Friday, August 31, 2012

Genuine Christianity

An Explanation of Christians: Letter to Diognetus
Unknown Atheist

For Christians are not distinguished from the rest of mankind by country, or by speech, or by dress. For they do not dwell in cities of their own, or use a different language, or practice a peculiar life. This knowledge of theirs has not been proclaimed by the thought and effort of restless men; they are not champions of a human doctrine, as some men are. But while they dwell in Greek or barbarian cities according as each man’s lot has been cast, and follow the customs of the land in clothing and food, and other matters of daily life, yet the condition of citizenship which they exhibit is wonderful, and admittedly strange. They live in countries of their own, but simply as sojourners. They share the life of citizens, they endure the lot of foreigners. Every foreign land is to them a fatherland, and every fatherland a foreign land. They marry like the rest of the world. They breed children, but they do not discard their children as some do. They offer a common table but not a common bed. They exist in the flesh, but they live not after the flesh. They spend their existence upon earth, but their citizenship is in heaven. They obey the established laws, and in their own lives they surpass the laws. They love all men, and are persecuted by all. They are unknown, and they are condemned. They are put to death, and they gain new life. They are poor, and make many rich. They lack everything, and their dishonor becomes their glory. They are reviled, and are justified. They are abused, and they bless. They are insulted, and repay insult with honor. They do good, and are punished as evil-doers; and in their punishment they rejoice as gaining new life therein. The Jews war against them as aliens, and the Greeks persecute them; and they that hate them can state no ground for their enmity.
In a word, what the soul is in the body Christians are in the world. The soul is spread through all the members of the body, and Christians through all the cities of the world. The soul dwells in the body, but it is not of the body. Christians dwell in the world, but they are not of the world.

C.T. Studd’s Commitment To Christ Challenged
Unknown Atheist

If I firmly believed, as millions say they do, that the knowledge and practice of religion in this life influences destiny in another, then religion would mean to me everything.
I would cast away earthly enjoyments as dross, earthly cares as follies, and earthly thoughts and feelings as vanity. Religion would be my first waking thought and my last image before sleep sank me into unconsciousness. I should labor in its cause alone.
I would take thought for the morrow of eternity alone. I would esteem one soul gained for heaven worth a life of suffering.
Earthly consequences would never stay my hand, or seal my lips. Earth, its joys and its griefs, would occupy no moment of my thoughts. I would strive to look upon eternity alone, and on the immortal souls around me, soon to be everlastingly happy or everlastingly miserable.
I would go forth to the world and preach it in season and out of season, and my text would be: “WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT A MAN IF HE GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD AND LOSE HIS OWN SOUL?

Thursday, August 30, 2012


The Bible says "so that you are not lacking in any gift..." (1 Cor. 1:7). Can someone today have the gift of prophecy? I believe they can. However, that gift will not contain any new revelation nor will it contradict Scripture. If someone claims to have new revelation, or their prophetic word contradicts what Scripture says, I believe we can write them off immediately. However, if someone comes up to me and says, "In three months you and another guy will start a business together in South America," and it happens exactly as that person said, was that not prophetic? Does it make them a prophet? Probably not. Does it mean they had a prophetic word from the Lord? I would think so. You see, if someone claims to speak for the Lord, what that person says will come to pass. If it was not from the Lord, it will not come to pass. We need to be wise and discerning.

If someone claims to have had a dream, a vision, or a prophetic word, it will not contain new revelation nor will it contradict Scripture. The measure of its genuineness is in the validity of its occurrence. If someone has a dream that another guy and I will start our own company in South America, and that person tells me of the dream, and it happens precisely... what do you do with it? Obviously we do not want to let experience dictate or trump the Bible. However, we cannot simply say, "That was not of God. That was from the devil." You see, the fact that Christian sects and many cults counterfeit these gifts (such as speaking in tongues) is proof positive that the genuine gifts exist. If they did not, there would be no need to counterfeit them. It would be pointless to do so. Try counterfeiting money that is no longer in circulation and see how far you get.

Charismatics and Cessationists have went dangerously too far in either direction. Because they have witnessed the great corruption of such gifts by Charismatics, Cessationists have went to the extreme other end of the pendulum. The common passage used by Cessationists to claim cessationism—1 Cor. 13:8-13—does not say anything of the sort. People should try reading and interpreting that passage based on what it does say rather than forcing it to say something it does not say. The fact is, the truth of this issue is somewhere in the middle.

The reason why Cessationist churches have seen little to none of the power of God in their lives is because they have boxed God in and said, "Nope. He cannot do that. If that happens, it was from the devil." How puny is your God? Perhaps that should be a little g. Cessationists have made God powerless and denied Him the privilege of working miracles in their lives with which they can glorify Him in. If someone spoke a prophetic word over me and it occurred exactly as they said, I would have much to praise Him about (not that I do not already).

The gifts were given by the Spirit to the church. The Bible clearly declares "so that you are not lacking in any gift..." (1 Cor. 1:7). The church will not be lacking in any of the spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit has given to it. They are for the edification (building up) of the church. Rather than dismiss these gifts in ignorance, perhaps we should better understand what they are and what they refer to. See this post: Signs and Wonders vs. Charismata. There have been many non-Charismatics who have had experiences that they cannot deny. While we should never elevate our experiences above Scripture, what do we do with such experiences?

If you believe that many of the spiritual gifts have ceased, I truly pity you. How pitiful and powerless is your puny god? I was raised as a Cessationist, and I am by no means a Charismatic, but I have come to realize that the truth on this matter is somewhere in the middle. I am not going to box God up due to my fear of the unknown, nor will I blindly accept everyone's experience as legitimate. Both are grave errors. There are four ways with which you can discern with wisdom whether a person's gift is genuine or false:
  1. It will contain no new revelation.
  2. It will not contradict God's revealed Word contained in Scripture.
  3. If it is from the Lord, it will come to pass.
  4. If it is not from the Lord, it will not come to pass.
Just because someone claims to have had an experience does not make that experience legitimate. Just because someone perverts the gifts does not mean the genuine gifts do not exist. Let us leave the distribution of the gifts up to God, and let us simply act with wisdom and discernment, so we do not fall into either the ditch of Charismaticism or the ditch of Cessationism.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Is the Qu'ran Scientifically Accurate?

Muslims claim that the Qu'ran is scientifically accurate. We are going to put this claim to the test and see if it is true. By the time you are finished reading this blog entry, you will see how poorly Muslims understand science. The quotations from the Qu'ran will be in green, to represent the poison and corruption that they are. 
"Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving Clear Signs: for them is a dreadful Chastisement.—On the Day when some faces will be (lit up with) white, and some faces will be (in the gloom of) black: to those whose faces will be black, (will be said): 'Did ye reject Faith after accepting it? Taste then the Chastisement for rejecting Faith.' But those whose faces will be (lit with) white,—they will be in (the light of) Allah's mercy: therein to dwell (for ever)." surah 3:105-107
This is racism (if there were such a thing)! This is as bad as Mormonism, which states that those spirits who fought valiantly in heaven are born as children with white skin, but those spirits who did not fight as valiantly are born as children with black skin. 
"One (such) way he followed, Until, when he reached the setting of the sun, he found it set in a spring of murky water: near it he found a People: We said: 'O Zulqarnain! (thou hast authority,) either to punish them, or to treat them with kindness." surah 18:85-86
This is highly inaccurate! The sun does not set in a mud puddle. In fact, the sun does not set at all. It is an optical illusion. It only appears to set. It is the Earth itself that moves.
"Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of Creation), before We clove them asunder? We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe? And we have set on the earth mountains standing firm, lest it should shake with them, and We have made therein broad highways (between mountains) for them to pass through: that they may find their way. And We have made the heavens as a canopy well guarded: yet do they turn away from the Signs which these things (point to)! It is He Who created the Night and the Day, and the sun and the moon: all (the celestial bodies) swim along, each in its rounded course." surah 21:30-33
Muslims today claim this speaks of the "big bang" theory and that it proved "science" before it was known. There is just one problem: the "big bang" theory is a myth. It did not happen. It is a theory, and a very poor one. Furthermore, read Genesis 1. God divided the heavens and the earth—not a supposed "big bang". Verse 31 claims that mountains prevent earth quakes. Someone should tell this to those who live in mountainous regions and experience earthquakes on a regular basis. Or maybe someone should tell the mountains, because they apparently do not know that they are supposed to do this.
"Then We placed him as (a drop of) sperm in a place of rest, firmly fixed; Then We made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood; then of that clot We made a (foetus) lump; then We made out of that lump bones and clothed the bones with flesh; then We developed out of it another creature. So blessed be Allah, the Best to create!" surah 23:13-14
Science has proven that it is the flesh that forms first, then the bones. Here, the development of the being is sheer nonsense. The sperm turns into a clot of blood, then turns into bones, then begins growing flesh upon the bones.
"At length, when they came to a valley of ants, one of the ants said: 'O ye ants, get into your habitations, lest Solomon and his hosts crush you (under foot) without knowing it.' So he smiled, amused at her speech; and he said: 'O my Lord! so order me that I may be grateful for Thy favours, which Thou has bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may work the righteousness that will please Thee: and admit me, by Thy Grace, to the ranks of Thy righteous Servants." surah 27:18-19
Ants cannot talk, nor could you hear or understand them if they could. These verses are poorly plagiarized from the Bible, where it says, "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise" (Prov. 6:6). Solomon considered the ways of the ant and compared them to that of a lazy person; he did not speak with the ant or listen to them speak. Talk about pure absurdity.
"Then He turned to the sky, and it had been (as) smoke: He said to it and to the earth: 'Come ye together, willingly or unwillingly.' They said: 'We do come (together), in willing obedience.'" surah 41:11
Muslims today claim that this verse speaks of the gaseous origin of the universe, essentially giving support to the "big bang" theory. Again, there is just one problem: the "big bang" theory is a myth. It did not happen. It is a theory, and a very poor one.
 "Then when the stars become dim" surah 77:8
 It is claimed that this verse speaks about the death of stars. However, this verse says no such thing. Appearing "dim" and dying are two completely different things.
"He is created from a drop emitted—Proceeding from between the backbone and the ribs." surah 86:6-7
I do not know about you, but the last time I checked, semen came from my testicles—not from my kidneys. Although maybe this explains a few things. Perhaps Muslims are physiologically different from the rest of mankind. This might explain why they have no "balls" and have to blow up innocent people, taking their own lives in the process, like the cowards they are.

