Gargoyles

Gargoyles

Gargoyles are architectural structures in the form of carved statues, usually made of stone, protruding from buildings and monuments of historical interest. They are constructed with a channel of some type formed into them along the top and through the head to divert rain water from the building, thus protecting the mortar joints and masonry from erosion.


Gargoyles protrude outwards to send the water spouting away from the face of the building, usually from the mouth of the mythical creature that the gargoyle represents.


The famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has many gargoyles protruding from the roof area, or at least it did have before it was ravaged by fire in 2019.

Medieval Churches


The medieval churches are the main residences of these stone artefacts. Much work went into these buildings in the form of their stone carvings of all depictions and the elaborate columns, pillars and lintels. The intricate shapes and aesthetics of the buildings were something to be appreciated and admired also, as were the wooden structures such as the vaulted ceilings and internal ornate corbels that the timber roof structure sat upon.The vaulted ceilings lay open and were structurally engineered to carry the heavy load and stresses. They also had to look pleasing to the eye also and incorporated much craftsmanship in their making and appearance. Take a look up inside any church and you’ll see the results.

Different Forms


Gargoyles have many variations. A lion’s head with its mouth open was a common feature. This varied from cathedral to cathedral and many took on a distorted form. Later gargoyles became a mix match of many creatures and forms. In medieval times their appearances morphed into many forms that always seemed to take on a sinister or terrifying look.

Chimera


Another form of gargoyle is the chimera. These were not for diverting water from the building but for ornamental purposes. They are commonly known as grotesques but are classed as gargoyles due to certain similarities.


The true form of a chimera can be seen taken from the description in Greek mythology as follows:
• Chimera: a monster from Greek mythology that is fire breathing, has a lions head, a goats body and a snakes tale.

In ancient Greek mythology, the chimera was feared as a bad omen when sighted. The term “chimera” has become to symbolise any mythical creature that has two or more mixed body parts taken from various animals.

Gargoyles quite often lent themselves to the chimera or variations of that form.

THe Church View

Not only were gargoyles used for diverting water away from buildings, they also had another purpose. Some say to ward off evil.
It’s strange to think that the image of such a grotesque figure could do this, when the figure itself seems to er on the side of evil, with its unusual shape and contortions, it’s unnatural hybrid configuration and it’s medieval demonic looks that some gargoyles portrayed. With so many despotic looking stone statuettes staring down at the congregation from high above their heads, it’s a wonder they didn’t refuse to enter the churches of that era.

The church hierarchy of the time sort various ways to coheres their flock into repenting of the wickedness of their ways. The church, as a building, offered spiritual security to the people of the middle ages that was willing to seek it. Outside the church was all the evil and sin to be tempted by. The church represented a sanctuary to the masses, a safe haven.
The gargoyles were to remind them of the evil in the outside world. The message they were saying was that it was better to be inside the sanctuary of the church than on the outside, where temptation, sin and wickedness lies. A form of converting the pagans to Christianity.
This was a ploy adopted by the Christian church in medieval times. One that put fear into the hearts of the people in the hope of them attending church en-mass.

Ancient Gargoyles


Gargoyles go back long before Christianity though.
In Olympus, in ancient Greece, The Temple of Zeus has many lion shaped water spouts and the ancient Egyptians build and carved many gargoyles in the form of lions.


The Temple of Zeus was built between 470 BC – 456 BC. Built mainly of limestone with much marble used also to incorporate the finer finishes. Many sculptures were of marble, including its 102 lion – headed gargoyles.


The ancient Egyptians preferred the lion form also, although other forms were constructed such as hooded snakes and demon types. The Egyptian gargoyles were mainly to keep their temples safe from Seth, a god of chaos, not for diverting rainwater from the buildings, which would have been less important in a desert climate.

Medieval Times

The more modern gargoyles, that we are accustomed to seeing on our churches and such, came into being round about the 12th century AD.


The noise of water rushing through the gargoyle is said to resemble a gargling sound.
The word gargoyle is from the French word gargouille, which means throat.
If we put the two together we get the image of someone with their head thrown back, their mouth in the shape of a funnel and blowing air from their lungs through a liquid at the back of their throat, to ease a sore throat usually. What they are said to be doing is gargling. Hence the word gargoyle.

Nuclear War in the Bible


Descriptions of a nuclear war are written of several times in the scriptures. The quotes in this blog are taken from the King James Version (KJV) of the Holy Bible. Some bible passages can tax your brain trying to understand them but after years of reading they become clearer.
What is not clear is that is this God’s power using the elements of nature, as he so often does, or is he using man’s own destructive power?

The first reference I’ll talk about is in the book of Zechariah. This describes the “end times” when the Jews are back in their homeland.


Zechariah 14: 12-15


12, And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. 13, And on that day a great panic from the Lord shall fall on them, so that each will seize the hand of another, and the hand of the one will be raised against the hand of the other. 14, Even Judah will fight at Jerusalem. And the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be collected, gold, silver, and garments in great abundance. 15, And a plague like this plague shall fall on the horses, the mules, the camels, the donkeys, and whatever beasts may be in those camps.


Take the lines where Zechariah wrote:

“their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.”


What power known to humankind do we know that would cause such an horrific effect? This will happen while the armies in question (The enemies of Israel) are still stood on their feet, meaning instantly, before their skeleton hits the ground. A nuclear explosion would cause this effect. Zechariah states that all the animals in and around the area shall perish likewise. Nothing escapes a nuclear explosion.


Taking Hiroshima as an example; the city was destroyed with one bomb and thousands of people killed instantly. Today’s nuclear warheads are estimated to be a 100 times more powerful.


Israel has had the atom bomb since the 1950s, although under secrecy and has not been publicised to the world. Certain friendly and allied countries know this but avoid the issue. At present they are the only country in the middle East with nuclear capabilities.


When did Zechariah write these predictions of the future?


In the book of Zechariah, chapter 7, verse 1, king Darius is mentioned in his fourth year, which places the date at 519/518 BC. Chapters 9-14 has no specific reference to date either, but since it was in Zachariah’s lifetime, obviously, it is placed around 40 years later in 480 BC. The writing of this prophesy took place around 2500 years ago when the usual weapons soldiers had to fight with were swords. Zechariah must have found this vision from God very strange and frightening and hard to contemplate. Hence the unusual description of someone from that era in ancient times trying to explain a future nuclear war.

let’s now have a look at what Isaiah said.
(Isaiah lived around 700 years before Christ).

Isaiah 13: 9-11


Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the land a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it. 9, For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be dark at its rising, and the moon will not shed its light. 11, I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant, and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless.


This verse speaks of the earth not receiving any light. It is understood by science that if the world would be plunged into a global nuclear war, the devastation would be so vast that the world would be in darkness or semi darkness. Science even states that the world could suffer a lack of sunlight for up to two years, causing a type of temporary ice age, (nuclear winter). This condition would be due to the effect of the masses of dust clouds in the atmosphere created by the “mushroom” effect of multiple nuclear explosions and blocking out the sunlight.

