This is the last chapter of the Book of Hebrews. I hope it has helped your strengthen in your faith, I know that creating this site certainly strengthens the relationship I have with Jesus.
Tomorrow we will being with…
Hebrews 13 Warnings and Requests
1 Let brotherly love continue.
2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
That means exactly as it says.
3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
This means “anything” that a husband and wife do in the bedroom is sacred and honored by God, “IF” it is done through love.
It does not mean that a husband can force his wife to have sex just because they are married.
For example, last I knew, in the State of Washington if a husband forced his wife to have sex he could not be charged with rape because that is his wife.
What do you expect though, it is such a liberal state, but God is not a liberal and it don’t wash well with Him.
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Don’t be greedy, be content with what God allows you to have because He can take it all away and know that there are many others that have much less than you do.
Don’t look at what you don’t have, look at what others don’t have and how you may be able to help them.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
God does not change, see Rev 1:8, 18; 22:12-13.
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
Don’t listen to anyone that says anything that is not in the Bible, such as Oprah, Rick Warren, Obama, etc.
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
“Jesus also…suffered without the gate” – Christ’s death outside Jerusalem represented the removal of sin, as had the removal of the bodies of sacrificial animals outside the camp of Israel.
13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
We are to obey all laws made by our country, as long as they do not go against God. Obey God before you obey man.
18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.
23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.
24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
25 Grace be with you all. Amen.
How Fit is Your Faith?
Do you need a spiritual check-up?
If you sense something might be wrong in your spiritual life, perhaps it’s time to examine your Christian walk. Here are 12 signs to show if you are walking with Jesus or not.
I found this information with About.com Christianity, but I don’t agree with #5, #8 is vague and can me dangerous, and #9 gives an opinion the way a politician answers a question.
The scriptures that come from me, and end my comments, not from this site, have a line under it.
1. Your faith is based on a relationship with God, not religious obligations and rituals. You follow Christ because you want to, not because you have to.
Your relationship with Jesus flows naturally out of love. It is not forced or driven by guilt.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
We love him, because he first loved us.
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother; he is a liar; for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath see, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also” (1 Jn 4:18-21).
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
And having a high priest over the house of God;
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water” (Heb 10:19-22).
2. Your sense of security and significance is centered on God and who you are in Christ, not on others or your accomplishments.
“For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you that it was not in vain:
But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.
For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:
But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:
Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ” (1 Thess 2:1-6).
“Not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men” (Eph 6:6-7).
3. Your faith in God is strengthened as you walk through life’s troubles, trials and painful experiences, not weakened or destroyed.
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” (1 Pet 4:12-13).
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (Jas 1:2-4).
4. Your service to others flows out of genuine love and concern for them, not from compulsion or a need to be recognized. You offer your service as a joy and a pleasure and not an obligation or a heavy burden.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph 2:8-10).
Eph 6:6-7 – see under #2.
“To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues” (Rom 12:10).
5. You value and respect the unique differences and individual gifts of your brothers and sisters in Christ, rather than expecting conformity to one Christian standard. You appreciate and celebrate others’ gifts.
This is wrong because it includes the beliefs of anyone that believes that Jesus existed, which would also include Catholics. There is conformity with God, with Jesus.
There is only one Jesus and He doesn’t change. Yet, do know that I do not believe anyone has the same personal relationship with Jesus that someone else has. But still, there is only one Jesus Christ.
Oprah agrees that there is only one Jesus, but she preaches that you don’t need Jesus to get to heaven, and He says otherwise. Therefore, we cannot “value and respect the unique differences” of their opinion. There is only one is a standard, a conformity.
“…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (Jn 14:6).
6. You are able to give and receive trust and allow others to see you—and themselves—in a state of vulnerability and imperfection. You allow yourself and others the freedom to make mistakes.
I say yes to the above because God doesn’t want us to be robots, but to enjoy life as we are. But these mistakes cannot be due to willful sinning. Willful sinning is not a mistake, God will always help us out in not sinning if we ask:
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Cor 10:13).
As I said, if you willfully sin it is not a mistake and you will pay the price:
“For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.
But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries” (Heb 10:26-27).
If you willfully sin you are trying to play or manipulate God and as you see that is not a wise move:
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Gal 6:7-8).
“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren be pitiful, be courteous” (1 Pet 3:8).
“With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love” (Eph 4:2).
“Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?
And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?
For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.
There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.
Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.
Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.
For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?
For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
I thank my God; I speak with tongues more than ye all:
Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.
Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.
If therefore the whole church be come together into one place and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:
And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.
How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
If anything be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.
For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
Let all things be done decently and in order” (Rom 14).
7. You can relate to real, everyday people with a non-judgmental, non-legalistic attitude.
This basically pertains to other believers. That does not mean that you can go any ridicule non-believers, what I mean if someone is degrading Jesus Christ don’t sit there like a stump on a log, speak your peace.
Rom 14 – see under #6.
“Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matt 7:1).
“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven” (Lk 6:37).
8. You thrive in an atmosphere of learning, where free thinking is encouraged. Questions and doubts are normal.
This is extremely vague and can lead people to the New Age. God does not encourage “free thinking” when it has anything to do with Jesus or living our lives away from or even partially away from Him.
9. You prefer balance over black and white extremes in your approach to the Bible, its teachings and the Christian life.
This, like #8 can be misleading.
10. You do not feel threatened or defensive when others hold to a different opinion or perspective. You can agree to disagree, even with other Christians.
This is how it should be, as long as these other opinions or perspectives believe in the virgin birth, Jesus’ crucifixion and His resurrection.
“But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies. And contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain” (Tit 3:9).
“For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
For the body is not one member, but many.
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
And if they were all one member, where were the body?
But now are they many members, yet but one body.
And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked:That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another” (1 Cor 12:12-25).
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect” (1 Cor 1:10-17)
11. You are not afraid of emotional expressions from yourself and others. Emotions are not bad, they just are.
I don’t see anything wrong here, but I don’t see the correlation between your expressions and the strength of your faith.
But since we’re talking about emotions, never try and understand what or why God does something through your or anyone’s emotions/feelings.
“Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil” (Joel 2:12-13).
“O clap your hands, all ye p; shout unto God with the voice of triumph” (Ps 47:1).
“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise” (Ps 98:4).
“For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;
And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2 Cor 9:12-15)
12. You have the ability to relax and have fun. You can laugh at yourself and at life.
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (Ecc 3:1-4).
“Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labor the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun” (8:15).
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones” (Prov 17:22).
“Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength” (Neh 8:10).
But God has a very simple plan to be saved and we will discuss that also in the Book of James.
Tomorrow is the last chapter of the book of Hebrews, the book of Faith. Where does your faith in Jesus Christ stand? Tomorrow we will look at…
Hebrews 12 Christ Our Example
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
“Compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses” – the imagery suggests an athletic contest in a great amphitheater. The witnesses are the heroes of the past who have just been mentioned (chp 11). They are not spectators but inspiring examples.
The Greek word translated “witnesses” is the origin of the English word “martyr” and means “testifiers, witnesses.” They bear testimony to the power faith and to God’s faithfulness.
“Run with patience” – see Acts 20:24; 1 Cor 9:24-26; Gal 2:2, 5:7; Phil 2:16; 2 Tim 4:7.
The Christian life is pictured as a long-distance race rather than a short sprint. Some Hebrew Christians were tempted to drop out of the contest because of persecution.
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
“Looking unto Jesus” – just as a runner concentrates on the finish line, we should concentrate on Jesus, the goal and objective of our faith (Phil 3:13-14).
“Finisher of our faith” – our faith, which has its beginning in Jesus, is also completed in Him; he is the start and end of the race. He is also the supreme witness who has already run the race and overcome it.
The best book I have read about this race it ”The Pilgrims Progress,” by John Bunyan. I have read it four times.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
“Consider him” – Jesus suffered infinity more than any of His disciples is asked to suffer – a great encouragement for us when we are weary and tempted to because discouraged.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
“Net yet resisted unto blood” – though Jesus disciples suffered persecution and loss of possessions, they didn’t have to die for the faith.
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
“The chastening of the Lord” – suffering and persecution should be seen as corrective and instructive training for our spiritual development as His children.
Everything that happens in this world is happens because God makes it happen or He allows it to happen for His purpose. Therefore, if, let us say for example, you are punished for something you did not do.
Instead of being frustrated in the injustice, know that God has your back and glory in that.
The following scriptures, 6-13, will explain this more clearly.
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
“Make straight paths” – a call for upright conduct that will help, rather than hinder, the spiritual and moral welfare of others, especially the “lame” who waver in the Christian faith.
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
Cf. 1 Pet 1:15-16; 1 Jn 3:2-3.
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
“Profane person, as Esau” – see Gen 25:29-34. He had no appreciation for true values and was profane in his outlook on life. He “despised his birthright” (Gen 25:34) by valuing food for his stomach more highly than his birthright.
17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
12:18-21 – these verses describe the awesome occasion when the law was given at Mount Sinai (Ex 19:10-25; Deut 4:11-12, 5:22-26) description focusing on the old covenant’s tangible mountain, ordinances, terrifying warnings and severe penalties.
Believers in Jesus Christ do not have such a threatening covenant, and should not consider returning to it.
19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard entreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
22 But ye are come unto Mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
“God the Judge of all” – see Rom 14:10-12; 1 Cor 3:10-15; 2 Cor 5:10; Rev 20:11-15.
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
“Him that speaketh…spake on earth…speaketh from heaven” – Jesus Christ, who is both from and in heaven. Since we have greater revelation, we have greater responsibility and therefore great danger (2:2-4).
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
“Once more” – during the great end-time up-heavals associated with the second advent of Christ.
“Which cannot be shaken” – the kingdom of God.
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
“Serve God acceptably” – see Jn 4:19-24; Rom 12:1.
29 For our God is a consuming fire.
Cf. Ex 24:17; Deut 9:3.
Meet a Few Rich Atheists
…thou hast praised the gods of silver…and the God in whose hand thy breath is…hast thou not glorified.
In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain (Dan 5:23, 30).
Bill Gates Microsoft Co-founder and CEO, was interviewed November 1995 on PBS by David Frost. Below is the transcript with minor edits…
Frost: Do you believe in the Sermon on the Mount?
Gates: I don’t. I’m not somebody who goes to church on a regular basis. The specific elements of Christianity are not something I’m a huge believer in. There’s a lot of merit in the moral aspects of religion. I think it can have a very, very positive impact.
Frost: I sometimes say to people, do you believe there is a god, or do you know there is a god? And, you’d say you don’t know?
Gates: In terms of doing things I take a fairly scientific approach to why things happen and how they happen. I don’t know if there’s a god or not, but I think religious principles are quite valid.
Gates was profiled by Walter Isaacson in a January 13, 1996 Time Magazine cover story. Here are some excerpts compiled by the Drudge Report:
Isaacson: Isn’t there something special, perhaps even divine, about the human soul?
Gates: I don’t have any evidence on that.
“Gates face suddenly becomes expressionless,” writes Isaacson, “his squeaky voice turns toneless, and he folds his arms across his belly and vigorously rocks back and forth in a mannerism that has become so mimicked at Microsoft that a meeting there can resemble a round table of ecstatic rabbis.”
Gates: Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.
