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Doctrines of Demons Part 4 : “the Spirit speaketh EXPRESSLY”

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“But THE SPIRIT SPEAKETH EXPRESSLY, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” (1st Timothy 4:1)

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Let us look at 2 aspects of the statement : “the Spirit speaketh expressly” :

1) “the Spirit speaketh”

2) “speaketh expressly “

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Part 1 : “the Spirit speaketh”

Harry Ironside : “All prophecy is by the Holy Spirit. It is He alone who can foresee the future. It is not given to man to do this. Men may guess what the future may be, and sometimes their guesses may turn out to be correct, but no man can speak authoritatively as to the future. He does not know what the next day may bring forth.”

John Wesley : “But the Spirit saith – By St. Paul himself to the Thessalonians, and probably by other contemporary prophets.”

The Pulpit Commentary : “… (For examples of these prophetic utterances, see Acts 11:28; Acts 13:2; Acts 20:23; Acts 21:11; 1 Corinthians 12:8; 1 Corinthians 14:1-40. ’30, 32, etc.)”

Adam Clarke : “It is very likely that the apostle refers here to a prophecy then furnished by the Holy Ghost, and probably immediately after he had written the words in the preceding verses; and as this prophecy contains things nowhere else spoken of in the sacred writings, and of the utmost moment to the Christian Church, we cannot hear or read them with too much reverence or respect.”

Matthew Poole : “It was usual with the prophets, when they declared the oracles of God, to assert in the beginning of their revelations, that the Lord hath spoken, Isaiah 1:2 ,Jeremiah 1:2, Joel 1:1. The apostle in the same manner, in the beginning of his prediction of things future…”

John Gill : “The prophecy hereafter mentioned was not an human conjecture, but, as all true prophecy, it came from the Spirit of God, who spoke or delivered it; either in the prophets of the Old Testament, who, as they spoke of the Gospel dispensation, so of the defection that should be in it… or in the Lord Jesus Christ, who foretold that false prophets would arise and deceive many; or in some of the prophets in the Christian church, such as Agabus, and others, who might in so many words foretell this thing; or rather in the apostle himself, at this time…”

Commentators are not in complete agreement as to when this prophecy was first given. Some believed that this was a new prophecy given to the Apostle Paul during his ministry. Some commentators like Mede and Poole on the other hand believed that the words “the Spirit speaketh/saith” did not refer to a revelation given in the New Testament era but rather pointed to a prophecy already found in the Old Testament in Daniel chapter 11 because of the words “Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, NOR THE DESIRE OF WOMEN…” (Daniel 11:37a) which are the only prophetic words in the Old Testament to my knowledge pointing in any way to celibacy if this be how we are to interpret the words “the desire of women”*. I tend to believe that Paul had received a new prophecy giving further characteristics of the future apostasy which he had already mentioned previously during his ministry (see warning to the Ephesian elders in Acts chapter 20, 2nd Thessalonians chapter 2). I don’t believe Daniel chapter 11 has anything to do with 1st Timothy chapter 4 because the events of Daniel 11 were all fulfilled prior to the Coming of Christ as ably demonstrated in Philip Mauro’s book “The Seventy Weeks and the Great Tribulation”.

*concerning the “desire of women” here is what we find in the Jamieson-Fausset-Brown commentary : “Elliott rightly makes the antitypical reference be to Messiah. Jewish women desired to be mothers with a view to Him, the promised seed of the woman (Genesis 30:23; Luke 1:25, Luke 1:28).”

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Part 2 : “speaketh expressly”

Albert Barnes : “Speaketh expressly – In express words. It was not by mere hints, and symbols, and shadowy images of the future; it was in an open and plain manner – in so many words. The object of this statement seems to be to call the attention of Timothy to it in an emphatic manner, and to show the importance of attending to it.”

Vincent’s Word Studies : “Expressly. In express words.”

John Wesley : “Expressly – As concerning a thing of great moment, and soon to be fulfilled.”

Matthew Poole : “… that is, either clearly revealed it to me, as Acts 10:19, and Acts 13:2, thus expressly is opposed to obscurely; for sometimes the revelations given to the prophets were under shadows and figures in divers manners, but the Spirit discovered in a most intelligible manner what seducers should come in the church”

John Calvin : “By a solemn announcement, therefore, he recommends to us this prophecy; and, not satisfied with doing this, he adds that it is plain, and free from all ambiguity.”

Adam Clarke : “Manifestly, openly.”

John Gill : “… this prophecy was delivered not in dark sayings, in an enigmatical way, in an obscure manner, as prophecies generally were, but in plain language, and easy to be understood, and wanted no interpreter to unriddle it; and seeing that it is nowhere to be found in so many express words elsewhere: and moreover, the apostle does not say the Spirit “hath spoken”, but the Spirit “speaketh”; then, at the time of the writing of these words, in and by him….”

As I mentioned in a previous post I find it sad that many professing Christians today have not taken the proper time to study the prophecy in 1st Timothy chapter 4 (its context, meanings of original Greek words especially the two Scriptural meanings attached to the word “daimonion”, Church History, comparing Scripture with Scripture, etc…) and have mistakenly interpreted it in so many different ways.  The true and unique historical fulfillment of the prophecy was understood by Bible believers in the past. I believe the wording of the first part of the prophecy forbids multiple and divergent interpretations of the passage: “The (Holy) Spirit speaketh EXPRESSLY”.  In other words : not with ambiguity, not figuratively, not symbolically, not darkly and not in parables.  If there is confusion today the fault is not with the prophecy, which is expressed clearly, or with the Apostle Paul but with the interpreters who because of historical ignorance and/or Scriptural ignorance and/or lack of study and/or intellectual pride (which is not lacking among Protestants and Baptists today) and/or lack of prayer/fellowship with God and/or prejudice and/or emotional attachments  and/or ecumenical compromising are unable or unwilling to understand the true fulfillment of this prophecy (and the accompanying prophecy of 2nd Thessalonians chapter 2).  Did not Paul in his own day fear the circulation of false teachings concerning the Lord’s return (2nd Thessalonians 2:2-3a)? I believe the devil has been busy in past centuries spreading confusion through his ministers (2nd Corinthians 11:13-15) not only about the Return of Christ but also concerning the coming of the son of perdition, the spiritual leader of the great apostasy. That could also explain in part the different interpretations of this passage despite the fact the Spirit spoke EXPRESSLY.

