Edited by J E Bradburn
Most people think the crusades are a thing of the past— over forever. But they are wrong. Preparations are being made for a final crusade, and it will be the bloodiest of all! The Great Tribulation: Holy Scripture forewarns the church of Jesus Christ that she will suffer great tribulation in the days that lie ahead. Tribulation is a suffering that a man endures because he confesses Jesus Christ by word and by life. It is suffering inflicted on the members of Jesus' Church by the ungodly, unbelieving men who persecute them. In the future, there will arise a great kingdom headed by a mighty leader, which the Scriptures name Antichrist
Revelation 13: II (KJV) And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 (KJV)
03 Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/apostasytogodskingdom.htm (It is already here).
04 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/system.htm
05 Remember ye not that when I was yet with you, I told you these things? http://www.godsplan.org.uk/olivetdiscourse.htm
06 And now ye know what witholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. [Michael]
07 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
08 And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/oneworldsystemwithout_God.htm
09 Even him, whose coming is after the work of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/isgodthetruth%20.htm
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/pureHeavenlytruth.htm
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/teachingofjesus.htm
I John 2:18 (KJV) Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now there are many antichrists; whereby (therefore) we know it is the last time. (Last days, end times) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/eternalplan.htm
This man and his kingdom will gain the allegiance, for a time, of all the nations of the world. Because; this world power is motivated by hatred for God and God's Christ, it will persecute the people of God. This coming persecution will be the worst that the people of God have ever experienced in the history of the world. This persecution will be the "Great Tribulation.” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/great%20tribulation2.htm
The Crusades were a series of Roman Catholic “holy” wars to wrest control of the Holy Land from the Muslims. They produced some of the bloodiest battles in history.
Did you ever wonder how the Catholics reconcile that “holy” slaughter with the Bible, which states, “Thou shalt not kill”? (Murder) Or how they can read the Sermon on the Mount and still lead the religious world in spilling rivers of blood?
They are called the Christian Crusades. That label itself is a deception. They were primarily Catholic Crusades. Other Christian religions have their problems, but let’s not blame them for what the Catholics did—and will do. Some background will help us understand.
Pope Urban II
In A.D. 622, Catholics fought and were defeated in a crusade against the Persians (Now Iran) and the Jews. Some 60,000 Catholics were killed, and 35,000 enslaved. The fall of Jerusalem left the Catholic world shocked and mourning. This war left Catholics bitter against the Jews for the role they played in the war. Much anti-Semitism began because of it. Some historians consider this the First Crusade. But the Crusades we best remember came later, beginning in the 11th century.
Pope Urban ii unleashed a savage Catholic army and started these later Crusades. This “righteous” army marched 3,000 miles to conquer the Holy Land. Here is an excerpt from the book Crusades, by Terry Jones and Alan Ereira, which became a BBC television series (emphasis mine here and throughout):
“By summoning an army under the banner of the Cross (mark of Cain) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/markofcain.htm the Pope was extending the church’s mantle over all Christendom. This was the idea at the very heart of the revolutionary Papacy; in place of separate local churches at the centre of discreet communities, http://www.godsplan.org.uk/persecution.htm http://www.godsplan.org.uk/pureHeavenlytruth.htm
· There was to be one overarching church, ruled by one overarching pope. (One world religion)
· The Crusade was to be its expression and its instrument.”
They state that this thinking was at the heart of the Papacy. The Popes wanted to rule any church called Christian. Through the Holy Roman Empire, they also tried repeatedly to rule the entire world. They have succeeded six times and are about to succeed again, for the last time, according to Bible prophecy. The Protestant churches (daughter of Babylon/Chaldeans) are prophesied to be brought back into the Catholic Church
Isaiah 47 1-15 (KJV)
01 Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the Ground there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou will no more be called tender and delicate.
Sit on the ground because there is no throne for you.
02 Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.
Grind meal which is the work of slaves, and uncover thy locks, remove thy veil, make bare the leg, lift up thy skirts or train.
