Lamentations 2 – The Judgment of the Lord & Scientology

I can’t believe people will believe a science fiction writer rather than the Bible?  That’s crazy.

I had a friend that got caught up in the foolish belief that there was power in crystals and she believed she had come from Pleiades, but it only took her a couple years to realize she was insane and she’s on track with Jesus now.

The devil is really working over-time to destroy as many as he can.  People need to…

Lamentations 2
The Judgment of the Lord

The Lord’s anger, wrath, and destruction.

1 How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger!

Tower of David
Tower of David is Jerusalem’s citadel, located near Jaffa gate on the western side of the old city wall. The walls and tower were repeatedly built and destroyed over the past 2,100 years, and protected the north-west corner of the “upper” city.

2 The Lord hath swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied: he hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the daughter of Judah; he hath brought them down to the ground: he hath polluted the kingdom and the princes thereof.

3 He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about.

4 He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire.

5 The Lord was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel; he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.

6 And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the LORD hath caused the solemn feasts and Sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest.

Zion Gate
The gate is located on the south-west side of the old city.

7 The Lord hath cast off his altar, he hath abhorred his sanctuary, he hath given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; they have made a noise in the house of the LORD, as in the day of a solemn feast.

8 The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line; he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.

9 Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the LORD.

10 The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground, and keep silence: they have cast up dust upon their heads; they have girded themselves with sackcloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.

11 Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.

12 They say to their mothers, Where is corn and wine? When they swooned as the wounded in the streets of the city, when their soul was poured out into their mothers’ bosom.

13 What thing shall I take to witness for thee? What thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? What shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? For thy breach is great like the sea: who can heal thee?

Mount Zion
Mount Zion is located on the south-west side of the old city, outside of the present walls. In Greek and Roman times this was part of the walled city, the place of the Jesus last supper and the home of the high priest high priest Caiaphas.

14 Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.

15 All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, is this the city that men call the perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole earth?

16 All thine enemies have opened their mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth: they say, we have swallowed her up: certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it.

17 The LORD hath done that which he had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine adversaries.

18 Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease.

19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street.

Western (Wailing) Wall
The holiest site for the Jewish religion and the heart of the Israeli nation. The wall was part of the great temple of Herod, over 2,000 years ago.

 20 Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom thou hast done this. Shall the women eat their fruit, and children of a span long? Shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?

21 The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets: my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; thou hast slain them in the day of thine anger; thou hast killed, and not pitied.

22 Thou hast called as in a solemn day my terrors round about, so that in the day of the LORD’S anger none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.


Scientology is a cult; it does coincide with the Bible, with God.  It has gained popularity due to some Hollywood celebrities who have embraced it.

Scientology is a body of beliefs and related practices created by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard (1911–1986), beginning in 1952 as a successor to his earlier self-help system, Dianetics.

Hubbard had said:

Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.

And that’s what he did, he called Scientology a religion, and in 1953 incorporated the Church of Scientology in Camden, New Jersey and became a multi-millionaire and when he died in 1986 he was worth more than $200,000,000.  Today, the Church of Scientology is worth more than $1,000,000,000 and that’s just in the United States.

Scientology Beliefs

Scientology teaches that people are immortal beings who have forgotten their true nature.  Its method of spiritual rehabilitation is a type of counseling known as auditing, in which practitioners aim to consciously re-experience painful or traumatic events in their past in order to free themselves of their limiting effects.


Study materials and auditing sessions are made available to members on a fee-for-service basis, which the church describes as a “fixed donation.”  Scientology is legally recognized as a tax-exempt religion in the United States, Italy, South Africa, Australia, Sweden, New Zealand, Portugal, and Spain.

The Church of Scientology emphasizes this as proof that it is a bona fide religion.  In contrast, the organization is considered a commercial enterprise in Switzerland, a sect in France, a cult in Chile, and a non-profit in Norway and its legal classification is often a point of contention.

Members of the Church of Scientology

Many, many Hollywood movie stars and a large number of organizations overseeing the application of Scientology have been established, the most notable of these being the Church of Scientology. Scientology sponsors a variety of social-service programs. 

These include the Nar Conon anti-drug program, the Criminon prison rehabilitation program, the Study Tech education methodology, the Volunteer Ministers, the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, and a set of moral guidelines expressed in a booklet called The Way to Happiness.

Debates and Arguments

Scientology is one of the most controversial new religious movements to have arisen in the 20th century. The church is often characterized as a cult and it has faced harsh scrutiny for many of its practices which, critics contend, include:

  • Brainwashing
  • Routinely defrauding its members
  • Harassing its critics and perceived enemies with psychological abuse
  • Character assassination
  • Costly litigation

False Teachings of Scientology

Scientologists claim that their beliefs are compatible with God, but the following scriptures counter what Scientology preaches:

God is the sovereign and only creator of the universe.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Gen 1:1).

Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth for the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself (Is 44:24).

Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me (Is 46:9).

Mankind was created by God.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them (Gen 1:27).

