Like a James Bond Story

Like a James Bond Story
Vol: 119 Issue: 23 Tuesday, August 23, 2011

If Adolph Hitler has a useful historical legacy, it is to serve as the benchmark standard for evil personified. Hitler is history’s boogeyman, responsible for the death of twelve million people, half of them Jews, and the architect of the infamous ‘Final Solution to the Jewish Question.’

That isn’t to say that Hitler was the world’s worst tyrant, or even the most evil tyrant of the 20th century. Compared with Stalin, Hitler was an amateur.  Stalin’s gulags absorbed hundreds of millions over the years.

Historians estimate Stalin ordered the deaths of between twenty and thirty millions.  It was Josef Stalin who gave history the quote; “One death is a tragedy.  A million deaths is a statistic.”

Stalin out-murdered Hitler, but Adolph Hitler’s evil was so unique, so chilling, and so direct that history shudders at the very name, Adolph Hitler.

Stalin was an atheist.  He had no beef with any ‘mythical’ god nor any faith in a ‘mythical’ devil.  His evil was the purely pragmatic kind, whereas Adolph Hitler was a spiritualist.

Hitler’s evil was a direct and conscious assault on God.  He was an accomplished occultist whose Third Reich Nazism became a national religious cult.  Schoolchildren addressed grace before meals to the Fuehrer; they offered their bedtime prayers to Adolph Hitler.

SS troops swore a religious blood oath to Adolph Hitler personally, Hitler took his theology around ancient Germanic Aryan mythology but modeled his forces after the Knights Templar of the Dark Ages.

Unlike Stalin, Hitler’s goal wasn’t the subjugation of his empire by the pragmatic application of terror against dissidents. Hitler’s goal was the destruction of God’s Chosen People.  Adolph Hitler took God on as directly as the Bible says the coming antichrist will do.

His evil was so overtly demonic that, while the 20th century is littered with Hitler lookalikes, any comparison is only superficial.

Assessment:

That being said, Hitler and Stalin got a new roommate last week when the Serbian dictator with the funny name shuffled off this mortal coil from his prison cell in the Hague last week.

Slobodon Milosevic was the dictator of Serbia, and he was every bit as bad as Bill Clinton said he was, (despite the fact Clinton’s principle reason for the 1998 Serbian War was to draw attention away from Monica Lewinsky.)

Slobo drew all the inevitable comparisons to Hitler as Clinton made his case for war, but comparisons with Stalin would have been more appropriate.

Although the UN opposed Slobo’s removal, NATO turned him over to the UN for trial for war crimes.

(The Hague’s trial of Slobodon Milosevic was the main reason that Saddam is being tried in Iraq — Milosevic had been on trial for eight years when he died and the trial was expected to continue for at least two more years)

It was during the Serbian war that the silent coup d`etat effectively handed Boris Yeltsin’s government over to a previously-unknown former KGB officer named Vladimir Putin.

Russia and Serbia were traditional allies, and Milosevic and Yeltsin were old pals and newly-reformed Communists who both ascended to power as a consequence of the breakup of the Soviet Union. (They did ‘deals’ together.)

When NATO invaded in 1998, Yeltsin’s refusal to come to the aid of a traditional ally infuriated Kremlin hardliners, who offered Yeltsin a choice between a nice pension or a corruption trial.

Slobo knew where a lot of the bodies were buried.  The Kremlin had been trying to get Slobo out of the Hague and into Russia under the ruse that Milosevic wasn’t being properly treated for his high blood pressure.

UN prosecutors opposed the transfer, saying they feared that once Slobo went to Russia, he wouldn’t come back.

When Milosevic died, the Russians indirectly accused the UN of poisoning him.  Milosevic had written a letter to the Russian government last week saying that on March 7, “he received a report that “an extremely strong drug” was found in his blood and that doctors were treating him wrongly to silence him,” according to his lawyer.

The truth behind Slobodon Milosevic’s death in a prison cell takes some of the sting out of the fact his death allowed him to escape justice, (although only on this side of eternity).

The UN didn’t want to silence Milosevic.  The Kremlin did.

That is why Moscow tried to get Milosevic transferred to Russia for treatment.  The report Milosevic cited of the ‘extremely strong drug’ found in his system was part of an elaborate scam to get him transferred to Russia.

Milosevic had previously refused to take his high blood pressure medication, so he was forced to take it under supervision.

The medication prescribed wasn’t working, which made his UN-appointed doctors suspicious.  Blood tests showed Milosevic was also taking a second drug that neutralized the effect of the medication.

Here is where it gets interesting.  The drug found in Milosevic’s system is called rifampicin.

It is extremely difficult to get, since it is used primarily to treat tuberculosis.  TB cases have to be reported to the World Health Organization, so prescribing the drug means producing a TB patient.

And rifampicin is extremely hard to use.

According to a UN doctor interviewed by the New York Times, “The provider had to know what the effect of rifampicin was on other drugs, that it is not normally detected in toxic screenings, unless you look for it,” he said.

“He had to know what dose to give, sufficient for it to be effective, but not too high because you get a so-called red sweat: your saliva becomes red.”

And someone would have to know how to get it to the patient, he continued, “because you have to take a capsule of it every day to keep your blood pressure high.”

Milosevic, as a UN prisoner and former head of state, had an office in his prison where he received visitors, including Russian diplomats.

When the tox screen showed the presence of rifampicin, Milosevic dashed off his note to the Kremlin with the coded message that they had been caught.

Milosevic was found dead in his cell the next morning.