What about Damascus?


17: 1-3 An oracle concerning Damascus.


Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins. 2, The cities of Aroer are deserted; they will be for flocks, which will lie down, and none will make them afraid. 3, The fortress will disappear from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus; and the remnant of Syria will be like the glory of the children of Israel, declares the Lord of hosts.

Damascus is said to go back to a time before recorded history and many scholars believe that it is the oldest city continuously inhabited from ancient times to the modern day. Aroer is a town to the East of the Dead Sea, on the bank of the River Arnon, in present day Jordan. In biblical times it was occupied by the Moabites.


The city of Damascus has seen much destruction through history, right up to today, indeed, the modern Syrian civil war has seen vast swathes of the city destroyed by bombing and made uninhabitable, but it has not yet been totally destroyed. Damascus has not yet ceased to be a city. This being the case, the prophesy relates to a future event.

17: 14


At evening time, behold, terror! Before morning, they are no more! This is the portion of those who loot us, and the lot of those who plunder us.


This verse seems to indicate an incident that will be swift, in less than a full day. Total destruction before the next day arrives. Israel’s enemies will be destroyed in such a short time.

66:15-16 Final Judgement and Glory of the Lord


“For behold, the Lord will come in fire,and his chariots like the whirlwind, to render his anger in fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire will the Lord enter into judgement, and by his sword, with all flesh; and those slain by the Lord shall be many.


That element “fire” keeps repeating in the scriptures as a destructive force that will be used in the end times.

Now let’s take a look at What Jeremiah says:
(Jeremiah began prophesying in 627 BC).


Jeremiah25:31-33


31, The clamor will resound to the ends of the earth, for the Lord has an indictment against the nations; he is entering into judgement with all flesh, and the wicked he will put to the sword, declares the Lord.’ 32,“Thus says the Lord of hosts: Behold, disaster is going forth from nation to nation, and a great tempest is stirring from the farthest parts of the earth! 33, “And those pierced by the Lord on that day shall extend from one end of the earth to the other. They shall not be lamented, or gathered, or buried; they shall be dung on the surface of the ground.


In this prophesy Jeremiah mentions many nations, from one end of the earth to the other, the whole earth at war, not just a particular area or continent. Another point to make is that the number of dead will be so great, in such a short time, that mourning and burying will be impossible and the bodies will be left to rot in the open.

49: 23-27Judgment on Damascus


Concerning Damascus: “Hamath and Arpad are confounded, for they have heard bad news; they melt in fear, they are troubled like the sea that cannot be quiet. 24, Damascus has become feeble, she turned to flee, and panic seized her; anguish and sorrows have taken hold of her, as of a woman in labor. 25, How is the famous city not forsaken, the city of my joy? 26, Therefore her young men shall fall in her squares, and all her soldiers shall be destroyed in that day, declares the Lord of hosts. 27, And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-hadad.”


We have the “fire” element, again on Damascus. To destroy a city totally by fire almost instantly would take a mighty force. Nuclear warheads are that fiery force.
Ben-Hadad was originally the title of of the Armenian king in ancient times. It was claimed as a title for further kings. The Aram kings had attacked Israel extensively during biblical times, judgement brought on to the Israelites but eventually judgement was reversed and God punished Israel’s enemies by “fire.”
Ben-Hadad eventually became a title for a leader of a deity just as Pharaoh was for the Egyptian rulers. Ben-Hadad: ruler of Damascus.

Now for the prophesies of the NT


Matthew 24: 21-22


21, For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22, And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.


Mark 13: 19-20


19, For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. 20, And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days
.

Enter Jesus


These two passages taken for Matthew and Mark respectively are about Jesus talking to his disciples regarding the “end times,” the ” tribulation” as it is often referred to in the bible.
Jesus is speaking of a disaster that has not been seen before, even greater than the two world wars. A disaster so great that the world won’t see again. A disaster in the form of another world war, but this time using nuclear weapons. This time the world is heading towards total annihilation.
Jesus goes on to say that if it isn’t stopped, then no life will be saved, the human race will wipe itself out. But there is hope for humankind. Jesus goes on to say that those days will be shortened before the end is played out by humanity. The only one who can stop this destruction is Jesus himself. He is speaking of his second coming. He will come back to earth at the height of a nuclear world war and stop it before it’s to late.

Revelation


The book of Revelation is a whole book of twenty two chapters on the subject of the end times. The destruction of the world in the stages leading up to the return of Christ and the imprisonment and destruction of Satan, the Antichrist and the false prophet. It then goes beyond into the new world set up by God, judgement day and a new beginning.
It is a book that is written symbolically and can be difficult to understand, but the more it is read, the clearer it becomes. It should be read in conjunction with the book of Daniel. In Daniel lies the key to understanding Revelation. The book of Revelation is a story in itself and a separate subject to be covered at a later date.

Nightingales

The front line is fighting hard
Nightingales every one
tending to the sick
not knowing when time’s done
braving every day the enemy
until the day will come,

when we’ll rejoice
and thank them every one
the Nightingales on the wards
in homes and all, bar none
we’ll thank them for their valour
by them the war is won.

we owe them everything
those that risk their life
their selfless acts for strangers
saving, child, man and wife
they have but one focus
keeping us well is their drive.

Pin the medals on their chests
for they had no orders
they did their lot willingly
they went past the borders
gave so much love and care
nothing did they hoarder

Indebted to them, so many
volunteers every one
left their homes to fight
a light of love they shone
we pray God keeps them safe
till the nightingales have won.

©D Marsden 2020

The History and Persecution of the Jews

Introduction

I believe if you want to know the truth go to the earliest source. Not the info of some latter-day professor who has to feed his ego. Not the Darwinian who wants to change history. The books of the old testament are some of the oldest historic writings available, telling the story of a nation as it happened through their generations. These writers didn’t want fortune or fame from their writings. They weren’t after producing a best seller, although that’s what they did achieve. No, their purpose was to document events as they happened regarding their nation’s existence. The pain and suffering as a nation; the trials and tribulations of their lives and relationship with God; their times in exile; their punishments for turning away from God; their glory and fruitfulness when living with God; their rewards for obeying God’s law. It was all written down as a document to be preserved, not for financial gain, but to be handed down to future generations. It is a testament to all the nations of the world. To all those that will listen and understand. If you want to know the unbiased truth read the holy scriptures, read them as a history book. Learn the truth. There are many lies written in various forms of literature but there can only be one truth. Seek it. The writers of the holy bible were just documenting events. The old testament isn’t about converting people to religion, it’s about events that happened to a nation, and other nations around them. It’s about the people, their relationships, their wars, their travels and migration. It’s about history first hand.

