Issue 10 Winter 2012
Hungry Hearts: A Ministry of Spirit & Truth
From What Comes Next, The Great Tribulation begins when the anti-christ begins to enforce the mark of the beast over the population of the world. What is the mark of the beast? It is something that marks a person as belonging to the beast. The beast is a world ruling government, and it includes a world economic system. The mark of the beast is enforced as a requirement to participate in this world wide economic system (p. 21). This is a book about Bible Prophecy. I go into detail concerning the “beast” of Revelation, the prospects for the church of God, and several of the major nations on earth. We are building the debt from which there can be no return. We are cutting our military strength at a time when other major powers are arming at their teeth. Conditions in Europe are bringing the EU into a position to challenge US supremacy. Open, rampant sin is now considered the alternate “lifestyle”. This nation was founded on a relationship with Almighty God, He will not look the other way. We will be repaid for our conduct. ~Elder Bill Shults Book Donation: $15.00 To receive a copy of this book, please contact:
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PURSUIT Winter 2012 Issue 10 Table of Contents
4 From Pastor Bill By Elder Bill Shults 5 Hungry Hearts Missions Update By Elder Bill Shults 6 Our World: Prophecy Update By Elder Bill Shults 7 The Hubbub of Hanukkah By Deaconess Michelle Loncar 9 Who Will Be the Anti-Christ By Evangelist Kelly McDonald, Jr. 16 Commonly Asked Questions: Where Does Christmas Come From? By Eric Henson 18 The Anti-Christ is Coming By Elder Bill Shults 21 Not Made by Human Hands By Prophet Kelly Vonner Pursuit Magazine is published by Hungry Hearts Ministries PO Box 10334 Jackson TN 38308. (731) 736-1055. Editor, Evangelist Kelly McDonald Designer, Prophet Kelly Vonner Contributors, Elder Bill Shults, Evangelist Kelly McDonald, Kelly Vonner, Deaconess Michelle Loncar, and Eric Henson Published at Allegra Print and Imaging, Jackson TN. Pursuit Magazine is published for FREE Distribution in the Public interest. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without permission. All rights reserved. http://hungryheartsministry.com
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From Pastor Bill What
a Feast of Tabernacles! I know that we say that every year, but it is true again for 2012. We had amazing messages, powerful worship and answered prayers. The Spirit was so thick at times it was hard to breathe. Many people were touched by God in intimate and very personal ways. When the Feast came to its end, no one wanted to go home. We are very privileged as a ministry to host such a site. We are very privileged as a people to be able to participate in such a site. There is no other site like the HHM feast site. We have the full C hurch of God ...I want to urge doctrine from the everyone to focus on Saturday Churches of your relationship with God. We have the full the Lord. Jesus Christ is move of the Spirit from the Charismatic alive, He is near, He is churches. And, we real. Get into your Bible, have the Hebrew roots invest your time in prayer from the Messianic churches. What a and worship. powerful combination! It makes for a very intense worship experience, and a life changing transformation. The Saturday Churches of God call that powerful doctrine “The Truth.” Understanding the Sabbath and Holy Days changes much doctrine about the destiny of the believer, and the fate of the lost. The Plan of God comes into much clearer focus, as do the responsibilities of each believer. Hebrew Roots reinforces “The Truth” in powerful ways. Worship in the Spirit of God with that intensity tends to drive the message home. Worship opens up the heart of the worshipper to receive the message. Not only on an intellectual basis, but also down into the heart. The past year has been an amazing one for 4
HHM. We are working on publication of three books through Xulon publishing. We have had to reprint several of our own books, and put out a new book, What Comes Next, a book on Bible prophecy. In fact, my article on the anti-christ will become a new chapter in the second edition. Our Passover celebration was incredible. And, our outreach is working in two cities. As we look forward into the upcoming year, things look extremely promising. We have made many new contacts, we have new people coming in all of our meetings, and we have two new books to write. We have upgraded our capabilities in virtually every area. So we will go to work on Passover 2013, our planning guide will be out shortly after Thanksgiving. So make your plans to come to the Passover with HHM in 2013, it will be a large time in the Lord. This new year will be a year to work hard, both for the Lord, and also in our personal finances. It will be a year to “trim our sails” by cutting back on expenses. We should re-evaluate our time to focus on the things that are truly important. I really do believe that this year will be built upon in later years. Therefore, by cutting expenses, focusing our time, and increasing our incomes each of us will be better prepared for what lies ahead. With world events proceeding rapidly toward the crisis at the close, I want to urge everyone to focus on your relationship with the Lord. Jesus Christ is alive, He is near, He is real. Get into your Bible, invest your time in prayer and worship. Use the bounce from a great Feast of Tabernacles to renew your relationship with the Living God. Use the enthusiasm from such a tremendous move in God’s Spirit to get onto the personal discipline necessary to grow spiritually. Join with us over this year to really work hard for the Lord. To expand the reach of Torah observant, Spirit filled. To help people learn about the Living Christ and to introduce them to the relationship that gives life. —Bill Shults
HUNGRY HEARTS MISSIONS UPDATE Josphat emailed me that the Feast in Kenya was a big success. They had 70 people and he wrote that many were touched by God. He also wrote that the feast went well in Kisii, and that they had a big turnout. The former pastor in Eremet left our work and went to another Church of God group. Therefore, Josphat is working to restart a church in Eremet. The meetings have gone well, but I do not know how many are still meeting with us in Eremet. Pastor Moses has returned home from Kisii, and a new Elder is overseeing the church in Kisii. The church is doing well, and they kept the Feast there for the first time this year. These brethren will need food aid through January 2013. They are in need of funds to build churches, and to print books. If you are led to help please mark your donation: Missions, Kenya. Pastor Mohanarao in India is doing well. He suffers from a lack of funds, and with some health issues, but he continues to “get it done.” His wife is very ill with Thyroid Cancer and He request prayers for his wife’s illness. We did send an anointing cloth. He needs donations for her continuing medications. They had a great Feast, and even had two ladies baptized into the Faith. They sent pictures of the Feast that they had during the Feast. They are very grateful for the funds that we sent. They are working hard, they are pushing forward. They have need of funds for their school children. School is not free for Christian, only for Hindus. They need additional funds for Telegu Bibles, and Pastor Mohanarao is working on another Bible tract for use in Evangelizing. Somehow we need to establish regular support for these brethren, who do such a tremendous job in a bad place.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18-20
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“Praise God that we had a blessed and joyful Feast of Sukkot Celebration….Please continually pray that our Father would strengthen and extend my borders to continue to proclaim the Good news to many in season and out of season so that I can pull may out of Fire to share God’s Truth at this end days. We pray continually for you all. Please convey my greetings and shalom to your family.” ~Pastor Mohanarao
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Our World: Prophecy Update By Elder Bill Shults
