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The Little Horn: First Century Antichrist

Have you ever been told something, taken it seriously, only to find out later that you were misled? Most of us have at some time or another. Now, this doesn't imply that it was done with intent or malice, although that may be the case. Nevertheless, if we act on the errant information passed along, when it comes back to haunt us, we still suffer the consequences of our ignorance. As a result, we tend to be very upset if not downright angry. And most of us would be sure to take steps to never allow ourselves to be taken in again. Imagine, however, if this information was vital to our lives. A mistake here can be fatal or extremely painful to experience. No one wants to be on the short end of that stick. So how do you feel about errant Biblical knowledge being passed along regarding prophecies that are meant to provide us with vital information in these end-times when both our physical and eternal futures are on the line?

You've probably heard it before, but if you really want to determine what you know about a subject, stand up in front of a group of people and explain it to them. Any gaps in your knowledge become apparent very quickly. On the flip side of this, of course, is listening to someone speaking publicly. Does this person really understand what he or she is telling us? How do we know they're not blowing smoke? And while some people are able to speak publicly with authority in their voices, when you listen closely, they talk in vague generalities, lacking in the details about the prophecies of which they speak. But when we know the specifics of these prophecies, what we may have thought of as myths of yore buried in the pages of the Old Testament, to our astonishment they jump out of the Bible like some rediscovered ancient and mysterious hologram, more prescient and relevant than the six o'clock news. This is the case with the little horn in the first century who is the antecedent and kin of our 21st century Antichrist, 666, which is vital to our understanding of current events. [See the Feature article, Why Do We Believe The Lies?].

As we’ve mentioned many times in our books and articles, if we don’t know our place in Biblical history, we can’t know our place in Biblical prophecy. So it follows when it comes to prophecy the surest way to tell if someone knows of which they speak, or write, is if they know our place in Biblical history. Of course, you have to be knowledgeable too. Simply put, unless the speaker or writer is theologically savvy enough to know we are the House of Israel as Christ said [Mat. 15:24, Eze. 34:30], any talks or articles regarding prophecy is guesswork. And guesswork is a ruinous foundation for building up a bulwark of prophetic understanding. But when we know who we are, it is an easy matter to read it straight from the source. No guessing required.

I happened to see a video of a well-known megachurch pastor expounding about the little horn, the Apocalypse, and the Antichrist as it related to the people in his congregation. There must have been a thousand or more people listening in rapt attention. It was soon disappointing because it became apparent, as this pastor kept speaking, that he really didn’t understand the subject himself. He didn't have the conviction of the truth. He was guessing and then passing along conclusions based on his conjectures that are contrary to what we find in the Biblical record. But, the presentation was quite professional. And it’s likely these people went home thinking they really had learned something. In fact, they probably were farther away from the truth than when they arrived.

Seeing this, certain verses in Ezekiel came to mind as our LORD sent the prophet Ezekiel to be a sign to us, the House of Israel. [Eze. 24:15-24]. “Son of man [Ezekiel], prophesy against the prophets [Heb. nabiy, those who claim to speak for God] of [the House of] Israel who are now prophesying. Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination: ‘Hear the word of the LORD!’ This is what the Sovereign LORD says, ‘Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! Your prophets, O Israel, are like jackals among the ruins. You have not gone up to the breaks in the wall to repair it for the House of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the LORD [Babylon the Great, the Apocalypse, see Rev. 16:12-16]. Their visions are false and their divinations a lie. They say, “The LORD declares,” when the LORD has not sent them; yet they expect their words to be fulfilled.’” [Eze. 13:2-6]. As Ezekiel also wrote, "Woe to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock?" [Eze. 34:2; see a pertinent Babylonian object lesson for our false prophets today. Jer. 20:1-6].

The flock, however, has an obligation as well when it comes to repairing the breaks in the wall to make it battleworthy. We are admonished to “ … try the spirits whether they are of God because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” [1 John 4:1]. And the only way for us to do so is to have the knowledge of and the love of the truth. And the cornerstone of this knowledge, especially when it comes to understanding prophecy, is each of us knowing that we are of the House of Israel. The House of Israel, of course, is not the House of Judah, or the Jews. [See the Feature articles, The Tie That Binds and The Good News Colour Revolution].

As this pastor seemed sincere, though “speaking out of his own imagination,” we thought we should send him the Elephant book trilogy. If nothing else, it was a way for him to try the spirits as it were, to make sure what is in them is in fact what the Biblical record says. We even included a cover letter addressing some of the points in his talk with helpful and specific Biblical and historical references. Great care was taken that the letter was not condescending, but was positive and informative in a way that might help him understand in order to better protect his flock, to "repair the breaks in the wall." The books and cover letter were sent, tracked and received. However, not even a courtesy email acknowledging receipt was forthcoming. More than a year later, this same pastor was blowing smoke about the same subject again, speaking the same vague falsehoods of his imagination as before.