The irony is that Milosevic’s scam probably killed him.  He had hoped his artificially-elevated blood pressure would make him so ill he’d get his ticket to Moscow, but a heart attack killed him first.

From the Kremlin’s perspective, a dead Milosevic is even better than the international outcry Russia would have had to endure had they refused to send Milosevic back.

Milosevic is just as silent dead as he would be under guard in some Russian dacha for the rest of his life. Whatever Milosevic knew about Putin’s silent coup in 1998 died with him. And Moscow gets to blame the UN for his death.

Noted the UN’s Dr. Uges; “It’s like a James Bond story.”

The Real History of The Middle East

The Real History of The Middle East
Vol: 119 Issue: 22 Monday, August 22, 2011

We are constantly amazed at the number of people who write in complaining that we are too pro-Israel and ‘what about the Palestinians — are you ever going to stand up for them?’  It is hard to do when they haven’t a leg to stand on historically.  And even harder when they take the stand that killing Jews for being Jews isn’t racist, but that Israel fighting back is genocide.

But Hal asked me to do a little digging and see what’s what.  Does Israel have a right to exist?  Who owns the land?  Is it Arab land?  What is historical Palestine?  This is what I ended up with.

The Palestinian Authority has never revised its Charter calling for Israel’s destruction or denying its right to exist.  Oh, they convened a meeting to discuss it.  Then they said they had a meeting and agreed to change it.  That was as far as they went.

Like going out to dinner with a friend and saying, ‘how’s business?’ and then trying to take a tax deduction for the bill as a business expense.

The Arab world claims Israel is an ‘occupying power’.  The Durban Conference, in it’s modified declaration, makes the same explicit statement.

What about the claims of the Arabs to their homelands?  The same British government that created the modern Arab world in 1920 at the San Remo Conference in Italy — by decree — also created a Jewish homeland the same way at the same conference.

And the Jewish Palestine of the Balfour Declaration as confirmed at San Remo encompassed a much bigger chunk of ground than Israel claims today.

We saw the global reaction when Iraq tried to undo the British freehand redrawing of the map of the Middle East when he reclaimed ‘Province 19’, or what the British have called ‘Kuwait’ since 1899.

It’s important to remember also that Iraq was both ‘Mesopotamia’ and ‘Palestine’ until the British created the modern state Iraq, carving it out of a number of different Arab ‘provinces’ – there were no countries, just provinces of the Ottoman Empire.  The British completely forgot to draw borders for Kurdistan.

The Kurds were no happier about it than were the Arabs of the Ottoman Empire that the world now refers to as the ‘Palestinians’.  Nobody at the UN is calling for the redrawing of that map.

Three fourths of what became Iraq were Assyrians of Mesopotamia who woke up one morning as ‘Iraqis’.  And where is the UN’s indignation at Saddam’s ethnic cleansing of the Kurds?  Israel never wiped out any villages [Kurdish, Palestinian or otherwise] with poison gas.

Or is this all Jewish propaganda?  Better tell the Arabs.  Most of this is on the Arab-Net website, as well.  They’ll want to revise that.

And Jordan was created by the British in 1921 as Trans-Jordan.  Is it not really Jordan at all?

What is really hard to find in history is a nation of Palestine.  If we use Palestine as it was under the Ottoman Turks from 1517 to 1917, there is no Jordan, Syria, or Lebanon.  I haven’t heard those countries offering to dissolve themselves and give the land to Arafat.

At the beginning of the 20th century, ‘Palestinian’ cities included Acre, Jerusalem, Amman, Damascus and Baghdad. [click map for larger image c.1914 – will open in separate browser window. Click again to zoom inPolitical Map 1914]
Syria was created by the British and subsequently given to France as the French Mandate.  The Syrians declared independence after the British left in 1946, two years before Israel did the same thing. How are they different?  They are both historically ‘Palestinian’.

Either both the Arab Middle East and the Jewish homeland are equally valid, or equally invalid, since both were created by the same power at the same time.  You can’t have it both ways.  But facts don’t seem to bother the UN or the Arabs much. It seems when facts get in the way, they are dismissed as ‘Jewish propaganda’.

The Palestinians chose Arafat to stand up for them.  They don’t need our help. Arafat’s done quite a job at Durban.  Israel was the only nation singled out for condemnation for its ‘racist, genocidal practices’.

Maybe the concept that Jews practice ‘racial superiority’ doesn’t bother the UN, but since I know Jews of virtually every single race — including those from Arab countries, it does me.  The main argument against Israel, from the Arab perspective, is that the Israelis stole the land from the ‘native’ people of the region.

First, the question of the ‘native’ people of the region.  The Book of Psalms, chapter 137, penned three thousand years ago by a Jew [actually an ‘Israelite’ — a play on words? I think not], says,

“If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.  If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.” — Psalm 137:5-6

The Jewish sacred writings of antiquity refer to Jerusalem some 767 times, compared to the Koran, which does not mention it once.

Americans don’t like to remind themselves that we stole the land from the Indians, but nobody denies what a ‘native American’ is.

One would guess it’s all in how you define ‘native’ but I wouldn’t try that one on the Apaches — or even the Mexicans, when referring to most of the American Southwest.

The only reason we aren’t behaving as the Israelis are is because the Mexicans aren’t setting off bombs in Safeway supermarkets across California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico because we ‘stole’ them from Mexico.

But what do you think America’s response would be if they did?  Would the UN call Americans a single ‘race’ in order to lay charges of genocide, racism and ethnic cleansing against the Mexicans?

America is the ‘great melting pot’ consisting of every race, creed and religious perspective under the sun.  So, too is Israel.

