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Jun20

Tribulation Study Matthew 24

A guest has asked for an interpretation of the Tribulation Bible verse in Matthew in the Gospel?

I’ve been travelling and there has been some comment discussion as I had already asked before I departed for travel, what others thought the verse means. Finally, I am getting to this. Thank you for your patience, I will annotate my answers in <> as I edit this original post. ‘Abd’ul-Baha said there are 72 two meanings to every verse. This is what I believe the tribulation verses mean. I’ll start with the verses, then explain them:

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:29-31

Immediately after the tribulation <Tribulation is same as a test or oppression> Read the rest of this entry »

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May12

Two Messiahs

Messiah ben Joseph and Messiah ben David

The Bible says that there would be two Messiahs.

The definition of the word “Messiah” is: An Anointed Male Lineal Descendant of King David.

In Judaism, these two Messiahs are titled “Messiah ben David” and “Messiah ben Joseph.” Ask any Rabbi.

The first one Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar23

Easter? Happy Resurrection Day

I was talking with a Christian today and she said she was celebrating Easter with her family. I asked if she was going on an Easter egg hunt. She said yes and asked If I was also?

I said I hadn’t since I was a child.

I mean why celebrate 5000 year old holiday with eggs and rabbits, which are both symbols of fertility worship and all on a day that is named after Ishtar, the pagan goddess of fertility?

I bid her a good day and pulled out my Bible to read about the resurrection. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec26

The Influence of the Greek Philosophy and Religion upon Christianity

The Resultant Affect upon the Harmony of the Three Abrahamic Faiths

by Nefratiri Weeks
October 26, 2007
Scholars and historians agree that the blending of Greek culture with Christianity eventually resulted in our modern understanding of Christianity as a religion; textbooks paint the picture of its great Hebrew Roots being planted in Greek Soil, creating the tree we see today in every American City and across the world. However, some scholars assert that while Greek rational thought had a positive influence on Christianity, Greek religious practices at that time had no influence. I will demonstrate that, to the contrary, many Greek religious practices are alive and well in the Christian Church and discuss the deeper implications of this fact on the global situation of religious division.In his Summa Theologica, Thomas Aquinas, one of the great reasoning minds of the late Middle Ages, set forth the argument that the subject matter of religious doctrine, belief and faith was to be rightly considered a science. He set this science higher than the science of empirical thought with subject matter including mathematics and the like. Aquinas opened the door of religious speculation that had been closed by the Church for more than a thousand years. In his treatise concerning religious belief he concludes:

“As other sciences do not argue in proof of their principles, but argue from their principles to demonstrate other truths in these sciences: so this doctrine does not argue in proof of its principles, which are the articles of faith, but from them it goes on to prove something else…” (Aquinas). Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov09

A question about the date for Jesus the Christ

Question: You know how in the date in the proofs for Jesus the 70 years are broken down to 7, 62, & 1? Well we need all 490 years to get to the crucifixion, right? What does it mean in Dan. 9:26 where it says “after sixty two weeks an anointed one shall be cut off”. Doesn’t it look like the “cut off” is the crucifixion? How does that relate to the beginning of John’s ministry in 27 AD (408bc-434yrs= 27ad)? In other words, the 62 weeks (434 years) doesn’t get us to 34 AD, we need the last week (7 years), but verse 26 makes it look like the crucifixion (“shall be cut off”) happens “after sixty two weeks”, see? I’m trying to explain this to an evangelist,but i can’t explain it to myself right now (duh). I could use an answer ASAP.

An answer: The point at which the “cut off” occurs is after the 62 week period. It is at the end of the last week Read the rest of this entry »

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Jun07

Muslim View of Antichrist

I just returned from a business trip to Seattle. While I was there I took a taxi and the driver, wearing all white and a white fez, was playing a tape of Arabic singing. It really was quite beautiful, entrancing even. He turned it down for my directions and I asked him what it was and he said it was the Quran in song. I complimented his musical taste. More importantly Read the rest of this entry »

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May09

Mythical Jesus

There are numerous reasons why Baha’is don’t accept the commonly held belief that Jesus is God. We do of course believe in Jesus, and the Bible. This is only commonly held among Christians I should say. Muslim believe in him, too. They’re even awaiting his return. But, like the Baha’is, Muslims do not believe he’s God, or in the Trinity. So maybe it’s not the most commonly held belief worldwide, but a whole lot of Christians believe this despite his vehement protest to the idea in the Gospels.

