I am the Lord, your Physician!

In the middle of the merry nature, we see how a paralyzed child is driven in a wheelchair. Somebody who still has a heart which is not insensible to his neighbour will realize in that moment that something is wrong with our world, that the world in which such a torture and sadness is possible cannot be the genuine creation of God. Something anti-divine must have befallen the world. The world has apostated from her genesis. Destroying powers have seized rule in this world.

Only in a world having become godless, there is malady. Because the world suffers from God; therefore, there are sick people. Solely a world which would be secure in God, a delivered world, would be without any malady. In the Bible we encounter a strange sentence: “And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease [was] exceeding [great]: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.” (2. Chron. 16, 12). It is about a devout man there which the Bible else gives high praise for his zeal, regarding God’s matter. But this man, despite his devoutness, thought very modern so that he strictly distinguished between matters of religion, in which someone calls on God and the earthly matters, in which someone asks for help at earthly bodies. Diseases, particularly physical diseases, are earthly matters with earthly causes and earthly cures. Consequently, diseases are matters of physicians but not of God. How could someone be allowed to bother God, the Lord of the world, with his small physical maladies? God has other concerns.

That is thought pretty reasonable and maybe even religious, but it is wrong. Surely, diseases have their earthly causes and earthly cures. But with that is stated not at all everything and not the crucial thing about the essence of disease. For sure, the invalid shall call on a physician. But the most important thing is not done solely with that and is not realized. Behind the earthly causes and cures there are supernatural causes and supernatural cures of the disease. As long as someone passes by thereon, he or she lives ignoring his disease and doesn’t realize its essence. Its blessing or curse remain unrecognized.

The disease belongs to God in a special way. The Bible doesn’t blame a man for calling on a physician when he is sick but for not calling also on God. Not by chance, Christ lived noticeably close by the invalids; not by chance, blind man, paralytics, deaf-mutes, lepers, and lunatics were irresistibly attracted by him and seeked his community. Why didn’t Christ send them to the physician? Surely not in order to damage the reputation of the physicians or to present his own skills and suggestiv powers but in order to make clear that God and malady and that Christ and invalids belong strongly together.

Christ wants to be the real physician of the invalids. “I am the Lord, your physician!” (Exodus 15, 26). God says that; Christ says that. The Creator and Deliverer of the world wants to be the physician of the invalid. Do we want to spurn this offer after we have accepted so many less offers with more or less success?

One who merely intuits the connection between God and malady; one who takes serious the unexpected offer can get a pointer to the sin of the human beings, to the destruction of the community of the creatures with their Creator.

Here are the supernatural reasons and abysses of the malady. It is the sin of the world and it is my personal sin I get reminded of. My disease doesn’t have to be the consequence of or the punishment for a certain sin, which I had to accuse myself of; that may happen, but it is not necessaryly the case. Yet every disease will let me look into the depth of the sin of the world and the depth of my personal godlessness. This look drives me to God. When I looked into the abyss (of my sin), I don’t first ask for redemption of this or that malady, but I will confess my longly hidden guilt in the face of God. The physical malady wants to show me that my actual malady goes much deeper; so deep that no earthly physician can cure it because my actual disease is my sin. Not merely my body, my nerves, and my temper is sick but my whole essence, my heart is sick; sick by disbelieve, by fear, by the godlessness of my life. And which healthy man doesn’t suffer from that furtive and at the same time eerie disease?

Now I know that I can be helped if my whole essence becomes healthy, safe and new. How can that happen? The answer is very simple and yet touches the ultimate depth of our life: by true private confession and by divine forgiveness of all my sins. That may seem to be a strange turn and solution of this question for some people but yet only for someone who has not yet experienced the cure of the whole man by confession and forgiveness. What is confession? To open up oneself with all one’s sins, weaknesses, vices and maladies to Jesus Christ and to give him the whole heart without any reservation, according to his command. That is not easy and may seem to us harder than a dangerous surgery. Normally, the most of us will need a fraternal helper for that who assists us at confession; may it be the pastor holding an ecclesiastical office, may it be any member of the congregation who knows more about Christ than I. What is forgiveness? Extinction of all my whole hopeless, messy, failed past (of which maybe only I know) by God’s decree and by the present of a new and happy beginning of my life.

Who can give me such a new beginning? Nobody else than solely the crucified and living Jesus Christ, who himself experienced the hopelessness of life on himself and overcame it in the communion with God. He is the sole physician who knows my deepest malady; who himself has beared it. He is the saviour, who can cure heart, soul and body.

How is forgivness of sins connected with physical cure? More than the most people intuit. Of course, it is a mysterious connection. But isn’t it at least so much comprehensible that a man who got again a happy and released heart will get rid of some physical complaint? The body often becomes ill because it is not ruled because it has become its own master.  But now the body has get again his right master who rules it. The body is no longer the master. It is only tool, even more than that; it has become “temple of the Holy Spirit”. There are many maladies which are not visibly subdued and eradicated by the assurance of forgiveness. But the hidden connection of received forgiveness and physical cure can become visible in such a way that medical limits are bursted, and the physicians face a mystery. One is sure: the faith is a source for cure like the disbelief is a source for destruction and sickness of the body and the soul.

When Christ calls himself the physician of the invalid, then the divine mercy shines upon every invalid. The sick one belongs to God. On him God wants to materialize his salvation. In the ill brother we encounter God’s mercy, who is the physician of the invalid in Jesus Christ. The sick man wants cure, but Christ gives him more: salvation.

Originator of the above sermon: Dr. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (in my eyes, he is a king)

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Rejection of the Messianic Jews – their heretical faith doesn’t provide salvation

Messianic Jews believe that Jesus from Nazareth is the Messiah, but at the same time, they adhere to Judaism. That is a strong contradiction in itself even if they stress salvation through faith in Jesus alone.

Generally, somebody who is a biological descendent of the biblical Patriarch Jacob is called a Jew. Those people who actually practice ordinary Judaism are mostly biological descendants of Jacob. The biological descent of its adherents from Jacob among other things characterizes ordinary Judaism – the descent plays a very important role. However, ordinary Judaism is not according to the correct interpretation of the Old Testament (Tanakh or Hebrew Bible), and it doesn’t save anybody. The correct interpretation of the Old Testament rather leads to Christianity than to Judaism even if the New Testament is not considered – it is also the evidence of the Old Testament that everybody needs a divine redeemer in order to be able to live a pious life which will be rewarded with eternal life. It is not the evidence of the Old Testament that man becomes righteous through works of law like ordinary Judaism is teaching (however, someone believing in the redeemer will never live a lawless life but fulfils the law of the Torah through walking in the Holy Spirit; someone who is led by the giver of the law, God or God’s Spirit, fulfils the law. To fulfil the law, is much more than to keep it, another category).

Messianic Jews obviously don’t have the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God; otherwise, they would realize that ordinary Judaism is reprehensible, and they would not practice Judaism. This is valid despite the fact that they may stress salvation through faith in Jesus and may deny righteousness through works of the law. If they really would reject Judaism, they would not practise it – it is not enough to confess with the mouth that they would not hinge salvation on keeping the law; as long as they practice Judaism, there stressing of salvation by faith in Jesus is mere lip service.

Because the Messianic Jews practice Judaism, they are condemned and rejected herewith. They are excluded from the Christian Church, and their leaders shall be cursed. The Lord may have mercy upon the ordinary Messianic Jews and may bring out them to the Christian Church.

Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, etc. were in principle, spiritually seen, Christians because they believed in a divine redeemer and overcame their natural sinfulness through the power of the Lord-redeemer (certainly, they did not know that the redeemer’s name was Jesus but just called him Lord).

Nowadays, someone becomes a Christian through repentance, faith and sacramental baptism (sacramental baptism has nothing to do with the baptism of the Evangelicals but is another  thing). The sacramental baptism is the rebirth out of Water and Spirit. God acts during the sacramental baptism and makes the person to be baptized new in a supernatural way – it is just actually a rebirth.

Excursus concerning the Evangelicals

The Evangelicals are cursed and excluded from the Christian Church because they don’t preserve the sacramental baptism of the general Christian Church; the Evangelicals regard the rebirth as an event which is completely independent from baptism; they remain in obscurity with their doctrine on the rebirth – they cannot exactly define what the rebirth is or should be. Furthermore, their doctrine concerning baptism is wrong: they regard baptism as mere symbolic act, an act of obedience and public confession of faith. According to their false doctrine, baptism succeeds rebirth (baptism and rebirth are two separated things in their eyes). They don’t regard baptism as gateway to the Christian life. In their sight, someone who has already been “born again” gets himself baptized as act of obedience – baptism is part of his “new life” or “discipleship” but not the gateway to it in their eyes. The baptism and rebirth of the Evangelicals is highly problematical because the evangelical believer gets redirected to himself; but in himself the evangelical believer will find only emptiness and weakness (sinfulness). The evangelical leaders require the ordinary evangelicals to follow Jesus without providing the necessary power for that. Hence, the ordinary evangelical who really believes that nonsense in his naivety will become very unhappy because his life will consist only of defeats – he may even also consider to commit suicide considering the mess of his life. Thus, the evangelical leaders are real soul-murderers destroying the life of many naive people.

End of excursus 

One could ask the justified question how people experienced the rebirth during Old Testament times because in the Old Testament nothing is told about any sacramental baptism.

Well, determining is that man gets into the life-giving presence of God. Only God himself has the power to release us, who are natural born sinners, from sin and to give us a new life in Christ.

The parents of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were very pious. Spiritually seen, they were Christians; though, this name for a pious man did not yet exist at the lifetime of Jesus. In Luke we can read how Joseph and Mary brought Jesus into the Temple when he was still an infant. In that Temple, the God of Israel was present and still the grownup Jesus called the Temple “the house of my father”. Also other pious Jews took their children to the Temple. Of course, in the case of Jesus,, Jesus was not sanctified through the ritual but the ritual was sanctified through Jesus – Jesus was yet holy, holy, holy before he was born into the womb of his mother because Jesus is God incarnate.

Interpretation of Luke, chapter 2: verses 22-40; the presentation of Jesus in the Temple

Luke 2: 22-40 22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; 23 (As it is written in the law of the LORD, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) 24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. 25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, 28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: 30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. 33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. 34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. 36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. 39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. 40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

Interpretation

For God, the birth of a child rather seems to be a reason for grief than a reason for joy because after a Jewish woman has born a child, she is impure for several weeks.

You, dear reader, may ask, “what a God is this?” Perhaps, you may also say, “the God of the Bible is even more cruel than Allah!”

Let me explain this to you.

The natural birth of a human being is nothing but the reproduction of “human flesh” or serves the breeding of the human race. According to the doctrine of the Bible, we are all descendants of Adam and Eve, and we all have inherited one feature from them: the extreme inclination to sin (sinning means to act against love – love relates to God and human beings; it is possible to sin without the presence of commandments, simply through lovelessness; love according to God’s will often is not what we imagine as love; God’s love is distinct from natural love). We should not pretend that these statements here would be mere theory as if they would not address us because if somebody sins against us in everyday life, we really feel the pain and experience some serious suffering, maybe up to the death. Afterwards, we wish then that nobody had sinned against us, had been loveless. Hence, it is about something real. We take a great step forward when we admit that we ourselves are loveless sometimes.

The nub of the matter: when God has some resentments against the mankind, then this is not far-fetched, but has a real reason. Always when we are aggrieved or insulted because somebody has sinned against us, then we confirm God’s bad opinion about the mankind. If there would be no evil, we would never be aggrieved or insulted.

Do you get it gradually, dear reader?

When a child is born into this world, then this is nothing more than the increase of the mass of those beings which constantly commit sins against each other and ignore God who does them so much good (for example, good harvests, good weather, health, etc.)

Jesus expresses that like this: “What is born from the flesh, is flesh.”

John 3: 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

If there would still be a Temple (building) in Jerusalem, then a Jewish woman who has had a baby would go to the Temple again first 33 days or 66 days after the birth. This, she would normally do in simple obedience to God’s commandment without deeper thoughts (see Leviticus 12).

Yet, that would be a very “weak” keeping of the commandment (a keeping according to Judaism). The commandment would then really be kept (according to the Christian faith), even fulfilled, when the concerning woman (mother) would take the waiting time (time of her purification from the impurity caused by the birth) up to the visit of the Temple to present her child as an hint for the total worthlessness and reprehensibility of the natural man and the natural birth: “Why I am not allowed to go to the Temple for such a long time?” Answer: through the natural birth of the child actually nothing good has happened, but just the mass of sinful flesh on earth has increased. Nothing good happened but even something bad, something harmful; therefore, the woman who gave birth to such a little heap of sinful flesh shall keep her away from the Temple for a while – so to speak she has impured herself through the birth of the child.

What is the solution?