While lamentable given the cause of the troubling state of affairs in the country and Christianity [see Gallup Poll], the cover letter comes back to life as the basis of this article. It’s been edited to focus on the subject matter rather than to whom the letter was sent. Our request of you, the reader, is to try the spirits to determine what is written here. Then, make up your own mind about its validity so you can stand ready, now and on the day of our LORD. In other words, make sure we're not blowing smoke.

Okay, then. Who exactly was this little horn in Daniel? And why is it important today for us to know?

In the video, the pastor said the Antichrist is known, among other names, as the little horn. In this he is correct. The pastor referred to “the little horn” throughout his talk. But, he never told those in attendance who the little horn was or why knowing his identity is of vital importance for each of us today because he didn't know. Thus, there was no oil for the flock to put in their lamps to light their way out of the darkness. [See Mat. 25:1-13]. Again, it's critical that we know who we, and others, are in Biblical history, so we can know who we, and others, are in Biblical prophecy. This is an elementary and practical premise to follow as Sherlock Holmes might be apt to say. So let's see where it leads us.

In Daniel’s prophecy written circa 600 BCE, the little horn in chapter seven, verse eight was Herod the Great, an Edomite,1 who was made king of Judea, a little king, or horn, compared to Rome’s Caesars, by the Roman Senate after the fall of Rome’s first Triumvirate, which was comprised of Crassus, Pompey and Julius Caesar. Caesar, the last of the three, was assassinated on the ides of March in 44 BCE, which effectively ended the Roman Republic seven years before Herod was made king of Judea in 37 BCE.2 Julius’s nephew, Augustus, became the first Caesar of the Roman Empire in 27 BCE. 

We read in Daniel 7:8, “I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this [little] horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.” Herod the Great became the little horn after the end [plucked up by the roots, meaning it is killed off, dead] of the Roman Republic and the first triumvirate.3 There is a prophetical duality here, too, in that the first three heads of the image of the beast in Daniel 2, the Babylonian, Persian and Greek empires had been plucked up by the roots as well by this time. [See the Sneakers article, Daniel Dreamed About Us].

The reason for knowing why the identity of the little horn is of vital importance is that the last portion of this verse in Daniel 7 is echoed in Rev. 13:5, as Edom re-emerges, "rising out of the sea ... a mouth speaking great things" as the not so little sixth head of the beast, Babylon the Great, 666. This is where we are today. [See the Feature articles, Isaiah 63: Big Brother and Revelation 17: Big Brother].

Edom/Esau is Israel/Jacob’s brother. [See Gen. 25:22ff]. In Hebrew, Edom means red. He had his name changed from Esau because he sold the birthright for some red stew. [Gen. 25:30-34]. And by the first century BCE, Edom had been incorporated into the House of Judah, the Jews. At various times in history, Edomite Jews have been referred to as "red Jews" as the Reds vs. Whites in the 1917 Bolshevik [Marxist] revolution. Today, they are referenced as Zionists or neocons. When it is to their advantage, they masquerade as Jews, those descended from Judah. However, it is important for us to understand that they are descendants of Edom. [See Edom And Judah; also Anti-Judaic Edom]. Israel means God prevails. Israel's name was changed from Jacob. [See chapter six, The Blind Man's Elephant for details]. In Genesis 27, Edom, who sold the birthright to Israel for that red stew, made a prophetic vow to kill his brother Israel in order to regain the birthright inheritance. It began with Christ in the first century.

The little horn, Herod the Great was the first incarnation of the Antichrist. The Edomite Herod sought to have the young child Christ killed after talking with the wise men from the east. Edom's vow has provided the motivation for nearly the past two millennia, and almost exclusively unnoticed in name, continues today by Edom, the Lawless One, who will be the last incarnation of the Antichrist, aka Babylon the Great. As the apostle Paul wrote in the first century, "For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work ...." [2 Ths. 2:7]. Evidence of Edom's work is all around us. This is why we need to repair our spiritual walls "for the House of Israel, so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the LORD." As these last times events unfold daily, we are unaware because, Biblically, our shepherds don’t know our true heritage. Therefore, they are unable to protect the flock against the beast and the false prophet. So they speak lies proclaiming false visions ["the US is not in end-times Bible prophecy"] in the name of the Lord exactly as prophesied by Ezekiel. 

The identity of the first Edomite Antichrist, the little horn, and the last Edomite Antichrist in the Book of Revelation, and throughout the Biblical record, has remained unchanged for the past 4000 years. The Bible is not two books, one for Jews and the other for gentiles. [See the Feature article, Moving Forward]. Rather, the Biblical record is one story from Genesis to Revelation with two covenants, written in one book to the same people, the Houses of Israel and Judah. This is the Biblical big picture context that most Christian pastors are missing. In terms of Biblical prophecy, this is the primary key to understanding. All the various pieces of prophecy fit together throughout the entirety of the Biblical record. None stand in isolation.

The little horn and ten horns prophecies in Daniel match with the prophecies in Genesis and with those in Revelation. As we've said many times before, the key characters in Genesis are all there in Revelation. And they were there in the first century too. It's all about flow, continuity of story and characters from the beginning to the end. Not understanding this key fact has led to all sorts of disconnected guesses as to the identity of the little horn, the ten horns and others in prophecy. And guesses make for ruinous foundations on which to build our house. [Read the companion Feature article, The Tale Of Two Covenants; and the Sneakers article, This Old House].