The multi-billionaire, financier and philanthropist was profiled on the newsmagazine 60 Minutes, broadcast December 20, 1998.
Steve Kroft: Are you a religious man?
Kroft: Do you believe in God?
Warren Buffett The multi-billionaire, financier, atheist and business man. The following is taken from – Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist, by Roger Lowenstein (Doubleday, 1995), page 13…
“He did not subscribe to his family’s religion. Even at a young age he was too mathematical, too logical, to make the leap of faith.”
“He adopted his father’s ethical underpinnings, but not his belief in an unseen divinity.”
Larry Flynt Publisher of more than a dozen adult magazines, including Hustler, his life is profiled in a 1997 film directed by Milos Forman titled, The People vs. Larry Flynt. In the epilogue of his autobiography, An Unseemly Man, Flynt says:
“I have left my religious conversion behind and settled into a comfortable state of atheism.”
Flynt recanted his earlier claim of having becomes a Christian and dismissed it as the result of a manic-depressive episode.
In 1984, Larry Flynt sought out the services of Madalyn Murray O’Hair (a God-hating feminist wretch) and announced in his magazine, Hustler, that he was an atheist.
Judgment Day is Coming!
You have just heard from four of the richest men in the world.
It is tragic and sad when men deny their Divine Creator, the very one who keeps them breathing (Acts 17:25).
The prophet Daniel would say to these men the same thing he said to king Belshazzar,
“But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified” (Dan 5:23).
It must be understood that there is a difference between an atheist and a non-believer. Charles Darwin, at least at the end of his life, was an atheist or some say he was agnostic. To me they mean the same.
The basic definition of a non-believer is the same as atheist or agnostic. Yet…
Atheist – does not believe in any god.
Agnostic – does not believe in any god, but does believe in “material phenomenon”, i.e., a higher power.
Non-believer – does not believe in Jesus Christ, but believes in a god.
All of the above will go to hell, but you don’t have to be one of them to go to hell.
For example, those of the New Age believe in God and many of them even believe in Jesus Christ, some even believe that Jesus Christ is God’s Son, but still, they are not saved because they do not acknowledge Jesus for who He is.
For example, Oprah preaches that we don’t need Jesus to get to heaven.
And Paul had also stated:
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Rom 1:21).
Oprah Winfrey interviews and showcases several New Age luminaries; but when a Christian woman in the audience asks Oprah, “What about Jesus?,” Oprah insists Jesus “can’t possibly be the only way” to God.”
The New Agers and Catholics will be punished more severely than the atheists/agnostics. We will go into more detail on that during the Book of James.
“Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth eaten” (Jas 5:1,2).
And Jesus Himself had said:
“…Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (Matt 19:23-24).
There can be no question that the authors of the below site stands up for Jesus, but the statement above it can back fire on a new believer because the devil is very tricky.
The devil’s main tool to trip us up on is our feelings/emotions. I can only think of one reason why the authors of the below article said what they said.
They don’t want the Catholic’s or others to get upset with them, i.e., they care what people think of them and their site. Yet, I believe they are sincere and they are hoping to convert the non-believer.
I’m not quite like that, I do wish you all well and truly do hope everyone goes to heaven (we know that isn’t going to happen).
The welfare of others is not a top priority to me, like it is to a pastor. I’m not posting this blog looking for friends. God asked me to create this blog so that is what I’m doing. God is not forcing me to do this blog, but there is no way I would refuse doing anything that He would ask me to do.
Where you choose to spend eternity will not effect me in anyway, especially since we won’t even remember this world once God destroys it (Is 65:17).
Anyway, the below statement is an oxymoron. That would be like a judge saying,
“Sir, you have been convicted of the charges of rape and murder, but I don’t hate you, I just hate what you did, so I’m going to put you on probation for five years. I hope you’ve learned your lesson.”
That would be like sleeping with the enemy. Those that are involved in the New Age Movement sleep with the enemy.
The New Age worships Jesus, sort of. They worship Him and they even acknowledge His virgin birth, the crucifixion and the resurrection.
And then they throw you a rotted bone because the New Age is built around Self, not around Jesus Christ.
It teaches, as Oprah for example promotes, that we don’t need Jesus to have a better life on earth, or to get to heaven.
But Jesus said:
“…I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (Jn 14:6).
If you are a devout Catholic, i.e., believe what they teach. For example, have a Rosary, then you are going to hell.
If you abide by the words of the Holy Bible, not the Catholic Bible, but attend a Catholic Church then you are okay, doing that will not put you in hell.
Yet, if you’re not a devout Catholic, then why go to their church all you are doing is playing with fire and Peter tells us to trust in Jesus only and do not mess around with the devil.
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet 5:7-8).
Jesus’s top enemy, aside from the devil of course, is not the atheist, but those that preach anything that is not in the Bible.
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Rev 22:18-19).
The Catholics, the Mormons, the Muslims, the New Agers, etc. will pay a heavier price when they go to hell.
“The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more” (Lk 12:46-48).
The book of Hebrews is all about faith, as you will see in the following chapter. The first and sixth verse state exactly what faith in Jesus is.
Anyone whose life does not fit within those to verses do not have faith, such as those mentioned above, most wealthy people and atheist.
Staying in this category and the present, tomorrow we’ll take a quick look at…
Hebrews 11 Faith Defined and Exemplified
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
11:1-12:29 – exhortations based on the preceding expositions of Old Testament passages.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
“Elders” – heroes of faith in the pre-Christian ear, such as those listed in this chapter.
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
“Believe that he is” – faith must have an object, and the proper object of genuine faith is God.
Many people’s names would be listed in verse 1, but if without verse 6 it doesn’t matter. For example, you win a free plane ticket (v. 1) to go anywhere in the world, but it’s no good if you can’t get to the airport (v. 6).
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
“Righteousness which is by faith” – Noah expressed complete trust in God and His word, even when it related to “things not seen” (v. 1), namely, the coming flood. Thus Noah also fitted the description of God’s righteousness ones who live by faith (10:38).
His faith in God’s word moved him to built the ark in a dry, landlocked region where it was inconceivable that there would ever be enough water to float the vessel.
Not only did Noah not live by any water, but up to this time it had never rained. God watered everything by a mist (Gen 2:5-6). Noah doing what God asked him to do, no matter how ridiculous it sounded to him, satisfies v. 6.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
Gen 12: 1, 4.
“Not knowing whither he went” – Abraham didn’t go in blind faith, but in complete confidence in God’s trustworthiness.
Absolute obedience satisfies v. 6.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
“As good as dead” – because he was 100 years old.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
“Having seen them afar off” – by faith they saw – dimly – these heavenly realities and were sure that what they hoped for would ultimately be theirs (see v. 1).
“Strangers and pilgrims on the earth” – their true home was in heaven.
14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
The better, heavenly country (v. 16).
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
“Prepared for them a city” – city (v. 10) and country are interchangeable on the concluding chapters of this letter (vv. 9-10, 14-16). The ultimate reality is represented by the new Jerusalem in John’s vision of the believer’s eternal state (Rev 21:2).
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
Gen 22:2, 12, 16.
18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
“God was able to raise…the dead” – so strong was Abraham’s faith that he actually believed that God would rise Isaac from the dad after he sacrificed him.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
Gen 47:29-31, 48:8-20.
22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
Gen 50:24-25. Jacob (v. 21) and Joseph are additional examples of those whose faith is no less strong at death than in life (v. 13).
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
See Acts 7:20-44.
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
“Pleasures of sin” – the luxury and prestige in Egypt’s royal palace.
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.
“Of Christ” – although Moses’ understanding of the details of the Messianic hope was extremely limited, he chose to be associated with the people through whom that hoe was to be realized.
“Treasures of Egypt” – the priceless treasures of King Tutankhamun’s tomb alone included several thousand pounds of pure gold.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
“Not fearing the wrath of the king” – Exodus indicates that Moses was afraid (Ex 2:14) but does not expressly say of whom. And it tells us that he fled from Pharaoh when Pharaoh tried to kill him (Ex 2:15) but does not expressly say that he fled out of fear.
The author of Hebrews capitalizes on these features of the account to highlight the fact that, in his fleeing from Pharaoh, Moses was sustained by his trust in God that the liberation of Israel would come and that he would have some part in it.
“He endured” – for 40 years in Midian (Acts 7:30).
28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
“The harlot Rahab” – a designation describing her way of life prior to her newly found faith (Josh 2:8-11; 6:22-25); also a testimony to God’s boundless grace that can reach down and redeem and raise any sinner to eternal dignity.
32 And what shall I more say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
“Gedeon, Barak, Samson, Jephthae” – Jud 4:6-5:15; 6:11-8:35, 11:1-12:7, 13:24-16:31; 1 Sam 12:11, where Gideon is called Jerubbaal.
“Samuel, and of the prophets: – see Ps 99:6; Jer 15:1; Acts 3:24, 13:20.
33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
“Mouths of lions” – cf. Daniel in the lions’ den (Dan 6).
34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
“Quenched the violence of fire” – cf. Daniel’s friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, in the fiery furnace (Dan 3).
“Weakness were made strong’ – through faith in God’s help (see Rom 8:26; 2 Cor 12:9).
35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
The widow of Zarenphath (1 Kgs 17:17-24) and the Shunammite woman (2 Kgs 4:8-36).
“Were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection” – this pertains to then and even today.
36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
“They were stoned” – men like Zechariah, the sons of Jehoiada the priest, who were put to death for declaring the truth (2 Chr 24:20-22; Lk 11:51).
38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
“All, having obtained a good report through faith” – not all the heroes of faith experienced immediate triumph over their circumstances, but all were blessed by God.
40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
“God having provided some better thing” – the fulfillment for them, as for us, is in Christ who is “the resurrection and the life” (Jn 1:25-26).
“That they without us should not be made perfect” – all person of faith who had gone before focused their faith on God and His promises.
The fulfillment of God’s promises to them has now come in Jesus Christ, and their redemption too is now complete in Him.
Roman Catholic Eucharist and Sun Worship
The Roman Catholic Church adores the Eucharist wafer, saying that it transforms (by command of the priest) into the literal body of Christ Jesus.
This alone is an abomination, but the Catholic Church are pushing for the world to adore the Eucharist too, saying that we cannot truly worship without the Eucharist.
But what many sincere people don’t realize is that the Eucharist wafer which the Roman Catholic enshrines within the “monstrance” is nothing more than a symbol of sun worship which the Papal Church adopted along with many other pagan rituals and traditions.
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me” (Ex 20:4-5).
Take a look at the following pictures which depict quite clearly a form of sun worship.
The sun god and the high priest of pagan Egypt. Not so different from other priests sitting on thrones. Notice the circle above his head. This is the sun god.
Roman Catholic Pope sitting on the Papal throne at the Vatican. Notice the great sun emblem above the throne.
Pope John Paul II holding above his head the Catholic monstrance which contains the Eucharist that is worshiped. Notice the sun rays in the monstrance.
Pope Francis holding above his head the Catholic monstrance which contains the Eucharist that is worshiped.
A picture of early sun worship in Egypt.
And a picture of Roman Catholic sun worship containing the Eucharist. Notice the same image of the sun as the above Egyptian sun worship?
An ancient symbol of the sun god worshipers in Assyria. Notice the crescent moon holding the sun god.
The Roman Catholic monstrance with the Eucharist. Notice the crescent moon that holds the Eucharist.