All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made (Jn 1:3).

Salvation comes only through God/Jesus Christ.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast (Eph 2:8-9).

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first and also to the Greek (Rom 1:16).

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me (Jn 14:6).

Jesus Christ is alive today.

This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses (Acts 2:33).

Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places (Eph 1:20).

Who being the brightness of his glory and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged out sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high (Heb 1:3).

Scientology categorically denies the existence of the one true God, heaven, and hell.

Scientology believes Jesus Christ was simply a good teacher who unfortunately was wrongfully put to death.

Scientology believes there are multiple gods and that some gods are above other gods.  That’s what the Israelites thought and looked at what happened to them in Babylon, Jerusalem, and Judah.

Scientology denies the deity of Christ.

Scientology believes in the inherent goodness of man and teaches that it is despicable and utterly beneath contempt to tell a man he must repent or that he is evil.

Scientology believes in reincarnation and that personal salvation in one’s lifetime is freedom from the cycle of birth and death associated with reincarnation. They believe that religious practice of all faiths is the universal way to wisdom, understanding, and salvation.

These beliefs can lead a person only to hell.

…pray and tell the devil to take a walk. 

Satan’s no fool, well he is because he thought he could overpower You, but other than that he isn’t.  If it wasn’t for You I’d be scared half to death of him, but since I have You guys on my side I see him as a little whiny girl. 

I say that because even though he/his demons still try to pull me away from You at times, try and put insane ideas in my mind, they do it from a distance. 

Satan, in a sense, still comes around at times and throws his garbage at me, but I just tell him, “I’m not interested, go and tell me dad.”  Every time I did that he would run and hide.

I know he hates me a whole lot, and as long as he hates me then I know I’m doing right.  Yet, if there comes a time when he won’t leave, I’m no fool, You can expect an immediate phone call.

Isaiah 3 – The Judgment of the Lord & The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III

You weren’t messing around were You?  This sounds like it was worse than when You flooded the entire world (Gen 6).  At least all the people had to do was die, but it sounds like You made them live a horrible life and let their fellow man kill them.  Am I correct on that?  Did you really do that?

1 For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,

Leaders would be taken away by either death or deportation (see 2 Kgs 24:1-4, 25:18-21).

2 The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient,

Discovery of City of David ruins fills gap in Jerusalem history
Archaeologists think construction on this ancient building started in the early second century B.C. and continued into the Hasmonean period.

Archaeologists have discovered the first ruins of a building from the Hasmonean period in Jerusalem, filling a gap in the ancient city’s history, the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced.

The building’s remains were uncovered during an extensive dig at the Givati Parking Lot, located in Jerusalem’s oldest neighborhood, the City of David. Excavations over several years at the site have turned up some remarkable finds, including a building from the Second Temple period that may have belonged to Queen Helene, a trove of coins from the Byzantine period, and recently, a 1,700-year-old curse tablet in the ruins of a Roman mansion.

Despite extensive excavations in Jerusalem, IAA archaeologists Doron Ben Ami and Yana Tchekhanovets said there has been an absence of buildings from the Hasmonean period in the city’s archaeological record. Simon Maccabeus founded the Hasmonean dynasty in 140 B.C. This group ruled Judea until 37 B.C., when Herod the Great came into power.

3 The captain of fifty, and the honorable man, and the counselor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.

“Prudent…eloquent orator” are terms that in Hebrew refer to occult practitioners and snake charmers (see Deut 18:19; Jer 8:17), whose activities were condemned.  Both legitimate and illegitimate kinds of assistance would be removed or deported (see Kgs 24:14-16; Hos 3:4).

4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.

5 And the people shall be oppressed, everyone by another, and every one by his neighbor: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honorable.

6 When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand:

Normally it was unnecessary to force anyone to be a leader.  In 4:1 the same social upheaval is seen as seven women “take hold of” one man.

“Thou hast clothing” – there will be extreme poverty in the aftermath of God’s judgment that the one brother who has a cloak will be placed in a position of leadership.

7 In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be a healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people.

8 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory.

A prophecy not completely fulfilled until almost 150 years later.

9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.

The deviant looks on their faces show their contempt for God.

Sodom – see 1:9-10.

10 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.

11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

In the Near East, neither the rule of the young nor that of women was looked on with favor.

13 The LORD standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.

14 The LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses.

“Vineyard” represents Israel (see 5:1).

15 What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

Stamped bulla (front/seal side) of a servant of King Hezekiah formerly pressed against a cord surrounding a papyrus document; unprovenanced Redondo Beach collection of antiquities; actual size of the overall object is approximately 1/2-inch (12mm) long

The leaders were grinding the poor, as men grind grain between two millstones.

16 Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:

In the Near East the way one walked communicated specific attitudes.  Ornaments on ankles made short steps necessary.

“Making a tinkling with their feet” – the sound of the ornaments on their ankles as they walked.

17 Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts.

The Lord will shame them by exposing their nakedness as they are led away as captives.