The physical personage of the Babylon the Great's Antichrist, the Lawless One, is a descendant of Edom according to the prophecies throughout the Biblical record. [See Dan. 7:21; also the Feature article, The War Dispatches]. Christ suffered an ignominious death by crucifixion on our behalf because of our sins, not by the Jews, or those descended from Judah, one of the sons of Israel, but by the wolf in sheep's clothing, Edom, under the aegis of the Herodian king of Judea at the time, Herod Antipas.4 As Peter said on the first day of Christianity in Jerusalem, “Therefore, let all the House of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah.” [Acts 2:36; see the Sneakers article, Nope To Pope].

Unaware of our Biblical roots as the House of Israel, we have again forsaken our Lord and Redeemer to foolishly take on the customs of heathens. [See the Feature articles, Easter, Babylon And The Antichrist, and Our Corrupted Compass]. Therefore, we are told Christ will let loose the sixth seal of Revelation, the Apocalypse by the hand of Edom upon Christianity and those of Judah. [See Rev. 6:1, 12-17]. Prophetically, this period of 'poetic justice' is referred to in the Old Testament as the time of Jacob’s trouble.5 [Jer. 30:4-7]. We are witnessing the initial, and increasing, effects of this in our society today. And while we will not change the course of the prophecies regarding our nations as a whole, we can make changes as individuals by living the love of the truth of the word of God. [See the Sneakers article, The Risk Of Loving The Truth].

At Christ’s return, Edom, the sixth empire, Babylon the Great, the beast whose deadly wound was healed, will be destroyed [Jer. 30:1-9], but only a remnant of Israel shall remain. [See Isa. 10:20; Rev. 7:3-8]. The Book of Obadiah details Edom’s final demise. [Read the Feature article, Obadiah And The Prophetic Parable Of The Tares]. It all fits with the events in the Book of Revelation. And, it is the reason behind Paul’s quoting the Old Testament referencing Edom in Romans 9:6-13, and Malachi 1:2-5. Verse 4 is particularly relevant in terms of US foreign policy fails. [Again, see the Feature article, Revelation 17: Big Brother].

This is fully explained in the sixth chapter, The Genesis Birthright in The Blind Man’s Elephant. Chapter five, which shows the five empires preceding the sixth empire of Revelation, is a lead in to chapter six. For the first time in history [See Dan. 12:4], it clearly shows the identity of the fifth empire. And it also shows that the great image [clearly five empires, not four as many scholars claim] of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream lasted exactly, to the year, Daniel’s prophecies said it would, more than 2500 years into his future. It also shows us that the deadly wound [Rev. 13:3, 12] of Daniel's chapter two prophecy was inflicted less than one hundred years ago by Great Britain and the US.6 [See the Sneakers article, Who Inflicted The Beast's Deadly Wound? for details].

In his talk, the pastor correctly mentioned that Israel has its nationhood today in the Middle East. Yet, he incorrectly implied, Biblically and prophetically, that the Jews are all Israel. And that this nation state, firmly under Zionist Edom's control, is the Israel of the Bible. It's not. These are critical, yet common, mistakes when we don’t know our Biblical heritage and our place in prophecy, wrongly believing we are gentiles. [Again, see the Feature article, Moving Forward]. This lack of understanding, ironically, has the House of Israel, the Christain nations of the West, supporting the rise of the beast, Babylon the Great, with its capital in Jerusalem as we read in Daniel 11. 

This pastor also neglected to say that the nation-state of Israel is only one of the ten nations of Israel [prophetically, in Daniel and Revelation, the ten horns] today with a national identity according to what Israel told his twelve sons, including Judah, the Jews, in the last days prophecy of Genesis 49. Please keep in mind, Edom has been mixed into the House of Judah since the first century BCE. It remains so today. Hence, the parable of the tares concerning all Israel and Edom. [See the Feature article, Obadiah And The Prophetic Parable Of The Tares].

The prophetic fulfillment of ten nations of Israel having national identities again, after the House of Israel's divorce from God in the eighth century BCE [Jer. 3:8], and the desolation of Jerusalem and the temple in 70 CE, began after the fall of the western Roman Empire to the Goths in 476 CE. “The fourth beast [Rome] shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth … and the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise ….” [Dan. 7:23, 24]. As intended, this was set in motion by Christ’s death and resurrection. Much of what was the western empire of Rome [one of his legs of iron, Dan. 2:33] became the geographical home to the House of Israel, nine of the ten nations of Israel today.

The successor to the fourth beast in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel, the Ottoman Empire, and Rome's three predecessors, Babylon, Persia and Greece, did not rule over this western territory. They had dominion over the territory of what was the eastern portion of the Roman Empire, which included the geographical area of the current day nation-state of Israel, including Jerusalem. This reflects the prophetic separation of the Houses of Judah and Israel until we are once again joined after the events of the time of Jacob's trouble or the Apocalypse. [Read Zec. 11:10-14; Heb. 8:8; Eze. 37:16, 17; also see the Feature article, The Final Prophecy: It Is Done].