PART 1

It’s a phenomenon and a mystery how and why the Jewish race has been persecuted throughout history. They have endured harsh times by their oppressors, even to the brink of extermination, and yet they survived against all the odds. Here is a brief overview.

The patriarchs

1967 – 1606 BC

This story takes us back in history over 4000 years to the forming of the nation of Israel at the times of the patriarchs (the heads of the Hebrew people). The leaders here referred to are Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, three of the patriarchs. Abraham was known as the father of all the nations, the first patriarch. He was born in 1967 BC. Abraham and his wife Sarah were originally known as Abram and Sarai respectively. They and several family members moved out of their country into Canaan, under God’s command. This is where God gave them their former names the year was 1892 BC. God made a covenant with Abraham and his descendants to inherit the whole land of Canaan forever. Abraham was born in 1967 BC and moved into Canaan when he was 75 years old. He had a son when he and his wife, Sarah, were old and assumed that Sarah would never carry a child, but was eventually blessed. In 1868 BC they had a son and named him Isaac. Years later, Isaac married Rebekah and in 1807 BC they had twins, Esau and Jacob.

Incidentally, the wives of these leaders: Sarah (wife of Abraham), Rebekah (wife of Isaac) and Leah (a wife of Jacob,) are all known as the matriarchs. These three father figures and the three wives mentioned are entombed at the Hebron holy site: The Cave of Machpelah, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.

Just to mention, Jacob had another wife named Rachel. Leah and Rachel were sisters but Rachel couldn’t conceive at first and Leah gave Jacob six sons and a daughter, Rachel gave him two sons at a later date.

12 sons and 12 tribes

Jacob

Jacob, also named Israel by God, was Abraham’s grandson. He had twelve sons (all patriarchs) born between 1723 and 1710 BC and eventually they each ruled over a part of the twelve Hebrew tribes that came together as a nation and became known as the twelve tribes of Israel. (The Israelites).

Judah

Judah was one of the most prominent of the twelve tribes and covered the city of Jerusalem. Kings Solomon and David were from this tribe and the bloodline passed down to Mary and Jesus. Jerusalem became the capital of Israel. King Solomon build the holy temple in the city of Jerusalem.

The twelve tribes consisted of ten of the Northern Kingdom and two of the Southern Kingdom. The Northern Kingdom was: Simeon; Reuben; Gad; Ephraim; Issachar; Naphtali; Manasseh; Asher; Zebulin; Dan. The Southern Kingdom was: Benjamin and Judah.

Egypt is World Power

C1600 – 1200BC

Israel came out of Canaan into Egypt because of famine in 1677 BC. Jacob was 130 years old at the time. After dwelling in Egypt for 135 years, the tribes of Israel prospered, multiplied and grew strong. Pharaoh saw that they were growing and becoming a large nation. He feared that someday they would become a threat to him and Egypt. So, in 1382 BC he took them into slavery. They remained so for another 80 years. They were made to build cities and monuments and life was cruel and harsh.  In the scriptures it mentions that they also built the city of Ramses. Later, the king of Egypt ordered all the male babies born to the Hebrews to be cast into the river. Moses survived and was brought up by Pharaohs daughter, he eventually had to flee Egypt and had a calling from God to return and lead the Israelites out of slavery.

 

PART 2

Exodus to Canaan

1462 – 1422

Moses eventually lead the Israelites out of bondage from the land of Egypt through the desert unto the land of Canaan. He sent 12 spies into Canaan, one out of every tribe and instructed them to stay 40 days and gather information on the inhabitants, the food grown, the richness of the land, the terrain, etc, there. After 40 days they reported their findings to Moses.  God told the Israelites that they will dwell in the desert for 40 years as a punishment for disobeying him repeatedly, 1 year for each of the 40 days that the spies were gone into the land of Canaan. The generation that disobeyed him will not see the promised land but their descendants will.

Joshua conquers Jericho.

The Israelite army prepares for war and the priests carry the Ark of the Covenant into battle as a mighty weapon empowered by God. The seventh and last trumpet was sounded and the walls of Jericho fell, making way for the mighty army of Israel to go forward and destroy the city and its inhabitants. The spoils of gold and silver and all precious items were taken back to the Israelite’s camp and into the treasury. The Israelites go on to take all the land of Canaan by fighting many battles in the following years.

Israel`s Fall from Grace

Israel was appointed a series of Judges to rule over them. During this era, they turned away from god several times and worshipped idols. God punished them by delivering them up to their enemies. When they repented god favoured them again and restored their status.

1372 – 1332 BC 1st Apostasy

Israel in captivity for eight years under the rule of the king of Mesopotamia.

Judges 3:7 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and forgot the Lord their God, and served Baalim and the groves. 8 Therefore the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Chushan-rishathaim for eight years.

1332 – 1314 BC 2nd Apostasy

 Israel again in captivity, this time for eighteen years under Eglon the king of Moab.

Judges 3:12 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the Lord. 14 So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.

1252 – 1232 BC 3rd Apostasy

This time it was twenty years in captivity for their sins. Their oppressor was Jabin the king of Canaan

Judges 4:1 And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, when Ehud was dead. 2 And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin King of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles. 3 And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.

1212 – 1205 BC 4th Apostasy

Seven years in captivity under the rule of the Midianites.

Judges 6:1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years. 6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the Lord.

Israel is World Power

1200 – 750BC

1172 BC 5th Apostasy

With God`s favour, Israel conquers the Midianites, under the leadership of Gideon, and becomes a world power. Gideon dies in 1172 BC and Israel once again turns away from God and worships the false god Baalberith.

Judges 8:32 And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Joash his father, in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. 33 And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim and made Baalberith their god.

1145 – 1127 BC 6th Apostasy

Eighteen more years of oppression for disobeying God

Judges 10:6 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the Lord, and served not him, 7 And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon. 8 And that year the vexed and oppressed the children of Israel: eighteen years, all the children of Israel that were on the other side Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead.

Reign of Saul

1065 – 1025 BC

The birth of Saul was around 1105 BC and in 1065 BC he became king. He ruled until 1025 BC. During his Reign, in 1036 BC, the Philistines slaughtered the Israelite army and carried off the Ark of the Covenant. While the Ark was in the Philistine`s possession it became a curse unto them. They moved it among their people and suffered much destruction. Turmoil fell on them wherever it went. They had possession of the Ark for seven months before returning it back to the Israelites for fear of further deaths.

Reign of David: 1025 – 985 BC

And Solomon: 985 – 945 BC

David was born in 1055 BC and became King of Israel in 1025 BC, the year that Saul died. Prior to this date he ruled over Judah from 1030 BC. He remains king of Israel until 985 BC. He was thirty years old when he became king and reigned for forty years. Under David`s rule the nation of Israel grew in power and prosperity. King David fought many wars and battles, he defeated many enemies and spilled much blood on the battlefields. In 1015 BC King David and one of his wives, Bathsheba, had a son and they named him Solomon.

