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Why did Jesus not accept Israel’s praise at the advent of her Messiah? Simply put, He could not have received the praise of Israel at that time because Psalm 118:22 (“the stone which the builders rejected”) had not yet transpired, but would culminate in His crucifixion.The times of blessing could not come unless the Lamb of God made proper atonement for the sin of the world (John 1:29).

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his past March 5, I contracted the bond of marriage once again. It was the greatest wish of my new bride to be allowed to travel once to Israel. So it was obvious that we should spend our first vacation week after our wedding in Israel. This land is a prime point of attraction for many Christians. However, a few hurdles had to be overcome before we reached our destination, the hotel in Eilat. Involuntarily, I had to think of the journey to the heavenly land of Canaan, which is in store for everyone who is born again. After comprehensive security checkups, we finally stood in the airport of Tel Aviv before the counters of the passport control. Depending upon whether one had a passport of Israel or of another nation, one had to stand in a certain line. While all arriving passengers were eventually allowed to enter Israel, it is in principle different with the heavenly Canaan. This entrance control accepts only one “nationality”: he who
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wants to enter must have the citizenship of heaven! Paul writes in Ephesians 2:19: “Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” We received this heavenly identity the moment we turned to Jesus and He redeemed us, whereby we became the children of God (John 1:12). No one can take this heavenly status away from us (John 10:28). However, on the way to our heavenly destination, we are asked again and again to prove our legitimate status. We come to crossroads where it is worth keeping our destination firmly in sight, lest we lose the way. When the people of Israel left Egypt and wandered about in the desert for 40 years in order to reach the Promised Land of Canaan, they had to pass many tests. Moses confronted them with the Commandments, and then said, “…that thou mayest go in unto the land which the LORD thy God gives thee, a land that flows 

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with milk and honey: as the LORD God of thy fathers has promised thee” (Deuteronomy 27:3). Moses showed them the ways of blessing and of the curse. Obedience brings the blessing, disobedience brings the curse. In Deuteronomy 28:12, Moses even promises: “The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, heaven….” The Lord has also prepared such blessings for us. And the best is to be with Jesus in the end. After our arrival in Israel, we drove in a rented car for several hours through the desert to our destination. Soon, it grew dark. Finally, we were once more stopped at a checkpoint shortly before our destination. The watch sentinel pointed to our light; it was not in order. Our way in life to the heavenly goal often resembles a drive through the desert. The sun does not shine all the time. And many a time, we are even surrounded by darkness. Therefore, it is vitally important to keep driving to our destination, and not to fall asleep. And now and then, we should also check our light. If God’s Word no longer speaks to us, then our light becomes weaker and weaker. Jesus says of Himself that He is the Light. And He says in John 12:35-36: “Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light.” If we remain firm in His Word and do not neglect to read it and to receive it in ourselves, we will not stumble. God Himself gave His people this advice to take with them on the way: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8). MC

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he continual instruction that Jesus intended required other elements to be set in place. Once again, events of the Passover week provided the appropriate classroom for such deep spiritual learning. In Matthew 22, Jesus answered multiple trick questions as various religious groups hopelessly tried to make Him stumble over some idle word that He spoke. But the Word of God (John 1:1; Rev. 19:13) had no idle words within Him, and their efforts to darken the sun would have rendered more possibility than the Word who became flesh (John 1:14) stumbling over His own Truth. Jesus concluded this interaction with a biblical substantiation of His Messiahship, as He pointed to His preexistent relationship with King David (Matt. 22:41-46). Quoting Psalm 110:1 (“the Lord said to my Lord, ‘sit at My right hand’”), Jesus proved from Scripture that the Messiah was both David’s son (physical heir) and David’s God (“my LORD”). The result from the various responses that Jesus gave, and even from one simple question, was that “No one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question” (Matt. 22:46). Having shut the mouths of the stonehearted, Jesus then took the offensive. In Matthew 23, Jesus instructed the multitudes by rebuking the ways of the scribes and Pharisees. In concluding His denouncement of the religious leaders, Jesus promised pending judgment on that generation and other generations who had rejected or who would reject Him (23:34-36). Yet, even in the midst of His reproof, the deep love of the heartsick Messiah showed forth: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate” (Matt. 23:37-38). Then Jesus said something totally unexpected—to the disciples, to the masses, and to His opponents. He quoted the exact phrase from Psalm 118 that many within the multitude had shouted only two days before at His unforgettable entry into Jerusalem: “For I say to you, from now on you shall not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’” (Matt. 23:39).
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One day God will pour out His Spirit on the Jewish people so that they will deeply mourn the One whom they rejected.
When we consider them, Jesus’ predictions must have greatly confused the vast majority of those who heard Him. Jesus’ statements were made on the same day as the discourses of Matthew 21 and 22—and somewhere close to 48 hours after His, quote, “Triumphal Entry” into Jerusalem. His reasoning seems disjointed, as though two distinct conversations occurred simultaneously, each incongruous with the other. Jesus demanded future praise from Israel, praise that had previously been given Him only a few days earlier. The people had already publicly proclaimed what Jesus had told them was necessary for the nation to see Him, namely, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD” (Matt. 21:9; Ps. 118:26). One thing is certain; the answer that Jesus gave indicated that He did not view Psalm 118 as having had its fulfillment at the “Triumphal Entry.” Why did Jesus not accept Israel’s praise at the advent of her Messiah? Simply put, He could not have received the praise of Israel at that time because Psalm 118:22 (“the stone which the builders rejected”) had not yet transpired, but would culminate in His crucifixion. The people sang and desired Psalm 118:25-26: “O LORD, do save [Hosanna!], we beseech You; O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD!” But such prophesied days of blessing could not come without first having the builders reject the Stone placed there by God Himself. The times of blessing could not come unless the Lamb of God made proper atonement for the sin of the world (John 1:29). Most of those in Israel— especially the various religious groups—saw no need for such atonement; after all, they had the functioning Temple sacrifices. Jesus never permit8
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ted these basest of needs to leave His thoughts. Jesus had not participated in the Triumphal Entry—only a preview. The true Triumphal Entry awaits Him. “For I say to you, from now on you shall not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD’” (Matt. 23:39). Obviously, Jesus’ declaration is not a total abandonment of the nation of Israel. One day God will pour out His Spirit on the Jewish people so that they will deeply mourn the One whom they rejected. One day Israel will see: “And it will come about in that day that I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a firstborn” (Zech. 12:9-10). One day, centuries yet in the future from Christ’s days on earth, Israel will again sing Psalm 118 at the advent of Jesus. But next time, He will readily accept what has been rightfully His from the beginning. The next pouring forth of praise will be after the cleansing of the nation—and the cleansing of the nations. The next time, Jesus will enter Jerusalem in full Transfiguration glory (Matt. 25:31)—and on a white horse (Rev. 19:11). Israel unwittingly wanted the glory without the cross. As Peter would reluctantly and slowly learn, Messiah’s glory did not come without first the sufferings, as he later wrote in 1 Peter 1:10-11: “As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful search and inquiry, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as

