and according to His newness He renewed me.
And He anointed me with His perfection; and I became one of those who are near Him.
And my mouth was opened like a cloud of dew, and my heart gushed forth like a gusher of righteousness.
And my approach was in peace, and I was established in the Spirit of Providence.
Hallelujah.
(Odes of Solomon)

This hymn shows that early Messianic Jews understood that Yeshua was the "Son of Man," the greatest and most glorious of the beney 'elohim ("sons of God"). He was "made" by the Spirit of the Lord (called "she" because the Aramaic word for "spirit" is feminine) according to the greatness of the Most High, God the Father.

One of the first writers after the apostles is Ignatius (c. 30-107 C.E.), the bishop of Antioch. Tradition says that he and Polycarp were disciples under the apostle John. He was martyred by order of the Roman emperor Trajan, being carried captive from Antioch to Rome and thrown to wild animals in the Flavian amphitheater.

Ignatius' letters show us that during the late first and early second century, Christians still understood that the Messiah was God's only-begotten (Gr. monogenes, "unique") Son, begotten before the universe was created. Here are some selected references Ignatius makes to the origin of the Son in his epistles:

. . . But our Physician is the only true God, the unbegotten and unapproachable, the Lord of all, the Father and Begetter of the only-begotten Son. We also have as a Physician the Lord our God, Jesus the Christ, the only-begotten Son and Word, before time began, but who afterwards became also man, of Mary the virgin. For "the Word was made flesh." (pp. 110-111, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians")
. . . For the Son of God, who was begotten before time began, and established all things according to the will of the Father, He was conceived in the womb of Mary, according to the appointment of God, of the seed of David, and by the Holy Ghost. (p. 120, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians")
. . . Do ye all come together in common, and individually, through grace, in one faith of God the Father, and of Jesus Christ His only-begotten Son, and "the first-born of every creature," but of the seed of David according to the flesh . . . (p. 122, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians")
. . . Jesus Christ. He, being begotten by the Father before the beginning of time, was God the Word, the only-begotten Son, and remains the same for ever . . . (p. 129, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers,"The Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians")
. . . Christ, who was begotten by the Father before all ages, but was afterwards born of the Virgin Mary without any intercourse with man. . . . To those who had fallen into the error of polytheism He made known the one and only true God, His Father . . . (p. 134, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "The Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians")
. . . One of the ancients gives us this advice, "Let no man be called good who mixes good with evil." For they speak of Christ, not that they may preach Christ, but that they may reject Christ; and they speak of the law, not that they may establish the law, but that they may proclaim things contrary to it. For they alienate Christ from the Father, and the law from Christ. They also calumniate His being born of the Virgin; they are ashamed of His cross; they deny His passion; and they do not believe His resurrection. They introduce God as a Being unknown; they suppose Christ to be unbegotten; and as to the Spirit, they do not admit that He exists. Some of them say that the Son is a mere man, and that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are but the same person, and that the creation is the work of God, not by Christ, but by some other strange power. (p. 142, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "The Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians")
. . . Since, also, there is but one unbegotten Being, God, even the Father; and one only-begotten Son, God, the Word and man . . . (p. 165, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philadelphians")
. . . Being fully persuaded, in very truth, with respect to our Lord Jesus Christ, that He was the Son of God, "the first-born of every creature," God the Word, the only-begotten Son, and was of the seed of David according to the flesh, by the Virgin Mary . . . (p. 175, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyraeans")
And [know ye, moreover], that He who was born of a woman was the Son of God, and He that was crucified was "the first-born of every creature," and God the Word, who also created all things. For says the apostle, "There is one God, the Father, of whom are all things; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things." And again, "For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus;" and, "By Him were all things created that are in heaven, and on earth, visible and invisible; and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist." (p. 212, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "The Epistle of Ignatius to the Tarsians")
Nor is He a mere man, by whom and in whom all things were made; for "all things were made by Him." "When He made the heaven, I was present with Him; and I was there with Him, forming [the world along with Him], and He rejoiced in me daily." And how could a mere man be addressed in such words as these: "Sit Thou at My right hand?" And how, again, could such an one declare: "Before Abraham was, I am?" And, "Glorify Me with Thy glory which I had before the world was?" What man could ever say, "I came down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me?" And of what man could it be said, "He was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world: He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not?" How could such a one be a mere man, receiving the beginning of His existence from Mary, and not rather God the Word, and the only-begotten Son? For "in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." And in another place, "The Lord created Me, the beginning of His ways, for His ways, for His works. Before the world did He found Me, and before all the hills did He beget Me." (p. 213, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "The Epistle of Ignatius to the Tarsians")
I write this letter to you from Philippi. May He who is alone unbegotten, keep you steadfast both in the spirit and in the flesh, through Him who was begotten before time began! (p. 222, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "The Epistle of Ignatius to the Antiochians")

Justin Martyr was a second-century Gentile Christian born in Flavia Neapolis, Samaria (the modern Nablus). Living from about 114-165 C.E., he was well educated, having studied Socratic and Platonic philosophy. Justin is considered the first Christian author and founder of Christian theological literature.

One of Justin's principal works is the Dialogue with Trypho. Trypho was a Jew who debated the identity of Christ with Justin. Justin's Dialogue was the first significant Christian exposition on why Yeshua should be regarded as the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament.

Justin spends much of his time making the case to Trypho that the preincarnate Christ was the 'elohim seen by the patriarchs and ancient Israel:

And all the Jews even now teach that the nameless God spake to Moses . . . Now the Word of God is His Son, as we have before said. And He is called Angel and Apostle; for He declares whatever we ought to know, and is sent forth to declare whatever is revealed; as our Lord Himself says, "He that heareth Me, heareth Him that sent Me." From the writings of Moses also this will be manifest; for thus it is written in them, "And the Angel of God spake to Moses, in a flame of fire out of the bush, and said, I am that I am, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, the God of thy fathers; go down into Egypt, and bring forth My people." And if you wish to learn what follows, you can do so from the same writings; for it is impossible to relate the whole here. But so much is written for the sake of proving that Jesus the Christ is the Son of God and His Apostle, being of old the Word, and appearing sometimes in the form of fire, and sometimes in the likeness of angels; but now, by the will of God, having become man for the human race . . . (p. 351, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "Dialogue with Trypho")

As Justin's initial statement shows, by the middle of the second century common Jewish thought had changed regarding the identity of the one who had anciently interacted with Israel. This change was likely a rabbinic reaction to the early Messianic Jewish belief that Yeshua the Messiah was the Angel of YHVH, the Word of God who had interacted with ancient Israel. Justin clearly explains that the God manifested to ancient Israel was this Angel:

"Reverting to the Scriptures, I shall endeavor to persuade you, that He who is said to have appeared to Abraham, and to Jacob, and to Moses, and who is called God, is distinct from Him who made all things, -- numerically, I mean, not [distinct] in will. For I affirm that He has never at any time done anything which He who made the world -- above whom there is no other God -- has not wished Him both to do and to engage Himself with." (p. 445, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "Dialogue with Trypho")
It is again written by Moses, my brethren, that He who is called God and appeared to the patriarchs is called both Angel and Lord, in order that from this you may understand Him to be minister to the Father of all things . . ." (p. 449, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "Dialogue with Trypho")
"I shall give you another testimony, my friends," said I, "from the Scriptures, that God begat before all creatures a Beginning, [who was] a certain rational power [proceeding] from Himself, who is called by the Holy Spirit, now the Glory of the Lord, now the Son, again Wisdom, again an Angel, then God, and then Lord and Logos; and on another occasion He calls Himself Captain, when He appeared in human form to Joshua the son of Nave (Nun). For He can be called by all those names, since He ministers to the Father's will, and since He was begotten of the Father by an act of will . . . The Word of Wisdom, who is Himself this God begotten of the Father of all things, and Word, and Wisdom, and Power, and the Glory of the Begetter, will bear evidence to me, when He speaks by Solomon the following: 'If I shall declare to you what happens daily, I shall call to mind events from everlasting, and review them. The Lord made me the beginning of His ways for His works. From everlasting He established me in the beginning, before He had made the earth, and before He had made the deeps, before the springs of the waters had issued forth, before the mountains had been established. Before all the hills He begets me. God made the country, and the desert, and the highest inhabited places under the sky. When He made ready the heavens, I was along with Him, and when He set up His throne on the winds: when He made the high clouds strong, and the springs of the deep safe, when He made the foundations of the earth, I was with Him arranging. I was that in which He rejoiced; daily and at all times I delighted in His countenance, because He delighted in the finishing of the habitable world, and delighted in the sons of men. (pp. 453-454, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "Dialogue with Trypho")
. . . This Offspring, which was truly brought forth from the Father, was with the Father before all the creatures, and the Father communed with Him; even as the Scripture by Solomon has made clear, that He whom Solomon calls Wisdom, was begotten as a Beginning before all His creatures and as Offspring by God . . . (p. 455, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "Dialogue with Trypho")
. . . When Isaiah calls Him the Angel of mighty counsel [Isa. 9:6, LXX], did he not foretell Him to be the Teacher of those truths which He did teach when He came [to earth]? For He alone taught openly those mighty counsels which the Father designed both for all those who have been and shall be well-pleasing to Him, and also for those who have rebelled against His will, whether men or angels . . . (p. 474, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "Dialogue with Trypho")
. . . For if He also were to be begotten of sexual intercourse, like all other first-born sons, why did God say that He would give a sign which is not common to all the first-born sons? But that which is truly a sign, and which was to be made trustworthy to mankind, namely, -- that the first-begotten of all creation should become incarnate by the Virgin's womb, and be a child, -- this he anticipated by the Spirit of prophecy, and predicted it . . . (p. 484, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "Dialogue with Trypho")
. . . This very Son of God -- who is the First-born of every creature, who became man by the Virgin, who suffered, and was crucified under Pontius Pilate . . . (p. 485, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "Dialogue with Trypho")
. . . He said: 'All things are delivered unto me by My Father;' and, 'No man knoweth the Father but the Son; nor the Son but the Father, and they to whom the Son will reveal Him.' Accordingly He revealed to us all that we have perceived by His grace out of the Scriptures, so that we know Him to be the first-begotten of God, and to be before all creatures; likewise to be the Son of the patriarchs, since He assumed flesh by the Virgin of their family, and submitted to become a man without comeliness, dishonored, and subject to suffering.... For [Christ] called one of His disciples -- previously known by the name of Simon -- Peter; since he recognized Him to be Christ the Son of God, by the revelation of His Father: and since we find it recorded in the memoirs of His apostles that He is the Son of God, and since we call Him the Son, we have understood that He proceeded before all creatures from the Father by His power and will (for He is addressed in the writings of the prophets in one way or another as Wisdom) . . . (p. 503, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "Dialogue with Trypho")
"But if you knew, Trypho," continued I, "who He is that is called at one time the Angel of great counsel, and a Man by Ezekiel, and like the Son of man by Daniel, and a Child by Isaiah, and Christ and God to be worshipped by David, and Christ and a Stone by many, and Wisdom by Solomon, and Joseph and Judah and a Star by Moses, and the East by Zechariah, and the Suffering One and Jacob and Israel by Isaiah again, and a Rod, and Flower, and Corner-Stone, and Son of God, you would not have blasphemed Him who has now come, and been born, and suffered, and ascended to heaven; who shall also come again, and then your twelve tribes shall mourn. For if you had understood what has been written by the prophets, you would not have denied that He was God, Son of the only, unbegotten, unutterable God. (p. 535, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "Dialogue with Trypho")
". . . Christ being Lord, and God the Son of God, and appearing formerly in power as Man, and Angel, and in the glory of fire as at the bush, so also was manifested at the judgment executed on Sodom, has been demonstrated fully by what has been said. . . . And do not suppose, sirs, that I am speaking superfluously when I repeat these words frequently: but it is because I know that some wish to anticipate these remarks, and to say that the power sent from the Father of all which appeared to Moses, or to Abraham, or to Jacob, is called an Angel because He came to men (for by Him the commands of the Father have been proclaimed to men); is called Glory, because He appears in a vision sometimes that cannot be borne; is called a Man, and a human being, because He appears strayed in such forms as the Father pleases; and they call Him the Word, because He carries tidings from the Father to men: but maintain that this power is indivisible and inseparable from the Father, just as they say that the light of the sun on earth is indivisible and inseparable from the sun in the heavens; as when it sinks, the light sinks along with it; so the Father, when He chooses, say they, causes His power to spring forth, and when He chooses, He makes it return to Himself. In this way, they teach, He made the angels. But it is proved that there are angels who always exist, and are never reduced to that form out of which they sprang. And that this power which the prophetic word calls God, as has been also amply demonstrated, and Angel, is not numbered [as different] in name only like the light of the sun but is indeed something numerically distinct, I have discussed briefly in what has gone before; when I asserted that this power was begotten from the Father, by His power and will, but not by abscission, as if the essence of the Father were divided; as all other things partitioned and divided are not the same after as before they were divided: and, for the sake of example, I took the case of fires kindled from a fire, which we see to be distinct from it, and yet that from which many can be kindled is by no means made less, but remains the same.