Melchior’s statement that the Jews are being castigated on race when they are people ‘of a particular birth, irrespective of their faith, and those of a particular faith, irrespective of their birth’ is accurate.

And therefore hardly ‘racist’.

Any Arab argument about Arabs being second-class citizens in Israel is immediately counter-balanced by the record of human rights extended to Jews in Muslim countries.

The radical Islamists claim to be ‘People of the Book’ – the ‘Book’ being the Bible, including the Old Testament.  Yet they say Israel has no right to exist as a nation.  They should take a look into the ‘Book’ they claim to follow.

“Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.” Jeremiah 31:35-36

I am not one to say Israel is right no matter what.  But the starting point for discussion is that Israel has a right to exist, and they have a right to determine the terms of their own existence.  As we do in America.  Until that happens, one cannot begin to discuss the Palestinian claim.

Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia said in a news conference, speaking of the ongoing suicide attacks in Jerusalem, “Nothing can justify terrorist attacks against civilians”.  Apparently, the UN believes some things do.  I am surprised to find myself in agreement with the Russians, but there is a first time for everything.

Further Resources: The Everlasting Hatred: The Roots of Jihad

[The Omega Letter Volume #1 Issue #1– originally published October 14, 2001 – the more things change, the more they stay the same – ed.]

Chariots of the Gods?

Chariots of the Gods?
Vol: 119 Issue: 20 Saturday, August 20, 2011

There exists a more-or-less universal human memory of strange, god-like creatures, such as the centaurs and minotaurs and giants in the mythical past.

The centaur was half-man and half-horse and in Greek mythology, was the offspring of the god Apollo and Stilbe, daughter of the river-god Peneus.

In addition to centaurs, the ancient Greeks also worshipped Harpys, Mermaids, Satyrs, etc,. all of which were depicted as half-human, half-animal hybrids.

The centaur, Chiron, was celebrated among the Greeks for his master of music, medicine and archery. Hercules, Achilles and Jason, all heroes of Greek mythology, were said to have been educated by Chiron.

The Romans had similar gods, goddesses and hybrids in their own mythology, as did a number of other ancient pagan religions.

Virtually all the ancient mythologies agree that the pantheon of gods interacted directly with mortals, bestowing special powers and skills to those mortals that they took a fancy to.

There is an old saying to the effect that, ‘where there is smoke, there is fire’. That is to say, the ancient mythologies arose from something — they simply didn’t just appear in the imagination of the ancients — especially since the same myths exist, with slight variations, in cultures separated by both oceans and centuries.

The Mayans worshipped Kukulcan, a winged god depicted as a serpent with feathers. The Mayans erected as his monument a pyramid, called the Pyramid of the Sun, which still exists in Teotihuacan.

Mayan mythology has a story of extraterrestrial gods who came to earth and made man in their own image. When they first created man, the story goes, he was perfect, living as long as the gods and having all of their abilities.

Fearing their ‘creation’, the gods destroyed them. In the next evolution, a lower form of entity was created, ‘human’, as he exists today.

The Mayan Kukulcan was worshipped as the deity responsible for the arts of civilization, including codes of law, agriculture, fishing and medicine.

Kukulcan was also known to the Aztecs of Peru as Quetzalcoatl, meaning, ‘feathered snake’. The worship of Quetzalcoatl sometimes included human sacrifices, and they believed that the surest way to enter heaven was to commit suicide.

Does any of this sound familiar?

Assessment:

Atheists love to point at man’s mythological past, make comparisons to Bible stories about creation and the fall of man, and conclude that the Bible is just another effort by the ancients to use mythology to explain our origins.

While most of the ancient legends contain common threads — the belief in a world-wide Flood, the concept of heaven as a dwelling place for the gods, divine messengers, etc., — their deities are uniquely evil, their doctrines bloodthirsty, their gods and goddesses responsible for imparting secret knowledge to a select few humans.

They argue that the God of the Bible is nothing more than a religious system that borrowed its theology from mythology. Christians would (accurately) argue that the reverse is true.

Still, there are those universal memories of hybrid demi-gods — they had to have come from somewhere. And it is obvious that the pagans didn’t borrow their theology from the Bible.

But when one compares the mythology of the ancients to the explanation afforded by the Book of Enoch, one comes up with another possible explanation for the ‘mighty men of old, the men of renown’ who taught the ancients astrology, mathematics, construction, but who were also bloodthirsty predators who practiced the doctrines of demons.

I am not saying that the Book of Enoch has not been corrupted over the millennia, but what I am saying is that there must be some explanation for the advanced knowledge exhibited by the Great Pyramid, or the Mayan temples, or the shared memory of mythical hybrid creatures.

One can argue all day about whether God exists, or whether the ancients had actually encountered space aliens, or whatever explanation one wants to dream up, but there is only one explanation that fits the known and the unknown together with Scripture.

“That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” (Genesis 6:2)

Their offspring, according to Enoch, were the Nephilim, angelic hybrids giants who possessed the ancient knowledge of their fathers. According to Enoch, they “sinned against birds and beasts and reptiles and fish”; they taught charms and enchantments, root-cuttings, astrology, metallurgy, weapons, etc.

The Bible tells us of the giants in the earth then, — “and also after that.” The Book of Enoch tells us the angels (the Watchers) were confined after their sin, to be released after “seventy generations” — which brings the clock forward to approximately 7000 years from Adam.

The Apostle Jude confirms Enoch’s book as containing ‘prophecy’ and the Apostle John confirms their release (Revelation 9:2) and their identities (Revelation 9:11) during the Tribulation Period.