An artifact unearthed from a Pagan temple in Hazor, Israel. Notice the wheel of Baal on the right.
The Baal symbol is also used in the Roman Catholic Church as you can see with this Eucharist.
Notice the symbol of Baal in the center of the pope’s hat.
The symbol of Baal all over pope Benedict.
A picture of the Greek sun god Apollo on the temple of Apollo, in the Pergamon museum in Berlin.
And here we find the sun god on the altar at the Vatican.
A statue of a woman dearly holdin onto a sun god at the Vatican. These sun god images are all over the Vatican.
A statue of Semiramis and her child Nimrod/Tammuz. Pagan mother and child worship. With the Halo as the sun god.
Of course the Roman Catholic Church adopted this mother child worship also, in the form of Mary and Jesus. Notice the halo sun and the Baal symbol behind the head of baby Jesus.
Another image of Pagan sun worship. The Pagan priest makes an offering to the sun god.
Roman Catholic Mass. The priest making an offering like the Pagan priest.
More Catholic priests offering incense to the Eucharist contained within the blazing sun.
Another Roman Catholic priest offering incense to their Eucharist sun god.
Hail the Roman Catholic god.
Notice how large the statue of the Pope is, with little Jesus to the side.
These are just a few images showing clear pagan sun worship incorporated into the worship of the Roman Catholic Church. This church is full of pagan rituals and traditions.
This is a good site exposing the wickedness of the Catholic church, but I want to point something they have on their site that I did not include in the above article:
Please note we do not do this out of hate for the people of the Catholic Church. But out of hate for the abominations that are committed. We are merely exposing the error.
I would not call myself a preacher or evangelist or anything like that, I created this blog because I used to be a horrible person and I found a great thing that I want to share with the world – Jesus Christ.
But I’m not here to convince people to change their ways, I’m here to educate those that do not understand how tricky and evil many people can be, even some preachers, evangelists, and just regular talks shows, along with certainly politicians/presidents, etc.
As I state at the beginning of the below article, God gives us choice of where we want to spend eternity.
Therefore, since this article has only shown one side of the Islamic religion, here is the other side if you want to become a Muslim.
In the below article I mentioned that the Catholics ignore God’s warning about worshiping the sun (Deut 4:19), so tomorrow we’ll look at…
Hebrews 10 The Appeal to Hold Fast
1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
“The law” – together with the Levitical priesthood to which it was closely linked under the Mosaic system.
“Having a shadow” – the sacrifices prescribed by the law prefigured Christ’s ultimate sacrifice. Thus they were repeated year after year, the very repetition bearing testimony that the perfect, sin-removing sacrifice had not yet been offered.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? Because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
“Not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins” – an animal cannot possibly be a complete adequate substitute for a human being, who is made in God’s image.
5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
10:5-6 – the different terms used for Levitical sacrifices represent four of the five types of offerings prescribed by the Mosaic law (Lev 1-7), namely, peace, grain (“meat”), burnt and sin.
“When he cometh into the world, he saith” – the words of this psalm of David (40:6-8) express Christ’s obedient submission to the Father in coming to earth. The Mosaic sacrifices are replaced by submissive obedience to the will of God (v. 7).
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
“Though hast had no pleasure” – these offerings were only preparatory and temporary, looking forward to the one perfect and final offering – that of the incarnate Son of God.
7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
“To do thy will” – the will of the Father was the Son’s consuming concern (see Lk 22:42; Jn 4:34).
8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first that he may establish the second.
“He taketh away the first that he may establish the second” – his perfect sacrifice, offered in complete submission, supersedes and therefore replaces all previous sacrifices.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
“Sacrificed” – justified, set apart in consecration to God, and now experiencing the process of continuing sanctification.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
10:11-14 – a contrast between “standeth” and “sat down.” The Levitical priest always stood, because his work was never finished.
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
10:15-18 – the two quotation included in these verses are from Jer 3131-34 (already cited in 8:8-12). The new covenant guarantees that sins will be effectively and complete forgiven (v. 17), with the result that no additional sacrifice for sins is needed (v. 18).
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
Everybody on earth knows the ways of God, they know them as well as they know their name.
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. This pertains only to those that accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having a high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
10:26-31 – that these verses are a warning to person (“some,” v. 25) deserting the Christian assembly is apparent from the Greek word gar (“for”) at the beginning of v. 26. See notes on 6:4-8, where the same spiritual condition is discussed.
“If we sin willfully” – committing the sin of apostasy (see v. 29).
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. “Judgment and fiery indignation” – see 2 Thess 1:6-9.
Many people say that once you are saved you cannot lose your salvation. There is no place in the Bible that says that, and vv. 26-27, like 6:4-6, make it very clear that you can.
28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
See Deut 32:35-42.
32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazing stock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.
34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
“Better and an enduring substance” – such as salvation in Christ and future reward.
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
See Rev 22:12.
38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
Christians and Muslims DO NOT Worship the Same God!
Allah Is and Was Nothing More than a Pagan God!
Many Muslims insist that Islam and Christianity worship the same God. In fact, even George W. Bush, a professed “Christian,” said the same thing to ABC news correspondent, Charles Gibson…
In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Charles Gibson, Bush said he believes that both Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
“I think we do. We have different routes of getting to the Almighty,” Bush said.
“But I want you to understand, I want your listeners to understand, I don’t get to get decide who goes to heaven.
The Almighty God decides who goes to heaven and I am on my personal walk,” he said.-ABC News, October 26, 2004.
George Bush is pure evil. If there was contest to see who was the most evil out of all the government officials of the United States since 1776, at this time, Bush has them all beat by and landslide, except for one.
Hillary is picking up speed and if she is elected in 2016 she’ll make Bush look like a saint.
Bush is incorrect about the Christian and Muslims worshiping the same God, we worship “THE” God, Jesus Christ. Bush and the Muslims worship “a” god, Allah.
Bush is also wrong on who decides who goes to heaven or hell. God does not want anyone going to hell, but He doesn’t decide. God has given us the choice.
“Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? (Eze 33:11).
Treat others righteously and worship Jesus and you will spend eternity in heaven with Him.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matt 22:37-40).
Otherwise you go to hell with the devil. You we cannot be evil and worship Jesus and go to heaven, that’s not how it works.
“Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table and of the table of devils” (1 Cor 10:21).
I would not say Obama is evil like Bush; he’s evil because he’s a Muslim. And Obama is not a leader, he’s a pawn.
Allah is a fictitious, fabricated, false god from the 9th century…the moon god (which you will see later in this article). Below is proof that Muslims do not worship the same God as we do – “we” meaning myself and my fellow Christians. If you are not a Christian, feel free to climb aboard.
The Koran, the Islam Bible, states:
…believe therefore in Allah and His apostles, and say not, Three. Desist, it is better for you; Allah is only one God; far be It from His glory that He should have a son, whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His, and Allah is sufficient for a Protector (The Women, 4.171).
Clearly, the Koran (written about 600 A.D.) Denies the Son of God, Jesus Christ!
The reason why Allah doesn’t have a son is because he isn’t real. And there is no one that can do what God did, e.g., become His own Son and die and live again.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Words was with God, and the Word was God.
And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us…” (Jn 1:1, 14).
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit…” (1 Tim 3:16).
The Koran teaches that God has no Son, but Jesus says otherwise:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have ever lasting life” (Jn 3:16).
As I had noted above, God has given us the right to choose where we will spend eternity.
Muslims and anyone that denies Jesus Christ is declared a liar:
“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son” (1 Jn 2:22).
Clearly, the Koran and the Bible are completely incompatible. The Koran is filled with demonic lies! There is no common ground; you either believe the Bible or the Koran.
Muslims Deny Jesus’ Deity, Crucifixion, and Resurrection!
“There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is His Messenger.”
That’s not what the apostle John said:
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created (Rev 4:11).
Aside from Islam denying Jesus being God’s Son, they also say He was not crucified.
And their saying: Surely we have killed the Messiah, Isa son of Marium, the apostle of Allah; and they did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them so (like Isa) and most surely those who differ therein are only in a doubt about it; they have no knowledge respecting it, but only follow a conjecture, and they killed him not for sure (Koran, Surah 4:157, Women).
Islam Originates in Pagan Moon Worship
The symbol to the left is used extensively throughout the Islamic world. Just as Catholicism’s origins can be traced back to the pagan Babylon religion, so can Islam be traced back to the pagan moon worship of the Assyrians and Babylonians. Who can deny the paramount influence of the moon in a Muslim’s life? In Islam, the moon is considered the holiest astronomical object, and the moon is the guiding light of all Islamic rituals and festivals.
Crescent moons and stars are the symbolic sign in the national flags of many Muslim countries, and it is present over the Mosques, in the Muslim graveyard, etc. Muslims do not, and never did, follow the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They worship a pagan false god.
“Although the moon has not had great prominence in the history of religion, the worship of it has been known since earliest recorded time—in the oldest literatures of Egypt, Babylonia, India, and China—and still exists today in various parts of the world, particularly among certain African and Native American groups.
Moon worship is founded on the belief that the phases of the moon and the growth and decline of plant, animal, and human life are related.
In some societies food was laid out at night to absorb the rays of the moon, which were thought to have power to cure disease and prolong life.
Among the Baganda of central Africa it was customary for a mother to bathe her newborn child by the light of the first full moon.
The moon was frequently equated with wisdom and justice, as in the worship of the Egyptian god Thoth and the Mesopotamian god Sin.
In general, however, the moon has been the basis for many amorous legends and some superstitions (madmen were once considered to be moonstruck, hence the term lunatic) and is particularly important in the practice of astrology.
Many ancient peoples regarded the Moon as the chief of the two luminaries. “The sun was of smaller importance than the moon in the eyes of the Babylonian astrologers.”
The Assyrians and the Chaldeans referred to the time of the Moon-god as the oldest period in the memory of the people: before other planetary gods came to dominate the world ages, the Moon was the supreme deity.
Such references are found in the inscriptions of Sargon II (ca. -720) and Nabonidus (ca. -550). The Babylonian Sin—the Moon—was a very ancient deity: Mount Sinai owes its name to Sin.
Assyrian art reflects this moon influence far more strikingly than that of Panammu I. The figure of himself which he caused to be carved in relief on the left side of the palace-inscription is in the Assyrian style, and so too is another of his reliefs from Zenjirli.
On the latter Bar-rekub is represented seated upon his throne with eunuch and scribe in attendance, while in the field
is the emblem of full moon and crescent, here ascribed to “Ba`al of Harran”, the famous center of moon-worship in Northern Mesopotamia.”
Many do not know this, but the Catholics worship the sun, which will look at tomorrow.
The Word of God forbids any type of moon worship…
“And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven” (Deut 4:19).
The following is from The Islamic Invasion, by Dr. Robert Morey, Harvest House Publishers, 1992, pp 211-218…
Allah-The Moon God
The Archeology of The Middle East
The religion of Islam has as its focus of worship a deity by the name of “Allah.” The Muslims claim that Allah in pre-Islamic times was the biblical God of the Patriarchs, prophets, and apostles.
The issue is thus one of continuity. Was “Allah” the biblical God or a pagan god in Arabia during pre-Islamic times?
The Muslim’s claim of continuity is essential to their attempt to convert Jews and Christians for if “Allah” is part of the flow of divine revelation in Scripture, then it is the next step in biblical religion.
