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The Curse of Coniah & the Promised Messiah

Can you imagine having a curse placed upon you and all of your descendants by the living God of the Bible? If there was ever a hopeless condition that would be it, don’t you think? Well, that’s what happened to one wicked king of Judah in the days of Jeremiah. But this story doesn’t go the way you might expect, instead it has a remarkable ending which shows Yahweh’s redemptive love. So if you have a few minutes I hope you’ll let me tell you the story of the curse of Coniah and the promised Messiah.

As I live, saith YHWH, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I pluck thee thence;

Thus saith YHWH, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah. (Jeremiah 22:24, 30)

Pretty hopeless, don’t you think?

Now let me challenge you with what seems like a Biblical paradox. The curse of Coniah (aka Jechonias) is only part of the story. The New Testament tells us that this cursed king was in fact one of the ancestors of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. Take a look as this chart showing the lineage of Yeshua as given in Matthew 1.

Wait… how can a man cursed through all his generations someday produce the Messiah you might ask?

With man this would be impossible, but with Yahweh nothing is impossible. This fascinating paradox is resolved by a wonderful prophetic promise given to the grandson of king Coniah (Jechonias). That promise was given to a man named Zerubbabel about seventy years after Yahweh cursed Coniah and it is the key to unlocking this conundrum.

Our story begins roughly seventy years after Jerusalem’s desolations by king Nebuchadnezzar. You see, Jerusalem had lain desolate for 70 years and then when Yahweh’s divine calendar reached that special date He, the living God of the Bible, stirred up a Persian king named Cyrus to allow the Jewish people to return and build the temple and Jerusalem so that His word, given to the prophet Jeremiah, might be fulfilled.

In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of YHWH came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. (Daniel 9:2)

For thus saith YHWH, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. (Jeremiah 29:10)

It was Coniah’s grandson, Zerubbabel, along with the high priest Joshua (Hebrew = Yeshua) who led the resettlement of Jerusalem when King Cyrus of Persia decreed the Jewish people’s return. Zerubbabel and Yeshua left Persia with good intentions, but when they reached Jerusalem they only got as far as laying some of the temple foundation stones before their zeal for Jerusalem’s restoration was tempered by the harsh realities of their desolate homeland.

So for the next sixteen years not much work was done on Yahweh’s house. Instead the people built their own houses. Then Yahweh, when the time was right, reached down into history and personally commanded His people to “restore and build Jerusalem.”

For those of you who have read Book II in my Prophecies & Patterns series: Daniel’s 70 Weeks: The Keystone of Bible Prophecy, you know this divine command (Hebrew dabar) given by the living God of the Bible and witnessed by the prophets Haggai and Zechariah, began the prophesied countdown to the Messiah.

So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith YHWH of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy. And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.

Therefore thus saith YHWH; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith YHWH of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.

Cry yet, saying, Thus saith YHWH of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and YHWH shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem. (Zechariah 1:14-17)

It was that same year in 520 BC, (the 2nd year of Darius, the Great Artaxerxes) that the prophet Haggai received a prophecy concerning Zerubbabel, and the coming of the Messiah. Remember this prophecy was given within the context of Zerubbabel’s and Joshua’s (Yeshua’s) restoration of the temple and Jerusalem. Here take a look:

Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith YHWH; and be strong, O Joshua [Yeshua], son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith YHWH, and work: for I am with you, saith YHWH of hosts: according to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not.

For thus saith YHWH of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations,

and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith YHWH of hosts . . .

Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month . . .

And again the word of YHWH came unto Haggai in the four and twentieth day of the month [the second year of Darius, i.e. 520 BC], saying, Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth; and I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother.

In that day, saith YHWH of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith YHWH, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith YHWH of hosts. (Haggai 2:4–7, 20–23)

A Signet of YHWH
Notice in this passage it seems to speak of two comings of the Messiah. One when the “desire of all nations shall come” and YHWH’s house is again filled with glory and then another time when Zerubbabel, “my servant,” would become a “signet” or seal in the hand of YHWH to overthrow the kingdoms of this world and “shake the heavens and the earth”.