I believe if interpreters had spent more time considering the 2 possible meanings of the Greek word “daimonion” (translated “demons”) then they would have better understood the doctrines concerning demons. Consequently they would have properly identified the apostates who have held them historically. I hope to explore these “doctrines concerning demons” in detail in a future post God willing.

In considering the present spiritual declension within professing Christianity I believe we would be wise to look at (rather than automatically dismiss) the eschatological teachings of pious believers of past centuries. Let us not act foolishly like Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, who disdained the wisdom and experience of the elders who stood before his wise father and preferred new ideas (1st Kings chapter 12). Question : could all of those past Bible believers who were more pious than we are, who were more zealous for the Bible than we are, who were humbler before God than we are, who were more fruitful in Christian service and evangelism than we are and who were more apt to pray and fast than we are have been completely ignorant concerning the fulfillment of Bible prophecies pertaining to the long period of time of the Church age? Should we zealously promote the writings of the Puritans while rejecting most if not all of their eschatology? Why would God have kept those past, zealous believers “in the dark” while supposedly giving greater understanding and discernment to the lazy, comfortable professing Christians of today? What some past believers may have lacked in terms of a historical vantage point they more than made up for in terms of Scriptural wisdom. I do not believe past Protestants were perfect in their understanding of each prophetic detail – I disagree with some authors on minor points of interpretation – but when it comes to interpreting the figurative, prophetic language of the Scriptures why not go to the experts: the most spiritual, pious, doctrinally-sound, fruitful believers in history? Believers who have been on the spiritual battle front. Believers who have been used instrumentally by God to lead sinners to repentance and faith in Christ. Believers who could teach us a thing or two about self-denial. Believers who were part of true spiritual revivals. If you want advice on how to play hockey at a professional level don’t seek the advice of a minor league player… go to Wayne Gretzky or Patrick Roy or Mark Messier. Let us remember that “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10a). If one wants to properly understand Biblical prophecy one must fear the Lord in sincerity and truth. Who would be the better example of a professing believer fearing the Lord, Gary Demar or Jonathan Edwards? Who would be the better example of a man of fervent prayer, Kenneth Gentry or John Knox? Who would be the better example of Christian service, David Chilton or Charles Spurgeon? Who was persecuted more for their views of AntiChrist, the German preterists of the 19th century or the Waldensians of the Middle Ages? Who evangelized more in more hostile circumstances,  John Walvoord or John Wesley? Who had a higher view of the Scriptures, Hugo Grotius or John Gill? Doesn’t Christ call us to look at the spiritual fruit of teachers (Matthew chapter 7)?

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TO BE CONTINUED

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See also :

Doctrines of Demons Part 1

Doctrines of Demons Part 2

Doctrines of Demons Part 3

Paul’s Pastoral Prophecies : From Self-Flagellation to Self-Flattery

Revelation 9’s Locusts Are Not Revolution 9’s Beatles – Part 6

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Frogs, France and False Philosophy – Part 2

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See also:

Frogs, France and False Philosophy – Part 1

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“And I saw THREE unclean spirits like FROGS come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” (Revelation 16:13-14)

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It is interesting to note that Revelation gives us the symbol of THREE frogs. Not only have literal frogs been historically associated with France (see quote at end of previous post) but the symbol of THREE frogs together is also one that has been historically associated with France. The name of the country comes from the Latin word Francia meaning “country of the Franks”. One of the most famous king of the Franks, Clovis I, was associated with the symbol of THREE FROGS as we shall see.

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King Clovis I

He was the first king of the Franks to convert to Roman Catholicism – one of the 10 European “horns” (kings/kingdoms) to give power to the Papal Beast (Revelation 17:12-13) for a time – and so a very important figure in French and European history.

Here’s a little info concerning Clovis I taken from Wikipedia :

“Clovis (c. 466 – 511), or Chlodowech (Latin Chlodovechus), was the first king of the Franks to unite all of the Frankish tribes under one ruler, changing the form of leadership from a group of royal chieftains to rule by a single king and ensuring that the kingship was passed down to his heirs. He was also the first Christian* king to rule Gaul, known today as France.”

* Roman Catholic

“He made Paris his capital and established an abbey dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul on the south bank of the Seine.”

“Clovis converted to Catholicism at the instigation of his wife, Clotilde, a Burgundian princess who was a Catholic in spite of the Arianism that surrounded her at court.”

“Clovis is remembered for three main accomplishments: 1. the Unification of the Frankish nation, 2. the Conquest of much of Gaul and 3. his conversion to a form of Christianity.”

“By the first act, he assured the influence of his people beyond the borders of Gaul, something no regional king could accomplish. By the second act, he laid the foundations of a later nation-state, France. By the third act, he made himself the ally of the papacy and its protector as well as that of the people, who were mostly Catholics.”

Prior to his conversion from Paganism to Roman Catholicism Clovis, the king who united the Franks, used the heraldic device of THREE FROGS. It’s interesting that the symbol of THREE FROGS was associated with a leader who tried to GATHER/UNITE people together in what would become France. In the Book of Revelation the symbol of the THREE FROGS is associated with an end-times GATHERING of the rulers of the world against Christianity: “For they [the three frogs] are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to GATHER THEM to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” (Revelation 16:14)

Notice on the following photo of a statue of Clovis located at Innsbruck, Austria that there are THREE FROGS on the shield of Clovis:

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3 frogs appearing on statue of Clovis I (location : Innsbruck, Austria)

In the Wikipedia entry “Attributed arms” we read the following:

“Arms were attributed to important pre-heraldic kings. Among the best known are those assigned to the King of the Franks, who was given THREE TOADS. The three fleurs-de-lis of France supposedly derive from these (Neubecker, 225).”

Here’s a photo of a French document associated with the 1500th anniversary of the conversion of Clovis to Roman Catholicism and in it we see frogs:

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The number THREE by itself is also fitting for France when we consider its current national flag (THREE colors) and its famous national motto (THREE words : liberty, equality and fraternity).

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Three words of French motto : Liberty, Equality, Fraternity

These three words – Liberty, Equality and Fraternity – have defined this current man-centered, Bible-rejecting, revolutionary era which began with the French Revolution. Politics have been defined more and more by the word “Liberty”** (e.g. human “rights”, women’s “liberation” movement, pro-“choice”, legalization of sins, overthrow of monarchies, popular revolutions, anarchists). Economics have been defined more and more by the word “Equality” (e.g. socialism, communism). Religion has been defined more and more by the word “Fraternity” (e.g. religious ecumenism/dialogue).