Thus we should all become Muslims. But, on the other hand, if Allah was a pre Islamic pagan deity, then its core claim is refuted. Religious claims often fall before the results of hard sciences such as archaeology.
We can endlessly speculate about the past or go and dig it up and see what the evidence reveals. This is the only way to find out the truth concerning the origins of Allah.
As we shall see, the hard evidence demonstrates that the god Allah was a pagan deity. In fact, he was the Moon-god who was married to the sun goddess and the stars were his daughters.
Archeologists have uncovered temples to the Moon-god throughout the Middle East. From the mountains of Turkey to the banks of the Nile, the most widespread religion of the ancient world was the worship of the Moon-god.
In the first literate civilization, the Sumerians have left us thousands of clay tablets in which they described their religious beliefs. As demonstrated by Sjøberg and Hall, the ancient Sumerians worshiped a Moon-god who was called many different names.
The most popular names were Nanna, Suen and Asimbabbar. His symbol was the crescent moon. Given the amount of artifacts concerning the worship of this Moon-god, it is clear that this was the dominant religion in Sumeria.
The cult of the Moon-god was the most popular religion throughout ancient Mesopotamia. The Assyrians, Babylonians, and the Akkadians took the word Suen and transformed it into the word Sin as their favorite name for the Moon-god. As Prof. Potts pointed out,
“Sin is a name essentially Sumerian in origin which had been borrowed by the Semites.”
In ancient Syria and Canna, the Moon-god Sin was usually represented by the moon in its crescent phase. At times the full moon was placed inside the crescent moon to emphasize all the phases of the moon.
The sun-goddess was the wife of Sin and the stars were their daughters. For example, Istar was a daughter of Sin. Sacrifices to the Moon-god are described in the Pas Shamra texts.
In the Ugaritic texts, the Moon-god was sometimes called Kusuh.
In Persia, as well as in Egypt, the Moon-god is depicted on wall murals and on the heads of statues. He was the Judge of men and gods.
The Old Testament constantly rebuked the worship of the Moon-god (see Deut. 4:19;17:3; II Kgs. 21:3,5; 23:5; Jer. 8:2; 19:13; Zeph. 1:5, etc.).
When Israel fell into idolatry, it was usually the cult of the Moon-god.
As a matter of fact, everywhere in the ancient world, the symbol of the crescent moon can be found on seal impressions, steles, pottery, amulets, clay tablets, cylinders, weights, earrings, necklaces, wal murals, etc.
In Tell-el-Obeid, a copper calf was found with a crescent moon on its forehead. An idol with the body of a bull and the head of man has a crescent moon inlaid on its forehead with shells.
In Ur, the Stela of Ur-Nammu has the crescent symbol placed at the top of the register of gods because the Moon-god was the head of the gods. Even bread was baked in the form of a crescent as an act of devotion to the Moon-god.
The Ur of the Chaldees was so devoted to the Moon-god that it was sometimes called Nannar in tablets from that time period.
A temple of the Moon-god has been excavated in Ur by Sir Leonard Woolley. He dug up many examples of moon worship in Ur and these are displayed in the British Museum to this day.
Harran was likewise noted for its devotion to the Moon-god. In the 1950’s a major temple to the Moon-god was excavated at Hazer in Palestine.
Two idols of the moon god were found. Each was a stature of a man sitting upon a throne with a crescent moon carved on his chest.
The accompanying inscriptions make it clear that these were idols of the Moon-god. Several smaller statues were also found which were identified by their inscriptions as the “daughters” of the Moon-god. What about Arabia? As pointed out by Prof. Coon,
“Muslims are notoriously loath to preserve traditions of earlier paganism and like to garble what pre-Islamic history they permit to survive in anachronistic terms.”
During the 19th century, Amaud, Halevy and Glaser went to Southern Arabia and dug up thousands of Sabean, Minaean, and Qatabanian inscriptions which were subsequently translated.
In the 1940’s, the archeologists G. Caton Thompson and Carleton S. Coon made some amazing discoveries in Arabia. During the 1950’s, Wendell Phillips, W.F. Albright, Richard Bower and others excavated sites at Qataban, Timna, and Marib (the ancient capital of Sheba).
Thousands of inscriptions from walls and rocks in Northern Arabia have also been collected. Reliefs and votive bowls used in worship of the “daughters of Allah” have also been discovered.
The three daughters, al-Lat, al-Uzza and Manat are sometimes depicted together with Allah the Moon-god represented by a crescent moon above them.
The archeological evidence demonstrates that the dominant religion of Arabia was the cult of the Moon-god.
In Old Testament times, Nabonidus (555-539 BC), the last king of Babylon, built Tayma, Arabia as a center of Moon-god worship. Segall stated,
“South Arabia’s stellar religion has always been dominated by the Moon-god in various variations.”
Many scholars have also noticed that the Moon-god’s name “Sin” is a part of such Arabic words as “Sinai,” the “wilderness of Sin,” etc.
When the popularity of the Moon-god waned elsewhere, the Arabs remained true to their conviction that the Moon-god was the greatest of all gods.
While they worshipped 360 gods at the Kabah in Mecca, the Moon-god was the chief deity. Mecca was in fact built as a shrine for the Moon-god. This is what made it the most sacred site of Arabian paganism.
In 1944, G. Caton Thompson revealed in her book, The Tombs and Moon Temple of Hureidha, that she had uncovered a temple of the Moon-god in southern Arabia.
The symbols of the crescent moon and no less than twenty-one inscriptions with the name Sin were found in this temple. An idol which may be the Moon-god himself was also discovered. This was later confirmed by other well-known archeologists.
The evidence reveals that the temple of the Moon-god was active even in the Christian era. Evidence gathered from both North and South Arabia demonstrates that Moon-god worship was clearly active even in Muhammad’s day and was still the dominant cult.
According to numerous inscriptions, while the name of the Moon-god was Sin, his title was al-ilah, i.e. “the deity,” meaning that he was the chief or high god among the gods. As Coon pointed out,
“The god Il or Ilah was originally a phase of the Moon God.”
The Moon-god was called al-ilah, i.e. the god, which was shortened to Allah in pre-Islamic times. The pagan Arabs even used Allah in the names they gave to their children. For example, both Muhammad’s father and uncle had Allah as part of their names.
The fact that they were given such names by their pagan parents proves that Allah was the title for the Moon-god even in Muhammad’s day. Prof. Coon goes on to say,
“Similarly, under Mohammed’s tutelage, the relatively anonymous Ilah became Al-Ilah, The God, or Allah, the Supreme Being.”
This fact answers the questions,
“Why is Allah never defined in the Qur’an? Why did Muhammad assume that the pagan Arabs already knew who Allah was?”
Muhammad was raised in the religion of the Moon-god Allah. But he went one step further than his fellow pagan Arabs.
While they believed that Allah, i.e. the Moon-god, was the greatest of all gods and the supreme deity in a pantheon of deities, Muhammad decided that Allah was not only the greatest god but the only god. In effect he said,
“Look, you already believe that the Moon-god Allah is the greatest of all gods. All I want you to do is to accept that the idea that he is the only god. I am not taking away the Allah you already worship. I am only taking away his wife and his daughters and all the other gods.”
This is seen from the fact that the first point of the Muslim creed is not, “Allah is great” but “Allah is the greatest,” i.e., he is the greatest among the gods.
Why would Muhammad say that Allah is the “greatest” except in a polytheistic context?
The Arabic word is used to contrast the greater from the lesser. That this is true is seen from the fact that the pagan Arabs never accused Muhammad of preaching a different Allah than the one they already worshiped.
This “Allah” was the Moon-god according to the archeological evidence. Muhammad thus attempted to have it both ways.
To the pagans, he said that he still believed in the Moon-god Allah. To the Jews and the Christians, he said that Allah was their God too.
But both the Jews and the Christians knew better and that is why they rejected his god Allah as a false god.
Al-Kindi, one of the early Christian apologists against Islam, pointed out that Islam and its god Allah did not come from the Bible but from the paganism of the Sabeans.
They did not worship the God of the Bible but the Moon-god and his daughter’s al-Uzza, al-Lat and Manat.
Dr. Newman concludes his study of the early Christian-Muslim debates by stating,
“Islam proved itself to be…a separate and antagonistic religion which had sprung up from idolatry.”
Islamic scholar Caesar Farah concluded,
“There is no reason, therefore, to accept the idea that Allah passed to the Muslims from the Christians and Jews.”
The Arabs worshipped the Moon-god as a supreme deity. But this was not biblical monotheism. While the Moon-god was greater than all other gods and goddesses, this was still a polytheistic pantheon of deities.
Now that we have the actual idols of the Moon-god, it is no longer possible to avoid the fact that Allah was a pagan god in pre-Islamic times. Is it any wonder then that the symbol of Islam is the crescent moon?
That a crescent moon sits on top of their mosques and minarets? That a crescent moon is found on the flags of Islamic nations? That the Muslims fast during the month which begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon in the sky?
The pagan Arabs worshiped the Moon-god Allah by praying toward Mecca several times a day; making a pilgrimage to Mecca; running around the temple of the Moon-god called the Kabah; kissing the black stone; killing an animal in sacrifice to the Moon-god; throwing stones at the devil; fasting for the month which begins and ends with the crescent moon; giving alms to the poor, etc.
The Muslim’s claim that Allah is the God of the Bible and that Islam arose from the religion of the prophets and apostles is refuted by solid, overwhelming archaeological evidence. Islam is nothing more than a revival of the ancient Moon-god cult.
It has taken the symbols, the rites, the ceremonies, and even the name of its god from the ancient pagan religion of the Moon-god. As such, it is sheer idolatry and must be rejected by all those who follow the Torah and Gospel.
Clearly, Islam is a Satanic deception that is leading billions of people to Hell.
It appears that the creator of the site below doesn’t agree with me, and that’s okay. I’ve only listed the symbols of this site, the author of explains a bit about symbols of things, which I didn’t post because it doesn’t seem relevant to me. But you can read ithere.
It’s okay because even though we have a different idea, we have the same faith. His site is to warn people of the power of symbols, and mine is to educate people and ridicule the symbols.
Let’s say you are sitting at the end of a bus and it’s a hot day, it’s 100 degrees. There is no air conditioning so all the windows are open. The bus is traveling down the highway at 70 miles an hour so that wind is really whipping in and cooling the bus down.
The man in front seat is wearing a muscle shirt, has not bathed in a week and decides to raise his arms. It won’t take long for that smell to get to you. That BO has more power than any symbol because it is not manufactured, it’s real.
One of the symbols listed below is the Crescent Moon. It has no more power than the others, the man on the bus has more power than all them put together. But what they represent are not all the same.
Tomorrow we’re going to look at…
Hebrews 9 Temporary Sacrifices by Levites
1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.
2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
9:2-7 – The Ark of the Covenant made by man, not by God (Ex 25:10-22).
3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;
4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid roundabout with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
5 And over it the cherubim’s of glory shadowing the mercy seat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
“The time of reformation” – the new covenant, with its new priesthood, new sanctuary and new sacrifice, all introduced by Christ.
11 But Christ being come a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
“Offered himself” – Jesus was the one who offered the sacrifice, and He was the sacrifice itself, instead of goats and calves.