Finally, after 33 or 66 days one should get the idea to dedicate the child to the Lord. That little heap of sinful flesh can become precious when it gets offered on the altar of God (please don’t impute now that I would claim that little children should be burnt on an altar as sacrifices – this imagination is perverse and it shall be far away from me to kill infants). However, this sinful flesh must be offered to God by dedicating the child’s life to God.

Exodus 13: 2 Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.

Once, God imposed heavy penalties on Egypt because they did not want to let go the people of Israel. The last plague was the worst: God killed all male firstborns in the land Egypt from man up to cattle. It would be understandable if one would argue, “how was the son of a poor peasant at the river Nile responsible for the bad rule of Pharaoh?” Well, the ordinary Egypts were not completely guiltless of the bad rule of Pharaoh. Every single Egyptian had had the possibility to convert from paganism to the faith of Israel, but seemingly not even one single Egyptian did it.  Maybe, if only one ordinary little Egyptian had prayed against the Pharaoh, God had destroyed him without doing harm to the people of Egypt – but there was nobody. Finally, the whole people of Egypt had fused with the Pharaoh to a metaphysical, satanic body, and thus God stroke not only the Pharaoh but the whole people, the whole body. Today, does pray only one German against Angela Merkel and one American against Barack Obama? God will judge the German people and the American people because through their godlessness they supported their godless regents.

The killing of the Egyptian firstborns was primarily a chastisement to motivate the Egyptians or Pharaoh to let go the people of Israel. Beyond that, it shows us how little value a pagan human life has in the eyes of God (note that even Egyptian firstborns were killed who had directly nothing to do with the mistreatment of the Jews by Egypt). Of course, the Egyptians lamented their firstborns, and there was a great screaming, but altogether they only were a wild, pagan horde of evildoers and villains: how had they abused the poor Jews and locked up their heart against them (they cast little Jews into the river Nile and plagued the Jews through slave labour).

However, a little new born Jew was not at all distinct from a little Gentile or pagan concerning his biological or natural condition; he was only sinful flesh as long as God had not made him new. Therefore, I have told the story of the Egyptians and Israel. A little Jew without the assistance of a divine Person, without God’s salvation was not more complacent to God than a little Gentile or pagan (put that into your mind and keep it in mind, dear reader). The only benefit which a Jew had compared with a pagan was that God had chosen the people he belonged to meaning for a Jew, God was much easier to find than for a pagan. The pagans had “only” the testimony of the creation (however, that is not little), but to the Jews as a whole, the people of Israel, God revealed himself personally in addition to the testimony of the creation – that is very exciting. For example, God was always present in the Tabernacle or in the Temple – there, he could always easily be found by any Jew with a real longing.

Exodus 12: 30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

God was actually present in the old Temple of Jerusalem. When back then someone took a child into the Temple, it came into God’s presence. Thus, God could change “a little heap of sinful flesh” into something new. The counterpart to that today is the sacramental baptism when a child is presented to God who makes it a new creature: the sinful flesh becomes declared dead and the Holy Spirit is given who makes possible an increasingly holy life (according to Romans 6). This is the rebirth out of Water and Spirit (according to John 3).

“What is born from the Spirit, is Spirit”, Jesus said.

2. Corinthians 5: 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Galatians 6: 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

If their was anybody who did not need the rebirth out of Water and Spirit, then it was Jesus because Jesus was God incarnate and the redeemer himself. When an ordinary Jewish child was brought into the Temple, then it became holy through the ritual. Yet, the ritual became effective only under the providence of pious parents meaning Jews believing in a redeemer and living in and through the redeemer. That would be equal to a sacramental baptism today which only becomes effective when it is applied in a pious surrounding. Baptism is valid even without pious surrounding, but develops it releasing power only when there is a pious surrounding. Of course, somebody who has been baptized in a surrounding of unbelievers (of course, that should not be the rule) can cling to his baptism through his own faith when he is grownup.

In contrast to the presentation of an ordinary child, the ritual was sanctified through Jesus but not Jesus through the ritual.

All Jews which faithfully took their children to the Temple – their children were changed. Mary and Joseph take the redeemer himself into the Temple; Jesus, the infant. Through that, Jesus identifies himself  with all little, Jewish children which had ever been and would ever be taken to the Temple to present them to the Lord. Thus, Jesus makes something new out of the little heap of sinful flesh. Through his coming into the Temple Jesus has sanctified all past presentations of children and all future presentations. Do you get the crux? The crux is that Jesus identifies himself with all this little sinful infants though he himself was without sin – God really climbed down from heaven and visited the sinners in the person of his Son Jesus Christ.

Simeon was a pious Jew and the Holy Spirit was with him. Hence, he had peace with God.

Why is he so happy about the birth of the child Jesus? What could Jesus add on to his faith?

Well, very simple; Jesus was even not the invisible God but the visible God: “God with us.” When Simeon took the little Jesus upon his arms, he felt a happiness similar to the happiness felt by people participating in the Lord’s Supper today. Through the infant Jesus, God came closer to Simeon than he had ever experienced it before. Simeon carried God in his arms – breathtaking.

Every Christian is principally connected with God, has the Holy Spirit, but the participation in the Lord’s Supper is something special nevertheless. It is a communion with the Lord which surpasses the community of the daily life. Through Jesus, God has entered our sphere of life – he is no more infinite, unreachable remote from us in the heavens. This experience made Simon and this experience makes a Christian today at the Lord’s Supper. We see here again what faith really is: not only the considering-as-true of the Gospel but a new life in the power of the sacral connection with Jesus. At the very beginning, there is the sacramental baptism, the rebirth out of Water and Spirit, when we die for the sin and receive the Holy Spirit.

Romans 10: 6-8 6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) 7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) 8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

(Jesus, the Word, is God who came down to us; “God with us” is his name; his is not remote in the heaven, also not with the dead but very close to us)

The Lord’s Supper strengthens our faith and helps to preserve the new life in Jesus.

Martin Luther on the Lord’s Supper:

Therefore, it is rightly called a meal for the soul which nurtures and strengthens the new man. By baptism we get born again, but we retain our sinful body. There is so much hindrance and challenge by the devil and the world that we become sleepy and tired and stumble sometimes. Therefore, the sacrament is given unto us for daily pasture and feeding that the faith may recover and be strengthened not to suffer any backslide in this struggle but to become stronger and stronger. For, the new life shall be structured in a way that it always increases and proceeds. However, it has to suffer a lot. For, the devil is such an angry enemy: when he sees that one opposes him and denies the works of the old man, and that he cannot overcome us by use of violence, then he sneaks around and tries all tricks and does not give up until he has finally made us tired so that one either turns apostate or neglects his service for the Lord. For that, the comfort of Lord’s Supper is given; when the heart feels that everything becomes too difficult, it can find new power and refreshment here.”

End of quote.

Perhaps, once Simeon’s parents had taken him to the Temple, and he believed in a renewing through God’s presence which he had experienced as a little child in the Temple. But the God who has come down from heaven to the mankind is even Jesus, and thus Simon got strengthened without knowing how through that little child which he carried on his arms. Simon carried the personified sacrament on his arms – breathtaking.

“And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, . . .”

Strange that Luke tells us that Simeon was a man (what should he else be?)

What does Luke really want to tell us by telling us that he was a man?

Answer: Simeon was a man compared with all other citizens of Jerusalem. He was a real Jew by being pious and godly and expecting the comfort of Israel. In Matthew, we read how all citizens of Jerusalem got frightened when the Three Wise Men proclaimed the birth of Christ. Obviously, they lived that godless and disloyally that the rule of the Messiah could mean nothing good for them (they expected to be judged by him). There was no worse news for them than about the arrival of the Messiah. Simeon was the opposite of them, and therefore Luke called him “man”.

“A light to lighten the Gentiles,”

Seemingly, Simeon had guessed that the most Jews would not accept Jesus and therefore mentions the Gentiles yet at the beginning of Jesus’ life; this is the special thing of this phrase because Jesus had come for the Jews at first and not for the Gentiles. But Simeon knew very soon how things would turn out.

“that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. ”

Which thoughts?

Do I want to have glory yet on earth and live under the self-deception, I could then also have glory in the heavens above, or I am ready to live in lowliness here on earth with the certainty of having glory in the heavens. This thought becomes manifest through accepting or rejecting Jesus. How I deal with Jesus, shows if God is precious for me, if I found him worth to offer him my life as a sacrifice or not. The person of the Godhead who addresses man is Jesus. When I choose him, I know that I have made the decision for eternal life together with God, very clearly; but I also know that that means lowliness on earth (suffering, rejection, persecution). But that is the crux of the issue: I know that it costs something to choose Jesus, but through that I show that eternal life, God’s favour is worthwhile for me. By choosing or rejecting Jesus it becomes manifest what I am really – my heart.

The false doctrine on baptism of the Messianic Jews (click here, please)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Esther, Purim and the Holocaust

Introduction

During the reign of King Ahasueros, the high state official Haman wanted to wipe out the Jews from the Medo-Persian Empire, which stretched from the river Nile to the river Indus back then. However, the God of Israel provided rescue to his people through His pious servants Esther and Mordecai (see book Esther).

What is the proof for Mordecai’s piety?

Well, Mordecai’s piety is proofed through the fact that he didn’t respect Haman, who probably was an Amalekite; though, that one was a high state official of the Medo-Persian Empire, and Ahasueros had commanded to pay homage to Haman.

Esther 3: 2 And all the king’s servants, that were in the king’s gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.

However, it was not the case that Mordecai had not respected the majesty of Ahasueros which one could conclude considering the issue only superficially, but there was a commandment of the God of Israel, who was Mordecai’s God, which was rather to obey than the commandment of the King.

Once, Mordecai had preserved the King from an attack; that shows that he was not only a servant of God but also a faithful servant of King Ahasueros from the bottom of his heart.

Esther 2: 21-23 21 In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king’s gate, two of the king’s chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay hands on the king Ahasuerus. 22 And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai’s name. 23 And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out; therefore they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the book of the chronicles before the king.

Nevertheless, Mordecai felt obligated to and wanted voluntarily put his obedience against God over his obedience against the King when Haman was involved. It was impossible for Mordecai to reverence Haman like the King wanted because then he had denied his godliness. Just this shows us that Mordecai was pious; because he knew that he ran the risk when he transgressed the commandment of the King; Mordecai was an adherent of the costly grace.

Job 32: 22 For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.

Acts 5: 29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

How far was Haman bad?

Haman was bad because he probably was an Amalekite meaning an archenemy of the people of God.

1. Samuel 15: 33 And Samuel said, As the sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag (King of the Amalekites; R. B.) in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.

Esther 8: 5 And said, If it please the king, and if I have favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king’s provinces:

(these two verses make it probable that Haman was an Amalekite which is expressed through the clanship of his father Hammedatha, who was an Agagite, who maybe were special Amalekites named after Agag)

The Jews had got God’s commandment to wipe out the Amalekites because this whole people had degenerated into a gang of outright robbers and criminals who shed innocent blood.

One could compare them with the Muslims of today which are the archenemies of the pious Christians. The Islam is no religion through which one could get into the presence of God who has made heaven and earth but exactly the opposite of that. Islam is fanaticism in purest form and makes obsessed ones out of his adherents. When one reads the (unholy) Koran, it becomes very clear, that the core of genuine Islam is nothing but the destruction or enslavement of the Christian peoples. Hence, the Islam is the anti-religion per se. Similarly fanatical like the modern Muslims must have been the old Amalekites, which wanted to destroy the old people of God, the Jews (the new people of God is the Christian Church). It was very right that the Israeli prophet Samuel made minced meat or hash out of Agag (King of the Amalekites; see the above verse 1. Samuel 15: 33) because that one was a mass murderer and had shed much innocent blood, the blood of the people of God.

Deuteronomy 25: 17-19 17 Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt; 18 How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God. 19 Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it.

(note: between the verses of Deuteronomy and the following verses of 1. Samuel below there are several centuries, but God still wants to wipe out the Amalekites; incredible, how God hated this people – they had for sure completely morally degenerated similar to the people of Sodom and Gomorra.

1. Samuel 15: 2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.

1. Samuel 15: 3 Now go and smite Amalek (that said Samuel to the Israeli King Saul; R. B.), and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

Warning: I don’t put a ban on the Muslims. I only want that we get to clarity and sobriety, and that we may realize what kind of people the Muslims are – we should really beware of them and be very wakeful. In other countries, they merciless kill the pious, innocent Christians or enslave them – we should no longer overlook that. Also the Ummah, the worldwide community of all Muslims, is in principle nothing but a giant, criminal gang which commits crimes under the smokescreen of religion. I regard them as that dangerous that I would expel all Muslims from Germany.

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During the reign of Ahasueros, Gott rescued his people Israel in a miraculous way.

Why then didn’t he prevent the Holocaust, and treated Hitler and his accomplices like Haman before they could kill so many Jews?