** it’s interesting to note that the word “Frank” associated with France is thought to mean “free”

Of course this Satanic “liberty” is a false liberty. Christ taught : “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” (John 8:34b)

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Political “Liberty”

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Economic “Equality”

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Religious “Fraternity”

Such has been the influence of the “frogs” of Revelation chapter 16 that even the “Pharaoh” of “spiritual Egypt” has had to change his tune publicly:

Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, #41 (Vatican II): “The Church proclaims the rights of man.”

Paul VI spoke these man-centered words the UN on October 4, 1965: “The peoples of the earth turn to the United Nations as the last hope of concord and peace.”

John Paul II spoke these words in France in 1980 : “We know the place that the ideas of liberty, equality and fraternity hold in your culture and in your history. Basically, these are Christian ideas.”

Pope John Paul II (Redemptor Hominis) : “For the Church, all ways lead to Man . . . Man is the primary route that the Church must travel; he is the primary and fundamental way.”

(quotes taken from a traditional Catholic website)

What other European nation is as associated historically with frogs as France is? What other European nation can be said to be historically tied to a symbol of THREE FROGS (heraldry, flag, etc..)? What other historic Catholic European nation has caused as many problems for Rome’s “Pharaoh”, the pope, in modern times? What other modern nation has spewed forth as much anti-Christian philosophy in the last 300 years?

Just a quick observation : France because of its geographical shape is called l’Hexagone (“the Hexagon”), a 6-sided polygon; 6 is Biblically the number of MAN (created on the 6th day) and being less than 7, the number of God’s perfection, is also associated with SIN and imperfection… a fitting number for man-centered, God-rejecting France!

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END OF PART 2

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The Third Trumpet : Rise of Apostasy Within Christianity

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Having already presented in previous posts (click here and here) the view promoted by many able and godly expositors of the past that the fifth trumpet points figuratively to the 7th century rise of Islam* and its subsequent conquests I will now present what I believe the 3rd trumpet represents figuratively. Since the third trumpet appears before the fifth trumpet one should expect the events associated with the third trumpet to occur prior to the events associated with the fifth trumpet though that does not mean there can be no degree of overlap between the two time periods. It would be reasonable to believe that the third trumpet is associated with the first centuries of professing Christianity after the writing of the Book of Revelation. At least up to the 7th century. Since the conquering activity of the “locusts” of chapter 9 lasted many years it is also possible that the agents associated with the third trumpet have had a long career of activity as well. Possibly a career that began some time before the 7th century and continued some time beyond it. And may still be continuing today like in the case of Islam.

* the historic, economic and demographic importance of Islam cannot be denied; what other anti-Christian religion outside of Popery has persecuted Christians with as much zeal and cruelty while seeking to extend its tentacles to all the countries of the world? the Book of Revelation doesn’t deal with politically correct, theologically “respectable”, vague generalities that don’t offend anyone in particular but real, tangible, historic enemies of the Cross (e.g. Islam, Popery, Roman Paganism of the first centuries, Infidelity-Atheism); if the Book of Daniel deals with real, tangible, historic entities (e.g. Roman empire, Alexander the Great, Xerxes, Antiochus Epiphanes) then the same should be expected of the Book of Revelation

I sincerely believe after looking at the symbolism of the third trumpet that it figuratively points to a spiritual declension within professing Christianity and I believe this vision ties in with the rise of the doctrines of demons mentioned by the apostle Paul (1st Timothy 4:1-3). This is what I will attempt to show. This deplorable religious state of affairs (apostasy, wordliness, idolatry – see Revelation 9:20-21) within professing Christianity would lead God to use the figurative “locust plague” of the fifth trumpet to punish/chasten the apostates (see “Revelation 9’s Locusts Are Not Revolution 9’s Beatles – Part 6”). But despite that great temporal judgment those members of “spiritual Egypt” (Revelation 11:8) as well as their “spiritual Pharaoh” would not repent of their idolatry and wickedness leading God to smite “spiritual Egypt” some time after the fifth trumpet plague of “locusts” with a figurative plague of “frogs”. This idolatry still continues today but “Glory to God!” this idolatry will be judged with one final judgment (Revelation chapter 18).

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“And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.” (Revelation 8:10-11)

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>> POINT 1 : “a great star from heaven” <<

If one reads the description of the star falling upon the “third part of the rivers”** one should ask oneself the question : can this refer to a literal star (not a meteorite or rock or mountain – compare with Revelation 8:8) literally falling on literal rivers? Could anyone survive such a cataclysmic physical event? Who would be around to worship the Beast after all of that happens (Revelation chapter 13)? I don’t believe this falling star should be taken literally.

** that’s a lot of rivers if the rivers are to be taken literally

The first verse of the Book of Revelation is an exegetical guidepost: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto HIS SERVANTS*** things which must shortly come to pass; He sent and SIGNIFIED (SIGN-ified = using SIGNS) it by His angel unto His servant John.” Because of the use of signs and similitudes throughout the book one cannot jump into Revelation and take everything literally. Especially in a book mentioning “mysteries” (1:20; 17:7). There are signs and symbols used to convey spiritual truths to be understood by God’s elect (2:11a), Christ’s true servants (1:1), while hidden to the ungodly (e.g. Roman Catholics, apostate Protestants, etc…).

*** notice that it says “servants”; true believers bear fruit and don’t merely rest on a profession of faith; the Book of Revelation is to be understood by people who actually serve Christ; to each of the seven churches Christ says “I know THY WORKS”

In the first chapter of the book the Lord Jesus Christ Himself said this about “stars” :

“The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches.” (Revelation 1:20)

The debate is whether these “messengers” – the meaning of the Greek word translated “angels” – of the churches are literal angels (spirit beings who serve God) or church elders/pastors. I believe and I can be wrong that the “angels” are first and foremost church leaders in the context of the letters to the 7 churches but I believe in chapter 9, verse 1, the “star” is referring to an angelic being and not a human because of the “bottomless pit” (mentioned in chapter 20 in reference to Satan, a spirit being). I think the immediate context must guide our interpretation.

In the Book of Jude FALSE TEACHERS are called “wandering STARS” in verse 13.

I believe the 12 “STARS” in the Woman’s**** crown in Revelation chapter 12 represent the 12 APOSTLES.