03 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered; yea thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man.
As a consequence God will not meet thee as a man, which means He will not accept or regard any man.
04 As for our Redeemer, the LORD of hosts is His name, the Holy One of Israel.
05 Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called the lady of kingdoms.
Lady of the kingdoms means mistress of the kingdoms. The king of Babylon called himself “the King Vicar” So the popes name themselves, and are so addressed when crowned.
06 I was wroth with My People, I have polluted Mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand: thou didst show them no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou heavily laid thy yoke.
07 And thou saidst, “I shall be a lady forever:” so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.
The latter end of it means the issue thereof.
08 Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, “I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children.”
Carelessly means confidently, and “none else beside me” are the Divine attributes claimed by Babylon and Rome, as used in these chapters.
09 But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.
Perfection means full measure.
10 For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, “None seeth me.” Thy wisdom and thy knowledge it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, “I am and none else besides me.”
11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon you suddenly, which thou shalt not know.
Calamity (evil) and ruin (mischief) especially as prepared for others.
12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.
13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
Astrologers. The scientists of Babylon were divided into three classes: writers of,
1. Charms to be placed on afflicted persons or houses;
2. Formulae of incantations.
3. Records of observations which mixed up astronomy with astrology, and resulted, in the case of any two successive or concurrent events, in the conclusion that one was the cause of the other; and, the further conclusion was reached by reasoning from the “particular” to the “general”.
Monthly prognosticators made known the future by observing new moons.
14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.
15 Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander everyone to his quarter; none shall save thee.
They shall wander and stagger onward.
This will be done mostly through bloodshed. Remember, this wish to rule all Christianity is at “the very heart of the revolutionary papacy.” That means this philosophy has motivated them for nearly 2,000 years. And they still believe violent and bloody crusades are righteous. Have they ever truly repented of this condemning history? The answer is no. The best they have managed is some recent vague apologies.
History proves the Catholic Church to be one of the most militant institutions ever created. They do not believe in a democratic philosophy. They have often “converted” people by the sword. And yet, this world seems unwilling to hold them accountable for their war crimes.
There have always been men (and women!) 'Ordained of old' (Kenites) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Kenites.htm who have had a mission to infiltrate Christian congregations and subvert the essential Christian message with teachings, which render the gospel ineffective and meaningless! http://www.godsplan.org.uk/eviltrilogy.htm http://www.godsplan.org.uk/prince.htm
Effectively, Satan has sought to lead visible congregations astray by placing false, unconverted people in congregational leadership!! “Sounds far-fetched? Just read on."
Modern historians have shown how closely they worked with the Nazis. It was through the Catholic Church that most of the leading Nazis escaped after World War II. We have shown in past articles how well documented that history is. No one should doubt it. (Read The Unholy Trinity by Mark Aarons and John Loftus, available at bookstores.) And doesn’t that crime reveal that the Catholics were deeply involved with the Nazi war machine?
This subject is too important to let our emotions stand in the way, because the worst is yet to come!
The last crusade will be the supreme inquisition of all history. It is time we understood the bloody history of the Crusades and let it be a warning! The world seems almost unaware of these monstrous crimes. The Jones and Ereira book continues, “Urban’s army would also rescue Jerusalem, the spiritual (and therefore the physical) centre of the universe. He hoped that the church would directly rule the redeemed Jerusalem.
“Every man who enrolled for the struggle must mark himself out by wearing a cross and, most important, vow to continue on his way until he reached Jerusalem. “Urban’s method of raising this army was completely original; as well as pay, he could offer paradise—anyone who took part had all their sins forgiven. ‘Whoever for devotion alone, not to gain honour or money goes to Jerusalem to liberate the Church of God can substitute this journey for all penance.’”
Any Bible student ought to know that only God can offer paradise and forgive sins.
But that is the big problem with most Christians: They don’t believe or obey the Bible! The whole world, including the religious world, is deceived. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/persecution.htm
Revelation 12:9 (KJV) 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.
