Tuesday, September 8, 2009

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call His name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David. And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end. (Luke 1:30-33)

Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence." (John 18:36)

"'Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.' This He said, signifying what death He should die." (John 12:31-33)

"Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me." (John 14:30)

"Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged." (John 16:11)

Where in the Bible Does It Say Jesus Will Return After His Temple Is Complete?

Is this talking about the construction of the third and final temple?

By truthbearer, Yahoo Answers

It is a carnal mind which takes the TEMPLE of God to be a man-made building.

God's Word clearly shows that God does NOT dwell in temples made with hands. For this true statement, they stoned Stephen and persecuted the true Church of God.

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands. (Acts 17:24)

Jesus said, destroy this TEMPLE and in three days I will raise it up. He spoke of the TEMPLE of His BODY. So why would He now want another man-made temple to deceive people with?

Paul said your BODY is the TEMPLE of the Lord.

Revelation says the Lamb is the TEMPLE of Heaven.

"And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament." (Revelation 11:19)

So no Scripture upholds a man-made temple.

God even protested to David that He had NEVER asked any man to build Him a house. It was not of God then, and it is never going to be of God.

This is exactly why God sent Nebuchadnezzar to destroy that rich, lavish building which Solomon built. He again sent someone to destroy it again in Jerusalem. And you think Jesus is sitting up in Heaven, waiting for men to build another man-made building, which God's Word declares more than once, that He DESPISES? Not so. Not for one minute. It is certainly speaking of His true Church or kingdom believers.

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I [John] heard a great voice out of heaven saying, 'Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.' And He that sat upon the throne said, 'Behold, I make all things new... He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son'... And I [John] saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. (Revelation 21:2-5,7,22)

"Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name." (Revelation 3:12)

KJV Scripture

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Fervent Masonic Desire to Rebuild Solomon's Temple

Is the Driving Force Behind the Events of the Mid-East Today; Once Completed, End Times' Prophecy Will Be Fulfilled!

By David Bay, Cutting Edge Ministries
June 25, 2009

Illuminized Western Freemasonry has long desired to rebuild Solomon's Temple on the Temple Mount. Masonic forces of the United Kingdom, United States, and Israel are absolutely determined to rebuild Solomon's Temple. This plan will bring about World War III, Antichrist, and the beginning of the Tribulation.

The New World Order is coming! Are you ready? Once you understand what this New World Order really is, and how it is being gradually implemented, you will be able to see it progressing in your daily news!!

Genuine Born Again Christians have normally not given King Solomon's Temple much thought, for we realize that Jesus Christ fulfilled all the types and shadows of the Old Testament law, of which the Temple was an integral part.

Jesus foretold in Matthew 24 that the glorious Herodian Temple, which was modeled after the Solomon Temple, would be totally destroyed. Listen:

"And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and His disciples came to Him for to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, 'See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.'" [Matthew 24:2; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]

History records that this Temple, which had so impressed Jesus' disciples, was destroyed in A.D. 70. It was destroyed by the Roman Army that had laid siege to the city; further, even though the soldiers were under strict orders to not destroy the Temple, they set fire to it, and caused that fire to burn so hot, for so long and so thoroughly, that the stones heated hot enough to turn the gold liquid, flowing out of even the mortars of the bricks. When the fire cooled, Jesus' prophecy was exactly fulfilled...

In New Testament Epistles, neither Paul nor any other Apostle emphasized the Temple; in fact, they virtually ignored it! The writer to the Hebrews made it quite clear that the Covenant of Jesus Christ completely abolished the First Covenant of which the magnificent Temple was such an important part. Listen to Hebrews:

"Now if perfection (a perfect relationship between God and the worshipper) had been attainable by the Levitical priesthood -- for under it the people were given the Law -- why was it further necessary that there should arise another, and different kind of Priest, one after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one appointed after the order and rank of Aaron? For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is of necessity an alteration in the law [concerning the priesthood) as well." [Hebrews 7:11-12; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]

This passage makes it quite obvious that God considered the First Covenant to be defective and in dire need of replacement! And, when you change the covenant, you change the priesthood and the Law concerning the priesthood.