As we worked on the production of this issue, there Seventy years after WWII, the Japanese are tied of have been so many prophetic updates, that it was impossible to distill them down. We truly do live in amazing times. Just before the Feast of Tabernacles, however, a couple of developments really jumped out: the aggressiveness of China, and the rise of a United Europe. The dynamic in the eastern pacific is radically changing. As we have pointed out before the US Navy is in rapid decline. We have lost our ability to police the world’s oceans with devastating consequences. The Chinese are filling the void in the eastern pacific. They are pushing territorial claims in every direction from their coastline. In some cases they are claiming entire seas. In the south, China is claiming the entire South China Sea. They are sending warships into Vietnamese, Philippine and Indonesian waters to back up their claims. This is highly aggressive behavior towards supposedly friendly powers. The US is not responding to protect our allies. Could it be that we lack the warships to stop them? China has deployed 270 warships in the eastern pacific, of which 75 are principal ships and 60 are submarines. In 2006 the Chinese surfaced an undetected attack submarine behind a US Aircraft Carrier. Clearly they are both a rising naval power and one that can thwart US ambitions. I am not suggesting that the Chinese Navy is superior to the US Navy. I am suggesting that with only 13 ships in the Seventh Fleet, that we can no longer police the eastern pacific. I am suggesting that because of our shrinking naval power we are not the player in world affairs that we were only a few years ago. What I am suggesting is that with America in obvious decline, hostile powers are currently taking advantage of the situation to our detriment. What I am suggesting is that our weakness, if not soon reversed, will lead directly to war in the pacific. As these tensions flare up across the Chinese coastline, a new nationalism is rising in Japan. 6
apologizing. They are tired of being walked all over by their neighbors for their past atrocities. Because they are not rolling over on China’s territorial claims to Japanese Islands, China is inciting riots in China against Japanese firms in China. The Japanese are not happy about this and are beginning to push back. Japanese companies are targets of Chinese riots and businesses as well as Japanese employees are being targeted. This situation looks set to boil out of control. Already some Japanese companies are preparing to pull out of China entirely. These two countries are the 2nd and 3rd largest economies and the largest trading partners of each other, a breakdown of this situation could put the world economic recovery in peril. A hot war in the pacific could well be catastrophic. Europe’s troubles seem to dominate the news, especially for the weak countries possibility of defaulting on their government bonds. However, behind the scenes German Chancellor Angela Merkel is quietly weaving together a plan for a more complete political union in the EU. She is building the consensus necessary to put together such a move. Under her care the German economy is booming and unemployment is at record lows. She is leading Germany back to the top. In 2006 Chancellor Merkel made a trip to China, it is said that she came away with the impression that Europe must unite to remain competitive in the new economy. Combined the EU has a larger economy than that of the US. She is using the financial crisis to reform Europe’s economies to replicate the economic miracle underway in Germany. Her methods are clearly working. As Europe comes together in this new German system, we can expect economic growth around 4% for the world’s largest economy. With that kind of economy comes the ability to become the kind of military powerhouse described in the Bible as the Beast. This may be the start of the next world order, and the ushering in of the Time of the End.
The Hubbub of Hanukkah By Deaconess Michelle Loncar
In the Bible we are commanded to appear Israel ordained that the dates of the dedication of the
before the Lord at least 3 times throughout the year – altar, should be kept in their season from year to year Unleavened Bread, Pentecost (Feast of Weeks) and by the space of eight days, from the five and twentieth Tabernacles (Ex. 23:14-17, Ex. 34:18-23, Deut. day of the month Kislev, with mirth and gladness.” 16:16). There are other times we celebrate besides We see now that Hanukkah is an these three, and Hanukkah (Festival of Dedication or annual festival celebrated on eight the Festival of Lights) is one of them. It is only successive days to honor the mentioned once in the Bible in John 10:22. restoration of the Temple after it had been desecrated and defiled by John 10:22-23, NIV “Then came the Festival of heathens. The month of Kislev Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was corresponds to the months of in the temple courts walking in Solomon's November and December in the Colonnade.” Gregorian calendar which is what most of us use today. As we saw in John, Jesus kept So where does this celebration come from and why do we still celebrate it today? The story behind this festival. this festival is not found in today’s Bible. However, it When does this story take place? The Jewish can be found in historical documents, including people had returned from the Babylonian Exile but Josephus and the book of Maccabees. The book of Maccabees is a book written from a Jewish they were still subject to the reigning powers: first the perspective of the events that occurred at this time. Persians, then Alexander the Great, and finally the According to the book of Maccabees this is what is Seleucid Dynasty, Greek kings who reigned from Syria. A Greek tyrant, Antiochus IV, was the king of said of the Festival of Lights: Judea at this time. Antiochus worshipped the Greek 1 Maccabees 4:52-59, KJV-1611 “Now on the five gods but forbade the Jews to worship their God. and twentieth day of the ninth month, (which is called Antiochus eventually desecrated the Temple by the month Kislev) in the hundreth fourty and eight sacrificing a pig on the altar. He also rededicated the year they rose up betimes in the morning, and offered Temple to the Greek God Zeus Olympus. Finally, he sacrifice according to the law upon the new altar of had The Temple pillaged of all its treasures. The Jews burnt offerings, which they had made. Look at what were forced to bow to this false god or be put to death. time, and what day the heathen had profaned it, even Eventually, Antiochus proclaimed himself a god and in that was it dedicated with songs, and cittherns, and took the name Epiphanes – which means God harps, & cimbals. Then all the people fell upon their manifest. The full story on this can be found in faces, worshipping and praising the God of heaven, Josephus’ work the Antiquities of the Jews, Book 12, who had given them good success. And so they kept Chapter 5. In 164 B.C. Judith Maccabee organized the dedication of the altar eight days, and offered farmers, workers and servants to lead a revolt. This burnt offerings with gladness, and sacrificed the revolt led by the Maccabees helped the Israelites sacrifice of deliverance and praise. They deckt also recapture Judea from the clutches of these rulers. Once the forefront of the temple with crowns of gold; and they recaptured Jerusalem they had to rebuild many with shields, and the gates, and the chambers they things including repairing and rededicating God’s renewed and hanged doors upon them. Thus was there temple. After this, the Maccabees ruled Judea until very great gladness among the people, for that the Herod took power in 37 B.C. (Biblical Holidays, pg. reproach of the heathen was put away. Moreover 381-385) Judas and his brethren with the whole congregation of http://hungryheartsministry.com
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As part of the rededication of the Temple they required pressed olive oil for the menorah. The menorah’s light was to never go out (Exo. 27:20, Lev. 24:2). The menorah for the Hanukkah is different than the Temple menorah. The Hanukkah menorah consists of 9 branches – eight to remember each day of Hanukkah and one is the shamesh which is used to light the other candles. Here is where God worked a miracle for His chosen people. After the Jews had cleaned out all the Temple idols they found only one small jar of oil with only enough oil in it for one day. It was going to take eight days to make oil for the menorah. They decided to go ahead and light the menorah even though they only had enough oil for one day. They stepped out in faith which was followed by their action of lighting the menorah and God took over to give them a lamp that was continually burning for eight days. Where they had lack He made provision and brought them through! After witnessing this miracle of oil to light the menorah, the congregation of Israel decided that this time should be remembered always with joy and gladness at the same time each year for eight days, beginning on the twenty-fifth of Kislev (Biblical Holidays, pg. 381-386).