Now to understand the full miraculous wonder of this prophecy, let’s take a look again at the curse pronounced against Coniah:

As I live, saith YHWH, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I pluck thee thence; and I will give thee into the hand of them that seek thy life, and into the hand of them whose face thou fearest, even into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of the Chaldeans. And I will cast thee out, and thy mother that bare thee, into another country, where ye were not born; and there shall ye die. But to the land whereunto they desire to return, thither shall they not return.

Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not? O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of YHWH.

Thus saith YHWH, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah. (Jeremiah 22:24–30, emphasis mine.)

Did you catch that? Even if Coniah were a “signet” upon YHWH’s hand, none of his seed would prosper in sitting upon the throne of David. Yet Haggai prophesies that someday Zerubbabel, and by implication his offspring, would become a “signet” upon the hand of YHWH—in a passage with a strong Messianic context. How could the cursed lineage of Coniah bring forth the future Messiah? How is this conundrum rectified?

Zechariah 4 gives us the answer in a word to Zerubbabel:

This is the word of YHWH unto Zerubbabel, saying,

Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith YHWH of hosts.

Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.

Moreover the word of YHWH came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that YHWH of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of YHWH, which run to and fro through the whole earth. (Zechariah 4:6–10)

And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. (Revelation 5:5–6, emphasis mine)

Not by Power nor by Might
Did you catch it? “Not by might nor by power, but by my spirit” was the promise given to Zerubbabel. The Messiah then didn’t come through human power or might but by Yahweh’s spirit.

One of the most powerful examples of this promise is found in the first chapter of the New Testament and the lineage of Yeshua represented there.

In Matthew 1 it shows us that Joseph—and by implication his great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather Zerubbabel, was only the legal father of Yeshua. The “seed” of Yeshua came not by their human power or might, but by the Spirit of Yahweh.

Matthew 1 and Isaiah 7 explain it this way:

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together,

…she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of YHWH appeared unto him in a dream, saying…

Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Yeshua [Yeshua = YHWH’s salvation]: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of YHWH by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (Matthew 1:18–23, emphasis mine)

And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? Therefore YHWH himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:13–14)

By the Spirit of YHWH indeed!

Think about this for a moment. Yeshua’s human lineage must have come through Mary (Luke 3), but the lineage, as represented by apostle Matthew (Matthew 1), shows us how the Messiah came not by human power or might, but by the Spirit of YHWH. YHWH stood in place of the cursed Coniah and his ancestors. He became the kinsman redeemer who raised up the promised seed upon the throne of David – by His spirit.

For those of you who read my last article Homo Deus, you saw how Satan has long deceived mankind into believing that we can achieve immortality by our own efforts. Long ago in Eden, he whispered the lie that mankind, by our own power and might, can become Homo Deus or God men.

But that is not Yahweh’s plan for mankind. As with the curse of Coniah and the promise of the coming Messiah, mankind can only be restored to their intended state by Yahweh’s spirit made flesh, that is Yeshua – Yahweh’s Salvation.

Take a look once more at Matthew’s amazingly clever list of names. This list is such a wonderful spiritual metaphor for Yahweh’s redemptive purposes.

The First 14 Generations – The Promise
The first column begins with Abraham and ends with king David. As I explained in Book II – Daniel’s 70 Weeks: The Keystone of Bible Prophecy, it was Abraham with whom Yahweh swore (shaba) the first oath with any man in the Bible (Gen 22 & 26). This oath was in part the promise that through Abraham’s “seed” all nations of the earth would be blessed. When talking to Isaac, Yahweh explained it this way:

Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; (Genesis 26:3-4)

This oath (shebuw’ah) which Yahweh swore (shaba) in Gen. 22 was later described by Moses in Deut. 7:7-26 as the “covenant and mercy” promised to the fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (Due. 9:5)

The prophet Daniel appropriately mentioned this “covenant and mercy” when he petitioned Yahweh to forgive his people and restore Jerusalem in Daniel 9:4. Shortly thereafter YHWH sent the angel Gabriel to Daniel with the prophecy of 70 Weeks which gave the precise date when this “covenant and mercy” would come.

But back to the first group of names in Matthew’s famous list now. The first 14 generations of Yeshua’s lineage ends with king David who was a symbol of a yet future Messianic king. Emphasizing this point is the fact that David’s name has the Hebrew letter value of 14.

