II. RICK WARREN’S SHAPE DISCOVERY 301 CLASS BASED ON CARL JUNG’S PERSONALITY THEORY:
And here is proof that his SHAPE Personality Profile is based on the foundation of Carl Jung’s Personality Theory he obtained from a spirit-guide named Philemon (published in two conservative Christian Theological Journals):
(see color charts)
And here is the article:
But this can be verified by a number of sources.
III. 2017 UPDATE ON RICK WARREN’S GLOBAL PEACE PLAN
RICK WARREN/KAGAME GLOBAL PEACE PLAN ALLIANCE
Now there are 196 countries in the world. Rick Warren identified Purpose Driven Countries, based on his list of even potential Purpose Driven Countries from above list, is twelve nations. 12 divided by 196 = .06 or 6% of the world’s countries that would be in Rick Warren’s matrix. Again this is assuming that every single country on his Global Peace Plan is, or has gone Purpose Driven Country. The only country that is in reality listed as an official PDC Country is Rwanda, which has now rejected him, and the Rwandan Embassy in Washington D.C. Confirmed on March 16, 2017, said there is no official connection to Rick Warren’s regarding calling Rwanda a Purpose Driven Country. Also see:
“according to AfroAmerican Network sources in Kinshasa. … We praise God for the fact that Rick Warren has not been in Rwanda for a while,”
SUMMARY OF PURPOSE DRIVEN COUNTRY CALCULATIONS:
Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Countries Percentage of earth by square miles = 8%
Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Countries Percentage of earth by population = 14%
Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Countries (12) Percentage of total number of countries on the earth (196) = 6%
Do these figures constitute a Global Peace Plan to you?
And, like Warren’s boast about his PDL book sales being the best-selling hardback book in history, which raises the obvious question, who was second in sales, likewise, which country is the Second Purpose Driven Country, if Rwanda is First? Fifth? 54Th? Where is there a list? If there is such a list, it would be a list of one, at one point, but now would be zero. The fact is that the truth and the true number of Rick Warren Purpose Driven Countries percentage is closer to zero percent. Now one of my close friends once told me many years ago when I was touring the country in concert ministry when I was discouraged about concert attendance. He had both the wisdom of being a Christian songwriter and concert minister himself, but grew up in a legendary Gospel music singing family. I will never forget what he said to me: “Which is better, ten thousand screaming fans, or one whole person from your music ministry?” This edifying word of exhortation is something I will never forget. The point here is that the Great Commission and ministry is not a contest. The Apostle Paul rebuked Christians in Colossians for doing this. But it is Rick Warren that has turned this into a contest in his so-called God’s dream for him and God’s dream for you, with his Global Peace Plan. So where in Scripture does it tell us that God dreams? Is this God’s Dream, or God’s Nightmare? Rick Warren compares his Global Peace Plan to Nehemiah’s Wall. But Nehemiah succeeded in his righteous act of building the wall around Jerusalem. Warren tries to call Nehemiah’s building of the wall a “vision”. Really? Who’s vision? There is nothing in the Book of Nehemiah about a vision. The Prophets Moses, Ezekiel, Micah and Daniel had visions, clearly recorded in Scripture as such. Nehemiah did not! Then Warren would have us believe that God gave Nehemiah a dream (to build the wall). I challenge everyone out there to do your own search in the Book of Nehemiah, and show me one verse where the word “dream” even occurs, let alone that God gave Nehemiah a dream. So not only did Rick Warren get the facts wrong about the Book of Nehemiah, he has misappropriated what applied only to Nehemiah for himself and applied it to the Church today! This is also highly presumptuous that his Global Peace Plan is for the the entire church, not just his church or Purpose Driven Network. Read the entire book for yourself. Rick Warren wrongly presumes that his Global Peace Plan is from God. It should be obvious at this point that it could not have been from the Lord. Warren’s wall has collapsed…total failure! Warren’s wall more closely resembles the Walls of Jericho, than it does the Nehemiah’s Wall. Rick Warren is no Nehemiah. Numbers, Numbers, Numbers as he boasts with both his book sales and number of countries he as recruited or hopes to integrate into his Global Peace Plan! And it has been more than a decade since he launched this Global Peace Plan, and this is all he has to show for it? (Using his argument, not mine!) What a track record! And what a contrast what the Macedonia’s would have had in their report on the Apostle Paul vs. Rwanda’s report on Rick Warren! And what a model for Rick Warren to call RWANDA the “NATIONAL MODEL” for his entire GLOBAL PEACE PLAN? (This is nothing against the nation of RWANDA or its people, but Warren’s own catastrophic failure of his own Global Peace Plan blueprints for the total of 196 nations on the earth (the Globe)). In fact, let’s look more closely at what Rwanda really thinks about Rick Warren:
Rick Warren’s first Purpose Driven Country, Rwanda, has virtually rejected him. See:
There was a story that just ran in Rwanda in September 2016, documenting that his program there has completely collapsed.