Solomon was anointed King of Israel in 985 BC and ruled for 40 years until 945 BC. A temple was to be built in Jerusalem, to be God`s house and a place for the Ark of the Covenant, King David prepared the design and all the materials for the temple in readiness for his son Solomon to take charge. David wanted the job of building the temple but God told him that his son was to be the builder because David`s hands were soiled with the blood of too many wars.

Chronicles 22: 7 And David said to Solomon, my son, as for me, it was in my mind to build a house unto the name of the Lord my God. 8 But the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build a house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight. 9 Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.

So it was that Solomon built a magnificent temple as the house of God. In 985 BC work started on the building of the temple and it finished in 962 BC. The Arc of the Covenant was placed in the temple in 974 BC. Solomon became a great and wise ruler. He was granted great wisdom from God and was recognised as the wisest man on earth. Solomon died in the year of 945 BC.

945 BC – 721 BC

After the death of Solomon, the nation was divided: the ten tribes the Northern Kingdom (Israel) were ruled by Jeroboem and the southern Kingdom (Judah) was ruled by Rehoboem (Solomon`s son). The two now separate kingdoms wared against each other. For many years this carried on.

Assyria World Power

750 – 612 BC

In 721 BC Samaria, the capital of the Northern Kingdom was taken by the Assyrian army. Israel had once fallen from grace through idol worship of the heathen gods. The Northern Kingdom (Israel) was delivered in to the hands of the Assyrians and carried off as slaves…

 

PART 3

Fall of Israel to Fall of Judah

721 – 586 BC

In 586 BC Jerusalem, the capital of the Southern Kingdom of the tribes of Judah was captured by the Babylonian army, under the rule of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon. The Babylonians destroyed the holy temple in Jerusalem and burnt it to the ground. The walls of the city were knocked down and the houses burnt. Many of the citizens were slaughtered, men young and old, women and children all fell by the sword. All the treasures of the temple were carried off to Babylon, along with rich nobles of the tribes of Judah and taken into slavery. The remaining poor were left in the city. Once again, God had punished his people severely for turning to worshipping false gods. Now their holiest of places had been destroyed.

Babylon is World Power

612 – 539 BC

After conquering Assyria, with the aid of the Medes and Persians, Babylon becomes a world power and the first great empire of the ancient world. Also known as the Chaldean Empire. It had several leaders and during the time of the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, it was ruled by King Nebuchadnezzar. Babylon was a nation of idol worshippers and during his reign Nebuchadnezzar had the Etemenanki Ziggurat rebuilt.

The Jews without a temple

586 – 516 BC

During this period of the Jews in exile the Medes and the Persians were on the rise as an army joined to fight common enemies. Darius was the king of the Median empire and the Persians were ruled by Cyrus the Great. In 539 BC Darius the Median took the Babylonian kingdom. Nebuchadnezzar`s son, Belshazzar, the then king of Babylon at the time, was slain the night the empire fell.

Persia is World Power

539 – 333 BC

After the fall of Babylon to the Medes and Persians, in 538 BC Cyrus allowed the Jews to return to their land of Judah. To build their temple again. 50,000 Jews returned to their home, albeit under the rule of the Persian empire.

Restoration of the Temple

516 – 400 BC

Work started on the temple and after many years it was rebuilt. It was finally finished in 516 BC under the reign of Darius the Mede. A celebration, the Passover, took place to mark the occasion. The Jews had come home once again, to their land, given to them by God. But still under foreign rule.

Greece is World Power

333 – 63 BC

Greece became the next world power, the third of four great empires in the ancient world. They conquered the Persian empire under the leadership of Alexander the Great. They took control of Jerusalem but let the Jews govern themselves as Cyrus did previously. They were still under the rule of the Greek Empire but allowed to practice their religion. In 168 BC the Seleucid king, Antiochus IV, desecrated the temple by erecting a pagan alter inside the temple and sacrificing a pig to the Greek God Zeus. Revered to in the bible as the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel. This led to a revolt and Judah became an independent state within an empire, but only briefly. They were overthrown and Antiochus IV stopped all Jewish worship and implemented worship to the Greek pagan God Zeus.

Rome is World Power

63 BC – AD 476

Rome was a republic from the 6th century BC until it became an empire in the 1st century BC and had its first emperor. In 63 BC it became the fourth great empire of the ancient world, the mightiest of them all. The Jews came under Roman rule and although Judah was under Roman occupation, the Jews still had their own laws and religion to practice, in a way controlled by the occupying Romans.

Rome had been fighting wars with Greece on many fronts and for centuries until Rome finally defeated them when in 168 BC at Pynda, at the battle of Cynoscephalae, Greece fell.

Destruction of the second temple

AD 70

Under Roman occupation the Jews had several skirmishes with the Romans, but not enough to be a threat to the might of the Roman Empire.

In AD 66, 33 years after Jesus’ crucifixion, the Jews once again revolted. The Emperor Nero sent Vespasian to restore order. In AD 68 some order of semblance had been achieved in the province. The Romans then concentrated their efforts on Jerusalem. At that time Nero committed suicide. Vespasian was declared Emperor and returned to Rome. His son, Titus, then lead the army in Jerusalem. By AD 70 they had penetrated the city and began the systematic slaughter. The Roman soldiers murdered just about everyone they came into contact with in a bloody frenzy. Men, women, children, all innocent bystanders, fell under the sword. They made their way to the temple and in a fit of madness they slaughtered the Jews trying to save it. The Romans set fire to the temple, climbing over dead bodies in their attempt to loot for treasure. The Temple was destroyed for the second time in history. Thousands of Jews were slaughtered and thousands that were left were sent to Egypt to work as slaves. Others were dispersed throughout the Roman empire and persecuted, sometimes as entertainment in the arenas.

The holy relics of the temple were carted to Rome and put on display as a celebration of their victory.

Once again, the Jews were enslaved and taken away from their holy land. They were dispersed all over the Roman Empire…

 

PART 4

AD 70 to AD 1967

From the destruction of Jerusalem and the holy temple, the Jews, through the centuries, settled all over the globe. Anti-Semitism followed them wherever they went, but very few remained in the holy land. In the first two centuries many settled in Babylonia.

The age of the prophets had gone and God no longer spoke to the Jews directly to them. The rejection of Christ was maybe their major stumbling block. God chose not to speak to them directly any more but the old testament prophets wrote about and predicted the future of the Jews right up to the end of the modern world.

The Spanish Inquisition seen many Jews murdered for their beliefs and opposition of Christianity.

Nazi Germany and Adolph Hitler saw the worst atrocities of the Jews in modern times and maybe the worst time in the 4000-year history of the Jewish people. Around six million Jews were murdered between 1939 and 1945.

Of course, there were many incidents of anti-Semitism in between these times in modern History.