The question is easy to answer.

The modern Jews lack pious servants of God which offer their whole life as a sacrifice to the God of Israel. Certainly, not all Jews which back then lived in the Medo-Persian Empire were pious, but at least Esther and Mordecai were pious. Approximately at that time, also people like Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah and others lived. I don’t know that today there would be only one single Jew who  could be compared for example with Daniel.

(don’t conclude now that there had been an justification for the Holocaust because in our times – I reckon the time of the Holocaust to our modern time – the Jews have apostatized completely from the faith in the God of Israel in contrast to the time of Ahasueros when there were at least some pious Jews – no, the Holocaust was a very, very heavy crime; however, God has not rescued the Jews from Adolf Hitler; that is an historical fact even though it is very regrettable)

It is high time that the Jews finally accept and recognize Jesus from Nazareth as their Messiah. Yet the pious Jews at the time of Ahasueros believed in him – only that they perhaps didn’t know that his human name was Jesus. In contrast to the modern Jews, those ones simply believed what is also written in the book of Isaiah which yet back then belonged to the Holy Scripture of the Jews. This redeemer, who is mentioned in the book of Isaiah, gave the old, pious Jews a life which did not get in conflict with the commandments of the Torah; this redeemer was even himself their life and this redeemer, who himself was the giver of the law, led them. Thus, they did not only keep the law but fulfilled it because the Son of God was within them. Because they lived in and through God through the redeemer, God protected them against the evil Haman and destroyed him together with his adherents.

Read Isaiah 53!

I believe that many modern Jews have the problem that they regard Jesus’ death on the cross as a proof of his weakness and consider Jesus a gloomy, miserable and helpless weakling.

1. Corinthians 1: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

But, dear reader, if you are a Jew which would be very nice, then consider the issue a little more exactly. Historically seen, Jesus has not died in a certain sense meaning he has yet died, but historically seen he resurrected “in the same moment” (what mean three days from our perspective who live 2000 years later). Imagine a boxer who gets a hook to the chin, lies unconscious on the ground for some few minutes and gets up again – something similar befall Jesus, historically seen.

In a certain way, it was not possible to really kill Jesus. Of course, he was really dead when he hang at the cross and rested in the grave, but he resurrected from the dead again after “some” hours – in that sense, his death was not to compare with the death of an ordinary mortal, nothing final because when you or I would die today, we would certainly not come alive again so fast.

Briefly: Jesus was not the meek-goofy weakling as which the modern Jews consider him, but he accomplished a heroic deed by dying for us on the cross and bearing our sins there. By no means, Jesus had become the helpless plaything of the Romans and the Jewish establishment, who killed him, but he went this way very deliberately, self-controlled and voluntarily – he went this hard way for, for, for us. In fact, the way Jesus went was a way of strength – the strong redeemer, the strong God.

Militarily seen, the modern people of Israel sits on a volcano; that is obvious for everybody. Israel is surrounded by modern “Amalekites” (the Islamic states, the Islamic “beasts”); and Israel cannot be sure if the rest of the world including the USA are still her friends.

Would the Jews accept and recognize Jesus as their Messiah today, then he would wage war for them and rescue them from their enemies. He has the power to vaporize all their enemies within the twinkling of an eye.

Isaiah 9: 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Luke 1: 71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; (that said Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, about Jesus; R. B.)

Revelation 19: 11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. (the rider of the white horse is Jesus; R. B.)

Revelation 19: 15 And out of his (Jesus; R. B.) mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

It is interesting that the Jews still today at Purim commemorate the rescue from the evil Haman through the God of Israel during the reign of Ahasueros despite the fact that God has not rescued them from Adolf Hitler and his accomplices, despite the historical fact of the Holocaust. Purim could still today be a permanent blessing and more than a feast for a Jew if he really would ask himself, why God rescued the Jews during the reign of Ahasueros but not during the reign of Adolf Hitler. The answer to this question is simply as mentioned above that the Jews still lack a redeemer (today we know that his name is Jesus) who could give them a life which pleases God. They still try to keep the law of the Torah through their own, natural power which is impossible instead of allowing the law to convict them of their outright natural weakness (sinfulness) and then reaching out for a the redeemer who wants to live within us so that we can live a life that pleases God – in that way we not only keep the law but fulfil it. If we have peace with God and our life pleases him, then he protects us against our enemies, and thus we not only celebrate Purim but it becomes REALITY again for us after such a long time.  

Assumed, the Jews had yet accepted Jesus as their Messiah during the reign of Adolf Hitler, Jesus had rescued them from Hitler and his accomplices. As the Jews did not accept Jesus as their Messiah, they had to pay a high price for their disbelief – the lives of squillions of legally innocent people (Jews).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The two witnesses, the two olive trees and the two candlesticks mentioned in the Revelation – interpretation of Revelation 11: 1-14 (high-standard interpretation)

1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. 7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. 11 And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. 13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. 14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

Interpretation

“1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.”

Is this metaphorical language or to take in the literal sense?

It is metaphorical language because somebody can measure a temple and an altar but not those ones who worship therein. According to the evidence of the New Testament, the new Temple of God is no building but consists of human beings. The new Temple is the Christian Church: all human beings believing in Jesus. The altar of the Temple is Christ, “on which the sacrifice of the body of Jesus was offered”: Jesus Christ died for us on the cross and has borne our sins there. Nobody can measure this Temple consisting of people with an ordinary measuring rod, but only through the Holy Spirit one can judge that the crowd of all believers (in Christ) together with Jesus, the head of the Church, are the new Temple of God, the place of his presence.

The “reed” reminds us of the “bruised reed” Jesus talks about. The true Temple of God consists of “reeds” which are no longer bruised, but which Jesus has made whole again – Jesus cures the poor (“bruised”) little sinners.  

Matthew 12: 20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

This is confirmed by St. Paul in his Epistle to the Galatians, Chapter 6:

14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision (the Jews; R. B.) availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision (the Gentiles; R. B.), but a new creature (both Jews and Gentiles believing in Jesus; R. B.). 16 And as many as walk according to this rule (“rule” reminds us of measure; R. B.), peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God (the new “Israel of God “are all Jews and Gentiles believing in Jesus; R. B.).

Hence, the true Temple of God or the Church consists of sinners which through the realising power of His death and resurrection have become people who sin increasingly less and do righteous acts increasingly more – up to perfect, practical holiness (but, of course, no real Christian will ever say that he is without sin). Here, it doesn’t matter if somebody is a Jew by nature or a Gentile; only significant is the new life in Jesus (being a new creature).

“2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.”

Despite the fact that the Church is the new Temple of God, Jerusalem, where the old Temple which was made out of stones stood, is still sacred.

Why?

1. Kings 8: 15-16 15 And he (King Solomon; R. B.) said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it, saying, 16 Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel (finally, God chose Jerusalem; R. B.) to build an house, that my name might be therein; but I chose David to be over my people Israel.

1. Kings 11: 36 And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there. 

Daniel 6: 10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. (Daniel still prayed towards Jerusalem despite the fact that the Temple had been destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar – that means that despite the fact that there was no more Temple in Jerusalem, Jerusalem was still The Sacred City of God; even today, Jerusalem is still the Sacred City of God; R. B.) 

Romans 9: 4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;

Romans 11: 29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

According to what St. Paul writes in Romans (see the two verses, above), the promise of God which one can read for example in 1. Kings 8: 15-16,  1. Kings 11: 36 and Daniel 6: 10 (see the verses, above) is still valid: the present earthly Jerusalem, the capital of the state Israel, is still a sacred city. However, until today, the Holy City is treaded under foot by the Gentiles (let your eyes take note what your read here, dear reader); the present state Israel is a secular state and is above all not sovereign but depends on the benevolence of the USA and other Western countries. There is no great difference for a Jew whether he lives in the USA or in Israel. Actually, Israel is merely the 51th federal state of the USA. In fact, the Jews do not really rule their country themselves but the Gentiles – that is a matter of fact. Insofar, Jerusalem is indeed treaded under foot by the Gentiles. Assumed, in the near future, all Jews would promptly (of course, “promptly” doesn’t mean within a second, but the conversion of the people of Israel, some million people, to Christianity may last some decades) accept Jesus Christ as their Messiah; thus, becoming real Jews in God’s eyes, then the Messiah (Jesus) would immediately (meaning after the process of the conversion of the Jews, which may last some decades, is finished) return in power and glory and in the form of God and finish (by use of violence) the treading of Jerusalem by the Gentiles.

Briefly: Though Jerusalem is still a sacred city in God’s eyes, it shall not be measured (taken in account) meaning that the Christian Church, the new Temple of God, is much more interesting for God than the city Jerusalem. Jerusalem is only the forecourt of the Temple, but the Temple itself is the Christian Church.

By the way, we don’t need to try to calculate the real time meant by the 42 “months” (see note, below) because if we could really calculate when the time of the Gentiles will be over, we would know when Jesus will return (however, when the “moment” of his return has come, is at hand, he will let us know). But concerning his return (long-term vision) Jesus has said that we have no rightly aspire to the knowledge of times and point of times, but he will come suddenly like an unexpected thief at night. Though God will never reveal unto us how long the treading of Jerusalem by the Gentiles will last (except the “moment” of the end of the treading has almost come, appears at the horizon), we can figure out what is symbolized by the 42 “months”. The 42 “months” symbolize the period of time from the destruction of the old Temple made of stones by the Romans (this occurred 70 A. D.) up to the second coming of Christ.

Acts 1: 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

Matthew 24: 36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

“3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.”

“My two witnesses” is a term of metaphorical language which means two groups of people: one of the two witnesses are the Gentile Christians, and the other one are the Jewish Christians. In principle, all Jews believing in Jesus and all Gentiles believing in Jesus are joint together through the faith in Jesus – together, they form the Christian Church. The older olive tree or candle stick are the Jews (but only the really pious ones) because they are the old people of God which has yet existed before the Christian Church emerged. Strictly speaking, the old people of God were only those of the Jews (the biological descendants of Jacob) which believed in a divine redeemer or, simply said, were pious whereby they probably did not know that the name of the redeemer was Jesus but simply called him Lord. The “biological” Jews in general yet at Old Testament times had a problem to really believe in the God of Israel (today we know that his name is Jesus). And even when the God of Israel visited them in the person of Jesus Christ, only a few of them believed in him, and the people of Israel as a whole has virtually rejected him. This state regrettably lasts up to the current day. Nevertheless, at Old Testament times the old olive tree or candlestick was formed almost only of pious Jews (biological Jews which believed in a divine redeemer).  However, the disobedience of his old people (in the biological sense) seems to have persuaded God to awake children for himself amongst the Gentiles, and that are we, the Gentile Christians. The Gentile Christians are so to speak the second witness, candlestick or olive tree whereby they have the same root like the old olive tree; and in principle, both are one tree, one witness and one candlestick. But, as I have yet said, through their general disobedience the (biological) Jews have forced it that the one olive tree must look like two olive trees: when we think of the Christian Church today, we only think of Gentile Christians as if a (biological) Jew could never become a believer in Christ (that is outrageous), but actually the Church should consist of both Jews and Gentiles who have repented and put their trust in the Lord. The present olive tree is nearly formed only by Gentiles believing in Christ. Yet, things move quickly, and even the second olive tree formed almost only of Gentiles is about to disappear. Today, there are nearly no more people on earth who really believe in Jesus Christ (there are plenty of sects and heretical churches, but these are no true Christians; the Evangelicals are also no, no, no Christians at all; Billy Graham, who just has died, was a heretic).

Plainly and clearly: The imagination of God of the olive tree for Old Testament times and for New Testament times is the same: an olive tree comprising Jews believing in a redeemer and Gentiles believing in a redeemer. Yet, at Old Testament times nearly only biological Jews believed in a redeemer (nearly all Gentiles deliberately remained in apostasy), and in New Testament times (except the future time of the conversion of the Jews) nearly only Gentiles really believe in a redeemer (nearly all Jews deliberately remain in apostasy up to the current day). Hence, it looks like as if there would be two different olive trees: Jewish Christians at the one hand and Gentile Christians at the other hand. However, actually, they are one united tree and have one common root. As today the Gentile Christians become less and less, God will make the Jewish Christian olive tree “bloom” again. An earth without a growing group of people belonging to Him is unthinkable for God. I dare to predict that the Jews will start to convert in the course of the next years.