As you can see, the Qu'ran is not scientifically accurate. In fact, it is scientifically laughable. The Qu'ran is so filled with complete and utter nonsense that it even denies historically proven facts. Surah 4:157 says, "That they said (in boast), 'We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah';—but they killed him not, nor crucified him. Only a likeness of that was shown to them. And those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain knowledge. But only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not." There are many more verses and passages in the Qu'ran we could have looked at to reveal the absurdity of it, but these that we have already looked at should suffice. The Qu'ran fails repeatedly where the Bible consistently prevails. There is no contest between the reliability of the Qu'ran versus that of the Bible. The Bible is the only reliable authority, worthy to be trusted and relied upon.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Is the Book of Mormon Scientifically Accurate?

The Book of Mormon claims to be "another testament of Jesus Christ", "a companion" to the Holy Bible! The founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, declared that the Book of Mormon was "the most correct of any book on earth". Yet, in the 160 or so years since Smith spoke those words, an overwhelming number of highly competent and trustworthy authorities have pointed out that on the basis of language, history, science, logic, consistency, and theology, the Book of Mormon is anything but correct!

The Book of Mormon claims that it is a record of the Hebrews who came from Israel to North America. It also claims that Native American populations are descended from these Israelites. However, the growing body of scientific evidence concludes that Native Americans came from north-eastern Asia.
  1. Linguistic evidence proves Native Americans came from China.
  2. Mitochondrial DNA, which is passed from female to female, proves Native Americans originated from Asia.
  3. Y chromosome DNA evidence, which is passed down from father to son, also shows that they originated from Asia.
  4. All leading molecular anthropologists say that Native American population studies prove that 99.4% came from Asia and 0.6% came from African or European origins after Columbus came to America. In fact, DNA evidence has caused several LDS molecular biologists to leave the LDS church and recant their membership in the LDS church.
  5. Native American archeology has also shown a link to Asia. There is no archeological evidence that ties the Book of Mormon to the mid-east. No one has found a Nephite coin, shield, sword, buildings, etc.
  6. No DNA evidence has ever been found that links Native Americans to any Jewish population.
Bear in mind that DNA is an exacting science and that it is admissible in any court of law.

Ether 15:19-31 is a nonsensical tale that ends in a medical impossibility. Coriantumr lops off Shiz's head and then Shiz raises himself up and gasps for air. With what?!? The guy has no head! No mouth to gasp for air with. No brain to inform his mouth to gasp for air. Without a head you cannot struggle for breath.

The Book of Mormon references a "city of Zarahemla" (Alma 2:26; 5:2; 6:1, 4, 7; 56:25; 60:1; 61:8, 18; 62:42; Helaman 1:22, 27, 33; 7:10; 13:12; 3 Nephi 8:8), which is supposed to have existed in the "New World", the Americas, prior to Christopher Columbus. Archeology has never found such a city to exist, and it never will because there is no such city. It also references a "land of Zarahemla" (far too many references to list), which also never existed.

The Book of Mormon chronicles great battles that were supposedly fought, but have any items been found from such so-called battles? Mormon 6:9-15 states that many thousands of men fought a great battle armed with swords, bows, arrows and axes, but have archeologists discovered any of these items dating back to that time period on this continent? According to Ether 15:2, two million Jaredite peoples (men, women and children) were killed in battle, yet there is not a trace of this battle anywhere. Ether 15:15 claims that men, women, and children armed with shields, breastplates, and headplates, fought a great battle with much loss of life—yet not one article of battle has been found to date. Has anyone ever found even one coin as mentioned in the book of Alma (11:5-19)?

The Book of Mormon details animals, foods, and metals that have never been found to exist in North America until they were introduced by Europeans. According to the Smithsonian Institute of Washinton, D.C., USA, the following (which, according to the Book of Mormon, existed in the Americas between 600 B.C. and 421 A.D.) have absolutely no evidence for existing in the Americas during the time in question:
  • Silk—1 Nephi 13:7-8; Alma 1:29; 4:6; Ether 9:17; 10:24
  • Horses—2 Nephi 12:7; 15:28; Enos 1:21; Alma 18:9-10, 12; 20:6; 3 Nephi 3:22; 4:4; 6:1; 21:14; Ether 9:19
  • Steel—1 Nephi 4:9; 16:18; 2 Nephi 5:15; Jarom 1:8; Ether 7:9
  • Iron—2 Nephi 5:15; 20:34; Jarom 1:8; Mosiah 11:8
  • Coins—Alma 11:5-19
  • Donkeys—1 Nephi 18:25; Mosiah 5:14
  • Cattle, Cow, and Oxen—1 Nephi 18:25; Enos 1:21; 3 Nephi 3:22, 6:1
  • Pigs—Ether 9:18
  • Grain and Wheat—Mosiah 9:9; Helaman 11:17
Here is the statement issued by the Smithsonian Institute:
The Smithsonian Institution has never used The Book of Mormon in any way as a scientific guide. Smithsonian archaeologists see no direct connection between the archaeology of the New World and the subject matter of the book.
As you can see, the Book of Mormon is not scientifically accurate. It is scientifically void. All this lack of evidence to support the Book of Mormon discredits Joseph Smith as a so-called "prophet". The Book of Mormon is nothing more than a story concocted by Joseph Smith when he was a boy. In fact, the book History of Joseph Smith (p. 85), written by Joseph Smith's mother, Lucy Mack Smith, states:
During our evening conversations, Joseph would occasionally give us some of the most amusing recitals that could be imagined. He would describe the ancient inhabitants of this continent, their dress, mode of traveling, and the animals upon which they rode; their cities, their buildings, with every particular; their mode of warfare; and also their religious worship. This he would do with as much ease, seemingly, as if he had spent his whole life among them.
How is it that Joseph Smith told these stories several years before he allegedly found the golden plates and wrote the Book of Mormon? Mormons like to try and tell us that Joseph Smith was far too young to dream up the theme found in the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith said he was only about 14 years old when he had his "First Vision"; he also said he did not receive the gold plates until Spring of 1827. That would make him a young man of around 23—not at all too young for a person to write a 531-page novel. J. R. R. Tolkien, best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, began writing his complex histories and mythologies at the age of 24. However, when it comes to originality, Tolkien far outshines Smith. If Joseph Smith is deemed a prophet due to writing such a grand story as appears in the Book of Mormon, then should we also consider J. R. R. Tolkien to be a prophet? Maybe David Eddings is also a prophet (see The Rivan Codex along with The Belgariad and The Malloreon series (5 books each) and their companion books Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress).

Monday, August 27, 2012

Is the Bible Scientifically Accurate? Part 6

Continued from last...

Is has been argued that the most important treatise ever written on physics can be found in Genesis 1:1. Do you realize that everything that exists in the known universe can be found in Genesis 1:1? The universe is comprised of time, space and matter. Each of these is represented in that most important first verse of Scripture:
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1
Let us take a closer look, shall we. "In the beginning (time), God created the heavens (space) and the earth (matter)." A sarcastic physicist might argue, "You forgot energy." Okay, let us take another look. "In the beginning, God created (energy) the heavens and the earth."

It has also been said that the universe reflects the Triune nature of its Creator, God. Not only is it broken down into three parts (time, space, and matter), but each of these can be further broken down:
  • Time: Past, Present, and Future
  • Space: Length, Width, and Height
  • Matter: Solid, Liquid, and Gas
Coming into the last century, the atheistic model of the universe depended upon three notions:
  1. Infinite time
  2. Limitless space
  3. Eternal matter
In other words, these things needed to be in order for the universe to exist without a Creator. The past 150 years or so have thoroughly dispelled this. Each leg of the atheistic tripod has been satisfactorily kicked out from under it.