AD 135

Jewish rebellion against Roman rule ended in what was described as a massacre with the romans slaughtering thousands of Jews at Betar, a Jewish settlement about six miles south of Jerusalem.

AD 1096

During the first crusade, tens of thousands of European Jews were killed by the crusaders as they passed through Europe on their way to the holy land. The crusaders were brutal and murdered all Jews, men, women, children, sick and old. Around 12,000 Jews were killed in the Rhyme Valley alone.

AD 1147

The second crusade struck Jews in Germany and France again. Many more Jews were slaughtered.

AD 1190

During the third crusade, many Jews were massacred in England. 150 Jews were murdered at York Castle by a mob enticed by the start of the third crusade.

AD 1236

Around 3000 Jews were massacred in France by the crusaders.

AD 1242

In Paris, by order of the pope and the French king, all copies of the Talmud were to be burned.

AD 1252

In May of this year pope Innocent IV (now there’s an irony) authorised the use of torture by the inquisition to obtain confessions from accused heretics. The Jews suffered greatly under this order.

AD 1290

During this year all Jews were expelled from England.

AD 1336

Several thousand Jews in Germany were murdered by the unofficial Armleder bands before the pope stopped the senseless killings.

AD 1391

Widespread anti-Semitism in Spain led to thousands of Jews being massacred. One of the worst attacks on the Jews in the middle ages.

AD 1421

Jews were attacked in Vienna, and across Austria. 300 trapped in the Or-Santa synagogue in Vienna, some committed suicide the rest were burned to death when the synagogue was torched from inside. The rest of the Jews in Vienna, around 200, were burnt at the stake.

AD 1553

The pope issued a decree condemning the Jewish religious writings and ordered them to be burned. All books were collected from the Jewish community and a large bonfire ensued.

AD 1648

The Cossacks, under the rule of Chmielnicki slaughtered thousands of Jews in the polish ruled eastern region. Hundreds of communities were destroyed and it is estimated that 100,000 Jews were murdered in all manner of death from the sword to drowning.

AD 1768

The Haidamacks, in the East polish region, slaughtered thousands of Jews of all ages and both man and woman. No mercy was shown and it is said that in one city the bodies had to be cleared off the streets for the soldier’s horses to pass.

AD 1819

Anti-Jewish riots took place throughout Germany.

AD 1905

2000 Jews were killed in Russian attacks over several areas of Russia and up to 2500 killed in Odessa by organised mobs.

AD 1918

After WW1 there was much anti-Semitism in Russia and many pogroms were organised resulting in around 150,000 Jews murdered.

AD 1938

In Nazi Germany, an event known as “Kristallnacht”, the Nazis murdered 100 Jews, burnt down their synagogues and ransacked their homes. Around 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and deported to the death camps. This was the start of the “final solution” and set the well oiled killing machine in operation. What resulted was the final death toll of 6,000,000 Jews.

AD 1939

Germany starts WW2 by invading Poland and the roundup of the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto takes momentum.  Mass executions of Jews follow.

AD 1941

The biggest single massacre of the Jews, during the holocaust, to the said date takes place in Kiev, Russia. In a place named Babi Yar. On 30 September 1941 the Nazis executed over 33,000 Jews.

In that same year, in October, known as the “Odessa massacre”, over 50,000 Jews were slaughtered.

AD 1942

Around 400,000 Jews were rounded up in the Warsaw ghettos and deported to the death camps.

AD 1944

Around 300,000 Hungarian Jews were transported by train to Auschwitz concentration camp for execution.

AD 1945

By the end of WW2, The Nazis had systematically exterminated 6,000,000 Jews.

AD 1947

The United Nations set out a plan that divided Palestine into two states, a Jewish and an Arab state. This was unacceptable by the Arabs and fighting broke out between Arabs and Jews.

AD 1948

A state of Israel was declared. It was the first time since 70 BC (1847 years) that the Jews had a recognised home again. The Arab / Israeli war started with Arab nations attacking Israel.

AD 1949

The war of independence for Israel ended. It saw over 6000 Israelis killed and around 1500 wounded.

AD 1950

Jews were permitted to leave Iraq (modern day Babylon) provided they gave up Iraqi citizenship. Over 100,000 Jews were evacuated from Iraq between the years of 1949 to 1951. The evacuations were named Ezra and Nechemia, after the leaders of the Jews from 597 BC, who led the Jews back to Jerusalem back then from Babylonian exile. Another 49,000 Jews were brought from Yemen and surrounding area between 1949 and 1950, in Operation Magic Carpet.

AD 1956

Israel invaded Egypt and among other Foreign nationals, Jews were forced to leave Egypt. Around 25,000 Jews fled the harsh regime and their assets were seized by the Egyptian government.

AD 1967

When the Jews advanced into Jerusalem it seemed like suicide with all the surrounding Arab nations attacking them. The Arabs sustained heavy losses but after six day the war was over. Israel had won and after capturing the holy part of the city, (the old city) up to the remains of Solomon’s temple, (the Wailing Wall), the Israeli general, Moshe Dayan stated that the Jews had come home, never to leave again.

AD 1973

Egypt made war again against Israel in what was known as the “Yom Kippur War.” In retaliation to the 1 967 six-day war, Egypt was hoping to regain back lost territory. The Jews fought back and won the war at a cost of 2500 Jewish soldiers dead.

The Dome of the Rock

In the holiest part of Jerusalem is the Muslim holy mosque, ” The Dome of the Rock. ” This is one of the holiest places in the Muslim world and is built directly where the holiest temple of the Jewish religion stood, “Solomon’s Temple.”

 Jesus was the last “live” messenger directly from God. From AD 33, after Jesus’ ascension, no more direct contact with God was documented. Although the scriptures have many passages from the prophets regarding later events. Several of those revelations came direct from Jesus. These events refer to the times when the Jews came back home to their holy land after nearly 2000 years of exile.

One prophesy stated that the Jews will have their land back in the end times, This happened in 1948. In 1967 they retook the holy part of the city of Jerusalem.

Another prophesy stated that Solomom`s Temple will be built again for a third time.

Watch this space.

The Secret of Rennes-Le-Château

Rennes the Village


Rennes-Le-Château lies near the foot of the Piranean mountains in Southern France.
It is a small village with a sparse population. At the heart of this community is a church dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. This is the church that stands on the site today and was built round about the eleventh century. Here is where a mystery lies.