18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,

“Cauls…round tires like the moon” – round and crescent-shaped jewelry, indicating their veneration of the sun and moon.

19 The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,

20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,

21 The rings, and nose jewels,

“Rings” contained a seal and were a mark of authority (see Gen 41:42).

“Nose jewels” were sometimes made of gold and worn by brides.

22 The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,

23 The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the veils.

24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well-set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.

“Girdle…burning” – instead of wearing their expensive clothing, the women of Zion were taken away as captives and treated like cattle.  They were led away by ropes and branded.

Versus 16-24 is a New Testament warning against overemphasis on outward adornment (see 1 Pet 3:3-4).

25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.

26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground.

“Her gates” – the gates personified, as in Ps 24:7, 9.  They lamented because the crowds that used to assemble there were gone.

The Black Obelisk
of Shalmaneser III

A 58 Holes Gaming Board from the Late Bronze Age of Megiddo, Israel on display at the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago.

Alternate Names
Other names for the game refer to the form of the most well preserved board (The Shield Game), or its decoration (The Palm-Tree Game) or to the pieces (The Game of Dogs and Jackals). The game is also found in several different versions with varying lengths of routes. The pattern of the route itself, however, seems to be similar enough across different examples that all probably represent the same game.

More than twenty boards of this type have been discovered at archaeological sites, mostly from ancient Egypt, but very similar boards have also been found at sites in Persia (Iran) Mesopotamia (Iraq), Assyria (Iraq) and at Megiddo in Jerusalem. The oldest games in Egypt date to the Egyptian Middle Kingdom around 2040 BCE. Artefacts, and sometimes, playing pieces, of variously shaped boards date over a period 2500 years.

The most famous of all boards of this type is from the Egyptian site Deir-el-Bahri. It is known by many names including The Palm Tree Game, from the design on the board; The Shield Game, from the shape of its board; Dogs & Jackals or Hounds & Jackals from the peg playing counters used to play it. The board is remarkably intact and complete with animal-shaped table legs.


The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III is a black limestone Assyrian sculpture with many scenes in bas-relief and inscriptions. It comes from Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), in northern Iraq, and commemorates the deeds of King Shalmaneser III (reigned 858–824 BC). It is on display at the British Museum in London, and several other museums have cast replicas.

It is the most complete Assyrian obelisk yet discovered, and is historically significant because it is thought to display the earliest ancient depiction of a biblical figure – Jehu, King of Israel. The traditional identification of “Yaw” as Jehu has been questioned by some scholars, who proposed that the inscription refers to another king, Jehoram of Israel. Its reference to Parsua is also the first known reference to the Persians.

Tribute offerings are shown being brought from identifiable regions and peoples. It was erected as a public monument in 825 BC at a time of civil war, in the central square of Nimrud, close to the much earlier White Obelisk of Ashurnasirpal I. It was discovered by archaeologist Sir Austen Henry Layard in 1846 and is now in the British Museum.

The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III is a four-sided monument or pillar made of black limestone. It stands about 6 1/2 feet tall. It was discovered in 1846 by A.H. Layard in the Central Palace of Shalmaneser III at the ruins of Nimrud, known in the Bible as Calah, and known in ancient Assyrian inscriptions as Kalhu. It is now on display in the British Museum.

It contains 5 rows of bas-relief (carved) panels on each of the 4 sides, 20 panels in all. Directly above each panel are cuneiform inscriptions describing tribute offered by submissive kings during Shalmaneser’s war campaigns with Syria and the West.

The “Jehu Relief” is the most significant panel because it reveals a bearded Semite in royal attire bowing with his face to the ground before king Shalmaneser III, with Hebrew servants standing behind him bearing gifts. The cuneiform text around it reveals the tribute bearer and his gifts, it says:

“The tribute of Jehu, son of Omri: I received from him silver, gold, a golden bowl, a golden vase with pointed bottom, golden tumblers, golden buckets, tin, and a staff for a king [and] spears.”

The Assyrians referred to a northern Israel king as a “son of Omri,” whether they were a direct son of Omri or not. Other Assyrian inscriptions reveal Israel’s southern kings from Judah, as recorded on Sennacherib’s Clay Prism (also known as the Taylor Prism) which reads “Hezekiah the Judahite”.

The Black Obelisk has been precisely dated to 841 BC, due to the accurate Assyrian dating methods. One modern scholar refers to the accuracy of Assyrian records:

“Assyrian records were carefully kept. The Assyrians coordinated their records with the solar year. They adopted a system of assigning to each year the name of an official, who was known as the “limmu.” In addition, notation was made of outstanding political events in each year, and in some cases reference was made to an eclipse of the sun which astronomers calculate occurred on June 15, 763 B.C.

Assyriologists have been able to compile a list of these named years, which they designate “eponyms,” and which cover 244 years (892-648 B.C.). These records are highly dependable and have been used by Old Testament scholars to establish dates in Hebrew History, particularly during the period of the monarchy.”