"And now I shall again recite the words which I have spoken in proof of this point. When Scripture says, 'The Lord rained fire from the Lord out of heaven,' the prophetic word indicates that there were two in number: One upon the earth, who, it says, descended to behold the cry of Sodom; another in heaven, who also is Lord of the Lord on earth, as He is Father and God; the cause of His power and of His being Lord and God. . . . And it is written in the book of Wisdom: 'If I should tell you daily events, I would be mindful to enumerate them from the beginning. The Lord created me the beginning of His ways for His works. From everlasting He established me in the beginning, before He formed the earth, and before He made the depths, and before the springs of waters came forth, before the mountains were settled; He begets me before all the hills.' " When I repeated these words, I added: "You perceive, my hearers, if you bestow attention, that the Scripture has declared that this Offspring was begotten by the Father before all things created; and that which is begotten is numerically distinct from that which begets, any one will admit." (pp. 538-539, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "Dialogue with Trypho")

. . . Our teacher of these things is Jesus Christ, who also was born for this purpose, and was crucified under Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judaea, in the times of Tiberius Caesar; and that we reasonably worship Him, having learned that He is the Son of the true God Himself, and holding Him in the second place . . . For they proclaim our madness to consist in this, that we give to a crucified man a place second to the unchangeable and eternal God, the Creator of all . . . (p. 309, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "First Apology of Justin")
We have been taught that Christ is the first-born of God, and we have declared above that He is the Word of whom every race of men were partakers . . . (p. 336, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "First Apology of Justin")
. . . For they who affirm that the Son is the Father, are proved neither to have become acquainted with the Father, nor to know that the Father of the universe has a Son; who also, being the first-begotten Word of God, is even God. And of old He appeared in the shape of fire and in the likeness of an angel to Moses and to the other prophets . . . (p. 352, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "First Apology of Justin")
But to the Father of all, who is unbegotten, there is no name given. For by whatever name He be called, He has as His elder the person who gives Him the name. But these words, Father, and God, and Creator, and Lord, and master, are not names, but appellations derived from His good deeds and functions. And His son, who along is properly called Son, the Word, who also was with Him and was begotten before the works, when at first He created and arranged all things by Him, is called Christ, in reference to His being anointed and God's ordering all things through Him . . . (p. 364, vol. I, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "Second Apology of Justin")

Another early Christian literary work that shows the common understanding of the Messiah is The Shepherd of Hermas (also known as The Pastor of Hermas). This work is dated to about 160 C.E., and Hermas was one of the most popular books of Christianity during the second, third, and fourth centuries.

Hermas is divided into three primary sections. There are five visions, twelve mandates; and ten parables (also called "similitudes"). The overall theme of the visions is repentance and remaining faithful in the face of persecution.

"God planted the vineyard, that is to say, He created the people, and gave them to His Son; and the Son appointed His angels over them to keep them; and He Himself purged away their sins, having suffered many trials and undergone many labors, for no one is able to dig without labor and toil. He Himself, then, having purged away the sins of the people, showed them the paths of life by giving them the law which He received from His Father. [You see," he said, "that He is the Lord of the people, having received all authority from His Father.]" (p. 73, vol. II, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "The Pastor of Hermas")
This great tree that casts its shadow over plains, and mountains, and all the earth, is the law of God that was given to the whole world; and this law is the Son of God, proclaimed to the ends of the earth; and the people who are under its shadow are they who have heard the proclamation, and have believed upon Him. And the great and glorious angel Michael is he who has authority over this people, and governs them; for this is he who gave them the law into the hearts of believers: he accordingly superintends them to whom he gave it, to see if they have kept the same. (p. 84, vol. II, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "The Pastor of Hermas")

A comparison of the two passages above shows that the Son of God, who gave the people the Law he received from his Father, was also known as "the great and glorious angel Michael." It is this same Son that came to earth as Yeshua and purged the sins of those who believed by his sacrifice. Hermas goes on to speak of the age of the Son:

"Listen," he said, "and understand, O ignorant man. The Son of God is older than all His creatures, so that He was a fellow-councilor with the Father in His work of creation: for this reason is He old." (Ibid., p. 100)

The Shepherd of Hermas confirms that in the mid-second century, believers still had some understanding of the preincarnate identity and origin of Yeshua.

Origen, a Catholic theologian/philosopher writing in the first half of the third century, shows that the Christian belief in "two powers in heaven" was still a point of contention at that time. In his apologetic work Against Celsus, Origen disputes the pagan author's contention that Christians were hypocritical for condemning polytheism while worshiping two Gods:

In what follows, some may imagine that he says something plausible against us. "If," says he, "these people worshipped one God alone, and no other, they would perhaps have some valid argument against the worship of others. But they pay excessive reverence to one who has but lately appeared among men, and they think it no offense against God if they worship also His servant." To this we reply, that if Celsus had known that saying, "I and My Father are one," and the words used in prayer by the Son of God, "As Thou and I are one," he would not have supposed that we worship any other besides Him who is the Supreme God. "For," says He, "My Father is in Me, and I in Him." And if any should from these words be afraid of our going over to the side of those who deny that the Father and the Son are two persons, let him weigh that passage, "And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul," that he may understand the meaning of the saying, "I and My Father are one." We worship one God, the Father and the Son, therefore, as we have explained; and our argument against the worship of other gods still continues valid. And we do not "reverence beyond measure one who has but lately appeared," as though He did not exist before; for we believe Himself when He says, "Before Abraham was, I am." Again He says, "I am the truth;" and surely none of us is so simple as to suppose that truth did not exist before the time when Christ appeared. We worship, therefore, the Father of truth, and the Son, who is the truth; and these, while they are two, considered as persons or subsistences, are one in unity of thought, in harmony and in identity of will. So entirely are they one, that he who has seen the Son, "who is the brightness of God's glory, and the express image of His person," has seen in Him who is the image, of God, God Himself. (pp. 1327-1328, vol. IV, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "Against Celsus")
. . . He is the Son who has been most highly exalted by the Father. Grant that there may be some individuals among the multitudes of believers who are not in entire agreement with us, and who incautiously assert that the Savior is the Most High God; however, we do not hold with them, but rather believe Him when He says, "The Father who sent Me is greater than I." (p. 1330, vol. IV, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "Against Celsus")
. . . Our duty is to pray to the Most High God alone, and to the Only-begotten, the First-born of the whole creation, and to ask Him as our High Priest to present the prayers which ascend to Him from us, to His God and our God, to His Father and the Father of those who direct their lives according to His word. (pp. 1340-1341, vol. IV, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "Against Celsus")
. . . Jesus Christ Himself, who came (into the world), was born of the Father before all creatures; that, after He had been the servant of the Father in the creation of all things -- "For by Him were all things made" -- He in the last times, divesting Himself (of His glory), became a man,and was incarnate . . . (p. 499, vol. IV, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, "De Principiis")

Gnosticism was one of the first heresies to arise which advocated a non-scriptural explanation for the identity of the Messiah. Gnosticism likely began as a corruption of the ancient understanding of the heavenly divine council.

Regarding the origins of Gnosticism, Margaret Barker writes:

. . . There is not one myth of the fallen angels, but, in the texts we have, a considerable diversity, suggesting that something very ancient was involved. . . . This diversity in the angel mythology counts for the diversity in the later gnostic systems. Stroumsa has shown that 'a radical transformation of this myth (the fallen angels) forms the basis of the Gnostic mythological consciousness of evil' . . . The possession of knowledge made one wise like the angels . . . Mankind was forbidden the knowledge which could make him like the 'elohim, like the angels  . . . (pp. 162-163, 164, The Great Angel)

Gnosticism wasn't a separate religion; rather, it was a philosophy that was blended with components of existing religions. Elements of Messianic Judaism (Christianity) were combined with Gnostic beliefs beginning in the middle of the first century, creating the heretical teachings that New Testament writers Paul and John battled (cf. Colossians, I John, II John).