Time and its Beginning
Scripture, a long time ago, declared time and its relative nature to that of its observer:
"But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." 2 Peter 3:8

"For a thousand years in Thy sight Are like yesterday when it passes by, Or as a watch in the night." Psalm 90:4
To but this in tangible terms, not the following:
"There are atomic clocks installed at both the National Bureau of Standards at Boulder, Colorado, and at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, England.  Both are considered accurate to better than one-millionth of a second per year. However, the clock at Boulder ticks five microseconds faster per year than the one at Greenwich, England. Which one is correct? They both are! The one at Boulder is at an altitude of 5400 ft. above sea level. The one at Greenwich is only 80 ft. above sea level.  The difference is caused by the fact that time is different due to the change in gravity.  In 1971, J. C. Hafele and Richard Keating sent four cesium clocks around the world.  The clocks on the eastward trip returned 59 nanoseconds behind the ones remaining at rest at the U.S. Naval Observatory. The clocks on the westward trip were 273 nanoseconds ahead.  Accounting for the Earth's rotation and other gravitational effects, this was precisely what Einstein's formulas predicted."
(Chuck Missler, Stretching the Heavens)
Understand that gravitational pull (based on altitude) can speed up or slow down time? Understand that direction and velocity can speed up or slow down time? The result of this is that time has clearly been demonstrated to be a physical quantity. If time is a physical quantity, it is finite and had a beginning!

The point of all of this is that 20th Century science has now reached the same conclusion that the Bible testified to some 2000 years ago. For Scripture says that God created everything: including time, space, and matter. The passages below are straightforward statements that time itself had a beginning:
"Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me His prisoner; but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity," 2 Timothy 1:8-9

"Paul, a bond-servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago," Titus 1:1-2
Space and its Limits
There is an end to the universe. It is almost inconceivable, but it is now a certainty that there is a point where space itself just stops. You cannot go on forever and ever. Science has now demonstrated that this universe has an end. In other words, not even space is omnipresent. That domain is reserved for the Creator alone.

Make no mistake about it, space is expanding. However, for something to expand, it has to move to a place where it is not already. Confusing? Perhaps. what is not confusing, however, is how accurate the verse below is in light of this.
"Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, Thou art very great; Thou art clothed with splendor and majesty, Covering Thyself with light as with a cloak, Stretching out heaven like a curtain." Psalm 104:1-2
The Bible spoke of a finite spatial universe that is expanding. When it comes to astrophysics, the Bible will use "the heavens" as a designation for "space". Remember, for something to be stretched, it has to move to a place where it is not already.

How do we know that space is finite? In 1990, NASA performed some experiments via their COBE (Cosmic Earth Background Explorer) satellite to measure the universe's background radiation. These experiments were to determine the average temperature of the universe. If the universe was an open system (that is, that it went on forever and ever), the average temperature of the universe should be 0°K (roughly -273°C or -460°F), which is known as Absolute Kelvin. It is the temperature at which all motion ceases and energy/heat is no longer given off or produced. If the universe went on forever (i.e., if space was infinite), then the average temperature of the universe should still be -273°C (or Absolute Kelvin). In other words, no amount of energy would be able to raise the average temperature of the background radiation. Instead, COBE found that the background temperature was only -270.27°C (or about 2.73°C higher than it would be with an infinite universe).

Matter and Entropy
For atheists and evolutionists alike, a horrible meeting of two fundamental truths is now clearly evident in the universe. On the one hand, it is clear that an incredible amount of time is needed for evolutionary processes to take place and for the celestial structures to form. On the other hand, stamped all over the universe it its finite duration. The universe bears evidence of the fact that it is winding down. The proof of this comes from the Laws of Thermodynamics:
  1. 1st Law of Thermodynamics (Law of Conservation): Matter and energy cannot be created or destroyed—it merely changes form.
  2. 2nd Law of Thermodynamics (Law of Entropy): As time advances, the universe is moving from a state of order to disorder and from complexity to chaos.
In short, these laws state that the universe is running out of available energy. Scripture also argues that no additional acts of creation are occurring which would produce a system-wide introduction of more matter/energy (or for that matter, a reduction of matter/energy). Note the following passages that are in keeping with the 1st Law of Thermodynamics:
"Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. And by the seventh day God completed His work which He had done; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made." Genesis 2:1-3

"Thou alone art the LORD. Thou hast made the heavens, The heaven of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and all that is in them. Thou dost give life to all of them And the heavenly host bows down before Thee." Nehemiah 9:6a
Further, Scripture testifies that the universe is winding down. The following passages are in keeping with the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics:
"For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now." Romans 8:19-22

"Of old Thou didst found the earth; And the heavens are the work of Thy hands. Even they will perish, but Thou dost endure; And all of them will wear out like a garment; Like clothing Thou wilt change them, and they will be changed." Psalm 102: 25-26
Robert Jastrow is a well-known astrophysicist who was chosen by President Reagan to head up research on the Space-Based Defense Initiative (SDI). The well-known agnostic may have summed up the ramifications of this best:
"The essence of the strange developments is that the universe had, in some sense, a beginning-that it began at a certain moment in time. Some scientists are unhappy with the idea that the world began in this way. Until recently, many of my colleagues preferred the 'Steady State' theory, which holds that the universe had no beginning and is eternal. Theologians generally are delighted with the proof that the universe had a beginning, but scientists are curiously upset.  Their reactions provide an interesting demonstration of the response of the scientific mind-supposedly a very objective mind-when evidence uncovered by science itself leads to a conflict with the articles of faith in our profession.

"Now three lines of evidence-the motions of the galaxies, the laws of thermodynamics, and the life story of the stars-pointed to one conclusion; all indicated that the universe had a beginning.  There is no ground for supposing that matter and energy existed before and was suddenly galvanized into action.  It is simpler to postulate creation ex nihilo (out of nothing).  Scientists cannot bear the thought of a natural phenomenon, which cannot be explained, even with unlimited time and money.  There is a kind of religion in science.  This religious faith of the scientist is violated by the discovery that the world had a beginning. Science has proven that the universe exploded into being at a certain moment.  It asks, what cause produced this effect?  Who or what put matter and energy into the universe?  Was the Universe created out of nothing or was it gathered together out of pre-existing materials?  And science cannot answer these questions.  The scientist's pursuit of the past ends in the moment of creation.  This is an exceedingly strange development, unexpected by all but the theologians.  They have always accepted the word of the Bible: 'In the beginning God created heaven and earth.'"
(Robert Jastrow, God and the Astronomers)
Existence of Sub-atomic Particles
"By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible." Hebrews 11:3
In 1900, German Physicist Max Planck gave rise to a new field of scientific endeavour called Quantum Mechanics. In effect, this is the study of quantum particles and their interactions with one another. Such particles (which include electrons, neutrons, tachytrons, gravitons, quarks, and a whole host of other particles) are far smaller than protons of light.

Everything we see in the universe is made up of sub-atomic particles that are smaller than photons of light. As a result, the things which make up the universe around us are not visible. Just like the verse above says, the universe is comprised of particles that are smaller than that which is visible. Scripture is shown to be reliable yet again.
"For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream.  He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries." —Robert Jastrow
 As you can see, the Bible is reliable from the standpoints of Medicine/Biology, Astronomy, Oceanography, Meteorology, Atmospherics/Aeronautics, the Nature of Light, Archeology, History, Astrophysics, and Paleontology. The Bible is the only book that hangs its credibility on its ability to write history in advance—without error. You can trust the Bible!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Is the Bible Scientifically Accurate? Part 5

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The book of Job is considered to be the oldest book of the Bible. 4,000 years ago, it recorded these words:
"Behold now, Behemoth, which I made as well as you; He eats grass like an ox.  Behold now, his strength in his loins, And his power in the muscles of his belly. He bends his tail like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are knit together. His bones are tubes of bronze; His limbs are like bars of iron. He is the first of the ways of God; Let his maker bring near his sword. Surely the mountains bring him food, And all the beasts of the field play there. Under the lotus plants he lies down, In the covert of the reeds and the marsh. The lotus plants cover him with shade; The willows of the brook surround him. If a river rages, he is not alarmed; He is confident, though the Jordan rushes to his mouth. Can anyone capture him when he is on watch, With barbs can anyone pierce his nose?" Job 40:15-24

"Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook? Or press down his tongue with a cord? Can you put a rope in his nose? Or pierce his jaw with a hook? I will not keep silence concerning his limbs, Or his mighty strength, or his orderly frame. ... Who can strip off his outer armor? Who can come within his double mail? Who can open the doors of his face? Around his teeth there is terror. His strong scales are his pride, Shut up as with a tight seal. One is so near to another, That no air can come between them. They are joined one to another; They clasp each other and cannot be separated. His sneezes flash forth light, And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. Out of his mouth go burning torches; Sparks of fire leap forth. Out of his nostrils smoke goes forth, As from a boiling pot and burning rushes. His breath kindles coals, And a flame goes forth from his mouth. In his neck lodges strength, And dismay leaps before him. The folds of his flesh are joined together, Firm on him and immovable. His heart is as hard as a stone; Even as hard as a lower millstone. When he raises himself up, the mighty fear; Because of the crashing they are bewildered. The sword that reaches him cannot avail; Nor the spear, the dart, or the javelin. He regards iron as straw, Bronze as rotten wood. The arrow cannot make him flee; Slingstones are turned into stubble for him. Clubs are regarded as stubble; He laughs at the rattling of the javelin. His underparts are like sharp potsherds; He spreads out like a threshing sledge on the mire. He makes the depths boil like a pot; He makes the sea like a jar of ointment. Behind him he makes a wake to shine; One would think the deep to be gray-haired. Nothing on earth is like him, One made without fear. He looks on everything that is high; He is king over all the sons of pride." Job 41:1-2, 12-33
As you read those descriptions of Behemoth and Leviathan, remember that modern science claims that we have only known of the existence of dinosaurs for a couple centuries. These descriptions not only reveal that the Bible was aware of "dinosaurs", but also that they co-existed with humanity. Evolution claims that dinosaurs were long extinct (65 million years ago) by the time man, and most mammals, came on the scene. Prior to the 1800's, when the word "dinosaur" was invented, men had another name for these fierce creatures: dragons. If dinosaurs and man did not live together, how could God possibly tell Job to "Behold now, Behemoth", meaning "Look at him!"?

