When Will the Lawless One be Revealed?
The Sign for the Bride - Part 2
The Sign for the Bride Part 1 | Part 2
When will the lawless one be revealed? The answer to this question matters plenty, as documented at length in Part 1 of The Sign for the Bride. If you haven't read that recently and thoroughly, I recommend doing so before proceeding.
So, how do we know when? Students of history have long observed that events with similar themes tend to occur on anniversaries of the same day, as accounted on the Lord's calendar. In keeping with this trend, the revealing of the lawless one is foreshadowed in biblical events that occurred on the thirteenth day of the first month! As we keep vigilant watch according to the Lord's commands we see signs validating this insight into the timing and our confidence is encouraged. Our faith is built in the Lord's faithfulness as He attends to our growing need.
The Adversary works toward this appointed day and prepares his own people as the Lord prepares His. The Devil's agents have been busy spilling the beans about their plans in media productions, giving us coded examples of the day of the year and sometimes even the year of their champion's revealing. For many years, fraudulent supernatural manifestations of a kind that began in Fatima, Portugal in 1917 have borne further testimony of this day. A former Pope who still lives at the Vatican was born and baptized on the same day, that very 13th day of the 1st month, which affords us insight into the companion beast of Revelation 13 known as the false prophet.
It should become apparent at some point in this study that the Lord Y'shua is faithful, who has promised to reveal all things at the appropriate time in the appropriate manner! This is what we need to avoid being deceived! If one can have the confidence to refute even a prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from the highest authority in the church in the absence of the sign, we must also be able to have a very high degree of confidence in our ability to recognize it in the day of strong delusion. Knowing what day of the year the sign will occur provides something approaching that level of confidence. Now that even the very year is known, this represents a substantial benefit.
At the appointed time, what this knowledge represents will provide for those who are not deceived to be a special witness to others. Those beneficiaries will have an epiphany about the baptism that reveals, about the identity of the impostor and through that, the genuine! (What Will Their Acceptance be but Life from the Dead?)
This first type of the lawless one I'd like to introduce is rather obscure. Barabbas is introduced in the Gospels where Jesus was delivered up before Pontius Pilate and the Jews had just been given one final opportunity to receive him as their King. A choice was offered to them according to the custom of releasing one prisoner to the Jews at Passover time.
So when the people gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?”
All four Gospels record this event, which is a notable feature. (Matthew 27:11-26; Mark 15:6-15; Luke 23:13-25; John 18:28-19:16 )
6 Now at the feast he used to release for them any one prisoner whom they requested. 7 The man named Barabbas had been imprisoned with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the insurrection. 8 The crowd went up and began asking him to do as he had been accustomed to do for them. 9 Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” 10 For he was aware that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to ask him to release Barabbas for them instead. 12 Answering again, Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?” 13 They shouted back, “Crucify Him!” 14 But Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify Him!” 15 Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.
Although Pilate was highly motivated to release Jesus, the Jews demanded another. They rejected Jesus who is called Christ and accepted one Barabbas, a robber, murderer and insurrectionist. To understand this prophetic model it helps to know an obscure fact. According to some of the manuscripts used by Origen, several of the Caesarean manuscripts, the Sinaitic palimpsest, and the Palestinian Syriac lectionaries, this man Barabbas was actually named in Matthew's gospel record as Jesus Barabbas. (see Jesus Barabbas) The name, Jesus Barabbas, further translates to Jesus “son of the father.” Think about how the choice they were offered was between two men who could both be identified as Jesus “son of the father.”
I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him.
Barabbas was involved in political insurrection, sedition, robbery and murder. Who is this man's father? The deeds of Barabbas betray his father to be the same one who fathered the chief priests that stirred up the crowd to receive him, according to our Lord's declaration in John 8.
You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Forget about what you've seen on TV and heard in the pulpits and seminaries about this character. Jesus Barabbas represents an antithesis of the Jesus who was rejected, the sinless only begotten son of the Heavenly father. Pilate's offering is a prophetic model of what is to come. “Whom do you want me to release for you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” Antichrist, or Christ, which will it be? Jesus Barabbas was demanded and received by the crowd. As it was, so it will be in the appointed day.
Now, here's the key insight. Careful study will reveal that these two men were offered to the crowd on the day before Jesus was crucified. He was crucified as the Passover Lamb, sacrificed according to tradition on the 14th day of the 1st month. Jesus Barabbas, an alternate “Jesus son of the father” identity, was therefore presented for release, demanded and received on the 13th day of the 1st month. When you realize the significance of these historical modelings you will understand how the sacrifice of the Passover lamb and the custom of releasing one prisoner at the people's request were ordained so that we might have such a testimony as this, where attention given to the dates really matters!
Note that Jesus Barabbas had been a prisoner, restrained by the authorities, and consider well how this relates to the following revelation about the antitype.
And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed.
2 Thessalonians 2:6
In Part 1, I wrote the following about this verse. “The point being made about keeping pneuma antichristos in check is that there is a set time for this. There is a season for restraining and a fit moment appointed for its release.” Pilate knew the appointed time for releasing a prisoner from his restraints was the time of the Feast. The chief priests and elders of the people also knew the time appointed for the release of a prisoner, and they probably had this custom in mind when planning the set-up, making the arrangement with Judas to betray Jesus to them. Do you perceive how the knowing of the time of the prisoner's release in advance is being illustrated? Some of us understand about appointed times, and when the lawless one is revealed on the 13th day of the 1st month, we will not be taken by surprise.
There's more links between the account of Barabbas and 2 Thessalonians 2 to be found in the conversation between Jesus and Pilate. In 2 Thessalonians 2:10 and 12 we read about receiving the love of the truth and believing the truth, in the context of being saved and of judgment. Compare this pertinent exchange on the subject of truth, and how a flipped “Barabbas” variant is coming soon.
36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” 37 Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” 38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?”
The other realm is referenced, where my Lord's kingdom or authority still is. The realm of pneuma antichristos authority is by contrast the underworld, and it is even now of this world, of this present kosmos.
Another cryptic time element embedded in the context of the Barabbas prophecy is the Shemitah count pattern that identifies this present season to us as the pivot of the age. I explain this at length in the blog series, To Number Our Days Aright.The pattern is where 3 things of a kind are followed by a 4th of a similar kind, but something notable happens in the 4th that distinguishes it from the first 3. This pattern represents weeks of years counted off from the celestial sign of Yom Teruah, 1991. I received it by revelation insight about Peter and his 3 instances of denial followed by a rooster crowing. You can see this pattern in the way the account of John 18 is given. In verses 25 to 27, Peter is denying the Lord, then he hears the rooster crow. In this context, it's a prophetic signal that we're in the season of the harvest. What follows is the account where Barabbas is going to be demanded and released.
That's one example, and here's another of the same Shemitah count pattern.
20 Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again, 21 but they kept on calling out, saying, “Crucify, crucify Him!” 22 And he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has this man done? I have found in Him no guilt demanding death; therefore I will punish Him and release Him.” 23 But they were insistent, with loud voices asking that He be crucified. And their voices began to prevail. 24 And Pilate pronounced sentence that their demand be granted. 25 And he released the man they were asking for who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, but he delivered Jesus to their will.
Three times Pilate appeals to the crowd, but there is no change. Then he makes one more appeal, for absolution, with a token gesture, washing his hands of the matter. According to pattern, in that 4th instance in series, he releases the prisoner they demand, Jesus “son of the father.”
The Lord speaks to us through the subtle language of patterns about times and seasons so we are prepared in advance for the critical transitions of the ages. That's His habit, and He is consistent and faithful.
When Jesus Barabbas was released, that poignant foreshadowing of the revealing of the lawless one followed shortly after two other examples which had come earlier in the day. These both involve Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus. The account of Barabbas provides an important sketch of the revealing, and together with the accounts featuring Judas, we learn even much more about that day's events. The first prophetic modeling unfolds as the day began in an upper room at the scene of what's called the last supper. The second unfolds in the garden of Gethsemane at the scene of the arrest. The primary feature of these dramatic models is the revealing of identity, and they both occur on that 13th day of the 1st month.
Judas and the lawless one are the only two characters referred to in the Bible as being “doomed to destruction” or, huios apoleia, in the Greek. This connects these two characters and leads us to seek out the reasons for the connection.
“While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled.
Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,
2 Thessalonians 2:3
To put it simply, Judas is a type of the Antichrist. The name “Judas” is the Greek form of “Judah.” The royal and messianic bloodline of Israel stems from Judah. The true Messiah is the King of the Jews and the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.”
and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”
This disciple Judas bears the name representing the heritage and ruling authority of the messianic King of the Jews. So it is that the Judas-to-come will be recognized as having that lineage and the legal right to the throne that attends it. The claim to that title “King of the Jews” is a matter of huge significance, as seen in the reaction to Jesus' claim in all four gospels' accounts.
Judas is further identified as “Iscariot,” which means, “from Kerioth.” “Kerioth” means “cities.” Judas Iscariot was not from that good city that Abraham looked to whose builder and maker is God, however. Judas “from cities” is identified thereby with the heritage of Cain, the builder of the first city. (Genesis 4:17). That's an important link, to be sure! Cain was literally a Barabbas as the “son of the father” sired by the Nachash in the Garden of Eden. (Who is Cain's Father?)
Like Cain, Nimrod is a widely recognized type of the antichrist and city builder. (Genesis chapter 10. See Nimrod and this Nimrod) Nimrod is so strongly identified with cities that his name is found under the definition of “city” in Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary. He built a city with the Tower of Babel, and more cities after the confusion of tongues at Babel. He is widely considered to be the first world dictator, and the first-listed center of Nimrod's kingdom was Babel or Babylon. Mystery Babylon the Great is “the great city, Babylon, the strong city” in Revelation 18:10. Nimrod also built Nineveh, the capitol of Assyria. He is associated with "The Assyrian" type of Antichrist in Micah 5:6.
The coming Judas “from cities” will be like Cain and Nimrod. The name “Nimrod” means “he will rebel.” The number thirteen is associated with rebellion, the numbering of the day of this Judas-Cain-Nimrod composite's revealing.
