Thursday, 17 October 2013


Speaking of the little open scroll in the hand of the ‘Rainbowed Angel’ of Rev. 10 Bro. Thomas
writes, "A little scroll is a short time in which things written therein are to be accomplished - a period,
say of forty years, according to the testimony of Mic.7:14-17." The little scroll contained the seven
thunder judgements of Deity against the nations and refers to the war of Armageddon and its
aftermath (see Eureka Vol. 2 pgs.542-544).
Micah 7:15
Rotherham translates — "As in the days of thy coming forth out of the land of Egypt, will I shew him
wonders". R.S.V. - "As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, I will show them
marvellous things".
While this is clearly a reference to the miracles performed by Yahweh in the wilderness on Israel's
behalf and an assurance that similar miracles will be seen again during the Second Exodus of Israel,
the inference is that these "marvellous things' will span a similar period of 40 years. As the context
deals with Israel being used as Yahweh's weapon of war against the nations it is reasonable to
postulate that these wars will also span a period of approximately 40 years.
In Eureka Vol. 1 page 133 in the section dealing with the "Aion of the Aions" Bro. Thomas refers to
"The Hour of Judgement" of Rev. 14:7 and suggests that it is a period of 40 years. He writes, "It is the
antitype to the 40 years in the wilderness, and the Aion of the sickles (Rev. 14:14-20)." See also
Eureka Vol. 5 pgs. 38-39, 74-75, 163-165 (Logos Edition).
The Second Exodus of Israel to be considered later in these notes will almost certainly be over a
period of 40 years - Ezek. 20:34-38.


1847 to 1897 – In 1847 Bro. Thomas wrote "A confession and Abjuration" which became the basis of
"Elpis Israel" written in 1848. The key to this final step in the rediscovery of the Truth was Rom. 8:24
"we are saved by the hope" (i.e. the Hope of Israel - Acts 28:20). Fifty years later the Zionist
Josiah – last 13 years Jehoiakim – 11 yrs Zedekiah – 11 years 14 years
50 years
30 years 20 years
Jehoiachin’s Captivity Fall of Jerusalem
18th of Josiah 5 y r s 586 BC Ezek. 40:1
Jubilee Jehoahaz 3 months Jehoiachin 3 months Jubilee
Congress was convened in Basle, Switzerland to formulate a plan to establish a Jewish State — a
homeland for the Jews.
1897 to 1947 – The first Zionist Congress which embarked upon a programme to establish a
homeland for the Jews culminated in the United Nations voting to partition the land of Palestine into
a Jewish and an Arab state on November 29th 1947 almost exactly 50 years later.
1917 to 1967 – In 1917 the British Government issued the Balfour Declaration supporting the
establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. In the same year the occupying forces of Turkey
were driven out of Palestine by the British army. Exactly 50 years later on the 8th June 1967
Jerusalem was freed from the hands of the Gentiles and Luke 21:24 received its incipient fulfilment.


Although there is no place in the scriptures which clearly states that there will be a fifty year Jubilee
period between the return of Christ and the inauguration of the Millennium, there is ample evidence
by inference that the resurrection and judgement, and subsequent events up to the completion of the
Temple and the return of scattered Israel under Elijah, will cover a period of fifty years.
The clearest indication is to be found in the prophecy of Ezekiel. Ezekiel was a man of sign to the
house of Israel - Ezek. 12:6; 24:24. However, because the greater proportion of his prophecy has
relationship to the development of Yahweh's glory in the household of Christ, spiritual Israel, the
prophecy and its setting from the very beginning has relevance to things yet future in the purpose of
Time periods play an important part in Ezekiel's prophetic work as a man of sign - Ezek. 4:3-8. It
might be expected therefore that in relation to future events a pattern will be discernable in Ezekiel's
prophecy concerning time periods surrounding those events.
The last nine chapters of Ezekiel are devoted entirely to a detailed description of the House of Prayer
for all nations to be constructed by Christ as a habitation for His Father's glory and to the services
pertaining to that Temple along with details concerning the division of the Land.
It is noteworthy that at the commencement of this section of his prophecy and immediately following
the section dealing with the destruction of Gog and the cleansing of the Land Ezekiel provides a
precise date upon which he saw the vision of the Temple - Ezek. 40:1.
Ezekiel 40:1
The prophecy of Ezekiel flows smoothly in chronological order from the end of chapter 36 which
summarises the prophecies of the re-establishment of Israel in the Land (Ezek. 36-39).
􀂾 Ezekiel 37 – The vision of the valley of dry bones – Israel is to be restored to the land of their
􀂾 Ezekiel 38&39 – The advance of the Gogian host – Russia's destruction at Armageddon —
The land of Israel cleansed.
􀂾 Ezekiel 40-48 – The Temple built – A House of Prayer for all nations – The Land divided and
It is vital to note that the things Ezekiel saw in chaps. 40 to 48 are represented as being actually
existent at the time the vision was given – note the offerings in position as though the Temple was in
operation (Ezek. 40:43).
"In the five and twentieth year of our captivity" – i.e. the 25th year of Jehoiachin's captivity (Ezek.
1:2). This year was the 14th after the destruction of Jerusalem which occurred in the 11th year of
Zedekiah the successor of Jehoiachin upon the throne of Judah.
The significance of the 25th year of Jehoiachin's captivity is that it was apparently a Jubilee year.
Ezekiel commenced his prophecy by dating it from the 18th year of Josiah's reign (Ezek. 1:1). This
was the year of Josiah's great passover and according to tradition was a Jubilee year. This would
account in part for Josiah's zeal towards the Temple and people despite the absence of a copy of the
Law, during this year of his reign.
The 25th year of Jehoiachin's captivity was exactly 50 years after the 18th year of Josiah and
therefore a Jubilee year. In this year Ezekiel saw the Temple completed and in use. There must be a
reason for this arrangement. It is evident that we are intended to see a pattern to be unfolded in the
divine purpose foreshadowed in Ezekiel's experiences.
The Temple will be opened for use by all nations and the Millennial reign of Christ will begin in the
fiftieth year after his stealthy and thief-like return to resurrect and judge the household. This Jubilee
period will be filled with numerous dramatic and world-shaking events which will completely change
the world and its civilisation in preparation for a Millennium of righteousness and peace (2 Pet. 3:13).
The following summary of the dates referred to above reveals that from the 18th of Josiah to the 25th
of Jehoiachin's captivity was a period of 50 years.
Josiah reigned
Josiah kept a Jubilee Passover in his 18th year
Josiah reigned after the Jubilee
Jehoahaz reigned
Jehoiakim reigned
Jehoiachin reigned
Zedekiah reigned (to the smiting of the city)
Ezekiel received the vision 14 years later
Total period since last Jubilee
31 years
18 years
13 years
3 months
11 years
3 months
11 years
14 years
49 years 6 months
6 months
50 years
"in the beginning of the year" – i.e. in the first month, Abib.
"the tenth day of the month" – The 10th of Abib; the day the Passover lamb was selected. Ezekiel's
vision occurs 50 years to the day after Josiah's Jubilee Passover.
"in the fourteenth year after the city was smitten" – i.e. the 25th year of Jehoiachin's captivity.
"in the selfsame day" - Often where these words occur in the scriptures, stress is being laid upon the
importance of a time period – cp. Gen. 7:13; Ex. 12:41. It was exactly 50 years to the day since
Josiah's Passover.