Pierce, Linda & Robin Sampson. A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays with Activities for All Ages. Stafford, Virginia: Heart of Wisdom, 2004. Print.
The fact that the light burned when there was no supply left shows that God will never forsake us and that His word will stand for all eternity. This is a story of tragedy, revolt, and overcoming followed by a miraculous renewal. Also, this is a story of redemption. However, the biggest lessons we can learn from Hanukkah is “the power of the Spirit, the ability of God’s people to live by God’s commands.”
But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Matthew 13:23
Zech. 4:6, NIV “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.” Works Cited All Scripture notations, unless otherwise noted, come from: The Holy Bible. The New International Version. International Bible Society. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Bible Publishers, 2002. Print. Word Translation. The Apocrypha: The Deuterocanonical Books of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2009. Print 8
Michelle Loncar is an ordained Deaconess and leader of Children's Church at Hungry Hearts Ministries. She is also a regular contributor to the ministry’s magazine, Pursuit. Michelle served 5 years in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman Third Class (HM3). She has also earned her MBA with a double specialization in Accounting and Logistics/Operations. She has been married 10 years with two daughters, a cat and a dog.
Producing a CROP for the Lord We serve a God whose Word is eternal (Psalm 119:89-91). Our hearts, minds, and spirits have to be in a position to receive his seed on good soil. Seek Him while He may be found and hear the word of the Most High God. He wants you to want Him.
Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown. Mark 4:20 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. Luke 8:15
Who Will Be the Anti-Christ? By Evangelist Kelly McDonald
The Christian world at large does not give much attention to the celebration of the Feast of Hanukkah. The interesting thing is that Jesus Christ actually kept this feast himself in John 10:22-39. This means that this feast has special significance for every believer! What many people do not understand is that the Hanukkah story actually has prophetic meaning. The Hanukkah story itself is a fulfillment of Bible prophecy! Moreover, the Hanukkah story foreshadows certain events that have yet to happen, including the rise of the Anti-Christ. In this amazing story of the struggle between good and evil we learn who the AntiChrist will be and what he will do during his reign. Daniel 11 is a prophecy that foretells the break up of the empire of Alexander the Great and the events that immediately followed. When Alexander the Great died in 323 B.C., his empire was broken up into four parts - a Northern, Southern, Western, and Eastern Kingdom. Two of these four kingdoms, the northern and the southern kingdom, had a brief peace with each other. The northern kingdom was based out of modern day Turkey and Syria while the southern kingdom was based out of modern day Egypt. Once this short-lived peace was broken, there was continual war between the two kingdoms for the next one hundred years. In fact, the brief peace and continual warfare between these two kingdoms is the subject of much of Daniel 11. The conflicts between the northern and southern kingdoms create the environment for the events that are commemorated during the Hanukkah season. Eventually, a man came to power in the Kingdom of the North named Antiochus IV. He gained the throne through flattery and intrigue, just as Daniel prophesied in Daniel 11:21. During his reign, his forces attacked and overthrew the land of Israel. In 169 B.C., Antiochus and his forces were on their way back from fighting in Egypt and stopped in Jerusalem to desecrate the temple of God. The next year, Antiochus attempted to conquer Egypt once again but was turned back by the Romans. Frustrated, Antiochus marched toward the land of Israel to unleash his rage from another failed invasion of Egypt.
While en-route to their homeland, the Greeks stopped at Jerusalem. They approached the city with peaceful intentions. Once they had gained access into the city, they pillaged it. Antiochus had a pig sacrificed on the altar of sacrifice in God’s Temple. He had a statue of Zeus put in God’s Temple and had his own likeness carved onto the face. This wicked man put himself in the place of God and commanded the Jewish people to bow down before him. He even changed his name to Antiochus Epiphanes. Epiphanes means “God manifest.” His forces tried to make Jewish people eat pork, an animal God said should never be eaten. During his reign over the land of Israel, Antiochus outlawed keeping the Sabbath, celebrating Holy Days, reading of the Hebrew Scriptures, circumcision, and all commandment keeping. Those caught with the Holy Scriptures or performing circumcision were executed. How terrible! After taking this persecution for some time, the Jewish people finally rebelled against this tyrant. Mattathias and his son, Judas Maccabeus, led the Jewish people to victory after victory over the Greek forces. Sometimes they were outnumbered as much as fifteen to one (15 to 1) and still routed the enemy! God was truly with them in this struggle against lawlessness and evil. Eventually, the Jewish people drove out the Greeks and re-captured the Temple. In 165 B.C., Jerusalem was finally re-captured and the people of God began to purify the Temple from the idolatry that defiled it. They got rid of the filthy idol of Zeus that Antiochus had placed in the Temple. They even destroyed the altar of sacrifice and had a brand new one constructed. In Daniel 11, Antiochus IV was the fulfillment of the King of the North. However, Daniel 11 identifies that a King of the North will appear in the last days and does these exact same things! Daniel 11:40 reads, “At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood.”(NIV)
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Who will be this future King of the North that will arise in the last days? The King of the North in ancient times ruled from the city of Antioch, which is in modern-day Turkey. The Roman general Pompei took over Antioch in 64 BC, thus moving the King of the North from Antioch to Rome. In Bible prophecy, when one nation takes over another, the center of power shifts from the conquered nation to the conquering nation. No where is this more evident than in Daniel 7. In Daniel 7, the prophet Daniel has a dream about four beasts: the first beast is a lion, the second beast is a bear, the third beast is a leopard with four heads and four wings, and the fourth beast is a terrifying beast with iron teeth. In the interpretation, we are told that these four beasts are a succession of kingdoms that will occur until the second coming of Jesus Christ to rule and reign. The first beast represents the Babylonian empire, which first came to power as a world-ruling empire under Nebuchadnezzar. This empire was taken over by the Medo-Persian Empire, which is represented by the bear. The Medo-Persian Empire was taken over by the Greco-Macedonian Empire, represented by the leopard with four heads and four wings. This empire was led by Alexander the Great. When he died, his empire was divided up between four of his generals. These four generals represent the four heads and four wings of the leopard. The Greco-Macedonian Empire was taken over by the Roman Empire, which is represented by the fourth beast with Iron Teeth. Iron was one of the main symbols of the Roman military might because they used iron weaponry and siege machinery. This fourth beast is described as having ten horns. Of these ten horns that Daniel saw in his dream, three were uprooted by a little horn. This fourth beast with ten horns, as aforementioned, is the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire was taken over by ten Germanic Tribes. Three of these tribes, Goths, Vandals, and Burgundians were uprooted by the Papacy, which is the little horn! Why did the papacy uproot these three kingdoms? The papacy uprooted these three kingdoms because they were Sabbath keepers! In the interpretation of the Dream, Daniel is told that the little horn would, “…speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over 10
