The scriptures as recorded in various versions of English Bibles seem to many as difficult to understand because there are many symbols used that have been assigned various meanings by scholars and clergy. The early 16th century Tyndale version of the English Bible was the first to use the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin texts to compile into a Middle English translation of an English version of the Bible. Tyndale was also the first to use the printing press to make thousands of copies of his version of the Bible that were distributed throughout England. One symbol is used in the scriptures, of significance, often misunderstood or ignored is the symbol of the sword coming from the mouth of a symbolic rider on a white horse in the book of Revelation.
19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20 But the beast was captured and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs, he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. 21 The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.
Millions of people believe themselves to be knowledgeable of the scriptures taken from manuscripts based on Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek languages, but are they really? Many writings can be found supporting various religious beliefs created by both recognized scholars, religious leaders and those who espouse self-developed ideas. Writers with credentials from accredited universities and seminaries have written in-depth and seemingly credible analyses of the scriptural symbols.
The scriptures, however, are filled with warnings about the beliefs, writings and teachings of educated people who are thought to be wise and the incorrect doctrine of false teachers both religious and secular. The scriptures are filled with symbols that have significant meanings for the inhabitants of Earth past, present and future and the verses above contain some of the most significant signs for all mankind.
The S-word referenced in the title of this publication suggests an important symbol in scripture: The S-word that comes from the mouth of the Rider symbolized in the prophetic book of Revelations, taken from the collection of historic scriptures generally known as the Bible.
This Rider of the horse leads a symbolic army that captures the beast and the false prophet and throws them into a fiery lake of sulfur. He then uses the sword of his mouth to kill the rest of mankind who had been deluded into receiving the mark of the beast and false worship.
This Study is not for everyone, before identifying these symbols, it is important to recognize that this study/publication is not for everyone and will certainly not be well-received by most scholars, educators, religious leaders and people generally accepted as wise in the ways of the world and religious doctrines. Only a few will seek to understand the true meaning of the scriptures and will seek “Salvation.” Those willing will learn the scriptures are vastly different than those portrayed as “wise people.”
This study will be written in a non- scholarly format with little use of scholarly words; euphemisms, hermeneutics antinomianism, Monarchianism, ditheism, eschatology and various multi-syllabic words are not needed to understand scriptures and appear to be creations of people who desire to impress others with their verbal skills. This study is only for those who are serious about learning the real plan for salvation of the creator and those who will be First fruits. This study is not for those who cling to the doctrines of popular religions that have perpetuated false teachings for centuries. If you still believe the names of the Father and Son are Lord/God and Jesus Christ are the real names of the Creators, then you should seek some further study on their accurate names as written in the Hebrew based scriptures before trying to understand the meat of the scriptures. If you still believe that the man- made holidays of Christmas, Easter and the Lord’s Supper are acceptable to the Creator, study further. There are many groups teaching the true names of the Creators, the Holy days acceptable to the Creator and other basic doctrines along with detailed, educated studies in Bible dictionaries, encyclopedias and various other sources that explain how popular religious beliefs came into acceptance by humans; please avail yourself of this information.
If you believe that Christianity and Judaism are largely correct in their teachings, this study is not for you. If you are really willing to accept the scriptures as given by the Creator without false interpretations of humans, this study will shed light on some important information. It will give an accurate chronology of how the Creators names were changed because it is of vital importance to understand and call on the correct names of the Father and Son. If you do not have the ability to cross reference the words of the English Language with Hebrew and Greek, you will find it necessary to study and confirm not only the correct names of the Father and Son but also their importance to the First-Fruits.
Usually, the most difficult part of accepting the true meanings in the scriptures is overcoming learned false-teaching one has come to accept as well as the ridicule from friends, family and the world should you change your beliefs (repent) and, consequently, your lifestyle. In the study, pertinent scriptures will be included (as opposed to footnoted) to make it easy to see the relevancy without breaking away to reference material. After all, these insertions will be scriptures that you must decide to accept or reject for yourself.
This study is not written to save you or give you salvation. It is written to explain the importance of the First fruits to the Creator and the importance of the First fruits to the salvation of much of mankind. It is written to help identify the First-fruits of the Old Covenant and the First-fruits of the New Covenant, not to bring salvation to millions of humans, or to get people into heaven…
What’s in a Name?
We will get back to the meaning of the symbols in Revelation 19:19-21, but first, let’s learn just what the Messiah is recorded to have said about his visit to earth as a human.
One clue you can readily learn from the scriptures is the phrase kingdom of Heaven as opposed to the Kingdom in Heaven. The immortal souls of people do not go to heaven immediately upon their death if they believe Jesus Christ died for their sins as many have misled to believe.
10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. 11 He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside, everything is said in parables 12 so that,” ‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!'”
23 Jesus did not answer a word. So, his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.
24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
These verses appear to contradict the teachings of popular religions. In Matt 15:23-24, the Messiah said he was sent to this physical world only to the lost sheep of Israel.
This says the secret of the kingdom is not given to the masses through the Messiah’s teaching on Earth, but only to his disciples who were physical Israelites. Does this mean only Israelites can have eternal life? It is a good question, and the scriptures reveal the answer.
Clergy and theologians mostly ignore these scriptures because they are counter to popular religious teachings and certainly not politically correct! Surely no one believes the Creator is only going to save Israelites!
Let’s look at some more scriptures in the New Testament that are also largely ignored by mainstream religions:
7 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: 3 “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”
4 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.5 From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben 12,000, from the tribe of Gad 12,000, 6 from the tribe of Asher 12,000, from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000, from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000, 7 from the tribe of Simeon 12,000, from the tribe of Levi 12,000, from the tribe of Issachar 12,000, 8 from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000, from the tribe of Joseph 12,000, from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.
It appears, from the scriptures, that the twelve tribes of Israel play a very important part in the Creator’s plans for mankind. Note, it is not all the people of Israel who will be servants of the Creator but only those who have a seal on their foreheads, an easily interpreted symbol. These people have some knowledge in their minds; they know something others do not. We can learn what they know from other scriptures:
14 Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. 3 And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4 These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as first fruits to God and the Lamb. 5 No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.