The Renovations


In 1885 Father Bèrenger Saunière, was appointed the position of Parish Priest of Rennes. At that time the church of Mary Magdalene was in a run down condition and Saunière was just a simple poor priest. But what followed soon after was astonishing. He spent a vast amount of money renovating the church to a magnificent standard, far above such extravagance that befits a village church. He refurbished the inside with acquired statues, fine paintings and elaborate decorations. He also built several orangeries. He had a tower built that was attached to the church. He named it Tour Magdala. The name refers to an ancient village in Israel in the North of the country on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. In Hebrew Magdalene means Tower Magdala. It was said to be the birthplace of Mary Magdalene. Her name suggests this: Mary of Magdalene. A villa was built some distance away that was connected to the tower by a walkway. Saunière added a sacristy (a room for keeping church equipment such as sacred vessels, church parish records and specific furnishings, also known as a vestry). Saunière also renovated the run-down cemetery and built a wall encompassing it and a set of wrought iron gates set in pillars each side. A lintel stone above, running across the gate head, had a stone pediment on top with a scull and cross bones carved into it.

The Mysterious Inheritance


The mystery remains to this day as to where Saunière acquired such wealth to carry out all this work. The renovations took ten years to complete which also included the cemetery and Saunière’s living quarters. All this time carpenters, stone masons, labourers and many other tradesmen required paying for their labours. Materials and fittings needed payment as the work progressed. The accounts and invoices relating to the works have survived and confirm the amount to be over 11,500 Frank’s, which inflates to around £4,000,000 in today’s money, in 2020.

Asmodeus the Master Demon


There is a Latin inscription over the entrance to the church, terribilis est locus iste, which translates to “this place is terrible.” There are other inscriptions that read: “this is God’s house, the gate of heaven, and it shall be called the royal court of God.”
A figure inside the church, installed by Saunière, is of the demon Asmodeus perched holding up the font. Above are four angels. Asmodeus is represented in many ancient writings as a master demon, sometimes referred to as the king of demons. Could it be that the whole statue is portraying a message of good, represented by God’s angels, subduing evil represented by Asmodeus underfoot? Some ancient writings denote that demons were under Solomon’s power to help in the construction of the temple in Jerusalem, working as bound slaves. Power was given to Solomon over the demons by God through the archangel Michael by the possession of a ring.
It seems that Saunière embedded many symbolic references in the church for reasons unknown and yet to be figured out.

Buried Treasure


Many theories have been produced regarding Saunière and the mystery surrounding Rennes-Le-Château, too many to put into such a brief blogg, but what follows are some of the more popular ones.
Buried treasure has been one of the theories for Saunière’s wealth. It has been speculated upon that Saunière found a hoard of buried treasure somewhere within the church or grounds. Possibly in a hidden vault underground.

King Dagobert II


There are several tombs below the church and one of the tombs is said to be the final resting place of King Dagobert II. (Although other evidence suggests that Dagobert was buried at the St Dennis Basilica). It could have been that Saunière sort out the passage to this crypt in search of the king’s treasure that was supposedly buried along with him. Dagobert II was from the Merovingian dynasty that ruled Austrasia (the Franks, Gaul, Germany and Northern Italy) during the 7th and 8th century AD. Dagobert II had the royal title of King of Franks. He was born in 652 and died in 679 and ruled for 3 years prior to his death by assassination. Dagobert reintroduced the minting of gold coins again after an earlier ruler suspended the act. He was the last king to have coins minted in his name in Marseille.

The Goths and Solomon’s Treasure


Another theory is that it was King Solomon’s treasure that he came upon. About 37 years after the crusifiction of Jesus, in AD 70, Jerusalem was destroyed by Titus of Rome. The temple of Solomon was destroyed and the treasures carried off to Rome. This was later looted by the Visigoths in AD 410 after they sacked Rome. There is evidence that Rennes was once a stronghold of the Visigoths.This points to the fact that their spoils could well have been hidden on the site for safe keeping during the times when the Romans and the Goths were constantly at war with each other.
The Goths were a Germanic race of people that consisted of the Visigoths from the West and the Ostrogoths from the East. They drove the Romans out of much of Europe and took over a large area from Germany and across the Eastern part of the continent. They settled in Southern Gaul, now France, to the Pyrenees and into Northern Spain. After the Goths had plundered Rome the treasures of Solomon’s Temple would have possibly been carried back to their stronghold in Rennes and hidden away for safe keeping. The Goths eventually converted from German paganism to Christianity and would have considered the treasures of Solomon as sacred.

The Cathars


It is said that the Cathars also had a stronghold in the region. The Cathars were a branch of Christianity that had differing views from the Catholic church and was eventually persecuted and overrun by the Catholics, in a somewhat violent way. The Cathars occupied the region’s of Northern Italy and Southern France from the 12th to the 14th century AD. The treasures acquired by the Cathars (and it has been speculated that they were the keepers and guardians of the Holy Grail among other religious artefacts) could have been stashed during their time of persecution to protect their sacred treasures from the invading Catholics. Several centuries later Saunière may have discovered their vast amount of hidden treasures.

The Knights Templars


Another guardian of the treasures of Christ and Solomon was The Knights Templars. A Christian charitable order that had great input during the crusades. They were a military organisation and a strong fighting force, given authority by the pope and grew to a large order. First founded in 1119, they were active until 1312 when the pope of that time, Clement V, set out successfully to destroy them. During their time the Templars accrued massive amounts of wealth and religious artefacts.They considered it their duty to guard the sacred treasures of Solomon and it is said that much of the treasure from the Temple of Solomon, including the Ark of the Covenant, was in their possession. They set up a headquarters in a wing of the royal palace in the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The Temple Mount is built on the old site of Solomon’s Temple. This is how They acquired their name, originally the Templar Knights. They also had a stronghold in the region of Rennes-Le-Château. Another reason why the possibility of a great wealth could be buried at the site.

The Jesus and Mary Myth


Another theory, one that has had much debate and at least one best seller written about it, is the theory that Jesus bypassed the cross and emigrated to France with Mary Magdalene. Later, Berenger Saunière came across some documents, hidden away in his church, that gave indication that the bloodline of Jesus’ family and the Merovingian Dynasty were related. As the story goes, the Vatican paid Saunière a vast amount of money for his silence on this matter.
If this really was the case, I’m quite sure that the Vatican would have carried out a less costly way of keeping this poverty stricken priest quiet. What would have been the risk to the Catholic Church to let a massive secret such as this be left in the hands of a lowly priest. This theory seams to be one of the most far fetched of them all. But we must remember that the book in question was a fiction novel, so poetic licence can be assumed.

Conclusion


Saunière was at Rennes as Parish Priest for 32 years, until his death in 1917. During that time Saunière appointed a housekeeper, Marie Denarnaud, who was about 20 years younger than himself. She became his trusted confidant and on his deathbed he passed the secret of Rennes-Le-Château to her. Denarnaud herself had instructions to convey the secret before her passing. Unfortunately, in 1953 she suffered a brain haemorrhage that left her paralysed and speechless. So the secret remained just that for future interested parties to ponder.
Many experts in various fields have studied this strange story. Journalists and authors have indulged their passion and much ink has been spread. Film crews have contributed their part. But no-one has ever come up with a cast iron explanation, only theory after theory.
So the mystery carries on and the same old questions keep coming up. Where did this peasant of a priest acquire such vast wealth? How did he suddenly become rich beyond his wildest dreams? What form of wealth or currency did he stumble upon? How did he manage to acquire such wealth, almost overnight, to spend the equivalent of four million pounds in today’s value, on renovating a village church and grounds? What are all those symbolic gestures about that he placed in and around the church? What really happened? Maybe we’ll never know the truth.