I recommend reading, The Number Thirteen, as a collateral study that strongly supports this one.
With that foundation laid, let's consider the first of the two signal events involving Judas and Jesus.
Judas is Betrayed
Judas was revealed as the one who would betray Jesus at what is known as the last supper. If you've got any doubts about whether baptism is at the center of the activity that reveals the lawless one, this should dispel them!
18 I do not speak of all of you. I know the ones I have chosen; but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.’ 19 From now on I am telling you before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am He. 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.” 21 When Jesus had said this, He became troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, that one of you will betray Me.” 22 The disciples began looking at one another, at a loss to know of which one He was speaking. 23 There was reclining on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24 So Simon Peter gestured to him, and said to him, “Tell us who it is of whom He is speaking.” 25 He, leaning back thus on Jesus’ bosom, said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus then answered, “That is the one for whom I shall dip the morsel and give it to him.” So when He had dipped the morsel, He took and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 After the morsel, Satan then entered into him. Therefore Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.” 28 Now no one of those reclining at the table knew for what purpose He had said this to him. 29 For some were supposing, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus was saying to him, “Buy the things we have need of for the feast”; or else, that he should give something to the poor. 30 So after receiving the morsel he went out immediately; and it was night.
I had often wondered why Jesus didn't just come out and openly declare that Judas was the betrayer, or simply point to him. Why all the drama, why dip the bread and hand it to Judas as a signal? Until you understand 2 Thessalonians 2 and recognize this scene as a prophetic demonstration, it's really quite a puzzle. By dipping the bread He demonstrated a baptism, the means of revealing identity. He did this to instruct us, you and I, about how it would be in the day appointed for the other huios apoleia.
The Greek word translated “dipping” in verse 26 is bapto. That's “baptism,” which literally means “dipping.” Such a dipping is for the purpose of revealing, as you should recall from Part 1. This symbolic act is rich with messianic meaning because bread was used as a sop. John 6:35 records Jesus' declaration that He Himself is the true bread from heaven. When the true bread from heaven was dipped in the Jordan, that was the means through which He was revealed. In the upper room, Jesus dipped the bread to demonstrate the baptism of the anti-bread from heaven. When He gave the sop to Judas, Judas was revealed! According to verse 27, “After the morsel, Satan then entered into him.”
The morsel or sop was a visual component representing pneuma antichristos, the anti-anointing. Compare the sop conveyed to Judas to what was conveyed to Jesus as a counterfeit compares to the genuine.
After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him,
The visual component was a sign to His baptizer, the key to the revealing.
32 John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.
According to this pattern, we can be assured that when the lawless one is revealed there will be a visual component that will be conveyed and witnessed to personally identify him at a baptism. Some will recognize this transmission of the anti-anointing - anti-bread - unholy spirit as the transit of Horus through the Silver Gate.
When you recognize this scene in the upper room as a demonstration of how it will be in the day appointed for the revealing of the other huios apoleia, it becomes so obvious how baptism and anointing really is the subject of 2 Thessalonians 2. What a blessing to have eyes that see and ears that hear! If you want to know who has the authority in matters of restraining and releasing and over the critical timing of the action, consider who breaks off the morsel from the loaf, dips it, passes it to Judas and then gives the command: “What you do, do quickly.”
When the true bread from heaven was dipped in the Jordan there were both visible and audible components of the testimony. The one who baptized Jesus claimed it was what he saw that revealed the identity of the Son of God but he didn't mention what was heard. I believe there's a pattern here that is meant for us. It's rather deep but it's worth the effort to mine more deeply for the treasure buried within.
21 Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”
The Son was directly addressed but there's no reason to assume that He was the only one who heard it. When the modeling of the anti-baptism was being done with Judas in the upper room, if there was such a voice heard calling out through an opened portal we don't know because it isn't part of the record, and, while I doubt there was such a phenomenon on that occasion, there is a hint of something in that record that invites our close attention. Notice how the betrayer is given an expanded identification in the narrative where he receives the morsel and Satan enters into him.
26 Jesus then answered, “That is the one for whom I shall dip the morsel and give it to him.” So when He had dipped the morsel, He took and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 After the morsel, Satan then entered into him. Therefore Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”
“to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.” In that descriptive labeling there is the same sense of the Father's praise of His Son that was heard during the dipping of the true bread from heaven. I'll be explaining how that is, and why it matters is because, when the lawless one is revealed it will be with an audio component that supplements the visuals of the sign, and with similar meaning that provides those of us who seek it out with some deeper insight.
Let's first make note of how “to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot” gives attention to the father-son relationship. That's obvious, right? What's less obvious is the layer of meaning behind the names. According to the Interlinear, a literal rendering of Iouda Simonos Iskariotou is, “to Judas of Simon Iscariot.” It's like Judas Iscariot has received a middle name or descriptive title. “Judas” and “Judah” means “praise.” The name “Simon” is Greek for “Simeon,” which means “hearing.” “Iscariot” means “from cities.” It follows that, “to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot” becomes: “to praise of hearing from cities.” Here's an “amplified” version from John 13. “So when He had dipped the morsel, He took and gave it 'to praise of hearing from cities.' After the morsel, Satan then entered into him.” Now we may consider the overlay of both of these layers of meaning in the immediate context of the antichrist baptism and anointing.
According to Luke 3:22, “a voice came out of heaven, 'You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.'” This announcement first gives attention to the father-son relationship. Likewise, the naming of “Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.” The definition of the word, “praise,” is, “expression of approval, commendation, or admiration.” That word perfectly describes what was heard coming out of heaven, and, again, “Judas” means “praise.” This observation should have our full attention!
What is meant by Simonos Iskariotou - of hearing from cities? Both of these Greek words are genitive masculine singular nouns and with Iouda being dative masculine singular (“to Judas”), this speaks to me about one who is the recipient of praise, and that the praise is of hearing, which is to say, heard. There's an audible component of the testimony. This speaks to me also of the anointing, and the exaltation and exultation of the recipient's enhancement of perception, displaying divine illumination according to the embodiment of the opened eye of Horus, indeed, as the very incarnation of Horus.
Earlier, I explored the meaning of “from cities,” connecting Judas to Cain and Nimrod, and to Babel and Babylon. There is more to that link than what is merely historical and referential. The expanded identification of Judas in the immediate context of the anointing speaks to me of the praise pouring forth from heavenly cities and perhaps through time itself. I believe there is a heavenly city of Zion that is sought by the worshipers of Apollo and Zeus, which I have witnessed in the symbolism dramatized in numerous Occult models. I believe their objective is to bring this anti-Zion into manifestation, through a stargate by way of sympathetic magick and the combination of ancient and new technologies, and that success will be granted as the lawless one is revealed. When Satan enters into him, as with Judas before him, I expect the occupants of the city will be bringing forth an audible testimony in praise of their hero, newly born from above (or below). If a temple of God with a throne happens to suddenly materialize, don't be surprised.
3b ...and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.
9 that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,
2 Thessalonians 3b-4, 9
Of the biblical scenarios that picture the signal event of 2 Thessalonians 2, this account where Jesus dips the bread and gives it to Judas is a motherload of riches! It's the demonstration of the baptism and anointing with pneuma antichristos, and there are many other key aspects of the revealing of the lawless one featured in even more subtle ways. In the naming of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, we noted an impression of a counterfeiting of the voice that came out of heaven praising the son, making the observation that this son has the contrasting heritage of Satan. In that naming we also noted a hint of the materializing throne of Zion. I'm about to give attention to one of the most important reasons for the dramatic revealing of the lawless one, perhaps even the single most important reason. I'm also going to highlight the heritage aspect, the genetic or reproductive elements. Before I go any further, though, the matter of timing should be visited due to conflicting interpretations that are not easily resolved.
When was the “last supper”?
Arguments can be made that there are contradictions in the Bible, and while most folks see that suggestion as an assault on the integrity of the Bible and a questioning of divine authorship, that's not necessarily what's at stake. Efforts made to harmonize Gospel accounts often involve some sleight-of-hand. Instead of insisting that there are no contradictions in the Bible and blindly setting out to force what won't fit in defence of what does not require our help to defend, it is better to acknowledge that there actually are contradictions and seek to understand why.
I trust that the scriptures have been provided and maintained perfectly by a sovereign God who is capable of communicating effectively with us. I've learned that the biblical text conveys several layers of meaning at once that are woven together like a tapestry. Sometimes an element is inconsistent with another because it's applicable to one layer but not to another. These points of contradiction are not meant to be reconciled but to convey truth. A perspective that sees only a single layer is not mature and neither is it correct. I've often heard it claimed that God just wants to make the truth plain to everyone. Liars. The Lord conceals and reveals by many means. Is the Author allowed to take such liberties with the written Word? A mature student with a seeing eye and a hearing ear is comfortable answering in the affirmative. When it comes to the records of Y'shua's final week in his earthly body, we're provided with options regarding the schedule of events. There's no other honest way to see it.
Much has been written about the timing of the last supper and whether or not it's the seder called the Passover meal. By some accounts, sure, that interpretation is hard to deny. On the other hand, it's not, because John's Gospel is consistent with the presentation of Jesus as the Paschal lamb of God, sacrificed for us. The prophetic holy day Pesah established according to Exodus 12 dictates that the sacrificial lamb must be slain on the 14th. Then, the sacrifice must be prepared and eaten in what is called the Passover meal, which is done early on the 15th day of the 1st month. We note from the following verse how that, even after our Lord's arrest, those who concerned themselves with the appearance of strictly observing the Mosaic Law had not yet eaten the feast.
Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas into the Praetorium, and it was early; and they themselves did not enter into the Praetorium so that they would not be defiled, but might eat the Passover.
Tracking the activity and doing the math, the Pesah meal followed 2 days after “the last supper,” at the time when Y'suha was already dead, sacrificed as the Lamb of God. His blood must be on the door frame and His body eaten as the main course, according to the essential legal work of substitution taking place in the spiritual realm. When Judas went out from the feast at Jesus' command, it was night, according to John 13:30. The 13th day of the 1st month had begun at sunset, which was perhaps the cue for what transpired in the account of verses 18-30. This is one of the options granted us for the schedule of this event, and this is where the valuable message of the timing of the baptism revealing the lawless one is concealed and revealed.
