Exodus 5

Exodus 5:1

And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.

Pharaoh – This king, probably Tothmosis II, the great grandson of Aahmes Exodus 1:8, the original persecutor of the Israelites, must have been resident at this time in a city, probably Tanis Exodus 2:5, of Lower Egypt, situated on the Nile.

The Lord God – Yahweh God of Israel demanded the services of His people. The demand, according to the general views of the pagans, was just and natural; the Israelites could not offer the necessary sacrifices in the presence of Egyptians.

Exodus 5:2

And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.

I know not the Lord – Either Pharaoh had not heard of Yahweh, or he did not recognize Him as a God.

Exodus 5:3

And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days’ journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.

Three days’ journey – See the Exodus 3:18 note.

With pestilence, or with the sword – This shows that the plague was well known to the ancient Egyptians. The reference to the sword is equally natural, since the Israelites occupied the eastern district, which was frequently disturbed by the neighboring Shasous.

Exodus 5:4

And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens.

Let – i. e. hinder.

Exodus 5:5

And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.

Exodus 5:6

And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,

Their officers – Or scribes. Hebrews able to keep accounts in writing, appointed by the Egyptian superintendents, and responsible to them for the work; see Exodus 5:14. Subordinate officers are frequently represented on Egyptian monuments, giving in written accounts to their immediate superiors.

Exodus 5:7

Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.

Some of the most ancient buildings in Egypt were constructed of bricks not burned, but dried in the sun; they were made of clay, or more commonly of mud, mixed with straw chopped into small pieces. An immense quantity of straw must have been wanted for the works on which the Israelites were engaged, and their labors must have been more than doubled by this requisition.

Exodus 5:8

And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.

Exodus 5:9

Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words.

Exodus 5:10

And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spake to the people, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw.

Exodus 5:11

Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it: yet not ought of your work shall be diminished.

Exodus 5:12

So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw.

Stubble instead of straw – Rather, for the straw: i. e. to be prepared as straw. This marks the season of the year, namely, early spring, after the barley or wheat harvest, toward the end of April. Their suffering must have been severe: at that season the pestilential sand-wind blows over Egypt some 50 days, hence, its name – Chamsin. (compare Genesis 41:6 note).

Exodus 5:13

And the taskmasters hasted them, saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.

Exodus 5:14

And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh’s taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and demanded, Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and to day, as heretofore?

Exodus 5:15

Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants?

Exodus 5:16

There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people.

Exodus 5:17

But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD.

Ye are idle – The old Egyptian language abounds in epithets which show contempt for idleness. The charge was equally offensive and ingenious; one which would be readily believed by Egyptians who knew how much public and private labors were impeded by festivals and other religious ceremonies. Among the great sins which, according to Egyptian belief, involved condemnation in the final judgment, idleness is twice mentioned.

Exodus 5:18

Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.

Exodus 5:19

And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case, after it was said, Ye shall not minish ought from your bricks of your daily task.

Exodus 5:20

And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pharaoh:

Exodus 5:21

And they said unto them, The LORD look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.

Exodus 5:22

And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me?

Exodus 5:23

For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.

The earnestness of this remonstrance, and even its approach to irreverence, are quite in keeping with other notices of Moses’ naturally impetuous character. See Exodus 3:13.

Notes on the Bible by Albert Barnes [1834].

Exodus 4

Exodus 4:1

And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.

With this chapter begins the series of miracles which resulted in the deliverance of Israel. The first miracle was performed to remove the first obstacle, namely, the reluctance of Moses, conscious of his own weakness, and of the enormous power with which he would have to contend.

Exodus 4:2

And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.

A rod – The word seems to denote the long staff which on Egyptian monuments is borne by men in positions of authority. It was usually made of acacia wood.

Exodus 4:3

And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.

A serpent – This miracle had a meaning which Moses could not mistake. The serpent was probably the basilisk or Uraeus, the Cobra. This was the symbol of royal and divine power on the diadem of every Pharaoh. The conversion of the rod was not merely a portent, it was a sign, at once a pledge and representation of victory over the king and gods of Egypt!

Exodus 4:4

And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:

Exodus 4:5

That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.

Exodus 4:6

And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.

Leprous – The instantaneous production and cure of the most malignant and subtle disease known to the Israelites was a sign of their danger if they resisted the command, and of their deliverance if they obeyed it. The infliction and cure were always regarded as special proofs of a divine intervention.

Exodus 4:7

And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.

Exodus 4:8

And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

Exodus 4:9

And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.

Exodus 4:10

And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.

Eloquent – See the margin. The double expression “slow of speech (Ezekiel 3:5 margin) and of a slow tongue” seems to imply a difficulty both in finding words and in giving them utterance, a very natural result of so long a period of a shepherd’s life, passed in a foreign land.

Since thou hast spoken – This expression seems to imply that some short time had intervened between this address and the first communication of the divine purpose to Moses.

Exodus 4:11

And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

Exodus 4:12

Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

Compare with this our Lord’s promise to His Apostles; Matthew 10:19; Mark 13:11.

Exodus 4:13

And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.

And he said – The reluctance of Moses is in accordance with the inner law of man’s spiritual development, and specially with his own character; but, under the circumstances, it indicated a weakness of faith.

Exodus 4:14

And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.

Anger – The words of Moses Exodus 4:13 indicated more than a consciousness of infirmity; somewhat of vehemence and stubbornness.

Aaron – This is the first mention of Aaron. The words “he can speak well,” probably imply that Aaron had both the power and will to speak. Aaron is here called “the Levite,” with reference, it may be, to the future consecration of this tribe.

He cometh forth – i. e. is on the eve of setting forth. Not that Aaron was already on the way, but that he had the intention of going to his brother, probably because the enemies of Moses were now dead. See Exodus 4:19.

Exodus 4:15

And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.

Thou shalt speak – Moses thus retains his position as “mediator;” the word comes to him first, he transmits it to his brother.

Exodus 4:16

And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.

Instead of a mouth – We may bear in mind Aaron’s unbroken habitude of speaking Hebrew and his probable familiarity with Egyptian.

Instead of God – The word “God” is used of persons who represent the Deity, as kings or judges, and it is understood in this sense here: “Thou shalt be to him a master.”

Exodus 4:17

And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.

Exodus 4:18

And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.

Exodus 4:19

And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life.

Exodus 4:20

And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.

An ass – Literally, “the ass,” which, according to Hebrew idiom, means that he set them upon asses. This is the first notice of other sons besides Gershom.

The rod of God – The staff of Moses was consecrated by the miracle Exodus 4:2 and became “the rod of God.”

Exodus 4:21

And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.

I will harden – Calamities which do not subdue the heart harden it. In the case of Pharaoh, the hardening was at once a righteous judgment, and a natural result of a long series of oppressions and cruelties.

Exodus 4:22

And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:

My firstborn – The expression would be perfectly intelligible to Pharaoh, whose official designation was “son of Ra.” In numberless inscriptions the Pharaohs are styled “own sons” or “beloved sons” of the deity. It is here applied for the first time to Israel; and as we learn from Exodus 4:23, emphatically in antithesis to Pharaoh’s own firstborn.

Exodus 4:23

And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.

Exodus 4:24

And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.

In the inn – Or “resting place.” See Genesis 42:27 note.

Met him, and sought to kill him – Moses was attacked by a sudden and dangerous illness, which he knew was inflicted by God. The word “sought to kill” implies that the sickness, whatever might be its nature, was one which threatened death had it not been averted by a timely act. Zipporah believed that the illness of Moses was due to his having neglected the duty of an Israelite, and to his not having circumcised his own son; the delay was probably owing to her own not unnatural repugnance to a rite, which though practiced by the Egyptians, was not adopted generally in the East, even by the descendants of Abraham and Keturah. Moses appears to have been utterly prostrate and unable to perform the rite himself.

Exodus 4:25

Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.

Sharp stone – Not “knife,” as in the margin. Zipporah used a piece of flint, in accordance with the usage of the patriarchs. The Egyptians never used bronze or steel in the preparation of mummies because stone was regarded as a purer and more sacred material than metal.

Cast it at his feet – Showing at once her abhorrence of the rite, and her feeling that by it she had saved her husband’s life.

A bloody husband – Literally, “a husband of blood,” or “bloods.” The meaning is: The marriage bond between us is now sealed by blood. By performing the rite, Zipporah had recovered her husband; his life was purchased for her by the blood of her child.

Exodus 4:26

So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.

So he let him go – i. e. God withdrew His visitation from Moses.

Moses sent Zipporah and her children back to Jethro before he went to Egypt, Exodus 18:2. The journey would have been delayed had he waited for the healing of the child.

Exodus 4:27

And the LORD said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses. And he went, and met him in the mount of God, and kissed him.

Exodus 4:28

And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him.

Exodus 4:29

And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel:

All the elders – The Israelites retained their own national organization; their affairs were administered by their own elders, who called a public assembly Exodus 4:31 to hear the message brought by Moses and Aaron.

Exodus 4:30

And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.

Exodus 4:31

And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.

Exodus 3

This chapter marks the commencement of the series of events which immediately preceded the Exodus. Hitherto, the narrative has been studiously brief, stating only what was necessary to be known as preparatory to those events; but from this point Moses dwells minutely on the details, and enables us to realize the circumstances of the catastrophe which in its immediate and remote consequences stands alone in the world’s history.

Exodus 3:1

Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

Jethro his father-in-law – Or “brother-in-law.” The word in the Hebrew is a word signifying relative by marriage. When Moses arrived in Midian, Reuel was an elderly man Exodus 2:16; 40 years later (Exodus 2:23 note), Reuel’s son, Jethro, had probably succeeded him.

The backside – i. e. “to the west of the district.” Among the Hebrews the East is before a man, the west behind him, the south and north on the right and left hand.

Desert – Or wilderness, not a barren waste, but a district supplying pasturage. The district near Sherm, on the west of the gulf of Akabah, where Jethro may have resided, is described as barren and parched; on the west and east are rocky tracts, but to the northwest lies the district of Sinai, where the pasturage is good and water abundant. The Bedouins drive their flocks there from the lowlands at the approach of summer. From this it may be inferred that the events here recorded took place at that season.

To Horeb – More exactly, toward Horeb. Moses came to the mountain of God, i. e. Sinai, on his way toward Horeb, a name given to the northern part of the Sinaitic range. Moses calls Sinai “mountain of God” by anticipation, with reference to the manifestation of God. There is no authority for assuming that the spot was previously held sacred (see Exodus 5:5); but it has been lately shown that the whole Peninsula was regarded by the Egyptians as specially consecrated to the gods from a very early time.

