Category: Antichrist

The Enemy: WOMAN ADMITS TO CRAIGSLIST KILLING, SAYS SHE HAS KILLED AT LEAST 22 OTHERS ACROSS COUNTRY

Feb. 16, 2014 7:21am Associated Press

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman charged along with her newlywed husband in the murder of a man they met through Craigslist admitted to the slaying in a jailhouse interview with a newspaper and said she has killed more than 20 others across the country, claims police said they are investigating.

In an interview with the Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa., 19-year-old Miranda Barbour said she wants to plead guilty to killing Troy LaFerrara in November. She also said in the interview that she has killed at least 22 other people from Alaska to North Carolina in the last six years as part of her involvement in a satanic cult.

“I feel it is time to get all of this out. I don’t care if people believe me. I just want to get it out,” Barbour told the newspaper for a story published Saturday night (http://bit.ly/1gN81z3).

In this Dec. 20, 2013 file photo, Miranda Barbour is led out of the courthouse after her preliminary hearing in Sunbury, Pa. Miranda and Elytte Barbour, newlyweds who police said wanted to kill someone together were ordered to stand trial on charges they lured a stranger with a Craigslist ad, stabbed him to death after he got into their car and dumped his body in an alley. (AP Photo/PennLive.com, Christine Baker, File)

Sunbury police Chief Steve Mazzeo told the newspaper that investigators have been in contact with the FBI and law enforcement in several other states.

“From information we gathered and from information gathered from her interview we are seriously concerned and have been in contact with the proper authorities,” Mazzeo said.

Lawyers for the couple did not immediately return messages from The Associated Press left at their offices Saturday night. An FBI spokesman referred questions to its Philly office, but an email message wasn’t immediately returned.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Barbour and her husband, 22-year-old Elytte Barbour. Authorities said Miranda Barbour, a petite woman with long brown hair, told investigators she met the 6-foot-2, 278-pound victim after he responded to her Craigslist ad offering companionship for money.

Police allege in court papers that Elytte Barbour told investigators they committed the crime because they wanted to kill someone together. The couple, who were married in North Carolina and moved to Pennsylvania about three weeks before the crime, told police Miranda Barbour stabbed LaFerrara in the front seat of her car while her husband held a cord around his neck.

She said in the interview that she doesn’t want to get out of jail and that she would kill again if she were released.

In this Dec. 20, 2013 file photo, Elyette Barbour is taken into the courthouse in Sunbury, Pa. Miranda and Elytte Barbour, newlyweds who police said wanted to kill someone together were ordered to stand trial on charges they lured a stranger with a Craigslist ad, stabbed him to death after he got into their car and dumped his body in an alley. (AP Photo/PennLive.com, Christine Baker, File)

Miranda Barbour offered little detail on the murders she claimed to have participated in in Alaska, Texas, North Carolina and California. She claims she joined a satanic cult in Alaska when she was 13 before moving to North Carolina. Online records for the woman that the newspaper identified as Barbour’s mother show her as having lived in both Alaska and North Carolina.

Last week, a judge granted a lawyer’s request to have a forensic psychiatrist evaluate Miranda Barbour. The judge earlier approved a psychiatrist to evaluate Elytte Barbour.

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DNA Results For The Nephilim Skulls In Peru Are In And The Results Are Absolutely Shocking

By Michael Snyder, on February 10th, 2014

How can we explain elongated skulls that are thousands of years old that contain genetic material “unknown in any human, primate or animal known so far”?  For months, many of us have been eagerly awaiting the results of the first DNA tests to ever be performed on the famous Paracas skulls.  The results for one of the skulls are now in, and the scientist that did the testing is declaring that this skull represents a “new human-like creature” unlike anything that has ever been discovered before.  So are these actually Nephilim skulls?  Do they come from a time when the world more closely resembled “the Lord of the Rings” than most people living today would ever dare to imagine?  There are those who believe that extremely bizarre hybrid races once roamed the planet.  With each passing year, the scientific evidence continues to pile up on the side of those that are convinced that the Nephilim actually lived among us.  As the knowledge of this evidence becomes more widespread, what is that going to do to the commonly accepted version of history that all of us have been taught?

If you are not familiar with the Paracas skulls, the following is a pretty good summary from a recent article by April Holloway

Paracas is a desert peninsula located within the Pisco Province in the Inca Region, on the south coast of Peru.  It is here were Peruvian archaeologist, Julio Tello, made an amazing discovery in 1928 – a massive and elaborate graveyard containing tombs filled with the remains of individuals with the largest elongated skulls found anywhere in the world. These have come to be known as the ‘Paracas skulls’. In total, Tello found more than 300 of these elongated skulls, which are believed to date back around 3,000 years. A DNA analysis has now been conducted on one of the skulls and expert Brien Foerster has released preliminary information regarding these enigmatic skulls.

As Holloway noted, it is researcher Brien Foerster that has been leading the charge in reviving interest in these elongated skulls.  Now that the DNA results are in, interest in these skulls is almost certainly going to skyrocket.  The following quote from the geneticist that conducted the DNA analysis comes from Brien Foerster’s Facebook page.  Please keep in mind that this geneticist was not told the history of these skulls in advance.  So he was able to examine them without any preconceived notions.  What he found was absolutely shocking…

Whatever the sample labeled 3A has came from – it had mtDNA with mutations unknown in any human, primate or animal known so far. The data is very sketchy though and a LOT of sequencing still needs to be done to recover the complete mtDNA sequence. But a few fragments I was able to sequence from this sample 3A indicate that if these mutations will hold we are dealing with a new human-like creature, very distant from Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and Denisovans.