It does not take too much imagination to realize that if God was going to change the First Covenant and abolish its priesthood, He would abolish the Temple as well. For this reason, we read of God's action taken when Jesus was hanging on the cross, immediately after He "gave up the ghost:"

"And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom." [Matthew 27:51; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]

God supernaturally ripped the Temple curtain separating the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies, while the sanctuary was filled with parishioners worshipping during the annual sacrifice for the sins of the Israel. Suddenly, they must have been filled with shock and fear as God abruptly ripped the curtain, throwing the Holy of Holies wide open. Many of them must have feared death, for no one could enter the Holy of Holies and live except for the High Priest, and he only once a year.

Tearing the curtain in two was God's signal that the First Covenant, with its Temple and priesthood, was now irrelevant, and was now to be replaced by His Second Covenant through Jesus Christ.

The writer to the Hebrews picks up this very theme:

"In keeping with [the oath's greater strength and force], Jesus has become the Guarantee of a better (stronger) agreement [a more excellent and more advantageous covenant]." [Hebrews 7:22; Ibid.]

"When God speaks of a new [covenant or agreement], He makes the first one obsolete (out of use). And what is obsolete (out of use and annulled because of age) is ripe for disappearance and to be dispensed with altogether." [Hebrews 8:13; Ibid.]

Did you catch that? "... ripe for disappearance and to be dispensed with altogether." Therefore, genuine Christians have virtually ignored the Solomon and Herodian Temples, except to arrive at a proper understanding of the Old Testament Covenant.

We certainly understand that God destroyed the Temple because He had instituted the superior Second Covenant through the new superior High Priest, Jesus Christ. To us, the Solomon Temple is just an interesting piece of Ancient History! But, not so with the pagan Freemasons. In their religion, the Temple plays a very, very important role.


Let us stop here for a moment to dispense with the current Masonic lie that their organization is not a religion. Let us review some quotes:

"Every Masonic Lodge is a temple of religion, and its teachings are an instruction in religion." ["Morals and Dogma," Albert Pike, p. 231-L]

"It [Masonry] is the universal, eternal, immutable religion, such as God planted it in the heart of universal humanity." [Ibid., p. 219-M]

"But the Masonic organizations in which these legends were cherished, like Masonic Lodges today, were religious bodies." [The Holy Bible: The Great Light In Masonry," King James Version, Temple Illustrated Edition, A.J. Holman Company, 1968, p. 26]

"... Masonry may rightfully claim to be called a religious institution." ["A New and Revised Edition: An Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry and Its Kindred Sciences," by Albert Mackey, M.D., 33º, Volume II, p. 618.

Do not be deceived: Freemasonry is a religion!


Now that we have amply demonstrated that the genuine Christian has no close affinity to Solomon's Temple because He destroyed it and annulled the Levitical Priesthood that accompanied it, let us examine how important this temple is to the practice of the Masonic religion.

"Of all the objects which constitute the Masonic science of symbolism, the most important, the most cherished, by the Mason, and by far the most significant, is the Temple of Jerusalem. The spiritualizing of the Temple is the first, the most prominent, and the most pervading of all symbols of Freemasonry ... Take from Freemasonry its dependence on the Temple; leave out of its ritual all references to that sacred edifice, and to the legends and traditions connected with it, and the system itself would at once decay and die ..." ["Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry," by Albert Mackey, MD, 33º and Charles T. McClenachan, 33º, Revised Edition, by Edward L. Hawkins, 30º and William J. Hughan, 32º, Volume II, M-Z, published by The Masonic History Company, Chicago, New York, London, 1873, A.G. Mackey, 1927, by the Masonic History Company.]

Let us repeat the critical understanding that the noted 33º Masonic author, Albert Mackey, has just given us:

"Take from Freemasonry its dependence on the Temple; leave out of its ritual all references to that sacred edifice, and to the legends and traditions connected with it, and the system itself would at once decay and die ... "

Therefore, the first understanding we want you to grasp is that Freemasonry is absolutely, completely, 100% devoted to the Solomon Temple, without which the entire structure and foundation of Freemasonry would die!

Thus does Masonry stand in stark contrast to genuine, Biblical Christianity. In other words, Freemasonry is rooted at its deepest foundation to the First Covenant of the Old Testament, while Biblical Christianity is rooted to the Second Covenant of Jesus Christ as delineated in the New Testament!

Mackey makes this fact quite clear also:

"Masonry has derived its temple symbolism, as it has almost all its symbolic ideas, from the Hebrew type ..." [Ibid]

Since the Old Testament was written originally in the Hebrew, and the New Testament in the Greek, Mackey is clearly stating that Freemasonry is rooted in the Old Testament!