“sackcloth”

Jewish Christians and Gentile Christian lament their personal sinfulness but also the sin of the world. This belongs to their testimony. Their lamentation will first change into joy when God will give them a body without sinful inclinations, and when the sin of the surrounding world will have disappeared. When Jesus returns, sinners (people who do not believe in Jesus at the moment when he returns) will be separated from the believers by a big gap. However, the lamentation should not make us sour faces. Through faith and sacramental baptism we are “in Christ”, and he helps us to overcome our sinful inclinations and old habits. However, it is incredible that despite this fact the world perceives us as losers because in the world dominates the “contest between flesh and flesh”. People participate in a contest of what they can achieve through their natural abilities. In contrast to that, the Christian manages everything through the power of the Holy Spirit and not by his natural power; therefore, the Christian is disqualified from the contest of the world, and the world finds that very sad. The world honours the religious hypocrites (for example the pope) for their works out of the flesh, but she doesn’t honour the true Christians who really do divine works through Jesus Christ. The world honours the Scribes and Pharisees for their ridiculous praying, fasting and almsgiving to be seen by the people. In contrast to that, Jesus, who cured body and soul of sick people, was little honoured – yet, Jesus did divine works. Yet, Jesus had not even been interested in any honour of the world, but he was only focused on the benefit of the sick people and wanted to cure their soul and their body. Jesus wanted to remedy the distress of the people; Jesus only saw the people and their need, their suffering, their pain, their sadness, their misfortune  – this caused his resolute acting. God will honour Jesus for ever and ever because he sought not the applause of this bad world but solely the benefit of the people and eternal honour from God.

Plainly and clearly: the world could have stand Jesus if he had sought her applause; according to that, the world could stand the Church if she would seek her applause. It causes her grief or sorrow that the true Church doesn’t seek her applause – the world perceives the Church as wearing “sackcloth”.

What happens during the “thousand two hundred and threescore days”?

These are “1260 days” (metaphorical language) from the destruction of the Temple up to the time when the second coming of Jesus Christ, who will violently finish the treading of Jerusalem by the Gentiles, “will appear at the horizon”, which will be indicated through the beginning conversion of the Jews (“the two witnesses come alive again”) shortly after the total spiritual death of Gentile Christianity. The testimony of the olive trees, as long as they are alive, consists mainly of the proclamation of the Word of Truth, God’s gospel of his Son Jesus Christ, and in keeping the Word of Patience, the Sermon on the Mount. The testimony of the Church includes also care for the poor, the sick, the delinquents, the foreigners, etc. with a view to their conversion – the Church is not obligated to take care of all disadvantaged people of this world. Only by faith in Christ, the problems of anybody can be solved durably. Only if somebody becomes a real member of the Church by repentance and faith, he gets a share in her holistic supply system. The “1260 days” seemingly come to an end or have yet ended because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is no longer proclaimed (the todays proclamation of the “gospel” by the Evangelicals doesn’t count because their “gospel” is a distorted gospel, actually a false gospel); the Sermon on the Mount is not taken serious (the Evangelicals take it serious only by their reason, not really keeping it, because they stick in their sinful flesh; they are not redeemed), and care for the disadvantaged people has become a pure business; hence, “the two witness have died or are dead”.

“5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.”

The “fire proceeding out of their mouth” are the revenge-prayers of the pious Christians. The more the apostasy increases, the more Christians will be treated badly in everyday life. The Christian will not revenge himself but entrust God with the revenge who will pour out fire over the evildoers. Through God, the revenge-prayers of the Christians become fire – so to speak, fire proceeds out of their mouth.

(At opportune time, I may insert an interpretation of Revelation 8: 1-5 here to explain the issue of revenge-prayers more extensively)

“6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.”

This “power” is the prayer of the Church again. The Church doesn’t know only the revenge-prayers but also the prayer for the salvation of the sinners. God hears the prayers of the Church by applying his educating wrath: He sends war, hunger, plagues and wild animals to educate the people, to lead them to repentance. However, it doesn’t look like that our direct ancestors had accepted God’s education, and now He seemingly gives us away.

The “thousand two hundred and threescore days” seem to come to an end gradually. God gives the mankind away gradually so that she becomes ripe for his destructive wrath. We should not have postponed repentance and faith in Jesus for such a long time – God is very, very patient, but even His patience is not unlimited.  

2. Thessalonians 2: 9-12 9 Even him (the Antichrist; R. B.), whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved (meaning they did not repent and believe in Jesus; R. B.). 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth (meaning they did not repent and believe in Jesus; R. B.), but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

“7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.”

The textual context shows that by “kill them” is not meant the physical death of single Christians through execution but the spiritual death of the Church. Exactly this, we face today. At the latest, since the 18th century the secular states influence the churches and their doctrine. Both the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant Churches are no longer allowed to teach their traditional doctrine, but they have to teach a kind of enlightened Christianity. The Catholic and the Protestant interpretations of the Bible (except the interpretations of Martin Luther and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who did a very good job) were yet bad enough without influence of the state.

What is enlightened Christianity?

The core of enlightened Christianity is that the moral teachings of genuine Christianity shall be preserved, but the metaphysical component of genuine Christianity is rejected. Jesus is not recognized as Son of God, a person of the Godhead who is able to do miracles but he is only acknowledged as a pious teacher of morality, a pious (ordinary) man without the power of doing miracles. Simply said: somebody must become mad when he tries to keep the commandments of Jesus without having Jesus himself who alone could give the power to keep his commandments. Without Jesus, we are pure flesh, and his commandments only cause that we sin more instead of less (“the forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest”). The criminal and bestial of enlightened Christianity is that it doesn’t impart the living Jesus, God’s Son, who alone is able to help us to be good or pious. Only by the realising power of Jesus we can live according to God’s commandments and will even fulfil them. I repeat: the commandments alone without having Jesus through faith and baptism destroy us. Not that the commandments would be bad, but our sinful nature is that bad; what we are by nature. Therefore, we have to be reborn out of Water and Spirit through the sacramental baptism, received faithfully. When we refer to our sacramental baptism including infant baptism, then we will be filled with the Holy Spirit, then we get into Christ. Through the Holy Spirit, we are able to live according to the commandments of Jesus because Jesus gives us the necessary power through the Holy Spirit.

Jesus as teacher of morality” (enlightened Christianity) first sounds so harmless, but in fact it is the worst seduction of all times, absolute Anti-Christianity. Forget Enlightenment! Yes, forget it!  

In other words, one could say that the enlightened states have beheaded the Church because when the churches are no longer allowed to teach that Jesus is the Son of God and our saviour from sins then the Church is robbed of her head, Christ. Preparatory stages of the decapitation of the churches through the state were papacy, cheap-grace-Protestantism and the rechristen (or are they called Anabaptists? – at any rate, I mean the Evangelicals, who baptize someone again who has yet been sacramentally baptized as an infant; I would even define Evangelicals as those ones who re-baptize people).

For centuries, the Church becomes ruined through papacy, cheap-grace-Protestantism and rechristen (or Anabaptists?) (rechristen a very bad people who baptize someone who has already validly been baptized again). This ruin has achieved its maximum beginning with the 18th century when the states began to control the doctrine of the churches. The enlightened states carried the ruin of the churches to the extremes.

Briefly: The religion which is generally called Christianity today is no longer the genuine Christianity on the basis of the evidence of the Bible but a Christianity distorted by Enlightenment which leads to the complete ruin of the soul of the individual. Long-term it will ruin the whole Western world and finally the whole world.

Our present states are no longer authorities in the biblical sense but “members of the beast because they have misappropriated the Church. The rider on the white horse mentioned in Revelation 6: 1-2 has become a tyrant. The states no longer protect and preserve their people/peoples which would be their divine mandate  but harm them – outrageous.

“the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit”

What is meant by that sentence?

Well, the so-called Enlightenment is nothing other then the warming over of the age-old crap of Greek philosophy. From the Christian point of view the Greek philosophers were stupid people but no wise men. The old Romans loved the Greek culture (abominable paganism from the Christian point of view).  Hence, today we have so to speak a neo-Roman culture, and we have become Romans in a spiritual sense –  “the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit”. The whole could also be called neo-paganism.

Plainly and clearly: By forcing the Church to teach a kind of enlightened Christianity, the enlightened states have killed and kill the Church (the “two witnesses”) spiritually – that is an ongoing process. However, the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) was ruinous yet without influence of the state; yet the genuine doctrine of the RCC is bad. Actually, the only good thing the RCC has got is the sacramental baptism, which is good in itself – however, abused by the RCC because not applied in a sphere of faith where it could be expected that yet an infant believes; nevertheless, the baptism of the RCC is valid as long she keeps the right intention and the correct image of God.

“8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.”

The “decapitated” (see above) churches can generate, of course, only dead bodies meaning the members of the Roman Catholic Church, the Protestant churches (churches keeping the Protestant theology which appreciates baptism as a sacrament) and the Evangelicals (the Evangelicals are sometimes called Protestants, but they are no Protestants at all because they don’t appreciate baptism as a sacrament) are spiritually dead. Everywhere in the public sphere (“street” means public sphere) one can encounter that spiritually dead people, and thus, “they lie on the street of the great city”.

Excursus concerning the Evangelicals

(yet without influence of the enlightened states, the doctrine of the Evangelicals was absolutely ruinous; they have never belonged to the House of God, the Christian Church; they have never belonged to the olive tree, the candlestick or the two witnesses)

It is high time to get rid of the Evangelicals: they are excluded (and have ever been excluded) from the Christian Church because they practice rebaptism. The main problem is even not that they baptize a second time; though, that is bad enough, but they have a complete wrong theology concerning baptism (they regard baptism as a mere symbolic act, a public confession of faith and act of obedience). Furthermore, their doctrine concerning the rebirth is wrong, and they hardly can define their rebirth (concerning that subject they remain in obscurity). An Evangelical can never be sure if he is really “born again” because the Evangelical rebirth is not defined at all and, of course, Evangelicals are no Christians at all and understand nothing at all. Providing that an Evangelical would be sure of his “rebirth” (yet a delusion, of course); nevertheless, he would not yet be born again because the thing the Evangelicals regard as rebirth is no rebirth according to the evidence of the Bible (the so-called rebirth of the Evangelicals is simply a Nothing). The poorest people on earth are the Evangelicals because their whole “faith” is mere delusion or fantasy – they will face a rude awakening at Judgement Day. Evangelicals have merely an imagination of the things which real Christians really possess.

In contrast to the Evangelicals, the Christian Church considers the sacramental baptism as rebirth (through baptism, the rebirth is a clearly defined point in space and time when somebody becomes a Christian; no ecclesiastical Christian needs to doubt if he has really experienced the rebirth because he can cling to his baptism). Of course, the releasing power of baptism becomes effective in us only when we deliberately refer to it, or when we voluntarily want to live a Christian life through the power of baptism.

It is a shame that sometimes the Evangelicals are called Protestants because they are not even Christians. They are a very dangerous and very harmful sect which ruins the lives of many of their members. May God punish their leaders and lead out their ordinary members who are seduced by their leaders.

By the way, the theology of the Christian Church concerning baptism is according to the evidence of the Bible, is “biblical” (“biblical” is a favoured term of the Evangelicals by which they want to express that something would be according to the Bible).

In contrast, the theology of the Evangelicals is not according to the evidence of the Bible, is not “biblical”. Interesting: those ones who claim to be the chief-interpreters of the Bible, who constantly use the word “biblical” don’t understand the Bible at all – that is outrageous.

End of Excursus

The “great City” mentioned in the section of the Bible above is not Jerusalem but “Babylon”. By the term “Babylon” is meant the whole sinful, unbelieving world. And in the midst of that world, the Lord, Jesus Christ, was crucified. Once, Jesus Christ had been the head of the olive tree, the candlestick or the two witnesses, but the “beast” (in ancient times, the Roman Empire; today, the godless states under the leadership of the USA) which leads Babylon (the whole mankind led by the beast save the Church) has decapitated them, has robbed them of their head Jesus Christ.

What does that mean?

Like the Lord of the Church was killed by Babylon or the world (“beast” + unbelieving people) in the public sphere, also the Church was killed by the world in the public sphere whereby the death of the Church is not a physical death but a spiritual death. Of course, the spiritual death of the Church is much worse than the physical death of our Lord. For ever and ever, God will honour Jesus for his obedience up to the death on the cross. The Church which turned apostate will not be honoured for that but punished. All in all, let us keep in mind that the world is the enemy of God and His Church. Let us never seek friendship with the world. The world, which only prepared a cross for the Lord, can never be the friend of the Church – that, the Church should keep in mind.

Like the world has rid herself of Christ, she has rid herself of the (true) Christian Church.

The Church has paid too high a price for her physical life: her spiritual life. Only on the condition that the Christians remain spiritual dead (spiritual death means the absence of spiritual life), they are allowed to live here on earth – this is outrageous up to the stop.

Strictly speaking, there is no more true Christian Church on earth because the “decapitated” churches are spiritual dead.

“9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.”