In the bed of the Paluxy River, near Glen Rose, Texas, two sets of strange tracks have been found. Though highly contested as to their nature, it appears as if human footprints cross those of a dinosaurs. The human tracks are found in the same bedding as those of the dinosaur. You might ask, "How could tracks last so long?" This is what is called "ephemeral markings", where normally temporary markings in sand, such as bird tracks or water ripples, are actually found in rock. Such markings can only occur when the sand is rapidly converted to sedimentary rock as it is subjected to incredibly high pressure as brought about by tremendous amounts of water. This must occur over a very short duration of time; mere moments. These tracks argue that humans and dinosaurs co-existed at one point in time.

Nearly 80% of the Earth's surface rock is sedimentary, a great argument for a global deluge of catastrophic proportions at some point in the past—Noah's flood.

Every now and then, a colossal discovery occurs that creates vast problems for the evolutionists. This is precisely the case with a bunch of figurines that were discovered in Acambaro, Mexico in 1945. These figurines have been dated back to circa 2500 B.C. There were some 33,000 sculptures unearthed, hundreds of which appear to be dinosaurs.

In 1950, paleontologists stuck a skull on a skeletal structure that was found some 400 miles away and called it Brontosaurus. In 1978, after a complete skeleton (including the skull) was found in Nebraska, scientists realized that they had placed the wrong head on this dinosaur. Consequently, they had to admit that there never was such a creature as Brontosaurus and have since replaced it with Apatosaurus. What is truly astounding is that the Acambaro Tribe got the dimensions correct thousands of years before we did in 1978.

Look at the two figurines below. The first is Iguanodon, the second Ankylosaurus. In the 1800's, Iguanodon was poorly rendered. If you look at modern renderings, you will notice how much they reflect the accuracy found in this figurine. Obviously these people knew how an Iguanodon looked in real life. This argues that those who made these figurines were eye-witnesses to the actual creature!

What is the best explanation for hundreds of life-like depictions of these dinosaurs (supposedly long extinct and not discovered unto the 1800's)? These people, who lived 2500 years ago, saw them!

The Nasca Indians lived in the river valley of Peru's south coast from roughly 200 B.C. to 600 A.D. They are most likely best known for the famous Nasca Plain, an area measuring 37 miles long and 1 mile wide. Here, strange geometric patterns of immense size have been cut into the plain. (See Photos Here) Extremely telling, however, is that much of Nasca Tomb art seems to be depicting dinosaurs. Whether tapestry or pottery, art can be found depicting dinosaurs such as Allosaurus, Dipodocus, Pterosaurs, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and even Tyrannosaurus. Check out the images below:

What is even more fascinating is that Sauropod frills, such as seen on the Diplodocus in the above image (middle), were not found until 1992. Yet, they were being drawn correctly 2,000 years earlier by the Nasca Indians! This argues strongly that those who made these pieces of art were eye-witnesses to the dinosaurs, contrary to what Evolutionists tell us.

Also, Native American art found in the American southwest seems to depict dinosaurs in cave art and rock drawings.

To be continued...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Is the Bible Scientifically Accurate? Part 4

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Existence of the Jet Stream
Your local weather man is the brunt of many jokes. It is difficult to predict anything in the future, let alone the weather. Yet, in order to give the five-day forecast, a lot of difficult science is required. Even with all of that, the weather man's predictions are not always accurate. This becomes increasingly more difficult to predict the farther you go beyond the following week because of the numerous variables involved. While the Bible does not predict the upcoming weather, it is interesting to note that it understood and accurately portrayed the weather cycle 2,700 years ahead of the scientific community.

The existence of the jet stream has really only been known and understood since World War II, during bombing runs over both Germany and Japan. To give you a sense of these high atmospheric winds, a flight from New York to Tokyo will typically take 14+ hours in a Boeing 747. The return trip will typically take little more than 11 hours. That is 14 hours going east to west vs. 11 hours going west to east.
"Blowing toward the south, Then turning toward the north, The wind continues swirling along; And on its circular courses the wind returns." Ecclesiastes 1:6
Weather (Hydrologic) Cycle
The concept of evaporation was not discovered until the 1700's, when Pierre Perrault and Edme Marriote demonstrated that oceanic evaporation was the source of rain clouds and river waters.
 "All the rivers flow into the sea, Yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, There they flow again." Ecclesiastes 1:7
The above verses were written by Solomon nearly 1000 years B.C. How remarkable is that? 3,000 years ago the Bible revealed what modern science only discovered 300 years ago.

Modern science has understood air to have mass for a relatively short period of time in history. In 1643, an Italian physicist named Toricelli made the first barometer and proved the existence of atmospheric pressure. However, the Bible spoke of air having weight nearly 4,000 years earlier in the book of Job:
"For He looks to the ends of the earth, And sees everything under the heavens. When He imparted weight to the wind, And meted out the waters by measure." Job 28:24-25
With the below verse, some scientists say that it evidences an understanding that light has properties whereas darkness is merely the absence of light. Light has a "way", as it were, in that it travels at 186,000 miles per second.
"Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place?" Job 38:19

"Can you send forth lightnings that they may go And say to you, 'Here we are'?" Job 38:35
With the above verse, it is said that the Bible is saying what scientists thought was a ludicrous statement: light can be sent and then manifest itself in speech. Did you know that radio waves move at the speed of light? This is why you can have instantaneous wireless communication with someone on the other side of the Earth. Science did not discover this until 1864 when "the British scientist James Clerk Maxwell suggested that electricity and light waves were two forms of the same thing." (Modern Century Illustrated Encyclopedia, Vol. 12) Of course, today, communications do travel at light speed, and make use of energy to do so.

To be continued...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Is the Bible Scientifically Accurate? Part 3

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Oceanic Currents
Matthew Fontaine Maury is considered the father of modern oceanography. He had joined the US Navy in 1820 and had navigated around the world from 1832 to 1836. In 1855, he published what is considered to be the first textbook on modern oceanography, The Physical Geography of the Sea and Its Meteorology. While certainly not the first to identify the oceanic currents, his work became the definitive work on the subject. On his tombstone, a Scripture text was written, which he had said was the inspiration for his work. He had believed that the Bible had accurately identified the existence of the oceanic currents thousands of years before science had verified their existence. That Scripture text was:
"What is man, that Thou dost take thought of him? And the son of man, that Thou dost care for him? Yet Thou hast made him a little lower than God, And dost crown him with glory and majesty! Thou dost make him to rule over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field, The birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Thy name in all the earth!" Psalm 8:4-9
Oceanic Springs
Science used to believe that the oceans were fed only by rivers and streams. However, in the 18th century, Matthew Maury demonstrated the existence of oceanic springs. The verse that led him to this discovery?
"Have you entered into the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in the recesses of the deep?" Job 38:16
Science also used to believe that the ocean floor was flat. But Matthew Maury believed his Bible when, in Jonah, it testified to the existence of mountains in the deep. If Jonah is merely a "fish story", how could this man testify to the mountains of the deep when science itself was completely ignorant to the fact?
"Water encompassed me to the point of death. The great deep engulfed me, Weeds were wrapped around my head. I descended to the roots of the mountains. The earth with its bars was around me forever, But Thou hast brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God." Jonah 2:5-6
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Is the Bible Scientifically Accurate? Part 2

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Earth as a Sphere
Much of world history held to the notion that the world was flat. The earliest extra-biblical reference to the world's spherical shape is generally considered to have come from a Greek mathematician named Pythagoras, about 500 B.C. This was not scientifically proved until 230 B.C. by another Greek mathematician named Erotosthenes. It was not until "in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue" that all questions of the world being flat were forever answered (even though some groups of fools still try and argue that the world is flat). What did the Bible have to say about the shape of the Earth hundreds of years before these mathematicians were even born?
"It is He who sits above the [circle] of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in." Isaiah 40:22
The word translated "circle" here is the Hebrew word chuwg (תוג), which, literally translated, means "sphere" or "ball". It is used in ancient Hebrew literature to describe the ball that a child plays with.