Now to give you a sense of how important these first 14 generations are in Yahweh’s redemptive plan, here are the words of Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist; putting it all together for us:

And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;

To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,

That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. (Luke 1:67-75)

Wonderfully congruent, isn’t it? Here, Zacharias, talking about the future Messiah Yeshua, describes Him as the “horn of salvation” from the house of David, in fulfillment of the covenant and mercy which was the ancient promise or oath (shebuw’ah) Yahweh swore (shaba) with Abraham.

The Second 14 Generations – The Problem
But now the Problem of the second 14 generations described by Matthew. This grouping begins with Solomon and ends with the cursed Coniah  (Jechonias). It would be hard to find another list of names in the Bible that better represents the fallen sinful nature of mankind!

Solomon was the son of king David and Bathsheba. It was David and Bathsheba’s illicit affair, which resulted in David murdering Bathsheba’s husband, which in turn eventually led to the birth of Solomon. That second grouping of 14 generations represents the height of Israel as a nation, its division, idolatrous demise, and its heartbreaking destruction, and captivity. To mark the 14th generation, Matthew ends the lists with the cursed king Coniah.

I should mention something here so that you really grasp the significance of Coniah as the 14th generation. It was no cosmic accident. You see, in order to make 14 generations from Solomon to Coniah, Matthew had to leave out 4 of Yeshua’s ancestors. That’s right, Matthew purposely arranged the list. Here take a look:

Consider that for a minute. Matthew could have easily made the righteous Josias the 14th generation, but instead he named the only king in the Bible who was personally cursed along with all his offspring. (Interestingly, if you add those 4 missing kings back into this list of 14 names you get 18 names instead (6+6+6).)

In any case, a reasonable argument can be made, that the second grouping of 14 generations of Yeshua’s ancestors is a clever metaphor for the curse of sin. Those kings represent the problem of mankind’s fallen state.

The Third 14 Generations – The Panacea
Thankfully the symbolism doesn’t end with the curse of Coniah. Matthew gives us the final grouping of names which he represents as 14 generations. I say represents, because if you actually count the names in Matthew 1 you’ll find that in fact there are only 13 names in the third generational grouping. Yeshua, the Messiah is the 13th generation, or what I like to call the 13th Enumeration.

You see Matthew completes Yeshua’s lineage with compelling symbolism which testifies to the Old Testament’s description of the Messiah as both a suffering servant and ruling king. Yeshua as the suffering servant, the atonement sacrifice, and the kinsman redeemer, was the 13th generation. He is both a man (6) and divine perfection (7), thus he is the true Homo Deus (God man – 13).

Then by His sacrificial death and resurrection Yeshua became the 14th generation thus completing symbolism of Matthew’s list. Yeshua – Yahweh’s Salvation, became mankind’s panacea or in other words he became our cure.

Fantastic symbolism, don’t you think?

And just in case you don’t get the messianic symbolism, consider the meaning of the names in each of the 13 & 14 generations.

• 13 – Jesse = I possess
• 14 – David = Beloved
• 13 – Josias = Whom Yahweh heals
• Jehoiakim = Yahweh raises up (missing)
• 14 – Jechonias = Yahweh establishes
• 13 – Yeshua = Yahweh’s Salvation
• 14 – Yeshua

Or in other words:

I possess, beloved whom Yahweh heals, he raises up & establishes His Salvation – Yeshua!

Zerubbabel as the Great Leveler
Before leaving the subject of Coniah, Zerubbabel, and Yeshua, I would like to look at just one more Messianic thread woven into Zechariah 4. The literal context of this passage shows us that Zerubbabel was the man responsible for laying the temple’s foundation, as well as bringing forth its final headstone—the top stone or capstone if you will. Messianic symbolism aside, this building process required another important step. Zechariah 4:7–10 explains:

Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
Moreover the word of YHWH came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that YHWH of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of YHWH, which run to and fro through the whole earth. (Zechariah 4:7–10)

Isaiah 28 and Zechariah 1 both continue the construction theme and apply it to the coming of the Messiah. Note especially Zechariah 1:14–16 below, because this divine command to “restore and build Jerusalem” played a central part in the divine command to restore and build Jerusalem as I explained in Book II of my series on Prophecies and Patterns—Daniel’s 70 Weeks: The Keystone of Bible Prophecy.