Exodus 3:2

And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

The angel of the Lord – See the note at Genesis 12:7. What Moses saw was the flame of fire in the bush; what he recognized therein was an intimation of the presence of God, who maketh a flame of fire His angel. Compare Psalm 104:4. The words which Moses heard were those of God Himself, as all ancient and most modern divines have held, manifested in the Person of the Son.

Of a bush – Literally, of the bush or “seneh,” a word which ought perhaps to be retained as the proper name of a thorny shrub common in that district, a species of acacia.

Exodus 3:3

And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

Exodus 3:4

And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

The Lord saw – The interchange of the two divine names is to be observed; “Jehovah” (Yahweh) saw, “God” called.

Exodus 3:5

And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

Put off thy shoes – The reverence due to holy places thus rests upon God’s own command. The custom itself is well known from the observances of the temple, it was almost universally adopted by the ancients, and is retained in the East.

Holy ground – This passage is almost conclusive against the assumption that the place was previously a sanctuary. Moses knew nothing of its holiness after some 40 years spent on the Peninsula. It became holy by the presence of God.

Exodus 3:6

Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

Our Saviour adduces this passage as a proof that the doctrine of the Resurrection was taught in the Old Testament Matthew 22:32, and He calls this book “the Book of Moses” Mark 12:26, two points to be borne in mind by readers of the Pentateuch.

Exodus 3:7

And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;

Taskmasters – Oppressors. A different word from that in Exodus 1:11.

I know – The expression implies personal feeling, tenderness, and compassion (compare Exodus 2:25 margin).

Exodus 3:8

And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

The natural richness of Israel, the variety and excellence of its productions, are attested by sacred (compare Jeremiah 32:22; Ezekiel 20:6) and ancient writers, whose descriptions are strongly in contrast with those of later travelers. The expression “flowing with milk and honey” is used proverbially by Greek poets.

The Canaanites … – This is the first passage in this book where the enumeration, so often repeated, of the nations then in possession of that land, is given. Moses was to learn at once the extent of the promise, and the greatness of the enterprise. In Egypt, the forces, situation, and character of these nations were then well known. Aahmes I had invaded the south of Canaan in his pursuit of the Shasous; Tothmosis I had traversed the whole land on his campaign in Syria and Mesopotamia; representations of Canaanites, and of the Cheta, identified by most Egyptologers with the Hittites, are common on monuments of the 18th and 19th Dynasties, and give a strong impression of their civilization, riches, and especially of their knowledge of the arts of war. In this passage, the more general designations come first – Canaanites probably includes all the races; the Hittites, who had great numbers of chariots (892 were taken from them by Tothmosis III in one battle), occupied the plains; the Amorites were chiefly mountaineers, and, in Egyptian inscriptions, gave their name to the whole country; the name Perizzites probably denotes the dwellers in scattered villages, the half-nomad population; the Hivites, a comparatively unwarlike but influential people, held 4 cities in Canaan proper, but their main body dwelt in the northwestern district, from Hermon to Hamath (see Joshua 11:3; Judges 3:3); the Jebusites at that time appear to have occupied Jerusalem and the adjoining district. Soon after their expulsion by Joshua, they seem to have recovered possession of part of Jerusalem, probably Mount Zion, and to have retained it until the time of David.

Exodus 3:9

Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.

Exodus 3:10

Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.

Exodus 3:11

And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

Who am I– These words indicate humility (compare Numbers 12:3), not fear. He feared failure, owing to incompetency, especially in the power of expression.

Exodus 3:12

And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

A token unto thee – Or the sign. The word means a declaration or promise of God, which rests absolutely on His word, and demands faith.
The promise that God would have the people serve Him in that place was an assurance, if fully believed, that all intervening obstacles would be removed by His power.

Exodus 3:13

And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

What is his name – The meaning of this question is evidently: “By which name shall I tell them that the promise is confirmed?” Each name of the Deity represented some aspect or manifestation of His attributes (compare the introduction to Genesis). What Moses needed was not a new name, but direction to use that name which would bear in itself a pledge of accomplishment. Moses was familiar with the Egyptian habit of choosing from the names of the gods that which bore specially upon the wants and circumstances of their worshippers, and this may have suggested the question which would be the first his own people would expect him to answer.

Exodus 3:14

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

I am that I am – That is, “I am what I am.” The words express absolute, and therefore unchanging and eternal Being. The name, which Moses was thus commissioned to use, was at once new and old; old in its connection with previous revelations; new in its full interpretation, and in its bearing upon the covenant of which Moses was the destined mediator.

Exodus 3:15

And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

The Lord God … – Better, Jehovah יהוה yehovâh, God of your fathers, God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob. It corresponds exactly to the preceding verse, the words “I am” and “Jehovah” (Yahweh) being equivalent. This name met all the requirements of Moses, involving a two-fold pledge of accomplishment; the pledges of ancient benefits and of a new manifestation.

Name … memorial – The name signifies that by which God makes Himself known, the memorial that by which His people worship Him.

Exodus 3:16

Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt:

Exodus 3:17

And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.

Exodus 3:18

And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.

Three days’ journey – i. e. a journey which would occupy three days in going and returning. This was a demand quite in accordance with Egyptian customs. The refusal of Pharaoh and the subsequent proceedings were revealed to Moses at once; but it is important to observe that the first request which Pharaoh rejected could have been granted without any damage to Egypt, or any risk of the Israelites passing the strongly-fortified frontier.

Exodus 3:19

And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.

No, not – See the marginal rendering. Others explain it to mean, Pharaoh will not let the people go even when severely smitten.

Exodus 3:20

And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.

Exodus 3:21

And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty:

Exodus 3:22

But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.

Shall borrow – shall ask. The Egyptians had made the people serve “with rigor,” and the Israelites when about to leave the country for ever were to ask or claim the jewels as a just, though very inadequate, remuneration for services which had made “their lives bitter.”
The Egyptians would doubtless have refused had not their feelings toward Moses (see Exodus 11:3) and the people been changed, under God’s influence, by calamities in which they recognized a divine interposition, which also they rightly attributed to the obstinacy of their own king (see Exodus 10:7). The Hebrew women were to make the demand, and were to make it of women, who would of course be especially moved to compliance by the loss of their children, the fear of a recurrence of calamity, perhaps also by a sense of the fitness of the request in connection with a religious festival.

Jewels – Chiefly, trinkets. These ornaments were actually applied to the purpose for which they were probably demanded, being employed in making the vessels of the sanctuary (compare Exodus 35:22).

Sojourneth in her house – This indicates a degree of friendly and neighborly contact, in accordance with several indirect notices, and was a natural result of long and peaceable sojourn in the district. The Egyptians did not all necessarily share the feelings of their new king.

Exodus 2

Exodus 2:1

And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.

A man … a daughter of Levi – Amram and Jochebed. See Exodus 6:20.

Exodus 2:2

And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.

Bare a son – Not her firstborn; Aaron and Miriam were older than Moses. The object of the writer is simply to narrate the events which led to the Exodus, and he mentions nothing that had no direct bearing upon his purpose.

A goodly child – See the marginal references. Probably Jochebed did not call in a midwife Exodus 1:15, and she was of course cautious not to show herself to Egyptians. The hiding of the child is spoken of as an act of faith in Hebrews 11:23. It was done in the belief that God would watch over the child.

Exodus 2:3

And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.

The ark was made of the papyrus which was commonly used by the Egyptians for light and swift boats. The species is no longer found in the Nile below Nubia. It is a strong rush, like the bamboo, about the thickness of a finger, three cornered, and attains the height of 10 to 15 feet. It is represented with great accuracy on the most ancient monuments of Egypt.

Slime and pitch – The “slime” is probably the mud, of which bricks were usually made in Egypt, and which in this case was used to bind the stalks of the papyrus into a compact mass, and perhaps also to make the surface smooth for the infant. The pitch or bitumen, commonly used in Egypt, made the small vessel water-tight.

In the flags – This is another species of the papyrus, called tuff, or sufi (an exact equivalent of the Hebrew סוּף sûph), which was less in size and height than the rush of which the ark was made.

Exodus 2:4

And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.

Exodus 2:5

And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.

The traditions which give a name to the daughter of Pharaoh are merely conjectural. Egyptian princesses held a very high and almost independent position under the ancient and middle empire, with a separate household and numerous officials. This was especially the case with the daughters of the first sovereigns of the 18th Dynasty.

Many facts concur in indicating that the residence of the daughter of Pharaoh and of the family of Moses, was at Zoan, Tanis, now San, the ancient Avaris (Exodus 1:8 note), on the Tanitic branch of the river, near the sea, where crocodiles are never found, and which was probably the western boundary of the district occupied by the Israelites. The field of Zoan was always associated by the Hebrews with the marvels which preceded the Exodus. See Psalm 78:43.

To wash – It is not customary at present for women of rank to bathe in the river, but it was a common practice in ancient Egypt. The habits of the princess, as well as her character, must have been well known to the mother of Moses, and probably decided her choice of the place.

Exodus 2:6

And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.

She had compassion on him – The Egyptians regarded such tenderness as a condition of acceptance on the day of reckoning. In the presence of the Lord of truth each spirit had to answer, “I have not afflicted any man, I have not made any man weep, I have not withheld milk from the mouths of sucklings” (‘Funeral Ritual’). There was special ground for mentioning the feeling, since it led the princess to save and adopt the child in spite of her father’s commands.

Exodus 2:7

Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?

Exodus 2:8

And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother.

Exodus 2:9

And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.

Exodus 2:10

And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.

He became her son – See the margin reference. His training and education was, humanly speaking, all but indispensable to the efficient accomplishment of his work as the predestined leader and instructor of his countrymen. Moses probably passed the early years of his life in Lower Egypt, where the princess resided. However, there may be substantial grounds for the tradition in Josephus that he was engaged in a campaign against the Ethiopians, thus showing himself, as Stephen says, “mighty in word and deed.”

Moses – The Egyptian origin of this word is generally admitted. The name itself is not uncommon in ancient documents. The exact meaning is “son,” but the verbal root of the word signifies “produce,” “draw forth.” The whole sentence in Egyptian would exactly correspond to our King James Version. She called his name Moses, i. e. “son,” or “brought forth,” because she brought him forth out of the water.

Exodus 2:11

And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.

Went out unto his brethren – At the end of 40 years. The Egyptian princess had not concealed from him the fact of his belonging to the oppressed race, nor is it likely that she had debarred him from contact with his foster-mother and her family, whether or not she became aware of the true relationship.

An Egyptian – This man was probably one of the overseers of the workmen, natives under the chief superintendent Exodus 1:11. They were armed with long heavy scourges, made of a tough pliant wood imported from Syria.