The term "Gnostic" comes from the Greek word gnosis, which means "knowledge." Gnosticism was a complex religious philosophy which taught that salvation could only be achieved through secret knowledge. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) records the following general characteristics found within Gnostic belief systems:

The following may be regarded as the chief points in the Gnostic systems:

(1) a claim on the part of the initiated to a special knowledge of the truth; a tendency to regard knowledge as superior to faith and as the special possession of the more enlightened, for ordinary Christians did not possess this secret and higher doctrine;

(2) the essential separation of matter and spirit, matter being intrinsically evil and the source from which all evil has arisen;

(3) an attempt to solve the problems of creation and the origin of evil by postulating a demiurge, i.e., a creator or artificer of the world distinct from the deity, and emanations extending between God and the visible universe (the demiurge for the Gnostics being the God of the OT, an inferior being infinitely remote from the Supreme Being who can have nothing to do with anything material);

(4) a denial of the true humanity of Christ; a docetic Christology which considered the earthly life of Christ and especially His sufferings on the cross to be unreal;

(5) the denial of the personality of the Supreme God, and also the denial of the free will of mankind;

(6) the teaching, on the one hand, of asceticism as the means of attaining spiritual communion with God, and, on the other hand, of an indifference that led directly to licentiousness;

(7) a syncretistic tendency that combined certain more or less misunderstood Christian doctrines and various elements from oriental, Jewish, Greek, and other sources;

(8) ascription of the OT to the demiurge or inferior creator of the world.

Some of these ideas are more obvious in one and some of them in another of the Gnostic systems. (p. 486, vol. 2, "Gnosticism")

Christian Gnostic doctrine stated that the Messiah really didn't come to the earth as a human being. Because they believed that flesh was evil by nature, Gnostics sought a way to separate the spiritual Savior from Yeshua the man. They did this by two separate but related teachings; (1) that the Messiah was a spiritual being who entered the man Jesus at his baptism and left him at his crucifixion; or (2) that Jesus wasn't really flesh and blood, but simply a spirit being in a phantom body.

Since Gnostics believed that the Messiah was not actually flesh, they taught that one did not need the atoning sacrifice of his blood for salvation. Rather, the Gnostics stressed that salvation could be attained only through the secret knowledge that Christ had brought to his disciples.

The Gnostic doctrine regarding the Messiah was labeled Docetism. It was first of many human attempts to understand and define who Jesus Christ really was. This doctrine reached its peak in the second century C.E.

Several competing theories regarding the nature of the Messiah arose in the second and third centuries. These included Modalism, Adoptionism, and Trinitarianism.

Probably the most popular second-century doctrine regarding the identity of the Messiah was Modalism (also called Monarchianism). Modalism states that there is only one Person in the Godhead. Modalists believe that God the Father has manifested Himself at different times in different modes. Therefore, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are but three names for the same Deity.

In the third chapter of his work Against Praxeus, Tertullian (the founder of Latin Christianity) indicates that Monarchianism was the most common belief regarding the identity of Christ by the end of the second century C.E. The rise of Modalism is described by author Arthur Cushman McGiffert:

. . . There were many who felt that to call Jesus the Son of God was to detract from his dignity and to deprive him of the place that rightly belonged to him. They were interested primarily in salvation rather than creation and the Saviour was more to them than the Creator. In these circumstances they could not consent to have the supreme place assigned to the Creator and the Saviour subordinated to him. The divine Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was the only God they needed. To associate another God with him and particularly to put another God above him offended them deeply. If it were necessary to recognize a creating as well as a saving God, then the Lord Jesus Christ whom they worshipped, and faith in whom had brought them into the Christian church, was himself creator as well as saviour; they neither knew nor cared to know any other God apart from him. . . .

Their original position was very simple and quite without theological implications. Christ is the Father, the creator of heaven and earth. It is the Father that appeared on earth, was born of a virgin, and suffered and died on the cross. The arguments used in support of this position were chiefly Scriptural: "I and the Father are one"; "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father" and other similar utterances. (pp. 232-233, 237, vol. I, A History of Christian Thought)

The most renowned and significant Modalist theologian was Sabellius. Coming from north Africa about 215 C.E., he taught in Rome until 220. Sabellius developed the most comprehensive explanation of the Monarchian view of the Godhead. McGiffert writes of Sabellius:

. . . He seems to have been interested more than the others in preserving the unity of God and he insisted in the strongest possible way that God is one person as well as one substance. As one person he is indivisible but he has three energies or operations: creating and governing, redeeming, regenerating and sanctifying. As creator and governor God is called Father, as redeemer he is called Son, as regenerator and sanctifier he is called Holy Spirit. But it is one and the same God, one and the same divine person, who acts in all these ways. The difference is not in being or person, but in function or activity. Each of these functions or activities -- Father, Son and Spirit -- was called by Sabellius prosopon (πρόσωπον), the Greek word of which the Latin translation is persona. The word means not person but face, and was used for the mask worn by actors in the theatre or for the part they played. . . .

Sabellius became the principal leader of the Modalists in Rome and was opposed, as other Modalists were, by Hippolytus, a champion of the Logos Christology. For the sake of peace Bishop Callixtus (217-222), although himself a Modalist, excommunicated both Sabellius and Hippolytus, the leaders of the two hostile groups, and set up his own compromising formula  . . . (pp. 238, 239, Ibid.)

Adoptionism, another theoretical explanation of the identity of the Messiah, was also present during this time period. However, it never received widespread popular acceptance in the west. This doctrine was spread by Theodotus, a leather dealer from Smyrna, and its adherents were originally called Theodotians. He came to Rome about 190 C.E. and taught that Yeshua was merely a man adopted by God who had divinity bestowed upon him at the time of his baptism. He found little support for his teaching in the western part of the Roman empire, and was eventually condemned by Roman bishop Victor.

However, in the eastern Roman empire, Adoptionism took hold in the latter half of the third century. The leader of eastern Adoptionism was the bishop of Antioch, Paul of Samosata. Of him and his teaching, McGiffert writes:

. . . Paul was the most important of all the Adoptionists and one of the most interesting figures in the early church. . . . The man Jesus Christ according to Paul was by no means an ordinary man. On the contrary he was endowed at birth with the divine reason or wisdom (Paul used the two words interchangeably) and lived wholly at one with God, loving him unalterably and fulfilling his will perfectly in all things. As a consequence, he was raised from the dead, was given divine authority, and was appointed to be the judge and saviour of men. He is therefore now to be recognized as Lord and to be worshipped as such. Paul was even willing that he should be given the name God if it were clearly understood that he was not God in himself but had only been granted the title and the honour that went with it as a reward for his virtue and the constancy of his devotion to the divine will. (pp. 241-242, 243-244, Ibid.)

After two earlier tries failed, Paul and his teaching were finally condemned at a synod held in Antioch in 268 C.E. He was deposed from his religious office and Adoptionism gradually gave way in the east to the Logos Christology. McGiffert states this about the philosophical origins of the Logos Christology, the foundation for what later became Trinitarianism:

. . . Platonic philosophy . . . came to expression in the Logos Christology. At the end of the third century, the Logos Christology was generally accepted in all parts of the church and found a place in most of the creeds framed in that period, particularly in the east. The motive underlying it was philosophical, the hostility to it was due chiefly to either religious or ethical considerations. (pp. 241, 244-245, Ibid.)

The development of the Trinity doctrine was a response by scholars and theologians in the Roman Catholic Church to the heretical doctrines of Docetism, Modalism, and Adoptionism in all their different variations. Trinitarianism began to take shape as a comprehensive doctrine in the second century, but it took many hundreds of years to come to its final form. Theophilus of Antioch seems to have been the first to use the Greek term for "trinity" (τριάς) to describe God about 190 C.E.

Initially, it appears that the main goal of the Catholic theologians was to establish the preexistence of the Son of God, his incarnation as the man Jesus Christ, and his deity. However, as the Trinity doctrine was taking form, there continued to be disagreements over the nature of the Messiah by scholars within the Roman Catholic church. This dissension eventually came to a head early in the fourth century C.E. due to the teaching of Lucian of Antioch. Regarding this man and his doctrine, McGiffert writes:

Lucian was at the head of a theological school in Antioch when he suffered martyrdom in 311. He was a man of high standing and many of his pupils held prominent positions in the church of the east. He was a disciple of Paul of Samosata, but he departed radically from the teaching of his master . . . Like him he distinguished Christ sharply from God, but instead of counting him a mere man as Paul did, he made him the incarnation of a preexistent being whom he called the Logos or Son of God. The Logos incarnate in Christ is not identical with the divine logos or reason which is a mere impersonal attribute or faculty, on the contrary he is a personal being intermediate between God and man and of another nature altogether. . . . (pp. 246-247, Ibid.)

One of Lucian's disciples was a presbyter from Alexandria, Egypt named Arius. With respect to Arius' position on the identity of Yeshua, McGiffert writes:

Arius was more of a rationalist than a mystic and his controlling interest was intellectual rather than religious. God, he maintained, is one both in substance and in person. His nature is indivisible and cannot be shared by any other being. He is self-existent and eternal. Everything else has been created out of nothing and had its beginning in time. The Son of God was made out of nothing to be God's agent in the creation of the world. He is not eternal; on the contrary he was created in time by an act of God's will. His nature is not identical with God's, any more than is the nature of other created things. God is immutable; the Son of God is subject to change. God is eternally perfect; the Son of God advances in wisdom and knowledge. The Son of God may be called the Logos, but is to be sharply distinguished from the impersonal logos or reason which God always possessed. Though Arius occasionally spoke of the Son in traditional fashion as begotten by the Father he used the term only as a synonym of created. He was quite clear indeed that the Son was made out of nothing and did not partake of the divine essence in any sense. The essence of the Son is his own and is identical neither with that of God nor with that of man. The Son is the first of all creatures and belongs to a higher order of being than any others, whether angels or men. He became incarnate in Jesus Christ, being born of a virgin and taking on human flesh . . . (pp. 247-248, Ibid.)

Regarding the source of the difference between the teaching of Arius and Catholic scholars championing the Trinity, ISBE states:

The Arian debate of the 4th cent. centered from the very first on the right interpretation of Prov. 8:22-31 . . . Origen had sometimes suggested that the logos, identified both with the preexistent Son of God and with wisdom, is a creature if wisdom is such in Prov. 8:22 (cf. In Ioannem i.19.115). Arius made explicit this Origenist tendency to subordinate the Son metaphysically. For him the Son of God (identified with wisdom) has not always existed in eternal generation, but "before eternal times" was brought into being by the Father. Indeed, God cannot eternally communicate the divine essence to another, for God is absolutely simple and His essence therefore incommunicable. The Son was in fact made by God. He is a "second," a perfect creature (though eventually in principle fallible), the firstborn of all creation, intermediate -- a saving mediator -- between God and human beings. (p. 918, vol. 4, The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, "Trinity")

About 319 C.E. Arius, a respected scholar and teacher, came into conflict with Alexander, the Bishop of Alexandria, over his teaching of Lucian's doctrine regarding Christ. In an informal discussion between Alexander and his presbyters, Arius accused Alexander of Sabellianism. Soon thereafter, Bishop Alexander convened a council that condemned and exiled Arius.