As I have written about previously, forensic analysis of these skulls show that they were not deformed by “cradle-boarding”.  There are many examples of skulls that have been “cradle-boarded” down in South America, but the skulls that Foerster has been investigating are much different from those skulls.  The following is more from April Holloway about these skulls…

The cranial volume is up to 25 percent larger and 60 percent heavier than conventional human skulls, meaning they could not have been intentionally deformed through head binding/flattening. They also contain only one parietal plate, rather than two. The fact that the skulls’ features are not the result of cranial deformation means that the cause of the elongation is a mystery, and has been for decades.

In fact, in a previous article I discussed how a sample of red hair from one of these skulls was sent to a lab to be analyzed.  The tests on that sample of hair also showed that these skulls are not human.

Or at least they are not fully human.

So can we conclusively say that these are Nephilim skulls?

Of course many researchers are extremely excited about these findings, but they are warning everyone to stay cautious.  For example, consider what L.A. Marzulli is saying about these skulls…

Our Geneticist has had his mind blown as the email indicates, but we must be cautious with our conclusions until all the evidence can be examined.

With that in mind, take a good look at the two skulls in the picture above.  I took this photo when I returned to the Chongos Necropolis a few weeks ago.  The skull on the left shows only one parietal plate and a complete absence of a parietal suture.   Is this a genetic trait that is only found in the Paracas skulls?  If so, what does it signify?

Chongos is one of the most enigmatic places I have ever found myself in.  On this visit to the area we were accompanied by the mayor and an armed escort!   Chongos is where the sample for the DNA testing and the subsequent results I posted above, has come from.

Are these really Nephilim skulls?  In my opinion, the evidence is beginning to stack up in that direction, but we must be cautious and patient for all the evidence to come in.

You can find the photo that he was talking about right here.

And for much more on the DNA test results, I have posted a video interview with Brien Foerster below…

And you can find another video interview with Foerster right here.

Of course this is not the first time that a very bizarre skull has been tested.

In a previous article, I discussed how DNA testing of the Starchild skull showed that it was not human.

So who were all of these extremely bizarre human-like creatures that were roaming around on our planet just a few thousand years ago?

Could it be possible that they were actually the Nephilim or their descendents.

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Stargates of God Kings and Breaking through the Neurological Firewall – By Paul McGuire –

 

There are two kinds of history: the history you have been taught and the secret history that has been hidden from you. In Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World there was a scientific Utopia ruled by an elite who genetically bred both superior and inferior races. The superior races and those above them were given access to higher levels of education and knowledge…the idea being that there exists a genetically superior race or bloodline with advanced intelligence that has the right to rule and control the masses.

 

This concept of a scientific elite or elite who rule the masses goes all the way back to Atlantis. According to the philosopher Plato, whose works like the Republic are widely read by the ruling elite of our day, Atlantis was a highly advanced scientific and technological civilization that was ruled by ten god-kings. There are a number of scholars who believe that these god-kings were genetically superior because they were the product of interspecies breeding between an alien race and human women or the product of breeding between fallen angels and human women. One theory suggests that Atlantis was a Pre-Flood civilization visited by ETs who not only mated with human women, but passed on to Mankind highly advanced technology and science. The other theory suggests that “sons of God,” which literally means “fallen angels” when translated from the Hebrew in Genesis Chapter Six, mated with human women and also passed on advanced technology and science to Mankind before the Flood. Both theories are similar and the basic difference is the identity and origin of these beings.

 

One could dismiss these accounts as mere legends except for the fact that we have no explanation for the development of the advanced science and technologies that existed before the Flood, yet there is real evidence that such technologies existed. Even today we cannot build anything comparable to the ancient monolithic structures like the pyramids and temples scattered throughout the world, some of them located underwater on the continental shelves…areas that were dry land during the last ice age, when sea levels were lower. We don’t know how the ancients quarried, lifted, and transported these enormous stones and put them together with extreme mathematical precision. In addition, scientists are just beginning to discover that these ancient monuments are more than just physical structures; they are technological instruments that not only line up with the stars, but are actual receivers and transmitters of a power whose very existence is denied by our more conventional scientists.

 

In the Book of Genesis we read the account of the Tower of Babel in ancient Babylon, which was headquarters for the world’s first one world government, one world economic system and one world religion. The name Babel refers to the ancient city of Babylon which is translated from Akkadian and means “Gate of the god.” The Tower of Babel was built by Nimrod, who some scholars believe was a Nephilim, a being resulting from the mating of fallen angels with human women. The Tower of Babel was both an architectural structure to “worship the host of Heaven” and a technological stargate which could open a portal for the passage of interdimensional beings.

 

I realize that this concept has the potential of being instantly rejected as nonsense by individuals who have done zero research on the subject, for the idea is completely out of their frame of reference, and therefore it would be the subject of ridicule. If we go back to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and the scientific elite proposed by H.G. Wells and others who have taken this idea from Plato, who apparently was inspired by the legend of the ten god-kings of Atlantis, it becomes obvious that knowledge in our society and world is given to people based on a hierarchal structure such as indicated by the Illuminati symbol of a pyramid on the back of the U.S. dollar. The pyramid is an occult hierarchal organization flow chart. Towards the top of the pyramid we have the Illumined ones who have been given this “secret knowledge of Mystery Babylon” and are the scientific elite. At the bottom of the pyramid you have the” inferior” masses born to serve as slaves to these god-kings. This same organizational system was implemented in ancient Egypt, where Pharaoh was considered a god-king with a right to rule the peasants who served him by building the pyramids.

 

The source of knowledge from all occult secret societies throughout the ages such as the priesthoods and mystery cults of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and the Rosicrucians, Illuminati, and many other groups, flows directly from the “mystery religions” of ancient Babylon. From the standpoint of Bible prophecy in the last days, “Mystery Babylon the great, the mother of harlots” will rise again in the form of a global religious system and global economic system.