Expanding Universe
Science has recently concluded that space is racing (expanding) in every direction at a speed of approximately 216,000 km/hr (or about 134 miles/hr). This has been verified through experiments performed by the Hubble Telescope and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. This rate of expansion of the universe is referred to as the "Hubble Constant". Isaiah speaks of God's stretching forth the heavens in the verse above and also in chapter 42 and verse 5. It is interesting to note that a number of verses speak with regard to God stretching forth the heavens (expansion of the universe), and they do so in the present tense, which is precisely what we witness today. The universe continues to expand! The author of the following Psalm wrote over 1000 years B.C.:
"Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, Thou art very great; Thou art clothed with splendor and majesty, Covering Thyself with light as with a cloak, Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain." Psalm 104:1-2
Suspended Earth
"Throughout the centuries philosophers, theologians and scientists have speculated about the resting place of planet earth. Upon what or whom the earth is resting became an important part of mythology in many ancient cultures. To the ancient Greeks the candidates were Atlas or Hercules. The Hindus believed that elephants or turtles were the pillars upon which the earth rested.
The fact of a free floating earth was apparently foreign to most ancient cultures. In a world where all objects fall rapidly to their destruction, such a suggestion must have been terrifying. However, in the book of Job, commonly believed to be the oldest book in the Bible, we find an astonishing piece of scientific foreknowledge. While speaking of the incredible power of God, Job states of the earth."
(Cosmology Rediscovered)
"He stretches out the north over empty space, And hangs the earth on nothing. He wraps up the waters in His clouds; And the cloud does not burst under them. He obscures the face of the full moon, And spreads His cloud over it. He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters, At the boundary of light and darkness." Job 26:7-10
Sun's Rotation Around Milky Way
For decades, skeptics used to point to the verses below and say that the sun does not travel on a circular path—only the planets do this.
"The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their utterances to the end of the world. In them He has placed a tent for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; It rejoices as a strong man to run his course. Its rising is from one end of the heavens, And its circuit to the other end of them; And there is nothing hidden from its heat." Psalm 19:1-6
"We now know that the sun moves in a 'circuit' or circular course, at speeds approaching 600,000 miles per hour, within one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way Galaxy. In turn, the Milky Way is hurtling through space at an estimated 2,000,000 miles per hour!"
(Cosmology Rediscovered)

Constellation Disposition
In this century alone, we have recently discovered that the stars of Pleiades are gravitationally bound. They used to be called the "Seven Sisters" by constellation buffs. We have also only recently learned that the stars of Orion are not gravitationally bound. Imagine, 4,000 years ago the book of Job had these words to say:
"Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion? Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, And guide the Bear with her satellites?" Job 38:31-32
To be continued...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Is the Bible Scientifically Accurate? Part 1

Skeptics constantly claim that the Bible is unreliable and that it is only a book of mythological stories written by men. If this is true, and if ancient man was as stupid in comparison to us today as we are led to believe, were these men just guessing when they wrote things that have been proven to be scientifically accurate? These next set of blog entries are aimed at showing the reliability and trustworthiness of the Bible. The Bible is the only book that stakes is credibility on its ability to write history in advance—without any error.

Prior to the Dark Ages, when the Roman Catholic Church hid the Word of God from the people and darkened man's knowledge, mankind was likely a lot more knowledgeable and intelligent than we currently are today. Being technological does not imply knowledge or intelligence. Early civilizations did and made certain things (like batteries and aqueducts) long before we ever did, and they did things that we today cannot even figure out (the building of pyramids and temples). This period is called the Dark Ages because the Roman Catholic Church suppressed not only the Word of God, but also knowledge in general. If it did not come from the Catholic Church or have her approval, it was not allowed.

It is interesting to note how many of the great scientists of history were "Bible-believing" Christians. Most areas of mathematics and science were founded by men who believed what their Bibles said. For example: when the Bible spoke of the ocean containing mountains and valleys, Matthew Maury believed it and founded oceanography. Here is just a small sampling of the many areas of mathematics and science that were founded by Christians.
1.Antiseptic SurgeryJoseph Lister
2.BacteriologyLouis Pasteur
3.CalculusIsaac Newton
4.Celestial MechanicsJohannes Kepler
5.ChemistryRobert Boyle
6.Comparative AnatomyGeorges Cuvier
7.Computer ScienceCharles Babbage
8.Dimensional AnalysisLord Rayleigh
9.DynamicsIsaac Newton
10.ElectronicsJohn Ambrose Fleming
11.ElectrodynamicsJames Clerk Maxwell
12.ElectromagneticsMichael Faraday
13.EnergeticsLord Kelvin
14.EntomologyHenri Fabre
15.Field TheoryMichael Faraday
16.Fluid MechanicsGeorge Stokes
17.Galactic AstronomySir William Herschel
18.Gas DynamicsRobert Boyle
19.GeneticsGregor Mendel
20.Glacial GeologyLouis Agassiz
21.GynecologyJames Simpson
22.HydrographyMatthew Maury
23.HydrostaticsBlaise Pascal
24.IchthyologyLouis Agassiz
25.Isotopic ChemistryWilliam Ramsey
26.Model AnalysisLord Rayleigh
27.Natural HistoryJohn Ray
28.Non-Euclidian GeometryBernard Riemann
29.OceanographyMatthew Maury
30.Optical MineralogyDavid Brewster
Existence of Germs
During the Dark Ages (between 1200 and 1400 A.D.), the Black Death, or Bubonic Plague, killed over one third of Europe (or 60 million of its 200 million inhabitants). History informs us that Roman Catholic monks from Vienna stopped the plague's advance on the mainland continent by desperately searching the Bible for answers on how to stop a plague of this magnitude. These passages (among others) are what they came across:
"He too, who eats some of its carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening; and the one who picks up its carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening." Leviticus 11:40

"Then the priest shall look at him; and if the swelling of the infection is reddish-white on his bald head or on his bald forehead, like the appearance of leprosy in the skin of the body, he is a leprous man, he is unclean. The priest shall surely pronounce him unclean; his infection is on his head. As for the leper who has the infection, his clothes shall be torn, and the hair of his head shall be uncovered, and he shall cover his mustache and cry, 'Unclean! Unclean!' He shall remain unclean all the days during which he has the infection; he is unclean. He shall live alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp." Leviticus 13:43-46

"This is the law when a man dies in a tent: everyone who comes into the tent and everyone who is in the tent shall be unclean for seven days. And every open vessel, which has no covering tied down on it, shall be unclean. Also, anyone who in the open field touches one who has been slain with a sword or who has died naturally, or a human bone or a grave, shall be unclean for seven days." Number 19:14-16
Consequently, these monks instituted the first quarantine system, which formed the basis for what eventually evolved into our modern hospital system. Leviticus 15:13 identifies the importance of bathing in order to prevent disease (and for ceremonial cleanness), and bathing in running water in particular. The importance of proper sanitation is expressed elsewhere in Scripture as well:
"You shall also have a place outside the camp and go out there, and you shall have a spade among your tools, and it shall be when you sit down outside, you shall dig with it and shall turn to cover up your excrement." Deuteronomy 23:12-13
Over 150 years ago, French chemist Louis Pasteur discovered the existence of germs. Prior to this, the knowledge of germs was practically non-existent.
"Remember Ignaz Semmelweis? Of course you don't. But you're in his debt nonetheless, because it was Dr. Semmelweis who first demonstrated over a hundred years ago that routine handwashing can prevent the spread of disease. (It was another 50 years before the importance of handwashing was widely accepted!)
"Dr. Semmelweis worked in a hospital in Vienna whose maternity patients were dying at such an alarming rate they begged to be sent home," said Julie Gerberding, M.D., director of The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Hospital Infections Program. "Most of those dying had been treated by student physicians who worked on cadavers during an anatomy class before beginning their rounds in the maternity ward."
 Because handwashing was an unrecognized practice at the time, the students didn't wash their hands between touching the dead and the living. The pathogenic bacteria from the cadavers regularly were transmitted to the mothers via the students' hands.
"The result was a death rate five times higher for mothers who delivered in the hospital than for mothers who delivered at home" said Dr. Gerberding.
In an experiment considered interesting at best by his colleagues, Dr. Semmelweis insisted his students wash their hands before treating the mothers.  Deaths on the maternity ward fell fivefold.
"This was the beginning of infection control," Dr. Gerberding said. "It was really a landmark achievement, not just in healthcare settings, but in public health in general because today the value of handwashing in preventing disease is recognized in the community, in schools, in child care settings, and in eating establishments"
Circulatory System
Up until the early 1800's science believed that blood-letting was the best way to treat many diseases. It was believed that blood could stagnate within the body (and not circulate, as we know it does today), and therefore blood had to be drained from the body. This concept was part of the "humoral system" of medicine. Much of the ancient world, including Islamic nations, ancient Greece, and other regions of the world, held this approach to medicine. Historians believe that blood-letting (through the use of leeches) is what ultimately took George Washington's life in 1799, as his attending physician drained as much as 4 lbs. of blood from his body. In other words, his doctors bled him to death because they did not understand how critical blood is to our body and its health. Yet, they were without excuse because William Harvey (the personal physician of both King James I and King Charles I) discovered the blood circulatory system and its essential nature to the life in our bodies in 1616 A.D. This biblical passage was written 3400 years ago!
"For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement." Leviticus 11:17
Painless Surgery
In the mid-1800's, science began understanding the place that anesthesia could have on performing surgery while a patient was "under". The man most attributed for having discovered the amazing uses of anesthetic gases was a dentist named William Morton. Many consider him to be the father of modern surgery and medicine. William Morton said his inspiration came from this verse:
"So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh at that place." Genesis 2:21
Circumcision on the 8th Day
Medical scientists have been examining the biological processes that lead to blood clotting. The medical researches found that two different blood clotting factors—Vitamin K and Prothrombin—are at the highest levels of your life (110% of normal) on the eighth day of life. The Bible informed us how this should be done thousands of years before science discovered the reason why.
"And every male among you who is eight days old shall be circumcised throughout your generations, a servant who is born in the house or who is bought with money from any foreigner, who is not of your descendants." Genesis 17:12
To be continued...