to him for a time, times and half a time…” (Daniel 7:25). Look at what this prophesy says! It says that this little horn would try to change the set times. The phrase “set times” is an Aramaic word referring to the Feast Days in Leviticus 23. The word translated as “laws” is an Aramaic word referring to the law of God! The papacy has changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday, they have changed Passover to Easter, and they have changed Tabernacles to Christmas. The Ten Commandments of the Catholic Church are different than the Ten Commandments God gave on Mount Sinai! They have instituted these changes themselves! Also, they have persecuted the Saints of God Most High for almost 2,000 years. They have tortured and beheaded Sabbath keepers since just after the time of Christ. The Papacy has spoken against the Most High by condemning the Passover, Sabbath, and Holy Days. The pope calls himself the Vicar of Christ, which means in the place of Christ. He is the little horn of Daniel 7! This last beast we are told will trample down the entire earth and will exist until the public return of Jesus Christ to reign (Daniel 7:19-27). The Roman Empires of ancient times did not rule over the entire world. That means that this power is still around today and will eventually rise to rule the entire earth! It will not be totally defeated until Christ comes back to rule the world! This leaves the Germanic Peoples as the ‘torch -bearers’ of the Roman Empire. Since the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 AD, there have been six resurrections of the Holy Roman Empire - 1) Justinian, 2) Charlemagne, 3) Otto the Great, 4) Charles V, 5) Napoleon, and 6) Hitler. Four of these Kings were Germanic and all of them were given approval by the papacy. According to Revelation 17, there is one more resurrection that is yet to come! The King who will lead this final resurrection is described in Daniel 8! In Daniel 8, God shows the prophet Daniel the identity of this final Seventh King. God begins by showing Daniel a ram with two horns. One of these horns is higher than the other. There then appears a goat with a prominent horn. This goat’s feet did not touch the ground as he conquered, and he took over the ram. The goat’s prominent horn was broken and it
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grew four other horns. These four horns grew towards the four winds of heaven. A small horn grew on one of these four horns. As it grew, it became larger and it grew towards the south, east, and the Promised Land of Israel. This horn threw truth to the ground and committed the rebellion that causes desolation.
also means that a future King of Assyria is the sternfaced king mentioned in Daniel 8. The King of the North is further mentioned in Daniel 11 as taking over Egypt. The last resurrection of the Roman Empire will be an Assyrian King!
What many people do not realize is that the Assyrians are the Germans of today! In Ancient times, the Assyrians were a fierce war-like people in the Middle East. They were sometimes called the Kermans or the Carmanians because of where they lived. Pliny the Elder’s accounts show the Assyrians moved north from their territory in the Middle East. The Bible also confirms this in Nahum 3:18. This prophecy tells us that Assyria would be scattered to the mountains, which were north of the Assyrian capital of Nineveh. Jerome explains the entrance of the Assyrians from the Russian Steppes into Europe. The Ancient Assyrians were a white, blonde haired people, which lines up with modern accounts of Germanic Peoples. The Romans shortened their name An interesting thing to note is that Daniel was from the Kermans to the Germans. told by the Angel Gabriel that “….the vision concerns the time of the end” (Daniel 8:17). This means that the As aforementioned, the Roman Empire was events in the vision actually concern events that will taken over by the Germanic peoples. The Romans happen at the end! The events described here that were used the eagle as one of their military symbols, and committed by Antiochus Ephiphanes are the same the Germanic kings since ancient times have used it as events that the Anti-Christ will commit when he well. The Germanic Kings used the double-headed comes. Who will this Anti-Christ be? eagle because they saw themselves as a continuation of the Holy Roman Empire and because they are In Daniel 8:23, we are told that this king will Assyrians. One of Assyria’s main gods was nisroch, rise up “in the latter part of his reign…” This should whose name means great eagle. God even refers to the literally be translated “in the last Kingdom.” What is Assyrian army in the last days like an eagle swooping the last Kingdom? The last kingdom of man is in down upon the house of Israel, which is the United Daniel 7! It is also the seventh and final king from States and Great Britain today! (Hosea 8:1) Another Revelation 17! Antiochus Ephiphanes was a picture connection between Rome and the Germanic Kings is and type of this King who will rise up in the last the teeth of Iron mentioned in Daniel 7. Rome was resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. Later in the renowned for its use of Iron weaponry. The Germanic verse, we are told that this last king will be a “stern- Kings have the same pattern. For instance, Hitler and faced king”. In the Hebrew language, this phrase his forces were renowned for tanks and other literally means a fierce king. These two Hebrew weaponry made of iron. In fact, one of the symbols of words, az, meaning fierce, and melek, meaning king, the German army has been the Iron Cross. Lastly, the are used together only one other place in the Bible: Germans are a war-like people just as God describes Isaiah 19:4. Isaiah 19 is a prophecy about Egypt in the Ancient Assyria (Is. 10:5-11). Last Days. We are told in Isaiah 19:4 that a fierce King will overtake Egypt. About the same time Isaiah Here we have two direct connections to tie the prophecies this, Egypt was taken over by the King of Germanic peoples to the King of the North: 1) The Assyria (Isaiah 20:1-4). Former fulfillment guarantees fourth beast of Daniel 7 was taken over by ten later fulfillment. This means that the King of Assyria Germanic tribes. 2) The actions of the King of the will once again take over Egypt will the last days. It (Continued on page 14) Here is the interpretation: The ram with two horns represents the Medo-Persian Empire. The Persians had more power than the Medes in this relationship, so they are pictured as the horn that is higher. The goat with a prominent horn represents the Greek empire led by Alexander the Great. Alexander the Great conquered the Medo-Persian Empire. The Empire of Alexander the Great, as discussed earlier, was broken up into four separate Kingdoms. The little horn rose to power and then moved South, East, and towards the Promised Land. This horn we are told would throw the truth to the ground, which represents Antiochus Epiphanes.