Ezekiel described the’ four living creatures’ (angels) he saw in great detail:

“The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. . . . As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.” (Ezekiel 1:13,18)

Read Ezekiel Chapter one in its entirety. Compare it to the descriptions in the accounts of modern UFO sightings and draw your own conclusions.

It its own way, the Book of Enoch confirms the Bible and offers a credible explanation for the gods and goddesses of history, the origin of the lost wisdom of the ancients, and helps explain Joshua’s references to the ‘gods which were before the Flood’ — without contradicting the Big Picture as presented by Scripture.

That doesn’t make Enoch a lost book of the Bible or a source of absolute doctrinal truth. There is no way of knowing how much of it was corrupted from the original, although Jude does say that there WAS an original.

As I’ve said a couple of times already, there are certain things that you just can’t ignore. You can try to explain them away, but there they are, just the same.

Ancient mythology, the pyramids, this generation’s fascination with UFO’s — and the thousands of documented ‘sightings’ and photos — they are real enough.

The hidden knowledge of the ancients is also real enough. The Great Pyramid, Stonehenge, the Mayan calendar, the Mayan temples and pyramids — they all attest to hidden knowledge for which there is no other explanation that fits the requirements of Scripture, logic, history and common sense.

According to Enoch, the ancients worshipped fallen angels and their offspring, the Nephilim. According to Genesis, there were giants in the earth then, — and also, ‘after that.’

And according to John, those angels will be released for a little season during the Tribulation.

Finally, according to Jesus Christ, “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.”

How does God describe the ‘days of Noah’?

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5)

The Watchers

The Watchers
Vol: 119 Issue: 19 Friday, August 19, 2011

There are certain, undeniable realities in this world that exist, no matter how hard we try to explain them away, and as soon as we think we’ve got it figured out, something comes along that causes you to start all over again.

The Great Pyramid is one of those undeniable realities. It displays a level of scientific sophistication that defies conventional explanation.

In 1978, a “Great Pyramid Feasibility Study” related to the quarrying and transportation of stone was conducted by Merel Booker of the Indiana Limestone Institute of America.

Made up of 33 quarries state-wide, the Institute is considered by many architects to be one of the world’s leading authorities on limestone. Using modern equipment, the study concludes:

“Utilizing the entire Indiana Limestone industry’s facilities as they now stand [for 33 quarries], and figuring on tripling present average production, it would take approximately 27 years to quarry, fabricate and ship the total requirements.”

Booker also points out “the time study assumes sufficient quantities of railroad cars would be available without delay or downtime during this 27 year period and does not factor in the increasing costs of completing the work.”

Five thousand years ago, while the Great Pyramid, with all its advanced astronomical, geographic and mathematical complexities was being constructed, secular history says the Sumerians were just beginning to invent the first written language.

The bow and arrow was a relatively recent invention.

Hebrew slaves wouldn’t learn the art of manufacturing mud bricks by stomping mud together with straw for another nine hundred years.

Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon was yet millennia in the future.

Who told the Pharaoh’s builders that Giza was in the exact center of the earth, that the north and south poles were slightly flattened, and the earth tilts 23.5 degrees on its axis?

Assessment:

First, we need to differentiate between the Book of Enoch (or Enoch i) and the “Secrets of Enoch” (Enoch ii).

What makes up the Book of Enoch (i) are divided as “The Apocalypse of Weeks,” fragments of the “Book of Noah”; “The Dream Visions”; the Book of Heavenly Luminaries”; and the “Simultudes”.

The first two books are believed to be the oldest, dating to the pre-Maccabean Period (prior to 300 BC); the latest, “the Simultudes” to somewhere in the first century before Christ.

The author of the first two ‘books’ of Enoch, based on references within the text, was likely a Jew who lived in the land of Dan in northern Israel.

Whether he actually authored the book, or simply transcribed what had been oral tradition passed down from father to son from the time of Noah, has not been established.

Nothing is known of the authors of the three later texts.

What is known IS that at least part of the Book of Enoch was in wide circulation throughout the Jewish community of pre-Christian Palestine for at least three centuries before the birth of Christ.

Anything about its pedigree beyond that is at best, an educated guess. So let’s look to some of Enoch’s contents as they relate to the topic at hand.

Enoch Chapter Six begins with the Genesis narrative:

“And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: ‘Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.'”

Enoch then names the leading angels in the conspiracy.

“And these are the names of their leaders: Samlazaz, their leader, Araklba, Rameel, Kokablel, Tamlel, Ramlel, Danel, Ezeqeel, Baraqijal, Asael, Armaros, Batarel, Ananel, Zaq1el, Samsapeel, Satarel, Turel, Jomjael, Sariel. These are their chiefs of tens.”

Enoch’s narrative continues;

“And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them, and they taught them charms and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants. And they became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who consumed all the acquisitions of men.”

“And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another’s flesh, and drink the blood. Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones.”

Enoch goes on to say that these fallen angels taught pre-diluvian man forbidden secrets; Azazel taught metallurgy and weaponry; invented cosmetics, “and there arose much godlessness and they committed fornication and they were led astray and became corrupt in all their ways.”

Semjaza taught enchantments and root-cuttings (magic arts, drugs); Baraqijal taught astrology; Kokabel, the constellations; Ezeqeel, the knowledge of the clouds; Araqiel, the signs of the earth; Shamsiel the signs of the sun; and Sariel, the course of the moon.

Enoch calls these angels, (the ones Jude described as having “Left their first estate”) the “Watchers.”