Nothing else is meant by that than this: the world is exceedingly happy that she finally got rid of Christianity. The still existing spiritual dead “Christians” (nominal Christians) meaning “dead bodies” disturb her little, and thus they can be tolerated in the public sphere and be used as human robots in dirty factories (this is meant by the phrase “shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves”; the world is content with the spiritual death of the “Christians” and sees no need to kill them physically but uses them as workforces like the old Egyptians used the people of Israel which were probably also spiritually dead). Thus, this earth has become a Christianity-free zone, cleaned out. The state of a world completely without Christian testimony will last 3.5 “days” (no real days). However, no matter what 3.5 “days” really mean, compared with 1260 “days”, 3.5 “days” are a very short period of time. By the term 3.5 “days” shall be expressed that the time when there is no Christian testimony on earth is very short compared with the time when there was a Christian testimony. After God’s mission amongst the Gentiles has come to an end, he will quickly turn to the Jews again. Certainly, God cannot stand a world without Christian testimony for a long time.

11 And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.”

Dear reader, there are squillions of people which are happy about the fact that “we” have finally get rid of Christianity “after it has caused us so much trouble for centuries”. Read the following against this background.

The following will happen very soon:

Israel will accept Jesus from Nazareth as her Messiah, namely Israel as a whole meaning some million human beings. The state Israel, literally its whole territory, will become a giant church (Church) – the first state in history where Church and state are a unit. The last Gentile Christians will emigrate to Israel where they find refuge from the persecution by the Antichrist. After ca. 2000 years in lowliness, Christianity will radiant in glory, and its giant cathedral will be the country Israel form the creek of Egypt up to the river Euphrates.

Amen.

 

All those people believing that Christianity is finished will be thunderstruck when they hear the news of the conversion of Israel to Christianity.

Through a great miracle, God creates a people for His own possession in the midst of an completely apostatised mankind.

Christianity not only rebounds but is raised to heaven (even in a literal sense).

“13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. 14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.”

The apostatised world will attack Israel by military means under the leadership of the Antichrist because the “anachronism” of a true Christian country in the midst of a Christianity-free “civilisation” will be unbearable for the world; worse than a thorn in her side.

Still during that military attack, God and the Lamb (Jesus) will start to judge the world. The number “7000” (7 times 1000) symbolizes the antichristian universal Church of the end (“seven” means church and “thousand” means “all members or the whole”). God will destroy her physically together with all her members; he will slay them, kill them and do them to death. Those ones who watch the rapture of the true saints and experience the great earthquake from a distance are forced to give God the glory – the circumstances force them so to speak to give God the glory. They do not become believers, but give God the glory involuntarily; they are forced to worship God by the power of the events. However, this adoration will no more save them from eternal damnation; it just came to late.

1. Thessalonians 5: 2-3 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

1. Thessalonians 5: 2-3 shows us that at the day of the return of Christ – the same day when all believers will be carried away and a great earthquake takes place  –  there is no more possibility to repent, but “sudden destruction comes upon them”.

Revelation 16, 18-21 18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. 19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

Those ones who had just honoured God (see Revelation 11: 13) because he punished the “Christians” (nominal Christians; symbolized by 7000, see above) through a great earthquake now blaspheme God who drops hailstones upon them. These people are probably Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and all other adherents of false religions and sects including all pure materialists. It is right; the Judgement of God starts at his own house (the apostatized Church), but he will all the more judge those ones who are completely outside His House.

1. Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

(the House of God in a broader sense are all people which are sacramentally baptized)

(the House of God in a narrower sense are all people who follow Jesus through the releasing power of their baptism)

Those ones of the House of God who did not follow Jesus through the releasing power of their sacramental baptism will be condemned to eternal damnation. The others who followed Jesus through the releasing power of their baptism will be saved through the rapture.

 

Note

Why doesn’t the author of the Revelation say 3.5 years instead of 42 months? In everyday life, nobody would quote the duration of such a long period of time by telling the months but by telling the years. Always, when we want to quote the duration of a period of time, we choose the greatest possible time unit because the greater we choose the time unit, the more easy to imagine it is for our reader or listener. However, the author of the Revelation did not choose the greatest possible time unit. Don’t let us imply that the authors of the books of the Bible were stupid and did not know common rules of expression (if we ascribe stupidity to the biblical authors, it could bring about our ruin – that is really dangerous). Well, what is the reason for the use of months instead of years? The reason is that by the quotation of 42 months a special year is defined – its just the definition of a  special year with 42 months. We are used to a 12-month-year, but, of course, God, the administrator of this world, has the right to define a year consisting of more or less months than twelve. Long before the Revelation was drafted, a special year was defined by Isaiah; Luke cites it in his gospel:

Luke 4: 18-19 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Isaiah puts it as follows:

Isaiah 61: 1-2 1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

This acceptable year of the Lord is meant by the 42 months. The whole time from the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem up to second coming of Christ is defined as one single year by God.

Luke also writes about the treading of Jerusalem by the Gentiles.

Luke 21: 24 And they (the Jews; R. B.) shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

What Luke describes in verse 24 is nothing but the conquest of Jerusalem by the Romans 70 A. D. and the treading of Jerusalem through the Gentiles up to the current day.

Immediately after verse 24, Luke writes the following concerning the very end of the world:

Luke 21: 25-28 25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

(let your eyes take note what your read here, dear reader)

Between verse 24 and verse 25, there are at least 1948 years (2018 years minus 70 years).

What I mean, is the following: in his “thoughts” God almost skips the time of the Gentiles, the time of the treading of Jerusalem (meanwhile 1948 years – nearly 2000 years!!!) and reduces it to just one single year which is, historically seen, nearly nothing.

Thus, spiritually seen, we today live in a long stretched “moment” which began 70 A. D. For God it is really only a moment. This moment is stretched that long because God doesn’t want that anybody gets lost; he would be happy if everybody could be saved. Therefore, he waits and waits and waits and gives the sinners time to repent and to start to believe in Jesus – God is extremely patient. The current state of Jerusalem is an abomination in God’s eyes and “makes him feel sick”. He is highly “tempted” to strike immediately and to restore His beloved city, but for the sake of the salvation of the sinners, he contains himself.

Why did God choose the number 42 and not any other number?

42 months are 3.5 years. The meaning of the term “3.5 years” was defined by the beloved servant of God, Daniel. By choosing the number 42, the author of the Revelation or God himself simply refers to the “3.5-year-period” defined by Daniel; therefore, God chose the number 42. The term “3.5 years” means the second half of the last of the 70 year-weeks (one year-week are seven real years except the last week) mentioned by Daniel. The middle of the last year-week is defined by destruction of the Temple by the Romans.

Daniel 9:24-27 24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince (Roman Emperor Vespasian; R. B.) that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant (Christianity; R. B.) with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease (the destruction of the Temple by Titus, the son of Vespasian, at 70 AD; R. B.), and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Yet 69.5 of the year-weeks of Daniel have elapsed. Messiah was “cut off” after 69 “weeks”, and after 69.5 “weeks” the Temple was destroyed. It has not yet happened that “consummation was poured up the desolation”. Indeed, today, on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, where in ancient times the Romans had built a temple of Jupiter in place of the Jewish Temple, we find the so-called Dome of the Rock of the Muslims, which is also an abomination of desolation like the temple of Jupiter. The Dome of the Rock is covered with strokes denying the divine sonship of Jesus Christ. Could there be any worse blasphemy of the triune or Christian God than to deny the fact that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, a person of the Godhead? Possibly, the Dome of the Rock is a worse abomination of desolation than the temple of Jupiter. I guess, the fist thing which Jesus Christ will accomplish when he will return on Mount Olivet is that he destroys the Dome of the Rock with only one giant blow because he will return in the form or shape of God (!) – he will easily destroy that very nasty building of the Muslims, this spiritual wormhole, by one single powerful blow.

 

Addition

Concerning the 1260 “days”and the 3.5 “days”

One could ask why God quotes the numbers 1260 and 3.5 when we cannot calculate with them. Wouldn’t it be pointless to tell numbers which cannot be used for any calculation? However, there is a calculation which is allowed (allowed because it has nothing to do with the attempt to calculate times and points of time in the remote future). The ratio between the 3.5 “days” and the 1260 “days” is interesting and contains an important message for us. As there is no more real Christian testimony on earth (this is expressed by the phrase “and their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city”), we are in the midst of the 3.5 “days” (“and they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half”), almost the last stadium of human history. The period of time from the beginning of “the treading of Jerusalem” up to the “death of the two witnesses” (that is certainly the case today when a homosexual man is allowed to marry another man or even to become clergyman, and every kind of bad religion including Islam is tolerated) is about (2018 – 70 = 1948) years. The 1260 “days” symbolize 1948 years. Hence, we can make the following calculation to get the real time which is meant by the 3.5 “days”: 3.5 * 1948/1260 = ca. 5.411. One of the last stadiums of history will last, believe it or not, only about five and a half years. The only weak point of this calculation is that we don’t know for sure if the two witnesses are yet dead (it is possible that there is still some little life – though, I don’t know where). Yet, when we consider the current state of the Church, we cannot help to notice that either the witnesses have yet died for some years, or that they are about to die currently. At any rate, the conversion of the Jews must be at hand. Thus, let us go to Israel and tell them the gospel of Jesus Christ who died and rose for us. This calculation provides us HOPE  The current time is a very harsh time for every true Christian and he could despair regarding the current situation of the world. Yet, God comforts us by the message that this nightmare will be over soon, and we should take new courage to endure the whole mess until Israel starts to become a church/Church gradually. After this process of the conversion of the Jews, which will last a while, Christ will return and clean up the mess of this world.

The conversion of the people of Israel will not happen within a single second. It will take some time until some million people have converted. Assumed, from now (February 27, 2018) on, God would regard the two witnesses as dead, then there would be only about five and a half years until the Jews would start to convert. Yet, this conversion-process can last some decades because the people of Israel consist of some million people. Therefore, the second coming of Christ, who will return when the fullness of the Jews has converted, may be some decades away from us. However, historically seen, some decades are nearly nothing. Even for older people a decade is not a very long time regarding their subjective perception of it.

Though Christ’s return may be some decades away from us, we have a further comfort. Of course, the country Israel will become a great place of refuge for all persecuted Gentile Christians. Step by step, the country Israel will become a giant church/Church through the conversion of the Jews. A vibrant Church is a preliminary stage of paradise. And when once the Antichrist together with the whole unbelieving mankind will attack this little paradise, Christ will return and save us – he will raise us to heaven, the eternal place of refuge.

Daniel quotes a further period of time which is only a little different to 1260 “days”: 1290 “days” up to the second coming of Christ. 1260 “days” run up to the spiritual dead of the “two witnesses”, but the 1290 “days” of Daniel run even up to the return of Christ. Therefore, we can calculate the real time between Christ’s return and the spiritual death of the Church (however, the spiritual death of the Church is not easily exactly to determine).

Let us calculate: (1290-1260) * 1948/1260 = ca. 46.381

The accuracy of my thoughts could be examined when the Jews would start to convert right now – let us urgently pray for that. According to the calculation, we had to expect a duration for the conversion of the fullness of the Jews of about 46 years, and then Christ would return (the about 46 years would start exactly at the moment when the Church has completely “died”).

Daniel 12: 11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

Correction

“The beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit”

When we take in account the interpretation of Revelation, Chapter 12 and Chapter 13, then it becomes clear that the “beast” ascendeth out of the bottomless pit yet in the middle of the first century after Christ; at the latest at 70 after Christ when the Romans destroyed the Temple of Jerusalem. Yet in the year 49 after Christ emperor Claudius (reign: 41-51 after Christ) had expelled all Jews from Rome. In the year 43/44 a persecution descended upon the Church of Jerusalem. Hence, under Claudius, Rome, the Roman Empire, started to behave similar to the old historical Babylon – “the beast ascendeth” or began to “ascend”. The old historical Babylon fought against God’s people, and was an enemy of God’s people too. The authority of the old historical Babylon was the genuine “beast”, the primeval persecutor of God’s people, the primeval anti-divine power. When Rome made the pagan religion or cult a state affair and persecuted Jews and Christian just because of their different religion (there was no proper juristic reason to persecute them), the perished Babylon (the Medians and Persians had humbled it), spiritually seen, ascendeth out of the bottomless pit.

And when we consider the history of the last 2000 years, we see that also under the governments which followed the Roman Empire, the people of God was under pressure, both true Christians and biological Jews (strictly speaking, only a biological Jew which is also pious is a real Jew in God’s eyes).

The system which was practiced by the old Babylonians and which was implemented again by the Romans we have until today. Still today rules the “beast out of the bottomless pit”.

The states worldwide have agreed on a kind of civil religion which came out of the Enlightenment; the states collaborate with all established religious communities of this world (a second “beast”, see Chapter 13) in the creation of a certain conception of man. This conception of man is completely opposed to the Christian conception of man which is Christ himself.