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So little time remained,and Jesus had much,much more to teach His disciples (John 16:12)—especially these two important members of His inner circle.Would Jesus not have greater lessons for them to learn than the physical activity of preparing the Passover? Actually,Jesus was teaching them—both then and in preparation for the future.
He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.” This was the third time in three days that a section of Psalm 118 had been publicly quoted. Even more importantly, this was the third time that Peter and John had heard for themselves this Messianic psalm during Passion Week, as the drama unfolded before their eyes. But this was not the last time Psalm 118 occurred during Passover week. A most important segment, the fourth part of Jesus’ lesson, was about to begin. groups who would enter the designated area when summoned by the priests and Levites. As the multitudes assembled for the sacrificing of the lambs, the massive Levitical choir sang the Hallel, which consisted of Psalms 113-118. Eventually, Psalms 113-118 began being called “The Egyptian Hallel,” because of its use during the Passover observances. Each of these psalms reminded the participants of God’s goodness, grace and provision for Israel. The congregation joined in the liturgy by repeating the first line of each psalm after the Levites sang it. They also chanted “Hallelu Yah” (hallelujah—praise God!) at the end of each line. A very solemn procedure occurred at the actual sacrificing of the lamb. The participants—not the priests—killed their own lambs at the signal of the silver trumpets. Attending priests stood by in two rows waiting with bowls to catch the blood of the sacrifices. Each bowl would be passed down the line until the blood was finally poured out at the base of the altar. When the Levitical choir came to Psalm 118, the entire congregation repeated verses 25-26 after them:
O LORD, do save, we beseech You; O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD;

Luke 22:8 records that Jesus selected Peter and John
to prepare the Passover that He and the disciples collectively would observe later that night. In view of the approaching trial and suffering of Jesus—approximately 24 hours of His incarnate life remained—sending two of the more prominent disciples to prepare the Passover meal seems at first to be an unwise choice. Let two other servants do this chore, or at least let two of the “lesser” disciples prepare the feast. So little time remained, and Jesus had much, much more to teach His disciples (John 16:12)—especially these two important members of His inner circle. Would Jesus not have greater lessons for them to learn than the physical activity of preparing the Passover? Actually, Jesus was teaching them—both then and in preparation for the future. Taking the lamb to the Temple to be slain was the most critical element in the Passover preparation. Many thousands of participants representing their families or associates would proceed with their lambs to the Temple area at the prescribed afternoon just before the Passover Meal. But one could not arrive at the Temple and slaughter the lamb whenever one wanted to; all had to be done in proper order—and with the proper worshipful accompaniment. The sheer number of Passover lambs to be slain required the formation of three different

Many people who had just slain their lambs also had shouted and had sung these same verses at Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem earlier in the week. These were the exact words Jesus had said that collective Israel would say before the next time they saw Him. Perhaps several looked around the Temple confines expecting to see Jesus make another dramatic entrance at that very moment, looking to see if some prophetic event accompanied this recitation of Psalm 118. Instead, all they saw were their sacrificial lambs before them—spotless and unblemJUNE 2011 9

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Both Peter and John had repeatedly heard Jesus predict His pending execution.The bounds of their love—coupled with their lack of understanding (Luke 9:44-45),especially on Peter’s part—offered them false hope that somehow Jesus was not about to die this night or tomorrow.To them,one lamb slain that day for God sufficed; surely,God would not call for the life of the Other.
bounds of their love—coupled with their lack of understanding (Luke 9:44-45), especially on Peter’s part—offered them false hope that somehow Jesus was not about to die this night or tomorrow. To them, one lamb slain that day for God sufficed; surely, God would not call for the life of the Other. This was the fourth time that Peter and John had heard Psalm 118 quoted that week, but there was one more essential usage in order for Jesus’ lesson to be complete.

Although the nation of Israel sang the
ished—having their life’s blood poured out on an altar before the Lord. The significance of this threefold use of Psalm 118 for the masses, no doubt caused much conversation and debate, as the participants vacated the Temple area to prepare the final elements necessary for the Passover observance only a few hours away. Peter and John also heard—and this time sang— Psalm 118 as they stood in the Temple court sacrificing their own Passover lamb. The two disciples may have understood some of what Jesus attempted to teach them. At this point, however, they fought to repress their growing fears that the real Lamb of God was about to be led to slaughter in similar manner. Did either one—or both—grasp the lesson that Jesus intended by specifically sending these two learners to prepare the Passover? Did they silently look at each other wondering if the other, too, understood the repeated use and significance of Psalm 118? Did Peter and John discuss this on the way back to where the Passover meal would be consumed, as they often had discussed among themselves the significance of Jesus’ words? Or did they walk back in silence, each alone with his fearful expectations of what the night would bring forth? Both Peter and John had repeatedly heard Jesus predict His pending execution. The
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Egyptian Hallel (Ps. 113–118) at other prescribed Jewish feasts, these psalms particularly related to Passover. During the Passover meal, families recited or sang the Hallel in their homes in much the same way that the Levitical choir had sung them earlier that day while sacrificing their lambs. Before the Passover meal, the worshipers sang Psalms 113 and 114. After the meal, they sang Psalms 115-118, all done in accordance with the ancient prescribed order. This last psalm of the Hallel most certainly would have been what Jesus and His disciples sang at their “last supper” before leaving the room (Matt. 26:30). In any event, Psalm 118:22-29 would be one of the last things verbally communicated before the unspeakable suffering of Christ began:
The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone. This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! O LORD, do save, we beseech You; O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD; we have blessed you from the house of the LORD. The LORD is God, and He has given us light; bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.

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Multitudes of Jews in Jerusalem celebrated Passover that night,each reciting Psalm 118—several,no doubt,were part of the multitude that had shouted“Hosanna!”days before when Jesus had entered Jerusalem.Some had shouted“Hosanna”that very day when sacrificing their Passover lambs,just as Peter and John had done.
You are my God, and I give thanks to You; You are my God, I extol You. Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting.