With the essential particular of timing for the sign established (“so that in his time he will be revealed” - 2 Thes. 2:6), I'm going to show how John 13 illustrates what is probably the most important reason for the dramatic revealing of the lawless one, which is the sign that will indicate that the harvests of the age will subsequently follow in sequence!
“Tell us who it is”
When Jesus dips the bread and gives it to Judas to identify His betrayer, this symbolic action takes place in the midst of intrigue.
21 When Jesus had said this, He became troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, that one of you will betray Me.” 22 The disciples began looking at one another, at a loss to know of which one He was speaking. 23 There was reclining on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24 So Simon Peter gestured to him, and said to him, “Tell us who it is of whom He is speaking.” 25 He, leaning back thus on Jesus’ bosom, said to Him, “Lord, who is it?”
The disciples were curious. It's a bit of a twist on the who-done-it genre. It's a segue into the party game of Charades, but the twist here is that it's all deadly serious and entirely real, in real time and in the future. If Jesus knows who is going to betray Him, why doesn't He just say who He means? If He's pausing to build drama and intrigue it seems to be working! If Simon Peter has a question to ask, why doesn't he simply direct it to Jesus? Why involve another mystery disciple in the cryptic reference of verse 23 by directing his question to him? Answers have been provided in this study, The Twenty-First Chapter of John. While I recommend becoming very familiar with that work, here's a survey of the essentials.
You have to have the big picture in view as context. The sign for the Bride is relative to the gathering in to the barns of the Lord of the Harvest. Consider the harvest allegory. When it comes to each harvest of the age, the triggering action or catalyst involves a certain kind of interaction between the branches of the natural olive tree, as described in Romans 11. (What Will Their Acceptance be but Life from the Dead?) The natural branches of this tree are Israel and the wild are not. Both kinds may be broken off and grafted in, and this breaking off and grafting in is the seasonal work of The Farmer as he brings His tree to full fruit-bearing health and maturity at the end of the age. The crops are taken in three harvests in sequence, and with each there is pruning and grafting that is managed strictly according to the season appointed. Now, the signal that it's time to harvest requires the kind of interaction that results in a natural branch recognizing the identity of the one genuine Olive Root, that one whom their fathers had rejected.
For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
“Their acceptance” describes when a natural branch comes by faith to accept the one they had formerly rejected, and “life from the dead” describes a literal resurrection event, which is a harvest. What will their acceptance be but life from the dead? What is concealed and revealed in that expression is how the catalyst or trigger for a resurrection is the coming of a natural branch to accept Y'shua as their Messiah.
This is beyond the matter of individuals because it's a branch grafting operation, a corporate determination. The triggering instances of corporate acceptance come in succession at the times appointed for harvest. It's strictly ordered, elegant and simple. And, the activity is well hidden from most.
The dramatic revealing of the lawless one will create a crisis that makes the matter of identifying the Messiah urgent and unavoidable for all people everywhere. When the natural olive branch that will first come to acceptance finds themselves thrust into this critical situation, their attention will be brought fully to bear upon the issue that is paramount. The newly revealed man's claim to the Messianic throne will be brought forth with an irresistible force of conviction and a wealth of irrefutable evidence, and this fraud will be cloaked with such impenetrable supernatural delusion that only a singular small wild olive branch will be immune to the lie. But everything rides on this situation, and the very precious natural branch, numbering 144,000 members in total, will have been made ready for this moment. They will know the God of their fathers well, the I AM, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Here's the thing. One key element will have been withheld from them. His alter identity, which the small wild olive branch knows. Still awake and sober, with plenty of oil and their lamps trimmed to burn most brightly, these virgins will be shining the light on the hoax, pouring out their lives as a witness in the midst of clamoring opposition and severe persecution. Their willingness to be sacrificed in the bearing of this testimony attended by a demonstration of an unparalleled depth of insight, faith, hope and love will be a beacon of bright light piercing the blackest darkness of that day. They will have the attention of the natural branch, who will be able to identify with that little wild olive branch because of their plight, having stood against opposition and endured persecution. The natural branch will be so impressed with the evident relationship the wild branch has with their Lord Y'shua and Christ that they will be provoked to jealousy - and there's the hook. This jealousy. As they identify with the wild branch they will identify with their Y'shua and recognize Him as their own! Baruch haba B'Shem Adonai!
37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. 38 Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! 39 For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
Paul knew how this was going to happen. He tipped us off in when he cryptically revealed how jealousy would be the lever of operative influence.
13 But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14 if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them.
Paul ultimately gains the honor of moving his fellow countrymen to jealousy. His ministry to the wild branches as their Apostle will provide for this motive force to become manifest in that critical season when the first ripe crop is readied for harvest.
The natural branch will know that the wild branch belongs to the natural Olive tree and is nourished by the root. They will receive their testimony that the highly exalted man who was just revealed and received by all the Rabbis, Catholics, Protestants, Messianics, Wiccans, practicers of Olympism, Muslims, Buddhists, agnostics, atheists and Luciferians alike, is an impostor. “Pope-a-dope. He's no High Priest!” Through the process of first revealing anti-baptism, Y'shua is revealed as the genuine! Bankers know that a counterfeit is identified through becoming intimately acquainted with the genuine. There is wisdom in that. Y'shua haMashiach will be recognized and accepted, who will be known to sit on the highest throne with all authority! In this epiphany wrought in the most carefully prepared crucible, the natural olive branch will perceive the sign as a brilliant object lesson that is modeled on the actual past and not some alternate version that will have been given a very clever spin.
This is why, during the meal in the upper room, Peter asked the disciple whom Jesus loved, “Tell us who it is of whom He is speaking.” Peter represents that small wild olive branch, and “the disciple whom Jesus loved” represents that natural branch. The reason why Peter poses the key question to that disciple is because the time comes for this natural branch to discover the answer for themselves. Peter didn't ask the Lord directly because the wild olive branch will prompt the natural branch to make this inquiry in a most engaging manner. This engagement is a mission-critical operation. How does the natural branch disciple respond to Peter's challenging prompt? He doesn't dismiss Peter with an admission that he doesn't have a clue. He doesn't offer a guess. What he does do is really a very big deal. He asks Jesus, directly, even addressing Him as “Lord.” Think about it. And the answer is then provided through the symbolic demonstration of the baptism that reveals.
When we consider the exact expression used to make reference to this natural branch, hon egapa ho Iesous, we find one other occurrence in the biblical text, and this makes a most pertinent connection to John 21's parallel account.
23 There was reclining on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24 So Simon Peter gestured to him, and said to him, “Tell us who it is of whom He is speaking.” 25 He, leaning back thus on Jesus’ bosom, said to Him, “Lord, who is it?”
The other occurrence is in the context of an equally astounding dramatic example!
Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put his outer garment on (for he was stripped for work), and threw himself into the sea.
At Peter's challenge to identify who will betray Jesus at the meal, this disciple poses the question to Jesus: “Lord, who is it?” Then the baptism that reveals unfolds in response to the inquiry, with the dipped sop and its recipient in view, certainly, but there is the agent performing the demonstration who is responsible for the activity, the Lord Himself. Subsequent to that, in recognizing the Lord Himself this disciple gives the report back to Peter. “It is the Lord.” Mystery solved! That's the deeper answer beyond the more immediate answer! When they properly identify the lawless one they identify, in connection with that insight, the “legal one” who represents the fulfillment of the law.
This is the story behind Roman's 11's first prune and graft operation, where “their acceptance” means “life from the dead.” This explains why the revealing of the lawless one is the sign that is linked directly to the gathering to the Lord! It's like the catalyst for the trigger. When that natural branch clearly identifies this Judas and discerns which messianic contender is fake and which one is real, the criteria for the harvest of that wild branch is met.
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
Each of the harvests in sequence will follow this pattern, and despite the latter day hijacking attempt, this is not a “Christian's only” event owned by banner flying pre-trib rapture-ites. The first harvest isn't for the reaping of every last crop in the field but for that which is first ripe to be gathered in. This Judas is betrayed as the betrayer in connection with the first of three pilgrimage and harvest festivals on the Lord's holy day schedule of appointments. Following the supper in the upper room, the Lord and his disciples cross over to the Mount of Olives and into the Garden of Gethsemane where they are selectively separate into three companies. This was revealed to me as a demonstration of separation by resurrection, sequenced according to the prophetic holy day calendar but where the first shall be last. As with the harvesting of crops in sequence, the first natural branch to be grafted back in to the Olive Root is not every last natural branch but just that which is appointed for this season, a cross-section sample of 12,000 from each tribe as a firstfruits.
So, how does this sequencing fit with the popular theory that the Spring Feasts were already fulfilled at Jesus' first advent and that the Fall Feasts will be fulfilled at His second coming? It doesn't. The blind lead the blind, and they both fall into the ditch. If you're still walking with them and you're no longer blind, it's time to turn away or shortly share their fate.
Replicating the living bread through eating
John 13's stunning portrayal of revealing the betrayer on the 13th day of the 1st month provides valuable insight into some surprising areas. The physicality of Satan's entering into the lawless one is deeply concealed in the passing of the sop to Judas. It's a subtle but significant revelation about the mutation of a man into a beast. A bodily transformation at the genetic level in his flesh and blood will result from this anointing. In the language of Genesis 1 he will become a notable fruit bearing tree, with seed in it bearing fruit after his kind. Within the church, efforts continue to be made to suppress the truth of this reproductive aspect but the Lord continues to bring the nature of what's coming into the bright light of day. The promise made to the Nachash about his seed in Genesis 3:15 is still quite viable, as that seed itself most certainly is.