Therefore thus saith the Lord, YHWH, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. (Isaiah 28:16–17)

So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith YHWH of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy. And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.

Therefore thus saith YHWH; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith YHWH of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem. (Zechariah 4:7–10)

Before the Second Temple could be constructed, the place upon which it was to be built had to be leveled. Zechariah 4:7 explains that Zerubbabel had to make the mountain a “plain.” The Hebrew word here is miyshowr, and it is used primarily to refer to leveling something, in a symbolic sense, though the word means uprightness or righteousness. Miyshowr is the very same term used in the famous Messianic passage of Isaiah 40—the same passage John the Baptist proclaimed in Luke 3 concerning the coming of the Messiah:

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of YHWH’s hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of YHWH, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 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. (Isaiah 40:1–4, emphasis mine)

The word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; as it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of YHWH, make his paths straight. 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; and all flesh shall see [Yeshua] the salvation of God [Yeshua = Salvation of YHWH]. (Luke 3:2–6, emphasis mine)

Nothing Is Impossible with Yahweh
In closing if there is one lesson to be learned from the Curse of Coniah and the Prophecy given to Zerubbabel, it is that nothing is impossible with Yahweh. No matter what your circumstances in life, our Creator can use you for His honor and glory if you are willing. He loves you and wants you to be part of His redemptive plan for mankind.

So next time someone tells you, that the crooked cannot be made straight, the sinner cannot be made righteous, the blind will never see, a virgin could never bear a future king, or a cursed king could never produce the promised Messiah, just tell them the story of Coniah and Zerubbabel. Tell them the story of a cursed man who brought forth the Headstone, not by his own power or might, but by the Spirit of Yahweh.

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Homo Deus

(Part 11 in the Mystery Babylon Series)

“For 300 years the world has been dominated by humanism, which sanctifies the life, happiness and power of Homo sapiens. The attempt to gain immortality, bliss and divinity merely takes the long-standing humanist ideals to their logical conclusion. It places openly on the table what we have for a long time kept hidden under our napkin. (Harari, Yuval Noah. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (p. 65). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.)

The Return to Eden
You know it seems to me, that we as Christians are often the last to appreciate just how prescient the Bible is when it comes to describing the future of mankind. In the quote above, Yuval Harari, bestselling Israeli professor of history, describes a 300 year old reality that most Christians today are still oblivious to, namely that humanism is, and has been for several centuries now, the hidden force guiding mankind towards the ancient promise of immortality.

If you’ve read the articles in this series on Mystery Babylon then you know I’ve made the case that the seed for this enticingly deceptive religious philosophy, which the Bible calls Mystery Babylon, was planted in the garden of Eden by the serpent (Satan), and that in fact, this ancient promise by Satan was the origin of what we now know as humanism. In Edenic terms, humanism is the idea that mankind can attain godhood by their own efforts and that these efforts are not constrained by the One who created us.

As Mr. Harari proudly admits humanism’s true goal is no longer hidden under the napkin of intellectualism and science, the humanist stands triumphantly, if not prematurely upon the pyramid of human endeavor, proudly proclaiming the death of God and the enthronement of mankind as Homo Deus – god men.

Mr. Harari explains:

Success breeds ambition, and our recent achievements are now pushing humankind to set itself even more daring goals. Having secured unprecedented levels of prosperity, health and harmony, and given our past record and our current values, humanity’s next targets are likely to be immortality, happiness and divinity. (Harari, Yuval Noah. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (pp. 20-21). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.)

While the humanist sees that their long sought after goal of divinity is now within the reach, it would be good to remember that the Bible tells of a similar expectation which was held by our Edenic ancestors when they reached for the same forbidden fruit. The result of their misguided effort condemned mankind to a life of trouble, toil, and eventual death.

Did you know that the apostle Paul talked about this very subject in his epistle to the Romans? Here is how Paul described mankind turning the truth of God into a lie and some of the consequences of those actions. Notice also how Paul reverses the order of this “natural” evolution.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man,

and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (Romans 1:20-25)

Prettying amazing, don’t you think, that nearly 2000 years before secular humanism and its theory of evolution became the dominate religion of our world, the apostle Paul described the path which leads mankind to this world view. It starts by an unthankfullness towards God and rejection of the evidence for Him in the created world around us. This leads to a blindness and vanity which then leads to the worship of the world around us instead of the One who created that amazing world. The natural evolution of this line of reasoning then sees mankind as pinnacle of this natural world.