In plain and simple language, the critical piece of knowledge the 144,000 Israelites who will be with the Messiah when he returns to earth, will have in their minds is the name of the Messiah and the Father. It appears the correct names of the Father and the Son are not common knowledge to all Israelites, and certainly the gentiles of the world, and that those names are vitally important if someone is to be a servant of the Father and the Son. Notice also; these people are First-Fruits to the Father and the Lamb/Son. Those who will be First-Fruits to The Father (Yahweh) will follow the teachings and example of the Son (Yahshua) and have a part in the first resurrection (Rev. 20:5, 6 and Rev.14:4).
Israel enjoys a special position before the creator, but it is not the position many Jews espouse as a special chosen people. In the scriptures, it is apparent Israel has been chosen as a special people, however not because they are special in their own right. Israel is an example or witness to the peoples of the world of willful disobedience to the Creator. More will be covered on the disobedience of Israel and the consequences of this disobedience later, but there is hope in the fact that Israel is not singularly in the creators’ plan of salvation for mankind, though certainly, it does not include all of mankind.
The scriptures make it clear that there will be possible salvation for peoples from many tribes and nations, not Israel alone:
9 After this, I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
The Big Picture
The purpose of this study is to provide the reader with a view of the BIG PICTURE of the Plan of the Creator, and the purpose of his plan. This study will hopefully prepare readers for their futures whether they be spiritual first-fruits, physical first-fruits or family members in the family of the creator. As incredible as that may sound, the scriptures explain the Creator’s plan for mankind and his plan bears almost no resemblance to what is and has been taught by religious leaders.
An important point to keep in mind is that the Creator’s thoughts are nothing like the thoughts of Man. It is Man’s own doing that has led to the current position of nations and the experiences of our history. The truth is, while many people proclaim they believe in a supreme being and they believe they should follow his laws as revealed in the scriptures, this does not happen. The scriptures proclaim man will disobey the Creator who the Hebrew Scriptures identify as Yahweh, meaning I Am, I Was and will be forever, in Hebrew.
You can learn more about the word “Elohim” meaning mighty one can also be used as plural or mighty ones from Bible dictionaries or encyclopedias. Please do so; it is important. You should have a very comprehensive source of biblical reference materials if you plan to understand Elohim’s, both the Father and Sons plans for you. Some good sources are International Bible Encyclopedia, McClintock and Strong Bible Encyclopedia, Nelson’s Bible Dictionary, Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon, Vines Expository Dictionary both Old and New Testament, Encyclopedia Britannica and many others.
Elohim made the world, man, the universe and all creation that we know and very likely some creations about which men have no understanding. If you think that man and all life evolved from a single cell or life source, then you should try to find the answers to some basic scientific questions many men ignore. Creation as we know it is ordered, logical and is structured by and on mathematical, physical and chemical laws that are balanced. If one of the laws were changed, the world would be a very different place or would not exist at all. Consider DNA:
deoxyribonucleic acid: an extremely long macromolecule that is the main component of chromosomes and is the material that transfers genetic characteristics in all life forms, constructed of two nucleotide strands coiled around each other in a ladder-like arrangement with the side pieces composed of alternating phosphate and deoxyribose units and the rungs composed of the purine and pyrimidine bases adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine: the genetic information of DNA is encoded in the sequence of the bases and is transcribed as the strands unwind and replicate.
Theorist have espoused since Darwin that evolution must be the way man has developed over time on the earth, and they theorize that since both plant and animal life share some DNA characteristics, that all life has evolved from a single source. These theories may sound plausible except there is one important fact to remember: there has never been any evidence found to support the theory that one species has evolved into another species.
No “missing link” has ever been discovered, and if the mathematical formulation of the structure DNA were calculated, the probability of cross-species evolution would be zero. Several authors have used math formulas to dispel the unsubstantiated theory of evolution; one with an understandable construction is Henry Morris, Ph.D. in his article “The Mathematical Impossibility of Evolution”. The Scriptures support mankind’s creation by a powerful superior being who has made available a book containing his work and plans for mankind. Some important scriptures to remember when you study are:
Rom 1:18-20 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
1 Cor 3:18-20
18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”
If you believe that the teachings of Bible scholars, priests, preachers, rabbi’s, educators and theologians can lead you to salvation, you should reexamine their teachings verses the scriptures. Throughout history, men have assaulted one another and wars have taken place in almost every part of the planet where men live. Some of these wars have resulted because some people to have the possessions of other people and have used religion as a tool to foment war.
Today the world population lives in peril of destruction that has not been possible until the advent, production and dispersal of extremely powerful nuclear weapons and the systems necessary to deliver these destructive devices to all areas of the globe. The scriptures foretell of destruction of a large portion of the man-made structures and systems, the deaths of most of the earth’s population, both human, and animal, along with the total collapse of the societal systems of humans. People will foolishly ignore the words of warning of Elohim in the scriptures, just as they have done throughout history, and that is why the Elohim chose Israel as an example and witness to the result of disobedience.
The witness Israel
1 Cor 10:1-13
For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert.
6 Now, these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry.” 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did — and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not test the Lord, as some of them did — and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did — and were killed by the destroying angel. 11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
These verses record a message from the Apostle Paul to members of the assembly at Corinth. They reveal some significant insights that most Jews, Israelites, and Christians have ignored. Paul told the Corinthians and the reader of scriptures today, the forefathers of the Corinthians and of Paul who was a Jew, were punished by Elohim because they disobeyed, and as a result, Elohim was not pleased with their forefathers and their bodies were scattered over the desert. These verses reveal some very interesting clues that should be extremely provoking to those who study the scriptures with the intent to really learn. Religious leaders have largely taught that Paul was an Apostle who taught Gentiles while the other Apostles taught the Jews. Paul, when speaking to the assembly at Corinth, explained that the forefathers of both the Corinthians and Paul displeased Elohim, resulting in many of their deaths. This can only mean that the Corinthians Paul was speaking to were Israelites, and Paul spoke to both Israelites and Gentiles.