Here is the story:
IV. LATEST RICK WARREN / ROMAN CATHOLIC ALLIANCE:
V. ELLIOTT NESCH FILM DOCUMENTARY INVESTIGATION OF RICK WARREN:
The following list was recently compiled by James Sundquist, thusly refuting the lie of Rick Warren’s claims that the “Purpose Driven Life” was the greatest selling non-fiction book ever. Mr. Sundquist spent hundreds of hours researching the following data:
BOOKS IN HISTORY- RANKING LIST- 1)TITLE 2)AUTHOR 3)NUMBER OF SALES 4)RANKING
BIBLE HOLY SPIRIT 6-8 BILLION 1 A COLLECTION OF QUOTATIONS FROM CHINESE CHAIRMAN MAO ZEDONG MAO 6.5 BILLION 2 QURAN (MUSLIM KORAN) MOHAMMAD 3 BILLION 3 RED BOOK (QUOTATIONS FROM CHAIRMAN MAO TSETUNG) CHAIRMAN MAO 800 MILLION 4 XINHUA ZIDIAN CHINESE DICTIONARY MAO 400 MILLION 5 CHAIRMAN MAO’S POEMS MAO 400 MILLION 5 (TIED) BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER ANGLICAN CHURCH 300 MILLION 6 COMMUNIST MANIFESTO KARL MARX HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS 7 BHAGAVA GITA UNKNOWN HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS (TIED) 7 FOXE’S BOOK OF MARTYRS JOHN FOXE, W. BERRY 150 MILLION 8 BOOK OF MORMON JOSEPH SMITH 140 MILLION 9 GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS GUINNESS 123 MILLION (2012) now 138 10 JEHOVAH’S WITNESS: “THE TRUTH THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE” WATCHTOWER 107 MILLION 11 THE GREAT CONTROVERSY ELLEN G. WHITE 100 MILLION 12 THE THREE PREPRESENTATIONS JIANG ZEMIN 100 MILLION (TIED) 12 THE AMERICAN SPELLING BOOK NOAH WEBSTER 100 MILLION (TIED) 12 THE WORLD ALMANAC THE NEW YORK WORLD 80 MILLION 13 THINK AND GROW RICH NAPOLEAN HILL 70 MILLION 14 BETTY CROCKER COOK BOOK BETTY CROCKER 63 MILLION 15 STEPS TO CHRIST ELLEN G. WHITE 60 MILLION 16 THE MCGUFFEY READERS WILLIAM MCGUFFEY 60 MILLION (TIED) 16 MERRIAM-WEBSTER COLLEGIATE DICTIONARY GEORGE AND CHARLES MERRIAM 55 MILLION 17 YOU CAN HEAL YOURSELF LOUISE MAY 50 MILLION 18 THE COMMON SENSE BOOK OF BABY AND CHILD CARE BENJAMIN SPOCK 50 MILLION (TIED) 18 THE HITE REPORT SHERE HITE 50 MILLION (TIED) 18 BETTER HOMES & GARDENS NEW COOK BOOK BETTER HOMES & GARDEN 38 MILLION 19 (TOTAL = 24)
PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE RICK WARREN 32 MILLION (2012) 36 and 48
SOURCES (COMPILATION): PREPARED 2017
Zondervan (Harper/Collins) and Rick Warren would have us believe that 32 million sales of his PDL book make his the “bestselling nonfiction hardback book in history” when is takes hundreds of millions of sales to even make the top ten in history, and billions of sales to be #1 or #2. Furthermore, George Slowick, the President of Publishers Weekly totally disavows the claim that Warren and Zondervan attribute to PW.