In the Masonic Bible, quoted above (the Temple Illustrated Edition), the author of the Foreword sheds some further light upon the importance of Solomon's Temple to Freemasonry:

"The traditions and romance of King Solomon's Temple are of great interest to everyone who reads the Bible. They are of transcendent importance to Masons. The Temple is the outstanding symbol in Masonry, and the legendary story of the building of the Temple is the fundamental basis of the Masonic rule and guide for conduct in life ... The cream of Masonic historical and philosophical writing has been drawn upon for his description of the Temple and its relation to Masonic ritual." [The Holy Bible: The Great Light In Masonry," King James Version, Temple Illustrated Edition, A.J. Holman Company, 1968, Forward entitled, "The Bible and King Solomon's Temple in Masonry," by John Wesley Kelchner]

Let us review the important segment:

"The traditions and romance of King Solomon's Temple ... are of transcendent importance to Masons."

The word "transcendent" is used by genuine Biblical Christianity to describe God Himself. Just as the dictionary explains, God is truly "transcendent," "to pass beyond the limit that humans can grasp;" "to exist above and independently of material experience or the universe."

In other words, Solomon's Temple is to the Freemason what God is to the genuine Christian! Thus, belief in Solomon's Temple transcends all of Freemasonry itself, existing above and independently of it. Masonry has placed its "transcendent" faith in a building that the True God Himself destroyed, not once, but twice!


Starting at the end of the quote from the Temple Illustrated Edition Bible, above, we read:

"... In all the rich symbolism of Ancient Craft Masonry two symbols, or symbolic themes, predominate: one is the search for light, the other is the labor of building. The source of light is the Holy Bible, and the grand representation of the builder's art is King Solomon's Temple .... It was natural that imaginative stone Masons, long before the development of anything like our modern fraternity, should have felt a kinship with the great builders of all ages. It was natural also that they should have acknowledge a peculiar attraction for the most famous and glorious of all building enterprises, King Solomon's Temple and Citadel. Interest and attraction for the wonderful structure on Mt. Moriah have increased rather than diminished ... until today the Temple of Solomon is the spiritual home of every Mason." [Masonic Holy Bible, Temple Illustrated Edition, A.J. Holman Co., 1968, p. 11-14]

A short while later, these authors explain:

"King Solomon's Temple was the perfect architectural expression of the religious faith of a people." [P. 25] "Perhaps Masonic interest also increased from a more or less incidental notice of the Temple to a final preoccupation with it as a symbol of spiritual man. [P. 29]

Indeed, Masonic leadership has spiritualized the meaning of the Temple in the life of each and every Mason. Albert Mackey explains:

"To the Master Mason, the Temple of Solomon is truly the symbol of human life ... it becomes a fit symbol of human life occupied in the search after Divine Truth, which is nowhere to be found ... Such is the symbolism of the first Temple, that of Solomon, as familiar to the class of Master Masons." ["Encylopaedia of Freemasonry, Mackey, p. 774]

However, while Solomon's Temple is the symbol of mortal human life to the Master Mason, a higher class of Masons ascribe a different interpretation to yet another Temple. Listen to Mackey explain:

"But there is a second and higher class of the Fraternity, the Masons of the Royal Arch, by whom this temple symbolism is still further developed. This second class, leaving their early symbolism and looking beyond this Temple of Solomon, find in Scriptural history another Temple, which years after the destruction of the first one, was erected upon its ruins; and they have selected the second Temple, the Temple of Zerubbabel, as their prominent symbol. And, as the first class of Masons find in their Temple the symbol of mortal life, limited and perishable, they, on the contrary, see in this second Temple, built upon the foundations of the first, a symbol of life eternal, where the lost truth shall be found, where new incense shall arise from a new altar, and whose perpetuity their great Master had promised when, in the very spirit of symbolism, he exclaimed, 'Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up'."

"And so to these two classes or Orders of Masons the symbolism of the Temple presents itself in a connected and continuous form. To the Master Mason, the Temple of Solomon is the symbol of this life; to the Royal Arch Mason, the Temple of Zerubbabel is the symbol of the future life. To the former, his Temple is the symbol of the search for truth; to the latter, his is the symbol of the discovery of truth; and thus the circle is completed and the system made perfect." [Ibid., Pages 774-775]

The Temple is so very important to the Mason that he took the final step to spiritualize its meaning. Master Masons look upon Solomon's Temple as their symbol of human life, while Royal Arch Masons consider the inferior Temple of Zerubbabel as their symbol of eternal life! The two symbols, taken together, form a spiritual circle, thus "perfecting" the Masonic symbolic system!