Arius' response to Alexander's action was to write a letter to Eusebius of Nicomedia. In his letter, he complained of being wrongly persecuted by Alexander. Here is an excerpt from the letter that documents the doctrines of Alexander regarding the Son of God:

. . . The bishop greatly wastes and persecutes us, and leaves no stone unturned against us. He has driven us out of the city as atheists, because we do not concur in what he publicly preaches, namely, God always, the Son always; as the Father so the Son; the Son co-exists unbegotten with the God; He is everlasting; neither by thought nor by any interval does God precede the Son; always God, always Son; he is begotten of the unbegotten; the Son is of God Himself. (p. 41, bk. I, ch. IV, ser. II, vol. III, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, "The Ecclesiastical History of Theodoret")

The letter also mentions that several eastern bishops (Eusebius of Caesarea, Theodotus of Laodicea, Paulinus of Tyre, Athanasius of Anazarbus, Gregorius of Berytus, and Aetius of Lydda) had been condemned by Alexander for teachings similar to those of Arius.

At about the same time, Alexander wrote the Catholic Epistle; in this letter, he informed his colleagues that Eusebius of Nicomedia was also spreading the heresy of Arius. He warned the Catholic bishops not to fall into apostasy by accepting the teachings of Arius and Eusebius.

Shortly thereafter, Eusebius invited Arius to Nicomedia and began a letter writing campaign to the bishops of Asia Minor in support of Arius and his position. Due to Eusebius' steadfast and outspoken support of Arius, the "Arian controversy" was changed from an Egyptian dispute into a controversy that affected the fledgling Catholic church.

The next year (320 C.E.) while in Nicomedia, Arius drafted a letter to Alexander and summarized his views once more. Arius also wrote The Banquet while there, which was probably an attempt to widely publish his doctrine. However, this work survives today only in fragments found primarily in quotations from the writings of Athanasius.

In 324 C.E., Alexander again sent a letter to bishops outside of Egypt warning of the danger from Arius' doctrine. By this time, Roman Emperor Constantine had recognized that the doctrinal battle within the Roman Catholic church had to be settled or the newly-recognized religion would be splintered by factional fighting. Since the Arian position had the least support among the bishops, Constantine sought to resolve the issue in favor of the majority position.

Early in 325 C.E., a representative of Emperor Constantine named Hosius presided over a council in Antioch. This anti-Arian council condemned Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea, for being an Arian sympathizer. It also formulated a doctrinal creed in favor of Alexander's theological position on the nature of the Godhead.

Later in the same year, another council was held in the city of Nicea. There were 318 Catholic bishops in attendance, the majority of which were opposed to Arius' teaching. The position of these bishops was presented by a young deacon from Alexandria, Athanasius. In the end, Athanasius' arguments won out and Arius was exiled to Illyria. An anti-Arian creed (the Nicene Creed) was adopted by the council. Below is the text of the Nicene Creed:

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of all things visible and invisible; and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten of his Father, of the substance of the Father, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten not made, being of one substance (homoousios) with the Father. By whom all things were made, both which is in heaven and in earth. Who for us men and for our salvation came down [from heaven] and was incarnate and was made man. He suffered and the third day he rose again, ascended into heaven. And he shall come again to judge both the living and the dead. And [we believe] in the Holy Ghost. And whosoever shall say that there was a time when the Son of God was not, or that before he was begotten he was not, or that he was made of things that were not, or that he is of a different substance or essence [from the Father] or that he is a creature, or subject to change or conversion―all that so say, the Catholic and Apostolic Church anathematizes them. (p. 3, ser. II, vol. XIV, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers)

However, the adoption of the Nicene Creed did not truly solve the dispute. In fact, looking back, it seems that Arius' setback was only temporary. In 327 he wrote a letter to Emperor Constantine, trying to show the orthodoxy of his position and asking him to revoke his banishment. Shortly after receiving the letter, Constantine rescinded Arius' exile.

In 335, the Synod of Tyre and Jerusalem restored Arius into the Roman Catholic church, and Athanasius was deposed. Emperor Constantine agreed with the recommendation of that council, and in February 336, Athanasius was exiled to Trier. On May 22, 337, Constantine was baptized by Arian supporter Eusebius of Nicomedia on his deathbed.

Several church councils and ten Arian confessions of belief did not solve the issue. The First Council of Constantinople was convened in 381 C.E. to review the Arian controversy again. Under the guidance of Gregory of Nazianzus, the Nicene Creed was reevaluated and accepted with the addition of articles on the Holy Spirit and other matters.

Thus Trinitarianism was finally formalized by the Roman Catholic church late in the fourth century at Constantinople. However, the Trinitarianism we now see took many more centuries to come to its final form.

To define the modern Trinity doctrine, let's go to the Roman Catholic church, its originator:

The Trinity is the term employed to signify the central doctrine of the Christian religion -- the truth that in the unity of the Godhead there are Three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, these Three Persons being truly distinct one from another. Thus, in the words of the Athanasian Creed: "the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet there are not three Gods but one God." In this Trinity of Persons the Son is begotten of the Father by an eternal generation, and the Holy Spirit proceeds by an eternal procession from the Father and the Son. Yet, notwithstanding this difference as to origin, the Persons are co-eternal and co-equal: all alike are uncreated and omnipotent. This, the Church teaches, is the revelation regarding God's nature which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came upon earth to deliver to the world: and which she proposes to man as the foundation of her whole dogmatic system. In Scripture there is as yet no single term by which the Three Divine Persons are denoted together. . . . (vol. 15, Catholic Encyclopedia, 1912, "The Blessed Trinity")

The modern position of Trinitarianism regarding the identity of the Messiah has been distilled down to the doctrinal statement "Jesus Christ - fully God, fully man." Belief in the Trinity is considered to an article of faith, because this doctrine is regarded as an unfathomable and unknowable mystery.

Regarding this so-called divine mystery, Christian scholar Walter Martin wrote:

No man can fully explain the Trinity, though in every age scholars have propounded theories and advanced hypotheses to explore this mysterious Biblical teaching. But despite the worthy efforts of these scholars, the Trinity is still largely incomprehensible to the mind of man. (p. 21, Essential Christianity)

However, as we've seen from the sources cited above, the origin and status of Yeshua were clearly not understood in a Trinitarian framework by early Christians. It wasn't until several centuries after Christ walked the earth that the Trinity became the official church explanation for Yeshua's relationship to the Father.

The writings of some of the early "fathers" of the Catholic church show that they did not subscribe to the later Trinitarian belief in the co-eternality and co-equality of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as the Catholic Encyclopedia itself admits:

. . . A vigorous controversy has been carried on from the end of the seventeenth century to the present day regarding the Trinitarian doctrine of the ante-Nicene Fathers. The Socinian writers of the seventeenth century (e. g. Sand, "Nucleus historiae ecclesiastic", Amsterdam, 1668) asserted that the language of the early Fathers in many passages of their works shows that they agreed not with Athanasius, but with Arius. . . . Those who take the less favourable view assert that they teach the following points inconsistent with the post-Nicene belief of the Church:
  • That the Son even as regards His Divine Nature is inferior and not equal to the Father;

  • that the Son alone appeared in the theophanies of the Old Testament, inasmuchas the Father is essentially invisible, the Son, however, not so;

  • that the Son is a created being;

  • that the generation of the Son is not eternal, but took place in time. (vol. 15, Catholic Encyclopedia, 1912, "The Blessed Trinity")

The following quote from Margaret Barker confirms the claims of the Socinian writers:

Origen explained that Jesus was 'not simply an angel but the Angel of Great Counsel' (Against Celsus V.53, cf. VIII.27). Eusebius knew that this was not a Christian innovation; the anointed heavenly figure was the Angel of great Counsel: 'And when as the Captain of the Angels he leads them he is called: The Angel of Great Counsel, and as Leader of the Armies of heaven: Captain of the Host of the Lord' (Proof IV.10). The Hebrews, he said, also believed that this angel was the Messiah (Preparation VII.14-15), but the difference between the Jews and the Christians was that the Jews did not believe that he had already appeared. This implies that the belief in two deities in the Old Testament was not unique to Christians; the point of dispute was whether or not Jesus was the second God. Elsewhere Christ was the 'first among the archangels', and 'being himself God, the Commander in Chief and Shepherd of all that is in heaven', all rational creatures gave him homage (Methodius, Symposium iii.4, 6). Melito named him as the captain of the angelic army (New Fragments 15). Justin listed the titles as 'the Glory of the Lord, at another time a Son, at another Wisdom, at another an Angel, at another God, and at another Lord and Word. He once calls himself Captain of the Host when he appeared to Joshua the son of Nun in the form of man' (Trypho 61). (p. 207, The Great Angel)

The central tenet of modern Trinitarianism is that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are co-eternal and co-equal. This contention, however, has been a sticking point throughout the centuries as theological philosophers have argued about the nature of the Godhead. The doctrine of the Trinity is at odds with the scriptural teaching regarding the Messiah and is contradicted by early Jewish and Christian literature.

The Scriptures themselves clearly show that Jesus Christ is not co-eternal and co-equal with the Most High, God the Father. The teaching of the New Testament on the identity of Jesus Christ will be explored in detail in the second part of this study, and The New Testament Identification of the Messiah.

The New Testament Identification of the Messiah

THE NEW TESTAMENT IDENTIFICATION OF THE MESSIAH

The first part of this study (Who Is Jesus Christ?) examined the historical context for understanding the true identity of God's Messiah, Yeshua the Nazarene. We will begin the second part by looking at the information regarding the identity of the Messiah which begins the scriptural letter to the Messianic Jews:

HEBREWS 1:1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed [etheken] heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; (NKJV)

This letter was primarily written to Messianic Jews to explain WHO Jesus Christ was, including his role in God's plan. The author of Hebrews (generally thought to be the apostle Paul) starts with the declaration that Yeshua was the Son of God. This Messianic identification for Yeshua is used throughout the New Testament, appearing 45 times (e.g., Matt. 8:29; 14:33; 26:63-64; 27:43; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; John 1:34, 49; 3:18; 5:25; 9:35-37; 10:36; 11:4, 27; 19:7; 20:31; Acts 8:37; 9:20; Rom. 1:4; II Cor. 1:19; Heb. 4;14; I John 4:15; 5:5; Rev. 2:18). As the spokesman for God his Father, Yeshua was the successor to the Old Testament prophets.