He was one of the most influential and important teachers the world has known. But, it is challenging at best Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr13

“And the Word became flesh”.

This verse from John chapter 1 has many people convinced John is claiming that Jesus is the Word, and therefore God Almighty Himself; in the flesh. As Baha’is, we believe what Baha’u'llah reveals about a “Progressive Revelation” coming from the same One, True, Invisible God. He teaches that God has revealed Himself through 9 different persons throughout the last 6,000 years in what he terms a “Progressive Revelation”. But that none of these ones who bring a revelation are God Himself, but instead are revealing God’s Will.

So which is true? The Apostle John is correct, and of course Baha’u'llah is correct. It’s the interpretation of what John meant that is at odds with reality. Jesus is not God; Jesus is not the Word. The disconnect happens when one (or millions) assumes that the “Word” and Jesus are one and the same. It doesn’t say that. What it says is “the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Later in verse 14 it states “and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us full of grace and truth.”. That’s what John said specifically, so let’s not add or take away from this for the sake of accuracy. If you look further down the chapter he continues in verse 17: “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ”. So John describes the Word as “grace and truth”; then he states this “came through Jesus Christ”. So the Word “dwelt” in and “came through” Jesus Christ. See? The Word, which is God, dwelt in and was revealed through Jesus Christ which is in accord with Baha’u'llah’s teaching about Progressive Revelations.

Furthermore, in verse 18 John state: “Noone has ever seen God. The only Son…he has made him known”. So Jesus can’t be God, because many saw him, right? But “he has made (God/the Word) known”. This again is exactly what Baha’u'llah teachs. This Progressive Revelation has come through many teachers, for the stated purpose of making God’s will known to the people.

The Greek translation for “the Word” is LOGOS. Logos literally means ‘thoughts expressed in words’. So another way to state what John is saying would be to say that God’s Thoughts came and dwelt with us in Jesus who in turn expressed these Thoughts in words so they could be made known.

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Apr09

Easter: the resurrection of the pagan festival of Eoster

I was on the floor laughing over the new South Park episode this week that asked the challenging question: what do bunnies have to do with Easter. They of course made light of the subject, and for entertainment purposes didn’t probe too deeply into the matter. But, it’s a valid question that is rarely if ever even asked. Bunnies, eggs, and chicks just pop up every springtime, and everyone just says “Oh it’s Easter again”. But why doesn’t anyone ever publically say “Wait a minute. What do these symbolize”? It’s a logical question for there is such a large disconnect between the resurrection of Jesus and the symbols of the holiday. The Reverand Alexander Hyslop provides a basis for understanding what one has to do with the other in his “Two Babylons”. The bunny and eggs are symbols of feritility. There annual appearance every spring pre-dates Christ to the ancient pagan festival of Eoster.

Eoster was the goddess of fertility to the ancient Babylonians; also known as Ishtar and Astoreth (the false goddess Solomon bowed down to in the Old Testatment). Symbols of fertility surround her ceremonial practices to which the bunny and egg find there place every spring since ancient Babylonian times.

So what does this have to do with Jesus? Nothing. The bunnies and eggs are residual effects of paganism conquering Christianity. Many believe the opposite happened, when in fact the idea of god incarnating into a man and being worshiped is the same pagan religion that Moses was battling in his time. It has endured 5 millenium and celebrated today.