Later in the book, Enoch says these angels were bound by God and cast then into the bowels of the earth for ‘seventy generations’ until the Judgment. (Revelation 9:2-11)

(Interestingly, if one pegs a generation at seventy years, as does Psalms 90:10, seventy generations (4900 years) from the Flood 2000-2350 BC) works out to between 6900 and 7200 years — or approximately this generation.)

Enoch’s narrative reads as does the Genesis story. And while it adds considerable detail not contained in Genesis, it offers no contradictions. Wherever the two stories touch, the details are the same.

Angels intermarried with the daughters of men, they practiced only evil continually, and their offspring were ‘men of renown,’ according to Scripture and according to Enoch. The Bible says they were giants; so does Enoch.

Enoch says these angels taught the forbidden knowledge to their ‘wives’ and offspring. History is replete with the record of giants.

(The surviving drawings of the Egyptian kings of the era of the Great Pyramids universally depict the pharaohs as being at least twice the height of their subjects.)

Joshua, who was already bedeviled by the memories ‘of the gods before the Flood’ got into hot water with God for disobeying His command to wipe out the inhabitants of Canaan, (whom the spies informed him were all giants).

It appears that history and theology and logic and common sense all come together on the 30th Parallel, where the 12 foot-tall Pharoh Narmer proclaimed himself the ‘son of Ra’ and ordered the construction of the Great Pyramid as his monument.

Narmer knew the distance from the earth to the sun in miles and constructed one of the most mathematically precise structures ever built by man in all his history.

Two thousand years later, his people were living in mud huts that they built all by themselves.

Tomorrow, we’ll take up the issue of the ancient gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus and see where that leads us.

Enoch, Enoch. . . Who’s There?

Enoch, Enoch. . . Who’s There?
Vol: 119 Issue: 18 Thursday, August 18, 2011

What is startling about the Book of Enoch is the amount of Messianic prophecy it contains.

We know from the Dead Sea Scrolls, from contemporary documentary evidence, and from the Epistle of Jude that the Book of Enoch was widely known and accepted by Jewish authorities long before the birth of Christ.

The Book of Enoch is classified as “Jewish pseudo-biographical literature” meaning, ancient biographical literature that is attributed to someone else, but whose actual author is unknown.

By itself, that doesn’t make it a forgery. Jeremiah didn’t write the book that bears his name. It was written by a scribe named Baruch.

Nobody is certain who the actual author of the Book of Hebrews is, whether it was Paul, someone writing at his direction, or another, unnamed Apostle.

It is highly unlikely that the Book of Enoch was actually penned by the literal Enoch, seventh from Adam, great-grandfather of Noah. But not impossible.

The Church fathers, including Justin Martyr, Athenagoras, Irenaeus, Clemens Alexandrinus, Lactantius, and others borrowed an opinion out of the book of Enoch in discussions regarding Genesis 6:2.

Tertullian, in several places, speaks of the Book of Enoch with great reverence, arguing his belief that it actually WAS written by Enoch, 7th from Adam, and preserved by Noah during the Flood.

The problem with the Book of Enoch, more than anything else, is its guilt by association. Enoch has been adopted into Islamic tradition as an Islamic prophet.

Interestingly, Enoch’s Islamic name means ‘instructor’ or, ‘initiate’ and Islamic tradition credits Enoch with the invention of astrology, astronomy, the written word and arithmetic.

(We’ll discuss this association between Enoch and ‘knowledge’ as we progress in our study, but it is worth keeping that fact in mind as we go along.)

Enoch was also recently adopted by the Mormons as a prophet, the ‘founder of Zion’ worker of miracles, etc., etc., until the mere mention of ‘Enoch’ makes some Christians running screaming from the room shouting ‘heresy’.

Enoch also plays a major role in Freemasonry and other occultic secret societies, especially those heavily involved in astrology or the zodiac.

But behind all the cults and occults and secret societies and New Age groups that have claimed Enoch as their inspiration, there is also the historical fact that the Book of Enoch was quoted directly in Jude 14-15:

“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

Compare Jude 14-15 to the Book of Enoch 1:9:

Behold, He comes with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon them, and destroy the wicked, and reprove all the carnal for everything which the sinful and ungodly have done, and committed against Him.”

Assessment:

I don’t want to be misunderstood as attempting to rehabilitate the Book of Enoch or legitimizing the Book of Enoch beyond what it deserves.

It is worthy of discussion as a book of history, at the very least. It is at least twenty-three hundred years old, and it could possibly be much older.

Let’s look at it a different way. . .

I have a book in my library called “The Bible as History.” What its author attempted to do was take the Bible as it is and present it into an historical narrative. The end result was a sweeping historical overview of the history of mankind, but devoid of any theological or spiritual truths.

The book is accurate, as history, and would be useful to historians seeking historical information about the period and location, but it wouldn’t be much use in leading someone down Roman’s Road.

It isn’t something a theologian would study as part of an effort to learn what God wants us to know — but that doesn’t mean that it is worthless or unreliable.

But if somebody were to take “The Bible As History” as Divinely inspired and then use it as their religious text, it WOULD be worthless, unreliable, and downright dangerous. So it is important to view the Book of Enoch in a similar fashion.

The Book of Enoch is not part of the Bible, is not without error, and is not the final authority on matters of theology — but that doesn’t automatically make it worthless.

Flavius Josephus’ “War of the Jews” is not without error, neither is it Divinely-inspired, but there is still much it can teach us.

The Book of Enoch claims to have been written by Enoch, the son of Jared, of the seventh generation from Adam. Here’s what we know — and what we don’t know.