Rick Warren’s (and Zondervan’s) Public Relations firm issued this false advertising press release which you likely also received, believing it to be true:
“After 10 unprecedented years as the best-selling non-fiction hardback in history, Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? is being re-tooled and re-released by Zondervan”
What this statement means is that you are claiming that the PDL book was also the bestselling book in history in 2002, as the above PR was in 2012, and continued to hold that ranking every year since through 2012. They posted that this book had sold 30 million by 2007. This is an average of 6 million books per year, or approximately 6 million in the first year (2002). So by whose authority renders 6 million as bestseller in history in 2002, and which author was eclipsed, and where is the ranking list which would show that author now #2?
But his PDL book had not even sold 6 million in the first year. Proof:
“By January, 2003 The Purpose Driven Life had sold 500,000 copies and was awarded the Gold Book Award. Just two months later it had crossed the 1 million threshold and was awarded the Platinum Book Award.”
Purpose Driven Life was award the Gold Book Award for having sold 500,000 copies by January 2003, and had sold 1 million by March 2003, by Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). But this total pitifully short of being the bestselling nonfiction hardback book in its first year, or any year since. I don’t have an issue with the number of books Warren sold, but not telling the truth about the book sales.
At first I was willing to give Larry Ross Communications the benefit of the doubt, and that they were simply passing on and promoting what Rick Warren and Zondervan were feeding them. But now they know with certainly that this claim is fraudulent and farcical! But the fact is Warren’s book was NEVER the bestselling nonfiction hardback book in history in any year or any of the combined total for all of these years. You must certainly know this claim is fraudulent and farcical! But the fact is Warren’s book was NEVER the bestselling nonfiction hardback book in history in any year or any of the combined total for all of these years.
In this regard, we are both aware of the following Scriptures (that I am confident you agree with):
“…we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:” Isaiah 28:15
“If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” 2 John 9-11
Finally, Christianity is about TRUTH and the the Way the TRUTH, and the Life, which is Jesus Christ himself. So to promote falsehood to tens of millions, and training them in it, is the antithesis of Christianity and brings shame upon the Name of Jesus Christ.
This proves with certainty that Warren/Zondervan and PR Firm A. Larry Ross have committed fraud and false advertising, and fake endorsement (attribution).
Sincerely in Christ
I. 2017 RICK WARREN UPDATE ON PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE SALES CLAIM
For your reference here is what Rick Warren posted this on his Purpose Driven website for his Global Peace Plan website:
Purpose Driven Life is “the bestselling nonfiction hardback book in history” (attributed to Publishers Weekly…meaning number 1):
and here it is on Zondervan, his publisher:
BESTSELLING NONFICTION HARDCOVER (BACK) BOOKS IN HISTORY RANKING LIST:
I recently received an email from Os Guinness (Guinness Book of Records). He spoke at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church. He said he teased Rick Warren that the Guinness Book of Records sold more books than Warren’s PDL Book. He would know. But Guinness own site states 138 million sold. They sell 2.5 million per year. So in 2012 that figure would have been about 123 million, when Warren had sold 32 million, when they made their claim they attributed to PW. That is about 7 times Warren’s sales (both are nonfiction). But even 123 million does not make the top ten.
Now for anyone to name their book as number one, it always comes from a list. Where is the list? All other books in top twenty, 50, or 100, lists the book and the number as well as the ranking of everyone who is NOT number one.
Rick Warren’s book is not even in the top ten Christian bestsellers list (a few of these are fiction, so this would bring Warren within the top ten…but his claim is ALL nonfiction hardback books):
“Other than the Bible, which is the far and away the best-
selling Christian book of all time with sales in the billions,
here is my list for your consideration:
The Imitation of Christby Thomas à Kempis (1418) – Sales Unknown, but widely regarded as the best-selling Christian title after the Bible.