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Hungry Hearts Feast of Tabernacles 2012 Our Viewpoint has been CHANGED and Our Joy is COMPLETE!
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North are tied directly to the Assyrians, who are the Germanic peoples of today. This final “King of the North” mentioned in Daniel 8 and Daniel 11 is none other than a German King leading a final resurrection of the Roman Empire! In Daniel 9:24-27, we are told that there will be 70 weeks of years that will occur to “…finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophesy, and to anoint the most holy.” (Daniel 9:24). The first 69 weeks of years have already happened! We are told in these verses that there would be 69 weeks from the time of the issuing of the decree to build the temple until the anointed one would be cut off. The decree to rebuild the temple was issued in the month of Nissan in the year 444 B.C. This is recorded in Nehemiah 2:1-6, when King Artaxerxes gave Nehemiah permission to rebuild the temple. We are told that 69 weeks of years will pass between this event and the Messiah being cut off. 69 weeks of years is 483 years on the Hebrew Calendar. The Hebrew Calendar is a lunar Calendar, so we must convert these 483 years on the lunar Calendar to the solar Calendar. When we do this calculation, we arrive at 476 solar years. 476 solar years from 444 B.C. would be 31 A.D. In 31 A.D., Christ was crucified on the fourteenth of Nissan. The Messiah was cut off after the 476 years were complete, just as the prophecy says: “…there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing…” (Daniel 9:25b-26a). It has been commonly taught that the 70th week of years in Daniel 9 is a reference to Jesus Christ. Daniel 9:27 reads, “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” Many teach this because Christ’s ministry was three and one-half years. Those who teach this doctrine say that Christ put an end to sacrifice and offering after 3 ½ years, or half way through this seven year period. The problem with this interpretation is that sacrifices did not cease in Israel until 70 A.D. Additionally, the verse says that this 14
person will commit the abomination which makes desolate halfway through this seven year period. Christ definitely did not perform such an act! This means that this 70th week of years is a reference to a time period that has yet to happen! The ruler referred to in this 70th week is the Anti-Christ. Once the United States has been destroyed, this fierce king will stand up and confirm a covenant with many for one seven year period. He will put himself forward as a protector of the Jewish people. This covenant apparently will allow them to have sacrifices in the land, which will no doubt make the Muslim nations very angry. In Daniel 11:40-45, we are told about an event that will occur at the time of the end. “At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood. He will also invade the Beautiful Land. Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand. He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt, with the Libyans and Nubians (Sudan/Ethiopia) in submission. But reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.” The King of the South is a Muslim -led coalition of nations. They will launch an attack against the King of the North, who we have discussed as a revived Holy Roman Empire led by Germany. This ruler will storm out against the Muslim countries and overtake them quickly. He will invade Israel as well. Just as Antiochus, the Anti-Christ will enter Jerusalem appearing to offer peace. He then will turn on the Jewish people and violate the covenant of peace he made with them! Isaiah 33:7-8 describes it this way, “Look, their brave men cry aloud in the streets; the envoys of peace weep bitterly. The highways are deserted, no travelers are on the roads. The treaty is broken, its witnesses are despised, no one is respected.” This wicked ruler will break his treaty with the Jewish people and will despise its witnesses. The people in Israel who brokered this peace deal will weep bitterly at this betrayal! This wicked man will respect no one! A similar description of him is given
This Assyrian King of the North will not just rule Europe, he will rule the world. He will wage war on everyone who keeps the Sabbath or practices any form of Torah observance. He will desecrate the temple in Jerusalem and proclaim himself to be God. However, Christ will return to remove him from power just as the Maccabees removed Antiochus from power in ancient times! Christ will then be proclaimed King of After this Germanic Anti-Christ invades the Kings and Lord of Lords! Middle East and sets up his tent in Jerusalem, his reign will be interrupted. Reports from the East and North Update: will come. What are the reports from the North and East? The reports from the East are the reports that the Since this article was first completed, the German Kings of the East, mentioned in Revelation 16:12, are Embassy in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, was going to march against Jerusalem. This will be a attacked. Sudan is one of the nations listed in Daniel coalition of Oriental nations led by China! The report 11 that the Anti-Christ will overtake! These events are from the North is the report that the hordes of the starting to unfold right now! Come Lord Jesus, Medes, who are the Russian peoples, are also coming Come! to attack the Anti-Christ in Jerusalem (Jeremiah 50:19, 41-42, Jeremiah 51:47-48). Daniel 11 tells us that at Works Cited this point that the Anti-Christ will seek to destroy All Scripture notations, unless otherwise noted, come many. Just as the frustrated Antiochus led an assault from: The Holy Bible. The New International Version. on Jerusalem and the holy land, so will the Anti- International Bible Society. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Christ. He will send some of the people in Jerusalem Zondervan Bible Publishers, 2002. Print. into captivity. He will ban circumcision and throw Joffe, Joseph. “A German Judge Bans Judaism, truth to the ground! Those caught keeping the Sabbath Islam.” Wall Street Journal July 27th, 2012. Print. will be killed! (Continued from page 14)
in Daniel 11:37. He will cause sacrifices to cease and commit yet another abomination in God’s temple, which is the event Christ mentioned in Matthew 24:15. The fact that the temple is mentioned in these verses means that all of it or most of it must be reconstructed before this event happens!