The lesson taught by God Incarnate—all week, even earlier that day, and now at Passover—resounded in tens of thousands of different homes and gatherings within crowded Jerusalem. Each service individually pointed to the One who had so stirred the city all week. Each service bore divine witness to God’s Son—and to God’s sacrifice. Jesus and the Eleven sang Psalm 118 around the Lord’s Table—and around the Lord’s own Passover Lamb. Lost forever, except to only those present, were the hand gestures and voice inflections of the various words of Psalm 118 that Jesus may have applied specifically to Himself. Did Jesus point toward Himself, by gesture or voice, as He said, “stone ... corner stone ... blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD ... the LORD is God, and He has given us Light ... bind the festival sacrifice ...”? Perhaps He did. The words alone, especially in view of their repetitions during the week, may have spoken louder than they would have with any accompanying emphasis. Would Peter and John make eye contact with each other as they struggled to join in the singing of this psalm? Could they do so without weeping, as both realized, perhaps more than the others, what would take place next, having witnessed a graphic preview only hours before at God’s Temple? Did Jesus slightly turn His face toward them, examining them with the holy soul-searching eyes of God to see if they understood, even in a child’s limited manner, what He had been teaching them step-by-step? Jesus and the disciples sing Psalm 118—and leave the room for Gethsemane.

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Jesus promised His own, “I will not drink of the fruit of this vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom” (Matt. 26:29), thousands upon thousands of Israel’s religious establishment celebrated the same Passover meal, following the exact Passover procedure that Jesus and His disciples followed. Regardless of high rank or lowly status, all collectively or each individually recited Psalm 118; not one member was exempt. The religious authorities who celebrated the Passover that night repeated what they had heard and what they themselves had previously said. With varying degrees, some will be involved with the trial and sacrificial death of the Lamb. Each would offer his opinion—if any—as to the significance of the Psalm, especially regarding the multiple references to Jesus, that already had been made that week. Multitudes of Jews in Jerusalem celebrated Passover that night, each reciting Psalm 118—several, no doubt, were part of the multitude that had shouted “Hosanna!” days before when Jesus had entered Jerusalem. Some had shouted “Hosanna” that very day when sacrificing their Passover lambs, just as Peter and John had done. The repeated verses coupled with the events of the past week caused virtually every household to discuss fervently the sigJUNE 2011 11

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The whole nation awoke the next morning to see their sacrificial Lamb being slain before their eyes.Their Stone had been rejected by the builders, all in minute fulfillment of God’s Holy Word.
nificance of these verses, especially in relation to the identity and mission of Jesus. The person of Jesus had stirred tremendous debate for years, but it reached its zenith during this Passover. The finely orchestrated events and the multiple quotations of Psalm 118 only kindled the already whitehot debate concerning Jesus. No other topic of conversation would come remotely as close to the minds and lips of the Passover participants as that of the One who had come in the name of the Lord. God bore testimony in His written Word to His Incarnate Word. He also bore testimony from collective Israel’s own lips—from saddened disciples, to hostile foes, to confused masses. All—even the most blatant rejecters—bore witness to the Stone of Israel, the Son of God, placed there by God Himself. The whole nation awoke the next morning to see their sacrificial Lamb being slain before their eyes. Their Stone had been rejected by the builders, all in minute fulfillment of God’s Holy Word:
The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. O LORD, do save, we beseech You; O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD. Psalm 118:22-26a
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World Conspiracy in Light of the Bible
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Johannes Pflaum What does the Bible say about world conspiracy theories? Do they belong to the prophetic Word? In Part 3 of this series, the last, we will go into this and other connected questions.

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n Romans 13:12, Paul calls us to cast off the works of darkness and to put on the armor of light, in view of the advanced time in which we live. The armor of light is without doubt the truth and truthfulness, even if they are not explicitly mentioned here in this text. We find the admonition to truthfulness, however, in many other places in the Bible. As we saw in Part 2, almost all the so-called revelation books are based on speculation and conclusions drawn cleverly from facts. When we take a closer look, this is also the case in Christian revelation books on world Freemasonry. There are many conclusions and speculations, but little that can be proved. I am not trying to embellish the deception and apostasy within Christianity, but reveal the truth about the unprovable claim that behind everything it is world Freemasonry controlling these events.

We are not only concerned with speculations in this connection, however, but also the reality that behind many of the presented facts, lie false information and untruths. As an example of this, I would like to draw your attention to the supposed Illuminati sign on the US one dollar bill. I have had to apologize myself for spreading false information concerning this on various occasions. In diverse Christian revelation literature, it is claimed that this is the Illuminati pyramid, the sign of the world lodge, etc. The Latin words under this were translated to mean “New World Order” or “For a new world order,” the goal of the secret world government which allegedly already exists. Upon consideration of the facts, however, neither the sign is identical with the Illuminati pyramid, nor the translation of the Latin words. It is even questionable whether this sign has anything to do
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The conspiracy publisher, William Guy Carr has made a grave mistake in his books where this is concerned. He claims that the pyramids found their place in the seal of the USA, and therewith on the dollar note, through the claimed Illuminatist, Henry A. Wallace, who was Vice-President of the USA under Franklin D. Roosevelt.
with Freemasonry. The following are a few facts on this subject. The only common thing that can be proved between the USA and the Illuminati order is the year of their foundation—1776. With this we have the grain of truth that is common in so many conspiracy theories. The Illuminati were not founded in America but in Ingolstadt, Bavaria (Germany), by Adam Weishaupt, and this at a time in which it was not possible to take a jet plane to the USA, nor were there any other practical means of communication. To this group belonged, among others, people like Adolph Freiherr Knigge and Privy Councillor, Franz Xaver von Zwack. But this occultic secret society was very soon shaken by quarrels and jealousy, which in the year 1784, only eight years after its founding, led to Knigge leaving the order. The secret order was forbidden in the same year by the Bavarian Prince-Elector, Karl Theodor, and ended in 1785.1 In 1896/97, the Dresdner Freemason and occultic writer, Leopold Engel, attempted to found the Illuminati order anew. Only in 1925 did he proclaim the Universal Illuminati order. This was, amazingly enough, finally dissolved by the National Socialists in 1933 and never appeared on the scene again. The dissolution by the Nazis was no coincidence and no deceptive maneuver. Hitler and Himmler were convinced of the Freemasonry world conspiracy, and opposed it with all the means they had. The world conspiracy theory was a pillar of National Socialism and the SS order.2 The only thing known about the Illuminati is of their unsuccessful attempts to undermine German and European Freemasonic lodges. An influence on the USA cannot be proved historically.3 The conspiracy theories, that the seal on the dollar note is attrib14
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uted to the Illuminati, only began, according to my research, in the time after the Second World War. This should also give us food for thought. The conspiracy publisher, William Guy Carr has made a grave mistake in his books where this is concerned. He claims that the pyramids found their place in the seal of the USA, and therewith on the dollar note, through the claimed Illuminatist, Henry A. Wallace, who was Vice-President of the USA under Franklin D. Roosevelt. This is not possible, however, since Wallace was born in 1888, and the seal of the USA was already finished in 1776, 112 years before his birth. It cannot even be proved that this seal has anything at all to do with Freemasonry, whatever people may maintain. Probably, it is even a Christian symbol. The thirteen steps of the pyramid represent the thirteen founding states of the USA. The unfinished pyramid points to the yet unfinished States of America. The eye in the hovering pyramid is an ancient Christian symbol that is found in many churches. Presumably, only in later Freemasonry, around 1863,4 long after the founding of the USA, the pyramids as such were introduced into Freemasonry. There is not one historical source that proves a connection between the seal of the USA and Freemasonry. According to the research of Pastor Reinhard Möller, even the North American lodges, which speak very openly about their entanglements, distance themselves from this symbol. A brother in the Lord wanted to convince me a few years ago that upon a magnifying of one of the pyramid stones, the name YMCA was to be read, and therefore this organization also belonged to Freemasonry. In reality, no stone at all is written on, and merely a few dots are visible. Now to the claimed Latin inscription “new world order” or “order of the new world.” Here somebody

