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Wednesday, January 9, 2013


"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see."
              Winston Churchill
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Cognitive dissonance is a term used in psychology to describe the feeling when simultaneously holding two or more conflicting ideas, beliefs, values, or emotional reactions.  The result can be frustration, hunger, dread, guilt, anger, embarrassment, anxiety, etc.

In Aesop’s The Fox and the Grapes, when the fox fails to reach the grapes, which are up in a tree, he decides he does not want them after all.

Here is a more modern example:  In computer language a “byte” is a measurement.  So I will ask you how big is a kilobyte.  How big is a megabyte?  How big is a gigabyte?  How big is a terabyte?  How big is a petabyte?  And how big is a Moabite?

Suddenly . . . your mind “bends” a little.  This is an example of cognitive (a group of mental processes, or attention memory) dissonance (conflict).

So we are going to do a study about the Antichrist, and perhaps, just perhaps, you will experience cognitive dissonance.

AntiChrist:  “The opposite of Christ”, “The adversary of the Messiah”.  Greek, antichristo, Strong’s # 500.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-11

“ . . . let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him.  Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun.  Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us.  Don’t be fooled by what they say.  For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction.  He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship.  He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God.  Don’t you remember that I told you about all this when I was with you?  And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes.  For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way.  Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the lord Jesus will kill him with the breath of his mouth (Rev. 19:15) and destroy him by the splendor of his coming.  This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles.  He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them.  So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies.”

Revelation 20:7-10

“When the thousand years come to an end, Satan will be let out of his prison.  He will go out to deceive the nations—called Gog and Magog (Ez. 38:2)—in every corner of the earth.  He will gather them (the nations) together for battle—a mighty army, as numberless as sand along the seashore.  And I saw them (Satan and the nations) as they went up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded God’s people and the beloved city.  But fire from heaven came down on the attacking armies and consumed them.  Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet.  There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

An entire end-time doctrine and scenario has been built around the antichrist, which is never mentioned by name in any book of the Bible except 1st and 2nd John, and then only four times.

Listen to my “Forty names of Satan”:

Some scholars think that “The Assyrian”, mentioned 13 times in the Bible, is another name for the Antichrist.  In Daniel 9:22 he is called “a ruler”; a few verses down he is referred to as “this defiler”. Of course, Revelation speaks about the False Prophet and The Beast.  And Zechariah 11:17 calls him “the Worthless Shepherd”.  “The Man of Lawlessness”  and “The One Who Brings Destruction” is mentioned in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2.

This whole “Antichrist” doctrine is pretty much based on only four passages.  Here they are:


1 John 2:18-19

“Dear children, the last hour is here.  You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared.  From this we know that the last hour has come.  These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with us; otherwise they would have stayed with us.  When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us.”

1 John 2:22

“And who is a liar?  Anyone who says that Jesus Christ is not the Christ (anointed Messiah, Son of God).  Anyone who denies the father and the Son is an antichrist.”

1 John 4:3

“But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God.  Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.”

2 John 1:7

“ . . . many deceivers have gone out into the world.  They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body.  Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist.”

A physical description of the antichrist:  Zechariah 11:17:

“What sorrow awaits this worthless shepherd who abandons the flock!  The sword will cut his arm and pierce his right eye.  His arm will become useless, and his right eye completely blind.”

Why do some scholars believe that this is a physical description of the Antichrist?

A “worthless shepherd” is the exact opposite of Jesus.

In Revelation 4:11; 5:2,4,9, & 12, Jesus is referred to as “WORTHY”.  A worthless shepherd, as described in Zechariah 11:17, is the exact opposite of Jesus, making him the Antichrist.

Another characteristic of this worthless shepherd is that he abandons the flock.  This, too, is the exact opposite of Jesus, who declared, “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).


This worthless shepherd who abandons the flock is attacked by someone, blinding his right eye and leaving one of his arms paralyzed.

This scripture in Zechariah confirms and reinforces a passage in Revelation 13:14, “ . . . the first beast was fatally wounded and then came back to life.”

Zechariah 14:1-5

“Watch, for the day of the Lord is coming when your possessions will be plundered right in front of you!  I will gather all the nations to fight against Jerusalem.  The city will be taken, the houses looted, and the women raped.  Half the population will be taken into captivity, and the rest will be left among the ruins of the city.  Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations, as he has fought in times past.  On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem.  And the Mount of Olives will split apart, making a wide valley running from east to west.  Half the mountain will move toward the north and half toward the south.  You will flee through this valley, for it will reach across to Azal.  Yes, you will flee as you did from the earthquake in thee days of King Uzziah of Judah.  Then the Lord my God will come, and all his holy ones with him.”

Azal: “proximity, a place reserved”.  Your Bible study notes, just like Strong’s concordance, probably says “a place unknown” or “a place in the desert”.  These Bible “scholars” would do well to actually live in Israel for a period of time.  In actuality, Azal is just south of Jerusalem about four or five miles.   It is also called “Mount of Corruption”, and it is the headquarters of the United Nations in Israel!  My friends in Israel have been there dozens and dozens of times.

Revelation 13:5-8

“Then the beast was allowed to speak great blasphemies against God.  And he was given authority to do whatever he wanted for forty-two months.  And he spoke terrible words of blasphemy against God, slandering his name and his dwelling---that is, those who dwell in heaven.  And the beast was allowed to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them.  And he was given authority to rule over every tribe and people and language and nation.  And all the people who belong to this world worshiped the beast.  They are the ones whose names were not written in the Book of Life before the world was made---the Book that belongs to the Lamb who was slaughtered.”

