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It appears there has been a determined assault on the sermons of Dr. Charles Stanley. Virtually all of the You Tube videos have been removed from the internet. Has Satan as manifested in Google's military industrial complex seperated us from his teachings? I hope this wasn't the request on In Touch Ministries. Christ preached to the poor without charge. So must his followers. There is support to Ministry from those so blessed. The manna of the ministry is the tonic to the souls of God's people. It is good and proper to give to as many people as possible. If this was a money issue from the ministry, I am truly disappointed. We will try to restore some of the links. We will find other pertinent sermons to satiate your soul. Matthew Nolan seems to be on the same page as I. I am a pre-Constantine Christian. If we go back further, Jamesian. 


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    by George Freund on September 28, 2016 at 9:17 PM
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    Published on Aug 15, 2016


    Whether viewed from a scientific prism or a religious perspective, warnings have come from all directions over the restarting of the CERN Large Hadron Collider, with scientists warning of "other dimensions and parallel universes," and those of faith pointing to the goddess of Destruction, Shiva" outside of the CERN facility in Switzerland, and referencing stargates, portals and attempting to "unleash the beast."

    We have reported on demonic visions that increased in frequency and intensity since CERN was restarted, we have seen massive earthquakes and extreme weather events, and now we see what is being called a "strange phenomenon" in the sky of Geneva Switzerland, near where CERN is located which actually looks like a "portal."

    CERN have scheduled to attempt to open the portal in September this year although after a magnet shut down that was experienced in March this year, this timeline may be delayed. Whether they are successful or not is anyone’s guess at this point, there are questions whether the machine is powerful enough to do this type of portal opening yet. Most of this information whether fact or fiction, has been kept from the public eye for obvious reasons, but whether Jacob's Ladder really existed, CERN are pretty sure that other dimensions do and have made it their goal to ensure that they open the portals up to them.

    Pope Francis pleaded the scientific community to halt operations on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in an official Vatican release as scientists at the Large Hadron Collider next week are hoping to experiment with a possible connection with a parallel universe outside of our own.

    The Pope’s criticism comes days after scientists at the CERN center in Geneva, Switzerland, revealed this week plans to fire up the LHC ‘atom smasher’ to its highest energy levels ever in a bid to detect – or even create – miniature black holes and possibly “create an opening in the space time fabric”.

    Another skeptic of the project is none other than respected physicist Stephen Hawking who has recently warned the end of the world could be sparked by the elusive ‘God particle’.

    The Pope appeared visibly distraught as he addressed the crowd of tens of thousands of followers present at St-Peter’s square for the occasion for one of his longest speeches to date.

    “My fellow Christians, we are living in desperate times” he told the crowd. “Science is about to test the limits of God and his creation. God has created boundaries between the world of the living and the world of the dead. Are these scientists about to unleash upon us the Gates of Hell?” he asked his followers, visibly shaken. “Are these the days of darkness spoken of in the Bible? Are the hordes of demons lurking in the fiery pits of Hell about to be thrust upon the world? These are questions we must ponder before allowing scientists to proceed to such experiments” he explained.

    Last October, over 400 top physicists signed a petition warning that the Higgs potential might become unstable at energies above 100bn giga-electron-volts (GeV) and asking governments to keep experiments under these levels.

    Do you believe as Pastor Charles Lawson does that CERN is capable of opening a portal to hell? Or destroying the planet?


  • Dr. Charles Stanley - When All Hope Is ...
    by George Freund on September 18, 2016 at 10:47 AM
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    When All Hope Is Gone

    Hope is a word of optimism, and it defines what we are living for. In this sermon, Dr. Stanley explores a biblical story of hopelessness and how Jesus can change our hopeless perspective into joy we can only imagine. There is no such thing as ?beyond repair? for God. He has a purpose for each of us, and there is a reason for the trials we face.