This video explains how the biblical account of Jesus’ resurrection was a parable, and is not to be taken literally. That he was not god-incarnate physically rising from the dead to prove his divinity. The Gospels don’t support this notion that Jeus is God, or the Trinity, or the physical resurrection. In fact worshipping anything but the one true invisible God is exactly what Jesus and Moses came to warn the people against. Jesus said “Why do you call me good? There is noone good but God alone” (Mark 10:18). Yet we find today the ancient Babylonian religion of worshipping pagan gods and symbols enduring.

If one looks closely at the resurrection parable it is easy to find the truth. At the end of Luke 24 after the “resurrection” Jesus is given some fish and eats it saying “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you” (verse 44). See, Jesus wasn’t there when he said this. His resurrection is a parable which is explained in detail is this youtube video. Bunnies and god-incarnated men are actually closely related and celebrated at Eoster, but neither have anything to do with the truth of the Gospels or the true teachings of Jesus.

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Mar06

Four Veils of Daniel is Uploaded

This amazing document written by Dr. Leland Jensen, who fulfilled the Christian and Baha’i prophecies for the “Seventh Angel” is now uploaded as a Web page on this site. If you have not had the opportunity to read this file please do yourself a favor and take some time to do so. Likewise, if you have read it, you may want to read it again.

Here is the link.

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Feb17

Treasure Seekers

I often daydream about what goes on in the minds of the readers who witness the important words in this blog. My hope is that people are more likely to be intellectual than emotionally swayed. The emotional “knee jerk” reaction to finding out that they have been “kept in the dark” from learning may lead people to continue to “seek the truth,” or it may frighten them out of their curiosity because believing the lies that the masses believe is easier.

Jeff’s article below, explains how our community has a “faith based on proof.” In the movie, “National Treasure,” the hero believes that he is endowed with mental skills large enough to figure out where the treasure was hidden. Likewise, I believe that human beings are smart enough to figure out the “code” by which God has given us important instructions. If we break the “code” of prophecy and determine who speaks for God, then all messages from that messenger are believable. Many readers will believe that Jesus speaks for God, but they follow church doctrine instead of Jesus.

We invite you, dear reader, to use the skills God has given you to recognize God.
More important than a “National Treasure,” we set before you the “pearl of great price.”

“The physical existence we have is our opportunity to recognize and accept God. In doing this we acquire Godly attributes and are able to advance toward God, and possibly obtain that station which God has ordained, or put aside for us in the next life. We can hasten or halt our progress toward that station by our beliefs, and the deeds that we do in this life. If we do not accomplish this during our existence here on the physical plane, we enter the next life handicapped. Our progress toward that station in the next life is only by God’s Mercy. There is no free will in the next life. Those that come into the Kingdom here on earth receive the pearl of great price, for they used their free will to come into the Kingdom. This pearl of great price is the High station that God had set aside for them, which is glorious beyond all conceptions.”
(“Entry by Troops” by J.T. Lamb pages 460-461.)

Did you get that? The pearl of great price is glorious beyond all conceptions. Glorious!
Collin

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Feb15

The Golden Criteria: Faith Based on Proof

Faith is basically beliefs on things unseen. But we don’t want to have blind faith. God doesn’t expect us to have blind faith. God is obviously scientific and logical for these are foundations of Creation. So naturally when it comes to the Messangers speaking on behalf of the One True God we should be able to follow logical proofs to sort out the True Ones from the charlitans. The proofs we will examine here are prophecy. We can see by looking at prophecy Jesus and Baha’u'llah both fullfilled that they fit the bill, so to speak. We will examine the specific prophecies that reveal the exact dates when both Jesus and Baha’u'llah would begin their missions, where this would take place, where their identities were foretold. These specific prophetic points are what we refer to as the Golden Criteria. Let’s look at the specific prophecies from the Bible.

The Old Testament paints a picture for two different Messiahs from the House of David coming on two separate occasions, and not the same Messiah appearing twice (Zech 4:14): “these are the two anointed ones that stand by the Lord of the whole earth”. Jesus was the first Messiah, being descended from the House through His physical father Joseph. Baha’u'llah, founder of the Baha’i Faith, is literally seated on the Throne of David, fulfilling the prophet Isaiah’s visions of this Messiah in Chapters 2, 9, and 11.