Exodus 2:12

And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
The slaying of the Egyptian is not to be justified, or attributed to a divine inspiration, but it is to be judged with reference to the provocation, the impetuosity of Moses’ natural character, perhaps also to the habits developed by his training at the court of Pharaoh. The act involved a complete severance from the Egyptians, but, far from expediting, it delayed for many years the deliverance of the Israelites. Forty years of a very different training prepared Moses for the execution of that appointed work.

Exodus 2:13

And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?

Thy fellow – “Thy neighbor.” the reproof was that of a legislator who established moral obligations on a recognized principle. Hence, in the following verse, the offender is represented as feeling that the position claimed by Moses was that of a Judge. The act could only have been made known by the Hebrew on whose behalf Moses had committed it.

Exodus 2:14

And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.

Exodus 2:15

Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.

No Egyptian king would have left; such an offence unpunished. But the position of Moses, as an adopted son of a princess, made it necessary even for a despotic sovereign to take unusual precautions.

The land of Midian – The Midianites occupied an extensive district from the eastern coast of the Red Sea to the borders of Moab.

Exodus 2:16

Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock.

The Priest of Midian – Reuel Exodus 2:18. His name, and the detailed notices in Exodus 18, prove that he was a priest of the one true God who was known to the patriarchs especially under the name El. The great bulk of his tribe, certainly those who lived farther north and more closely in contact with the Hamites of Canaan, were already plunged in idolatry. The conduct of the shepherds Exodus 2:17 may indicate that his person and office were lightly regarded by the idolatrous tribes in his immediate neighborhood.

Exodus 2:17

And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

Exodus 2:18

And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How is it that ye are come so soon to day?

Reuel – Or, as in Numbers 10:29, “Raguel.” The name means “friend of God.” It appears to have been not uncommon among Hebrews and Edomites; e. g. Genesis 36:4, Genesis 36:10. If Reuel be identified with Jethro, a point open to grave objection (see Exodus 3:1), then Reuel was his proper name, and Jether or Jethro, which means “excellency,” was his official designation.

Exodus 2:19

And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.

An Egyptian – They judged from his costume, or language.

Exodus 2:20

And he said unto his daughters, And where is he? why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat bread.

Exodus 2:21

And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.

Moses tells us nothing of what he may have learned from his father-in-law, but he must have found in him a man conversant with the traditions of the family of Abraham; nor is there any improbability in the supposition that, as hereditary priest, Reuel may have possessed written documents concerning their common ancestors.

Exodus 2:22

And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.

Gershom – The first syllable “Ger” is common to Hebrew and Egyptian, and means “sojourner.” The second syllable “Shom” answers exactly to the Coptic “Shemmo,” which means “a foreign or strange land.”

Exodus 2:23

And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.

In process of time – Nearly forty years Acts 7:30. This verse marks the beginning of another section. We now enter at once upon the history of the Exodus.

Their cry came up unto God – This statement, taken in connection with the two following verses, proves that the Israelites retained their faith in the God of their Fathers. The divine name, “God,” אלהים ‘ĕlohı̂ym, is chosen because it was that which the Israelites must have used in their cry for help, that under which the covenant had been ratified with the Patriarchs (compare James 5:4).

Exodus 2:24

And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.

Remembered – This means that God was moved by their prayers to give effect to the covenant, of which an essential condition was the faith and contrition involved in the act of supplication. The whole history of Israel is foreshadowed in these words: God heard, remembered, looked upon, and knew them. It evidently indicates the beginning of a crisis marked by a personal intervention of God.

Exodus 2:25

And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.

Notes on the Bible by Albert Barnes [1834].

MIRACULOUS BIRTH OF A RED HEIFER THAT IS ACCEPTABLE FOR RITUAL SACRIFICE IS A GREAT SIGN OF THE CLOSE APPEARANCE OF ANTICHRIST!!

As we have chronicled other events which signal the close appearance of Antichrist, a Red Heifer is miraculously born that is Scripturally acceptable for ritual sacrifice, thus paving the way for the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple!! This is a genetic miracle, as everyone agrees, and it shows the handiwork of God in the life of Israel; but, it also heralds the appearance of the Antichrist!

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NEWS BRIEF: “Portent In A Pasture? Appearance of Rare Heifer In Israel Spurs Hopes, Fears”, The Boston Globe, Sunday, April 6, 1997, by Ethan Bronner, pages A1, A22.

“KFAR HASIDIM, Israel — She stares out at the world through dewy eyes, stumbling on awkward legs, dipping into her trough with abandon, oblivious to the soaring hopes and apocalyptic fears that have spread with the news of her birth. Watched over by an armed guard in a skullcap and visited by rabbis and other seekers of meaning, this rust-colored six-month-old heifer is hailed as a sign of the coming of the Messiah and decried as a walking atom bomb.”

As we discuss this extraordinary story of this most remarkably rare event, keep in mind that Jews in Israel and throughout the world are not a monolithic group. The story, often told, that, “where two or three Baptists are gathered together, you will have five opinions”, applies equally well with Jews. Jews throughout the world, but especially in Israel, are very fragmented, politically and religiously. You have Leftist, almost Communist Jews on the one side, and Rightist, Ultra-Orthodox Jews on the other side, with almost every conceivable variation in between. Jews from the Leftist to the Centrist view the Ultra-Orthodox Jew with embarrassment, even to the point of being offended that such persons could be Jewish. A Jewish business executive once remarked to me that he is “embarrassed” by the Hasidim, the Ultra-Orthodox Jew, and he considers it an affront that they exert any kind of influence at all in Israel, in the United States, and elsewhere around the world. Within this article, you will see such viewpoints expressed, by one Jew about another Jew.

The Ultra-Orthodox Jew sees the birth of the Red Heifer as a sign of the soon appearance of the Messiah for whom they are waiting, while the Leftist-Centrist Jew sees the Red Heifer as a potential “atom bomb”. The Ultra-Orthodox Jew literally believes the Scriptures, especially the existence of the supernatural, while the Leftist-Centrist Jew does not believe in Scripture, nor do they believe in anything supernatural. And, make no mistake about the fact that feelings run very high and very furiously, between these different Jewish groups.

Now, back to our article:

“Of a variety believed extinct for centuries, the red heifer is seen by some as the missing link needed for religious Jews to rebuild their ancient Temple in Jerusalem. Sacrificing the animal in its third year and using its ashes in a purification rite would allow Jews to return, 2000 years later, to the Temple site, a spot holy to both Jews and Muslims. With tensions already high over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to build a Jewish neighborhood in the section of Jerusalem [which] Palestinians consider theirs, many fear that the calf’s arrival could create an explosive situation.”

” ‘That cow represents the risk of a massive religious war’, said Avraham Poraz, a member of parliament from the leftist Meretz Party. ‘If the fanatics get hold of it and try to take over the Temple Mount, God knows what will happen. It only takes a few crazies to endanger all of our lives’.” This statement from a Leftist Jew is remarkable in several respects: 1) Normally, no one cares what Leftist Jews think or believe, since they represent a small minority; however, if a reporter is seeking to bias his report on a subject which he does not support, then he could turn to the Leftists to get the type of sound byte for which he is looking. 2) Most Leftist Jews are atheists, so this statement invoking the name of God is just a cultural statement. 3) This statement shows that the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple sparks great fear and agony in the minds of the Leftists and many Centrists. Since they really care nothing for the ancient Jewish religion [Old Testament], they abhor the idea of rebuilding the Temple. They are afraid of the war it would cause with the Arabs, and they are afraid that, were the Temple resurrected, the people would so affectionately flock to it, that their influence would diminish to the point of extinction.

4) By calling Ultra-Orthodox Jews, who want to see the Temple rebuilt, “crazies”, both this Leftist Jew and the Jewish author of this article, have cast the slant on this exciting news, in the direction in which they desire. By definition, then, anyone who wants to see the Temple rebuilt is a “crazy”.

“Born to a black-and-white mother and brown father on a northern Israeli farm … the calf was brought to the attention of Rabbi Shmaria Shore shortly after its birth. Shore … said he had his doubts and, after checking with ancient texts, invited a number of rabbis from Jerusalem to come to give their views. They did so several weeks ago and quickly spread word that something truly miraculous seems to have occurred.”

“To understand the significance of the heifer requires a knowledge of long-abandoned practices in the extinct Temple as well as a grasp of the place the Temple holds in the collective unconscious of religious Jews. For strictly Orthodox Jews the Temple stands for the Jewish people’s direct link to God, its place as His chosen people. Built by King Solomon around 950 B.C., and destroyed and rebuilt and expanded over the succeeding centuries until its final destruction by the Romans in 70 A.D., the Temple was the center of Jewish life where daily animal sacrifices were overseen by the priestly classes of Levites and Cohens.”

“The Temples’ destruction meant that Jewish religious life had to be recreated. Prayer, Torah study and good works became substitutes for animal sacrifice as a means of seeking favor and forgiveness from God, a development that many modern Jewish thinkers have welcomed. But a yearning for the days of the Temple never entirely died.” [Page A-22]

This “re-creation” of the Jewish religion was massive, indeed, after the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D. Jewish religious leaders did create their own religion, without the blood sacrifices of lambs, bulls, and goats, in spite of the fact that they could continue to read in their Scriptures that God Himself stated that He would forgive their sins only through the shedding of blood [Leviticus 17:11]. But, to preserve their position as religious leaders, Jewish rabbis recreated the path to forgiveness of sin. Did no one ever think to ask them how their “new” religion was viewed by God, Who must accept their sacrifice, Who must be the One Who actually forgives their sin? If anyone ever did ask these questions, history has not recorded it, to the best of my knowledge. Of course, anyone who rejects Jesus Christ as Savior cannot find another path to forgiveness of sin, no matter how hard they may try. And, we know when God considered the old sacrificial system in the Temple to come to an end: when He tore the tapestry separating the Holy of Holies from the Sanctuary, recorded in Matthew 27:51. In the preceding verse, [27:50] Jesus had yielded up His ghost, causing His physical body to die, on the cross. Thus, God officially ended the old sacrificial system of Temple sacrifice the moment Jesus Christ died on the Cross.

Now, let us get back to our article on the Red Heifer. Let us examine, at this point, the significance of the Red Heifer in the original Temple sacrificial system. God personally established the use of the Red Heifer in Temple sacrifice, in Numbers 19:1-10. “And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke: And ye shall give her unto Eleazar the priest, that he may bring her forth without the camp, and one shall slay her before his face: And Eleazar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before the tabernacle of the congregation seven times: And one shall burn the heifer in his sight; her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall he burn: And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer. Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even. And he that burneth her shall wash his clothes in water, and bathe his flesh in water, and shall be unclean until the even. And a man that is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay them up without the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of separation: it is a purification for sin. And he that gathereth the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: and it shall be unto the children of Israel, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among them, for a statute for ever.”