Enormous problems like the Crusades will continue until we confront our own deception. Jones and Ereira conclude, “By saying that carrying out a military/political enterprise would make you a better person, wiping out past sins, Urban had invented a way by which every person could internalise papal policy. Supposedly: fighting in the pope’s cause was not only an obligation it made you righteous.
· With that one idea, mass political action was launched.
· With that one idea, ideology was born.
· With that one idea, the Crusade was set in motion. Urban did not realise, or understand what he had done.”
This pope certainly did not know what he had done. What he began led to a number of indescribably brutal wars between Catholics and Muslims.
The real tragedy is that the world, like Pope Urban, still doesn’t understand what he did, and what the Catholic Church continues to do. Their real beliefs surface when they gain power. Today, they are building the greatest power they have ever had. If you understand their history, their future is very predictable—far more than most historians believe. Add Bible prophecy to that equation and you will see that this world faces a frightening spectre.
FIGHTING ON BOTH SIDES
The Crusades created rivers of blood, and it was all done in the name of God. Of course, the Muslims responded with massive slaughters against the Crusaders, also in the name of God. Does it make any sense for God to be fighting on both sides? Or are these warring factions just giving our God of love a bloody reputation? Jerusalem is considered a holy place by both religions. It is indeed considered the “centre of the universe” to the Catholics. They believe conquering Jerusalem makes them righteous.
That has been their ideology from the beginning. It is still true today. The fruits are there to prove it. The Bible says, “By their fruits you shall know them.” They believe in war as an instrument to achieve their religious goals.
The following morning the Crusaders re-entered the al-Aqsa Mosque and slaughtered every Muslim sheltering there. No one knows how many died; the Muslim chronicler reports 70,000. One of the Crusaders reports picking his way through a mess of blood and bodies more than knee-deep” (ibid.). This is only one episode of many. Many people have seen pictures of this very mosque. How many Muslims still remember the history of this mosque being knee-deep in Arab blood? And all of this savagery supposedly made Catholics righteous! A warrior who burned Arab babies in the Crusade was considered worthy to gain glory for all eternity! Does this really make sense to a sound mind?
“But killing, the pope now declared, need not be a sin after all.” (Killing is against God’s Law) Romans 12:19 (KJV) Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
· It depended on whom you killed. In fact, if you killed the enemies of Christ, killing did not require penance—it was the penance
· Holy slaughter could be as effective a devotional activity as prayer, or fasting, or pilgrimage….”
· The pope said, “Now we are proposing that you should fight wars which contain the glorious reward of martyrdom, in which you can gain the title of present and eternal glory….”
· “The pope had also pointed out the importance of rescuing Jerusalem from the infidel.
He seems to have suggested that ‘rescue’ meant ‘seize and keep’” [e.g. oil] (ibid.) the pope also said, “Take the road to the Holy Sepulchre, rescue that land from a dreadful race and rule over it yourselves.” Muslim and Jewish inhabitants of Jerusalem were slaughtered like pigs. And Catholics who presumably became more righteous in the process did all of this. Were these killers true Christians? No!
A true Christian is one who follows Christ. If we look in the gospels, Christ tells us to love our enemies, even die for them—not kill them! The memory of such horrendous massacres still lives in the minds of many Arabs. Those memories have provoked Arabs and Jews to massacre Catholics throughout history in a similar manner—all in the name of religion.
KING PETER’S CRUSADE
King Peter launched his crusade from the little Mediterranean island of Cyprus, http://www.godsplan.org.uk/cyprus.htm http://www.godsplan.org.uk/persecution.htm which was captured by Catholic Crusaders during the Third Crusade. Here is what Steven Runciman wrote about King Peter’s Crusade in A History of the Crusades: “King Peter arrived at Rhodes early in the month, and on the 25th the whole Cypriot fleet sailed into the harbour, 108 vessels in all, galleys, transports, merchant ships and light skiffs. With the great galleys of the Venetians and those provided by the Hospital, the armada numbered 165 ships. They carried a full complement of men, with ample horses, provisions and arms. Not since the Third Crusade had a proportionate expedition set out for the Holy War….