**** the Woman representing the Israel of God (Galatians 6:16) persecuted by the Pagan Roman empire of the Caesars (the red dragon) with the “Israel of God” representing the true “children of Abraham” (Galatians 3:7) whether they be Jews or Gentiles

In the Book of Daniel, in chapter 12*****, I believe that the people who turn many to righteousness and shine as “stars” for ever and ever is a prophetic reference to the apostles at the time of the “end” of the Mosaic economy. So again we have an association of church leaders to “stars”.

***** Philip Mauro in his book “The Seventy Weeks and the Great Tribulation” demonstrates convincingly that Daniel chapter 12 when properly interpreted points to the time of Christ and not the end of the world; one quick point to mention : the “resurrection” of both the just AND WICKED mentioned in verse 2 is not universal : “MANY OF THEM (not all!) that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake”

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>> POINT 2 : “there fell a great star” <<

If the “star” represents a church leader then what does it mean for a “star” to “fall”? If the “star” is to be understood figuratively then so must “the falling”. I believe “falling” here represents turning away from the truth, from righteousness and from love of God:

“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are JUSTIFIED BY THE LAW; YE ARE FALLEN FROM GRACE.” (Galatians 5:4)

“Now unto Him that is able to keep you from FALLING, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.” (Jude 24)

“I say then, Have they (the unbelieving Jews in the context) STUMBLED that they should FALL?” (Romans 11:11a)

The Lord Jesus Christ had this to say to the Church of Ephesus in the second chapter of Revelation : “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because THOU HAST LEFT THY FIRST LOVE. REMEMBER THEREFORE FROM WHENCE THOU ART FALLEN, AND REPENT, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Revelation 2:4-5)

I believe the “great STAR falling” in Revelation 8:10-11 symbolically represents a very prominent CHURCH LEADER who has FALLEN from grace (apostasy) in some way or another. One probably attached to a great city of the early Christian world (e.g. Rome, Alexandria, Constantinople).

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Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary : “The symbolizers interpret the star fallen from heaven as a chief minister… falling from his high place in the Church, and instead of shining with heavenly light as a star, becoming a torch lit with earthly fire and smoldering with smoke.”

Let us not forget that the “mystery of iniquity” was already at work in Paul’s day (2nd Thessalonians 2:7) and that the book of Revelation first addressed to Christians in the first century is about things which would “SHORTLY come to pass” (Revelation 1:1).

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>> POINT 3 : “the name of the star is called Wormwood” <<

It is interesting to note the first time the word “wormwood” appears in the Bible because I believe this is a very important clue in interpreting the “fallen star”: “Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, WHOSE HEART TURNETH AWAY [APOSTASY] this day from the LORD our God, TO GO AND SERVE THE GODS of these nations [IDOLATRY]; lest there should be among you A ROOT THAT BEARETH GALL AND WORMWOOD.” (Deuteronomy 29:18)

We see here in the Bible that wormwood is figuratively associated with APOSTASY and IDOLATRY. The figurative use of “wormwood” strengthens the argument that the “fallen star” is here a symbol of RELIGIOUS APOSTASY – falling away from grace and falling into idolatry – and not of political upheaval/judgment (e.g. Attila the Hun, Barbarian invaders) as some have believed. If literal IDOLATRY be specifically intended then that would exclude other great apostates (e.g. Arius, Pelagius).

Here is what Matthew Poole wrote concerning Deuteronomy 29:18 : “A root: either, 1. An evil heart inclining you to such cursed idolatry, and bringing forth bitter fruits. Or rather, 2. Some secret and subtle APOSTATE, who lurks and works like a root under ground, and slyly conveys his poison to the infection of others; for both the foregoing and following words speak of some particular person. Gall and wormwood… bitter fruits, not only distasteful to God, but also poisonful and destructive…”

Here is what Adam Clarke wrote concerning the same verse: “A root that beareth gall and wormwood – That is, as the apostle expresses it, Hebrews 3:12, An evil heart of unbelief departing from the living God; for to this place he evidently refers. It may also signify FALSE DOCTRINES, or IDOLATROUS PERSONS among themselves.”

If the rise of IDOLATRY within professing Christianity be intended by the figurative use of “wormwood” in Revelation chapter 8 then that would tie the third trumpet vision with the idolaters of chapter 9, verse 20 : “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and IDOLS of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk.”

Let us not forget that there is nothing new under the sun. There was a time in the Old Testament when literal idols defiled the physical temple of God. Should it be a surprise then that literal idols would eventually creep into the New Testament house of God (local churches – see 1st Timothy 3:15), the outer court of the temple of professing Christianity (Revelation 11:1-2)?

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>> POINT 4 : “the third part of the waters became wormwood” <<

In the Book of Revelation, “waters” can represent peoples (Revelation 17:15) but “water” in other parts of Scripture can also speak of God’s grace and the Gospel message (e.g. Jesus speaking to the woman at the well in John chapter 4). At the end of Revelation the Lord Jesus Christ invites people to drink of the “water of life” (22:17). This “water of life” is to be understood spiritually as in the case of the “water” Christ offered to the Samaritan woman (John chapter 4). Just as there is spiritual bread there is also spiritual water.

It is also interesting to note that at the end of Revelation chapter 7 we read the words “living FOUNTAINS OF WATERS” (7:17) which are to be understood figuratively and which are the same words found in the description of things associated with the third trumpet of chapter 8 : “FOUNTAINS OF WATERS” (8:10).

“Therefore with joy shall ye draw WATER OUT OF THE WELLS OF SALVATION.” (Isaiah 12:3)

“If any man thirst, let him come to me, and drink.” (John 7:37b)

Now in the context of Revelation chapter 8, men are drinking these “waters” so the “wormwood waters” cannot symbolically represent “peoples” unless one believes cannibalism is being described here. The “waters” are not “peoples” but are distinguished from the “men” who drink.

If pure water can symbolically represent the true Gospel then surely poisoned and muddied waters must speak symbolically of a false Gospel, right? Or at least of false doctrine undermining the Gospel outwardly professed.

God speaking of wicked “shepherds” (not literal shepherds of sheep in the context) said this: “Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture (not literal pasture), but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep WATERS, but YE (wicked shepherds) MUST FOUL THE RESIDUE WITH YOUR FEET?” (Ezekiel 34:18)

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People drinking in “the foul water” of a false Gospel or of false doctrine concerning essentials of the faith (e.g. a false view of Christ and of the Trinity) can never have any life toward God. They remain dead. And those who heard the truth but turn away by drinking in “bitter waters” are “twice dead” (Jude 12) before God. The “dog” returns to his vomit because he always remained a dog deep inside.