The account of disobedience of these forefathers is written in the Old Testament Scriptures in the book of Exodus where it is recorded Moses led the twelve tribes of Israel out of Egypt under instruction from Elohim. Notice that the twelve tribes of Israel were led out of Egypt. As the Israelites were led through the desert, they were given commandments and laws they were to follow as they lived their lives. The Israelites promised Elohim they would follow his commandments and laws. The scriptures clearly explain that the
Israelites disobeyed and did not follow the commandments as promised.
Two other important points to ponder occurred relating to the exodus of the twelve tribes of Israel from Egypt. One took place as Elohim was instructing Moses to lead the Israelites from Egypt and is recorded in the book of Exodus chapter three verse 14. When Moses asked Elohim, who should he say sent him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, the Creator/Elohim identified himself to Moses as Yahweh. Elohim told Moses his name was Yahweh, that was his one and only name, and that Yahweh would always be his name. While the English Bibles record the name of Yahweh as” I Am” the actual name is in the Hebrew interlinear scriptures. Please study this for yourself. The Israelites not only did not use the true name of the Creator Jewish scribes changed the Creators name in the scriptures that resulted in the entire world being deceived and using a false name of the Creator Yahweh thus causing violations of the third commandment.
In 1st Corinthians, chapter 10, verse 4, Paul stated that the Israelites’ forefathers that displeased Yahweh/ Elohim all drank from the same spiritual Rock that accompanied them and that Rock was Christ. The translation of the scriptures in the English Bible incorrectly called the Rock Christ. If the translation had been correct, the Spiritual Rock that accompanied the Israelites on their Exodus from Egypt would have been identified as the Elohim that became the Son of the Father in the New Testament.
This identification of Elohim, that was known as Yahweh in the Old Testament Scriptures and became the Messiah in the New Testament, has confounded, to say the least, both Jewish and Christian religious leaders. The Jews hail only “God,” a false title they use in place of the Creator’s true name, and that there is no Messiah or Son of God.
The Christians generally believe that the Yahweh in the Old Testament was the Father God (they have accepted the false title propagated by the Jews and that the Messiah did not come to Earth until the virgin birth reported in the New Testament scriptures. Neither the Jews nor the Christians have been able to deal with Paul’s statement identifying the Spiritual Rock that accompanied the Israelites on their Exodus from Egypt as the Christ or Paul’s identifying the Corinthians as having the same forefathers as a Jew, meaning the Corinthians were either Jews or Israelites.
6 “This is what the Lord says Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty:
I am the first, and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. 7 Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come yes, let him foretell what will come. 8 Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God beside me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.
Understanding the nature of Yahweh Elohim can be both difficult and simple. Elohim as one being is explained by the Son in scripture in the book of John:
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.
Educated people have difficulty accepting things they cannot explain, but in this instance the scriptures are clear; the Father and Son are one, as in one family. Yahweh Elohim has made it clear in scriptures that he plans to have more members in his family, but only those who are acceptable to him. This is a difficult concept to understand; how a being unseen and not physical, not explainable by physical concepts, can want a family. But this is what the scriptures proclaim. Those who do not believe the scriptures nor accept these writings as being from Elohim, do not have the faith necessary for acceptance into the family of Yahweh Elohim. Most Israelites throughout history lacked the faith necessary to fulfill the role made available by Yahweh. What was the role rejected by Israel?
3 Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: 4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”
Yahweh selected Israel to be a holy nation. Out of all the peoples on the earth, Israel was to become a kingdom of priests to Yahweh. Israel could have enjoyed an honored position on Earth if only they would have kept the covenant of Yahweh and obeyed him by keeping the commandments and laws given them by Yahweh through Moses.
The Lord, your God, commands you this day to follow these decrees and laws; carefully observe them with all your heart and with all your soul. 17 You have declared this day that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in his ways, that you will keep his decrees, commands, and laws, and that you will obey him. 18 And the Lord has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised and that you are to keep all his commands. 19 He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame, and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised.
In chapter 28 of the book of Deuteronomy, Moses explained to the Israelites, the forefathers of the assembly at Corinth, that they would be extremely blessed if they kept and obeyed the commands and laws of Yahweh Elohim. In that same chapter, Moses outlined the curses that would befall Israel if they broke the laws of Yahweh and disobeyed. What did Israel, the witness nation chosen by Yahweh Elohim to be an example to all the nations of the earth, do?
Hos 9:10 “When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the desert; when I saw your fathers, it was like seeing the early fruit on the fig tree. But when they came to Baal Peor, they consecrated themselves to that shameful idol and became as vile as the thing they loved.
It is important to understand this verse because of the significance of the symbolic reference to the early fruit Israel could have been if they had obeyed Yahweh. The Hebrew word translated as “early fruit” in Hosea 9-10 is: OT:1061 HEBREW bikkuwr (bik-koor’); from OT:1069; the first-fruits of the crop: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
First-Fruits are very important symbolic words to Yahweh as will be explained later in this study. To begin to understand the significance of first-fruits, think about the following verse:
1 Cor 15:20
20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the First-Fruits those who have fallen asleep.
The scriptures provide numerous examples of the disobedient behavior of Israel; the Israelites refused to enter the land promised them through Abraham by Yahweh when Yahweh made a covenant with Abraham.
3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”
Jews around the world believe today that the land today called Israel, and settled by Jews in 1948, is land they have been promised by Yahweh whom they mistakenly call God. The Jews firmly believe that all the city of Jerusalem plus all the former land called Palestine is their promised land. They have been working hard for decades to have that land be placed under their control. The Jews have taken extreme actions, including terroristic acts and war, and have tried to influence nations to assist them in regaining the land. They have been successful in regaining some of the land they believe promised them by Yahweh. There is much more about the Jewish efforts in the Balfour Declaration of 1917 and the history of how the Balfour Declaration came into being.