26 Jesus then answered, “That is the one for whom I shall dip the morsel and give it to him.” So when He had dipped the morsel, He took and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 After the morsel, Satan then entered into him. Therefore Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”
Earlier in this study it was noted how the naming of “Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot,” gives attention to the father-son relationship. Let's not miss how that, when you're tracking with the prophetic and esoteric layer, it's positioning in the text is very conspicuous. I had compared this naming to the testimony heard when Jesus came up out of the water of the Jordan, when that same relationship was declared, “You are My beloved Son.” While it's obvious that this kind of relationship is established when someone is conceived and subsequently born of a woman into a body of flesh, there is a less obvious kind of conception and birth implied that has a similar physicality and potential for reproductive transmission.
Recall how the bread Jesus dipped and gave to Judas represented the anti-bread from heaven being baptized and anointed. Judas accepted that morsel, and it's no stretch to infer that he ate it because that's what you do with dipped bread at a meal. This may seem like an insignificant detail but it's actually a key insight that directs us to another context for our instruction about eating the bread from heaven. This was developed in the 6th chapter of John, where Jesus' lengthy discourse provides us with an in-depth lesson about the genuine bread this counterfeit is modeled on.
Here's one of the statements Y'shua made about Himself.
I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.
He is the living bread that came down out of heaven. Connect that with His baptism where the dove-like spirit “came down out of heaven” to abide. A voice had been heard to testify, “You are My beloved Son.” I have come to believe that the Father's declaration suggests another conception and birth supplemental to the first had just taken place, as a birth announcement calling attention to the new generative nature that came with the anointing.
I've already addressed the profound revelation about this living bread at length in this study titled, Who is Cain's Father? That study should be considered as a foundation if you really want to understand about this genetic factor. Here's an excerpt from the part about John 6.
“The very profound truth hidden here is that food is to the eater like a father is to a son. Something of food is imparted to the eater, which becomes part of them. Something of a father is imparted to the son, which becomes part of them. Get it? Genetic material is transferred from father to son as nutrients are transferred from food to eater. Read the context again with this understanding. Natural food relates to physical life. The genetic material "food" relates here to eternal life! The natural eating involves putting things in your mouth and chewing them up. The other kind of eating is procreative.”
The true living bread from heaven and the contrasting anti-bread represent kinds of spirit that have life, and this spiritual life is transferred in the eating. Consider how bread is made from grain, which is the seed of the crop. A living bread has an equivalence to fruit, with seed in it. In the upper room, when Y'shua dipped the bread and gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, he ate the morsel and Satan entered into him. The anti-bread life of his father was eaten, which means that the life-giving seed transferred from father to son. The un-living anti-bread will have seed in itself, the viable and potent seed of the serpent Nachash, that ancient dragon also known as the Devil and Satan. Through this son, the huios apoleia, the son of destruction, the un-living seed will be sown into the earth to bear much fruit after its kind.
Note from John 6:51 that, “the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” Read the rest of that section in John 6, where eating His flesh and drinking His blood is presented as the requirement for having the eternal life and being raised on the last day. The naming of flesh and blood may seem strictly metaphorical but there's a reason for why that symbolism is used. DNA. Genetics. The life of the flesh is in the blood. Leviticus 17:11. Think beast and mark of the beast. “After the morsel, Satan entered into him.” When the man of lawlessness is anointed with anti-bread life he is infused with the life of his father Satan in a new birth. The promise that the Papal beast will make about this fraudulent savior will be to the effect that, “if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.” I believe it will be around Yom Teruah of 2016, about a year and a half after the beast is revealed, when his mark will be offered to the masses as that un-living bread to be eaten. “The bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” The anti-bread flesh will be eaten as the genetic signature of the beast, as a carrier of the supernatural anointing, reproduces through the mark of the beast, and that seed of un-life and un-death will assure his spawn a season in the lake of fire, which is the second death. (Revelation 20:14)
If you've been attentive to the blog you may note how this is essentially the same message being broadcast through the symbolic performance of ritual magick in public media. In the language of the ancient alter identities, Apollo, son of Zeus, is born to Leto under the phoenix palm. Horus is born from the union of Osiris and Isis. Osiris will resurrect into Horus and emerge triumphantly from the underworld Duat. The Eye of Horus will transform mankind and He will become thereby the manifest capstone of the pyramid, head of his kingdom. Paint that picture with any color palette you want, speak it in any language, it's the same result.
20 Now when evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the twelve disciples. 21 As they were eating, He said, “Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me.” 22 Being deeply grieved, they each one began to say to Him, “Surely not I, Lord?” 23 And He answered, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me. 24 The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.” 25 And Judas, who was betraying Him, said, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself.”
When you understand that there is an underlying prophetic focus on the supernatural seed, that's really very conspicuous.
“Judas,” which, again, is the Greek form of the Hebrew “Judah,” is named in Genesis 29. In this single verse where the namesake of Judas is given his name, the reproductive focus could hardly be more evident!
And she conceived again and bore a son and said, "This time I will praise the LORD." Therefore she named him Judah. Then she stopped bearing.
Even on Judah's father's deathbed, when Jacob brought forth the coded prophetic revelation of the celestial sign of 1991, the message about Judah features reproductive language.
Judah, your brothers shall praise you; Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; Your father’s sons shall bow down to you.
The straightforward reference to those who would bow down to Judah would be “your brothers,” like he said when identifying who would praise him. Why did he say, “your father's sons”? Was Jacob just trying to be poetic to add some flair to the occasion? No. I think we're learning why.
Earlier, when I interpreted the naming of “to praise of hearing from cities” in John 13:26 I made the connection to Zion, the heavenly city, discussing the possibility that the one being sought will materialize from beyond as a temple and throne.
25 Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother. 27 For it is written,
'Rejoice, barren woman who does not bear;
Break forth and shout, you who are not in labor;
For more numerous are the children of the desolate
Than of the one who has a husband.'ť
Again, through even this remote yet relevant connection, the reproductive focus is evident.
If the revealing of the lawless one has no implicit reproductive aspect, what I wrote about the Olympic Ceremony Symbolism witnessed in 2008 is wrong, along with most everything else I've written since then. Has the Devil based his entire strategy on a mistaken notion? I read the Bible. I look around at the world, which lies in the power of evil, and am convinced the plan is reproductive. What began in the Garden of Eden has not yet been brought to a conclusion. The seed of the serpent is viable for yet a little while longer.
Bill Clinton's offspring - a timely sign
So far in this study we've seen only two of the biblical examples that foreshadow the revealing of the lawless one on the 13th day of the 1st month, and I'm not yet even finished mining the treasure in the second. There are more to come from the Bible and others that have come since the Bible was written that involve signs in both the heavens and in the earth, and that are of natural and supernatural kinds. Some of these were witnessed during my watch, and all are part of the record. When the day arrives, and I confidently assert that there is now less than a single year remaining, none of us will have an excuse that we were not given adequate notice to prepare in advance of that day of strong delusion. The Lord promised that some would know the times in advance just like Noah did, and He is faithful.
I'm interrupting the flow of the presentation to give attention to the important context of the present day in which this revision is being made. I've told much of my story of this sign watch before and it warrants another telling here.
Thirteen years ago, the Lord had me watching Bill Clinton closely on the annual watch day. I knew both when to look and what to look for. On that day in 2001 I saw a shadow of the sign. It was faint, and even fleeting, but discernible. With the passing of that season I was disappointed, and shaken, because I had been forewarned about trouble that would follow on a very personal level as the Lord brought me through trial. It took a while to recover from the challenges of that season, but what the Lord wrought through it has been invaluable.
I continued to watch on the appointed day each year but, because I had already come to understand about the heptadic Shemitah cycles counting off from the sign of 1991, and knew how the sign would come in the Spring of the third year, I knew the next one that would have legitimate potential would arrive in 2008. What I came to learn in that eagerly anticipated watch season was huge! As the day approached, I was hopeful that the sign would be seen, that the Shemitah appointed for the fulfillment of my hope had finally arrived. On one hand, my anticipation was tempered because I knew I had not yet come have any confidence in having received revelation insight about the Shemitah count. On the other hand, what was unfolding before me that Spring was encouraging.
The state of the world had changed dramatically since April of 2001, with the events of 9-11-01 providing the catalyst. That day, which has been burned into our collective consciousness ever since, marked the 10 year anniversary of the celestial sign of 9-11-91 - precisely.
I had begun to watch another man in another office alongside Bill Clinton; the Pope. (Pope Benedict XVI was born on the 13th day of the 1st month, and baptized on the same day. You just read about a baptism and birth on the 13th day of the 1st month, as the bread was dipped and given to Judas, right?) The Pope was on a rare and historic visit the US at that time, while Bill was campaigning across the country for Hillary, who was in contention to become the Democrat Party's nominee in the run for the office of President. The Pope was in the eastern US, mostly dividing his time between NYC and Washington DC, while BC was on the campaign trail steadily working his way eastward across the country. The Lord had provided these two men as models of the two beasts; the one who would be baptized, and the one who would baptize him.
The Pope was scheduled to conclude his visit on the 13th day of the 1st month. News reports of Bill's location and schedule were pretty sketchy, as they had been back in 2001. The trajectory I was tracking suggested Bill was going to arrive in range of the Pope's location just prior to his scheduled departure, and as promising as that looked, no news of a meeting was forthcoming. In hindsight, the lawless one wasn't revealed, of course, but a model of it was teased, to be sure!
On that key watch day in 2008 my attention was almost entirely focused on John 13, where I was engaging in a deep analysis of the thematic structure. In this rigorous exercise I sought to discover and understand the Author's granular and larger scale thematic equations with an lucid awareness of how there was a prophetic scenario imprinted upon the historical account. While I still scanned the news on occasion for possible reports of Bill meeting with the Pope, there was no question where the Lord was focusing my attention. As that emotionally intense watch day drew to a close, the key revelation insight I knew I had lacked came to me, through that very 13th chapter of John. I knew when the Shemitah of fulfillment would come.
Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for Me? Truly, truly, I say to you, a rooster will not crow until you deny Me three times.