“Without spot” – in the entirety of Christ’s being, not just superficially.
“Purge your conscience” – remove sin’s defilement from the very core of our beings.
15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
“For redemption of the transgression” – by shedding His blood, He paid the necessary price to set us free from the sins committed under the first covenant, i.e., violation of Mosaic law.
“The promise of eternal inheritance” – defined in the passage from (Jer 32:31-34) quoted in 8:8-12. On the basis of Christ’s atoning death, this inheritance has become real for those who are called by God (cf. Rom 8:28).
16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
“Testament’ – here and in v. 17 “testament” is used in the sense of a last will and testament. Beneficiaries have no claim on the benefits assigned to them in a will until the testator dies.
Since Christ’s death has been duly attested, “the promise of eternal inheritance’ is available to His beneficiaries, i.e., all believers.
17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.
“Without blood” – life is in the blood (Lev 17:11), but when the blood is dead there is no life. The forgiveness given by God in the Old Testament were temporary because that was no life after the sacrifice.
Like all medicine has a half-life and if you do not take another pill the power of the medicine is gone.
Jesus was sacrificed, but He lives today. Therefore, unlike medicine, He does not have a half-life making his sacrifice forever.
19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,
20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
“Without shedding of blood is no remission” – For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins (Matt 26:28).
23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
“Appointed…once to die, but after this the judgment” – as in the natural order man dies once as a consequence of sin, Rom 5:12, so Christ died once as the perfect sacrifice e of sin.
And as, after death, man faces judgment, so Christ, after His death, will appear again, bringing salvation from sin and its judgment.
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
“Look for him” – as the Israelites waited for the high priest while he was in the most holy place on the day of atonement, we need to wait for Jesus (see 2 Tim 4:8; Tit2:13).
“Unto salvation” – the consummation, in all its glorious fullness, of the salvation purchased for us on the cross (see Rom 8:29-30; Phil 3:20-21; 1 Jn 3:2-3).
Below is a long list of evil symbols, and I have seen and understand what some of them stand for, but not most of them. Yet, as I have said at other times, symbols and idols have no power. Only God and Satan have power over this world.
Yet, that does not mean a symbol or idol cannot consume a person’s “mind.” They cannot touch a person’s soul, but if a person is not with Jesus then their mind can be obtained by the dark side and in turn the devil will take that soul.
For example,Voodoo, do you believe it is true? Do you believe you can be hexed by it?
I tell you that it is real and it’s powerful, but it cannot touch me. Nobody can put a hex on me, well, they can but nothing will happen to me, because I walk with Jesus.
I have no power to battle voodoo, but I don’t need it because my faith in Jesus Christ puts the fire out before it can even be started. Therefore, in all actuality, I am more powerful than the devil. I just can create or destroy anything with my power.
My power is like a dam, I can stop the water, but I can’t destroy it.
If you are superstitious and believe that if you break a mirror something bad will happen then you have given the devil control of your soul and he will do as he pleases.
If you have a dollar bill and you wish it to become a twenty dollar bill, you can’t change it. It doesn’t matter who much you want it to change or how strongly you believe that you can change it, it won’t happen.
The same with a broken mirror or voodoo doll, if you dismiss the concept of their power there is no power.
Yet, do not misunderstand me, if you do not believe in the dark powers of the world you are wrongly mistaken. It is here and the proprietor is Satan himself, but his power is a joke compared to God’s.
Here’s an analogy everyone can understand: God’s power is equal to a hurricane, while the devil’s power is equal to a window fan. Or let us say the entire City of New York is on fire, representing the power of God, and we call on Satan to put it out, so he brings all of his power, which is no more than tea kettle full of water.
If you have faith in Jesus Christ you have nothing to fear. Yet, if you do not believe in Jesus then you are wide open for Satan’s attacks, whether you believe that or not.
Without faith you cannot defeat the devil.
Occult symbols are fast replacing Christian symbols in our culture.
Keep in mind that many of these symbols have double or multiple meanings. For example, the image of a fish may mean a sign of the zodiac (astrology) to some, but to Christians it has meant following Jesus and sharing the message of His love.
Alchemy 1: This simple 17th century “sign” illustrates the blending of geometric shapes, elemental symbols and astrological signs. Each part representing the various “elements” and forces needed for magical work in the quest for physical transformation and spiritual illumination and immortality.
Many medieval alchemists based their philosophies on mystical traditions rooted in the Kabbala (Jewish mysticism), Hermetic magic and the occult practices of ancient civilizations such as Egypt and China.
Alchemy 2: This compound “magical-alchemical symbol” replaces the above triangle with a hexagram and adds more shapes within the magical circle: a cross [in this context it become an occult counterfeit) and an additional circle with the Hindu “Bindu” (dot in the center) at the bottom of the hexagram.
All-Seeing Eye: A universal symbol representing spiritual sight, inner vision, higher knowledge, insight into occult mysteries. Look at your $1 bill – Masonic mystical distortion of the omniscient All-Knowing) God.
Amulet: A magic charm (such as this little Navajo bear earring), worn to bring good luck and protection against illness, accidents and evil forces.
Anarchy: Popular among school aged children today, this symbol for anarchy fits the message that pervades the most popular video games, role-playing games, movies and television. The lines of the “A” often extend outside the circle.
To many Satanists and other fast-growing occult groups represent their slogan, “do what thou wilt.” A former occultist explained that it represents the Asmodeas: a demonic force driving teenagers toward sexual perversion and suicide.
Angel: Symbol of good and evil spirits in religions around the world. This picture shows a Tibetan guardian angel.
Ankh: An Egyptian cross symbolizing a mythical eternal life, rebirth, and the life-giving power of the sun.
Arrow: These two pictures shows the astrological sign for the archer (Sagittarius) – part of the zodiac. But, through history, the arrow has also symbolized war, power, swiftness, the rays of the sun, knowledge… as well as deities such as the Greek god Apollo and goddess.
Artemis (both hunters), the Hindu weather god, Rudra; and various gods of sexual attraction: Eros (Greek), Cupid (Roman), Kama (Hindu)…. On ancient Roman coins, it represented the Zoroastrian god, Mithra.
The native American Cheyenne warriors revered the “sacred medicine arrows” as symbols of male power. Arrows held by skeletons would point to disease or death. Today, they usually just point in the preferred direction.
Bat: A symbol of good fortune in the East, it represented demons and spirits in medieval Europe.
Blair Witch: A five-pointed compound symbol with a center triangle pointing down. The five lines resemble the microcosmic man with arms and legs outstretched inside a circle (with a pentagram in the background) – a magic symbol or charm among medieval alchemists and wizards.
Butterfly: Reminds Christians of the amazing transformation that takes place through Christ’s redemption and regeneration. When “born again,” we become “a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17) .
To many pagans, its mythical meaning is linked to the soul(of the deceased in search of reincarnation. The new, politically correct meaning, Butterfly 208, is:
There’s a theory that says if a single butterfly flaps its wings in, say, China, the air disturbance may cause a storm in Nunavut, Canada a month later. If that’s the case, imagine the power of your own ideas and others to help improve the quality of life in the world’s 208 countries!
The Butterfly 208 contest is a chance for you to create your own Butterfly effect! 208 = Number of Countries in the World Butterfly + 208 = A totally interconnected world! A world where even small actions can have a big effect.
Caduceus (The Staff of Hermes): An ancient symbol dating back to the Greek messenger god Hermes (the Romans called him Mercury). “In Indian philosophy and medicine the Caduceus is intimately associated with the system of energy centers called Chakras….The two serpents coiling around the staff [represent positive and negative forces like] the Yang and Yin of Chinese Medicine.
Celtic Cross: The symbol for a cultural blend of medieval Catholicism and ancient Celtic traditions. Sometimes this cross is seen with four additional “arms” dividing the circle into eight instead of four sections.
Notice the similarity between the old Celtic cross and the cross designed by PBS (tax-funded Public Broadcasting in the U.S.) to represent Christianity (left side). Do you wonder why PBS would choose a similar cross (right side) to represent the Quartered Circle of the earth-centered religions of Aborigines around the world?
The Celtic cross also represents the neo-pagan followers of the French anti-Christian philosopher Alain de Benoist.
Chaos: Apparently a self-made form of occultism taught through role-playing games such as Warhammer. According to one WH fan, “Chaos is the opposite of order. Since everything changes, there is no right or no wrong – only the quest for pleasure.
The 8-pointed star represents the many different directions of chaos and the many ways you can follow it. We worship demons and angels…
They got it from Elric of Melnibone. In it, the force of Chaos had as its symbol an eight-pointed double-cross (symbols within symbols) with points representing the noncommittal and omnidirectional behavior of Chaos.
Circle (Quartered): The sacred circle filled with a cross, four equal lines pointing from the center to the spirits of the north, east, south, and west – or to the basic element: earth, water, air (or wind), and fire.
In Native American traditions, it forms the basic pattern of the Medicine Wheel and plays a vital part in major spiritual rituals. Many contemporary pagans consider it their main symbol for transmitting the energy of the goddess.
Churches have used variations of the same popular shape, usually calling it the Celtic Cross.
Circle (sun disc, sacred hoop, ring): An ancient and universal symbol of unity, wholeness, infinity, the goddess, female power, and the sun.
To earth-centered religions throughout history as well as to many contemporary pagans, it represents the feminine spirit or force, the cosmos or a spiritualized Mother Earth, and a sacred space.
Gnostic traditions linked the unbroken circle to the “world serpent” forming a circle as it eats its own tail.
Circumpunct-Circle with Dot (Bindu) in the center: It represents the sun and a sun god (called Ra in Egypt), gold (as in alchemy), an (unbiblical) archangel (Kabbalah), emotional restraint (Freemasons), and the creative spark of divine consciousness within people linking everyone to the creative mind of a universal “god” thus making each persona “co-creator” (astrology).
In the complex symbolic system of Hinduism and Buddhism, the bindu (dot) represents the male force. Together, the circle and the bindu symbolize the spiritual merging of male and female forces.
Communism: Originally the hammer and sickle represented a hammer and a plough – the collective unity of Soviet workers and peasant farmers. It’s interesting to see its resemblance to Islam’s symbol (crescent/star).
The two ideologies have had much in common: hatred for Biblical Christianity and Jews (remember the Russian pogroms), readiness to kill those who don’t conform, hope of world conquest, etc.
Cow: It symbolized the sky goddess Hathor to Egyptians, enlightenment to Buddhists, one of the highest and holiest stages of transmigration (reincarnation) to Hindus.
Crescent Moon: A symbol of the aging goddess (crone) to contemporary witches and victory over death to many Muslims. In Islamic lands, crescent can be seen enclosing a lone pentagram.
To grasp the significance of the Cross and its cost to our crucified and risen Savior, see The Cross.
Cross of Christians: While anyone – even pagans – now use the cross as decoration or as an occult symbol, Christians must continue to treasure the cross of Calvary. But be careful what kind of cross you wear – and what message you communicate to others.
Cross (Maltese): This eight-pointed cross (linking the points of four arrowheads at the center) dates back to the First Crusade in the 12th century. It was used by the Knights Templar, the Knights of Malta, and the Order of St. John of Jerusalem among others.
In 1813, during the War of Liberation against Napoleon, it was revived by Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III and became an award for acts of heroism, bravery or leadership skills.