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A brother in the Lord wanted to convince me a few years ago that upon a magnifying of one of the pyramid stones, the name YMCA was to be read, and therefore this organization also belonged to Freemasonry. In reality, no stone at all is written on, and merely a few dots are visible.
simply cheated in the translation. Actually, it says “Novus Ordo Seclorum,” which means “new order of the ages,” and not “new world order” or “for a new world order.” This is a quotation of the Roman poet Virgil from the year 40 B.C. With the States, the US Fathers wanted to create an exemplary religious, political and social order, in contrast to the slavery and the many religious persecutions in old Europe. With the new Constitution, they also wanted to rise above England. The idea of a world government can surely be excluded.5 This should be enough. At any rate, such false theories as the supposed sign of the Illuminati have nothing to do with the armor of light and related truth. As believers, we should keep our distance from these concocted things and not become involved. In a standard work concerning secret societies, it is also pointed out that there are Freemasons who were or still are involved in politics, but with whom there is no sign of any Freemasonic united world politics. Also, the so-called world lodge belongs within the realm of fairy tales. Many Continental lodges are at loggerheads with one another on the grounds of their completely different convictions. Thus, the English Royalist Lodge contrasts greatly with French Freemasonry, and has its own characteristics.6 In this connection, we must also be very cautious in calling anyone or their associates a Freemason, especially where the proof is not clear and the suppositions and speculations of any self-declared specialists are concerned. I am surprised at times how light and superficial even people in Bible-believing circles are concerning the truth. When I confronted a brother who also concerned himself with these conspiracy theories and world Freemasonry some years ago, and drew his attention to factual errors and false information, his answer was merely: “That may be, but I still believe that the conspiracy theories are true.” As I have said, it is about a real faith system.
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Who likes to have something canceled … perhaps an appointment or an upcoming entertainment event for which tickets have been purchased? Or, to be confronted by a sign notifying one: “Canceled Until Further Notice.” Not many.

et, “cancellation” is one of the most redeeming concepts of all. Not only does it apply to eternal matters, but is also essential for human affairs on earth. As the Lord’s Prayer mentions, “[…] forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Matthew 6:12). More than ever, the world is in need of “cancellations.” Around the globe, debt is soaring to unprecedented levels; more people are falling into economic oppression. While God put a plan in place that would redeem people from sin, there is also a plan to redeem the earth from debt.

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The History of Debt Write-Offs Cancellation of debts became a common royal practice in the old Babylonian period. Hammurabi, who was the Babylonian king early in the second millennium BC (around 1800 BC … dating varies), founded the basic principle of rulermandated debt cancellation in the renowned Code of Hammurabi. It is very likely that Abraham, the Biblical patriarch, lived during the very same time as Hammurabi. In fact, some scholars consider that the account of Genesis 14 actually references this same king, though under the different name of Amraphel, King of Shinar. To recall, it was
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This is the doctrine that money is not allowed to earn income through interest. According to Islam, gain is only to be achieved through labor and trading. If money is allowed to earn income, though producing nothing, eventually it would lead to an imbalance of wealth distribution. Originally, Mohammed’s forbidding of debt interest was more likely rooted in the idea that a fixed rate of interest was an affront to Allah, as only he could determine and underwrite the certainty of future income, not mankind. Later, Islam further intellectualized its view on “al riba.” But much earlier than Islam (only some 500 years after the era of Abraham and Hammurabi), during the time of the 40-year wilderness journey of the Hebrews, God gave Moses the commands of the Sabbath. As already reviewed in detail in Part II, there were two ordinances with respect to debt and credit cancellation. After entering Canaan, the Hebrews were additionally commanded to observe the Sabbath Year and the Jubilee Year. Moses codified the rules of debt forgiveness and the restoration of wealth distribution much more than the general haphazard concepts of debt forgiveness of the Akkadians 500 years earlier. These proved to be most wonderful ordinances for a number of reasons. Both practices of the Sabbath and Jubilee year were an effective means of ensuring that a permanent poverty class would not emerge; nor, that a society of a few ultrarich could enslave everyone for perpetuity. Creation and Money God has created the world for his purposes and glory. He made it so that the world could not function righteously without the concept of “cancellation.” It

As in our time today, overindebtedness was a major problem in Babylonian society. Citizens could easily become enslaved to the creditor class. Anyone falling upon hard times or not able to pay taxes would be forced to borrow.

this king along with several others who had captured Lot, the nephew of Abraham. As it was, Abraham himself originally came from Ur, a location that by most accounts is on the southern extremity of Shinar. Debt cancellation was one of Hammurabi’s first acts when he came into power. He is recorded to have ordered debt cancellations on at least two occasions in his reign. As in our time today, overindebtedness was a major problem in Babylonian society. Citizens could easily become enslaved to the creditor class. Anyone falling upon hard times or not able to pay taxes would be forced to borrow. Interest rates were onerous … commonly as high as 33% over the duration of the loan period (this sometimes being as short as a few weeks). Once indebted, people were almost certainly doomed to even deeper debt or slavery. With such usurious interest rates, it would not take long for wealth distribution and concentration of land ownership to become extreme, this potentially also threatening the power of the king. It made sense to periodically decree an amnesty from all personal debts (this not including commercial liabilities in the case of the Babylonian system). This wiping out of debts rejuvenated society and served to maintain a sustainable wealth and power balance. Biblical Foundations for Debt Cancellation Down through history, philosophers and religious thinkers came to similar conclusions on the issue of repressive debts and wealth distribution. For example, more than two and a half millennia after Hammurabi, Islamic scholars began to develop principles that sought to achieve relief for the poor and sustainable wealth balance. Uniquely, their teaching of “al riba” served this end.
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is not a coincidence that we commonly refer to the cancellation of debts as a “forgiveness” of debt. The Creation deliberately included such human notions as property rights and justice, which could not be possible without the concepts of indebtedness and ownership, therefore the facility of mankind to use money. But the notion of money had to be subject to God’s glory. Therefore, the pitfalls of money are part of the created order. Any human society—indeed, any person—who places their hope, affections or worship upon money (Mammon), will suffer eventual eternal loss or destruction (not to mention its corrosive ramifications for society). It is unavoidable, because God is a just and “jealous” God. In fact, Exodus 34:14 declares that Jealous is actually a name for God. We only briefly raise these points to better illustrate the wisdom of the Sabbath and Jubilee year. One of the pitfalls of money (this being a reflection of the nature of human lusts and affections) is its facility to become concentrated in the hands of a few. Anyone who has played the game of Monopoly will recognize this tendency. Eventually, one player wins all the money and the time comes to restart the game. Jesus himself so much as acknowledged this fallen state, saying, “You will always have the poor among you” (John 12:8). This tendency of “wealth begetting wealth” today is viewed by economists as a “flaw” of capitalism. They observe that over time, the competitive economic arena leads to winners who then become very large or wealthy, in turn having the ability to suppress new competitors. (At times, the U.S. government intervened to