The three Shemitah accountings that were then passing were prophesied in the three instances of Peter denying the Lord. The Lord's people, myself included, were not yet ready. The insight was bittersweet, but the crushing disappointment that came with the acceptance that there were yet seven more years to the finish line was at least offset with the assurance of having acquired the missing link, knowing after so many years of seeking how the Shemitah of fulfillment related to the celestial sign of 1991. As Peter had denied the Lord, so the first three Shemitah from 1991 would pass, because the people were not yet fully prepared for the laying down of their lives. After that, in the 4th Shemitah, the people would be ready as a crop that is ripe for harvesting! The rooster crowing describes the wake up call on resurrection morning as the Lord descends from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God.
I began to look ahead to 2015, still watching faithfully for signs on the appointed day from year to year, with nothing of note being witnessed, according to expectation. But that's not to suggest that nothing has been seen while on watch. It was in 2008 that the Summer Olympics in Beijing were held, and the closing ceremonies were brought very dramatically to my attention. What I learned spurred a long and prosperous season of hacking the public messaging systems of Occult communications and gaining insight into the mechanisms of control wielded by the Illuminati elite and their network of agents.
I've been granted the privilege of having a role in the work of exposing many of the Devil's devices. As one example, a video about Obama's slogan Yes We Can = Thank You Satan went viral, giving attention to the sub layer of messaging on our vocal communications and to the spiritual nature of our world. While that branch of effort hasn't advanced my knowledge about the times and seasons directly, the enhanced depth of inquiry into what the Adversary really knows and how he publicly communicates his secrets has been instrumental in providing confirmation. Another device involves the SRA DID programmer/slave - handler work of trauma-based mind-control programming, which I had witnessed but remained ignorant about until the Lord granted His provision in 2011. I see this work as validating and supplemental to the work of the signs and seasons, of the Bridegroom's labor of love in preparing a Bride for Himself.
Being privy to just how important the specific signs of the Lord's schedule really are makes the sign of this past Maundy Thursday so exciting. While intently focused on a study of the “last supper” I was reminded that the last supper is celebrated on the so-called Christian calendar on Maundy Thursday. I observed with interest how the day I was discovering it actually was Maundy Thursday, and that I was presently immersed in the study of the event it celebrates. With that rather distracting discovery, I broke away from the study to review the day's headline news, immediately finding reports and video of Chelsea Clinton's announcement that she's pregnant with Bill and Hillary's first grandchild. Okay. The Lord has had me watching Bill for many years because he has been modeling the Antichrist to me. Whether he will ultimately be revealed as the lawless one or whether it will be some other man I cannot say, just that he has consistently been the only living model highlighted in my watching. What makes the announcement of his offspring having offspring so notable is that it came on Maundy Thursday, not just when I was in the midst of study about the very event being celebrated (through no plan of my own), but even more notably it was when I was focused specifically on how the fruit bearing aspect was featured, the reproduction of Antichrist flesh and blood. Let that sink in.
And, as it was in 2008 when the key revelation insight about timing came, I was focused intently on the coded prophecies of John 13.
Chelsea's public announcement wasn't made on the 13th day of the 1st month, but it certainly came as a related sign! (When did Chelsea get the news, or her husband Marc, or Bill and Hillary? On the 13th day of the 1st month?)
This is all according to no plan of my own. If you've seen the work on the blog unfolding according to the working of the holy spirit and bringing you into a conviction of a deep and abiding love that a sovereign God has for you and for your neighbor, rejoice. We're about to experience another 9-11, another flood of Noah's day that will usher in the world that has been prepared for timely emergence. Physical food can sustain the physical body, but the bread of life is for our salvation. How's your appetite? Are you getting your fill?
Open thou mine eyes
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
John's account of the supper in the upper room has more to reveal to those who are being prepared for that day when the one Judas models is revealed through baptism. The scale of deception cloaking the identity of the false claimant to the messianic throne has certainly not been neglected in this study of the sign but neither has it yet received the full amount of attention due.
The account features a signal that quietly underscores the critical matter of revealing in the midst of a great concealing. The breaking of bread signals the opening of the eyes for seeing what had been hidden. This meal in the upper room involves bread being dipped as the action of the sign that reveals. Jesus is breaking bread and distributing it. This symbolic action is perhaps most clearly illustrated for us in Luke 24.
30 When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight.
35 They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.
Luke 24:30-31, 35
Consider what it is that had been concealed. What was revealed in the breaking of bread was the identity of the one who broke the bread, Y'shua. So it is in the upper room, where bread is broken and identities are being revealed! The dipping of bread that is symbolic of the baptism that reveals made the identity of the betrayer known; Judas. The breaking of bread reveals the identity of the one breaking the bread, Y'shua. Through the baptism and anointing revealing the identity of the lawless one, that man will be recognized by a certain target audience (numbering 144,000) as the counterfeit bread from heaven, and, in this, the true living bread from Heaven Himself will be recognized in the breaking of bread. (For other studies where the opening of the eyes is pictured in the breaking of bread, see here and here and here.)
The opening of the eyes to recognize a secret identity is a very selective matter with this kind of bread that may either be blessed or cursed as anti-bread. Read the 13th chapter of John and think about it in this light. With regard to both haMashiach and the impostor, the careful management of the concealing and revealing of identity is a mission critical operation. The reason for this awesome show of authority is established in Romans 11 where we learn how the shifting interplay between Jew and Gentile will eventually result in God showing mercy to all and reconciling the world - to His glory!
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
The Bible contains several accounts of the Lord's declaring, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” That, too, represents a selective operation because not everyone has ears to hear that may be opened. The Lord exercises authority over who hears what and when with refined precision. Put another way, His firewalls are impenetrable and His encryption methodologies are flawless, His information security access protocols and the granularity of His sandbox management are models of perfection.
The deception and deluding influence described in 2 Thessalonians 2 is awaiting those who perish, who take pleasure in wickedness and are judged accordingly. What we see on exhibit in John 13 is the provision for those who will not perish. It's for those who receive the love of the truth and come to the salvation it represents, who will be of that small number who are not deceived in that season of crisis. This message should be seeming very familiar, but I'm not just repeating myself. Recall the distinctions made on the basis of knowing the times in passages like 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 and Matthew 24:42-51. When you have received revelation insight into the timing it becomes very apparent that it goes beyond merely learning to parrot the dates offered herein. When you have truly accessed that treasure vault that is sealed off behind the timing, with the requisite level of security clearance gained only by earning the trust of the Keeper of Secrets, Y'shua, the deeper matters of salvation are accessible.
The following announcement was made during the meal, which conceals and reveals something for us today.
19 From now on I am telling you before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am He. 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”
Why is that particular message right there in verse 20? He's talking about His disciples who would become His emissaries, apostles or “sent ones,” both in that day and in ours, and note well the very specific context. Why is it written, “Truly, Truly”? Did the Lord stutter? No. Truly; once for what was about to unfold later that same day and then once more for those who would come, perhaps even you and I. We have been told in advance for a good reason.
Earlier, Jesus had spoken privately with his disciples on the Mount of Olives, teaching them and us about our day and the nearly universal deception that would attend it.
24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. 25 Behold, I have told you in advance.
Being properly informed in advance is required for our defense against this deception in the day of the false Christ's arising, “that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9) Is this sinking in? The entire 24th chapter has an underlying theme of knowing the time (Will No One Know the Day?) that those who can read between the lines rightly may take comfort in, aware that it is not possible to mislead the elect. It's not only possible to mislead all others but we're assured that they will absolutely be deceived.
The extent of this deception is evident during the meal because some of the disciples were kept in the dark about what was happening.
28 Now no one of those reclining at the table knew for what purpose He had said this to him. 29 For some were supposing, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus was saying to him, “Buy the things we have need of for the feast”; or else, that he should give something to the poor.
How many of those in attendance were reclining at the table? How many weren't? The subtle implication is that some knew and some didn't. The Young's Literal Translation is worded like the NASB, and the Aramaic Bible in Plain English renders verse 28, “But no man among those reclining knew why he spoke to him.” In that situation, those reclining at the table represent those who will be misled, and those who would not have been reclining represent the elect, awake, sober and alert.
The setting of the upper room is prophetic. The room was both furnished and prepared in advance for a special purpose. An upper room is one that is high, exalted and heavenly. There was every necessary benefit provided for them, then, but it should be known how an upper room of sorts is being furnished and prepared for the coming day that is of a fit kind and scale.
Before I begin to address the part of the 13th day when Judas betrays Jesus there are still a couple of items that pertain to the “last supper” that require our attention.
The Dark Secret of the Eucharist and the Rite of Communion
At the core of every Catholic Mass is their “blessed sacrament,” the Eucharist, which is a reenactment of the last supper. An unblinking look reveals it as a model of the reproduction of the anti-bread from heaven. The priesthood continually performs elaborate ritual pre-enactments in celebration of the coming revelation of the beast and the subsequent reproduction of the Serpent's seed through his mark. Each and every Mass that has ever been held has celebrated the sign of the 13th day of the 1st month! Other celebrants of Holy Communion, as institutions that are in reality the daughters of the mother church, generally reject the miraculous claims made by the Vatican involving transubstantiation yet still retain a liturgical form that mimics the same mystical action. Such ceremonies are the practice of idolatry and quite literally are forms of witchcraft that suggest blood sacrifice, cannibalism and sex magick.
This is such an important insight that the subject has a dedicated page, The Dark Secret of the Eucharist and the Rite of Communion
Judas - the music video by Lady Gaga features a strongly emphasized but cryptic scene of baptism and anointing
Lady Gaga's music video “Judas” (a single from the “Born This Way” album in 2011) features a scene of the washing of feet that took place in the upper room, with other imagery woven in that emphasizes what must be seen as a baptism and anointing.
Some recognize the part where Jesus, Gaga and Judas are in the tub as a faux-baptismal scene but is apparent to me that the entire sequence from 3:45 to ~4:19 is picturing the baptism and anointing of the lawless one. When you know how central that is to the story it's pretty obvious, and this demonstrates how the video is spilling the beans on what they know.