Not only did the Bible tell us that Satan deceived mankind with the promise of humanist enlightenment but the Bible also follows that thread of deception as it traces its destructive path through the Biblical ages. In Babel, that humanist pride and rebellion took the form of a tower, whose top they hoped (physically or symbolically) might reach to heaven (the dwelling place of God). Centuries later another king of Babylon stood atop a palace built on ruins of ancient Babel and proudly declared the greatness of his efforts in rebuilding that ancient city.

But the Bible doesn’t just tell the past history of Satan’s enticing lie which mankind has nurtured through the millennia, but it tells us of a day when Satan’s original lie will be resurrected in its final form – Homo Deus. As you read these words, keep in mind the future context Paul is describing here, that period of time just preceding the 2nd coming of Yeshua.

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity [lawlessness] doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: [see Roman’s 1:20-25 above] That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)

In this series of articles on Mystery Babylon we’ve looked at one of the most influential faces of Mystery Babylon and its religion of humanism, namely Freemasonry. In the articles Conspiracies of the Harlot and Symbols of the Harlot we’ve seen the symbols and actions of Freemasonry and how they have profoundly influenced the course of American history.

One last time I’d like to use the symbols of Freemasonry to illustrate how the humanist sees religious faiths other than its own. Consider the following picture.
This picture shows an altar which sitting in the Temple Chamber at the center of the House of the Temple. As we learned in Symbols of the Harlot this temple is built upon a piece of land which symbolically portrays Masonry as the capstone of the most powerful city that has ever existed in the history of the world, namely Washington D.C. On the crown molding surrounding this Temple Chamber are the words:

“From the outer darkness of ignorance through the shadows of our earth life winds the beautiful path of initiation unto the divine light of the holy altar.”

 

 

As you can see from the picture, on that black marble altar rests four books. These books represent four of the main religious faiths of this world. The books are: the Holy Bible, the Jewish Torah, the Koran, and the Hindu Bhagavad Gita.
Inscribed around the altar are the words:

FROM THE LIGHT OF THE DIVINE WORD, THE LOGOS, COMES THE WISDOM OF LIFE AND THE GOAL OF INITIATION.

In other words, according to the humanist philosophy of Freemasonry all faiths eventually lead to the enlightenment of mankind and the goal of Initiation, that is: the deification of man – Homo Deus. So next time someone tells you that all religious paths lead to god (man as god) I hope you’ll understand what the humanists are really saying. To drive this point home, once again here are a few quotes from influential Masons describing their humanist world view:

“The dunces [apostles] who led primitive Christianity astray, by substituting faith for science, reverie for experience, the fantastic for reality… have succeeded in shrouding in darkness the ancient discoveries of the human mind.” (33 degree Freemason Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma p. 732)

Masonry directs us to divest ourselves of confined and bigoted notions [Christianity], and teaches us, that Humanity is the soul of Religion. We never suffer any religious disputes in our Lodges, and, as Masons, we only pursue the universal religion, the Religion, of Nature. (William J. Hutchinson (1732-1814) Mastor of the Concord Masonic Lodge.)

“The only personal god Freemasonry accepts is humanity in total. God, the Great Architect of the Universe, personifies himself through man. Humanity, therefore, is the only personal god there is.” (Mystic Masonry, by 33 degree Freemason Dr. J. D. Buck (1838-1916)

“Freemasonry has taught each man can, by himself work out his own conception of God and thereby achieve salvation” (Freemasonry: Its Aims and Ideals by J. S. M. Ward, p. 187)

“The keynote of Masonic religious thinking is naturalism which sees all life and thought as ever developing and evolutionary…The Bible is not today what it once was. Current higher criticism has made obsolete the idea that the Bible is a unique revelation of supernatural truth.” (Fisher, p.57) (33rd degree Mason Leonard A. Wenz who wrote for Freemasonry’s New Age magazine in February, 1968.)