We know that the Book of Enoch was highly regarded among the Jews at the time of Christ. We know that Jude quoted from it; and we know the Essenes thought enough of it to hide it along with the rest of the treasures of the Temple in the caves at Qumron.

We know that in Joshua’s time, there was still a collective memory of life before the Flood. And we know that Tertullian, who lived a lot closer in terms of time to the events it describes that we do, believed the Enoch was preserved by Noah and was passed down through the generations since.

We know that it has been used as a launch point for innumerable cults who claim to have found in it a ‘hidden knowledge’.

We don’t know who wrote it, or how much of it was added along the way, or if it were an oral tradition at some point committed to paper.

We don’t know anything about the copy process, if it were held to the same standard of copying as were the Books of the Torah, and because we don’t know, we can’t trust it as Scripture.

And because we don’t trust it as Scripture, it is no more or less reliable than some of the historical accounts of Josephus or Pliny or Tacitus or Herodotus.

With that in mind, let me finish my disclaimer thusly:

By definition, some of the Book of Enoch must be true, or it wouldn’t have occupied the place of honor that it did among the religious Jews of the time.

But we don’t know what is absolute truth and what contains elements of truth. So we shall approach the study from that perspective, and rely on the Bible to illuminate the difference.

It is important to keep all this in mind. In our study, we are not seeking hidden knowledge, or the secrets of Enoch, or any such balderdash as that.

Where Enoch conflicts with Scripture, Scripture is the final authority, not the other way around. Where Enoch adds information not revealed by Scripture, we’ll apply logic and common sense against what the Scriptures DO reveal.

Our purpose is more historical than spiritual, but our approach is that the spiritual is as real as the secular, and is part of our overall history.

There are many questions left unanswered about the time before the Flood, and over the course of our study, we’ll examine some of them, including, but not limited to, the following:

1) Why do all ancient civilizations have similar memories?

2) What does ‘perfect in his generations’ mean?

3) Who were the giants before the Flood — and ‘also after that’?

4) Where did the ancients get their knowledge?

5) Who built the pyramids?

One question we will NOT tackle is whether or not the Book of Enoch should be part of the canon of Scripture. That question was settled centuries ago, and I claim neither the knowledge nor the desire to reopen it.

So, having said all that, we’ll begin our study tomorrow with a discussion about “The Watchers.”

The Mighty Men of Renown

The Mighty Men of Renown
Vol: 119 Issue: 17 Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The base of the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt was, according to most estimates, built sometime between 2589 and 2566 BC.

According to the great Bible chronologists of history, like H. H. Halley (Halley’s Bible Handbook) Archbishop Ussher (Ussher’s Chronology) and Clarence Larkin, that means that the Great Pyramid was built about two hundred years BEFORE the Flood.

(The Flood occurred somewhere between 2348 and 2004 BC. BC time counts backwards towards zero).

According to Clarence Larkin, the Great Pyramid covers roughly thirteen acres, but that is the only ‘rough’ measurement one can apply to it.

Other than that, it was constructed with a level of precision that is beyond the capabilities of even modern construction technology.

Using the standard Hebrew cubit of measurement, (25.025 inches) the length of each side is 365.2422 cubits. That is the exact number of days in a year, (including the fraction that results in one leap year in four)

The slope of the sides is angled in such a way as to meet at the apex at exactly 232.52 cubits. Clarence Larkin calculated that twice the length of any side at the base, divided by the height, equals pii (3.14159) which multiplied by the diameter of a circle gives its circumference.

The angle of the slope is 10 to 9 (it rises 9 feet in altitude for every 10 feet of linear distance). The altitude of the Great Pyramid, multiplied by ten to the power of nine, equals 91,840,000 miles — the exact distance to the sun.

(Note these are all measured in modern inches, feet, yards and miles, yet they work out perfectly).

In addition, the builders recognized the fact that there are some fifty seconds difference between the sidereal and equinotictial sides of a ‘star year’ — and those calculations are included in the Pyramid’s design.

The base is horizontal and flat to within 15 mm. The sides of the square are closely aligned to the four cardinal compass points to within 3 minutes of arc and is based — not on magnetic north — but true north.

It contains enough stone to build a stone wall, six feet high, that would stretch from New York to Los Angeles.

Finally, the Great Pyramid stands at the exact center of the world’s land mass. It stands exactly where longitude 30 degrees and latitude 30 degrees intersect.

It is halfway between the west coast of Mexico and the east coast of China, and halfway between the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and the north cape of Norway.

So, who built the Great Pyramid?

Assessment:

Secular history says the ancient Egyptians built the Great Pyramid. (Ask any Egyptian standing in front of his ancestral mud hut and he’ll tell you his ancestors did.)

But who told the builders the world was round? The Great Pyramid reveals that its builders not only knew the world was round, but that it is slightly flattened at the poles, causing a degree of latitude to lengthen at the top and bottom of the planet.

It reveals that its builders knew the earth rotated on an axis, that it tilts 23.5 degrees to the eclyptic, and that this tilt causes the seasons.

Moreover, on two faces of pyramid are ‘star shafts’ each facing specific stars; to ‘the sides of the north’, Beta Ursa Minor and Alpha Draconis. To the south, Sirius and Zita Orionis.

It is not speculation to say that Post-Diluvian society remembered its pre-Flood past.

Joshua alluded to the gods from ‘the other side of the flood’ on several occasions.

“Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood,and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. “

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:14,15)

The Bible doesn’t tell us a lot about the time before the flood, but it does make allusions to demi-god-like figures who lived at that time.