The producers understand about symbols, which are evident throughout in both the visual and audible layers. During the lengthy baptism sequence the dance music is interrupted, and through that technique of creating a void to leverage the dynamic of balance it's been given emphasis as something of great importance. It should be noted that the symbolism of the dramatic production also identifies to us that it's a working of ceremonial magick, and the meaning of the symbols reveals the purpose. With a featuring of Judas and the events of the day of revealing, this adds to the expanding sum of works that are preparing the world for the coming 13th day of the 1st month, when their beloved betrayer is scheduled to arrive.
Framing the issue - Catholics vs Lady Gaga. From Wikipedia: “Before its release, the Catholic League's president Bill Donahue criticized the music video for its portrayal of Gaga as Mary Magdalene. ...After its release, the Catholic League released a further statement stating: "In her 'Judas' video, Lady Gaga plays fast and loose with Catholic iconography, and generates several untoward statements, but she typically dances on the line without going over it. The faux-baptismal scene is a curious inclusion, as is her apparent fondness for the Jesus character."”
“The faux-baptismal scene is a curious inclusion” - so the Catholic League obviously isn't acknowledging the dark secret of the Eucharist. Is there a good guy in the conflict? No, but there's always skirmishes in the Enemy' camp and it makes for engaging theater. They are fellow sun cult worshipers of Horus. Is her eye makeup ambiguous? When the conspicuous baptism scene begins, it's at the 3:45 marker. Those numbers signal the production of Horus through the union of Osiris and Isis, and that's what the baptism scene pictures. Some rightly recognize Sandro Botticelli's “The Birth of Venus” and the link between Venus and Isis explains that connection, which is strengthened by the Mary Magdalene role-playing, the emphasis on her belly, the “Sacred Heart of Mary” costume and the “Born This Way” context.
The scenes of Lady Gaga performing in the baptismal tub provide us with the imagery of both a baptism and anointing (Luke 7:37-39, John 11:2, 12:3). This is the combination I've been giving a lot of attention! The flames that are featured in the scene suggest that the baptism in view is not only of water but also of the fire that is characteristic of the messiah's subsequent baptizing (Matthew 3:11).
The Catholic League recognizes the Catholic iconography. The Electric Chapel dance club is a Catholic church, making that a fit setting for the baptism/betrayal. Do I need to repeat that? While they don't acknowledge the dark secret of the Eucharist at least they recognize the faux-baptismal scene in the tub.
The script of the neon red Electric Chapel sign features the familiar flourishes concealing 666. Under the sign is the sun form alluding to the Gesu (t)IHS host bearing image. Electric Chapel - EC - Code 33. The word “electric” speaks to me of the supernaturalism of the light technology involved in the mislabeling-misdirection deception cloaking the sign for the Bride and the disarming hoax that precedes it in the Blitzkrieg style assault on the saints.
The classic circle X symbol of the mark of the beast is seen on the dance club floor on a shirt above an eagle that resembles the one on the great seal of the U.S.A. If you see that in the setting of Rome's Vatican City and St. Peter's Square you can identify it with the central obelisk that was sourced from Heliopolis in Egypt. Crowned eagles appear around the base and it is set in the center of a circle X figure.
Clearly, they know stuff - major stuff.
Another costumed dancer features the Baphomet or Goat of Mendes (and Satanic Pentacle - Duat - underworld) image on her shirt, which is an identity linked to the Romish Jesuit pontiff and to the spiritual head of that church. See above where collections of images compare Eliphas Lévi's Baphomet to Vicente Juan Masip's “Christ With Eucharist” and to the Coat of Arms belonging to Pope Francis, aka Jorge Bergoglio.
The establishing of the importance of baptism in the Judas scenario might be the top ranked feature of the video but the stoning of a bride to death makes that ranking a pretty close competition. This closing scene of the video has to seem nonsensical to those who don't understand what's coming in 2015. There are two sacrificial brides potentially in view. One is the anti-bride of chosen ones who love Judas and are prepared by the Illuminati programmers to survive the Black Awakening and to be the guard as the Swiss Guard is to the Vatican. She will sacrifice herself for his cause without hesitation. The other is the true Bride of Christ. Gaga had been playing the role of Mary Magdalene, the character Illuminists claim was secretly Jesus' lover. See the bride that is stoned to death by the religious zealots as the true Bride of Christ in that day, who will be sacrificed as a crop of barley plowed into the soil. See the stones on the ground around her?
Tom Horn has published a compilation titled Blood on the Altar, which is about the coming persecution of the true church by others of the professing church. This is what's going to happen, but those who will be most persecuted will be the Bride, as pictured in the music video, not that multitude of saints who will deceived, asleep and drunk on the wine of Mystery Babylon in that day. There must be blood on the altar because the Bride's willing sacrifice, as her Bridegroom's before her, is necessary. Think about this, how that only a clean and worthy and holy sacrifice is acceptable. (Do you understand why Joseph's cup was found in Benjamin's sack of grain of salvation?)
The baptism demonstrated when Jesus dipped the bread is no secret to the Adversary. When you understand that modeling of the lawless one and the reproduction of the seed of the serpent through the mark of the beast, the Eucharist that is at the heart of the Catholic mass based upon that model is proof of that, and so is Lady Gaga's Judas video. The Devil continues to leverage his dark secrets about the day of revealing that is appointed for the next anniversary of “the last supper” on the Lord's calendar.
(For some reverse speech from that music video, see JUDAS - Lady Gaga - Put the pixel in me .)
John and Revelation: Judas and the Beast
Earlier I pointed out the link between Judas and the lawless one, how only these two are identified as huios apoleia (John 17:12 & 2 Thessalonians 2:3). The lawless one is linked indirectly with that beast through Judas because Judas is directly identified with both. Some years ago I noticed a special connection identifying Judas with the beast of Revelation 13:1. This link is subtle but convincing as a matter that is deeply hidden and thereby protected as something of great value. The connection exists in the relationship between two books attributed to John. The relationship is revealed in the matching themes of like-numbered chapters and verses, so this link is encoded specially into the presentation layer. This is not the work of clever men but an expression of the Author's handiwork, who conveys meaning to us as it pleases Him. The following table compares the first 4 verses of the 13th chapters of the Gospel of John and Revelation, verse by verse.
|Verse||The Gospel of John||The Book of Revelation||Thematic Comparison|
|13:1||Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.||And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names.||The Father vs. the dragon. Jesus departing the world - the end in sight vs. the beast coming - the beginning in sight. Baptism, death and resurrection activity. Love vs. offensive, grotesque and monstrous attributes.|
|13:2||During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him,||And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.||The devil equipping Judas vs the dragon equipping the beast. The heart vs. the feet and mouth. During supper vs. beasts that devour men as prey.|
|13:3||Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God,||I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast;||Death and resurrection! Genuine vs. Fake|
|13:4||got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself.||they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?"||Action of those with authority from the true God, vs. counterfeit. Y'shua, serving, humbling self as least among servants vs. the fake, served, exalted and worshiped|
What we have in this comparison is an example of large scale thematic structure in the Bible, which is the evident provision of more thematic equations for our instruction. This striking comparison highlights the contrast between the genuine and the counterfeit, between Jesus and the messianic beast, between Jesus' Father and the dragon. When we focus our attention on the verses numbered 13:2, the link between Judas and that beast becomes apparent and provides us with access to more insight about the fulfillment of the prophecies involving Judas on the 13th day of the 1st month.
The description of the beast in Revelation 13:2 is not an invitation to create creepy artwork, I've been sure of that for a long time. A leopard, bear and lion are feared predators, and sometimes they prey upon men. The leopard is first named. Leopards are the only natural predators of adult chimpanzees and gorillas. They are versatile, opportunistic hunters, and very elusive. They are solitary, largely nocturnal and have a notorious ability for stealth. They stalk their prey silently then quickly pounce. They strangle or suffocate the chosen victim with a quick bite. Judas was a lot like a leopard. The beast will be like a leopard, and like Judas.
Judas betrays Jesus, revealing his identity
After being dispatched from the upper room and spiritually equipped to carry out his appointed task, Judas set out to betray Jesus. The mission of the one doomed to destruction began and ended on the 13th day of the 1st month. His famous act of betrayal took place in the garden of Gethsemane. I recommend reading The Testimony of Gethsemane as a collateral study. When we think of the betrayal it's usually the treachery involved, the violation of trust that comes to mind, but what should also be understood is how the action functioned as a means of revealing identity. The baptism event that happens on the 13th day of the 1st month will not only reveal the identity of the betrayer but it will be the catalyst for the revelation of the more important identity, that of the true Messiah! This account emphasizes just how deeply cloaked the reality of that day will be.
41 Returning the third time, he said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!" 43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders. 44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: "The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard." 45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Rabbi!" and kissed him. 46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him.
Doesn't it strike you as being a little odd that it was necessary to identify which one was Jesus? As He testified, he had daily been among them, and yet, they were unable to recognize him. Wow! How hard could it have been? There's a point being made very emphatically about the extent of the inability to recognize the Messiah that will characterize that day of strong delusion. Jesus approached those who came for him personally and introduced himself, twice!
4 So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” 5 They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He said to them, “I am He.” And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them. 6 So when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. 7 Therefore He again asked them, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus the Nazarene.” 8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am He; so if you seek Me, let these go their way,” 9 to fulfill the word which He spoke, “Of those whom You have given Me I lost not one.”
Even still, Judas was required as the necessary agent. He was appointed to perform the critical task of betrayal, of revealing the identity of “Jesus the Nazarene.”
The Greek word translated, “betray” in the context is paradidomi. This same word is translated into the words “delivered over” in the following verse, showing that the purpose is to reveal, to make manifest.
For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
2 Corinthians 4:11
It should be noted in connection with that verse how the Greek word translated “martyr” [Strong's G3144] means “witness.” The Bride will be following the model of the Lord, and there will be betrayal and martyrdom in the Feast days appointed for that special witness.