Name

Jesus’ name was prophesied to come by Isaiah. Emmanuel, in the Hebrew language is Jesus in the Greek:

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)

Matthew is showing this prophecy fulfilled here:

“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us… And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he [Joseph] called his name JESUS.” (Matthew 1: 23-25)

This connection shows that he was prophesied to come by Isaiah and fulfilled in Jesus.

Bahá’u'lláh (Arabic for the English “Glory of God/Lord”) is prophesied by name so many times throughout the Bible that to give them all would be too much. One instance occurs in the 43rd chapter of Ezekiel:

“As the glory of the Lord [Bahá'u'lláh in Arabic] entered the temple by the gate facing east, the Spirit lifted me up, and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the temple.” (Ezekiel 43: 4, 5 RSV)

This entire chapter is prophecies regarding Bahá’u'lláh

Date

The prophet Daniel gives a specific date for the “Messiah” in chapter 9:

24 “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (King James Bible, Daniel 9:24-27)

For the advent of the Messiah, the prophet Daniel gave seventy weeks from the “commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem”. The commandment was ordered by Artaxerxes on March 21st, 457 BC. In seventy weeks there are 490 days, and according to the Holy text each day in prophecy is reckoned as a year (Numbers 14:34). Furthermore, versions like Revised Standard state more specifically: “seventy weeks of years”. That is, there were four hundred and ninety years from the order of Artaxerxes to the crucifixion of Jesus the Messiah. That is, Jesus was crucified at the age of 33 in 34 AD, or 457 BC minus 490 years equals 34 AD

In the 25th verse of Daniel 9 this is expressed in another manner of seven weeks and sixty-two weeks and one week. It took seven weeks, or 49 years, after the order to rebuild Jerusalem (issued on March 21st, 457 BC) for the city to be rebuilt. In 408 BC the city was rebuilt including the walls and the moat. Then there was an interim period of sixty-two weeks, or four hundred and thirty-four (434) days/years, between the rebuilding of the city and the last week. That brings us to March 21st, 27 AD, when John the Baptist began his ministry. Three and one-half (3-1/2) years later he baptized Jesus on September 21st, 30 AD:

21 “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, 22: And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. 23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph,” (King James Bible, Luke 3:21-23)

Then, three and a half (3-1/2) years later on March 21st, 34 AD, Jesus was crucified. Jesus, at the age of 33, was martyred in 34 AD.

Address

Jesus was prophesied to come in Bethlehem by Micah:

“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from old, from everlasting.” (KJV, Micah 5:2)The fulfillment of Micah’s prophecy was explained by Matthew:

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea…” (KJV, Matthew 2:1).This shows that Jesus came from Bethlehem. This is where the wise men found him. Matthew continues:

“And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.” (KJV, Matthew 2:5, 6)

Bahá’u'lláh’s “address” was prophecied by Isaiah. He came from the east near the city of Tehran, Iran in the Province of Mazindaran, the site of the throne of King David that Bahá’u'lláh’s father sat upon, thus Bahá’u'lláh came from the east to Mt. Carmel in Haifa, Israel.

“The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the Majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord [Bahá'u'lláh], the majesty of our God.”(Isaiah 35:1, 2 RSV)

So we can see that believing in Jesus and Baha’u'llah is founded on solid ground: The Golden Criteria.

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Feb02

Who is the Army of God?

The 144,000 Troops

In the book of Revelation it is prophesied that there will be an army of God consisting of 144,000 who are “sealed on the forehead.”

If you Google the phrase “144000 troops” you can find several news articles with this excerpt in it:

President Bush says he has not received any request to send more American forces to Iraq and that commanders have told him the 144,000 troops already deployed are “what they can live with.”

