For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom. I Corinthians 1:22
Return 4: The host of heaven
In previous articles I wrote that there are four returns in the last days. The first return is the return of the Jews to Israel. The second return is the City of Babylon to world prominence; the third return is the nation of Assyria and the Assyrian, who I identified as the antichrist. The fourth return is the host of heaven (Isaiah 24:21).
The purpose of the return of Israel is to purge the Jews of so they recognize Jesus as their Messiah and prepare them for entry into the His Messianic Kingdom. Babylon must return since Babylon has never been destroyed in the way the Bible describes in Jeremiah 50:39-40. The city must return to power so that Babylon’s permanent destruction will be fulfilled as described in the Old Testament and in Revelation 18. Assyria must return and be purged to prepare them for their place in the Millennial Kingdom (Is 19:22-25).
The identity of the host of heaven is lost on many because of the language barrier and Greek logic. The planets/gods were worshipped by the heathen and at times by the Israelites also. The name Baal was the Canaanite name for the planet Mars, Ashura was Venus and Moloch was Saturn. Modern man sees the host of heaven as only spirit beings because Greek logic permits only one answer to a question. Jewish logic, called Pilpul, allows for more than one answer to a question. Christian theology has several doctrines which can be explained with Pilpul; the nature of God for example. Is God one or is God three? Both answers are correct. The nature of Jesus Christ; is he God or man? Both answers are correct. The inspiration of Scripture; written by men or The Holy Spirit?
Here’s a tough one; free will or election? If you picked one answer and think your proof disproves the other answer, you’ve just applied Greek logic to a Jewish problem.
Even science uses Pilpul. They Theory of Relativity is really two theories. One theory says light is made up of particles which travel in straight lines. The second theory says that light is energy which travels in waves. Light travels in straight lines and in waves at the same time? How can that be? Science accepts both theories discovered by Albert Einstein, a Jew.
This Pilpul logic was practiced by many ancient civilizations. The dual view that accepted the planets as gods was widespread. There was two views of the planets. The first was that they were gods which controlled the future of man and the view that they were angels (Gr meaning messenger) controlled by the one true God. This practice goes back to Abraham and probably before his time. The following is an excerpt from Josephus:
“Berosus mentions our father Abram without naming him, when he says thus: – ‘In the tenth generation after the flood there was among the Chaldeans a man righteous and great and skillful in the celestial science. For he was the first that ventured to publish that there was but one God, the creator of this universe; and that , as to other gods, if they contributed anything to the happiness of men that each of them afforded it only according to their appointment, and not by their own power. This opinion was derived from the irregular phenomena that were visible at land and sea, as well as those that happen to the sun and moon and all the heavenly bodies thus: – If [said he] these bodies had power of their own, they would certainly take care of their own regular motion; but since they do not preserve such regularity they make it plain that insofar as they cooperate to our advantage , they do it not according to their abilities , but they are subservient to Him that commands them; to whom alone we ought justly to offer our honor and thanksgiving.’” Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews Book I, Ch VII
The ‘irregular phenomena,’ as Abraham put it, was our solar system in a different configuration than what we see today. The first modern writer to notice this was Immanuel Velikovsky. In his book “Worlds in Collision” he postulated that around the 15th century BC, Venus was ejected from Jupiter as a comet-like object, and passed near Earth. The object changed Earth’s orbit and axis, causing innumerable catastrophes that were mentioned in early mythologies and religions around the world.
Vilekovsky’s book challenged and inspired many people, among them David Talbot, who envisioned a different configuration of planets than Velikovsky. Mr. Talbot championed a configuration of planets that were physically close to the earth in ancient times in which “the five planets Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Mars and the Earth orbited the Sun as a single linear unit, which rotated about a point close to Saturn, before its break-up at the end of the Golden Age”. (for a detailed description go to Thunderbolts.info, “Symbols of an ancient Sky – part 1.”
The breakup of this configuration was what caused the many chaotic episodes in the Bible from Exodus in 1447 BC to the prolonged day of King Hezekiah in 701 BC. There were other days like the prolonged night of Exodus and the prolonged day of King Hezekiah. There was the long day of Joshua, three days of plague in David’s time, the earthquake of King Uzziah among others. (see Catastrophism and the Old Testament: the Mars Earth Conflicts by Donald Patten)
The year 701 BC was the time when the shadow of the sun went backwards on the sundial and caused King Hezekiah to order a calendar reform. Moses created a calendar (Ex 12:2) in which a year was 360 days. This calendar was used by the Israelites as accurate until the calendar reform of King Hezekiah. This reform was accomplished sometime between the year 694 BC and 690 BC. The reform was a lunar/solar calendar. Each month started on the new moon which made the year 354 days long. Then approx. every 3 years a leap month was added to bring the calendar into line with the new 365 day year. The Jews still use this reformed calendar of King Hezekiah.
During the seven year Tribulation period, the order will be reversed. God will bring back the host of heaven to judge them (Is 24:23) and cause the year to be shortened (Mt 24:22, 29-31) to a 360 day year. (Rev 11:2-3; 13:5; Dan 12:11)
The change will not come quietly. There will be earthquakes (Lk21:11; Rev6:13-14; 8:7, 16:21) meteorites (Lk 21:11; Rev 6:13-14; 8:8-12;16:21) and a shift in the earth’s orbit. The orbit change will cause the calendar to revert back to a 360 day year and the configuration of the solar system to go back to the polar configuration. (see Symbols of an Alien Sky, part 1 at Thunderbolts.info)
How will this change start? God will bring it to pass, of course, but I believe it will be a mirror of the beginning of the history of Israel with the goddess Venus and the god Mars. In recent years scientists have expressed concerns that a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from the sun will strike earth and disrupt the Earth’s environment, alter the Earth’s outer atmosphere, disrupting long-distance radio communications. The CME’s would also result in strong geomagnetic storms and electrical power blackouts.
I don’t believe the real concern is a CME hitting the earth but hitting Venus, knocking Venus out of orbit and beginning the wide spread havoc in our solar system.
This action will signal the end of ‘The Times of the Gentiles,’ and the beginning of God placing Israel back in the front of His plan for them and through them, His plan for Babylon, Assyria, the host of heaven and the nations.
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