God viewed the burning of the slain Red Heifer as a “purification for sin”. Let us examine instruction about this sacrifice from the Holman Bible Dictionary, “Hebrews 9:14 uses the image of the red heifer ceremony to picture [Jesus] Christ’s cleansing believers of the effect of “dead works.” Dead works refer either to “acts that lead to death” (“useless rituals” in view of salvation) or works produced prior to being made alive in Christ (compare Heb. 6:1).” Thus, the sacrifice and the burning of the Red Heifer was a type, or a picture, of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross.

The central fact of the significance of finding this Red Heifer which would make an acceptable Temple ritual sacrifice is this: Since Israel recaptured the city of Jerusalem in the 1967 war, Ultra-Orthodox Jews have been dreaming of the day in which they will be able to rebuild the Temple and restart animal sacrifices. However, many obstacles remained in their way, some of which they have solved, and some they realized could only be supernaturally solved. The Temple could not be rebuilt and sacrifices begin again, unless an acceptable Red Heifer was found, and these animals had been extinct for centuries.

As a result, Ultra-Orthodox Jews have been fervently praying that God Himself would intervene to reproduce the Red Heifer. THEREFORE, when the Red Heifer miraculously appeared, against all genetic odds, these Ultra-Orthodox Jews correctly viewed this miracle as THE sign from God that He wanted the Temple to be rebuilt. This is the true significance of the reappearance of the Red Heifer!! And, you know something? These Ultra-Orthodox Jews are theologically correct, in that God was unmistakenly behind this miraculous birth of the Red Heifer. They are theologically correct in their assessment that God is once again dealing with Israel like He did in the Old Testament times. They are theologically correct in their assessment that God is taking Israel down the “Last Days” pathway to the ultimate appearance of their Messiah! But the precise path God will cause Israel to walk in the next few years will be an absolute shock to every one of them!! They believe Messiah will appear to rebuild their Temple; when a man arises, performing supernatural signs and wonders, and claiming to be their Messiah, for whom they have been fervently awaiting, they will believe him. Thus, Jesus’ prophecy will have been fulfilled, when He lamented, “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” (John 5:43) Of whom was Jesus speaking? Antichrist!! The Jews are about to receive Antichrist, believing he is their true Messiah. Then, once they officially proclaim him to be their Messiah, the 7 years of the Tribulation Period will begin.

The ultimate drama of the ages is about to begin! And, we have a front row seat!!!

Let us return now to this Boston globe article, and examine the implications of this scenario for the Muslims. After all, if the Jews are to rebuild their Temple, they can only build it on the Holy of Holies on the Temple Mount (God will allow it to be built no where else), the precise location of the Muslim Dome of the Rock and a small cupola adjacent to it called the “al-Aqsa Mosque”. The two buildings are together considered to be one, referred to here singularly as the Dome of the Rock.

Obviously, the Dome of the Rock must be demolished before Messiah can rebuild the Jewish Temple. When the Muslims were building the Dome of the Rock 1,300 years ago, they carefully and methodically located it on the Holy of Holies, knowing that the Jews could not build their Temple anywhere else on Earth. Their plan was that the physical presence of their Dome on the Holy of Holies would forever prevent the Jews from rebuilding their Temple. Today, many Jews understand and fear that, if the Dome were ever demolished, Israel would instantly find herself at war with the world’s 1 billion Muslims.

While this is true, I believe the fears of these Jews is misplaced. The demolition of the Dome of the Rock will not be the event to trigger a global war with Islam; rather, the Dome of the Rock will be destroyed during the midst of a global war with Islam!!!

We have repeatedly discussed the fact that the New World Order Plan calls for the Antichrist to come striding through the dust, smoke, and destruction of a Third World War between Israel and her Arab neighbors. [See NEWS1010, 1015, 1026, 1035, 1038, 1056, and 1057]. Today, this Third World War, planned since 1870, is about to explode. The newspapers in Israel are full of stories of crisis, as Israelis instinctively understand what is about to befall them. Many Jews are understandably afraid; after all, Israel is vastly outnumbered and outgunned, with many reports that the Arabs have atomic weapons at long last, and most probably, chemical and/or biological weapons, with the missiles to deliver all of these types of weapons. Those Jews who do not believe in the God of Abraham and Isaac, the God of Israel, see no hope in this next war, only annihilation. Therefore, these Jews seek to avoid this war at all costs. This is the viewpoint of this article in the Boston Globe, so let us return there.

“A few Jewish fanatics have been caught trying to blow up the mosques [Dome of the Rock] to make room for a new Temple that would anchor a renewed Jewish kingdom and trigger the arrival of Messiah. Most everyone else believes such a move would launch a war with the world’s 1 billion Muslims. A fear of such an act is nonetheless keen. Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat recently showed a meeting of the Islamic Conference Organization in Pakistan a photo montage sold by Temple advocates that depicts the mount with the ancient Temple in the place of the two mosques. Arafat indicated that the current battle over a Jewish housing project in East Jerusalem is but the first step on a path leading to the new Temple. Last September, when Israel opened a new exit to an archeological tunnel near the mount, Muslims rioted, saying the Jews were seeking to bring down the mosques.”

“The vast majority of Jews fiercely reject dreams of returning to the mount, content to have the one remnant of the Temple, the Western Wall, as a symbolic link to a bygone era and leave it at that. And they have been generally unworried about the zeal of a handful of Temple faithful for two reasons. First, to avoid friction with Muslims, the Israeli government forbids Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. And second, the rabbis have ruled that religious Jews may not even walk on most of the mount for fear that, in their impure state, they will pollute the holiest of earthly places.”

It does not matter that a “vast majority of Jews fiercely reject the dreams of returning to the mount” because God’s prophecies clearly state that this is His Plan! Consider the following Scriptures:

1) Zion was used by biblical writers in a variety of ways. Many of the psalmists used the term to refer to the Temple built by Solomon (2:6; 48:2; 84:7; 132:13) Therefore, it is highly significant that God foretells in Obadiah 17a, in the context of the “Day of the Lord” [End of the Age], “But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness“. In God’s eyes, the Dome of the Rock, a mighty symbol of a false religion, renders Mount Zion unholy. The only way this situation can be corrected is for the Dome of the Rock to be removed and God’s Temple resurrected.

2) Also, we see, in Matthew 24, the unmistakable implication that Jesus was foretelling the rebuilding of the Temple. In verse 1-2, we see Jesus’ prediction that the Temple of which Jews were so proud was going to be totally, thoroughly destroyed. Then, in verse 24:15, we see Jesus quoting the prophecy of Daniel 9:27, where the Antichrist defames the Holy of Holies in the Temple! Obviously, for Antichrist to defame the Holy of Holies, the Temple has to be rebuilt!

 

As to the assertion in the article quoted above, about the fact that the majority of Jews do not support the rebuilding of the Temple, God’s faithful in any generation has always been a distinct minority, which God calls His “Remnant”. We see that, when Antichrist desecrates the newly created Temple at the mid-point of the Tribulation Period, only one-third of the Jews are protected by God, allowing Antichrist to kill the two-thirds of the unbelieving, unfaithful Jews [Zechariah 13:7-9]. So, we should not be surprised to learn from this Boston Globe article that the “vast majority” of Jews do not support the concept of rebuilding the Temple! Further, we see that it also does not matter one whit whether Arafat or any combination of Arab leaders vigorously oppose this Temple reconstruction. Since this is God’s Plan, it will happen no matter what Arafat or any other Arab leader, or any combination of Arab leaders, wants to do. [See NEWS1011, “Arabs Beware!! You Have Embarked on Mission Impossible!”] In this instance, we see that Arafat views the Bar Homa housing project and the new exit of the archeological tunnel as opening salvos in the battle over control of the Temple Mount and the Arab Dome of the Rock!

Did you notice the second reason that secular Jews are not terribly concerned about the “Religious Zealots” and their possible plans concerning the destruction of the Dome of the Rock, as recorded above? They are not concerned because rabbis have issued a ruling that “religious Jews may not even walk on most of the mount for fear that, in their impure state, they will pollute the holiest of earthly places”. Exactly!! And, that is where the Red Heifer comes into the picture with devastating force. Let us examine the significance of the Red Heifer in the Temple Sacrificial system which God set up. We have already quoted the entire Scripture in Numbers 9, but let us review again the actual practice as recorded in the Holman Bible Dictionary.

“The function of the red heifer ceremony was production of ash for the water used to remove ritual impurity contracted through contact with a corpse, bones, or a grave (Num. 19). The rite involved: slaughter of a sacrificially acceptable heifer outside the camp; sprinkling blood toward the tent of meeting seven times; burning the entire heifer, including its blood and dung, together with cedarwood, hyssop, and scarlet thread (compare Lev. 14:4); and storing the ash in a clean place outside the camp. The water for removing the impurity contracted through contact with the dead was prepared by mixing running water with the ash. Impure persons and objects were sprinkled on the third and seventh days after contamination to remove uncleanness.” This term, “sacrificially acceptable” is critical, because the red heifer could not have any physical imperfections, and could not have any hair of another color mixed in. This red heifer possesses these characteristics now, and great effort is being expended to ensure that the animal does not develop any physical imperfections, or that she might be deliberately damaged in some way.

The Red Heifer was to be slaughtered and burned in her third year. Since this miraculous heifer is now 6 months old, she can be sacrificed in another 30 months. This means that she cannot be sacrificed before October, 1999, but must be sacrificed before she turns 4 years old, in October, 2000. New World Order Plans are full of references to the year, 1999, 2000, and 2001 as being the years in which the Christ will take actions that will set up his kingdom. We shall just have to wait to see how this whole scenario plays out, knowing that God is in charge all the while.

Remember several things about the possible timing of the appearance of Antichrist:

1) The Bible is silent on specific timing, saying only that, when we see the events of Matthew 24 and Luke 21 occurring together, we will know that the events of the Tribulation Period, culminating in the return of Jesus Christ, is imminent. The return of Israel back to her land as a nation, is THE event which triggers all the other End Time events to begin happening. Of course, Israel miraculously returned to her land in 1948, and God has been protecting her against overwhelming enemies since, just as He did in the Old Testament.

2) New World Order Plans envision Antichrist arising in Israel, at the peak of a global war that is being fought primarily between Israel and her immediate Arab neighbors [See NEWS1056 and 1057 for in depth coverage of this vital war]. The stage for this planned war is now set, and is ready to explode at any time, quite possibly during a Jewish High Holy Days’ celebration!