 

Since ancient Babylon and the Tower of Babel, built by a genetic Nephilim or god-king, Nimrod, the world has been secretly and increasingly controlled by secret societies that have access to this secret occult knowledge, technology, and science. For example, a collection of secret occult societies such as Thule, Vril, the Golden Dawn, and O.T.O. put Adolph Hitler into power. The occult societies trained Adolph Hitler in the science of mind control and taught him how to put the masses in a hypnotic state when he gave speeches. These secret elites also taught him about the science of eugenics and how to breed a master race. The Third Reich was years ahead of the United States when it came to rocket technology and mind control technology; some believe that German rocket scientists like Wernher von Braun were given engineering blue prints for UFOs and other technologies which were telepathically received by the Vril-ya maidens, who were clairvoyants, as far back as 1926.

 

The scientific elite who rule our world are in possession of highly advanced scientific technologies and knowledge and they fully understand the supernatural nature of this information and know of its origin in ancient Babylon. However, in order to maintain their power and control over the masses they deliberately hide the existence of their advanced technology in plain sight by using scientific mind control, education, indoctrination, social engineering, genetics, food, and drugs to construct an impenetrable wall in human consciousness that prevents the masses and even some Presidents, Prime Ministers, business tycoons, scientists, educators, government officials, celebrities, artists, media personalities, and psychologists from even beginning to suspect its existence.

 

This higher level knowledge is distributed selectively and in a highly compartmentalized manner so that even so-called upper-level people such as Presidents, Senators, scientists, educators, heads of multi-national corporations, cultural leaders, and psychologists only have a tiny compartment of information. Basically all of the so-called elite in our society, which is different than the secret elite, have been programmed through the educational process, media and other means into accepting a strictly humanist and existentialist belief system. In this programmed belief system all of the leaders of our society do not and cannot believe in the existence of either a God or the supernatural. A neurological firewall has been erected in their consciousness that blocks them from understanding the reality of a supernatural universe.

 

Through modern education, media, scientific mind control, food additives, drugs, and scientific suppression of the right brain which begins in grade school, people have been dumbed down and neurologically wired not to think outside of the box, to be compliant, and to deny the existence of God and the supernatural. Modern education and society are designed to produce left brain dominant thinking. This is why teachers now “teach to the test” and the emphasis has always been on rewarding the people who unquestionably repeat back whatever the official dogma is. Right brain thinkers are punished because right brain thinkers question the system, think independently, see the big picture, and can access creativity, inspiration, and spirituality. They are not easily programmed.

 

Think of the average person’s brain about the size of a small home office with a ten foot high ceiling. Then think of the interior of this office as their consciousness and their ability to think or imagine. Thoughts come from neurological pathways in both the left and right brain, and whenever you think about something, are exposed to something, or study something your brain creates a neurological pathway. If since childhood all of your neurological pathways have been strategically engineered in the left brain and only in selective subjects of thought, your brain has literally been wired not to think about certain ideas, and because of the limited number of neurological pathways that have been built in your right brain, it now becomes impossible for you to think outside of the box, the office that the scientific elite have created. Compounding this is Orwellian group think… if you were to dare and bring up an out of the box subject you would be ridiculed by your peers and co-workers.

 

Now think about the smaller percentage of individuals who for whatever reason began to learn how to use their right brain at a young age and think about all kinds of subjects that others were programmed not to. If we think of that right brain person’s mind as an office, it would be an enormous office with no walls or ceiling. That person’s brain and their consciousness are simply unlimited and they are capable of accessing and discovering both the existence of God and a supernatural universe. The very existence of such people represents a significant challenge to the scientific dictatorship.

Fortunately, it is precisely due to the fact that we live in a supernatural universe created by an Infinite Personal God that, despite all the occult brain engineering, if any person begins to think about right brain subjects, no matter how difficult at first, their brain will actually construct brand new neurological pathways in the right brain and the more they think about these things the more pathways they develop. It is actually possible to transcend your programming if you choose.

 

Aldous Huxley coined the term “concentration camps of the mind.” The time is coming quickly when due to computer brain interfaces, genetics, and the implantation of a microchip or nano-chip implant it will be impossible to escape the “concentration camp of the mind.” But you live in that brief window of time before that happens and the moment you choose to transcend your programming is the moment you will start to become free.

 Think about that.

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EXTREME DEMONIC MANIFESTATIONS ON THE RISE WORLDWIDE

June 5, 2012 | Filed under: Highlights,Life & Society,Top Stories,World | By: Heather Clark

The sudden string of reports of cannibalism and other shocking violent crimes in the news is causing much discussion about the extreme demonic manifestations that are escalating worldwide.

Montreal, Canada

During the week of May 20th, Chinese university student Jun Lin, 33, was reported to be missing from his apartment in Montreal following a party.

Days later, a video appeared on the internet showing a naked and bound man believed to be Lin being murdered with an ice pick, then sexually abused and dismembered. The horror continued as the headquarters of the Canadian liberal and conservative parties soon received one of Lin’s hands and feet in the mail. Lin’s torso was also found in a suitcase in the trash outside of an apartment building. Police say that certain body parts are still missing.

Self-described porn star Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, was suspected to be behind the murders as the two were believed to be involved in a homosexual relationship. After a worldwide manhunt, authorities captured Magnotta Monday in Germany while he was sitting in a cafe reading news reports about himself.

Joppatowne, Maryland

On May 25th,  the father of 21-year-old college student Alexander Kinyua phoned police when he realized that Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodia, an African man who had been staying with the family, was missing from the home.