You would be surprised and even shocked to realize that these events are beginning to take place right now! A few months ago in Germany they banned the practice of circumcision (Joffe). This is the sign of the covenant that God made with Abraham, and the German people are rejecting it! In other news, about three years ago the German Constitutional court ruled that the nation’s capital, Berlin, must not allow any shops or offices to be open on Sunday. The ruling enforces the terms of Article 139 from the Weimar Constitution of 1919, which forbids all business from being open on Sundays and holidays recognized by the state. They had been lax enforcing this law since World War 2, allowing shopping on 10 Sundays throughout the year. The Germans are becoming stricter on Sunday observance. It is only a matter of time before they begin to persecute those who worship on the Sabbath!
Kelly McDonald, Jr. is an ordained Evangelist at Hungry Hearts Ministries. Kelly has authored two books and is the general editor for the ministry’s magazine, Pursuit. He also writes for the international magazine, The Sabbath Sentinel. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Lambuth University with a double major in Political Science and Sociology and a minor in Legal Studies. Kelly has preached at congregations in four different states and is available to speak at other churches upon request.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth.
Who will be the next Anti-Christ? A Germanic King will rise to power in Europe and lead a revived Roman Empire, just as is prophesied in your Bible! http://hungryheartsministry.com
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COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Whe
By Eric Hens
you ever been asked or asked someone, “Why do we keep Christmas?” If you are like most people who keep Christmas, you might say you participate because it is what you were raised doing. When asked, many say it is just a harmless family tradition. This may come as a surprise to the reader, but Christmas is not simply a “family tradition”. Well, it should not be a family tradition for anyone who desires to be called a follower of the Holy Bible. There are good reasons why we should not keep it. First of all, I would like to challenge everyone worldwide to show me conclusive evidence from the Bible that Christians are to supposed to celebrate the birth of Jesus or Yeshua. You just will not find it. However, we are commanded to keep the Passover perpetually year to year. Messiah himself kept the Passover with his disciples in the New Testament, thus solidifying its necessity. More importantly we are commanded to commemorate Messiah’s death until His return. No where are we commanded to celebrate his birth. Christmas was instituted by Roman Emperor Constantine as a pagan holiday three centuries after the resurrection of Christ. It was a combination of blended pagan rites and festivals. This was a time for pagan winter solstice festival worship of nature and not a celebration of Messiah’s birth. The Catholic Church under Pope Julius I, with hopes of gaining easy converts to the Catholic Church, decided to combine the popular pagan festivals and the birth of Jesus Christ into one unified celebration. He made his announcement in 350 A.D. that Christ's birthday be celebrated on December 25th. The festival became incorporated into Christendom and Catholicism as Christmas, giving birth to this “so-called” Christian observance. It plainly has direct roots in old and new paganism, going as far back as the time of Babylon. Under this new syncretistic deception, Jesus easily 16
became the son figure, while the Virgin Mary took the goddess figure. This is a recipe blending many forms of paganism practiced for thousands of years. Believers in various forms of mother-son idolatry, conveniently, now had a more conducive environment for accepting Catholicism since they no longer had to throw out their other beliefs. In the world today, the observance of Christmas has no boundaries. All types of peoples of various religious backgrounds are gladly keeping this man-made tradition. Many do so unknowingly. Not everything that bears the name of Christ is of Christ or glorifies God. Christ scolded the Pharisees about their man made rules and traditions that make The Word of God ineffective. Furthermore, he declares that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, you will nowise enter into the kingdom of heaven. Santa, who is revered by both the young and old alike, is a common centerpiece of the Christmas celebration, but he is not found anywhere in the Bible. This character has god-like qualities, giving him the position of a counterfeit Christ. It is a little strange that on “Christ’s birthday” another man should be receiving so much attention especially when Christ was more accurately born sometime in early to midSeptember, possibly on the Feast of Trumpets. None of the other items used to celebrate Christmas, and there is a laundry list of them, are mentioned nor can they be found in Scripture. Have you ever seen an elf or flying cattle? I have not! Idolatry has been an issue of humanity since ancient times; the Bible is full of God’s open rebuke of ungodly practices. In II Kings 17:7-20, 34-41, the commandments of the Lord are repeated and the consequences of not conforming to them is disclosed. Verse 41 says that to this day the heathen practices are being kept. These kinds of practices are nothing new and earned a special commandment from the Most High forbidding such evil activities. In Exodus 20:3 and Deuteronomy 5:7 God says, “Thou shalt have no other God’s before me”.(1) In Deuteronomy 12:31, we
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are commanded not to do as the heathen does and worship God like the pagans worship their gods of wood and stone(1). So apply the New Testament command to not be conformed to this world. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind by the washing of the water of the Word of God by not being found guilty of participating in the ongoing disobedience of those around you. Study to show yourself approved as a workman that needs not be ashamed rightly dividing The Word of Truth!! Amien!!
Eric Henson, Jr. received the Baptism of the Holy-Spirit at ten years old. After a long arduous journey, he joined Hungry Hearts in 2009. He has had many life-changing experiences while a member of Hungry Hearts Ministries. He currently assists with the sound and video recording.
Works Cited Scripture quotes from the King James Version and the Holy Bible in its Original Order.
Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. Jeremiah 10:2
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The Anti-Christ is Coming By Elder Bill Shults
When we consider the Book of Revelation in the
beasts of Daniel and so their leader, the Roman Emperor, must be what John is referring to as the antichrist. This was possibly written in 85 AD and is more than 500 years before the prophet Mohammed. Many antichrists have come, says the Apostle, therefore, an Islamic anti-christ is incompatible with the bible record.