Crystal (Gazing) Ball: Used for divination (fortunetelling, scrying, clairvoyance…). When the heavy crystal balls were too expensive, witches often used glass-ball fishing floats, colored glass balls, or magic mirrors.
One website that markets these balls beckons: ‘Why not buy one and try your own free psychic reading.”
Double-headed Eagle: A Masonic seal and initiation symbol. The number inside the pyramid over the eagle’s head is 33. The eagle is a universal symbol representing the sun, power, authority, victory, the sky gods and the royal head of a nation.
Dove: Peace. It sometimes accompanies other symbols occasionally representing the world’s vision of universal peace, such as the rainbow, olive branch, broken cross (see peace), globe, and Egyptian ankh.
See Peace and Culture of Peace, which tells us that “‘The Culture of Peace Initiative’ is a United Nations-designated ‘Peace Messenger Initiative’ – with participants in all the world’s regions.”
In the Bible, the Holy Spirit is, for a moment, made visible as a different kind of dove. It tells us that
Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, ‘You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased (Lk 3:21-22).
Dragon: A mythical monster made up of many animals: serpent, lizard, bird, lion… It may have many heads and breath fire. To mediaeval Europe, it was dangerous and evil, but people in Eastern Asia believe it has power to help them against more hostile spiritual forces. In the Bible it represents Satan, the devil.
Dreamcatcher: An American Indian magic spider-web inside a sacred circle. After making dreamcatchers in crafts lessons in school, many children hang them on or near their beds. They have been told that these occult symbols will block bad dreams but allow good dreams to pass through the center.
Elements: The four basic elements to many pagans are earth, water, air (wind or spirit) and fire. Many consider the first two passive and feminine – and the last two active and masculine.
In Wiccan or Native American rituals, the “quartered circle” (also the Medicine Wheel) represents a “sacred space” or the sacred earth. The four lines may represent the spirits of the four primary directions or the spirits of the earth, water, wind and fire.
This set of elements differs from those used in alchemy.
See Infinity and Uruborus
Evil Eye: The symbol of a dreadful, fabled curse (believed to bring sickness, death, bad luck loss…). This “evil eye” has frightened people in many parts of the world through the centuries. Here it looks like a female eye on the “Hand of Fatima,” but its shape varies with the culture.
Eye of Horus: A favorite crafts project in schools, it represents the eye of Egyptian sun-god Horus who lost an eye battling Set. Pagans use it as a charm to ward off evil. (See All-Seeing Eye).
Notice that the picture shows a compound symbol – several symbols joined together to give a more complex meaning. It includes an unbiblical cross and, at the bottom, part of a face inside the rays of the sun (See Sun).
Fish (Ichthys): Sometimes this early Christian symbol contains the name of Jesus or this set of Greek letters: “ΙΧΘΥΣ”.
This acronym has traditionally referred to “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.” It probably served as an identification sign among Christians as early as the 2nd Century A.D.
As Jesus said, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”(Matt. 4:19) (A new version of this fish symbol contains the name of Darwin and is designed to mock Christianity.).
Fleur-de-lis: Also called Lily of France, it was first an adaptation of the Gaulish lily representing the Virgin Juno. Among goddess worshippers, it apparently had several meanings, including the Triple Goddess.
It appeared in Arthurian legends as well as on the French (and other national) “coat-of-arms” and royal or military emblems. It has also been an emblem for the Boy Scouts.
Frog: A symbol of fertility to many cultures. The Romans linked it to Aphrodite, the Egyptian to the shape-shifting goddess Heket who would take the form of a frog.
To the Chinese, it symbolized the moon – “the lunar, yin principle” bringing healing and prosperity. Since frogs need watery places, their image was often used in occult rain charms.
Hand of Fatima (daughter of Muhammad) or Khamsa (five): Many Muslims believe that the image of the hand with an eye in the center will protect them from the “evil eye.”
While this symbol often appears on magical charms, amulets, and jewelry, it is seen in many other places. This Khamsa seems to be the same as the Jewish Hasma (below). Many serious Muslims view this as folklore or superstition.
Hand of Fatima or Hamsa (five): Jewish versions of the supposed “hand” of protection (above) from “evil eye” (Some expect protection from demons and sorcerers as well). During the Israelites’ exile in Babylonian, some began to blend Old Testament beliefs with Babylonian myths and mysticism. Such syncretism continued through the centuries.
One of its manifestations was the mystical Kabbalah – the heart of many streams of modern occultism (including the Order of the Golden Dawn and other secret societies, Tarot cards and divination, etc.)
Hand of… what? Native American version of two above symbols. Found on a flat, round sandstone disk during the excavation of an old Indian mound in Alabama, its original meaning is lost. Perhaps it was used in rituals preparing for tribal wars.
Heartagram: Originally a logo of “Love Metal” band, HIM, whose fans would wear the symbol –within a circle – as a tattoo. But it’s popularity has spread far beyond the band that designed it. To many, it represent the dialectic or blending of opposites such as love/hate and life/death. See Pentagram, Popular Occultism and Yin yang
Hexagram (see triangles) or Six-Pointed Star: When surrounded by a circle, it represents the “divine mind” (a counterfeit of God’s wisdom) to numerous occult groups through the centuries. Many still use it in occult rituals. But to Jewish people – without the surrounding circle – it is their Star of David.
Hook ’em Horns & Horned Hand (Mano Cornuto): “President Bush’s ‘Hook ’em, horns’ salute got lost in translation in Norway, where shocked people interpreted his hand gesture during his inauguration as a salute to Satan.
That’s what it means in the Nordics when you throw up the right hand with the index and pinky fingers raised, a gesture popular among heavy metal groups and their fans in the region….’Shock greeting from Bush daughter,’ a headline in the Norwegian Internet newspaper Nettavisen said.” “Norwegians Confused by Bush Salute.”
They should not be confused, Bush is evil and worships the devil.
Infinity (also eternity): In ancient India and Tibet, it represented perfection, dualism, and unity between male and female. In the occult tarot it’s linked to magic and represents equilibrium or the balance of various forces.
The uroborus (a circular serpent biting its tail — a UN symbol for “Human Settlements”) has been found in this shape. In modern times, it became a secular mathematical symbol for infinity in numbers, time or space.
Inverted Cross: Originally represented the apostle Peter’s humility in his martyrdom. He insisted that he be crucified upside-down, because he felt that he was unworthy to die in the same position as Christ.
But today, especially in the rock music culture, it generally represents the opposite: Satanism and its mockery of Christ. Lucifer continues to twist God’s wonderful truths and works into lies and deceptions.
Iron Cross (or Cross Pattée or Eisernes Kreuz): Adopted as the Iron Cross in Prussia. During the First World War, it appeared on German fighter planes and tanks. Later, it became a fascist symbol in France, Portugal and other nations. Compare it with Swastika 3.
Italian Horn (Cornu, Cornicello, Wiggly Horn, Unicorn horn, Lucifier’s horn or Leprechaun staff): The ancient magical charm or amulet worn in Italy as protection against “evil eye” has also been linked to Celtic and Druid myths and beliefs. Other superstitions link it to sexual power and good luck.
It is often worn with a cross (for double protection or luck?). In pre-Christian Europe, animal horns pointed to the moon goddess and were considered sacred.
Jerusalem Cross: In medieval heraldry, it symbolized the “Crusader’s Kingdom of Jerusalem” often displayed on shields and banners after the initial victory in the battle to recapture Jerusalem during the Crusades. (See the Maltese Cross).
Some have linked the four corner crosses the “holy” wounds of Jesus or the four gospels. Similar shapes can be found on Hindu and Buddhist temples or coins – and in various earth-centered cultures – with entirely different sets of meanings. (See circle for relevant references to the four directions).
Labyrinth: “…predate Christianity by over a millennium. The most famous labyrinth from ancient times was in Crete… the supposed lair of the mythological Minotaur…. Turf labyrinths still exist in England, Germany and Scandinavia, and are thought to be linked with local feminine deities and fertility rituals….
The patterns of the labyrinth are similar in design and conception to the mandalas of South Asian Buddhism, which are physical representations of the spiritual realm designed to aid in meditation. Labyrinths blend their visual symbolism with the process of walking, which is similar to the Japanese Zen practice of kinhin, literally ‘walking meditation…
In the early 90’s, when Jean Houston, one of the leading New Age teachers, introduced the Christian world again to the use of this practice for seeking spiritual enlightenment through walking the labyrinth.” Steve Muse, Esoteric Christianity.
Lightning Bolt: In ancient mythologies from many cultures (Norse, Roman, Greek, Native American, etc.) the lightning bolt would be hurled by male sky gods to punish, water, or fertilize the earth or its creatures.
Navajo myths linked it to the Thunderbird, the symbol of salvation and divine gifts. On children’s toys, it represents supernatural power. Double bolts, popular with contemporary skinheads, symbolize Nazi power.
Lion: An ancient symbol of the sun, dominion, power, ferocity and bravery, the “king of the beasts” was often used on heraldic shields, flags or banners by medieval European rulers. In Tarot cards, an occult system of divination based on the Kabala, it symbolized strength or power.
In ancient mythology it was identified with sun worship and the imagined power of both gods and goddesses. The lion head ringed by its golden mane was ued in ancient mystery initiations and ritualistic sun worship.
While pagan nations used it to represent their mythical views of reality, the lion was created by God. In the Bible, we see how He used it for His purposes.
Lizard: Its “sun-seeking habit symbolizes the soul’s search for awareness.” To the Romans, who believed it hibernated, the lizard meant death and resurrection.
Magic Mirror: Used for “scrying” (foretelling the future, solve problems, answer questions….) The preferred spectrum might decorated with “magic signs” during full moon rituals. Rosemary Ellen Guiley explains: “The ancient art of clairvoyance achieved by concentrating upon an object—usually one with a shiny surface—until visions appear….
The term scrying comes from the English words descry which means ‘to make out dimly’ or ‘to reveal.” The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft, 307.
Mandala: The Hindu term for circle. In Hindu and Buddhist meditations, it is used to raise consciousness. In meditation, the person fixes his or her mind on the center of the “sacred circle.” Geometric designs are common.
The center of some mandalas show a triangle with a bindu (dot) inside a circle. It represents the merging of male and female forces.
Masons (Freemasons): The Masonic symbol of the compass and the T-square represents movement toward perfection and a balance between the spiritual and physical which resembles Egyptian and oriental mysticism.
The compass (used to form circles) represent spirit. The ruler (part of a square) represent the physical. Some public schools pass out pencil cases and other gifts decorated with this emblem. See All-Seeing Eye, Eye of Horus, and Dream atcher.
Masonic Compass: The Masonic symbol of the compass and the T-square represents movement toward perfection and a balance between the spiritual and physical which resembles Egyptian and oriental mysticism. The compass (used to form circles) represent spirit.
The ruler (part of a square) represent the physical. Some public schools pass out pencil cases and other gifts decorated with this emblem.
Mask: Used by pagans around the world to represent animal powers, nature spirits, or ancestral spirits.
In pagan rituals, the wearer may chant, dance and enter a trance in order to contact the spirit world and be possessed by the spirit represented by the mask. The mask pictured represents the mythical Hindu elephant god, Ganesha.
Medicine Sheild: A round shield decorated with personal symbols or pictures of the animal spirit(s) contacted on a Spirit Quest or through a classroom visualization simulating an American Indian ceremony. Its basic image is often the form of the “medicine wheel” or quartered circle.