Now, you can understand how the Temple of Solomon became such a "transcendent" issue for the Mason!


Since Freemasonry reverences Solomon's Temple so very much, and since this Temple holds such a pre-eminent position in all of Freemasonry, from its foundation to its very roof, is it much of a stretch to understand that Freemasons might fervently desire to re-build Solomon's Temple on the only place on earth it can possibly be built -- the Temple Mount in Jerusalem?

Let us examine some of these writings to see the fervent desire of Freemasons to rebuild Solomon's Temple!

"The Freemasons have, at all events, seized with avidity the idea of representing in their symbolic language the interior and spiritual man by a material temple ... The great body of the Masonic Craft, looking only to this first Temple erected by the wisdom of King Solomon, make it the symbol of life; and as the great object of Masonry is the search after truth, they are directed to build up this temple as a fitting receptacle for truth ..." ["Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry", by Albert Mackey, MD, 33º and Charles T. McClenachan, 33º, Revised Edition, by Edward L. Hawkins, 30º and William J. Hughan, 32º, Volume II, M-Z, published by The Masonic History Company, Chicago, New York, London, 1873, A.G. Mackey, 1927, by the Masonic History Company, p. 774]

The word "avidity" is defined as "eagerness, greed." Therefore, we can see that they are "directed to build up this temple" with eagerness and greediness! Mackey then goes on to talk about this new temple and some of its new fixtures.

"... new incense shall arise from a new altar, and whose perpetuity their great Master had promised when, in the very spirit of symbolism, he exclaimed, 'Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.'" [Ibid.]

"New incense" arising from a "new altar," in a Temple that Mackey has just associated with the "great Master Mason," Jesus Christ! In other words, Mackey has linked the new Temple with a Christ or Messianic figure. In another book, Masonic author, Edward Waite, is even more explicit. Listen:

"The Temple of Masonry is hence forward the house of Christ' ... [Edward Waite, p. 486-7, "A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and of Cognate Instituted Mysteries: The Rites, Literature and History," Volume II, reprinted in 1970 by Weathervane Books., p. 314]

The new Solomon Temple is henceforth to be called the "house of Christ." The naive might think Waite is referring to Jesus Christ, but Waite did not say that, did he? Do you know that the term "Christ" literally means the "office of the promised Messiah"?

Jesus fulfilled that office when He lived and ministered among men, and He was recognized as having fulfilled that Messianic office. Listen:

"And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." [Matthew 16:16]

Notice Peter said "Thou are the Christ;" in other words, Peter recognized that Jesus was the Divine/human fulfillment of this office of Messiah.

"And the high priest answered and said unto him, 'I adjure Thee by the living God, that Thou tell us whether Thou be the Christ, the Son of God.'" [Matthew 26:63]

The high priest asked Jesus point blank if He was the fulfillment of that Messianic office.

"... the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether He were the Christ, or not." [Luke 3:15]

Even the common Jew understood this distinction between the office ["the Christ"] and the man Who would fill it.

However, the Bible says that another Christ shall arise, and he shall be the Antichrist or one who comes in the guise of Christ, pretending to be the Messiah. Unfortunately, most of the people living at that time will be deceived into believing him to be Messiah, and will enthusiastically follow him [Revelation 13:3b-4].

Since Masonry is a counterfeit Christianity, it seems logical that Mackey and Waite might be talking about Antichrist, not Jesus Christ. Therefore, Waite really said:

"The Temple of Masonry is hence forward the house of [anti-]Christ."

If plans are really afoot to rebuild Solomon's Temple, it will be for Antichrist, not Jesus Christ. And the Bible foretells just this kind of event, does it not? Listen:

"And many false prophets will rise up and deceive many into error ..." [Verse 11] "So when you see the appalling sacrilege [the abomination that astonishes and makes desolate], spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the Holy Place ...." [Matthew 24:15; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]

Jesus is quoting Daniel 9:27, 11:31, and 12:11, in which Antichrist will go into the Holy of Holies and commit the "Abomination that Causes Desolation." The Apostle Paul gives us more insight as to why Antichrist's actions are so offensive to God.