Let us review some pertinent excerpts concerning the Plan to produce Antichrist in such a way as to deceive the Jews and the Christians into thinking he is their Messiah. We quote from a most extraordinary book, “The Armageddon Script: Prophecy In Action“, by Peter Lemesurier, St. Martin’s Press, 1981, ISBN: 0-312-04922-6. This book boldly declares that the appearance of Antichrist will be a deliberate hoax upon the peoples of the world “for their own good” and will be a deliberate staging of all the Biblical prophecies for which Jews and Christians are awaiting. Direct quotes will be in quotation marks, while my comments will be in brackets [ ].

Listen carefully to this carefully planned New World Order script [Page 231]

“The required scenario, therefore, is plain. Referring to our earlier analysis, we can even tabulate its main features for easy reference. Those of Phase One, for example, will run as follows:”

“(a) The restored Messiah must appear on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives at the time of a great earthquake.” [Staging Zechariah 14:1-4; Jesus Christ will fulfill this prophecy at the very end when He comes back to seize Antichrist and begin to set up His Millennial Kingdom]

“(b) He must enter Jerusalem from the east, escorted by a procession of rejoicing followers dressed in shining white.” [Staging Zechariah 9:9, which Jesus fulfilled in John 12:12-15, in what we celebrate as Palm Sunday. It was at this time that Jesus was hailed by the people as their King, their Messiah]

“(c) Visiting the tomb of his spiritual ancestor, King David, he must emerge in suitably-perfumed royal robes as the great monarch returned.” [Staging the fulfillment that Messiah be from the House of David, 2 Samuel 7:4-16. This requirement is severe, so much so that the Gospel of Matthew begins with the genealogy, proving that Jesus descended from the line of David. The requirement for this New World Order Christ to prove his direct lineage from the line of David will be equally severe! This act of coming out of King David’s tomb is a symbolic gesture designed to underscore his ability to prove his lineage]

“d) Supported by a popular rising, he must proceed with his followers to the Temple Mount, there to be enthroned, anointed and crowned King of the New Israel”. Now, isn’t that interesting? The Antichrist has just staged his appearance at the conclusion of a terribly destructive war between Israel and her Arab neighbors. He has appeared as their Messiah, deliberately beginning to enact the various Messianic prophecies for which the Ultra-Orthodox Jews are looking in Messiah. Now, after reenacting three major Messianic prophecies, he proceeds to the Temple Mount, to be crowned King Messiah of the Jews! Wait a minute. Jews currently are not even allowed to walk on the Temple Mount, or to pray there, much less crown their Messiah there.

What has happened on the Temple Mount that would allow this coronation? Peter Lemesurier tells us, in two different locations, what will happen to the present Dome of the Rock. Listen carefully to his words: [Page 233]

“(1) … the new world-leader must prepare himself for his role. He must study the scriptures and the Dead Sea Scrolls, immerse himself in current Jewish messianic expectations, thoroughly survey the general locality and familiarise himself with all the major prophecies and the best in New Age religious thought. In short, he must create in his own mind a crystal-clear idea of the vision which he has to fulfill. For only in this way can that vision be guaranteed to come into manifestation.”

“If, in the interim, events conspire to permit the Israeli authorities to start work on rebuilding the ancient Temple, that will, of course, be all to the good. But the prophecies do not suggest that this is a prerequisite for the new messianic initiative, and so the expected earthquake can cheerfully be left to clear the site for the rebuilding operations …”

This shocking section shows that New World Order Planners are clearly on the side of the Israelis on this issue of control of the Temple Mount. Their “Messianic” plan for Antichrist envisions that the Dome of the Rock will be destroyed by the earthquake which will occur in the Mount of Olives, enabling him to simulate Zechariah 14:4, as we described above. At this point, it is very important to stop and realize that military technology has progressed to the point where earthquakes can be caused at will by placing the proper explosive charge at the right place on an existing fault line. Since a significant fault line passes directly through the Mount of Olives, New World Order Planners will have no difficulty causing an earthquake when they want it to occur, on the Mount of Olives, and of sufficient size to also destroy the Dome of the Rock. The Arabs that are left from the devastating war that has just preceded this earthquake can offer little resistance to a “natural” event that destroyed the Dome of the Rock. And, they will be absolutely powerless to prevent this charismatic leader from leading the charge to rebuild the Jewish Temple.

“(b) .. he must be duly enthroned and anointed with oil (in token of Psalm 45:6-7) amid the rubble of the Dome of the Rock, close to the site of the former Holy of Holies. But the kingdom of which he must go on to be crowned king (in accordance with Psalm 21:3) is to be a world-kingdom — the new kingdom of Israel …. not the mere, political state of the same name … his immediate task will be to found, not a new political order, but a new spiritual one, in preparation for an even greater Kingdom that will encompass both. The Israeli authorities need have no immediate qualms, therefore. The plan outlined in the original Essene War Rule allows all of six years for the winning-over of Jerusalem and the re-establishment of the Temple worship, and a seventh for the laying of further plans for world-conquest.” [Page 235; emphasis mine]

Wow!! Lemesurier has just revealed that Antichrist plans for seven (7) years to be the time he wins over Israel and begins his global government. Of course, this is exactly the time God has prophesied for the Tribulation Period!!

Again, in this passage, you can see that Antichrist plans for the Dome of the Rock to be demolished so he can lead Israel into rebuilding it for the express purpose of establishing Temple worship again. But, as you read Lemesurier’s bold plan carefully, you see other planned details as well. Listen. “The great coronation-ceremony, then, must proceed beneath the persistent pall of smoke which no doubt, for the onlookers, serve as a terrifying reminder of the Divine power and wrath. Any after tremors of the earthquake will no doubt add even more to the overwhelming effect of the occasion. There is no way of knowing, indeed, how far nature will contribute to the event in other ways. Nor, for that matter, should those organising the ceremony be overly-shy of using artificial effects of their own devising. And if thunder and lightening there are to be, then there is no reason why they should not provide them, perhaps using the facilities provided by the underground workings with which the area is riddled … What is important, after all, is that the prophecies should be fulfilled, not necessarily how. Effect, in this case, is all, provided that it is convincing.” [Page 235; emphasis mine]

This bold plan to stage the appearance of Antichrist and his coronation as the King Messiah of Israel makes me think of certain prophecies:

1) Matthew 24:24, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

2) 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, “Even him [Antichrist], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. That they all might be damned who believed not…”

Doesn’t this bold plan by Lemesurier qualify for the “lying signs and wonders” spoken of by the Apostle Paul, above? In Lemesurier’s own words, “Effect, in this case, is all, provided that it is convincing.” Truly, the peoples of the world will be “convinced” beyond all measure by the occult power of Antichrist, aided by the fact that God will be withholding His Restraining Power. I have long believed that God has allowed the Hollywood film industry to achieve unbelievable technological abilities to create scenes that look so real they could be mistaken for actual news coverage of breaking stories. When Antichrist arises, then, he would utilize this technological capability to deceive the peoples of the world, in direct fulfillment of Scripture!

Therefore, I was more than a little interested when Lemesurier began talking of “technological phenomenon” aiding the Antichrist in his deception. “True, it is not absolutely necessary that the expected Cloud of the Presence should be a visible phenomenon at all … Belief sometimes needs a physical crutch. Various commentators have suggested that, even during the Exodus itself, the semi-legendary Cloud of the Presence may, like the equally-legendary pillar of fire and smoke which accompanied the long march, have been some kind of technological phenomenon. Certainly, the use of such special effects should not be ruled out on this occasion.” [Page 235-236]

Do not be deceived! Hollywood is going to be mightily involved in aiding and abetting this unparalleled deception. Hollywood is going to help sell Antichrist to the unsaved of this world. People will not realize they are looking at a slick film rather than a live event, and they will believe the lie.

But, Lemesurier has one more surprise up his sleeve. We Fundamental Christians have long understood that the Mass Media in America is actively supporting the Liberal Government and its causes for many, many decades. Therefore, does it not seem logical that Sam Donaldson and other TV anchors will do their best to aid this deception? Does it not seem logical that the Editorial boards of major, influential newspapers and magazines would also aid in this deception? It surely seems logical to me. Now, listen to the next statement from Lemesurier, immediately after his statement, above, about the use of special effects playing a pivotal role in the deception of Antichrist.

“The world’s news-media can be counted upon to do the rest.” [Page 236]

In other words, after the peoples of the world have been subjected to phenomena caused by unprecedented occult power, and after they have been subjected to the most effective, realistic film ever produced showing Antichrist performing unbelievable feats, they will then be subjected to seeing the people in Mass Media earnestly reporting everything as if it were legitimate news!! Truly, the deception will be unbelievable. Most of the unsaved peoples of the world will believe the lie. And, Scriptural prophecy will have been completely, precisely fulfilled.

After the Coronation as King Messiah of Israel, the “New David” [Antichrist] will then embark on his 7-year plan for Israel and the world. Lemesurier tells us what this next step will be. “Once crowned, the New David’s first task must, of course, be to recall his people to their ancient Covenant (as presaged by Psalm 22) in view of the imminence of its fulfillment.” In other words, the new King Messiah will call the Jewish people back into their Temple to begin practicing the animal sacrifices of the Old Covenant! While Lemesurier does not address the issue of Antichrist “confirming the covenant” with the leaders of Israel in fulfillment of Daniel 9:27, you may rest assured that he will confirm Israel’s National Covenant — ratified in 1993 — at the time of the opening of the new Temple. Therefore, after Coronation, King Messiah will take the Jewish people back to the Temple Mount to encourage them to clear the rubble of the Dome of the Rock, and quickly rebuild their Temple.

Thus, we return to our original subject of the Red Heifer. Since she must be 36 months old, at minimum, to be sacrificed, the earliest she would be ready would be September-October, 1999. The religious Jewish calendar is rich with events during this time period:

1) The Feast of Trumpets [Lev 23:24-25; Numbers 29:1]

2) The Day of Atonement [Lev 16:29-30]

3) The Feast of Tabernacles — lived in tents — First-fruits of wine and oil [Lev 23:34; Deuteronomy 16:13]

4) The Great Day [Numbers 29:35], called “a solemn assembly”

This Red Heifer could be sacrificed during one of these momentous religious events, probably as part of the opening celebrations of the new Temple. This possibility makes it logical that Antichrist might be very close to staging his appearance, coming during the war between Israel and her immediate Arab neighbors. If he were to stage his appearance in 1997, he would have over 2 years to manipulate events so that all the peoples of the world — but especially the Ultra-Orthodox Jews — that he is who he says he is. Then, in September-October, 1999, he would be ready with the newly built Temple so he can “confirm the covenant” and begin the Tribulation Period. Remember, Biblical prophecy does not forbid Antichrist from being in the world, actively convincing people he is the Messiah, for longer than 7 years. Prophecy only dictates that, once he confirms the covenant, he has only 7 Jewish years left to reign.