Isaiah 63:1-6

“Who  is this who comes from Edom (Jordan), from the city of Bozrah (modern Bouseira, Jordan), with his clothing stained red?  Who is this in royal robes (Rev. 19:13), marching in his great strength?  It is I, the Lord, announcing your salvation!  It is I, the Lord, who has the power to save!  Why are your clothes so red, as if you have been treading out grapes?  I have been treading the winepress alone; no one was there to help me.  In my anger I have trampled my enemies as if they were grapes.  In my fury I have trampled my foes.  Their blood has stained my clothes.  For the time has come for me to avenge my people, to ransom them from their oppressors.  I was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed.  So I myself stepped in to save them with my strong arm, and my wrath sustained me.  I crushed the nations in my anger and made them stagger and fall to the ground, spilling their blood upon the earth.”

Bozrah means “sheep pen”.

Jordan, the location of Bozrah and Petra.

Habakkuk 3:1-6

I see God moving across the deserts from Edom (Jordan), the Holy One coming from Mount Paran (East of Jordan, Dt. 1:1; Dt. 33:2-4; Paran means “place of caverns”; Petra is a cavern, a rock-cut architecture, the former capital city of the Nabateans in 312 B.C.).  His brilliant splendor fills the heavens, and the earth is filled with his praise.  His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise.  Rays of light flash from his hands, where his awesome power is hidden.  Pestilence marches before him; plague follows close behind.  When he stops, the earth shakes.  When he looks, the nations tremble.  He shatters the everlasting mountains and levels the eternal hills.  He is the Eternal One!”

Isaiah 34:2-10

“For the Lord is enraged against the nations.  His fury (Mark 11:15-17) is against all their armies.  He will completely destroy them, dooming them to slaughter.  Their dead will be left unburied (compare Ezekiel 39:11-12), and the stench of rotting bodies will fill the land.  The mountains will flow with their blood.  The heavens above will melt away and disappear like a rolled-up scroll (Rev. 6:14).  The stars will fall from the sky like withered leaves from a grapevine (Mt. 24:29; Mk. 13:25; Rev. 6:13), or shriveled figs from a fig tree.  And when my sword has finished its work in the heavens, it will fall upon Edom (Jordan), the nation I have marked for destruction.  The sword of the Lord is drenched with blood and covered with fat--- with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of rams prepared for sacrifice.  Yes, the Lord will offer a sacrifice in the city of Bozrah.  He will make a mighty slaughter in Edom.  Even men as strong as wild oxen will die---the young men alongside the veterans.  The land will be soaked with blood and the soil enriched with fat.  For it is the day of the Lord’s revenge, the year when Edom will be paid back for all it did to Israel (Do you know your history?  What did Edom do to Israel?).  The streams of Edom will be filled with burning pitch, and the ground will be covered with fire.  This judgment on Edom will never end; the smoke of its burning will rise forever.  The land will lie deserted from generation to generation.  No one will live there anymore.  It will be haunted by the desert owl and the screech owl, the great owl and the raven . . . Search the book o: f the Lord, and see what he will do, . . . His Spirit will make it all come true.” 


Extra Notes:

Esau was named Edom, Red, Heb. Adumah.  Also, Idumaea, Assyria.  Jer. 49:20; Lam. 4:22; Ez. 25:13-14;  Joel 3:19; Amos 1:6,9, 11; Oba. 1:8, and Mal. 1:4.

Red Heifer: Numbers 19 and Daniel 12:10.  The Jews believe that before they can build the Third Temple they must have a Red Heifer (with no more than three black or white hairs) to cleanse the Temple Mount.  Clyde Lott, a Pentecostal preacher and farmer is attempting to breed the perfect heifer.  He got in touch with Rabbi Chaim Richman in Jerusalem and eventually traveled to Israel and met him.  Then Rabbi Richman flew to Mississippi to inspect Lott’s herd.  One heifer met the qualifications, and so after 2,000 years a Rabbi laid hands on the Red Heifer’s head, approving it.

Temple Mount: A trapezoid shaped 37 acres, 315 X 280 X 470 X 488 (meters).  There are 100 different structures on this site, the most notable being the Dome of the Rock (688) and Al-Aksa mosque (1035).  There is also the Dome of the Spirits (Tablets), which Asher Kaufman says is the exact location of the Holy of Holies.  Rev. 11:2.

If you have never actually traveled to Israel and walked on The Temple Mount, here is
an opportunity to see for yourself how the Arabs have desecrated it and how they intimidate
the Jewish people who visit there.  Be sure to "click" your mouse on "Temple Mount Tour".

The Temple Mount was originally the Threshing Floor of Araunah (Ornan):  2 Samuel 24:18-25; 1 Chron. 21:18-26.  The prophet, Gad, told David to purchase this 37 acres (threshing floor) 3,000 years ago.

Quotes from the Koran and the Bible about the Temple Mount---a must-see video.

Over five million views:

Western Wall, Kotel, Wailing  Wall: 187 feet exposed section, but the wall is actually 1600 feet long (Western Wall Tunnel) and the huge 570 ton stone that is seeping water from “Jebus” (Judges 19:10), the “waterless hill”.  The Wall is 105 feet high, exposed, 65 feet high.  There are 45 stone courses, 28 of them above ground.

Halakah: Jewish Law

Jordan and Middle East Countries:

 Location and extent of Jordan (red) in the Middle East.

See where Petra is located?  "Click" on it!

Worth listening to:
January 9 interview


The Menorah

The Menorah
Ready for the Third Temple. 92 pounds of gold ($17 million) 6 1/2 Feet High

Dome of the Rock

Dome of the Rock
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