Originally published on Sunday, 24 January 2010 17:15 in German at www.letztercountdown.org
We are at war. For almost exactly 6,000 years, a bloody battle between good and evil, the Angel of Darkness and Jesus Christ, has been raging on our planet since Lucifer had risen in Heaven and become Satan, the accuser of God, Jesus, and those who keep the laws of God.
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Rev 12:7-9
Satan was cast out of Heaven, together with his fallen angelic hosts, which accounted for one third of all the angels in Heaven, and exiled to the earth where now after six long millennia of suffering and war, disease and death, finally the last battle will take place. Christ will triumph if He will find faith, because He already did His part in a battle that was decided 2,000 years ago when Jesus took upon Himself the sacrificial death for our sins and thereby provided for each one of us the possibility to be saved. The door of grace is open to anyone who gives himself in love to Christ and chooses Him as Lord of his life. But this door stays open just a little while longer, as these articles will show clearly.
The majority of Christians believe that the war is already decided, and therefore it would just be a matter of how many people Satan would be able to destroy through deception, and how great the damage would be that he can cause. Indeed, it's about how many people he can dissuade from being faithful to the Creator of the universe and to keep His true and unique commandments of love. How many people will Satan still dissuade from giving their hearts to Christ, who has given everything for them including His blood? Hence many believe that the declared plan of the vengeful and defeated devil, is to cause Jesus as much pain as possible, and draw as many people as possible under his spell, and to destroy them so that they would forever be lost to Christ and eternal life in communion with a kind and loving God. But there's more in the game as we will see (much) later.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 1 Pet 5:8-9
Peter comforts us here in the coming days of the expected persecution by the Antichrist, and also gives us counsel on how we can resist the enemies of God by standing firmly in the faith. So we are at war with the most powerful being ever created and with his whole army of billions of demons. Wouldn't it be a good idea to study a little, which actions a good soldier or general would take to win a battle?
Regarding this, we get further counsel from Paul:
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Eph 6:11-17
What is the task of an army that is at war? First, to prepare itself through hard training, gaining mental and physical fitness, and theoretical and practical training on the weaponry. Our weapons are:
- the truth
- the righteousness of Christ
- the gospel of peace
- faith and the certainty of salvation
- victory - i.e. the wonderful hope of the crown
- eternal life.
All these are defensive weapon systems. In Paul's text, there is just one offensive weapon, the sword. This is the word of God, the Holy Scripture. And this is what I am using as I write this text. One does well to prepare himself in the use of all these weapon systems before the big, final battle begins.
Fine, but is that all that a good army does? No! Secondly, one has to be vigilant and to observe the enemy. If we know the enemy's intentions, the battle is almost won; for those who foresee the next steps of the enemy army can adjust to it and develop countermeasures so that they wouldn't fall into the traps of the adversary.
For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Lk 21:35-36
To anticipate the enemy's movements, or the works of darkness, is an important part of the daily duties of a soldier of Christ. And if we have discovered a plan of Satan and his army, we should inform our comrades:
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Eph 5:11
Christ repeatedly warned His people in the whole Bible by prophecy, and predicted exactly what movements are to be expected from the enemy. Not a single Christian who heeded the warnings of Jesus of the coming destruction of Jerusalem perished when the Roman army destroyed the city and killed all its inhabitants in 70 AD. For the Christians believed Jesus when He said:
And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. Lk 21:20-21
When the first siege of Jerusalem in 66 AD was halted miraculously by reasons that even today nobody can historically determine perfectly, and the Roman army withdrew for three and a half years, the Christians who knew the prophecy of Jesus took advantage and fled the city. But all who did not believe the words of Jesus - and this was of course the majority of the Jewish people who had not recognized their Redeemer and had crucified Him - died in a cruel and almost indescribable way when the Roman army returned. The "Great Controversy" of Ellen White describes this event in emphatic terms in the first chapter.