The year, 1999, seems to hold great significance for the New World Order Planners, also. Lemesurier says, “Perhaps this is why Mrs. Dixon foresees the appearance of a great cross in the sky in 1999 leading to what she sees as a distorted kind of ‘Christian unity’, and why the Great Pyramid seems to foresee the establishment of the new ‘Kingdom of the Spirit’ from the same year. 1999, after all, appears to mark the beginning of the third millennium (i.e., the ‘third day’) after the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.” [Page 239] This reference to the “third day” seems to be taken from the prophecy in Hosea 6:1-2. Throughout New Age writings, the year 1999 is mentioned as the possible starting point of the kingdom of Antichrist, the time in which he will begin the “cleansing of the earth”.

As I said before, world events are rapidly building to a conclusion, and we have a front row seat!!

God bless you.

39 MEMBERS OF HEAVEN’S GATE CULT COMMITTED SUICIDE — SATAN, THE MASTER MARIONETTE, PULLING THE STRINGS ON EARTH

The implications of this mass suicide are both frightening and compelling. We will discuss what happened, the occult nature of the suicides, its ties to Christianity, and its implications for the coming New World Order.

Finally, we shall take a look at the coming Rapture of the Church and how this event may possibly tie into that blessed event, as well!!

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NEWS BRIEF: “U.S. struggles to understand mass suicide: blurring the line between life, death”, by Mary Otto and Angie Cannon, Knight-Ridder Newspapers, The Providence Journal Bulletin, Friday, March 28, 1997, p. A1, 6.

“For them, death was not tragic. For people who called themselves monks and lived in a virtual cloister, tied to each other and to astrological portents, death was apparently not an end as much as a transition. ‘I’m sure they were convinced of their immortality’, said Dr. James Breckenridge, professor of religion at Baylor University, in Waco, Texas. ‘We need to know more’, Breckenridge and other experts said about the apparent suicides of 39 people in a mansion on a hilltop in Rancho Sante Fe, Calif[sic]. But, he said, death might well have been seen as ‘anything but a tragedy for these people.’

“The dead were web-site designers and members of a group called Heaven’s Gate. In videotaped farewells, the 21 women and 18 men appeared to be happily anticipating the shedding of ‘their containers’ and moving on to a higher stage of life … They believed they were going to be taken away … by a UFO … They believed the UFO was traveling behind the comet Hale-Bopp ….”

“For most religions with a concept of heaven, death is not completely frightening. Heaven is going to be a better place, so why avoid going there? Particularly if you are going with friends.”

This story, which is still unfolding, is of such magnitude, and importance, and depth, that we will be required to spend much time studying it and reporting it. However, we want to focus in on several critical aspects in this first article:

1) Satan’s activity in these last days of time

2) The religious nature of the group

3) The many parallels with the beliefs of Heaven’s Gate and Christianity

4) How these parallels might be used by New World Order planners

5) How this type of mass suicide might be conditioning for the Rapture of the Church

Let us begin with Satan, since he is the Lord of this World, the Prince of the Power of the Air. In NEWS1061, we discuss the Biblical teaching on Satan’s control over this world during the time preceding Jesus’ Second Coming to establish His Millennial Kingdom. Let us review this teaching again.

Let us examine the Biblical doctrine which teaches us that Satan is manipulating events on his planet, Earth.

Job 1:6-7, ” Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”

Read carefully what Satan told God he was doing just before being “presenting himself” before God. Satan told God he was “going to and fro in the earth, and walking up and down in it”! We all think of this Earth as a pretty big planet, and we certainly have some degree of difficulty in getting around in it. But, Satan looks upon the Earth as a very small planet, one that he gets around easily and with a cavalier attitude. Satan must view the Earth as we would view our garden plot. When the owner of a small garden plot wants to survey his handiwork, he “goes to and fro” in it, and walks “up and down in it”. The owner is in complete control of his tiny garden plot. This is the picture of Satan controlling this Earth.

Do not be deceived at this point: Satan is the Lord of this world. Jesus said of Satan, “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.” [John 12:31] Jesus called Satan the “prince of this world”. Then, in Ephesians 2:2, Paul says, “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience …” Paul called Satan the “prince of the power of the air”. Thus, Satan is pictured here as controlling the Earth and the air around the Earth. Therefore, it is highly significant that Jesus Christ will return to the air of the Earth to call His believers home in the Rapture, because He will be invading Satan’s territory!! Is this what Jesus had in mind when He said, “Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.” {Matthew 12:29] Certainly, Jesus will bind Satan at the time of the Rapture and “spoil his house”!

Finally, we see Satan’s control of the world in Matthew 4:8-9, where he tempted Jesus Christ three times to sin. One of these temptations shows Satan’s knowledge that he controls this world, and Jesus’ tacit acceptance of this fact. “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” [Parallel passage in Luke 4:5]

Satan controls this Earth, during this time period, and most of the people in it. Most people are not active Satan worshippers, but they either worship false religions which Satan has created to draw men away from God’s Truth, or they subscribe to Satan’s values of lust, greed, hatred, love of self, and love of material things. A smaller minority are caught up in cults like this, who are thoroughly under the silent, invisible hand of Satan, the Master Marionette.

Finally, Satan controls both the leaders of this world [Revelation 16:13-14] and the events of this world [although both types of “control” are, in turn, controlled by God’s prophecies [Revelation 17:17].

Satan can do anything he wants to do on this Earth, unless God specifically intervenes to stop him! Do not ever forget this doctrinal Biblical fact.

Satan is acting as the master marionette, pulling the necessary strings on the necessary people on Earth to achieve the Kingdom of Antichrist. In this cult, Satan was clearly pulling the strings of control over the individual members. These poor deluded people were spoon-fed a deadly mixture of Bible verses, and twisted meaning to these verses, plus a huge amount of New Age and ancient Gnostic beliefs. Remember, these people were not stupid, nor were they illiterate; on the contrary, they were highly intelligent, computer experts. Yet, Satan was able to blind their eyes and lead them straight into Hell.

The first oddity about this story was that 39 people died. Since I know that Satan is pulling the strings on this occult event, I was immediately impressed with the fact that the number of victims was one of his most powerful numbers. Just as God is very consistent with His use of numbers throughout Scripture, so Satan places great emphasis on their use. However, unlike God, Who has power within His Person, Satan teaches his subjects that Numbers themselves retain great power. It is simply the age-old principle of worshipping the creature rather than the Creator [Romans 1:25]. To a Satanist, the number 39 is a most powerful number, inherently containing much power, because it is the multiplication of 13 (the number of Satanic rebellion against God) times 3 (the number of the Pagan Trinity). Therefore, the number of people who died, 39, represents an occult signature on this event.

The second thing for which I immediately began to look was how closely and how quickly this group would be tied into the beliefs of Fundamental, Bible-believing Christians. As we have reported on many occasions, New World Order planners are in the process of convincing the average American that we Fundamentalist Christians are a clear and present danger to society, a danger so great that the Government may have to intervene to remove us from society, with force if necessary. Thus it was, that we were concerned when David Koresch of the Branch Davidians, in Waco, Texas, was painted as a Christian religious zealot who literally believed in the Book of Revelation; and, the hairs on the back of my head stood straight up when a TV reporter mused that “perhaps we should take a hard look at anyone who literally believes in the Book of Revelation”!

We have already heard some of this rhetoric, and we consider it to be just the proverbial ‘tip of the iceberg’. Ronald Noble, the former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for enforcement, is quoted in the March 5th edition of USA Today that people who express “anti-government philosophy [are] capable of carrying out very, very dangerous sorts of crimes. USA Today accompanied this article with a map depicting the locations of patriot groups who “identify themselves as anti-government or as opposed to the ‘New World Order’.” Did you get that last phrase? The Federal Government considers anyone or any organization who is concerned with the New World Order as being very, very dangerous to society! This type of propaganda leads directly to persecution and removal from society, at a time deemed “safe” by the government. One day soon, the government will move against all Christian organizations, like The Cutting Edge, who are screaming the truth about the New World Order. Pray for us.

The fact is, Heaven’s Gate doctrine ties in closely enough with Christianity that propagandists can create the lie that we Fundamentalist Christians are of the same type religiously, and are therefore, the same type of threat to society. Remember Adolf Hitler’s maxim, “Truth is not what is; truth is what people believe it to be”. Propagandists have always held this maxim near and dear to their art.

Let us examine some of the parallels with Christian teaching that we found on the Heaven’s Gate World Wide Web pages.

1) Teaching that “a thousand years is as a day, and a day as a thousand years” (Prophetic timing as taught in Psalms 90:4 and 1 Peter 3:8). Here is the text of their teaching, taken from the Heaven’s Gate Web Page, specifically from the link, “Statement By An E.T. Presently Incarnate”, Paragraph 7. “The Level Above Human – or Next Level directly (hands on) relates significantly to the civilization at its beginning stage, and subsequently (with few exceptions) at approximately 2000-year intervals (48-hour intervals from a Next Level perspective) until that civilization’s final “Age.”

2) Teaching that our bodies are simply containers for our souls, and that, at the time of death, the soul is simply released and the body dies. The Bible teaches this fact in several instances: a) Romans 9:21-24 — Likening our bodies to vessels of pottery b) 2 Cor 4:6-7 — We have God’s Glory His Treasure, in earthen vessels c) 1 Cor 15:42-45 — We have a distinct spiritual body and a separate physical body d) Romans 7:13-25 teaches that the Redeemed soul is constantly in mortal conflict with the physical body, again emphasizing that the body is distinct from the soul. Heaven’s Gate taught this fact also. “Not only is the body, in a sense, the temporary container for the soul, but even more importantly the soul is the housing or container of the new creature.” [Heaven’s Gate Web Page, specifically from the link, “Statement By An E.T. Presently Incarnate”, Paragraph 10]

3) The Bible teaches that we will meet Jesus Christ in the air, at the time of the Rapture. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” Note that the Raptured will meet, or rendezvous “in the clouds“. Now, listen to the teaching of this Heaven’s Gate cult. “The final act of metamorphosis or separation from the human kingdom is the “disconnect” or separation from the human physical container or body in order to be released from the human environment and enter the “next” world or physical environment of the Next Level. This will be done under the supervision of Members of the Next Level in a clinical procedure. We will rendezvous in the ‘clouds’ (a giant mothership) for our briefing and journey to the Kingdom of the Literal Heavens.” [Heaven’s Gate Web Page, specifically from the link, “Statement By An E.T. Presently Incarnate”, Paragraph 10]

4) Jesus taught in John 3:16-19 that the basis of final judgment for all people will be how they responded to His message and His Gospel. Verse 18b-19 says, “but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” I have heard many a preacher warn the unsaved in his audience that, once they had heard the Gospel, they were under a special responsibility as to how they responded to the message. On Judgment Day, each person will be responsible for how they responded to the Gospel.