  • Secrets of The Book Of Revelation
    by George Freund on September 11, 2016 at 9:17 AM
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    And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. Revelation 5:5

    Almost 2,000 years ago, the final book of the Bible, Revelation, predicted that Christ would return but only after a period of chaos and torment inflicted on the world to test the faith of mankind. 

  • Admissions
    by George Freund on September 4, 2016 at 12:44 PM
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    A trip to a room where human sins are analyzed before a decision to allow entry to heaven is made. It is an interesting dialogue about the use of state and individual terror to control or seek revenge. However, it is a very slick presentation as well advising all are welcome to 'heaven' and hell is an illusion.

    A very slick presentation. One of the best deceptions I've seen masquerading under the guise of goodness as Maxwell Smart would say. What we have presented here is Aleister Crowley's Satanic inspiration Do what thou wilt. Kill and murder and it's all O.K. because you'll go to 'heaven' anyway. They have the audacity to imply there is only one door and it only leads to heaven. However, they show two. There's the entrance from Earth and the exit to heaven and the little white room. The murderer will not pass. Most will not pass. Only by the grace of God may the door be opened. The killers will be returned from whence they came the hell on Earth until or unless they get it right. The judge (God) will not administer a pass to all. That is the greatest deception. The room itself might best be described as purgatory as it has been termed a place of incarceration whereby neither door is available.

    Satan's lies are very succulent. Do what though wilt, and you'll pass the divide. That is completely and totally false. But you have been susceptible to the lies. They are sweet like the candy used as bait by the child abductor. This candy steals your opportunity to pass to heaven. You will not pass because you choose to do what thou wilt as Satan desires. You may be trapped in the room with the lies for eternity or returned to hell on Earth if you get another chance. However, with knowledge, we cannot plead ignorance. The judge will not be Satan's doppelganger in a white suite. It will be the true light of the Creator. I see through the deception very clearly. God guides me in my understanding. Spirit guides lead you astray. You will reap what they have sown. It is an object lesson on Satan's powerful ability to deceive. The sin debt of luring others to abandon their souls will be very great. The judge will repeat these words to you at the time because the words are his not mine. The crime is worse than murder.

    Isaiah 28 King James Version (KJV)

    16 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

    17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

    18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

    The covenant with death requires the keeping of the commandments and does include the good works. Pauline Christianity changed that when he turned away from James' ministry and rewrote the script for Roman subversion. But Christ warned us about the false teachers. They are many. We are few. I choose the side of the few. Christ warned of the many coming in his name and of the deceivers. Satan has given them great abilities. Shall I pass? I know the doors and the room at least. The rest get caught in the trap as overflowing scourge to be trodden down.

  • Banned From the Bible Part II
    by George Freund on August 28, 2016 at 9:45 AM
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    Published on Apr 25, 2014

    Banned From the Bible II - Documentary


    Travel back to the blistering sands of the Holy Land, into the onion-domed chapels of Eastern Orthodox

  • Mysteries Of The Bible Banned From The B...
    by George Freund on August 20, 2016 at 8:14 AM
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    Published on Feb 3, 2013 Interesting documentary regarding certain books that should have been included in the Canon of Scriptures...

  • Grant Jeffrey The Ten Lost Tribes of Isr...
    by George Freund on August 14, 2016 at 9:39 AM
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    Bible Prophecy Revealed 2015 |The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel (Grant Jeffrey)

    Grant Jeffrey of Grant R. Jeffrey Ministries, a Canadian Bible teacher known as an expert on Bible prophesies, an advocate of dispensational evangelical Christianity and host of TBN's "Bible Prophecy Revealed."

    The ten lost tribes were the ten of the twelve tribes of ancient Israel that were said to have been deported from the Kingdom of Israel after its conquest by the Neo-Assyrian Empire circa 722 BCE. Claims of descent from the "lost" tribes have been proposed in relation to many groups and some religions espouse a messianic view that the tribes will return.

