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Back in the day -- I mean way way way back-- the higher critics set to work to disprove the Bible. They said David didn't exist, and Pilate didn't exist, and the Hittites didn't exist. Then archeology proved them wrong.
More and more the Bible is being proven to be true. When someone tells me that physicists say the world was created by sound and light, this is nothing new to me. I already knew: "And God said, Light Be. And Light Was." I already knew that Light created everything.
Anyway, the Book of Revelations annoyed the heck out of a lot of people. Thomas Jefferson was a deist but he couldn't go so far as to believe in the supernatural. And being a child of his time, there were things he considered supernatural that we moderns wouldn't blink at.
Time No Longer
Einstein ended time early in the 20th century, in a sense, in his theory of special relativity. Time is not immutable, he said! So we can say the end of our ideas about the nature of time came in 1905!
Okay, some Bible folks translate the verse as "there will be delay no longer." But the meaning is also "time." And I like that meaning. The angel has declared that Time no longer will exist. And now that Einstein has told us that time can change, we see that the Book of Revelations is right.
I saw a WalMart ad the other day touting a new drug mailing service they're offering. It's getting easier to get your medication. The Bible in Revelations talks about addictions to sorcery- this word can be translated as Pharmakeia, or medicine.
Slavery is something we think of as a scourge of the past- Middle Passage slave ships, chains and plantations. But the fact is that people are being forced to work against their will, with no restitution, all around the world in the present day.
Whoremongers means human trafficking, which can involve anything that takes advantage, exploits, trespasses in any manner a fellow human being.Understood this way, we can see this is a fairly common human experience
The word for sorcerer is the word Pharmakeia which is used in the Bible for witchcraft, hallucinations brought on by medication, and also medication. We live in a time of all that. Mind-altering drugs, Big Pharma, etc.
The mark of the beast
Now it's nothing for us to think of a chip or a laser tattoo on someone's forehead. What with the credit and money issues.
Every Eye shall see them and the people will send presents to each other
This really annoyed folks like Thomas Jefferson. How could all the people of the world see one thing? And for three days, no less.
And, of course, there is the biggest hurdle Jefferson and the Higher Critics had: God said Israel would become a nation in a day. And that Jewish people from all over would return to their land.
Okay, someone can say that maybe the christian world forced the issue by declaring Israel a nation back in 1948. But really? Really? Folks back in Jefferson's day didn't think Israel could ever become a nation again. And when one sees all the people from India, China, Pakistan, Ethipia, Afghanistan, etc...who have kept their Jewish traditions all these centuries RETURNING to their homeland...then one knows the Bible is right and that we are definitely living in the endtimes.
Mark 13: 33-37
"Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is... Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming--in the evening (Pre-Trib), at midnight (Mid-Trib), at the crowing of the rooster (Pre-Wrath), or in the morning (Post-Trib)-- lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!’"
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