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Implants seems to bring us one step closer to the fulfillment of another prophecy found in the Book of Revelation recorded approximately 2,000 years ago.
"He causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a MARK IN THEIR RIGHT HAND or IN THEIR FOREHEAD and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the MARK, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."
"And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, if any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his MARK IN HIS FOREHEAD, or IN HIS HAND, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the MARK of his name."
"So the first angel left the Temple and poured out his bowl over the earth, and horrible, malignant sores broke out on everyone who had the MARK of the beast and who worshiped his image."
One thousand years ago, one hundred years ago, even a few decades ago, this prophecy was difficult to understand. Today with modern technology this prophecy can now be easily understood.
Consider taking some time to read the Book of Revelation. You may want to acquire a good commentary to help you understand this last and final book of the Bible as clearly as possible. An excellent Revelation Commentary is available online, in MP3 audio, or in a book form, through Searchlight.
"I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his MARK upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years."
"And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand(200 million): and I heard the number of them (Kings of the East)."
Chairman Mao boasted in the 1960's of an army of two hundred million men.
Jesus appeared to John just before the turn of the 1st century, on an island called Patmos, off the coast of Greece. He was in his late 90's and it was at that time that John received the entire Book of Revelation.
"And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the KINGS OF THE EAST might be prepared."
With the recent developments in Turkey over the dams being constructed on the Euphrates River, Syria and Iraq have stepped up political pressure over water rights in the region. Turkey has the ability to shut down the Euphrates River and completely stop its flow for up to eight months. This project will have 21 dams, 17 hydro-electric plants and a network of tunnels and canals for irrigation.
"The prophet John foretold of a future military highway across Asia that would allow this astonishing army to march toward the final battle in Israel. John describes the building of this highway in these words: "the way of the kings of the east might be prepared' (Revelation 16:12). The Chinese government has spent enormous sums and expended the lives of hundreds of thousands of construction workers building a military super-highway across Asia heading directly toward Israel. This highway has no economic purpose and has been completed through the south of China, Tibet, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. This curious prophecy about ‘the way of the kings of the east" is being fulfilled in the 1990's, setting the stage for the final battle of this age".
above quote from The Signature of God, by Grant Jeffrey
There are over 300 Old Testament Prophecies about the Messiah that were fulfilled by the life of Jesus Christ. The following website is an excellent, comprehensive single source presentation of those prophecies related to the first coming of God's promised Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth.
There are 456 OLD TESTAMENT AND NEW TESTAMENT PROPHECIES about the Messiah that were fulfilled by the life of Jesus Christ. The reason why prophecy is an indication of the divine authorship of the Scriptures, and hence a testimony to the trustworthiness of the message of the Scriptures, is because of the minute probability of fulfillment. Anyone can make predictions, for that is simple. Having prophecies fulfilled is vastly different. In fact, the more statements made about the future, and the more the detail, then the less likely the precise fulfillment will be.
For example, what is the likelihood of a person predicting today the exact city in which the birth of a future leader would take place, well into the 21st century? This is indeed what the prophet Micah did 700 years before the Messiah. Further, what is the likelihood of predicting the precise manner of death that a new, unknown religious leader would experience, a thousand years from now - a manner of death presently unknown, and to remain unknown for hundreds of years? Yet, this is indeed what David did in 1000 B.C. Again, what is the likelihood of predicting the specific date of the appearance of some great future leader, hundreds of years in advance? Yet, this is indeed what Daniel did, 530 years before Christ. If one were to conceive 50 specific prophecies about a person in the future, who one would never meet, just what is the likelihood that this person will fulfill all 50 of the predictions? How much less would this likelihood be if 25 of these predictions were about what other people would do to him, and were completely beyond his control? For example, how does someone "arrange" to be born in a specific family? How does one "arrange" to be born in a specified city, in which their parents do not actually live?
Indeed, it may be possible for someone to fake one or two of the Messianic prophecies, but it would be impossible for any one person to arrange and fulfill all of these prophecies. David Greenglass was a World War II traitor. He gave atomic secrets to the Russians and then fled to Mexico after the war. His conspirators arranged to help him by planning a meeting with the secretary of the Russian ambassador in Mexico City. Proper identification for both parties became vital. Greenglass was to identify himself with six prearranged signs. These instructions had been given to both the secretary and Greenglass so there would be no possibility of making a mistake. They were : (1) once in Mexico City Greenglass was to write a note to the secretary, signing his name as "I. Jackson"; (2) after three days he was to go to the Plaza de Colon in Mexico City and (3) stand before the statue of Columbus, (4) with his middle finger placed in a guide book. In addition, (5) when he was approached, he was to say it was a magnificent statue and that he was from Oklahoma. (6) The secretary was to then give him a passport. The six prearranged signs worked. Why? With six identifying characteristics it was impossible for the secretary not to identify Greenglass as the proper contact. How true, then, it must be that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah if He had 456 identifying characteristics well in advance, and fulfilled them all!