    The motif of "the lost tribes" first appeared in the post-biblical era, and a number of apocryphal texts subsequently elaborated upon the theme. In the 7th and 8th centuries CE the return of the lost tribes was associated[by whom?] with the concept of the coming of the messiah.

    Recorded history is at variance with the legends elaborated in apocryphal texts. Historian Tudor Parfitt has declared that "the Lost Tribes are indeed nothing but a myth", and writes that, "...this myth is a vital feature of colonial discourse throughout the long period of European overseas empires, from the beginning of the fifteenth century, until the later half of the twentieth". Zvi Ben-Dor Benite states: "The fascination with the tribes has generated, alongside ostensibly nonfictional scholarly studies, a massive body of fictional literature and folktale." Anthropologist Shalva Weil has documented differing tribes and peoples claiming affiliation to the Lost Tribes throughout the world.

    Professor Amtul Carmichael writes, "The conclusion from the genetic information presented above suggests that there are at least some ethnic groups in the East whose founders had originally migrated from the Middle East, many centuries ago and were of Jewish heritage. Therefore, the historical evidence for the “Lost Tribes of the House of Israel” is indeed supported by the science of genetics."

    Some DNA studies have refuted any connection between modern-day ethnic Jews and most of the ethnic groups discussed below as possible Lost Tribe candidates.

    The twelve tribes

    The Scriptural basis for the idea of "10 Lost Tribes" is 2 Kings 17:6: "In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and deported the Israelites to Assyria. He settled them in Halah, in Gozan on the Habor River and in the towns of the Medes." According to the Hebrew Bible, Jacob (who was later named Israel; Gen 35:10) had 12 sons and at least one daughter (Dinah) by two wives and two concubines. The twelve sons fathered the twelve Tribes of Israel.

    When the land of Israel was apportioned among the tribes in the days of Joshua, the Tribe of Levi, being chosen as priests, did not receive land (Joshua 13:33, (14:3). However, the tribe of Levi were given cities. Six cities were to be refuge cities for all men of Israel, which were to be controlled by the Levites. Three of these cities were located on each side of the Jordan River. In addition, 42 other cities (and their respective open spaces), totaling 48 cities, were given to the Tribe of Levi. (Numbers 35)

    Jacob elevated the descendants of Ephraim and Manasseh (the two sons of Joseph by his Egyptian wife Asenath) (Genesis 41:50) to the status of full tribes in their own right, replacing the Tribe of Joseph (Genesis 48:5). Each received its own land and had its own encampment during the 40 years of wandering in the desert.

    Thus, the two divisions of the tribes are:

    Traditional division:













    Division according to apportionment of land in Israel:











    Ephraim (son of Joseph)

    Manasseh (son of Joseph)

    Levi (no territorial allotment, except a number of cities located within the territories of the other tribes)

    According to the Bible, the Kingdom of Israel (or Northern Kingdom) was one of the successor states to the older United Monarchy (also called the Kingdom of Israel), which came into existence in about the 930s BCE after the northern Tribes of Israel rejected Solomon's son Rehoboam as their king. Nine landed tribes formed the Northern Kingdom: the tribes of Reuben, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Ephraim and Manasseh. In addition, some members of Tribe of Levi, who had no land allocation, were found in the Northern Kingdom. The Tribes of Judah and Benjamin remained loyal to Rehoboam, and formed the Kingdom of Judah (or Southern Kingdom). Members of Levi and the remnant of Simeon were also found in the Southern Kingdom.

    According to 2 Chronicles 15:9, members of the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon "fled" to Judah during the reign of Asa of Judah (c. 911 - 870 BCE). Whether these groups were absorbed into the population or remained distinct groups, or returned to their tribal lands is not indicated.

