Sunday, September 6, 2009

Just Coincidence??

I am not a proponent nor a believer in numerology, but I do believe that the Word of God contains coherent number-related red-threads on certain topics. What do you think about this?

Elijah, the Old Testament prophet of God spoke to King Ahab and delivered the message that there would be no more rain because the king had led all Israel into the pagan worship of Baal (the god of the sun and weather). The drought was three and a half years (Luke 4:25 and I Kings 18:1). Question: In the Hebrew calendar, how many days are there in three 3 1/2 years? Answer: That would be 42 months of thirty-day months, and that comes to 1260 days. Interesting! So in Israel there was a literal drought and a literal famine and a famine for the word of God, as the crops failed and the food supply failed. Hmmm. Daniel prophesied that the little horn would rule for 1260 days (years) and during this time (a.d. 538-1798) there was drought and famine of the word of God because the Medieval Church forbade the reading of the Bible and suppressed, persecuted, tortured, and killed those who did. Coincidence? I don't think so.
How about this one? Revelation speaks of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet (Revelation 16:13). That would be three; and these three make up the counterfeit, evil "three" that are opposed to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God (Jesus Christ) created the Sabbath as a memorial to creation and as a symbol of Righteousness by Faith (Genesis 2:1-3 and Hebrews 4:9 and 10). Under the direction of the dragon (Satan) the beast set up its own sabbath and re-wrote the law of God. God says that salvation comes only through the Christ (Acts 4:12). But the beast says that salvation only comes through his church. God says, ..."if we confess our sins He...will forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness..." (I John 1:9). The beast claims the right of man, through a priest (alter Christus), who places himself as substitute for God, and is authorized to forgive sins. God said of the forbidden tree, "You shall not eat of it nor touch it, lest you die." (Genesis 3:3) "Then the serpent said to the woman, 'You will not surely die.'" (Genesis 3:4) Now if a woman is the symbol of God's pure church, and if the serpent represents Satan, then, seeing as how the serpent gave power and authority to the beast (Revelation 13:4), the beast has declared (as did Satan in the garden) that men do not die, but their souls live on in heaven, hell, or purgatory. And so, spiritualism was created and man's true condition in death was obscured.
That is quite enough to digest in one day, and if we fully understand these things we know enough to tell the truth to our friends and neighbors about Jesus the Christ and His character.
God Bless. e.c.

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