Who are the Jews? Jew is a slang moniker for members from the tribe of Judah, one of the twelve tribes of Israel as described in the scriptures. The covenant was not just for the tribe of Judah but for all twelve tribes of Israel. What happened to the other eleven tribes? The answer is both complex and simple, yet most of the world does not know the identity of the other tribes of Israel. Later in this study, there will be a more complete description of the identity of the other eleven tribes of Israel, but for now, let’s look at a shockingly simple method of identifying the other eleven tribes. While the method of identification is surprisingly simple, apparently not many have used it, and when someone has come close to making the identification, their results are vigorously challenged by a large number of educated people who refuse to accept the obvious answer. That is the tribes of Israel can be identified by their history, and the sign of the covenant by Yahweh to Abraham described in the scriptures as circumcision.
As described in scripture, Israel did not obey Yahweh and was rejected from the Promised Land after the death of King Solomon, son of King David. The tribes split themselves into two separate groups with Judah and Benjamin taking the southern portion of the kingdom of Israel and the other ten tribes living in the northern portion of the kingdom. Over the years, all twelve tribes were conquered by other nations because they did not follow the commands and laws of Yahweh. The northern ten tribes were conquered by Assyria and carried off to a place located just south of the Caucus Mountains and were never identified as Israelites in the scriptures again. The details of the capture of the Northern tribes can be found in the Old Testament book 2nd kings:
2 Kings 18:9-12
9 In King Hezekiah’s fourth year, which was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Shalmaneser king of Assyria marched against Samaria and laid siege to it. 10 At the end of three years, the Assyrians took it. So, Samaria was captured in Hezekiah’s sixth year, which was the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel. 11 The king of Assyria deported Israel to Assyria and settled them in Halah, in Gozan on the Harbor River and in towns of the Medes. 12 This happened because they had not obeyed the Lord their God, but had violated his covenant — all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded. They neither listened to the commands nor carried them out.
The southern tribes were conquered by the Babylonians and were taken to Babylon and held there for seventy years at which time some Jews were allowed to return to the land from which they were taken. The capture and return of the southern tribes is described in the books of 2nd kings, 2nd Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. Incidentally, it was after the return from Babylon that the Jews modified the scriptures to make the name of Yahweh useless, a subject that will be covered later.
The members of the tribe of Judah are the only constituents of the tribes of Israel that can be identified physically today, a point that is vehemently challenged by some scholars and religious leaders in the past and present. A simple fact to remember: Yahweh stated in the scriptures he would return a remnant of all twelve tribes of Israel to the land he promised to the descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob. Yahweh will not ask men, no matter how educated they are, for their help in identifying the tribes of Israel. Yahweh will carry out his plan no matter how politically incorrect and unfair men may think his plan to be.
There are some simple facts that can be substantiated physically concerning the identification of the lost tribes of Israel. The tribes of Israel all have one common father and four mothers. It makes sense that they will have some similar physical characteristics; they will look somewhat like the members of tribe of Judah who were mostly of fair skinned people. Even though a person may claim to have the religious beliefs of The Jews that does not mean he is a physical descendant of Jacob. The remnant of the twelve tribes of Israel that will be placed back on the land promised through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will be physical descendants of Abraham, Jacob, and Isaac, not people claiming to be Jews or Israelites. But, the most important physical characteristic that identifies the members of the twelve tribes of Israel is the physical characteristic ordered by Yahweh himself:
9 Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. 10 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner — those who are not your offspring. 13 Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised. My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant. 14 Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”
No matter how much man dislikes the plans of Yahweh to return the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to the land promised them, it will be carried out according to the scriptures. Men will fight against the Jews and the other tribes of Israel, men who may think they are gentiles or don’t know their true identity, to try and prevent the Israelites from being resettled on the Promised Land. Just as nations today are trying to keep the Jews from being permanently settled on the Promised Land, nations will fight to prevent Yahweh’s plan from being carried out, but they will fail miserably. Many peoples from many nations hate Yahweh’s plans for Israel, just as they hate his laws and commandments, even teaching that Yahweh’s commandments and laws are not relevant in today’s modern times. Religious leaders, particularly Christians, strongly reject Yahweh’s commandments and laws, particularly if they are fair skinned and circumcised just as their forefathers. Yahweh’s Old Testament covenant is an everlasting covenant and Yahweh will make sure it is carried out.
Israelites (all twelve tribes) are the witnesses of Yahweh. Yahweh will carry out his plan no MATTER how politically incorrect they are depicted in the scriptures as the house of Judah and the house of Ephraim. The scriptures reveal these two houses will be rejoined physically and will reside in the Promised Land, but it will take place after Jerusalem is attacked by the nations surrounding it. The results of that attack will have disastrous worldly consequences that will result in the destruction of the religions and governments of man and the deaths of most of the world’s population.
15 The word of the Lord came to me: 16 “Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Ephraim’s stick, belonging to Joseph and all the house of Israel associated with him.’ 17 Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand.18 “When your countrymen ask you, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by this?’ 19 say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph — which is in Ephraim’s hand — and of the Israelite tribes associated with him and join it to Judah’s stick, making them a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.’ 20 Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on 21 and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them, and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. 23 They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.
Yahweh will collect a remnant of the twelve tribes of Israel and place them as one nation on the land promised by Yahweh, through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, a land much larger than the land called Israel reoccupied by the tribe of Judah beginning in 1948. This nation of Israel will have a government that will be a Kingdom, not a democracy. The laws, statutes, and commandments have already been written in the scriptures, and the Israelites have agreed to obey those laws. Israel will no longer defile themselves with idols and false teachings; they will be cleansed by Yahweh.
Terrible Destruction Coming to the World
This is where Revelation 19:19-21 gives a symbolic hint of the fate of mankind in the final days of religion and government established by people. Events have, are now and will in the future, take place that will result in the total destruction of the governments, religious organizations and commercial networks of humankind. Terrible times are coming to Earth because humans have disobeyed Elohim. The scriptures reveal this destruction and coming change in detail, though it is seemingly difficult for humans to understand.
The scriptures make it very clear that the twelve tribes of Israel, Elohim’s witnesses, will be physically placed on land called Canaan in the scriptures, now known as Palestine and other nations, a second time in spite of their disobedience to Yahweh. Each of the twelve tribes, except Levi, will be allocated its own land on which each will physically reside.
In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea.
12 He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth. 13 Ephraim’s jealousy will vanish, and Judah’s enemies will be cut off; Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim.