The Frankish Empire’s Treaty of Verdun in 843 CE opened the way for the establishment of France, Israel’s son Reuben, and the nations of Western Europe including Germany and Italy. The Norman invasion in 1066 up to the Magna Carta in 1215 led to the establishment of England, one son of Joseph, Ephraim and the British Empire. The Congress of Vienna with the defeat of the Corsican Napoleon, and the Treaty of Ghent, ending the war of 1812 with the United States [Manasseh], marked Britain's place as the world's preeminent empire, fulfilling the prophecy of Gen. 48:19. [See the Feature article, Is The US (And UK) In End-times Bible Prophecy?]. All these are indigenous Christian nations. The history of "Western civilization" is, in fact, the history of the House of Israel. The other metaphorical and prophetical leg of iron, the eastern leg of the Roman Empire, however, ended in 1453 at Constantinople when the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II conquered the Byzantine-Roman army on the 29th of May.

The prophetic description in Genesis 49 regarding Judah, the Jews, the nation-state of Israel in the last days partially says, “Judah is a lion’s whelp …” This means Judah is a lion’s cub or was born of a lion. After World War I, the British Empire, Israel’s son Joseph, took possession of a large portion of the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East, the fifth head of the beast in Daniel two, as a result of the British Palestine Mandate. [See the Feature article, Ten Horns Ten Nations]. After World War II, a portion of this British territory became the nation-state of Israel, which is our forefather Israel’s son Judah. The iconic symbol of the British Empire is a standing lion. Judah’s national identity in these end days was born of a lion exactly as our patriarch Israel prophetically told to his sons thousands of years ago. Biblically, Joseph is the kingly line of the House of Israel. [See Eze. 37:16; Gen. 48].

The Jews, the House of Judah, descendants of Israel’s son Judah, are a one-twelfth part of all Israel today. Nine other sons of Israel currently have national identities like the Jewish nation-state of Israel. The pastor boldly declared to his megachurch flock, in no uncertain terms, that the US is not in Bible prophecy, much less end-times prophecy. Despite the fact that he is not alone in this, the US and Great Britain are all over the place in the Biblical record, from Genesis to Revelation. In fact, they are at the forefront of the prophecies being fulfilled today by the Antichrist, Edom. Many of our prophecy articles provide details of this. The descendants of Israel’s other two sons, Levi and Simeon, according to Genesis 49 are scattered among the ten nations of their brothers. Edom, in the personage of the Antichrist, formerly the little horn, will rule over the ten nations of Israel, the Christian nations and Judah, before being destroyed. It’s all about the Genesis birthright. [See Rev. 17:12, 16, Obadiah v. 18; also the Feature article, Why Was Jesus Jewish, But Not Moses?].

We are blind to all this [Jer. 5:21] because nearly all our Christian shepherds refuse to follow Christ when he very plainly said,  “I am not sent except to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” He said this to a gentile woman. Every translation of the Mat.15:24 verse, NLT, RSV, NKJV, etc., etc., is unequivocal. Christians are the lost sheep of the House of Israel. We need to move past the antiChristian myth that we are a bunch of gentiles, a lie that was woven into the fabric of early Christianity by false prophets, who have crept in unawares as Jude warned us, and is perpetuated by our blind modern day megachurch prophets to maximum effect. [Again, see the Feature article, Moving Forward].

By the fifth century, “Christians” had been transmogrified. No longer were we the House of Israel. But voilà, we had become … gentiles! And the churches spawned during the Protestant Reformation blindly took this lie with them from the Roman church. Christians are not gentiles, at least according to Christ and God the Father who sent him. It only benefits Babylon the Great's Antichrist that we believe and behave as if we are “gentiles,” staying far from the love of the truth of the word of God.

The Biblical record defines itself, like a novelist will identify and introduce a character or place the first time they are mentioned in the story. The very first use of the word gentiles in the New Testament, Matthew four, is Galilee of the gentiles, the land of Zebulon and Naphtali, where Christ began his ministry. However, the land of Zebulon and Naphtali here reference two of the sons, two nations of the House of Israel. [See Gen. 49:13, 21]. Christ fulfilled the prophecy quoted from the Old Testament, Isaiah nine where it is worded Galilee of the nations. The entire context of chapter nine in Isaiah concerns the nations of Israel, not the gentiles of the world. Thus, the New Testament Matthew quote from Isaiah is in reference to the nations of Israel. 

The Greek word ethnos, which simply means nations or peoples, is often translated as gentiles too. This has caused all sorts of confusion. The idea that Christians are gentiles made its way into the Bible translations, originating from Jerome's Latin Vulgate, where it perpetuated the "we are the gentiles" myth. When the Biblical record uses the Greek word ethnos, unless context indicates otherwise, it is a reference to the nations of the House of Israel. [For details, see the Feature article, Moving Forward]. This is a key point for understanding the Biblical record. The Bible is one book written to the same people. Having lost sight of this, we've wandered off the path Christ set before us in the first century. This is the primary reason why the pastor is leading his flock astray by stating the US is not in Bible prophecy. And correctly understood, Paul was the apostle to the ethnos, meaning the nations of the House of Israel, not the gentiles of the world as most, though not all, Bible translations have it. Some correctly translate ethnos as nations. [For a thorough explanation, again see the Feature article Moving Forward, also Rom. 11:13, then 1 Cor. 10:1-4].