"the worlds" – aionos - ages. Diag.- "ages".
"were framed by the word of God" – katertishai - to arrange, to adjust. Diag. - "so thoroughly
adjusted by God's command". The ages of human history have not fallen out by chance but have
unfolded according to God's predetermined plan. His providence has "thoroughly adjusted" the
course of history.
"that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear" – Diag. - "that not from
things then manifest the things now seen have come to pass". We must never judge by the appearance
of things. Present appearances, however unfavourable to the outworking of God's purpose can never
frustrate that purpose.
Hebrews 1:2
"by whom also he made the worlds" – Diag. - "on account of whom also He constituted the ages".
The word "made" can mean "to constitute". The word "world" is aionos - ages. From the beginning
God purposed to send forth His son and consequently the ages have revolved around His purpose in
Jesus Christ.
0 1656 4000 6000 7000
4000 BC Flood AD 70 2nd Advent
The Jubilee Period Rev. 20:1-3, 7-8 ‘The End’
“The Little Season”
6000 7000
Flesh subdued Flesh bound Flesh unleashed
Flesh eradicated

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

History of false doctrines of Christendom


                        Departure from the Truth
                      dates are as accurate as possible

                    THE ECCLESIAS WERE FORMED
                         IN THE FIRST CENTURY AD,
         Some of  these prophecies  are  set out  in    full below…
         their fulfilment is     illustrated by    the facts following…
         the dates are as accurate as possible       by the records -
         the facts  are indisputable,     and are readily accepted
         by believers  who  are the  modern-day equivalents of
          those to whom  Jesus spoke  these wonderful words-
                    "But blessed are your eyes, for they see:
              and your ears, for they hear"- Matthew 13v16.
   As  shown elsewhere we must  be        able to clearly identify    &
   witness  against   the    apostacy   which   the word of God has
   told us must arise...and any way in which this apostacy      can
        turn attention away from itself has been used - link to
   'apocalypse'..'the Lord's day'-5th Vision.       We can clearly
   identify the  modern-day equivalent  of  ancient Babylon, as
                the apostacy is termed, in Revelation 17v5-
   The comment of  the  then  head  of  the     'Roman Catholic
   church',when in 1962 he welcomed sympathetic 'Protestant'
   observers to  the  21st  'Ecumenical Council',      is a damning
   identification of  both  parties when he stated the following-
                         this harmonises with
                      "The Roman Church is
     the Mother and Mistress of all the churches"
                ( 'Council of Trent' 1545-1563)
                      If Rome is the "mother"
                 who then are her "daughters"?
    The family likeness  is obvious,           by the sharing
    of false teachings,       which came from paganism
    ("Babylon") via Rome-     being dressed up in a
    'Christian' garb to deceive      the unenlightened-
    which teachings include– "the trinity", "imm-
       ortal souls", "a fallen-angel devil", etc. etc.
    "Babylon" signifies'confusion'.     Such confusion
    is evident in   these self-contradictory doctrines
       which are totally opposed to the Scriptures.

    "Mystery'' identifies  the modern-day apostacy
    with the"mystery" religion of Babylon, so well-
    known to historians and Bible scholars.  It is a
    means  which  any  hierarchy  utilizes   to retain
    power by the use of fear of the unknown,    which
          only "the initiated leaders" can interpret.
    And  "the great" demonstrates the world-wide
          expansion of this pagan-derived apostacy.
    Link to   'Bible'- 'satan'- 'apocalypse'- 'foundation'.
     Also link via   'Index' to 'God', 'spirit', 'mortal', 'devil', 'baptism'.
     Further identification is  evident with the adoption,  under other
     names, into the modern-day calendar,     of "the goddess of fertil-
           ity" and the "birthday" of "the sun-god"- link to page 2.
        Those who desire to be saved must be separate from all this.
     In 'The Two Babylons' Hislop clearly identifies    the links between
     the ancient pagan days of worship  &  the modern Catholic equi-
     valents. Refer particularly to chapter iii-'Festivals',      including the
     9 month period between the feasts of 25 March&25 December.
                     See the gestative period of the harlot– below*
     In the course of his comments Hislop states:
     "To conciliate the Pagans to nominal Christianity,Rome,     pursuing
     its usual policy,  took measures to get the Christian and Pagan fes-
     tivals amalgamated,  and,  by  a complicated but skilful adjustment
     of the calendar,   it was found no difficult matter,  in general, to get
     Paganism and Christianity– now sunk far in idolatry -     in this, as in
     so many other things, to shake hands"-page 105, 1969 edition.
                        prophecies of the apostacy
     Matthew 24v4-13- "..And many false prophets shall rise,     and
     shall deceive many.. the love of many ("the many"-RV, Diag-
     lott, John Thomas- i.e. 'the majority')  shall wax cold.  But he
                 that shall endure unto the end shall be saved".  