The author also tells us in verse 2 that the Son was the one through whom God had created the world, and that the Father "appointed" him the heir of all things. The word translated "appointed" is a form of the Greek tithemi, which literally means "to place," "to lay," or "to set." The language used here indicates that the Son's place was determined by the will of God, not by his nature.

HEBREWS 1:3 Who being the brightness [apaugasma] of His glory and the express image [charakter] of His person [hupostaseos], and upholding all things by the word of His power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, (NKJV)

The author goes on in verse 3 to describe Yeshua as the "brightness" of God's glory. The Greek word translated "brightness" here (apaugasma) is probably better rendered as "reflection." This Greek word is not found anywhere else in the New Testament or the Greek translation of the Old Testament (Septuagint).

However, it is found once in the Apocrypha, in the Wisdom of Solomon. In this book (thought to have been written between 100 B.C.E. and 40 C.E.), "wisdom" is similar to the logos concept found in the writings of Philo and the Gospel of John. Hebrews 1:3 is very reminiscent of the section from this apocryphal book where this word is found. This passage describes "wisdom" in terms much like those found in Hebrews 1:

WISDOM 7:24 For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things. 25 For she is a breath of the power of God, and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her. 26 For she is a reflection [apaugasma] of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness. (RSV)

It's possible that the author of Hebrews was paraphrasing his statement in Hebrews 1:3 regarding the nature of Yeshua from this passage of intertestamental Jewish literature. The Messiah was the reflection of God's glory ("eternal light") in the form of a human being.

This verse also states that Yeshua was the "express image" (charakter) of God's "person" (hupostaseos). According to Strong's Concordance, the Greek word charakter has the following meanings: "1) the instrument used for engraving or carving; 2) the mark stamped upon that instrument or wrought out on it, 2a) a mark or figure burned in (Lev. 13:28) or stamped on, an impression, 2b) the exact expression (the image) of any person or thing, marked likeness, precise reproduction in every respect, i.e., facsimile." Here the author's use of this word tells us that Yeshua was a "precise reproduction" or "likeness" of God's "person."

According to Friberg's Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament (ALGNT), the Greek word hupostaseos ("person") means: ". . . the objective aspect and underlying reality behind anything, w[ith] specif[ic] m[eani]ng derived fr[om] context; (1) as an undertaking plan, project (2C 9.4); (2) as God's substantial nature real being, essence (HE 1.3); (3) as the objective reality which gives a firm guarantee and basis for confidence or assurance substance, ground of hope, foundation (HE 3.14; 11.1)."

In simple terms, Hebrews 1:3 tells us that Yeshua reflected the glory of God because he was an exact reproduction of God's nature or essence. Clearly a differentiation between Yeshua and God the Father is depicted here, with Yeshua shown to be made in the image of the Father.

HEBREWS 1:4 Having become [genomenos] so much better than the angels, as he has by inheritance obtained [kekleronomeken] a more excellent name than they. (NKJV)

The Greek verb genomenos ("having become") indicates a change in status. Verse 4 makes it clear that Yeshua's obedient death on the cross caused an elevation of his position. This verse also tells us that Yeshua received a name greater than the angels through inheritance. Yeshua speaks of the name he received in the Gospel of John:

JOHN 17:12 "While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled. (NASU)

This name Yeshua inherited was the very name of his Father, YHVH. It was by his Father's name that Yeshua was known to the ancient Israelites, as the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah shows:

GENESIS 19:24 Then the LORD [YHVH] rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the LORD [YHVH] out of the heavens. (NKJV)

The Targums, ancient Aramaic translations of the Hebrew Tanakh (also known as the "Old Testament"), contain a wealth of information concerning the way the Jewish interpreters of late antiquity understood the Scriptures. The rendering of this verse in the Jerusalem Targum incorporates additional commentary on the events that took place and more fully explains what happened:

GENESIS 19:24 And the Word of the Lord Himself had made to descend upon the people of Sedom and Amorah showers of favour, that they might work repentance from their wicked works. But when they saw the showers of favour, they said, So, our wicked works are not manifest before Him. He turned (then), and caused to descend upon them bitumen and fire from before the Lord from the heavens. (Jerusalem Targum, translated by J.W. Etheridge)

The Jerusalem Targum clearly shows that the common Jewish understanding around the time of Christ was that the first YHVH mentioned in Genesis 19:24 was the "Word of the Lord" (the preincarnate Messiah-John 1:14), who was acting on behalf of his heavenly Father YHVH. For additional information on the activities of the Messiah before his human incarnation, see my article entitled Christ in the Old Testament.

The author knew that many Jews would identify Yeshua with the Old Testament "Angel of the LORD," the primary messenger of God's word in ancient times. In order to demonstrate the superiority of the Messiah, he begins in verse 4 to differentiate Yeshua from the other angels ("messengers") that serve God the Father.

HEBREWS 1:5 For to which of the angels did He ever say: "You are My Son, today I have begotten you"?1 And again: "I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to Me a Son"?2 (NKJV)

In verse 5 we have the first two of several citations from the Tanakh within this passage: 1Psalm 2:7 and 2II Samuel 7:14. Psalm 2 is a messianic prophecy that details God's promise to His "Anointed" (Heb. Mashiach, "Messiah") that He will establish him in Zion as king over the entire earth. II Samuel 7 records God's promise to King David. Specifically, II Samuel 7:16 states that King David's throne would be established forever.

With these two citations, the author lays out scriptural support for Yeshua's position and destiny. He is no mere angel, but instead he is the promised Messiah, the seed of David, the one who will reign in Jerusalem on David's throne during the millennial Kingdom of God.

HEBREWS 1:6 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: "Let all the angels of God worship him."3 (NKJV)

The author now cites a portion of 3Deuteronomy 32:43 from the Septuagint Greek version of the Tanakh (translated in the third century B.C.E.). He relates this Scripture to the return of Yeshua, the firstborn Son of God, into the world. In doing so, he builds on the theme of messianic rulership initiated in verse 5.

DEUTERONOMY 32:43 Rejoice, ye heavens, with him, and let all the angels of God worship him; rejoice ye Gentiles, with his people, and let all the sons of God strengthen themselves in him; for he will avenge the blood of his sons, and he will render vengeance, and recompense justice to his enemies, and will reward them that hate him; and the Lord shall purge the land of his people. (Brenton's LXX)

From the context of the quoted passage, we know that the author is referring to the second coming of Yeshua at the end of the age. Deuteronomy 32:43 is the last verse in a long passage of prophecy that Moses spoke to the Israelites just before his death. In this prophecy, Moses describes their fate and speaks of God's eventual judgment upon His enemies, those who have sought to destroy His chosen people. As many other Scriptures show, the one who will bring this punishment is none other than the Messiah returned to earth from heaven (cf. Rev. 19:11-21). This reference is intended to show the Messiah's position over the holy angels, who will serve as his army in the end-time destruction of God's enemies (Matt. 13:41-42).

HEBREWS 1:7 And of the angels He says: "Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire."4 (NKJV)

The next quote comes from 4Psalm 104:4. This citation is the first part of a comparison (completed in verses 8-9) designed to establish the qualitative difference between the holy angels who serve God and His firstborn Son, Yeshua. The next two verses point out the greater responsibility and glory of the Son:

HEBREWS 1:8 But to the Son He says: "Your throne, O God [theos; Heb.'elohim], is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your Kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, your God [ho theos ho theos; Heb. 'elohim 'eloheykha], has anointed you with the oil of gladness more than your companions [metochous; Heb. chavereykha]."5 (NKJV)

There is a lot of meaning in these two verses, which are a citation from 5Psalm 45:6-7. The first thing we should notice is that the author applies the title "God" specifically to Yeshua (cf. John 20:28). A thorough understanding of the meaning of the Hebrew word 'elohim is necessary to grasp why he did this.

As Psalm 82 clearly shows, the term 'elohim can refer to the angelic sons of God (Psa. 82:6) who make up the heavenly divine council. Therefore, the author's use of this title is meant to describe the power and position of the firstborn Son. As he has already shown, the Son was no regular angel, no simple messenger. Instead, the Anointed was one of the exalted 'elohim, one of the divine council God had appointed to rule the nations of the earth. Specifically, God assigned the Messiah to rule over His portion, the nation of Israel (Deu. 32:9).

The next verse of the quotation confirms this identification. Whereas the Scriptures show that the other 'elohim have acted unjustly in the administration of their duties over the nations (Psa. 82:2-7), Psalm 45:7 tells us that the firstborn Son "loved righteousness and hated lawlessness." Because he chose his heavenly Father's ways instead of his own, he was elevated far above his "companions," the other members of the divine council. He will be given a throne above them all by God the Father, who is his God (cf. John 20:17; Rev. 1:6).

HEBREWS 1:10 And: "You, Lord [kurie], in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. 11 They will perish, but you remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; 12 like a cloak you will fold them up, and they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will not fail."6 (NKJV)

The next quotation is from 6Psalm 102:25-27, again from the Septuagint translation. Here the author expands upon the Messiah's role to show his part in the creation of the universe. When it's understood that Psalm 102:25-27 is speaking of the Messiah instead of the Father, we again see confirmation of Yeshua's central role as the instrument through which God created all things (cf. Pro. 8:30; John 1:3, 10; I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 3:9; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2).

HEBREWS 1:13 But to which of the angels has He ever said: "Sit at My right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool"?7 14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? (NKJV)

The author of Hebrews finishes out his exaltation of the Messiah by quoting from 7Psalm 110:1. Unlike the angels that serve under him, Yeshua is shown to be seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, waiting for the time when God will give him victory over his enemies (all those who resist God's will). As a final counterpoint to his argument, the author's rhetorical question in verse 14 again points out the superiority of Yeshua to the angelic host.

The first chapter of Hebrews is used by the author to demonstrate that the Messiah, who appeared as the Angel of the LORD before taking the form of a human, was much more than an Old Testament spiritual messenger from the Father. He was the workman through which God created all things. He was the promised seed of David, the Anointed one who would rule the earth from Jerusalem for a thousand years as God's representative. He was a member of the divine council who ruled over Israel, and because of his faithfulness, would rule over all nations.

Now let's skip down to Hebrews 2:9, where the author continues his explanation of the Messiah's identity:

HEBREWS 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that he, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. 10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect [teleiosai] through sufferings. (NKJV)

Here the author begins to explain why the divine firstborn Son of God had to become a mortal man. In verse 9, he shows that Yeshua allowed himself to be made "a little lower than the (same) angels" the author had proclaimed him to be above in chapter 1. The purpose for this is not totally understood by most believers, even though it is clearly stated: Yeshua suffered death that he might "taste death for everyone."