Why did Christ begin his ministry at this out of the way place in Galilee? Why not in Jerusalem or even Bethlehem if the Christmas custom is so important? Every Christian should know the answer. After all, it is a cornerstone of our faith, which is the conviction of the truth. The truth of why Christ began his ministry in this particular area of Galilee is because it was the very first place where the Assyrians took captive our ancestors, the House of Israel when divorced by God because of their idolatrousness. [For our current predicament, see the updated Feature article, Damascus A Heap Of Ruins; also Eze. 36:16-20].

Our ancestors lost their national identities. They lost their claim to the birthright and were scattered among all the heathen peoples in the Assyrian Empire. They were as any “gentiles” or nations or people without a covenant relationship with God. [See the Feature article, The Tale Of Two Covenants]. They were lost unto our LORD God … until Christ’s first coming. Hence, our ancestors of the House of Israel sat in darkness for more than seven centuries. Christ is our Redeemer. Redeem simply means to buy back that which was lost. The only ones lost according to the covenant were, as Christ clearly pointed out, the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And Christ bought us [1 Cor. 6:20], and brought us back into our covenant relationship with God. [See the Feature article, The Good News Colour Revolution]. Choosing to remain ignorant of our Biblical history, we sit in the same darkness as our ancestors, unwittingly heaping coals of fire upon our collective heads. [See the Feature article, And It's Still A Mystery].

Why, then, did Christ begin his ministry at this place in Galilee? It fulfilled Israel’s Old Covenant prophecy of Hosea, chapter one. Hosea was the first of the Assyrian period prophets. As Paul, a descendant of the House of Israel’s son Benjamin, not Judah, the Jews, told the Christians at Rome, “And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them [732 BCE, the time of the Assyrian captivity], ‘You are not my people,’ there shall they be called the children of the living God … For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” [See Acts 2:36-38]. That place was Galilee of the nations of the House of Israel where Christ began his ministry, sent by our Father only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. Our Christian forefathers in the first century understood this perfectly well. [For additional details, again see the Feature article, The War Dispatches].

God is not the author of confusion. [James 3:16-18]. Christ knew exactly to whom he was sent. Christianity is confused, however, about John 3:16 because we've rejected the truth of Mat. 15:24 and the writings and prophecies of the Old Testament because of the theologically cancerous idea we are gentiles. In John 3:16, the English word world is not the Greek word anthropos, meaning mankind, nor is it oikoumene, which is the inhabited Earth. It is kosmos, an orderly arrangement or agreement, and in context of the entire Biblical record it is a reference to the unique covenant made with Abraham and his seed Christ, which is embodied in God's plan from Genesis to Revelation. [See the Feature article, Three Temple Ages Make A Plan]. And it is all connected to the Genesis Birthright. Keep in mind, the scriptures used by Christ and the first century apostles are what we call the Old Testament. And the Old Testament is in our Christian Bibles for a reason. However, the original order of the books in the Old Testament have been corrupted in our modern day Christian Bibles by Jerome in his Latin Vulgate Bible from the 5th century. See The Hijacked Elephant, Appendix One, p. 277, Original Order of Books and the Feature article, Moving Forward.

The good news from the first century is that the lost sheep of Abraham’s grandson Israel, Christians, were bought back into a new covenant with God. And it is the faith covenant made with Abraham rather than the law covenant made with the children of Israel through Moses.  “And the scripture [this would be the Old Testament used by the apostle Paul], foreseeing that God would justify the nations [ethnos, of Israel] through faith [Rom. 5:1], preached before the gospel to Abraham, saying, ‘In you shall each nation [ethnos, of Israel] be blessed.’” [Gal 3:8, 16ff]. Remember, Israel was Abraham’s grandson. God is telling Abraham that in him shall each of his grandson’s children shall be blessed. [see the Sneakers article, Continuing Benefits Of "White Privilege"]. The nations of Israel are still named for Abraham's great-grandsons today. And if we knew our places in Biblical history, it would be a simple task to verify all this.

Yet Christians as a whole, despite copious amounts of evidence, reject this idea. Why? Because we have been deceived by the Antichrist and false prophets, "those who prophesy out of their own imagination." And we do not have the love of the truth that would save us. We've grown too fond of the lies. The covenant promise made with Abraham through faith was passed to Isaac and then passed to his son, Israel and his descendants. It was never passed to the “gentiles of the world” as much as the Antichrist would have us believe. The Old Testament scriptures are not books written to the gentiles, but only to the nations of Israel. As God said to Abraham, “I will establish my covenant between me and you and your seed after you in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God to you and to your seed after you.” Abraham’s seed [Greek, sperma] in their generations is the House of Israel. By definition, the gentiles of the world are not. [Gen. 17:7, see the Feature article, We're Abraham's Seed And Heirs].

