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Bablel – A Confluence of Concepts __________________________________________________________________________________________

December 2012 was my 1st and likely best Christmas Tour of the Holy Lands. There were many nice people Griffy and I meet. Tops of the list was the taxi driver in Eilat who returned my backpack inadvertently left on back seat, even refusing an extra tip. Then was the wonderful lady who entertained Griffy on the bus from Jerusalem to Eliat, giving Griffy a nice harmonica that he enjoys playing. Also was the Rabi who posted a note to the Wailing Wall for us. All our tour guides were very helpful. Especially considering that Griffy is a typical 3 year old who likes exploring everything with zeal and gusto. The Palatine hotel provided a good taxi/guide to do Bethlehem, greater Jerusalem, Jericho, Saint George, the Zoo, sundry museums, and seven hills of Jerusalem. Israel is a land of contrasts; the blessing and the curse, the antiquity (Jericho oldest inhabited city due to spring) and Tel-Aviv modern hi-tech center; Desert and Fertile plain, poor Palestine and opulent business people, metro hustle and quiet country side, tension and peace. By and large, much the same as in time of Jesus, who scolded the ruling elite as white washed tombs, den of vipers, unbelieving hypocrites, callous, beholden to tradition, but yet there are those for whom Jesus came to heal, seek the lost, restore the contrite, uphold and lead to a fuller life, that he gladly endured the shame of Crucifixion for whom we are forever indebted. Our Arab guide was likely a Jebucite descendent (after Jebu, the name of ancient Jerusalem) living on Mt. Olivet. “As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day. Joshua 15:63 ... the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day. Judges 1:21 As for all the people that were left … and the Jebusites, which were not of Israel … whom the children of Israel consumed not, them did Solomon make to pay tribute until this day. 2 Chronicles 8:7-8 … Therefore … I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides… I also will not from now on drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died”: Judges 2 v3 & 21 Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which makes to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, you barren that bear not; break forth and cry, you that travails not: for the desolate has many more children than she who has husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what says scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. Galatians 4:21-30 Revelation 17:8-10 The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. And here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he comes, he must continue a short space.


Bablel – A Confluence of Concepts __________________________________________________________________________________________

Babylon is mentioned as an idiom for a city set on seven hills in the book of Revelation. Many say this refers exclusively to the Roman Catholic Church. Others view it as a reference to Jerusalem and Judaism. It is proposed that the reference to “Mystery Babylon” describes a convergence of the three monotheistic religions upon the physical city of Jerusalem. Already all three religions hold or claim some portion of Jerusalem. Uniting these claims is UN Resolution 181 passed in 1947 A.D. Whereby Jerusalem was decreed as a “Corpus Separatum” or separate entity. Separate in the fact that UN 181 declared a partition of Palestine into three zones; Jerusalem,

Arab, and Jewish, see below map. The Arab states never accepted the “partition” and various wars have settled borders of what is today know as Israel and the Palestinian portions of the former, “greater Palestine”. What remains is the issue of Jerusalem. Here is a map of the Jerusalem partition from the 1947 document. It is entirely likely that a final settlement will see Jerusalem divided into Jewish, Christian, and Arab quarters. Another Jerusalem outcome could be; Jewish, Arab/Palestine, International. In either event Jerusalem will remain a city on seven Hills and remain significant to a vast swath of the worlds’ population.

Revelation 17:8-10 The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. And here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he comes, he must continue a short space.