The following night, Kinyua’s brother, Jarrod, informed his father that he had found human remains inside of a container that was wrapped in a blanket in the laundry room. When his father went downstairs to investigate, he saw Alexander washing the container.

Upon being informed, police then searched the home and discovered the head and hands of Agyei-Kodia on the main floor. They also found parts of the man’s body in a dumpster at a nearby church. According to police, Kinyua admitted that he had consumed Agyei-Kodia’s heart and part of his brain.

Kinyua had been posting gory statuses on facebook in the months prior to the cannibalistic attack, including comments about “mass human sacrifices.”

Miami, Florida

The following day, May 26th, the Miami-Dade Police Department received a 911 call informing them that two men were fighting adjacent to a very busy highway, and that one of them had taken off his clothes. When police arrived, they found 31-year old Rudy Eugene naked and gnawing at the face of 65-year old Ronald Poppo.

When police realized what was happening, they ordered Eugene to back off of Poppo. Eye witnesses then state that Eugene looked at police “like a rabid dog” and refused to stop consuming the flesh of the other man.

Police then fired multiple shots at Eugene, who died on the scene. Poppo was taken to the hospital and was said to be so marred that he had “virtually no face.”

A close friend of Eugene’s told reporters, “Rudy was battling the devil.”

Hackensack, New Jersey

On Sunday, May 27th, Hacksensack police were called to the scene of what was reported to be a man slashing himself with a knife.

When they arrived at the home of Wayne Carter, 43, they found him with both a 12-inch knife and a hammer. Carter waved the weapons at the police and continued slashing himself.

Police attempted to subdue the crazed man with pepper spray, but to no avail. He began hurling pieces of his intestines and skin at the officers, at which point a SWAT team was called in for backup.

In the end, it took two cans of pepper spray in order to stop Carter from cutting himself. He was transported to the hospital and was last listed in critical condition.

Stockholm, Sweeden

Reports out of Sweeden state that a prominent researcher (whose name has not been released) recently cut off his wife’s lips and consumed them after he believed that she had been seeing another man. It is said that he told police that he ate her lips because he did not want them to be sewn back on.

Those who know the researcher stated that the cannibalistic attack was “honor-related,” and that he has no regrets about the matter.

The woman’s attorney, Ingela Hessius Ekman, explained that doctors are unsure if she can recover completely from the loss of her lips.

The man is scheduled to undergo psychiatric evaluation in advance of his trial.

The Rise of Demonic Activity

The reports have been alarming for many, who wonder what possessed these individuals to behave in such a depraved and barbaric manner. While there is talk that the events are a precursor to a “zombie apocalypse,” others are convinced that demonic activity is taking place and are pointing to Biblical accounts as parallels.

For instance, in Luke 8, a naked demon-possessed man came out to see Jesus, similar to the attack that happened in Miami. Matthew 17 also speaks of a boy that was oppressed of the devil, who would often throw himself into the fire and water.

“Satan and his legion of demons are possessing human beings in these end times,” said one man. “What you’re seeing is people who’ve opened up the door to these demons, and you’re seeing a manifestation of demons unprecedented.”

“This is a sure sign that the God Almighty’s great judgement is right around the corner,” wrote an online commentator, who identifies himself as Elijah. “The fact that there are so many similar stories, and becoming increasingly more and more common, is a definite sign that Hell has literally broken loose upon the earth.”

He pointed to Revelation 18:2, which states, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.”

However, another commentator, Paul Begley, noted that while demonic manifestations are undoubtedly on the rise, similar situations have been unfolding in the months and years past as well. He pointed to a incident in April of this year when police reported to the scene of an attack where a naked man was tearing the clothes off another man and trying to bite his neck. He also cited a news story in 2009 when a Texas woman killed her newborn son and then ate part of his brain and three of his toes. She later told police that the devil made her do it. A homeless woman was also taken into custody last year for snatching a baby out of his stroller and trying to break off his arm, so that she could eat it.

Nonetheless, many are pinpointing these developments as being nothing short of satanic. Even Dr. Deborah Mash of the UM Brain Endowment Bank, who studies psychiatric conditions and their causes, recently explained to reporters that what is taking place is “absolutely bizarre, if not demonic, behavior.”

“This is not a ‘zombie apocalypse,’ but this is a demonic spirit,” one man declared. “There [are] demonic spirits at loose in the land.”

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Pope announces planned May visit to Israel, West Bank, and Jordan

Watch this story develop early this year! False prophet potential and peace accord framework?

 

Associated Press

VATICAN CITY –  Pope Francis will travel to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan in May, his first visit to the Holy Land and one that comes amid a new U.S. push for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Francis told thousands gathered in the rain for his weekly Sunday blessing that “in the climate of joy that is typical of the Christmas season,” he was announcing a visit May 24-26 to Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. It is the only papal trip confirmed so far for 2014 and the second foreign trip of Francis’ pontificate, following his 2013 visit to Brazil for World Youth Day.

Francis said his prime aim was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and the then-spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, Ecumenical Patriarch Atengora. Catholics and Orthodox have been divided since the Great Schism of 1054, precipitated largely by disagreements over the primacy of the pope.

Francis will be joined in Jerusalem by the current ecumenical patriarch, Bartholomew. They will celebrate Mass together at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where the faithful believe Jesus was crucified and buried, Francis said.

But the visit also underscores Francis’ close ties to the Jewish community, his outreach to Muslims and the Vatican’s longstanding call for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The announcement was made just as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up three days of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in a new U.S. bid for peace.

In his Christmas address, Francis singled out the Holy Land for prayers, saying “Bless the land where you chose to come into the world, and grant a favorable outcome to the peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.”

On Sunday, the Palestinian news agency Wafa said President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the visit and said he hoped it would “contribute to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people who aspire for freedom, justice and independence.”