Yahweh Elohim will keep the covenant he made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and place the remnant of the tribes of Israel left after almost total destruction of mankind, on the land Yahweh called Canaan. The leadership position of Israel above all nations will be established, and the Kingdom of Yahweh will be the center of government for the world.
All nations will keep the laws of Yahweh Elohim and will recognize his Kingdom, power, and might. Nations will live in peace and will not go to war. There will be 1000 years of peaceful coexistence on earth. Men will understand that their forms of government and religion could not work primarily because of the selfish nature of man.
Physical Israel will continue to be a witness for Yahweh, but this time Israel will follow the laws, decrees, and commandments of Yahweh:
31 “The time is coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. 33 “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Israel will comply with Yahweh’s commands and will worship Yahweh in the exact manner their forefathers had been instructed. Israel will rebuild the cities that were destroyed in the great destruction that took place before it was restored to the Promised Land. Israel will build a magnificent Temple in which to worship Yahweh as their Elohim. The specifications and descriptions (of the Temple) can be found in the book of Ezekiel beginning in chapter 40. In the remaining chapters of Ezekiel, Yahweh describes how the Israelites are to sacrifice animals in the worship services and how the land is divided among the Israelite tribes. Ezekiel was instructed to write down all of the descriptions given by Yahweh for the Israelites, not only for the Jews returning from Babylonian captivity but for all tribes of Israel when the remnant is returned to the land promised them through Abraham by Yahweh.
This is Physical Israel, old covenant Israel, the descendants of the forefathers who promised to obey Yahweh but did not. Even though Israel continually disobeyed Yahweh, He will keep his part of the Covenant and restore the remnant of the twelve tribes to the Promised Land. Yahweh has given them instructions on where to live, how to live and how to worship in the book of Ezekiel and while they ignored these instructions before the Messiahs return to physical earth, they will certainly read and take heed after the world as they knew it is almost destroyed. Isa 2:2-42
In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. 3 Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4 He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. This will be a great change for the world. However, it will take catastrophic events to occur before humans will recognize the errors of their ways.
Identifying the SWORD
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Heb 4:12-13 12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
The symbolic sword is the word of Elohim. If the world worships with great religions that have leaders who wrap themselves in magnificent robes and worship in mighty cathedrals with great ceremonial procedures, why would the nations be symbolically killed with the word of Elohim? There is only one simple answer: The religions of man are false, and Elohim is very unhappy with these false doctrines. Elohim tells men so in the scriptures repeatedly.
I am the Lord, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself, 25 who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense,
2 Peter 2:1-3 2 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them — bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed, these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. NIV
When the Son of Elohim was on earth physically, there were false teachers in the religion of the Jews, just as there are today. The Messiah rebuked these false teachers as an example for people today who study the scriptures, so false teachers will not deceive them.
Matt 23:25-36 25 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First, clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside, are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside, you appear to people as righteous, but on the inside, you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
29 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. 30 And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers!
33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? 34 Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. 35 And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 I tell you the truth; all this will come upon this generation.
Just imagine if someone walked into a Jewish synagogue or a Christian church or cathedral and addressed the rabbis, priests or ministers in the words of the Messiah as recorded in the book of Matthew. Would that person be supported by anyone else? But that is exactly the example the Messiah set for his followers, to denounce false teachers and religious leaders. The sword that came out of the mouth of the Messiah cut these false teachers so badly they sought ways to get rid of him quickly. Just try to rebuke the religious leaders that cloak themselves with fancy robes and perform theatrical ceremonies with ornate staffs, miters and smoke pots in front of mighty choirs in spectacular buildings and see how long it takes them to get you out of their presence, banned never to return to any service at that organization again.
Those who believe they know the scriptures will be shocked when they learn that knowledge is incorrect and will not lead them to the salvation they seek. In many cases, followers of false teachers will not only fail in their quest for eternal life but they, like the false teachers they follow, will block others from finding the will of Elohim. Men are not only incorrect in their doctrinal beliefs, they are intransigent in those beliefs and will mislead others with their unshakable stubbornness.
The scriptures reveal that the prophets, sent by Yahweh to men, were not only disbelieved. Some were killed when they passed on the words given them by Yahweh. The Messiah himself met the fate of death, even though he was completely sin-free. The Jewish religious leaders he rebuked did not seek repentance but sought instead to have the Messiah put to death for various reasons. The foremost reason they sought to get rid of the Messiah was because he was a threat to their positions of power and elevated status among the people.
When the Messiah was on earth, did he seek to position himself as a respected religious leader?
The Messiah had no fancy robes, no wealth did not seek power over men, and was not supported by a hierarchy of man-made traditions. He instead chose uneducated men with no human power base to spread his gospel to the lost sheep. The tribes of Israel. Many of whom did not know they were Israelites and won’t until the end of man’s false religions, failed governments and commercial systems that do not adhere to scriptural instructions. Men do not want to follow any instructions other than the ones they design for themselves. Men will resist Elohim so that the religions, governments and commercial structures they have developed to elevate themselves and subjugate other humans will continue to allow for the consolidation of power to the most ruthless of men. Even when a third of the world’s population is destroyed by war, men will not repent of their sins and will continue trying to make their faulty man-made religious organizations and governments continue to work.
Rev 9:13-21 13
The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the horns of the golden altar that is before God. 14 It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number.
17 The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and sulfur. 18 A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke, and sulfur that came out of their mouths. 19 The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.
20 The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood — idols that cannot see or hear or walk. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.
There are many prophetic scriptures, in the Bible, that predict the coming destruction of men and their worldly organizations. Men will reject the scriptures and will continue to disobey and rebel against Elohim until most of mankind destroys itself. Nations will fail to believe the scriptures and will try to destroy Jerusalem and its inhabitants, bringing on themselves almost total destruction. In the scriptures, Yahweh has told men what their fate will be when they foolishly attack Jerusalem in the final days before their destruction.
Zech 2:7-13 7 “Come, O Zion! Escape, you who live in the Daughter of Babylon!” 8 For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After he has honored me and has sent me against the nations that have plundered you — for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye — 9 I will surely raise my hand against them so that their slaves will plunder them. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me.