"... and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition), who opposes and exalts himself so proudly and insolently against and over all that is called God or that is worshipped [even to his actually] taking his seat in the Temple of God, proclaiming that he himself is God." [2 Thessalonians 2:3b-4; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]

Matthew 24:15 suddenly depicts Antichrist walking into the Holy of Holies to declare himself to be God, and proudly demanding that he be worshipped as God. Revelation 13:15 tells us that Antichrist will actually erect an image created in his likeness; this image will not only be able to speak, but will possess the supernatural power to kill anyone who does not worship it!

Now we understand. Antichrist will walk into a rebuilt Temple standing on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, declare himself to be God, demand to be worshipped as such, and erect a talking image made in his likeness!

Therefore, the re-built Temple of which Jesus foretells is directly linked to Antichrist! Why should we be surprised to learn from Waite that "The Temple of Masonry is hence forward the house of Christ"?

This planned new temple shall be the Temple of Antichrist, in complete fulfillment of Scripture.


"... in the High Grades [of Masonry] we hear of a secret intention to build yet another temple at Jerusalem." [Author, Edward Waite, p. 486-7, "A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and of Cognate Instituted Mysteries: The Rites, Literature and History," Volume II, reprinted in 1970 by Weathervane Books]

In the late 1800's, Masonic author and authority, Edward Waite, boldly stated that a secret plan does exist within Freemasonry to "build yet another temple at Jerusalem."

This poses a problem, does it not? In the mid-600's, the Muslim Dome of the Rock was built squarely on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Therefore, any "secret intention" of the top Masonic leadership to rebuild Solomon's Temple at Jerusalem must necessarily include a plan to remove the existing Dome of the Rock!

Thus we read of just such a plan being executed by New World Order author, Peter Lemesurier, writing in his book, "The Armageddon Script:"

"... it may be possible for the New David to ride into Jerusalem in all his resplendent majesty. Note the word 'ride' ... on a donkey as predicted in Zechariah 9:9 ... it would seem advisable for the new Messiah to repeat it, donkey and all ... The processional route will, of course, lie directly across the Kidron ravine, as close as possible to the Temple Mount ... he must be duly enthroned and anointed with oil (in token of Psalm 45:6-7) amid the rubble of the dome of the Rock ..." [P.. 233-35]

Thus, you see clearly the plan to reduce the Dome of the Rock to rubble so Solomon's Temple can be rebuilt; further, Lemesurier ties this destruction of the Dome of the Rock to the appearance of the "New David," the New Age Christ -- the Masonic Christ actually, whom the Bible calls Antichrist.

Adding to the declaration of the fervency of this "secret intention to build yet another temple at Jerusalem," we read:

"Perhaps Masonic interest also increased from a more or less incidental notice of the Temple to a final preoccupation with it as a symbol of spiritual man." [Masonic Holy Bible, Temple Illustrated Edition, 1968, P. 29]

To Reiterate:

Masons are "preoccupied" with King Solomon's Temple.

They are so "preoccupied" that they have gone to great lengths to justify building a new Solomon's Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Listen:

"Concerning the building of this temple, the Zohar teaches that Solomon's Temple was not built according to the original plans ... In a word, the Lord did not build the House, and they laboured in vain that built it ... There is a time, however, to come, when the Holy One shall remember His people, Israel, and the Lord shall build the House." [Author, Edward Waite, p. 486-7, "A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and of Cognate Instituted Mysteries: The Rites, Literature and History," Volume II, reprinted in 1970 by Weathervane Books]

To Reiterate:

"Zohar teaches that Solomon's Temple was not built according to the original plans ... In a word, the Lord did not build the House, and they laboured in vain that built it ... There is a time, however, to come when the Holy One shall remember His people, Israel, and the Lord shall build the House."

Now that we have been told that Solomon did not follow God's original plan in building his Temple, we realize the importance Masons lay upon a "Holy One" that shall come to "remember His people, Israel," and shall commemorate that remembrance by finally building a house that He had originally intended Solomon to build!

In other words, King Solomon messed up the royal plans for the Temple! He did not follow God's original plan, so God allowed Solomon's magnificent Temple to be destroyed! The Coming Christ will rebuild it, but shall build it according to the original Divine Plan.

Now, can you appreciate the ruling handed down a few years ago by the Orthodox Jewish leadership that "only Messiah can build the Temple"? When the Masonic Christ shall come, then shall be fulfilled Waite's quote, "the Lord shall build the House!"