     Acts 20v26-32-"For I know this,that after my departing shall
        grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
     Also of  your own selves  shall men arise,   speaking perverse
                    things, to draw away disciples after them".
     (Jesus prophesied of this- Matthew 7v15-20; John 10v12,13).
     (Jude 4 testifies this process had then begun-     "For there are
         certain men crept in unawares..before of old ordained").

     2nd Thessalonians 2v1-10-     " ..the  day  of  Christ..shall  not
     come, except there come a falling away first,  and that man of
     sin be revealed,the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalt-
     eth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped;
     so that he as God sitteth in  the  temple of God, shewing him-
     self that he is God..And now  ye  know what withholdeth that
     he might be revealed in his time.    For the mystery of iniquity
     doth already work;     only he who  now letteth will let   ("only
     there is one that restraineth now"- RV)       until he be taken out
     of the way.  And then shall that wicked be revealed..whom the
     Lord..shall destroy with  the  brightness  of his coming:  Even
     him, whose coming is  after  the working  of satan (original =
     'the satan'-   link to 'satan')..because they received not the love
     of the truth, that they might be saved".
     (Note  the  prophecy  of  "the mystery of iniquity", later to be
     fulfilled   as           "MYSTERY,  BABYLON THE GREAT".
     Also,  the  "man  of  sin", later  to  be  fulfilled  as  the  "man
        child" and the "man"- Revelation 12v5; 13v18-see below-
     the "one that restraineth",   i.e. Pagan Rome was "taken out
     of the way" in  AD312-324,   allowing    "that of
               sin..(to) be revealed" at the head of the apostacy).
     1st Timothy 4v1-3-  "  the  latter  times  some shall depart
     from the faith,  giving heed to seducing spirits,  and doctrines
     of devils  (orig.  'demons',    supposed  demi-gods);    Speaking
     lies in hypocrisy;  having  their  conscience  seared with a hot
     iron; Forbidding to marry,   and commanding to abstain from
     meats, which God hath created to be received with thanks-
     giving of them which believe and know the truth".
     (Note the    pagan 'demons' (demi-gods) have been replaced by
     "patron saints";  priests are "forbidd(en) to marry";  meat is
     not to be eaten on Fridays;all of which  is  absolute   apostacy.
     Daniel 11v39 (Hebrew)speaks of "the bazaars of the protect-
     ors (guardians)"-  prophesying of the apostate "churches" &
     their"patron saints"- & the sale of "indulgences / penances"-
     "with a strange god"- identified below as the Roman bishop).
     The Roman bishop is "the god of protectors" Dan.11v38.
     Link to page 2 - AD 375,600,787,995 re "patron saints"
                                   AD 1190,1473           re "indulgences"      etc.
     2nd Timothy 4v2-4-  "Preach  the  word..For  the   time   will
     come when  they  will  not  endure  sound  doctrine;  but after
     their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having
     itching ears;      And they shall   turn away their ears   from the
         truth, and shall be turned unto fables  (Grk.'the fables').

                                Note-dates are as accurate as possible                                  
                  AD33   The death and resurrection of Jesus.   Then -  the
                  outpouring of  the  spirit  on  the  Day of   Pentecost - the
                  early ecclesias formed- the beginning of the apostacy-
                  "the  mystery  of  iniquity doth  already  work"       (original
                  has connotations of WORKING INWARDLY,     as with
                  the formation of a child).  No longer " a chaste virgin un-
                  to Christ"2nd Corinthians 11v2,    this corrupted "whore"
                  Revelation 17v2,  impregnated with   the seeds of apostate
                  formalism and pagan philosophy,   carefully nurtured the
                  child from her harlotry within.  The gestation period of a
                  woman is 280 days.  In  the    Scriptures,   1 day represents
                  1 year in  prophetic terms- cp   Numbers 14v33,34;  Ezek-
                  iel 4v4-6.This gestative period* ended after 10 day-years
                  of birth-pangs (persecution) in AD313   by a decree,  & the
                  harlot-woman of the apocalypse gave birth-  Rev.12v1-5.
                  Her "man child" Constantine  began  to  set up in power
                  those who had left the Truth .    These apostates were no
                  longer,  as  commanded,  "strangers  and  pilgrims"   (1st
                  Peter 2v11).  They  became  power-brokers of the world!
                  In fact many of them took up arms in the service of Con-
                  stantine– defying Christ (Matt.5v38-48)-   now "friend(s)
                  of the world..(and thus)..enem(ies) of God"-   James 4v4.
                  From AD 312-324,     Constantine   consolidated his power
                  over the Roman Empire,     and set up  apostate  Catholic
                  bishops over his subjects. Though nominally "Christian"
                  it was now in reality  pagan-            because it was founded
                  upon  PAGAN TEACHINGS,   and  not  scriptural truths.
                  Edward Gibbon, the noted historian,    wrote that though
                  "Christianity" emerged  triumphant,  it  was  at  the cost
                  of the adoption of many pagan teachings. Scripture corr-
                  oborates  his  independent  testimony, as we have shown.

                  Remarkably,   the  "man  child" (Constantine) was   fully
                  revealed in AD324,  when he became  the sole ruler over
                  the Roman Empire,  now  to  become   'Pagan-Christian'.
                  In AD330  he  laid  the foundations for his  Eastern capi-
                  tal  upon the soil  of   the  Greek  colony    Byzantium, and
                  named it Constantinople.   In this year also the Basilican
                  church of  'St. Peters' in Rome was erected.    It was later
                  pulled down and replaced by the present edifice.