“During the Friday night there was a fierce Muslim counterattack through one of the southern gates, which the Christians in their excitement had burned down. It was beaten off; and by the Saturday afternoon, all Alexandria was in the Crusaders’ hands.
“The victory was celebrated with unparalleled savagery. Two and a half centuries of holy warfare had taught the Crusaders nothing of humanity. Those of Jerusalem in 1099 and Constantinople in 1204 only equalled the massacres. The Muslims had not been so ferocious at Antioch or at Acre. Alexandria’s wealth had been phenomenal; and the victors were maddened at the sight of so much booty.
They spared no one. The native Christians and the Jews suffered as much as the Muslims; and even the European merchants settled in the city saw their factories and storehouses ruthlessly looted. Mosques and tombs were raided and their ornaments stolen or destroyed; churches too were sacked, though a gallant crippled Coptic lady managed to save some of the treasures of her sect at the sacrifice of her private fortune. Houses were entered, and householders who did not immediately hand over all their possessions were slaughtered with their families.
Some 5,000 prisoners, Christians and Jews as well as Muslims, were taken to be sold as slaves. A long line of horses, asses and camels carried the loot to the ships in the harbour and there having performed their task were killed. The whole city stank with the odour of human and animal corpses.” This author said, “The Crusades were the pope’s work.” The Crusade philosophy has made Catholic popes the bloodiest religious leaders ever! Still, most people try to hide from this frightening reality. That is the main reason why the worst Catholic crusade is yet to come. Mankind refuses to believe the truth and believe God.
The world so quickly forgets. And because they do, the massive bloodshed continues. The Catholics did these appalling, despicable deeds before the world. But has anyone heard them repent before the world?
There is good news: Jesus Christ will personally stop the next crusade! Sadly, however, that will only occur after the worst suffering ever on this Earth. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm
Daniel 12:1 (KJV) And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy People: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy People shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
At that time fixes the end of the Tribulation. Note the three subjects thus connected with the “time of the end”.
2. Thy people, Daniel’s People Israel. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm
3. A time of trouble i.e. The Great Tribulation. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/stormcoming.htm
Matthew 24:21-22 (KJV)
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
More than one crusade has been launched from Cyprus.
· Will we see the last crusade launched from there as well?
· Is history about to repeat itself?
Turkey, just north of Cyprus, has been a strong member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO Satan’s seat) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/eviltrilogy.htm for many years. Yet, a German-led European Union (EU) rejected them from joining the EU—even though they have been applying since 1963, when there were only six members! Nine new countries have joined since then, and 11 more are on the waiting list.
CYPRUS IS ALSO ON THE LIST TO JOIN THE EU. THEIR CHANCES LOOK GOOD.
Why has the EU consistently rejected Turkey? Is it because Turkey is predominantly Islamic?
The EU in prophecy is to be ultimately comprised of ten nations or groups of nations, dominated by Catholicism. Already the EU is being called the Holy Roman Empire. It has traditionally been the enemy of the Muslims.
· And why does it look like tiny Cyprus will become a member of the EU?
· Is the EU already thinking about Cyprus as a launching pad from which to protect its Jerusalem interests?
We don’t know if Cyprus will become a member or not, (It is now). But you can be certain that the EU is thinking about how to protect the holy places in and around Jerusalem. They have thought like this for almost 2,000 years! There is a real crisis in Cyprus today. Some people fear a war between Greece and Turkey, who share the rule of this island. Greece became the tenth member state of the EU in 1981, and Russia has already sold missiles to Greece, whose intention is to bully Turkey with them. At a conference in Cyprus in July, Dr. Osman Metin Ozturk explained that while EU membership of Cyprus would support the interests of Greece and the EU, but would stall U.S. and NATO interests.