Bablel – A Confluence of Concepts __________________________________________________________________________________________

The Seven Hills Several substantial world cities lay claim to be built on 7 hills. Besides Jerusalem, the seven hilled sister cities are Rome, Mecca, Istanbul, Moscow, Tehran, Athens, and Ancient Babylon. The linking of Islam and modern Jerusalem is well explained in new testament literature. A uniting of the monotheist religions, as represented by these major cities, would be a modern tower of Babel. “If one starts with the Mount of Olives just to the east of the main City of Jerusalem (but still reckoned to be located within the environs of Jerusalem), there are three summits to that Mount of Olives: The northern summit (hill) is called Scopus [Hill One], The middle summit (hill) was called Nob [Hill Two], The highest point of Olivet itself, and the southern summit (hill) was called in the Holy Scriptures the "Mount of Corruption" or "Mount of Offence" [Hill Three] (II Kings 23:13). On the middle ridge between the Kedron and the Tyropoeon Valleys there was (formerly) in the south "Mount Zion" [Hill Four] (the original "Mount Zion" and not the later southwest hill that was later called by that name), The "Ophel Mount" [Hill Five], To the north of that the "Rock" around which "Fort Antonia" was built [Hill Six], And finally, there was the southwest hill itself [Hill Seven] that finally became known in the time of Simon the Hasmonean as the new "Mount Zion.“ This makes "Seven Hills" in all”.

Revelation 17:8-10 The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. And here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he comes, he must continue a short space.


Bablel – A Confluence of Concepts __________________________________________________________________________________________

Babel Babylon is a name taken from root word Babel. The tower of Babel was a confluence of people who thought to raise themselves up to God by building a tower up to God. This collective work displeased God. Subsequently, God scattered the people by giving people many languages; lest mankind try to make themselves as equals to God. In the concept of Babylon as Jerusalem , this represents mankind again attempting to unite, into a confluence, the universal God concept for all peoples. Hence a Babel of religions or a Babel of the God concept, united under a false prophet and false messiah. The book of revelation indicates such a system will initiate supernatural wrath on earth from heaven. Using, “The Balfour Century”, concept, (1917-2017), it is predicted these events will commence prior to December 2017. The Balfour Century time line concept is based on 7,000 years total of determined time. Four thousand years of determined time had elapsed up to the anointing of Jesus the Christ by St. John, about 27 AD. There are one thousand years reserved as a future Sabbath Day of millennial peace. This leaves 2 millennial days of Messianic work, of which 1,985 years had passed in 2012 since Messiah anointing in 27AD. The remaining 15 years of Messianic work are envisioned as: five years of preparation, 2012 to 2017; Seven Years of tribulation, 2017-2024; and three years of confusion and war, 3024 to 3027. After 3027 follows “eternal righteousness” and “time no more”. The Balfour Century from 1917 until 2017 is a hundred year warning Generation. Just as God gave in the time of Noah. The hundred year generation of judgment and redemption is also indicated by the generations of Israel from Egypt to Canaan.

http://sdrv.ms/VOU5fB Revelation 17:8-10 The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. And here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he comes, he must continue a short space.


Bablel – A Confluence of Concepts __________________________________________________________________________________________

Israel, A Land of Milk and Honey? Another striking feature of Israel’s geography was how great a portion of the land is arid desert. Because of the desert only a small portion of Israel and the Palestine Authority’s land are presently inhabited. This is one source of antagonism between the Jewish and other populations. Improved irrigation of selected arid parts of the land is one way to reduce these tensions between the population groups. The missing element is a suitable water supply. The present water supply is stretched beyond capacity when rainfall is sparse. New reverse osmosis seawater to potable water system is slated to be commissioned in 2013. However morel water sources would be required to make the arid lands fertile. One possible source would be thermal desalination, were a suitable energy supply available. An Extensive supply of offshore gas is slated to become available by year 2017 by which thermal desalination could become a viable option to produce a copious supply of irrigation water from seawater. This could truly transform the desert of Palestine and alleviate the land issue for the population. Hebrew as a National Language Another interesting aspect was the normal use of Hebrew language. A visitor to Israel will find Hebrew and Arabic used as the norm, with English and Russian as the second tier languages. Russian is used due to the large influx of Jewish peoples from that area. A 1927 British mandate era coin (right) photo shopped to year 1917. This is intended to illustrate foundation of rebirthed Hebrew speaking Israel with the 1917 Balfour Declaration and Allenby’s capture of Jerusalem in December 1917.

Revelation 17:8-10 The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. And here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he comes, he must continue a short space.


Babylon: City of Seven (7) Hills