                  Another  gestative  period  began,  which  was  to  end   in
                  AD604-610, when the decrees of  Phocas,  then emperor,
                  finally  established  the  bishop  of  Rome as the supreme
                  head over all Catholics.     The "man of sin" was now fi-
                  nally revealed, as Paul had prophesied, that  "he as God
                  sitteth in the temple of God,    shewing  himself that he is
                  God"-2nd Thess. 2v4;cp Dan.7v8,11,20,25;Rev. 13v5,6..
                     see proofs below, which could be greatly multiplied..
                  (we hesitate to record such blasphemies; however they
                  must be provided for the information of the viewer).
                 'If to serve God truly is to reign, while thou servest Leo thou
                     reignest; for Leo is God on earth'- App. to Roscoe's Leo X.
                     'All the kings of the west held the pope to be a God upon earth'.
                                                                              - Gregory II, AD727.
                     'The Pope is God because the Vicar of God'
                                                                              - Innocent, from his Decretals.
                     'It is certain that the Pontiff was called a God by the pious
                     prince Constantine: and it is manifest that God cannot be judged
                     by men..Our Lord God the Pope'- Canon Law, Gratian,12thC.AD
                     'The pope..the supreme judge of heaven and earth, the judge of
                     all..God himself on earth'- The 'New York Catechism'.
                     'We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty'-
                                    the Great Encyclical Letters of Pope Leo XIII.
                     'For thou art the shepherd..thou art another God on earth'-
                                                                    Mansi (ed.) in Sacrorum Conciliorum.
                     As noted elsewhere,we deny any legitimacy to such titles as "pope"
                     applied to mere mortal fallible men.     "And call no man your father
                     upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven"- Matt.23
                     v9.  And to assume  the  title  of  "God"  is the height of blasphemy.

                     The Roman bishop promotes the above claims.     And the "church"
                     admits her decrees would be "terrible presumption and blasphemy"
                     without the authority of Christ   (Australian 'pastoral letter' 1962 ).
                 Link to  'foundation'   explaining Matthew 16 & 18 for the refutation
                     of these blasphemies,  and  the  real  meaning  of  Christ's teaching.

                  Revelation 13v18** tells us that the "number" of the
                  "man" i.e. the "man of sin" prophesied by Paul, is 666#.
                  One of many titles used of or by the Roman bishop =
                  'Vicarius Filii Dei'-i.e. 'The Vicar of the Son of God'.
                  The total numerical value of these Roman letters  =  666.
                  In addition,  'Lateinos' and  'The Latin Kingdom' when
                  given the Greek  numerical  equivalents  add up to 666.
                    Latin clearly identifies the "man of sin" with Rome..
                  (..a pagan custom was to designate their "gods" by the
                  numerical equivalents of their names-    the above iden-
                  tification therefore reveals  Rome's pagan associations)

                  **note the connection  between the "mark" and  the "num-
                       ber" of the apostacy– Revelation 13v15-18– see page 2.
                  Further,   note the prophecy of Daniel 7v8,20 re "the eyes of
                  (a) man"  and  the   shocking  fulfilment  as  "the holy see".
                      ..ask yourself,   are these things "just co-incidences"?
                                             Or are they, in actual fact
                          the demonstration of  the truth of Bible prophecy?

                  #concerning the number '6' link to the following-
                  'the Lord's day'-6th Vision-'structure'-'signs'-the 6th
                  The "mystery of iniquity"  prophesied  by Paul was later
                  revealed  as "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT" in
                  Revelation 17v5.               This identifies the modern-day
                  "church" apostacy with   the  well-known ancient "mys-
                  tery" religion of Babylon. It teaches "the trinity", which
                  is called "a mystery".  Julius III is said to have removed
                  "mystery" from the tiara because of Protestant jibes..
                  (the tiara represented the  three  states  seized & lost by
                  Rome, as prophesied-   Daniel 7v8; Rev. 16v13;17v16).              
                  Edward Gibbon, the noted historian, wrote-
                       "The creed of MYSTERY and the
                      7th century disgraced the simplicity of the Gospel".          



               Departure from the Truth-page 2

                 SIGNIFICANT DATES
           Before we look more closely at   the history of how the
            various unscriptural teachings    &    practices have been
            added over the centuries,   let us note the main epoch-
            al dates fulfilling  Biblical    prophecies of the course   of

                                      the apostacy
      AD33-  the beginning of the "in-working" of   the apostacy
                           by    heretic    Jewish and  pagan influences to  be re-
                                 vealed after 280 gestative day-years.
          AD303- the  "birth-pangs"  of  the  harlot  woman  of the
                       Apocalypse,  about  to   give  birth  to  the   "man
                       child" Constantine,     the champion of Catholics.
                       Persecution by pagan emperors for 10 day-years.
          AD312-324- the  wars  of  Constantine against   the pagan
                       emperors,  by  which  the rulership of   the Roman
                       Empire  is  changed  to  apostate  "Christianity".
          AD312- the beginning of prophecies of 1260 day-years  of
                       persecution of  "the remnant of (the woman's)
                            seed" and dissenters by the Catholics.
          AD313- the  "birth" of   the  "man child" marked  by    his
                       decree of "toleration" of  all   religions; which    was
                       also marked by the elevation of   the Catholics.
          AD324-Constantine assumes total control-   the beginning
                             of the 2nd "in-working" of 280 day-years.
          AD330- Constantine in this year lays   the   foundations for
                       his  Eastern  capital  upon  the  soil  of the Greek
                       colony Byzantium.     He names it Constantinople.
                                 The old 'St. Peters' in Rome erected.
          AD529-535- the laws of Justinian  giving     authority to the
                       bishop of Rome over his rivals for power.Beginn-
                       ing  of  1st application of  prophecy   of  1260 day-
                       years of persecution   by   the established apostacy.
          AD604-610- the laws of Phocas giving supreme ecclesias-
                       tical power to the bishop of Rome.  The final rev-
                       elation of the "man of sin"after another 280 day-
                       years.      Beginning of 2nd application of prophecy
                       of 1260day-years of   persecution by the apostacy.
          AD1572-the massacre of St.Bartholomew when the apos-
                       tacy murdered thousands of dissenters,     and   also
                       struck a medal in celebration-   thus  fulfilling     the
                       1260 years of persecution which began in AD312.
          AD1789-1795- the French Revolution which began to dis-
                       member,  as prophesied,  the  temporal (political)
                       power of the apostate "church".   This ended the
                           1st period of  1260 years   from  AD529-535.                                            
          AD1864-1870-  the dissolution of  the temporal   (political)
                       power of   the  apostate  Roman     "church" by the
                       taking  away  of  her 3  states  by    the new Italian
                       kingdom. This ended the 2ndperiod of 1260 years
                       beginning AD604-610.      Having lost the power to
                       persecute,    the Roman   bishop      proclaims     his own
                       infallibility.              The "man of sin"  is    now      termed
                       "the false prophet"-       i.e. one who can only falsely
                       claim to be a teacher, having no power to enforce
                       his dogmas on others.     The above also fulfilled the
                                      first period of 1335 years.
                              It likewise pre-figured future judgments.
                       Daniel 2v31-33,40;7v19-26;11v36-38;12v5-13;
                       2nd Thessalonians 2v1-12;
                       Revelation 11 &12;13v1-10;16v13,14;17v16.
             MORE- link to 'page 1'-'apocalypse'-'the time of the end'
                         departures from the Truth-
                   as they occurred in history
                note- dates as accurate as possible              