Here is what Christopher Lockwood, diplomatic editor in Nicosia, wrote in the Daily Telegraph, March 30, 1998: “The EU has manoeuvred itself into a position where it may soon have to take a bitterly divided island, with a propensity for violence and even war, into its bosom.
“It has poisoned relations with Turkey, a crucial NATO ally; and made a solution to the Cypriot problem harder to achieve than ever….”
Why would Europe risk such serious problems, even warfare, over this tiny island? http://www.godsplan.org.uk/cyprus.htm
Revelation 13:3-5 (KJV)
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast saying, “Who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. (3˝ years)
IF THIS WORLD TRULY UNDERSTOOD WHAT IS HAPPENING IN EUROPE, THEY WOULD BE TREMBLING IN FEAR.
· Does this great evil spirit being Satan the devil have plans for Cyprus?
· Is there a final crusade planned to be launched into the Middle East from there?
This evil spirit being knows Bible prophecy and what the future holds. The beast will hold power for three and a half years, and then Christ will destroy that evil empire forever! We are entering the worst times ever, but they will lead into the best news we could ever receive!
FINAL CRUSADE PROPHESIED
One of the main tourist attractions in Jordan is the Crusader castles. The Catholics built most of them to war against the Muslims and control Jerusalem. These castles are stark reminders of the bloody past—and a far more bloody future! The Jews have Jerusalem now, but not for long. Both Muslims and Catholics have designs for Jerusalem. These two great powers are about to clash again—go head-to-head in the final crusade over Jerusalem!
In 1997, Iran conducted major war games code-named “Road to Jerusalem.” Between 150,000 and 500,000 soldiers participated. What could be more provocative? They are advertising their strategy to the world. Few people understand this Muslim passion for Jerusalem and its holy sites! They are the kind of passions that cause war! Iran will undoubtedly lead what the Bible calls “the king of the south” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/cyprus.htm
Daniel 11:40 (KJV) And at that time of the end (near the close of the last seven years) shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships.
This power will be comprised of the radical Islamic movement. Iran is working fiercely to lead this radically militant religion. Iran has virtually destroyed the peace process single-handedly. But still, the world continues to talk about peace. Iran and radical Islam do not want peace, and words won’t deter them. Joseph de Courcy once wrote this in the Islamic Affairs Analyst:
“Subscribers should be in absolutely no doubt about this. From Iran’s support for subversion in Bahrain, through its improving ties with Egypt, its support for Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Islamist revolutionaries in Khartoum, to its close strategic alliance with Moscow, everything has the same ultimate purpose: the liberation of Jerusalem from under the Zionist yoke.”
The U.S. has tried to isolate Iran. Almost no other nation supports America. This attempt has failed. The U.S. is fighting against Bible prophecy.
Iran has nuclear bombs. They believe America can be neutralized by terrorism—perhaps nuclear terrorism. Here is what Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said in 1996: “We know but one word: struggle, struggle. Jihad, jihad, jihad. When we stop our intifada, when we stop our revolution, we go to the greater jihad, the jihad of the independent Palestinian state with its capital Jerusalem.” Jihad is the Arab cry for holy war. They will get their war. But it will not be holy. It will lead to the worst suffering this planet has ever experienced! This king of the south is undoubtedly the Iran-led radical Muslims. They are strong and are pushing others around in the Middle East.
Soon they will push at the king of the north, the so-called Holy Roman Empire—the same religious power that was behind the Crusades. And that push will surely revolve around Jerusalem.
Just 20 years ago, nobody could have even imagined two world powers coming out of the Middle East and Europe. But God knew exactly what would happen. Nobody but God could have inspired these prophecies. Everybody can see these two great powers today. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/leadcontainer.htm
Just look at what is happening in Europe—and has been for years.
· The present pope is working feverishly to revive the Holy Roman Empire.