Verse 10 contains an amazing piece of information about the nature of the Messiah. We are told that the Father, in order to bring many sons to glory, had "to make the captain of their salvation (Yeshua) PERFECT through sufferings." In the context of this passage, the Greek verb teleiosai would be better translated "complete." In Luke 13:32, a form of this same word is used:

LUKE 13:31 On that very day some Pharisees came, saying to him, "Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill you." 32 And he said to them, "Go, tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected [teleioumai].' " (NKJV)

The primary suffering of the Messiah was his final agony on the cross. However, his total experience as a human being also qualified as suffering. It was the physical and mental distress, as well as the corresponding temptations that he endured, that "perfected" Yeshua.

As the divine spirit being called the "Angel of the LORD," Yeshua led the Israelites out of Egypt during the Exodus and guided them through their 40 years of wilderness wanderings (Jdg. 2:1). During that time, he saw God's chosen people at their worst. In order to truly comprehend how people could behave the way that the Israelites did, he had to be subjected to the same temptations and sufferings that humans had to endure. Only this experience would allow him to be "completed" and become an empathetic High Priest to God's people (Heb. 2:17; 4:15).

HEBREWS 2:11 For both he who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one [ex henos pantes], for which reason he is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 Saying: "I will declare Your name to my brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You."8 13 And again: "I will put my trust in Him."9 And again: "Here am I and the children whom God has given me."10 14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared in the same, that through death he might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (NKJV)

In verse 11, the author tells us that Yeshua and those he is in the process of sanctifying ("setting apart for a holy purpose") are "all of one." By the concluding statement that Yeshua "is not ashamed to call them BRETHREN," we know that the first part of the verse is referring to Yeshua and those he is sanctifying being "all of one" FAMILY, with God being the Father of both (cf. Eph. 3:14-15).

Verse 12 begins another series of quotations from the Tanakh with a citation of 8Psalm 22:22. Psalm 22 is a messianic psalm that prophetically records some of the actual words later spoken by Yeshua (cf. Psa. 22:1).

The next two quotes come from the last part of 9Isaiah 8:17 and first part of 10Isaiah 8:18. This too is a messianic prophecy; immediately preceding this passage is the declaration that the Messiah would be "a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel" (Isa. 8:14; cf. Rom. 9:32-33; I Pet. 2:7-8).

HEBREWS 2:16 For indeed he does not give aid to angels, but he does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things he had to be made like his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that he himself has suffered, being tempted, he is able to aid those who are tempted. (NKJV)

Continuing on, the author states in verse 16 that the Messiah became human in order to provide help to the descendants of Abraham. Verse 17 states that Yeshua's death was a means of providing forgiveness for the sins of the people, that they might be reconciled to God. This verse reiterates that Yeshua had to be made like his human brethren in order to be a merciful and faithful High Priest for God's people. In verse 18, we are told that Yeshua had to suffer and endure temptation as a man that he might (as our High Priest) be able to assist those who are suffering and being tempted.

Verse 18 is also a clear indication of the distinction between God the Father and Yeshua. Yeshua was tempted while in the flesh so that he might understand how temptation affects humans. However, we are clearly told that God the Father CANNOT be tempted:

JAMES 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. (NKJV)

Further on in the book of Hebrews, the author again stresses the fact that Yeshua was tempted by evil in the same way all mankind is, but that he was without sin:

HEBREWS 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. (NIV)

Yeshua's status as the Son of God and his human temptation is confirmed numerous times in the Gospel accounts:

MARK 1:13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him. (NKJV)
MATTHEW 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward he was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to him, he said, "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." (NKJV)
MATTHEW 4:5 Then the devil took him up into the holy city, set him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: 'He shall give His angels charge over you,' and, 'In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.' " 7 Jesus said to him, "It is written again, 'You shall not tempt the LORD your God.' " (NKJV)

Notice that the devil's entire focus of temptation consisted of attempting to goad Yeshua into proving he was "the Son of God." Satan was very familiar with the Son in his role as the Angel of the LORD, as the Scriptures show (Zec. 3:1-10). The devil was, in effect, asking Yeshua to prove that he was the divine Son of God (Pro. 30:4) come down to earth in human form.

Going back to Hebrews 3, we see a statement in verse 2 that is absolutely astounding when properly understood. As you read the following statements about the Messiah, keep in mind that the context of this letter is an explanation of WHO the Messiah truly is:

HEBREWS 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly vocation consider the apostle and high priest of our confession, Jesus: 2 Who is faithful to Him that made [poiesanti] him, as was also Moses in all His house. 3 For this man was counted worthy of greater glory than Moses, by so much as he that hath built the house hath greater honour than the house. 4 For every house is built by some man: but He that created all things is God. (DRA)

The Greek word translated "made" in verse 2 is poiesanti. This verb participle is a form of the Greek word poieo, which according to Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words means "to do" or "to make.' It "is used in the latter sense (a) of constructing or producing anything, of the creative acts of God" (p. 386).

A Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (BAGD) states that this word is used "of God's creative activity" to mean "make, manufacture, produce τι someth[ing]." Regarding Hebrews 3:2, BAGD goes on to say that poiesanti is used "of the relation of Jesus to God" (p. 680).

Most English translations render poiesanti in Hebrews 3:2 as "appointed." But the word literally means "made," referring in this instance to the creative act of God in the origin of the Messiah. Let's look at Revelation 14:7 to see how poiesanti is used elsewhere in the Scriptures:

REVELATION 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, "Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made [poiesanti] heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water." (NKJV)

Based on the definition of this word, as well as its biblical usage elsewhere, it's obvious that poiesanti should be translated "who made" in Hebrews 3:2 (as it is in the 1899 Douay-Rheims American translation), not "who appointed" (as it is in most other English translations). Both Moses and Yeshua were faithful to God the Father, who "made" all things (v. 4).

HEBREWS 3:5 Moses was faithful as a servant in all God's house, testifying to what would be said in the future. 6 But Christ is faithful as a son over God's house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast. (NIV)

The author goes on in verses 4 and 5 to illustrate the pre-eminence of Messiah over Moses (which he first mentioned in v. 3). Moses served in God's house, but Yeshua the firstborn Son has been given rulership over God's house.

Now let's move on to the 5th chapter of Hebrews, where the author begins explaining the priesthood of Messiah:

HEBREWS 5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. 3 Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. 4 And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was. 5 So also Christ did not glorify himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to him: "You are My Son, today I have begotten you."11 (NKJV)

This passage stresses the Father's role in determining the duties assigned to the Messiah. Yeshua did not make himself the High Priest; rather, the Father designated him as such. In Hebrews 5:5 we have a repeat of the citation from 11Psalm 2:7 that the author used earlier (Heb. 1:5). Here the emphasis is on the sonship of the Messiah as the reason for his elevation to High Priest.

HEBREWS 5:6 As He also says in another place: "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek";12 7 who, in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save him from death, and was heard because of his godly fear, 8 though he was a Son, yet he learned [emathen] obedience by the things which he suffered. 9 And having been perfected [teleiotheis], he became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10 called by God as High Priest "according to the order of Melchizedek,"12 (NKJV)

12Psalm 110:4, quoted twice in this passage (vv. 6, 10), serves as an introduction to the exalted position of the Messiah. Contrary to the commonly accepted teaching that Jesus was "fully man" and "fully God" while here on earth, the author tells us that during "the days of his flesh" (v. 7), it was ONLY through the Father that Yeshua obtained the ability to accomplish his mission. God was the one who provided Yeshua the strength to overcome this world, and He did so because of Yeshua's "godly fear" (which manifested itself as total obedience). The point is very clear -- even though Yeshua was the Son of God, he learned obedience by the things he suffered as a human.

According to ALGNT, the Greek verb emathen, translated "learned" in verse 8, has "a basic m[eani]ng of directing one's mind to someth[ing] and producing an external effect learn; (1) as learning through instruction be taught, learn from someone (JN 7.15); (2) as learning through inquiry ascertain, discover, find out (AC 23.27); (3) as learning through practice or experience come to know, come to realize (PH 4.11; HE 5.8); (4) as achieving comprehension understand, learn (RV 14.3)". If Yeshua had already been a perfect divine being before (and during) his incarnation, he could not have learned obedience as a result of the adversity he faced. "Having been perfected" as a direct result of his experiences as a human, we are told that Yeshua became the "author of eternal salvation to all who obey him" (v. 9) and now serves as our heavenly High Priest (v. 10).

Now let's examine one more related passage from the 7th chapter of Hebrews:

HEBREWS 7:26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for his own sins and then for the people's, for this he did once for all when he offered up himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected [teteleiomenon] forever. (NKJV)

The 7th chapter of Hebrews uses the example of Melchizedek to show how Yeshua (from the tribe of Judah) could serve as High Priest when the Law specifies that the sons of Aaron (from the tribe of Levi) would hold that position. Once again, the author of Hebrews proclaims that we have a high priest in Yeshua who has been "perfected." In the process of living a totally obedient life while enduring human temptation, Yeshua's understanding of mankind's plight was "completed." By this experience, he qualified to be God's High Priest, just as Melchizedek had been in the days of Abram.

WAS THE LOGOS MELCHIZEDEK?

There has been a lot of confusion over the meaning of the seventh chapter of Hebrews. The recent position of most of the Churches of God has been that the Logos was Melchizedek before his human incarnation as Jesus (Yeshua) in the first century C.E. A close examination of this Scripture is necessary to understand what the author of Hebrews was really trying to say.

The overall purpose of Hebrews 7 is to explain that for Jewish Christians, the Levitical priesthood had been superceded. To illustrate the transition of the priesthood from the Levites to Yeshua the Messiah, the writer uses Melchizedek, priest of God in the Old Testament, to typify Christ's new position as High Priest.

The first biblical reference we find to Melchizedek is in Genesis 14:18-20.

GENESIS 14:18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said: "Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth; 20 and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand." And he gave him a tithe of all. (NKJV)
Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Dictionary says the following about Melchizedek:
A king of Salem (Jerusalem) and priest of the Most High God (Gen. 14:18-20; Ps. 110:4; Heb. 5:6-11; 6:20-7:28). Melchizedek's appearance and disappearance in the Book of Genesis are somewhat mysterious. Melchizedek and Abraham first met after Abraham's defeat of Chedorlaomer and his three allies. Melchizedek presented bread and wine to Abraham and his weary men, demonstrating friendship and religious kinship. He bestowed a blessing on Abraham in the name of El Elyon ("God Most High"), and praised God for giving Abraham a victory in battle (Gen. 14:18-20).