         AD37- "And certain men which came down from Judea"-
                        Acts 15    records  the     first organized  resistance  to
                        the purity of the Faith,      which has been shown in
                        its various forms to  persist until  the present   time.
                 The first error involved  the  placing of     redundant
                        laws upon the Gospel,     which in its practical effect
                              nullified salvation by faith-  link to 'grace'..
                        The Truth gradually   became    further corrupted    by
                        the entrance of pagan philosophies, such as:
                        "immortal souls"             origin=Egypt
                        "the trinity"                          origin=Babylon
                        "a fallen-angel devil"         origin=Persia

                        Holy spirit gifts ceased by the early 2nd century AD-
                        link to 'spirit'-page 1.  Corrupt evil men then began
                        to usurp power to themselves, becoming "lords over
                        God's heritage" - link to 'foundation'-pages 1 & 2.
                        Thus began the unscriptural "clergy"/"laity" divide,
                        which persists to this day, to the ruin of the Truth.
                        Contrast Matthew 23v8 -
                        "But be not ye called Rabbi:   for one is your Master,
                        even Christ; and all ye are brethren".
             AD37-324-we reproduce comments taken from     'Eureka',
                        an incomparable exposition of The Apocalypse, by
                             John Thomas, which summarise this period..
                        "The invention of this lie     (i.e. the teaching of the Judaizers
                             in Acts 15)   was  the  beginning of   troubles  to  the   body  of
                             Christ.   Its  inventors  found  their    advantage  in      propagating
                             it in defiance of the apostles.     They made proselytes to their
                             tradition both  among  the elders and  private members      of the
                             flock; and wherever    they succeeded  in  establishing  their  in-
                             fluence, there,    and to the same extent,      the authority of the
                             apostles was set aside. They became the adversaries of these
                             holy and self-denying men,       and   are   therefore  styled   in the
                             Apocalypse    "the Satan",     and their   "church",      "the syna-
                             gogue of the Satan"...But others arose after these,    and added
                             new elements to "the lie".          Truth is fixed, but lies never di-
                             minish in circulating, but always increase.    Pious Jews began
                             the work       of  corrupting  the  faith;   and  pious Gentiles,   who
                             had been subverted,  added       some of  their  "philosophy" and
                             "gnosis", or "science falsely so called", to the original stock,
                             and in their combination,    produced  what  Paul   styles,    in      2
                             Thess. 2:7,  musterion tes anomias,  THE MYSTERY OF IN-
                             IQUITY.    This,    he says,   was "already     working";  and in its
                             working   through        Judaizing   and   philosophizing   teachers,
                             gave him all      the trouble  and  mortification  he  laments in the
                                                several epistles".           'Eureka', 1861.
                             Compare Acts 20v17-38; 1st Corinthians 15v1-17; 2nd Cor-
                             inthians 11v12-28;   Galatians 2-5;   2nd Timothy 2;    2nd Peter
                             2v1-3; 1st John 4v1-6; Jude - whole epistle -    & also please
                             link to page 1-'satan'- 'committees'.
               AD300 prayers for the dead
                 AD300 making the sign of the cross**
            AD320 wax candles
            AD325 teaching that Christ is equal to God
            AD325 "Easter"- from 'Astarte' (pagan goddess )= =
            AD325 priests to refuse marriage after "ordination"<<
            AD337 sun-god birthday now "Christ-mass"- Julius I= =
            AD375 image-worship, veneration of angels, "dead saints"^^
            AD381 personality of holy spirit, its equality with God
            AD385 married priests' celibacy after "ordination"<<
            AD394 beginning of daily "mass"
            AD5thC sun-god birthday fixed as "Christ-mass"= =
            AD431 exaltation of Mary as "mother of God"^^
            AD451 final form of "the trinity"        
            AD500 priests begin to dress differently to "laymen"
            AD526 beginning of "extreme unction"
            AD529 prohibition of work on sun-god birthday("Christ-mass")= =
            AD593 teaching of purgatory -  Gregory I
            AD600 latin used in prayer and worship -  Gregory I
            AD600 prayers directed to Mary, angels and "dead saints"^^
            AD607 universal power to Roman bishop -  Boniface III
            AD709 kissing the Roman bishop's foot
            AD727 Roman bishop called "a God upon earth"
            AD750 temporal power of Roman bishop
            AD787 veneration of images of Christ, Mary, "dead saints"^^
            AD850 "holy water" mixed with salt & blessed by a priest
            AD890 worship of "St. Joseph"^^
            AD927 beginning of "college of cardinals"
            AD965 baptism of bells -  John XIII
            AD995 "canonization" of "dead saints"- John XV^^
            AD998 fasting on Fridays and during "Lent"<<
            AD11thC "mass" proclaimed "a sacrifice", & obligatory
            AD1074 pledge of celibacy demanded of trainee-priests<<
            AD1090 "the rosary" (= mechanical prayer via beads)
            AD1122 concordat of Worms; Roman bishop & emperor
            AD1123 nullification of all clerical marriages<<
            AD1184 the first "inquisition"-council of Verona##
            AD1190 beginning of sale of "indulgences"<<
            AD1215 transubstantiation proclaimed -  Innocent III
            AD1215 auricular confession of sins to priests by "laity"
            AD1220 adoration of the wafer ("host")
            AD1229 Bible forbidden to "laymen"
            AD1237 Spanish "inquisition" begins -  Gregory IX##
            AD1251 scapula invented by English monk
            AD1252 torture for "heresy" - bull of Innocent IV##
            AD1311 final decree substituting "sprinkling" for baptism
            AD1416 cup at "communion" forbidden to laity
            AD1414-1418 concurrent competing Roman bishops>>
            AD1439 "purgatory" proclaimed as dogma
            AD1439 doctrine of "seven sacraments"
            AD1473 sale of "indulgences" extended to the dead<<
            AD1508 the "ave Maria"^^
            AD1534 Jesuit order founded by Loyola
            AD1545 tradition declared as equal to Bible
            AD1546 apocryphal books added to Roman Bible
            AD1572 massacre of Huguenots
            AD1560 Roman "church" creed against "protestants"
            AD1854 "immaculate conception" of Mary proclaimed^^
            AD1864 "syllabus of errors" condemning freedoms etc.
            AD1870 Roman bishop proclaims own infallibility
            AD1908 "inquisition" re-named "holy office"
            AD1930 public schools denounced by Roman "church"
            AD1941-45 Roman bishop does not condemn holocaust
            AD1950 "assumption" (bodily ascent) of Mary^^
            AD1962 Rome "welcomes (protestants) as a mother"00
            The above is only a selection of the abominations which
            have been committed..more details may be obtained from
            'Vicars of Christ' by Peter de Rosa, first published 1988.