Jordan’s Royal Palace said the Amman leg of Francis’ visit — on May 24 — would mark a “significant milestone for brotherhood and forgiveness between Muslims and Christians and consolidates the message of peace.”

Despite the geopolitical backdrop of the trip, the Catholic Church in the Holy Land insisted that the visit was aimed “mainly at spreading and promoting love, cooperation and peace among all inhabitants.”

Francis, an Argentine Jesuit who made forging relations with Jews and Muslims a priority of his tenure as archbishop of Buenos Aires, will be the fourth pope to visit the Holy Land after Paul VI’s landmark visit in 1964.

After decades of reluctance by the Vatican to recognize the Jewish state, the Polish-born John Paul II forged formal relations in 1993, following it up with an official visit to Israel in 2000 that included stops at the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem and at the Western Wall, where he famously left a handwritten plea asking forgiveness for Christian persecution.

The German-born Pope Benedict XVI followed up nine years later with his own visit.

Francis’ full itinerary hasn’t been released, but the pope’s good friend, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, has said he hopes the pope will stop at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem. In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Skorka said he also hoped to pray with Francis in Bethlehem “to show the world it is possible.”

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The Monumental Baalbek – The largest building blocks on Earth

In Lebanon, at an altitude of approximately 1,170 meters in Beqaa valley stands the famous Baalbek or known in Roman times as Heliopolis. Baalbek is an ancient site that has been used since the Bronze Age with a history of at least 9,000 years, according to evidence found during the German archaeological expedition in 1898.

Baalbek was an ancient Phoenician city that was named by the name of the sky God Baal. The name ‘Baal’ in the Phoenician language meant ‘lord’ or ‘god’. Legends abound around Baalbek with some of them mentioning that Baalbek was the place where Baal first arrived on Earth and thus ancient alien theorists suggest that the initial building was probably built as a platform to be used for sky God Baal to ‘land’ and ‘take off’.

Part of this suggestion is because Heliopolis was built on a massive platform that probably was built in pre-roman times for the initial temple or city of Baal – Baalbek. If you look at the picture it becomes obvious that different civilizations have built different parts of what is now known as Heliopolis. However beyond theories, the actual purpose of this structure as well as who has built it are completely unknown. Massive stone blocks have been used with the largest of the stones to be approximately 1,500 tons and a size of 68x14x14 feet. Those are the largest building blocks that have ever existed in the whole world.

The way that those stones were cut and moved has fascinated researchers for many years now. Because of the existence of ancient texts referring to Baalbek as a landing place the speculations about pre-existing advanced civilizations that we do not know about, as well as alien intervention, have flourished. We need to make clear that those stones are not made by the Romans as many debunkers try to propose. However even if we could hypothesize that it was Romans that did built the whole site including the platform, even Romans with their advanced technology while they could probably explain how the smaller stones of 2 to 3 tons could be cut and moved it WOULDN’T explain how they could cut and move 1,500 tons blocks.

It is possible that the platform below the Heliopolis was built as the base of another older temple that probably the Egyptians or the Romans destroyed to build Heliopolis (a name given by Alexander the Great when he conquered the area). The area was previously used also by the Egyptians to worship Ra. Which makes you wonder why they would build another temple on the same place and multiple civilizations use the same exact spot, unless that place was important for some reason. It is also interesting to mention that in Heliopolis Baal was also worshiped as well as other Greek and Roman Gods. Over the ruins of the pre-roman site a massive temple of Jupiter, the largest temple of its kind, as well as smaller temples for Venus and Mercury were built by the Romans.

The quarry that was used was situated about ¼ mile away from the area. So not only did they transfer those massive stones that distance but they also placed them together in such a precise way that not a sheet of paper can fit between the stones. That is another point that the debunkers fail to reply to – even if the stones were carried in the ways they suggest, how could they place rectangle stone blocks in such a precise way next to each other?

Another interesting point is that if the Romans/Greeks have built such a massive platform why there is no reference at all as to how that was built since it is the only place in the world (and consequently in the Roman Empire) that such a monumental work has been done.

In another context, biblical archaeologists have connected Baalbek to Baalgad that is mentioned in the Bible.

So Joshua took all that land, the hill country and all the Negeb and all the land of Goshen and the lowland and the Arabah and the hill country of Israel and its lowland from Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir, as far as Baal-gad in the Valley of Lebanon below Mount Hermon. And he captured all their kings and struck them and put them to death. Joshua 11:16-11:17

Although not all archaeologists agree with that theory, it is obvious that there are huge similarities between a) the Baal-gad, a sanctuary of Baal and b) Baalbek also a temple for Baal according to the legends (before it was named Heliopolis and new temples were built) and both in the same area in Lebanon.

In the Bible there is another name that appears related to Baal, which is Baalath, a town of the tribe of Dan, which was fortified by King Solomon in 970 BC where again Baal was worshiped with the permission of Solomon. It is worth mentioning here that even in the temple of Solomon, Baal was a deity that was allowed to be worshiped in the temple.

And Baalath, and all the store cities that Solomon had, and all the chariot cities, and the cities of the horsemen, and all that Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and throughout all the land of his dominion. Chronicles 8:6

It has become obvious that Baalbek is a mysterious ancient city, used for thousands of years by many different civilizations. The Phoenicians, the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans all of them used it and all of them worshiped Baal. The origins are unknown and why the site was so important is also unknown. What is for sure is that the initial site wasn’t constructed by Romans, and before the Romans there was no known civilization that would have the technology to build such a massive monument. It makes sense that somehow they got the technology to do it and somehow Baal is related to that. The debunkers have not provided sufficient answers and the possibility of advanced civilizations being responsible for it, as mentioned in myths and legends, seems closer to reality.