· Twenty years ago, in Spain, November 9, 1981, he said this: “It can be said that the European identity is not understandable without Christianity and that it is precisely in Christianity that are found those common roots by which the Continent has seen its civilization mature: its culture, its dynamism, its activity, its capacity for constructive expansion in other continents as well; in a word, all that makes up its glory…. “Find yourself again. Be yourself.
· Discover your origins revive your roots.
· Return to those authentic values which made your history a glorious one and your presence so beneficent in the other continents.”
During the Inquisition, over 50 million innocent people were killed in the name of “Christianity”! That’s right—50 million! And you can add many millions more as victims of the Holy Roman Empire. Should not the whole world fear a pope who would say, “Discover your origins, revive your roots. Return to those authentic values which made your history a glorious one”? Those “origins” and “roots” and that “history” caused many millions of people to die! In Revelation 17, God paints a vivid picture of a great church as a lavishly dressed harlot, holding sway over the nations. God sees things as they truly are! Let’s look at God’s view:
Revelation 17:6 (KJV) And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her I wondered with great admiration.
“God sees this whore “drunken” on the blood of the saints! killing God’s saints, how “glorious”?
· THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE WILL COME AT THE KING OF THE SOUTH LIKE A WHIRLWIND.
· WILL THERE BE A SURPRISE ATTACK FROM CYPRUS?
· WILL WE SEE THE FINAL CRUSADE LAUNCHED FROM THERE? A WHIRLWIND COMES SUDDENLY. SO IT DOESN’T APPEAR THE ATTACK WILL BE LAUNCHED FROM EUROPE.
WE MUST UNDERSTAND THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE AND THE CRUSADES TO UNDERSTAND THE CATHOLIC PASSION FOR JERUSALEM. THEY HAVE A LONG HISTORY OF SPILLING RIVERS OF BLOOD OVER JERUSALEM.
Daniel 11:41 (KJV) He shall enter also into the glorious land and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.
They “enter” into the glorious land, or the Holy Land. The Hebrew indicates this is a peaceful entry—not forced. The Jews appear to invite them in as peacekeepers. But it leads to a great double-cross, prophesied in,
Ezekiel chapter 23 Read the whole chapter. Two Sisters explained to help with study.
· Jerusalem, (Two Sisters) Aholah (Israel) and Aholibah (Jerusalem, Judah) Two women.
· Aholah: Heb `āhālāh [She has] her own tent. So named probably because Israel set up her own worship as distinct from Jehovah’s.
· Aholibah Heb `ăhālībāh = My tent [is] in her.
Ezekiel 23 1—49 (KJV)
01 The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,
02 Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother: Israel & Judah: Eve
03 And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity.
04 And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were Mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah [Israel], and Jerusalem [Judah] Aholibah.
05 And Aholah played the harlot when she was Mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours,
06 Which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses.
07 Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself.
08 Neither left she her whoredoms brought from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her.
09 Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted.
10 These discovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed judgment upon her.
11 And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms.
12 She doted upon the Assyrians her neighbours, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men.
13 Then I saw that she was defiled, that they took both one way,
14 And that she increased her whoredoms: for when she saw men portrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans portrayed with vermilion,
15 Girded with girdles upon their loins, exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity:
16 And as soon as she saw them with her eyes, she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea.
17 And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her mind was alienated from them.
18 So she discovered her whoredoms, and discovered her nakedness: then My mind was alienated from her, like as My mind was alienated from her sister.
19 Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt.
20 For she doted upon their paramours, [an illicit lover] whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.
21 Thus thou callest to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising thy teats by the Egyptians for the paps of thy youth.
22 Therefore, O Aholibah, thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy mind is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side;
23 The Babylonians, and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, and Shoa, and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them: all of them desirable young men, captains and rulers, great lords and renowned, all of them riding upon horses.
24 And they shall come against thee with chariots, wagons, and wheels, and with an assembly of people, which shall set against thee buckler and shield and helmet round about: and I will set judgment before them, and they shall judge thee according to their judgments.