    In c. 732 BCE, the Assyrian king, Tiglath-Pileser III sacked Damascus and Israel, annexing Aramea[8] and territory of the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh in Gilead including the desert outposts of Jetur, Naphish and Nodab. People from these tribes including the Reubenite leader, were taken captive and resettled in the region of the Khabur River system in Assyria/Mesopotamia. Tiglath-Pilesar also captured the territory of Naphtali and the city of Janoah in Ephraim and an Assyrian governor was placed over the region of Naphtali. According to 2 Kings 16:9 and 15:29, the population of Aram and the annexed part of Israel was deported to Assyria.

    Israel continued to exist within the reduced territory as an independent kingdom subject to Assyria until around 725-720 BCE, when it was again invaded by Assyria and the rest of the population deported. The Bible relates that the population of Israel was exiled, leaving only the Tribe of Judah, the Tribe of Simeon (that was "absorbed" into Judah), the Tribe of Benjamin and the people of the Tribe of Levi who lived among them of the original Israelites tribes in the southern Kingdom of Judah. However, Israel Finkelstein estimated that only a fifth of the population (about 40,000) were actually resettled out of the area during the two deportation periods under Tiglath-Pileser III, Shalmaneser V and Sargon II.[9] Many also fled south to Jerusalem, which appears to have expanded in size fivefold during this period, requiring a new wall to be built, and a new source of water (Siloam) to be provided by King Hezekiah. Furthermore, 2 Chronicles 30:1-11 explicitly mentions northern Israelites who had been spared by the Assyrians—in particular, members of Dan, Ephraim, Manasseh, Asher and Zebulun—and how members of the latter three returned to worship at the Temple in Jerusalem at that time.

    In 2 Kings 17:34 it says of the newly exiled Israelites that were in Assyria; "To this day they persist in their former practices. They neither worship Yahweh nor adhere to the decrees and regulations, the laws and commands that Yahweh gave the descendants of Jacob, whom he named Israel." The medieval rabbi and biblical commentator David Kimhi explains that this is in reference to the tribes that were exiled, and that they remained in their ways, neither accepting a monotheistic God nor in adhering to any of the laws and regulations that were common to all Jews.

    The Hebrew Bible does not use the phrase "ten lost tribes", leading some to question the number of tribes involved. 1 Kings 11:31 states that the kingdom would be taken from Solomon and ten tribes given to Jeroboam:

    And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee.

    — 1 Kings 11:31

    But I will take the kingdom out of his son's hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes.

    — 1 Kings 11:35

    Biblical apocrypha

    According to Zvi Ben-Dor Benite:

    Centuries after their disappearance, the ten lost tribes sent an indirect but vital sign... In 2 Esdras, we read about the ten tribes and “their long journey through that region, which is called Arzareth”... The book of the “Vision of Ezra,” or Esdras, was written in Hebrew or Aramaic by a Palestinian Jew sometime before the end of the first century CE, shortly after the destruction of the temple by the Romans. It is one of a group of texts later designated as the so-called Apocrypha—pseudoepigraphal books attached to but not included in the Hebrew biblical canon.

    New Testament

    Some evidence exists of a continuing identification in later centuries of individual Israelites to the Lost Tribes. For example, in Luke 2:36 of the New Testament, an individual is identified with the tribe of Asher.

  • Grant Jeffrey 2015 Daniel's Vision of th...
    by George Freund on August 7, 2016 at 10:51 AM
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    Bible Prophecy Revealed 2015 |Daniel's Vision of the 70 Weeks|(Pastor Grant Jeffrey) Grant Jeffrey of Grant R. Jeffrey Ministries, a Canadian Bible teacher known as an expert on Bible prophesies, an advocate of dispensational evangelical Christianity and host of TBN?s ?Bible Prophecy Revealed,?

  • Dr Charles Stanley WHEN WE CRY OUT TO G...
    by George Freund on July 31, 2016 at 9:33 AM
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    When you find yourself suddenly facing a crisis, what is your first response? Is it to see if you can work it out yourself or do you cry out to God? Learn the difference between simply praying to God and crying out to God.