When the Assyrians took the House of Israel captive after their divorce from God, more than 90 percent of the people that the Abrahamic covenant was intended for had lost their covenant relationship with God. God so loved the covenant he made with Abraham, Isaac and Israel that he redeemed back into their rightful place the lost 90 percent of Israel. [See the Sneaker's article, His Treasured Possession]. This is why Christ said, “I am not sent except to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” No one else needed redeeming. And it fulfilled the gospel, or good news, promise God made to Abraham nearly 4000 years ago.

The first day of Christianity was Pentecost about 2000 years ago when our Father sent the Holy Spirit in Christ’s name. As we read in Acts 2:36ff, the apostle Peter, upon whom Christ built his church, addressed his remarks that day, not in Rome to the gentiles of the world, but in Jerusalem to all the House of Israel. Peter told them to repent, be baptized and receive the Holy Spirit of God. Are we to believe our Father and Peter got this wrong too? It is not coincidence that Pentecost was the summer harvest high holy day of … Israel, all twelve sons of Israel, and not only Judah, the Jews. [See the Sneakers article, Nope To Pope].

Pentecost is, current tense, significant for the House of Israel who are Christians today. It’s explained in chapter four of The Hijacked Elephant, now a complimentary PDF book at the bottom of our Home page. Also, Christians look forward to the second coming of Christ. No other religions in the world, not even the Jews, share this desire. Unto our day, the House of Judah is blinded to Christ’s first coming by the will of our Father. [See Rom. 11:8-10, 25, 26; Psa. 69:23; Isa. 29:9-12].

Why is it then, that the day of Christ’s return establishing the kingdom or government of God on Earth, heralded by the blowing of seven trumpets according to the account in Revelation, is the spiritual fulfillment of the Day of Trumpets, the day establishing the beginning of the civil or governmental year of ancient Israel? For a full explanation, read chapter five in The Hijacked Elephant. Christians are the lost sheep of the House of Israel. Those descended from the House of Judah, and not of Edom, are the Jews of the Biblical record. Together, we are all Israel.

This probably comes out of left field for most everyone, but this is only because we’ve all been so far afield from the teachings of Christ in the first century, and the identity of the little horn.

The Biblical record tells us we are to pay a heavy price for "the break in our wall," by not understanding those things Christ delivered to us, the lost sheep of the House of Israel. When we Christians don’t know who we are, we can’t properly understand the Biblical record and what it means for us. Our pastors have become John Godfrey Saxe's blind men describing the elephant, [see Elephant Poem], until they make changes in their understanding of the truth of the word of God.

Many pastors repeatedly have said, and continue to say the US and/or the UK are not mentioned in Biblical prophecy. This is a major breach in our wall of understanding. As mentioned above, we are in Biblical history and Biblical prophecy. It’s simply that we are deceived as to our true identity, so even when we read about ourselves in the Biblical record, we don’t recognize ourselves. We have spiritual amnesia. The Antichrist would have it no other way.

The US is, prophetically, the nation of Manasseh, one the two sons of Joseph whom Israel blessed and made firstborn among their brothers in the last days. The entire chapter of Genesis 48 is all about the US, a single great nation, and his brother Ephraim, a company of nations, the British Commonwealth. The Antichrist has set up shop, having gained dominion in these two nations today. [See the Feature article, Is The US (And UK) In End-times Bible Prophecy?].

Imagine a wealthy heir, who at birth is stolen away. The parents are told, by their most trusted servant who secretly desires their estate, that their baby died. All the while, the child has been given away, completely unaware of its true identity. The couple, dying childless, leave their estate to whom they believe to be their trusted servant. In the meantime, the heir grows up thinking he's a guy with no inheritance. When the false new heir is revealed, will he oppose it? No, because he believes he is not the rightful heir. He thinks he’s a “gentile.” Is it in the interest of the deceitful servant to make known to the legitimate heir, his true identity? No, of course not. It’s the same for the Antichrist.

In the centuries following Christ's resurrection, the knowledge of our being heirs of Abraham was increasingly stolen away. By the fifth century, the House of Israel had become "gentiles." The House of Israel, Christians, need to redeem our true identity. We are not some group of “gentiles” who happened to believe in Christ, the very same Christ who said, “I am not sent except to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” Answer this, who is the liar ... Christ or the Antichrist? Yet do Christians believe we are the lost sheep of the House of Israel as Christ in plain and clear language said? Then, who is it we believe? If our answer starts with, "Yes, but ..." then it's time to reconsider who we've been following.

In Isaiah 63, Edom is complaining to God about their loss of the birthright inheritance. “I [Edom] will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the House of Israel, which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, according to the multitude of His lovingkindnesses. For He said, ‘Surely they [House of Israel] are my people, children who will not lie.’ So, He became their Savior.” Notice, there are no “gentiles of the world” here.  