Book of Common Prayer (various editions starting in mid 16th Century) – 300 million (estimated)
Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (1678) – 250 million
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe (1563) – 150 million
Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien (1954) – 150 million
The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien (1937) – 142 million
The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950) – 85 million
Steps to Christ by Ellen White (1892) – 60 million (estimated)
Ben Hur by Lew Wallace (1880) – 50 million
The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey (1970) – 35 million
In His Steps by Charles Sheldon (1896) – 30 million
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren (2002) – 30 million
The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale (1952) – 20 million
The Shack by William Paul Young (2007) – 20 million
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (1320) – 12 million (in last 150+ years)
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman (1995) – 10 million+
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (2004) – 10 million+
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo (2010) – 10 million+
More Than A Carpenter by Josh McDowell (1977) – 10 million+
The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson (2000) – 10 million+
The Total Woman by Marabel Morgan (1974) – 10 million
The Gospel According to Peanuts, Robert Short (1965) – 10 million”
Rick Warren and his publisher Zondervan (now Harper-Collins) claim that Publishers Weekly stated that Rick Warren’s is “the bestselling non-fiction hardback book in history.” If this were true, Warren’s book would appear on PW’s own website list of best selling non-fiction books in history. PW does have such a top 25 list, here it is, and Rick Warren is not on it!:
Note in the link that Publishers Weekly uses Nielsen tracking, one of the most reputable bookselling sales tracking and ranking companies in the world. PW can supply you with sales figures for EVERY year since 1998. Secondly, note that on that link PW and the industry at large does not use the term “hardback”, rather they use the term “hardcover”.
For example, you can type in Publishers Weekly site search engine any book such as Purpose Driven Life, or Southern Baptist author Daniel Darling’s IFAITH book:
The printed version of the review in Publishers Weekly shows the page number. In the case of Darling’s book, page 54, and date of the PW Issue: December 13, 2010. Furthermore, you can see that every book review on PW shows the author of the review.
Go to Publishers Weekly search engine to verify anything Publishers Weekly ever said about any book. In other words, if a statement is made by Publishers Weekly about a book, it is in Publishers Weekly.
One more thing here is a statement by George Slowik, President of Publishers Weekly regarding Rick Warren’s statement about his PDL book:
George W. Slowik, President of Publishers Weekly:
“I’ve checked our site which includes all of our content from about 1995.
Also touched base with our religion editors and there is no finding of a
quote like that…We don’t generally use the term hardback.” September 30, 2013 11:33:08 PM EDT
If people don’t believe my report, call Publishers Weekly yourself and ask to speak their President George Slowik or their chief religion editor, Lynn Garrett. Did you ever verify this claim yourself. If not, you should verify this. But I am surprised no one at your church, Warren’s Church, or Zondervan editors never questioned the validity of this claim. Here is PW’s tel. #: 212-377-5705 or 212-377-5703
A blog entry soon to follow from James Sundquist will examine how Rick Warren used Carl Jung’s Personality Types for his Shape Discovery 301 series, Warren’s Global Peace Plan, and his alliance with the Roman Catholic Church.
Blessings, Pastor Steve
Radical imams from Virginia, Maryland and Texas recently attended a fund-raising event organized by an Islamist charity in which they were treated to a smorgasbord of teachings from foreign-based Islamic thinkers.
“The word ‘stick’ in Urdu is a common term used in south Asia to reference the use of force,” Rehan told WND in an email.
Rehan said he went undercover into Islamist meetings in his native Pakistan before he was forced to flee the country.
“Due to threats from these organizations I had to flee the country twice, once in 2009 and then the last time in 2012,” Rehan said. He now works out of Washington, D.C.
Even other Muslims who eschew jihad are under threat from mainstream Sunni Islam in America.
It’s no coincidence that Muslim leaders are talking about using the “stick” to whip American infidels into shape, says Rehman, the journalist who went undercover at the day-long event in Springfield, Virginia.
Among the “infidels” named at the Springfield conference was the moderate Shia sect of Ahmadiyya, who believe in a prophet who came after Muhammad and are therefore considered heretical by the majority of mainstream Muslims.
Here is one of the tweets from journalist Rehan that includes video from the conference:
Radical Islamists hold gathering and fundraiser in the U.S. state of #Virginia, urge use of force against minority #Ahmadiyya Muslims, say one of the biggest threat the Muslim community is facing today is how women are being “urged to go outside of their homes” #Springfield pic.twitter.com/kdpQmVAMmB
– Rabwah Times (@RabwahTimes) November 19, 2017
Commenting on the dangers faced by Islam, Ludhianvi said:
“The biggest threat that Islam is facing today is the disruption of the family system, for which they [west] are urging women to go out of their homes.”
