Continuation 2: Interpretation of Crossbeam
 

Ecumenical Christianity

By Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D.,©1998

 

Why did the soldier 6 become enraged at the one hanging on the cross? In the first place, the cross is the only means to enter into eternal life.

John 6:32-33

32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.

33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

 

Jesus alone is the bread of life. The worldly bread we will have to buy with a mark at some future time is not the true bread of life and is a ploy to get our eyes off eternal things. In the vision there was a glimpse of Jesus dying on the cross in order to contrast the true bread of life with the false bread of life. Material bread can only keep one alive for a short period of time. By scrolling the Pope's words over the crossbeam God compared the true life-giving bread, which is free, with the false earthy bread obtained with a mark. It is a stark comparison of temporary bread with eternal bread. "What will a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8:37).

In Revelation we read:

Rev 14:9-10

9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

The Greek word for "mark" here is "charagma" which means a scratching or etching and thus to cut the skin. When the skin is cut, one assumes a covenantal relationship with the person requiring the cut. This is the reason verse ten warns that to make covenant with the Antichrist means one has disannulled his part with the true Christ. One cannot be in covenant with two antagonistic opponents, with God and with Satan. This notion may be hard to understand by westerners, but not with third world countries which are steeped in blood covenant contracting. So it is folly to exchange the true bread of life for a temporary "fix", the mark, in order to be able to eat temporal bread for a season to keep from going hungry.

Matt 4:4

4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by (physical) bread alone, but by every word (spiritual bread) that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

In the second place the soldier represents all opposition to Christianity's exclusivity. The world demands that all ways or faiths reaching for heaven be accepted. The Pope is the mediator between all religious persuasions. He is the central figure forming a United Coalition of the Religions of the World. All faiths are included. Yet Jesus said, "there's no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). So Christians must either prostitute themselves or be sorely tested in the furnace of persecution in the near future for their belief system. The guardians7of the Pope will of necessity have to defend his stand and his role as the organizer and energizer of this United Religions of the World. When the soldier lashed out at Jesus on the cross, it was a mini-view of what's in store for Christians. True Christians will rebel while the forces of evil will be poised to crush all opposition to the Pope's power and authority as he elevates the Antichrist as the New Age Cosmic Christ whom all will welcome who love not the truth.

 

 Duplicity or Lying Wonders

It would be wise to become versed in the whole counsel of God so as not to become ensnared by the wiles of the devil. He is crafty and will go to any length to deceive men including masquerading as angels of light (2 Corinthians 11:14,15). The ultimate deception will be when Satan is kicked out of heaven and comes to earth revealing himself as the glorious god of this world (which he is, [2 Corinthians 4:4]) whom the whole world will accept, inadvertently believing it is our true Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is difficult to conceive wickedness in terms of glory. But that is what the Bible teaches. According to 2Thessalonians 2:3 and 8 this endtime wicked one will make an "appearing" gloriously disguised as our Lord, and multitudes will believe he truly is Christ, the true Jesus, and will accept him instead of believing the scriptures which warn of this deception and which advise people not to take his mark. In fact, he will have so seduced mankind that many will blaspheme and hold in contempt the work of the cross. The soldier's caustic remark to the Word of God hanging on the cross attests to this presumption. The soldier subordinated the Word of God, Jesus, to the Pope's word when he said "Who would dare call the Pope a liar?"

In order to understand the connection between the soldier's quote in the vision, "who would dare care the Pope a liar?" and the quote Jeannette apparently received from the Lord in the mysterious black book in the library, "who would dare call the sun a liar?" we must get at the meaning of Lucifer, the power behind the Pope's ability to exalt the Antichrist to his tyrannical rule of the world. We know from Isaiah 14:13,14 that Lucifer aspired to be like God. The Hebrew word for Lucifer in verse 12 in the Masoretic Hebrew text means "shining (one)." It is taken from a Hebrew verb "halal" meaning to shine, to boast of oneself, to clamourously rave or make a show. In boasting one exalts himself so as to look good. This prideful behavior was what deposed Lucifer as God's anointed cherub whom He created to be His vice regent of heaven. In no sense does the word mean "Day-Star" (foosforos), "Star of the Morning" (Astera ton Prooinon), or "Morning Star"(Asteer Prooinos), titles for Jesus Christ, the Son of God (2 Peter 1:19; Revelation 2:28; 22:16 respectively). Erroneously, then, many new translations of the Bible, such as the NASV, NIV, and RSV change "Lucifer," a transliteration of the Latin "luxfero" meaning "light-bearer," to read "Day-Star" or Star of the Morning" causing much confusion for unschooled readers of the Bible who think it is referring to Jesus Christ. Since the passage speaks of the destruction of the King of Babylon, some may think it is referring to Jesus as the evil ruler of the world ordained to perdition.