25 And I will set My jealousy against thee, and they shall deal furiously with thee: they shall take away thy nose and thine ears; and thy remnant shall fall by the sword: they shall take thy sons and thy daughters; and thy residue shall be devoured by the fire.
26 They shall also strip thee out of thy clothes, and take away thy fair jewels.
27 Thus will I make thy lewdness to cease from thee, and thy whoredom brought from the land of Egypt: so that thou shalt not lift up thine eyes unto them, nor remember Egypt any more.
28 For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will deliver thee into the hand of them whom thou hatest, into the hand of them from whom thy mind is alienated:
29 And they shall deal with thee hatefully, and shall take away all thy labour, and shall leave thee naked and bare: and the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be discovered, both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.
30 I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols.
31 Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister; therefore will I give her cup into thine hand.
32 Thus saith the Lord God; Thou shalt drink of thy sister's cup deep and large: thou shalt be laughed to scorn and had in derision; it containeth much.
33 Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, with the cup of astonishment and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria.
34 Thou shalt even drink it and suck it out, and thou shalt break the sherds thereof, and pluck off thine own breasts: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God.
35 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast forgotten Me, and cast Me behind thy back, therefore bear thou also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.
36 The Lord said moreover unto me; Son of man, wilt thou judge Aholah and Aholibah? yea, declare unto them their abominations;
37 That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto Me, to pass for them through the fire, to devour them.
38 Moreover this they have done unto Me: they have defiled My sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned My Sabbaths.
39 For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into My sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of mine house.
40 And furthermore, that ye have sent for men to come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent; and, lo, they came: for whom thou didst wash thyself, painted thy eyes, and decked thyself with ornaments,
41 And sat upon a stately bed, and a table prepared before it, whereupon thou hast set mine incense and mine oil.
42 And a voice of a multitude being at ease was with her: and with the men of the common sort were brought Sabeans from the wilderness, which put bracelets upon their hands, and beautiful crowns upon their heads.
43 Then said I unto her that was old in adulteries, Will they now commit whoredoms with her, and she with them?
44 Yet they went in unto her, as they go in unto a woman that playeth the harlot: so went they in unto Aholah and unto Aholibah, the lewd women.
45 And the righteous men, they shall judge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women that shed blood; because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands.
46 For thus saith the Lord God; I will bring up a company upon them, and will give them to be removed and spoiled.
47 And the company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords; they shall slay their sons and their daughters, and burn up their houses with fire.
48 Thus will I cause lewdness to cease out of the land, that all women may be taught not to do after your lewdness.
49 And they shall recompense your lewdness upon you, and ye shall bear the sins of your idols: and ye shall know that I am the Lord God.
THIS BETRAYAL WILL LEAD TO A DISASTER WHERE NO STONE IS LEFT ON TOP OF ANOTHER STONE AT THE WAILING WALL
Matthew 24:1-3 (KJV)
1 And Jesus went out and departed from the temple:
2 And Jesus said unto them, “See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
3 And as He sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, “Tell us, when shall these things be and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world.”
THOSE ARE CHRIST’S OWN WORDS!
If the Jews would only remember the history of the violence and bloodshed by the Crusaders, Then perhaps they would choose differently.
Daniel 11:42-43 (KJV)
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43 But he shall have powers over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
Other countries are going to fall to this great power too. Twice it mentions that Egypt will not escape. For over two decades, Egypt has been the most moderate nation in the Middle East. Iran has pushed them toward their camp. That is because Egypt fears terrorism and their own radical Muslims. We have seen that happen before our eyes, just as God prophesied it would!
THE GOOD NEWS
At this point in prophecy, the Holy Roman Empire will face disaster.
Daniel 11:44 (KJV) But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury, to destroy, and utterly to make away many.
· The Russians and Chinese will prepare for war with Europe.
· The Europeans will see it happening and strike first.
· They will, however, be defeated.
Daniel 11:45 (KJV) And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain: yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.