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Three Scenarios of Unfolding Prophecy

I know that many of those who regularly read this blog have also read Hidden in Plain Sight By Mark Davidson. Mark blogs at Four Sign Posts. If you have read both Mark’s book and my latest book, Mideast Beast, then you are aware that we interpret Daniel 7 and 8 differently. In Mideast Beast, I interpret the four beasts of Daniel 7 as a reiteration of the four Kingdoms of Daniel 2. Mark interprets Daniel 7 to be speaking of four contemporaneous end-time nations. This approach, although a minority view, is also espoused by several other interpreters who I am aware of, such as G.H. Lang, Geoffrey R. King, David Pawson, Chris White, Charles Cooper, Hanoch Ben Keshet, Dr. Noah W. Hutchings, Dr. Henry M. Morris, and Irvin Baxter, Jr.

Concerning Daniel 8, in Mideast Beast, I interpret verses 3-22 as being fulfilled with the historical conflicts that took place between the Medo-Persian Empire (the ram) and the Alexandrian Greek Empire (the shaggy goat). But from verse 23 on, where it speaks of the “little horn”, I interpret this as ultimately fulfilled in Antichrist, of whom Antiochus IV Epiphanes was merely a historical shadow. Davidson understands all of Daniel 8 as speaking of future events and correlating to the 2nd and 3rd beasts of Daniel 7. He understands these to be Iran (the second beast) and Turkey (the third beast).

So, what do I think about Davidson’s scenario?

First let me say that I have over a hundred commentaries on the Book of Daniel and have worked through this book for some years now fairly extensively in my own private studies. The more I work through this profoundly important book, the more I realize how difficult certain some portions of it truly are. I am convinced that we must thus take a humble attitude as we seek to fully understand the revelations contained in this book. Let me also say that the world of end time prophecy is a world rife with opinions, pet-theories and often significant disagreements. While there are certainly some issues that I have very strong opinions concerning, there are several other issues that I am very open to reconsider. Daniel 7 and 8 are two such examples. So I am presently working through the possibility of a futurist interpretation of Daniel 7 and 8, and I do see some validity to this as the possible meaning of these chapters. But more than that, I am fascinated by the potential implications of this perspective. To be clear, I am not convinced, as this perspective is not without its own difficulties, but I am quite open to, and wrestling through this perspective. There are some aspects of Davidson’s interpretation that I do not agree with, such as his identification of the four seals / four horsemen of Revelation as correlating to the four beasts of Daniel 7. (After all, it would be impossible for any two prophecy teachers to fully agree with one another on everything!) Nevertheless, in light of the possible implications of these two chapters having future application, I want to describe three potential future scenarios for the region including Davidson’s rather fascinating theory (Scenario Three). To be clear, these are not the only possible scenarios, as we could certainly come up with several others. But based on my present understanding of prophecy, these three scenarios are the best candidates to see fulfillment in the days ahead. As always, God knows best.

Scenario One: Turkey continues to emerge as a regional leader, consolidating power over the northern swatch of the Middle East. Eventually a leader arises from this nation who will be revealed as the Antichrist. As a side note, many folks have asked me if I suspect or believe that Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey could be the Antichrist. For the most part, I try to avoid directly speculating on such matters as I am well aware that such speculation can be dangerous for many reasons. Nevertheless, let me say quite clearly that while Erdogan certainly has many qualities that one would expect to see in the Antichrist, I think it is unlikely that he is the man. My reason for this is the Scriptural requirement that the Antichrist emerge as a “little horn” (Daniel 7:8, 8:9, 11:23). The Scriptures seem to indicate that the Antichrist will initially appear as an obscure and little-known leader who will rise up in the midst of ten other contemporary leaders. He is said to first usurp or uproot three others and then gain the allegiance of all ten. In light of this, I do not think that Erdogan could be said to be the Antichrist, as he is perhaps one of the most prominent leaders not only in the Middle East, but also the whole world. In my opinion, because of the requirement that the Antichrist emerge as a leader of little influence or prominence, it is unlikely the Antichrist is an individual that is presently on anyone’s radar.

Scenario Two: The conflict in Syria continues to destabilize the region and eventually one of the breakaway segments of Syria and possibly segments of northern Iraq and Turkey produces a much lesser known leader who rises to become quite powerful, eventually being revealed as the Antichrist. This scenario is similar to scenario one, except rather than simply looking to Turkey, the leader arises from Syria or Iraq or some new breakaway portion of that part of the world, which may or may not include a portion of Turkey. In considering where the Scriptures point with regard to the coming of the Antichrist, there is a tension. On one hand, Ezekiel 38-39 clearly emphasizes Turkey as the region from which the Antichrist will emerge. The Antichrist is Gog, who is from Magog, and is the chief prince, or leader of Meshech and Tubal, which correlate with modern day Turkey. On the other hand, Daniel 8 and 11 place great emphasis on Antiochus Epiphanes as a type of the Antichrist. As such, it would seem to be from the region of the ancient Seleucid Kingdom (Which Antiochus ruled over) that the Antichrist will likely emerge. This would tend to point to south-eastern Turkey, northern Syria or northern Iraq. But it is somewhat difficult to determine how much weight we should place on a precise geographic correlation between the historical Seleucid Kingdom and the ultimate future fulfillment of these prophetic texts. This is further complicated by the fact that the Seleucid Empire took various shapes at different periods of its existence. So while I continue to lean toward seeing the Antichrist as coming from Turkey, (as I simply cannot see anyway to get around Ezekiel 38 and 39′s clear emphasis on that nation), in light of Daniel 8 and 11′s emphasis on the Seleucid Empire, I believe we would do well to remain open to any of these three nations as candidates from which the Antichrist could emerge.