Bible, and consider what is written there about the anti -christ, those of us in the modern world tend to look at it as if it will happen starting now. The conflict between the anti-christ and the people of God has been going on for almost two thousand years. We can not consider the anti-christ in the Book of Revelation from a current point of view, we must acknowledge that Much has also been made of Nebuchadnezzar’s vision many years of history have passed. In all reality we of the statue (Daniel 2:31-45). In this vision the four world ruling empires are depicted as various parts are at the very end of the story. of the statue with each being composed of a different metal. The statue comes down to feet and toes mixed of iron and To that end I want to address one very You are miry clay. The mixture of iron and clay popular theory in Messianic circles: eyewitnesses of that is the subject of much debate. Many of that of an Islamic anti-christ. I have happening right my dear friends have suggested that the considered much of the evidence, and it mixture lends to a conglomeration of is promulgated by some of the best now. The end is and European countries. The minds in Christianity. I respect them as near, pray to the Islamic history of the Roman Empire would men of God, I respect their scholarship and I like them and consider them Lord of the harvest suggest otherwise. The Roman Empire friends. However, based on the for more workers to was legally divided into East and West historical record I must disagree with get this work done. halves, with the western capital in Rome and the eastern capital in their conclusions. Islam founded by the Constantinople. The eastern half of the prophet Mohammed was started in 622 Empire fell to the Mohammedans in 1453 AD and AD. Anti-christs go back into the time of the Apostle John. The four world ruling empires in the many of the people now living in those territory are prophet Daniel’s vision end with the Roman Empire Muslims. That does not necessarily lend to an Islamic/ (Daniel 7:1-28). After the ending of the Roman Roman merger. Many times throughout history Empire, the Kingdom of God takes over the world. In empires have governed shifting territories. the vision the empires are represented by beasts. This is an important piece of information to understand as we go through the Book of Revelation. The beasts are For many of us the geopolitical situation in the world governments, not men. The anti-christ would be the has revolved around the dispute between the east and man ruling the government. Daniel’s vision, ending the west. For most of us that meant the west as led by with the Roman Empire, precludes an Islamic empire. the US/UK opposing the east led by the former Soviet Union. In reality it has always been about the Roman Empire, and the subsequent struggle between the The Apostle John told the church in his first letter that eastern and western halves of one Roman empire. many anti-christs had Come. “Dear children, this is Over the centuries one half or the other was dominant, the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist or even dormant, several times they were rivals. Yet, it is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This has always been about one Roman Empire completely is how we know it is the last hour” (1 John 2:18). The intertwined with one Catholic Church. This is the Apostle John had lived through the reign of several definition of the anti-christ world system. (Continued on page 19) Roman Emperors, all of whom had persecuted the Christians. The Roman Empire is the last of the four 18
The Catholic Church in the office of the Pope preserves the image of Empire and the various Roman Empires have been in a “holy” alliance with the Catholic Church preserving its power and extending its reach throughout the world. The eastern half of the Empire later adopted the Greek Orthodox Church, which has not been as successful in holding the eastern half together. In Europe today, the European parts of the eastern half are free politically and are integrating into the European Union. The Greek Orthodox Church has affirmed the supremacy of the Pope in Rome, this is re-uniting the two halves of one Roman Empire. In the past the eastern half was rich and western half was weak and impoverished. Today it is the western half that is rich and powerful, while the eastern half is weak and impoverished. This reuniting of the Empire under the European Union looks much more likely to resemble the toes of miry clay and iron in Nebuchadnezzar’s vision. The account in Daniel does not specify ten kings, they have been assumed from the number of toes.
Emperor of Rome by the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. One of these was chosen by a very unique and ancient German way: electors choose ten princes of the realm, who will then select the prince who is made king. The king’s heir will inherit the throne until there is no suitable heir, and then the electors will convene to choose the next king. Many of these kings were subsequently coronated Holy Roman Emperor by the Pope in office. The first of these, Charlemagne the Great was the Germanic king of the Franks. He was chosen by Pope Leo III in 800 A.D. as Holy Roman Emperor. This extended the western half territory from the Pyrenees of France to the Harz of Germany and from Hamburg to Rome. Charlemagne was completely loyal to the Catholic Church and the Catholic Church loyal to him. The Church worked to further his empire, and his empire worked to further the church. This alliance of church and state, each one validating the legitimacy of the other is the characteristic mark of the Beast, the antichrist and the false prophet. The Beast is the ruling government of the Roman Empire reborn as Holy Roman Empire. The anti-christ as the human ruler of this empire. The Catholic Church as the official, universal, state religion of the empire. And, the ruler of the Church, the Pope, is the false Prophet, who causes the citizens of the realm to worship the image of the beast as set up in the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church is modeled after the Roman Empire, with the Pope for Emperor, the College of Cardinals for the Senate, and the Dioceses for the Dioceses of Emperor Diocletian. The Catholic Church has kept alive the idea of the Roman Empire, even when it ceased to exist. The Emperor’s as they were coronated forced Catholicism on the populace on pain of death.
In our history books the Roman Empire died when Odoacer sacked Rome in 476 AD. This would correspond to the head wound the beast received in Revelation 13:3. The Book of Revelation was written in 95 AD, so the story of antichrist, “many have come”, is already in progress well before the time of Islam. The beast of Revelation 13 has seven heads. These would represent resurrections of this Roman Empire. Interestingly there have been six of these so far. Justinian of the eastern half reunited the Empire in As the choice of Roman Emperor began to rest on the 538 AD, in what was basically an extension of the past selection of the King of Germany, a very curious custom is introduced, that of election. German Kings Empire. were sometimes chosen by heredity if a suitable heir was available, but when there were multiple qualified The remaining resurrections of this Empire are candidates, the King was chosen by election. Because completely different from the first. The remaining the Kings of Germany were also Roman Emperors, the resurrections all revolve around Europe. They all election of the Kings would become codified into involve uniting the territories in Germany with Roman Law by the Catholic Church. Over the course territories in central Italy. They all involve crowning (Continued on page 20) the King of Germany and his subsequent coronation as http://hungryheartsministry.com
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of the centuries the selection of electors would change due the rising and waning power of the constituent territories of the realm. In the Golden Bull of 1356 the question of the electors was settled, and they were defined as: The Archbishops of Mainz, Cologne and Trier, the Palatine of the Rhine, the Duke of Saxony, the Margrave of Brandenburg and the King of Bohemia.
As we study the past history we should remember that the ancient Roman and Holy Roman Empires brutally persecuted the people of God. They were hunted down like wild animals and forced to convert to Catholicism, or were killed. They lived in the deep woods of Europe, and high up in the Swiss Alps. They held to the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus. Our ancient church ancestors kept the Sabbath holy, followed the dietary laws and observed the Passover on the 14th of Nisan. After the abdication of Emperor Charles V, the King of Bavaria asserted the privilege of governing his own realm independent of the Emperor. This enabled him to stop persecuting the true church of God in the mid to late 1500s. This fulfilled the prophecy that the church would be protected in the wilderness for 1260 years, from 325 A.D. to 1585 A.D. They slowly came down from the mountains, and eventually migrated to England. After persecution there, they went across the channel into the Netherlands and from there came to America on the Mayflower.