Notice, the religious leader will move his headquarters to Jerusalem—and not just for protection. He could go to many other cities that would be safer. But this will be a religious act of faith. Jerusalem is considered to be his most holy place on Earth—the “centre of the universe.” Still, he will come to a most ignominious end. Nobody will be there to help him. There should be no chapter break between Daniel 11 and 12. The story flow continues to illustrate that this religious war will trigger a nuclear World War iii.
Daniel 12:1 (KJV) “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy People: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy People shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.”
There has never before been trouble like this. God promises to protect His people physically. Otherwise, they would perish in a nuclear nightmare. As bad as this news is, it leads to the best news this world has ever heard!
Daniel 11 (KJV)
01 Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him.
02 And now will I shew thee the truth. “Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia.
03 And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.
04 And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion which he ruled: for his kingdom shall be plucked up, even for others beside those.
05 And the king of the south shall be strong, and one of his princes; and he shall be strong above him, and have dominion; his dominion shall be a great dominion.
06 And in the end of years they shall join themselves together; for the king's daughter of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement: but she shall not retain the power of the arm; neither shall he stand, nor his arm: but she shall be given up, and they that brought her, and he that begat her, and he that strengthened her in these times.
07 But out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and shall deal against them, and shall prevail:
08 And shall also carry captives into Egypt their gods, with their princes, and with their precious vessels of silver and of gold; and he shall continue more years than the king of the north.
09 So the king of the south shall come into his kingdom, and shall return into his own land.
10 But his sons shall be stirred up, and shall assemble a multitude of great forces: and one shall certainly come, and overflow, and pass through: then shall he return, and be stirred up, even to his fortress.
11 And the king of the south shall be moved with choler, and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north: and he shall set forth a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into his hand.
12 And when he hath taken away the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up; and he shall cast down many ten thousands: but he shall not be strengthened by it.
13 For the king of the north shall return, and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former, and shall certainly come after certain years with a great army and with much riches.
14 And in those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south: also the robbers of thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the vision; but they shall fall.
15 So the king of the north shall come, and cast up a mount, and take the most fenced cities: and the arms of the south shall not withstand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to withstand.
16 But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him: and he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed.
17 He shall also set his face to enter with the strength of his whole kingdom, and upright ones with him; thus shall he do: and he shall give him the daughter of women, corrupting her: but she shall not stand on his side, neither be for him.
18 After this shall he turn his face unto the isles, and shall take many: but a prince for his own behalf shall cause the reproach offered by him to cease; without his own reproach he shall cause it to turn upon him.
19 Then he shall turn his face toward the fort of his own land: but he shall stumble and fall, and not be found.
20 Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle.
21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
22 And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant.
23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.
24 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.
25 And he shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand: for they shall forecast devices against him.
26 Yea, they that feed of the portion of his meat shall destroy him, and his army shall overflow: and many shall fall down slain.
27 And both of these kings' hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper: for yet the end shall be at the time appointed.
28 Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land.
29 At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter.
30 For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.
31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.
32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
33 And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.
34 Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.
35 And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.
36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his father’s knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.
40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
44 But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.
45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.
THE DAILY SACRIFICE IS REFERRING TO GOD’S WORK. THAT WORK WILL BE TAKEN AWAY—REMOVED WHEN GOD TAKES HIS PEOPLE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY
Matthew 24:15-16 (KJV)
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth let him understand).
16 Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains.
Luke 21:20-21 (KJV)
20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
21 Then let them which are in Judea 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 thereunto.
· That must happen because the abomination of desolation, or the king of the north, is going to conquer America and Britain—unless they repent.
· But when that happens, you will be able to start counting days to the return of Jesus Christ. He will end these “holy wars” forever.
· There is no excuse for America and Britain not knowing the truth. God has been sending His message in power for over 60 years! They have rejected it repeatedly. That is why they now must suffer so intensely. Finally, God will get their attention and lead them to peace, full joy and abundance.