Now, listen to the teaching of Heaven’s Gate in this regard. “Now that we are here again, how an individual responds to us and our information will, in fact, judge that individual as to whether he or she will, or will not, have a further relationship with the Next Level. In other words, coming in contact with this information will force a decision for all with souls, and the stand they individually take will judge or determine their future.” [Heaven’s Gate Web Page, specifically from the link, “Statement By An E.T. Presently Incarnate”, Paragraph 10]

5) The Bible records that when Lucifer led his rebellion, one-third of the angels in Heaven sided with Him against God. We see this teaching in Revelation 12:3-4a, “And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth”

Now, listen to the teaching of Heaven’s Gate, “Those with souls — who fall away — become a part of the opposition to the Next Level. Once, in a prior civilization, records suggest that a third of the class fell and the strongest, and thereby leader, of those fallen, was called “Lucifer” (or Satan). Even today they occupy the near heavens as what humans refer to as “space aliens.” [Heaven’s Gate Web Page, specifically from the link, “Statement By An E.T. Presently Incarnate”, Paragraph 16]

Here we see several parallels with Scripture: 1) The souls who rebelled became part of the opposition to the Next Level. Isn’t that what happened to Lucifer and his angels? They became part of the opposition to the True Next Level, God’s Heaven; 2) One-third of all the angels in Heaven rebelled and were cursed; 3) Heaven’s Gate also teaches that the name of the leader of this rebellion was Lucifer (Satan) 4) Today, these rebellious ones “occupy the near heavens, as what humans refer to as ‘space aliens’. Isn’t this what the Apostle Paul revealed, that Satan is the “Prince of the Power of the Air” [Ephesians 2:2]?

6) Jesus declared: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” [Rev 1:8] We see this statement repeated in Revelation 1:11; 21:6, and 22:13. Jesus is the “beginning and the end”.

The name taken by the two founders was “Do” taken by the man, and ‘Ti’, taken by the woman. In the link entitled “Do’s Intro: Purpose – Belief”, Do claims to be of the same spirit as the One that was in Jesus 2,000 years ago, and their mission is the same. If these two Heaven’s Gate cult leaders took their names from the common musical scale [Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Si, Do].it becomes apparent that “Do” is the “beginning and the end” of this cult!!

7) Jesus solemnly declared that anyone who wanted to be saved through His sacrifice, who wanted to be His disciple, must renounce this world and what is in the world, and must place Him as the #1 love of their life. In Luke 14:26, Jesus declared, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” Then, in verse 33, Jesus stated this truth more succinctly, “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”

Heaven’s Gate also teaches this same principle. In the link, “Do’s Intro”, Do says, “”The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” meant – ‘since I am here, and I am from that Kingdom, if you leave everything of this world and follow me, I can take you into my Father’s Kingdom.’ … They could get to His Father only through total reliance upon Him.”

Doesn’t this sound suspiciously like the Bible? But, listen on.

“Leaving behind this world included: family, sensuality, selfish desires, your human mind, and even your human body if it be required of you – all mammalian ways, thinking, and behavior. Since He had been through this metamorphic transition Himself from human to Level Above Human – under the guidance of His Father – He was qualified to take others through that same discipline and transition. Remember, the One who incarnated in Jesus was sent for one purpose only, to say, ‘If you want to go to Heaven, I can take you through that gate – it requires everything of you.’ ”

Then, just to ensure that no one misunderstood this principle, Do repeated it in a little different way, “Our mission is exactly the same. I am in the same position to today’s society as was the One that was in Jesus then. My being here now is actually a continuation of that last task as was promised, to those who were students 2000 years ago.”

Now, the planners of the New World Order can factually claim that, in the eyes of Heaven’s Gate, they were just asking their followers to do only what Jesus Christ demanded of His followers 2,000 years ago! We can be painted with the same brush as Heaven’s Gate is being painted! We can be painted as being very, very dangerous to society, as being capable of mass murder/suicide, or of carrying out extremist acts such as terrorism! The propagandist truly has all the material he needs to convince the average American that the Fundamentalist Christian poses the same risk to society as did Heaven’s Gate, or the Branch Davidians, or the Jones cult in Guyana. Truly, the situation is deteriorating in America today. Finally, remember our earlier discussions over the fact that propagandists, using the Mass Media, have given Arab extremist terrorists the label, “Fundamentalist”, the exact label we apply to ourselves? This deliberate mislabeling has occurred even though Arab extremists are violating the basic tenets of Islam by carrying out their murderous acts. We can only conclude that this mislabeling was done to paint the same perverted picture of Fundamentalist Christians in the minds of the average American that we know exists there for the Arab terrorists.

When you combine the Heaven’s Gate fiasco with the murderous terrorism of the Arab terrorists, you get the composite picture that the Christian Fundamentalist contains elements from both nefarious camps! I believe we are in the same final stages in this “devaluation” of Fundamental Christianity as Hitler was in 1938, versus the Jews, when he finally felt free enough to launch his 7-year Holocaust! Time is really short, my friends; are you working your hardest now, before the Night falls when no man can work?

In closing, I want to speak about those terrible images of people’s bodies laying about everywhere in that mansion, draped with the purple shrouds. While we were horrified that we were looking at death, at least the scenes were not so graphic and horrible as the scenes in Guyana. Why is Satan staging so many of these scenes of mass suicide in these Last Days of Time? Why does he feel it is so important to “condition” the peoples of the world to these scenes of so many dead bodies, left behind in mass religious suicide pacts? Could the reason be that Satan knows that, very soon, the world will be viewing, and dealing with, the greatest number of dead bodies the world has ever seen, and he wants everyone to believe that this instance of dead bodies is also the result of mass suicide?

Of course, I am speaking of the Rapture of the Church. Now, before you react instinctively to what I am saying, hear me out. I have always believed, like most other Fundamentalist Baptists, that the Rapture will snatch the present body and its soul, from this Earth into the air to meet Jesus Christ, and that, somewhere in the air, this mortal body would be changed, to “put on immortality” [1 Cor 15:52-55]

Let us review this Scripture in its entirety, “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” The Apostle Paul then goes on to praise the Lord Jesus Christ for giving us this victory.”

Then, in the companion Scripture which details the Rapture, we see a similar picture. “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

The key to this verse, in understanding what might happen to our physical, mortal bodies, seems to lie in one word, and then one phrase. The one word is “sleep” where Paul says, “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed”. The word, “sleep” is Strong’s #2837. koimao, koy-mah’-o; from G2749; to put to sleep, i.e. (pass. or reflex.) to slumber; fig. to decease:–(be a-, fall a-, fall on) sleep, be dead.” Thus, Paul seems to be saying that we shall not all “be dead”, but we shall all be changed. It seems that Paul seems to be saying that those living saints shall not physically die, but will all be changed. Thus, we believe that our bodies shall be snatched away from this earthly dimension, and shall go to meet the Lord in the air. I do believe this scenario. And, as I stated before, demonic ‘guiding spirits’ are informing New Age adherents that, shortly after Antichrist arises, there shall be a simultaneous disappearance of the millions of people that could never accept the claims of The Christ. So, we still believe it highly likely that our mortal body and our soul, will be snatched out of this dimension, disappearing completely. This is the traditional position of Fundamentalist Christians.

But, I still see the images of all those dead bodies, killed in a mass suicide pact and I still wonder why Satan feels it so necessary to flaunt these images before the world so repeatedly. Before we leave this subject of the word, “sleep”, let us go to John 11:12-14, where Lazarus has died. Not only has Lazarus died, but he has been dead at least 3 days before Jesus and His disciples left to go to where he has been laid. Listen to Jesus’ concept about the death of a believer in Him, “‘Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.’ Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead.'”

The Lord Himself defines this issue of the death of a believer, saying that we do not die, in His eyes, but we just sleep. In this instance, in Jesus’ eyes, Lazarus had not died, even though his body was starting to decay; rather, he was just sleeping. Sleep did not mean “death” in Jesus’ definition, even though his disciples considered him dead. Is it possible, therefore, in God’s eyes, that the believers taken at the Rapture — if the souls are released from the body, leaving the body to fall to the ground “dead” — are not “dead” but are simply changed?

The key phrase to consider is, “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds”. Again, we assume this is speaking of our living bodies, housing our souls, being caught up in the air. But, this is an interpretation on our part, because the Bible is deliberately vague on this point. Is it possible that God plans on calling our immortal souls out of our bodies, and uniting them with a glorified body on the way up to rendezvous with the Lord? The “we” in Paul’s statement here could very well refer to our immortal, redeemed soul.

Let us consider one more Scripture before concluding our article. In Matthew 24, Jesus provides His disciples with the key prophecies which will herald the approach of the End of the Age. In Matthew 24:1-23, Jesus gives us these prophecies. Clearly, He is speaking of the 7-year Tribulation Period here, because He refers to Daniel’s prophecy concerning the Tribulation in 24:12.

In verse 24, Jesus warns against false religious Christs and prophets arising and deceiving many [doesn’t this sound like the Heaven’s Gate cult?] In verses 25-27, Jesus continues with this train of thought. Then, suddenly, in verse 28, Jesus says something very strange [remember, the context of this passage is the events of the Tribulation Period]. Jesus says, “For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” Wait a minute! Who said anything about a mound of carcasses, or dead bodies? Why would Jesus suddenly begin speaking of so many dead bodies that vultures would be drawn to the scene?

In the parallel passage in Luke 17:21-37, Jesus is speaking of His Second Coming and the Tribulation Period preceding it. We see, in 17:31, the parallel passage to Matthew 24;17, which is clearly in the 7-year Tribulation. Then, in verse 34, Jesus is speaking of some kind of Rapture, “I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. And they answered and said unto him, ‘Where, Lord?’ And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles [vultures] be gathered together.”

Bible scholars have long maintained that this passage refers to the time in Revelation 19 when Jesus comes back to overcome Satan at Armaggedon, defeating him and establishing His kingdom. And, in that passage, one of God’s angels calls for the birds of the air to gather for a great feast of carrion, of the bodies of the army of Antichrist. So, this probably does refer to the End of the Tribulation, not the beginning. This is probably the fulfillment of the final gathering of the elect, in Matthew 24:31. Believe me, I am not out to espouse some new doctrine of End Times. However, I also understand that the traditional view of our entire body getting snatched out of this dimension is an interpretation of the above verses; the Bible does not come right out and say, in so many words, that this type of snatching will occur. It could happen the other way, without doing violence to the above Scripture.