Europe and bible prophesy

The European Union

The bible describes a latter day Europe as a joining of nations formed together to make up a 10 nation union of power, a ten nation confederacy.


Let’s first look at a brief history of the EU.


The union was created in 1945, for the purpose of putting an end to war in Europe, after the devastation caused by the second world war. Six European countries, France, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy and Germany, came together to form an alliance not only to keep the future of Europe at peace but also to solve the economic problems that the war had created. This was known as ‘The Treaty of Paris’ and set up an agreement of free trade of raw materials but mainly the movement of coal and steel. This union was known as The European Coal and Steel Community (The ECSC), which was officially up and running by 1952.
One of the ideas that stemmed from this was to create a federal Europe were all the signed up nation’s would pool together rather than create another war within Europe in the future. In the 1950s a European defence agreement was drawn up by the states to form a unified army. This was rejected by France but remains a proposal still.
France didn’t include Britain in negotiations and therefore Britain stayed out of the agreement.


In 1957 a new treaty was signed, known famously as ‘The Treaty of Rome.’ This is when the EEC was formed (The European Economic Community), which later morphed into what we know today as the EU (European Union). The EU was borne out of the Maastrich Treaty that came into being in 1993, a political and economic union of its member states.


In 1960, under a conservative government, Britain applied to join the EEC but was rejected by France in 1963 on the grounds that the French parliament at the time, lead by President Charles DeGaulle, was weary of the close relationship of Britain to the USA. Britain reapplied in 1973 and was accepted into the union, still known at that time as the EEC.


In 1981 Greece joined the EEC making it the tenth nation to join. In 1986 Spain joined and then further countries followed, Croatia was the last to join in 2013. This made a total of 27.

A United States of Europe was a long standing vision and as far back as 1849, Victor Hugo, the French writer, made a statement at the Paris Peace Congress, as president, and expressed that vision as follows:


“A day will come when your arms will fall from your hands! A day will come when war will seem as absurd between Paris and London, between Petersburg and Berlin, between Vienna and Turin, as it would today between Rouen and Amiens or between Boston and Philadelphia. A day will come when you — France, Russia, Italy, England, Germany — all you nations of the continent will merge, without losing your distinct qualities and your glorious individuality, in a close and higher unity to form a European brotherhood, just as Normandy, Brittany, Burgundy, Lorraine, Alsace, all our provinces are merged together in France.”


“A day will come when the only fields of battle will be markets opening up to trade and minds opening up to ideas. A day will come when bullets and bombs will be replaced by votes, by universal suffrage of the peoples, by the venerable arbitration of a great sovereign senate which will be to Europe what Parliament is to England, what this diet is to Germany, what the Legislative Assembly is to France. A day will come when we will display cannon in museums just as we display instruments of torture today, amazed that such things could ever have been possible.”


“A day will come when we shall see those two immense groups, the United States of America and the United States of Europe, stretching out their hands across the sea, exchanging their products, their arts, their works of genius […] And to bring about that day will not take another 400 years, for we are living in a fast-moving age.”
Victor Hugo.


Of course this was over 170 years ago, before weapons of today’s magnitude were even imagined by Hugo. He didn’t foresee what was coming upon Europe and the rest of the world, but his words do ring true for Europe after the wars, up until now anyway.

The Ten Nation Confederacy


The bible speaks of a ten nation military formation that will rise up out of a revived Roman Empire. An alliance consisting of ten countries (UK, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Greece, Italy and Germany) was formed in 1955. This was known as the Western European Union and was brought together as a military alliance for the defence and security of Europe. They were also members of NATO. The Western European Union was later disbanded though in 2011 when power was transferred to the EU.

The Revived Roman Empire

Rome had its first dictator and emperor in 54 BC. The empire ruled over Europe, including Britain (which was then known as Britannia), the middle East and Africa. The empire lasted until 476 AD when it fell to the German Goths. During the time of the empire, and to this day, Europe and the western world has became steeped in Roman culture and influence. Constantine became emperor in 306 AD and Christianity was the religion of Rome. In 380 AD it became the sole religion of the empire. After the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 AD the dark ages followed.

The coming together of Europe as a union after the war was said to be the formation of the revived Roman Empire, as spoke about by Daniel, of which a leader will arise (The Antichrist) to rule over the empire as a world dictator.

The signing of ‘The Treaty of Rome’ was carried out in Rome on one of the seven hills, (Rome is known as the city of seven hills) known in Roman times as Capitolonium. Today it is called Capitoline Hill and the signing of the treaty was carried out at the Plazzi de Campidoglio. Capitoline Hill has several temples upon it, the most important one being The Temple Of Jupiter, built in 509 BC. This temple was the representation of Rome. Jupiter was the Roman’s pagan god. The signing of the treaty at this very significant place gives indication to the reviving of the Roman Empire out of the remains of the old.

The Book of Daniel

The book of Daniel is the key to interpreting the prophesies of the end times. Daniel lived in a time of the Babylonian Empire, the first great empire. He was given a vision by God of three more great empires of the ancient world that were to follow in order after the fall of Babylon. In the following he interprets a dream for the king of Babylon, Nebuhadnezzar.

Daniel 2 verse 31-35

31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. 32 This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

Daniel 2:31‭-‬35 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/dan.2.31-45.KJV

In Daniels interpretation above, ‘the head of gold’ refers to King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian Empire. The ‘breast and arms of silver’ refer to the Medo-Persian Empire, ruled by Darius the Mede and was the second empire of the ancient world. The third kingdom, of ‘belly and thighs of brass’, refers to the Greek Empire ruled by Alexander the Great. and the the fourth kingdom, ‘legs of iron’ refers to the mighty Roman Empire, the greatest empire of the ancient world. But the beast is not yet complete, what of the feet of ‘part iron and part clay?’ This refers to the revived Roman Empire some time after the fall of the mighty Roman Empire. The ‘stone that destroys’ the mighty empires, one after the other, represents God and his kingdom that lives forever. Read on for Daniel’s interpretation.

Daniel 2: 36-40

36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. 37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. 38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. 39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. 40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.

Daniel 2:36-‬40 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/dan.2.31-45.KJV

Daniel 2: 41-45

41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. 45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
Daniel 2:41‭-‬45 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/dan.2.31-45.KJV

Here Daniel is talking of a future Roman Empire, long after the first Roman Empire had ended. An empire reborn out of the old, out of the amalgamated nations of the old empire, Europe. A revived empire led by the Antichrist. A nation that won’t bond together but will be joined together forcibly just as iron and clay won’t bond.