Genesis 6:2 tells us of the ‘sons of God’ who intermarried with ‘the daughters of men’. That these ‘sons of God’ were angels is obvious to anyone who examines the phrase honestly.

Job 1:6, 2:1, and 38:7 all make reference to the ‘sons of God’ and in context in each instance, Job was referring to angels. Job 1:6 and 2:1 include Satan among the angelic ‘sons of God’; Job 38:7 refers to the angelic hosts.

Genesis 6:2 is referring to an actual event; Genesis 6:4 is referring to literal offspring:

“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”

These offspring were called ‘giants’ and ‘mighty men’ — and note also that this angelic interbreeding was not limited to the time before the Flood. Moses said there were giants in the earth then, “and also after that.”

The Book of Enoch was not included among the canon of Scripture, and because of that, it is often derided as a counterfeit, or conversely, incorrectly elevated to the status of a ‘Lost Gospel’.

It is neither. The Books of the Scripture were included because they were adjudged to be both Divinely inspired and the infallible Word of God.

That does not not necessarily mean that Enoch was a false prophet, or that the Book of Enoch was a counterfeit. The Apostle Jude was the half-brother of Jesus. In his epistle, Jude quotes the Book of Enoch directly and calls it ‘prophecy’.

That does not prove the entire Book of Enoch was inspired. But a book that contains the Word of God doesn’t necessarily have to BE the word of God.

(This briefing contains the Word of God — Joshua and Genesis are both quoted here — but the Omega Letter makes no claim to being the Divinely-Inspired Word of God.)

According to both the Book of Enoch and the Epistle of Jude, the angels who ‘left their first estate’ (Jude 1:6) and are now confined to Tartarus until being released (Revelation 9:1) are the same angels of Genesis 6:2.

Their offspring were the Nephilim, half-human, half-angelic hybrid creatures that both Enoch and Genesis identify as being special — mighty men, Moses says, who, according to Enoch, possessed a hidden knowledge of the stars.

Over the course of the next few days, we’re going to take a side trip through the Book of Enoch and see more we can learn about the Nephilim.

Don’t panic — we’re not going to join a cult, become astrologers, or rewrite the canon of Scripture to include the Book of Enoch.

But we are going to look at what Enoch has to say, weigh it against both Bible doctrine and secular history, and see what conclusions we end up with at the end.

Proverbs 25:2 teaches:

“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”

Somebody built the Pyramid at Cheops. And also, what did Moses mean by ‘after that’?

It should be an interesting study.

Poisoning the Well

Poisoning the Well
Vol: 119 Issue: 16 Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Recently, I watched a segment on a Fox News program that featured guests discussing Bible prophecy and the end of the world.  One of the featured guests was a Roman Catholic priest and the other the head of a midwestern Baptist seminary.

It was an interesting, albeit short, discussion that opened with the priest noting that people have ‘been predicting the end of the world for centuries,’ a position that was immediately echoed by the Baptist guest.

The conversation immediately called to mind 2nd Peter 3:3-4:

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”

But the fact is, they are right.  History is replete with folks who have made various predictions about when the Lord is coming back.  And obviously, they were wrong, since here we are.

In the mid-2nd century, a new convert named Montanus claimed to have received special revelations from God that Christ had returned and set up the New Jerusalem in the town of Pepuza in Phrygia.

Montanus set up his own religion, called ‘Montanism’ that gave credence to ecstactic prophesy and speaking in tongues as both evidence of salvation and proof of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Montanus taught that Christians who fell from grace could not be redeemed, which was in contrast with the orthodox Christian teachings of that period. The prophets of Montanism did not speak as messengers of God: “Thus saith the Lord,” but rather described themselves as possessed by God, and spoke as God.

“I am the Father, the Word, and the Paraclete,” said Montanus, as recorded by Didymus in his work, ‘De Trinitate’. The early Church Father Iraenius denounced Montanism in his work, ‘Against Heresies’ in the third century.

The heretical work, “the Secret Gospel of Thomas” (upon which the ‘Davinci Codes’ are loosely based) emerged from Montanism, and, 19 centuries later, it is still with us, as are literal volumes of historical false prophecies of Christ’s return.

The ‘scoffers’ seem to have a point.  Catholic scholar, Arnald of Villanova predicted that the Antichrist would appear in 1378.  In the 15th century, a group called the Taborites predicted the return of Christ and the destruction of all the world’s cities by fire.

A hundred years later, Melchior Hoffman predicted Jesus would return in 1533 and set up his kingdom in Strasbourg.

A Lutheran clergyman named Adam Nachenmoser predicted the Lord would return in 1635.  Another movement sprang up about this time that taught the date of the Lord’s return would be 1666.

Among the most famous false prophets of the return of Christ is William Miller, who, basing his conclusions on his study of the Book of Daniel, predicted the Lord would return sometime between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844.

Miller called his prophecy the beginning of “The Great Awakening.” He later revised his prediction to October 22, 1844.  Miller and his followers put on their ‘Rapture suits’ and went to the top of a mountain, prayed, fasted and waited.

When Jesus did not appear, Miller’s followers experienced what came to be called “the Great Disappointment”.  Most of the thousands of followers left the movement.

A few, however, went back to their Bibles to find out why they had been disappointed.  A group of the remaining followers concluded that the prophecy predicted not that Jesus would return to earth in 1844, but that investigative judgement in heaven would begin in that year.

Miller recorded his personal disappointment in his memoirs:

“Were I to live my life over again, with the same evidence that I then had, to be honest with God and man, I should have to do as I have done. I confess my error, and acknowledge my disappointment.”