10 “Shout and be glad, O Daughter of Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the Lord. 11 “Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people. I will live among you, and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. 12 The Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem. 13 Be still before the Lord, all mankind because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.”
Yahweh will send his son to fight against the nations that attack Jerusalem, and he describes just how the armies of those nations will die.
12 This is the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. 13 On that day men will be stricken by the Lord with great panic. Each man will seize the hand of another, and they will attack each other. 14 Judah too will fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected — great quantities of gold and silver and clothing. 15 A similar plague will strike the horses and mules, the camels and donkeys, and all the animals in those camps.
The above scriptural prophecy recorded by the prophet Zechariah has not yet occurred, but men have been warned that when the nations attack Jerusalem, they will be destroyed because Jerusalem will be the center of the future Kingdom of Yahweh on Earth and will be rebuilt after each attack brought against it. But in the final days, men and animals that attack Jerusalem will die a quick and horrible death. Their flesh will rot from their bones, the description of how Neutron weapons destroy flesh. It is widely surmised that Judah had in its arsenal a stockpile of Neutron bombs in the 1990s. For information about Judah’s nuclear capabilities go to
Keep this one very important fact in mind; Israel, including Judah, will not be saved and restored because they have been obedient to Yahweh. They are an example of and a witness to the Character of Elohim. Yahweh will keep his promise to Israel, through Abraham, and place the remnant of surviving Israelites on the Promised Land once known as Canaan, in spite of Israel’s almost total disobedience to Yahweh.
Why would Yahweh save a disobedient Israel repeatedly?
your choice gifts, along with all your holy sacrifices. 41 I will accept you as fragrant incense when I bring you out from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will show myself holy among you in the sight of the nations. 42 Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I bring you into the land of Israel, the land I had sworn 39 “‘As for you, O house of Israel, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Go and serve your idols, every one of you! But afterward you will surely listen to me and no longer profane my holy name with your gifts and idols. 40 For on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord, there in the land the entire house of Israel will serve me, and there I will accept them. There I will require your offerings and with uplifted hand to give to your fathers. 43 There you will remember your conduct and all the actions by which you have defiled yourselves, and you will loathe yourselves for all the evil you have done. 44 You will know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for my name’s sake and not according to your evil ways and your corrupt practices, O house of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord.'”
It is important to understand that the tribes of physical Israel are dispersed throughout the nations and they, for the most part, do not understand just who they are. All the tribes have broken the laws of Yahweh and will continue to do so until the remnant of the tribes left on earth after a great destruction are placed on the Promised Land. Notice in the book of Ezekiel, chapter 20 verses 39-44 that Israel will loath itself for its sins and will realize they have profaned the holy name of Yahweh. There will be an entire section of how Israel has profaned and blasphemed the holy name of Yahweh later in this study. Remember these words, because if you are a physical Israelite and you are still alive after the Messiah’s return, you will know what to expect and be able to prepare for a trip to the Promised Land. Remember also you will loath yourself and will remember the Sword that comes out of the mouth of the Messiah, the scriptures, and realize that Israel brought on themselves senseless destruction because they refused to follow the Laws of Elohim and tried to live like the lawless pagan nations of the world.
30 “Therefore say to the house of Israel: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Will you defile yourselves the way your fathers did and lust after their vile images? 31 When you offer your gifts — the sacrifice of your sons in the fire — you continue to defile yourselves with all your idols to this day. Am I to let you inquire of me, O house of Israel? As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will not let you inquire of me.
32 “‘You say, “We want to be like the nations, like the peoples of the world, who serve wood and stone.” But what you have in mind will never happen. 33 As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will rule over you with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath. 34 I will bring you from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered — with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath. 35 I will bring you into the desert of the nations and there, face to face; I will execute judgment upon you. 36 As I judged your fathers in the desert of the land of Egypt, so I will judge you, declares the Sovereign Lord. 37 I will take note of you as you pass under my rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant. 38 I will purge you of those who revolt and rebel against me. Although I will bring them out of the land where they are living, yet they will not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
In verse 38 above, please note that even after the almost total destruction of human kind there will be some Israelites who will not repent of their disobedient ways, and even though they will be gathered from the nations where they have been scattered, they will not be allowed to enter the promised land. They will follow the example of their disobedient forefathers who would not enter the Promised Land after being brought out of Egypt and who died while wandering in the desert.
20 The Lord replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked. 21 Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth, 22 not one of the men who saw my glory and the miraculous signs I performed in Egypt and in the desert but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times — 23 not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their forefathers. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it. 24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.
What the scriptures really depict is extremely different than what is being taught by religious leaders not only today and in the past, but the scriptures foretell there will be false religious teaching even until the destruction of most of mankind and the governments and commercial systems that exist today. The scriptures depict a worldwide false religious system symbolized by a woman seated on a scarlet beast.
Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet and was glittering with gold, precious stones, and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. 5 This title was written on her forehead:
MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.
False religion that will exist at the end of the age has been in existence for centuries but has worked together with the scarlet beast which symbolizes a form of secular government that is explained in the scriptures as the fourth beast government. The fourth beast form of government is explained to the prophet Daniel in chapter 7 of the book of Daniel.
23 “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. 24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. 25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws.
The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time. There will be a king arise who will be different from other kings symbolized by the horns on the scarlet beast government, and this king will try to change the set times and the laws, and he will oppress the saints. This can only mean this king will attack the religious beliefs of the believers who follow the testimony of the Messiah and who keep the commandments of Elohim.
There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.” 12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.
Later in this study, we will learn more about the fourth beast government which tramples the entire world, has more than one king, has a king that is different who makes war with the saints and changes the times and the laws.
The important thing to realize and to understand is that the fourth beast government and the king that is different who prosecutes the saints is in existence today and has been for centuries. This system of the government and the king who persecutes the saints are huge, and their identity can hardly be disguised. What form of government is the most powerful and influential in the world? What religion has a symbolic king who works with governments to spread its doctrines to all the tribes and nations of the world?
15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages. 16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God’s words are fulfilled. 18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.