 

Remark

One could accuse me that I would not be in unity with myself because at the one hand I would claim that we are not allowed to know (to calculate) times and point of times, and on the other hand I just would do it. Of course, as long as the Church was in an ordinary state meaning that she was spiritually alive, there was nothing to calculate because nobody could know in former times when the Church would spiritually die. Now, the Church has spiritually died or is about to die. Hence, when I now calculate something, it is no greater “prophecy” than the daily weather forecast. The people making the weather forecast cannot look into the future at all. In fact, they only tell us something which is just happening, only at another place related to ours. Imagine, you would live in a plain, and from far away somebody would approach your place. Because it is a plain, you could “predict” his arrival some hours before because you could see him from afar. Also the meteorologists simply have measuring stations every where (their “tele-eyes”). The weather they “predict” is nothing but the current weather which is merely some hundred or more kilometres away from us and approaches us. It yet exists when the weather forecast is made. A meteorologist could look into the future only if he would be able to predict the weather of the next year or so; this is impossible by means of scientific calculation – such a man would really have supernatural abilities.

However, I am not more than an ordinary meteorologist who just tells you what currently happens – he doesn’t really tell you something about the future.

When the Jews start to convert, which is an important point of my calculation, then, indeed, the second coming of Christ is practically at hand, is more or less there, appears so to speak at the horizon. More simply: Assumed, the Jews would start to convert today – that would be an extremely extraordinary event after such a long time of disbelief – it would be very, very clear that this would mean not only a new age or era or epoch for the Jews but for the whole mankind – and it is easy to predict something which is just happening.

Matthew 24: 42-44 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

These verses of Matthew mean that we should always be ready to welcome the Lord like a goodman is ready only at a certain day to “welcome” a thief.

That was valid yet at the time when the Church was spiritually alive. However, now, when the Church has “died”, Jesus Christ is knocking on the door. As Jesus Christ is knocking on the door, we should the more be ready to welcome him or urgently make us ready. The about 46 years I calculated above are nothing but the time between his knocking on the door and his real entrance. If an event yet is taking place, I can no longer calculate the point of time of the arrival of the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Breathtaking discovery – Jews knew the slide rule with logarithmized scale (1. Kings 7: 23-26) yet during the reign of King Solomon

1. Kings 7: 23-26

23 And he (Hiram out of Tyre, a worker in brass who worked on behalf of king Solomon; R. B.) made a molten sea (a big, round vessel; R. B.), ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about. 24 And under the brim of it round about there were knops compassing it, ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about: the knops were cast in two rows, when it was cast. 25 It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward. 26 And it was an hand breadth thick, and the brim thereof was wrought like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies: it contained two thousand baths.

Interpretation

The above section from 1. Kings includes several mysteries or provides some puzzles. At first glance, one could conclude that the old Jews had not used the formula C = π * d(circumference is equal to π times diameter) for the calculation of the circumference of a circle but the formula C = 3 * d. Had the Jews back then really used the formula C = 3 * d instead of the formula C = π * d then they had been extreme philistines yet for the conditions at that time and had provided a reason for defamation to the enemies of God how brainless his servants would be.

In and through Jesus Christ, his glorious name be praised for ever and ever, I have solved this problem, and hence, the Jews of those days are cleared from the accusation of philistinism.

Concerning that, see the following:

God and the number π – solution for the puzzle in connection with the ratio between the circumference of the molten sea (1. Kings 7: 23-26) and its diameter

A further mystery is (or was) what the two rows of knops mean which were compassing the sea round about.

“24 And under the brim of it round about there were knops compassing it, ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about: the knops were cast in two rows, when it was cast.”

Well, to put it briefly, the two rows of knops were equal to the two fixed logarithmized scales of a slide rule.

(what you have just read, is an outright sensation because it was published in English language first time in history today at February 19, 2018 – at February 12, 2018, I have published it in German  language the very first time – please note that King Solomon ruled in the 10th century BC; that means that meanwhile, believe it or not, about 3000 years have elapsed since then, and nobody has solved the puzzle; and now in the year 2018 AD, after such a long time, it finally happened; and I give the glory to God.)

What justifies my claim that the two rows of knops represented a slide rule?

Well, when you, dear reader, would read the above section of the Bible exactly, you would notice that the number 10 (ten) appears twice there. Once, it is the diameter which is valid in the interior of the sea (the vessel wall belongs to the interior of the sea; see note, below), and the other time it is the number of knops per cubit outside on the vessel (see verse 24, above).

Do you notice something?

1 (one) is the common logarithm of 10 (ten). The diameter of the sea (when someone measured it inside the sea) of ten (10) cubits was displayed on one (1) cubit (ca. 45 cm)including ten knops. Most probably, the knops had got the function of the tick marks of a measuring rod. However, the knops were not arranged like the tick marks on a normal measuring rod which one can buy in a hardware store, but the distances between the knops were logarithmic.

log10(10) = 1

(for log10(x), the abbreviation lg(x) can be used)

When we count 10 knops beginning with a certain start-knop on the sea, we reach the end of stretch of way 1 (one cubit, lg10) – this is according to verse 24, above. According to the principle of the slide rule I assign the number 10 to the stretch of way one (one cubit, lg 10). I assign the number 100 to the stretch of way 2 (two cubits, lg100). When one adds up the logarithms of the both factors of a product a = b * c, he gets the logarithm of the product: lga = lgb + lgc. On the slide rule, the multiplication of two numbers is depicted through the addition of their logarithms. The trick is that to the stretches of way which represent the logarithms of the various numbers, the numbers themselves are assigned and not the log-value – of course, one has to be aware that these are numbers to multiply and not numbers to add (only the logarithms of the numbers are added but not the numbers themselves).

Example:

Calculation of the product 100 * 10

That means to add the stretch of way 2 (two cubits, lg100) to the stretch of way 1 (one cubit, lg10) – gives as a result stretch of way 3 (three cubits). This must be equal to the value 1000 (lg1000 = 3). We had to assign 1000 to the stretch of way 3 then we could directly read off the value of the product.

Basic principle of the slide rule; watch video, below:

 

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The moveable part of the “slide rule” of the molten sea was simply the string which was possibly used to measure the diameter of the sea. It was also possible to calculate without a string by counting the knops.

Something interesting:

The two rows of knops were not only a slide rule but also a simple ruler where the logarithmic scale played no role. Certainly, pilgrims from all over the world came to Jerusalem in order to convince themselves that concerning the molten sea the formula C = π * d was not valid but the formula C = 3 * d (on the condition that the diameter was measured inside the sea) which was an exceptional miracle, something really extraordinary. When the diameter of the sea had been picked up with a string then this stretch of way could be compared with the rule of knops. The result was always the same: ten cubits (ten cubits was equal to the 91th knop including the start-knop; hence, with the stretch of way on the string which was 10 cubits one reached exactly the 91th knop). Here, the logarithmic scale played no role save the fact that one had to count 9 knops per cubit instead of 10. Certainly, sometimes a high officer of a neighbouring country of Israel came by with a cubit-measuring rod and checked the two rows of knops and found confirmed that always 9 knops gave exactly one cubit (maybe 45 cm); every 9th  knop meant the addition of one cubit (in the above section of the Bible, every 9th knop is counted double because the end-knop of one section – when the knops were counted – was also the beginning-knop of the next section so that one got 10 knops per cubit as a result). This calibration was important because in this way any imputation was avoided that the priests of the Temple would have manipulated the scales. Any fraud after calibration would have been extremely difficult because the knops were cast together with the whole sea and therefore fixed, indeed – nobody could easily move them (see verse 24, above).

When the sea had not been supernatural, the result of a measurement of the diameter (given 30 cubits circumference) had had to be about 9.5493 cubits (C/π = 30/3,1415…). However, it was really supernatural and by assistance of the knops all people on earth could convince themselves that a measurement of the diameter of the sea gave the exceptional value of 10 cubits (the real diameter of the sea was 9,5493 . . . cubits, but was determined only if somebody had measured the diameter from outside in the natural, not curved space of our world using a giant calliper which would have meant an enormous technical expense because the sea was giant). For the sake of simplicity, the diameter was always measured with a string stretched over the sea whereby it was important to stretch it over the center of sea to get correct results; here, the knop scales delivered additional help because by the scale the half circumference was easily to find (knop 136). When the string was stretched from knop 1 to knop 136 it ran exactly through the center of the sea and thus the “correct” (correct regarding the inner space of the sea) diameter was measured. This measurement always gave 10 cubits because the inner space of the sea was curved (this curvature of space was supernatural, of course).

In order to convince oneself from the ongoing miracle of the molten sea, a ridiculous small string of a length of a little more than 4,5 meters (10 cubits) was a sufficient tool; one could easily carry such a string with one. Certainly, yet at that time, even poor people could afford a simple string so that everybody could convince himself of the supernaturality of the sea.

When one had convinced oneself that the pickup of the diameter was indeed 10 cubits at one of the scales, he only had to continue counting  9 knops after knop 3 (stretch of way ca. 0.477 or lg3 cubits) and reached knop 12; the start-knop of the whole scale for counting was knop number 1 because when you have a multiplication-scale the first point lg1 (factor = 1; stretch = 0) corresponds to the point zero (summand = 0; stretch = 0) of an addition-scale. The stretch of way to knop 12 was lg10 + lg3 = lg 30; the value of the product was 30.

Interestingly, the lg(π) is pretty exactly 0.5 (0.4971 . . .); that means that lgπ has always halved one section of the scale pretty exactly. This measure was easily to find. The measure for lg3 was only ca. 0.477. The knop at the point with value 30 (stretch lg30) came thus ca. 0.9 cm (see hint below) before the point with the value 31,415 . . . (stretch ca. lg31.416) which was perfectly marked through its approximate center position. Briefly: Through the fact that the 12. knop came ca. 0.9 cm before the approximate center of the second scale-section it was to realize at the first glance that the sea was supernatural because if it had not been supernatural, it circumference had to be about 31.415 . . . (stretch lg 31.416) which pretty exactly corresponded to the center of the second scale-section.

Hint: 0.9 cm = (lg31.416 – lg30) * 45 cm (I assume 45 cm for one cubit).

Do you have headaches know, dear reader?

Just take your time, maybe some days, in order to understand the issue – you could end up in getting eternal salvation; this expenditure of time could be really worthwhile.

Note:

When the diameter of the sea was measured inside the sea (including the wall), the result was about 10 cubits because the measuring-mean was crooked in the space (that was a miracle and the spectacular thing of the sea); that means it was shortened by the factor 3/π so that the diameter of the sea appeared π/3 greater than it really was. When the diameter had been measured from outside, the result had been 9.5493 meters because as long as the measuring-mean stood outside the sea, it was not crooked and displayed the value which was valid in the natural space of our world. However, in order to measure the diameter from outside, a giant calliper had been needed because the sea was giant itself and had a diameter of ca. 4.3 meters (9.5493 times 0.45 meters; measured from outside!).

“Everything is clear now?”

 

The above section of the Bible you can find here: Holy Bible

 

Use of the slide rule

 

 

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God and the number π – solution for the puzzle in connection with the ratio between the circumference of the molten sea (1. Kings 7: 23-26) and its diameter

1. Kings 7: 23-26

23 And he (Hiram out of Tyre, a worker in brass who worked on behalf of king Solomon; R. B.) made a molten sea (a big, round vessel; R. B.), ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about. 24 And under the brim of it round about there were knops compassing it, ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about: the knops were cast in two rows, when it was cast. 25 It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward. 26 And it was an hand breadth thick, and the brim thereof was wrought like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies: it contained two thousand baths.

Interpretation

You certainly know, dear reader, that the value of the number π (Pi) is about 3.14; 3.14 is, of course, an approximation. When you read the above section of the Old Testament (part of the Bible) with the eyes of a rationalist, you could conclude that God would not know the number π very exactly because 30 divided by 10 (C/d; circumference divided by diameter) gives 3 (three). The above section of the Bible could be abused in order to defame God and his servants as such a philistines which would quote the value of π all to roughly with 3 (be it because of measuring errors when they measured the diameter or the circumference of the sea, or be it because of calculation errors).

At first, the point of view of a rationalist

Let us imply, that the sea had been an ordinary, round vessel like a vessel used for liquids in a chemical factory.

For the following, I take 3.1416 as approximate value for π which is yet a pretty exact value.

Furthermore, for the following for the sake of simplicity I assume that the diameter had been measured correctly but the circumference wrong. Hence, I assume no calculation error but a measuring error.

Imagine a cylinder with the diameter one meter. You would wrap around it a string and get a circumference of 3 meters (???) as a result. What would that mean? It would mean that you had made a measuring error of more than 14.16 cm (0.1416 meter) because the formula C = π * d (circumference is equal to π times diameter) is valid. The real circumference according to the mentioned formula would account for 3.1416 meters in contrast to your measurement. Your wrong result of three meters would mean a difference of 14.16 cm – that is pretty much and really a perceivable error.