The appellation following "halal," the shining one, in verse 12 clarifies that this light-bearer is not the Son of Righteousness. The appellation reads "son of the dawn." For a portion of the year the star Venus, which is really a planet is the first "light-bearer" on the horizon in the sky, and it precedes our Sun's appearance in the dawn of the morning. Jerome refers to Lucifer in his writings as Venus giving credence to the interpretation that this King of Babylon in the passage in question is Lucifer, known as Venus, not a star but a gaseous "light-bearing" planet. Lucifer, and not Jesus, is the persona of Isaiah who is the powerful King of the spiritual kingdom of darkness set for destruction. At the dawn of civilization Jesus, God's Son, created Lucifer, the "son of the dawn," to rule His creation for Him and was given much wisdom with which to do it. This perfect wisdom Lucifer corrupted, and he proceeded to make himself the "Sun (or Son) of Illumination" instead of the "son of the dawn."

In nearly every ethnic group one can find a sun god which is generally the chief god over all the other idolatrous gods. These counterfeit gods assuming worship by men are in reality dead pieces of material substance empowered by Satanic demons (Psalm 96:5; Revelation 9:20) working for God's arch enemy, Lucifer, the "son of the dawn" who gives false "illumination" to people operating in the occultic underworld. The real "Sun (Son) God" is Jesus, the "Son of Righteousness," but we are told in scripture that under no circumstances are we to make graven images of animate or inanimate objects to be worshipped. Hence, Christians only look at the sun, which is the light and life of the physical world, as representative of Jesus who is the light and life of the spiritual world, the former being a shadow of the latter.

When Jeannette found the Latin quote "Who would dare call the sun a liar?," it was not an accident. I believe she was given the book with that quote by the Lord to disclose which pagan god the last endtime world ruler will claim to be. We see a revival of pagan temples all over the world, but Americans have to go no further than Colorado to see a Temple to the Sun God.
Beautiful Sun over the ocean

Ra, the sun god in Egypt, was the chief god of the Egyptian pantheon because the sun gives light and mortal men cannot live without it. The pagan sun god ruled over all. Correspondingly the last world ruler will have ability to give or withhold life by dispensing a mark with which to buy and sell and without which one is doomed to die. It seems incredible that one man could control the world and even more astonishing that modern man is regressing to animism and idolatry. Yet much documented evidence discloses the fact that our limitless and tireless pursuit of the unknown through computerization has brought mankind to the brink of total bondage and control by just a handful of men.

Moses before Phorah
Do I believe that all the "lying wonders" will be contrived by mankind's imaginative genius? It is my studied opinion that there will be actual miracles performed by the Lord's devilish enemies just as Jannes and Jambre (2 Timothy 3:8) matched Moses' miracles tit for tat during the initial stages of God's judgment on Egypt as recorded in the Old Testament of the Bible.

God permits these signs and wonders in order to harden the hearts of the people against His anointed one in the same way He permitted Pharaoh's heart to be hardened so that God could reveal His limitless power over all false gods and idols. As the judgments became swifter and more severe, the false gods were unable to keep up with an inexorable and omnipotent God. Likewise the book of Revelation discloses a similar scenario as God judges the world, the antitype of Egypt in the Exodus generation, with ever more terrible seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments over a seven year period called the Great Tribulation. Lucifer, the power behind the Antichrist and False Prophet, cannot withstand God's awesome power and is foreordained to perdition in a lake of fire along with his two servants. (Confer Revelation chapters 13 and 20)

 

Wise Men Seek the Word

Is there hope that anyone will survive who does not take the mark of the endtime dictator? Yes there is. In Daniel we read,

Dan 12:10

10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

The bible also speaks of a remnant who will make it through the seven year period of great tribulation to the next millennium.