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break up companies that were thought to have become too large …i.e. AT&T and General Motors). The point we wish to emphasize is that the laws of money, compound interest and relative advantage (everything else being equal) contribute to the tendency that the wealthy get wealthier, and the poor, relatively poorer. However, these very trends over time lead to instability and eventual destruction. Just such a “late stage” situation exists in America and many other nations today. An extreme state of imbalance between the rich and poor is a worldwide phenomenon. An ever-smaller minority is becoming wealthier. Recent actions in the U.S. political sphere have signaled just how advanced and repressive this condition has become. Everywhere one looks in the world, a cry is heard for “debt cancellation.” The world groans for a Jubilee Year. As Apostle Paul says, “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time” (Romans 8:22). Something else is needed to liberate the world, to free the economic captives. Debt Forgiveness and the Prophetic Plan The Lord’s Prayer, given to us in Matthew 6:9-13, has the statement,

After entering Canaan, the Hebrews were additionally commanded to observe the Sabbath Year and the Jubilee Year. Moses codified the rules of debt forgiveness and the restoration of wealth distribution much more than the general haphazard concepts of debt forgiveness of the Akkadians 500 years earlier.

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Jesus Christ quoted Isaiah’s prophecy about Himself (Isaiah 61:1-2) when He said: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19). Christ deliberately did not read the rest of Isaiah’s prophecy, which further reads “[…] and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair” (Isaiah 61:23). Why? Because these were things that would be completed at His Second Coming, signifying the arrival of the “year of the Lord’s favor.” While our Lord proclaimed “the year of the Lord’s favor” during his first coming, it was not to occur until his second. The Lord did not rescue the poor at his first coming, rather the “poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:3 from the Beatitudes). The rescuing of all poor (Luke 6:20, Sermon on the Plain) will be fulfilled in the Millennium. Prophetic Parallels to the Jubilee Year Just what is meant by the Hebrew word for “jubilee”? It refers to the continuous blast of the silver trumpets that were blown as the Year of the Jubilee was ushered in by the priests. “[…] have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land” (Leviticus 25:9). Ezekiel informs us that the “year of liberty” (year of freedom) will again be observed in the

Jesus Christ quoted Isaiah’s prophecy about Himself (Isaiah 61:1-2) when He said: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19).

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (verse 12). However, Luke provides us a slightly different version of this prayer. He writes: “And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us” (Luke 11:4, KJV). Here we note that Matthew refers to “debts” being forgiven, while Luke mentions “sins” being forgiven. Two different Greek words are used: “debts” (opheilema) and “sin” (hamartia), respectively. Are these two accounts therefore inconsistent … one of them perhaps in error? No. Both of these similarly involve indebtedness. Sin and debt are very closely related concepts. It is important to recognize that the Lord’s Prayer embraces the entire cosmology of God’s plan for the world and is therefore also prophetic in character. The statement, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10) will not happen until the Millennium at the earliest. Similarly, the full forgiveness of mankind’s sins and debts, including that of the Hebrews (Daniel 9:24), will not occur at the earliest until the beginning of the Millennium. As such, the forgiveness of both debts and sins are in the spectrum of the Lord’s Prayer. Daniel was told that “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy (Daniel 9:24, KJV). All of these things await His return and the ushering in of the Millennium.

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Millennium. He describes a procedure that will apply to a prince during that time: “But if he gives a gift out of his inheritance to one of his servants, then it shall be his until the year of liberty [the Year of Jubilee]; after that it shall be returned to the prince; only his sons may keep a gift from his inheritance [permanently]” (Ezekiel 46:17, AMP). While it is indeed remarkable that the Jubilee Year will again be reinstated, the prophetic parallels and symmetry of the 50th year of Jubilee to salvation and the Millennium we find to be the most inspiring. To begin, the number 50 is the year that follows 7 weeks of 7. Therefore, the Jubilee Year was the 8th Sabbath in a 50-year period. The number eight in the Bible signifies a new beginning. The blasts of the Jubilee trumpets parallel or foreshadow the final trumpet of the Lord (for the Church, this being the final calling in the “Sabbath Rest”) and the last judgments in the Tribulation period, these being followed by the Millennial reign of Christ. The precious year of the Jubilee can also be seen as the prophetic parallel of the Millennial “Year of our Lord.” That year is the Jubilee Year of the Lord. All sins and debts will be forgiven. They will be canceled. We see that financial debt in the physical dimension is the parallel of spiritual indebtedness against our Creator. Both must be paid back. Both can be forgiven. There is only one difference: while mankind may be able to pay back debts on earth, he cannot pay back his sin debt. Only Jesus Christ could make this payment. Thoughts to Ponder What was the most common accusation of the legalistic religious leaders against Jesus Christ? This question brings us back to the focus of Parts I and II. Ten times in the Gospels we read of them charging Jesus that he was breaking the Sabbath. Seven of these accounts involved Jesus healing someone. Indeed, the four Gospels provide multiple accounts of the same miracles. Two of them (involving the healing of the man with the shriveled hand, and the disciples husking grain to eat) are mentioned three times each. As such, there were six different acts of Jesus and his disciples on a Sabbath that attracted the ire of the religious leaders. It is astounding that the Lord—the Lord of the Sabbath Himself—should be accused of breaking its ordinance. God has designed a plan for both heaven and earth. He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to pay for the debts of mankind owed to God that he could not pay… a transaction that would be extended to all those who would believe upon Him. Just as in the Jubilee Year of ancient times, this opportunity to cancel all debt (sin) is open to all. How wonderful then is “cancellation.” How many households today would dance for joy at the cancellation of their mortgage? Consider the word origin of “mortgage”—it literally means “death pledge”—a state of affairs that will find meaning to those in foreclosure proceedings. However, it is the cancellation of our sin and reconciliation to Jesus Christ that brings the greatest joy for eternity. We have been given this great promise, “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience” (Hebrew 4:911). The trumpets of Jubilee are ever nearer! MC

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How wonderful then is “cancellation.” How many households today would dance for joy at the cancellation of their mortgage? Consider the word origin of “mortgage”—it literally means “death pledge”— a state of affairs that will find meaning to those in foreclosure proceedings. However, it is the cancellation of our sin and reconciliation to Jesus Christ that brings the greatest joy for eternity.