Scenario Three: This scenario, as espoused by Davidson, which is based on a fully futurist interpretation of Daniel 7 and 8, would see Iran (the ram) as launching a regional offensive primarily into Iraq and Syria. After this offensive, we would see Turkey (the shaggy goat) respond with its own crushing military offensive. Iran would be defeated by Turkey, with the result being Turkish dominance of much of the northern Middle East. However, after crushing the Iranian offensive, the nation of Turkey would see its prominent leader die and for some unforeseen reason the new Greater Turkey would be broken up into four distinct segments. One of these segments, that which most closely correlates to the historical Seleucid Empire, likely including large segments of Syria and Iraq, would produce a little know leader who would eventually be revealed as the Antichrist.

The strength of this view, from my perspective, is that it could reconcile the tension that is felt between Ezekiel 38,39 and Daniel 8 & 11. One of its weaknesses is that it is an incredibly specific scenario. For this reason, while I think it is a view we should be aware of, consider, and watch for, I would not take a strong dogmatic stance on. The bottom line is that we see only through a glass darkly. The Scriptures tell us that our understanding of the future will be limited and obscured by our own limitations. I am convinced however, that when the time comes, the Lord will graciously allow his people to recognize the fulfillment of prophecy and understand the times. Our corporate understanding will continue to open up as the times draw closer. Now, to be clear, while I am encouraging a humble and open approach to prophecy, I am not suggesting that we should be equally open to every idea that is floating around out there. If we are to be honest, there are an abundant number of end time theories out there, and many are outright bizarre and not at all based on a careful and responsible interpretation of the Scriptures. But even among careful exegetes, there are various interpretations and options, and we will do well to be aware of and consider these various interpretations as we watch the present rolling waves and changing tides of the nations and eagerly watch for the coming of our King.

In a few weeks, Davidson is releasing a new version of his book, where he has significantly updated and expanded his previous work. I’ll make an update when it is released, but I would encourage everyone to pick up a copy and carefully consider his presentation.

Blessings,
Joel

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The New Syria – Joel Richardson

In pondering what form Syria will eventually take (assuming there is ever any measure of resolution to the present conflict there), I found the following maps interesting to ponder. The first map details present day Syria and what groups control various portions of the nation. Of course, this could all change overnight. World circumstances change, but the Scriptures do not. And in light of the repeated Biblical prophecies of the Antichrist which use “the Assyrian” as a referent, such as Micah 5:5 (a term that should be understood as a regional and not an ethnic denotation), I’ve included the second map, which shows the ancient Assyrian Empire and its overlap to modern day Syria. And finally, because of the strong emphasis on Antiochus Epiphanes and the Seleucid Kingdom that he controlled in Daniel 8 & 11, I’ve included a map of the ancient Seleucid Kingdom as well. What this will all mean is yet to be seen. As the present four winds of heaven stir the seas of the nations, I am convinced that no one truly knows what tomorrow holds. For now, at best, “we peer through a glass darkly”.

The following quotes are also interesting. It is worth highlighting that the “Syria” to which these authors refer did not technically exist as the nation we know today, but at the time these comments were made, was a much larger region of the Ottoman Empire.

“The ‘King of the North’ was the King of Syria, and his character and conduct is described (Daniel 11:36-39) as similar to that of the ‘Little Horn’ that came out of one of the ‘Four Horns’ it is clear that the Antichrist is to come from Syria. … We are to understand therefore by the ‘King of the North’ the King of Syria, which also included Assyria. This fixes the locality from which the Antichrist shall come. …” —Clarence Larkin (1850–1924)

“We have seen that the Scriptures which help us to determine the direction from which he will arise, speak of him under the title of the ‘Little Horn.’ Now the first thing this title denotes is that he is a king, king of Assyria. … [After he] acquires the crown of Syria he will speedily enlarge his dominions.” —Arthur W. Pink (1886–1952)

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Antichrist-Jordan Foretelling in View

Antichrist is going to rule the whole world at some point before Christ returns–right? That is the thought of many who have studied Bible prophecy throughout the decades. It is not an accurate assessment of what is scheduled, however.

Much of the thinking regarding the all-encompassing rule of the beast of Revelation chapter 13–Antichrist—is based upon the prophetic passage: “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads” (Revelation 13:16). It certainly appears from this portion of Scripture–Revelation 13:12-18—and others that the entire world of earth-dwellers comes under Antichrist’s beastly rule. But this is not the case.

There is a fancy term that defines why the simple word “all” doesn’t necessarily mean “all.” The term is “synecdoche,” which, according to the World English Dictionary, is a figure of speech in which a part is substituted for a whole or a whole for a part, as in fifty head of cattle for fifty cows or the army for a soldier.

This means for our purposes here that the use of the expression “He causeth all” is a synecdoche, or representative of many people throughout the earth, but not necessarily every single individual on earth or every nation. The Bible might include a synecdoche in terms of geography, but never in matters dealing with the soul. In other words, when Paul wrote that “all” will be changed in the twinkling of an eye, he meant that literally everyone who is born again will be changed in that atomos of time that will be the moment of Rapture. When John wrote “He causeth all,” he meant “all” in the synecdochical sense.

All of that explanation is to say that Antichrist will have absolute power over much of planet Earth, but not all of it. He will not, according to Bible prophecy, be allowed to spread his tyrannical hegemony to the Middle Eastern nation of Jordan, for example. That prophecy is most interesting when considered in light of the news story just reported this past week.

The Obama Administration and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan have both reportedly sided with Israel in its demand to retain control over the Jordan Valley in any future peace agreement with the Palestinians…

Israel has long insisted that, even if it surrenders the bulk of Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”), it must retain control of the Jordan Valley as a buffer against future external threats, and as a deterrent and protection against Palestinian aggression.