Edom prophetically continues, “In all their [House of Israel's] affliction, He was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bore them and carried them all the days of old. But they [House of Israel] rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit [made available beginning on that first Christian Pentecost in the first century as noted in Acts 2:36-38]; so He turned Himself against them as an enemy, and He [Christ] fought against them.” The fact that Christ is fighting against us as his enemy is hardly the mindset of Christianity today. We continue in our ignorance at great peril. And God is using Edom as his sword against us. This is why the prophecy in Isaiah says of Edom in reference to the House of Israel in the last days, "For the day of my [Edom] venegeance is in my heart, and the year of my redemption has come." [Isa. 63:4; see the Feature article, Christ Against Christians?; also Rev. 6:12-17, Jer. 10:1ff; see  the Feature article, Our Corrupted Compass].

It is the hand of Edom, beginning with the little horn in the first century, and the emerging Babylon the Great that “… [is] granted to him [by Christ] to make war with the saints and to overcome them,” exactly for this reason. [Rev 13:7]. But in this coming day, we will cry out to our LORD, only to be told, “Why do you cry about your affliction? Your sorrow is incurable. Because of the multitude of your iniquities, because your sins have increased, I [our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ] have done these things to you.” [Jer. 30:12-15]. Let that sink in .... Christianity today is so far off the mark that we don't even see the mark. We will be totally surprised when this happens to us by the hand of Christ because our prophets, prating about an elephant none of them has seen, prophesying according to their own imaginations, telling us we are not in end-times prophecy.

This won't be the first time it's happened to us. "Therefore the LORD was very angry with [the House of] Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only." [2 Kng. 17:18]. When it happens again, it will be worse, and will include Judah this time because our Lord and Savior is extremely angry with all Israel. "But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his anger the Earth shall tremble, and the nations [of Israel] shall not be able to abide his indignation." [Jer. 10:10; also see Psa. 114:7, Dan. 12:1]. This prophetic warning refers to the quickly approaching time of Jacob’s trouble, aka, the Apocalypse.

In our ignorance, we will ask, “What did we do?” We are deceived by the Antichrist into rebellion against Christ and our Father in heaven with severe consequences. The greatest deceit, while we are blindly led astray, is thinking we are on the right track. “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” [Mat. 24:24]. When we already are deceived as to our true identity, thinking we are a random collection of gentiles, what can we possibly expect today? After all, this snowball has been rolling downhill for the greater part of 2000 years.

All this is foreign to our current understanding. But the spirit of the Antichrist has been at work since Christ’s first coming in the guise of the little horn. This is why Paul, the apostle to the nations of the House of Israel warned the Christians at Ephesus to put on the whole armor of God for “... we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” [Eph. 6:10-20; 1 Pet. 5:8, Rev. 13:2-4]. Knowing who we are is a vital piece of armor. Lacking this, we are vulnerable to every deceit and gentile custom. Instead of walking the path Christ set before us 2000 years ago, we are following spiritual detours guided by the false light of the Antichrist. This is the reason why the pastor wrongly told his flock the US is not in Bible prophecy. It is the reason why he doesn't know the identity of the little horn, and its implications for us today. This is why his flock is not being fed, and are blind to the perils drawing closer to us daily.

Like the pastor the letter was sent to, we have choices before us. Do we stay the course for our rendezvous with the events of the Apocalypse, or take the initiative to prove all things as the apostle Paul admonished us, and change direction? Do we, in actual fact, have the love of the truth? According to the prophecies, most of the House of Israel will remain lukewarm, too busy with the ways of this world, comfortably settled in our routines as gullible minions. [See the Sneakers article, We Don't Believe You].

And our pastors will continue preaching the "gospel" to "the gentiles of the world," which in itself is a bit of a theological oxymoron [or oxyhoser for you Canadians] considering that the gospel, or good news, was that the nations of the House of Israel, who were removed from the sight of our LORD seven centuries earlier, were redeemed, bought back by the blood of Christ [Col. 1:14], into the new covenant relationship with God. Most, therefore, won't really consider making the changes that could save our lives as our LORD said of us to Ezekiel. Yet, there is no middle ground. Will we hear or will we forebear? [Eze. 3:18; 2:7; see the Feature article, What Exactly Is The Gospel?].

We have an opportunity before us if we choose to take it. Christ gave his life to save us, not to condemn us. We condemn ourselves by our actions that are contrary to the love of the truth, the word of God. There is no greater love than Christ giving his life for us. [John 15:13]. But God also chastens those whom he loves. [Rev. 3:19]. We must not be fearful, but earnestly seek the truth and never let go of it in our daily lives. Our Father in heaven calls on us to do our part. "... for you have a little strength, and have kept my word [the truth], and have not denied my name ... Because you have kept my command to persevere [Greek, hypomone, steadfastness, unwavering endurance], I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell on the Earth." [Rev. 3:8, 10, NKJV]. By not seeking the truth, not having the love of the truth, it is impossible to keep our Father's word. By our actions, then, we deny his name, condemning ourselves. It's time we make an immediate about face and get on track with the love of the truth of the word of God that will save us. [2 Ths. 2:10]. 