Not all of the rivers were made “bitter”. Only a “third part”. That means that this fallen “star” did not outwardly corrupt all doctrines. He retains a degree of Christian truth (e.g. Trinity, deity of Christ) at least outwardly.

Did not James speak of “bitter” water in connection with wicked words?

“Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing…. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?” (James 4:10a,11)

In connection with the “waters” becoming “bitter”, it is interesting to note this about Simon the magician, a false Christian guilty of simony (a sin prevalent in the history of Roman Catholicism) : he was in the “gall of BITTERness” (Acts 8:23).

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CONCLUSION

I believe the “waters” which are polluted by “the great star” (apostate church leader) represent Christian doctrines and truth (the Gospel message) which have been twisted and corrupted by the “fallen star”. Since I believe the figurative use of “wormwood” points to idolatry in particular rather than just general apostasy this “fallen star” points to the idolatrous Roman papacy.

John Trapp : “That grand apostate of Rome [the bishop of Rome] may well he meant by this blazing, burning comet. He was in falling by degrees from the time of Constantine till Phocas, who sat upon the chair of pestilence…. The third part of the rivers] i.e. Corrupted true doctrine, and perverted the Scriptures with his false glosses…. Was called Wormwood] Because himself was in the gall of bitterness, and did embitter others. See Jeremiah 23:15; Deuteronomy 29:18, with Junius’s note there.”

If as many Protestant historicists believed the first two trumpets are to be associated with events after the Constantinian revolution (e.g. Barbarian invasions) it is less probable that Arius is intended because he died decades before the Barbarian invasions. John Gill and Matthew Poole believed the fallen star could point to Pelagius who gave to the world the poisoned doctrinal water of Pelagianism and maybe they were right. Considering the fact that great expositors who agreed on the identity of the locusts of Revelation 9 (Islam) did not agree with the identity of the fallen star associated with the third trumpet (e.g. Arius, Pelagius, the pope) I will not be dogmatic about the precise identification of the fallen star though I believe it highly probable that the apostasy of the bishop of Rome is intended by the third trumpet symbolism. I do find it interesting that at least one pope was infected by the heresy of Arianism (Pope Liberius) and another was infected by the heresy of Pelagianism (Pope Zosimus). Though divided about the identity of the fallen star of the third trumpet the Protestant historicists did agree that the events occurred before the rise of Islam.

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If John’s first epistle deals a lot with false professing Christianity, should it be any wonder that important portions of the Book of Revelation also deal with false Christianity? Let us remember that the first mention of the word “Antichrist” appears in his first epistle and it is in connection with “apostasy” : “… as ye have heard that Antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists… They [the antichrists of John’s day] went out from us [APOSTASY], but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” (1st John 2:18b,19)

Before the revealing of the son of perdition (man of sin) apostasy must occur beforehand (2nd Thessalonians 2:3). Would it be farfetched to think that the Book of Revelation would mention this apostasy in some way (explicitly or figuratively) after Christ addresses the seven churches (chapters 2 and 3) and before the first mention of the Roman Antichrist Beast (a.k.a. the “son of perdition”) in chapter 11?

Did not Peter warn us of the rise of idolatry within professing Christianity? “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you…” (2nd Peter 2:1a) Where did false prophets in the Old Testament lead others? Into idolatry. “If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them…” (Deuteronomy 13:1-2)

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BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

John Dowling’s “History of Romanism” (public domain, free download)

Joseph Mede’s “Apostasy of the Latter Times” (public domain, free download)

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Making People Think About Words

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In our daily lives we use words to express our thoughts. Have you ever wondered how we learned some commonly used words which are essential to communicating ideas such as “this”, “that”, “as”, “why” or “however”?

One of the words used in our daily conversations is the word “if”. Strictly using one’s five physical senses (taste, touch, hearing, sight, smell) and limiting oneself to the observable world could one learn the meaning of the word “if”? Could the meaning of such a word be acquired through the senses in some way? Additional question : how could one teach the meaning of the word “if” to another person?

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Did you learn the meaning of the word “if” with your eyes? Have you ever seen an object in the physical universe which can define the meaning of “if”?

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Did you learn the meaning of the word “if” with your sense of smell? Have you ever smelled an odor in the physical universe which can define the meaning of “if”?

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Did you learn the meaning of the word “if” with your sense of taste? Have you ever tasted something in the physical universe which can define the meaning of “if”?

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Did you learn the meaning of the word “if” with your sense of touch? Have you ever touched something in the physical universe which can define the meaning of “if”?

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Did you learn the meaning of the word “if” with your ears? Have you ever heard a sound in the physical universe which can define the meaning of “if”?

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To teach another person the meaning of the word “if” could I simply point to something in the physical universe and say “Look! It’s an if!” ?

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If it be the case for the word “if” what can be said about words such as “conjunction”, “premise”, “assumption”, “condition”, “inference”, “argument”, “conclusion”, “syllogism”, “when”, “how”, “thus”, “then” and “now”? What can be said about words such as “God”, “justice”, “wrath”, “peace”, “evil”, “righteousness”, “conscience”, “mercy” and “grace”?

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QUESTIONS:

  • IF the knowledge of the meanings of those words did not come about through sense experience how is it that we know them?
  • IF such knowledge was rather innate (a priori knowledge) than acquired (a posteriori knowledge) then who is the Author of this innate knowledge of words?
  • Can material causes alone have brought about that which is immaterial (e.g. the word “if” and its meaning, laws of logic)?
  • How did the word “God” get into our vocabulary?

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Recommended reading : Saint Augustine’s “De Magistro”

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Practical Issues : $ Managing God’s Money $

“Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: FOR ALL THAT IS IN HEAVEN AND IN THE EARTH IS THINE; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. BOTH RICHES AND HONOR COME OF THEE, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for ALL THINGS COME OF THEE, AND THINE OWN HAVE WE GIVEN THEE.” (1st Chronicles 29:11-14)

I thought I would take a break from frogs, locusts and turtledoves to provide some video links which I think could be of some use to Christians in this day and age of rampant materalism. The videos deal with our proper relationship to money and material things. (I would recommend you read my “Solomon’s Philosophy Experiment” post as a sort of complement to the videos.) I watched these videos years ago and I recommended them to others. Very practical. Very accessible. I particularly appreciated the presenter’s take on Luke 16:1-8.