Judas' betrayal was with an act that identified Jesus. Here's the pattern that provides insight. One great result of the revelation of the lawless one is the revelation of the identity of the “lawful one,” the true Messiah. Through the exposure of the counterfeit, the vivid model presented in the midst of high drama exposes the identity of the genuine. Even though deception will cover the matter like a heavy cloak, the Bride will know the messianic identities. The 144,000 sons of Israel (pictured at the last supper in the reclining disciple Jesus loved) will be watching, attentive to the activity involving the betrayer and the Bride. Because of what transpires during the Feast, the beloved sons of Israel will come to know the hidden identity of haMashiach. Y'shua! Baruch haba b'shem Adonai - Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
At the supper in the upper room, Y'shua made this declaration, and so it will be.
‘He who eats My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.’ 19 From now on I am telling you before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am He.
One who eats His bread can be interpreted as a reference to a Christian.
18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.
1 John 2:18-19
While the Pope is obviously the head of the Romish church, Bill Clinton is considered by some to be a Baptist. During his presidency, Bill and Hillary (who was raised as a Methodist) attended a Methodist church. He received counsel from Tony Campolo, Gordon MacDonald and Bill Hybels, and was inspired by Billy Graham. Bill Clinton has also been considered to be the “royal boy chosen,” of Hebrew descent. Some consider Prince William to be a candidate, and the Church of England (Episcopal-Anglican) is the religious affiliation of the Royals. The Queen spends weekends at Windsor and attends St George's Chapel. It is both a royal peculiar and the chapel of the Order of the Garter. Whoever the antichrist host will be it is certain that he will be seen as eating the Lord's bread, a Christian, and as baptized by the Pope.
Most saints today are convinced they will be able to easily recognize the Antichrist, should he be revealed in their midst. They have been set up. The degree of deception cloaking the competing messianic identities will be strong, as I've declared over and again, and repeat once more for emphasis!
52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders who had come against Him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs as you would against a robber? 53 While I was with you daily in the temple, you did not lay hands on Me; but this hour and the power of darkness are yours.”
“This hour and the power of darkness are yours.” Wow! The reference to the arrival of night was made in the narrative of John 13.
So after receiving the morsel he went out immediately; and it was night.
The description of the events of the 13th day of the 1st month given in 2 Thessalonians 2 highlights the threat of deception. Are you still glossing over it, like most of us have for so long? This night and the darkness granted for cover in that hour will be great. The threat is real. If I could write this so you would see these warnings have been stained with many tears, I would.
1 Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. 2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 3 While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; 5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; 6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
The swords (Luke 22:38) that were collected at Jesus' request and brought to the scene of the betrayal and arrest were two in number because of the division theme of the setting and because they represent two seasons of fulfillment. One sword was used by Peter to lop off an ear. The other sword was not used then because it was a symbol of those future saints who were being modeled by Peter, who arm themselves with the intent to fight as for an earthly kingdom. (Steve Quayle and Greg Evensen come to mind, and all so-called Christian Patriots, including Col. Harry Riley (Ret) and the Operation American Spring and Operation Flood Congress activities.)
I encourage reading The Testimony of Gethsemane - Part 2 for more insight into the role that will be played by those saints who choose to use the sword in that day. In that study, I also mention the following prophetic model, which took place as Jesus was led away captive.
Y'shua healed the ear Peter lopped off, which belonged to the servant of the High Priest. That restoration of the physical ear represents the coming restoration of the hearing ear for such servants of the High Priest of Israel (The release of Simeon who rejoins his brothers after they fetch Benjamin.) In restoring that ear, Jesus was modeling His work through his Bride, who is sent for that purpose. She will be received, and with her also The One who sends her AND the One who sends Him! Y'shua is “telling you before it comes to pass,” (John 13:19) not “you,” who already believe that He is “He,” but those who have not yet accepted His true identity, but will, at the time appointed. It's brilliant! What a plan!
Here's another object lesson, warning us, preparing us.
51 A young man was following Him, wearing nothing but a linen sheet over his naked body; and they seized him. 52 But he pulled free of the linen sheet and escaped naked.
That man, who followed Jesus on his way to suffering, death, and glory, made the choice to flee when he was seized. In doing so he lost his linen garment, which represents forfeit of great reward.
7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” 8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
The man who fled the scene of the arrest naked was a young man, which speaks of immaturity. He had clothed himself in linen, putting on righteous acts, but had not yet come to maturity. He was therefore unable to keep that most precious garment when the time of testing came, when he was tempted with saving his life.
Just prior to being seized, the young man would have witnessed what Peter did with the sword as he tried to protect Jesus, which would have spared Him from becoming the necessary sacrifice. Consider what was written earlier in Mark, in the 8th chapter, and make note of the repeating pattern.
31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And He was stating the matter plainly. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. 33 But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” 34 And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 35 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37 For what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
A sacrifice will be required in the day that is nearly upon us. Some will be mature, having taken up the personal cross to follow Y'shua. They will lose their lives and thereby save them. They will have clothed themselves and retained that precious garment. Others will take up the sword, ignorant of what is required. Others will be tempted to save their own lives, and in that day of trial, lose what is of far greater value.
The following was written to the lukewarm church in Laodicea.
17 Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, 18 I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.
I pray that you have purchased enough eye salve, white garments and refined gold from Him, investing wisely, dear saint. You and I will need it.
The passages of scripture covered so far provide a good basis for the trend that highlights the revealing of the lawless one on the 13th day of the 1st month. Pilate's release of Jesus Barabbas is a vivid illustration, and the revealing of Judas Iscariot and his betrayal of Jesus the Nazarene provides much more support. I'll be concluding this lengthy study with examples from the scriptures from other anniversaries of that day, involving Haman (Esther - Purim) and Herod, but there are a few other indicators of note that are external to the scriptural record that are worthy of inclusion here.
When I became aware of how the scriptures identify one particular day of the year I began to watch for the pattern outside the biblical record. Some notable examples have been discovered over the years! The hand of Providence, some would say, is evident in this, because the Sovereign Lord God has provided us with signs of diverse kinds that echo the testimony of the scriptures. It is apparent that the Adversary is not ignorant about this matter, neither of the day of the year, nor of the year appointed for his champion to emerge, because the same testimony is manifest in his handiwork.
Joseph Ratzinger aka Pope Benedict XVI - born and baptized on the 13th day of the 1st month
Pope Benedict XVI was baptized on the day he was born, which is rather unusual. “Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger was born on 16 April, Holy Saturday, 1927, at Schulstraße 11, at 8:30 in the morning in his parents' home in Marktl, Bavaria, Germany. He was baptised the same day.” (Wikipedia) It so happens that it was the 13th day of the 1st month on the Lord's calendar! When you consider all the evidence suggesting that a Pope will be the false prophet beast that will baptize the lawless one, and that it will be as a new birth, that observation is well worth noting.
See the study titled, Who is Pope Benedict XVI? for more insight.
As a priest, Archbishop, Cardinal and then Pope, he has performed a few Eucharist ceremonies during Mass over the years. Each time, that ritual celebration of “the last supper” as the communion of Antichrist may be seen as a joint celebration that was very personal, because of the shared anniversary of his own birth and baptism.
That appointed day in 2015 will be Ratzinger's 88th birthday. The numerical signification of 88 is 11*8: the flesh (11) and new beginning (8). He still resides at the Vatican and participates in special events, like the double canonization of April 27, 2014 that was broadcast with the latest 3D high-def technology. If Pope Benedict XVI participates in the big event on his birthday in 2015, we should not be surprised.
The crossing trails of comets Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake
In recent years there has been a rare series of comets appearing in the heavens that have been visible to the naked eye. Two of them, Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake, traced paths in the sky that crossed in such a way that their traces created a sign in the heavens. One comet came to the same place the other had been exactly one year later, to the very day. That should get our attention. The meaning of comets as bad omens, combined with the meaning of where they met, near Algol in Perseus, the most malevolent star in the heavens, that should also have our attention. When the days the comets reached the crossing point are given consideration in light of the Lord's calendar, the mean of the 18 day span is found to be the 13th day of the 1st month!
You can read more about this sign in the heavens that provides another witness of when the lawless one will be revealed in this brief study titled, The Sign of the Crossed Comets Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake.
I, Pet Goat II - the Papal Baptist
This screenshot from the viral video, I, Pet Goat II, is an artistic interpretation of the scene of the baptism of the lawless one in 2015. The character that resembles Osama bin Laden has black wings and is performing an invocation. It's a picture of the Papal false prophet, raising the beast of Revelation 13:1 from the sea.
The moon pictured is not really just a crescent but rather a full moon in eclipse, a blood moon. It specifically pictures the lunar eclipse of 4/4/15, which will mark what will most likely be the 13th day of the 1st month on the Lord's calendar. See Part 29 - Celestial Stargates - The Celestial Sign of Antichrist * in I, Pet Goat II and also Secrets of the Transition of the Ages - Hints of Romans 11 in I, Pet Goat II for some of what I've written on that subject.
This video from Heliofant has to be taken as evidence that the Adversary is well aware of when his champion will emerge. This very special appointment has been prophesied for a very long time.
Mystery Code A113
While watching movies or TV shows, especially those produced by animation studios, you may have noticed the occasional appearance of 'A113.'
I blogged about this code A113 here: The Mystery of Code A113. This code is claimed to be an “Easter Egg” embedded in scenes to reference a room number in the animation school known as CalArts. Sure - BUT... it looks to me like another way to signal when the lawless one will be revealed. A113 ~ Antichrist, 1st month and 13th day. I see in that code another secret time element, the pattern of 3 things and then a 4th. Three characters appear in sequence that each have the value of 1. The 4th in series is different, and that character is a 3, the resurrection number. The Adversary knows what's coming and when, and the arrival of their champion really warrants their leveraging every opportunity to promote it. ”
Haman, the enemy of the Jews
Haman is a type of the Antichrist who is featured in the book of Esther as “the enemy of the Jews.” I will assume you're familiar with the book. The revealing of the lawless one on the 13th day of the first month is modeled as Haman received the authority of the throne (represented by the king's signet ring), making an open show of it when he sent forth an official decree throughout the vast empire. His decree authorized the annihilation of all the people of Mordecai the Jew.
