Written by Doug Krieger

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Chapter 1



Prophecy as usual—this is not!

Swirling amidstrepparttar confusion inrepparttar 143136 Middle East and amidst those inrepparttar 143137 media, think tanks, and Left-Behind-oriented prophecy buffs is a plethora of disjointed and ever-changing analyses and strategic conclusions/confusions which becloudrepparttar 143138 real issues playing out inrepparttar 143139 unfolding apocalyptic drama they interpret. Events twist and turn, but history’s inexorable march to finality confoundsrepparttar 143140 skeptic, thwartsrepparttar 143141 agnostic, and befuddlesrepparttar 143142 wise in his own conceits.

Yes, this is an eschatological compass which takes its cue fromrepparttar 143143 Book, but it’s not what you’d expect, not at all. Of Samuel Huntington’s major civilizations which encompassrepparttar 143144 globe, there are but three that militate against each other: Western, Chinese, and Islamic. All three, accordingrepparttar 143145 Bible (and this is not a wild eyed conjecture, but a calculated hermeneutic of Scripture) were forecast to clash “inrepparttar 143146 latter days” by Hebrew prophets Isaiah, Zechariah, Daniel and Ezekiel, and were substantiated by New Testament counterparts; namely, Jesus, Paul, and John.

No, “events have not overtaken us” . . . nor do we rely upon their fickle interpretations to fitrepparttar 143147 Biblical account. Torepparttar 143148 contrary,repparttar 143149 Word of God stands unalterable, unchanging, persistent in its discernment; yet, dynamic inrepparttar 143150 manifestation “byrepparttar 143151 prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations” atrepparttar 143152 close of this age (Romans 16:26a).

The current realignment of nations inrepparttar 143153 Middle East, and for that matter, throughoutrepparttar 143154 earth, astounds and comforts, persuades and consolesrepparttar 143155 masses onrepparttar 143156 planet . . . while alerting Gentile World Powers (“to all nations”), their days are numbered, for “with evil intent” have they conspired against His purposes (Zechariah 1:15).

Syria, Iran (Persia), Magog, Tubal, Togarmah and Mesheck (Turkey or Magog), Egypt, Libya and Cush (Sudan) have, are and will conspire together as they facerepparttar 143157 Willful King ofrepparttar 143158 West. This is not Lord ofrepparttar 143159 Rings: This isrepparttar 143160 unfolding of those final Biblical conflicts . . . Gog and Magog, andrepparttar 143161 Campaign of Armageddon. Here,repparttar 143162 West’s final confrontation withrepparttar 143163 Kings ofrepparttar 143164 East overrepparttar 143165 “Hidden Treasures” reaches its vile and horrid termination . . . forrepparttar 143166 Antichrist/Beast, False Prophet and Image have sought to amassrepparttar 143167 wealth ofrepparttar 143168 nations, subdue all nations, and destroyrepparttar 143169 witness of both Israel andrepparttar 143170 Church.

Jesus(PBUH) the Pharisee

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

RESPONSE TO PAULINE CHRISTIANITY: - The whole of Christendom is not Popery or Romanized butrepparttar Pauline influence is arguablyrepparttar 143135 strongest doctrine inrepparttar 143136 whole of philosophy and theology. 'The Mythmaker: Paul andrepparttar 143137 Invention of Christianity' by Hyam Maccoby say these things onrepparttar 143138 back cover:

"Defyingrepparttar 143139 accepted view of Jesus as creator of Christianity, Hyam Maccoby, a leading Talmudic scholar, offers a brilliantly argued, boldly provocative challenge to traditional theories aboutrepparttar 143140 origin ofrepparttar 143141 Christian religion and leads us to a startling unorthodox conclusion. Maccoby claims that Paul rather than Jesus wasrepparttar 143142 theoretician and architect of that amazing hybrid of Hellenism and Judaism we know today as Christianity, and that it was Paul alone who created a new religion through his vision of Jesus as a divine Savior who died to save humanity. This concept went far beyondrepparttar 143143 messianic claims of Jesus and, in fact, was an amalgamation of ideas derived from Hellenic religion, especially from Gnosticism andrepparttar 143144 mystery cults… Bold and scholastically scrupulous. (pg. xi) In my earlier book on Jesus, Revolution in Judaea, I showed how, inrepparttar 143145 Synoptic Gospels, Jesus speaks and acts a Pharisee, thoughrepparttar 143146 Gospel editors have attempted to conceal this by representing him as opposing Pharisaism... Inrepparttar 143147 present book I have used rabbinical evidence to establish an opposite contention: that Paul, whomrepparttar 143148 New Testament wishes to portray as having been a trained Pharisee, never was one (pgs.4&5).

This explainsrepparttar 143149 puzzling and ambiguous role given inrepparttar 143150 Gospels torepparttar 143151 companions of Jesus,repparttar 143152 twelve disciples. They are shadowy figures, who are allowed little personality, except of a schematic kind. They are portrayed as stupid; they never quite understand what Jesus is up to. Their importance inrepparttar 143153 origins of Christianity is played down in a remarkable way. For example, we find immediately after Jesus' death thatrepparttar 143154 leader ofrepparttar 143155 Jerusalem Church is Jesus' brother James. Yet inrepparttar 143156 Gospels, this James does not appear at all as having anything to do with Jesus' mission and story. Instead, he is given a brief mention as one ofrepparttar 143157 brothers of Jesus who allegedly 'opposed' Jesus during his lifetime and regarded him as mad. How it came about that a brother who had been hostile to Jesus in his lifetime suddenly becamerepparttar 143158 revered leader ofrepparttar 143159 Church immediately after Jesus' death is not explained, though one would have thought that some explanation was called for. Later Church legends, of course, filledrepparttar 143160 gap with stories ofrepparttar 143161 miraculous conversion of James afterrepparttar 143162 death of Jesus and his development into a saint. Butrepparttar 143163 most likely explanation is, as will be argued later, thatrepparttar 143164 erasure of Jesus' brother James (and his other brothers) from any significant role inrepparttar 143165 Gospel story is part ofrepparttar 143166 denigration ofrepparttar 143167 early leaders who had been in close contact with Jesus and regarded with great suspicion and dismayrepparttar 143168 Christological theories ofrepparttar 143169 upstart Paul, flaunting his new visions in interpretation ofrepparttar 143170 Jesus whom he had never met inrepparttar 143171 flesh.” (1)

So Paul and his Temple inbred idiots who inherited or sold out in order to get their positions arerepparttar 143172 creators of a history that is entirely opposite to what Jesus wanted for humanity. The Pharisaic and Mishnah saying that covers this perspective is a little less delicate:

... "A learned bastard takes precedence over an ignorant High Priest.” (2)

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