In one selection (Lothair II) the electors chose ten Princes who were given the power to decide who would be Emperor. This fits with Revelation 17:1213:, â€œThe ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. The ancient royal ruling families of Europe still exist. Their hereditary titles are still known, as well as the territories that they could govern. It will really be simple as a result of this current financial crisis for the electors to assemble, chose the ten princes, who would then chose the King of Germany, who would then be coronated the Roman All of this is about to start up for the final act of the seventh resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. The Emperor. The current Pope is also German. USA will have to be collapsed as the super power in order to do so. You are eyewitnesses of that happening â€œOn the larger question of the influence of the empire right now. The end is near, pray to the Lord of the on Europe at large, all that can here be said is that harvest for more workers to get this work done. Europe was all the better for the survival of some idea of unity. And empire which represented, as a Holy empire, the unity of all the faithful in one body--an empire which, as a Roman empire, represented with an unbroken continuity the order of Roman administration and law--such an empire could not Bill Shults is the founder and Senior Pastor of Hungry make for the betterment of the world. It was not an Hearts Ministries. He also pastors churches in Jackson and Murfreesboro, TN. Bill was baptized and learned empire resting on force, a military empire; it was not, obedience to the commandments of God in the World Wide as in modern times empires have sometimes been, an Church of God in 1986. He has been living the Torah autocracy warranted and stamped by the plebiscite of observant life for over 25 years and has authored six books the mob. It was an empire resting neither on the sword on how to have a closer walk with Jesus Christ. nor on the ballot box, but on two great ideas, taught by the clergy and received by the laity, that all believers in Christ form on body politic, and that the one model and type for the organization of that body is to be found in the past of Rome.â€? (Encyclopedia Britannica, volume 8, page 409, 1946) Unless you disagreed with them, in which case you were persecuted beyond belief.
Not Made by Human Hands By Prophet Kelly Vonner
…Then he will turn back and vent his fury against the holy covenant. He will return and show favor to those who forsake the holy covenant. His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation. With flattery he will corrupt those who have the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him. Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered. When they fall, they will receive little help, and many who are not sincere will join them. Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.—Daniel 11:30-35
as the Feast of Dedication, Maccabees, Illumination, or Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is an eight-day festival starting on the 25th day of Kislev as a memorial of the purification of the Temple in 165 B.C. After another failed attempt to conquer Egypt in 168 B.C, Antiochus IV invaded and pillaged Israel. He desecrated the holy things of the Living God, sprinkled the blood of a sacrificed pig on the altar and erected a statue of Zeus in the Temple. Antiochus banned Sabbath Observance, study of the Hebrew Scriptures, circumcision, and commandment keeping. People caught being faithful to the Living God were tortured and executed, and it was said that Antiochus murdered 100,000 righteous people of God. “Let everyone who is zealous for Torah and supports the covenant, come with me!” (1 Maccabees 2:27). Mattathias Maccabee said this after witnessing a fellow priest volunteer to sacrifice a pig to Zeus. In his zeal for the Lord, he tore down the altar, killed the corrupt priest, and led the revolt to end the religious persecution by Antiochus. God gave them the victory and the people regained control of Jerusalem and the Temple!
rededicated the Temple, was the same day Antiochus had defiled it with a pig three years earlier (Moody, 122). To everyone’s amazement, a one-day supply of olive oil miraculously burned in the Lampstand for eight days, which was all the time they needed to create more olive oil. Hanukkah is the illumination of our God as the Great Light and Servant Branch that bears much fruit. It is the triumph of light over darkness, righteousness over lawlessness, clean over unclean, and holy over defiled. The purification of the Temple and victory over lawlessness in 165 B.C are parallel to our walk as temples of the Living God today and to the glory that is to be revealed when the King of the Universe “creates new heavens and a new earth” (Isaiah 65:17). Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do (Isaiah 46:9-11). In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word translated as temple in the Strong’s Concordance is bayith (H1004), heykal (H1964), and heykal (H1965). Bayith is a house or dwelling habitation, and heykal refers to a temple or palace. In the New Testament, the Strong’s Concordance refers to the temple as either the Greek word hieron (G2411) or naos (G3485). Hieron is never used figuratively, and it signifies the entire building with its balconies, porch, courts, and sanctuary. Naos refers to the inner sanctuary, the place only the priests could lawfully enter in, the physical body of the Messiah, and the “proper habitation of God”.
Antiochus defiled the naos! Hanukkah is the celebration of the purification of the dwelling place of After recovering Jerusalem, the priests purified the Lord and the light of his glory shining forth to the Temple, built a new altar, furniture, and curtains show the supremacy of God’s power and might. As before the Holy of Holies. Kislev 25, the day Israel the Temple was purged of all filth and wickedness, the http://hungryheartsministry.com
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same will be of this world! Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true” (Revelation 21:1-5). Those who worship God in Spirit and Truth represent the naos of the Living God. As we hear the voice of the Messiah and follow him, our stains, spots, and blemishes are forever removed from us, but we must be careful not to destroy our temples by unrighteous acts that lead to death. Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temples (naos), and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple (1 Corinthians 3:16-17). Paul is not only talking about the individual but also the believers who make up the body of Christ. In order for something to be made new, the old must be destroyed! The statue of Zeus had to be destroyed before the curtains, altar, menorah, and other holy furniture could be set in their proper places. Our coldness and lukewarm attitudes towards God and others must be completely destroyed before the newness of His Spirit and fire of his love can come alive in our temples. And the lawlessness of this world and disdain for the things of the Living God must be annihilated before the new heavens and earth will appear. “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:10-13). 22
The Creator of all things is the epitome of holy, righteous character and cannot be defined or confined to a temple made by humans hands (Acts 17:24, Acts 7:48-50, 1 Kings 8:27). In the beginning, God wanted to build a house for his Son, and as the One who call us is faithful, he will do it. He will be our naos. Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. While the man was standing beside me, I heard someone speaking to me from inside the temple. He said: “Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever. The people of Israel will never again defile my holy name—Ezekiel 43:1-7 I did not see a temple in the city because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are it temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by it light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life—Revelation21: 22-27 Works Cited All Scripture notations, unless otherwise noted, come from: The Holy Bible. The New International Version. International Bible Society. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Bible Publishers, 2010 Print. Moody, Valerie. The Feasts of Adonai: Why Christians should look at the Biblical Feasts. Lubbock: Gibbora Productions, 2002-2009. Print. Strong, James and John R. Kohlenberger, III. The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2001. Print.
Kelly Vonner is an ordained Prophet. Her family has been members of Hungry Hearts Ministries since September of 2009. Kelly is the graphics design editor and regular contributor for the ministry’s magazine, Pursuit. She is married to Elder Jeremy Vonner, and they are raising four amazing boys--Elijah, Jeremiah, Joshua, and Josiah. Kelly received her bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Tennessee State University and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Education Administration and Supervision from Bethel University.
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