Shockingly, the modern Masonic Bible, quoted above, verifies the fact that the Solomon Temple will have to await the appearance of a very special man. Listen:

"It is known to every reader of the Bible and student of Solomon's days, that an amazingly detailed description of the Temple and its associated structures has been carried down from the mists of antiquity by the Scriptures. Lineal measurements, materials employed, and ornamental detail are so graphically presented that restoration of the Temple, at any time within a score of centuries past, awaited only the coming of a man with the vision to recognize its historic value, and the imagination to undertake the task." [Foreword, "The Bible and King Solomon's Temple in Masonry," by John Wesley Kelchner, 1968, A. J. Holman Company]

To Reiterate the Key Point:

"... restoration of the Temple ... awaited only the coming of a man with the vision ..."


Once you understand that Middle Eastern events are being driven by this fervent Masonic desire to rebuild Solomon's Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, then you will be able to make sense of what is occurring over there today.

To finally realize this dream, control of Jerusalem, generally, and of the Temple Mount, especially, must pass from Israeli control; but it must not pass to Arab control. Rather, control of Jerusalem must pass to the Illuminized International Community.

God is using this Masonic "preoccupation" with Jerusalem to pull all the nations of the world together against Jerusalem. Literally, out of the smoke, devastation and terror of the planned World War III, The Christ (Antichrist) shall come striding, just as Peter Lemesurier indicated in his book, "The Armageddon Script."

[Note carefully, that Illuminized Freemasonry derives its entire Satanic religion from the Hebrew type; thus, the Arab is considered an enemy, to be vanquished. All Arabs need to understand they are targeted for extinction, as their strongly monotheistic religion will never allow them to completely accept the claims of The Christ (Antichrist). We have detailed the plan by which this eradication shall occur, in stages -- NEWS1631, entitled, "Blood In The Streets."]

The Christ (Antichrist) shall enact the scenario Lemesurier outlined, where he shall be anointed Messiah, standing "amidst the rubble of the Dome of the Rock."

Illuminized Western Freemasonry -- driven by the United Kingdom, the United States, and Israel -- are carefully maneuvering events in the Middle East to so precipitate the war that will not only allow their Christ (Antichrist) to arise [Tim Cohen, "Antichrist and A Cup of Tea"], but will destroy the Dome of the Rock by either a deliberately induced earthquake or war [Peter Lemesurier, "The Armageddon Script"].

As Cohen so strongly states, the key leadership in this script is in London, at the House of Windsor. They make the policy; and officials of the United Kingdom, the United States, and Israel implement it.

We have noted lately the true "Axis of Evil" driving world events -- England, United States, and Israel. While some consider Spain's King Juan Carlos to be a prime candidate for Antichrist, I have not read of a stronger case for either Prince Charles or William than Cohen presents in his "Antichrist and a Cup of Tea."

We have been able to trace the beginning of this entire modern flow of history all the way back to British Illuminist Francis Bacon and the equally Illuminist Queen Elizabeth I. But, that is the grist for another story to be told at another time!

However, the point is that, as the beginning of the Illuminized plan for the New World Order can be traced back to the 1590s to British leadership, it makes sense that Antichrist shall ultimately come from Great Britain. Thus, we can understand the many plans the Illuminati has laid to make rebuilding Solomon's Temple a reality. Consider our previous articles which have talked at length about International Control of Jerusalem:

NEWS1052 -- Verbatim Transcript of the Seminar at the House of Theosophy, August 18, 1991. Five Steps of New Jerusalem Covenant Plan to Produce Antichrist Outlined and Explained

NEWS1395 -- First of Five Steps Occurred, Just As Outlined In House of Theosophy Seminar

NEWS1413 -- Control Over Jerusalem, Arafat Not Agreeing

NEWS1529 -- Is The United Nations About To Take Step Three of New Jerusalem Covenant Project?

NEWS1573 -- Is Jerusalem About To Be Declared International City?

NEWS1587 -- Pope John Paul II Signs Covenant With Arafat Calling For Internationalization of Jerusalem!

NEWS1635 -- U.N. Has Officially Controlled Jerusalem Since 1999!

As you can see, Cutting Edge has devoted much time and effort on this issue, because it literally is the issue around which the appearance of Antichrist shall revolve. Then, the rebuilding of Solomon's Temple on the Temple Mount can commence. But, this time, "The Lord" shall build the House. This is the Temple of Antichrist, and it draws nearer every day.