“Man is God in the making” (33 degree Freemason Manley P. Hall, Lost Keys of Freemasonry p. 92)

In light of these quotes once more consider the words of the apostle Paul as he describes the anti-Christ and his religious world view in the period of time leading up to the return of Yeshua.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
(2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)

God is Dead – Long Live Homo Deus!
How many of you remember The Lost Symbol written by Dan Brown? Towards the end of the movie Peter Langdon (the hero) learns that masonry believes the Bible is really an allegory that provides hidden instructions for the deification of mankind. It should come as little surprise then that the final scenes in The Lost Symbol takes place in the Temple Room of the Masonic House of the Temple in Washington, D.C., where that deification of mankind is symbolized. (pictured above)

Now Dan Brown is out with a new book which takes his series to its logical conclusion asking the rhetorical question, “Will God survive science?” At a recent promotional event for his latest book Origin, Mr. Brown made some rather interesting comments which illustrate the zealousness with which he has become an evangelist for the humanist world view:

“Christianity, Judaism and Islam all share a gospel, loosely, and it’s important that we all realise that,” he said. “Our religions are much more similar than they are different.” – Dan Brown (https://www.yahoo.com/news/collective-consciousness-replace-god-author-dan-brown-120033225.html)

“We will start to find our spiritual experiences through our interconnections with each other,”… “some form of global consciousness that we perceive and that becomes our divine”.

“Our need for that exterior god, that sits up there and judges us … will diminish and eventually disappear.” – Dan Brown (https://www.yahoo.com/news/collective-consciousness-replace-god-author-dan-brown-120033225.html)

 

Pretty bold statement don’t you think? Unfortunately Mr. Brown is not the exception but rather one of many making these claims which take humanism to its natural conclusion. This enticing religious world views is taking the world by storm right now and it should not be ignored.

By the way, how many of you noticed the symbol of the Harlot on the cover of Mr. Browns book? If you’ve read the articles in the series you should recognize its Edenic origins. (excuse the pun)

As a final quote consider Professor Harari’s rather sobering view of the subject:

How about radical Islam, then? Or fundamentalist Christianity, messianic Judaism or revivalist Hinduism? Whereas the Chinese don’t know what they believe, religious fundamentalists know only too well. More than a century after Nietzsche pronounced Him dead, God seems to be making a comeback.

But this is a mirage. God is dead – it’s just taking a while to get rid of the body. (Harari, Yuval Noah. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (p. 268). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.)

And every technical problem has a technical solution. We don’t need to wait for the Second Coming in order to overcome death. A couple of geeks in a lab can do it. If traditionally death was the specialty of priests and theologians, now the engineers are taking over. (Harari, Yuval Noah. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (p23). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.)

Battle of the Gods
In this series I hope I’ve given you a Biblical foundation to better understand the religion of Mystery Babylon and Satan’s plan to usurp YHWH’s authority on this earth. Humanism, the mother of all religious harlotry, has come to maturity in our generation. Mankind is convinced that immortality lies within our grasp and that God is either dead or no longer relevant to our plans.

Do you realize what this means? It means that our generation will likely witness the resolution of these two divergent paths. Humanism, its god Homo Deus, and its agent Satan, are on a collision course with YHWH, the living God of the Bible and His redemptive plan for mankind through Yeshua. The Bible has predicted these events and their resolution thousands of years ago.

As this Biblical drama unfolds I implore you not to be distracted by well-meaning but misguided efforts to identity Mystery Babylon with one of its many sectarian daughters. If you are looking for an Islamic, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, or Atheist Antichrist you are going to be blindsided by the conspiracy of Satan as revealed in Homo Deus.

No matter how seductive the humanist promise of divinity becomes over the next few years, I encourage each of you to stand fast in the promises of YHWH’s word. We are so close to the finish line, don’t sacrifice your victory in Yeshua, for a 6000 year old lie.

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. (Romans 13:11-12) 

The Mystery Babylon Series
Part 1 The Mother of Harlots
Part 2 The Religion of the Harlot
Part 3  Babylon and the Harlot
Part 4 Conspiracies of the Harlot – Part I
Part 5 Conspiracies of the Harlot – Part II
Part 6 Symbols of the Harlot – Part I
Part 7 Symbols of the Harlot – Part II 
Part 8 Symbols of the Harlot – Part III
Part 9 Symbols of the Harlot – Part IV
Part 10 Symbols of the Harlot – Part V
Part 11 Homo Deus


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Symbols of the Harlot – Part II

With the events of Charlottesville still fresh in many people’s minds I was wondering how many of you recognize the bronze figure headlined in this blog post. Even though you may not recognize him, if you’ve read the articles in this series you should be familiar with his views on Masonry and religion.