Please note that I may not necessarily agree with everything taught by the presenter (Emergent Church style of presentation) in other videos. Use discernment please. Take what is good in the content (1st Thessalonians 5:21) and reject the rest. Chew the meat and spit out the bones.

Let us remember that everything belongs to God (that includes money) and that we are stewards who have the responsibility of using money wisely for the Kingdom. Having a great calling we as Christians should strive to have a good testimony in financial matters for the glory of God (1st Corinthians 10:31).

Here are the six videos (about 10-20 minutes each) in order:

Here’s the link to the official Crown Financial Ministries* website:

http://www.crown.org/

* I have no affiliation at this time with Crown Ministries; I am merely recommending a useful Christian website for informational purposes (1st Thessalonians 5:21)

I just wanted to add a little something concerning debt (one of the video topics). Here is a quote from a non-believer whose first job was as a bartender and who is now a billionaire:

Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks

Pay off your debt first. Freedom from debt is worth more than any amount you can earn.

source: http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/best-financial-advice-ever-got-231000077.html

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Frogs, France and False Philosophy – Part 1

Brown_Tree_Frog_2“And I saw three unclean spirits like FROGS come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” (Revelation 16:13-14)

[Please know before proceeding that I am not a racist or a bigot. I have nothing against Arabs or the French. My ancestors were actually from France. I have a French name and I speak French daily. If you don’t believe me then please go to my FRENCH language blog. My beef is with religious systems in opposition to true Christianity (e.g. Islam, atheism/humanism, existentialism, post-modernism). I am not against sincerity. I am against sin. I am not against people. I am against false religious views. My concern is first and foremost to be eschatologically correct not politically correct. We must accept the right interpretation of a passage regardless if it targets any particular groups/nations. We are all sinners before God and all rightfully condemned by the Holy Bible regardless of race or place.]

As I’ve written recently about the symbolic “locust” invasion of Revelation chapter 9 (my 7-part series called “Revelation 9’s Locusts Are Not Revolution 9’s Beatles”) I thought I would now look at the symbol of the 3 “frogs” of Revelation chapter 16.

Let us consider a few things first :

  • If the “locusts” of Revelation 9 are not to be taken literally then the same applies to the “frogs” of Revelation 16; the wording of chapter 16 forbids a literal interpretation : “… unclean spirits LIKE FROGS…”
  • If “beasts” and “locusts” can represent kingdoms in prophetic writings then the same can be said for these “frogs”; the “frogs” and “locusts” must symbolically represent two different kingdoms.
  • the literal locusts and frogs invaded literal Egypt and were large in number; if the figurative “locusts” of Revelation 9 represent a very large army of invaders/conquerors (Saracens, rise of Islam in 7th and 8th centuries) then we should also expect the figurative “frogs” of Revelation 16 to be associated with a large army (or armies) invading and conquering other nations (at least for a time)

Literal Egypt, a land of idolaters who oppressed God’s people, was plagued with literal frogs and locusts (see Book of Exodus). As seen in a recent post the “locusts” of Revelation chapter 9 were used by God to judge the idolatrous saint-worship (“demon” worship) of apostate Christianity during the Middle Ages so that identifies for us the symbolic “Egypt” plagued by the symbolic “locusts” of Islam. Spiritual Egypt = idolatrous/apostate Christianity (Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches). That should be a clue that the symbolic plague of “frogs” of chapter 16 is to be used by God to torment the same “spiritual Egypt” (apostate Christianity… especially Roman Catholicism which as the years went on* became more powerful than the Greek Orthodox church) and its “Pharaoh” (the papacy) which have never repented of idolatry (Revelation 9:20-21). I am bringing nothing new to the table. Some able expositors of the past came to that conclusion hundreds of years before I was born.

* we must take into account the progress of history in our interpretation of Revelation; the political/religious context during the time of the opening of the first six seals may not be necessarily the same context during the trumpet or vial judgments; that should be expected when one considers Church history spans close to 2000 years

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“… the great city, which SPIRITUALLY is called Sodom and EGYPT…” (Revelation 11:8) [Please notice the large obelisk in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome : it is EGYPTIAN and it is a phallic symbol associated with ancient Paganism and the modern Paganism of Freemasonry]

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the “Pharaoh” of the idolatrous spiritual kingdom of “spiritual Egypt”, guilty of persecuting the Israel of God

Just as the “locusts” of Revelation 9 had a spiritual component (a false religion called Islam… have you heard of it?) which united them and provided them great zeal to pursue their conquests I believe these “frogs” would also have a religion/philosophy which would unite them and spur them on to invade other countries both militarily and philosophically. They would zealously promote their religion/philosophy. Since the “frogs” are associated with gathering the kings of the earth against true Christianity% we should expect this kingdom’s philosophy disseminated around the world to continue to shape the course of human history near the end of time (e.g. French Revolution, Revolution of 1848, Bolshevik Revolution, China’s Revolution, rise of atheism/infidelity, rejection of monarchies, rejection of God, rejection of 10 Commandments, secularization of society, fascism, “innate” human “rights”, socialism-communism, post-modernism, humanism, feminism, Arab Spring, Occupy Movement, animal “rights”, liberal theology within professing Christianity, increase of worldliness and ungodliness, subversion of the authority of parents over their children, etc…) .

% still not yet completely fulfilled but the religious ecumenical movement, aided by the presence of Freemasons within the different religious groups, and the United Nations are 2 of the means which are gradually bringing this about

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fanaticism of the Revolutionary “frogs” who tormented “spiritual Egypt” and its “Pharaoh”

Pope Pius VI (a.k.a. "Pharaoh") taken prisoner by Revolutionary "frogs"

“He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity…” (Revelation 13:10a) – Pope Pius VI (a.k.a. “Pharaoh”) taken prisoner by Revolutionary “frogs”

Revolutionary "frogs" and their guillotine device

Revolutionary “frogs” and their guillotine device

Just as the “locusts” of Islam were associated with successful invasions and expansion for a limited time we should expect to see these “frogs” achieving success in invading countries for a limited time.

a famous "frog" who conquered a good part of continental Europe

Napoleon : a famous “frog” who invaded and conquered a good part of continental Europe

The “frogs” appear on the scene some time after the “locusts” so we should historically find the plague of “frogs” happening between the time of Islam’s glory years (Islamic empire, Ottoman empire**) and the end of time.