Just think about a religious city that has a symbolic religious king with influence over peoples in many nations and to whom secular rulers look for religious instruction. What symbolic religious king has worked with secular kings to fortify the Kings’ religious beliefs even to the point of killing thousands of people who refused to follow the religious kings’ instructions and practices? For more understanding of just how this has come about, you only need to read the Nicene creed established in 325 AD to understand a secular king, Constantine, called the religious leaders of established Christianity together for a meeting. The results of that meeting changed the time of the Sabbath from the seventh day of the week to a day of worship on the first day of the week. The religious king also changed the times of the Holy Days established by the Creator. This religious King substituted Christian pagan days to replace biblical holy days as given through Moses… Days the world knows as Christmas and Easter, plus other various religious appointed days of worship, are not in the scriptures. The scriptures give other identifying symbols of the religious king such as the depiction related in the book of Revelation chapter 13 verse 11:
Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12 He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13, And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14 Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18 This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.
The fourth beast government that will exist until the return of the Messiah is a symbolic power that emanates from a form of government that has become the most powerful on the earth. This form of government is strong and fierce and rules the world as it has done for centuries. This beast government is a loose confederation of governments that are symbolized in the scriptures as the feet of clay and iron in Daniel chapter 2:
40 Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron — for iron breaks and smashes everything — and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. 41 Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. 42 As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay
This fourth beast kingdom is also symbolically described in Daniel Chapter 7:
7 “After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast — terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.
Remember, this fourth beast government that will remain as the most powerful form of government until the Messiah returns to earth to establish his everlasting government had ten kings symbolized by horns. Three of these kings were uprooted and replaced by another king symbolized by a horn that had eyes of a man and spoke boastfully. The identity of these three kings is revealed in the YNCA article” Scientific and Historical proof of the existence of the Creator.”
8 “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully.
The fourth beast, government, that now exists and will exist until the return of the Messiah, is a loose confederation of governments that will combine to be the most powerful government comprised of men on Earth. This fourth beast/ government will also have a ruler who will be different from the other kings and this ruler will look like a lamb, symbolizing peace and religion, but will speak boastfully and will act with authority given him by the fourth beast government. The little horn king will cause the people on Earth to worship the powerful fourth beast government and will cause the time and laws to be changed.
The smaller horn symbolizing a beast government different than the other governments that acted under the authority of the fourth powerful beast government deceived the inhabitants of the earth and caused them to receive a symbolic mark on their foreheads. This mark is a symbol for their mind and their hands, symbolic for their deeds or actions.
World History Bears witness to the Scriptures
The history of the Holy Roman Empire began in earnest with the rule of King Constantine in 306 AD. Constantine established the beginning of the Roman Empire by winning fierce battles against his foes and consolidating his power by combining the territories of his vanquished foes and by supporting the power of the Catholic Church.
The Council of Nice, a confederation of church rulers, made rules supported and enforced by Constantine to change the day of worship from the seventh day, Saturday, to the first day of the week, Sunday. The Sabbath days kept by early believers were renounced by the council members and replaced with days that coincided with pagan worship days that had been celebrated by secular peoples for long periods of history.
Several rulers followed after Constantine’s death, but the empire was to decline to the point of begin fragmented, weak and insignificant until the rule of Charlemagne beginning in 800 AD when he was crowned Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire by the PopeThe Byzantine Empire considered Constantine its founder and the Holy Roman Empire reckoned him among the venerable figures of its tradition. In the later Byzantine state, it had become a great honor for an emperor to be hailed as a “new Constantine.” Ten emperors, including the last emperor of Byzantium, carried the name.  Monumental Constantinian forms were used at the court of Charlemagne to suggest that he was Constantine’s successor and equal. Constantine acquired a mythic role as a warrior against “heathens.”
The motif of the Romanesque equestrian, the mounted figure in the posture of a triumphant Roman emperor, became a visual metaphor in statuary in praise of local benefactors. The name “Constantine” itself enjoyed renewed popularity in western France in the eleventh and twelfth centuries.  Most Eastern Christian churches consider Constantine a saint (Άγιος Κωνσταντίνος, Saint Constantine).  In the Byzantine Church, he was called isapostolos (Ισαπόστολος Κωνσταντίνος)—an equal of the Apostles.  Niš airport is named Constantine the Great in honor of his birth in Naissus.
The above paragraph was taken from the Wikipedia encyclopedia and is a summation of the legacy of Constantine to the Byzantine Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Catholic Church. It is noteworthy that ten emperors carried the name of Constantine. The history of the Roman Empire and the Catholic Church is replete with the epic battles that occurred between and among the leaders of the Catholic Church subsequent to the rule of Charlemagne. There is no other historical event that can match the description of a little different, religious king that came to rule kings and received his power from secular kings than the history of the office of Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. The little horn, different king, deceived the inhabitants of the earth by changing the times from worshiping on the Sabbath and changing the law, by claiming the ten commandments were no longer in effect. This little king wields enormous power over western society and the world because the office of Pope has established itself as the direct earthly representative of the Creator.
Through powerful deceptions, this different King aided by secular rulers in Europe beginning in the reign of Constantine, revived by Charlemagne and aided by subsequent secular rulers since has deceived all mankind. It should be clear to understand that western society began with the legacy of the Holy Roman Empire and is today comprised of secular rulers that continue to support the boastful little king that looks religious but speaks with the authority of Satan and continues to deceive the inhabitants of the earth. It should also be clear that the Roman Catholic Church alone does not represent the false religion that became a world power, but also its offspring comprised of the religious churches that call themselves Protestants who follow the false teachings of their mother, the Roman Catholic Church.
To obtain a clear and more complete understanding of the formation of Western Society that came into existence beginning with the Holy Roman Empire, please take time to study the history of the Roman Empire and its promulgation of false religious teachings throughout its existence. When a serious study is done with an open mind, it becomes apparent that the symbolic woman that has the appearance of royalty and sits on the beast with ten horns and holds a symbolic cup in her hand filled ‘the filth of her adulteries,” which symbolize apostasy, and sits on the peoples of many nations can be no other than false religious teaching starting with the formation of the Holy Roman Empire and the Roman Catholic Church. This alliance has continued since its beginning until today with false Christian religious teachings given/created/circulated/proclaimed by the Roman Catholic Church and its protestant offspring, aided and abetted by the rulers of the countries that comprise Western society.