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Man of Sin, Part 5

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How many Catholics are there world-wide? In 2003, Brazil was the country with the largest baptized Roman Catholic population in the world, totaling over 100 million. The United States of America, Mexico, Italy and the Philippines each had between 50 and 100 million Catholics. Canada, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Dr Congo, Nigeria, India, China, and Uganda had between 10 and 50 million Catholics. These stats came from the Vatican, based on data from 2003.
Revelation 13:3-4 say that the “whole earth…followed after the beast; and they worshiped the dragon.” Revelation 13:12 and 14 say the second beast “makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast…and he deceives those who dwell on the earth.” The first beast and the dragon are being worshiped together. When the pope arrives in a specific country, look how the Catholics gather before him in form of worship and adoration. Watch how young adolescent boys and girls cry at just being in his presence. What is wrong with that picture, brothers and sisters? Jesus means nothing to them. He is just a by-word. Mary is their true god. Their prayers are directed toward her. They call her the Queen of Heaven and refer to her as a Co-Redemptrix and Co-Mediatrix, etc. Co-redeemer!? What did Mary ever do to redeem us from the penalty of sin and death? Co-mediator!? Where in Scripture does it teach such a thing? The Bible says “there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5). Mary called Him her Saviour because she knew she was a sinner in need of salvation (Luke 1:46-47). She is no different than you or I, other than the fact she was chosen by God to carry His Son.
Directing your prayers to her or any of the other “saints” is like directing your prayers toward me. Catholics claim they pray to the “saints” for those things that are too small for God to worry about, such as lost keys. What you have here, brothers and sisters, is superstition. The Church of Rome has adopted the idolatrous practices and superstitions of so many cults, and engaged in grievous sins that Christians have been commanded to avoid and put to death, that she has indeed become the Mother of Harlots.
Everything the Catholic Church says in regard to Mary is a bold-faced lie not based on Holy Scripture. Mary was not a perpetual virgin. Jesus’ brothers are referred to in Matthew 12:46, Mark 3:31, Luke 8:19, and Acts 1:14; and His sisters are referred to in Matthew 13:56. Jesus has a conversation with his brothers in John 7:1-10. His brothers are specifically mentioned by name in Matthew 13:55. In Galatians 1:19, Paul refers to James, “the Lord’s brother.” The epistles of James and Jude were written by two of Jesus’ brothers. Likewise, everything the Catholic Church says about Peter is also a bold-faced lie not based on Holy Scripture. Peter was never a pope. Contradictory to the Catholic Church’s teachings, Peter was married. His mother-in-law is mentioned in all three of the synoptic gospels: Matthew 8:14, Mark 1:30, and Luke 4:38.
If the perversions we have just discussed in these past blog entries are not a literal fulfillment of Revelation 13:6, I do not know what is. Look through the history of the Roman Catholic Church, brothers and sisters, and you tell me if you do not see fulfillment line after line. The prophecies in Revelation span the entire length of our present evil age, which will culminate with the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Benjamin Franklin said, “When religion is good, it will take care of itself. When it is not able to take care of itself and God does not see fit to take care of it so that it has to appeal to the civil power for support, it is evident to my mind that the cause is a bad one.” In other words, if God will not support it, why should the secular governments? The moment that the religious entity has to appeal to the civil entity for support or money or finance or influence, it is in deep trouble. We see that all around us. The moment churches do this, the government tells them what they can and cannot preach.

As you can see, the evidence is overwhelmingly supportive of the Latin Empire and the Latin Church being that which Jesus prophesied of. The details surrounding the Roman Catholic Church and the pope are unmistakenly precise to those prophetic details provided by Daniel, Paul, and John. Paul said that the mystery of lawlessness was already at work in his day. How can we ignore church history, believing that something that was already at work then has not been able to break through into the open for 2000 years? We need to start in the first century and work forward. When we have found that which was working during Paul’s days, and it fits with all the details of the prophecy, then we have found the “man of sin.” It makes absolutely no sense to start in our day and work backward, and it makes even less sense to theorize that it is something yet in our future. According to Dispensationalism, the Jews have been without salvation of any sort for over 2000 years and there has been no fulfillment of any biblical prophecy for over 2000 years. To believe that as the case is simply incredulous.
For us to reject each pope of the Roman Catholic Church as being “the man of sin” is to ignore the blasphemy of the titles they assume (those that belong to Jesus Christ alone) and to forget all those godly saints who were burned at the stake or strangled because they dared to translate the Bible into any other language, or even possess a Bible in any other language, except for Latin! (Remember the calculation of the beast earlier?) For us to deny the pope of the Roman Catholic Church as being “the son of destruction” is to turn our backs on the hundreds of thousands of martyrs whose bodies were horrifically mutilated by the “Holy” Inquisition. For us to deny that the Roman Catholic Church is “the apostasy” (apostasia, αποστασια) spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2 is to minimize the gross perversion of sound doctrine that still emanates forth from within the walls of the Vatican. “Those who think that a mere seven years of Tribulation in our future could possibly be worse than the realities of the Middle Ages need to brush the dust off their history books.”1
Are the individuals within the Roman Catholic Church to be blamed for the actions of the Roman Church State? No! They, and the rest of the world with them, have been deceived. Individual Catholics are not our enemy—the Roman Church State is. The individuals held captive by this system need the salvation of Jesus just like any other man or woman on this planet, but they have been deceived into believing the lie.
Several Dispensationalists are ditching the “revived Roman Empire” fable and starting to jump on the “Islamic Antichrist” bandwagon. While the acts of Islam are similar to those of the Church of Rome from history, the problem with this belief is that Islam is not an apostate from Christianity. Go back through the Identifying Characteristics section and ask yourself how many of them are true of Islam. You might come up with a few that are identical, but each and every single one does not fit Islam as they do the Roman Church State. Islam is only another news-headline interpretation in a long list of news-headline interpretations made by Dispensationalists. The perpetrator of this new twisting of Scripture began with Walid Shoebat, and while he makes a convincing argument through the random, isolated and disconnected passages he cites, nevertheless it is unconvincing for the student of the Bible who studies his Bible and church history very carefully.
Be aware that Catholics and Catholic-friendly advocates, who are ignorant* and ill-informed of the history of the Church of Rome, will attack informed individuals who expose the Roman Catholic Church for what it truly is by calling them “anti-Catholic know-nothing religious bigots.” They do this because they are delusionally deceived, and more than likely strongly committed to her erroneous ways.

1David Vaughn Elliott, Nobody Left Behind: Insight into "End Time" Prophecies, 189.

*Ignorance does not in any way, shape, or form denote or connote stupidity. The literalness of a word is its denotation; the broader associations we have with a word are its connotations. “A person can be ignorant (not knowing some fact or idea) without being stupid (incapable of learning because of a basic mental deficiency). And those who say, ‘That’s an ignorant idea’ when they mean ‘stupid idea’ are expressing their own ignorance.” (Paul Brians, Common Errors in English Usage, posted on <>).

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Man of Sin, Part 4

Continued from last...