Daniel’s vision of a future revived Roman Empire

Daniel 7: 7-8
Verse 7: After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. Verse 8: I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.

Daniel 7:7-‬8 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/dan.7.7-8.KJV


In Daniels vision above he was referring to a revival of the great and powerful Roman Empire that was the mightiest empire to that date in history. Mightier than the three great world empires before it (Babylon, Medo-Persia and Greece). The ten horns refer to ten future nations forming the revived Roman Empire. This is different from all the empires before it. It is a future empire waiting to rise again out of the ashes of a previous emphire, like the phoenix bird. The mighty Roman Empire left behind a legacy that was to rekindle again the nations it conquered and left its cultural mark. The little horn refers to the Antichrist that will rise out of this reborn Roman Empire to rule a united European nation.

The Book of Revelation


Revelation 17:3

And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns.

Revelation 17:3 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/rev.17.3 KJV


Her is a vision of the revived Roman Empire. The beast is the symbol of ancient Europe (Europa), more on this later. The ten horns again are the ten nations of Europe and the seven heads are seven kings of the ten nations, three have been overthrown for not conforming to the leader who is the satanic ruler ,The Antichrist.

The Symbols of the European Union


The Greek Goddess Europa, according to mythology, rode on the back of a white bull, which was Zeus in disguise. He took her away and threw her off his back and then raped her. The name ‘Europe’ was a result of being named after the Greek Goddess, Europa. Even though this is based on Greek mythology, the name Europe or Europa is synonymous with a woman riding a bull and is taken from paganism. Several buildings of importance in the EU have this symbol as their emblem. Namely: The Parliament Building in Brussels; The Parliamentary Building in Strasbourg, France; The New Brussels Headquarters. They all have this pagan statue of a woman riding a bull.


The European flag of twelve gold stars on a blue background could also have a biblical significance. But what does the blue background and the gold stars mean?


Revelation 12:1.

And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

Revelation 12:1 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/rev.12.1.KJV


The blue is said to represent the sky or heaven and the twelve gold stars represent the crown of the Virgin Mary referred to in the book of Revelation.
Twelve is said to be the number of completeness and has several religious significances: the twelve apostles, of the New Testament, the twelve sons of Jacob who formed the twelve tribes of Israel in the Old Testament. In the Book of Revelation God’s kingdom has twelve gates guarded by twelve angels. There are twelve signs of the zodiac and twelve months in a year. In the bible there are many references to the number twelve, too many to list here.

Conclusion


We’ve seen how biblical prophesy fortells a European ten nation confederacy run by a dictator(The Antichrist). But the EU is no longer a nation of ten states, there are now twenty seven countries in the union. The ten nation coalition of ‘The Western Union’ has been absorbed into the EU also. But the prophesy is about the future, even though it seems very near, and not about this present time. Some further developments will have to take place in order for this ten nation confederacy to be recognised. Maybe the union will be divided into ten regions of states? Who knows? One thing is for sure, It will happen. Bible prophesy is never wrong.

The Crossroads to Hell


ROBERT JOHNSON


Robert Johnson was a blues musician from the 1930s who it was said made a deal with the devil to enhance his musical talent.

As the story goes, he played blues guitar around the clubs and bars of the Mississippi Delta area were he lived as a young boy. In the early part of his career he was often laughed at and frowned upon due to his guitar playing, some described it as cats wailing and some described it as worse. A prominent blues musician once told Johnson to put his guitar away because he was driving people nuts.

Johnson tried to learn and play guitar but could never seem to get anywhere. So one night he decided to do something about it. He took himself and his guitar to the crossroads of two highways in the Mississippi Delta and waited until midnight, where it is said a man in black turned up. Some say it was the devil. At that point Johnson made a deal; the devil promised him that he would be a great blues guitar player in return for his soul. His guitar playing would be magical and impressive and the music world would be at his feet the devil told him. That was it for the young would be musician, his burning desire to become a great musician had just been fulfilled, or at least the way had been laid out for him. The deal was struck. All He had to do now was practice and the notes would flow from his fingertips through the guitar.


He disappeared of the music scene for about a year, no-one heard from him in all that time. When he emerged again he played his guitar like a wizard. Some musicians, on hearing him, thought there were two people playing at the same time. Some believed that the devil was accompanying him. He had a technique that no-one else mastered. The devil had provided Johnson with a tremendous talent for playing blues guitar, writing songs and singing and he now owned his soul.


That’s how the legend goes.

One thing we do know is that he did become a great blues musician and he did disappear from the music scene for a while only to come back whoozing talent. It’s hard to grasp that an untalented lousy guitar player can come back all of a sudden as a great musician. To go from bad to good is understandable, and from bad to great even but from really bad to genius, well, don’t you have to have some talent to start with to be that good? Many people that heard him play beforehand always said how bad he was and would rather not have to listen to him, so there was no spark of genius, no talent there. So where did it come from?

In one of his famous songs: ‘The Cross Road Blues’ the lyrics say that he prayed to God for mercy , to save his sole:
I went down to the crossroads
Fell down on my knees
Ask the Lord above for mercy
Save me if you please.”


Lyrics by Robert Johnson

Why would he want saving? Could it just mean that he was repenting for his sins generally?
Did he go back there at a later date to try to undo the deal, to pray to God to save him from the devil?
The last two lines of the song goes:
“And I’m standing at the crossroads
I believe I’m sinking down”


Lyrics by Robert Johnson


It sounds like he is imagining himself to be heading down into hell. Of course it could have other meanings, maybe it’s a metaphor for the way he feels. After all, that’s why it’s called blues music, to express how you feel by way of sadness and despair felt inside.

Whether or not he made a pact with the devil, or some demonic spirit, we’ll never know. One thing’s for sure, he was a greatly talented musician, eventually. He had a great influence on the music world and inspired many of the blues artists around today.

I don’t really think he made a pact with the devil but it certainly remains a mystery where his talent did come from. Sadly he died at the age of 27. Some say he was poisoned by a jealous husband. That too remains a mystery, as does where he was buried. One thing can be sure though, he won’t be burning in Hell, as it shows in his lyrics he repented by asking God to forgive him.

Cross Road Blues
I went down to the crossroads
Tried to flag a ride
I went down to the crossroads
Tried to flag a ride
Nobody seemed to know me
Everybody passed me by

I went down to the crossroads
Fell down on my knees
I went down to the crossroads
Fell down on my knees
Ask the Lord above for mercy
Save me if you please

I am going down to Rosedale
Taking my rider by my side
I am going down to Rosedale
Take my rider by my side
You can still barrelhouse, baby
They call us on the riverside

You can run, you can run
Go and tell my friend-boy Willie Brown
You can run, you can run
Go and tell my friend-boy Willie Brown
And I’m standing at the crossroads
I believe I’m sinking down


Lyrics by Robert Johnson