Abraham presented Melchizedek with a tithe (a tenth) of all the booty he had gathered. By this act Abraham indicated that he recognized Melchizedek as a fellow-worshiper of the one true God as well as a priest who ranked higher spiritually than himself. Melchizedek's existence shows that there were people other than Abraham and his family who served the true God.

In Psalm 110, a messianic psalm written by David (Matt. 22:43), Melchizedek is seen as a type of Christ. This theme is repeated in the Book of Hebrews, where both Melchizedek and Yeshua are considered kings of righteousness and peace. By citing Melchizedek and his unique priesthood as a type, the writer shows that Christ's new priesthood is superior to the old Levitical order and the priesthood of Aaron (Heb. 7:1-10; Melchisedec, KJV).

Attempts have been made to identify Melchizedek as . . . an angel, the Holy Spirit, Christ, and others. All are the products of speculation, not historical fact; and it is impossible to reconcile them with the theological argument of Hebrews. Melchizedek was a real, historical king-priest who served as a type for the greater King-Priest who was to come, Jesus Christ. (p. 819, "Melchizedek")

The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary gives this interpretation of the seventh chapter of Hebrews:

Within the interpretation of Ps. 110 that occupies much of the epistle to the Hebrews, Heb. 7 builds on Gen. 14:18-20. Abraham's acknowledgment of the legitimacy of Melchizedek's priesthood becomes an argument for the priority of that priesthood over the "descendants of Levi" (vv. 4-10). The messianic ruler of Ps. 110 is, therefore, a priest of a line prior to the levitical priesthood ("after the order of Melchizedek"; Heb. 7:11-19; KJV "Melchisedec"; cf. 5:6, 10; 6:20). That the narrative of the king-priest Melchizedek is introduced so abruptly into Genesis becomes an argument for Melchizedek's being "without father or mother or genealogy," i.e., beginning or end (7:3), and so not only a predecessor but also a type of Christ as "a priest for ever" (cf. Ps. 110:4). The legitimacy of the levitical priesthood depends on its descent from Levi; as it has a beginning, so it has an end in the understanding of the author of Hebrews. (p. 707, "Melchizedek")

The caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found yielded a series of thirteen fragments on Melchizedek. From these, it appears the belief that Melchizedek was the Messiah was a strongly held conviction among the Qumran community, as well as among some other Jewish and Gnostic sects in the first century C.E.

Some students of God's word have also held this view. They have used the depiction of Melchizedek in Hebrews 7 not only to connect him to Christ but also as support for the co-eternality of Christ with God the Father in the Binitarian model of the Godhead.

In Hebrews 6:20 we find the premise of chapter 7 established, which is that Jesus Christ is now our High Priest in heaven. As such, he is of the order of Melchizedek, which is contrasted with the Levitical priesthood.

HEBREWS 6:20 Where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to [kata] the order of Melchizedek. (NKJV)

The New Analytical Greek Lexicon says that kata means "after the fashion or likeness of."

HEBREWS 7:1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated "king of righteousness," and then also king of Salem, meaning "king of peace," 3 without father, without mother, without genealogy [agenealogetos]1, having neither beginning of days nor end of life2, but made like [aphomoiomenos] the Son of God, remains a priest continually3. (NKJV)

The belief that Melchizedek was Christ rests on three erroneous assumptions about Hebrews 7:3, shown by the superscripted numbers in the passage above.

The first is the argument that since Melchizedek is said to be without father, mother, and genealogy, he has to be eternal and therefore the Son of God. However, many have failed to see that the author does not use the terms "without father" (apatoor), "without mother" (ametoor), and "without genealogy" (agenealogetos) literally in this passage.

The concept presented by the author is not that Melchizedek lacked an actual father, mother, or family tree, but that there is no record of his parents and lineage. The Mosaic law required that all priests be descendants of the tribe of Levi. Those who were not Levites could not be priests under the law. Melchizedek is introduced in Genesis 14:18-20 as priest of the Most High God, but no details about his lineage are given. Under the law, he was not qualified to be a priest.

Nehemiah 7:61-64 shows that priests had to be able to trace their lineage when the priesthood was reestablished after the Babylonian captivity. Those who were unable to do so were disqualified from the priesthood.

NEHEMIAH 7:61 And these were the ones who came up from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer, but they could not identify their father's house nor their lineage, whether they were of Israel: 62 the sons of Delaiah, the sons of Tobiah, the sons of Nekoda, six hundred and forty-two; 63 and of the priests: the sons of Habaiah, the sons of Koz, the sons of Barzillai, who took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called by their name. 64 These sought their listing among those who were registered by genealogy, but it was not found; therefore they were excluded from the priesthood as defiled. (NKJV)

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) comments about this statement in the seventh chapter of Hebrews:

The argument of He. 7 is similar to the rabbinic argument from silence, which assumed that nothing exists unless Scripture mentions it. Since Genesis says nothing of Melchizedek's parents, genealogy, birth, or death, he serves as a type representing the eternal Son of God (v. 3). (p. 313, vol. 3,"Melchizedek")

In Jewish rabbinic logic and reasoning, conclusions could be drawn and supported by an "argument from silence." If the Bible didn't specifically say something about a person, place, or incident, various determinations based on the silence of Scripture could be reached to support the claim being made. The author of Hebrews (probably Paul) was clearly well-versed in the Law, the Temple service, and forms of rabbinic discourse. He uses the rabbinical method of argument from silence in verse 3.

Harper's Bible Commentary says of this passage:

Formally, the chapter [Hebrews 7] constitutes an exegetical discussion of Ps. 110:4 based upon the only other OT text that mentions Melchizedek, Gen. 14:17-20. This exegesis, emphasizing the heavenly character of Christ's priesthood, may have been inspired by the abundant contemporary speculation on Melchizedek as a heavenly figure, examples of which are found in the Alexandrian Jewish writer Philo, at Qumran, and in Gnostic sources. Whatever the inspiration, Hebrews is quite restrained in its comments on Melchizedek, utilizing only what is necessary to make the Christological point (p. 1265).

Harper's goes on to say that "from the pregnant silence of Scripture is deduced Melchizedek's status as 'fatherless, motherless, without genealogy' (v. 3)" (p. 1265). Thus, Melchizedek could be said to be "without father, without mother, and without genealogy" because the Scriptures didn't identify his lineage. While this argument might seem unconvincing to the modern mind, it would certainly have been understandable and reasonable to a religious Jew in the first century C.E.

The second mistaken assumption is that Melchizedek had no beginning or end, and therefore must be the immortal Son of God. The term "beginning of days and end of life" refers to the lack of information in the Scriptures regarding his origin or demise.

The Abingdon Bible Commentary says that in Hebrews 7:3, the author --

. . . Makes a very remarkable use of the argument from silence. Nothing is said in Genesis about the parentage of Melchizedek as if he had none. We are not told anything about his father or his mother. There is no reference to the beginning of his life or to its end - to his birth or to his death . . . In view of the writer the silences of Scripture are as significant as its statements . . ." (p. 1310)

About Hebrews 7:3, Halley's Bible Handbook says:

What is the meaning of 'without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life'? Not that it was actually so, but that it appeared so in the Old Testament Records. Levitical Priests were Priests Because of their Genealogy. But Melchizedek, Without Genealogy, was the Recognized Priest of the Human Race at that time. Hebrew tradition is that Shem, who was still alive in the days of Abraham, and, as far is as known, Oldest Living Man at the time, was Melchizedek. A mysterious, solitary picture and type, in the dim past, of the Coming Eternal Priest-King. (p. 652)

The third erroneous assumption is that Melchizedek continues as a priest to this day. One might conclude from the statement -- "Melchizedek remains a priest continually" -- that he is still alive and holding the office of priest. Again, this is not the point the author of Hebrews is trying to make. In effect, he is using the argument from silence to say that "since the Bible is silent about the death of Melchizedek, we can figuratively contend that he is alive and remains in the office of priest." In this way he is an appropriate type of the priesthood of the Yeshua the Messiah.

Now let's look at some of the Greek words used in this verse to corroborate the above explanations. The first is agenealogetos. Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words says this word "denotes 'without recorded pedigree' . . ." Vine's goes on to say that "the narrative in Gen. 14 is so framed in facts and omissions as to foreshadow the person of Christ" (p. 262, "NT").

The abridged Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (TDNT) says agenealogetos "occurs only in Heb. 7:3, where Melchizedek is said to be 'without genealogy.' Unlike the Aaronic priests, he has no traceable descent" (p. 114).

Word Meanings in the New Testament states that this word "is compounded of alpha-negative and the verb genealogeo (found in NT only in v. 6), 'to trace ancestry.' So it clearly means 'without genealogy' (NASB, NIV) that is, without a recorded pedigree. We should not assume, as some have wrongly done, that Melchizedek was without human ancestry" (p. 424).

In their book The Life and Epistles of St. Paul, Conybeare and Howson write that this word means "without table of descent." They go on to explain, "The priesthood of Melchisedec was not, like the Levitical priesthood, dependent on his descent, through his parents, from a particular family, but was a personal office" (p. 800).

Next let's look at the word aphomoiomenos. TDNT says that "this verb [the root aphomoioo] means 'to copy,' rarely 'to compare,' and in the passive 'to be or become like' or 'make oneself out to be like'" (p. 686).

Regarding the usage of aphomoiomenos in this passage, ISBE states:

Some have thought that Melchizedek was a Christophany rather than a historical character and thus understood vv. 2b-3 literally rather than typologically. A major objection to such an interpretation is the statement that Melchizedek resembled (Gk. aphomoiomenos) the Son of God (v. 3). The verb aphomoioo always assumes two distinct and separate identities, one which is a copy of the other. Thus Melchizedek and the Son of God are represented as two separate persons, the first of which resembled the second." (p. 313, vol. 3, "Melchizedek")

So, as you can see, the underlying Greek in verse 3 supports the assertion that Melchizedek was not Christ before his incarnation. The meaning of the Greek verb utilized to describe the comparison made between them demonstrates that they cannot be the same being. To claim that they are contradicts the specific meaning of aphomoiomenos.

HEBREWS 7:4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils. 5 And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham; 6 but he whose genealogy is not derived [genealogoumenos] from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. 7 Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better. 8 Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives. 9 Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him. (NKJV)

In these verses the author seeks to demonstrate the superiority of Melchizedek (and by implication Christ) to the Levitical priesthood. His assertion is based on the fact that God designated that the Levites would receive all the tithes of the people under the old covenant. However, because Melchizedek received tithes from Abraham, the progenitor of the Levites, his priesthood is declared to be greater than theirs.