For those who hear our LORD's word to the House of Israel, we have another promise made to us in the book of Ezekiel. "But if the wicked man turns away from all his transgressions which he has committed, and keeps all my statutes, and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness which he has done, he shall live." [Eze. 18:21, 22].

While not even the worst among us likely think of ourselves as wicked, the standard of this judgment is God's, not ours. We need to turn from the heathen customs Christianity wrongly has adopted, thinking we are gentiles. We need to have the love of the truth. And we need to repair the breaks in the wall for ourselves and for the House of Israel so it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the LORD. The question is, are we willing to make these repairs starting with our own lives? Let us be bold in the word of God putting aside the lies and deceits. Let our truthful and straightforward answer be found in converting our spiritual energy and convictions into action, and not with false prophets blowing smoke that hide the breaks in the wall of truth.

Therefore, brethren, let us be wise. Let us not sleep without oil in our lamps. [Mat. 25:4].

1 It was the little horn that attempted to kill Christ as a baby. "Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding angry, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired." [Mat. 2:16]. It's the descendants of this Herod who are guiding the world towards the emergence of Babylon the Great today.

2 Judea was not handed over to Herod by the Romans on the proverbial silver platter. Herod was an accomplished general and mighty man of war. [Edom shall live by the sword, Gen. 27:40, as he does today]. In order to gain Jerusalem, Herod had to take it by force, as Edom has beginning after WW2 with British Mandate Palestine. "When he [Herod] had thus married Mariamne, he came back to Jerusalem with a greater army. Sosius also joined him with a large army, both of horsemen and footmen, which he sent before him through the midland parts, while he marched himself along Phoenicia; and when the whole army was gotten together, which were eleven regiments of footmen, and six thousand horsemen, besides the Syrian auxiliaries, which were no small part of the army, they pitched their camp near to the north wall. Herod's dependence was upon the decree of the senate, by which he was made king; and Sosius relied upon Antony [as in Antony and Cleopatra, who was the general in charge of Rome's Eastern Empire following Julius Caesar's assassination, the end of the first triumvirate], who sent the army that was under him to Herod's assistance." According to the first century historian Josephus, a great slaughter was made in the taking of Jerusalem, " ... nor was there any mercy showed either to infants, or to the aged, or to the weaker sex ...." The Christian nations will fair much worse when the events of the sixth seal of Revelation come to pass. Flavius Josephus, War of the Jews, Book 1, chapter 17, section 9; chapter 18, section 2.

Will the prophetic parallel of the emergence of the little horn hold here in the last times? That is, will we see the same sequence, the end of the republics of the House of Israel, US, UK, Germany, France, et al, then see the manifestation of the Antichrist and the establishment of Babylon the Great's empire?

4 After the death of Antipas [39 CE], "Herod also, the brother of the deceased Agrippa [44 CE], who was then possessed of the royal authority over Chalcis, [a region north of Judea] petitioned Claudius Caesar [Emperor 41-54 CE] for authority over the temple, and the money of the sacred treasure, and the choice of high priests, and obtained all that he petitioned for. So that after that time this authority continued among all his [Edomite] descendants till the end of the war. [70 CE, the desolation of Jerusalem]. Accordingly, Herod removed the last high priest [Levites of Israel, Deut. 18], called Cimtheras, and bestowed that dignity on his successor Joseph, son of Cantos." Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book 20, chapter 1, section 3.

5 Herod the Great, the Edomite king or little horn of Daniel sought to kill Christ as a young child. But when the wise men from the East eluded Herod, he ordered all the children killed that were two years old and under in Bethlehem and the areas bordering it. Later, under the auspices of the Edomite king Herod Antipas, Christ was crucified. However, Christ’s Matthew 24 prophecy, the desolation of Jerusalem [Dan. 12] under Edomite rule, was fulfilled in 70 CE. During the time of Jacob’s trouble, all the Christian nations will be under the authority of the sixth head of the beast, Babylon the Great, the Edomite ruler who will make war with the saints from Jerusalem. However, just prior to Christ’s return, Jerusalem will once again be made desolate, this time in one hour. [See Rev. 18; also the Sneakers article, The Context Of Prophecy. Take the time to read Ezekiel, chapters 35 and 36. The prophecies concern Edom, and the Houses of Judah and Israel, the two nations in 35:10. Mt. Seir and Idumea are references to Edom. Eze. 35:14, 15 refer to the time after the return of Christ].

6 Chapters five and six comprise more than 100 pages of The Blind Man's Elephant. Chapter five ties the details described in Daniel 2 with the history books showing exactly who was the fifth head of the beast, including the names of the ten toes in Daniel's prophecy. Knowing that God did indeed raise up this fifth empire and brought it down according to his word, gives credence to the sixth head of the beast mentioned in Revelation. Chapter six of The Blind Man's Elephant details the millennia long story between the House of Judah, the House of Israel and Edom, the little horn, which is re-emerging today as the Lawless One, the Antichrist exactly as the prophecies tell us. We can't understand current events without understanding our history, which is one story from Genesis to Revelation.

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