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Google Planning ElectronicWallet
Google is joining Citigroup and Mastercard to set up a mobile payment system that will turn Android phones into a kind of electronic wallet, theWall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.
The new technology, which is in its early stages, will allow consumers to wave their Android phones in front of a small reader at the checkout counter to make payments, the Journal reported. The planned payment system would allow Google to offer retailers more data about their customers and help them target advertisements and discount offers to mobile device users near their stores, the sources told the WSJ. Google is not expected to get a cut of the transaction fees, the paper said. Initially, holders of Citigroup-issued debit and credit cards would be allowed to pay for purchases by activating a mobile payment application developed for one current model and many coming models of Android phones, the paper said. Google, Citigroup and Mastercard could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters outside regular U.S. business hours.
-reuters.com, 28 March 2011

Electronic communication has become a matter of fact; modern society would come to a standstill without it. While paying by cell phone is available technology and practiced quite often in European countory employer and employee contributions, topped up by general taxation. How unlike Britain: in France, cross-party commitment to welfare runs deep, as does belief in the necessity and benignity of “l'état.” Politicians on the right and the left use the word solidarité with sincerity. Perhaps solidarity is the modern expression of the 1789 cry for “fraternity.” Fraternity begets equality. The French welfare state delivers a society where the gaps between rich and poor are smaller than in the UK. France is one of the few western countries where poverty and income inequality have fallen during the past 20 years. Meanwhile in the UK, income inequality is higher than it has been for 30 years. All this finds expression in willingness to spend on pensions, income support, health and social services which together amounts to 33% of national income, the highest in the Organiza-

(For more on the subject of the Mark, read Preparing for the Mark of the Beast, Item 1061.)

tries, this scanning your phone at the checkout counter payment system would go one step further. Quite naturally, the next question is, what if one loses his cell phone or it gets stolen? The answer is found in Revelation 13:16-17: “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” 4041

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Welfare Means a Good Place to be Old,Young, Sick,Jobless or Female
Viewed from the British side of the Channel, Sarkozy has made a striking promise to create a “new branch of the welfare state” to provide care for old people and those with disabilities.
France has 1.1 million dependent old people, their numbers expected to grow by 1%2% to the middle of the century, when the over—85s could number 5 million. His latest line is that social care won’t be a formal “fifth branch” of the French welfare state. Its four pillars are family benefits, health, coverage for accidents at work, and pensions. They offer relatively generous statutory entitlements, funded by insurance schemes paid for by statu-

tion for Economic Cooperation and Development, where the average is 24%. The UK falls below average, on 23.3%. Maternity pay is more generous but paternity leave is the same in both countries. A larger proportion of French women of working age take jobs than in the UK. In pay terms they are better treated, too. In Germany men on median earnings get 23% more than women, in the UK 21% more, but in France, the pay gap is 12%. That one difference contributes significantly to their greater overall equality. French families get more help. Public spending on early years is the highest in Europe after Iceland and Denmark, at about 1.1% of national income—the comparable British figure is 0.7%. Whether it’s due to lifestyle, social security or high health spending, the French are long-lived. A Frenchwoman can expect to live 84.4 years, three years longer than her British counterpart and the highest in the OECD after Japan.
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CHINA/USA
formula to manage an expanding urban middle class, regional inequality, and resentment among ethnic minorities remains to be seen. Some analysts argue that China aims to challenge America’s position as the world’s dominant power. Even if this were an accurate assessment of China’s intentions (and even Chinese cannot know the views of future generations), it is doubtful that China will have the military capability to make this possible. China’s size and high rate of economic growth will almost certainly increase its relative strength vis-à-vis the US in the coming decades. This will certainly bring the Chinese closer to the US in terms of power resources, but China will not necessarily surpass the US as the most powerful country. Even if China suffers no major domestic political setback, many current projections based on GDP growth alone are too one-dimensional: they ignore US military and soft-power advantages, as well as China’s geopolitical disadvantages in the internal Asian balance of power.
-english.aljazeera.net, 8 April 2011

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Will China Overtake America?
The twenty-first century is witnessing Asia’s return to what might be considered its historical proportions of the world's population and economy.

In 1800, Asia represented more than half of global population and output. By 1900, it represented only 20 percent of world output—not because something bad happened in Asia, but rather because the Industrial Revolution had transformed Europe and North America into the world’s workshop. Asia’s recovery began with Japan, then moved to South Korea and on to Southeast Asia, beginning with Singapore and Malaysia. Now the recovery is focused on China, and increasingly involves India, lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in the process. This change, however, is also creating anxieties about shifting power relations among states. In 2010, China passed Japan to become the world’s second largest economy. During the past decade, China moved from being the world’s ninth largest exporter to its leader, displacing Germany at the top. China’s authoritarian political system has thus far shown an impressive capacity to achieve specific targets, for example, staging a successful Olympic Games, building high-speed rail projects, or even stimulating the economy to recover from the global financial crisis. Unlike India, which was born with a democratic constitution, China has not yet found a way to channel the demands for political participation (if not democracy) that tend to accompany rising per capita income. Communist ideology is long gone, so the legitimacy of the ruling party depends on economic growth and ethnic Han nationalism. Whether China can develop a

With the intent to improve everyone’s work-life balance, the Socialists cut the working week to 35 hours in 2000. But now, in France as in Britain, the aim is to keep older workers in jobs and push up the retirement age (now 61)—a move resisted by the Socialist opposition. Financial incentives are now in place to encourage people to continue working beyond pension age—but half the workforce “retire” before they are 55. All in all, France is a generous society, and it fights hard on the streets against attempts to cut back on good collective provision for pensions, benefits and health. Contrary to myth, it is not the power of its unions— France has fewer union members than the UK—but the power of collective will. As a result, it is a better country than most in which to be old, or sick or unemployed, or disabled or a little child.
-guardian.co.uk, 22 March 2011