Last year in his magazine, Ludhainvi issued a fatwa (decree) stating that the “use of cellphone by women in public places was against Islam” and so was wearing “high heel shoes.”
The event in Springfield was organized by two U.S. registered charities, Idara Dawat-O-Irshad and Khatme Nubuwwat Center, both of which enjoy IRS tax-exempt status.
The registration desk in the hotel was manned by teenagers who displayed flyers and posters denouncing the founder of the moderate Ahmadiyya sect. An exhibition booth lined with posters urged Muslims to not vote for “non-Muslim candidates.”
The event particularly targeted the Ahmadis, about 15,000 to 20,000 of whom reside in the United States, many of them refugees from Muslim-majority countries where they are persecuted. Many of the conference speakers accused the Ahmadis of being “infidels” and criticized them for having “abolished jihad,” according to Rehan’s undercover report.
During a question-and-answer session, Ludhianvi warned the U.S. government to “stop giving refuge to the adherents of the Qadiani faith [Ahmadis],” who he claimed were worse than Jews and Christians.
The conference ended with organizers urging the attendees to donate $100 each to pay for the expenses of the “cause,” Rehan noted. The organizers also thanked the “Karahi Kabob” restaurant owner for providing free food to the conference attendees.
The Georgia Islamic Institute and mosque in Lawrenceville, Georgia, is part of the Dar ul-Uloom network of mosques and madrasas, headed by a radical Pakistani imam. Photo/Leo Hohmann
The prime delicacy was offered up by keynote speaker Habib-ur-Rehman Ludhianvi, a visiting Islamic cleric from Pakistan. Ludhiavi believes America is a “land of infidels,” whom he described as “ignorant.” His comments are a ringing example of what Muslim leaders say when they are behind closed doors and in the company of other Muslims, as opposed to the public comments meant for gullible infidel ears, security experts tell WND.
Ehsan Rehan fled his native Pakistan and works as a journalist in Washington, D.C.
The only reason the public knows what was said inside the Nov. 18 conference at a Holiday Inn in Springfield, Virginia, is because the gathering was infiltrated by Ehsan Rehan, the brave Pakistani-born journalist and editor of Rabwah Times who went undercover and captured video and audio.
The keynote speaker, Ludhianavi, is leader of the Islamic seminary Dar-ul-Uloom, which is based in Pakistan but operates branches in the United States, Canada and the U.K., including one in St. Paul, Minnesota, that opened in a former Catholic church in 2014. There’s another in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and others in Warren, Michigan, and San Bernardino, California.
On 12 Mile Road in Warren, the Darul Uloom Islamic Center and School is one of many Dar ul-Uloom madrassas that former Homeland Security officer and whistleblower Philip Haney has tracked and described as radical. Haney said San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farooq attended a Dar ul-Uloom mosque in that city and exchanged repeated text messages with the mosque’s imam in the months leading up to his attack on an office Christmas party that killed 14 Americans in December 2015.
What do YOU think? Is Islam a threat to Christianity in America? Sound off in the WND Poll!
Darul ul-Uloom mosque on 12 Mile Road in Warren, Michigan
The Dar ul-Uloom mosque in San Bernardino is a haven for activists involved with Tablighi Jamaat – a fundamentalist, proselytizing Islamic sect known in some circles as the “Army of Darkness.”
“Dar ul-Uloom are the evangelists of the Islamic world,” Haney told WND. “They emphasize children memorizing the Quran.”
According to its website, “Darul Uloom Michigan has been sincerely serving the Muslim community since its inception, and by the grace of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala), it is now a notable Islamic seminary with students of all ages from across North America.”
At the Virginia conference, Ludhianvi advised a sort of carrot and stick approach to conquering American minds for Islam, starting with heretical Muslims who don’t believe in jihad. He said:
They are ignorant and there is no need for dialogue with them, God has given them two options, one is the holy book and one is the stick and if one does not accept the holy book they have to be forced.
The imam’s use of the word “stick” should not be overlooked.