The man was so influential in Masonry that even though he was a racist and confederate war criminal (pardoned by President Andrew Johnson, a fellow Freemason), he is the only confederate figure or military officer honored with Continue reading

The Jubilee Code is Now Available

For my subscribers who have so patiently waited for The Jubilee Code I’m pleased to announce that Book III in my Prophecies & Patterns series is finally finished and available for download.

The past couple of years there has been a lot of talk about the Jubilee and Sabbath cycles and their relevance to Bible prophecy. Most of you have probably read Jonathan Cahn’s – Mystery of the Shemitah, Daniel Goodwins – God’s Final Jubilee, or Gideon Ariel & Bob O’Dell’s – Israel First.  Each of these books and many others have explored the Shemitah and juiblee cycles with an eye towards understanding how they related to the day and age in which we live. If you’ve read any of these books you’ve probably noticed that they present their case without much of a Biblical foundation.

The Jubilee Code is different than most of todays books on the subject in that it provides you with a real contextual basis for understanding the Shemitah and Jubilee cycles in the Bible. Are you wondering if the year 2017 is a Jubilee year like many are claiming today? The Jubilee Code will provide you with real Biblical evidence to evaluate those claims. Have you ever wondered if there is any Biblical evidence for dating the Shemitah as many of todays popular authors suggest? The Jubilee Code will provide you with reasonable Biblical facts so that you can decide for yourself.

Part 1 of the book explores the Biblical chronology upon which the Jubilee and Shemitah cycles are based. Then in Part 2,  I overlay the Shemiah and jubilee cycles on top of the Bibles chronology with amazing results.

What you’ll see is that YHWH has been guiding history so that He can accomplish His plan to reconcile all mankind through Yeshua. That is the story of the Jubilee Code. It is a testimony of YHWH’s Salvation as it is worked out through the Biblical ages. The Jubilee Code puts YHWH’s redemptive plan in context.

So if you’d like to begin another adventure with me in YHWH’s amazing word I’d encourage you to spend a few hours reading The Jubilee Code: Prophetic Milestones in Yahweh’s Redemptive Plan.

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I hope these books strengthen your faith in the knowledge that YHWH loves you and He has, from the very beginning of time, had a plan to redeem all mankind through Yeshua the promised Messiah.  Even so come, Yeshua!

Warm regards to you all this warm Arizona evening – William Struse

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Babylon and the Harlot

In Revelation 17 & 18 it describes a great idolatrous city which reigns over the kings of the earth in the period of time leading up to the return of Yeshua. That this is no ordinary city is made clear by Revelation 18:24 where it tells us this city is responsible for the blood of the “prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.”

Think about that for a moment. This city is the responsible for all those slain upon the earth. So not only does this Mystery Babylon represent an actually literal city at the end of this age, but it also transcends Continue reading

Behold the Lamb of God!

“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

What powerful compelling words, which now nearly 2000 years later still reach across the ages, providing us with a vivid redemptive picture of the Son of God. Did you know these words were not spoken by a polished religious leader of Yeshua’s day, but rather a simple man who wore camel’s hair and ate locusts?

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Reversing Hermon in Matthew 1

Regular readers of my blog are aware of the inspired genius Matthew concealed in the lineage of Yeshua when he wrote that intriguing list of names.  As I’ve explained over the years, that list of 41 names is an important key to understanding the significance of the Bible’s messianic symbolism as it relates to the Old Testament’s sacrificial system, the Bible’s lunar/solar calendar, Daniel 9, and YHWH’s redemptive plan for mankind. As I’ve briefly discussed in several blog posts, that list also has a larger context related to Old Testament chronology, the Shemitah, and the jubilee cycles.

This past week I was thrilled to learn that Dr. Michael Heiser’s new book Reversing Hermon: Enoch, the Watchers & the Forgotten Mission of Jesus Christ also showcases the messianic significance of Matthew 1 in a thrilling new way. I’ll get to Dr. Heiser’s information in a moment, Continue reading