An Open Letter to Evangelicals and Other Interested Parties

The People of God, the Land of Israel, and the Impartiality of the Gospel

Knox Theological Seminary
Originally Published in 2002

Recently a number of leaders in the Protestant community of the United States have urged the endorsement of far-reaching and unilateral political commitments to the people and land of Israel in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, citing Holy Scripture as the basis for those commitments. To strengthen their endorsement, several of these leaders have also insisted that they speak on behalf of the seventy million people who constitute the American evangelical community.

It is good and necessary for evangelical leaders to speak out on the great moral issues of our day in obedience to Christ's call for His disciples to be salt and light in the world. It is quite another thing, however, when leaders call for commitments that are based upon a serious misreading of Holy Scripture. In such instances, it is good and necessary for other evangelical leaders to speak out as well. We do so here in the hope that we may contribute to the cause of the Lord Christ, apart from whom there can never be true and lasting peace in the world.

At the heart of the political commitments in question are two fatally flawed propositions:
  1. First, some are teaching that God's alleged favor toward Israel today is based upon ethnic descent rather than upon the grace of Christ alone, as proclaimed in the Gospel.
  2. Second, others are teaching that the Bible's promises concerning the land are fulfilled in a special political region or "Holy Land" perpetually set apart by God for one ethnic group alone.

As a result of these false claims, large segments of the evangelical community, our fellow citizens, and our government are being misled with regard to the Bible's teachings concerning the people of God, the land of Israel, and the impartiality of the Gospel.

In what follows, we make our convictions public. We do so by acknowledging the genuine evangelical faith of many who will not agree with us. Knowing that we may incur their disfavor, we are nevertheless constrained by Scripture and by conscience to publish the following propositions for the cause of Christ and truth.

The Gospel offers eternal life in heaven to Jews and Gentiles alike as a free gift in Jesus Christ. Eternal life in heaven is not earned or deserved, nor is it based upon ethnic descent or natural birth.

All human beings, Jews and Gentiles alike, are sinners, and, as such, they are under God's judgment of death. Because God's standard is perfect obedience and all are sinners, it is impossible for anyone to gain temporal peace or eternal life by his own efforts. Moreover, apart from Christ, there is no special divine favor upon any member of any ethnic group; nor, apart from Christ, is there any divine promise of an earthly land or a heavenly inheritance to anyone, whether Jew or Gentile. To teach or imply otherwise is nothing less than to compromise the Gospel itself.

God, the Creator of all mankind, is merciful and takes no pleasure in punishing sinners. Yet God is also holy and just and must punish sin. Therefore, to satisfy both His justice and His mercy, God has appointed one way of salvation for all, whether Jew or Gentile, in Jesus Christ alone. Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully man, came into the world to save sinners. In His death upon the cross, Jesus was the Lamb of God taking away the sin of the world, of Jew and of Gentile alike.

The death of Jesus forever fulfilled and eternally ended the sacrifices of the Jewish temple. All who would worship God, whether Jew or Gentile, must now come to Him in spirit and truth through Jesus Christ alone. The worship of God is no longer identified with any specific earthly sanctuary. He receives worship only through Jesus Christ, the eternal and heavenly Temple. To as many as receive and rest upon Christ alone through faith alone, to Jews and Gentiles alike, God gives eternal life in His heavenly inheritance.

The inheritance promises that God gave to Abraham were made effective through Christ, Abraham's True Seed. These promises were not and cannot be made effective through sinful man's keeping of God's law. Rather, the promise of an inheritance is made to those only who have faith in Jesus, the True Heir of Abraham. All spiritual benefits are derived from Jesus, and apart from Him there is no participation in the promises.

Since Jesus Christ is the Mediator of the Abrahamic Covenant, all who bless Him and His people will be blessed of God, and all who curse Him and His people will be cursed of God. These promises do not apply to any particular ethnic group, but to the Church of Jesus Christ, the true Israel.

The people of God, whether the church of Israel in the wilderness in the Old Testament or the Israel of God among the Gentile Galatians in the New Testament, are one body who through Jesus will receive the promise of the heavenly city, the everlasting Zion. This heavenly inheritance has been the expectation of the people of God in all ages.