  • Dr Charles Stanley 2016, HOW THE TRUTH C...
    by George Freund on July 24, 2016 at 9:53 AM
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    Dr Charles Stanley Radio 2016, HOW THE TRUTH CAN SET YOU FREE - Part 9 -- July 21, 2016

    Dr Charles Stanley 2016 :

    I'll leave the dead link so you can look at Google's message. Christian teaching is a deceptive practice. They are in league with anti-Christ to be sure.

    As you accept the truth about your spiritual inheritance as a Christian, Satan will attempt to weaken your faith. Guard against the Devil?by choosing a life of freedom in Christ, sustained through the devoted reading of Scripture. Learn to apply the Bible's truth to your life, and you'll find a peace and freedom beyond comprehension.


  • Grant Jeffrey | '4 Horseman of the Apoca...
    by George Freund on July 17, 2016 at 9:47 AM
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    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

    “Death on a Pale Horse” (1796) by Benjamin West, Detroit Institute of Arts

    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are described by John of Patmos in his Book of Revelations, the last book of the New Testament. The chapter tells of a “‘book’, or ‘scroll’, in God’s right hand that is sealed with seven seals”. The Lamb of God, or Lion of Judah, (Jesus Christ) opens the first four of the seven seals, which summons forth four beings that ride out on white, red, black, and pale horses. Although some interpretations differ, in most accounts, the four riders are seen as symbolizing Conquest, War, Famine, and Death, respectively. The Christian apocalyptic vision is that the four horsemen are to set a divine apocalypse upon the world as harbingers of the Last Judgment.

    The White Horse

    I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come and see!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest. ( Revelation 6:1-2)

    The Red Horse

    When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come and see!” Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword. ( Revelation 6:3-4)

    The Black Horse

    When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!” (Revelation 6:5-6)

    The Pale Horse

    When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come and see!” I looked and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine, and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth. (Revelation 6:7-8]

  • Grant Jeffrey 2015 |The Battle of Armage...
    by George Freund on July 10, 2016 at 9:03 AM
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    Where and When will it happen?

    By John Ramsden

    Armageddon!!! The very word strikes terror into the minds of many people! It was the description given to the Gulf War: before that to Vietnam, and before that to Hitler's attempted conquest of Europe. Even today media correspondents from the former Yugoslavia talk about a coming "Armageddon" in the Balkans if the current Bosnia crisis is not resolved.

    On the other hand, Bible-thumping televangelists, popular preachers, and writers of Christian paper back books warn of a time when the world will come to an end with what Sadam Hussein once called the "Mother of Battles"!

    So what, where and when will Armageddon be? Does the Bible have the answer?

    What does the Bible have to say?

    In order to present what the Bible has to say we must first clear away a lot of misinformation on the subject. Considering that the word "Armageddon" occurs only once in the Bible, it is amazing how well it is known -- whilst at the same time so little understood! This is simply because it has been taken completely out of context and applied to pretty well any major battle in the history of mankind. Popular belief is that it refers to some forthcoming battle involving Russia, Arabs, Israel and others on the plain of Esdraelon in Northern Israel which is also described as Jezreel or the valley of Megiddo. When Napoleon visited the place in 1800 he agreed it would make a fine battle ground for the world's armies. In 1874, Lord Kitchener (the man whose picture adorns the poster which says "Your country needs you!") reported to the Palestine Exploration Fund that "this is the greatest battle field in the world where the last great battle of Armageddon is to be fought". In 1918 it was the site of the British General Allenby's final defeat of the Ottoman Turkish forces which resulted in the liberation of what was then known as Palestine. Map of Megiddo

    Experts cannot agree

    Unfortunately so-called "experts" in linguistics and religious studies seem unable to agree about the location of Armageddon. Some say that it was originally spelt "Har-Megiddo" and therefore means a Hill at the end of the Megiddo valley. The problem with that is that we never read in the Bible of a battle on any such hill. On the contrary the Biblical battles fought at Megiddo were on a plain -- such as when Josiah was killed by Pharoah Necho (see 2 Chron 35:22). Meanwhile, another expert assures us that even though in the 1881 Revised Version of the Bible the word Har-Mageddon appears (and it is the only major version of the Bible to carry this description), the earliest know interpretation extant is in Arabic and means "a level trodden place". Nevertheless, the general consensus among popular writers and preachers is that Armageddon refers to the place in Northern Israel where a future battle is to be fought out.