Dispensationalists tell us that we are supposed to interpret the book of Revelation literally. But this defies all logic and contradicts how Scripture itself tells us to interpret it. In Matthew 13, Jesus explained two of the parables He spoke, providing His disciples, and us, with keys as to how His other parables need to be interpreted in order to understand them correctly. With regard to parables, it should be noted that Luke is the only other book of the Bible to mention the name Lazarus (other than Lazarus the brother of Mary and Martha found in the book of John), and the account contained within chapter 16 is not a parable. First, nowhere is it identified as a parable. Second, Jesus does not use “like” or “as” when speaking it, comparing it with something else. While the two characters may or may not have been real people, the words He speaks are nonetheless truth on there own. When you label it as a parable, you are on the verge of denying a literal hell.
We have already looked at some of the keys found within the books of Daniel and Revelation, which were provided for us by certain angels. Believers throughout all centuries have almost unanimously agreed that Daniel 7, 2 Thessalonians 2, and Revelation 13 and 17 are connected. In Revelation 1:20, Jesus Christ Himself interprets the lampstands or candlesticks to be churches. In Revelation 11, the two witnesses are called “two olive trees” and “two lampstands.” Using Jesus’ key, the two witnesses represent the church. They are not individual persons, such as the Dispensationalists want us to believe. Such an interpretation does violence to the text and to the keys that are provided for us to arrive at a correct interpretation. You have to use what is given. You cannot be making things up as you go.
In Zechariah chapter 4, we have a lampstand with an olive tree on either side (vv.2-3) and olive branches that feed oil to the lamps (vv.11-14). When asked what the olive trees are, the angel responds, “These are the two anointed ones, who are standing by the Lord of the whole earth.” Olive trees are the source of olive oil. The church, represented by the lampstand, converts the olive oil it receives into light that may guide the footsteps of its members (Ps. 119:105). Consideration of these issues suggests that the olive oil represents the Word of God.
In Revelation 11:6, we encounter a deed of Moses and a deed of Elijah, which would suggest that a division exists between the Law and the Prophets. In the book of Zechariah, we encounter only a single lampstand among two olive trees. This implies the second lampstand was not present at the time. Therefore, it would seem that the two olive trees represent the Law and Prophets (as Scripture would seem to suggest: Luke 16:29, 31; 24:27, 24; John 1:45; Acts 26:22; 28:23), and that the two lampstands represent the Old Covenant church and the New Covenant church.
Likewise, the keys that were given in Revelation 17 will also help us to interpret Revelation 13 correctly. Since the “woman” in Revelation 12 represents Christ’s church, then the “woman” in Revelation 17 might represent Satan’s church, since the headquarters for this church are located in “the great city” and this city sits on seven hills, over “peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues,” and reigned over the kings of the Earth. Some would argue and say that this city is “rebuilt Babylon,” but nowhere in Scripture does it speak of such a thing. The verse says that her name is a mystery, which implies that the term “Babylon” is only symbolic, that she represents something similar in regard to Babylon. We are not to confuse this city with the Chaldean Babylon.
In Revelation 12:3, we are given an image of a “dragon” that represents Satan. In Revelation 13:1, we are given an image of a “beast” that shares a similar description to that of the dragon (with the exception of the crowns being numbered differently), which represents Satan’s helpers. This beast is in the image of the dragon. In Revelation 17, the woman is pictured on top of this beast. In other words, we might say that the beast is the foundation upon which the woman rests or is built. The symbol “beast” refers to a kingdom ruled by a man, and the Latin Church is without a doubt a kingdom on its own ruled by the pope.

I want you to know that none of these verses (Dan. 7:25; 12:7, 11; Rev. 11:2-3; 12:6, 14; 13:5) say anything about the return of Christ in any way, shape, or form, whether immediately or shortly thereafter; just as we observed in regard to 2 Thessalonians 2. They also say nothing about the length of reign the man of sin has outside of his given time of authority. There is also no 7-year period associated to any of these verses. It is generally agreed upon that all of these references refer to the same period of prophetic time and that they will all occur at the same time.
Daniel 7:25 says that the saints will be given into the hand of the Roman “little horn” for the duration of this time, while 12:7 is the length of time given as the answer to how long the “time of distress” (v.1) would last. Revelation 11:2 says that the outer court will be trampled by the nations for this length of time, while 11:3 says that the two witnesses will prophesy for this same period. Revelation 12:6 and 14 say that the “woman,” the church, will be nourished for this amount of time in the wilderness. Revelation 13:5 says that authority was given to the first beast for this length of time.
There are those individuals who would claim that we have in these prophecies three and one half literal years, but this seems a highly unlikely interpretation. Why? In Bible prophecy, brothers and sisters, one day equals one year: “According to the number of days which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day you shall bear your guilt a year, even forty years, and you shall know My opposition” (Num. 14:34); “When you have completed these, you shall lie down a second time, but on your right side, and bear the iniquity of the house of Judah; I have assigned it to you for forty days, a day for each year” (Ezek. 4:6). Several of the older writers, such as Matthew Henry and Matthew Poole, agree upon this principle. If we use this system, let us see what we arrive at.
History records that the Roman papacy exterminated three of the ten original tribes of divided Europe: the Vandals (454 A.D.), the Heruli (493 A.D.), and the Ostrogoths (538 A.D.). They were literally “pulled out by the roots” (Dan. 7:8, 24), seeing as how not a single bloodline today can be traced back to these kingdoms. The defeat of the Ostrogoths left the pope’s claim to ecclesiastical supremacy unchallenged, and so the Roman Catholic Church could now (and would) exercise her full authority. Philip Schaff writes, “Vigilius…ascended the papal chair under the military protection of Belisarius (538-554).”1 In 538 A.D., the papacy began its rule, becoming a sovereign state under the decree of Emperor Justinian and under the military protection of Belisarius. If we calculate 1260 years from this date, we arrive at 1798 A.D., when, under Napolean Bonaparte, “General Berthier made his entrance into Rome, abolished the papal government, and established a secular one” (Encyclopedia Britannica 1941 edition). Could this not constitute as a fatal wound?
In 1929, the Italian government recognized Vatican City once again as an independent state. The San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 11, 1929, wrote, “The Roman question tonight was a thing of the past, and the Vatican was at peace with Italy... In affixing the autographs to the memorable document healing the wound of many years, extreme cordiality was displayed on both sides” (emphasis supplied). Do you see the prophetic language used here? The New York Times, July 7, 1929, wrote, “Rome, June 7.—From 11 o’ clock this morning there was another sovereign independent State in the world. At that time Premier Mussolini, as Italian Foreign Minister representing King Victor Emmanuel—the first Italian Premier ever to cross the threshold of the Vatican—exchanged with Cardinal Gasparri, Papal Secretary of State, representing Pope Pius XI, ratifications of the treaties signed at the Lateran Palace on Feb. 11. By that simple act the sovereign independent State of Vatican City came into existence” (emphasis supplied).
Although there are several different interpretive concepts about these verses (Dan. 7:25; 12:7, 11; Rev. 11:2-3; 12:6, 14; 13:5), this seems to be the best one. While I confess that I am unsure how to handle them myself, be assured that there is no valid reason to believe that this time period is yet future. We have 2000 years of Christian history to comb through first before we make such assumptions and predictions. Unless we are prophets who can predict the future with deadly accuracy, we are only adding to the Word of God.

To be continued...

1Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, 3:327.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Man of Sin, Part 3

Continued from last...