Although the United States is deeply in debt, and no realist would expect a “silver bullet” to appear to solve America’s chronic “spend more, earn less” engrained culture, the U.S. still has a “soft-power advantage.” America’s strong influence and often dominance of the progressive world culture is also deeply engrained in the West and difficult to replace with something that may come from the Far East. Between these two giants lies Europe—to be precise, the European Union—the world’s largest economy and the most diverse one. Will Europe be able to influence the West (U.S.A.) and the East (China) to create a truly global society? We believe so. The “one mind” philosophy will have to be demonstrated and practiced according to Revelation 17:13, “These have one mind, and shall give their power and 4060 strength unto the beast.”
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Although France is a country not favorably presented in the US news media, this article by the British Guardian shows this super-socialist and very rich country to be functioning rather well. When it comes to healthcare, only Japan is a notch above France. Life expectancy in France is 81.19; in the UK 80.05 (USA 78.77). Japan leads the world with 82.25. Chance of survival at birth? Japan again leads with 2.78 deaths per 1,000, followed by France at 3.29, the UK at 4.62, and the US at 6.06. Will Britain catch up? Not likely in the near future. Deeply engrained tradition will only reluctantly allow for change. The reason we publish this information is simply to show the other side of the story, which most of us do not know. However, and this is the most important issue, it makes no difference who lives longest or who dies first: the Bible has this to say about life: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). 4038
(For more on the topic of death, read When Death Comes, Item 1056.)

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Supernatural Intervention... Israel and the Church... Biblical Time
Supernatural Intervention Dear Arno Froese: As a Sacramento County Jail volunteer chaplain, I teach weekly Bible lessons to inmates. Prior to each lesson, after announcing my topic, I authenticate the Bible as truly the Word of God. I begin by testifying about what God has done and is doing in Israel. I tell them of God’s curses (Jeremiah 8:13; Ezekiel 6:3, 6, 11, 14; 33:28; Deuteronomy 28:64-65; Jeremiah 25:11; Ezekiel 4:3-6; Leviticus 26:18; Ezekiel 36:24, 28-30, 33-34, 36), the restoration of the Hebrew language (Zephaniah 3:9), victory over enemies (Leviticus 26:5-8), and the beginning and duration of the scattering (Jeremiah 25:11; Ezekiel 4:3-6; Leviticus 26:18). Then I testify about how Zechariah 13:8 has been fulfilled and how verse 9 is currently being fulfilled. After this presentation, they eagerly receive the lesson I have prepared for
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the night, and they are filled with hope at the end of the message. In writing this, I’m hoping that you will direct me to additional information on the Arab/Israeli Wars and conflicts. What I’m looking for is media concerning personal testimonies of unexplained happenings which might indicate God’s actual interventions. From the library, I checked out Arab-Israeli Air Wars 1947-82 by Shlomo Aloni and Israel’s Wars—A History Since 1947 by Ahron Bregman, but these omit any references to God.
-P. Lynn, CA

Answer: Your usage of cross-reference of Holy Scripture, particularly when it comes to fulfillment of Bible prophecy, must be commended. Israel indeed is a visible manifestation of God’s promise. After being in dispersion for over 2,600 years, the return of the Jews to the land of Israel is nothing short of God’s supernatural intervention.

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It is downright fascinating that God prepared a land for the people; for example, Ezekiel 36:8: “…yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come.” In verse 26, God gives the Jew a new heart and a new spirit, and then in verse 27, He puts His Spirit in them. We must emphasize that God detoured the Church in the establishment of Israel; instead, He used the communist Soviet Union. The overwhelming majority of immigrants originate from the Soviet Union. Not surprisingly, the Soviet Union was first to recognize Israel on 17 May 1948. When it comes to testimonies about God’s supernatural intervention, I advise caution because most things reported are unsubstantiated. Besides, there are innumerable testimonies of civilians and soldiers experiencing supernatural intervention in virtually all wars. I always take the reports with a “grain of salt,” because we walk by faith, not by sight. However, considering the Jews’ hopeless situation after the Holocaust—the remnant tried to escape to Israel and was hindered by the mighty British Navy to enter the land—the fact that they did establish the State of Israel, which today has become a super success in the Middle East, is nothing short of supernatural.

cal answer to for quite some time. I have also discussed this with several scholar friends, but have never obtained an answer that satisfies me. My question to you is, will the nation Israel and the Church of God ever be one and the same? And, will they occupy the same place during the millennium? It seems to me that the Jews’ heaven is located here on earth in Judea (Isaiah 11:9 and also chapter 65), and the Church’s home is the place where Jesus went to prepare a place for us (John 14:2-4), and it will happen during “The Day of the Lord” or at the time of the Rapture. Also, does the remnant that Apostle Paul writes of in Romans 9:27 become a part of the Church or a part of redeemed Israel? Who is grafted in, Israel or the Church? Thanks again for the super knowledge of the Bible that you share with us.
-F. Lawson, OK

the Gospel in Jerusalem, it says,“…the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41). In chapter 4, it speaks of five thousand men, and Acts 6:7 testifies, “And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.”That must have been a tremendous harvest of souls in Jerusalem. I am of the understanding that the Jews of today constitute the remnant. We must consider that over 13 million Jews were killed since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Today, the Jews in Israel are the “remnant.” The Apostle Paul concludes in Romans 11:25-26: “…blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved.” One more item: The distinction of the Church—that is, the body of Christ—is emphasized by Jesus’ statement that John the Baptist was the greatest born of women, but the least in the kingdom of God.

Israel and the Church Dear Editor, I have written to you before; however, I still want you to know how much I appreciate your “Voice of the Endtimes.” The question that I have here, I have attempted to find the Bibli-

Answer: Israel has an earthly promise, the Church a heavenly one. We are to “meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” When the Lord rules the nations with a rod of iron from Jerusalem, we will be there in His presence. Keep in mind that the Church is Jewish; we as Gentiles are being added to it. The Church, consisting of Jews and Gentiles, is organically connected to Israel, according to Romans 11:21-24. Romans 9:27 speaks of those Jews who did get saved and continue to do so until this day. When Peter preached

Biblical Time Dear Mr. Froese, I enjoy the magazine and have for years. I find I agree with you more often than not. Recently, there was a question in “Letters to the Editor” regarding the halfhour silence from M. Nisula, FL (February 2011 issue). This is a question I too have wondered about, and began a study to find an answer. I appreciate your answer: “…time is allowed for heaven and earth to take a breath before the next judgment.”
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Admittedly, there is very little found concerning this half-hour of silence, but I believe I have uncovered a solution. We know there are statements throughout the Book of Revelation making reference to an “hour,” but the context of this usage explains itself as an expression of a time to come or a moment in time. The half-hour is unique in that no such inference can be made, and it is not explained as a general expression of time—why the halfhour, why not just say, in this hour, or during that hour? The key, I believe, is where this hour of silence occurs. It is in heaven, we are told. Most in Biblical studies concerning Bible prophecy know of the “day is as a thousand years” principle (2 Peter 3:8). Working this out in hours, it happens that a half-hour by heavenly time as compared to earthly time, equals 20.83 years. It is my thinking this period of time is exactly what you answered, a time for the earth to catch its breath from the great, earth-shaking event of Revelation 6:12-17. What an event that will be: the whole earth shaking, mountains moved, islands moved, and what seems to be a time so severe men hide, thinking the world is coming to an end. I’m thinking this period of silence allows humanity to recover from this devastation until other events begin to unfold. If this is correct, the Great Earthquake is announcing the coming of our Savior’s wrath, which will then unfold after the recovery period of nearly 21 years of earth time.
-D. Baxley, CA