Jesus taught that His resurrection was the raising of the True Temple of Israel. He has replaced the priesthood, sacrifices, and sanctuary of Israel by fulfilling them in His own glorious priestly ministry and by offering, once and for all, His sacrifice for the world; that is, for both Jew and Gentile. Believers from all nations are now being built up through Him into this Third Temple, the Church that Jesus promised to build.

Simon Peter spoke of the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus in conjunction with the final judgment and the punishment of sinners. Instructively, this same Simon Peter, the Apostle to the Circumcision, says nothing about the restoration of the kingdom to Israel in the land of Palestine. Instead, as his readers contemplate the promise of Jesus' Second Coming, he fixes their hope upon the new heavens and the new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

The entitlement of any one ethnic or religious group to territory in the Middle East called the "Holy Land" cannot be supported by Scripture. In fact, the land promises specific to Israel in the Old Testament were fulfilled under Joshua. The New Testament speaks clearly and prophetically about the destruction of the second temple in A.D. 70. No New Testament writer foresees a regathering of ethnic Israel in the land, as did the prophets of the Old Testament after the destruction of the first temple in 586 B.C.

Moreover, the land promises of the Old Covenant are consistently and deliberately expanded in the New Testament to show the universal dominion of Jesus, who reigns from heaven upon the throne of David, inviting all the nations through the Gospel of Grace to partake of His universal and everlasting dominion.

Bad Christian theology regarding the "Holy Land" contributed to the tragic cruelty of the Crusades in the Middle Ages. Lamentably, bad Christian theology is today attributing to secular Israel a divine mandate to conquer and hold Palestine, with the consequence that the Palestinian people are marginalized and regarded as virtual "Canaanites." This doctrine is both contrary to the teaching of the New Testament and a violation of the Gospel mandate. In addition, this theology puts those Christians who are urging the violent seizure and occupation of Palestinian land in moral jeopardy of their own bloodguiltiness.

Are we as Christians not called to pray for and work for peace, warning both parties to this conflict that those who live by the sword will die by the sword? Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can bring both temporal reconciliation and the hope of an eternal and heavenly inheritance to the Israeli and the Palestinian. Only through Jesus Christ can anyone know peace on earth.

The promised Messianic kingdom of Jesus Christ has been inaugurated. Its advent marks the focal point of human history. This kingdom of the Messiah is continuing to realize its fullness as believing Jews and Gentiles are added to the community of the redeemed in every generation. The same kingdom will be manifested in its final and eternal form with the return of Christ the King in all His glory.

Of all the nations, the Jewish people played the primary role in the coming of the Messianic kingdom. New Testament Scripture declares that to them were given the oracles of God, the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises. Theirs are the fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and from them, according to the flesh, came Christ. Salvation is, indeed, of the Jews.

While affirming the Scriptural teaching that there is no salvation outside of Christ, Christians should acknowledge with heartfelt sorrow and grief the frequent oppression of the Jews in history, sometimes tragically done in the name of the cross.

But what are we to make of the unbelief of Israel? Has their unbelief made the faithfulness of God without effect for them? No, God has not completely rejected the people of Israel, and we join the apostle Paul in his earnest prayer for the salvation of his Jewish kinsmen according to the flesh.

There always has been and always will be a remnant that is saved. While not all Israel will experience the blessing of participation in the Messianic kingdom, yet Jews who do come to faith in Christ will share in His reign throughout the present age and into eternity.

In addition, it is not as though the rejection of some in Israel for unbelief serves no purpose. On the contrary, because they were broken off in unbelief, the Gospel has gone to the Gentiles, who now, through faith, partake of the blessings to the fathers and join with believing Jews to constitute the true Israel of God, the Church of Jesus Christ.

The present secular state of Israel, however, is not an authentic or prophetic realization of the Messianic kingdom of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, a day should not be anticipated in which Christ's kingdom will manifest Jewish distinctives, whether by its location in "the land," by its constituency, or by its ceremonial institutions and practices.

Instead, this present age will come to a climactic conclusion with the arrival of the final, eternal phase of the kingdom of the Messiah. At that time, all eyes, even of those who pierced Him, will see the King in His glory. Every knee will bow, and every tongue will declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. The kingdoms of this world will become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and He will reign forever and ever.

In light of the grand prophetic expectation of the New Testament, we urge our evangelical brothers and sisters to return to the proclamation of the free offer of Christ's grace in the Gospel to all the children of Abraham, to pray for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and to promise all humanitarian sympathy and practical support for those on both sides who are suffering in this current vicious cycle of atrocity and displacement.