Daniel, Revelation and other prophetic books of the Bible are full of warnings and clear statements about the plans and movements of the leader of the army of rebellious angels that wants to exterminate the remnant of God on earth. What is surprising is that the army of God does so little to observe what the enemy does. An explanation of why this is so comes from Jesus Himself. He compares His army with sleeping virgins, or with a landlord who is not prepared, and therefore allows the thief to enter by surprise. Now that the last terrible battle is due, even the sensitive, loving and reserved Jesus uses hard words to wake up the sleeping soldiers:
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: Rev 3:14-17
The typical sleeping soldier believes that there is no danger and that it wouldn't make sense to observe the enemy, because he is sure to have the full overview of the opponent's movements. He is convinced that even the enemy himself is sleeping. And he is confident that nothing can surprise him.
Like the sleeping soldier, many Christians believe today that there is no danger, and the biblical text expresses this by the famous parable of the sleeping virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. And there is another clear hint in the following verses:
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 1 Thess 5:1-7
So, if we want to observe the enemy, we must first understand how the enemy communicates with his army. During the Second World War there was a battle on a level that has received little mention in the history books, but it was still more important than all the other battles: the battle for the secret codes of the military. Those who were able to listen and decipher the communication codes of the enemy army gained an advantage. He knew not only the commands of the generals to their army, but he could also anticipate their movements and react accordingly.
In every war, the individual units have to communicate to coordinate themselves. This communication should be hidden to the particular enemy so that he is not able to decipher it even if a military message comes into his possession. And now even more cunning: in the case that the enemy would have intercepted a message, it would be best to make him believe that he would have deciphered the message correctly, while the real content of the message means something completely different and can only be deciphered correctly by the own army. Then the enemy would be lulled into a false security or take counter-measures with no effect.
Our enemy is Satan and his army is a satanic trinity, led by the pope, who operates especially through his secret societies: Illuminati, Opus Dei, Freemasons - these are all Jesuit foundations, the secret police of the Vatican. It is one and the same organization of the satanic powers, whose troops have just different names, and one and the same objective like all despots have: to win the sole dominion over the planet for their ruler, the devil. This army is even older than the sin fall, when mankind entered the war between good and evil. There have always been two classes of people, and that has nothing to do with racism but only with free-will choice: those who elect the Creator of the universe as their Lord, and those who submit themselves consciously or unconsciously to Satan. Jesus puts it this way:
He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Mt 12:30
Some are children of God, and the other are children of Satan. It's that simple. When His children had fallen into the minority, so that they were almost exterminated, God destroyed by the flood the inhabitants of the earth who had submitted themselves to the dominion of Satan - except Noah and his family. But soon the seeds of evil won back their supremacy.
The new children of Satan decided to build a city with a tower that would be so high, that God would never be able to destroy it again with a flood. We all know the story of the Tower of Babel. God wanted his children to spread over the earth, live a modest life as shepherds and farmers, and thus have contact to His nature and raise their children away from a perverse world and satanic influences. They should bring the Gospel to all the world and proclaim the coming of Christ.
The gathering together in cities on the other hand, was always a means and a symbol of the rebellion of Satan. Today we know very well the urge of the people to jam themselves in inhumane cities, in which the slums of the poor become rampant, and the seeds of evil flourishes. Only a few know that there is a secret society led by the Pope - the "Metropolitans" who want to finish this "tower" right now.
The Tower of Babel exists even in our modern times. One of these modern towers of Babel, which expressed the superiority of their creators and their independence from God, fell in 2001 with terrible loss of human life. But only to make room for an even higher tower, which has a frightening symbolism. Perhaps, I will dedicate a short article to "The Tower" for more details. Nothing has changed since Babel! It is still the same "god" who lays claim to world dominion, and this he now wants to establish in a final and decisive battle. He is aware that this will be a battle in which all would die if he wins. But his kingdom is not a kingdom of the living, for he is the "god" who has the key to the abyss, of hell and Hades, and his goal is the destruction of all humanity - for he is the "god of the dead". Nothing is more hateful to him than a rescued child of Jesus, who will live forever.