    So is there another way of approaching the matter? Yes, there is...but it requires careful reading of very many passages of Scripture.

    A Bible Based Alternative

    Although the word "Armageddon" occurs only once in the Bible, it does so in a very significant place -- the book of Revelation. This is a book of signs and symbols which have to do with the continuous unfolding of God's purpose with -- and management of -- world affairs from the end of the First Century AD (when the book was written) through to the establishment of God's kingdom on earth at the return of Christ.

    Here is the reference:

    "For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue, Armageddon. (Revelation 16:14, 16).

    From this it will be seen that God, working through the evil spirit of world leaders(1) draws the nations together for the purpose of executing his judgement upon them. There is nothing new about this: time and time again we read of this future event in both the Old and New Testaments. So the interesting question to ask is: "Why is it in a book of signs written in Greek, that we are told that if we really want to understand what it is about, we must do so in the Hebrew language?" There are a number of possible answers, but they all amount to the same thing in the end, namely the need to realise that Armageddon will focus world attention onto Israel and that it involves God's people and God's land. It refers us back, for further information, to the Hebrew prophets. In short, it is a "coded symbolic signal" to the Bible believer who must now turn to his Bible for further enlightenment. When he does so he soon realises how much the Bible tells us of this future event. Studying the contexts of the following passages leave the reader in no doubt that they apply to that great day of God Almighty referred to in Revelation -- the day when God settles his account with the nations of the world.

    A good place to start is with the prophet Zephaniah:

    "Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy." (Zephaniah 3:8)

    Clearly an echo-in-advance of Revelation 16:14! But the really amazing thing about that verse is that it is the only sentence in the Bible that contains all the letters of the Hebrew alphabet! Truly the Hebrew tongue is telling us about Armageddon. Even more interesting is that, as v. 9 tells us, the time is coming when God will create a pure language to be used by everybody in the Kingdom of God.

    Look at some more ways in which Hebrew prophets speak of the coming great day of God Almighty.

    "Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors, and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth." (Daniel 2:35)

    "Now also many nations are gathered against thee that say, Let her be defiled and let our eye look upon Zion. But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth." (Micah 4:12-13)

    "Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision." (Joel 3:13-14)

    The striking thing about these passages (and there are many others we could turn to) is how they all use the metaphor of "the harvest being ripe"; or, "a time of threshing" or the "gathering of nations as sheaves" etc. Other passages which use similar symbology are Habbakuk chapter 3 and Isaiah chapter 63. Indeed, Isaiah in chapter 41 shows how Israel itself will be used as a sharp threshing instrument in bringing judgement on its detractors. One further intriguing point about this particular quotation is how the prophets talk about threshing mountains. Now, how can mountains be threshed? Literally speaking, they can't! But when we realise how often the prophets (e.g. Daniel chapter 2:35 above) refer to nations as "mountains" we can see a beautiful example of the sort of symbology involved.

    Appropriately enough, the book of Revelation takes up the same symbology in chapter 14:14-16 and speaking of a time when the son of man will bring about God's judgements on the earth:

    "And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped."

    From these few extracts we can see that the great day of God Almighty involves gathering the nations of the world together. This will be when, in God's plan, both the time and the harvest are ripe: when the time will have arrived for threshing and judgement.

    So that would be a simple way of describing this event? Can we think of one descriptive, symbolic word, given in the Hebrew tongue, consistent with what the Hebrew prophets have told us and which adequately describes this event? Yes!...It is Armageddon.


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