            **this clearly identifies Rome with the apostacy -
                link to page 1 re the "mark" and the "number" of the
                apostacy - compare Revelation 13v15-18.
      << ^^a further identification with the Roman apostacy - link
                 to page 1 re 1st Timothy 4v1-3, Daniel 11v38,39.
                    ==  apostacy - link to page 1 &  'the last "Christ-Mass"'
            ##cp Revelation 13v7,10,15; 17v6; 18v24.        
            >>termed by Catholic bishops -"an intolerable scandal and
                a running sore"- 'pastoral letter' re 1962 Ecum. Council..
                similar schisms have happened on many occasions.
      00 identifies Rome as "the mother of harlots" Revelation 17v1-5
            Note – we refuse to refer to the Roman bishop by his more
            common title,   see Matthew 23v9..we also will not allocate
            to any mortal the reverence due to God alone,   Psalm 111v9.

            will it be "the great whore..having a golden cup in her hand
            full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication..drunk-
            en with the blood of the saints and the martyrs of Jesus"-
            or will it be "a chaste virgin to Christ…..a glorious ecclesia,
            not having spot,or wrinkle, or any such thing..holy and with-
            out blemish..the wife..of   the Lamb (who) hath  made       herself
            ready"?      Rev.17v1,4,6; 2nd Cor.11v2; Eph.5v27; Rev.19v7.    
                               TODAY WE HAVE THAT CHOICE.
                                       Tomorrow it may be too late.


Monday, 30 September 2013

THE 1260, 1290 AND 1335, DANIEL 12.

THE 1260, 1290 AND 1335, DANIEL 12.
Lets now turn to the events of Dan 12. In broad terms, Daniel’s prophecy really concerns what are often referred to as eastern matters, or the things to do with the eastern leg of the image of Dan 2, which is more obvious shall we say from chapter eight onwards.  Dan 10 through to 12 is a single continuous vision, of various stages or sections, which are essentially about expounding the earlier vision in ch8 of the ram and the goat. The implications of ch8 had made Daniel physically sick, as recorded in ch8v27, and further more in seeking to understand these things, he mourns ch10v2 for a full 3 weeks, before he is blessed with a reply. The reply commences in Dan 10v4 and ends at the end of ch 12. We don't have the time at present, but if you were to take the trouble to look into the detail of the prophecy in Dan 11 I'm sure you'd find them quite staggering accurate. So much so that some have claimed them to be an history of the events.

Towards the end of this exposition of ch8, Daniel in ch12 is conveyed three time periods, which are introduced by a change in the vision which commences in v5. [READ v5-6]. In scripture a river denotes people, here is depicts the people of the Babylonian power who are under the control of what are referred to as 3 men, who are actually Elohim, spirit bodies. Two stand on the banks, or lips as the Hebrew word implies, of the river, and therefore they effectively bound the power of the mouth of the people of Babylon. The third Elohim, the certain man, who is described at the commencement of the vision, in ch10v6, and who depicts Christ and the Saints in military power, stands above the river, in dominance.
One of the two men on the lip of the river v6 asks the Certain man, “How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?” What wonders, we might ask? Well the wonders that had been conveyed during the vision which commenced in ch10v4 through to ch12.
There is an initial reply, v7, it shall be for a time, times and half a time, or 1260 years as we've seen earlier from Rev 12. Towards the end of v7 we are given further information about this 1260 year period, where we are told that when it concludes, the power of the holy people or people of Israel will have been fully dispersed, and all these things would be finished. So we understand that by the conclusion of the 1260 year period, all the things which are related to the dispersal of Israel, the destruction of the temple, and the abomination of desolation set up, would be finished.
Whilst Daniel v8 hears these things, he understood not, and so he asks himself what shall be the “end” of these things. The reply is given in v9-13, in which a further 2 time periods are provided, a 1290 and a 1335.
In v9 Daniel is told to go his way, to close and seal up the words of the vision until... the time of the end, when by implication the words would be unsealed, and interestingly understood. The time of the end is defined for us in Dan 11v40, when we are told that the King of the South will push at him, and as a consequence the King of the North shall come against him, taking the middle east, and establishing his power in the holy mount of Israel. So we are being told that as we approach the time of these events, the wise will come to understand these things. v10 continues, “Many shall be purified and made white and tried, but the wicked shall do wickedly, but the wise shall understand”, by implication the vision, for it was the vision and its implications on the people of Israel that Daniel was seeking to understand.
In v11 we are told that from the “time” that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation maketh desolate is set up, there shall be 1290 years.
So we are being told that from the end of the time just stated in v7, in which Israel's power is dispersed, the 1260 year period, there will be a further 1290 years before the things of the complete vision would be finally complete.
By then we understand from the vision that, v2 the dead will have been raised, judged and glorified, v1 there will have been a time of trouble, such as has never been since there was a nation, and ch11v41-43, Russia will have attacked the middle east, taken control of it, and established v45 his head quarters in the Holy mount of Jerusalem; yet he shall come to his end at the hands of the Certain man who stands in control on the river, and non shall help him.
V12 then continues to explain that he that waiteth and cometh to the 1335 will be blessed, after which v13 Daniel will stand in his lot. So after this date we understand that there will be a time of blessing, in otherwords the fulfilment of those great and precious promises that were made to the fathers of old, the re-establishment of the Kingdom of Israel, with the master as the ruler from his great white throne in Jerusalem.
So we understand the 1290 and 1335 follow on directly from the end of the initial period of 1260 years. But when does the 1260 start. Well by implication with the start of the wonders of the vision, which could have commenced in the 3rd year of Cyrus, when the vision was given Daniel, BC535/6, or when the details of the vision commenced, which according to ch11v1 was the first year of Darius the Mede, 2-3 years earlier, in BC538.