In fact, what does the science of probability make of this? The science of probability attempts to determine the chance that a given event will occur. The value and accuracy of the science of probability has been well established beyond doubt - for example, insurance rates are fixed according to statistical probabilities. Professor Emeritus of Science at Westmont College, Peter Stoner, has calculated the probability of one man fulfilling the major prophecies made concerning the Messiah. The estimates were worked out by twelve different classes, representing some 600 college students. The students carefully weighed all the factors, discussed each prophecy at length, and examined the various circumstances which might indicate that men had conspired together to fulfill a particular prophecy. They made their estimates conservative enough so that there was finally unanimous agreement even among the most skeptical students. However, then Professor Stoner took their estimates and made them even more conservative. He also encouraged other skeptics or scientists to make their own estimates to see if his conclusions were more than fair. Finally, he submitted his figures for review to a Committee of the American Scientific Affiliation. Upon examination, they verified that his calculations were dependable and accurate in regard to the scientific material presented (Peter Stoner, Science Speaks, Chicago: Moody Press, 1969, 4).
After examining only eight different prophecies (Idem, 106), they conservatively estimated that the chance of one man fulfilling all eight prophecies was one in 10^17.
Suppose that we take 10^17 silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They will cover all of the state two feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote them in their own wisdom (Idem, 106-107).
In financial terms, is there anyone who would not invest in a financial venture if the chance of failure were only one in 10^17? This is the kind of sure investment we are offered by God for belief in His Messiah. Professor Stoner, from these figures, draws the conclusion the fulfillment of these eight prophecies alone proves that God inspired the writing of the prophecies(Idem, 107) - the likelihood of mere chance is only one in 10^17! Another way of saying this is that any person who minimizes or ignores the significance of the Biblical identifying signs concerning the Messiah would be ignoring all mathematical and scientific logic and reasoning.. But, of course, there are many more than eight prophecies.
In another calculation, Stoner used 48 prophecies (Idem, 109) (even though he could have used Edersheim's 456) and arrived at the extremely conservative estimate that the probability of 48 prophecies being fulfilled in one person is the incredible number 10^157.
According to Emile Borel, once one goes past one chance in 10^50, the probabilities are so small that it is impossible to think that they will ever occur. As Stoner concludes, "Any man who rejects Christ as the Son of God is rejecting a fact proved perhaps more absolutely than any other fact in the world (Stoner, op. cit., 112)."
EXAMPLE: Some estimate our known universe to span 16 billion light years. If you counted the gas molecules in 118 Million Light Years Cubed, you would have slightly over a googol molecules.
The number 10^157 is only based on 48 of the 456 prophecies fulfilled by one individual. If you have ever had any doubt about Jesus Christ being who the Bible states He is, absolutely all doubt should be removed at this point.
The original Temple location has been hidden and protected for nearly 1900 years. The Third Temple with its inner court will be built soon on the "greatly exalted mountain" in Jerusalem in the same location as the previous two Temples. According to the following prophecy, the Dome of the Rock and other structures will be left standing on the south unharmed before, during, and after this great rebuilding project -- a Peaceful Solution!
see Ezekiel Chapter 40, Revelation 11:1-2
Now a peaceful solution can be seen. We now understand that The Dome of The Tablets is the actual location of the Holy of Holies. With this information the rest of the temple ground can be laid out. What we find is that The Dome of the Rock rests in THE COURT OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE.
"Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told 'Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and them that worship therein, but do not measure; THE COURT OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE leave that out, for it is given over to the nations (gentiles) and they will trample over the holy city for 42 months."
These 42 months will be the last 3 ½ years of what has come to be called the 7 Year Tribulation Period prior to Jesus' Second Coming.
It is also good news for the Temple Institute, whose temple vessels and priestly robes are in storage, and whose young rabbis are presently in training for the offices of Temple Priests. Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute has architectural building plans already drawn up and says the temple could be built in less than one year.
One of the first red heifers born anywhere in approximately 2,000 years was born in Israel. The heifer's owner contacted the Temple Institute, on Friday, April 5th, 2002. Rabbi Menachem Makover and Rabbi Chaim Richman traveled to the farm where the heifer is located, to inspect and validate her status. The rabbis found her to be kosher and were satisfied that this heifer could indeed be a candidate to be used in the process of purification described in the book of Numbers, chapter 19. This is a prerequisite for the rebuilding of the Holy Temple.
Recently there have been a few pure red heifers born that eventually grew some black or white hairs which disqualified them.
Some feel that Red Heifer Ashes were hidden from the time of Jeremiah the Prophet and will surface, in these last days, to be used to purify the 3rd Jerusalem Temple.
The Second Jerusalem Temple
Was Destroyed In 70 A.D.,
Jews Were Scattered All Over The World
"The LORD thy God will have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee."
Deuteronomy 30:3, Ezkiel 37:21-22
ISRAEL WAS RE-ESTABLISHED
AS A NATION ON MAY 14, 1948.
JEWS TODAY ARE STILL BEING
GATHERED BACK TO ISRAEL
On Sunday, April 4, 1999, at the semi-annual "Priestly Blessing" ceremony at the Western Wall, a booth was erected nearby for the genetic testing Kohanim (priests), to see if they have what is now called "The Priestly Gene". Two years ago, an American geneticist found that all Kohanim's share a common gene, supporting the belief that they have one common ancestor (presumably Aaron the Priest). Rabbi Nachman Kahane, said that 17 Kohanim's have already been tested. Thirteen tested positive, one negative, and three cases were inconclusive.