The measure cubit mentioned in the above section of the Bible, I assume with 45 cm. Let us just calculate the measuring error which those ones seemingly made who determined diameter and circumference of the molten sea. We merely have to multiply 0.1416 with 10 and with 45 cm (3.1416 * d – 3 * d; whereby d = 10 * 45 cm). As a result, believe it or not, we get 63.72 cm. The rationalist would say that those ones who measured the sea were pretty cross-eyed because their error was indeed 63.72 cm (more than a half meter).

End of the rationalist point of view.

The text of the above section of the Bible includes an objective constraint:

In order to describe any circle, it is fully enough to quote its diameter without its circumference because the ratio between circumference and diameter is fixed, just π. We must assume that the author of 1. Kings who was inspired by God did not want to provide any reason to the enemies of God for defamation that God’s servants would not be able to quote the value of π more exactly than three which would mean an error of 14.16 cm when you would have a small circle of only one meter in diameter. Such an error is completely inacceptable, or the formula C = 3 * d is completely unfit for everyday life (construction sites, trade, etc.) because it delivers results which differ much too much from reality. According to the false formula C = 3 * d, a cylinder of 2 meters diameter and a height of 1 meter had a volume of 3 cubic meters (V = π·r²·h). Would one in contrast calculate with the value 3.1416 for π then he would get a volume of 3.1416 cubic meters. Hence, the difference would account for 141.6 liters (3141.6 l – 3000 l = 141.6 l; 1 cubic meter is equal to 1000 liters). Hence, the value 3 (for π) is a value which could not be or cannot be accepted at all (it would cause heavy problems when one would compute circular constructs of structures, or when someone would compute quantities of liquids for trade, for example vine).

The author of the above section of the Bible seems to be determined to provide a reason for the defamation of God’s servants as blockheads to the enemies of God by quoting not only the diameter of the sea but also its circumference with a ridiculous rough value for the ratio of both to each other of 3.

Gradually, we have to call into play realities which one only can perceive by eyes of faith, and which remain hidden to the rationalist (note: the true realists on earth who take into account everything which is real are not the rationalists, which consider themselves as the only realists on earth in their perfidious presumption and assumption, but the pious – concerning that I may add on another article).

In order to clear my brothers (I hope they would accept me as their brother if they would be still alive) which have measured the sea back then and the author of the above section of the Bible of the accusation of stupidity and backwardness, I want to quote a spiritual reality:

“God wants to make straight the crooked and the rough places plain.”

Isaiah 40: 4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

Luke 3: 5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;

Another spiritual realities:

The molten sea represents the grace of God for all pious of all ages (two times thousand baths could be poured in; the number two (2) symbolizes the two groups Jewish Christians (first group) and Gentile Christians (second group); and “thousand” simply means “all” or “everybody”. Briefly: Through the grace of God all sinners (the “crooked”) which repent and believe in Jesus become the righteous (the “smooth” ones).

The issue concerning π and 3 makes perfect the whole symbolism: The sea caused a curvature of the space within the sea (of course, an outstanding miracle).

Given a circumference of the sea of 30 cubits, the diameter had had to account 30/π  = 10 cubits times 3/π according to the formula d = C/π. That gives a “crooked” number with the value 9.5492 . . . as a result. When one multiplies this value with π, he gets 30 cubits again.

What I want to express, is the following: Most probably, the sea had a real diameter (if one had measured it from outside in the normal space of our world) of 9.5492 . . . cubits. However, and that is extremely exciting and marvellous, the measuring rod or string or whatever was used to measure the sea displayed 10 cubits (measurement inside the sea). Hence, the measuring rod was crooked in the space; it was shortened a little inside the sea; factor: 3/π). Because the value of π is “crooked” in the natural, not curved space (the world in which we live), it became 3 in the curved space of the sea because the curvature within the space of the sea exactly neutralized the “crookedness” of π which it has in our world. The natural, not curved space is simply the space in which we, you and I,  live. In this space π = 3,141592 . . . . The curved space within in the sea represents the space of the true Christian Church where miracles can take place. The molten sea was something unique in the history of mankind and the same is valid for the Christian Church. Like the curvature of space was the special thing of the sea, miracles are the special thing of the Christian Church. The main miracle within the Church is that sinners become righteous there through the grace of God.

Romans 3: 23-24 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

If you, dear reader, would be a mathematician and pious at the same time, you would know what I mean because π is indeed a very “crooked” number.

Leibnitz formula for π:

{\displaystyle 1\,-\,{\frac {1}{3}}\,+\,{\frac {1}{5}}\,-\,{\frac {1}{7}}\,+\,{\frac {1}{9}}\,-\,\cdots \,=\,{\frac {\pi }{4}}.}

π = 3.14159265358979323846 . . .

When we take the number π as a symbol for crookedness which would be very standing to reason then the above section of the Bible becomes very precious for us.

The ratio of circumference of a normal circle to its diameter is very “crooked”, just π. The molten sea was able to neutralize this “crookedness”; thus, the molten sea becomes an illustration of the grace of God for us which makes righteous out of sinners.

Through God’s grace I have also solved the puzzle of the two rows of knops compassing the sea; the solution is highly mathematical and less spiritual but has, of course, something to do with the spiritual character of the molten sea:

Breathtaking discovery – Jews knew the slide rule with logarithmized scale (1. Kings 7: 23-26) yet during the reign of King Solomon

The above section of the Bible you can find here: Holy Bible

 

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Drought in Israel – Jews pray for rain but in vain

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Of course, it can pour down in Israel again immediately after I have published this article. However, this rain would be no divine answer to the current prayers of the Jews for rain (see YouTube-Video, above), but he would let it rain of his own accord, not regarding their prayers, for the following reason: he doesn’t want to utterly destroy them, but he only wants to educate (chastise) them.

The Jews currently praying for rain are not entitled to any answer to prayer. The religion which is commonly called Judaism today doesn’t correspond to the correct interpretation of the Old Testament, which is called Tanakh by the Jews. The correct interpretation of the Old Testament leads to Christianity. Spiritually seen, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, Jeremiah, Isaiah, etc. were Christians because they believed in a Redeemer and didn’t want to become righteous through works of the law (however, they lived no lawless life because the law-giver was with them). God’s today’s religion is Christianity because it bases on the Word of God, the Holy Scripture, the Old and the New Testament. Today’s Judaism has no divine legitimation because it doesn’t base on the Holy Scripture but on a false interpretation of the Old Testament.

(there is no contradiction between New Testament and Old Testament, but together both books are the Holy Scripture of the Christian Church; it is only that in the New Testament some topics are more unfolded which are somewhat hidden in the Old Testament; a Jew could not rely on the Old Testament (Tanakh) when he would criticise Christianity; this would be an complete error)

I never want to accuse the Jews of any concrete, practical sin – the thought never crossed my mind. Yet, it is a fact that the today’s Jews are separated from God by a very heavy sin of the spirit: they don’t want to become righteous through faith in a Redeemer but through works of the law. The truth in contrast is that God only gave the law (law of the Torah, the commandments of God) concerning its spiritual dimension in order that man might realize his natural sinfulness. If the natural man tries to keep the commandments by his own strength, then he will  notice that he feels like doing more sin than less because “sin takes occasion of the commandment”. Hence, the law reveals the complete depravity of man, and that he needs a Redeemer setting him free from sin and guilt.

Nearly no today’s Jew would accept to be called an idolater, who has deserved similar punishments like the Old Testament Jews who served the idols instead of God. But the persistence of the today’s Jews in a heresy, just the so-called Judaism, is also idolatry because recusancy is a sin like idolatry. The Jews resist God; they are restive against Him by not accepting the faith God has prescribed, the faith in Jesus, but persisting in self-willed worship service.

1. Samuel 15, 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. (this said the prophet Samuel to king Saul; R. B.)

Saul had not completely executed the ban against the Amalekites.

1. Samuel 15, 9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

The today’s Jews sin similar to Saul and the people at that time by not wanting to execute the ban against their sinful flesh (see note, below). Through faith in Jesus, who is their Messiah, the Jews would execute the ban against their sinful flesh. Through sacramental baptism the problem of our sinful flesh is solved (the Gentiles have the same problem like the Jews): we die for the sin, and get into Christ through baptism. Hence, someone believing in Jesus Christ has executed the ban against his flesh (his natural man, or what he naturally is, by birth). Through the power of Christ we can obey God despite our sinful flesh. Through Christ we present our bodies as a living sacrifice by obeying God through Christ, in Christ’s power. This is the true worship service which pleases God.

1. Samuel 15, 22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

(The people wanted to sacrifice the spared animals to the LORD; but that was self-willed worship service because the LORD hat commanded to execute the ban against the animals, not to sacrifice them; the LORD demanded obedience to his ban-command and not the sacrifice of animals; R. B.)

Regarding the meaning of baptism (including infant baptism):

Of course, we become righteous through mere faith in Jesus, who died and rose for us. He was delivered for our offences and was raised again for our justification. However, we are weakened through our sinful flesh what could cause that we use the grace for sinning: “God has forgiven me, Jesus has carried my sins on the cross; hence, I can sin without hesitation.” Through the power of baptism (we have died and resurrected together with Christ) we don’t use grace by sinning without hesitation, but we present our bodies as a living sacrifice and worship God in spirit and in truth. Through baptism our faith is connected with obedience. We will come through at Judgement Day because we kept the faith through the power of baptism and remained in faith. The one who fights the good fight of faith will not give up to overcome his sin through the power of baptism more and more; for that one Jesus’ sacrifice at the cross is an atonement – he has got the forgiveness.

Note:

“Sinful flesh” is the natural man without faith and baptism; what we are by nature, by birth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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President Obama: Do you really love America?

 


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Vladimir Putin about the decline of the Western culture, September 19, 2013:

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Frederic the Great, King of Pruzzia, against the Roman Catholic Church

On Ecclesiastical Principalities

(Antimachiavel, Chapter 11 by Frederic the Great, King of Pruzzia, Promoter of Enlightenment)

(the book “Antimachiavel” refers to Machiavelli’s book “The Prince” and is a refutation of “The Prince”)

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Antoine Pesne, Frederic the Great (1712-1786), 1745

Photo: Roland Handrick / SPSG

I have always found it very strange that these who call themselves successors of the apostles, I mean some poor men – preachers of humility and repentance -, should possess great wealth, wallow in luxery, and fill posts more proper to satisfy the vanity of the age and the ostentation of the great than to occupy men who must meditate on the nothingness of human life and on the quest for salvation. However, the clergy of the Roman church is extremly rich. Bishops hold the rank of sovereign princes, and the temporal and spiritual power of the first bishop of Christendom renders him somehow the arbiter  of kings (“arbiter of kings” means that the pope was higher than the Emperor and thus the actual temporal ruler of the whole world) and the fourth person of the Divinity (“person of Divinity” means that the pope really presumes to be on a level with God).

(Catholic) Clergymen and theologians separate the attributes of the body from those of the soul  more scrupulously than anyone else, but their arguments might better be applied to the subject of their ambition. You, they could be told, whose ministry is restricted to the spiritual realm, how can you have so grossly confused it with the temporal? You who so subtly employ the distinguo when it comes to the mind, which you do not understand at all, and to matter, which you understand very little, how does it come that you reject these distinctions when it comes to your interest? It is because these gentlemen worry very little about the unintelligible jargon that they spout out and very much about the great revenues that they take in. It is because their fashion of reasoning must conform to orthodoxy and their fashion of action to their passions; and that the tangible objects of nature are as dominant over their intellect as the real happiness of this life is over the ideal happiness of the next world.

The astonishing power of clergymen as well as everything which regards their temporal government is the subject of this chapter.

Machiavelli finds that ecclesiastical princes are very happy because they have to fear neither the rebellion of their subjects nor the ambition of their neighbours (neighbouring princes).  The respectable and impressive name of the Divinity shelters them from whatever could oppose their interest and greatness. The princes who attack them would fear the fate of Titans (Titans were thrown into the Tartarus, a kind of abyss, by the Greek god Zeus; the Catholic equivalent of Zeus is the pope) and the people who disobey them that of the sacrilegious. The pious policy of this kind of sovereign aims at persuading the world of what Despreaux expresses so well in the verse:

“He who loves not Cotin loves neither God nor king.”

What is strange is that these princes find enough credulous dupes who adhere blindly to whatever they want them to believe. It is certain, however, that no country swarms with more beggars than one run by priests. There one can see a touching picture of all human miseries, not of those poor attrackted by the alms of sovereigns, or of those insects who attach themselves to the reach, but of starving beggars deprived of necessities by the “charity” of their bishops so as to prevent them from becoming corrupted by affluence.

It is undoubtly upon the laws of Sparta, where money was prohibited, that the principles of these ecclesiastical governments are founded, with the difference that the prelates reserve for themselves the use of the wealth of which they most devoutly despoil their subjects. Blessed, they say, are the poor, for they shall inherit the kingdom of heaven! And since they want everybody to be saved, they make sure that everyone is poor. Oh, ecclesiastical piety, is there anything that escapes your wise foresight?