If we take the earlier date adding 1260 years to BC538, we arrive at AD 723, when nothing particularly appears to have occurred, but we do find that all the events that were associated with the dispersion of the power of Israel had been completed. The taking away of the daily mentioned in v11, is referred to in more detail in Dan 11v31 where its relates how a Greek king called Antiochus Epiphanes would take away the daily sacrifice and defile the temple. This took place in BC 168.
About 240 years later, the Romans also suppressed the daily sacrifice, although   not specifically foretold in this particular vision. The desecration of the holy place lasted until about the time of the Mohammedan rising. Omar the Mohammedan leader took Jerusalem in AD 637, and then set up the abomination of desolation, the Dome of the Rock, commencing in AD 685, and finishing it in AD 691. So we see that by the completion of the 1260 year period, all the things referred to in the first 40 verses of Dan 11 had been accomplished.

A further 1290 years brings us to AD 2013, but if we date the start of the vision from the year the vision was given, the third year of Cyrus, 2-3 years later, we arrive at AD 725/6 and AD 2015/6. The 1335 then finishes in 2058 or 2060/1 respectively.
Show 1260,1290 & 1335 – Dan 12 summary slide.

So in summary from the time periods we have looked at we appear to have established a time table that is consistent with the order and time frames that we would expect from our understanding of other scriptures that we've not had time to look at. We believe, [or show summary slide]
·         from Dan 8 that the end of the desecration of Jerusalem for 2300 evening and mornings would finish in 1967, which it did.
·         from Dan 4, that after 2520 years, finishing AD2005/7, that later day head of gold would arise.
·         From Dan 12, that at the end of 1260 plus 1290, ending in AD2013-16, Michael the prince would stand up following the judgement of the saints.
·         From Dan 7, that after 1260 years ending in AD2060, the power of the little horn of the beast would finally be destroyed.
·         From Dan 12, that after the end of 1260 plus 1335, ending in AD 2058/61 Daniel would be blessed and stand in his lot in the father's millennium.
We believe from Ez (40v1) that there will be a period of one jubilee from Armageddon to the start of the kingdom age. Many things will occur during this time, but we are told in Rev 14v6-7 of a 10 year period of peace in which the Aionian Gospel or truth is proclaimed. We also know that Elijah will be calling the people of Israel out of the wilderness of the nations for a period of 40 years, Mic 7, which we believe will be subsequent to the 10 years of peace, Rev 18v10 suggests the saints will make war for 30 years against the beast, Europe. So we see how that the dates and times for these events do readily fit the timetable that we've proposed.
Show - Time table slide.

In conclusion we don't claim these dates to be fallible, they do represent our best understanding we have to date, and that the dates are accurate to within a few years. Either way we are clearly in the end of the gentile age referred to in Luke 21, and that we are very near if not in the period of time that the Certain man described in Dan 11v40, as the “end of time”. After which Daniel was told the wise, those who understand the truth, would understand the vision in its entirety.
What is very clear from these dates, for instance the 2013, the possible return of the master to judge the household and all those who have a knowledge of these things, is very close. It gives us very little time to respond to the call of the truth, be baptised and develop those fruits of the spirit and the character that the master will be looking for at the judgement seat. Lets be very clear, baptism is the very first step of our development, being a babe in Christ, we are then required to grow into a fully mature man over time, James 2.

Our unreserved appeal to you is that you seek out the truth of these things to your own satisfaction, be baptised, and await in faith the very near return of the master. The spirit adds in Isa 62v1, “For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.” v6 continues “Ye that make mention of Yahweh, keep not silence, and give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”.

THE 2520 Years

THE 2520 DANIEL 4.
Now lets turn to Daniel 4 where it was revealed that the king of Babylon was to suffer from a form of madness for a period of seven times. [READ 4v16]. A time as we've seen donates 360 days, so 7 time equates to 2520 years.
This was to commence after the tree denoting the Babylonian power is cut down v14, the stump banded by Iron and Brass, and then wetted by the dew of heaven. The metals Brass and Iron denote the Greek and Roman empires as explained in the image in Dan 2 as seen by the king of Babylon in his recurring nightmares. So we understand that the destiny of the Babylon kingdom would be perpetuated by the Greek and Roman empires for seven times or 2520 years after which the Babylonian power would be restored.
The period commences, v14, when the tree is first cut down, which commenced when Babylon was overrun by Cyrus the Persian, in BC 538. The fleeing of the beasts v14 denoted the release of nations from the Babylonian servitude by Cyrus, but Babylon wasn't finally destroyed as a city until BC 514, by Darius, after the Euphrates was again diverted from its channel (as Cyrus had done years before), and after a 20 month siege. 2530 years from BC 514 brings us to AD 2007, after which we understand from v34 that there will be the restoration of a great king over the empire of men. Such a king of fierce countenance will fall in the vale of Jehoshaphat, at the battle of Armageddon, in the time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation. At that time the kings of the earth will be made to know that the Most High liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom from generation to generation.
So we understand from this vision that from 2007 onwards, a king of fierce countenance, the king of the north will arise and start to make his move in preparation for the great battle of Armageddon,  involving all the kingdoms of this world.