I first heard about this last November in a coffee shop here in the New Jerusalem of the Rocky Mountains. Immediately I knew what was going on. George WWIII Bush, who used family ties to dodge the draft, who failed and ruined several of his daddies oil businesses, who was a notorious alcoholic and cocaine addict, suddenly and conveniently became a “born again” evangelical “christian” actually thinks that he is the leader of the Army of God and he wants to have 144,000 troops in Iraq as his proof that he is the one. The one what though? Isn’t it Jesus on his return that is supposed to command this army?

Does Dubya think he’s the return of Jesus?

Somebody impeach this guy before he pushes the button, thinking that this will force the “rapture” to happen!

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Jan26

Christs relationship with God

Hello! My name is Collin, and I live in Wisconsin.

For 18 years, I have been a public high school chemistry teacher. For over 20 years, I have made attempts at teaching people about the antichrist. Perhaps readers of this short blog will read through and understand this important message.

First of all, do we start from common ground: Do you believe, as I do, that Jesus is the Messiah? I have seen the proofs that Jesus fulfills prophecy to be born of a virgin in the city of David at the year foretold in scripture and marked off in the great pyramid.

My hope is that the reader also respects Jesus enough to pray as he taught us to pray: “Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10 KJV)

Let me ask you, did Jesus say, “Pray to me?” If the reader has been taught by men to pray to Jesus, then the reader must make a decision about where his or her loyalties lie. Furthermore, check out what Jesus said as recorded by Luke: “And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? None is good, save one, that is, God.” (Luke 18:18-19 KJV)

When Jesus says that he is not God, then why do people invent a trinity and argue that he is God? Why believe the pope if he speaks pagan lies? The pope is antichrist. The pope will not teach you, as this site will, that “Christ” is Roman for the Hebrew “Messiah ben David” which means “anointed male descendent of King David” a role which Jesus fulfills. So when I tell you that I believe in the virgin birth, I believe that Mary gave birth to a son who was human. In science class, we are taught that sperm and egg must meet, and the DNA of both the father and mother unite to give the characteristics of the child.

Jesus was a human child born as a human descendent of King David, and since Joseph is a descendent of King David, we can figure out that the sperm came from him. For details on how sperm can swim and get a virgin girl pregnant, see the Dear Abby newspaper column. (Missoulian, Friday, May 9 1986)

For details on the genealogy of Jesus back to David see the first chapter of Matthew. In fact, read the first sentence in the first book of the New Testament: “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” (Matthew 1:1) My point is this: If a person still believes that the father of Jesus is not Joseph, but God, then such a person is against Christ, or antichrist. God did not descend from King David. Jesus did decend from King David.  Jesus is not God.

Jesus spoke the word of God. There is a difference. Every word that Jesus spoke is holy and comes from the mind of God, but Jesus was a man with a gift, not a God to worship with idols like Mary and the Saints. Idol worship is bad.

“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God.” (Exodus 20: 5 KJV) In fact, just to let you know how irritated God may be with those who believe such things, let me quote some logic from another descendent of David, ’Abdu’l-Baha who said, ”Observe that the reality of man, who is the most noble of creatures, does not descend to the reality of the animal, that the essence of the animal, which is endowed with the powers of sensation, does not abase itself to the degree of the vegetable, and that the reality of the vegetable, which is the power of growth, does not descend to the reality of the mineral. Briefly, the superior reality does not descend nor abase itself to inferior states; then how could it be that the Universal Reality of God, which is freed from all descriptions and qualifications, notwithstanding Its absolute sanctity and purity, should resolve Itself into the forms of the realities of the creatures, which are the source of imperfections? This is a pure imagination which one cannot conceive.” (‘Abdu’l-Baha: Some Answered Questions p. 295-296 paperback edition)

The authors at this site can also teach you that ‘Abdu’l-Baha is the son of the Reigning Messiah, the “Christ” that Jesus said would come. Stay tuned. Open your mind to the intelligent design that God has brought forth on this planet. God is infinitely intelligent, and I have faith that God wants us to use our brains and our free will to choose correctly.

If the reader disagrees, by what basis do you say that I am wrong? Do your loyalties lie with what you were once taught, or are you loyal to God? Be pure of heart and seek the truth.

Collin

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