You have to admit that it is compelling that Satan has seen fit to stage so many of these mass suicide death scenes in the past decade. It almost seems as if he is conditioning the peoples of the world for a grand spectacle of this type of death scene that is much, much larger in scope, perhaps worldwide.

Of course, the way in which we are taken out of here will not mean anything to us. Whether our soul leaves this Earth still housed in our mortal bodies, receiving our immortal, glorified bodies before we meet Jesus Christ in the air, or whether our souls are released from these mortal bodies, receiving our glorified bodies before we meet Jesus, will not matter!

But, the difference of the impact on the unsaved people of this world would be terribly different!

The impact of tens, or maybe hundreds, of millions of people world wide, suddenly disappearing from this dimension, with no trace, would be stupendous. The New Age leaders would immediately step forward with their prepared lie, saying that the Masters of the Logos had decided to snap these people to another dimension so their opposition to the Antichrist would be muted.

However, the impact of having to deal with the disposal of tens,or maybe hundreds, of millions of dead bodies the world over would be even more horrific!! Can you imagine the difficulty in burying so many people before decay and disease set in? Why, in major cities, so many buildings and houses would be searched that the burial effort would be impeded, would be dramatically slowed. The widespread and deadly diseases spoken of in prophecy could begin to occur here.

The Rapture of the believers has always been understood by Bible scholars to be a double edged coin: deliverance of the believer on one side, but death, destruction, and judgment on the other side. Surely, this would occur should the physical bodies of the believers simply fall to the ground when the redeemed soul is Raptured. On the one hand, the believer is delivered from sin, death, and sorrow; but, the unbeliever gets his first taste of the death, destruction, and judgment that lies immediately ahead.

One final thing about this remote possibility. Since Christians have always believed that the Rapture would physically take their bodies out of this dimension, they have taught this concept to people who have refused to become saved, i.e., unsaved loved ones, for example. Now, if the Rapture leaves behind all these dead bodies, the unsaved who have been expecting the disappearance of bodies, might not recognize this action as the prophesied Rapture!! Satan is not called the Master Deceiver of mankind for nothing!

No matter how the Rapture of the Church occurs, the fact is that it is very close. We are seeing great numbers of examples of false Christs and false prophets arising, and they are deceiving many. We also see the distinct outlines of a plan to discredit and “devalue” Christianity, so that persecutions may begin.

The spiritual battle is joined.

God bless you.

IT’S HIP TO BE HOOKED [ON DRUGS, THAT IS] IN AMERICA’S WORLD OF HIGH FASHION.

Just when kids are being told to say “no” to drug usage, the American Fashion Industry is encouraging drug usage by hiring models that look like they are on drugs, act like they are on drugs, and dress like they are on drugs. Then, we are told that “morality” has no place in the Fashion Industry!! The Bible foretold just such attitudes, 1,900 years ago, at the End of the Age.

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NEWS BRIEF: “That’s Outrageous: Hip To Be Hooked”, The Reader’s Digest, March, 1997, page 92.

“They flaunt the ominous signs of drug addiction: vacant stares, dirty, disheveled hair, unkempt clothes, and a frame so gaunt that bone juts through flesh. These young people may look like strung-out junkies, but they are actually highly paid models adopting the wasted look of addicts. They stare out defiantly from glossy magazine spreads and stagger down the catwalk for Gianni Versace and Donna Karan. The look has been dubbed, heroin chic.”

Now, let me get this situation straight in my mind: even though we have the greatest drug problem in our nation’s history; even though we have more hard core, hooked addicts in our history; even though the Federal, State, and Local governments are supposedly fighting this problem tooth and nail; even though kids by the millions are being affected by drug addiction; even with all these factors, the American Fashion Industry is busy creating scenes in which very chic, very seductive, and very successful models are playing the part of drug addicts!! I do not understand!

Fundamental Christians have long preached that the Bible is very right when it says that God has created a knowledge of Him that cannot easily be suppressed, and that the heart of every human being desperately longs for God. I firmly believe that a man or a woman cannot ever know true peace of heart and soul apart from Jesus Christ. In Romans 1:21, we see a person deliberately refusing to give God glory and honor and the preeminence in their lives that He deserves. Then, in verses 22-32, we see the results of this type of deliberate denial of God. I have printed out some of the things that happens when people deny the knowledge of God in their hearts and minds.

Verse 22 — “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” My study of New Age writings, and of scientists trying to justify Evolution, confirm the truth of this statement. People say things that they would not ordinarily say, and then they do not even realize how stupid and illogical they have just sounded. We will see this type of situation in a few moments, at the end of this article.

Verse 23 — “And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.” Modern Western man does not worship the crass idols that the ancients worshiped so much as he worships himself and his possessions. The New Age religion has stepped into this vacuum as it promises each of its adherents that they can all be gods! The Apostle Paul, speaking under the influence of the Holy Spirit, speaks about this type of seductive lies. In 1 Timothy 4:1-2, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” You cannot get much more seductive than the idea that you could be a god, if only you could “discover” your own “consciousness”, a trip that will lead you straight into demonism and Hell.

Verse 24 — “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves”. One of the most common examples of deliberately suppressing the knowledge of God in a person’s life is that they will begin to go into sexual perversions. Boy, have we Americans been treated to this terrible reality!

The final reality is found in verse 28-32, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

Not only does this litany of sins sound like our last two generations of Americans, it sounds like the Culture of Death which inhabits many of our inner city neighborhoods. Now, let us return to this subject of drug abuse being promoted by the Fashion Industry. Once American kids have grown up without a knowledge of God in their hearts, and being filled with the inedible husks of a world without God, their hearts and minds become absolutely empty. Satan rushes in to fill the void, with all sorts of pleasures and distractions that keep the youth occupied. Alcoholism and drug abuse are two of the avenues kids today are using to escape the harshness of a world without God.

But, finally, remember that we are rapidly heading into a much different world than any of us have ever known, the coming New World Order, a world of Satanism and witchcraft unparalleled in human history. Since New World Order planners have stated that they cannot successfully stage the appearance of Antichrist until and unless a substantial proportion of the population of the people in Western countries are conditioned to accept him. This means that a substantial proportion of our population must be prepared to accept witchcraft, without them being aware that they have been so changed.

No one can practice witchcraft until they have first “raised their consciousness” through drugs. The type of drugs does not matter; Adolf Hitler’s drug of choice was Mescaline, for example. But, drugs are essential to a person “raising their consciousness” because it separates their minds from firm reality, and allows them to become demonically afflicted, or even possessed. Drugs are so essential to witchcraft that, if you have no drugs, you have no witchcraft. Period.

Thus, as our world gets closer to the appearance of Antichrist, we have such an emphasis upon drugs. And, I submit to you that our Federal and State Governments do not really want to win a war on drugs; rather, they want to achieve the type of change necessary on a personal level so that millions, and tens of millions, of people will have had their minds altered by drugs so that, when Antichrist arises, he can command their loyalty by these tens of millions.

Further, our leaders are going to try to use the threat of drugs to slowly erode our personal freedoms. We will spend an entire article examining this threat, but today, 3/24/97, our Presidential Administration (President Clinton) has presented a request to the Supreme Court to allow police to enter homes without a search warrant and without any knock on the door. If the Supreme Court allows this request, America has just taken a huge step toward the total dictatorship of the New World Order. Even if the Supreme Court does not allow this type of police action now, just the fact that our leaders are bold enough to propose it should give us great cause for concern. Do you see the Six Step Attiudinal Change Plan at work here?

Let us now return to this article. This article has just identified this “fashion” look as “heroin chic”. The author of this article states, “To the people fighting the war against drugs, the fashion industry is sending a deadly message just as heroin use is on the rise. But to designers, photographers and makeup artists, it’s the latest cutting-edge fashion statement. ‘This is just a reflection of the times’, says Gilles Bensimon, creative director for Elle magazine.

This statement is just plain hogwash, designed to confuse and/or placate the objections people might have toward this type of nonsense being fed to our young people. Artist types have always chafed under rules and regulations; they have always wanted to produce “art” that shocks the public, whom they secretly view with disgust, anyway. Artists have generally produced material that was unwholesome as the Bible defines wholesomeness. Artists have always wanted to swim in the moral gutter. They have always wanted to overthrow the system that generally keeps artists poor, even starving. Thus, artists have been greatly used by the planners of this coming New World Order to help tear down the old, hated Old World Order, of Christian values. Only after this Old Order is destroyed can the New Order be established.

Now, let us hear the final stupidity from the Fashion World. “Fashion show producer Maryanne Grist believes the industry should have freedom of expression. ‘You can’t regulate an industry based on morality’, she said. ‘Designers and their creative people like to be on the edge.’ ”

Amazing! Creative people want to operate with no external rules, and certainly not the rules imposed upon them by the Bible! They want to operate “on the edge” of Biblical morality, knowing that, if they are allowed to operate in this territory, they will be able to successfully push the “edge” back further and further until there are no rules left whatsoever.

One of the reasons God destroyed Israel in 586 B.C., when He brought the Pagan King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, into Israel in military judgment, was that Israel had committed two sins. We see God state these two sins in Jeremiah 2:13, “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”

God was lamenting that the Israelites had: 1) rejected the One True God of Abraham and Jacob, a God Who had repeatedly demonstrated His power, and Mercy, and Grace, and Love for His people. 2) Then, Israel had turned around to dig spiritual wells that could hold no water, that could provide no spiritual nourishment and spiritual life. Just as we said earlier, God has created such a spiritual need in us that, when we reject the True God, we are going to embrace the lie of Satan. Later, God lamented that the Jews were committing great sin, because they had rejected His Absolute Truth and Commandments. What were they doing? They were doing whatever was right in their own eyes. And, God physically destroyed Israel for it! Listen to what God has to say:

Isaiah 5:1, “Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”

Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

Believe me, this is exactly the situation in America today, with these “artists” and Fashion Industry leaders. They are following a path of immorality and of “no rules”, and they think they will never be called to account by a God Whom they have rejected. But, their end shall be spiritual death.

Unfortunately, they will have helped tens of millions of spiritually starved and empty young people find the same eternal Hell they have marked out for themselves. Remember Jesus’ warnings, “Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” (Luke 17:1-2)

Even though these Fashion Industry leaders will ultimately receive their eternal punishment for leading so many people astray, they will have helped prepare the way for Antichrist to gain acceptance from so many of our young people, ages 10-30. The time is truly growing short.

God bless you.

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