On the same day Ludhianavi was speaking at the conference in Virginia, another U.S. Muslim leader, Jaylani Hussein, was speaking at a symposium in St. Cloud, Minnesota, where he told a group gathered at the public library:
I understand that our organization [CAIR] comes under threat. I know why we come under attack. It’s not because of our silence. It’s because we carry a big stick.
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Watch The Mind Boggling Video Below. Are These Potential Tools For The Coming New World Order?
Imagine a world in which people who hold a certain political ideology could be sought out and summarily executed with surgical precision using autonomous microdrones and with no collateral damage. While this may seem like a great way to eliminate terrorist organizations like ISIS or Al-Qaeda, it could also be used by them to wipe you out.
As the Future of Life Institute points out, autonomous weapons can select and engage targets without human intervention.
They might include, for example, armed quadcopters that can search for and eliminate people meeting certain pre-defined target criteria such as age, sex, ethnicity or even use big data to incorporate a profile that shows religious affiliation, groups you have liked on Facebook, websites you have visited, places you have been or even items you have purchased.
Nothing is truly private and creating a target profile is quite easy – just ask any major advertiser. Thanks to facial recognition technology and the prevalence of surveillance technology there is no place to hide.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has reached a point where the deployment of such systems is — practically if not legally — feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms.
All the technology to assemble these machines which would carry out autonomous assassination exists right now. However, as far as the public is concerned, it has not yet been implemented to the point we see in the ominous video below which was created by the Future of Life Institute to raise awareness to this encroaching dystopian reality.
We encourage you to watch it to the end for the full impact of what is being presented as a potential future scenario if left unchecked:
Read the following commentary about the demonic locusts mentioned in Revelation 9. The above video reminds me of this chapter:
The Locusts and Their King
Visitors to a recent exhibit at the Museum of Science in Boston viewed huge models of a number of common garden insects, enlarged hundreds of times over. Such a visit makes us all grateful that God created the world and its creatures on the scale he did! John, building on the prophet Joel’s comparisons of locusts to lions (Joel 1:6) or to horses galloping into battle (Joel 2:4), affords us a terrifying glimpse of what a different scale might look like. Such comparisons also occur in Middle Eastern poetry and folklore, both ancient and modern (see Beasley-Murray 1974:162). John’s vivid description (vv. 7-10) serves to underscore and heighten the horror of the preceding account of the demonic invasion. We learn, for example, that the scorpion like authority (v. 3) of the locusts was no abstraction, but that John perceived them with actual tails and stings like scorpions (v. 10), with the power to inflict intense physical pain. Small wonder that in those days people will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them (v. 6).
The awful description ends by introducing the locusts’ king, the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon (v. 11). The Hebrew Abaddon is commonly translated “Destruction,” and it is closely associated with “death” or “the grave” (see Job 26:6; 28:22; Ps 88:11; Prov 15:11). But instead of the word normally found in ancient Greek translations of these passages (Apoleia, “Destruction”), John uses the personalized Apollyon (“Destroyer”), in keeping with his point that this destructive power is personal–both a king and an angel. John Bunyan, in The Pilgrim’s Progress, transformed Apollyon into an almost human adversary. Even though he had “scales like a fish . . . wings like a dragon, feet like a bear, and out of his belly came fire and smoke, and his mouth was as the mouth of a lion,” Apollyon reasoned with Christian like any human enemy to turn him from the path to which he was called, and finally engaged him in single combat (Sharrock 1987:102-5). “In all but the name,” wrote H. B. Swete (1908:120), this Apollyon was “a creation of Bunyan.”
In the book of Revelation, Apollyon is personal but far from human. Some interpreters (for example, Caird 1966:120) identify this king, or angel of the Abyss, with the fallen star that first released the terrible locusts from the shaft of the Abyss (v. 1). Although stars can sometimes represent angels in John’s visions (as in 1:20), this angel is more likely one of the locusts from the Abyss. He is named in connection with John’s description of them, and like them belongs to the Abyss itself, just as the angels of the seven congregations belong to their respective congregations (1:20; chaps. 2-3) or “the angel of the waters” (NRSV) in a later vision belongs to the “rivers and springs of water” that are turned to blood (16:4-5).