At present, the Christian has 2000 years worth of church history with which to search for a fulfillment to the prophetic words spoken in Scripture. One would be a fool to ignore twenty centuries of Christianity in favour of a future fulfillment. In 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 we read:
Let no one in any way deceive you, for [the day of the Lord] will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he may be revealed. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. And then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.
We have already seen that the early Christians knew who the restrainer was, and as we have just examined above, they admitted that it was the Roman Empire. Early Christians understood that the man of sin would arise once Rome fell. The Roman Empire was considered to be an eternal empire and to speak ill fortunes of it would not bode well for you. So it is clear why Paul would not mention them by name in his letter, lest it bring upon him greater persecution than he was already facing merely for testifying about Jesus Christ. I also want to point out to you that nowhere in this passage does it say the man of sin is one man for all time, but simply calls this man “the man of lawlessness” and gives us a description of him. This passage also does not say anything about Jesus returning immediately or shortly after he is revealed, but tells us that at the appointed time He will “slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming.
Paul never uses the term “temple of God” in reference to the physical Jewish temple, but in regard to Christians—the church. It is said that the man of sin rises from the apostasy and sits in the church, displaying himself as being God. Apostasy is a departure from the gospel, from the true faith, and from truth. You cannot be an apostate unless you once held to a claim of the true faith and have left it, or you hold to a perverted form of that faith—keeping parts, omitting parts, and changing parts. Both of these make an individual antichrist, in the same manner in which John spoke in his epistles.
Does anything in the above passage sound familiar in the least, brothers and sisters? Think Rome. The pope sits in the church claiming to be the vicar of Jesus Christ on this Earth. “Vicar” comes from the Latin meaning “substitute.” Do we have a substitute Jesus, brothers and sisters? No, we do not. We have the real Jesus. There is no need for a substitute. The Catholique Nationale, July 1895, said, “The pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ himself hidden under a veil of flesh. Does the pope speak? It is Jesus Christ who speaks” (emphasis supplied). Blasphemy! Jesus does indeed have a representative here on Earth, but it is not the pope. It is the Holy Spirit! “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever” (John 14:16, emphasis supplied); “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you” (John 14:26, emphasis supplied); “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me” (John 15:26, emphasis supplied).
It is claimed by the Roman Catholic Church that the pope is infallible: “889. In order to preserve the Church in the purity of the faith handed on by the apostles, Christ who is the Truth willed to confer on her a share in his own infallibility. 890. …Christ endowed the Church’s shepherds with the charism of infallibility in matters of faith and morals. 891. The Roman Pontiff, head of the college of bishops, enjoys this infallibility in virtue of his office…”1 The pope is said to be the infallible chief teacher [prophet], ruler [king], and supreme pontiff [high priest] of the entire church. A “pontiff” was a chief priest in ancient pagan Rome. As you can see, the pope does indeed set himself up to be God. He claims the titles of prophet, priest, and king for himself; titles which belong to Jesus Christ alone. He calls himself the “holy father,” but Jesus said we have one Father—and that is not the pope. He claims he has the authority to forgive sins and to give that same power to others in his employ, but Scripture says God alone can forgive sins. The Roman Catholic Church ascribes titles and characteristics of God the Father and God the Son to both the pope and to the “virgin,” which evidences that “They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him” (Titus 1:16). Therefore, it can be said that the Catholics have received a “deluding influence” because they “believe what is false.” The Catholic Church is indeed antichrist.
The pope is one man. Although the position has been filled by many men, it is still one man. Since the description of the pope is a dead ringer with the description of the man of sin, it would only be logical to conclude that this man of sin is the pope. The pope still sits in the same seat to this day, and Jesus Christ has not yet returned. When He does return, it is clear that this man will be destroyed who sits in the place of God and is worshiped as if he were God. From as early as the 13th century (if not earlier), until the early 20th century, Christians have unanimously agreed that the pope was the man of sin. Early Protestant creeds acknowledged the pope as antichrist. The 1611 King James Bible, in the Dedicatory to King James, says (in modern English), “the zeal of your Majesty towards the house of GOD, does not slack or go backward, but is more and more kindled, manifesting itself abroad in the furthest parts of Christendom, by writing in defense of the Truth, (which has given such a blow unto that man of Sin, as will not be healed).”2 These translators identified the pope as the man of sin from 2 Thessalonians 2. Even Futurists will admit that the “harlot” of Revelation 17 is the Catholic Church. Preterists, on the other hand, believe that the man of sin was Nero (but then again they believe everything in the Bible, including Jesus’ return, was fulfilled prior to 70 A.D.).
But this is only a single passage, so let us look at another passage; let us look at Revelation 17:
And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I shall show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality.” And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, and upon her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and of the Abominations of the Earth.” And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. And when I saw her, I wondered greatly. And the angel said to me, “Why do you wonder? I shall tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. The beast that you saw was and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and to go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth will wonder, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come. Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while. And the beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth, and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction. And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour. These have one purpose and they give their power and authority to the beast. These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” And he said to me, “The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire. For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God should be fulfilled. And the woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.”
The angel interprets what John was seeing. We have already established that the symbol “beast” is never a kingdom apart from a man. The symbol “horn” represents kings (Dan. 7:24, Rev. 17:12). The angel gave two meanings to the seven heads: it is seven hills or mountains on which the woman sits (v.9); and it is also seven kings, which the angel informs John that five have already fallen, one currently is, and the seventh is yet to come. The sixth king was reigning during John’s lifetime. The seventh king would reign prior to the appearance of the “man of sin,” although for a short time (v.10), since we are told that the beast is an eighth king (v.11) that belongs to the seven and will eventually go to its destruction at the return of Jesus Christ.
Matthew Henry and Matthew Poole comment saying that these refer to the different sorts of governments, which are: kings, consuls, tribunes, decemviri, dictators, emperors pagan, and emperors Christian; saying that the papacy makes the eighth government, which sets up idolatry again. I confess that at present I am unsure of what this refers to, but know for a fact that the sixth was in place during John’s lifetime, as the angel told him.
Some commentators, regarding verse 9, start commenting on how “mountains” are symbolic of kingdoms in the Old Testament (e.g. Isa. 2:2; Jer. 51:25; Ezek. 35:3; Dan. 2:35, 45; Zech. 4:7). While that may be, such an explanation seems utterly ridiculous to me considering the angel has just interpreted the “seven heads” as being “seven mountains.” Why would the angel interpret a symbolic image with another symbolic image? That seems to defeat the purpose of interpretation.
The angel interprets the “many waters” to be “peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues” (v.15), and the “harlot, woman” to be “the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth” (v.18). In the Old Testament, Israel was typified as a harlot for her illicit identity with strange and foreign political powers (Ezek. 16:15-63). It is not unusual in the Bible for idolatrous or apostate cities to be called harlots (Isa. 1:21; Ezek. 23:2). The woman in Revelation 17 could only be considered as a harlot if, like Israel, her primary calling is religious. So, it should be noted that the “woman” in this passage is contrasted against the “woman” of Revelation 12, which is the church. Brothers and sisters, Rome has been drunk with the blood of the saints and martyrs of Jesus, just like the woman in verse 6, having burned at the stake those saints who translated the Bible into common language for the common people and would not submit to her atrocious apostasy and idolatry. Rome sits on seven hills, just like the woman in verse 9. Rome sits over “peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues,” just like the harlot in verse 15. Rome reigned over the kings of the Earth then, just like the woman in verse 18, and still reigns over kings of the Earth now.
During the eleventh century, Emperor Henry IV and Pope Gregory VII opposed each other. Gregory excommunicated Henry from the church and threatened to depose him if he did not repent. When Henry felt that he would lose his kingdom, he decided to submit to the pope. He traveled to Italy and the pope made him stand outside in the snow for three days!3 If you read up on your history, you will see that the Church of Rome did indeed rule over the kings of the Earth. It is a fact substantiated by history that cannot be ignored or refuted. The pope claims absolute authority over not only all Christians, but the entire world including civil governments and non-Christian religions. Whenever possible, the pope has exercised this authority without mercy. History proves without contest that whenever and wherever the pope can rule, he will rule. The number of martyrs under papal persecutions far outnumbers those of the early Christians under pagan Rome.
Thrice in Revelation 17 it says that the beast “was and is not” (Rev. 17:8, 11) adding twice that it is yet to come (v.8). The angel tells John that “the beast which was and is not” is also an eighth king that belongs to the seven kings (v.11). It is this eighth king that shall receive a mortal wound. Some have suggested that the beast “is not” at the time of John’s writing, which is an unrealistic interpretation. Why? Because the angel told John that “five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while” (v.10). The beast is an eighth belonging to the seven, which is to come after the seventh, so it cannot possibly refer to the time of John’s writing.
Revelation 13:15 says that the image of the beast should “cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed.” Revelation 13:17 says that “no one should be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.” Here we have control over life and control over commerce, all of which center around one’s worship. Worship is involved with this prophecy. Whatever political power the “man of sin” may have, he is a religious figure who presents himself as God within the temple of God, which is the church. Can we find such a thing having taken place in history? If we consider the historical realities of the Crusades and the Inquisition, all of which were Catholicnot “Christian” (they were under the guise of Christianity but were contradictory to what Christianity teaches), we certainly can.
The image of the beast should “cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed” (Rev. 13:15). The spirit and practice of the Inquisition spanned from the twelfth to the nineteenth centuries wherein the Church of Rome held sway over the bodies and souls of men. According to Catholic authorities, the purpose of the Inquisition was: “To discover and suppress heresy and to punish heretics... the relapsed heretics who were found guilty were turned over to the civil government... The fact that secular law prescribed death must be understood in the light of those days when heresy was anarchy and treason.”4 During those times, any view that was opposed to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church was considered treason and was worthy of the death penalty, exactly as Jesus had predicted in Revelation 13. The various punishments that the Church of Rome would employ were execution via burning at the stake or strangulation, short or perpetual imprisonment, exile, and confiscation of property (similar to what we read about in Muslim countries today when someone converts to Christianity). Individuals who did not worship in accordance to the dictates of the Roman Catholic Church were subject to the death penalty, which is evident from these prophecies. The fulfillment of these prophecies is evident from all historical books describing the events of those times. During the Crusades and the Inquisition, the motto of the Roman Catholic Church could have been, “Convert, or die by the sword,” a similar motto which Islam practices today.
No one should be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name” (Rev. 13:17). Monsignor Philip Hughes, in regard to Canon 27 of the Third Lateran Council held in 1179, wrote: “There is a long and very detailed decree about the restraint of heretics... Both the heretics and those who protect them are excommunicated; no one is to give them shelter, or allow them in his territory, or to do business with them.”5 Here we have an official law regarding economic repression straight out of the Roman Catholic Church stating that nobody was “to do business” with any individual whom the Church of Rome deemed to be a heretic. Could you ask for a more precise fulfillment?
Simon Kistemaker offers this parallel between the two witnesses and the second beast:

Two Witnesses Second Beast
  1. Prophets (11:10)
  2. Perform signs (11:6)
  3. Receive authority from God (11:3)
  4. Torment the inhabitants of the earth (11:10)
  5. Two olive trees; lamps (11:4)
  6. Breath of life from God (11:11)
  1. False prophet (16:13; 19:20; 20:10)
  2. Perform signs (13:13, 14; 19:20)
  3. Receives authority from the first beast (13:12)
  4. Deceives the inhabitants of the earth (13:14)
  5. Two horns (13:11)
  6. Breathes into the image of first beast (13:15) 6

To be continued...

1Catechism of the Catholic Church: Revised in Accordance with the Official Latin Text Promulgated by Pope John Paul II, 235.
2The Holy Bible 1611 Edition, 56.
3For a full recollection of the event, see B. K. Kuiper, The Church in History, 109-115; Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, 5:47-59.
4John A. Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary, 280.
5Mgr. Philip Hughes, The Church in Crisis: A History of the General Councils, 325-1870, posted on <> and several other Catholic websites.
6Hendriksen and Kistemaker, New Testament Commentary, 12:336.