** different Protestant commentators of the past believed that the fifth and sixth trumpets (Revelation chapter 9) pointed symbolically to the 2 phases of Islamic conquests (the first Islamic empire followed later on by the Ottoman empire); consequently the era of the 7th trumpet could only happen after the time of the rise of the Ottoman empire

Notice that these “frogs” come OUT of the dragon, and OUT of the beast and OUT of the false prophet. I believe this means these “frogs” would represent a nation that was part of the dragon kingdom (old Pagan Roman empire) and part of the beast kingdom (“Holy” Roman empire). That would narrow it down to Western Europe and its 10 “horns” (after the Barbarian invasions). “Coming out” of the false prophet I take to represent coming out from under the authority of the religion of the false prophet (apostate Christianity = Roman Catholicism, the religion of most of Europe for many centuries). This “coming out” symbolism in relation to the false prophet represents in my mind a wide scale rejection of Roman Catholicism. Some believe the earthquake (a symbol for revolution) in Revelation chapter 11 associated with one tenth of the city, “Mystery Babylon”, could refer symbolically to France’s revolution. This earthquake is around the time of the seventh and final trumpet containing the seven vials of judgment.

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Revolutionary “frogs” celebrating the Goddess of Reason (year 1793 AD)

Just as the combination of locusts, scorpions and horses pointed to Arabia specifically as the scene for the rise of the “locust” army we should expect the symbol of a frog to point to one nation in particular. Leaving humor and bigotry aside : which nation in Western Europe would best be represented by the symbol of a frog? or which European nation has been most identified historically with frogs for better or worse?

Let me quote from Irish Protestant evangelist*** H. Grattan Guinness‘s book “History Unveiling Prophecy” :

“It is a curious physiological fact that frogs abound in FRANCE. It might also be called THE LAND OF FROGS. This arises from its numerous marshes****. Thus THE OLD FRENCH BANNERS HAD THREE FROGS as their device.”

France : the land of frogs

France : “the land of frogs”

“So noisy and troublesome are frogs in France that before the Revolution, the nobility and courtiers, when spending any time in the country, were in the habit of forcing the miserable peasants to flog the neighbouring waters all night to keep the frogs quiet. The banishment of the Huguenots, by causing large tracts to become neglected and undrained, increased the plague of fevers and frogs. And the moral history of the country has been analogous with the physical. Unhappy France has become morally a land of fevers and of frogs, and a centre from which they have spread throughout Europe, and more or less throughout the world.”

*** this God-fearing man trained many missionaries and was associated with a great spiritual revival in the 19th century (“…by their fruits ye shall know them…”) so his opinion should not be easily brushed aside without consideration; he was no ivory tower theologian who never suffered for the sake of Christianity; the beginning of wisdom needed to properly understand Scripture especially in its more difficult portions is the fear of God (Proverbs 1:7, 9:10); truth and the love of the truth are sovereignly given by God to the elect while the wicked are blinded (2nd Thessalonians 2:10-14)

**** the association of “frogs” with France is based on geographic reasons not racial characteristics

“As proceeding from the “MOUTHS” of these three powers the “unclean spirits” are INSTRUMENTS OF SPEECH. They are “spirits”, not material forms; spirits inspiring multitudinous tongues; they are “unclean spirits”, FALSE, UNGODLY, IMMORAL; they are “FROG LIKE”, NOISY, LOQUACIOUS, unceasing in their vociferations; low in character while lofty in pretensions; drowning with their hoarse croakings the sound of nobler and more harmonious voices, and wearying the ear with persistent clamour.”

Here is what Christopher Wordsworth had to say around the year 1848 about the symbol of frogs and the sixth vial vision:

Doubtless this figure of the Frogs in the Apocalypse has a spiritual meaning. It describes men of grovelling minds, impure spirits, who will come forth in the dim twilight and sad eventide of the World, unclean spirits, who dwell, as it were, in the slime and quagmires of sordid cogitations, strangers to the clear light and fresh streams of divine Truth; loving the slough of debasing lusts and the misty glimmerings of false Philosophy and worldly Policy, and yet puffed up with pride, and speaking swelling words, and making the world to ring with their harsh discord. Such are they, who talk loudly of Liberty, and do not mean thereby the perfect freedom of serving God, but the slavish license of gratifying their own lusts. Such are they, who do not see in God the only source of power, and do not deduce the right to rule and the duty to obey from Him, but make the will of Man the origin of Authority and the measure of Obedience. Such are they, who do not acknowledge that the Glory of the Most High, and the Eternal happiness of men, are the true ends, and right reasons, and immutable laws of all Government, secular and spiritual; but limit its aims to earth, and degrade it into an abject slave of human appetites. Such are they, who do not receive the doctrines of Religion as God has been pleased to reveal them, but would make themselves the standards and oracles of Truth, and would make Truth to vary with their own proud and fickle caprices. In a word, such are they, who do not raise their eyes upward to the sun and stars of God’s Power, Providence, and Wisdom, set in the clear vault of His glorious firmament, but look downward to themselves, and judge of the things of heaven as they are reflected in the watery mirror of the low pools and miry marshes of their own minds.

Such, then, is the Plague which St. John announces to the World in the Sixth Vial. He represents it as issuing forth from the mouth of the Dragon, and of the Beast, and of the False Prophet. Thus he foretells an alliance of Infidel, Democratical, and Papal Powers. He portends that some Roman Preachers , Ministers of the False Prophet, will advocate the doctrines of political licentiousness, and endeavour to flatter the multitude with seducing words; that they will countenance them in rebellion [e.g. Jesuit liberation theology], against lawful authority, human and divine, as the Egyptian Magicians encouraged Pharaoh and his people in their resistance to God; that they will extol crimes which the Gospel condemns; that they will eulogize Insurrection, and invoke benedictions on Rebellion, and be Hierarchs of Revolution.

An important observation arises here. The History of the Egyptian Plagues narrates that Aaron’s rod was changed into a Serpent: so were those of the Egyptian Magicians. Then Aaron turned the water into blood: so did the Magicians. Then Aaron brought up Frogs: so did the Magicians. But with the Frogs their power ceased. Aaron’s rod smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice. The Magicians attempted to do the same, but could not; and they exclaimed, This is the finger of God! The Plague of the Frogs, then, was the final effort of the False Prophets of Pharaoh. Probably the like will be the case with the mystical Egypt. The Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet will send forth their plague of the Frogs; and it may be that this will be their last struggle,— a fierce one, doubtless, it will be,—perhaps an omen of their extinction.