Mermaid: Based on ancient myths in India, Greece, Syria, Africa and other parts of the world. Seen by some cultures as sea goddesses, these seductive beings guarded treasures, frightened travelers, and were eventually featured in alchemy and other occult practices as well as in fairy tales.
By medieval times, the alluring Sirens of Homer’s days had apparently evolved into a promiscuous split-tailed versions that symbolized mystical sex to alchemists and secret societies. German legends describe a mystical Nixie – a fish-tailed female water spirits, daughter of “Mother Night.”
In our times, the more benign fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen and Disney Studios have generally erased any cultural memory of those occult roots.
Muslim Brotherhood (MB): Featuring the Koran at the top, it reminds us that MB stands ready to use their swords to defend their militant beliefs against anyone who refuses to bow to their Islamic ideology.
Their agenda is Jihad, and their goal is a global Caliphate. That means constant readiness to fight the enemies of God – until a world-wide victory is theirs.
OIC: Organization of Islamic Cooperation: The new OIC logo with a green instead of red crescent. The old name was Organization of the Islamic Conference. The new green crescent enfolds the planet.
In the center is a tiny image of the Ka’aba, Islam’s most sacred site in Mecca. According to the OIC, this is a “a drastic positive change in the performance of the organization to uplift its effectiveness as an international system dealing with political, economic, cultural and social development issues.”
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev described the OIC as “the U.N. of the Islamic world.”
OM: Sanskrit letters or symbol for the “sacred” Hindu sound om (ohm or aum) called “the mother of all mantras. Apparently, the four parts symbolize four stages of consciousness: Awake, sleeping, dreaming, and a trance or transcendental state. [See Heresy in high places].
Owl: Cherokee shamans viewed Eastern Screech-Owls as consultants on punishment and sickness. The Cree believed that the whistle-sounds of the Boreal Owl was a summoning call to the spirit world.
Other Native American traditions hold that the owl represents vision and insight. In Africa the owl is associated with witchcraft and sorcery.
Australia, China, Greenland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia and Sweden all have cultures or mythical traditions that give spiritual significance to the owl.
Probably one of the most bizarre occurrences of owl symbolism can be found at the “Bohemian Club.” Find this and more information atWise Old Owl.
I don’t see Indians as evil, they just worshiped the wrong god.
Peace Symbol or a Broken Upside-Down Cross: Like many simple symbols, it meant different things at different times. Some call it Nero’s cross, linking it to the notorious Roman emperor who persecuted Christians. Centuries later, it was recognized as an old Norse Rune.
[Notice its image in the lower left corner of this ancient rune stone. Its reverse image is under the nose of the serpent.] Vikings called it “Toten Rune (Death Rune),” while some Germanic people labeled it Todesrune (Rune of Death).
After WW II (1939-1945), it was found on the tombstones of certain Hitler’s SS troops and labeled ‘The Dead Man Rune.’
Revived in the sixties by hippies and others who protested nuclear weapons, Western culture, and Christian values, it became a worldwide symbol of a new age of global peace and earth-centered unity.
But many heavy metal rock fans would agree with Nero and have used it to mock Christ and His followers.
Pentacle or Pentagram (Five-Pointed Star pointing up): A standard symbol for witches, freemasons, and many other pagan or occult groups. To witches, it represent the four basic elements (wind, water, earth and fire) plus a pantheistic spiritual being such as Gaia or Mother Earth.
The pentagram is also “used for protection. to banish energy, or to bring it to you, depending on how it’s drawn,” wrote a Wiccan visitor. Compare with the symbol below.
Pentagram (Five-Pointed Star pointing down): Used in occult rituals to direct forces or energies. Often represents Satanism, the horned god or various expressions of contemporary occultism, especially when a goat-head is superimposed on the inverted pentagram within a “sacred” circle. See Heartagram, Baphomet and Pentagrams and Pentacles.
Philosophers Stone: The symbol for the Alchemist quest for transformation and spiritual illumination, it was also the British title of the first Harry Potter book (the U.S. publisher changed it to Sorcerer’s Stone).
The double-headed eagle in the center is a Masonic seal. See also the Phoenix symbol below.
Phoenix: A universal symbol of the sun, mystical rebirth, resurrection and immortality, this legendary red “fire bird” was believed to die in its self-made flames periodically (each hundred years, according to some sources) then rise again out of its own ashes.
Linked to the worship of the fiery sun and sun gods such as Mexico’s Quetzalcoatl, it was named “a god of Phoenecia” by the Phoenician.
To alchemists, it symbolized the destruction and creation of new forms of matter along the way to the ultimate transformation: physical (turn lead into gold) and spiritual (immortality – an occult alternative to the Christian salvation).The philosopher’s stone was considered the key to this transformation.
“Sacred” Bull (Egyptian idol): These ancient Egyptian idols – once worshipped as manifestations of gods – are being revived. We have deleted a smaller (commercial) bull with horns resemble a crescent moon supporting the divine sun disc.
Some suggest that this combination – like the Chinese yin yang – may symbolize a mythical duality: a union of opposites such as light/dark, sun/moon, life/death, and male/female.
God told His people long ago, “Do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt.” But they ignored His warning and faced devastating consequences for refusing to “cast away the abominations which were before their eyes” (Eze 20:7-8).
Scaran: Symbol of the rising sun, the Egyptian sun god Chepri (or Khepera), and protection from evil. To ancient Egyptians, the dung beetle rolled its dung balls like Chepri rolled the sun across the sky.
The “sacred” symbol adorned popular seals, amulets and magic charms (worn as protection against evil spirits or to overcome bareness) first in Egypt, then in Phoenicia, Greece and other Mediterranean lands. Medieval alchemists used its pattern in their magical diagrams.
Serpent or Snake: Most earth-centered or pagan cultures worshipped the serpent. It represents rebirth (because of its molting), protection against evil, either male of female sexuality, rain and fertility, a mediator between the physical and spiritual world…
It also represents female energy or life force in goddess worship, sometimes linked to the eastern Kundalini force or a supposed “goddess within.” The list of meanings is endless, but in the Bible it usually represents sin, temptation, destruction, and Satan. (See dragon).
The circular image of the serpent biting its tail links the mythical significance of the serpent to that of the sacred circle. See Uroborus and Spiral.
Sikh symbol called the Khandra: In the middle is a single double-edged sword pointing to a single God. (The truth about this God is revealed through Ten Gurus.) The circle – the Chakra – refers to the unity of this God and people. Two single-edged swords frame the Chakra. They represent spiritual and temporal powers.
Spider: Linked to treachery and death in many cultures, it was seen as a “trickster” in ancient Africa, a “spinner of fate” in ancient goddess cultures and – in ancient Greek myths – the goddess Arachne turned into a spider by her jealous rival Athena.
“Christian” cultures have linked it both to an evil force that sucked blood from its victims and to “good luck” because of the cross on the back of some species. The Chinese have welcomed the spider descending on its thread as a bringer of joys from heaven.
Socialist Solidarity: The revolutionary clenched fist within a black domain represents the International Socialist Organization (ISO). The second fist, usually black, could be a collective call to fight for socialism or communism in any group, state or nation.
Sphinx: Ancient Egyptian and Babylonian guardian of sacred places – an idol with human head and a lion’s body. The Greek sphinx would devour travelers who failed to answer her riddle.
According to A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (by Arthur Waite, xii) the masonic sphinx “is the guardian of the Mysteries and is the Mysteries summarized in a symbol. Their secret is the answer to her question.
The initiate must know it or lose the life of the Mysteries. If he can and does answer, the Sphinx dies for him, because in his respect the Mysteries have given up their meaning.” (An occult, counterfeit view of redemption).
Spiral: Linked to the circle. Ancient symbol of the goddess, the womb, fertility, feminine serpent force, continual change, and the evolution of the universe. A common shape in nature (snail, shells, fingerprint…).
Double Spiral: Linked to earth-centered or mystical faith in a blend of evolution and devolution – decay/renewal, life/death/rebirth, spiritual/physical – the back and forth flow of earthly and cosmic changes. With its focus on the unity of opposites, it resembles the Yin Yang.
Square: In contrast to the circle which often symbolizes the sacred and spiritual (including the “sacred” earth), the square represents the physical world. Like the quartered circle, it points pagans to the four compass directions: north, east, south and west.
While the circle and spiral symbolize female sexuality in many earth-centered cultures, the square represents male qualities.
Sun Face: The pictured image is part of an 18th century Masonic ritual painting, but it illustrates a symbol that has been central to most major spiritual systems of history. Since the sun god usually reigned over a pantheon of lesser gods.
His symbol played a vital part in pagan worship (and in the rituals of occult secret societies) around the world. In Inca myths, the sun was worshiped as the divine ancestor of the nation.
Sun & Moon Joined as One: A universal pagan expression of the merging of opposites. Like the Yin Yang, the marriage of the male sun and the female moon represents unity in diversity, compromise instead of conflict, and conformity to a new consciousness where all is one. (See The Marriage of the Sun and Moon)
Sun and Sun Sign 1: The sun was worshipped as a personified, life-giving deity in Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and other major civilizations of history. Today’s more common symbol is the familiar face in the center of the sun’s rays. This is explained in Teletubbies.
(See Sun symbol below the picture of the Eye of Horus) A dot or point in the center of a circle symbolizes the blending of male and female forces. (See Air, which also represents spirit, among the symbols for Elements) Hindus call the midpoint in a circle the bindu – the spark of (masculine) life within the cosmic womb.
Sun Sign 2: Found in Turkey and believed to represent the sun and the four directions. (See Swastika 1 and 2). Compare the curving lines with the primary lines of Swastika 3, the iron cross. Notice also that without the horizontal line, the symbol resembles the outline of the Yin-Yang.
Sun Wheel or Ring Cross: A universal symbol found on ancient slabs in Nordic countries, in pre-Columbian America and in Mediterranean countries. “Today, it is used as a log by some new fascist organizations,” according to the Dictionary of Symbols.
Like the swastika and other sun symbols, it represents power and supremacy. See also Circle Quartered. It serves as a logo for the Swedish national socialist party, Nordiska Rikspartiets (scroll to drawing of the sun wheel on a banner), and for the French Jeune Nation.
Swastika 1: Ancient occult symbol found in Egypt, China, India… (The lower picture shows part of a Hindu temple) Chinese versions include a right-handed (yang) and a left-handed (yin) version – opposites that “harmonize.”
It has represented the sun, the four directions, movement and change (the four appendages) and union of opposites (lines crossing). As a pre-Hitler elitist symbol, it was found in the Skull & Bones vault at Yale.
Revived by Hitler, it represents racism and the “white supremacy” of neo-nazis. It’s often placed within a circle. There is also a swastika on the gravestone of John Ruskin (mentor of Cecil Rhodes, who formed the secret Society of the Elect “to take the government of the whole world” – Ruskin’s words).
In Time and Tide (1867), Ruskin wrote that “…the Government must have an authority over the people of which we now do not so much as dream.” Ruskin has been reported to be involved in the Illuminati.
Swastika 2 (Crux Dissimulata): An ancient swastika which symbolized the four winds or directions and their corresponding spirits. It was also a “fire and sun symbol occurring initially in Asia and later among the Germanic tribes,” according to The Herder Symbol Dictionary.