Answer: Thank you for the interesting analysis about your understanding of the half-hour silence. However, the developed theory based on the principle of the thousand years is invalidated by the little word “as.” That means one day is not a thousand years, and a thousand years is not a day. Why not? Because with God, time ceases to exist. He is eternal, infinite. Nevertheless, He fulfills His prophecies within a set timeframe, and that is the history of mankind.

please explain what “one baptism” means in your article, “Abide in the Doctrine of Christ”?
-R. Luedke, FL

One Baptism Dear Brother Froese, I love your magazine and read it through cover to cover every month, but I have a question about one thing in your February issue in the article, “Abide in the Doctrine of Christ.” You name the seven doctrines that make up the doctrine of Christ, and number six is baptism. I have been baptized four times and never born again in any of them (Anglican, Lutheran, Baptist and Assembly of God). I was finally born again at a Billy Graham crusade in Minneapolis when I was 38 years old, and I know I was born again because my life changed completely and I have never looked back (never wanted to). Now what I would like you to explain is “baptism,” please. I know that water baptism doesn’t change a person, but when I was born again, I was changed completely. When I read the Book of John, I found out what born again meant, and it didn’t mention baptism. So could you

Answer: The baptism of John was in preparation of the coming kingdom; that is, it recognized the King, Jesus Christ. Our baptism, practiced in the church, takes place after a person has been born again. He publicly demonstrates to the visible and invisible world that he is now “buried in the likeness of His death,” and “raised in the likeness of His resurrection.” Water baptism follows Spirit baptism, of which John the Baptist spoke, “He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” There is only one baptism of the Spirit, which is identical with the rebirth,“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13).

Location of Hell Dear Brother Froese, Concerning Revelation 20:14, where death and hell are cast into the lake of fire (the second death), does this mean that hell will be relocated? Is hell currently in the heart of the earth below what was “Abraham’s Bosom,” and was made for the devil and his angels? Since there will be a new heaven and a new earth after the 1,000 year reign of Christ, is it possible that the socalled “black hole” is where hell will be cast so that the new earth will not contain hell itself?
-H. Parker, NC

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Answer: As far as the physical location of hell is concerned, I see no information in Scripture and will therefore make no attempt to speculate on this matter. From the Old Testament, we learn that the word “hell” means a location inside the earth. The ultimate destination of hell is the lake of fire: “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death” (Revelation 20:14). My opinion is that we will never know the location.

This Generation Dear Editor, As a new subscriber to your timely publication, I find that I do indeed read each issue vigorously, especially the comments from your readers. I was especially taken by the letter from E. Crispell of Alabama and your somewhat vague and confused response to the inquiry regarding the “budding of the fig tree” in Matthew 24 and 25, and the generation factor which follows. There should be no question regarding this to a Biblical, prophetically inspired student of the Scripture. The subject event we refer to occurred on 2 November 1917, when the proclamation of the Balfour Declaration to establish a homeland for the Jews was announced. How can we be so assured that this is the proper date? Well, one need only consult the history of the Jews in Scripture, the reliable writings of Josephus’ Antiquities of the Jews, and modern historical events to see God’s amazing plan at work.

We begin with the 430 years of captivity when Israel departed Egypt on the self-same day of Jacob’s arrival, followed by forty years of wandering because of unbelief. In 1 Kings, we see that from Gilgal where the sins of Egypt were forgiven, another 480-year segment followed until the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem. Josephus tells us that the temple was in existence 470 years. Later, there were the 470 yearreigns of high preists until John Hercanus and the cleansing of the Temple. Of course, there is the well-known 490 years allotted to Israel. Consider then the 400 silent years before Christ. He being about 30 years of age when he began His ministry. The destruction of the Temple 40 years after His death (this is the first 400year cycle that projects beyond the biblical record). Entering the 20th century, we will see the 400-year cycle in effect. Four hundred years prior to the Balfour Declaration, amazingly almost to the day, we find Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses 31 October 1517 upon the Wittenberg door, emancipating the Jew (unwittingly to him) from under the heel of Rome. Another 30 years after the Balfour announcement to the day, we have the UN Resolution passed in 1947. In 1987, we saw the first stones fly inaugurating the first “intifada” of the Palestinians. As for the generation seeing this not to pass before its completion, we need to look no further

than Luke, where God extended the lives of two people to witness the birth of Jesus.
-D. Johnston, CA

Answer: If we take 14 March 1948 as the beginning of “this generation,” then we must identify a biblical generation. From Abraham, we learn that 400 years are four generations. Hebrews 3 states that a generation is 40 years. A number of scholars insist on one generation as being 70 years. When using mathematics to determine certain events, we are treading on dangerous ground, particularly in view of the Lord’s coming, because He said He would come in an hour when “ye think not.” Zionism was verbalized by Theodor Herzl in his book, Der Judenstaat, published February 1896. Later on 29 August 1897, the first Zionist Congress was held in Basel, Switzerland. There Herzl proclaimed, “Today, I have founded the state of Israel.” Doubtless, the 1917 Balfour Declaration was helpful but not decisive. The spirit of Zionism empowered the Soviet Jews to take possession of parts of the Promised Land and establish the nation in spite of all opposition. We may disagree on how this process of founding the State of Israel took place, but we do agree that the Lord God takes care of His people in His ways, with the intention to take possession of all of the Promised Land: “And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country” (Ezekiel 34:13). MC
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The Imminent End of Oil ...

Apocalypse Soon?
Ron Rhodes, a leading scholar on biblical prophecy, reveals how looming tensions over oil factor into end-time global alignments and how they may lead to a dramatic shift in the balance of power in the world. Much of the world’s oil is in the custody of unstable and sometimes hostile regimes. Nations around the world are positioning themselves to protect their shrinking piece of the pie of dwindling oil reserves. Global tensions continue to rise. In The Coming Oil Storm Rhodes documents the role of Islam as the religion in control of most of the world’s oil reserves and shows convincingly that once Muslims are in possession of the two swords of oil and nuclear weapons, they will feel empowered to act as they wish. Oil could even play a role in the path to Armageddon.

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THE COMING OIL STORM
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