[Note : I believe the sixth vial points to the beginning of the “little season” of Satan gathering the  nations in one final war against the Church of God]

St. Paul appears to intimate this. This know, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their ownselves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Here the Apostle describes a league of corrupt Religion with Lawlessness, Blasphemy, and Infidelity.

Voltaire : a very loud "frog" croaking out anti-Biblical nonsense

Voltaire : a loud and ungodly “frog” who croaked out a lot of anti-Biblical speech

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Freemasonry : A Book Recommendation

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A few years ago I read a pretty good book concerning the religious system of Freemasonry from an ex-Master Mason (Edmond Ronayne) who actually authored some Masonic books (see here and here) prior to his conversion to Christianity. His book titled “The Master’s Carpet”* offers a Biblical critique of Freemasonry. It deals with the religion’s true origins and its fruits. I strongly recommend it for Christians who are curious to know about Freemasonry itself while desiring to avoid any political conspiracy theory talk. This freely available, public domain book can be downloaded at this website:

http://archive.org/details/masterscarpetor00ronagoog

* full title of the book : “The Master’s Carpet or Masonry and Baal-Worship Identical – Reviewing the Similarity Between Masonry, Romanism and “the Mysteries”, and Comparing the Whole With the Bible”

Edmond Ronayne as a Master Mason (prior to his conversion to the Truth)

Edmond Ronayne as a Master Mason (prior to his conversion to the Truth)

I just want to say right up front that I am not here to attack the sincerity or works of benevolence of individual Masons. Knowing that they embrace a false religious system which condemns them in the sight of the triune God (the Creator of all things and not merely an “architect”) my desire is that they would forsake it and embrace Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Trusting in Him alone for their salvation and not in their imperfect, sin-tainted works (Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10-12, Romans 5:12, Romans 3:23). I have as much desire that they would come to the knowledge of the Truth found only in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6) as I do for Muslims, Mormons, JWs, Roman Catholics, Orthodox Jews, Greek Orthodox Church adherents, Gnostics, liberal Protestants/Baptists, atheists, agnostics, New Agers, Buddhists and Hindoos. My desire is to point people to a public domain, freely available document which shows that this religious system is incompatible with true Christianity. It is my hope that :

1 – professing Christians who are not Masons and only have a hazy idea of what Masonry is would consult the book and find out for themselves that like Roman Catholicism Masonry is a works-salvation religious system opposed to God’s sovereign grace

2 – professing Christians who are Masons (and sadly there are many… enough to cause problems within the Southern Baptist Convention for example) would learn from a former Master Mason – not a novice but an authority on the subject of Masonry whose Masonry books can be purchased on Amazon.com for example – that they cannot remain in that system if they truly love Jesus Christ and the Gospel

I will quote here from the preface to “The Master’s Carpet”:

“In all the most popular Manuals of Freemasonry and in its standard works of the highest authority and merit, there are four well authenticated claims set up on behalf of that institution, as follows:

    1. That it is a religious philosophy, or a system of religious science.
    2. That it was revived in its “present outward form” in 1717.
    3. That all its ceremonies, symbols, and the celebrated legend of Hiram in the Master Mason’s degree, were directly borrowed from the “Ancient Mysteries,” or the secret worship of Baal, Osiris or Tammuz
    4. That a strict obedience to its precepts and obligations is all tnat is necessary to free man from sin, and to secure for him a happy immortality.”

“The design of this work, then, is to discuss these claims in a clear, simple and intelligible manner, and to demonstrate beyond the possibility of dispute or doubt, on the part of any Freemason, that the Masonic system, as it exists to-day, is precisely the same religious philosophy, and the same form of secret worship, that used to be taught and practiced in honor of the “god of nature” in the old temples of paganism. All the proofs adduced to establish these facts are designedly drawn from the testimony of Masonry itself, and are so arranged as to be recognized at a glance, and must be found of great value for immediate reference in all possible discussions on this important subject. The work is also profusely illustrated — the interior of the lodge, the position of its various officers, the ceremonies through which the candidate is made to pass, and the emblems and symbols of its different degrees, being accurately represented by wood-engravings, specially prepared for this exposition, and passed upon by some of the former members of the Order, while the legend of Osiris in the Egyptian Mysteries, and the celebrated legend of Hiram in the Masonic Mysteries, are compared with such minuteness of detail that none can fail to note their absolute identity.”

“The unmistakable coincidence between Masonry and Romanism is also set forth, and it is demonstrated with positive certainty that both systems have sprung from the same pagan source … Although I have been a member of the fraternity for a number of years, though I have been exalted to the highest office among my brethren in the lodge, and have received the unanimous plaudits of the Grand Lodge of Illinois, in 1872, yet accepting God’s Word as the rule of my faith and practice, I insist upon it that I have just as much right to secede from the institution of Freemasonry, and to cast off all allegiance to its extra-judicial and iron-clad oaths, its inhuman death penalties, and its anti-Christian and idolatrous worship as I had to secede from the idolatrous worship of Rome just thirty years ago. Acting upon this principle then, I claim that a father, although a Freemason, is in duty bound to warn his son against affiliation with the Masonic institution, and in doing so, to give him a full exposition of its principles and philosophy. And hence the conversation between Mr. Barton and Henry.”

“That in this manner I may be the humble means of liberating some of my former brothers from the despotism of the lodge, as well as saving others from its wicked entanglements, that through the instrumentality of this book the pure, spiritual, heartfelt worship of God through Christ may be better appreciated, and the Redeemer’s name be glorified and exalted, is the sincere and earnest prayer of the author.”

Here are some other good resources concerning Freemasonry :

– audio sermon #15 (MP3) and  text file (sermon transcript) :

http://www.preachtheword.com/studies/sscults.html

– audio interviews (MP3) with author John Otis (“Unveiling Freemasonry’s Idolatry”)  :

http://sharpens.blogspot.ca/2007/11/pastor-john-m-otis-freemasonry.html

http://sharpens.blogspot.ca/2009/10/blog-post_15.html

– televised debate between John Otis and a Mason :



– documents showing influence of Masonry on development of false religion of Mormonism:

http://www.utlm.org/onlineresources/masonicsymbolsandtheldstemple.htm (from an ex-Mormon)

http://www.ldsendowment.org/masonry.html (from a Mormon)

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