10 Then the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. 11 The king said to Haman, “The silver is yours, and the people also, to do with them as you please.” 12 Then the king’s scribes were summoned on the thirteenth day of the first month, and it was written just as Haman commanded to the king’s satraps, to the governors who were over each province and to the princes of each people, each province according to its script, each people according to its language, being written in the name of King Ahasuerus and sealed with the king’s signet ring. 13 Letters were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces to destroy, to kill and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, women and children, in one day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to seize their possessions as plunder. 14 A copy of the edict to be issued as law in every province was published to all the peoples so that they should be ready for this day. 15 The couriers went out impelled by the king’s command while the decree was issued at the citadel in Susa; and while the king and Haman sat down to drink, the city of Susa was in confusion.
The name, Haman, means, “the rager: their tumult.” Tumult, means, “a state of noisy confusion or disorder.” At the issue of the decree, the city of Susa was in confusion. As I frequently observe, when the meaning of a name that is mentioned in a verse is repeated in the action of that verse, the Author is flagging it for special attention. The impact of what Haman did when he exercised the authority of the throne is being emphasized to us, and the context reveals it to be an important prophetic scenario.
With the benefit of knowing about the time featured and the key dynamics of that day appointed for 2015 we find in this study of Haman further validation of what we've learned through our studies of Judas and Jesus Barabbas. When you take a hard look at the way Rabbinical Judaism celebrates Purim there is even much more validation to be found, which I'll demonstrate shortly. The inheritors of the role of the Pharisees and Sadducees have not changed since the season when our Lord called them hypocrites and the offspring of vipers.
In the allegorical drama of the scroll of Esther, Haman plays the Antichrist while his archnemesis, Mordecai, the Jew, may be seen in the role of the Savior. King Ahasuerus plays the role of the sovereign God. Esther plays the Bride of haMashiach while the displaced Queen Vashti is that natural branch of the Olive tree of Romans 11 that was broken off to accommodate Esther's being grafted in. Haman's plot to kill the Jews included Esther in the scope of his decree because she was secretly a Jewess, Mordecai's niece. That insight is all relatively low-hanging fruit, so to speak, but there's more to be gleaned through the concealing and revealing matters of timing.
Haman was the son of Hammedatha the Agagite. Hammedatha, means, “He who troubles the law.” Agagite, means, “given by, or, to, the moon.” Haman is identified with the tradition of the worship of the stars, which is to say, the fallen angels. The son of “He who troubles the law” is a prophetic witness of the lawless one.
There is a Jewish holiday called Purim that celebrates the victory of Esther and Mordecai over Haman. The name, “Purim,” means “lots,” as the plural of “Pur.” This makes reference to a form of divination that is the casting of a horoscope, as noted by E. W. Bullinger in his useful but limited classic, Number in Scripture. This is how Haman sought and found the propitious times for advancing his agenda. Bullinger draws a connection to Isaiah 47:13, where astrologers, stargazers and monthly prognosticators are named as the counselors of those who practice enchantments and sorceries, and where their end in fiery judgment is proclaimed. Haman was an occultist, a practitioner of the ancient arts. How did Haman know about the 13th day of the 1st month? He divined, drawing upon his guiding demonic spirits.
In the first month, which is the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, Pur, that is the lot, was cast before Haman from day to day and from month to month, until the twelfth month, that is the month Adar.
Bullinger offers some insightful commentary that highlights the three thirteens involved in the timing. The decree was made on the 13th day of the 1st month, which was the 13th month from when Haman began to cast the Pur, initiating the work of prognostication. The day appointed for the execution of Haman's pre-Himmler “Final Solution” was the 13th day of the 12th month, Adar.
In memorial of the remarkable turn of events recorded in chapters 7-9, Purim is celebrated on the 14th and 15th days of the 12th month, Adar. According to the common practice of Rabbinical Judaism, Purim is celebrated with little restraint. Their practices reveal how this facet of Mystery Babylon has been imprinting lies over the truth in the same way as their counterparts in the Vatican. Like how the Eucharist is a setup for the church that prefigures the baptism and anointing of the lawless one, Purim is a similar setup for those who practice Judaism.
In the day appointed for the revealing, the lawless one's true identity will be known only to a small number, but the fraudulent impostor will be revealed to the masses. The great deception masks or suppresses his identity, and this is what is modeled in ignorance from year to year.
“Its observance centers around the reading of the megillah - scroll - of Esther. Every time the name of the villain, Haman, is read, we make noise to drown out the name.” (The Jewish Holidays, A Guide & Commentary, Michael Strassfeld, p.187)
By making noise to drown out the name, the celebrants suppress and conceal his identity. The confusion of identity is at the heart of the matter in that day of revealing the antitypical Haman. It will be like when Jesus Barabbas was offered alongside Jesus the only begotten son of the Heavenly Father. Who really is haMashiach? Those who were inspired to produce the Talmud exhibit an understanding of the matter, and this must be seen as an indictment of Rabbinical Judaism. Those who follow that direction have been set up.
(ibid, p.189) “Purim, then, has remained a time to feel good and let loose, a time to masquerade as someone other than yourself. The spirit of Purim is best captured in the Talmudic dictum “It is the obligation of each person to be so drunk [on Purim] as not to be able to tell the difference between ‘Blessed be Mordechai’ and ‘Cursed be Haman.’” Although later scholars tried to explain away this obligation, the Talmud's statement is unequivocal. To drive home the point, the Talmud enters into the Purim spirit by following this dictum with this story. ”
“Rabbah and Rabbi Zera joined together in a Purim feast. They became drunk and Rabbah arose and killed Rabbi Zera. On the next day, he prayed on Rabbi Zera’s behalf and brought him back to life. The following year, Rabbah said: “Will your honor come, and we will have the Purim feast together.” Rabbi Zera replied: “A miracle does not take place on every occasion.”” (Talmud, Megillah 7b)”
Rabbi Strassfeld at least had the courage to declare how it really is an obligation to be so intoxicated that those two characters can not be distinguished, one from the other. The Rabbinical commentators were not just using some random example to illustrate the level of drunkenness that should be attained. See in that picture the lack of discernment that will characterize those who are drunk on the wine (Revelation 17:2) of Mystery Babylon. They will be in a mental fog of strong delusion of spirit that is not acoholic in nature when the critical choice must be made between the antitypical messianic Haman and Mordecai. There will be 144,ooo sons of Israel who will see through the dark misty stupor and reject the Rabbi's imprinting that was designed to cloud their judgment. What had been concealed will be revealed!
In the quoted story from the Talmud, observe how death and resurrection has been associated with the Purim celebration. Rabbi Zera was killed and subsequently raised. The name, Zera, means “seed” in Hebrew. Consider the pronouncement of the curse upon the serpent for what happened in the garden of Eden.
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed (zera) and her seed (zera); He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.”
Slick. Mighty slick. Recall Revelation 13:3, which was linked to John 13:3 (and which is a rebel-lord-beast (13) resurrection (3) numbering).
I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast;
Consider also the parable of the vine-growers in Luke 20. Verse 19 reveals that the scribes and the chief priests understood that Jesus spoke this parable against them. In that parable, verse 14 reveals how the vine-growers recognized the heir and plotted to kill him so that the inheritance would be theirs. The writers of the Talmud will not be pleading ignorance in their day of judgment.
While the celebration of Purim takes place on the calendar dates of Adar 14 and 15, it may be seen how the practices encouraged by the Rabbis apply to the other end of the story, when the decree was made on the 13th day of the 1st month. They pretend to lead a celebration of the victory of the Jews over their enemy, but the practice reveals how they have flipped the script. Jews all around the world are in ignorance, celebrating instead the victory of Haman. What an irony!
(ibid, p. 191) “Purim is also a time of Purim carnivals and masquerades. In Israel, a huge parade of costumed merrymakers takes place annually and is called adloyada from the dictum that you should be so drunk that you are not able to tell the difference between (ad lo yada) cursed Haman and blessed Mordecai.”
What is the ultimate masquerade but the impostor Haman posing as Mordecai in a picture of the revealing of the lawless one? The Rabbis have set up the Jews for a grand and deadly hoax!
The decree to slaughter his enemies came as Haman acted in the authority of the throne on the 13th day of the 1st month. All the media had been gathered in for Haman's big reveal. Do you perceive the pattern?
Herod - heroic
Another character who is a type of the Antichrist is Herod. The Temple on Mount Zion during Y'shua's earthly ministry is considered the second temple in sequence after Solomon's Temple. It was also known as Herod's Temple because Herod the Great was responsible for refurbishing and expanding the temple complex. Think about that as Antichrist's Temple in the context of 2 Thessalonians 2:4, when the lawless one “takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.” The name, Herod, means, “heroic.” He is a type of the sought-for hero that the prophet Malachi wrote of as the lord who will suddenly come to his temple.
1 “Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and [or, even] the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts. 2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. 3 He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord offerings in righteousness. 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.
The Lord of hosts is not referring to Himself in that passage when he describes the one in whom they delight. The people demand a Jesus Barabbas, an alternate or substitute.
Herod Antipas, a son of Herod the Great, ruled during the time of John the Baptizer and Jesus the Nazarene and as the church age began. He is featured as a type of Antichrist in Acts 12, in one of my favorite prophetic scenarios. You can read about this in Passing Through the Iron Gate. Peter was imprisoned by Herod at the time of “the days of the unleavened food. He intended to bring Peter forth after the Pesah, but an angel visited Peter and led him out in an exciting model of the Bride's release from the bondage of this realm.
1 And about that time, Herod the king put forth his hands, to do evil to certain of those of the assembly, 2 and he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword, 3 and having seen that it is pleasing to the Jews, he added to lay hold of Peter also -- and they were the days of the unleavened food -- 4 whom also having seized, he did put in prison, having delivered [him] to four quaternions of soldiers to guard him, intending after the passover to bring him forth to the people.
Acts 12:1-4 (YLT)
Although the timing of Peter's release and his imprisonment is a little ambiguous, a strong argument can be made for Peter's release being on the last day of the Feast, the 21st day of the 1st month. Given the other models I've noted, it seems probable that Peter was imprisoned on a preparation day just prior to the Feast, the 13th day of the 1st month.