The cross inscribed in a circle mediates between the square and the circle,” emphasizing the “joining of heaven and earth…. and “the perfected human being.
Swastika 3: A contemporary variation of the many swastikas with labyrinth patterns. Like the two swastikas above, its arms point counterclockwise indicating a mystical, lunar and female orientation.
Compare its two intersecting lines with Sun Sign 2, its curved arms (following the shape of the circle) with Swastika 2, and its dark areas with the Iron Cross.
The Tao: An ancient Chinese symbol used originally to represent a widespread belief in unity, polarity, holism, and magic.
See the Yin-Yang and read a longer definition in the Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis, who suggested the Tao as an ethical system for our times.
Theosophy: A simplified version of the symbol behind the occult beliefs of UN leader Robert Muller (his World Core Curriculum became a worldwide pattern for global education) and education leader Shirley McCune. Notice the ankh in the center.The more elaborate version inserts a variety of other symbols such as the OM, pentagram, cross, etc.
Toad: Linked to witchcraft and other occult practices.
Tongue (protruding): Linked to flame, fire, fertility, sexual power and spiritual power. In nations around the world, images of deities or masks with protruding tongues have indicated active and occupying spiritual forces – often a union of masculine and feminine spirits.
Such images were vital to pagan rituals invoking [demonic] spirits. The sexual/spiritual forces represented by gargoyles with protruding tongues which adorned Gothic cathedrals were believed to protect the buildings from other spiritual powers.
Totem: Carved, painted representation of power animals or animal-human ancestors. To American Indians in the Northwest, who believe that all of nature has spiritual life, the animals in their totems poles represent the spiritual powers of animal protectors or ancestors.
The World Tree: This image is the top of a spoon I found in a collection my parents brought from Norway in the fifties. Below the five-pointed crown and the Rolex label is the bare rooted tree, which is common to myths in many parts of the world.
Its branches supposedly reach up to mythical heavens and its roots encircle the earth. It symbolizes humanity reaching for the heights of occult spiritual experience.
In ancient pagan Scandinavia it was called Yggdrasil, a “Cosmic Tree.” It’s also linked to the worship of Canaanite, Greek, Roman, Celtic and other mythological deities through the ages.
The bowl of the spoon shows a lion pierced with a sword or arrow through the heart. The image includes a shield, cross, battle ax and a flower between the lion’s front paws.
Triangle (Seen in the center of an astrological chart): Associated with the number three. Pointing upwards, it symbolizes fire, male power and counterfeit view of God (See pyramid).
To Christians, it often represents the Trinity. Pointing down, it symbolizes water, female sexuality, goddess religions and homosexuality. See chart of symbols inWhat Teletubbies Teach Toddlers.
Trident: Called “the devil’s pitchfork,” it has symbolized major gods in various pagan cultures. In India, it is linked to the Hindu “trident-bearer” Shiva, spouse of the skull-bearing goddess Kali.
More recently, this three-sponged spear has been used by Hindu militants in India to intimidate Christians. See article: “India Local Government OK’s ‘Anti-Christian’ Weapons Distribution”
Trinity [Our Triune God]: An early Christian symbol for the Trinity. It is related to the symbol of the fish (vesica piscis) used by the early – and often persecuted Christians – to identify themselves as belonging to Jesus Christ.
Apparently, the word “fish” in Greek is a combination of the first letters of His name: Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior. Like many Christian symbols, the same shape has also been used by various pagan religions throughout history. See the next Triquetra below.
Triquetra: The triquetra – with or without the circle – has been found on rune stones in Scandinavia, in ancient goddess-oriented pagan groups, in Celtic manuscripts, and on early Germanic coins.
It is associated with numerous mythical gods and goddesses and has been used as a protective charm by Wiccans. Sometimes the symbol is reversed – pointing down rather than up. The three points may also be round rather than pointed.
Unicorn: To many New Agers, it means power, purification, healing, wisdom, self-knowledge, renewal and eternal life.
Origin: In the 4th century B.C., Greek historian Ctesias told about a wild animal with healing powers and a spiral horn on its forehead. Medieval myths suggested it could only be caught with help from a virgin who would befriend it.
Uroborus: The circular serpent (yes, the circle represents a serpent with head in upper left corner) seen here) biting its own tail represents eternity and the cycles or “circle of life.” Medieval alchemists linked it to the cyclical processes in nature.
The uroborus pictured here (encircling the UN symbol for humanity seen inside a triangle) was the official symbol on for the 1996 United Nations Conference on Human Settlements pictured on all its literature. See (Habitat II). See other versions of the Uroborus at serpent.
U.S. Missile Defense Agency Logo:Does this military logo remind you of the Islamic crescent and star? Or President Obama’s campaign symbol, with it blue curve and three converging red lines? But the similarity may not be intentional: New government logo.
Wheel: A universal symbol of or cosmic unity, astrology, “the circle of life,” evolution, etc. The pagan sacred circle plus any number of radiating spokes or petals form the wheel – a Wheel of Life to Buddhists, a Medicine Wheel to Native Americans, a Mandala to Hindus.
It symbolizes unity, movement, the sun, the zodiac, reincarnation, and earth’s cycles of renewal. Pagans use it in astrology, magic and many kinds of rituals. (See Medicine Wheel and Quartered Circle).
This Sun Wheel became a magical amulet to the Celtic Gauls or Gaels in Europe. Later,
Christians adopted the form, changing it slightly, so that it became a Christ monogram drawn within a circle.
Wheel of Dharma: Buddhist wheel of life and reincarnation. Sometimes it is shown with a small yin yang symbol in the center.
Wheels (Tibetan Prayer): “devices for spreading spiritual blessings and wellbeing. Rolls of thin paper, imprinted with many, many copies of the mantra (prayer) Om Mani Padme Hum… are wound around an axle in a protective container, and spun around and around.
Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying this mantra, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion.” (From The Prayer Wheel).
Wishbone: Civilizations dating back to the 4th century (Etruscans, Romans… Britain, America) have held turkey or chicken wishbone contest. Pulling the dry turkey or chicken bone until it snapped (“lucky break”), they believing the winner’s wish or dream would come true.
In today’s increasingly superstitious culture, many believe that this symbol will “catch” their dreams, bring good luck, and make their wishes come true. As in contemporary witchcraft or magic, the object becomes a channel of “good” energy.
Astrology and horoscopes link it to Sagittarius. It might also be confused with the Lambda (looks like a lower case, upside-down “y”), the Greek letter adopted by the International Gay Rights Congress in 1974 as the global symbol of homosexual “pride”.
World Health Organization (Who, a UN agency): This symbol points back to the days of Moses, when a dead serpent was displayed on a stake during the Israelites 40-year journey through the wilderness.
Instead of trusting God, the people complained, so
…the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people…and many…died.
When they confessed their sin, God told Moses to “make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole.” Those who then looked at the bronze serpent on the stake with confidence in God’s promise, were healed (Num 21:4-9). This became an illustration of the crucifixion through which Jesus bore the judgment we deserve for our sins. (See Jn 3:14).
About 700 BC, faithful king Hezekiah ‘broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, since the people worshiped it as an idol and “burned incense to it.” (2 Kgs 18:1-5).
Brock Chisholm, the first head of WHO, showed his hatred for our God in a 1946 article in Psychiatry:
We have swallowed all manner of poisonous certainties fed us by our parents, our Sunday and day school teachers…
World Triad: Originally an oriental symbol, it was “adopted by western Gnostics as an emblem of cosmic creativity, the threefold nature of reality or fate, and the eternally spiraling cycles of time…
In Japan it was maga-tama or mitsu tomoe, the world soul…. In Bhutan and Tibet, it is still known as the Cosmic Mandala, a sign of the Trimurti.”5 Like the yin yang (below), it also represents eternity. This is also the symbol for U.S. Department of Transportation. Another Gnostic symbol is the uroborus.
Yin Yang: A Chinese Tao picture of universal harmony and the unity between complimentary opposites: light/dark, male/female, etc. Yin is the dark, passive, negative female principle. Yang is the light, active, positive principle.
Since the holistic balance between Yin and Yang is dynamic and constantly changing, it illustrates the consensus process, the vision of global unity, and the blending of opposing energies at the heart of Holistic Health.
Since it represent monism (all is one) and pantheism (all is God), it opposes Christianity, which shows us that there is only one God (monotheism), and only in Christ can we be one. See The Tao
All-seeing Eye in the Pyramid: The official symbol for DARPA Total Information Awareness, a surveillance and information system established by the U.S. government.
Notice how the masonic all-seeing eye of the new world order covers the planet with its enlightening rays. [Sometime in December 2002, this symbol was removed from the TIA website. Perhaps too many people complained].
Astrological Chart: used by medieval alchemists in divination. Notice the symbol of the intellect and of the planet (and Roman god) Mercury inside the center triangle. This triangle is surrounded by a hexagram and two smaller triangles positioned as male and female energy – and seven more concentric circles.
Compound symbols within magical codes and names inside multiple circles have been used by occultists and sorcerers in many parts of the world. It is still used in African witchcraft.
Fasces: “…a bundle of wooden rods tied together as a cylinder around an axe. … The fasces lictoriae (“bundles of the lictors”) (in Italian, fascio littorio) symbolized power and authority (imperium) in ancient Rome.”
Masonic Compass (also Mormon), Skull, Circle (Uroborus?), Pen & Scroll(?): Worn as a patch on a gray sweater by Mormon reporter Glenn Beck on his April 1, 2011 show on Fox. Perhaps it was an April Fool’s joke.
The Great Seal of the United States of America: The design for this national emblem was completed in 1782. Some consider its occult and masonic images an American mission statement. The inscribed motto, E Pluribus Unum means “Out of many, one.”
The words Novus Ordo Seclorum mean “a new order of the ages,” according to this website: www.greatseal.com. The two sides show the symbol of the eagle (first a phoenix) and the eye in the pyramid. See All-Seeing Eye & Eye of Horus & Great Seal.
But the more correct meaning would be New World Order [novous = new, ordo = order, seclorum = secular or world].
The Great Seal (back side) of the United States of America: “An unfinished pyramid appears on the reverse of the seal, inscribed on its base with the date 1776 in Roman numerals. Where the top of the pyramid should be, the so-called eye of Providence watches over it.
Two mottos appear: Annuit Cœptis signifies that somebody (presumably Providence) has “nodded at (our) beginnings”. Novus Ordo Seclorum, a quotation from Virgil, refers to a “new order of the ages”, i.e. a paradigm shift.”
The Seal of the Senate: “…includes a scroll inscribed with E Pluribus Unum floating across a shield with thirteen stars on top and thirteen vertical stripes on the bottom.
Olive and oak branches symbolizing peace and strength grace the sides of the shield, and a red liberty cap and crossed fasces represent freedom and authority. Blue beams of light emanate from the shield.
United Religions: Fourteen religious symbols form a circle around planet Earth. But you can no longer read about each religious symbol by clicking on them. Apparently, not all the religions represented in that ring are currently supporting UR’s plan for global unity.
Those that are working with UR include Bah’i, Buddhism, “First Peoples” (Native Americans), Islam, Jewish Unitarian Universalists, and “Rational Faith” – which rejects Biblical faith. See Star Wars Joins United Religions at the Presidio.