The use of genealogoumenos in verse 6 shows that Melchizedek has lineage, but it is not through Levi. Let's examine the Greek word genealogoumenos in verse 6 closely.

Vine's says that this word means 'to reckon or trace a genealogy' (from genea, 'a race,' and lego, 'to choose, pick out'), is used, in the passive voice, of Melchizedek in Heb. 7:6, RV, 'whose genealogy (KJV, 'descent') is not counted" (p. 262, "NT").

TDNT says "this derives from genealogos, 'one who draws up a genealogy.' It occurs . . . in the NT only in Heb. 7:6: Melchizedek does not 'derive his descent' from the descendants of Levi" (p. 114).

The Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament (EDNT) says this word means to "trace one's descent. In Heb. 7:6 of Melchizedek, who 'does not trace his descent' (NEB) to the sons of Levi" (p. 242, vol. 1).

Verse 8 also causes some to relate this chapter to Yeshua. It says that the tithes were received by mortal Levites, but when Melchizedek received them they were obtained by one who lives. The author's use of the phrase "it is witnessed that he lives" here clearly shows that he is employing the argument from silence as the basis for his claims. Genesis 14:18-20 does not state that Melchizedek remains alive to the writer's time; therefore, the witness is one derived from silence. Hebrews 7:11 and 15 (shown below) both specifically say that Christ arose as another priest.

HEBREWS 7:11 Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another [heteros] priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron? 12 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law. 13 For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood. 15 And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another [heteros] priest 16 who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life. (NKJV)

Verses 11 and 15 clearly state that Yeshua is another, different priest of the order originated by Melchizedek. There is no suggestion here that Melchizedek and Christ are the same entity. If they were, the writer of Hebrews surely would have stressed that point. But the use of heteros plainly indicates that Yeshua, although he came in the likeness of Melchizedek, was not Melchizedek.

Let's analyze the word heteros, found in verses 11 and 15. TDNT says: "In the NT heteros is used in much the same way as allos . . . It denotes the new member in a series that either continues (Lk. 14:18ff.) or concludes it (Acts 15:35). It may denote others either of the same kind (Acts 17:34; Lk. 4:34) or of another kind (Lk. 23:32) . . . " (p. 265).

Vine's says that allos and heteros "have a different meaning, which despite a tendency to be lost, is to be observed in numerous passages. Allos expresses a numerical difference and denotes 'another of the same sort'; heteros expresses a qualitative difference and denotes 'another of a different sort'" (p. 29, "NT").

EDNT says of this word that "approximately half of the occurrences have the connotation of something additional: a further or additional instances of a type. . . . Passages that speak of another as a replacement or successor also have an adversative association (Acts 1:20; 7:18; Rom 7:4; Heb 7:11, 13, 15)" (p. 66, vol. 2).

In the rest of chapter 7, the author makes his primary point: the Levitical priesthood has been superseded by our eternal High Priest, the risen Jesus Christ. Even though he traced his lineage through the tribe of Judah, he was the King-Priest God had promised in Psalm 110. For believers, he began a new covenant, one that will eventually cover all the House of Israel and the House of Judah. The reason for the argument from silence begun in verse 3 is to substantiate the author's assertion in this passage.

CONCLUSION

It's plain from the original Greek text, from an understanding of rabbinical forms of argument, and from what the Bible reveals elsewhere, that Melchizedek was not Yeshua before his human birth. Melchizedek was a historical figure, the priest of Almighty God who lived in the days of Abraham. Very little is known about him other than the fact he was the priest-king of Salem (Jerusalem). Obviously he was named to the office of priest by God and not by the requirements of the law. Therefore, he is a fitting type of the spiritual priesthood of Messiah.
Updated: August 1, 2005

Now let's examine some other statements about the nature of the Messiah from the New Testament. We'll begin in Paul's letter to the Philippian congregation:

PHILIPPIANS 2:5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form [morphe] of God, did not regard equality with [isa] God a thing to be grasped [harpagmon], 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form [morphen] of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also [dio kai], God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (NASU)

When viewed in the proper context, this is an illuminating passage of Scripture. Paul tells us that before his incarnation, Yeshua existed in the same form (morphe) as God the Father. Yeshua himself said that God is spirit (John 4:24); therefore, Paul's statement indicates that Yeshua initially existed as a spirit being also. The two uses of the Greek root word morphe in this passage (vv. 6, 7) contrast God's existence as spirit and man's existence as flesh and blood.

Paul goes on to show that Yeshua was willing to give up his spiritual state of being. Many English translations render the Greek noun harpagmon ("to be grasped") as "robbery." However, BAGD states that this translation ". . . is next to impossible in Phil 2:6 . . ." (p. 108). According to ALGNT, harpagmon (found only once in the New Testament) probably means ". . . not forcefully retaining something for one's own advantage something not to be held onto . . ."

Yeshua did not consider being "equal to" (Gr. isa) God in form something that he should selfishly hold on to. Rather, he humbly emptied himself of divinity and became flesh and blood that he might fulfill the Father's will. Living an obedient life as a human here on the earth, Yeshua gave himself as our sacrifice on the cross, that our sins might be forgiven through him.

The Greek phrase dio kai that begins verse 9 is used to indicate a self-evident inference. Paul tells us that because of his humble, unselfish act, God the Father highly exalted Yeshua and bestowed on him a name above all names. Not because of his nature, but rather due to his obedience, God will cause "every knee to bow" to Yeshua and "every tongue will confess" that he is Lord.

Verses 10 and 11 are a paraphrase of Isaiah 45:23:

ISAIAH 45:22 "Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. 23 I have sworn by Myself; the word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath. (NKJV)

Based on the statement in Isaiah 45:22 that "I am God, and there is no other," some try to make the case that Yeshua and God are one and the same being (in either a "Trinitarian" or "Oneness" sense). This is a misinterpretation of the text, as a close examination of Paul's concluding statement in verse 11 plainly shows. By every knee bowing to Yeshua the Messiah and every tongue taking an oath that he is Lord, Paul tells us that God the Father will be glorified. There is only one true God, the Father (John 17:3), as Isaiah 45:22 states. However, every knee will in effect be bowing to Him when they bow to His Anointed One, Yeshua the Messiah.

Now let's examine another passage from Paul, this one from his initial letter to the Corinthian assembly. To make the passage easier to understand, I've replaced "him" and "his" with the one being spoken of:

I CORINTHIANS 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at his coming. 24 Then comes the end, when [Christ] delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when [God] puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For [Christ] must reign till [God] has put all enemies under [Christ's] feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. (NKJV)

This Scripture speaks of the delegation of God's authority to the Messiah as a means of achieving God's will. We see that the Messiah's rule will be completed when all God's enemies have been destroyed. After the destruction of the final enemy, death, Yeshua will return the reconciled kingdom to his Father, just as a craftsman hands over his finished product to the architect of the work.

I CORINTHIANS 15:27 For "[God] has put all things under [Christ's] feet."13 But when He says "all things are put under [Christ]," it is evident that [God] who put all things under [Christ] is excepted. 28 Now when all things are made subject to [God], then the Son himself will also be subject to [God] who put all things under [Christ], that God may be all in all. (NKJV)

This passage specifically shows that, contrary to Trinitarian doctrine, Yeshua will always be subordinate to the Father (not co-equal). Verse 27 starts with a citation of 13Psalm 8:6. This is an interesting messianic psalm, and one that most don't fully grasp the significance of. Here is the pertinent section of this psalm:

PSALM 8:3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 4 what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? 5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, (NKJV)

In the Gospels, Yeshua is referred to as the "Son of Man" 83 times. The mention of the "son of man" in Psalm 8:4, combined with the use of this prophecy by Paul to specifically refer to Yeshua (as well as a similar usage in Hebrews 2), leaves little doubt that this passage is a messianic prophecy. The "son of man" spoken of in Psalm 8:4 is plainly the Messiah, who will have all things put under his feet by God the Father (I Cor. 15:25).

I Corinthians 15:27 also specifically states that God the Father has placed all things under Yeshua with the exception of Himself. Clear distinction is made here between the heavenly Father and His firstborn Son, Yeshua the Messiah. The Father has currently delegated all things to His Son, that Yeshua may reconcile them to Him (Col. 1:20). However, when the reconciliation is finally accomplished, we see that the entire creation, including the Son, will be subject to God (v. 28).

This passage isn't the only place where Paul shows the superior position of the Father in relation to the Son. Earlier in I Corinthians 11, Paul documented the line of authority from mankind to God:

I CORINTHIANS 11:3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. (NKJV)

Once again we see that God the Father is over Yeshua in authority. Contrary to the doctrine of the Trinity, they are not co-equal.

Additionally, the Scriptures show that only God the Father is omniscient ("all-knowing"):

MARK 13:32 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is." (NKJV)

This declaration shows that the Messiah himself acknowledged only the Father knew the timing of his second coming. Yeshua's statement confirms the passages we reviewed from Hebrews earlier which show that Yeshua was "completed" by his human experience. This verification also supports several passages from the Tanakh which show that the preincarnate Messiah did not know all things (Gen. 18:21; 22:12).

In the final book of the Bible, Yeshua uses a title for himself that is very enlightening, when placed in the proper context:

REVELATION 22:16 "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." (NIV)

Here we see that Yeshua tells us he is the "Morning Star." Peter confirms this identification of Messiah in his second epistle:

II PETER 1:17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." 18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; (NKJV)

This title is not just a poetic description of the Messiah. It identifies his status, as a passage from Job 38 shows:

JOB 38:4 " Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. 5 Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? 6 To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, 7 when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (NKJV)

In this Scripture, "morning stars" are parallel to and synonymous with the angelic "sons of God" (Gen. 6:2, 4; Job 1:6; 2:1). By his use of the title "Morning Star," Yeshua establishes that he was one of those sons of God present at the creation of the world. As other Scriptures show, he was the firstborn Son of God through whom the Eternal Father created the world.

Conclusion

When viewed with an open mind, the available historical and scriptural evidence strongly suggests that early believers had a much different understanding of the origin and nature of Yeshua than we do today. In contrast to modern Judaism, first-century Jews who accepted Yeshua as the prophesied Messiah had no trouble assigning to him the status of a second divine spirit being who was subordinate to the Most High God. He was understood to be the "Angel of the LORD" who had led Israel out of Egypt. In contrast to modern Christianity, early believers understood that the Messiah was the "firstborn of every creature" (Col. 1:15), the "only begotten" Son of God. He was the wisdom of God (I Cor. 1:24), begotten before all things to be the workman who helped the Father create the world (Pro. 8:22-31). He was the divine Word (Logos), who was with God the Father in the beginning and was also 'elohim ("God"-John 1:1).

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