There are many opinions about the symbolic descriptions that are given in the scriptures, and one of the most concerning to people is the mark of the beast and the symbol of 666 referring to an anti-Christ. There is only one little king different from the ten kings that, at a time in history, comprise the powerful fourth beast government that fits the description in the scriptures. That different little king is described in Daniel chapter 7 as someone who will oppress the saints and will try to change the set times and laws. This little King will speak against the Most High and will oppress his saints. This little king is also described in the book of Revelation, chapter 13, as a beast that came out of the earth, not the sea, which distinguishes this beast from the fourth beast kingdom beast that gives this beast his authority. The beast which comes from the earth looks like a lamb but speaks with the voice of a dragon which symbolizes Satan or evil false religion
11 Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12 He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13, And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14 Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.
18 This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.
If it is true that this little king that symbolizes false religion and is a different type of government, religious, not secular, THEN the symbol 666 should be found somewhere near or on the little beast king also referred to as the lawless one in 2nd Thessalonians chapter two.
It is very interesting to find that the Roman Catholic Church looks to the office of Pope as being filled with the representative of the Messiah on earth and as such has bestowed on the occupant of that office the title of Vicar of the Son of God which in Latin is spelled “Vicarius Filii Dei.” When you assign the numerical value of each letter in this title using roman numerals, it is noteworthy that the total of these numerical values equals 666. The total for Vicarius = 112., Filii=53 and Dei=501 for a total of 666. The numerical value of the Popes title equals the number 666 that John warned in scripture would identify the man of lawlessness, man of sin in the KJV. And as noted here, also labeled as the little different beast king who would speak against the most high, blaspheme his name, persecute the saints and attempt to change the laws and commandments including the Sabbaths, and the holy days given in scripture by the Creator.
This false religious beast, along with its Protestant offspring, has been the dominant religious force in the world, working in conjunction and cooperation with the association of governments that comprise the strongest form of government that has ever existed on Earth. This fourth beast government has unmatched military power and can bring fire down upon whatever enemy it wishes. This fourth beast government is the most powerful, most influential and most economically dominant government that has ever existed in the history of Earth. This fourth beast government has, in conjunction with the little beast, symbolized by the little horn spread its form of religion, Christianity, throughout the world. There can be no other entities that meet the symbolic characteristics of the fourth beast government and the false prophet than the governments that comprise western society and Christianity led by the Roman Catholic Church
Catholic Church bears witness to its False Teachings:
There are numerous research books, encyclopedias, and articles, even some articles written by Catholic clergy that describe how the church has changed the laws as given by the one and only lawgiver. One such article is by the Rev. John A. O’Brien in the book Understanding the Catholic Faith. On page 13 of the 1955 edition, O’Brien states: “The Bible does not contain all the teachings of the Catholic religion, nor does it formulate all the duties of its members. Take, for instance, the matter of Sunday observance, attendance at divine service, and abstention from unnecessary servile work on that day. This is a matter upon which our Protestant neighbors have for many years laid great emphasis; yet nowhere in the Bible is the Sunday designated as the Lord’s Day; the day mentioned is the Sabbath, the last day of the week. The early Church, conscious of her authority to teach in the name of Christ, deliberately changed the day to Sunday.”
There is a list of reference works at the end of this section that will help readers understand the tremendous influence false religion has instilled in the minds of humans and the disobedience to the Creator it has produced. What is the mark of the beast that is on the minds, thoughts, foreheads, and hands of men and women? Work patterns on sacred holy days incorrectly observed Sabbaths and blaspheming the names of the Father and His Son. False religion and its false prophets have caused people to sin by ignoring the laws and commandments
9 A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, 10 he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.” 12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.
The mark of the beast has been forced on humankind since the time of Emperor Constantine in 325 AD. It has been instructed by a succession of men claiming to be the direct representative of Elohim on Earth for centuries. Millions have now and in the past had this mark on their minds and hands by disobeying the will and instructions of Elohim. It is foolish to continue to follow false religious leaders and watching for some future government mandated physical mark on or in a person’s body. People must take responsibility for their own actions and study, learn and accept the truth as it exists in many forms. The identity of the fourth beast government, the little king, false prophets, and the mark of the beasts are readily available to those who really desire to open their minds and study and obey the scriptures rather than the false teachings of men who love their positions of power and pseudo-authority,
Make sure you do not treat Elohim with contempt, for he has promised those that do will never enter into the Promised Land, and they will most certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Humankind is committing suicide because humans refuse to take heed and obey the laws and commands of Elohim. The S-word of Elohim is sharp and cuts into man’s false beliefs and will result in the deaths of billions of people. Yahweh has promised what will happen to humans and the entire world if they ignore his words, something most have chosen to do for thousands of years.
All people will be held accountable for their own actions, and when they are faced with judgment, they will realize the results of their disobedience. For some, it will be too late. The terrible thing some will realize is that they were responsible for not only their eternal death but because they were examples to their children, they will also be partially responsible for the same fate that will befall their children, grandchildren and more.
English Bibles: NIV, American standard, revised American Standard, New King James, King James, Todays English Version.
Encyclopedias: McClintock and Strong, American Encyclopedia, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, On line Encyclopedia, Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia Britannica Encyclopedia Online. Wiki Pedia Encyclopedia, Jewish Encyclopedia
Dictionaries: Easton’s Bible Dictionary, Fausset’s Bible Dictionary, Smith’s Bible Dictionary, Nelson’s Bible Dictionary, Vine’s Expository Dictionary Webster’s Dictionary
Lexicons Thayer’s Greek Lexicon Brown-Driver-Rigges Hebrew lexicon
Authors works Josephus Life of and War of the Jews, Bede Anglo Saxon History Washington State University Anglo Saxon Culture Britain Express Anglo Saxon Britain Wisconsin edu., Anglo Saxon England History Stephen M. Collins Covering the Lost Tribes of Israel