The successful execution of the plans for the Tower of Babel would have caused God to terminate mankind's history a long time ago. For human history ends when there is nobody left who could be saved by Jesus' blood. Everybody will have opted for either Jesus or Satan. But then the time had not come, for Jesus had to come first to suffer in our place His sacrificial death to pay the debt of sin. Therefore, God confused the languages of the builders of the tower, which of course were primarily bricklayers by profession. One morning one could not understand the other anymore and this led first to misunderstandings, then anger and despair and, ultimately, to blind panic. These masons or freemasons or "metropolitans" were scattered to all winds and the original plan of God was restored.
Probably some years, decades or centuries passed by, until the people had learned to talk to each other again. Now, they had to overcome language and communication barriers and this took a long time. But the old plan of Satan was anchored unbroken in his proud and arrogant character. Never again, should God succeed to confuse the languages so that Satan wouldn't be able to coordinate his army to build the symbol of his claim to power, the tallest tower on earth, which would reach to the heavens and proclaim his absolute rule over this planet and the eradication of the children of God.
Satan is the most intelligent, created being in the universe. The Bible leaves no doubt. And he looks down amused on those who do not take him seriously, and believe that he does not exist, or that he is a mythical creature with goat legs. No, Satan is an angel, and equipped with all the power of an angel. Satan knew that he needed a new language to coordinate his military units for the last battle on earth. This language had to be a language that God could not confuse again. It had to be a language that was based not just on the spoken language. This language should work like a code, and as previously described, on two levels. One who would read the code should believe to have understood everything correctly and be lulled in a false sense of security. But the true meaning of the code would only be understood by Satan's initiates or enlightened (the Illuminati). And many should serve them who had been deceived by a false understanding of the code.
This master plan of Satan, a language that should not be based on spoken language, but on symbols that God would never be able to confuse, has been realized: The symbolic language of the builders of the Tower of Babel, the symbolic language of the bricklayers or masons or metropolitans. Now, it can be clearly understood why seemingly "harmless" symbols, in reality can have a completely different and truly frightening meaning, if you are able to decipher their true content.
We as Adventists have been especially blessed because one of our brothers has access to a particular book, THE Book of Freemasonry, which is indeed available online, but just not in its full and true version with all the symbols. I would like to recommend you to visit the website of Amazing Discoveries and watch the whole Total Onslaught series of Prof. Dr. Walter Veith. There is also a wonderful book written by Dr. Cathy Burns on the symbolism of Freemasonry, which was also the basis of my own research.
We know from the Bible prophecies of Daniel and Revelation, who is the enemy and it is the papacy and its affiliated organizations: the children of the harlot Babylon. So we must be very careful when the Vatican sends out "letters in symbolic language." These letters are, of course, not really simple "letters", but messages that can be viewed worldwide aimed at two groups of people:
- The initiates, who understand the real content to execute Satan's instructions and coordinate the final battle.
- The dupes, who misunderstand the message and should be lulled to sleep, so they can be destroyed.
There are several official Vatican news sources. The most obvious of these is the papal coat of arms, which is chosen by each newly elected pope. Other special occasions to spread such "letters", are official Vatican celebrations or special commemorative years, that are proclaimed by the Vatican. For these events, they develop special emblems, which have many symbols. Even official letters of the Pope are often decorated with emblems. Today, all humanity, through the media and especially the Internet, have access to these information sources. The information, as described above, is not in the text or the official statement that seems to explain the symbols (exoteric meaning), but in the internal or esoteric meaning of the symbols that only the "initiates" or those who have learned to read the secret code are able to understand.
In the article The Coat of Arms, I will explain what a monstrous message is included in the Coat of Arms of Pope Benedict XVI and the article The Year of Saul will show that the rule of Satan and the last days of human history have already begun.