Jordan wants Israel in the Jordan Valley to prevent further influx of Palestinian Arabs into the Hashemite Kingdom. Jordan’s Palestinian majority has threatened the Bedouin-backed Hashemite monarchy in the past, including in the 1970-1971 Jordanian Civil War. (Ryan Jones, “US, Jordan Agree: Israel Should Control Jordan Valley,” Israel Today, 12/09/13).

There has been over the decades an almost comfortable arrangement between Israel and Jordan. The late Jordanian King Abdullah, and now his son, have always received a degree of protection from Israel, the much-hated Arab enemy.

Of course, the geopolitical reason for the arrangement is that Jordan and surrounding area gives Israel a buffer zone against attacks that could otherwise be launched, giving the Jewish state a much shorter warning time. However, the real reason for the peaceful arrangement doubtless derives from heavenly directive. Jordan is scheduled to escape the deadly Antichrist regime’s tyrannical grip during the time of Tribulation. There are interesting aspects of this apparently heaven-given arrangement we will examine momentarily.

Let’s look first at the prophesied rise of Antichrist in the region and the lead-up to the matter of Jordan escaping his murderous control. Daniel the prophet gives the beast of Revelation 13 the title “the king”:

And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant. (Daniel 11:21-22)

And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. (Daniel 11: 36)

He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. (Daniel 11:41)

Daniel switches from ancient wars and conquest, as recorded in chapter 11 prior to verse 40, to suddenly bring the reader to the end of the age and the Antichrist’s appearance and rampage across the pages of end times history. This vile king of fierce countenance overtakes many nations, but Daniel foretells that Edom, Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon escape his terrible land grab.

Moab, which is in essence modern-day Jordan, it is fascinating to consider, isn’t mentioned as part of the coalition in the Gog-Magog war of Ezekiel 38 prophesied to attack Israel. It is also interesting that Edom, part of modern Jordan, is the place the Lord will come from at the Second Advent in great fury. Bozrah was that area’s capital. Here is what Isaiah said about that area when Christ returns to do battle with Antichrist and earth’s rebels:

Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. (Isaiah 63:1-4)

Another fascinating point of prophecy to consider, seeing as how Jordan and its relationship with Israel is in the headlines, is that nation’s apparent treatment of the Jews as Antichrist’s full fury storms against them as given in Revelation chapter 12. The remnant of Israel will escape into the wilderness while Satan’s forces rage after them. It will be in the middle of Daniel’s seventieth week, the last half or three and a half years into the time of Jacob’s Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7). All Jews are told to flee Jerusalem, for Antichrist’s full fury will come against them.

The remnant of Israel will flee, many believe to Petra, the ancient, rose-red city. And that is, guess where, in the Jordanian desert area, somewhat south of the place known in ancient times as Bozrah.

Whether the hiding place is Petra or another, it almost will certainly be in the area of the Jordanian valley, and Christ will make a stop there, as we know, to save God’s chosen people–the remnant (all) of believing Israel.

Jordan is proving to be one more indicator of this late date on God’s prophetic timeline.

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Satanists Demand Equal Time With Jesus as Antichrist Spirits Rise

It’s hardly the abomination of desolation that Jesus warned about when He taught about signs of the end times (Matt. 24:15). But it’s nevertheless a disturbing sign of how hard antichrist spirits are pushing to push Jesus out of our minds.

Oklahoma recently decided to allow a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol’s lawn. This is the type of thing that typically puts radical atheist activists up in arms, with billboards and lawsuits aimed at removing any reminder of God and His Son from the public square.

But the atheists haven’t launched an attack—at least not yet. Instead, other antichrist spirits are rising up, demanding equal time to celebrate their religions. Indeed, Satanists and Hindus want Oklahoma to erect statues for their false gods.

“A Satanist group has petitioned to have its monument, with an interactive display for children, put up alongside the Ten Commandments. And this week, the Hindu organization applied to have a monkey god statue placed on the Capitol grounds,” Reuters reports. “Socially conservative Christian groups fought for years to have the Ten Commandments displayed at the statehouse, and the monument went up in 2012.”

Oklahoma City lawyer David Slane put it rightly when he told Reuters the legislature essentially opened a Pandora’s box. As it turns out, if the state refuses to allow Satanists, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists—and God knows who else—to erect monuments on the property, they are violating the Equal Protection Clause.

I’d say it’s ironic how Satan is using legalism to push his antichrist agenda in Oklahoma’s government, but it’s more strategic than ironic. Oklahoma’s governing officials argue that they live in a largely Christian state with values and ideals that differ from Satanists. And that’s just why the antichrist spirits are circling. You won’t find antichrist spirits where Christ isn’t being preached, as the goal of the antichrist spirit is to replace Jesus, not merely have a statue next to His.

The antichrist spirit is rapidly rising in this hour, and you can expect to see more manifestations in the months and years ahead. The apostle John warned of this in his first epistle, noting, “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour” (1 John 2:18).

And again, “Every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world” (1 John 4:3). And again, “For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist” (2 John 1:7).

Before the Antichrist, Satan, comes on the scene, we will see more and more antichrist spirits rising to push Jesus out of the mainstream. Like John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus’ first coming, these demonic forerunners have been voices crying in the wilderness for years, preparing the way for Satan himself with deceiving agendas that target the confused, hurt and lost.

Indeed, the antichrist agenda will become bolder, and it will grow darker in the days again. But like I said last week, despite the doom and gloom, Jesus is still Lord. Our job is to let our light shine, speak the truth of the gospel in love, and keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, so that we can rescue people from the kingdom of darkness and escape the prophesied great falling away among the saints.

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