Isa 24:6

6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

God will supernaturally protect the few people who survive the holocaust in order to repopulate the Millennium. These are the Christians who got caught unprepared to meet the Bridegroom, Jesus, when He came for His bride. They were not looking for Him and hence missed the Rapture. Unfortunately, most of the Christians will have been eliminated through martyrdom during the Tribulation (Revelation 7:13,14). This knowledge should stir one to cleanse his garments and stay prepared to meet the Lord in the air prior to the beginning of the Day of the Lord. You might say, "Will God accept me when I have been living such a riotous life?" Yes He will. He'll take you just as you are. But you cannot stay that way and expect to be part of the spotless bride that Jesus is coming back to get. You can start now -- now is the accepted time, ...now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). There is no promise for tomorrow. Start cleaning up your life now and get ready for the greatest feat of all miracles...cheating death of its hold on you.

1 Cor 15:51-57

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Get prepared my friend because we are already on a fast track to the next millennium. No one knows what problems the Y2K syndrome will bring nor when. Get into the Word of God and learn how to use your weapon. The Bible is your sword and you will need it in the coming days. Learn about the name of Jesus and the power vested in that name. Learn how to wield that sword to keep predators from stealing your hope of escape to glory. Jesus told us to "watch ... and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass..." (Luke 21:36). It takes practice, my friend. You don't build a house in a storm! When the storm comes you had better know in advance what is essential and what is excess baggage, how to close the shutters and batten down the hatches. The name of Jesus is all you need because all authority and power resides in that name (Matthew 28:18). It alone can take you through any storm and even through the valley of the shadow of death to the other side safe and secure. "...There is no other name (but Jesus) under heaven given among men whereby we might be saved" (Acts 4:12).

 

Epilogue

The function of a priest is to mediate between man and God. In this regard the Pope is a priest. But so are believers according to 1 Peter 2:9:

1 Pet 2:9

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation...

Rev 1:5-6

5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Nevertheless, the Pope holds an exalted position in the eyes of a whole host of people as the Vicar of Christ, the one taking the place of another while he is absent. Note The American Heritage Dictionary meaning of the word vicar: a priest acting for or representing another usually higher ranking member of the clergy. In this regard the Pope functions as Vicar of Jesus for millions of Catholic Christians since no other person on earth ranks higher than he does in the clergy. It is irrelevant whether or not he actually is the Vicar. 5 But for the record listen to John 14:26 as it declares "the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name..." as the Vicar of Christ. How does this relate to our vision? We have seen that in the coming days there will be a Pope who will indeed become the mediator for three years between men and the Antichrist. This is the central message of this vision. Yet the Pope has declared Himself to be God, the bread provider and intermediary between men and the Antichrist. The only way he can be god, since the Antichrist is to be the ruling sun god, is by assuming the function of God the Holy Spirit, which function is to elevate and exalt the Second Person of the Trinity. Through miracles, signs, and lying wonders, he will acclaim the Antichrist, the second person in Lucifer's trinity, as God manifested in the flesh. He also will be a false Comforter and Counselor to multitudes whom he seduces to take the mark of the beast to their eternal doom. God has decreed it in His Word and has confirmed it in this prophetic vision.

There will be a scornful and scathing attack on Christianity whereby men of letters such as the Jesus Committee will blasphemously and contemptuously reduce the work of Jesus on the cross to mere myth as we see already happening.

Rev 13:5-6

5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

Rev 16:9

9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

God is going to allow unrighteousness to run rampant. He is going to sit back and laugh (Psalm 2) and watch mankind squirm under the oppressive hand of the totalitarian regime that carries out the endtime leader's commands (Proverbs 1:24-32). Why? Because they repented not to give God glory as recorded above in the ninth verse. Prepare yourself. You do not have to be a part of the deception. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. It's your choice.

Deut 30:19

19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

You can follow the world or follow Jesus who said His kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36). Therefore, the kingdom, which is being prepared, is for another Christ, the Cosmic Christ of the New Age. Don't you be fooled. Get ready, for the 1999 countdown to the next millennium has begun.


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The Bible says Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to take His place as Comforter and Counselor. See also John 14:16 and 15:26. (But)
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Soldier : Article, "500-year-old mercenary army protects pope." Web posted May 5,1998 at 8:00 a.m. EDT (1209 GMT). Copyright 1998 The Associated Press: (become) http://www.europe.cnn.com/WORLD/europe/9805/05/swiss.guard.history.ap/index.html
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Guardians: Article, "Security chief, wife, guard found dead in Vatican." Web posted May 5,1998 at 2:49 a.m. EDT (0649 GMT). Copyright 1998 The Associated Press: (of) http//www.europe.cnn.com/WORLD/europe/9805/05/vatican.murder.on/index.html
 

 

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