The point of the naming is to call attention to the destructive effects of the locust invasion (Beckwith 1922:563), in much the same manner that the name “Wormwood” calls attention to the bitter effects of that figure. If the result of the third trumpet (8:11) was “bitterness,” the result of the fifth trumpet is “destruction.” A still further possibility is that the name “Apollyon” was intended also to suggest the Greek god Apollo, who in John’s time was widely associated with prophecy, and therefore in the minds of early Christians with false prophecy (see 6:1; Kerkeslager 1993:119). Just as “Wormwood” recalled biblical denunciation of false prophets (see Jer 23:15), so “Apollyon” calls to mind false prophecy in the Graeco-Roman world.
“Destruction” (whether in Hebrew or Greek) is more terrible than “bitterness,” yet a voice now breaks in to remind us that even this is not the end: The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come (v. 12). Whether these are John’s words or words that he hears, they recall the threefold “woe” of the eagle flying overhead in 8:13 and are to be understood as a continuation or resumption of that announcement. The same will be true in 11:14. John does not reintroduce the vulture or eagle here, but its presence is implied.
The Opening of the Abyss
Archaeologists in Israel have uncovered a stunning 1,500-year-old Christian mosaic that was once the floor of a church or monastery.
Experts found the mosaic during an excavation in the ancient Mediterranean coastal city of Ashdod-Yam, now part of the modern city of Ashdod. The discovery, which was made in August, was announced Thursday by the Israel Antiquities Authority.
An inscription in Greek dedicated to the structure’s builders offered archaeologists a vital clue. The inscription mentions a date on the ancient Georgian calendar, enabling experts to date the building.
“[By the grace of God (or Christ)], this work was done from the foundation under Procopius, our most saintly and most holy bishop, in the month Dios of the 3rd indiction, year 292” it reads. The year 292 corresponds to 539 A.D. “This is the earliest appearance of the use of the Georgian calendar in the Land of Israel, many years before it was used in Georgia itself,” explained Dr. Leah Di Segni of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who deciphered the inscription, in a statement.
Experts from the Israel Antiquities Authority, Tel Aviv University, and the University of Gottingen and Leipzig University in Germany also participated in the project.
Ashdod-Yam was an important city during the Byzantine period. Long hidden under sand dunes, the city is now revealing its secrets. “As far as we know, Ashdod is now home to the largest community of Jews of Georgian origin in the world,” said Dr. Alexander Fantalkin of Tel Aviv University, Dr. Balbina Bäbler of the University of Göttingen, and Sa’ar Ganor of the Israel Antiquities Authority, in the statement. “Testimony to the presence of the actual Georgians in the Land of Israel as far back as the Byzantine period has been found dozens of kilometers from Ashdod – in Jerusalem and its surroundings. But this is the first time that a Georgian church or monastery has been discovered on the Israeli coast.”
The archaeologists note that, according to historical sources, the fifth-century Georgian Prince and Bishop Peter the Iberian lived in Ashdod-Yam.
Archaeologists are now working to raise additional funds to continue their excavation of the site.
The Ashdod-Yam mosaic floor is just the latest fascinating Christian archaeological find in Israel. An ancient Greek inscription, for example, was recently found on a 1,500-year-old mosaic floor near the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. The inscription mentions the Byzantine emperor Justinian, who ruled in the 6th century A.D., and commemorates the building’s founding by a priest called Constantine.
In 2015 a 1,500-year-old church was discovered at a Byzantine-era rest stop between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. In 2014 the remains of another church from the same period were uncovered in southern Israel.
Experts also believe they have found the lost Roman city of Julias, formerly the village of Bethsaida, which was the home of Jesus’ apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip.
Reported by: James Rogers – Fox News
By Prophecy in the News| November 27th, 2017|Tags: Archaeologists, Ashdod, Christ, Christian Mosaic, Christian News, Georgian Calendar, God, Greek, Israel, Prophecy News
This is why man always continues on futile searches until if/when he finds the Lord. We are spiritual beings, made in the image of God. Men are thrill seekers (look at the tragic story of Roy Halladay a couple of weeks ago on this blog site), drug users, alcoholics, power hungry, hoarders, abusers of illicit sexual encounters, seekers of worldly fame, etc., etc., etc. None of these will fill man’s spiritual void – only the ONE Triune God of the universe can do this, as this devotional so aptly puts it! In Christ, Pastor Steve <><
Our Daily Bread
The Heart’s True Home