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The next time period we'd like to look at is recorded in Ch 7. It relates to the little horn of the great and the fourth beast. Its found in Dan 7:25, but lets read from v23-25.
The period is given as a time, a times, and a half time. How are we to understand this. The largest time period of Gen1v15 that we looked at earlier was a year, 360 days, so we might quite reasonably presume that 3 and a half time equates to 1260 years. But we don't need to presume this, because it is confirmed for us in Rev 12. [Read v14, and then v6]. The time periods mentioned in these verses are identical, as the context would show, but they are numerated in different ways. 1260 days is equated with a 3 and a half times, and so back in Daniel, we deduce the father awarded the little horn of the goat a 1260 year period of power.  
The great and terrible fourth beast denoted the Roman power, whilst the  little horn symbolised the Holy Roman Empire. The Holy Roman Empire was founded over a period of time culminating in AD 800 when Charlemagne was crowned emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. The time period ends when the power to persecute the saints of the Most High has come to an end. But when did it start. Some start it from the various decrees made by Roman emperors like Justinian and Phocas when they gave the Bishop of Rome temporal power. The time period however measures the life span of the little horn itself, and the horn being Holy Roman Empire, couldn't persecute the faithful before it was established. Notice from 7v24 that the little horn arose from the fall of three horns before it. The horns denoting the Gothic kingdoms of Europe.
J.Bryce in his book “The Holy Roman Empire” charts the rise of Charles the Great.
1.      In AD 756 Pepin at the call of the Pope entered Italy and overcame the Lombards.
2.      In AD 758 his son Charles the Great became king of the Franks of Neustria, and in AD 771 King of the Franks in Austrasia.
3.      In AD 773 Charles defeated the Lombards again, and added northern Italy to his dominions, he fought in Spain in AD 778, and was crowned emperor on Christmas Day, AD 800.
The little horn therefore came to power we would suggest with the crowning of Charles in AD800. Now if we add 1260 years to this it would bring us to AD 2060, after which v26 indicates his dominion would be taken away to consume and destroy, and his power given v27 to the saints of the most high, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve him.

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The first one we'd like to look at is referred to in Dan 8:13-14, here v13, one of the Saint's asks v13 “How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?”. The sanctuary refers to the Jerusalem temple, whilst the host, to the people of Israel. The reply is given in v14 [READ]. “And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
So we understand from these verses that,
1.      the vision would be for a period of 2300 days, or more accurately evening and mornings in the original Hebrew,
2.      that during this period the temple in Jerusalem and its people would be trodden under foot,
3.      but after this period the sanctuary would finally be cleansed.

Interestingly the whole vision, commencing in 8:1 through to v25, is referred to as the vision of the evening and morning, v26. The term is first used in Gen. 1:5 where the evening and the morning together were said to form a day. And in using the term it alludes to the evening-morning sacrifice spoken of in Num 28:4, which under the law required the offering of two lambs daily in the temple, one in the morning, and the other in the evening. So we see that the vision not only suggested that the temple and people would be downtrodden or suppressed, but it would be to such an extent that they would not be able to perform their normal temple worship until the end of the 2300 days.
So when  did it start. Well the vision concerned a Ram and an He-goat, recorded in v1-12. In v20 we are told that the ram represented the empire of the Medes and Persians and the goat empire of Greece, led as we know from history by Alexander the Great. [READ v20].
The first event that took place in the vision is recorded in v6-7 [READ].
The generally key dates and events of Alexander were: -
1.      His birth in BC 356.
2.      The succession of his father in BC 336,
3.      He took Thebes in BC 335
4.      He set out for Persia in the spring of BC 334.
5.      The battle of Issus took place in BC 333,
6.      He took Tyre in BC 332,
7.      Jerusalem in BC 332,
8.      He defeated Darius near Arbela in the autumn of BC 331.
9.      He took Babylon in BC 331 and Darius was assassinated in BC 330.
10.  He died at Babylon in BC 323.
We might normally be a little bit concerned about the accuracy of such dates, given the variety of different calendars and methods of dating years down through the ages, but in reality we understand these have more recently been substantiated from computer simulations of the planets and eclipses. Just before the battle of Gaugamela, Arrian a Greek historian records that there was an eclipse of the moon, which has been aligned with our calendar at 9pm on the 20th September, BC 331.

The first event, after the appearance of the two symbolic animals, was the running of the goat towards the ram, and the smiting of the ram and it’s two horns until they broke. This depicted the rapid conquest of Persia by Alexander. Alexander crossed the Hellespont into Asia at the start of the campaigning season of BC 334. Our May of that year found him at the river Granicus, a small river in North West Asia Minor: and it was there that he won his first victory over the Persians. We could however leave the start to the latest point that vision could permit when Jerusalem was taken, two years later in BC332. But if we adding 2300 years to BC334 we are brought to 1967 a very significant year for Israel, for on the 18th May Egypt ordered the UN to remove its force from the Israeli border, and on the 5th June the 6 day war broke out leading to the liberation of Jerusalem itself.

Since 1967, Jerusalem has no longer been subdued in the same way it had been, but quite clearly the sanctuary has not yet been cleansed; in fact there is no sanctuary to cleanse at present. But the word “then”, doesn't strictly require the sanctuary to be cleansed immediately after the 2300 days are concluded, do they.
In fact Ez 45:19 indicates that the building and the cleansing of the temple will be performed by the master after his return, which we believe will take several years. Solomon's temple for instance took 7 years.
The important point to note however from this vision is that until the 2300 years of the vision were complete, the beginning of the millennium, the building and cleansing of the temple couldn't begin. We believe the 2300 years have concluded, and so the return of the master and establishment of the millennium are very close in the scheme of things.
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