Nothing should be more edifying than the story of the heads of the church or vicars of Jesus Christ. One expects to find examples of irreproachable und saintly morals there. However, it is just the contrary. There are only obscenities, abominations, and sources of scandal; and one cannot read the lifes of the popes without detesting their cruelty and perfidy.

One sees there their immense ambition to augment their temporal power, their sordid avarice in transfering great wealth unjustly and dishonestly to their families in order to enrich their nephews, mistresses, or bastards.

Those who reflect insufficiently find it peculiar that people suffer the oppression of this kind of sovereign with docility and patience, that they do not open their eyes to the vices and excesses of the clergymen who degrade them, and that they endure from a head that is shorn what they wold not suffer from a head crowned with laurels. This phenomenon appears less strange to those who know the power of superstition upon idiots and of fanaticism on the human mind. They know that religion is an old machine that will never wear out and that has always been used to insure the fidelity of people and put a brake on the restlessness of human reason. They knew that error can blind the most penetrating men and that there is nothing more triumphant than the policy of those who put heaven and hell, God and the devil into play in order to attain their designs. Even the true religion itself, the purest source of all our good, is most deplorably abused and often becomes the origin and principle of all our misfortunes.

The author (Machiavelli) most judiciously notes what contributed to the elevation of the Holy See. Hee attributes it principally to the able conduct of Alexander VI, a pontiff who pushed cruelty to the extreme and who knew no justice but perfidy. One could not thus confuse the product of the ambition of this pontiff with the work of Divinity. Heaven could not have played any direct part in the elevation of this temporal greatness, which is only the work of a very vicious and depraved man. One could thus do no better than to distinguish carefully among clergy men betweeen the mark of God when they announce the divine orders and the corrupt man when they are thinking only of satisfying their passions.

The eulogy of Leo X concludes this chapter, but his eulogy doesn’t carry much wight since Machiavelli was the contemporary of this pope. Any praise by a subject to his master or by an author to a prince appears, what ever one may say, as very close to flattery. Our life can only be judged by posterity, which judges without passions or interest. Machiavelli should have been the last to make an attempt at flattery, for he was not a competent judge of true merit, not even knowing what virtue was; and I don’t know if it is better to have been praised than blamed by him. I leave this question for the reader to judge.

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Bigotry

Bigotry (a real burden for the mankind)

All false religions are bigoted. The members of false religions, at least those of them which take seriously their religion, love only members of their own religion or people which they want to convert.

This nasty behaviour you find among Catholics, Muslims, Anabaptists, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, false Protestants, etc.

The problem is that the false religions regard grace as their PROPERTY. As soon as you have joined their religion, you participate in infinite grace which dispenses you from correct behaviour in daily life.

Let us take the Islam as an example:

Sura Al-Fatiha (Sura 1):

1 In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
2 Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds,
3 The Beneficent, the Merciful.
4 Master of the Day of Judgment,
5 Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) we ask for help.
6 Show us the straight path,
7 The path of those whom Thou hast favoured; Not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.

The first Sura sounds even Christian (Allah is called merciful), but let us consider that this is not the only Sura of the Koran.

The whole context of the Koran makes it clear that the first Sura is related only to Muslim believers. Allah is merciful and gracious only towards Muslims or people which want to convert to Islam.

This bigotry could be endured if Islam would mean love and righteousness in daily life (a true Christian shall be full of love and righteousness to everybody, independent from belief, color, nationality, status, etc. in daily life). Regretably, a good Muslim is yet a Muslim which keeps the 5 Pillars of Islam, independent from practical love and righteousness:

– Faith or belief in the Oneness of God and the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad;
– Establishment of the daily prayers;
– Concern for and almsgiving to the needy;
– Self-purification through fasting;
– The pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able.

The 5 Pillars of Islam have not much to do with righteousness, excepted almsgiving (whereby, I would like to know if a Muslim would give alms to a poor Christian, or if he rather would regard his poverty as a curse of Allah).

The mean trick of all these is that you become a participant of grace yet by keeping the 5 Pillars, independent from your daily behaviour. You may think like this (if you are a Muslim): I have tried to convert my workmate to Islam and keeping the 5 Pillars of Islam, but he refuses. He is now under the wrath of Allah who will finally throw him into hell. Why should I love this nasty disbeliever, which is not loved by Allah? Why should I give him any good hints and advices? Why should I talk with him? Why should I be concerned about his security? Why should I help him if he is in need? Allah doesn’t love this infidel individual; hence, I am allowed to hate him too.

The same attitude have got Catholics, Anabaptists, Mormons, false Protestants, etc.

They keep certain rituals of their belief, and through that they are participants of infinite grace, which allows them to treat their infidel fellow human beings, which they regard as disbelievers, very ill. They feel not obliged to show love and righteousness to their fellow human beings.

How works a true Christian in contrast:

A Christian knows that at Judgement Day he will get judged according to his works. Only if he has lived a life of love and righteousness, he will finally enter heaven. A Christian loves everybody, independent from belief, color, nationality, status, etc. He loves people even if they are no Christians, and even if they don’t want to become Christians. A true Christian doesn’t  regard God’s grace as his property, but shares it with his fellow human beings. The Christian regards always himself as that one who is required by God to behave correctly. A Christian oversees the sins of his fellow human beings and behaves friendly and kindly despite their sins (of course, if people harm one another, the Christian has to intervene and to stop the wrongdoer).

Yet, a true Christian will hold on to the truth and confess/profess it to everybody:

The gospel: God, the Father, delivered God, the Son, for our sins and raised him from the dead for our justification.

The man who believes that and gets baptized (or remembers his infant baptism) will receive the power of the Holy Spirit, which makes him able to love his fellow human beings and to behave righteous.

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The spiritual dilemma

In daily life, we seldom encounter people which really behave Christianly.

However, if we would ask them about their faith, they would tell us that they are Christians.

Isn’t there an inconsistence? Wouldn’t we expect that a Christian behaves Christianly?

What is the reason why the confession of faith often doesn’t fit together with the behaviour of a person?

Most people are either members of the mainline churches (Protestant and Catholic) or of rebaptizing Free Churches. It is still the minority which belongs to a non-Christian faith or has abandoned any belief in supernatural things.

Let us focus on the people which are either members of mainline churches or of re-baptizing Free Churches.

The group which belongs to the mainline churches can be divided in Catholics and mainline Protestants.

Now, what is the reason why neiter members of the mainline churches nor members of rebaptizing Free Churches behave really Christianly?

Let us assume that the membership in a true Christian Church would cause true Christian behaviour. At the same time we could assume that a distorted church would not lead here members to good behaviour.

Indeed, there is something wrong with all the churches which we regard as true Christian Churches, and thus their members have a lack of good behaviour.

First, the mainline churches; what about them?

The mainline churches are distinguished by the sacramental baptism, which they keep (it is good that they keep the sacramental baptism, and sacramental baptism is good in itself).

Whereby, there is a restriction: The Roman Catholic Church keeps the sacramental baptism, but is nevertheless no Christian Church, which could mediate any health because the pope has displaced Jesus from his office as head of the Church. The Holy Spirit has left the Roman Catholic Church for a long time, and it is only the husk of a church with no spiritual power. Hence, their members will scarcely experience any deliverance and will sacarcely get perceived as Christians in daily life.

The sacramental baptism includes infant baptism. According to the doctrine of the Holy Bible and the Early Church, the doctrine of sacramental baptism or infant baptism is valid and correct. However, the members of the mainline churches often are not better than Babbitts. What is the reason?

The mainline Protestant churches (as we have expeled the Roman Catholic Church, let us focus on the mainline Protestant churches) don’t tell the people anything about the meaning of sacramental baptism. They conceal that sacramental baptism is a divine call. By sacramental baptism we are called to follow Jesus, or to say it in other words, “we are baptized into a new life or into Jesus.” After sacramental baptism, we are able to follow Jesus and shall follow Jesus. Regretably, the mainline churches tell the people that work and family would be all about Christianity. True Christianity doesn’t mean only work and care for the family but also active love for disadvantaged people. This love is independent from social status, nationality, belief, colour, etc.

We need a Reformation of the mainline churches like Anglican Church, Lutheran Church, Presbyterian Church, Methodist Church, Episcopal Church, etc. so that they may preach the gospel of the costly grace again, which means active love. Baptism is a divine call for discipleship.

The mainline Protestant Churches are actually the true Christian Church regarding their confessional documents, which fit together with the doctrine of the Early Church and the Bible. It is only that they have adopted the heresy of the cheap grace: being a Babbitt is all about Christianity. When the mainline Protestant Churches would abandon the cheap grace and adopt the costly grace again, their members would behave really Christian in daily life.

As we have yet expeled the Roman Catholic Church, we also expel the rebaptizing Free Churches. They don’t belong to the worldwide Christian Church because they don’t keep the one, holy, sacramental baptism, which is according to the doctrine of the Early Church and the Bible. They may tell a lot and fervently about discipleship, yet it is all meaningless because they have not yet realized the entry door to a Christian life which is sacramental baptism. The rebaptizing Free Churches regard baptism as a mere symbolic act or as an act of obedience: after conversion someone shall confess his personal faith publically. This doctrine has nothing to do with the true doctrine about baptism, and hence the rebaptism gives no releasing power to the person to be baptized. Thus, members of rebaptizing Free Churches have no power to follow Jesus even if they have a strong will. The strongest will is too weak to overcome the demonical power of the original sin, which dwells in us or our body.

The good and holy Sacramental Baptism

Mostly, Sacramental Baptism goes along with infant baptism. Usually, churches which practice infant baptism acknowledge Sacramental Baptism.

First, how is it possible that infants can be baptized? The reason simply is that faith doesn’t depend on the reason of the infant but on the impact of the Holy Spirit. An infant may even believe easier because he or she is not yet able to scrutinize like an adult with his or her reason.

That gives us the bridge to the subject in general.

One may have heard the gospel: Jesus has borne our sins when he died for us on the cross.

We may be able to grasp the gospel to a certain extent. Worst case, we could even err, and assume (by our fallen reason) that after Christ’s  sacrifice we could sin more because the more we sin, the more grace we will get (that would be according to our damned reason).

It is, of course, necessary that we get the gospel rightly. It is, of course, impossible that the gospel could cause that we start to sin more. Of course, the gospel shall cause that we sin less. In order to mediate this to us, God has “invented” Sacramental Baptism. At Sacramental Baptism our faith gets strengthened and confirmed by God himself.

Sacramental Baptism is a physical homily and the locus in space and time where we get fully connected with Christ’s sacrifice. Your whole man gets involved: body, soul and heart. The heavenly preacher is God himself. He brings the gospel near to you in a way which cannot be described by human words or a human homily. At Sacramental Baptism all barriers of space and time disappear, and you die and resurrect together with Jesus. At Sacramental Baptism you make a real physical experience which goes beyond understanding of any human homily. At Sacramental Baptism, the sin in you gets dethroned, and you receive the Holy Spirit or a new life, or, in other words, you get baptized into Jesus. You get born from above. Baptism is the Holy Fountain and a supernatural process of recreation. God acts during Baptism, and makes you a new creature.

After Baptism, you are fully empowered to follow Jesus, and there is no more need to doubt the personal faith. You have been at Calvary in a real sense. Just follow Jesus right now. Do the first step and believe. If you have yet received infant baptism, don’t get baptized again but refer to your infant baptism.

The lousy rebaptism

What is rebaptism? Free Churches which rebaptize have not understood at all the true doctrine of baptism. They assume baptism would be a mere symbolic act. After someone has become a believer, he shall confess his faith publically as an act of obedience. Furthermore, they reject infant baptism because they assume infants could not believe.

Rebaptism is a crime.

God has given us the Sacramental Baptism in order to strengthen and confirm the small faith which we can produce by nature. The rebaptizing churches should tell the people to refer to there infant baptism, but instead they tell the people that faith would completely depend on true conversion and repentence, and baptism would be a mere symbolic act after someone has yet become a believer. Hence, people which have received infant baptism and get baptized again by a Free Church, get totally dispensed from their first baptism, which was the right and only one, and could give them health if they would refer to it.

Of course, it is a misery that the mainline churches baptize and tell the people nothing about discipleship. However, Sacramental Baptism is good in itself even if the mainline churches have a false handling of it. Hence, people should not be rebaptized but be told that they should refer to their first baptism and regard it as a divine call to follow Jesus. After that they should just follow Jesus.

Conclusion: forget the re-baptizing Free Churches. Strictly speaking, they are cults. Members of mainline churches should realize the meaning of infant baptism and start to follow Jesus in daily life in the releasing power of Christ’s sacrifice, which was dedicated to them at infant baptism.  Practice active love to your neighbour.

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