Despite Miller’s failed prophecies, his followers eventually formed their own religious movement, originally called ‘Millerites’ and known today as Seventh Day Adventists.

Miller’s failed prophecies inspired new prophets to come forward with their own, revised and update calculations.  The most prolific among them was Charles Taze Russell. Picking up where Miller left off, Russell’s followers, at first known as ‘Russellites’ (catchy names, eh?) believed that they had discovered ‘significant errors’ in orthodox Christian teachings.

Russell taught that the Rapture would occur in April, 1878. In 1877, Russell published his teachings under the title, “The Object and Manner of our Lord’s Return.”

When the Lord failed to return on Russell’s timetable, he founded a journal entitled, “Zion’s Watch Tower and Herald of Christ’s Presence” in 1879. In the pages of his journal, Russell continued to set dates for the Lord’s return, in 1889, 1891, 1897, 1899 and 1904 and, finally, 1914.

Russell’s movement was renamed “the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society” or “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” It was taken over after Russell’s death by Joseph Rutherford, who added 1918 and 1920 to the list of dates for Christ’s return and declared the Millennium began in 1925.

In 1974, David Berg set up his own cult, called “The Family” or “Children of God”, predicting the end of the world would coincide with the appearance of the comet Kohoutek, later revising it to place the Tribulation at the beginning of 1989 and the return of Christ for 1993.

Edgar Whisenant predicted Christ’s return between September 11 and September 13, 1988, in his aptly titled, “88 Reasons Why the Rapture is in 1988”.  Whisnant based his predictions on the timing of the Jewish Feast of the Trumpets. (Rosh Hashana)

In 1989, Benny Hinn predicted that a ‘short man’ would appear within ‘a few’ years and assume the mantle of the antichrist. (Hinn also predicted Castro’s death by 1999, the election of a female US president who would ‘destroy America’ and the destruction of the East Coast by earthquakes in 1999.)

Harold Camping published his book, “1994?” in which he predicted the return of Christ on September 6, 1994. Camping also calculated the return of Christ based on the date of the Jewish Feast of the Trumpets.

Assessment:

Is it any wonder that the world is inundated with ‘scoffers?’  Most of these predictions, together with their prognosticators, were made by sincere and dedicated scholars who believed that they had ‘cracked’ some Biblical secret code that had been there all along, but that nobody else except them had discovered.

Their followers were equally sincere and dedicated believers in their prophecies, but they misplaced their faith. Our faith is not to be, as the Scripture says, rooted in WHEN He comes, but rather, in Who is coming.

This is why the Lord says, in clear and unambiguous terms;

“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” (Matthew 24:36, Mark 13:32)

It means exactly what it says.  No man can calculate the day or the hour because of the damage such false prophecies do to believers when they fail.

Look at the damage already caused by those sincere, well-meaning believers among the false prophets listed above.  While some of them were undoubtedly well-meaning, the result has been the loss of uncounted souls for Christ.

Do you doubt me?  Have you ever attempted to present evidence of Christ’s return in the hope that the evidence will cause somebody to accept the conclusion that God MUST be real and therefore the Bible MUST be true?  And, having reached that conclusion, your prospect will recognize his lost condition and trust Jesus?

How MANY times have you then heard someone echo the sentiments expressed in 2nd Peter 3:3? “People have been predicting the end of the world for centuries, but we’re still here.” It is a fulfillment of prophecy, but it is also evidence of the incalculable damage centuries of false prophecy has been responsible for.

It’s been said before, and it didn’t happen.  What makes this any different?

While no generation in the history of the Church Age has at its disposal more conclusive evidence of the fulfillment of end times prophecy, including the restoration of nations, the alignment of nations in precisely the configuration described by the prophets, the explosion of knowledge, the shifting weather patterns, the restoration of Israel, etc., this evidence is useless as a tool of evangelism if nobody can get past the ‘been there, done that’ part in order to present it.

Every failed prediction of the Rapture or the return of Christ takes its toll.  If just one person is turned off to the promise of salvation as a result of the litany of failed prognosticators of the past — all of whom were in violation of the clear teachings of the Scriptures — the loss of that person’s soul is an incalculable tragedy, from Heaven’s perspective.

The joy Jesus spoke of in heaven when a sinner turns to Christ goes uncelebrated, replaced by the mourning of the angels.

The simple facts are these.  No other generation has been blessed with such a preponderance of evidence. No generation in history has ever had so many reasons to accept the predictive nature of Scripture — and thus, evidence of the Divinity of its Author, than does the generation that witnessed the rebirth of Israel and the unfolding scenario predicted thousands of years ago by the Hebrew prophets.

But if the evidence doesn’t get a hearing, it is of no value.

“For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God,” writes the Apostle Paul. (1st Corinthians 2:11)

Attempting to divine by human means that which God has deliberately drawn a curtain around is an act of defiance that bears eternal and far-reaching consequences that no man will ever understand this side of heaven.  But if we trust Jesus, then we must trust EVERYTHING He taught us.

Discussing His return, Jesus used an analogy that clearly explains the purpose of a secret, incalculable Rapture.

“And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour WHEN YE THINK NOT.” (Luke 12:39-40)

As events unfold that fill out the prophetic puzzle for this generation, it is abundantly obvious that the Lord must soon return for His Church.

But as to ‘when’ — ‘no man knoweth the day or the hour.’  The litany of failed attempts has provided much-needed ammunition to the enemy and done the Kingdom a grave disservice.  And given the scoffers all the reasons they need to walk away, comfortable in their unbelief.

It is a spiritual tragedy.